A field of 540 competitors faced the starter in the Geelong Half Marathon held in perfect conditions on Sunday morning.
Two time winner, Abere Belay, streeted the opposition to record his third win, missing his course record by only 8 seconds. Anna Kelly won the female section, breaking the record by 37 seconds. She was able to slot in to a group of six that stayed together for most of the race. A further 71 runners tackled the 5 km event.
Open Male: A. Belay 64.40, D. Ridley 66.13.
Open Female: A. Kelly 73.17, R. McGuiness 76.31.
Under 20 Male: J. Cunningham 81.08, H. Gibbs 81.12
Under 20 Female: B. Puglisi 79.22, M. Ioannou 94.35.
Veteran Male: S. Tu 74.57, J. Howe 77.20.
Veteran Female: C. Phillips 94.34, Shazzy. O 96.34.
Masters Male: S. Trutwin 82.50, M. Walder 85.25.
Masters Female: M. Vincent 98.47, W. Parker 102.14.
Legends Male: P. Gaunt 94.24, T. Shepperd 95.10.
Legends Female: P. Galvin 108.53, W. Kelly 121.35.
The field of 80 in the Active Feet 6.5 km handicap at Barwon Valley Park were faced with an unseasonably warm morning. The occasional shady patches along the Barwon River path were much appreciated by the runners.
It was frontmarker Travis Ingles in his 69th club race who defied the efforts of three times most impressive award winner, Dave Elward, to win by 150 metres. Ingles joined in 2009 and won a race in his first season. He returned last season after a few years away from the club and has trained more regularly.
Pat Hagan confirmed his favouritism for the club champion award by easily being the fastest male whilst Sue Andrews was clearly the fastest female.
Top 10 Placings
T.Ingles 37.18, D. Elward 27.18, P. Posterino 24.15, S. Curtain 25.58, K. McNulty 27.42, D. Churkovich 30.35, K. Walker 27.16, P. Galvin 31.52, E. Kelly 23.58, S. Andrews 29.59.
Under 40 Male: P. Hagan 21.54. D. Hargreaves 23.13.
Under 40 Female: K. Bahari 32.09, J. Bish 33.50.
Veteran Male: E. Kelly 23.58, D. Wright 24.37.
Veteran Female: L. Brennan 30.25, A. Muscroft 31.48.
Masters Male: A. Ward 26.43, J. Foran 28.46.
Masters Female: S. Andrews 29.59, T. De Koning-Ward 33.22.
Legends Male: K. Walker 27.16, K. McNulty 27.42.
Legends Female: S. Howell 30.34, P. Galvin 31.52.
Supervets Male: D. Elward 27.18, V. Gasper 31.54.
Supervets Female: C. Stephens 34.48, F. Barnett 44.21
A field of 86 turned out for the season opening Steigen 5 km sealed handicap at the Saints Baseball Fields. The overcast sky and a gentle breeze made for perfect running conditions along the Waurn Ponds Creek circuit.
Second year member, Pat Hagan showed he had retained his fine form of last season to win by forty metres from another second year member, Mac Fox. Reigning Masters female champion. Ruth Kimpton was the fastest female by a substantial margin over Louise Brennan.
When the hidden handicaps were applied, it was Steve Curtain who won his first sash, having run 58 races since joining the club in 2015. Stephane VanderBruggen was congratulated on reaching his 200 run milestone
Winner: S. Curtain 19.29
Under 20 Male: J. Peart 29.43
Under 40 Male: P. Hagan 16.26, M. Fox 16.34
Under 40 Female: K. Bahari 23.58, M. Crawford 24.26.
Veteran Female: L. Brennan 22.29, D. White 22.40
Masters Male: A. Ward 19.55, Z. Krstevski 20.41.
Masters Female: R. Kimpton 21.39, T. De Koning-Ward 24.59.
Legends Male: K. Walker 20.14, K. McNulty 20.49.
Legends Female: J. Austin 27.09, K. Hammond 27.36.
Supervets Male: D. Elward 20.20, V. Gasper 23.11.
Supervets Female: C. Stephens 27.17, F. Barnett 33.13.
Next Sunday’s race is a 6.5 km handicap race starting at Barwon Valley Park Melway Ref 451 H 8 at 9:00 a.m. New members and invitation runners most welcome. Registrations close at 8:30 am
Run along Geelong’s beautiful Barwon River, a fast and scenic course
Your entry fees directly support key community organisations
All Half Marathon finishers receive a medal, and all 5km finishers receive a drink bottle
We’re confident the event will be COVID-safe. If we are forced to cancel the event, your entry fee will be refunded in full, and if we are forced to postpone the event, your entry fee will be carried over to the new date.
You must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (at least 2 vaccinations) to participate.
As well as being the Geelong Cross Country Club’s annual fundraiser, your Geelong Half Marathon entry fees directly contribute to community organisations. In 2021, we donated $10,000 to the Andrew Love Cancer Centre at Geelong’s University Hospital.