Stawell Curtain Centre 10km Champ & GP
Stawell Amateur Athletic Club mother and son combination Allison and Alastair Dugdale made it a family affair when they took out the senior and junior handicap sections of the Stawell Curtain Centre 10km Championship last Saturday.
Held over a testing course through the Rifle Range Reserve, 21 senior runners lined up for the last of the Championship series of events this year.
Run as a sealed handicap, all runners start together, with first across the line taking the championship points, then handicaps are applied post race to determine the overall race winner.
Once again it was Col Barnett, pressured throughout the race by Ashley Roberts, who crossed the line first in a swift time of 37min 20sec, giving him a clean sweep of all the Championship series events this year. Female Championship points for the race went to Sharon Howden, who finished the season second overall behind Susie Ellis.
When handicaps were applied, the race produced a very close finish. Allison Dugdale’s gritty performance saw her finish 42sec in front of the rest of the field, and claim the handicap and Grand Prix win.
Bob Freeland took out second placing 14 hundreds of a second ahead of Mark Pumpa, with Gary Howden less than a second behind in fourth place. The next 9 runners came in within 1 minute, an excellent effort by our handicapper John Collins.
Ten juniors set off over a 4km course, with Alastair Dugdale taking line honours and junior Championship points, in a very fast time of 14min 48sec.
Emily Parnaby was first girl home and took out the junior female championship section in a time of 17min 43sec.
Thomas Blair won the junior boy Championship for 2005, and Emily Parnaby the girl junior Championship.
After handicaps were applied, Alastair Dugdale also claimed the overall race win, from Thomas Blair second, and Nat Watson third.
A determined Chloe Jamieson put in a solid run to take out the sub-junior handicap event, from Georgia Barnett, with Tobias Blair running well for third.
Fastest sub-junior was Liam Scott in a time of 5min 21sec, and the fastest sub-junior girl was Elly Barnett in 6min 9sec.