A good-sized, competitive field started in race 17 of the season – the Raymond Spinks/Coastal Running Club twelve kilometres at Somerset. The hilly circuit course is a challenging one, commencing with a steady four kilometre climb up the Murchison Highway.
In a pleasing result for the handicapper, Pat McMahon, the top ten contained the first runner away (who finished), Dale Lancaster, the last away, Thomas Murton, with a good smattering of athletes from front, middle and back marks all close to the winner, Tim Dowling.
This was Dowling’s second win with the Club, the first being a five kilometre event at Penguin in 2016. He started one of the favourites after strong recent form brought about by some extra training. He knew the course well, as he lives close by and actually trains over part of it.
Michelle D’Monte showed a return to her best form with a powerful run into second place, just catching Lancaster before the line.
Simon Gates turned in another promising performance, while Natasha Mapley and Michael Bates indicated wins for them are close. Terry Watson, returning from injury, and Kelly Baxter also caught the eye.
Murton was the fastest male in a slick 42:20, finishing ninth, while Mapley was quickest of the women in a time of 50:22, which was the seventh fastest in the whole field.
The nominated time winners were Will van Rooyen, Brian Paine, Milla Price, Lucy van Rooyen and Maya Bramich.