Series winners Richard Pearson and Tenielle Stubbs.
Series winners Richard Pearson and Tenielle Stubbs.

Back-to-back wins in close Series

WHILE the final race of this year’s Bunch of Fives 5000- metres Series proved one of the most popular despite strong wind and high temperatures Richard Pearson took it all in his stride to notch his fifth consecutive victory in this year’s Series and make it back-to-back Series wins.

Challenged early by Series debutant Ben Law, Pearson pushed the pace on Friday evening leaving the rest of the field vying for the minors.

At the finish it was a regular podium finisher Matthew Berrington who was runner-up with another new starter in Geoff McCann claiming third.

Taylor Wicks moved past Law to relegate him to fifth.

Michelle Pearson made it a family double with a breakthrough win over Tenielle Stubbs who nonetheless had enough points to defend her Series title successfully.

Finishing in third position was Coffs Coast flyer Romany Seeman with training mate Stephanie Mann filled fourth.

The Series presentation saw Richard Pearson claim the title on 63 points with Jason Smit next on 51 and Matthew Berrington third on 46.

Fourth spot was a tie between training partners Daniel Campbell and Taylor Wicks. Campbell received the Under 14 award while the ever-improving diminutive dynamo Reeyce Sadler won the Under 12 section.

The women’s series saw Tenielle Stubbs a clear winner on 49 points, from the consistent Maddie Sadler with Michelle Pearson next on 31. Fourth was Tina Thompson on 25 with another tie between Janie Mahoney and Stephanie Mann on 24 for fifth.

Mann received the Under 16 award.

In all 43 runners participated in the Series this season which was very pleasing for the Woolgoolga Athletic Club.

The club is now gearing up for this Friday when it will be holding the Woolgoolga 10,000 metres track Championship.

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