XCR ’15 Round 7 Brimbank Park

Womens Report

Despite the threatening weather Brimbank Park turned out to be a beautiful and very successful day.
-In her first individual race for the season Tarli finished an impressive 4th.
-Cassie continued her good form taking 5th place, her best finish to date.
-Joining them in the premier division were Julia, Amelia and Rebecca. The girls took their 5th win for the season and now have a comfortable lead going into the remaining rounds.
-Anne, Brooke, Kim and Lesley all tackled the course for the first time, working hard on the hill and setting great times.
-Julia was first home in the 40+ age group and together with Bridget and Kim the team finished second.
-Always up for a challenge Kara ran the 10 mile, while the rest of us enjoyed cheering up on the infamous Col de Brimbank and ringing the cow bells as loudly as possible.
-We had quite good numbers with 13 women competing in the 6km and the teams did very well with division 2 coming in 6th and division 3 taking 5th.
Looking forward to seeing you all for a great weekend down the coast at Anglesea!

Mens Report

The open men’s team may have been missing some of the big guns at Brimbank (including 2nd placegetter from last year, Toby Rayner), but we showed our depth to record strong team performances.  Nigel Preston and Jake McCahon led the way, both running strongly over the 10 mile distance to record top 40 places.  Beau Lang and Jamie Cook, who showed he hadn’t missed a step after some time off, fought out a close finish as our 3rd and 4th runners.

From there it was out Masters athletes stamping their authority on the race: Peter Macknamara, Andrew McEvoy, Paul Strangio and Tony Russo all worked their way into the race well and finished strong. Chris Wardlaw quietly took another 1st place in the 60+ category.
Great to see Ben Asquith back running after unfortunately missing quite a bit of the season, and two of our returning marathoners from the Gold Coast last month, Ben Howe and Dale Woodbridge, bouncing back strongly.
Special mentions to junior hunter Daniel Loader, for stepping up to tackle the long distance, and Matt Wynne, our comfortable winner of the biggest PB award for this round – just shy of 7 minutes! (Expecting at least a 10 minute improvement when we get to Burnley)
Anglesea Ekiden up next – a brand new course giving a fresh twist on the traditional relay format.  Looks like the Hunters will have a strong presence on the Great Ocean Road.

XCR ’15 Round 6 Sandown Relays

Womens Report
Sandown Relays were yet again a very successful and enjoyable day for the Hunter women despite some unsavory weather.
-The Premier division won an unexpected Gold. Karinna gave the team a magnificent start, running the fastest time for the Glenhuntly girls. Rebecca and Laura had their first runs in a premier relay team and really stood up to the challenge, both running exceptionally and giving it their absolute all. Anna had a huge improvement on last year’s time, keeping the team on track in the middle of the race and Cassie brought them home strong, picking off the other teams to claim the win.
-Bridget, Kellie and Gill also landed on the podium, claiming the bronze in the Masters race.
-It was great to have Simone with us in her first run for the new season and a huge thanks to both Natasha Ockenden for stepping up to open and Helen for running despite being injured to make up teams.
-Monash student Sarah Cheong was joined by past members Sarah Lund and Sonia O’Sullivan for an invitational team which did extremely well. It was excellent to see Sarah L running so well already as she comes back from injury.
It would be wonderful to see our dominance continue for the remaining 4 rounds and hopefully we’ll have a big turnout (and lots of cow bells) at Brimbank Park!

Celebrate Glenhuntly Club Legend Ron Clarke with 3km run or sprint races in pre-season open day

Hi Glenhuntly members

A club open day is planned for the afternoon of Sunday the 4th of October so please leave this afternoon free in your calendar. This event was formally run as the Ray White handicap day but an exciting new major sponsor will be unveiled shortly. The day will be open to all club members and non-members so encourage your friends to come along too. The events on the day will incorporate historic perpetual club awards for Glenhuntly members, some dating back over 80 years! The signature event will be the 3km Ron Clarke run in memory of this great Hunter.

We are currently sourcing sponsors to donate prizes for refreshments, events, raffles and random draws so if you know someone who might be interested in a small donation of goods (for example a friend who owns a shop or your employer) then please let Kurt Golonka know via email (kurtgolonka@gmail.com) or Facebook. Any sponsors will get good publicity on the club’s website and Facebook page and on a sponsors board and announcements on the day.

Importantly we will need a few volunteers. A specific volunteer required now is someone to co-ordinate the minor sponsors. This won’t be an overly time consuming task and you will be helping to raise money for the club so please let Kurt know if you are interested in this role. We will also need some volunteers on the day to help set up and clean up so also let Kurt know if you can spare a couple of hours on the day.

Will, Ben, and Sam outstanding in the Brimbank Cross Country titles



Despite early concerns regarding the weather, the races at Brimbank were run in good XC conditions; cool with little wind.


Although we were only represented by a team in the boys U20 event, there were some outstanding results achieved by some of our juniors in a number of races.


U20 Boys             6km Ben Kelly led the team into third placing behind Knox and Western Athletics. Ben ran strongly for third placing to complete an outstanding winter season by winning Athletics Victoria’s Champion U20 athlete award by one point. Great effort Ben; a top season. Jack Bullock 15th and Declan Murphy 18th made up our team and both showed good form in what is a very strong field of young athletes. Jack finished 12th in the champion athlete award.


U18 Boys             8km      Will Ockenden had his best ever result in finishing a very close second in this event; just over 2 seconds from the winner. Magnificent effort, and coming on top of his win in the state Schools Cyclecross championships. . Sam Toll, who was struggling with a heavy cold on the day, ran into 6th placing ; a very gutsy effort. Both boys have had excellent seasons, both finishing high on the AV Champion Athlete awards. Sam finished 2nd and Will 4th in the awards. Outstanding effort boys.


U16 Boys             6km Beau Sciberras continues to show improvement in his debut year and finished with a very good run in 17th position. We unfortunately lost both Jasper and Liam to injuries; both had been very good contributors to the team during the season.

U20 Girls             4km      Dana Dekkers Dana is having a great season with consistent performances and wins at regional school events. She finished 7th in this event and has proven to be a fantastic club person. In the Athletics Victoria Champion Athlete award Dana finished 8th for the season. Well done.


U18 Girls             6km      Sophie Highnam               Sophie continues her strong performances and has certainly improved during the season. She finished 11th in this event.


U16 Girls             6km      Eleanora Gilbert               It was good to see Eleanora run this challenging event in her debut year. She continues the long line of Gilberts who have represented our club for 4 decades now (Ben, Kara (still going), Ebony, Fran (secretary and official) and of course club helper Barry). Well done Eleanora in finishing 23rd.



Club Juniors lead the way to win the Theobald Shield for 2015



The 69th staging of the Arthur Beames contest for the Mrs. A.A.Theobald Shield.


The Annual Challenge match between the Western Districts (Adelaide) club and Glenhuntly took place at Norton’s Park Glen Waverley on Saturday.


What a great day it was too. It was terrific to finally see some fine weather as well as some great racing, especially from our young competitors.


41 competitors faced the starter (TV) for the 5km race and handicap. Runners had to estimate their time for the handicap. There were 18 masters, 6 juniors (U18) and 17 open age. 12 WD district runners came across to defend the shield they won in Adelaide last year.


The race was followed by presentation of trophies and then a dinner at the Wheelers Hill Hotel; attended by about 50.


The race was won for the fourth time by junior Ben Kelly (U20) from two other juniors; Sam Toll (U18) and Will Ockenden (U17). What a great result for the future from these youngsters. Fourth was Rhydian Cowley (Open) who had just arrived home on Thursday from the World Universiade (20km walk).


Ben’s win takes him into third place for the most wins in this challenge, four times, behind club life members Keith Lyons 5 and Trevor Vincent 6.



Team Results:

Male (teams of four)   Female (Teams of three)
Ben Kelly                         GHY         1

Sam Toll                            GHY       2

Will Ockenden               GHY      3

Rhydian Cowley           GHY       4

Tim Callahan                 WD         5

Grenville Wood              WD        6

Geoff Troiano                WD          7

Gaetano Aiello                WD        8

  Cassie Higham       GHY       1

Karinna Fyfe           GHY       2

Dana Dekkers       GHY       3

Beverley Moss       WD       4

Lesley Rutherford   WD     5

No 6th runner.


GHY                 10 points                                           GHY                 6 points

WD                  26 points                                           WD                  15 points


This event has a lot of history attached to it, having been first run in 1947.


Trevor Vincent has been a member of GHY teams on 21 occasions, having been first home on 6 occasions. Life Member, Keith Lyons, had a magnificent stretch of 9 first GHY member home between 1947 and 1955. Murray Edwards holds that distinction with 4 first homes for WD from 1960 -63.

WD Club President made his 19th team and is closing fast on Trevor Vincent. What can TV do? A comeback in 2016? Or encouraging more WD athletes to run to make it harder for Gaet. Time will tell.



Full results below.


Name Club Estimated Actual M/F Open Junior Masters Adjusted
Time Time U18 40+ Time
1 Ben Kelly GHY 16:00 15:53 M Y -7
2 Sam Toll GHY 16:15 16:10 M Y -5
3 Will Ockenden GHY 17:00 16:17 M Y -43
4 Rhydian Cowley GHY 15:59 16:32 M Y 33
5 Jack Bullock GHY 16:30 16:41 M Y 11
6 Simon Bowly GHY 16:52 16:53 M Y 1
7 Jake McCahon GHY 16:30 16:54 M Y 24
8 Beau Lang GHY 16:25 17:35 M Y 1:10
9 James Robertson GHY 18:52 18:04 M Y -48
10 Matt Wynne GHY 41:00:00 18:05 M Y 22:56
11 Andrew McEvoy GHY 19:00 18:06 M Y -54
12 Cassie Higham GHY 18:30 18:12 F Y -3
13 Karrina Fyfe GHY 18:15 18:30 F Y 15
14 John Baker GHY 17:30 19:03 M Y 1:33
15 Tim Callahan WD 19:25 19:23 M Y -2
16 Grenville Wood WD 19:30 19:39 M Y 9
17 Dana Dekkers GHY 20:20 19:48 F Y -32
18 Shane Davin GHY 20:01 19:49 M Y -12
19 Matt Larkin GHY 19:00 19:58 M Y 58
20 Geoff Troiano WD 20:15 20:31 M Y 16
21 John Evans GHY 23:00 21:16 M Y -1.44
22 Gaetano Aiello WD 21:50 21:36 M Y -14
23 Kaitlin Barr GHY 20:50 21:41 F Y 51
24 Chris Dimitrak WD 21:25 22:12 M Y 47
25 Anna Ross GHY 24:37:00 22:53 F Y -1.44
26 Lyndon Loader GHY 22:30 23:47 M Y 1.17
27 Ryan Moss WD 23:05 23:48 M Y 43
28 Eleanora Gilbert GHY 25:00:00 24:01:00 F Y -59
29 Spencer Hall WD 30:00:00 24:20:00 M Y -5.4
30 Nando Princi WD 23:00 24:22:00 M Y 1.22
31 Beverley Moss WD 25:00:00 24:50:00 F Y -10
32 Lesley Rutherford WD 21:00 24:51:00 F Y 3.51
33 Noah Portelli GHY 25:57:00 26:32:00 M Y 35
34 Angelo Portelli GHY 26:00:00 26:33:00 M Y 33
35 Alan Irwin GHY 26:30:00 27:36:00 M Y 1.06
36 Lindsay Hall WD 25:00:00 28:44:00 M Y 3.44
37 George Linou WD 32:00:00 31:21:00 M Y -39
38 Tony Doran GHY 30:02:00 33:18:00 M Y 3.16
39 Phil Hutton GHY 31:00:00 33:18:00 M Y 2.18
40 Kevin Esmore GHY 43:00:00 36:21:00 M Y -6.4


GHY 1st Home Open Ben Kelly
Junior U18 Sam Toll
Handicap Male Simon Bowly
Female Karrina Fyfe
1st Home Open Cassie Higham
Junior U18 Kaitlin Barr
WD 1st Home Open Tim Callahan
Junior U18 Ryan Moss
Handicap Male Tim Callahan
Female Beverley Moss
GHY 1 Ben Kelly
2 Sam Toll
10 3 Will Ockenden
4 Rhydian Cowley
WD 5 Tim Callahan
6 Grenville Wood
26 7 Geoff Troiano
8 Gaetano Aiello
GHY 1 Cassie Higham
2 Karrina Fyfe
6 3 Dana Dekkers
WD 4 Beverley Moss
5 Lesley Rutherford
15 6 no runner


Club Event against Western Districts at Nortons Park: this saturday 18th.

NEXT EVENT: This Saturday, Norton’s Park (Glen Waverley) 18th July at 2.45pm. 5km event. Handicap event and trophies.


Our friends from the Western District’s Club in Adelaide are making the trip this weekend to try and defend the AA Theobald Shield they won in Adelaide last year. This will be the 69th staging of this annual challenge. (Our club won the women’s shield in 2014.)


It is hoped club members will come along and enjoy the competition.



  • fastest male and female
  • Fastest junior, male and female (Under 18)
  • Handicap winners; male and female
  • Fastest master (Over 40)
  • Spot prizes.


Club Juniors outstanding at Albert Park





The Road Races at Albert Park produced some outstanding results from our Juniors.


On what was a great morning for running, the course along the lake was a perfect setting for fast times. The weather was very kind, with little wind and plenty of sunshine.


The 3km race for Boys U16 and U14, and Girls U20, U18, U16, and U14 saw Adam Spencer, U16, show out for a great second overall, just a few seconds down on the winner. Adam has been representing his school Wesley College so far this winter and this was his first outing for the club this winter. He continues to show tremendous potential, considering he is just 14 and has another year in the U16 age group. Unfortunately, he was not supported by a team in the team’s event, as many of our others were either injured, sick, or playing Sunday football.


The Girls too did very well with Dana Dekkers in the U20 finishing in 8th place, Genevieve O’Brien U14 in 5th place and Georgie Macdonald 6th U18. All really top efforts. Genevieve ‘s run was outstanding for a 12 year old, and Georgie, following her state school’s championship U17 title, competed very well in the upper age group.


It was terrific to see the performance of our Under 18 girl’s team finish in SILVER position, with great support from Kaitlin Barr and Sophie Highnam, who both finished close together.

Well done to all girls.


In the 10km road race, run by the U18 and U20 boys, it was fantastic to see Sam Toll and Will Ockenden, both very highly placed with a Bronze and 4th respectively. Outstanding efforts in fast time. Sam and Will were supported by Luke McCarthy who ran very well for 16th placing to help give our team a very close SILVER placing.


The Under 20 boys also completed a team with Jack Bullock showing fine form in a strong 11th placing in a very competitive field. Jack Highnam continues to show improved form and Declan Murphy ran a solid race on limited training.

Well done boys.


Men Under 16- 3k    
2 Adam Spencer 9.28.7
Men Under 18 – 10k      
3 Sam Toll 33.07.9
4 Will Ockenden 33.39.4
16 Luke McCarthy 36.25.9
Men Under 20 – 10k      
11 Jack Bullock 33.54.8
19 Jack Highnam 34.51.2
26 Declan Murphy 38.34.3



Women – U14 – 3k      
5 Genevieve O’Brien 11.08
Women U16 3k      
24 Eleanora Gilbert 12.55.3
Women – Under 18 – 3k      
6 Georgie McDonald 10.31
10 Kaitlin Barr 11.20.2
11 Soohie Highnam 11.25.7
21 Jess Clark 13.26.7
26 Isobella Gilbert 14.37.2
Women – Under 20 – 3k      
8 Dana Dekkers 10.50.6



NEXT EVENT:   Sandown Relay Saturday 11th July at 12.45pm