A large turnout of Hunters was a highlight at the Albert Park Road Races. The women won all 4 divisions again and the junior men shone
|Division 7||6th||5th,8th,10th||3rd, 6th, 9th||3rd||6th & 10th|
|Division 4||1st & 4th||3rd 4th,7th||1st, 3rd, 5th||2nd|
A mild Sunday morning and lightning fast track (if I say so myself J) saw a big group of Hunters gather at Albert Park (the new home of Athletics!) for the 10k Road Race.
As expected, the flat bitumen was a welcome change from the past couple of events on the hilly grass. Once again (thanks mainly to Masters) the Hunter Men filled all seven teams, an excellent result which keeps us in contention in every division.
In the 40+ division we finally saw three Glenhuntly stars compete in the same race. Craig Semple (32:17 26th overall and 1st in 40-44), Tony Russo (34:43 9th in 40-44) and Peter Macknamara (35:28) brought the team home in 3rd place on the day, and have now jumped up into 4th place on the 40+ ladder. Craig and Tony are currently placed 5th and 6th respectively on the 40-44 ladder.
In 50+, of course it was the dominant Paul Strangio (35:45 3rd in 50-54) who led the way for the Hunters, from Andrew Ross (37:36pb) with Dennis Gellert (42:24) popping into 3rd place. The team finished 4th on the day and sits in 3rd place on the ladder. Paul maintained his lead in the 50-54 division, with old foe Steve Moneghetti (metaphorically) snapping at his heels.
In 60+. Chris Wardlaw (41:35) made it two wins out of two races, with Hugh Wilson (44:25) in overall 3rd place and Len Johnson (45:03) 4th. These excellent results by our venerable elder statesmen see Len sitting equal top of the 60+ ladder, with Chris in 3rd place and Hugh 7th.
Next up we are back on the grass at Lardner Park, Warragul, for the 8km Cross Country. Hope to see another great turnout to keep the momentum going.
The 10k road. Traditionally the best of the Victorian winter road championships. A new course, starting outside and finishing inside AV’s new Lakeside headquarters.
What’s not to like?
Not too much, actually. Though, if I had Sunday, 28 July all over again, I’d tie double-knots in my shoe-laces. That’s rule no.1 of racing, which is inevitably followed by rule no.2, that in the event of your single-knot shoelaces coming undone, it will be a cold morning and you will struggle to re-tie them quickly with cold forearms, hands and fingers.
That quibble aside, it was a pleasure to race on a traffic-free out-and-back course on a Formula 1 Grand Prix surface. I’m not sure if it improved your traction and cornering, but it helped mine.
With just the Queens Road side of the lake used, the course was a double out-and-back to a turnaround near the old Power House club site. Despite Han Quach’s dire pre-race predictions, the weather held and it remained clear and relatively calm throughout the race. Time for a new weather app, perhaps.
Up front, Mitch Brown won a race-long battle with Steve Kelly, the Box Hill man unable to build a lead sufficient to withstand Mitch’s superior finish.
Toby Rayner led the Hunters home in fifth place. A conservative start saw Toby back in around 15-20th place in the first half of the race, but he came through strongly over the second half in a performance that suggests he is getting back to his best.
With Martin Mashford in 21st place, Craig Semple 26th, Julian Kuppler 63rd, Darren Henstridge 82nd and Tony Russo 87th, we appear to have finished fifth in division one.
It was great to see Craig back, after missing the last couple of events through injury. He was also first finished in the 40+. Obviously, if we can keep these six and add a couple more we could challenge for a medal at the 8km cross-country at Lardner Park.
Some good runs further down the list, too, as around 35 Hunters turned out in the open race, enough to fill all teams. The team results had not been published by AV at the time of writing.
So let’s see another big turn-out at Lardner Park on 10 August for what is always a challenging 8k cross-country.
Don’t forget the double knots!
WOW, what fantastic efforts from our juniors at the road races last Sunday.
These produced probably our best all round team results for many years. We finished teams in three of the age groups with U20 3rd , U18 4th , and U16 1st .
Surprisingly, the club had only 10 boys compete in these championships, with 17 others not fronting this time. It is hoped that we can get an improved turnout next time, at Lardner’s Park Warragul, on Saturday August 10th.
Boys, for those without a season’s ticket, you will need to enter by next Monday at midnight.
U20 We had a team finishing third, fantastic, and this put us into second position in the premiership. A very impressive effort from Nick McGuire, who finished in 6th position, in a time that would have placed him 4th in our senior division one team. A tremendous effort from a talented athlete. It was great to see Eamonn Murphy back from a foot injury to support Adam Braverman, both boys doing well.
U18 A close finish for fourth, just missing out on 3rd place. Highlight of the runners was undoubtedly Chris Hibbert who finished 4th and in a time that would also have put him in fourth place in our senior division 1 team. It brought the comment from club captain Chris Winter “ Did Chris really run that fast?” I think some pressure is being put on our senior men. Fantastic Chris. Jack Bullock continues to improve with a 9th placing while the team was well supported with an impressive effort from Declan Murphy in 22nd placing.
U16 A team win in emphatic fashion with Sam Toll 2nd, Haftu Strintzos 4th, and Michael Mc Guire 5th , for 11 points. Our best effort for the season and this from our Victorian representatives who proved their credentials for the national championships. Fantastic efforts from all of you. These boys were well supported by Will Ockenden who finished in 24th placing with another sold performance. Will is just 14yo.
Unfortunately, we had no U14s run but I should make mention of Jasper Pickering who is also selected to represent the state in the national championships in Hobart.