XCR ’15 Round 5 Albert Park Road Race 10 & 3 km

Link: TV’s Hunter Results

Jack Highnam

Women’s report:

Starting the event with a moments silence for the late Ron Clarke we were off and racing and getting jostled by the men the whole way. We couldn’t have asked for a better day at Albert Park and the women made the most of the perfect race conditions to secure numerous personal bests.
  • Backing up from her recent podium finish at Bundoora Karinna took bronze and ran her first sub 34 minute 10km!
  • Taking 2 minutes off last year’s time, Cassie finished 6th and broke 35 minutes for the first time.
  • Despite an upcoming half marathon Amelia raced to help the premier division to another much needed win. Taking it easier than usual she still finished inside the top 10.
  • After a very strong track season Anna showed her versatility, posting an extremely impressive time over the longer distance.
  • In her first ever 10km Bec narrowly missed the 40 minute barrier, certainly giving her something to aim for next time.
  • Kellie bettered her time for the course and outright personal bests were run by Katherine and Kara. It was an excellent day and great to see so many excited Hunters post race. Good luck to those competing on the Gold Coast this weekend and I look forward to seeing you all at Sandown soon! Cass Higham

Men’s Report

Sunday’s Albert Park road race took on special significance this year, with the passing of club great Ron Clarke the previous week.  All club members wore black armbands as a mark of respect to the distance running legend.  Toeing the start line we were told of some or Clarke’s great achievements, many of which were over the 10k distance we were about to tackle.  This must have inspired the Hunters – all of us took advantage of great race conditions to record some of our best results of the season to date.  After the race it was hard to find runners who hadn’t just smashed their previous best times for the distance.

In all we had 33 runners filling 8 Open and Masters teams.  The division 1 team of Rhydian, Josh, James, Nigel, Simon and Julian managed our best finish for the year of 4th place overall.  This week was a very competitive one for spots at the top, with Jake, Darren and Beau all finishing just seconds away from a Div 1 place.  A few of the clubs junior runners also finished around or in the mix for our top team – promising signs for the next few years!  For the masters our 50+ team of Paul Strangio, Mick Ryan and Victor Cook finished a strong 3rd to put them in 5th place for the season.

The list of PB’s is a bit long to reel off – but special mentions to Chris Allan and Jian Yen for their first sub 40 minute efforts and Jack Marquardt for his first sub 35.  Hope this is a sign of another great team effort at the Sandown relays next weekend!