Harriers conquer an old favourite in Chook Hill

All smiles: Alysha Duncan, Catherine Leonard and Kathleen Kent, wearing their new Harriers caps. photograph supplied



TO Morwell’s north, just off Maryvale Road amongst pine plantation, the Chook Hill 5.8km, an old favourite of the Traralgon Harriers, attracted strong participation of 55 runners and walkers.
The course consisted of a single lap over gravelly and sandy logging tracks with some steep climbs incorporated.
Weather conditions were mild, but humid.
The standout result of the field was that of junior, Dylan Mbulawa, a Harriers’ newcomer and someone of considerable running ability.
His finishing time of 26min. 8sec. saw him finish eighth outright over a moderately difficult course.
Yani Cornthwaite is consistently dominating the female category, finishing more than two minutes ahead of her nearest rival, Liz Kenney, with Alysha Duncan a further four minutes behind.
Yani is venturing into ultra-distance running, having entered the Duncan’s Run 50km trail run to be staged from the Tarra-Bulga National Park on March 19.
Her speed should be useful here when combined with the ability to endure.
Greg Semmler, wearing his new, hi-tech $250 running shoes, strode out to gradually gain an insurmountable lead, despite not feeling in his best form to record the quickest time outright.
Ian Cornthwaite was battling unsuccessfully to catch him and finished 42 seconds behind, while another experienced veteran, Glenn Graham, beginning to regain some of his usual strong form, finished next.
Tomorrow night’s event is over a new 5km course beginning from the western end of Kay Street, Traralgon and then following the bike path towards Morwell.
Please arrive well before 6pm to register and warm-up.
For further information: traralgonharriers.org.au
RESULTS: Greg Semmler 22:28, Ian Cornthwaite 23:10, Glenn Graham 24:44, Miles Verschuur 24:55, Shane Gavin 24:58, Darrel Cross 25:34, Steve Renehan 26:03, Dylan Mbulawa 26:08, Yani Cornthwaite 26:34, Warren Shields 26:37, Jason Odlum 26:53, Owen Notting 27:42, Tobiasz Grzmil 28:12, Pete Sanders 28:25, Chris Van Unen 28:27, Liz Kenney 28:47, Stephen McLeod 28:49, Giuseppe Marino 29:10, Gary Fox 30:00, Dave Mann 30:45, David Barr 31:34, Jack Marino 32:09, Alysha Duncan 32:42, Ron Verschuur 33:23, Phill Mayer 33:45, Kate Mayer 33:45, Andrew Legge 34:15, Lucy Magaldi 35:02, Cynthia Rodriguez 35:03, Kathleen Kent 35:16, Catherine Leonard 36:04, Tania Whitehead 36:15, Sheryl Miller 36:16, Desley Tulloch 37:11, Collette Hofmann 38:05, Callie Cook 38:21, David Hood 38:46, Michael Walker 38:46, Mandy Ellis 38:48, Vicky Aitkens 38:55, Belinda Heafield 40:58, Kylee Earl 43:44, Ian Heafield 44:27, Alli Triggs 46:43, Ann Bomers 47:36, Barry Higgins 51:30, Maree Graham 52:44, Peter Grixti 52:50, Bob Duljas 52:57, Desmond Dalton 54:54, Elly Dalton 54:54, Kathy Quinn 64:00, Michell Colwell 64:00.