Ronan Foolkes maintained a steady pace out in the front pack of the 5km race.
Ronan Foolkes maintained a steady pace out in the front pack of the 5km race. MEGAN LEWIS

Runners race hard in rain

IT was the first race for the Harvey Norman 5-Race 5km Series and not even ex-tropical cyclone Olga could stand in the way of a competitive field of runners.

The main 5km run, which started at the Showgrounds, was over in about 17 minutes with Dilan Nankivell out in the lead in front of Fin Turley and Ben Wriede who were nipping at his heels.

President of the Rocky Road Runners Glen Sheppard said the race was a strong battle with 15 seconds dividing the three top runners.

“Dilan took off straight away and went out very early and started a cracking pace,” Sheppard said.

But in the end Turley and Wriede couldn’t catch the speedster who took the race with Wriede in second and Turley in third.

In the women’s 5km race it was a similar story with Catherine Keohane wasting no time to claim her race, with Caitlyn Mawn short behind in second and Anna Keleher in third.

“Catherine is a pretty strong runner and she would have been the fittest one at the moment,” Sheppard said.

“There was a fair bit of distance in the women’s race and it was spread out a bit more – but it was still a very strong field.”

But there was no mistaking who would pinch the first race in the 10km race with James Askin keeping the pace with the 5km competitors.

“James started with the lead pack and then he sort of just dropped off a little bit because they were the 5km boys - but he still had a healthy lead and a very fast pace,” he said.

Askin capped off the race with a two minute lead over second place getter Scott Lawton and Roscoe McDonnell in third.

Sarah Kelland kept a steady pace in her 10km race and claimed first place with ease in front of Fran O’Connor and Julie McCormack.

Sheppard said the first race of the five round series was extremely successful with more than 120 competitors total in the races.

“A lot of people achieved a lot of personal goals, and we thought the windy conditions would affect our numbers but they were still strong.”

Race two of the Harvey Norman 5-Race 5km Series will be held on March 7 and Sheppard said the next race will be even more strong and competitive.



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