The final week of the Feral Joggers Arsova competition loomsandtop spots in the long course point scorecouldn’t be fiercer.
Only twopoints separate siblings Moreno Chiappin and Mirella Granata for firstand second.
Granata came firstin race eight, while brother, Moreno, tied for second withPeter Stockwell. Derek Goullet (fourth) has put in the hard yards this comp and is well situated inthird place. He’s missed one race and finished in the top 10in every other.
The cool, drizzlyconditions and the tail end of the Arsova comp conspired to spur all three to run their personal bests, Goullet finishing the fasted the course in 21.47.
In fifth, Jim Salvestro, finally broke into the top 10 with a PB of 31.10.
Brendon Sinclair (sixth)lowered his best time by 16 seconds finishing in 23.43.
Rob Kelly, seventh, and Simon Fattore, eighth, eachlowered their previous times by almost twominutes.
Ed Frkovic easily slotted in to ninth and BrianBellicanta kicked in a handy 10th place finish. Nicole Restagno in 17th, came in with the ladiesfastest time of 28.33.
In the short course, Rhys Salvestro managed another first place in only his third run this compwhile Mia Stockwell came back to hill after a long absenceto take out second.Liam Peruzzi justedged out Christian Callcut for third, but Callcut has knocked the absent Meg Signor into thirdplace in the point score.
Tying for fifth place were Nick Altin and Gerry Wilcox who had a quickbut friendly run on the trails together.
Also tying for places were Adrian Baird and newcomerKaiden Simpson in seventh, swiftly followed by Donna Jackson (ninth) and Ella Savage (10th).
Baird’s leadin the point score looks a sure thingif he can maintain hisconsistency.
Hamish Gunn missed out on a top 10 placing, but raced over the line in the fastest time of15.12.
The ladies were well represented by the always flash Isabella Salmon, cruising overthe line in 17.03.
Adam Johnson, who after months of training, a few setbacks and with true feral determination, completed the Melbourne Marathon last Sunday with an inspiring, thoughnot surprising, time of 2.55, placing 126th out of 6052 finishers and 19th in his age group.
Johnsonwas joined by four other ferals in the marathon, four completed the half marathon and onelone feral completed the 10km.
The Griffith Feral Joggers run every Saturday at 5.30pm from the water tower at Scenic Hill. Pleasearrive before 5.20pm to register.
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