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Young Hugh ‘Tiger’ Daintith followed up his tussle with Judy Tarleton last week at the lake and a PB from Wednesday night with a sensational 10 minute one lap circuit of the 1.6km scenic Botanic Garden track. There were a few water hazards and it was a bit boggy in parts but despite the fresh morning 72 runners and walkers completed a few laps around course. Another youngster Lachlan Simmons was 2nd just behind Hugh while Judy Tarleton was the first woman home in front of Sophie Martin.

Logan Whiteley led a pack of boys home after the first four finishers who included the Pell family with Brothers Thomas, Matt and William running dad Greg into 4th place in the family race.

Absolutely smashing the testing 3.2k 2 lap course was Kyle Ostini in a time of 12.12 with Jon Francis and David Craig left fighting for second and third spot. In the ladies 2 lap run Lauralie Francis proved too fast for young giants of the runners club, Lilly Craig and Emily Pell, while Alice Bowmer was only 2 seconds behind Emily.

The hottest contest of the cold morning was a repeat of last weeks 3.45km run around the lake but this time over the 3 lap 4.8k distance as experienced Orange Runners Club member Amber Rich used her course knowledge to steal away to a time of 20.42 and for the second week in a row push the youngsters Danielle Williams and Laura Auberson into the minor placings. With the lads over 4.8k young Noah Lamrock rose to the challenge to pip Nick Roweth by 4 seconds with another eye catching performance from this recent addition to the runners club ranks. Martin Ryan proved he didn’t need his most colourful shoes to run fast as he pushed into third spot.

It has been great to see Mark and Julie Chapman returning to runners club in recent months – getting to most of the Sunday runs it has only been nearly 10 years since they were regulars – it must be provided good memories for them and they times are fast improving. This week Mark ‘De Castella’ decided he would be the odd one out and be the only one to run the 4 laps / 6.4k at a very respectable 32 minutes. Question is, was this a ploy to get his name in the paper or did he intend to run 5 laps but just ran out of juice.

Of the long distance 5 lap runners ‘Kiwi’ Alistair Merrifield led the charge again this week with his 8km 32 minute run showing again that he is getting back to his best. The father and son combination of Anthony and Jack Daintith were the next to arrive at the finish line, showing that the Daintith stable is producing some fine performances from all of the charges.

The super consistent Estelle Dean powered along to be a clear winner in the longer version for the ladies with a time of 36.49 minutes with 2 other consistent performers in Kim Jarvis and Pam Fullgrabe circulating well to fill the second and third spots. Estelle’s son Harry was seen modelling for a photo shoot perhaps running is not his forte.

With the cold bitterness in the air and 78 runners looking for some activity, the track at Elephant Park was smoking with nine runners completing the 3km course in 11 minutes or under. Mitch Williams 10,33, Luke Chalker 9.39, Kyle Ostini 10.02 (PB by 12 seconds), Connor Whiteley 10.17 (PB by 10 seconds), Lauren Kerwick 10.22, Brandon Connolly 10.24, Nick Roweth 10.49 (PB by 7 seconds) Alistair Merrifield 10.50 and Jack Daintith 11 minutes.  Others to clock PBs were Jesse Chapman 1 minute 19 seconds; Ethan Crisp 20 seconds Megan Rodd 1 minute Jessie Dean 2 seconds – who said the cold stops us from doing things. Remember Orange Runners Club meet every Wednesday at Elephant Park at 4.30pm and check out the website for our Sunday venues.  Congratulations to Alistair Merrifield and Gary Penrose on achieving 100 runs. Keryn Holland was the first runner across the line to pick up the win on handicap.

With such cold weather we must remind everybody of the important of warming up before you run and completing some stretches and cold down afterwards – this even applies to the walkers who are also susceptible to injury.

The girls have organised a weekend away – The Blackmore’s Sydney Running Festival September 15th & 16th. I have been told to mention that what happens in Sydney on the weekend stays Sydney. If you are interest put you name on the list at runners or contact Karen Snare or Pam Fullgrabe. A great time is usually had with running, shopping and dinner on the list.

A new order for long sleeve club shirts is being arranged please see Frank Ostini if you are interested.

A reminder that Charity Application are now out for the Orange Colour City Running Festival being held February 22nd to 24th February, 2013.  Email colourcityrunningfestival@gmail,com or call into Dept. of Sport and Rec for a form. Check out the Orange Colour City Running Festival Facebook page for all the gossip.

Have you entered for City n Surf, Mudgee or Dubbo yet? Time is running out.