Warwick runner mixes it with best in Pentath-run
RUNNING: Warwick runner Simeon Burrill contested the five events in the Warwick Pentath-run for the first time and was second in three events.
For the second time, Aidan Hobbs won all five legs of the pentath-run and won overall.
He relegated Burrill to second in the half-marathon, 4.6km cross-country and 1500m. The Warwick runner was fourth in the ascent from Killarney to Queen Mary Falls and fifth in the 5km run at Sandy Creek.
In the 1500m which was on a new Warwick CBD course out and back along Albert Street, Hobbs won in four minutes, 21 seconds from Burrill in 4:37.
Burrill and Dan Symonds are two former Warwick State High School students with top three placings in the Warwick Pentath-run
Burrill ran a personal best of 1hr 21min 22sec in the half-marathon.
A champion orienteer who has competed in three Junior World Orienteering Championships, Burrill is the current 17-20 years national middle-distance champion.
"I train with orienteering friends in Brisbane, running and orienteering go hand in hand,” he said.
He is in his third year studying physiotherapy at university in Brisbane and hopes one of his five placements for the practical side of the course next year will be in Warwick.
Brielle Erbacher from Toowoomba showed her class in the 1500m and was in the top-four overall.
She won the women's race in a time of 4:45. Sixty per cent of the athletes in the 1500m were women.
The overall winner in the women's was Olivia Lennon from Stafford Heights in Brisbane.
Matt Lyne and Renae Jones from the Brisbane Running Squad and sons Arn and Soren travelled from Brisbane to Warwick for the pentath-run, their fifth 42.2km.
"We run out of South Bank and have 100 in the group,” Jones said.
"Twenty members of our club each did all five legs of the Pentath-run.
"It is an original event, there is nothing like it in Queensland.”
Arn had one word for his weekend in Warwick - awesome.