Movie Screening: Spirit of the Marathon 2

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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.

Katrin Switzer on the 1967 Boston 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.

Source: Athletics Victoria

Prepared by: Trevor Vincent & Nenad Radosevic

School Sport Victoria State Finals

Hunter Highlights:
  • Sam Toll; what a run. Finished just 0.7 sec behind Gold in 16yo race to take the silver medal. Outstanding Sam.
  • Jack Highnam 17th and Nick Parkinson 30th in 17-20yo race.
  • Will Ockenden 14th and Max Meuleman 16th in boys 15yo race.
  • Dana Dekkers 10th, Kaori Nakase 24th and Nicola Davis 32nd  in girls 17-20 race.
  • Sam Miller 16th in girls 15yo race.
Well done to all Hunters.
Phil Hutton

XCR’14 Round 5: Sandown Relays Report and Results

Open Men Hunters

The road relays brought typical Melbourne weather to the fore for XCR: each leg of the race saw a different season, and some saw all the weather Melbourne could throw at them. It turned into a tough day for racing with strong winds to contend with on the home straight, not to mention the occasional downpour without warning.

This week the U20 team’s loss was our gain – Ben Kelly & Jack Bullock slotted into Divs 1 and 2 easily and both ran well – more than holding their own against their more senior teammates. A big PB by Rhydian Cowley, who’s fast becoming a decent runner, kicked the men’s Div 1 team off to a great start.  Strong results all the way down had our top men finishing a commendable sixth, keeping the team up high in the overall standings for the year. A strong group of runners on their heels in Div 2 all ran well, with most setting new PRs.  Their sixth place result was made even more impressive by “technical difficulties” at the last two changeovers.

The pair of Matts (Wynne & Larkin) in Div 3 each ran solid PBs, by 2 minutes apiece, while Victor Cook’s years of experience saw him add another strong time to his Sandown record. We saw great improvements right down the order, with Len and Ian in particular taking minutes off their times from last year.

Master team, made up from Paul Strangio, Andrew Ross and Michael Ryan had a great performance again taking another win this season. Good run boys! :)

Masters Men - Gold Medal
Masters Men – Gold Medal

Congratulations to all the Hunter men for competing on the day – yet again we comfortably filled all seven divisions, with some great individual performances all the way down!

Women Hunters

With the cross country season half way through we took to Sandown Racecourse for Round 5 and our first taste of road running this season with 6.2km relay legs.

  • Continuing their winning streak our division 1 team finished 1st, taking out the Les Perry Perpetual Trophy yet again
  • Both backing up incredible half marathons last weekend Amelia and Karinna ran the fastest times for the Hunter women, 21.32 and 21.34 respectively
  • Divisions 2 and 3 finished 2nd and 7th. Kaori Nakase was a welcome member of the div 2 team, stepping up to run open and her first time taking on the two laps
  • Huge personal bests were set by Amelia, Cass, Stacey, Laura, Frankie and Kara. And there were some excellent first time runs on the course by a number of girls
  • The masters team, made up of Robyn, Paula and Gill were all smiles as they accepted their bronze medals


Division 1 – First Place


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Masters Team – Bronze Medal

Congratulations to you all on a great day of ‘mostly dry’ racing (except that unlucky third leg). See you all at Albert Park!

Junior Boys Hunters

Outstanding results from junior boys with TWO SILVER Medals.

Junior Highlights:

  • The run of Ben Kelly to move up into the seniors and have his first run for division 1 and Jack Bullock into Division 2
  • The debut of Adam Spencer to produce equal fastest U14 run of the day
  • Sam Toll’s fourth fastest U18 with Chris Hibbert =5th and Daniel Hamilton =7th
  • Haftu Strintzos’s run for fourth fastest in U16
  • State 1500m Champ, Jasper Pickering’s solid lead off for U16
  • Cody Bellgrove’s debut with U14 and his team motivation in bringing a friend Romin to complete an U14 team
  • Jack Highnam’s effort for fastest in team 2 in U18
  • Will Ockenden’s continued impressive season in U16 for a top 10 U16
  • Declan Murphy’s impressive effort in returning from severe injury
  • Max Meuleman 15yo effort in U18 for impressive time


Junior Boys – Silver Medals


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Junior Boys – Sliver Medals

And a huge thank you and appreciation to all parents who came to support their sons; especially to Julie Nield, Heather Curtis, Maria Strintzos, Michelle McAviare, Chris Murphy and Graham Spencer who all assisted with recording and organizing the boys.

Junior Girls Hunters

Thanks to some great work from Peter Cuttler & Sonia O’Sullivan we saw tremendous results from the Junior Girls at Sandown. We had 12 runners – filling teams in U14, U16, U18 & U20, and we won team medals in U14 (Silver) & U18 (Bronze).  We finished 4th in U16 & 6th in U20.

Included in our teams were several girls having their first runs with the club – Sophie O’Sullivan (who amazingly broke club records for the Sandown circuit for U14, U16, U18 & U20 age groups), Juliet & Larissa McBurney,  & Genevieve O’Brien.

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Junior Girls – 2nd Place
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Junior Girls – 3rd Place
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Junior Girls – 2nd Place

Thanks to the parents & friends who looked after each of our teams.

For more information about results and hunters performance please visit the following link: 2014 Sandown Road Relays Results

Report prepared by: Cass Higham, Simon Bowly, Philip Hutton & Trevor Vincent

Results prepared by: Trevor Vincent

‘Road Runner’ Tarli Bird: the Conquest of the 2014 Gold Coast Marathon

My first time competing in a Marathon is definitely a weekend that is forever going to bring a massive smile to my face. Those close to me know that I do try and do too much and have to mention that I did attempt to race the Canberra Marathon in 2012. It seemed a good idea at the time in December 2011 as I relocated living over three houses around Victoria up to Moama whilst working in vacation care all summer holidays, then straight into starting my first full time permanent teaching position, whilst finishing off my masters….yes fair to say I spend the last week of tapering in bed and travelled to Canberra to run 15km before walking back to the start. At the start of 2014 over coffee with my coaches Lesley and TV I marked the Gold Coast Marathon into my diary as an opportunity to experience the distance without any pressure on times and splits. My training for the marathon didn’t alter from my normal training that has been consistent now for over a year averaging 130km a week. I did add in two 30km long runs in the last five weeks, which was slightly longer than my usual long run of 25km. Whilst training for the Gold Coast marathon I worked with a sports dietitan on developing a nutrition plan for the marathon and practiced this in the final weeks of training. I put my head down and really focused on the quality of my training in the final five weeks and I felt like I was living the life of a hermit. Getting up at 4.30am to train so that I was at school by 7.30am to chip away at my 7-10 exam marking and 240 student report writing, teaching, training and then hitting the pillow just after prime possum o’clock was on repeat. I love the word taper and loved the week it came into action.

Tarli Bird in action

I was lucky to have been given a seeded start in the marathon and had my accommodation organised by the event, staying at the same hotel as the international elite marathon runners. On the Friday before the marathon I enjoyed the opportunity of attending the media press conference and sitting in awe watching 11 male sub 2.10 marathon runners and 8 female sub 2.30 runners standing at the front of the room. I was also lucky that Lesley discovered how to use facebook properly whilst at the Gold Coast. The Saturday before the marathon I was able to relax the hotel whilst feeling social. By the afternoon I had felt exhausted enough watching her live news feed that I was able to have an afternoon naps in-between meals.

Tarli & Lesley

Pre-race on Sunday I was just excited to get out there. As mentioned earlier I didn’t really have a plan, just to live the moment of the race. I knew after 30km I was running in the unknown so started out conservatively knowing it was easy to make up time later on. Jane Fardell and New Zealander Alex Williams were the only two Oceanic/Australian athletes ahead of me from the start and I figured I’d worry about chasing them down once I’d settled into the race. I passed Alex at around 15km and considering I couldn’t see  Jane ahead at the 5km pointer I assumed she was well ahead still. At 28km I saw Lesley for the first time and was surprised to hear her say Jane wasn’t far in front. Once turning a corner I saw her ahead and knew if I kept the pace I was on I would pass her.

Tarli ‘Road Runner’ at the finish line

To be honest I loved the marathon distance. It was such a great atmosphere running past people I knew from Melbourne, Shepparton, Echuca and my family from Donald cheering. I felt like I ran with a smile on my face until 35km that then switched quickly into a grimace until the end. I was very naive with how I would feel after crossing the finish line. My bag I had taken to the event included bathers and towel ready to hit the beach after catching up with the other hunters for lunch. Fair to say that didn’t happen.

Tarli on the podium

My performance was only one of many fantastic performances by Hunters over the weekend and I’m definitely keen on travelling back up there next year to race in one of the events. GO HUNTERS!

Middle Distance and Distance Training Seminars in Melbourne – August 21 and 22

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.

I thoroughly recommend attending a seminar.

Group bookings can achieve a significant discount for 5 or more attendees, and this is all negotiable with events manager, Tracey Lowe,61 407 822490. or email on .