Round 5 XCR ’13 – Bundoora Park – June 2013

Masters Men

Another glorious, sunny winter’s day greeted the Hunters at Bundoora Park for XCR’13 Round 5, the 12km cross country race. The track was drier than in recent years, with only one boggy section near the finish line. The same hills were still there though, and although not as visually terrifying as Brimbank, the course still promised a stern test of strength and endurance.
The Hunter Masters were strongly represented numbers wise, providing 20 of the 32 Hunter Men, allowing the club to fill all 7 Mens’ teams. An excellent result in itself.
In the 40+ division, Tony Russo (4th 40-44) and Peter Macknamara (5th 40-44) led the way, with Angelo Portelli popping into 3rd place. The team managed an improved 4th place finish on the day, and have moved up to 6th on the ladder where they remain in contention for a podium finish at the end of the season.
On the individual 40-44 ladder, Tony Russo is currently in equal 3rd place, and Craig Semple and Peter Macknamara share 8th.
The 50+ division saw a hat-trick of trifectas, with Paul Strangio, Andrew Ross and Mick Ryan filling the placings for the third race in a row. Paul again finished 2nd on the 50-54 category, once again behind that Moneghetti chap. Paul mentioned that the one day older Mona has been beating him since they were both 14, but consistent results see Paul stay at the head of the 50-54 individual ladder, with Mona now in second place.
In the 60+ division, Chris Wardlaw, in his first individual race appearance for the season, won his division by nearly 3 minutes. Excellent stuff Rab! Also Hugh Wilson and Len Johnson finished 5th and 6th respectively in that division. Len is still in 2nd place on the ladder and Chris jumped into 6th place.
Well done again by everyone, from the Div 1 performers Tony Russo and Peter Macknamara to the four that filled the Div 7 team, Chris Parker, Tim Buckenham, Peter Buller and John Zeleznikow, and everyone in between.
With Coliban cancelled for this season, the next event is the 10km Road Race at Albert Park on SUNDAY, July 28, at 9.00am. Looking forward to seeing everyone there.
Andrew Ross

Open Women

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!!

 Open Men

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!

Chris Winter

Men’s Team Captain




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