Last night saw the annual running of the Twilight Festival, this year bigger than ever and the first year that there were no typos on the race singlets.
We have a number of virgins who had never worn the famous and hallowed green & white club colours in a race.
Dave Holland proudly wore his new singlet and took Striders honours in the 10km with a 38:46 just ahead of a fast finishing Julie Turner in 38:51. Investigations would later find that it was in fact Stan Fetting running with Julie’s race number but the race database had been changed. Julie’s never looked rougher, hopefully she will be back to her usual prepossessing and demure self on Tuesday.
Another Striders kit virgin was Zara Di Bella and she also debuted at the half, and looked radiant afterwards as did Meaghan. Congratulations to both for their efforts.
In the Half Marathon a competitive mens field saw a very well conditioned Tony Banfield sneak under the 1:30 with seconds to spare, followed by a solid Dackie, Peter (debuting in Striders kit, singlet AND shorts!!!), Scotty (also debuting in Striders kit!) Timomatic (aka Carr) and Corne. Scotty was a surprise packet, as he has been doing extensive squirrel training and is looking lean and cut. He’s a dead set favourite for our new Squirrel prize at the Annual Dinner. Sneaky bugger.
A competitive female Half field saw veteran Jenny Cawood take honours in front of Michelle, Sandy, Karen, Zara and Meaghan. Michelle toughed it out after getting sick on course, congrats on hanging in there.
We remained on trackside to welcome Jennifer over the line in the Half, great effort there.
We had great support from Maz, Brownie and a generous Abi who couldn’t run but came down to support.
Due to Julie and her boys being sick, Angus & Felicity brought along Gabby who raced as Harrison Turner and Jake as Blake Turner.
There is at least one evening runner I’ve missed, other corrections welcomed.
Dave Holland 38:46
Stan Fetting 38:51
Johnny Dansie 53:49
Half Marathon – Men
Tony Banfield 1:29:51
Paul Dack 1:32:01
Peter Lewis 1:40:40
Scott Brown 1:49:10
Tim Carr 1:52:01
Corne Grotius 1:53:04
Half Marathon – Women
Jenny Cawood 1:47:43
Michelle White 1:49:25
Sandy Scott 1:54:07
Karen Reardon 2:04:22
Zara Di Bella
Meaghan Quinn 2:20?
Rachel Bushell 2:19:53