Foreground: Tasmanian Road Runners member Mathew Bedford embraces his daughter at the finish line. Background: Cadbury treat bags await competitors to finish. (Picture by Annie Smalley)

Starting on the footsteps of the Cadbury's Claremont Factory in Hobart, the 2022 Cadbury Marathon was run for the 39th time on Sunday.

Starting on the footsteps of the Cadbury’s Claremont Factory in Hobart, Tasmania, the 2022 Cadbury Marathon was held on Sunday.

It was the 39th running of the IAAF accredited race. Runners first tackle two laps of the Cadbury Estate, before a further two laps of the out and back course. It returned to its traditional January time slot, after holding an Easter themed event last year due to COVID related concerns.

The event coincided with the Cadbury Half Marathon, the ON 10km and the Running Edge 5km.

Cadbury Marathon

The marathon saw 175 athletes complete the testing 42.2km course, the finish line a welcome sight for those that had trained hard and overcome all boundaries throughout the year.

Athletes were up bright and early, with the race starting at 6:00am. A lead bunch set up from the outset, consisting of Lachlan Oakes, Wayne Spies, Peter Bracken, Derrick Leahy and Lachie Edwards. As the pack headed towards the Bowen Bridge section of the course, they had started to string out.

Spies had picked up the pace to put pressure on the others, with Leahy struggling to stay on his back. This pace proved too much for the chasers in the end, with Spies holding on for the win in 2:31:09, narrowly missing the 2:30:00 mark.

The win was reward for effort the Queenslander, after finishing second in the Sunshine Coast Marathon in October.

Fellow Queenslander Leahy, held on to take second, with 2019 Alice Springs Marathon winner Lachlan Oakes finishing third.

Launceston based Rose Dingemanse took out the women’s title. She came in underdone for her normal standards, after a few weeks recovering from the Melbourne Marathon in early December.

Dingemanse still had the race well under control from the outset, completing it in 3:17:59. The race win was a sweet double after taking out the Ross Marathon in September.

In a change of scenery, Hobart local Milly Young traded the trails for the bitumen crossing the line second. Queensland’s Georgia D’Andrea filled the podium.

Cadbury Half Marathon

A field of 311 completed the ever popular half marathon, one for those who want a taste of what the big event might be in years to come.

Most recreational runners used it as a tester of their hard work in 2021, and a platform for 2022. The PB bell received a regular work out as runners crossed the line.

After a dominant Melbourne Marathon victory last month, Tasmanian Olympian Milly Clark showed her class to the other women. In a time of 1:19:53 she was firmly embedded with the elite men for much of the race, easily accounting for her rivals.

Milly Clark on her way to winning the 2021 Nike Melbourne Marathon. (Picture: Melbourne Marathon Festival)

Young Hobart runner Meriem Daoui took second just over five minutes behind. The result is another notch in Daoui’s belt, after receiving the 2021 Peter Norman Humanitarian Award.

The award is presented to the member of the Australian Athletics community who exemplifies the spirit of Peter Norman through their work in human rights, equality or humanitarian causes. Amelia Spring rounded out the podium in third.

In the men’s field, Melbourne based defending champion Nick Earl was ruthless from the outset. Building a commanding break after the factory loop, he pushed on to win by almost five minutes in a time of 1:07:57.

Middle distance athlete and Cadbury Half Marathon regular, Russell Dessaix-Chin finished second, while local runner Nathan Morey crossed the line third a minute and a half further back.

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The ON 10km

Trimming the distance further, the ON course completes only part of the factory loop before heading towards the highway turning point. Catering to those who like things a bit quicker, and a sleep in, the ON 10km didn’t disappoint.

Continuing to show his improvement, young Tasmanian Aaron Harvey edged out Michael Marantelli for the win, his time a solid 31:00. Following them in was David Bailey, a whisker ahead of Titch Hagger, the time clock unable to separate the two.

Stopping the clock at 36:24, equality in sport advocate Alexandra Blake was the first woman home. She’s a talented runner, known more for her fight for equal prize money for men and women in sports.

In 2019, she won the Queensland University of Technology Classic women’s 5km race, the event organisers advising on completion that she was not entitled to any prize money due to male athletes taking the placings. It was a decision that QUT ultimately changed.

The Running Edge 5km

This was the sprint, so to speak, in comparison to the days other events. The Running Edge 5km was a chance for the juniors, seniors, and those just giving their all to put their stamp on the day.

Promising local high school students Jessica Smith and Rachel Horsham battled it out in the women’s race. The two, regular competitors, pushed together to the end. Smith greeted the line first with an 18:56, with Horsham seven seconds behind, superb times for the under 16 age group.

Just shy of the magic 15 minute mark, Sydney track athlete James Tunbridge was the first male to break the tape, an impressive 15:27 the final time. Local runner Phillip McConnon was a further 44 seconds behind.

2021 Athletics South most improved athlete Arden Petersen was the first junior male, crossing the line with female second place getter Horsham in 19:03. It was an impressive effort by the under 12 runner.

The Running Edge 5km women’s place getters with their Cadbury treat bags. Pictured from left: Lilly Ellis (third), Jessica Smith (first), Rachel Horsham (second). (Picture: Cadbury Marathon)

Everyone gets the chocolates

The most important part of the day was in its name. Major sponsor Cadbury presented all participants with a treat bag filled to the brim with a vast array of Cadbury’s delights.

A well earned treat for those who participated, and one no doubt likely to bring them back again next year. More than enough to share with the family to make up for all the late nights and early mornings out pounding the pavement.

Full race results can be found at: https://thetimingguysresults.com/cadburymarathon/2022/

Next event

The next event on the Tasmanian running calendar will be the Giant Devonport Christmas Fun Run. The event, originally due to be held on December 19, was postponed following the Hillcrest Primary School tragedy. The revised date is now January 23.

The feature races are set to be male and female elite miles around the streets of Devonport, including Paralympians and state champions.

The junior mile race, recently renamed, will now be the inaugural ‘Addison Stewart Memorial Junior Mile’, named in honour of an event entrant who lost her life in the tragedy.

Inaugural Devonport Christmas Junior Mile race renamed in honour of event entrant who was lost in the Hillcrest Primary School tragedy. (Picture: Giant Devonport Christmas Fun Run)

The event will also feature a 5km fun run and an 800m junior dash for the little ones.

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