Top sports hit the streets


THE streets were alive with the sound of cheering as thousands ran, cycled and swam in the Noosa Ultimate Sports Fest, held in Noosa Heads on 26 and 27 April.
The annual multi-sport event is now in its seventh year and saw packed starting lines throughout all events, which included different distance options to suit every fitness level.
Beautiful weather on the Saturday created perfect conditions for the swimming events, including the ZINC 96.1 3.8km, 2km, 1km and 500m swims.
George O’Brien took out first place in the men’s 3.8km swim with a speedy 45:49 time, while Chelsea Gubecka took out the women’s class with a time of 47:13.
Saturday was jam packed with running and cycling events, including the Subaru 160km and 85km rides.
Stuart Wilkins was the first across the line for the 160km ride with a time of 4:02:35, while Liz Fancutt finished first for the women’s class with a time of 4:14:50.
The runners also set off on Saturday morning with families favouring the Seven Local News 5km fun run, while the more serious athletes tackled the 10km run and half marathon.
Mark Urquart was the first to finish the half marathon in an impressive 1:03:40, and Melanie Panayiotou was the first woman across the line with a time of 1:17:17.
Each festival day finished with an afternoon of live entertainment in Noosa Lions Park and a well-deserved rest for all competitors.