THE sun shone long enough on Sunday to draw about 2000 people to the 30th annual Lake Macquarie Running Festival.
Held at the Lake Macquarie foreshore between Speers Point and Warners Bay, the mercury reached 21 degrees - the warmest weather Lake Macquarie had that week.
A variety of races were staged, including the 21.2-kilometre half marathon, 10.5km fun run and 4km kids' scamper.
Merewether's Vladimir Shatrov was the male winner of the half marathon, finishing in 1:10:32.
Shatrov's time was the third-highest in the event's history.
Cooranbong's Stephanie Auston won the half marathon for the women, with 1:18:35 on the clock.
East Gosford's Cameron Page won the 10.5km fun run in 00:34.01, while Amy Walker, of Lambton, was the first female to place at 00:41.08.
In the 4km kids' scamper, Warners Bay's Pat Holding and Wyong's Ashley Pernecker won the eight to 10 year age category in 00:16:12 and 00:16:30 respectively.
Singleton's Nick Watson and Belmont North's Sarah Pickering took out the 11-13 year category in 00:16:14 and 00:15:33.
Kath, Kim and Sharon from the Central Coast won the award for best dressed on behalf of Newcastle Permanent for the second consecutive year.
Lingard Hospital won the 10.5km corporate team event.
Event organiser Kate Griffith said the day was a success.
"The sun came out and that got everyone up and running," she said.
"It was a perfect day and it was great to see everyone enjoying it."
■ Go to pages 46 and 47 for 10.5km fun run results.