The Noosa Winter Festival was held in ideal conditions with a fresh start followed by golden sunshine. The Striders contingent shone as well showing the fruit of lots of hard training since the start of the year and promising more to come at the Gold Coast on the first weekend of July. There were a swag of PB’s and some inspirational stories with first timers and comebacks from surgery. etc.
There was a strong contingent in both the Half and the 10km run, and two Striders won their age category in the 10km. Stan Fetting, 3 weeks out from Comrades Marathon in South Africa posted his fastest ever 10km at 37:11 taking out the M40-49 category and Julie Turner peeled back the years to her form pre-kids back in South Africa and returned to sub 40 10km running getting across the line in a sizzling 38:54 taking out the F30-39 category. Felicity Martin ran a great 48:29, an excellent debut at this distance. April Rustichelli had a crack at her first ever 10km and came in under the hour at 58:26, an excellent effort. April is a very good footballer (soccer) but we are hoping to poach her across to running.
Paul ‘Duracell’ Dack took Striders honours in a fast 1:27:24 followed by Peter Lewis with an excellent 1:35:47. Veteran Half marathoner Jenny Cawood posted a very good 1:41:30 followed by Scott Brown who despite having no cartilage in one knee still puts together a great Half at 1:42:43. Tim Carr ran an excellent 1;44:57 showing good form as he prepares for the Gold Coast marathon. Sandy Scott is our other Half veteran who showed great form for the Gold Coast marathon by posting a tidy 1:48:08. Karen Brown marked her return from surgery with a hard fought 1:48:19, braving some pretty ugly blistering due to some new orthotics. Despite the blisters it was a great run that marked her return to the long stuff – welcome back! Zara Di Bella was all smiles for her first Half and she had reason to be with an excellent 1:53:11. Mark Lawton is starting to rack up the Half marathon’s as well and put together a 2:11:57 and Jennifer McGuiness put together a steady 2:51:43 to round off the day.
Special thanks to Tony & Gail Banfield to made it up all the way to cheer on and also for photos.