Knowles King of Right Royal Affair
Perfect conditions greeted participants in last Sunday’s City of Charles Sturt Right Royal Fun Run with record entries (12% increase on 2011) in the third annual event. Changes to the course proved popular with participants and coupled with increasing awareness of the event, resulted in 394 participants entries across the 5km and 10km events – the tally falling just short of the 400 participant target set by Athletics SA. The ideal conditions saw the event’s reputation as the fastest 10km course in South Australia continue to grow.
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Right Royal Fun Run 2012 – Race Report
This year’s Right Royal Fun run welcomed some new faces to the winning circle. In a race that had perfect conditions, it was set up for some fast times. Race favourite Paul Morgan was a last minute scratching, but was replaced as the favourite by older brother Kym. After a technical start, the field stretched out and headed down West Lakes Boulevard with Adam Didyk pushing the pace. Team mate Craig Knowles joined Didyk, as did race favourite Kym Morgan and Athletics SA’s Executive Director Adam Bishop. Andy Axford and Ryan Cox joined the pack, but conceded early in the race. As the race took it’s first major turn onto Military Road, it was still Didyk, Knowles and Morgan heading the field, with Bishop a few metres back. Knowles showed that he is in good shape going into the Gold Coast Half Marathon as he applied some pressure nearing the 4km mark, and proceeded to drop Didyk and then Morgan as he approached the halfway point. At this stage the places remained the same as runners ran solo right through to the line. Knowles took out his first open state championship with a time of 31:08, followed in by Morgan in 31:32, and Didyk rounding out the podium placings in 31:56. Bishop showed that he has gained strength since undergoing Achilles Surgery and crossed the line in 4th with a time of 32:13.
The Women’s race saw Adelaide Harriers youngster Catherine Clohesy take the win with a strong run from the gun to record a time of 37:11. Clohesy has come of age this season, and is showing the potential to develop into a top level distance runner. Emma Kraft (37:54) from Alice Springs was 2nd over the line just in front of Kate Didyk (38:01).
In the 5km Event, the race was won by 1500m specialist Matthew Ferber, as Jacob Cocks made the opportunity a little easier after missing the turn off toward the finsh. Ferber crossed the line showing some good form over the 5km journey in a time of 15:24. Cocks was next in with a time of 15:33. The leading duo had a nice gap on the rest of the field with Shane Thiele rounding out the placings with a time of 15:41.
The women’s 5km run was won by 13 year old Sarah Eckel in a time of 19:49, in front of Courtney Moyle (20:38) and 16 year old Izzy Rositano in (21:14).
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