IN HER first race on Australian soil South African-born Chantal Kriel was the first woman to cross the line in the 15km Cane2Coral race.
The 35-year-old, who moved to Bargara earlier in the year, couldn't have asked for a better introduction to running in Australia posting a PB of 1hr 7min 44sec in the popular annual race
She finished almost two minutes ahead of second placed Siew Chia.
Kriel said she was nervous leading up the race because she was unfamiliar with the terrain and knew there would be some serious competition hitting the track.
"It was a tough race with a lot of up hill running," she said.
"The last few kilometres were tough.
"I wanted to average 4.30 per kilometre, which I managed to do."
In the half marathon (21.1km) Simon Foster went one better than last year and won the race in a time of 1:19.37.
The leading woman was Kirra Seidel who completed the arduous course in 1:20.51.
Bundaberg's Aden Tranent finished first in the 15km race with a strong time of 56.29.
Tranent described the race as aggressive from the start and the 17-year-old knew he had to dig deep.
"The leading pack went out hard and pushed me all the way," he said.
"Fortunately the chips fell my way and I managed to come away with the win."
A lot of participants ran the race to not only pursue a personal best but to raise funds for charity and Tranent was no different.
As part of Team Eddie, Tranent said he would donate half of his $400 cheque to brain cancer research in honour of former Bundaberg State High School teacher Peter Edwards.
"The team was dedicated to Peter Edwards, who lost his life 12 months ago to brain cancer," he said.
"The team came together yesterday to raise money for brain cancer research, so hopefully one day we can beat the terrible disease."
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