The heavy shower passed, easing to intermittent drizzle as the field of 65 took off in the Kieser 10 km handicap at the Geelong Grammar School on Sunday. The moderate breeze meant conditions were quite favourable.
Middlemarker Leo Pye won his second race in a fortnight when he held on to beat perennial placegetter, Ken Walker, by 50 metres with Rachel Ryan a similar distance back in third place. Pye uses the shorter distances at Masters Athletics to sharpen up his speed.
Susan Andrew increased her lead in the club championship by comprehensively being the fastest female while Pat Hagan was comfortably the fastest male. Thanks to the course directors and marshals for their contribution to a successful event.
Top 10 Placings
L. Pye 49.08, K. Walker 41.50, R. Ryan 53.49, S. Andrews 45.25, D. Churkovich 47.07, C. Crawford 51.49, F. Engelsman 55.26, B. Ellis 43.29, D. Wright 37.43, F. Barnett 67.24.
Under 40 Male: P. Hagan 36.10, E. James 37.22.
Under 40 Female: K. Bahari 48.50, J. Bish 51.07.
Veteran Male: D. Burns 36.50, E. Kelly 37.19.
Veteran Female: K. Wright 51.52, K. Gilbert 52.43.
Masters Male: A. Ward 43.05, Z. Krstevski 43.51.
Masters Female: S. Andrews 45.25. C. Crawford 51.49.
Legends Male: K. Walker 41.50, K. McNulty 42.43.
Legends Female: P. Galvin 51.26, J. Austin 56.26.
Supervets Male: D. Elward 42.17, V. Gasper 48.03.
Supervets Female: C. Stephens 55.22, F. Barnett 67.24.
Fifty-five brave souls turned up for the running of the Windows By Geoff Case 10 km King of the Mountains handicap at the You Yangs on Sunday. The early morning fog cleared, resulting in perfect racing conditions. Runners pondered whether it was better to walk or run up the torturous saddle section.
It was Michael Minney who handled the testing course best, holding off the fast finishing Ed Kelly by 50 metres with Luke Haines a further 35 metres back. For Minney who joined in 2019, it was his first victory. Kelly won the sponsor’s award for the fastest male whilst invitation entrant, Tegan Geall, was the fastest female by over two minutes to also be richly rewarded.
Fiona Fitzpatrick and Joanna MacCarthy were both acclaimed for reaching their 100 run milestones.
Top 10 Placings
M. Minney 44.25, E. Kelly 42.00, L. Haines 43.09. P. Posterino 42.22, S. Vander Bruggen 43.35, K. Walker 48.47, R. Solly 51.09, B. Ingles 53.11, M. Crawford 52.40, S. Andrews 52.26.
Under 40 Male: H. Fleet 42.17, P. Posterino 42.22.
Under 40 Female: T. Geall 50.24, M. Crawford 52.40.
Veteran Male: E. Kelly 42.00, L. Haines 43.09.
Veteran Female: K. Wright 62.02, L. Solly 62.26.
Masters Male: R. Solly 51.09, G. Wrest 53.59.
Masters Female: S. Andrews 52.26, T. De Koning-Ward 61.31.
Legends Male: K. Walker 48.47, K. McNulty 49.01.
Legends Female: P. Galvin 61.44, J. Austin 64.46.
Supervets Male: D. Elward, V. Gasper 58.54, J. Walker 60.57.
Supervets Female: C. Bridgland 74.46, F. Barnett 73.30.
After hilly courses in the past fortnight, most of the 66 competitors in the Pro Feet Podiatry 8 km sealed handicap were pleased to tackle a much flatter event along the river path to Fyansford and return.
Much of the course was sheltered from the moderate north wind, making conditions ideal. A bunch of four shared the lead for 5 km until Dan Wright and Pat Hagan established a gap. Hagan proved the stronger in the sprint to the line winning by 35 metres from Wright with Matt Lyon 65 metres astern.
When handicappers Dan, Jo and Michael applied the hidden handicaps, Luke Ryan won the Backmarlers division and Kartina Bahari the Newcomers and Returning runners section. The Middlemarkers and Frontmarkers divisions were won by Leo Pye and Frank Engelsman respectively, both of whom are regulars at Masters Athletics on Wednesday nights.
Assistant secretary, Frank Engelsman was recognised for reaching his 100 run milestones.
Frontmarkers: F. Engelsman, Middlemarkers: L.Pye, Backmarkers: L. Ryan, New and Returning Runners: K. Bahari.
Under 40 Male: P.Hagan 29.13, M. Lyon 29.35.
Under 40 Female: K. Bramley 31.16, K. Bahari 39.18.
Veteran Male: D. Wright 29.21, L. Considine 29.47.
Veteran Female: A. Pang 33.19, A. Muscroft 35.58.
Masters Male: A. Ward 33.15, J. Foran 34.35.
Masters Female: S. Andrews 36.01, T. De Koning-Ward 43.18.
Legends Male : K. Walker 33.08, K. McNulty 34.00.
Legends Female: P. Galvin 39.42, J. Elkin 56.25.
Supervets Male: D. Elward 33.15, P. Fuller 37.21.
Supervets Female: C. Stephens 42.21, F. Barnett 52.27.
A cool windy morning greeted the field of 53 that turned out for the running of the Corrective Chiropractic Bellarine 7 km handicap at Drysdale yesterday. Thankfully the predicted heavy rain stayed away. Course directors, Geoff Clark, Stuart Crossfield and Gerry Fitzpatrick did a magnificent job reconfiguring the course after flooding made the footbridge impassable.
As usual, the undulating course and challenging terrain favoured the backmarkers. Club president and life member Kevin McNulty took the lead with 500 metres to go and won by 80 metres from Madeline Crawford with last week’s winner, Luke Considine 10 metres back in third. McNulty, a veteran with 369 club runs, has been in the placings recently so his win was not unexpected.
First year runner, Hugh Fleet, was the fastest male for the second week running with Kate Bramley being the fastest female by a huge margin once again
Top 10 Placings
K. McNulty 32.02, M. Crawford 34.53, L. Considine 28.20, K. Walker 31.52, L. Pye 37.29, L. Haines 28.31, E. Kelly 28.21, A. Kavanagh 30.30, P. Posterino 28.16, M. Morton 30.29.
Under 40 Male: H. Fleet 27.53, P.Posterino 28.16.
Under 40 Female: K. Bramley 29.42, P. Minney 34.50.
Veteran Male: L. Considine 28.20, E. Kelly 28.21.
Veteran Female: A. Muscroft 34.50, K. Gilbert 40.03.
Masters Male: A. Ward 31.59, Z. Krstevski 33.32.
Masters Female: S. Andrews 35.23, C. Crawford 40.34.