Sprint finish on Scenic Hill

HARD YAKKA: Jack Mingay puts his head down as he treks along Scenic Hill last Saturday. PHOTO: Anthony Stipo
HARD YAKKA: Jack Mingay puts his head down as he treks along Scenic Hill last Saturday. PHOTO: Anthony Stipo

New recruit Andres Alduan from Spain barely managed to hold on for a win at the Griffith Feral Joggers run on Scenic Hill on Saturday.

The newcomer finished ahead of the rampaging pair of Jamie Ross and Karin Penninga.

With one win from one run, things can only go downhill so perhaps it is time for Alduan to retire.

Behind him, it was a serious sprint finish between Ross and Penninga – both of whom are old and wise enough to know better.

In the end, they shared the spoils of second place.

They both sliced another minute from their enjoyment of the nature of the hill.

Obviously, it took more than just the sprint but Penninga got fastest on the day and the best time of the competition so far.

Not only that but, also, her triple of seconds gives her a handy lead in the long course point-score.

Ross sits in second in an otherwise bunched field.

Down at 26th, Aidan Fattore was a very lonely last to start.

While he didn’t rush around the course, he still recorded the fastest time while competition fastest Narelle Lagergren was threatening a personal worst before the start – and probably achieved it – to finish well back.

Angus and Hamish made it a one-two for the Gunns in the short course.

To top it off, it was a competition best for Hamish.

In sixth, Louise Gunn was not far off making it a clean sweep of podiums for the family.

Cooper Savage was equal second followed by Michael Turnell at fourth who is slowly rising up the charts and was the highest-placed adult.

Ella Savage was fastest in eighth position.

The Feral Joggers must be a content lot as they re-elected the executive of the club without any changes or controversy at the annual general meeting on Monday night.

The joggers will once again be led by Adam Johnson as president, Anthony Salmon as secretary, Sandra Altin as treasurer and the bulk of the diligent committee staying on for another action-packed year.

Also at the meeting, long time – and one of the original joggers from the 70s – Bob Barker was rewarded as the newest addition to the list of life members.

Barker was a mover and shaker in all the early activities of the club including the beginnings of the Bacchus, the Town to Lake, the infamous Thursday runs and the annual pilgrimage to the City to Surf where he developed his sharp elbows and still plods the hills on a Saturday afternoon.

The Griffith Feral Joggers run from the water tower opposite Pioneer Park each Saturday at 4:30pm.

There is a choice of short or long courses over the tracks and trails of the hill.

Runners are encouraged to arrive early to register.