Competitive running for 2005 got underway this past weekend with the first of the three-race Fidelity Fun Run Series.
Several new faces were seen at the starting line, said race organiser Jerry Harper. The mix of newcomers with the usual band of veterans made the early Saturday morning pavement pounding an enthusiastic and proper start for the New Year.
Although almost every age-group included at least one entry, there are still plenty of opportunities for additional contestants to share in the awards which will be presented following the third outing.
On Saturday, Steve Jacoby set the pace for future opponents to aim at, as he cruised the two-mile loop to win comfortably in 10:45. Runnerup was Lindenwood University middle distance runner Andrew Ibeh. J.P. Hanekom took third-place honours. For the women, Emily Davies was first in a time of 13:04. Gillian Roffey was second and Monique Mellis third. Paul Drake was the fastest pram pusher on the day. Other category leaders included Victoria Tweedie, Maria Leonce, Mavis Davies, John Tweedie, James Tweedie, Eamon McEarlean, Max Obrist and John Elliott.
The action continues this Saturday, January 15, starting on Walker’s Road opposite John Gray High School. Registration for first-timers and check in for those already having participated begins at 6:30am. The race is scheduled to start at 7:30am.
The fee for each of the next two races is $5 and includes refreshments as well as shirts and awards to be given after the third race. There will also be random prize give-aways.
For more information, call the Phoenix Athletic Club at 945-3970.