Finalised, Phil Scores Third Handicap Win
A keen group of Stawell Amateur
Athletic Club runners lined up for the final Championship
event for the season, the Stawell Curtains
This race completed the 4
event series staged over the winter cross country
series is hotly contested by the fastest runners
in the club, with each race held as a sealed handicap.
All runners start together, with the first 7 runners
home in each category earning championship points,
then handicaps are applied post race to determine
the normal handicap event winner.
After the first
3 races, only one point separated Kieran Ryan on
20 points, and Nathaniel Warren and Adrian Tyler
both on 19 points. With Tyler unable to compete on
the day, the race turned into a battle between Ryan
Both runners ran side by side
for the entire race, until Ryan kicked over the last
500m to cross the line first, and take the Open Championship
Although Adrian Tyler did
not compete on the day, after completing his best
season for many years, he already had an unassailable
lead in the Veteran Mens section.
In the Open Women’s
section, Emma Kelly took the top spot, 3 points clear
of Sharon Howden. Howden, however, was a clear winner
in the Vet Women’s section.
Champion was Liam Scott, while Emily Parnaby took
out the Junior Girl’s Championship with the
maximum 40 points.
After handicaps were applied
in the senior event, Phil Burns scored his third
win for the season, having put in his best run for
the year. Steve Baird was 47 seconds behind in second
place, with Carolyn Lehmann third.
Liam Scott took
out the 4km junior handicap section, as well as the
with Bianca Robertson second, and Emily Parnaby third.
Robertson won the sub-junior 1000m event, from Liam
Burns and Somer Darnell.