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 Friday, May 30, 2003 

Event Order at 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games

By Darren Gray

Swimming events will be held in the first half of the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, and athletics in the second half, after negotiations between the Games organising committee and international athletics chiefs.

The International Association of Athletics Federations agreed for athletics to be held in the second half of the Games at a recent meeting in Spain. The Games will be held from March 15-26 in 2006.

Complete article at The Age website.
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Sometimes life just isn't meant to be peachy

By Rachel Berger

There I was on the corner of Alexandra Avenue and Anderson Street, South Yarra - the losers' gate at the bottom of the hill at the Botanical Gardens. This is lycra country - teeming with tall blondes galloping in tanned legs, teensy shorts and tank tops with the word peaches stretched across their breasts. Maybe it's the Fruit-of-the-Month-Club fun run?

I am meeting my friend. We've made a pact to start jogging, not just walking around the track. This is the biggest commitment I've made in years and I'm worried. In making this decision, I have crossed an internal watershed, a kind of Nullarbor of the spirit, and I know that I will never be the same.

Complete article at The Age website.
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 Thursday, May 29, 2003 

Defending Marathon Champion to Return to Coast

After winning Sunday's Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon, last year's Gold Coast Airport Marathon winner Rod de Highden has confirmed he will race on the Gold Coast this year for the event's 25th anniversary on Sunday July 6.

However a different challenge awaits. De Highden (Victoria) will line up in the Gold Coast Bulletin Half Marathon which he will use as a key preparation race for the upcoming World Championships Marathon in Paris.

In further good news, de Highden will be joined in the Gold Coast Bulletin Half Marathon by reigning champion Scott Westcott (ACT), Australian cross country champion Anna Thompson (Victoria) and New Zealand's Blair Martin who was fourth last year.

The 34-year-old dual Olympian from Melbourne said the Gold Coast Bulletin Half Marathon formed a critical part of his World Championships training.

"I will be looking at rehearsing my race pace and drinks and continuing to build my strength and confidence.

"It will be a good warm weather race to get myself used to the warmer climate of Paris for the World Championships marathon six weeks after."

De Highden won last year's Gold Coast Marathon in two hours, 15 minutes and 21 seconds. He was also a victor in the 1995 Gold Coast Marathon – his first-ever marathon win and the 2000 Host City Marathon in Sydney, and placed a credible 23rd in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Marathon and 28th in Sydney in 2000.

He is looking forward to running back on one of his favourite courses before setting off for Paris.

"Traditionally you have to look overseas for a fast course but this is really the jewel in the crown in Australia. It usually has great conditions on a fast course and I'm sure it will be won in a fast time," said de Highden.

The Gold Coast Bulletin Half Marathon doubles as the Telstra Australian Half Marathon Championships – another incentive for Australia's elite runners to participate.

One of the early favourites is Scott Westcott who was the fastest Australian over the half marathon distance last year clocking 63 minutes 25 seconds – a time he clocked when third in the Gold Coast Bulletin Half Marathon.

Last weekend on Sydney's slower and wet course, de Highden won in 65:00 from Westcott who was 37 seconds behind. The result has Westcott eager to turn the tables on the Gold Coast.

"It was pretty dismal weather in Sydney on the weekend so it became a battle of attrition. I'm looking forward to much better conditions on the Gold Coast where I will have much better condition in my legs," said Westcott.

"I will be out to win back-to-back Gold Coast half marathons, and try to run a new personal best on this fast course and put my name forward for selection in the World Half Marathon Championships."

Rising Australian female distance runner Anna Thompson placed second in the Sydney Half Marathon in 74:22 and has her sights set on winning the national title on the Gold Coast to gain selection for the World Half Marathon Championships in Vilamoura, Portugal in October.

The 26-year-old teacher was a 5000m representative at last year's Commonwealth Games and showcased her good form by comfortably finishing ahead of Commonwealth Games marathon bronze medallist Jackie Gallagher on the weekend.

"It should be a fast race with some strong opposition to be announced shortly. Hopefully my performance puts me in the calculations for Australian selection at the World Half Marathon Championships later in the year," said Thompson.

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

The Gold Coast Airport Marathon course is rated the fastest in Australia, and one of the best opportunities to run your personal best over the marathon, half marathon and 10K.

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

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Pine Rivers fun run returns in triumph

THE annual Pine Rivers Fun-Run is back bigger and better than ever.

More than 200 energetic people of all ages and fitness levels made their way to the Kensington Shopping Village starting line last Sunday morning with event organiser Tom Law declaring the community event a raging success.

``We had people from all over Brisbane taking part and everyone had a enjoyable day out,'' Law said.

Australian paralympians Geoff Trappett and Gerrard Gossens took part in the fun-run which was cancelled last year due to problems with public liability insurance.

RESULTS

Lorraine Abraham D2F 30min36sec, 1. Ernie Price D2M 15min4sec, 1. Geoff Trappett D8M 27:30, 1, James Keen D8M 46:54, 2, Darol Abraham D8M 50:38, 3. Kimberley Hubbard HS2F 8:27, 1, Angela Dix HS2F 9:23, 2, Sarah Spalinger HS2F 9:25, 3, Naomi Perry HS2F 9:26, 4, Linda Edwards HS2F 11:10, 5, Hayley O'Neill HS2F 28:17,

Article from the Pine Rivers Press.
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Enter festival run

ENTRIES are still open for the the city's biggest mass participation sporting event.

The Blacktown Festival Fun Run and Mayoral Walk is on Sunday.

If you don't have time to get your entry form in this week, you can register on the day at the starting point at Blacktown Olympic Park, Phillip Parkway, Rooty Hill.

There are three events graded to suit people of all abilities and fitness levels.

For those who like a challenge, there is the 10km fun run that starts at 9am.

A 4km fun run starts 10 minutes later.

For those who prefer a more leisurely start to their day, why not try the 10km Mayoral Walk which will be led by Blacktown Mayor Alan Pendleton.

It also starts at 9am.

This year's runs and walk are again proudly sponsored by the Blacktown Advocate.

For details and registrations, call 9839 6075.

Article from the Blacktown Advocate.
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Half marathon in the Barossa

IT will be a fun run for some and more serious for others when the Barossa hosts a half marathon on Sunday.

More than 250 competitors are expected to line up for the Brauer Barossa Half Marathon and Fun Runs at the region's recreation centre.

From 9am, participants will take part in 5km, 10km and 21km events.

Article from The Advertiser.
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Locals race in to say thanks to volunteers

By JULIA WHYTE

Undeterred by the cold weather, participants in the annual ABS Fun Run pulled on their runners to raise money for the ACT Volunteer Brigades Association.

Mike Taylor, from Jerrabomberra Volunteer Bushfire Brigade, and Pat Barling, from Rivers Volunteers Bushfire Brigade, were among the hundreds who took to the starting line.

Competitors, ranging from the serious to stragglers and strollers, made their way around the 7.3km track to show their support for the volunteer firefighters and emergency services.

Winning honours went to Petro Davidiadis, from the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, clocking a time of just over 22 minutes. He was awarded a certificate and the Castle Shield for his efforts.

First woman home was University of Canberra student Marnie Ponton in just under 27 minutes.

Fun run organiser Peter Harper from the ABS said the event was not only an opportunity for individuals to thank volunteers for their work during the January firestorm, it also promoted community involvement and contributed to a positive working environment.

'Firstly, we want to be part of the community here in Belconnen, we're a large employer in the Belconnen region and this is one of the ways in which we can show our presence in the community,' Mr Harper said.

'Secondly, we're interested in team participation and building team spirit and so forth, both among our staff and other people who want to enter into the fun run.

'Thirdly, as an organisation we're keen to make sure our staff maintain a good work/life balance and something healthy, like getting out to exercise and having a fun run, is very appropriate to that.

'I also think the healthier the staff we have, the more productive they are.'

Organisers had not tallied money raised but estimated it would be more than $1000.

Article from the Canberra Times.
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 Wednesday, May 28, 2003 

Watch Athletics on SBS

Catch all the best athletics action from around the globe on SBS. Read on for program details over the next few months, including World Youth Championships, World Championships and IAAF Golden League.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.
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SMH Thanks CoolRunners for feedback on Half-Marathon

CoolRunning has received the following note from the organisers of the SMH Half-Marathon:

Thanks for all your support on "CoolRunning", just wondering if you could print this letter as away of addressing many of the issues raised on the message board.

Michael Russell
logistics/operations
Marketing Services
John Fairfax Publications
mrussell@mail.fairfax.com.au



Hello runners,

On behalf of the organising team of The Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon, thank you for the input you have posted on this website.

I hope the following will address some of the points raised by participants

Baggage - We utterly regret the situation that occurred and apologise to all those who were affected. If you are a regular runner in this event you will realise that this situation has not occurred previously. Unfortunately there were a number of factors working against us on the day, namely bad weather, trying to keep gear dry in a small amount of space and new start/finish line procedures for baggage which resulted in time delays for sorting. For this we apologise and wish to reassure you that we are taking steps to ensure that this does not happen again.

Kilometre Markers – We can assure you that every kilometre marker was in place and accurate.

Transponders – It was never our intention to use timing mats at the start as it was felt that with the wider start most runners would be over the start line very quickly (this information was communicated to every runner in all correspondence). As this was the first year of using this method of timing we also employed the old method of timing as a back up. The published times are those received through the transponders.

Fruit bags – Over 4,500 bags were sent to the finish and there were 3790 “official” finishers. We have just spoken to participants who finished in the last 100 and they confirmed that they received their fruit bag.

Sports Drink - Unfortunately at late notice we were unable to secure a suitable drink sponsor.

On a positive note we would like to thank all the officials and volunteers for the long and tiresome hours that they put in year after year to allow this run to be a success. Congratulations to all those runners who turned up and participated in such trying weather conditions. We hope to see you next year.

Organising Team, SMH Half Marathon


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Cliff Young Slows Down

In the month that marks 20 years since Cliff Young sprang to national prominence by winning the frist ever Westfield Sydney to Melbourne race, the following sad note has been received:

Hi just an email to all the friends Cliff met over his running days. Cliff is no longer running or walking the streets and walkways these days as he has been very sick and is being looked after Helen Powers who is doing a great job and keeping him out of hospitals . Cliff still likes to receive mail which is read to him. Anyone wishing to send mail can to :
PO BOX 372
GOLDEN BEACH
QLD 4551


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Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon

Post-Race
- Kembla Joggers - SMH Half Marathon report
- SMH Thanks CoolRunners for feedback on Half-Marathon
- Like Ducks to water (SMH)
- Athletics Australia article
- Susie Powers (SMH)
- Susie Powers makes SMH Half-Marathon History
- If you ran please add your comments here
- Full Results are available here, and comments on the results here.

Official website

Pre-Race
- All easy going now as runners take their marks
- In memory of Ben, they'll be running for his life
- Love, honour and leave her behind at the 10km mark

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 Tuesday, May 27, 2003 

Athletics Australia has denied the organisation is on the brink of collapse

The chief executive of Athletics Australia has denied the organisation is on the brink of collapse. While admitting the governing body of track and field in this country was experiencing major financial problems, Simon Allatson was confident last night AA would remain viable.

"I refute any suggestion that this organisation is not solvent," he said.

The line of creditors knocking on AA's door has swelled in recent months, with state-based member associations and various state institutes still waiting on allocated funding.

More information at Fox Sports

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World Champs + World Uni Team Additions

Athletics Australia advises additional selections to the 2003 Australian World Championships team and the 2003 Australian World University Games team.

WORLD CHAMPIONHIPS TEAM:

Athletics Australia advises the following additional selections to the 2003 Australian World Championships team (to contest the World Championships in Paris, 23rd – 31st August 2003).

• Luke Adams (20km walk)
• Benita Johnson (10,000m)

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.
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 Monday, May 26, 2003 

Trendwest Throws Weight Behind Corporate Challenge

Leading holiday ownership company Trendwest South Pacific has responded to a marathon challenge by declaring its support of the 25th Gold Coast Airport Marathon on July 6.

Launched in 1999, Trendwest South Pacific is a leader in the holiday ownership industry, offering a network of drive-to, exotic and international attraction resorts with a unique, flexible point-based system of ownership.

The company, with more than 500 staff based on the Gold Coast, will hold its own registration day this Friday between 12 noon and 12.30pm, to build a strong corporate team for the Gold Coast Airport Marathon.

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Daley Kids on the Road to Success

Watch out for the Daley's at the Gold Coast Airport Marathon this year!

Father John, daughter Anita and son Matt are all chasing their own personal glory in what could be a successful day for the Daley family on Sunday July 6.

Matt, 14, is one of the favourites for the Norco Pauls Collect-A-Cap Junior Dash over 4km given his recent form in cross country and road racing.

The Palm Beach High School student was the Australian Cross Country Champion for the 13-year age group in 2001. He is unbeaten in the 15-year age group in cross country racing so far this year as well as in the monthly Sanctuary Cove 5K road races.

Sporting great all-round ability, Matt is ranked in the top three in Queensland for 15 year olds in cycling and triathlons. He was previously ranked one in Queensland for triathlons from 2000 to 2002.

His running performances have led to a spot on Palm Beach High School's Sport's Excellence Program.

While Matt is burning up in the field of running, his sister Anita is certainly holding her own in the family stakes.

The 16-year-old All Saints Anglican School student has placed in the top-10 over 3000m and cross country at the Queensland Championships for her age group in the past year.

In her age group, she was also the Australian short course triathlon champion for the past two years and Queensland triathlon champion this year.

Showing her versatility, Anita placed fifth in the Queensland Criterium Cycling Championships at Nerang Velodrome last weekend.

The siblings train regularly with dad John who will line up in his fourth Gold Coast Airport Marathon event. They can be seen pounding along a 9km loop around Merrimac and Robina in preparation for the July 6 event.

This year John and Anita will tackle the 10K Run, both aiming for a time under 40 minutes, while Matt has his sights set on a win in the Junior Dash.

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Marathon Goes Global Through Cyber Space

Gone are the days when every participant in the Gold Coast Airport Marathon had to fill out an entry form and fax or post it back to the office.

While this is still the most popular means of entry, 45 percent of participants now enter online through the event's website www.goldcoastmarathon.com.au.

Gold Coast Airport Marathon Events Manager Cameron Hart said the current percentage of online entries is a record.

"This indicates that more and more people are becoming aware of the potential of the Internet and how it can save time and effort in entering events such as the Gold Coast Airport Marathon," said Hart.

"We try to make the whole process as easy and efficient as possible and direct as many people to enter via the Internet.

"However we realise that not everyone has access to the Internet and prefer to enter through the traditional avenues, so this remains an option."

Highlighting the popularity of www.goldcoastmarathon.com.au , more than 10,000 unique visits were registered last month with a total of more than 300,000 hits.

The website has information for all levels of runner and interested 'web surfer' including race information; the latest marathon news; social events; past results; travel and tourism; merchandise; training diaries and advice; health and nutrition; and interactive opportunities.

"The awareness of the Gold Coast Airport Marathon is certainly increasing in Australia and throughout the world based on our Internet figures," said Hart.

"The website has become our number one tool in communicating event information especially to people in other states and countries. There won't be too many questions that can't be answered through a visit to the website.

"The most popular pages are the previous results, training diaries and online entries, demonstrating the strength of the website as an assistant to runners with their race preparation."

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A Spring in the Step Towards a Marathon

Anyone looking for a challenge can look no further than running a marathon. Just ask 74-year-old Mermaid Waters resident Jim Spring who is set to compete in his third successive Gold Coast Airport Marathon on July 6.

This year Jim will have added motivation with wife Rona, 65, joining him on the 42.2km journey from the Broadwater south to Miami, back north to Runaway Bay, and south again to the finish line at the Broadwater Events Parkland.

After a surgical procedure in 1997, Jim made a pact to regain fitness and commenced a long and arduous campaign to run a marathon. He started swimming and walking short distances, before building up to enter the 10K Walk in 1998, 1999 and 2000.

Then he decided it was time for a new challenge – run the Gold Coast Marathon. Seven and a half hours after the start in 2001, Jim was the last entrant to cross the line.

Last year Jim was on track to finish in around six hours when bad cramps 8km from the finish forced his retirement from the race.

This will be Rona's first ever marathon after showing impressive form running in the past two Gold Coast Bulletin Half Marathons and the three walk events before that. She finished third, second and first in her age category in the walks, and had a best place finish in the half marathon of fourth last year.

When asked if the husband and wife team plan to run together in the marathon Jim replied, "Rona will be a speck in the distance and I'll be the one following.

"We love running and participating every year in the Gold Coast Airport Marathon. We are a great support team for eachother."

Jim and Rona's favourite training spots are the trails around Tallebudgera, and coastline routes from Elephant's Rock at Currumbin to Tweed Heads, and Kurrawa to Runaway Bay.

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New Zealand Trio Boosts Female Marathon Stocks

Three of New Zealand's leading female marathon runners will launch a Trans Tasman challenge at the Gold Coast Airport Marathon on Sunday July 6.

Shireen Crumpton, Maree Turner and Marnie Oberer have all entered this year's 25th anniversary event to vie for the $10,000 victory purse.

All three women ran on the Gold Coast last year with Crumpton placing fourth in a personal best of 2:40:24, Turner finishing sixth in 2:47:00 and Oberer crossing the line in eighth in a p.b of 2:48:11.

Crumpton, from Dunedin, was a victor in the Christchurch Marathon last year in the month prior to the Gold Coast and then took out the New Caledonia Marathon a month after. She also ran in one of the most famous international marathons, the Boston Marathon in 2001, recording a then p.b of 2:40:25.

Turner, from Auckland, has a p.b of 2:39:38 set in the Rotorua Marathon in 1993 and continued her love of the Rotorua race with victory last year.

Oberer, also from Auckland, started running competitively only two years ago and ran her first marathon on the Gold Coast last year.

Gold Coast Airport Marathon Events Manager Cameron Hart said the return of the elite New Zealand contingent was another boost for this year's 25th anniversary Gold Coast Airport Marathon and highlights the event's significance on the international running calendar.

"These runners will build the significant depth of the women's marathon, and with still more elite entries to be confirmed over the coming weeks, the field is looking strong," said Hart.

"New Zealand will be a very strong force in both women's and men's marathons this year. Four of their leading men confirmed their participation a few weeks ago plus these three women this week.

"The question is now whether the Aussies can counter the Kiwi challenge on home soil. The challenge has certainly been set."

New Zealand's male charge will be led by New Plymouth's Dale Warrander, third in 2001; Auckland's Phil Clode, winner of last year's Christchurch Marathon; World Cross Country representative Alan Bunce making his marathon debut; and, former Zatopek 10K winner Robbie Johnston.


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Distance Bests At Prefontaine

PREFONTAINE CLASSIC
Eugene, Oregon, USA
(Saturday 24th May 2003)

Australia's distance athletes highlighted the Aussie results this weekend's Prefontaine Classic Grand Prix in Eugene, Oregon, with four athletes setting personal bests.

Suzy Walsham shot to number six on the women's 1500m Australian All time list after she clocked 4:07.78 - a new personal best by three seconds and the fastest time by an Australian since 2000 (Crowley ran 4:07.23 on 9/8/00). Walsham finished sixth, while fellow Australian Emily Morris crossed the line ninth, clocking 4:12.37 - a personal best by 3.2 seconds and number 22 on the Australian all-time list. Slovenia’s Jolanda Ceplak took out the race in 4:02.44.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.
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Young, old, even dogs set run record

by JOHN BRIGGS

THE 31st annual City to Casino turned into a fun-running stunner yesterday with a record number of competitors converging on the Wrest Point Hotel Casino car park.

Run officials were amazed at the record number of entries -- up more than 500 on last year's near record number as almost 2600 competed in the state's most famous and long-standing fun run.

The last-minute deluge of entries embarrassed officials, who ran out of participation certificates in the 5.8km version of the event, despite printing 1400.

But there were huge numbers in all three versions -- the 11km from Glenorchy Council Chambers, the 5.8km from Clare St Oval in New Town, and the 2.7km primary-school section from Salamanca Place.

Longer-than-usual traffic jams resulted and the human traffic arriving at the run finish kept officials very busy.

Competitors ran in funny hats, dressed as giant sperms, walked dogs and pushed prams.

The day brought out the best in star athletes such as Kylie Risk and Brad Dyson, easy winners in the 11km run.

But it also produced hundreds of minor heroes.

Vern Tapp, at 82, was the oldest in the field but certainly not the slowest.

Vern ran the 5.8km event in 41m50s, setting a personal best time.

``I'm getting faster each year -- I can't understand it,'' the veteran of about 25 City to Casinos said.

Increased numbers in the shorter run/walk also produced human and vehicular traffic jams.

At least 78 children represented New Town Primary School and about 70 staff, parents and children from the Tasmanian IVF program made the distance.

There were scores of spot prizes for individuals and school groups, along with teams sections representing corporate groups.

Presenting the G.T. Briggs Memorial trophy to Risk and Dyson was Honey Bacon.

Although well known as the wife of Premier Jim Bacon these days, Mrs Bacon was promotions officer at Wrest Point when the decision to sponsor the inaugural event was made.

Article from The Mercury.
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Risk and Dyson rule Fun Run draws record field

by JOHN BRIGGS

THE incredible Kylie Risk and rising star Brad Dyson dominated the 31st City to Casino Fun Run yesterday and promptly said they had even bigger ambitions.

Dyson, running in his first 11km version of the state's oldest and biggest fun run, said he wanted to use the victory as a stepping stone to the rich Burnie Ten in September.

``I want to show people Tasmanian distance runners can compete with the best,'' said Dyson.

Risk, who has lost count of her City to Casino triumphs, is stepping up to the half-marathon distance (21.1km) and setting her sights on the national title at the Gold Coast in July.

She has little to prove in national standards as a former Australian title holder on the track, Commonwealth Games bronze medallist and Sydney City to Surf winner.

Risk was close to her very best form yesterday in cool but clear conditions, beating her nearest female rival by nearly seven minutes and finishing seventh overall.

``I always find plenty of competition in this run -- some of the guys don't like getting beaten by a woman, so we have some good races,'' said Risk, 29.

``I'm not sure how many times I've won either this or the shorter race but it's 10 or 11.''

Risk's winning time was 33m58s and second was Jacqui Guy (40m48s), followed in by Cherie Horne (40m58s).

Dyson was happy enough with his winning time of 31m21s, after deciding he would run to win and not seek records.

``I've been getting over two weeks with the flu and it was good to do as well as that, and know I can run much faster in races like the Burnie Ten,'' he said.

Grant Page, also stepping up to the 11km distance this year, was second in 32m7s, ahead of Matthew Harding (32m27s) and Launceston visitor Mark Jackson (32m47s).

The women's 5.8km event was much more competitive, with Emily Bell having to work hard to hold out schoolgirl Isabella Thompson.

Bell recorded 20m45s, Thompson ran 20m50s and third-placed Emma Ford clocked 21m14s.

The men's 5.8km was won by Jason Allie in 16m53s, making it a men's double for the Albert Johnson ``stable''.

Second was Aaron Mullins (17m40s), followed by David Costelloe (17m58s).

The 2.7km run for primary school children was fiercely competitive. Oscar Phillips, from Launceston, took the boys' race from Bobby Malcomson and Robert Salter.

The winning girl was Jessica Morey, who edged out Gabrielle Mann and Prairie Nischler.

All three events were very popular, producing a record number of entries -- close to 2600.

Article from The Mercury.
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 Sunday, May 25, 2003 

Susie Powers makes SMH Half-Marathon History

A Victorian man has taken out first place in the 12th Sydney half marathon but a female competitor has made race history.Rod De Highden finished the 21.1 kilometre course through the CBD in 65 minutes.Last year's winner, Scott Westacott, came in second.

Among the women, last year's City to Surf winner Susie Power came in first, completing the course in 71 minutes, 31 seconds. Event organiser Rosemary Woods says it is a good time. "That time is the third fastest time ever recorded for a woman in [this race]," she said. "Overall she came 11th in the run, which is pretty significant, no other woman has done that."

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 Thursday, May 22, 2003 

Uluru to Darwin Runner makes Katherine

Randall Boscoe reports that Larry Burtt ran into Mataranka just south of Katherine today during his run from Uluru to Darwin (started 26th April, scheduled for finishing on 1st June). The heat and humidity up in the Territory during the mid to late afternoons has been making day running hard work so Larry has been starting his days now from midnight to 3am to get in as many kilometres as he can in the much cooler night air. Snakes are now becoming a hazard as there are a lot of stations doing fire burnoffs and the snakes are coming onto the road for protection, occasionally sitting up to give Larry a smile to help him on his way.........to the other side of the road.

There are many bonuses to doing a run like this run for the Make a Wish foundation, you meet a lot of great people along the way and get invites into great places like the Tindal Airforce base. Larrys' not expecting a ride in one but I know hes going to hint heavily to get a sit in an F18 fighter jet.... time will tell.

On Friday he will arrive in Katherine being met by the Lord Mayor and on Saturday hes meeting up with the Top End Boys, two local NT TV celebs at the Katherine Cup where he'll be fundraising and hoping to get his nose on their show to plug Make a Wish.

Larrys' run is going well, his blisters have healed along with a hamstring strain and hes looking fine to get to Darwin on June the 1st where he plans to run to the end of the Stuart Hwy and straight into the ocean not stopping to take off his beloved New Balance runners (blatant plug for his shoe sponsors) to cool his feet.

More at info www.enduropro.com

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 Wednesday, May 21, 2003 

Leonora streets set to come alive

LEONORA will come alive on the Foundation Day long weekend, when a four-day street party is hosted in the north-eastern Goldfields town.

Organising committee spokeswoman Annaliese Walster said the event would kick off on Friday, May 30, at 8pm at the Whitehouse Hotel and would be followed by a weekend full of events.

"Everyone has chipped in and the entire community has got behind it," Ms Walster said.

"There is free entertainment all weekend so parents can bring their kids and not have to worry about it costing too much."

The celebrations will centre around the official launch of the main street upgrade which was completed earlier this year. Kalgoorlie MHR Barry Haase will open celebrations and Goldfields-Esperance Minister Nick Griffiths will give an opening address.

Plenty of competitions will be held over the weekend with prizes up for grabs including $3000 in the Leonora Gwalia 1609m sprint.

Ms Walster said Australian marathon champion Ray Boyd, who is leading a group of elite runners through the Goldfields to promote athletics in the region, will compete in the sprint.

Former national Duathlon Champion and WA cross country titleholder Raf Baugh and WA Marathon and Half Marathon champion Mark Page will also participate in the event.

Article from the Kalgoorlie Miner.
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Fertile minds set to run amok

DON'T be alarmed if you see a giant sperm heading down Sandy Bay Rd on Sunday.

It will merely be one of the competitors in the City to Casino fun run.

To celebrate 20 years of IVF, the Tasmanian program's staff, mums and dads and their offspring decided the annual fun run was the place to be.

``We are not all such great runners so we decided to walk the shorter distance together,'' said TASIVF spokeswoman Kerry Tucker.

``Most of our team will be competing, along with parents who have been through the program and some of our success stories [children].''

Fun run director Noel Ruddock said the 2.7km run and walk from Salamanca Place was supposed to be for schoolchildren only but organisers were happy to make an exception for the IVF team.

TASIVF began in February 1983 as the state's first in-vitro fertilisation clinic under the guidance, inspiration and foresight of Rod Watkins.

Dr Watkins retired last year but retains a big interest in the program.

The first baby was born in May 1984 and up to 2001, 659 babies -- including 97 sets of twins and three sets of triplets -- have made their way into the world through the program.

Expectations are high for a record fun run field of more than 2000.

Late entries will be taken up until noon on Saturday at Talays or at the start.

The run starts at 10am and there will be lots of prizes.

The 11km run starts at the Glenorchy Council Chambers and the 5.8km event from Clare St Oval in New Town.

The finishing point for all events is Wrest Point Casino car park.

Article from The Mercury.

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Melbourne makes track climax to Games

Commonwealth Games chiefs have agreed to finish the 2006 Melbourne Games with the athletics program on March 20-25.

International Association of Athletic Federation general secretary Istvan Gyulai met Melbourne Organising Committee chairman Ron Walker and Athletics Australia chief executive and Simon Allatson in Madrid to work out the dates. Athletics was held at the beginning of the 2002 Manchester Games.

"Athletics will now be the climax of the Commonwealth Games and we all hope that Melbourne will be able to match the sold out crowds, and marvellous atmosphere of the Sydney Olympic Stadium," Mr Gyulai said.

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AA/AIS High Performance Manager Appointed

Athletics Australia and the Australian Institute of Sport today announced the appointment of Tudor Bidder to the position of AA/AIS High Performance Manager.

Bidder’s appointment signals a new phase of co-operation between Athletics Australia and the Australian Institute of Sport. For the first time, the high performance programs of both organisations will operate under the one co-ordinated structure.

"This structure, which will take effect immediately, is intended to ensure athletics drives maximum synergies and efficiencies from our collective high performance development efforts," said Athletics Australia CEO Simon Allatson. "The sport has spoken about wanting to be a world top-five athletics nation and ensuring there is one national system combining the features of AA and the AIS will provide Australia’s athletes the best opportunity to deliver on that objective."

A worldwide recruiting process resulted in the appointment of Tudor Bidder to the newly created position. Bidder’s background and credentials in high performance athletics is outstanding and includes time as the Head Coach of the West Australian Institute of Sport’s athletics program and, most recently, the Head of World Class Potential Program at UK Athletics. In this role, Bidder was responsible for planning the re-emergence of the British Athletics team as an international force after its poor showing at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. The improvement shown by the team at the 2000 Games and last year’s Manchester Commonwealth Games is clear evidence Bidder’s strategies had an effect.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia Website
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 Monday, May 19, 2003 

Oregon Track Classic

...National 3000m/5000m champion Mike Power ran well for fourth place in the men's 3000m, clocking 7:46.95. Power finished behind world number two Abraham Chebii from Kenya (1st in 7:45.21), Kenya's Shadrack Kosgei (2nd in 7:45.96) and America's Tim Broe (3rd in 7:46.57).

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.
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Run for fun and charity

TAKE your marks, get set, go!

It's time to get those running or walking shoes on again for the 2003 The Sunday Mail Suncorp Bridge to Brisbane Fun Run.

The seventh annual event on August 3 will raise funds for two of the state's most worthy charities, the Princess Alexandra Hospital Research Team and the Cerebral Palsy League of Queensland.

An estimated 16,000 entrants of all calibres are expected to take part in the 12km run and 4.25km short course in this year's event.

Entrants in the 12km course will start from 6.30am at the toll plaza of the Gateway Bridge, running, jogging or walking along some of Brisbane's most scenic routes. Short-course entrants will join the run at Newstead Tce at 8.45am, with all entrants crossing the finish line at New Farm Park.

Brisbane's office workers again will be swapping suits for sunscreen with corporate entrants set to take their marks to raise funds for the Cerebral Palsy League.

Queensland's Krishna Stanton will be offering her own expert running tips in an exclusive column starting today and running for 10 weeks in The Sunday Mail.

To enter The Sunday Mail Suncorp Bridge to Brisbane Fun Run, simply pick up a form from your nearest Suncorp branch throughout southeast Queensland.

Entry fees are $20 for adults and corporate entrants and $15 for children and short-course entrants.

For more information phone 1300 555 577 or visit www.bridgetobrisbane.com.au.

Article from the Sunday Mail.
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Get your motor RUNNING!

by Krishna Stanton

Queensland's Commonwealth Games marathon medallist KRISHNA STANTON today starts her training series for The Sunday Mail/Suncorp Bridge to Brisbane Fun Run

THEY say life is a journey, not a destination.

Well, here's hoping you have chosen to read this because you're thinking about doing the Bridge to Brisbane on August 3.

Whether you decide to walk, jog or race, the preparation is similar.

Competing in a fun run will give you a sense of achievement and the training over the next 11 weeks will be an enjoyable journey.

You may also learn what you are really capable of.

I have seen people run twice as far in a fun run than the distance they covered on training days.

Meeting the challenge of this year's Bridge to Brisbane is about achieving a personal goal.

It's not for anyone but you.

While 12km may seem a long way (there is a 4.25km course if you find the distance too daunting), you will be spurred on by running with thousands of others.

No matter what level an athlete is at, he or she still needs to set goals and stay motivated.

This week, find a friend, neighbour, colleague or fitness group to help you stay on task.

Sit down together and work out a training schedule. Before work might be best, or lunch-time runs with a work colleague might be more practical.

Motivation is something I emphasise. It can be very hard to get out of bed early to train, especially after a hard day at work, so organise a training buddy.

Speaking of incentives, you can also set yourself rewards.

When training for my first marathon in Sydney in 2002, I would organise to meet friends for breakfast at my favourite cafe after a training session. This would encourage me to get up early enough to do a long run, shower and still get there on time. It worked.

And at the end of the run, it is fun! You'll feel great about yourself -- and could win one of the random prizes, which include a Suzuki Liana, and a Queensland Rail trip to Cairns, with five nights' accommodation as well.

Next week, I will look at clothing and shoes.

* ENTRY forms available from Monday, May 26, at any Suncorp branch in southeast Queensland.

WEEK ONE

BEGINNERS

* If possible, on every alternate day set aside 30 minutes to an hour for some exercise.

* Doing this four times this week would be great.

* In the first week, this time should include 15 minutes of easy walking or jogging, followed by 10-20 minutes of faster jogging or walking, depending on your fitness level, and then 10 minutes of easy walking or jogging.

* Fifteen minutes of stretching would wind up the session perfectly.

* Vary session depending on time available.

ADVANCED

* Set aside an hour for exercise four times this week.

* During two of these sessions, run steadily for 35-45 minutes.

* Then run one session for 30 minutes - the other session should be speed work.

* For speed work, I would suggest a 10-minute warm up, then 5 sets of 1 minute of hard running followed by two minutes of easy running. Finish with a 10-minute warm-down.

Article from the Sunday Mail.
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 Sunday, May 18, 2003 

Marathon times under pressure

by Pat McLeod

THE race for Athens glory has placed the 14-year-old Gold Coast Airport Marathon record on the chopping block.

Two Ethiopian-born Australians, Sisay Bezabeh and Gemechu Woyecha, have both targeted Brad Camp's 1989 record of 2hours, 10minutes and 11seconds as a major stepping stone to Athens.

"Both these runners have a great opportunity to not only qualify for Athens but to also give the race record a real shake," said Gold Coast marathon technical director Dave Cundy.

"The conditions here are going to be ideal. They won't get a faster venue anywhere in Australia. In fact, this is one of the world's quickest courses."

Cundy, who is internationally recognised as a race measurement expert, was on the Coast yesterday checking specifications for the July 6 marathon, the 25th running of the event.

He said both Bezabeh and Woyecha had to break the qualifying time of 2hours 12min to be in the running for the Athens marathon.

Twenty-five-year-old Bezabeh competed in the 10,000m at the Sydney Olympic Games and has also represented Australia at other major events including the World Cross Country Championships and last year's Commonwealth Games.

He was recently on pace to run 2:10:30 in the London marathon before suffering cramps with 3km to go and finishing in 2:16:09.

Woyecha is also making his mark on the Australian distance running scene.

Last month he took out his third consecutive Canberra marathon, and has also finished on the podium in the past two Gold Coast marathons.

He represented Qatar in the marathon at the 2000 Olympics, and stayed on in Australia.

He was recently accepted as a political refugee.

Woyecha will be aiming to improve on his second placing on the Gold Coast in 2001 in 2:14:50 and third placing last year in 2:16:07.

Cundy said Bezabeh and Woyecha will add significant Australian strength to the men's marathon field.

Already a strong contingent of New Zealand runners have confirmed their entry including New Plymouth's Dale Warrander, third in 2001; Auckland's Phil Clode, winner of last year's Christchurch marathon; world cross-country representative Alan Bunce making his marathon debut; and, former Zatopek 10km winner Robbie Johnston.

"The advantage of running on the Gold Coast is that it is a very flat course, the weather is fairly reliable in July and, more importantly, the organisation is top class," said Cundy.

"It is the ideal event for runners of all levels to attempt a personal best."

Cundy is the only Australian on the Association of International Marathons and Road Races Board. He was also the events manager for the marathon and race walks at the Sydney Olympic Games.

The 25th Gold Coast marathon will be held on Sunday, July 6, and will feature the 42.2km marathon, Gold Coast Bulletin Half Marathon, 10km run, Asics walk (7.5km) and Collect A Cap Junior Dash.

Article from the Gold Coast Bulletin.
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Albert Park officials have a one-track mind

By Greg Baum

What comes around still does not go around down at Albert Park. Since 1985, South Melbourne athletics club has been trying to have a 400-metre running track built in the park because there is no public athletics facility for kilometres in any direction. Recently, its efforts have intensified. Distance running great Ron Clarke and respected coach Chris Wardlaw have rallied to the cause, as have veteran and little athletics bodies, local schools and Port Phillip council. In the post-Olympics, post-Freeman flush, the timing seemed right.

A year ago, the project was up and running. A grant of $25,000 was made available by the State Government. A site was picked out, opposite the pits buildings, which not only would fit a running track, but had the advantage of containing a disused clubhouse, abandoned by Southbank football club when it was forced off its ground by the arrival of the grand prix.

Complete article at The Age website.
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 Saturday, May 17, 2003 

More on Running Australia Magazine

Australia's new publication, Running Australia will be in newsagents on May 23. Running Australia provides hard core runners with a real alternative.... and for only $3.95!

The first issue includes an interview with Kerryn McCann, race reports on the Canberra, London, Boston and Pittsburgh Marathons, plus a feature on how to run a marathon PB. They also have local event coverage and results.

Running Australia is also pleased to announce that Steve Moneghetti has joined the team, writing a regular column titled "Mona Talks". Plus issue 1 contains much, much more!!

Running Australia is the runner's magazine, so we ask you to help us get the word out to your club members. The focus of Running Australia is on running news, results and information both locally and abroad. Running Australia will maintain an editorial focus on fun runs; road racing and fitness running.

Running Australia will be published under the same format as Triathlon Monthly (tabloid and newsprint, with a magazine layouts).

Previous media release is here

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 Friday, May 16, 2003 

Nike Women’s Classic Moves To Sydney Olympic Park

Nike Classic Fun Fun - 2003 Series The 8th annual Nike Women’s Classic will be held on an exciting new course at Sydney Olympic Park. Sydney Olympic Park was chosen to ensure the event could cater for the expected growth of the event. In the past two years the Nike Women’s Classic has experienced a 300% increase in participation numbers and outgrew its home of the previous 7 years.

Starting at 9.00am on Sunday June 15th Australia’s largest event for women attracts women of all ages. The thousands of Sydney women take part simply for the fun of it and to help raise funds for the event’s official charity - Youth Off The Streets.

Youth Off The Streets is a registered charity working with chronically homeless and drug addicted young people. Youth Off The Streets supports these youth as they work to turn their lives around and overcome immense traumas such as neglect and physical, physiological and emotional abuse. More information: www.youthoffthestreets.com.au.

“The increased participation in Australia’s largest event for women necessitated that we find a venue in Sydney that could safely accommodate the Nike Women’s Classic in the years to come. The improved facilities and amenity of Sydney Olympic Park will be welcomed by our participants” explained Joe Murphy, Managing Director of Event Wizard owner of the Nike Women’s Classic.

This is the fun run, joyful jog and happy walk for every female from the age of nine to ninety! It’s easy to participate in the Women’s Classic as there is both a 5K and 10K distance is included.

It’s easy to enter, just pick up a form from your local Nike Store or contact:
EVENT WIZARD
PO BOX 148, Brunswick Vic 3056
1800 244 344
email : nikeclassic@eventwizard.com.au
or enter on line at www.eventwizard.com.au

It’s $25 to enter, $20 for Under 18 and $1 for every entry is donated to Youth Off The Streets.

Every entrant who completes the Nike Women’s Classic will be awarded a 2003 Nike Women’s Classic Medal. You can enter in the day but a late fee applies but BE EARLY!

MEDIA NOTE:
For further information, please contact: Joe Murphy 0by phone (03) 9381-4666

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Event promises to be best ever

THE Pine Rivers fun-run has returned to the local social sporting calendar and will start at Kensington Shopping Village on May 24.

Event co-ordinator Tom Law from Breakout Adventures was confident this year would be biggest in the event's five year history.

``Each competitor will receive a finishers certificate and is automatically in the draw for some great prizes,'' Law said.

The first prize is bed and breakfast for two people at Clear Mountain Hotel and Conference Centre.

The 8km and 2km course will start in John Bray Park in Durham Cres behind Kensington Village at 8.30am and will finish in the lower car park.

Paralympians Gerrard Gosens and Geoff Trappett are expected to compete.

Each entrant is required to complete an entry form and post them to Pine Rivers Shire Council at PO Box 5070 Strathpine Queensland 4500.

Entry forms are available at Kensington Village Shopping Centre.

Entry fee $8 adults, $4 concession/students with a 2 adult, 3 children family package costing $20.

Competitors can register on the morning Entrants are urged to enter early.

Competitors are required to be at Kensington Village no later than 7am for warm-up and registration with the events starting at 8.30am.

Article from the Pine Rivers Press.
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Police throw out challenge

CAIRNS police are challenging other Relay for Life teams to beat their lap record.

Last year, the police team completed the most laps in the event and want some competition this year.

"Last year we were the only team competing against ourselves," Senior Constable Dave Raymond said. "So this year we want other teams to be up there competing with us."

Aside from selling raffle tickets, Dave said there were a few big fund raising events coming up to surprise Cairns.

Losing close friends and workmates to cancer encouraged the Cairns police to register themselves in Relay for Life.

The police team is endeavouring to raise as much money as possible and encourage Cairns residents to donate money to any organisation participating in the event.

On the Monday after the event, the Cairns police are hosting the annual Ivan Brodie Fun Run which is in memory of a special workmate who passed away from cancer three years ago.

The police fly Ivan Brodie's family up for the event so they can participate.

This year's fun run will also honour another workmate, Ron Tardent, who died last year.

The two Relay for Life teams are named in honour of these two men, Magpie (Ivan Brodie) and Pud (Ron Tardent).

Ron's wife will be running in the Relay for Life team named in honour of her husband. The Ivan Brodie Fun Run is on June 2 and starts at the Esplanade at 5pm.

The 5km walk from the Police Beat up the Esplanade and back costs $5 to enter with all proceeds going to the Queensland Cancer Fund.

"We want to see a positive response," he said. "Last year was great, both at the fun run and Relay for Life.

"People cheered for us as we went around the track and that is really unusual for police officers. Usually they don't like us."

The police team are sponsored by Far North Sports Power.

For more information on the Ivan Brodie Fun Run, contact Senior Constable Dave Raymond on 4056 5877.

Article from The Cairns Post.
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Ready to Rush

WHETHER it's a heart-pounding half-marathon or a leisurely 5km stroll, the Burdekin Sugar Rush will suit all kinds of capable competitors this Sunday.

In the main event, a number of plucky punters will be looking to last year's winner, Max Fegan, to make it a double.

But organiser Tony Felesina said the Burdekin's big fitness event wasn't just aimed at the more extreme enthusiasts.

``A lot of people think it's all running but we see it as a family event,'' he said.

``Families can get involved, kids can get involved just walking their dogs.''

The 5km walk and fun run is just part of the fitness extravaganza.

There will also the 10km run and the more gruelling half marathon, a 21km fitness test.

Felesina said he was still expecting a late surge of nominations for what has become one of big events on the North's running calendar.

``We're still expecting 100 people from Townsville this year,'' he said.

Competitors are also welcome to reap the rewards of their fitness feats afterwards with a `good, hardy breakfast', Felesina said.

The Burdekin Sugar Rush will begin at 7am at Anzac Park.

Article from the Ayr Advocate.
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MS run needs helpers

MULTIPLE Sclerosis Awareness Week will kick off on Sunday, June 1 with the 13th annual MS Fun Run/Walk.

The event will start at Milsons Point and will wind its way to the Spit.

Participants have the choice of three courses: an 8km fun run from Milsons Point to Balls Head return; a 10km walk around beautiful Sydney Harbour to Clifton Gardens Reserve (near Balmoral Beach) or a more challenging 18km walk to The Spit.

The MS Society also has a great teams program in place. There are some fantastic incentives for entering a team including awards for the best dressed, highest fundraising and the biggest teams.

More than 200 volunteers are needed to help run the day.

Volunteers receive a free pack including a shirt, cap, snacks, prizes and morning tea or lunch.

Funds raised from this event help provide equipment and services for people with MS and into the research for the unknown cause and cure of this mysterious disease.

For an entry form, to volunteer or to obtain a sponsorship kit, phone MS Outdoor Events on 9413 4166 or visit our website, www.msnsw.org.au.

Article from the Penrith Press.

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Shaynon smashes distance running record

CROSS country running comes naturally to Home Hill Primary school student Shaynon Bright, who broke a record on Friday.

Shaynon, 11, took part in the school's annual cross country race, surpassing the previous record for the three kilometre run by four seconds.

``I'm happy,'' Shaynon said of her time of 12 minutes, 49 seconds.

She now goes on to compete in the Burdekin district cross country race in July.

Shaynon said she had always preferred long distance running to sprints.

``Yeah, I've done well at the district one before,'' she said.

``I won last year.

``Mum said I've come first every year since Grade 1.''

School principal Lynne Butterworth said the entire school took part in the run.

``The Year 1 and 2s run three-quarters of a kilometre,'' she said.

``Their course is inside the school.

``The older students run on a track around a farm headland.

``The eight, nine and 10-year-olds run two kilometres and the 11, 12 and 13's run three.''

Article from the Home Hill Observer
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 Thursday, May 15, 2003 

Elite Athletes Chase Fast Time on Fastest Course

Sydney Olympians Sisay Bezabeh and Gemechu Woyecha will be chasing an Olympic qualifying time for Australia when they tackle the 25th Gold Coast Airport Marathon on Sunday July 6, on a course rated as the fastest in Australia.

Gold Coast Airport Marathon Technical Director Dave Cundy confirmed the duo on a visit to the Gold Coast today to finalise logistical arrangements and meet with event organisers.

Bezabeh and Woyecha, both from Canberra, will be pursuing a time under two hours 12 minutes to qualify for the Australian marathon team for the 2004 Athens Olympics. If this can be achieved, it will be the fastest time recorded on the Gold Coast in five years.

Twenty-five-year-old Bezabeh competed in the 10,000m at the Sydney Games and has also represented Australia at other major events including the World Cross Country Championships and last year's Commonwealth Games.

The Ethiopian-born runner was recently on pace to run 2:10:30 in the London Marathon before cramping with 3km to go and finishing in 2:16:09.

Woyecha is another Ethiopian-born Australian who is making his mark on the Australian distance running scene.

Last month he took out his third consecutive Canberra Marathon, and has also finished on the podium in the past two Gold Coast Airport Marathons.

He represented Qatar in the marathon at the 2000 Olympics, and stayed on in Australia to be recently accepted as a political refugee.

Woyecha will be aiming to improve on his second placing on the Gold Coast in 2001 in 2:14:50 and third placing last year in 2:16:07.

Cundy said Bezabeh and Woyecha will add significant Australian strength to the top end of the field in the men's marathon.

"Both of these guys are class runners and will be using this race as a qualifying attempt for next year's Olympic Games," said Cundy.

"A number of Australians and other overseas runners are starting to confirm their participation in this year's 25th anniversary event, with many more announcements to come over the next few weeks."

Already a strong contingent of New Zealand runners have confirmed their entry including New Plymouth's Dale Warrander, third in 2001; Auckland's Phil Clode, winner of last year's Christchurch Marathon; World Cross Country representative Alan Bunce making his marathon debut; and, former Zatopek 10K winner Robbie Johnston.

Cundy highlighted that the Gold Coast Airport Marathon is a great opportunity for both elite and novice runners to record a fast time on a course rated as the fastest in Australia.

"The advantage of running on the Gold Coast is that it is a very flat course, the weather is fairly reliable in July and more importantly, the organisers ensure that all the logistics are correct and in place for participants.

"It is the ideal event for runners of all levels to attempt a personal best and I'm sure we will see plenty again this year."

Cundy is the Event Technical Director, the only Australian on the AIMS (Association of International Marathons and Road Races) Board, the International Course Measurement Administrator (Asia/Oceania) for AIMS, and the Athletics Australia Out-of-Stadium Consultant. He was also the Road Events Manager (Marathon & Race Walks) at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

His visit to the Gold Coast has included meetings with the Gold Coast City Council and Police on road closure arrangements, Marathon organisers on the logistical arrangements on-course, and to measure the 10K, Asics Walk and Norco Pauls Collect-A-Cap Junior Dash courses.

This year's 25th 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.


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New Zealand Set Record Runners For The Gold Coast

One of the largest and strongest New Zealand fields will be assembled for the 25th Gold Coast Airport Marathon on July 6, in Queensland.

Gold Coast Airport Marathon organisers are aiming for more than 500 New Zealand entrants in this year’s event - an increase of 200 from last year. The overall target is a record 12,000 participants in this year’s 25th anniversary event.

On top of entry numbers, New Zealand will be sending a strong field of elite runners in the marathon including New Plymouth’s Dale Warrander, third in 2001; Auckland’s Phil Clode, winner of last year’s Christchurch Marathon; World Cross Country representative Alan Bunce making his marathon debut; and, former Zatopek 10K winner Robbie Johnston.

The New Zealander with the honour of being the first entry into this year’s Gold Coast Airport Marathon is Simon Holroyd from Auckland. Simon entered the half marathon within days of entry forms being distributed.

A delegation from the Gold Coast Airport Marathon will be in town for the Rotorua Marathon on Saturday May 3, promoting all components of this year’s Gold Coast event.

This year the Gold Coast Airport Marathon will feature the Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K Run, 7.5K Walk and Junior Dash.

The Gold Coast Airport Marathon has also established six ambassadors from the local New Zealand athletics and running communities to promote the event in local regions across New Zealand; sporting stores, clubs and centres; and at other fun runs and events in the lead up to July 6.

New Zealand has a strong recent history in the Gold Coast Airport Marathon with Phil Costley winning the men’s marathon and Jonathon Wyatt the half marathon in 2001.

Gold Coast Airport Marathon Chairman Kerry Watson said New Zealand was a key market for the event in Queensland’s holiday capital.

“Traditionally New Zealand has sent a strong contingent to our event, and this is set to continue this year,” said Watson.

“Now coming to the Gold Coast has been made a lot easier with direct air services from New Zealand into Gold Coast Airport through Freedom Air.

“It will be a tremendous result if we can reach more than 500 entrants from New Zealand this year, in addition to the exceptional elite field that has already been confirmed.”

People in New Zealand can enter the Gold Coast Airport Marathon through the website www.goldcoastmarathon.com.au, their local House of Travel outlet, or by phoning the Event Office on +61 7 5564 8733.


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Corporate Challenge Has Been Set For Gold Coast Airport Marathon

Gold Coast law firm Shane Ellis Lawyers has accepted the challenge to participate in this year’s 25th anniversary of the Gold Coast Airport Marathon to be held on July 6.

Principal Shane Ellis and Marketing/Conveyancing Manager Sarah Gibson are leading the charge for the organisation, and are eager to support a great Gold Coast event.

Mr Ellis said the Gold Coast Airport Marathon provided a terrific opportunity for work groups to take up a challenge outside of the office environment.

“We build our business around being the ‘Quality Legal Team in Black’. This just reinforces our team values in a pursuit that also promotes a healthy and active lifestyle,” said Mr Ellis.

“The Gold Coast Airport Marathon is a tremendous event for the region with its large participant base and huge international following. We are really looking forward to the challenge, and hope that many other businesses and groups follow suit.”

As an incentive for corporate or social groups, organisers will grant a discount of 10 percent to groups that enter 10 or more people before June 13.

“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,” said Gold Coast Airport Marathon Event Manager Cameron Hart.

“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.”


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Cross Country in the Valley

The under-16 women's team from the Diamond Valley Athletic Club took out the bronze medal in the cross-country relays, held at Werribee Equestrian Centre last Saturday.

The team of Sarah Evans, Jessica Campbell and Lizke le Roux ran the 3.4km course in a combined time of 41:41 to take third place.

Ten other teams competed for the Diamond Valley club in a best ever turn-out for a cross-country event.

The Division 2 Open Women and Division 4 Open Men were just outside the placings, both coming home in fourth place.

Maryanne Murray, in her first run with the club, was the fastest of the women over 6.8 km with a blitzing time of 25:45.

Other first-timers to compete for the club included Lucy Richterjork, Phil Wakeley, Jacki Danaher, Sarah Evans and Bruce Collins.

For those who ran the one-lap, 3.4km, event Sarah Evans (13:28) was the fastest for the women.

Fastest time for the men over 6.8km was recorded by Clint Farley with 22:53 while, over 3.4km, Dylan Saw was quickest with 10:54.

Two athletes returned to competition after an absence of quite a few years, Peta Alexander and Mark Monahan, and both will add to the depth of talent the club has in the senior ranks.

Results:

Women: Division 2 (3x 6.8km) Maryanne Murray 25:45, Laura Campbell 28:05; Ruth Reidy 30:10; Division 2 (3x 6.8km) Lucy Richterjork 31:01; Lyn Davis 30:08; Peta Alexander 31:52; Under 20 Women: (3x3.4km) Francine Clancy 15:08; Sarah Fisher 15:53; Jackie Danaher 16:53; Under 18 Women (3x 3.4km) Gemma Cosgriff 13:58; Caitlin Broberg 16:15; Clare Derham15:32; Under 16 Women (3x3.4km) Sarah Evans 13:28; Jessica Campbell 14:38; Lizke Le Roux 13:35.

Men: Divison 1 (6x 6.8km) Clint Farley 22:53, Matthew Taylor 23:40, Trevor Carter 24:19; Philip Champion 23:40, Chris Lynch 24:19, Antony Milovac 23:18; Division 4 (5x6.8km) Peter Ramsay 25:27, Chris West 25:39, Rob Wendel 25:27, Robin broberg 25:13, Phillip Wakeley 23:55; Division 5 (4x6.8km) Robert Mandile 28:09, Alistair Hughes 27:22, Bruce Collins 28:03, John Leung 27:56; Division 7 (4x6.8km) Michael Cusack 30:22, Lyal Douglas 30:22, Max Balchin 38:04, Randall Hughes 31:42; Division 7 (4x6.8km) Matthew Calf 32:14, Mark Monahan 27:02, Warren McCullough 35:07, Denis Sinnott 35:49; Under 18 Men: (3x3.4km) Steven Villani 12:14, Anthony Lynch 13:31, Dylan Saw 10:54.

Article from the Diamond Valley News.
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Run, walk for fun

PEOPLE of all ages, sizes and fitness levels can join in a fun run and walk in Jells Park.

It's time to dig out your runners and gym gear and head down to the 18th annual Jells Park Fun Run and walk on Sunday, May 18.

The event is not only fun and good exercise, but by participating you are helping a worthy cause.

Money raised will help Interchange Inner East, which provides respite and recreation services for children and young adults with disabilities and underprivileged people in Third World countries.

So far the fun run, organised by Good Shepherd Joggers, has raised almost $40,000 for the organisation in the past 17 years.

For the serious or fitter contenders, there is a 10km or 5km run to choose from.

Those who would like more time to take in the scenery of Jells Park can opt for a 5km walk.

There will be giveaways, prizes and a certificate for all participants.

The fun run begins 9.30am on Sunday, May 18, at Jells Park South, off Ferntree Gully Rd, Glen Waverley. Entries are taken on the day. Cost: $12 adults, $6 children under 15. Details: Terry Nugent on 9560 1474.

Article from the Waverly Gazette.
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 Wednesday, May 14, 2003 

Athletics Team Announced For World University Games

Australian University Sport and Athletics Australia today announced a strong and youthful 31-person Athletics Team to represent Australia at the World University Summer Games in Daegu, Korea from 21 - 31 August 2003.

The team is made up of university and TAFE students from all over Australia and includes a number of athletes who have represented Australia at the 2002 Commonwealth Games and 2002 World Junior Championships.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.
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Running is fun for kids

By ALEX PATZER

RUNNING is fun, according to students who participated in Cessnock West P.S.'s fun run.
Fun run participants collected sponsors to raise money to buy more sports equipment for their school.

Children travelled to Carmichael Park, Bellbird, to take part in the fun run and other sporting activities.

Statistics show almost one in every four children in NSW is overweight or obese, which is generally caused by a lack of physical activity and/or unhealthy eating. It is very important for children to keep fit and be active.

The children at Cessnock West do their best to be fit and active by participating in events like the fun run and Jump Rope for Heart, as well as physical education and sport lessons.

More than $5000 was raised for sporting equipment, which will help to keep children active and healthy.

Article from the Newcastle Herald.
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Hit road to help charity

ARE you preparing for the Mt Coot-tha Gardens Fun Run on May 25?

It's not far away so get your joggers on and hit the road.

The run offers both 5km and 10km courses with categories for open male and female and masters (over 55s) for each distance.

Prizes are awarded in each category as well as other prizes.

Entry is $10 each or $15 for late ones after May 21.

The day starts with assembly at 7am, warm-up at 7.15am and the race at 7.30am.

This year all pro ceeds will go to Rotary projects, with the major beneficiary the Playground for Disabled Children project.

Phone 3870 1961, fax 3371 9099 or go to www.funrun.elstar.com.au.

-- Rotary Club of Brisbane Planetarium

Article from the South West News.
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ASICS-WESTS - 100th Anniversary Reunion

Asics Wests Athletic Club (formerly; Western Suburbs Athletic Club - NSW) will be having their 100th Anniversary Reunion on Saturday 13 March 2004. The Club is organising a special Reunion for its 100th Anniversary, to be held at the Lidcombe Catholic Club on Saturday 13 March 2004. Past members of both Mens and Womens Clubs are invited and encouraged to contact:

Phillip Donelan (Committee Member)
1/30 Bland St Ashfield NSW 2131
Phone (02) 9797-7976 URGENTLY with complete details of their current contact address.

Alternatively, please contact;
Brian Overton via Big_O_Runner@hotmail.com

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 Tuesday, May 13, 2003 

AA Appoints New National Development Manager

Former CEO of Gold Coast Events Management, Stan Perkins, has been appointed National Development Manager for Athletics Australia. Stan has had a long involvement in athletics both as a competitor and administrator, has been President of the Australian Masters Athletics Association for the past eight years and currently serves on the board of the Queensland Athletics Association.

Stan took up his new role with Athletics Australia on Monday 12th May 2003 and will be responsible for developing and identifying pathways of participation at a national level – particularly focusing on primary, secondary and tertiary athletics development, indigenous programs and coaching education and development.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.
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Beating Shore boys gives Wenona girls ... A burning desire

by KATE MURRAY

THE girls from Wenona School have one definite goal for the Balmoral Burn -- beat the boys from Shore.

Four members of Wenona's cross-country team will take part in the May 25 Burn to raise money for the Humpty Dumpty Foundation and the Royal North Shore hospital.

Caroline Bissex, Lucy Polkinghorne, Natalie Graham and Linley Dundas are taking part in the new schools teams event and they're urging all the other schools in the area to come and join in the fun. The Burn, now in its third year, is a 420m relay sprint up the notorious Awaba St, Balmoral.

It's a daunting prospect, even for Wenona's cross-country champions.

``It'll be hard, it's a challenge,'' Bissex said.

The girls have worked out a plan to prepare for the gruelling run.

``I live nearby, so I'll practice going up the other street near my house,'' Dundas, 12, said.

``That's pretty steep too but it's a bit easier,'' But the girls aren't in the race to win.

``Just to raise money, because it's a good cause,'' Bissex said.

Wenona's director of sport Guy Cassarchis said the run would be good both for the girls' training schedule and community spirit.

``Our cross-country team usually goes in races on the weekends as part of their training program,'' he said.

``When information came to me for the Burn, I thought we may as well put in a team.

``The school raises a lot of money for charity and the girls do a lot of fundraising, so it's a natural progression.'' Ex-Wallaby captain Phil Kearns started the Burn after taking one of his children to the Royal North Shore hospital.

``My son was in the hospital and the conditions were fairly average, so I thought I'd try and raise a bit of money and see if we can fix it up for the kids,'' Kearns said.

This year will be the first time school teams can enter and Kearns says it's important for them to join the fun.

``I think most people go through the hospital experience at some stage of their lives and if you live in this area you'll end up at Royal North Shore.

``It's the community helping themselves and the Humpty Dumpty Foundation.'' So far schools including Wenona, Shore and Killara High have all entered teams but Foundation chairman Paul Francis wants to see more schools take part.

``It doesn't matter where they're from, it's open to everybody.

``It's an opportunity for public schools who think they've got some good runners to compete with some of the private schools.'' To enter the Balmoral Burn or make a donation to the Humpty Dumpty Foundation call 9439 0511.

Article from the Daily Telegraph.
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Tuning up for a bit of fun running

by Selina Steele

DUST off those runners and start stretching your hamstrings -- it's just three months until Queensland's most popular fun run.

And preparing for The Sunday Mail/Suncorp Metway Bridge to Brisbane Fun Run on Sunday, August 3, will be even easier this year with Commonwealth Games marathon silver medallist Krishna Stanton advising you every step of the way.

Next weekend The Sunday Mail will start publishing Stanton's 10-week programs for beginners and experienced runners as well as some handy tips.

Nearly 14,000 people took part in last year's event won by 2003 Australian 1500m champion Alastair Stevenson, with even more expected to line up this year.

Brisbane Girls Grammar student Felicity Abram, at just 15, won the women's event.

The 12km fun run follows a scenic course from the Gateway Bridge to New Farm Park.

Starting at the southern, or tollgate, end of the bridge, the course heads along Kingsford Smith Drive and Breakfast Creek Road before winding through Newstead to New Farm.

If tackling 12km is too daunting there is also a 4.25km course starting at Newstead Terrace.

Stanton, who took up marathon running only seven years ago after the birth of her son, said anyone running less than four days a week and for less than 30 minutes at a time should consider themselves a beginner.

If you are planning to walk the event, you might want to adopt certain aspects of the beginner's program.

It starts with a combination of walking and jogging so, by the end, you'll be running more and walking less.

Stanton has a tougher guide for experienced runners.

``Running is something everyone can do and you'd be surprised at what you can do with a bit of training,'' the part-time physical education teacher said.

``And competing in a fun run is the perfect way to get involved in running.

``The atmosphere is great, there's lot of energy and everyone is really supportive of each other.

``Some people may be looking for a quick time but for others it's just as important to complete the race.''

Article from the Sunday Mail.
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Tiffany is hot to trot for charity

by MARK MOOR

A 10km run would seem hard work for most people. But for Tiffany Cherry it's stress relief and a chance to see the sights.

Cherry is gearing up for Half on The Harbour, a fun run in Docklands to benefit St Vincent's Health Cancer Services.

Runners can choose to complete a 5km run, a 10km run or a half-marathon. Cherry and her training partner, Jennifer Adams, are running the 10km.

``Jennifer and I train together often, and when we heard about it from the organiser, we figured we had basically been in training for it anyway,'' Cherry says. ``I love running -- it's my form of stress relief and I've been running as long as I can remember.''

Cherry and Adams clock up more than 30km a week preparing for the event. Cherry expects her 10km run to take about 50 minutes

Starting at Shed 4 on the north wharf, the course follows roads and promenades of Victoria Harbour, crosses the Yarra and heads along Lorimer St and through Westgate Park.

It starts this Sunday, the first racers starting at 8am.

For further information, to register or to get a course map, go to www.ausrun.com.au.

Article from the Herald Sun.
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Fun run to remember mothers

by MILANDA ROUT

THOUSANDS of families celebrated Mother's Day yesterday by running up to 8km for their mums.

More than 9000 people braved Melbourne's crisp morning in the name of breast cancer for the Mother's Day Classic Fun Run.

Mums, dads, grandparents, children and family pets walked either a 4km or 8km course around the Tan in the Royal Botanic Gardens.

All money raised from the run went to the National Breast Cancer Foundation to fund research.

Anita Mileto and her family participated in the run to remember her mum, Ruby Halliday.

``She passed away with breast cancer two years ago this July,'' Ms Mileto said. ``She had it once 38 years ago and survived, but it came back.''

Jean Kavanagh, 84, took part with the aid of walking frame.

``I am just determined that I will do this run to support my granddaughter,'' she said. ``Her other grandmother has got breast can-

cer and we are here for her.''

Foundation spokeswoman Lisa Bjorksten said the group was ecstatic with this year's turnout.

``Initial figures suggest over 9000 people participated,'' she said. ``This was up on last year, when there were 7000 people.''

Article from the Herald Sun.
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Beware that demon drop - water

by DOUG STEWART

IS THERE any food or drink that hasn't at some stage been hailed as the panacea to all ills only to be revealed later as causing cancer, high blood pressure, arthritis, gout or some other ailment?

Well, as shocked and cynical as you might be, add water to the list.

For a decade or more sportspeople have been told with mounting enthusiasm they should drink water before, during and after prolonged activity.

No amount was too great. And you were advised not to wait until you were thirsty -- by then it might be too late.

Now comes a warning from USA Track and Field that excessive water intake can kill -- especially in long-distance runners.

The problem is hyponatremia -- low sodium in your blood.

When you sweat you lose water and salts -- including sodium. If you replace the water but not the sodium, you decrease the concentration of sodium in your blood.

The more water you have, and the more quickly you drink it, the more dangerous the effect could be.

To explain the danger, think back to a school science experiment where a tank of water is divided in half by a membrane of cellophane paper.

If you add salt or sugar to one side of the membrane, the water level on that side gradually rises.

This happens because the water tries to dilute the salty liquid. In effect, the salt -- that can't cross the membrane -- attracts or holds on to the water.

Similarly, inside the body, water is stored in the blood or in cells -- on different sides of a membrane.

When you sweat, you lose water and salt from the blood.

If you drink pure water, it is absorbed into the blood but there is not enough salt there to hold on to the water.

So the water crosses the cell membranes and enters the tissues causing those tissues to swell.

This doesn't matter as long as there is room for the tissues to expand, which is the case except in the brain.

Even a small swelling of the brain causes a significant increase in pressure inside the skull.

Mild symptoms include agitation, confusion and loss of orientation.

Larger increases in pressure lead to fits, coma, failure to breathe and ultimately death. The answer is either to drink less or have some salts put in the drink you have during a race. But both answers raise the question: how much?

As a simple guide, runners should weigh themselves before and after training. The difference is water loss -- 1kg equals 1 litre.

Only replace the amount you lose.

Weigh yourself nude where possible otherwise sweat caught in wet cloths will not be counted as lost.

Accurately replacing lost salt is much harder because people sweat at different rates.

The danger is, if you put too much salt in your race drink you effectively dehydrate yourself, so not all sports drinks, especially ones you mix yourself, are safe.

Elite athletes have their sweat analysed at training and have individual replacement drinks made accordingly.

Scientists have even questioned the fad of drinking ``eight glasses of water a day'' saying no benefit has been demonstrated and it can lead to water intoxication causing lethargy.

Article from the Daily Telegraph.
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 Monday, May 12, 2003 

Troop's Home Win

Geelong’s Lee Troop was it action over the weekend, (Saturday 10th May 2003), at Athletics Victoria's Cross Country Championships at Eastern Gardens, Geelong - his last hit out on home soil, before he heads overseas in the lead up to the World Championships in Paris in August.

Troop took out the men’s 8km, clocking 23minutes 41 seconds. Fellow Olympian and Troop's coach Steve Moneghetti also competed, finishing second in 24minutes 01second.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.
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Benita Claims Another Australian Best

Benita Johnson continued her good form, finishing second in a star studded field at the BBC televised 5mile event in the grounds of Balmoral castle in Scotland on Saturday. World half marathon champion Berhane Adere of Ethiopia eventually broke away, with 400m remaining, to win the race in 25.12.

Benita clocked 25.15 (25.06 for 8km), smashing Natalie Harvey's Australian best for the distance of 25.46. Only Paula Radcliffe, Sonia O'Sullivan and Adere have ever run faster on the course which hosts the world's premier race over this distance. Benita now holds national records for 3000m, 5000m, and Australian bests for 5km road, 8km road and 10km road.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.
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 Friday, May 09, 2003 

Troop's Last Hit Out At Home

Geelong’s Lee Troop is set to race in the Athletics Victoria Cross Country Championships at Eastern Gardens, this Saturday (10th May 2003), before heading overseas in the lead up to the World Championships in Paris in August.

Troop will step out in the men’s 8km, starting at 2.45pm. Fellow Olympian and Troop's coach Steve Moneghetti will also compete.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.
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Jake's dedication puts him on track for international success

By MIKE GANDON

WOONONA athlete Jake Evans won a gold medal in the under 13 boys' 1500m at the 2003 Australian Little Athletics Championships on the Gold Coast.
Evans, a Year 8 student at Bulli High School, also finished fourth in the 800m. The runner has been involved in little athletics for seven years, starting in the under sevens, and is a member of Kembla Joggers.

At the state championships, Evans won the 800m, 1500m and 3km, breaking the state record in that event.

Evans already has his main long-term goal firmly focused.

``I want to go to the Olympic Games,'' he said. ``I'd like it to be 2008 but I might be a bit young for that one.''

Evans has no preference for one particular event as he likes all three distances - 800m, 1500m and 3km.

Evans' coach Rob Battocchio, himself an outstanding athlete and fitness mentor, has a high regard for young Evans' talent and predicts a promising future as a high quality elite runner.

``Jake's brilliant result is testament to his high level of dedication, both in training and in racing,'' Battocchio said.

``Jake not only is dedicated, he is level headed, and enjoys his sport, three key ingredients towards becoming an elite senior athlete.

``Jake has just begun to display, what I feel may be only one of many fine achievements towards his athletic career. Jake's results are very impressive.

``As I often say, this is one of the many important bricks to building a great wall of higher achievements.

``Jake has great potential to become an elite endurance athlete should he continue to be as dedicated to his sport.

``His times are very impressive, but more importantly it is his attitude and high level of dedication that has brought him these results.''

In the near future, Evans will be running with Kembla Joggers in the cross-country season and also in school cross-country events.

Lucas Crane, who competes for Helensburgh Little Athletics Centre, finished sixth in the under 13 boys' 100m, 11th in the 400m and was a member of the third-placed 4x100m relay team at the Australian Little Athletics Championships.

Evans and Crane were members of the NSW team of 22 under 13 and four under 15 athletes who won the overall point score trophy.

Article from the Illawarra Mercury.
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Think Pink with a fun run on Mother's Day

WHY not spend Mother's Day with the whole family celebrating together by taking part in the first Think Pink Mother's Day Fun Run to be held at South Bank Parklands.

Despite being 'pink' and held on Mother's Day, the event is for everyone, so why not show mum how much she is appreciated and enter everyone in the event. You can choose from either an 8km or 5km run/walk.

The run follows a scenic riverside course which starts and finishes at the South Bank Cultural Foreshore and winds around Riverside Drive along the Brisbane River.

Money raised will go to the Kim Walters Choices Program.

Choices provides a free community service to all women, and their families, who are affected by breast cancer.

Article from the Gold Coast Bulletin.
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Women sharing cancer's burden

by LARISSA CUMMINGS

YOUNG women who share the anguish of breast cancer with a close female relative often find no words can describe the trauma.

But daughters who have watched their mother endure months of intensive chemotherapy develop a much stronger bond.

When Anna Creery learned her mother had developed her second case of breast cancer in 10 years, she flew home from her job in Singapore to be by her side.

``She had radical surgery to remove both breasts and now the cancer has spread to her bones,'' Ms Creery said.

``Watching someone you love go through that much pain can make you feel helpless, but we caught it early this time.''

To show her mum support, Anna will be running in the Mother's Day Classic Fun Run to raise money for breast cancer research on Sunday.

The Mother's Day Classic Fun Run this Sunday has 4km and 8km courses.

It begins in the Domain and winds around Mrs Macquaries Chair. For more information on the run, visit www.mothersdayclassic.org or contact 0294396060.

Article from the Daily Telegraph.
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 Thursday, May 08, 2003 

Catch all the live action from the World Champs on SBS

In just a few months time more than 40 of Australia's best athletes will take part in the third largest sporting event in the world - the 9th IAAF World Championships from Paris.

Can Patrick Johnson again break the 10 second barrier and win his first world championship against the might of Tim Montgomery and Maurice Greene in the 100m or will the new golden girl of athletics, 20-year-old Jana Pittman come away with her first world champs victory in the hurdles?

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.
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Runners get set for Sugar Rush

LOCAL fitness enthusiasts are fixing for a sweet sporting extravaganza at this year's Sugar Rush.

The Burdekin Road Runners & Walkers Club is expecting an even bigger turnout for this year's run, set for May 18 at 7am.

More than 190 people took part in the debut of the local event in its debut last year.

BRRW president Tony Felesina said the club was already expecting between 80 and 100 participants from Townsville, given initial responses on nominations.

``But we're also looking at Mackay, Bowen and Charters Towers,'' he said.

In both the half-marathon (21 kilometre) and 10km run, the first man and woman across the line will each nett $100.

A reduction in the the 2002 winner's prize purse -- $200 -- has meant more cash and recognition for lower placings, Mr Felesina said.

``There's also a prize for first local man and woman across the line in both the half-marathon and the 10km event,'' he said.

A 5km fun-run and walk will also be held on the day, featuring team events and prizes for the first local business and local sporting club teams to cross the line.

Teams must include five or more participants.

BRRW member Neil Inman said the course would once again be run from Beach Road through Ayr's CBD for two laps.

``Last year, some Townsville people said it was one of the best runs they had been in,'' he said.

``It's a flat course but it does have some undulations.

``It's good for spectators too, since it goes through a fair part of the town.''

Mr Felesina said past winners, like the Sugar Rush title-holder Max Fegan and the Ayr police station team, would be back to defend their titles on the bitumen.

In the main event, the smart money will be on Fegan, eager to be back in the winner's seat after taking second in the Dirt & Dust triathlon.

Article from the Ayr Advocate.
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Sunday run for everyone

By Karina Grift

ACTING on a hunch, Susie Cole visited the doctor to be tested for breast cancer.

Her intuition proved right. Two years ago, Ms Cole was diagnosed with breast cancer and embarked on a campaign to overcome the illness.

The Malvern resident said the visit was prompted by news that a friend had the disease.

``I just sat there and thought, I could have this, I think I'd better get myself checked out,'' Ms Cole said.

She said she had not noticed any lump in her breast but went to the doctor on a hunch.

An ultrasound picked up the cancer embedded deep in the tissue.

``I had four weeks of living on the edge of a precipice (waiting for test results),'' she said.

``But once I was told, because of my girlfriend who had been so strong . . . I got my strength from her.

``I decided to be incredibly positive.''

Early detection helped Ms Cole overcome the illness and she is now in remission.

But the experience has been life-changing.

``I hadn't even thought about breast cancer,'' she said.

``I started doing meditation and yoga and have changed my life a lot.

``I look at it as putting a handbrake on my life.''

Ms Cole said she worked throughout her treatment, but changed from working full-time in advertising to freelancing to allow more flexibility.

Family support helped.

``You must have a very strong support network because they are the ones who are going to tell you that you are going to be OK,'' she said.

This Sunday, Ms Cole's daughter, Bryony, 20, and son, Julian who will celebrate his 18th birthday on the day will join her in the Women In Super Mother's Day Classic, a fun run raising money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Ms Cole said all her neighbours were supporting the event.

``It's amazing. The minute you find out (you have breast cancer) the flood gates open and you find out about all these other women who have had it,'' she said.

She said she hoped the run would encourage women of all ages to have a check-up.

Run organiser, Women In Super (WIS) a national network of women in the superannuation and finance industries says breast cancer is the major cause of cancer death for Australian women, with 10,000 new cases and 2600 deaths a year.

Chairwoman Mavis Robertson said she conceived the fun run idea while she was in Los Angeles and noticed women with pink ribbons gathering for their first run in support of breast cancer research.

``WIS had been looking for a suitable social project to support and we agreed that establishing a similar run in Australia would be an incredible project for WIS,'' Ms Robertson said.

She said the Mother's Day Classic was now Australia's biggest charity fun run and had raised more than $700,000 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation since the first event in 1998.

Article from the Malvern Prahran Leader.
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 Wednesday, May 07, 2003 

Kembla Joggers' winning streak

THE Kembla Joggers were winners in two of the five categories in the 2003 Athletics Australia Club Development Awards announced in Melbourne.
Kembla Joggers took out the people management category and were joint winners with Mentone Athletic Club of Victoria in the planning category.

The awards, announced last week, will boost Kembla Joggers' work with Wollongong City Council and other community organisations to establish a national standard cross-country venue at West Dapto.

``The club is going from strength to strength and awards like this recognise the many club officials and volunteers behind the scenes who have contributed towards this success,'' Kembla Joggers president Neil Barnett said.

``This year Kembla Joggers are celebrating our 30th anniversary so this has been a very nice birthday present.''

Article from the Illawarra Mercury.
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 Tuesday, May 06, 2003 

Moneghetti conquers the hill in record time

STEVE Moneghetti left a record Nail Can Hill Run field in awe yesterday as the former Olympian obliterated the race record by almost two minutes at Alburys Hovell Tree Reserve.

While few doubted Moneghetti would break Greg Websters 1993 mark of 36 minutes, 55 seconds, even close friend Pat Scammell was left shaking his head in amazement with the performance.

Moneghetti stunned the 985-strong field and hundreds of onlookers with his scorching time of 34:37 and has not ruled out running quicker next year.

“Im really happy with my run,” Moneghetti said.

“You dont want to set yourself up for records because they are out of your control, but I raced against the course and felt I pretty much mastered it.

“Its a fantastic course as you have to concentrate.

“I kept a good rhythm throughout the race and its good to be able to put my name on the trophy alongside some good runners over the years.”

The former Commonwealth Games gold medallist thought the record was out of reach after completing the first 5km in 17:30, but he slipped into overdrive in the final 6.3km.

Moneghettis nearest competitor was last years bridesmaid Kevin Laws (39:13), with Richard Welsh (39:40) and Jeremy Ross (40:06) making up the minor placings.

The leading Australian middle-distance runner said maintaining rhythm was the key to success on the undulating course.

“The key is being able to run over the top and hold your rhythm,” he said.

“I felt I did that okay.

“I had a look over the course with Pat last year and went over it again yesterday to put it clear in my own mind as there is nothing worse than running along and thinking oh no and having to turn back.

“The record stood for 10 years and you have got to respect that.”

Laws, who came runner-up to the injured Jeremy Horne last year, said he was pleased with the outcome considering the competition the field faced from Moneghetti.

“The rest of us were always running for second place,” Laws said.

“I ran about one and a half minutes quicker than last year and you have got to be happy with that.

“Steve Moneghetti is a champion and it was great for the crowd to have him here.”

Laws said the only disappointment was that defending champion Jeremy Horne was forced out of the race with a back injury.

While Lavington footballer Todd Brown was well behind the pacesetters, he finished a creditable 29th in a time |of 46:34 after playing against the Wodonga Raiders at Birallee Park on Saturday.

Article from the Border Mail.

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Larry Burt - Uluru to Darwin

Larry has now made it to Alice Springs, running in Friday evening to a reception at Bojangles Saloon and Restraunt, the runs major sponsor at 7pm. He'll be running off again approx 6am Tuesday after spending the weekend in Alice fundraising.

Was just wondering if you could post and update and mention his website www.enduropro.com which I've put together for the run. (my first attempt at a website, so please forgive it being a little ameteurish)

ABC television news and radio are featuring regular updates, and have come out on the road 2 times in the first week for interviews. Imparja television is running tv commercials daily to promote the run and Larry has been featured several times now on Yamba the Honeyant, kids show based in Alice. He's promoting not only his run but also puting ultra running into the limelight in NT, something not promoted up here all that often. Larry plans next to run a lap of Tasmania but possibly starting somewhere along the Great Ocean Rd as he'd like to run further that the approx 2000kms this run has taken in.

Thanks for running the news article on Larry on your site. As youve probably guessed we are readers of your site on a regular basis.

All the best.
Randall Boscoe.
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 Monday, May 05, 2003 

Distance Action At Palo Alto

A handful of Australian distance athletes competed at the Cardinal Invitational, Stanford USA last weekend - Highlights include a few personal bests and a great debut 10km for Benita Johnson.

In the women's 10km, Benita Johnson claimed third place, clocking an excellent 31.28.41. This time was a 2003 World Championships A standard and number three on the Australian All-Time list. Also Natalie Harvey finished 10th in 32:37.76.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.
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Mothers Day Classic Sydney – 8k Entries Closed

The Mothers Day Classic on-line entry system went frantic at the weekend with the 8k run reaching its 1200 limit. The limit has been imposed this year in the interests of runner’s safety. Event managers Sporting Spectrum are delighted about the number of pre-registered entrants and are encouraging people who missed out on the 8k to still come along and participate in the 4k run or 4k walk and help raise the much needed funds for breast cancer research. Enter on-line at www.mothersdayclassic.org.

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Women race in to give run full support

by DAVID STOCKDALE

FOR a race that was almost cancelled for lack of a major sponsor, the women's 10km classic and 5km fun run and walk in Hobart yesterday was a resounding success.

Race director Viki Rutter said the event attracted a record entry of 560, bettering the 15-year-old event's previous best of 522 in 2001.

``It's a wonderful result when you consider we almost didn't go ahead with it because we couldn't find a major sponsor,'' Rutter said after the finish in Salamanca Place.

``The big turnout will boost our chances of getting a major sponsor next year and it answered those who say it shouldn't be a women-only event.''

She and Womensport Tasmania development officer Adriana Taylor believe the race gives competitors a greater profile than when they are mixed in with the men and encourages girls as young as seven to take part.

At the other end of the scale, the oldest competitor was 76-year-old Launceston grandmother Shirley Brasher.

Dual Olympian Kylie Risk hardly worked up a sweat in the crisp but sunny conditions to easily win the 10km race in 34min 27sec.

Second was Sarah-Jane Atkins (39min 53sec), with Rachel Nation (39min 55sec) third.

``I took it quite easy because there was no one to push me,'' said Risk, 29, who used the race as a warm-up for the half-marathon at the Australian championships on the Gold Coast in early July.

``It will be my first half-marathon. I've never raced over 14km before, but now I'm getting into the training and doing over 100km a week I'm looking forward to it.''

She is a staunch supporter of the race, but has concerns about the future fun-run scene overall.

``It seems a lot of the fun runs are getting less and less in sponsorship,'' Risk said.

``That's probably because of the cost of insurance and the hard times we're going through.''

In the 5km open event, Emily Bell won in 19min 36sec from Isabella Thomson (19min 50sec), with Kim Dutkowski (20min 0.3sec) third.

The 3km race went to Jessica Morey in 13min 54sec, from Georgia Griffith-Lee (14min 8sec) and Hannah Short (14min 16sec).

Article from The Mercury.
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Hard work ahead for Freeman

by Len Johnson

...In Stanford, California, on Saturday, Benita Johnson finished third in the Cardinal Invitational 10,000m in 31 minutes 28.41s. In her debut at the distance, she became the third-fastest Australian woman, behind Lisa Ondieki (31:11.72) and Susie Power (31:26.34).

Fellow Australian Natalie Harvey was 10th in 32:37.76.

Several other Australians competed in the meeting with personal bests to Michael Shelley, 3:44.03 for fourth in a heat of the 1500m; Richard Jeremiah, 8:39.70 for sixth in the 3000m steeple, and Erica Sigmont, 4:19.46 for ninth in the women's 1500m.

Complete article at the Sydney Morning Herald website.
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Women run-up a record

by PENNY THOW

A RECORD of more than 600 competitors took part in the 15th annual Women's and Girls' 10 Classic and 5k Fun Run and Walk yesterday, organised by Womensport Tasmania.

Contestants' ages ranged from seven-year-old first-timers to 76-year-old veteran runner and grandmother Shirley Brasher, of Launceston.

And there were even a few babies in strollers going along for the ride with their mothers.

Organiser Viki Rutter said the race was the only all-female event of its type in Tasmania.

``We find the involvement and excitement level is much greater than with the mixed events,'' she said. ``First-timers are more likely to take part.

``From the feedback we get, the competitors get a greater buzz but there's not as much of the heavy competition pushing them.

``They just enjoy an all-women event.

``There have been a lot of mother-daughter teams because they prefer this format and for a lot of them it is a one-off thing.''

Ms Rutter said the annual fun run aimed to increase participation and the enjoyment of physical activity.

``People get a kick out of coming to something like this and hopefully it will encourage them to participate more,'' she said.

The 10k race was won by internationally renowned distance runner Kylie Risk in a time of 34m25s and the 5k race was won by Emily Bell in the time of 19m36s.

Article from The Mercury.
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 Sunday, May 04, 2003 

Power pair to take a shot at race record

By Heather Quinlan

One is aiming to become Australia's greatest female distance runner, the other is revelling in a career comeback.

Together, Susie Power and Jackie Gallagher have the potential to blow The Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon race record out of the water on Sunday, May 25.

One of the classiest women's fields in event's 12-year history will chase New Zealander Nyla Carroll's 1996 mark of 70 minutes and 53 seconds.

Complete article at the Sydney Morning Herald website.
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Cliffy

by NEIL KEARNEY

Twenty years ago today, 61-year-old Cliff Young became a national hero when he won the Sydney-to-Melbourne ultra-marathon. But now, Cliffy's running days are over

PICTURE this. An excited crowd, hundreds of them, chanting fervently in sheeting rain outside a toilet at the Kalkallo roadhouse, alongside the Hume Highway, north of Melbourne.

Headlights, torches, three portable TV lights and the flashing signal of a police patrol car create surreal images in the darkness.

The mob, drawn to this bizarre scene by hourly news updates on TV and radio, are howling as persistently as the bitter southerly wind.

``Cliff-ee, clap-clap-clap, Cliff-ee, clap-clap-clap, Cliff-ee.''

Eventually a haunted figure opens the toilet door, is blinded by the spotlight, adjusts his pants with one arm, raises the other in a shy wave, and stumbles forward.

``Whoa!'' yells athletics promoter John Toleman, trying to grip Cliff's arm. ``That's the wrong way!''

The mob swarms to turn him around -- hordes of people who'd never heard of this frail old man two days earlier are chasing him down the road, yelling ``Cliff-ee, Cliff-ee.''

How did it all come to this?

The best explanation of why Cliff Young's 1983 Sydney-to-Melbourne marathon affected so many people was in the answer he gave two nights before he shuffled into Melbourne, when we spoke in his van by the Hume as the gas stove purred in the background.

His friend Mike Tonkin had warmed a tin of baked beans, and Cliff offered me his fork for a taste.

``Good stuff,'' he boasted. ``Lots of them carbon hydrates.''

Cliff's bush-speak could always bring a smile, but his eyes fixed on me in that chat, as he told how he had always wanted acceptance of his lifelong obsession for running.

He had been ridiculed for trotting around the Otway Ranges while real men worked, and for jogging in rubber boots -- even though Cliff thought them entirely practical in a region where, as he said: ``It rains nine months of the year and then winter sets in.''

Contrary to popular mythology, Cliff was never a spud farmer.

His brother, Sid, was a successful grower, but Cliff's plot by the weather-beaten farmhouse yielded only enough potatoes and pumpkins for he and mother Mary to boil in a saucepan for tea.

CLIFF ran for most of every day, over 25km along the pot-holed tracks of the Otways, and across undulating paddocks.

He put his brother's blue heeler out of a job by rounding up Sid's cattle -- even barking at them.

For years he played footy on the wing for Beech Forest, but was devastated when they told him he was too old. He was only 40.

So, when we chatted in the van after two-thirds of the race from Sydney, Cliff was hoping he had finally found a purpose for his apparently meaningless obsession, and that people might accept him for what he was.

``I'm a runner, just a bush runner,'' he said in his croak. ``But I always hoped one day people would see my running was worthy.''

In that remarkable week 20 years ago, a nation watched an anonymous little man prove his worth, and isn't that when sport is its most glorious?

We embraced him immediately, because he was the tortoise who whipped the hares; the humble Aussie battler with the laconic wave; the simple bloke who took 61 years to find overnight fame.

You can never get enough of a story like that -- or so we thought.

Eighteen months before the Sydney-to-Melbourne run, I first spotted Cliff halfway up the highway from Frankston to Melbourne, in the 1981 Melbourne marathon.

The duffers I was jogging with were falling apart. One chap was so stuffed he dropped his dentures, and the sniggering gave us a few moments of light relief.

When a skinny old man wearing Fletcher Jones pants and rubber boots shuffled by, red-faced but smiling, my first reaction was that he had just joined in, or that he was a drunk on his way home.

I realised it wasn't a prank a few days later, when he accepted his certificate for winning the 55-60 age group.

Albert John Clifford Young was chirpy and inquisitive, and was excited to be in the company of runners, asking them lots of questions about training and gear.

I arranged with him to go to Beech Forest the next Wednesday, to film him for Channel 10 news. Cliff was so eager he said he would run a few kilometres to meet us.

Cameraman Peter Doherty and I took a refreshment stop at a pub in Colac, lost track of time, and were terribly late leaving Colac for the 50km drive to Beech Forest.

We had driven halfway when Peter woke me from a snooze to ask if the man we wanted might be wearing dark green pants and jumper, towelling hat and gumboots.

Cliff had trotted 25km to meet us, then cheerily scampered up and down the Otways for our camera, running farther than an Olympic marathon in a showery afternoon.

His mother Mary was as obliging as Cliff. The vegies were well boiled and, after we had eaten more than enough, she told us how she had recently undertaken her first overseas trip, in her 80s.

Mum sat one side of the fireplace to read her book or watch TV, with her woollen socks resting in a well-worn groove in the brickwork.

Cliff sat on the other side of the roaring fire, his well-darned socks slotting snugly into the groove worn by his late father.

As simple as their lifestyle was, he and his mum were terrific company, witty, honest and generous.

A few days later, I rang Cliff to ask if he had seen Peter's wallet, which had been lost on the trip.

THE next week a letter arrived from Cliff, apologising that he had run all over the ranges, but had been unable to find the wallet. Enclosed was a $5 note for Peter to buy a new one.

Television news reports generally run one minute, or a minute 30 seconds on a slow news day.

The ``gumboot runner'' story ran four minutes 27 seconds, an entire break of the Ten news, and the bushie chasing cows and splashing through the mountains instantly became a national curiosity.

When the world's best ultra-marathoners gathered in Parramatta a year later for the inaugural Sydney-to-Melbourne race, Cliff lined up nervously to one side.

The ultra-distance gurus, among them Tony Rafferty, George Perdon and Englishman Joe Record, planned to run during daylight hours and rest overnight.

On the first night, Colac footy club trainer Wally Zeuschner gave Cliff one of his blistering rubdowns, tucked him into his caravan bunk, had a nightcap or two, and dozed restlessly.

Wal roused his runner with a gruff call at 5am.

Cliff struggled out and trudged through the darkness by the white line at the edge of the road.

As the minutes passed, Wally got to wondering why there was no hint of morning light.

He studied his watch, checked a clock in the van, and realised he had made a fateful miscalculation. It was just after 2am.

Wally and his mate Terry Smith contemplated chasing Cliff and sending him back to bed, but it dawned on them they had orchestrated a manoeuvre of genius.

The others woke at daybreak to learn the tortoise was already four hours down the road and flying.

By late morning, radio stations were broadcasting bulletins about the 61-year-old who had bolted from obscurity in an event that was, until then, equally obscure.

The CB radios on the Hume went berserk. Every passing truckie blasted his horn at Cliff, who gave each his signature wave.

Schoolchildren lined roads as he passed through towns, building up to the amazing crowds which stood 10 deep as his cavalcade stormed through Melbourne streets on the way to his finish at 1.36am on May 3.

On the second day of the race we filmed an interview with Cliff while he ate tinned pears.

The morning after it appeared on the news, a marketing man from Melbourne motored up the Hume, secured Cliff's signature on a commercial contract and placed a full-page newspaper ad with a photo of Cliff endorsing tinned fruit.

Before he was halfway to the finish, the boss of Channel 10 rang me to say that I would produce a one-hour documentary on Cliff.

The hysteria of his charge through Melbourne that night to the Doncaster finish whipped crowds into a mood as feverish as grand final night.

The days after his win were crazy -- he shuffled on to every TV show, was feted at lord mayoral receptions, flew to Canberra for scientific tests with Rob de Castella and got married in a shopping centre.

Yes, it's a pity the story didn't end with that triumphal march up Doncaster Rd at the end of five days 15 hours and four minutes.

If only the crowds who flocked to see him arrive at half-past one in the morning, kids in pyjamas and grandmas waving hankies, had been able to watch their bush hero shuffle off into the sunset.

But Cliff had felt isolation for too long. He warmed to the glow of acceptance, and was dazzled by the lights of adulation.

HIS mistake was to be too obliging, too trustful of sponsors and media, many of whom should have known better.

The media is often guilty of blitzing a story until it turns from fascination to freak show, and we milked the Cliff phenomenon until a lovely tale about a simple bloke became silly and laughable.

When he got engaged to a girl who was 35 years younger, Channel 10 choppered them from Colac to a motel in Wantirna, and I stayed in the adjoining unit to ``scoop'' the other news services.

We were more childish than ever Cliff was. The shopping centre wedding was tacky. The marriage to Mary Howell ended in May 1989, though they remained friends.

When I spoke with Mary recently, she said she believed she had been Cliff's mother in a past life, and that Cliff had wanted her to ``mother'' him.

Six years ago Cliff tried to run around Australia, at age 75, and shuffled 6520km before quitting.

He still holds records for stages of that trip, including one almighty stint through the gruelling Kimberley region of Western Australia.

HIS support crew on that run -- identical twins Bridget and Paula Powers -- have remained close to him, and their mother, Helen, has become his carer.

For the past few years Cliff, 81, has lived with the Powers at Caloundra, on the Sunshine Coast -- but his shuffling days are over. His health has deteriorated sadly since his stroke 18 months ago.

He has undergone several eye operations, and has become prone to lung infections. This week he was checked into a Sunshine Coast hospital with pneumonia.

When I visited him in a medical ward on Monday, he was on a drip, and very tired, but his eyes lit up and he was obviously glad to have company, and to reminisce.

``Gee, 20 years ago, eh?'' he smiled when reminded.

He has stayed in contact with his youngest brother, 73-year-old Sid, and his five other siblings, all still living in western Victoria.

Before Cliff left the Otways for the warmth of the Sunshine State, he lived in a modest weatherboard between Colac and Beech Forest.

One rainy Sunday a few years back I dropped by, and Cliff just happened to have a pot of vegies on the boil, and we sat down to Cliff's standard fare -- mashed spuds, pumpkin and beans.

He told me he was having difficulty getting television reception, so together we tackled the antenna alongside his chimney.

Eventually we agreed the job was beyond us, and Cliff got out a dusty video of our one-hour special from the 1983 run.

As we relived the journey, a tear came to his eye when he watched himself waltzing clumsily with his mother in the ``welcome home dance'' at Beech Forest.

He was feted by his community's elders as ``a true pioneer of the Otway Ranges'', and a mix of mountain folk and out-of-towners came together in that timber hall to celebrate a unique achievement.

The music for the documentary was a ballad written and performed by Michael Atkinson of Redgum, which contained the lyrics:

That minute in the spotlight,

Or on the long, hard road,

Is just another moment on your own.

As we watched those silhouetted images of him shuffling past the crowds, waving through the blinding rain, lit up by blinding camera lights, it did indeed seem like another moment on his own.

The house midway between Colac and Beech Forest was near where Cliff had run to meet us on the first day we came to film, back in 1982, and I asked -- if he had his time again -- would he run another 25km to embrace the public attention, and all that followed?

He flashed that impish grin, nodded, and motioned me to watch the next scene on the video.

It was the mad crowd chanting outside the Kalkallo roadhouse loo.

``Silly buggers,'' he laughed. ``Silly buggers.''

kearneyn@heraldsun.com.au

Article from the Herald Sun.
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Road feat forever Young

Retirement in the sun suits former farmer Cliff Young, reports Paul Daffey.

Twenty years ago this week, Cliff Young won the inaugural Sydney-Melbourne road race at the age of 61. His performance in shuffling to victory over 1000 kilometres, lifting his spindly arms to give a quick wave to spectators by the highway, provided an unlikely sporting highlight of the decade.

The victory was made all the more remarkable by later pictures of Young, or "Cliffy" as he was dubbed, training in gumboots on his dairy farm at Beech Forest, in the Otway Ranges. It was nothing for Young to run 20 kilometres into Gellibrand to post a letter.

Complete article at The Age website.
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 Saturday, May 03, 2003 

Melbourne Nike Women's Classic on TV - Sun 4th May

The Nike Women's Classic - 'Enjoy the Journey' program is listed for showing on this Sunday 4th May at 12.30pm. It will show in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth on Channel Ten.

It runs for 30 minutes. Its all about the 20th anniversary of the Nike Women's Classic in Melbourne held on 30th March 2003.
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 Friday, May 02, 2003 

Last chance to have your say on Australian athletics

Athletics Australia is currently undertaking a comprehensive review of all aspects of Australian domestic athletics competition using an informal study of the current situation.

AA 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.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.
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Distance Athletes From Camp To Comp

A group of Australian distance athletes have spent most of last month getting serious about altitude training, at a camp in Flagstaff, Arizona… and this weekend (Friday 2nd May), will begin their competition program, when they compete at the Cardinal Invitation meet at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.
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Fireman shows ticker to take out memorial fun run

By SYARI ARIFFIN

Glenn Cargill, a 40-year-old firefighter, was first over the line in the Darren Wall Memorial Fun Run held at King's Park yesterday.

The annual event was part of National Heart Week and organised by the ACT Emergency Services Bureau, with all proceeds donated to the Heart Foundation.

ACT firefighters, bushfire staff and volunteers, ambulance officers, and emergency services personnel brought along their family and friends to run or walk the 5km course.

The track took participants from King's Park opposite the Carillon, along the lake, up towards Stage 88, to Commonwealth Avenue Bridge and back.

Mr Cargill's time of 18 minutes 44 seconds fell just under 90 seconds short of the event's record.

Lisa Covington was the first woman to finish, with a time of 20 minutes 42 seconds.

Almost 100 people participated in this year's fun run, the largest number in the event's four-year history.

The turn-out was a boost to organisers who almost cancelled last year's event due to lack of interest.

Veteran marathon runner Rob de Castella opened the race.

He thanked participants for supporting the event and spoke about the importance of physical activity and a healthy diet to combat heart disease and obesity.

The event was held in memory of Darren Wall, an ACT senior firefighter who was a health and fitness adviser for the Emergency Services Bureau.

Mr Wall underwent a heart transplant but later died in 1999.

Article from the Canberra Times.
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Granny takes life in her stride

by BRETT STUBBS

AT 76, Shirley Brasher could be excused for taking the slow lane, but the Launceston grandmother will again be on the starting line for Sunday's women-only 10km classic fun run in Hobart.

While she says she has slowed a little from her younger years, mind and body are willing to continue for some time.

``Running is my life,'' Brasher said.

``I'm nowhere near as fast as I used to be but I hope to keep going as long as I can.''

She is a fairly late bloomer to competitive running, starting when 42 after her family took up the pursuit.

She has gone from strength to strength, culminating in a trip to Germany for the 1979 World Master's Games.

The games have been a regular two-year event which has taken her around the world and will see her compete on the US island of Puerto Rico in the Caribbean next month.

She has been training for the games and the fun run -- in which she will be the oldest competitor -- with regular 25km bicycle rides and plans to add this to her sporting repertoire.

``I had a big fall about six years ago on a run and I have not been able to run real long distances since,'' she said.

``The 800m is my favourite event but I used to also do the 1500m, the 5000m and the marathon.''

Brasher said the fall meant she would have to to walk some of the way on Sunday.

``Sunday's run is not too hard if you are fit but, unfortunately, I am not very fit at the moment.''

Apart from the 10km race, participants can compete in a 5km fun run/walk.

Half of all entry fees go to the Cancer Council with participants urged to wear something red and make donations to the Heart Foundation.

The races start from Salamanca Place at 9am.

Article from the The Mercury.
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Johnson steps up to 10km with eye to Paris, Athens

By Len Johnson

Australian 5000 metres champion Benita Johnson will move up in distance when she tackles her first track 10,000 metres in Stanford, California, on Friday.

After a month's training 1800 metres above sea level at Laguna Mountain resort with fellow Australians Haley McGregor and Georgie Clarke and Irish star Sonia O'Sullivan, Johnson believes she is ready to give the longer distance a good shot.

Complete article at The Age website.
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Big smiles for miles

FOR Sandgate and District State High student Matthew Willis, travelling to and from school is not the chore it is to some classmates.

In fact, it's the stepping stone to a long-term dream.

Known around the school as ``Smiley'', Willis hopes to one day represent Australia at the Olympics in a long-distance running event.

As part of his training, the Year 11 student regularly jogs the round trip from his Geebung home to school in mornings before completing studies and then returning home in the afternoons. Willis averages 32km on foot each day.

Proving the benefits of such a rigorous regime, Willis recently captured the 10km Mount Mee Classic.

Despite competing against senior rivals, he blitzed the field in a swift time of 41min17secs.

Second place went to Ian McKee, who finished almost two minutes off the pace.

Willis is a member of Sandgate High's Excellence in Sport program and trains under the guidance of his mother.

Article from the Northside Chronicle.
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 Thursday, May 01, 2003 

Benita Ready To Make Her 10,000m Debut

The first time Benita Johnson ran a 5000m race it earned her a spot in the 2000 Australian Olympic team. The first time she ran a 3000m race indoors she set an Australian record. Her first 5000m race in Europe was also an Australian record. So when she makes her debut at 10,000m at the Cardinal Invitation at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California on Friday night there is plenty of reason to take notice.

Another Australian record? Lisa Ondieki's national mark of 31.11 goes back 18 years ago and has never been seriously challenged but if as expected conditions are good and a fast pace is set, a national record is within the capabilities of Benita in her first attempt at the journey on the track.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.
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