The first of the individual XCR events was held in near perfect conditions at the Lardner Park venue. The course varied from flat to undulating with many rough sections, plus a few ditches and fences to navigate.
Twelve Essendon runners made their way down the highway to tackle the course over 2, 3, 4 or 8Km.
Liam Adams was again our best performer, coming in 11th place in the 8k out of a good sized field of 335. Forty five year old Damien Bruneau was 50th, new member, Ryan Rodriguez 191st, Aaron Heany 281st and Steve Murphy bringing the field home in 334th place.
Bianca Puglisi and Archie Noakes won their 4k races with Ty Davis 7th.
Anthony Oliver showed promise finishing 11th in the M16 3K race, while two new members had their first run in club colours over the 2km course. Jake Smith finished in 6th spot just in front of Aiden Davis in 7th.
Rounding out our dozen runners was veteran Brian Anderson, taking advantage of the new Master’s rule, completing the 4K in 2nd place in a more than respectable time.
4km: Archie Noakes 12:10; Ty Davis 13:51;
3km: Oliver Anthony 11:08;
2km: Jake Smith 07:33; Aiden Davis 07:39;
4km: Brian Anderson 18:14;
8km: Liam Adams 25:40; Damien Bruneau 27:52; Ryan Rodriguez 33:43; Aaron Heaney 39:02; Stephen Murphy 52:37;
4km: Bianca Puglisi 14:33;