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
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