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How it Happened Feb 4  Bacchus Comp 1

Saturday Feral’s returned to competition running with the first of the 9-week Bacchus competition.

Sandy Salton returned for the 3.1km short course after an absence of four and a half years and demonstrated she has not lost her form as her pace on Saturday was faster than her 2018 average pace. Her daughter Nicole Salton made a grand maiden appearance on the Hill finishing 1st with a net time of 20m40s just ahead of her mum 20m52s. Isabella Salmon starting on an 8min handicap posted a net time of 18m25s to claim 3rd spot and fastest female. Brian Bellicanta brought dignity to the male gender in 4th place with a net time of 18m33s. All up there were 17 short course staters with Judith Cimador and Val Centofanti reporting no more short course runners out on the track.

First place in the long course of 5.8km long course was claimed by Mia Stockwell. Starting with a handicap of 11m30s she posted a net time of 27m41s which was also the fastest female time. Vince Restagno whose form resembles a Yo-yo was 2nd posting a net time of 27m38s. The last time Vince graced the podium was in March 2021, well done Vince. Ashley Pianca was 3rd with a net time of 32m27s.

Some interesting results further down the pack. John Farronato handicap 10m45s and Tony Gullo handicap 12m45s both posted a gross time of 41m16s for equal 9th. This was a gutsy race to the finish line. In contrast it would seem the “Be Social” holiday run format appealed to at least four Feral’s. Tony Rokov off 10m30s and Adrian Baird off 9m45s posted a gross time of 43m16s tying for 27th and Brendon Sinclair off 11m and Rodney Savage off 17m15s posted a gross time of 43m42s tying for 31st. Simon and Lisa Croce tied for 39th place, but that was no surprize as they always start and finish together.

Some very close finishers were Chris Fuchs finishing 1s ahead of Peter Stockwell and Allan Jones finishing 1s ahead of Michael Colaciuri. These guys give it their best shot so we can be certain there will striving to widen the gap and striving to reverse the placement order.

The Feral’s meet at the green water tower opposite pioneer park for a 5:30pm start during daylight savings. Some people chose to run and others enjoy a walk and a chat, either way all are welcome to join us.

New members are always welcome.

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Whipper Snippers Needed

The next Feral competition is the Bacchus course and the excessive winter  / spring rains mean that the short course needs whipper-snipping before the first run on the 4th of February.

Individuals or small groups are invited to clean up a section of the course.

Track Manager, Allan Jones,  is coordinating the work. Please give him a call 0458 622 340 and he can advise what is to be done and what has been completed.

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PLEASE BE ON TIME           ENTER BEFORE 5:20               RACE STARTS 5:30

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Things to Remember each week

Runners must wear tags when participating in Feral events.  Apart from the timing, it is a saftey measure.   The tags serve to monitor those runners who have commenced their run and are still out on the track.   It is not appropriate to turn up on the Hill on a regular basis without wearing a tag.

Zero start times

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, if you have a Short course handicap (say 8min) and you want to walk, 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).

We do allow Long course walkers to start off zero ... just let the race director know ... otherwise it is disq

Did Not Finish?  We need to know. All non-finishers / short cutters / other issues - report to the race director

 Instant 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.