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How it Happened - Race 3 Surfer July 13

A warm reception in the form of a fire bucket with dancing flames encouraged by the more than gentle breeze welcomed Feral’s arriving on the “Hill” for the third run in the Surfer competition. The special occasion was Richard West reaching his 3000km milestone last week. To celebrate the occasion, he hosted post run refreshments. Maggie Croce arrived having completed 998.8km of “Hill” running. She only needed 1.2km to reach her 1000km milestone and the 3.1km short course was enough, and so she ran the short course. Congratulations Maggie.

On top of the long course podium this week was Connor Moore with a net time of 30m30s. Bob Barker was the next back followed by Moreno Chiappin 27.11. Bob’s moment of glory was short lived as Moreno was hungry for the 2nd place point score. Bob started walking 30 minutes before the official start time which required the race director to do some manipulating. Given that Moreno was the race director it was no surprise that after a bit of reconfiguration Bob was relegated to position 39th and Moreno elevated his own position to 2nd. Wendy Minato 39m54s came in 3rd and was the only female in the top ten. Back after camping out last weekend Chris Barbagallo was 4th followed by Peter Stockwell. In the final 40 meters it looked like Simon Fattore would be 6th until Jaidyn Roach accelerated Usain Bolt style and stole 5th place recording the fastest male time 23m30s. Simon had to settle for 7th, following him were Tony Gullo, Mark Hancock and Adrian Baird for 10th.

Moreno with two 1st and a 2nd leads the point score with 115 points, then Connor on 70 points and Tony has 69 points. Sharon Careri 34m11s was the fastest female.

Four Feral’s missed race 2 of the Surfer competition as they were attending the Gold Coast marathon. Sean Dodd and Hayley McLeod successfully completed a marathon run; John Dodd chose the 10km run while Vince Restagno was designated leading support manager. This week back home for the Surfer, John ran a respectable 19th and Hayley was in form with 15th. Sean was still recovering.

In the short course first back was Nate Mingay 12m34s which was also fastest on the course. Nate is the competition leader. Jenny Workman 24m37s was 2nd then the fastest female and our milestone lady Maggie Croce 20m31s. Rounding out the top five were Callum Vecchio and Anthony Trefilo. It was pleasing to welcome back after a long absence Elandri Nel and Georgia Bourke. We hope to see you next week.

The Feral’s meet at the green water tower opposite pioneer park for a 4:30pm start. We would love to welcome newcomers whether they be sprinters, joggers or walkers. We are not a club where you race against others, the challenge is with yourself.

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PLEASE BE ON TIME           ENTER BEFORE 4:20               RACE STARTS 4:30

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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.