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The forecast for Brimbank on Sunday was dire, and many or most of the Tuckonie helpers dressed in layers before staffing the tables and Start. Interest was high, though – a runner asked Warwick and Lindsay where she could get a map, and they were still putting controls out!

The fords were dry despite the rain earlier in the week, and the morning was cold but still as the first runners left the start, revelling in the park’s open going after the Macedon scrub.

It soon turned out that the conditions were appreciated – first, some of the helpers started to divest themselves of layers – and out on the course some swift times were being set. Callum White, quickest on Course 1 last week, cut his kilometre rate from 9:52 at Macedon to 6:05 at Brimbank, and still came in well behind Peter Hobbs (5:20).

And as the sun came out around noon, we could see that on all the courses bar Course 5 the leading kilometre rates had halved from Macedon (despite the steep climbs at Brimbank).

One of the other good things about the Brimbank event was that all of the starters on Course 5 finished their course, as had happened at Macedon previously. That’s encouraging!

Another encouragement: a trio of tyros arrived at Registration with no cash, just smartphones. We aren’t set up for that, so we apologetically suggested they try and get some change at the Cafe. And they did! Returned, entered, and finished their course. It does make you smile!

And remember – Brimbank is set up with a permanent course, with both physical and smartphone controls – and again, a cafe. An ideal place to show off your skills to family or friends!

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