Hobart’s “Point to Pinnacle” is the world’s toughest half marathon.

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The 21.4 km course starts at sea level at “Wrest Point” Casino and climbs 1,271 metres to the summit of Mount Wellington, “The Pinnacle”.

This was the start, with the mountain finish in the background.

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We drove up to the Pinnacle back in July, when there was snow on the mountain. This is the view from the top.

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Yesterday’s race was the 21st event, with a record 3,000 competitors. The inaugural race had just 56 runners.

1,628 walkers started out at 7am.

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One hour later 1,372 runners set off.

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I took all the above photos. The following pictures are from today’s report in The Mercury newspaper.


Defending champion Dylan Evans, was first over the line, in 1h 25min 49sec.


Kate Pedley stopped on the run to help one of the walkers who had tripped. Her time of 1h 37min 53sec still broke the female race record set in 1998.


Paul Pritchard was the first wheelchair competitor to ever finish the race.


Many of the competitors were raising funds for charities such as Movember.