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Devonport Men's Mile Results

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1 Devonport Men's Mile Results on Thu Dec 29, 2011 10:15 pm


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A beautiful night greeted the field of the men’s Mile at Devonport today. Following the debacle that was the La Trobe Mile two days earlier, a large field of local Tassie pro runners, a couple of quality Tassie runners, and a small contingent of Victorian runners, fresh from competing at the Bay Sheffield carnival, lined up to race for $3000 in prizemoney.

Watching the race nervously, was the TAL handicapper, praying that young star, and 2nd at the recent Zatopec 1500m race in a scorching 3.44, Sam Ferguson would win by less than the 10 seconds predicted by some commentators. Thankfully, Ferguson is saving himself for tomorrow’s 800m and the mile at Burnie on Sunday, and so the field could race this one is good faith.
Early mover David Spence got off well as did Aaron Humphrey who steadily worked through the field.

But it was Doug Manerlock who kicked with a lap to go and stormed away from the field. Despite dying slightly over the final 100m, it was a great win that entertained the crowd in a super quick 4.02.55.

Not to be forgotten, young Alec Thomas, whose name and face has covered the pages of the local newspaper in recent days, to the delight of teenage girls everywhere (and the jealous eyes of the Greek God Body Matt Grant, who was a late scratching)

Victorian Michael Marrantelli, fresh front a close and personal encounter with the grass during the Select Mile at the Bay Sheffield carnical, was clearly running angry, making strong early progress and quickly closing the gap to the front of the field, just short of taking the lead with a lap to go, and eventually finishing 4th.

Other notable performance came from whitely, running a steady race and finishing 5th and Michael ‘new haircut’ Ryde, who ran a credible 8th place despite weighing in at 90 kilos earlier in mid June.

This commentator would like to thank Sam Ferguson for leaving his spikes at home and running in gumboots, thus allowing other runners to race for the win. After the race, the distance handicapper was overheard asking for VAL Handicaper Mark O’Brien’s number and how much it would cost for his services to be hired out to help next year.

A review of Ferguson’s win in tomorrow’s 800m will follow that race.

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