It was a very long day, kicking off with the juniors in their All Schools State Championships then rolling on to the Open Women’s and Men’s races. Perfect weather, cool, sunny conditions, a soft grassy course from the rain a week earlier and all nicely churned up at the finish, after the junior’s races. In all a very pleasant day with some really impressive results from the junior athletes and some valuable team points for our senior squad.
All Schools and U20
Congratulations to all our juniors representing their schools in the All Schools. There were some outstanding results from Saturday: Jack Rayner, 3rd in U20, Nathan Pearce 2nd in U18, Jeremy Kirkham 3rd in U17, Cody Shanahan 2nd in U16 and Matthew Hussey 2nd in U14. There were also many others that finished in the top 20 and will be in contention for state representation at the National Cross Country Championships in Launceston in late August, well done all.
XCR Round 5
A great effort by all, we had 10 women competing in the 8km race with Carolyn Huell coming in first followed by Loren Lane, Mel Hiatt and Anne Cross making up the Div 2 team.
In our open Men’s 12km we had 11 compete, one more than the women for a change, and enough for the Div 2 and 4 teams. First across the line for us this week was Michael Masseni followed by Chris Camilleri, Alex Tyrrell, Allan Cook, Colin Drake and Chris Downie making up the div 2 team. With the rest of us making enough for the div 4 team, we have gained valuable points to keep us from the bottom of the ladder, and on a personal note it was great to finally contribute to the team points, the pain was worth it! The results are in, however there appears to be a 42 second offset to the times. This will be corrected in the next couple of days.
Thanks to Sue Rebesco, Alida Weitsz and Adrian Jeffkins for assisting me at the top of the hill to dispense our AV duties and for Tania Shanahan bringing the tents. No more duties now until the Half Marathon so we can kick back, relax and really enjoy the next 2 races at Albert park and Lardner park!
We have a big break now, 5 weeks, until the next XCR event at Albert Park and I will be trying to get as many possible there and hopefully enough for a div 6 team.
Finally, all the best to Adam Knowles, David Tranter and Mel Desira in the Gold Coast Marathon in a couple of weeks. Hope you’ve been training in a tracksuit lately!!!