4 August 2018
Successful Run Festival launch
Athletics NSW’s new recreational race, the Run Festival, had a successful launch yesterday as strong numbers competed at the Upjohn Park course in Rydalmere. As a scoring event for the various winter awards it witnessed some movement as we neared the event of the season.
Running three laps over the 2km circuit, Sydney Uni’s Holly Campbell was an untroubled winner. After the first lap, she had built up a 13 seconds margin over team mate Sarah Marvin and Sutherland’s Noni Cooper. She extended that to 31 seconds by 4km and 48 seconds at the finish to clock 21:52. Marvin ran home in second with 22:40, just edging Cooper by two seconds. In fourth, and returning to competition was Kate Spencer (UTN) with 23:12.
The results had an impact on the Female Distance Runner of the Year award with Holly Campbell shooting into the lead by just one points and third placegetter Noni Cooper moving into second.
With the half marathon and marathon remaining, the points are:
49 Holly Campbell SYU, 48 Noni Cooper SUT, 46 Lara Hamilton SYU, 33 Belinda Martin ILL & Paige Campbell SYU
In the men’s 6km it looked like an upset was on. Pre-race favourite, marathoner Matt Cox (BAN) started conservatively and was in equal second after the first lap, with his Bankstown team mate Bryce Anderson in the lead by seven seconds. It remained the race positions until nearing the start of the final lap, when Cox’s marathon strength showed, and he moved ahead. Over the last lap, Cox extended the lead to 12 seconds finishing in a time of 19:08, leading home a Bankstown trifecta, ahead of a Sydney University trifecta, led by Joe Burgess.
In the Male Distance Runner of the Year award Ed Goddard UTN) looks to have an unassailable lead unless Jordan Gusman sneaks in a training run in the half marathon. Goddard can’t race the half marathon as he will be competing in the Australian cross country that weekend. The points standards are: 55 Ed Goddard UTN, 50 Jordan Gusman BAN, 37 Kieran Tall SSR, 32 Rorey Hunter BAN.
David Tarbotton for Athletics NSW
Image: Holly Campbell (image courtesy of David Tarbotton)