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 Thursday, October 31, 2002 

Lest We Forget Run 2003 - Race Director's Wanted

The Lest We Forget series of runs is scheduled for Sunday 27th April 2003, on the traditional Anzac Day weekend. After a national launch last year, the organisers, in conjunction with Athletics Australia are looking to spread the event even further to even more towns and cities across Australia.

The event is 8km long and profits are donated to the RSL for welfare-related charities and activities.

Athletics Australia are looking for expressions of interest from Race Directors, or prospective race directors all over the country. For more info read this brochure in PDF format or read the Lest We Forget website at www.lestweforget.com.au.

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JOB AD - Development Officer - ACT and Southern NSW

Background:
Athletics Australia in partnership with its Member Associations ACT Athletics and Athletics NSW is seeking to appoint a Development Officer with responsibility for the ACT and Southern NSW regions.

The purpose for establishing the position is to produce and deliver development strategies that facilitate a growth in the number of people participating in quality athletics programs throughout the targeted region. These strategies will be consistent with the national development strategies of Athletics Australia.

The Person:
This is a unique and exciting position. The successful candidate will have an outstanding capacity to communicate, organise and motivate. They will enjoy working "on the road" and the challenges associated with a job that has responsibilities across a broad geographical area and multiple administrative structures.

They will have a strong affinity with sport, and a strong interest in athletics. They will also hold a degree or relevant qualification in Sports Management and/or Teaching. Importantly, they will have experience in working with schools and volunteers.

A current driver's license is also required.

Position Structure and Location:
This is a full-time position and will operate principally from the offices of ACT Athletics in Canberra. Operationally, the position holder will work as part of the Athletics NSW Development Team. They will also work closely with the President of ACT Athletics on matters relating to the ACT region.

Geographical Scope:
In addition to the ACT region, the position will be responsible for athletics development programs across the Southern NSW region with particular focus on Queanbeyan, Wagga Wagga and Albury/Wodonga.

More Information:
For more information on the position, please contact Mr. Greg Doyle, CEO Athletics NSW on 02 9552 1244.

A full job description is available from the Athletics Australia web site
www.athletics.org.au/insideaa/employment_details.cfm?Objectid=141

Applications close at 5pm on Friday 15 November 2002.
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 Wednesday, October 30, 2002 

National Distance Running Camp returns to Falls Creek in January 2003

by Ian Talbot

The annual National Distance Running Camp, coordinated by Di Huxley and Said Aouita, the National Distance Coaches, will include junior members of the current distance runners' squad and promising junior athletes who did well in last year's National Cross Country & All-Schools Cross Country events.

Di Huxley said:"The legendary Said Aouita, our recently-appointed distance coach, will be at Falls for our next National Distance Running Camp which will be a similar format to our annual camp in other years.

"We'll be based at Koki Lodge with the juniors and the national distance squad members make their own accommodation arrangements in the village. However, some promising juniors will be invited, as a result of good performances at last year's cross country races in NSW.

"We encouraging other athletes (and their coaches) to join the athletes who are invited to Falls Creek by Athletics Australia. Our senior runners such as Lee Troop, Kerryn McCann and Susie Powers, who raced in the marathon at the Commonwealth Games, plus Craig Mottram and Sonya O'Sullivan (the well-known Irish runner who's used Falls Creek as a training base for many years) help motivate the junior runners.

"Craig Mottram, who has had a phenomenal year, set himself up with a big stint of training at Falls Creek, which gave him a very good base to carry him through the race series, which included a recent first (and gold medal)
at Madrid's La Comunidad Stadium. His time of 7min 41.37secs (a championship record) in the 3000 metres track event has shown he is a world-class
athlete.

"The trips to Falls Creek provide a big, solid base of training for our senior runners, and the National Distance Running Camp for the younger athletes such as Hayley McGregor,Benita Johnston and Werner Botha from Queensland, has several positive elements.
"They are exposed to how other, more experienced distance runners train, and the group effect has a very positive impact on most of them. Having so many Olympians at Falls Creek, whilst our athletes of the future are participating in the camp, motivates and inspires the younger runners.
"They learn the serious business of being an elite athlete."

For more information contact Di Huxley 02 9763 0208 mobile 0438 604 594

Article from Falls Creek website

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A brief chat with Craig Mottram

by Jim Ferstle

Mottram is considered by many in his native Australia to be the next in a line of great Aussie distance talents, with Australian records in the 5-K and 3000 meters

Craig Mottram is considered by many in his native Australia to be the next in a line of great Aussie distance talents. He has auspicious goals and has shown flashes of his talent with an Australian record in the 5-K (13:12.04) and top finishes in the World Cross-Country Championships. Mottram broke the Australian NR for 3000 meters with a 7:37.30 at Monte Carlo last month. He's also had his share of setbacks. A fall in the 2000 Australian Olympic 1500 meter trials and, most recently, a disappointing finish at the Commonwealth Games 5-K.

More at the Runners World website
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A brief chat with Kerryn McCann

by Peter Gambaccini

Australia's Kerryn McCann, the 2002 Commonwealth Games Marathon champion, will be returning to the New York City Marathon this Sunday where she placed eighth in 2002.

Kerryn McCann, who led an Australian sweep of the women's marathon medals at this summer's Commonwealth Games, will run the New York City Marathon on November 3. McCann was eighth in New York City in 2000 in 2:30:39. She was third in the 2001 LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon in 2:26:04. She was fifth in a personal best of 2:25:59 in London in 1999. McCann was 11th in the marathon at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and 28th in Atlanta in 1996. She has run 1:07:48 for the half-marathon. McCann, now 35, has a son, Benton, age five.

More at Runners World website

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Townsville To Host 2004 Oceania Track And Field Championships

The Oceania Athletic Federation have announced Athletics Australia has been successful in its bid to have the 2004 Oceania Open and Under 18 Area Championships in Athletics hosted in Townsville-Thuringowa.

The announcement is a major coup for North Queensland, providing an excellent chance for the city to showcase its new facility at the Townsville Sports Reserve.

More at the Athletics Australia website
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 Thursday, October 24, 2002 

Defending Champs Mottram & Power Head For Noosa

Australia's leading distance runners, Craig Mottram and Susie Power, will head to Noosa in an effort to retain their 2001 New Balance Bolt titles on Saturday 2 November 2002 in Noosa.

This New Balance Bolt is one of the premier events in this year's Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival with the cream of Australia's running fraternity on show.

More at the Athletics Australia website
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A brief chat with Shaun Creighton

by Peter Gambaccini

Shaun Creighton, the Australian who set his personal marathon best of 2:10:22 in Berlin in 1997 and was eighth in Chicago last fall in 2:11:54, will run the New York City Marathon on November 3. Creighton has bests of 13:17.76 for 5000 meters and 27:31.92 for 10,000. He won the Shamrock Shuffle 8-K in Chicago in 2001 (22:51) and 2002 (22:57) and won the most recent Runner's World New Year's Eve Midnight Run in New York's Central Park in a course record of 19:20 for four miles. Creighton was the 1991 World Student Games steeplechase champion. He is married to Shelly Steely, the 1992 U.S. Olympian, now 40, who will also compete in the New York City Marathon.

More at the Runners World website
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 Tuesday, October 22, 2002 

Mottram changes coach and heads for London

By Jacquelin Magnay
October 22 2002

For a season and a bit now, Craig Mottram has been considered the Next Big Thing in Australian athletics. With his tall physique and loping style, the Geelong-based Mottram has been the standout distance runner on the national circuit.

Slowly he has clawed his way into the top distance fields, racing against Hicham El Guerrouj of Morocco and Bernard Lagat of Kenya in the 1500 metres, and Kenyan greats Sammy Kipketer, Benjamin Limo, Richard Limo and Luke Kipkosgei in the 5000m.

More at the Sydney Morning Herald website
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 Monday, October 21, 2002 

Coaches take back seat in player power revolution

Cycling has shown that empowering an athlete can yield outstanding results, writes Jacquelin Magnay.

A woman leaned over the fenced-off area distancing the public from the Sydney Olympic athletes just before the 2000 Games medal presentation and yelled out to silver medallist shooter Russell Mark, "You have disappointed 10,000 people here today."

Mark, the reigning Atlanta Olympic champion, had just lost a tense sudden-death shoot-off, and he joked yesterday that it was lucky the officials had already removed his gun.

More at the Sydney Morning Herald website
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Sydney Women Set the Pace in Sussan Women's Fun Run

Yesterday, Sunday 20 October, 1,500 Sydney women gathered at Fleet Steps in the Royal Botanic Gardens eager to commence the 5km or 10km run or walk in the 2002 Sydney Sussan Women's Fun Run.

From elite athlete to social stroller, women in the Sussan Women's Fun Run enjoyed perfect conditions and the spectacular scenery as they set their own pace around the course. Individually or in teams with friends, sisters or mothers, the field attracted women of all ages and motivations.

More at the Athletics Australia website
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 Friday, October 18, 2002 

McCann hopes to add NYC Marathon to Commonwealth gold

NEW YORK (October 16, 2002 9:59 p.m. EDT) - Australian Kerryn McCann, this year's Commonwealth Games marathon gold medallist, has some unfinished business on the streets of New York.

She is in Boulder, Colorado, training in high altitude to get in peak condition for the gruelling New York City Marathon, which will be run Nov. 3.

The 35-year-old mother of one, finished eighth in 2 hours, 30 minutes, 39 seconds at the 2000 NYC Marathon just six weeks after running in the marathon at the Sydney Olympics.

And then two months later she suffered a leg injury which sidelined her for six weeks.

"I was disappointed (with performance in New York). It was too close after the Olympics, I really wanted to run in New York. I took a risk and I paid the price," said McCann, who is from Coledale, an hour's drive south of Sydney.

"It was probably a blessing in disguise because I needed a break."

McCann expects to run well in the marathon, which winds its way through New York's five boroughs, beginning in Staten Island and ending in Central Park.

"I'm looking forward to the race. It is a tough course and there are a lot of good athletes running. I don't like to predict what might happen. I will run my own race and do the best I can," she said.

"I'm really confident I can run well. I feel good about it. Everything has been good so far."

McCann, whose husband, Greg, is a former Australian surfboard champion, is staying with South African long distance runner Colleen de Reuck and her husband, Darren, who are helping her prepare for the marathon.

Her program consists of running twice a day between eight and 20 miles.

"Sunday is the longest because most marathons are run on Sundays," said McCann.

She plans to arrive in New York five days before the marathon and complete her preparation by jogging with New Yorkers around the 1.7-mile reservoir track in Central Park.

"I'm really looking forward to the marathon because the crowds get really behind you. It is definitely uplifting and you need it because towards the end the body is aching and crying to stop. The encouragement keeps you going," she said.

McCann ran 2:30:05 to win the Commonwealth Games marathon in Manchester, England, this year, which is well below her personal best of 2:25:59 in the 2000 London marathon when she finished fifth.

In March she finished fourth at the Osaka marathon in 2:28:30 and she hopes her training with the de Reucks will improve her performance in New York.

McCann's chances also look better now that Paula Radcliffe, who set a world record of 2:17:18 in winning the Chicago marathon last weekend, will not run in New York.

"It was an amazing performance. Lately she can't do a thing wrong," said McCann.

"But it was no real surprise because she ran 2:18:56 to win in London and she ran the last 15 kilometers on her own.

"Thankfully, she will not be running in New York."

Article from SportServer website.

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 Thursday, October 17, 2002 

McLeod masters Games events

At an age when most men are considering slowing up and taking things easy, Col McLeod has no intention of putting his feet up.

The veteran Toowoomba runner has returned from the World Masters Games in Melbourne where he won five gold medals and one bronze medal in the 65-69 years' age division.

"I started running about 20 years ago for health reasons,'' McLeod said.

"I was starting to put on some weight and so I started jogging and then went in a fun run.

"It all really just started from there.'' During the eight days of competition at the World Masters, McLeod won the 10km road race (37 minutes 15 seconds), 2000m steeplechase (eight minutes 16 seconds), 8km cross-country (31:55), 5000m (18:21) and half-marathon (1:19.31).

His bronze was in the 1500m where he finished eight seconds behind the winner in 5:11.

His best performance was the halfmarathon where his time set a Queensland record by breaking the previous mark by more than two minutes.

"I knew about half way into the race that we were going pretty quick,'' McLeod said.

"I said to a group of other runners that we were a couple of minutes ahead of schedule.'' McLeod said his training regime consisted of doing between 90 and 100km a week.

"But I do usually have one day off a week,'' McLeod added.

Article from the The Chronicle (Toowoomba)
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Sydney's Historic Farm Cove Opens For Sussan Women's Fun Run

The count down is on for the Sydney Sussan Women's Fun Run with only four days to go before the 5km and 10km run and walk, on Sunday 20 October. In a major coupe for the Sussan Women's Fun Run, the Farm Cove area of the Royal Botanic Gardens will host the premier sporting event, the first time since the Sydney 2000 Olympic Triathlon that the Farm Cove area has been opened for an event of this kind.

More at the Athletics Australia website
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 Wednesday, October 16, 2002 

Saville Supports Sussan Women's Fun Run

Commonwealth Games Gold medallist and race walker Jane Saville will be joined by sister Natalie and thousands of women walkers and runners in Sydney and Melbourne as they head up the Braun Silk-'epil Friends category in the 2002 Sussan Women's Fun Run series.

Taking place in Sydney on Sunday 20 October and Melbourne on Sunday 1 December, the Sussan Women's Fun Run is designed for women of all ages and athletic ability. The series will cater for the first timer, the recreational walker, the young, the old, the enthusiast and the fitness freak, with both 5km and 10km courses available.

More at the Athletics Australia website
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 Monday, October 14, 2002 

Athletics Australia list of top 2002 performances

How have our top Australian athletes been going on the International circuit? Below is a list of recent outstanding performances by Australian athletes abroad compiled by Athletics Australia. (Distance running performances only - complete list is available on the Athletics Australia website)

October

BUPA Great North Run - 06 October 2002
Susie Power Silver (67:56)

September

09th IAAF World Cup - Madrid 20-21 September 2002
Craig Mottram 3000m - Gold (7:41.37 (CR))
Michael Power 5000m - 8th (13:58.07)
Peter Nowill 3000m Steeplechase - 6th (8:39.22 (SB))
Sarah Jamieson 1500m - 8th (4:12.33)
Susie Power 3000m - 5th (8:58.09)
Benita Johnson 5000m - 4th (15:20.83)

IAAF World Cup Reiti - Italy 08 September 2002
Youcef Abdi 5000m - 10th (3:36.35)

Flora Light London 5k Road Race - 01 September 2002
Benita Johnson 5km Road Race - Silver (14.59)


August

Challenge Stellina Grand Prix Race - Susa, Italy - 25 August 2002
Paul Crake 15km Mountain Race - 5th


July

Commonwealth Games - Manchester, 25 July - 04 August 2002
Kerryn McCann Marathon - Gold (2:30:05)
Krishna Stanton Marathon - Silver (2:34:52)
Jackie Gallacher Marathon - Bronze (2:36:37)
Andrew Letherby Marathon - Bronze (2:13:23 (PB))
Susie Power 10000m - Bronze (31:32.20)
Youcef Abdi 1500m - Bronze (3:37.77)
Sisay Bezebeh 10,000m - 9 (28:37.12)
Lee Troop Marathon - 7th (2:16:44)
Shawn Creighton Marathon - 9th (2:18:19)
Benita Johnson 5000m - 6th (15:26.55)
Anna Thompson 5000m - 9th (15:43.92(PB))
Craig Mottram 5000m - 6th (13:25.31)
Michael Power 5000m - 8th (13:34.04 (SB))
Sarah Jamieson 1500m - 5th (4:09.38)


May

World 1/2 Marathon - Brussels 05 May 2002
Kerryn McCann Half-Marathon - 11th (1:09.47 - 41 secs behind winner)


March

30th IAAF World Cross Country, Dublin, Ireland 23-24 March 2002
Benita Johnson Open Womens Short Course - 4th (13.42)
Craig Mottram Open Mens Short Course - 5th (12.27)
Melissa Rollison Junior Race - 09th (20.50)
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Melbourne Marathon: Sly outfoxes rivals

By SCOTT GULLAN
14oct02

PHIL Sly was just aiming to have a decent training run coming into yesterday's Melbourne Marathon.

Decent soon turned into spectacular as Sly blitzed the field by 10 minutes to win the 42km trek from Frankston to Albert Park in 2hr 22min 28sec.
Sly revealed that he was using the race as a hitout for a marathon in Korea next month.

"I actually backed off a little bit in the closing stages because I'm racing in another one in Korea in three weeks," he said.

It didn't look like being a successful training run for Sly, who hails from Frankston, at the halfway point with Glenn Guzzo three minutes ahead.

However, Guzzo's race finished soon after, blowing up as the field hit Beach Rd. He failed to finish the course.

Sly's time was well outside his personal best of 2:16:00, which he set in Korea last year. Bendigo's David Meade finished second in 2:32:34.

Broadford's Sherryn Rhodes won the women's event by almost four minutes in a time of 2:47:08.

In Tasmania yesterday, the cream of Australia's middle-distance runners took part in the Burnie 10,000m.

World Cup champion Craig Mottram continued his dominance winning the men's event in 28min 30sec from marathoner Lee Troop (28:56).

Benita Johnson edged out Susie Power by four seconds in the women's race, clocking 31:45 to just miss Kyle Risk's course record (31:42).

Article from the Herald Sun

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Burnie Ten: Debutante wins battle

BENITA Johnson and Susie Power staged one of the classic battles in the women's division of the Skilled Burnie Ten with Johnson proving too good in the final stages to take the win in her debut appearance.

Running side by side for most of the race, Johnson and Power staged an enthralling contest. Johnson stopped the clock just four seconds shy of Kylie Risk's race record of 31 minutes, 42 seconds, which was set in 1999.

Johnson's time of 31:46.48 was even more remarkable considering the wet and windy conditions throughout the race.

``I definitely can't ask for much better,'' Johnson said. ``I didn't really know what I was in for coming to Burnie, it's a great race.''

Power finished second, some three seconds back, with a long gap to Anna Thompson in third (33:20.48) and Natalie Harvey in fourth (33:26.72).

``We went out really fast in the first five (kilometres) and I was almost dropping off but just staying in there. We were also running with a couple of guys, which really helped,'' Johnson said. ``I was there at the end and just came home really well.''

Johnson's strong finish defied the pre-race predictions that Power would have the edge in the closing stages. While the 23-year-old Johnson is Australia's fastest woman over 5000 metres, Power last week ran the second fastest half-marathon in the world this year in London.

``I've had a few weeks easy training after I got back from Europe so I didn't really know how I'd go over 10 km,'' Johnson said. ``I like the distances getting longer and longer and as I get older I might move up, but at the moment 5 km is my distance.''

Having come so close to the race record, Johnson said she would definitely be back next year to have another crack at bettering Risk's mark. ``I didn't know what it (the record) was and I don't wear a watch when I run, so I didn't know what time I was on or anything so I just went out there and did my best,'' she said.

Bitterly disappointed with her second placing, Power said her heavy workload and travel over recent weeks may have taken its toll. ``I had a fair bit of last week's race in my legs and the long flight, so I had a couple of things against me,'' Power said. ``Maybe that cost me five or six seconds in the end, which probably cost me the race.''

Article from The Advocate
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Ten crown to Mottram

AUSTRALIA'S premier distance runner, Craig Mottram, ran solo for five kilometres in the pouring rain to win the Skilled Burnie Ten yesterday.

Mottram, who seems to carry the weight of expectation from a nation hungry for a return to distance running supremacy, dominated yesterday's 10 km race, stopping the clock in 28 minutes, 30.86 seconds.

The 22-year-old made a decisive move just a few hundred metres short of the halfway mark and, within the space of a kilometre, built his lead up to 150 metres. He held that gap for the rest of the journey, crossing the line 26 seconds clear of Olympic marathon runner Lee Troop, with Finland national champion Jussi Utrianien a further two seconds behind in third position.

Mottram said his 4 1/2-month competitive jaunt in Europe, highlighted by his win in the 3000 metres at the World Cup in Madrid, had given him confidence and speed to burn.

``I'm very happy . . . I came down here for a bit of fun and (to) treat it as an indicator of where I'm at,'' Mottram said. ``The conditions were pretty rough, but I finished off pretty strong and came away with the win, which is great. ``Six-hundred metres from the turnaround was the plan and we were hoping to have the tail wind on the way back. ``Conditions weren't what I thought they'd be, but I continued on with the plan and thought I'd see how strong I was, and it paid off.

``Between six and eight kilometres, the rain really started to come down and it was hard to see, looking at the ground, trying to keep the rain out of your eyes and battling with the wind.''

Mottram, based in Geelong and part of the highly successful Melbourne International Track Club, looked comfortable from the outset and loomed large in a tight pack of 13 elite runners. Shortly after the four-kilometre mark, Troop picked up pace and managed to whittle the group down to six runners - himself, Mottram, Utrianien, City to Bay winner Mark Thompson, New Zealander Blair Martin, and Mottram's training partner, Simon Field.

But immediately after Troop executed his second stinging surge, Mottram had left the pack and set about building a lead shortly before the turn under Round Hill. As Mottram disappeared up the road, Troop, Utrianien and Field locked arms in a battle for the scraps in the 22-year-old's wake.

With no watch on his wrist, Mottram said he knew setting a new race record - currently 28 minutes, 11 seconds and held by Darren Wilson - would be out of the question due to the conditions.

``I thought I'd love to come down here and run under 28:10, but when I saw the conditions I didn't know how quick I could go on the course or what pace I was on. I was just running hard. Maybe on a nice day it (the record) would've fallen, but it wasn't to be today.''

Article from The Advocate
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Chicago Marathon: World Marathon Record

AFP

BRITAIN's Paula Radcliffe has shattered the world record in winning the Chicago Marathon in 2hrs 17mins 18secs.
In only her second serious attempt at the distance, Radcliffe bettered the previous best of 2:18:47 set by Kenyan Catherine Ndereba in winning here last year.

Khalid Khannouchi won the men's race in 2:05:56. The Moroccan-born American was unable to improve on his own world best time of 2:05:38, set on April 14 in London.

Radcliffe also won in London in her debut at the distance, running 2:18:56 for what was then the second-fastest women's marathon ever. With their performances in London and Chicago, Khannouchi and Radcliffe have the two fastest men's and women's races, respectively, ever in a single calendar year.

Khannouchi now has run three of the top four fastest marathons of all time, while Radcliffe owns two of the three fastest women's times.

It was 28-year-old Radcliffe who stole the show and gave the perfect answer to comments in the local press about her being "an English eccentric".

She seized the lead from the start and came through the halfway point in 1:09:01, running with the strength and determination that has become her trademark.

"The wind is tough," said Radcliffe, whose second-half split was faster than her first and who seemed untroubled by the headwind of the final two miles.

"I felt good through the first half, and then I just wanted to run through the second half. I was kicking hard at the end. I felt strong at the finish.

"I intentionally held back in the first half of the race and then stepped it up in the second."

Radcliffe admitted she nearly had to stop for a call of nature.

"I needed the loo at the 22km mark and thought I would have to stop," said the reigning world cross country, Commonwealth 5000 metres and European 10,000m champion.

She paid special tribute to her husband Gary Lough, though he played down his role.

"He's been great because he had to put up with all the stress this week, and plus he was ill so he had to stay away from me," she said.

Radcliffe also revelled in the fact it was in the United States 10 years ago she signalled her ability as an athlete when she won the world junior half-marathon title.

"America's been good for me and this has been a simply dreamlike experience today," she said.

"However, now I am going to throw away the trainers and take a good long holiday."

Ndereba, who was going for her third Chicago victory in a row, was second in 2:19:26, and Japan's Yoko Shibui was third in 2:21.22.

"The course was very good," Ndereba said. "I know she is very strong and has a good kick. I knew she was going to fly."

Khannouchi burst into tears after crossing the line for his fourth Chicago crown, adding to his victories here in 1997, 1999 – when he set a then-world best of 2:05:42 – and 2000.

"The conditions weren't too good, and the wind was really hard," he said of the 40F (5C) temperatures with winds gusting up to 20 mph (32km/h), but added, "This is a special race to run. It is truly a magical race."

Kenyan Daniel Njenga was second in 2:06:16 and Japan's Toshinari Takaoka third in the same time, their placings reversed upon revision by officials. Paul Tergat of Kenya finished fourth in 2:06:18, Abdelkhader El Mouaziz of Morocco was fifth in 2:06:46, and American Alan Culpepper turned in an outstanding marathon debut, placing sixth in 2:09:41.

Khannouchi ran a controlled race with the lead pack, taking advantage of the taller runners surrounding him to avoid the Chicago breeze.

The strategy paid off when the lead pack strung out at mile 17 after a blistering first half run in 1:02:22, Khannouchi hanging back in 1:02:29. He surged at 24 miles, erasing the 13-second lead of Takaoka and dropping El Mouaziz and Tergat. By mile 25, he was firmly in the lead and charging toward the finish.

Article from Fox Sports website.

Australian results include:

Shane Nankervis 21st 2:17:16 [15k 47.23, 1/2 66.40, 30km 1:36.35]
Julian Dwyer 41st 2:23:49 [68:00, 75:49]
Magnus Michelsson DNF [15k 46.23, 1/2 66.09, 30km, 1:38.22]
Susan Michelsson DNF [15k 53.16, 1/2 1:19.13]
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Melbourne Marathon: Sly patience pays off in the long run

In a marathon, you can compete against the opposition or you can compete against the clock and the course. It's very hard to do both.

Glenn Guzzo found this out the hard way in yesterday's Melbourne marathon. Blasting out from the start on the Nepean Highway in Frankston, he led by hundreds of metres as the course followed the highway to Mordialloc and then on to Beach Road for the run around the bay to the finish at Albert Park.

More at The Age website
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 Friday, October 11, 2002 

Burnie Ten: Power eyes off record

DEFENDING champion Susie Power will arrive in Burnie tomorrow slightly jet-lagged and with stiff legs, but desperate to retain her Burnie Ten title on Sunday and break the race record.

Five days ago, the 27-year-old crossed the finish line in the BUPA Great North Run in London in second place, exhausted after posting the second-fastest half marathon time in the world this year. The following day she was on a plane for Melbourne to begin preparations for the Skilled Burnie Ten where she will face much tougher competition than she did 12 months ago.

Trying to put the weariness to the back of her mind, Power is desperate to do something she didn't achieve last year, thanks largely to a howling wind. Break the race record. Tasmania's own Kylie Risk holds the record with a blistering time of 31.42 minutes in 1999. With Australian 5000 metres champion Benita Johnson in the race and anticipated fine conditions, that mark should be eclipsed on Sunday.

``If it's a good day, there will definitely be a record on the cards for either myself or Benita. I pushed it hard last year into the wind, but you can't be expected to run that time turning with a head wind,'' Power said. ``Benita is coming off a five-kilometre background with more speed and I'm coming down from half marathon running, so it will be very interesting. ``It's going to be a great race with Benita because she's in great form and she'll do very well over 10 kilometres.''

Power is confident her exertion in the half marathon, mixed with the long flight from London, will not dictate her performance. ``I hope not. Obviously I'm going to be a lot more tired, I'm not doing much training this week and I'll still be a little jet-lagged,'' she said. ``It was great to do so well (in the half marathon). I thought I would do okay over that distance, but I was a little surprised to run that well that soon.''

On top of her half marathon success, Power won a bronze medal in the 10,000 metres at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, adding to her surprise bronze medal over the same distance at the 2001 Goodwill Games in Brisbane. On Sunday, she predicts a big bunch of women will head out to Round Hill together, with the pace to be made on the return leg.

Power admits she will need to put some distance on main rival Johnson before entering Wilson St, with the 5000 metres champion boasting plenty of speed in her legs.

Article from The Advocate
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Burnie Ten: Major goal to 'match Mona'

AMONG the lofty goals of running an Olympic and world championship marathon, Shaun Creighton yesterday signalled his intention to match the Burnie Ten feats of Steve Moneghetti.

Moneghetti has four Ten crowns, meaning Creighton (35), a dual Ten winner, needs two more victories. Creighton will compete in his fifth Burnie Ten on Sunday and while he's desperate to eat into Moneghetti's winning lead, one person may get in his road this time around - a red-hot Craig Mottram.

``The last time I ran in the Ten I arrived with the expectation to win, but I'm not quite 100 p.c. on top of my game and I'm lugging some extra miles for the marathons. Someone like Mottram, who is really sharp, will come in as overwhelming favourite,'' Creighton said yesterday. ``I hope to replicate his (Moneghetti's) feats and try and match his record of four wins, and while I'm certainly not ruling out victory this time around, I'll be aiming for a top-three performance.''

Creighton is listed as the fastest Australian in history over the distance, a feat he achieved in late 1996 by running 27 minutes, 31.92 seconds in the Zatopek 10,000 metres - finally eclipsing Ron Clarke's record set in 1965.

Since his victorious run in the Burnie Ten in 2000, Creighton has concentrated on marathon running. He finished ninth in the marathon at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester. After Sunday's race, the 10-time national champion will head back to the United States with his American wife, Shelley Steely, and gear up for the New York Marathon. Steely is also competing in Burnie and will be a strong chance to take a top-three place.

``If anything, we'll win the husband and wife category,'' Creighton laughed.

Article from The Advocate

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 Thursday, October 10, 2002 

Media Watch - Herb Elliott

Herb Elliot is the celebrity gardener on Burkes Backyard, Friday 11th October 2002, on Channel 9, 7:30pm-8:30pm (Sydney, other regions may vary)

According to the Burkes Backyard website:
"Herb Elliott - undeniably one of our best ever Australian Athletes. Don catches up with Herb at his Perth home overlooking Scarborough Beach"
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Power opts out of Ten

THE 2002 Skilled Burnie Ten has had its first casualty with distinguished Australian track star Mike Power withdrawing just days before the event.

Power, the brother of defending women's champion Susie Power, was rated a strong chance of scoring a podium finish in Sunday's race, but for the second consecutive year has reneged on his entry.

However, his withdrawal will not unduly impact on the strong men's elite field, which includes track stars Craig Mottram, Shaun Creighton, Lee Troop, Mark Thompson and Sisay Bezabeh.

After winning back-to-back Australian 5000 metres championships, Power jumped further into the spotlight with a commendable eighth place in the 2002 Commonwealth Games over the same distance. But after a heavy season of competing and training in Europe, the 26-year-old's legs need to be rested rather than tested.

``I won't be coming down. I've had a few weeks taking it nice and easy and I just want to get back into some training and get ready for some meets down the track,'' Power said yesterday.

``I don't want to go down there and run the same as I have been running, I just want to regain what I had before and regain the fight and spirit that I'm lacking. ``I was really looking forward to it, but the training and racing just hasn't come my way this year. You can't go down to Burnie and be underdone and expect to be right on top of them. You want to go down there and win. I'm sick of coming second and third all the time.''

Power's manager, Nic Bideau, suggested he not make the trip, but rather set his sights on the Zatopek 10 km event to be held in Melbourne in December.

``That's what I'll aim for, but for now I'll just take a step back and then hopefully take a few steps forward,'' Power said.

As an 18-year-old in 1995, Power became the youngest Australian to ever go under four minutes for the mile.

World champion butterfly swimmer Geoff Huegill will hold a special clinic for junior Burnie swimmers at Stella Maris on Saturday. Huegill is being brought to the Coast at the weekend by MBF to speak at the Skilled Burnie Ten ``Carbofest'' dinner at the Burnie Surf Club on Saturday night. He will officially start the record field in Sunday's 10 km footrace. Huegill will also meet the public at the MBF stand in Wilson St during the race.

Article from The Advocate

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 Wednesday, October 09, 2002 

Burnie Ten: Leading AIS coach predicts win to Johnson

THE best brain in Australian distance running believes national 5000 metres record holder Benita Johnson will upstage heavy favourite Susie Power in Sunday's Skilled Burnie Ten.

Australian Institute of Sport coach Dick Telford said yesterday Johnson's impressive form over 5000 metres, against Power's heavy preparation and travelling, should see the 23-year-old victorious.

Johnson has swapped training camps to join Telford's AIS program and has chopped the Australian 5000 metres record from 15 minutes, 0.144 seconds to 14.47 in a matter of months. Her speed and relatively fresh legs make her a major threat to Power's Ten crown, according to Telford. Power finished second to Sonia O'Sullivan in the BUPA Great North Run in England at the weekend, clocking the second-fastest half marathon time in the world this year - 1:07.56.

``I would say it took a hell of a lot out of her (Power's) legs, running a very fast half marathon time and then flying half way around the world to race in Burnie,'' Telford said. ``That will hold her back and you would have to rate Benita Johnson the favourite because of that.

``Benita ran 14.47 to break her Australian 5 km record three weeks ago in Berlin - she's really flying at the moment. ``She'll run well over the 10 km, it will suit her well because she does a lot of longer running. ``She'll run very quick and she'll give some of the elite guys at the back a good run.''

Casting his eye over the men's field, Telford believes it will be a case of Craig Mottram, then the rest. ``It's a fantastic field and very difficult to tip a winner. The men's field is by far the best they've ever had.'' ``Mottram is running so well, and based on his world cup 5 km performance and at Zatopek last year when he ran a very, very good 10 km run, he should win,'' Telford said.

``If he's there over the last couple of kilometres, he'll win it because he's got so much speed at the moment. ``Michael Power is also running well and will be a chance, then add Lee Troop - I'm not sure what his condition is like, but the fact that he's such a fast five and 10 km runner on the track, he'll be one to watch.''

Noted athlete manager and coach Nick Bideau believes Mottram will be a clear winner, but opted for Power ahead of Johnson in the women's race.

Article from The Advocate
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Burnie Ten sets record

THE 2002 Skilled Burnie Ten has a record number of entries, and the race is still four days away.

There were more than 2300 entries yesterday, surpassing last year's race record of 2251 and, with more entries to come, a massive field of 2500 is likely to fill Wilson St on Sunday morning in preparation for the 11.15 a.m. start.

The news got even better for the Coast yesterday with Burnie Ten race director Stephen Hite revealing plans to introduce another major running event - Australia's richest half marathon - for Burnie within 12 months.

``We are looking at a half marathon with the highest prizemoney in the country, which would mean we'd have Australia's premier 10 km road race, and Australia's richest half marathon would be held on the Coast,'' Hite said. ``We are looking at the half marathon for the latter stages of next year and we've had discussions with Athletics Australia who are always supportive. We are currently looking at possible course options.''

Mr Hite said the achievement of the Burnie Ten to break the record number of entries even before the race was simply astounding.

``You've got to remember this is on the back of three records in the last three years. It has become almost a cult event,'' Mr Hite said. ``The other thing to consider is now we have the 3-2-1 Go so young children do not compete in the Ten any more. ``We've had four people working frantically today to try and process the entries, it's just such a huge job and we have gone through thousands of paper clips.

``I'd secretly picked out a target of 2532 for the total number of entries. ``It was just a number I plucked out of my head, but I reckon we'll be pretty close to that.''

Asked just how big the event could grow, Mr Hite responded with: ``Basically till the last person at the end of the cue in Wilson St has their ankles in Bass Strait.''

Organisers are still expecting a large number of late entries on the day and, interestingly, the Launceston city has returned the most entries with more than 600. Burnie, not counting its surrounding districts, has more than 280 and Devonport 200.

Among the entries this weekend will be a field of Australia's best runners including Susie Power and Benita Johnson in the women's field, while the men's field will include names such as Craig Mottram and Lee Troop.

Article from The Advocate

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 Tuesday, October 08, 2002 

Susie's Ten power

DEFENDING champion Susie Power has shown her impressive hand of cards five days out from the 2002 Skilled Burnie Ten, confirming her clear favouritism for Sunday's race.

Power made an outstanding half marathon debut at the BUPA Great North Run in England on Sunday, claiming second place and clocking the second fastest time in the world this year.

The Commonwealth Games 10,000 metres bronze medallist was expected to duel with Australian 5000 metres record holder Benita Johnson and experienced American Shelley Steely for the Ten crown. Now it appears a one-horse race when competitors toe the start line in Burnie's Wilson St on Sunday.

In the world's biggest half marathon, a record 47,000 entrants took the course and Power crossed the line in a time of 67 minutes 56 seconds, becoming the second-fastest Australian of all time and just missing Kerryn McCann's Australian record by eight seconds.

Ireland's Olympic 5000-metre silver medallist Sonia O'Sullivan, who is preparing for her first serious marathon in New York next month, won the women's event in a personal best and a new Irish record of 67 minutes 19 seconds. Power and O'Sullivan clocked the two fastest times in the world this year, beating the 68 minutes 22 seconds Japan's Mizuki Nogchi ran in January in Miyazaki.

Australia's Commonwealth marathon champion Kerryn McCann finished ninth in 73:26, again proving Power's impressive performance.

Burnie Ten elite athlete co-ordinator Marion Taylor said Power's performance would place her instant and overwhelming favourite for the Ten.

``That's an incredible time she has run and depending on how tired she is, she'll be a big favourite when she comes down here,'' Taylor said.

Former world-class triathlete and 2002 Commonwealth Games marathon medallist Jackie Gallagher will also be in the mix when the leading runners head back up Wilson St to the finish line on Sunday.

While not expected to push Power, Victorian Anna Thompson will also be vying for a top-three placing on Sunday. Thompson, who won the prestigious Advertiser City to Bay footrace in Adelaide, finished second last year running as a Tasmanian, but has since returned to Victoria.

Article from The Advocate.

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Asics Melbourne Marathon Back At The Top

Media Release
The staging of the 25th annual Asics Melbourne Marathon on Sunday 13 October 2002 marks its return as Australia’s biggest marathon. With nearly 6000 participants taking part in three events, 1600 of these will run the marathon distance from Frankston to Melbourne, making it the biggest marathon race in Australia.

Since its return to the traditional Frankston to Melbourne course in 2000 the event has gone from strength to strength, with the total number of participants doubling across three events: marathon, half marathon and 10.4km marafun.

The three races start simultaneously at 8.00am: the marathon from Frankston; the half marathon from Rickett’s Point Tea House, Beaumaris; and the marafun from Middle Brighton Baths. The finish of all three events is Albert Park Lake.

Staging of an event of this kind takes an enormous amount of community support and logistical planning, with five city councils, Victoria Police and VicRoads involved in order to shut down the 42.2 kilometres of road.

A 1000-strong army of volunteers including street marshals, drink station attendants, police, medical officers and race officials will ensure the event is staged with a maximum of safety for the participants.

Race Director Joe Murphy is pleased with this year’s organisation. “It has taken a lot of effort to bring this event back to the place it deserves on Melbourne’s sporting calendar. We feel our efforts have been justly rewarded by the significant increase in participation. It is good for running and it is good for Melbourne,” said Murphy.

Over 700 interstate and overseas participants will bring an estimated half a million dollars into Melbourne as an economic benefit.

See more at www.melbournemarathon.com

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 Monday, October 07, 2002 

Power Silvers In Word Class Run

Commonwealth Games 10,000m bronze medallist Susie Power made an outstanding half marathon debut at the BUPA Great North Run on Sunday, claiming second place and clocking the second fastest time in the world this year.

In the world's biggest half marathon, with a record 47,000 entrants, Power crossed the line in a time of 67 minutes 56 seconds, becoming the second fastest Australian of all time, just missing Kerryn McCann's Australian record by eight seconds.

More at the Athletics Australia website


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Burnie Ten: Cartwright warning dealt

BURNIE Ten followers have been officially warned not to rule out South Australia's Brett Cartwright from causing an upset in one of the strongest men's fields ever assembled for a 10 km race in Australia.

High profile runners such as Craig Mottram and Lee Troop will hog plenty of the spotlight in the lead-up to the Skilled Burnie Ten on October 13, but the Ten's elite athlete co-ordinator, Marion Taylor, said it would be foolish to not have Cartwright highly placed in the list of favourites.

``This is Brett's fourth Burnie Ten - he ran third in 1999, sixth in 2000 and 8th in 2001,'' Taylor said. ``He ran in the 10 km at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester and has broken the South Australian 10 km record in a personal best time of 27.54 (minutes).

``Last year he won the Canberra Times' Fun Run, the Sydney Half Marathon and ran 47th at this year's World Cross Country Championships.''

Cartwright's personal best is well below the 1997 Ten race record of 28.11, held by Ten three-time champion Darren Wilson.

The AIS runner is one of the great stories of Australian athletics. After a promising junior career, Cartwright spent six years on the sidelines from 1992 with chronic fatigue syndrome and had his comeback temporarily halted in 2000 when he had an operation to remove one third of his knee cap.

The colourful Cartwright, who lists ``punk rock'' as one of his hobbies, has fought back against the odds.

A win in Burnie against quality opponents such as Mottram, Troop, the red-hot Mark Thompson, two-time champion Shaun Creighton and Finnish runner Jussi Utriainen would complete his return.

``Dick Telford (leading Australian distance coach) believes this is the strongest field assembled in Australia for a long time,'' Taylor said. ``It's a race everyone wants to come to and we've had more mainland athletes willing to pay their own way over than ever before,'' Taylor said.

Mottram's training partner, Simon Field, has also been confirmed as a starter, along with another Commonwealth Games 10 km representative, Sisay Bezabeh. In the women's field, defending champion Susie Power and Benita Johnson are the standout candidates.

Article from The Advocate


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Burnie Ten: Johnson enhances field

YET another Australian track star has included the 2002 Skilled Burnie Ten on their schedule, bookending what seems a perfect preparation for Sunday's race.

Benita Johnson, an Olympic semi-finalist over 1500 metres, will tackle the 10 km course and further enhance a quality field. While not noted over the 10 km distance, Johnson has proven her abilities over the 5000 metres on the track in recent years, with a sixth placing at the Manchester Commonwealth Games earlier this year.

In May, 2002, the 23-year-old smashed her own Australian 5000 metres record, running 15 minutes, 1.44 seconds in Osaka, Japan. She is quickly compiling one of the most impressive distance running records in Australian history. She has reached the final in four of her five major championships and placed fourth and sixth in her two world cross-country attempts.

Trained by Dick Telford, Johnson will threaten Susie Power's anticipated dominance in the Burnie Ten. According to Burnie Ten elite athlete co-ordinator Marion Taylor, the women's field should now be a race in two.

``The women's field looks like being Susie and Benita and the rest. They are by far the top chances, and it really depends on how tired they both are,'' Taylor said.

``As far as the women's field goes, we've got the best runners available at the moment. Kerryn McCann would be the only one missing, but she's preparing for a marathon. ``(Johnson) has never been down here before, we tried to get her last year, but the distance was perhaps too long for her. Now she's a chance over the distance because she's certainly going well at the moment.''

The Burnie Ten is scheduled to start outside the Burnie council chambers at 11.15 a.m. on Sunday.

Article from The Advocate

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 Friday, October 04, 2002 

Top runners depart for Athens early

Two of Australia's most promising Athens Olympic medal prospects are switching coaches and going overseas - just as Athletics Australia has imported distance running coach Said Aouita from Morocco.

As well, Australia's top sprinter, Matt Shirvington, has switched his base to London.

Benita Johnson, ranked fourth in the world, and world cup 3000-metre winner Craig Mottram have decided to leave their respective coaches, Dick Telford and Bruce Scriven, and join the London-based team that surrounds Irish Olympic silver medallist Sonia O'Sullivan

More at the Sydney Morning Herald website


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Distance star's new coach

World-class distance runner Benita Johnson has joined London coach Alan Storey as part of her strategy to chase a 5000m medal at the 2004 Olympics.

Johnson's announcement that she had split with coach Dick Telford means Storey, who has also begun work with last month's World Cup 3000m winner Craig Mottram, has recruited both of Australia's outstanding distance runners.

Johnson, ranked No. 6 in the world this year on 5000m times, and Mottram have both been managed by Melbourne agent Nich Bideau and join Bideau's Irish partner Sonia O'Sullivan, the former world champion, in Storey's stable.

Canberra-based Johnson, 23, said her break from Telford was amicable.

Johnson said she believed Storey could best advance her career. She will be coached by correspondence in the three months she expects to spend in Canberra in the next year.

"I'm very excited about this path I can take and it's the best thing for me," Johnson said. "Dick has been phenomenal for me and we remain good friends."

Mottram said a rift between his coach Bruce Scriven, and Bideau had been a factor in his change of coach.

PAUL MALONE

Article from the Herald Sun
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Burnie Ten: Numbers up on team entrants

WHILE individual entries are skyrocketing for the 2002 Skilled Burnie Ten, the number of teams signing up for the October 13 run has astounded event organisers.

With just more than one week remaining, 147 team entries have been received, ranging from corporate to school teams.

More at The Advocate website
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 Thursday, October 03, 2002 

Burnie Ten: Mottram signs on

CRAIG Mottram, Australia's No. 1 prospect of returning the nation to the upper echelons of distance running, has signed on for the 2002 Skilled Burnie Ten.

For the lanky track star it will be his debut in the nation's premier 10 km road race and thanks to his recent blistering form in Europe, he should start overwhelming favourite. Mottram has already made an impressive impact on the Coastal running scene, twice winning the lucrative Ken Byron Memorial Mile at the Devonport Carnival.

More at The Advocate website
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 Wednesday, October 02, 2002 

Mottram finds new coach

AUSTRALIA's leading male distance runner Craig Mottram confirmed yesterday that he had followed the lead of Commonwealth gold medallist Jana Pittman and the world's No.1 swimmer Ian Thorpe in finding a new coach.

Like Thorpe, 22-year-old Mottram has left the mentor who launched him on to the international stage, in a bid to further his career as he looks towards the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

More at the Fox Sports website
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Troop desperate to capture elusive Ten win

AUSTRALIA'S 5000 metres record holder Lee Troop has labelled the Burnie Ten as the best and most important road race in Australia.

Troop, who will use the 2002 event to make a long-awaited comeback from injury, yesterday said the Burnie Ten far outweighed the glitz and glamour of the famous City to Surf race in Sydney and the 2002 men's field was the ``best ever''.

More at The Advocate website

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Commonwealth Marathon Champion Pushing For Bupa Great North Run Victory

Commonwealth marathon champion Kerryn McCann admitted today winning the BUPA Great North Run title on Sunday, October 6th will prove an even tougher task than her glorious July success in Manchester.

McCann who arrived from Sydney on Monday to contest the World's biggest half marathon from Newcastle to South Shields, made no secret she felt the opposition assembled for the Tyneside Classic matched any she had competed against in the past.

More at the Athletics Australia website
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 Tuesday, October 01, 2002 

Burnie Ten: Power faces challenge

A realistic threat to Susie Power hopes of claiming this year's Burnie Ten women's crown has surfaced. United States runner Shelley Steely has been entered in the 2002 Skilled Burnie Ten and will run alongside her better-known husband, two-time winner of the 10 km race Shaun Creighton.

The husband and wife combination will arrive in Canberra on the eve of the Ten and have already voiced their wish to run in Burnie.

More at the Burnie Ten website
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City-Bay Winners Sign On For Skilled Burnie Ten

Fresh from a double victory at the illustrious Advertiser City-Bay footrace in Adelaide, Mark and Anna Thompson have signed on for the 2002 Skilled Burnie Ten on Sunday 13 October 2002.

The unrelated distance runners could be labelled as Australia's top two road race performers going on recent form. Both hit the streets of Burnie last year with Anna finishing second behind Susie Power and Mark crossing the line in fifth place behind winner Steve Moneghetti, stopping the clock in 29.37 minutes.

More at the Athletics Australia website

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Run In The 2003 World Cross Country Champioships

Athletics Australia has revised the Selection Criteria for the 2003 World Cross Country Championships. Below is the the final version of the Selection Criteria for this event.

Selection Criteria for 2003 WORLD CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Lausanne, Switzerland 29th to 30th March 2003


Issued by Athletics Australia on 26th September 2002.

1. General

1.1 The six events contested at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships are:
- Senior Men: 12km and 4km
- Senior Women: 8km and 4km
- Junior Men: 8km
- Junior Women: 6km

1.2 Teams may be selected for any or all of the six events. It will be expected that all teams are capable of finishing in the top 8. Athletes will only be selected to a Team where all athletes in that Team are of an appropriate standard to compete in the World Championship.

1.3 Emphasis will be placed on the Athletics Australia World Cross Country Trial and an athlete's recent competitive ability in domestic and international competition.

1.4 Performances in the Australian Cross Country Championships and the 2002 Zatopek will be of significant importance, specifically the 10km races for open athletes and the 3km races for junior competitors. Other track performances over 5/10k for men, 3/5k for junior men, 5/10k for senior women and 3/5km for junior women achieved in meets designated or approved by the selectors will also be considered.

2. Criteria for selection of Individual athletes

2.1 Senior Men and Women
Where teams are not selected for an event, consideration will be given to selecting individual athletes who have previously finished in the Top 20 at the World Cross Country Championships and/or have a current (ie within the 2003 World Championships qualifying period as per the AA Selection Criteria for this event) IAAF A Qualifying performance in a relevant event (1500m and above).

2.2 Junior Men and Women.
Where teams are not selected for an event, consideration will be given to selecting individual athletes who have achieved the track qualifying standard listed below in a comparable track event since 1st September 2002 and:

a.) Who also win the Athletics Australia World Cross Country trial in the age group / distance for which they wish to be considered for selection or:

b.) Are beaten only by an athlete who has such a qualifying standard.

Note that qualifying times must be achieved in an official AA approved competition.

3. Criteria for selection of Teams
Where a team is selected, in general and at the Selectors' discretion, at least one more than the minimum scoring number (4) will be chosen i.e. 5 athletes will be named.

3.1 Junior Men and Women
A team will only be considered where a minimum of three athletes have achieved the team track qualifying standard since 1st September 2002 and all three are not beaten by a non qualifier in the trial.

Junior Men Individual Team
3k 8.30
5k 14.15 14.55

Junior Women
3k 9.30 9.40
5k 16.30

Note that qualifying times must be achieved in an official AA approved competition.

3.2 Senior Men and Women
Teams will only be selected where all athletes are of an appropriate standard to compete in the World Championship.

4. The Selection Trial
The Trial will be conducted on Thursday January 23rd 2003 at Bundoora Park, Melbourne. Distances in the trial will be as follows:
- 8k for men and Junior men
- 6k for women and Junior women

The trial will be mandatory for those wishing to be considered for selection, unless they are unable to participate in same due to injury, illness or international competition commitments.

Athletes not able to participate in the trial for any of the above reasons must notify the AA High Performance Manager in advance of the Trial, and, in the case of illness or injury, will be required to provide a medical certificate from an AA approved medical practitioner.

5. These criteria must be read in conjunction with the General Selection Policy of Athletics Australia.

6. All selected athletes and staff will be governed by Athletics Australia's By-Laws and Rules, specifically those concerning the conduct and behaviour of athletes and teams and the Anti-Doping Policy.

More at www.athletics.org.au
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