Council gives storage shed the go ahead
Article by Matt Dean
The ORC has held discussions with Council this week, who resolved to grant the club $5,000.00 to assist with funding for the construction of a storage shed adjoining the toilet block at Elephant Park. The topic has been on the ORC agenda for some time now and will be a great asset for the club. We look forward to work commencing on the shed in the near future.
This weekend will see the running of the ‘Balmoral Burn’ and the Williamson sisters Carrie and Nic will be once again heading down to take their part in the event. Ex-Wallaby, Phil Kearns came up with the idea of running up Awaba Street in Balmoral as a thank you to Royal North Shore Hospital after his son Finn received emergency care for suspected meningococcal. In 2001, the Balmoral Burn started with 11 corporate teams and a couple of hundred individual runners, raising $70,000. To date the Burn has raised a massive $15million for children’s hospitals and health services across Australia. At its steepest the 420 metre run reaches a gradient of 30%. The Williamson sisters explained that by the finish competitors are falling over due to the lactic build up in their legs; however they still describe the event as one that should be experienced by those who enjoy a challenge. Good luck girls.
Last Sunday’s Gosling Creek run was held in perfect conditions and it was great to see good numbers once again. Runners/walkers had the choice of a 2.3, 4.6 or 9.6k course; the handicap winner on the day was the ever improving Kinisha Roweth. The kid friendly 2.3k track saw Ella Lamrock scoot around in 11:46, 7 seconds ahead of Katherine Lindsay. For the boys it was Logie Whiteley home first 1minute & 46 seconds in front of Nicholas Brown. The popular 4.6k run was lead by the very consistent Amber Rich punching out a respectable 20:22 the fastest time for the day. Sue Dean was second across the line 1 minute and 17 seconds ahead of her niece Jessie. For the men Bailey Goransson was first home in 20:46 followed by Mitchell Cooper who just edged out Noah Lamrock. The 9.6k was also a popular choice on the day with 26 men and 9 women taking on the longer distance. For the ladies Estelle Dean was first to finish in 42:01 followed by Penny Chandler and Liz Shaw. Rod Draper showed that he is getting back into a bit of form with an impressive 34:40 some 3 minutes ahead of Dave Selwood and Kyle Ostini.
Wednesday’s handicap run saw more than 90 runners/walkers make their way around the Elephant Park course. Nathan Webster was the handicap winner in a time of 15:25. There were a number of Pb’s with Sunday’s handicap winner Kinisha Roweth finishing with a 20 second Pb in a time of 12:15. Others to lower their personal best were Emily Pell 10 seconds (13.14), Harry Crouch 17 seconds (11.03), Mitchell Essex 10 seconds (10.57) and Abby Dean 7 seconds (14.02).
Tomorrow’s handicap run is at Elephant Park. Runners/Walkers will start from the Sampson Street side of the park and make their way toward Woodward Street, past Emus Rugby Club towards Gardiner Road along the gravel track toward the pool across the bridge and back to the start. One lap is 2.6k and runners/walkers will have the choice of 1 to 3 laps. An enjoyable, easy course looking quite colourful this time of year.