2nd Sealed Handicap – 4 May 2013
Another new Harriers course this weekend, the run took place just off Springfield Road. The 2km course started on the limestone stopbank before veering off onto the grass and gravel, there was even a tiny bit of mud for good measure. As this was a sealed handicap race all runners in each grade started together and handicaps were applied after the race. 79 runners turned out for the handicap race and 7 cubs contested the cubs race (this race was not handicapped).
The cubs raced over a 1km course with Timothy Moore coming in first in 3m 45s, with Matthew Marshall in 2nd place in 3m 50s followed by Maia Driver in 3rd in 3m 52s.
The 12/u boys and girls were the first to set off on 1 lap of the course, the winner on the day with a clock time of 8m 09s was Jacob Driver but after handicaps were applied first place went to Robin Moore with a handicap time of 4m 29s. There was a real tussle on the day for 4th, 5th and 6th place with only a second between the clock times of Kingston Webb, Liam Alexander and Ayden Jones.
The 14/u Boys and 16/u Men contested the same race which was 2 laps over 4km. First place on the day went to Isaac Dyer with a clock time of 16m 17s but after the handicaps were applied he dropped down to 8th place with Ben Harrison taking out 1st place in an adjusted time of 11m 40s.
Laura Langley was the overall winner in the girls 14/u and women's 16/u 4km race with the fastest time on the day and the fastest adjusted time.
Holly Manning had the fastest time on the day in the Women's 19/u, Senior Women and Masters womens 4km race but moved down into 3rd place once the times had been adjusted. The overall winner was Kim Creagh with an adjusted time of 13m 54s, followed by Tracy Stephenson in 2nd place and Holly Manning taking out 3rd.
There were 2 different 6km races being Men 19/u and Senior and Masters Men. The Men's 19/u race was won by Toa Elphick-Iaveta in a clock time of 21m 41s, Toa held onto first place once handicaps had been applied to come out the overall winner. In the Senior and Masters Mens race Kristian Day had the fastest clock time of 21m 27s but couldn't hold onto that lead once the handicaps were applied. The overall race was taken out by Christopher Wong, with Robert Strong in 2nd and Barry Coffey in 3rd.
The general feedback was that the majority of runners enjoyed the new course.
Race report by Tracy Stephenson