This Andrews Has Tunnel Vision

Mark Andrews, winner of the 2015 Prentler Handicap.
Mark Andrews, winner of the 2015 Prentler Handicap.

Mark Andrews recorded a narrow but tough win at Churchill Park on Sunday in the 31st Helmut and Maija Prentler 6.5km Handicap. In eight seasons, Sunday’s win was only Mark’s second Victorian Cross Country League victory but he has been remarkably consistent with thirty one top ten placings in his sixty nine runs with the club. Andrews clearly has a liking for the tougher courses as his previous win was over the rugged 10km trip at Woodlands Park in Greenvale.

As the runners entered the final 1200 metres loop, Andrew Lane led the way by a handy margin from Irene James, Tony Rendina and Mark Beavis with Craig Harris the best of the back markers. Mark Andrews was giving chase and gathered Stephen Menzies as they entered the loop. When the runners straightened for the long climb up the finishing hill, Lane was passed by Craig Harris with Mark Andrews right on his back. As the finish was reached Mark had one second to spare over Craig with Stephen Menzies sticking to the task to finish in third place. Andrew Lane was fourth with Leon Brooks just holding out Corina Kapusta for fifth. Ian Cayzer was too solid over the final stages and narrowly held eighth place from Hugo Sarpa and Irene James in tenth place. The fastest times were Cody Williamson (22:37), Jacob Nolan (23:00) and Matthew Sullivan (23:08). The fastest female was once again Corina Kapusta with the first year award going to Jacob Nolan.

Many thanks to Helmut and Maija Prentler for their thirty one years of VCCL involvement and generous sponsorship. This week the VCCL will be honouring Helmut with the running of the Helmut Prentler Legend 5km Handicap at Lilydale.

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