A total of seventy five runners lined up in perfect conditions for the Newgrove Benches Eliminator along the Waurn Ponds Creek pathways. Flooding prevented the race being held at its traditional venue, Landy Field. All the field contested the 4 km and 3 km races, starting in waves. Then, the handicapper’s crunched the numbers and chose the 20 best runners compared to their handicaps for the 2 km final. Tom Blood had a minute start on his nearest rival and despite having a walk mid-race was able to hang on to defeat the fast finishing Andy Bruschi by 20 metres with Sean Thompson and Craig Fagan close behind. Club stalwarts Marie Blood and Geoff Clark were recognised for reaching their 500 run milestones and Marc Clayton ran his 100th club race. The next event is Presentation Night and tickets are available from Paul Austin.
Top 10 Results
T.Blood, 12:20; A. Bruschi, 7:34; S. Thompson, 8:06; C. Fagan, 8:25; C. Collins, 8:05; K. Hayden, 9:21; C. Michael, 7:36; C. Bridgland, 10:27; B. Ellis, 8:42; J. Willigen, 10:20.