Round 2 XCR ’12 Balnarring

The Hunters had a great day at Balnarring with second placings in Womens and Mens Division One.  The women once again won Divisions 2, 3 & 4. 

Men1st in Divs 2 & 6, 2nd in Divs 1 & 7, 3rd in 60+ !, U18 & U16, 4th in Divs 4, 5 & 40 + (7th in Div 50+ & 8th in Div 3)
Women1st in Divs 2, 3, 4 & U16, 2nd in Div 1 & 40+

Hunter Results (compiled by TV)

AV Team Results
AV Individual Results 

OPEN WOMEN
By Ebony Warren

Stacey Bulger improved 2 minutes on last year

We had a great turnout for the 4km cross country at Balnarring Racecourse last Saturday the 5th May, even though the weather wasn’t that great. There were plenty of hurdles and even more bogs. It was great to see plenty of new faces in the womens open. The results speak for themselves, Division 1 came home hard placing 2nd, Division 2 took 1st place, Division 3 also 1st, and Division 4 1st. What a bunch of stars.

Anna Thompson was our fastest female runner placing 4th with a time of 13.55. Every runner who ran at Balnarring last year showed a vast improvement on last years times. Can we make it back to back premierships in all divisions? We’re hoping, Hope to see you all at the next race which will be the Flemington 10k road race, there are sure to be some fast times.

Go Hunters

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VETERAN WOMEN
By Helen Rainey, Team Manager.

Congratulations to the 40+ women competing in our first muddy conditions for the season and coming 2nd overall.  Paula Nakase, Robyn Fletcher and myself were running together until my shoe lace came undone at the 2km mark and unfortunately I had to stop.  By the time I started running again, they were both a fair distance ahead and despite my increased effort I couldn’t catch up to them.  Paula and Robyn continued to run together and were only separated by 1 second at the finish.  Our times were an improvement from last year, Paula Nakase 17:29, Robyn Fletcher 17:30 and myself 17:35.

This was the 1st Balnarring race for Kara Gilbert and ran a great time of 19:47 and closely followed by Lisa Deramond with a time of 19:49.

Well done girls in coming 2nd.

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JUNIOR BOYS
By Phil Hutton, Team Manager.

Twelve members contested the second round of the winter season; six in each of U18 and U16 events. Unfortunately, none of our U14 and U20 runners were available to compete.

Our top performer at the Jells Park relays, Ben Kelly, who had school sport commitments, was another to miss.

The event was held on a flat course with some small jumps and wet, muddy patches, on a day which had intermittent showers and cool wind.

Our U18 boys completed two teams of 3 runners to finish THIRD behind teams from Knox and the Ballarat Region. Our second team finished FIFTH.

Debutant Julian Lam impressed, finishing some 40 seconds behind our first home Nick Parkinson, who continues to show steady and significant improvement. Nathan Douglas finished just 0.4 seconds behind Julian. This was an excellent for the club. Adam, Eamonn, and Daniel all finished strongly forming a second team. Well done boys.

Team 1
Team 2
Nick Parkinson      14th        13:57.0
Adam Braverman       26th   16:13.2
Julian Lam             19th        14:36.0
Eamonn Murphy        27th   16:24.9
Nathan Douglas     20th        14:36.4
Daniel Loader            28th    17:00.7

Our U16 boys also completed two teams of 3 runners. Team 1 finished in THIRD place for a BRONZE medal behind Mornington Penesula ansd Casey Cardinia.  Our team 2 finished FIFTH. Well done boys.

Ryan Losty was again impressive with a 10th placing to just hold off Chris Hibbert who finished 11th. Jack Strangio, still only 13yo, made up the team which won Bronze. A great effort.  Daniel Hamilton, just back from Little Athletics in Hobart 18th , Declan Murphy 19th, and Sebastian Zammit 26th formed our second team. All boys are verey keen and with continued training will show improvement over the season.

Team 1
Team 2
Ryan Losty           10th         11:19.8
Daniel Hamilton      18th    12:27.7
Chris Hibbert        11th         11:23.5
Declan Murphy        19th    12:34.6
Jack Strangio        17th         11:59.9
Sebastian Zammit    26th    14:58.6

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OPEN MEN
By Len Johnson

Day two of XCR ’12 at Balnarring could hardly have been a starker contrast to day one.

Two weeks ago Jells Park turned on a sunny day, a dry course and excellent conditions for running. Saturday 5 May at Balnarring Picnic racecourse was anything but – persistent drizzle, a wet course and, if not mud, plenty of puddles.

Fortunately, the contrast applied to the Hunter results as well. A modest seventh at Jells Park, the open men did a lot better than that at Balnarring. Maybe, when results are finally finalised, it won’t be as good as version ‘7.5’ on Aths Victoria’s website at the time of writing. That version has us winning division 1, but, alas, has most probably missed a key Box Hill competitor.

Still, top three or thereabouts is a far more competitive effort than seventh. We are on the improve!

Luke Hennessy led the Hunter charge, as he so often has over the past two seasons, finishing in seventh place. We placed three more inside the top 20 – the ageless Craig Semple in 18th, Toby Rayner in 19th and Josh Papanikolaou in 20th. Peter Macknamara (34th) and Chris Winter (54th) filled out the scoring six for division one.

Of course, all these results are provisional at the time of writing.

Great to see Toby – a former winner of the 8k xc at Lardner Park a couple of years ago – back after missing most of last season and we hope he, Luke and Craig form the basis of this winter’s challenge. Unfortunately, we lose Josh Pap now; he is off the USA and then Europe, training with Craig Mottram in the lead-up to London 2012. We wish them both good luck.

The rest of us battled around the deceptively difficult course with as much speed and grace as we could muster. Balnarring looks easy – flat, plenty of running on the course proper – but its twists and turns, uneven ground in the middle of the course and the pony club jumps make it a demanding test of most of the skills of cross-country running.

And it was nice of the rain, which constantly threatened, to hold off for most of the day. As it turned out, the worst part of the weather was the drive down.

See you all at Flemington for the 10k road.
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VETERAN MEN
By Andrew Ross, Team Manager.

Fortunately the heavy drizzle encountered en-route cleared in time for the races, but it did leave the course somewhat splashier than a year ago. Despite this, an enthusiastic group of more than 20 Hunter Masters gathered for XCR’12 round 2 at Balnarring.

The 40+ team was highlighted by the ever speedy Craig Semple (26.16) who finished an excellent 18th overall and 2nd in the 40+ age group. Paul Strangio made a welcome return to competition after a long break, coming in second in 29.24, and Andrew Ross was third home in 32.23. The team ended up in 4th place and is currently in the same position on the ladder.

The 50+ team was led by Joe Murphy, who continued his fine form with a 32.43, followed in by Andrew Vincent (34.34) just piping Mick Ryan (34.35). The 50+ team came in 8th.

The 60+ team of Len Johnson (36.33), Hugh Wilson (38.24) and Phil Hutton (44.57) came in 3rd, only 1 point behind the tied winners APS and Oakleigh.

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