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 Friday, February 28, 2003 

Invite to fun run

LINDFIELD Rotary is holding a fun run and walk on March 23 to help its various projects.

And it has invited Hornsby sportspeople to take part.

The venue is the sports oval at Roseville Park, Clanville Rd, Roseville and it starts at 8.15am for the 10km run and 8.25am for the 5km events.

Certificates and prizes will be awarded.

Entry forms can be obtained from businesses in Roseville, Lindfield, Killara, Pymble, St Ives or at, or from 7.15am on the morning of the event.

Inquiries: David Morris on 9416 2809 or e-mail

Article from the Hornsby Advocate

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Annual fun run encourages teamwork

by Craig Baxter

THERE will be more than individual pride on the line in the annual Playtime Dash for Cash on Sunday.

Schools, sporting clubs and business houses are being encouraged to enter teams for the 4.6km fun run through North Ward.

Townsville Road Runners president Brian Armit said it was hoped the opportunity to run or walk with friends and workmates would encourage more people to ``test the water'' in Townsville's first fun run of the year.

``People can do it for a bit of fun or they can do it more seriously,'' Armit said.

He said team placings would be determined by combining the individual times of the four team members. The winning teams in school, sporting club and corporate categories will receive $100.

Meanwhile, last year's individual Dash for Cash champions David Whitehead and Riana Dinsmore are expected to defend their titles on Sunday. The men's and women's races each offer first prizemoney of $300.

Other individual categories are under-13, 13-17 years, over-40 female and over-50 male.

The Dash for Cash will begin at 7am at the Paxton Street entrance to Queens Gardens. Registration fees are $8 for adults and $5 for children, with proceeds assisting the Heart Foundation.

Registrations will be taken from 6am on Sunday.

Article from the Townsville Bulletin
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 Thursday, February 27, 2003 

Mt Eliza Fun Run

MT ELIZA Village Uniting Church will hold a family fun run and walk on Sunday, March 23. The fun run will raise money for local drought relief projects co-ordinated by the Uniting Church of Australia. Olympian Debbie Flintoff-King will start the runners at 9am. Participants can choose between two courses: a 10km run or a 3.5km run or walk through Mt Eliza. Details: Peter Hartley, 9787 9723.

Article from the Mornington Peninsula Leader
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Diverse field gearing for Parklands fun run

SUNDAY'S International Women's Day Fun Run/Walk at South Bank Parklands is expected to attract women from all walks of life.

The run will celebrate the 11th anniversary of International Women's Day and will bring together females of all ages and abilities.

It will be hosted by the Brisbane Road Runners Club and Surf Lifesaving, with the s'OK Real Potato Chips Company jumping on board in 2003 as major sponsors.

Last year's 5km event was taken out by Commonwealth Games marathon silver medallist Krishna Stanton, among a field of over 3000.

The run starts at South Bank's Cultural Forecourt at 7.30am on Sunday with the first 1500 entrants receiving a free race T-shirt and all participants a free breakfast pack.

Entry is $12 or $15 on the day. Forms are available from participating Australia Post outlets or at or phone 5464 4306.

Article from the South West News
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Kate Seibold Profile

KATE Seibold has run at plenty of meets in the past five years, but never had to fly so far to compete in one.

The 27-year-old Malvern Harriers distance runner was selected to represent Australia in Chiba, Japan last November in the 42km Ekiden Marathon Relay.

Seiblod's section of the race covered 4.8km and her performance helped Australia finish seventh in the 15-team field.

The trip also gave Seibold and her teammates time to take in the sites around Tokyo.

``We dressed up in kimonos and did a couple of touristy things. I really enjoyed the trip,'' she said.

Seibold's strong performance in Japan helped her win the Athletics Victoria 2002 Women's Open title for being ranked number one among all women competing under the Athletics Victoria banner.

Among those she edged out to win the award were several athletes who competed at the Commonwealth Games.

However Seilbod put together a better aggregate score based on the Athletics Victoria points system, which rewards those who compete in more events.

Seibold somehow finds the time to train and compete while holding down a full-time desk job with Telstra. She's also getting married in a couple of weeks.

``It's a juggling act, but I manage to do it,'' she said.

Her fiance is Tim Crosbie, a fellow runner. The two train together and also run in many of the same events.

Earlier this summer Seibold won family bragging rights by defeating her husband-to-be at the Lorne Fun Run, where she finished second.

Seibold is taking three weeks off from competition for her wedding and honeymoon before returning to action at the Victoria 5km finals slated for the middle of March.

She says she'll keep training even on her honeymoon, but has no idea where she and Crosbie are headed.

``It's a surprise. Tim is keeping the destination a secret.''

Wherever they wind up, you can bet she'll have a couple of pairs of running shoes in her luggage.

Article from the Malvern Prahran Leader
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 Wednesday, February 26, 2003 

Results from Senshu Marathon

Marathon runners Helen Verity Tolhurst and Ron Peters flew the Gold Coast Airport Marathon flag highly at its sister event, the Senshu Marathon in Japan, on Sunday.

Gold Coast's Tolhurst braved the five degree temperature and icy rain to finish 11th in three hours six minutes and six seconds. In his first off-shore marathon, Peters from Ferny Grove in Brisbane, placed 16th in 2:36:41.

Tolhurst and Peters won trips to the Senshu Marathon for their top performances as Queensland entries in last year's Gold Coast Marathon.
Both runners spent time promoting the Gold Coast Airport Marathon, encouraging as many international runners to come out and run at this year's 25th anniversary event.

Tolhurst said the race provided great preparation for her major goal of the year, the Gold Coast Airport Marathon.

"It was so cold out there, but I felt comfortable until the final stages. I just didn't have enough miles in my legs to really finish the race off, but that's because everything is being directed at the Gold Coast Airport Marathon this year," she said.

Entry forms will soon be available to people in Australia and overseas to register for this year's Gold Coast Airport Marathon.

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 Tuesday, February 25, 2003 

Johnson wary of favourite status in 5000m

By Len Johnson

Benita Johnson will go into the 5000 metres at the Melbourne meeting on Saturday night an unbackable favourite. On last year's experience, however, she will not be taking anything for granted.

Both the men's and women's 5000 races have national championship status, as the clash with the world indoor championships and the world cross-country championships makes it impractical for them to be conducted at the full national titles in Brisbane on April 3-6.

Complete article at The Age website
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Cedric Sidebottom Dies

Cedric Sidebottom, Bondi Running and Triathlon Club secretary, sadly passed away on Friday 21 February 2003. He has been struggling with a brain tumour for some time. He was well known in Sydney running and triathlon circles. Many who frequent CoolRunning may wish to attend his funeral and wake. His funeral will be at 3pm on Friday 28 February 2003 at St Marys Anglican Church, between Bondi Junction and Bronte (240 Birrell St, Waverley NSW 2024) Phone (02) 9389-3077. There will be a wake afterwards at Bronte Surf Club, Bronte Beach. All those who knew Cedric are welcome.
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 Monday, February 24, 2003 

Better times Komen


KENYAN 3000m world record-holder Daniel Komen was the big drawcard five years ago at Australia's grand prix series and commanded a fee of around $20,000 for each run.

This year Komen will contest the Canberra and Melbourne legs of the Telstra A-series for nothing.

In fact the 26-year-old has paid his way to come to Melbourne to train this summer in the hope of re-igniting his faltering career.

In his prime, the 1997 world 5000m champion would headline any athletics meeting anywhere.

In 1996 he set the world record 7min 20.96sec for the 3000m, a time that remains unsurpassed seven years on.

But tonight when he lines up for the 3000m in Canberra, Komen will hardly be thinking of appearance money, or the absence of it.

The quietly spoken Kenyan said he would take relative obscurity and no pressure over fame and inflated expectations any day.

Instead, he will be thinking about the ``good days'' in 1993 when, aged 17, he made his first overseas trip from his home town of Keiyo to an All-Schools meeting in Canberra.

``I've come back to my foundation, to where it all started,'' Komen said. ``Coming here helps me remember all the good times I have run.''

The past two years have been tough for Komen.

He contracted malaria in 2000, missed his country's Olympic trials and had to watch the Sydney Olympics on television back home.

``The hard times will help me for the good times,'' he said. ``My goal is to represent my country in Athens.''

Melburnians can catch Komen in the 5000m when the A-series hits Olympic Park next Saturday.

Article from the Herald Sun
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When athletes risk death in pursuit of excellence


WHEN a world-class athlete dies at a relatively young age from the eating disorder anorexia nervosa it casts suspicion on the training methods of their chosen sport.

Helen Moros was the 1993 New Zealand 10,000m champion and finished seventh in the 1990 Commonwealth Games marathon and fourth in the Chicago marathon the same year.

She died eight days ago of anorexia nervosa at the age of 35.

Did a dietary habit she learned as a youth lead to her illness and death?

There is an advantage for distance runners to be thin; the less extra weight you carry the faster you go.

Of course, there is a point where you are too thin to compete properly but top athletes constantly search for that fine balance.

This can be a dangerous quest for the body.

The pursuit of such a balance is not restricted to females and distance runners. Gymnasts, ballerinas, swimmers and male runners all face the same dilemma.

But there is an extra element for teenage females. During puberty and the mid-teens, girls often put on weight in parts of the body that make them more feminine but less efficient as athletes.

Rigorous training and strict diets slow, or even halt, puberty.

The exact cause for this is unknown but it has been proven that girls who are underweight and/or train hard have decreased general hormone production from the pituitary gland in the brain.

The same is true for males but the results are less noticeable.

The hormones involved for women include the feminising hormones, estrogen and progesterone, so these girls have delayed puberty and may not even have periods.

This raises social and moral issues but if the delayed puberty happened in isolation it would be of no great physical significance; when the diet and exercise ceased the effect would be reversed and development would proceed.

But other hormones, including thyroid and growth hormone, are also depressed.

The most significant side-effect would be frail bones.

On one hand exercise is good for bone growth and strength.

But in these cases, strict diets rob the body of calcium and vitamin D while the missing hormones are essential for the laying down of calcium in bones.

So these girls are at great risk of osteoporosis.

In the short term this may show up as stress fractures. Long term, it is a problem that could literally cripple them later in life. Men are also at risk.

In this regard nutrition is more important than exercise in preventing osteoporosis.

In older patients, the three greatest risk factors of osteoporosis are: family history; being underweight and smoking.

But despite the nutrition deprivation shared by some young athletes and sufferers of anorexia nervosa, there is no proof that one leads to the other.

Indeed, excessive calorie deprivation would render an athlete unable to perform anywhere near the standard that Moros achieved.

Article from The Daily Telegraph
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Introducing the Hunter Half

An exciting new lifestyle weekend will be added to the NSW sporting calendar in 2003. Sporting Spectrum will stage the inaugural Hunter Half Marathon through some of the most spectacular countryside in the Hunter Valley on Saturday 8th November 2003.

A scenic 10km course starting and finishing at the Hunter Valley Gardens will provide participants with the option of a 10km Fun Run/Walk or two-lap half marathon. Most of the course will be on gravel roads and pathways through the heart of the Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard and Cypress Lakes Resort.

The event, which is the brainchild of Sporting Spectrum Managing Director Chris Robb, will borrow some concepts from the famous Medoc Marathon which has been running for 18 years through the first growth vineyards of France. Participants will be encouraged to wear fancy dress and will be entertained along the course by bands and other forms of entertainment.

Participants and supporters will also have the opportunity to sample Hunter Valley produce during a massive wine party at the finish-line in the Hunter Valley Gardens, proceeds of which will be donated to charity. In addition to the run there will be a charity Golf Day and Pasta Party on the Friday. Following the event participants will be able to celebrate their achievements amongst oak barrels at a presentation dinner. The event has already received huge support from local wineries and business.

For more information contact Nicola Andrews (02) 9439-6060 or 0413-522-815.

Download the Media Release here
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 Sunday, February 23, 2003 

Cathy Freeman splits from husband

The personal life of Olympic 400 metres champion Cathy Freeman took another twist on Saturday when the Australian announced her split with husband Alexander Bodecker. Freeman, 30, had helped nurse the American sportswear executive last year in Melbourne in his successful battle against throat cancer.

"I have decided to split, effective immediately, from Alexander Bodecker," Freeman said in a statement. "As a couple, we have had our shares of highs and lows and through that both our lives have changed. It was always going to be difficult with one of us living in the United States and the other in Melbourne and our respective careers have put extreme pressure on the relationship and this has led to a decision to separate."

Freeman, Australia's most prominent Aboriginal athlete, took a year's break after winning gold at the 2000 Sydney Games and was hampered by a thigh injury last year. The dual world champion only ran the 400 metres relay at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England and chose not to compete in the individual event so she could devote more time to Bodecker.

Earlier this month Freeman welcomed the news her conqueror at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, France's Marie-Jose Perec, would make a comeback at this year's world championships. Perec, 34, had left the Sydney Games without competing in 2000, claiming to have received death threats on her phone in her hotel room.

Freeman had sacked partner Nick Bideau as her manager before the Sydney Olympics. The athlete reached a settlement with Bideau in November last year after he had launched Supreme Court action in October 2000 for breach of contract.

Freeman will compete for the national titles in Brisbane in April before preparing for Europe's major grand prix meets and the Paris world championships in July.
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 Friday, February 21, 2003 

World Record Holder Komen confirms for Canberra 3000m

Daniel Komen of Kenya ,one of the world most highly credentialed distance competitors, has confirmed he will race in the 3000 metres at the Telstra A-series in Canberra.

The enigmatic Kenyan is the current World Record Holder at 3000M and has broken four World Records during his illustrious career Ėtwo at 5000M, one at 3000M and one at the Two Miles - [his two mile time equals two sub four minute miles back to back, averaging 8 laps in under 60 seconds per lap].

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website
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 Thursday, February 20, 2003 

Seven Olympics But One Common Cause - Deek & Dixon

In 1983 Rob de Castella (Deek) and Rod Dixon were at the top of their craft. Deek was the inaugural world marathon champion and holder of the world's best time of 2.08.18. Dixon, a 1500m bronze medallist at the 1972 Olympic Games, won the New York City Marathon in 2.08.59.

They had earned the right to be amongst the favourites for the highly competitive Los Angeles Olympic Marathon in 1984.

Twenty years later the two athletes, who between them have participated in seven Olympic Games, will again run together, this time on the streets of Canberra to help raise money for the Canberra Bushfire Recovery Appeal.

Immediately after the Canberra bushfires, the organisers of the New Balance Canberra Marathon announced that the 2003 event would become a vehicle to help raise money for the Appeal.

Deek, who lost his house in the fires, instantly agreed to run in the Marathon Eve 5/10km Fun Run and organisers approached Dixon to come across from NZ to help in the fund raising efforts.

Dixon, who had visited Canberra in the 1980s and trained in the now fire ravaged Stromlo Forest, jumped at the opportunity to help. He will join Deek on the Saturday afternoon in the Marathon Eve Fun Run.

Runners from around Australia are encouraged to join these two greats of the sport and have a jog in the Marathon Eve race. At the same time they can raise 'per kilometre' sponsorships for the Bushfire Appeal or make direct donations.

Assistant race director Fran Seton said, "Already we have had a great response from interstate runners who are enthusiastically raising 'per kilometre' sponsorships for their marathon or fun run efforts. The interest that will be generated in Canberra by Rod Dixon joining Deek will ensure that the Canberra community supports the event which will lead to a significant contribution to the Bushfire Appeal."

The marathon will be held on Sunday 13 April. It is preceded on Saturday 12 April by the Marathon Eve 5/10km Fun Run. Runners are encouraged to raise 'per kilometre' sponsorship for their efforts, or make direct donations via their entry forms. Entry forms and full details about fund raising are at

Dave Cundy

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Women to celebrate with walk

IT'S definitely women's business but certainly no secret as women from all walks of life come together for what is one of the country's largest women-only fun runs.

To celebrate the 11th Anniversary of the International Women's Day Fun Run/Walk and pay homage to International Women's Day 2003, the Brisbane Road Runners Club and Surf Life Saving have joined forces with the s'OK Real Potato Chip Company to host this year's International Women's Day Run/Walk.

The event, now re-named the s'OK International Women's Day Run/Walk, will be held on Sunday, March 2, and will bring together females of all ages and fitness levels for a leisurely stroll or an energetic 5km run along the picturesque Brisbane River.

Start time for the event is 7.30am at the Cultural Forecourt, South Bank Parklands, and entry is $12 or $15 on the day. The first 1500 entrants will receive a free race T-shirt and all participants will receive a free breakfast pack.

Entry forms are available at participating Australia Post outlets, B105 Black Thunders, by visiting or phoning 5464 4306.

Article from the South West News

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 Monday, February 17, 2003 

Benita Johnson On Target For World Cross

Australia's Benita Johnson won the Chiba International cross country in Japan for the 2nd year running... a fantastic indicator for World Cross Country Championships to be held in Switzerland this coming March.

The defending champion came home in a winning time of 28:09 edging Japan's Yoshiko Ichikawa in a photo finish, winning by 3 seconds.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website
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NZ win gives Troop 10,000 double

by Len Johnson

Lee Troop completed a trans-Tasman double when he won the New Zealand championships 10,000 metres on Saturday night in Auckland.

Having broken through for his first win in the Zatopek 10,000 metres in December, he has now won the major 10,000 races of both countries inside three months.

Complete article at The Age website

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 Sunday, February 16, 2003 

Indian Triathletes in Australia

The Indian Triathlon Academy is currently undertaking 3 months of intensive training in Australia as part of Indian Triathlon's Development Plan to qualify an Indian Triathlete for the Beijing Olympics in 2008, from January to April 2003.

The Academy is based in Chennai (formerly Madras) on the Bay of Bengal in the southern eastern part of India. It is currently home to 8 athletes who are fully sponsored by the Indian Triathlon Federation who provide food and lodgings in a modern 4 bedroom fully equipped and staffed residence, all equipment and clothing, along with schooling and all travel costs. These athletes have undergone a demanding and rigorous selection process over the past 18 months since the Academy's inception in August 2001.

A team of 6 from the Academy, headed by Indian National Triathlon Coach Brett Mace, are currently based at Shoalhaven Heads on the NSW South Coast. The team includes 2 junior triathletes, 1 U/23 triathlete, 1 senior triathlete and a former triathlete turned marathon runner. One of the junior athletes is a female and the remaining athletes are male.

During the team s stay in Australia, the team will compete in a number of National and Local events, including the Ulladulla Summer Games Seaside 10km Run at Mollymook, the Accenture Australian Sprint Championships at Coffs Harbour and the Australian Triathlon Long Course Championships in Port Macquarie. It is anticipated the experience gained competing against the quality of competitors in these events will greatly assist the development of the Indian Triathletes.

The Team's marathon runner has targeted the Canberra Marathon as one of his major races for the year, along with his home marathon, the Chennai Marathon in December. During his time here he will compete in a number of fun runs and races gaining much needed experience and racing in preparation for the Canberra Marathon on April 13.

The Indian Triathlon Academy has enjoyed tremendous local support for their first visit to Australia. The Shoalhaven City Council and Shoalhaven Heads Chamber of Commerce have organized a number of welcoming functions in addition to securing sponsorship from some of the local businesses for the team. Over the next 5 years in the lead up to the Beijing Olympics, the Academy is looking to forge an even stronger partnership between the people of Shoalhaven and the Indian Triathlon Academy as they work towards their dream and goals of Olympic participation.
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Lee Troop and Nyla Carroll Lead NZ National 10,000m Championship Fields Home

An outstanding 27min 51.27sec run saw top Australian Lee Troop win the 10,000m at Inglewood, Saturday evening, edging out compatriot Dean Cavuoto, 27min 54.82 and New Zealand's Jonathan Wyatt. Wyatt became the fourth fastest New Zealander of all time with his 27m 56.79sec for third and the New Zealand title, while Blair Martin 28.08.18 and Phil Costley 28min 31.70sec took out the minor medals.
Aiming for a World Championships-qualifying time of 27min 49sec, the pace was always on in the NZ Community Trust-sponsored event. Led in early stages by Wellngtonian Simon Panckhurst, then Rees Buck through until beyond halfway, when Troop, Cavuoto and fellow Australian Brett Cartwright took over the workload, sharing the pace-making and dropping Wyatt and Martin relatively quickly.

Cartwright fell back with six laps left to run while Wyatt commenced a climb back into contention. Troop and Cavuoto shared the lead and, cheered on by an enthusiastic crowd who had already seen Nyla Carrol convincingly defeat australian Susan Michelson in the women's event, the Australian pair launched an attack on the qualifying time from almost 10 seconds down with five laps to go.

With two to go Troop set out on his own, Cavuoto hung on 10 metres back and Wyatt, up to 20 metres down earlier, was closing. Sadly for Troop, a last lap of 61 seconds was not enough to beat the target, Cavuoto hung on and Wyatt flew home for an outstanding run.

In the women's event, Athens marathon aspirant, Nyla CArroll was in charge from lap two, and soon had a healthy lead over the top Australian, Michelson, and drew away as the event progressed, to effectively run a time trial, winning as she pleased in a top time of 33min 13.69sec. What Carroll is capable of when pushed is now a very real quetion she and coach Pete Pfitzinger will ponder..she is in outstanding form. Michelson finished in 34min 2.65sec.

In the Men's Under 20 3,000m national championship, Christchurch's Sam Wreford was a strong and easy winner in 8min 48.99sec, backing up wins in last year's cross country championships. He was followed by Wellingtonians Quentin Rew, 8min 57.54sec and Neil Sampson 9min 16.05sec.

Taumarunui's Melissa Murrihy was a convincing winner of the Women's Under 20 event in 10min 7.15 sec from local girl Renee Graham, 10min 57.93.

Press release from Athletics NZ
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Big run reignites Dalton's top form


TAKING giant strides along a mini-comeback trail yesterday, Michael Dalton stole the show at the Athletics South inter-club meeting at the Domain Athletics Centre.

The 36-year-old Dalton (OVA), who once matched it with the nation's best distance runners, nailed Sandy Bay's James Scarr in the final laps of the 3000m.

Dalton came from about 40m astern of his much younger rival with three laps to go, to easily win in 8m56.64s.

Scarr recorded 9m10.78s and Paul Bidgood (SB) was third in 9m37.88s.

Josh Chugg and Phil Bessell produced good efforts in vastly different events.

Chugg (Newstead Harriers) ran a smart 5m56.04s for the 2000m steeplechase while Bessell (Eastern Suburbs) had a fine double with 6.75m in the long jump and 14.35m in the triple jump.

Lisa Kirsch (SB) dominated the women's throws with 45.71m in the hammer, 31.48m in the discus and a shot put of 11.43m.

Brad Dyson (ES) ran a smart 1m57.22s in the 800m, beating Jono Haynes (SB) and Simon Baptist (SB).

Aimee Tatnell (SB) won the women's two-lapper with 2m19.14s from Chloe Wilson (NS) and Danni Smith (OVA).

The sprinting was solid at best with Laura Causon the pick of the women and Matt Rickards and Mark Nichols sharing the men's honours.

Article from the Sunday Tasmanian
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Athletes boycott AA contracts

by Jenny McAsey

TOP athletes, including Cathy Freeman, Tatiana Grigorieva and Craig Mottram, have refused to sign an Athletics Australia contact, claiming it is unfair and restrictive.

Sixteen of the top 40 athletes in the country refused to sign by the January 31 deadline, complaining AA had tied payment of government funds to them making up to six promotional appearances for Telstra, the principal sponsor of athletics in Australia.

AA also wants control over where they compete and what individual sponsorships they sign.

``I'm not expecting to earn a great deal from the sport but I'm not expecting to work for AA and Telstra and get nothing for it,'' 400m specialist Daniel Batman said.

Nic Bideau, coach and manager of Mottram, and female distance runners Benita Johnson and Georgie Clarke, said AA was being too dictatorial.

``My athletes are happy to support the sport, they are not so mean and cruel and selfish that they don't want to be involved but they want to have a bit of a say in how they are involved, not be controlled,'' Bideau said.

Ric Carter, who manages Sydney silver medallist Grigorieva, her husband, pole vaulter Viktor Chistiakov, and Commonwealth record holders Bronwyn Eagles (hammer throw) and Bronwyn Thompson (long jump), was concerned about the commercial restrictions.

``The links to direct support of Telstra need to be clarified. It's uncomfortable, where that relationship sits,'' Carter said.

AA executive director Simon Allatson said athletes had an obligation to support the sport in return for funding.

``It's a very spurious argument to say we are holding government money for ransom,'' Allatson said.

``We are talking about providing a system of support to the athletes for an 18-month period through to Athens and for everything in life there is a quid pro quo.

``The quid pro quo is to work with us to promote and develop the sport so we leave a legacy for the athletes coming through.

``Anyone who thinks that is unreasonable is too selfish for words.''

Article from The Australian
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Lachlan has come from the clouds - Telstra A Series


LACHLAN Chisholm had never won anything on the Telstra A-series until last week. Then he won the 1500m in Adelaide and the 800m in Perth.

In Adelaide he defeated the Manchester Commonwealth Games 1500m bronze medallist Youcef Abdi, the first Australian to have won a 1500m medal in an international championship since Herb Elliott in 1960.

Some still refused to give Chisholm credit because, after all, Abdi fell 450m from the finish after he and his training partner Chisholm became entangled in the densely bunched pack.

Then two days later in Perth last Saturday Chisholm defeated Kris McCarthy, the 800m bronze medallist in Manchester.

The 22-year-old exercise science and nutrition student at Wollongong University is at the vanguard of a coaching experiment in Australian middle distance running engineered by Athletics Australia and directed by legendary Moroccan runner-turned-coach Said Aouita.

Not everyone around this country -- not to mention Morocco -- is happy about the presence of Aouita, the 1984 Olympic 5000m gold medallist whose personal best times from 800m through 1500m, a mile, 2000m, 3000m, 5000m and 10,000m are superior to the Australian records.

A group from Melbourne, set in their Victorian ways, refer to Aouita's followers as Team Couscous -- after the Moroccan food. They are calling a meeting in March ``to reclaim distance running''.

But if Chisholm's newly won success wasn't enough to turn Victorian heads, it would not have escaped them that conscripts to the Aouita principles of training also took the minor placings in Perth ahead of fourth-finisher McCarthy and all but second (David Byrne) among the top five places in the Adelaide 1500m.

The parade with passion continues in the Telstra A-series meet starting at 3pm today in Campbelltown when Chisholm, Abdi, Clinton Mackevicius, David Byrne, Alastair Stevenson and a host of other bright youngsters race again over 1500m.

This time there will also be a pacemaker, so Chisholm may improve on his week-old 2sec personal best of 3min 42.53sec.

``Third was my previous best place in a grand prix before last week,'' Chisholm said. ``I wasn't surprised to win. I drew confidence from my training.

``We had also discussed how to go into my races and, to a certain extent, avoid the nerves. In the past I'd get my foot on the [starting] line and go `oh crap'.

``But Said Aouita has been there and done it all so he knows what you're feeling and how to help.''

Aouita explained: ``I want to develop a new generation with a new coaching technique. This is a long term project, targeted at 2004 and 2006.

``Everyone learned from the old school, but we need a new view of the world. I cannot use the old school any more. It's obsolete. What is needed and what we have now is new training based on new ideas.

``Maybe in 15 to 20 years what I'm doing now will be obsolete, but right now it is new knowledge.''

Article from the Daily Telegraph

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Back in the running

by Anne Simpson

Cancel the gym membership and make a run fo rit. It's healthier. Anne Simpson explains

IT SEEMS the fitness world is always looking for the next best thing.

In the 1980s it was energy driven aerobics Richard Simmons-style; in the 1990s, yoga was the habit of the new, spiritually aware fitness fanatics, fuelled by high-profile devotees such as Sting and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Now it seems there is a new contender. Running. Not that running is new. But it has suffered from more than its fair share of bad press since it emerged as the jogging fitness craze of the 1970s.

But after years of being relentlessly accused of causing damage to joints, hips and spines, being held responsible for sagging breasts, premature wrinkles and even heart attacks, running is finally enjoying vindication.

New research is revealing it as a powerful ally in the pursuit of health and fitness. Running is now the favoured fitness activity of such celebrities as supermodel Claudia Schiffer, chef Nigella Lawson, former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell and fashion designer Alexander McQueen.

In a study conducted by Stanford University in California, researchers found that regular running may delay the onset of arthritis by as much as 12 years, overthrowing the notion that running contributes to the condition. Headed by health ageing expert Professor Jim Fries, the research followed 538 runners and 423 non-runners. During the 17-year study, just 5 per cent of the joggers experienced osteoarthritic pain, compared with 20 per cent of the sedentary group.

``Traditionally, arthritis was thought to be a disease of wear and tear,'' says Fries. ``We now know that running without an existing injury or illness helps you to stay fit for longer, and means that you are four times more likely to avoid disability.''

Those who benefited most, according to the study, were those who ran up to 32km a week. More serious runners, even though they ran several times that amount, still increased their protection against arthritis.

A study of 5000 men at Bispebjerg Hospital in Copenhagen, reported in the British Medical Journal, revealed that those who ran on a regular basis outlived occasional and non-joggers.

Dr Dick Telford, distance running coach at the Australian Institute of Sport, says that while elite athletes do put their bodies under unnatural stress, running in moderation has been proven to reduce cardiovascular disease, increase bone density and has a positive effect on the immune system.

``Research has shown that if you exercise moderately for 30 minutes a day then you prime up your white blood cells to combat any invading pathogen much more readily,'' he says.

``If you have two people, one who is exercising regularly and one that isn't and someone with a cold sneezes, the one who is exercising has less chance of catching it. This is a trivial example but we know now that the immune system can be linked to cancer and we're seeing that, for example, colon cancer is being reduced with people who are physically active.

``But, just like any aspect of training, you wouldn't be encouraging someone who was doing nothing to start running three times a week,'' Telford warns.

``Our bodies enjoy gradual adaptation. And there is a threshold. As humans, we are geared up genetically to be active but we're not equipped to be running the sorts of kilometres that athletes are asked to do today in order to become world champions.''

Telford says the advantages of physical exercise such as running went beyond the physical benefits.

``If we put aside adding an extra five years to our lifespan, or the economic benefits to the government, it is just about feeling better, about adding to the quality of our lifestyle. It's about having more energy for our work and play.''

While running has long been the exercise of choice by fitness-conscious Australians, in recent years fun run participation has increased significantly and some local running clubs have noticed increased memberships, particularly among women in the 25-45 age bracket.

Since 1997, registrations for Brisbane's Bridge to Brisbane run has more than tripled from 4466 to 13,733 with women accounting for more than half. Women in their 40s are the biggest registration group for the 5km International Womens Fun Run/walk, which saw participant numbers jump by 1200 to 3500 last year. Organisers are expecting another rise for this year's event, which starts at South Bank on March 2.

Don Griffin, national race director for the Lest We Forget Run, which is part of 60 race events held across Australia on April 27, is expecting 5000 participants for the Brisbane event.

``Queensland has a very strong running community and at the moment it is growing faster than any other state,'' he says.

Start to Finish Event Management director Terry O'Halloran, who also publishes the Australian Runner's World magazine estimates there are between 200 and 300 running events annually.

Runner's World editor Helen Collins, who has been running for the past 20 years, says that many people take up running to lose weight or relieve stress.

``After a while they do it for its own sake,'' she says.

Dozens of running clubs operate throughout Brisbane. The Royal Exchange Hash House Harriers is one whose membership has grown in the past couple of years.

When club secretary David Greig joined 20 years ago the membership was a robust 120 but experienced a decline in the late '80s and early '90s. He says in the past two years they have seen an influx of members in their 20s. Greig describes the all-male club, which organises two runs per week for its 100 members, as more social than competitive.

Greig, who runs five days a week says personal satisfaction is an important part of the motivation.

``Running is great cardiovascular exercise and excellent for the maintenance of weight around your middle, but it also gives you a lift. At the end of a run I always feel on top of the world. I do weights training at the gym but it's not the same. I can miss one or two days of running, but to miss a week is awful.''

Brisbane Road Runners vice-president Jenny Chaston says while their 563-strong membership had not increased, the number of women members had jumped by a third to 202 in the past three years.

Why run?

RUNNING has extensive psychological benefits, according to Dr Stephanie Hanrahan, associate professor of the School of Human Movement Studies and School of Psychology at the University of Queensland. Hanrahan says running had been shown to reduce anxiety and depression and for some, improve sleep and increase creativity.

Neil Ford -- managing director of Yellow Cabs: ``You have a stunning day when you've run because your system is working at its best, probably because you've got rid of a lot of toxins and pumped a bit of adrenalin into your bloodstream.''

Sandra Fields -- director of the Office of Youth Affairs: ``Often I go away with work and the thing with running is that I can do it anywhere and I find it really gets me ready for the day.''

Try it barefoot

IF YOU'RE looking to improve your running performance, perhaps you should consider going barefoot.

Research by a Brisbane physiotherapist suggests that running without shoes improves performance and decreases injury.

In his day-to-day work at Gateway Physiotherapy, Michael Warburton sees ankle sprains, knee problems and stress fractures suffered by runners. After noticing a significant number of cross-country runners competing without footwear, Warburton became interested in the benefits of barefoot running.

His review of current research, published in the journal Sportscience, revealed that running without footwear substantially reduced acute ankle injury such as strains and chronic lower leg problems such as shin splints.

``Basically, the depth of the shoe lifts you (further from the ground) and increases the risk of ankle sprain,'' explains Warburton. ``The plantar skin on the bottom of the foot gets the feel of the ground quicker than having to go through the sock and shoe interface, giving you a better feel for the surface. The improved muscle strength gained from running barefoot reduces injuries.''

He says research also has shown that when running barefoot on a hard surface, the foot compensates, giving the foot a softer landing. Warburton says that there is a perception among runners that shoes provide shock absorption, reducing the impact on their joints.

``People feel that because they have cushioning in their shoe that it is going to protect them but it actually masks the shock,'' he says.``People think they are getting protection when they are not. It is comfortable wearing footwear but, as far as injuries go, it is not doing the feet any favours.''

Article from the Courier Mail
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 Friday, February 14, 2003 

Telstra Australian Mountain Running Championships

Mt Burelli, Wollongong

Entry forms and detailed event information for the City Coast Credit Union NSW Mountain Running Championships on Sunday 16 March and Telstra Australian Mountain Running Championships on Saturday 21 June can be downloaded from either the Kembla Joggers or Australian Mountain Running Association web-sites: and

Both events use the same courses starting and finishing at scenic Kembla Lookout, Cordeaux Road, Mount Kembla. Both events are open to all comers, cater for all age groups and also include a 4 km non-championship fun run.

For further information contact Geoff Stalker of Kembla Joggers on (02) 4627 1246 or John Harding of AMRA on (02) 6248 6905.

The ACT Mountain Running Championships are being conducted this Sunday on Mt Ainslie and Mt Majura in Canberra.

In Victoria, the New Balance Mt Macedon Challenge 10km on 23 March is highly recommended.

Information is now available on the World Mountain Running Championships in Alaska and World Masters Mountain Running Championships in Germany in September. See the following web-sites:

18-21 September World Mountain Running Championships, Mt Alyesha, Alaska USA. Web-site

27-28 September 3rd WMRA World Masters Mountain Running Championships, 10kms, Zell am Harmersback, Germany.

John Harding
Australian Mountain Running Association
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 Thursday, February 13, 2003 

Southern Health's inaugural Walk-Run Classic

MORE than 2000 enthusiasts are expected to take part in Southern Health's inaugural Walk-Run Classic next month.

The event, at Jells Park, Wheelers Hill, on Sunday, March 16 from 9am, will include a 5km and 10km walk-run.

Register at

Article from the Herald Sun
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Southern Health's inaugural Walk-Run Classic

MORE than 2000 enthusiasts are expected to take part in Southern Health's inaugural Walk-Run Classic next month.

The event, at Jells Park, Wheelers Hill, on Sunday, March 16 from 9am, will include a 5km and 10km walk-run.

Register at

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Tolhurst off to Osaka

by Pat McLeod

TOP Gold Coast distance runner Helen Verity Tolhurst will compete in Japan next weekend in a vital lead-up to her assault on her hometown marathon in July.

Tolhurst and Brisbane's Ron Peters are the Gold Coast marathon's representatives at the Senshu Marathon in Osaka on February 16.

Tolhurst, 36, and Peters, 49, won their trips after finishing best of the Queensland entries in last year's Gold Coast event.

Tolhurst achieved a personal best in the Gold Coast Marathon last year of two hours 47 minutes and 39 seconds in finishing seventh.

Tolhurst also placed fifth in the Canberra marathon before podium finishes in elite 10km races in Sydney, Noosa and the Gold Coast.

She finished third in the Rotorua marathon before going on to place 10th in the 2001 Gold Coast marathon.

Now Tolhurst has her eyes set on Senshu before embarking on another campaign to master the Gold Coast Airport Marathon course.

"This is my third trip to Senshu and hopefully I can put in a performance close to last year when I finished third," she said.

"However, everything I am doing this year is geared towards the 25th anniversary of the Gold Coast marathon. That is where I have run my personal best and the course I most enjoy."

Peters, from Ferny Grove in Brisbane, commenced long distance running at 28 to overcome a pack-a-day smoking habit.

Twenty-one years, 28 marathons and 10 Gold Coast Marathons later, Peters is set to run in his first off-shore marathon.

He has won numerous Queensland and Australian veteran titles, as well as gold medals in the 5000m, 10,000m and marathon at the World Veterans Athletics titles in Brisbane in 2001.

He ran his first Gold Coast Marathon in 1982; set his personal best of 2:26:14 on the Gold Coast in 1991; then finished 16th in last year's local event in a time of 2:34:52.

Article from the Gold Coast Bulletin
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Mottram grounded


THE career of Australia's most exciting track prospect, Craig Mottram, is on hold.

A persistent knee injury has already ruled Mottram out of next month's world cross-country championships and the domestic Telstra-A grand prix series.

He has been unable to run for 13 weeks and the possibility of corrective surgery could wipe out the year for the national 5000m champion.

Mottram, 22, stamped himself as a future star with a stunning 3000m victory, in record time, at the World Cup last year.

The injury followed a friendly game of backyard basketball with Mottram experiencing tightness in his leg the next day. A recent minor operation to loosen the ilio-tibial band -- the muscle which runs down the upper thigh and connects to the knee -- has proved unsuccessful.

Mottram's coach Nick Bideau is investigating several options for treatment including a visit to specialists at the AIS in Canberra or flying to Ireland to consult world-renowned physiotherapist Gerard Hartmann.

``He's had the injury for 13 weeks but hasn't recovered,'' Bideau said. ``He's tried a few different things but each time he tries to run again it still comes on, so we're looking at some other options.

``While he is qualified for the world championships, at this stage we're thinking about just getting him right for the Olympics.

``The way we are looking at it is to focus on getting him back training and when he is doing that, and is fairly fit, then we'll decide what we'll do.''

``If he's training by April and going pretty well, then we'll put him in a few races and see what happens. But he might not be even running by then.''

Further surgery would mean between 6-12 weeks on the sidelines which would rule out the Paris world championships in August.

A former Australian junior triathlete, Mottram is attempting to maintain fitness with an extensive program of swimming, walking, circuit work and weights.

``He looks fine and he can go as fast as he likes over 100m, but can really only run for about three minutes before it gets painful again,`` Bideau said.

New Australian distance running coach, Morocco's Olympic gold medallist Said Aouita, has declared Mottram and Benita Johnson as potential medallists at the 2004 Athens Games.

Mottram finished fifth in last year's world cross-country -- the second best result by an Australian. He also captured the 3000m and 5000m national records last season before finishing a disappointing sixth in the 5000m at the Manchester Commonwealth Games.

He showed his quality several weeks later at the World Cup when he smashed a quality field, clocking 7min 41.37sec to win by more than six seconds.

Article from the Herald Sun
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 Wednesday, February 12, 2003 

Gold Coast Airport Marathon Runners Set Off For Japan

Leading Gold Coast distance runner Helen Verity Tolhurst will join Brisbane's Ron Peters as the Gold Coast Airport Marathon representatives at the Senshu Marathon in Osaka, Japan on February 16.

Tolhurst, 36, and Peters, 49, won trips to the Senshu Marathon for their top
performances as Queensland entries in last year's Gold Coast Marathon.

The pair will challenge many leading Japanese and international runners over
the 42.2km course in the sister marathon to the Gold Coast Airport Marathon.

Tolhurst achieved a personal best in the Gold Coast Marathon last year of
two hours 47 minutes 39 seconds in finishing seventh. As the leading Queenslander in the race, she won the 2002 State Marathon Championships.

Also last year Tolhurst placed fourth in the Canberra Marathon before podium finishes in elite 10K races in Sydney, Noosa and the Gold Coast. The long distance specialist finished third in the 2001 Rotorua Marathon before going on to place 10th in the Gold Coast Marathon that year.

Now Tolhurst has her eyes set on Senshu before embarking on another campaign to master the Gold Coast Airport Marathon course.

"This is my third trip to Senshu and hopefully I can put in a performance
close to last year when I finished third," said Tolhurst.

"However everything I am doing this year is geared towards the 25th
anniversary of the Gold Coast Airport Marathon. That is where I have run my
personal best and the course I most enjoy.

"When I'm in Senshu, I will be playing my part in promoting the Gold Coast
Airport Marathon as an ambassador - encouraging as many international
runners to come out and run one of the best courses in the world."

Peters, from Ferny Grove in Brisbane, commenced long distance running at 28 to overcome a pack-a-day smoking habit.

Twenty-one years, 28 marathons and 10 Gold Coast Marathons later, Peters is set to run in his first off-shore marathon.

He has won numerous Queensland and Australian Veteran Titles, as well as winning gold medals in the 5000m, 10000m and marathon at the World Veterans Athletics Championships in Brisbane in 2001.

He ran his first Gold Coast Marathon in 1982 clocking two hours 38 minutes for seventh place and then set his personal best for a marathon of 2:26:14 on the Gold Coast in 1991.

Last year celebrating the 20th anniversary of his first marathon, Peters finished 16th in the Gold Coast Marathon in 2:34:52.

He hopes his performance as an 'old codger' encourages more Queensland entries in this year's Gold Coast Airport Marathon to try to win a trip to Japan.

"The Gold Coast Airport Marathon course is the best I have run on to suit all levels of runners especially if you are after a fast time," said Peters.

"The trip to Senshu is a great incentive for Queenslanders. I am looking forward to next weekend although it's going to be much colder compared to here."

Tolhurst and Peters will be joined in Senshu by Gold Coast Airport Ltd Managing Director Dennis Chant and Manager, Business Development and Marketing, Carly Weiland, and Gold Coast Airport Marathon Chairman Kerry Watson.

Watson will present the medals to the male and female winners of the Senshu Marathon with an invitation to attend this year's Gold Coast Airport Marathon. He will also deliver a seminar to Japanese travel agencies promoting this year's Gold Coast event.

Article from the Gold Coast Airport Marathon website
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Entry Details for SMH Half

Entry forms will automatically be posted to those runner's who entered last year's events. These should be received by 6th March.
Those who have contacted the Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon office to have an entry sent to them, should receive their entry form just after 6th March.
The Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon website for 2003 will be up and running just after 10th March, there will be a link to the site at

This year runners will be able to both enter online or download a copy of the entry form to send in.
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Watch Telstra A-series on TV

All the action from the 2003 Telstra A-series can be viewed on SBS TV

Click here for details
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Actors saddle up for fun run

THE inaugural Village Uniting Church Family Fun Run and Walk will be held on Sunday, March 23.

Committee member Peter Hartley said the fun run, organised by the Mt Eliza church with the support of local groups, would raise money for drought relief and recognise 2003 as the United Nations' International Year of Fresh Water.

Olympian Debbie Flintoff-King will start the runners, who will include actors from ABC TV's The Saddle Club, at 9am.

Mr Hartley said two courses, 10km and 3.5km, would showcase Mt Eliza's natural features and its shopping village.

Up to 500 runners and more than 1000 spectators are expected to attend the not-for-profit event.

The fun run committee is seeking help from local businesses in the form of prizes, in-kind products and sponsorship.

``There are numerous opportunities for sponsors to promote their business,'' he said.

Article from the Mornington Peninsula Leader
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 Tuesday, February 11, 2003 

10th annual running of the King Island Imperial 20


THE 10th annual running of the King Island Imperial 20 is on Sunday, March 9, and organisers are keen to get more entries.

The handicap 32km or 20 mile run from coast to coast on the island has attracted some big names over the years.

The course record of 1hr37m48s belongs to none other than Steve Moneghetti.

Among the other winners are Hobart ultra-marathoner Tim Sloan and the legendary Yiannos Kouros, who made the Sydney to Melbourne race his own in the 1980s.

Last year's race attracted about 250 starters, including 90 from ``other islands''.

Last year 57 Victorians made the trip.

There are plenty of social events and diversions during the weekend, including a 100m naked dash-for-cash charity race dubbed the ``Free Willies''.

Those needing more information can contact Wendy Morgan on 6461 1229 or visit the website:

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THE annual City to Casino Fun Run is on slightly later this year.

The big day is May 25 and organisers had to move the traditional date so as not to clash with a rescheduled Targa Tasmania.

Article from the Mercury
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 Sunday, February 09, 2003 

Canberra Fun Run for workers who lost homes

Canberra Hash House Harriers are planning to conduct a fun run in what used to be the pine plantations. The run will be very informal with all entry fees to go to Forestry workers who lost their homes in the bushfire catastrophe of 18-Jan. ACT Forests are happy to support such an event but at this time no date has been set. Most likely it will be March 2003. All runners, especially those who used the forests as a training facility, and there are many, are welcome to run.

Canberra Hash were one of the first running groups to use the forests, their first run in 1969 was from Scrivener Dam which was on the edge of the Forest.

Details will be updated on the Canberra Hash Website
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 Saturday, February 08, 2003 

Top finishers Letherby, Balciunaite brave strong headwind, run mostly unchallenged in 13.1-miler

By Brom Hoban

True to its billing, the 3M Half Marathon attracted top international and American runners. And while Americans finished second Sunday morning in both the men's and women's races, an Australian and a Lithuanian took the top spots.

Andrew Letherby, who hails from Brisbane, Australia, but now resides in Boulder, Colo., dominated the men's field, setting a personal-best time of 1 hour, 3 minutes and 31 seconds. Lithuania's Zivile Balciunaite topped the women's field in 1:13:18.

Slowed by a steady headwind, Letherby finished well off the 3M record of 1:01:16, set by Andres Espinoza in 1999. Balciunaite's winning time, meanwhile, was more than two minutes slower than the women's record of 1:10:45, set last year by Sylvia Mosqueda.

Letherby and Balciunaite each won $1,200 for winning the ninth running of the 3M event, which drew a record 3,800 competitors, some of whom competed in the half-marathon relay.

In a flashback to 1998, former 3M champion Jerry Lawson jumped to the lead. He tore through the first mile in a swift 4:45, with Jim Jurcevich, a marathoner from Columbus, Ohio, and Austin's Adam Dailey tucked in with him.

Letherby and James Mutuse, a Kenyan standout from Eastern Kentucky University, soon joined the group, which completed two miles in 9:42.

After four miles in 19:22, Lawson and Dailey had dropped back. Mutuse was the next to fall as Letherby and Jurcevich pulled ahead and passed five miles in 23:54. Letherby led the way, with Jurcevich drafting off his shoulder.

As they turned onto Shoal Creek Boulevard from Steck Avenue, it appeared that Letherby was asking Jurcevich to take his turn in the lead while breaking the steady headwind. But Jurcevich refrained, so Letherby decided to take control altogether.

"He looked like he was feeling good," Letherby said, "but he wouldn't lead, so I thought I'd try a little surge."

Jurcevich grabbed some water at six miles --passing the mark in 28:44 -- and in moments, Letherby had a 15-meter lead. He pressed harder by throwing in a 4:48 mile, and left Jurcevich behind for good.

"I wasn't feeling up for taking the lead," Jurcevich said. "Normally, I'd help out, but I was running as fast as I could."

Jurcevich said his workouts had been limited since he recorded a time of 2:18 at the Columbus Marathon in November, and "by mile six, I was just running for second. "

From mile seven on, Letherby raced the clock, looking to better his career best of 1:03:36. Accelerating down Lamar Boulevard, he knocked out the last 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) in 15:21.

Jurcevich rolled in a minute and a half back in 1:05:00, and Mutuse took third in 1:05:44.

"It's a fantastic course," Letherby said afterward. "Though I did battle a headwind most of the way, I'd have to say this is one of my biggest wins. From here, I'll run the London Marathon in April."

Balciunaite, a 23-year-old training in Florida this winter, wasn't challenged while leading from start to finish.

"I was alone," she said, "and there was a lot of wind."

Like Mosqueda in 2002, Balciunaite plans to follow her 3M victory with a trip to the Los Angeles Marathon in March.

Although she never threatened to pass Balciunait, Austin's Cassandra Henkiel set a personal best of 1:15:35 in finishing second. "I'm really happy with my race," she said. "I wanted to go a bit faster, but the headwind was a factor."

Eddy Hellebuyck, who won the 3M title in 2001, waged a fierce battle against Peter Fleming for the men's master's title. In a sprint to the wire, Hellebuyck prevailed, posting a time of 1:07:01, one second better than Fleming's. Last year's masters winner, Paul Zimmerman of Austin, settled for fourth in 1:07:46.

Jeanne Larsee-Johnson took the top masters spot for women, finishing in 1:17:24, good for sixth place overall.

Article from the Austin-American Statesman
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New date for Victorian Country Athletics Championships

Athletics Victoria announced today that its Country Athletics Championships had been rescheduled for 26/27 April 2003. Postponed from the Australia Day long weekend, due to the bushfires in north eastern Victoria, the championships have again been allocated to Alexandra Park at Albury.

Athletics Victoria also announced that further entries would be accepted as a result of the postponement and these would close on Tuesday 8 April 2003, following the Telstra National Athletics Championships in Brisbane.

The 2003 Country Athletics Championships incorporates the Defence National Track and Field Championships. Athletes representing each of the armed forces are expected to take part from around Australia.

It may also be necessary to hold some competition late in the afternoon on Anzac Day to allow for an earlier finish to Sundayís program of events.

It is suggested that checks be made of the AV website for updates on Championship information.

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 Friday, February 07, 2003 

Hammer Time For Eagles In Adelaide

...Other highlights from the first Telstra A-series meet in 2003, Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Youcef Abdi was unlucky to be on the wrong side of Lachlan Chisholmís legís in the menís 1500m, both athletes getting in a tangle, resulting in Abdi falling, and Chisolm going on to win the race in a personal best time of 3 minutes 42.53.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website

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Kyle in solid return to track


AUSTRALIA'S leading high hurdler Kyle Vander Kuyp made a triumphant return to big-race action with a solid win in the Telstra A-Series at Santos Stadium last night.

The national 110m record-holder overcame a tenacious challenge from Melbourne-based South Australian Tim Ewen to make a confident start to his campaign for a berth at the world championships in France in August.

While his time into a strong headwind of 14.13sec was well outside his best, Vander Kuyp was satisfied to emerge uninjured.

``It was a bit windy to pump out something,'' Vander Kuyp said. ``I ran 13.88 on Tuesday and was hoping to get a tailwind and go for it.

``I cracked one (hurdle) pretty hard. But we've been doing some great sessions and it is good to get the training out onto the competitive track.''

The win is a confident season-opener for Vander Kuyp, who says he is rebuilding his life on and off the track after missing the Commonwealth Games last year.

He has returned to train in Melbourne with Ewen after being based in Canberra and the decision is having a positive effect on his attitude.

``It's fantastic being back in Melbourne . . . I had to get a balance on where my life was heading,'' Vander Kuyp said.

The women's hammer throw lived up to its promise with Bronwyn Eagles bettering her own Commonwealth record with an outstanding 71.12m effort.

Last night's meeting produced an early shock when leading middle-distance runner Youcef Abdi crashed to the track with 400m remaining in the 1500m.

Abdi, who returned to Australia on Tuesday after a high-altitude training camp in South Africa, fell after clipping a rival's heal. New South Wales runner Matthew Chisholm claimed the race from David Byrne.

Article from the The Adelaide Advertiser
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Eagles hammers the record, and goes over 70 metres

by Len Johnson

...The first severe test of Said Aouita's impact on Australian middle-distance running produced a mixed result here last night.

Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Youcef Abdi fell in a tangle of legs with Lachlan Chisholm as the field approached the bell in the men's 1500 metres. The favourite was out of the race, but fortunately did not appear to be injured.

Complete article at The Age website
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 Thursday, February 06, 2003 

Adelaide A Buzz For Telstra A-Series

Australiaís domestic season of track and field kicks off in Adelaide tomorrow (Thursday 6th February 2003), and after 2002 - a year highlighted by some terrific performances at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester and World Cup - the competition is set to be awesome.

Athletes are ready and raring to go, and some great battles are anticipated in the Telstra A-series season-opener at Santos Stadium.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website
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Fund-raising appeal gets a good run


It took just five minutes for Benita Sommerville's house in Jindabyne Street to burn down.

But the tide of support from her colleagues in the Department of Health and Ageing appears to be endless.

Twenty Woden-based staff of the department lost their houses in the Canberra fires with many more suffering fire damage.

Yesterday, 202 colleagues, led by the Secretary, Jane Halton, put their money where their legs were in a lunchtime fun run which raised more than $1500 for the Canberra Bushfire Appeal.

Star marathon runner Robert de Castella, who lost his house in the fires, was also there to lend support.

Ms Sommerville, who completed the graduate program this week, was renting the house in Jindabyne Street with another work colleague.

All they managed to save were a couple of photo albums and their cats.

Ms Sommerville, who joined the department from Flinders University, soon discovered what being in the Public Service really meant in the nation's capital.

Ms Halton said the department's response had been wonderful. '. . . two people in the Drugs area came in on the Monday morning [after the fires] and said to their Assistant Secretary, 'We hope you don't mind, we're not going to come in to work today'. And they went round the entire floor, took donations, went out and bought poppers and chips and things and took them to Duffy and went around giving them to the kids . . .'

Article from the Canberra Times
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Adelaide the first test of Aouita's training revolution

by Len Johnson

The most intriguing question of the Australian season - can Said Aouita make a difference in Australian middle-distance running - will begin to be answered when the domestic series begins in Adelaide tonight.
The group of athletes on Aouita's radical national program will have their first serious races of the season. Five of them - Commonwealth Games 10,000 metres bronze medallist Susie Power, 1500 bronze medallist Youcef Abdi, Michael Power, Sarah Jamieson and Mark Thompson - have just flown in from five weeks' training at high altitude in Potchefstroom, South Africa.

Complete article at The Age website
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 Wednesday, February 05, 2003 

Australian wins fifth straight Empire State Run-Up

Australian Paul Crake won his fifth consecutive Empire State Building Run-Up race on Tuesday, covering 86 floors and 1,576 steps up the stairwells in taking the long way to the top of New York's tallest building. Canberra-based Crake, the only runner ever to break the 10-minute mark in the 26-year history of the event, made the knee-crunching trip in nine minutes, 33 seconds to improve on his run of 9:40 last year and lower the mark of 9:37 he set in 2001.

The elevator ride, taken by some 2.5 million tourists a year, takes about 55 seconds.

American Cindy Moll, 34, became the first woman to win four run-up titles, snatching back the crown from Germany's Kerstin Harbich, last year's surprise winner. Moll, who won in 1998, 2000 and 2001 before her runner-up finish in 2002, clocked 13:06 to edge the 28-year-old nurse from Garmisch by 11 seconds. American Amy Fredericks was third in 14:34.

Another winner was Chico Scimone, 91, despite posting a time of 40:02. The hardy Sicilian, who still farms and plays piano in a local Taormina bar, was competing in his 11th successive run-up. He finished 105th overall but not last - he reached the top nearly five minutes ahead of American Paul Marino, 28, who was nursing a recent injury. "I enjoy it!" explained Scimone, who was surrounded by family, including his infant great-granddaughter Isabella.

Austrian Markus Zahlbruckner finished second, more than a minute back in 10:58, with Britain's Toby Tanser the third man to reach the rainy, fog-shrouded Observation Deck in 11:38.

Clutching the big, silver first-prize trophy, Crake said his latest triumph marked his last race up Manhattan's art-deco landmark and that he was aiming to compete on the European circuit as a cyclist. "To win five years in a row has been fantastic. It's been a dream run," said the 26-year-old from Canberra, who finished second overall in Europe's mountain running Grand Prix last season. He has made the long trip to New York yearly despite the absence of prize money for the competition. "It's for the trophy, the honour and the glory."
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 Tuesday, February 04, 2003 

Boyd leads veterans to victory


EXPERIENCED middle-distance runner Ray Boyd was the architect of Sports Challenge's win in the inaugural Bridge to Brewery Relay Challenge on the Swan River yesterday.

Boyd and fellow veterans Deane Pieters, 34, and Ramon Andersson, 39, claimed the 16.2km event in 1hr 20min. 15sec.

The 36-year-old overcame a 1min. 15sec. deficit to win the 8km run leg by almost two minutes from City of Perth A competitor Ken Tomczak. Earlier, City A's Ashley Nesbit won the opening 7km paddle section by 33sec. from Olympic bronze medallist Andersson.

Nesbit's City of Perth teammate Jake Cropper maintained a slender lead over Barcelona Olympics relay competitor Pieters in the 1.2km swim. But Boyd, an 11-times winner of the 12km City to Surf event, finished powerfully to edge out Tomczak's City of Perth A team (1:22:14) and Mainpeak Australia (1:23:34).

A modest Boyd praised the efforts of Andersson and Pieters.

"Those guys did all the work and I took the glory," he said. "It was a good win because we are all getting pretty long in the tooth."

Boyd said the runners had enjoyed the best conditions. "We mostly had the protection of the houses (from the wind) so it was pretty good," he said.

The ironman and ironwoman sections were won by Cottesloe's Brendon Sarson (1:28:20) and City of Perth's Alison O'Toole (1:35:49) respectively.

Article from the The West Australian
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 Monday, February 03, 2003 

Benita Johnson win the Bali 10-K run

KUTA, Indonesia (February 2, 2003 2:07 a.m. EST) - Kenyan runners took the three top men's places in a 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) run held here Sunday to promote the recovery of the bomb-hit Indonesian resort island of Bali.

John Korier (28 minutes 32 seconds), Sammy Kitrouto (29:04) and Abraham Kiprotich Tandoi (29:10) crossed the finish line first in international men's category the Bali 10-K Solidarity Run.

They went home with cash prizes of $10,000, $6000 and $3000 respectively.

Japanese runner Teruto Ozaki (29:11) was in fourth place, earning $2000 while Tanzania's Fabian Joseph (29:31) took fifth place and 1,500.

In the international women's category, Australia's Benita Johnson took the 10,000-dollar first prize with a time of 31:39.

Kenya's Leah Memeli Mallot (32:14) and South Africa's Elana Meyer (32:17) took the second and third prizes of 6,000 dollars and 3,000 dollars each.

Two other Kenyan women runners, Tegla Loroupe (32:42) and Susan Jediwot Kurui (33.18), placed fourth and fifth.

Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri waved a flag to signal the start of the race, which featured 15,000 runners and included categories for student, national and general runners.

Organizers said the run was intended to help promote the recovery of the tourism industry in Bali which suffered enormously following the October 12 blasts in a crowded and popular pub area that killed more than 190 people, mostly foreign tourists.

Article from Sportserver
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The Best Head to Heads - Road to the world championships 2003

Compiled by Margie McDonald and Jenny McAsey


World Cup 3000m champion Craig Mottram is the star attraction among the men but the fans may be disappointed. A tendon problem in his left leg, which resulted in minor surgery in December, has hampered his preparation.

He is keeping fit swimming and cycling, but has done little running. Coach Nic Bideau hopes to have him ready for the 5km national title in Melbourne on March 1. Top female distance runner Benita Johnson will hit the track in Canberra for the 3km and then Melbourne where she will run the 5km. Her toughest competition is likely to come from Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Susie Power, who is being coached by Said Aouita.

Teenage talent Georgie Clarke, who missed a chunk of 2002 through injury, is eager to race and will feature in the 1500m and 800m. In the 1500 she will get some tough races from Sarah Jamieson, while she is likely to chase Tamsyn Lewis in the shorter event.

Article from The Australian
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Aouita runs into resistance - Road to the world championships 2003

THE legendary Moroccan distance runner, Said Aouita, believes Australia has a potential world record-breaker in its midst.

Aouita, appointed national distance coach six months ago, looks at 22-year-old Craig Mottram and sees a man who could be the best 1500m runner.

``He is fast, big and strong and tough. I looked at him in 2001 and said he can break the world record in the 1500m. He can be the new king in the 1500m, but not in the 5k or 10k,'' Aouita, who was the Olympic 5000m champion in 1984, said.

There's one small problem, and it has nothing to do with the fact Mottram is nursing a leg injury and not in full training.

Mottram isn't hearing Aouita. His coach, Nic Bideau, says Mottram doesn't want to specialise in 1500m and plans to stick to his favoured 5000m.

Aouita shrugs his shoulders and flashes a wide, toothy smile. After five months in Australia he is coming to understand the system, to accept while he is the national coach that doesn't necessarily mean he has any say over what individual athletes and their coaches do.

Despite his extraordinary credentials as both athlete and coach, Aouita has met resistance to his ideas and training philosophies since he was employed by the Australian Institute of Sport and Athletics Australia.

He has grand plans to revolutionise running and training methods in Australia but is learning to bide his time.

For a man who knows his stuff -- he once concurrently held five world records from 1500m to 5000m -- that can be frustrating.

He is sure his training program works. The tricky part is convincing Australian coaches and athletes to throw out their old ways and give his a go. If he gets his way, the country's best distance runners will be trained under a program that is the opposite to what he understands most are doing now.

For older athletes it would mean far fewer kilometres every week but more quality speed work over shorter distances on the track. For developing juniors it would mean extra stamina and endurance work -- longer, slower running -- and less concern about speed and racing until they are physically mature.

``This is my philosophy. At the moment I know of 10k runners here who do 250k a week. All that happens is they get injured and it doesn't make them faster,'' he said.

``In my method no athlete does more than 80 or 90 kilometres a week. I know it works because I have coached Moroccans to be Olympic champions.''

Australians have not won an Olympic gold medal in a middle-distance event since Ralph Doubell in the 800m in 1968.

In his own passionate but understated way, Aouita is trying to spread his message to coaches, visiting state sports institutes and setting up training squads using his program. If it works, he claims Australians could dominate middle-distance events internationally.

He has no doubt the talent is here, singling out Mottram and Australian 5000m record-holder Benita Johnson. He believes either could win a medal at this year's world championships or the 2004 Olympics, though it is hard for him to make firm predictions because he has had little contact with them.

``My problem is I don't have the best athletes,'' he said.

However, he is getting on with the job, assembling his own squad with several talented runners, including Commonwealth Games 1500m bronze medallist Youcef Abdi.

``I think in the future I can help Australia to have athletes as good as Craig and Benita,'' he said. ``I am not saying I am God here. I am just a coach who has experienced many things. They worked for me and many African athletes and I want to share some of those secrets with Australian athletes.''

AA head coach Keith Connor believes athletes and coaches will eventually stop feeling threatened and start listening to Aouita's expertise.

``Even if he doesn't coach them on a day-to-day basis, when Craig Mottram realises Said is there and when Nic (Bideau) realises he doesn't know everything, who can give Craig a better race strategy when he is about to take on the Moroccans?'' Connor said.

``Nic, who watches it from the sidelines and thinks he knows what they're thinking, or Said, who has actually been out there doing it, and has coached those other guys? Eventually I think they will sit down and chat to him and he will be a huge benefit to us.''

Article from The Australian
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In the Blood

by Ron REED

The road to Athens starts outside the Mottram house in Richmond for two brothers who share a dream, and a sporting gene

HE IS widely regarded as Australia's most promising young track athlete, but Craig Mottram won't be making an appearance at the season launch in Melbourne today.

He is injured and has been unable to run for nine weeks. And so, for the moment, frustration has intruded on the dreams and ambitions that fill a neat little inner-suburban townhouse in Richmond, which really ought to be identifiable by a set of Olympic rings on the front door and a signpost in the street pointing to faraway Athens.

There is nothing so ostentatious, of course, but this house is certainly shaping up as a sort of miniature base camp for the Australian Olympic effort next year.

It is occupied by Mottram and his younger brother Neil, who is a strong chance to be in the Australian basketball team at the Games, and owned by Craig's coach, prominent athletics identity Nick Bideau.

And a frequent visitor from her home just a couple of blocks away is Craig's girlfriend Lauren Hewitt, one of Australia's most talented sprinters.

Originally from Geelong, Craig has moved in with his brother as both seek to enhance careers that look destined to put them high on the list of Australia's sibling sports achievers.

Craig, 22, is the better-known, having run the 5000m at the Sydney Olympics, and developing since then into a potential champion, scoring a stunning win in the World Cup 3000m in record time in Madrid last year.

But Neil, 21, is quickly making himself known, too. He has come through Australian junior teams and two seasons with the Perth Wildcats to nail down a starting spot as a forward with the Melbourne Tigers and is attracting powerful praise from high places.

His celebrated teammate Andrew Gaze has described him as a franchise player of the future and both Tigers coach Lindsay Gaze and national coach Brian Goorjian agree.

Mottram turned in another strong game against his old side on Saturday night, contributing 12 points and 12 rebounds to the 91-87 win that kept the Tigers in finals contention.

``I said to Neil after the game, `I loved the way you played today','' Gaze Sr said.

``Great athleticism, commitment, determination. It was a pretty complete game.''

Goorjian says: ``He's a future Olympian and a shining light of Melbourne basketball.

``There is not another young player in Australia in his category -- big, quick, strong, good hands, a good listener and learner and a great work ethic.''

Neil has seen these comments published and is greatly encouraged by them, as anybody would be.

``It's good to get that kind of recognition and realise that what you're doing is paying off,`'' he said.

``I am aiming for the Olympics and it would mean a lot, but at this stage I'm not really confident of making it. But my progress will develop over the next 18 months. I think I'm only about 60 or 70 per cent of the way to realising my full potential, but I'm still only 21, so there's a long way to go.''

At least he's out there on the floor these days.

He manages not to blush as Craig, who comes across as a rather more extrovert personality, recounts how the whole family -- Mum, Dad and older brother Andrew, 24 -- turned up to watch Neil play his first representative game for a Frankston team.

``He started on the bench and when the coach told him it was his turn to go on, he wouldn't move. He was too shy,'' Craig said.

``So in the end I just jumped out of the crowd, grabbed his shirt and played in his place.''

But perhaps Craig should stick to running and leave the hoops to the big boys.

That's because it was a game of back-yard basketball that put him in his present predicament. It was at a barbecue with Carlton footballer Ian Prendergast, an old running rival from the Little Aths days, and he woke up the next day stiff and sore and with his leg out of action.

He definitely won't be on deck when the Telstra A-Series starts in Adelaide on Thursday and Perth on Saturday and, while he was selected the other day for the world cross-country championships in Lausanne, Switzerland, on March 31, he still has to prove his fitness.

``It's a fair concern,'' he says. ``At the moment my main goal is just getting back running. It's no use worrying about times if you can't run at all.

``The quicker that happens the better, but it's one of those injuries that gets better when it's ready. It's frustrating.''

Neil knows the feeling, having once spent nine months out of action himself with stress fractures of the back.

It's been a mixed ride for both boys but hopefully the rest of the road to Athens is less strewn with bumps and hurdles.

Craig, in particular, knows that he should be at the peak of his ability there and in Beijing four years later and is determined to make an impact, especially after a disappointing Commonwealth Games last year, where he could manage no better than sixth in the 5000m, which is now his specialty.

Australia's new distance running coach, Moroccan Olympic gold medallist Said Aouita, has nominated him as one of two Australians -- Benita Johnson is the other -- with the potential to win a medal at the Games.

The basketballers would like to think they're a chance, too -- so what a double that could be, brother.

Article from the Herald Sun
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Walkers Honour Peter Waddell

The race walking and athleticís community joined together today (Sunday 2nd February) to honour the memory of Peter Waddell at the first annual Peter Waddell Memorial Day hosted by Regal Racewalkers.

Peter Waddell had been involved in the sport of athletics for over 50 years in numerous capacities including as an athlete, coach, administrator, National selector, statistician and author. Peter was the current President of the Australian Federation of Racewalking Clubs, a position he had held continuously since 1972. Peter was an integral part of the success of the Australian Federation Lake Burley Griffin Race Walking Carnival held each June long weekend for racewalkers throughout Australia

Thirty athletes graced the starting line at Lake Gillawarna, Georges Hall with Peterís younger brother Ron and numerous other people from the athletic community there to cheer them on. Athletes travelled from as far away as Canberra to participate in the day and share their memories of Peter. "Peterís enthusiasm for race walking would rub off on all new walkers," commented Lachlan Wilkinson secretary of the ACT Race walking club. "Very few people have the depth of knowledge of racewalking that Peter had. He had a memory for details except for when it came to his own career!"

Winner of the Peter Waddell Memorial Day womenís10km event Jane Saville, believes that the Peter Waddell Memorial Day "is a great way to commemorate Peter who was such a wonderful promoter, participate and basically everything in race walking". "It shows the respect Peter had in the racewalking community and the athleticís community".

The day concluded with athletes, officials, family and friends enjoying a light breakfast as they reminisced about Peter and his contribution to the sport of race walking.

Peter Waddell Memorial Day
Sunday 2nd February 2003
Garrison Point Lake Gillawarna Georges Hall

Menís 10km
1st Troy Sundstrom 43.32
2nd Brent Vallance 45.44
3rd Aaron Mellor 49.15
4th Alex Crawford 49.42
5th Robert Osborne 53.22
6th Robin Whyte 57.13
7th Mark Worrall 61.50
8th Lachlan Wilkinson 63.27

Womenís 10km
1st Jane Saville 59.47
2nd Caitlin Worrall 65.57
3rd Nancy Lloyd 72.23
4th Val Chesterton 74.02
DNF Laura Johnson 42.35 (8km)
DNF Joan Purcell 57.19 (8km)

Menís 5km
1st Daniel Neale 30.02

Womenís 5km
1st Danielle Smith 31.01
2nd Stephanie Siebert 32.09
3rd Rebecca Goodwin 32.45
4th Kerry Bray 32.48
5th Anne Weeks 35.41

Menís 2km
1st Jake Waters 12.55

Womenís 2km
1st Catlin Danyi 11.15
2nd Courtney Danyi 11.25
3rd Amanda Osborne 15.32
=4th Fiona Wilkinson 19.30
=4th Annette Wilkinson 19.30

Menís 1km
1st James Robinson 7.20
2nd Bryce Gilroy 8.22

Womenís 1km
1st Darcy Gilroy 6.47
2nd Rebecca Osborne 7.05

Courtesy of Renťe Cassell
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Australian 3rd at Beppu Marathon

Nick Harrison finished in 3rd place at the Beppu Marathon in Japan on Sunday 2nd Feb in a personal best time of 2.10.22.

Tanzanian invitee Samson Ramadhani shook off Ethiopia's Teferi Wodajo with three kilometers to go on Sunday to win the Beppu-Oita marathon for his first marathon victory. In only his second marathon race, Ramadhani pulled away from the four-man leading group along with Wodajo to set up a heated duel before surging ahead and crossing the finish line at Oita municipal stadium in 2 hours, 9 minutes, 24 seconds.
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