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 Monday, June 30, 2003 

Troop Going To Plan

Geelong's Lee Troop dismantled the field in last week's Uni-Hill 2K (part of the Boulder Race Series), in Colorado, easily winning in 5 minutes 28 seconds.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.
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Battle of the fittest

by Jessica Lawrence

IT WAS a bitter fitness fight to the end in the centre of Brisbane this week.

Seven teams mounted treadmills in the Queen St Mall to battle it out at the launch of The Sunday Mail Suncorp Bridge to Brisbane Fun Run.

In a competition rewarding brains and brawn, teams of two had two minutes to notch up as great a distance as they could before answering a bridge-related question.

Crowds lined the mall to cheer on corporate teams from The Sunday Mail, Suncorp, the Princess Alexandra Hospital Research Team, the Cerebral Palsy League of Queensland, Brookes, Suzuki and McDonald's.

While finalists CPLQ and Suncorp tied at 620m, Suncorp took line honours after correctly naming the bridge that runners will cross -- the Gateway Bridge.

About 16,000 people are expected to join the Bridge to Brisbane Fun Run on August 3. Runners and corporate teams can choose from a 12km course or a 4.25km short-course event, both ending in New Farm Park.

Part of the proceeds from the run will go to the Princess Alexandra Hospital Research Team and the CPLQ.

Entrants can also check their results from last year's run, with a database of times and placings available on the Bridge to Brisbane website.

To enter the fun run, pick up a form from any Suncorp branch in southeast Queensland.

Entry costs $20 for adults and corporate entrants, and $15 for children and short-course entrants. For more information, ph: 1300 555 577, or visit website: bridgetobrisbane.com.au.

Article from the Sunday Mail.
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Many positives to being fit

by Krishna Stanton

WITH just five weeks to go until the Bridge to Brisbane Fun Run, Commonwealth Games marathon medallist KRISHNA STANTON takes time out from her training routine to remind you of the positives of being fit:

There are obvious benefits from running -- such as a stronger heart and leaner physique. But there are also less obvious benefits.

Regular running has been shown to promote a positive outlook.

It also activates the creative side of your brain, and often helps with problem solving.

Hopefully, in training for the Bridge to Brisbane, you have more energy after a run than you did previously. This can be put down to chemicals your body produces during exercise which promote alertness and a sense of well-being.

Be careful not to run hard all the time as this can have the reverse effect -- a hard run once or twice a week is perfect. Vigorous exercise like running can also promote better sleep. Often I feel more tired when I don't exercise.

The well-being running creates can flow on to others -- as you run around your community, say hello to people. I often see the same people on my morning run -- and although the hello is not always returned, I still feel good.

Running is such a positive activity, so try to sell the idea to someone.

There is still time for others to join you in the Bridge to Brisbane -- even if they only decide to walk or run the shorter 4.25km event.

Let others know about the positives you have gained from setting a goal and taking action to achieve it.

Keep up the good work. There is a simplicity about running -- just you, your shoes and the road make it the ideal stress reliever.

WEEK SEVEN programs

BEGINNERS

* Like last week, the aim is to build strength and endurance. It should be getting easier

* Repeat last week's one-hour session, plus two 45-minute runs

* In your final session, after a 10-minute warm-up, run hard for two minutes then easy for two minutes. Do this for 20 minutes and finish with a 10-minute warm-down

ADVANCED

* One hour-long session; and one easy run of 30-40 minutes

* Repeat your 5km time trial and check your progress. Don't panic if you haven't lowered your time - many factors affect this and you still have a few weeks to go

* Go for one 45-minute steady run

Article from the Sunday Mail.
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Sydney Unzipped

by MIA FREEDMAN

SOMETIMES it's a good thing to get out of your comfort zone. At least that's what I muttered to myself as I sat freezing and grumpy on a minibus with my Cosmo colleagues on the way to Homebush Bay last Sunday morning at 7.30.
The relaxed vibe of Sydney makes it easy to get stuck on a goat track doing the same things in the same places with the same people. But there are a million different goat tracks in Sydney, a million different lives and subcultures and, every time I glimpse one through the window of my little world, it opens it up. Although I can't say I usually do it willingly.

Willing certainly isn't a word I'd use to describe my attitude last weekend as our little bus made it's way to the Nike Women's Classic fun run. It's not that I'm averse to exercise. I'm rather addicted to my morning run on my treadmill. But with Cosmo involved as a media partner with the Nike Women's Classic, it was strongly suggested to me that my attendance would be a good thing.

With a bad attitude, I agreed, but not before roping 15 of my workmates into joining me.

There was more than one hangover on our bus, with the rugby, assorted dinner parties and a debauched society hen's night being among the previous night's activities. So we were something of a motley crew who arrived at Homebush Bay (via Starbucks) and made our way to the marshalling area to join about 2000 of our fellow fun-runners .

The first bit of fun involved picking the fastest loo queue before the race. Being a women's only event, the chicks had commandeered all available toilets and the queues were at least 100 metres outside the men's, women's and disabled loos. ``Comfort-zone-bad,'' I chanted as I hopped from one foot to another, ``new-experiences-good''.

The smart women quickly worked out that the ladies' queue was the fastest because there were more cubicles. Needless to say, I wasn't among them and nearly missed the start of the race.

Participants (who ranged wildly in age and fitness level) had the choice of doing the five-kilometre circuit once or twice and my group all assumed we'd just walk the one circuit. I'd also assumed it would take the best part of the morning to do it. My buddy Bron and I decided to jog a little at the start just to get clear of the crowd. But then we started chatting, got distracted and before we knew it, we'd hit the two-kilometre mark and decided to see if we could keep going without keeling over.

The sidelines were sprinkled liberally with boyfriends and husbands many with kids, some reading the papers and all cheering encouragement. As we jogged up a steep hill (OK, a mild incline), a male volunteer official jokingly chided: ``Less talking and more running!''

``What part of `women's event' did you not understand, mate?'' I shot back. ``We like a bit of chat with our exercise. Get used to it.''

Pretty soon we were heading to the finish line and feeling rather shocked that we'd managed to jog the whole way. Bron and I crossed over in 34 minutes and 40 seconds, which may not have been exactly record pace but pleased the pants off us.

The vibe in the area near the finish was chatty and exuberant and I got talking with some of the runners. I learnt that many of the participants belonged to amateur running clubs and they told me about the huge running community in Sydney. Many of the running club blokes were working this race as volunteers to support their sister runners. The whole thing was over by 10.30 and we were back on the bus on our way home to our eastern suburbs goat tracks, which were just a little wider from having experienced a fresh slice of Sydney.

Article from the Sun Herald.
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Grandmother is setting the pace in fun run tradition

By HEATHER QUINLAN

WITH the record one-millionth The Sun-Herald City to Surf entry only days away, race legend Helen Walker wants the milestone to inspire a new generation of physically active people.
Mrs Walker, 69, has been a trailblazer for women's running in The Sun-Herald City to Surf and has motivated countless others, including most members of her own family.

The energetic grandmother from Wollstonecraft will take part in her 27th City to Surf on Sunday, August 10, and going by past performances is likely to finish high up in her age and team categories.

Mrs Walker has won more medals in The Sun-Herald City to Surf than any other person only last year she ran as part of the Balmoral Speedies, who finished third in the women's over-30 category.

Her daughter Jenny was the first Australian woman home in 1985, finishing second behind American Nancy Ditz . Now Jenny's son, William, 14, is following in her footsteps and in 2002 the pair was third in the mother and child category.

Mrs Walker ran for many years with her son Ross and last year, another son, Peter, and his wife, Rowena, won their husband and wife section.

Running is a tradition among the Walkers.

``It's wonderful to be fit and active and I'm lucky my three children and their children are into sport as well,'' Mrs Walker said.

Her first connection with the 14-kilometre city to Bondi run was as a spectator and she quickly noticed that not many women took part in the event. So she took action.

``I was determined I would do the race the next year even if I had to walk the whole way,'' she said.

Organisers believe the 33-year-old race's one-millionth entry will be lodged sometime this week. The lucky entrant will receive a selection of New Balance clothing to wear on race day.

This year, for the first time, entries for The Sun-Herald City to Surf can be lodged online, or complete the entry form in today's Sun-Herald.

The Sun-Herald City to Surf is proudly sponsored by Network Ten, Radio 2GB, HSBC, New Balance, smart and supported by Gatorade and the Sheraton on the Park, Sydney.

Article from the Sun Herald.
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Pace yourself

by Olivia Stewart

Just finishing a marathon run can be a badge of honour, writes Olivia Stewart

MARATHONS are like mountains in more ways than one. To conquer each is a great human feat, physically and mentally, and so part of the allure is just being able to say you've done it.

When you stretch out the distance as roughly that of Brisbane to Ormeau, you can get a clearer perspective of why the first marathon runner, a messenger in ancient Greece, actually died.

A survivor's badge of honour will be a major incentive for thousands of the participants in the 25th Gold Coast Airport Marathon on July 6, whose major competition will be against themselves.

Often the general public marathoners are people with full-time jobs -- social runners who want to increase their fitness and give themselves a major goal to work towards.

Thirty per cent of entrants are aged 20-34, with the biggest group being the 30-34s.

Thirty-two-year old Lee Fuller is typical of these, a computer programmer turned marathon man.

After being involved in a range of social sports, including water skiing, indoor cricket, karate and rock climbing, he started endurance running because his friends were doing it.

``I've done a few things but those sort of sports don't get you that fit like you need to be for running. I was probably 5kg heavier than I was in my early 20s. I was able to eat anything back in those days but hadn't let myself get away or anything,'' Fuller says.

``So I thought, `Oh well I'll get fit' -- it's good to feel fit.

``I can tell you when I started running, I tried to run 6km and that was quite difficult.

``I said not long after I'd started running, `I don't think I could ever run a marathon', but then I got into training, got a bit further in distances.''

Fuller's progression was very gradual. From running 5km to 6km in 1998, he ran the Noosa 10km in 2000, the Gold Coast half marathon in 2001. (The Gold Coast Airport Marathon program also includes a half marathon, 10km run and walk).

``I was pretty impressed with myself after that,'' he says. ``And then the other people I knew were doing the marathon and I thought, `Oh well what the hell, I'll go and do that'. ''

Fuller completed the full marathon last year in three hours 42 minutes and says, ``There's definitely a sense of accomplishment when you do these longer runs.''

While physically he, of course, felt pretty terrible immediately after, and was stiff and sore for a few days, he didn't experience any blisters, just some chafing.

Despite an erratic and limited preparation this year due to a muscle strain and a subsequent niggly knee -- as well as fitting in studying and renovating -- Fuller has surprised himself with his form.

AT AN event in Warwick a month ago, in which competitors completed a range of distances totalling the full marathon over the course of the weekend, he ran a half marathon personal best, beating his 2002 Gold Coast time.

``I'd done next to no training, and its only the second half marathon I've ever done, so I was surprised and all my friends think I'm a bit of a freak.''

He acknowledges, though, that his base fitness probably carried him through.

Now, having previously done the full marathon distance, the challenge this year for Fuller is beating his PB and a female training partner whose PB is three minutes slower. Not wanting to be beaten by a girl is always a good spur for the male ego, he concedes.

``I had a little walk for six or seven minutes probably last year, and I want to complete this one without having a walk.''

How to survive a marathon

AFTER an athletic career beset by injury and chronic fatigue syndrome, Krishna Stanton ran and won her first marathon in Sydney in 2001. The 37-year-old primary school teacher went on to claim silver at the Manchester Commonwealth Games and is now focused on the Chicago Marathon this October.

She is giving seminars at the University of Queensland Athletics Centre on how to train and race injury free.

Prepare well. Train for four to six months.

``If you haven't run before you need to prepare just that little bit longer. It's like a bank you keep putting money in all the time, and then you add a bit more. A training partner or group will help keep you motivated,'' runner Lee Fuller says.

He suggests setting achievable short- to mid-term goals. Aim for fun runs or events like the Bridge to Brisbane in August 3 which is 12km and 4.7km. Set a target time to give you a gauge of your progress.

Train smart -- less can be more.

The last really long run should be two weeks out. The week before is just about jogging around. You cannot get any fitter in those last couple of weeks, especially the last week; the only thing you can do is overtrain. You'll just race so much better if you can let your body really be rested.

Recovery and carbohydrate loading.

The week before the race is just about recovery, and three to four days out making sure you eat smaller meals throughout the day, lots of carbohydrates to make sure that you're storing fat as energy. Dietitian and runner Kerith Duncanson, author of Licence to Eat, will be giving advice at the next seminar.

Trial your clothes, drinks and diet.

Make sure that you've tested everything in training that you're going to use on race day -- sport drinks, clothing. Make sure it doesn't rub or chafe and don't wear new shoes or socks.

Have your pre-race, night-before meal and breakfast before a long training session, two or three weeks out, to make sure your stomach gets used to it or that it's nothing that upsets it.

Pace yourself during the race.

Think of your goal, not the distance. I know it's not exactly a fun run but there is some high that you get from participating in these sort of events. Remember on the starting line, that you've done all the training, you chose to do it because you wanted a challenge, and make the most of it.

Distract yourself. It's easy to get carried away. Find people of a similar level to run with and talk with them in the first 10-15km. If you can't talk, you're running too hard. The more relaxed you are, the less energy that you will use.

The Brisbane Challenge, The Bridge to Brisbane, UQ Athletics Centre seminar with Krishna Stanton and Kerith Duncanson, July 2, 6.30pm-8.30pm. Ph 3365 6055.

Article from the Courier Mail.
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Arthur first to Breakers again

PAUL Arthur won his fourth Bay to Breakers fun run yesterday in a time of 34min 23sec over the 11km course from Gosford to Terrigal.

The allure of winning possibly the last Bay to Breakers convinced Arthur, 36, to withdraw from the NSW cross-country championships.

The Extra reported on Saturday that Arthur would back up from the state cross country for the Bay to Breakers.

``I'm serious about the Bay to Breakers, I'm going for my fourth win but I've got the state cross country the day before down at Nowra and it's just a matter of me backing up,'' Arthur told Extra last week. ``No excuses. But it will make it tougher, it is my choice.''

Newcastle's Catherine Swarzes won the women's event in a time of 40 min 42 sec.

Article from the Daily Telegraph.
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Family fun run beats winter chill

by SEAN STEVENSON

MORE than 700 hearty souls yesterday braved a wet and chilly winter's day to take part in the 11th annual Family Fun Run and Walk through the streets of Hobart.

State 800m and 1500m track champion Grant Page showed his versatility by winning his first 10km race.

The women's 10km winner was no surprise, with world class performer Kylie Risk adding yet another title to a very long list.

Page, from the Northern Suburbs Club, recorded a time of 31m38s to win comfortably from Andrew Harding (31m53s) and Jason Allie (32m25s).

Two laps into the race Page led Allie by just 4m, with Harding back in third, but the winner put the acid to his rivals over the final 3.3km.

Despite being soaked to the skin, Page was up beat about the conditions of the race.

``It wasn't too bad,'' he said.

``It wasn't cold or windy.

``I took it easy the first couple of laps and then kicked home.''

Page said the event was important to his build-up to the track season later in the year.

While he is planning to compete in the rich Burnie Ten, his main goals are to run well in the Grand Prix series and at the national championships.

Risk completed the journey in 34m58s, which was well outside her record of 32m27s for the testing course.

She said she had been battling the flu, and was yet to decide whether she would run in the national half-marathon at the Gold Coast next week.

Risk said conditions were very difficult.

``It was one of the hardest fun runs I have done,'' she said.

``I was slipping and sliding all over the place.''

A former Australian titleholder and Commonwealth Games bronze medalist, Risk is still hoping to be at Athens next year.

``I am contemplating another Olympics,'' she said.

``I will see how I go.''

Second in the women's 10km was Jacqui Guy in 40m07s, while Sarah Stutler was third in 40m59s.

The men's 3.3km race was won by Damien West in 10m07s, while the women's went to Emily Bell in 11m39s.

Funds raised by yesterday's event will be donated to the Pediatric Unit of the Royal Hobart Hospital.

Article from the The Mercury.
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SANTOS Lighthouse Point Lowly half-marathon

Despite carrying an achilles tendon strain, Port Augusta long-distance runner Yilma Woldgabreal was good enough to win the SANTOS Lighthouse Point Lowly half-marathon by 38 seconds from second placegetter Brett Worley.

The winner's time of 1 hour 24 minutes and 40 seconds was not far off the time of 1.23.31 set by Glen Harvey in 2000.

There were 12 starters for the half marathon distance and all finished.

Ron O'Neill of Adelaide, who won the BHP Community walk in 2000 with a time of 2.31.15, scored again three years on in 2.33.47.

Sylvia Friedrich was second and Alison Sanders third.

The 10km run went to Andrew Hunter of Port Augusta, while the 6km walk was won by Whyalla Harriers' Gerry Cockshott. Wayne Hurst, a local, won the 6km run from Glen Harvey and Kevin Littler.

Article from the Sunday Mail.
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Seven-time champion started at 14

By ANDREW HOUGH

MAUREEN Moyle has loved running all her life.

The 47-year-old mother of two said yesterday her natural sporting ability was what led her to enter her first The Advertiser City-Bay fun run 33 years ago - as a fresh-faced 14-year-old.

Since then the love for running has transcended into a love for the fun run.

``I was getting thrashed at sprints and so within a short time the coach was training me in long distance (running),'' Mrs Moyle said.

The running champion, who is a seven-time City-Bay winner, lives in Kingswood.

``In my first race I came second, (then) represented the state within three months, and then Australia within about five years.

``It then became part of me and I really loved it.''

Mrs Moyle said one of the highlights of the City-Bay events was winning the race on her son's first birthday.

Mrs Moyle joined other dignitaries, past winners and race organisers at the official launch of this year's race at the City-Bay event's new offices.

This year, instead of taking entries to Jogger's World, entrants should take their entries to the event office at 15 Waymouth Street, where they can collect their race bags, numbers and chips.

Recreation and Sport Minister Michael Wright said the race was very important, describing the course as ``very friendly''.

``It gives a whole broad range of people the opportunity to participate in the race,'' Minister Wright, who will again be running in the race, said.

``It is not about winning, it is about participating and that has to be a good thing,'' he said.

The race will be held on Sunday, September 21, with runners able to compete in one of two race distances - 12km and 6km.

Training tips will be featured in The Advertiser each week in the lead-up to the event.

Entry forms can be collected at the City-Bay office, or from The Advertiser.

Article from The Advertiser.
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Aouita inspiring young AIS runners to aim for the top

By James Nicholson

SAID Aouita has never been one to shrink from a challenge.

It was Aouita, after all, who as the reigning World and Olympic 5000m champion in 1988, decided to have a shot at the 1500m and 800m titles at the Seoul Games. A hamstring injury thwarted those ambitions, but by finishing third in the 800m final, he became the first man in Olympic history to win medals over both 5000m and 800m.

Nine months after his appointment as the middle-distance coach at the Australian Institute of Sport, the 43-year-old Moroccan is tackling his latest challenge with all the vigour and single-mindedness he revealed during his running career.

Aouita, who is in Canberra for five days running the rule over about 50 athletes during a camp at the AIS, harbours an ambition to develop Australia into an international force to be reckoned with in the discipline of middle-distance running.

'In Australia we have a lot of athletes who just need a bit more attention and coaching,' he says. 'I believe as a coach that we have some of the best youth and junior talent in the world.'

Aouita points to a handful of runners who, he says, have achieved dramatic improvement over the past nine months and are close to making an impact in international competition.

'Suzie Walsham - for years she was running 4min 12sec in the 1500m and she has now run 4min7sec, which is really, really quick. Emily Morris never ran sub-4min 17sec. Now she's running 4min 12sec.

'And Mark Fountain. I think he is the best athlete we have and I think he'll be the new king in the next few years. He's improved by five or six seconds in the 1500m.'

After coaching in Morocco and then the United States - it was at the 1984 Los Angeles Games that he won the gold medal in the 5000m - Aouita moved last September to Australia and into the AIS position, which emphasises the development of young talent rather than fine-tuning finished articles.

'I came up with the idea, and that was to have a national program, so I'm working with some very talented young athletes to develop an understanding of new techniques.

'We have some sessions together and I show them what they're doing right and what they can improve on.'

Article from the Canberra Times.
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 Saturday, June 28, 2003 

A Serious threat to Triathlon

The folowing is from the CEO of Triathlon Australia in an article on their website:

A SERIOUS THREAT TO OUR SPORT IN NSW
Friday, 27 June 2003

A very recent decision by NSW State Government that insist that any road bicycling event or event that has as part of the event cycling on the road, must be conducted under "sterile" roads, has the potential to destroy our sport in NSW and if extended to other states in this country.

The ruling would require any Triathlon or Duathlon event conducted on roads in NSW to ensure no vehicle access at all during the course of the event (total road closure). The cost and practicality of such a ruling is ridiculous and appears not to have considered how our events are staged and managed, nor the wider consequences of the ruling eg; participation in sport, health and wellbeing of the community, livelihood of event directors and clubs, commercial benefits to regional communities that stage events etc.

It is important to note that to date we (TA) have not received any official notice or wording on this ruling rather the information has come
from police representatives, therefore before a broader call to action is made we must first clearly establish the facts.

Triathlon Australia has to date, been in contact with our legal counsel, updated the Australian Sports Commission and been dealing with Cycling Australia and Cycling NSW via Ken Bonham. Ken Bonhman as President of TNSW has also done a substantial amount of work with the previous Minister for Sport Gabrielle Harrison which has be critical in establishing a meeting with the NSW Minister of Police John Watkins.

Triathlon Australia, Triathlon NSW, Cycling Australia, and Cycling NSW as well as other key stakeholders (Ken Baggs, NSW Race Director) will be attending the meeting with the Minister on Monday the 30th of June. The intent of the meeting is to clarify exactly what the ruling is and the Government position on the ruling. It is from this point we will then need to establish our next course of action.

Triathlon Australia is committed to ensure that the sport is able to conduct races in a safe and fair environment in all states of Australia. Triathlon Australia will keep its members and stakeholders posted as to the outcome of the meeting on Monday and the what actions we believe the sport may need to take.

In summary, We have a very serious threat to the staging of events in NSW, this needs to be clarified and explained by the appropriate persons (NSW Minister of Police) before we take further action.

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Cycling events in firing line too !

The current crisis for running on NSW roads has extended to Cycling also. This article is reprinted from Cycling News from 25th June 2003.

Government shuts down road racing in NSW
By Gerard Knapp

The Australian State that once hosted important cycling events such as the Commonwealth Bank Cycle Classic, not to mention the Olympic
Games road race, has effectively shut down road racing by banning all club cycling events to be held on public roads.

Only a handful of open events are likely to be run this year, while all club racing on public roads has been forced to stop due to a ruling by the Crown Solicitor's office of the recently re-elected Labor government of Premier Bob Carr.

The once-busy road racing calendar in NSW, a state that has produced riders such as FDjeux.com's Bradley McGee, US Postal Service's Matt
White and many other professional riders, is now reduced to five events. The only events which can be held on public roads must have
"sterile" conditions, which means the roads are completely closed off to all other road users.

Many road events organised by clubs in NSW are held on quiet back roads, where the clubs deliberately choose quiet roads to avoid traffic. Larger events, such as the Grafton-to-Inverall, use interstate highways, but disruption to traffic and any political fallout from annoyed motorists has not been a significant factor in this latest ruling.

Nor has public safety and injury to cyclists or motorists a factor. Rather, it appears to be the broad interpretation of consolidated road laws which has effectively cut off road cycling at the grass-roots level.

"We are going to be the laughing stock of the rest of the (cycling) world," said Tom Skulander from the NSW Cycling Federation, which is
devastated by the latest ruling by the State's legal bureaucrats. "Here we are producing some the world's best road cyclists, and they're
turning their backs on them."

The latest ruling by the Crown Solicitor will also stop club-level triathlon in a State which has produced several world champions and ironman legends, ranging from Chris McCormack through to Greg Welch. The Crown Solicitor's ruling will leave cycling clubs in sparsely-populated areas of the state without the opportunity to conduct any kind of racing. Very few clubs in the State own criterium circuits, and
velodromes are even less frequent.

Road racing in NSW has a long history with the first professional events held in the early 20th century. However, the number of road
races held each year continued to decline due to the Police support charges imposed by the NSW Government.

While the 'user-pays' principal took out several long-standing events - including a race which had been held over 85 years - the latest ruling
from the Crown Solicitor will have far-reaching impact.

"The verbal communication from (NSW) Police is very devastating, a complete change from negotiations that CNSW (Cycling NSW) had been
involved in prior to this advice," said president Ron Bates in a message to members sent out today.

Just in time for the Tour de France !

Ironically, the timing of the solicitor's ruling could work in the sports' favour, given that the Australian mass media will provide its once-a-year coverage of cycling with the upcoming Tour de France and the likelihood that the contingent of Australian riders are expected to figure in the results. Indeed, the winner of the time trial of yesterday's Tour de Suisse, Bradley McGee, is from Sydney and often competes in local events when at home.

However, the head cycling coach at the NSW Institute of Sport, Gary Sutton, said "the guys (in Europe) learn their craft racing at home on
the local road races". Sutton said the fear is that ruling may be interpreted in other states, effectively shutting down road racing across the country. Currently, cycling is enjoying increased popularity and mass media attention, particularly through the efforts of the SBS-TV network, which broadcasts cycling events such as the Tour de France, Paris-Roubaix and national track and road events. The broadcaster has positioned itself as the country's cycling network and is increasing the amount of cycling content it broadcasts each year.

A meeting between Cycling NSW officials and the Government's respective Ministers for Police and Transport is scheduled and it is hoped that the road laws can be changed to accommodate cycling events. The current law makes no distinction between bicycles and powered vehicles, such as cars, buses and semi-trailers.

About the changes:

This latest impact on road cycling is linked to a move by road transport bureaucrats to consolidate road laws across the country. Under
these new laws, a bicycle is defined as a "vehicle" and under these new laws, "vehicles cannot race on open roads", said Tom Skulander from NSW Cycling.

To hold a race in NSW, a local cycling club applies to its respective local council and its traffic committee, which usually includes members of the NSW Police as well as the Roads & Traffic Authority (RTA). In turn, this committee refers the event to the NSW Police Traffic Services, which reviews the application and in many cases, it would approve the event.

However, due to the latest changes to the road traffic laws, the Police referred the applications to the Crown Solicitor's office for a ruling. It has since advised the Police that all road racing is effectively banned under the new laws unless the roads are completely clear from any other road users.

According to the latest information from Cycling NSW, "Due to the ever increasing pressures of insurance risk (right down to individual officers) Police can no longer sanction road race events unless certain conditions are complied with. The Commissioner of Police under the Act is the only person who has the authority to approve 'Races, Speed Records and other Speed Trials' for Vehicles'.

"Within the Terminology of the Act a Bicycle is defined as a Vehicle. Within the relevant clauses it also says that 'the Commissioner may
grant or refuse approval or impose any conditions considered necessary in the interests of public safety and convenience'. The last word in
the previous sentence "convenience" is the matter that we need to manage carefully as related to public opinion."

(Action: Cycling NSW suggests that concerned cyclists should write to their local member of State Parliament, local council and finally their local Federal Member. Further information and an FAQ on the ruling are available at the Cycling NSW web site).

More info here

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Monaghetti wins Melbourne Corporate Cup

Steve Monaghetti won the final round of the Melbourne Corporate Cup this week (Wed 25th) in 10:40, possibly the fastest ever offical time run by an Australian.

He was nearly a minute ahead of the first regular corporate cup runner, James Atkinson from National Australia Bank.

The event is run by Melbourne City Sports
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 Friday, June 27, 2003 

Page looking to make grand run challenge

by DAMIEN McINTYRE

HOBART runner Grant Page is looking to break the shackles and burst through for his first 10km win on Sunday.

He will be competing in the 11th Hotel Grand Chancellor-Budget Fun Run and Walk.

Page is the current 1500m track champion and is one of Tasmania's up-and-coming athletics stars.

He is hoping this run will be his chance to win a big race.

``I've never run too many 10km races so it will be good to get out and have a go,'' Page said. ``I've been doing a bit of training but nothing especially for this race.''

Despite his lack of experience over 10km, Page is looking forward to the run and his battle with fellow competitors.

He sees his main rivals as Jason Allie and Andrew Harding.

``It should be a pretty interesting race,'' Page said.

Last week Page was second in the Glenorchy 10km Classic behind Brad Dyson.

So far Dyson hasn't indicated whether he will compete in Sunday's event.

Yesterday Page was giving some tips to fun run sponsors from the Hotel Grand Chancellor, Budget and the Royal Hobart Hospital.

Tasmanian Kylie Risk is the standout athlete in the women's section.

All proceeds from this years fun run will go to the Royal Hobart Hospital's Pediatric Unit.

Competitors can enter the 3.3km or 10km runs or walks on the day. They start at 10am from the Hotel Grand Chancellor.

Article from The Mercury.
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 Thursday, June 26, 2003 

International runners both green and experienced

By Andy Wilcox
Journal Sports Editor

Runners come from near and far every year to compete in the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run.

In fact, this weekend’s 30th annual WS100 will feature two dozen runners from outside the United States — about as many as are entered from the greater Auburn area.

American runners enjoy meeting these international runners and learning not only about the exotic races they’ve entered around the world, but also their unique customs — especially when it comes to the supposedly regimented way of finishing ultramarathons.

Take the runner who had one of the longest trips to Auburn this week — 24-year-old Sean Greenhill of Sydney, Australia, the third youngest entrant in this year’s field behind 19-year-old Del Oro High graduates Victor Oseto and Tyler Daly.

Greenhill said drinking five bottles of beer helped him finally finish the only 100-miler he’s attempted, the Glasshouse Trail Run, which he said is Australia’s only 100-mile footrace.

He was quick to point out that he didn’t drink the beer to get drunk. Ultramarathoners purge calories so quickly during a race, they often must eat junk food to keep their systems from shutting down.

“It’s the fastest way to put on calories,” Greenhill said of drinking beer. “Glasshouse is six laps around the same course with one aid station. I brought a six-pack, drank one beer before the race and left the rest at the aid station and had a bottle with each lap.”

Greenhill finished sixth out of only 18 runners in the race, so he’s in for a culture shock at the WS100 with its 450-plus runners. He looked a little tired last Thursday evening after arriving Monday with his mother, but not from a hangover. It was only 4 a.m. Australian time.

“Other than the time zone, the exchange rate, and people driving on the wrong side of the road, it’s been quite fun,” said the easygoing Greenhill, who works at a desk job.

After stepping on American soil for the first time ever last week, Greenhill won’t be able to leave beers at aid stations during the WS100 due to its non-looping course from Squaw Valley to Auburn.

“I’ll be happy just to finish it,” he said. “We met a woman here who’s run in the Western States and Glasshouse, Carol LaPlante, and she’s going to pace me from Foresthill.”

One of Greenhill’s fellow members in the Sydney Striders running club, David John Sill, will also be in this year’s WS100. The 56-year-old Sill — who placed 81st in the brutal 156-mile Spartathlon in Greece last September, will be representing England, along with Chris Fanning, 49.

Also making long trips were Japan’s Hiroki Ishikawa, 28, and Kanpei Hazama, 53, who along with being a well-known actor in his country placed 35th in the 1999 Spartathlon.

Ishikawa was living in the state of Washington last year when he placed 83rd overall in the WS100. In 2001, he was fourth in the Chuckanut Mountain 50K in Washington, in 2002 won the 71.5K Japan Mountaineering Race, and this year was eighth in the 50-mile Zane Grey Highline Mountain Run in Arizona.

Having also taken part in adventure races in Europe and Asia, Ishikawa said his WS100 goal is to run his best race and have fun.

“I want to enjoy and feel the wild nature of the U.S. and have no regrets with good cheer,” he said. “My leg was hurting last year and I took 23 hours. I will be running with a pacer this time.”

Another runner from Asia making his second straight appearance will be Yagya Lal Shrestha of Nepal, a 23-year-old mountain guide who placed 51st overall in 2002.

Representing Italy will be Topher Gaylord, 33, an American who has lived in the country three years working as general manager of the Europe division of running sponsor The North Face. He was 23rd in last year’s WS100 in 20 hours, 21 minutes. He also finished in 2001 in 21:52, and in 1998 in 23:42 — all amazing considering how little time he has to settle in before the race.

“I have a very intense job in Europe and usually cannot arrive too much earlier to get adjusted to the drier West Coast climate, heat, and time zone. But I travel to the U.S. about 10 times a year, so I have lots of little tricks to help me acclimate fast and adapt to my new environment,” Gaylord said.

“Last year was the craziest for me. I finished at 1:30 in the morning, slept for a few hours, drove to the airport, and was on a plane to Europe before the awards ceremony was starting at 2 p.m. I flew straight to the UK for work, and had a business dinner that night with our largest European customer. It was like running a second ultra on the heels of Western States. It was tough to keep my eyes open.”

While Greenhill consumed beer, Gaylord could sip wine or espresso at the 100K del Passatore through the hills of Tuscany. Last year, he cut an hour and three minutes off his 2001 time of 9:18 there. Just two weeks ago, he finished the 78K Swiss Alpine Marathon, which features a 7,000-foot climb to the 15,900-foot summit of Mount Blanc. Gaylord has also climbed the “nose route” of El Capitan in Yosemite in 19 hours, and finished the Leadville 100 in 23:52.

Even with his experience, he doesn’t take a WS100 finish for granted.

“There are no guaranteed outcomes,” he said. “Even if you are feeling the best ever, there are so many variables that can affect having a good day or a hellish day. I approach this course with humility and respect — the heat and canyons are tough and never to be underestimated.”

Gaylord learned of the WS100 from good friend Dean Karnazes, who is looking for his eighth silver buckle — awarded to those who finish in under 24 hours — this weekend.

Jean-Francois Geiss, 50, calls France his home, while Christa Rebstock, 60, and Hans Dieter Rebstock, 63, who finished 168th and 100th in the WS100 in 2000, and Hans-Dieter Weisshaar, 63, and Thorsten Treptow, 37, have come from Germany.

The remaining 12 international entrants are from Canada.

From British Columbia are Ron Adams, 54, Ken Greenaway, 43, Ean H. Jackson, 45, Chris Mager, 35, Andy Nicol, 43, Scott Riddell, 40, Bruce Grant, 37, Ted Russo, 41, Robert Smith, 45, and Imre Sorban, 52. Saskatchewan claims Jamie Wilson, 47, and Ontario sends Monica Scholz, 36.

Jackson, who organizes two 50Ks, is among a proud, six-man Vancouver contingent.

“There are some tough customers in our little group, so keep your eyes on the Canucks this year,” he said.

Jackson is hoping for his second silver buckle at the WS100, having placed 25th in 1992 — two years after learning about the race at the Honolulu Marathon from 1981 WS100 winner Doug Latimer.

“He was selling two-bottle water carriers at the runners expo and and a cool silver belt buckle was holding up his jeans,” Jackson recalled. “He offered to sell it to me for $50. I almost choked. Turns out, he had like eight of them. But I figured I was going to earn my own buckle for it to be worth anything to me.”

Being from the same time zone makes all the difference in the world for Jackson when it comes to racing in the WS100.

“I’ve run in Burma, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, New Zealand, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and in every European country except Andorra and San Marino,” he said. “It felt odd being the first white guy, let alone runner, they’d ever seen in this little village in northern Burma. I didn’t do much trail running in Cambodia for fear of stepping on a mine or getting my head shot off by the Khmer Rouge. All things considered, I’ve never been in a race or even run anywhere were folks weren’t friendly with me if I didn’t offend their customs.”

Wilson, who resides in Regina, has completed only one ultra — the Le Griz 50-miler in Montana last October — but finished Ironman Canada in ’92, ’94 and ’96.

“Our daughter was born in 1993 and she thought I should stop doing Ironman so I could devote myself to playing with her. All in all, not a bad trade,” said Wilson, who ran the Boston Marathon while on honeymoon with his wife.

He has run standard marathons in Australia, Finland and Ireland.

Like Greenhill, Wilson is a WS100 rookie this year.

“I remember seeing it on TV 25 or so years ago, on ABC Wide World of Sports, and I always thought that it and Ironman would be two challenging events to do,” he said.

“I look on racing in another country as an opportunity to travel, meet other people and see other areas,” he said. “My goals are to finish, talk my wife into letting me do another one, take some pictures while running, enjoy the day and be as nice as possible to the volunteers along the way.”

Article from the Auburn Journal.
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A few fun run tips

LOCALS planning to enter this year's City to Surf Fun Run are welcome to join training sessions conducted by highly experienced enthusiasts.

Campbelltown Joggers Club members are already in preparation mode and novice runners looking for tips will find plenty of willing fun run veterans to offer advice.

Others not yet ready to enter a fun run but looking to improve their general fitness will also get a hearty welcome at regular weekly training sessions.

Club publicity officer Peter Hickey said the group catered to both serious and social runners. The club has about 40 active members aged 20 to 60 plus.

Mr Hickey said many women had joined the club in recent years.

``I think running with others makes people feel safer,'' he said.

The club was established in 1976 with members easily identified by their black/white uniforms.

The sessions involve social jogging mixed with a bit of competition.

Regular runs vary in length between 5km and 15km. Taking a rest and walking part of the way is not a sin.

Members are only expected to work within their ability. Most club members will compete in the 14km City to Surf event on August 10. In September many members will compete in the Sydney Marathon. Fisher's Ghost Fun Run is on the November running calendar. Details: Peter Hickey on 4620 4342 (ah).

Article from the Macarthur Chronicle.
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Make or break for race

by GABRIELLE DUNLEVY

THIS year's annual Bay to Breakers fun run could be the last due to RTA restrictions and high costs.

The 11km run from Gosford to Terrigal has been an institution for 24 years but race promoter Kevin Andrews said new regulations had made it ``virtually impossible'' for the event to continue.

Andrews, who has been involved with the race for more than a decade, said organising it was once a simple task, which only involved himself and the police.

The RTA now requires organisers to submit a 20-page safety plan and create a ``sterile environment'' for the race.

In the case of next year's Bay to Breakers run, this would involve installing concrete barricades at a cost of $40,000, a long way out of the reach of race organisers, who only hold the event as a charity fund-raiser.

Andrews said the event only existed because of the sponsorship of businesses, and increasing the entry fee was simply not an option.

``We raise $5000 every year and it goes straight to charities, St John Ambulance and the SES,'' he said.

``This year the charity is Camp Breakaway.''

He said it would be a shame to see the popular event go, as last year it attracted 850 people from as far as Sydney and brought business into Terrigal.

Andrews said he would like to see Terrigal Drive closed for an hour during the event as there were alternate routes in to Terrigal and it would create the safe environment required by the RTA.

He would also like the support of Gosford Council when the organisers meet police and the RTA after the event to discuss its future.

Andrews said the race deserved support because it provided community involvement and promoted a healthy lifestyle.

Article from the Central Coast Express.

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Charity feet boost Mater

MATER Children's Hospital appears on track to reach its goal of $100,000 for a sleeping unit after Sunday's 5Ks for Kids at South Bank.

The 5km fun run and walk attracted more than 4000 people -- from children, to parents to grandparents -- in all sorts of outfits and costumes.

Mater Hospital Trust executive director Nigel Harris said indications for the fundraising event were encouraging, although final figures were still to be determined.

``We are hoping to raise somewhere between $80,000-$100,000 and based on the numbers of people and projections from previous years, we're on the way to that,'' he said.

Mr Smart said the money would enable the hospital to fit out a new sleeping unit to cater for an additional 20 to 30 children suffering from respiratory problems.

Article from the South East Advertiser.
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Oona's running for her life - But costs put race in doubt

by VANESSA MCCAUSLAND

NOT even a brain tumour can stop Oona Devlin-Mahoney competing in the Bay to Breakers fun run this weekend.

On Sunday morning she and her family will join more than 800 fellow runners in their sprint from Gosford to the sea at Terrigal.

Mrs Devlin-Mahoney, 42, is determined to compete in the 11km run, refusing to let three operations and the chemotherapy she's currently undergoing get in her way.

Daughter Keira, 16, has been training with her mum on their property in Bensville for months.

``My family and friends have been so supportive to help me do this,'' Mrs Devlin-Mahoney said.

``I love to run and I thought I don't want to just walk at the moment. I want to get back into running. I've been building up to the Bay to Breakers and I'm confident I'll succeed,'' she said.

Race organiser Kevin Andrews said that while many people loved to participate in the fun run to challenge themselves, many just came along for the ride.

``This is a race that has top competitors to walkers, mum and dad pushing a stroller and the guy who runs at the back of the pack with his dog,'' he said.

The fun run attracts hundreds of local and interstate competitors who are drawn, much like the City to Surf, to the idea of greeting the ocean at the end of the hour-long run.

Many of Australia's running greats have pounded the current course. Steve Moneghetti, Darren Wilson, Nicole Hackett, Pat Carroll and Andrew Lloyd have all competed over the years.

Despite its iconic standing with locals and sports enthusiasts, the popular 25-year-old run's future is in jeopardy as organisers struggle to meet RTA requirements for traffic management on the day.

``The problem is the number of cars on the road. We've brought the race forward to 8am and put signs up warning that there will be road closures on Sunday but it's proving difficult to comply with the RTA's requirements,'' Mr Andrews said.

These include the submission of a 20-page safety plan and installing expensive concrete barriers to protect runners.

Mr Andrews said the charity event, which raised $5000 each year, could not afford the $40,000 barriers.

Article from the Daily Telegraph.
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 Wednesday, June 25, 2003 

Watch Golden League 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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Gold Coast Airport Marathon Already Betters Last Year

Entry figures for this year's 25th Gold Coast Airport Marathon on July 6 have already surpassed last year's total and there is still 12 days to go until race day.

Organisers were jubilant with last year's participation figures and will celebrate more growth in 2003. The question now is how high will it still grow in 2003?

In 2002 more than 9,500 people took part in glorious Gold Coast conditions. This year a target of 12,000 was determined as being within reach.

Gold Coast Airport Marathon Event Manager Cameron Hart said there has always been an influx of entries in the two weeks leading up to the event.

"Many people do not decide to enter an event until a week or two prior for a number of reasons.

"We find a lot of families enter in this period and those people who want to participate socially. The ideal events for these people are the Walk over 7.5km, 10km Run and the Junior Dash for the kids."

Hart said the current number of entries is indicative of the growing support from local, national and international markets and the perceived status of the Gold Coast Airport Marathon.

"It is really encouraging to know that more and more people are entering, and organisations are taking advantage of the varied opportunities available for exposure through taking part in one of the events.

"I think many in the community realise now what a great day out this event is. It is not only an event for elite performers but an event everyone can take part in – that has been a message we have continually pushed for the past few years."

Entries will be accepted right through until 8pm on Saturday July 5. For entry information race to www.goldcoastmarathon.com.au, phone 07 5564 8733 or email info@goldcoastmarathon.com.au.

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, NBN Gold Coast Television 10K Run, Asics Walk and Norco Pauls Collect-A-Cap Junior Dash.


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Coolrunners to help with SportSkins Research

Possibly as a result of the recent MessageBoard thread on SportSkins, the company has contacted CoolRunnning with a view to asking runners to participate in a research exercise they are conducting.

If you are keen to take part then please contact SportSkins directly

"I wonder if any of your members who live in Sydney would like to participate in a small study. They can be any status of runner from professional to weekend warrior etc. I could meet with them if they run in a group and then carry out some simple blood lactate testing, possibly vo2max etc when running using Skins (which we will supply) and also during recovery. Any interested parties can email me. I would like to have something sorted out over next 14 days and finish testing on three periods over 14 days (three weekends etc)".

Regards Brad Duffy
email bduffy@sportskins.com
web www.sportskins.com

PLEASE NOTE ALL 20 PLACES WERE FILLED IN WELL UNDER 24HRS - PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT SPORTSKINS ANYMORE

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 Tuesday, June 24, 2003 

Runners limber up for fun challenge

by Sonya Dainer

ROSIE'S Run, to be held on Sunday, August 31, is now as much an institution on the Cairns calendar of events as Festival Cairns and the newly-named Sports Fest.

Winner of the 2001 Year of the Volunteer award and 2002 International Women's Day award for its efforts towards promoting health and fitness for women, Rosie's Run's catchcry is "Making a Difference".

With ultra-marathon runner Pat Farmer and Jo Hardie, the face of Rosie's Run, in Cairns to promote the event, 4CA's Locco and Juanita emceeing, the support of politicians such as Deidre Ford, Warren Entsch and Lesley Clark, and massive sponsorship from Cairns businesses, this year's run is set to be the biggest and best yet.

There will be entertainment and enthusiasm in the famous 3km or 5km fun run/walk.

With eight weeks to go until the main event, that's plenty of time to tackle Rosie's Run.

Some 2500 women will join in the fun running on the Esplanade.

There will be corporate teams in colours and T-shirts, themed teams, sporting clubs, schools and other organisations - there's even a pram decorating competition!

You can get yourself running fit in eight weeks and I can show you how. Running just might give you the body you really want - but a word of warning: it's addictive!

Run, walk, hop, skip, jump, blade or push the pram - the choice is yours - for a great Sunday morning out with the girls. In 2001, 2300 people joined in the fun - an Australian record for an all-female fun run /walk per capita - even bigger than the Nike Women's Running Series in Melbourne.

Every second week from now until Rosie's Run, I will feature an extra "Rosie's Run for Fun Tip" to keep you on track.

This week's tip:

Go for your regular daily walk or workout and after 5-6 minutes of easy going as a warm-up, break into a jog - not a run - just a shuffle.

Do this for as long as you can and stop when you have to, but only a short rest of walking, then off you go again.

Continue with a run/walk workout but measure and add up the running time in the whole session.

For more information, e-mail sonyadainerbetterbodiez.com or jo-hardie bigpond.com. For coaching, advice, guidance and support, Betterbodiez Group Fitness Programs are conducting a Get Fit for Running program. For your free trial session, call us on 4053 6238.



Sonya Dainer is the franchisee of Betterbodiez Personal Training Studios in Cairns and Townsville.

Article from the Cairns Post
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Title boost for Tolhurst

GOLD Coast distance runner Helen Verity Tolhurst goes into a national half-marathon bid on the back of a Queensland cross-country title win yesterday.

Tolhurst took the 8km endurance test at Tingalpa in Brisbane when she finished more than a minute ahead of her closest rival.

"I wanted to use it as an indicator for the Australian half-marathon and I finished pretty fresh," said Tolhurst, also the Queensland marathon champion.

The Gold Coast Bulletin half-marathon doubles as the Australian championship, and will be staged in conjunction with the Gold Coast Airport Marathon on July 6.

Article from the Gold Coast Bulletin.
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 Monday, June 23, 2003 

Women's Race Highlights Telstra Australian Mountain Running Championships

The highlight of the Telstra Australian Mountain Running Championships in Wollongong on Saturday 21st June, was a gripping duel between Victorians Sue Clark and Louise Fairfax in the open women's 8km championship. Fairfax, the W50 world veteran champion for the last two years led Clark, the W40 world veteran bronze medalist, by two seconds at the end of the first 4km lap up and down the mountain. They ran neck and neck up the mountain over the next 2kms before Clark pulled away in a desperate sprint finish to win by 4 seconds in 40 mins 14 seconds. Victorian youngster Sarah Grahame finished 3rd in 41:40, nine seconds ahead of a fast finishing June Petrie, Australia’s top female performer in the 2002 World Championships.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.
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Running for cover

Recently, the cancellation has been announced of the Blacktown Cities Marathon and the northern beaches

Pub to Pub run. Both organisations have blamed RTA requirements for the cancellation of the events.

It is worth noting that there has been a continuing trend of cancellation of road-running events in NSW in recent years -- in addition to the events mentioned above, the Breakers run from Gosford to Terrigal and the Berowra Bush Bash come to mind as being cancelled in recent years.

Given the community benefits of these events -- money donated to hospitals and charities, not to mention the promotion of a healthy, active lifestyle -- it strikes me as a neglect of duty by the relevant ministers to allow this trend to continue. The RTA has in particular proven a significant factor in these cancellations through its increasing demands for public liability insurance, traffic management plans and police management of intersections (the cost of which has risen significantly in recent years). In the face of a decaying public transport system, it would seem all aspects of Sydney's lifestyle are to be sacrificed at the altar of the almighty motor vehicle.

Does the NSW Government intend to allow, or indeed is it even aware of, the decay in this aspect of Sydney life?

Craig Brown, Gladesville

Letter to the Daily Telegraph.
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Spice up training, add a few friends

by Krishna Stanton

COMMONWEALTH marathon medallist KRISHNA STANTON says it's time to add variety five weeks into training for the Bridge to Brisbane Fun Run:

You may like to join a running group, or get together a group of friends to run with.

Running clubs are often free or cheap -- and other than enthusiastic company, you can enjoy an accurately measured and timed course.

You may even be lucky enough to score a light breakfast at the finish.

I am a regular at Sherwood Road Runners. Each Saturday at 7am, a friendly bunch lines up at the park to walk, jog or race 2-6 kilometres.

It is low-key and non-threatening.

The Brisbane Road Runners meets fortnightly at West End from 6am and runs anything from 5km-35km. Breakfast is included.

These runs are a chance to practice what you will do on race day on August 3 -- drinks, food, clothing and shoes can all be tried out.

My tip of the week -- lift your feet and watch where you're running!

As I lay sprawled on the road at 5.30am on Wednesday, with holes in my gloves and the right knee torn out of my tights, it was a timely reminder to practice what I preach. I tripped on a speed bump -- less humiliating had I been running fast, but I was half-asleep and running slow, forgetting to lift my feet well off the ground. The taxi driver thought it was funny, but not me as I parted with $15.

WEEK SIX programs

BEGINNERS

* Repeat last week s one-hour session, plus the two 45-minute sessions.

* Do the fourth session with a runners club or friends. If you prefer to train on your own, warm up for 10 minutes, then run hard for two minutes and easy for two minutes. Do this for 20 minutes before finishing with a 10-minute warm-down.

ADVANCED

* One session should be one hour of running, and another 45 minutes to an hour.

* Increase the five-minute easy/five-minute hard session from 40 to 45 minutes.

* Do the fourth session with a runners club or friends. If on your own, warm up for 15 minutes, then run hard for three minutes and easy for two minutes. Do this five times before a 10 or 15-minute warm-down.

Article from the Sunday Mail.
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Anger over fun run cancellation

by LINDA SILMALIS

FOR more than a decade, runners have gathered at the Newport Arms Hotel to take part in its annual charity fun run.

The 14km run to Dee Why Hotel, now in its 12th year, attracts an average 1500 participants each year and has raised more than $300,000 for local hospitals and surf clubs.

But despite its success, or perhaps because of it, the run has been cancelled after failing to gain approval from the RTA.

Race organiser and owner of the Newport Arms Hotel, Mark Bayfield, said the roads authority had requested a $10,000 traffic management plan this year but could not guarantee it would approve the event even if the plan was provided.

Mr Bayfield, who founded the event with his brother Wayne and father Neville, said he had no option but to cancel the event.

``We insure the event ourselves; we've never had any accidents,'' he said. ``We've never tried to make it a high-profile event and have kept numbers limited.''

The cancellation has angered residents and local member, NSW Opposition Leader John Brogden, who accused the RTA of taking the easier option of refusing the event rather than working on a solution.

An occasional starter of the race, Mr Brogden said it had become an instition on the northern beaches, and an important fundraiser.

``The pub-to-pub run is a community event that has grown because it is fun and gives something back to the local community,'' he said. ``It's unfair and, to put it bluntly, it is mean of the RTA to take this position.''

He said the RTA had indicated new guidelines meant Pittwater Rd had to be closed to traffic rather than a single lane blocked.

An RTA spokesman said the authority had requested a traffic management plan for safety reasons. ``However, we will be happy to work with the pub-to-pub classic to make their event a reality this year,'' he said.

Article from the Sunday Telegraph.
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Executives sure mean business

THE competition is hotting up for this year's Sunday Mail Suncorp Bridge to Brisbane Fun Run.

Corporate entrants are signing up by the hundreds, so the race is on to crown Brisbane's fittest office.

On August 3, 16,000 people are expected to take in some of Brisbane's best scenery before crossing the finish line at New Farm Park.

Runners can choose from a 12km course or 4.25km short-course event. The proceeds from corporate entrants will go to the Cerebral Palsy League of Queensland.

The Suncorp corporate team plans to give other companies a run for their money.

Suncorp business analyst Antony Holmes, 37, of New Farm, is taking part in his second run.

``I'm hoping to beat my time from last year and finish in under 55 minutes. It will be a challenge, but I figure at least living at New Farm I'll be running toward home,'' he said.

Customer information manager Stephen Goldsworthy, 43, of Wavell Heights, is running twice a week in preparation for the big event.

``It's great to get involved to raise money for charity and it's also a chance to do something healthy.''

Marketer Tim Higgins, 34, of Camp Hill, hopes pushbiking to work every morning will give him an edge.

``It's one of the big fun runs in Australia and a chance to rate yourself against all the other fit people taking part,'' he said.

To enter the fun run, pick up a form from any Suncorp branch in southeast Queensland.

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

For information, phone 1300 555 577 or log on to www.bridgeto brisbane.com.au.

Article from the Sunday Mail.
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Slick times and smiles in face of chilly race for charity

By PETER CLACK

It was Blundstone boots and parka weather yesterday morning yet a cavalcade of runners and walkers in the annual Terry Fox Fun Run withstood three degrees and a mist of freezing rain to raise $25,000 for the Cancer Council of the ACT.

Participants in the 5km and 10km runs and in the walking events pounded or trudged home with their breath steaming and faces flushed, to be welcomed by friends wrapped in scarves, beanies and weather-proof clothing.

It was more of a social event than a race and was concluded with pancakes and Canadian maple syrup, and entertainment by the Sing Australia choirs at a small village of marquees in the gardens of the Canadian High Commission.

The event has raised about $300,000 in Canberra over 14 years in memory of Canadian Terry Fox, who held a similar event after losing his leg to cancer. He ran more than 5000km in 143 days, and died in 1981, aged 22.

High Commissioner Jean Fournier said the willingness of Canberra people to turn out in all weather to support the event had made a huge contribution to cancer research all the money is spent in Canberra.

The gloomy weather had not marred the support. In the background the choir belted out Singing in the Rain and concluded with the national anthems of Canada and Australia.

'There are kids, dogs and people of all ages here, and it is very much and family event,' Mr Fournier said. 'I've been here three years and the same people keep coming back and somehow a few degrees of cold doesn't dampen their spirits.'

Former Olympian Sean Creighton was first in the 10km race in a record time of 30 minutes 37 seconds, Rob Walter was second in 32.45 and Vince Craig third in 33.27.

The first woman home was Belinda Halloran in 38.43, Kathy Southgate in 39.11 and Fiona Hedgecoe 39.46.

The men's 5km winner was Mark Thompson in 14.47, James Baker 14.50 and Erwin McRae 15.25. The women's 5km winner was Noni Clarke in 17.28, Jillian Hoskins 19.39 and Anne Southgate 20.30.

The race launched a series of events to mark Canada's 136th birthday on July 1.

Article from the Canberra Times.
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Distance duo still dominant

TASMANIA'S two top distance runners, Brad Dyson and Kylie Risk, continued their domination at yesterday's Glenorchy 10km Classic.

Dyson was an easy winner of the race, which started and finished at Elwick racecourse, clocking 31 minutes 14 seconds.

Grant Page was second in 33m05s, with Jason Allie third.

Risk's winning time was 35m16s, well ahead of Sarah Stutter (40m45s) and Olivia Cornish (43m31s).

The 5km men's race went to Dave Costelloe in 16m07s, followed by Adam Potito (16m55s) and Aaron Humphrey (17m01s).

First home in the women's 5km was Emily Bell (18m41s), ahead of Isobella Thomson (19m05s) and Kim Dutkowski (20m07s).

In the children's 2km events, Oscar Phillips won in 7m13s from Robert Salter (7m24s), while the first girl was Kylee Gluskie (8m02s), from Ella Bourchier (8m07s).

Article from The Mercury.
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 Friday, June 20, 2003 

How to keep Pub-to-Pub going

WHAT a sad blow that such party-poopers as the RTA would force the demise of that enjoyable little annual jaunt along Pittwater Rd.

However, if it's a matter of a mere $10,000 and there's no alternative then I (and I'm sure the rest of the loyal brigade) would not mind too much forking out an extra $6 in entry fee 1600 runners times $6 = $9600. almost there!

After all, it (the entry fee) would still be less than September's "Bridge Run".

What's more, if the money goes to charity, then receiving a tax receipt for the entry fee could enable us to recoup the money back from the Government (inc. RTA) by including the amount on the tax form by claiming it as a donation.

M. Bradley, North Narrabeen

Letter from the Manly Daily.
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Pub-to-Pub is not yet on last legs as minister talks to RTA

THE Pub-to-Pub may still be run this year after Roads Minister Carl Scully agreed to discuss its future with the Roads and Traffic Authority.

On Tuesday, State Opposition Leader John Brogden called on Mr Scully to intervene and even invited him to run the race and enjoy a steak afterwards with him at the Newport Arms.

Mr Scully, although he's a vegan, took up the issue with the RTA and was expecting a response today (Friday).

Pub-to-Pub organiser Mark Bayfield had told the RTA he needed to make a decision by Friday, June 6.

``I wasn't kidding,'' Mr Bayfield said. ``I've had no meetings with the police, fire brigade, SES. No printing has been done, I've cancelled the sponsors.

``We may be able to fit it into a different time slot, but really the decision boils down to what conditions and criteria they place on us. If they want solid barricades along the route I can't imagine how easy it would be to hire 14km of walls.''

Meanwhile dozens of regular contributors to the CoolRunning website have declared they will run a protest Pub-to-Pub even if the official event does not go ahead.

Article from the Manly Daily.
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Open Prizes for Cutler Run from Flight Centre Manly

The Cutler Run is pleased to announce the establishment of prizes for
outright Winners of each of the 2.5KM and 8km Events.
These prizes are in additon to the Trophies and Medallions for Winners and
placegetters in all categories.

The prizes are as follows:-

First Place Male 8km $500 travel voucher Courtesy of Flight
Centre Manly
First Place Female 8km $500 travel voucher Courtesy of Flight
Centre Manly

First Place Male 2.5KM Auto One Harbord - Car Care Gift Basket
First Place Female 2.5KM Basket of Blackmores Health Products
Entry forms available from www.funrun.au.nu

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 Thursday, June 19, 2003 

Inaugural Marathon Winner Returns for 25th Anniversary

It took accomplished Melbourne distance runner Eric Sigmont two hours 28 minutes and 44 seconds to win the first Gold Coast Marathon in 1979.

This year at the age of 54, Sigmont will return to run the 42.195km of the Gold Coast Airport Marathon on Sunday July 6 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the event.

It will be his fourth marathon on the Gold Coast, 40 years after he first took up running competitively.

“It’s quite exciting to be part of the 25th anniversary celebrations and to be acknowledged in this way as the inaugural winner,” said Sigmont.

“I have great memories of the event from my win in 1979, placing fourth the following year and then returning in 2000. Even though my preparation for this year hasn’t been ideal, I’m doing some long runs now in training and will hopefully run under three and half hours on July 6.”

The first Gold Coast Marathon was held on a loop course around the suburb of Evandale and attracted a field of 691 men and women.

This year the start and finish for the Gold Coast Airport Marathon will be by the Broadwater at Southport with a target of 12,000 participants.

“The event has certainly evolved and grown substantially since I first ran in it 25 years ago. Even since 2000 in my last race here, the growth and changes have been impressive,” said Sigmont.

After taking up running as a competitive sport in 1964 with Glenhuntly Athletic Club in Melbourne, Sigmont won various schools’ titles and had the privilege of training with Australian running legends Ron Clarke and Derek Clayton amongst many others.

In 1968 he accepted an athletics scholarship to the University of Houston in the United States. It was here he completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology, and achieved many running honours.

In 1971 he ran the anchor leg on his university’s 4 x mile relay team which set the fastest time in the US for that year. Sigmont actually outkicked Dave Wottle who would go on the next year to win Olympic gold in the 1500m. Later in 1971 Sigmont won his first ever marathon at Beaumont in Texas.

A tremendous asset to his running was the opportunity to train with the great US middle distance runner Steve Prefontaine while he studied for his MBA at the University of Oregon.

In 1974 Sigmont returned to Melbourne and continued his running at Glenhuntly with a lot of training done with Australian distance running legends including Rob de Castella, Chris Wardlaw and Dave Chettle.

A few years after returning Sigmont ran the first of 10 Melbourne Marathons he has completed over his running career. He set his marathon personal best of 2:19:20 in Melbourne in 1982.

Enter 1979 and Sigmont and his wife Carolyn lined up in the first Gold Coast Marathon. On a warm and windy September morning, he hit the lead early on in the race and was never headed. On a successful day for the family Carolyn crossed the line in fourth place in the women’s race.

The prize for his Gold Coast win was a trip to run in the Honolulu Marathon later that year – a memory he still cherishes.

“I finished 26th in the race in two hours 29 minutes 52 seconds, but managed to beat home a few Olympic and internationally heralded marathon runners.”

And the Sigmont name is still synonymous with distance running in Australia and the United States. Eric competed in the 2001 World Veterans Athletics Championships in Brisbane representing Australia in the 800m.

His 20-year-old daughter Erica is on athletics scholarship at the University of Arkansas aiming to make the Australian Olympic Team for 1500m next year. She was a finalist in the 2000 Olympic Trials over 800m as a 17-year-old, and is setting herself for the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletics Association) outdoor championships this week.

Eric Sigmont’s participation in this year’s Gold Coast Airport Marathon highlights the history and tradition that this event has developed over its 25 years.

As part of the 25th anniversary celebrations, a display of race memorabilia chronicling its history will be a feature of the Asics Sport & Leisure Expo from Thursday July 3 to Sunday July 6 at the Race Precinct by the Broadwater.

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, NBN Gold Coast Television 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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Marathon Mania - Entries Flood In At Record Rate

A record week of entries has Gold Coast Airport Marathon organisers confident of reaching the target of 12,000 participants for its 25th anniversary on Sunday July 6.

More than 4200 entries were received in the week leading up to Friday June 13, which is more than double the best week of entries in 2002. More than 9,500 people participated in last year’s event.

On one day alone, on June 13, more than 1000 entries were received in the office which is a one-day entry record for the event. Out of these, just over 600 were received online via the website www.goldcoastmarathon.com.au highlighting the impact that technology has on all facets of the event.

With 17 days to go, entries are more than 2,000 ahead of the same time last year.

Gold Coast Airport Marathon Chairman Kerry Watson said the flood of entries in the past week has not come as a surprise.

"This event is being embraced by more and more Gold Coast people each year and the number of out-of-town and interstate participants continue to rise," said Watson.

"It comes down to spreading the word on what a great event it is and its value for everyone regardless of age, gender and ability. There are not too many events around where the whole family can participate."

Watson said early indicators pointed to a rise in corporate entries this year.

"There are a number of factors which have impacted on the current rise in entries including the event’s developing reputation as the southern hemisphere’s premier marathon event, a concentrated marketing campaign, increased sponsor involvement and a greater push to attract corporate teams.

"We are delighted with the enthusiasm and initiative of corporate and community groups in entering teams this year. Many companies are using the Gold Coast Airport Marathon as a team-building event or staff function which adds to its attraction."

Watson and his team will not rest on their laurels and are keen to maintain the momentum to get the entry numbers up to 12,000.

"We want to encourage as many people as possible to get behind this year’s 25th Gold Coast Airport Marathon and make it something that the Gold Coast will remember for a long time.

"The Asics Walk over 7.5 kilometres and Norco Pauls Collect-A-Cap Junior Dash are two events that have the potential to rise significantly over the next two weeks – they give everyone the opportunity to participate."

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, NBN Gold Coast Television 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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Sound of Music for Benita

Benita Johnson has retreated to the mountains of Switzerland for some hard altitude training over the next few weeks (until the end of June).

In scenes reminiscent of the "Sound of Music", Benita finds herself running through the fields and meadows that surround St. Moritz, as she recharges her batteries after a very successful first part of her European track racing season.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.
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CITIES Marathon Cancelled (NSW)

Blacktown Council have confirmed that the Cities Marathon is officially cancelled for 2003.

The cause of this is due to the RTA and Police both requiring more diligance related to public liability, insurance and that this would now cost more than $100,000 to stage the event - for 500 runners this is approx $200 per runner. The current situation has been brewing for a few years with regular increases in costs to provide Police at each major road intersection - the event runs from Sydney Town Hall to Blacktown along the major arterial Parramatta Road. However this year has seen significant further increases in cost.

There was discussion of an alternative within Blacktown to be held on the same day, but this was not approved by council due to the lack of time before race day on 27-July-2003 to sufficiently organise.

In 2004 there maybe a marathon in the local area on lesser roads to reduce the cost.

All runners that have entered will get a full refund in the next 2 to 3 weeks, via the post with a letter of explanation.

The Cities Marathon is Sydney's longest continuous running marathon event (22 years) and is just one in a long line of Fun Runs being cancelled in recent years due to permission issues.

Runners are invited to add their comments/ tributes here

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Pub to Pub Charity Challenge

STATE Opposition Leader John Brogden has challenged Roads Minister Carl Scully to race the Pub-to-Pub fun run with him and offered to treat him to a steak at the Newport Arms Hotel.

In a Private Member's Statement in State Parliament yesterday, the Pittwater MP took the RTA to task over the cancellation of the 11-year-old Pub-to-Pub charity fun run.

He also asked Mr Scully to intervene and allow the race to continue.

On Monday Mark Bayfield, on behalf of his hotelier family which hosts the race each year, announced the end of the annual event.

He said it was due to increasing ``red tape'' and associated costs.

Mr Bayfield said the RTA had this year asked for an accredited traffic management plan, to cost $10,000, but could still not guarantee the race would be approved.

The RTA also indicated new guidelines would require Pittwater Rd to be closed to traffic, although Mr Bayfield was still waiting for written confirmation.

In past years the race from Dee Why to the Newport Arms Hotel has been held with one lane blocked off.

The fun run has raised $300,000 for Manly and Mona Vale Hospitals and local surf clubs.

Yesterday Mr Brogden called on the RTA to allow common sense to prevail and let the race go ahead.

``The RTA should be looking at how they can help make this event happen rather than doing everything in its power to stopping the event proceeding,'' Mr Brogden said. ``It's a tradition that brings people together and in that tradition I invite the minister to intervene and help this great local tradition survive.

``I will even go a step further ... If he is willing to do the fun run with me, I'll show him the best of Pittwater hospitality and let him experience the world's best steak, which you can only find on a Sunday afternoon up at the Arms.''

Before his address, Mr Brogden also met with Mr Scully where the Minister said he would ``look into the matter''.

Article from the Manly Daily.

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 Wednesday, June 18, 2003 

Pub-to-Pub is off

INCREASING red tape and associated costs have forced the Bayfield hotelier family to pull the plug on their annual community charity fun run the Pub-to-Pub in what would have been its 12th year.

Two months from race day, an emotional Mark Bayfield yesterday announced that the family, which owns the Dee Why and Newport Arms hotels, had made the difficult decision to cancel the event, which has become part of the fabric of the northern beaches.

Over 11 years, the event has raised more than $300,000 for Manly and Mona Vale hospitals, and Dee Why and Newport surf clubs and has been run without incident with the help of surf life saving Clubs, State Emergency Services and the Rural Fire Service.

The event costs the Bayfields some $7000 to stage, which includes some $3000 for extra police officers.

Mr Bayfield said while the family had been able to meet rising costs, including insurance and the requirements of Pittwater and Warringah councils, the final straw had been advice from the RTA that a $10,000 accredited traffic management plan would this year be required for the event.

Despite the cost, the Bayfields had decided to go ahead only to have the RTA inform them of soon-to-be-introduced ``event management criteria'' requiring roads to be blocked off. In this case, busy Pittwater Rd.

Mr Bayfield said the requirement for an RTA-accredited traffic management plan was prohibitive.

``The plan may be a one-off thing but I said to my father and my brother (Neville and Wayne Bayfield) if we have one thing go wrong they'll have us and I could not put my family through that for something we do for the community and charity,'' he said.

``It's obviously a case of trying to pass the buck or responsibility on to somebody else and the RTA are in this position that they have to make sure their i's are dotted and their t's are crossed.''

Last year the race attracted a record 1600 entrants and raised a record $40,000.

Mr Bayfield said he had been waiting for two weeks for final confirmation from the RTA that the event would not be approved before he personally wrote to long-time competitors, loyal sponsors and recipients of the funds.

``To me it's something we have been able to do and we have enjoyed doing it,'' he said. ``It's just such a bloody shame.

``Each year Mona Vale Hospital in particular ring to thank us and tell us what they are going to spend the money on.''

Manly and Mona Vale Hospitals' executive director Frank Bazik said he regretted the announcement both from a donation perspective and for the community spirit the event engendered.

``These indemnity issues are with us and we appreciate the RTA have to consider that but from a community perspective it's been a great family and community event,'' he said.

The RTA had not responded at the time of going to press.

Article from the Manly Daily.

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A really bad run

Long-distance runners looking for international experience would be well advised to steer clear of South Africa. This week, a Japanese runner taking part in the Comrades 89-kilometre ultramarathon from Pietermaritzburg to Durban had to pull out at the halfway mark after a mugger attacked him and stole his running shoes. But a South Arican runner fared worse. In the lead-up to the event, gunmen bundled him into a taxi and took all his running gear, money and watch. Organisers replaced the running gear, but a few hours later, while he was in the toilets in the supposedly secure media centre, thieves struck again and ran off with all the replacement gear.

Article from The Age.
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Telstra Australian Mountain Running Champs Attracts Large Field

Race preview

Overall a record field has been attracted to the Telstra Australian Mountain Running Championships in Wollongong and this should boosted further by late entries.

Men's 12kms. Course record Ben Dubois 50:23

Local Wollongong runner Ben Dubois will start as race favourite after a sizzling performance to win the NSW Championship over this course in driving rain in 50 minutes 23 seconds. Dubois is a former top cyclist who became an accomplished distance runner on the road and cross country several years ago but has had a career punctuated by injury.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.
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 Tuesday, June 17, 2003 

Top Aussies Aim High And Fast On The Gold Coast

The Australian stocks in this year's Gold Coast Airport Marathon received a boost this week with the announcement of leading Victorians Sherryn Rhodes and Magnus Michelsson to compete in the 42.195km main event on Sunday July 6.

Rhodes was second on the Gold Coast last year and is eager to go one step higher on the podium in 2003 for the event’s 25th anniversary.

The 34-year-old has progressively improved with each run on the Gold Coast after placing fourth in 2001 in 2:41:56 and then finishing runner-up last year in 2:39:36.

Rhodes was close to Olympic selection in 2000 after placing third in the Host City Marathon in Sydney. Her personal best for the marathon stands at 2:37:56 which she set in Melbourne in 1998. In her previous race, Rhodes won the Melbourne Marathon late last year.

She said her current training indicated that a personal best was well within reach on the Gold Coast course conducive to fast times.

"This is my first race for the year and training has been going well over the past six weeks," said Rhodes.

"I have been clocking 210 kilometres each week in training and will taper off over the final two weeks of my preparation from next week.

"The Gold Coast is my favourite race. If everything feels good on the day and with good conditions, I am capable of running a personal best and hopefully win my first Gold Coast Airport Marathon."

Michelsson knows what it is like to win on the Gold Coast having broken the finisher’s tape in first place in 1996.

The 34-year-old from Melbourne represented Australia at the 2001 World Championships in Edmonton, Canada. He also narrowly missed Olympic selection in 2000 after leading the Host City Marathon, the marathon selection trial, until the final kilometre.

He has a marathon personal best of 2:16:32 set in 1999, and is confident of bettering this time on the Gold Coast in less than three weeks time.

Michelsson will be strongly challenged by the ACT's Gomechu Woyecha and a strong contingent of New Zealand runners keen to take the top prize across the Tasman.

Gold Coast Airport Marathon Event Manager Cameron Hart said the addition of Rhodes and Michelsson to the field has increased the probability of an Aussie win.

"Sherryn has been right in the mix for a few years now and continues to get better. She loves the course and is keen to claim her first Gold Coast win," said Hart.

"Magnus is a gutsy runner evidenced by his Olympic trials effort in 2000 when he led until the closing stages. He knows what it's like to run in the big races and will be one of the main contenders."

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, NBN Gold Coast Television 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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Super Troop Breaks Decade Old Record

LONGMONT - As a veteran of races around the globe, Lee Troop gulped when he walked to the starting line of the Sunrise Stampede on Saturday. One look at an entire team of elite Japanese runners, and he knew he was in for a daunting race.

"When you run with the Japanese, it's a war of attrition," he said. "Everyone goes out hard. Whoever slows down the least wins."

Troop kept up an aggressive pace better than anyone. The Australian outlasted his Japanese contenders and won his second straight 10K men's Sunrise Stampede title.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.
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Lucy likes thrill of the chase

LUCY Polkinghorne is a big believer in organisational skills.

Balancing athletics training with her HSC and a social life means she has to be.

Polkinghorne, 17, is the national champion under-18 steeplechase runner and has just been selected to attend the 2003 Australian Junior Athletics Camp.

The camp is designed to prepare potential competitors for next year's world junior titles.

Polkinghorne moved into steeplechase from middle-distance running two years ago.

``It was just something different,'' the Wenona student said. ``I was always doing 1500m and 3000m and steeplechase looked exciting, more challenging.''

She still runs cross-country and will compete in the Combined Independent Schools cross-country today.

But steeplechase is her true love and she hopes to be selected for the 2004 World Junior Championships in Italy.

Steeplechase is growing in popularity in Australia, and next year's world titles will be the first time the event has been run in the juniors.

Polkinghorne and coach Guy Cassarchis train six days a week to maintain her number one status.

``It was unbelievable,'' she said.

``It was a goal we'd been working towards but I didn't think it'd happen so soon.''

Next month's camp will help Polkinghorne prepare for the world championships.

``It's just to show how much work you have to put in to get to that level.''

If she makes the titles, she will be looking to break her personal best of seven minutes flat over a 2km course.

But she's more interested in the journey than the results.

``It's not the medals, it's the feeling of achievement.

``Just to get there and run in Italy would be an amazing achievement.''

Article from the Daily Telegraph.
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 Monday, June 16, 2003 

Benita Johnson Savages Australian Record In Ostrava

Australia's Benita Johnson's great form continued in "The Golden Spike" meeting at Ostrava in the Czech Republic overnight (12th June 2003).

Benita was up against a quality field in the 2000 metres event including Ethiopian star Berhane Adere (the eventual race winner in 5:35.62). Johnson crossed the line third, clocking 5:37.71 - slicing just under 8 seconds off the Australian record.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.
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Funds run to research

WHILE thousands line up to take their marks at the 2003 Sunday Mail Suncorp Bridge to Brisbane Fun Run, Queensland's top scientists are going the distance for people with disabilities.

On August 3, 16,000 people are expected to take in some of Brisbane's best scenery before crossing the finish line at New Farm Park.

Runners can choose the 12km event or 4.25km short course.

Part of the proceeds from the run will go to the Princess Alexandra Hospital Research Team.

Queenslander of the Year and PA researcher from Griffith University Professor Alan Mackay-Sim has been at the helm of revolutionary research trying to make people with paraplegia and quadriplegia walk again. The technique, developed in Queensland, cultivates cells from a patient's nose and injects them into the injured parts of the spinal cord.

When rats with severed spinal cords were treated, they could move their back legs within weeks. Human tests are under way. Talking about the nasal cells, Professor Mackay-Sim said: ``The cells, known as Glial cells, renew themselves on a continual basis and are the support cells of the nervous system.''

Urging people to take part in the fun run, he said: ``When you meet people with spinal cord injuries who can't take part in fun runs, you realise what a difficult life they lead.

``Over the full three years of the clinical trials, this research will cost up to $1 million.''

To enter the fun run, pick up a form from a Suncorp branch in southeast Queensland.

Entry costs $20 for adults and corporate entrants and $15 for children and short-course entrants. For more information, ph: 1300 555 577, or visit website: bridgetobrisbane.com.au.

Article from the The Sunday Mail.
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 Friday, June 13, 2003 

Sisters ready for mini-marathon

by FIONA BROWN

THREE sisters at Mosman Public School have been running in the Mini-Mosmarathon since kindergarten.

Jennifer, Rachel and Evelyn Parsonage said they enjoyed participating in the 2km run.

The mini-marathon, which celebrates its 21st birthday this year, will be held on Saturday, June 22.

``It's good to run for the school because you can earn yourself points to get software for the school,'' Jennifer, 11, said.

Rachel, 9, said: ``I find it fun because you get to run, you can even try to get a faster time than last year''.

Evelyn, the youngest at age 7, said: ``I like the fair and I love running and it helps the school by raising money.''

This year, the fair will also feature mini-golf and motorised bikes, along with the usual cake and craft stalls and rides.

Last year a school team from Gosford competed in the Inter-School Challenge and is returning for this year's run.

The money raised with the majority coming from the raffle and fair, rather than the fun run itself is used by the school to fund computers and computer rooms, as well as financing an extra teacher to avoid having composite classes.

To enter the event visit www.minimosmarathon.com.au or collect an entry form from L.J. Hooker, corner of Belmont and Cowles Rds, Mosman, or Mosman Public School office (Belmont Rd entrance). Entries for the Primary Inter-School Challenge close on June 12.

All other entries can be received up until the morning of the event.

Article from the Mosman Daily.
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Benita roaring towards medals

by MIKE HURST

BENITA Johnson, the most shy member of Australia's athletics team, has become the mouse that roared on the cut-throat world tour.

Earlier in the week she won her first European race on the global grand prix, crushing a magnificent field to win the 5000m race in searing hot Seville.

But yesterday, before competing in a 2km race in Ostrava in the Czech Republic, the Canberra-based runner nominated her main event as the 10,000m -- a straight final on August 23, the opening day of the 9th IAAF world championships in Paris.

And in a thoroughly out of character assessment, Johnson said she was ready to run for her first international medal.

``I'll see what I can do, but I'm really confident I can be up there in the medals,'' said Johnson, who was a member of the Australian junior hockey squad before switching to the track in time to compete at the Sydney Olympics.

``I feel that I can make a breakthrough this year and things can start happening, and then I can get ready for the Olympics.

``Confidence has a lot to do with how I perform and I'm just as good as the other girls. I can do the training they do.

``In the past I've just been lacking a bit in confidence and self-belief.

``Nick's [her coach Nick Bideau] really helped me a lot with that and even my husband Cameron has been a great influence on me.

``I just feel that I'm on the verge of something but haven't quite got there yet. I want to do it this year and carry on for the Olympics.''

Article from the Daily Telegraph.
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 Thursday, June 12, 2003 

New Balance Lap of the Lake - 9:30am Sunday 15 June 2003

Three thousand people are expected to test just how fast they can run a lap of Albert Park Lake at this weekend's annual run/walk event.

Albert Park Lake is a favourite recreational track in Victoria and one of the most recognisable fitness measurements in Melbourne, nearly 90 percent of people who visit the park on a weekday go there with the intention of running and walking.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.
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 Wednesday, June 11, 2003 

Distance Action In USA + Canada

A handful of Australian middle to long distance athletes were in action this weekend in various parts of the USA and Canada – Susie Power in New York, Mark Fountain and Mike Power at Stanford University, and Lachlan Chisolm and Todd McDonald in Burnaby Canada.

At the Oracle US Open at Stanford University USA (June 6th), Mark Fountain finished fifth place in the Men's 1500m, clocking 3:44.61. While in the Men's 3000m, Australia's Mike Power finished sixth, recording 7:51.92.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.
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Gold Coast Airport Marathon Prepares For 25th Anniversary

Premier Peter Beattie has begun a 25 day countdown to the 2003 Gold Coast Airport Marathon, saying he hoped the event’s 25th anniversary will be marked by record entries.

"The Gold Coast Airport Marathon is Australia’s biggest marathon event with the fastest full- and half-marathon courses," Mr Beattie said.

"Ever since the Queensland Events Corporation took over ownership of the Marathon in 2001, participation and sponsorship have increased dramatically.

"After a few turbulent years in the late nineties, entries grew from 6,700 in 2000 to almost 9,500 last year.

"At the start of a 25 day countdown, the organizers are on track to attract 12,000 entries – a ‘personal best’ for this event.

"A leap forward in the event’s development was securing a new long-term naming rights sponsor - Gold Coast Airport Limited – in November last year.

"It is great to have an Australian-owned and Gold Coast-based company with naming rights.

"This brings tremendous marketing and tourism opportunities to the event," Mr Beattie said.

In 2002 entrants came from every Australian state and territory and 25 countries.

The Premier was joined at today’s launch at the Surfers Paradise Marriott by Gold Coast Mayor Gary Baildon, Gold Coast Airport Marathon Chairman Kerry Watson and the inaugural race winner Eric Sigmont.

Sigmont won the first Gold Coast Marathon in 1979 in two hours 28 minutes 44 seconds, and will be lining up for his fourth marathon this year.

Mr Beattie said: "The Gold Coast has a great focus on a healthy outdoor lifestyle, and I am delighted we were able to commit significant funds in the 2003-04 budget – released last week - to make the coast even healthier.

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, NBN Gold Coast Television 10K Run, Asics Walk and Norco Pauls Collect-A-Cap Junior Dash.

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


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Benita's Big Win In New Meet Record

Australian champion and record holder Benita Johnson was an impressive winner of the women's 5000 metres, at the IAAF Grand Prix meeting in Seville, Spain on Saturday (7th June 2003).

Johnson burst away from a high quality field, taking the win in 15:00.49 - her second fastest ever time and over eight seconds off the meet record.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.
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Painful signs

IN the lead-up to the Bridge to Brisbane Fun Run on August 3, Commonwealth marathon medallist KRISHNA STANTON this week warns of pain signals.

You should have settled into a routine and found a running buddy after four weeks of training.

But, like any sport, running carries the risk of ``niggles'' or injuries.

Consider yourself a real runner if you have experienced muscle soreness. Most runners do -- regardless of fitness levels.

However, soreness is different to pain, which needs to be treated.

Common injuries include muscle strains, shin splints, runners' knee (where the knee cap shifts out of alignment and rubs knee cartilage), Achilles tendinitis and illiotibial band friction.

The illiotibial band, the longest ligament in the body, connects the pelvis to the top of the tibia (shin bone).

If you are experiencing pain see a professional, or at least have a rest.

The sense of well-being and stress release running provides makes it tempting to think niggles will go away. Often they don't, so listen to your body. If you need a break, try cycling (road or exercise bike), swimming, walking or pool running. You will not lose fitness in a couple of days.

WEEK FOUR programs

BEGINNERS

Spend two sessions running for 45 minutes at a comfortable pace where you can still talk. If you walked last week, try running.

If you ran the whole way last week, concentrate on keeping a constant pace.

The hour-long session should be non-stop like last week. It should be easier, with less time spent walking.

Start your final 45-minute session with a five-minute easy jog. The next 25 minutes should be a 10-minute steady run, fiveminute

easy jog/walk, five-minute steady run then five-minute easy jog or walk. Then, for 10 minutes, alternate each 60 seconds

between a steady run and an easy jog/walk. Finish with a five-minute warm-down.

ADVANCED

Keep up your two sessions of 45 minutes of easy running.

Your third session should consist of a 10-minute warm-up, followed by a two-minute steady run then a two-minute recovery.

Do this five times (20 minutes in total). Finish with a 10-minute warm-down.

The final 40-minute session should incorporate a hilly course that will be repeated.

Article from the Sunday Mail.
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Good cause for kids

WHEN Brisbane office workers swap writing reports for running shoes, they'll be helping make the lives of thousands of sick Queensland children a little easier.

This year's Sunday Mail Suncorp Bridge to Brisbane Fun Run corporate event aims to raise funds for the Cerebral Palsy League of Queensland.

On August 3, runners will take in some of Brisbane's most scenic routes before crossing the finishing line at New Farm Park. Corporate entrants can choose either a 12km run or a 4.25km short-course event.

The Cerebral Palsy League of Queensland provides support and services for more than 2500 people, including Mark Halupka, 14, from Coopers Plains in Brisbane. He loves V8 racing, playing soccer and hanging out with his mates.

But he also needs a computer to talk and therapy every week -- some of which the league helps provide.

``It can be very time-consuming looking after Mark and there is never enough money to go around,'' his mother Pauline said.

``The league helped us get Mark a hoist; they also help pay for him to have hydrotherapy twice a week to stop his muscles seizing up and going to waste.''

For information on corporate breakfast packages, contact the Cerebral Palsy League on 1800 819 086.

To enter the fun run, pick up a form from a Suncorp branch in southeast Queensland.

Entry costs $20 for adults and corporate entrants and $15 for children and short-course entrants. For more information, phone 1300 555 577 or visit bridgetobrisbane.com.au.

Article from the Sunday Mail.
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City to Surf becomes even smarter

By HEATHER QUINLAN

THE new European car smart has become a major sponsor of The Sun-Herald City to Surf in a deal announced yesterday.
To coincide with the release of the new Mercedes-Benz brand, smart and John Fairfax have agreed to an exciting three-year sponsorship of the City to Surf's Back of the Pack.

Mercedes-Benz smart city-coupe and smart cabrio have just landed in Australia and smart will tag its name to the largest of the groups participating in the famous 14-kilometre fun run.

The Back of the Pack attracts a mix of fun-seekers, first-timers, families and fancy-dressers.

Smart also will be the official car of the 2003 Sun-Herald City to Surf on Sunday, August 10.

``We are delighted to have such a dynamic new sponsor for our Back of the Pack,'' said The Sun-Herald's editor Philip McLean.

``This funky little car will add even more character to the third starting group of The Sun-Herald City to Surf.''

The smart city-coupe and smart cabrio, launched this year at the Melbourne Motor Show, feature a 698cc, three-cylinder Suprex turbo engine, delivering 45kW of power and a sequential six-speed transmission.

Standard features of the smart city-coupe and cabrio include the Electronic Stability Program, glass roof with sunscreen (city-coupe), leather steering wheel, front air bags, remote central locking, air-conditioning, CD player and 15-inch alloy wheels.

This year also sees the one-millionth registered Sun-Herald City to Surf entrant.

This lucky competitor will be given a selection of sports clothing from sponsor New Balance to wear on the big day.

For the first time, entries for the City to Surf can be lodged online at www.sunherald.com.au/city2surf. Or complete the entry form on page 99 today.

The City to Surf is proudly sponsored by Network Ten, Radio 2GB, HSBC, New Balance and smart, and is supported by Gatorade and the Sheraton on the Park, Sydney.

Article from the Sun Herald.
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Thrill of Chase fun run affair

THE chase will be on in when the Rotary Club of West Pennant Hills hosts its first ever fun run on July 13.

The inaugural Chase Fun Run will feature two events, a 12km and 5km event, both starting on the corner of Macquarie Drive and Shepherds Drive Cherrybrook.

The idea behind the fun run came during a board meeting of the West Pennant Hills Rotary Club and was initiated by Colin Cage.

``Originally we thought it would make a good project for the club to hold for its centenary celebrations in 2005,'' he said. ``The whole idea is to get the whole community involved.'' All proceeds will go towards local community groups such as Boy Scouts, Girl Guides, the Bush Fire Brigade and the State Emergency Service.

Fellow local Rotary member Gary Blackler said awards would be presented to first, second and third placegetters in male and female categories.

``However, people can walk it and we welcome people to come make it a family day out,'' he said.

There will be a sausage sizzle. The City of Ryde concert band will entertain onlookers and those who have just completed the fun run.

To register or for more details, call Gary on 0414 591 570.

Article from the Hills Shire Times.
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Fast 5000m time sets Johnson for glory

by Len Johnson

Australian Benita Johnson took care of some past business and invested something for the future with a win over 5000 metres in Seville on Saturday night.
In winning in 15 minutes 00.49 seconds, Johnson finished some 60 metres ahead of Isabella Ochichi of Kenya, who finished fourth, inches in front of her, in this year's world cross-country championships and also beat her for the bronze medal in the same event last year.

Complete article at The Age website.
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Big Apple will run in our race

A GROUP of 12 marathon runners from New York dubbed Fred's Team have taken advantage of the early bird entry fees for this year's 25th Gold Coast Airport Marathon.

The runners are taking part in the marathon to raise money for the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York. The United States is one of 22 countries that will field runners or walkers on the Gold Coast on Sunday July 6.

Entry fees (before June 13) are: marathon $75, half marathon $50, 10km run $35, walk $25, junior dash $15.

A program at Runaway Bay Sports Super Centre to train staff and members for the Gold Coast Airport Marathon has been hailed a success.

More than 20 people from the centre will participate in events, and a program to prepare them was established six weeks ago.

The group does Tuesday night circuit work, with longer runs on Thursday nights and Sunday mornings along the Broadwater, through Coombabah Forest and at Runaway Bay.

Runaway Bay Sports Super Centre are aiming to develop the program further in 2004. Inquiries can be directed to the centre on phone 5500 9913.

THE Gold Coast City Council is participating in the marathon through a 'corporate challenge'.

Gold Coast construction company Baulderstone Hornibrook have also taken up the challenge on a very large scale, with about 100 staff to participate.

The Gold Coast Airport Marathon is offering a 10 per cent discount to any group of 10 participants or more as an incentive for people to make the most of a great day.

ARGUABLY Queensland's greatest all-round distance runner Pat Carroll and Margaret Reddan hold the title for the most number of Gold Coast Marathon wins at four.

Pat won the men's marathon in 1984, '85, '88 and '97, while Margaret took out the women's race in 1981, '84, '85, and '86.

MORE than 800 volunteers will be working at this year's Gold Coast Airport Marathon at a variety of points including water stations, the start and finish area, registration centre, recovery area and information booths.

TIMES for all participants are recorded through a special timing chip that participants tie on their shoe laces.

The timing for each participant is activated as they cross the start and finish line through the ChampionChip timing system.

THERE will be pacesetters running the marathon and half marathon to assist competitors achieve personal bests and know what times they are on target for. Each pacesetter will hold a helium balloon in the start area and wear identifiable singlets with the pace time marked on the back.

THE first male and female Queensland resident who completes the Gold Coast Airport Marathon will be invited to run in the 2004 Senshu International City Marathon on February 15.

The prize package includes airfares, accommodation and race entry.

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

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

Article from the Gold Coast Bulletin.
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Matt, Stacey set for Dash

by Rebecca Squires

WITH record numbers expected to compete in the Norco Paul's Junior Dash next month, Matt Daley and Stacey McCallum are likely to be two of the favourites to take out the annual event.

The 4km dash, part of the Gold Coast Marathon, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

It is an opportunity for under-14 distance runners to compete in the Coast marathon event.

Daley, who has already had a stellar year, winning every monthly round in the Sanctuary Cove 5km road race and unbeaten in 15-year-old cross-country racing, is shaping up as a firm favourite.

And the 14-year-old is not only a runner - he is ranked in the top three in Queensland for his age in cycling and triathlon, with a No.1 ranking from 2000-2002.

While this will be Daley's first and last attempt at the dash, the Year 9 student's superior stamina and determination will likely be key elements in his bid to triumph in the event.

"I haven't done the course before. I just plan to go as hard as I can from the start," said the Palm Beach-Currumbin High student.

Able to run 5km in around 16 minutes, Daley will be aiming for around 13 minutes when he takes to the road on July 6.

McCallum, who does have experience on the course and has competed in the dash once before in 2001, will be looking to improve on her second placing.

"I have still got one year left in the dash, but I am hoping to run well this time," she said.

Both Daley and McCallum will not be alone in the dash, with another 400 competitors expected to line up with family cheering them on.

Daley will be preparing for his race alongside his dad, John, and sister, Anita.

McCallum's training partner and father, Andrew, will take on the marathon.

While Daley and McCallum are both actively preparing for the dash, regional athletics is their next event where they are both looking to advance to the state titles.

Article from the Gold Coast Bulletin.
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Deek's wisdom

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

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

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

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

Four weeks to go. As we approach the Gold Coast Bulletin Half Marathon over this final month, I will share a few words of wisdom from some of Australia's most well known distance runners.

The majority of people feel somewhat apprehensive in the weeks leading up to a big event so to help calm your thoughts I have sought a few words of wisdom from a few friends of mine and asked them to briefly touch on how they handled the final part of their preparation.

Today former Olympic marathon medallist, World and Commonwealth champion Rob de Castella offers this advice:

"I followed something called 'disassociation' or separating out the things I needed to think about, such as drinks, numbers, shoes, uniform, travel to race, recovery from those things that you don't need to worry about, like 'will I make the distance, am I ready, how much pain will it be, can I run a PB'.

"Keep the unimportant things out of your mind by saying to yourself 'I've got plenty of time to worry about that later', or some such thing. I would start saying that as soon as I noticed myself stressing about the race. Maybe a few weeks before, and would keep saying it right up to when I was walking to the start line! When the gun goes it's too late to worry, just get on with it!". - Robert de Castella

Article from the Gold Coast Bulletin.
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Bi-Centennial Park Fun Run CANCELLED

Due to unforseen difficulties & problems, which seem to be a sign of the times in organizing fun runs, we regret that we have had to cancel the Bicentennial Park Fun Run on 29/6/03. Could you please place a cancellation notice on the calendar with an apology to our followers - thanking you.

Rick Collins, Race Director

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 Monday, June 09, 2003 

Larry Burt Makes It To Darwin

Randall Broscoe reports that Larry Burt, running for the Make a Wish Foundation ran into Darwin at Midday on Sunday June 1st to be greeted by the the Lord Mayor of Darwin and news crews from the ABC, Channel 9 and the NT News newspaper.

He finished the run with a well deserved diet coke, followed by a beer donated by the ABC crew looking for a shot for their National news service that evening. The ABC gave him about a 3 minute coverage nationally, Channel 9 around 30 seconds and a large pic on page 3 of the NT News so he had to be happy with the publicity his run has given Make a Wish in NT. He is especially happy about it to be honest as people have now come forward to start organising a branch in that state, something that the Foundation was hoping for.

Larry ran into Darwin feeling extremely fit even after a late night of hard work at the Leichardt Rodeo, where he opened the rodeo and spent several hours walking thru the crowd fundraising. Running such a long distance may be hard work but it does have its fun points such as the rodeo, sitting in an F 18, meeting great people and meeting some of natures wild creatures up really close, some a few too close. He had 2 snakes sit up on the road and remind him hed be better advised to run on the other side and saw what he thinks was a brown snake about 3 metres long and as thick as a coke can about a metre before he ran onto it. He also hearded 5 cattle about 5 kms along a fence at one stage and around 30 cattle followed him into Wycliffe Wells caravan park thinking he was the lead bull. He also had 2 dingoes come onto the road to check him out and a wild horse ran alongside him for about 3 kms thru a forest on the side of the ro! ad. Even in the middle of nowhere we'd come across locals that recognised him as "that fella we seen on tv" as Imparja Television ran commercials for Larry's run for several weeks before and during the run.

Since reaching Darwin he hasn't stopped, back out fundraising at local clubs and bars Sunday night, several radio interviews on Monday and then on Wednesday the 4th he became the official waterboy for the SA womens football team playing in the Australian championships. He will now spend the next 3 weeks fundraising in Darwin, hoping to raise a total of around $50000.

As soon as he's delivered the money raised to Make a Wish Larry will look at organising another run. Hes looking to gradually make his runs longer and longer to set larger challenges for himself. Larry thanks all his sponsors listed on his website www.enduropro.com his support crew Josie and Randy, all the people and businesses along the way for their generosity. He would also like to thank CoolRunning Australia and its readers for their continued support.

More at info www.enduropro.com
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 Saturday, June 07, 2003 

Susie Power Interview

Click here for the Runners' World USA Interview

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 Friday, June 06, 2003 

Enter mini marathon

THE Mini-Mosmarathon will be held on June 22 at 9am with a 10km or 2km fun run and fair.

To enter the event visit www.minimosmarathon.com or collect an entry form from LJ Hooker, corner of Belmont and Cowles Rds, Mosman, or Mosman Public School office (Belmont Rd entrance). Entries for the Primary Inter-School Challenge closes on June 12.

All other entries can be received up until the morning of the event.

Article from the Mosman Daily.
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Turner in a Scorcher

HILLS Districts distance runner Lee-Ann Turner is on track for a bold showing at the upcoming Gold Coast Marathon, with a devastating run over the half distance at the Barossa run, last Sunday at Tanunda.

Her time of one hour 18.32 saw her well ahead of her nearest female rival to grab the gold medal with only Adelaide Harriers stalwarts, Ryan Cox and Andrew Burns ahead of her for overall honours.

Training partner, Jane Mudge, made this race her weekly Belair training run to take out the bronze medal, almost 23 minutes behind Turner.

Making up the Hills team trio was Cheryl Zeuner, who crossed the line three minutes behind Mudge.

Hills men's team for the 21.1km journey consisted of veterans Gary Zeuner, Kevin Ward and Laurie Hanafin.

Zeuner, who celebrates his 50th birthday this year, nursed several nagging injuries to finish in one hour 22.12, with Ward a further three minutes back in the field.

Nineteen year old Peter Davis was having his first competitive start in a 10km event.

After finishing a tad over 16 minutes at the recent Regency Park road run over 5km, the renown circular track runner was confident he could run the distance and challenge most of the other 80 starters.

With the finish line in sight and not much left in the tank, he could not match the sprint to the line by Hamish Hamilton from Tea Tree Gully and had to settle for the silver medal in a time of 35mins 21secs.

Next event of the winter calendar for the Hills athletes is the State Short Course Championships to be held under lights at the Flinders University oval, this Friday night, at 7pm.

Article from the Messenger-Hills Valley.
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Runs in the family

by ERROL SMITH

MORE and more families are taking part in winter cross-country running and Central Coast Regional Athletics Association spokesman Evan Parsons couldn't be happier.

``Our main aim is to get people exercising and out in the fresh air,'' he said.

``There's no better sight than a mum, dad and the kids enjoying each other's company as they take part in our competitions.''

The winter cross-country division of the association has been operating for seven years and has a membership of 120. Each Saturday during the winter between 50 and 60 participate in runs of 6km, 3km or 1500m at any one of seven venues across the coast.

``We move between the different venues as often as we can to offer variety,'' Parsons said.

``The Peninsula course is flat while those at Jilliby and Kariong are hilly and a little more demanding.''

The other courses are at East Gosford, Killarney Vale, Chittaway Bay and Kincumba Mountain.

Competitors' ages range from six to 65 with veteran distance runner Noelene Kirby the oldest.

Some of the more serious runners, such as Matt Murphy and Paul Arthur, view the meetings as important training runs in the lead-up to major events.

``We welcome competitors of all types and people are free to run in whichever event best suits them,'' Parsons said.

A pointscore system operates and trophies are presented annually to winners in masters, open and various age divisions. Seniors pay a $10 joining fee and $3 a week to participate while juniors pay $5 membership and $1 a week. * Inquiries: 4353 3949.

Article from the Central Coast Express.
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Larry Burt Left Katherine for Darwin

Randall Broscoe reported on 25-May-2003 that Ayers Rock to Darwin runner, Larry Burtt departs Katherine that night after a busy weekend of fundraising and fun. On Friday as he'd hoped he did get to sit in an F-18 Hornet at Tindal Airforce Base and was shown over the base by Base OC Corrie Metz after completing a 5 km fun run with the family and staff of the base. First runner back was in 19minutes and 4 seconds... fair effort in my books... Larry then went to the Katherine cup and the local motor speedway where he was introduced to the crowd and given generous support and donations by the people at both events.

I often look to see and ask what different runners wear when they are long distance runners and thought that id include Larry's findings on the shoes hes worn on this run and a previous run from Adelaide to Melbourne. On the previous run He wore his personal Adidas x torsion shoes which he found quite comfortable and very light but wore out not long into the run as theyd been his personal daily shoe for quite a while. He then ran in Asics 2010's which he found not up to the job and some Keyanos which were much more comfortable to a point....the one in front of his toes, he found them just not quite broad enough for his not that broad feet.

On this runn he has worn his personal Asics for fundraising around the towns where hes walked, not run, but on the road he found the Asics again not broad enough when the constant pounding caused his feet to swell. They were fine when he was running only 30kms a day to train for this run, possibly oversised shoes may have helped fix that but he never had any with him. He also has several sets of sponsored New Balance 764's and 855's.

Early after the start of the run he developed huge blisters due to walking many miles to rest a pulled hamstring he suffered on day 4 of the run. After a week of dealing with the blisters he found that if he stayed with the 764s the pain went away in his feet, he was able now to run continuously and quite quickly the pain in his hamstring went away as well. He now swears by the 764's, voting them the most comfortable all round shoe hes ever run long distance in. Larry says his feet felt like he was running on nails when hes tryed the 855's again. He cycles the 764's every 20kms to keep them dry and they have survived very well with the linings still intact and still some tread still on the soles after reaching Katherine. Hes found running in a highspeed shuffle, (ala. Cliffy Young, but maybe a little faster) the most energy conserving and easiest way to run over 60kms every day of the run. As his Support crew driver I can tell you that he pulls up at the ! end of every day looking like he could probably keep on going and he says he feels fine, no pains at all just tired at the end of each day.

With less than a week to go we are all looking forward to the end of the run on June 1st in Darwin, hopefully after a problem free week for Larry.

More at info www.enduropro.com
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 Thursday, June 05, 2003 

On the run

by Loretta Douris

Good footwear and technique are essential for pain-free running

It's running season, and for all you dedicated runners, this is the business end of the year. This is the time to reap the rewards of all those early-morning wake ups and late-afternoon training sessions, as your goal of running in a fun run draws nearer. Whether you are in it to try and beat your personal best time, or simply to complete the distance, it is important to be aware of your running technique as your training load increases.

As a form of exercise, running has many advantages. You need no special equipment other than a pair of good shoes, it is cheap, you don't need a special venue and you're not bound by exercising at times set by a gym.

However, running is not as simple as just putting one foot in front of the other. Correct technique is vital to prevent injury due to the high forces generated throughout the lower body during the running action.

It is through personal experience that I bring you the facts in this article because I am a self confessed "run-aholic" and can think of nothing better than getting out of bed on a cold winter morning and running for an hour while watching the sun come up.

By now some readers will be thinking I'm a little crazy, but all the runners out there will be able to identify with me.

When you're running, every time your heel strikes the ground, it is subject to impact forces between three to five times your body weight. The body can normally cope with such forces, but any increase or change from normal routine can lead to problems. The implications are extremely important if you intend to continue your running for years to come.

If you are a beginner runner, it is essential that you develop correct running technique. Podiatrist and running coach Ashley Mahoney says: "Running should be a natural activity, however there are a few pointers that can help you enjoy an efficient run and limit the risk of injury." Ashley's tips for correct running style are as follows:

> Lean forward about 10 degrees at the ankles, not at the waist.

> Keep a relaxed posture and don't hunch your shoulders.

> Try to keep your shoulders, torso and hips vertically aligned.

> Your feet should land under or slightly in front of your centre of gravity with each stride.

> When you kick your leg behind you, try to lift your heel up, almost to knee level.

> Keep your arms, wrists and hands relaxed, and elbows bent at 90 degrees.

> Clenched fists waste energy. Run with a relaxed fist, palms facing in, thumbs on top.

> Swing your arms gently from the shoulders in a natural rhythm with your legs. This helps you stabilise your torso and adds power. Your arms should never cross the mid line of your body.

Even with the correct technique, increasing your training in preparation for a particular event at this time of year often leads to aches and pains. It could be as subtle as a tight calf muscle or pain around the knee joint that goes away when you stop running. If there is one thing that 17 years of running has taught me, it is never to ignore even the slightest pain because it is a warning sign from your body that all is not well.

If a muscle or joint is hurting, it is usually caused by poor footwear, incorrect technique or a combination of both. Claire Nichols is the owner of Bearfoot Podiatry, consultant podiatrist to Soccer Australia and goal keeper for the Australian Women's Soccer Team.

Claire says: "Think of your body like a car. At regular intervals, it needs a mechanical check and wheel alignment. Your feet are no different. If they are not contacting the ground with the correct biomechanical technique, over time or increased training load, you will begin to experience pain."

So what do you do to fix the problem? A combination of stretching and strengthening is essential, but changing the way your foot hits the ground is the key. This can be achieved by foot orthoses, also known as orthotics. There are many kinds of orthoses, but as a sports person, this shoe insert can be the key to pain-free running.

In my next column, I will discuss in detail the types of orthoses and the uses for this little piece of heaven that sits in the bottom of your shoes.

Article from the Brisbane News.
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Huge Brisbane Base for 25th Gold Coast Airport Marathon

Organisers of the 25th Gold Coast Airport Marathon are aiming for a large Brisbane contingent to pull on the running and walking shoes on Sunday, 6 July, and be among 12,000 participants in one of Queensland's largest annual events.

It is also a great opportunity for corporate teams and families to enter one of the five events on the programme - the Gold Coast Airport Marathon over 42.195km, Gold Coast Bulletin Half Marathon, NBN Gold Coast Television 10K Run, Asics Walk over 7.5K and Norco Pauls Collect-A-Cap Junior Dash for runners under the age of 15.

Already a large corporate base, including Trendwest South Pacific, Couran Cove Island Resort, international business advisory firm KPMG, Mt Isa Mines (MIM), Ernst & Young, Shane Ellis Lawyer and the Australian and New Zealand Central Reservations Office have entered.

And what a great spectacle it will be on 6 July. Imagine more than 12,000 people running and walking in beautiful sunshine with the glistening blue water and golden sands of the Gold Coast as the backdrop.

People from all over the world, from New Zealand to Japan to Europe to Africa to America come out and make the event a true international showcase.

The event celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2003 and welcomes a new long-term naming rights sponsor, Gold Coast Airport Limited.

The home of the Gold Coast Airport Marathon is the Broadwater Events Parkland, Southport, with the start and finish of all events located right on the picturesque Gold Coast Broadwater.

The marathon course heads south along the Esplanade through Surfers Paradise, with the surf crashing within 50m of the entrants, while the other events follow routes along the magnificent Broadwater.

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

The Gold Coast Airport Marathon is providing an attractive prizemoney purse for elite participants in 2003, with more than $70,000 certain to be spread among top performers.

Last year Australian Olympic representative Rod De Highden and Japanese sensation Saori Kawai were the respective men's and women's winners of the marathon, continuing a fine tradition of world-class runners chasing the major prize.

"This is one of my favourite marathons. It is the fastest course in Australia and gives elite athletes a great opportunity to set a qualifying time for the next year's major international championship," says De Highden.

Community support has developed the Gold Coast Airport Marathon into one of Australia's premier fun run events. Last year, participants came from 25 countries and from each Australian state and territory. They were aged from five to 85, and included a mix of serious runners, wheelchair athletes, and people just out to have a good time in a healthy and active way.

For entry information phone 5564 8733, visit the Web site www.goldcoastmarathon.com.au or e-mail info@goldcoastmarathon.com.au.

Enter before 13 June and you will receive the "early bird" rate for all events. Organisers are also offering a 10 per cent discount to any group of 10 participants or more - a fabulous incentive for corporate teams to enter and make the most of a great day.

Article from the Brisbane News.
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David, Shane in again

COLLAROY couple David Hooper and Shane James have contested countless number of fun runs between them but there is only one that they keep coming back to year after year.

The energetic pair are one of only three runners that have contested every Soft Sand Classic over the past 10 years and they are looking forward to their 11th race on Sunday.

The Soft Sand Classic attracts more and more runners each year who are willing to pound up and down Manly beach.

The original race is 21km and involves 14 legs of the Manly to Queenscliff run.

A more manageable 9km Soft Sand Cup was introduced a few years ago and has been the popular choice for most entrants who are worried whether they can complete the 21km course. ``We love doing this race above all other events because it is unique and has such a great atmosphere,'' Hooper said.

``People line the footpath and cheer you on and the runners come back year after year because it is a little different from your average fun run.''

It is also more than a little harder as well. Competitors who have completed the 21km course through the soft sand believe it is probably almost equivalent to a marathon distance on a flat surface.

``We'd love to get a few days of rain before the race,'' James said.

``All the runners get a little more confidence when the sand is a bit firmer.'' James, 50, is a previous winner of the women's division while Hooper has won the masters and the super masters. The only other runner lining up for his 11th race is former record holder Scott Wood.

Wood has completed the course in 1hr 33.09mins and has won the first couple of races but these days he puts most of his energy into organising the event rather than trying to win it.

The course record is held by Campbell Isherwood of Palm Beach who won the 2001 race in 1.29.19.

Former professional ironman Scott Thomson of Bondi is the defending champion. Rebecca Gray, winner of the past four women's divisions, also set the women's record in 2001 when she recorded a slick 1.46.59.

For the 9km event Matt Williams holds the record of 37.05 minutes while Bernadette Chisolm is the fastest woman over the 9km after posting 39.39 in 1999.

More than 250 runners are expected to contest the 2003 Soft Sand Classic and Cups on Sunday.

The event will raise funds to purchase rescue equipment for Manly Life Saving Club.

Entrants can phone 9907-7650 or enter on the day before the 8am race start at Manly surf club.

Article from the Manly Daily.
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Steep learning curve

RUNNING up a steep hill to raise money for children's health services may not be everybody's ideal way to spend a lazy Sunday.

But, for four northern beaches boys, the thrill to succeed was motivation enough.

On Sunday, May 25, Lachlan McLean, Sharm Kharana, Jamie Warren and Leith Robertson from Narrabeen Sports High not only ran the 420m, 70-degree incline but won the Balmoral Burn schools division.

The boys were required to raise $500 to enter the race, with all proceeds going to children's services at the Royal North Shore Hospital.

Conceived three years ago, the Balmoral Burn has attracted celebrities such as Ray Martin, Raelene Boyle and Peter Hadfield.

This year the fun run raised $200,000.

While the race is usually based around corporate teams, this year 10 boys' schools lined up for the start of the race.

As the race started, the lead changed a number of times on the first relay leg up the hill, but after the first change of runner, Narrabeen Sports High took the lead and won the race by 40m.

The youngest member in the squad, 14-year-old Lachlan McLean, who took the lead, said he was ``amazed'' by the win.

``I was amazed because there were many private schools who had more than one team in the competition,'' Lachlan said.

The Year 9 student, who was the second runner, said he had only one practice of the uphill run before the event.

``I wanted to enter the race to raise more publicity for this school, but also because of the good feeling I got at the end of it.

``I have been running since I was in Year 5 and I like getting fit.''

Article from the Manly Daily.
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 Wednesday, June 04, 2003 

South Australian Winter Season To Come Alight

After a lean start to the Athletics South Australia Cross Country season, the Flinders Athletics Club will come out in force on Friday night, when they host the State Short Course Cross Country Championships.

Flinders will welcome back their favourite son, Commonwealth Games representative Brett Cartwright, who is back from the Australian Institute of Sport for a week. Although rated only a 50-50 chance, should Brett run, he will test the best of the South Australian distance runners, all of whom line up in the chase for the State title.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.
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Run The Marathon With Mona Or The Half With Heather

Participants in the 2003 Sydney Marathon Festival have the chance to run with two of Australia's leading long distance stars, Steve Moneghetti and Heather Turland.

The festival, on Sunday September 14, features three runs - the Flora Sydney Marathon, which is a legacy of the 2000 Sydney Games, The Sunday Telegraph 10k Bridge Run and, for the first time this year, the Flora/The Sunday Telegraph Half Marathon. All three runs cross the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. The 10k will finish at another world famous landmark, the Sydney Opera House, while the marathon and half-marathon will finish by the burning cauldron at Sydney Olympic Park.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.
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Watch Athletics on SBS

WHAT’S ON THE BOX?

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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 Tuesday, June 03, 2003 

Runners Wanted for EPO Study at Sydney Marathon

The Australian Sports Drug Testing Laboratory is looking for runners to assist in EPO research. The details are below. Anyone interested in helping out please contact Graham Trout directly.

We at the Australian Sports Drug Testing Laboratory (ASDTL) have a research project entitled "The effects of factors such as exercise and disease on the distribution of urinary erythropoietin (EPO) isoforms", which began with funding from the Australian Government under its Backing Australia's Sporting Ability program and which has just been granted additional funding by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Thus far we have investigated the effects of short term exercise on some subjects and examined some subjects who took part in the 2002 100km Oxfam Trailwalker. We have seen some changes in some of the Trailwalker subjects.

The 2003 Sydney Marathon will be an excellent opportunity to obtain samples from subjects who are training for a long race. There is no intention to intervene in any way with the subjects' normal activities or training and no drug administrations are proposed (so no free EPO to boost endurance). Ideally we would like to get five to six urine samples on a monthly basis from June to just after the marathon in September. The sample size proposed is approximately 70 males and 30 females although this could be extended depending on the degree of interest. We would supply suitable containers for the urine to be collected and sent to our laboratory in Pymble. In addition we would like to carry out a comprehensive haematological screen on some subjects who would be willing to come to our laboratory. In this case we would need three blood samples, one near the beginning of training, one shortly before the marathon, and one within a few days after. The provision of blood would not be essential to taking part in the project.

The project has been granted ethics approval by the Ethics Review Committee (human research) of Macquarie University and all participants will be provided with an information pack including a questionnaire and consent form prior to their participation.

Graham Trout
Deputy Director ASDTL
Email graham.trout@agal.gov.au


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 Monday, June 02, 2003 

De Castella land bidders slow out of the blocks

Marathon champion Rob de Castella is considering rebuilding, after losing his dream home to the Canberra bushfires in January.

Mr de Castella had originally decided to sell up after the famous "Deek's Castle" burnt to the ground, taking much of his sporting career memorabilia with it.

However, the vacant block was yesterday passed in at auction at $570,000, leaving the former running star reconsidering his future.

Mr de Castella will put the block back on the market for around $620,000, and then rebuild if it fails to sell.

Article from the ABC Canberra.
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Georgie Clarke Back In The Groove

Australia's Georgie Clarke has finished second in the 3000m at BMC Grand Prix meeting at Wythenshawe near Manchester UK on Saturday (31st May 2003).

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.
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Benita Returns To Track In Style

Australia's Benita Johnson didn't let the Hengelo heat bother her, putting on a classy performance against some of the world's best 5000m runners this weekend - claiming the silver in her first track race of the European season.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.
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Office teams on their marks to help charity

BRISBANE'S office workers will be swapping computers for running shoes at this year's Sunday Mail Suncorp Bridge to Brisbane Fun Run.

More than 16,000 people are expected to take part in this year's run on August 3.

Runners and walkers of all calibres will take in some of Brisbane's most scenic routes in the 12km run and the 4.25km short-course event.

This year's corporate event will be launched on June 27 in the Queen St Mall. Money raised from corporate entrants will go to one of Queensland's most worthy charities, the Cerebral Palsy League of Queensland.

Winner of last year's corporate event and part-owner of Victory Sports at Robina, Peter Hall, reckons his team will again thrash the competition.

``We've entered for the last three years and won every time,'' said Peter, 48.

Rebecca Lucas from Cerebral Palsy Queensland said funds raised would help about 2600 people with equipment, therapy and employment services.

To enter the 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. Phone 1300 555 577 or visit www.bridgetobrisbane.com.au for more information.

Article from the Sunday Mail.
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Water Works - Ways to keep your motor running smoothly

COMMONWEALTH marathon medallist Krishna Stanton wants readers preparing for this year's Sunday Mail/Suncorp Bridge to Brisbane Fun Run to remember the basics -- food and fluid.

``We all know a car doesn't run well on the wrong fuel -- it's the same with our bodies,'' said Stanton, who is providing aspiring fun run entrants with weekly programs for the August 3 event.

``In our busy schedules, it is important to eat and drink small amounts regularly throughout the day in order to keep energy levels up.''

Stanton said few people drank enough of the right beverages -- such as water.

``It's a good idea to carry a bottle around with you to remind yourself to sip even when you don't feel thirsty,'' she said.

``By the time you feel thirsty, you are likely to be dehydrated.''

For those following her path to the big day, Stanton recommends a diet high in energy-giving carbohydrates, low in fat and moderate in protein. ``The carbohydrates are an energy source and the protein a minor fuel source which assists with muscle repair and recovery,'' she said.

So-called ``good fat'', found in foods like nuts and avocadoes, was also an energy source and useful for hormone production.

``If your diet is adequate, there is generally no need to use supplements,'' Stanton said.

``But two minerals that are important to runners are iron -- it carries oxygen through the blood -- and calcium to maintain healthy bones.''

Stanton reminded readers to be balanced. ``Don't be too hard on yourself, and enjoy the occasional treat.

``Eating well will give you the best chance of getting across the line happy and healthy!''

* LAST year's Bridge to Brisbane winner Felicity Abram (pictured above) had so much fun, she is flying back from France to go again this year.

The Year 12 student at St Peters Lutheran College stunned the open women's field in 2002 with a time of 43min 19sec.

``I thought it would be fun to run over the Gateway Bridge,'' the 16-year-old said.

``I didn't know who else was racing so I didn't expect to win. But with the crowd, I ran a much quicker time than I thought. Apart from the bridge, it's pretty flat.

``I'm trying to convince my family to run with me.''

Abram, who will represent Australia at the World Junior Triathlon Championships in December, is about to spend a month in France, training and competing with the AIS triathlon squad.

``Triathlon is my No. 1 sport but I love my running,'' she said. ``It's great to break up my training by competing on the track or in fun runs.

``That's the thing about the Bridge to Brisbane -- anyone can run it and it's fun.''

WEEK THREE

BEGINNERS

.In two of your four sessions, run as far as you can for 45 minutes at a comfortable pace where you can still talk. If you need to rest, walk briskly. .In your third session, for endurance, run/walk at an easy pace without stopping for an hour. Don t worry if

you are walking more than running - this will reduce over the next nine weeks.

.Your final session should be a 10-minute easy jog, a five-minute steady run and five-minute walk. Repeat this

three times, and add a five-minute warm-down.

ADVANCED

.Two of your four sessions are 40-45 minutes of easy running where you can still talk.

.Your third session consists of a 10-minute warm-up, then a one-minute steady run and two-minute recovery. Do this five times (15 minutes in total). Finish with a 15-minute warm-down. .The fourth session is a 40-minute run. Include hills to increase your strength and prepare for the Gateway Bridge climb. Divide your sessions so an easy run is followed by a harder session.

.Hopefully your 5km time trial went well and your time is posted on the fridge!

Article from the Sunday Mail.
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Change will suit hill haters

THE Kingston Beach Fun Run and Walk on June 15 has undergone a course change -- which is good news for those who don't fancy hills.

The run was known as the Boronia Hill Run and Walk for the past two years.

Larry Hude, of the Rotary Club of Kingston, which organises the event, said the previous climb up Boronia Hill of about 250m was unpopular with many participants.

``There were complaints of severe jarring on the downhill run and two-week recovery periods,'' Hude said.

It is now an almost flat course of 7.3km, compared to the previous 8.2km. There is a shorter course of 4km.

The picturesque course follows Browns River from the start at Coles Kingston.

The Rotary Club anticipates a field of 400 this year.

The run and walk starts at 9am and entry forms are available at Talays or Coles Kingston.

A free sausage sizzle and fruit and drinks will follow the event.

Article from The Mercury.
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Fun run's winning formula

by Daniel Hoy

WHEN the world's most expensive cars aren't circling Albert Park Lake in the Melbourne Grand Prix, the beauty-spot tend to fade from our consciousness.

There are only a few people, runners mainly, who use it all year.

It's a great place for a run. The waterside lap around the lake makes it much easier to put one foot in front of the other.

And the beautiful scenery makes it the perfect track for a fun run.

On Sunday, June 15 the annual New Balance Lap of the Lake is on. Three thousand people will attempt to break their own personal best, or the record for one or two laps. Participants can do one lap (4.86km) or two (9.72km).

The event, now in its seventh year, supports the Sporting Chance Cancer Foundation, which provides scholarships for medical students.

EVENT FEATURES

ALL participants receive a New Balance T-shirt, plus there are New Balance shoes and clothing to be won.

THE New Balance Event Unit will be selling merchandise.

A NEW Runner marquee will look after those who have recently taken up running with a special relaxation area and prizes.

A POST-EVENT barbecue will be operating.

HOW TO ENTER: Call Start to Finish on 9819 9225, or enter online at www.ausrun.com.au. Entries will also be accepted on race day.

Article from the Herald Sun.
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Mates halve running title

by JOHN BRIGGS

THERE was double trouble for judges at the finish of yesterday's Tasmanian Half Marathon title at Cadbury's in Claremont.

Running mates Brad Dyson and Jason Allie trotted over the line together after treating the 21.1km race as training jog and judges could not split them.

The two athletes had shared the honours at last week's City to Casino Fun Run, with Dyson winning the 11km race and Allie the shorter version.

It was a unique dead-heat, or quinella, for coach Albert Johnson.

Even at the post-race media interviews the duo, both 20, spoke like twins who think and act alike.

``We both have hopes of making the 2006 Commonwealth Games and the Beijing Olympics,'' said Allie, whose words were echoed by Dyson.

By international standards the winning time of 1h11m08s was pedestrian at best.

But both men were feeling the effects of last week's race and can clearly run much faster at the half marathon distance.

``It was my first try at this distance and Jason has run only one before in Victoria,'' said Dyson.

Third was top class marathon runner Gerry Oldfield in 1h12m38s, who was followed in by Mike Dalton.

Olympian Kylie Risk won the women's section in a canter. Risk is preparing for next month's Australian half marathon on the Gold Coast.

``I came here expecting some competition, rather than a long training run, but found myself running alone after the first eight kilometres,'' Risk said. Her time of 1h18m08s was at best solid and she wll go much faster in the warmer conditions in Queensland.

Risk has hopes of making a third Olympics in Athens next year if she can handle track racing and training which tends to produce some shoulder problems and other injuries.

Second woman was Jacqui Guy in 1h27m54s, followed by Sharon Allen and Sarah Stutter.

Race director Haydyn Nielsen was pleased with the field of more than 70.

Article from The Mercury.
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More masochists eye the marathon as Athens approaches

Australians are taking up the toughest running challenge, writes Joel Gibson.
`The distance of the marathon has to be respected,'' says two-time Olympian Shaun Creighton . ``A lot of people say they wish Pheidippides had died at 20 miles rather than 26 miles.''

Creighton first attempted the 42-kilometre ordeal at age 29 on an icy course in Houston, Texas, and finished with a silver medal and hypothermia.

Complete article at the Sydney Morning Herald website.
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Hayley's comet

The road towards representing Australia at the Olympic and Commonwealth Games begins in six weeks for Victorian distance runner Hayley Tomlinson.

Considered one of Australia's brightest track stars in the making, Hayley, 15, will compete in the 1500m at the World Youth Championships in Sherbrooke, Canada, from July 10 - 13.

Hayley will also run the 800m and 3km events.

She trains three times a week at Box Hill or Wattle Park, under an Australian Institute of Sport and Victorian Institute of Sport scholarship.

Hayley and 30 other athletes on the squad head to Runaway Bay in Queensland for a camp on June 25, as a lead-up to Canada.

She says she doesn't expect to make the Australian team for the 2004 Olympics in Athens, but hopes to run in the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in 2006.

"There'll be all sorts of people who are experienced in Canada, but I'm going to try to run as fast as I can," Hayley said.

Hayley has been coached by Wes Windsor since starting athletics.

Hayley, a Year 10 student at Fintona Girls Grammar, in Kew, excels at most everything she does. She even manages to squeeze in time to play netball two nights each week for Boorondara at the State Netball Centre.

Article from the Herald Sun.

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