Another great day down in Ballarat, and although it was cold ad super windy, it didn’t seem to deter athletes from turning up to compete. We had a total of 16 on-the-day entries, which was fantastic to see and there were plenty on the sideline cheering all competitors who were battling either the (junior) 6km course or the (open) 15km course. Olympian Steve Moneghetti was spotted in the crowd which no doubt would have given athletes a little extra as they were hitting the home straight.
In the Open Men’s Division, it was Liam Adams (Athletics Essendon) who was victorious ahead of fellow team mate Mitch Brown and Melbourne University’s Nicholas Earl. The first lap saw the lead group in a close bunch, as each athlete seemed to be wary of the difficult conditions presented. No one was really making a move early on, and it wasn’t until the final stages of the tough 15km course that Liam decided it was time to go, managing to hold a steady lead and finishing with a time of 45:49. Mitch was close behind with a time of 46:05, then Nicholas with a time of 46:08.
In the Open Women’s Division, it was Makda Harun Haji (invitational) who dominated the field from the start and held a very strong lead all the way to the finish line, crossing over with a time of 49:29. Virginia Moloney (Collingwood) had a tight battle with Geelong’s Ellie O’Kane during the final stages of the race, and just managed to hold onto second position with a time of 51:55, with Ellie crossing the line soon after with a time of 51:59.
In the U20 Division it was Cody Shanahan (Western Athletics) who took out the Men’s 6km with a time of 18:27, and Shania Murray (Diamond Valley) who took out the Women’s 6km with a time of 21:42.
In the U18 Division it was local lad Andrew Amor (Ballarat) who took out the Men’s 6km with a time of 19:10, and Abbey Caldwell (Doncaster Athletic Club) who took out the Women’s 6km with a time of 20:56.
In the U16 Division it was another local lad Harry Sharp (Ballarat) who took out the Men’s 6km with a time of 19:19, and Tarryn Furletti (Bendigo) who took out the Women’s 6km with a time of 21:09.
In the U14 Division it was Kane Marriott (Diamond Valley) who took out the Men’s 6km with a time of 19:51, and Lucinda Rourke (Williamstown) who took out the Women’s 6km with a time of 21:40.
Huge congratulations to all who came out and competed in what was regarded as one of the windiest days of the year! We look forward to seeing everyone down at Anglesea in a couple of weeks for the Ekiden Relays.