Round 3 XCR ’13 15 km Road – Ballarat – May 2013

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JUNIOR BOYS

After running in relay teams for the first two rounds, it was now time to pit ourselves individually against the other clubs underage runners.

Ballarat, well known for its cold and bleak weather, put on a great day for us; sunny and a breeze, but not too strong. It was a great day for the event. Eleven underage boys came to run, a little down on expectations, but nevertheless we were able to field U16 and U18 teams.

All boys raced together over 5km and age groups separated at the finish.

Under 14:   Jasper Pickering was our only starter and ran a great race to finish 6th overall. A fantastic effort from a keen and improving youngster.

Well Done Jasper.

Under 16:   After wins in the two relays to start the season there were high hopes to continue our lead. Injuries and illness hit us but no excuses, the other teams really came to race and we found ourselves in 7th place. Highlight for our team was young Will Ockenden who was our first home in 17th place. Mick McGuire was unwell but put in for the team effort with 22nd and Bastien Lambert, just back from injury, finished 24th.  Good runs from the boys.

Under 18:   In a very competitive age group our team came in 8th place. We had five starters with Ryan Losty our best finisher in 19th place. Declan Murphy 28th , Nathan Douglas 32nd , and Julian Lam 33rd, finished closely in good times. Daniel Loader was our 5th starter but lost his timing chip along the route and did not receive a time. These keen young runners are working well together and we will continue to see improvement here.

Under 20:   Unfortunately we did not complete a team here but the highlight was Nick McGuires 9th placing with a strong run in good time. Adam Braverman also continues his improvement in longer races and finished 16th.

Some very encouraging results but we still need to work hard to complete teams.

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Next Race: This is at Brimbank Park on Saturday 8th June ( Saturday week) and we look forward to being strengthened by the APS/AGS boys who don’t have school events on that day. It will be interesting to see their impact on our team standings.

Schools Championships: These will be at Bundoora Park on Saturday 22 June. Seasons tickets DO NOT cover this event so please make your entry on line to AV. Closing Date this week.

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Open & Masters

Round 3 of the cross country races and it was a step up from the 6km relays with the 15km Ballarat race around the famous Lake Wendouree.  It was suggested to dress warmly for Ballarat but surprisingly there was some sun and it was not too chilly. There was some concern during the week we didn’t have enough girls to field a division 1 team but Glenhuntly had 15 girls that raced.

Tarli Bird was our first runner to come home with a time of 55:28 and coming 1st overall, and improved her time from last year plus coming back so strong from running at Great Ocean Road half marathon the week before.   Sarah Lund was not far behind coming 5th with a time of 57:30 and also improving her time.  Meredith Cook and Amelia Aslanides came in 9th and 10th respectively with both coming under 60 minutes- well done!!

Cass Higham, Stacey Bulger and Anna Ross all running under 62 minutes and coming top 20, Belinda Dennett was not far behind eventhough she hasn’t run the km’s and improved her  time from last year by almost 30 seconds.

Alice Enter run well and improved her time by over 2 minutes.  Helen Rainey was not far behind with the 1st time running in a 15km race and getting under 70 minutes.  Natalie Esparon came in at 73 minutes and eventhough she said she would jog it got a great time after running the Great Ocean Road marathon the week before.

And the rest of the 40+ girls came in with Robyn Fletcher (73:22), Lisa Deramond (74:19), Kara Gilbert (75:24) and Paula Nakase (76:25).

Well done to all the girls and hopefully we have won all the divisions again!!

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GHY senior men’s  Report

Clear skies, light breezes, even a bit of sun – could this really be Lake Wendouree, Ballarat?

Yes, it was, but whatever the weather, the 15km road is never a picnic and the 2013 Aths Vic XCR ’13 event was no exception. It’s amazing how many hills and tricky corners appear in the second of the 6km laps around Lake Wendouree. Somehow the same stretch of road gets harder, too.

Some things don’t change, though. And there was the great man ‘Mona’ turning out for his home race at Ballarat. Steve Moneghetti has lived pretty well his entire life within a short jog of Lake Wendouree. This year he returned from achilles surgery to place a highly respectable 23rd in 49:37.

By my count, we had 30 Hunters in the senior men’s category. At the top end, we were again only one or two away from challenging for the top three. Again, by my reckoning, we were seventh out of the 11 teams in division one with Box Hill taking the honours from Frankston and the Ballarat combined team.

Individually, our new chum Martin Mashford led the way home in fifteenth place in 49:01. Martin is proving a valuable asset already, this run following on from his second-fastest time in our division one team from Sandown.

Only three of those six ran at Ballarat, with Dean Huffer (sore), James Alexander (football umpiring duties) and Jamie Cook (injured) the absentees. With Josh Papanikolaou, Toby Rayner, Tyson Popplestone and Luke Hennessy also still absent, this again underlines the importance of getting our best six together.

But it was great to see Craig Semple back firing in 32nd place. Our division one team was rounded out by Chris Winter (58), another ‘blast from the past’ in Tyler Coady (74), Han Quach (87) and Peter Macknamara (90).

Our division two team was a 50-50 blend of youth and experience comprising Simon Bowly (23 and 91st place), Paul Strangio (51/99), Beau Lang (22/107), Tony Russo (42/114), James Robertson (21/158) and our esteemed masters captain Andrew Ross (51/163).

It was great to see so many Hunters in the new ‘hoodies’ at our post-race afternoon tea – the grey army, so to speak. Mike Ryan may have been the only person disappointed with the mild Ballarat afternoon. On a normal Ballarat day, old-weather gear could be expected to sell like hot cakes!

See you at Brimbank for the 16k XC.

Len Johnson

Masters Report Men

Ballarat’s infamous weather is always top of mind as the day of the Lake Wendouree 15k approaches. Last year, a wet day before and after (but thankfully not during!) the race kept a lot of Hunters away. This year’s more promising autumn weather brought much bigger numbers. With twenty-one Hunter Masters starting the race (a massive improvement on last year’s 7), we made up the majority of Glenhuntly’s 33 Men.

As expected, the 40+ team saw a massive improvement, with Open class runners Craig Semple (51:11 – 3rd in the 40-44 category), Peter Macknamara (55:04 – 8th in 40-44) and Tony Russo (56:28) leading the way. The team was placed 4th on the day, and has moved up to =5th on the ladder.

In the 50+ division, last year’s Hunter Master of the Year Paul Strangio let the way with a sterling 55:32, which put him in 2nd place in the 50-54 category, only behind some bloke called Moneghetti. Andrew Ross was next Hunter in with a 58:45, followed by Mick Ryan in 1:02:36. The 50+ team also finished 4th on the day, and currently sits =3rd on the ladder.

Other highlights included Richie McGuire-White breaking the hour mark with a 59:49, and Len Johnson coming in 5th in the 60+ category, with a 1:09:04.

Great to see new boys Lyndon Loader, Humphrey Enter, Ian Henderson, Chris Allan and Chris Parker putting in the big effort in the longer events. Hope to see you all next week for the BIG challenge at Brimbank.

Andrew Ross

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