Sunday saw the running of the Everyday Lions Female 5km Handicap, and the Ben and Anne Ketelaar Male 5km Handicap at Devonport. Cool but fine conditions greeted runners for the flat four lap circuit around Meercroft Park.
The men’s race was conducted first, with Devonport’s Brett Riley leading the field away and holding out all challengers. With a lap to run, it looked like Pat McMahon would catch Riley but he kicked very strongly to take his first victory.
Although he started with the Club several years ago, Riley has not been able to run consistently due to other family sporting commitments. However, this year he has been able to compete regularly and this, along with following an Everyday Lions training programme, has led to great improvement.
McMahon finished second with Jordan Mathews in third. Fastest time was Brian Lyons (17:05)
The Everyday Lions women’s race followed the men’s, with Emily Aichberger breaking through for her first win with the club. She was second in this event last year and was very pleased to “go one better”. Just seventeen, she has been running with the Club for many years starting with the nominated time events and for the last three years, the handicapped events.
Aichberger finds running makes her happy and helps her with other aspects of her life. She has competed for Tasmania in cross-country and also track and field. She won form Amy Courto and Felicity Lovatt while Sabrina Shields was quickest (20:21). Amazingly, all three placegetters train through Everyday Lions.
In the earlier nominated time event, the winner was Alicia Bramich.