This week saw the Winter competition grand final for the Griffith Jogger on Scenic Hill and Ava Low could have stayed away because she had the trophy won after last week's run.
Despite having the luxury of being able to jog around and wave like the Queen, she still ran flat chat for eleventh place. She is off a near maximum twelve minute start time, she ran the fastest time in ten years last week with her 15:58, and was only a few seconds slower than that this week.
If you are wondering where the talent comes from, her mum Barbara was by far the quickest walker on the day with her 8:20 min/km pace, more than a minute per kilometre faster than most of us. Ruby Kenny took line honours thanks to a big up in pace.
Hamish Gunn landed a whopper with second place in his first Short run for this competition after a string of Long runs, his 14:39 was the fastest of the competition and just one second off Pearson Kasawaya's time of last year. Jai Kenny was third with a pb, and made up most of those places on the Burnt Car track where he barely touched the ground, while Callum Vecchio improved his best by thirty seconds.
Cooper Savage beat father Rodney by four places and more than a minute, a sign of the times, and such was the speed of the field on the day that Connor Moore ran faster than last week and dropped five places to sixth, while Sandy Salton was the highest placed oldie.
It was a closer race for the Long course trophy and the result was not sealed until the finish line. Both Fiona Fattore returning to the Hill, and Anna Ross new to the Hill, have been quicker week by week, and Anna needed a high placing in the final with Fiona wilting down the list.
Anna ran another minute faster for fourth - you can't do more than that – and Fiona ran another thirty seconds faster for seventh to make safe the trophy, scoring the best time of the day and the competition, and she needed time after the line to realign the electrons before she could enjoy the moment.
Anna is the first Russian trophy holder and gets the only runner-up trophy the Joggers own. Natalie Schmitzer cleared away from the field for line honours, and it was great to see Teresa Burgess back up there in the placings at second, fully recovered and rested following her London Marathon. Brendon Sinclair at third is challenging John Dodd as the club's wildest yoyo, back to his best by the look of this run, with Di Keenan fifth, Sarah Burgess at sixth couldn't catch mum, and Sharon Careri scored a pb at eighth.
Stewart Wood at ninth would have been pleased with his runs this competition - not his fastest, but consistent, and the same could be said for Adrian Baird at tenth, while Aidan Fattore was fastest at midfield.
Next week the Solstice Cup will be an orienteering style run, designed to be fun and easy, just a bit different to normal so be brave, and bring a sense of adventure. Bring a time device if you can, as you have a target time to be back by.