Wet Kelly's Canter still attracts 108 runners

The 108 Kelly's Canter runners set off from the Palmerston railway station for the 4km run to the 393m summit of Puketapu, east of the town, and back yesterday. Below: Winner Jake Jackson-Grammer, of Dunedin, and first woman home Sabrina Grogan, of Christ
The 108 Kelly's Canter runners set off from the Palmerston railway station for the 4km run to the 393m summit of Puketapu, east of the town, and back yesterday. Below: Winner Jake Jackson-Grammer, of Dunedin, and first woman home Sabrina Grogan, of Christchurch. Photo: Bill Campbell.
The highest number of runners for several years took part in the 47th annual Kelly's Canter from Palmerston to the summit of Puketapu, and back.

The canter attracted 108 runners, including several descendants of former Palmerston constable Bert Kelly, whose wartime runs up Puketapu on coastal-watch duties led to the establishment of Kelly's Canter in 1971.

The race took place in steady rain and the times were slower as runners had to negotiate a slippery downhill section.

The first man home, Jake Jackson-Grammer, of Dunedin, recorded a time of 21min 03sec.

That was almost a minute slower than the 20min 4sec recorded by Jonah Smith, of Dunedin, last year.

Sabrina Grogan (Christchurch) was fastest woman in 22min 10sec.

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