Forty-two athletes put their quads to the test at the NSW Mountain Running Championships on Saturday at Mt Burelli, Wollongong. The event was expertly hosted by Kembla Joggers.
Australian Mountain Running representatives Stephen Brown (Kembla Joggers) and Cindy King-Williams (Randwick-Botany Harriers) convincingly took out the Open titles. Brown was particularly impressive, equalling Ben Du Bois' course record of 50:07 in his two and a half minute victory over the 12km course, which included him covering the final 4km lap in just over 16 minutes.
Some of the best junior distance runners in NSW turned their attention to the mountains. NSW U18 3000m record holder Ryan Gregson (Kembla Joggers), ran away from the Gosford pair of Kevin Batt and Ben Guest to claim victory. Guest used the championships as his last run before a month long training stint in Kenya before his participation in the World Cross Country Championships.
The closest finish of the day was the junior women's event where sub-10 minute 3000m runners Bridey Delaney (St George) and Lauren McKillop (Randwick-Botany Harriers) raced neck and neck to the line, with Delaney triumphing in a final sprint to win by less than a metre.