weather welcomed the 74 starters in the Injury Clinic 12.6 km handicap held at
Wurdiboluc Reservoir. It was a marked contrast to last season’s event at the
same venue. It was backmarker, Kurt Jungling, who was able to take the lead
inside the last kilometre to win comfortably from Geoff Anset by 80 metres with
Susan Andrews a similar distance away third. For Jungling, it was sweet
revenge for last year’s event at the same venue when he finished second last.
Kate Bramley continued her stellar form to easily be the fastest female whilst
former club champion, Ron Thomas, was the fastest male by over a minute. A pink
cupcake morning tea organised by Bonnie Szymczak in memory of Jo Foran was well
patronised and raised valuable funds for Sanctuary Counselling Centre.
K. Jungling, 52:34; G. Anset, 60:22; S. Andrews, 58:03; J. Morton, 73:17; S. Vander Bruggen, 47:12; D. Elward, 53:01; G. Clark, 62:26; M. Humphrey, 53:26; S. Van Rooyen, 47:12; R. Thompson, 52:25.
Under 40 Male: D. Burns 46.36, M.Minney 46.56.
Under 40 Female: K. Bramley 47.05, R. Thompson 52.25.
Veteran Male: R. Thomas 45.31,S. Vander Bruggen 47.12.
Veteran Female: S. Andrews 58.03, T. Dekleva 59.23.
Masters Male: A. Ward 52.27, M. Humphrey 53.26.
Masters Female: C. Crawford 67.35, N. Angus 67.59.
Legends Male: K. Walker 51.41, D. Elward 53.01.
Legends Female: J. Morton 73.17, C. Bridgland 76.54
Supervets Male: J. Walker 64.56, F. Engelsman 72.12.
Sunday morning weather prevailed for the eighty competitors in the Café Zoo 7
km handicap held at the Drysdale Recreation Reserve. The true cross country
course with its hills and grassy terrain has always favoured the backmarkers
and that was the case again this season. Kate Bramley was joined by her coach,
Stephane Vander Bruggen, mid-race and they ran neck and neck for the rest of
the race with Bramley winning by a few hundredths of a second. Brendan O’Brien
was 100 metres behind in third place. It was Bramley’s first club win and is
the icing on the cake after she has earned a much sought after professional
triathlon listing. That enables her to compete in elite events and a trip to
Europe is planned. Both the major placegetters were the fastest for their
K. Bramley, 27:03; S. Vander Bruggen, 26:49; B. O’Brien, 29:35; L. Rowan, 31:32; D. Wright, 28:10; K. Walker, 29:44; P. Posterino, 28:14; S. Pedersen, 32:10; D. Burns, 26:57; L. Pye, 36:35.
Under 40 Male: D. Burns 26.57, M. Minney 26.59.
Under 40 Female: K. Bramley 27.03, N. Byrne 34.37.
Veteran Male: S. Vander Bruggen 26.49,B. Nicholson 27.26.
Veteran Female: J. De Vries 30.53,S. Pedersen 32.10.
Masters Male: T. Bentley 28.33, A. Ward 30.42.
Masters Female: S. Howell 33.43, N. Angus 38.54.
Legends Male: K. Walker 29.44, M. Wright 34.47.
Legends Female: P. Galvin 40.09, J. Morton 45.14.
Supervets Male: J. Walker 37.03, F. Engelsman 42.37.
Supervets Female: D. Elson 47.33, F. Barnett 53.53.
The season’s biggest field of 116, including 21 invitation runners, lined up for the Mediate First 5 km sealed handicap along the Waurn Ponds Creek shared pathway. Conditions were ideal with little breeze and consequently the pace was on from the start. It was Daryl Burns who was able to hold off Michael Minney to win by 20 metres with Luke Haines a further 40 metres behind. Kate Bramley again streeted her rivals, being the fastest female by almost two minutes.
When handicappers, Dan and Andrew, applied the hidden handicaps, the Middlemarkers’ and Frontmarkers’ divisions were won by Glenn Wrest and Frank Engelsman respectively who had trained hard for the recent Ocean Road Marathon. Andrew McGrillen won his second Backmarkers’ section sash and Jane Card was the Newcomers’ winner. Julie Elkin was recognised for reaching the 400 run milestone after 25 seasons with the club.
Sealed Handicap Results
Frontmarkers: F. Engelsman, 25:12
Middlemarkers: G. Wrest, 20:48
Backmarkers: A. McGrillen, 18:39
New and Returning Runners: J. Card, 26:31
Under 20 Male: O. Hynes 18.19
Under 40 Male: D. Burns 17.20, M. Minney 17.24
Under 40 Female: K. Bramley 17.45, R. Thompson 19.29
Veteran Male: L. Haines 17.32, S. Vander Bruggen 17.36
Veteran Female: S. Pedersen 20.22, K. Hayes 21.43
Masters Male: T. Bentley 18.37, A. Ward 19.26
Masters Female:, S. Howell 21.18,N. Angus 25.05
Legends Male : K. Walker 19.03, K. Henderson 19.19
Legends Female: P. Galvin 23.26, J. Austin 26.00
Supervets Male: J. Walker 23.48, F. Engelsman 25.12
field of eighty-two gathered at Ocean Grove Surf Club for the Bellarine Print
10 km handicap . As the race began, a moderate breeze sprang up and together
with patches of soft sand made for an interesting challenge. It was Stuart
Pretty, a member since 1996, who was able to race through the middle and
frontmarkers and then withstand a challenge from Brendan O’Brien to win by 40
metres with Rachael Thompson a further 40 metres away in third. It was a dual
celebration for Pretty as it was his 300th club race and his fifth
win. Stuart Crossfield was also recognised for reaching the 300 run
milestone. New member, Catherine Allison, was easily the fastest female whilst
Daryl Burns lengthened his lead in the male championship with another fastest
Top 10 Placings
S. Pretty, 47:03; B. O’Brien, 41:43; R. Thompson, 42:24; M. Orelli, 61:15; D. Wright, 38:18; S. Crossfield, 45:45; L. Rowan, 44:19; G. Wrest, 46:14; G. Anset, 50:07; A. McGrillen, 41:44
Under 40 Male: D. Burns 37.26, M. Minney 38.40.
Under 40 Female: C. Allison 40.58, R. Thompson 42.24.
Veteran Male: D. Wright 38.18, B. O’Brien 41.43.
Veteran Female: T. Dekleva 46.38, S. Andrews 48.09.
Masters Male: T. Bentley 39.58, Z. Krstevski 43.18.
Masters Female: S. Howell 46.10, K. Hammond 55.30.
Legends Male: K. Walker 40.50, D. Elward 43.38.
Legends Female: J Morton 60.42, M. Henshaw 61.27.
Supervets Male: J. Walker 51.39, M. Orelli 61.15.
Supervets Female: D. Elson 63.25, F. Barnett 69.54.
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