Round 5 XCR 2012 Brimbank Park Reports

Hunter Individual & Team Results (compiled by TV)

JUNIOR BOYS
By Phil Hutton, Junior Team Manager

In what looked like being a cold wet and miserable Melbourne winter’s day (do we have such days in our state?) turned out to be a good day for running.

Brimbank is always a challenging course with its sharp hills and long downhill sections and this year was no exception.

Our junior boys put up a great result, one of our best results for some years.

Our two debutant runners were outstanding in their first outings with the club.

William Ockenden U14 looked every bit a runner with his superb 7th placing. Welcome William, a great debut, and this enabled us to finish an U14 team for the first time this season. Jasper Pickering was close on Williams heels but a slight injury tempered his running over the journey and he finished 16thMarlee Harrison, our youngest and smallest team member,  also continues to show promise and enthusiasm, and he finished 22nd. The team finished in 3rd place.

Our other debutant was Nick McGuire, another of our growing number of triathletes.

Nick’s debut was most impressive in finishing in 8th place in a very competitive 8km.

Well done Nick. I trust you enjoyed your first outing and this challenges you to even greater success. With the APS beginning holiday season, Ben Kelly was available and as usual he ran strongly to finish 13thNick Parkinson, our 800m specialist showed that the 8km run was not beyond him with a 21st placing. A good effort. Nathan Douglas 23rd and Daniel Loader 30th  also continued to show improvement  and are beginning to show the benefits of training. A good team effort for 4th place.

Our U16 team were just outstanding. GOLD; First place in teams. This was our best U16 team result for a couple of years and was spearheaded by a fantastic effort fromChris Hibbert, who snared BRONZE in a very impressive performance. Well done Chris. He was greatly supported byanother outstanding run from Sam Toll who just continues to improve; he finished in 8th place. Jack Strangio was our third team member, and our youngest,  with a fine 15th place. Well done Jack.  Daniel Hamilton   Declan Murphy 27th  and Daniel Hamilton 34th also ran to finish in this challenging 6km.

We did not have any starters in the U20 6km event.

So, well done boys on a fine days running.

Next event:  A distance relay from Harcourt to Bendigo on 7 July (two weeks).

Any junior who would like to compete in a team please let me know by Friday of this week.   By email or 9754 3696.

 He following event will be the state selection trials at Bundoora on 27th July and boys need to enter this event through their schools. If you have any problems doing so please contact me.

Closing Date: THIS THURSDAY 28th June.

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OPEN WOMEN
By Helen Rainey.

Congratulations to the Open women’s team on a great result. Despite not many girls running at Brimbank Park we had some great results. Anna Thompson was the first runner over the line with a winning time of 21:42 placing, congratulations Anna!! Sarah Lund was our 2nd runner and making the top 10 with a time of 23:29. Not far behind was Tarli Bird, with almost a mintue improvement over last year, finishijng 10th. Meredith Cook made up the team for division 1, finishing in the top 20. Well done girls for coming 2nd overall in the Div 1.

Division 2 placed 1st with Anna Ross, Georgina Beech, Belinda Dennett and Stacey Bulger. Division 3 came 2nd with Robyn Fletcher, Cassie Higham (welcome back Cass) and Helen Rainey and Division 4 came 2nd with Paula Nakase, Alice Enter and Ebony Warren. Great results to all the girls!!

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VETERAN MEN
By Andrew Ross, Team Manager.

Woohoo! It’s Brimbank time again! I don’t know about anyone else, but that was NOT what I was thinking as the rain poured down last week!

But once again many brave and excited Hunters assembled at the foot of the mighty Col De Brimbank, ready to take on the season’s toughest test.

During the week leading up to the event, the endless rain suggested that the whole course would be a swamp. Thankfully the rain stopped on Friday, and excellent drainage meant that there were only a few sections of bog, surprisingly most of it at the top of the hill!

And so the race started on schedule, with most runners no doubt reflecting that once it was over, it would be whole year before they had to do it again.

The Hunters 40+ team as usual consisted of two stars… previous multiple Mens Open winner Nick Harrison (2002, 2005), who, with a time of 1:00.53 was just pipped at the post by another comeback king, Paul Strangio who ran an energy sapping 1:00.45. Lagging in third once again was yours truly, with a time of 1:10.31. The team finished a solid 4th on the day, and moved up to 4th on the ladder.

In the 50+ category, Andrew Vincent (1:13.00) led the way from Mick Ryan (1:13.23), with Len Johnson (1:16.04) sneaking in to 3rd ahead of Dennis Gellert and Chris Murphy.

Len finished 3rd in the 60+ category, and currently sits 3rd on the individual ladder. Well done Len!

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OPEN MEN
By Chris Winter, Team Manager.

It was time to rewind the clock for Heritage Round at Brimbank Park last Saturday. Runners were decked out in club uniforms dating back to decades past. Thanks to a great initiative by AV, runners climbing the famous ‘Col de Brimbank’ were greeted with a symphony of cow bells and selection of other musical instruments

It was a resurgent Men’s team that took the field. We welcomed back stalwarts Rhydian Cowley (21st) and Toby Rayner (30th) who finished very strongly. Rounding out Division 1 were Chris Winter (43rd), Jamie Cook (48th), Mark Thompson (64th) and Paul Strangio (72nd). It was our Division 2 team however that achieved the best result, finishing 3rd. They sit second on the ladder, well within striking distance of Box Hill.

Next race on the calendar is Coliban Relays. For those who have not experienced this Japanese running tradition, it is an event not to be missed. The day presents us with another great chance to gain valuable points and continue our move up the ladder!

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MASTERS WOMEN
By Helen Rainey, Team Manager.

Congratulations to the 40+ girls for coming 4th overall at Brimbank Park. Despite the wet weather a few days earlier it wasn’t too muddy and luckily the weather held out for the run. Robyn Fletcher was the first home an improvement from last year and coming 11th in the 40-44 age-group. Helen Rainey wasn’t far behind, producing a good run considering she has just returned from injury – placing 13th in the 40-44 age-group. Paula Nakase ran well despite feeling really heavy (probably from the great 15km in Ballarat) and came 6th in the 45-49 age-group.

Lisa Deramond also had a great run and coming 7th in the 50-54 age-group.

40-44 age-group
Robyn Fletcher 27:11
Helen Rainey 27:37
45-49 age-group
Paula Nakase 27:51
50-54 age-group
Lisa Deramond 31:09

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

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