Road Runners The biggest challenge facing Port Moresby Road Runners in the midst of the current state-of-emergency and coronavirus crisis is getting to the start. Public transport was non-existent over Easter and many runners had to walk (or in some cases, run) huge distances to make it to the 5pm Saturday events at Ela Beach. But it takes more than a thorough lockdown to stop Road Runners. They came trudging in from all parts of the city to get their weekly fix of fresh air, friendly company and aerobic exercise. Port Moresby Road Runners president Simon Nutley has made it clear that Road Runners will only stop if they are ordered to do so by a lawfully mandated authority exercising powers in accordance with law. “That has not happened yet, and everything we are doing is strictly by the law. Our gatherings are always under 100 and we deploy social distancing. “Running is not a contact sport. There is a big variation in times. We have very fast runners and very slow runners and many in-between,” Nutley explained. The first score to be settled on Saturday was the 3-km dash to the Big Fish at Koki, and back. Evoh Bai had the biggest catch in a time of 12 minutes and 29 seconds, while Falyn Buda was the best fisherwoman in 14.15. Those doing the middle-distance course faced a tougher assignment as their work was not done when they returned to the beach. They kept going to Ela Beach Tower, then turned right up Musgrave St, left into Douglas St, right into Cuthbertson St, then right into Stanley Esplanade along to the Fire Station before the hairpin turn-back into Champion Parade, left up Hunter St (ouch!), right into Douglas and left into Musgrave and left for the run home along the beach. Joseph “Once” Michael was the tearaway winner in 27.58, ahead of Alasta Mes 31.29, Jamie Loho 31.29, Andrew Berryman 31.32, Robert Michael 34.29, Lionel Emmanuel 35.41, McLaren Joe Sanata 48.45, Simon Nutley 48.45 and David Denniston 54.50. As for the long race, a petition has been returned, signed by all participants and dripping with sweat and tears, to the Keeper of Distances at POMRR, that this course is much longer than the advertised 9.4 km. It starts in the same way as the middle course, but continues straight along Champion Parade at the fire station, curves to the right of the Sir Hubert Murray stadium, then heads up Lawes Road, past the Post-Courier HQ, and at the top of the hill heads right into Air Vos Avenue. It’s now estimated to be 10.2-km. Guksy Maino led home the diehards in 48.06 followed by James Gurumi 48.49, Billy Laurahoi 48.55, Lawrence Augustine 48.59, Thomas Kelly 49.36, Jackson Weingye 50.50, Joe Ready 53.26, Buda Awowari 53.32, Randy Thomas 56.03, Emmanuel Gaudi 70.47, Michael Sullivan 77.09, David Cannings 90.34 and Henry Horou 90.35. Next weekend a double-header is in store. On Saturday at 5pm the runners will be at the Holiday Inn, Waigani, then on Sunday at 5.30am it’s the second round of the Endurance Challenge, a 12-km event at Lego Land (Australian High Commission compound), near the Fraud Squad HQ at Konedobu. Runners and walkers of all standards are welcome. Just be prepared to keep your distance.