“A magnificent family day” was how one resident described this year’s Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand Day.
Revamped with a wonderful market starting earlier in the day, crowds flocked to the little town to see the start of the now famous Tungamah 10km fun run.
A record 112 runners entered for the events which covered all age groups and the 10 kilometre run attracted 48 runners from all over the state.
Event coordinator, Les Harrison, set the field on its way at 10.10am from the corner of the famous Tungamah Hotel, major supporters of the event.
Early in the run, there was a group of strong runners surging ahead of the main field. Eventual winner, Brady Threlfall was in a group with Andy Buchanan, and state triathlon champion Peter Robertson.
These three stars were not to have everything their own way however, as challenges came from other runners.
Women runners were well up there as well, with Stephanie Elliott leading the charge. The crowd waited nervously for the appearance of the lead vehicle, to see Threlfall assert his superiority and break away to take out the event in the very smart time of 30.45 from Buchanan and Peter Robertson.
The women’s section was claimed again by Stephanie Elliott who made it back to back to back wins. Elliott, a brilliant young runner is in peak form.
Stacey Clarkson was the next female runner across the line, while Leanne Rawson just shaded Kelsey O’Brian for third place.
The first male veteran across the line was Tom Avram, while Kath Hemphill was the first placed female veteran.
Simon McGuire won the $250 prize for the first local resident across the line, with Sharnie Wallden taking out the first female for her run in the 5km event.
Thomas Beattie was the first Leo across the line, narrowly from Macca Lonergan and Nick Megarrity.
The 5km event sponsored by Road Safety Training Solutions was a hard fought event with Caellum Crowe taking out the honours in fine style from Tungamah’s Matthew O’Kane, with Lachlan Howe taking out third place.
Olivia Elliott took out the five kilometre women’s run in blistering pace from Debbie Kirne and Kate Davies.
First Leo across the line was Thomas Einsporn.
A special mention too, to walkers Leonie Wren and Cathy France who entered into the spirit of things and enjoyed the experience.
Numbers in the 3km junior run were disappointing, but the quality was certainly there.
Max Hemphill was the first to the line, from Liam Einsporn and Brandon Einsporn. All three runners are stars of the future, as are the girls, won by Ally Cooper, a gun runner from out Yundool way.
Tayla Sampson took the second placing, while Ella Costigan was third.
The little tackers 837 metre dash was blitzed with Desi O’Kane winning well from Sam Hemphill and Jack Mitchell, while the girls event was taken out by Emily Mitchell from Ruby Wallden and Georgie Hemphill.
The tiny tots saw the young stars of the future tackle 418 metres, with Savannah Wallden winning well from Heidi Wallden and Aleera O’Bryan.
Liam Williams was the winner of the boys section.
Great to see the tiny little Shae Saunders who is yet to reach three complete the course with the help of her dad Jamie.
The much awaited cycling events commenced with the flying lap, to see Steve Kilpatrick set a new record of 1.02.81. This will take some beating, but in years to come, there will be steep competition.
David Mann took out second, while Mark Currie was the third fastest.
The crits were keenly contested with division 3 and 4 combining.
The division 4 riders were given a 3 lap start.
Graeme Neilsen and Tony Morris made the most of their start, and were able to hold out the hunters from division 3, for Neilsen to outsprint Morris for the first prize money.
Late in the race the division 3 riders, led by Gary Stopar, made great inroads, but it was aggressive riding from Morris and Neilsen early in the race which made the difference. Graeme Neilsen won from Morris and then Greg Bye with the intermediate sprint going to Stoper and Neilsen.
The division 1 riders gave one and a half laps start to the division 2 riders and after an early tussle the division 1 riders reined in the leaders.
The field remained intact throughout the event, until Steve Kilpatrick broke clear in the last 150 metres to win from Mark Currie and David Mann. Kilpatrick also took out the intermediate sprint.
Many thanks to the Hume Vets for their patronage once again.
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