ESS CASS TOO CLASSY TO CATCH
The club’s most improved athlete, Jess Cass, continued her steady ascent to win for the second time this season and narrowly deny Mark Whyte his first.
Jess, who did not run in the inaugural Best’s Winery Cross Country Classic last year, reveled in the gentle undulations on the user-friendly eight-kilometre course and only Whyte and Col Barnett were faster.
But despite Cass’s win in the Rupanyup Garden Centre Handicap earlier in the season, the handicaps worked in her favour and she held a 10-second margin over Whyte upon reaching the timekeepers with veteran Keith Lofthouse a further 30 seconds away in third place.
Mark, notorious for running late to the start of club races, matched motors with Col Barnett and showed just what he is capable of when he arrives on time, prevailing over multiple-times club champion Col Barnett by 21 seconds.
Cass, who enjoys the challenges of endurance racing, will join the 70,000 runners who are expected to line-up for Sydney’s iconic City to Surf race on Sunday, August 13.
And in September, Cass will be hugging Victoria’s coastline with club mates Nathaniel Warren, Kayleen Urquhart and Matilda Iglesias who will each take on a leg in the 100 km ultra-marathon that starts in Anglesea and takes in the sights of the Great Ocean Road.
In the Sub-Juniors race over one kilometre, Chloe Hunter prevailed over Kayla Membrey and sister Olivia with newcomer Will Moloney recording a sizzling fastest time of 3.38 minutes.
The club will meet at Garry and Rhonda Rice’s Concongella Vineyard this Saturday for a 6.5 kilometre championship race. Fun runners are welcome.