Fortunately, the predicted heavy rain stayed away till the post race presentations which was a blessing for the 78 starters in the Active Feet 10 km Sealed Handicap at Barwon Valley Park on Sunday. The strong wind made it tough going in some of the exposed areas.
Pat Hagan held off invite Damien Turner to score by 10 metres with another invite Jarron Cole well back in third. Kate Bramley was over seven minutes ahead of the second female, Madeline Crawford.
When handicappers Dan, Jo and Michael applied the hidden handicaps, life member Fred Barnett won the Frontmarkers, her first win since 2010. As is often the case, recent winners and placegetters do well in the Sealed Series races because they do not carry penalties into the series. So it was no surprise to see in form runners, Luke Considine and Damian Woodberry win the Backmarkers and Middlemarkers sections respectively. Colin Rose who returned to the club after a five year absence won the New and Returning division.
Frontmarkers: F. Barnett 66.33, Middlemarkers: D. Woodberry 49.08, Backmarkers: L. Considine 36.44, New and Returning Runners: C. Rose 41.17.
Under 40 Male: P.Hagan 34.15, J. Cole 35.39.
Under 40 Female: K. Bramley 37.09, M. Crawford 44.24.
Veteran Male: D. Turner 34.17, L. Considine 36.44.
Veteran Female: L. Brennan 45.16, A. Muscroft 45.26.
Masters Male: J. Foran 43.31, G Wrest 46.16.
Masters Female: S. Andrews 46.34, N. Angus 55.05.
Legends Male : A. Findlay 41.19, K. Walker 41.37.
Legends Female: P. Galvin 50.36, J. Austin 55.56.
Supervets Male: D. Elward 41.18, P. Fuller 48.20.
Supervets Female: F. Barnett 66.33, C.Bridgland 68.03.
In contrast to fog bound Geelong, it was a pleasant sunny morning in Ocean Grove as the field of 66 lined up for the running of the Beyond 8 km handicap at Ocean Grove on Sunday.
It was recent consistent placegetter, Demetrius Churkovich who broke through for his maiden club handicap win to narrowly score from last week’s runner up Damian Woodberry with Carol Crawford hanging on to claim third. Churkovich who joined the club in 1985 was absent for many years until he rejoined in 2012, now competing much more regularly.
Louise Brennan was the fastest female by almost a minute while invitation runner Oliver Lewry took the fastest time honours for the males. Sue Howell was acclaimed for winning a bronze medal in the 800 metres at the World Masters Athletics Games in Finland.
Top 10 Placings
D. Churkovich 37.06, D. Woodberry 39.35, C. Crawford 41.18, B. Ingles 37.03, P. Galvin 40.55, G. Wrest 37.07, S. Vander Bruggen 30.30. S. Pretty 37.04, L. Considine 30.03, D. Elward 33.40.
Under 40 Male: O. Lewry 2717, Mac Fox 29.05.
Under 40 Female: M. Voss 37.10, May Fox 38.21.
Veteran Male: D. Burns 29.40, L. Considine 30.03,
Veteran Female: L. Brennan 36.16, K. Wright 41.00
Masters Male: S. Pretty 37.05, G. West 37.07.
Masters Female: G. Pape 37.12, C. Crawford 41.18.
Legends Male: K. McNulty 33.53, K. Walker 33.57 .
Legends Female: P. Galvin 40.55, J. Austin 43.36.
Supervets Male: D. Elward 33.40, V. Gasper 41.23.
Supervets Female: C. Stephens 43.30, F. Barnett 55.33.
A calm, cool morning greeted the field of 65 who turned out for the running of the Point Lonsdale Health and Wellness 10 km handicap at Point Lonsdale on Sunday. It was a very complicated course and full credit to Paul and Murray for their work throughout the week and also to those who volunteered to marshal. In the final stages of the race, the wind suddenly increased.
Life member and consistent placegetter, Ken Walker won his first race since 2007 when he cleared out to win by 150 metres from Damian Woodberry with the fast finishing Demetrius Churkovich 40 metres further astern. Walker has run numerous placings over the past few years as well as winning his age group championship every year.
Pat Hagan was comprehensively the fastest male while invitation entrant, Alana Plymin ended Kate Bramley’s sequence of fastest female honours.
Top 10 Placings
K. Walker 43.50, D. Woodberry 52.21, D. Churkovich 49.10, C. Hatton 48.52, B. Ingles 48.17, K. Bramley 39.56, J. Foran 44.51, G. Wrest 48.16, P. Hagan 36.07, A. Kavanagh 42.23.
Under 20 Male: C. Hill 45.02.
Under 40 Male: P. Hagan 36.07, W. Forsythe 38.46.
Under 40 Female: A. Plymin 39.12, K. Bramley 39.56.
Veteran Male: D. Burns 38.28, S. Vander Bruggen 40.26.
Veteran Female: F. Wright 47.02, K. Wright 54.27.
Masters Male: J. Foran 44.51, Z. Krstevski 46.45.
Masters Female: G. Pape 48.06, C. Crawford 55.17.
Legends Male: K. Walker 43.50, C. Hatton 48.52.
Legends Female: P. Galvin 54.39, S. Buckingham 58.35.
Supervets Male: D. Elward 44.32, G. Clark 53.20.
Supervets Female: C. Stephens 55.10, F. Barnett 71.05.
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.