Wrong turn at cross country
THREE races inadvertently became four on Sunday at Mullawarra at the opening round of the Mid North Coast Cross Country Series.
When young gun Daniel Campbell, who knew where he was supposed to go, got too far ahead of the nearest chasers they mistakenly turned early in the two kilometre event.
This resulted in a certain amount of confusion for the organisers who were loathe to disqualify people for what was a genuine mistake.
So results for the day will be tabulated for the ‘short’ two kilometres (1.9km) and the real course which measured 2.3km.
All runners got their money’s worth with sparkling conditions contrasting with the deluge which greeted competitors last year at the same venue for the opening round.
Josh McBrien and Ashley Van Den Boogaard were fastest male and female over the 1.9km with Daniel Campbell and Janica Duncombe prevailing over the full distance.
In the 5km run there was no doubt about the distance or the winners with Matthew Berrington clearing out from Luke Williams and Graham Bagley to record a convincing win in the male section.
Jacinta Smithers also finished well clear in the female section with Fiona Bagley and Tenielle Stubbs rounding out the podium.
The 10km saw a new player make his mark with Joel Morgan leading the field home followed by Tim Cotsell and Jason Smit.
Only two ladies completed the 10kms with Lyn Fulton finishing well clear of Tina Thompson who was backing up after earlier finishing the Coffs Harbour Club triathlon.
The next event will start at the Botanic Gardens carpark in Coffs Harbour at the customary 10.00am for the 2kms followed by the longer runs.
CROSS COUNTRY WINNERS
Male: Joshua McBrien 8:29, 1. Female: Ashley Boogaard 8:37, 1.
Male: Daniel Campbell 9:22, 1. Female: Janica Duncombe 13:43, 1.
Male: Matthew Berrington 20:42, 1. Female: Jacinta Smithers 24:09, 1.
Male: Joel Morgan 45:11, 1. Female: Lyn Fulton 52:58, 1.