The 2nd weekend in August with the Sun shining, Clear skies, 85’000 people towing the start line and Enda out with his 1001 excuses it could only mean one thing? Yep, the annual pilgrimage to Bondi and the City to Surf was on again.
No surprise to see a massive turnout from the HuRTS boys and girls for this one and with perfect conditions and with the squad in fine form it was always going to be a morning for a few PBs over the tough 14ks.
A good warm up before around the stone gates area with the tension mounting by the minute, then a jog over to the start line with plenty of ‘Hello’s to every second person in the ‘Preferred Area’ as we gathered for our final race plans.
We were soon away to the normal fast start as we tried to settle early. I tucked myself onto girl in form Anna Fitzgerald then joined soon after by Swim Mentor Pete Walker, and Super Kev, Got a blast from a big booming South African voice of Anthony ‘Ronnie’ Biggs of ‘C’mon HuRTs lets smash this hill before the start of Heartbreak’ …. And that was basically the last I saw of them as they powered ahead. Labored my way up over the hills but was lucky (for me anyway) that Anna was also having an ‘Off day’ as she never got away from me at any stage. I never really picked it up at any stage even coming down and finished with my slowest time in about 12 years with a 53.47
Some super fast times from the team with old Warhorse Chris (C.T) Truscott running in his 47th straight City to Surf storming around in 46.14 for 28th overall and claiming 1st HuRT home for the day. Barts had bragging rights over the Chairman Tommy H for the day not far behind to round out the top 3. Other great runs to break the magic 50 minutes were from Rich Palmer, Enda Stankard, David Sharp (2 minute PB), and James ‘Kenny’ Everett,
My run of the day though must go to HuRTS #1 girl…. Lady Laura James who was 5th female with a cracker of a time of 50.37, just beating Smolly home by the smallest of margins as we put the ‘CHICKED’ asterix beside his name.
Other notable good runs that gained some members a solid PB for the day were, Charlie “Warrior’ Dalziell (25 seconds), Renee Simon (85 secs), Anthony ‘Ronnie Biggs (28 secs), Jeet Aich (72 secs) and Jamie Stewart (80 secs), Craig “The Kilted Scot” Wiseman (3mins), Dr Skins (2.5 mins)
Times for the Day (sorry if I missed anyone)
Chris “C.T” Truscott 46.14 (28th overall)
John “Barts” Bartlett 46.36 (32nd overall)
Tom “Chairman” Highnam 46.42 (36th overall)
Ben O’Brien 48.34
James ‘Kenny’Everett 48.47 (PB)
John Denavi 49.17
Richard Palmer 49.22 (PB)
Enda ‘Echinacea Stankard 49.26 (PB)
Jamie Stewart 49.33 (PB)
David Sharp 49.44 (PB)
Jason ‘Gangster’ Ibrahim 50.08
Richard Green 50.12
Laura “lady” James 50.37 (PB – 5th female)
Mark ‘Smolly Smolonogov 50.37 (chicked)
James Lambert 50.38
Glen Sauer 50.55
Dominik Dumaine 50.57
Phil Woods 51.06
Kevin ‘Super Kev’ Branagan 51.11
James Taffy Lad’ Matthews 51.37
Angus Boyd 51.51
Alex ‘Claude’ Van Nale 51.53
Peter Walker 52.28
Anthony ‘Ronnie’ Biggs 52.32 (PB)
Sam Towill 53.19
Anna Fitzgerald 53.25
Paul Lynch 53.36
Geoff Cooper 53.38
“Young” Timmy Lindop 53.47
Indrajeet Aich 54.12(PB)
Greta Truscott 54.39
Craig Wiseman 54.43 (PB)
Dr Skins 54:59 (PB)
Peter Bickerton 55.03
Charlie “Warrior” Dalziell 55.33 (PB)
Frik Dreyer 55.39
Champ Phetiam 55.40
Eleanor Rau 56.56
Paul Pommie Birch 56.56
Peter Schurch 57.13
Brendan Krone 57.15
Jesse ‘”Apprentice” Todd 58:59
Sonya Van Beek 59.15
Richard Salmond 59.55
Renee Simon 61.49(PB)
Also congratulations to the HuRTS TEAMS who took out both the open and over 40 trophies – with the OPEN boys ofBartlett. Stankard and Biggs winning by over 9 mins and the older (wiser) HuRTS pensioners (Woods, Cooper, and Lindop) took gold as well.
Overall a great day out and many thanks to ‘The Chairman’ Tommy Highnam for the post race drinks once again where we all refreshed our dry throats well into the afternoon.
And finally – Photo of the Day, must go to popular HuRTS member Enda Stankard who will go to any length to get his ugly mug on the T.V. With winning female looking as fresh as a daisy giving her post race interview with channel 7, Dear Enda looked like he had just been shot in the background.
Check it out – priceless
Quote of the Day – Beside being first HuRT home John Bartles also came out with this pearler “ You can tell that Welsh Boy Andrew “Tucks’ Tuckey that we have raised the bar to another level and that he will struggle to handle both Tommy H and I when he returns”
I’m saying nothing on that one.
Fashion Crime of the Day – Champaign Charlie Low for his Flared Jeans that were on show yesterday in the Allen’s tent – what were once in fashion in 1974Champaigndecided to try to rejuvenate nearly 40 years on …. Oh dear me, what was he thinking?J