Perfect conditions prevailed on Sunday as the 83 contestants set off in the Running Company Geelong 15 km sealed handicap around the river loop. By the time the runners began their third and final lap, the wind had picked up. A group of four were still in contention with a kilometre to go when Pat Hagan applied enough pressure to split the bunch to go on to win by 50 metres from Hamish Wishart with invitation runner Bevan Nicholson a further 35 metres astern. There was no doubt in the female section with Jane White over a kilometre ahead of her nearest rivals.
When handicappers Dan, Jo and Michael applied the hidden handicaps, Barney Ellis won his third race for the season in the Middlemarkers. The other three divisions went to members who recorded their first club win, namely Louise Brennan, Kim McFadden and Luke Considine.
Another 25 runners contested a consolation 5 km one lap event with Hannah Peart the winner. Life member Tony McRae was recognised for reaching his 300 run milestone.
Frontmarkers: K. McFadden 80.53
Middlemarkers: B. Ellis 66.42
Backmarkers: L. Considine 59.22
New and Returning Runners: L. Brennan 72.08.
Under 40 Male: P. Hagan 54.41, H. Wishart 54.55.
Under 40 Female: R.Thompson 66.37, A. Key 69.51.
Veteran Male: B. Nicholson 55.02, D.Wright 55.57.
Veteran Female: J. White61.45, S. Andrews 71.00.
Masters Male: M. Maiden 63.48, A. Ward 64.14.
Masters Female: R. Kimpton 68.18, T. De Koning-Ward 79.25.
Legends Male : A. Finlay 61.55, K. McNulty 64.58.
Legends Female: P. Galvin 77.39, K. Hammond 85.03.
Next Sunday’s race is a 8 000 handicap at East Saints Baseball Fields, Pioneer Rd, Waurn Ponds Melway Ref 465 D6 at 9:00 a.m. Registrations need to be submitted to by 8:30 a.m. New members and invitation runners most welcome.
One of the largest fields of the season turned out for the running of the Happy Runner 10 km Surfcoast Classic at Torquay on Sunday morning in some of the best running conditions ever encountered by the club at that venue.
It was Stuart Pretty who backed up his recent win in a sealed series event by hanging on to win by 50 metres from Vin Gasper who had won the previous running of this race in 2019. Paul Posterino who has recovered from serious injury was 150 metres away in third place.
In the battle for fastest, reigning club champion Rachael Thompson was the first female. In the male section, Pat Hagan, in his second club race, took out his first fastest time with first time runner, Hamish Wishart next. Max Wright who joined the club in 1982 was recognised for reaching his 200 club run milestone.
Top 10 Placings
S. Pretty 48.20, V. Gasper 45.55, P. Posterino 39.59, L. Considine 40.32, L. Haines 38.58, N. Muscroft 41.20, E. Kelly 38.18, R. Ryan 56.32, K. Walker 44.06, D. Elward 44.40.
Under 40 Male: P. Hagan 36.30, H. Wishart 37.20.
Under 40 Female: R. Thompson 45.53, A. Key 47.02.
Veteran Male: E. Kelly 38.18, L. Haines 38.58.
Veteran Female: S. Andrews 48.58, L. Brennan 51.29.
Masters Male: A. Ward 43.27, G. Wrest 48.02.
Masters Female: R. Kimpton 46.34,N. Angus 54.14.
Legends Male: K. Walker 44.06, D. Churkovich 50.12.
Legends Female: P. Galvin 53.22, P. Tindall 53.54.
Next Sunday’s race is an 8km handicap race starting at the Peter McCann Memorial Gardens, Fyansford Melway Ref 451 A2 at 9:00 a.m. New members and invitation runners most welcome. Registrations close at 8:30 am.