Coburg 24 hour race
21-22 April 2018
Coburg (Vic), Australia
Congratulations to C1126 Chris Burn on winning the Australian Centurions 24 hour race, held in Coburg, Victoria. The results do look "odd" as it seems many athltes stopped at 100 miles rather than continue for 24 hours. The last column is the final 100 mile marker. It appears that Colin walked an extra lap - see report below.....
Writes Tim Erickson:
The walk divisions had an international flavour with entrants from Belgium, Netherlands, the Isle of Man and USA joining their Australian counterparts.
The women’s 24 Hour race saw an easy win to Dutch walker Gertrude Achterberg. She had passed the half way mark with 85.146km and looked set for a big total. Alas, she slowed in the second half, finishing with 138.040km. Dawn Parris walked strongly as always to take second with 131.745 km. Lorraine Billett impressed with her third place distance of 101.378km, setting five new W70 Australian walking records along the way.
In the men’s 24 hour walk, Justin Scholz (C61) and Colin Heywood headed out fast, with Chris Burn in close pursuit. Justin’s pace was too demanding for the others and they gradually gave ground in their chase. He passed the half way mark with an impressive 97.7km, nearly 5km clear of Colin and a further 1km clear of Jantinus Mients and Chris. The race complexion changed when Justin retired just after the 14 hour mark.
By then, Colin, Jantinus, Chris and Adrie Ros had come together and were within 2 laps of each other. They stayed within touch of each other until the final hours, when Chris eventually pulled clear, reaching the 100 Mile mark with 22:08:09 and then retiring, with his goal achieved.
Jantinus was next to reach the 100 mile mark, with 22:25:34, then he too retired. The same was the case for Adrie Ros with 22:33:31 followed by race retirement. Colin was next to reach the 100 mile mark with 22:46:53 but he then surprised by doing one further lap before retiring, thus ensuring a win in the 24H race.
But it is fair to say that the 24H placings were of minor importance to these walkers, with their new Australian Centurion statuses of greater significance.
Luc Soetewey from Belgium was next with a very creditable 155.114 km. He looked well in contention right up the dying stages of the race, when his body just gave out.
Our fourth Dutch walker Arie Kandelaars entered the race with an injury but was hoping for the best. Unfortunately, it flared and he was forced out after 77.406 km
Plenty of other Centurions were on hand to push the pace:ris
Full results, along with lapsplits for all competitors, are available from http://www.trailsplus.com.au/results- page/c24hr2018/#0_E5A6C9