Lorne physiotherapist Ellie Pashley has smashed the previous race record to take out the 2019 GMHBA Mountain to Surf run at the coastal town.
Last year’s champion Pashley, nee O’Kane, defended her title in impressive fashion, smashing the eight-kilometre race’s previous best time by 47 seconds.
Pashley finished the race in 26 minutes flat.
“This one’s pretty special to me, I live in Torquay and I work in Lorne at the medical centre here so it’s always nice to come and do a local race, I always feel a little bit of pressure because I know I’ll get back to work and everyone is going to ask me how I went,” she said.
Meanwhile, Nick Wightman claimed the men’s event with a time of 24 minutes and eight seconds.
“I had a fair bit of a challenge up the first few hills and through the bush – coming out of the bush I got a bit of a lead down with the wind,” he said.
Wightman finished ahead of Oscar Robinson and Sean Guiney.
Event director and Lorne Surf Lifesaving Club’s John Takac said that just shy of 2000 competitors tackled the run in near perfect conditions on Friday.
“It was absolutely fantastic, a few people commented that it was fairly warm around the start just because it was fairly protected because of the houses, but it was fantastic conditions,” Takac said.