Hunter Newsletter July ’18

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In this issue : Newsletter – July 18
WD Challenge.
Upcoming XCR18.
Kevin Mannix’s Kid
Herb Bascombe: Club’s first international.
AV Awards to THREE club members for 50 years service.
XCR18 Round 4 reports
Club News
XCR18 Round 5 Reports.
Gold Coast Marathon; the amazing Eric


XCR’18 Rnd 5 – Sandown Relays


LINK: TV’s Hunter Results

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



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


Link: TV’s Hunter Results

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!