Picture: James Minto and Jono Windsor lead the Black Mountain Challenge out followed by Nick Walshe and John Winsbury, with female leader Vanessa Haverd (red T shirt) just behind the lead pack.
Twentieth Black Mountain Challenge 5kms
Sunday 12 December
World Mountain Running Championship representative John Winsbury overcame hot and humid conditions to take out the Black Mountain Challenge in 18.34, just 5 seconds ahead of Runners Shop proprietor and race sponsor Nick Walshe, with Jono Windsor 3rd in 19.21 just 5 seconds in front of M40 winner Stuart Doyle in 19.26. Early race leader James Minto was 5th in 20.13.
Just a week after finishing 2nd in the 60km Kepler Challenge in New Zealand, Australian mountain running champion Vanessa Haverd had a comfortable victory in the women’s field in 21.28. Former race walking world record holder Kerry Junna-Saxby was a surprise second in 22.57, with Elizabeth Humphries third in 23.16. Race legend Fiona Jorgensen was 4th in 24.51 and Melissa Clarke 5th in 25.10.