15 Apr 2019
Penrose and Kier claim Novice titles
In perfect Autumn conditions the 107th Novice State Championships were held in conjunction with the St George Classic, part of the Waratah Run Series, at the iconic Scarborough Park at Ramsgate on Saturday.
The true spirit of the Novice State Championships were on show when Paige Penrose (KEJ) and Will Kier (UTN) were crowned champions. Making a return to athletics, teenager Penrose won the 7km race in 26:27 from 15-year-old Eleanor Miller (RBH) in second. Kier, won his first Athletics NSW state medal, claiming the win in 32:54.
Paige Penrose’s strength over the later part of the race, brought her home to gold.
“I was just behind her (Miller) for most of the race until the last short lap,” said Penrose.
She was inspired to return to athletics after time in the military.
“I ran in the Airforce last year and started running there and when I came home my mum asked her physio for a recommendation.”
The youthful Miller came close to winning, a feat her mother, Liz a 19-time NSW state champion, never achieved.
In the men’s 10km race, the Nick Bromley-coached Will Kier, was a comfortable winner by 31 seconds. Kier’s win in the black and red colours of leading NSW club UTS Norths, was the first for the club in 50 years, since Bruce Adams won the title in 1969, on the last occasion the event was conducted over 5 miles, before switching to the now 10km distance.
Open events the winners were:
7km men – Chris Truscott REJ 23:22
7km women – Belinda Martin ILL 24:29
10km men – John Bartlett 32:40
10km women – Amelia Gorman 45:52
David Tarbotton for Athletics NSW
Image: Paige Penrose winner of the women’s Novice title (courtesy of David Tarbotton)