Clear skies and a sensational course at Lysterfield Lake greeted runners in the 2016 AV Trail Running Championships on Saturday. With the Open, Over 40 and Under 20 competitors all competing over a testing 12km circuit, the varied terrain at Lysterfield provided plenty of challenges for the third of four events in the Big V Trail Series..
Box Hill’s Steve Dinneen was first to cross the line recording an impressive time of 41:17. Versatile across track, road & cross country Dinneen claimed the Victorian Championship with a strong display over the Lysterfield course, finishing close to 2min ahead of his nearest rival. John Portwood from Doncaster was next to finish taking second place and importantly the Victorian Under 20 Championship. Michael Bridges from South Melbourne rounded out the the top 3 to record his first podium finish in an Athletics Victoria event.
Victorian Half Marathon representative Bronwyn Humphrys took home the women’s title in a time of 48:42. A top performer in Mountain running as a junior, South Melbourne’s Humphrys has transitioned well to senior ranks in recent years being a regular member of Victorian road racing teams. Megan Szirom from Frankston took the silver medal, once again demonstrating her multi disciplinary talents – race walker one week, traol runner the next!
There was spirited competition amongst the Masters competitors with Williamstown’s Steve Brennan and South Melbourne’s Rosa Law taking out the Championship victories. Despite a navigational error, Brennan kept his Masters opponents at bay finishing with a time of 52:51 ahead of Mentone’s Rupert Van Dongen in 54:09 and Glenhuntly’s Michael Ryan in 56:06. Glenhuntly’s Joan Connor took silver for the Masters women with a time of 71:11.
Runner up in the Men’s Under 20 competition was Williamstown’s Bailey Gill who crossed the line in 60:54.
In the 6.4km event Traralgon Harrier Riley Evans continued his domination of the series crossing the line in 22:01 ahead of Casey Cardinia’s Kyle Contencin in 23:47 with super coach Sean Williams not far behind in 23:50. Making a return to competitive running, former Glenhuntly distance star Georgina Beech took out the Women’s 6.4km in 27:47 ahead of Under 18 runner Zoe Cornell, with Erica Drangsholt finishing third.
Race 4 of the Big V Trail Series moves to the familiar territory of Cruden Farm in Langwarrin on the afternoon of Saturday 28th January. For more information and to enter, go to http://bigvtrailseries.com/