Marathon efforts feature in Mudgee
Last Sunday saw a contingent of runner’s club members traveling to Mudgee for the local Running Festival. Overnight thunderstorms threatened to dampen the event, but most runners got to enjoy their event and a little bit of moisture was not going to affect their day. With the Marathon and Half Marathon kicking off the day we were represented by four runners in the Marathon and eight runners in the Half. Jessica Richards was a standout over the 42.2km distance, as she powered to second female home and thirteenth place overall finishing in a time of 3:33.44. Our resident marathoners Nicholas Thomas 4:08.41 and his dad, Gareth Thomas 4:08.42 ran their third marathon together, while Donna Read ran 4:24.57.
In the half marathon Jared Sullivan (1:22.19) ran another strong race as he worked his way into third spot overall and second in his age category. Also doing well in their age categories, John Moss (2:07.02) claimed third place while Daryl Roweth (1:38.40) came in second spot in his category. Other members to complete the half marathon were: Adam Reeves (1:35.22), Katrina Smith (1:57.36), Wayne Sunderland (1:58.58), Madison Macpherson (2:17.53) and Sabrina Manickam (2:25.41).
The 10km race appeared to be almost predominantly a ladies race with all our representatives in this years’ event female. Meg Reeves led the charge finishing as fourth female and second in her age category in a time of (41:36). Ursula Wilson ran second in her age category with a solid (45:11). Winning her age group, Kinisha Roweth ran a consistent (47:42) for the 10kms. Also completing the 10km distance were: Naomi Sunderland (57:12) and Susie Patey (67:19).
Our girls dominated the 5km results with Liz Simpson finishing first overall female in a strong (20:17), to just beat home sisters Nicole (20:55) and Carrie Williamson (22:48) completing a 1,2,3 finish for Orange runners.
Brett Sammut (22:59) was not far away in finishing third in his age category.
At the Sunday club run at The Pinnacle, Iain McLean led out the 10km runners and also picked up the overall win on the day with a sizzling (43:52) for the tough course. Mitchell (Hills) Essex (46:30) picked up second place ahead of Mike Cooper (52:37). The four ladies who tackled the long run had a great battle with Karyn Vardanega (57:19) the quickest ahead of Amanda Gregor (62:37) while Kim Jarvis and Alison Spurway (64:36) tied for third spot.
The Lamrock siblings took out the shorter 3km distance with Noah leading the boys home in a speedy time of (14:28) finishing ahead of Peter Mueller (14:51) and the improving Hugh Daintith (16:58). Sister, Ella Lamrock (16:30) had too much pace for Joy Harvey (19:42) and Jane Fairgrieve (20:50).
Jack Daintith (30:44) was again the fastest over 7km, but had to battle all the way with the tenacious Frank Ostini (30:55). The consistent David Craig (35:03) was third. The ladies was taken out by Sue Dean (34:39), ahead of Lily Craig (44:30) and Belinda McCauley (45:48).
On Wednesday we unfortunately had the weather gods messing with us again with the drizzle getting heavier as we started our run with 34 brave starters plus our faithful officials turning out for the night. Jack Daintith was again the fastest runner running (10:49) while Liz Simpson was the quickest lady (11:48) following on from her impressive Mudgee effort. William Homer was declared the overall winner with the third fastest time (12:07). Personal Bests were set by Lawson Hamling 6seconds and William Homer 5seconds
Please note that the first Sunday in September (6th Fathers Day), there will be no run for the club – the options are Bathurst Edgell jog or Dubbo Stampede.
Also our Wednesday runs will now revert back to a 5.00 p.m. start each Wednesday.
One of our club members, Maddie Macpherson, is raising money for MND. She has been running back to back races this month with those being Wagga half, Mudgee half and this weekend she is off to the Sunshine Coast for the marathon up there. She has had great support and encouragement from Brett Sammut. If interested people can refer to the ORC Facebook page where they will find an article on Maddie and if they like, they can also donate to her cause via a link on the FB page.
Daryl Roweth received a certificate on Wednesday recognizing his 400 club runs, while Denise Quinlan received a certificate for 300 runs on Sunday which she was very happy about.
The club run this Sunday is at Botanic Gardens starting at 9am. New members are welcome but you need to get there 15 – 20 minutes early to register.
Information provided by Daryl Roweth