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How it Happened August 24

The running of the annual Lakesview Classic, this year on the 'classic' course from the Hill to Nericon, and it was a bumper year with weather and track co-ordinating toward a fast and fun day.

There will be pics soon.  And here they are ... the slide show top of front page ... and yes, I did disq the cheat on the bike!!  Thanks to Anthony and Barbara for extra pics.  Thanks to all of you for smiling graciously.

Congratulations to all the placegetters in the Short - Ava, Breanna, Madisyn, Callum, Harry and Will - and the Long - Narelle, Mia, Julie, Aidan, Mark and Moreno.  The trophies will be handed out at the Joggers Dinner in Nov.  And a big thanks to the host of also rans further down the field.  It can be a long and lonely run way back in the placings, but it is the also rans who don't get a prize that make a run great.  Hope you had a nice day, and hopefully the 'inspirational' signage helped!

And you made Nericon look like a very popular place ... which it is of course!

Congratulations to John Dodd for his 7000km.  A wonderful running career.  He got his kms at about the halfway but of course still had to finish for it to count.  What is his trophy, ha, nothing, but I have promised him I will reconsider a trophy if he gets to 10 000.  I didn't promise a trophy, lets make that clear, just promised a reconsider!

Well done Bob, selflessly bringing up the rear, in good spirits, headlight shining, making sure all the other runners were accounted for.

Thanks to those on the committee who helped before, during and after the run, and thanks to Barbara and Elio for helping out.

These mass start runs remind us how good is the handicap start system that we inherited from the early days.  How good is it to be in a big group fighting out the finish!  Rather that than plodding at the rear with nobody in sight.

Arsova comp starts this week.  Your choice of Long 5.4km or Short 3.5km.

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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.