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VRWC Results - Winter Season 2017

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The Winter Season occurs between April and September and covers the Australian winter. Conditions are generally superb for road walking with mild winter temperatures, fast courses and lots of competition for all age groups.


CASTLEMAINE NAB 500, CASTLEMAINE, SUNDAY 9 APRIL 2017

The Victorian Race Walking Club and Events in Nature combined to put on the third annual Castlemaine NAB 500 Walks Meet in Castlemaine, in country Victoria, last Sunday morning. Held in the beautiful surrounds of the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens and strongly supported by local Castlemaine business and local government, it again provided a unique opportunity for our walkers to compete for significant prize money.

While the previous two editions of this race were held in sunshine, this year we were unlucky enough to encounter one of the worst weekends seen in Victoria for some time. Thankfully the rain held off until just before our final event, the Castlemaine NAB 5km, but it then settled in for the rest of the day, with the race and the subsequent presentations and post-event cleanup, all done in very wet and cold conditions. Oh well, you can’t have everything.

Being country based, the carnival drew mostly from the Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong areas but also included a sprinking of Melbourne based walkers. The format changed this year with the 3km and 5km raaces being handicap based, with the fastest walkers in each race heading off last and having to chase. It made for some very exciting races but, alas, despite the best intentions of the handicapper (me!), the outmarkers generally prevailed.

Well done to our winners Mackayla Davison, Albin Hess, Scott Peart, Madison Vaughan and Ebony Whiley. Although all the races were exciting, the finish of the Open 5km had us all on the edge of our seats. Although Ebony Whiley, walking over a minute faster than recent form would indicate possible, had the win sewn up, the second place was up for grabs with Pramesh Prasad, Adam Garganis and Rhydian Cowley all in the mix. It came down to a final rush for the line with Rhydian eating into Pramesh’s lead with every stride but just failing by a couple of metres in overhauling him. What a race!

U18 3KM ROADWALK              EXPECTED  START TIME  ACTUAL TIME
1.  Davison, Mackayla         16:30     06:30       16:11
2.  Thompson, Eliza           23:00     00:00       22:50    First ever
3.  Saunder, Fraser       
   16:30     06:30       16:44
4.  Thompson, Will            14:10     08:50       14:49
5.  Peart, Alanna             14:56     08:04       15:38
6.  Peart, Jemma              14:20     08:40       15:14
    Hayes, Zahra              14:30     08:30       DNS
               
50+ 3KM ROADWALK              EXPECTED  START TIME  ACTUAL TIME
1.  Hess, Albin               20:30     02:30       19:28    PB 0:56
2.  Keirl, Bernie             17:00     06:00       17:01
3.  Barrow, Geoff             20:10     02:50       20:21
4.  Carr, Heather             17:05     05:55       17:30
5.  Lotherington, Bill        21:30     01:30       22:00
6.  Elms, Donna-Marie         17:50     05:10       18:27
7.  Bryant, Barb              17:10     05:50       17:56
8.  Knox, Duncan              18:30     04:30       19:30

U12 1KM BOYS
1.  Peart, Scott              05:31     PB 0:03
2.  Tallent, Brodie           05:35     PB 0:15
3.  Fox, Oscar                05:57     PB 0:01
       
U12 1KM GIRLS
1.  Vaughan, Maddison         06:14     PB
2.  Tallent, Jorja            06:46     PB 0:01
    Fox, Amber                DNS
    Heikkila-Dubowik, Kaylah  DNS

OPEN 5KM ROADWALK             EXPECTED  START TIME  ACTUAL TIME
1.  Whiley, Ebony             31:30     00:00       30:07
2.  Prasad, Pramesh           24:07     07:23       23:59
3.  Cowley, Rhydian           20:15     11:15       20:08
4.  Garganis, Adam            21:20     10:10       21:50
    Hamilton, Emily           25:10     06:20       DNS

And now to the big list of thank you’s.

- Thanks to Michael Smith for his superb local organization and efforts in pulling everything together.
- Thanks to the VRWC judges who came up and helped out judging.
- Thanks to everyone who helped with setup, event running and pulldown in the rain.
- Thanks to Harry Koponen of the Castlemaine NAB bank for his ongoing support and presence today.
- Thanks to the Mount Alexander Shire for their generous support, both financial and otherwise (and for the use of the botanical gardens).
- Thanks to Peter Grant at the Castlemaine Bike Vault for his generous sponsorship.
- Thanks to the Castlemaine Amcal Pharmacy for their genorous sponsorship.
- And finally, thanks to Terry Swan for his superb photo gallery at http://www.vrwc.org.au/piwigo/index.php?/category/424.

See you all in Castlemaine next year.