Back-to-back wins for Williams

RUNNING: Drew Williams, of Gladstone, scored his second straight run-away win in the 10km division of the Bundaberg Road Runners' inaugural Lighthouse Series at Burnett Heads.

Just as he did in the second round one month earlier, Williams turned on the power to put a gap on the field and never relent, going on to cross the line in a swift 34:42 and take out the open male title.

He finished three minutes and 40 seconds clear of second-placed Glenn Cooper, of Bundaberg, who completed a clean sweep of 40 years-plus male wins.

But as Williams did not compete in the series first round on October 8, he was not eligible for the overall open male title, which was won by Bundaberg's Ron Sapir.

The series awards were determined on accumulated times across the three rounds and Sapir, who was third across the line in 39:20, claimed the top honour after winning first up in 41.20, then finishing second to Williams in race two in 40:59.

Fellow local Dwayne McKay was the fourth runner home, just seven seconds behind Sapir after placing fifth in the first round, then also fourth in round two.

Cooper was the undisputed 10km 40 years-plus male champion with times of 39:07 to start the series when he was the overall victor, 38:36 and 38:22.

Veteran Trevor McClure improved his position from race two to be second in the category.

Bundaberg women's dynamo Rebecca Jenner made a clean sweep of the three 10km open female events, again coming fifth overall in 42:02, one second slower than in the second round after clocking 43:36 in race one.

Sharon Harney also claimed a home-town series win in the 10km 40 years-plus female division in a time of 52:35 after also triumphing in round one before placing third in the second leg.

James Ferris and Lukas Gray both completed the treble in the 5km open and under-18 male divisions respectively, while Cooper's daughter clinched the U-18 female series with her second win after being third in race two.

The other 5km winners for the round were Greg Morris and Orinda Martin in 40 years-plus male and female respectively, and Jayde Devlin (open female).

A total of 63 runners competed in the final round, and series coordinator Sherry Ey was pleased with its success and is confident that the popularity of the series and their fledgling group will continue to grow.

The Bundaberg Road Runners will continue their weekly training runs and anyone wanting more information or wishes to join in should call Ey on 0438 531587.

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