Thanks again to all those who made the trip to Lardner Park on Saturday to make it another memorable and fun event and special thanks to all those bringing afternoon tea, a feast for all! We were blessed with the weather and as a result the course was quite fast, firm under foot and not too much mud in the ditches. Regarding the ditches there were many ways to negotiate these; jumping, stepping side to side and the photo below shows Janice preparing to levitate across one!
Looking back at last year’s results it was interesting to note that in this year’s races there were many more athletes, across the whole competition, especially in the juniors ranks. Most remarkable of all was the under 18 men’s with 50 athletes competing – a large competitive group.
Our senior men did well and had enough athletes to fill Div 2, 4 and 6. Again it was Rob Pope, in great form from his huge London Marathon PB, first across the line in a time of 29.06, followed by Alistair McDonald, Chris Downie, Cam Menadue, Alex Tyrrell and Allan Cook. Congratulations to Spenser Beasley on his first competitive run with Western Athletics, he was smiling in the photos so hopefully we’ll see him at Brimbank!! Also, some great results for our overage athletes with Alan Hammond in 2nd place in the 60+, and Allan Cook 5th and Colin Drake 10th in the 50-55 group.
In the senior women’s 4km our ladies struggled to get numbers this weekend but managed a Div 2 team with Carolyn Huell finishing first in a time of 16.17 (3rd in the 45 – 49 age group), followed by Mechelle Lane (7th in the 50-55 age group), Chelsea Morley and Jo Francken rounding out the div 2 team.
Best results of the day were from Matthew Hussey, showing his experience in controlling the race from the outset and planting his foot just at the right time to win the U14 2km race in a time of 7.03. Next up, the 4km Men’s U20/U18 where Jack Rayner came in 2nd in 12.14, behind Ballarat’s Jack Davies and not far behind was Nathan Pearce in 6th with John Camilleri in 13th to complete the U20 team. Our U18s, in a very strong field, did well to have Daniel Dunstone, Lochlan Lyness and Cody Shanahan in the top ten and the team will probably finish second behind the powerful Knox team. In the Men’s U16 Christiaan Weitsz came 7th, Kirk Shanahan 11th and Thomas Rebesco in 14th, with the provisional results suggesting the team came 1st.
In the women’s U20 Claire Hodgart came 5th with Hayley Burke and Monique Harris completing the team and, from the provisional results, possibly the only team. In the U14s Sophie McMinimee was 5th and Georgia Muller in 13th.
Junior ‘Run of the Day’
In this year’s XCR season, for our Junior Men’s and Women’s individual races, I am pleased to announce the ‘Run of the Day’ award. The ‘Run of the Day’ will be awarded not necessarily on the fastest run but the impact on the team and performance improvement - an encouragement award. The recipient will receive a voucher to Baker’s Delight at Hoppers Crossing and Werribee Central.
This week’s ‘Run of the Day’ winners are Matthew Hussey in the U14s, for his win in the 2km event and lifting his team to second place. For the girls, Monique Harris in the U20 3km, for completing her first XCR and enabling the U20 girls to have a team on the day, and as we have seen in previous years, missing out on points for one event can jeopardise a premiership.