Orange Running Festival a big success

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A perfect day greeted a big crowd of runners and supporters for the Colour City Running Festival last Sunday.  Record numbers were entered in the half marathon and also the 10klm on what could only be called a perfect day for running.

Local runners did very well with many gaining major places in their age groups.  It was great to see  two of our elite runners Rod Draper and Tom Gleeson take out 1st and 2nd place in the Half Marathon.

The Achilles running club of visually impaired runners visited Orange again to take place in the event. After running with one of these competitors it has given me a greater respect as to just how difficult it is for these people. Just behind one of these runners coming into a corner, the carer for the runner was giving him directions to turn right.  The runner turned right but not quite hard enough almost putting his carer into the fence. The carer almost needs to be like a navigator in a rally car.

It was good to see former Orange Runners Club members Erika Bunker and Julie Delandro both back in Orange to compete and both ladies took out their age division.

The results of the half marathon and 10k appeared in Tuesdays Central Western Daily, but some of these results were incorrect and some were omitted. The correct results for the two events affected were

Women 50-59klm
1st Julie Delandro        0.52.02

2nd Lynda Chapman     0.54.57

3rd. Lynn Fennamore   0.56.15

Women 60-69klm

1st Judy Tarleton          1.00.13

2nd Lyn O’Mara            1.00.37

3rd Glenys Rosser         1.06.35

Apologies to these ladies.

Our club members who took out places were


10 and under male

Mitchell Strike 2nd.

11-13 Male

Joe Miller                           1st

Connor Whiteley 3rd

11-13 Female

Kinisha Roweth                 3rd

14-16 Male

Brandon Connolly             1st


14-16 Female

Katelyn Strike                    1st.

17-19 Female

Laura Wolfson                  1st

20-29 Male

Mitchell Williamson         1st

20-29 Female

Amber Rich                        3rd

30-39 Female

Cassie Bland                      2nd

Carrie Williamson             3rd

40-49 Male

Brad Simmons                   1st

40-49 Female

Estelle Dean                     3rd

50-59 Male

Jim Rich                              3rd

50-59 Female

Lynda Chapman 2nd

60-69 Male

Wayne Stewart                 1st

Bob Meyenn                      2nd

60-69 Female

Judy Tarleton                     1st

Glenys Rosser                    3rd

70+ Male

Basil Baldwin                     1st

Jim Flucker                         2nd



18 & Under Male

Rob Bennett                      1st

Tristan   Harrison               2nd

19-29 Female

Melissa Watson 2nd

30-39 Male

Rod Draper                        1st

Tom Gleeson                     2nd

30-39 Female

Mel McDonald                  3rd.

40-49 Female

Karen Neal                         3rd

50-59 Male

Ian Crafter                         3rd


50-59 Female

Jane Fairgrieve                  3rd

60-69 Male

Brian Sharp                        1st

Brian Rix                             3rd


A big thank must go to our sponsors, who without their generous support this event would never happen. Proceeds from this event will go towards Care West a local charity who also appreciates the generosity of these sponsors.

Thank you must also go to the volunteers who helped make it such a great success and also the organisers who put in many hours making sure we have the great event we now have.

Twelve months seems a long time away before we can experience this event again.


The Relay for Life is on 19th March and Brett Sammut is the man who is managing our team and he is looking for members to join in.  Go to and follow the links to join his team or just catch up with Brett on Sunday at our run. To boost Brett’s fund raising effort we will be taking gold coin donations on Sunday and Wednesday at our runs. So don’t forget to have a gold coin in you pocket for Brett.

The Annual General Meeting for the Orange Runners Club will be on 1st. April at Anson St. Special School will all positions vacant.  Put it in your diary and come along and vote for your committee.

Wednesday saw many runners back up from the running festival, with Brad Simmons the Winner and also first across the line which is great for our handicap event.

Many P.B.’s were achieved. They were Hugh Dainti th 44 seconds, Jack Daintith 13 seconds, Anthony Daintith 15 seconds, Jessie Dean 15 seconds, Emily Pell 31 seconds, Greg Pell 7 seconds.

This Sundays run is at Botanic Gardens with  3.2km, 4.8km and 8km distances.  Don’t forget that our Sunday runs now start at 10am.

Judy Tarleton