Uphill battle in the rain

Uphill battle in the rain

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Rain did not slow the 82 runners who participated in Sunday’s Armadale half marathon and its two minor races of 10 and five kilometres.

The half marathon saw 64 runners conquer the treacherous uphill course, which at its highest peak was 280-metres above sea level with some gradients reaching 16 to 20 per cent.

Podium finishes in the men’s category went to Chris Lark in first (1:27:52), Rob Badger second (1:29:45) and Radek Dzitkowski in third (1:35:15).

In the women’s division first place went to Georgie Smith (1:42:31), Elyse Cripps took out second (1:47:59) and Harmony Waite stole third (1:58:21).

Lark, from Beeliar, specialises in the half marathon distance and said the Armadale course was likely the toughest he had ever done.

“I really do enjoy the hills in the halfs but Armadale was tough, running non stop uphill,” he said.

“Getting 1:27:52 is seven minutes slower than my personal best this year so those hills definitely slow everyone down.

“It’s probably the most challenging course and coming in first was excellent, I couldn’t be happier.”

Women’s third placer Waite, from Upper Swan, agreed that the course was tough but said it was one of her favourite races.

“It was very scenic and pretty, which is always a nice distraction while racing,” she said.

“About halfway down the hill I realised I was on track to get sub two-hours and I also knew I was fourth female so it was a sprint finish to get third place.

“I was absolutely thrilled that my efforts paid off with a place and such a great time with only one minute off my personal best.”

Fifteen runners battled the 10-kilometre route.

In the men’s Robert McManus took first (00:46:05) with Jack Griffiths second (00:51:25) and Aaron Field third (00:56:09).

In the ladies’ it was Tania Mercado first (1:03:58) with Jocelyn Martin second (1:10:02) and Chantelle Vorenberg taking third (1:10:29).

The five kilometre event only had three participants – junior runner Dylan Bailey sped through the course to take it out in a fast 00:21:16, closely followed by Helen Savage (00:28:01) and Lauren Shelley (00:34:50).