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Juniors dominate Bowral parkrun: PHOTOS Jim Brokenshire leads out Andrew Barnes just after the start of the Bowral Parkrun event on Saturday. Photos supplied

Volunteers set up for the Bowral Parkrun event on Saturday.

Participants listen to the pre-run safety briefing.

Dave Watson and Astrid lead the way on Saturday.

Sophie in full flight.

Bronte Smith and Michael Reid run together on Saturday.

Matt Croker leads a group of runners.

Michael and Judy Reid run together on Saturday.

Tracie Inman leads Bethany into the finish.

A sprint finish between mother and daughter Caroline and Gabrielle Marsden.


The 30th Bowral Parkrun event attracted 49 runners and walkers on Saturday.

The last Saturday of the school holidays provided a humid and sunny run.

The start of junior soccer and the potential of a wet and misty weekend didn’t deter the group’s loyal band of parkrunners from their weekly 5km run.

The morning started off quite misty and wet, but cleared just in time for a beautiful parkrun morning.

The group had some tourists from Canberra and the UK, along with a handful of first-time parkrunners.

Dave Watson once again set the pace in a touch under 19 minutes, with Angus Lang and Jim Brokenshire the second and third male back.

But it was the junior female runners that provided the highlight of the day.

The group had two visiting juniors from Canberra, Astrid and Imogen Smyth, who were not only the first and second female runners to finish, but were also placed second and third overall.

Astrid and Imogen finished in times of 20 minutes, 43 seconds and 21 minutes, 20 seconds.

Astrid Smyth was not only the first female to finish, but also set an amazing age group record in the 10 and under female age group.

Her time of 20 minutes and 43 seconds was nearly four minutes ahead of the previous record in this age group.

In fact, the first four females to finish were all aged 13 and under.

Jade Gillis finished in 24 minutes, 12 seconds (fifth overall) and Imogen Day was 25 minutes, 54 seconds (seventh overall).

There was one other age group record set, with Gwenda Brokenshire setting a new age mark in the 65-69 female age group with her very quick 27 minutes, 38 seconds.

There were 10 personal best times set this week, with perhaps the most impressive being set by Mary O’Neill.

Since her first parkrun event on December 20, O’Neill has set a personal best at 10 out of her 11 parkruns.

O’Neill has taken her time from an initial 48 minutes down to a new personal best of 29 minutes, six seconds.

Not only is she setting a new mark each week, but O’Neill is taking 30 to 60 seconds off at a time.

Parkrun is run by volunteers and it would not exist without everyone offering a helping hand.

The group again thanks volunteers Jan, Gloria, Kate, Sue and David for their help.

Parkrun is a free, weekly, timed 5km community run/walk.

For further information, search for Bowral Parkrun on Facebook, visit 梧桐夜网parkrun苏州美甲美睫培训学校419论坛/bowral or contact Barry Smith on 0411 484321.

– By Barry Smith

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Drivers who cause serious injury or death due to careless driving via distraction face stiffer penalties. Photo: Jessica HromasDrivers who seriously injure or kill someone due to carelessness could soon be sent to prison.

The state government’s new legislation proposes careless drivers be handeda fine, licence suspension or jail time.

Examples of careless driving includeschanging the radio, applying make-up, rummaging around in a bag and drinking coffee.

Road Safety Minister Liza Harvey said there were currently very serious penalties for reckless driving anddangerous driving but careless drivers only faced$600 fines.

“People become complacent when they are driving and driving is a very serious activity,” Ms Harvey said.

“Drivingleadingto death and serious injury needs a higher penalty and that’s what we are going to impose.”

The length of prisonterm or how much thefine would be is yet to be decided.

The new legislation is being proposedafter a coroner’s report in 2011 suggested the state government look at increasing careless driving penalties.

Ms Harvey said she was hoping to table the legislation in parliament by the end of the year.

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Anthony Miles of the Tigers and Jack Redden of the Lions grapple during the round three AFL match between the Brisbane Lions and the Richmond Tigers at The Gabba on April 18, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images) Photo: Chris HydeTheir star-studded midfield was never going to be a concern but there is a big key-forward shaped shadow hanging over the Brisbane Lions.

The Lions are 0-3 after a second straight big defeat, this time a 79-point loss to Richmond at the Gabba, and the question of who will kick their goals is still unanswered.

Daniel McStay and Brent Staker teamed up with debutant Harris Andrews in the forward line against the Tigers but with just six marks inside 50, their attack lacked potency once again.

Lions defender Jed Adcock said the team’s inability to find a happy medium between breakneck speed and slower movement of the ball was an issue.

“We’re not getting enough clean ball to enter correctly and then once it’s in there we haven’t been able to hold it in/take marks just to slow the game down,”he said.

“If we’re not moving slow we’re moving it really quick and then it’s pinging back just as quick.”

The absence of captain Tom Rockliff and Pearce Hanley, two of the side’s best midfielders, has hurt the Lions despite the strong performances of star recruit Dayne Beams and Adcock says he still believes they have the potential to compete with plenty of sides.

“We know we’ve got potential to raise it and be competitive against most teams it’s just too inconsistent at the moment,” he said.

The Lions’ winless start to the season has only reinforced the illusion that is pre-season form, with the side entering the year with the best February record.

Adcock said the key to improvement “wasn’t rocket science”, though, facing West Coast and a struggling Gold Coast side in the next fortnight.

“If you go from your pre-season form to season form, there are stark differences at the moment,” he said.

“We feel like we’ve got a couple of really winnable games and there’s obviously things that aren’t going our way but I think a lot of it’s (responsibility) just going to be on the players.”

Aspley junior Andrews made a promising debut playing in a rotating forward/ruck role and kicking a goal and winning 13 hit outs.

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Mittagong downhill mountain bike rider Harry Parsons finds some big air during the opening round of the National Series in You Yangs, Victoria. Photo: Bill Dengate, Bilt Bikes Harry Parsons (centre) celebrates after recording victory in Toowoomba. Photo supplied by Scott Parsons


MITTAGONG boasts a rising talent in downhill mountain biking.

Teenager Harry Parsons was recently named under-17s champion at the Oceania Mountain Biking (MTB) Championships at Toowoomba, Queensland.

Harry, 15, also finished third overall in the under-17s downhill mountain biking riding category at the 2014-15 Subaru Australian MTB Series.

It was a mixed competition for Harry, who had to overcome an injury setback.

The Highlander crashed and broke his wrist in the opening round of the series at You Yangs in Victoria.

He fought back to finished runner-up in the next round at Thredbo before he finished third in the final event at Toowoomba.

That round was held just a few days after the Oceania Mountain Biking Championships.

Harry didn’t have much time to celebrate his impressive results.

He competed in the opening round of the NSW Downhill State Series last weekend at Thredbo.

Harry decided to challenge himself in 2015 by stepping up to the under-19s category.

Despite crashing his bike, Harry worked hard to finish third.

Harry’s dad Scott Parsons said his son took up downhill mountain biking about four years ago.

Scott said Harry undertook regular training, using trails around the Highlands and in Wollongong.

Harry will compete in the second round of the NSW series in July.

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Bob Anderson with a 90cm flathead which was caught and released on a soft plastic at St Georges Basin recently. Photo suppliedFISHING

THE Robbo Reelers Fishing and Social Club held its monthly point score and barbecue event recently at St Georges Basin.

There were some good results recorded by members.

Stu, Dave and Patrick fished with bait, mainly prawns sending under-sized bream and snapper back by the dozens.

The group started on the eastern side of the basin and drifted the four to five metre drop.

Stu, Dave and Patrick were unable to get a keeper and flathead was rare.

Weather was threatening nearer the coast, so the trio headed west to Basin View.

While Pat couldn’t get a bite for most of the morning, he ended up landing some nice-sized bream and flathead.

Pat didn’t come back out on Sunday, but Rob Mace joined the team.

Once again, there were some heavy showers on the eastern side of the basin.

After persisting with prawns and sending many fish back, eventually the bigger bream moved in for a feed.

Flathead were also on the bite.

Mace’s persistence with soft plastics paid off and he ended up with a good haul of flathead.

The biggest fish went to Dave Cruickshanks with a nice 58cm flathead.

Stuart Newton won the Robbo Reelers weigh-in with a mix bag of bream and flathead, totalling 1.5kg.

Greg Barea and his nephew Isaac fished off Bass Point for kingfish, but were unssuccesful.

There were no takers on the live baits apart from one squid which was approximately 60cm in length.

Isaac also managed to bag a nice feed of trevally and a morwong.

Lake Illawarra has been producing a late run of blue swimmer crabs, with most people bagging out by noon.

Chris Bugeja and his son Dillan set out recently and were surprised to score 20 blue swimmer crabs in just three hours.

The odd mud crab has also been getting caught.

Tom, Genelle, Scott and Emma Murphy fished the Shellharbour FAD (fishing aggregated device) and caught some nice-sized mahi mahi up to 75cm.

The family later trolled for blue marlin with lures, but only managed a few more mahi mahi.

Oscar Rios and family fished between Windang Island and Port Kembla on the 28-metre line.

While drifting they picked up a good haul of sand flathead up to 43cm, plus a lone flounder.

Tim Smith fished with his son Jackson and good mate Peter off Bellambi for snapper when a nice mako shark turned up.

Jackson, 9, got a bait out and hooked his first ever mako shark after a six-minute fight.

He managed to tag and release the mako which weighed approximately 40kg.

Out wide on the game fishing scene, Team Reckless managed to raise three mako sharks for the day.

The first was tagged and weight approximately 80kg.

The second was estimated to weigh 164kg and was caught on a 8kg line.

The third was spooked and swam away after circling the boat for a few minutes.

But a striped marlin was tagged off the kink at Jervis Bay.

– By Greg Barea

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