Hi folks, here's the report and results from the Allcomers meet held at SOPAC last Saturday. Mingara was well represented with Sally Hunt, Julie Peksis, Vincent Williams, Ben Denham, Jack Vane-Tempest, Nicholas Papalexion and his mighty daughter Marianne whose effort in the Mixed Handicap 1500m was HUGE especially when one considers she's only 11!!!!

Marianne Papalexion

The h’cap was based on posted 1500m times already having been achieved this season and Marianne was the 5th runner to start some 30 or so secs after the gun. She ran superbly, overtaking two of those who started in front of her, narrowly missing her PB by only about 5secs, and just missing out on a podium finish by being overtaken by the back marker only 30m from the finish. It was a superb run and effort from this young lady and congratulations go to her, and her mum and dad for their fantastic support and encouragement.

Sally ran the 3000m and it was an AWESOME effort to go so close to setting her 2nd PB in a distance race in only a week. To run down that finishing straight with Graham Kent, her husband John and I yelling our heads off at her to sprint faster all the while switching our eyes from her to the time, and to know in her own mind that she had nothing left to give, was an almighty effort and deserving of the highest praise for courage, commitment and sheer guts! She needed to finish under 12mins 18secs and came very, very close as can be seen by her time. 5 seconds over 3000m is not a lot of distance that’s for sure.

Meanwhile, not to be outdone, Julie Peksis, after her commendable efforts at State last w’ed, realised her body simply wasn’t up to the rigours of an 800m followed 45mins later by a 200m so sense overcame valour and she opted to only run the 200m and ran it beautifully. The work Julie’s done on her sprinting this season is really paying off as she drove all the way to the finish line.

Ben and Jack ran terrific times, and achieved good places, in their 100m and 200m, as did Nick Pap in his 200m. All 3 boys deserve congratulations for their efforts as they near the end of what has been a very, long, and compacted season. Vincent Williams, who’s only 13 I think, ran a superb race in the Open 3000m, finishing 7th in Heat 2 in a terrific time for someone so young. Great effort Vincent!

A big shout out and thank you to our timekeeper extraordinaire Graham Kent who manages each week to keep exceptionally accurate progressive lap times, times for each lap, and finishing times, and is often called upon by the ANSW officials to check his times against theirs in case something goes wrong with the electronic timing. That's how accurate he is!!!

Here’s the results:
Ben Denham MU20 2nd Heat 2 Open 100m 11.24 9th/69 overall, 5th Heat 3 Open 200m 23.49 22nd overall
Jack Vane-Tempest MOpen 8th Heat 2 Open 100m 11.53 21st/69 overall, 3rd Heat 2 Open 200m 22.82 9th/53 overall
Nicholas Papalexion M40-44 4th Heat 7 Open 200m 27.60 48th overall
Vincent Williams M10-14 7th Heat 2 Open 3000m 10:45.10 22nd overall
Julie Peksis W55-59 3rd Heat 7 Open 200m 36.01 52nd overall
Sally Hunt W50-54 10th Open 3000m 12:23.83
Marianne Papalexion W10-14 4th Mixed H’cap 1500m!!

Cheers everyone and congratulations to all on your fabulous efforts.
Geoff

Jack V-T Julie Peksis Nick Papalexion Super Sally Hunt