Stadium Step Up supports New Horizons club for inclusive fun and competition at University of Tasmania Stadium

Launceston runners took to the steps of the University of Tasmania stadium on Sunday, tackling the Stadium Step Up challenge to raise funds for the New Horizons club.

Competitors of all ages and abilities enjoyed a range of events from leisurely strolls around the oval to a 13-kilometre endurance test, climbing up and down each tier of steps at the stadium from 7.30am.

New Horizon club members John and Kate O’May enjoyed a more relaxed circuit of the oval ground, noting the event’s inclusive nature. “It’s good fun, I think it’s a great idea,” Mr O’May said.

Launceston teen Tim Gambles led the way in the ultimate challenge, finishing his 13 laps of the stadium steps mid-morning to cheers from his mum and fellow competitors. Mr Gambles is heading to Victoria next week to tackle a 44-kilometre trail run. “This has a lot more stairs,” he said.

Organiser Edwina Dick said the New Horizons club hopes to make the Stadium Step Up an annual event.

Up and down: Jodie Smith, of Launceston, heads down the steps at UTAS Stadium in one of her many laps around the course.

Up and down: Jodie Smith, of Launceston, heads down the steps at UTAS Stadium in one of her many laps around the course.

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