SIXTY-ONE Orange Runners Club members took to the path around Sir Jack Brabham Park last Sunday with many fine results achieved.
Jack Daintith (6 minutes 32 seconds) reversed last week’s result, with a five-second gap back to Mitchell Cooper over the one-lap 1.75km distance.
Young Logan Whiteley was not too far away in third.
Of the ladies doing the one lap, Emily Pell (8.26) was first home ahead of Abby Dean and Tanya Connolly.
Choosing to do the two-lap, 3.5km course, three of the younger brigade led the way with Kinisha Roweth (16.30) finishing ahead of Lily Craig and Jessie Dean.
For the men, Craig Penrose (17.30) proved too consistent for John Connolly and Liam Coulson-Knight.
This week’s handicap winner, Thomas Millist, was clearly fastest over the three laps in a time of 23.03 and finishing in front of the consistent John Bowmer and Brian Rix.
Dani Syme (29.12) was the quickest lady over the 5.25km (three-lap) course. Ellie Willims and Glenys Rosser were second and third respectively.
Brad Simmons (26.24) powered to the front in the 7km run to pull away from the talented Nathan Sutherland and third-placed Anthony Daintith.
In the ladies, Amber Rich (30.52) again finished at the front of the field with Estelle Dean and Kim Jarvis filling the placings.
On Wednesday night a small crew ran in warm conditions with no personal bests recorded.
John Betts ran a solid 14.16 to win the handicap prize while, Mitch Williamson (10.51) and Connor Whiteley (10.52) vied for the fastest three laps.
Alistair ‘Kiwi’ Merrifield was recognised for completing 200 club runs with a certificate marking this achievement.
Time is ticking down to the 2014 Orange Colour City Running Festival.
This time the Second Orange Scout Group and the Rural Fire Service will benefit from the money raised from the event.
You too should be in readiness for the festival. That’s right it is almost Christmas, then New Year, Australia Day and on to the running festival on February 22 and 23.
We have events for all from 2km right through to the marathon. You can find out more at www.orangecolourcityrunningfestival.com.au.
For our Runners Club members, please see Lynda Chapman and organise your donation of a prize for an age group. The prizes for the age groups have traditionally been donated by the ORC members. .
This Sunday the run is at Clergate School and, given the current weather, we remind all members to keep hydrated.
The next two Wednesday runs will not be held due to them falling on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. There will be a run on Sunday, December 29 at Lake Canobolas.
I’d just like to wish all our runners club members and their families a safe and enjoyable Christmas and New Year and look forward to seeing everybody back on the track in 2014.