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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.

AV, VMA AND VRWC CHAMPIONSHIPS, MIDDLE PARK, SUNDAY 25 JUNE

It was freezing for competitors, officials, judges and spectators at Middle Park on Sunday morning, but nearly all entrants turned up to race, ensuring our largest field so far this winter, 63 walkers in total.

The 20km races were the first events to get underway at 9AM. Championships included the Victorian 20km Championships, the Victorian Masters 20km Championships and the VRWC Open Men 20km Championship (for the Alf Robinson Trophy). The men’s race was won by Rio Olympian Rhydian Cowley (1:28:53), ahead of 2016 World Junior representative Adam Garganis (1:32:26) and Simon Evans (1:59:44). The women’s 20km saw New Zealand visitor Roseanne Robinson first to finish (1:47:28), while the Victorian Championship medals went to Sarah Brennan (1:56:17), Sandra Geisler (2:01:24) and Carolyn Rosenbrock (2:14:23).

Open Men 20 km, 9AM                         AV     VMA       VRWC
1.  Cowley, Rhydian       GHY    1:28:53    1                1
2.  Garganis, Adam        COL    1:32:26    2                2
3.  Evans, Simon          BOH    1:59:44    3      M55/1     3
4.  O'Neill, Terry        GPA    2:04:56    4      M60/1     4
5.  Keirl, Bernie                2:08:36           M50/1    
6.  Van Dongen, Rupert    MEN    2:13:16    5      M40/1     5
7.  Harvey, Michael       AWA    2:16:48    6         
8.  Hess, Albin           IND    2:24:04    7      M55/2     6
    Kozica, Jason                DNS                         DNS
    Prowse, Frank                DQ                M65/DQ    
    Blackwood, Mark       KNA    DQ         DQ     M40/DQ    DQ
    Moritz, Paul                 DQ                M55/DQ    DQ
                    
Open Women 20 km, 9AM                       AV     VMA       VRWC
1.  Robinson, Roseanne    NZL    1:47:28    1        
2.  Brennan, Sarah        BYC    1:56:17    Vic 1  W40/1    
3.  Geisler, Sandra       RWD    2:01:24    Vic 2         
4.  Rosenbrock, Carolyn   ANW    2:14:23    Vic 3  W55/1    
5.  O'Neill, Karyn        GPA    2:23:13    Vic 4  W60/1    
6.  Elms, Donna-Marie     PTN    2:27:28    Vic 5  W55/2    
    Tindal, Pam                  DNF                         DNF
    McInnes, Simone              DNF                         DNF
    Muldoon, Wendy               DNF                         DNF
    Ruddick, Kelly        BHA    DNF        DNF    W40/DNF    

AV Schools Roadwalk Championships were held for U14 to U20 age groups. Lots of good walks but the pick had to be Kyle Swan (10km 45:52), Rebecca Henderson (5km, 24:23), Will Thompson (3km 14:16) and Alanna Peart (3km 14:48).
            
10km Under 20 AV Mens Schools Championship            
1.  Kyle Swan                Melbourne High                 45:52
            
10km Under 20 AV Womens Schools Championship            
    Ellen Dowie              Ballarat & Clarendon College   DNS
            
5km Under 18 AV Girls School  Championship            
1.  Rebecca Henderson        Berwick SC                     24:23
2.  Jemma Peart              Ballarat High                  24:40    PB 0:12
3.  Jasmin Hass              Ringwood SC                    28:18    PB 0:23
4.  Kathleen O'Mahony        Mater Christi College          30:49
    Charlotte Hay            Brentwood SC                   DNS
            
5km Under 18 AV Girls School  Championship            
1.  Angus Hay                Brentwood SC                   30:43    Eq. PB
            
3km Under 16  AV Boys Schools Championship            
1.  Will Thompson            Balcombe Grammar               14:16
2.  Corey Dickson            Tintern Gramma                 15:17
3.  Heath Beveridge          Overnewton Anglican            18:05
    Angus Hay                Brentwood SC                   DNS
            
3km Under 16  AV Girls Schools Championship            
1.  Alanna Peart             Ballarat High                  14:48
2.  Chloe Karagiorgos        Wantirna College               15:25
3.  Arnika Nelson            Clonard College                16:47
4.  Holly Cocking            Luther College                 16:57
5.  Charli Walker                                           20:12
    Charlotte Hay            Brentwood SC                   DNS

3km Under 14  AV Boys Schools Championship            
1.  Fraser Saunder           Ballarat Grammar               16:50
2.  Eden Morgan              Belgrave Heights Christian Sch 17:00    PB
3.  Owen Costin              Christian College              18:10    PB 0:24
4.  Scott Peart              Block Hill PS                  18:28
    Keelan Perry             Marian                         DQ
            
3km Under 14  AV Girls Schools Championship            
1.  Kaylah Heikkila-Dubowik  Drysdale PS                    19:17

Our youngest walkers were able to contest VRWC U12 2.5km and U10 1.5km Club Championships.
        
2.5km Under 12 VRWC Championship        
1.  Gemma Lillie             15:54
2.  Zoe Pandey               17:57
    Kaylah Heikkila-Dubowik  DNS

1.  Sebastian Weickhardt     17:23
    Scott Peart              DQ

1.5km Under 10 VRWC Championship        
1.  Alannah Upson            08:54
2.  Madison Vaughin          08:55
3.  Ella Cunningham          10:14
    
1.  Lucas Kent               09:03
2.  Hamish Blackwood         09:05
3.  Remy Pandey              10:09

The final events were VRWC 5km Open and 2km Open roadwalks for any extra walkers who wanted a hitout on the day.
    
5km Open     
1.  David Smyth              29:07
2.  Ralph Bennett            31:10
3.  Bob Gardiner             36:07

2km Open     
1.  Alannah Dingli           13:21
2.  Isabella Dingli          13:45
3.  Merilyn Thompson         14:42
4.  Margaret Beaumont        17:59
5.  Christopher Kent         15:43
6.  Ian Beaumont             18:07

Thanks to all our officials, judges and helpers. It was indeed cold! Apologies if I have missed anyone.

Officials, Mark Donahoo, Bob Gardiner, Tim Erickson, Mark Donahoo, Karyn O'Neill, Simon Baker, Scott Nelson
Judges: Kathleen Marsh (C), Mark O'Mahony, Paul Nunn, Ebony Whiley, Shane Dickson, David Long, Josh Savage, Stuart Cooper, Peter Vysma (DQ Board, Bike), Gordon Loughnan (DQ Board)
Canteen: Kate Suich
Drinks Table: Claire Garganis, David Smyth
Photos: Terry Swan (see http://www.vrwc.org.au/piwigo/index.php?/category/1)
Chip Timing: Ralph Bennett (see http://vrwc.org.au/wp1/race-splits-laps/)

VRWC ROAD RACES, MIDDLE PARK, SATURDAY 17 JUNE

The annual ‘Guess Your Time’ races saw some very astute time estimates from our VRWC walkers on Saturday. Those closest to their predicted times were able to choose from the prizes table after the races – and there were some pretty good prizes on offer. Conditions were perfect – cool, windless and sunny – and quite a few of our Canberra walkers were out again after their efforts last weekend at the LBG Carnival.

Mark Blackwood was best, only 1 second away from his predicted time in the 4km. In the women’s 1km, the results were close with Pam Mews (5 secs), Sophie Blackwood (6 secs) and Kaylah Heikkila-Dubowik (7 secs) all so close. And we welcomed Old Scotch walker Ian Handasyde for his first walk with the club for many years.

8km Open                     Actual Time   Guessed time  Diff time  Diff place  Hcp place
1.  Karyn O'Neill            55:46        55:00          0:46       1           1

2.  Terry O'Neill            49:12        49:00          0:12       1           1
3.  Albin Hess               56:43        56:00          0:43       2           2
    Pramesh Prasad           DQ

6km Open                     Actual Time  Guessed time  Diff time  Diff place  Hcp place
1.  Mackayla Davison         33:58        33:15          0:43       1           1
2.  Donna-Marie Elms         37:26        35:50          1:36       2           2

    Ralph Bennett            DNF

4km Open                     Actual Time  Guessed time  Diff time  Diff place  Hcp place
1.  Arnika Nelson            22:32        21:40         0:52       5           3
2.  Paige De Lisen           22:48        22:00         0:48       4           6
3.  Kathleen O'Mahony        23:22        23:17         0:05       1           2
4.  Charlotte Hay            24:16        22:00         2:16       7           7
5.  Alison Thompson          24:27        25:50         1:23       6           1
6.  Grace Louey              25:19        24:50         0:29       3           5
7.  Isabella Dingli          29:23        28:55         0:28       2           4
    Alannah Dingli           DNF                

1.  Mark Blackwood           18:49        18:50         0:01       1           3
2.  Heath Beveridge          22:54        24:30         1:36       3           1
3.  Ian Handasyde            27:11        23:30         3:41       4    
4.  Barrie Wicks             34:17        34:00         0:17       2           2
    Bruce Conboy             DNF

2km Open                     Actual Time  Guessed time  Diff time  Diff place  Hcp place
1.  Brianna Briet            11:26        11:05         0:21       2           1
2.  Gemma Lillie             12:29        12:10         0:19       1           2
3.  Alannah Upson            13:28        12:37         0:51       3           3    First one
4.  Gwen Steed               15:04        13:41         1:23       4           4

1.  Luke Epps                10:38        10:30         0:08       1           1    PB 0:06
2.  Angus Hay                11:09        10:50         0:19       2           2
3.  Jim Crawford             21:57        20:30         1:27       3    

1km Open                     Actual Time  Guessed time  Diff time  Diff place  Hcp place
1.  Kaylah Heikkila-Dubowik  05:57        05:50         0:07       3           3
2.  Ella Cunningham          06:45                                             1
3.  Sophie Blackwood         10:06        10:00         0:06       2           2
4.  Pam Mews                 10:15        10:10         0:05       1           4

1.  Hamish Blackwood         05:38        05:30         0:08       1           2
2.  Lucas Kent               06:30        06:14         0:16       3           3
3.  Christopher Kent         06:45        06:59         0:14       2           1

Thanks to our officials and judges and helpers, and apologies if I have missed anyone.

Officials: Mark Donahoo, Ralph Bennett, Tim Erickson, Cassie Knight, Michael Bodey
Judges: Peter Vysma (chief), Kathleen Marsh, Mark O'Mahony, Stuart Cooper, Shane Dickson, Michael Bodey
Canteen: Kate Suich, Wendy Cooper, Eija Heikkila
Photos: Terry Swan (see https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.10155339385848911)
Lapsplits: Ralph Bennett (see http://vrwc.org.au/wp1/race-splits-laps/)

51st LAKE BURLEY GRIFFIN CARNIVAL, STROMLO PARK, CANBERRA, SUNDAY 11 JUNE


The annual LBG Carnival moved this year from its traditional home on the banks of Lake Burley Griffin to the Stomlo Forest Park in Canberra. The circuit was a 1km loop on the cycle criteria course and, although it was not dead flat, the times would indicate that walkers were not really effected by the gentle climbs and falls. It was a big change, however, for the older walkers in that the traditional 20 Miles and 10 Miles events were now on a short 1km loop rather than on the picturesque and demanding 10 Mile loop around the lake.

Although there were good numbers in the younger age group events, the fields in the 20 Miles and 10 Miles championships were much smaller than usual, a disappointment for the organizers. It was the usual cold Canberra morning with temperatures hovering just above zero and with a thick fog reducing visibility but it did clear into a beautiful sunny afternoon. Well done to ACTRWC who put on such a wonderful carnival every year. It is always on my calendar!

Our Victorian walkers did well, with 4 individual and 4 team golds, along with a lot of silvers and bronzes. Well done to our medalists

Gold         Karyn O'Neill     Open 20 Miles Women  3:54:37
             Jemima Montag     U20 10km Women         46:43
             Liam Hutchins     U10 Boys 1km           05:11
             Jemma Peart       U16 Girls 3km          14:41
Silver       Hamish Blackwood  U10 Boys 1km           05:20
             Alanna Peart      U14 Girls 2km          09:33
             Alanna Peart      U16 Girls 3km          15:22
Bronze       Heath Beveridge   U14 Boys 2km           10:29

Team Gold    U10 Boys 1km      Liam Hutchins, Hamish Blackwood, Lucas Kent
             U14 Boys 2km      Heath Beveridge, Angus Hay, Luke Epps
             U16 Girls 3km     Jemma Peart, Alanna Peart, Charlotte Hay
             Open Women 5km    Jemma Peart, Amanda Heard, Kathleen O'Mahony
Team Silver  U12 Boys 2km      Luke Epps, Liam Hutchins, Scott Peart
             U14 Girls 2km     Alanna Peart, Charlotte Hay, Brianna Briet
             U16 Boys 3km      Will Thompson, Corey Dickson, Luke Epps
             U18 Girls 5km     Jasmin Hass, Kathleen O'Mahony, Charlotte Hay
Team Bronze  U14 Boys 2km      Liam Hutchins, Scott Peart, Hamish Blackwood

It would also be remiss of me if I forgot to mention the many young Victorian walkers who walked in multiple events, just to help out inj the teams competitions. Apologies if I have missed anyone. Those who walked 3 events included Heath Beveridge (U14 2km, U16 3km, U18 5km), Charlotte Hay (U14 3km, U16 3km, U18 5km), Liam Hutchins (U10 1km, U12 2km, U14 2km), Hamish Blackwood (U10 1km, U12 2km, U14 2km) and Luke Epps (U12 2km, U14 2km, U16 3km).

Those who walked in 2 races included Jasmin Hass (U20 10km, U18 5km), Angus Hay (U14 2km, U16 3km), Scott Peart (U12 2km U14 2km), Alanna Peart (U14 2km U16 3km), Jemma Peart (U16 3km Open 5km), Gemma Lillie (U14 2km U16 3km), Will Thompson (U16 3km U18 5km), Corey Dickson (U16 3km U18 5km), Lucas Kent (U10 1km, U12 2km), Brodie Tallent (U12 2km, U14 2km) and Kathleen O’Mahony (U18 5km, Open 5km).

And now onto the results which show the first 3 in each event, along with all Victorians.

EVENT 1: OPEN 20 MILES WALK
MEN
1.  Darren Bown              207    SARWC   2:57:56
2.  Ignacio Jimenez Solis    204    RWQ     3:05:52
3.  Peter Crump              208    SARWC   3:20:52
    Terry O'Neill            206    RWV          DQ

WOMEN
1.  karyn O'Neill            205    RWV     3:54:37
2.  Val Chesterton           200    ACTW    5:07:53

EVENT 2: FITNESS 20 MILES WALK
MEN
1.  Geoff Barker             210    ACTW    4:46:50
2.  Phil Essam               211    ACTW    5:03:33

WOMEN   
1.  Susan Archer             209    ACTW    4:03:20

EVENT 3: MEN & WOMEN AACT 30KM CHAMPIONSHIP
MEN
1.  Ignacio Jimenez Solis   3004    RWQ     2:52:10
2.  Peter Bennett           3002    RWQ     3:12:17
3.  Robin Whyte             3001    ACTW    3:22:41

WOMEN
1.  Karyn O'Neill           3005    RWV     3:37:55

EVENT 4: WOMEN 10 MILES WALK
1.  Brenda Gannon            100    RWQ     1:31:55
2.  Amanda Barendregt        116    NSWRWC  1:39:23
3.  Noela McKinven           101    RWQ     2:21:42

EVENT 5: MEN 10 MILES WALK
1.  Tyler Jones              108    NSWRWC  1:12:27
2.  Brendon Reading          104    ACTW    1:13:12
3.  Luke McCutcheon          109    RWQ     1:13:59

EVENT 6: FITNESS 10 MILES WALK
MEN
1.  Mick Saunders            114    ACTW    1:54:07

WOMEN
1.  Monika Short             115    ACTW    2:01:07
2.  Lorna England            112    ACTW    2:28:25
3.  Ruth England             113    ACTW    2:28:55

EVENT 7: FITNESS 5 MILES WALK
MEN
1.  Christopher Kent         510    RWV     1:00:59
2.  David Mackenzie          502    ACTW    1:08:55
3.  Peter Brown              505    NSWRWC  1:15:59

WOMEN
1.  Miriam McCarthy          513    ACTW    0:57:59
2.  Robyn Saunders           503    ACTW    1:01:11
3.  Amanda Krklinski         506    NSWRWC  1:10:00

EVENT 8: MEN U20 10 KM WALK
1.  Tyler Jones               69    NSWRWC    45:14
2.  Connor Frew               17    ACTW      46:46
3.  Tim Fraser                15    ACTW      47:34

EVENT 9 :AACT MEN U20 10KM CHAMPIONSHIP
1.  Connor Frew             1017    ACTW      46:46
2.  Tim Fraser              1015    ACTW      47:35
3.  Callum Burns            1010    ACTW      51:50

EVENT 10: OPEN 10 KM WALK
1.  Carl Gibbons              65    NSWRWC    48:12
2.  Jay Felton                64    NSWRWC    51:49

EVENT 11: WOMEN U20 10 KM WALK
1.  Jemima Montag            363    RWV       46:43
2.  Samantha Findlay         389    SARWC     52:18
3.  Jasmyn McDonald           83    NSWRWC    55:06
4.  Jasmin Hass              339    RWV       58:41

HANDICAP
1.  Jasmin Hass              339    RWV

EVENT 12: BOYS U10 1 KM WALK
1.  Liam Hutchins            354    RWV       05:11
2.  Hamish Blackwood         328    RWV       05:20
3.  Sam Wilks                393    SARWC     05:27
8.  Lucas Kent               357    RWV       07:40

TEAMS
1.  RWV    13    Liam Hutchins, Hamish Blackwood, Lucas Kent

EVENT 13: GIRLS U10 1 KM WALK
1.  Chloe Lamb                74    NSWRWC    05:31
2.  Sienna Pitcher            99    NSWRWC    05:41
3.  Kamara Stewart           323    RWQ       05:52
6.  Jorja Tallent            375    RWV       07:04

HANDICAP
3.  Jorja Tallent            375    RWV

EVENT 14: BOYS U12 2 KM WALK
1.  Toby Wilks               394    SARWC     09:47
2.  Tom Hunt                  22    ACTW      10:06
3.  Peter Elliott             62    NSWRWC    10:17
4.  Luke Epps                335    RWV       10:24
7.  Liam Hutchins            355    RWV       11:23
9.  Scott Peart              367    RWV       11:43
11. Hamish Blackwood         329    RWV       11:53
14. Lucas Kent               358    RWV       19:24
    Brodie Tallent           376    RWV          DQ

TEAMS
2.  RWV     15    Luke Epps, Liam Hutchins, Scott Peart
3.  ACTW    13    Tom Hunt, Harrison Baker, Sebastian Young

EVENT 15: GIRLS U12 2 KM WALK
1.  Izabella Dunne            59    NSWRWC    10:20
2.  Milly Boughton            47    NSWRWC    10:31
3.  Elli Pusonjic            391    SARWC     11:10
12. Maddison Vaughan         381    RWV       12:45

EVENT 16: BOYS U14 2 KM WALK
1.  Toby Wilks               396    SARWC     09:28
2.  Tom Hunt                  23    ACTW      09:53
3.  Heath Beveridge          325    RWV       10:29
4.  Angus Hay                343    RWV       10:34
5.  Luke Epps                336    RWV       10:36
9.  Liam Hutchins            356    RWV       11:36
10. Scott Peart              368    RWV       11:54
14. Hamish Blackwood         330    RWV       12:27
    Keelan Perry             373    RWV          DQ
    Brodie Tallent           377    RWV         DNF

TEAMS
1.  RWV    21    Heath Beveridge, Angus Hay, Luke Epps
3.  RWV    10    Liam Hutchins, Scott Peart, Hamish Blackwood

EVENT 17: GIRLS U14 2 KM WALK
1.  Allanah Pitcher           96    NSWRWC    09:20
2.  Alanna Peart             369    RWV       09:33
3.  Laura Burns               12    ACTW      09:50
6.  Charlotte Hay            344    RWV       10:11
10. Brianna Briet            331    RWV       11:09
17. Kaylah Heikkila-Dubowik  352    RWV       12:03
18. Gemma Lillie             361    RWV       12:09
24. Eliza Thompson           378    RWV       13:42

HANDICAP
2. Eliza Thompson            378    RWV

TEAMS
2.  RWV    58    Alanna Peart, Charlotte Hay, Brianna Briet
7.  RWV    19    Kaylah Heikkila-Bubowik, Gemma Lillie, Eliza Thompson

EVENT 18: BOYS U16 3 KM WALK
1.  Mitchell Baker             4    ACTW      13:15
2.  Joe Cross                384    SARWC     13:49
3.  Jack McGinniskin          85    NSWRWC    14:12
5.  Will Thompson            379    RWV       14:25
6.  Corey Dickson            333    RWV       15:05
10. Luke Epps                337    RWV       17:34
12. Angus Hay                345    RWV       19:49
13. Heath Beveridge          326    RWV       24:14

HANDICAP
1.  Will Thompson    379    RWV

TEAMS
2.  RWV    10    Will Thompson, Corey Dickson, Luke Epps

EVENT 19: GIRLS U16 3 KM WALK
1.  Jemma Peart              371    RWV       14:41
2.  Alanna Peart             370    RWV       15:22
3.  Gabriella Hill           318    RWQ       15:33
12. Charlotte Hay            346    RWV       18:15
14. Gemma Lillie             362    RWV       19:20

TEAMS
1.  RWV    19    Jemma Peart, Alanna Peart, Charlotte Hay

EVENT 20: BOYS U18 5 KM WALK
1.  Mitchell Baker             5    ACTW      23:15
2.  Connor Frew               18    ACTW      23:16
3.  Kyle Bedford              39    NSWRWC    23:18
12. Will Thompson            380    RWV       28:26
14. Corey Dickson            334    RWV       29:02
16. Heath Beveridge          327    RWV       38:17

TEAMS
5.  RWV    9    Will Thomson, Corey Dickson, Heath Beveridge

EVENT 21: GIRLS U18 5 KM WALK
1.  Allanah Pitcher           98    NSWRWC    25:24
2.  Samantha Brown            49    NSWRWC    26:01
3.  Gabby Hunt                20    ACTW      26:27
5.  Jasmin Hass              341    RWV       28:55
6.  Kathleen O'Mahony        365    RWV       29:05
8.  Charlotte Hay            348    RWV       30:35

HANDICAP
2.  Kathleen O'Mahony        365    RWV

TEAMS
2. RWV    14    Jasmin Hass, Kathleen O'Mahony, Charlotte Hay

EVENT 22: WOMEN 5 KM WALK
1.  Samantha Findlay         390    SARWC     25:43
2.  Jemma Peart              372    RWV       26:12
3.  Amanda Heard             351    RWV       27:07
10. Kathleen O'Mahony        366    RWV       33:35

TEAMS
1.  RWV    29    Jemma Peart, Amanda Heard, Kathleen O'Mahony

VRWC ROAD RACES, MIDDLE PARK, SATURDAY 3 JUNE

Conditions were perfect for the 52 walkers at Saturday’s VRWC roadraces at Middle Park. The 8km walk saw fastest time to Adam Garganis (37:38), with high quality walks also by Rebecca Henderson (39:54) and Philippa Huse (40:32).  Will Thompson (31:25) was fastest in the 6km and Jemima Montag (17:45) stormed through the 4km to win by just under a minute from the resurgent Mark Blackwood (18:35).

8 Km Open                           H’cap
1.  Henderson, Rebecca     39:54    4
2.  Huse, Philippa         40:32    6
3.  Elms, Donna-Marie      50:07    1
4.  Feain, Madeleine       50:15    2    PB 0:18
5.  Thompson, Alison       51:34    3
6.  O'Neill, Karyn         55:07    5
       
1.  Garganis, Adam         37:38    2
2.  O'Neill, Terry         48:21    1
3.  Hess, Albin            56:27    3
    Walmsley, Hayden       DNF   
   
6km Open                            H’cap   
1.  Muldoon, Wendy         34:51    1
2.  Rosenbrock, Carolyn    37:21    2
   
1.  Thompson, Will         31:25    1    PB 1:13
2.  Keirl, Bernie          35:28    3
3.  Dickenson, Russ        40:36    2
4.  Barrow, Geoff          42:41    4
   
4km Open                            H’cap   
1.  Montag, Jemima         17:45        PB 0:42
2.  Hass, Jasmin           22:32    5
3.  Cocking, Holly         22:56    2    PB 1:12
4.  Louey, Grace           24:18    3
5.  Steed, Gwen            27:41    6
6.  Dingli, Alannah        27:57    1    First one
7.  Dingli, Isabella       29:06    4    First one
   
1.  Blackwood, Mark        18:35    4
2.  Prasad, Pramesh        18:57    3
3.  McShanag, Connor       21:49    2
4.  Bennett, Ralph         24:44    6
5.  Morrison, John         31:57    5
6.  Conboy, Bruce          32:04    4
7.  Wicks, Barrie          35:35    7

We saw big fields in our 2km and 1km  walks, with Heath Beveridge doing a big PB of 10:26 to win the 2km and Liam Hutchins (5:27) first to finish in the 1km. Special mention to first timers Mietta Morgan and Sebastian Weickhardt who also completed the 1km.

2km Open                            H’cap   
1.  Hay, Charlotte         10:40    3
2.  Carr, Heather          11:20    5
3.  Gourley, Marlene       11:52    2
4.  Lillie, Gemma          12:39    6
5.  Vaughan, Maddison      12:47    1
6.  Holohan, Dee           13:48    7
7.  Thompson, Merilyn      14:54    4
8.  Knight, Cassandra      DNF
   
1.  Beveridge, Heath       10:26    1    PB 0:30
2.  Epps, Luke             10:41    3
3.  Hay, Angus             10:56    4    PB 0:49
4.  Morgan, Eden           10:59        PB 0:19
5.  Blackwood, Hamish      11:41    4
6.  Perry, Keelan          DQ
   
1km Open                            H’cap   
1.  Cunningham, Ella       06:43    1
2.  Morgan, Mietta         06:51        First time with us
3.  Mews, Pam              09:57    2
4.  Blackwood, Sophie      10:02    3
   
1.  Hutchins, Liam         05:27    3
2.  Weickhardt, Sebastian  06:12        First time with us
3.  Kent, Lucas            06:14    1    PB 0:06
4.  Kent, Christopher      07:05    2    PB 0:12

Thanks to our officials and helpers and judges. Sorry if I have missed anyone.

Officials: Ralph Bennett, Tim Erickson, Ian Laurie, Karyn O’Neill, Bill Carr, Kathy Huse
Judges: Peter Vysma (Chief), Kathleen Marsh, Gordon Loughnan, Stuart Cooper
Canteen: Wendy Muldoon
Photos: Terry Swan (see http://www.vrwc.org.au/piwigo/index.php?/category/430)
Lap Splits: Ralph Bennett (see http://vrwc.org.au/wp1/race-splits-laps/)


AV, AV COUNTRY AND VRWC ROAD RACES, MIDDLE PARK, SATURDAY 27 MAY

Conditions were quite good for the 61 walkers who turned out at Middle Park last Saturday for one of the biggest of the Victorian roadwalking carnivals for the year. The wind did get stronger as the morning progressed but it was walkable!

The 10km walkers started first, with quite good fields overall. Congratulations to our Victorian champions Rhydian Cowley (42:37) and Philippa Huse (51:28) and to our Victorian Country champions Terry O’Neill (1:01:52) ande Sarah Brennan (56:36). Rhydian was awarded the C.H. (Bert) Gardiner medal by Bert’s son Bob.

AV/AV Country Women 10km Road Walk        AV 40+  AV 50+  AV Country
1.  Huse, Philippa       SAN      51:28    
2.  Brennan, Sarah       BYC      56:36   1               1
3.  Geisler, Sandra      RWD      58:44
4.  Bryant, Barbara      EAG    1:02:18           1       2
5.  Carr, Heather        GHY    1:03:40           2
6.  O'Neill, Karyn       GPA    1:10:14           3
7.  Steed, Gwen          GHY    1:l6:41           4
    Ruddick, Kelly       BHA        DNS
    Major, Annette       EAG        DNS

AV/AV Country Men 10km Road Walk          AV 40+  AV 50+  AV Country    
1.  Cowley, Rhydian      GHY      42:37   winner of the C.H. (Bert) Gardiner medal
2.  Garganis, Adam       COL      44:28    
3.  Kozica, Jason        STK      48:45    
4.  Swan, Kyle           ANW      49:24
5.  Prasad, Pramesh      COL      49:58   1
6.  Blackwood, Mark      KNA      50:36   2
7.  Kollmorgen, Stuart   COL      51:41   3
8.  Van Dongen, Rupert   MEN    1:01:29   4                  PB 8:43
9.  O'Neill, Terry       GPA    1:01:52                   1    
10. Hess, Albin          IND    1:07:15           1    
11. Gardiner, Robert     COL    1:12:02           2
    Smyth, David         COL        DNF
    Evans, Simon         BOH        DNS

The Victorian Country championships for U18, U16 and U14 were also contested, with small but keen fields of walkers. Well done to all the winners, and special mentions to Alanna Peart (PB 14:46), Arnika Nelson (PB 15:58), Will Thompson (PB 25:52) and Owen Costin (who completed his first ever 3km roadwalk).

AV Country U18 5km Championship
1.  Peart, Jemma         BYC      25:11
2.  Davison, Mackayla    COR      29:00
    Hayes, Zahra         SBE        DNS        

1.  Thompson, Will (INV) CCA      25:52    PB 0:18
            
AV Country U16 3km Championship    
1.  Peart, Alanna        BYC      14:46    PB 0:03
2.  Nelson, Arnika (INV) WYN      15:58    PB 0:18
            
AV Country U14 3km Championship
1.  Saunder, Fraser      BYC      16:27
2.  Costin, Owen         CHI      18:34    First one
3.  Peart, Scott         BYC      19:26
    Perry, Keelan        BYC         DQ

VRWC Club Championships were held for U20, U16 and U14 divisions, with some of the country walkers also eligible to compete as local club members. Again, well done to all the winners and special mentions to Holly Cocking (PB 16:38) and Heath Beveridge (PB 16:07).

VRWC U20 5km Club Championship
1.  De Lisen, Paige        30:28

VRWC U18 5km Club Championship
1.  Peart, Jemma           25:11
2.  Davison, Mackayla      29:00

1.  Walmsley, Hayden       25:07    
      
2.  Thompson, Will         25:52    PB 0:18

VRWC U16 3km Club Championship
1.  Peart, Alanna          14:46    PB 0:03
2.  Nelson, Arnika         15:58
3.  Hass, Jasmin           16:03
4.  O'Mahony, Kathleen     16:37
5.  Cocking, Holly         16:38     PB 0:36

VRWC U14 3km Club Championship    
1.  Hay, Charlotte         15:34
2.  Louey, Grace           17:53

1.  Beveridge, Heath       16:07    PB 0:36
2.  Hay, Angus             17:29
    Perry, Keelan             DQ

Racewalking Victoria Championships were held for U12 and U10 divisions, and it was good to see so many of our very young walkers in action. We also welcomed first timers Zoe and Remy Pandey. And the youngest walker on the day, 5 year old Sophie Blackwood, won a bronze medal in the U10 1km – well done Sophie!

RWV U12 2km Championship
1.  Lillie, Gemma          12:22
2.  Pandey, Zoe            14:20    First time with us
    
1.  Epps, Luke             10:30
2.  Prys, Joel             11:43
    
RWV U10 1km Championship
1.  Vaughan, Maddison      06:03
2.  Cunningham, Ella       07:08
3.  Blackwood, Sophie      10:06    First one
    
1.  Hutchins, Liam         05:17
2.  Blackwood, Hamish      05:28
3.  Kent, Lucas            06:20
4.  Pandey, Remy           06:21    First time with us

Finally, a range of VRWC non-championships were also held for other walkers. Special mentions to Madeleine Feain (PB 1:03:47) ande Chris Kent (first time over 5km).

VRWC Open 10km Non-Championship
1.  Rew, Quentin           44:12
2.  Madeleine Feain      1:03:47    PB 0:57
3.  Russ Dickenson       1:08:21
4.  Margaret Beaumont    1:30:49    

VRWC Open 5km Non-Championship
1.  Tindal, Pam            27:43    
2.  Knight, Cassandra      28:35            
3.  Keirl, Bernie          29:26    
4.  Barrow, Geoff          35:38    
5.  Morrison, John         41:46    
6.  Kent, Christopher      50:55    First one

VRWC Open 3km Non-Championship        
1.  Laurie, Natalie        16:42    
 
VRWC Open 2km Non-Championship
1.  Briet, Brianna         11:43
2.  Gourlay, Marlene       12:02
3.  Dingli, Alannah        13:49    First one
4.  Dingli, Isabella       14:06
5.  Holohan, Dee           14:10

Thanks to the many officials, judges and helpers who keep the show on the road each week. Sorry if I have missed anyone. Your efforts are always appreciated.

Judges: Brenda Felton (Chief), Kathleen Marsh, Shane Dickson, Diane Lowden, Stu Cooper, Terry Swan, Gordon Loughnan, Peter Vysma (DQ Board and bike)
Officials: Mark Donahoo, Ian Laurie, Tim Erickson, Michelle Walmsley, Ralph Bennett, Alan Huse, Kathy Huse
Canteen: Kate Suich, Barb Gardiner
Photos: Simon Baker, Terry Swan (http://www.vrwc.org.au/piwigo/index.php?/category/429)
Lapsplits: Ralph Bennett (http://vrwc.org.au/wp1/race-splits-laps/)

VRWC ROAD RACES, MIDDLE PARK, SATURDAY 20 MAY

Conditions were good for the 46 walkers who contested the various distances at Middle Park on Saturday - cool and sunny but with a freshening wind.

As usual, Quentin Rew went to the front, winning the 12km in a fast 54:57 (after a long Saturday morning training session). But he did not have it all his own way, with Jason Kozica storming home in the 5km and passing Quentin in the last km to record 22:30. Mark Blackwood wiped away the years to win the 10km with an impressive 51:04 while daughter Sophie Blackwood (our youngest competitor) walked a special 1km invitatonal race with 9:50. And at the other end of the age scale, our oldest competitors Pam Mews (aged 82) and Harry Summers and Bob Gardiner (both aged 81) all walked excellently.

12km Walk
1.  Donna-Marie Elms       40-59    1:21:49
2.  Karyn O'Neill          60+      1:27:38
            
1.  Quentin Rew            Open       54:57
2.  Terry O'Neill          60+      1:15:58
                        
10km Walk
1.  Philippa Huse          U18        52:22
2.  Alison Thompson        60+      1:08:56
            
1.  Mark Blackwood         Open       51:04
2.  Albin Hess             40-59    1:06:37
    Bob Gardiner           60+          DNF
                    
5km Walk
1.  Jasmin Hass            U16        29:12
2.  Kathleen O'Mahony      U16        31:20
            
1.  Jason Kozica           Open       22:30
2.  Pramesh Prasad         40-59      24:49
3.  Scott Nelson           40-59      27:23
4.  Heath Beveridge        U14        29:14    PB 1:34
5.  Aaron McDonough        40-59      29:28
6.  Bernie Keirl           40-59      30:19
7.  Russ Dickenson         60+        33:16

3km Walk
1.  Charlotte Hay          U14        15:57
2.  Arnika Nelson          U14        17:20
3.  Holly Cocking          U16        17:35
4.  Heather Carr           60+        17:52
5.  Marlene Gourlay        60+        18:22
6.  Brianna Briet          U14        18:39
7.  Gemma Lillie           U12        19:57
8.  Gwen Steed             60+        20:46
9.  Alannah Dingli         U14        21:35    Inaugural
10. Isabella Dingli        U16        21:59
            
1.  Nikolaj Djordjevic     U14        15:42
2.  Luke Epps              U10        17:14
3.  Angus Hay              U14        17:49
4.  Ralph Bennett          60+        18:45
5.  Anthony Barrett        60+        20:15
6.  Harry Summers          60+        24:01
7.  John Morrison          60+        24:37
8.  Barrie Wicks           60+        27:03
    
1.5km Walk
1.  Maddison Vaughan       U10         9:56
2.  Ella Cunningham        U10        11:40
3.  Pam Mews               60+        15:56
            
1.  Liam Hutchins          U10         8:23
2.  Eden Morgan            U12         8:50
3.  Hamish Blackwood       U10         9:02
4.  Nikita Djordjevic      U12         9:26
5.  Lucas Kent             U10         9:50
6.  Christopher Kent       40-59      12:17
            
1km Invitation Walk
1.  Sophie Blackwood       U10         9:50    First walk with us

Thanks to all our judges, helpers and officials. Apologies if I missed anyone.

Officials: Tim Erickson, Mark Donahoo, Simon Baker, Cathy Huse, Ralph Bennett, Bill Carr
Course Sweeping: John Morrison, Bill Carr, Heather Carr
Judges: Peter Vysma (C), Stuart Cooper, Michael Bodey, Gordon Loughnan, Brenda Felton, Kathleen Marsh
Canteen: Wendy Cooper, Kate Suich
Photos: Terry Swan (http://www.vrwc.org.au/piwigo/index.php?/category/428)
Race Splits: Ralph Bennett (http://vrwc.org.au/wp1/race-splits-laps/)


AV CHAMPIONSHIPS & VRWC ROAD RACES, MIDDLE PARK, SUNDAY 14 MAY

The first of the Victorian roadwalk championships was held at Middle Park on Sunday morning in perfect autumnal conditions. The only issue for the 15km walkers was the tight top turn on the 1km loop we were forced to use, due to ongoing Australian Grand Prix cleanup activities.

The women’s title went to 18 year old Jemima Montag (1:13:37), ahead of Megan Szirom (1:17:16) and 16 year old Rebecca Henderson (1:18:52). For both Jemima and Rebecca, this was their first attempt at a distance further than 10km and they both accounted for themselves well.

The men’s title went to Rio Olympian Rhydian Cowley (1:07:07), ahead of 19 year old Adam Garganis (1:07:37) and Jason Kozica (1:14:27).  Special mention must be made of both Jason and Pramesh Prasad who were never far apart and walked huge PBs.

Victorian 15km Roadwalk Championship Men
1.  Montag, Jemima           MAC     1:13:37    First one
2.  Szirom, Megan            FKN     1:17:16
3.  Henderson, Rebecca       MEN     1:18:52    First one
4.  Brennan, Sarah           BYC     1:25:34
5.  Elms, Donna-Marie        PTN     1:42:24
    Carr, Heather            GHY         DNS
    Ruddick, Kelly           BHA         DNS

Victorian 15km Roadwalk Championship Men            
1.  Cowley, Rhydian          GHY     1:07:07
2.  Garganis, Adam           COL     1:07:37
3.  Kozica, Jason            STK     1:14:27    PB 7:03
4.  Prasad, Pramesh          COL     1:14:48    PB 8:46
5.  Evans, Simon             BOH     1:27:02
6.  Hess, Albin              IND     1:47:26    First one
    Kollmorgen, Stuart       COL         DNF
    Simpson, Brad            ANW         DNF
    Walmsley, Reese          KNA         DNS

A number of VRWC races were also held, with results as shown below. NZ Rio Olympian Quentin Rew took fastest time overall in the 15km with 1:06:02. Special mentions also to Angus Hay (huge 5km PB of 30:42), Holly Cocking (3km PB of 17:14) and Alannah Upson (first time walker with us, 1.5km in 9:19).

VRWC Women 15km Club Championship - Elsie Jacobson Trophy         
1.  Brennan, Sarah           M40-59  1:25:34
2.  Elms, Donna-Marie        M40-59  1:42:24

VRWC 15km Walk                                  H’cap place            
1.  Montag, Jemima           Open    1:13:37    1
2.  Szirom, Megan            Open    1:17:16
3.  Henderson, Rebecca       U16     1:18:52    2
4.  Brennan, Sarah           M40-59  1:25:34
5.  Elms, Donna-Marie        M40-59  1:42:24    3
    O'Neill, Karyn           M60+        DNF    
                
1.  Rew, Quentin             Open    1:06:02    6
2.  Cowley, Rhydian          Open    1:07:07    5
3.  Garganis, Adam           Open    1:07:37    2
4.  Kozica, Jason            Open    1:14:27
5.  Prasad, Pramesh          M40-59  1:14:48    1
6.  Evans, Simon             M40-59  1:27:02    7
7.  Smyth, David             M40-59  1:27:45    4
8.  Hess, Albin              M40-59  1:47:26    3
    Kollmorgen, Stuart       M40-59      DNF    
    Simpson, Brad            Open        DNF

VWRC 10km Walk                                  H’cap place
1.  Dickenson, Russ          M60+    1:07:07    1
    Walmsley, Hayden         U18         DNF    

VRWC 5km Walk                                   H’cap place
1.  Geisler, Sandra          Open      27:20    1

1.  Blackwood, Mark          M40-59    24:17    1
2.  Hay, Angus               U14       30:43    2    PB 4:18

VRWC 3km Walk                                   H’cap place
1.  Hay, Charlotte           U14       16:00    1
2.  Nelson, Arnika           U16       16:41    4
3.  Cocking, Holly           U16       17:14    2    PB 0:12
4.  Lillie, Gemma            U12       19:19    3

VRWC 1.5km Walk                                 H’cap place
1.  Upson, Alannah           U10        9:19        First walk with us

1.  Blackwood, Hamish        U10        8:59    1

Thanks as always to our many officials. I think I captured everyone but apologies if I missed you. You are all most appreciated.

Officials: Mark Donahoo, Terry Swan, Tim Erickson, Ralph Bennett, Reese Walmsley
Judges: Gordon Loughnan (Chief), Stuart Cooper, Kathleen Marsh, Paul Nunn, David Long, Peter Vysma (DQ Board)
Drinks Table: Claire Garganis, Amanda Montag
Canteen: Wendy Cooper
Photos: Terry Swan (see http://www.vrwc.org.au/piwigo/picture.php?/21055/category/427)

VRWC ROAD RACES, MIDDLE PARK, SATURDAY 6 MAY

The Conditions were pretty miserable for the 50 walkers who braved the elements at Middle Park on Saturday. The forecast cold change swept rhrough about 1:30PM, with a blanket of heavy rain innundating the course. Altbough most of the rain has passed by the time the first races started at 2:15PM, it was still cold and bitter, with lots of big puddles to be negotiated. With the Grand Prix cleanup not yet completed, walkers were restricted to a 1km loop once again. Luckily the races were 8km or less so it was not too bad. As I was not there, thanks to club handicapper Mark Donahoo for forwarding the results to me.

NZ Rio Olympian Quentin Rew went straight to the front, walking on his own to record fastest time of 35:02. Behind him were a group consisting of Adam Garganis, Jemima Montag, Reese Walmsley and Pramesh Prasad. While Adam and Jemima walked the full 8km, Rees and Pramesh contented themselves with the 6km race. Handicap winners are shown for each distance, alongside the actual time placings.

8km Walk                                     H’cap Place               
1.  Montag, Jemima           Open   38:35   
2.  Davison, Mackayla        U18    48:54        First one
3.  Carr, Heather            M60+   49:30    4
4.  Feain, Madeleine         Open   50:35    1    PB 2:25
5.  Elms, Donna-Marie        M40+   51:27    3
6.  O'Neill, Karyn           M60+   55:38    2
               
1.  Rew, Quentin             Open   35:02    5
2.  Garganis, Adam           Open   37:45    3
3.  Walmsley, Hayden         U18    44:22    6
4.  O'Neill, Terry           M60+   49:54    1
5.  Dickenson, Russ          M60+   53:37    4
6.  Moritz, Paul             M40+   54:23    2
    Gardiner, Bob            M60+   DNF   

6km Walk                                     H’cap Place               
1.  Tindal, Pam              M40+   33:07    1
2.  Rosenbrock, Carolyn      M40+   39:20    3
3.  O'Mahony, Kathleen       U16    40:13    2
               
1.  Walmsley, Reese          Open   28:56    2
2.  Prasad, Pramesh          M40+   28:56    1    PB 1:26
3.  Kennedy, Paul            M60+   38:10   
4.  Beveridge, Heath         U14    39:48    4
5.  Hess, Albin              M40+   40:24    3

4km Walk                H’cap Place   
1.  Knight, Cassandra        Open   22:51    1
2.  Muldoon, Wendy           M40+   23:37    3
3.  McGougan, Tracy          M40+   27:11   
4.  Steed, Gwen              M60+   27:26    2
               
1.  Blackwood, Mark          M40+   19:41    2
2.  Dickson, Corey           U16    20:42    3
3.  Smyth, David             M40+   21:39    1
4.  Hay, Angus               U14    24:35    5
5.  Barrow, Geoff            M60+   28:18    4
    Bennett, Ralph           M60+   DNS   

2km Walk                                     H’cap Place   
1.  Hay, Charlotte           U14    10:50    3
2.  Briet, Brianna           U14    11:45   
3.  Lillie, Gemma            U12    12:51    4
4.  Dingli, Isabella         U16    13:56    2
5.  Hugo, Beverly            M60+   16:30    1
    Farrell, Judy            M60+   DQ   
    Dingli, Alannah          U14    DNS   
               
1.  Prys, Joel               U12    10:43    1
2.  Epps, Luke               U12    11:10    2
3.  Barrett, Anthony         M60+   14:36    3
4.  Conboy, Bruce *          M60+   15:57   
    Feain, Gerard            M40+   DQ   
               
1km Walk                                     H’cap Place   
1.  Cunningham, Ella         U10    07:40    1
2.  Mews, Pam                M60+   11:02    2
    Kennedy, Alexandra       U10    DNS   
               
1.  Liam Hutchins            U10    05:21    3
2.  Blackwood, Hamish        U10    05:40    4
3.  Xuereb, Justin           U12    06:04    5
4.  Kent, Lucas              U12    06:58    2
5.  Perry, Keelan            U14    07:01
6.  Kent, Chris              M40+   07:17    1

Peter Vysma sent me a list of officials. Thanks to all who helped out. Apologies for any I have missed.

Officials: Mark Donahoo, Terry O'Neill, Karyn O'Neill, Ralph Bennett
Judges: Peter Vysma (Chief), Gordon Loughnan, Stuart Cooper, Mark O'Mahony, Michael Bodey
Canteen: Wendy Cooper, Wendy Cooper
Photos: Terry Swan (see http://www.vrwc.org.au/piwigo/index.php?/category/426)

VRWC ROAD RACES, MIDDLE PARK, SATURDAY 29 APRIL

The first Melbourne based road races for the winter were well supported, with 48 walkers in attendance. After a week of heavy rain, the clouds cleared a couple of days ago and conditions were good for our Saturday afternoon 2:15PM start time. With the Grand Prix Motor Race cleanup still underway, we restricted ourselves to a 1km loop. We expect to have out normal 2km course back in action in the next 1-2 weeks.

It was great to see so many new walkers registering for club membership. Special welcome to new members Ella Cunningham, Lucas Kent and Isabella Dingli who all had their first official walks with us. We also welcomed back Mark Blackwood, having his first walk with us for many years. It was also good to see part timer Kevin Cassidy back dusting off his walking shoes. And a special mention to Chris Kent who joined his son Lucas Kent in the 1.5km walk. Add to that the fact that we had 3 of our Rio Olympians present in Rhydian Cowley, Regan Lamble and Quentin Rew, as well as two of our Australian Junior reps in Adam Garganis and Kyle Swan.

Now onto our race reports. Four walkers tested themselves out over the 12km distance, with Quentin Rew (53:56) and Adam Garganis (57:06) leading the way. Philippa Huse (52:27) and Rebecca Henderson (53:06) led the 10km walkers home ahead of David Smyth (56:05). Reese Walmsley was first home in the 5km, ahead of Corey Dickson, who excelled with a PB 24:43.  Kevin Cassidy was fastest in the 3km but special mentions to Luke Epps (16:50) and Angus Hay (16:59) who had a great battle and walked very stylishly, both recording PBs. Finally Liam Hutchins (8:26) and Kayla Heikkila-Dubowik (9:10) led the 1.5km walkers home.

Open 12km Walk            
1.  Donna-Marie Elms         M40+  1:24:00
            
1.  Quentin Rew              Open    53:56
2.  Adam Garganis            Open    57:06
3.  Kyle Swan                Open    58:59

Open 10km Walk            
1.  Philippa Huse            Open    52:27
2.  Rebecca Henderson        U16     53:06
3.  Jasmin Hass              U16   1:02:46
4.  Madeleine Feain          Open  1:04:44    PB 0:29
            
1.  David Smyth              M40+    56:05
2.  Ross Reid                M60+  1:02:50
3.  Russ Dickenson           M60+  1:07:29
4.  Gunther Ilgoutz          M60+  1:14:11
    Andrew Jamieson          M60+      DNF

Open 5km Walk            
1.  Sandra Geisler           Open    28:20
2.  Cassandra Knight         Open    29:03
3.  Kathleen O'Mahony        U16     31:07
4.  Carolyn Rosenbrock       M40+    31:42
5.  Gwen Steed               M60+    34:45
            
1.  Reese Walmsley           Open    24:18
2.  Corey Dickson            U16     24:43    PB 0:17
3.  Mark Blackwood           M40+    25:13    First walk in many years!
4.  Hayden Walmsley          U18     26:20
5.  Connor McShanag          Open    28:43
6.  Bernie Keirl             M40+    29:09
7.  Heath Beveridge          U14     30:50    PB 1:01
8.  Albin Hess               M40+    33:30    PB 0:38
9.  Bob Gardiner             M60+    34:31
10. Anthony Barrett          M40+    34:37
11. Geoff Barrow             M60+    35:44

Open 3km Walk            
1.  Holly Cocking            U16     17:42
2.  Heather Carr             M60+    18:05
3.  Grace Louey              U14     18:49
4.  Gemma Lillie             U12     20:00
5.  Beverly Hugo             M60+    24:16
            
1.  Kevin Cassidy            M40+    16:47
2.  Luke Epps                U10     16:50    PB 0:33
3.  Angus Hay                U14     16:59    PB 0:23
4.  John Morrison            M60+    24:11

Open 1.5km Walk
1.  Kaylah Heikkila-Dubowik  U12     09:10
2.  Isabella Dingli          U16     10:37    First time with us
3.  Ella Cunningham          U10     12:11    First time with us
4.  Pam Mews                 M60+    16:28
            
1.  Liam Hutchins            U10     08:26
2.  Hamish Blackwood         U10     09:16
3.  Justin Xuereb            U12     09:56
4.  Lucas Kent               U10     11:25
5.  Gerard Feain             M40+    11:26
6.  Christopher Kent         M40+    12:49    First time with us

As always, thanks to all our judges, officials and helpers. I have probably missed a few names so apologies. Big team effort.

Judges: Peter Vysma (C), Gordon Loughnan, Michael Bodey, Stuart Cooper, Terry O'Neill
Officials: Ian Laurie, Mark Donahoo, Bill Carr, Karyn O'Neill, Kathy Huse, Tim Erickson, Michelle Walmsley
Photos: Terry Swan
Canteen: Wendy Cooper, Kate Suich

As usual, Terry Swan recorded the action with his camera – check out http://www.vrwc.org.au/piwigo/index.php?/category/425. A superb collection as usual. Thanks Terry.


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.