2012 JUNIOR BOYS REPORT
Our junior boys teams this week were a little undermanned compared to other races this season; apart from the re-run at the half marathon.
Some boys took part in their school’s 24 hour run a thon, others were representing their schools in APS preparation, others were preparing for a triathlon, and a couple were sick.
Nevertheless we were well represented in three age groups.
Thank you to the parents, Anthony, Joe, and Nick, who managed the teams along with veteran runner Mohommed Reese.
This was the final winter event of the season; a season that gave our junior section a big boost. We did very well and I hope all boys enjoyed it.
Under 14: In a strong field our youngsters finished 7th. This was a great result as all of our team are still eligible for next years team too. It was noticeable that there was an increase in the quality of competition to some of the other events this year. It was great to see Jake Roberts back for his first run this year and he did very well. Marlee Harrison led the team off and showed his usual determination to come in 7th and Jake and Jasper maintained this position throughout; although Jasper gained almost 2 minutes on the Geelong Region and 1 minute on the Ballarat Region runner. A great anchor leg. Times: Marlee 16.25, Jake 15.57, and Jasper 14.33
Under 16: This team managed through the absence of the top two winter athletes in Chris Hibbert and Ryan Losty, but nevertheless acquitted themselves very well to finish 7th. One of the finds of the year, Sam Toll, ran the fastest second leg in U16 and showed his continued improvement. We welcomed Bastien Lambert to the club for his first run and he put in a solid performance. Daniel Hamilton ran an impressive anchor leg, gaining two places for the team. A great effort.
Times: Bastien 14.36, Sam 13.08, and Daniel 13.23.
We started a second team but were unable to complete a team. Sebastian Zammit led off with 17.25, a solid effort, and a school friend of Daniel and Sebastian, Matt Selust ran invitation for 15.10.
Under 18: This team was also missing some of its usual runners and against strong opposition finished 9th. Eamonn Murphy led off with a strong 15.20 and handed over to Adam Braverman who ran 15.45. Daniel Loader then produced probably his best performance for the club with a great 14.34, to pick up a place against Essendon.
Overall a very good effort from our boys.
I trust you all enjoyed the winter season; thank you all for your great support.
It was the last race for the cross-country season and Glenhuntly women were in full force. As usual there was strong competition in the other teams but the division 1 Glenhuntly women are hard to beat with Erica Fountain, Anna Thompson, Sarah Lund and Julia Edwards all running under 14 minutes and gaining 1st place by 20 seconds – well done girls!!
Division 2 was not far behind with all the girls (Tarli Bird, Anna Ross, Georgina Beech and Meredith Cook) all running under 15 minutes and gaining 1st place. Well done to Tarli who ran a fantastic time especially after running the half marathon 2 weeks ago.
Division 3 ran well and had a strong APS United team that they were unable to beat but still ran fantastically to gain 2nd place – Well done Amelia Aslanides, Kirrily Burnett and Celine Tasset.
There were 3 division 4 teams and gaining 1st and 7th and 17th place. The 1st team all ran under 16 minutes with Stacey Bulger, Cassie Higham and Alice Enter. The 2nd team all came under 18 minutes with Simone McInnes, Ebony Warren and Natalie Esparon. Welcome back Simone and hoping to see you more now that the summer season is closely approaching. And the 3rd team had no pressure and ran close to 19 minutes with Juliet Austin, Kim Eadie and Kara Gilbert.
Well done girls – another great effort and now all divisions are overall 1st place. Congratulations!!
Congratulations to the 40+ team on an amazing team effort placing 3rd in the relay. Our team consisted of Robyn Fletcher, Lisa Deramond and Helen Rainey. As the gun went off Robyn raced down the bottom straight towards Anderson hill and ran really hard up the hill (it’s Robyn’s training ground). As the first runners came in, it was Box Hill coming 1st and not far behind came Robyn in a great time of 15:44 – an improvement from last year. Lisa then took over and ran well considering her legs felt really heavy from Burnley half-marathon. Ballarat just managed to move into 2nd pushing us into 3rd. Lisa ran really well producing a time of 17:27. Helen then took over and ran really hard up the hill trying to catch the Ballarat team and also just focussing on holding our current position. I was very happy to finish the race getting the team over the line in 3rd place. Helen’s time of 15:36 was a great improvement from 2010. Again well done girls in getting onto the podium in the last race of the season and getting a medal!
Conditions were ideal for the last race of the season, the Tan Relays. For many of us it was a chance to chase an elusive PB around the hallowed 3.827km course. It was great to welcome back a couple of familiar faces in Darren Henstridge and Antonio Russo, after extended injury layoffs. While the spotlight was on our record breaking women’s teams, there were some strong performances from our men.
Once again, we were able to fill all seven divisions. We had multiple teams in Division Seven, with a few invitational teams from Monash Univsersity. One of these Monash teams placed 3rd, a testament to the time invested by Trevor and Len with this talented squad. Our Division 2 team continued their strong form, finishing just outside the medals in 4th place. Glenhuntly Tan record holder (since 2005)Toby Rayner clocked the fastest leg of the day, finishing in 11.35.
Final ladder positions are yet to be released, however prior to Round 10 we had five out of our seven open teams in the top 4. I hope that we can build on this in 2013 and match the women by winning a premiership or two!
Master’s Men Report
Another big season of Cross Country and Road racing reached its conclusion with the time honoured Tan Relays, on a fine Saturday morning in September. As always, a huge group of Hunters gathered on the grassy slopes overlooking the track, and the usual chaos ensued as teams were organised.
As expected, it all fell into place in the last 5 minutes, and around 30 teams of Hunters took off.
With Masters men filling 11 out of 34 spots in the open teams, including our elites Craig Semple in Div 1 and Julian Cook in Div 2, it was left to the ‘soon to turn 50’ trio of Roland Soderstrom (14.17), Andrew Ross (14.02) and Victor Cook (14.28) to represent the over 40s. Unfortunately we only managed 7th place on the day, but with Ballarat only coming in 6th on provisional results, it looks like we might have tied with them for 3rd place overall.
Limited resources meant that the 50+ team was unfortunately not in contention this year, but Andrew Vincent (15.18), new boy Prof Tim Buckenham (18.23) and Eric Sigmont (15.36) came in 6th, one of the better results for the year.
In other results, it was great to see Tony Russo (14.19) and Phil Edwards (13.44!) for the first time this season, and the entire Div 7 team made up of Masters runners.
Thanks also to our Masters Nick Harrison, David Eadie and Mohammad Reese for helping out on the day with Team Management and Race Timing duties. Assistance on crazy days like this is always greatly appreciated.
Good luck to everyone taking part in the Melbourne Marathon races on October 14. If anyone is available to assist on the Hunters Drink Stand, please contact Mick Ryan on firstname.lastname@example.org
And finally, don’t forget the Glenhuntly Winter Presentation Night on Friday, October 26, at the Caulfield Park pavilion.
Thanks again and well done to everyone for your participation this season, with a special mention once again to the Cook and McInnes families who travel ridiculous distances to get to each event.
See you all next year!