Black Mountain Challenge
5kms on bike path and road
Black Mountain peninsular to Black Mountain summit, ACT
Sunday 11 December 2011
Race report by Ian Boyd:
For the first time anyone could remember, steady rain greeted competitors as they checked in for the 23rd annual Runners Shop Brooks Black Mountain Challenge. By the time they lined up for the start, however, the rain had slowed to a drizzle. There was a record number of 138 entrants and it was anticipated that late entries would result in a record field but the morning rain led to record number of no shows (36) and with a small number of late entrants, the relatively small field of 118 lined up at the start line. Included in the field were four members of Rob de Castella’s Indigenous Marathon Project, as well as their coach Tim Rowe who took the field out very hard from the gun. Tim knew he would be in trouble on the climb so he tried to get as much distance between himself and the rest of the field before the start of the climb. He was successful in that he led a chasing four runners by about one hundred metres at the start of Black Mountain Drive but as the mountain began to bite last year’s three placegetters, John Winsbury, Nick Walshe and Jono Windsor began to pull him back. This year it was Jono who had the form and he surged past Tim with John close behind. At the top of the mountain, Jono stopped the clock at 18.39 with John second in 18.44 and Tim third in 18.59. Nick was fourth in 19.35. Jeff Grey was the first veteran in 23.07 while Kurt Olsen was the first junior in 21.57 but neither challenged the untouchable veteran and junior records of Gerard Ryan (18.15) and Paul Crake (18.34), respectively. Competition in the superveteran category (60 years and older) was less intense than in recent years with Peter Clarke having his second successive victory in 23.42, 50 seconds faster than last year but outside Kent Williams 2006 supervet record (22.52).
In the female event, there was a good battle between last year’s winner Vanessa Haverd and the winner for the previous two years, Jessamy Hosking. Jessamy made it 3 in 4 years with a winning time of 22.45 with Vanessa second in 23.00. Melissa Clarke was third with a 53 second PB of 24.17. Not far behind was Belinda Allison with a two minute PB (24.44) and Emma Adams (24.45) who was the first veteran, equalling her 2007 PB. Emma was well outside Fiona Jorgensen’s untouchable veteran record (21.17) set in 1999. In the junior section, nine year old Riley Lane was first across the line in 33.07 but she was also well outside the junior female record set by Emily Brichacek in 2008 (21.10) which also appears untouchable. In the supervet section, Kathy Sims (28.20) was a clear winner but Sue Archer’s 2009 record (26.23) was not challenged.
There were no changes to the either male or female race rankings and after 21 years it will take a class run to enter the rankings.
After the completion of the run, finishers and their families enjoyed a breakfast of fruit salad and bread subsidised by that long time supporter of ACT Athletics, Baker’s Delight. The race prizes and barrel draws were sponsored by The Runners Shop and Brooks.
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