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 Monday, September 30, 2002 

Underthreat: NSW Club Challenge

The NSW Club Challenge is underthreat due to the all-pervasive public liability crisis affecting public events of all types. The Western Disticts Joggers & Harriers Club are very keen to see the event continue, and have offered to stage the event for 2002 at their "home ground". All clubs are urged to send along a team to keep alive this event.

Date: Saturday 9 November 2002
Time: 07:30am start
Location: Lake Gillawarna, Bankstown (traffic free course in park, home of the successful half-marathon)
Contact: Pam & Ian Green (02) 9771-1113
Cost: In the region of $5 per runner (required to join WDJ&H as a guest member to be covered by the club insurance)
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 Wednesday, September 25, 2002 

Spartathlon to trace historic ultra-marathon run

ATHENS The 30th annual Spartathlon, which traces the classical route of an Athenian messenger more than 2,400 years ago, will begin Friday starting at Athens and ending in the southern Greek town of Sparta, organizers said Monday.

The International Spartathlon Association said the 246km foot race would feature some of the best ultra-marathon runners in the world.

More at the Sportserver website
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 Tuesday, September 24, 2002 

Fairfax Defends World Veterans Mountain Running Title

Two Australians have won medals in the World Veterans Mountain Running Championships yesterday in Austria.

Competing over a 9.2km course with a 1044m elevation gain, Tasmania's Louise Fairfax sucessfully defended her 2001 W50 world title, winning by 4 minutes in 65:32.

More at the Athletics Australia website
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 Monday, September 23, 2002 

Mottram Dominates At World Cup

Australia's Craig Mottram put the Oceania team in the limelight on the final night of competition at the IAAF World Cup in Madrid, dominating the men's 3000 metres and setting a new World Cup record time.

The 22 year old Australian destroyed the quality field in the 3000m, clocking 7:41.37 and winning by over six seconds. Left in his wake were class athletes including two-time Olympic 5000m silver medallist Kenyan Paul Bitok and Ukraine runner, Sergiy Lebid.

More at the Athletics Australia website

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 Thursday, September 19, 2002 

Paula's Run For Life (Cairns to Gold Coast)

Irish Immigrant to Australia, Paula Maurphy, ran the 2000km from Cairns to the Gold Coast, Queensland in the 27 days from August 5th to 31st, 2002.
More details from her website at http://www.runforlife2002.com/
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 Monday, September 16, 2002 

Thompson gains respect at Adelaide City-Bay

CANBERRA-based Mark Thompson has taken a major step forward in his campaign to earn respect with a thrilling victory in the City-Bay yesterday.

The Victorian broke clear with just 300m to run to beat Finland's Jussi Utriainen by only four seconds in 34mins 32secs with training partner Sisay Bezabeh third. And in a race dominated by the name Thompson, Commonwealth Games representative Anna Thompson upstaged a top notch line-up to claim the women's race in 39:27.

More at the Adelaide Advertiser website

Posted at 09:20     [Perma-Link]
 Thursday, September 12, 2002 

Heather Turland inspired by Flora team mates

Heather Turland has received a 'new lease of running life' from an unlikely source.

Six weeks ago the 1998 Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist accepted an invitation from Unilever Australasia to run with its team in the Flora Sydney Marathon, on Sunday September 15.

The popular 'Marathon Mum' was also asked to provide tips, advice and inspiration to the Team Flora runners but says she is the one who ended up being inspired.

More at the Sydney Marathon website
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Tanzanians set for course record at Sydney Marathon

Tanzanian athletes Stephen Bwire, Patrick Nyangelo, Marwa Dickson, Disdery Hombo and Samuel Mwera are expected to dominate the men's field in 2002 Flora Sydney Marathon.

The athletes arrived in Australia last month with coach Suleiman Nyambui, who won silver in the 5,000m at the Moscow Olympic Games. Their Australian schedule has been based around preparation for the marathon, on Sunday September 15, and has involved training and competing in the City to Surf and the Australian Cross-Country Championships at Nowra.

More at the Sydney Marathon website
Posted at 16:51     [Perma-Link]

All-star cast lines up for City-Bay

THE most impressive line-up in the history of the City-Bay, headed by Finnish running star Jussi Utriainen, is to contest South Australia's premier fun run on Sunday.

Commonwealth Games marathon silver medallist Krishna Stanton has also nominated along with Manchester team-mates Lee Troop, Brett Cartwright and Shaun Creighton. Utriainen created a huge impression recently when he triumphed in the City To Surf the nation's biggest road race in Sydney.

More at the Adelaide Advertiser website
Posted at 10:37     [Perma-Link]

Star Athletes Support Sydney's Spectacular Run

The course of the Flora Sydney Marathon, incorporating the Sunday Telegraph 10k Bridge Run, and Telstra Australian marathon Championships, is regarded as one of the most spectacular in the world by the greats of Australian athletics who are supporting this year's event.

Australian marathon heroes Steve Moneghetti, Kerryn McCann, Tani Ruckle and Heather Turland have run in marathons around the world and are all lining up for the event on Sunday September 15.

More at the Athletics Australia website


Posted at 09:17     [Perma-Link]
 Wednesday, September 11, 2002 

McCann to chase men as part of marathon preparation

Commonwealth Games champion Kerryn McCann will chase the men during the 10km Sydney Harbour Bridge run this Sunday.

The bridge run, part of the longer Australian championship marathon, is a test for McCann in her preparations for the gruelling New York Marathon in November.

More at the Sydney Morning Herald website
Posted at 14:20     [Perma-Link]

Sydney Marathon May Be On Last Legs

The Sydney marathon, which paralyses large parts of the city and closes the Harbour Bridge, is facing an uncertain future, and this year's race could be the last.

The NSW Government is planning to require sporting organisations to pay for services such as police and the Roads and Traffic Authority. These costs are estimated to be as high as $1 million by race organisers, bearing in mind the 42-kilometre marathon route from North Sydney, through the eastern suburbs and then west to finish outside the Olympic Stadium.

The bill would bankrupt the event.

More at the Sydney Morning Herald website
Posted at 14:10     [Perma-Link]

Kerryn McCann stripped of Australian half-marathon title

COMMONWEALTH Games gold medalist Kerryn McCann has been stripped of the Australian half-marathon title she won last Sunday but she will keep her prizemoney as the victor in the Noosa Half-Marathon.

McCann was controversially disqualified from the Australian half-marathon championships, held in conjunction with the Noosa race on Sunday, after Athletics Australia officials ruled she was wearing the incorrect uniform.

Fellow competitors Magnus and Sue Michelsson who came first in the men and second in the women's race were also disqualified for the same reason.

More at the Sunshine Coast Daily website

Posted at 13:09     [Perma-Link]

Johnson to carry flag at grand prix

In the absence of Cathy Freeman, Australia's form distance runner Benita Johnson is likely to be the only Australian woman invited to compete in the IAAF grand prix final in Paris on Saturday.

Johnson is ranked sixth in the world over 5000m - following a stunning 14-second improvement of her Australian record when she finished third at the Berlin golden league meeting last Saturday. But it is her 13th ranking in the grand prix 3000m event and the withdrawal of seventh-ranked Irishwoman Sonia O'Sullivan that will give her a start.

More at the Sydney Morning Herald website
Posted at 09:39     [Perma-Link]
 Monday, September 09, 2002 

Abdi, Power + Grigorieva Impress In World Cup Lead Up

Commonwealth Games medallists, Youcef Abdi, Susie Power and Tatiana Grigorieva recorded excellent performances in Europe on Sunday, confirming they are in top form heading into the IAAF World Cup in Athletics (Madrid, September 20-21).

Racing in Portsmouth, England, Melbourne's Susie Power has finished second to Sonia O'Sullivan's World 10 mile best of 51:00. Power, who last week ran a tremendous 5km on the road, clocked 52:52 for the 10 mile race. Third was Australia's 2000 Olympian Natalie Harvey in a time of 54:00. Power and Harvey travel to Madrid in a little over a week to contest the IAAF World Cup, with Power lining up in the 3000m and Harvey a quality reserve for the distance events.

More details at the Athletics Australia website

Posted at 11:49     [Perma-Link]

Benita Johnshon Smashes Australian 5000m Record

Australian athletes matched it with the worlds best in Berlin Friday night, at the final meeting of this year's IAAF Golden League, the Berlin - ISTAF, a good sign with World Cup just around the corner (September 20-21).

Canberra's Benita Johnson claimed third place in the 5000m and smashed the Oceania and Australian record, clocking 14:47.60, the sixth fastest time in the world this year. Against world class opposition it was a sensational performance by Johnson, slicing a massive 14 seconds off her previous best effort of 15:01.44 set earlier this year in Osaka, and as an added bonus, she may now be invited to the IAAF Grand Prix final in Paris next Saturday.

More details at the Athletics Australia website



Posted at 11:46     [Perma-Link]
 Saturday, September 07, 2002 

Peace Heart Run - Wollongong Remembers Sept-11

Received from the organiser Joel Penson:
The Peace Heart Run has come together well, with many schools opting to participate on the day. There has been a lot of support from various organisations for the Worlds Biggest Hug. Read on to see how you can be part of the World Record attempt!

The World's Biggest Hug for Peace is a local initiative, supported by numerous bodies including Wollongong City Council and the Department of Education and Training. Believing that violence doesn't work in the schoolyard, on the streets, or between nations; we seek to raise awareness that "Peace begins with me".

The headlining event is a Guinness Record attempt for the World's Biggest Hug, which will be held at Wollongong Lighthouse at 5:30pm on September 11. Come and join the thousands and be a Guinness Record champion!

There is also the Peace Heart Run, in which local ultra marathon runner Joel Penson will run a double marathon (84km) encompassing the Illawarra, visiting schools, culminating at the lighthouse for the Guinness Record attempt, and the declaration of World Peace Day by the Lord Mayor.

There is an opportunity to join the Peace Heart Run and walk the last 1 mile to the World's Biggest Hug at the Lighthouse. Meet at the North Wollongong Surf Club at 5:15pm. This is a great occasion for organisations and individuals to carry banners and peace flags, etc.

For those unable to attend the World's Biggest Hug for Peace in Wollongong, tens of thousands of hugs have been "pledged" for September 11 via the website http://worldpeace.org.au. It truly has become a global movement, as we "embrace peace - hug the world!". Please, spread the word and help make September 11 an anniversary of peace, not war.

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 Thursday, September 05, 2002 

Aouita sees more gold at end of long roads

Australia's new high-profile distance coach, former 5000m Olympic champion and world record-holder Said Aouita, believes Australia can win at least two medals in distance running at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

More at the Sydney Morning Herald webite
Posted at 15:29     [Perma-Link]

Johnson Fastest Ever On The Road

Good result for Australian's in the Flora Light London 5k road race on Sunday, Australian 5000m record holder Benita Johnson returned to her very best form with a brilliant run, becoming the first Australian woman to ever run under 15 minutes for 5km on the road or track. Johnson finished second to Ireland's Sonia O'Sullivan and Australia's 10k Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, Susie Power finished fourth.

More info on the Athletics Australia website
Posted at 15:24     [Perma-Link]
 Wednesday, September 04, 2002 

Aouita job confirmed

AN investigation conducted by Athletics Australia into the coaching experience of national distance coach Said Aouita has confirmed his appointment.

More information at Fox Sports
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Marathon Mum Dominates Noosa Field

The Lipton Ice Tea Noosa Half Marathon, incorporating the Australian Half Marathon Championships was held this weekend at the Noosa Heads Lions Park, Noosa. The Championship event saw record numbers of enthusiastic competitors along with thousands of spectators lining the course to cheer on family and friends.

More details on the Athletics Australia website
Posted at 17:25     [Perma-Link]
 Monday, September 02, 2002 

Athletics Aust hands $20,000 to RSL for Lest We Forget Run

On Sunday 28th April 2002, the RSL and Athletics Australia joined forces for a new event on the running calendar, the Lest We Forget Run, designed to strengthen the ANZAC tradition and also raise funds for the RSL's welfare related charities and activities. Athletics Australia donated 100% of the profits from the 2002 Lest We Forget run, to the RSL, totalling $20,000.

More details on the Aths Aust website
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