Yesterday a sizeable bunch of Striders ventured down to Bowen Hills to take on the tunnel. Like everyone else, none of them were carrying the water bottle that arrived in the race pack (which also carried a race book with a suggestion that you take your own water), a decision that many regret now. Conditions in the tunnel were oppressive and not all the fans were activated. The tropical conditions meant that the water sachet rations were not enough and plenty of people went without. The course itself was tough with about 4km of the 10.5km course uphill. The news about it being a 10.5km was delivered to us just before the race start, so these times will not count towards our 2010 10km Championship.
It wasn’t a pretty run and not much fun either, but it certainly had novelty value. The pre-race Striders banter centred on the ongoing rivalry between Stan Fetting (representing the old guys) and Greg Hall (representing the young punks). Greg gained the ascendency in spectacular fashion at last years Pinnacles Classic and this was the first clash between the two since then. A new ‘old guy’ on the scene was Paul Dack who proved to be a bit of a dark horse. Stan was first Strider home in 43rd position (7th in age group) followed by Paul Dack in 100th position (21st in age group). Greg Hall came in third, and will training hard for the Pinnacles Classic to regain the ascendency and keep the young guys on top.
Kisty Jackson, after starring in the post race interviews, came over the line first (10th women home overall) in front of Abi Griffin and Karen Brown. Mary did her usual routine of being the Mother Theresa of running by making sure that all runners came home, turning back into the tunnel to fetch more runners over the line. There were plenty of tired and rancid looking Striders gathered together at the end to swap war stories, followed by a visit to Maccas on the way home as a reward/punishment (take your pick!). It was great to see Antony out for the first time in a while (after injury) accompanied by wife Gayle.