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Results – Phil Hutton Challenge

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Event Report

Saturday 1st April 2023

The Tan (Royal Melbourne Botanical Gardens)

Saturday morning was crisp and clear. Very little wind but the whine of F1 engines could be heard from near by Albert Park. If that wasn’t enough inspiration, almost 70 participants showed up to welcome the 2023 XCR season and remember a Glenhuntly Legend, Phil Hutton.

It was incredible to see so many current, former and (perhaps) future club members come along to support the event. Special thanks to Phil Hutton’s family, including Lorraine, Scott, Deanne and grand kids. An honourable mention to our 3 Solomon Island athletes, Sharon, Dianah and Rossi, who also participated (Dianah and Rossi only arrived in Melbourne late on Friday night).

Phil's family at The Tan

The morning began with a “welcome” by Trevor Vincent and was followed closely by Sam Toll’s race briefing as Race Director. One lap of the Tan, starting and finishing at the Pillars of Wisdom. Watch out for dogs, kids and prams. Couldn’t be simpler than that.

After a quick warm up, toilet stop, uniform and name check, the starter’s whistle sounded. At around 8.15am all 69 participants were off, running, jogging and walking their way around one of Melbourne’s iconic destinations. We haven’t seen that many baby blue singlets and crops since the 2018 Western Athletics Challenge at Norton Park.

A big thank you to our photographer, Emanuala Bryant, who was there to capture this special occasion. Emanuela's photos of the day can be viewed in the photo gallery below.

Photo Gallery Glenhuntly Athletic Club

The Inaugural Phil Hutton Challenge 2023

- Photos by Emanuela Bryant -