XCR ’16 Round 2 Wandin Park 8km Cross Country

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On an unseasonly hot day, on a tough course – and at a new venue (Wandin Park), we saw 71 Hunters toe the line.

There were a few withdrawals during the races due to minor (we hope) injuries, but results were fantastic, especially from the girls – who won both Open Divisions 1 & 2 .

Our U18 Men scored a narrow victory.

Thanks to the huge number of club supporters who urged our runners to big performances, and to all who contributed to the usual sensational afternoon tea spread.

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“Tough day at the office” seemed to be the going phrase after we tackled AV’s new course at Wandin Park.  Even with quite a few missing due to injury (and a few injuries during) we still managed 28 finishers of the challenging 8k course.

Great to have Toby Rayner make his debut for the 2016 season, with a strong run putting him in the top 10.  Jamie Cook bounced back brilliantly from his marathon last weekend to be our second runner home, just outside the 30 minute mark. Jack Bullock, Rossi Siosi, Simon Bowly & Julian Kuppler all contributed to a good 7th place for Div 1.  Our Masters teams also fared well, with Peter Macknamara and Han Quach leading the 40+ team to 2nd place – well in the mix early in the season.
Club newcomers Matt Shearer, Nic Brussa and David Wilksh picked an absolute doozy for their first individual race.  Strong runs by all three, and with this one out of the way the rest of the season should be a breeze!
Another new course to tackle in round 3 – Cruden Farm.  With double the distance to play with, hopefully AV will go a little easy on us…

Simon Bowly

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Womens Report

Wandin Park was arguably the toughest race we’ve ever done but despite this it was enjoyed by the majority for being a true cross country course that was testing right until the finish line.
The women had some incredible results:
-Tarli Bird backed up from her win the previous week in the Puffing Billy fun run with a win in the 6km women’s race. This result was a huge help to the Premier division and along with Cassie Higham, Amelia Aslanides, Sharon Firisua and Rebecca Beagley the girls secured their second win in as many races.
-We had 7 women finish inside the top 30 and all members of the Premier and Division 2 teams were in the top 50.
-22 women competed, this is really outstanding when you consider we had 19 running at Jells relays. We were able to cover all divisions and had multiple teams in both division 5 and Masters. There was a fairly even split with 10 of the athletes competing being from the masters age group.
-Joan Connor had her first run with the club and Lesley Grimes got back in uniform after a few years of happily spectating and ended up 3rd in her age group.
-Anna Saw may not have enjoyed the course as much as she does a rubberised track but was a huge help to the Div 2 team who also won their division.
-After a long period of injury Stacey Bulger returned and left nothing on the course with an outstanding run and signs of big things ahead.
We will wait with baited breath to see what Cruden Farm has in store for us!
Cass Higham
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