How it Happened Nov 25, Hot Foot Comp race 3
Last week a glitch in the Feral timing system allocated zero points to all runners. The problem remains unresolved and there are no results from this week’s run on the Feral’s website. All is not lost as this reporter had his camera out and took photos as the long course Feral’s crossed the finish line.
This week I decided to run the short course. Walkers set off from a handicap of zero then there were a few more starters at various handicap times leading up to 8 minutes when Connor Moore and I took off. We were neck and neck for the first three meters then Connor edged away, and I lost sight of him. Settling into a comfortable but not blistering pace I was pleased with myself as I overtook the birthday boy Vince Restagno and most others including Rodney Savage and Secretary Anthony Salmon. Harrison Palmer handicapped at 8m45s passed me about 500 meters into the run. Callum Vecchio handicapped at 11m15s cruised by me in full throttle mode just after the rotary lookout. I am unsure of the placings but the greeting party as I finished included Connor Moore, Harrison Palmer, Edward Palmer, Lachlan Weymouth, Ruby Kenny and Callum Vecchio. Nate Mingay carrying the biggest handicap finished as always at rocket propulsion pace.
From the long course the first to appear on the last slightly up-hill leg of the run was Simon Fattore then Lachlan Date emerged about 15 meters behind him, and I thought there would be a repeat of last week’s sensational sprint to the finish line. It wasn’t to be as Lachlan crossed the line some 10 meters ahead of Simon. When questioned Simon said, “last week’s sprint finish hurt too much.” In the distance Keith Riley appeared and claimed 3rd place. We waited a bit for Matt Kenny and the photo shows 4th place with a gross time of 44 minutes and 30 something seconds. The camera has Peter Stockwell finishing milliseconds ahead of Chris Fuchs for 5th and 6th. Digby Jones 7th was well ahead of Chris Palmer then came Steven Bourke. I had a list of 26 finishers that didn’t include Aidan Fattore, closer inspection of my photos shows him tucked in behind Steven’s shoulder for 10th. Michael Johns was next with the clock in the background showing a gross time of 45minutes13 seconds. Tom Mackerras 15th with the clock showing 45m41s maybe Allan Jones. The first female was Lena Sergi with the clock showing 45m56s.
Congratulations to Rita Fascianelli-McIver who clocked up the 3000km milestone during this week’s run. Back from a two-week holiday which included everything but fitness training the milestone could have been reached on the short course as she only had 1.7km to go, but no, our Rita opted for the long course finishing 22nd.
The Feral’s meet at the green water tower opposite pioneer park for a 5:30pm start. Some people chose to run, and others enjoy a walk and a chat, either way all are welcome to join us.
PLEASE BE ON TIME ENTER BEFORE 5:20 RACE STARTS 5:30
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.