A field of 242 keen athletes and fun runners defied the New Year’s Eve forecast heat to participate in the 29th running of the Dawnbuster along Geelong’s beachfront. Rising early to make the 7 a.m. start time didn’t dampen their enthusiasm.
A bunch of four athletes scorched along towards Rippleside at a frenetic pace and they were still together returning past the Carousel. It took Peter Kerr a long time to break free to record his fifth win in the event in a time of 15 minutes 37 seconds. He had also been successful in 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018. The first female was Maddie Orr..
The event was organised by Geelong Cross Country Club with close to $4 500 being raised for Give Where You Live.
Individual participant’s times will not be recorded; however finish times will be displayed on the race clock at the finish line.
Baggage storage will be available but we can only accept bags, not loose items, and can’t accept responsibility for valuables.
Please bring your own drink container. Water will be available for filling your container.
Please – no dogs or strollers due to the narrowness of the pavement in some places.
You must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate in this event.
Entrants will be required show their vaccination certificate upon registration (phone or hard copy)
To minimise COVID risks, there will be no presentations and no overall or age category prizes. But the fastest male and fastest female will be acknowledged on the day and on the Give Where You Live website.
A field of 49 assembled for the time honoured Newgrove Benchtops Eliminator at Balyang Sanctuary. All entrants had to complete both the 4 km and 3 km events with the best performed twenty qualifying for the 2 km final.
It was Michael Orelli who defied the backmarkers to run him down to win by fifty metres with Pam Tindal leading the chasing pack. For Orelli, a short course specialist, it was his fourth win in the race, having also been successful in 2000, 2007 and 2015.
Rob Solly was acclaimed for reaching his 100th run milestone. The next club event is the Dawn Buster at the Carousel at 7 a.m. on New Year’s Eve.
Top 10 Placings
M. Orelli 10:56, P. Tindal 9:27, M. Morton 7:30, S. Thompson 8:03, S. Curtain 7:45, K. McNulty 8:03, M. Fox 6:25, H. Peart 10:18, N. Madden 8:14, R. Peart 7:14.