A race being held on 07/07/13 was always going to be auspicious in terms of numbers, and so it proved to be – several new course records including outright fastest time over the Long Course, and a record field of 94 starters.
A beautiful day for racing, over a fast course produced excellent results across the field, and hearty appetites for the post-race pancake spread.
Jason Chalker's long-standing Long Course record, set in 2005, finally fell to the impressive Scott Chancellor, who took 18 seconds off Jason's overall course time, and a mere 3 seconds off his bike course record en route. Scott seemed to be barely puffing as he crossed the line after what most consider to be a pretty tough race. Not far behind Scott were Matt de Pomeroy (1:43:24), David Osmond (1:44:16), John Power (1:44:45), Steve Fitchett (1:47:02) and Kelby Murray (1:49:18), making it an unprecedented 6 finishers in under 1:50.
The Male Over 50 Long Course race saw every record beaten today. Gary Lilley set the first run and bike course records on his way to a remarkable finish time of 1:57:50 – the first Male Over 50 to break the 2 hour mark on this course; while Jon Schol made up for an unintentionally extra-long bike leg to set a new fastest time over the final run of 40:12.
The other record to fall in the Long Course race was in the All-Female Teams, where Elizabeth Humphries (who already holds the Mixed Team record with Dave Osmond) teamed up with Louise Sharp to set a new time of 2:02:45, bringing them home a mere 7 seconds behind the first All-Male team "Cowbatch"!
Fastest team on the day however was the Mixed combo of Mace Neve (runner) and Trevor Jacobs (mountain bike) who clocked 1:59:18 between them.
Sophie Bos was the fastest Female Under 50 today, winning in 2:10:24 with quite a margin to the rest of the field, including Kate Vandenberg in 2:24:39, who had her own excellent race with 3rd-placegetter Liz Stephens (2:25:52). Sally Jeffrey took out the Solo Female 50+ category in a sprightly 2:30:06.
In the Short Course race, Alan Clark sped around the course faster than any Male 50+ ever has before him, clocking 43:45 and taking the final run course record as well as the overall time.
It was Brett Jones who won the race outright however, in an excellent time 37:15, from Matt Cuzner (38:57) and Mark Simpson (39:32). Lou Basyoni took out the Women's race in 45:23 from Jasmine Foxlee (46:31) and Samantha Rampant (48:17).
Amongst the teams, it was "The Flames" who took out the competitive Mixed Teams category in 44:45.
Congratulations to all who participated in the race, which was held in a marvellous spirit of cooperative enjoyment. We are very sorry that some bikers in the Long Course found their bike leg extended thanks to a mischievous walker in the Aranda Bushland who turned a sign to face the wrong direction – and most grateful to the competitors who stopped and corrected the errant sign, thus saving the rest of the field considerable confusion and lost time.