Harriers commemorate Geoff “Swaggy” Wilson at Tyers
It was a frosty, yet beautiful sunny morning in Tyers where runners gathered
for the 14th Annual Geoff “Swaggy” Wilson memorial run. After a brief
description of the course, and a moving speech about Geoff by Keith Tomholt,
Geoff’s wife Anne Wilson officially started the race. Most runners decided to
take the challenge of the 12km race, while some took the 6km option. Not far
from the start, lay a water trap which runners had to tackle any way they
could, with many getting wet and traipsing across makeshift stepping stones.
Melissa Jones and Riley Evans led the 6km race, with Nick Schilling and Peter
Evans leading the 12km race. The course was tough right from the start with
many steep and gradual hills. Melissa and Riley had a good battle to the finish.
Melissa took out first place ahead of Riley. The 12km runners had to endure
more hills, before they could enjoy some steep descents on the way home to
the finish line. Nick Schilling dominated the event for the second year in a
row, finishing in first place ahead of Peter Evans and Greg Semmler. Greg took
a massive 3 minutes off last year’s time, proving that his hard work coaching
at the track on Tuesdays, has paid off. Kylie Murray was strong in the female
race and took out first place. Remarkably Kylie won the event 12 years ago, so
it’s great to see her returning to her old form. Delwyn Hewitt, past training
partner of Geoff Wilson, finished in second place, with Duncan Orr hot on her
heels. Duncan had a great run after his criterion race last weekend. Anna Orr
also ran well, and is heading to Europe with Duncan this week. They will run in
the Glasgow half marathon around the same time as the Burnley half marathon
and are going to attempt a 100 mile walk/run in Scotland! John Jervis and
Barry Higgins finished the 12km race together after taking a slight detour! Liz
Kenney and Penny LaGreca also put in solid efforts. Sue Elsdon put in a great
performance after returning from her holiday to the UK, and Paula Pettingill
finished in good form ahead of Madelon Lane. All in all, a great day was had to
honour a loved former Harrier and friend.
A big thank you to Darrell Cross for marking the course and helping with
timekeeping, and to Bruce Salisbury for bringing the generator, so people
could enjoy a hot drink. Thanks also to Anna for taking entries and to those
who provided food for the morning.