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2015 May 3.5km handicap results

Results can be downloaded from the foot of this page.

by Vic Anderson

This was our 9th run of the 2014-15 series.

The 3.5km handicaps are set for all finishers to cross that line as the clock hits 31m00s. Any participant finishing before 31:00 has broken their handicap on the day. Handicapping is not an exact science. Our winners are generally someone who has produced something out of the ordinary, whether for the first time or for the first time in a long time. We have a 30m00s eligibility threshold, that if broken, unfortunately excludes our competitor from being the trophy winner for the day.

The run.

· 55 starters in this run

· 13 pbs

· 2 new participants today, and

· now 100 starters in the 3.5km to date this year. Well done 3.5kers!

First home was Kerrie Persen, having her first run with the club, and running significantly quicker than her expectations, crossing the line over two minutes under threshold. Welcome to the club Kerrie, and all the best for your future runs.

Improved running was the feature of the day with another 4 bettering the threshold, in order: Terry Kintominas, Norm Cooper, Reg Sexton and Maurice Moro. Too quick and all ineligible for the trophy. Terry produced his best time for several months; Norm pb’d, with his time of 21:15 cracking 30 secs off his previous best run on this course exactly 12 months ago; Reg’s time of 30:53 was his best since he won the Best of the Best last August; and Maurice continues to significantly lower his times in his comeback, and to be admired as he pushed all the way, to again break threshold (by 2 seconds).

Then came our trophy winner, Aisha Barbour in her pb time of 23:38. A big congratulations. This trophy was truly earned. Aisha has been training under the guidance of aunt Yousra, not only over the 3.5k distance but also in the 5@theLake. Aisha’s times started in the 30s six months ago, and had hit a high with her previous best of 24:42 in February when she crossed the line first but unfortunately broke threshold. She has maintained the training and has been duly rewarded. Someone once quoted: “Effort reaps rewards”! Well done Aisha.

Next home, officially 2nd and only 3 seconds behind was Gretta Habib pushing her double stroller. Two months, 2 pbs, this time in 23:51, 54 secs quicker than last month. So close. Gretta and Aisha started 10 seconds apart, and finished 3 seconds apart so they had themselves a tussle out there.

And 3rd was Aisha’s bro, Mohammad Barbour, trying really hard to catch little sister, in a pb time of 16:01. Mohammad won the trophy back in January, and has bettered that time in all runs since.

Next home was Kayley Sommer in a watch time of 18:05, a 34 sec pb on her time last November. My records have Kayley as our youngest in the club, having just turned 8 years old. A little girl with the spirit of a champion.

Towards the finish line, Kayley passed one of the tallest in the club in Greg White who had his best run since May 2014 in 21:41.

All up 23 bettered handicap.

Other pbs this month included:

Sue Chenery in 16:22 (pb had been 16:23 last November)

Rob Davidson in 19:23 (had been 19:28 in March)

Sam Mudie 18:54 (18:57 last October)

Greg Sackett 21:23 (21:32 last October)

Joan Eisenhuth in 18:04 (18:31 in February)

Thai Nguyen in 14:37 (14 secs on March 14:51)

Taylah Sommer in 19:25 (20 secs on two months ago)

and Lisa Sommer was again very consistent, running 19:35, a 3 secs pb on last month, and her 6th pb from 8 runs during this series.

And special mentions this month:

Toan Truong in 13:23 was only 2 seconds off his course record

Gina Jessop in 15:57 went sub 16:00 for the first time since last August and only 4 secs off her pb

Kathy Clarke in 18:13 had her best run since June’14.

We also welcome to the handicap having his first run is Harry McRorie, another youngster sure to improve. His first outing and qualifier was an 18:16. Harry is the 100th starter in this handicap this series.

Again, for a little while we had a very congested finish line with all this great running. Well done to everyone that competed. There were no incidents reported re traffic congestion on course, so well done all!

Fastest on the day: Toan Truong 13:23 Neil Saltmarsh 14:23 Thai Nguyen 14:37 Nathan Mudie 15:42. and Raff Aquilina 15:53 and Gina Jessop 15:57.

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


Sandra Riches 647 Raffaela Aquilina 637 Lisa Sommer 623 and Norm Cooper 616

Fastest Female

Stephanie Bilic 70 Raff Aquilina 64 Gina Jessop 58

Fastest Male:

Neil Saltmarsh 68 Nathan Mudie 59 Toan Truong 38 Corey Sommer 35 and Mohammad Balfour 34 … still a close race for 3rd.

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 #20 Sam Mudie (socks); the lucky ticket by Sue Chenery (a bottle of red).

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