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2016 March 3.5km handicap results


This month saw 49 starters competing, our lowest turnout in the current series. We know a few were up at Katoomba and Jenolan Caves supporting mum, Lisa, and others in the 6ft track run. Another was playing his cricket final.

We had 2 runners doing their 2nd qualifier, and 3 runners having their first run.

The first 2 runs of new starters are ‘qualifiers’; in these runs our qualifiers are not eligible for the trophy. Re-qualifiers are participants who have missed at least the last 3 runs. They too, are not eligible for the trophy.

The handicaps are set to bring everyone across the line in 31 minutes. We have a performance tolerance of one minute, meaning: if you better handicap by greater than one minute, you unfortunately make yourself ineligible for the trophy, but the effort really has to be applauded. Running to the best of one’s ability will always be rewarded in the long term.

So our trophy winner would be the first eligible entrant to cross the line from 30:00 onwards.

The first 2 reports are the results generated straight from the timing system:
the Across the Line” report ... the handicap event results in the sequence that the participants complete the event, and showing their ‘chip time’ or run time, and a ‘gun time’; the ‘gun time’ is the elapsed time from a pre-set time (for the 3.5k event a handicap time of -6:00 minutes) that is used to identify the time interval/s between finishers.
the “Run Time” report ... the listing of finishers in ‘chip time’ or run time sequence, from the fastest through. This is effectively the previous “Watch-Time Sequence” report.

These two reports are forwarded ‘as soon as’ post-event (similarly for the 10k the previous weekend) to our facebook administrator for up-loading. It is intended to continue this practice; the results should be on facebook within 48 hours accompanied by any photos of the day. These reports will also be attached to the results email.

There is further processing to happen and the following are the reports currently produced, and we will continue to provide these via the email.
the monthly handicap results
the progressive Handicap point-score
the progressive Fastest Male point-score
the progressive Fastest Female point-score
watch-times and pbs for the 3.5k course.

The March race:
The first to cross the finish line again this month was Di Karageorgis, running qualifier #2; Di again exceeded her expectations and bettered her handicap by a good one and a half minutes and the 30:00 minute threshold by 36 seconds. That injury is becoming a distant memory.


The next home, officially 1st and our trophy winner was Arlene Caraballo. Arlene used to be a regular in this handicap a few years ago and gave up the running when bub number two was on the way. She returned to the club exactly one year ago and has been a regular in the handicap since, running a few 24s, a few 23s, and recently a couple of 22s. Last month Arlene finished 4th and lowered her pb from 22:50 to 22:19. This month she cracked the 21s with another pb, this go 21:18. Way to go Arlene. Needless to say Arlene was over the moon with her first winner’s trophy.

By 1 second, Arlene beat home long legs Leo Sommers. Leo’s time of 22:32 for this 2nd place was his best since July 2015, and has only bettered this the once back in September 2014. Nearly got there Leo. In terms of handicap starts, Arlene came from behind Leo to win.

3rd home was Hanna Zidan (last month it was daughter Danielle) also with a big pb, from 17:54 to 17:16. You are going great Hanna.

And 4th, in possibly one of the best efforts in the handicap series, just turned 9 years old Kayley Sommer who goes flat chat every effort, ran a pb, lowering her last October effort of 16:20 to go first time in the 15s, with 15:57, and finished 2ndfastest female and 5th fastest outright on the day. A mighty effort Kayley. Very well run.

Then came:
Rebecca Maude with her first run in the club in 20:17. Hope you enjoyed yourself Rebecca. Pb next month.
Sandra Riches, just off last month’s pb, with 23:00
Ricardo Tognini, running close to handicap in 17:55
Tim Gale-Re, dropping his recent pb by another 2 secs to 13:11
Paul Croft, was next in 21:06, his best time as a 65 year old! And his best time since his pb 12 months ago.



This rounds off the first 10 home, with 5 pbs included. Great running everyone, and moreso in the unfavourable conditions.

There were 4 other pbs:

Vickii Micet, a getting quicker walker knocked 7 secs off her previous time in 31:33
Sabrina Peng, likewise 7 secs off for a 15:07
Gretta Habib, our ‘pram pushing’ mum dropped a second off to 22:14; this is some effort because her previous pb was set when she was pram-less back in November,
And Rebekah Naklah who knocked off a big minute, 25:43 down to 24:40, in her second qualifying run.

That Finish line was never more busy than when 7 finishers crossed in 6 seconds, positions 7th to 13th.

Congratulations to all the pbers. Well done.

Fastest on the day:
Our fastest on the day was David Riches in a watch time of 12:02, this go two seconds off his pb and the course record.

Fastest Males: David Riches 12:02, Tim Gale-Re 13:11 and Nathan Mudie 15:26
Fastest Females: Sabrina Peng 15:07, Kayley Sommer 15:57 and Raff Aquilina 16:27

Congratulations to everyone that participated, you will always be winners for having had a ‘go’!

Our lucky stick draw was won by Norm Cooper with stick #18 (Norm has crossed the line 18th two months in a row; this, for the trivia buff, is an invert of his age, 81; and Norm has just recorded a time in the 22s now in 8 consecutive runs), and he selected a red wine as his prize. Maybe we should all drink red wine. Well done Norm.

The lucky ticket was won by Bruce Driscoll.

Thank you to all the helpers who assist with the setting up and take-down. Very much appreciated.

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