GALLERY: Hall defies conditions to take out Warrnambool summer run

ORDER was restored at Warrnambool Athletic Club’s summer series run on Wednesday night.

Warrnambool pair Clinton Hall and Tom Hynes went head-to-head, battling it out for a one-two finish in the series’ second run.

The experienced Hall and teenage prospect Hynes made a habit out of down-to-the-wire finishes in 2013.

But they were relegated to second and third respectively in the first hit-out of 2014 when Ballarat visitor Jesse Fullerton collected the honours.

Fullerton didn’t run in the second of four Flagstaff Hill five-kilometre runs, paving the way for Hall and Hynes to resume their friendly competition. 

Hall defied the heat to win the second run in 14 minutes and 40 seconds, two clear of Hynes.

Tyson McKinnon (15.43) filled out the placings.

Warrnambool’s Ella Gill made it back-to-back wins in the female section.

Gill clocked 16.30 to be a clear winner from Maria Moloney (19.15) and Peta Kane (20.14). 

Club president John Keats said the hot weather was a deterrent.

The second run attracted 116 runners — 101 less than the series opener a week earlier.

“A few brave souls came along and ran,” he said.

“It was still good numbers and we were able to get good numbers for Peter’s Project, ourselves and Standing Tall.

“I think next week we’ll get better weather and we’re encouraging all footy clubs, now they’re in training, to come down and have a run,” Keats said after the five-kilometre run.

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