Pub to Pub Wrap-Up

Now that was more like it!
114 skiers fronted up at 11 am Saturday in sunny cool conditions and looking forward to a fast track – and it definitely delivered!  After what must have been a really tight battle Cameron Morton – returning to the event for the first time in 9 years – managed to hold out regular winner Ben Derrick by 10 seconds with the 3rd fastest time on record of 27:47, while his son Damen made it a family affair coming in 3rd.  And continuing the family tradition, Darcie Morton had a great race to win the womens event (and coming 8th overall!) in 31:28 with Jillian Colebourn coming 2nd in her first try at the event with regular participant Irene Dunn in 3rd.  And of course there were plenty of mini races with a lot of tight finishes.  Most importantly lots of happy faces at the end!
Even a small laid back event like ours only runs with the help of a lot of people.  As always The General opened their doors to us to take registrations and provide the pre-race caffeine fix, while the Dinner Plain Hotel provided us with a great space for presentations.  A big thank you to Mt Hotham resort – as always the grooming crew of Greg, Noel and Neil deserve particular thanks for being able to present such a terrific trail given the way the season has panned out, and many thanks to all those who helped out on the trail patching efforts both this week and at other times during the season.  They also provide us with the essential support at the road crossing. Many thanks also to the Pub to Pub crew who only do one event a year but keep coming back year after year and always get the job done, and done very well. And a big thanks to sweep patroller Simon Head – another ingredient we couldn’t operate without.

And definitely not least, a huge thank you to long time supporter Ajays Snow Country Sports who yet again provided us with a great range of spot prizes.  One young woman who started the day with bad luck with boots falling apart ended the day a bit better off with a new pair of skis!  We’re so lucky to have stores like Ajays (and companion store EMC) supporting events such as ours in these challenging times of everything being available on the internet – please continue to support those who support us.
And as I mentioned at the presentations, Keith Brandenburg – who has done the sweep patrol job for us many times in the past – has been having a tough time lately – hope things are on the improve Keith.
Results are now on the website and you can also print your participation certificate for this year or earlier events.  It’s a bit clunky at present but it gets the job done.  (If you are trying to do it for more than one person you probably need to back out of the process and start again to get it to work properly).  Age group certificate printing should also be available in a day or two, and you will also be able to print out your history in the event.
Hope the rest of the season treats you well, and look forward at seeing you at the 26th running of the event in 2017.

Mick Sinclair
Hotham to Dinner Plain (Pub to Pub) Ski Race

0408 127 325

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