The weather Gods decided to play role reversal this weekend, with Queensland experiencing weather that was more akin to Victoria and vice versa.
The Blackall 100 is where we’ll start proceedings with some fine performances, particularly from a strong Queensland female contingent of runners. There were course records all around, although the course was not the official one, but word on the street from race director Alun Davies was that the revised course was slightly harder. But, it’s horses for courses, depending upon who you speak to.
Charlie Boyle and Chrissy Redwood led from the front, smoking the rain right out of the Blackall ranges with times of 9:08 and 11:17 respectively – and while the much cooler temperatures made life far easier than if it had been hot, the torrential rain certainly made standing up straight an issue. No word of a lie, it rained solid all day bar the first hour of the race. It was awesome fun!
Following Chrissy in the ladies race were Jessica Schluter in a time of 11:49 for second and Hayley Teale in third with a time of 11:56. Meagan Sims just behind Hayley for fourth in a time of 11:57 and Shona Stephenson fifth in 12:11.
In the men’s race. The ever impressive Stephen Rennick was second to Charlie in a time of 10:04 with Daniel Lucas third in a time of 10:36.
In the Blackall 50km, Darryl Taylor took out another course record in a time of 4:01 with Phoebe Nance winning the ladies in 4:46.
Ned Kelly Chase Results
Down in Victoria, the Ned Kelly Chase took place and while we’re still awaiting the official results, from what I can make out on the live tracking, Tash Fraser took out all before her with a win in a time of 8hrs 16mins. Corrina Black a speedy second in 9:01 and Amelia Griffith third in 9:53.
In the men’s race, Daragh O’Loughlin took out the win in a time of 8:57, Mak Sawa second in 9:04 and Luke Mulley third in 9:11.