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2015 July 10km handicap results

So cold the morning, so fast the times:

  • the mornings leading to race day were some of the coldest for early July in many years; Saturday was the coldest. 1 degree at Bankstown; many Westies reported sighting frost on their journey to the Lake.
  • we had 47 starters
  • we had the fastest female run time in at least 7 years
  • all up 8 great pbs
  • plus 13 (of the 46 with more than one start) who ran their best time in the eleven runs of the 2014-15 series to date
  • 21 qualified runners bettered handicap
  • and we had 1 new starter

Our fastest lady on the day was Lilian Molesworth in 38:26, a 10 second pb for her (38:36 was run in August 2011), and a course record in my time as handicapper ... since 2008-09.

Our fastest of the day was Kyle Macdonald in 34:10. This is nowhere near Kyle’s pb set in his last run in February with his 32:28, which was the fastest since Matt Cox ran the 31:25 in August 2012. In recent month’s Kyle has been battling stress fractures and his 34 minute run is a great comeback!

To sound like a broken record (old saying) yet again: “Every month we usually have more than one runner that pulls out a special super effort and result; on another day any of those efforts could easily prove to be a winner”. Yet again such was the case.

As the leads of the field crossed the line, we had 5 finishers break the two minute or 48 minute threshold ...

First home was Raewyn Williams in a clock time of 46:24. Smashed it! Watch time 54:09. Raewyn’s best time in the last 9 months was a 57 last month. Back in September. Raewyn ran a 53:36. In the interim we have had some big times and some staggers across the line. This go. All go! Fantastic run Raewyn. That Half back in Canberra has turned you around!

Second home was Sue White in her pb time of 50:05. Her previous best was last month’s 52:47. Sue has made significant improvements in previous months and was over the moon with this result. And so she should be. Great run Sue!

Third to cross the line and another to break the threshold of the 2 minutes less than target handicap (50:00) in 47:42, and another ineligible for the trophy, was Daniel Illingworth with a terrific pb and watch time of 41:22, 1m44s faster than any run this series (December) and 1m29s off his pb for this course set in February 2012.

Next home and 2 secs behind Daniel was this year’s marathon man, Peter Watson, in his fourth run in the handicap, first time sub 50, in a pb time of 48:29. His previous best was 51:03. Usually the longer distances slow you down, but Peter is thriving on the improving stamina.

Fifth to cross was Kerrie Persen in her second 10k handicap; this go a time of 48:59, lowering her previous time from the 51s.

Sixth to cross the line was our trophy winner (just like last month), but this go Nathan Wilson in the watch time of 46:46, and on the clock 48:31, and well ahead of the chasing field. In recent months Nathan has been running 48s, and this go was his best since last September, by 26 secs. Nathan has been over in Adelaide and returned home driving across the flat Hay plains on the Friday. His only stop was a four hour kip in the truck outside of Hay. Not the best prep, but a great run result. Congratulations. Nathan.

Seventh home was Ian Forest-Jones running his 2nd qualifier in preparation for next series’ 10k transferring from the 3.5k. Ian ran 46:19 (47:25 last month). Ian has run the 10k in years gone by; he has only one run faster than this one, his pb of 46:06 in June 2011, 4 years ago.

Next home, and officially 2nd was Alex Bucci in a watch time of 49:53, a pb by 54 secs (50:47 back in January) and first time sub 50. Go Alex.

And then, in 3rd, Pat Browne in a time of 47:40, bettering his best this series by 53 secs. Pat has run 10 out of the 11 runs this series; Pat last ran in the 10k handicap in 2009-10; so this run was his best since February 2010, and very comparable to the times he was running over 5 years ago. Well done Pat.

And tenth to cross the line, was Lilian in the best form of her life, with her pb, course record until I can determine otherwise, and the cheers and adulations from fellow Westies. Lilian had her best in this series last month of 39:08; and this go, the pb of 38:26 was 42secs quicker.

The great running did not stop with the first 10 home.

Other pbs:

Damian Persen got his NavMan working and got home in 37:18, his pb in 4 runs (38:22 back in April).

Peter Brouwer in 43:08 bettered his best run of this series of 43:43 last month, and cracked his pb of 43:23 by 15secs ran in August 2012.

And Dean Turner, 22nd to cross the line, under handicap, with another pb in 41:28. 9 secs quicker than last month, but Dean’s 6th time in 10 runs that he has equalled or bettered his pb.

And among the best this series:

Bruce Driscoll home in 40:44 with a 19 sec betterment, and his best run since August 2010 (39:53).

Geoff Craine in 62:41, best by 10 secs , and his best result since October 2010.

We welcome Tony Sinnbaldi back to running in the handicap having last ran in November 2012.

Great running all round ...

Well done to everybody that took participated. It is your participation that makes this a worthwhile event.

Fastest on the day:


Kyle Macdonald 34:10 Damian Persen 37:18 Gary Dalton 38:17


Lilian Molesworth 38:26 Lisa Bennett 45:39 Cathy Cox 46:59

Progressive Point-score competitions:

All competitions are best 11 of the 12 runs, so the two lowest scores are deducted. After these adjustments, the competition standings are as follows:


The top of the table has remained unchanged: Dean Turner has maintained his lead, with 1744 points; Peter Brouwer moved into 2nd and narrowed Dean’s lead, Peter has 1724 points; Geoff Craine remains a real threat on 1717; fromPaul Webb on 1707. Ann Owen on 1696 and Cheryl Penny on 1682 are 5th and 6th respectively from Lilian not far away on 1661.

Fastest Female:
Lilian Molesworth 90 Lisa Bennett 73 Jacqui Viterale 54 Alex Bucci 47 and Mary Sheehan 46
Fastest Male:
Paul Webb 74 Steve Pappas 66 Gary Dalton 58 and Kyle Macdonald on 50.

The winners of our lucky draws: Lucky stick #4: Peter Watson, (#33 won last month) and lucky ticket: Julio Hernandez.

I have several lucky draw winners (stick and tickets) to catch up with – I have your names – my apologies, I get caught up with results etc on draw days, and because we have a couple of prizes available for our winners to choose from, it is not a simple handover process – we have an event free Saturday on 25 July, so I will catch up with many of you as possible on that day.

Thanks to all our helpers. Special thanks to Rob E at the start & finish, to Bec E (back in the country and running around with dad) on the result recording; to Chris Moynham for general setting up including the water table; to Davo for marking out the course; to the Greg’s for putting our running gear away. A extra big thank you to those that cleanup the fruit and hot drinks table.

All assistance is very very much appreciated.


18 July – 5@theLake

8 August – AGM (with breakfast) after the 3.5k handicap ... all Westies members are invited and encouraged to attend.

15 August – 5@theLake

22 August – Best of the Best – for both handicaps, contested by our monthly trophy winners since and including September 2014.

12 September – Westies Annual Dinner and Presentation Night

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