Another great, fun packed day at Brimbank for our first real cross country course and the perfect afternoon to traverse it, perhaps just a little sunny up the top for me! With a total of 48 athletes competing (4 more than last year’s Brimbank run), again it was our Open Women’s division and the junior men’s contributing the majority. The provisional results are on the AV website and there are a couple of issues that will be sorted by tomorrow.
Kicking off with the Juniors the best results came from the men’s races with a great run from Matthew Hussey to win the U14 ahead of Wendouree race winner Sam Williams, Jack Rayner came second in Under 20, Nathan Pearce second in Under 18 and Cody Shanahan second in Under 16. Our junior men’s were hit hard with the hills with a few less in the top ten than Wendouree, a notable exception was Daniel Dunstone with his first time in the top ten and showing his experience in the longer under 18 men’s race (8km), passing many along the way to finish 9th. Despite the low numbers, in the junior women’s races there were many top ten performances; Claire Hodgart finishing in 5th in the U18 and backing up well from her run at the Australian Mountain Running Champs18, Amy Cashin and Rochelle Kennedy battled it out for 6th and 7th in the U20, Lexie Barlow in 10th place in U16 in her first race back and Demi Utber 9th in the U14.
In the Open Women’s 6km we had many competing, enough to fill Div 2, 3 and 4 and a 40+ team. Fastest again over the 6km course was Mel Desira in just over 25 minutes followed by Carolyn Huell, Mel Hiatt and Loren Lane, making up the Div 2 team. Making up the 40+ team was Carolyn Huell, Anne Cross and Mechelle Lane. The ladies also produced one of the memorable moments for the season so far when, with 100 metres to go, Brenda Cashin snuck up on a group of 3 or 4 ladies, then with the very last of her strength she opened up the throttle and, after a tough battle, burst through the pack to beat all in that group. Victorious over the line and a 3 minute PB….well done Brenda, I hope there’s some video of it!
The final race for the day was the Men’s 16km (10 mile Heritage). Again Rob Pope lead the way crossing the line in just over 60 minutes (and impressively nearly into the top 50, in 51st place) followed by Michael Masseni, Chris Camilleri, Alex Tyrrell, Adam Knowles and Adrian Jeffkins. Even though we didn’t have enough to fill the div 4 team thanks to those that ran. You never know what can happen in a big cross country race so it’s always good to have a few emergencies.
Thanks again to all those that helped make the day great and to our AV helpers on this long day: Karen Sharp, Clare Calbert and Alice Sweeting. And, of course, to those that stayed to watch, cheer, and ring their cowbells, especially on the hill and at the finish line - we could hear the finish well before we could see it!!