Local runners dominate at Run Geelong

Star power: Ocean Grove runner James Dalton claimed a podium finish at the Run Geelong. Picture: MARK HEENAN 162150

By Mark Heenan

OCEAN Grove runners dominated with top performances at Run Geelong on Sunday 20 November.
Local James Dalton who won the Thirteenth Beach Trail Run on 4 November, finished in third in 40:20 in the 12km event.
Dalton who won the 30-39 age group, will aim for his first podium finish at Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club Rip to River Classic 10km race next month.
“It puts the pressure on, but I am up for it,” he said.
Dalton’s close friend Cam Spolding came sixth in 46:17 in the 30-39 age group in the 12km race.
In the 6km event, Ocean Grove Ty Cover (22:04) came sixth in the 18-29 age group and was 12th overall.
In other results, local Xavier Eales who finished 15th, came fourth in the Under 16 age group in 22:25.
Fellow Under 16 competitor Sebastian Asher finished seventh in his age group in 22:37 and came 19th overall.
A record crowd of almost 13,000 competitors took part in Run Geelong which raised more than $300,000 for the University Hospital’s Maternity Ward refurbishment in Geelong.
In other developments, preparations are underway for the 37th Rip to River Classic run on Saturday morning 31 December.
Adult prices start from $45 online for Ocean Grove SLSC’s annual major fund-raiser.
Meanwhile, the first ever Ocean Open Water Swim Festival will take place on Sunday 29 January at Ocean Grove SLSC.
Log on to oceangroveslsc.asn.au/ to register for both events and for more information.