A very happy Karina Anderson crossed the line for her first-ever win to clinch the Professional Cross Country of Tasmania’s Burnie Trophy House 5km handicap at Somerset on Sunday.
Though Anderson has reached the top ten a couple of times this season, last weekend’s fifth place in the marathon was her highest ever result since joining the club about this time last year.
The Burnie athlete showed no ill-effects from completing the 42km race last Sunday, hitting the lead a little after half way and holding out against all challenges on the return journey home.
Right: Photo of Karina from an earlier race.
Robert Oberrauter ran well from the outset working his way through the frontmarkers while Maddie Symons continued her impressive performances with a gritty third just seconds behind the runner-up.
Sunny conditions greeted another big turnout of 88 runners as they began the out and back course from the middle of Somerset, along the deviation to Edward Street and then return.
Go-marker Dale Atkinson led the field into the deviation but it was John Purton who took the lead for much of the outward direction.
Greg McFarlane finished fifth while Jo-Anne Nolan who had him in her sights for the entire distance crossed a few seconds later.
Backmarkers Bryan Tuit, Phillip Badcock and Jono Price made quick work of the short distance making significant inroads into the field as they registered some very brisk times.
Hobart’s Darren Brown narrowly claimed fastest time just two seconds ahead of Thomas Murton while Rebecca O’Garey was the quickest female.
Burnie Trophy House SOMERSET 5 km top ten 2014
(Name, Handicap, Race Time, Actual Time)\
1 Karina Anderson 0:07:15 0:30:14 0:22:59
2 Robert Oberrauter 0:08:00 0:30:27 0:22:27
3 Maddie Symons 0:08:30 0:30:29 0:21:59
4 Rebecca O’Garey 0:09:45 0:30:34 0:20:49
5 Greg McFarlane 0:07:00 0:30:41 0:23:41
6 Jo-Anne Nolan 0:07:15 0:30:43 0:23:28
7 Katrina Grandfield 0:04:45 0:30:48 0:26:03
8 Dane Febey 0:09:15 0:30:55 0:21:40
9 Darren Brown 0:13:45 0:30:57 0:17:12
10 Scott Murphy 0:12:15 0:31:00 0:18:45