Weekend Wrap: Hobart Mara, NSW 10,000m Champs & Two Bays

This weekend saw various distance running events across Australia, from track and road to trail. The main race was the annual Hobart Marathon. The highlight from the day would have to have been the half marathon, where Liam Adams ran a sensational 64:44 to run away from Nick Earl (65:21) and Hugh Williams (65:57) who showed a great return to form. Local runner Meriem Daoui took out the women’s half in 1:16:35, with Charlotte Wilson (1:20:57) and Kylie Smith (1:31:44) completing the podium. In the marathon Dane Verwey ran a solid 2:24:54 to narrowly beat Dion Finocchiaro (2:25:03) and Samuel Gebremichael (2:25:35). A PB performance of 2:51:26 saw Gemma Jenkins of NSW comfortably win the women’s race ahead of Melanie McDonald (2:57:04) with Rachael Glasson in third (2:57:22). The highlight of the 10km race was Madeline Heiner winning the women’s in 33:57, which is a fast time on an undulating course.

Full results here: https://secure.tiktok.biz/results/cadburymarathon/2018

Newcastle hosted the New South Wales 10,000m titles on Saturday evening. Runners were faced with tough conditions with a hot, windy night far from favourable for fast times. In a sign of the times for the sport, possibly also reflecting a poor decision to host the event away from Homebush and in early January, only 3 women contested the title, however that didn’t stop Celia Sullohern smashing out a sizzling 32:56 to take the win. Behind her was Anna Fitzgerald (36:58) and Chloe Skewes-Weir (43:59). The men’s race saw Matt Cox roll around comfortably in 31:31 with Ben Toomey second (31:56) and Sean Bowes rounding out the podium (32:52).

Full results here: http://nswathletics.info/liveresults/2018/nsw_10k/

In the trail scene there was the Two Bays Trail Run in Victoria. The 56km event is fast and flat, and while the fields were lack lustre in terms of depth, a couple regulars of the scene toed the line to take the wins. Lucy Bartholomew was leading lady in a new course record (4hr33m), Tash Fraser 2nd (4hr49) and Amelia Griffith 3rd (5hr10). Majell Backhaussen comfortably won the men’s in 4:15:56, with the always smiling Ash Bennett 3rd (4:30) and Kay Bretz 3rd (4:36).