Runners club ladies perform strongly at Melbourne City2Sea

RUNNING HOT: (Back, from left) Yolanda Zhao, Maree Moss, Leanne Corcoran, Karen Neal & Robyn Cotten, (front) Pam Fullgrabe and Jane Fairgrieve all took on the Melbourne City2Sea. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

RUNNING HOT: (Back, from left) Yolanda Zhao, Maree Moss, Leanne Corcoran, Karen Neal & Robyn Cotten, (front) Pam Fullgrabe and Jane Fairgrieve all took on the Melbourne City2Sea. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

Last Sunday saw the club hold a one hour challenge at Elephant Park where most of the 63 starters tried to keep circulating to see how many full laps of the 1.6km loop they could complete inside the hour.

Leading the way by a big margin was Iain McLean who completed nine laps in 57.52, while Nicole Williamson was the fastest of the girls running eight laps in 59.49.

Rounding out the top three for the guys was Daryl Roweth with eight laps in 58.18 and Rikky Bangert with seven laps in 52.15.

For the girls second place went to Amber Rich who completed seven laps in 53.12 and Estelle Dean who did her seven laps in 54.07.

A big congratulations to all who took on the challenge.

Some of our female members and their friends ventured down to Victoria to compete in Melbourne City2Sea, a tough 15km course through the beautiful southern city.

The 15km course started in East Melbourne next to the MCG before snaking through the city past the Royal Botanic Gardens and then through the famed Albert Park precinct, before ultimately finishing at Catani Gardens in St Kilda.

The City2Sea is aiming to help raise $500,000 for more than 650 charities this year and is nearing that mark, according to its website.

There were three ways individuals and teams could raise money for their chosen charity – raising funds, sponsoring a friend or simply donating some money – and the seven-strong Orange group contributed to the cause, which is just $200,000 shy of its target.

All runners had strong runs over the 15km course with Leanne Corcoran setting the fastest time (66.39) as she finished ninth in her age category, while Karen Neal (74.37) came in 11th in her category.

Other runners who competed and their times were Robyn Cotten (79.56), Jane Fairgrieve (97.01), Yolanda Zhao (99.12), Pam Fullgrabe (100.01) and Maree Moss (107.29).

Congratulations to all the ladies, well done on your efforts.

On Wednesday night at Elephant Park 61 starters tried to beat rain and Renai decided a mass start will help us get there.

Setting the pace were Jack Daintith and Rikky Bangert who couldn’t be split.

They recorded an identical time of 11.27 for the three laps, while Lily Craig was the fastest of the girls with a time of 12.27.

Claire Stutchbury ran 15.41 which was another personal best for her with a 55 second improvement, another great run from her.

John Moss ran 14.34 to be the overall winner but there may be an investigation into whether John may have damaged a tree after crossing the finish line.

Next Wednesday is the third and final event for the Junior Spring Carnival, so make sure you don’t miss the chance to run against and challenge your own age group.

This weekend the Sunday run is at the picturesque Lake Canobolas, so get out there for a great, scenic run.

Also a reminder to get onto the website and register for the Christmas Party on Saturday, December 3.

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