2km with 600m of climb
Saturday 8 January 2011
Canberra’s David Osmond, who won his first Crackenback Challenge in 1991 in 21.48 at the age of 16, chalked up his 16th win in the 2011 event in 21.03 to live up to his nick-names by Brian Lenton: Crackers Osmond and the King of Crackenback.
Another former Australian mountain running champion from Canberra, Anthony Scott, aged 48, produced the run of the day to be hot on Osmond’s heels in second place in 21.35.
In 2010 Adrian Sheppard walked up the mountain 31 minutes with his son in a pack. This year he gave the baby carrying duties away and ran and walked 9 minutes faster to finish 3rd in 22.03.
Another amazing performance was by 62 year old Hugh Moore who clocked 31.12. Thirteen months ago Hugh was near death in Canberra hospital after a tick-born disease orienteering in Europe saw his body weight drop many kgs and the nerve function in his limbs seriously affected. Hugh was delighted to celebrate his anniversary of hospital discharge by conquering Crackenback.
Canberra’s Elizabeth Humphries improved 4 minutes to run 26.37 and finish fastest female. Another big recent improver Louise Sharp was second soon afterwards in 27.44, while orienteer Lucy McGarva was third in 33.33.