Aston Key and Rob Walter: Win Divisions of Jim Sawkins Classic

Aston Key and Rob Walter: Win Divisions of Jim Sawkins Classic

Photos from left: Aston Key, Rob Walter, Martin Dent

The 2022 Classic Season finished with the deferred Jim Sawkins Classic race at Honeysuckle Creek, its first use since the fires of early 2020. Apart from the rain-sodden terrain, competitors were challenged by post-fire undergrowth and the usual networks of granite boulders.

The Jim Sawkins Classic is a Handicap competition with two Divisions:

  • Division 1, on ACT League course Hard 1, an Open competition for all ages and both genders.
  • Division 2, on ACT League other Hard courses, a Restricted competition for competitors of both genders, but only for Men aged under 21 and 35 and over and all Women.

Competitors’ times are ‘corrected’ in accordance with the same Age/Gender factors used for ACT League and Runners Shop Twilight Series competitions to determine the winners.

Victorian Aston Key, Australia’s top-ranked male, won the 7.0 km Division 1, with a kilometre rate of 7 min 7.2 sec and local, Rob Walter won Division 2, with a km rate of 8 min 9.19 sec. Justine Hobson, third in Division 2, was the top female.

The top three placings in each division are set out the following tables, and the complete list for both divisions is here.

Jim Sawkins Division 1

Competitor Handicap  Corrected km rate
Aston Key 1.0000 7 min 07.20 sec
Martin Dent 0.9100 7 min 52.01 sec
Andrew Barnett 1.0000 8 min 14.33 sec

Jim Sawkins Division 2

Competitor Handicap  Corrected km rate
Rob Walter 0.8800 8 min 09.19 sec
Ian Prosser 0.7200 8 min 17.84 sec
Justine Hobson 0.7280 8 min 34.23 sec

The Jim Sawkins Classic was also the 13th and final race in the 2022 ACT League. The top three places in the ACT League competition are in the following table. The winner of the 2022 ACT League and Wehner Cup and the top 10 placings will be announced at the OACT Awards, scheduled for early 2023.

ACT League race 13 Top Three

Competitor Handicap  Corrected km rate
Martin Dent 0.9100 7 min 52.01 sec
Rob Walter 0.8800 8 min 09.19 sec
Andrew Barnett 1.0000 8 min 14.33 sec

The full results are here and the Winsplits are here. The maps and John Harding’s photos are here and a link to Kelvin Meng’s photos is here. There are two videos of mass starts here and here