Bulloch scores impressive double
MELISSA Bulloch scored a double victory during the weekend's Woolgoolga Fun Runs with wins in both Saturday's Forest Footrace and Sunday's Seaside Scamper.
Although not female records both her runs were among the fastest recorded on the courses which have remained unchanged (with the exception of 2001 due to flooding) since 1982.
Her margin of victory over fellow Emerald Beach runners, Tina Thompson and Lyn Fulton, on the Saturday was over seven minutes while she was over two and a half minutes clear of Woolgoolga's Michelle Pearson in the 5km Scamper on the Sunday.
Third female in the Scamper was the diminutive dynamo from Bucca, Tenielle Stubbs whose 21:30 for the distance at only nine years of age is exceptional.
First male in the Footrace was Paul Woodhouse who had a previous victory on the course in 1996. Since retiring from national and international competition the former Australian Mountain Running representative has not been running very often so he was pleasantly surprised with his 42:12 time for the 11.2km of road and forest trail.
It gave him a comfortable margin of almost two minutes over Nashua runner Michael Douglas who in turn beat third-placed Steven Kitching by a neat 60 seconds with former winner Warren Turner.
Douglas took his turn on top of the podium on Sunday with a 32 second victory over Coffs Harbour's Glen Price in the Scamper. John Paul College student Andrew Iddles finished strongly to take third 13 seconds later.
In the team's section the 'northern invasion' led by the Douglas family accounted for three categories.
Joe Douglas and his father Michael captured the parent and child while Claire, Asha, Dominic and Gabriel combined to secure the family of four section.
Grafton's Neil and Penny Burgess took out the husband and wife while the Ballina Triathlon Club trio of Greg Brown, Frank Day and Brent McGreary were too strong for the locals in the Sporting Club category.
It was left to the local schools to salvage some pride on their home course with Sandy Beach Public taking out the Primary School section and Woolgoolga High the secondary category.