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Mark Paterson showed being a masters runner is no barrier to competing against the young ones.
He clocked 1hr 9min 41sec to win the masters men’s 40-49 grade at the Southern Lakes Half Marathon in Wanaka on Saturday.
It was also enough to beat everyone in the open men’s category of the 21km race.
Paterson finished 2min 30sec ahead of Nic Bathgate, who claimed the open men’s title and was second overall.
Benjamin Britton trailed in 20sec back in third.
Nancy Jiang took the women’s title.
She finished in 1hr 18min 11sec, 3min ahead of second-placed Meg McKay.
In the 10km race, James Parrott ran 32min 10sec to win the men’s title, while Sarah Douglas’ 37min 28sec gave her a comfortable win in the women’s race.
The event attracted more than 600 runners and is held through the Cardrona Valley, finishing in Wanaka.