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XCR ’15 Round 4 Bundoora Cross Country

Link: TV’s Hunter Results

Open Women at Bundoora Park

The women had a great day out at Bundoora last week. There was a change to the course this year and although it was still extremely challenging it must have agreed with our girls as there were many great runs over the 8km race.
-Karinna led the Hunters, claiming a well deserved silver and her first individual medal for the season, she’s secured her place on the Victorian team for Nationals.
-For the second round in a row Amelia and Cassie also finished in the top 10, add to that impressive runs by Julia and Rebecca and the Premier team secured a comfortable and much needed win.
-Julia was the 1st masters runner to finish overall, collecting maximum points on the individual ladder.
-We hope Katherine Alexander enjoyed her first run with the club.
-Lisa had an excellent run, finishing 5th in her age group.
We had 10 women complete the course, a little down on previous years but enough to have teams in the first two divisions and masters. Congratulations to everyone who ran and thanks for all the cheering around the course. It would be great to see more of you out at Albert Park this weekend, we’ll keep our fingers crossed for great conditions.

Men’s Report

Ben Kelly wins the Men's U/20  8 km event
Ben Kelly wins the Men’s U/20 8 km event

Bundoora was full of surprises this year – a new course from AV, some warm winter sunshine and a surface that was unusually mud-free.  Much debate was had about whether AV’s changes had made the event easier or harder – but all seemed relieved to avoid so many passes of the water tower, particularly back up the steep side.

Toby Rayner stole the show, as he often does in cross country, placing 3rd overall to help our Division 1 team to a strong performance.  Then came the barrage – close finishes in pairs between Nigel P and James A; Jamie C and Jake M; Simon B and Julian K.  In all, 33 runners carried the blue boomerang around the 12k course, so many that it was hard to find a 30 second window without another Hunter finisher, from our 2nd to 20th runner.  It was great to see so many team mates pushing each other on to faster times, and those supporting us from the sidelines clearly had their work cut out!
3 runners in the top 50 and 11 runners in the top 100 helped our 8 teams to some of our highest places for the season: 4th for Division 1 and 5th for Divisions 2, 3, and 5.  As usual, the Hunters masters placed highly, with Tony Russo and Andrew McEvoy both in the top 10 for 40-44 and Paul Strangio 5th in 50-54 division.  Both 40+ and 50+ teams finished 5th.
With all but one of the cross country events complete, we’re heading to Albert Park in 2 weeks time for 10k on the road.
Simon Bowly

Club Junior News; entries required for Albert Park and Sandown




Hi Junior Hunter


The efforts of the Club’s juniors for their schools at the All Schools Championships was outstanding. Well done to all who competed.

See the Club website and facebook for the report.


We had 16 juniors run and some top efforts.


The Next event:


ALBERT PARK                       ROAD RACE               SUNDAY MORNING


8.30am           Boys                3km                U16 and U14


Girls                3km                U20, U18, U16 and U14



9.00am           Boys                10km              U20 and U18



I hope that many of you are available to represent the Club in this event. If you have a season’s ticket then you are already entered. Just turn up but remember your timing chip and bib numbers.


If you don’t have a season’s ticket you need to enter by Monday 22 June at 11.59am. (NEXT MONDAY).



SANDOWN RELAYS               ROAD RACE               SATURDAY 11th JULY


This very popular event is held at the Sandown Motor Raceway and is on a Saturday afternoon. There is no APS event scheduled for this day.


I hope you are keen to form part of our teams.


EARLY PLANNING: Please let me know by email:

ASAP if you would be available to run.


Teams of three in U20 (6km), U18, U16 and U14 (3km).


The Club enters teams and there is no additional cost to you. But I really need to know if you plan to run so that I can ensure we enter sufficient teams for all to get a run.



NORTONS PARK       XC RACE         Club versus Western Districts Adelaide.


Saturday 18 July


This event has been run since 1947, so is in its 69th year. It is a great run over 5km and is a social event for the club.


I hope many of you will be able to come along and make it a successful effort by the Club.   The race is scheduled for 2.45pm


There is no entry fee and there are prizes available for winners, handicap, and spot prizes.





Please don’t hesitate to contact me for any enquiries.


Phil Hutton                  


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Vale Ron Clarke‏

ron_clarkeGlenhuntly Athletics is deeply saddened to announce the passing of Club Legend, Patron and close friend of so many Hunters, Ron Clarke. All Club members extend their sincerest condolences to Helen, Marcus and Nicolas. Those of us who had the honour of knowing Ron have lost a great friend and the nation has lost a great man.

A tribute from close friend, Trevor Vincent

Ron Clarke (1937 – 2015) – A Special Friend.

I first became aware of Ron during his junior running days, when he set a World Junior record for 1 mile, just prior to the 1956 Olympics.

Our paths crossed occasionally over the next few years, but in 1960/1961 it all came together when Ron joined myself, Tony Cook, and a few others, who were training regularly at Caulfield Racecourse. This was the start of what became a close lifelong friendship.

Soon afterwards, with great encouragement and support from our good friend Frank McMahon, we ventured to the Dandenong Ranges for our long Sunday morning runs, starting a tradition that continues to this day. We became known as the “Ferny Creek Gang”.

Ron Clarke 1937 - 2015In those early days distance running in Australia was dominated, with a few exceptions, by New South Wales – but we soon changed that.

Our pleasing, but unexpected, successes at the 1962 Commonwealth Games gave us confidence to maintain and improve our training and competition routines. Great further success, as detailed in the great obituaries by Len Johnson and Paul Jenes, followed over ensuing years.

Ron was without doubt the finest distance runner that I have seen in my very long involvement in our great sport. Over all distances from 1500m/1 mile to the Marathon, he was magnificent, breaking World Records at all distances from the 2 mile up to the 1 hour run.

He was an incredible racer, rolled with the punches, and beat the best. Just a quick perusal of his 1965 year clearly demonstrates his ability – beaten only a few times and setting multiple World Records.
On a personal basis he was totally approachable, a huge influence on his fellow athletes and friends, and an incredible family man.

At the grass roots level of our sport he was a wonderful example, competing regularly and most unselfishly for his club, state, and his country.

Ron Clarke competing at Melbourne’s Olympic Park – the venue of Ron’s first 10 000 m World Record.

I was one of the small crowd on the sidelines at Olympic Park on December 1963 when Ron set his first 10K World Record in the Zatopek Classic. I was so ‘hyped’ after witnessing such an amazing performance that upon arriving home after the meet, I ventured out for a very late run in the dark as a mark of respect to Ron, and to settle myself down. 

Tonight I did a Ron Clarke celebration run/walk and hopefully we can find a few of his friends and admirers interested in a ‘Clarke tribute walk/run’ at Ferny Creek this coming Sunday 21st June at 8.30am.

To Helen, Marcus, Nicholas and the extended family I extend my deepest sympathy.


Len Johnson on Ron Clarke – The man who changed the world



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Ben and Georgie take titles at Bundoora (All Schools) among some top efforts from club juniors.



At the All Schools Cross Country Championships held at Bundoora last Saturday (13 June) sixteen members attacked the challenging course over the hills at Bundoora Park.


It was a great day for Cross Country running. The weather was a perfect Melbourne winters day, cool, sunny, and no wind. The course was soft in spots, but generally firm. Most runners felt it was a tough, challenging course.


The results from our Club members were outstanding (8 finishing in the top 10 in their age), testament to their hard work at training, and also representative of their undoubted talent.


Two members won titles.

Ben Kelly, in one of the most dominant runs I have seen at the championships, took total control of the U20 race to absolutely trounce the opposition. Well done Ben. It showed you have benefited greatly from your representation of Australia at the recent World Cross Country Championships.


Georgie Macdonald, running for Caulfield Grammar in the U17, had a great win, to continue her form from last summer when she broke club junior records for 800m and 1500m. Well done Georgie.


The following also achieved top placings in their age group event.


Haftu Strintzos in the U17 boys won silver, just 3 seconds behind the winner with Will Ockenden 4th, a further 6 seconds behind. Outstanding effort boys.


Sam Toll was another to finish full of running with a great 4th placing in the U18 boys, with Daniel Hamilton in 10th place..


Adam Spencer was a gallant 6th in the U15 boys and Genevieve O’Brien 7th in the U14 girls.


Jasper Pickering 11th and Liam Halloran 12th in the U16 boys, Dana Dekkers 16th (9th in the schools event) and Sophie Highnam 15th in the U18 girls also showed good form .


The club were further represented by:

Romin Kodikara        30      U14                 Juliet McBurney        37       U15

Alistair Strutt             22       U15                 Larissa McBurney     18       U17

Cody Bellgrove          43       U15

Beau Sciberris           38       U16

Jack Highnam           29       U20

Luke McCarthy        48th     U18

It was great to see so many from the Club represent their school. I hope that many of you will also be available for the next club race at Albert Park.


Well done to all competitors.

Vale Tito Beraun

This week Tito Beraun passed away after a battle with cancer. Some Glenhuntly members may wonder who Tito was but those who have been using our track for 10 or 15 years will remember a small man with a little boy who both put a great deal of time and energy into improving the young boys throwing skills.

The young boy was of course Pat Beraun, long time Club member, Committee Member and Team Manager. Pat’s enthusiasm for athletics generally, but throwing more specifically, came from that energy and commitment of his Father and our Club has indeed been the beneficiary. Pat and Tito were very close and undoubtedly he will be greatly missed.

All Glenhuntly Members and the Committee extend their deepest sympathies to Pat and his family on this very sad occasion.

May 29 2015

XCR ’15 Round 3 Ballarat Road Races

Link: TV’s Hunter Results

Link: Hunter Images

Mens report

One bright spot at AV Ballarat 15km road

Never let it be said the sun never shines on Lake Wendouree.

There was a moment at the AV 15km road championships on Saturday, 6 June when the scene was positively idyllic. The sun broke through the clouds, the wind dropped and sailing boats glided past in the background.

Unfortunately, it was late in the day, after the race had finished (even for us slowcoaches) and it didn’t last any more than 15 minutes, tops. But as we tucked into the afternoon tea and looked back towards Ballarat City, it was a welcome interlude indeed.

It’s always an interesting trip to Ballarat. The 15k road has found a home in recent times at Lake Wendouree. And, the vagaries of Ballarat’s wintry weather aside, an hospitable home it is.  The road is flat, the lap long enough that you don’t have to run too many of them to make up the distance, and windy enough that you don’t run into the wind for any length of time as you follow the edge of the lake.

This year’s event was run in cold and windy conditions with drizzling rain falling at times – especially just before the course turned into the wind at its city end. The effect of cold wind suddenly hitting wet skin was bracing, to say the least.

Twenty-eight Hunters completed the event, enough to fill five open teams, but nowhere sharp enough to place higher than the seventh position recorded by Division 1 and Division 5.

In a surprisingly large field of almost 420 runners, our best finisher was Josh Papanikolaou in 19th place in a time of 48:38. It’s been great to see Josh back at the forefront in the early part of this season.

Further back in our division one team was another returnee – Peter Hulbert. Once a regular among our top finishers, Peter is back this year and a solid contributor to our top teams again. Peter was 101st and will no doubt be finishing higher as the season progresses.

Jamie Cook, in 47th, was our only other finisher inside the top 50 with our other div.1 team members being the consistent Beau Lang (65), Jake McCahon (66) and Andrew McEvoy (109th).

Individually, Shane Davin ran just over three minutes faster than last year, Michael Comport a massive seven minutes quicker and Victor Cook snuck the right side of the hour this time, improving his 2015 time by over 40 seconds.

Father Joe Murphy won the battle of the Murphies coming back after son Eamonn made a bold attempt to psyche him out with a fast start. Both beat the unrelated Chris Murphy with battle to be resumed at Bundoora this coming weekend.

Completing the team results, division two was 13th, division three 11th and division four ninth. We finished two 40+ and two 50+ teams, with Andrew McEvoy, Graham Coutts and Jon Evans taking ninth place in the former and Victor Cook, Mick Ryan and Joe Murphy sixth the latter.

On to Bundoora for the 12km cross-country on 13 June. Lucky for some, no doubt.

Women’s report

The 15km road run hit much earlier than last year, unfortunately it didn’t stop the wind and cold, but the women were up to the challenge.

-Amelia, Cassie, Stacey and Kara all ran huge personal bests. -Rebecca and Kara made their debut in the premier division team, helping the girls to 4th place. -We had 9 women competing, including new member Kim Nanscawen who ran extremely well. -Kara, Kim and Lisa formed the masters team who finished 8th and our division 2 team were 10th.

Numbers were quite down at Lake Wendouree and we were lucky to cover two divisions. It would be great to see more girls out running in the next few rounds, Bundoora is a week away and a great course to look forward to-hope to see you there!

Cass Higham


The Club was represented by eleven junior boys and girls at this year’s championship. On a typical Ballarat day; with a cold wind, some sun and mostly overcast, and with a bit of drizzle, the race produced some top efforts from our runners. When we left Melbourne for the trip to Ballarat, it was a sunny 17 degrees but by the time we arrived in Ballarat at midday it was just 10 degrees and cloud was forming. It proved a challenge for the competitors. All junior age groups (U14, U16, U18 and U20) and both boys and girls all ran in the one race at 2.00pm. Ben Kelly was third overall in the race; a great effort just 9 seconds behind the winner. The boys managed to finish teams in the U20 and U16 team races but we fell one runner short in both the U18 boys and girls teams. We had no runners in the U14 race. U20: It appears our team finished equal second with Western Athletics, just 6 points behind Knox. Apart from Ben’s great run, Jack was also strong in finishing 9th in a very competitive age group. Daniel was a terrific addition and is showing the benefit of regular training after a long period on the injury list. Ben Kelly       3rd       Jack Bullock 9th       Daniel Loader          28th. Sadly, Dana Dekkers was our only girl competitor in this age group and she finished well in 9th placing. She has been very active in her school sports recently with wins in 400m, 800, 1500m, 3000m, some in school record efforts. U18: Some excellent runs here from Sam Toll 3rd and Will Ockenden 7th to show there continued development. It was a pity we couldn’t attract a third team member. Nevertheless, both Sam and Will are beginning to stamp their mark on this age group. Kaitlin Barr 9th, and Jess Clark 17th were also solid performers without a third team member. Both girls continue to show promise for the future. U16: Our three boys all showed good form and managed a very encouraging third placing in the team’s event. Well done boys.   These young boys are all training regularly and therby showing the benefits of this. We can expect continued improvement here. Jasper Pickering 10th, Liam Halloran 15th, and Beau Sciberras 18th.