Shaun Parnaby Rocks Home in First Senior Victory

Twenty-seven senior runners headed into the Iron Barks at Three Jacks for the 5km Stawell Sportspower Handicap.

Front markers Carolyn Lehmann. Gary Saunders, Marg Hyde, Lindy Muller and Phil Burns all put in good runs, but were caught by the rest of the field in the final stages of the race.

Shaun Parnaby, running his first senior race after stepping up from the junior ranks, hit the front when he reeled in Carolyn Lehmann with 1km to go. Spurred on by the steady beat of his mp3 player, Shaun managed to hold off late challenges from mother Meg, and ever consistent Alexa Duke. Late charges from Nathaniel Warren and Gary Rice also got them within sight of the leaders, but they ran out of time.

Shaun Parnaby crossed the line first, 23sec ahead of mother Meg, with Alexa Duke another 18sec behind.

Steve Page ran the fastest race time of 15min 1sec, with 4th placed Ilana Jorgenson posting the quickest female time of 20min 50sec.

Daniel Faravoni ran a superb race to post the 6th fastest time of any runner for the day.

Faravoni, running off scratch, powered his way through the field to grab the lead from Emily Parnaby in the final stages of the race, crossing the line with a 15sec margin. Emily Parnaby was second with Emma Kelly third.

Faravoni ran the fastest junior and 6th fastest senior time of 18min 50sec. Emma Kelly was the quickest junior girl in 21min 30sec.

Sub-junior front marker and youngest runner in the race, India Burns lead all the way to hold of a fast finishing Georgia Barnett to win by 13sec. Georgia’s sister Elly was a further 15sec behind for third. Fastest sub-junior was Elly Barnett in a time of 4min 10sec. Tobias Blair ran well to post the fastest junior boys time of 4min 22sec.

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