The Tan Relays were first held in 2005, to add a fourth relay, and 10th event to the Winter premiership. It is a 3.78km circuit, comprising one lap of the Tan track around the Melbourne Botanical Gardens and Kings Domain.
So this year was the 11th staging of the event.
Our best club placing in Men’s Division one/premiers is second on 2 occasions, 2009 and 2010.
This year we had quite an incredible number of teams and runners taking part with 8 Open Men’s teams, 2 x 40+ age group teams and 2 x 50+ teams – a total of 50 runners. Additionally we saw 3 teams competing by invitation from TV and Len’s ‘Run Monash’ (Monash University) squad – another 13 male participants.
Only one of our age group records was broken, by Chris Wardlaw (men 65-69) who took the record from Eric Sigmont with his time of 15.54.
Han Quach is now the only one of our open males to have participated in our teams in all 11 stagings of the relay.
Results for our teams were mixed, with the second placed M40+ (1) team our best. However we were most competitive in all divisions and age groups, finishing in high places on all the premiership ladders at the end of the season.
Thanks particularly to our team captain, Simon Bowly, for his leadership and great support, and to Len Johnson for his involvement and input.
And we offer our congratulations to the club Women’s division one team on scoring another great win – their 4th in the event.
Round 9 Womens Open and Masters Report for Burnley
The season seems to have gone too quickly with only one round remaining but the half marathon was not to be missed! After our reasonably poor showing last year with only 5 competitors it was excellent to have 9 women representing Glenhuntly, covering the premier, division 2 and masters categories.
Karinna continued her dominant season, storming home to claim silver.
Cassie ran a huge personal best to finish 3rd, her first individual medal in XCR. After strong seasons Karinna finished 3rd and Cassie 4th overall on the individual winter champion ladder.
Rebecca continued to improve, easily breaking the 90 minute barrier for the first time.
The premier division, made up of Karinna, Cass, Amelia and Rebecca, took the 6th team win for the season. Giving them a very comfortable lead going into the last round.
Kellie, Kim and Lisa helped the masters team to 6th place. And individually Kellie finished 3rd in her age group, Kim 9th, Lesley 15th and Lisa 3rd as well.
Karinna, Cassie, Kellie and Lisa all improved their times for the course, a really impressive result!
Congratulations to you all on some terrific results this season and good luck for Tan Relays!!
Round 8 Womens Open and Masters Report for Anglesea Relays
After being off the program for a couple of years we were all looking forward to the return of the ekiden relays this season. The new venue offered an exciting and extremely challenging course and with the same start and finish area for all change overs it was great to be able to see the progress of the race and cheer everyone on.
-The premier division, made up of Amelia, Cassie, Julia, Bec and Laura, were once again successful in bringing home a medal, claiming silver this time in an exhilarating battle across every leg.
-It was great to have Dana join the open division 2 team for the relays and she excelled on her leg, we’re looking forward to having her in the team permanently in a couple of years time. She was joined by a strong team with Bridget running a solid leg to start, Stacey loving every step in her first run back from injury and Katherine bringing it home to finish 3rd.
-Sarah gave the division 3 team an equally impressive start, followed by Brooke and Helen who ran great legs on the difficult terrain. Eleanora stepped up from juniors to complete the team and we hope she enjoyed herself. The team did really well to finish 4th.
-We also had success with the master’s team; Kim, Lesley and Lisa each ran exceptional legs to hold off the other teams and were rewarded for their efforts with bronze medals.
The day was a huge success and hopefully continues into future years. With only two rounds left the XCR season is almost over so don’t miss out on the half marathon or the Tan relays next month.
Round 9 Mens Report for Burnley
You know it’s the business end of the season when Burnley rolls around. Only a few days in to spring, we had pretty much perfect conditions for road racing. This is usually a strong round for us, and the Hunters didn’t disappoint. In all 26 of us trudged the endless loops of the Burnley course.
As with Brimbank, our masters contingent featured strongly: Julian Kuppler, Peter Macknamara and Andrew McEvoy all put down great times under the 80 minute mark. On the younger end of the scale, it was great to see Jack Bullock and Jack Marquardt comfortably under 80 minutes in their first attempt at the distance. Big PB’s by Michael Comport and Matt Wynne this week, both knocking nearly 10 minutes off previous years efforts.
Strong team placings across the board, with the 40+ Men claiming first place, and all open teams 4th or 5th. With that result the Div 1 team moves up to 4th place with just the Tan to be run!
Round 8 Mens Report for Anglesea Relays
A surf coast twist on the traditional Ekiden relay format took us to Anglesea for round 8 of XCR 15. While the Bendigo to Harcourt race has certainly been missed, this years course did make team organisation a lot less challenging. There were only a few teething issues for the race, with some first runners being misdirected, but this was quickly corrected. It was a challenging course, set on the trails between Anglesea and Point Addis, with some great views for any runners looking for a distraction from steep hill climbs.
All teams placed well in their respective divisions, the best of the bunch being our 40+ men’s team of Graham Coutts, John Evans and Chris Allan claiming the bronze. A great performance by our Division 1 team saw them miss the podium by just one place. A particularly strong run by Ben Kelly as second to last runner saw the team pick off a couple of places. The Div 1 boys are well placed for the season, sitting in 5th with two rounds to go.
Hard to comment on any PB’s with a brand new course, but we had a great turnout numbers-wise: 6 open and 3 masters teams. All around, a great team effort! Hoping for the same at Burnley.
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!
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.
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!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.