Geelong Event Report

 Рand then it Rained !!
King of the Mountain at Montpellier

Following weeks of threatened storms for our StreetO events, the weather gods finally delivered on Thursday. None of this tropical warmth with rain though – a good old southerly buster brought in steady rain that ensured that even the best protected participant was wet to the bone. What is it with our Geelong supporters though ?? Even these conditions didn’t deter a strong roll up – was it the continuing MyOMaps trial that brought them out, or the prospect of fame and glory (and a polka dot mug !!) as we vied for the prestigious King of the Mountain title ?? Whatever the reason it was a pleasure to see the large group accepting the challenge that course setters John G and Heather L had laid out. No one could escape the need to climb the hill, and all were rewarded by the magnificent views over Geelong from this elevated position. A small group of hardy scouts helped with the numbers and they had a ball in the wet.

The challenge for the regular Geelong participants was to retain the coveted polka dot mugs in Geelong. Largely this was achieved with one exception !! In A grade Luke H was back in action and in his own neighbourhood as well, so it was no surprise to see him come in first ahead of Toby C and Andrew T. First home in B grade was Tegan W in only her third event, leading in the first male, Glenn M ahead of Heath McL and the visiting Rodney P. Peter B arrived wearing a polka dot singlet. His bravado wasnt ill-founded’, as he lead the field in C grade to take out another mug !! Next in was Frank E, with buddies Joanna R and Rebecca J the first women home. D grade had Sofie vG first ahead of Margie F, with our very own El Presidente, Mark H the first male in. Mark was the only out-of-towner to take home a polka dot mug, so well done to all the Geelong based winners in the running event !! (You’ll note that I’m claiming Peter B as one of our own !!).¬†Linelle K and Henk K (both on 62 points) were the stand out perfomers in the walking. They had a clear lead over Lynda McM (55pts) who was also well clear of the host of closely matched participants (Leonie S, Fiona K, Linden Y, Elna E and Tom F – all on 51 pts. Lorraine C and Tania McG – 50pts). Caitlin P and the Marles family were the best of the scouts on 48 points – well done !!

We are now at the mid point of the Geelong series and entering the break for the Christmas period. The Surf Coast series will operate as usual in the Saturdays through January. The start time is 4pm which allows for a family swim prior or take away dinner on the beach post-event. I’ll send a reminder before the first event to all regular Geelong series participants. Thank you for your participation and support. Enjoy the festive season – be happy and healthy !!

 

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