Keith Livingstone, author of the must have Healthy Intelligent Training, will be presenting a seminar on middle distance and distance training in Melbourne on August 21 and 22. Steve Moneghetti will be the guest presenter.
The ideas presented will be based on the training methods of Arthur Lydiard – Runners World Coach of the Century. Keith will explain the science behind the Lydiard System, and when and how to do different types of training, all leading to season’s peak performance. More detailed information may be found here.
I can personally speak for Keith’s expertise and knowledge in training methodology. In my 40th year, Keith guided me to a 1.54 800, an 11.43 Tan (first timed Tan run in ten years, and a pb) and a 71 minute half marathon (debut half marathon). These runs were off a pretty ordinary fitness level followed by 6 months of the type of conditioning training Keith will discuss with you.
While sumo is Japan’s national sport and baseball is widely considered its most popular pastime, running is a significant part of Japanese culture. The Japanese did, of course coin the familiar word ekiden, referring to a long distance running relay race. The first ekiden race took place in Japan almost 100 years ago between the old capital, Kyoto and present day capital, Tokyo.
Eager to continue my running routine in Japan, I researched running groups in Tokyo before leaving Melbourne on March 24. The first link that appeared was for Namban Rengo, Tokyo’s international running group. The group comprises approximately 50% Japanese and 50% foreigners. Interval sessions are held every Wednesday night, with a 5km time trial on the last Wednesday of the month. We train at the Oda field track in Yoyogi, also home to Japan’s 1964 Olympic Stadium. As Wednesday is the only night the track can be used for free, athletes flock from all across town. It is not unusual for 150 sprinters, distance runners and walkers to be using the track at once. A testament to Japan’s orderly way of doing things, there are no collisions! The custom of removing your shoes before entering a dwelling is not lost in the athletics community, with running shoes neatly arranged outside the change room.
In Japan, there is no club athletics scene such as you find in Victoria. After graduating from high school, serious athletes will either compete for their university or company. Aforementioned ekiden relays feature heavily between January and March, the most famous race taking place on New Year’s Day. Stakes are high, with the top universities recruiting talented athletes from Kenya on scholarships to bolster their team. September through to November sees a series of graded track races over 1,500, 5,000 and 10,000 metres. As many as 30 heats are filled for each distance. The Africans once again make the journey across due to the high quality competition.
The highlight of my running so far in Japan has been my involvement in the Fuji Mountain Race. The race attracts accomplished mountain runners from Japan and abroad, as they attempt to run the gruelling 21km to reach the summit.
My motivation for taking on this challenge was to raise awareness and funds for the battle against Motor Neurone Disease (MND). MND kills two people every day. Sadly, my cousin Mark was diagnosed with this terminal disease earlier this year. He is only 40. With the help of family and friends back home, I have raised over $2,500 to date. I would like to thank the Glenhuntly community for their generous donations and messages of support. While the race is over, my challenge to raise $5,000 for MND Victoria continues.
I continue to follow the progress of the club throughout various competitions. While I do not have a set return date, there are many goals I still wish to achieve with Glenhuntly, such as winning a Winter Division 1 premiership with TV as team manager! If you are in Tokyo, please don’t hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to include a run with Namban Rengo.
Every year Glenhuntly Athletics Club provides a group of volunteers for the Melbourne Marathon running event. The Melbourne Marathon is one of club’s major fundraising projects for the year and you can assist the club by volunteering on the day. This year the club needs approximately 30 volunteers on the 12th October 2014 (Sunday). Glenhuntly Drink station is located in Albert Park.
If you want to be involved in this volunteering opportunity please contact Mick Ryan via email: email@example.com. Alternatively, you can contact Mick on his mobile number 0425872893.
On the coldest morning for the year the Hunters travelled to Albert Park for a 10km road run.
- The women had huge wins in both divisions 1 and 2.
- Karinna finished on the podium yet again, taking home a silver medal.
- Amelia was 4th, her highest placing for xcr and an impressive course PB.
- We had 10 women compete, all five who ran last year improved their times: Amelia, Julia, Cass, Laura and Paula, many claiming outright 10km bests.
- Tackling the course for the first time Stacey, Jackie and Gill all ran 10km bests.
- Sarah proved she’s returning to form with an impressive run, finishing 11th and rounding out the division 1 team.
- Unfortunately our numbers were down and only two masters women ran. Gill and Paula both had great runs but with only two couldn’t fill a team.
There’s only three rounds left so let’s bump the enthusiasm up and have a great turnout at Ballarat!
Junior Women’s Report
A major highlight for us in the Junior 3k was the most impressive win in the U14 event by the most talented 12yo Sophie O’Sullivan – in just her 2nd run for the club.
Sophie was backed up by another very new member, 11yo Genevieve O’Brien who was also having her 2nd run for the club –Genevieve was a fine 5th.
Unfortunately, we didn’t have a 3rd runner so did not finish a team in this age group.
Our U18 team, currently on top of the ladder, looked like losing that position with the threatened absence of a key team member, Dana Dekkers, who faced minor surgery just the day before. But Dana most generously walked / jogged the race to complete our team, and they were 5th – so retaining their top of the ladder position. Kaitlin Barr, 8th , & Mikhalla Arthur, 10th , put in great runs for the team.
Our sole Runner in the U20 race was Julia Atkins – who was a fine 8th.
Congratulations to all the girls on their fabulous runs.
Open Men’s Report
A rare still day at Albert Park brought many many PBs all the way
through the men’s ranks – Beau Lang, Leo Enter and Matt Larkin were
the big improvers. All divisions performed very well, thanks to a
huge turnout from the Open Men’s team. With only three rounds left in
the XCR competition, Divisions 1, 2 and 4 are well placed to finish
high up the ladder.
The 10k road race gave Toby Rayner his second win this season, in a
tight race that was decided in only the last hundred metres of the
race inside the stadium. Great to see Josh Papanikolaou return to
racing with a strong run, and another high placing from Rhydian
Cowley, both of which helped our Division 1 team to a fifth place
Tim Tucey, our new recruit from Monash, settled in to the Hunters
colours well, with his sub 35 minute run putting him in Division 2.
Hope to see a big turnout for Round 7 in Ballarat!
GOLD U18 and SILVER U20
Some very impressive results from our juniors at Albert Park in round 6 of the winter premiership.
Highlight of the 10km was undoubtedly the run of Sam Toll in U18 to finish with a bronze medal in a great breakthrough effort. Sam’s time of 33:23.5 was highly impressive.
Highlight of the 3km was Haftu Strintzos’ bronze medal in U16 in a very accomplished effort; just 3 seconds behind the winner.
Other results were most encouraging for the future.
Will Ockenden was 10th in U16
Cody Bellgrove 21st in U14
Jack Bullock 7th inU20
Chris Hibbert 9th U18
Jack Marquardt 10th U20
Jack Highnam 11th U18
Aaron Landenberg 11th U20 Encouraging debut.
Declan Murphy 20th U18
The provisional team results were fantastic in the 10km and indicate that U18s won GOLD and the U20s SILVER.
It is really great to have some teams and this shows what can be achieved when we do.
Well done to all boys.
Our next outing is at Ballarat (Lake Wendouree) on Saturday 16th August.
Be sure to get your entry in on time.
Junior Boy’s Team Manager
On a chilly but gloriously sunny Sunday morning, the crowds were buzzing in anticipation of what is one of the most popular races of the season. The XCR 10k road race has been run in a several different locations over the past few years, but hopefully has now settled at Albert Park, where the stadium finish is a highlight.
The first of three individual road races for the season saw the Hunter Masters maintain their excellent form. In the 40+ division, we were unfortunately missing Craig Semple and Tony Russo, but Peter Macknamara (34:27) led the way, with Dave Spackman (40:51) and Chris Allan (41:20) filling the Hunter placings. The team finished in 10th place, but stayed 4th on the ladder. In the individual results, Peter Macknamara finished 3rd in the 40-44 division, and is currently 3rd on the ladder. Craig Semple sits in second place, despite missing this event.
In the 50+ division, the team of Paul Strangio (35:37), Andrew Ross (37:42) and Victor Cook (38:59) finished in First Place for the third time this season, and is now a clear leader on the 50+ ladder. Good runs also by Roland Soderstrom (39:07) and Mick Ryan (39:39) who have been important members of the team in earlier XCR rounds. In the individual results, Paul Strangio’s 4th place in 50-54 sees him stay in 3rd position on the ladder.
In 60+ results, Chris Wardlaw’s 2nd place (41:30) sees him stay in 2nd place on the ladder.
Excellent results again by the Masters, who are having their best season in quite a while. We need to maintain the pace in the next round at Lake Wendouree on Saturday the 16th of August.
HUNTERS defend Women’s Shield but we were caught short in the Men’s event.
Only eight club athletes made the trip to defend the shields won at Norton’s Park last year; 6 male runners and 2 female runners. They were supported by club legend and team manager; TV, along with Olga Esmore and Lorraine Hutton.
The Arthur Beames contest is held annually between between Victoria’s Glenhuntly and South Australia’s Western Districts Athletic Clubs for the Mrs. A.A.Theobald Shield. It is believed to be the longest competition of its type between any interstate athletic clubs in Australia.
GHY has won 51 contests to 17, and 11 contests to 5 in the women’s event
The men’s teams event is for four runners from each club scoring 1 to 8 points (women’s team is for three runners; 1 to 6 points) which are then aggregated.
Concerns were held close to the start when our star contingent were delayed at Melbourne Airport due to heavy fog in Adelaide; with TV, Simon, Stacey, Cassie arriving just half and hour prior to a delayed race start.
– Club Captain Simon Bowly dominates the event; easy win
– Club Div 1 women runners, Stacey Bulger and Club Captain Cassie Higham, finish 1st and 2nd in the women’s event
– Lachlan Preston 4th male overall and GHY handicap winner.
– Big run from race regular Kev Esmore to finish third Hunter and an 8 minute improvement over his effort of 2 years ago. – – – Phenomenal Kev. Kev has made five Hunter teams in the past.
– Phil Hutton made up the fourth hunter runner for his second team; the first one 50 years ago in 1963 (unfortunately both teams lost).
– Regular participant Peter Buller came in fifth Hunter. Peter has been a longtime supporter of the event, making 4 previous club teams.
– So, what of Tony Doran? Injured, he started but was restricted to walking a dog around the course. (hoping I think, that 6 legs would be better than 2).
The WD club were generous, as usual, in their hospitality, with a sumptuous afternoon tea, and an enjoyable get together of about 40 friends at dinner in the city.
Overall, a great event.
This was the 68th staging of the event but our club really needs a greater effort by members to go to Adelaide to support it. Our hosting, usually at Norton’s Park in Glen Waverley, is well supported and seems to be enjoyed by all.
It would be great to have many more members commit to this event continuing in the future.
After all, Gus was the heart and soul of the Hunters for so long and this event is a great legacy of friendship and competition between two clubs in different states.
Make a promise to yourself. “I aim to be there next time”.
Gus was the inspiration to so many at our club as a team manager to our winter teams from the 40’s to the 90’s. He was still an active walk competitor, world champion and age record holder in the Veteran movement until his untimely death in 1990 at age 93. He was also our longest serving president and coach.
Wally was the son of one of South Australia’s early cross country champions, Arthur Beames, after which the State 10 mile trophy was named in his honour. He was stationed in Melbourne following the war, met Gus and they conceived the idea for this race. The idea was to provide athletes with the opportunity to travel, compete outside their state, and to develop friendship.
The shield was donated by Jessie Theobald, wife of Gus.
On the 23rd July (Wednesday) 2014 Athletics Victoria together with hosts of the event Roger Robinson and Kathrin Switzer are organising Melbourne screening of Spirit of the Marathon 2. Roger Robinson is an award wining author, speaker, scholar and runner who is well known about his running journalism. Kathrin Switzer is an iconic athlete, sports and social advocate, author, and Emmy award-winning television commentator. She is best known as a women who broke the gender barrier at the 1967 Boston Marathon and winner of the 1974 NYC Marathon.
The film, Spirit of the Marathon 2 will be presented in three segments, with our hosts providing their personal insights and commentary on the film. Roger will also launch his accompanying book and both Kathrine and Roger will be available for book signings. For the movie trailer please see the following link: Spirit of the Marathon 2 – movie trailer .
The start of the event is scheduled for 6.30 p.m. in the evening. For more information about the event and online registration please see the following link: Spirit of the Marathon 2.