Runners arrive in force for Gosling Creek event

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Gosling Creek is a favourite run for many ORC members, with runners enjoying taking in the scenery of the glistening creek, the cows alongside the track on the longer run and the grassy knolls as you approach the end of the shorter run. And so Sunday’s run saw some familiar, yet infrequently seen faces arrive for their first run of the new year. Harry and Libby Townsend made their first appearance for 2012 and look to be in fine form to get their year off to a good start. We hope to see them both out on the courses throughout 2012.

Helen Roberts and Liz Gregory also made their 2012 debut, looking resplendent as always in their matching ORC runners singlets and looking ready to up the ante when their fellow ladies make their return after extended holidays

Some new members to the club were also welcomed on Sunday, with new member Teagan Lundy-Stern taking out the women’s 4.6km, proving she will be one to watch in the coming months.

We also welcomed back Mark and Julie Chapman, former members of the club who both achieved top 3 placings in the 4.6km on their return. Welcome back Chapmans and we look forward to seeing you at more runs throughout the year.

Despite the gorgeous scenery, the muggy conditions and glaring sun seemed to make the shorter option all that more appealing, with fewer than normal numbers choosing to tackle the longer 9.6km. Although sleeping in, Rod Draper managed to make up plenty of ground, blitzing the field, completing the 9.6km course in a sizzling 36.46.

Further back, and demonstrating the early morning training runs are definitely paying off, the determined Sharon Fahey led the joggers and first time 9.6k’ers out on the long course while husband Graham, in a sea of aqua blue running tops, encouraged them to keep going. And keep going they did, despite Mr Fahey managing to steer one plodder in the wrong direction with only 300 metres to go.

Sunday’s results were as follows: Female 4.6km – Teagan Lundy-Stern, Sue Dean, Julie Chapman, Male 4.6km Mark Chapman, Mark Delaney, Russel Tym; Female 9.8km –Freihwot Ward, Krissy Ward, Sharon Fahey; Male 9.8km – Rod Draper, Brett Rosser, Pete Mueller.

Alice Bowmer was the handicap winner on Sunday. Well done Alice.

The winner at Wednesday’s run was Medkes Ward, one of the members of the speedy Ward family. Medkes just edged out her brother and running buddy Besu to claim the handicap winner’s prize.

PBs were recorded on Wednesday by Richard Eggleston and Mitchell Essex.

It appears the 2 most popular members of the Ostini clan have been nominated in the Orange Australia Day awards for their massive fundraising and awareness campaign for breast cancer . Congratulations on the nomination Kyle and Bryce. The ORC wishes you both all the very best for the awards. You are both winners already in this runner’s book.

A reminder entries are now open for the ORC Running Festival to be held Sunday 4 March 2012 at Bloomfield. Grab your mates and your family members and sign them up for the 4.8 family fun run/walk, the 10km or the more gruelling 21.1km. Now is the time to up the training for the Festival, especially if aiming to complete the longer distances.

Tomorrow is a good chance to pick up the training, with a 4km or 8.1km run at Berrilee Road at 9am.