Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Walhalla 50km Wound Up

50km event- This event attracted 13 starters with Tim Cochrane setting the pace early. Tim suffered badly near the end having raced the Sandown 10km the day before and ran 113km at Wilson Promontory 2 weeks earlier. Kelvin Marshall the legend of Ultra Marathon’s ran his fastest time for this course to thoroughly deserve his win. After coming 3rd 3 times and 2nd once in the history of the race it was good to see such an adamant supporter of long distance racing have a win. Tim held on for second from David Bradford who was just in front of the fast finishing Sandra Timmer-Arends. Sandra had her 4th straight win in this race but this was probably one of her best. Not known for her liking to Cross-Country running the wet conditions turned a lot of the course into Cross-Country like conditions. Sandra ploughed through the course to be only 9 minutes short of her female course record set in 2004. Rob Embelton and Kevin Cassidy successfully completed their 5th Walhalla Ultra while Brian Glover pushed race director Bruce Salisbury all the way.
Results- 1st Outright Male Kelvin Marshall, 1st Outright Female Sandra Timmer-Arends. 1st Open Male Tim Cochrane.1st Vet Male Kelvin Marshall, 2nd Vet Male David Bradford, 3rd Vet Male Ian Twite.1st Vet Female Sandra Timmer-Arends.Times: Kelvin Marshall 4:18:05, Tim Cochrane 4:27:57, David Bradford 4:28:03, Sandra Timmer-Arends 4:28:31, Ian Twite 4:47:06, Rob Embelton 5:02:10, David Styles 5:17:34, Nick Thompson 5:29:46, Kevin Cassidy 5:29:56, Gary Wise 5:37:20, Bruce Salisbury 6:32:33, Brian Glover 6:40:30, Peter Gray 9:41:37.

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