Phil Burns A Path
Stawell Amateur Athletic Club runner Phil Burns
was pressed hard over the final 300m of the Tyler’s
Hardware handicap last Saturday, but held on to
win from a fast finishing Susie Ellis.
A strong field of 22 senior runners tackled the
8000m course set along the banks of Horsham’s
Running in his first year with the club, the flat
and fast course was to Burn’s liking. Setting
off after the front markers, he had reeled them
in by the halfway point. With a strong tail
wind pushing him home, he still had a commanding
lead with 1500m to go, but Ellis was closing fast.
It took a very determined effort over the final
few hundred metres to cross the line first in a
time of 43 minutes 01 second.
Suzie Ellis came home
in second place 12 seconds later, with Ivan McDonald
again in the placings another 38 seconds back in
This was Burns first ever win with the club, after
joining wife Carolyn and his 3 children at the
start of the season, to make running a family affair.
Jade Merrett ran the fastest time of 30 minutes
28 seconds. Suzie Ellis was the quickest female
in a time of 34 minutes 33 seconds.
Junior runner Sarah Ellis thrived on her home
ground, taking out the 3000m handicap and posting
her second win in two weeks with a time of 13 minutes
12 seconds. Emma Kelly was 61 seconds behind in
her umteenth second placing for the year, with
Nat Watson a further seven seconds back in third
Fastest junior boy was Daniel Faravoni in a time
of 9 minutes 25 seconds. Emily Parnaby was the
fastest junior girl with a time of 10 minutes 51
The youngest runner in the field, Ky Merrett was
a first time winner in the sub-junior 1500 metre
At 4 years old, Merrett put in an excellent
run to lead all the way, holding out Liam Burns
by a clear margin of 38 seconds for first place.
In a sprint to the line Elly Barnett just nudged
out Somer Darnell for third place.
Best sub-junior time was Liam Scott in 4 minutes
32 seconds. Elly Barnett was the quickest sub-junior
girl in a time of 5 minutes 4 seconds.
Also on the day, runners ran without watches and
had to estimate their race time. Closest estimate
was Stan Watson, who ran a very close 3 seconds
faster than his estimated time. Next was Ivan McDonald,
who was 9 seconds faster, and Paul Atherton was
third, 25 seconds slower.