Hunter Newsletter – Christmas Edition

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Hunter Newsletter


2 Contents.

3 Welcome & Member Profile.

4 Great News relating to Track.

5 – 6 Australian All Schools Results.

7 – 15 Profile; Margaret Dunbar.

16 Australian Schools Knockout.

17 The TORCH Club.

18 Professional Running.

19 Winter Calendar 2017 (provisional).

20 Volunteers Required.

21 Results – 2016 Zatopek 10.

22 – 24 Results – Vic Milers Club (No. 2).

25 Calendar – Victorian Championships.

26 – 28 Shield Updates.

29 – 30 Top Shield Point Contributors.

31 Have a Laugh.

32 – 34 Around the Tracks.

35 Breaking News.

36 Merry Christmas.

My experience at World Masters (Club Vice President: Michael Ryan)

World Masters Athletics Perth 2016. 26th October -6th November.


I had never competed at the World Masters so I was very excited to head over to


Perth and wear an Australian singlet and join in all the fun.


I had entered two races, the 8km cross country at Perry Lakes in the Perth suburb of Floreat and the 5km track race at the Ern Clark Athletic Centre in Cannington.


First up was the 8km cross-country held on a warm day on October 26th, my race was at 1pm and the weather was already heating up


My warm up routine consisted of finding shade and watching those in the previous race stagger around the course!


We then headed to the call room for the start of the race, The national anthem was played and we nervously anticipated the gun, there where competitors from quite a few countries represented Great Britain, Spain, Belgium, Canada, New Zealand to name a few.


Bang! The gun went off and I took off like a rocket, checked my watch at the first lap I was under 4mins per km (The race consisted of 4x 2km loops) I needed to conserve energy, needlessly to say I didn’t! By the third lap I could feel my pace dropping and I held on as best I could to finish in 35.42.


29th in my age group, not my fastest cross country race but a good experience, the course was dead flat nothing like Bundoora which I quite like.


The winner in my age group Australian David Sweeney ran 27.18 a pretty good effort for a 55 year old, he also won the 5km as well.


The 5km event was held at the Ern clark athletic track in Cannington, quite a distance from the city but the track was in good condition and apart from some strong winds on the front straight I was once again looking forward to racing with my fellow competitors.

I ran a controlled race to finish in 20.49 not my quickest but something I can improve on this coming summer, the winner in my age group David Sweeney ran 16.43 for the win.

The competition was quite fierce across all age groups, it was inspiring to see so many fast runners still doing good times after the age of 40 years old.


My highlight of the day was watching Roberto Busi

From Perth run on his own to take the win in the 40 -45 age group in 14.46!


All up it was a great experience that has made me want to train harder to improve my running, the weather and the people were all so very friendly.




Mick Ryan

Club has 20 teams at Vic Relay Champs: Masters Men TWO Gold in record time.


NOVEMBER 26 2016

The Victoria Relay Championships were held over the weekend in fine weather conditions. There were some fantastic performances by the Hunters teams against some quality opposition. Glenhuntly won 2 Gold and 2 Bronze medals with the possibility of another when the Women’s 4 x 400 run in the final at the Zatopek meet. There was good attendance by teams from across Victoria providing good atmosphere, and plenty of noise came from the grandstand during some of the exciting close finishes.


Event Team Members Time Place
Masters Men 40+

4 * 400m

Alex Newman

Geoff Pittman

Kurt Golonka

Leigh Phelan



Masters Men 40+

4 * 100m

Kurt Golonka

Alex Newman

Geoff Pittman

Leigh Phelan



Open Men


Michael Forbes

Kulan Ranasinghe

Matthew Harvey

Daniel Hamilton

3:36.92 BRONZE
U18 Girls

4 *100m

Avestina Zhong

Jasmine Fassoulis

Jemma Stapleton

(Christine Byrne)

Ciara Losty




Open Women

4 * 400m Team A

Emily McLean

Ashleigh Horrobin

Anna Saw

Nicola Davis

3:54.86Q Final at Zatopek
Masters Women 40+ 4*1500m Bridget Wetherall

Michelle Ciavarella

Lynn Bullock

Kellie Macknamara

23:52.97 4th
Open Men 4 *100m Team A Josh Steyne-Ross

Aidan Debernardi

Spencer Browne

Jojo Kwenin



Open Women 4 * 800m Team A Stacey Bulger

Cassie Higham

Keana Tour-May

Anna Saw

9:36.50 4th
U18 Boys

4 * 800m

Liam Halloran

Jason Clayton

Jasper Pickering

Alistair Strutt

8:28.37 4th
U18 Girls


Avestina Zhong

Claudia Carter

Christine Byrne

Ciara Losty

4:23.47 6th
Masters Men 40+ 4*1500m Chris Murphy

Chris Allan

Lyndon Loader

John Evans

23:43.39 7th
Open Women


Natalie Leontaridis

Ashleigh Horrobin

Nicola Davis

Danna Dekkers

4:26.51 7th
Open Women


Jennifer King

Natalie Leontaridis

Emily McLean

Nicola Davis

50.86 9th
Open Women

4 * 800m Team B

Laura Eades

Anna Ross

Charlotte McKenzie

Dana Dekkers

10:27.28 10th
Open Men


Jordan Ziebell

Tom McLean

Spencer Browne

Kulan Ranasinghe

3:26.85 12th
U16 Girls


Jemma Stapleton

Ashley Donner

Jamie Blecher

Leah O’Sullivan

4:43.88 13th
Open Men

4 *100m   Team B

Matthew Harvey

Michael Forbes

Jordan Ziebell

Tom McLean

44.45 13th
Open Women

4 * 400m Team B

Natalie Leontaridis

Kaitlyn Papworth

Jenny King

Keana Tour-May

4:28.13 18th
U16 Girls


Ashley Donner

Jamie Blecher

Isabella Griffin

Leah O’Sullivan

Rule 163.3 DQ
U18 Girls


Ciara Losty

Christine Byrne

Jasmine Fassoulis

Claudia Carter

4:08.64Q DNF


CLUB’S FIRST OLYMPIAN: DON KEANE 85yo passes away in home state of WA.



Many members, past and present, will be saddened to hear the passing in WA of Walker Don Keane. He was 85 years of age.


Don was our Club’s first Olympian; sixth in 1956 Melbourne Olympics 20km walk


Don Keane competed for the club for about 5 years from 1955- 1960 after representing Australia at the 1952 Helsinki Games; finishing 10th in the 10km Track Walk with a time of 47:37.0.


With Melbourne playing host to 1956 Olympic Games, Don moved east to attain the best competition he could. Gus Theobald befriended Don and for a time billetted him at his home as he organised residence. The club’ other top walker, George Nevitt, had just won the Australian 10km title, and along with the state’s other top walkers, Don set about getting selection for the Melbourne Olympics; achieving this goal and then finishing sixth in the Games 20km Walk.


Don began his sport as a promising middle distance runner but soon turned to walking; and in 1948 set a State Junior Record over the mile (1600m) walk. Improving rapidly, he quickly took the State Open record, and then the Australian Junior Record; all in his first season. He also won the State junior 5 miles (8km) cross country title.


By 1950 he had won the Australian Track Title in an Australian Record. He followed this with wins over the next two years; ensuring his selection for Helsinki.


He was very strong, preferring intensity training over quantity. He mixed weight work with daily calisthenics and exercises.


Many deemed he had the perfect style.


He had no formal coach, but listened to many peers, and to people like Percy Cerutty, Gus Theobald and Frank McGuire. He worked as a milkie; daily running behind his horse and cart as he did home deliveries in the early morning.


By the Melbourne Olympics, Don was training with New Zealander Norm Read and Williamstown’ Ted Allsop. An attempt on the World Record for 2 hours was organized for Ted just prior to the Games and Don wanted to be part ofit. During the event Don broke records for Victorian Australian and British Empire over 5 mile, 10km, 7 miles, 1 hour, 15km and 10 miles. He followed this up with Australian Records for 3000m and 5000m.


Don was a very good club person who contributed not only to walking but to other events such as club distance relays and


He continued walking and attempted to make the team for Rome but when this failed, he retired and soon after returned to Perth.


In Perth he became an IAAF judge and in later years took up coaching throwing events.


In brief;        Two Olympics :                   1952, 1956

                        Twelve National medals;   7 Gold, 2 Silver, 3 Bronze.

                        Three Victorian Medals;    1 Gold, 2 Silver.

                        Western Australian Titles.

                        Western Australian Records:

                        British Empire Records:

                        Australian Records:


Big V Trail Series. Hunters join in the fun.





The Big V Trail Series is organized by TrailLove Global (Bellarine Sunset Run) for the Victorian Running Network and supported by Athletics Victoria. With running events once a month from October through January this series has been introduced to provide runners of all levels and abilities accessible trails with destinations suitable for a fun family day out. There are 4 themed events all held within 45 minute drive from the Melbourne CBD offering distances of 3 km / 6-7 km / 12-14 km and creatively scheduled to maximize family participation.



Date Time Event Description Location
Sunday 30th October 10.00am Click Go The Shears Running through the Grey Box Forest and Werribee Gorge surrounds of the Eynesbury township built pre 1870’s with homesteads, shearing sheds, staff quarters and stables. Eynesbury Homestead Eynesbury
Sunday 13th November 10.00am Temple of Boom A light trail event running through the Wurundjeri tribe territory of Westerfolds Park situated beside the Yarra River. Westerfolds Manor Fitzsimons Lane Templestowe,
Saturday 10th December 5.30pm Field of Dreams Sunset Run This race slightly steps up from events 1 & 2 but once again so does the enjoyment with the introduction of some more single trail, bigger hills and some fast down hills. Lysterfield Lake Track Lysterfield
Saturday 28th January 5.00 pm Cultures at Cruden Farm Sunset Run Again running at sunset this time around the trails and property of the late Dame Elisabeth Murdoch known as Cruden Farm. Dame Elisabeth Murdoch’s Cruden Farm Cranbourne


The series will also play host to the Athletics Victoria State Trail Running Championships for juniors and open age groups at Lysterfield Lake.

The final event at Cruden Farm will conclude the with a NITRO TRAILS event, with a 1 mile (1600m) NITRO TRAILS dash for cash in full view for everyone to witness. A $TBC purse for the winner of the men’s and women’s race will attract some of our country’s finest middle distance athletes to watch and compete against.




On what turned out to be a sunny but windy Sunday morning a small number of Glenhuntly regulars and their families turned up to Eynesbury at 10.00am.

Pre-race briefing for 12km event

After the usual pre-race registration and collection of timing chips, the 12km event kicked off at 10.00am. The course provided for a fast start with flat conditions and a tail wind as the runners exited the historic homestead and surrounds and worked their way out into the open plains of Werribee and down to the gorge for 3km.

Start of the 12km Event

Conditions proved a little more challenging on the return back to the homestead with runners working into a strong breeze after working up their way out of the gorge up a gradual incline.

The course then meandered through the box forest and with a dry surface consisting of gravel and dirt paths underfoot it enabled everyone to settle into a rhythm without fear of falling. At approximately 9km, after completing a loop on the outer edges of what was previously a sheep station, the runners were then on the return loop back to the finish line.

Lyndon Loader in the 12km Event

It was on the return leg that the 12km runners (those who were not fast enough!) crossed paths with the 6km group runners who started as a separate group 30 minutes later who were following a different course.

Much encouragement, high fiving and motivation was given and created some excitement and a positive stage of the race and the impetus to finish of the race.

Kimberley Allen in the 6km event

A tight finish through the outbuildings of the homestead, preceded by a scenic run along the edge of the golf course (and even into and onto the 7th green and fairway for those not paying attention and losing their way!)… provided a welcome finish to what was ultimately an enjoyable but surprisingly tough course.

Finish Line for all events

The 12 km runners could then relax within the Homestead gardens and shade and enjoy and encourage the 6km runners to finish.

3km Event Start

At 12.00pm the 3km event was started and with some encouragement, those who had completed the 12 and 6km events joined the 3km runners. This followed the 6km course with an earlier turn around.

3km Cool down/family run

Evans Family at end of 3km event

In terms of results the highlights for Glenhuntly were Bridget Wetherall and John Evans taking out first place in their respective 12km 40+ age group events.

Glenhuntly Final Results

In summary the event was well organized with races starting on time and the timing with Tomato Timing went off without a hitch. The only considerations for future events is for runners to bring some safety pins! and also bring or purchase your own cup for the water station as the event doesn’t supply them out of consideration for the environment.

There was a wide cross spectrum of athletes participating which enabled those of all abilities and standards to have a competitive run. The location and terrain was a nice change from the usual AV events and it had a relaxed feel compared to the more full-on AV XC winter events.

The surrounds of the homestead made for a relaxing post event lunch in either the café or a picnic lunch in the gardens.

For those wanting a decent run over a longer distance rather than respectively pounding the pavements and tracks on a Saturday then you are encouraged to join the remaining events.


What a stunning weekend for our young club athletes at the weekend’s All School Championships.


32 of our youngsters competed and achieved some outstanding results; 15 medals.


A Hurdles Club Record, SIX GOLDS, FOUR SILVER, and FIVE BRONZE, and some huge PBs, were testament to the quality of our athletes.


ALL should be very proud of representing their schools at such a high standard and to achieve these results which represent hard work, commitment, and talent.


Victorian All Schools Champions are Christine Byrne, two Golds, Jemma Stapleton, a club record and Gold, Sophie O’Sullivan, Alana Porter, and Lochlan Curry; Golds.


A couple of other highlights were Lochlan Curry’s almost state record high jump in U14 (1.81m the old six foot), and Liam Halloran’s huge 800m PB to go under 2 minutes. Just stunning efforts.


Gemma Craddock, Aisling O’Connor-Buckley, and Isabelle Harper all showed their all round ability in a wide range of events with very impressive results.

In addition, two of our last year members performed well with Riley Thompson winning the U17 Shot Put (14.89m) and Gabrielle Shaw (6.42m) finishing with silver in the U17 Long Jump.



Lochlan Curry          U14                 High Jump                 1.81m                        GOLD


William Ockenden  U18                 2km Steeple              6:21.39          SILVER


Haftu Strintzos        U18                 3000m                       8:49.67          BRONZE

Liam Halloran         U17                 800m                         1:59.90          BRONZE


Edward Marks                     U16                           3000m                                      9:15.14                                     4th

Liam Glew                               U14                           Triple Jump                           11.10m                                     4th

Yotam Kimchi                      U17                           Triple jump                           13.05m                                     5th

Jasper Pickering                 U17                           3000m                                      9:41.71                                     5th

Jasper Pickering                 U17                           1500m                                      4:26.79                                     6th

Edward Marks                     U16                           1500m                                      4:28.47                                     7th

Romin Kodikara                U15                           800m                                         2:08.26                                     8th

Yotam Kimchi                      U17                           Long Jump                              5.88m                      8th

Beau Sciberris                     U17                           1500m                                      4:36.17                                     9th

Alistair Strutt                      U16                           800m                                         2:09.87                                     9th

Will Ockenden                     U18                           3000m                                      9:03.25                                     9th

David Blecher                      U15                           200m                                         25.24                       10th

Liam Glew                               U14                           Long Jump                              4.75m                      10th

Yotam Kimchi                      U17                           100m                                         11.79                       12th

David Blecher                      U15                           400m                                         61.55                       18th




Christine Byrne       U18                 100m                         12.01              GOLD

Christine Byrne       U18                 200m                         25.14              GOLD

Jemma Stapleton     U16                 90m Hurdles                        13.46 CR       GOLD

Sophie O’Sullivan    U16                 1500m                       4:49.09          GOLD

Alana Porter             U16                 Triple Jump              10.95m          GOLD


Georgie Macdonald U18                 1500m                       5:02.50          SILVER

Samantha Miller      U18                 Javelin                        36.76m          SILVER

Jemma Stapleton     U16                 200m Hurdles         30.25              SILVER


Georgie Macdonald U18                 800m                         2:17.06          BRONZE

Aisling O’Connor-Buckley U15     90m Hurdles                        13.70              BRONZE

Gemma Craddock   U14                 Javelin                        28.84m          BRONZE


Lidia Baxevanis                   U17                           Hammer Throw                  29.14m                                     4th

Juliet McBurney                  U16                           3000m                                      11:14.71                4th

Samantha Miller                 U18                           Discus                                       21.44m                                     5th

Samantha Miller                 U18                           Shot Put                                   9.36m                      5th

Sophie O’Sullivan               U16                           High Jump                               1.50m                      5th

Genevieve O’Brien             U16                           1500m                                      5:02.00                                     5th

Aisling O’Connor-Buckley U15                     200m Hurdles                     32.04                       5th

Jemma Owen                         U17                           Shot Put                                   8.95m                      5th

Genevieve O’Brien             U16                           800m                                         2:27.76                                     6th

Aisling O’Connor-Buckley U15                     Triple Jump                           10.42m                                     6th

Jemma Owen                         U17                           Discus                                       29.48m                                     7th

Alana Porter                         U16                           Long Jump                              5.00m                      8th

Gemma Craddock              U14                           80m Hurdles                        14.07                       9th

Jemma Owen                         U17                           200m                                         29.55                       10th

Gemma Craddock              U14                           200m Hurdles                     33.97                       10th        

Camillia Burrows              U15                           Triple Jump                           10.22m                                     10th

Sophie Carne                        U14                           1500m                                      5:21.03                                     11th

Gemma Craddock              U14                           Shot Put                                   8.51m                      11th        

Isabella Harper                                     U15                           Long Jump                              4.44m                      12th

Aisling O’Connor-Buckley U15                     100m                                         12.91                       12th

Isabella Harper                                     U15                           High Jump                               1.40m                      12th

Leah Sullivan                        U14                           800m                                         2:37.30                                     12th

Isabella Griffin                     U16                           400m                                         66.04                       13th        

Sophie Carne                        U14                           800m                                         2:41.95                                     16th

Sophie Hanlon                     U14                           1500m                                      5:26.09                                     20th

Jamie Blecher                       U14                           100m                                         14.35                       28th