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 Tuesday, September 30, 2003 

Whitehorse Mega Mile Fun Run and Walk

The Whitehorse Mega Mile Fun Run/Walk is a 2 mile (3.2km) event which will focus on community participation. The event, which is to be held on Sunday 30th November along Whitehorse Road, is being organised by Athletics Victoria in partnership with The City of Whitehorse to raise money for Victoria’s Commonwealth Games Athletes. Steve Moneghetti is the Patron of the event and will be present on the day along with other Commonwealth Games and Olympic athletes.

Over 4,000 participants are expected, making this event "The Biggest Sporting Event in the Eastern Suburbs". All participants receive a commemorative Moneghetti Medal as well as going into the draw to win a Toyota Echo (donated by Nunawading Toyota) and a $6,000 spa (donated by Maax Spa Corporation).

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.

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Tergat sets new record, Mutola to quit in 2005

Kenya's Paul Tergat set a world-best time for the marathon yesterday, winning the Berlin race in a time of two hours four minutes 55 seconds, according to unofficial results.

Tergat, 34, bettered the mark of 2:05:38 set by American Khalid Khannouchi at the London Marathon on April 14, 2002.

Complete article at The Age website.

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 Monday, September 29, 2003 

Australian Team Announced For World Half Marathon Championships

Athletics Australia have announced their Australian Team to contest the 12th IAAF World Half-Marathon Championships in Vila Moura, Portugal on Sat 4 October 2003.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.

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Family reunion on track for new Australian citizen

By Robert Messenger

For Gemechu Challa Woyecha, the first of three driving ambitions became a reality yesterday when he became an Australian citizen. Now Woyecha, 24, wants to be reunited with his wife and six-year-old son, who he has not seen for three years, and to represent Australia in the marathon at next year's Athens Olympic Games.

``I have waited so long for this,'' he said. ``I am very happy. If I can be with my wife and son again, and run for Australia in Athens, I will be very happy, too.''

Ethiopian-born Woyecha ran for Qatar at the Sydney Olympics three years ago, under the adopted Islamic name of Rashid Khaleel Jamal, but he was not in the relaxed state of mind that would have allowed him to concentrate on the race. He failed to finish after reaching the 40km mark, a little more than 2km from the line, in 79th place in 2hr 45min 4sec.

He is a much better marathoner than that. Indeed, his coach, Dick Telford of the Australian Institute of Sport, said at yesterday's citizenship ceremony at the ACT Legislative Assembly that he believed Woyecha was capable of running 2hr 9min for the distance. Such a time would certainly make him a leading contender to break into an Australian marathon team which performed reasonably well at the world track and field championships in Paris last month.

Woyecha cannot be judged on his first Olympic experience because at that time he was going through the painful process of planning to leave his wife and son even further behind him and stay in Australia as a refugee. His family remain in Ethiopia and Woyecha could not name them yesterday for on-going fears for their safety. He said he wanted to bring his wife and son to live with him as soon as possible.

For Telford, Woyecha's citizenship means he will now be able to travel overseas, compete in some of the major international marathons on fast courses, tap into his true potential and represent Australia. The first objective is the Fukuoka marathon in Japan on December 7, where Telford said the aim was for Woyecha to run 2hr 11min 30sec. It was at Fukuoka that Australian Derek Clayton became the first man to break 2hr 10min in 1967 and Canberra's Rob de Castella ran 2hr 8min 18sec in 1981.

Telford said it was unfortunate that, after winning his second Canberra marathon last year, Woyecha was unable to take up the prize of a trip to compete in the Chicago marathon in October. Woyecha ran 2hr 16min 23sec in winning his first Canberra marathon in 2001 and won the title a third time in April. ``He's got room for heaps of improvement,'' Telford said.

Woyecha's best is 2hr 14min 50sec, the Qatar national record he set in finishing second in the Gold Coast marathon on June 24, 2001. When Woyecha set that record, he was already an asylum-seeker. All his documents had been held by Qatar team officials when he elected to stay in Australia after the Sydney Olympics, and his primary application for refugee status was rejected. He was granted a temporary protection visa in May. Woyecha also ran a Qatar 10km road record of 29min 51sec in Tasmania on October 14, 2001. He also won his second consecutive Canberra Times Fun Run last weekend.

Article from the Canberra Times.

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 Friday, September 26, 2003 

Johnson no show

by Andrew Carswell

THE much-anticipated dogfight between in-form Australian runners Hayley McGregor and Benita Johnson won't eventuate in the 2003 Skilled Burnie Ten.

Johnson, the first woman across the line in last year's Ten, has chosen not to defend her crown, instead opting to concentrate on the World Half Marathon Championships.

Her absence has installed McGregor as clear race favourite. But the public will see a different McGregor in the streets of Burnie on October 12. As her burgeoning bag of titles this year testifies, the 24-year-old has improved out of sight.

The Melbourne-based runner has won the Victorian 10 km road title, the Victorian Cross Country title, the Australian Cross Country title, the famed Herald Sun City to Surf race in Sydney and Adelaide's City to Bay fun run. She has also managed a fifth placing in the 5000 metres at the World University Games.

"Behind Benita, she's the top female distance runner in Australia at the moment and will be the one to beat in Burnie next month,'' Burnie Ten elite athlete co-ordinator Marion Taylor said.

Article from The Advocate.

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 Thursday, September 25, 2003 

Long run for a good mate

ANDY Brayshaw notched up 70km of a 168km charity run on Saturday before an injury prevented him from continuing.

However Mr Brayshaw still managed to raise money for his friend Jim Murphy who has cancer.

The West Ryde army training officer attempted to run just a week after completing the Sydney marathon. ``My friend Jim is a reserve member in the same unit, but based in Adamstown, and has been diagnosed with terminal cancer of the rectum and the liver, so I did the run to raise money to support him and his family,'' he said.

After 9 hours and 70 kilometres on the road Mr Brayshaw suffered a groin strain.

He hopes the $10 000 pledged for his friend would still be raised and he will attempt the run again next year.

``I used to do a lot of running when I was in the British Army and I've always done plenty of long distance endurance running.''

Mr Brayshaw has run long distances for charity since the 1980s and on one occasion he clocked up 276 miles in three days.

He left Britain 16 months ago to continue his career in the military and this week said it was the challenge and the achievement of long distance running that kept him going.

``I get satisfaction out of it and they (charities) get something out of it.

``They benefit from my pain,'' he said.

He said he was able to keep fit at work by running with the medics and keeping them motivated.

An average week for Mr Brayshaw involves 14-18 runs totalling up to 150 kilometres.

``A lot of it is mental attitude,'' he said.

``At the end of the day it doesn't matter how hard the run is, it's the cause that counts and I hope that many people will sponsor me for the run.''

Inquiries: 0412 177 154.

Article from the Northern District Times.

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 Wednesday, September 24, 2003 

Record number of 3-2-1 Go participants

SMASHING records is an integral part of the popular B&E 3-2-1 Go kids' fun run. In fact, it's becoming an annual occurrence within the event.

In what is billed as the largest children's fun run in Tasmania, the 3-2-1 Go is set to smash records again this year with the greatest number of participants since its inception.

To be held two weeks after the high-profile Skilled Burnie Ten, more than 1400 children from throughout the State's North will take to the course at West Park Oval in Burnie on October 26.

The 2003 event was launched yesterday at Cooee Primary School, a fitting venue considering the school won the schools' incentive award in 2002 for having the highest number of participants pro-rata.

"We are looking at smashing participation numbers this year with a fantastic response so far,'' race director Marion Taylor said.

Article from The Advocate.

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First flag for Harriers

MALVERN Harriers women's team secured a historic victory in the Athletics Victoria Winter Premiership campaign by taking out the final event of the nine-race series, the Burnley Half Marathon last weekend.

The victory gave the Harriers women their first division one premiership. They began competing in 1978/79.

Having already won the 10km road, 6km road relay, 8km cross country, 4km cross country and the Coliban Road Championship events, Malvern was a clear winner in the Winter Premiership points race with 108.

Glenhuntly Athletics Club's always-strong line-up placed second with 94 points. Ringwood was next with 70 points.

Leading the way at Burnley was Michelle Jelleff, who set a personal best of 83:39 to place fifth overall.

Jelleff next steps up to contest the Melbourne Marathon on October 12 and is sure to figure highly among the women's placegetters.

Marienne Hibbert was next fastest at Burnley, clocking 87:52 and taking out the Victorian Over 45s half marathon title in the process.

The reliable Tracey Austin rounded out the Malvern division one team with yet another personal best performance of 88:33.

In other women's performances, Amy England achieved her goal of a sub-100 minute run by recording 99:35, while Barbara Fay produced yet another solid run of 103:00.

The Malvern men's team was led in by Dean Lane with a time of 73:32. Lane used the race as a valuable lead up to the Burnie Ten, Australia's premier 10km road race slated for October 12.

Other Malvern men performing well at Burnley included Stephen Mulholland (81:50) in his first race for the Harriers, Max Howard (82:03) taking fourth place in the Over 50s Championship, and Francis Kaszmarek (91:02), who completed the distance in his trademark pair of thongs.

While the half marathoners were running up and down Burnley Boulevard, fellow Harriers Alex White and Claire Fritze were racing around Albert Park Lake as part of the ``Very Special Kids Piggy Bank Appeal Trot.'' White and Fritze tasted victory in their respective events. White won the 5km men's race in an impressive time of 15:54 while Fritze took line honours in the women's race with an equally impressive time of 19:14.

To cap a tremendous weekend for Malvern, Kate Seibold-Crosbie claimed victory in the Sydney Harbour Bridge 10km run in a personal best time of 34:37. A field of more than 6000 took part in the Bridge run, which crossed Sydney's most famous landmark before finishing at the steps of the Opera House.

Seibold-Crosbie competed in the race as part of her involvement in the Prime Minister's ``Running for a Future'' team. She is one of five athletes from across Australia selected to form the inaugural Prime Minister's team, which is aimed at developing potential Olympic marathon runners through sporting and corporate mentor programs.

Article from the Malvern Prahran Leader.

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More runners means more fun


BEING part of the fun is what the B & E 3-2-1 Go is all about, and one school is keen to show rivals just how it is done.

The 3-2-1 Go fun run is the children's alternative to the Skilled Burnie 10.

Although it has only about 100 pupils, Cooee Primary is a big supporter. Last year, more than half the school took part in 3-2-1 Go, winning the award for most participants pro-rata.

This year's event -- on Sunday, October 26 -- was launched yesterday at the school. And even more youngsters plan to enter this year.

Organisers are expecting a record 1500 young people aged from five to 13 from all around the state for the event, held two weeks after the prestigious 10km footrace. Race director Marion Taylor said they were hoping to smash participation numbers.

``Since its inception, children have embraced the day and it has become a major community event,'' she said.

B & E chief executive Russell Paterson said: ``B&E is a community-minded organisation and we are proud to be associated with an event that is growing in size every year.''

3-2-1 Go grew from a desire by organisers of the Burnie 10 to cater for children under the age of 13 who wanted to experience the thrill of running in a community fun run over an appropriate distance.

The event now has races over 1km, 2km, and 3km.

Last year there were 1142 competitors.

Article from The Mercury.

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The Right Track Open Letter (NSW)

The follow letter was written by the owner of The Right Track magazine, Derek Foley in the September 2003 issue - and as it turns out, the final issue.

"Unfortunately, we are unable to continue printing and mailing out monthly issues of The Right Track, as we have been doing since August 1995. The loss of so many fun runs from the yearly calendar and the reluctance of event organisers to distribute their entry forms means that a monthly mail-out is no longer feasible.

Up until the Sydney Olympics in 2000, there were an average of 240 fun runs per year in NSW and the ACT. With the 2000 Olympics came restrictions on all road races in Sydney for about 6 months, and the introduction of much more stringent RTA and Council conditions for event approvals, including the lodgement of formal Traffic Management Plans and the provision of $10 million Public Liability insurance. The financial toll on race organisers was huge, and as a result many long-running events went to the wall and many other potential new events failed to get off the ground. By 2003, there were only 64 events in our calendar for the year, excluding club series runs.

We are struggling now to put together an issue of The Right Track that contains anything more than details of a handful of events and one or two entry forms, and which costs us much more to print, pack and post than the subscription revenue can cover, and this is traditionally the peak fun run season in NSW.

So this will be our last mail-out, and includes an event calendar for the rest of 2003, together with ail the entry forms we have at the moment. We will not be taking any further subscriptions or renewals.

We would like to thank you all very much for your support of our service, especially those who have been with us since the beginning. We hope you received value from our efforts over the last 8 years.

We will increase the event calendar information and provide more downloadable entry forms on our website at We will also continue to take our display stand to events we attend, so that any entry forms we do receive will be available from there. When budget allows, and with event organisers' support, we will mail out event information packages when they become available.

Please feel free to phone us on (02) 9738-8638 if you are looking for event information, trying to find out results, planning to put on a fun run in your area, or if you just want to talk about your running and walking experiences.

Thank you all, and we look forward to seeing you out there on The Right Track.

Yours sincerely

Derek Foley and Lesley Blackwood

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 Tuesday, September 23, 2003 

Mottram signs on for Ten

by Andrew Carswell.

MISSING in action for the most of the season, top Australian distance runner Craig Mottram has signed on the dotted line for the 2003 Skilled Burnie Ten.

Mottram's defence of the Ten title he claimed last year wasn't looking likely after he sustained a debilitating injury on the Australian summer circuit.

But the thrill of beating a class field of distance runners and leading home more than 2000 competitors has attracted his services.

Such was his dominance in last year's Burnie Ten, Mottram's time of just over 28 minutes and 30 seconds still stands at the top of the Australian 10,000-metre rankings for the past 12 months.

Not a bad effort considering 10,000 metres certainly isn't his preferred distance. Burnie Ten elite athlete coordinator Marion Taylor said Mottram's presence would add to the prestige of the race.

Article from The Advocate.

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Minister kept on run - from start to finish

South Australian Sport Minister Michael Wright was busy at the City-Bay Fun Run on Sunday. Forget warm-ups and warm-downs and meditative focusing on the finish line, Mr Wright fired the starter gun and then joined competitors to complete the course in under an hour. And he had no time for warm-downs, stretches, and post-race analysis because he lined up to present the trophies to the winners. His Cabinet colleague, Planning Minister Jay Weatherill, also finished in under 60 minutes while Premier Mike Rann was among the walkers, slicing about 20 minutes off his personal best.

Article from The Advertiser.

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 Monday, September 22, 2003 

Snow Falls for World Mountain Running Trophy

The 19th World Mountain Running Trophy kicked off in Anchorage Alaska on Saturday 20 September. In contrast to the clear blue skies and mild 10 degrees days, runners woke to find the mountains had disappeared in the thick fog and were covered in snow, with snow continuing to fall throughout the day.

Just seeing the course markers was a challenge, and in many sections of the course runners had no option but to keep to single file. The weather on top of Mt Aleyska was reported as 30cm of snow and zero degrees, whilst down below at race start level it was 2 degrees.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.

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Runners raise $50,000 for charity


ENTRANTS in Sydney's leading running event have raised more than $50,000 for some of Australia's most worthy charities.

Proceeds from The Sunday Telegraph 10km Bridge Run and the Flora Sydney Marathon last Sunday will benefit the National Heart Foundation, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Australian Children's Music Foundation.

The National Heart Foundation received around $25,000 from event entry fees and its sponsored runners in the Winning Hearts team.

Heart Foundation executive director Maree Faulkner said entrants in The Sunday Telegraph 10km Bridge Run, marathon and half-marathon donated more than $14,000.

``We also had more than 100 people join our special Winning Hearts fundraising team,'' Ms Faulkner said.

``We expect that these dedicated individuals and corporate teams will have raised more than $11,000 for our medical research and community health programs.

``The Sydney Marathon Festival is a great community event that we'd like to see grow even bigger and better next year, as it's a fun way to promote a healthy, active lifestyle, plus have the unique opportunity to run across the Harbour Bridge.''

The money will be used for research into cardiovascular disease, which is Australia's number-one killer.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation raised around $30,000 from the day. The foundation grants

wishes to children suffering life-threatening illnesses.

This year, more than 300 runners from ING bank entered the bridge run to help raise money for the foundation.

Celebrity runners included Peter Corbett, winner of the Big Brother 2 reality-TV show; Yvette Duncan, MTV presenter; and Jenny Baird and Fletcher Humphreys, stars of Channel Seven's drama All Saints.

The Australian Children's Music Foundation (ACMF) received around $1000 from the run.

Formed by musician and former Playschool host Don Spencer in July, the charity aims to provide disadvantaged children with musical instruments.

Mr Spencer said he formed the charity because he was concerned that children's imaginations were not being fostered to their full potential.

Plans are also underway for a children's radio station and a national children's songwriting competition.

Among the runners for the ACMF team were Sunday Telegraph fashion editor and columnist Melissa Hoyer, Channel 10 newsreader Sandra Sully, former Olympian and athletics commentator Peter Hadfield and former Olympic swimmer Scott Miller.

This year also saw the start of a new event, the Kids Fun Run 4 Health for under 12s at Sydney Olympic Park.

It was led by Australian 800m champion Tamsyn Lewis, who hailed the success of the event.

``Sport should be about fun and participation, and this is what the kid's run today was all about,'' the athlete said.

``It was great to see all the kids smiling and having a great time. I really enjoyed it.''

Article from the Sunday Telegraph.

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A runaway success - Thousands flock to The Sunday Telegraph event


FROM the air, they looked like a giant new species of millipede, pounding along the Sydney Harbour Bridge on 12,500 pairs of legs before keeling over with exhaustion 10km later at the Opera House.

``They'' were the bridge runners, thousands of hardy and fit souls who took to the streets last Sunday morning for the third annual The Sunday Telegraph 10km Bridge Run and Flora Sydney Marathon.

The weather was perfect, giving extra sparkle to the popular fun run with the best view in the world.

Helicopters buzzed overhead and cameras clicked as bystanders cheered on the entrants making their way from North Sydney to the Opera House.

Even the serious runners in the Flora Sydney Marathon, who continued on to Homebush Bay, couldn't ignore the sensational views of the harbour.

Television personality Penne Dennison, who spent five weeks preparing with trainer Donna Jones, breezed through the 10km bridge run.

``When you consider I couldn't even run one kilometre without stopping before I started training, I reckon I've done pretty well here today,'' Dennison said.

The Australian Children's Music Foundation, Make-a-Wish Foundation and the National Heart Foundation were this year's race beneficiaries. The ACMF, founded by musician and former Playschool host Don Spencer, received around $1000 towards establishing a library from which disadvantaged children can borrow musical instruments.

Motivations were many.

Leah Hastings, 24, from the remote mining town of Mount Isa in Queensland, came for the views.

``It's not every day that they close down the Harbour Bridge so people can run across it, so I just couldn't pass up the opportunity,'' Ms Hastings said.

Then there were others like the Bailey family of North Manly, who turned the run into a family day out, with mum Anna, 35, dad Harold, 36, and kids Chloe, 10, and Ava, 2, all doing the 10km run.

``We spent three weeks training for this and I reckon we've done pretty well,'' Mr Bailey said.

``Others, like Ava, have it a little easier though,'' he said as Ava gurgled contentedly in her pram.

It seemed everyone was getting in on the action, with age posing no barrier.

Claudia Simpson, a sprightly 82-year-old, walked the race with her daughter.

``They say if you don't use it, you lose it, and I don't plan on losing anything just yet,'' said Ms Simpson, of Lidcombe. ``It's been a lovely day. I'm not going too fast, so I can enjoy the view.''

Then there was nine-year-old Josh Davies from Thornleigh, the youngest competitor to clock a time under 45 minutes.

``I got 43 minutes -- I was pretty happy with my run but I'm hoping to get it under 40 next year,'' he said.

The Sunday Telegraph 10km Bridge Run was won by Canberra's Scott Wescott in a time of 29 minutes and 49 seconds.

The women's division was won by Melbourne's Kate Seibold-Crosbie in 34 minutes and 37 seconds, and the wheelchair division by Sydney's Paul Nunnari in 23 minutes and 24 seconds.

Two fleet-footed Tanzanians and a lone Aussie were at the head of the Flora Sydney Marathon pack.

Oswald Revelian threw himself over the finish line to win in a time of 2 hours, 26 minutes and 5 seconds.

Central coast runner Paul Arthur, whose battle with depression and drugs has been well publicised, had a huge comeback, placing second with a time of 2 hours, 31 minutes and 26 seconds.

Tanzanian runner Tausi Juma raced to glory, taking out the women's line honours in the Flora Sydney Marathon with a time of 2 hours, 46 minutes and 25 seconds.

Article from the Sunday Telegraph.

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Runners relish their day under the sun

By Andrew Benson

The rain cleared just in time to leave the 2003 Canberra Times Fun Run basking in sunlight yesterday. Close to 2350 runners, joggers, and walkers took part in the 10km event, raising $30,170 for the National Heart Foundation. Canberra based marathon runner Gemechu Woyecha won his second consecutive CT Fun Run in 29 minutes 33 seconds after finishing too strong for Australian 10km champion Shaun Creighton (29.53). Jackie Gallagher was the first female competitor home, completing the course in 33.49, well ahead of last year's winner Sarah Salmon (36.13). The very first person across the line was wheelchair athlete George Mein in a time of 27.04. In the past 12 years the fun run has raised more than $365,000 for the foundation. Eileen Jerga from the National Heart Foundation said the foundation was always pleased to be involved with the event. ``It's alway really exciting, it is one of the highlights of the Heart Foundation's year,'' she said.

Early on it looked like the runners would be accompanied around the course by a persistent drizzle. But the clouds parted almost on cue and the sun shone down on the mass of competitors. While the winners crossed the finish line in close to half an hour, there was a steady stream of people finishing well up to the two-hour mark. Although the race is serious for many, a large proportion of competitors obviously were more concerned about the ``fun'' aspect of the run than the race itself. Canberrans of all ages, from young children to great- grandparents, and all fitness levels were represented.

Article from the Canberra Times.

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Perfect day for a stampede

By Ian Warden

The cool, still conditions for the start of yesterday's 28th Canberra Times Family Fun Run were so perfect that starter Rob de Castella, loading his starter's pistol, taunted us with the thought that if ever any of us were going to beat his own record time for the run then this was surely the day. If you can't do it today, he teased, then his record would probably last forever.

All around me runners pawed the tarmac of Yamba Drive impatiently with their Nike-shod hooves as though they couldn't wait to gallop off and take up the challenge. But as well as teasing and taunting us, the great man also told us we were wonderful human beings for showing up for the run, for sharing in the ``camaraderie'' of the occasion and for supporting the ACT division of the Heart Foundation.

And so, helped by the warm inner glow given by this pat on the back from one of the gods of athletics, the stampede began and soon those of us who were common runners with ideas above our station were facing the harsh realities of 10km of running. For this common runner and for lots of folk around me, the spiritual help given by Deek's words of praise had worn off by about the 3km mark, as the long toil up Yarra Glen began to ask serious questions, some of them unanswerable, of everyone's hearts and lungs and knees.

Some of us were lucky enough to have loved ones on the bridges to cheer us on, although by the second bridge at Kent Street, few of us had the spare puff with which to shout our thanks. And it was by that bridge that the serious spitting, a sign of a runner's distress, had begun. Only a deft foxtrot enabled me to avoid what a woman just in front of me suddenly decorated Adelaide Avenue with.

But from just opposite The Lodge the run is substantially down hill and yesterday, with the weather sparkling in one of the world's loveliest cities, a kind of euphoria was induced and the fun run began to feel like fun.

But just as it seemed sheer euphoria would enable us to float to the finish, we turned off Kings Avenue bridge and down into Kings Park to head for the finish in Commonwealth Park, and found ourselves opposed by a muscular head wind. Over the last 200m to the finish line that finish line seemed to some of us to break into a jog of its own, running away from us. The Devil said that there would be no shame in just walking to the finish but somehow at that moment this Evil was drowned out by the memory of the Good of what the god-like Deek had said an hour earlier. The finish line stopped running away and stood still for just long enough for this fun runner, a loved one's cheers of congratulation just audible above the noisy creaking of my knees, to cross it. The post fun run camaraderie in Commonwealth Park, all that delight in having achieved something and in congratulating others and in being congratulated made the agonies seem worthwhile.

Article from the Canberra Times.

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No barriers when partnership on the pace

Andrew Moller was very happy after finishing yesterday's Canberra Times Fun Run in 62 minutes and 25 seconds. Visually impaired Mr Moller ran the race with the help of his running partner Ken Eynon.

Although the pair have been training together this was their first race together. ``I've never done one with Ken before but I've run in one or two others with someone else,'' Mr Moller said. ``I think this one felt pretty good.''

Usually only training twice a month, Mr Eynon thought Mr Moller would have been helped by a little bit more preparation. ``He did it a bit tough in parts because he hasn't been able to do a lot of training,'' he said. ``He moved out to Gunning with his parents and hasn't been able to do the amount of training he used to.'' Mr Moller tries to do as much training by himself as he can to supplement his runs with his running partner.

The fun run course was almost like a home track for the pair who usually ran around the lake. ``I train once a fortnight with Ken and then only 5km,'' Mr Moller said. ``The only similarity to what we normally run is we crossed the Kings Avenue bridge. ``I do my own stuff at home as well _ I have a couple of pieces of exercise equipment but that is a bit different.''

In the end Mr Eynon thought his running partner had finished with a fairly good time, but one which could be bettered next year. ``Sixty-two minutes was an excellent time for Andrew,'' he said. ``We did a bit of walking today as well, so Andrew will be back next year and do a faster time.''

Article from the Canberra Times.

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The fit, fanatical and foolhardy cross the line again, making the City-Bay Fun Run a start-to-finish winner


AMID a riot of colour and action, runners and walkers of all ages pounded the blacktop as they streamed down King William St at 8am yesterday.

About 14,650 competitors - a record entry - made the most of the sunshine to take part in the 12km annual The Advertiser City-Bay fun-run.

Eighteen minutes into the run, at Kurralta Park, the leaders were joined by the 6km runners who opted for a shorter route as Anzac Highway was awash with the fit, fanatical and foolhardy.

There were no water restrictions here but plenty for drinking, dousing and even pet-stops for refuelling the dog.

In prams, wheelchairs, on foot and on leash, they descended on the Bay and continued to do so for three hours.

Leading the way was Victorian Mark Tucker who sped home in 35 minutes 49 seconds. The first woman home, also from Victoria, was Haley McGregor in 39 minutes 51 seconds.

As the elite all finished in good shape, the wannabes and well-intentioned could barely take another step once over the line.

More in tune with their bodies than ever, they doubled over and clasped their knees, struggling with their private agony.

McLeod's Daughters star Jessica Napier enjoyed a stroll with the Guide Dogs Association and finished in around two hours and 10 minutes.

Ms Napier said while she didn't train for the event, she did a lot of walking on Bondi Beach in Sydney. ``I walk everywhere,'' she said. ``The Guide Dogs Association asked me to be part of it and I was happy to be involved.

``My legs were aching at the end but it was good to finish.''

Three girls travelled from the South-East town of Naracoorte.

Katelyn Doyle, 10, her sister Jacqui, 8, and their friend Alice Bradley, 9, all made the trip to compete in their first City-Bay.

``It was great to finish,'' Katelyn said, while Jacqui added: ``It was good to see the one kilometre to go sign.'' Alice said: ``It was great fun running with my friends.''

All guts and no glory, Sport Minister Michael Wright ran the 12km in 55 minutes but crossed the finish line unnoticed by the commentator or the public. An hour later, Premier Mike Rann finished to cheers and requests to pose for photographs.

Occasionally a St John volunteer would pluck out a runner about to hit the pavement but, despite the warm day, there was little need for their services.

From the city to the Bay, and thickest near the finish line, the route was lined with people who knew their limitations and had come to cheer the competitors.

Two hours after the leader had arrived, Christine Gray, 49, and her father Hallam Gray, 76, approached the finish.

``We're aching and can't figure out how to get home,'' she said.

Mr Gray said: ``I could do it over again. It's only walking.''

Article from The Advertiser.

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Breakaway dash secures City-Bay win


TWO Victorians overcame a strong South Australian contingent to steal line honours in yesterday's Advertiser City-Bay fun run.

Mark Tucker, 24, of Geelong, out-paced his more fancied rivals to post a ``disappointing'' winning time of 35 minutes 49 seconds - well off the record of 33.42.

He beat a contingent of six runners who were neck-and-neck right up to the final stretch on Jetty Road. They finished within a minute of each other.

``It is the biggest road race I have won so I am on top of the world,'' he said after winning.

``I felt really good and with about a kilometre to go I put the pedal down. (But) the wind did slow the overall pace down.''

The first male South Australian across the line was Ryan Cox in a time of 38.34.

A record number of people entered the event - around 14,650 pounded the pavement this year, eclipsing last year's record of 13,232.

Official City-Bay figures show there were just over 6000 12km runners; almost 6500 12km walkers; just under 1500 6km walkers; and 700 6km runners.

Fellow Victorian Haley McGregor, 24, of Richmond, overcame her second-place finish last year to go one better to win the women's category in a time of 39 minutes 51 seconds - just outside the 38.05 women's record.

She beat rival - and last year's winner - Anna Thompson, who finished almost a minute behind in second place.

``I had the benefit of having a couple of guys with me. I got in behind them and got into a really good rhythm early,'' she said.

``I think the headwind took it out of me but I just wanted to run a strong second-half race.''

The first female South Australian - and fourth overall - was mother of two Lee-Ann Turner in a time of 42.42.

The first walkers across the line were South Australians Kim Mottram, in a time of 47.50, and Tanya Holiday, in a time of 57.40.

The wheelchair categories winners were both from Sydney - Kurt Fearnley, 22, and Rosemary Little, 21.

Fearnley said it was a ``great race'' for him.

``The wind was the toughest, though,'' he added. Little agreed: ``It is meant to be a downhill race but the wind made it feel like I was going up hill.''

Race director Des Paul said he was pleased with the record but added he was hoping for 15,000 entrants.

``I thought we could get there (15,000) but entries died a little bit on Saturday,'' Paul said. ``But I am very pleased with it, as we not taking a backward step.''

The race claimed fewer casualties this year, with 40 treated by St John officers - 14 less than last year - and no admissions to hospital.


Article from The Advertiser.

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Woyecha close to de Castella record in Canberra Times Fun Run

By Andrew Benson

Canberran Gemechu Woyecha proved again yesterday he was Canberra's leading distance runner by winning the Canberra Times Fun Run- Canberra Marathon double for the second year in a row. Woyecha came close to beating Rob de Castella's 13-year race record, just missing the time by 30 seconds after battling a strong headwind for the last 3km to finish in 29min 33sec.

In a double for Canberra, Jackie Gallagher kept her plans for the Athens Olympics on track by winning the women's event ahead of last year's winner Sarah Salmon. Woyecha will also be eligible to run for Australia after October this year.

Not far behind was Canberra's Australian track 10km record holder Shaun Creighton (29.53) who tried early to stay with Woyecha but fell off the pace. An Olympic marathon runner for Qatar before seeking asylum in Australia during the Sydney Olympics, Woyecha found the 10km distance was a walk in the park in mostly good conditions.

``It was fantastic, but after about 7km it was warm and windy,'' Woyecha said. ``I am training for longer distances, the marathon, so this one was short but hard.''

Australian 10km champion Creighton was disappointed not to have won after setting de Castella's record as his goal before the race. ``I was disappointed with that _ in hindsight it was a bad tactical error for me to go hard right from 1km,'' Creighton said. ``I should have sat back until about 5km and then applied the pressure but I didn't and I started to hurt a bit from going too hard too soon. ``Full credit to Gemechu _ he ran a great race. I was trying to give Deek's record a shake so I got out and gave it a go and paid the price for going too hard too early.''

Gallagher (33.49) used the run as preparation for the Chicago Marathon in three weeks where she will attempt to run an Olympic qualifying time.

A calf strain hampered Salmon's bid for consecutive wins. ``I planned not to go off to quickly but I think I did anyway,'' Salmon said. ``I felt pretty good early until I pulled my calf halfway through and had to take it easy for the rest of the race.''

Wheelchair athlete George Mein (27.04) was the first person across the finish line beating the rest of the field home by more than two minutes. After his second Fun Run win in a row, Mein thought the conditions were more difficult this year. ``I don't feel too bad. There was probably a stronger headwind this year than last and the road was a little greasy because of the rain,'' Mein said.

Article from the Canberra Times.

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 Friday, September 19, 2003 

Running Industry Concerns Over Event Cancellations

A recent spate of community event cancellations, due mainly to difficulties with insurance and local authority approval, was the catalyst for a recent meeting in Sydney between Athletics Australia and a representative group of local recreational runners.

On Monday 15 September 2003, Athletics Australia CEO Simon Allatson met with representatives of CoolRunning Australia to discuss the ongoing role that AA can play within the recreational running industry.

Rest of article at Athletics Australia

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Take a run to help save lives

DUST off your running shoes and get some fresh air at the Sydney Adventist Hospital's annual Run for Life Fun Run this Sunday.

Run For Life, now in its third year, raises money for the hospital to continue providing essential medical/health services and facilities.

Last year, the event raised more than $10,000 through participation and community support.

Managing director of the Sydney Adventist Hospital Foundation Paul Fua said the run was a great way to keep fit and raise funds for health care.

``Sydney Adventist Hospital has been providing health care to the Sydney community for 100 years,'' he said. ``As a not-for-profit hospital we rely on community support to enable us to continue our good work.''

Registrations are now being taken for the 10km and 5km runs and the 5km walk, which all start at the San in Fox Valley Rd, Wahroonga and wind their way through the streets of Wahroonga.

Winners receive cash prizes.

The run starts at 8am, and people wanting to register on the day should turn up before 7.30am.

Inquiries: 9487 9405

Article from the Hornsby Advocate.

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Canberra run to be a family affair

By Julia Whyte

There will be thrills and Spills this Sunday as thousands of people pull on their jogging shoes for The Canberra Times Family Fun Run. Not missing out on the fun or the chance to appreciate some warmer Canberra weather predicted for the weekend is Mark and Jane Spill and their three children, Clare, George and Tom. The family from Garran have entered the 10km run for the second consecutive year and are hoping to be able to beat last year's times. Despite not having a strict training regime, Mr Spill is certain the family is fit enough to make it from Phillip to Commonwealth Park with a family record. ``We keep pretty fit all year round,'' he said. ``I do cycling and am just getting ready for an event at the end of November, it's a bit gentler on the joints than running.``My daughter, Clare, likes jogging and walking, my eldest son, George, plays basketball, Tom, the 8-year-old likes to play soccer, and my wife does a bit of walking and we go to the gym.''

The Spills will be joining more than 2100 official starters, with another 300 late entries expected on the day. While some people may take the run fairly seriously, for the family of five joining in the event is based on fun and helping out charity, with income from entry fees going to the Heart Foundation ACT division.Mr Spill said the fun run promoted health and provided a chance to enjoy getting out. ``Fitness, a community event, a fundraiser, appreciation of Canberra _ the fun run is all of that,'' he said. There is still a chance for people to be a part of the action on Sunday with late entries accepted from 7.30am on Sunday at the Canberra College, Woden Campus in Launceston Street, Phillip. Last year more than $35,000 was raised for the Heart Foundation, taking the grand total since the mid-80s above $335,000. The starting gun will be fired by Robert De Castella at 10am.

Article from the Canberra Times.

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Spring Into Shape Series Race 1 - Sunday 21 September 2003

Record numbers are expected to take part in the Spring Into Shape series with entries already consistently higher than last year and heading towards a total number of 4000 participants expected across the whole series.

The Spring Into Shape (SIS) series is a three race format held in Melbourne's Alexandra Gardens held in September, October and November. Consisting of three events spaced around a month apart, the SIS is an ideal way to shed those winter kilos before summer and you can monitor your progress from race to race.

Participants can chose from a 4 or 8km scenic course along the Yarra River and through the parkland near Birrarung Marr. You can run or walk the course and can enter one or two, or the whole series (three events).

The series entries have proven extremely popular, especially with the added value of Brooks t-shirts and a free pair of Brooks socks for each participant for each race they enter. Series entries are already 20% higher than last year.

With another 30% of entries expected on event day, nearly 1500 are expected at the first event on Sunday 21 September. Traditionally there has been an increase in participant numbers as the series wears on and the weather improves and the total number of participants across the whole event could exceed 4000.

Last year's event was a success with a total 3750 participants and Start to Finish Event Management is pleased with these figures indicating the growth of the spring time event.

The event also supports the Sporting Chance Cancer Foundation to fund scholarships for young doctors to spend a year training with the nation's top cancer research scientists. The highest fundraiser will win a $300 Brooks prize pack consisting of Brooks Vapor shoes, an overnight bag, t-shirt, two pairs of socks, Brooks cap and water bottle.

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

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2003 World Mountain Running Championship

With just a few days to go before the 19th edition of the World Mountain
Running Trophy (Patrons IAAF), it is now fairly clear who the contestants will be.

The courses this year are up & down so the descending experts will start as favourites. Both current World Champions are absent. Svetlana Demidenko (Russia) has been on marathon duty for her country at the World championships in Paris. Jonathan Wyatt (New Zealand) who is already the 2003 WMRA mountain running grand prix winner, has plans to run a marathon qualifying time for next years Olympic Games.

In the ladies race, this throws the favourites mantle onto last years silver medallists, Antonella Confortola (Italy). She will however face stern
challenges from Angela Mudge (Scotland) the 2003 European silver medallist; Izabella Zatorska (Poland) already winner of the 2003 WMRA grand prix, and Melissa Moon (New Zealand) champion in 2001.

In the mens race could this be a record 5th World title for Marco de Gasperi (Italy) He must start favourite on any course involving downhill running. However, European champions Marco Gaiardo (Italy) is in fine form. Emmanuelle Manzi (Italy), silver medallist in 2001 cannot be discounted. Raymond Fontaine (France) should now be reaching the peak of his performance following his silver medal last year and is a favourite once more to be amongst the medallists.

Twenty-six countries have entered athletes, including for the first time Norway.

Details of the courses can be found by visiting the Alaskan web page via the link on the WMRA web page

The Australian team contesting the championships comprises:
Women: June Petrie VIC
Louise Fairfax VIC
Sue Clark VIC (2003 Australian champion)

Men: Ben du Bois NSW (2003 Australian champion)
John Winsbury ACT
Steven Page VIC
Kevin Laws NSW

The runners will be competing on an Up/down course with the Open Women racing 7.7km with an overall gain of 620 metres; and the Open Men 11.48km with an overall gain of 900 metres.

Pictures of the fantastic scenery and course profiles can be seen at:

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 Thursday, September 18, 2003 

First-time competitor wins veterans' race

NICKY Aloupis of Merewether may be fighting fit at 50 but don't call her a veteran.
The winner of the 5.5kilometre Veteran Female category in the 2003 The Herald EnergyAustralia Herald Foreshore Fun Run entered the race with her daughter just to have fun.

``I don't see myself as a veteran,'' she said. ``I'm quite impressed alright.''

It was the first year Mrs Aloupis had entered the fun run and she finished the race in less than 26 minutes.

Her daughter Angelique, 26, an aerobics instructor, encouraged her mother to start competitive running.

Mrs Aloupis said they would have a shot at the mother and daughter title next year.

Participants in both the 7.5kilometre and 5.5kilometre events were eligible for prizes in 25 categories, including husband and wife and under-age sections.

Article from the Newcastle Herald.

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Cooray in top 10

IN only his second marathon Fairlight 37-year-old Thamal Cooray finished in seventh place in the Sydney Marathon last Sunday.

In a large field Cooray was just 16 minutes behind winner Oswald Revelian of Tanzania, completing the 42km run in 2hrs42mins.

Cooray trains by running laps of Manly beach and last year ran 2hrs50mins in his first marathon.

Article from the Manly Daily.

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Runner going places

IT'S been a big year for Cockatoo cross-country athlete Craig Appleby.

Appleby was the top-placed Australian in the IAAF World Cross-Country Championships in Lausanne-La Broye, Switzerland, in March, and has also won two national titles this year.

Last month the 18-year-old took out the top place in the under-20 Australian Cross-Country titles at Yarra Bend and in June he won an Australian mountain running championship gold medal.

``I think it has been a pretty big year for me,'' Appleby said.

After finishing 74th out of a field of hundreds in the elite IAAF event, Appleby said he was satisfied with his performance. He completed the 8km course in 26min 34sec.

``The media hype around the race made me feel a little nervous before the start, but once the gun went off, it felt as normal as any other race,'' he said.

``At first I was a little disappointed with my result it was my first international race but I felt inexperienced because I had to chase.

``After the race the satisfaction of being able to compete for Australia was huge.

``When it finally sank in, it was a great feeling to have been part of such an important race.''

Appleby trains and competes in cross-country events during winter and track running races in summer.

``I am really a distance runner,'' he said. ``I have been since 1997. I find the challenge of endurance races more satisfying than the shorter distance track events like 800m, although competing in any race is satisfying for me.''

He said he was looking forward to having a go at the Commonwealth Games, with the 2008 Olympics his ultimate goal.

Appleby is this week's Free Press Leader senior Sports Star award nominee. To make a nomination in the junior, senior or services to sport categories of the award, phone 9762 2511 or send an e-mail to

Article from the Free Press.

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More Public Liability Issues - Canberra This Time

The following note has been passed to CoolRunning regarding the ACT Veterans Athletics Club event cancellation from last weekend.

All ACTVAC Members

By now you may have heard that the Family Fun Run that was scheduled for
Civic at 9.30am this Sunday 14 September has been cancelled. The fun run,
which was a joint effort between the Canberra Centre and ACTVAC was an
opportunity for the community to come together, enjoy some physical and
social activity, and raise funds for the Heart Foundation in the ACT.

The cancellation has resulted from difficulties with public liability
insurance. Whilst insurance was obtained for the event, the excess
provisions within the cover were such that, in the event of an incident
for which the club was found negligent, ACTVAC could face severe financial
difficulty. Unfortunately, we did not find out about the change in our
policy incorporating the excess until after planning for the fun run was
well under way. Efforts were made to secure alternative insurance, but we
were advised the cost would be high. After lengthy deliberations, the
club's management concurred that it was not prepared to expose club
members' assets to this risk and so withdrew our support for the event.

The cancellation has only resulted in a lose-lose situation. The ACT
Heart Foundation had missed an injection of funds, the goodwill and
support of Canberra Centre traders will go unrewarded and the broader
community has lost a great opportunity to come together.

There have been a number of cancellations of similar events over recent
months in other states. And, unfortunately, this may not be the last for
the ACT. We must find a way to provide opportunities to come together
without placing participants or organisers at physical or financial risk.

I want to thank Cathy Montalto and Stuart Reid and their team for the huge
effort that has gone into organising the event. The securing of
sponsorship, the administration and the efforts to build club membership
and profile have been outstanding. I can only begin to imagine the
disappointment and frustration you must be feeling, let alone any abuse
you may be receiving from sponsors or participants because of the
committee's decision.

It is so disappointing that we could not continue and show Canberra on
Sunday what a strong and supportive group ACTVAC is.

Prue Bradford

Athletics Australia has further clarified this position:

This event is a silver-category Running Australia-certified event.

The ACT Veterans Athletic Club registered this event with Athletics
Australia, under the Running Australia framework. The Club submitted all
necessary approvals and Public Liability insurance coverage was confirmed to
the club.

One of the terms of Athletics Australia's insurance policy is a $5000 excess
if there is a successful claim and the organisation against whom a
successful claim is made is responsible for covering this excess.

Please note that in negotiating AA's current insurance policy, there were
only two insurance companies willing to quote for the policy and the current
insurers would only provide the cover with the $5000 excess.

The ACT Veterans Athletic Club assessed the risk if there were to be
multiple successful claims against their event and they determined that they
could not proceed with the event.

Therefore the insurance coverage was available for this event, however, the
club's management committee made the decision not to proceed. This is a
decision that every event organiser / club will need to assess.

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 Wednesday, September 17, 2003 

Diamond Valley at Burnley

THE Diamond Valley Athletic Club was well represented at the final event on the AV Cross Country calendar, the Half Marathon at Burnley. Thirteen runners in the Open Mens division made up three teams and picked up valuable points in an exciting finish in the battle for season honours. The top DVAC mens team in Division 2 fielded a strong line-up in Antony Milovac, Philip Champion, Clint Farley and Trevor Carter. Milovac was placed first in the Mens 45+ age group and stands a great chance of taking out the season trophy. The Mens Division 4 team, sitting on top of the ladder before the Half Marathon, has an excellent chance of being promoted next winter after a strong showing by Robin Broberg, Philip Wakeley, Colin Heywood and Chris Lynch. Broberg was placed second in the Mens 50+ age group. His time of 78:55 for the Half Marathon indicates that he is great shape for his run in the Melbourne Marathon which will be held on October 12th. Magnus Michelsson was outright winner of the Half Marathon in the time of 65:10 while Anna Thompson took out the Womens race in a time of 70:13. The Diamond Valley Athletic Club is now preparing the coming Track and Field season, due to start on October 11. The club will hold a Trials and Registration Day on Sunday, October 5 at 1pm at Willinda Park, Greensborough. For more information see:

RESULTS: Women Open: Ruth Reidy 96:22; Lyn Davis 110:14. Men Open: Antony Milovac 74:49; Philip Champion 74:59; Clint Farley 77:22; Trevor Carter 77:31; Robin Broberg 78:33; Philip Wakeley 78:55; Colin Heywood 81:10; Chris Lynch 82:11; Mark Monahan 85:39; Jeff Young 97:07; Lyal Douglas 99:49; Max Balchin 110:14; Warren McCullough 115:27.

Article from the Diamond Valley News

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Malvern women

ALL the Malvern Harriers women's team had to do to claim the Athletics Victoria Winter Road and Cross Country premiership for the 2003 season was finish in the top four at Sunday's Burnley Victorian Half Marathon in Richmond.

Malvern was on top of the premiership ladder heading into the season finale, and if it came away with a top-four finish, it would have been the first time Malvern had won the women's flag.

Malvern was without its two fastest runners for the 21km half marathon. Kate Seibold and Jane Wilson were unavailable, so the club was relying on the strength of Tracy Austin, Michelle Jelleff, Amy England and seasoned veterans Marienne Hibbert and Barbara Fay to get the job done.

For the Malvern men's team, Dean Lane was aiming for a top 10 finish with a sub 70-minute time in the half marathon. Men and women run together but results are split into a separate category for each.

Training and coaching is available to runners of all ages and abilities by contacting Harrier members John Fay or Barbara Fay on 9885 7173.

Article from the Malvern Prahran Leader.

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Four top runners

By Geoff Edwards

FOUR Frankston athletes will represent Australia in the world school cross-country championships in France next year.

Their selection in a 12-member Australian team came after sterling performances in national school titles in Queensland.

The runners are:

Rachel Green, 14, Frankston High School, who finished sixth at the nationals.

Dane Frey, 16, Frankston High School, fourth.

Zhoe Warrington, 15, Frankston High School, third.

Scott Vance, 16, Peninsula School, third.

Frankston Athletics Club and Peninsula School coach Nicky Frey said the four had won their places in the team heading to France next July by finishing in the first six in the national under-17 girls' 4km and boys' 6km events.

World school cross-country championships are staged every two years, and Zane Holland, from Frankston, returned Australia's best result last year with an eighth placing.

The Frankston student is looking to compete in the steeplechase at the junior world championships next year.

Mrs Frey warned that her four distance runners faced a tough task in France against athletes who had been groomed by their countries from a young age.

But there was a buzz of excitement around Frankston High School and The Peninsula School.

``Scott has been seen as a bit of a legend here at Peninsula School for a couple of years, and people know he is better than just a runner,'' Mrs Frey said.

``Each of the four has to raise $5000 to get to France, and that's a lot of sausages to sizzle.''

Article from the Frankston Standard Leader.

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 Monday, September 15, 2003 

Shock win to 'junior'

by Andrew Carswell

THE odds were stacked against Sam Fergusson's chances of winning yesterday's PCCCT Wynyard-to-Burnie Feature Race. There on the start line was a lanky 16-year-old kid who raced in a pool for most of his sporting childhood and had never run more than 10 km before.

Fergusson cast aside those facts to score a cruise-to-the-line to win the prestigious 17.6 km handicap race yesterday, going from zero to hero in just over an hour.

Due to his lack of experience and his patchy form in the lead-up events on the PCCCT calendar, Fergusson didn't rate as a legitimate chance in many people's eyes.

The 16-year-old had the times on the board out of view of the PCCCT handicappers, but simply didn't display his true ability . . . till yesterday.

Speaking after his ground-breaking victory, the Marist Regional College student was overwhelmed with the honour.

"I'm absolutely surprised; I'm filled with complete satisfaction,'' Fergusson said.

Article from The Advocate.

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Less is more as the fun run nears

By Ian Warden

If you've been in serious training for next Sunday's Canberra Times Family Fun Run and if your body is pleading with you to stop torturing it, then the time has come to show it some mercy. Neville Bleakley, coach in charge of the Academy of Sport's training program for the fun run, told his charges after yesterday's run (to and from Fadden Pines in a character-building chilly gale) that it was time to taper. Tapering is preparing your body for the race and in order to arrive at Sunday's starting line feeling fresh and dynamic it's time to spend the next few days doing far less than you've been doing thus far. Neville thought, speaking above the wind whistling through the pines, that those who'd been training earnestly should this week do as little as a third (in time and distance) of what they'd been doing. You should do just enough this week, he told us, to make your body say, ``Hey, this is racing,'' and to remind it of what it's been taught over the past weeks of training. Other good advice given yesterday was about race day. If this is your first fun run, a young man doing his Ph.D in mental toughness at the Australian Institute of Sport warned everyone, try to be prepared for how different the occasion will be from your training sessions. Try to think ahead about such mundane things as where you'll park and about where the toilets are so that there's no last-minute dramas. Do you have a race plan? You really should have a plan of sorts and it should take into account the fun run route and especially the long, gradual incline as you toil along Yarra Glen. That takes you up towards the doorstep of The Lodge before the blissful downhill phase begins (and don't rely on the Prime Minister being there outside The Lodge to give you an inspirational wave because I've never known him to be at home on fun run day) but if you're silly enough to sprint at the start you'll find you have little left in the tank for Yarra Glen. Coaches advise that you should run (or walk, shuffle or foxtrot) as much of the 10km as possible at your one, fastest possible comfortable pace (a pace at which you can chat to your running mates or shout a cheery greeting to Mr Howard if he is there after all ). Late entries for the fun run will be accepted on the day (Sunday, September 21) from 7.30am at Canberra College in Woden.

Article from the Canberra Times.

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Breaking into a trot to aid kids


AFTER a winter of pigging out on hearty meals and warm fires, what better way to shake off the frost than a brisk morning run at the start of spring?

You can even do it with some fellow pigs for company.

Almost 2000 people braved a chilly 9C morning to be part of the Very Special Kids annual Piggy Trot fun-run yesterday.

Participants completed either a 5km walk, 5km run or 10km run before the appeal was officially launched by swimmer Matt Welsh and Carlton footballer Luke Livingston.

Five 700kg bright-pink pigs will tour Melbourne and rural Victoria for a five-week fundraising tour of 120 cities and towns.

Last year it raised a hefty $950,000 and aims for more this year.

The VSK pigs feasted on a big breakfast with a surprise $150,000 donation from pokies king Bruce Mathieson.

``We're just ecstatic. The day was a great way to kick-start everything and to get that sort of donation from Mr Mathieson was just fantastic,'' VSK spokeswoman Michelle King said.

``(Money from the appeal) goes mainly to support the VSK house in Malvern but we also extended our support services into the bush.''

VSK aims to improve the quality of life for families of children with progressive life-threatening illnesses.

Article from the Herald Sun website.

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Loyal of heart and fleet of foot

by Martin Flanagan

Eight days before I met him, Kane Bowden finished running from Melbourne to Adelaide with a friend. The journey took 17 days. One day they ran for 14 hours, finishing in the dark. Other days, they got up before dawn and saw the sun rise. They passed through a lot of farmland; Kane couldn't help wondering what it must have looked like before it was cleared. But that was on the good days.

On the bad days, he just tried to concentrate on the road in front of him and find a "zone" that would take him through the discomfort. No one told him, before he began, how much it would hurt. When we met, he was still feeling flat in his body, still trying to understand exactly what he'd done.

Complete article at The Age website.

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They're set for marathon effort


IT IS a case of the master and the apprentice for Asics Melbourne Marathon running partners Sean Quilty and Dean Paulin.

While Quilty will be competing in his 20th marathon, Paulin will attempt his first.

Quilty won silver in the marathon at the 1994 Commonwealth Games and is training Paulin for the gruelling 42km race from Frankston to the city.

Training includes running up to 160km a week.

``It is tough training, especially when you have to do it in the rain,'' Paulin said. ``But I know I can do the distance.''

Almost 6000 runners competed in last year's event, which raised $45,000 for the Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal.

This year's run will be on Sunday, October 12.

The event also will include a half-marathon and ``marafun'' for those not up to running the 42km.

To enter, or for more information, go to

Article from the Herald Sun.

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Marathon title a boost for Arthur

PAUL Arthur maintained his remarkable renaissance and continued his climb out of the ``gutter'' by winning the Australian men's marathon title yesterday.

Arthur, a former national half marathon and City to Surf winner, briefly quit athletics after suffering from chronic depression following the death of his father in 1998.

He contemplated suicide in the last year after problems with alcohol, gambling and drugs, but recently returned to running and yesterday was the first Australian home in the 42km run from North Sydney to Homebush.

NSW Central Coast athlete Arthur, 36, was second across the line in 2 hours 31 minutes 28 seconds. The winner of the race was Tanzanian Oswald Revelian in 2h26min3sec.

As the first Australian to finish, Arthur claimed the national title and maintained his resurgence since returning to running earlier this year.

It was a similar story in the women's event won by Tanzanian Tausi Jumi (2h46min25sec) with the Australian title going to second-placed 36-year-old Queenslander Helen Verity-Tolhurst (2h58min58sec).

Suffering from sickness over the past few days, Arthur was content to let Revelian lead all the way in gusty conditions and stormed home over the closing kilometres.

``Twelve months ago, I was basically in the gutter and my coach (Robert Beardslee) had faith in me, and to come out and win the Australian championship means more to me than a lot of things,'' Arthur said.

Arthur said he would be lying if he claimed he had completely changed his lifestyle and left behind all his problems.

``It's really hard, but I'm dealing with it and learning more about it and trying to fight the demons inside me.''

Article from The Mercury.

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Life on track


Brian Schepisi wanted to run his own race when it came to a career, and found a way to do it

BRIAN Schepisi's job keeps him fit, motivates him to train, allows him to collect his kids from school and work the hours he wants.

It sounds the perfect job. Schepisi thinks so.

He is a level 2 distance running coach and a level 1 triathlon and strength and conditioning coach . . . and he runs his own business.

Sporting Spirit has been operating for seven years. After humble beginnings it now coaches 100 to 150 people a year, preparing them for marathons, 10km fun runs or triathlons.

``We were mainly triathlon and running, but we started focusing on the running three or four years ago,'' Schepisi says.

``Now our main focus is marathon, but we do do some programs for 10km fun runs.''

Schepisi and his wife started by running an 18-week program to prepare runners for the Melbourne Marathon.

A program for Canberra followed and now they run marathon training all year round, helping people prepare for events all over the world, including on the Gold Coast, in Boston, London, New York and Paris.

``Last year we had runners do Paris, Boston, Rotterdam, London and Canberra,'' Schepisi says.

``Which is great because they are all at the same time, so they all train together then all go to different ends of the earth.''

The major difference for runners with Sporting Spirit is the individual attention they get, mixed with group training.

Schepisi produces an individual training program depending on the person's goals and running level. He then incorporates them into a training group, at beginner, intermediate or elite level.

``We do a few training camps a year, during the week of the last long run before Melbourne.

``So we go up to Daylesford and mark out some runs. It gets them away from the normal mundane stuff. We also incorporate yoga into the weekend and run the odd seminar.''

Sporting Spirit trains at the Tan track, which surrounds the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne. It has six squads a week and two yoga classes.

Most of the clients are inner-city workers, but Schepisi is keen to expand.

``I get phone calls from interstate, from the Mornington Peninsula wanting to know if we run squads in those places.

``Eventually I would like to be able to run the programs with other teachers and run them at other places.

``We get most of the city workers training with us, but it would be good to have some other groups running in other places.''

SCHEPISI also presents running seminars and has contributed articles to Runner's World magazine.

``I did a marathon seminar earlier this year for the Melbourne Marathon. We showed people how they could prepare their own program for the race.

``We showed them the process I go through, setting up a program, then giving them the skills to put it together themselves.''

He also gives a talk on injury and heart-rate training.

After starting his working life as a personal trainer and working in gyms, Schepisi always looked towards the day he would be running his own business.

And he is more than happy finally to be doing it.

For more information: or ph: 9528 1058

Article from the Herald Sun.

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Runner breaks 30-year-old record

ROHAN Lindsay-Johns, 15, ends every day with the rhythm of his own thudding footfalls as he pounds out an 8km run.

He is this week's junior Sports Star nominee.

A Year 9 student at Mt Lilydale Mercy College, Rohan is a keen cross-country runner and competed in the Australia schools cross-country championships in Queensland last month.

Rohan and his Victorian team-mates won two silver medals, one for the relay and one for overall team performance.

His performance was, however, hampered when he fell in the race but managed to finish, coming in 22nd in a field of 26.

Rohan was philosophical about the 4km race, putting it down to ``a learning experience''.

``The pace was pretty full-on and I think my strength is in going the long distance, so it was good to learn that,'' he said.

Last month, he also ran the De Castella marathon and placed first in the under-18 and first overall in the men's 7.5km.

He recently broke a 30-year-old school athletics record when he took out the 1500m race in the Eastern Independent Schools competition with a time of 4min 26sec.

Rohan has a hectic schedule, training twice a week with Ringwood Athletics Club and at the Lilydale Athletics Club.

Rohan admires Australian marathon runner Lee Troop for his mental toughness and his focus on challenges.

``When I'm running I'm pretty focused on what I want to achieve and what's ahead of me,'' he said.

`` I don't get distracted thinking about other things it's all I think about.''

If you know someone who has competed at state level or above in their sport you can nominate him or her for a Sport Star award. Phone 9735 1088 or email

Article from the Lillydale Express

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Guiding hands keep Roy right on course

Visually impaired Canberra runner Roy Daniell finished the Sydney Marathon yesterday the fourth-fastest Australian despite having to be literally pushed in the right direction several times. Daniell finished sixth overall behind Tanzanian runner Oswald Revelian who won in 2hr 26min 03sec, five minutes ahead of the runner- up, Australian Paul Arthur. A bronze medallist a the Sydney Paralympic Games in 2000, Daniell has only about 10 per cent vision. In 2000 he relied upon the bright blue line which ran the whole course, but yesterday he wasn't as fortunate. ``The blue line isn't there all the way because they've changed the course a bit and they've taken it away in others because it was a traffic hazard,'' he said. ``It made it a bit tougher this time. Some of the corners were a bit tricky and a couple of times I ran into the person pointing left or pointing right.'' Slight delays aside, Daniell was delighted with yesterday's performance.He felt he was on track to soon beat his personal best and claim the number one world ranking in his disability class. ``I was hoping for about a top-20 finish so to finish fourth Australian was a great result,'' Daniell said. Meanwhile, Arthur maintained his remarkable renaissance and continued his climb out of the ``gutter'' by winning the Australian men's marathon title yesterday. Arthur, a former national half marathon and City to Surf winner, briefly quit athletics after suffering from chronic depression following the death of his father in 1998. He contemplated suicide in the last year after problems with alcohol, gambling and drugs, but recently returned to running and yesterday was the first Australian home in the 42km run from North Sydney to Homebush. NSW Central Coast athlete Arthur, 36, finished in 2hr 31min 28sec. As the first Australian to finish, Arthur claimed the national title and maintained his resurgence since returning to running earlier this year. It was a similar story in the women's event won by Tanzanian Tausi Jumi (2hr 46min 25sec) with the Australian title going to second- placed 36-year-old Queenslander Helen Verity Tolhurst (2:58:58). Suffering from sickness over the last few days, Arthur was content to let Revelian lead all the way in gusty conditions and stormed home over the closing kilometres after at one stage dropping to eighth. ``Twelve months ago, I was basically in the gutter and my coach [Robert Beardslee] had faith in me,'' Arthur said.

Revelian raced the final 10km alone after compatriot Patrick Nyangelo, the recent Sydney City to Surf winner, fell off the pace and finished sixth. Sydney-based New Zealander Damon Harris completed an unusual trifecta when he added the Sydney Half Marathon title (1:07:09) to the 10km Bridge run he won in 2002 and the marathon championship in 2001. Sydney mother-of-two Jenny Wickham won the women's 10km race while the 10km Bridge run events were taken out by Canberra's Scott Westcott (29min 49sec) and Melbourne's Kate Seibold- Crosbie, 34:37.

Article from the Canberra Times.

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Arthur goes from the gutter to a title

Paul Arthur maintained his remarkable renaissance and continued his climb out of the "gutter" by winning the Australian men's marathon title yesterday.

The former national half-marathon and City to Surf winner briefly quit athletics after suffering from chronic depression following the death of his father in 1998.

Complete article at The Age website.

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 Saturday, September 13, 2003 

Mona to help nurture marathon stars

BALLARAT'S former marathon champion Steve Moneghetti has been selected to help Australia's next batch of elite athletes reach their full potential.

On Wednesday Prime Minister John Howard launched the program aimed to develop and foster elite marathon runners. Under the scheme, the brainchild of ultra marathon runner and now Liberal MP Pat Farmer, five identified athletes would be assigned a mentor and corporate sponsor to guide them through their career.

The five mentors are Farmer, former marathon world champion Robert de Castella, Commonwealth marathon champion Kerryn McCann, 1990 Commonwealth Games marathon silver medallist Tani Ruckle and Moneghetti.

Mr Howard said sport was not just about athletic ability but commitment, persistence and perseverance. He said even the most committed would admit nobody could make it on their own.

Mr Howard compared politics with a marathon race but said he would remain content with his regular long morning walks.

Article from The Courier, Ballarat

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 Friday, September 12, 2003 

Mottram and Johnson to contest the World Athletics Final

WORLD CUP 3000m champion Craig Mottram has been rewarded for his miraculous return to top form with a Wild Card invitation to compete in the IAAF World Athletics Final in Monte Carlo on Saturday 13th September. Other Australians in action: Benita Johnson, Dmitri Markov and Justin Anlezark.

Mottram ran 13.17.81 for 5000m on Wednesday to record a qualifying performance for the Athens Olympics only 12 weeks after returning to training after missing seven months with a knee injury. As a result the IAAF have decided to invite Mottram as a wild card to contest the 3000m or the 5000m at the 2-day World Athletics Final in Monte Carlo over the weekend (13-14th September).

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.

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Beretta primed for bridge run

SOME 15,000 litres of sweat will be lost, 5000 Band-Aids used, 3000 traffic cones kicked around and 160,000 cups of water drunk.

The 2003 Sydney Marathon Festival will take place on Sunday and Cremorne Point resident and Channel Seven sports presenter Mark Beretta will be taking part.

``I'm a bit of a running junkie,'' Beretta said.

``I've done several big runs and I love the romance of following the blue line and imagining that I'm in the Olympics,'' he said.

Beretta, 37, has lived in Cremorne Point for four years with his wife, Rachel.

``It's great running here and also for walking our dog. It's the most spectacular scenery you'd ever get, and people are really friendly.''

A former Australian waterski champion, Beretta is running as part of the Make a Wish team.

``There's a million charities out there but I really identify with what Make a Wish does, granting sick or terminally ill children with a dream trip to Seaworld, for example,'' he said.

All three runs cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge and finish at major landmarks. The 10km run finishes at the Sydney Opera House and the marathon and half-marathon finish at Sydney Olympic Park.

``This is the only race where they shut down the Harbour Bridge, it's just the best feeling,'' he said.

To enter visit for entry forms or call 8907 9460.

Article from the Mosman Daily.

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Running Jonny's road to recovery


COURAGEOUS runners will hit the road from North Sydney to Olympic Park on Sunday morning -- but few are as inspirational as blind marathoner Jonny Demas.

On his 4 1/2-hour trek his aim is to collect friends rather than medals or records -- although he has a few of those -- in the process of completing the Flora Sydney Marathon.

South African Demas was blinded at 26, the victim of an unprovoked attack. It was a case of mistaken identity that left him in a coma for 45 days.

He was bashed with a ``panga'' -- an enormous butchers knife -- by a gang of thugs on the street in Wesbury, a black township near Johannesburg, where he was left for dead.

For the next 13 years he fell into depression over his blindness until he found a fuller life through a running club in Johannesburg called Jardine Joggers.

``I just jogged small distances at first, but I had always loved to run,'' Demas, 55, told The Daily Telegraph.

``But races can be dangerous. I've had a couple of falls. I had a severe fall during the Two Oceans Marathon in Cape Town in 1989. But I could get up and run on so I completed the race.''

Demas learned to run alongside a sighted ``pilot'' and in 1986 he ran his first marathon, meeting solicitor Richard Shakenovsky. Two years later, Shakenovsky guided him through the 90km Comrades ultra-marathon.

They became a fixture in South Africa, running 50 marathons and Demas' first eight Comrades races together before Shakenovsky moved to Sydney in 1996.

``I have been missing him terribly,'' Shakenovsky said.

``He came to trust me so much because we did so much running together.''

Having run in the Olympic Test Event race -- the inaugural Sydney marathon in March 2000 -- Shakenovsky dreamed that some day he would pilot his old companion in his new country.

That day dawns on Sunday, thanks to the generosity of Mervyn Chipkin of Bidvest Pty Ltd which has sponsored Demas' air fare and race entry.

Shakenovsky, who on arrival in Sydney formed a local chapter of the international Achilles Running Club, will pilot Demas to halfway, with new Achilles chairman Ellis Janks, a South Africa-born physiotherapist, taking over for the final 21km of the gruelling event.

``You have to be his eyes,'' Shakenovsky said. ``A slight gradient can force him to fall, so the pilot must warn him and direct him or call out to other runners.

``We hope Jonny's run will encourage more people with disabilities to exercise with the Achilles club.''

During his 17 years on the run, Demas has received many honours including three entries in the Guinness Book Of Records.

But his greatest achievement was in raising more than $285,000 during a 161km race to build an AIDS wing for the Cotlands Baby Sanctuary for HIV-affected babies in Johannesburg.

Sunday's program of events

* Flora Sunday Telegraph Half-Marathon: commences at 6.30am on Miller St, North Sydney, between Berry St and the Pacific Highway.

* Flora Sydney Marathon: commences at 7am on Miller St adjacent to North Sydney Oval.

* Sunday Telegraph 10k Bridge Run: commences at 7.30am on Miller St adjacent to North Sydney Oval.

Article from the Daily Telegraph.

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Contempt for Olympic wheelies

by Margie McDonald

ORGANISERS of Sunday's Sydney Marathon have cancelled the wheelchair event, leaving two Paralympic champions without a vital race in their preparation for Athens.

Paul Nunnari, who was third in the Chicago and New York marathons last year, won the Sydney Marathon in 2001 and was using the 2003 race to prepare for Berlin in two weeks.

``The worst thing is this decision was made with a complete lack of respect and it undermines us because it was made without consulting the athletes,'' Nunnari said.

Kurt Fearnley, who won the Sydney Marathon in 2000 and 2002, was the only other wheelchair entrant in the 42km event this weekend.

Athletics Australia said the introduction of the half-marathon to this year's race raised a safety issue.

``We would have the two wheelchair marathoners catching up with the half-marathon stragglers,'' AA spokesman John Elliott said.

Asked if cones, tape or barriers could be erected to separate the two wheelchair racers from the able-bodied runners over the latter stages of the course, Graeme Hannan from Frontier Sports -- the event organiser -- said it was not possible.

``You don't know where the wheelies would catch them up,'' Hannan said yesterday.

``We accept they are an integral part of events like this and it is a shame. But what we need to do -- and I've made a commitment to do it -- is get together at a later stage and work out what we need to do to put wheelies back into the marathon (next year).''

Andrew Dawes, who is the national track and road wheelchair coach and Louise Sauvage's coach, said it was disrespectful to Nunnari and Fearnley just one year out from the Athens Paralympics. The opening ceremony is on September 14, 2004.

``How many potential Olympic athletes are amongst the able-bodied runners? They told me `none' and yet we've got two guys who will definitely be at the Games next year,'' Dawes said.

``The worst thing: there was no consultation.''

Nunnari and Fearnley only found out on Wednesday -- four days before the race -- that it was cancelled, when they rang to check on their race numbers.

``It shows a lot of disrespect and contempt,'' Nunnari said. ``Fair enough if you're going to cancel but at least tell the athletes.''

Elliott and Hannan said the decision to cancel was made eight weeks ago. They said the athletes had put their entries in after the wheelchair race had been called off.

Article from The Australian.

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Fun run a liability

The Canberra Centre Fun Run, planned for this Sunday September 14, has been cancelled due to complications with public liability insurance, organisers said yesterday.

Article from the Canberra Times.

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Aussies going to Alaska for World Mountain Running Trophy

Australian Athletes are heading to the mountains of Alaska this week to contest the World Mountain Running Trophy.

Athletics Australia have selected a full Open Mens and Open Womens Team to contest the 19th World Mountain Running Trophy in Anchorage, Alaska on 20 and 21 September 2003.

The team is:
Women: June Petrie VIC
Louise Fairfax VIC
Sue Clark VIC

Men: Ben du Bois NSW
John Winsbury ACT
Steven Page VIC
Kevin Laws NSW

Manager: Bert Pelgrim VIC
Physio: Kevin Laws NSW

The World Mountain Running Trophy is considered the official world championship event for the sport of Mountain Running staged under the IAAF. Since the first event was held in 1985 in San Vagilio, Italy the level mountain running has become more popular and the level of competition has grown. Over 400 athletes from more than 30 countries are expected to converge on Alaska for the first time that the event will be held in the United States and only the second time the event will be held outside of Europe.

From 1985-1992 competitors could choose between running a short event consisting of an up and downhill course, or a long event which covered an uphill course. Beginning in 1993 this format was changed to alternate each year – on odd numbered years the event is now an uphill and downhill course, whilst on even numbered years the event is an uphill only course.

The Trophy incorporates Individual and Teams Events and the future of Mountain Running in Australia looks bright with Athletics Australia sending a full Womens and Mens Team for the second year in a row. Athletes will be competing on an Up/down course with the Open Women racing 7.7km with an overall gain of 620 metres; and the Open Men 11.48km with an overall gain of 900 metres.

For further Race Information and Results visit:

Race Website
World Mountain Running Association
Australian Mountain Running Association
Athletics Australia

News from Bert Pelgrim

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 Thursday, September 11, 2003 

Prime Minister Launches ‘Running For A Future’ Team

Prime Minister John Howard today announced the selection of future Olympic hopefuls Scott Westcott and Kate Seibold-Crosbie in the inaugural PM’s Team – Running For A Future (The PM’s Team).

Westcott, of Canberra, and Seibold-Crosbie, of Melbourne, will compete as members of The PM’s Team in the Sydney Marathon Festival on Sunday, September 14, along with 17-year-old ‘wildcard’ selection Shane Hayes of Hornsby Heights in Sydney.

The remaining two spots in The PM’s Team for 2003 –2004 will be filled on Sunday by the first Australian male and female across the line in the Flora Sydney Marathon, which doubles as the Australian Marathon Championships.

The Sydney Marathon is the signature race of the festival, which also includes The Sunday Telegraph 10k Bridge Run and the Flora/The Sunday Telegraph Half Marathon. The PM’s Team will be represented across all three festival races with Westcott and Seibold-Crosbie among the favourites to take the honours in the 10k run while Hayes will be competing in the half marathon.

At this morning’s launch of The PM’s Team at Parliament House in Canberra, Westcott said that running as a member of The PM’s Team will provide added motivation for a win on Sunday.

“To be selected in The PM’s Team is a great honour – I regard it as a bit like pulling on the green and gold,” said Westcott. “I think that if you’re running for the Prime Minister, you are representing your country and that will certainly provide extra motivation to dig deep when the going gets tough on Sunday. I’m in pretty sharp form and I’ll be taking the 10k very seriously on Sunday.”

Hayes said admitted to feeling ‘very nervous’ in addressing the distinguished company at this morning’s launch which was attended by the Prime Minister, Federal Sports Minister Rod Kemp, Athletics Australia Chairman Andrew Forrest and marathon champions Robert de Castella, Steve Moneghetti and Kerryn McCann.

“This is a great honour and one that very few people will ever experience,” said Hayes. “One day I’d love to represent Australia in the marathon and the opportunity to be a member of The PM’s Team this year means the world to me.”

The PM’s Team is a Federal Government partnership to identify, foster and mentor Australia’s up and coming marathon runners with the ultimate aim of finding the next ‘Deek’ or “Mona’. Each member of The PM’s Team will be ‘teamed’ with both a sporting and business mentor to help them ‘run for a future’ in all aspects of their lives.

The five sporting mentors in The PM’s Team are long distance running identities Pat Farmer MP; Rob de Castella MBE; Steve Moneghetti; Kerryn McCann and Tani Ruckle. The five business mentors are Herb Elliott, Alex Hamill, Lou Jardin, Russell Scrimshaw and Darren Tucker.

The PM’s Team will be developed and directed by a committee that will include de Castella; Moneghetti and Farmer as well as representatives of Athletics Australia.

Another important aspect of The PM’s Team is business sponsorship. At this morning’s launch, the following businesses were acknowledged for contributing to a ‘scholarship’ fund, which will managed by the committee and used to help develop the athletes’ careers - Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Wizard Home Loans, Insurance Australia Group Limited (IAG) , Deutsche Bank and Japan Airlines.

Media release from the Sydney Marathon website.

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Mottram's back with the best

AUSTRALIAN 5000m record holder Craig Mottram proved he can match it with the world's great distance runners when he ran an Olympic A qualifying time of 13.17.81 to finish third behind two Kenyan athletes at the Palio Citta' Della Quercia international meeting in Rovereto near Venice in Italy last night (10th September).

Mottram missed 7 months with a knee injury after he won the World Cup 3000m in Madrid last September and his recent performances show his Olympic Games campaign is well and truly on track.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.

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Jog your memory for this fun event


DON'T forget the Memory Fun Run.

That's the message from the Dementia and Alzheimer's Association Tasmania, which is conducting the inaugural Australian event on World Alzheimer's Day, Sunday, September 21.

``You can run, jog or walk -- it doesn't matter,'' said Emily Bell, a rehabilitation counsellor at the association, who is helping organise the fun run.

Ms Bell is no stranger to running tracks herself and has won a swag of state middle distance titles but she will probably take a back seat on Sunday week.

``I don't expect to have time to run myself, but that's okay, the important thing is getting other people involved and drawing attention to the problems of dementia and memory loss,'' she said.

The association is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting people affected by dementia.

The Hobart fun run and walk is designed for all Tasmanians of any ability and Ms Bell said getting corporate support was also important.

``Dementia is a debilitating disease that affects one in 25 people living in Tasmania,'' Ms Bell said.

``This impacts not only on the individual but all family members and friends.

``Increased awareness and an understanding of people living with dementia is desperately needed to reduce the stigma that is associated with dementia.''

Ms Bell said dementia did not discriminate and was not only an older person's disease -- it can affect any of us at any time.

The fun run and walk starts on the Queens Domain near Clearys Gates at 11am and follows a course around the Domain, finishing near the athletic centre.

Official entries close tomorrow but late entries will be taken on the day of the event, which will be followed by a sausage sizzle.

Article from The Mercury.

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Coffin and splutterin'

GEE, we thought it was a requirement of marathon running that you feel only half dead when you finish.

But when Bruce Fordyce, one of the greatest ultra-distance runners of our time, competes in next month's Rottnest Marathon, his visit will be sponsored by Bowra & O'Dea, funeral directors.

Fordyce counts among his achievements nine consecutive wins in the 90km Comrades Marathon in South Africa and the 50-mile world record, set during his 1983 London-to-Brighton triumph. Accordingly, we trust a gentle lope around Rotto will not unduly tax him.

Article from The West Australian.

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 Wednesday, September 10, 2003 

Issue 3 of Running Australia Magazine

Issue 3 of Running Australia is on-sale this Friday, September 12!

This exciting issue features a comprehensive City to Surf wrap, an interview with Australian 3,000m and 10,000m champ Anna Thompson, the Bridge to Brissie, the Australian Ultra Marathon Champs, plus the current world rankings.

Steve Moneghetti Talks, we feature an article on Dickson Marwa and Patrick Nyangelo, the two Tanzanians who are taking the Australian running scene by storm, plus the official World Marathon Calander.

All this, plus much more, is available in your newsagents September 12!

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Paul Arthur: Life back on track


PAUL Arthur has not even started warming up for the Sydney marathon on Sunday and yet he has won the race of his life. For his life.

In a remarkably frank confession yesterday, Arthur, who could once claim to be Australia's third fastest marathon runner, exorcised the demons which have plagued him for the past five years.

``I lost the plot. I was on the bottle, doing drugs and gambling,'' he confessed.

``I lost everything I owned including my house. I was living on two-minute noodles. But I've only got myself to blame.''

Arthur won the City to Surf in 1994 at the height of his prowess. He also ran a time in a Tokyo half marathon that year which put him behind only Robert de Castella and Steve Moneghetti in Australian records.

But the death of his father sent Arthur into a spiralling depression which was to ruin his career and his life.

Arthur had always wanted to be a jockey. With that came an inclination to bet. When the depression struck so did the gambling bug.

``I was betting $50,000 on a horse and people were chasing me for money,'' Arthur said at the launch of Sunday's Sydney Marathon Festival.

``I didn't even know depression was an illnness,'' he said. ``Even the awards and medals I won for winning the City to Surf were sent to the pawnbroker to provide money for gambling.''

In desperation, Arthur joined the army. But the problems persisted and he was discharged earlier this year and told to get his life together.

Just 15 weeks ago, at the age of 36, Arthur decided to do that. He returned to running the sport he had grown to love.

With the help of his coach Robert Beasley, Arthur tried to straighten himself out.

He entered the City to Surf. At best seventh he faded to finish 14th troubled by blisters. But it was an encouraging comeback.

More recently he contested a half marathon on the Central Coast and won by two minutes. That convinced him he still had something to give to athletics. ``I'm fit and I am going to be competitive on Sunday. I'm going to run my heart out,'' he said.

Ranged against Arthur in a field of some 14,000 will be 600 competitors from overseas, including a massive contingent from Japan.

But the favourites are the Tanzanians notably, Patrick Nyangelo, 18, the winner of this year's City to Surf and Oswald Revelian, 21, third in the recent Mt Kilimanjaro marathon.

Article from the Daily Telegraph.

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Fun run to Walmsley

A FIELD of 173 runners lined up for the McDonald's Fathers Day Fun Run on Sunday with Nathan Walmsley first across the line.

Walmsley recorded a time of 23mins 11secs for the 6.6km event to win by 21 seconds from Om Halliday with Peter Neimanis another 24 seconds back.

The first female home was Louise Abraham who crossed the line in 27.31, just one second ahead of Ronelle Welton and Kathleen Swalling, who recorded the same time.

The winner of the 2km short course event was Campbell Dugmore (8.48) with Emma Kingston (8.59), the first female home, second overall.

Article from the Townsville Bulletin.

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 Tuesday, September 09, 2003 

A great double for Matt


MATT Robbie won his second fun run in a week with a victory in the New Balance Fathers Day Five run around Mingara on Sunday.

The clouds cleared for the field of mums, dads and kids in the fourth Fathers Day fun run around the Central Coast Regional Athletics Centre at Mingara.

In a repeat of the Ourimbah Campus University Spring Scramble Matt beat brother Jason to the line.

Tara Wood won the women's title to add to her win in the previous run of the series with a sub-20 minute effort on the tight and twisting course.

Sophie Egan, who recently returned to the Central Coast after a two-year absence, placed second.

Over one thousand dollars was raised to continue improvements at the track.

Article from the Daily Telegraph.

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Cardiac Surgeon Wins ‘Run With Mona’

A Melbourne heart surgeon has won the chance to run Sunday’s Flora Sydney Marathon with four-time Olympian Steve Moneghetti.

Jacob Goldstein, the winner of this year’s ‘Run the Marathon with Mona’ competition, described the opportunity to run with the Australian marathon hero as ‘out of this world’ and ‘a great honour’.

For Moneghetti, the honour is mutual.

“Marathon running is very humbling because it brings together amazing people from all walks of life,” said Moneghetti. “I feel very privileged to have the opportunity to run with a man like Jacob who helps so many people through his work. It’s a nice feeling for me to be able to return the favour and help him in whatever way I can.”

Moneghetti also said he felt ‘reassured’ to be running with Goldstein.

“Someone like Jacob would be very well aware of the importance of the lead-up training and preparation required to take on the marathon and that is very reassuring for me,” said Moneghetti. “He is also a man who would be well experienced in coping with adversity and dealing with the tough times. He’s been through it in the work place so his mental strength and conviction is without question. My job therefore will be to get the best result on the day.”

Goldstein, who is aged in his fifties, has run three Melbourne marathons previously, clocking a personal best of 3:45. The result he is hoping for in Sydney is 3:30 but he admits this goal is ‘pretty ambitious’.

“I’m probably dreaming, but I’d love to be able to break the 3:30 mark,” he said. “A PB has always been my aim for Sydney – but they’re harder to come by as you get older! If anyone can get me there, it will be Steve Moneghetti, but I must admit that I’m quite overawed by the thought of running with Steve – he’ll have to walk to keep up with me!”

Wife Deidre’s reaction, when informed Goldstein had won the competition, was sheer delight for her husband.

“He’s been training so hard, this is just wonderful,” she said. “You know how middle aged guys want a Porsche? This is better – much better!”

Since retiring from the international stage, Moneghetti has continued to perform like the luxury car in local competitions, but for him next Sunday is all about helping someone else achieve a personal goal.

“When this competition was introduced last year, I thought it was a wonderful opportunity to give something back to the sport and while we definitely won’t be walking, I’m more than happy to run at Jacob’s pace,” he said. “The experience is extremely rewarding for me. Last year’s competition winner was Sue Palmer, a mum running her first marathon who’d set a goal of four hours. We came in right on target. She was thrilled, but I was equally delighted. It was a great feeling to know we’d accomplished the four-hour goal together. Jacob and I will give the 3:30 goal a shot. If we achieve it, that will be great. If not, we’ll enjoy the run and know we’ve done our best, which is really what it’s all about. But, if the competition keeps going at this rate, and we knock half an hour off each year, we’ll be running at world record pace in a couple of years!”

The competition requires entrants in the Flora Sydney Marathon to explain, in 25 words or less, why they want to run the gruelling 42km with Moneghetti.

Graeme Hannan, General Manager of the annual Olympic legacy event, said Goldstein’s response – “Fifty-something year old cardiac surgeon DESPERATELY seeking 3.30 marathon (PB 3:45) … forget it … no way … impossible … unless … I RUN IT WITH MONA” – reflected the typical profile and emotions of the marathon runner.

“Marathon runners are, by nature, high achievers in all aspects of their lives and Jacob typifies the successful ‘fifty-something’ professional who is always looking for new challenges and to push the boundaries,” said Hannan. “The judges felt that his entry captured the spirit of the marathon and we’re delighted to be able to give him his chance at a PB with Mona by his side.”

While Goldstein’s words won him the unique chance to run with Moneghetti, he finds the marathon experience harder to explain.

“The feeling of accomplishing my first marathon a few years back is something I can’t put into words,” he said. “It’s something I’m very proud of and I don’t use the word ‘proud’ lightly.”

Goldstein came to running relatively late in life, at 40, and was eventually lured by the challenge of the marathon.

“I’m not a natural runner and I started with small distances,” he said. “There was a time when I thought a 10k run was a fantastic achievement. I kept setting new goals. I worked up to the half marathon and then the challenge of the marathon became automatic.”

As well as the challenge of his first Flora Sydney Marathon, which closely follows the famous ‘blue line’ of the Sydney 2000 Games from North Sydney to Sydney Olympic Park, next Sunday is also an important family occasion for Goldstein.

His daughter Rebecca and niece Jessica, both aged 23, have been training for their first 21k run and will be running in the Flora/The Sunday Telegraph Half Marathon.

“We’re all travelling to Sydney for the Marathon Festival,” said Goldstein. “I’ll be at the start line to see my daughter and niece off in the half marathon and they’ll be at the finish line to welcome me home in the marathon, so in many ways it’s a very special day for our family. The thrill of running with Steve Moneghetti is the icing on the cake!”

Media release from the Sydney Marathon website.

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Mum to run half with Heather

Sydney mother Catherine Rasmussen is hoping Commonwealth Games gold medallist Heather Turland will help her achieve a ‘post babies’ personal best in the Flora/The Sunday Telegraph Half Marathon on Sunday (September 14).

As winner of the ‘Run The Half With Heather Competition’, Rasmussen will be accompanied by Turland every step of the 21km from North Sydney to Sydney Olympic Park.

Rasmussen, 36, of Forestville, said she has long admired Turland and considers her a ‘great role model for mothers.’

“It’s a great honour to run with Heather and I’m very excited,” said Rasmussen. “It’s important for mothers to have an identity outside the home and Heather is the perfect example of that. The fact she became a Commonwealth Games medallist – and a gold medallist at that – after having four children is amazing. I have great respect for her.”

Rasmussen also has four children – Hannah, 6; Sally, 4; Daniel, 2 and Joseph, 1 – but she says that is where any parallels with the famous ‘Marathon Mum’ end.

“I may have four kids, but I certainly don’t have Heather’s athletic ability,” she said. “The greatest aim I have is to achieve a placing in my age group category in the half marathon before I turn 40 – I have no thoughts of competing at the Commonwealth Games!”

Rasmussen, formerly a keen competitor in triathlons, was running half marathons in 88 minutes before giving birth to four children in five years. The best she’s managed since is 96 minutes, but she goes into Sunday’s run well prepared, injury-free and with the added motivation of ‘running with Heather’.

“I’m hoping Heather will inspire me to achieve a ‘post babies’ personal best,” she said. “It will be great to have her pace me, because I always seem to run out too hard, and I also think she will help me stay positive the whole way which is sometimes hard to do in a tough run.”

Turland, who won the Flora Sydney Marathon women’s title last year said she is thrilled to be helping someone else achieve a personal goal this year.

“Catherine sounds like a pretty decent runner – I hope I can keep up with her,” laughed Turland. “I think we’ll just play it be ear and see how we go on the day. Catherine may not have representative aspirations, but neither did I when I started running after having my children. Who knows what she can achieve down the track? On Sunday, I’ll be trying to help Catherine run to her full potential and enjoy the experience.”

The ‘Run The Half With Heather Competition’ required entrants to explain in 25 words or less why they want to run the Flora/The Sunday Telegraph Half Marathon with Heather Turland.

Media release from the Sydney Marathon website.

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The world coming to run the bridge

The 2003 Sydney Marathon Festival on Sunday, September 14, has attracted a record number of international entrants, representing 27 countries.

Almost 600 international runners have entered the three festival races with the overseas contingent comprising more than 16% of the Flora Sydney Marathon field.
Japan heads the visitors list with more than 300 runners, followed by the United Kingdom (45)
USA (42), Germany (33); New Zealand (32) and Thailand (31).

Other countries that will be represented include Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark,
Finland, France, Iceland, India, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Norway, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Netherlands and Turkey.

Festival General Manager Graeme Hannan said the international runners are lured by the same attractions as the Australians.

“The festival offers one of the world’s most spectacular running courses,” said Hannan. “It features three world famous landmarks in the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and Sydney Olympic Park. The marathon also closely follows the famous blue line course of the Sydney 2000 Games, which is another lure for many runners. The increase in international runners this year is not only encouraging for our tourism industry, but also for the establishment of the event on the world stage.”

In total the 2003 Sydney Marathon Festival is expected to attract 14,000 runners.

Media release from the Sydney Marathon website.

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Sydney Marathon: Prize Money & Awards

Placing Male Female
1st 3,500 3,500
2nd 1,750 1,750
3rd 1,250 1,250
TOTAL 6,500 6,500

2. AGE GROUP PRIZES The winners of each age group category in both the Flora Sydney Marathon and the Flora/The Sunday Telegraph Half Marathon will receive a Polar A3 Heart Rate Monitor valued at $200.00. The winners of each age group category in The Sunday Telegraph 10k Bridge Run, who do not finish in the top three places overall, will win Creative Labs brand new Nomad MuVo NX, an ultra-compact digital audio player which stores 4 hours of encoded music with built-in voice recorder and bonus armband, that is perfect for the runner.

The top placegetters in The Sunday Telegraph 10km Bridge Run will win the hottest new portable audio players from Creative Labs, the worldwide leader in innovative multimedia products.

All finishers of the Marathon, Half Marathon and 10k will receive a commemorative medallion, featuring the image of Betty Cuthbert. All finishers will also receive a Commemorative Certificate. Marathon finishers will also receive a tee-shirt.

Click here for more info.

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Race medals honour Betty Cuthbert

Australian sporting legend Betty Cuthbert is honoured on the finishers’ medals for the 2003 Flora Sydney Marathon Festival.

The finishers of this Sunday’s Flora Sydney Marathon, Flora/The Sunday Telegraph Half Marathon and The Sunday Telegraph 10k Bridge Run will each receive a high quality bronze medal that features the image of the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games triple gold medallist. Parramatta’s ‘Golden Girl’ won her fourth Olympic gold medal in Tokyo in 1964.

The Sydney Marathon Festival medals are designed to become collectors’ items, with an Athletics Australia Hall of Fame athlete honoured each year. Last year, 1960 Olympic Games gold medallist Herb Elliott was featured and in 2001 the medals bore the image of Edwin Flack, Australia’s first modern Olympic gold medallist.

“Even though I was a sprinter, to have my image on the Sydney Marathon Festival medals is a great honour,” said Cuthbert. " The marathon is a wonderful event, and it's great to have a legacy of the Sydney Games. It will bring back such wonderful memories for all of us. I've always had great respect for marathon runners, as it is such a grueling event - you have to be so disciplined. I am also delighted to see the festival has grown to include a half marathon as well as the marathon and 10k Bridge Run and I wish all runners the best on the day."

Article from the Sydney Marathon website.

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Arthur chasing comeback title

Former Australian representative athlete Paul Arthur is aiming to cap his return to competitive running, following a three-year battle with chronic depression, by claiming the national marathon title this Sunday (September 14).

Arthur, 36, is aiming to clock under 2 hours and 20 minutes for the Flora Sydney Marathon, which doubles as the Australian Marathon Championships.

He is favourite to claim the title as first Australian across the line, but faces tough competition for outright honours from Tanzanian athletes Patrick Nyangelo, 18, and Oswald Revelian, 21.

Nyangelo has competed strongly in Australia this winter winning the City to Surf and placing second in the Gold Coast Marathon. Revelian, who arrived in Australia yesterday, placed third in this year’s Mt Kilimanjaro Marathon in a time of 2:18:56.

Arthur, who won the City to Surf in 1994, said Sunday’s race is the culmination of five months preparation and considers he is fit enough to challenge the Tanzanians.

“The Tanzanian athletes are definitely on top of their game, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be beaten,” said Arthur. “My preparation has been good. I am very fit and I am going to be competitive on Sunday. Anything is possible and if the Tanzanians go through the half way mark in about 63 minutes, I am confident that I can stick with them. The main goal that I set five months ago however is the Australian title – I want to be Australian Champion by the end of this week.”

Arthur’s comeback follows a tumultuous five years, which included the death of his father in 1998 and a three-year battle with chronic depression.

“It’s just an awesome feeling to be back and feeling fit enough to give the marathon a good shot on Sunday,” he said.

Arthur’[s career achievements include more than 20 NSW titles from 5k track to half marathon. He represented Australia at the World Cross Country Championships in Boston in 1994 and at the World Road Relays in 1992 & 1994, with Australia victorious in both those years. His personal bests are 1500m – 3.52; 3000m – 8.10; 5000m – 13.49; 10000m – 28.30; half marathon – 1hr 02m 16s; marathon – 2hr 20m. In 1994 he was ranked 25th in the world for the half marathon.

Article from the Sydney Marathon website.

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Tanzanian runners festival favourites

The Sydney Marathon Festival will have a distinct African beat this Sunday, September 14, as four of Tanzania’s future running hopes pound the pavement, following the famous “blue-line” course to Sydney Olympic Park.

In the Flora Sydney Marathon, Patrick Nyangelo (18), winner of this year’s City to Surf, and Oswald Revelian (21) are favourites in the men’s race, while teammate Tausi Juma (20) is expected to win the women’s marathon.

Dickson Marwa (21), winner of this year’s Gold Coast Marathon, is favourite in the Flora/The Sunday Telegraph Half Marathon.

Nyangelo and Marwa have been competing and training in Australia for several months this year and placed second and third respectively in the Flora Sydney Marathon last year. Revelian and Juma are making their Australian running debuts, arriving in the country yesterday.

Tanzanian Coach Suleiman Nyambui, an Olympic Silver Medallist and 5000m World Record Holder, has been bringing his athletes to Australia regularly since the 2000 Olympics

“It’s good for my athletes to be able to run far away from home, with different people than they normally run with. That is what makes this race special, because so many different people compete side-by-side,” said Nyambui.

Information about members of the Tanzanian squad follows:


* Silver medallist, Moscow Olympics 1980, 5000m.
* World Indoor Record holder 5000m, for 17 years
* Winner of four (4) marathons ... Stockholm, Berlin (twice), Moscow.
* Senior coaching roles in both Bahrain UAE & the USA.
* Tanzanian National Athletics Coach & advisor to the TOC & TAAA.


DOB: 17/02/85

Results 2002:
* City to Surf - 6th
* Australian Cross Country - 1st.
* Sydney Marathon - 2nd

Results 2003:
* Tanzanian National Championships: 800m - 3rd
* Tanzanian National Championships:1500m - 4th
* Gold Coast Marathon, Qld.(06/07/03) - 2nd (2:18.32)
* City to Surf - 1st (10/08/03)


DOB: 09/03/82

Results 2002:
* City to Surf - 10th
* Australian Cross Country - 4th
* Sydney Marathon - 3rd

Results 2003:
* Tanzanian National Championships: 1500m - 5th
* Tanzanian National Championships: 5000m - 6th
* Gold Coast Marathon, Qld.(06/07/03) - 1st (2:12.58)
* City to Surf - 4th (10/08/03)
* (Qualified for the 2003 African Games)


Results 2001:
* Tanzanian National Championships: 10,000m - 2nd (33.15.54)
* Armed Forces National Champs: 10,000m - 1st (34.56.16)
* Armed Forces National Champs: 5,000m - 2nd (16.04)

Results 2002:
* Tanzanian National Championships: 10,000m - 3rd (33.46.12)
* Tanzanian National Championships: 5,000m - 1st (16.06.26)
* Armed Forces National Champs: 10,000m -1st (35.01.56)
* Armed Forces National Champs: 5,000m - 1st (15.57.16)

Results 2003:
* Mt.Kilimanjaro Marathon: (March) - 2nd (2:56.13)
* Napoli, Italy,Half Marathon: (April) - 1st (1:12.24)
* Tanzanian National Champioships: 10,000m - 2nd (33.16.20)
* Tanzanian National Championships: 5,000m - 1st (15.41.31


Results 2002:
* Mt.Meru Marathon - 1st (2:14.26)
* Tanzanian National Championships: Half Marathon - 2nd (1:05.00)
* Tanzanian National Championships: 10,000m - 6th (29.42.16)
* Armed Forces National Championships: 10,000m - 1st (29.11.28)

Results 2003:
* Mt.Kilimanjaro Marathon: - 3rd (2:18.56)
* Tanzanian National Championships: Half Marathon - 5th (1:03.41)
* Tanzanian National Championships: 10,000m - 6th (29.08.00)

Article from the Sydney Marathon website.

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 Monday, September 08, 2003 

Road runners revel - Sydney Marathon and Sunday Telegraph 10km Bridge Run

PASTA PARTY: The Sydney Marathon Festival Pasta Party is on again. This event is open to all competitors in any of the three events as well as their family and friends.

You must book.

When: Friday September 12. 6.30pm to 10pm.

Where: One World Sport Night Club, Darling Harbour.

Cost: $25.

NIGHT LIFE: For those who feel like kicking on, your entry ticket to the Pasta Party will allow you to go to the One World Sport Night Club, which normally has an entry fee of $15. The cost covers pasta, salad, bread rolls, soft drink and entry to the club.

To book: (02) 8907 9475 or e-mail

BUS IT: Buses will be available to take competitors from Olympic Park to the starting lines at North Sydney. Cost: $10 per person. To reserve your seat, e-mail or call (02) 8907 9460. Buses will leave Olympic Park about 90 minutes prior to race start.

GOOD TIMING: You will receive the ChampionChip transponder, or timing chip, in your race kit. The ChampionChip transponder will give you an accurate time for your run from when you cross the starting line until you cross the finish line.

Attach your chip before the race -- it's about the size of a 50c piece -- to your shoelace, or if a Velcro band has been provided, attach it to your left ankle. Return your ChampionChip after the race or a $50 charge will apply.

HELP ALONG THE WAY: Kilometre signs will be located along each course, and the halfway points will also be marked.

Aid stations will be located each 2.5km from the 5km mark, offering water and/or High 5 electrolyte replacement drinks.

There will be medical personnel at the end of each aid station along the route and both finish areas.

Toilets will be located at each aid station, as well as at the start and finish areas.

Finish line aid stations will serve High 5, water and Lipton Ice Tea. Additionally, fruit will be served at the end of the marathon/half marathon.

SOUVENIRS: A full range of Sydney Marathon Festival merchandise is being provided by New Balance.

Purchases may be made at the registration centre and at the finish recovery areas at the Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens and Sydney Olympic Park.

Event merchandise is displayed on the race website at and

Article from the Sunday Telegraph.

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Race day guide - Sydney Marathon and Sunday Telegraph 10km Bridge Run

Pick your distance: The Sydney Marathon Festival has three runs to cater for all standards.

The Sunday Telegraph 10km Bridge Run: Run -- or walk -- to the Sydney Opera House. Cut off time is 90 minutes.

The Flora Sydney Marathon (42km) and the Flora/The Sunday Telegraph Half Marathon (21km): Finish at Sydney Olympic Park. Cut off times are 5 hours for the marathon and 2hrs 45mins for the half marathon.

All three runs start at North Sydney and cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

How to enter: Online and in-person entries for all three Sydney Marathon Festival runs will be taken this week. Online entries will be accepted until midnight on Friday at or enter in person at one of the race registration centres (see below) until 5pm on Saturday.

Cost: Bridge Run -- $35.75 (Australian residents); $50 (international entry). Marathon -- $110 (Australian residents); $165 (international). Half Marathon -- $55 (Australian residents); $82.50 (international).

What to do before race day: All entrants in the Sydney Marathon Festival runs need to collect their race kits this week at Parramatta or Broadway. If you don't have your race kit, which contains your race number and timing chip, you won't be officially entered.

Parramatta: One World Sport, 295 Church St: Monday: noon-8pm; Tuesday: noon-8pm.

Broadway: Campus of the University of Technology, Sydney, first floor, Tower Building in the Great Hall. Thursday:; Friday: 8am-6pm; Saturday: 10am-5pm.

Inquiries: (02) 8907 9460.

Starting line: Runners in the marathon and 10km will meet at the traditional North Sydney Oval starting line. The half marathon starting line will be just down the road in Miller St, between Berry St and the Pacific Hwy.

Starting time: Half Marathon, 6.30am; Marathon, 7am. The 10km Bridge Run will start in three waves. The first about 7.32am, the second at 7.50am and the third around 8.10am. Wheelchair athletes -- 7.30am.

Runners will be called to their respective starts approx 15-20 min prior to the start time.

Public transport: visit or phone 131 500 (24 hours) for advice on all bus, rail and ferry services on race day.

The closest train station is North Sydney -- allow five to 20 minutes to walk to the start.

By car: No access to Miller St between Falcon St and Pacific Hwy. Parking in local streets will be limited. Best access routes by car and drop-off points are from the North via Pacific Highway -- closest drop-off point is Myrtle St.

From the South/East via Eastern Distributor, Harbour Tunnel, take the Ernest St exit, turn left into Ernest St -- any point within the next 0.5k suitable drop off leaving a short 3-5 minute walk to the start.

From the West via Gladesville Bridge, Burns Bay Rd, right Bridge St, right on River Road, right on Pacific Highway -- there are a number of drop-off points in Crows Nest that are within a 5-10 minute walk of the start.

Road closures: The Harbour Bridge closure will start at 4.30am; fully closed 6am. Re-opening starts 8.45am, fully re-opened 9.15am.

The Harbour Tunnel and the Eastern Distributor will both remain open. For a full list of road closures and clearways, visit

Clothing: You can drop your street clothes at the start and pick them up at the finish. Your race kit will include a plastic bag for this purpose. Write your race number in the area provided on the bag.

How friends and family get from the start and finish areas: Avoid central Sydney because of road closures. The recommended route from North Sydney to Sydney Olympic Park is Falcon St, Pacific Highway, Longueville Rd, Lane Cove Rd, Concord Rd, Homebush Bay Drive, Australia Ave.

The best route to the Sydney Opera House is via the Sydney Harbour Tunnel. Take the Wooloomooloo exit to public parking stations at the Domain or Cook and Phillip Park.

What you receive: All finishers will receive a quality commemorative medallion, featuring the image of Australian running legend Betty Cuthbert, before exiting the finish area. Marathon finishers will also receive a T-shirt.

What happens at the finish: There will be post-race presentations and entertainment and activities.

Both finishing venues will feature recovery areas where the official winners presentations will be taking place.

The 10km recovery village is in the Royal Botanic Gardens next to Government House. The marathon and half marathon recovery is in conjunction with Sydney Olympic Parks annual Alive celebration.

Results: The Sunday Telegraph will publish a full finishers' list for each race on September 21 and all results will be posted at on Monday, September 22.

Network Ten will broadcast a one-hour race highlights program on Saturday Oct 4 at 3pm. Official race photographers will attempt to snap you as you cross the finish line. Proofs will be mailed to you for optional purchase or visit Your finishers certificate will be posted to you.

* How to become a volunteer: Phone 9956 1209, visit or e-mail

* How to find out information:



Phone: (02) 8907 9460.

Article from the Sunday Telegraph.

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The Moneghetti method - Sydney Marathon and Sunday Telegraph 10km Bridge Run

by Steve Moneghetti

WITH a week to go for the 2003 Flora Sydney Marathon, people really should back away from training too much.

People should have done most of their training in the six months leading up to the marathon. Now it's too late to start pushing your body.

As a rule people should cut the amount of running they do in the last week before a marathon by half.

Usually I would do about 200km in a week but this week I will only be running about 100km. It's important to store some energy for the race, otherwise on the day you will be too exhausted to compete.

People should remember not to stop training altogether, otherwise the leg muscles will seize up on the day. Keep up some sort of activity to make sure their legs remain supple.

People can go cycling or swimming. This takes some of the pressure off the legs. It also keeps you moving and active.

During the week it is very important to eat plenty of complex carbohydrates like pasta, rice, bread and potatoes.

This is the fuel that will help you get through, it provides the body with plenty of energy. Runners should carry with them a good energy drink to keep up the energy levels throughout the race. Stop at the drink stations every 5km to keep up your fluids. Avoid alcohol for a few days before the race, you don't need anything else taking fluids away from your body.

I like to get plenty of sleep early in the week because the night before I tend to get nervous. Make sure your running gear has been worn in, including shoes, shorts and T-shirt. There is nothing worse than getting blisters from new shoes while running 42km.

Article from the Sunday Telegraph.

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Pounding the pavement as an example to his flock


REVEREND Bruce Grindlay is preaching a different sort of message to the faithful.

The Minister at St Andrew's by the Sea Uniting Church, Glenelg, is swapping his pulpit for the road and his robe for running shoes as he prepares to run in this year's Advertiser City-Bay Fun Run.

Mr Grindlay said he was entering the 12km event for the first time after some gentle persuasion from his congregation.

He said yesterday that after encouraging people to enter, after a while they questioned why he wasn't doing it - even claiming he was ``too chicken''.

So he decided to prove them wrong - adding he has been training religiously for the event.

``I have been training for six days a week since last year and I am at the gym every morning,'' Mr Grindlay, 58, of Novar Gardens, said.

``The problem is I will be the only guy who warms up on the day and I will be the first one who does a hamstring and breaks down. ``That's the fear . . . I'll do damage to myself because I am so prepared,'' he laughed.

Not only do the congregation at the church get benefits from the fun run - their service is postponed so they can watch the race - but also the businesses along Jetty Rd win as well.

Jetty Rd's Mainstreet Board manager, Carol Raye, estimates about 30,000 people venture down to Glenelg on the day - making it one of the biggest social events the seaside suburb hosts during the year.

Ms Raye said the September 21 event was ``very important'' to Glenelg's economy, as it brought people down to the Bay, pumping valuable dollars into the local economy.

``Having an event, like the City-Bay, showcases the beach as well as the shopping, which no other suburb can do,'' she said.

Entrants also are reminded that race numbers, bags and microchips can be collected from either the City-Bay Adelaide office, at 15 Waymouth St, from Thursday, or the Glenelg office, behind the St Andrew's Church, from September 18.

Those people still wanting to send their entry through the post are reminded postal votes close on Wednesday.

Article from The Advertiser.

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Secretes and fun running

With the fun running season upon us and hitherto-hibernating runners now out and at large one is reminded of one of the great, mysterious differences between men and women. Can it be because men are from Mars that when they exert themselves at running and other sports they secrete more mucus and phlegm than do their far less congested sisters from Venus? Male runners are always spitting and making disgusting projections of gunk from each nostril in turn (with the other nostril closed with a thumb) while they run.

Some years ago some men I knew entered a fun run under the delightful team name ``Snot Blowers''. But in my years of running I've ever seen a single female runner do these things. If it is a manly thing to do then this columnist, who doesn't do it, must be a sissy.

Article from the Canberra Times.

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Get set for the race of a lifetime - Bridge Run Bulletin

ONE week to race day and the rare chance to run across the Sydney Harbour Bridge -- traffic free!

The Sydney Marathon Festival is the only community run that closes the landmark, with three runs starting at North Sydney and crossing the bridge.

The Sunday Telegraph 10k Bridge Run finishes at the Sydney Opera House, while the Flora Sydney Marathon and the Flora/The Sunday Telegraph Half Marathon end at Sydney Olympic Park. Mail entries have closed, but you can still enter online at www.sydneymarathon.

org or at one of the registration centres. See the special Bridge Run feature in today's The Sunday Telegraph for more details.

FATHER's Day will come twice this year for the hundreds of dads lining up with their sons and daughters in next Sunday's Sydney Marathon Festival.

Mona Vale's Patrick O'Connor is accompanying son, Scott, on his first marathon and says ``training with him is just as important as the race''.

Greg Hume of Baulkham Hills is making his marathon debut and wants his kids to see him finish at Olympic Park.

WHILE the Hume kids are waiting to cheer dad home, they might want to run around the Olympic venue -- with an Olympic athlete!

Australian 800m champion Tamsyn Lewis is leading the Kids Fun Run 4 Health for children aged under 12. Entry is a gold coin donation to the National Heart Foundation and, with the emphasis on participation rather than winning, everyone who enters will go into a draw to win some great prize packs.

To be part of the fun just meet by the cauldron, which will be alight, at Sydney Olympic Park between 9am and 9.30am. The run will start at 9.45am.

FOUR-time Olympian Steve Moneghetti will be special guest at the Sydney Marathon Festival Pasta Party at One World Sport on Friday night.

If you'd like to attend, phone 02 8907 9460 or book your ticket ($25), when you pick up your race kit at registration.

Article from the Sunday Telegraph.

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Chance to race with Olympians - Sydney Marathon and Sunday Telegraph 10km Bridge Run

by Desiree D'Costa

Tanzanian national athletics coach Nyambui Suleiman will use the Flora Sydney Marathon to help train athletes for the 2008 Olympics.

He's hoping the race will prepare his junior runners, Dickson Marwa, Patrick Nyangelo, Oswald Revelian and Tausi Juma for the Games.

``The Sydney marathon is a good race for our younger runners and we try to get here every year,'' Mr Suleiman said.

``My boys did well at the Gold Coast marathon in July.

``Dickson came first and Patrick came second, but they had some good competition from the Australian runners. It was very exciting.''

The Tanzanians have been preparing for the race since arriving in Sydney last month.

``I have been training the boys at the Royal Botanic Gardens because it is the perfect place to run and we will be at Centennial Park next week,'' Mr Suleiman said.

``But for the few days before the race, they will just be relaxing, stretching and eating well.

Marwa and Nyangelo also took part in the Bridge to Brisbane fun run in August.

``Once again, they had a good result. They came first and second, so we are hoping to do just as well next week.''

It's not too late for people to run with the Tanzanians.

Online entry forms will close on September 12, so there are still a few days left.

Forms can be found online at

Party time

THERE'LL be plenty of post-race celebrations at both finishing venues. At the end of The Sunday Telegraph 10km fun run at the Opera House, people will be ushered to the Royal Botanic Gardens for entertainment and refreshments.

After the marathon ends, medal presentations will be made, beginning at 10.30am, in The Overflow park at Homebush.

Afterwards, the new Sydney Olympic Park Visitor Gateway will be officially opened.

Visitors are then welcome to watch interactive displays and exhibitions at The Overflow.

There will also be all-day entertainment on the main stage featuring performers from China, Greece, Turkey, India and Korea.

To close the event, The SuperJesus will perform a free concert featuring some of the hits from their new album.

Article from the Sunday Telegraph.

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TV host to run in sister's honour

YVETTE Duncan has never competed in a 10km run but is determined to finish The Sunday Telegraph 10km Bridge Run next week as a tribute to her sister.

The MTV Most Wanted host is running to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation after they granted her sister Katrina's wish to meet her favourite rock band in the US.

``Katrina died when she was 20 and the Make-A-Wish Foundation made her feel really special,'' Duncan said.

``I'm running to raise money so more children with life-threatening illnesses can have their wish come true, too.''

Last year, the Make-A-Wish Foundation raised more than $30,000 through the 10km fun run and this year it is hoping to top that amount.

``It's a great cause and I'm happy to be part of it,'' she said.

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 am determined to finish, even though the most I have ever run is 6km,'' Duncan said.

``I have been running for the past couple of months, training for the big event, so I hope I'm not still running the next day. It will be a challenge but I'm looking forward to it.''

Entry forms for the race can be found online at Online entries close September 12.

Article from the Sunday Telegraph.

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Undignified behaviour suffered all in the name of sport

If you want to add something else to all the other indignities of being in training for The Canberra Times Family Fun Run on September 21 (the redness of the face, the wheezing of the lungs, the loud creaking noises from the knee joints) then why not try some dynamic stretches?

Yesterday at Weston Park members of the Academy of Sport's Training Program for the looming fun run were shown how to do pre-run exercises called ``dynamic stretches'' developed for elite athletes, which involve lunges, knee-lifts, a knee-lift with a hop and an exaggerated running action in which you try to biff your own buttocks with your own heels.

Everyone who does these is reminded, especially by the lunge, of John Cleese's ``Silly Walks''. But all of the indignity will have been worth it on Sunday, September 21 when you shimmer across the line after running, jogging, shuffling or even (for it's a fun run and you can do what makes you happiest) fox-trotting the 10km.

An amnesty on entry forms has been granted until Tuesday. Forms are available at or by calling 62802438.

Article from the Canberra Times.

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Off and running to Everest and more

by Damien Tomlinson

BLIND athlete Gerrard Gosens has climbed some mountains in his time. Now he's training for the biggest of them all -- but it will be a climb of two stages.

All going well, he will make it to base camp on Mt Everest in November, accompanied by close friend and running buddy Tony Gray and representatives of his sponsor, World Expeditions.

Then he will have to duck home to Brisbane to try to gain selection for next year's Athens Paralympics before returning to the Himalayas in 2005 to try for the summit.

Gosens, 33, who was born in Melbourne, combines his athletic career with his job as general manager of Royal Blind Foundation Queensland.

He and wife Heather live in Chelmer with their children Jordan, 8, and Taylor, 5.

How did you make your first dollar?

My first dollar was made at the age of seven, at the Melbourne Eye and Ear Hospital. I was asked to be available for student ophthalmologists to look at my somewhat rare eye condition which caused my blindness. They had paid me with Smarties until I discovered money.

What was your first big investment?

Buying a house at the age of 22. It was a struggle because of my limited savings, salary and my investment in training for the chance to represent Australia in sport.

What are you likely to invest in next?

My next large investments are personal ones: training for Everest and Athens. I am a distance runner, and I need to invest a significant amount of money into my training and competition, as I am responsible for the costs of transporting and accommodating my guide runners.

Do you work from a budget at home?

I do not have a formal budget, but I am able to keep track of expenses pretty well. Money is not specifically put aside for holidays, as I rarely go on holidays. Most of my time is spent training or travelling to competitions during my time off.

Where does the bulk of your money go each week?

Into training costs, such as cab fares to training, and all other costs related to running. I go through shoes every eight weeks, which can cost me up to $1000. Cab fares to guide runners' homes or out to the track cost me about $200 a week.

Do you have any credit cards?

Yes, but I use them purely to facilitate and offset my mortgage.

Describe your most satisfying purchase.

I once bought a Sydney 2000 Olympic Torch at a charity auction. It was most satisfying, because I was heavily involved in the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games and have immense pride in representing Australia. Representing Australia at the 2000 Paralympic Games is an experience I'll never forget.

What is the key to your success?

My belief that success is a journey, not a destination, and that change is constant, but growth is optional.

What is the most important thing you have learnt about money?

Money is not to be feared, and financial goals are no different to sporting and personal goals. Each takes lots of blood, sweat and tears, creativity and hard work that pay off in the end.

Articel from the Sunday Mail.

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Father's Day Special for Hutchinson

Father of four, Mark Hutchinson spent Father's Day pounding the pavement along Brisbane's South Bank setting a scorching pace on his way to victory in the Qld Group Triple M River Run this morning (Sunday 7 September 2003).

The former Kiwi who took out The Noosa Journal Half Marathon last weekend backed up today showing his class in beating a quality field. Hutchinson was up against Pat Carroll, winner of last weekend's New Balance Noosa 10km and 1500m National champion Alistair Stevenson returning from injury.

The biggest field ever gathered today to take part in the Qld Group Triple M River Run, 2,500 people spent Father's Day running, jogging or walking their way through a 10km or 5km run.

As the sun rose to thaw out an early morning chill hundreds had turned up to get a last minute entry in while the Triple M outside broadcast pumped out the music to get the crowd hyped.

The 10km runners were the first to be sent away and the front runners made the usual mad dash to clear away from the masses that filed underneath the starting banner for some minutes.

As the 10km runners hit the half way mark with a trio forging a clear lead from the chasers that included Hutchinson, Christian Isbister and Stevenson the 5km event got underway.

Back with the leaders, Hutchinson was setting the pace, with the huge crowd urging him on, including his four children cheering for dad Isbister was not letting go. Isbister has been off the scene for some time but was putting in a first class performance here today. Stevenson was bravely clinging on to third spot.

The first casualty was Carroll who had aggravated a calf injury the previous weekend and after 5km claimed, "It felt like I had a cricket ball in my calf and there was no point pushing on and making it any worse."

That wasn't the end of Pat's day as he then took to the microphone and worked tirelessly calling athletes over the line and hosting presentations.

As they approached the final kilometre Hutchinson stepped up another gear which Isbister couldn't match and had to settle for second place. Stevenson crossed nearly a minute behind Hutchinson for third place.

"I'm stoked with third spot today as I've just spent the last eight weeks with an injury and have only just gotten back into it, so I'm pleased with the result," said Stevenson.

Meanwhile Krishna Stanton took another step closer to her Olympic dream today when she lead from start to finish in the women's 10km. Stanton was runner up to Jackie Gallagher in last weekend's Noosa Journal Half Marathon and despite second place was very happy with her time. "I'm really pleased with that 10km time today and things are looking really positive for running the time I need at the Tokyo Marathon in November," Stanton commented.

Alexis Gillham put in a sensational run today posting a PB and claiming second place to Stanton while the Sunshine Coast's Jenny Phil-Young rounded out the top three.

In Training's Margot Manning took line honours in the 5km run in a very smart time ahead of Katrina Doods and Pip Bacon.

For the men it was Dennis Fitzgerald clocking the fastest time for a clear win over Andrew Knox followed by Anthony Craig.

A couple of outstanding performances came from young 16-year-old Smiley Willis who took out the U18 category in the 5km event while 82-year-old Lorna Chalk made the distance along out youngest competitor 3-year-old Arian Conway.

A huge crowd had stayed for presentations soaking up the beautiful day enjoying loads of giveaways and the free BBQ that Triple M provided, great t/shirt and a bag of full of sponsor products.

The 2003 Qld Group Triple M River Run was a huge success and will be back in 2004 bigger and better.

Riverfestival is a community initiative of the Brisbane City Council in partnership with Channel Nine and the Queensland Government.

A full set of results will be available on the Triple M website at

Overall Results

Male Female
1. Mark Hutchinson 31:14 1. Krishna Stanton 35:01
2. Christian Isbister 31:27 2. Alexis Gillham 35:54
3. Alistair Stevenson 32:12 3. Jenny Philp-Young 36:22


Male Female
1. Dennis Fitzgerald 15:02 1. Margot Manning 18:06
2. Andrew Knox 15:38 2. Katrina Doods 18:44
3. Anthony Craig 15:45 3. Pip Bacon 19:26

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 Friday, September 05, 2003 

Olympic Hopefuls Line Up in River Run

The Qld Group Triple M Riverrun has attracted some of the best runners in the country. Winner of last weekend's New Balance Noosa 10km, Pat Carroll will go into Sunday's 10km event as race favourite.

Pat has been one of the best distance runner's Queensland has ever produced and is one of the most versatile. Having represented Australia many times in International events he has consistently finished amongst the top runners in three Commonwealth Games. He also boasts three Gold Coast Marathon wins and holds the Australian record for the half marathon with a time of 61.11.

Carroll admits, "My competitive days may be nearing an end but I still love racing and will always compete. I'm doing half the training I used to do but am still running well and getting some good results. The pressure is on the younger guys to catch me now," Carroll claimed.

This Sunday Carroll will have some stiff opposition when he lines up against Queensland's most talented up and coming distance runner, Alastair Stevenson. Recently winning the National 1500m title and outclassing the Commonwealth Games Bronze medallist, Youcef Abdi. He also finished 2nd in the 5000m National Title.

Stevenson will tackle the 10km event in the Qld Group Triple M River Run which forms part of his preparation for his 2004 Olympic bid.

Runner up in The Noosa Journal Half Marathon last Sunday and 2002 Commonwealth Games silver medallist Krishna Stanton will take part in the 10km event this weekend as part of her preparation. Stanton will run the Tokyo Marathon in November attempting to make an 'A' qualifying time to be considered for the 2004 Athens Olympics.

"I've had a limited preparation so far but my time in the half marathon last weekend was really encouraging and I'm looking forward to running this weekend."

Jenny Philp-Young who finished third behind Stanton last weekend has also confirmed she will be a starter.

The annual Qld Group Triple M Riverrun is part of Brisbane's Riverfestival celebrations.

Everyone can participate by either running, jogging or walking. You have a choice of competing in either the 10km or 5km event which starts and finishes at South Bank. Scenic courses will take you over the Story Bridge through the City and Botanic Gardens, across the Goodwill Bridge and back to South Bank.

Participants in this event will receive a special Triple M Riverrun t/shirt, race number, timing chip and post race refreshments.

After the race Triple M will reward your hard work with a free BBQ and a live broadcast from South Bank.

Riverrun is held on Sunday 7 September with registration between 5.45am and 7.30am with a 7.45am race start.

Entry forms and details of entry fees are available on the Triple M website at or Alternatively phone (07) 3255 3377 for an entry form.

Riverfestival is a community initiative of the Brisbane City Council in partnership with Channel Nine and the Queensland Government, and will take place in Brisbane from 29 August to 7 September 2003.

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Runners keep out of trouble

MEDICAL officers were ready to deal with any kind of emergency but their services were not needed.

A sprained ankle at the finish was the most serious injury staff from Sports Medicine Australia had to deal with during this year's City to Surf.

Five doctors, 12 nurses and 15 triage staff had been on hand to help competitors.

No-one was treated for dehydration which is often a problem in mass participation events.

St John's did not deal with any serious cases along the route either.

Organisers said most competitors finished in "pretty good" shape.

"Some competitors needed a rest or massage for professionals at the finish but they were in the minority given the size of the field," Activ Foundation's James Lawton said.

Article from the West Australian.

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Runners go the distance

FOR some it is serious business - competing at the front of the pack in Perth's annual City to Surf.

But for the vast majority it is a fun day out, enjoying the atmosphere of Perth's biggest road race, this year staged on a perfect sunny morning.

Among the front runners, Victorian Mark Thompson reigned supreme.

Among the slower runners and walkers exercise was part of the aim but the main focus was fun in the name of charity.

A significant amount of support came from the private sector with companies using the race as an opportunity to boost morale among their workers as well as improve their profile in the community.

Schools and sporting organisations also used the event to promote team spirit and encourage fitness.

The biggest corporate team was the Integrated Group and the biggest school was All Saints College.

On-line bookings continued with great success and Activ Foundation's city store accepted entries until the day before the race.

Microchip shoelace devices assisted with the timing of entrants.

Results published in The West Australian are for timed entrants only.

Article from the West Australian.

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Smooth running thanks to helpers

PUTTING on an event of the magnitude of the City to Surf would be impossible without the help of an army of volunteers.

Nearly 400 West Australians volunteer on the last Sunday of August each year to ensure Perth's biggest community sporting event runs smoothly.

"We would like thank all those people who helped make this year's event a success," Activ Foundation's volunteer co-ordinator Janet Wicks said.

The helpers' roles were varied and exciting.

"It's a fantastic feeling being part of such a huge event, you can't describe the feeling seeing thousands of runners take to the streets," volunteer Pat Roberts from the Kalamunda Rotary Club said.

Positions on course included drink stations every 2km, road marshals at the intersections of main road closures, start line personnel, exit tent coordinators and help desk attendants.

Many people volunteered for the City to Surf year after year.

"I have volunteered to help out 27 out of the last 29 years," Rodney Congdon, a staff member at Activ Foundation, said.

"This year my wife joined me and we are already looking forward to next year."

Although many of the helpers returned each year, trying to recruit new volunteers to cope with the growth of the event remained a major task.

Activ Foundation was already asking people to register their interest for the 30th year.

Another of the foundation's key roles for volunteers was to help provide services to people with intellectual disabilities.

Article from the West Australian.

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Serious to silly, with lots of fun on the way


THEY ranged in ages from 88 to a couple of months, from extremely fit to the other end of the scale, from serious to silly, but all shared a common goal - to reach the finish line at City Beach Oval.

This year's City to Surf attracted competitors from all walks of life - most of them unknown.

Two American fighter pilots - William Mitchell, of Detroit, Michigan, and Edmund Hipp, of Beaufort, South Carolina, slotted in among this group.

The pair flew their F/A-18s from Darwin, where they are based, to compete in WA's biggest road race.

However, there were some well known Perth identities spotted among the sea of runners - including West Coast Eagles coach John Worsfold, trying to take his mind off Saturday's Derby loss to the Fremantle Dockers.

Also competing was football champion Ross Glendinning, who covered the 12km distance in a respectable 51 minutes 37 seconds.

Federal MP Julie Bishop was among the 12km entrants while media celebrities included Channel 9's Michael Thompson and Pip O'Connell.

96FM's breakfast crew was there supporting the station's fund-raising efforts, which netted $10,000 for the Activ Foundation.

Superheroes from the Rocky City Hash House Harriers were among the entrants, including "Superman" Thomas Scott-Morley, who pushed his son Oliver, 4, and daughter Stella, 2, who were also dressed in Superman outfits.

Last year Scott-Morley completed the race in 1:08 and this year he covered the 12km in 1:15, running and pushing his two children.

Article from the West Australian.

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Many help the cause


EVENT organiser and beneficiary Activ Foundation has been overwhelmed by the success of this year's City to Surf.

In its 29th year, the event broke all previous participation records, with 19,776 people taking to the streets to wheel, walk or run their way from St Georges Terrace to City Beach Oval.

"We would like to say a huge thank you to the West Australian community for their support of this year's event," marketing and community relations manager James Lawton said.

"There were 3771 more entrants than last year, equating to an amazing 23 per cent increase over the previous year and 36 per cent from 2001."

The event started in 1975, with a field of about 500 competitors. That was the first Appealathon event held in WA and funds raised helped support Activ Foundation, previously known as the Slow Learning Children's Group of WA.

The Slow Learning Children's Group of WA was formed in 1951 and was made up of parents of children with intellectual disability who wanted more for their children.

Before that, parents were told to put their children in Claremont Mental Hospital and allow the institution to look after them.

These pioneers set about creating a better life for their children.

Funds to do this were always scarce and fundraising was a full-time activity.

The Slow Learning Children's Group changed its name to Activ Foundation in 1989, and fund-raising has remained vital to supplement government funding to this day.

The City to Surf is Activ Foundation's biggest fundraiser and almost $200,000 was raised from last year's run.

"These funds are vital," Mr Lawton said. "We estimate $220,000 will be raised this year. Funds raised go to the areas of most need.

During the past few years City to Surf funds have helped build a new respite facility called Variety Pelican House in Bayswater.

"Money for projects such as these do not come from Government and we rely on our fundraising events," Mr Lawton said.

"The respite facility in Bayswater allows parents to have a well earned rest while their children are cared for by qualified staff in a homely environment."

In addition to the support from the WA community, the business sector has remained a strong and vital supporter of the event.

"The logistics of the event are huge and major WA organisations have put their hand in their pocket to help provide prizes and much needed services on the day from water to toilets, administration staff and road traffic management," Mr Lawton said.

Support from the community also comes in the form of volunteers.

More than 350 volunteers are needed on the event day alone. The West Australian is a co-sponsor of the City to Surf.

Article from the West Australian.

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Victorian breezes to a course record


VICTORIAN Mark Thompson made the most of favourable conditions - and the absence of local hero Ray Boyd - to win his first Activ City to Surf in a record time from St Georges Terrace to City Beach Oval last weekend.

Thompson produced his second eye-catching performance in a fortnight after finishing second in a field of 61,000 behind Tanzanian teenager Patrick Nyangelo in the Sydney City to Surf.

The AIS scholarship holder took charge early and was never challenged, clocking a race and course record of 35 minutes 42 seconds over the 12km. He is chasing an Olympic berth for Athens next year.

Boyd, vying for his 12th Perth City to Surf win in 17 years, was forced to withdraw with flu on the eve of the race, leaving Thompson as favourite in a record field of 19,776 runners. Boyd's previous race record of 35:52 was set in 1987 but the course was around 460m shorter then.

The course record of 36:19 was set by Kim Gillard in 1999.

Thompson said he was impressed with the event and especially the support from spectators along the route.

"It is a challenging course and a fantastic event," he said.

"I competed here in the national junior championships 10 years ago and my view of Perth has not charged since then - it is a fantastic place.

"I feel proud to have won here and hope this result will provide a platform for Olympic selection next year."

The best of the local runners was Hamish McElwee, who clocked 37:52 to establish himself as WA's best, ahead of Todd Ingraham, who was third in 38:11.

Two years ago it was Ingraham who was runner-up with McElwee claiming third.

The 4km event went to Nathan Doig in 13:06 with Aaron Patterson second in 13:08 and Steve Stingmore third in 13:27.

Patterson also took out the junior 4km title.

Article from the West Australian.

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Prize money may be offered to attract stars


CITY to Surf organisers are facing the reality of having to pay prize money to attract international calibre athletes to Perth's biggest fun-run.

Prize money has long been a contentious issue and the organiser, Activ Foundation, has found it difficult to justify spending money on a small group of elite runners when the aim of the event has been to raise funds for people with intellectual disability.

While there has been a small number of national calibre athletes who have contested the event, most winners have been locals.

Entries have increased significantly each year but marketing and community relations manager James Lawton said publicity and media interest would increase greatly if more high-profile athletes participated in the race.

"We need to look at paying some big names to take this event to another level," Mr Lawton said.

"A bigger prize purse will encourage Eastern States runners to compete and raise the bar on the race. We would like to replicate what has been done in the Sydney City to Surf."

The leading man and woman in this year's race received all-expenses paid trips to Bali for two people.

"Our sponsors have donated most of the prizes and very little has been spent from our own budget," Mr Lawton said.

Article from the West Australian.

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Planning makes perfect <> Preparation pays off in City to Surf


PRE-RACE planning paid off for Esperance runner Lauren Shelley, the first woman across the line in Perth's prestigious City to Surf event last Sunday.

Shelley, who clocked a time of 43 minutes 19 seconds, drew from experience in her assault on a 12km course which featured several tough climbs.

"From the experience of what happened in past years, I knew it was quite hilly and that the first hill leading up to Kings Park was quite tough," Shelley said.

"My plan was to just sort of relax through them and then make the most of the downhill parts afterwards.

"I think I ended up passing the girl who was leading early after about 4.5km."

Despite being among the fastest finishers in previous years, Shelley had no firm expectations going into the race.

"I didn't really know how I was going to go because you never know who is going to turn up," she said.

"I finished second a couple of years ago and fourth last year, so my aim was to just do my best and see what happened."

Shelley, who eclipsed pre-race favourite Nathalie Goffrey to add the title to a bridges fun run earlier in the year, is now likely to turn her eyes to slightly longer distances.

"I don't know exactly what my next race will be but I am contemplating running in the Perth half-marathon," she said.

"Other than that, there is the Esperance half-marathon the same weekend."

Kalgoorlie-Boulder was also represented by the Francke family, who competed in the 12km section. Bill and Mandy Francke contested the event with their children Josh, 11, Tara, 5, Megan, 3, and Caleb, six months, in prams and Bill said they had had a ball.

"It was great and the kids loved it," he said.

"I wanted to walk and run but I was 10 minutes late and, by that time, it was chock-a-block so I couldn't pass anyone. Mandy walked all the way and did it easy."

Bill Francke completed the course in about one hour and 40 minutes, while Mandy Francke took just under two hours.

Article from the Kalgoorlie Miner.

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Big effort reaps big rewards


TIME, expense and effort is required to organise a big group to participate in the City to Surf but the head of the biggest team believes the rewards make the exercise worthwhile.

Integrated Group, an industrial services contract company specialising in commercial and industrial applications, provided the biggest corporate team with 845 entries.

WA area manager Craig Hudson said the company was committed to a sporting lifestyle and tried to encourage its staff and clients to support Perth's biggest fun-run each year.

"We have been involved in the event for almost a decade and it has had a positive flow-on effect for the company," Mr Hudson said.

"We have clients, staff and their families all participating and see this as a different way of entertaining.

"We organise a barbecue after the race, have a string quartet playing and offer runners massages and prizes for their effort."

The company has also been involved in other mass participation sporting events and pays the entry fee for all City to Surf team members.

Channel 7 Perth entered the biggest media team with 101 participants. The biggest sporting team was from Rhee Tae Kwon-Do, which had 41 entrants, while All Saints College had 461.

Article from the West Australian.

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Coast pair line up for bridge fun run

WOLLONGONG runners Barry Keem and Russell Dessaix-Chin are expected to battle for line honours in the Sydney Harbour Bridge 10km Fun Run on Sunday, September 14.
Keem is fresh from a credit-able third placing in the Noosa half marathon last Sunday and has come back strongly in his first serious race after recovering from an injury-plagued winter.

Keem finished behind Kiwi-turned-Queensland resident Mark Hutchinson and Bexley's Jeremy Horne.

His final 67min58sec was not his quickest time over the 21.1km course, but the third placing was his first podium finish in the Noosa race.

``I think my race tactics let me down a bit,'' Keem said.

``I probably shouldn't have gone out and led on my own for that long after I had seen how the others were running their race. ``... I hadn't raced the Kiwi before so I didn't really know what he was going to run like.''

Keem now has a few months of solid racing as he builds up to a top-five finish in Australia's premier 10,000m track race, the Zatopek Classic, in Melbourne in December.

Dessaix-Chin will also compete in the Zatopek and may race the NSW 10,000m championship this month.

He turned in his most satisfying performance to finish ninth behind Steve Moneghetti in the national cross-country championships in Melbourne last month.

Article from the Illawarra Mercury.

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A lonely gig for this long-distance runner <> The Women


LAUREN SHELLEY'S decision to pursue a physiotherapy career in Esperance has made it difficult for her to consider a running career on the track.

But the women's winner in last weekend's City to Surf has chosen quality of life over running.

"I was rapt winning the City to Surf and cutting almost a minute off my personal best," Shelley said.

"I finished second in 2001 in 44 minutes 49 seconds and this weekend I registered 43:52.

"It is a tough run and one that does not get easier to win because of the quality of the field."

Shelley said the City to Surf was one event she could target each year even though she lives more than 700km away.

"I wouldn't swap Esperance's relaxed style of living for anything but the down side is that I cannot consider racing any big track events in Perth," she said.

"The choices are to travel 725km to Perth by car to compete at Perry Lakes or to spend $300 to fly here - and I can't justify doing either."

She felt confident she could take the next step up, especially considering that her winning time was 45 seconds outside Hayley McGregor's winning time last year.

McGregor recently won the Sydney City to Surf against a quality international field.

Shelley planned her run to perfection.

She allowed pre-race favourite Nathalie Goffroy to set the pace for the first five kilometres. Then she snatched the lead, finishing almost two minutes clear of second-placed Angela Milne who clocked 45:11.

Goffroy was third in 45:14.

The 4km was dominated by junior runners who took out the first three places in the open and junior categories.

Pippa Hendon won both titles in 14:56 with Erika Lori second in 15:56 and Alanna Doig third in 15:57.

Article from the West Australian.

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Debut performance a winner


WESLEY schoolboy Courtney Carter is among a talented group of juniors who made their presence felt in this year's City to Surf.

Carter, who celebrated his 16th birthday three weeks before the race, produced an outstanding effort to finish fifth overall in 40 minutes 19 seconds in the open event.

It was his debut over 12km.

A testing course over undulating terrain, the run has challenged some of WA's best runners.

Carter, who also took out the junior boys title over 12km, has just been named in the Australian team for next year's world all-schools cross country championships in France.

Four teenagers finished among the top 20 men in the 12km - a promising sign for WA distance running.

Carter said he didn't know what to expect in his first City to Surf.

"The hills were a killer," Carter said.

"It was the toughest run I've ever had and I'm pleased with the way the race transpired."

Brendon Dimmer, 17, was the next best junior finishing sixth in 40:33 with Stephen Snowdon, 17, the third placed junior in the open event placing 15th in 41:54.

Pippa Hendon, who has also been named in the Australian all-schools team after her recent win at the national junior cross country championships, took out two titles at the City to Surf.

The 17-year-old won the women's 4km and junior girls title in 14:07.

Article from the West Australian.

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 Thursday, September 04, 2003 

Turn up the pace, time is fast running out for fun-run entries

By Ian Warden

Whether you're a rugged individual just running for yourself or a team member running for the greater glory of your family, school, government department, club or business, your entry form for the Canberra Times Family Fun Run must be in by this Friday.

The Fun Run, 10 scenic kilometres (runners even pass The Lodge, always entertaining the faint hope that the Prime Minister will be there on his doorstep to cheer them on) from Yamba Drive in Phillip to Commonwealth Park, is on Sunday, September 21 at 10am.

WalterTurnbull, one of the sponsors of the run, expects to have a team of about 30 on the day (the company had 25 in last year's fun run) although principal Ian Tucker could only muster a few staffers for yesterday's lunchtime gallop from the company's doorstep in Barton. He expects a lot more to heed his call as race day approaches (made up of ``those that want to get some good times and those who are happy to walk'') because ``it's good corporate team-building and we already do lots of sporting activities together''.

The company already has netball and soccer teams and 10 will be doing a prodigious feat of cycling to Mount Kosciuszko in November for charity.

``It [having workmates play together] has a huge effect. It's good to have some activities with your workmates. It's a good culture to get into. It's good dynamics,'' Mr Tucker said.

Entry forms for the cultured, dynamic occasion of the Canberra Times Family Fun Run can be obtained at or by calling (02)62802438.

Article from the Canberra Times.

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Matt in race just for fun


MATTHEW Robbie had a spring in his step on Tuesday after winning the Ourimbah Campus Spring Scramble in record time.

And he was $200 richer for his trouble in cruising around the bushland setting of the campus to win his second 4.6km fun run in two years.

Last year Robbie set a new course record of 15mins 23secs, but this year he took almost a minute off his previous mark with a time of 14mins 36.49secs.

Robbie, 18, is an apprentice builder, who studies one day a week at the TAFE section of the campus, and like the many other contestants went in the fun run for just that -- some fun.

``I'm not doing as much as I'd like to,'' Matthew Robbie said of his competitive running.

``I would like to concentrate on marathons but at the moment I just do the fun runs around the Coast.'' Older brother Jason, 20, an apprentice plumber, came in second, 33secs behind, while Colin Goodenough was another 35secs off the pace.

The Robbie siblings were neck and neck at the quarter-way mark but the younger of the two powered away on the loop around Sohier Park and cruised to the line in record time.

Kelly Yule, 22, and a Human Nutrition degree student, was the first female across the line and she picked up $200 for her efforts with a time of 20mins 21.93secs. She was closely followed by Kristen Woods in a time of 20mins 25.68secs to collect $50.

Woods is studying social science at the leafy Ourimbah campus.

Matthew Robbie has started training in earnest for his tilt at marathons, running six days a week.

``At the moment I'm training, doing between five and 10km a day,'' Matthew said.

``I try and do one day a week doing sprints and have Sundays off.''

Article from the Daily Telegraph.

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Craig Mottram continues his return to form

Craig Mottram continued his return to form last night narrowly missing an Olympic A qualifier by just .02 of a second.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.

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Three World-Famous Landmarks In One Event

Last minute entries are rushing in for this year’s Sydney Marathon Festival on Sunday September 14 and this year, the event will incorporate three famous landmarks showcased to the world during Sydney’s ‘best Olympic Games ever’.

The festival, an annual celebration of the Sydney 2000 Games is the only community running event that closes the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The Olympic cauldron at Sydney Olympic Park will be the finish venue for the Flora Sydney Marathon, as well as the two new additions to this year’s festival; the ‘Flora/Sunday Telegraph Half Marathon’ and ‘Kids 2k Run 4 Health’.

Entrants in the Sunday Telegraph 10km Bridge Run will also have a famous icon in their sights with the Sydney Opera House this year's new finishing point.

A couple of lucky participants in this year's event will have the chance to run with two of Australia's leading distance running stars, Steve Moneghetti and Heather Turland.

Following it's success last year, organisers have again staged the 'Run with Mona' competition and have also introduced the 'Run the Half with Heather'.

To be part of this spectacular event, visit or phone (02) 8907 9460.

Participants can enter online through the event website up until midnight on Friday September 12 or in person at the Race Registration until 5pm on Saturday September 13.

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Monaghetti voices concerns over Aussie track team

Marathon runner Steve Monaghetti says no one in the Australian athletics team is happy with the way the squad is being managed.

The Australian team finished sixth at the world championships in Paris.

Monaghetti says criticism that the team is a waste of taxpayers' money, compared with the more successful swimming team, is unfair.

He says track and field is tough, with Australia winning only four medals in the past 20 years at the world titles.

"I have some reservations about the preparation and the strict standards that they had, I thought, hey we're 12 months from the Olympic Games so give some young people a go, raise a bit of team spirit, get people travelling together, feeling good," he said.

"We hear all these reports back that it's pretty disparate, everyone is very disappointed with Keith Connor I can tell you."

Article from the ABC

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 Tuesday, September 02, 2003 

Record Breaking Run For 2003 Perth City to Surf

After much anticipation and with a record field of an incredible 19,776 runners in pursuit, Sydney 2003 City to Surf runner-up Mark Thompson (24 years) clocked a winning time of 35 minutes 42 seconds (35:42) in his first Channel Nine City to Surf presented by New Balance 12km run smashing the previous record of 36:19 set by Kim Gillard in 1999.

The field opened up significantly on race eve, after the late withdrawal from the competition of 11-time winner Ray Boyd, who was struck down with a severe flu. A long time City to Surf stalwart, Boyd has been training hard for the event, and was the local favourite to reclaim the crown he narrowly lost by only six seconds to Queenslander Alastair Stevenson last year.

Local runner Hamish McElwee finished strongly in the time of 37:52 placing him second over the line in the 12Km event and the first West Australian to finish. Long time City to Surf campaigner Todd Ingraham again proved he is a continuing threat finishing third in 38:11.

In the hotly contested women's category, Lauren Shelley in her third City to Surf posted an impressive finishing time of 43:52, comfortably winning the race from fellow local Angela Milne who had a finishing time of 45:11 to narrowly defeat Nathalie Goffroy who claimed third place with a time of 45:14.

Defending wheelchair champion and two time Olympian, Paul Nunnari, successfully claimed his seventh title, taking line honours in an astounding time of 26 minutes 08 seconds (28:08), second place went to veteran 56 year old campaigner Bob Thomas in 30:39 (a personal best) and up and coming young athlete Nicholas Peters (15 years old) inspired by the elite field in which he was competing finished third with a personal best of 37:30.

The record field – which included runners, walkers, wheelers, fancy dressers, and corporate, family and media teams – exceeded Activ Foundation's generous estimates and Activ Foundation spokesperson James Lawton said he was absolutely delighted with the community's support and enthusiasm for the event.

"The spirit of participation and support for this year's City to Surf was phenomenal," Mr Lawton said.

"Every person who embraced the challenge should be proud of their contribution to building this year's event into the most successful ever."

For the first time this year, Activ Foundation offered untimed entries for people who were more interested in the trip than the time. The untimed entries were well received, and comprised over 25% of total participants.

Finish line festivities in the 96fm Celebrity Tent – rewarding people who raised more than $96 for Activ – included a performance by local band The Fergusons, one of Western Australia's brightest lights on the national music stage.

The presentation of the Hollywood Private Hospital Fancy Dress Prizes went to the following winners who made the 12km trek creatively clad in costume adding vitality and fun to the run.

Junior prize Runaway Brides wearing wedding dresses with sneakers
Individual prize Glenn Angel dressed as Tarzan
Group prize Rocky City Hash House Harriers dressed as Super Heroes including Superman, the Incredible Hulk and the Phantom This group was also winner of the inaugural Jellybean Fancy Dress trophy.

Other winners were Integrated Group, who took out the Largest Corporate Team prize with an astounding group of almost 850 employees, and All Saints College, who fielded 461 staff and students to walk away with the Largest School Team prize for the third time in four years.

This year's event again saw important funds raised for Activ Foundation, which has provided support to people with intellectual disability since 1951. Activ's services which benefit from funds raised by the Channel Nine City to Surf presented by New Balance include home based respite care, employment, alternatives to employment, accommodation, holiday and leisure programs, library and information services and transport. Funds raised each year go towards areas of greatest need.

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 Monday, September 01, 2003 

Kids' chance to join in all the fun - Bridge Run Bulletin

A FOURTH race has been included in the 2003 Sydney Marathon Festival -- and it's just for kids.

Sydney's under-12s will experience the thrill of running in the shadow of the Olympic Stadium -- and the footsteps of their idols -- in the Kids 2k Run 4 Health on Sunday, September 14.

A high-profile Australian athlete will play Pied Piper, leading the young runners on a 2km course through Sydney Olympic Park, finishing by the burning cauldron.

The kids' run will start at 9.45am and entry is a gold coin charity donation. To enter, meet by the cauldron in Overflow Park at Sydney Olympic Stadium between 8.30am and 9.15am.

* THE Kids 2k Run 4 Health provides incentive for families to arrive early at Sydney Olympic Park to watch the finish of the half marathon and marathon.

The first half marathon runners will stride up Olympic Boulevard just after 7.30am, while the marathon winner is expected at about 9.15am.

There are also plenty of reasons to stay at Sydney Olympic Park and join in the annual ``Alive'' celebration, which includes the Teddy Bears Picnic, Australia's Biggest Dog Wash and a live performance by Superjesus.

The NRL Road Train will also roll into ``Alive'' and rugby union will be featured.

* THE Sydney Marathon Festival, an annual celebration of the Sydney Olympics, caters for all ages and standards.

The Kids 2k Run 4 Health has been added to the Flora Sydney Marathon, Flora/The Sunday Telegraph Half Marathon and The Sunday Telegraph 10k Bridge Run.

The marathon and half marathon finish at Sydney Olympic Park and the 10k at the Sydney Opera House.

All three runs are on Sunday, September 14, starting at North Sydney and crossing the Harbour Bridge.

To enter, fill in the coupon on page xx of today's The Sunday Telegraph or visit

* START the celebration early at the Sydney Marathon Festival Pasta Party at One World Sport, Darling Harbour, on Friday, September 12 from 6.30pm. Tickets are $25. To book phone 02 8907 9460 or visit

Article from the Sunday Telegraph.

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Injured Kerri will still enjoy our Run - Flora Sydney Marathon

A LITTLE thing like a damaged knee won't keep Olympic gold medallist Kerri Pottharst out of The Sunday Telegraph 10km Bridge Run.

True, she won't be running, but the recently retired volleyball champ will do her bit as a volunteer on September 14.

``I think this is a great way to be part of the fun, even if you don't want to run,'' Pottharst said last week.

``I was inspired to take part because I remember the volunteers at the Sydney Olympic Games were so fantastic and friendly, they made all the difference.'' One thousand volunteers are needed for myriad roles -- as course marshals, drink station attendants, baggage handlers, timing assistants and pre-event administrators.

All volunteers receive a gift pack, which includes a hat and T-shirt.

``It's a good feeling to be a volunteer.

``You know you are helping someone and giving something back to the community,'' Pottharst said.

``I'm looking forward to encouraging people and handing out the medals to the winners at the end of the race.'' The run starts at North Sydney Oval, crosses the Sydney Harbour Bridge to the Cahill Expressway and Mrs Macquaries Rd, and finishes at the Opera House.

You can volunteer your services by phoning (02) 9956 1209 or sending an email to: Entry forms for the race can be found online at Online entries close September 12, mail entries September 5.

Article from the Sunday Telegraph.

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They pound pavement to help less privileged


IT'S not all about crossing the finish line first.

IN fact, some winners of The Advertiser City-Bay Fun Run won't even be taking part this year.

They will be the beneficiaries of funds raised through the generous actions of some of the event's competitors.

Members of many organisations and charities are not only keeping fit by training for the 12km run, they're pounding the pavements trying to raise thousands of dollars for underprivileged people in the process.

Camp Quality area manager Katrina Head said a team of about 1200 people will be running, hoping to raise $10,000 for future camps for kids with cancer.

``The race is a great thing for the children to see the support these 1200 people from around the state give them,'' said Ms Head.

Bedford Industries chief executive Max Dyason, who has been instrumental in raising almost $7000, said a team of 60 runners had been formed to raise money for a program that teaches life and recreation skills to residents at Balyana Centre.

``We have to keep trying to do something. There's so much needs to be done for people with a disability,'' he said.

CanTeen volunteer Marion Berrington said the organisation had more than 1000 runners and they hoped to raise $100,000.

``We couldn't raise this money without the City-Bay. It's our biggest fundraiser,'' she said.

Kiwanis Club of Golden Grove and Parkinson's South Australia have also entered fundraising teams.

Article from The Advertiser.

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Work to do for Olympic hopeful

Gallagher finishes outside half marathon goal

SHE may have crossed the Noosa Half Marathon finish line well clear of her nearest rival, but Jackie Gallagher was the first to admit she has a lot of work to do to turn her Olympic aspirations into reality.

Despite a perfect build-up and even better conditions, Gallagher battled her way to a 1:15:00 (75 minute) finish for the 21.1km race, ahead of Commonwealth Games silver medallist Krishna Stanton, Dicky Beach's Jenny Philp-Young and Maroochydore's Melinda Bourke.

If she were to exactly double that time at the Chicago Marathon in six weeks, she would just scrape inside the A qualifying time for the Australian team heading to the Athens 2004 Olympics.

But Gallagher knows she will not get a better opportunity than Noosa to test how fast she can go.

She had wanted a low 73-minute finish.

''I put in so much work for this one.

I feel like I'm fitter than I've ever been, and that's why it's disappointing not to run better than I've ever run,'' she said.

''All indications are that my training has been on track.

What I'm doing in training is really good.

I think that the thing today was I was just tired.'' Thirty six-year-old Caboolture runner Mark Hutchinson won the men's race in 1:07:33 after completing an exciting tussle with 2002 Australian Marathon champion Jeremey Horne (1:07:49) and Barry Keem (1:07:59).

The trio were locked together until the final kilometres of the race when Hutchinson established a race-winning break.

Defending champion Pat Carroll kept the youngsters at bay for another year, winning the Noosa 10km in 31:49, ahead of Brad Smith 31:58, while Tasmanian star Kylie Risk was a comprehensive women's winner in 34:07, with her nearest rival Helen Verity Tolhurst finishing more than two-and-a-half minutes later.

The 5km run/walk was a Sunshine Coast affair, with Mooloolaba's Peter Bock winning the men's race in 15:16 and Nambour's Candice Newman the women's race in 20:43.

Article from the Sunshine Coast Daily

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Be prepared - Bridge Run

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

This is your last hard week before you can ease up in your approach to race day, so make it a good one!

Unfortunately Penne had a cold in Week 5 which put her back three or four days. She was still eager to train but I told her it was better to fully rest up and, when she was feeling better, to ease herself back into it with easy walks. There's no point over stressing the body now as there's still plenty of time to rest up and recover for the race. And pushing your body when it hasn't had time to recover will only slow the recovery process down.

Penne's training journey to date has been typical - she's had her ups and downs, with work commitments and sickness throwing her off track. Yet no matter what came up in her daily life, Penne was determined to keep going.

This attitude will see her achieve her best in the end - no matter what the result.

Because you've only got two more weeks until the big day you need to start preparing yourself properly. Try this warm up before every workout you do and use it before you tackle the 10K on September 14.

* Slow jog for 3 to 8 minutes.

* Do static stretches for legs, hip flexors, lower back, backside and calves. Hold each for 20 to 60 seconds.

* Do 5 to 8 run throughs (running 60 to 80 per cent of the time, focusing on form) over 100 to 200 metres with a walk back recovery.

* Stand facing a fence or tree and do some leg swings across your body. Turn so your side is facing the fence, hold on lightly and swing the leg up and back in a running action. (Do 8 to 12 for each leg).

* Do some running drills over 30 to 50 metres. Try high knees, butt kicks, straight legged bounding and backwards running.

* Finish off with any extra stretching you feel you need.

penne's program - week 6 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 45 minute mixed interval training: Fast runs x 3 minutes, slow jog/walk to recover x 1 to 2 mins. Repeat x 5 to 6.

5 to 8 x hill runs (walk/slow jog to recover) 5 to 8 x stairs taking two at a time on the way up (fast up, slow down).

* Session 2 45 to 55 minute run/walk (run as far as you can, walk to recover and repeat). Finish off with exercises for trunk (abs and lower back).

* Session 3 1 minute tempo runs x 3 to 5 (focus on form). Then a 55 to 65 minute brisk walk (hilly path or on the beach).

* Session 4 (optional) 45 to 60 minutes cross train cardio session (swim, box, cardio equipment in gym).

how to enter

Entry forms will be published in The Sunday Telegraphtoday and on September 7.

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

Article from the Sunday Telegraph.

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Runners hope for fair weather and fitness

Let's hope that spring's most cool and sparkling running event, The Canberra Times Family Fun Run (less than three weeks away) is run in weather as cool and sparkling as yesterday morning's. Those of you who (like the members of the Academy of Sport's Training Program) have been in training for a few weeks for the 10km run on September 21, should be at the point now where your run or jog or shuffle is comfortable enough to enable you to notice and enjoy gorgeous weather and to have the puff to talk about it (without gasping) to your running mates. Karl Marx probably never took part in a Fun Run but he'd prick up his ears at training program sessions because we're now divided into two groups _ the Bourgeoisie and the Proletariat. The Bourgeoisie are the elite minority, the serious runners. This columnist belongs, at running and at everything else, with the Proletariat. Both classes ran beside Lake Burley Griffin yesterday and afterwards _ because all classes have the same feet _ we listened to an advertorial talk about the importance of running shoes. Wherever you buy your shoes, Brian Wenn, of the Runners' Shop advises, please train and do the fun run in serious running shoes. To skimp on shoes is a false economy because, injured, you'll wind up in the expensive clutches of the sports medicine doctors and physiotherapists. Mr Wenn, displaying his wares at the Acton Ferry Terminal like a trader in an exotic bazaar, showed off a range of shoes appropriate to several running styles (each of us pronates, or rolls the foot, differently). Very serious, five- or six-days- a-week runners should think about having two pairs of running shoes so as to allow one pair to dry and its insole to bounce back into proper shape. ``Running shoes are like a holiday too,'' Mr Wenn advised while those of us who are proletarians in income as well as in running ability reflected that owning two pairs of shoes was beyond our means. Entries for The Canberra Times Family Fun Run close this Friday. Entry forms available at or by calling 62802438.

Article from the Canberra Times.

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Athletes need to get tough for the Olympics, says coach

AUSTRALIA could still send up to 40 athletes to the Olympic Games next year but they will need to toughen up, head coach Keith Connor said yesterday.

With no relay teams qualifying for finals, Australia had no involvement on the last day of the 9th IAAF world championships.

The team of 38 in Paris included 11 relay team members who had not qualified for individual runs and five male marathoners who enabled Australia to finish a creditable seventh in the world cup team's contest, beating the host nation and the US among others.

Out of the 22 athletes who contested individual events, six reached the top eight of whom 20-year-old Jana Pittman was the only medallist winning gold, in the 400m hurdles.

The other top-eight achievers include Dmitri Markov (4th, pole vault), Benita Johnson (8th, 10,000m), Justin Anlezark (5th, shot put), Luke Adams (5th, 20km walk) and Bronwyn Thompson (7th, long jump).

Personal best times came from national record-breaker Johnson, Adams and Pittman.

Pole vaulter Viktor Christiakov and hammer thrower Stuart Rendell were also finalists (top 12 in field events), while women's team captain Jane Saville was 11th in her 20km walk.

While there were some huge disappointments for the world's fastest 100m performer Patrick Johnson, there were some exciting breakthroughs by some including Clinton Hill who split a brilliant 44.1sec in yesterday's 4x400m relay.

``We didn't get what we wanted which was two medals,'' Connor said, although Markov cleared the same height as the silver and bronze medallists only losing on a countback.

Connor defended the lack of personal best marks, saying: ``This is not a swimming pool. You don't do a PB just like that. It's about competing here. What I think this championships has shown is we didn't convert in competition. We now know what we have to do to prepare for the Olympics. Everyone has to work harder, athletes and coaches.''

Athletes capable of getting to the Olympics who did not not make it to France, include walker Nathan Deakes, distance runners Craig Mottram and Georgie Clarke, long jumper Peter Burge and pole vaulters Tatiana Grigorieva and Emma George.

``The message to athletes and coaches is to do their Olympic qualifying performances during our domestic season,'' Connor said. ``We live in a cocoon down there (Australia) for six or seven months of the year and by the time we get here to Europe it's bang! A rude shock, and some of them don't recover.''

Article from The Advertiser.

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Kenyan teenager foils double

ELIUD KIPCHOGE of Kenya won a thrilling men's 5000 metres world final today, denying Hicham El Guerrouj a second title at the championships.

Had El Guerrouj been successful he would have been the first athlete since the legendary Pavel Nurmi at the 1924 Olympics to achieve the 1500m-5000m double.

"I am very happy with what I have got and the performance and I feel like a prince," said El Guerrouj.

The 18-year-old Kenyan ran a championship record of 12mins 52.79secs to beat home 1500m champion El Guerrouj while Ethiopia's 10,000m titleholder Kenenisa Bekele took the bronze.

Kipchoge was delighted that, along with women's marathon winner Catherine Ndereba, he had rescued what had been a dreadful championships for the Kenyans.

"These championships have been so bad for Kenya but now we have two golds.

"I felt quite strong with three laps to go and by the end I decided I would bite and kick to the finish as I fancied my chances with El Guerrouj.

"It was only winning the world junior cross country championships earlier this year that made me conscious I could push my body to such extremes," he said.

Bekele had set the early pace while one of his team-mates boxed in the Moroccan, but gradually the first three home exchanged the pacesetting duties until El Guerrouj made his move entering the final lap.

It looked as if the 29-year-old had assured himself of another extraordinary landmark as he rounded the bend clear, but Kipchoge and Bekele came back at him strongly.

While Bekele went out wide, Kipchoge was virtually in the same lane as his quarry and fighting it out like two weary prizefighters down the final 50m it was the teenager who got the nod ahead of the great Moroccan.

Bekele, who beat his legendary compatriot Haile Gebrselassie in the 10,000m last Sunday, was not disappointed by his bronze and said it had not put him off running the double again – probably the Olympics next year where once again the mouthwatering prospect of him facing both Gebrselassie and El Guerrouj would take place.

"I knew our only chance of beating El Guerrouj was if we wore him out by setting a fast pace," said Bekele.

"I now regret not having run faster because he was able to stay with it."

Article from Fox Sports.

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Troop defends Australian athletes

Australian captain Lee Troop has made a spirited defence of his teammates after head coach Keith Connor questioned the attitude of some at the world athletic championships.

Troop called for respect for the athletes whom he said were trying their hardest in the world's most competitive sport.

"I've spoken to them and the consensus is the same, they're out there busting their guts and trying and at the end of the day all they want is a bit of respect," Troop said after finishing 17th in the marathon.

"The Keith thing is just respect, respect the fact they're out there busting their gut.

"I'm going to protect the team on certain things and this is one thing I think Keith needs to sit down with the board and work out what they need to do. Once they've done that, sit down and talk with the athletes and find out the feeling of the athletes.

"A lot of them are probably disappointed with the treatment they've received from up above and the media."

Troop said he would raise Connor's comments in his captain's report at the end of the championships.

"I'll submit that to Athletics Australia and it's up to them to react to it," he said.

"My main job is to express the views of my team members and look after my team members. The main issue is respect."

Connor had said during the week that many of the Australian athletes accepted mediocrity.

Jana Pittman's 400m hurdles gold was Australia's only medal at Stade de France but Troop pointed out the depth of world athletics compared to other sports in which Australians dominate.

"There's no other sport in Australia where 200-plus nations turn up to compete," he said.

"Half these athletes are paying for this out of their own pocket. Don't ever question their integrity, their dedication and commitment when they're paying to be here.

"Some of these athletes are travelling 10 or 12 countries at a time to get all their training, to get the competition in just to represent Australia and wear the green and gold.

"We're not winning, we're not the cricketers where there's seven nations, or the swimmers.

"We chose track and field, we know it's hard and all we are trying to do is the best job we can and for people to criticise us and have a go at us is gut-wrenching."

Troop said a lot of the athletes were disappointed with criticism back home, but morale remained high.

"There's been a lot of scepticism back in Australia about team morale. I can honestly say as team captain along with Jane Saville that the camaraderie and team morale is fantastic."

Troop asked the Australian public to appreciate their athletes more.

He found it odd that Australians gave more respect to the Equatorial Guinea swimmer Eric Moussambani for coming last by a lap in his 100m freestyle heat at the Sydney Olympics than to their own athletes.

"We can look after Eric the Eel at the Olympics and show how great Australians are and when it comes to our own athletes, we kick them in the guts," he said.

Personally, Troop said he was "rapt" at finishing 17th in the marathon in a time of 2hours, 11:46mins, his second A qualifier for the Olympics.

Brought to you by AAP.

Article from 7 Sport.

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