Another perfect morning for running beckoned the field of sixty in the Goodlife Health Clubs teams event. The handicappers with the help of the computer assembled the entrants into twenty teams of similar standing. It was Team 5 who was to dominate the final two legs after their lead runner, Murray Long, gained valuable ground on those teams who started off before him. Rachael Thompson, the fastest female on the day, then set up what seemed an unassailable lead for final runner, Michael Orelli. So it proved with Orelli able to hold off the closing pack by 120 metres with a flurry of teams finishing in quick succession. The winning team had all been in sparkling form this season so on reflection their victory was not a surprise. Alex Romaniw was the fastest male.
1st. 58:17 – Team 4: M. Long, R. Thompson, M. Orelli.
2nd. 58:40 – Team 18: S. Pretty, H. Peart, M. Minney.
3rd. 59:06 – Team 16: C. Thompson, G. Baensch, P. Posterino
A stiff westerly and an undulating course greeted the 84 competitors in the Darriwill Farm 9 km handicap at Deakin University’s Waurn Ponds campus. It was Mark Humphrey who was able to catch frontmarker, Michael Orelli, in the last few strides with life member, Stuart Crossfield 80 metres astern in third place. Humphrey returned to the club last season after an absence of thirty years and has been training hard and competing at Masters Athletics on Wednesdays. Kate Bramley who is competing in Europe later this year was easily the fastest female and Daryl Burns was the fastest male. Julian Colebrook was acclaimed for reaching the 100 run milestone.
M. Humphrey, 38:51; M. Orelli, 54:18; S. Crossfield, 40:19; S.Pretty, 41:57; B. O’Brien, 37:09; R. Thompson, 37:42; D. Wright, 34:06; A. McGrillen, 36:41; L. Orchard, 42:06; F. Engelsman, 52:48
Under 20 Female: H. Peart 54.55.
Under 40 Male: D. Burns 33.30, J. Donovan 34.53.
Under 40 Female: K. Bramley 35.36, R. Thompson 37.42.
Veteran Male: D. Wright 34.06, S. Vander Bruggen 35.15.
Veteran Female: S. Andrews 42.03, M. Paull 47.26.
Masters Male: T. Bentley 35.10, M. Clayton 35.54.,
Masters Female: C. Crawford 49.55, K. Hammond 50.14.
Legends Male: K. Walker 37.11, S. Crossfield 40.19.
Legends Female: J Austin 50.14, J. Morton 55.25.
Supervets Male: J. Walker 46.58, F. Engelsman 52.48.
Supervets Female: D. Elson 58.08, F. Barnett 62.45.
Eighty-seven athletes gathered for the East Geelong Discount Drug Store 8 km handicap run in ideal conditions at Inverleigh on a course designed by the race sponsor, Phil Shay. Although there are some very tough sections, the course was widely acclaimed by all. It was hill specialist Daryl Burns who showed why he has won the King of the Mountains title twice by overtaking a gallant Michael Orelli in the run to the line with consistent placegetter, Mark Humphrey third. It was Burns’ seventh win in only his 80th club race, a rare feat in recent times. In addition, he was fastest overall whilst Susan Howell recorded her first ever fastest female time.
Top 10 Placings
D. Burns, 30:12; M.Orelli, 49:46; M. Humphrey, 35:54; D. Churkovich, 38:18; L. Orchard, 37:44; S. Pretty, 38:10; A. Jenkins, 38:12; A. McGrillen, 33:25; D. Wright, 31:13; G. Wrest, 37:32.
Under 20 Female: H. Peart 48.18.
Under 40 Male: D. Burns 30.12, M. Minney 30.46.
Under 40 Female: C. Moss 37.37, M. Crawford 40.20.
Veteran Male: R. Thomas 30.16, D. Wright 31.13.
Veteran Female: S. Pedersen 37.38, S. Andrews 39.00.
Masters Male: T. Bentley 31.58, K. McNulty 35.11.
Masters Female: S. Howell 36.54, N. Angus 43.47.
Legends Male: K. Walker 33,48, D. Elward 35.19.
Legends Female: P. Galvin 42.20. , J. Austin 47.33.
was a sign of winter approaching as the 86 starters in the Portarlington
Bakehouse 8 km handicap lined up with a biting wind and intermittent drizzle.
Alan Jenkins started off five seconds ahead of Glenn Wrest who soon made up his
handicap. Wrest was able to hold off Jenkins on the return leg to win by 90
metres with the fast finishing Mark Humphrey third. Wrest has been thriving on
the training for his first marathon, constantly running personal bests at the
Eastern Gardens park run. In the battle for fastest times, Rachael Thompson was
a narrow winner in the female division whilst in the males Alex Romaniw was
comfortably the fastest.
G. Wrest, 36:22; A. Jenkins, 36:55; M. Humphrey, 35:06; J. Larrson, 40:44; D. Churchovich, 37:51; D. Burns, 30:33; R. Thompson, 33:54; B. O’Brien, 33:31; A. McGrillen, 32:55; D. Wright, 30:28.
Under 20 Male: T. Anderson 35.04.
Under 20 Female: H. Peart 47.51.
Under 40 Male: A. Romaniw 29.20, M. Minney 30.27.
Under 40 Female: R. Thompson 33.54, S. Livingston 34.04.
Veteran Male: D. Wright 30.28, L. Haines 30.48.
Veteran Female: S. Andrews 38.46, B. Szymczak 40.01.
Masters Male: M. Clayton 31.53, Z. Krstevski 34.40.
Masters Female: N. Angus 42.58, K. Hammond 43.54.
Legends Male: K. Walker 33.31, D. Elward 34.04.
Legends Female: P. Galvin 41.31, J. Morton 49.14.
Supervets Male: F. Engelsman 49.22, J. Willigen 53.41.
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