Round 3 XCR ’12 Flemington Road

Hunter Results (compiled by TV)

AV Team Results
AV Individual Results
Team Ladders
Individual Ladders

OPEN WOMEN
By Helen Rainey

 Congratulations to the Open women competing in the 10km at Flemington.     We had a great turnout but our Team Manager and other runners was sorely missed.  The conditions were good despite the weather being so bad the day before.

Karinna Fyfe was the fastest runner of the day placing 6th with a time of 35:53, closely followed by Sarah Lund finishing 9th with a time of 36:23 – well done!! The Division 1 team consisted of Karinna, Sarah, Julia Edwards and Bridget Corcorcan ran well placing 2nd overall.  Division 2 also came 2nd overall with everyone running under 40 minutes.  Well done Meredith Cook, Belinda Dennett, Nicola Anthony and Anna Ross!!

Division 3 came 1st with Kellie McNamara (great improvement from last year), Kirrily Burnett and Helen Rainey.  And the 3 Division 4 teams coming 3rd, 4th and 7th.

Welcome back Kim Eadie – a great run for the Division 4 team.  Tarli Bird and Stacey Bulgar sorry that you both had to pull out of the race – hope to see you both at Ballarat for the 15km.

Well done girls!!

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MASTERS WOMEN
By Helen Rainey, Team Manager.

Congratulations to the 40+ women competing in the 10km at Flemington. We were very lucky with the rain holding out until after the finish.
Once the gun went off, it took us a while to get past the start line as there were so many competitors. With such congested conditions we all found the first lap slow going as we tried to get into our rhythm while passing slower runners.
Paula Nakase, Robyn Fletcher and myself ran together for the first lap and then I became separated from Paula and Robyn who helped each other till the end. Paula ran well, finishing soon after myself, closely followed by Robyn. Lisa Deramond and Kara Gilbert were not far behind and both ran very well. This was Kara’s first Flemington race. Paula and myself didn’t improve our times from last year but still both ran strongly but Robyn did improve her time from last year.
Helen Rainey 43:24
Paula Nakase 44:25
Robyn Fletcher 44:29
Lisa Deramond 49:56
Kara Gilbert 52:01

Well done girls!!

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JUNIOR BOYS
By Phil Hutton, Team Manager.

Eleven hunter boys contested the races at Flemington; 4 over 10km and 7 over 3.2km. In what was to prove a frustrating and unfortunate event for the under 16s and 14s, the course was incorrect with the lead runners running into the finishing area after just 6 minutes. This caused confusion and eventually the championship race and teams event was considered a non event. It will be re-held in September at the Half Marathon in Burnley (a Sunday morning). The race was re-run at 2.00pm with some of our juniors having another go; the boys ran together with Declan Murphy 12.51.6  26th, Ryan losty 12.51.8  27th, Jack Strangio  12.51.9 28th and Sebastian Zammit  13.37.0 31st. Chris hibbert, Jasper Pickering and Marlee Harrison competed in the non event race earlier but there are no results. It was certainly disappointing. I was told that Chris hibbert and Ryan Losty were well up in placings in the non event so they were having a good run. Boys; please look at the AV website for AV’s apology and future event to replace.

Tom McFarlane was our only starter in the U20 10km running a fine 10th in 38:24.3. Well done Tom. John, Wade and Sascha were all entrants but non starters with injury, work, and Triathlon time trials the cause. Oh Well, let us hope for a team complement at Ballarat on saturday week.

Our U18 team finished in 6th place with Adam Braverman leading our team home with a fine 23rd placing in 42:17.0. Eamonn Murphy was close behind in 24th and a time of 43:53.7 and Daniel loader was 25th in 44:07.4 Great to have a team finish boys. Hopefully, Ben, Nick, Nathan and Julian will all be available to compete on the flat Ballarat course at Lake Wendoree.

Julian Lam ran a time trial last weekend over 5km for his triathlon squad and ran 16:50; great effort.

Boys; if you haven’t got seasons tickets and want to run at Ballarat on n9th June please ensure your entries are placed with AV this week.

See you in Ballarat.

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OPEN MEN
By Chris Winter, Team Captain.

There was a buzz similar to that preceding the Melbourne Cup. The best runners were gathering at Flemington Racecourse to contest the prestigious Big V 10km. The form guide had Lisa Weightman and Harry Summers as red hot favourites. The two lived up to the punters’ expectations to finish first in their respective events. As for Glenhuntly, we had our own young talent on display, with Luke Hennessy, Karinna Fyfe and Sarah Lund all deserving of their top 10 finishes.

For the men, the challenge was to build on the momentum from Balnarring where we finished on the podium in both Division 1 and 2. This was always going to be difficult with a much larger field at Flemington and a few big names missing. To our credit, we managed to have 7 runners in the top 100. These were Luke Hennessy (9th), Toby Rayner (17th), Rhydian Cowley (30th), Peter Macknamara (68th), Chris Winter (79th), Darren Henstridge (83rd) and Jamie Cook (96th). Rounding out Division 2 were Julian Kuppler, Julian Cook, Paul Strangio, Han Quach and Nick Harrison.

There is little time to recover, with the next race in less than two weeks at Lake Wendouree over 15km. With our depth in numbers a strong point, we have a good chance over the coming rounds to maximise the number of points we attain. This is because race numbers tend to dwindle as we travel further from the CBD.

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VETERAN MEN
By Andrew Ross, Team Manager.

One day after Melbourne’s coldest day in four years (and it’s not even winter!), the weather gods certainly gave it their best shot in time for XCR’12 Round 3, the Big V 10 at Flemington. Whilst it was windy, the rain held off and so the race was held in probably the best conditions of the day.

Once again, a tremendous turnout of Hunters assembled, including as always, an excellent number of Masters.
Making a nice change from recent events, the 40+ division included three of the club’s best ‘over 40’ runners, with ‘young’ stars Julian Cook (35.29 – 5th in 40-44 age group) and Nick Harrison (36.57) split by the more ‘experienced’ Paul Strangio (35.45 – 5th in 45-49 age group). These excellent performances placed the 40+ team in 3rd place, the best result for the season so far.
The 50+ division was highlighted by Joe Murphy (40.26 – 5th in 55-59 age group), finishing ahead of Andrew Vincent (41.46) and Dennis Gellert (42.29), with the 50+ team finishing 10th.
In the 60+ group, it was Len Johnson (42.46 – 5th in 60+ age group) from Hugh Wilson (44.56) and Eric Sigmont on the comeback trail (47.11), placing the team second… if only there was a 60+ team division.
All in all, an excellent result for all Masters age groups, so lets keep the momentum building with another big turnout in Ballarat, for the Lake Wendouree 15km in two weeks time.
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