Fidelity runs are for all

The Fidelity Fun Run Series 2009 opened impressively on Saturday as almost 200 participants assembled for the first of three weekly races around the traditional two-mile loop course.

Familiar faces were present and there was a bevy of newcomers as well.

Added in were a few returnees to the local running scene, while a number of Fidelity staffers and a large contingent from the Cadet Corps swelled the ranks at the starting line. Fidelity are kindly paying for the Cadet Corps race fees.

The series always marks an opportunity for spirited participation and the popularity of the event is emphasized by the fine turnout in all divisions.

Marius Acker is always a threat and often the favourite prediction as the winner – if Scott Brittain is not running. His recent Stroke and Stride victory shows he is in form and his lastest run in 10 minutes 7 seconds proves that.

Fellow triathlete David Walker is no slouch, however, and his runner-up mark of 10:20 bodes well for him in the next two outings. Walker was ahead for most of the race so another tussle is guaranteed on Saturday.

Third-place honours went to Tom Stephens in 11:34, with James Ogden (11:46), and Conrad Proud (11:59), rounding out the first five male finishers.

Ninth spot overall went to Beth Schreader, whose 12:10 clocking led all women across the finish.

Julie-Anne Pearson nipped Dee-An Foster (12:37.04 to 12:37.45) for second place, with other top marks being posted by Emily Davies (12:51) and Kedeen Foster (13:18).

Division winners included Reese Hoeksema, Electra McErlean, Iain McCallum, Alora Davis-Myles, Tristan von Kirchenheim, Anissa Owen, Stephens, Schreader, Acker, Pearson, Derek Larner, Sandy Hew, Chris Sutton, Caroline Courtis, Roger Davies, Mavis Davies and Jeremy Superfine.

Three prominent families who are in it again this year after competing last time are the Hoeksemas, Touheys and McErleans.

Doctor Greg Hoeksema with wife Mary and their sons Connor, 11, and Reese, nine all ran well.

The McErleans comprise of Helen and daughter Electra with dog Lola who go at a gentle pace while husband Eamon steams ahead.

The athletic Touheys include Brendan who is a PE teacher, mum Tracey and sons Ciaran and Christopher.

Marsha Ebanks, coordinator of the series for Fidelity, was delighted with the huge participation and reminded everyone that there are still two chances to join the fun.

The excitement continues on Saturday 19 September. Registration 6:30am, start time 7:30am. Entry fee $5for each outing. Information at 945-3970. Individual times and division standings will be posted on as soon as possible.

With last week’s ladies winner off-sland this time and reports that some prominent male first-week
no-shows may rise in hopes to shine, there should be a considerable change in rankings after week two.