By Helen Rainey, Masters Team Manager.
It was a great day at Bundoora and what a magic day for the Glenhuntly senior women.
As usual we had a good turnout of senior women with Karinna Fyfe coming home first in 5th place and a minute behind was Erica Fountain making top 10. Not far behind were Julia Edwards and Meredith Cook making 11th and 12th completing the division 1 team and coming 1st overall.
Division 2 came 2nd with Anna Ross, Celine Tasset, Stacey Bulger and Kirrilly Burnett.
And much to our amazement Cassie Highham, Robyn Fletcher and Helen Rainey made the division 3 team and coming 1st overall.
There were 2 teams for division 4 and coming 1st and 3rd overall comprising of Sarah Fraser-Jones, Abby Love, Alice Enter (the 1st team) and the 40+ girls making the 2nd team of Paula Nakase, Lisa Deramond and Kara Gilbert.
And a special mention to Georgina Beech who was stuck in traffic on the way to Bundoora and started her race when everyone had done their first lap. She still passed 8 runners to make the tail end of 53:08 – this is the only time I would beat Georgie!!
Well done to all the girls. Watch-out for the road relays!!
By Helen Rainey, Team Manager.
It was another beautiful day for the Bundoora run and there was a great turn-out for the 40+ girls.
The gun went off and everyone started the race. There was bit of muddy patches and thought we may get a bit muddy but wasn’t too bad on the course. It was the same course as last year and we all knew about the tough hills.
Robyn Fletcher led all the way and made the top 10 for the 40+ with a time of 36:57. Helen Rainey was not far behind coming 14th with a time of 37:34. Kara Gilbert came 22nd with a time of 43:03 – well done Kara especially as you haven’t done much running lately.
Paula Nakase ran well especially doing no running whilst overseas – she came 8th in the 45+ with a time of 40:43 and Lisa Deramond came 6th in the 50+ age-group with a time of 42:53.
Well done girls for coming 5th overall in the 40+ team.
By Len Johnson, Team Manager.
A magic day at Bundoora, but not a magic day for the Glenhuntly senior men, unfotunately, as absences and injuries continued to bedevil our division one team.
Team results have not yet been published by Aths Vic, but my unofficial count has us in 10th place of 12 division one teams. If we’ve had a worse team result, I don’t want to know about it.
Just a few of those unavailable for the 12k, the premier cross-country event of the season, were Luke Hennessy (inj), Nic Harrison (fractured ankle in a fall off his bike! Get well soon.), Craig Semple, Chris Winter, Mark Thompson (inj) and Josh Pap (away). Hard to mount a challenged with all those names missing. Even so, Bundoora was hard to take after our bright showing in the Coliban Relay just two weeks earlier.
That’s not to take anything away from those who did run, of course. One of the good things about this winter season – the fact that Saturday has regularly been the brightest day of some pretty ordinary winter weeks aside, that is – has been the number of new faces pushing their way into the top teams.
Toby Rayner, gradually getting back to top form, was out first man home in 22nd place. Walker supreme, Rhydian Cowley followed in 29th. Julian Kuppler, Darren Henstridge and star political commentator Paul Strangio (buy his new book on the first 100 years of the Victorian Labor Party) were in the mid-80s and Han Quach completed the div.1 team in 104th place.
As ever, we had plenty of numbers, with a total of 33 senior men running the tough 12km which included two climbs up Mt Cooper, the highest point in suburban Melbourne, on each of the 4km laps. The first, short climb was from the front, the second, longer, ascent from the northern side.
There were a few spills on the tough course, with Tyler Coady and Andrew Vincent among those making closer inspections of the course surface!
They were not the only ones to find the Bundoora 12k a challenge. Only the top nine finishers – led by Aths Essendon’s Liam Adams, Box hill’s Chris Hamer and Essendon’s Mitch Brown – broke 40 minutes, a low number historically.
Well done to all who wore the Hunters’ colours. Bring on the road relays!
By Andrew Ross, Team Manager.
A lovely sunny day (finally!) greeted the many Hunter runners who ventured out to Bundoora Park for the 12km cross country race. With last year’s experience of the new, more difficult course providing both comfort and trepidation in equal measures, a good sized group of Hunter Masters lined up at the start.
With injuries once again taking their toll (eg Nick Harrison breaking his ankle whilst walking his dog!), it was Paul Strangio once again leading the way for the 40+ team. Paul’s time of 46.19 put him in 3rd place in the 45-49 category. Next in was Julian Cook in 47.21 (7th in 40-44) with Richard McGuire-White jumping into third place with a 51.33. With 3 months long service leave in Europe coming up, it was unfortunately the last time we’ll see Richard this season. Travel safe and keep fit Richie!
Overall, the 40+ team finished 4th on the day, and moved up to equal 3rd on the ladder. Looking good for a podium finish!
The 50+ team came a bit of a cropper with Andrew Vincent falling down the hill and having to pull out. Mick Ryan came in first with a 55.23, ahead of Dennis Gellert in 58.37. Just behind Dennis was Len Johnson coming in 3rd in 59.53. Len also finished a solid 4th in the 60+ age group.
Well done to everyone for taking on the challenge, with a special mention to first-timer Mohammad Reese, and also to Angelo Portelli and Phil Hutton, who were the only Hunter men who improved on last year’s times!
That’s it for hills, grass and mud for the year… onwards to the road relay in Geelong in 3 weeks. A big Hunter turnout required!