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 Wednesday, April 30, 2003 

Lake has West on the run

WESTERN Districts Joggers and Harriers are holding the annual Heart of the Lake Fun Run at Lake Gillawarna, Georges Hall on Saturday, May 4.

The fun run will comprise a 3km and a 10km run-walk.

Racetime starts at 8am for the 3km walk.

The 10km event starts at 8.15am.

All proceeds will be donated to the Bankstown East Hills Handicapped Association.

The first 10 women home in both races will receive free mugs.

The school or youth group with the largest combined runners aged nine to 16 will receive $250.

The course begins at the kiosk end of Lake Gillawarna.

All competitors will receive certificates.

An early bird postal entry fee of $12 for the 10km and $6 for the 3km events will be available.

There is a $15 fee for the 10km and an $8 fee for the 3km if you enter on the day.

Details: 9727 7218 .

Article from the Canterbury Express.
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Amanda familiar sight on fun run

by YVETTE McGUIRE

AMANDA Coombe is a familiar sight on the fun run scene so it comes as no surprise she will line up for her 15th consecutive 10km classic and 5km fun run/walk on Sunday.

The personal fitness trainer has competed in the women-only race since its inception and has seen it grow over the years.

``I have always been a runner and whether I have been very fit or unfit or injured I have always got myself to the line,'' Coombe said yesterday.

``I was at uni when I first started doing it.''

She said the inaugural year featured about 150 to 200 participants and was a straight 10km race.

``After the first three races they added the 5km race and later on the 3km but the course has never changed,'' the 35-year-old said.

``I know when the hills are going to kick in and how fast to take it out.''

All races start at Salamanca Place, with the 10km event to Sandy Bay Beach and return, the 5km event to Casino Drive and return and the 3km event to Magnet Court and return.

Coombe said the beauty of the race, which peaked at 520 entrants last year, was the opportunity for a diverse range of women and children to participate.

``Because it is a women's only race it attracts a higher calibre field,'' she said.

``It is the only fun run some people I know compete in each year and it has developed and evolved over the years.''

She said the emphasis was on participation and it appealed to women of all ages.

An added benefit of the race is its association with the Cancer Council.

Half of all entry fees go to the Cancer Council thanks to the event organiser, Womensport Tasmania. Racing starts at 9am on Sunday.

Article from The Mercury.
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Gold Coast Nike Women’s Classic 2003 Attracts Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist

Australia’s Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist, Kerryn McCann is coming to the Gold Coast to participate in the Nike Women's Classic and to help raise funds for the Gold Coast Hospital Premature Baby Nursery, Maternity Unit.

To be held on Mothers Day, Sunday 11th May, the Nike Women's Classic is the perfect way to spend time with your mum, daughter or even grandmother, while also supporting the Gold Coast Hospital Premature Baby Unit. The Nike Women's Classic celebrates women’s health and fitness and showcases women’s sport in the largest event of its kind in Australia. Women from different backgrounds will come together and run, walk or jog the 5km or 10km course.

Participation in the Nike Women's Classic is also a fantastic way for women to contribute to a locally relevant charity, with a part of the proceeds from every entry going towards the Gold Coast Hospital Premature Baby Nursery, Maternity Unit.

McCann is one of the 8000 women who participate in the Nike Women's Classic across three states, Melbourne, Sydney and Gold Coast.

The event starts and finishes in the car park at the southern end of Sea World Drive, near Sea World Nara Resort. The 5km and 10km course is totally within environmental parkland and borders the beautiful Gold Coast Broadwater near the Seaway entrance to the Pacific Ocean. This is a unique Gold Coast location. While the course is in sight of Surfers Paradise, it follows a beautiful track that takes participants away from the traditional holiday centre glitz.

Gold Coast Nike Women's Classic runs Sunday May 11 starting at 8.30am.

Grab a girlfriend, get a team together and register at www.eventwizard.com.au

ENDS.

For further press information
Joe Murphy
Event Director
Event Wizard
03 9381 4666
0418 399 925

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 Monday, April 28, 2003 

Runners wanted

MORETON Bay Road Runners hope to lure 2000 starters to the annual Jetty to Jetty fun run on August 17.

They will distribute 10,000 entry forms throughout south-east Queensland. Others are available on the web at www.usmsport.com.

The run takes placed over a five kilometre course south from the Redcliffe Jetty to Woody Point and back.

Redcliffe council has agreed to a $500 sponsorship of the event and in return will have its logo printed on the entry form, have a banner displayed near the finish and be mentioned in announcements over the public address.

Article from the Redcliffe Bayside Herald.
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Distance is not a problem - Measure up, join the fun - The Sunday Telegraph 10k Bridge Run

by KYLIE KEOGH

WHETHER you are an elite athlete who trains daily to run marathons, a keen runner willing to push themselves hard for the half marathon or someone who simply enjoys jogging -- or walking -- to keep fit and take in the scenic beauty of Sydney, The Sunday Telegraph 10km Bridge Run and Flora The Sunday Telegraph Marathon and Half Marathon suits all-comers.

The event last year attracted over 10,000 entrants and with just under five months until the 2003 event, local and international competitors are already showing their interest.

With the half marathon a new addition, and the 10km Bridge Run finishing at Sydney's glorious Opera House, even more people are expected to line up on September 14.

The three events are unique to Sydney as the only road races where competitors are allowed to run over one of Australia's most identifiable landmarks -- the Sydney Harbour Bridge -- and take in the views of the harbour.

The event compares to marathons run in New York, Boston, London and Chicago and already, one third of the entrants in the Sydney event are from overseas.

As well as the elite, the race will have it's fair share of celebrities lining up at the start.

Australian ironman champion and former triathlon world champion Chris McCormack said he would be doing the half-marathon as part of his training for the Hawaiian ironman event laster in the year.

``If everything goes well, I will be back from America, where I live six months of the year, to do the half,'' the 30-year-old said.

``This will be my first time in the event and it fits in perfectly with my training for the Hawaiian Ironman. I'm looking forward to it,'' McCormack said, adding his fiance Emma-Jane McArthy, 23, would be having a go at the 10km Bridge Run.

``She's not an athlete and this will be her second fun run,'' McCormack said. ``She's setting herself goals to do some fun runs.''

Another way to enter the event is as a charity team. For the 2003 event, official sponsor the National Heart Foundation aims to raise $25,000 to fund research and community programs including work on interventions for overweight and obese children.

You can either donate money to the foundation by filling out The Sunday Telegraph entry form inside this special liftout or you can request sponsorship forms by contacting

Melinda Williams --

melinda.williams@heartfoundation.com.au

or phone (02) 9219 2411.

Alternatively, you can enter as part of your favourite charity by ticking the charity challenge box on today's entry form on Page 70. Or take advantage of The Sunday Telegraph's special family discount, which allows two adults and two children to enter at a cost of $71.50, making entry for the two kids free. But this is only for entrants who use this newspaper's entry forms.

The new course for The Sunday Telegraph Bridge Run is from North Sydney Oval, down Miller St, the Pacific hwy, across the Sydney Harbour Bridge, to the Cahill Expressway, then to Macquarie St, Art Gallery Rd, Mrs Macquaries Rd, back down Macquarie St to the Opera House to finish.

The Flora and The Sunday Telegraph Half Marathon heads west from the Cahill towards Glebe, over Anzac Bridge and onto Telstra Stadium at Homebush.

The Flora Marathon travels east from the Cahill, through Darlinghurst and Paddington, through Centennial Park, into Randwick, to Surry Hills then to Glebe, Anzac Bridge and to Telstra Stadium.

You can check out the course maps (page 69) and also read 20 training tips from Australian athlete Tani Ruckle (page 68) and how to become a volunteer (page 70).

Entries can also be made online and all entries to the Run with Monas and Run with Heather competition should be made on the official website at www.sydneymarathon.org.

Article from the Sunday Telegraph.
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Run respects Anzac spirit

THE national Anzac Day Lest We Forget fun run starts in Geraldton today.

The 8km run was designed as a mark of respect for Australia's Anzac tradition.

The City of Geraldton helped co-ordinate the event, which takes place in many towns across Australia.

The first run started at the Australian War Memorial, in Canberra, last year.

Athletics Australia executive officer Simon Allatson said the idea behind the runs was extremely powerful and all the runs started at the same time right across the country.

``Many participants are running or walking in honour of a fallen family member, and many in memory of all our heroes in the armed forces, both past and present,'' he said.

Article from the Sunday Times.

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Overcast skies but spirits high for RSL run

By IAN WARDEN

'We picked a great day for it!' ACT RSL president Brigadier Peter J. A. Evans (retired) joked yesterday as, protected from Canberra's rain by a gaily coloured umbrella, he addressed the 190 valiant hearts about to take part in the Lest We Forget Fun Run.

But the spirits of Brigadier Evans and of the runners were as cheerful as the brigadier's spectacular umbrella as just two days after Anzac Day everyone gathered in Commonwealth Park to begin the 8km run. Its distance, the equivalent of five miles, is meant to represent the distance the original Anzacs were asked to conquer upon landing at Gallipoli in 1915. Yesterday's Canberra run took participants, appropriately, along Anzac Parade and past its many memorials.

The run or walk, held in many Australian cities and towns yesterday as a fund-raiser to enable the RSL to continue to do good works for those disadvantaged by military service, was given an unorthodox start by ABC radio personality Ian McNamara. His voice was broadcast to the runners from the radio of a car driven to the starting line and he preceded his 'On your marks. Get set. Go!' with a playing of the Last Post.

During the Last Post, Brigadier Evans respectfully lowered his umbrella and the rain fell on his unprotected, bowed head.

Among yesterday's runners were David and Annie Stewart of the US (but spending a year in Canberra while David is at the Australian Defence College at Weston Creek) and their six-month-old daughter Hayley. Hayley, wide awake just before the start (but sure to sleep, her parents thought, once she was being trundled along) was safely cocooned in her stroller inside a very neat transparent, rainproof room. Yesterday everyone was invited to run in the name of someone they thought deserving of remembrance but Annie Stewart said they'd opted to run 'in honour of the event'.

Canberran Kat Leslie, who warmed up with her athletic and outspoken young golden retriever Henry (although Henry was left in someone's care during the run itself) said that she wasn't running in anyone's memory but that 'I'm running for peace today.

'If we all remember, then hopefully we won't go to war indiscriminately again,' she said.

It didn't matter much who won yesterday's good-natured event but there were, as well as several participants just taking their dogs for Lest We Forget Fun Walks, some earnest runners. The first male across the line, taking 25 minutes and 56 seconds, was last year's winner Brian Livingston.

The first female, taking 33 minutes and 48 seconds, was cross-country skiing champion Kate Calder. She represented Australia earlier this year in the World University and World Under 23 Cross Country Skiing Championships. She competed in part yesterday to honour grandfathers Keith Calder and Arthur Stapleton.

Her paternal grandfather Mr Calder served in the Australian Navy and was the original Australian officer to board the Japanese vessel the Krait when capturing it off the coast of Singapore, while her maternal grandfather Mr Stapleton, who served in the British Army, was awarded a bravery medal for rescuing fellow soldiers in a mine field.

Article from the Canberra Times.
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Getting set and ready to go - Prepare and you will reap the rewards - 10K Bridge Run

by KYLIE KEOGH

ANYONE can run 10km. In fact anyone can run a half marathon or even a marathon.

And all it takes is commitment and a systematic and sensible approach to training.

With 19 weeks until The Sunday Telegraph's 10km Bridge Run and the Flora-The Sunday Telegraph Half Marathon and Flora Marathon, it is the perfect time to set your goals and get in shape.

Commonwealth Games marathon silver medallist Tani Ruckle is a firm advocate of achieving athletic goals and she believes with the right attitude and training program your best results can be produced.

``I believe that everyone can and should do a marathon in their lifetime, it's a big challenge and a great experience,'' she said.

``And anyone can run 10km. It's just a matter of a systematic approach to training. Whether you are doing the 10, half or marathon, the best way to do it is increase your distance in steady increments on a weekly basis.

``It's no good for your body if you have done little training and go out and run for an hour and then the next week try and run for two hours.

``It's too much too soon. Go with increments of 5-10 minutes, that way your body will adapt and on the day will be prepared.''

As running is a high impact sport, injuries can occur in the form of achilles tendonitis, muscle strain and dehydration.

And while most of us don't have the advantage of a coach to develop programs and exercises to help prevent injury, Ruckle has developed a program which is available on the website

www.sydneymarathon.org

``What's really important for runners is the core stability, meaning your abs and gluts which is the girdle of muscle around your centre,'' she said.

``My coach described it like this -- without having that core strength it's like shooting a cannon from a raft. You can have the strongest legs but they won't carry you if you are not strong around the centre.

``There are exercises and drills, which are on the website, which help. The core strength of a runner separates average and good runners from great runners like Steve Monaghetti and Rob de Castella.

``These exercises help promote good techniques.''

As far as Ruckle is concerned a balanced diet should always be a priority, regardless of whether you are in training for the 10km, half or full marathon.

And drinking more than eight glasses a water a day is imperative to keep hydrated for the big day.

``The average person should be drinking eight glasses, if you are in training it should be more than that.

``Hydration is essential. The day before the race, drink about three litres and absolutely no alcohol and if you're a coffee drinker, have two waters for every cup. And supplement with some electrolytes.

``With diet, balance is the key. There's a real trend of low carb diets but when in training it's about performance not perception or looks.

``These diets are not sustainable for an athlete. And protein is very important for distance runners as well as sufficient minerals and vitamins. The key is a balanced diet.''

You can spend a lot of money on top brand running shorts, singlets, hats and the rest but the most important expenditure for long distance running is a pair of good shoes.

``Don't make do with your existing tennis or squash shoes. Invest in a good pair of running shoes -- not cross trainers -- from a reputable sports shoe store where staff know what they are talking about.

``Injuries can be exacerbated by incorrect footwear.''

But the most important thing is to enjoy the commitment you have made, whether it's your first ever 10km run or if you're a seasoned marathon runner.

``Look forward to it. Mark the date on your calender with a star or a smiley face, not a question mark.

``If you have the right approach, you will feel a sense of accomplishment when you've done it.''

For more detailed training programs for each run, check out Tani Ruckle's tips on the official website

www.sydneymarathon.org.


TANI RUCKLE 20 tips to get you in race trim

1 Commit to the event. Fill in the entry form on Page 70 now. Mark the date on your calendar with a positive image like a star or happy face. Think of it as something to look forward to.

2 Buy the best shoes you can afford but make sure that they are suitable for your running style. Take the advice of a reputable shoe store if you are unsure. Invest in a big tube of factor-30 sunscreen because you will need it.

3 Develop/select your training program (see the marathon website for details). Ensure your program is systematic in progressing distance and speed. Start slow and short and build each week.

4 Stretch! A jogging warm up is best but make sure you stretch for 10-15 minutes after training.

5 Focus on Form (running technique). Can you learn to be a more efficient runner? Yes you can. See the web site for more details.

6 Add cross training. Sometimes adding something different to your training such as cycling can bring unforseen benefits, both physically as well as mentally.

7 Book a massage. And then book two more; one midway through the program and one five or six days before race day.

8 Motivate yourself. Find inspiring music to listen to before heading out for your run.

9 Add some hills to your training. Hills are strength training for runners. Try to run strong up and over the crest of a hill.

10 Review your diet. Are you doing everything possible to ensure you run your best?

11 Buy a running magazine. They are full of information on equipment, diet and training as well as motivating stories about people just like you.

12 Add speedwork. A very simple speed session would be running a series of 3-4 minute hard efforts interspaced with a 60-90 second jog recovery.

13 Find some motivating quotes. Put them on your fridge or bathroom mirror. ``Mind is everything, muscles [just] pieces of rubber. All that I am, I am because of my mind.'' -- Paavo Nurmi, 20 world athletic records, 6 Olympic Gold Medals.

14 Run somewhere you have never run before. Variety will make the miles go quickly.

15 Run with new company. If you always run alone, find a partner. If you always run in a group run alone.

16 Perform a pre-race rehearsal. Get out of bed at the time you intend to on race day, have the breakfast you intend to have, then run the distance of the event at your goal pace. DO NOT BE TEMPTED TO RUN THE ENTIRE DISTANCE AT RACE PACE!

17 Check out the course. Maybe even run some of it. Do not be tempted to race it. Save your best performance for race day.

18 Create a time goal and a race plan. See website for details.

19 Go see a motivating movie to inspire your best performance.

20 8th September -- 14th (Race Day). REST with the knowledge that all the hard work is done. If you are a marathon runner, carbo load and super hydrate.

Article from the Sunday Telegraph.
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Over 5000 Run Lest We Forget Events Nationwide

Over 5000 Australians came out yesterday (Sunday), for the Lest We Forget Runs.

From every corner of Australia and internationally, in over 60 locations as far reaching as Defence forces in the Persian Gulf and Bougainville, Australians ran, jogged or walked in the name of remembrance and charity, over an 8km course - the same distance the ANZAC’s were required to capture when landing at Gallipoli.

More details from the Athletics Australia website

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 Friday, April 25, 2003 

2003 Athletics Australia Club Development Award Winners

The winners for 2003 are:

Leadership - St Kevin’s Amateur Athletic Club (VIC) & Ringwood Athletic Club Inc. (VIC)

Planning - Kembla Joggers (NSW) & Mentone Athletic Club Inc. (VIC)

People - Kembla Joggers (NSW)

Member Focus - Northern Suburbs Athletic Club (TAS)

Indigenous development - Bundaberg Little Athletics Club (QLD)

All winners will each receive $2,000 prize money ($1,000 each in the case of joint winners) and a plaque.

More Info at the Athletics Australia Website
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Media Release - QLD run looking for top runners to win ca$h

The CFMEU Labour Day 10km Run is looking to attract top runners to this year’s event with $2,500 on offer for the winning male and female. The race is conducted on Labour Day (Queensland) Monday 5th May in the Central Queensland coal mining town of Moranbah. With $12,000 of prize money in total the CFMEU are keen to stake a claim as one of the top road races in Australia, and put this annual event at Moranbah on the running calendar.

Labour Day has always been a major celebration for communities like Moranbah. The 10km Run has added to the excitement of the day. The race precedes the local Labour Day march, fare and a full day of family activities and celebrations.

Last years field of 60 runners included Sisay Bezabah and Benita Johnson from the AIS, Pat Carroll made the journey from Brisbane along with some well known North Queensland runners like Max Fagan and Debbie Cowell.

The CFMEU are confident of attracting a similar class of runner this year and welcome enquiries from any runners keen to participate. We are very interested in hearing from any top class athlete and may be able to assist with travel and accommodation arrangements.

The course is 4 laps on flat certified 10km criteria circuit along Mills Avenue. Conditions for racing should be cool to mild and conducive to fast times.

This year we have included divisions for Veterans, Masters and Juniors so there is a division for everyone and of course equal prize money for men and women.

For more information please contact Gina Lacey at the CFMEU Office in Moranbah on 0749 417 004 or email Don Wallace dwallace@rentalhotline.com.au.
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 Thursday, April 24, 2003 

Lest We Forget Run Update

With only 5 days remaining until this year’s Lest We Forget Run, some fantastic stories continue to emerge.

Strong Support from Australian Defence personnel

Nothing, including being sent overseas with the military, stops Sergeant Jamie Elliott from going on her daily run. Jamie is a member of the Royal Australian Air force currently serving in Bougainville with the Peace Monitoring Group.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.
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Johnson Edged Out By Africans In Carlsbad

Australian Benita Johnson finished a credible fourth in the Carlsbad 5000 last week in San Diego behind the highly fancied Africans.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.
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On your marks for fun

THE Eagle Vale Fun Run is on the starting block for its sixth year and organisers are calling on enthusiasts to register early.

The popular event is organised on behalf of St Marys Primary School, Eagle Vale, and this year will raise funds for information technology equipment.

The event, which includes a 2km, 5km and 10km fun run/walk, is community based and family oriented. It starts at St Marys, Emerald Drive, at 9am.

Details and entry forms: contact St Marys on 4626 7880, Campbelltown Council facilities or e-mail Maurice Tobin on tobin@ispdr.net.au.

Article from the Macarthur Chronicle.
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No secret path to marathon goal

WELCOME to the second week of the 12-week Gold Coast Bulletin Half Marathon training diary.

This will be a great resource for both beginners and experienced runners in preparing for the Gold Coast Bulletin Half Marathon on July 6.

The training diary is presented by four-time Gold Coast Marathon winner, multiple Australian champion and international representative Pat Carroll.

So maintain your training, and let Pat guide your preparation for the 25th anniversary Gold Coast Airport Marathon.

THE information world is cluttered with endless training programs to help you achieve your desired running goal.

To be perfectly straight with you, there is no secret or perfect path to follow.

Consistency in your preparation is the main contributor to success in distance running.

And to achieve consistency you have to steer clear of injury and illness while sticking to a structured and balanced workload that you are able to personally handle.

This is based on your personal history and current fitness level.

You are the only one who is able to monitor if you are handling the workload.

If you are getting overly tired or sore muscles then ease off.

You have to take into consideration where you are right now in relation to your fitness and then slowly increase the workload over the coming few months.

THE Gold Coast Airport Marathon to be held on Sunday, July 6, will feature the Gold Coast Airport Marathon, The Gold Coast Bulletin Half Marathon, 10km run, Asics Walk and Norco Pauls Collect-A-Cap Junior Dash. For entry information race to www.goldcoastmarathon.com.au, phone 07 5564 8733 or email info@goldcoastmarathon.com.au.

Article from the Gold Coast Bulletin.
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 Wednesday, April 23, 2003 

First Ever Gold Coast 100km

The inaugural Gold Coast 100 foot race will be held on the Gold Coast on Saturday 12 July 2003. This is on the Saturday following the Gold Coast Airport marathon. It is hoped that this initiative will facilitate the holding of a week-long series of running related events.

This race, of 100 kms, will be for solo, duo and relay teams. The event will be held on a 6,250 metres loop of the Pine Ridge Conservation Park at Runaway Bay and will be based from the Runaway Bay Sports Super Centre in Morala Avenue.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.
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 Tuesday, April 22, 2003 

As a runner, Aussie Johnson can really hack it

By Don Norcross

CARLSBAD – When their lungs are burning and their legs feel lead, runners must dig deep. They play with pain.

Those who know her don't question Benita Johnson's grit. The Australian played field hockey. Her brothers and sister, who battled Johnson in front-yard matches, nicknamed her "Miss Hack."

"When I was annoyed, I'd do real illegal tackles, use the stick and hack 'em," said Johnson. "I guess I am pretty angry when I'm losing."

Once a member of Australia's under-18 national field hockey team, Johnson hung up her stick and focused on running at 18. She's now 23 and the career choice appears to have been a sound one.

Johnson, who'll compete in tomorrow's Carlsbad 5000, represented Australia at the 2000 Olympics in the 5,000 meters. She had hoped to qualify in the 1,500, but the Aussies were loaded at the distance. Johnson finished fourth in the trials, missing the Olympic team by one spot.

Two days later she tried again, this time in the 5,000. It was the second time she'd ever run the distance.

Johnson won the race and represented her country in the Games. She was all of 20.

"She's not afraid to get in, compete and take it to 'em," said Nick Bideau, Johnson's coach. "She gets in the middle of it straightaway."

Field hockey would not seem to be the ideal training ground for a distance runner. It's a game of short bursts. But for toughness, it served Johnson well.

She played striker, where she was responsible for scoring goals. Strikers bang bodies with defenders, who are known to do whatever it takes to prevent strikers from scoring.

"I got hit in the face with a lot of hockey sticks," Johnson said.

One brother suffered a broken arm playing field hockey. Her sister lost two front teeth. Johnson escaped relatively unscathed. Lots of abrasions. She gouged her thumb so badly she could nearly see the bone.

But no broken bones.

Even when she was young, Johnson had something in common with a famous runner. Like Zola Budd, Johnson ran around barefooted until she was 14.

"I just didn't like wearing shoes," she said. "I didn't wear shoes to school until I was 13."

Johnson has proved she's on the cusp of defeating the world's best runners. She owns four Australian records – in the 3,000 and 5,000 on the track, the 5K on the road and the 3,000 indoors.

In September, she became the first Aussie woman to break 15 minutes for 5,000 meters. She ran 14:59 on the road in London, then came back 10 days later and ran 14:47.60 on the track.

Deena Drossin's world record on the road, set last year at Carlsbad, is 14:54.

At the IAAF cross country world championships two weeks ago Johnson finished fifth in the 4K, missing a medal by two seconds.

She won't be the favorite tomorrow. Several African runners will be the ones to beat.

"The Africans don't worry me," Johnson said. "They obviously work very hard. That's why they're the best in the world at the moment. But now that I'm training just as hard as they train there's no question we can beat them. They're not unbeatable."

Johnson has earned the Africans' respect.

At last month's cross country championships, an Ethiopian runner approached Bideau and said, "You're from Australia? You have one Australia girl who is very strong."

To which Bideau replied, "Yeah, very strong."

Article from the San Diego Union-Tribune
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Run helped drought victims

ANTHONY Wallace won the inaugural Mt Eliza fun run in a convincing 36 minutes, 18 seconds.

``All the hills made for a tough and unusually paced race,'' he said.

The fun run and walk held late last month had over 200 runners and nearly 200 walkers.

Village Uniting Church organisers praised the 44 local business and community groups for their support.

Thousands of dollars was raised for the Uniting Share Appeal to support the victims of drought and the Force 10 project to supply fresh water to the villages of Zambia.

Peter Mitchell from Channel 7 presented prizes to 24 place getters at the post race entertainment.

Listed in the order they came, the winners were:

* 10km open male Anthony Wallace 36.18, Mal Grimmett, Andrew Reid.

* 10km open female Samantha Wallace 41.44, Danielle Florens, Erin Magee.

* 3.5km open male Scott Vance 13.47, Dane Verwey, Peter Cooper.

* 3.5km open female Deb Sanderson 17.55, Sarah Vockler, Janette Jones.

* 3.5km under-13 male Johnathon Marshall.

* 3.5km under-13 female Kate Maslen.

* 3.5km under-16 male Jack Wilson.

* 3.5km under-16 female Shelley Vance.

* 3.5km veterans male Greg Sanderson.

* 3.5km veterans female Maree Shelton.

* 10km veterans male Kevin Hill.

* 10km veterans female Julie Jacques.

Article from the Mornington Peninsula Leader
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Soldier never lost sight of reason for marathon effort

by Hayley Seeney

ALTHOUGH he has yet to recover from a 100km run during last weekend's Relay for Life, Private Brian Jackson says he is ready to do it all over again.

Pte Jackson circled the track 250 times wearing a dress, with pink highlights in his hair and the name of his team, Call Girls, plastered across his back, at the Queensland Cancer Fund's first Townsville Relay for Life last weekend.

About 115 teams walked or ran around a track for 18 hours and raised almost $170,000 for cancer research.

After sleeping all of Sunday and taking Monday to recover, Pte Jackson, who is with 10 FSB 9 Petroleum Platoon, said he was still nursing blisters under his toes and had a ``very stiff'' body from his effort.

``It's all right when I walk, I just can't move from one side to another very quickly,'' Pte Jackson said.

``I just followed a run/walk strategy, particularly in the early hours of the morning, and stopped often to keep up my fluids.

``There was a bit of pain and fatigue, but something would always come along to distract me.

``There were always people on the track to talk to.

``It was a total buzz, a very special event.''

Pte Jackson said he had decided to set a goal of 100km before the event to see if he still had ``what it takes'' for a long-distance run as he is just starting to tackle ultra-marathons.

He said he was not sure how he would go as he had ``only been running 50 or 60km a week''.

Pte Jackson's love of long distance running was reignited earlier this year when he took part in the Kathy Salvatori charity run from Mackay to Cairns. Mrs Salvatori was a victim of the Bali bombing.

Pte Jackson said he did not lose sight of why he was running, even stopping to light a memorial candle for an aunt and uncle who died of cancer five years ago.

``The other events I do are all about running and the laps but this time it was about people, ordinary people doing something to fight cancer,'' Pte Jackson said. ``It gave me a lot to think about and helped me push myself.''

Article from the Townsville Bulletin
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Slowly does it for API Mersey

THE catamaran API Mersey Pharmacy was last night sailing towards a unique third consecutive overall victory in the Hydro Tasmania Three Peaks Race.

However, it seems certain to be the slowest win in the 15-year history of this combination of offshore sailing and endurance distance running around the Tasmanian East Coast.

Early last night the catamaran was sailing slowly south on the inside of Maria Island, still 70 nautical miles from the finish at Hobart, where the running team then faces a final 33km dash to the peak of Mt Wellington and down to the finish at Constitution Dock.

The slow race took its toll, with the second boat in the fleet, Richard Edmunds' Radford 14 Hydro Wind Power, retiring at Coles Bay early last night after the team runners had completed their 33km dash through the Freycinet National Park.

Edmunds, sailing his 15th Three Peaks Race, told Race Control at Coles Bay that business commitments for himself and members of the fully crewed division entrant had forced the withdrawal.

Race director Alastair Douglas did not expect API Mersey Pharmacy, owned by its designer Rob Chamberlin, from Caloundra, and Terry Travers, from Devonport, to reach Hobart until sometime this morning.

``The time they get to Hobart will depend on the strength of the westerly winds they encounter overnight,'' Douglas said.

``So far, in real time it's been the slowest race since it began and it looks like staying that way.''

In the early hours of yesterday, endurance runners Nigel Aylott and Andrew Kromer gave the API Mersey Pharmacy team another boost towards achieving its hat-trick of overall wins.

They dashed over the 33km of rugged bush tracks in the Freycinet National Park in 4hr 49min 46sec, only 38min outside the record, enabling the catamaran to set off on the final sailing leg to Hobart at 7.40am.

However, in the same way as they finished at Coles Bay at 2.41am yesterday, the catamaran's crew was again pulling on the long sweep oars to get the boat moving out into Great Oyster Bay.

Article from the The Mercury
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 Friday, April 18, 2003 

Overseas pair the backmarkers for Stawell Gift

For the first time in nearly a decade, no runners will start from scratch in the Stawell Gift. Welsh sprinter Christian Malcolm and Nigeria's Ambrose Ezenwa are the joint backmarkers for Monday's race. They will both start off one metre.

Malcolm is a former world junior 100 metres champion but says he is not expecting to win the event. "It's a great test of character, with it being off handicap," he said. "You've got to be mentally strong and this is going to help myself really. If I can make the finals, or the semi-finals, I'll be pleased with that."

Another of the overseas entrants, Greg Saddler from the United States, is back for another shot at the title. He has twice finished runner-up, and is determined to go one better this year. "It burns inside when you get so close but yet not there," he said. "But then the competitive nature keeps driving you back... A winner never quits and a quitter nevers wins."

More info from www.stawellgift.com

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 Thursday, April 17, 2003 

Yiannis Kouros Wins Ultra Marathoner of the Year Award

Legendary runner, Yiannis Kouros, was named the Ultra Marathoner of the Year at an awards ceremony held at Athletics Australia's head office last night.

Yiannis, who is better known for his dominance in the Westfield Sydney to Melbourne races in the late 80’s burst into prominence in 1983 when he won the Spartathlon - a race in Greece of 246 kms.

Complete article on the UltraOZ website
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Lest We Forget Run - Sunday 27 April 2003

The Lest We Forget Run is almost upon us, and again in 2003 there are some terrific stories surrounding this charity event... including the support of Australia's Defence personnel – who have organised runs far and wide, including on the deck of their vessels, an army base in Bougainville (East of Papua New Guinea) and even in the Persian Gulf.

Over 2000 runners now registered for the Lest We Forget Run
More than 2000 runners have already registered to participate in the annual Lest We Forget Run to be held at over 60 locations across the country and overseas on April 27, 2003.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website
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Markov and Pittman head Australian team to Paris World Championships

A defending world champion and a world number one head a team of 36 athletes named today to represent Australia at the 2003 IAAF World Championships in Athletics to be held in Paris from the 23-21 August.

...The selections include a team of five male marathon runners - selected to compete in the World Marathon Cup – to be run in conjunction with the World Championships marathon.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.
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Carroll sets up training diary

FOR the next 12 Wednesdays in the lead-up to the Gold Coast Airport Marathon, The Gold Coast Bulletin will present a weekly half marathon training diary by four-time Gold Coast winner multiple Australian champion and international representative Pat Carroll.

This will be a handy resource for both beginners and experienced runners preparing for The Gold Coast Bulletin Half Marathon on July 6.

So get in training now and let Pat guide your preparation for the 25th anniversary of the Gold Coast Airport Marathon.

PAT Carroll is arguably the best distance runner Queensland has produced with world class personal bests from 3 minutes 39.03 seconds for 1500m to 2 hours 9 minutes 39 seconds for the marathon. Here is a snapshot of Pat's running career:

* Four-time winner of the Gold Coast Marathon: '83, '84, '88, '97; placed second in '86, '89; finished third in '93

* Holder of the Australian record for the half marathon with a time of 61 minutes 11 seconds

* Represented Australia 18 times

* Finished in the top eight at three Commonwealth Games

* Twice Australian marathon champion: '88, '97

* Australian cross-country champion in '91

* Two-time runner-up in Sydney's City to Surf

* Three-time winner of the Bridge to Brisbane: '97, '98, '99.

HERE is Carroll's first installment:

I have been involved in distance running for over 20 years, from novice to international.

My aim now is to help people achieve their goals.

I look forward to sharing my thoughts and experiences through this training diary for The Gold Coast Bulletin Half Marathon.

If you intend to run the half marathon, it is important to start focusing on the race now and understanding what it means to you to achieve your individual goal.

The race is not the hard part, all of the preparation is, I am talking about now.

The race is merely an execution of all of your preparation. Race day is the day when it all comes together. It is the day when you are rested, the cream rises to the top and you ride that wave of success.

You want to be able to stand on that start line on July 6 and quietly say to yourself 'I have prepared well, this is the day I reap the rewards'.

This diary provides a daily schedule you can follow in your 12-week preparation for The Gold Coast Bulletin Half Marathon.

I have prepared a diary for both beginners and the more experienced runners which I hope you find beneficial in your training.

Have fun.

The Gold Coast Airport Marathon will be held on Sunday July 6 and will feature the Gold Coast Airport Marathon, Gold Coast Bulletin Half Marathon, 10K Run, Asics Walk and Norco Pauls 'Collect-A-Cap' Junior Dash.

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

Article from the Gold Coast Bulletin.

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Alive in the long run

by JO ROGERS

As a London Marathon record fell last weekend JO ROGERS looks at the path of endurance racing



A pair of shoes and a 42.2km stretch of road are the only requirements for running a marathon. Yet for an event so seemingly simple, and inspired by an ancient legend, the race is a surprisingly modern concept.

Organised marathons have been run for only slightly more than a century, with the standard length for them not being adopted until the early 1900s.

The ancient Greeks had nothing like them -- even the existence of the legendary runner who dropped dead after delivering news of a military victory is dubious.

But this enduring ancient tale, as well as the challenge a marathon presents, has inspired thousands of people around the globe to hit the street running in efforts to conquer one of sport's pinnacles.

The marathon story began in Greece in 490BC, when legend has it that an Athenian soldier named Phidippides (or Philippides) ran from the battlefield of Marathon to Athens to carry news of a surprise victory over the Persians. After crying out ``nike'', meaning ``victory'', he apparently dropped dead.

The runner was first mentioned by Greek historian Herodotus 50 years after the event but his description had Phidippides running about 240km from Marathon to Sparta to request help during the battle -- and surviving the exertion.

The ``drop dead'' versions appeared more than 500 years after the event, so modern historians conclude they were probably untrue.

Greek messengers ran great distances but never as mere sport.

There were no competitive events anywhere near the distance of a marathon at the Greek Olympic Games in 472BC, which is the first time structured distance running as a sport appears in history.

Officially, the first marathon took place at the inaugural modern Olympic games, in Athens in 1896. These were a revival of the ancient games and created a race of almost 40km run on the supposed course of Philippides' original Marathon-to-Athens route.

This male-only race -- the final, climactic event of the games -- was won by Greek national Spiridon Louis in 2hr 58min to loud cheers. It has been on the Olympic program ever since.

Due to the race's enthusiastic reception, the first annual Boston Marathon was held the next year.

The marathon distance was standardised in 1908, when the Olympics were held in London. Officials added about 350m to the previous distance to make the race finish in front of the royal box.

Organisers of other marathons, such as the Boston, then adopted the distance so they could be Olympic qualifying events.

Marathons continued to enjoy popularity during the first two-thirds of that century but mainly as a spectator sport.

Marathoner Gordon Bakoulis Bloch, in her book How to Train For and Run Your Best Marathon, writes: ``The popular view was that the marathon was an event that required almost superhuman effort.

``The group of marathoners was tiny and eccentric, and the thought of training for and participating in one for fun and recreation was beyond most people's imaginations.''

Perceptions changed in the 1970s when the fitness revolution began. People ran for health and marathons were a powerful motivator.

Women's marathoning lagged for many years, largely because of the view that women's bodies and reproductive systems could not endure running such a distance. But as far back as the first marathon, women defied bans designed to keep them out of the sport.

At the 1896 Olympics, a Greek woman named Melpomene, denied permission to compete in the first marathon, simply ran alongside the field until she could join up with them further down the course.

She finished the race 90 minutes after Spiridon Louis -- better than eight of the 15 male competitors who failed to finish.

Prejudice against women was reinforced when the first women's track and field events were added to the Olympic program in 1928. Three women collapsed in the longest race, the 800m, and all races beyond the 200m were abandoned as unhealthy for women until 1960.

But in the 1970s fitness boom, researchers began studying women's endurance. Their findings generally favoured women running.

Nevertheless, the banned women marathon runners of the 1960s were pioneers. They contended with officials who tried to bundle them off courses and male runners and spectators who harassed them.

In 1967, a photographer captured officials unsuccessfully pulling Kathrine Switzer -- K.J. Switzer on the entry form -- off the course of the Boston Marathon. Later that year, officials decided not to prevent women running unofficially.

The breakthrough in gaining official status came in 1971, when the New York Marathon added a women's division. By 1973, the first women-only marathon was run in West Germany and by 1978 a women's marathon circuit was established.

This boosted the number of wom en competing and their standard, which was necessary to include the marathon as an Olympic event. Intense lobbying began.

In 1980, the American College of Sports Medicine announced that distance running posed no medical dangers ``for the healthy, trained female athlete''.

On the final day of the 1980 Moscow Olympics, five women competing in the third Avon International Marathon in London broke the 2hr 40min barrier and attracted significant publicity.

The International Olympic Committee then accepted the women's marathon as an event in the 1984 games in Los Angeles. This historic event was won by American Joan Benoit in 2hr 24min.

In the past several decades, marathoning has come of age, with the race deemed suitable for all ages.

Countless marathons are held all around the world, and -- as if the race isn't tough enough already -- in extreme climates. True adventurers can enter the Siberian Ice Marathon, Everest Marathon or South Pole Marathon.

Mainstream events, from the New York marathon down to smaller community events, attract huge numbers of entrants. The Boston marathon now restricts its field to 20,000 and requires runners to make qualifying times -- 3hr 15min for men and 3hr 45min for women in the 18-24 age group.

In Sydney, the profile of the marathon grew during the Sydney 2000 Olympics, which was run along the famous ``blue line'' on public roads from North Sydney to Homebush Bay via the Eastern Suburbs. The annual Flora Sydney Marathon now follows a similar course.

Meanwhile, marathon records have continued to fall, with Moroccan-born American Khalid Khannouchi setting the current male record of 2hr 5min in April, 2002.

British runner Paula Radcliffe broke her own female record last weekend in the London Marathon with 2hr 15min 25 sec.

Article from the Daily Telegraph
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Ink Publishing Launches nationwide "Running Australia" Magazine

Ink Publishing, publishers of Triathlon Monthly, is proud to announce the launch of their new running title. Running Australia will be published under the same format as their other already well-known publications, Triathlon Monthly & Business Success (tabloid and newsprint, with magazine layouts).

With the slogan “Everything Running”, Running Australia plans to become Australia’s number 1 running news publication in 2003 and beyond. Running Australia will be on-sale in newsagents Australia and New Zealand-wide on Friday 23 May 2003. The distribution run will be 15,000 copies.

The focus of Running Australia is on running news, results and information about the sport on a global basis. Running Australia will maintain an editorial focus on fun runs; road racing and fitness running, thus ensuring all advertisers receive exposure to the mass running market.

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 Wednesday, April 16, 2003 

Fun run to get in the pink

THE whole family can join mum in the first Think Pink Mothers' Day Fun Run at South Bank Parklands on Sunday, May 11.

Whether you run or just walk a little, the whole family will enjoy the scenic riverside course, which starts at the South Bank Cultural Foreshore and heads along Riverside Drive and back to South Bank Flag Court.

You can run or walk five or eight kilometres with a group or on your own.

Think outlandishly pink and you could win a prize for the pinkest team! All proceeds go to the Kim Walters Choices Program, which provides a free community service to women, and their families, affected by breast cancer.

All competitors receive a race number, timing chip and event T-shirt as well as refreshments and live entertainment after the race.

Entry fees are $25 for adults, $20 students, $15 children under 12, $60 for a family of two adults and two children, and $60 for a corporate team of three adults.

Entry forms are available from The Wesley Hospital Breast Clinic or marketing department. Phone 3232 7784.

Article from the Westside News
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Walking for heart may be an exercise in futility

By Amanda Dunn
Health Reporter

Health experts' advice that regular light exercise is good for the heart has been challenged by new British research, which has found that the recommended dose of physical activity does little to reduce the risk of death from cardiovascular disease.

The study of 1975 men aged 49 to 64 from Caerphilly in south Wales found that while vigorous exercise reduced the risk of developing heart disease, light exercise made little difference.

Complete article at The Age website
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 Monday, April 14, 2003 

Lest We Forget Run Growing in Stature

The Lest We Forget Run is almost upon us, and again in 2003 there are some terrific stories surrounding this charity event... including the support of Australia's Defence personnel – who have organised runs far and wide, including on the deck of their vessels, an army base in Bougainville (East of Papua New Guinea) and even in the Persian Gulf.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website
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Three World Famous Landmarks In One Event



Complete article at the CoolRunning Sydney Marathon page
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Risk brilliant on river run

by JOHN BRIGGS

THE incredible Kylie Risk added yet another major victory to her list at yesterday's Round the River Run, dominating the women's field and placing third overall behind Brad Dyson.

So complete was her domination of her female rivals that Risk had more than 10 minutes to spare in the 10km version of the run from Lindisfarne to Howrah's Wentworth Park.

Risk is getting close to the brilliant form which made her the nation's leading female on the roads with victories in the Sydney City to Surf and Burnie Ten.

Her time of 33m25s was close to her 1996 course record 32m06s.

Only Dyson (30m49s) and Colin Oliver (33m10s) finished ahead of Risk over a windswept course.

Christian Newbold was the third man to finish, close up behind Risk in 33m44s.

The second woman home was Deborah Gardner in 43m32s, followed in by Corinna Kelly (43m43s) and Yvette Edward (43m46s).

Dyson went to the lead in the first kilometre and quickly opened up a winning break.

His time was very smart as record holder Mike Chettle put in a blinder last year for 29m55s.

The men's 5km run was predictable with state track 800m and 1500m champion Grant Page winning in 14m29s, only three seconds outside his course record, set last year.

Andrew Harding chased Page hard all the way to stop the clock at 14m48s and Daniel Clarke was third in 15m28s.

Emily Bell was the winning woman in 18m22s, ahead of highly promising 13-year-old Isabella Thompson (18m38s) and Sarah Stutter (19m08s).

In the children's 2.5km event, Georgia Griffiths was first girl in 9m02s from Natalie Davies and Natalie Curtis.

The winning boy was John Wilson in 7m59s from Ben French and Damon Britton.

The next of the major road runs is the Womensport Fun Run on May 4.

There has been a change in the cross country season with the mountain relay, scheduled for this Saturday, moved to September.

This week's race will be at Five Mile Beach.

The City to Casino Fun Run is on May 25, the Glenorchy Classic on June 22 and the Grand Chancellor-Budget Fun Run on June 29.

Article from The Mercury
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Creighton takes 10,000m championships

by Len Johnson

...The men's and women's 10,000 metres national championships were also decided at the meeting.

Lee Troop, who has been the dominant runner in Australasia this season - winning both the Zatopek and the New Zealand championship - finished fourth, perhaps finding that the six-week recovery period after a March 1 marathon was not long enough.

The men's title was won by Shaun Creighton in 29 minutes 27.56 seconds. Creighton outsprinted Dean Cavuoto on the final lap.

Complete article at The Age website
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Canberra Marathon: Woyecha promises quadrella after trifecta proves lucky and unlucky

Former asylum-seeker Gemechu Woyecha won his third consecutive Canberra Marathon easily yesterday, and for the third time missed out on the first prize of a trip to the United States.

Woyecha, who sought asylum in Australia while representing Qatar at the Sydney Olympics, won in 2hr 22min and 34sec ahead of 687 competitors.

The first prize was a trip to compete in the Chicago Marathon later this year but only the top-placed Austrlian or New Zealand runner is eligible. Woyecha won't be able to run for Australia until October this year and he's promised organisers he'll win again in Canberra in 2004 to at last claim his US trip.

Second-placed Robert Battocchio, of Wollongong, who finished six minutes behind Woyecha, received the prize after taking nearly eight minutes off his personal best.

Woyecha took the lead from fellow ACT runner and early leader Daniel Green at the 18km mark. Green who had been battling the flu before the event, withdrew shortly after losing the lead. Battocchio, fourth when Green pulled out, took full advantage of his chance to win the Chicago trip. 'When someone of his calibre pulls out, you say to yourself 'that is one of the good ones gone',' Battocchio said.

New Zealand's Nyla Carroll was first woman home in the fourth best Canberra Marathon time.

BRITAIN'S Paula Radcliffe confirmed her status as one of the greatest marathon runners of all time yesterday when she broke her own world record to win the London Marathon in a time of two hours 15 minutes 25 seconds.

Radcliffe, known for her courageous front-running tactics, split from the leading group within the first mile and ran well above world record pace with two male Kenyan pacemakers to break her own world record by one minute and 53 seconds.

Article from the Canberra Times
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 Friday, April 11, 2003 

A Lesson From Oz

by Julia Emmons

Australia is roughly the size of the continental United States. It has but 20 million people, compared to the 280 million in the U.S. How, then, can a country, which has less than half the population of California, produce an endless string of great athletes which presently includes Ian Thorpe, arguably the best swimmer in the world; the winning team in the recent world cricket championships; a number of top ten tennis players; and track star Cathy Freeman, 2000 Olympic Gold medalist in the 400 meters?

Complete article at the Runners World website
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"Why Die?" - The Story of Percy Cerutty

(Little more than a year from now the 50th anniversary of one of the most famous moments in track and field will take place: the breaking of the four minute barrier for the one mile run. While Roger Bannister had the honor of being the pioneer on May 6, 1954, just 46 days later John Landy smashed the world record with a sensational 3:58.0. Landy was coached by the legendary Percy Cerutty. The following is an excerpt of a new book by Graem Sims. Information about the book can be found at the Amazon.com website.)

It would take years for any other schoolboy to get close to Don Macmillan's Australian record mile of 4:27. The winning time in 1950, for example, was 4:43.8 - which would have placed that runner around 150 metres in arrears. His name was John Landy.

Complete article at the Runners World website

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Balmoral Burn about to hot up

DON'T sit on the wall, join Humpty Dumpty for a journey up Awaba St next month for The Westpac Balmoral Burn.

All proceeds from the charity fun run on Sunday May 25 will go to the Humpty Dumpty Foundation in support of children at Royal North Shore Hospital.

The fundraiser, which began two years ago, was developed by former Australian Wallaby captain Phil Kearns as a ``thank you'' to the hospital following its expert care in looking after his then infant son Finn, who was in hospital with suspected meningococcal virus.

This year sees the introduction of the pet and owner race, the primary school challenge and the Head of the Hill schools event. High school boys and girls will compete in a relay format for the Head of the Hill title.

The primary school challenge will be a general run up the street with the times of the top four runners from each school calculated to identify the champion.

The blue ribbon and final event of the day will be the corporate relay, with organisations racing to win the ``muzzle'' trophy.

There will be entertainment in the park at the bottom of Awaba St from 9am, including clowns and an animal farm.

Last year's fun run raised more than $200,000.

To join in the fun phone the foundation on 9439 0511.

Article from the Mosman Daily
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Townsville Roadrunners/Townsville Podiatry Centre Fun Run

RUNNING IS FUN . . . More than 150 runners packed Pioneer Park and surrounds at the weekend for the Townsville Roadrunners/Townsville Podiatry Centre Fun Run. The run was held over two courses -- 8.6km for experienced runners and 4km for children and novices. David Whitehead won the long course event in a time of 29mins 26secs while Tyson McDonald triumphed over the shorter distance in 15mins 48secs

Article from the Townsville Bulletin
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Athletics mourns local hero

By STEWART ROACH

RAY Durie OAM, one of the Hunter Valley's athletics heroes for his role in administration, died on Monday after a battle with cancer.
Durie, 76, died at Norah Head after living in Sydney for most of the past 15 years. His funeral will be held at Wesley Uniting Church, Hamilton tomorrow at 2pm.

His administration career included leading the Australian athletics team to Olympic and Commonwealth Games.

Durie spent 21 years as secretary of the Newcastle and Central Coast branch of the NSW Athletics Association starting in 1954, was also treasurer, then was president from 1978 to 1982.

He was vice-president of Athletics NSW from 1961 to 1978 as well as NSW delegate to the Australian body.

He was also involved in the creation of the Newcastle Herald Fun Run in 1973 and from 1978 to 1982 was president of NSW Athletics.

From 1977 to 1979 he was vice-president of the Australian Athletics Union.

Locally he was president of Dudley and District Youth Club and Sporting Association from 1972 to 1980.

He was awarded life membership of Newcastle in 1963 and NSW in 1977.

Durie is survived by his son Ray, daughters Sharon and Peta and nine grandchildren.

Article from the Newcastle Herald
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NT's elite to lock horns

Tomorrow's NT Cross Country Championships will include the Top End's elite runners.

Conducted by the Darwin Runners and Walkers Club at Freds Pass Reserve, the men will compete over 10km and the women 5km.

Steve Blake, one of the most enduring names in Territory athletics, is entered along with Darren Peacock, Andrew Hall and Tim Ellison.

The women's guns will be Hilary Bloomfield and Sophie Joynes, who has returned from good performances at the Australian Track and Field Championships.

The course includes two creek crossings and other obstacles.

There will also be a fun run open to anyone who wishes to take part.

For this event, entrants can choose either a 2.5km or 5km course which wind their way through the bush at the back of the reserve.

Registration is from 4.30pm and both events start at 5.30pm.

Article from the Northern Territory News
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Workshops target track technique

TOWNSVILLE athletes will get the opportunity to refine their running techniques at a one-day workshop next month.

The workshop will be conducted by Canadians Dr Wilbour Kelsick and Robert Esmie.

Kelsick, sports chiropractor for Canada's track and field team, is one of his country's leading running technicians while Esmie is a former Canadian national 100m champion who has won Olympic and world championship gold medals in the 4x100m relay.

Organiser, Townsville sports chiropractor Anne Jensen, said the workshop would benefit any athletes from sprinters and distance runners to ball sport players.

The topics covered include running safely and efficiently, posture and technique, training and recovery and regeneration techniques.

``All age groups will benefit, however some of the information may be a bit technical for younger athletes,'' Jensen said.

``In addition, this type of workshop would also be ideal for coaches, trainers, and physical educators of all kinds.''

Similar workshops will be held in Newcastle and Brisbane with Townsville's scheduled for May 11 from 9am to noon and 1pm-4pm.

Article from the Townsville Bulletin
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 Thursday, April 10, 2003 

Running Workshops in Brisbane, Townsville & Newcastle

Gaery Barbery headed the Chiropractic team at the Brisbane Goodwill Games and has a Chiropractic Sports Science Diploma as well as being a member of SMA, and has a keen interest in sports injury and prevention.

He is organising a running workshop presented by two of Canada's top athletic sports technicians:

CLICK HERE TO VIEW POSTER

The seminar is to be held:
Newcastle 9th May 5.30pm -9.30pm cost $25.00 Contact: Lotte Hansen 02- 4962-3022

Brisbane 10th May 9am-4pm cost $50.00 Contact: 07-3878-1110

Townsville 11th May 9.00am-4.00pm Cost: $50.00 Contact: Anne Jensen 07-4779-8245.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact him:

Gaery Barbery B.App.Sci.(Chiro), ICSSD
Email: DrGaery@aol.com
INDOOROOPILLY CHIROPRACTIC
1 / 60 COONAN ST INDOOROOPILLY 4068
PH: (07) 3878-1110
FAX: (09) 3878-3740

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Draft Time Table for Telstra A series Runaway Bay

Telstra A Series Runaway Bay, Qld.
For 12th April 2003

2:45 Men Shot Put
2:45 Men Javelin
3:10 Men 110 H
3:20 Women 100H
3:20 Men Triple Jump
3:20 Women Pole Vault
3:37 Women 100
3:52 Men 100
4:10 Women 100 Masters
4:17 Men 100 Masters
4:25 Men 100 WC
4:25 Women Long Jump
4:32 Women 800
4:40 Men 800
4:47 Mixed 800 Masters
4:57 Men 400 H
5:00 Men PV
5:07 Mixed 400 WC
5:15 Women 4x100
5:22 Men 4x100
5:30 Women 400
5:30 Men Long Jump
5:37 Men 400
5:45 Women 10000
6:30 Men 10000

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Darwin Cross Country

The Darwin Runners and Walkers Club will hold its annual cross-country at Freds Pass Reserve this Saturday.

A fun run will be combined with the NT Cross-Country Championships.

The fun run is open to anyone. Entrants can choose either 2.5km or 5km courses on tracks through the bush at the back of the reserve. The Cross Country Championships are for registered NT Athletes, being a 5km course for women and 10km for men.

Registration is from 4.30pm, with both events starting at 5.30pm.

Entry is $4 for adults and $2 for under-20s. The entry fee provides a finisher's certificate, medals for winners of the championships and a barbecue after the run. Phone Ian Miller on 8983 1253.

Article from the Northern Territory News
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Stars of tomorrow

by VERA BERTOLA

THREE Campbelltown athletes and their coach have been selected in the NSW Institute of Sport's track and field emerging athlete program.

Travis Prigg, Kirsten Kelly, Josh Tighe and coach Warren Kelly, all from Campbelltown Collegians UWS Athletic Club, were inducted into the program on March 29. The new program, for emerging seniors, juniors (under-20) and Target 2006/2008, will focus on developing middle and long distance runners with a view to national selection.

Athletics Australia head distance coach Said Aouita will lead the national program with the NSW program co-ordinated by NSWIS distance coach Di Huxley. Warren Kelly has been appointed a network coach and will oversee the program from his base at Campbelltown Athletics Centre.

``It is a great opportunity for the athletes and myself to be part of this new and exciting program,'' he said.

``Aouita believes we have the talent base, the climate and facilities to produce world-class middle and long distance runners, but believes that our current training and coaching philosophy are inadequate.''

The program will start in mid-April.

Article from the Macarthur Chronicle
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Family affair for Jenny

By Travis Parna

JENNY Cochrane's says running in her 20th Nike Women's Classic last week proved to be quite a special occasion.

The Croydon resident is one of four women to compete in all 20 Nike runs, and this year she participated in the event with her eight-year-old daughter Kathy and 80-year-old mother Dorothy Schwieger.

The Nike Women's Classic, which started in 1984, is an annual fun run held in Melbourne that attracts thousands of competitors each year.

Ms Cochrane said 20 years ago her Knox Sherbrooke Athletic Club coach Pam Turney suggested the club's distance runners participate in the event.

She hasn't looked back since and doesn't plan to hang up the trainers just yet..

``I'm getting into training for next year,'' she said. ``I'm going for another 20 at least.''

Over the years, Ms Cochrane's feats include a top 20 finish, running while pushing a friend's daughter in a wheelchair and twice-competing while pregnant.

While she was no longer ``one of the racehorses up the front'', Ms Cochrane said the atmosphere of the race and the enthusiasm of other competitors was what brought her back each year.

``Seeing so many women and girls participating in life and having fun,'' she said.

``There are all shapes and sizes and levels of ability.''

Article from the Maroondah Mail
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 Wednesday, April 09, 2003 

Groups Gain Momentum For Marathon

It’s time for companies, sporting and social clubs and community groups to enter this year’s 25th anniversary of the Gold Coast Airport Marathon to be held on July 6.

Groups that enter 10 or more people before June 13 will receive a discount of 10 percent.

The Gold Coast Airport Marathon has annually attracted strong corporate support in participation, but organisers want to take this to another level in 2003.

“There are numerous clubs, groups and companies out there that are bound by an endeavor to be fit and healthy,” said Gold Coast Airport Marathon CEO Stan Perkins.

“Whether it is for fitness centres, sporting clubs, social groups, office workers or just a bunch of friends, the Gold Coast Airport Marathon is a great day out especially when you are in a group.

“We would like to see people take advantage of the ten percent discount by entering in groups of ten or more. You can also book your own tent and have somewhere to meet, store your gear and kick on afterwards.”

Last year one of the more ‘colourful’ groups that entered was the Mt Isa Mine’s Underground Rescue team. The group completed the walk wearing official rescue gear including masks and breathing apparatus to cap lamps and suits.

MIM has entered a corporate team in the past five Gold Coast Marathons, raising tens of the thousands of dollars for the event’s official charity, MS Society.

Groups can enter the Gold Coast Airport Marathon, Gold Coast Bulletin Half Marathon, 10km Run, Asics Walk or Junior Dash by contacting the Marathon Office on phone 07 5564 8733.

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


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Early Favourite For Gold Coast Airport Marathon Junior Dash

Thirteen-year-old Banora Point runner Daniel Bulmer is one of the early favourites for the 4km Junior Dash at this year's Gold Coast Airport Marathon on July 6.

Daniel placed second in the Junior Dash over a shorter distance of 2.25km last year, but recent form suggests he is ready to go one step higher on the podium in 2003.

The Year Seven Lindisfarne School student is the current NSW champion over 800m for his age, and holds both Queensland and NSW titles for the cross country.

Last week he was named in the Queensland team to contest the Australian Little Athletics Championships to be staged on the Gold Coast in April.

Coached by Brian Chapman, Daniel was also a winner in last year's Mini Bolt at the Noosa Triathlon.

The Junior Dash is open for kids aged five to 14. A shorter race over 2.25km will be held for the following age categories: 5-6 years, 7-8 years, 9-10 years, while the 4km Junior Dash will be staged in these age categories: Under 11 years, 11-12 years, 13-14 years.



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James Sets Himself A New Challenge In 2003

Last year 13-year-old James Garrett set himself the challenge of overcoming childhood obesity.

At 86.5 kilograms, James was determined to lose weight, which was too much for someone of his age and height. Through family and peer support, James followed a program devised by nutrition and exercise scientist Michael Georgalli.

A part of his program was completing the 10K Walk at last year’s Gold Coast Marathon. This was a key part of James’ focus in his fitness regime.

Now 14, James has dropped his weight down to 72kg despite growing another seven centimetres.

His focus remains and his new challenge is completing the 10K Run at the Gold Coast Airport Marathon on July 6.


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Overcoming Adversity in Reaching Ten Year Milestone

This year may be the 25th anniversary of the Gold Coast Airport Marathon but the event holds extra significance for two Gold Coast women pursuing their own personal milestones on July 6.

Paradise Waters resident Carolyn Counter is coming up to her 10th Gold Coast Bulletin Half Marathon this year after taking up running in 1992 to lose weight.

While Sybil Hermiston is preparing for her 10th consecutive Asics Walk at the age of 73 after overcoming a diseased liver.

In pursuing a weight loss goal, Carolyn was prompted by a friend to enter the half marathon in 1992 after showing solid progress in training.

“At the beginning I was just running from letterbox to letterbox and slowly building up,” said Carolyn.

“After I could run 2km, a friend said I should aim for the half marathon, and it all went from there.

“I remember struggling at the 14km mark of the half marathon, then my husband riding a bike beside me around 17km which gave me a boost to reach the finish.

“The feeling you get when you cross the finish line is unbelievable. It is a great sense of achievement and to see that everyone else around you has just gone through the same experience.”

Now 42, Carolyn has no plans to try to better her personal best of one hour 45 minutes, aiming for a more comfortable one hour 50 minutes.

Carolyn’s favourite jogging route is along the beach from Surfers Paradise early in the morning.

Robina resident Sybil Hermiston has completed every walk event at the Gold Coast Airport Marathon since 1994.

It all started as a health pursuit to overcome a diseased liver which almost required a transplant.

“They had to clean up my whole liver to enable it to drain itself properly. I was on the liver transplant list for three years,” said Sybil.

“I had to drink lots of water and walk at least three days a week for 20 minutes. I enjoyed it so much I began walking every day and entered the walk at the Gold Coast Marathon.

“It is such an enjoyable event. We love getting there early to watch the sun rise over the Broadwater and all of the people milling around. Everyone is so happy and cheerful because it is all about achieving goals.”


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Ordinary heroes give hope

by Kerrie O'Connor
DEMOCRACY and dictatorship alike have proven terminally unimaginative, unable to see past bombs and bloodshed, so I spent the weekend looking for reasons to be cheerful.
By 8am Sunday morning, I'd found more than 600 gathered on the streets of little old Wollongong and my belief in the existence of a gene for cooperation and selflessness was restored.

As a result, I've drawn up a list of those world leaders in urgent need of gene therapy and emailed it to Kofi Annan.

In the interests of world peace, I've talked to the Federal Health Minister (Senator Kay Patterson) about a bulk-billing deal through Medicare. Her people are going to talk to my people.

Now I just need to persuade the combatants and the oil companies to line up for their shots.

It would make a good sci-fi flick, with Ben Kingsley behind the hypodermic, beaming beatifically at Blair, Bush, Saddam et al.

No one was bidding for the movie rights at the event that restored my faith in humanity - the Fitness Five Fun Run and Fitness Walk - but they should have been.

It had everything a Hollywood producer could ask for:

Lycra-clad body-beautifuls, with a combined resting-pulse rate lower than George Dubya's IQ.

Gruelling competition as the said Lycra-clad pushed their pulse rates up, up and up, and themselves to the limits of human endurance.

Great scenery, as they pounded the pavement along glittering South Beach, onto North Beach and back again. On a perfect Autumn morning, the Cliff Rd hill could have been a gentle incline in San Francisco.

Scandal, or was that comedy, as two Mercury reporters were busted falsifying their rankings. Apparently they came equal first because Commonwealth Games gold medallist Kerryn McCann was having a bad day. They got away with it too, as all those interested in disputing this dubious assertion were either hyperventilating or lying in the foetal position back at North Beach.

Tragedy, as one gutsy entrant, who shall remain unnamed, tried to line up with her friends, only to be directed to the queue for 40-49 year olds.

Solidarity - said queue was very long indeed. Details are sketchy about the combined resting-pulse rate of these entrants. A nasty allegation that some had no pulse at all was dealt with creatively, and the rumour monger sent for counselling. The fact that Kerryn McCann got off to an unbeatable head start during the conflict resolution session, was taken with good grace.

Multi-skilling - apparently Kerryn McCann managed to both fire the starter's gun and get off to a great start.

The lunatic fringe - people other than Kerryn McCann actually RAN the WHOLE way!

Random acts of tear-jerking kindness - free coffee.

Nostalgia - They had boxes and boxes of oranges cut up just like my netball coach used to do.

Life changing moments - I made friends with a complete stranger and agreed to do 5km with her on a regular basis. Tragically, I have no idea who she is.

Potential for a sequel - see above.

Miracles - a reporter looked after my wallet and returned it.

Old friends met again to a cool soundtrack - well there wasn't any soundtrack other than seagulls and wheezing, but I did meet an old stranger. A stranger, who, 13 years ago, extended a helping hand in a time of crisis and who I have never forgotten. I'm going to beat him next year.

Adversity - hundreds of people who had absolutely no chance of winning, entered anyway.

Generosity - with no thought of getting anything back except a warm glow and an elevated pulse rate, hundreds of people got up early to raise money for charity. Bravery above and beyond the call of duty - a battalion of volunteers ploughed through mountains of paperwork, registration tags and safety pins. Not one demanded a statue be erected in their honour. No contracts for post-war oil were dispensed.

The good citizens united to slay an evil monster - in this case the scourge of schizophrenia, that most unsexy of fundraising causes. Schizophrenia IS a horror movie. It will strike down one in every hundred of our children. Kembla Joggers donated the proceeds of the run to the campaign to purchase a brain camera. The beta image camera will speed up research into this disease and find better drugs, with fewer side effects.

By mid-morning Sunday I was feeling markedly better. I had got up early and walked 5km with hundreds of cheerful people. And after ranting against the war in print and at home, I had spent a few days without tellie, radio or newspapers.

Call it media fatigue or impotence, I needed a break.

As Baghdad burns, and both sides mourn their dead, I am aware of the luxury.

But if I am to tell my 14-year-old son that there is a reason to hope, I have to believe it too.

I have to believe that there is another way.

Ordinary people prove it every day.

Article from the Illawarra Mercury
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Nominate now for Sugar Rush

NOMINATION forms are now available for the Burdekin Sugar Rush.

The half marathon/10km fun run and 5km run/walk will be held on May 18.

Runners are in full training, with some strong performances at Saturday's Brandon run.

The shorter distances have some keen supporters as well, with some younger runners and older walkers ready to tackle the Sugar Rush.

Several team members will participate in the ``Run for Life'' in Townsville on the weekend.

It was good to see a number of Burdekin teams entered, in such a good cause.

High School cross countries will be held soon and successful runners are keen to improve their times and are welcome to join the club for their weekly runs.

Congratulations also to Alan and Darren for their results at the Foster Australian Ironman Triathlon.

Alan was unable to crack the 10-hour target but did his best time of 10 hours 19 minutes on the cold, wet and windy course.

Darren did a creditable 11 hours 11 minutes for his first attempt and both pulled up strongly to enjoy a cold beer after months of hard training.

This Saturday's run at 6am will be at Anzac Park and will cover various distances from 4km to 12km, over some new ground.

New walkers/runners are most welcome to attend this Saturday.

Article from the Ayr Advocate
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Time on side to follow in dad's footsteps

by JOHN BRIGGS

WHEN Mike Harding won the inaugural Round the River Fun Run in 1984 his son Andrew was sitting in his pram at Howrah among the crowd.

On Sunday, the younger Harding will start one of the favourites in the 5km version of the popular run.

Andrew, 20, reckons he grew up listening to his father telling tales of races ``in his day''.

``I suppose I was always going to be a runner and I've been in the Round the River since I was about 10 or 12,'' Andrew said.

``I haven't matched his times for 10km yet but I've got time on my side.''

As for Mike, he has serious hip problems which make even an occasional jog hard work.

Mike, 51, said running to work for 17 years with a backpack might have contributed to his injury problems.

He competed during an era of top distance runners, including Olympian Dave Chettle and national cross country champion Kent Rayner.

``They made it hard to win the big fun runs but my best effort was probably in the 1979 City to Surf in Sydney when I was in the top 10 finishers and third Australian,'' Mike said.

There were 460 starters in the inaugural Round the River and organisers hope for similar numbers on Sunday.

There are 10km and 5km races, along with a 2.5km for younger runners or walkers.

The event starts at 10am at Lindisfarne or Bellerive and finishes at Wentworth Park, Howrah.

Andrew is a third-year economics student at the University of Tasmania.

He ran a personal best to win bronze in the state 1500m title recently behind Grant Page and Brad Dyson.

He said he believed those two athletes would be the ones to beat in the 5km run.

``I'm injury free and running pretty well but Grant and Brad are also in top form,'' Andrew said.

But he admits nothing would give him as much pleasure as winning and matching his father.

Article from The Mercury
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 Tuesday, April 08, 2003 

Run makes for fun and fitness

By JENNY DENNIS

THE 14th annual Kembla Joggers Fitness Five fun run was fun from the start, with Commonwealth Games marathon gold medallist Kerryn McCann firing the starter's gun then jumping into the race and jogging the 5km route from Crown St to North Wollongong and back.
The Coledale runner was also busy before the event helping younger joggers prepare for the run at a training session at Beaton Park.

First male across the line was Barry Keen, from Mount St Thomas, who finished the run in 14minutes 46 seconds, shaving a second off the previous record.

First female home was Madeliene Heiner of Mangerton in 18min06sec.

Article from the Illawarra Mercury
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Pace to Race

by AMANDA COOMBE

THE Tasmanian fun run season is fast approaching, with four major events on between now and mid-June, so what better time to start tailoring your exercise towards achieving your goals?

If you are a walker or walk/jogger, last week's article would have given you some strategies to progress to more jogging and less walking or faster walking.

If you have participated in the fun run scene for years and are interested in bettering your finishing time, read on.

Whether you do the shorter run or the longer 10km distance, the principle is similar. You need to train your body to run at your desired race pace.

For example, if you run 10km in 55 minutes, you have trained your body to run a kilometre in 5 minutes 30 seconds, so if you want to do a faster time this year you need to train your body to run at between 5m10s and 5m20s for each kilometre.

Going out for a 45-minute steady run four times a week will not achieve this, because you are mostly likely running at 5m30s a kilometre pace.

Preparing to run at a faster pace is best done by interval training, which is based on an effort and then recovery. This type of training cannot be done every day, as the body needs time to recover.

If you are not accustomed to interval training, twice a week will be beneficial -- but not on consecutive days. Try either Monday and Thursday or Wednesday and Saturday.

To do interval training successfully you need to decrease the quantity of training and lift the quality. This is also a good principle to adhere to as you age, as you have already developed a large aerobic base over a number of years.

Many joggers and runners have difficulty letting go of the mileage factor out of fear of losing fitness. In fact, the opposite is the case because when you do interval training you work at a higher heart rate than on a steady run.

Before starting on intervals, jog for 10 minutes as a warm-up. Pre-measure a one-kilometre distance in the car or on a bike on relatively flat ground. Aim to complete three to five kilometre efforts, with a four to five-minute recovery between each -- or a heart rate of 120.

Only consider doing five if you have successfully completed three to four in the past three weeks at your target race pace. There is no point in practising running at your old pace.

During the recovery, walk around, get your breath and avoid thinking about how hard the next one will be.

If you are a 55-minute runner, avoid running the first interval at 4m50s and the last in 5m30s. You need to aim for consistency in each effort. After your effort, walk for five minutes and then jog for five to warm down.

If you do most of your running on a treadmill, there is no reason why you can't do intervals on the machine -- it will make the time pass quickly.

If you run on speed nine for 30 minutes, after a five-minute warm-up try one minute at nine, one minute at 11 and then one minute walking at six. Repeat that until the 30 minutes is up.

Other interval sessions for the treadmill after a warm-up period are:

* One minute at eight, one minute at 10, one minute at 12 and repeat. * One minute at eight, one minute at nine, one minute at 10, one minute at 11, one minute at 10, one minute at nine, one minute at eight and repeat. To extend this program you could go up to 14 and back down to eight. * One minute at eight and one minute at 12 and repeat.

If you combine treadmill running and road running, don't try to run at the same speed on the treadmill as you do on land, as it will be very difficult. There is about a 20-second per kilometre difference.

Interval training twice a week will guarantee you a new personal best time.

Article from The Mercury

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 Monday, April 07, 2003 

Deek's damaged gold shines again

by Alison Rehn

DESPITE losing everything in the Canberra bushfires, Robert de Castella has had reason to smile of late.

De Castella's Chapman home was one of more than 500 reduced to rubble by the savage firestorm in January which scorched the nation's capital.

One of the world's best marathon runners in the 1980s, "Deek" salvaged his prized medals that he had won over his lifetime, but they were charred and indistinguishable: fused together in the intense heat.

"I had a tray full of medals and a lot of them sort of ended up melted down," de Castella said.

But extraordinary generosity shown by Canberra businesses and residents has buoyed de Castella and his family, and helped the champion runner to recapture some of what he lost.

Last week, the Royal Australian Mint offered to try to restore the medals to their former glory.

Meanwhile, de Castella has been presented with a replica of the gold medal he won at the 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games.

"I'm very lucky because I've got so many people offering me assistance," he said.

"People used to say Canberra is a cold place, but that's just not true. The bushfires really showed that.

"People, families, friends, strangers – who have just done so much."

De Castella's 1983 world championship gold medal will also soon be replaced, as well as the gold medals he won at the 1986 Boston marathon and the 1986 Edinburgh Commonwealth Games.

Strangers have also started sending de Castella books he signed years ago, as well as old Commonwealth Games programs, treasures he lost in the fires.

"Anything that can be replaced is nice. My daughter on my birthday . . . she and her boyfriend went through the National Library and went through and got newspaper archives and got clippings (for me).

"It's just wonderful the way people have offered to help," he said.

Currently renting a house with his children in Forrest, de Castella said he is still unsure whether he and his family would rebuild their home in Chapman.

"We're organised to have the block cleared in the next week or two, and we'll probably put it on the market and see what it's worth . . . and then we'll see how much it's going to cost to rebuild," he said.

Article from the Courier Mail

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 Sunday, April 06, 2003 

Run Melbourne Series Announced

Event Wizard, a leading Melbourne based event management company announced its innovative ‘Run Melbourne’ series today.

The ‘Run Melbourne’ is a series of six runs leading up to the Asics Melbourne Marathon on October 12th, and will be conducted in some of Melbourne’s beautiful parks commencing on April 13th at Optus Oval in Princes Park, with the final of the series on September 21st.

Event Wizard’s success in increasing the participation in the Asics Melbourne Marathon over the past three years by a staggering 85% has been the catalyst in obtaining corporate support for the Run Melbourne series. The series has been a year in the making and will promote Melbourne and the Asics Melbourne Marathon year round.

This support will enable Event Wizard to stage the second event of the series ‘Run Melbourne – Good Friday Run on Friday 18th April’ with all entry fees going to the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. Event Wizard will donate all its event management services, equipment and supplies enabling the total entry fee of $20 to go direct to the Good Friday Appeal.

The Run Melbourne support partners are – Asics Tiger Oceania, PB Sports Nutrition & Sanitarium .
Full details are now on www.eventwizard.com.au

More information:
Joe Murphy - joe@eventwizard.com.au
Event Wizard - www.eventwizard.com.au
(03) 9381 4666
0418 399 925

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 Friday, April 04, 2003 

Plenty of ticker

IN his daily profession as a cardiac technician, Kurwongbah resident Peter Nowill is accustomed to monitoring the heart rates of his patients.

But tonight he will be hoping his own heart is beating at its maximum capacity.

Nowill is the reigning Australian champion steeplechaser and he will chase a hat-trick of national crowns when he competes in the Australian Athletics championships at QEII. Nowill will also be chasing a quartet of Grand Prix steeplechase victories after winning in Victoria last December, Adelaide in February and at Sydney's Homebush stadium two weeks ago.

``I have had a really good season so far and I'm confident I will continue that form this weekend,'' Nowill said.

Nowill was just outside the Olympic qualifications standards when he ran 8.32.00 to equal his personal best at the Adelaide Grand Prix.

His coach Pat Clohessy said a repeat performance at Chandler would win him the race.

``If he can get close to another PB, it will certainly make it hard for his rivals to catch him,'' Clohessy said.

``He is on the rise at the moment and his recent form has been first-class, he deserves to be favourite.''

Clohessy is well credentialled to speak his opinion after coaching at the Australian Institute of Sport for many years and directing the programs of leading Australian athletes such as Rob de Castella and Sean Creighton.

``His best attribute is his commitment and perseverance to his sport and he has a remarkable relaxed attitude which is important in distance running,'' Clohessy added.

Article from the The Northern Times
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1000 in the running for charity race

THE 2003 Bulimba 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.

Wynnum resident Trevor Wolff will be among the many marshals keeping entrants on the straight and narrow and moving in the right direction during the run.

Rotary representative Shirley Mahon said that 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 Wynnum Herald
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Take heart and run

THE Western Districts Jogger and Harriers are holding the annual Heart of the Lake Fun Run at Lake Gillawarna, Georges Hall, Saturday, May 4.

The Fun Run will consist of two events a 3km and a 10km run/walk.

Racetime starts at 8am for the 3km walk with the 10km at 8.15am.

All proceeds will be donated to the Bankstown East Hills Handicapped Association.

Western Districts Jogger and Harriers have invited mums in particular as the first 10 women home in both races will receive a free mug.

Schools and community Youth groups are encouraged to compete and the school/youth group with the largest combined runners in the nine to 16 years, age categories will receive $250.

The course is traffic free and begins at the Kiosk end of Lake Gillawarna.

Call Kay on 9727 7218 or Bernadette on 9790 3692.

Article from the Fairfield Advance
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Rainy start for record field

by JASON AVEDISSIAN

THE annual North Shore Times/Rotary Club of Lindfield fun run had a record field of 800 take part in wet conditions recently.

The run started and finished at Roseville Park on Clanville Rd in Roseville.

The main event was the 10km run over a challenging course through the leafy suburbs of Roseville, Lindfield and Killara.

Other races included a 5km run and a 5km walk both attracting plenty of interest, from families and individuals.

The cool morning and light rain did little to dispel the boundless enthusiasm of the participants.

Everyone enjoyed the opportunity to exercise throughout the leafy surrounds of the local area, with many participants keen to return next year.

First runner home in the 10km run was a jubilant Colin Johnston, followed by 1994 City to Surf winner Paul Arthur in second place, with Abel Carreira in third.

The first woman home over the 10km journey was Andrea Whitcombe, with Barbara Hill and Tara Wood making up the minor placings.

The 5km run and walk winner in the men's division was Greg Bass, with Lee Wallace and Seung-Yeul Park in second and third respectively.

The winning woman in the women's 5km run/walk grouping was Melissa Penn, followed by Philippa Boss and Alice Tancred.

Federal Education Minister and Member for Bradfield, Dr Brendan Nelson, officially started the events and also later backed-up to hand out the winners' trophies.

Craig Marshall, of Century 21 Lindfield, was the master of ceremony for the day.

The event was sponsored by Chatswood Classic Cars, Century 21 Cordeau Marshall at Lindfield, among other local enthusiastic organisations.

Article from the North Shore Times
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McCann fit and ready to fire for charity

KERRYN McCann has recovered from injury in time for a charity fun run for schizophrenia.
The Commonwealth Games marathon gold medallist will fire the starter's gun and race in the Fitness Five Fun Run and Fitness Walk on Sunday.

The Coledale runner has also helped young joggers prepare for the event at a training session at Beaton Park.

The 5km event, from Crown St, Wollongong, to North Wollongong and back, is open to runners, walkers and people in wheelchairs. Kembla Joggers will donate all proceeds to the Lord Mayor's Schizophrenia Awareness Appeal, to buy a research brain camera. More than $150,000 has been raised for the $200,000 camera, including more than $20,000 at the Illawarra Connection's trivia night last week.

About 700 entrants are expected on Sunday.

Entries will be accepted on the day between 7am and 8am at Wollongong's IPAC theatre.

Entry is $10 for individuals or $20 for families if paid today, or $12 and $25 on the day.

Entry forms are available at City Coast Credit Union branches. The race starts at 8.30am. Sponsors include the Illawarra Mercury, City Coast Credit Union, Graphic Connection, i98FM, Rebel Sport, Beaton Park Leisure Centre and WIN TV.

Article from the Illawarra Mercury
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Launch of Hobart women's event off and running

by YVETTE McGUIRE

MAY 4 is the date all serious and not-so-serious fun runners should pencil into their diaries.

The 15th annual 10km fun run and 5km run and walk for women and girls has always appealed to the cream of the state's top runners but also attracts plenty of school groups, joggers and walkers.

School children got in on the act at yesterday's event launch in Hobart by organisers from Womensport Tasmania.

Half of all entry fees will be donated to the Cancer Council.

The 10km course starts and ends at Parliament House and follows a course to Sandy Bay Beach and return.

The 5km course goes to Casino Drive and return.

A separate 3km race to Magnet Court and return is open to primary school teams.

Plenty of cash prizes are on offer with $300 up for grabs for the winner of the 10km event and $200 for the 5km event.

Prizes are also on offer for the 3km and 5km school events, including participation and encouragement awards and medallions for place-getters.

Entry fees are $10 for adults and $5 for school students.

Entries by mail close on April 30. For further information, phone 0416 169 306.

Article from The Mercury
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 Thursday, April 03, 2003 

Running For Glory

More than 4000 people are expected to tread on the turf of champions as they finish their final lap in this weekend's Runner's World Run to the 'G at 9am on Sunday 6th April.

Known as a fast and scenic course, the 4/10km run/walk event will begin in Yarra Park, and travel along some of Melbourne's great landmarks including Flinders Street Station, the newly developed Federation Square and Birrarung Marr before finishing on the historic turf.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.
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 Wednesday, April 02, 2003 

Lean pickings expected at titles

by JOHN BRIGGS

THERE was a time when the finale of the track and field season was eagerly awaited in Tasmania with many medal prospects.

This week it's hard to imagine much senior gold, silver or bronze finding its way back from Brisbane.

Senior athletes such as Grant Page or under-20s such as Nic Davidson and Matt Rickards could get among the spoils.

Davidson and Rickards have proved themselves well up to senior standard in the 400m hurdles and lead the rankings in the under-20s.

There could be several other major contenders in the under-20s, but Page's attempt on the 1500m seems one of our few senior prospects if the two hurdlers aim for under-20 glory.

There will be plenty of Tasmanian interest in former locals now competing interstate.

Will Hamlyn-Harris (javelin), 800m specialist Susan Andrews and hammer thrower Justin McDonald should be in the medals if they perform at their best.

Let's hope we are pleasantly surprised by the efforts of Tasmanians this week. * * *

THE cross-country season starts on Saturday with the traditional Graeme Cruise Memorial Dash along Bellerive and Howrah Beach.

The Athletics South events start at 10am and entries are encouraged at least 30 minutes ahead and no later than 10 minutes before the start.

The traditional club rivalries will maintain interest after a hard-fought track season in which Northern Suburbs women and Sandy Bay men got home after stiff competition from Eastern Suburbs. The winter season goes until late September and there is the usual range of fun runs and road classics this year.

April 13 is the first of the major fun runs, the Round the River Run.

The Womensport Classic and Fun Run is on May 4, the City to Casino Fun Run on May 25, the Glenorchy Fun Run on June 22 and the Grand Chancellor Budget Fun Run on June 29. * * *

THE hard-working officials, coaches and various helpers who keep the track and field season going deserve a gold medal again this year.

Article from The Mercury
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World titles threat to Melbourne

by Len Johnson

A bid by Kenya for the 2006 world cross-country championships has the potential to rob the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games of the cream of the Commonwealth's middle and long-distance runners.

Athletics Australia had tailored its bid around the Commonwealth Games dates of March 15-26, asking the International Association of Athletics Federations to schedule the cross-country either midweek after the Games or the following weekend of March 30-April 1. Ballarat is the nominated venue.

Complete article at The Age website.
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D-day looming for Stevenson

ALASTAIR Stevenson has rolled the athletics dice and come up trumps.

Four months ago, the 23-year-old's running career was at the crossroads, with injury, sickness and a lack of motivation putting a question mark over his promising career.

Shortly before the 2000 Olympics, Stevenson ran his personal best of 3min 38secs and was the number one ranked 1500m runner in Australia -- that was until a stress fracture to his tibia cut his Olympic dream short.

Things didn't improve much over the next three years but now with a new coach and new attitude, he is one of the favourites for the national 1500m crown at this weekend's Telstra-A Championships at ANZ Stadium in Brisbane.

From Toowong, Stevenson trained under Pat Clohessy for nine years, his entire running career.

In late November though, he switched to Matt Favier, who is overseeing a program implemented by national distance running coach Said Aouita.

Stevenson said he was still friends with Clohessy and the decision was nothing personal.

``For me it was a big decision,'' he said.

``I've been with Pat for nine or 10 years and after I was injured at Olympic time I had eight to 12 months off and after I came back I was never really motivated and fit.

``I've been doing the same training for a while and I needed something different to keep me in the sport.

``Matt was willing to help and I thought it was a real challenge.

``I just thought `if it works it works, if it doesn't it doesn't'.''

With a history of leg injuries, Stevenson was initially wary of the higher intensity training but has now found it agrees with him.

Personal bests over 800m, 3000m and 5000m are all proof of that and now it comes down to his preferred 1500m race at nationals.

He has only raced it once this season and can't wait to take on rivals Youcef Abdi and Michael Power.

``I just approach races differently now,'' he said.

``Mentally I know I've done the work and I don't go into a race scared and questioning things any more.

``I'm confident and hopefully I can win my first national title.''

The championships run from Thursday to Sunday with the prime finals sessions on Friday from 6.30pm and Saturday from 3pm. Tickets are available at the gate and entry is free for under 16s.

Article from the Westside News
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 Tuesday, April 01, 2003 

Local Members Issue Marathon Challenge

Today marked 100 days to go until the Gold Coast Airport Marathon, with Local Members of Parliament Peta-Kaye Croft (Broadwater) and Peter Lawlor (Southport) encouraging the community to start training to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Event.

They also issued a challenge to other local politicians to join them in entering the July 6 event with a targeted 12,000 participants.

This year Peta-Kaye is preparing for the 10K Run in her third year participating in the Gold Coast Airport Marathon, while Peter has stepped up his training for the Asics Walk which he has been involved in for quite a few years as well.

Mr Lawlor said the Gold Coast Airport Marathon was a vital component of the Gold Coast event’s calendar.

“The profile of the event has certainly grown in recent years. The amount of support it receives from locals is tremendous and still growing,” said Mr Lawlor.

“We encourage everyone on the Gold Coast to come out and enjoy a great weekend. Whether you run or walk, support the participants along the route or visit the entertainment activities at the Broadwater Events Parkland, there is something for everyone.”

Ms Croft said the event provided a real sense of community and personal fulfillment for all involved.

“It really is an amazing atmosphere with the community cheering on participants as they set out to complete a personal challenge or just have a fun and healthy day out.

“The target of 12,000 is definitely within reach this year, and I hope we see even more locals this year to join with us in a great community event.

“We also invite other local politicians to come out and support the 25th anniversary of the event. It is certainly a great way for us to meet and talk to the public.”

With 100 days to go, entries for this year’s 25th anniversary Gold Coast Airport Marathon have passed the 400 mark, nearly double than at the same time last year.

Gold Coast Airport Marathon CEO Stan Perkins said both online and paper entries have been coming in at an encouraging rate, and the phone has been ringing ‘off the hook’ with enquiries.

“You can sense that the Gold Coast Airport Marathon is closing in. The number of enquiries has increased considerably in the past month and all of the plans are in full swing,” said Perkins.

“The diversity in the entries has been great especially the age range, and the states and countries that will be represented.

“It is great to have the support of Local MPs including Peta-Kaye Croft and Peter Lawlor and hopefully many more local politicians come out to participate in a great community event.”

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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Johnson on target for place in Paris

by Margie McDonald

BENITA JOHNSON is on track for a placing at the world championships, according to distance coach Said Aouita.

For the second year, Africans out-sprinted Johnson to the line in the women's world 4km cross-country championship, on Sunday in Lausanne.

Johnson, 23, of Canberra, finished fifth in 12min48sec, just two seconds behind bronze medallist Jane Gakunyi, of Kenya.

``I don't see a lot of difference between the top three and the top five,'' Aouita told AAP.

``She just needs to improve her speed and endurance and I'm sure she will do that.

``It really was a very good result. She is one of our most promising distance runners we have right now; she has all the potential to be very good.''

Johnson is aiming for the 5000 metres on the track in Paris at the ninth IAAF world championships in August.

On Sunday, she was third with 20 metres to run. But Ethiopian Weknesh Kidane and Gakunyi went past her.

The gold medallist was Kenyan Edith Masai (12:43).

Johnson's effort, along with the other five Australians in the race -- three finishing inside the top 50 -- gave Australia fifth place in the team event for the second year in a row.

Johnson has not entered this weekend's national athletics titles in Brisbane in either the women's 1500m or 3000m.

She won the 5000m at the Melbourne Telstra Series-A event on March 1, which doubled as the Australian championship, and has qualifed for Paris.

Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele claimed a historic repeat double, winning the men's long-course title for the second year running, on top of the short-course title.

Article from the The Australian.
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Last 20 metres trip up Benita

JUST 20 metres from the finish line, Australian Benita Johnson's tilt at history ran out of legs at the women's cross-country world championships in Avenches, Switzerland, yesterday.

Running in third, the 23-year-old was within sight of the best finish by an Australian when two Kenyans edged past her.

Despite finishing a creditable fifth in the 4km race and being the only non-African in the top seven, Johnson again missed a bronze medal by just a few seconds.

The Queenslander last year finished fourth and three seconds outside third. This time she was just two seconds from bronze and five seconds behind winner Edith Masai, of Kenya, (12min 43sec).

Masai successfully defended her short-course title, beating long-course world champion Werknesh Kidane, of Ethiopia. Kenyans Jane Gakunyi and Isabelle Ochichi outsprinted Johnson in the final 20m to grab third and fourth respectively.

Australian distance coach Said Aouita yesterday said the result bodes well for Johnson before August's world titles in Paris.

``I don't see a lot of difference between the top three and the top five. She just needs to improve her speed and endurance and I'm sure she will do that,'' Aouita said.

``She is one of our most promising distance runners. She has all the potential to be very good.''

Aouita said Johnson was excellent over 1500m and 10,000m, but picked the 5000m as her main chance for a world championship medal.

Article from the Herald Sun.
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Aths Aust Review of Domestic Athletics

Athletics Australia is undertaking a comprehensive review of all aspects of Australian domestic athletics competition.

Athletics is a wide-ranging sport, with participants of all ages and performance levels. More than any other sport it covers all physical types, the endurance athlete, sprinters, jumpers and throwers, and can be undertaken in Australian at levels from the occasional club athlete to the Olympic gold contender. Athletics Australia is seeking input from all involved in the sport at any level in order to formulate a multi year plan taking domestic athletics into the future, bigger and stronger than ever.

Comments and recommendations are sought from the entire athletics community, young athletes to the elite, coaches working in schools to those working with Olympic champions, officials and administrators at all levels. To facilitate and give some structure to the input, Athletics Australia asked Brian Roe to undertake an informal review of the state of domestic competition in Australia and compile his findings into an independent review paper with a series of recommendations.

This extensive document with 28 recommendations can be found at: www.athletics.org.au/pdfs/AA_review.pdf

Or from the Athletics Australia home page, www.athletics.org.au under Development / Domestic Athletics Review.

It should be noted that the review and recommendations are independent views, arrived at by the author after an extensive review process. They are not the final view or recommendations, these will be arrived at, compiled and circulated after the extensive community input is received. Respondents may raise new recommendations.

Structure for Review Input
Take the time to carefully read and consider the review document in full. In structuring your input please:

  • be as concise as possible
  • note the recommendation number that you agree / disagree with
  • there is no requirement to comment on all recommendations
  • if you have under taken a survey or similar within your Club, committee or training group note how this was done and how many were involved
  • if you wish to add a new recommendation state the recommendation and then add the additional information and rationale as accompanying documentation.
  • positive input is required and will achieve the best result as we are seeking to move the sport forward, this is not a forum to air complaints or dwell on negatives.

Input should be returned to Athletics Australia by 30th April 2003 via email to david.Gynther@athletics.org.au or mail to:
David Gynther
Athletics Australia
Suite 22 Fawkner Towers
431 St Kilda Rd
Melbourne VIC 3004

As an example reply from the fictitious Blue Oval Athletics Club:

Recommendation 23: It is recommended that under 23 result components be added to
national open track and field championships as from 2002/03, with a view to
establishing separate under 23 championships on the national calendar once it is
considered participating numbers and available finance are adequate to stage same.

After discussing this within our club we would strongly recommend that a separate U23 competition would not be desirable, however combining with the current Open Championships would be a good idea if it also allowed a separate (and easier) qualifying standard for U23 athletes. This would encourage many U23 athletes to stay in the sport and develop, particularly in the field events where there is a big jump in qualifying standards form U20 to open age groups. An alternative would be to just have U23 qualifying standards at the Open Championships.

Note: The group consulted consisted of 23 athletes, 8 coaches and 4 administrators, 7 of the athletes are in the 20 to 23 age group.

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