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 Wednesday, August 28, 2002 

Golden Girls Head to Noosa For Australian Championships

Australia's Commonwealth Games Marathon mums Kerryn McCann and Krishna Stanton are staging their first race back to competition since the Commonwealth Games by competing in this weekend's Lipton Ice Tea Noosa Half Marathon on Sunday 1 September 2002. McCann who dominated the Marathon in Manchester is keen to don her running shoes again to take out the Australian Championship title just 3 weeks after her recent success.

More details on the Aths Aust website
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 Tuesday, August 27, 2002 

Canberra Times Fun Run - change of date

The Canberra Times Fun Run, a 10km run in Canberra, has moved its date from 22nd September to 3rd November 2002. (more details here).
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 Monday, August 26, 2002 

Tough Competition For Aussies At London Grand Prix

The Norwich Union Grand Prix in London Friday night, was bursting with impressive start lists, tough competition and a near capacity crowd. Five Australian's were amongst it all, in just one of many competitions for the Aussies in the lead up to the Grand Prix Final (14 September) and the World Cup (20-21 September).

Australian and Commonwealth long jump record holder Bronwyn Thompson took seventh place in the women's long jump competition, leaping 6.47m. Brazils Maureen Maggi jumped 6.78m for first place, Hungary's Tunde Vaszi finished second (6.70m) and Great Britain's Jade Johnson third (6.60m).

In the men's 3000 metres, Australia's Craig Mottram was tested by a strong field, clocking 7:52.71 to take ninth place. Kenya claimed the trifecta, Benjamin Limo out-sprinting his teammates to win in 7.50.29. Paul Bitok was second (7:50.54) and Luke Kipkosgei third (7:50.68). France's Driss El Himer was the first European to cross the line, finishing fourth (7:51.30).

Patrick Johnson finished eighth place in the men's 200 metres, clocking 21.25 seconds. America's Darvis Patton took top honours, stopping the clock at 20.25 with teammate Ramon Clay running 20.34 for second. Great Britain's Marlon Devonish finished third with 20.43.

In the men's triple jump, Australia's Andrew Murphy leapt 15.79m, to finish twelfth. World record holder Jonathan Edwards (17.21m) was defeated by America's Walter Davis with an impressive 17.33m on his sixth jump, improving on his competition best of 16.66m set in the previous round in the triple jump competition. Great Britain's Phillips Idowu finished second ahead of team mate Edwards with 17.29m.

In the women's pole vault, Commonwealth Games gold medallist Tatiana Grigorieva, finished equal twelfth clearing 4.10 metres. The winner was Russia's European record holder Svetlana Feofanova with 4.62m, and in a closer than expected duel, Poland's world bronze medallist Monica Pyrek, broke her own national record at the same height, but lost the overall competition on count back. Third place went to Russia's Yelena Belyakova with 4.52m with America's Stacey Dragila also clearing 4.52m, but slipping to fourth on a count back.

For full results and news from the Norwich Union Grand Prix in London: www.iaaf.org


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 Friday, August 23, 2002 

Perth City to Surf - 2 Days to go

The Australian sporting spirit was running high last week as registrants for the Channel Nine City to Surf presented by New Balance were greeted by Australia's elite athletes and its Commonwealth Games champions at the City to Surf Registration Store, located in Forest Place between Myer and McDonalds.

Commonwealth Games medal winners including track and field silver medallist, Kylie Wheeler and gold medal gymnast, Allana Slater, were joined by champion pole vaulter Emma George to encourage West Australians to lace up their runners and get active for Activ Foundation's annual fundraiser on Sunday 25 August.

The Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS) athletes made a special 'cheerleader appearance' to encourage Western Australians to get active and register for the Channel Nine City to Surf presented by New Balance.

Emma George, who will participate in the event with an anticipated 15,000 others said many budding athletes get their first taste of running from community events such as the Channel Nine City to Surf presented by New Balance.

"By getting involved in the City to Surf, people of all ages can experience the satisfaction and camaraderie that comes from participation and involvement with like-minded people," Emma said.

The Registrations Store, which is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 6pm, will remain open until the eve of the race, Saturday 24 August.
Over 11, 000 people have already signed up to run, walk or wheel the 12km or 4km course and it is expected a further 5,000 people will sign up in person in the remaining week before the race.

Entry fees are $28 for adults and $16 for children, with all proceeds to Activ Foundation. Eight convenient registration lanes, including a fast lane for previous entrants, a cash 'n' cheque lane and EFTPOS lane, have been set up to minimise registration time.

The icon event is Western Australia's largest community sporting event and provides an opportunity for aspiring athletes to test their times against some of the state's best competitors. Many high profile athletes can be seen on race day treading the pavement alongside thousands of others who are inspired to participate for fun, fitness and fundraising.

For the first time race competitors will be testing out special transponders, lightweight, soft, adjustable Velcro ankle straps coded to match the competitor's race bib number - recording competitors' times as the start and finish mats are crossed. The new timing system - of international calibre - will give competitors a leading edge, providing highly accurate results and easy flow through at both the start and finish line.

Pacing the race in the Channel Nine City to Surf presented by New Balance will be well-known WA celebrities including Tina Altieri, Phillippa O'Connell and Michael Thompson from Channel 9 and Mel Preston, Gary Shannon and Steve Fitton from 96fm. Popular Perth band Eskimo Joe will be a highlight of the post-race celebrations in the 96fm Celebrity Tent at City Beach Oval.

For more information on this year's Channel Nine City to Surf presented by New Balance visit www.citytosurf.activ.asn.au or call the race hotline 08 9221 8111.


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 Monday, August 19, 2002 

Nowra Puts On A Show For Walkers and Endurance Athletes

TELSTRA CROSS COUNTRY + ROAD WALKING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Over 500 endurance athletes hit Nowra last weekend for the Telstra Australian Cross-Country Championships, Telstra Australian Road Walking Championships, the IGA Australian All Schools Cross Country Championships, and the IGA Australian Junior Road Walking Championships.

Victoria's Mark Thompson claimed the men's Telstra Australian Cross-Country title, Victoria's Anna Thompson led the way as expected in the women's race, to claim the women's Cross Country title. The men's Telstra Australian Road Walking Championships title was won by South Australia's Darren Bown, while fellow South Australian Claire Woods, claimed the women's title.

- Victoria's Mark Thompson claimed the men's Telstra Australian Cross-Country title, clocking 37:57 for the 12-kilometre race. Second Australian home was Victoria's Gemechu Woyecha (38:19), and third was Simon Field, also from Victoria (38:26). The Tanzanian athletes were a strong force in the men's event, Patrick Nyangelo taking the overall top honour, clocking 37:28, with team mate Stephen Bwire second overall, with 37:29.

- As expected in the eight kilometre women's event, Victoria's Anna Thompson (fresh from the Commonwealth Games) led the way, claiming the women's Telstra Australian Cross-country Championship title in 28:23. Second Australian home was ACT's Joy terry in 29:08 and third Aussie home, ACT's Sarah Salmon (29:52). Second overall, New Zealand's Kimberly Smith in 28:55.

- The men's Telstra Australian Road Walking Championships title was hotly contested, with two World Walking Cup Team members Darren Bown and Frank Bertei going head to head. South Australia's Darren Bown crossed the line in 1:35.59 to take first place in the 30km event, with Victoria's Frank Bertei second in 1:52.50. Third place went to New South Welshman Robert Osborne 1:96:55.

A good victory for Bown, a boost for his confidence heading into World Cup "I'll be recovering this week, my focus now turns to World Cup in October... the main priority is to perform well at world cup, for myself and for Australian race walking... we all have to find our bearings now Ron Weigle's gone".

- The women's Telstra Australian Road Walking Championships title was won by South Australia's Claire Woods, clocking 48:13 for the 10km race. Victoria's Wendy Muldoon was second Australian home, in 50:55, while Queensland's Claire Bock claimed third place recording 52:06. Canada's Karen Foan finished second overall, finishing almost a minute behind Woods, with 49:08.

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Swiss Treat For Aussies

Craig Mottram, Benita Johnson and Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Kris McCarthy set season's best times in Zurich on Friday night, at the fifth IAAF Golden league meet, the Weltklasse, at the famous Letzigrund Stadium.

- Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Kris McCarthy, fresh from a season's best in the men's 800 metres earlier this week (1:45.93), set a new season's best in Zurich of 1:45.82 to finish fourteenth. McCarthy's time was almost one second faster than he ran in Manchester to take the bronze. Kenya's Joseph Mutua took out the race in a season world best of 1:43.33, ahead of Wilson Kipketer in third with 1:43.59. South Africa's Mbulaeni Mulaudzi finished third in 1:43.81.

- Craig Mottram set a season's best in the men's 1500 metres, clocking 3:37.34 finishing eleventh. In a fast race, winner Moroccan Hicham El Guerrouj was less than a second outside his world record, stopping the clock at 3:26.89. Kenya's Cornelius Chirchir finished second in 3:30.68 ahead of Portugal's World Indoor Champion Rui Silva, 3:31.22.

- In the women's 3000 metres, Benita Johnson set a season's best of 8:56.63, crossing the line in tenth place. The race was won by Ethiopia's World Indoor record holder Berhane Adere, clocking 8:32.76. Russia's Tatyana Tomashova finished second in 8:33.40, ahead of Ireland's Sonia O'Sullivan, 8:33.62.

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 Thursday, August 15, 2002 

Aussie champs head to UK for North Run

Commonwealth marathon champion Kerryn McCann will spearhead an Australian double challenge for the 2002 BUPA Great North Run, in northern England.

McCann, who romped to victory in Manchester last month, will be joined by 10,000m bronze medallist Suzie Power for the Newcastle-to-South Shields event. Organisers claim the Aussie stars will be the first of many big names to announce their participation in the world's biggest half-marathon, which takes place on 6 October.

Former British middle-distance runner Peter Elliott, Elite Runners Coordinator for the event, said: "I put a proposition to both women immediately after their successes at the Commonwealth Games. At the European Championships in Munich I brokered a few deals and hopefully some other big names will be announced shortly. They won't have an easy race."

McCann and Power will be hoping to continue a fine tradition of Aussie success in the Great North Run. Former champions include world all-time greats Rob De Castella and Steve Moneghetti, while Australian half-marathon record holder Lisa Ondieki has won the event three times.

This year McCann joined Ondieki as only the second Australian woman to run a half-marathon in under 70 minutes. The Commonwealth champion will be aiming to go one better in the Great North Run and break Ondieki's record.
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Aussie Tactics In Helsinki

As the clock counts down to World Cup in five weeks (Madrid, Spain, September 20-21), a handful of Aussies are preparing on the competition trail in Europe. Some great results overnight, with Australian athletes competing at the IAAF Grand Prix II in Helsinki and the EAA Permit meet, Malmo, Sweden.

In Helsinki Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Kris McCarthy showed great form in the men's 800 metres, finishing third, clocking a decent 1:45.93. In a close and tactical race, first place went to South Africa's Mulaudzi Mbulaeni (1:45.29) and in second place, Kenya's Alex Kipchirchir, crossing the line in 1:45.74.

Another highlight was Craig Mottram's second place in the men's 3000 metres, recording 7:47.01, below his personal best, but still the eighth fastest time by an Australian ever. Mottram crossed the line ahead of a swag of Kenyan's, including third place getter William Kirui (7:47.15).

In other results from Helsinki:
- Patrick Johnson claimed top honours in the men's 200 metres, clocking 21.09 seconds.
- Benita Johnson finished seventh in the women's 3000 metres, crossing the line in 8:58.74
- Also in the women's 3000 metres, Natalie Harvey finished ninth in 9:17.63

Full results
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Commonwealth Champion Athletes Get 'Activ' at Perth City to Surf Registrations

The Australian sporting spirit will be running high on Thursday 15 August as registrants for the Channel Nine City to Surf presented by New Balance are greeted by Australia's elite athletes and its Commonwealth Games champions at the City to Surf Registration Store, located in Forest Place between Myer and McDonalds.

Commonwealth Games medal winners including track and field silver medallist, Kylie Wheeler and gold medal gymnast, Allana Slater, will be joined by champion pole vaulter Emma George to encourage West Australians to lace up their runners and get active for Activ Foundation's annual fundraiser on Sunday 25 August.

The Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS) athletes are making a special 'cheerleader appearance' to encourage Western Australians to get active and register for the Channel Nine City to Surf presented by New Balance.

Emma George, who will participate in the event with an anticipated 15,000 others said many budding athletes get their first taste of running from community events such as the Channel Nine City to Surf presented by New Balance.

"By getting involved in the City to Surf, people of all ages can experience the satisfaction and camaraderie that comes from participation and involvement with like-minded people," Emma said.

The Registrations Store, which is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 6pm, will remain open until the eve of the race, Saturday 24 August.

Over 11, 000 people have already signed up to run, walk or wheel the 12km or 4km course and it is expected a further 5,000 people will sign up in person in the remaining two weeks before the race.

Entry fees are $28 for adults and $16 for children, with all proceeds to Activ Foundation. Eight convenient registration lanes, including a fast lane for previous entrants, a cash 'n' cheque lane and EFTPOS lane, have been set up to minimise registration time.

The icon event is Western Australia's largest community sporting event and provides an opportunity for aspiring athletes to test their times against some of the state's best competitors. Many high profile athletes can be seen on race day treading the pavement alongside thousands of others who are inspired to participate for fun, fitness and fundraising.

For the first time race competitors will be testing out special transponders, lightweight, soft, adjustable Velcro ankle straps coded to match the competitor's race bib number - recording competitors' times as the start and finish mats are crossed. The new timing system - of international calibre - will give competitors a leading edge, providing highly accurate results and easy flow through at both the start and finish line.

Pacing the race in the Channel Nine City to Surf presented by New Balance will be well-known celebrities including Tina Altieri, Phillippa O'Connell and Michael Thompson from Channel 9 and Mel Preston, Gary Shannon and Steve Fitton from 96fm. Popular Perth band Eskimo Joe will be a highlight of the post-race celebrations in the 96fm Celebrity Tent at City Beach Oval.

For more information on this year's Channel Nine City to Surf presented by New Balance visit www.citytosurf.activ.asn.au or call the race hotline 08 9221 8111.


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 Wednesday, August 14, 2002 

Oceania Team - IAAF World Cup in Athletics

Oceania Athletic Association announced today a 53-member team to compete at the 9th IAAF World Cup in Athletics to be held in Madrid, Spain from 20-21 September 2002.

The athletes were selected from the 19 member federations of the Oceania region and will compete in a two-day finals-only format competition against the world's elite on September 20 and 21.

Competing will be continental teams from Africa, Asia, Americas (Canada, central and south America), Europe and track and field powers USA, Germany, Russia, Great Britain and host country Spain.

The Oceania team will be headed by Commonwealth Games gold medallists, Jana Pittman (400m hurdles) and Beatrice Faumuina (discus). The team includes 44 Australian's, seven New Zealanders and two Papua New Guineans.

Check out facts and figures on Oceania Teams and the IAAF World Cup, IAAF World Cup Fast Facts.

Team selections below:

(Men, Women)
100m: Patrick Johnson (AUS), Sharon Cripps (AUS)

200m: Dallas Roberts (NZL), Lauren Hewitt (AUS)

400m: Clinton Hill (AUS), TBA

800m: Kris McCarthy (AUS), Tamsyn Lewis (AUS)

1500m: Youcef Abdi (AUS), Sarah Jamieson (AUS)

3000m: Craig Mottram (AUS), Susie Power (AUS)

5000m: Michael Power (AUS), Benita Willis-Johnson (AUS)

110/100m Hurdles: Tim Ewen (AUS), Jacquie Munro (AUS)

400m Hurdles: Mowen Boino (PNG), Jana Pittman (AUS)

3000m Steeple: Peter Nowill (AUS), -

Long Jump: Tim Parravicini (AUS), Chantal Brunner (NZL)

Triple Jump: Andrew Murphy (AUS), Michelle Apostolou (AUS)

High Jump: Nick Moroney (AUS), Jane Jamieson (AUS)

Pole Vault: Paul Burgess (AUS), Tatiana Grigorieva (AUS)

Shot Put: Justin Anlezark (AUS), Valerie Adams (NZL)

Discus Throw: TBA, Beatrice Faumuina (NZL)

Hammer Throw: Philip Jensen (NZL), Bronwyn Eagles (AUS)

Javelin Throw: William Hamlyn-Harris (AUS), Cecilia McIntosh (AUS)

4 x 100m Relay: Peter Pulu (PNG), Jodie Lambert (AUS)

Paul Di Bella (AUS), Sarah Mullan (AUS)

Tim Williams (AUS), Melanie Kleeburg (AUS)

David Geddes (AUS), Caro Hunt (NZL)

4 x 400m Relay: Paul Pearce (AUS), Rebecca Wardell (NZL)
Patrick Dwyer (AUS), Rosemary Hayward (AUS)
Daniel Batman (AUS), Katerina Dressler (AUS)
Michael Hazel (AUS), Susan Andrews (AUS)

Reserves: Matt McEwen (AUS), Kylie Wheeler (AUS)
Viktor Chistiakov (AUS), Natalie Harvey (AUS)


TEAM MANAGEMENT

Team Manager: Trish Kinnane (AUS)
Head Coach: Keith Connor (AUS) [jumps/hurdles]
Assistant Manager: Alec McNab (NZL)
Administration Manager: David Tarbotton (AUS) [incl Media inquiries]Coaches: Peter Fortune (AUS) [sprints/relays], Debbie Strange (NZL) [throws], Tony Rogers (NZL) [distance]
Physiotherapist: Andrew Harper (AUS)
Massage Therapist: Lauren Brown (AUS), Chris Jones (AUS)


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Endurance Elite Head South

EVENTS:
- TELSTRA AUSTRALIAN CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS (open and under 20)
- IGA AUSTRALIAN ALL SCHOOLS CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS (U18, U16 U14, clubs and schools)
- TELSTRA AUSTRALIAN ROAD WALKING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- IGA AUSTRALIAN JUNIOR ROAD WALKING CHAMPIONSHIPS

WHEN: Saturday 17th - Sunday 18th August 2002

WHERE: Nowra, NSW, Willandra Cross Country Course - Camberwarra (off Browne's Mountain Rd)

TIME: 10:30am Saturday, 9:00am Sunday

The town of Nowra, two hours south of Sydney, will host over 500 of Australia's finest endurance athletes this weekend, including a few in their first competition since returning from the Commonwealth Games, as they take part in the Telstra Australian Cross Country Championships. This events encompasses the IGA Australian All Schools Cross Country Championships, Telstra Australian Road Walking Championships and the IGA Australian Junior Road Walking Championships.

With neither defending champion's competing, the field is wide open. Although fresh from Manchester, Victoria's Anna Thompson is expected to lead the way in the women's cross-country event, after Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Susie Power withdrew today due to soreness. In the men's event, Commonwealth Games 10,000 metre runner, Dean Cavuoto will battle it out, with main competition expected to come from Ryan Taylor and Mark Thompson amongst others.

Shoalhaven City Mayor, Greg Watson, says the local community is proud to host the event "It's an honour to be selected to host the Cross country Championships... our city has a proud sporting tradition, producing many great athletes and teams over a very long period... this is the first occassion that the Road Walking Championships have been held in Shoalhaven - visitors will not be disappointed in the exceptional organisation of both events"

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Barbara Allen, Sydney Runner, Loses Cancer Battle

To Everyone,
I am very sorry to announce that Barbara lost her battle against cancer at about 4:00pm, Monday, 12th. August.

Barbara, along with her husband Peter, served on the Sydney Marathon Clinic committee for about 3 years in the late 1980's.

During her runnng career, Barbara acheived many milestones. She has completed about 69 marathons and ultras. Some of these include:-
12 x Six Foot Tracks, 8 Brindabellas, 19 City- to- Surfs, 3 Mansfield to Mt Bullar 50kms' and several Billies Bushies Ultras. She completed her last Six Foot Track in 1998 whilst undergoing chemotherapy. This shows the fighting spirit of Barbara.

I have had the pleasure of knowing Barbara and Peter for over 20 years. In that time I have enjoyed many runs with them, not only on organised runs but also on training runs. I have also enjoyed the pleasure of their company away from the running scene during theatre nights and holidays. One of my fondest memories is of the time we met incidentally at the Whitsundays, where I was holidaying at the time & Barbarra & Peter turned up on a bus tour. We enjoyed a very memorable evening at Airlie Beach followed by a great day on a yaght before their coach moved on.

But most of all, I will always remember Barbara for her brilliant smile, her compasion, for her genuine warmth and her friendliness. It was always a pleasure to see her and Peter during the course of a run, often running together. They always took the time to wish you well in your run.

Barbara's funeral will be held at the North Chapel, Pinegrove Cemetary, Great Western Highway, Eastern Creek at 2:00pm on Friday 16th August, after which all her fellow runners and friends are invited to meet at Rooty Hill RSL Club. All her friends and fellow runners are welcome to come and pay their last respects.

John Melnyczenko
jmel@bigpond.com
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Asics Melbourne Marathon celebrates its 25th anniversary with Robert de Castella

The 25th Melbourne Marathon was launched on Monday by Melbourne's own marathon man, Robert de Castella.

“In reaching this milestone,” said de Castella, “the marathon has proved to be one of the most popular and enduring fitness events on Melbourne’s sporting calendar. It is inspiring to see so many Melburnians still ready to take up running’s greatest challenge.”

Marathon race director Joe Murphy was keen to secure “Deek” for the medal. "If you had your pick of the best marathoners Australia has ever produced,” Murphy said, “there isn't really a choice, Deek has to be the one.”

“As a former world champion, world record holder, four-time Olympian and dual Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Deek is one of the most credentialled marathon runners of all time.”

A hardy bunch of “Spartans”—24 runners who have completed all Melbourne Marathons to date—were present at the launch to add their own special kind of inspiration to the occasion. Shirley Young age 72, the only female in the group and a masters world record holder, was looking forward to adding this milestone to her achievements.

“I have run in events all around Australia but this is one of my favourites,” she said.

“I really enjoy how the sense of expectation builds as you get closer and closer to Melbourne, and when you finish you can look back and think, ‘I ran all that way!’”

Over 6000 participants are expected to take part in the combined events, with an expected 500 coming from interstate and overseas based on previous years’ participation. These visitors provide an economic benefit of an estimated $0.75 million to Melbourne.

The event is supported by 600 volunteers who act in various roles such as traffic safety marshalls and drink station attendants. In addition over 100 Victoria Police supervise the entire route to ensure maximum safety for both participants and the public.

The Asics Melbourne Marathon supports the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. Organisers are encouraging all participants to collect a dollar in sponsorship for every kilometre they run, which will potentially raise well in excess of $130,000 for the hospital appeal.

More information at www.melbournemarathon.com
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 Thursday, August 08, 2002 

Radcliffe's record crushes a continent

European Athletics Championships: Front-running Briton smashes Kristiansen's 1986 mark to triumph in 10,000 metres

By Mike Rowbottom in Munich

The kind of rain which Paula Radcliffe might have expected to encounter in Manchester last Sunday week fell in abundance last night, pouring down out of a dark sky on to another incandescent performance in a year which is just getting better and better for her.

Nine days after securing the first major track title of her career in the Commonwealth Games 5,000 metres, the 28-year-old Bedford runner scattered another top-class field to the four winds as she added the European 10,000m gold medal to her collection, smashing Ingrid Kristiansen's 16-year-old European record of 30min 13.74sec in the process with a time of 30:01.09. That time was 25 seconds faster than her previous best and would have been sufficient to win her every men's Olympic 10,000m title up to Emil Zatopek's victory in 1948.

Only one woman has ever run faster ­ China's Wang Junxia, whose freakish performance of 29:31.78 in Beijing nine years ago stands as what may be a record too far even for a runner of Radcliffe's remarkable talent and determination.

Characteristically for a woman driven onwards through life by successive goals, Radcliffe's first reaction after squelching through her lap of honour with a rain-sodden Union flag over her shoulders was to express disappointment that she had not managed to get inside 30 minutes after successfully detaching all but Portugal's Fernando Ribeiro and Ireland's defending champion, Sonia O'Sullivan, with just five of the 25 laps gone.

It was a measure of her performance that Ribeiro, Portugal's former world, Olympic and European 10,000m champion who beat Radcliffe to the Olympic bronze in Sydney two years ago, was so demoralised by the pace that she dropped out soon after halfway after falling half a lap behind. This was the runner whom Radcliffe had identified beforehand as her most dangerous rival.

It was another measure of her performance that by the time she entered the final straight for the last time O'Sullivan, who went on to claim the silver in a national record of 30:47.59, was only just embarking on her last lap.

By the end, Radcliffe had lapped everybody except O'Sullivan and the bronze medallist, Lyudmila Biktasheva of Russia, who recorded 31:04.00.

Thus, in the space of just six months, she has retained her world cross country title, won her debut marathon in London in the second fastest time recorded by a woman and collected her first two major track golds after 10 years of trying. Only one main aim remains for the year ­ to beat the world marathon best in Chicago two months hence. An annus mirabilis indeed.

"I'm very, very happy," Radcliffe said. "I've got a roll on. My confidence and self-belief has never been stronger. The London marathon gave me a lot of added mental strength because when you are running that distance and then come back to something shorter it helps.

"I set out with two main aims ­ to win the race and to beat the European record because Ingrid Kristiansen was always a heroine of mine. But I'm a little bit disappointed I didn't get under 30 minutes. Running a lot of the race in lane two because I was always overtaking people, plus the particularly heavy rain in the first half of the race probably accounts for that.

"I was really tired in the last 3,000m but I said to myself: 'You've only got 12 or so minutes to go' and that eased the pain. I probably went off a little bit too fast at the begining because of the targets I had set myself. I wasn't concentrating on overtaking people but it helped that there was always a next target in front of me."

She dodged answering the question of whether she would contest the 5,000m later in the week. "I'm tired," she said. "All I want is a warm down and a hot bath. I have to remember that I am going to the Chicago marathon and I don't want to take too much out of myself. I've got some thinking to do."

She added that the world championship 10,000m next summer would be another big target, but hinted that her goal at the 2004 Athens Olympics might be victory over the marathon course rather than on the track.

O'Sullivan was gracious but faintly bemused in defeat. "I couldn't understand why I was running so fast and there was still someone running 300m in front of me," she said. "I've set a national record, I've got a much valued silver medal, and yet at the same time I feel a little bit crushed."

RADCLIFFE'S AMAZING SIX MONTHS

March: Wins the world cross-country title in Dublin. The first woman to defend the title in 10 years.

April: Wins the London Marathon at the first attempt in 2hr 18min 56sec, missing the world record by just nine seconds.

June: Awarded the MBE.

July: Wins Commonwealth Games 5,000m in a Games record time of 14min 31.32sec.

August: Wins European Championships 10,000m in 30:01.09, shaving 12 seconds off the old European record set in 1986.

Article from The Independent

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Do You Participate In Fun Runs ?


Is fun running increasing its participation numbers? Is fun running retaining its participants? The jury remains out at present. Hopefully your contribution by returning this survey will provide:
- Some answers to those questions, and
- Provide you some benefits at your next fun run and the sport overall.

Its aim is to research the reasons why people participate so widely in fun running ‘unorganised’ sport as against the ‘organised’ registered running club sport. It focuses primarily on Victoria. The Federal Government through its agency The Australian Sports Commission, funds National Sporting bodies directly. A part of this funding policy, stipulates that the National Sport Body must increase participation in its sport to ensure increased funding.

This research also hopes to present its findings to the Government in relation to your contribution to participation rates of sport in Australia. Currently the fun running industry is not directly represented in any funding activities or statistical data from the Australian Government.

For more details see here
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 Monday, August 05, 2002 

Mingara-NBN Fun Run (NSW)


Yesterday saw a great day for the 4th Mingara NBN Fun Run. Over 300 entrants in both races.

Open Winners were Paul Arthur (on leave from Army duty in Melbourne) and Rachel Fullbrook for her 2nd year in a row. Nick Freemans’ 3km record of 11mins was smashed by local upcoming Triathlete Matt Murphy who ran 9.45. The girls record set by Kincumber athlete Lauren Palmer last year was equaled by Wyong athlete Jessica Drysdale in 12.24.

The School Team challenge was hotly contested by 12 Teams. Each winning team in the High School, Primary make and female received $100 for their school. St Patricks primary kincumber Primary and Berkeley Vale Campus came out winners.

Thanks to all the sponsors:
Mingara Recreation Club, New Balance Footwear, Mingara Leisure,Mingara Sports Medecine, Toowoon Bay Cakes and Pies, NBN Television Central Coast Express,Model Tees Screenprinting, Indoor Plant Hire and Stars Family Restaurant.

Margaret Beardslee
Central Coast Region Sec
beardslee@acs.net.au
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 Sunday, August 04, 2002 

World Junior Championships television coverage


SBS Television will broadcast a highlights package of the 9th IAAF World Junior Championships held recently in Kingston Jamaica. The broadcast will be aired at 10:30-12:30 am Sunday 4th August.
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