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2014 May 10km handicap results

Results can be downloaded from the PDF files at the foot of this page.



Courtesy Vic Anderson, Handicapper

Thanks yet again to the Westies who helped out last Saturday, with big appreciation to Nadza Zjakic and Di Karageorgis. The two ladies came forward to assist with the conduct of the handicap in the absence of our regulars. On the morning, Nadza did think it had to be the preferred option to running in the rain, while she was borrowing clothing to warm up as she sat at the recording table, to register results etc.

Yes, it was cold and wet. Our participant numbers were down. Only 23. In addition to the alternative events that were happening over the weekend, maybe the weather accounted for a couple more. During my 6 years as handicapper, the previous lowest has been 32, in 2009-10, and that number also in 2008-09. The lower numbers did mean that all finishers did record high scores, and these consequently influenced positioning in all point-score competitions.

We had 3 re-qualifiers, Eamon McCann, Walter Jacobsohn and Alan Whitmore. Eamon was returning from a knee injury, Walter from a (previously unreported) bike accident and Alan from his tri season.

9 runners went under handicap, with a couple of pbs.

First home was MC Yuen in a run time of 49:56. This was MC’s first sub50 (and sub51) time since August 2011. He smashed his 2:15 handicap big time. MC has found a taste for triathlon, and the cross-training has obviously reaped a great dividend. However, he was too too quick and broke the 48 minute threshold, bettering his handicap by greater than two minutes, which deemed him ineligible for the trophy. At the presentation night in late 2011, MC was the recipient of the Handicappers’ Encouragement Award. Mate. Well done. Great run. Now, keep it going.

Next home and our trophy winner was Andrew Hamill in a run time of 53:57. This time was Andrew’s best time since August 2013 (53:55), and a good two minutes faster than recent returns. And isn’t he happy. Congratulations mate. Do it again. Find that consistency that has been your trademark of recent years.

Third home, officially second, was Grant Moroney in a run time of 43:43. Grant is overjoyed with his results in this his second running life. Grant came back to the handicap in January 2011 after having been there once and then opted to do his own thing for many years. With his return, his best time for 3 years was in the low 49s. With his training for the 6ft track run this year, he found a great determination. His times lowered, and his last four runs have been 45:36, 46:09, 44:47 and now one minute lower with the 43:43. He was overheard to say that years ago, many years ago, he once ran 42s. Keep it going Grant.

Next, officially third, and not that far behind, was Peter Allen, and to repeat words from last month’s email, ‘in his best comeback time’, this time in 48:31. Peter is another enjoying his second running life. Peter’s last 4 times have been 51:42, 50:33, 49:15 and 48:31. Peter wanted a sub50 and got that last go. He has now smashed that target. (And last week, achieved his other goal of a sub 2hrs for the half marathon at SMC).

Peter and Grant are having a great tussle at the top of the pointscore. Their positions are very justified given their running efforts and returns. Grant has a later handicap start time than Pete, so during the event, he has to find him and run him down. Pete is in front running like the fox with the hound after him. On Saturday, Grant had Pete in sight at the carpark not far from home and went for it. He went into turbo blast to go past Pete and to hopefully open a gap, and put other runners between them – each runner could mean points in the handicap. Both runners were truly spent as they finished, Grant just missed catching Andrew. Nobody in between. Poor Grant clawed back only one point. Pete didn’t want to drop points. Again, both are to be congratulated big time for their efforts.

Next home was Rafic Awad in the watch time of 57:02. He had a high 57 two months ago, but it has been a couple of years since Rafic has run well, in fact only once in 5 & ½ years of running the handicap has Rafic bettered this time, with 55:52 in June 2011. Long distance ambitions and training are one reason. The other being that he heard footsteps coming fast behind him and he ‘thought it was Lianne (Christall)’ so was determined not to be past.

Those footsteps belonged to Lisa Bennett, sixth home, in her pb time of 43:49, and first time sub 44. This is the best time run by a woman in the handicap on this course since February 2013. I must apologise to Lisa: when I announced the handicap results on Saturday, I failed to recognise your super effort. I had miscalculated your watch time (clicked time minus handicap). Sorry. Truly a fantastic effort and congratulations. It was only a month ago Lisa returned from a three month lay-off from injury. The rest obviously worked.

Then Ayoob Bhayat, with his best time on the current course since April’13, in 52:53. Too many holidays in between. Now focused for the big one.

Philip Bell returned the time of 63:45, his best since October 2012.

Paul Webb found a little form and ran close to handicap with his 39:38.

And then Lianne Christall crossed to round off the top 10 in 54:04, only 6 secs off last months pb.

And a special mention –

Chris Moynham. Chris is our front starter. Every Saturday, including his handicap run day, Chris arrives early and helps with set-up, including filling the water cups for all finishers. Chris heads out first. He was 20 minutes ahead of our next starter last Saturday. For most of his handicap journey, he does not see another participant, and that’s an understatement. On Saturday he returned an 85:10, his best time on this course since April 2013. His clock time put him across the line in 51:10, 14th spot, less than four minutes behind first. This calculates to finally being caught probably in the Garrison, or closer. Chris: we admire your dedication, determination and effort. Congratulations on your result.

Congratulations to all our participants on your results. Unfortunately, we had one dnf – during the event, Yulei Liu felt pain in the knee, a pain that he persevered with in the Hidden Half Marathon last year, and subsequently took him out of running for a bit. And one who opted for a longer course, Peter Brouwer. Peter was in the zone, and just ran, combining some of the interim course with the current course. He realised he had erred and ‘settled in for the longer journey’.

Again, thanks to everyone for being there.

On the day, our fastest were Lorri Dilucchio in 37:30 and Lisa Bennett in 43:49. Well done to you both.

In the handicap point-score, Peter Allen still leads Grant Moroney, 1373 to 1369 points. Grant only pegged back that one point on Peter. Lorri Dilucchio (1329) sits 3rd now with a healthy gap to 4th, now occupied by Rafic Awad (1318).

In the ladies contest, positions have swapped, and Lianne Christall now leads Cathy Cox 1312-1280.

In the fastest male point-score, Lorri increased his lead from 6 to 11 to be on 56, Paul Webb moved into 2nd on 45, from Steve Pappas on 42 and Kyle MacDonald on 40.

In the fastest female point-score, Cathy Cox still leads, on 54, now from Lisa on 48, and from Mary Sheehan still on 46.


The lucky stick winner was #6 for Lisa Bennett and the ticket draw was won by birthday girl, Zenita Acaba. Lisa opted for socks and Zenita, a bottle of wine for consumption that night with the birthday meal. Happy birthday Zenita!

Pictured above is our winner Andrew, flanked by Lisa and Lorri.

Thanks to everyone for having a go!

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