Round 4 XCR 2012 Ballarat Reports

Hunter Individual & Team Results (compiled by TV)

JUNIOR BOYS
By Phil Hutton

In one of the club’s best overall junior performances for a number of years, our teams were prominent in the results of the State 5km Road Championships.

Ballarat looked as though it would live up to its reputation as a cold, wet inland city when the trip up the freeway was covered in fog and occasional drizzle and showers. It did not look inviting at all. I must admit a flat tyre on the car did not help the expectations at Bacchus Marsh.

However, the day greatly improved and this brought out the best in our junior boys.

Under 20s.  SENSATIONAL.    GOLD in the teams race.   

Sascha Bondarenko-Edwards ran a great race to take the SILVER MEDAL. He was well supported by Tom McFarlane 9th and Wade Zervaas, in his debut with  the club,11th. Team result 22 points. This was our first junior team win for a number of years.

Under 18s   ENCOURAGING.     Two teams finishing 4th and 6th.

Ben Kelly, last years junior winterchampion,  had his first run this season and finished an impressive 11th in a very competitive event. He was well supported by Julian Lam 19th and Nick Parkinson 22nd, both boys continue to show improved form in their running. Nathan Douglas 25th, Adam Braverman 28th,   Eamonn Murphy 33rd, and Daniel Loader 34th made up an impressive array of Hunter runners. It is really great to have depth in our teams; we are showing improvement.

Under 16s   WOW.   Team result SILVER .

This was a result that had been coming for a while now. Chris Hibbert, in a breakout run, against bigger opposition, ran sensationally for third place. Well done Chris. Ryan Losty ran impressively and is not far off Chris and Sam Toll, in his debut, was great with a fine 14th. Daniel Hamilton continues to show good form, being younger of the boys. So,great result boys.

Under 14s  KEENNESS.      No team but future bright.

We were still not able to finish a team but we have a new recruit to run next time so lets hope we have a team at Brimbank. The boys continue to show enthusiasm and both are young in their age group.Jasper Pickering is a fine talent with an impressive 8th place. Marlee Harrison continues to impress for an 11 year old and he finished in 11th  place. Well done boys.

The next race is at Brimbank Park in Keilor on Saturday 23rd. I am hoping for teams in all age groups so be sure to make sure you get your entry organized with Athletics Victoria if you don’t have a seasons ticket

GO HUNTERS

OPEN WOMEN
By Amelia Aslanides

Congratulations to all the open women who competed at Ballarat’s Wendouree Lake on Saturday the 9th of June. There was a great turnout and lots of supporters. And despite some uncertainty about the weather, the conditions were great!

Karinna Fyfe had an awesome run, placing 2nd with a time of 53:48, followed by Julia Edwards (9th; 55:44) Tarli Bird (15th; 58:00) and Sarah Lund (18th; 58:10) – awesome! Karrina, Julia, Tarli and Sarah made up our division 1 team which placed 1st overall – well done!

Division 2 placed 2nd overall with the team consisting of Bridget Corcoran (19th; 58:12) , Prue Davison (22nd; 58:52), Anna Ross (42nd; 1:02:41) and Belinda Dennett (48th; 1:03:30) – well done!

Division 3 also placed 2nd overall with the team consisting of Amelia Aslanides (49th; 1:03:40), Kellie Macknamara (52nd; 1:04:32) and Paula Nakase (65th; 1:05:55) – great run!

Division 4 placed 1st overall with Kirrily Burnett (75th; 1:07:10), Robyn Fletcher (79th: 1:07:42) and Alice Enter (93rd; 1:09:42)  making up the team. Well done guys!

And there was great support from everyone during the run – awesome run everyone! Hope to see everyone at Brimbank Park on the 23rd of June!

🙂

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VETERAN MEN
By Andrew Ross, Team Manager.

Many factors conspired to reduce the Hunter masters team to a bare minimum for the 15km race around Lake Wendouree.

Fortunately we cobbled together enough to just fill a 40+ team and a 50+ team. The 40+ group was led home by Nick Harrison (58:02), who cruised through the first 8km before overtaking the rapidly slowing Andrew Ross, who got home in 1:00:19, but not before fighting off a strong challenge from Victor Cook (1:00:21) over the last 500m.

The lone 50+ runner Andrew Vincent (1:02:59) had his team completed by 60+ Len Johnson (1:03:43) and Phil Hutton (1:21:54), who was lucky to make it at all after copping a flat tyre on the road to Ballarat.

It was great to see eternal competitors Kev Esmore and John Zeleznikow also participating as they have done for a quite a while now!

Onwards to Brimbank for our annual torture test. Bring it on!

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OPEN MEN
By Len Johnson, Team Manager.

Weather fine: Hunters patchy

If you drive to Ballarat often enough, you see everything.

Queen’s Birthday weekend 2012 was the occasion when the weather actually imporved the closer you got to Ballarat and Lake Wendouree for the AV 15km road championships.

Rain and persistent drizzle most of the way up gave way to a fine afternoon by the time the racing started. Not too cold, no wind to speak of and a nice flat course around the lake.

If the weather was fine, the Hunters’ effort was patchy. Most clubs struggled for numbers this long weekend and the sharp end of the field was undoubtedly affected by the Australian 10km road championships in Launceston next weekend.

The Hunters division one prospects were not looking bright at all with the absence for various reasons of our top three from Flemington – Luke Hennessy, Toby Rayner and Rhydian Cowley – as well as our most consistent division one men of recent times, Craig Semple and Josh Papanikolaou.

In the circumstances, then, ninth in division one was as good as we could hope for and we had some great runs from those who made our scoring six.

First of all, it was great to welcome back Mark Thompson, a former junior and senior world cross-country rep and former junior and senior national cross-country champion. A young veteran of 33, Mark would not have expected to be in our div.1 team when he embarked on his comeback, but at 77th and fifth Hunter across the line in 54:03, he was.

The team was led home by winter captain Chris Winter in 42nd place (51:02), followed by Peter Macknamara (50th/51:41), Jamie Cook (a great run in 59th in 52:39), Darren Henstridge (67/53:01), Thommo and Julian Kuppler (88/54:51). Good to see some of our committee members stepping up in a time of need!

Division 2 was led in by another ‘returnee’ in Tyler Coady and included Athens 2004 Olympic marathon rep Nick Harrison. Good to see both of them back, too. Han Quach, Andrew Blake and Beau Lang completed the scoring six. With fifth place, div.2 shared with div.5 our best team result.

Overall, it was a great day for the locals with Shane Nankervis taking line honors in 46:03 and leading the Ballarat regional team to a win ahead of Geelong region and Box Hill.

Let’s all turn out for a big effort in the 16km cross-country at Brimbank on Saturday week.

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MASTERS WOMEN
By Helen Rainey, Team Manager.

Congratulations to the 40+ girls for running a fantastic 15km at Wendouree Lake, Ballarat.  Despite the long weekend there was a good turn-out and discounting the cold climate, conditions were near perfect – barely a breeze cut across the flat course.

Paula Nakase was the first runner over the line with over a minute improvement from last year, placing 7th in the 45-49 age-group but she wished she had a little bit more in her legs in the last km.  Robyn Fletcher was not far behind with a great improvement of almost 3 minutes from last year, finishing 14th in the 40-44 age-group despite this she wasn’t happy with her run.

It was Kara Gilbert’s first time at this distance, she clocked 49:44 at the 10km mark and covered the total 15km course in 74 mins (she was very glad to be back under 50 mins for 10km!). She managed a fairly even pace, though she certainly felt it in her legs for the last 2km.  This effort placed her within the top 20 for the 40-44 age-group – well done!!.  Lisa Deramond also improved her time earning an  8th  place in the 50-54 age-group.

Congratulations to the 40+ girls for a fantastic effort!!

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