Launceston's streets awash with pink

CONSISTENCY is the secret to weight loss and good health, television personality Michelle Bridges said after joining thousands of women in a run through Launceston yesterday.

The Harcourts Women's 5km run and walk, that finished in City Park, attracted 2196 entries. It was followed by a free Paint the Park Pink festival, plus an inaugural men's 800-metre prostate sprint, also finishing in the park.

The event is expected to raise about $35,000 for the Tasmanian Cancer Council.

Bridges, a trainer on the hit television series The Biggest Loser, said after the run that it was great to see so many women walking or running on a Sunday and they should keep going.

``For women to get healthy, it is really about being consistent and it is about drawing a bit of a line in the sand _ `I am going to clean out all the foods that have been holding me back','' she said.

``As a family unit we are going to have a happy, healthy, active lifestyle.''

People should start  with a short run and then build up, or try  yoga or other activities.

``It does not have to be ``knock yourself out every day'', it is about being consistent and having movement in your life,'' she said.

``Today has been amazing, Launceston has turned it on with the weather and people _ everyone is having a really good time,'' she said.

The event was not a race but Kate Pedley crossed the line first in 17 minutes, 19 seconds and Patrick Smith was first in the 800 sprint, running two minutes, one second.

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