Perfect weather conditions have greeted IBS Cross country runners each round this winter and last week’s run was no different. Contesting the tough Blackbutt course, athletes were faced with the “hill climb to the finish” but most handled the course full of confidence. Conducted over 4.6km and 2.3km the Blackbutt course offers everything to athletes. Masters athlete Geoff Hynoski running back into good form captured the longer distance but hot on his heels was vastly improved Corey Hogg. With Corey’s sister Jessica in 3rd spot the two Hogg athletes are the most improved athletes over this winter series. In the 2.3km run, junior athlete Joshua Smith turned in a great run to take overall 1st placing, edging out his sister Charlotte and the fast finishing Rebecca Dos Santos. Cross Country athletes will now have next Sunday off but will return on Sunday 13th August on the fast and flat Fairy Meadow course. Having next Sunday off will enable athletes to contest the Sutherland Half Marathon and supporting eventsof 1km, 2km, 3km, 5km & 10km on Saturday 5 August.