Numbers were down a little due to the wintry weather and Mother's Day, however series points were up for grabs and participants were well rewarded for their efforts. Both the 10km series and 5.5km series contested the 5km flat circuit at Narrawallee, with some speedy times recorded.
In the 5.5 km series, Kim Waters made short work of the big handicap differential given to front markers Jack Robertson and Lauri Perino. Kim ran well inside her projected time, finishing first in the great time of 25:27. Jack and Lauri shared the podium, finishing in that order, recording times of 33:14 and 45:38 (walk) respectively.
Fastest on course was Steve Grant, who rounded out a big weekend by breaking the M50 - 54 yrs age group record previously held by Mike Ryan. Steve ran comfortably for his 18:29, having broken the Batemans Bay Parkrun age group record the previous day, with a scintillating 17:30.
In the 10km series, Craig Hancock prevailed in what was a fairly close three way finish. With only nine seconds separating the top three placegetters, Craig produced a great net time of 23:35 to win on the 5km circuit. Second place went to Nicola Rabbett who recorded a net 24:47, with Annemaree Frank only two seconds back running a net 26:59.
Best wishes to at least a couple of our Rats who will be contesting the SMH Half Marathon, in Sydney, next Sunday. Meanwhile, the rest of the Rats will be meeting at the tennis courts at Lake Conjola at 6.30 am (parking area near the amenities block). Various distances are available, combining quiet roads and bush tracks in the Narrawallee Creek Reserve precinct.
Rats in the field
Firstly a mention to our star Rat, Bradley Croker who finished in third place in the prestigious Sydney 10 event held at Homebush last weekend. Brad shared the podium with Australian 10km record holder Ben St Lawrence. Brad ran an outstanding 29:49.5 seconds, with only 19 seconds splitting the top six athletes.
Also, competing at Homebush was Brendan Scollary and his two lads, Nathan and Ben. Good to see dad let the youngsters go ahead, with all three recording great times, Brendan 38:42, Ben 38:16 and Nathan 36:11.
Rats have also been performing rather well at local and interstate parkruns over recent months. A special mention to our recent parkrun, age group, record breakers (in no specific order): Nicola Rabbett, Gay Shearman, Steve Grant, Martin Tomasini, Don Miller, Harm Schaap, Barbara Maxwell and Ken Saunders. Sorry if we are missing anyone.