Round 10 XCR ’13 – Tan Relays – 21st September

Haftu Strintzos on is way to a smoking hot 13.16 lap of The Tan

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Senior & Masters Women

Round 10 was our all-time favourite the Tan relays and what a great day to finish off for the season. We had 23 girls with some girls returning from injury as well.

Division 1 ran well despite a tough Box Hill team to contend with. Tarli Bird ran a fantastic time and breaking 13 minutes for the lap and Cassie Higham moving up from division 2 and running her personal best by over a minute with Prue Davison and Julia Edwards also getting good results. The team ran well and gained 2nd position.

Division 2 had a great race, coming 1st overall with Bridget Wetherall, Meredith Cook, Anna Ross and Stacey Bulger. Stacey had moved up from division 3 and improved her time by 40 seconds from last year. Division 3 also gained 1st place and Amelia Aslanides shocked us all by getting a great time of 13:34 and getting a personal best time by over a minute. It was great to welcome Anna Neumaier back from injury and had a great time of 14:18 and not far behind was Penny Townshend.

Our division 4 team 1 with Sarah Lund coming back from injury, Belinda Dennett and Nicola Anthony and gaining 1st place. Team 2 consisting of Kellie Macknamara running well despite her ab injury and getting 15:54 with Anna Moore not far behind (great to see you back) and Kirrilly Burnett getting under 15 minutes and coming 3rd overall. Team 3 with Michelle Furniss, Rebecca Beagley (also returning from injury) and Alice Enter and came 7th overall. And Team 4 with Natalie Esparon who almost broke 16 minutes, Simone McInnes and Muriel Cummins (also returning from injury) and came 8th place overall.

The Master girls finished well with 1st team consisting of Robyn Fletcher and Helen Rainey and only a second to separate them and Franky Reid our 3rd runner and coming 4th place overall. And 2nd team consisting of Paula Nakase, Kara Gilbert and Lisa Deramond was not far behind and coming 6th place overall.

Well done girls a great result to finish off the season.

Helen Rainey

JUNIOR BOYS @ the TAN RELAYS SEPTEMBER 2013

The XC13 winter season came to a close last weekend with the now very popular and established relay around the TAN track at Kings Domain in South Yarra.

We were able to field four teams; U20, U18 and 2*U16. Unfortunately we were unable to put together an U14 team.

The outstanding team performance came from our Under 16 boys who had a very impressive win in their age group. The team of Sam Toll, Haftu Strintzos, and Daniel Hamilton, led from the outset and were never in danger of losing the lead. All three boys ran excellent legs with Sam Toll breaking our U16 club record for the circuit with a great 12.40. Daniel also went under 13 minutes (12.57) while our youngest member Haftu raced around in 13.15.

A great result from a great team of young hunters; the future of our club.

We managed to finish a second U16 team with the assistance of young Max Hibbert, 12yo, and an invite runner. What a superb effort from Max to race around the course in an impressive 14.58. U14 runner Jasper Pickering moved up to the team and again showed his undoubted talent with a very fast 13.34. Our third runner was 13yo Will Ockenden who competed strongly again as he has done all winter for a time of 14.09. Will competed in all winter events, a real team person. Terrific effort boys.

Our U20 team finished in 7th placing to secure a runner up finish in the premiership. Adam Braverman ran a solid 14.25 to show his consistent improvement throughout the season. Adam was another to contest all races this season. Well done. It was good to see Eamonn Murphy 14.56 back from his injury and it is hoped that he can regain his fitness and improvement shown earlier. Another impressive young clubman is Declan Murphy who at 16 agreed to run in U20 to help out the team and he too showed impressive form with a tremendous 13.56.

Our final team U18, finished 5th with the undoubted highlight being the very impressive performance from Jack Bullock, who ran a very fast 12.15 for the lap, placing him faster than some of our Division 1 team runners. Fantastic effort. Chris Hibbert was another to run a very fast lap 12.26 after a hinderance recently from injury. Chris continues to show impressive talent and improvement. Nick Parkinson, back from his jet setting overseas trips (Asia, and Europe) was our third runner but was disappointed to struggle with a back injury. His time 13.26 was testament to his courage for the team. So, overall an impressive day for us to finalise the season.

U20 and U16 Silver in the premierships was just reward from this fantastic group of youngsters. Our club’s future is again on the rise and the enthusiasm of our youngsters is testament to this.

Well done to all who competed this winter.

Phil Hutton

Another beautiful crisp spring day dawned as the Hunters came together at the Tan for the final event of the XCR’13 season.

 Masters Men

As is usually the case with the relays, the Hunter Masters were very well represented in the Open divisions. Craig Semple (11:38) forced young champ Rhydian Cowley to run a PB to pip him by one second as the fastest in the Div 1 team. And in Div 2, Peter Macknamara (12:46) and Julian Cook (12:49) represented the Masters with distinction. Thirteen other Masters ran in the other Open divisions, including entirely filling Div 6 and 7.

With the 40+ team just out of podium contention, the Hunters’ 40A team was capably filled by Lyndon Loader (16:19) and John Evans (15:47), with a slightly more than 40yo Joe Murphy (15:01) bringing the team home in 7th place. With Collingwood not fielding a 40+ team, we managed to jump up to a very respectable 4th place on the final ladder.

The 50+ team started the day entrenched in 2nd place on the ladder behind the all-conquering APS, so the focus was on consolidation and a possible medal. As it turned out, the consistent top 3 of Mick Ryan (14:47), Hunters’ Winter Masters Champion Paul Strangio (13:35) and Andrew Ross (13:58) finished in 2nd place behind (of course) APS, and picked up a silver medal.

Well done again to everyone who competed through what was, at times, a pretty tough season. As Alan Irwin at the age of 71 continues to prove, there is a lot of life left in all of us, so we hope to see you all back again next year for XCR’14!

Andrew Ross

Open Men Report – Tan Relays 2013

There is always a grand final feel to the Tan Relays, regardless of the fact that many premierships are already decided preceding the final round of the XCR season. It was a familiar scenario for our women, with Division 1, 2 and 4 only needing to go through the motions to secure a third consecutive state title. For the men, a lot of the talk during the week centred around the battle between us and Melbourne Uni in Division 1.

Locked in fifth place with bragging rights at stake, our Division 1 men had their work cut out with a couple of key team members absent. Those asked to step in performed brilliantly, with Craig Semple’s second leg a defining moment in the race. Craig ran a blistering 11.38. He improved our position by four places and crucially put a gap of 30-40 seconds on Melbourne Uni, a margin they could never overcome. James Alexander (11.55) and Simon Bowly (12.21) ran significant PBs. Rhydian Cowley (11.37) recorded the fastest Hunter time of the day, once again demonstrating his duel talent as a walker and runner. We finished in 6th place, just behind interstate visitors Sydney Uni.

Of our remaining open teams, Division 2 achieved the best result, finishing 4th. As usual, it was difficult to split runners between Division 1, 2 and 3, with such an even spread of talent. Julian Kuppler (12.10) had an outstanding run, outclassing some of his younger rivals. Another Julian (12.49), of the Cook family made his first showing since Round 1 and as always exceeded his own expectations and had a very strong showing. It was also terrific to welcome back club stalwart Peter Hulbert. I would like to give special mention to those that improved on their 2012 time: Beau Lang (13.19), Tyler Coady (13.01), Leo Enter (13.20), Bernard Baxter (14.28), Ian Henderson (15.45), and Chris Allan (16.17).

Final ladder standings for 2013 read as follows:

Team 2013 2012 Net Gain/Loss
Division 1 5th Equal 6th +1
Division 2 3rd 2nd -1
Division 3 8th 12th +4
Division 4 3rd 2nd -1
Division 5 2nd 4th +2
Division 6 5th 3rd -2
Division 7 4th 2nd -2

It is great to see three of our teams improve on last year’s result and a number of runners cementing spots in higher divisions. It is an exciting time to be around the club. Our numbers are continuing to grow. We have some magnificent juniors coming through the ranks, who should get their opportunity to compete with the top men in the near future.

Go Hunters!

Chris Winter

Men’s Team Captain

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