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2017 March 10km handicap results

Results can be downloaded from the foot of this page.

With Vic Anderson....
  • · 46 starters
  • · 10 bettered handicap
  • · 7 pbs
We had our second run over the new course. There is little elevation difference from the usual course, so the two should be comparable when considering run or chip times.

The conditions were cooler than for recent months, albeit still a little muggy between the light showers. Some feedback included the conditions were invigorating. The fact that 10 runners broke handicap when compared to the 3 last month was one testament to a better day. Another was the fact that, of runners who contested in both these last 2 months handicaps, all but one bettered their last month’s time.

A special thanks to the early birds for assisting with the set-up of the cover for the timing equipment. Under no circumstances can we get the box wet, so a great thank you. Another special thanks to Rob Ellison for managing the start while I was on-course. And Bert & Crofty were again appreciated immensely by their customers at their water station.

We had 46 starters.
The first to cross the line was Martin Dinh. Last month, Martin was officially 3rd to finish and almost spot on handicap, and in a veiry distressed condition. This go, off the same handicap, and with another month of trail training under his belt, Martin ran 3 minutes faster finishing in the run time of 41:15, a 1m 18s improve on his previous best time ran during May last year and n the interim on only one occasion bettering 44:00. Martin finished so strong this go, he kept on running, through the mats and out-of-sight. Martin ran that well he broke handicap by the 3 minutes, and so the 2 minute tolerance, and thereby deemed ineligible for the trophy.

Next home was Ismael Salazar, likewise bettering handicap by more than 2 minutes, ditto ineligible, and running a time of 53:52, for the first time sub 55, a 1:20 pb. Ismael and Leidy ran the Sri Chinmoy’s 16k at the Lake last weekend; that run included two trips over the hills. Both ran better times as a consequence of their longer runs.

Third to come home and our trophy winner was Cheryl Penny, with a run time of 58:15. Cheryl has run her best time in over 6 months, first time under 59 since September and only 8 seconds off her pb set last August. Great effort and congratulations Cheryl.

Cheryl passed a spent Joan Eisenhuth in the straight and finished ten seconds ahead. Joan finished officially 2nd with 68:55 and continues on her journey back from injury, this go mixing in a little more running than previous.

Vateesh Chand crossed next and was re-qualifying, another on the comeback from injury, and this go very positively, and also with a 1m18s pb. Vateesh crossed in 43:33.

Next and officially 3rd was Lilian Molesworth, in a time of 41:29, her best time since she ran the course record in February’16. Lilian caught Wayne Layt just short of the line; Wayne ran a 41s pb to finish in the 52s for the first time with 52:45. Next home was Darren Alchin, running a 35s pb, to finish with 39:40 and our fastest on course for the day. Then Grant Moroney, with 50:33, his best since September’16; from Lisa Bennett, in 44:59, a 2s pb.

That rounds out our first 10 home. Of these, 5 have been training hard for the 6ft track run next weekend, along with 7 other Westies. All up, 12 Westies will be competing there on Saturday, turning back the clock to days when Westies had great representation. Best of luck to you all.

Congratulations to everyone that contested the handicap. Well done. Great results. Great efforts.

Fastest on the day:
Male: Darren Alchin 39:40, Damian Persen 41:02 & Martin Dinh 41:15
Female: Lilian Molesworth 41:29, Lisa Bennett 44:59, & Mary Sheehan 49:10.

Congratulations to everyone for participating and to the team of many people who help setup and put away all to do with the handicap and our Saturday mornings.

The clean-up
A big thank you to the dozen people who rocked up and cleaned the clubhouse yesterday morning. A mighty job well done. A bigger thank you to Ricardo for organising this.
Patrick V,
Mar 5, 2017, 8:31 PM
Patrick V,
Mar 5, 2017, 8:31 PM