Hard Decision to Make
With the aroma of culinary delights wafting over the Botanic Gardens, runners and walkers could have been forgiven for not wishing to face the starter. The annual spring breakfast was being conducted by the “friends of the garden” and coincided with start time of the Botanic run. Instead of partaking in the food which smelt heavenly, 68 runners and walkers were persuaded to run up to eight laps of the garden. It looked for a moment as if the skies would open up and spoil both events. However, umbrellas remained closed and both concluded successfully. Teenager Laura Auberson and old stager Stewart Vidler were two people obviously ready to sample the culinary delights as they flew over the short course recording good times. Vidler is a long course specialist, so something other than running enticed him to finish early, while Auberson is fast over the shorter journey, but is no stranger to long distance running.
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Congratulations to all those who travelled to Shepparton to take part in their first Half Ironman Event, while Penrith was the venue for an even larger contingent who competed in the Nepean Triathlon. This form of cross training of bike and swim has become increasingly popular over the past few seasons. One of our more senior members Brian Rix, who is also an accomplished swimmer, will this weekend swim 2.5 km in the annual Dawny’s Cockatoo Challenge in Sydney Harbour. Not bad for someone who is closer to 70 than 60 and is returning from a torn hamstring, which happened in the pool.
Club members are reminded that these activities outside the sport of running do not count towards the Runner of the Year Award which will be presented at the Christmas party on the 11th December. Nominations must reach Gary Williams by Wednesday 1st December to be eligible. Forms for this award will be available at Sunday’s Lake Canobolas run. Those who have perpetual trophies are reminded to return them to Gary as soon as possible.
Congratulations also must go to Carrie Williamson who was awarded her 100 run certificate this week.
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Female 3.2k: Laura Auberson 13.54, Kelsey Grey 16.02, Astrid Grey 18.32.
Male: Stewart Vidler 14.54, Joel Kitto 15.35, Jack Daintith 15.46.
Female 8.0k: Melissa Watson 35.19, Estelle Dean 41.03, Kay Davis 46.19.
Male: Tom Gleeson 29.32, Andrew White 34.32, Connor Whiteley 38.58. Anthony Daintith was the handicap winner. Wednesdays line honours went to Pat Moran who also recorded a PB of 13 seconds finishing in 14.53. Other PB’s were recorded by Logan Whiteley 53 seconds, Joe Miller 15 seconds, on the back of his 9 seconds last week, Daryl Roweth 8 seconds and Steve Johansson 6 seconds. Tomorrows distances are 3k and 6k at Lake Canobolas.