Williams scorches road race
Gladstone's Drew Williams came, saw and conquered in the 10km event in the second race of the Bundy Road Runners' Lighthouse Series at Burnett Heads.
The former Brisbane runner overcame the wind to complete the course in a blistering 33min 26sec, a hefty five minutes and 10 seconds in front of Bundaberg's race one overall winner Glenn Cooper, who made it back-to-back 40 years-plus men's titles.
Ron Sapir, who won the open men's division in the opener, was third home in 40:59.
But as Williams did not contest race one, he is not eligible for the overall series victory, which will be decided on accumulated times across the three events.
Rebecca Jenner has an iron grip on the open women's 10km crown after repeating her race one victory, crossing the line in fifth position overall in 42:01 and bettering her round one time of 43:36.
The only other runner to finish in front of her was Jonathon Hoffmann, who also did not contest the opener but clocked 41:44, over five minutes in advance of race one divisional victor Brodie Fox.
In the 40 years-plus women's category, race one winner Sharon Harney had to settle for third behind Gaelene Penny (52:30) and Sarah Hearn, neither of whom ran in that event.
A 5km event was also staged and James Ferris staked his claim to the overall title by improving his first-up winning time by just five seconds to stop the clock at 17:42 - 48 seconds in front of Rob Gardner.
Lukas Gray made it two straight wins in the under-18 men's division, placing fourth overall in 19:54.
But first race U-18 women's champion Courtney Cooper had to settle for second this time, 20 seconds behind 10-year-old pocket dynamo Demi Burgess, who missed race one but stood tall to end up eighth overall in 23:10.
In the open women's division, Laura Greenhalgh triumphed in 24:57, with first race victor Kylie Parsons third.
Series debutants Orinda Martin and John Laverick did best in 40 years-plus sections with their times of 26:53 and 21:31 respectively, with race one winners Sharon Jenner and Greg Morris not returning.
A total of 83 runners lined up across the two distances, an increase of 25 on the opening event.
The third and final races of the series will be on Saturday, December 3, starting at 7am at Burnett Heads.
Pre-registrations are being accepted on-line at www.registernow.com.au
More information is available from the group's website www.bundyroadrunners.com.au or calling race coordinator Sherry Ey on 0438 531 587.