Batemans Bay Bushwalkers out of hibernation
A fresh, clear morning saw 12 assemble at the riverside meeting place in Moruya. Boots were uncharacteristically clean and hiking clothes a bit dusty from lack of use but eyes were bright with anticipation for the first club walk in several months.
After signing on (each with his/her own pen), Walk Leader Rodney adopted his most solemn tone and invoked the warnings of our political leaders in saying there was to be "no mingling, no singing, no dancing and especially no whinging".
(Reckon the last might have been Rodney's addition...)
After a 30 minute drive south, the walk was underway. Walkers followed the track beside Potato Point Road before turning onto a fire trail that led deep into the forest.
This was what they had been waiting for - tall timber, Burrawangs recovering quickly from the fires and the distinctive sounds and smells of the bush.
The leader's promise of a few steepish hills proved true but any complaints were muttered under the breath (after all, they had been warned) and morning tea was enough to keep the troops under control.
In what seemed no time, the walkers emerged from the shadow of the forest into the bright light of Brou Beach and an entirely different collection of sights, sounds and smells.
The easy beach walk north, accompanied by thundering surf, took them to Jemisons Point, and lunch with wonderful views of Gulaga, Montague Island and the empty beach stretching up to Kianga and Dalmeny.
Then, it was a socially-distanced stroll back to the cars.
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This is week 17 of the Broulee Runners isolated series and there does not seem to be any light at the end of the COVID tunnel.
Nevertheless, runners were able to record times, despite water, fallen trees and branches.
Times were posted from various parts of the country.
Those who have registered 30 runs but not presented with their shirts are Brock Gilligan, Angie Gannon, and Simon Wall. Brock has three sons, with 160 runs between them.
The older boys Harrison and Vaughn are outstanding athletes and represented their school at state level.
Work prevents Brocks from training, yet he has a PB of 25.28 in the 5km.
Angie Gannon's work required her to spend time in Sydney, but she is permanently in the district and can train.
She has good times in each of the three distances.
Simon Wall is a regular Canberra connection with an excellent personal best in the 5km of 22.58.
Simon's claim to fame is that he ran at least 5 kilometres every day for a year.
Andrew McPherson 18.47
Nina McPherson 18.43
Declan McPherson 19.15
Michelle McPherson 19.15
Victoria Fleming 21.32
Roz Hayward 22.03
David McCann 31.10
Bernie Lambert 32.32
Matt Lambert 20.06
Bede Webster 21.36
Paige Connaughton 24.27
Dave Connaughton 24.29
Deb Connaughton 27.07
Ross Wilson 27.24
Michael Lambert 30.13
Simon Wall 31.12
Anna Hutchinson 32.18
Lisa Robbins 33.07
Tracy Denning 33.37
Nev Madden 34.01
Jill Brown 34.36
Mike Kennedy 37.07
Robyn Kennedy 44.36
Richard Fisher 49.52