10/11/2016 Tour De West



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.


Simone Forbes  27:28
Warren Shields  27:29
Belinda Heafield  34:54
Tim Buckley  31:40
David Mann  30:46
Liz Kenney  28:21
Hunter Bailey  40:24
Georgia Pearson  27:33
Molly Irvine  25:14
Ian Heafield  36:14
Owen Notting  28:17
Jenny Northe  28:18
Glenn Graham  24:19
Gary Fox  28:21
Steve McLeod  24:30
Andrew Legge  28:40
Jason Irvine  32:12
Michelle Sawyer  30:48
Barry Higgins  36:12
Kaye Livingstone  32:45
Karen Graham  27:48
Mandy Ellis  39:02
Ian Cornthwaite  24:36
Peter Grixti  37:54
Tanis Whitehead  31:03
Sue Elsdon  31:04
Diana Van Rhine  36:05
Helen Whitby  36:10
Ann Bomers  43:22
Angeline Diamente  33:56
Georia Calloway  34:57
Lynda Jones  39:58
Tony Arrowsmith  28:33
Michelle Colwell  40:31
Kathy Quinn  47:08
Debbie Henry  47:08
Chris Vallak  38:12
Phil Mayer  38:22
4.5 KM:
Mick Bridle  48:59
Ray Ellis  48:59
3 KM:
Rick Mann  18:35
Bruce Salisbury  20:57
Barry Summersgill  20:57