Round 8 XCR ’13 – Lardner Park – August

Tarli with her Silver Medal

Great results for Hunters at the Lardner Park CrossCountry

Won Men Divs 2 & 4,

Won Women Divs  1, 2, 4

TV’s Hunter Results

Hunter Images

Junior Boys

It was a pretty good day for a run at a terrific venue, sun shining and generally cool, but after the rain and cold wind blasts of the day before, the course was very wet, boggy and slow. A real challenge.

Absolutely the highlight of the day for us was the fantastic breakthrough win by U16 Sam Toll who won his race in fine style. Sam remarked that he beat runners who usually beat him. Sam, “they USED to beat you”. What a great effort from a dedicated trainer and determined young runner. Congratulations Sam.

He was well supported by Will Ockenden, still 13yo, who finished a fine run in 12th place. Will ran with a new timing chip, courtesy of misplacing his old one, so was really keen to do it proud. Bastien Lambert ran well for 22nd to make up a team for U16s. We appear to have finished in place.

Our only other junior runner was Adam Braverman in U20s, who continues his fine consistent season with a 10th placing.

It was a little disappointing that only 4 boys were able to come to Warragul to compete.

Sam’s a winner

Congratulations should also go to Ben Kelly, Chris Hibbert, and Jack Bullock who were selected to run for the APS schools against the AGSV schools. Well done boys.

To those who have been selected to represent Victoria in Tasmania at the end of August; Good Luck.

Boys, there is one race left for the winter season and that is the TAN relays on 21st September on saturday morning at 9.00am. I hope that we can field a number of teams to do the club proud on this day.

Open Women

Round 8 of the cross-country events was the fun 4km Warragul race. With not racing at Warragul for 2 years, it was great to be back. It was a beautiful sunny day with mild conditions and luckily no rain. We had a good turnout of girls and some great results.

Tarli Bird (left) was our first runner coming in 2nd with a time of 14.31 improving her time in 2010 by almost 1 minute. Not far behind was Julia Edwards coming in 8th with a time of 15.23, Michaela Parson coming in 14th with a time of 15.52 and Brooke Williams coming 19th with a time of 16.08. Well done girls all making the top 20 and coming 1st in division 1!!

Division 2 had some great results with all the girls coming in under 17 minutes and gaining 1st place with Amelia Aslanides and Cassie Higham been separated by a second difference (16.16 and 16.17). Anna Ross was not far behind with 16:36 and Bridget Wetherall with 16:59. Amelia also ran the men’s race getting 34.37 and coming in 139th – this is amazing result running both races and still getting a great position for the girl’s race.

Division 3 had some tough competition with some top runners in Doncaster running in this division. But the girls really ran well coming in at 2nd. Welcome back Stacey Bulger (below left) from your injury and she ran really well getting 17.11 with Laura Eades (below right) not far behind with 17.29 and Kellie Macknamara with 17:36. Well done girls!!

Division 4 also gained 1st position with Helen Rainey coming in 18:09 (her time was improved by 20 seconds from 2010) and not far behind was Alice Enter with 18.19 (Alice, below, ran well despite not having a warm-up) and Robyn Fletcher with 18:26 who got the same time in 2010. Lisa Deramond (above, right) was not far behind with 19.56 and Ebony Warren with 21.01.

Well done to all the girls and let’s hope we get a good turnout at Burnley half-marathon.

Helen Rainey

Open Men

With the City2Surf on in Sydney, it was a smaller field for Round 8 of XCR’13. After a two year absence, runners returned to one of the more traditional cross country courses, Lardner Park. Negotiating fences, ditches and cow pats were all par for the course, as fine weather contrasted with wet and muddy conditions under foot. Mitch Brown took advantage of rival Steve Kelly’s absence, recording his second consecutive victory. Our men also featured heavily in the front half of the field, recording our strongest team result of the season to date.

Martin Mashford continues to excel, leading our Division 1 team to 3rd and achieving his best finish of the season, 7th. Following Martin in were Craig Semple (16th), Peter Macknamara (32nd) , Julian Kuppler (44th), Darren Henstridge (48th) and Simon Bowly (50th). Craig was also 1st in his age group, 40-45, an excellent result.

A sprint finish decided the first two positions in Division 2, ultimately delivering the team 1st place. Beau Lang (52nd) edged out his captain Chris Winter (53rd). Those to follow were Tyler Coady (58th), Paul Strangio (67th), Han Quach (97th) and Leo Enter (103rd).

Division 4 also claimed victory, Division 3 and 6 finished 4th, and Division 5 placed 3rd. Division 1 has jumped two places to sit 5th on the ladder. Division 2, 4 and 5 are all entrenched inside the top 3. It is a credit to all our runners who compete week in week out, regardless of how far they have to travel or what condition their body is in.

Next round we embark on the most gruelling event on the calendar, the Burnley Half Marathon. Once again, it is a chance for all men’s divisions to make up further ground on their opponents as we reach the pointy end of the season.

Masters Men

In the absence of their team manager who selfishly undertook City2Surf duties, the Hunter Masters were left to their own devices for the 8km cross country at Lardner Park, Warragul.

As expected, those still fit and firing put in yet another sterling performance to not only hold the Open Men’s teams together (down to Div 6), but also provided excellent results in all divisions of the Masters individual and teams competition.

With Masters filling 15 of the 30 Men’s positions on the day, the highlights were many, across the board.

In 40+, star Hunter Craig Semple (28:25) was 1st in 40-44 and 16th overall. Peter Macknamara (29:27) came in 4th in 40-44 and 32nd overall, with Richard McGuire-White filling out the team with a 34:42. The team finished 4th on the day and remains in 4th place on the ladder.

The 50+ team was led home as usual by Paul Strangio (31:21), who again finished 2nd in the 50-54 category. Next home was Mick Ryan (34:46 – 8th in 50-54) followed by Dennis Gellert (37:37). The team finished 2nd and has moved up to a clear 2nd on the ladder. Well done chaps!

In the individual competitions, Craig Semple (3rd), Tony Russo (8th) and Peter Macknamara (9th) sit very prominently on the 40+ ladder, whilst Paul Strangio now has an almost unassailable 8-point lead on the 50-54 ladder. On the 60+ ladder, the absent Len Johnson is still equal 1st, with Hugh Wilson (2nd on the day) in 5th place and Chris Wardlaw 6th.

Well done to everyone for making the effort on Saturday. The team results in the 6 Open Mens divisions (2 wins, 2 thirds, 2 fourths) prove that everyone counts!

With one individual race (Burnley) and one team relay (Tan) to go, everything is set up for some excellent results for the Hunter Masters this season.

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