XCR ’15 Round 8 & 9

TV’s Hunter Results :
Burnley Half
   Anglesea Relays

Karinna Fyfe (2nd) and Cass Higham (3rd) in the Womens Half Marathon

Round 9 Womens Open and Masters Report for Burnley

The season seems to have gone too quickly with only one round remaining but the half marathon was not to be missed! After our reasonably poor showing last year with only 5 competitors it was excellent to have 9 women representing Glenhuntly, covering the premier, division 2 and masters categories.
  • Karinna continued her dominant season, storming home to claim silver.
  • Cassie ran a huge personal best to finish 3rd, her first individual medal in XCR. After strong seasons Karinna finished 3rd and Cassie 4th overall on the individual winter champion ladder.
  • Rebecca continued to improve, easily breaking the 90 minute barrier for the first time.
  • The premier division, made up of Karinna, Cass, Amelia and Rebecca, took the 6th team win for the season. Giving them a very comfortable lead going into the last round.
  • Kellie, Kim and Lisa helped the masters team to 6th place. And individually Kellie finished 3rd in her age group, Kim 9th, Lesley 15th and Lisa 3rd as well.
  • Karinna, Cassie, Kellie and Lisa all improved their times for the course, a really impressive result!

Congratulations to you all on some terrific results this season and good luck for Tan Relays!!

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Round 8 Womens Open and Masters Report for Anglesea Relays

After being off the program for a couple of years we were all looking forward to the return of the ekiden relays this season. The new venue offered an exciting and extremely challenging course and with the same start and finish area for all change overs it was great to be able to see the progress of the race and cheer everyone on.
-The premier division, made up of Amelia, Cassie, Julia, Bec and Laura, were once again successful in bringing home a medal, claiming silver this time in an exhilarating battle across every leg.
-It was great to have Dana join the open division 2 team for the relays and she excelled on her leg, we’re looking forward to having her in the team permanently in a couple of years time. She was joined by a strong team with Bridget running a solid leg to start, Stacey loving every step in her first run back from injury and Katherine bringing it home to finish 3rd.
-Sarah gave the division 3 team an equally impressive start, followed by Brooke and Helen who ran great legs on the difficult terrain. Eleanora stepped up from juniors to complete the team and we hope she enjoyed herself. The team did really well to finish 4th.
-We also had success with the master’s team; Kim, Lesley and Lisa each ran exceptional legs to hold off the other teams and were rewarded for their efforts with bronze medals.
The day was a huge success and hopefully continues into future years. With only two rounds left the XCR season is almost over so don’t miss out on the half marathon or the Tan relays next month.

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Round 9 Mens Report for Burnley

You know it’s the business end of the season when Burnley rolls around.  Only a few days in to spring, we had pretty much perfect conditions for road racing.  This is usually a strong round for us, and the Hunters didn’t disappoint. In all 26 of us trudged the endless loops of the Burnley course.
As with Brimbank, our masters contingent featured strongly: Julian Kuppler, Peter Macknamara and Andrew McEvoy all put down great times under the 80 minute mark. On the younger end of the scale, it was great to see Jack Bullock and Jack Marquardt comfortably under 80 minutes in their first attempt at the distance. Big PB’s by Michael Comport and Matt Wynne this week, both knocking nearly 10 minutes off previous years efforts.

Strong team placings across the board, with the 40+ Men claiming first place, and all open teams 4th or 5th.  With that result the Div 1 team moves up to 4th place with just the Tan to be run!

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 Round 8 Mens Report for Anglesea Relays

A surf coast twist on the traditional Ekiden relay format took us to Anglesea for round 8 of XCR 15. While the Bendigo to Harcourt race has certainly been missed, this years course did make team organisation a lot less challenging. There were only a few teething issues for the race, with some first runners being misdirected, but this was quickly corrected.  It was a challenging course, set on the trails between Anglesea and Point Addis, with some great views for any runners looking for a distraction from steep hill climbs.

All teams placed well in their respective divisions, the best of the bunch being our 40+ men’s team of Graham Coutts, John Evans and Chris Allan claiming the bronze.  A great performance by our Division 1 team saw them miss the podium by just one place.  A particularly strong run by Ben Kelly as second to last runner saw the team pick off a couple of places.  The Div 1 boys are well placed for the season, sitting in 5th with two rounds to go.
Hard to comment on any PB’s with a brand new course, but we had a great turnout numbers-wise: 6 open and 3 masters teams.  All around, a great team effort!  Hoping for the same at Burnley.
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