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2015 January 3.5km handicap results

Results can be downloaded from the foot of this page.



With Vic Anderson


In January we had our 5th run of the 2014-15 series. 

43 fronted up for this one. We welcomed 4 new starters to the handicap and to the club: Jackie and Kelly Guo, Sabrina Peng and Fahri Ozturk. We had 2 re-qualifiers with Joanne Seymore (nee Klinker) trying to get under the handicappers guard with a name change, and regular re-qualifier, and very frustrated and injury prone mate, Maurice Moro. Good to have you back.

In a rare occasion for the 3.5km event, no participant bettered their handicap by greater than the acceptable tolerance of one minute. So no dqs and every finisher a winner!

First home and trophy winner was Mohammad Balfour in his pb time of 17:13. Mohammed is a junior who joined the club during latish 2012 with his aunt, Yousra, and sister Aisha. His previous runs have been in the low 18s, and this time cracked his best to date. Well done mate.

In 2nd place came Ron Klinker, 17 seconds behind in a watch time of 18:30; Ron has been running with consistent improvement over the recent months bringing his time this go into the 18s for the first time since running his pb (18:22) 9 months ago. Starting 45 seconds behind Ron was young Cate Bennett and came home fast to finish only 1 second behind him on the clock in 3rd position. Cate’s watch time of17:46 was her best since her pb of 17:39 last August. Also having his best run in a while, Dylan B in 4th chased sister home Cate after she slipped by earlier in the run.

Coming home 5th for her 5th consecutive top 10 finish (including 2 times winning the trophy) - the only 3.5km participant to have done so this 2014-15 series - was Christine Burke. Last month, I did not adequately report what great running form Christine is currently experiencing. Starting in September with a pb of 18:24, she has lowered this with each run: 17.51, 17.29, 17:09 and 16:50 … each run then obviously a pb.

Others with best runs included:

  • Paul Croft slipped in a 5 second pb of 22:02 as he continues to try and make his mark over this 3.5km course.
  • Sibel Tenish bounced back from her previous month’s blowout to record an 8 sec pb of 31:44.
  • Chiara Moro was another who soared with her first run in the 24s (24:06) in 8 months and a 34 second pb.
  • Aisha Balfour has started to like her running and improved over 3 minutes to 27:27. Well done Aisha.

Congratulations for great efforts all round.


Fastest on the day was the new boy, Fahri Ozturk, with a watch time of 14:28. Stephanie Bilic was next quickest with 15:11, from Raff Aquilina 16:11, Christine 16:50, Mohammad 17:13 and Ricardo Tognini 17:18.

Fahri has effectively thrown out a challenge to regular quicks, Neil Saltmarsh (pb 13:47) and Nathan Mudie (pb 14:20) who have shared Male fastest points in the other handicap runs in the current series. Both were in absentia for January, so we should see all 3 in a real battle of speed from their outset at the rear of the field. From the Ladies, Stephanie Bilic with her course record of 14:04 would also be in the contest for fastest on the day.


The leaders of the progressive point-scores are as follows:

Handicap:
Leo Sommer 298 Christine Burke 291 Paul Croft 291 Joan Eisenhuth 283 Raff Aquilina 282

Fastest Female:
Stephanie Bilic 30 Raff Aquilina 28 Gina Jessop 26 Sue Chenery 24

Fastest Male:
Neil Saltmarsh 30 Nathan Mudie 28 Cory Sommer 21

Thank you to everyone who participated. Thank you always to all the helpers on start/finish, water, sticks, photos and everything else. The handicaps wouldn’t happen without the ‘team Westies’ support.

Lucky stick draw was won by #7 Fahri Ozturk; the lucky ticket by Bill Rannard. We do still need to catch up with these guys for their prizes.

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Patrick V,
Feb 18, 2015, 1:59 AM
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Patrick V,
Feb 18, 2015, 1:59 AM
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Patrick V,
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Patrick V,
Feb 18, 2015, 1:59 AM