Parnaby Wins on Home Turf

Red Shield Appeal Handicap

The Stawell Amateur Athletic Club held the Red Shield Appeal Handicap on Saturday. Members showed their support for the Salvation Army and Captains Brad & Angela Watson by volunteering to door knock on Saturday morning, to raise money for the Appeal. Then in the afternoon 58 runners contested the Red Shield Appeal Handicap.

Twenty-seven senior runners lined up for the 8km handicap race. The pace was fast and furious over the two laps of the undulating 4km circuit around the Rifle Range Reserve.

By mid race the pre-race favourites Peter Blair, Phil Weight and John Collins were running strongly, however with 2km to go, Meg Parnaby, a regular trainer over the course, set sail for home to finish 1 minute ahead of the rest of the field.

John Collins put in a good run for second place with Rhonda Clarke third. Fastest time was Col Barnett in 28 min 26 sec.

The Junior race was held over 4km with 16 juniors taking on the course, producing another great event. Thomas and Hugh had a great battle all the way, with Thomas edging ahead of Hugh on the last down hill to pull away and win by 5 sec. Alastair came in third place.

The fastest time went to Marcus in 16 min 7 sec. The fastest girl was Greta in a time of 20 min 19 sec.

The fifteen Sub-Juniors set out for a 1.25 km run with Mackenzie in full control most of the way, but a fast finishing Daniel over took Mackenzie to score his second win for the season. Isaac finished second with Mackenzie third.

The fastest time was Nathan in 4 min 44 sec. Fastest girl was Hannah in a time of 5 min 24 sec.

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