It was the great, tough Bundoora race and Glenhuntly women were in full force. Despite a lot of cancellations we still had 15 girls to fill each of the divisions. As usual there was strong competition in the other teams and the division 1 Glenhuntly women were just beaten by 3 points with Julia Edwards, Meredith Cook running despite her injury, Bridget Wetherall and Cassie Higham all running on and under 34 minutes and gaining 2nd place – well done girls!!
Division 2 also came 2nd overall with Anna Ross, Niccola Anthony, Alice Enter and Robyn Fletcher. The hills were tough but Anna still ran well despite having a great trip away and maybe not too much training and it was great welcoming Niccola back to cross-country. Robyn would be shocked that she helped field a division 2 team.
Division 3 ran well eventhough we are further down the list rankings – coming in at 6th place. Well done Claire Oliveri who ran eventhough she was feeling unwell, Helen Rainey and Natalie Esparon all coming in under 40 minutes.
And division 4 team came 3rd with Rebecca Beagley, Michelle Furniss and Lisa Deramond. All the girls were under 43 minutes and were very pleased to end the race. And welcome back Ebony Warren who hasn’t raced since the Oxfam.
Well done girls – another great effort and now we need to work towards Albert Park 10km and get a great turnout for the Glenhuntly girls!!
While the hills are less menacing than the Col de Brimbank, many regard Bundoora’s new course as the toughest on the AV circuit. Competitors should expect nothing less when so much is at stake! The who’s who of Australian men’s distance running turned out for a fine day at Bundoora Park for Round 5 of XCR ’13, doubling as the Victoria Cross Country Championships. Not even the likes of Olympians Craig Mottram or Lee Troop could stop Steve Kelly from taking out the state title, in the process winning his third consecutive individual race of the season.
Our new recruit Martin Mashford keeps on improving, reclaiming the honour of the first Hunter male and finishing in 12th place. Toby Rayner had another strong showing to cross the line in 20th, his inclusion since Round 4 providing a much needed boost to the Division 1 team. Chris Winter (62nd), Tony Russo (64th), Peter Macknamara (67th) and Julian Kuppler (79th) rounded out the top six. The robust form of our 40+ stalwarts would have Andrew Ross jealous, in particular Tony Russo coming back from a long term injury and the newest member of Dad’s Army! A special mention to Sascha Bondarenko-Edwards who, fresh off a plane from a triathlon overseas, finished 55th (invitation). Division 1 finished the day in 6th place, dropping to 8th on the ladder but only 6 points adrift of 4th place.
The Glenhuntly singlets continued to flow in with Simon Bowly leading the Division 2 team home in 83rd place. Close behind Simon was Paul Strangio (86th), followed by Beau Lang (106th), Tyler Coady (115th), Leo Enter (183rd) and Andrew Ross (197th). Paul has the five weeks off to gloat to everyone that he is above the great Mona in the 50-54 Individual Championship. It was great to see former Hunter Nigel Preston having a run. There have been multiple sightings of Nigel this season, so perhaps a comeback is on the cards? Division 2 came home in 5th place and sit 2nd on the ladder.
In addition to Division 2, we have another two teams (Division 4 & 5) entrenched in the top 3, which is great to see!
With the cancellation of the Coliban Relays, our focus turns to the 10km at Albert Park on Sunday July 28. For those wanting a nice short hitout beforehand, our annual Western Districts clash on Saturday July 20 is a great day out.
I will be overseas for a month but look forward to seeing the results from Albert Park and catching up with everyone at Warrigal!
Men’s Team Captain