XCR ’18 – Round 10 – The Tan Relays

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Glenhuntly Junior Men

The iconic status of a race around the Tan got our junior men keen to finish off the XC season with a good performance.  We had three teams in the U14, U16 and U20 age groups and all team members performed very well. In the U14s Noah Portelli,  Mark Rainey and Jake Cotchin all posted solid times. It was great to have Jake in the team having his first run for the club.  

The U16s were represented by Josh Francou, Max Nichols and Finn Paynter.  The team posted a good time and Max and Josh were able to crack the 14 minute mark which was a great achievement.  It was good to see Max, after a long break through injury, getting back to the form he was in at the start of the season.

The U20s were a bit stiff to miss out on a medal finishing in fourth place.  Jason Clayton, Josh Whittle and Liam Halloran put in a strong performance over all three legs.  Jason and Liam were well under the 13 minute mark and next year the aim will be to go sub 12.

The winter XC racing has several of our junior men in good condition as we now head into the summer season and an opportunity to start racing on our new track at Duncan McKinnon.

Glenhuntly Open & Masters Men

After a visit to Princes Park in 2017, the Tan Relays returned to the spiritual home of running last Saturday. A gloomy weather forecast did not deter members from turning out in big numbers and participants were greeted with favourable running conditions. We had 10 teams representing the club in Open and Masters Men.

In Premier Division, it was great to welcome back Ben Kelly for his first race of the season. After a breakout 2017, he did not disappoint with a blistering first leg (11.17), just missing the club record. David Ceddia capped off an outstanding debut season with a very solid 11.56. The team continued its really strong finish to the season, finishing 5th.

In Division 2, Tom McFarlane got the team off to a great start (12.07). Denyan Claxton put in a gutsy run to stop the clock at 12.23. Denyan has missed several races due to injury but it was great to have him back in the team for the final round. Thanks to the dependable Peter Macknamara for stepping in to the team at late notice. The team fought hard to secure 6th place.

In Division 3, Joel Samsu put in another terrific performance (13.38) in his first year with the club.  Not bad for an ultra runner! After racking up plenty of frequent flyer points throughout the season, it was great to have Mike Comport bring the team home. The team finished 12th on the day.

Our Division 4 and 5 teams (invite) were made up from our strong Monash running squad. It was great to welcome them all and hope they enjoyed a taste of cross country racing.

A star-studded 40+ team had to make some tough decisions at the selection table. After missing the last few races, it was great to welcome back Julian Kuppler. Julian ran the fastest leg (12.51) in the Masters and it was just enough to get them the win! Mickael Soussan (14.17) warmed up for the track season with a very solid run. The second 40+ team finished 5th.

Continuing the comebacks, it was wonderful to have Paul Strangio back in the 50+ team. Paul (13.58) helped his team record their best result of the season, coming home in 3rd place.

Our 60+ division fielded an incredible 3 teams. Chris Wardlaw set the pace with a blistering 17.19. It was wonderful to see Peter Battrick and Joe Campisi out there running after long illnesses. A very successful morning yielded placings of 3rd, 4th and 6th.

It was terrific to see so many of you hang around for the delicious morning tea and presentations. Well done to all the award winners.

Go Hunters

Our Open Women’s Team came third in Division 1

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XCR’18 Round 9 – Half Marathon

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Glenhuntly Open & Masters Men

After cancellation of the Ekiden Relays at Anglesea, runners were primed and ready to go for the last and longest of the individual races on the 2018 XCR calendar. Race conditions at Burnley for the past 3 years had been perfect and this year was no exception. Blue skies, cool temperatures and little or no wind made for fast times and an ideal start to Father’s Day.

The Open men were missing a few notable runners but Rhydian Cowley once again lead the way, finishing in 7th place overall and with a time of 67:26. Jamie Cook was the second Hunter home in another impressive time of 71:53 (30th overall) while David Ceddia swapped his paddle for running shoes and rounded out the top 3 in 72:34 (43rd overall). Sam Toll made his half marathon debut, completing a very strong “training run” (75:25) with Geoff Scott only a few minutes behind. Great to see Declan Murphy and Dale Woodbridge back running in club colours. Both posted impressive times off very limited preparation. A solid team performance by the Open men, finishing in 5th place.

In the 40+ category, Andrew McEvoy ran out of legs but still surprised himself with a PB. Julian Kuppler made up good ground, finishing close behind in 78:00. Jamie Rossjohn and Peter Macknamara ran strongly and were third and fourth home respectively. Mike Bryant in fifth. Special shout out to Angelo Portelli for coming straight off the powdery slopes of Treble Cone and onto the mean streets of Burnley. The 40+ team finished in 3rd place.

Peter Rushen continued his great form in the 50+ category, finishing in a time of 81:49. Mick Ryan finished in under 100 minutes (easily) but was the only other 50+ runner so unfortunately, team points didn’t count.

The day’s real news story came in the 60+ category. Club legends Chris Wardlaw, Chris Murphy and Eric Sigmont (70+) took care of business and finished in 1st place. Great way to kick off Father’s Day. Big thanks once again to Chris Murphy for taking the trailer back to DMac.

And now, onto the final (relay) round of the season at the Tan on Saturday September 15. Hope to see you all there for some fast racing and the end of season presentations.

Go Hunters!

XCR’18 Round 7 – Ballarat 15 km

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Glenhuntly Open & Masters Men

Round 7 of the AV XCR 2018 racing calendar was held at the picturesque Lake Wendouree in Ballarat. As always, conditions were cold and windy but the flat 15km road circuit still managed to produce fast times. Overall numbers for the Club were down on previous years but those who braved the conditions were rewarded with some good results.

The Open men were led once again by the multi talented Rhydian Cowley who settled in behind a lead group which included Olympian Collis Birmingham and competition leader, Harry Summers, to run a blistering time of 48:08. David Ceddia continued his great form finishing as the second Hunter home with Sam Toll and Jamie Cook close behind. It’s great to see Sam and Jamie back racing near the front of the pack after a bad run with injuries. Chris Winter is returning to form, finishing just ahead of Mark Thompson and a fast finishing Geoff Scott closing in behind them. While probably not the overall result we wanted, it was a solid performance given the relatively low numbers.

The Masters men also struggled to make up numbers for this event. Andrew McEvoy ran slightly quicker than last year in the 40+ group but blames the “serenity” for not being able to stay with Open runner, Geoff Scott as he cruised past at the halfway mark. It was great to see Peter Macknamara back and running well after a recent calf injury. Such a tough competitor. Alec Highnam rounded out the 40+ runners.

Pete Rushen led the way for our 50+ runners with and impressive time of 58:31. Mick Ryan also ran well as he continues his Gold Coast Marathon recovery.

Joe and Chris Murphy carried the torch in the the 60+ category, both finishing inside the top 15 for their age group. Big thanks also to Chris for taking the trailer back to DMac.

Glenhuntly Junior Men

The Ballarat weather forecast and distance to travel dampened the enthusiasm for XC racing for our junior men.  We had two junior men who competed with Sam Lindsay in the U14s and Josh Francou in the U16s. Both team members had good races with Sam placing 5th and Josh 7th in their respective age groups.  Well done to Sam and Josh, the racing at this time of year will stand you in good stead when the summer season rolls around.

I should also highlight that we were very close to having a third competitor in Mark Rainey.  Mark played soccer in the morning with his usual team and was keen to back up with the road race in the afternoon.  Unfortunately logistics worked against him and Mark arrived at the start line a minute after the U14 start time and missed the race.  Great commitment Mark.


Glenhuntly Open Women

A typical day in Ballarat produced cold and more predominantly windy conditions. However, that did not stop the 10 women who tackled the 15km course and came away with awesome results! Amelia Aslanides and Anna Kentwell flew through the course gaining very impressive top 10 positions, running speedy times of  56:56 and 57:11 respectively!

Dana Dekkers grabbed another PB in 58:27 and Rebecca Beagley dominated on her familiar training ground, running a fantastic time of 58:46! Special mention to Hannah Cox who not only joined the club that week but also ran a PB in the Run Melbourne Half Marathon the Sunday before. Hannah smashed out the course in 65:00 and rounded off the Division 1 team in her first ever race with the club! There was a close finish between Anung Samsu (66:24) and Gill Highnam (66:28) who are both running absolutely incredible this season and only seem to be on the improve!

Kim Nanscawen ran a massive PB of 3min 34sec to finish with an amazing time of 71:32! It was great to see Kellie Macknamara back in action, running a time of 74:27 with an impressive amount of smiling out in those tough conditions! Lisa Deramond had a superb run of 88:32, continuing her great form this season.  

The Premier Women placed equal 1st and were just shifted to 2nd based on count back and Division 2 placed 5th, which is a fantastic effort by all! Go Hunters!

XCR’18 Round 6 – Albert Park 10 km

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Glenhuntly Open & Masters Men

Before the XCR season starts, many AV athletes choose Albert Park 10km as the race to target. On a cool and blustery morning last Sunday, the Glenhuntly men did not disappoint. We had 23 starters across Open and Masters Men.

Our Division 1 team equaled its best result for the season, finishing 6th. Rhydian Cowley led from the front, recording a blistering 30.34 to place 14th. Jack Bullock broke his PB to achieve arguably his best result of the year. David Ceddia made a great return from injury, exceeding his own expectations in stopping the clock at 33.36.

Division 2 finished 10th. Pat Beguely smashed his 2017 result, recording a very quick 37.07. Peter Rushen was just behind him, continuing his stellar season.

Division 3 finished 11th. The ever dependable Simon Bowly and Joel Samsu almost ran a dead heat, both recording 38.03.

Division 4 finished 9th. Beau Lang ran a brave race as he continues to manage an injury. Mick Ryan ran really well off the back of Gold Coast Marathon only three weeks before.

After 6 rounds, our 40+ team continues to show the way, sitting equal 2nd place on the ladder. They are closely followed by 60+ who are 3rd. Division 1 and 4 are 6th, Division 2 is equal 8th and Division 3 11th. Division 5 are 12th and 50+ are 15th.

We now head to Lake Wendouree for the 15km. Many clubs struggle to get numbers to this race so it’s a great opportunity to consolidate our ladder positions.

Go Hunters!


Glenhuntly Open Women

Albert Park was a morning for fast running.  Anna Kentwell was the first Hunter home with an incredible PB time of 36:14! Amelia Aslanides produced a great run of 37:03 recovering after the Gold Coast Marathon and Vanessa Wilson flew through the course in a speedy time of 37:18! Not far behind, Cass Mesta produced another fantastic run with 37:23 and Dana Dekkers scored another PB for the season with 37:26. Rebecca Beagley ran another consistently great race with a time of 38:48 and Erika Florez claimed a 10km PB running a super 38:59! Cass Little once again impressed and inspired everyone running an amazing 39:46 and Erica Patterson smashed out the course in 41:39! Anung Samsu showed she’s got what it takes not only on the trails but on the road too with an impressive PB of 43:43 and Linda McCaffrey comfortably went sub 50min with a great time of 49:31! Genevieve O’Brien flew the flag for the Junior Women and had a stellar run over 3km, running 11:41! Overall for the teams Div 1 placed 2nd, Div 2 placed 3rd and Div 3 placed 2nd, which is an amazing effort!

Go Hunters!

Glenhuntly Junior Men

On an early, sunny and very nippy morning four of our junior men tackled the 3kms at Albert Park on Sunday morning.  There was good racing from all of our team members. Sam Lindsay and Mark Rainey competed in the U14s and Sam placed third whilst Mark in his second run for the club is building his fitness nicely.  Logan Janetzki and Max Nichols ran in the U16s with Logan just outside the top 10 and it was good to see Max back racing after an extended break through injury.

XCR’18 Rnd 5 – Sandown Relays


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Glenhuntly Open Men

Round 5 of XCR’18 signalled the start of road racing with the Sandown Racecourse Relays. With inclement weather forecast, AV made the call to shorten the legs to one lap (3.1km). In true Melbourne fashion, the clouds cleared by lunchtime and runners enjoyed clear, yet blustery conditions. We had five teams in Open Men.

We had strong showings across all divisions. Our best placed team on the day was Division 3 (5th) followed by Division 1 (6th). Three out of our five teams improved on their results from Jells Park Relays in Round 1. After five rounds, our best placed team is Division 1 in 6th.

Some individual highlights were:

  • Matt Wynne continuing to race and earn points for the team despite a leg injury.
  • Dale Woodbridge stepping into our Division 5 team at the last minute. Dale has been a regular in previous seasons but has taken a break from racing this year to focus on his postgraduate studies.

I’d like to thank all our juniors that stepped up to run in our Open teams at short notice: Haftu Strintzos, Jason Clayton, Romin Kodikara, Jasper Pickering, Jack Green and Logan Janetski.

From one car racing circuit to another, we now turn our attention to the Albert Park 10km on Sunday July 22. I look forward to more great results!

Go Hunters!

Glenhuntly Masters Men

Injuries meant numbers for the Masters Men were slightly down at Sandown this year, however, we still managed to field 5 strong teams. While the shortened event probably didn’t work to our overall advantage, each team braved the blustery conditions and achieved some solid results.

The 40+ (1) team worked hard to peg back a big lead by Collingwood on the first leg and finish in 3rd place. Very consistent performances across the board with only 11 seconds separating each runner.

The 40+ (2) team finished 6th and highlights included a strong performance by an injured Mickael and a father and son match race between Angelo and Noah Portelli (Noah ran third in the U/14’s). On this occasion, experience prevailed but there is still plenty of time between now and the Tan Relays for Noah to plan his re-match (there were some reports of Noah “going easy” to ensure he got a lift home but I must stress that these reports are completely unsubstantiated).

The 40+ (3) team received a DNF because we were only able to field 2 runners but thanks to Kev Esmore and Daniel Jitnah for competing.

The 50+ team finished 6th with impressive runs by Pete Rushen, Bas Taggert and Mick Ryan who backed up well from his Gold Coast Marathon performance last weekend.

The 60+ team also had an excellent result with Joe Murphy winding back the clock and finishing hard to help the team take out 3rd place. Big thanks to Rob Dunbar for stepping up and competing.

Emerson Teams

Nine students from the Emerson School took part in the Sandown Racecourse Relays on Saturday July 7. The seven boys and two girls competed by invitation in the U14 and U18 divisions. For many of the students it was their first competitive running experience. Despite the cold and wet conditions, every one of them completed the 3.1km loop with pride. Thank you to Andrew McEvoy and other Hunters for your support out on the course.

Our relationship with the Emerson School continues to blossom. Next term the focus will shift to track and field as the students prepare for their school athletics carnival. We hope to see the students representing Glenhuntly again during Summer Shield.

If you would like to be involved in this exciting and incredibly rewarding initiative, please contact Chris Winter on 0402600307 or winter.christopher.c@edumail.vic.gov.au.



Glenhuntly Open Women

Whilst the rain held off for the Sandown Relays, the wind provided some tough conditions for running the 3.1km. Unfortunately numbers were quite low this round with injury and illness having a heavy impact.

In the Premier Women, Anna Kentwell got the team off to a flying start running a blistering time of 11:00. Cass Little inspired everyone in her first race back with us running a speedy 11:57 and Erica Patterson stepped up to Division 1 with a fantastic run of 12:24. Bec Beagley ran an impressive 11:27, bridging the gap on several teams and Dana Dekkers finished off the team with a personal best of 10:59. The team finished 5th, which was a great result.

The Division 2 team kicked off with Gill Highnam flying around the lap in 12:23 followed by Anung Samsu who took up the challenge of such a short race and aced it with a time of 12:38. Linda McCaffrey stepped up to Division 2 running a strong 15:02 and Anna Ross anchored the team home for 11th place in a great time of 13:18.

Go Hunters!

XCR ‘ 18 Round 4 – Bundoora Park

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Glenhuntly Junior Men

Round 4 of the XC season also doubled up as the All Schools XC Championships.  The conditions at Bundoora were cold and windy and very typical of recent years for this event.  Whilst each participant represented their school the Glenhuntly junior men team members featured prominently.

We had 11 team members who competed and from this group there were two age group winners, three placegetters and six top 10 finishes.  The competitors were: U14 – Sam Lindsay (9th);  U15 – Josh Francou (11th), Logan Janetzki (25th) and Rubin Howard (27th); U17 –  Romin Kodikara (4th) and Jade Cook (73rd); U18 – Edward Marks (1st), Adam Spencer (2nd), Jason Clayton (8th) and Cody Bellgrove (41st); and U20 – Haftu Strintzos (1st).   Considering there were 600 junior men who competed across the age groups the results of all of our team members were fantastic.  Congratulations to everyone who competed and to those who placed well done on your excellent performance.

Several of the team will have qualified to represent Victoria at the National XC Championships to be held in Qld in August and we look forward to tracking how our team members shape up against the very best competitors from around Australia.

Glenhuntly Open Women

The Cross Country State Championships at Bundoora produced awesome runs from the Open Women’s Team with many improving on their times from last year. What looked to be a potentially cold and wet day of running turned out to be a one of great conditions despite being a little chilly at the start line. We had 5 athletes in the top 20 and 7 in the top 30, which is a fantastic effort! It was great to see Karinna Fyfe (with an impressive 8th place finish) and Cass Mesta (26th) running with us for their first XCR race of the season and also Anna Saw (20th) and Tarli Bird (15th) showing great form on their way back from injuries. New recruit Anna Kentwell backed up from a 27km mountainous trail run the weekend beforehand to finish in a speedy 13th place. Dana Dekkers set herself a new 10km PB (19th) and Rebecca Beagley smashed her previous time from last year, finishing 29th. Young gun Erika Florez had a super run rounding out the top 40. Our Premier Women took out the top spot for this round, which places them first on the leaderboard and our Division 2 Women came in 3rd!

Glenhuntly Open and Masters Men

One of the mainstays of the XCR calendar, Bundoora Park offered a challenging course with surprisingly good conditions for the State Cross Country Championships last Saturday. We had 26 starters across Open and Masters Men.

Some individual highlights were:

  • Jack Highnam returning from a chronic illness to make his 2018 debut. Jack’s enthusiasm around the group has been missed. A big second half of the season awaits him.
  • Peter Rushen running almost two minutes faster than 2017 and placing 3rd in his age group.

Our Division 2 team finished 3rd, 40+ 2nd and 60+ 3rd. It was great to welcome back Olympian Rhydian Cowley, among others and our increased depth showed. Compared to Cruden Farm, our Division 1 and 2 outfits increased their team score by 84 and 204 points, respectively. Our numbers are steadily increasing and it was great to see our Division 5 team score points for the first time this season. After four rounds, our 40+ continue to sit atop the ladder.

I’d also like to acknowledge Nick van Agtmaal. Nick has been unable to compete for the last two rounds due to a hernia operation but has still travelled to support the team. It’s this kind of team spirit that makes a great club.

We now put cross country behind us and look forward to some road racing. Next round we head to Sandown Racecourse for the Victorian Road Relay Championships. I look forward to another great turnout!

Go Hunters!

June Hunter Newsletter

Link: Hunter Newsletter No 20 

In this Issue:
 Western District Challenge
 Winter Calandar
 News from Club Committee
 Club News
 Peter Rushen – Boston
 Emir Casey Run
 XCR 3 Cruden Farm 12km
 Our new breed @12km
 Theobald Foundation Award Recipients
 From the Archives -1930s
 Vicki Charles – NZ
 Titomic -Jeff Lang
 Warburton training Camp

XCR’18 Rnd 3 – 8Km XC Cruden Farm


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Junior Men Cruden Farm Report

Fantastic weather and a fantastic location for XC at Cruden Farm.  There were eight of our junior men who competed and some very good results were posted.

We had four top 10 finishes from Sam Lindsay U14, Josh Francou U16, Jason Clayton U18 and Jasper Pickering U20.   The stand out performance of the day was Sam Lindsay who finished in third place and received his first XC medal. Sam has been steadily improving and he is closing in on the two boys who have led the way in the individual races this season – well done Sam.  In finishing 7th Josh posted a smart time and his improving fitness will see him continue to press for a top 5 placing.   Sam and Josh are well placed on the individual result ladder whilst the U18 team is placed 5th – ladders can be seen on the AV website.    

For a number of our team it was the first time they had raced over the various age group distances.  Jade Cook and Josh Whittle had to run the 8km circuit and both had solid performances which will stand them in good stead for later races. I also would like to note Jack Green’s performance in the U20s.  Jack was keen to break the 4 min km pace at Cruden Farm and it was good to see him go well under this pace – good result Jack.

Open and Masters Men Cruden Farm Report

The traditional 10 Mile (16 km) Championships were reduced to 12 km this year. This was welcomed by all as the mercury nudged a warm 20 degrees. We had 25 starters across Open and Masters Men. Our Division 1, 2, 4 and 40+ teams all improved on their result from Myrniong while our Division 3, 50+ and 60+ teams achieved the same placing. 40+ are 1st on the ladder after Round 3.

Everyone put in a tremendous effort. Some individual highlights were:

  • Jake Malone placing 46th in his debut individual race for the club. He was also the first Hunter to cross the line.
  • Andrew McEvoy powering home to place 2nd in his age group. He is currently equal 2nd in the Champion Athlete Men 45-49.

It was great to welcome new member Cameron Evans in his first event for the club.

Next round we head to Bundoora Park where both Open and Masters Men will compete over 10km. We haven’t filled Division 5, 6 and 7 teams this year. Let’s get out there in numbers on June 16 and show everyone what a big and proud club we are!

Go Hunters!