The extremely mild early spring morning was replaced by the predicted wind gusts, dust and intermittent light rain as the 97 starters gathered for the Profeet Podiatry 5 km handicap at Fyansford. It was first year runner, Andrew Fitzpatrick, who was able to hold off the advancing pack to win by 40 metres from Mary Harrison with Kathryn Hayden a farther 30 metres behind in third place. Fitzpatrick joined the club at the urging of his parents who have been members for four years. Tracie Dekleva had a minute to spare in the race for fastest female whilst Mark Chalmers revelled in the shorter distance to record his first ever fastest male.
Top 10 Placings
A. Fitzpatrick, 28:01; M. Harrison, 27:39; K. Hayden, 24:43; N. Masters, 22:24; A. McGrillen, 20:17; C. Cahill, 22:58; R. Little, 28:44; S. Curtain, 19:26; V. Gasper, 21:18; S. Ryan, 20:44.
Under 20 Male: N. MacDonald 20.25, A. Fitzpatrick 28.01
Under 40 Male: D. Card 17.33, D. Burns 18.22
Under 40 Female: R. Thompson 21.14, K. Newcombe 22.57
Veteran Male: M. Chalmers 17.19, G. Simpson 17.31
Veteran Female: T. Dekleva 19.52, S. Pedersen 20.59
Masters Male: M. Clayton 19.15, P. Shay 19.42
Masters Female: C. Crawford 25.31, M. Harrison 27.39
Legends Male : D. Elward 20.09, V. Gasper 21.16
Legends Female: C. Bridgland 28.12, M. Henshaw 28.14
Supervets Male: M. Orelli 28.53, G. Marshall 30.41
Supervets Female: M. Blood 37.01
Magic Money:A. Jenkins