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2017 January 3.5km handicap results

Download the results from the foot of this page.

We had 51 starters last Saturday in conditions not conducive to exercise, temperatures of 29 degrees at 7:30am at GO time, and ‘feels like temp’ of 33 degrees at 8:00am when the first finishers crossed the mat. Notwithstanding, we had 6 better their handicap. The results of most seemed to be impacted by the mugginess and heat.


First to cross the mat was Doug Fulford having his first crack at the 3.5k handicap. Doug did suggest pre-start that his handicap seemed a little generous, and he proved his point by managing to complete the course walkless. Well done Doug. Two handicaps in two weeks, that's one more than in the last 4 plus years.


Second to cross the line was Dylan Bennett in his pb time of 16:37, 27secs faster than he has moved previously (and that was December 2015). In achieving this time, he now shares the same pb time as little sister Cate, who, as it happens, achieved her time in December 2015. This all makes for a great sibling rivalry. Unfortunately, Dylan ran so well he broke the handicap threshold of 30 minutes, and was ineligible for the trophy. Keep up this great effort Dylan. Mighty effort, great run.


The next pair home crossed on the same gun time (mm:ss) and the winner determined by the technology. Desi Joannides and Pam Green took that last stride together, and the winner, the trophy winner, ... was Desi, fresh from Runners Week (like less than 24 hours) at Thredbo, and continuing her great comeback. A great improvement on last go, and well handicapped Rob. Desi’s time was 20:27. Pam, officially 2nd,  likewise yielded her best time this series, 36:27 by over 1:30. The two ladies are to be applauded for making it competitive and so close at the mats. Well done to both of you.


And officially 3rd home was Stephanie Bilic, in the time of 14:54, the same as her last run, and her best in 12 months, and another doing great on that comeback trail after her too-close-encounter with a car.


Then Bill Rannard, just slipping in under handicap, in 19:08, to be consistent with last month.


Fastest on course were:

Ben Swinfield in 13:53, Stephanie Bilic 14:54, Dean Turner in 15:22, Sabrina Peng 15:55, Mary Sheehan 16:14: and Steve Bond 16:36.


There are a couple of reports attached, including:

·        the Across the Line results (as Ben reported on the club facebook earlier in the week)

·        the Monthly result complete with points scored

·        the watch/chip times with a history of runs on the current course

·        the progressive point-score table


This is the first time the progressive point-score ‘less the 3 worse scores’ has been presented. It is still very early days in the competition. Notables in the table:

·        the first five are grouped within 2 points

·        92 have participated so far in the handicap

·        and 14 have completed 5 runs


The random draw prizes went to Steve Bond and Gina Jessop, and the lucky tickets to Christine White and Lisa WedgwoodWe have a donor who has provided some body lotion packs for women, and Christine opted for one of these, despite Greg filling in the ticket, dropping the coin in the tray, and hinting for the wine. Gina took home a bottle of red. And we have to catch up with Steve and Lisa.


Thank you to all so much for participating.


Thank you to everyone who helped pack up as the rain started with only 2 competitors still on course and in sight of the finish. Under no circumstances can we get that timing box wet, and the cover-up and then quick mat roll-up and all round pack up by many hands was very greatly appreciated.


Every now and then, a special presentation is made to recognise effort and achievement. On Saturday, the handicappers presented a club backpack with the recipient’s name embroidered to 6 year old Dominic Osborne. Dominic has run the last 6 handicaps; the last four in times of 27, 24, 22 and in December 20:37.  Congratulations Dominic.


As it so happens ... the first run on this course was Feb’14, so this run marked 3 years on the new 3.5k course.



This Saturday: Running over the new 10k handicap course or the 5k 5@theLake course

The new Lake makeover was scheduled to commence last Monday. In anticipation of the changes’ that impact our February, & future, running events, the opportunity to run the new courses with guides and direction will be available again this Saturday. Run starts will be at 7:30am.

As always advised, there is no 5@theLake intended for January, with that competition resuming in February.



Next Club Committee Meeting

Has been scheduled for Saturday 11 February after the 3.5k handicap that morning. All club members are welcome to attend.

There will be a Festival of the Feet event committee meeting prior to that one, the date to be advised.



the Runner who Defies Age

Extract from RunFun Travel:

Ed Whitlock sets the benchmark for masters running whenever he participates. In absolute defiance of his 85 years, he keeps breaking records. How does he do it?

Ed set yet another record in the Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon in Toronto last year when he crossed the line in 3hrs 56mins and 34secs. However he was somewhat disappointed as he wanted to run around 3:50. 

For the majority of marathon runners, a sub-4 hour marathon is out of reach. So to run 3:56 when you're 85 is super human. Maybe Ed places a bit too much pressure on himself, as he set an earlier record in Toronto 12 years ago when he was 73 years old, running 2:54... a record that still stands. He was the first man over 70 to break 3hrs for the marathon and, as far as we know, he is still the only one! 


Patrick V,
Jan 24, 2017, 8:04 PM
Patrick V,
Jan 24, 2017, 8:04 PM
Patrick V,
Jan 24, 2017, 8:04 PM