A strengthening breeze and a very hilly section mid-race past Buckley Falls made racing challenging for the 88 competitors in the Pakington Bakery and Point Lonsdale Physiotherapy 8 km handicap at Fyansford. Regular placegetter, Rachael Thompson, who has overcome serious health issues, broke through for her first club win. Thompson enjoys trail running and is adept on hilly courses. She scored by 70 metres from Rob Solly with Phil Shay a further 60 metres back. Sara Coulter was the fastest female and Tom Hockley-Samon in his first official club run was the fastest male. David Whelan was acclaimed for reaching his 100 run milestone. Thanks to the many members who acted as marshals and recorders.
Top 10 Placings
R.Thompson, 33:48; R. Solly, 34:00; P. Shay, 32:55; M. Crawford, 38:06; J. Colebrook, 44:07; J. Walker, 39:27; I. Galjuk, 32:18; P. Carroll, 34:00; S. Thompson, 35:52; T. Stewart, 36:18.
Under 20 Male: T. Hockley-Samon 29.47, J. Gordon 30.49
Under 20 Female: K. Gleeson 36.44
Under 40 Male: J. Curran 30.09, A. Bird 30.14
Under 40 Female: S. Coulter 33.15, R. Thompson 33.48
Veteran Male: D. Wright 40.16, N. Taylor 30.17
Veteran Female: S. Andrews 39.09, M. Paull 41.03
Masters Male: T. Bentley 31.26, P. Shay 32.55
Masters Female: S. Howell 35.41, N. Angus 40.28
Legends Male: M. Wright 35.20, G. Clark 38.23
Legends Female: M. Henshaw 46.06, C. Bridgland 48.12
Supervets Male: J. Walker 39.27, G. Marshall 50.49
Supervets Female: M. Blood 61.35
Magic Money: R. Solly