XCR ’15 Round 4 Bundoora Cross Country

Link: TV’s Hunter Results

Open Women at Bundoora Park

The women had a great day out at Bundoora last week. There was a change to the course this year and although it was still extremely challenging it must have agreed with our girls as there were many great runs over the 8km race.
-Karinna led the Hunters, claiming a well deserved silver and her first individual medal for the season, she’s secured her place on the Victorian team for Nationals.
-For the second round in a row Amelia and Cassie also finished in the top 10, add to that impressive runs by Julia and Rebecca and the Premier team secured a comfortable and much needed win.
-Julia was the 1st masters runner to finish overall, collecting maximum points on the individual ladder.
-We hope Katherine Alexander enjoyed her first run with the club.
-Lisa had an excellent run, finishing 5th in her age group.
We had 10 women complete the course, a little down on previous years but enough to have teams in the first two divisions and masters. Congratulations to everyone who ran and thanks for all the cheering around the course. It would be great to see more of you out at Albert Park this weekend, we’ll keep our fingers crossed for great conditions.

Men’s Report

Ben Kelly wins the Men's U/20  8 km event
Ben Kelly wins the Men’s U/20 8 km event

Bundoora was full of surprises this year – a new course from AV, some warm winter sunshine and a surface that was unusually mud-free.  Much debate was had about whether AV’s changes had made the event easier or harder – but all seemed relieved to avoid so many passes of the water tower, particularly back up the steep side.

Toby Rayner stole the show, as he often does in cross country, placing 3rd overall to help our Division 1 team to a strong performance.  Then came the barrage – close finishes in pairs between Nigel P and James A; Jamie C and Jake M; Simon B and Julian K.  In all, 33 runners carried the blue boomerang around the 12k course, so many that it was hard to find a 30 second window without another Hunter finisher, from our 2nd to 20th runner.  It was great to see so many team mates pushing each other on to faster times, and those supporting us from the sidelines clearly had their work cut out!
3 runners in the top 50 and 11 runners in the top 100 helped our 8 teams to some of our highest places for the season: 4th for Division 1 and 5th for Divisions 2, 3, and 5.  As usual, the Hunters masters placed highly, with Tony Russo and Andrew McEvoy both in the top 10 for 40-44 and Paul Strangio 5th in 50-54 division.  Both 40+ and 50+ teams finished 5th.
With all but one of the cross country events complete, we’re heading to Albert Park in 2 weeks time for 10k on the road.
Simon Bowly