Willy Billy 1996 by Jim Screen
Back to Mt Wilson to Bilpin
The first Mt Wilson to Bilpin Bush Run held on Saturday 19 October was a rip roaring success and the organisers and sponsors deserve a hearty round of applause from all of us who like bush running. Sure there was a bit of a delay when the bus was late to take runners from Bilpin to the start but this did not detract in any way from the main reason we were there on the day and that was the run itself; 35 kms of undulating, hilly bush trails with 3kms of bitumen.
122 runners started at the Silva Plana reserve, Mt Wilson, for the journey which would take us through eucalypt forests, rain forests, farm lands, fern groves, and apple orchards. As could be expected there were some uphills & some downhills but nothing to dismay even the most critical. The weather was fine & mild in the early part & perfect for running. It did warm up a bit later for the back of the pack mob but then it always does.
A feature of the actual course was the opportunity to see some Australian bush in pristine condition. Waratahs were everywhere and their brilliant colours stood out like traffic lights. Flannel flowers ,heath and lots of other flowering natives will make this run into one of the most enjoyable on the calendar.
The actual organisation was very good with plenty of drink stops .The track was well marked and the general race supervision seemed to be well and truly up to par. Twenty-seven Striders turned out on the day; from gun runners to beginners.
Bruce Inglis led the charge for the Striders and finished in 13th position with a time of 2.48.45. He was followed closely by Malcolm Satchell 14th place in 2.50.36 and Dawn Tiller 15th overall and first female in 2.52.13.
Dawn was in fantastic form on the day and came in some 18 minutes ahead of the second lady. Third female and showing that she will be a force to reckon with over this distance was Cathy Dunworth who was 29th overall in a time of 3.10.36. Rodney Lovell also put in a good effort to finish just ahead of Ray Potter. For those interested in the more unusual aspects of a race it was pleasing to note that Michael Wilson did not fall over once on the day though he made several very good attempts to do so. There were also no reports of Alf Field falling down as has been reported in the past.
Special mention should be made of the super efforts put in by Elana Leigh & Margaret White who finished 105 and 106 .Elana found the warm weather towards the end of the run not to her liking but she held on to finish although in a not to "cool" a manner. Her feelings could best be judged when asked by a drink station attendant if apart from the heat she enjoyed seeing all of the trees. Her reply. " what trees".
Margaret proved once again that a little bit of determination goes a long way in distance running. Breeda Kelly finished with a crook knee and Sue Hill was heard muttering about "age shall not weary them."
The race was won by the flying Andrew Lloyd in 2.17.21 from Greg Love 2.25.48 and Michael Burton 2.30.16. Not a bad line up of talent for an inaugural race. Peter Harold, Race Co-ordinator and his team of volunteers from the Mt Wilson and Bilpin Bush Fire Brigades did a great job . Congratulations, well done, see you next year.
|1||Andrew Lloyd||2.17.21 (non-Strider)|
|2||Greg Love||2.25.48 (non-Strider)|
|3||Michael Burton||2.30.16 (non-Strider)|
|15||Dawn Tiller||2.52.13 (1st female)|
|29||Cathy Dunworth||3.10.36 (3rd female)|