XCR ’15 Round 7 Brimbank Park

Womens Report

Despite the threatening weather Brimbank Park turned out to be a beautiful and very successful day.
-In her first individual race for the season Tarli finished an impressive 4th.
-Cassie continued her good form taking 5th place, her best finish to date.
-Joining them in the premier division were Julia, Amelia and Rebecca. The girls took their 5th win for the season and now have a comfortable lead going into the remaining rounds.
-Anne, Brooke, Kim and Lesley all tackled the course for the first time, working hard on the hill and setting great times.
-Julia was first home in the 40+ age group and together with Bridget and Kim the team finished second.
-Always up for a challenge Kara ran the 10 mile, while the rest of us enjoyed cheering up on the infamous Col de Brimbank and ringing the cow bells as loudly as possible.
-We had quite good numbers with 13 women competing in the 6km and the teams did very well with division 2 coming in 6th and division 3 taking 5th.
Looking forward to seeing you all for a great weekend down the coast at Anglesea!

Mens Report

The open men’s team may have been missing some of the big guns at Brimbank (including 2nd placegetter from last year, Toby Rayner), but we showed our depth to record strong team performances.  Nigel Preston and Jake McCahon led the way, both running strongly over the 10 mile distance to record top 40 places.  Beau Lang and Jamie Cook, who showed he hadn’t missed a step after some time off, fought out a close finish as our 3rd and 4th runners.

From there it was out Masters athletes stamping their authority on the race: Peter Macknamara, Andrew McEvoy, Paul Strangio and Tony Russo all worked their way into the race well and finished strong. Chris Wardlaw quietly took another 1st place in the 60+ category.
Great to see Ben Asquith back running after unfortunately missing quite a bit of the season, and two of our returning marathoners from the Gold Coast last month, Ben Howe and Dale Woodbridge, bouncing back strongly.
Special mentions to junior hunter Daniel Loader, for stepping up to tackle the long distance, and Matt Wynne, our comfortable winner of the biggest PB award for this round – just shy of 7 minutes! (Expecting at least a 10 minute improvement when we get to Burnley)
Anglesea Ekiden up next – a brand new course giving a fresh twist on the traditional relay format.  Looks like the Hunters will have a strong presence on the Great Ocean Road.