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 Monday, March 31, 2003 

Catch the Latest from the World of Athletics on TV

SBS Television continues its commitment to athletics with its coverage of the Telstra A-Series and A-Championships, World Indoor Championships and World Cross Country Championships.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website
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Incentives offered for entering race early

ITS a case of first in, best dressed when it comes to this years Nail Can Hill Run.

Entries are now open and those who get in early will save themselves time and money and have the opportunity to win spot prizes, organiser Norm McCann said.

“Last year we had a record field of more than 800 participants and the event just keeps growing in popularity every year,” McCann said.

“We will take entries up to 9.30am on the day, but if people wait until the last minute it can create a nightmare for us and a long queue for those wanting to join in.

“So we will have a number of incentives in place to encourage people to enter between now and May 1, three days before the run.

“Those who enter prior to the event will receive a 50 per cent discount, making the price just $6 for adults and $3 for juniors.

“We will also award a number of spot prizes the night before the run, so to qualify for the draw you will obviously need to pre-enter.”

Participants can obtain and lodge entries at any Hume Building Society branch up until May 1, while entry forms are also available from most gyms and sports stores or from the website www.users.bigpond.com\nmccann.

Article from the Border Mail.


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Cross Country Fifth

The world cross country championships are possibly the most competitive distance championship in the world and the Australian women's cross country team, led by Benita Johnson, finished 5th in the 2003 edition, this weekend in Switzerland.

In the Women's short course (4km) race, Benita Johnson finished fifth clocking 12minutes 48 seconds, just 5 seconds behind the winner Masai from Kenya (12.43)... and just two seconds from snatching the bronze.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website
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Run for your life

by Donna Jones

Ever wondered how "fun runs" got their name? Donna Jones explains how to put more joy in your running.

Need to pick up your stride? Training for a fun run could be just the motivation you need. The words `fun' and `run' don't always go together, but believe it or not, endurance events can be exactly that. And you can go at your own pace, which means you can walk as well as run.

No matter what your level of fitness, you can train yourself to do a fun run, starting with a 5km run then working up to longer runs such as 10km. But to make sure you go the distance, it's a good idea to do some preparation.

The training game

Set yourself a solid, eight-week program to get the most out of your walk or run, particularly for 10km events. Training with a simple formula over four days will give you the best preparation. For example: interval or Fartlek training on Day 1, a long slow run on Day 2, tempo runs on Day 3, and cross training or another run on Day 4.

Run on alternate days to give your legs a rest. Think of the first section of your training program as giving you a foundation of basic endurance that you can build on with speed training later.

Be sure to taper off your training in the last one to two weeks before your race.

Resistance

Resistance training is an important part of running training. To build up leg strength do lunges, squats and abdominal work. Your goal is to develop strength and endurance, so go for 12 to 20 repetitions of each exercise. You should do these leg exercises no more than twice a week and allow adequate recovery in between (at least 48 to 72 hours). If your legs feel heavy you may want to skip a resistance session. The important thing is to overload them in the early stages of your program and rest or work at a lighter load at least two weeks before race day.

Eat to run

When you're doing endurance training you need lots of complex carbohydrates in your diet to give you maximum energy. It's good to understand the GI factor in foods, too. The Glycaemic Index (GI) measures the rate at which certain foods release glucose (blood sugar) into your bloodstream. Foods with a high GI (for example white bread) release glucose into the bloodstream very quickly. You need to go for low to moderate GI foods (such as porridge and baked beans) - because they break down at a slower rate, they sustain your energy levels during your run. And, most importantly, drink up. Drink a minimum of two litres of water a day and more on training days.

Stretch yourself

Flexibility is often overlooked as part of running training. The most common areas of tightness in runners are the calf muscles, hamstrings, thighs, hip flexors and lower back. Make sure you stretch before and after your runs. Include these stretches in every training session.

1. calf stretch Stand on a step, and drop your right heel down until you feel the stretch. Do the same thing with your knee slightly bent to get into the lower calf (Achilles area). Hold for 20 to 30 seconds. Repeat for other leg.

2. hamstring stretch Place your right leg up on a chair or table in front of you, keep your back straight and bend forward from your hips until you feel the stretch down the back of your leg. Hold for 20 to 30 seconds. Repeat for left leg.

3. thigh and hip flexor stretch Kneel on your left knee with your right foot out in front of you and your right leg bent at a 90-degree angle. Place your hands on your hips and slightly lunge forward. Keep your back straight and your buttocks tucked under to really stretch the hip flexors. Hold for 20 to 30 seconds. Repeat for the other side.

4. adductor stretch Sit on the floor with your knees bent and the soles of your feet together. Keep your back straight and use your elbows to push your knees down to the ground until you feel the stretch in your inner thighs. Hold for at least 20 to 30 seconds.

5. gluteal stretch Lie on your back with your right leg up and bent at 90 degrees. Bend your left leg and put your left foot over your right knee. Weave your hands in between your thighs and pull on your right leg to feel the stretch in your left gluteal muscles (buttocks). Hold for 20 to 30 seconds. Repeat for other leg.

Peer support

Want some extra help with your training program? The Wombats Training System is an innovative and fun way to keep you motivated and on track. It's named after the Australian marsupials because when wombats set their mind to do something they go for it and nothing gets in their way.

Program developer Chuck Smeeton put the program together when he was training for his first marathon. The online program consists of various distance-based challenges, such as running across China's Taklamakan Desert (a distance of 522km), each lasting 10 weeks. It works on a handicap system so every week when you email in how far you've run (or walked) you get an update on your progress around the world.

You can work at your own pace and still compete against athletes of all levels. There are also swimming and cycling training events.

Even Channel Nine presenter Sami Lukis is a Wombat. "It's a great training tool, but more importantly, it keeps me motivated week after week. It's fun to check the rankings each week and see how my training progresses compared to people from all over the world participating in the same Wombats event," she says.

To find out more go to www.wombatszone.com

Training lingo

* warm up and cool down Two parts of a training session essential for getting the most out of your training, reducing the risk of injury and optimising recovery. Warm up at the beginning of your session and cool down at the end. Both involve a few minutes of light aerobic activity like jogging or walking followed by stretches.

* interval training Training at varied levels of intensity with short recovery periods.

* hill work A form of interval training as you are working at a high intensity when you run up hills, and recovering when you go down.

* fartlek A form of aerobic endurance training for developing stamina. It's based on a hard /easy format where you vary the pace during your run.

* tempo runs Controlled runs where you focus solely on form, stride and technique.

Feet first

The soles of your feet absorb the impact of your entire body when you run. Invest in a good pair of running shoes that suit your foot so they can support your body efficiently. New Balance has an excellent range of running shoes and is the only major athletic shoe company that makes its shoes in different widths. Details: www.newbalance.com.au or 1800 654 512.

Go girls

The Nike Women's Classic, where more than 9000 women Australia-wide run, walk or jog the 5km or 10km course, starts in Melbourne today. The event moves to the Gold Coast on Sunday May 11, and Sydney on Sunday June 15. For details call (03) 9381 4666 or go to www.kinscrest.com.au/classic

Sample program

Here's a sample of a four-week program to prepare you for a fun run at the end of Week 4. To make an eight-week program follow the same structure but do two weeks of Week 1 (but increasing the duration), then two weeks of Week 2 and so on. Follow Program 1 if you can already run 5km (or close to it) and you want to improve your running time. Follow Program 2 if you're a walker wanting to build up to running 5km. Note, if you're training for a 10km run, increase the duration of every session. Remember to include rest days in between training days.

WEEK 1

Day 1
Surface: Flat
Program:
1. 15 to 20-minute run (alternating between moderate-hard and easy intervals)
2. 15 to 20-minute run/walk (run for as long as you can/ brisk walk to recover/run again and so on)

Day 2
Surface: Flat
Program:
1. 20 to 25-minute run (steady pace, focus on running form)
2. 20 to 25-minute walk/run (steady pace)

Day 3
Surface: Flat
Program:
1. 30-minute slow run (take it easy)
2. 35 to 40 minute walk (go the distance)

Day 4
Surface: Varied
Program: 35 to 60 minutes cross training (spin/box/use different pieces of cardio equipment like bike, rower)

WEEK 2

Day 1
Surface: Hilly
Program:
1. 20 to 25-minute run (including at least five hills)
2. 20 to 25-minute run/walk (walk up hills, run down hills and/or on flats)

Day 2
Surface: Hilly
Program:
1. 25 to 30-minute run (steady pace, focus on running form)
2. 25 to 30-minute walk/run (steady pace)

Day 3
Surface: Hilly
Program:
1. 30 to 35-minute slow/ easy run (take it easy)
2. 40 to 45-minute walk (go the distance)

Day 4
Surface: Varied
Program: 35 to 60 minutes of cross training (spin/box/use different pieces of cardio equipment like bike, rower)

WEEK 3

Day 1
Surface: Flat
Program:
1. 20 to 25-minute run (including fast runs of 30 seconds to one minute with two to five minutes' recovery)
2. 20 to 25-minute run/fast walk (run for as long as you can/fast walk to recover/run again and so on)

Day 2
Surface: Flat
Program:
1. 30 to 35-minute run (include 5 to 10 Tempo runs)
2. 30 to 35-minute walk/run (steady pace)

Day 3
Surface: Flat
Program:
1. 35 to 40-minute slow/ easy run (take it easy)
2. 45 to 50 minute walk (go the distance)

Day 4
Surface: Flat
Program: 35 to 60 minutes of cross training (spin/box/use different pieces of cardio equipment like bike, rower)

WEEK 4

Day 1
Surface: Flat
Program:
1. 20 to 40-minute run (with 8 to 10 Tempo runs)
2. 20 to 40-minute run/walk

Day 2
Surface: Flat
Program:
1. 25 to 40-minute easy run
2. 25 to 40-minute easy run/walk

Day 3
Surface: Flat
Program: 30 to 45-minute cross training

Day 4
Surface: Varied
Program: REST

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Tucker's hectic program

by CHRIS MUIRDEN

GEELONG'S Craig Mottram misses this week's national athletics titles in Brisbane, but his absence may present an opportunity for Newcomb's Mark Tucker.

Tucker, a member of Bruce Scriven's exceptional pack of Geelong-based distance runners, has been one of the surprises of this year's Telstra A-series.

He won the 5000m in Adelaide in a clear personal-best time of 13min 36.56sec and was second in Canberra's 3000m in another PB of 8:01.68.

And he showed his versatility by finishing second in the 3000m steeplechase in Sydney in another PB time of 8:41.75.

``He hadn't run a steeple for about a year, so it was quite impressive,'' Scriven said.

``He's got a couple of strings to his bow. We've now got to decide which race he concentrates on for the nationals.''

Tucker is in Thursday's 3000m, Friday's 3000m steeple and Saturday's 1500m.

But if anyone can cope with a busy schedule, it's Tucker, who got plenty of hard racing in the US college system last year.

The 23-year-old completed a Masters of Science at Butler University in Indianapolis, but also got an education in what was required to make it as an athlete.

``I've doubled my mileage back in September (he now runs around 140km a week) and put in a big base and now I'm reaping the rewards,'' Tucker said. ``I'm really motivated to take the next step.''

To qualify for the world titles in Paris in August, Tucker will need to run 13:21 for 5000m or 8:24 for the steeple.

``I think I can safely say now that I'm among the best distance runners in Australia, but at the moment I'm a little bit in no-man's land where I miss funding because I'm not quite at international level yet,'' Tucker said.

``I have a bit of a do-or-die attitude, so I'm hoping to get within striking distance of that level soon, but my main aim is to get to Athens in 2004.

Scriven said Tucker was a trainaholic.

``Mark's biggest problem is that he always wants to train hard. He's got learn to tone it down a bit,'' Scriven said.

Article from the Herald Sun
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 Sunday, March 30, 2003 

Melbourne’s Women Celebrate a Classic

Over three and a half thousand women celebrated the first in this year’s series of the Nike Women’s Classic. On a beautiful Melbourne Sunday morning with Cathy Freeman, Kerryn McCann, Georgie Clarke and a host of celebrities took part in the 20th anniversary of this unique event.

Commencing in the heart of Melbourne there was a three-way battle for the entire journey. Lisa- Jane Weightman was first across the finish line at Birrarung Marr after she pulled away from Kate Seibold-Crosbie and Kate Smyth in the final kilometre to win in a fast time of 35m55s. Seibold was a close second in 36m 07s after a great battle with Smyth who finished in 36m 21s.

The two remaining events that complete the Nike Women’s Classic series are to be staged on the Gold Coast on 11th May and in Sydney on 15th June.

Race Director, Joe Murphy said “The success of today’s Nike Women’s Classic is due to its broad appeal – it attracts Australia’s elite female distance runners, celebrities, media personalities and thousands of women who celebrate their own personal achievement.”

10Km Results
1 Lisa Jane Weightman 35.55
2 Kate Seibold-Crosbie 36.07
3 Kate Smyth 36.21

5Km Results
1 Karen Thorp 16.56
2 Haley Thomlinson 17.28
3 Tannica Tye-Smith 18.21

Full Results available now - click here

Contact: Joe Murphy
Mobile 0418 399 925
joe@eventwizard.com.au
www.eventwizard.com.au

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Man knifed while jogging in QLD

A 20-YEAR-OLD jogger was slashed with a knife today after he returned an obscene gesture made from a passing car in Queensland's south-east. Police said the man was running along Oakey Flat Road in Morayfield - between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast - to his gym in Caboolture, when he was passed by a white Commodore sedan at about 8.30am (AEST). An occupant of the Commodore apparently made an obscene gesture at the jogger, who returned the gesture - prompting the Commodore to reverse back to the jogger.

Complete article available at www.news.com.au

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 Saturday, March 29, 2003 

Lot at stake in cross-country run

By Len Johnson

Three was the unlucky number for Australia at last year's world cross-country championships in Dublin.

Benita Johnson narrowly missed an individual medal in the women's shortcourse race, finishing three seconds behind third-placed Isabella Ochichi of Kenya. And three more places would have lifted Australia from fifth to outright third and a teams medal in the race.

Complete article at The Age website

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 Thursday, March 27, 2003 

Japanese Olympic Legend - International Face Of Gold Coast Airport Marathon

Dual Olympic marathon medallist Yuko Arimori will continue her love affair with the Gold Coast in 2003, with the Japanese running star being announced as the ‘International Face’ of the 25th Gold Coast Airport Marathon.

The Arimori announcement also marked the distribution of the Japanese entry form for the event to be held on Sunday July 6, with the organisers targeting more than 1,200 Japanese participating this year.

A heavy marketing campaign in Japan involving Arimori and the new direct access air routes from Nagoya, Osaka and Fukuoka to Gold Coast Airport are set to bolster the number of Japanese entries for 2003.

Running-mad Japan provides the most international entries out of any country annually in the Gold Coast Airport Marathon.

Arimori won an Olympic Silver medal in Barcelona in 1992 and a Bronze at the 1996 Atlanta Games. Her personal best marathon time is two hours, 26 minutes and 39 seconds.

The Japanese sporting legend took out the 2001 Gold Coast Marathon and returned last year as an event ambassador to run with hundreds of kids in the Junior Dash.

This year she will participate in an early morning run with other Japanese entrants on Saturday July 5 before engaging in the Asics Walk over 7.5km on the Sunday.

The 32-year-old is one of the biggest fans of the Gold Coast Airport Marathon course. Last year she predicted that a world record was possible on the flat and fast Gold Coast course.

Arimori said the Gold Coast is one of her favourite places to visit in the world.

"I was fortunate enough to be in the Gold Coast Marathon in 2001 and 2002. I love it especially running past the resort buildings and Broadwater, and all the people welcoming the runners with applause," said Arimori.

"I am looking forward to coming back to the Gold Coast this year, and hope that many Japanese join me in the festivities."

Gold Coast Airport Marathon CEO Stan Perkins said Yuko Arimori would significantly impact on the profile of the event in Japan.

"She is a sporting legend and loved by the people of Japan. Her involvement as the international face of the event is another asset for us as we strive to reach 12,000 participants," said Perkins.

"We aim to double the Japanese numbers from 600 last year to 1200 this year. With the new direct access routes from Japan into the Gold Coast Airport and the participation of Arimori, we believe we can achieve this mark."

The Gold Coast Airport Marathon to be held on Sunday July 5 will feature the Marathon, Gold Coast Bulletin Half Marathon, 10K Run, Asics Walk and Junior Dash.

For entry information race to www.goldcoastmarathon.com.au, phone 07 5564 8733 or email info@goldcoastmarathon.com.au


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At 90, Keith is a master of fitness

NINETY-year-old runner Keith Greenwood is confident of winning gold this week at the inaugural Trans Tasman Masters Games.
The Maitland man will compete in the one-hour track run and the five-kilometre fun run in the games, which were officially opened last night with a ceremony at Broadmeadow.

"I'm quite confident that I will do the five-kilometre [run] in about 45 minutes," Mr Greenwood said.

The champion home-brewer has been running competitively since 1990 and has adapted his own style of running, which he describes as a "fast walk".

Mr Greenwood only trains once a week and cannot believe he is "so fit".

He will also be entering his 10th and last City to Surf event this year after promising his family it will be his final time competing in the race.

The games continue until Saturday at venues in Newcastle, Port Stephens and Maitland.

Article from the Newcastle Herald
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Crake Wins Race To Top of Highest European Hotel

Canberra's Empire State Building Run Up champion Paul Crake last Saturday won a stair race up the 50 floor Bali Hotel in Benidorm, Spain. This is the third highest hotel in the world and highest in Europe. Crake said, "Part of the prize for winning was staying a night in the Penthouse suite, only one level below the finish of the stair race. The view was great".

Next week he journeys north to Belgium to join an amateur road cycling team. His cycle racing will be primarily in Belgium with some hill races in Austria included. His road cycling in Europe to date has been beset by injury. He said, "On my first ride in Spain I crashed on a slippery decent, then the following day I got lost and spent 11 hours on the bike in rather cold conditions. It will be a day I will never forget - riding a 1000m decent in the dark and rain without lights. It wasn´t exactly a place where I could hail a taxi so I didn´t have much choice but to keep going. There were many times I considered heading for the nearest barn but I was determined to make it back. It was the worst wrong turn I have taken in my life! The end result was a sore knee. This has now recovered".

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 Wednesday, March 26, 2003 

Australian Mountain Runners Kick Start Campaign

June Petrie and Steven Page used the ‘2003 New Balance Mt Macedon 10km Classic’ on Sunday 23 March to kick start their campaigns to gain selection in the Australian Team for the 2003 World Mountain Running Championships to be held in Alaska in September this year.

Petrie, from the Ringwood Athletic Club, took line honors in the Open Women’s section, and Page was second over the line in the Open Men’s.

Both were rapt to find an existing Fun Run that incorporates the uphill/downhill challenge, which competitors will encounter in Alaska.

Page, now residing in Victoria is returning to competition after an extended and exhausting stint of firefighting over the summer period. He pushed the eventual winner to his limit and a new course record. (see results below)

Next step in the bid for Australian selection will be the Australian Mountain Running Championships to be held in Wollongong NSW on 21 June which double as the main selection trial.

A strong field contested Sunday’s event, which in its 3rd year, is cementing itself on the Fun Run Calendar as a challenging, scenic course. Held over bitumen and 4wd tracks runners wind their way 5km uphill to the Mt Macedon Memorial Cross and return. The 10.2km event is well marshalled and has accurate kilometre markings enroute. Participants and spectators alike were most appreciative of the post event hospitality which included a sausage sizzle and fruit platters.

History was in the making with a record number of 96 registrations, and a new course record being established. Outright winner, Jeremy Horne, (Glenhuntly Athletic Club) slashed 25 seconds off the existing record to establish the new mark of 37min 37secs.

RACE RESULTS
New Balance Mt Macedon Classic
Mt Macedon Victoria
Sunday 23 March 2003

Open Male
1 Jeremy Horne 37.37
2 Steven Page 39.05
3 Scott Carlson 40.05

Open Female
1 June Petrie 47.45
2 Lavinia Petrie 51.00
3 Sylvana Lombardo 52.33

Issued by: Bert Pelgrim, Athletics Victoria Winter Committee Member
Mobile 0418 3358 72 Phone/Fax (03) 5967 1915

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Fun run has a serious side

by DAWN GIBSON

DUAL Olympic gold medallist Jenny Morris may have put down her hockey stick after the 2000 Sydney Games but she will be taking part in a different kind of sporting event next weekend.

The former Hockeyroos star will cut the ribbon to start the Relay for Life at Perry Lakes Stadium on Saturday - a 24-hour team event that is part of the world's biggest cancer fundraiser.

The relay has special significance for Morris, who lost her father, Mick, to lung cancer a year ago. She sees the event as a way to give people with cancer and their families hope for the future as well as taking part in a fun community event.

"It is not just all sad - it is about hope and about people getting out, being together and having a great time for a good cause," she said.

More than 2000 people are expected at the event, which will transform Perry Lakes into a tent city with live music, entertainers, giveaways and children's activities. It is in its third year in WA. A new inclusion will be a torch of hope circulating around the track.

Money raised through team sponsorship will go to the Cancer Foundation of WA, which will use it for research, education programs and support facilities for cancer patients and their families.

Article from the The West Australian
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Sydney pair have their honeymoon on the run

by Heather Quinlan

There are many and varied reasons people decided to run in their first Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon and celebrating their marriage isn't usually one of them.

For advertising account manager Fiona Miller, however, true love and not the pong of sweaty bodies will certainly be in the air on Sunday, May 25, when the 2003 Half Marathon is held.

Complete article at the Sydney Morning Herald website
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Extra hurdle fails to deter Athletics NZ in World Championship Quest

Athletics New Zealand is going ahead with plans to bid for the 2005 World Mountain Running Championships, despite the sport's world governing body throwing a financial hurdle in its path. Wellington and Nelson have been shortlisted as the preferred venues if New Zealand hosted the event. But since Athletics New Zealand received the bid documents in September, general manager John Stewart said the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) had added another stipulation to the rules and regulations.

"The IAAF, through the World Mountain Running Association, have flagged their strong concern at holding the world mountain running champs in a far-flung place (New Zealand) so soon after athletes have to travel to Alaska (for this year's event) at great expense. They have said we should seriously reconsider bidding for 2005 unless we can offer a very substantial travel subsidy to entrants, who are predominantly European."

Rules state the host country must provide free accommodation for four nights for athletes and officials, but the IAAF is now saying athletes should not have to pay more than $US600 ($NZ1098) themselves in airfares. Stewart estimates it would cost Athletics New Zealand $100,000 to $200,000 to pay the difference in travel expenses, resulting in the budget exceeding $500,000. He has expressed his "strong annoyance" at the rule change.

"In no way did the bid document we received late last year say in any of the clauses that you must keep athletes' travel costs down to a certain figure. We could tick all the boxes required to be granted the event, and we were on the cusp of making a decision on which venue would be chosen for our final bid. They have changed things mid-stream, and we find that unfair."

Stewart is now waiting to hear from a New Zealand delegate who will attend an IAAF meeting in Europe next week and "tell us what the lie of the land is". There is a chance that the IAAF would veto New Zealand's bid and Stewart predicts it is a 50-50 call.

(By KEIRAN BLEACH of the New Zealand Dominion Post)

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Extra hurdle fails to deter Athletics NZ with 2005 World Mountain Running Champs

Athletics New Zealand is going ahead with plans to bid for the 2005 world mountain running championships, despite the sport's world governing body throwing a financial hurdle in its path. Wellington and Nelson have been shortlisted as the preferred venues if New Zealand hosted the event. But since Athletics New Zealand received the bid documents in September, general manager John Stewart said the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) had added another stipulation to the rules and regulations.

"The IAAF, through the World Mountain Running Association, have flagged their strong concern at holding the world mountain running champs in a far-flung place (New Zealand) so soon after athletes have to travel to Alaska (for this year's event) at great expense. They have said we should seriously reconsider bidding for 2005 unless we can offer a very substantial travel subsidy to entrants, who are predominantly European."

Rules state the host country must provide free accommodation for four nights for athletes and officials, but the IAAF is now saying athletes should not have to pay more than $US600 ($NZ1098) themselves in airfares. Stewart estimates it would cost Athletics New Zealand $100,000 to $200,000 to pay the difference in travel expenses, resulting in the budget exceeding $500,000. He has expressed his "strong annoyance" at the rule change.

"In no way did the bid document we received late last year say in any of the clauses that you must keep athletes' travel costs down to a certain figure. We could tick all the boxes required to be granted the event, and we were on the cusp of making a decision on which venue would be chosen for our final bid. They have changed things mid-stream, and we find that unfair."

Stewart is now waiting to hear from a New Zealand delegate who will attend an IAAF meeting in Europe next week and "tell us what the lie of the land is". There is a chance that the IAAF would veto New Zealand's bid and Stewart predicts it is a 50-50 call.

(By KEIRAN BLEACH of the New Zealand Dominion Post)

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 Tuesday, March 25, 2003 

Creighton, Liss score 3-peats

BY BOB RICHARDS

Despite world events, life went on in a big way Sunday for a record field of 17,717 runners in the 24th annual LaSalle Bank Shamrock Shuffle 8K. Leading the sun-drenched pack were Shamrock three-peaters Shaun Creighton of Australia and Collette Liss of Indianapolis.

Creighton, 35, who will compete in the Australian 10,000-meter championships on the track next month, ran a perfect race against runners he didn't know. Seeking to have a good lead before the home stretch, Creighton broke away from Brian Sell, 24, of Rochester Hills, Mich., and Biegala Leszek, 24, of Poland, running east on Jackson, about three-quarters of a mile from the finish on Columbus near Balbo.

He accelerated as the other two waged a battle for second, and cruised across the line in 23 minutes, 13 seconds.

''With these guys, when you don't know anything about them, you've got to run the race and play to your strengths,'' Creighton said. ''I figured the only way I could lose would be if the race became a kick-down.''

It was the tactical run for Creighton, who tucked in toward the front of a pack of 12 runners through the first 2.5 miles of the course that traverses Grant Park, the Loop and west Loop areas. He also won the Shuffle in 2001 and 2002.

With 500 yards to go, Leszek, the Polish 5,000-meter champion, broke away from Sell, but Sell had saved something after letting Creighton go, and surged back to get second in 23:19. Leszek, who has been training at high altitude in Albuquerque, N.M., settled for third in 23:24, comfortably ahead of fourth-place finisher Kevin Doyle, 22, also of Rochester Hills.

Liss, 30, a former Valparaiso star, is focused on next week's World Cross Country Championships in Switzerland and then wants to make the U.S. team for the World Track and Field Championships this August in Paris at 1,500 meters. So for Liss, this was a competitive fun run. But her time of 26:14 didn't come easily.

''It was tough,'' said Liss, who also won this race in 1999 and 2000. "I went out too fast. I tried to go for the record. I had the record here [25:26], but Kathy Butler broke it by a second in 2001 and I wanted to get it back.''

No one else was close. Jenny Crain of Eugene, Ore., was runner-up in 26:39. Jenelle Deatherage, 25, of Madison, Wis., nailed third in 27:19, and Jennifer Michel, 25, of Gunnison, Colo., was fourth in 28:09.

Creighton and Liss each earned $1,250 for their victories in what predominantly is a race for everyday runners. The Shuffle is the largest 8K (4.93 miles) road race in the world.

''It was a glorious day for running,'' Chicago runner Joel Feinberg said. ''It was a great day to run and a great way to start the Chicago running season.''

Article from the Chicago Sun-Times

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Tasmanian Fun Run Season Starts April 13

DON'T forget the rejigged fun-run season starts on April 13 with the Round the River Run.

The Womensport Classic and Fun Run is on May 4, with the City to Casino Fun Run scheduled for May 25, a week later than usual.

The Grand Chancellor Fun Run at the Hobart waterfront is on June 29.

Article from the The Mercury
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 Sunday, March 23, 2003 

Women’s Classic celebrates 20th anniversary

MELBOURNE: The world’s second biggest all-female celebration of health & fitness event commences in Melbourne on Sunday 30 March at 9.00am.

The Nike Women’s Classic in its 20th staging this year and has built up a great tradition as an all-female event with over 9000 participants.

The Nike Women’s Classic is an enjoyable journey of 10 or five kilometre run and walk. The journey starts at Nike Melbourne Store, corner Swanston Street and Bourke Street Mall and celebrates its finish at Birrarung Marr, Melbourne’s new park by the river. The Women’s Classic was the first fitness event to be staged in the park environs.

Last year’s winner was Australian representative Benita Johnson, who was 7th in the World 3000m Indoor Championship in England last weekend.

The two remaining events that complete the Nike Women’s Classic series are to be staged on the Gold Coast on 11th June and in Sydney on 15 June.

Mrs Terry Bracks has confirmed her participation and is organising a team of 100 from in and around parliament. Terri’s suggestion for a Team name, in support of the Royal Women’s Hospital Mother’s Day Appeal is “Labor for Women”

Participants also have the opportunity to support the Royal Women’s Hospital Mother’s Day Appeal in Melbourne by raising sponsorship for their efforts in the event. The hospital is the largest in Australia dedicated solely to the health needs of women.

The Nike Women’s Classic is owned and managed by leading Melbourne event management group Event Wizard, who also stage the Melbourne Marathon and manage the Olympic Dream Run on behalf of the Australian Olympic Committee.

Entry is $25 or $28 on the day. Entry & Sponsorship Forms are available from or phone (03) 9381 4666.

Contact: Joe Murphy
Mobile 0418 399 925
joe@eventwizard.com.au
www.eventwizard.com.au

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 Friday, March 21, 2003 

Gold Coast Marathon Targets 12,000

After two weeks of the entry form being available, entries are currently tracking at more than 200 - approximately 40 higher than at the same time last year.

Gold Coast Airport Marathon CEO Stan Perkins said that while it was only early days, all of the indicators were pointing towards a record field.

"Last year a vast majority of entries came in the final six weeks, so if we can keep building momentum from now, 12,000 people is definitely within reach," said Perkins.

"We encourage people to enter early to take advantage of the early bird fees. It also gives people plenty of time to prepare for their targeted event."

A great response has been received from the online entry form at www.goldcoastmarathon.com.au with numerous entries received from interstate and overseas.

"The popularity of technology is certainly evident with our Event with more than 130 of our current entries processed through our website," said Perkins.

Numerous online entries have been received from overseas with participants already booking their seats to the Gold Coast from the USA, New Zealand, Japan, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Singapore, Thailand and Norfolk Island.

FIRST GOLD COAST ENTRY

The first Gold Coast entrant was 50-year-old Roy Merricks from Robina who has entered his 12th consecutive Gold Coast Bulletin Half Marathon.

Roy has been a great supporter of the event and is looking forward to celebrating the event's 25th anniversary this year.

"It's a great event to be part of each year, and this year will be all the more important given its historical significance."

FIRST BRISBANE ENTRY

A keen 29-year-old runner from West End has the honour of being the first Brisbane entrant in 2003. Celia McConnell will participate in the Gold Coast Bulletin Half Marathon.

Celia, originally from England, said this will be her first half marathon and she is very much looking forward to the flat and fast course of the Gold Coast.

"This is my first time running in the Gold Coast Airport Marathon and will be a big challenge.

"The longest race I have been in previously has been over 10K, but I'm a pretty active person and combine running with a lot of swimming and cycling so that should help my preparation."

Just up the road at Highgate Hill, Donna Howton was the second entry received from Brisbane. Donna will also run in the Gold Coast Bulletin Half Marathon.

Boondall resident Andrew Claybourn also was one the early Brisbane entries. The 22-year-old has targeted the 42.2K of the Gold Coast Airport Marathon as his goal for 2003.

"This will be my first marathon so it should be quite an experience. I have been competing in a lot of triathlons in recent years, and then took on the Noosa Half Marathon last year which was my previous longest," said Claybourn.

The financial analyst for Australian Prudential Regulation Authority will also be joined by two workmates in running a debut marathon on the Gold Coast.

FIRST NEW ZEALAND ENTRY

Eleven entries have been received from New Zealand already, with Simon Holroyd from Auckland winning the race as the first Kiwi to enter. Simon will take on the Gold Coast Bulletin Half Marathon.

FIRST INTERSTATE ENTRY

Twenty-nine-year-old marathon runner Charlene Stenton-Dozey from Darlinghurst in Sydney was the first interstate entry in the 25th Gold Coast Airport Marathon.

"This is my first marathon altogether and I chose the Gold Coast because I heard how good the course is," said Charlene.

"I'm following a marathon program at the moment and running four times a week, so I hope to make the finish in not too bad a time. I'm originally from Bellevue Park on the Gold Coast so it will be good to have family and friends supporting me."

COMMUNITY CALL FOR MARATHON MEMORABILIA

The Gold Coast Airport Marathon office has put a call out to the community for any historical items from the early years of the Marathon.

Items including photographs, race numbers, official posters, t-shirts, race guides, results books, finisher's medallions and hats would be gratefully accepted by the Gold Coast Airport Marathon office.

A historical display will feature such items at the Asics Sport & Leisure Expo during the Event and Sponsor's Dinner on Saturday July 5.

Please contact Donna Spethman in the office on phone 07 5564 8733. All items will be returned to the owner.

DID YOU RECEIVE YOUR ENTRY FORM?

Close to 18,000 entry forms were mailed out two weeks ago to all participants over the past three years of the Gold Coast Airport Marathon. However not all reach their desired target.

The Gold Coast Airport Marathon is asking for anyone who has participated over the past three years and hasn't received their entry form to contact the office on phone 07 5564 8733.

Article from the Gold Coast Marathon website

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Thousands register for masters games

THE Newcastle and Hunter Events Corporation says the inaugural Trans Tasman Masters Games from 22-29 March, have already achieved a masters games record.

With 5800 event registrations, the Trans Tasman Masters has far exceeded the best ever results of the NSW Masters Games and ranks second only in NSW to the highly successful 8th Australian Masters presented by the Newcastle and Hunter Events Corporation in 2001.

The result is not surprising according to Events Corporation, marketing manager Ray Scanlan.

The great majority of visiting competitors to the Hunter for the 8th Australian Masters were keen to return to the Hunter for another masters games and those living in the Hunter were keen for more masters events to be held here.

That the Trans Tasman Masters has attracted such interest is not surprising." said Mr Scanlan.

The Games have taken on a real international flavour with a swag of entries from New Zealand, Indonesia, Germany, India, the USA and Ireland, as well as every Australian State and territory.

Locals however seem to be holding out until the last minute before entering.

``We are still receiving entries daily and expect this continue right up until the Games commence. In most sports, entries will be taken on the day of competition,'' said Mr Scanlan.

Two events attracting a lot of community interest are the 5km Fun Run and the 5Km Recreational Walk. Both events are open to families and individuals to enter as non medal entrants, just for fun.

Both events will start from the Throsby Basin, Carrington at 9am on March 29.

Late entrants for most Games sports can register up until 20 March at the Games office located in the Old NJC Offices, Broadmeadow Racecourse, Chatham Road or at the Games Village located in ClubNova Panthers Newcastle from March 21 or by phoning the Games hotline on 1300 88 88 99.

Article from the Lake Macquarie News
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 Thursday, March 20, 2003 

Fun run/walk looming fast

AFTER the success of last year's inaugural Mt Cooth-tha Botanic Gardens fun run/walk, the Rotary Club of Brisbane Planetarium will once again hold a fun run/walk this year.

Preparations have commenced and the call is out for participants to get in early and lodge an entry to run or walk for charity at Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens on Sunday, May 25.

The scenic course follows the paved pathways of the gardens and offers a challenge for the serious competitors and an enjoyable journey for the not-so-serious.

You can nominate for either the 5km or 10km course, with prizes for open male and female and over 55s for each distance.

The race starts at 7.30am and all proceeds go towards Rotary projects, with the major beneficiary being the Playground for Disabled Children project.

Go to www.funrun.elstar.com.au or phone 3870 1961 or 3371 9099.

Article from the South West News
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Running to remember

by PAUL ANDERSON

POLICE are expecting thousands to turn out for Sunday's annual fun run in memory of murdered constable Angela Taylor.

Runners of all levels and ages will participate in the run, now in its 15th year, when the starter's gun goes off at 8am at the Royal Botanic Gardens.

The family event began in 1989 in memory of Constable Taylor, killed when a car bomb rocked the Russell St police complex in March 1986. Constable Taylor was the first policewoman in Australia to be killed in the line of duty.

All proceeds from the 5km or 10km run will go to the Blue Ribbon Foundation, which perpetuates the memory of the 137 police officers killed while serving the community.

Article from the Herald Sun
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 Wednesday, March 19, 2003 

Noumea Marathon - New Caledonia

Organisers of the Noumea Marathon in New Caledonia are seeking an Australian male and female runner to compete in the race on Sunday 27 July 2003. To be eligible, male applicants must have run under 2:24 and females under 2:46.

Those chosen will be given return airfares on Air Calin from either Sydney or Brisbane to Noumea, four to five nights accommodation adjacent to the race start, have their race entry paid for and be given a daily living allowance of AUD$60.00.

Anyone who meets the criteria and wishes to be considered should contact Pam Turney at Athletics Australia on 03 9820 5019 for more information.
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 Tuesday, March 18, 2003 

Western Sydney a Breeding ground of runners

ACCORDING to Australian Institute of Sport national distance coach Said Aouita and Western Sydney Academy of Sports track and field coach Steve Bennett, western Sydney was the perfect breeding ground for Australia's next Olympic gold medallist in middle-distance running.

Aouita, a former 5000m gold medallist and 800m bronze medallist for Morocco, has been working with the AIS since August last year to develop a plan to bring Australian running out of obscurity and back on to the world stage.

It's been 35 years since Australia's Ralph Doubell won gold in the 800m at Mexico City in 1968, our last Olympic gold medal in middle distance.

"There are many great athletes in western Sydney and all of Sydney, and we are working to reach as many coaches as possible," Aouita told the Star.

"I believe there are many, many talented athletes out here, and Steve is working with us right now and he is doing a good job and we are encouraging him."

Aouita said that under the new training program Australia should have a gold medal athlete by the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.

"It is a new technique in coaching and we work with the coaches and try to give them a way of training which they must apply," Aouita said.

"The most important thing for us is to work together with the coaches as we want these young athletes to benefit from the new technique of coaching, but by keeping them with their coaches instead of taking them away.

"It is the new generation of coaching for a new generation of athletes."

Aouita said that Australian coaches were missing a lot of little details in their training regimes.

"These details make the difference between African and Australian athletes," Aouita said.

"There are many weaknesses in Australian middle-distance running but we are trying to work on them, one by one, and that is why it is a long-term project and not short-term," he said.

Aouita said the middle-distance training program will be used on athletes aged 16-17, who by the age of 20, will be able to represent Australia as great runners.

Bennett has organised middle-distance talent identification evenings on March 12, 19 and 26 at Blacktown Olympic Park. They start at 7pm.


Article from the St Mary's Star

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Amazing Start for 25th Gold Coast Airport Marathon

The gun has sounded and the race is on to enter this year's 25th anniversary Gold Coast Airport Marathon. And it certainly was a race early on. The entry form was posted live on the event website - www.goldcoastmarathon.com.au - late on Wednesday night. The first entry was processed at 8am on Thursday.

A keen 39-year-old marathon runner from Salisbury in Brisbane has the honour of being the first entrant in 2003. And it hasn't stopped there. Close to 50 entries have already been received including two from the United States (San Diego and Utah), a boyfriend and girlfriend from the Netherlands, two from New Zealand in the Gold Coast Bulletin Half Marathon, another half marathon entrant from the United Kingdom and a marathon runner from Singapore.

The first Gold Coast entrant was 50-year-old Roy Merricks from Robina who
has entered his 12th consecutive Gold Coast Bulletin Half Marathon. The bulk of the entry forms are being mailed today to all participants over the past three years of the event, numbering more than 17,800, and to people who have registered their interest in running or walking.

People can choose one of five events to participate in on July 6:
* Gold Coast Airport Marathon
* Gold Coast Bulletin Half Marathon
* 10K Run
* Asics Walk (7.5K)
* Junior Dash.

Gold Coast Airport Marathon CEO Stan Perkins said this was a very encouraging start to the campaign to attract 12,000 participants in 2003. "We are delighted with the response after really only a day of the entry form being out there," said Perkins. "What is particularly encouraging is the number of international and interstate entrants so early.

"The event has built its reputation both nationally and internationally and has become a 'must-do' event for many runners around the world."

For entry information race to www.goldcoastmarathon.com.au, phone
07 5564 8733 or email info@goldcoastmarathon.com.au.




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Terry Joyous At NSW Mountain Running Championships

Canberra's Joy Terry of Woden Harriers has produced a world class performance in winning the New South Wales Mountain Running Championship in Wollongong on Sunday 16th March.

Terry's 6 minute victory in 38 mins 34 seconds for the 8 kilometres with a 440m elevation gain was the more meritorious because she was slowed by heavy rain on the second of her 4 kilometre circuits up and down Mt Burelli.

Wollongong's Paula Crinnion was runner up in 44:49 and ACT champion Michelle Scott was third in 48:21.

ACT men's champion David Osmond will face tough competition in the national championship on the Wollongong course on 21 June after Wollongong's Ben Dubois was in scintillating form to take out the NSW men's 12 km championship (660m elevation gain) in 50:23 from Albury's Kevin Laws who ran 52:43, and Wollongong's Barry Keem, third in 53:59.

Dubois was headed for a time well under 50 minutes when he scorched through the first 4km lap in 15:55. Then the rain struck and steadily increased in intensity over the next two laps. The steep downhill trail turned into a muddy brown water course and runners picked their way through the leaf matter on the side of the dirt road to be sure of their footing.

Runners can look forward to slashing their times in June if the weather and course conditions are good.

Wollongong's Steve Brown produced one of the best junior men's mountain running performances ever seen in Australia with a superb 36:31 in winning the junior men's championship.

Shahna Fairley had a promising run in winning the junior girl's 4kms in 27:15. Congratulations to the Kembla Joggers who did a great job in very difficult conditions.

It was an excellent dress rehearsal for the Australian championships and a few lessons were learnt to fine tune the organisational arrangements for 21 June.

Results:
NSW women's 8km championship: 1 Joy Terry (ACT) 38.34, 2 Paula Crinnion 44.49, 3 Michelle Scott 48.21, 4 Lauren Whitehead 52.30. NSW men's 12km championship: 1 Ben Dubois 50.23, 2 Kevin Laws 52.43, 3 Barry Keem 53.59, 4 Michael Burton (M40) 57.33, 5 Chris Brown 57.57, 6 Richard Starkies 58.43, 7 Geoff Stalker (M45) 63.43, 8 Ben Schulz 64.24, 9 Gary Wolmsley (M40) 69.28, 10 Ian Kearns (M45) 73.02. NSW junior men's 8km championship: 1 Steve Brown 36.31, 2 Shane Woods 41.17. NSW junior women's 4km championship: 1 Shahna Fairley 27.15. NSW Superveterans 8.4kms: Men: 1 Tony Hamilton (M60) 49:13, 2 Roy Francis
(M60) 51.23. Women: 1 Marcie Richards (W50) 63.56.
4km fun run: 1 Andrew Rutty 18.44, 2. David Whyte (ACT) 23.04, 3 Scott Waschel 30.22.


John Harding
President
Australian Mountain Running Association
www.coolrunning.com.au/mountainrunning

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 Monday, March 17, 2003 

Kidman completes Mountains trek

ANNE Kidman has completed the testing Blue Mountains (NSW) six foot track marathon 50 minutes quicker than her corresponding race last year.

Coming fourth in her age group, Kidman was the sixth woman to finish in a time of five hours and 12 minutes.

She said: ``It was a tough course with a steep 20km stretch, but I was happy to complete the run feeling strong.

``Next year, I would like to try and finish in five hours.''

Kidman's time may have been quicker had she not taken a wrong turn.

``I ran up an extra hill, although I wasn't the only one -- the course was a little confusing in parts,'' she said.

The 47-year-old finished the race in 159th place out of 648 runners with almost 100 competitors not able to complete the difficult course.

Training regularly on the flat in Alice Springs, Kidman adjusted to the steep hills of the Blue Mountains and the river crossing with ease.

Surrounded

``The hills were testing, although having run the course before I knew what to expect,'' she said.

``This year the river wasn't flowing, so I was able to step on rocks to get across.''

The 25 degree weather also helped the diminutive Kidman, who is used to running 150km a week in extreme temperatures.

Standing at 150cm, Kidman said she felt a bit intimidated when surrounded by many large men at the start of the race.

``I felt a bit uncomfortable at the beginning, but I was fine once the race started,'' she said.

With women making up a small portion of the field, Kidman beat most of her male competitors home.

One of the next major long distance challenges for Kidman will be the Alice Springs marathon in August where she will defend her title.

``I have run the last two Alice Springs marathons with the flu, so my aim this year is to run it feeling good,'' she said.

In November, she plans to compete in the Canberra Masters Games.

-- BARRY NICHOLLS

Article from the Centralian Advocate
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Run where the big men fly

by Sam Edmund

Even inexperienced runners will be able to finish this year's 10km Run to the 'G, writes Sam Edmund

IMAGINE striding out on a 10km race then realising your tank is empty with 2km to go.

What follows is the humiliation of telling friends you couldn't finish.

But thanks to Runner's World's four-week training guide, next month's annual Run to the 'G can be conquered by the most inexperienced of runners.

Formed in 1994, the Run to the 'G this year has changed from an 8km to a 10km run/walk, with more than 5000 participants of varying standards expected to enter one of Victoria's premier road races.

Celebrities, women with strollers, octogenarians and kids in their teens have all had the chance to pit themselves against elite runners such as Steve Moneghetti and Simon Field -- if only for the first 100m -- and watch themselves on the big screen as they run (or plod) on to the MCG and cross the finish line.

Despite a few hiccups in recent years, including a year when the race didn't finish on the MCG because of difficulties in fitting in with the AFL draw and a year when the event wasn't held, this year's course will ensure all is forgotten.

Make sure you wipe the sweat from your brow to take in the sights of the new Federation Square and the parkland of Birrarung Marr.

All proceeds from this year's Run to the 'G will again go to the Sporting Chance Cancer Foundation.

Run to the 'G, Sun April 6, MCG, 9am. To enter, Ph: 9819 9225, get an entry form from your gyn or visit www.ausrun.com.au



SIMON FIELD'S TIPS ON THE RUN TO THE 'G

* Arrive early to allow yourself plenty of time to prepare.

* Make sure you do a proper warm-up and stretch.

* Eat something that will give you energy before the race. Banana on toast with honey is a good one.

* Drink plenty of water before the race to stay hydrated.

* Get a good night's sleep the night before and avoid alcohol.



GETTING YOURSELF INTO SHAPE

Training program for 10km run, from Runner's World magazine

Week 1

Monday: rest

Tuesday: 5km

Wednesday: 5km

Thursday: 5km

Friday: Rest

Saturday: cross-training (a bike ride or swim)

Sunday: 30-40min run

Week 2

Monday: rest

Tuesday: 5km

Wednesday: rest or easy run

Thursday: 6.5km

Friday: rest

Saturday: cross-training

Sunday: 45min run

Week 3

Monday: rest

Tuesday: 5.5km

Wednesday: rest or easy run

Thursday: 7.5km

Friday: rest

Saturday: cross-training

Sunday: 55min run

Week 4

Monday: rest

Tuesday: 6.5km

Wednesday: rest or easy run

Thursday: 5.5km

Friday: rest

Saturday: cross-training

Sunday: 10km run



TOUGH ACT TO FOLLOW

This year's fun run is the first over 10km.

RUN TO THE 'G BEST TIMES:

MEN'S 8km

Michael Power 22:53 (1999)

Nigel Adkin 23:08 (1999)

Mizan Mehari 23:29 (1997)

WOMEN'S 8km

Clair Fearnley 25:23 (1996)

Kylie Risk 25:55 (1997)

Susan Michelsson 25:56 (1996)

* In 2002, 53 per cent of the Run to the 'G participants were women and most of those (19 per cent) were aged between 25-29.

* Thirty per cent of competitors in 2002 were aged 40 and over.

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Greta starts campaign at NSW event

ALICE Springs runner Greta Auricht will make her middle distance debut in the Homebush All Comers Track Meeting in Sydney on Friday.

Competing in the 3km and 800m, Auricht is eager to gain experience on the track used for the Olympics.

She said: ``It is my first race on a tartan track and it should be a steep learning curve.

``I am hoping to use the races in Sydney as a template for the future.

Auricht, an occupational therapist who has lived most of her life in Alice Springs, trains with well respected running coach Noel Harris.

``Noel has been great in helping me try to get my speed up,'' she said.

``The Sydney race is the first of a series of races that I want to compete in, including the Arafura Games.''

Strong

This year she has already won a number of middle distance races, including the Australia Day 3km fun run in a time of 11.31.

If you add her recent success in the Centralian Sport Series, as well as some strong performances in triathlon competition, it is obvious Auricht is an athlete of note.

But for Auricht, who travelled to NSW on the weekend to lend support for Alice colleague Anne Kidman, an involvement in athletics is more to do with developing friendships and fostering a community spirit.

``What is most important to me is the idea of participation and the willingness to have a go,'' she said.

``Sport for me is a great way to stay fit and healthy, meet people and have fun socially.''

-- BARRY NICHOLLS

Article from the Centralian Advocate
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Just fun, and Kylie's cruisin'

by DAVID STOCKDALE

TASMANIAN Olympian Kylie Risk went bush yesterday but still came home a clear winner.

Risk, who is preparing for competition in Switzerland, was an easy winner of the women's section of the 10km Bushy Park Fun Run.

She went to the line easing up in 35min 14sec to street Taroona's Deborah Gardner (43min 35sec), with Howrah's Clara Favaloro (44min 16sec) third.

The men's section went to Geilston Bay's James Scarr in 31min 2sec from Kingston's Paul Bidgood (35min 33sec) and Claremont's Stephen Fenton (36min 17sec)

In the 5km event, Aaron Humphrey, of Blackmans Bay, led the men home in 19min 23sec and was followed in by Hobart's David LeSage (19min 24sec) and West Hobart's Tom Beard (20min 5sec).

Winner of the women's section was South Hobart's Kim Dutkowski (23min 1sec) ahead of Battery Point's Fiona Wagg (24min 52sec) and Cremorne's Georgie Galward (25min 09sec).

Age was no barrier to a great day, with the veterans' event going to Stan Harrex, 75, from recent quadruple bypass patient Bruce Campbell, 76.

About 300 competitors took part and helped raise funds for the Derwent Valley's Anglican and Catholic churches

Article from The Mercury
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Fun on the run

BULIMBA residents who awake on Sunday, April 13, to the sounds of heavy breathing and hundreds of feet hitting bitumen need not be alarmed -- it's just the first sounds of the 2003 Bulimba Carnivale getting under way.

To launch this year's festivities, the Carnivale will co-host the Rotary Club of Balmoral's second Annual Fun Run, with all proceeds donated to Camp Quality, PolioPlus and local schools.

Rotary representative Shirley Mahon said the organisers hoped to attract 1000 participants.

``There will be opportunities for those wishing to make a real race of it, or for those wanting to push a stroller or dress up in a novelty outfit and walk the course, all will be catered for,'' Ms Mahon said.

The route will begin in Godwin St, run through the streets of Bulimba and Balmoral, out to the Colmslie Recreation Reserve and return.

Ms Mahon encouraged schools to take part to raise funds.

``For each school student who registers individually, $2 will be returned to the school and for each family who registers and nominates a school, $5 will be returned to that school,'' she said.

The Fun Run is sponsored by Urban Properties, developers of residential project River Edge.

Phone Shirley Mahon on 3843 3135.

Article from the South East Advertiser
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Young gun's great 5km triumph

19-YEAR-OLD Shawn Forrest, Athletics Nunawading's star junior distance runner, showed the state's seniors a clean pair of heels last Saturday night when he ran away from the field in a great exhibition of front-running to win the Victorian open 5000m title.

Running in very windy conditions, Forrest went straight to the front, with a 62-second first lap, and increased his lead to win by almost 100m in the good time of 14min00.88sec.

In last week's Telstra A Series meeting, Forrest was the sixth Australian finisher in the national open 5000m championships.

Martin Duriska was also successful at the Victorian Championships, winning the silver medal in the open shot put with a throw of 15.30m his best throw of the season.

Nunawading's walkers were also in good form, with Jenny Fawkes winning the gold medal in the 40 years veterans 3000m event, and Frank Bertei finishing fifth in the open 5000m in 21m37secs, his best time for some years.

Bertei recently returned from Italy where he was a member of the Australian team that competed in the World Walking Cup.

Interclub Results Under 14 Girls: 100m: K. Boyce 13.6(PB); A. Tofari 14.2; R. McMahon 14.5. 200m: R. McMahon 29.6(PB); A. Tofari 29.8. 400m: R. McMahon 66.1(PB). 2000m Walk: B. Boyce 15m22.1. Discus: H. Burgess 20.50m. Shot Put: H. Burgess 7.33m. Javelin: H. Burgess 20.10m; Triple Jump: K. Boyce 8.43m; B. Boyce 7.97m; H. Burgess 7.78m.

Under 16 Girls: 100m: S. Louras 14.4. 200m: A. Roden 26.8(PB); S. Louras 30.3. 400m: A. Roden 58.2(PB, Club Record); S. Louras 67.6(PB).

Under 14 Boys: 100m: R. Nicholls 12.9(PB); C. Vernal 13.2(PB); D. Emmons 14.3(PB); D. Wise 14.4(PB); M. Hickleton 14.6. 90mH: R. Nicholls 14.0(PB); C. Vernal 15.7(PB); M. Hickleton 17.8(PB); K. Roden 19.6. 400m: M. Hickleton 67.2. Shot Put: K. Emmons 9.02m; K. Roden 6.79m. Discus: K. Emmons 28.15m; C. Vernal 26.95m; R. Nicholls 26.46m(PB); D. Emmons 26.19m; D. Wise 21.91m; M. Hickleton 17.36m; Javelin: K. Emmons 27.33m; C. Vernal 25.00m; K. Roden 17.64m. Triple Jump: C. Vernal 10.73m; R. Nicholls 10.54m; D. Emmons 9.32m; D. Wise 8.93m; K. Roden 8.25m.

Under 16 Boys: 100m: H. Judge 12.4; J .Tofari 12.5(PB); N. Burgess 12.5; S. Dawson 12.6; D. Gibbs 13.6. 2000m Walk: L. Fawkes 10m38.20. 100mH: S. Dawson 14.9. 400m: S. Lyon 56.1; S.Dawson 57.9; J. Tofari 60.6(PB); D. Gibbs 64.9(PB). Discus: N. Burgess 43.62m; J. Tofari 22.55m; H. Judge 22.14m. Javelin: N. Burgess 53.85m. High Jump: S. Dawson 1.65m. Triple Jump: S. Dawson 11.89m; J. Tofari 9.43m.

VETERAN ATHLETICS

East Burwood Veterans (Thursday, March 6)

600m Walk: 1.Alan Lucas 3:02 2.Dave Herbert 3:09 3.Tina Baarslag 3:58; 110m Sprint Ht.1: 1.Allan Wood 18.1 2.Marg Donaghy 18.5 3.Eddie Stack 19.0 Ht.2: 1.Ian McLeod 15.0 2.Richard Trembath 15.3 3.Marlene Johns 15.6; 600m Run: 1.Darren McGee 1:35.6 2.Ashley Ryan 1:36.8 3.Emma Russell 1:37.8; 400m Hcp.Sprint: 1.Mandy Lee 1:56.8 (Actual Time 77.5 sec.) 2.Peter Tuckett 1:58.4 (53.4) 3.Marlene Johns 1:58.8 (66.8); 70m Sprint Ht.1: 1.Richard Trembath 9.9 2.Ian McLeod 9.9 3.Ashley Ryan 9.9 Ht.2: 1.Allan Wood 11.5 2.Margaret Sheldon 11.8 3.Eddie Stack 11.8; 5 Lap Run: 1.Bob Henderson 7:37 2.Frank Tutchener 9:29 3.BobHayes 9:39 8 Lap Run: 1.Peter May 12:15 2.Rob Baulch 13:40 3.Bob Lewis 14:28 12 Lap Run: 1.Barry Boyd 19:57 2.Robin Lewis 20:06 3.Graeme Edwards 24:32; High Jump: 1.Marg Donaghy 1.35 Judy Coram 1.00 Javelin: 1.Brian Tait 20.62 2.Judy Coram 20.50 3.Marg Donaghy 16.13

INTERCLUB ATHLETICS

Box Hill Venue (Tuesday, March 4)

Men's Results

100m: B. Fraser(BH) 10-7, M. Constantine(DV), J. Wright(StK), M. Levey(BH); 200m: M. Duke(BH) 22.3, J. Clark)HB), C. Pusch(BH); 800m: T. Cherry(HB) 1.56.4, A. Patti(Don), B. Feutrill(OM); 110m Hurdles: M. Zeed(BH) 14.3, S. Chia(StK), L. McLeod(StK); 400m Hurdles: R. Taylor(BH) 58.7, I. Zeed(BH), M. Cusack(DV); 4x100m Relay: Doncaster 3.30.2, Diamond Valley, Box Hill; 3000m: A. White(BH) 8.54.9, M. Scally(StK), B. McCann(StK); 5000m: C. Lynch(DV) 16.30.0, E. Smith(SSH), C. Waldron(Coll); 1500m Walk: M. Beaton-Wells(Osc) 13.33.1, C. Heywood(DV), S. Evans(BH); High Jump: J. Peavey(BH) 1.90m, C. Armet(DV), C.Cain(StK); Shot Put: G. Hicks(Ivan) 14.59m, C. Rutty(BH), M. Harpautidis(Don); Long Jump: M. Constantine(Dv) 6.02m, P. Commons(Don), J. Wright(StK); Hammer: G. Hicks(Ivan) 44.33m, M. Harpenditis(Don), D. Rose(SSH); Javelin: S. Cain(StK) 46.0m, D. Firth(BH), S. Hooker(BH); Discus: G. Hicks(Ivan) 54.68m, S. Cain(StK), C. Rutty(BH); Pole Vault: J. Pocklington(BH), S. Cain(StK), 4.50m, C. Baker(BH), N. Joubert(Ivan).

Women's Results

100m: S. Stewart(BH) 12.9, K. Ackland(BH), K. Winkworth(BH); 200m: S. Stewart(BH), A. Hull(Don) 26.8, K. Fietz(BH); 800m: S. Cant(BH) 2.14.2, E. Bird(BH), S. Hall(SSH); 100m Hurdles: L. Sitter(BH), A. Zagato(BH) 14.6, S. Quinn(BH); 400m Hurdles: A. Ormando(Coll), M. Fistric(BH), V. Lee(BH); 4x400m Relay: Box Hill 4.11.1, St Stephens Harriers, Diamond Valley; 3000m: H. Tomlinson(BH) 9.54.5, S. Higgins(Rich), J. Hodgskin(Rich); 5000m: J. Keage(BH) 18.04, C. Fritze(SSH), R. Reidy(DV); 1500m Walk: D. Nielsen(BH), S. Alexander(BH), S. Fisher(DV); 3000m Walk: W. Muldoon(BH) 14.01.2, R. Reidy(DV); High Jump: V. Kirby(BH) 1.55m, E. Fitzgerald(Don), R. Khan(DV); Shot Put: S. Mtwanda(Ivan) 9.90, J. Campbell(Don), D. Hartigan(DV); Long Jump: L. Tilley 4.82m, A. Waldron(DV), E. Fitzgerald(Don); Hammer: K. Hodgson(DV) 26.86m, J. Campbell(Don), A. Rose(SSH); Javelin: J. Campbell(Don) 40.03m, D. Hartigan(Dv), S. Coghill(BH); Discus: S. Mtwanda(Ivan) 32.56m, J. Campbell(Don), K. Hodgson(DV); Pole Vault: F. Buchanan(BH), D. Haartigan(DV) 3.40m, J. Lynn(Ivan)

BOX HILL

Box Hill pole vaulters Steve Hooker and Rosanna Ditton took out the men's and women's Victorian Open titles over the weekend.

Ditton won with a personal best of 4.25m and remains undefeated in Australia so far this season.

In the first weekend of April they will be off to Brisbane for the Australian Championships and, as long as they compete reasonably well at the titles, they should be selected for the Australian team for the World University Games in Korea later this year.

Article from the Whitehorse Leader
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Back in the running - Why you should go for a jog

by ANNE SIMPSON

Cancel the gym membership and make a run for it. ANNE SIMPSON reports on the benefits of jogging

It seems the fitness world is always looking for the next best thing.

In the 1980s it was energy-driven aerobics; in the 1990s, yoga was the trend for new, spiritually-aware fitness fanatics.

Now it seems running is the new ``it'' for keeping in shape.

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 reveals it is a powerful ally in the pursuit of health and fitness. Running is now the favoured fitness activity of celebrities such as model Claudia Schiffer, chef Nigella Lawson and ex-Spice Girl Geri Halliwell.

In a study conducted by Stanford University in California, researchers found regular running may delay the onset of arthritis by 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.

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

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 has been shown to reduce anxiety and depression and for some, improve sleep and increase creativity.

Dr Dick Telford, distance running coach at the Australian Institute of Sport, says while elite athletes 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 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 who 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,'' he says.

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.

Athletics NSW chief executive Greg Doyle notices an increase in membership, particularly in the cross country and fun running sections of the organisation. Last year the Sussan Women's Fun Run was relaunched because of the popularity of the event. Held in the Royal Botanic Gardens in October, it attracts about 5000 participants.

The Sunday Telegraph 10km Bridge Run attracted 8500 participants last year, compared to about 6500 in 2001.

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.

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

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

If you're looking to improve your running performance, perhaps you should consider going barefoot.

Research by a Brisbane physiotherapist suggests 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 running without footwear substantially reduced acute ankle injury such as strains and chronic lower leg problems including 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 to give the foot a softer landing. Warburton says 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 shoes 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. ''

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Marathon Man's teachings go the distance in HK

by Glenda Korporaal

At 52, former Olympic distance runner Chris Wardlaw says that since moving to Hong Kong he's fitter than he has been for a decade.

Wardlaw, who moved to Hong Kong from Melbourne last April to take up a senior job with the Hong Kong Department of Education, had visions of the city being full of Nathan Road-style shopping strips and concrete.

But since he arrived he has run every day -- on weeknights along Bowen Road half way up Victoria mountain, with its amazing views of the city skyline, and on the weekends in the country parks in the New Territories where he lives.

Wardlaw, who competed for Australia in the 1976 and 1980 Olympics in the 10,000m and marathon, says running helps him cope with the pressures of his new job as Hong Kong's deputy secretary for Education and Manpower.

It was a big shift from his position as general manager for standards and accountability in Victoria's Education Department. He wasn't even looking to leave Australia when he got the call from a headhunter and was somehow persuaded to leave a good job and his hometown to come to Hong Kong.

``I made up my mind to run every day and I haven't missed a day,'' he says. ``It's totally turned my image of Hong Kong on its head. I'm just stunned by the visual beauty of the place. I love running along Bowen Road looking out over the lights of the city.''

Wardlaw has become an active participant in the Hong Kong distance running scene.

The Education Department's public relations man still tells the story about the time when several people from the department decided to join Wardlaw in a run, taking a taxi up the steep hill from their offices in Wanchai to Bowen Road. Wardlaw chose to run and got there before the taxi.

Head coach of the Australian track and field team for the 2000 Olympics, Wardlaw continues to coach several long distance runners in Australia by email and phone -- including Commonwealth Games marathon winner Kerryn McCann.

``I'm still heavily involved as an expat coach,'' he says. ``I'm fortunate that with distance running, email and phone and the time difference with Australia, allow me to coach quite comfortably.''

Back in Victoria over the Christmas holidays, he attended a high-altitude camp in Falls Creek for distance runners. ``One of the reasons I agreed to come here was that I can still keep in touch with my athletes,'' he says. ``If the job offer was London or New York it would have been much harder for me to make a decision to leave Australia.''

Wardlaw is the only non-Chinese at the senior levels of the Hong Kong Education Department where meetings are now held in English instead of Cantonese to accommodate the Australian gweilo.

He says Hong Kong is going through similar issues with its education system that Australia went through a decade ago -- a shift away from rote learning and an exam-based, teacher-focused system.

He knows that shifting the Hong Kong system away from its heavy dependence on examinations is going to be a long task.

It is only a few years ago that examinations were abolished for children going from kindergarten to primary school and from primary into secondary schools.

But Wardlaw points out that examinations have been an integral part of the Chinese system for many centuries. In the days of the emperors, nation-wide examinations were used to select the best and the brightest throughout China to become civil servants and officials who were widely respected in the community.

It is a small mark of progress that the Hong Kong Examinations Authority, which Wardlaw now supervises, has been renamed the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority.

These days Hong Kong school children are under more pressure than ever before. Not only must they master their native Cantonese and then English, but as part of China, the push is on for them to learn Mandarin as well.

The official goal is now trilingualism (Cantonese, English and Mandarin) and biliteracy (English and Chinese).

While expats love to point out declining standards of English in Hong Kong since the handover from the British in July 1997 (a sensitive issue senior government officials debate), Wardlaw argues that Hong Kong has the advantage of at least knowing where it is going when it comes to language teaching.

Unlike Australia where a wide range of languages is taught in schools with governments unwilling to steer their education departments into a more focused approach.

``In Australia we haven't really resolved our languages policy. We are never quite certain where we are heading. We decide to focus on Asian languages, then its back to French. We try and resource about eight different languages and, consequently, Australia is monolingual.''

Wardlaw's contract in Hong Kong extends until April 2005. Apart from his objection to Hong Kong's policy of working on Saturday mornings, he is settling in well. His wife, also a former teacher and education official in Victoria, has just started teaching part-time at the Australian International School in Hong Kong.

He says he would quite like to help out with the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne with his skills in sport and the bureaucracy. And then there's the next Olympics in 2008 just up the road from Hong Kong, in Beijing.

``I would love to have a role somehow in the Beijing Olympics -- either from an Australian or a Chinese perspective,'' he says. ``Whatever happens, I'll be there watching.''

Article from the The Australian
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 Friday, March 07, 2003 

New marathon man emerges

By KEN HILL

BALLARAT has a new marathon man - 28-year-old Shane Nankervis.

Nankervis has qualified for the Australian team to compete in the World Athletic Championships in Paris later this year after a stunning marathon event at Lake Biwa, Japan.

Running 55th midway through the 42.2km race, the YCW runner coached by Paul Hayes gritted his teeth and finished 15th in two hours, 14 minutes and 39 seconds.

The world championships qualifying time is two hours 15 minutes.

Former Ballarat runner Lee Troop, 29, showed his class finishing ninth in 2.09:48.

Ballarat Olympian Steve Moneghetti, 40, acted as the paceman for the race - running 30, three-minute kilometres in a total of 91 minutes before finishing out the race in the credible time of 2.17:14.

"It was only Shane's third marathon and he has shown good improvement over the course of his marathons with times of 2.20, 2.17, 2.14,"

Moneghetti said.

"Even though he is older in marathon terms, he has only been running for four years and he is still very under-developed which is a very good sign for the future," the marathon mentor added.

Nankervis, who trains with Moneghetti, was resting up yesterday after his gritty feat.

It was only four years ago, the Wendouree Village Safeway bakery manager was "a pavement basher".

Today, he has the world in his sights, expecting to attend a pre-worlds training camp in late Auugust in europe before heading to Paris.

The Lake Biwa marathon out and back course was just the conditions Nankervis had hoped for.

"There was a slight head wind on the return leg in the last 12 ks which slowed things down a little but it was not too bad," Nankervis told The Courier.

Nankervis was met by Ballarat physio Michael Pierce at the finish line.

"Did I do it? I asked Michael Pierce and he said 'you have and you have finished 15th'." a bouyed Nankervis recalled.

"I was 55th at the halfway mark and then I was passing people left, right and centre which kept me going a bit.

"I kind of didn't believe him (Pierce) and I asked Troopy and he said 'yeah, you have booked a seat to Paris," the disbelieving Nankervis added.

"But it's like winning a million dollars, you don't believe it until you get the money so I am waiting now until the team is announced.

"They select the team on April 30 for the worlds and I should be in all being well but Athletics Australia has to announce it officially on the basis of picking a full team," Nankervis added cautiously.

Article from the Ballarat Courier
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Fun run on

AFTER the success of last year's inaugural Mt Cooth-tha Botanic Gardens fun run/walk, the Rotary Club of Brisbane Planetarium will again hold a fun run/walk this year.

While it may still be some time away, preparations have commenced and the call is out for participants to get in early and lodge an entry to run or walk for charity at Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens on Sunday, May 25.

The course, which includes both 5km and 10km categories, follows the paved pathways of the gardens and offers a challenge for the serious competitors and an enjoyable scenic journey for the not-so-serious.

For more information on the fun run/walk, phone 3870 1961, fax 3371 9099 or visit the website at www.funrun.elstar.com.au

Article from the Westside News

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Mountain queen is laid to rest

by NEIL WILSON

PIONEER firefighter Cheryl Barber-Fankhauser now lies at peace -- buried at the foot of a boulder from a river she adored and which swept her life away.

The 43-year-old ``superwoman'' once told her husband Graeme that should she die unexpectedly, the Buckland River -- flowing through the state's northeast alps -- should be her resting place.

Yesterday at her funeral he told how he had journeyed with her firefighting mates to the Upper Buckland where she died to load the rock she now lies under.

Ms Barber-Fankhauser was the only fatality in Victoria's long summer of bushfires when her fire truck was caught in a flash flood nine days ago.

Yesterday her husband wondered aloud at how her life was ended by a furious rush of water from welcome rains.

``There's been many ironies, many things over the past week that make you reflect on what life's about,'' he said.

The 500 mourners who had gathered in the mountain valley hamlet of Wandiligong, outside Bright, shared his pain and disbelief at the loss of a mate they knew as ``Mofff ''.

``We will never understand why we lived 50 days having the potential for disaster then lost Cheryl in saving us from that disaster,'' said the Uniting Church's Reverend Pam Wyley.

With the church overflowing, many stood or sat outside in the gentle autumn sun surrounded by fire-blackened mountains.

``Lift up your eyes to the hills,'' Ms Wyley said as she began Psalm 121.

The running shoes placed on her casket had pounded over those hills as she revelled in long-distance running and cycling.

A tribute from her mother Jan and sister Kerrin told how Ms Barber-Fankhauser was ``Bright Queen of the Mountain'' three years in a row, winning the gruelling race up three mountains in three days.

She gave up working in the local shire offices years ago to return to seasonal outdoors work and care for her beloved animals and pets.

A tribute from friend and

cycling partner Lynne Penny told of Ms Barber-Fankhauser's distress over the death and injury to so many birds and animals during the bushfire crisis.

Ms Barber-Fankhauser worked 40 days in the fire zone, with just three days off. She was among the crew that saved the historic Mt Buffalo Chalet.

Ms Barber-Fankhauser applied for a summer job as a project firefighter with the Department of Sustainability and Environment eight years ago at the age 35.

Fellow firefighters yesterday recalled how she won a position intended for a male aged 18 to 35.

They said she led the men up the hills during training drills.

Environment Minister John Thwaites and DSE chiefs were among the mourners yesterday.

Many of the 23 women who have since become firefighters in the region lined the church's steep grass driveway as Cheryl Barber-Fankhauser's casket was placed in a hearse for her final ride to the Bright cemetery.

Article from the Herald Sun
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 Thursday, March 06, 2003 

Stars Make Their Presence Felt In Melbourne

Olympic Park, By Nicole Barnes (Infostrada sports)

MELBOURNE - Benita and Patrick Johnson, running the longest and shortest distances, were the stars of the Telstra A-series tonight as the competitors and hardy spectators braved four seasons in one day at Olympic Park.

In the cold and rainy conditions, Benita Johnson -- no relation to her namesake Patrick -- became the first Australian athlete to automatically qualify for the World Championships in Paris, winning the national 5000m title, her first.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website
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World Cross Country Team Amendments

Athletics Australia announces the following amended selections for the World Cross Country Championships, to be held in Lausanne Switzerland (March 29-30).

Due to injury (Craig Mottram), withdrawal (Brett Cartwright, Dean Cavuoto, Michael Power) and failure to the meet performance criteria (Mark Thompson) - the men’s short course team for the World Cross Country Championships has been withdrawn.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website
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Mottram injury blow leads to withdrawal of men's team

by Jacquelin Magnay

A troublesome injury to Craig Mottram has prompted athletics officials to withdraw the Australian men's team from the world cross-country championships in Lausanne this month.

Mottram, fifth in the world title in Ireland last year, faces an uncertain future after tearing a muscle in his thigh during an impromptu game of basketball.

Mottram had an operation late last year and is seeking medical advice in the UK in a bid to improve his chances of recovery.

The loss of Mottram, 22, Australia's male athlete of the year in 2002 following his world-class performances over 5000m, will check the slow improvement in Australia's distance running.

Athletics Australia head coach Keith Connor said Mottram was to be the spearhead of the shortcourse cross-country team but his injury and problems with other runners had forced the selectors to cut the men's team.

Adding to the woes was the withdrawal of Michael Power, who wanted to concentrate on trying to qualify for the world championships on the track in Paris later this year and the inability of Mark Thompson to run a qualifying time after attending altitude training.

But the women will be in Switzerland in force, with the ever-improving Benita Johnson, fourth last year, believing she will challenge for a medal.

Susie Power is injured and has withdrawn from the team but Haley McGregor and Eloise Poppett have been added following their performances at a Melbourne meeting last Saturday.

Victorian Lee Troop qualified for the Athens Olympic Games when he clocked 2hr 09min 49s to finish seventh in the Lake Biwa marathon in Japan last weekend.

Canberra 400m runner Daniel Batman indicated he could be in contention for a world indoor championship medal later this month when he won the England AAA indoor championship in 45.93s, breaking Darren Clark's 10-year-old Australian indoor record. Viktor Chistiakov won the pole vault with a leap of 5.60m. Mottram injury blow leads to withdrawal of men's teamFairfaxSydney Morning

Article from the Sydney Morning Herald
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 Wednesday, March 05, 2003 

Countdown Begins For 25th Gold Coast Airport Marathon

The clock is well and truly counting down towards the 25th anniversary of the Gold Coast Airport Marathon on Sunday July 6, with the release today of the entry form set to be filled out by more than 12,000 participants in 2003.

The entry form will be mailed out from today to all participants over the past three years of the event, numbering more than 17,800, and to people who have registered their interest in running or walking.

Leading Australian and Gold Coast marathon runner Samantha Hughes was on hand this morning to supervise the mailing of the 25th anniversary entry form.

Samantha will be a local favourite in this year's Gold Coast Airport Marathon in her pursuit of Olympic qualification for next year.

"I can't wait until this year's Gold Coast Airport Marathon. This event means so much to me and to many others," said Samantha.

"Being the 25th anniversary and such a historic occasion is sure to bring record numbers out on July 6.

"Why wouldn't you want to participate – it's a great community event, a great location, great weather, a great way to be fit and healthy, and a great accomplishment."

People can choose one of five events to participate in on July 6:

- Gold Coast Airport Marathon
- Gold Coast Bulletin Half Marathon
- 10K Run
- Asics Walk (7.5K)
- Junior Dash.

For the marathoners, one of the world's most scenic courses heads south along the Esplanade through Surfers Paradise with the surf crashing within 50 metres of the entrants. The runners loop back to the start/finish line on the Broadwater.

The other events follow picturesque and fast routes along the magnificent Broadwater with all starts and finishes at the Race Precinct, Broadwater Events Parklands in Southport.

The 2003 Gold Coast Airport Marathon incorporates the Australian Half Marathon Championships, Queensland Marathon Championships, Australian University Championships and Queensland Masters Athletics Marathon Championships.

Gold Coast Airport Marathon Chairman Kerry Watson said the competitive fees provided another incentive for people to enter the Gold Coast Airport Marathon.

"For all the participants, we are pleased to offer some of the most competitive entry prices for running and walking events in Australia," said Watson.

"Our endeavor is to keep the price as low as possible while producing an event on an international scale.

"We are pleased to provide a great selection of events for people of all ages and abilities, along with a diverse social schedule which adds to whole carnival atmosphere."

The social schedule will include the Asics Sport & Leisure Expo which will start the marathon carnival in the Broadwater Events Parkland from Thursday July 3. A variety of exhibitors will display products, merchandise and other sport and leisure services.

A selection of Australia's leading stand-up comedians will perform in a Comedy Night on Friday July 4 at the Race Precinct.

On Saturday July 5, marathon participants and visitors can experience one of the Gold Coast's greatest assets – the beach -in the inaugural Asics Beach Walk. At 8am, Surf Lifesaving Queensland representatives will conduct a 3km walk from Surfers Paradise providing information on surf safety, health and fitness along the way. Following the Asics Beach Walk, a Marathon Breakfast will be held in Cavill Mall.

The traditional 'Carbo Loading Party' featuring a diverse menu of pasta and sauces, breads, rice, noodles, salads and Japanese cuisine will be held on Saturday night July 5 at the Race Precinct.

Another new event in 2003 will be the Presentations and Finish Line Party to be staged at the conclusion of all events on Race Day. There will be a variety of food, entertainment and prize draws following the race presentations, all being held in the Broadwater Events Parkland.

For entry information race to www.goldcoastmarathon.com.au, phone 07 5564 8733 or email info@goldcoastmarathon.com.au

The 2003 Gold Coast Airport Marathon is proudly sponsored and supported by Gold Coast Airport Limited, Queensland Events Corporation, Asics, Gold Coast City Council, Gold Coast Bulletin, 92.5 Gold FM, Enervit Active Nutrition, Thrifty, Secure Parking, Athletics Australia, Runner's World, Tourism Queensland, Australian Tourist Commission, Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort, Sport Moves, Runaway Bay Sports Super Centre and Royal Pines Resort.

END OF RELEASE

For further information please call:
Gold Coast Airport Marathon – Media Relations
Stephen Lock - 0408 124 694

See following for Gold Coast Airport Marathon fees, race and social schedules.

ENTRY FEES
Note – This is the Standard Fee that applies up to June 13, 2003. A Late Fee of $15 applies after this date. A $5 discount applies to participants who are 13 years or under or 65 years or older on July 6, 2003. The entry fee includes race entry; 25th anniversary commemorative medallion and finisher's t-shirt; race guide; certificate; and, results book. All fees include GST.

Gold Coast Airport Marathon
$75 – Australian/New Zealand
$85 – Other Countries

Gold Coast Bulletin Half Marathon
$50 – Australian/New Zealand
$60 – Other Countries

10K Run
$35 – Australian/New Zealand
$45 – Other Countries

Asics Walk (7.5K)
$25 – Australian/New Zealand
$35 – Other Countries

Junior Dash (5-10 years – 2.25K; 11-14 years – 4K)
$15 – All participants

RACE SCHEDULE – SUNDAY JULY 6
6.25am - Half Marathon Wheelchair
6.30am - Half Marathon
6.45am - Marathon Wheelchair
6.50am - Marathon
7.15am - Junior Dash (5-10 years)
7.30am - Junior Dash (11-14 years)
9.30am - 10K Run
10.30am - Walk

SOCIAL SCHEDULE
Friday July 4, 7-9pm - Comedy Night - Race Precinct - $15
Thurs-Sat July 3-5 - Asics Sport & Leisure Expo - Race Precinct - Free
Saturday July 5, 8am - Asics Beach Walk - Cavill Mall - Free
Saturday July 5, 6-9pm - Carbo Loading Party - Race Precinct - $20
Sunday July 6, 2-5pm - Presentations & Finish Line Party - Race Precinct - Free

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NSW and Australian Mountain Running Championships

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:
www.kemblajoggers.org.au and www.coolrunning.com.au/mountainrunning.

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.
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 Tuesday, March 04, 2003 

Tasmanian fun run dates 're-jigged'

by JOHN BRIGGS

THERE has been some rejigging of dates for this year's Tasmanian fun run season.

The first of the major events, the Round the River Run, is now on April 13 and the City to Casino Fun Run is May 25.

The Womensport Classic and Fun Run is scheduled for May 4.

Article from the Hobart Mercury
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Step closer to fun walk/run

MELBOURNE Phoenix netballer and local resident Susan Meaney helped launch the Moonee Valley Classic fun run/walk last Wednesday.

The 5km or 10km run or walk, to be held around the Maribyrnong River on March 16, will begin and end at the Moonee Valley Athletics Track in Corio St, Aberfeldie.

Almost 400 participants competed in the fun run last year, ranging from serious runners to those wanting to enjoy a Sunday morning stroll around the river.

Details: council on 9343 8888.

Article from the Moonee Valley Gazette
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Beach Rd

By Donna Kelly

THE closure of Beach Rd for triathlons and the effect of this on residents and traders will be investigated by Bayside Council.

Councillors recently backed a call from Cr Graeme Disney for a report on the number of triathlons, how often sections of Beach Rd were closed to traffic during triathlons and the effect this had on residents and traders.

``I am not against triathlons. It's great they're available for our citizens to participate in,'' Cr Disney said.

``I am concerned with the frequency of the closure of The Esplanade and Beach Rd.''

Cr Disney said he had heard one business had suffered a drop of 35 per cent in sales because part of Beach Rd was closed for a triathlon.

He was also concerned that triathlons were clashing with other major events, such as an international sailing competition recently held in Bayside.

However, fun run organiser Jim Moore said most closures were early on Sunday morning, with ``detours not much of a hassle''.

Mr Moore said that while some race marshalls had received verbal abuse from motorists, including the line ``we pay our rates and want to drive through our streets'', formal objections were few.

``As long as proper signage is up the week before and most people are given notice that the road will be closed, it does not seem to be a problem,'' he said.

``Most of the events would be over by 10 or 11am.''

Mr Moore said he did not think many traders would be affected by Beach Rd closures.

Bayside Council spokeswoman Lea Jaensch said triathlons were ``usually held seasonally rather than annually''.

``This season, October to April, there will be four triathlons,'' she said.

``Council's policy allows for five commercial events and three other events from October to April, and five events between May and September.

``The policy also states that triathlons commence no later than 8am and finish at approximately 9.30am. The road is closed during this period.

``The Melbourne Marathon has rolling road openings as the event progresses.''

Article from the Sandringham Brighton Advertiser
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Portland's cable tram no match for a man of iron

PEOPLE were running from all directions to help Portland's cable tram celebrate its first birthday yesterday.

Entrants braved cold and blustery conditions in the inaugural Great Cable Tram Fun Run, which pitted the leg speed of runners against the modest sight-seeing pace of the tram.

Runners had to race about 6km from the cable tram depot along its route to the World War II memorial tower and back again. The tram started at the tower and travelled back to the depot at Henty Park, but stopped all stations along the way.

Portland triathlete Peter Reefman surprised driver Max Grace and his passengers by flying past the tram as it neared the Portland Maritime Centre.

The 33-year-old completed the race in a time of 21 minutes and 30 seconds. He revealed he had run the race after a ``leisurely'' 180km bike ride in the morning.

Mr Reefman said he was training for the gruelling Australian Ironman, held at Foster, New South Wales, in April.

The race was part of the first birthday celebrations and organising committee member Gail Barrett said it had proved a wonderful tourist attraction for the city. She said between10,000 and 13,000 people rode on the tram in its first year, almost doubling early expectations.

``It's been really positive as far as Portland is concerned and it's all mostly run by volunteers,'' she said.

``You just have to look at the signatures in the visitors book and see a lot of the visitors are from overseas.''
- Report: BRADLEY GREEN

Article from the Warrnambool Standard
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 Monday, March 03, 2003 

Champ cashes in for run victory

by Craig Baxter

DEFENDING champion David Whitehead and reigning Queen of Castle Hill Ana Duncan made winning starts to the Townsville road running season in the Playtime Dash for Cash yesterday.

The pair of Lavarack Barracks-based soldiers prevailed in warm conditions as a field of about 280 runners tackled the 4.6km course through North Ward and along The Strand.

Whitehead clocked a time of 14mins 46secs to win by eight seconds from leading triathlete Max Fegan, who saw his run of second placings in the Dash for Cash extended to six.

Mackay runners Chris French (15mins 2secs) and Charlie Martel (15mins 10secs) were next home.

In a case of recent history repeating itself, the leading men's quartet had filled the same positions in last year's event.

Whitehead's time was 12 seconds slower than he had recorded in winning last year, a fact Townsville Road Runners president Brian Armit said had been a likely consequence of the sauna-like, early morning conditions.

``We were lucky with the weather in that it didn't rain, but it was sultry and oppressive,'' Armit said.

``The (runners) were all stuffed when they got in. It was like running in a sauna.''

Meanwhile, Duncan was a clear-cut winner of the women's event, recording 17mins 2secs to finish 22nd overall.

Kerri Renshaw finished second, 15 placings behind Duncan, with Riana Dinsmore third.

Armit said one of the most notable efforts in the event had come from under-13 competitor Mark Taviani, who placed 51st overall in 18mins 50secs.

The Defence Force Athletics Club was the leading team on the day.

Armit said the fun run -- which for the first time had included team categories -- had represented an encouraging introduction to 2003, particularly in light of recent inclement weather. He said the field had been slightly larger than in last year's event.

Article from the Townsville Bulletin
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Troop's finish seventh heaven

AUSTRALIA'S Lee Troop finished seventh in the Lake Biwa men's marathon, won by Kenya's Japhet Kosgei here today.

The 29-year-old Victorian clocked two hours, nine minutes and 49 seconds, 2min10sec behind Kosgei, who fended off a late challenge from Antonio Pena of Spain in the last two kilometres.

Kosgei, 35, took a 40m lead over Pena and Japan's Masakazu Fujiwara at the 37km point.

The Kenyan surged ahead with Pena close on his heels with less than two kilometres left and held onto the lead for his first Lake Biwa victory in 2:07.39.

Pena, who clocked the course record of 2:07.34 two years ago, came in second in 2:07.59, followed by Fujiwara third in 2:08.12.

``I'm happy about it (the time), because I was no good in the past two years and going into this race I had aimed to run in 2:08, so I would say it is the best, because I ran 2:07 after a long time,'' said Kosgei.

``I think it was a success and I'm happy to start here.''

Kosgei, however, appeared cautious about the prospect of being named for the Paris world championships in August with his victory.

``For Paris, there are still more selections to be done,'' he said.

``We have to wait and see what will happen.''

Meanwhile, Fujiwara qualified to represent Japan for the championships after his successful debut marathon result.

``I'm happy, because I targeted to make a berth in the world championships,'' the 21-year-old Fujiwara said.

``I had expected to run under 2:09:50, so I aimed at 2:08:30.

``But I need to practice harder, because I was beaten by two foreign runners in the end. I'm going to practice hard so that hopefully I can beat them by the time of the world championships.''

Article from the Herald Sun
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Troop on fast track to Athens

by Len Johnson

Marathoners plan in long cycles and yesterday Lee Troop put himself in place to run the world championships marathon later this year and next year's Athens Olympics when he broke two hours 10 minutes in Japan's Lake Biwa Marathon.

Paced by his coach and friend, Steve Moneghetti, through 30 kilometres, Troop crossed the line in seventh place in 2:09:49, continuing the return to form and fitness that started when he ran a modest seventh in last year's Commonwealth Games marathon. Since then, Troop has won the Zatopek 10,000, broken 28 minutes for 10,000 for the first time in New Zealand two weeks ago and now produced his best-ever marathon.

Complete article at The Age website
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Komen Romps Home

MELBOURNE - Kenyan Daniel Komen blitzed the field to win the men's 5000m, the final track event at Saturday's Telstra A-series at Olympic Park.

Battling windy conditions and a wet track, Komen took the lead with six laps remaining and was never headed, finishing in a time of 13m54.48s ahead of a strong-finishing Michael Power (VIS) in13m55.99s and Canadian Sean Keely third in 13m58.19s.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website
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Benita Cruises To Victory

MELBOURNE - Australia's leading distance runner, Benita Johnson (ACT), showed her world class here Saturday with a scintillating win in the women's 5000m to claim her first national title.

Johnson eclipsed a quality field, beating nearest rival Eloise Poppett
(NSW) by half of the track in clocking 15m21.55s to win the Telstra A-series event, which doubled as the national title.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website
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Troop Gets Olympic Standard

Australia’s Lee Troop has become just the second Australian** to achieve Athens Olympic qualifying standard, after finishing 7th in the Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon, in an outstanding time of 2:09:49.

Troop’s time is the fastest by an Australian for nearly six years (his coach Steve Moneghetti ran 2:08:45 on 13/4/97), and just the fifth Australian to run under 2:10.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website
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