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2014 March 10km handicap results

Words by Vic Anderson

This run was the 7th in our series for 2013-14.

Most of our field were having their second competitive run on the ‘old’ course and generally returned quicker times than last month. The weather was a little kinder with a little drizzle and the 18 degrees, but the 92% humidity still left the runners with some muggy conditions.

I belatedly apologise for the absence of the water station. Despite Davo being awol, all was arranged. Poor Di Hillsdon was one volunteer, and she was waiting 30 minutes out on the hill for the gear to arrive, but other decisions were made without advising the people that needed to know. Sorry Di. And I also apologise to runners that I did advise to there being the usual water station on course.

Not for the first time we encountered a technology problem. The handheld timer was playing up on Eiso’s testing before the run, and then seemed to come good. Joan suggested we backup with a manual recoding of times just in case. And Ricardo offered to film the finish with the clock in picture (usually he or Paul Croft have been taking the photos for facebook shots). As it happened the handheld died early into clicking in our finishers, and we really needed both our backup alternatives. We all really need to thank Joan big time for her fore-thought, and thanks to the guys who helped put up the canopy so this recording could happen without everything being wet.

The results proved this ‘old’ course to be quicker than our ‘interim’ course. We know the “old” one is shorter, and there were debates about which was tougher. Runners run differently on different days, and we had a mix of quicker and slower times by individuals when comparing their results on the two courses. This month’s results present conclusively in favour of the ‘old’ course. These may have been aided and abetted by the conditions compared to our recent summer months temps etc.

Most of our head of the field runners all returned times faster. The ‘watch-times’ history that accompanies the results has been modified to indicate times on both courses. Going forward, references to pbs will be to runs on the ‘old’ course.

Absolutely hooning* home at the front of the field was Shirley Dalton to claim her first 10k handicap trophy. (*Urban dictionary meaning of ‘to hoon’ is : “to travel at speed in a confined area"). Shirley ran the time of 58:06. Her effort was 2-3 minutes faster than her recent times on the interim course, and she did admit that she ‘loved’ the conditions. Well done Shirley. Shirley finished some 38 seconds in front of the field. Today was her day.

Coming home 2nd was a fast finishing Cathy Cox (46:29), crossing the line ahead of MC Yuen (52:46) by just 2 seconds, and a very fast finishing Brett Jonathan a few seconds behind at 4th. Cathy was back into the 46s where she had been on the old course, and not there on the interim; this was MC’s fastest time on the old course since August’12; and Brett’s fastest time on either Westies handicap course. So a pb to Brett, again. Brett pb’d into the 42s last month, and with this run lowered that pb by 28 seconds.

And then as usual, the runners came home in clusters. John Child (44:22) just nudged Ian Jones (59:22) with both having the same time (the handheld was still working at this point), and then Steve Pappas (37:47) just took the next placing from Peter Allen (50:33). For John and Steve, these times were better than their ‘interim’ course results and very similar to their efforts on the ‘old’ course back in April’13, and obviously better than last month’s as well. For Ian, this was his best old course time in greater than 18 months, and Peter Allen continues to finish high in the field irrespective of the course. Peter resumed the 10k handicap in August last after many years’ break and today’s time was his best to date. His goal is to go under 50:00.

Shirley won the day (photo attached – taken from under the canopy), and 16 runners broke handicap. Thank you to everyone for participating, and again apologies re the waterstop.

On the day, our fastest were Kyle MacDonald in 36:33 from Lorri Dilucchio in 37:01; and Mary Sheehan in 45:30 from Cathy with 46:29.

We have to admire our backmarkers. The scene: it is nearing their start time. The clubhouse area becomes very quiet. Most of the field is gone. Most others have gone off on their runs or walks. Pat is sitting quiet at the results desk. Our backmarkers are prancing like thoroughbreds. Quick warm-up sprints. Kyle last Saturday started over 3 minutes after the previous two had gone, and nearly 50 minutes after the first. Whether it be Kyle or Tim, or those just in front of them, Lorri, Dave Riches, Steve Pappas … you have to admire their grit and effort to go after the field. Steve came through to finish 7th, and Lorri 10th. Big efforts. And our backmarkers are nearly always having that go.

In terms of the series, and we have passed halfway, the results tables have been adjusted to exclude the two worse point results from the aggregate scores. Remember the 10 best results (of 12) will give us the respective winners for the point-score and fast points competitions.

In the handicap point-score, Peter Allen has drawn level with Grant Moroney on 978 points. Brett Jonathan and Vanessa Kumar sit together on 3rd with 955 points.

In the ladies contest, Vanessa leads Lianne Christall 955 – 939.

In the fastest male point-score, Lorri sits on 38 from Lachlan McKenzie and Steve Pappas both on 33.

In the fastest female point-score, Mary on 47 leads from Cathy 40 and Vanessa 38.

You wouldn’t believe it. For the second month in a row, Lianne Christall was snoozing and ZZZd’ing when she should have been zipping. At least this week you did make it to the start, many minutes past your ‘go’ time. And you are to be congratulated for giving the handicap a crack; it is challenging when your immediate competition is long gone and you are heading out with a group that is leaving you further behind with every step (Lianne missed her start by 11 minutes)..

There is a tune that you could have as your wake up alarm:

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Dorothy the dinosaur is munching on some roses
Wags the Dog is digging up bones
Henry the Octopus is dancing round in circles
Wake up Lianne; we need you for the show

CHORUS
Wake up, Lianne, everybody’s wiggling
Wake up, Lianne, we really need you
Wake up, Lianne; you’re missing all the fun now
Wake up, Lianne, before the days through

(Courtesy of the Wiggles and “Wake Up Jeff”). ♫ ♫

The lucky stick winner was #10 for Dave Riches and the ticket draw was won by Cathy Lawrence. Dave opted for a backpack. And we have to catch-up with Cathy.

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