Morgans Road track tests runners

ALTHOUGH many potential runners were representing the Coffs Coast at Nelsons Bay in the the NSW Triathlon Club Championships and others were competing in an Anaconda Adventure race at Forster there was again an excellent turn-out for the Mid North Coast Cross Country Series.

Sunday’s course at the Coffs City Council farm on Morgans Road at Sandy Beach is a true test of cross country ability with a variety of surfaces and terrain.

On the relatively flat two kilometer course the speedsters were able to strut their their stuff with Cris Robb leading in the males and Tenielle Stubbs the females. Sam Smythe and Daniel Campbell kept Robb honest only conceding four and 12 seconds respectively while Jacinta Smithers and Romany Seeman are becoming familiar podium figures in company with Stubbs.

The five kilometre distance over considerably tougher terrain saw Tim Abbotts log his second victory of the season with Fiona Bagley leading in the females.

Abbotts win was very convincing but the efforts of Matthew Berrington and Terry Garrett were equally meritorious given the difficulty of the course.

Isabel Garrett made it a ‘Bronze’ double for their family in the women’s race with Zoe Burgess filling second spot.

When the going gets tough the tough run 10 kilometres with a newcomer in Tony Woolford streeting the field in the men’s event leaving Neil Vaughan and Joel Morgan to fill the minors.

The ladies race was one for the tried and true with Janie Mahoney winning from Tina Thompson and Robina Unwin.

Once again the Morgans Road venue had tested the local runners and those present had shown their mettle. The next venue is also at Sandy Beach, this time on the beach with runners to meet at the beach reserve by 9.45am for the two kilometres to get underway.

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