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This week

Yay!  Two new postcards.   Where have you been for your holidays?  Belgrade, Bangkok or Barellan - it doesn't matter.  Please send a postcard.  (A pic and one sentence is all it takes)  (Sentence : capital letter, a few verbs, adjectives and nouns, a full stop.)

I've been reading Robbie McEwen's autobiography One Way Road.  Here is a snippet that might resonate.

"We'd ... head over to the sewerage works where the club ran training handicap races on the private road that lead to the main plant.  Instead of all starting in a bunch, small groups, in ascending order of fitness and ability, set off at intervals.  The Saturday-morning shitfarm races were legendary.  There was a long false flat down to the works, then we went around the witches hat and a couple of kilometres back up the other side.  It was at these races that I learnt the first and most important lesson of cycling - that everyone suffers.  The handicaps were unglamorous, and they were bloody hard ... They'd set off the veterans first ... we were killing ourselves to catch them ..."

How it Happened Feb 16

Pics here

Damn yes!  A little bit warmer again this week, and humid, so it was a bit of a struggle.  There were a couple of quicker times in the Short run, but basically we were all slower.  (Go to https://www.griffithferals.org.au/2019-bacchus and scroll to the very bottom.)

Last week's winners in both Short and Long backed up again this week for another victory ... very greedy ... can they make it hat tricks ... who will stop them?  Callum has run faster than this last year so could be difficult to stop and is also showing more sign of consistency: a year older at this age makes a huge difference.  Add to that, both sisters have won competitions so he could have both coaching and inspiration on his side.   Meantime, Connor has had his apprenticeship in the Short course and has stepped up to longer distance with confidence, and we do not know yet where he will end, although end it will sometime around footy season.

The rest of the top ten in the Long was high class, starting with Roy and Matt on the podium.  Mark at 4th was fastest, and those saying his is "too fast and should be made to carry weights on his ankles" need to wash their mouths with soap, hey Dad.  His time of 25:11 was identical to last week but given the warmer weather this resulted in a big jump in placings as everyone else flagged.  Note also that he is a minute faster than last year.  Lachlan placed well again in his second run, Steven is firing again as required with kids watching, Anthony put in a good one to get to his 2000kms and got back early to open his esky.  Matthew had no trouble in finishing 12th in his first run, Sharon was fastest at 23rd but she'll go better than this, then there was a long tail of runners and walkers struggling home in the heat.

Georgia in the Short was the second Bourke on the podium and the third top ten for the family.  This is not her fastest but she has only run faster in cool weather, so she is clearly on the up.  Angus 3rd and Breanna 4th before Hamish and Narelle crossed in 5th and 6th with fastest times of the day.  Expect all these times to plummet when the cool weather comes.  Marshall 35th in his debut, well down on his try-out of last week, but that is what happens in a hot day, it is suffer, suffer, suffer.  Madisyn a little back but finished well in her debut.

Thanks to Keiran Virago Electrical for fixing our broken mat, it's a worry when they stop working and great to have it going again.  We can't be always watching, so you need to be paying attention to the beeps, recross the mat if necessary, and let us know if you can't get a reading.  Contact us asap if you missed out, next week is too late.

Welcome to New Runners

750    Madisyn

797    Marshall

and welcome back to a few who have been on "leave".

Good luck to those heading to Wang.  Hope you are well decked out in Feral team gear.

The Bacchus Competition is ten races leading up to the Flexible Solutions Bacchus on the Lake at Easter.  Five races at 6.2km and five races at 10.2km.

Entries are open for the Flexible Solutions Bacchus on the Lake.  First in gets the best numbers ... stand out from the crowd with your 1 or 2 digit number.

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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).

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Please be early to the start line – you should be entered before 5:20pm.

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.