Glenn and Natalie Grab First Wins and Dan Dominates Half Marathon
Dan Lawlor at the 2018 Burnley Half Marathon.
As the season draws to a close, the Victorian Cross Country League is pleased to congratulate Glenn Sullivan (event 19) and Natalie Densley (event 20) on their first wins with the club. Glenn, new to the VCCL this winter and a very consistent 5km competitor, clocked 18:40 racing at Traralgon in the Park Run. Glenn, usually racing at Inverloch, ventured to Traralgon for his maiden win. His time was enough to give him an eight second victory over Natalie Densley, competing at Altona. Julian Harris, Mullum venue, was third, only a few seconds behind Julian. Joel Donnar (16:07) fastest overall and Martine Beer (20:06) fastest women were also amongst the prizes.
Natalie Densley’s win came as a result of a visit to her home town, Warrnambool, in late August where she ran 20:29 to have a thirty one second margin over Fraser Murray from Coburg venue and Julian Harris from Mullum Mullum. Natalie, in her second season with the VCCL was also the fastest female on the day. Joel Donnar (Mullum Mullum) produced a terrific 15:58 to record the fastest time of the day.
Last Sunday the Victorian Cross Country League entered a team in the Half Marathon conducted at Burnley, starting from the Kevin Bartlett oval. The VCCL team of Joel Donnar (1:14:11), Dan Lawlor (1:16:42), Michael Marantelli (1:23:14) and Craig Harris (1:24:08) won their competition by a comfortable margin of fifteen minutes resulting in the VCCL having an unassailable lead on the division four table. The final event on the Athletics Victoria calendar is the relays around the Tan Track on September 15th.
The VCCL also conducted our weekly sealed handicap event combined with the AV half marathon. The clear winner was Dan Lawlor whose time of 1:16:42 enabled him to have a ninety second win over Craig Harris and Irene James. Amazingly, after twenty one kilometres, Craig and Irene were to dead heat for second. Daniel, last season’s club aggregate winner, has continued his fine form into this season and he along with Joel Donnar were able to leave VCCL “gun” Michael Marantelli trailing far behind over the long journey.