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2014 February 10km handicap results

Results in PDF format can be downloaded from the foot of this page.

This run was the 6th in our series for 2013-14.

It was also a return to our traditional course after the opening of the pathways given the completion of the Lake makeover.

Very humid conditions early saw the Davo’s special water* station do another roaring trade, but only 98 cups this month (99 last go). *The water is special because it is selective; it only makes some people go faster, not all. As Professor Julius Sumner Miller would ask: Why is that so?

Davo is rarely short of charming assistance. This week we had Di Hillsdon and Lilian Molesworth joining Davo in looking out for their fellow runners. Ladies, you are very much appreciated. Di and Lilian serving up to Brett, Peter, Rob & Jacqui and a ‘how are we going to do this’?

Back on the old course, how do times compare? Comparing the results with the previous month: 46 starters this go; 52 in January. 37 ran both months. 25 of the 37 were faster this go than in January. Some of the improvements were only seconds. Was it the course change that yielded this result, albeit at only 9.7k it was slightly shorter than the supposed 10k tougher (?) course. Were running conditions better? There was still 1/3 of the field on the course for longer than in January.

9 competitors posted their best time this year (2 were only having their second run).

Stating the bleeding obvious: Different things affect different runners on different days. The most important thing is that you are enjoying your running and you are trying your best on any day.


The flying Vanessa Kumar was the first to cross the line, officially first and our trophy winner. Vanessa has been seen putting in the efforts over recent months. Back in December she went back under the 50:00 mark for only the second time (49:43) but this go she smashed that, and her pb of 49:04 set in February ’13 on this course, crossing the line in 48:17. Woo hoo! Wow. Reward for effort! Yes! Vanessa achieved a rare double, first home and the fastest. Steve Pappas claimed similar titles in October 2012.

Next home was Brett Jonathan, 8 seconds behind. Brett’s watch time of 42:55 was his pb, that lowered his previous mark of 43:38, set back in September.

John Child was third in the time of 44:50. This was John’s best time since running that same time back in July’13. Well done John.

Karl Safi was coming home fast, in a watch time of 36:48; another running his best since last July.

Then they came home 5-6 seconds apart.

Next was Lindsey Shing, having her first run in the handicap. Lindsey has set herself the target of running a marathon. This go, she ran a 55:08. Yulei Liu was having his 3rd qualifier and improved by 32 secs on last month. Tim Molesworth crossed the line in 7th place and in the fastest time of the day of 34:31, his best time since December 2012 (on that day, 34:24). Ben Swinfield is running consistently and reaping the benefits of his 6ft track training.

Lorri Dilucchio and Steve Pappas followed, running consistently and just under handicap. Ditto for Grant Moroney who again knocked 5 secs off his pb, running in 45:36. For Grant, that is 5 pbs in 5 months. Vanessa won the day (two photos attached), and 11 runners broke handicap. Thank you to everyone for participating, and again to Davo, Di and Lilian for the waterstop.

On the day, our fastest were Tim in 34:31 from Karl in 36:48; and Vanessa in 48:17 from Lindsey with 55:08.


In terms of the series, and this being the 6th run, we are effectively half way.

In the progressive point-scores, our series winning scores will be less the two lowest scores for each competitor. Currently, the monthly reporting is an aggregate of scores to date, not yet considering these worse two results.

In the handicap point-score, Grant Moroney leads Peter Allen 1165 – 1154. If the worse two are deducted, Grant leads Peter 787 - 785. Nothing in it!

In the ladies contest, Desi Joaniddes leads Vanessa 1072 – 1055. Drop their worse two scores, and Vanessa leads Lianne Christall 776 – 762. There are a few scores thereabouts, so anyone’s game.

In the fastest male point-score, Paul Webb and Lorri Dilucchio share the lead on 33, from Lachlan McKenzie 31. If we consider the worse two scores, Lorri on 29, leads from Tim and Karl on 28. Anyone can win!

In the fastest female point-score, Vanessa has recovered the lead from Mary Sheehan 43 – 37, drop those two scores and Mary leads Vanessa 37 – 32. A nice tussle unwrapping!

We would never have the same line-up from month to month, but sometimes our regulars go missing for one reason or another.
This month Lilian was out with a leg injury. Zenita Acaba also has leg issues and she has missed the last couple of runs. Ditto, Lisa Bennett with stress fractures of the femur. Paul Foley struggled in December and missed January courtesy of a staff v student soccer match where he encountered youth and took a knock to his ribs. Alan Whitmore’s done an ankle. For others, work gets in the way of rocking up to the Lake. But, but, very rarely does one snooze through the alarm. A potential champion takes a hit with a very unscheduled sleep-in. Zzzzzzzzz and more zzzzzzzzzzs. My Oxfam mate, Non-stop all through the night pocket rocket Lianne Christall, she snoozed. Sorry Lianne. I know you had a sleepless night.

The lucky stick winner was #10 for Steve Pappas and the ticket draw was won by Margaret Brouwer. Steve opted for the socks. And Margaret preferred an Eaglehawk white.
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Patrick V,
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Patrick V,
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Patrick V,
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