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.

The pink field of the Harcourts Women's 5km Run and Walk streams through Launceston's Civic Square yesterday. Pictures: SCOTT GELSTON

The pink field of the Harcourts Women's 5km Run and Walk streams through Launceston's Civic Square yesterday. Pictures: SCOTT GELSTON