83 runners gathered for the Happy Runner 10 km handicap at Torquay’s Fisherman’s Beach in ideal racing conditions. The tide was well out providing a firm sand surface for the mid-race 5 km beach section. It was former long time club treasurer, Crichton Collins who hit the lead with 100 metres to run and withstood a late challenge from Tracie Dekleva to win by 15 metres with Denise Elson 30 metres further astern. It was Collins’ first victory since he won the same event six years ago. Race sponsor, Nigel Muscroft, was acclaimed for reaching his 100 run milestone.
Top 10 Placings
C. Collins, 46:45; T. Dekleva, 41:19; D. Elson, 58:37; S. Curtain, 41:54; L. Ryan, 43:28; G. Simpson, 37:41; B. O’Brien, 45:00; M. Clayton, 40:02; J. Foran, 40:47; C. Cahill, 50:08.
Under 40 Male: D. Burns 38.39, J. Curran 41.01
Under 40 Female: K. Eisenhauser 41.50, R. Thompson 44.40
Veteran Male: R. Thomas.37.30, G. Simpson 37.41
Veteran Female: T. Dekleva 41.19, S. Pedersen 47.23
Masters Male: M. Clayton 40.02, P. Shay 42.58
Masters Female: M. Smith 55.43, C. Crawford 56.07
Legends Male : K. Walker 41.06, R. Blue 5.24
Legends Female: J. Morton 56.53, D. Elson 58.37
Supervets Male: M. Orelli 59.27, G. Marshall 66.15
Magic Money: M. Orelli