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Westies 10k Handicap for January – the closest call!

posted Jan 10, 2016, 12:55 AM by Dianne Karageorgis

The finish of our 10k handicap last week had to be the closest ever. One, two and three finished with only one second between each runner, with 4th and 5th both trailing by only two seconds. 

Our trophy winner was Lisa Bennett, one very happy lady, leading home Alex Bucci and Bruce Driscoll.

Lisa has been competitive from the first time she raced over two years ago. Set-back with injury for a couple of months not long after running her best time, she returned to the handicap event more determined than ever. Her most recent finishes include 2nd in August (by 1 second), 4th in November, and 2nd again last month. 

Lisa ran 43:17. Congratulations Lisa. Great result. Great effort, and truly deserved.

Westies has a new President

posted Jan 2, 2016, 6:41 PM by Dianne Karageorgis   [ updated Jan 2, 2016, 6:42 PM ]

Peter Watson is the new president of our Westies club. A big thank you to Peter for accepting the nomination and being duly elected.

Our immediate past president, Neil Saltmarsh had cause to step down in October for personal reasons, not club related.

Since that time the position has been vacant while our two vice-presidents shared the responsibilities required of that position. These two are already heavily committed club wise and really don’t have any more personal time to take on additional club duties. (Thanks Joan & Rob).

Some of our members have got to know Peter well. To many, he would still be a relative unknown. Peter has been very active on committee since he came on back in August. His evident keenness to participate in the club both administratively and as a runner, his bonding with several of us on the Trailwalker event and weekend, and blended with his personal qualities and attributes, gave a few of us an early insight that we had a great asset on board. And the committee thought likewise when considering Peter for president recently.

Peter came to the club in October 2014. He was new to the area, and a runner, and he considered that joining up with Westies was a way to meeting local people. He ran 11 marathons in 2015 plus the 100k Trailwalker and an 80k solo run for Destiny Rescue, all confirming a Westie trait of having a running addiction. His two goals include taking his 37 current marathon tally to 50 in 2016 and to run the North Island of New Zealand over December 2016 - January 2017. 

For a day job, Peter is a trainer and consultant in Community Services. 

A couple or words from Peter: “I am greatly looking forward to serving the Westies Club as President. I have absolutely loved getting to know people at Westies and think it is an amazing club”.

David Riches is 1st in age category in International Half Marathon

posted Dec 30, 2015, 2:32 AM by Dianne Karageorgis

One quick Westie, David Riches, ran in the Sanda International Half Marathon in Japan on 20 December. David's time was 76m27s and that gave him first in category by over 2 minutes. 

This was the 27th running of this event and as co-incidence would have it, David was 27th outright, in a field of 5,000.

Sanda is small city in Japan, not far from Kobe, one of the country’s biggest cities. Sanda is a sister city to the Blue Mountains; David Riches is a Blue Mountains boy (Glenbrook), so there had to be some special attraction.

David’s time was a pb half marathon time for him. The course was a tough one. Several sharp climbs and a solid downhill finish. In David’s words: I gave it everything and the cold weather helped. The course was harder or as hard as C2S and longer of course”.

Congratulations on a fantastic effort David. 

Merry Christmas Westies

posted Dec 27, 2015, 12:30 PM by Dianne Karageorgis   [ updated Dec 27, 2015, 12:36 PM ]

We had a great "Christmas at the Lake" with a solid number of Westies, family and friends presenting themselves last Saturday morning for the relay run, novelty events, Christmas breakfast, and Santa.

A BIG expression of thanks to Ricardo and his team including Di, Nadza, Mark, Dean and all the others that helped set up the scene (canopies, decorations, music, blow ups, the tree, and of course, Santa's chair) on the morning, and beforehand buying prizes, organising presents, etc, etc and etc.

The morning itself proved ideal weather wise.The member roll-up was great.

The breakfast spread was fantastic, and our members are to be thanked for 'bringing a plate'. Dave & Pam Kennedy provided a great smorgasbord of fruit, and that very much appreciated.

Thanks to our members for participating in the events. Participation makes the day.  Many photos have already been posted to the Westies facebook and display many happy faces young and old enjoying themselves big time.

And finally, a big thank you to everyone that helped clean-up, pack-up, take-down, & put away. A big effort from many people.

Another great Westies Day.

Thank you, and Merry Christmas.

The links to the photos on Facebook are -

The Santa Album

The Relay Race Album

The Novelty Race Album-

Everything else Album -

New Course Record in 3.5k handicap

posted Sep 15, 2015, 3:30 AM by Dianne Karageorgis   [ updated Sep 28, 2015, 4:39 AM by Patrick V ]

David Riches has just run the new course record for the monthly 3.5k handicap in a time of 12:14.

David literally smashed the previous record set in March 2015 by Toan Truong at 13:21.

That’s a one minute, seven second knock down!


Toan’s time had lowered the then record of 13:47 set by Neil Saltmarsh in March 2014.




The event had 58 starters, one of our better turn-outs for this handicap.

David was the back marker and passed 54 other starters to cross the line in fourth place, bettered by new club members running their qualifying run and one member who seriously broke handicap.


A mighty mighty run David. Again: congratulations.

Truong smashes 3.5km course record!

posted Mar 20, 2015, 2:12 AM by Patrick V

A fantastic effort by Toan Truong saw him smash the record on the relatively new 3.5km handicap course this month.  Toan takes the record from Neil Saltmarsh, who has held it since March 2014.

Toan set the new record at 13:21. His previous best time was 14:14 set back in October. When Toan came to the club he happened to come under the guidance of Pat Browne. 

Pat has been running with Toan and his mate Thai, and pairing them up with faster 10km runners to better them; so Toan’s achievement didn’t just happen, it has been worked at and the effort duly rewarded. Well done Pat.

Festival of the Feet - book it in!

posted Dec 13, 2014, 2:56 AM by Patrick V   [ updated Nov 27, 2015, 1:51 AM by Dianne Karageorgis ]

The Georges River Festival of the Feet will be held on Sunday 5th June 2016. This event will have several distance options, 3km, 7km, 14km and 21km, so there is something for everyone.  

All the courses are within the beautiful riverside area of Mirambeena Regional Park alongside Henry Lawson Drive at Georges Hall near Bankstown. 

The event is popular with both locals and visitors, given the choice of distances and the idyllic traffic-free courses. 

More details will be posted in the coming months, or simply enter your email address and we'll notify you when entries are open.

In the meantime, start preparing!

Christmas Run - 20th December

posted Nov 24, 2014, 2:02 AM by Patrick V   [ updated Nov 24, 2014, 2:02 AM ]

Oh come all yee runners - join the Christmas Run on 20th December - a fun Relay Race is being planned – entry qualification is to wear something red. Start at 7.30am.

FANCY XMAS DRESS – Judges Panel – a selection of distinguished and
objective people of good character will decide the “Best Dressed”.

BRING A PLATE – sweets, savouries, cakes, buns, chips, dips, anything you would like to share with others.

FUN HAPPENINGS – Tug-o-wars, wheelbarrow race, egg-related races, egg throwing and catching skills. If you have any sacks bring them along for a sack race. And more ...

SANTA – will be there at around 8.30am or so.

NOTE TO PARENTS – confidential – let us* know if you are bringing kids, your own or other peoples, grandkids, we need to cater for the little and not so little ones - ice blocks, lollies etc. You will need to supply us with a present for Santa to give out - no more than $20, suitably wrapped and tagged.


25th Annual Six Foot Track Walk

posted Nov 3, 2014, 1:41 PM by Patrick V

Entries are now open for one of the best events of the year, the 2 day walk of the Six Foot Track, to be held 24-25 January 2015.  

Fully supported and catered for, all you need to do is put one foot in front of the other and enjoy the scenery, the company and the wonderful experience. 

Further details can be found on the Six Foot Track Walk page and the entry form.  Be quick - first 50 entrants only!

Lisa Bennett - Born Again Runner!

posted Aug 2, 2014, 3:14 AM by Patrick V

The Bennetts’ Story, by Lisa

I was always meant to be a runner, Athletics runs deep in my family...the niece of a Sydney 2000 Olympic volunteer!!

I used to enjoy running in my early years, and would compete in High School cross country events and did the 1985 City to Surf when I was 17 but for a variety of reasons, university, work, boyfriends and travel it would be nearly twenty eight years before I fully embraced running.

In 2012 wanting to improve my fitness and lose a couple of kilos I started running again. I found that I felt healthier, enjoyed the running and after only a few months at the age of 44 I finally ran my second City to Surf.

Over the next 12 months I could be seen pounding the streets of Panania on an almost daily basis as I built up my speed and endurance. Wanting to test myself against others I entered a number of 10km fun runs and did my first half marathon in Canberra in April 2013.

In May 2013 I decided to enter the Heart of the Lake. This was my first local fun run, supported by my family I won first female in the 40-49 age group and received a beautiful medal, the most precious of my collection. It was a great day and the enthusiasm and friendliness of the Westies steered me in my decision to join. The very next week I turned up and was thrown straight into the deep end of a 10k handicap. I was immediately hooked! Just over 12 months later I am still endeavouring to win a handicap!

Since then I have got around to doing the City to Surf again and beat my seventeen year old self with a time of 63:36 just showing that you are never to old start running or for that matter too young! My 11 year old son Dylan and 8 year old daughter Cate have now become Saturday morning regulars at the Westies and Cate has even managed to win the 3.5k handicap, one of our most proudest moments.

It has not always been plain sailing with my running and I was forced to not run for three months last summer as I recovered from a stress fracture, but despite not being able to run I still enjoyed being a part of the Westie’s family and supporting the kids.

Dylan and Cate are so keen to run that on Saturday mornings that they are dressed and ready to leave the house at 7am regardless of the weather! Coming to the running club has given them confidence and has helped them with their athletics at school. Both Dylan and Cate have represented the school district cross country and will soon represent their school at the district athletics carnival in a number of running events. Cate won 3rd place in the female 9 years age category at the Heart of the Lake fun run this year.

On Sunday September 7th I will be taking part in the Hidden Half Marathon at Lake Gillawarna, whilst Dylan and care are excited to be doing the Mayoral 3k walk/run. Fingers crossed it will be Dylan’s turn to come home with a medal.

There are two others I haven’t mentioned my husband Paul and 6 year old daughter Sophie, who make it possible for us to get to those early morning starting line ups and are always at the finish line, usually standing next to the sausage sizzle stand!

One day maybe they will get the running bug and join us but I suspect there is more chance of them being volunteers at the Rio Olympics.

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