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2016 January 10km handicap results


A new calendar year of running has kicked off with a really good representation in our 10k handicap. 45 starters in muggy conditions backed up after New Year’s Day.

The really great news is that 2016 is a leap year, and the handicap next won’t be on New Year’s Day next year, as a couple did mention to me as their expectations for 2017, but is on January 7th. But that’s next year!


45 starters. We had one new competitor in Samuel Nakhla. Sam is a junior currently enrolled in the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award program - an internationally recognised program for young people, building their skills to equip them for life and work. By creating opportunities for young people to develop skills, get physically active, give service and experience adventure, the Award can play a critical role in their development. The choice to do The Duke of Ed is entirely voluntary and every Award is different. Each Participant chooses what activities they want to take part in for each Section. It is a very personal program that offers young people a structure to fulfill their passions and ambitions in a way that suits them. Apart from the requirements for each Section, and the safety training requirements for the Adventurous Journey Section, the activities a Participant chooses to undertake is entirely up to them. They have the freedom to progress through The Duke of Ed according to their personal needs and abilities.

Sam came down to Westies a couple of months ago to take up running – one of his physical activities that he chose to undertake in his program together with soccer. He has rocked up every Saturday since. On day one, he contested the 3.5k handicap and is going very well, now running 13:46 for that distance. Last Saturday he had a go at the 10k and ran the course in the high 50s. We will give Sam every encouragement with his endeavours. He will remain a contender in the 3.5k handicap, and run the 10k, not as a contender, but as part of his program. Again, welcome to the club Samuel, and all the very best with your program.


We had a past competitor return, Brett Jonathan. Brett was our 2012-13 point-score champion. Brett doesn’t get to the Lake as much as he would love to ... He had been a regular through to January 2015; at that time he decided to have a go at CrossFit training; this is an intense cardio and power, strength and conditioning workout, sport and games. Brett became the 2015 NSW Masters CrossFit Champion. He still loves Westies and tries to get down to the Lake when he can; unfortunately he does CrossFit train every Saturday morning. A couple of months ago, he mentioned to me that the fitness that he had built up from running hard with Westies did give him a definite advantage going into his new sport.



First to cross the line in the handicap was Martin Dinh. Martin was running his 3rd qualifier. Martin ran 20 seconds under handicap, 43:40; this was a 1 minute pb on his last run last month and also our 4th fastest male runner on the day.

Martin finished 7 seconds ahead of a very fast finishing field. The clock times read 49:47, 49:48, 49:49, 49:51, 49:53 ... Only one second separately 1st from 2nd, and 2nd from 3rd, and 2 seconds to 4th ...

Me thinks the closest finish in my years as handicapper ...

So, the next to cross and our trophy winner was Lisa Bennett – our runner up from the previous month. Lisa has wanted this win for some time. Lisa is a competitor. She joined our club in June 2013. Apart from a period with injury, she has run every handicap since, with results including one 5th, three 4ths and two 2nds in August in 2015 (by one second) and last month’s December 2015. She is one of our fastest ladies. Lisa ran 43:17. Congratulations Lisa. Great result. Great effort, and truly deserved.

2nd home was Alex Bucci, and only that 1 second behind. Alex was 3rd to Lisa’s 2nd last month. Alex ran her pb, improving from her December pb of 49:14 to 49:03. Congratulations Alex.

3rd home was Bruce Driscoll. Bruce ran 41:04, only 3 seconds slower than last month. There is a story about that Bruce caught Lisa not far from home at the end of the car-park road and gave her encouragement and a hurry-up. Lisa responded immediately and in a big way, keeping Bruce in arrears to the finish line. As Lisa, Alex and Bruce came into that home straight, I thought Bruce would take it from the ladies, but they both dug very deep and managed to hold him at bay. A great finish.

Another two who must have been passed by these three immediately before that straight and maintained their momentum going to the finish line were Andy Hamill and Tony Farrell. Andy ran his best time since October 2013, 54:36. Well done Andy. You must have been drawn into the slip-stream because you finished so well.

Tony is on the comeback trail from a serious back injury sustained at work, and over recent months has walked, walk ran, ran walked and ran his way from the 81s to the 59s. Keep on rolling mate. That bloody ironman is not long away.

Also this go , we had a couple of pbs with Sue Reynolds lowering her time from 61:26 to 61:06, and Yousra Kheder from 52:17 to 51:24. Congratulations ladies.

Steve Pappas was our fastest on the day, 38:47, with his best time this year; Lilian Molesworth with 39:30, continues to lower her times post Hawaii Ironman.

Thank you to all who participated, and to the many who set up, manned the drink stations, registered the results, and dismantled the setup. All truly appreciated.

Our winner of the lucky stick #26 was Alan Whitmore (a bottle of white wine), and the lucky ticket Gretta Habib.


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