TRARALGON HARRIERS’ RACE REPORT 10/11/2016
TOUR DE WEST 6KM HANDICAP
Encompassing one giant 6km loop, last week’s handicap race took participants on a tour of the north-westerly aspects of Traralgon, with the Harriers’ clubrooms as a focal point.
Whilst the course was a gentle one, there were still some extended straight sections requiring some concentration to overcome the frustratingly slow approach of the next turn.
Apparently undaunted by this concrete and bitumen course were the winners of the handicap: First, Simone Forbes, 27:28, second,Warren Shields, 27:29 and third, Belinda Heafield, 34:54.
Simone Forbes is a consistently strong runner who often features in the first 10 finishers, but Warren Shields and Belinda Heafield don’t manage this as often and so appear to have put in some very satisfying personal performances.
Other noteworthy efforts of the evening were those of the two most senior of the Traralgon Harriers, Mick Bridle and Ray Ellis, both well into their eighties, who both unintentionally completed about 4.5km during their 3km event, and looked as fresh at the finish as the start.
The athlete who really stands out currently is Molly Irvine. Though barely in her twenties, Molly displays the experience and stamina of many older competitors and has very successfully combined triathlons, duathlons and cross-training with her running career to produce some memorable results. She regularly features in the fastest three or four runners at the Harriers’ Thursdays events, as well as producing excellent results in major races across the state. Molly’s athletic future looks exciting.
The fastest categorized runners of the evening were: Glenn Graham, 24:19, Steve McLeod, 24:30, Ian Cornthwaite, 24:36, Molly Irvine, 25:14, Simone Forbes, 27:28 and Georgia Pearson, 27:33.
This Thursday’s (17/11/2016) event is the very popular Crinigan Road Reserve, Morwell 5km handicap. The start is off Fairway Reserve, opposite the Morwell Golf Club. The run/walk winds through the scenic reserve on bushland walking trails and is one of the Harrier’s most enjoyable Summer-season courses. Strenuous but never boring.
There will also be available an intermediate race of 3km and a junior event of 1.1km.
Please arrive early for the 6pm start time to cater for registration and warming up.
|Diana Van Rhine||36:05|