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Wednesday, 10 January 2018

2018 Scottish Waterfront 5k Wellington Tue 9 Jan


Tonight’s race was free to enter which meant there was a big turnout. It would be nice to see the free race concept repeated before the season ends. 

Daryl used this first race for 2018 to trial his new fancy chip recording system ostensibly in advance of the winter cross and road season.  

The setup is comprised of a mat to protect the wiring, two small white recording devices to capture the chip information worn by each competitor and of course a large "black box".  

The rumour is that the technology is linked to the five eyes network to enable Donald Trump to get race results quickly. While Daryl did not confirm or deny the Police presence did indicate that this installation is under high security

In the race itself #MadHarry was first home in the men’s grade which proves he runs well in shoes.  

In second place and about 50 seconds adrift was Joe Lynch who clocked 17.03. Lynch is a new comer to the waterfront race but is no stranger to racing being the current Secondary Schools Senior Boys orienteering champion in both the sprint and long course events.

Andy Crossland finished third with a new PB of 17.23

In the women’s grade Jean Kozyniak was 1st in 18m neat and 5th overall.  

In 2nd place but well back was Letha Whitman who recorded a PB with 19.17 which compares to her previous best of 20.44 set exactly a year ago.

Event newcomer Dianne Smyth was 3rd in 20.34 which is a positive result for a first outing.

In the Critchlow/Thompson Challenge Will C scored another win coming home streets ahead of Brendon T.  The respective times were 17.26 (4th) and 19.41 (18th) but no doubt the battle will continue.