Despite the cold and rain 80 joggers braved conditions last Sunday to take part in the annual Feral Joggers PinnacleHPC Accountants "Half on the Hill".
The "Half on the Hill" (HOTH) is a half marathon where competitors traverse a 21km course which commences and finishes at the John Piccoli Reserve above Collina Oval.
A record 54 runners registered as individuals and a further 30 competed in teams of two.
Rick Storrier from Wagga Wagga was first to cross the finish line with a time of 1h26m36s, he was followed by previous 4 times winner Aidan Fattore and in third place was Mauro Coita.
The first individual woman was Briohny Seaman with a time of 1h47m29s. Eliza Star was the second women to cross the line and in third place was Sharon Careri.
In the teams' event the father and son combination of John Johns and Michael John were the first male team, Renee Paton and Clare Vant were the first female team while Christian Callinan and Ruth Monk were the first mixed team
In addition to local residents, there were competitors from Wagga Wagga, Narrandera, Leeton, Stanbridge and Junee. With coronavirus shutting down many sporting activities visitors and locals thanked the Feral's for going ahead with the event. As a covid safety precaution competitors commenced the race in 5 separate waves ensuring social distancing.
All competitors returned covered in mud with a significant number reporting that track conditions were in places so slippery that they lost traction and embraced mother earth. Despite the wet and slippery conditions there was general good cheer as competitors related stories of how they had conquered the HOTH in adverse conditions.
In the presentation of trophies, the Feral President acknowledged that without generous sponsors the event could not be held. In particular he thanked the major sponsor PinnacleHPC Accountants. Other sponsors who supported the HOTH were Griffith City Hire, Woolworths, The Area News, Win Television, Flexible Solutions, Radio Hit99.7 and Radio Triple MMM.