Report by Dave Gunn
After Kevin and I had a bit of a rushed course marking (I am blaming heavy traffic and catching every red light across town to get there…) – we managed to make it back to the club in time to see Lucie had already very efficiently collated, co-ordinated, and corralled everyone into their respective teams (11 in total).
35 runners arrived (although a couple a bit late eh Rhys?) and all appeared chipper and excited to be there (nervous excitement maybe?).
Eventually we all jogged up to the start of the course on the grass alongside Cobham Drive. The course is a 2km loop on the grass (expertly marked out almost to the metre by Kevin and I – and I am claiming this was not a fluke, but instead expert use of the “eye-crometer”). In due course the teams all lined up and we were off…
The first lap of this event is always a bit of an unknown, with each team having to run together – and so there is lots of glancing around at who is in the other teams, who to look out for, and who will be “laying it down” on the final lap to the finish line…
There are a few pretty good little hills and some longish soft grass to run on, which seems to sap the energy pretty effectively…
Lap one came and went, and the 1-lappers all dropped off to then become team cheerleaders and excited spectators (once they caught their breath…). There was a lot of jostling for position in this second lap, with some of the faster teams at this point moving up the rankings (Chloe and Joe effortlessly breezing past us at this point)…but all could change with the last lap runners pushing hard…
As the teams came through and the 2-lap runners dropped off, the speedsters shifted up a gear and there were a few great times as a result – with Hayden Waddell and Richard Ellison impressing with 2k final lap times of 6:56 and 7:01 respectively…!
However there has to be a winner, and in first place and with a combined team time of 25:31 was Rhys Mildon leading his team of Peter Horan and Garry Wilson. And 35 seconds later in a time of 26:06 was Andrew Wark, Boh Ritchie and Fleur Marillier. 3rd team home in 26:35 was Marc Scott, Layton Mace and Natalie Care.
Great running by all – and just as impressive was the expert (scientifically based) team selection by Lucie (even endorsed by David Southwick!) which meant there was only 3 minutes separating all 11 teams over the finish line..! Well done Lucie.
Final kudos to Kevin and I for the course marking – no one got lost, no controversy, and my Garmin had the final distance of 3 laps at 6.01km…! Not too bad considering we didn’t have course marking gurus Glenn or Andrew directing us…!
Anyway – everyone seemed to have a good time based on the chatter at the club afterwards during the afternoon tea (I even overheard some combined club wisdom dishing out relationship advice…?) Finally, I think this is a fantastic format for a club event as you often end up running with others you would not normally get to run with…Great fun, bring on the next one!
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|Team #||Team Members||2km Time||Time||Place|
….And for those who like to analyse results and all the “what if’s”…Mike has added a table to the results page to compare the order we were all lined up for the team selection (Pre-Race order in the right column), with the actual lap time order (Race Results in the left column)….and has marked the number of spots (dif) this would have bumped you up or down that list…He then re-jigged the team selections based on this revised order, and added up the combined times to determine where every team would have come had we lined up in the order that matched our actual times…And it appears, no matter how we slice and dice the results, that Rhys Mildon still managed to come out on top! Well done Rhys…
|race results||dif||2km time||pre-race order|
|Hayden Waddell||0||6:56||Hayden Waddell|
|Richard Ellison||0||7:01||Richard Ellison|
|Rhys Mildon||0||7:32||Rhys Mildon|
|Mike Harris||↑1||7:34||Rob Townsend|
|Dave Gunn||↑1||7:42||Mike Harris|
|Rob Townsend||↓2||7:55||Dave Gunn|
|Boh Ritchie||↑11||7:56||Joe Mace|
|Sunil Fernandez-Ritchie||0||8:00||Sunil Fernandez-Ritchie|
|Garry Wilson||↑15||8:01||Andrew Wark|
|Joe Mace||↓3||8:03||Marc Scott|
|Chris Keith||↑2||8:08||Iain Rattray|
|Iain Rattray||↓1||8:08||Kevin Knowles|
|Marc Scott||↓3||8:09||Chris Keith|
|Andrew Wark||↓5||8:15||Carenza Elley|
|Layton Mace||↑2||8:27||Nisha Moorfield|
|Chloe McDaniel||↑4||8:31||Lily James|
|Paul Reynolds||↑6||8:52||Layton Mace|
|Kevin Knowles||↓6||8:56||Boh Ritchie|
|Carenza Elley||↓5||9:01||Sue Hunter|
|Lily James||↓4||9:14||Chloe McDaniel|
|Nisha Moorfield||↓6||9:22||Esther Neill|
|Sandra Jensen||↑3||9:31||Vaughan Swale|
|Fleur Marillier||↑6||9:55||Paul Reynolds|
|Esther Neill||↓3||9:57||Garry Wilson|
|Peter Horan||↑10||9:58||Sandra Jensen|
|Sue Hunter||↓8||10:01||Shona Dewson|
|Vaughan Swale||↓6||10:03||Natalie Care|
|Shona Dewson||↓2||10:05||Fleur Marillier|
|Kerry Rattray||↑1||10:13||Nichola McMahon|
|Wendy Harris||↓2||10:18||Kerry Rattray|
|Nichola McMahon||↓2||10:57||Amber Rattray|
|Karen Mumme||0||10:59||Karen Mumme|
|Amber Rattray||↓2||11:02||Peter Horan|
What the teams would have been based on the actual individal laps times:
|Team #||Team Members||2km Time||Time||Place|
|11||Rhys Mildon||07:32||26: 49||1st|
|10||Mike Harris||07:34||27: 00||2nd|
|8||Rob Townsend||07:55||27: 05||3rd|
|7||Boh Ritchie||07:56||27: 05||3rd|
|6||Sunil Fernandez-Ritchie||08:00||27: 06||4th|
|9||Dave Gunn||07:42||27: 10||5th|
|5||Garry Wilson||08:01||27: 20||6th|
|4||Joe Mace||08:03||27: 28||7th|
|3||Chris Keith||08:08||27: 40||8th|
|1||Marc Scott||08:09||28: 04||10th|
|2||Iain Rattray||08:08||28: 02||9th|