A strong, blustery south-west wind greeted the 88 competitors in the Carol and Terry Crawford Funerals 8 km handicap at Waurn Ponds. The twisting course and the buffeting wind made it difficult for runners to maintain a rhythm. It was first year member, Marcus Gniel, who was able to withstand the challenge from fellow first year runner Cassie Moss with perennial top ten finisher Andrew McGrillen filling third place. The gaps between first and second and second and third were 80 metres. Kate Bramley and Jarron Cole were convincingly the fastest of their gender. Thank you to the members who did the manual recording of the results.
After the event, Carol Crawford delivered a moving tribute to all former members who have passed away.
Top 10 Placings
M.Gniel, 35:47; C. Moss, 34:47; A. McGrillen, 32:17; R. Thompson, 33:38; R. Wright, 38:01; E. Sims, 39:50; D. Churkovich, 36:47; P. Austin, 42:41; S. Howell, 34:24; T. Stewart, 35:34.
Under 20 Male: O. Hynes 29.02
Under 40 Male: J. Cole 26.37, J. Curran 29.38
Under 40 Female: K. Bramley 30.00, K. Eisenhauer 30.46
Veteran Male: G. Simpson 27.23, M. Chalmers 28.53
Veteran Female: S. Blackborrow 32.54, S. Pedersen 36.09
Masters Male: M. Clayton 31.27, K. McNulty 32.15
Masters Female: S. Howell 34.24, N. Angus 39.52
Legends Male: M. Wright 34.05, J. Morton 36.04
Legends Female: C. Bridgland 47.09, J. Elkin 49.55
Supervets Male: J. Walker 39.17, M. Orelli 48.35
Supervets Female: M. Blood 59.05
Magic Money: C. Moss