Eighty-seven keen athletes gathered on a very pleasant Sunday morning for the East Geelong Discount Drug Store 8 km handicap around a very testing course at Inverleigh. The three steep climbs make the course a favourite for backmarkers. It was club senior vice-president Kevin McNulty who ended his run of minor placings with a convincing victory by almost a minute from Stephane Vander Bruggen with the flying veteran Grant Simpson close up in third place. McNulty has been training strongly with his early morning group with the emphasis on hill work as well as track work at Landy Field. Kate Bramley and Grant Simpson were easily the fastest for their gender. After the race, the sumptuous morning tea provided by the race sponsor was greatly appreciated by all.
Top 10 Placings
K. McNulty, 33:29; S. Vander Bruggen, 31:26; G. Simpson, 28:51; D. Blount, 31:55; A. McGrillen, 35:02; K. Bramley, 32:05; G. Clark, 38:42; J. Curran, 31:55; S. Howelll, 37:06; T. McRae, 33:47.
Under 20 Male: J. Gordon 32.35
Under 40 Male: J. Curran 31.55, J. Donovan 32.19
Under 40 Female: K. Bramley 32.05, K. Eisenhauer 35.53
Veteran Male: G. Simpson 28.51, R. Thomas 29.59
Veteran Female: K. Hayden 44.03, F. Gilks 45.49
Masters Male: K. McNulty 33.29, D. Peart 34.45
Masters Female: S. Howell 37.06, C. Crawford 43.17
Legends Male: M. Wright 36.04, R. Blue 37.08
Legends Female: K. Oliver 49.03, M. Henshaw 50.10
Supervets Male: J. Walker 41.46, G. Marshall 53.43
Supervets Female: M. Blood 62.03
Magic Money: K. Hayden