A record modern day field of 128, including numerous new members, lined up for the Steigen 5 km sealed handicap which was the opening event of the 2017 season. With favourable conditions, the large field set off at a furious pace along the Barwon River paths. New member, Matt Gunther, was able to hold off reigning club champion, Ron Thomas, in the run to the finish Zoe Adams was the first female by almost 80 metres from Sara Coulter. When the secret handicaps were applied, it was Robert Blue who recorded his first club victory. Blue has been training hard and competing in the You Yangs Park Run. Life member, Ken Walker, was applauded for reaching his 600 run milestone, being only the fifth runner to do so.
Top 10 Results
R. Blue 20.21, A. Bird 17.43, B. Benshoof 18.19, D. Bartlett 17.57, S. Coulter 19.32, C. Michael 20.18, M. Blood 33.39, M.Clayton 18.17, R. Thomas 17.00, Z. Adams 19.16.
Under 20 Male: N. McDonald 20.07, A. Fitzpatrick 35.52
Under 40 Male: M. Gunther 16.56, A. Bird 17.43
Under 40 Female: Z. Adams 19.16, S. Coulter 19.32
Veteran Male: R. Thomas 17.00, M. Chalmers 17.31
Veteran Female: L. McGrath 20.21, C. Nivarovich 21.32
Masters Male: T.Bentley 18:12, M. Clayton 18.17
Masters Female: S. Howell 21.06, M. Gourley 23.31
Legends Male : D. Elward 19.21, K. Walker 19.26
Legends Female: J. Austin 25.13, J. Morton 27.02
Supervets Male: G. Marshall 29.28, M. Orelli 30.02
Supervets Female: M. Blood 33.39