It was a year of firsts at the Dubbo Stampede.
For the first time, a woman – Gilgandra-born Clare Palmer – claimed overall victory in the Rhino Ramble Marathon.
It was the inaugural Wallaby Wheel event, with 10 people rising to the challenge.
And in the 21.1 kilometre Zebra Zoom, Canberra’s Joshua Torley wiped more than a minute-and-a-half off the course record.
“We’ve had a great year at the Dubbo Stampede this year,” organising committee president Rod Campbell said.
“All went smoothly, lots of smiling faces of people finishing races and a lot of people pushing themselves to new limits too.”
The 5.3km Wallaby Wheel event was a hit, and Mr Campbell said its introduction made the Stampede even more inclusive.
“We try and be a running festival for everyone,” he said.
“It really is exciting to see those guys be a part of something like the Stampede and to give them that sense of achievement from pushing themselves.”
He thanked all of the event’s sponsors and supporters, including Taronga Western Plains Zoo, for valuing “what we do in the community”.
He also thanked all of this year’s participants.
“Just to come out and join 2,500 people in something like this is really heartening … You just walk away feeling good,” Mr Campbell said.
“If you’ve thought about the Stampede, come along. You’ll love it. If you’re coming off a low base, or maybe trying to get into a more healthy lifestyle, this is the platform to do it.
“Everyone is really supportive and encouraging and it’s great to cross the finish line after putting a lot of time and effort into it.”
Earlier: IT’S A DOUBLE DOUBLE!
Mitchell Williamson has scored a double, winning the 5.3km Dingo Dash and the 10km Cheetah Chase.
In the women’s, Olympian Victoria Mitchell also took out both events in her first go around the Taronga Western Plains Zoo course.
5.3km Dingo Dash
- Mitch Williamson – 17:42
- Mitchell Olbrich – 18:11
- Nathan Sutherland – 18:16
- Victoria Mitchell – 18:32
- Stephanie Torley – 19:59
- Lauren Kerwick – 20:50
5.3km Wallaby Wheel
- Bruce Moore
- Robert Manns
- Dale Elliott
- Ashleigh Mckeown
- Rebecca Cramp
- Norma Faram
10km Cheetah Chase
- Mitchell Williamson – 34:47
- Lockie Townsend – 37:21
- Steven Ballantine – 38:19
- Victoria Mitchell – 36:58
- Nicole Williamson – 42:46
- Sally Ceeney – 43:26
21.1km Zebra Zoom
- Joshua Torley – 1:08:18 (new course record)
- David Baker – 1:15:40
- Edward Langdon – 1:15:57
- Deb Leonard – 1:29:29
- Danielle Hart – 1:29:32
- Louise Eadie – 1:36:39
Rhino Ramble Marathon
- Clare Palmer – 2:55:55
- Catherine Robins – 3:31:05
- Mel Webb – 3:46:30
- Alex Visser – 2:56:28
- David Hardwicke – 3:00:15
- Matthew McKenna – 3:02:29
Full results at http://www.racetecresults.com/Results.aspx?CId=16253&RId=3018