THE hills on the route of last Saturday's inaugural Alstonville-Wollongbar Fun Run Challenge proved to be a real challenge.
But organiser Catherine Black from the Wollongbar Public School Parents' and Citizen's association was happy that 415 people took part in the event.
The youngest was aged three, and the oldest 77.
The fun run was a fundraiser for both the Wollongbar school and Alstonville High School P&Cs.
Nic Hurlston from Lennox Head won the Open men's 10km race in a time of 38mins 17sec.
"It was pretty tough," he said of the course.
"There were a few steep hills."
The18-year-old Southern Cross University exercise science and sport management student is a triathlete and will be running a half marathon this week and competing in the upcoming Byron Bay Triathlon.
Amanda Watson, 34, from Lismore and a member of the Ballina Triathlon Club, won the women's Open 10km event with a time of 39mins 1sec.
She agreed it was a "pretty challenging course".
In the Open 5km events, Mick Donnelly (20:51) won the men's race and Renee Kelly (22:52) was the first woman to finish.
Meanwhile, the 1km junior dash - there were under-12 and under-7 events - provided cute entertainment, with a near-tie in the under-12 race.
Jaden Colefax was the first boy across the line in the under-12s, while Mahli Borham won the girls' race.
In the under-7s, Toby Munford was the winning boy, and Chloe Organ the first girl.
But all the young competitors received plenty of encouragement from the adult competitors.
The youngsters didn't have to run up the hills.
Catherine said she hoped the event would be on again next year.
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