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Fresh back from the Gold Coast a number of our runners found the icy winds and cold temperatures a vast difference from the previous weeks run along the coastline however,  they joined 84 runners who attended the Berrilee Road run for a 4 km and 8.10 km run.  The handicap winner was Krissy Ward who completed the 8.10 course in the time of 44.37.  Her daughter Frehiwot had better start looking over her shoulder as mum is certainly breathing down her neck. On the other hand Mekdes was enjoying herself and taking in the forestry scenery as she completed the 4 km distance in the time of 34:18.  Thirty-five members took on the longer course on Sunday and times ranged from 31:30 to 57:34.  Considering the conditions everyone did very well. Mitch Williamson was first home in a time of 31:30, followed by Neil Williams 32:54 and Tom Gleeson 33:00. Unfortunately Martin Ryan took a tumble on the rocky terrain and skinned his knee. Martin was feeling quite sorry for himself but received plenty of caring attention from fellow members who rushed to his aid.
The Fitzpatrick family are training earnestly for the Mudgee Half Marathon and not only did they complete the Berrilee Road run they then ran all the way home.  Kate and Cassie Brien made the trip from Narromine on Sunday morning to join us all for a run.  Cassie completed the 4 km in 42:26 whilst her mother did the 8.10 distance in 41:34.  Kate is off to the Hunter Valley this weekend to complete in the Lawler’s half marathon so we wish her well in that event and then after that she will be competing in the Fitzroy Falls fun run.  I feel exhausted just thinking about it all.
The nett times for our members that completed the Gold Coast fun run are as follows:
Full marathon – Brett Sammut 4:40, Half marathon – Nathan Sutherland 1:18         Melissa Watson 1:29, Karen Neal 1:41 Jane Fairgrieve 1:49, Lynda Chapman 1:58 Maree Moss 1:59  Bill Fairgrieve 2:11   10 km – Wayne Stewart 0:47.
Just a reminder, if you have ordered a new ORC shirt payment is due now.  Also, any ladies going on the Blackmore’s Sydney trip your initial payment is now due.  Please arrange payment to Pam or Karyn this week. Early Bird for Blackmores closes  31 July (for a free singlet) or 19 August 2011, so time to get registered.
If you are attending the Mudgee Fun Run and would like to come to dinner with other  club members on the Saturday night please record your name on the list or see Jane Fairgrieve.  Early bird for Mudgee closes on 10 August 2011.
A breakfast meeting will be held at the Hotel Canobolas on 30 July 2011 commencing at 8.00 p.m.  This meeting is open to all members and a few matters need to be discussed and agreed upon.  We would be grateful if as many members as possible could attend so please put the date in your diary.
Thank you to Gary Williams for providing a number of running books. These books are available for your perusal and if you would like one please see Frank.
We certainly are a hardy lot and   76  members braved the elements and  attended the Wednesday  night  3 km run at Elephant Park. President Frank is busy coaching young runners on Wednesday afternoons and giving encouragement for their up and coming cross country events.   The handicap winner for Wednesday night was  Glen Desborough, flying at 13:16.  Very impressive Glen.   PB’s were recorded by Anna Daintith – 60 sec, Connor Whitely – 5 sec, (10:45) Matt Dean – 10 sec,  (10:40) , Molly Dean – 26 sec, Sally Kitto – 19 sec, Darryl Roweth – 3 sec, (11:52)  Lily Craig – 20 sec and Leanne Corcoran 11 sec (13:09).  Well done to you all and it is easy to see that Sally’s extra training is certainly paying off.  Perusing recent times I  can see that Matt and Alistair  Merrifield are certainly in competition mode.
During the cold winter months please remember to dress adequately for running.  Layering is the way to go which can be easily discarded as your body warms up.  The base layer should wick moisture away from your skin to the next layer, which ideally should be a  material like CoolMax.    You might also consider wearing a pair of gloves.   I have been told that if it is cold enough to run in tights you should probably have gloves on.  Apparently your blood circulates in the core of your body so your extremities get colder, consequently gloves can help.
The Sunday run is at Clergate  School for a 10.00 a.m. start.  See you there.
Jane Fairgrieve.