Williams Wins Harriers’ 6-Mile Event
Keith Williams held off the fast finishing John Bermingham to win the Traralgon Harriers six-mile handicap race last weekend. Williams looked set for an easy win when he held a good lead over front marker Jim Timmer-Arends at the half way mark. Bermingham, who ran a splendid race from behind raced through the field to close the gap Williams had established, but the finish loomed too soon and Bermingham had to be content with second, place. Third place was filled by Garry Henry, who also performed well. Bermingham’s loss to Williams softened by the fact that Bermingham recorded fastest time of 31 minutes 16 seconds — an excellent time considering he also ran a marathon last weekend. Second and third fastest times were recorded by G. Duffell (34:56) and G. Henry (36:08).
Seven Harriers competed in the Victorian Marathon Club’s annual marathon at Tyabb. No Harriers retired on the tough course, although there was a 50 percent dropout rate for the race. First Harrier to finish was John Bermingham who stuck with the leading bunch including the world’s fastest marathon runner, Derek Clayton, and the Australian 10,000 metre champion, Terry Harrison, for some time.
Clayton finally won the event from Peter Bruce. Bermingham came equal third, with Harrison in a time of 2 hours 27 minutes. Other Harriers to compete and finish were, in finishing order, Richard Jeffery, Graeme Davis, Martin Thompson, Leigh Thompson, Bruce Inglis and Keith Williams. Performances suffered some because of the rough, strenuous course.
Results of 6-mile handicap: Keith Williams (38:44) 1, John Bermingham (31:16) fastest time 2. Garry Henry (36:08) 3.
The Journal, Monday June 15, 1970