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The 6th Annual running of the Ray White Chelsea Gift was held on the 23 January 2014. For the first time since it's inception, the event was held after the New Year break, and ran as a twilight meeting on the eve of the traditional Australia day long weekend. The timing of the event may have contributed to a large decline in the number of athletes registering to compete in the Gift, down from 171 last season to 129. The day again saw the athletes racing into a strong head wind.

This season also saw the introduction of the finalists wearing coloured bibs identifying their handicap position. The athletes were also placed in lanes based on their handicap, with the race backmarker in lane 1 to the race frontmarker in lane 8.

The backmarker honours this year went to Callum Mansell in the Junior category (U/6 - U/8 - benchmark time: 18.67 sec). Stuart Cafarella was placed off the scratch mark for the second year running in the Senior group (U/9 - U/16 - benchmark time: 13.35sec). The benchmark times represent the base position for the handicapper and is in essence the expected event time for each category, any athlete running under these times essentially indicates that they have run a PB. As is a common theme, signifying how difficult a task they face, the backmarkers were sadly eliminated at the heat stage meaning that no runner off scratch is yet to win the Gift.

Senior Category

A total of 73 athletes registered in the senior category of the Gift this year. The narrow margin of just 0.46sec separated the entire field which saw fast finishing race backmarker, veteran Patrick Blyth, win the Senior Gift in a time of 13.08sec, with Yarno Vlasblom taking out second place in 13.19sec, followed by Jet Peckett in third with a time of 13.28sec.

2013 Chelsea Gift - Senior Finalists

Senior Category Finalists
2013 Chelsea Gift - Senior Finish

Senior Category Finish
2013 Chelsea Gift - Senior Podium

Senior Category Podium
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Junior Category

This season saw a total of 56 athletes enter in the Junior category of the Gift. Race frontmarker Thomas Evangelista (winner 2011) came through with his second Gift win in a time of 17.15sec. Thomas is the only athlete to have won the Gift twice. Emily Smith ran into second place, with Jye Holloway making the podium (second 2012) for the second year running finishing in third place.

2013 Chelsea Gift - Junior Finalists

Junior Category Finalists
2013 Chelsea Gift - Junior Finish

Junior Category Finish
2013 Chelsea Gift - Junior Podium

Junior Category Podium
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Senior Category Heat Results Senior Category Semi-Final Results
Junior Category Heat Results Junior Category Semi-Final Results

Final Results

Congratulations to the following athletes that made the final in their respective category.

Senior Gift - Final
Lane Athlete Age Group Club Handicap Time Place
1 Patrick Blyth U/15 Redbacks 7.0 13.08 1
2 Elliot Higgins U/14 Roadrunners 17.0 13.32 4
3 Laura Melatua U/11 Panthers 18.0 13.37 6
4 Yarno Vlasblom U/13 Redbacks 19.0 13.19 2
5 Jet Peckett U/11 Panthers 21.0 13.28 3
6 Esperence Mitchell U/15 Panthers 21.0 13.40 7
7 Matthew Brasher U/11 Redbacks 28.0 13.36 5
8 Kyla Dwyer U/11 Roadrunners 32.0 13.54 8

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Junior Gift - Final
Lane Athlete Age Group Club Handicap Time Place
1 Jay Kennedy U/7 Redbacks 6.0 17.88 7
2 Finn Toomey U/8 Roadrunners 12.0 17.62 5
3 Jye Holloway U/8 Panthers 14.0 17.40 3
4 Jazmin Firth U/6 Redbacks 19.0 18.24 8
5 Emily Smith U/8 Roadrunners 21.0 17.19 2
6 Olivia Jackson U/7 Roadrunners 24.0 17.53 4
7 Poppy Samild U/7 Panthers 25.0 17.67 6
8 Thomas Evangelista U/8 Panthers 28.0 17.15 1

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