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 Thursday, July 31, 2003 

A Molling Stone Gathers No Ross!

WHAT: State 5km Fun Run & Tasmanian Championships
WHEN: (10.00am Saturday 2nd August 2003)
WHERE: (Man O Ross Hotel)

A Molling Stone Gathers No Ross... and neither will you, if you're at the final of the third round of the Winter Grand Prix Series to be held this Saturday at Ross (Tasmania) over the 5km and 2.5km distances, commencing at 10.00am.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.
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Playground gear a certain winner

FUNDS raised at a fun run have provided much-needed playground equipment for disabled children.

The Rotary Club of Brisbane Planetarium officially opened the playground at the Special Education Unit at Grand Avenue State School last Tuesday.

School principal Graham Fuller welcomed the specially-designed playground.

Rotary club president Clive Cooke said: ``Disabled children have been assisted by those more fortunate who ran in the recent fun run at the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens. We raised $13,500 for this initiative.''

The fundraiser was an excellent example of Rotary carrying out this year's international theme of Lend a Hand.

Article from the South West News.
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Runners limber up for foreshore event

FITNESS conscious Novocastrians are preparing themselves for The Herald EnergyAustralia Foreshore Fun Run next month.
Less than three weeks remain until the big race which is set for Sunday, August 17.

Registration forms are published daily in The Herald until August 15. Those who register before August 15 will receive a free fun run T-shirt.

There is a choice of three events: A 7.5kilometre run taking in the Foreshore, Nobbys, Shortland Esplanade and King Edward Park, a shorter 5.5kilometre run or a 5.5kilometre walk.

The first race, covering 7.5kilometres, will start at 9am opposite the tug wharf and the shorter 5.5kilometre run will begin at 9.15am.

Organisers aim to raise $10,000 this year with proceeds going to Surf Life Saving Australia, Lions International, the Newcastle Hunter branch of Athletics Australia and CREST NSW.

Entry costs $16 for adults and $11 for anyone under 18.

Article from the Newcastle Herald.
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Tales of golden days

by Steve Price

...OUT come the Nikes and of course the white socks and sandals. Registration for the running fest begins this Saturday afternoon at Tobruk. The marathon, half marathon and 10km fun run will be held on Sunday morning. Townsville Road Runners are a great organisation and do a mighty job for those enjoying the sound of the patter of lotsa feet. But why `road runners'? I thought it would be better `Anywhere but on the road runners' . You risk life, limb and getting messy shorts walking the Castle Hill road any afternoon. Very scary with cars, motorbikes and speed of light pushbikes careering down there like an FA/18 pilot who is late home for dinner. Enjoy the run and I hope you don't run out of ointment for sore muscles. We can usually smell it all over the city for days after a run.

Article from the Townsville Bulletin.
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 Wednesday, July 30, 2003 

Running for a cause

By Lucy Townsend

FOR an Olympic marathon runner, 8km is little more than a warm up.

But when Rod DeHighden takes part in next month's 8km fun run at Chadstone, he will be doing more than stretching his legs.

The Homesglen TAFE teacher will be helping to raise funds for children with brain cancer and other neurological disorders.

Mr DeHighden's community recreation class has organised the run as part of their studies.

Student and spokesman for the project Matt Cotter said all money raised by the event would go to the Brain Wave Charity.

``It's Rod's last public run before he heads to Paris to compete in the world track and field championships where he hopes to qualify for the Olympic Games in Athens,'' Mr Cotter said.

Mr Cotter said the fun run would begin at 9am on August 9 at the Homesglen TAFE car park on the corner of Warrigal and Batesford roads, Chadstone.

``The route takes in a walking trail and Gardiners Creek,'' he said.

``We're hoping to get about 200 participants.''

Those not prepared to take on the 8km challenge can opt for a 4km walking route.

``There's a range of different categories for men and women including open, under 18, under 14 and over 40,'' Mr Cotter said.

Spot prizes will be up for grabs, on the day with the winners of the men's and women's open events being given trips to Burnie, Tasmania, including air fares and accommodation.

``The trip coincides with a fun run in Burnie. The aim is to give up-and-coming runners a chance to compete in events outside of Victoria,'' Mr Cotter said.

* Cost: $15 for the 8km run, $10 for the 4km walk. Inquiries: Andrea Anthony 9564 1699.

Article from the Malvern Prahran Leader.
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 Tuesday, July 29, 2003 

Mottram Back From Injury With Style

After battling injury for over 6 months, Australia's World Cup 3000 metre champion Craig Mottram, returned to competition last week (Friday 25th July 2003), taking victory in the 23rd annual Wedding Day Race over 7.2km in London's Bushy Park.

Mottram beat fellow Australian Martin Dent by 29 seconds, and set a new course record of 21 minutes, in his first race since setting the Australian 5km road best at Noosa Heads in Queensland last November.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.
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Bears and hares in minority as training begins


The good news is that the ACT Academy of Sport has attracted an amazing 100 participants to the training program that will get them ready to gallop in The Canberra Times Family Fun Run of Sunday, September 21.

Training begins on Sunday at 9am at the Acton Ferry Terminal.

The 'bad' news, training coordinator Neville Bleakley said yesterday, was that 100 folk was an embarrassment of riches (almost twice as many as expected) and that the organisers needed help. With a flock of 100 souls, border collies seem appropriate, but Neville is recruiting only human helpers at this stage.

'Our questionnaires tell us that our clients are as diverse in running ability and/or experience as we are, so we need helpers of all abilities, particularly for the first few sessions. If you would like an opportunity for some structured exercise yourself, we could do with your help. You don't have to be a runner. Fit in where you can fit in, talk with participants, encourage them to continue.

'On day one [on Sunday] my intention is ask the participants to self-seed themselves into four groups:

1. The Bears. Those who aren't exercising regularly at least a couple of days a week.

2. The Penguins. Those who normally exercise a couple of days a week but do not normally run or jog.

3. The Lions. Those who have regular exercise programs that include walking/jogging.

4. The Hares. Those who jog or run at least twice a week on an ongoing basis.

'Each group will do a different loop. I need at least one person to accompany each group, and more for the bigger groups.'

Neville, a rather fit orienteering coach but who says he thinks of himself as a 'closet bear', is anticipating far more penguins and lions than bears and hares. For our training he intends to use time elapsed instead of distance travelled so that, for example, on Sunday all four kinds of animals (and helpers) will shuffle or sprint out for 20 minutes at speeds appropriate to their species and then return at about the same speed.

'My aim is that by 'race day' September 21 everyone will be able to walk/run/jog for 70 minutes. That way, even the slowest will complete the Fun Run's 10km. The slowest will walk and may occasionally jog (and will take the full 70 mins), while the fittest and fastest will take less.'

If you can help over the next few weeks, tell the organisers at remembering that training sessions will be on every Wednesday till the Fun Run, at 7am at the Southern Cross Yacht Club, Lotus Bay, Yarralumla and on every Sunday till the Fun Run at 9am at various picturesque venues.

Article from the Canberra Times.
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Cancer fund wins as 86 run for other people's lives

THE Queensland Cancer Fund has received $1200 raised when 86 people joined the Terry Fox Fun Run along The Strand on Sunday afternoon.

Organiser Christine O'Flynn said the 86 ran, jogged or walked the 5km course in memory of Terry Fox, who set out to cross Canada in 1980 after losing his leg to cancer.

The feat inspired millions of people across the globe to organise fun runs to raise funds for cancer research.

Article from the Townsville Bulletin.
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 Monday, July 28, 2003 

Age doesn't weary half marathon man

by Ray Andersen

ONLY injury will stop veteran Townsville runner Ron James lining up for next weekend's adidas Townsville Half Marathon.

The 71-year-old injured his left achilles tendon in a Townsville Road Runners event last Saturday.

James finished a creditable eighth overall in that 19km run but the injury could see him skip next week's 21.1km race for the Townsville Podiatry Centre 10.5km Fun Run which is also part of the BHP Billiton Townsville Running Festival's program.

The feature event is the Tony Ireland Holden Townsville Marathon (42.2km), however James said he never intended to tackle that mental and physical test.

He tried a marathon in Townsville about 15 years ago but failed to finish after ``hitting the wall.''

``I admire people who line up for them,'' James said, adding one attempt was enough for him.

Half marathons are more appealing and James has completed two in recent years.

James runs every weekend with the Road Runners and a couple of times each week on his own.

He also plays golf twice a week at Rowes Bay, regularly uses a skipping rope, sails and ``throws a few weights around''.

James said he had always maintained his fitness since he played hockey for Parks in the Townsville competition.

An outstanding goalkeeper, James was in an out of the Queensland team from 1957 to 1971.

He retired from the sport at the age of 41.

Townsville Road Runners president Brian Armit is expecting bumper fields for all events next weekend.

``We had 60 last year in the marathon and we've got 50 now so we should get about 70 entrants,'' Armit said.

``We've got 100 in the half marathon and we should get another 60 or 70.''

The number of starters for the popular fun run is harder to judge with most nominations coming in later.

Entry forms are available on the club's web page at

Article from the Townsville Bulletin.
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Fun for all ages - just ask Clem, 90


IT seems age is no a barrier for 90-year-olds Clem Starck and Katerina Van de Linden who are both entering The Advertiser City-Bay fun run.

The two oldest entrants so far are proving the race is for all ages.

Both Mr Starck, of Grange, and Mrs Van de Linden, of Aldgate, both say they love the event, which this year will take thousands of competitors from King William St, city, to Glenelg on Sunday, September 21.

Mr Starck's love affair with fun-runs began in Sydney in 1987 with the famous City-to-Surf but only after some gentle encouragement from his daughter.

Having walked the 14km Sydney event nine times over a number of years, Mr Starck said it was only natural when he moved to Adelaide two years ago that he would enter the City-Bay.

He completed his first City-Bay last year but he said he didn't know where he finished.

He said that was irrelevant.

``I didn't finish last but I finished it and that is what is important to me,'' he said.

``I also wanted to finish it so I could get to the beer.

``I feel I have achieved something, even though it is small. I do it also so I do not feel utterly decrepit.''

Mrs Van de Linden has completed six City-Bays but only entered her first after some persuasion from her son-in-law. She said the race was a good way to keep fit.

``It is good exercise,'' she said.

She was quick to dismiss any praise or admiration for being one of the oldest competitors saying ``anyone could do it if they wanted to''.

It was left to Mr Starck to explain what was his secret to longevity.

He said his response to anyone asking was always the same, albeit slightly tongue in cheek.

``I always tell people, I am never in bed before breakfast and I try and have two bottles of gin a night,'' he said with a laugh.

Article from The Advertiser.
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Time to ice training cake

JUST one week until the Bridge to Brisbane fun run next Sunday.

Commonwealth Games marathon silver medallist KRISHNA STANTON, who has been with readers every step of the way, says the final seven days are a chance to enjoy the reward of the past 10 weeks of training:

You have undertaken a journey and you should be proud. Now its time to put the icing on the cake.

Your legs need a rest but you still need to prepare so everything runs smoothly on race day.

Make sure you are well organised the night before. Get your clothing ready with your race number attached and your transport to the starting line organised.

Have a nutritious meal the night before and a good snack on the morning of the race.

Make sure you are well hydrated, not just on race morning but the day before the race as well.

Handle any pre-race nerves by thinking about the positive things you have attained from this journey -- think of how much you have achieved and how good it will be to cross the finish line.

I can remember my comeback race in the Bridge to Bay in 1999.

While I won, I gained more satisfaction from crossing the finishing line and seeing my little boy Zachary running up to me and saying ``You did it, Mum!'', than from any prize I won. So encourage family and friends to come out and cheer you on.

If you don't sleep well the night before, don't panic. One night's disrupted sleep won't hinder your performance and I can guarantee you will sleep well the night after.

Enjoy the atmosphere of thousands of like-minded people wanting to achieve the same goal, of crossing the line at New Farm Park after giving it their all.

Make next weekend a worthwhile experience. Be proud that you're actually out there, no matter what the outcome.

* BRIDGE to Brisbane entries are being taken until Saturday, August 2, at the Race Office, 39 Mayne Rd, Bowen Hills.

WEEK 11 programs


* Two or three easy 30-minute runs

* In another session, warm up for 10 minutes then run hard for one minute and easy for two. Repeat this four times and finish with a 10-minute warm-down

* You can miss any of these sessions - it won t affect your performance. Or go for a swim or bike ride instead to give your legs a chance to recover


* Two 45-minute easy runs

* One steady 30-45 minute run incorporating surges

* In your final session, warm up for 15 minutes then run hard for one minute and easy for one. Repeat 4-6 times - but save some energy for race day. Feel free to go for a swim or bike ride instead - just don't overdo it

Article from the Sunday Mail.
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Training day

Are you up for it? We follow TV presenter Penne Dennison's progress as she trains for this year's 10k Bridge Run. By Donna Jones.

If your exercise habits have slipped a little this winter, what better way to inspire yourself than by training for a fun run? The Sunday Telegraph 10k Bridge Run is on again this year, on Sunday September 14. This means you only have seven weeks to get in shape for the glorious run that takes you over Sydney's magnificent Harbour Bridge and ending at the steps of the Opera House.

We will be training Penne Dennison, presenter with the Movie Network (Foxtel, Optus, Austar) and Entertainer Reporter for Take 40 Australia. Each week you can follow her progress.

"I'm so excited that I'll be training and taking part in the run," says Dennison. "I'm not so fit at the moment, but I'm looking forward to the challenge of getting there."

If you've never been in a fun run before (or even considered it), why not train yourself up to have a go? You may not be able to run the whole way, but you will have fun trying. It doesn't matter if you run a bit, walk a bit or walk the whole way. And whether you make it or not, everyone can reap the benefits of a disciplined weekly training program in the build up to the event. You, too, can follow Penne's program and join her in the pursuit of running a whole 10km... give it a try.

penne's status

* height 165cm

* weight 50kg

* resting heart rate 90 bpm

* current exercise routine 30-minute brisk walk five times a week and yoga once or twice a week.

* current running capability "I could do around 2km, but jogging, not running."

* previous Fun Runs The Mother's Day Classic for Breast Cancer (2km).

* goals "To increase my fitness level and improve my body tone, as well as run the 10km without stopping for a walk. A big ask..."

donna's analysis

Penne is healthy and injury-free but needs to work on her cardio fitness to see an improvement in her general fitness and to build up enough stamina to run the whole 10km. Tough, but not impossible.

penne's program

* session 1 30-minute run/walk (run for 2 to 3 minutes, walk 1 to 2 minutes to recover). Repeat

6 times. Walk briskly for 10 minutes. Finish with 3 to 5 sets of walking lunges over 15 to 20m, 3 to 5 sets of sit-ups and 1 set of back extensions, to build up strength endurance in lower body.

* session 2 30-minute run/walk (run as far as you can, walk to recover and repeat)

* session 3 40-minute brisk walk

* session 4 (optional): 45 to 60 minutes cross training (swim, box, cardio equipment in gym). Penne will also keep up her yoga.

Entry forms will be published in The Sunday Telegraph on the following dates: August 3, 17, 31 and September 7.

Or call (02) 8907 9460; go to; or email

Article from the Sunday Telegraph.
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Family that runs together is counting down the days

by Jessica Lawrence

THE final countdown is on for the Sunday Mail Suncorp Bridge to Brisbane Fun Run.

Among the 16,000 people expected to compete in the event next Sunday are some who have taken part since it began.

They include Suncorp computer programmer Dan Truesdale, from Carindale in Brisbane, his wife Jenny and their four kids Courtney, 12, twins Ashley and Maddison, 9, and son Ben, 7.

Dan, who is one of 2000 Suncorp staff tipped to take part in the event, and his family are in the midst of intensive training.

``We start out walking about 2km and build ourselves up to the 6km treks,'' said Dan.

``The trick is to warm up first and then break the walks up with feeding the ducks and going for a stroll in the park.

``When we started entering the fun run, Ben would get carried around in a backpack -- and I have been known to have to carry the girls for the last few kilometres.''

While they won't be setting any records, Dan and his ``team'' hope to complete the course in about 90 minutes. ``We'll walk the whole thing and, if we can average one kilometre every nine minutes, then I think we'll escape embarrassing ourselves,'' he said.

Entrants in this year's fun run, who can choose between the 12km or the 4.25km short-course event, have the chance to drive away a Suzuki Liana worth more than $20,000.

The Bridge to Brisbane will start near the toll plaza on the Gateway Bridge at 7am, while short-course entrants will start at 8am from Newstead House on Newstead Tce. The finishing line is at New Farm Park.

To enter, visit the Bridge to Brisbane Race Office at 39 Mayne Rd, Bowen Hills, between 9am and 5pm until Saturday.

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

Race packs, which include race number, can be collected between 9am and 5pm from the race office until August 2.

For more information, phone 1300 555 577 or visit the website

Article from the Sunday Mail.
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Our defence forces target a Bondi beachhead


SO you think you're doing it tough puffing and panting up ``heartbreak hill'' in The Sun-Herald City to Surf?

Spare a thought for the Defence Force competitors, who have been known to run the 14 kilometres in full uniform, with a loaded pack and rifle, in formation.

Long-time Sun-Herald City to Surf entrant Sergeant Rob Combe said an artillery unit once rolled tyres and carried pieces of a gun to Bondi.

``You're not allowed to do such a thing these days, but it must have been a sight back then,'' Sergeant Combe said.

The ADF Running and Athletic Association contributes teams every year for The Sun-Herald City to Surf, with competitors flying into Sydney from far-flung military bases across the continent.

Co-ordinator Captain Frank Kresse RAN, who is based in Darwin, mounts a major logistical exercise to organise participants for the world famous fun run.

This year's race, on Sunday, August 10, will attract 52 ADF runners.

Sergeant Combe, a physical training instructor at Holsworthy Barracks in Sydney's south-west, wouldn't miss the run for quids.

``It's just one of those events the atmosphere is unreal,'' he said.

Sergeant Combe, 41, has completed the hilly Sun-Herald City to Surf route in less than 48 minutes and some ADF runners have finished in the top 50 in past years.

Due to the construction of the Cross City Tunnel and the resultant narrowing of the Kings Cross tunnel, the HSBC Start and smart Back of the Pack start times will be delayed several minutes longer than usual.

To enter The Sun-Herald City to Surf, log on to or complete the entry form on page 81 of today's Sun-Herald.

Those who entered after July 9 will be posted an identification card and information showing where to collect their chest bibs on race morning.

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

Article from the Sun Herald.
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 Thursday, July 24, 2003 

Burnie Ten on a winner Hi-tech gear to take time


TIME will be of the essence at this year's Burnie Ten footrace, using the ultimate in hi-tech timing equipment.

Organisers are expecting up to 3000 runners for the 10km race on October 12, including reigning champions Craig Mottram and Benita Johnson.

Race director Stephen Hite said the race would use the world's-best Winning Time timing system -- in a first for the state.

Runners will be given a personal transponder that will monitor their time for the run, making recording much easier for race organisers.

Hite said organisers had been looking at updating timing for the past few years, despite being fairly accurate with manual methods.

``Next year we will be able to give runners two times, their gun time and then when they cross the start line,'' he said.

``This will be more important to the bulk of the runners so that they can monitor their own time.

``And it's these mum and dad runners that make the race what it is.''

Hite said the system could also send out SMS updates and take splits for selected runners among its many features, and was costing organisers a significant amount.

``We have basically waited until we could get the best in the world,'' he said.

Race chairperson Marion Taylor said organisers were expecting a top field of elite runners for the event.

She said last year's winners Mottram and Johnson were already confirmed.

Taylor said organisers were also expecting Olympic marathon runner Lee Troop and 2001 women's winner Suzie Power to be in the field.

``Lee is really desperate to get a win in the race,'' she said.

``It is really good to have previous winners among the field, and we have no worries about attracting runners, they really love to come here.''

More information about the Burnie Ten is available on the web at or by phoning 6430 5706.

Article from The Mercury.

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Best foot forward

THE seventh annual St Marys Community Fun/Run/Walk will be held on Sunday.

Starting at 9am the events will kick off at St Marys South Public School, Monfarville St, South St Marys.

Entrants can either take on the 8km run or the alternative 4km walk.

Organised by St Marys South P&C Association the fun run is sponsored by St Marys Band Club, St Marys RSL Club and the St Marys Leagues Club.

Registration will be on the day starting at 7.30am costing $10 for adults and $5 children (15 years and under).

All proceeds will go to the St Marys South Public School and a local charity.

Trophies, medallions, certificates, numerous lucky draw prizes, barbecue, drinks, fitness, fun, community spirit are all part of the whole exercise.

Previous winners of the event have been Andrew Lloyd and Jamie Harrison.

For entry forms of further information contact race director John Willcocks on 9623 6715.

Article from the Penrith Press.
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Run with the Lions

THE advertisements ask fans to ``run with the Lions'' and this Sunday you will have the chance to do just that.

At 7.30am, fun runners, leisurely strollers and Brisbane Lion Luke Power will lace up their boots for the annual Royal Fun Run for Research in aid of the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital Foundation.

Power will be running after last year losing friend and running partner Mark Smyth to a brain tumour.

Funds raised will go towards research into this medical condition.

``It's a great cause,'' Power said.

``The Royal Fun Run is just one way we can help research into brain tumours.''

The 8km fun run is open to all ages and fitness levels.

The course starts at Kurilpa Point Park, South Brisbane, under the William Jolly Bridge, through South Bank and on to the Story Bridge to the City Mall, returning via the Victoria bridge to Kurilpa Point Park.

To get involved, or for further information, phone the foundation office on 3636 7422 or register on the day from 6.30am.

Article from the South East Advertiser.
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Fun run a great warm-up

THE four-kilometre circuit for the St Marys Community Fun Run may not have the gruelling ``heartbreak hill'' of the City to Surf but it will still give runners a good warm-up for the famous race, organisers say.

The eight-kilometre event, being held on Sunday, includes a four kilometre walk. In its seventh year, this is the first time the event has been held close to the great Sydney race.

It has other connections: four-time City to Surf winner and marathon runner Andrew Lloyd is a past winner of the fun run and race director John Willcocks is a City to Surf ``legend''.

The race will start and finish at St Marys South Primary School.

There will be trophies and certificates for competitors in different categories, lucky-draw prizes and a barbecue afterwards.

Entry fees are $10 for adults and $5 for children 15 years and under.

Register on the day (from 7.30am) at the school in Monfarville St, St Marys, or call John Willcocks on 9623 6715 beforehand.

Article from the Mt Druitt Standard.
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New record for fun run

THE Dobell Festival Fun Run is over for another year.

A new record was set with Simon Hurt of Toronto taking overall first place in a time of 30.49. Second was Darren Mewett in 33.20 and third Stuart Adams in 33.44.

The first female home was Catherine Swarzes of Kotara in 37.14, followed by Margaret Beardslee in 38.21 and Danielle Lawson in 40.23.

Other results were:

14 years: Brenoan Schrader 47.25.

15-18: Kane Hennessey 36.40.

19-29: Jason Robbie 34.21; Danielle Lawson 40.23.

30-39: Darren Mewett 33.20; Nita Robertson 51.06.

40-49: Roger Crowhurst 36.57; Margaret Beardslee 38.21.

50-59: Lance Robertson 38.27; Margaret Swarzes 44.41.

60 and over: John McLain 41.30.

Mini 3km fun run:

Six and under: boy 1 Luke Willard, 2 Saea Havea; girl 1 Jemma O'Carroll, 2 Emily Nichols.

7-8: boy 1 Luke Jordan, 2 Jackson Carey, 3 Sione Havea; girl 1 Tia O'Carroll, 2 Dana Buxton, 3 Stephanie Hollis.

9-10: boys 1 Chris Atkins, 2 Scott Cawley, 3 Luke Remington; girl 1 Nardia Nowlan, 2 Emily Dehn, 3 Courtney Luken.

11-12: boy 1 Tim Nichols, 2 Scott Briggs, 3 Matt Ashworth; girl 1 Lesleigh Creek, 2 Sarah Harris, 3 Emma Muirhead.

13-14: boy 1 Matt Brady, 2 Robert Creech, 3 Todd Cawley; girl Emma McIntyre.

15: boy 1 Mark Wallace, 2 Alan Nichols, 3 David Hill; girl Clair Neville, 2 Susie Price, 3 Kate Morley.

3km walk: 1 Mitchell Challinor, 2 Judy Brown, 3 Garry Muirhead.

Article from the Lake Macquarie News.
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Enjoy all the fun of the run

RUN, walk or roll through Burwood for a good cause on August 3 and help support an 18-year tradition.

Woodstock Runners, a club with 200 members aged 12 to 90, is holding its annual fun run and about 700 entries are expected.

The club is more of a healthy social experience than a gung-ho competitive ordeal, race organiser Wayne Suryak said.

But club members keep an eye on each others' times and rivalry is only natural, he said.

Mr Suryak joined the Runners five years ago when his doctor told him he had osteoarthritis and would be in a wheelchair in five years.

``He said the only thing that would help was movement.

``I spent the first six months on painkilling tablets. But the more I ran, the better I felt.''

Mr Suryak was awarded the log book prize last year for running more than any other members 921 km with the club, plus more racked up in personal training.

Woodstock Runners meet for a run every Tuesday.

The fun run route on Sunday poses three nice hill challenges and the course winds its way around the pleasant tree-lined streets of Burwood Rd, Monash Ave, past Concord Public School, ending up back at Woodstock Centre.

There are two distances, an 8km course with categories for adults and 17 years and under, and a 4.2km course.

Best time for a man is 23min.8sec by Paul Arthur and 26min.12sec by Stephanie Lavette.

Runners meet at the centre in Church St, Burwood, at 8.30am. Inquiries to Wayne Suryak on 9744 0301.

Article from the Glebe and Inner City news.
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Pirates to run for joviality

THE Herald Hunter Pirates have given their support to The Herald EnergyAustralia Foreshore Fun Run.
Pirates basketball players Michael Kingma and Geordie Cullen were in training yesterday for Newcastle's biggest foot race of the year, which will be held on August 17.

The event raised $10,000 last year for Surf Life Saving Australia, the Newcastle Hunter branch of Athletics NSW and Lions International.

The Herald's promotions and marketing manager Ross Melville said the organisers aimed to raise more than $10,000 in 2003.

``We always like to try and build the numbers each year and that is what we would like to do this year,'' he said.

About 1500 people were part of last year's fun run and similar numbers are expected to take part this year.

The first race covering 7.5 kilometres will start at 9am opposite the Tug Wharf and the shorter 5.5 kilometre run will begin at 9.15am.

Entry forms will be published daily in The Herald until August 15.

People who register before August 15 will receive a free fun run t-shirt.

Registration costs $16 for adults and $11 for anyone under 18.

Article from the Newcastle Herald.
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Aussie Fairfax to compete in Alaska at world running champs

Veteran Tasmanian runner Louise Fairfax has been selected to travel to Alaska for the world mountain running championships in September.

It will be the 66th time she has been chosen to represent her country.

The Launceston athlete, who won't give away her age, has competed in the championships 11 times, recording top 20 finishes on seven occasions.

And the mother of two says she has no plans to hang up the running shoes just yet.

"I just really love racing, I'm a born racehorse, I just really love it, there are sometimes when I just think 'oh i don't feel like racing today' but when the man says go, I'll go.

"The man said go and whoof i was off, there's just something you know when the man says go i just can't help myself.

"I count it as a monster privilege, it's really exciting for me every time I'm selected because I'm well and truly the oldest person and it's such an honour to still be on the team at this not so tender age," she said.

Article from ABC Sport.
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Auction: Kerryn McCann's jeans

Pre-Auction bids are now being accepted for Kerryn McCann's framed jeans - all funds raised go to Jeans for Genes Day (Friday, August 1st).

Click here to view item

If you would like to place a bid, please email your maximum bid to:, indicating the item you are bidding for in the subject line.
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 Tuesday, July 22, 2003 

Johnson super at grand prix

LAST year's Burnie Ten winner, Benita Johnson, smashed her own Australian record for the 3000 metres when she finished third at the Super Grand Prix athletics meeting in Gateshead, England, yesterday.

Johnson took a big step in her build-up to next month's world championships in Paris with a time of eight minutes, 38.06 seconds, to strip more than four seconds off the old mark of 8:42.75 she set in Lisbon in October, 2001.

The Queenslander is expected to return to defend her Burnie Ten title on October 12. Johnson was third for most of the race but stepped up to second and was still in touch with Morocco's Zahra El Kamche after Russian pacemaker Olga Komyagina pulled out with two laps to go.

But El Kamche took off with 700 metres to go and while Johnson gallantly tried to stay with her, she was joined by Britain's Jo Pavey and lost in a tight sprint home as the pair set out in a desperate chase after the Moroccan.

El Kamche won in 8:36.24 with Pavey clocking 8:37.97, just ahead of Johnson, with a well- credentialled field in their wake.While Johnson was the best-performed Australian at the meet, sprinter Matt Shirvington featured in the most controversial race of the day at the Gateshead track in north-east England.

Article from The Advocate.
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 Monday, July 21, 2003 

Even training program has oodles of fun

by Ian Warden

CATHY Freeman has owned up to losing her 'hunger' for running at the very time that Canberra runners are beginning to feel a little peckish at the prospect of the 2003 Canberra Times Family Fun.

This year's fun run is on Sunday, September 21 and this year also sees the return of the popular fun run training program designed especially for those of us who've never been deadly earnest about running but who want to squeeze the maximum fun out of the 10km occasion whether they run it, jog it, walk it or foxtrot it.

This reporter, not given to gushing, is a training program veteran and enthusiast and can't recommend it too highly. It gives people who find it impossible to train alone a genial team of folk to stretch, warm up and gallop with (camaraderie makes all the difference on those frosty mornings) and gives us expert advice about training, running, nutrition, footwear and attitudes to the event, with deadly earnestness discouraged and cheerful achievement encouraged.

This year's coordinator is Neville Bleakley, head coach of the orienteering program at the Academy of Sport. Just in case that title makes him sound too formidable, he is someone who laughs that, at 63 and with knees that have begun to complain after so many years of supporting him in his competitive running years, he is well-attuned to the needs of people who are not 'racehorses'. He himself is going to use the training program to help get his creaking bits into the mood for the Australian orienteering championships that are at Beechworth a fortnight after The Canberra Times gallop.

'The training and the fun run have to be enjoyment for people,' he said yesterday.

'Some racehorses may show up for the program, and they'll be welcome too, but mostly we'll be about helping people who aren't usually serious runners to finish the 10km.'

This reporter has seen the training program, humane, flexible, tolerant of everyone of every level of fitness, work minor miracles in people who show up for the first session doubting that they can ever finish the 10km until after dark on the day, and long after everyone has packed up and gone home. But almost all of the participants end up surprising themselves.

It's time to shake the spiders out of your running shoes and to sign up, by July 23, for the training program. Look for details and entry forms in the paper or telephone 6280 2309 for any information.

And there is a training program information evening at 6pm on Wednesday, July 23 at the ACT Academy of Sport, Bruce CIT, A Block, Vowels Crescent, Bruce.

Article from the Canberra Times.
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Nine is making an Extra effort

by Jessica Lawrence

IT'S a far cry from life in front of the camera but veteran newsman Bruce Paige reckons he can handle the pace.

Though he's on track for an appearance at this year's Sunday Mail Suncorp Bridge to Brisbane run, he's shied away from training on the mountain routes of Mt Coot-tha.

``It's far too hilly,'' he said. ``I prefer to train down by the river, which is beautiful in the mornings."

On August 3, about 16,000 people are expected to take part in this year's Bridge to Brisbane from the Gateway Bridge to New Farm Park. Runners can choose the 12km run or the 4.24km short-course event.

``This is going to be quite an experiment for me,'' said Paige, 54. ``I've never entered before but I've been training. I've been doing runs and a little bit of weights and some sparring.''

And will this be better than his day job?

``Well I will have legs and shorts and I won't be sweating, thanks -- I'll be glowing."

Also set to run with the Channel 9 corporate team is Extra reporter Gavin Alder. While Alder, 42, from Coorparoo, is a veteran Bridge to Brisbane runner, this year he's not so confident.

``In previous years I've been good with the preparation but this year we have been renovating our house so I haven't been doing much else.''

Alder conceded the Channel 10 team might have the edge.

``The chances of them beating us are pretty good. That Scott Beveridge looks far fitter than me, I can tell you.''

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

Article from the Sunday Mail.
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Epic mile story's time has come

by Michael McKenna

IT captivated the world in the 1950s -- and Hollywood is hoping the race to run a mile in under four minutes will also hold the attention of film-goers.

After a bidding war against two other studios, Universal Pictures and Spyglass Pictures have won the rights to produce The Perfect Mile, a story about the 1954 contest involving Australian distance runner John Landy.

The film rights are based on Neal Bascomb's book The Perfect Mile, which will be published by Houghton Mifflin to coincide with next year's Olympic Games in Athens.

Landy, who later became governor of Victoria, British medical student Roger Bannister and American runner Wes Santee were pitched against each other to reach a sports milestone as significant as climbing Mt Everest.

Bannister won the battle when he ran the mile in 3min59.4sec.

It is not known who will star in the film, which is expected to begin production late next year.

Frank Marshall, a keen distance runner and member of the US Olympic Committee, will direct the film.

It will be the second movie about the race, following the 1988 British production written by David Williamson.

Article from the Courier Mail.
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When music comes FIRST


CHOOSING to pursue a career in music was not an easy decision for clarinetist Nick Harmsen.

The 23-year-old, originally from Tinderbox, who will perform his first concerto with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in Stage III of the Young Performers Awards on Saturday night, says he had many passions and didn't really know which way to go.

``I was interested in molecular biology, geology and chemistry, I was interested in them all the way through school,'' he says. ``I'd have liked to have gone into sport as well.

``In the end, a lot of people said to me that with music you have to do it earlier.

``I have in mind that I can come back to the other things, that I can come back and do another degree.''

The only thing he feels he can't really come back to is high level sport.

However, he's managed to keep up long distance running, participating in half marathons and 10km races whenever he can.

``It's good for lung fitness,'' he says. ``It helps give me the feeling that I can go out there on stage and feel like I have the stamina, I know I can get through it and won't have trouble getting through the passages.''

The amount of running he gets to do depends on his schedule and varies as much as 20km to 100km each week, but he says it has been difficult of late with him having no fixed home.

Since finishing his bachelor of music with honours degree at the Canberra School of Music last year, Harmsen has been living out of a suitcase, following the work.

During his degree, he gained orchestral experience firstly with the Sydney Sinfonia and then with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Once he made the casual list at the SSO, doors into other orchestras opened and last year he played with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and in OzOpera's production of La boheme.

He's just auditioned for the Adelaide and Melbourne symphony orchestras and hopes he will be settled into an orchestral position by next year.

Then he would like to spend some time focusing on that, undertaking the occasional solo and some chamber music.

The clarinet was not Harmsen's first choice of instrument -- he was attracted to the saxophone.

``I was told I was too small, I should start on clarinet then move on,'' he says.

He had already ``mucked around with an old cornet that was in the house'' as well as ``tinkered on the piano'' and had developed an interest in singing, performing Oliver Twist in an Albuera St Primary School production.

Sadly, he says, while he had a fine boy soprano voice, he didn't like his voice when it broke.

Harmsen says he often found the clarinet an ``awful, shrilly, disgusting thing'' and, while he regularly pondered changing instruments, he took to the clarinet and it held his interest.

Saturday's performance might be his first solo with the TSO, but he is familiar with the orchestra.

His father Frits is one of the orchestra's french horn players and two of his teachers, Chris Waller and Duncan Abercromby, are also orchestra members.

He says it will be ``nice'', like being among friends, especially since he's played in the TSO a number of times in the past year.

Harmsen says despite his father's own interest in music, he never pushed him.

``He didn't even play a lot of classical favourites at home, he was more likely to play folk tunes''.

He says his passion for classical music grew when he was at The Friends School. He remembers the first time music teacher Peter Davies played the Disney version of The Sorcerer's Apprentice: ``It was the first thing that was classical that I thought was fantastic. Then he had us playing ambitious works for small orchestra; he instilled a love of music in me.''

Harmsen will perform Copland's Clarinet Concerto in the Young Performers Award Stage III on Saturday night.

The other finalists are Shefall Pryor, from New South Wales, performing Martinu's Oboe Concerto, Queensland clarinetist Richard Haynes playing Rankine's Time and the Bell and Victorian flautist Christine Morris offering Foss's Renaissance Concerto. The performances are in the Federation Concert Hall at 7pm. Bookings 1800 001 190.


Music: Debussy and Mozart works feature in today's Sunday Live concert with Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra players Dinah Woods (oboe), Genevieve Lang, (harp), Lucy Carrig and Christopher Nicholas (violin), Owen Davies (viola) and Stephen Martin (double bass), Federation Concert Hall. Entry free, 2.45pm.Next Sunday, catch Maria Lurighi, Sumi Fleming and Barry Hall with the Hobart Orpheus Choir performing classical works and a selection of Negro Spirituals, Salvation Army Citadel, 180 Elizabeth St, 2pm. Details 6243 7457 or 6223 1483.

Article from The Sunday Tasmanian
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Johnson's Fine Win In Madrid

Australia's Benita Johnson was an impressive winner in the women's 3,000 metres at the 'Meeting de Madrid 2012' in Spain overnight (19th July).

24-year-old Johnson took victory over Morocco's Zhor El Kamch after an exciting race which saw the two running side by side for the last two laps. But as El Kamch tired towards the finish, Johnson seized the moment and kicked out for the finish coming out of the back straight. Johnson clocked 8:38.45 (just outside her own recent Australian record of 8:38.06), over four seconds ahead of El Kamch in 8:42.46. Russia's current world champion Olga Yegorova was third in 8:51.44.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.
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 Friday, July 18, 2003 

Liability risks cancel fun runs

TWO Sydney fun runs have been cancelled and another is under threat over public liability costs.

Fun run organisers and hundreds of amateur runners have labelled the RTA a spoilsport over its new public liability requirements.

In recent weeks, the Pub to Pub Walk and Fun Run on Sydney's northern beaches and the Cities Marathon between Blacktown and Sydney CBD have been cancelled, while the fate of the Central Coast Bay to Breakers run is uncertain.

Article from the Daily Telegraph.
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 Thursday, July 17, 2003 

Personal Injury Insurance

Responding to advice from Athletics Victoria and other Member Associations, Athletics Australia has decided to reinstate Personal Injury Insurance as of the July 15 2003. The only change to previous arrangements is that a $250 excess will now apply to each injury claim.

Athletics Australia’s statement below:

“The Board of Athletics Australia has approved the reinstigation of personal injury insurance for all registered members of affiliated clubs under the authority of Member Associations. Please note that this will come into effect from 15 July and, under the term’s of AA’s policy, covers injured persons for non-Medicare medical expenses (such as private hospital, dental, ambulance, physiotherapy, chiropractice, tape, prescribed drugs, crutches).

A $250 excess will apply to each injury.

Athletics Australia has taken this decision in response to the feedback from Member Associations and others that the removal of this cover was of concern to the Associations and their members as it was an important benefit of membership and may impact on participation. We thank the MA’s for that feedback.”

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 Wednesday, July 16, 2003 

Surf life saving club will struggle from double funding blow

DEE Why Surf Life Saving Club has had a double blow this week which may lead to the cancellation of competitions.

Club president Steve Haggett (pictured) is now preparing for hard times ahead.

First Dee Why RSL Club announced it would review community donations due to a whopping increase in poker machine tax.

Now the Pub-to-Pub has been cancelled and the Surf Life Saving Club is set to lose more donations. Last year it received $35,000 from the RSL club and $4000 from the fun run.

``I'm very disappointed about both these situations,'' Mr Haggett said.

``I'm just shocked. It's hard to replace. All the money goes toward life-saving equipment, training and education.''

Mr Haggett said they were no longer allowed to walk the streets with buckets asking for donations and had not been forced to run a chook raffle for years.

``It's hard, as volunteers, to ask our members to put their hands just that much deeper in their pockets. We might have to cut our competitions. I don't know how we are going to deal with this.''

Article from the Manly Daily.
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Perhaps it was the slow Cliff Young-style shuffle

PERHAPS it was the slow Cliff Young-style shuffle that attracted the attention or perhaps it was the copious perspiration and resulting unsteady swaying that was responsible.

Whatever the reason, this health columnist's attempts at training for the forthcoming Bridge to Brisbane fun run on August 3 caused some serious entertainment in Brisbane's inner-city streets this week.

``Mate, are you all right,'' one shopkeeper cried out as we stumbled past replying ``fine, just fine''.

Training recently has involved pedalling on two wheels but the migration to pounding the pavement brought with it spectacular side effects, notably a stiffness in one's legs which made walking the following day somewhat challenging, particularly when descending stairs.

A few days serious training and we started to search for alternative methods of fitness, the most interesting coming from local publican Mark Lassman of the recently refurbished Normanby, a gent known as ``Trunk'' for reasons known only to himself.

Now the life of a publican is gruelling, a constant round of having one with the regulars to be sociable, testing the latest bistro dishes to ensure they're up to your high standards, and working long and irregular hours with only the elbow getting any real exercise.

Lassman has fallen victim to the ``publican's curse'' and his lack of fitness has been holding up progress towards a grand reopening. Co-owner Michael Dempsey is insisting Trunk gets into condition to handle the pace without having a coronary -- and to fit behind the bar.

Luckily for Trunk, he's discovered that by lifting a few extra kegs a week and applying a little science to his eating habits, he can start getting the veranda over the toy shop down to a more manageable size.

Even publicans know it takes one calorie to heat one gram of water by one degree. Therefore, by eating a very cold dessert (preferably consisting mainly of water) the process that raises the dessert to body temperature consumes the calories for you. If raising a gram of frozen dessert to the normal body temperature of 37C consumes 37 calories and the average dessert portion is 168 grams, a bowl of ice cream would burn approximately 5000 calories (after allowing for say 1200 calories in the dessert itself).

This process also works when drinking very cold beer, where more than 12,000 net calories can be removed if the beer is cold enough.

The danger in this diet is the temptation to also eat pizza or hot dogs. However, the solution is to also drink a lot of beer and large bowls of ice cream to counter the effects of the pizza.

The diet also comes with its own exercise plan. Alcohol is a diuretic, which causes the water in the beer and ice cream to flush out immediately, leading to a consistent exercise regime including knee bends (getting out of the chair), fast walking (also good for the heart) and squats (as the case may be).

So there it is: disciplined eating, a scientific approach and light exercise -- the publican's answer to weight loss.

Article from the Courier Mail.
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Short cut to creativity


THE spirit of The Advertiser City-Bay Fun Run is catching on around Adelaide.

The operators of a hairdressing business, the Basin Haircutters, of Goodwood, have come up with a strategy to drum up support for the race.

Contractor and owner Stephen Arrizza, and contractor Jason Hellmanns, have convinced many of their clients - more than 100 at last count - to enter the City-Bay, not only to push a healthy lifestyle attitude but with the hope of raising more than $1000 for Look Good Feel Good charity.

The extra $10 they are charging their customers to enter the run will go to the charity and also means entrants will get a ``showbag'' with goodies including discount vouchers, samples and T-shirt.

Both men have previously completed the City-Bay before and will line up again this year. Mr Hellmans, 32, of South Brighton, said that while many people might ask what running and hairdressing had in common, the answer was pretty simple.

``I know even if I don't run regularly I start to feel tired, my mind is not clear,'' he said.

``And working in this environment, running makes you more creative.

``When you are fit your mind can be more creative but when you are tired and lacking energy you can't really be creative.''

Mr Arrizza said clients had been caught up in the City-Bay spirit.

Mr Arrizza, 34, of Tennyson, said many clients had never participated in the City-Bay run but relished the opportunity to improve their fitness.

City-Bay event manager, Darrilyn Wood, said she hoped more businesses would follow Basin Haircutters' lead in trying to encourage customers to enter the race.

Article from The Advertiser.
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Desert ride gets Tony hot to trot

WHEN Tony Pratt takes his mark at the 2003 Bridge to Brisbane Fun Run, he'll be a little more prepared than most.

The physiotherapist from the Princess Alexandra Hospital was one of 22 people who rode a bike across the Simpson Desert in 40C heat last year for charity.

Mr Pratt, 37, will make the Sunday Mail Suncorp Bridge to Brisbane Fun Run his next charity challenge.

On August 3, about 16,000 people are expected to make the scenic run from the Gateway Bridge to New Farm Park. Runners can choose between the 12km run or a 4.25km short-course event.

Proceeds will support the PA Hospital Research Team and the Cerebral Palsy League of Queensland.

Mr Pratt, a physio for 11 years, said the chance to raise research funds spurred him to sign up.

``Last year we rode 570km for the Paraplegic Benefit Fund along sandy tracks and up 20m sand dunes in the Simpson Desert,'' he said.

``Now I've entered the Bridge to Brisbane to help raise money for those who find everyday tasks a big obstacle.''

Runners can check last year's scorecard, with times and placings on the Bridge to Brisbane website.

To enter, 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

Article from The Sunday Mail.
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Family on the run - Staying in shape is child's play

A FAMILY that runs together, stays together.

That could be the motto of the Parkinson family which is among the thousands who will enter the Bridge to Brisbane Fun Run on August 2.

Mum Le-anne will leave the hard work to husband Chris who will push two-year-old son Ky in a pram over the 12km course, including up and over the Gateway Bridge.

The family, which ran in last weekend's Gold Coast half marathon, will be in Queensland's biggest fun run for the first time.

``It's a great way to stay fit and spend time with the family,'' Le-anne said.

``I make sure Chris does the hard work and runs with the pram!''

Entry forms are available at Suncorp branches in south-east Queensland.

Article from The Sunday Mail.
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Stepping out for Terry Fox

BETWEEN 40-100 people are expected to brave the weather on one of the coldest days on Bribie Island to raise money for cancer research this weekend.

Walking and running enthusiasts of all ages will walk/run 5km this Sunday (July 20) in the Queensland Cancer Fund's Terry Fox Run/Walk from 8am at Brennan Park, in Welsby Pde, at Bongaree (near the jetty).

Spokeswoman June McLachlan said the annual fun run was a global event named after Terry Fox, the young cancer patient who ran two-thirds of the way across Canada in 1980 with only one leg, to raise money for cancer research.

Phone 5497 6177 or 3408 1896.

Article from the Caboolture Shire Herald.
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Prigg ready for the fray again

FORMER State long distance champion Travis Prigg will return from injury on Saturday in the Athletics NSW short course cross country championships at the University of Western Sydney Campbelltown campus.

Prigg, of Raby, has been recovering from a foot injury but is confident he's fit enough to challenge the 7km hilly UWS course.

Last year, the event attracted 540 competitors. Once again age groups will range from under-9s to veterans. The younger groups will race 1.5km while the opens will contest 7km.

The championships will be run in conjunction with the Macarthur cross country fun run and walk.

The junior division (under-7 to 12) will run/walk 2.5km while the youth (under-13s to 16s) and adults will cover 3.5km.

Entry fee is $3 or $10 a family, with registration on the day. Competitors can register up to 1.15pm with the race starting at 1.20pm.

The major championships start at noon, with the last race of the day scheduled for 2.45pm.

Details: Terry Manns on 0415 182 080.

Article from the Macarthur Chronicle .
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Run like no other

SOME people think that the ever-popular Rosie's Run is all about fundraising, women and fitness.

They're a little bit right.

But, for a lot of blokes, the annual 3km or 5km run/walk along the Esplanade really is about frocking up, donning a pair of fishnets or fancy tights and doing a bit of a "look at me" skip along the waterfront.

And I am all for it. It filled a great morning with even more laughs during the last event in 2001 and I wholeheartedly encourage blokes to indulge their cross-dressing urges again for this year's Ladies Fun Run.

Rosie's Run, which had a lay-year in 2002, was officially launched last week.

The event raises money for the Cairns's combined womens services like Ruth's Womens Shelter, domestic violence services and sexual assault counselling.

The run takes place from 8.30am on Sunday August 31 and pre-paid entry is $12 for adults.

With champagne, lots of entertainment, plenty of prizes for dressing up and other things - it' money well spent. For more information or entry forms, go to the website.

Article from The Cairns Post.
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Hundreds will be hitting the road

THE annual Dobell Fun Run is on again this weekend.

And once more hundreds of keen runners and walkers are expected to descend on Rathmines for the event.

All the action gets under way from Rathmines Park at 10am.

Normally the ride is held earlier in the year in conjunction with the Dobell Arts and Crafts show.

But this year organisers decided to change the date so that the weather would be a bit cooler for those taking part.

It is also an ideal warm-up race for those wanting to take part in Sydney's City to Surf which is coming up soon.

You can enter the run by filling out a race coupon or, for a slightly higher entry fee, enter on the day.

The Dobell Fun Run is over 10km but there is also a shorter 3km run for young people and a 3km walk .

There are prizes for individual runners and also team events.

There are also a variety of age categories.

Earlybird entry (before July 18) fee is $10 per person with $30 for a family of four

Entry on the day is $15 per person.

Article from the Lake Macquarie News.
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Channel Nine City to Surf Presented by New Balance - 31 Aug

New levels of interest in fitness, health and family fun are set to increase numbers yet again this year for the 29th annual Channel Nine City to Surf presented by New Balance – the race that inspires a city.

Taking place on Sunday, August 31 (the last day of winter), the 29th annual Perth City to Surf is the perfect motivation to get fit and have fun – rain, hail or shine.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.
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Cross Country Runners Survive Mud and Puddles

Over 700 Primary School Students Survive Mud and Puddles at the Tasmanian Primary All Schools Cross Country at Symmons Plains.

It was a successful day at Symmons Plains, as again a record number of participants took to the cross country course to represent their school and benefit from the experience and physical exercise. There were only a few casualities from the true cross country course - a few shoes lost in the pockets of mud as a result of recent rain and the secondary event held on the same course last week.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.
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Benita Third At Gateshead Grand Prix

Plenty of Aussie action at the Norwich Union Super League (Gateshead Grand Prix), on Sunday (13th July), the highlight performance coming from Benita Johnson, claiming third place in the women's 3000m, setting a new Australian record.

Benita Johnson returned from three weeks altitude training and showed the full positive effects, claiming third place in the women's 3000m, clocking 8:38.06, a new personal best and an Australian record. Morocco’s Zahra El Kamche took first place in 8:36.24.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.
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Cathy Freeman retires

Cathy Freeman, Australia's greatest athlete in recent history and arguably its greatest ever, has quit the sport.

Saying simply "my heart's not in it", Freeman told Australian athletics head coach Keith Connor of her decision in London yesterday. "I've lost that want, that desire, that passion, that drive," she told The Age. "I don't care any more."

Freeman said the realisation had hit her that her gold medal in the Sydney Olympics, carrying the weight of the expectations of 19 million Australians, was a high point to which she could not return.

"I won't ever have the same fulfilling moment as I already have had," Freeman said. "I don't have the same hunger. I know what it takes to be a champion, to be the best in the world, and I just don't have that feeling right now. I'm tired all of a sudden."

More at The Age newspaper
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 Tuesday, July 15, 2003 

CoolRunning Site Upgrade

Welcome to the new CoolRunning. Last night we successfully migrated the entire site to a new Host and upgraded our Messageboard software. This will give us ample room to grow over the next few years and allow us to install some better software to make the task of bringing you the best info as simple as possible (that way we all get to do more running with less stress) !

If you find the odd glitch here or there, where the site is not working correctly, please let me know and I will try to fix it asap.
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 Sunday, July 13, 2003 

Safety requirements force the cancellation of Sydney’s oldest marathon

The 2003 CITIES Marathon, from Sydney Town Hall to the Blacktown Olympic Park, was cancelled last night, July 9 2003, at Blacktown City Council’s Ordinary meeting due to safety requirements set by the RTA and NSW Police.

Preparations for the Marathon, which was scheduled for Sunday 27 July, were already well underway when the Council was notified on 16 June that permission to hold the event could not be granted unless certain safety requirements were met.

It is estimated that the cost to stage the Marathon in compliance with those requirements, some of which include the total separation of participants and motor vehicles through barriers and road closures, and the presence of qualified personnel and police to manage intersections, is in the order of $150,000.

Council had earlier resolved to proceed with the Marathon despite the exorbitant cost, but was forced to cancel the event due to time constraints.

“The cancellation of the CITIES marathon was due to the constraints imposed on Council by the Police and RTA with respect to risk assessment” Mayor of Blacktown, Councillor Alan Pendleton said. “Council was informed that it would have been virtually impossible to complete the assessment in time for the scheduled date.”

Despite the cancellation, Blacktown Council is committed to holding a similar event within Blacktown City next year, with staff investigating possible alternatives and reporting to the Council by September this year. Council will also lobby the State Government to assist with the costs of staging the Marathon and all local Members of Parliament will be asked to support the Council’s stand.

“The CITIES Marathon is Sydney’s oldest marathon. Circumstances may have resulted in its cancellation this year, but rest assured that we will find an alternative for 2004 and beyond,” Mayor Pendleton concluded.

Those who had already registered for the race will be advised of the reasons for Council’s decision, and be refunded their entry fees.

The full media release is available here

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 Friday, July 11, 2003 

Runner hopes for Bridges to Bay lift

by Craig Baxter

AFTER a debut marathon last weekend, Ronelle Welton is looking forward to another uplifting experience in Sunday's Commonwealth Bank/Coastguard Bridges To Bay Fun Run and Walk.

A first-year Townsville Road Runners club member, Welton will ``back up'' over the 8km inner-city Bridges to Bay course after completing the Gold Coast Marathon in the creditable time of 3hrs 28mins last Sunday.

``I had a fantastic experience running in my first marathon, running with such a huge group of people,'' Welton said.

``For the whole race I was chatting to people about why they were running and where they were from.

``I'm looking forward to running with another large group of people to talk to this weekend.''

Townsville Road Runners president Brian Armit said the emphasis on Sunday would be on fun.

There would be a $500 prize for the best-dressed team of four in the fun run or 5km walk, while children's entertainment would be provided after the finish at Anzac Park.

Runners will cross the city bridges six times on a course taking in the casino, Flinders Street East and South Townsville.

Walkers will travel to the casino, along The Strand to the C Bar Cafe and back to Anzac Park.

The Fun Run and Walk starts at 7am, with registrations to be taken from 6am.

Fun run entry fees are $10 for adults and $8 for children and $8 for adults and $5 for children in the walk, with proceeds to the Townsville Volunteer Coastguard.

Article from the Townsville Bulletin.
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2004 Olympic Games Selection Criteria and Nomination Forms Available Now!

The selection criteria and nomination forms for athletes wishing to qualify for the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece are available online now.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.
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Record Participants and Perfect Conditions for Secondary All Schools Cross Country

The crisp, sunny, still conditions provided perfect conditions for the 822 high school students participating on the damp cross country course that had turned a little boggy by the last event of the day.

For the third year in a row, there were record entries, more than 100 participants than last year. Attributing to this, was the concurrent running of the NSATIS cross country for the first time. There were in excess of 100 starters in a number of the events.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.
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 Thursday, July 10, 2003 

Beat the rush: entries now out for 2003 run

TIME to dust off your running shoes and replace those worn-out shoelaces: the 2003 Herald /EnergyAustralia Fun Run is on its way.

The date has been set for Sunday, August 17, with three events to choose from this year: a breathtaking 7.5-kilometre run around The Foreshore, Nobbys, Shortland Esplanade and King Edward Park, a 5.5-kilometre run and a 5.5-kilometre walk.

The events begin at 9am with all money raised this year going to Surf Life Saving Australia, Lions International, Newcastle Hunter Branch Athletics NSW and C.R.E.S.T. NSW.

From today entry forms will be published every day in the Herald. Every entry received before August 15 receives a free Fun Run 2003 T-shirt. Mail-in entries close on August 8. Late entries will be taken on the day until 8am, but no team entries will be received on the day.

Entry fees this year will be $16 for adults and $11 for children under 18.

Article from the Newcastle Herald.
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 Wednesday, July 09, 2003 

Record Fields to Contest Tasmanian Secondary All Schools Cross Country

The Secondary Tasmanian All Schools Cross Country continues to gain popularity, as this Wednesday (9th) will see almost 900 Secondary School Students from over 40 schools tackle the cross country course at Symmons Plains Raceway.

The event provides the opportunity for students to participate for their school in both an individual and team capacity, whilst benefiting from the numerous aspects associated with the physical activity of running.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.
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Bridge to Bay run on again

REMEMBER when over 1000 runners faced the starter in the annual Bridge to Bay Fun Run in the 80s?

Race organisers are keen to recreate that atmosphere this Sunday in the Commonwealth Bank Coastguard Bridges to Bay Fun Run / Walk starting at Anzac Park, The Strand, at 7.00am.

The race follows an 8km course to the casino, Flinders Street East, South Townsville and finishing in Anzac Park. Runners will cross the city bridges six times during the race.

The event also includes a 5km walk to the Rock Pool and return.

Additional elements this year include a $500 cash prize for the Best Dressed team of four in either race and children's entertainment by Windy Wizard and face painters. The 4TO Mascots Dash featuring Bluey and other mascots will be run after the races in the park. Register on the day from 6.00am. Funds raised go to the Townsville Volunteer Coastguard.

Article from the Townsville Sun.
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Time of reckoning for the public

THE public should be under no illusions about the challenge being laid down to police by hoons.

It's no fun out there for the protectors of the peace.

The latest hoon antic of stopping suddenly and even reversing back into police cars to cause patrol car airbags to inflate is part of an acrimonious atmosphere that has developed between hoons and police since anti-hoon legislation became law. It comes on top of verbal abuse regularly heaped on police when they pull up reckless drivers or when they bail up illegally modified or defective vehicles.

Even parents often weigh in on behalf of their misguided offspring . . . against the police.

Contrasting with the acrimony and sometimes vicious backlash against police is a wide-ranging expectation that police will fearlessly continue to crack down on the actions of silly young drivers whenever an opportunity arises.

But doing what the public expects is not a simple task.

With 644 police cars damaged during high-speed chases in Queensland in the past three years and more than 150 hoon cars being confiscated on the Gold Coast in the past eight months, it is clear that highway speeding and confrontation between police and hoons are becoming everyday occurrences.

The situation has become so perilous for police that Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson is considering changing the rules of pursuit to reduce risk for both police and those on the run.

What the public should understand is that all the recent police activity in rounding up hoons and putting them off the roads is a direct result of an outcry sparked largely by Gold Coast people.

We wanted action, and now we're getting it.

So now it is time to give the police their due. We owe them that much.

As dangerous and as confrontationist as their jobs often may be, they do it for us.

They're hauling the drunks and amateur speedsters off the roads for our safety. They're copping abuse and risk from the hoons on our behalf.

Even at a harmless event such as the Gold Coast Marathon on Sunday, police marshalling traffic at intersections along the race route had to put up with wisecracking and complaining motorists who found this once-a-year inconvenience too much to bear. The police responsibility was to keep a safe distance between runners and motorists but apparently this was not good enough for some drivers.

What a lot of people forget is that traffic police have everyone's safety in mind. They don't do what they do for fun.

It's about time we understood whose side the police are on.

Article from the Gold Coast Marathon.
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It's thirsty work when 11,052 runners hit the road

THEY devoured more than 150,000 cups of water, five tonnes of powdered glucose, and well over 2000 oranges.

Marathon running, it seems, is thirsty work.

Just ask Dave Cundy and volunteer Fiona Worsnop.

The self-confessed marathon addict was the brains behind the race that shut down the city's major arterial coastal road for the best part of a day.

"It's a huge logistical exercise and you have to plan for detail," he said.

The Gold Coast Mara-thon's technical director and his team spent 12 months planning the event, which involved closing a 24km stretch of the bustling Gold Coast Highway for almost 10 hours.

"Getting four events with different paces and fitness levels to flow with no overlap isn't easy either," he said.

Participants in Sunday's marathon sucked down 1200 sachets of powdered energy drinks dispensed by 900 tireless volunteers.

They, along with 200 race marshals and 65 police officers, were stationed strategically along the 42 kilometre course between Miami and Paradise Point to ensure the event ran smoothly. Seven ambulances, four doctors and 10 nurses were on hand to care for those who pushed their bodies to the limit, many suffering dehydration.

Mr Cundy made no changes to routes for the marathon and half marathon, but altered the course slightly for the walk and 10 kilometre event to avoid a bottleneck over the Sundale Bridge.


Half marathon 3847 34.8%

Ten kilometre 2733 24.7%

Full marathon 2062 18.6%

Walk (7.5km) 1964 17.7%

Junior dash (2.25km) 284 2.5%

Junior dash (4mk) 162 1.5%


Gold Coast marathon

2060 competitors $10,000

Melbourne marathon

1800 competitors Trip overseas

Sydney marathon

1400 competitors $3500

Article from the Gold Coast Bulletin.
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Who's who toast race success

THE who's who of marathon running was on hand at the Marriott on Saturday night for the Gold Coast Marathon dinner.

The highlight of the evening was the reunion of the inaugural 1979 marathon winners, Eric Sigmont and Mary Murison.

It was the first time the pair had been in the same room for almost 25 years.

Twenty-four years on, the pair are still running strong.

Mary competed in Sunday's marathon while Eric had planned to, but a hamstring injury ruled him out at the last minute.

"I was playing AFL for the first time in thirty years when I did my hamstring," he said.

The pair reminisced over their days in the spotlight.

"I won the marathon in around 2 hours and 59 minutes nowadays the ladies run it in about 2 hours 15 minutes," said Mary.

She thought the warmer conditions might be a problem.

"I live in Armidale the temperature is below zero when I train," she said.

The evening gave runners, organisers and sponsors alike to relax and socialise over a few drinks and a nice dinner.

It wasn't a late evening though with the majority of guests required to be at the marathon 7am yesterday.

Article from the Gold Coast Marathon.
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Marathon a credit to all involved

THIS year's Gold Coast Airport Marathon would have to rate as the best, and I would like to congratulate all involved.

The weather was perfect, the race-day atmosphere was tremendous and the Gold Coast hospitality was something to be very proud of.

A big thankyou must go to all the wonderful volunteers, support staff, sponsors and organisers. Congratulations to all those who participated in the races on offer. Whether you were in it for the fun or the money, well done!

There is no doubt that next year's marathon will be even bigger and better.

Peta-Kaye Croft

Member for Broadwater

[*] I HAVE read with interest all the reports on the Gold Coast Marathon. However, I would like to mention the many people who walked the distance.

Many of these people are unable to run these distances and yet they still make a superb effort to join in. I am extremely proud of my brother-in-law who was one of these walkers.

A year ago he had a double lung transplant and on Sunday walked 7.5km in 70 minutes, along with his wife, who is always by his side. I am sure that there are others like him who never give up no matter what life throws at them.

Tricia Andrews

Letters to the Gold Coast Bulletin.
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Much wiser the second time

THE Sydney man who literally ran himself into the ground during last year's marathon was a little wiser this time around.

Lazah Hamadi, 31, took it easy on the 42km course because he was nursing a hip injury.

"I am a bit disappointed with my time, but it was a good race," said Mr Hamadi.

He finished the race in 2 hours and 39 minutes, nine minutes slower than his time last year when he ran the full distance without a drink and consequently collapsed in a parched and dizzy heap on the finish line.

The airport worker took up distance running nine years ago and competes in events all around the country. Despite last year's incident, he did not hesitate in coming back again this year.

"This is the best course in Australia."

He took care to drink plenty of fluids during his preparation this time, and found himself sitting and smiling, rather than counting stars, on the finish line this time around.

"The last 12km are the hardest," he said.

"You can't move your shoulders, your legs feel heavy, you feel like you're moving but getting nowhere.

"I promised myself I'd never run the marathon again, but as soon as I stop and have a drink of water, I think about working harder next time."

Article from the Gold Coast Bulletin.
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 Tuesday, July 08, 2003 

NSW Dept. of Sport & Recreation Distance Running Workshops (Sydney)

The NSW Dept. of Sport & Recreation are holding 2 distance running workshops in Penrith:

1) Factors affecting distance running mechanics on 11-August-2003
2) Flexibility and core strength to enhance performance on 21-August-2003

Both workshops are at Penrith Panthers, Seminar Room, Panthers Training Gym, Rugby League Complex, Penrith. Cost: Adults $35.00 and under 18s $18.00.

More information available here
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 Monday, July 07, 2003 

Japan back in race for tourism

THE marathon has lured wary Japanese tourists overseas in large numbers for the first time since SARS devastated Asian tourism.

The phenomenon is being hailed a break-through in the local tourism industry's recovery.

"It was the biggest outbound Japanese tourism movement for an event since SARS," said Gold Coast Events Management chairman Kerry Watson.

"We're pleased about that, because it shows the positive attitude towards the event."

More than 400 Japanese runners competed, accounting for almost half of all the international competitors.

The numbers were down on previous years, but up on forecasts for this year.

"It wasn't a good look earlier this year," said Mr Watson.

He said it was a big step forward for the region's recovery from the devastating tourism downturn, after SARS and the terror threat.

"Taxi drivers are saying 'thank Christ we've got an event on'," he said.

"It's as simple as that. If you push the numbers into the town, everybody gets a feed."

Gold Coast Mayor Gary Baildon said the prognosis was good for Japanese tourism.

"Events such as these, particularly ones where the Japanese finish in the high places, are only going to help." Male runner Seiji Hamada finished third in the elite men's event, while Harumi Matsumoto came fourth in the women's marathon.

"The Gold Coast marathon has really reinvigorated the Japanese inbound market," said event manager Cameron Hart.

Tourism bodies promoted the marathon heavily in Japan, using dual Olympic gold medallist Yuko Aramori as the face of an intensive marketing campaign there.

About 1000 Japanese runners would have turned up if not for SARS.

"We would have smashed all the records if we had had all the Japanese numbers there," said Gold Coast Airport boss Dennis Chant.

The new Australian Airlines route to the country had a bumpy start last October, but there were only clear skies ahead for the carrier. "A lot of people in the industry are saying they're starting to see an emergence from SARS, people are travelling again," said Mr Chant.

Promotion of the event in other parts of Asia will be helped by the growing number of direct flights between Asian ports and the Gold Coast.

Already, carriers travel direct to Singapore, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taipei and Seoul, plus three ports from Japan.

"With that in mind, there are a lot more areas we can work on," said Mr Watson.

Article from the Gold Coast Bulletin.
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What a winner

WHAT an amazing spectacle is the Gold Coast Marathon.

More than 11,000 athletes, everyone from serious runners to mums and dads, lined up from dawn, on a beautiful Coast morning. Hundreds more stood along the course cheering them on.

What more could you want than that?

It's just a bonus that this magnificent sporting event also happens to pump more than $8 million into the local economy every year.

Congratulations to all the competitors, and don't forget we will pay tribute to all runners in a special marathon liftout tomorrow.

Article from the Gold Coast Bulletin.
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On course for record

by Pat McLeod

'OPEN your arms to us and we will deliver a world record'.

That was the simple message from Tanzanian running great Suleiman Nyambui after his charges dominated the Gold Coast Airport Marathon yesterday.

Suleiman, a former Olympic silver medallist and world 5000m record holder, says the Gold Coast marathon course is a perfect venue to challenge for a world record mark. He also believes he has the runners to make it happen.

The 51-year-old came to the Gold Coast last week with a two-pronged mission. One was to coach his runners to victory in yesterday's marathon, the other was to find a training base for his elite squad.

The first step was achieved with ease when 20-year-old Dickson Marwa claimed victory in 2hr 12min 53sec - the fifth fastest winning time in the 25-year history of the event.

Patrick Nyangelo, 19, made it a quinella for Tanzania when he notched second place with 2:18:32.

An elated Suleiman is now perfectly placed to secure the second part of his assignment.

"We will be having talks with people from the Runaway Bay Sports Super Centre this week," he said. "I have had a look at the facilities there and they are excellent.

"It would be great to establish something here, but we will just wait and see. This exercise has already been extremely fruitful in forming relationships on the Gold Coast."

Suleiman said one of the greatest advertisements for the Gold Coast marathon was the course, which he described as 'very fast'.

"There are no hills, just a bridge. This is my point. I am telling you a world record could be run on this course, no problems."

The world record of 2:05:38 was set by American Khalid Khannouchi in the London marathon last year.

The Gold Coast race record (2:10:11) was set by Victorian Brad Camp way back in 1989.

Although the popularity of the Gold Coast marathon is unquestioned with a record 11,052 entries across all events yesterday, the event does struggle to attract the world's elite marathoners.

The high cost of enticing the best is the major obstacle for the Gold Coast race, however this could be overcome if some were already based here.

Gold Coast marathon chairman Kerry Watson said the Tanzanian proposal was a natural progression of what was planned for the Coast race.

"One of the aims of the Gold Coast marathon was to develop the race and also develop the Gold Coast as a tourist destination that related to the development of overseas runners," he said.

"Already we are seeing triathletes coming specifically to the Gold Coast to train. An extension of this would be to get distance runners here and we have an opportunity for that."

Watson also emphasised that fast times was already a catchcry of the Gold Coast event.

"If anyone is going to break a world record or run a very good time then this is one of the places they would do it," he said.

"In terms of weather, the conditions, the course . . . everything is right."

Watson said the event's growing status was seen in the fact that organisers were keen to have the Gold Coast race recognised as the southern hemisphere marathon championships.

Suleiman's dream is to help his country retain the mantle as the No. 1 marathon nation in the world - a position they held in the late 1980s and early '90s.

He was a senior coach in the United States and Bahrain before returning to his homeland in 1998.

He is the head coach for the John Stephen Akhwari Foundation - an Australian-funded organisation which trains and educates young Tanzanian runners.

Suleiman said the planned training base in Australia would have benefits for both countries.

"I remember running against Rob De Castella and Steve Moneghetti during the 1980s," he recalled. "Those men were my inspiration.

"Steve Moneghetti beat me when I returned to defend my crown in the Berlin marathon in 1990. Like Tanzania, Australia's marathoners seemed to have been through a low period as well.

"But if you are training with the best you can only improve."

'There are no hills, just a bridge ... a world record could be run on this course, no problems'

Article from the Gold Coast Bulletin.

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Join in - it's a joy for all, says medallist


THE Advertiser City to Bay is a race for everyone, says Paralympian and physiotherapist Katrina Webb.

Webb, winner of two silver medals and a bronze at the Sydney Paralympics, ran her first City to Bay four years ago and followed it up with a repeat performance in 2001.

She is one of 15 presenters who will pass on advice to competitors through 12 weeks of training workshops sponsored by Mutual Community.

Other sportspeople to take part in the Wednesday workshops at Santos Stadium include former Olympic basketballer Jenny Cheesman, international walking judge and prominent walking coach Bob Cruise and Adelaide 36ers coach and former Olympian Phil Smyth.

``It is about us getting out there into the community and sharing our experiences,'' Webb said yesterday.

``And we have had some wonderful experiences as athletes, at the Olympics and Paralympics, that we can come back down to Adelaide and share.'' She said some of the tips she would strive to pass on would include:

MOTIVATION techniques - using examples of what has inspired her.

EVENT preparation.

RECOVERY methods.



``Obviously, the tips will not be at an elite level, but down at a level that people can do,'' she said.

Yesterday, Webb was joined by Flinders Athletics Club members Shane Thiele, 26, of Flagstaff Hill, Sophia Kaidonis, 15, of Pasadena and Melissa Lloyd, 17, of Coromandel Valley, at Santos Stadium.

All three plan to run the City to Bay this year.

``I think the atmosphere is what makes the race good,'' said Sophia.

Melissa agreed and added that running was about ``having fun with a group to train with''.

Mr Thiele, the development officer for Athletics SA, said the City to Bay was the ``best fun run in the country''.

Article from the The Advertiser.
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More not always better

WITH only a month until the Bridge to Brisbane Fun Run, Commonwealth marathon medallist KRISHNA STANTON has a reminder about the importance of recovery time:

If you train too much and recover too little, you will become run down and your performance in training will become poorer rather than improve.

In order to see results, you need to work on the principle of overload then recovery.

Many things can assist with recovery including massage, eating well, keeping hydrated (drinking plenty of water), stretching, active recovery and a good balance in life.

An increasing number of people are seeing the benefits of massage, which relaxes tight and stressed muscles and, in turn, helps them absorb more of the training workload.

If it is not possible to see a sports masseur/masseuse, entice a friend or family member to give your legs a massage.

You will find there are more sore spots than you could imagine! For ultimate recovery, have a sports drink after a hard training run, then make sure your next meal contains carbohydrate-rich foods such as bread, cereal, rice or potato.

Stretching every day, whether it's a training day or not, is also important.

If you are feeling even slightly tired, reduce your training to a level that keeps your heart rate low for a few days until your energy levels return.

Every body adapts and responds to training differently. People recover at a different rate and everyone responds differently to aspects such as environmental conditions.

WEEK EIGHT programs


* One hour-long run, and one 45-minute run

* Another 45-minute run, including hills

* For the final session, warm up for 10 minutes then, for 21 minutes, alternate between running hard for two minutes and easy for one. Finish with a 10-minute warm-down


* Increase your long run to 70-75 minutes

* One 45-minute run

* One 45-minute fartlek (interval) run where you alternate between sprinting and slow running throughout

* In your final session, warm up for 10 minutes then run at 5km pace for 10 minutes. Slow down to a walk/jog for three minutes, then turn around and run faster in the other direction, trying to cover more distance on the way back

Article from the Sunday Mail.
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Ten's talking heads race to challenge

IT'S a world away from life in front of the camera but these three Brisbane TV celebrities reckon they can handle the pace.

All primed to compete in this year's Sunday Mail Suncorp Bridge to Brisbane Fun Run are Channel 10's sports reader Bill McDonald, sports reporter Scott Beveridge and Totally Wild presenter Emily Barker.

And they've thrown down the gauntlet to other media. ``We'd like to issue a challenge to other media because we think we can't be beaten," said 29-year-old Beveridge.

More than 16,000 people are expected to take part in the fun run on August 3.

Beveridge is well prepared, having run in the Paris Marathon.

``It was hard but I managed to do the 42km in 3 hours and 12 minutes, finishing in the top 12 per cent,'' he said. ``It took me about a month to get over it but now I'm back in training for the Bridge to Brisbane.'' While Beveridge is a marathon veteran, McDonald, 36, is attempting his first Bridge to Brisbane.

``I've always tried to keep fit and over the past few months I've started to do the 10km and 5km runs,'' he said.

Barker, 22, is determined to give her colleagues a run for their money. ``I'd just love to beat them -- but I don't think I'm going to beat Scotty,'' she said.

To enter, 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, phone 1300 555 577 or visit bridgetobrisbane

Article from the Sunday Mail.
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A million up and running in big event


``AMAZING'' was Elizabeth Magellan's response when she learned she was the millionth person to enter The Sun-Herald City to Surf.
Race organisers had been anticipating the milestone for several weeks and, when the Greystanes mother-of-two had her entry form pulled from the pile, she reacted with disbelief.

``I'm shocked to be the one-millionth entrant,'' she said. ``It's an amazing thing for the City to Surf.

``I'd been meaning to send in my entry form for the last couple of weeks and I'd just been putting it off. I guess this shows it was meant to be.''

The one-millionth entrant record came in a week when, for the second straight year, The Sun-Herald City to Surf was officially confirmed as the world's largest timed road race. A record 60,381 people entered the event last year.

Incredibly, The Sun-Herald City to Surf celebrated the 500,000th entrant only 10 years ago.

Now, 32 years after 2000 hardy runners lined up for the inaugural race to Bondi, The Sun-Herald City to Surf has reached yet another magic milestone.

To commemorate the achievement Mrs Magellan, 45, will receive a selection of sports clothing from race sponsor New Balance to wear in The Sun-Herald City to Surf on Sunday, August 10.

This will be Mrs Magellan's third City to Surf, after deciding two years ago with a gym friend, Julie Dowse, that the 14-kilometre fun run would be a good challenge. ``I'm trying to better myself every year slowly, slowly,'' she said.

``The idea is to get under 100 minutes so we can move into the next starting group.''

However, the Uruguayan-born Mrs Magellan, who has a son, Brian, 22, and a daughter, Stephanie, 19, enjoys The Sun-Herald City to Surf for more than fitness reasons.

``It's a fantastic event,'' she said.

``It's nice to see parents with their kids. Last year I saw a father pulling his boy on a skateboard kind of thing with a rope, and they were both having a really great time. The City to Surf is a wonderful family day.''

There are now only five weeks to go until Australia's biggest and brightest community event.

Entering The Sun-Herald City to Surf is easy. Either register online at or complete the entry form on page 96 of The Sun-Herald today.

The Sun-Herald 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.


Largest timed road races in the world:1 The Sun-Herald City to Surf: 14km 52,185 Sydney.

2 Cursa El Corte Ingles: 12km 47,831 Barcelona.

3 Race for the Cure: 5km DC 46,953 Washington DC.

4 Lilac Bloomsday Run: 12km 45,795 Spokane, Washington state.

5 Bolder Boulder: 10km 42,501 Boulder, Colorado.

6 Round the Bays: 8.4km 36,345 Auckland.

7 Revlon Run for Women: 5km 35,401 Los Angeles.

8 BUPA Great North Run: 21km 35,154 Tyneside, England.

9 Bay to Breakers: 12km 34,479 San Francisco.

10 Vancouver Sun Run: 10km 32,963 Vancouver.

Information: USATF Road Running Information Centre.


Highs and highs on the road to world's biggest race

September 5, 1971: Inaugural Sun-Herald City to Surf, inspired by San Francisco's Bay to Breakers. American Ken Moore wins the event then 15 kilometres in 44 minutes 28 seconds.

1976: Entries top 10,000 for first time 12,055 only six per cent women. Another 26 years before equality of sexes.

1979: American Lawrie Binder becomes first woman to run the event in under 50 minutes ( 49m 40s) and first non-Australian woman to win female category.

1981: Rob de Castella wins in 40m 8s, the second fastest time and longest-standing Top 10 time.

1990: City to Surf recognised by International Olympic Committee. Steve Moneghetti's third of four race wins.

1991: ``Monners'' wins in fastest-ever time of 40m 3s.

1993: Andrew Lloyd and Carolyn Schuwalow win men's and women's categories the only husband and wife to have done so. Lloyd's fourth win and 21st birthday of Australia's most famous community event.

1994: Mother-of-four Heather Turland wins women's, carrying on from shock win in The Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon three months earlier. Turland, 34, had never raced as an elite athlete before these two races.

1999: Race's oldest competitor, Phil Rabinowitz, 95, competes. Field tops 50,000 for first time.

2000: Thirtieth anniversary, race awarded Sport For All award by IOC, honouring its service to the community.

2001: Victorian Susie Power records fastest women's time, 45m 8s, breaking Lisa Ondieki's (nee Martin) 1988 mark of 45m 47s. Power had given birth to son Jai eight months earlier.

2002: Sun-Herald City to Surf recognised as world's largest timed road race and a record field 60,381 competes. Finnish uni student Jussi Utriainen wins men's event.

Article from the Sun Herald.

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She's talk of the town

SHE'S a 45-year-old mother of two from the Sydney suburb of Greystanes and makes history this week.
She first decided to run in The Sun-Herald City to Surf two years ago. She and a gym friend thought that the 14-kilometre fun run would be a good challenge.

``I'm trying to better myself every year slowly, slowly,'' she said.

``The idea is to get under 100 minutes so we can move into the next starting group.''

Find out why in a week when, for the second straight year, The Sun-Herald City to Surf was officially confirmed as the world's largest timed road race this runner is the talk of the town.

Article from the Sun Herald.
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Tanzania deliver old one-two in marathon

DICKSON MARWA led a Tanzanian double in the Gold Coast marathon yesterday in ideal conditions.

Marwa, 20, sprinted to the front in the final third of the race along the tourist strip to finish in 2hr12min53sec, well clear of 19-year-old countryman Patrick Nyangelo (2:18.32).

Marwa had finished third in the Sydney marathon last year, while Nyangelo was second.

Tanzanian coach Suleiman Nyambui Mujaya said even quicker times were possible on the Gold Coast course.

``It has potential for a world record because it is so flat, without many hills,'' Mujaya said.

Third yesterday was Seiji Hamada of Japan in 2:19.07. James Barker of the ACT placed fourth in 2:20.10 to be the first local home.

New Zealand's Shireen Crumpton posted a personal best time of 2:40.10 to win the women's race in a sprint finish from Australian Sherryn Rhodes (2:41.51) and another New Zealander Marnie Oberer (2:41.52).

Organisers said 2062 runners entered the race, making it the biggest marathon field in Australia this year.

More than 9000 others took part in the half marathon and fun runs.

Article from The Australian.
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Gold Coast Bulletin Half Marathon

Japan dominated the running of the Gold Coast Bulletin Half Marathon with Japanese men filling eight out of the top ten places and women filling nine of the top ten places.

Tomonori Watanabe won the men's half marathon in a time of 1:03:25 with countryman Takashi Kono five seconds behind and Teruto Ozaki another five seconds further back.

NSW's Blair Martin was the first Aussie across the line placing sixth in 1:03:50 with the ACT's Scott Westcott eighth in 1:04:44.

"I wasn't really focusing on running a fast time - I just wanted to win. I wasn't too tense and took it easy and relaxed like I would in training," said the 27-year-old victor.

Clocking a fast 1:10:26 for victory in the women's half marathon was Hiromi Fujii, also from Japan.

Fujii proved too strong for her rivals with Naoko Hashimoto from Japan clocking 1:11:13 and Victoria's Anna Thompson finishing a credible third in a near two minute personal best of 1:12:27.

As the first Australians, Martin and Thompson won the Telstra Australian Half Marathon Championships held in conjunction with the Gold Coast Airport Marathon.
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Record numbers highlight 25th Gold Coast Airport Marathon

A record field of 11,052 participants and a resurgence in Tanzanian distance running highlighted the 25th Gold Coast Airport Marathon held in magnificent conditions this morning.

In a multicultural extravaganza, the winner of the men's marathon came from Tanzania, the women's winner was from New Zealand, and Japan took out both the men's and women's half marathons.

Entries across all events exceeded last year's figures and combined for a record total of 11,052. The marathon attracted 2062 runners to consolidate its place as Australia's premier marathon.

In front of a huge Gold Coast crowd, 20-year-old Tanzanian Dickson Marwa blitzed his opposition to record his first marathon victory in a personal best of two hours 12 minutes 54 seconds and claim the $10,000 victory purse.

He beat home compatriot Patrick Nyangelo who clocked 2:18:32 with Japan's Seiji Hamada placing third in 2:19:07.

ACT's James Barker, in his debut marathon, was the first Australian to cross the line in fourth place in 2:20:10.

It was a magnificent performance from the Tanzanian duo who were brought out to the Gold Coast as part of the John Stephen Akhwari Athletics Foundation, established to develop the abundant distance running talent in Tanzania.

Marwa led most of the race and kicked away with about eight kilometres to go when Nyangelo was suffering from cramp.

Tanzanian coach Suleiman Nyambui Mujaya said it was no surprise that his charges performed so well.

"They both have come out of good competition in the national championships in Tanzania and have been training well for this race. The surprise was that Dickson led home Patrick, as Patrick has previously held the ascendancy.

"This is a great course and I believe the course has the potential for a world record as it's so flat without too many rises."

New Zealand's Shireen Crumpton celebrated her first off-shore marathon and $10,000 win in a gutsy display on the fast Gold Coast course.

Crumpton clocked a personal best of 2:40:10 to upstage Aussie favourite Sherryn Rhodes (Vic - 2:41:51) who pipped another New Zealander Marnie Oberer by one second in a sprint to the line.

"This is a great result as my training and preparation has been great. It's even more sweeter after recovering from stress fractures last year," said Crumpton.

The 32-year-old from Dunedin led from start to finish and now aims to reduce her best time to 2:36. Her preparation for the Gold Coast Airport Marathon included taking her pet border collie 'Cass' on her
training runs clocking up more than 100 miles per week.
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 Friday, July 04, 2003 

Woyecha should be well suited by Coast conditions

MULTIPLE Gold Coast Airport Marathon bridesmaid Gomechu Woyecha has been training in a full length tracksuit to prepare for Sunday's 42.2km race.

Woyecha, the 2001 runner up and 2002 third placegetter, said he was training in his 'winter woolies' in Canberra to help mirror conditions for the humid weather anticipated on the Gold Coast.

"I am living in Canberra which is so cold and a lot different to the weather up there," said Woyecha.

"It is a lot different up north because it is a lot more humid.

"I am always training in a track suit because it is warmer and helps me get used to the hot conditions."

The Ethiopian-born runner, who represented Qatar at the 2000 Olympic Games, said one of the difficult elements of his preparation was training solo but that also meant he was more confident in his own ability come Sunday.

"I do most of my training by myself and it is very hard to do because you would like to do pacing work," said Woyecha.

"But it means I am very fit and can run the race by myself."

The triple Canberra marathon champion (2001-03) said he was in excellent form coming into the race and hinted at breaking his personal best time of two hours 14 minutes and 50 seconds, set in 2001 when he placed second to Phil Costley.

"I am not sure how I will go, I come to win but maybe there will be a few other top runners," said Woyecha.

"I will run very well and I think I can go under 2.14 because I am doing very well in training at the moment."

Woyecha has plans to run the marathon for Australia at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

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Sports stars set for walk

AUSTRALIAN Hockeyroo vice-captain Nikki Hudson, leading ironman triathlete Jason Shortis, Australian under 19 surf ski champion Emily Watts and reigning Gold Coast Marathon champion Rod de Highden will feature in the Asics Beach Walk at Surfers Paradise on Saturday.

The Asics Beach Walk is a new initiative on the social program for this year's 25th Gold Coast Airport Marathon. Members of the community can limber up and take advantage of one of the Gold Coast's greatest assets in this 3km community walk, starting and finishing at the beach end of Cavill Mall.

Starting at 8am, walkers will be taken on a 3km round trip south to Northcliffe by surf lifesavers, representatives from the Golden Door Health Club at Sheraton Mirage, and Hudson, Shortis, Watts and de Highden.

After the walk at 8.45am, the star athletes will be available for autograph signings at the beach end of Cavill Mall before joining surf lifesaving queen Karla Gilbert in a 'Marathon Breakfast' at the Surfers Paradise Surf Life- saving Club.

For a small donation people can enjoy a healthy breakfast with the stars with proceeds supporting the Surfers Paradise SLC nippers.

Marathon event manager Cameron Hart said the Asics Beach Walk was a great new way for the community to get involved in the Gold Coast Airport Marathon experience.

* Entries for the Gold Coast marathon will be accepted right through until 8pm on Saturday.

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Sean's determined

THE Gold Coast Airport Marathon is sure to present plenty of stories of courage, determination and spirit, but CC heard of a gripping tale about one Gold Coast gentlemen who just won't give in.

Sean O'Hara, 66, is to contest his 10th consecutive walk at the Gold Coast Marathon event.

What makes the Sorrento walking enthusiast's story so remarkable is that on Monday he was released from Pindara Hospital after three days laid out with severe back spasms.

While lying in bed his only thought was, 'I must start and finish the walk on Sunday'.

"I don't feel 100 per cent, but I will definitely get myself there to make sure I get the 10 in a row," he said.

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Gold Coast Airport Marathon Preview

This year's Gold Coast Airport Marathon on Sunday July 6 has the potential to be the biggest and best in its 25 year history – in both total entries and elite performance. Here is a preview of the two major elite events on the program – the Gold Coast Airport Marathon and the Gold Coast Bulletin Half Marathon.

Gold Coast Airport Marathon – Men

The men's marathon is set to be a cracker. South Africa's Simon Mpholo is an aggressive front runner who is sure to set a fast pace on what is considered the fastest marathon course in Australia.

Word has it the 28-year-old from Port Elizabeth has the ability to reach high levels in marathon running and can knock his personal best down to close to two hours 10 minutes on the Gold Coast.

He has only run two marathons – the first as a pacemaker in Boston in 2001 before winning the Port Elizabeth Marathon later that year in his current personal best of 2:13:13.

There will be a distinct African flavour with two strong Tanzanians set to push with pace with Mpholo.

Patrick Nyangelo and Dickson Marwa are young Tanzanian distance runners sponsored by the John Stephen Akhwari Athletics Foundation – established to develop Tanzanian marathon running to the high levels of yesteryear.

Nineteen-year-old Nyangelo has already performed valiantly on Australian soil winning the Australian Cross Country Championship last year, taking out the under-20 division of the City to Surf in Sydney as well as finishing second in the Sydney Marathon in 2:17:37.

His compatriot Marwa, 20, was one place behind in the Sydney Marathon coming home in third in 2:19:58, and was a credible 10th overall in the City to Surf.

The Aussie charge will be led by Olympic aspirants Gemechu Woyecha and Magnus Michelsson. Woyecha has won the past three Canberra Marathons, finished second on the Gold Coast in 2001 and third last year. The Ethiopian born runner represented Qatar at the 2000 Sydney Olympics but is now seeking selection for Australia.

Michelsson, who represented Australia at the 2001 World Championships in Edmonton, is a previous race winner of the Gold Coast Marathon back in 1996. He has solid recent form after placing third in the Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon.

Robbie Johnston will lead the New Zealand charge in the marathon and will be out to better his personal best of 2:15:33. The 35-year-old competed in the 5000m at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and then moved up to the 10,000m for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

World Record - 2:05:38 - Khalid Khannouchi (USA) - London - 2002
Australian Record - 2:07:51 - Rob De Castella - Boston - 1986
Queensland Record - 2:09:39 - Pat Carroll - Oita 1995
Race Record – 2:10:11 – Brad Camp (VIC) - 1989

Leading chances:
Simon Mpholo (RSA), Patrick Nyangelo (TAN), Dickson Marwa (TAN), Gemechu Woyecha (ACT), Magnus Michelsson (VIC), Motoyasu Hattori (JPN), Robbie Johnston (NZL), Mark Hutchinson (NZL), Paul Imhoff (ACT), James Barker (NSW)

Prizemoney: Winner - $10,000 (See Race Guide for full prizemoney)

Gold Coast Airport Marathon – Women

The women's marathon is set to be a Trans Tasman battle between Victoria's Sherryn Rhodes and Dunedin's Shireen Crumpton.

Rhodes, 34, placed second on the Gold Coast last year and finished fourth in 2001, so is eager to continue her improvement on her favourite course.

She set her personal best of 2:37:56 in Melbourne in 1998 and that time could come under threat on the fast Gold Coast course in her first marathon of 2003.

Crumpton, 32, set her personal best of 2:40:20 when fourth on the Gold Coast last year. The experienced marathon runner will be joined by fellow Kiwis Marnie Oberer, eighth last year, and Maree Turner.

An unknown quantity is the form of Japan's Harumi Matsmoto who could throw down a strong challenge to the leading Aussies and Kiwis. She won the Senshu International Marathon in February in 2:43:45.

World Record - 2:15:25 - Paula Radcliffe (GBR) - London - 2003
Australian Record - 2:23:51 - Lisa Ondieki – Osaka - 1988
Queensland Record - 2:25:51 - Nickey Carroll – London - 1999
Race Record – 2:29:29 – Erico Asai (JPN) - 1993

Leading chances:
Shireen Crumpton (NZL), Sherryn Rhodes (VIC), Harumi Matsmoto (JPN), Marnie Oberer (NZL), Belinda Dennett (VIC), Maree Turner (NZL), Bernie Portenski (NZL), Lee-Ann Turner (SA), Lauren Shelley (WA), Serena Gibbs (VIC)

Prizemoney: Winner - $10,000 (See Race Guide for full prizemoney)

Gold Coast Bulletin Half Marathon – Men
(Telstra Australian Championship)

An exciting battle looms in the men's half marathon.

Olympic 10,000m runner Sisay Bezabeh will be hard to beat. The 25-year-old has also represented Australia at other major events including the World Cross Country Championships and last year's Commonwealth Games.

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

Australia's leading half marathon runner for the past two years Scott Westcott will be among the front runners and has strong recent form to boost his claims.

Westcott won the ACT Cross Country Championships last month, a few weeks after placing second in the Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon. He led the Australian half marathon rankings in 2002 with a time of 1:03:25 set when third on the Gold Coast last year. He has already qualified for the World Half Marathon Championships to be held in Portugal in October.

Japan will be represented by five strong chances - Yuici Tajiri, Tomoyuki Honda, Tomonori Watanabe, Teruto Ozaki and Yoichi Masuda.

New Zealand's Blair Martin, who lives in Sydney, finished just 13 seconds behind Westcott in last year's Gold Coast race and trains with the strong Ken Green stable.

World Record - 59:17 - Paul Tergat (KEN) – Milano - 1998
Australian Record - 1:00:02 - Darren Wilson – Tokyo - 1997
Queensland Record - 1:01:11 - Pat Carroll – Sydney - 1994
Race Record – 1:01:16 – Benson Masaya (KEN) - 1992

Leading chances:
Sisay Bezabeh (ACT), Yuici Tajiri (JPN), Scott Westcott (NSW), Tomoyuki Honda (JPN), Tomonori Watanabe (JPN), Teruto Ozaki (JPN), Blair Martin (NZL), Yoichi Masuda (JPN), Nigel Adkin (VIC), Russell Dessaix-Chin

Prizemoney: Winner $2,000 (See Race Guide for full prizemoney)

Gold Coast Bulletin Half Marathon – Women
(Telstra Australian Championship)

Japan has a very strong history in the women's half marathon and will be strongly represented once again.

Hiroki Miyauchi, Megumi Ikeda, Naoko Hashimoto, Hiromi Fujii, Asuka Maeda and Eri Kojina all have a strong chance at taking the victory cheque of $2,000.

Victoria's Anna Thompson will be Australia's main hope. The 26-year-old represented Australia in the 5000m at the Manchester Commonwealth Games last year and the World Cross Country Championships this year, and is the reigning national champion over the 3000m, 10,000m and cross country.

She was second recently in the Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon in a World Half Marathon Championships qualifying time of 1:14:22.

Gold Coast's Helen-Verity Tolhurst will lead the local charge and has her sights set on a personal best of under 1:20:00 and placing in the top three in the national title race.

World Record - 1:06:44 - Elana Meyer (RSA) – Tokyo - 1999
Australian Record - 1:07:48 - Kerryn McCann – Tokyo - 2000
Queensland Record - 1:12:39 - Nickey Carroll – Noosa - 2000
Race Record – 1:09:38 – Midori Fumoto (JPN) - 1992

Leading chances:
Hiroki Miyauchi (JPN), Megumi Ikeda (JPN), Anna Thompson (VIC), Naoko Hashimoto (JPN),
Hiromi Fujii (JPN), Asuka Maeda (JPN), Eri Kojina (JPN), Helen-Verity Tolhurst (QLD), Kate Smyth (VIC)

Prizemoney: Winner $2,000 (See Race Guide for full prizemoney)

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, phone 07 5564 8733 or email

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 Thursday, July 03, 2003 

Tolhurst eyes a personal record

by Todd Balym

GOLD Coast runner Helen Tolhurst believes Sunday's Gold Coast Bulletin Half Marathon is a golden chance to lower her personal best time.

With the flat, fast 21.0975km course and a recent training regime designed to build speed Tolhurst is confident of breaking the 80-minute barrier for the first time.

"My main goal is sub-80-minutes and the ultimate is to go 77-78 minutes," said Tolhurst, a renowned full marathon runner. "If I go better than 77 then I will be ecstatic. I will go as hard as I can and when I do it is usually just a blur so I just put my head down and go. I have changed my program so much it will be interesting to see how I come up on the day."

Tolhurst, who last year was first Queenslander home in the marathon, said she opted to run the half this year to improve her Australian ranking.

"I made a commitment to myself to do as many championship races as possible and improve my ranking overall," said Tolhurst of the Half Marathon doubling as the Australian championship. "I have never really gone out to run a fast half marathon for a few years so I thought it would be a good chance to do that this time."

Although Tolhurst has been juggling both full-time work and training she feels faster thanks to weekly treadmill sessions at the gym and spa at the Versace complex.

"Training is going really well and I have been working too so it is tricky juggling both," said Tolhurst.

"So far I am managing it all fine."

"I just feel more confident at the moment and I am not even doing high mileage yet.

"The treadmill has been a big asset because it gives me the opportunity to work on my leg speed and nowadays it is probably my most important session."

With entries still flooding in for the Gold Coast Bulletin Half Marathon Tolhurst said it is impossible to predict a race favourite.

"Anna Thompson and Kylie Risk are both running really well at the moment," said Tolhurst, who believes them to be the best of the Australian contingent. "But there is always a few Japanese runners who come over and you don't know whether they are going to hit or miss."

An Australian has not won since Jenny Lund in 1990 and it is unknown whether Japanese sensation Takako Kotarida will attempt to win her fourth consecutive title.

Article from the Gold Coast Bulletin.
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The big day looms

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

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

FOUR days to go.

I tried not to think about the race at all in the week of the event or even talk much about it.

I left all that for when I was in my heavy training phase and its many hours of solitude.

I found that once I started entertaining any thoughts about the race negative thoughts would eventually be attracted. Negative thoughts create anxiety and you use up a great deal of energy.

Continually thinking about the race could lead to you emotionally spent and drained.

So I would just say to myself 'just stop thinking about it - you're only going to get yourself worked up and possibly hinder your performance.'

All the work is done - thinking about it or tossing around the what-if's is not going to do you any good.

I often found the firing of the gun to be a great relief for the waiting was over and I no longer had to control my thought processes.

My final tip is to try to take in a movie the day or night before - a great way to relax.

And if you are staying in a different bed the night before, take your own pillow - it is one that you are used to and will guarantee a great night's sleep.

Pre-Race Packing Checklist:

Clothing: shoes, socks, shorts, running singlet, underwear, cap, gloves, tights, jumper, track suit, T-shirt, sweat bands, race number, wet weather running gear.

Medical: drink, safety pins, Band-Aids, sunscreen, zinc cream, foot powder, Vaseline, toilet paper, selected food.

Extras: watch, heart rate monitor, race confirmation material, Walkman and music, carry bag, bum bag, towel, shoelaces.

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Marathon man, 81, doesn't do things by halves

by Denis Doherty

KEN Matchett has an attitude that would do a lot of marathon runners half his age proud.

The 81-year-old is still tossing up whether to run the full 42 kilometres at Sunday's Gold Coast Marathon.

"I haven't done much training for it," the Melbourne athlete admitted.

"I've only run one marathon this year. But I have entered in it."

If he does run the full marathon, the former education administrator will be the oldest runner in the race.

Running marathons is more than just a hobby for Ken, who has run 126 full marathons.

"I belong to what's called the 100 marathon club. There are only 20 of us in Australia in it."

Ken said he was slowing down a bit now, taking about five hours to complete a marathon. That compared with his best of three hours 15 minutes.

"But that was when I was a young fellow of 68," he said.

However, even marathons may seem a bit of a sprint to Ken.

Until a couple of years ago he used to concentrate on ultra- marathon runs - 50km or more.

"I held six world records for that," he said. "I only hold one now."

Ken has competed in four or five marathons a year for the past 24 years, travelling to all the big races, including Boston, New York, Honolulu, London, Fiji, Rotterdam, Vienna and Rome.

While he wasn't exactly sure what got him into it, he started running on a regular basis with a group of younger workmates when he was at La Trobe University.

"They got me interested in running at lunch time," he said.

He trained nine months for his first marathon. "It was hard but I liked it."

Marathons have since become a family sport, with Ken's son and daughter taking up the sport.

Ken always looks forward to the Gold Coast race.

"It has a great atmosphere," he said.

"I like the people there and I like the climate. It reminds me of a Honolulu in miniature."

He also loves the devil-may-care attitude and the fact that runners could wear almost anything.

He takes his training seriously, running more than 50km a week.

"I always try to fit in one long run of between 20-30 kms. The rest are only 5-10 km."

He said running marathons and the fitness associated with it had a major impact on his quality of life.

"I can honestly say it can change your whole life," he said.

"I've been lucky.

"At my age a lot of chaps can't walk down to the corner store, let alone run 42 kilometres."

He said weather would be a concern, admitting a preference for running his marathons in cooler weather.

Ken said the warmer weather played into the hands of local athletes.

'At my age a lot of chaps can't walk down to the corner store, let alone run 42km '

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Jason does not do things by half

by Pat McLeod

THE half marathon may be a big enough hurdle for most competitors, but for Jason Shortis it's only one third of his normal racing schedule.

The Gold Coast-based Shortis will compete in The Gold Coast Bulletin half marathon on Sunday as a key stepping stone for his assault on the elite ironman triathlon events across the globe this year.

"This is a great community event, and also it will be a very good training run for me in a competition atmosphere," he said of this Sunday's Gold Coast Airport Marathon program.

"I am not expecting to win the half marathon because there will be so many specialist runners in the field, but I would hope to run a good time."

The record for the Gold Coast half marathon is 1hr 1min 16sec set by Benson Masaya in 1992. Shortis says he would like to complete this year's race in about 1hr 9min.

"I am really looking forward to the event because I have never been able to race on Gold Coast marathon day before because I have been overseas competing," he said.

Shortis has been a full-time professional triathlete for about four years. The 33-year-old made the transition from short-course to ironman triathlons about 11 years ago.

The ironman event comprises a 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and 42km run. He first competed in the Hawaiian Ironman in 1992 and won his age division that year.

He has since run another four Hawaiian epics, with his best finish being in the top 30.

Shortis is again targeting the Hawaiian race, in October, and is in the best form of his life. He won a major ironman race in Florida last November and came second in the Australian ironman race at Foster in April.

He also won the Gold Coast half ironman race in October, 2002.

"Ironman involves a real long-term plan. Then you have to be ready to race. It is a real confidence thing," he said.

"I plan to race professionally for another four or five years and don't expect to peak until my mid-30s, so hopefully there is still some very good racing ahead of me."

Shortis' next major triathlon is at Lake Placid, USA on July 27.

He said he has competed in 26 ironman triathlons in his career and competes in up to four races a year.

He trains on the Gold Coast under Triathlon Australia's high performance manager Bill Daveron.

Article from the Gold Coast Bulletin.
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Friends united in bid for marathon success


A PROBLEM shared is a problem halved, but for three Hobart friends it is the problem of marathon training being shared.

Bronwyn Johnstone, 31, Dana McCallum, 29, and Kim Knuckey, 25, are heading off to Queensland for Sunday's Gold Coast Marathon.

The three close friends, all originally from the North-West Coast, have been clocking up to 70km a week, but have tapered off as they prepare for the event.

``It was this time last year, Dana said she would like to do a marathon and Kim also said it,'' Johnstone said.

``We all got together and thought we were about the same age and at the same pace.

``It can be a lonely sport, but we thought, if we are all keen to do it at once, we might as well all train together and it has made it a lot easier.''

Johnstone, the state business development manager for financial services company Tower, said there was no competitiveness among the trio come race time.

``With a sport like marathon running, you have got the elite athletes who are very, very competitive, but generally everyone at the start line is encouraging each other to get to the end,'' she said.

``You can't get in there and go flat out, you get to a point where you can't run any more.

``It is such a long race, it is more about encouraging each other and racing against yourself and the clock than the other competitors.''

Johnstone and McCallum are both former state hockey players, Knuckey is a past squash representative.

Knuckey and Johnstone have both made the switch from triathlons but said the move was temporary.

``Kim and I have both been doing triathlons and competed in the Devonport Triathlon over the past few years,'' Johnstone said. ``It is hard to do triathlon training and marathon training at the same time. Kim and I have taken a break from triathlon and moved into the marathon but we are keen to get back.''

Article from the The Mercury.
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Rebecca's year keeps improving

MIDDLE distance runner Rebecca Owen has had the best year of her short career.

Rebecca, 12, of Athelstone Primary School, won the recent 13years girls 3km State title in one of the fastest times of any female student, both primary and high school.

Rebecca ran the Bonython Park course in 12mins 26secs, urged on by secondplaced Hannah HorlinSmith, of Pembroke College, who finished just two seconds behind.

Trailing just 50m from the finish line, Rebecca dug deep to overtake her gallant opponent and triumph.

``I saw my coach from the State team and he told me to keep going,'' she says.

``I thought I can do it if I really try.''

Rebecca is now set to travel to the Sunshine Coast in Queensland for the national cross country titles in August.

She only recently returned from Queensland, where she ran the 400m and 800m in the Australian Little Athletics championships, managing a personal best in the 400m.

To cap off the year, Rebecca also won Torrens River SAPSASA zone's only gold medal at the SAPSASA athletics titles at Santos Stadium in April in the 800m.

Cross country team

IAN Kamau, of Rostrevor College, has qualified for the State cross country team in the 11 year boys section.

Ian won his race in 11mins 19 secs, beating Ben Smith of Aberfoyle Park Primary School by six seconds.

Article from the East Torrens Messenger.
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Marathon hopefuls have come a long way

by Phil Bartsch

LIKE the Tanzanian marathon legend John Stephen Akhwari, they are not here to start the race but to finish it.

But unlike Akhwari -- who was badly injured but courageously crossed the finish line last at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics -- they are tipped to lead at this weekend's Gold Coast Airport Marathon.

Tanzania's rising stars of long-distance running, Patrick Nyangelo and Dickson Marwa, went for their first training run yesterday after arriving on the Coast on Tuesday afternoon.

Both athletes have only competed in one other marathon but they are expected to set a cracking pace on Sunday.

Entries for this year's event have already surpassed the 9500 competitors from 25 countries who lined up in 2002 for the marathon, half-marathon, 10km run, 10km walk and junior dash.

Nyangelo, 19, and Marwa, 20, made their marathon debuts in last year's gruelling Sydney Marathon -- finishing second (2:17:37) and third (2:19:58), respectively. They were beaten only by compatriot Stephen Bwire.

The Tanzanian duo have been brought out for Sunday's event by the John Stephen Akhwari Athletics Foundation, established after the Sydney Olympics to revive the African nation as an athletics force.

Article from the Courier Mail.
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Woodstock 2003 Fun Run Approaches

Fun Run of the Year (1995-2002) as voted by subcribers to "The Right Track".

Woodstock Runners Inc
18th Annual Community Fun Run
Sunday 3rd August 2003 at 8.30am
Church St, Burwood

Time is rapidly approaching for the staging of the popular Woodstock Runners Inc 18th Annual Community Fun Run on Sunday 3rd August 2003. The picturesque 8 km and 4.2 km courses around the streets of Burwood and Croydon will be taken on by an estimated 500 eager participants. Earlier this year, it was voted Fun Run of the year for the 8th successive year (1995-2002) by subscribers to "The Right Track ".

The event is organised by Woodstock Runners Inc. based at the Woodstock Community Centre in Burwood. Computer Sciences Corporation, Burwood RSL Club, pb Sports, Strand Cellars Croydon and The Atheles Foot Burwood have offered their support this year for this event.

The shorter 4.2km option was added a few years ago in an attempt to attract more children, walkers and families. The results delighted the organisers with a huge increase in entries over the previous year and very positive feedback from all participants. Race director Wayne Suryak had no hesitation in retaining the shorter option for this year's run and hopes for an even bigger turnout than ever.

The organisers would like to encourage as many people as possible to enter the event and will again be urging walkers to test themselves over the scenic course. It is hoped that this will encourage families to enter the event enabling parents to walk the course with their children.

In recent years the event has attracted some of the best runners in the State with Paul Arthur (Course Record Holder) Jamie Harrison, Kim Gillard and Tani Ruckle all claiming first place. Although there will again be some very good athletes taking part in the event, organisers would like to stress that the emphasis is on fun. There will be walkers, school team entrants and parents with strollers all having a go in this popular annual community fitness event. Wheelchair athletes are as always welcome and they should find the course to their liking.

The event will start at 8.30 am and, with the assistance of the police, traffic will be kept to a minimum to ensure a safe and enjoyable atmosphere. Participants will appreciate the facilities provided along the way including frequent water stops and plenty of marshals. Although organisers hope there will be no need for their services, the St John's Ambulance will be on hand to provide medical assistance should it be needed.

At the finish, the festival atmosphere will continue. There will be drinks, refreshments, a barbecue, finisher's certificates, and heaps of lucky draw prizes.

Further details as well as entry forms can be obtained at or from Wayne Suryak on or Phone (02) 9765-3351.
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Runners World Pace Teams at Gold Coast Marathon

No one is going to run the Gold Coast Airport Marathon or Half Marathon for you, however by joining a Runner's World Pace Team for either event others can help you achieve the goals you have set.

You can join now online, at the expo inside the large marquee at the start/finish area or simply turn up at the Runner's World expo stand any time after 5.45am next Sunday and join the group that suits you best.

Marathon times: 3:00, 3:30, 4:00, 4:30
Half marathon times: 1:20, 1:30, 1:40, 1:50, 2:00.

If you are already registered you can sign-up and meet the others on Sunday at the Runner's World expo stand after 5:45am.

Phone: 0412 58 1905 - Terry O'Halloran

For more details please contact (03) 9819 9225 or email at
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 Wednesday, July 02, 2003 

Asics Beach Walk Headlines Marathon Entertainment

Australian Hockeyroo vice captain Nikki Hudson, leading ironman triathlete Jason Shortis, Australian under 19 surf ski champion Emily Watts and reigning Gold Coast Marathon champion Rod de Highden will feature in the Asics Beach Walk at Surfers Paradise this Saturday July 5.

The Asics Beach Walk is a new initiative on the social program for this year's 25th Gold Coast Airport Marathon.

Members of the community can limber up and take advantage of one of the Gold Coast's greatest assets in this free 3km community walk starting and finishing at the beach end of Cavill Mall.

Starting at 8am, walkers will be taken on a 3km round trip south to Northcliffe by surf lifesavers, representatives from the Golden Door Health Club at Sheraton Mirage, and Hudson, Shortis, Watts and de Highden.

After the walk at 8.45am, the star athletes will be available for autograph signings at the beach end of Cavill Mall before joining surf lifesaving queen Karla Gilbert in a 'Marathon Breakfast' at the Surfers Paradise Surf Lifesaving Club.

For a small donation, members of the community can enjoy a healthy breakfast with the stars with proceeds supporting the Surfers Paradise SLC nippers.

Gold Coast Airport Marathon Event Manager Cameron Hart said the Asics Beach Walk was a great new way for the community to get involved in the Gold Coast Airport Marathon experience.

"It will be a great way for participants in one of the events on Sunday to warm up for the challenge that awaits," said Hart.

"Another key reason for the beach walk is to promote a healthy and active lifestyle and show people how fun it can be to incorporate walking and running into their daily program.

"We encourage all people to come out and enjoy a great morning and soak up some early marathon atmosphere."

For champion ironman triathlete Jason Shortis, the Asics Beach Walk will be a fun warm-up for his pursuit on the half marathon the next day.

The 33-year-old from Burleigh is used to endurance challenges having been a five-time finisher of the Hawaiin Ironman and runner-up in this year's Australian Ironman Championship in Foster, NSW in April.

The ironman event is held over a 3.8km swim, 180km cycle and 42.195km run showcasing Shortis' endurance capabilities. His personal best is eight hours 22 minutes.

The Gold Coast Bulletin Half Marathon will be preparation for Shortis' next ironman challenge – the Ironman US in Lake Placid on July 27.

He has been competing in the ironman since 1992 and full-time since 2000, but has never embarked on the Gold Coast Bulletin Half Marathon.

"I have heard so much about the Gold Coast Marathon – it is finally great to be able to support the event. It will be a good indicator on where I am at in my running training," he said.

"The Asics Beach Walk will be a great way to get the community involved on the social side of the marathon. I'm looking forward to getting out there and mixing with the community and a few other athletes in what should be a fun morning."


- The Asics Sport & Leisure Expo will open its doors at the Broadwater Events Parkland on Thursday at 8am and remain open until after the race on Sunday. There will be more than 20 stands and displays with a multitude of merchandise and fitness products on sale. The Registration Centre at the Expo will be open at the same times giving people another opportunity to enter this year's Gold Coast Airport Marathon and pick up their race kit.

- Members of the community can limber up and take advantage of one of the Gold Coast's greatest assets by participating in the Asics Beach Walk at Surfers Paradise on Saturday July 5. The Asics Beach Walk will be a free 3km community event starting and finishing at the beach end of Cavill Mall. Following the celebrity autograph signing in Cavill Mall, a 'Marathon Breakfast' will be held at the Surfers Paradise Surf Lifesaving Club with all proceeds going to its nippers.

- A Runner's World Breakfast Seminar will also be held on Saturday morning from 8.30am in the Finish Line Pavilion at the Broadwater Events Parkland. For $32, guests will hear four-time Gold Coast Marathon winner Pat Carroll, sports psychology lecturer Greg Reddan and Runner's World publisher Terry O'Halloran. The trio will speak on optimising marathon performance, post race recovery and trends in Australian road running.

- On the Saturday afternoon from 1pm the Australian Town Crier Championships will be held at the Broadwater Events Parkland. These national titles will showcase the vocal capabilities of 14 leading Australian town criers. Participants will compete with the cry of their home shire or a special marathon-themed cry. The championships will feature the youngest town crier in the world, a 10-year-old from Geelong, and the oldest, a 91-year-old from Hobart.

- The traditional pre-race carbo-loading feast will be held in the Broadwater Events Parkland from 6 to 9pm on the Saturday. For $20, the Carbo Loading Party will feature a variety of pasta and sauces, breads, rice, noodles and salad.

- The Presentation & Finish Line Party will be held during and after the Gold Coast Airport Marathon on Sunday July 6. Entertainment including comedy acts and music will commence on stage from 8.30am and will continue until race presentations start at 12.30pm (Junior Dash presentations will be held at 10am). The entertainment will continue until 5pm.

Entries for the Gold Coast Airport Marathon will be accepted right through until 8pm on Saturday July 5. For entry information race to, phone 07 5564 8733 or email

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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A vicious cycle ban - Legal ruling puts bike racers off road


CENTRAL Coast cycling has called for an urgent meeting with the local police, the RTA, councils and NSW Sport and Recreation in an endeavour to get their road racing back on track.

All club road cycling races have been stopped at the direction of the NSW Crown Solicitor's Office.

Police have been instructed to prevent cyclists using roads for racing, unless the circuit has been closed to all other vehicles.

Major races already approved will be allowed to proceed, but the future of events such as the Bay to Breakers fun run and triathlons are in jeopardy of being banned or face massive fees for barriers and police presence.

Central Coast Cycle club has been forced to abandon all club weekend races but members will continue to train on the roads either in organised rides in the north and south of the region or on their own.

Ironically, in more than 120 club races in the past five years, no serious accidents have occurred while one rider has died and several have been seriously injured on training rides.

The bikes and safety equipment required to compete are far more elaborate than that required, under the road rules, for the general public.

``Our road season is now defunct,'' club spokesman Bruce Mohr told Extra yesterday.

``We normally have a [road] race every Saturday or Sunday and we would have raced right through until mid-September, but now they're finished all together.

``What the club is looking to do is to sit down with director of Sport and Recreation on the Coast, Wyong and Gosford councils, RTA and the Police to discuss the whole issue.''

Coast Cycling will request that councils and Sport and Rec revisit their submission for cycling areas in the Central Coast regional facilities development plan.

``We want to raise that issue again,'' Mohr said.

``At this stage we have no sites whatsoever to race at.''

With Australia finally breaking through on the international arena in road racing, where does the Crown Solicitor's direction leave the Central Coast's Dale Scarfe?

Scarfe, the NSW country under-15 road race champion, and more than 4000 other riders in NSW now have nowhere to race.

``The police on the Central Coast have been most co-operative with us,'' Mohr said.

``The northern regional commander has been helpful but he's governed by people higher than him in this.''

On Sunday the club's handicap road race on the Calga circuit was cancelled, as has every race for the remainder of the season.

Article from the Daily Telegraph.
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Africans To Set The Course Alight On The Gold Coast

One of the fastest races in the 25 year history of the Gold Coast Airport Marathon is on the cards following the announcement of a strong group of African runners for the July 6 event.

South African Simon Mpholo and Tanzanians Patrick Nyangelo and Dickson Marwa will challenge a top crop of Australian and New Zealand marathon runners for the $10,000 victory purse.

Twenty-eight-year-old Mpholo, from Port Elizabeth, is an aggressive front runner who is sure to set a fast pace on what is considered the fastest marathon course in Australia.

Mpholo’s manager Derek Froude, one of the largest marathon agents in the world, said he has the ability to reach high levels in marathon running and can knock his personal best down to close to two hours 10 minutes on the Gold Coast.

The race record is held by Australian Brad Camp who clocked 2:10:11 in 1989.

Mpholo has only run two marathons – the first as a pacemaker in Boston in 2001 before winning the Port Elizabeth Marathon later that year in his current personal best of 2:13:13.

The talented South African will be hosted by four-time Gold Coast Marathon winner and Queensland distance running legend Pat Carroll when he arrives in Australia.

Nyangelo and Marwa are young Tanzanian distance runners sponsored by the John Stephen Akhwari Athletics Foundation – established to develop Tanzanian marathon running to the high levels of yesteryear.

Nineteen-year-old Nyangelo has already performed valiantly on Australian soil winning the Australian Cross Country Championship last year, taking out the under-20 division of the City to Surf in Sydney as well as finishing second in the Sydney Marathon in 2:17:37.

His compatriot Marwa, 20, was one place behind Nyangelo in the Sydney Marathon coming home in third in 2:19:58, and was a credible 10th overall in the City to Surf.

The coach of Nyangelo and Marwa is former indoor 5000m world record holder Suleiman Nyambui Mujaya who is now the national coach for Tanzania. He was the 5000m silver medallist at the 1980 Moscow Olympics and winner of four major city marathons.

The John Stephen Akhwari Athletics Foundation which is supporting both athletes was established after the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games in association with Trinity Grammar.

Akhwari was a champion Tanzanian marathon runner in the 1960s and was also ranked number two in the world in the 5000m and 10,000m behind Kenyan legend Kip Keino. He is well known as the final finisher in the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Marathon crossing the line in the dark badly injured.

He showed his class and fighting spirit by finishing fifth in the 1970 Commonwealth Games Marathon in Edinburgh.

Gold Coast Airport Marathon Event Manager Cameron Hart said the race has the potential to be one of the fastest in its 25-year history.

“The Africans have certainly added some spice to the men’s marathon and are sure to set a cracking pace,” said Hart.

“It is building up to be an exciting tussle between these guys, leading Aussies Gomechu Woyecha and Magnus Michelsson as well as New Zealand star Robbie Johnston.

“We could see a winning time of under two hours 10 minutes if conditions are favourable.”

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, phone 07 5564 8733 or email

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