CWD 27 Feb 2016 : Gearing up for running festival
This weekend all the focus will be on the Colour City Running Festival. It should be a great weekend for running so if you have not entered by now, unfortunately it is too late, but you can come out to the back of the hospital and cheer on the runners or even ask some of the organisers if there is anything you can do to help.
Last Sunday the Club run was held at the Botanic Gardens with around 90 starters enjoying the warm conditions. In a tightly run race over the one lap 1.6km course Arabella Harvey (10:56) narrowly picked up the victory from Carol Donlan (11:10) with Sidney Harvey (11:17) picking up third by just one second from Rosie Corcoran. Putting in a couple of fast laps William Homer (13:47) just got up over Paul Centofanti (13:59) while Bailey Harvey (16:14) came home in third spot. Of the ladies Michelle Srzich (17:38) came out on top in the 3.2km run and also was awarded the overall win for the day. Jessie Tudor (17:57) was not far behind Michelle, with another Michelle, Whiteley (20:40) picking up third place. Brad Simmons (19:51) set the pace over the three lap, 4.8km course, to lead home Hugh Daintith (23:37) and David Gibson (25:28). In the ladies 4.8km Alicia Ross (24:27) just got to the line ahead of Bridget Cole (24:42) while in a tight battle for third Chelsea Gregor (26:35) got there by 3 seconds from Elizabeth Denning. Only a few runners took on the four lap task, with Karen Neal (35:11) the fastest of those. Paras Meates (39:15) was second in the ladies and the frequent flyer Sabrina Manickam (45:01) came in third. Nathan Garton (36:28) proved to be king of the 6.4km four laps as he dominated the male runners. Iain McLean (31:58) truly dominated the five lap 8km distance as he led home a strong field that included placegetters Julio Cesar Adolfo (34:49) and David Selwood (35:47). Also a dominant force over the longest distance, Meg Reeves (33:44), was a clear ladies winner over Ursula Wilson (39:04) and Phoebe Clare (41:20)
Some great results from some of our Runners Club members at the NSW Masters Championships at Homebush in Sydney on the weekend with (age group):
Liz Simpson 5000m – 19:36.03 1st ( 30-34 ), Ursula Wilson 5000m – 21:11.73 2nd ( 40-44 ) and Nicole Williamson
800m – 2:28.87 1st ( 30-34 ).
Also Brian Rix ( 70-74 ) Hammer Throw – 3rd, Weight Throw – 2nd, Javelin Throw – 4th, 5000m – 26:32.07 (PB) – 3rd, 800m – 3:29.11 – 4th, 2000m Steeplechase – 11:24.66 – 1st, Discus Throw – 3rd, Shotput – 3rd and 1500m – 6:59.25 – 4th.
And John West ( 65 – 69 ) Hammer Throw – 4th, Weight Throw – 2nd, Javelin Throw – 1st, Shot put – 4th, Discus Throw – 4th and 5000m Race Walk – 35:44.76 – 1st.
On Wednesday at Elephant Park 77 runners started on what was another very warm afternoon, but before things got started, Ethan McArdle (100 runs) and Russell Tym and Michelle Whiteley (both 400 runs) were presented with certificates to recognise their milestones.
Nathan Sutherland (10:28) again had the top spot to himself, while Alicia Ross (12:59) had another strong run to be the fastest of the girls. Anthony Wilson (12:53) has also continued his impressive string of performances to capture the overall win. Personal Bests were run by Pip Farquharson 4s, Leah Morphett 48s, Julio Cesar Adolfo 53s and Joanne Lim 30s.
Good luck to all those involved in the organising of the Running Festival as well as those competing in the various events.
Written by Daryl Roweth