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2017 October 3.5km handicap results

October 3.5k handicap – first report

  • 63 starters
  • 6 requalifying
  • 16 bettered handicap
  • 4 pbs


We had 63 starters in perfect conditions for running, backing up the 55 for last month. Great numbers. We started on this current course in February 2014, and only 3 times previously have we had a starting field of 60 or better, and today is our best. We did have 62 in November 2015.


We had 4 re-qualifying after a long absence, including Rob Davo, as well as Christine Burke, Betty Singh, Gemma Clarkeand 12 month’s ago best of the best champ Rebekah Naklah. Welcome back ladies. Oh, and you too Davo. Great to see you (sic) really active once more.


First to cross the mat was Christine Burke, having her first run in the handicap since September’16. She under-estimated her fitness and over-estimated her expected time by 1 & ½ minutes. Good to see you back Christine.


Next to cross the mats was Alex BucciThis was Alex’s 3rd qualifier as she continues to regain fitness and pace after a long lay-off with the hip injury. Alex’s times have gone 20:39, 18:09 and now 16:55. A couple of pbs obviously there. This go a 1m 14s pick-up. Way to go Alex. Great effort, great result.


Next home was Ly Hoang, also running a qualifier. Ly enjoyed success in winning the 10k handicap last week and now runs in the 3.5k to improve her speed.


Another qualifier was in next being, Betty Singh, similarly not having participated in 12 months, staying at home playing mother. Welcome back Betty.


The next to cross the mats was our trophy winnerDot Siepmann, in 28:05, her best time for a long while, and that was 28:09 back in November’15. In the interim Dot has had her woes; 12 months ago Dot battled around the course in 53 plus, then put in a couple of 44s ... and these last couple of months around the 29s, and now this one. Your comeback has to be cheered and admired Dot. Very well done. Congratulations big time.


After another couple of finishing qualifiers in Steve Pappas and Alain Rivet, we had our 2nd place finisher in Antonia Fieni, winner last month and now with her 3rd pb in as many runs, with 21:33, 21:02 and now 20:37. Well done Ant.


And then 2 secs behind and coming home quicker officially 3rd, (again) was the quickest of the lot, David Riches, powering home in 11:55only 7 seconds off his course record. Dave passed 53 this month on his way to the line.


And behind Dave, was Craig Burns enjoying some consistent running through the 19’s, this go, getting ahead with a 6 secpb on his March’17 effort, with 19:16; and then Lisa Wedgwood with a 14s pb on her May effort with 24:05; recent runs have all been thereabouts in the 24s. Well done Lisa.


Fantastic running and effort by everyone that participated.


Fastest on course were:

Male:  David Riches in 11:55,  Jack Wedgwood 13:38,  Steve Pappas  13:49

Female:  Leidy Castro 16:21,  Sue Chenery  16:41,  Kayley Sommer 16:45

Juniors:  Jack Wedgwood 13:38,  Kayley Sommer 16:45,  Taylah Sommer 18:56 


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Oct 21, 2017, 3:03 AM
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