Hordes making their way to Byron run

THE 2009 Byron Lighthouse run has been hailed an outstanding success with nearly 500 competitors taking part in Sunday's event.

It was a triple treat for Jackson Elliott, of Burleigh Heads, who tamed the punishing loop from Main Beach to the lighthouse, along Tallows, and back to the finish line near the surf club in the corrected time of 34mins09secs.

The Byron Lighthouse run was open to all ages and runners and walkers of all standards.

Indeed, some people must have slept in, as at least three competitors sauntered over the start line at about 7.20am, long after the trail of runners was well out of sight.

One of the most outstanding performances was by 15-year-old Leigh Stewart of Goonellabah.

The Trinity Catholic College student easily won his age category and was ninth across the line overall.

“I've been running for as long as I can remember, well, at least since about 12,” he said after the race.

“It's my third time in the race but it is the first time I have come first in my age category. I just run for fun and try and improve each year.” 

• Full results from the race can be found at www.byronrun.com

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