Open & Masters Women’s Report
Junior Women’s Report
A major highlight for us in the Junior 3k was the most impressive win in the U14 event by the most talented 12yo Sophie O’Sullivan – in just her 2nd run for the club.
Sophie was backed up by another very new member, 11yo Genevieve O’Brien who was also having her 2nd run for the club –Genevieve was a fine 5th.
Unfortunately, we didn’t have a 3rd runner so did not finish a team in this age group.
Our U18 team, currently on top of the ladder, looked like losing that position with the threatened absence of a key team member, Dana Dekkers, who faced minor surgery just the day before. But Dana most generously walked / jogged the race to complete our team, and they were 5th – so retaining their top of the ladder position. Kaitlin Barr, 8th , & Mikhalla Arthur, 10th , put in great runs for the team.
Our sole Runner in the U20 race was Julia Atkins – who was a fine 8th.
Congratulations to all the girls on their fabulous runs.
Open Men’s Report
A rare still day at Albert Park brought many many PBs all the way
through the men’s ranks – Beau Lang, Leo Enter and Matt Larkin were
the big improvers. All divisions performed very well, thanks to a
huge turnout from the Open Men’s team. With only three rounds left in
the XCR competition, Divisions 1, 2 and 4 are well placed to finish
high up the ladder.
The 10k road race gave Toby Rayner his second win this season, in a
tight race that was decided in only the last hundred metres of the
race inside the stadium. Great to see Josh Papanikolaou return to
racing with a strong run, and another high placing from Rhydian
Cowley, both of which helped our Division 1 team to a fifth place
Tim Tucey, our new recruit from Monash, settled in to the Hunters
colours well, with his sub 35 minute run putting him in Division 2.
Hope to see a big turnout for Round 7 in Ballarat!
GOLD U18 and SILVER U20
Some very impressive results from our juniors at Albert Park in round 6 of the winter premiership.
Highlight of the 10km was undoubtedly the run of Sam Toll in U18 to finish with a bronze medal in a great breakthrough effort. Sam’s time of 33:23.5 was highly impressive.
Highlight of the 3km was Haftu Strintzos’ bronze medal in U16 in a very accomplished effort; just 3 seconds behind the winner.
Other results were most encouraging for the future.
Will Ockenden was 10th in U16
Cody Bellgrove 21st in U14
Jack Bullock 7th inU20
Chris Hibbert 9th U18
Jack Marquardt 10th U20
Jack Highnam 11th U18
Aaron Landenberg 11th U20 Encouraging debut.
Declan Murphy 20th U18
The provisional team results were fantastic in the 10km and indicate that U18s won GOLD and the U20s SILVER.
It is really great to have some teams and this shows what can be achieved when we do.
Well done to all boys.
Our next outing is at Ballarat (Lake Wendouree) on Saturday 16th August.
Be sure to get your entry in on time.
Junior Boy’s Team Manager
On a chilly but gloriously sunny Sunday morning, the crowds were buzzing in anticipation of what is one of the most popular races of the season. The XCR 10k road race has been run in a several different locations over the past few years, but hopefully has now settled at Albert Park, where the stadium finish is a highlight.
The first of three individual road races for the season saw the Hunter Masters maintain their excellent form. In the 40+ division, we were unfortunately missing Craig Semple and Tony Russo, but Peter Macknamara (34:27) led the way, with Dave Spackman (40:51) and Chris Allan (41:20) filling the Hunter placings. The team finished in 10th place, but stayed 4th on the ladder. In the individual results, Peter Macknamara finished 3rd in the 40-44 division, and is currently 3rd on the ladder. Craig Semple sits in second place, despite missing this event.
In the 50+ division, the team of Paul Strangio (35:37), Andrew Ross (37:42) and Victor Cook (38:59) finished in First Place for the third time this season, and is now a clear leader on the 50+ ladder. Good runs also by Roland Soderstrom (39:07) and Mick Ryan (39:39) who have been important members of the team in earlier XCR rounds. In the individual results, Paul Strangio’s 4th place in 50-54 sees him stay in 3rd position on the ladder.
In 60+ results, Chris Wardlaw’s 2nd place (41:30) sees him stay in 2nd place on the ladder.
Excellent results again by the Masters, who are having their best season in quite a while. We need to maintain the pace in the next round at Lake Wendouree on Saturday the 16th of August.
Hope to see big numbers there again.