Due to a number of other commitments quite a number of our ‘regulars’ were unavailable for this event – but we did manage another great team victory with the U18 Girls.
Needing to score well to stay in the hunt for the U18 premiership we saw 4 Hunter females toe the line – and as we needed just 3 to make up a team we had great insurance.
Dana Dekkers put in yet another terrific team effort to pick up 3rd & the individual Bronze Medal, with Kaitlin Barr a fine 7th – ahead on Jess Clarke 15th & Tash Ockenden 19th. So with just 1 event to go for the Juniors (Tan Relays) our U18s look to be in an unbeatable situation – congratulations.
Our sole runner in the U20 race was Anne Wallace who finished a terrific 7th.
It was a great day for a run along the shores of the famed Lake Wendouree; the home of the Moneghetti trail. It was a cold day (isn’t it always cold in Ballarat?) with a cold wind off the lake, but in the sheltered areas quite pleasant.
We had four boys make the trip, two U18 and two U16, so again we were without a team in the junior age groups.
In the U18s Sam Toll 16:12 continues his outstanding efforts with a 5th placing in preparation for his run next weekend in the Australian titles. He also finished fifth in the Individual champion athlete award. A great year Sam. Declan Murphy 18:09 continues to improve after injury and finished with a solid 28th. A great team man.
In the U16s Will Ockenden 17:42 continues his significant improvement this season and impressed with a top run for 6th place, just beating Jasper Pickering 17:52 who finished eighth. Jasper has been mixing football with XC and apparently has done well with his team contesting the finals. Well done boys.
Also a very big thank you to the mums and dads who continue to support their sons and our teams. It is a great group and one that we should try hard to extend to enable teams in all junior grades.
Now there’s a challenge. Lets try it.
PS See the photos on the club website
Open & Masters Women
Lake Wendouree lived up to its frosty and windy weather last Saturday for our 15km road run. In a repeat of the 10km Karinna and Amelia finished in 2nd and 4th positions. Julia continued her terrific form with another top 10 finish.
Laura surprised herself taking close to 10 minutes from her 15km best; while Amelia, Cass and Stacey ran huge personal bests on the course.
We happily welcomed back Bridget Corcoran, her first AV race in two seasons, she ran extremely well on a tough course.
Division 1 took another win extending their lead on the ladder. Division 2 finished an impressive 3rd. Running a solid race, Robyn was our only masters representative.
Enjoy a couple of weeks break before the half marathon, see you all there!
Conditions for the 15k road race in Ballarat this week were cold enough to have TV stealing everyone’s jackets while they ran! With this in mind, it was fantastic to have nearly 30 Hunter men complete the 15k course around Lake Wendouree.
Josh, Craig and Rhydian all put in fantastic runs to finish in the top 20. Ben Howe is proving himself to be one of the biggest improvers of the season, running a 5 minute PB to record his first Division 1 placing for this winter. Beau Lang and Peter Macknamara also ran PBs to contribute to a strong 5th placing by our top team.
Great results in other divisions as well. All our Division 2 runners finished under the 1 hour barrier, and our remaining teams were also well placed. Notable big PBs of the day came from Matt Larkin, Matt Wynne, Chris Allan and Ian Henderson.
The road race distances are building to a peak, with just the half marathon to go. Hope everyone’s keen to take on the long distance!
Round 7 of XCR’14 saw the Hunters converge on the banks of Lake Wendouree in Ballarat. With the cold wind blowing straight off the water, I think it is fair to say that the coldest place in Ballarat was exactly where we pitched our club tent!
Once the race started, the cold was forgotten as the Hunters continued the great form that has been shown all season.
In the 40+ division:
- Superstar Craig Semple (49:26) finished 1st in 40-44 again (and a brilliant 15th overall), as he has done in the other three events he has competed in this season. Hopefully Craig will compete at Burnley to seal the 40-44 individual title.
- Peter Macknamara (54:35) finished 8th in 40-44, and holds down 4th place on the ladder.
- With Chris Allan posting an excellent (and huge PB) 1:02:17, the 40+ team finished in 3rd place and stay in 4th on the ladder.
In the 50+ division:
- The absence of dual Hunter Masters’ Athlete of the Year Paul Strangio saw Andrew Ross (57:50) lead the way, from a close finish between Roland Soderstrom (59:46), Victor Cook (1:00:04) and Mick Ryan (1:00:52).
- I must take this opportunity to mention that this was Andrew’s (i.e. my) first top-10 finish in an XCR race, finishing 7th in the 50-54 category.
- Also Roland finished 10th in 50-54, to score another point on the individual ladder.
- Despite missing our main man, our depth saw us finish second in the 50+ age group, and hold our place on top of the ladder. Three points ahead with 2 rounds to go!
In the 60+ division:
- Chris Wardlaw (1:04:51) finished 7th and stays in second place on the ladder.
- Len Johnson (1:07:57) finished 9th for his third top-10 finish for the season.
Well done to everyone who competed in tough conditions. See you at Burnley!
For complete hunter’s results at Lake Wendouree Road Race please see the following link: Road Race 15k – Ballarat – 2014
Report & Results prepared by: Trevor Vincent, Cass Higham, Phil Hutton, Simon Bowly & Andrew Ross.