field of seventy-one assembled for the time honoured Newgrove Benchtops
Eliminator at the South Barwon Reserve yesterday with a strong westerly
sweeping across the exposed parts of the course. The Eliminator was first run
in 1994, and unlike the early days, all entrants now have to complete both the
4 km and 3 km events with the best performed twenty qualifying for the 2 km
final. It was Jonathon Davis, who returned to the club this season after many
years’ absence, who was able to win the final by 30 metres from a gallant Grant
Baensch with James Foran leading a bunch of five others over the line in third
place. Davis attributed his win to the speed work he does at Geelong Masters
every Wednesday night. After the race, the runners enjoyed a barbeque followed
by the AGM.
J. Davis, 8:38; G. Baensch, 9:48; J. Foran, 7:27; L. Considine, 7:27; J. Palmer, 9:55; H. Mack, 7:03; T. McRae, 7:29; S. Van Rooyen, 7:08; M. Paull, 9:09; A. McGrillen, 7:17.
The next club event is the Dawn Buster at the Carousel at 7 a.m. on New Year’s Eve.
Sixty-two keen runners gathered for the Intersport De Grandi 21.1 km handicap held at Belmont Park yesterday morning. The weather was perfect for spectators but some runners felt it was a bit too humid. Backmarker Daryl Burns was giving the frontmarkers almost 84 minutes start. It was another backmarker, Dan Wright, who was able to record his fourth club victory by 100 meters from Pattie Galvin with Kevin McNulty in third place. Wright won this race in 2016 and his time yesterday was almost five minutes faster than three years ago. He was the fastest male on the day whilst Sharon Pedersen who completed a half ironman last weekend was the fastest female. Twenty-five runners took the easier option of a consolation 5 km race where club sponsor, Carol Crawford, was the sealed handicap winner.
Top 10 Placings
D. Wright, 80:03; P. Galvin, 104:09; K. McNulty, 92:29; L. Haines, 81:50; P. Shay, 91:50; V. Gasper, 98:31; M. O’Neill, 107:32; S. Van Rooyen, 88:38; L. Considine, 93:10; T. Davis, 93:44.
Under 40 Male: D. Burns 81.21, N. Geary 82.47.
Under 40 Female: C. Moss 107.12, H. McGrillen 119.09
Veteran Male: D. Wright 80.23, L. Haines 81.50.
Veteran Female: S. Pedersen 102.25, M. O’Neill 107.32.
Masters Male: P. Shay 91.50, K. McNulty 92.29.
Masters Female: N. Angus 115.04.
Legends Male: V. Gasper 98.31, J. Colebrook 130.24.
Legends Female: P. Galvin 104.09, J. Austin 119.56.
This week’s race (Sunday 15th Sept) is the Intersport De Grandi 21.1 km at the Belmont Park Clubrooms beginning at 8 a.m. There is also a consolation 5km starting at 7:55 a.m. Melway Ref: 451 K9. Check your start time on the Handicap Start List below.
NOTE: There will be some runners that will start prior to 8:00am and WILL still be eligible for placings. They will run off their normal handicap difference to the rest of the field. This will allow all other runners to effectively start earlier.
Entries close at 7:40 so if you want to come later, you can pay your $8 into the club’s bank
The details are-
Geelong Cross Country Club Inc
Account No.: 10117617
Description: Surname, Chip number
For payments after 5 p.m. Friday (for banks other than CommBank) please email confirmation to treasurerGCCC@gmail.com
A strong north-westerly wind greeted the 73 starters in the Injury Clinic 8 km handicap held at Anglesea, with the hilly terrain setting a challenge for all. It was Aaron Herbert who handled the conditions best to win by 60 metres from perennial bridesmaid, Rachael Thompson, with Jeff Walker a similar margin behind in third. It was the third club win for Herbert who missed the first half of the season due to a knee injury. The Watkins Racing Squad provided generous prize money for the fastest of each gender. Whilst Rachel Thompson won the female division by five minutes, former club champion, Ron Thomas, had only six seconds to spare from Luke Haines.
A. Herbert, 36:36; R. Thompson, 32:26; J. Walker, 39:58; J.Larsson, 40:39; S.Thompson, 35:01; L. Haines, 29:44; K. McNulty, 33:51; J. MacCarthy, 48:22; B. O’Brien, 33:04; P. Galvin, 39:24.
Under 40 Male: M. Minney 30.17, P. Posterino 31.14.
Under 40 Female: R. Thompson 32.26, C. Moss 38.55.,
Veteran Male: R. Thomas 29.38, L. Haines 29.44.
Veteran Female: S. Andrews 37.31, M. O’Neill 40.08.
Masters Male: K. McNulty 33.51, G. Wrest 36.27.
Masters Female: N. Angus 41.11, C. Crawford 42.43.
Legends Male: K. Walker 33.07, S. Crossfield 37.02.
Legends Female: P. Galvin 39.24. J. Austin 43.40.
Supervets Male: J. Walker 39.58, F. Engelsman 44.53.
Supervets Female: M. Blood 62.44.
Magic Money: T. McRae 34.07.
Watkins Racing Squad overall fastest times: R. Thompson and R. Thomas
Welcome to the Geelong Cross Country Club season 2019. Come and join us for 25 races across the season with 3 new courses for 2019.
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