Runners hit new track in Kununurra half marathon return

Stephanie SinclairThe Kimberley Echo
Competitors head off on the Sandalwood Sanctuary Half Marathon in Kununurra.
Camera IconCompetitors head off on the Sandalwood Sanctuary Half Marathon in Kununurra. Credit: Supplied: Glenn Taylor

More than 70 endurance runners from across the State made their way to Kununurra at the weekend for the return of the Sandalwood Sanctuary Half Marathon.

The event took participants off-road on a new course from the Rodeo Grounds to Lakeside and back four times, with solo, duo and quad teams participating.

Kununurra’s Steve Sunderland was first across the line at the event, completing the 21.1km track in 1hr.37 min.

Kalgoorlie’s Ayako Kusui was named the women’s winner after crossing the finish line with a time of 1:55. The Pufke brothers claimed victory in the duo competition, while Jolly Joggers won the quad division.

Event manager Glenn Taylor said the half marathon’s new route had proven popular with participants, who had travelled thousands of kilometres to compete.

“The event attracted locals and a keen group of Kalgoorlie runners, who made the long trip to Kununurra for the run,” Taylor said.

Get the latest news from thewest.com.au in your inbox.

Sign up for our emails