King & Queen of the Mountain
Slippery conditions, due to previous rain, prevented athletes from recording good times, but the King and Queen of the Mountain provided some good runs. Running strongly up the hill, invitation athlete (Kembla Joggers) Olivia Sivills was declared the Queen of the Mountain running a solid time of 24.34.2 over the 4.7km course. Her running up the hills gave her a strong advantage as she brought it home downhill with good controlled running due to the damp terrain.
King of the Mountain was a surprise win to Liam Ryan who, also controlled his running especially on the downhill run, and he is convinced that he would have recorded a faster time of 27.25.8 if he wasn’t so hesitant, again due to the slippery conditions. He defeated twin brother of Olivia, Patrice Sivills, who recorded a time of 31.48.7.
Princess of the Mountain went to masters’ sprinter Gianna Mogentale who had to fight off a strong finishing daughter in Rebecca Dos Santos. Competing over the 2km course Gianna recorded a time of 11.37.2 to Rebecca’s time of 11.41.4, showing she can fight off a challenge when need be.
Brother and sister act, Joshua and Charlotte Smith ran stride for stride over the 2km course, with Charlotte edging out her brother in a time of 14.59.9 from Joshua in 15.02.3. As the first male home over the 2km course, Joshua was declared the Prince of the Mountain for the 2nd time in a row.
Athletes and officials then warmed up with refreshments and light lunch at the Mount Kembla hotel, a great way to relax after tackling the hard, rugged terrain of Mt Kembla.
Athletes are now encouraged to join in the Park run next Saturday at Fairy Meadow followed by the June Winter Track and Field Series on Sunday 24 July Round 2 - see website for more details of events.