Congratulations to our two spot prize winners for the Virtual 5 km Dawnbuster Fun Run (held from Monday 28 December to Thursday 31 December 2020): Sean Stockton from Geelong and Adam Hilton from Brunswick East.
Here are results for the free virtual event in September 2020 for everyone who had registered for the 2020 Geelong Half Marathon and 7 km Run. Click here for all results: 21.1 km; 7 km
As a special feature, results include age gradings. These show your speed relative to world-best for the distance for your age and gender. Age gradings are rated as follows: >100% = world record level; >90% = world class; >80% = national class; >70% = regional class; >0% = an athlete. And there were some truly outstanding performances (see below). For example, Peter Rushen ran at 85% of the world-best speed for males of his age. Well done to you all.
Newgrove Benchtops ‘Not-the-Eliminator’ 2 km Virtual Final and Consolation Races
The twenty finalists had to submit a 2 km race time to decide the Newgrove Benchtops Eliminator with the sponsor generously providing a champagne set for the victor. Once again, it was a hectic dash and those who waited till late in the week had strong winds to contend with. The winner was Russell Dmytrenko who scored by 0.8 of a second from Liam Hanrahan who ran the fastest time with Charlie Harrison third. Dmytrenko has shown marked improvement recently and has done most of his runs in the Williamstown area. The fastest female time was recorded by Susan Andrews. There was a consolation race for those who missed out on the final and 32 runners competed. The convincing winner on handicap was Dianne Shiells.
The virtual season has now concluded with many thanks to Jeanette Morton who was named Best Clubperson for her untiring work in conducting the 23 race program. The next proposed club event is the Dawnbuster run at 7 a.m. on 31st December at the Carousel. Hopefully it will not have to be virtual.
Newgrove Benchtops ‘Not-the-Eliminator’ 4/3/2 km Virtual Race
This was the first week of the virtual Newgrove Benchtops Eliminator. The entrants had to submit both a 4 km and a 3 km race time and handicapper Jeanette had the task of calculating the twenty best results to run in the final to be held in the coming week. With the shorter distances than usual, the pace was frenetic. When the times for the two distances were added together, it was former handicapper, Russell Dmytrenko, who had the best adjusted time with newcomers Charlie Harrison and Sarah Andrews filling the placings. Hayley Newman was the fastest female over both distances with Dan Wright the fastest male at 3 km and Liam Hanrahan the fastest over 4 km.
The field of 20 for the virtual 2 km final this week is:
R. Dmytrenko, C. Harrison, S. Andrews, D. Hurst, P. Kemp. S. Ryan, A. Nguyen, A. Jenkins, S. Thompson, T. de Koning-Ward, G. Baensch, J. Walker, A. Morton, P. Austin, B. Ellis, J. Kavanagh, J. Forster, T. McRae, L. Hanrahan, M. Morton.