Tough conditions for second event of the Albany Athletics Club’s three-race series but half beat times from previous week

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Runners tackle the sandy course.
Camera IconRunners tackle the sandy course.

Pre-race conditions for the second event of the Albany Athletics Club’s three-race series on Sunday at Terry Road were not ideal.

Chilly conditions, along with buffeting winds, a gloomy sky and a sloppy course in parts from some overnight rain, meant those who fronted up were very brave.

Despite this, a remarkable nine of the 18-runner field actually recorded faster times than they achieved the previous week.

In the 2km event, fleet-footed Jindy Boyle showed the way with a sizzling sub 12-minute time of 11min. 35sec.

Apparently he was unconcerned by the conditions, and is improving with each run.

A determined Callum Benson held off an equally passionate Luke Hutton for the minor placings.

In the 4km event, two promising juniors, Caleb Benson and PG van Wyk, filled the first two places.

Although improving on his previous run, Benson was not in his usual sparkling form, but van Wyk is improving with each run and getting close to the 20-minute barrier. In his debut cross-country run, Tim Beech was a creditable third and Carelize van Wyk, another junior, was the first female to finish the event.

Barend Joubert again took hold of the 6km event, outlasting veterans Jeff Douglas and Caroline Evans, but Evans took a monumental four minutes off her previous best time on the course last week.

The Terry Road series ends next Sunday with the traditional championship run.

Members who have taken part in the three events this year are eligible to claim a title, but the club encourages all members and visitors to take part.

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