The clash of the Titans, The Battle of the Giants…. No its the Max Greive Classic 10k and Bolter 5k – this Friday. Club members will be putting their bodies on the line as they as they desparately strive to win the “Big Chainring” trophy – open women & men 10k and the “Small Chainring” trophy – junior girls & boys 5k This event never ceases to produce a thrilling spectacle, with some members not competing just so that they can watch. Last year in the 10k Steve Gleeson with 200 m to go had it in the bag, but someone forgot to tell Stephen Holmes, Dale Harrison and Josh Corbett… they all swooped and Steve was lucky to hang on as he won by a whisker. In the ladies Loretta Wesley had it a little easier as she coasted in ahead of Sue Scott & Helen Airey. In the 5k we had a similar finish in the boys as occurred in the men – Leighton Cook nearly misjudged his finnish as a flying Bernard Scott nearly ran him down and Liam McCoach looked promising in 3rd position.. In the 5k girls Tegan broke the course record (recorded in 2006 by Kyra Flynn) as she tried to match it with the boys. First across the line in the girls 5k was actually Kate Vernon in an astonishing time of 19:59, but as Kate was no longer a junior she medalled but did not qualify for the “Small Chainring” trophy.
So what can we expect this year… did you know Kenji Nener is in town (our only professionally licensed member) – will his minders let him have a trundle. Steve Gleeson is meant to be going on a training camp but he’s a tortured man – he so badly wants to defend his title. Dale has been sighted but Stephen & Josh are MIA. But there will be others so be prepared for a battle royale in the men’s event. In the ladies Kate Vernon will step up for sure and Loretta will be back and with a bit of luck Adele Richards will also toe the line. The boys and girls event is always an unknown as the juniors improvement is alway so impressive. Leighton is in great shape, but so are Kurt Wesley, Campbell Smith and Brandon Swift. In the girls – is the princess Tegan beatable? Not on current form we think, but the minor placings will be exciting as Carly Scott, and the Illingworth girls (Tiffany & Kaitlyn) put on a show.
Whatever the outcome – Friday night at Sorrento will be a show not to be missed (or competed in), So make a plan to be there and then stay for the BBQ and a drink at the Surf Club
The Max Greive Classic is held every year in memory of Founding Member, Life Member and former Club Captain – Big Chainring Max. The event is open to all comers (so please invite family and friends) and entry is by means of a donation. All monies taken on the night in entry donations and BBQ profits is donated to the Cancer Foundation. The chainring trophies can only be awarded to North Coast primary members, but the first 3 placings male & female will be recognised in both events with medallions, regardless of membership or age status.
Day – This Friday 16th November. Location – Sorrento Surf Club. Time – Starters orders 6.00pm