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28 May 2019
The excitement of a new course drew almost 200 students and more than 70 club runners to the tracks
and surrounding wetlands of Scotch Oakburn Park, on Saturday.
Division 1 participants completed a circuitous course including bushland, levy bank, wetlands, and a
sharp uphill pinch, over a distance of 5 kilometres, where the final 300 metres on the oval was very hotly
contested by a number of competitors.
In a nail-biting finish, Oliver Marshall demonstrated a perfectly executed race, and took the spotlight as
first place getter and fastest recorded time. Front marker Tony Walsh led all the way to within metres
of the finishing tape, only to watch Marshall, who had stealthily advanced through the field, take the
lead in those valuable final seconds, and power home in an unstoppable 16:43 minutes. Walsh is yet to
win an event this season with the club, but the scent of victory is becoming increasingly familiar,with
Walsh achieving a previous second place several weeks ago, The overall fastest female was Jen Tait,
with a race time of 23:43 minutes.
The Division 2 event, over a distance of 3 kilometres, brought the best out in Brenda Giles, who won the
event, under the sealed handicapped system. Sandy Wood (U 17 men) and Jai Eccles (U 15 men) both
clocked 10:34 minutes, and were easily the fastest duo.
Division 3 proved most popular of the distances, with over 170 competitors, although some runners in
the male lineup extended the 1.5 kilometre distance by completing an additional lap of the oval. Riley
Howard was one of those runners, but nevertheless achieved fastest male, in 6:41, behind Abbey
Berlese’s 5:52 minute race time.
Next Saturday, runners are invited to Heritage Forest, for the fourth of the School Series on the
program. Barbecue and lucky draw will follow events. Details of upcoming and prior events can be
found at www.newsteadathletics.org.au. Registrations must be completed before commencement of
run at 1 pm.