A switch in his weekend schedule worked for Whanganui's Paul Nesbitt as he became the line honours winner of the 10km road run and walk at his first attempt yesterday.

On the course around Taupo Quay, Nesbitt chased after the early leader in the 122 competitor field, and soon found himself well in front to take a comfortable overall win and medal for the 45+ Men's grade in 39.28s.

A veteran multisporter, Nesbitt would usually enter Saturday morning's NZMG duathlon, however work committments prevented it this year.

"I did a bit of training for [this]. I found it a really good course.

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"The last 2km it started to hurt a bit. I was running like four minute kilometres, which is good."

Nesbitt will now look to do the 5km road run on Thursday, as well as teaming with partner Tonia Nesbitt for the triathlon on Saturday.

The overall winner of the 10km walk was Palmerston North's David Jones, who completed the course in 1hr 2m 6s.

This year's entry number of 122 was slightly down on the 144 of 2015.