Perth Trail Series Qi Gong event
Qi Gong, the fourth event in the Perth Trail Series Summer Series was held on Sunday 8th March in excellent summer running conditions at Wungong Regional Park. The long course (14.1km with over 400 metres of hill climbs) was won by Stephen Stockwell (Nedlands) in 1.07.40, who worked hard in the final few kilometres to overtake Volker Gartz of Rossmoyne (1.08.02; men's 45+ age group winner). Laird Wharton (men's 35-44 age group winner) rounded off the men's podium in 1.08.23. Nineteen year old WAFL boundary umpire Josh Garrett (Canning Vale) joined us for his first ever trail race and secured the men's Under 35 age group title (1.10.51).
Kathy Stockwell (Nedlands) won the women's event in 1.15.46, followed by Shiri Leventhal (Northbridge, women's <35 age group winner) in 1.18.36. Gisela Gartmair (Swan View) finished three minutes behind Shiri. The 35-44 year age group winner was Marilyn Morin (Kardinya) and Loretta Firth (Attadale) took home the unique finisher's medal for the women's 45+.
credited to Jonny Lane.
The short course event was 10.7km and was won by Rafael Kimberley-Bowen (Mt Hawthorn) in 53.18 and Michelle Clarke (High Wycombe) in 1.04.05. Jason Duryea (Waterford) has grown stronger each event and worked his way into second place with a 53.34 finish, securing the men's Under 35 age group title. Andy Everley (Bayswater) finished third in the men's event. Lee Halliday (Yokine) added another age group win to his collection for 35-44's, as did Andrew Martin (Nowergup) for 45+.
Abby Telfer (South Perth) finished second female a minute behind Michelle, taking the Under 35 medal home. Louise Peart (Gooseberry Hill) was 19 seconds behind, taking the 35-44 year age group title. Erika Verhoevan (Attadale) rounded out the age groupers (45+) with a time of 1.12.38.
The overall points competition for the Summer Series saw changes to the leaderboard, with Volker Gartz moving into first place, highlighting his consistently strong performances throughout the season. Rafael Kimberley-Bowen has moved up to second place and Brett Tucker has moved from first down to third position, having run on tired legs, with a 100km race only a week previous.