January 7, 2012
Winter Trail Run Series WTRS 12K Story - January 7, 2012
G’Day… to one and all.
My need to do a good job is made easy with a good support team and do I have a good one. Of course the magic weather did help, we are so bloody lucky! We scored another winner in Blue Jay for the first of the 2012 WTRS, how much better could it get? One hopes the newbies are entertained with the show, I do really enjoy myself up there and our counter actions make it easy for me. Maybe there is life after a half marathon or a 10K on roads in Irvine!!
The nice work Bill and Sandy do plus my 4 beasties from the other side of the mountains. Must mention our girl Lauren, she worked hard all day….she is a little beauty. Seems our little trail races attract some of the top runners around judging by the finish times. Running 7.9 miles of rocky terrain under an hour seems unbelievable (me mate Doug corrected my 12K distance!!! ) The 148 finishers was the second highest turn-out for our series that started 20 years ago. The Forest Service will be happy with the number being under our limit of 150 runners per race. Which tells me at sometime I may have to ask all entrants to enter even earlier… would hate to turn anyone away!
As a few of you noticed I had a fall before the race… my football (soccer) mate questioned me about my home team of Coventry, England….. Coventry City are bottom of the Championship League table. Must have affected me in a strange way and down I went… cuts/blood and all, reminded me of my boxing ring days in OZ. So don’t tell me about your falls on the trail, one fall is too many of course, just hoping those who did see stars can mend before January 21. Those dam rocks, you know I am working on it!
The race itself was won by one tough runner; Jon Clark found it hard going before his mate Kevin Gillotti backed off. New-comer Liam Clemens was just over a minute back and local boy Christian Haymes took third overall and only 30 seconds behind Liam. The women have a new champ to follow… 19 year-old Sara Howard came in 11th overall and is following in her famous father’s footsteps in off-road running. Hope she comes back with her dad Jim one day. Second place was local runner Annie Cernia 8 minutes behind Sara. Stephanie Smith was full of smiles crossing the finish line in third… could it have been my open arms!!! The awards went well with only minor abuse and I hope everyone enjoys are little raffle. Thanks to New Balance and my mate Bob at “A Snail Pace” for the nice shirts etc. They are a good team and we appreciate their support.
Anyway this is me opening a bottle of red after a long day at my Blue Jay office. I am hoping to see most of you again soon. I am still amazed how many old mates are turning up out of the blue… runners I haven’t seen since I wore a bib number! As you may have notice the series expanded by one event… that will test those who challenge the mountain trails around Blue Jay. If you have any photos you think would be nice to show on my site, please send to Doug. Again thanks for coming, must mention the 7 Diaz family members…. they sure can talk; I do like to think it is one big family we have. Enter early don’t forget, now is a good time!
Much Love Big BAZ XXXX
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