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 Friday, August 29, 2003 

World Run Day is coming to Sydney

Charitable runners from here and across the globe come "together" on World Run Day, November 9th by running their favorite course and donating (small or large) to their favorite charity.

What do you get in return? Bragging rights of participation in a new global running event, your personal running and charity results posted on a global event website, a World Run Day certificate and some great satisfaction that you too can make a difference.

The Sydney event features an 8km fun run and will be held on Sunday November 9

Event headquarters are in New York's Empire State Building and Internet servers located in Philadelphia. Registration hubs include California, France, and Australia.

World Run Day UK recently had 500 participants in London. The Sydney organisers are aiming to have over 800 people running at Parramatta Park, going close to making this the record for the largest number of competitors at a World Run Day event.

At the time of going to print the nominated charity has not been announced.

Go to for more information on the Sydney event and for global information

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 Thursday, August 28, 2003 

Marathon heat could kill, says Troop

AUSTRALIA'S leading marathon runner Lee Troop has warned an athlete could die in next week's world championship race which is being held in the heat of the day during Europe's hottest summer in years.

The marathon is scheduled to start at 2.20pm to suit television broadcasters and Paris officials eager to showcase the city in its bid to host the 2012 Olympics.

Temperatures in Paris reached 40 last week and have dropped to the low 30s this week and Troop, one of five Australians in the men's race, feared disaster on August 30.

"Lives are at risk. Who in their right mind at home would go out for a long run in the middle of the day when it's 30 degrees," Troop said.

"And a high power like the IAAF supporting a 2.20 start shows the athletes are a small, insignificant part of the championships. Everything gets packaged for TV and we just have to go with it.

"If they keep doing this, there will be an athlete who pays the price. They're not going to change until that death occurs."

The 42km route takes in some of the most recognised landmarks of Paris, including the Eiffel Tour and Champs Elysees and organisers want maximum international television exposure without competition from evening or morning track events.

"It's been like that for years when you've got broadcasters and event organisers who want to showcase the host city," Troop said.

"But the athletes are what people are there for. We're the marketing product, everyone knows Paris has got the Eiffel Tower and the Champs Elysees, who cares if 100 guys are running around them going through a war of attrition?"

Most teams, including Australia, asked the IAAF to change the marathon starting time but they were all told the average temperature in Paris at that time of day for late August was between 20 and 25 degrees.

But this summer has been far from average, with 3000 people in France reported to have died from heat related causes in the last three months and temperatures could still hit the mid 30s next weekend.

The only concessions the IAAF were considering were a road watering machine to accompany the runners and cool the route, extra drink stations and a run-through shower at the halfway mark at the Eiffel Tower.

"If the extreme weather continues, the only thing that can be done is to find ways to make the course more bearable," said IAAF spokesman Nick Davies.

Article from the West Australian.
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Give stars a run for their money - BRIDGE RUN BULLETIN

WHILE Australia's leading athletes take on the world in Paris this week, the not-so-elite are preparing to take on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Thousands of runners are gearing up for the Sydney Marathon Festival on Sunday, September 14.

All three festival runs start at North Sydney.

The Sunday Telegraph 10km Bridge Run finishes at the Sydney Opera House, while the Flora Sydney Marathon and Flora/The Sunday Telegraph Half Marathon finish alongside the burning cauldron at Sydney Olympic Park.

There will be recovery parties at both finishing venues.

To enter, visit or call (02) 8907 9460.

o DADS are jumping at the chance to run 21km with ``marathon mum'' Heather Turland in the Flora/The Sunday Telegraph Half Marathon.

Peter Dale of Cherrybrook is among those who regard the Commonwealth Games gold medallist and mother of four as ``a great inspiration''.

He has entered the ``Run The Half With Heather'' competition.

Turland will run the 21km at the pace of the competition winner.

Four-time Olympian Steve Moneghetti will run the Flora Sydney Marathon with the ``Run With Mona Competition'' winner.

To enter, visit

o POPULAR Sydney radio stations Nova 96.9 and 2GB are getting behind the festival.

Nova and Lipton Ice Tea are offering the chance to win a trip for two to London. See details at

2GB's focus is on the half marathon with popular personalities Philip Clark and Glenn Wheeler to run the 21km.

o BUSES will be available for those who want to park their cars at Sydney Olympic Park and travel to the North Sydney start line. To buy a $10 ticket, e-mail

o SYDNEY Marathon Festival organisers expect the following liquid consumption -- 30,000 litres of water, 15,000 litres of High 5 electrolyte drink, 1000 litres of Lipton Ice Tea and 2000 bottles of High 5 Energy Kick.

Article from the Sunday Telegraph.
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Sandra's in training to tackle the Bridge

SANDRA Sully doesn't delude herself that she's a professional athlete -- although it must feel that way at the moment.

The Network Ten newsreader is devoting much of her off-camera time to training for The Sunday Telegraph 10km Bridge Run.

Sully is looking forward to that seldom to be had chance of running across the Harbour Bridge on September 14. ``I'm not really a runner, more of a plodder,'' Sully said.

``But this is one of the rare opportunities we have to run across the Bridge and Opera House and I think it's great for fun runners.''

The former aerobics instructor admits she is not as fit as she used to be and will not be taking part in the Flora Sydney Marathon.

``I'm sure I'll be fine doing the Bridge Run, but I don't think I could get through the marathon,'' she said.

``I want to stay fit and still be running when I'm 60, and this is a fun way to do that.

``There is always a great community spirit during the event.''

Sully will be running to raise money for the Don Spencer Children's Music Foundation.

``It is a great cause and I'd be running anyway, so I might as well raise money for charity,'' she said.

More than 10,000 people competed in the event last year.

The run starts at North Sydney Oval, crosses the Harbour Bridge to the Cahill Expressway and Mrs Macquaries Rd, and finishes at the Opera House.

``I'm not very competitive but I'll be out there enjoying the day,'' she said.

Entry forms can be found online at www.

Online entries close September 12, mail entries, September 5.

Article from the Sunday Telegraph.
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Runners split on lobbying

RECREATIONAL runners are yet to decide if they will break away from Athletics Australia and form their own lobby group to protest against the cancellation of fun run events.

The Dee Why to Newport Pub-to-Pub fundraiser was cancelled due to increasing public liability costs. A protest run will be staged tomorrow.

The Pub-to-Pub was the fifth such event to be cancelled this year.

Many runners, like Chris Davis, believe they would have been more successful in lobbying the Government about these costs if they were represented more effectively.

Cycling and triathlete groups reached a compromise with the State Government when it came to the cost of insuring their events.

``We don't have anybody to go to the Government,'' Mr Davis said.

``Everyone's got an opinion but no-one wants to take the responsibility.''

The Cool Runnings website recently asked its members about forming a representative body.

Of the 188 respondents, 60 per cent wanted the body to work with Athletics Australia but 25 per cent wanted a separate identity.

Recreational runners have often indicated that Athletics Australia lobbies more for stadium runners.

While no decision has been reached, Kevin Tiller from Cool Runnings has agreed to become the recreational runner's spokesman.

Article from the Manly Daily.
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City-Bay Competitors to get a well-deserved lift


INSTEAD of hearing the continual sound of feet pounding the pavement, this year's City-Bay competitors will hear the sounds of a different tune.

This year's Advertiser fun run will see numerous South Australian bands giving the runners a well-deserved lift along the 12km track.

While in previous years the race had bands at the start, finish and one in the middle of the course, it is eventually hoped that bands will line most of the route, according to City-Bay music director Mark Blumberg.

Mr Blumberg - who has run the race about a dozen times - said yesterday he got the idea from a colleague who saw the same concept when he ran in the London Marathon.

Mr Blumberg said if other ``buskers'' and ``amateur bands'' were to join in on Sunday, September 21, it would make the race even easier for competitors.

``It's a distraction from the pain that you might feel during the race,'' Mr Blumberg said. It was also a good opportunity for bands to get exposure with the general public.

``The music uplifts the runners as it is lively, happy music.

``Music will always make it easier for them to finish.''

Any musicians, school bands or brass bands wanting to play along the route should call Darrilyn at the City-Bay office 8232 6184.


THE continual pounding of running can take its toll on the body's joints.

The best protection comes from selecting the right sports shoes. Ensure it fits properly and suits your running style.

Look for a shoe that bends at the ball of the foot, has a ``rigid heel counter'' - the part that supports the back of the heel - and has minimal movement when twisted lengthways.

Density of the midsole is also important.


Sunday: 6km run at race pace.

Monday: 15 100m at race pace, 30 seconds recovery between runs.

Tuesday: 30-plus min run easy.

Wednesday: 25-min run easy.

Thursday: 12 200m at race pace, one-minute recovery between runs.

Friday: Off.

Saturday: 30-plus min run easy.


Sunday: 8km run at race pace.

Monday: 35 100m at race pace, 30 seconds recovery between runs.

Tuesday: 40-min run easy. Wednesday: 20-min run easy.

Thursday: 20 300m at race pace, one-minute recovery between runs.

Friday: Off.

Saturday: 30-min run easy.


Another 80-min walk this weekend but increase your four walks during the week to 40 min each.

Training workshops: Santos Athletic Stadium, Railway Tce, Mile End. August 27, September 3, 10, 17. From 6 to 7.30 pm (no booking required).

Article from The Advertiser.
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Bridge Run

Donna Jones is training Penne Dennison for the 10k fun run on September 14.

Hopefully you're feeling refreshed from your week four rest and are ready to get stuck into some serious hard work.

Penne's rest week coincided with a hectic schedule. "I didn't get in all my workouts but I'm determined to make it up this week," she says. She also missed her test run, but she's not getting away with it. This week it will be added to her regular program. If you have an overwhelming week simply squeeze in a workout where you can. Even a 10 minute power-walk will help and try not to worry. Your fitness will suffer only if you do nothing at all. Because you're getting very close to race day it's time to knuckle down. Weeks five and six should be your hardest training weeks, seeing you easing off a little in week seven to freshen up your legs for the big day. So whatever you do in these next couple of weeks be sure you put in your biggest effort to date. Stick with it. Your hard work will pay off.

Penne's program - Week 5

Be sure to warm up and do stretches for the lower body and lower back, both before and after your workout.

* session 1 35 to 40 minute mixed interval training comprising of fast runs of 2 minutes, slow jog/walk to recover for 1 to 2 mins. Repeat 5 times. Also do 3 to 5 hill runs (walk/slow jog to recover) and 3 to 8 stairs runs (fast up, slow down).

* session 2 45 to 50 minute run/walk (run as far as you can, walk to recover and repeat). Finish off with exercises for the abdominals and lower back.

* session 3 55 to 60 minute brisk walk (hilly path or on the beach). Finish off with lunges, squats and squat holds. Sets of 15 to 25.

* session 4 (optional) 45 to 60 minutes cross train cardio session.


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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Not Pub-to-Pub, just a run for fun, hotel to hotel

RUNNERS let their feet do the talking on Sunday as they protested against the cancellation of the annual Pub-to-Pub fun run.

About 50 people took part in the unofficial race, organised following the cancellation of the Dee Why Hotel to Newport Arms Hotel event due to higher administration and public liability costs.

Northside Running Group vice-president Randy Brophy said the protest run was ``very positive, supportive and peaceful''.

``Everybody really just wanted to go for a run.''

While the route was left unchanged, participants took to the footpaths instead of the roads.

``Safety was a high propriety,'' Mr Brophy said.

And to uphold the charity tradition, participants donated money to Pub-to-Pub organiser Mark Bayfield. ``We won't come anywhere near what last year's race raised but at least it's something,'' he said. Mr Bayfield, who distanced himself from the unofficial event, encouraged runners to abide by the road rules before the 14km event, which took runners between 50 and 90 minutes to complete.

Article from the Manly Daily.
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Talks on fun run successor

AN event to replace the cancelled Pub-to-Pub fun run could be held on Wakehurst Parkway next year if discussions between the Roads and Traffic Authority and the Bayfield family are successful.

The event would necessitate RTA approval to close Wakehurst Parkway between Dreadnought Rd, Oxford Falls, and Elanora Rd, Elanora Heights.

It would also need the support of Pittwater and Warringah councils and the NSW Sports Academy.

On Monday, Pittwater Council gave in-principle support to the event.

The Pub-to-Pub fun run from the Dee Why Hotel to the Newport Arms Hotel, which raised money for local hospitals and surf clubs, was cancelled this year due to an increase in costs. The RTA wanted to impose strict conditions under new public liability laws.

Mark Bayfield said he had held talks with the RTA ``and they're very positive about it''.

``At the moment we're just going though the opportunities that are available and we have to work out the costs involved with it,'' he said.

``The main object is that the costs don't outweigh the benefits the earnings for the hospitals.

``The two major things we need to look at are the insurance and the transport needs. We're talking about parking and about a park-and-ride system using buses to transport competitors to and from the event but that's a major infrastructural need.

``To be honest after the disappointment of the Pub-to-Pub we have to be fairly cautious we're not going to break our necks over this.''

Mr Bayfield said he hoped to organise more than one event on the day to broaden community interest.

Pittwater Mayor Patricia Giles said the council should work with the Bayfields to ensure the event went ahead.

Article from the Manly Daily.
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 Wednesday, August 27, 2003 

Race not really a `fun' run

INCH by painful inch I crawled forward on scraped and bleeding hands and knees.

I fought back waves of nausea as my surroundings moved in and out of focus.

I struggled to stay conscious, my lungs felt as if they would burst from lack of oxygen.

My throat was dry and parched, my tongue purple and swollen.

``Water! Water!'' I croaked. An extract from Burke and Wills' diary?

No, that's a description of my finish in last Sunday's Jetty to Jetty fun run.

Okay, so maybe I'm exaggerating a little.

I did manage to stay upright until I'd crossed the finish line, but boy-oh-boy, 5km seems a long way when you run it.

Up until Sunday, 5km was nothing in terms of distance.

Five kilometres is just a hop, skip and jump -- a nano-second by car, a couple of minutes by train, bus or bike.

However, the distance takes on a whole new dimension when you attempt to traverse it on foot, particularly if you try to run.

I started to realise this when, like most athletes, I ``hit the wall'', that so-called pain barrier that you have to conquer physically and mentally if you are to succeed.

In my case, this occurred at around 100m from the start, which was a little demoralising, but not totally unexpected, given that I had just concluded a 50-year experiment to determine just how much neglect and abuse my body could withstand before it shut down.

However, I pressed on and managed to finish, and, in doing so, gained a new-found respect for distance runners.

How do the marathoners do it? All I could think of is what it must be like to finally make it to the 5km mark only to realise there's another 37km to go. Taxi!

Despite holding them responsible for my shin splints, blisters and aching quadriceps I must congratulate the Moreton Bay Roadrunners Club which has organised the run since 1986.

Once again it's a demonstration of local businesses getting together for a worthwhile cause.

Proceeds from this year's run will benefit the Redcliffe Hospital Rehabilitation Unit and that was enough to get local enterprises to support the event.

Long-time sponsor JT Press put its hand up again, as did Village Motors, Ray White Redcliffe, Redcliffe Leagues Club, the Redcliffe RSL and a myriad of other companies that offered support and raffle prizes.

It is this sort of support that has made the Jetty to Jetty a local institution that attracts runners from far and wide.

Sunday's field of more than 1500 starters included competitors from Ipswich, Dalby and even Switzerland and Great Britain, which all helps to promote our beautiful city.

A great effort by all involved, but from my point of view I'm not sure it should be called a ``fun'' run.

I guess there really is only a fine line between pleasure and pain.

Article from the Redcliffe Bayside Herald.
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Bekele to attempt long distance double

Ethiopia's world 10,000 metres champion Kenenisa Bekele plans to attempt an unprecedented double which has eluded even his renowned compatriot Haile Gebrselassie.

Bekele's management company today confirmed that Bekele would also run the 5000m at the world championships after leading an unprecedented Ethiopian sweep of the 10,000 medals.

Complete article at the Sydney Morning Herald website.
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Lyons caps off a top year

by Will Braid

LEITH runner Brian Lyons has capped of a good year by bringing home a silver medal from the 8 km event at the national all-schools cross country championships in Melbourne.

The Don College student was just eight seconds behind the winner in the under 20 race.

"I'm pretty pumped about it,'' Lyons said. "Eight seconds is the equivalent of about 50 metres. "I wasn't far behind so I can't complain at all.''

Lyons has had a strong year running with the Professional Cross Country Club of Tasmania along the Coast.

With his sights set on the national schools 5 km event in Brisbane later this year, Lyons will be running up to 70 km a week in training.

"Mick Gunson is my coach and he works me well,'' Lyons said.

Article from The Advocate.
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Atkinson triumphs in bunch sprint to the line

by Rick Ferguson

IN ONE of the most exciting finishes of the season, Somerset's Dale Atkinson sprinted to the line to claim a narrow victory in the inaugural Professional Cross Country Club of Tasmania's Molly Malone's 6 km handicap in Devonport on Sunday.

A dedicated cyclist and duathlete, it was Atkinson's first win with the club since starting with the PCCCT in 2000. Competing in a number of endurance events over summer, including the Triple Top, Point to Pinnacle and the arduous Cradle Mountain Over land event, Atkinson has often been considered in contention.

With regular appearances in the top 10 during the last two seasons, a win for Atkinson was not unexpected and on Sunday he excelled in the harsh conditions served up from the mouth of Devonport's Mersey River.

Despite the cold, wet and windy conditions, nearly 100 runners listened to the starter's instructions at the popular Devonport pub's car park before heading off around a new, out-and-back course that started in Rooke St and followed the shoreline on Victoria Pde around to the Mersey Bluff before returning.

As Atkinson entered the final kilometre, bearing down on race leader John Lucas, he gave a quick glance over his shoulder to see a chasing group of runners closing in. With a final sprint to the line Atkinson overtook Lucas and withstood several challenges in a desperate bid for the tape.

Article from The Advocate.
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Olympic hopeful aims to post new PB at Noosa

OLYMPIC Games marathon aspirant Jackie Gallagher is hoping to set a career-best half-marathon time when she lines up as the favourite in the women's race at the Noosa Half-Marathon on Sunday.

A bronze medallist in the marathon at last year's Manchester Commonwealth Games, Gallagher is using the Noosa event as her last major hit-out before contesting the Chicago Marathon on October 6.

Gallagher clocked just under one hour 15 minutes when she last raced at Noosa in 2001, but is confident she is in good enough shape to shave at least a minute off that time on Sunday morning.

''Noosa's going to be a good indication of how I'm travelling and how fit I am,'' Gallagher said yesterday.

''I think I'm on track to do my best marathon time ever and that I'm in the best shape I've been leading up to a marathon.

''Hopefully I can get well and truly into the 1:13s, if not just a bit lower.'' Gallagher's best half-marathon time is the 1:14.38 she ran on the Gold Coast in 1992 when she was better known as a triathlete.

In Chicago, she is looking to post a 2:30, two minutes inside the A qualifying time for an Athens Olympic Games berth.

''They can take up to three to the Olympics and the first goal is to get that qualifying time,'' she said.

Gallagher will be visiting Noosa schools on Friday to lend her support to the children who will take part in the 5km run/walk on Sunday.

Two dollars from every entry will go towards the Give Me 5 For Kids campaign which is raising money for paediatric equipment for Nambour Hospital.

Article from the Sunshine Coast Daily.
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Kylie Risk returns to form and Noosa

1998 Commonwealth Games Silver medallist, Kylie Risk will start as race favourite for this weekend’s New Balance Noosa 10km. The Tasmanian will travel to Noosa in an effort to prepare for her Athens Olympic bid and put the painful memories of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games behind her.

After a bitterly disappointing performance at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney where she competed, despite an agonising, torn tendon in her shoulder. The injury was a result of a work related issue and left Risk unable to move her shoulder restricting her running movement and causing an imbalance, subsequently greatly affecting her both mentally and physically.

Risk has been working on her shoulder injury since the Olympics trying to regain the form that has won her the 1999 City to Surf, just missing Lisa Ondieki’s race record and three Burnie 10km wins including the race record, which she still holds.

“I’ve done a lot of strength work on my shoulder with the guys at the Institute of Sport down here, and I feel it’s just about right. There’s still a bit of a niggle but I’m getting there.”

“I’m really looking forward to racing in Noosa, I love the heat and find that I run at least 30sec to 1min faster in the warmer weather. The warmth just makes me feel more flexible and gives me a bit more spring in my stride.”

While she may look at moving to a warmer climate further down the track Risk is quite happy training on the idyllic horse and mountain trails in Hobart where she lives just 25mins from the city. “I love running hills and around here there are plenty of them, it really builds up your strength.”

Risk says she is getting back to normal and has posted a few good results recently in Tasmania where she has been competing in the local cross country and road race series.

She recently competed in the Sutherland to Surf event held in southern suburbs of Sydney. The race takes competitors on a hilly 12km course from Sutherland to beautiful Cronulla beach. “I had the flu leading up to this event and missed some training so wasn’t that confident going into the event. I really surprised myself and ran very well.” She clocked 37:12 to claim a well deserved victory.

With every race comes improvement for Risk and she is aiming for more of the same from this weekend, as well as a good time. “It’s just so good to be able to run without pain, the next step is getting back on the track, which has been a real mental barrier for me since Sydney – too many painful memories.”

Risk is no stranger to Noosa have competed in the New Balance 5km Bolt a couple of years where she finished third.

Risk will also take time out following the race to visit family in Beachmere, who will be along to cheer her on, for a well earned holiday.

The Noosa Half, incorporates The Noosa Journal Half Marathon, New Balance Noosa 10km and the Wide Bay Capricorn Home Loans 5km run/walk.

The event starts and finishes at the Noosa Heads Lions Park, Noosa Heads and encompasses distances of The Noosa Journal Half Marathon – 21.1km, New Balance Noosa 10km and Wide Bay Capricorn Home Loans 5km Run/Walk. Organisers have catered for all levels of ability and distances to ensure there is something for everyone.

Entries online at or phone for 07 3255 3377 for an entry form. Entry forms are also available through Wide Bay Capricorn branches.

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The Marathon man who refused to slow down

Henry 'Harry' Shaw

HARRY Shaw had made his last ride, swum his last lap and run his last kilometre, and his bike was there at his funeral service at Allambe Gardens this week.

As relatives and sporting colleagues remarked at the chapel: "It wouldn't be the same without Harry's bike here.'

Harry Shaw died recently, aged 96, at the Labrador Garden Settlement where he had lived for many years and where his fellow residents often questioned why he didn't take to bowls instead of more exhaustive pursuits.

He often said: "They think I am a few cents short of a dollar but I wouldn't have it any other way. It's great fun."

This is the man who, when he retired at 70 after a lifetime as a painter-decorator, dediced to take up long-distance running and continued to challenge himself and the world in cycling, triathlons, masters swimming and half-marathons.

Born in 1907 in West Ham, London, Harry was one of 10 children. Their father was a painter of coaches for half of the year and when it turned cold, was a journeyman on the Shaw Savill ocean liners. It was on one of those trips that Mr Shaw senior fell so much in love with Australia he stopped off at Brisbane and cabled his family to join him.

Young Harry was only four when he arrived and the family lived in Brisbane for many years. The young man took up painting, as well as house decorating, and fitted in a spell of wartime service in a building maintenance unit.

When one of Harry's daughters and her husbaned moved to Surfers Paradise to open a jewellery business in 1971, he and his wife decided to follow. He was married to his second wife, Anne, for 50 years, but she died some years ago after a long illness.

When Mr Shaw took up long-distance running and cycling after his retirement he preferred to ride the bike instead of drive his car.

He joined the Southport Surf Club, was a regular Sunday morning competitor with the Southport Marlins Winter Swimming Club and competed in masters swimming, half-marathon and triathlon events at local, state, national and world level. He was also a regular member of the Southport RSL Swimming Club.

Over 20 years he amassed a large collection of medals, ribbons and certificates for winning or being placed in over 70 or 80 age divisions and was often the oldest competitor in events.

The triathlons usually involved a 300m swim, a 9km cycle and a 3 km run, but as Mr Shaw himself often remarked: "That was only the short course."

Mr Shaw gave up his bicycle and competing at 90 because of failing eyesight.

"He used to tell me he was tired of riding into fences and trees," a colleague said.

Mr Shaw also played piano, was a good singer and often entertained senior citizens at their homes and get togethers until he was 90.

He is survived by sons, Ronald and Neil and daughter Joan, 11 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and three great, great grandchildren.

Mr Shaw took his curtain call this week before relatives and friends and it was fitting that the former London boy faded out to the Vera Lynn's wartime classic 'I'll Be Seeing You'.

Article from the Gold Coast Bulletin.
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Benita slashes record - Switch paying off

by Mike Hurst in Paris

BENITA Johnson showed she has the tenacity to be an Olympic medallist when she took more than half a minute off Lisa Ondieki's Australian 10,000m record yesterday.

The former Olympic 2000 hockey squad member proved in placing eighth at the world championships in only her second race over the 25-lap distance that she will be a medal threat, perhaps as early as next year in Athens.

Mackay-born Johnson might have been dropped several times as the front pack surged to sort out the medals, but she stuck to her task and was rewarded with a time of 30min37.68sec.

Before this race that time would have placed her 10th on the world all-time list, but in perhaps the greatest race in history here she was bumped back to 18th fastest ever.

Ondieki, Australia's only Olympic marathon medallist, set the previous national record of 31:11.72 in Helsinki in 1992.

The race was so fast that Johnson went through 5000m in just under 15min08sec, a time only she among Australians has bettered and faster than the Athens Olympic A-qualifying time.

"I'm disappointed I couldn't go with them that last 5km but I ran a personal best by almost a minute, broke the national record," Johnson said.

"Hopefully, I'll go a step further at the Olympics next year and win a medal. I'm stoked.

"I tried to get a medal here. I honestly thought I could.''

But even with a time that would have been a world record a decade or so ago, Johnson was no match on the night for Ethiopians Berhane Adere (30:04.18) and Kidane Werknesh (30:07.15), China's Sun Yingjie (30:07.20) and Kenyan-born Dutch representative Lorna Kiplagat (30:12.53), who rewrote the all-time list taking over places three to six.

Johnson said she will decide today whether to back up in the 5000m heats tomorrow night.

The second heat of yesterday's 3000m steeplechase produced the strange sight of the Cherono brothers, Stephen and Abraham, running for different countries.

Commonwealth gold medallist Stephen won the heat under his new name of Saif Saaeed Shaheen representing Qatar, which "bought'' his allegiance on a promise of $1000 a month until the day he dies.

Brother Abe, the Commonwealth bronze medallist, continues to run for his native Kenya which has been promised a synthetic running track at the distance running capital of Eldoret.

Queensland's highly promising Peter Nowill failed to progress to the steeplechase final, running 8min26.22sec for eighth in the fastest heat that saw the three to advance on time all just ahead of him.

Tamsyn Lewis scraped through her 800m heat sixth in 2min01.43sec and clutched her head in the belief she had blown her chances.

"I felt wicked (leading through the first lap in 59.5sec) but the last 50m my legs gave way," Lewis said to Britain's dual Olympic decathlon champion Daley Thompson who, with dual Olympic 1500m champion Seb Coe, coaches her.

Sydney's Commonwealth bronze medallist Youcef Abdi qualified for the 1500m semis on his time of 3min48.65sec for seventh in a tactical race won with a rush by New Zealand's Adrian Blincoe in 3:47.26 from French title hope Mehdi Baala in the same time. Clinton Hill qualified in 45.64sec by a mere 0.04sec for the 400m semis, but fellow Sydneysider Daniel Batman finished sixth in his heat in 46.22sec and was eliminated.

Article from the Courier Mail.
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Boyd's race not yet run


RAY BOYD'S athletics career has been highlighted by 11 City to Surf wins since 1984, when he won Perth's most famous race for the first time.

At the age of 37, he has not yet achieved everything he would like to in the sport, with Olympic selection still eluding him.

In 1997, he represented Australia in the marathon at the world championships in Athens and he is doing everything he can to return there for next year's Olympics after narrowly missing selection for Sydney in 2000.

"It is my last chance - my body won't keep going for much longer," Boyd said.

Career and family has made it hard for Boyd to channel all his efforts into running. But after a couple of years' break, he is now focused on one goal and that is to make sure he is not a marginal selection for Athens next year.

"I have three or four marathons where I can try and run an Olympic qualifying time and I'm another 15 or 20 weeks away from producing the kind of time I'd need to force my way into the team," Boyd said.

"I don't have the base fitness to run a competitive marathon at this stage but I'm slowly progressing towards it.

"As you get older you become better at managing your body while trying to ensure you remain injury free."

Boyd will use Sunday's Activ City to Surf to gauge how well his preparation is going when he takes on the best in WA distance running over 12 kilometres from St Georges Terrace to City Beach.

The Ellenbrook Primary School deputy principal holds the race record with his 1987 time of 35min. 52sec. and he knows that is the kind of time he will have to run to challenge this year's star entry, Olympian Shaun Creighton.

"Shaun has taken the race to another level and has the ability to crush other runners in the field," Boyd said.

Other local contenders will be Dave Manning and Todd Ingraham.

Article from the West Australian.
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Ethiopians win battle of Africa

by Mike Hurst

THE sub-plot at the world athletics championships thickened when Haile Gebrselassie led Ethiopia to a medals sweep in the first men's distance running final.

Gebrselassie, still the world record-holder but in decline at 30, failed to win his fifth 10,000m world title yesterday.

But he engineered an audacious raid against Kenyan pride in the battle of Africa as their southern neighbours along the Great Rift Valley were left to fill the next four places and the defending champion, Charles Kamathi, failed to even finish.

``Today before the race our plan was to cut the Kenyans, after that we would decide who among us can win,'' Gebrselassie said.

He dictated a cracking pace throughout the 25-lap race, stringing his younger countrymen Kenenisa Bekele and Sileshi Sihine along like three black pearls on an invisible thread.

Bekele, 20, won the gold medal in history's sixth fastest time of 26min 49.57sec when he struck with a savage sprint 150m from the finish to pass the ageing Emperor of Ethiopian athletics.

Gebrselassie took silver, an advance on his bronze in Edmonton two years ago, and Sihine the bronze in 27:01.44 in one of the great races.

The nearest Kenyan, Albert Chepkirui, was 17sec adrift running as a mercenary for Qatar under the name they imposed on him, Abdullah Ahmad Hassan (27:18.28). He received about $100,000 to change teams.

Bekele is almost certain to attempt a rare double in the 5000m.

Article from The Mercury.
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 Tuesday, August 26, 2003 

World Championships Wrap

Benita Johnson smashed Lisa Ondieki’s 11 year old Australian record of 31:11.72, setting a new personal best of 30:37.68 in just her second ever race over this distance on the track. Johnson finished eighth in a very fast paced race, and is now ranked 8th in the world for 2003 and has the 17th fastest time in world history. This is the highest ever placing by an Australian women distance runner at the World Championships (previous best 11th Kate Richardson 5000m 1997 & 12th Benita Johnson 5000m 2001). Ethiopian Adere Berhane won in a championship record 30:04.18 ahead of compatriot Kidane Werknesh (30:07.15) and China's Yingjie Sun (30:07.20).

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.
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Benita Withdraws From 5000m

AUSTRALIA'S Benita Johnson, who came eighth in the 10,000m on Saturday, has decided to withdraw from tomorrow's 5000m at the world athletics championships in Paris.

Article from the Athletics Australia website.
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Jackie Gallagher Lends Support to the Kids

Australia's 2002 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, Jackie Gallagher will be visiting the local schools in Noosa to lend her support for the kids that will take part in the Wide Bay Capricorn Home Loans 5km run/walk on Sunday 31 August.

The Wide Bay Capricorn Home Loans 5km run/walk also incorporates the Give Me 5 for Kids fundraising program. $2 from every entry goes towards the 'Give Me 5 For Kids' which is an initiative of MIXFM to raise money for paediatric equipment for Nambour Hospital.

Despite a very busy schedule this weekend, when Gallagher will take on a strong field in The Noosa Journal Half Marathon as part of her preparation for an Olympic berth, she will take time out to visit the kids. Since retiring in 2000 she is now back competing in her first love – running, recently winning the bronze medal as part of the Aussie clean sweep of the medals in the women's marathon at the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

"It's great that these kids are supporting such a worthy cause, and helping out other kids that are not so fortunate. I'm really pleased to see so many kids are involved in some form of exercise which is so important for their health and development," said Gallagher.

On Friday morning she will first visit St Thomas More at 10:00am then drop into see the kids from the Good Shepherd having a chat and offering a few tips on how to get through the event. Both these schools have been very supportive of this year's event and rallied to get as many kids and parents to take part.

Gallagher will catch up with nearly 100 kids from St Andrews school on Sunday after her event to have a chat and thank them for participating, answering any questions the kids have and offering some valuable advice.

Now a working girl, Gallagher has taken on the role as Head Coach for the AIS Triathlon Program and the Triathlon Australia Junior and U/23 Program Manager while maintaining a heavy training schedule.

Gallagher tackled the gruelling 14km City to Surf on 10 August and will now head to Noosa as part of her preparation for the Chicago Marathon.

"I have been building up my training in preparation for the Chicago Marathon for sometime now, running 150-160km per week for the past 12 weeks."

Gallagher admits that the Noosa Half is an important part of her program if she is going to give herself the best opportunity of achieving her goal of running 2:30.

"Given all my work commitments I have to focus on quality preparation and have carefully planned my program to include Noosa."

The event starts and finishes at the Noosa Heads Lions Park, Noosa Heads and encompasses distances of The Noosa Journal Half Marathon – 21.1km, New Balance Noosa 10km and Wide Bay Capricorn Home Loans 5km Run/Walk. Organisers have catered for all levels of ability and distances to ensure there is something for everyone.

Entries online at or phone for 07 3255 3377 for an entry form. Entry forms are also available through Wide Bay Capricorn branches.

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 Friday, August 22, 2003 

Catch all the action from the World Championships on SBS and Fox Sports

SBS Television will be showing more thatn 70 hours of action from the 9th IAAF World Championships in Athletics beginning on Saturday 23 August.

Fox Sports will also be showing delayed coverage from each day's events.

More info at the Athletics Australia website.
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Win Tickets to the Telstra A-series

Athletics Australia, in association with Telstra are giving away tickets to the upcoming Telstra A-series.

To win, simply click here or go to the Athletics Australia home page and follow the competition links on the left-hand side.

From there all you need to do is answer a few easy questions and give us your most creative ideas on what the perfect Telstra A-series meet would involve.

Then click the submit button and you will be in the running to see your favourite athletes compete live.

Best of Luck!

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Last minute preparations for Aussies Paris Bound

Several Australians utilised the Asics GP in Helsinki overnight to get one last practice in before the world championships in Athletics begin – in just 5 days time (23rd August 2003).

The best Australian performer was Craig Mottram – who continued his stunning return to international athletics running 7.51.14 for 10th place in the 3000m. Mottram was less than 5 secs from the winner (Moses Kigen 7:46.04) in only his 2nd race on the track since missing over 7 months of training with a knee injury.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.
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Victoria dominates the Telstra National Cross Country and Road Walking Champs

The 2003 Telstra Australian Cross Country Championships, incorporating the IGA Australian All Schools Cross Country Championships took place in perfect conditions at Yarra Bend in Melbourne on Saturday (16 August).

The host state got off to a great start with Kelsey Rau (10:57) winning the girls under 14, 3km event.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.
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 Tuesday, August 19, 2003 

Run for their money

FOR some the words "fun" and "run" should never be used in the same sentence, let alone be adjoined, but nowadays more and more people are becoming health conscious and recognising the benefits of fitness.
The annual Herald Fun Run is for everyone from silver-haired grannies to Silverchair's Ben Gillies.

And like the hardy souls who pound the asphalt from the Foreshore to King Edward Park and back, the Herald has been involved for the long run.

Yesterday saw the 29th running of the event, with top athletes from as far as Sydney and Tamworth - even Tanzania - turning up. Many averaged better than 15kmh for the course.

Those less fleet of foot jogged or walked a leisurely 5.5-kilometre course.

Herald promotions manager Ross Melville said proceeds from the fun run would go to the Hunter branch of Athletics NSW, Lions International, the Surf Lifesaving Association of Australia and Crest.

Article from the Newcastle Herald.
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Lake Macquarie International Half Marathon

THE Lake Macquarie International Half Marathon will be held on August 31.

The race attracts national and international runners and is one of the most scenic races in Australia.

The route takes runners through picturesque parkland and along the edge of the lake along the Warners Bay foreshore area. There is also a 10km run and walk on the day and even a 5km Superkids Run and a schools relay event. If you would like to enter contact Nitro Events on 4956 3122

Article from the Lake Macquarie News.
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The half marathon draws a crowd - BRIDGE RUN BULLETIN

THE decision to include a half marathon in the Sydney Marathon Festival has proven a winner.

More than 1000 people have already entered the inaugural Flora/The Sunday Telegraph half marathon and double that number are expected at the start line on Sunday, September 14.

The festival, which also includes the Flora Sydney Marathon and The Sunday Telegraph 10k Bridge Run, is expected to attract a record 14,000 runners this year.

To enter one of the three runs, fill in the entry form on page 69; go to or phone 02 8907 9475.

AN added incentive to enter the half marathon is the chance to run the 21.1km with popular marathon mum Heather Turland.

New Balance is providing further incentive. Winners of the ``Run the Marathon with Mona'' and ``Run the Half With Heather'' competitions will receive a New Balance pack with running shoes, shorts, top, cap and socks. To enter visit

STARTING this week, everyone has the chance to train with one of the leading female contenders for the Flora Sydney Marathon.

Yvette Clements, who is aiming for a top-10 marathon finish, is one of the Fitness First instructors conducting lunchtime training runs in the lead-up to the Marathon Festival.

The weekly runs are free -- meet at 12.30pm in the Domain opposite the Art Gallery of NSW -- each Wednesday.

They will cater to all levels and everyone who participates has the chance to win prizes, including the just-launched MuVo NX Creative MP3 player.

IF walking is more your style, why not join our fashion and social editor Melissa Hoyer's team? For details, see Melissa's column in the back pages of today's The Sunday Telegraph.

ONE of the rarest commodities in the marathon world is a guaranteed start in the Flora London Marathon.

But that is part of the prize for the male and female winners of the Flora Sydney Marathon. Age group winners in the marathon and half marathon will receive a Polar Heart Rate Monitor.

Article from the Sunday Telegraph.
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The fun of the run

THE starter's gun could not have been fired on a more perfect day to start the Herald EnergyAustralia Foreshore Fun Run yesterday.
Around 1200 competitors enjoyed the beautiful weather.

The more ardent participants ran the 5.5-kilometre or 7.5-kilometre courses along the Foreshore to King Edward Park and back, while others chose to walk and take in the view.

One man collapsed during the race.

Ambulance officers treated him on the scene but his condition was not serious and he was not taken to hospital.

Tanzania was again represented in the winner's circle, with 21-year-old Dickson Marwa taking line honours in the men's 5.5-kilometre run in a blistering time of 13 minutes and 42 seconds.

Mark Warren, 22, from Niagara Park on the Central Coast, took out the men's long run in 26 minutes while two Lake Macquarie women also achieved impressive winning times.

Angela Sheean, 26, from Cardiff, won the long race (27.12.) for the second year in a row and Louise Dixon from Eleebana won the short race in a cracking 13 minutes and 47 seconds.

Marwa, who was placed fourth in Sydney's recent City to Surf fun run, said he was ``feeling good'' throughout the race.

A member of the Tanzanian national marathon team, the race was ``good preparation'' for his next race, the Sydney half marathon next month.

Mr Warren, a property manager, said he regularly competed in 1500-metre and five-kilometre races, often at a state level.

A member of the Gosford Athletics Club, he used the event to start his racing season preparation for inter-club competitions in Sydney.

``I didn't think I would win and I was really happy with the performance,'' Mr Warren said.

``I ran hard all the way and I was surprised at the result since I've had a cold all week.''

Ms Sheean, a project manager with Lake Macquarie City Council who has won prestigious events including the gruelling stair race up the Empire State Building in New York in 1999, said she is ``really enjoying running at the moment''.

``I ran really hard and I did this more to gauge my fitness level at the moment, so I am really pleased to win,'' she said.

The race was not all about competition.

The participants included mothers and fathers pushing prams and grandparents who put a lot of younger stay-at-homes to shame.

Karen Lucas, 29, from Croudace Bay, entered the event for the first time accompanied by her daughters Emily, 3, and Jemma, just three weeks old.

Emily perched in the toddler's seat of the pram while her baby sister snuggled down in her blankets, oblivious to the commotion around her.

The proud trio completed the walk in 45 minutes.

``Emily watched everything going on from the pram but not even the starter's gun going off worried Jemma,'' Ms Lucas said.

Results of the team events will be announced in Friday's Herald.

Article from the Newcastle Herald.
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2002 Australian Marathon Champion Confirms For Noosa Half

2002 Australian Marathon Champion, Jeremey Horne, has confirmed he will compete in The Noosa Journal Half Marathon on August 31. Horne will travel from Melbourne to compete as part of his training program and build up for the Sydney Marathon.

"I have chosen the Noosa Half as a final hit out before the Sydney Marathon 2 weeks later, it's ideal timing and Noosa is such a great place."

The 29-year-old is a physiotherapist at Melbourne's Alfred Hospital choosing to work a standard week allowing him to train, compete and socialise. "I could work longer hours and extra study would bring me greater wealth but without health of body and mind you cannot be truly happy."

Since beginning to run at 18 to keep fit, he continued through his university years in Canberra where he studied sports science, running the trails of Mt Majura. It wasn't until his first 5km race around the campus of Sydney Uni where he placed second that he got hooked competitively.

In 1996 he did the Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon and the City to Surf and has not missed one since. His first big break came in 1999 after training twice a day and winning the state distance running championships and completed his first marathon, placing second.

Horne has been running for 12 years, with over 60 wins to his credit in the past 5 years.

His aim is to stay injury free and continue to improve over all distances and competitive. Long term he hopes to represent Australia, run a major American marathon and to compete in the Empire State Building stair run-up.

"Running adds a lot to my life, physically, mentally and socially, it's so easy all you need is a pair of shoes and you can do it when it suits you."

Horne begins his day at 6am with a 40minute run followed by shower, breakfast and work. After a 9 hour day which includes a 20min power nap at lunchtime he heads straight to training for a 60 to 90 minute run depending on the session.

"I'm aiming at a 66min time for the race," This is part of the program leading up to the defence of his national title in September.

The Noosa Half, incorporates The Noosa Journal Half Marathon, New Balance Noosa 10km and the Wide Bay Capricorn Home Loans 5km run/walk.

The event starts and finishes at the Noosa Heads Lions Park, Noosa Heads and encompasses distances of The Noosa Journal Half Marathon – 21.1km, New Balance Noosa 10km and Wide Bay Capricorn Home Loans 5km Run/Walk. Organisers have catered for all levels of ability and distances to ensure there is something for everyone.

Entries online at or phone for 07 3255 3377 for an entry form. Entry forms are also available through Wide Bay Capricorn branches

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 Monday, August 18, 2003 

Beat me to the line you fellas, urges teacher


BROTHER Brendan O'Hearn is an education institution.

The 64-year-old has been teaching at Blackfriars Priory School for 44 years.

But as well as his teaching prowess he is well known at the school as a keen enthusiast of the City-Bay Fun Run - and he is encouraging support for the event among the school community.

Brother Brendan, a keen walker who has completed the past two events, said yesterday he would be walking to raise money for charity.

He also is using his presence around the school to challenge the school community - teachers and students - to beat him to the finishing line in this year's Advertiser City-Bay.

``I suggested to them (the students) that a fella who is approaching the pension age will be having a go at it, and the younger fellas could put me to the test and beat me,'' said Brother Brendan, who survived a heart attack in 1991 and a double by-pass operation in 1996. ``I would like to get as many people as I can from the school community involved in it - the more the better.

``(Last year) it was enjoyable meeting the people along the way . . . and doing the exercise and enjoying the fresh air.''

In a show of support, school principal Paul Hine and deputy principal Daniel Lawler also are competing in the event on Sunday, September 21.

Mr Hine, who has competed for ``many years'', said the event provided students with healthy exercise. ``A side benefit for us (also) is that a number of staff are involved (and) it is a good way to build up relationships with the students,'' he said.

One student who has already started training is Michael Owens, 8.

``I like doing it because it will keep me fit,'' he said.

In last year's race about 700 entrants were aged 16 and under, City-Bay office figures show.

A further 1600 did not put down an age while 20 schools entered their own teams.

City-Bay event manager Darrilyn Wood said students were encouraged to enter.

Article from The Advertiser.
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Bridge Run


Donna Jones is training Penne Dennison for the 10k fun run on September 14.

You've hit the halfway point, so you can now enjoy a rest. Rest is essential. You need time to rejuvenate, so make this an "active" rest week. Active rest means changing activities and cutting back a little. Choose activities that will rest the muscles you predominantly use when running - these being the lower body muscles. You may want to have a few of games of tennis with your friends or hit the pool for some laps. It all helps.

Penne found training a little challenging this past week due to extra work commitments. But it didn't get her off track. "I just had to readjust my schedule a little and get more organised," she says. "I even went to bed earlier to fit in my morning workouts."

She also managed by mixing up her program a little and dividing up her workouts into shorter sessions so it was easier to fit them in.

If you find other things are getting in the way of your program, you may want to take Penne's approach and break your workouts up into smaller bouts. The important thing is to keep consistent and have at least one day where you fit in a long workout to keep building your stamina.

This week you may want to give yourself a little halfway test by setting yourself a distance or time to see how far or fast you can run. This will give you an indication of how you're going. Penne will be required to do a run test this week to see how far she can now run without stopping. Let's see how she does.

Penne's program - Week 4

Be sure to warm up. Stretch before and after.

* session 1 Test run (how far can you run without stopping). Finish with a walk and some abdominal and lower back exercises.

* session 2 45-minute run/walk (run as far as you can, walk to recover and repeat) or a 55-minute brisk walk.

* session 3 45 to 60 minutes of cross training such as boxing, swimming or sporting games like tennis.

How to enter

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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Train for big run

FOR those serious about The Sunday Telegraph 10km Bridge Run on September 14, Fitness First will hold lunch-time training programs starting this week.

Champion speed walker Natalie Saville, 24, will join in training for the event, which includes the Flora Sydney Marathon and half-marathon.

Each Wednesday for the next four weeks, people can attend the Rock Up and Run with Fitness First sessions.

The free training programs will last 45 minutes.

``I'll be walking the race. Training with people really helps me get motivated,'' Natalie said.

``It's important to get fit now so I can perform well in a few weeks -- and I'm (also) in training for the Olympics next year.''

Fitness First will provide two elite instructors for training runs.

Participants will begin training at The Domain at 12.30 each Wednesday.

Last year, more than 10,000 competed in The Sunday Telegraph 10km fun run.

The run starts at North Sydney Oval, crosses the Harbour Bridge to the Cahill Expressway and Mrs Macquaries Rd, and finishes at the Opera House.

Entry forms can be found online at www.

Online entries close September 12, mail entries September 5.

Ms Saville said the lunch-time training program gives her a rare chance to train on weekdays.

``Sometimes work gets busy and there is not enough time in the day to train,'' she said.

``I think everyone should make the most of these free training sessions.''

Article from the Sunday Telegraph.
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George is no `lackey'

GEORGE Audley is going to treat himself to a few days on the Gold Coast next weekend.

But forget the sun and surf, Audley will see neither. And he's even giving sleep a miss.

Audley, 68 next Thursday, is an ultra-distance runner and has clocked up nearly 128,000km in 21 years.

For two days non-stop from 7am (WA time) next Friday, Audley, of Elleker, near Albany, will keep switching four beads in one hand with a lackey band in the other. They are his counters.

When the Australian 24-hour and 48-hour running titles start, Audley will run four laps and walk one.

``I'll have four beads in one hand and a lackey band in the other and will swap them over,'' Audley said.

``It'll be the first time in many years I'm running on a decent track, so there'll be no distractions to mix up swapping the beads and the band.''

Audley, who took up running when the abattoir he was working for got the chop, will have his mind on world records.

``I'm after the world record for my age group (268km), which I set in Colac (Victoria) last November,'' he said.

``I'm aiming to run and walk 300km. I also want to set world records for 12 hours, 100km, 160km and 200km.

``Trouble is it takes me a day to get going.''

Article from the Sunday Times.
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One foot at a time

by Ian Frazer

After being diagnosed with a brain tumour Kath Hilder followed a fellow athlete's lead and began running serious distances in her quest for wellbeing.

THE collection of running shoes in and outside Kath Hilder's cabin at the Bedrock Caravan Park, Mount Surprise tell an unexpected story.

Kath, 31, returned to the historic town across the range from Innisfail last week with a trophy and a new pair of shoes won in her first marathon.

She was second woman and 11th overall in the 42km Tony Ireland Holden Townsville Marathon in a time of 3:16.43, well inside the existing women's record of 3:26.31.

A keen runner in Victoria before deciding to travel North last year, her previous longest race had been a half-marathon, 21km, in about 90 minutes.

But 5km suited her best, in events with the Malvern Harriers, on and off the track.

``I like cross-country running,'' she said in a telephone interview this week.

``The muddier the better. There was generally more mud in Victoria.''

Coincidentally, Kath had won another pair of shoes just before the marathon on August 3.

These were from Runners World, to thank her for a letter telling of her plans to compete in Townsville, despite a brain tumour.

She wrote that she had begun training in May after reading an article by former Albany runner Luke Dullard, 30, about his fight to regain use of his legs following brain surgery.

``Thank you, Luke, for the incentive, determination and realisation that every run is a gift and something not to be taken for granted,'' she wrote.

``I hope you can achieve your goals and that I can show the same courage and positive attitude when I need to face surgery and beyond.''

Kath and her husband, Jason, had reached Fraser Island in May, 2002, on a working holiday around Australia when she woke early one morning in the clutches of a seizure.

``It was totally out of the blue,'' she said.

``I was sick for six weeks. It took a long time to find out what it was.''

Specialists found she had a 3cm to 4cm long tumour on the right frontal lobe of her brain. They diagnosed it as a benign, low-grade glioma, which they warned could ``turn nasty''.

Her neurosurgeon prescribed an anti-seizure drug and gave her his prognosis for surgery.

``I could have surgery if I wanted to get rid of it,'' Kath told the Bulletin this week.

``But then I ran the risk of what happened to Luke and there is always the chance that it will come back.''

She entered for the Townsville marathon after reading how Luke overcame paralysis down the left side of his body to the extent of being able to walk 4km in an hour, with a dream of running again.

Following a 12-week training program, Kath began running before daybreak, on the road to the gemfields from the caravan park where she and her husband live and work.

Jason drove ahead with water and jellybeans on her weekly Sunday morning runs of up to 35km.

``I asked my neurosurgeon if I was still allowed to run,'' she said.

``He said as long as I took it easy and didn't get run down it should be fine.

Although the anti-seizure drug sometimes made her feel sick, she managed up to 90km a week before tapering for the race.

``I had some tired weeks leading up to it and had to back off a bit and get heaps of sleep,'' she said. ``I did not push myself too much.''

Finally on the road in Townsville, the wall which long-distance runners dread just kept receding. She finished about 20 minutes behind the first woman, Danielle Florens, of Cairns.

``I was waiting for it to happen, to hit the wall,'' she said. ``I got to 38km, to 39km and I was still okay and I thought, `I'm probably going to make it'.

``My half-marathon time was one-and-a-half hours, so I thought, never having run a marathon before I'd take three-and-a-half hours.

``I was pleased with the way I went.

``I was expecting not to be able to walk again for a week, but I was okay by Tuesday.''

Back at work at the Bedrock Village caravan park this week, she said she was still running ``to keep fit and keep sane''.

``With the endorphin release you don't have to think about anything,'' she said.

``Out here it's beautiful for running, there's a whole multitude of animals to see. I always feel better for it.''

She would consider another marathon, if able.

``My thoughts about the tumour are that it's been a good thing that it's happened to me,'' she said.

``I appreciate things so much more, I can enjoy life more. Before I took everything for granted.

``I used to put things off, like the marathon and travelling.

``I've always wanted to travel around Australia and we are doing that now. We want to do as much as we can.''

Whether or not they return to Mount Surprise next winter, Kath will have a reminder of the North every time she laces up for a run.

``I have more shoes than I can deal with,'' she said.

Article from the Townsville Bulletin.
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Moneghetti Wins 13 Years On, McGregor Takes Her Second Title In As Many Weeks

Victorian Steve Moneghetti won his second National Telstra Cross Country title on Saturday – an amazing 13 years since he last won the event.

In perfect conditions, 40-year-old Moneghetti broke away from last week’s City to Surf winner, Tanzania’s Patrick Nyangelo, on the last lap of the 12km event through Studley Park in Melbourne to win in a time of 36:27.00.

Nyangelo held on to second place (36:48:00), while New South Welshman, Scott Westcott came in third (36:54:00).

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.
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 Friday, August 15, 2003 

Australian World Championships Team Finalised

Athletics Australia today confirmed a team of 42 athletes to represent Australia at the 2003 IAAF World Athletics Championships beginning in Paris on Saturday week (23rd -31st August).

With entries due at the IAAF last night, Athletics Australia selectors confirmed the addition of Lauren Hewitt and Sharon Cripps to individual events, both of whom recorded their respective qualifying times in their last available competition in Malmo, Sweden, on Tuesday.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.
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Coastal athletes chasing national glory

TEN Coastal runners have secured spots in the Tasmanian team to contest the Australian Cross Country Championships this weekend.

Leading the pack is the Coast's best chance of a top-10 finish, Marist College distance athlete Sam Fergusson, who will line-up in the under 18 race at championships, held at Melbourne's Yarra Glen.

Fergusson will be joined by Launceston's Hayden Butt and Dylan Hill, the Coast's Jonathon Coleman and Hobart's David Clark in the team.

According to assistant team director Simon Phillips, the under 18 boys team is a chance of winning a medal.

"Our under 18 boys are very even and a couple of them are capable of running in the top 10, which means from a teams point of view they might get a medal,'' Phillips said.

"Individually, I don't really think there is a strong possibility of a gold medal in any of the races, from the Tasmanian team, but if it happens it could either come from Fergusson, Launceston's Karinna Fyfe or Hobart's Matthew Schenk.''

Others from the Coast to make the side are: Wynyard's Alex Cooper and The Don College runner Brian Lyons in the boys under 20 race; Wynyard's Michael Neilson in the under 18 division; Burnie High student Terry Shore and Jeffrey Connelly in the under 16 race; Madeline Goss and Breanna Russell in the girls' under 14 race; and Megan Hoare in the girls' under 18 race.

Article from The Advocate.
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Nowill named in national team

PETER Nowill jumped another hurdle in his blossoming athletics career last week when he was named in the Australian World Championships team to compete in Paris later this month.

The three-time national 3000m steeplechase champion received a call from Athletics Australia chairman of selectors Dave Culbert confirming his selection.

The 24-year-old University of Queensland club member ran a personal best 8min 26.13sec in Lucerne, Switzerland, in June and was told by Australian head coach Keith Connor to ``keep training'' because he was in line for selection.

``I was reasonably confident, but once it was actually confirmed it was a big relief,'' Nowill said.

He left Australia on Saturday to join the national team in London, and starts his World Championships preparations with a 1500m race in Dublin on Friday.

Nowill said a three-week European campaign in June, culiminating in his four-second personal best in Switzerland, was initially designed to attack the 8min 24sec Olympic A qualifying mark.

Nowill is now the fourth fastest Australian in history, and expects the competition in Paris to be another step up from his international debut at the World Cup in Spain last year.

His coach Pat Clohessy, who has also been a mentor to Australian distance running champions Robert De Castella, Shaun Creighton and Simon Doyle, said Nowill had a work ethic that was hard to match.

``It's a fitting reward for a rising athlete who has tremendous dedication and a great temperament,'' Clohessy said.

Nowill will run the heats of the 3000m steeplechase on August 23.

Article from the South West News.
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 Thursday, August 14, 2003 

Costumes, sense of fun encouraged for run

STARSTRUCK puppets from New Lambton Public School added colour to the Nobbys Beach foreshore yesterday in the lead-up to The Herald EnergyAustralia Foreshore Fun Run.

Newcastle's biggest race of the year will take place on Sunday and Novocastrians are encouraged to don some snazzy costumes for the event.

The Herald's promotions and marketing manager Ross Melville said Superman and Batman outfits would not look out of place.

Participants can enter by visiting The Herald office in Newcastle until Friday.

Those entering before Friday will receive a free fun run T-shirt. Late entrants must sign up by 8.30am on the day of the race .

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

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

Article from the Newcastle Herald.
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Two take on the top in Darwin

TWO students from Banks Public School at St Clair will represent NSW at the School Sport Australia Track and Field Exchange in Darwin next month.

Middle-distance runner Charlotte Wilson and discus-thrower Kyle Walker will compete against the cream of the crop of Australian school sport.

For 11-year-old Charlotte, distance running is something she fell in love with at a very young age. ``I like long distance running. My brothers and sisters were doing it so I started doing it when I was four,'' she said.

Charlotte trains with the Nepean Little Athletics group on Monday evenings, sometimes twice a week.

She has an impressive record, placing third at last year's Australian Track and Field Exchange, and fourth in the 1500m competing against athletes from New Zealand at the TransTasman championships in January this year.

Kyle, also 11, acquired a taste for discus two years ago and has never looked back. ``After soccer I always loved throwing balls around the house and stuff,'' he said.

Kyle finished third at the state school championships this year and has competed in a raft of events at the Trans-Tasman championships.

He trains with Colyton-St Clair Little Athletics.

Both students aspire to compete at the Olympic Games one day.

Anyone interested in helping them achieve their dreams can contact Charlotte's parents on 9670 4922, or Kyle's parents on 9670 2497.

Article from the Mt Druitt Standard.
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 Wednesday, August 13, 2003 

Run marks

By Matthew Schulz

RUNNERS are expected to flock to Kew to follow in the footsteps of Aussie marathon legend Robert De Castella.

De Castella is expected to fly from Canberra to fire the starting gun for the De Castella Fun Run, 20 years after he broke the world record marathon time at the Boston marathon.

The event is named after the former Kew student, once a regular sight running up and down the suburb's steepest gradients, and is hosted each year by Xavier College's Burke Hall Fathers' Association.

Organiser Rob Perkins said the event had one of the most spectacular views of any run in Australia.

``At various parts of the course you get glimpses of the city from Yarra Bend Park and as far out as Mt Macedon . . . it's fantastic.''

But he said the scenery was only part of the attraction for runners wanting to test their mettle along the route from Studley Park Rd, along Yarra Boulevard as far as the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Hospital and back.

``The hills on this course are something to behold,'' he said.

``You have this wonderful downhill run at the start of the course, only to be met by a wonderful long uphill grade, runners know that this can be tough . . . but this is not a run around Albert Park Lake, this is one to make your heart race,'' he said.

Mr Perkins said he expected 1000 runners in this year's event, compared with 720 last year and that was before word about Deek's appearance.

He expected De Castella would hand out the race prizes. But the runner had not committed himself to taking part.

Mr Perkins tipped many former colleagues of De Castella would also be part of the race, including other former Australian running champions.

While he would not name names, he predicted: ``It's going to be quite a reunion.''

Events in the fun run range from a 5km walk, to runs of 5km, 7.5km and 15km to be held from 9am, Sunday, August 31.

The entry fee ranges from $12 to $25.

For information, phone 9818 7899 or visit

Article from the Progress Press
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Run, rabbit, run: one short hop for mankind

By John Huxley

Left lane, or right lane. That's the annual dilemma facing starters in the Sun-Herald City to Surf as they race off downhill towards the William Street tunnel.

Last Sunday, 29-year-old James Dixon went to the right. Bad move. With thousands of others, he became tangled in a slow-moving, human traffic jam as the number of lanes narrowed from three to two to accommodate construction work in the tunnel.

Complete article at the Sydney Morning Herald website.
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 Tuesday, August 12, 2003 

Ryka Queen of the Lake - 17 August 2003

Around 1500 women and girls of all ages are expected to make the Albert Park Lake trail their own when they take part in the Ryka Queen of the Lake on Sunday August 17 2003.

The Ryka Queen of the Lake is a female only 5/10 km run or walk around one of Melbourne's favourite running spots, Albert Park Lake. The event supports the Mercy Hospital for Women.

Beginning at Pit Building 6, the course will take in the famous lakeside path and all participants will receive a showbag and a $30 voucher off Ryka shoes.

Among the participants will be the Thek family from Surrey Hills, running as a family in support for the Mercy Hospital for Women. Sue Thek is a night coordinator for the Mercy and will enter the event with her three daughters, Grace 11, Hannah 9 and Laura 7. Her eldest daughter Grace will be competing in the National Cross Country Championships a week after the Ryka Queen of the Lake.

By supporting the Mercy Hospital for Women, the event will assist the hospital relocate to a new state of the art facility in Heidelberg and continue to provide specialist care in the areas of women's' and infants' health and childbirth facilities.

For entry details you can visit or call Start to Finish on 9819 9225.

Entries will also be taken at a special registration day at The Athlete's Foot at Chadstone on Tuesday 12 August between 12 -2 pm.

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 Monday, August 11, 2003 

Charities winners as fun runners hit form

by Jessica Lawrence

ENTRANTS in Queensland's leading fun run have raised about $200,000 for some of Australia's most worthy charities.

Proceeds from The Sunday Mail Suncorp Bridge to Brisbane Fun Run last Sunday will benefit the Brisbane PA Hospital Research Team and the Cerebral Palsy League.

The event attracted the fit and not-so-fit from all around the world.

Amid all the sweat and tears was Premier Peter Beattie. While he gracefully kept clear of the winning pack, he stresses he didn't come last either.

``I was pleased to finish in just under one hour and 13 minutes,'' Mr Beattie said.

``I'd like to congratulate The Sunday Mail for encouraging so many people to take part in the Bridge to Brisbane.''

The run's male and female winners, Tanzanian Patrick Nyangelo and Australian Olympic hopeful Anna Thompson, blitzed the competition to storm home in just over 35 minutes and 40 minutes respectively. Winning wheelie entrant Jason McGregor hurtled across the finishing line at a heart-stopping 67km/h after 35 minutes of hard slog.

The Queensland Police Service won the 4.25km corporate team prize, with Gold Coast team Victory Sport taking the 12km event.

PA Hospital Research Team head professor Ian Frazer said money raised from the run would allow his scientists to continue their ground-breaking research.

* Fun run participants and their times are listed on

Article from the Sunday Mail.
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Fun to be in the running

YOU don't have to be a local to join in the fun of The Sunday Telegraph's 10km Bridge Run.

This year, the race is set to take on an international flavour with entrants from across the globe donning their running shoes for the race.

Sarah-Jane Fenton, 23, from England, is on a 12-month working visa and decided one of the best ways to see Sydney's famous sites was to join in the run on September 14.

``Before I came to Australia, I read up on Sydney and I couldn't wait to see all of the famous sites like the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge,'' the temporary resident
of Bondi said.

``The best way to see the sights is to get out there and walk them.''

Last year, more than 10,000 competed in the 10km fun run.

Now in its third year, the run starts at North Sydney Oval, crosses the Harbour Bridge to the Cahill Expressway and Mrs Macquaries Rd, and finishes at the Opera House.

Entry forms can be found online at

Online entries close September 12, mail entries September 5.

Article from the Sunday Telegraph.
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Bridge run


Donna Jones is training Penne Dennison for the 10k fun run on September 14.

Starting a training program is the hardest part. Penne says her regime has inspired her to be healthier in other areas of her life.

If you've upped the ante on your training then, like Penne, you may be feeling "hungry all the time".

Good nutrition is important during intensive training to help you perform and recover well. Having a banana or sports drink within 30 minutes after your training session will replenish glycogen stores. And don't forget to drink lots of water. In addition, the American College of Sports Medicine recommends drinking 150 to 250ml of water during your workout to maintain hydration.

Penne is feeling fitter and stronger and "nowhere near as sore as the first week."

Penne's program - Week 3

Be sure to warm up. Stretch your lower body and back, before and after your workout.

n session 1 30 to 35 min run/walk (run fast x 1 min, easy x 1 min, hard x 1 min, walk to recover x 1 to 2 min). Repeat 5 to 6 times. Follow with 3 x hills of 100 to 200m (walk up/run down). Finish with 3 to 5 sets of Fitball squats (10 to 20) and squat holds (hold for 30 to 60 seconds), abdominal and back work on the Fitball.

* session 2 40 min run/walk (run as far as you can, walk to recover)

* session 3 50 minute brisk walk (hilly path or on the beach)

* session 4 (optional): 45 to 60 min cross-training cardio (swim, box, cardio equipment in gym).

how to enter

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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Born to run


Do you run like a gazelle or labour over every step? Don't give up, there are ways to improve, reports Donna Jones.

It is true, some people are born to run. Their bodies are efficient machines with biomechanics built for pounding the pavement. Unfortunately, most of these people are simply blessed with good genes. But there are steps you can take to keep up with the pack.

"Being able to run well is something that can be achieved by everybody," says Ben Wisbey, sports scientist and running coach from Endurance Sports Training. "While some people do have better mechanics and physiology for running, this does not mean that those who don't are unable to run."

Good runners usually have the sort of biomechanics which allow their bodies to move fluently and efficiently. More importantly, their physiology is suited to the task. "Physiology is similar to the engine of a car and will determine performance," says Wisbey. Physiology relates to the systems of your body such as your cardiovascular, respiratory, muscular and energy systems.

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The type of muscle fibres we are born with may also determine whether we're better at sprint or endurance events. We are all born with a percentage of slow (red, type 1) and fast twitch (white, type 2) fibres. You can train to improve the ratio you were born with but being born with a higher percentage of slow twitch fibres puts you one step ahead in endurance sports. If you've always excelled at endurance sports such as cross-country running, swimming or cycling and have been able to carry these activities out for long periods of time, chances are you have more slow twitch fibres.

So, if you're not a born runner, does this mean you should hang up your running shoes? Not at all, says Wisbey. It just means that you may feel a little sorer than natural runners when starting out, and it may take you a little more time to build up to finishing that fun run.

Wisbey says, providing you're injury free and capable of comfortably completing at least 30 minutes of solid walking, there is nothing to say you shouldn't give running a go. However, he does warn that if you've been completely sedentary you should get a medical screening before embarking on a running mission.

jumping the gun

Many people often get a burst of inspiration to run. You may get talked into signing up for a fun run at the office or decide that committing to a training regime is the best way to sweat off any excess pounds. But go slowly - if you haven't been too active lately, a sudden change of pace can put you at risk of injury and cause enough muscular pain to turn you off running for good.

"It is possible to do too much too soon," says Kellie Pidgeon, podiatrist and technical representative for New Balance running shoes. "The end result is that the muscles and tendons can become strained, which inevitably means that training needs to be reduced in order for recovery to occur."

Running does place a lot of demand on our joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments. And this is why it's vital to start out slowly and build up gradually, says Wisbey. "When the body is still becoming conditioned to this load, it's very susceptible to injury and therefore any overload early on can lead to problems," he says.

Most of the pain we experience while adapting to a new running program is associated with overuse as our muscles adjust to a new type of exercise. When you've settled into a routine, Wisbey says, "the general niggles and tightness you feel during regular running training is mostly because of muscular tightness."

For example, runners often complain about tight calves. Pidgeon says this is more common in women who regularly wear high heel shoes, as it leads to a shortening of the calf muscles. "Consequently, when trying to run the foot will compensate for restricted movement at the ankle joint, which can lead to arch pain and Achilles tendinitis."

Some runners also complain about sore shins. "This is primarily related to overuse, training errors or biomechanical problems such as excessive pronation," she says. "The pain may be caused by tendinitis or compartment syndrome.

It could also indicate stress fractures, so it's important to consult a health professional if this is a recurring problem."

To avoid such injuries, stretching is the runners' secret weapon. "I am yet to meet a runner who stretches enough," says Wisbey.

And this means more than bending down to touch your toes before a run. "Additional stretching outside of normal exercise is essential for injury prevention," says Pidgeon. So, if you're serious about running, add at least one extra stretching session to your routine.

Running experts also now recognise the importance of core stability work in injury prevention, so regular yoga, pilates or Fitball work can help develop these areas and put you in good shape for a healthy and long running life.

technique tips

* Run tall, with a high pelvis

* Complete regular core stability work for better stability and control during running

* Stretch regularly, focusing on the hip joint to allow a relaxed and unrestricted gait

* Do not run on your toes, as this will place excessive pressure on your calves

* Stay relaxed

* * Don't lean too far forward but don't sit back on your hips - lean forward slightly to help maintain momentum

If you wish to improve running technique, nothing beats a hands on coach who can provide you with feedback about your body position as well as use useful drills aimed at improving technique

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tips for progressing from walking to running

* Start out easily and gradually build the distance covered

* Have recovery periods (lighter training) to allow your body to adapt to the new training routine

* Stretch every day to help prevent injuries and allow consistent training

* Ensure your body is fuelled sufficiently to meet the training demand

* Purchase good footwear for injury prevention

* Enjoy your running

performance power

tips for runners wanting to improve performance

Training background has a huge effect on performance so don't try to rush things, improvements will come with time.

Consistent training is vital so ensure you have regular running sessions and stay injury free.

Recovery is very important, as it allows adaptation to the training process, so be sure to include weekly recovery days as well as a recovery week each month.

Incorporate 1 to 2 weekly intervals sessions, one of shorter intervals (1 to 3 minutes) and one of longer intervals (3 to 5 minutes). Hill intervals can be good short intervals that also help develop strength endurance, so you can use 90 second hill efforts as your weekly short intervals.

Work on your straight running speed by including short efforts over 200m at 85 to 90 per cent of maximal speed, with a long recovery between each.

* Tips by Ben Wisbey, who runs a coaching business called Endurance Sports Training, offering individualised run training programs.

For more information on training programs, along with numerous running-related articles, go to

Article from the Sunday Telegraph.
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Minds go racing as fun runners imagine their way past the pain


'Yuk!' one of the female participants in the Academy of Sport Fun Run Training Program said with feeling yesterday morning as sports psychologist Dr Michelle Paccagnella said female trainees could imagine being on a date with Mel Gibson if that helped them take their minds off their pain.

'Yuk!' said one of the male trainees (it might even have been this reporter) with just as much feeling when Dr Paccagnella said that if it helped the men in the group to forget their pain, to imagine dancing with Britney Spears, then we should go ahead and imagine it.

But some of Dr Paccagnella's other advice about creative visualising while training for The Canberra Times Family Fun Run on September 21 seemed more accessible.

Why not imagine, she told us all at Weston Park and after our exhilarating run or shuffle beside the lake in sparkling weather, that the bend in the track there ahead of you is the finishing line in the marathon at the Olympics and that you're going to get the gold medal when you cross it?

Dr Paccagnella said that whenever she rides the exercise bicycle in the gymnasium, a tedious thing if you don't find a fantasy with which to rise above it, she imagines, 'I'm cycling in the Olympics! I'm in the Tour de France! This is happening in my head. The cheering crowds. 'Australia' on your shirt. You're 20 again. Everything's fabulous! Use that as a goal if it's going to help you switch off from thinking about how tired you are or how cold it is.'

Those of us in training now for September 21, especially those of us who aren't especially fit and who don't do very much running, should be setting ourselves some tiny goals only about 30 seconds long, and the larger goal of what we are going to expect of ourselves on September 21.

Your little goals might consist of planning to run to that tree over there and 'then what happens is that you have to run past your goal point while you decide if you can keep running or not'.

'You aim for the tree but you ask yourself, 'Can I run to another point or do I have to stop?' And by the time you've gone through that process you're another 25 paces on anyway so you've already run more than you were going to.

'And you ask yourself, 'Are my lungs burning or am I just feeling a bit tired?' and you have this mental debate with yourself . . . and everything is a bit more fun because you're constantly setting these tiny little miniature challenges along the way.'

Dr Paccagnella urges everyone training for September 21 to 'be very flexible in your overall goals' for the day. It's fine if you literally do the run for the fun of it and for the camaraderie of a good chat along the way and it's fine if all you expect of yourself is that you'll walk the whole 10km or if all that you plan is to run the entire 10km at a modest pace. But whatever you do, she urged, 'set yourself a goal and do think positively and objectively about what you really could achieve on the day'.

Article from the Canberra Times.
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Nyangelo wins dash for line in City to Surf

SYDNEY: Tanzanian teenager Patrick Nyangelo continued a love affair with Australia as he maintained overseas domination of the City To Surf run yesterday.

Only four seconds separated the top four placegetters in one of the most exciting finishes in the 33-year history of the 14km run from the Sydney CBD to Bondi Beach.

Nyangelo, 18, (41min 55sec) sprinted away from Canberra-based Victorian Mark Thompson (41:58) inside the last 300m ahead of Texas-based Australian Kim Gillard (42:01) and Tanzania's Dickson Marwa (42:02).

It was the sixth straight year and the eighth in the past nine that a foreign runner has won the event, which attracted 58,303 starters, but Nyangelo's time was almost two minutes outside Steve Moneghetti's race record of 40:03 set in 1991.

Australians swept the women's placings with Victorian Haley McGregor (47:28), improving one place on last year, winning comfortably from former triathlon and duathlon world champion Jackie Gallagher (48:31) and Victorian Kate Seibold-Crosbie (49:30).

Nyangelo won the Australian cross country championship and finished second in the Sydney marathon last year, was runner-up in this year's Gold Coast marathon behind Marwa and last week won the 12km Bridge to Brisbane Fun Run ahead of Marwa.

He had prepared for yesterday's race by training for a month close to Mt Kilimanjaro and in Sydney at a gymnasium and swimming pool - facilities unavailable in Tanzania.

He was part of a pack of eight which broke clear around the half-way point, but the group was whittled down to four inside the last 2km.

``My performance was good and the race was tough, but I trained very hard,'' said Nyangelo, who will compete in the Grand Prix track series next year, aiming to qualify for the 5000m at the Athens Olympics.

Thompson, 24, improved one place on last year and was the best-placed Australian male for the second year running.

``This is what you live for, you dream of it at night when you're a runner to have these sprint finishes,'' Thompson said.

``With that crowd, my God, it was nearly bringing tears to my eyes as I was running. Oh, man, you can't ask for much better,'' Thompson said.

Article from The Advertiser.
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Fast and meaty on fun run

SOME walked, others ran, but most alternated between the two in the annual 14km City to Surf fun run through Sydney yesterday.

The forecast rain held off as 58,000 runners braved a clear and chilly morning.

Tanzanian Patrick Nyangelo won in just under 42 minutes, beating second place-getter Mark Thompson by three seconds.

Victorian Haley McGregor was the first woman to finish, beating Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Jackie Gallagher to the line.

But there were no record-breaking times this year. Steve Moneghetti's 1991 effort of 40 minutes and 3 seconds still holds for the men, as does Susie Power's 2001 record of just over 45 minutes for the women.

The usual assortment of serious athletes mixed with those out for a laugh along the length of the race.

About 40 butchers, carrying wooden spoons and saucepans and chanting slogans to promote red meat, showed how much noise they were capable of making.

``It's the first time the group's all done it together,'' said butcher Craig Cook, 42, from Double Bay.

Waltzing towards Bondi in a wedding dress and sneakers was not-so-newlywed Trudy Rae, 39, from Terrigal, on the NSW central coast.

``This is the ninth year I've been a bride in the City to Surf,'' said Rae, a professional track athlete who enters the event for fun.

``I'm celebrating my ninth wedding anniversary today ... and it's also my birthday.''

The race, which starts at Hyde Park in the CBD and makes its way through the eastern suburbs to Bondi Beach, is in its 33rd year.

More than 40,000 people have competed in the event every year since it started. Emergency services said there were no serious incidents.

Article from The Australian.
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Nyangelo rides wave of emotion to the crest

TANZANIA's Patrick Nyangelo continued his love affair with Australia as he maintained overseas domination of the 14km run in Sydney yesterday.

Only four seconds separated the first four in one of the most exciting finishes in the 33-year history of the race from the Sydney CBD to Bondi Beach.

Nyangelo, 18, (41min 55sec) sprinted away from Canberra-based Victorian Mark Thompson (41:58) inside the last 300 metres with Texas-based Australian Kim Gillard (42:01) and countryman Dickson Marwa (42:02) close behind.

It was the sixth straight year and the eighth in the past nine that a foreign runner has won the event, which attracted 58,303 starters.

But Nyangelo's time was almost two minutes outside Steve Moneghetti's race record of 40min03sec set in 1991.

Australians swept the women's placings with Victorian Haley McGregor (47:28), improving one place on last year as she won comfortably from former triathlon and duathlon world champion Jackie Gallagher (48:31) and Victorian Kate Seibold-Crosbie (49:30).

Nyangelo finished sixth last year and went on to enjoy a golden run in Australia.

He won the Australian cross-country championship and finished second in the Sydney marathon, was runner-up in this year's Gold Coast marathon and last week won the 12km Bridge to Brisbane fun run.

Nyangelo is aiming to qualify for the 5000m at the Athens Olympics.

Article from The Australian.
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Run/walk around the lake

THE 2003 Queen of the Lake fun run for women is on at Albert Park Lake next Sunday.

If you have not been training, don't worry, because you can walk instead.

To register for the run/walk, go to or head to Chadstone on Tuesday for registration.

Be at the Athletes Foot store between noon-2pm to enter. All those entering on Tuesday receive a $30 voucher off Ryka shoes and go in the draw to win a Ryka Queen of the Lake prize pack including Ryka cap, a Fitness First Backpack, a five-issue subscription to Runner's World magazine, and new Runner's World any-year training diary (value $90).

The run/walk is in support of the Mercy Hospital for Women.

Article from the Herald Sun.

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John loves life on the run


MARATHON runner and world champion John Gilmour has no plans of slowing down.

At 84, and despite a battle with osteoporosis, the inspirational

senior is still running 10km races and is the world champion distance runner for his age group.

At one point in 1985, the Leeming athlete held 114 world records.

Nominated for the 2004 Australian Of The Year award, Mr Gilmour also volunteers two days a week to train 20 youngsters and cares for his wife of 57 years, Alma, who is wheelchair bound.

The great-grandfather of four, who trains daily, joined an athletics club in 1938 at the age of 19.

Just before enlisting in the army in 1940, he ran his first 10-mile road race and came second.

He spent 3 1/2 years as a prisoner of war thinking about winning the event. His motivation kept him alive and 11 months after returning home in 1946, he achieved his dream.

``That was the beginning of my athletic career and since then I've held the record for every distance I've ever raced, from the 800m to the marathon 42km,'' he said.

Retiring from open competition in 1956 to spend more time with his wife -- the pair started ballroom dancing -- the running bug bit again in 1962.

In 1971 he began competing in masters championships and set his first world record the next year, covering 10km in just a half a second over 33min at a meet in Finland.

His achievements also include WA Sportsman Of The Year in 1975 and a second nomination in 1979, after winning five gold medals at the Veteran World Championships.

In December 2002, Mr Gilmour won four gold medals at the World Masters Games in Melbourne just six weeks after doctors wanted to operate on a knee injury.

At Easter, he won three events at the Australian Veteran Athletic Championship in Perth.

Mr Gilmour helped set up the Canning District Athletics Club, the West Australian Masters Athletic Club and was president of the WA Marathon Club for 10 years. He was a founding member of the WA Coaches Association and is a life member of the WA Athletic Association.

Paul Christiansen, who nominated Mr Gilmour for the award, said he was ``a giving, humble man who donated his experience, encouragement and advice to many young athletes. He is a legend, a local hero and a true Aussie icon''.

Article from the Sunday Times.

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 Sunday, August 10, 2003 

Australia's Cuthbert weeps at unveiling of statue

Betty Cuthbert, widely regarded as Australia's greatest woman sprinter, wept tears of joy on Friday as the four-time Olympic gold medallist unveiled a 1.5 metre bronze statue of herself in full flight.

The statue is the second of 10 in the "Parade of Champions" to be installed at Melbourne Cricket Ground in time for the 2006 Commonwealth Games. The first was of cricketer Don Bradman.

Cuthbert's open-mouthed image as she crossed the line in the 100 metres final at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics was reproduced perfectly in the statue, the 65-year-old said "I always ran with my mouth wide open. You couldn't get it any wider," added Cuthbert.

Known as Australia's "Golden Girl," Cuthbert won gold medals in the 100, 200 and the 4x100 metres relay at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics and a fourth gold in the 400m at the 1964 Tokyo Games.

Cuthbert suffers from multiple sclerosis and is wheelchair-bound. Last year when she was admitted to hospital with bleeding on the brain, fans from across Australia phoned to offer their best wishes.
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 Friday, August 08, 2003 

Appointment of new General Manager

The Board of Athletics Victoria is pleased to announce the appointment of the new General Manager, Nick Honey. Nick will commence in his position on the 18th August.
Nick has a strong business background and impressed the Board with his wide range of skills which will be of great benefit to the future of Athletics Victoria. His recent work includes developing strategic plans and the compilation of successful applications for the Australian Sport Commission on behalf of national sporting bodies.

Although Nick does not have an athletics background, he impressed the Board with his knowledge of the sport and it’s potential. We believe the sport has the people working within to help him quickly come to grips with the issues.

I seek your assistance and that of your Club members in welcoming Nick to the General Manager’s position and am confident that you will help him settle in quickly.

Max Binnington

Article from the Athletics Victoria website.
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Burdekin shines at run fest

THE Burdekin Road Runners and Walkers Club was well represented at the Townsville Running Festival on Sunday, August 3.

The local runners made an impressive showing with Tony Felesina and Shane Phillips competing in the marathon; Dan Coutts, Evan Shannon, Keith Kiloh, Judy Phillips, Bryce Davies, Katherine Kettle and David Howie in the half-marathon; and Graham Webb, Tino Molino, Ned Huston, Ailsa Huston, Stevie Wassmuth, Cindy Wassmuth, Kim Howie, Rod West, Emily Shannon, Rory Shannon and Neil Inman in the 10.5km fun run.

The carnival, which attracted more than 500 entrants, with representatives including 2002 Commonwealth Games silver medalist Krishna Stanton, students from Coventry College in England, athletes from overseas, as well as all parts of Australia, was an outstanding success for all who participated in the record fields.

The Burdekin Road Runners and Walkers Club enjoyed considerable success with:

* Tony Felesina placing third in the marathon (male 30-39 years). Tony also won the title in the ``big man'' category (over 86kg) in the marathon.

* Stevie Wassmuth placing second in the 10.5km fun run (female 14-18 years).

* Tino Molino placing third in the 10.5km fun run (male 40-49 years).

* Graham Webb placing third in the 10.5km fun run (male 50-59 years).

* Ned Huston placing second in the 10.5km fun run (male 70 years and over).

Burdekin club president Tony Felesina said that with a record field of more than 80 entrants for the marathon, more than 160 for the half-marathon and about 260 in the 10.5km fun run, and such a cosmopolitan field of runners, members of the Burdekin Road Runners and Walkers Club should be proud of their achievements.

Although he was not placed, Shane Phillips also performed extremely well in his first marathon.

The club welcomes new members to its Saturday morning meetings where runners and walkers gather at Anzac Memorial Park, Ayr at 6.30am.

Whether walking or running for the first time with an organised group, come and join in the fun and enjoy fitness benefits that up to 50 members gain each week.

Article from the Ayr Advocate.
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Melbourne Marathon goes the distance for milestone

Twenty-six is a significant milestone for a marathon.

For the marathon runner, the 26th is the last full mile, and there is only the 385 yards (350 metres) reputedly added to the 1908 London Olympic course so the race could finish in front of the royal box.

This year's Melbourne marathon, to be held on October 12, is the 26th. While the runner sees the No. 26 as the finish, the Melbourne marathon is experiencing a resurgence. Sponsorship, community support and participation have all risen over the past few years. Sports goods company Asics is major sponsor through to 2006 and is interested beyond that.

It is a strong revival for a race that, like many who attempt the marathon, experienced difficulties in getting through the milestones in the high teens and early 20s. It could well have folded but for the hard work of the immediate past race director, the late John Mallinder, and the present one, Joe Murphy.

Robert de Castella, Australia's best-known marathoner by a whisker from Steve Moneghetti, has signed on as patron of the race for the next three years.

Complete article available on The Age website
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 Thursday, August 07, 2003 

Paris Beckons For Queensland's Best

Brisbane steeplechaser Peter Nowill is a late inclusion into the Australian Athletics team for this month’s World Championships in Paris.

The UQ Athletics Club star has been rewarded as Queensland’s first World Championship steeplechaser after form on the European circuit demanded selection for the World Championships.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.
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Sick children smiling

SOME very sick children are smiling thanks to the students and staff at Blackalls Park Public School.

Earlier this year the school conducted a fun run to raise money for their school, Camp Quality and the Environment Education Association.

The school raised $3417.30.

A third of the funds will be retained by the school to fund projects.

Student Wade Dillon was the star of the day, raising $252.10.

Article from the Lake Macquarie News.
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Event an exercise in fun

WHETHER you run fast or walk slow, The Herald EnergyAustralia Fun Run is all about fresh air and fundraising with a bit of competition thrown in.
Registration forms for the event, which will be held on Sunday, August 17, will be published daily in The Herald until August 15.

There are three courses for all fitness levels: A 7.5kilometre run, a 5.5kilometre run or a 5.5kilometre walk.

Entries can be mailed to The Herald office or lodged at the front counter.

Register before August 15 to receive a free t-shirt.

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

Article from the Newcastle Herald.
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Run just a wag

according to Linda Barnier & Andrew Waugh

BARNSLEY'S Robyn Hogbin, pictured, runs like a paraplegic penguin.
Her call, not ours.

That's why she quickly corrected The Word when asked if she was running in Sunday's Sun Herald City to Surf fun run from Sydney's Hyde Park to Bondi Beach.

``No! I am walking,'' she said with a laugh.

Hogbin will be part of The Con Wags, (Newcastle engineering consultants Connell Wagner), a 23-person team set to converge on the NSW capital.

The other corporate team The Word has heard about is the 19-strong and appropriately named Ruff Tuff and Stuffed, from Newcastle government software company Civica.

But while many Novocastrians will be taking the 14-kilometre course seriously, Hogbin's definitely not one of them.

``This will be my third year and I hate it,'' she said.

Say what?

``Cause it's a bloody long way!

``It's my one bit of exercise for the year. We did it a few years ago as a bit of a lark with only a few of us going in it. Last year we decided to do it officially and we made it, blisters and all.

``This year I wasn't going to do it but the boss's wife decided to do it and she can't keep up with him, so she'll walk with me.

``It's a bit of a lazy stroll. You're all alone with about 60million other people and those people pushing prams into you all the time.

``The best part is when it's all over we go and eat somewhere nice. It's all in the name of a high-class feed.

``I even bought new shoes for this year.''

Article from the Newcastle Herald.
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 Wednesday, August 06, 2003 

Team Advisory: World Championships Team Additions

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

• Peter Nowill (QLD) – 3000m steeplechase: Peter achieved the B standard for the first time in June and is added to the team on the recommendation of Head Coach Keith Connor (as per the criteria). The selectors agree with Keith’s assessment of Peter as a young athlete on the rise, with significant potential, who can challenge for a place in the final in Paris...

Susie Power (10,000m) and Craig Mottram (5000m) have withdrawn from consideration. Susie is focusing on running a marathon and Craig has recovered from a long term injury and is focusing on the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.
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Olympian runs for charity

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

But when Rod DeHighden took part in an 8km fun run at Chadstone last Sunday, he was doing more than stretching his legs.

The Moorabbin Holmesglen TAFE teacher helped raise money for children with brain cancer and other neurological disorders.

Mr DeHighden's community recreation class 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 was 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.

He said before the event that he hoped about 200 would take part in the run.

Those not prepared to take on the 8km challenge could have opted 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 were up for grabs on the day, with the winners of the men's and women's open events 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.

Article from the Moorabbin/Glen Eira Standard.
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Student Games get serious

The 22nd Universiade 2003 (World University Summer Games) is just over two weeks away and the Australian team is primed and ready to compete against some of the world's best.

The Universiade will provide a testing ground for athletes in the lead up to the 2004 Olympic Games: the Universiade is now the second largest international sporting event behind the Olympic Games in participation numbers, and provides its elite competitors with a golden opportunity to compete against world-class opposition.

Australia is sending one hundred and seventeen athletes and fifty five support staff to the largest Universiade ever in Daegu, Korea August 21-31 - a team composed of Olympians, Commonwealth Games athletes and rising stars. A far cry from the intervarsity days of old, these athletes will be taking their trip to Korea very seriously in the lead-up to Olympic Games selection.

At the Sydney Olympics, 54 members of the Australian team had competed in either the 1997 or 1999 Universiade.

"The Universiade is, for many Australian athletes, the first taste of world-class competition." said Chef de Mission Mick Poulton. "Some of Australia's great athletes launched their International careers at a Universiade and would recognise the event as their first and important step into the international arena."

Australian University Sport's Chief Executive Officer Daniel Marsden went on to Captain the Australian Water Polo team in the Sydney Olympics, having competed at the 1995 Universiade.

"The pathway from Universiade to Olympics (and Commonwealth Games) is a very clear one, for athletes, coaches, managers and support personnel." said Mr Marsden.

"The Universiade provides an environment that prepares athletes for the stage of an Olympics, though experience both on and off the sporting field, that go with and event of 7,500 elite athletes."

Australia has a strong Universiade history. Australia has won medals at fifteen of sixteen Universiades attended since Tokyo in 1967, a total of 66 Universiade medals - 19 gold, 18 silver and 29 bronze. At the last Universiade in Beijing, China (2001), Australia won six medals - three gold, a silver and two bronze medals.

The team departs for Korea on 14, 18 and 19 July. A press conference will be announced shortly for 18 July.

Click here to view the Australian Team Media Guide for the 22nd Universiade 2003 .

The word "Universiade" is a combination of "University" and "Olympiad". The Universiade, held every two years under the banner of the International University Sports Federation (FISU), comprises 10 compulsory sports - Athletics, Basketball, Fencing, Football, Gymnastics (Artistic and Rhythmic), Swimming, Diving, Volleyball, Water Polo and Tennis - and up to 3 optional sports determined by the host - Archery, Judo and Taekwondo. It has an opening and closing ceremony and athletes are housed in an athlete's village.

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 Tuesday, August 05, 2003 

Thongs bad in long run

by John Andersen

CAN anyone shed any light on the identity of the Japanese runner in the The Strand Fun Run on Sunday? The bloke, in his 20s and dressed in jeans, rubber thongs and T-shirt, appeared to be crying out in pain throughout the 10.5km race. He fell over at the finish line and was treated by an ambulance officer. One runner said the slap, slap of the thongs coupled with the odd intermittent shriek was most disconcerting.

Article from the Townsville Bulletin.
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Mottram bypasses Paris

AUSTRALIA'S premier female sprinter Lauren Hewitt is in danger of missing an individual berth at this month's world championships.

Hewitt has been unable to clock the required 200m qualifying time (23.13sec) in Europe and must sweat on the selectors granting her extra time.

The Victorian fell agonisingly close in her latest attempt, clocking 23.16sec in Belgium at the weekend.

Australia could end up without a female sprint representative at the Paris championships on August 22-31, as national 200m champion Sharon Cripps is also struggling. Cripps must clock a village entry time of 23.35sec to guarantee selection.

Chairman of selectors David Culbert said the panel would meet in the next 24 hours to decide whether to grant Hewitt and several other athletes a qualifying extension to August 13.

``There is a possibility that we won't have any female sprinters, just as we didn't have any male sprinters last year in Manchester (Commonwealth Games),'' Culbert said.

``The idea of all this is that you've got to be in form and just qualifying during the Australian season is not enough.

``There is an expectation that you are going to go to the world championships and be in better shape than you were in the domestic season.''

Hewitt will still go to Paris as part of the 4 x 100m relay team (with Cripps) and 4 x 400m squad.

Olympic pole-vault silver medallist Tatiana Grigorieva looks increasingly unlikely to make the championships after failing to register a height at the Italian titles yesterday.

Back and leg injuries have ruined Grigorieva's season and she hasn't been able to clear the qualifying standard of 4.30m.

Other athletes who are battling for selection and may require the selectors' discretion include 400m runner Daniel Batman, 1500m man Youcef Abdi, long-jumper Bronwyn Thompson, triple jumper Andrew Murphy and javelin thrower Andrew Currey.

Star distance runner Craig Mottram has decided to bypass Paris after making a stunning return to the track in Belgium at the weekend.

Mottram, off the scene with leg problems for seven months, clocked 13min 32.42sec for 5000m, a time that qualified him for the world championships.

Article from the Herald Sun.
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 Monday, August 04, 2003 

Bridge run

by Donna Jones

Donna Jones is training Penne Dennison for the 10k fun run on September 14.

If you're feeling a little sore after your first week of training, don't let it put you off. Even Penne Dennison, Presenter for Movie Network (Foxtel, Austar, Optus) and Entertainment Reporter for Take 40 Australia, suffered serious muscle soreness. "I couldn't walk properly for two days after training," she says.

Still, Penne is feeling more determined than ever. In week one, Penne managed to get in two run/walk sessions, a long walk and two yoga sessions - not to mention some walking lunges and hill walks for building her lower body strength.

"I'm fearful I won't make the distance," she says, "but I guess I'll just have to keep on keeping on."

If you're worried too, take her advice and keep going with this week's training.

Penne's program - Week 2

Penne is running on non-consecutive days and doing yoga on the days she isn't running. Be sure to warm up and do stretches for the lower body and lower back, both before and after your workout.

* session 1 30 to 35-minute run/walk (run solid pace for 3 to 5 minutes, walk 1 to 2 minutes to recover), repeat 5 to 6 times. Followed by 3 x hill walks of 100 to 200m and 3 to 5 sets of squats, varied sit-ups and back extension work on the Fitball

* session 2 35-minute run/walk (run as far as you can, walk to recover and repeat)

* session 3 45-minute brisk walk

* session 4 (optional) 45 to 60-minute cross-train cardio session (swim, box, cardio equipment in gym)

how to enter

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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In step for our big run

EVERY morning Nicole Salisbury sprints up Manly's steep hills to be rewarded with breathtaking views off North Head.

On September 14, the 30-year-old promotions manager will be rewarded for her hard work with views of Sydney Harbour as she competes in The Sunday Telegraph's 10km Bridge Run. ``The view I get from North Head in the mornings is well worth the pain of getting there,'' Ms Salisbury said. ``That's what I love best about the Bridge Run, you compete while taking in the best view ever.

``I can feel like Wonder Woman as I power across the Harbour Bridge.''

Now in its third year, The Sunday Telegraph Bridge Run has become a popular event on the athletic calendar. Last year, more than 10,000 Australian and international entrants competed in the 10km fun run, the only community road race that closes the Harbour Bridge to traffic.

This year, the run will start at North Sydney Oval, make its way across the Harbour Bridge and on to the Cahill Expressway and Mrs Macquaries Rd, before finishing at the Sydney Opera House.

Entertainment and refreshment will be offered at the Royal Botanic Gardens after the run.

On the same day, the Flora Sydney Marathon will track the famous blue line to Sydney Olympic Park. A new event, the half marathon, will give runners a choice of distances.

Entry forms for The Sunday Telegraph Bridge Run can be found online at Online entries close on September 12, and mail entries must be received by September 5.

Article from the Sunday Telegraph.
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All set for start in the world's greatest race


IT has more colour than a kaleidoscope and a community spirit that's second to none.

The 2003 Sun-Herald City to Surf races into history again next Sunday when about 60,000 people are expected to flock to the Sydney CBD for the 33rd edition of the great fun run to Bondi Beach.

Rated the world's largest timed road race for the second straight year, The Sun-Herald City to Surf will feature the cream of Australia's running elite and a massive supporting cast.

Over a 14-kilometre course starting with the familiar flood of runners down William Street and a long, challenging climb through the hilly eastern suburbs, runners, joggers and walkers will soak up the exciting, fun-filled atmosphere the race is renowned for.

Up front, Victorian Haley McGregor has become clear favourite for women's title since the withdrawal late last week of recordholder Susie Power, who has a lower back injury.

Race experts say this year will also be the best chance of an Australian men's winner since Lee Troop won the race in 1997.

The Australian hopes with the best credentials include veteran Olympian Shaun Creighton and up-and-coming AIS-based runners Mark Thompson and Brett Cartwright .

Added to the mix are two young Tanzanian runners, Patrick Nyangelo and Dickson Marwa , who raced in their first Sun-Herald City to Surf last year and recorded times of 43:02 and 43:47 respectively.

Retired distance specialist Pat Carroll , a fast-finishing second (in 40:44) behind Steve Moneghetti when he set the race record of 40:03 in 1991, believes all three Australians can run between 41 and 42 minutes and win the race next Sunday.

Creighton is the oldest of the local trio at 35, but he boasts the best Sun-Herald City to Surf time of 40:52.

Thompson, 24, finished third in his City to Surf debut last year in 42:05 and later admitted he underestimated the slog of the final four kilometres.

Cartwright, 30, is nearing the peak of his powers. His best time in the City to Surf is 41:40, which he recorded when he was fifth in 1999.

Carroll is absolutely certain of one thing none of the elite runners in this year's event will come close to breaking Moneghetti's 12-year-old race record of 40:03.

Due to the construction of the cross-city tunnel and the resultant narrowing of the Kings Cross tunnel, competitors, this year, will have to be tapered through from the city side.

To assist with the smooth flow of the race, the HSBC Start and smart Back of the Pack start times will be delayed for several minutes longer than usual.

Organisers say that people should not be concerned about the delay, as overall times will be adjusted.

Participants are advised to use public transport. Check with State Transit on 131 500 for information about buses and trains.

There is still time to lodge an entry. There are three ways:

The final printed entry form of 2003 can be found on page 93 of today's Sun-Herald.

The Sun-Herald City to Surf Shop, at Four Points by Sheraton, 161 Sussex Street (the nearest cross street is Market Street), will process entries. It is open from 9am to 4.30pm tomorrow to Friday and 9am to 3.30pm on Saturday.

You can enter online at until 6pm, Wednesday August 6.

No late entries will be accepted on race day.

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.

Article from the Sun Herald.
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Runners of species great and small


Yesterday's misty start to the Canberra morning was perfect for gorillas but it was as bears, penguins, lions and hares that the more than 100 participants in the Academy of Sport's Fun Run Training Program had their first shuffle and run of the program.

Coordinator Neville Bleakley had us all seed ourselves into one of four animal groups according to how fit we were and how much running and other exercise we do. All over Canberra those of you who plan to take part in The Canberra Times Family Fun Run on September 21 should, now, be making similar assessments of what wildlife category you fit into.

Bears mustn't kid themselves that they're hares but then neither should you dismiss yourself (as some did yesterday, nervously, because discovering the true bear or penguin within) as just a tortoise.

Yesterday this reporter enjoyed the camaraderie of the penguins and we jogged, nattering to one another (it's important to train at a pace that leaves you with enough breath with which to chat to your comrades) from the Acton Ferry Terminal and back again around a National Museum flattered and made mystical-looking by its veil of mist.

Afterwards sports physiologist Ben Wisbey gave good advice for everyone in training for the September 21 run.

Set yourself an 'objective' for your performance of the 10km run so that you can train appropriately. Modest objectives, such as simply aiming to walk it as vigorously as you can are fine. This reporter always aims to finish the run (it begins at 10am) in time to be able to go to Evening Prayer at St John's.

Mr Wisbey says your training should have a 'consistency' about it so that over the coming weeks you build up and improve your anaerobic endurance and strength endurance.

Your training should be consistent and kind to your body and so try to spread your running throughout the week, running at consistent speeds and allowing yourself rest days between your running days. If you have, say, two quite serious training runs in a week then try to arrive for them fresh and rested, having had an easy day the day before.

Resist the temptation, Mr Wisbey warns, to get 'carried away' by early (early in your training regime) feelings of well-being that might make you think you should be out there running every day.

Doing too much too soon will make you injury prone.

And if you do develop injuries, he warned us (as the mist began to lift revealing that the vague blobs on the lake had been swans all the time) 'get on top of them' quickly by going to see a sports medicine doctor or a physio since injuries don't 'just go away'.

Article from the Canberra Times.
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More than fun out of running

AUSTRALIANS may be living longer but the key to leading a full and rewarding life is keeping physically active, advice perhaps well heeded by most of the 14,500 people who turned up to yesterday's annual Sunday Mail Suncorp Bridge to Brisbane Fun Run. The popularity of this event is obvious to anyone who has seen the sea of runners washing up the Gateway Bridge towards the city soon after dawn on race day. Brisbane goes all year without seeing as many people gathered in one place so early in the morning. And yesterday's turnout was hardly unique -- a month ago more than 11,000 ran in the Gold Coast Marathon and associated events.

But the big fun run crowds only reflect the way many Queenslanders have chosen to live. Adult Queenslanders have a better participation rate in running and walking than the national average. Moreover, Department of Sport and Recreation figures suggest that love of activity does not disappear with age. It may not be surprising that about 57,000 Queenslanders between the ages of 55 and 65 list lawn bowls as a favourite activity. But just as many in the same age group rate running as a favourite as well.

More mature-age Queenslanders appreciating the effects of physical activity on their well-being will result in less pressure on the health system, and less reliance by individuals on medications in later life. That is something those fun runners who are feeling a little sore this morning might appreciate.

Editorial from the Courier Mail.
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Human millipede enjoys morning legwork

by Brendan O'Malley

From the air they looked like a giant new species of millipede, pounding along the Brisbane River on 14,506 pairs of legs before keeling over with exhaustion 12km later at New Farm Park.

"They'' were the fun runners, thousands of hardy and fit souls who took to the streets yesterday morning for the seventh The Sunday Mail Suncorp Bridge to Brisbane Fun Run.

This year two fleet-footed Tanzanians and a lone Aussie were at the head of the colourful parade.

Eighteen-year-old Patrick Nyangelo -- who threw himself over the finish line in a whisker over 35 minutes to win -- and his running partner Dickson Marwa were tested almost every metre of the 12km event by Brett Cartwright before the Tanzanians broke him in the last 500m.

Melbourne-based Olympic hopeful Anna Thompson, the first woman home, was quietly confident going into her first Bridge to Brisbane.

Her optimism proved well founded when the 2002 World Cross Country champion clocked 40min 21sec.

Fast as the leaders were, they struggled to match the brilliance of the wheelies.

After a painful, slow slog up the Gateway Bridge, winner Jason McGregor came from third to power down the north side of the bridge at a heart-stopping 67km/h.

He kept pursuers at bay to the end before rolling over the line in a flat 35 minutes.

For thousands of runners and walkers further back, the morning was a chance to work on personal bests, give the kids a day out or even flaunt their sartorial skills.

The event is expected to raise $200,000 for charities, including the Princess Alexandra research team and the Cerebal Palsy League -- about the same as last year. Runners also picked up more than $80,000 in prizes and the chance to win a Suzuki Liana.

Article from the Courier Mail.
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Visitors sweep fun run placings

by Adam Gardini

VISITING students from a United Kingdom school and a Canadian runner made it an international clean sweep of the Townsville Podiatry Centre 10.5km Fun Run yesterday.

Eighteen-year-old James Griggs and 17-year-old Daniel Taylor from Woodlands School in Coventry finished first and second with 35-year-old Canadian Joe Radench third of the 260-strong field.

Griggs clocked a time of 37mins 23secs which fell short of the course record (36.27) set by David Whitehead in 2001.

The 16 members of the touring Coventry team arrived in Australia last Wednesday and will contest next weekend's City to Surf event in Sydney before tackling a schools event in a fortnight.

Coventry team manager Paul Hayes said it was a pleasing performance by the students, who range from age 14 to 18, in their first race on Australian soil.

``It was a good first run considering they've had lots of travelling in the last two or three days,'' Hayes said.

``They've obviously been tired but we had a day on the beach to start with and just let them run around to stretch the legs.

``They had a nice easy run on Saturday morning just to sort of turn themselves over and then they were out at Magnetic Island which they thought was wonderful.''

Hayes indicated there were fairly high expectations of the team given the school's strength in the United Kingdom.

``Two or three of them are international schoolboys anyway so they're running at a fairly high level and most of them are equivalent to state runners so they are a pretty good team,'' he said.

Kirwan's Jason Kerrisk headed the local entries in the fun run with a fourth placing in a time of 39.30 while 15-year-old Hermit Park runner Om Halliday finished fifth in 39.52.

Rhiannon Brown of Aitkenvale smashed the previous women's course record of 44.07 set by Kerri Renshaw last year with an outstanding run of 40.40 to finish sixth overall in the event.

Townsville Roadrunners president Brian Armit was overwhelmed with the 500-plus entrants for the three events which surpassed last year's turnout of 380.

Article from the Townsville Bulletin.
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Hill and Johnson Place At Night Of Athletics Grand Prix

Some of Australia's leading athletes showed preparations for the up coming world championships are well and truly on track, at the famous "KBC Night of Athletics" Grand Prix II meet overnight (Saturday 2nd August 2003), Heusden, Belgium. Highlights include Benita Johnson's second place in the women's 5000m, Clinton Hill's third place in the men's 400m, and plenty of personal best times by athletes including Georgie Clarke, Emily Morris and Youcef Abdi. Read on for details.

• Benita Johnson again impressed in the Women's 5000m, finishing second place in a very swift 14:54.52, her second best ever performance, her second sub-15 minute time and number eleven in the World in 2003. Johnson was close behind first place getter Isabella Ochichi from Kenya (14:52.33)...

• In Craig Mottram's first race back since September 21st 2002 (when he won the World Cup 3000m), he crossed the line in 15th clocking 13:32.42, a 2003 World Championships and 2004 Olympic B qualifier. Mottram was using this event as a guide to his fitness levels after resuming running just six weeks ago following a long term injury.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.
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 Friday, August 01, 2003 

Big Aussie Presence At Night Of Athletics

After several quiet weeks on the athletics competition scene overseas, things are about to hot up.

Some of Australia's leading athletes will take part in the famous "KBC Night of Athletics" this weekend (Saturday 2nd August 2003), at the provincial town of Heusden in the north of Belgium. It is an IAAF GP2 Meeting...

• In his comeback race, Craig Mottram will test his fitness at 5000m. He is using this event as a guide to his levels after resuming running just six weeks ago following a long term injury.

• Benita Johnson has a chance to again challenge her Australian record over 5000m as the pace here will be very swift indeed .

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.
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Aussie battler still in 3100 mile race

Canberra-runner Matt Boulton is still in the world's longest foot-race the 3100 mile (4960 km) Sri Chinmoy race in New York USA. On the 45th days, Matt ran 42.8 miles (68.48 km) to bring him to 2105 miles (3368 km). He has been in last (6th) place since the start of the race.

The race is obviously made even harder by virtue of it being held in the summer season - temperatures have been floating around 28C daily.

More information is available on the race website.

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