The surprise this week was that everyone discovered their handicap had been wound back by 30s to a whole minute. Assistant race director John Farronato explained that because this course is challenging the handicaps were altered to comply with predicted gross times.
Maggie Croce jumped from 2nd last week to 1st in the short course competition this week with a net time of 20m16s. Returning to the Hill after a period of absence James Dal Broi was immediately spotted by Callum Vecchio whose eyes reflected “game on”. Both set off at a cracking pace, but in the end Dal Broi was 2nd 15m20s and Vecchio was 3rd 16m44s. Anthony Trafilo still leads the short course competition with 136 points followed by Vecchio on 97 points.
Adrian Baird on 136 points leads the long course competition, however in this run Michael Romeo 29m30s pipped Baird who ran 2nd, 31m17s. Vince Restagno has performed well in this competition running 2nd, 1st, 9th then 3rd. Restagno on 127 points is just ahead of Ashley Pianca in 3rd place on 107 points.
Back in the field there is plenty non-competitive drama. John Johns, Richard West and Anthony Salmon were casually jogging when West yells snake. West and Salmon take mid-air steps moving out of the snake’s way while Johns obliviously soldiers on. Is he deaf, blind or “Super Cool”? Turns out Johns stumbled twice further down the track returning to the finish line with a bloodied knee and grazed hands. “Super Cool” can be eliminated.
This week in addition to major winners we will celebrate achievements of some short course participants who have completed all 4 runs in this competition at their own comfortable pace which may include casual walking. Congratulations to Tracy, Savannah and Milla Vecchio, Sonia Casanova, Jasper Piccoli, Donna Jackson, Kitty Maher, Juliana Provera and Janelle Toole.
Rest assured, we are constantly monitoring the COVID situation to determine if any changes need to be made to out runs. Mandatory temperature testing and social distancing requirements will continue for the foreseeable future.
A reminder, that zero handicaps are only for the slowest runners and for the walkers, so if you do not fit this description and you are given zero, please enquire with the race director. It is not usually our mistake, just that prior circumstances have dictated a zero which may need to be changed back (see below).
Also on start times, if you have a Short course handicap (say 8min) and you want to walk, note that we prefer if you walk off that handicap (8min) ... you won't finish far behind, and it saves us a lot of time and possible mistakes in adjustments to and fro (see above).
Please be early to the start line – you should be entered before X:20pm.
Did Not Finish? We need to know. All non-finishers / short cutters / other issues - report to the race organiser.
Note about Results ... we are putting the results online, at the finish line, so your loved one can know what mood you're in before you get home. (Will it be a hot bath or a cold shower? Champagne, or a beer in the dog house?) However ... be aware that these are preliminary results and will almost always change when joggers are added, deleted and edited. You may drop a few places, rise a few places, or even, heaven forbid, get disq'd. So if the fine details matter to you, drop back again later.