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Westies do good at 6ft!

posted Mar 15, 2011, 4:27 PM by Patrick V   [ updated Mar 15, 2011, 4:33 PM ]
The annual Six Foot Track Marathon was held on Saturday 12 March and several Westies had a run in this extremely challenging event.

The run is over the 45km from the Explorers Tree at Katoomba to Jenolan Caves; a course with many
hills and steep descents, river & creek crossings, and at the same time, some very beautiful country.
On Saturday the conditions ranged from extremely warm in direct sun through to bucketing rain.

First Westie home was Lilian Molesworth in a time of 5h 6m. Bart Cupitt was next Westie in 5h 19m
and was awarded in this his 6th 6ft with the much sought after buckle.

First timers included Michael Durrant 5:58, Monica McCarthy 5:59, Mark Biviano 6:28 and Terrie
Hayter 6:34. Fantastic achievements. Their smiles and grimaces at the finish reflected how pleased
they were, and with the efforts it took. It is definitely not just a run.

Perennial running mates Carl Simpson and Grant Moroney finished their 18th and 8th 6ft respectively
in 6:52. Carl was presented with his “Legend’s” jacket.

Friends of Westies on the track included Bob Fickle in his 23rd with 6:46; John Melnyczenko 6:56
in his 18th; Ann Owen 6:32, Carol Adams 6:32, Lynda Van Dyk 5:47, Neil Anderson 5:11 and Dennis
Sweetman 6:11, all multi-time finishers.

Several Westies were on hand in support, at the start, on course and the finish. It was great to see
Mountain Man Grahame Kerruish back at the event that gave him his moniker.

This run has been held every year since 1984, growing from 7 starters then, to 877 this go. So keen
are runners to test themselves that most categories of entry (700 places for non-legends) were filled
in only 8 minutes when they opened last December.

Westies. You done good!

Report coutesy Vic Anderson who had a very good attempt at this years event but unfortunately had to withdraw.