Round 8 XCR 2012 Geelong Road Relays

Mens Results

Womens Results

40+ Team Women

The Geelong road relays have come up very quickly and unfortunately it wasn’t fantastic conditions but at least it wasn’t raining.  Our team was hoping to get a place at the relays and we were very pleased to see that South Melbourne was scratched from the races (that gave us a chance).

As the gun went off Robyn Fletcher kept a steady pace behind Box Hill.  At each lap Robyn was a just a few seconds behind Box Hill and came in at a time of 26:51 (5 seconds behind the Box Hill runner).

Paula Nakase was the second runner and ran really well despite her saying that she will let the team down.  Paula held the lead with a time of 27:39

Helen Rainey was the last runner despite not being able to catch Box Hill, was able to hold 2nd place and getting 26:24.

Well done girls for coming 2nd overall in the 40+ team.

Helen Rainey


With the Olympics coming to a close, there were a few weary faces that fronted up for Round 8 of XCR’12 at Geelong. By the same token, spirits were high after some inspiring races taking place in London in the days prior.

An incredible nine men’s open teams took to the starting line on a criterium track featuring many bends and at times howling wind and horizontal rain. It was an even performance across the board, with Division 5 the stand out team, finishing third. The quickest leg of the day was run by Toby Rayner (18.52), who is regaining the form that has seen him dominate fields in past years. 

With two rounds to go, we have three teams (Division 2, 4 & 7) sitting second on the ladder. It’d be great to see another huge turnout at Burnley to help maintain this strong position. If you’re unfamiliar with racing over the half marathon (21.1km) distance, simply treat it as your long run!

Chris Winter



For the first time in a number of seasons, we had teams in ALL junior divisions. And what a great result. There were some great efforts and there was a good team atmosphere amongst the boys. This was exciting for our club’s future; our juniors are the future.

Thank you to the volunteer parents who so willingly assisted with management duties for our teams. Apologies, but not fully sure of first names but I appreciated the assistance of Mr/Mrs Bullock, Scott Hibbert, Mr Pickering, and Heather Curtis. 

Our results was GOLD in U20, BRONZE  in U14, 5th in U18 and 5th & 12th in U16. 

Adam Braverman unfortunately was unable to compete due to an injury to his foot requiring stitches. We hope for a speedy recovery Adam.

A highlight was the OUTSTANDING run from Nick McGuire, an U18 boy who ran U20 today to complete a team which won gold. Not only was Nick fastest in the team he was THIRD fastest of all our male club members, senior and junior. 

We also saw a very impressive debut run from U18 Jack Bullock; well done Jack and welcome to our club.

Sam Toll continues to show great potential, the result of consistent and impressive training and Ryan Losty was as solid as usual. 

I was also impressed by our U14s. What a terrific and keen team of Marlee, Jasper and Will, all who love their running and always put in a great effort. Third place again today was terrific.

Also to have an invite U14 team of the two Cooks and young Max was great to see.

It is interesting that in our U14 teams today, we had connection with two of Australia’s finest marathoners. Marlee’s dad represented Australia in 2004 at Athens (45th) and the Cooks grandfather and club life member Tony represented Australia in Tokyo to finish 51st. Tony was there to see on Saturday, officiating and very proud of the boys.

So, well done boys on your great efforts.


Sept 2 at Burnley: (Sunday morning)  re-run of the Flemington race.

Sept 15 Lap of the TAN  another relay.

I will be seeking expressions of interest next week for entry please.

Go Hunter 

Phil Hutton     9754 3696

U20   U18 (1)  
McFarlane T          1004 21.45 Douglas N             1036 15.36
Bondarenko-Ed S   1030 21.31 Bullock J               2779 13.57
McGuire N             2891 20.14 Parkinson N           1024 14.18
1st 63.30 5th 43.51
    U18 (2)  
    Murphy E              1736 16.35
    Loader D              1002 15.50
    Team Incomplete  
U16 (1)   U14 (1)  
Hibbert C            1012 14.56 Harrison M           1051 8.06
Toll S                  1372 14.40 Pickering J           2477 7.25
Losty R               2482 14.28 Ockenden W        2899 7.34
5th 44.05 3rd 23.05
U16 (2)   U14 (2)  
Strangio J           1739 15.13 Cook T                 Inv 8.40
Murphy D            1042 15.32 Cook J                 Inv 9.52
Zammitt S           1360 19.21 Hibbert M             Inv 8.22
12th 50.06 9th 26.54

 Masters Men

Well done everyone on an excellent turnout as we christened the Geelong Criterium Circuit. I must say it was nice to get back onto not only a solid surface, but a short one, and a flat one!
As we near the end of what has been, as always, a challenging but enjoyable series of cross-country and road races, all that remain are the longest and shortest races on the calendar.
With the Burnley Half-Marathon coming up next on September 2 (note this is a Sunday morning with an 8am start), I would like to get an idea of how many of us will be running.
Last year was a little disappointing from a Hunter point of view, with only around 20 men competing in total. This was only enough to fill teams down to Div 4.
This year, with the extra team in Div 5, we need 30 runners to fill all of our Mens’ teams.
So, if you could please let us know this week your best guess as to your availability, that would be greatly appreciated.
If you are definitely not going to run, please also let us know so we don’t hassle you further over the next couple of weeks!





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