Girl, 12, whips adults in 5km women's race
TWELVE-YEAR-OLD Kate Riethmuller broke a record for the youngest female to win a 5km race at Ipswich's Park2Park yesterday.
The Sunnybank youngster finished the UQ Ipswich fun run in 20 minutes and 47 seconds to take out first place as the fastest woman.
Kate's sister Amy was the first under-12 competitor to complete the 5km run and came fifth out of 539 female finishers.
Mum Jane Riethmuller said it was the third year Kate had supported the event in aid of the Ipswich Hospital Foundation.
"The girls love it," she said. "It started with cross country at school, now they enjoy local fun runs and track and field events."
Ipswich Hospital Foundation chief executive officer Tom Yates said a record number of competitors took part this year.
More than 2100 people set off from Bill Paterson Oval in the Ipswich City Council Half Marathon, Exact Radiology10km run and the UQ Ipswich 5km run and 5km walk.
He said the ninth annual Park2Park had steadily grown in stature to become one of the city's favourite events.
"International competitor Patrick Nispel, from Switzerland, took out the half marathon in 1.13hours," he said.
"The second place male winner was quite outstanding because he had a late start, setting off a couple of minutes late."
While the funds raised had yet to be tallied last night, Mr Yates said he expected the event to have raised close to $20,000.