Perfect conditions greeted 1,644 athletes as Victoria’s Jack Rayner led from start to finish to take out his first Launceston Ten, and in the process set a new race record, which has stood since the very first race back in 2007.
Rayner broke away from the lead group at the 3km mark and never looked back, building his lead to win comfortably by over one minute.
Rayner, who has previously finished runner-up and third, finished clear of fellow Victorian Charlie Park, and South Australia’s Adrian Potter.
In the women’s race, 41-year-old Victorian Sinead Diver made it back-to-back Launceston Ten titles, holding off fellow Victorian Ellie Pashley by just five seconds.
Diver, who only took up running at the age of 33, also broke the race record, beating the time set by Lara Tamsett back in 2011 and also secured a personal best.
Tasmania’s Melanie Daniels crossed the line impressively in third place, while the first Tasmanian male to finish was Launceston’s Pat Smith.
Hundreds of spectators and competitors then kicked back in the glorious surrounds and sunshine of City Park, as they were treated to great local entertainment and food and beverage stallholders.