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Inverloch Parkrun volunteers, including the day’s race director, Tony O’Connell, con-
gratulated Sue O’Connell and dog Layla on completing 50 Parkruns. Sue is Tony’s mum.
All comers welcome
at Invy Parkrun
YOU don’t have to be at
the front of the pack with
regular winner of the Inver-
loch Parkrun, Glenn Sulli-
van, to get the most out of
Walking, jogging or run-
ning it’s a great start to the
weekend for all ages and
And proving that cor-
rect last Saturday was Sue
O’Connell who completed
her 50th Parkrun with her
happy little pooch, Layla.
Sue, who competes in the
65-69 age group completed
her first Parkrun on No-
vember 15, 2014 and while
the likes of Glenn Sullivan
has a personal best over the
5km distance of 18.06, Mrs
O’Connell’s best is a credit-
able 44.20 but she has tak-
en as long as one hour 53
seconds for an overall aver-
age of 51.28.
But it’s not about the time
for Sue, nor is it about the
time for a lot of the people
who simply enjoy and brisk
morning walk and the en-
joyment of being part of a
And what’s not to like.
The Inverloch Parkrun en-
joys stunning views of the
coast and Anderson Inlet
for much of its length and
it’s a chance to see the day
start when only a few bike
riders and early risers are
So why not join Sue and
the other walkers, or maybe
you’d like to try to chase
down Glenn... Either way
it’s a great start to the day.
There were 140 partici-
pants in last Saturday’s run
won by Glenn Sullivan, his
41st win in 119 runs. The
first woman over the line
was Brianna Matthews in
22.21, just a snap outside
her PB of 21.16.
Tony O’Connell welcomes everyone to Saturday’ Inver-
loch Park Run, which featured a number of visiting run-
Kids cop a lesson in safety
Big response: Wonthaggi Bicycle Patrol Police Officers Troy Burge and Ian Bruhn attracted
plenty of interest at an Inverloch caravan park last week when they offered a safety session
for young visitors.
INVERLOCH Surfside resi-
dents were given some valu-
able lessons in safety over the
holiday period courtesy of two
very special guests.
Senior Constable Troy Burge
and Leading Senior Constable
Ian Bruhn from Wonthaggi Bi-
cycle Patrol visited the park to
talk to children and their par-
ents about bicycle safety.
The two officers fielded
questions from the audience,
while reminding them of the
importance of wearing helmets
and looking out for vehicles at
Kempster said the information
session not only reinforced
safe riding on the roads, but
also in the park.
“With so many children rid-
ing their bicycles, scooters and
skateboards around, we want
to make sure they stay safe
and not have anything happen
that may spoil their holiday,”
The officers received the
grateful thanks from all in-
volved at the end of the ses-
In Leongatha Velodrome action last Friday, January 20 Will Lumby was trying to hold off
a fast-finishing Oliver McLean and Thomas McFarlane during the eight lap scratch race on
Friday night ultimately won by Thomas McFarlane, Will Lumby and Oliver McLean filling
Action on the track at Leongatha
The Leongatha Cycling Club’s 2017 track sea-
son moved from training to racing on Friday
The earlier rain had passed and whilst it was
cool and with a light wind it was pretty good
conditions for racing.
The juniors were missing and still on holi-
days but there was a good field of A grade rid-
ers. Several riders put in personal best times
for the 1 lap time trial to start the night of.
In the A grade section, Thomas McFarlane
(30.37 sec) had to put down a good ride to
stay ahead of Will Lumby (30.54sec new PB). It
was a similar situation with Harrison McLean
(32.14sec) having his first ride for the sea-
son just managing to stay ahead of brother
Oliver (32.68sec new PB) and Dylan Adams
(33.22sec). Kaleb Jans rode 41.14 sec with the
head wind start not to he liking.
The riders then had an 8 lap scratch race which
went smoothly until 3 laps to go when Dylan Ad-
ams upped the ante. However, his big ride to the
National Road titles did not help in the run to the
line as Thomas McFarlane lead home Will Lumby
and Oliver McLean for the placings.
After a short rest the riders were back on
the track for a “tempo” race over 12 laps. The
first 5 laps had the riders swapping turns but
from then on the first rider over the line grabs
2 points and the second rider 1 point each lap.
There were several riders working to get points
early before Thomas McFarlane attacked and
skipped away to take the next 5 laps and finish
on 10 points. Will Lumby secured 7 points for
2nd place whilst Oliver McLean on 3 points had
With a bit of juggling the riders had 2 heats
for the 1 lap handicap as there was not enough
pushers to have them all in the 1 race so the
riders raced 2 heats to get 4 into the final. The
final saw Will Lumby (scr) storm home over the
last 200 metres to take a convincing win ahead
of Kaleb Jans (75) and Harrison McLean (30)
in 3rd place. Will rode the final 1 sec quicker
than the heat which was equivalent to about
15m which was the margin he won by.
The A grade riders were split into 2 teams
for an Olympic sprint over 1.5 laps. The team
of Thomas McFarlane, Dylan Adams and Har-
rison McLean put down a good first rider effort
and held their lead to the finish with a time of
47.62 sec to Team B (Will, Oliver and Thomas
Fitzgerald) with a time of 48.12 sec.
The last race for the night was an elimination
race. Several riders were squeezed into awk-
ward places but managed to escape and survive
to the final laps. Oliver McLean kept an aggres-
sive attitude throughout and this enabled him
to go through to win from Thomas McFarlane
and Will Lumby.
Riders should note that the Club Track Titles
will be held on Feb 10, weather permitting. Next
Wednesday night the twilight Gippsland Road
series gets underway at Hazelwood so riders
should make sure they have a current licence to
race for 2017. Track training has shifted from
Wednesday night to Monday night to accommo-
date this series. The Tuesday club meeting has
scheduled the road season to start on April 1.
Contributed by Lindsay Love.
Numbers return to Little Aths
ATHLETES’ numbers are slowly returning to
Wonthaggi Little Athletics with the school holi-
days almost over.
A reminder to parents that time is running
out for Regional registrations. The closing date
is Monday, January 30.
This week Baia Pugh broke the Under 10
Girls 1100m record in a time of 4:15.46.
The following athletes also performed mul-
tiple personal bests.
4 PBs: U9B: Jake Marotta, High Jump, Shot
Put, 800m, 100m
3 PBs: U6B: Nash Adams, 100m, 50m,
Discus. U6G: Indi Keady, Discus, 50m, Long
Jump. U8G: Hope Oats, 200m, Turbo Javelin,
Long Jump. U10B: Saxon Saunders, 100m,
200m, High Jump. U10G: Claudia Reed, 100m,
Isaac Shaw competing in the Wonthaggi
Little Athletics’ Under 12 Boys sprints.
Ellie Donelly (U6 Girls) shows her style in
the Wonthaggi Little Athletics’ sprint events
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