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 Friday, October 31, 2003 

Melbourne Sussan Women’s Fun Run - It’s time put your fitness levels to the test!

Enter the Melbourne Sussan Women’s Fun Run now and join thousands of runners and walkers at Catani Gardens, St Kilda this Sunday, 2 November 2003.

Designed for women of all ages and levels of athletic ability, the annual Sussan Women’s Fun Run series offers both a five and 10 km run or walk course and is a great way to help you get into the swing of summer.

Live entertainment, competitions and prizes will also make the event a fun day out for the whole family, with activities including the:

  • NEW BALANCE FASHION PARADE - Look out for the return of the popular Fashion Parade to the Melbourne event, presented by the official performance footwear and apparel partner New Balance
  • BRAUN SILK-ÉPIL SMOOTH LEG CHALLENGE - A word of advice: arrive with hair-free legs to take the Braun Silk-épil Smooth Leg Challenge. Stubble spells trouble in this game! Good sports, including swimmer Michael Klim and Richmond AFL player David Rodan, will check legs for smoothness. Prizes: Braun products
  • FERNWOOD AEROBIC WARM-UP - Practice those star-jumps! An aerobic warm-up for all participants will take place prior to each start, led by a qualified Fernwood Group Fitness Instructors and featuring Aussie swim-star Lisa Curry.
  • BRAUN SILK-ÉPIL TEAM CATEGORY - Put some spring in your step by entering the Braun Silk-épil Team Category at the Sussan Women’s Fun Run. Led by Jane Saville, Australia’s number one walker, teams of two or four can walk or run in the Braun Silk-épil Team Category over both the 5km and 10km courses.
  • TEAM TRACY – Keep an eye out for Melbourne personality Tracy Bartram and her crew from Serious Laughter, as they lead 20 competition winners in ‘Team Tracy’ as part of the Braun Silk-épil Team Category 5km event
  • FOX FM BLACK THUNDERS – will visit the event at 10.58am, giving away a stack of goodies to lucky participants and spectators

The Sussan Corporation, one of Australia’s leading female fashion retailers, has been involved in the promotion of women’s health and fitness since 1986 and has raised in excess of $100,000 for various Australian not-for-profit organisations through its sponsored fun run series. This year one dollar from every entry will go to the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre to help fund vital cancer treatment, research and education programs.

To enter visit www.sussan.com.au or call (03) 9596-2340. Online entries close 5pm Friday 31 October. Late registration will take place at race venue between 2-4pm Saturday 1 November.

Run, walk or talk your way through the course – the choice is yours!

For further information contact:

Rachel Froggatt
Sussan Women’s Fun Run Media Team
phone (03) 9868-9331
mobile 0421-059-781
email rfroggatt@prismteam.com.au

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 Thursday, October 30, 2003 

World class fields for New Balance Bolt

Australia’s best middle distance runner, Craig Mottram will head to Noosa weekend in an effort to claim his third successive win at this years’ New Balance Bolt on Saturday 1 November held in one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations, Noosa.

Mottram is in fantastic form and defending champion at Noosa. After overcoming an knee injury earlier in the year which put him out of the World Championships in Paris where he swapped his running shoes for a microphone doing some TV commentary, he is fully recovered. Having two wins from two starts, his most recent at the Skilled Burnie Ten Mottram will not only look for three wins on the trot but three New Balance Bolt titles.

He set a record here last year with a scorching run – 13:43, slicing 3 seconds off the Australian record. “I love breaking records and I want to take distance running as far as I can.”

Mottram is the only middle distance runner to have qualified for Olympic team heading to Athens following his performance Italy back in September. “It’s a nice position to be in but nothing I’ve still got a lot of work to do before then.”

"Craig is in the best form of his career at the moment and will be very hard to beat on Saturday,” commented coach Nic Bideau.

The challenges will come from Alastair Stevenson, a former outstanding junior he has now developed into Queensland's leading distance runner, winning 12 state titles from 800m on the track through to 12km cross country and 10 km road races.

He recently won the National 1500m title outclassing the Commonwealth Games Bronze medalist, Youcef Abdi and finished 2nd in the 5000m National Title in 2004.

Joining them on Saturday will be New Zealand's, Mark McKeown who finished fourth here last year, and how could you go past Australia’s favourite distance runner Steve Moneghetti and festival ambassador.

The women’s field boasts a world class line up with Irish running sensation and current 5000m World Champion, Sonia O’Sullivan going in as race favourite. O’Sullivan recently recorded wins in England and Ireland over 10km but dispelled rumours of a switch to marathons. “My New York marathon run was just a one off, I’m definitely sticking to the 5000m.”

The Olympic silver medallist is in great form coming into this race and will be looking to do much better than her last appearance at Noosa. O’Sullivan currently holds records for 800m, 1000m, 1500m, 2000m, 1 mile, 3 mile, 10km, and half marathon distances and has clocked the fastest time ever over 5km – 14:56:34. As formidable as her record is it is no deterrent for some of Australia’s best runners.

Victoria’s Hayley McGregor is not at all intimidated by O’Sullivan’s formidable record, after her sensational season winning some of our most prestigious titles - Australian Cross Country Champion, Sydney City to Surf Champion, Adelaide City to Bay Champion with the most recent at the Skilled Burnie Ten. McGregor’s PB for 5000m is 15:32:17 with the course record set last year by Benita Johnson – 14:22.

Georgie Clarke is quickly gathering an impressive list of achievements and remains unbeaten in Australia since March. The 19-year-old is in the best form of her life, medalling at the World Juniors and placing second at this years’ City to Surf in Sydney behind Hayley McGregor also placing second at the Burnie Ten.

Another that will certainly be at the front of the field is youngster, Eloise Poppett, World University Games Champion and beating McGregor in Korea and finishing second to her in Burnie.

Although this distance maybe a little short for our Commonwealth Games silver medallist, Krishna Stanton will not be far off the pace.

The New Balance Bolt features almost $12,000 in prize money and is restricted to male runners who qualify under 17 minutes and women under 20 minutes over the 5000metre distance. Elite runners compete on a four-lap course in the heart of Noosa’s resort area lined with spectators kicking off at 3.45pm on Saturday 2 November. Many enthusiasts claim it is the “most exciting running race anywhere in the world”.

The event gets underway at 3:45pm on Saturday 1 November in Noosa Parade. It is preceded by a Mini Bolt for the kids and the Holden Street Parade. Following the New Balance Bolt is the fast and furious action of the Crazy John’s Noosa Criterium featuring Tour de France stars Robbie McEwen, Brad McGee and Matt White.
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Update to "Jogger Shot Dead" - Lived fast, died young

Richard Murchie started out running with the young criminals of Redfern and graduated to stealing cars and robbing banks.

He had a bodybuilder's physique and an explosive temper that prompted his own parents to take out an AVO against him. It was a lifestyle that was going to end in either a lengthy jail sentence, or death.

The discovery of the 24-year-old's body sprawled in Bicentennial Park, Annandale on Tuesday morning came as a shock to his elderly parents, Don and Elizabeth, but was not a big surprise.

Mr Murchie had warned his wayward son to stay away from the bad elements he was associating with. "He had guns and was going around doing robberies," Mr Murchie said.

Complete Report Here
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 Wednesday, October 29, 2003 

Jogger found shot dead

A man dressed in jogging gear was found shot dead in one of Sydney Harbour's most popular running spots yesterday.

Walkers found the body of the man aged in his mid-20s wearing grey shorts, a blue T-shirt and white runners in Bicentennial Park, Annandale. He was lying on his back with his arm outstretched and a single gunshot wound to his head. The man had no identification on him and the only lead police have at this stage is a silver tear-shaped key ring with a distinctive diamante on it found in one of his pockets.

Complete Report here
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 Tuesday, October 28, 2003 

Toughest Test to Date - The 7x7x7 Challenge

Sir Ranulph Fiennes, world celebrated explorer, and his long-term expedition companion, Dr. Mike Stroud, are part-way through an epic around-the-world trip aiming to complete seven marathons on seven continents in seven days.

Adding to the challenge, Sir Ranulph underwent a double heart bypass operation only four months ago, making this one of the intrepid pair's toughest ventures yet. The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is the sole UK benefiting charity of the Land Rover 7x7x7 Challenge.

The epic undertaking started at London Heathrow airport on Tuesday, October 21st with a long and complex journey to the Antarctic, where the first marathon took place on Sunday, October 26th. The Challenge continues with the Santiago marathon on Monday, October 27th, moving to Sydney (10/29), Singapore (10/30), London (10/31), Cairo (11/1) and ending with the ING New York City marathon (11/2).

Sir Ranulph, 59, said: "Luckily, the bypass operation and the care I received have given me back the kind of life I think of as normal. It's a fairly routine operation today -- but only a few years ago, it was being pioneered by the British Heart Foundation, whose work I've come to admire greatly, and I am delighted to be back in a position to support this very important charity."

He added, "To succeed in the Land Rover 7x7x7 Challenge, we need to complete each marathon within about six hours, and in the last two training runs, both Mike and I have come in with times below 4 hours 30 minutes. However, there is still the risk of delayed flights and treacherous roads to contend with, so as usual, we will need the Land Rovers and luck to be on our side -- but we are confident."

Dr. Mike Stroud, 48, said, "We had been talking about this challenge even before Ran's heart attack, and now, with the support of Land Rover, we are even more determined to complete it. I will carry sufficient medical equipment, including a defibrillator, in case of emergencies. We have agreed that if one of us falls ill, the other will continue and aim to be the first to complete this amazing physical, mental and logistical challenge."

Antartica South America - Sunday 26-Oct
Poor weather and engine trouble forced Sir Ranulph and his running partner Dr Michael Stroud to abandon plans to fly to King George Island in Antarctica to start their seven-day challenge. Instead they began their first marathon alongside the wild waters of the Magellan Strait in Patagonia, southern Chile, completing it in under four hours.

Falkland Islands - Monday 27-Oct
They next plan to head to the Falkland Islands, which will be deemed to fulfil the Antarctic leg.

Sydney - Tues 28-Oct or Weds 29/10
The start is at the Park Hyatt in the Rocks at 9am (finishes there as well). There will be no support or aid for anyone running with them! Just two blokes with a minimal support crew getting them through the 42.2k. They welcome the company, but please stay out of their way as they are into their 3rd marathon in 3 days, and even worse, have just got off an 18 hour flight from South America, so eye-hand-foot co-ordination may not be optimal - it is likely they will only be runnning at 8mins per km pace. The course starts at the Hyatt, goes around the waterfront to the Opera House, around the front of the Opera House, around Camp Cove and Mrs Macquarie's Point, to a turn point at the Boy Charlton Pool. Back to the Opera House, across the forecourt, up Macquarie St, up and over Cahill Expressway, onto the Harbour Bridge, cross the Bridge, down the northern side looping under the bridge to Luna Park. Around the foreshore to a turn point just past the Lavender Bay Wharf. Back to Boy Charlton, back to Lavender, back to Boy Charlton, back to Lavender, then back to the Opera House, around the front of the Opera House and back to the Park Hyatt to finish at about 2:30 all being well.

update
In Sydney on Wednesday, the pair had just seven hours on the ground - five earmarked for running plus an hour at each end to clear immigration. By 5pm Sydney time (0500 GMT) they were en route for Singapore, where were set to rest in proper beds for the first time since leaving Punta Arenas in southern Chile at dawn on Monday. Running conditions were pleasant with warm spring weather and a moderate breeze.

Sir Ranulph has described the adventure as "good fun really" and is using the opportunity to raise money for different charities at each leg of the event, including the British Heart Foundation.

Singapore Thurs 30-Oct
Sir Ranulph Fiennes finished the 26-mile race in Singapore in about five hours and 20 minutes - 50 minutes ahead of his partner, Mike Stroud.
But 59-year-old Fiennes, who had double bypass surgery following a heart attack in June, said it was possible that he may not make it to the next marathon, in London on Friday. After crossing the finishing line, he said: "It was hell on earth." Temperatures had soared above 32C (90 F).

London 31-Oct
Cairo 31-Oct
New York 2-Nov


These two english adventurers, unsupported, dragged 500 pound sleds across Antarctica in 1992. Starting from the Wendell Sea they fell into crevasses suffered gangrene, snow blindness etc etc etc At 97 days they unfortunately failed to make the coast at the Ross Sea - short by 92k's - and they were lifted out.

More information here
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 Monday, October 27, 2003 

2004 Dates for SMH Half Marathon & Sun-Herald City to Surf

CoolRunning Australia has been contacted by Fairfax events staff to confirm the 2004 dates for 2 of the most popular events on the Sydney running scene :

- Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon - Sunday 23rd May, 2004
- The Sun-Herald City to Surf - Sunday 8th August, 2004

As always, more information will no doubt be forthcoming closer to the time.

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 Sunday, October 26, 2003 

Australia’s sporting elite head to Noosa

The focus maybe on the Rugby World Cup at the moment but from October 26 all eyes will turn to Noosa where Australia’s sporting elite will head. Noosa is a great place to visit all year round but it is especially tempting during the Viridian Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival, which attracts the world’s best swimmers, runners, triathletes, cyclists, the cream of the AFL and NRL, celebrities and thousands of age group triathletes and supporters from all over Australia.

This year Noosa Triathlon celebrates its 21st birthday and recently received a welcomed birthday present by way of a naming rights sponsor for the event that has continued to grow and provide additional value and entertainment for its 7,500 competitors and 40,000 spectators each year.

The triathlon is undoubtedly the flagship event at Noosa with 2,000 individuals and upwards of 2500 team competitors covering a 1.5km swim, 40km cycle and 10km run.

Defending champion Craig Walton will headline the male field and is very confident coming off the back of a very successful US and European program, “I’m going to smash that record of mine this year,” Walton claimed last month. Loretta Harrop, the golden girl of triathlon and former world champion is looking forward to returning to Noosa, “It’s undoubtedly my favourite event in the world and an important part of my Olympic preparation.”

Noosa forms a vital part of all the athletes preparation leading into the Triathlon World Championships in Auckland, NZ early December and then Olympic selection.

As well as the famous triathlon, the festival also features ‘single discipline’ events each attracting elite fields rarely seen compete together except at Noosa. The New Balance Bolt, claimed by Dick Telford as, “Australia’s premier 5km road race,” offers spectators the chance to see the best in action, Craig Mottram, Lee Troop, Alistair Stevenson and Steve Moneghetti will line up, along with Krishna Stanton, Hayley McGregor, Eloise Poppet and Irish running sensation Sonia O’Sullivan.

Tour de France stars Baden Cooke, winner of the sprinters Green Jersey will line up against Robbie McEwen for the first time since stripping McEwen of the jersey in a thrilling finish at this years Tour. US Postal rider Matt White will be back to defend his title in the Crazy John’s Noosa Criterium.

The Eyeline 1000 Noosa Ocean Swim attracts close on 1,000 swimmers including the best ocean and pool swimmers - Dean Mercer, Ky Hurst and even a return to the water by Daniel Kowalski. Other events featured on the program - Weet-Bix Breakfast Fun Run, the Laser Sight Centre Noosa Twilight Run Swim Run, PURA MILK Noosa Superkidz Triathlon, and the Cannibal Tour De Noosa, a ride over the triathlon course with cycling superstars.

Also on the agenda is the PURA LIGHT START Health & Fitness Expo, a round of 18 hole Ambrose golf. The Viridian Noosa Golf Classic, where you could find yourself partnered with anyone of our sports stars or unofficial event ambassadors – Dawn Fraser, Kieren Perkins or Steve Moneghetti. Natalie Cook is an avid golfer and is just as handy with a club as a volleyball. The NRL and AFL footy stars are always keen starters. While Karla Gilbert will be busy with TV commentary she is a confirmed starter for golf.

All these different sports come together in the one place in the one week – Noosa.

Lisa Pringle
Media Manager
USM Events
email lisa@usmsport.com
phone (07) 5449-0711
mobile 0417 005 743
www.usmevents.com.au
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 Friday, October 24, 2003 

Zatopek Track Series - a change of date for a 43 year old running institution

The Zatopek track series, Australia’s premier distance running meeting at Melbourne’s Olympic Park has been moved forward to Monday, 1st December.

The A grade Zatopek Classic 10,000 metres will be run on Thursday 4th December and the lower divisions, B-F grade of the 10,000 metres are scheduled for Monday 1st December.

The Zatopek series, named in honour of the legendary distance runner Emil Zatopek has produced some of the most memorable moments in distance running and winning the event still remains the pinnacle.

Entry to the elite A grade requires a qualifying time of 30:00 for men and 35:00 for women and is by invitation only.

The lower grade events are open to all and you do not have to be a member of a club to run on the famous Olympic Park track. The qualifying marks are men’s B grade: 32:00, C grade: 35:00, D grade 38:00, E grade 55:00, women’s B grade 55:00.

If you compete in the lower divisions(B-F) grades on Monday 1st December, you will gain free admission to the A grade event on Thursday night and see some of Australia’s best distance runners in the men’s and women’s 10,000m.

Entrants from 2002 and 2001 will receive an entry form soon however if you would like to be added to the mailing list please contact Start to Finish on (03) 9819 9225 or via the website at www.ausrun.com.au
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 Thursday, October 23, 2003 

Drug scandal hitting home

Athletics Australia is bracing itself for the possiblity that some Australian athletes could test positive to a new designer steroid following revelations yesterday that British sprint star Dwain Chambers had been caught in an international anti-doping sting ...

Athletics Australia chairman of selectors David Culbert said Australia was not immune from the drugs problem. "I hope Australians aren't involved, but there is not a 100 per cent guarantee. We have had athletes test positive before and that indicates that it might happen again."

Complete article at The Age website

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New rules mean doubt in the long run

By Len Johnson

New regulations governing world records for standard road race distances mean that Athens and Boston - the world's two oldest marathon courses - will not be eligible for record performances.

The new regulations also went uncomfortably close to retrospectively invalidating Australian champion Kerryn McCann's qualifying performances for next year's Athens Olympic marathon.

Two major Australian courses - Sydney and Melbourne - are also ineligible, meaning the Australian championship is now held on a course (Sydney) that does not conform, while the Olympic B-standard Magnus Michelsson ran on the point-to-point Melbourne course two weeks ago could be invalidated.

Complete article at The Age website.
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 Tuesday, October 21, 2003 

Marathon Qualifying Performances - 2004 Olympic Games

Athletics Australia would like to bring to the attention of athletes and coaches the following clause in the 2004 Olympic Selection nomination criteria:

3.3 MARATHON EVENTS
Nominations will be based on validated performances achieved on IAAF certified/recognised courses during the qualifying period, which will be from 1st September 2002 until 3rd May 2004, with nomination based on the following clauses.

‘IAAF certified/recognised courses’ are the same conditions required to set an IAAF World Road record. Sections (a, b, c, d, e) are particularly relevant for performances required to meet the IAAF certified/recognised course rules. Below are the full conditions.

Athletes/coaches need to ensure they do not confuse ‘AIMS certified’ with ‘IAAF certified/recognised’. They are different.

If athletes/coaches are uncertain that the conditions for an intended marathon meet the below conditions, please contact Athletics Australia’s High Performance Manager, Tudor Bidder (tudor.bidder@ausport.gov.au, phone 02 6214 7979), who will seek clarification from relevant authorities.

As a guide here is a list of some APPROVED and NON-APPROVED marathon courses which meet the IAAF certified/recognised course rule. This list has been confirmed by Asia/Oceania AIMS International Measurement Administrator Dave Cundy.

The following marathon courses DO NOT MEET the IAAF certified/recognised course rules:
Sydney (Sep ’03), Melbourne (Oct ’03), Sacramento [California International Marathon] (Dec ’03), Boston (Apr ’04) and Nagano (Apr ’04).

The following marathon courses DO MEET the IAAF certified/recognised course rules:
Chicago (Oct ’03), Seoul (Nov ’03), Tokyo (Nov ’03), Fukuoka (Dec ’03), Singapore (Dec ’03), Osaka (Jan ’04), Beppu (Feb ’04), Tokyo (Feb ‘04), Hong Kong (Feb ’04), Otsu (Mar ’04), Nagoya (Mar ’04), Seoul (Mar ’04), London (Apr ’04), Rotterdam (Apr ’04), Canberra (Apr ’04) and Gold Coast (Jul ’04).

WORLD ROAD RECORDS
On 21 August the IAAF Congress held in Paris approved world records for selected events on the road and accepted.

Official IAAF Road World Records will be accepted, from 1 January 2004, under the same conditions as current IAAF World Best Performances and will also be accepted for road walking events at 20km and 50km for men, and 20km for women.

CONDITIONS FOR APPLICATION FOR AN IAAF ROAD WORLD RECORD:

Road World Records will be accepted by the IAAF for the following distances:
10km; 15km; 20km; Half Marathon; 25km; 30km; Marathon (42.195km); 100km; Ekiden Road Relay

The following conditions must be met:
a. The event must be sanctioned either by the IAAF and/or the National Federation and conducted under IAAF Rules.
b. The athlete achieving the IAAF Road World Record must be eligible to compete under IAAF Rules.
c. The course must be measured by an "A" or "B" IAAF/AIMS approved measurer as defined in IAAF Rule 240.3.
d. The start and finish points on a course, measured along a straight line between them, shall not be further apart than 50% of the race distance.
e. The decrease in elevation between start and finish shall not exceed an average of 1m per km.
f. Either the course measurer that certified the course or another "A" or "B" measurer in possession of the complete measurement data and maps must confirm that the course measured was the course run by riding in the lead vehicle.
g. The course must be validated on site (i.e. within two weeks before, on the day of the race or as soon as practical after the race), preferably by a different IAAF/AIMS "A" measurer from the one that did the original measurement.
h. The athlete must undergo a doping control on the date of the race.
i. For the Road Relay, the race should be run in stages of 5km, 10km, 5km, 10km, 5km, 7.195km.

Road World Records set at intermediate distances within a race must comply with the above conditions and be timed according to IAAF Rules. The intermediate distances must have been measured and marked during the course measurement.

David Tarbotton
Athletics Australia
High Performance Administrator
David.Tarbotton@athletics.org.au

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 Sunday, October 19, 2003 

Free foot checks for Spring Into Shape runners

Around 1400 runners and walkers attending the Spring Into Shape event on Sunday 19th October will be able receive free foot health checks to celebrate the closure of National Foot Health Week.

Start to Finish(STF) events has teamed up with the Australian Podiatry Council (APC) to provide an official closure to the national awareness week which has run from the 12th to the 18th of October in VIctoria.

National Foot Health Week has highlighted the importance of keeping feet healthy as it is an area often neglected, by urging Australians to undertake a Fit Feet quiz.

The partnership between the APC and STF was seen as mutually beneficial to both parties in promoting community health awareness and providing a physical presence and service to physically active participants.

In its twelfth year, the Spring Into Shape series was initiated to fill the fun run void in the months leading up to summer and has proven popular among participants starting an exercise or weight loss program. This year the 4km and 8km returned to the original Yarra River loop course and starts at Palm Lawn, heads to the Morell Bridge, along the Yarra and under the Swan St. Bridge and through Birrarung Marr before crossing Princes Bridge and back into the gardens.

A participant record was set for the first SIS race held earlier in September, and with more than 1200 people already registered for SIS 2 and another 20% expected to enter on event day, the number of entries is likely to remain around or above the 1400 mark. In the past, entries have traditionally increased in the later events of the series, so the total number of participants is on track to exceed 4000.

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.
Each participant receives a showbag which includes a FREE pair of Brooks socks.

For entry details please visit www.ausrun.com.au, call Start to Finish on 9819 9255 or you can enter on event morning at the Alexandra Gardens near Boathouse Drive. The 4km event starts at 9:30am and the 8km event begins at 9:40am.

For more information please contact:
Katherine Garces
Start to Finish Events
Ph: (03) 9819 9225 Fax: (03) 9819 6418

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 Thursday, October 16, 2003 

Run on mate's entry could be costly - Champ Faces a Ban

by Andrew Carswell

WORLD age-group triathlon champion Craig Redman may be slapped with a lengthy ban from the Burnie Ten after it was revealed he completed Sunday's race using a mate's entry.

Redman ran the Ten using Mark Short's race number and finished in a time of 33minutes, 45seconds, which placed him 16th overall.

A repentant Redman, who apologised publicly for his actions yesterday, was disqualified from the race, with further disciplinary measures expected to be taken by the race committee.

According to Burnie Ten race director Stephen Hite, the ploy not only brought the race into disrepute, but put the organising committee in a sticky insurance situation.

"I'm extremely disappointed that someone of Craig's standing and duty would do something stupid like that. We have disqualified him from the race and we're looking at the possibility of further action," Mr Hite said.

"The ramifications of entering a race without filling out an application are huge in terms of insurance, which would affect the organisers, not Craig.

Article from The Advocate.
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'Hopefully the last' for Ten

RACE director Stephen Hite said Craig Redman is not the first runner to compete in the Burnie Ten under someone else's entry but he hopes the champion triathlete is the last.

Redman, a world age-group triathlon champion, finished 16th overall on Sunday running under a friend's race number.

Hite said failure to enter in the correct manner can leave the race committee and the unregistered runners in danger of being sued if found to have caused harm to fellow competitors or spectators.

"We have heard about it (people running under someone else's entry) happening but usually it's a lot later on when we find out," Hite said.

"This was the first time since I've been race director that it has involved prize money."

He said while a number of runners entered under pseudonyms such as "Holden Monaro", "Dr Who" and "Regie Vegie", those runners had still signed the declaration.

Article from The Advocate.
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St. Joseph's and Springvale/Noble Park Athletics Clubs Dissolved


Athletics Victoria is sad to announce the closure of two athletics clubs. The St. Joseph's Athletics Club Inc and the Springvale / Noble Park Athletics Clubs have both been dissolved due to lack of members.

Article from the Athletics Victoria website.
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Family walks for a dream

by SHAUN PHILLIPS

FORMER Olympic basketballer Michele Timms is making the 14th Olympic Dream fun run/walk a family affair.

The Olympic Dream gives Melburnians the choice of a 10km or 6km loop of the city on Sunday, November 16.

Timms will have sister Karen for company and a special passenger -- her first child.

``Expecting a baby, it's doubly important to keep in shape,'' said Timms, 38. ``It's important to maintain a level of fitness and events like this are perfect for that.''

More than 8500 people took part in the Olympic Dream last year. Organisers are hoping for 10,000 next month.

The route starts at Batman Ave near Melbourne Park and finishes at Birrarung Marr.

The course passes Federation Square, the Shrine of Remembrance, Royal Botanic Gardens and Kings Domain.

Money raised will help send the Australian team to next August's Athens Olympics.

Former marathon star Steve Moneghetti has won the Olympic Dream 10km run five times, including the past two.

Net link: heraldsundream.com.au or phone 9381 4666.

Article from the Herald Sun.
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Busy weekend for Burdekin's Roadrunners

THE Burdekin Road Runners & Walkers Club held their AGM before their run/walk this week. Tony Felesina's presidential report was inspiring for its brevity and all people in positions of office were re-elected due to their outstanding efforts throughout the past year.

Around 30 people met for this week's session and organisers said it was great to see so many new faces as well as the regulars.

Everyone wants to shape up for the less-dressed, best-dressed season.

The course this week was a 5km walk/run and a 9km course for the longer distance runners.

It was a busy weekend for the club as a smaller but equally keen group met at Anzac Park on Sunday to get in on the action of `Macca in the Park'.

Even though some were lured there under false pretences, believing it to be a free hamburger session, it was an enjoyable walk/run for all participants.

BRRW Club meets every Saturday at Anzac Park 6 am.

Article from the Ayr Advocate.
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Athletics More Than Heroes and Legends

There's more to sport than meets the eye and it's difficult to argue the fact that sport reaches into almost every facet of life including science, history, technology, design and fashion. It's these aspects of sport and its place in the Australian psyche that a new exhibition, at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney called ‘Sport: More Than Heroes and Legends’, aims to bring together in celebration of this nation's outstanding sporting history, exploring sport of yesterday, today and what could be tomorrow.

There's something for everyone, whether you're an athlete, a fan, a coach, an administrator or a sideline parent. Over 500 items are on display from over 60 sports, with the most significant being loaned from the MCG's Australian Gallery of Sport and Olympic Museum. Objects also come from the New South Wales Hall of Champions, private and corporate collections and the Powerhouse Museum's stores, featuring treasured objects from the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

The exhibition is broken into five themes: Elite and Olympic Sports (Australians at the world's games); Weekend Warriors and Watchers (Playing the most popular sports); Bats, Balls, Bows, Bullets (Sports gear meets the space age); The great Outdoors (Sports in the elements); Heroes and Legends (And your personal best).

Athletics - being one of the premier elite and Olympic sports, full of heroes and legends, and constantly evolving with technology - plays a major role in this exhibition. On display is priceless athletics memorabilia, including Louise Sauvage's Sydney 2000 race chair, Cathy Freeman's full body suit (worn when she won the 400m gold medal at the Sydney Olympics), Betty Cuthbert's Olympic gold medals plus visitors can find out how specialised equipment like the javelin and the running shoe have dramatically changed over the years in design and materials - with resulting improvements in performance.

Athletics is also heavily represented in the 'Heroes and Legends’ section, which salutes six athletes who are true legends of their sport. Cathy Freeman and Louise Sauvage join John Eales, Ken Rosewall, Steve Waugh and Michelle Timms in the forest of fame - chosen for their raw courage and determination, these legends rise above obstacles to represent their communities and nation and go for glory at the highest level of world sports.

The 'Wonder girl from Mackay', Cathy Freeman is one of Australia's great athletic legends. She is an inspiration to all and an important role model to youth around the world. Freeman was the first Aboriginal sprinter to win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games (1994). Incredibly proud of her Aboriginal background, she is the ultimate example of a unified Australia - always carrying the Australian and Aboriginal flags around the track after winning a race. Freeman's efforts have been recognised worldwide and her awards include: 1990 Young Australian of the Year; 1997 named one of Australia's 100 living national treasures; 1997 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Sportswoman of the Year and 1998 Australian of the Year.

Louise Sauvage OAM, epitomises the definition of a sports legend. She not only dreamt of representing her country, but also has carried the pride of her country through competitions and won. Sauvage is one of Australia's greatest athletes, a professional who has dominated the world of wheelchair track and road racing for over a decade. She has nine Paralympic gold medals, two Olympic gold medals, four Boston Marathon wins and holds four women's wheelchair world records. She is an inspiration to all Australian youth who aspire to follow their dreams, have hard battles to fight, need to endure endless challenges and struggles, and know the feeling of triumph and victory. Louise has been the recipient of: 2000 International Female Wheelchair Athlete of the Year; 1997 and 1998 Paralympian of the Year; 1992 Order of Australia Medal; Official Sports/Tourism Ambassador for the Australian Tourist Commission.


Sport: More Than Heroes and Legends

On View: 26 September 2003 - 18 July 2004
Address: Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo, Sydney
Telephone: (02) 9217 0111 or infoline (02) 9217 0444
Website: www.phm.gov.au
Hours: 10.00am to 5.00pm
Admission: Special admission to ‘Sport: More than Heroes and Legends’ apply. Ticket prices include general admission to the Museum. $18 adult, $9 child, $45 family, $9 seniors. Powerhouse Museum members and children under 5 are admitted free.

This media release sourced from Athletics Australia

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 Tuesday, October 14, 2003 

Mottram's race runs to plan

By KIRSTY EADE

Victorian distance runner Craig Mottram knew that he had won yesterday's Burnie Ten 4km into the race.

After shaking off his rivals at the 3km mark Mottram cruised to a convincing win, giving him consecutive victories in Australia's 19th annual premier 10km road race.

In near-perfect conditions, before a crowd of about 7500 people, the 23-year-old Melbourne-based athlete won the race in 28 minutes and 26 seconds, just 15 seconds shy of Darren Wilson's 1997 race record.

Runner up in 29 min. 15 sec. was another Victorian, Ballarat-based, Olympic marathon runner Lee Troop.

Despite arriving back in Australia only on Tuesday after having endured a 30-hour plane trip from the UK following an easy win in a 10km road race in Dublin, Mottram showed no signs of vulnerability yesterday.

Furthermore the convincing win of 700m to 800m proved yesterday why he has been acclaimed as one of Australia's best distance runners.

Victoria's Haley McGregor, 25, was yesterday's fastest female, scoring a personal best for 10km with a time of 32 min. 43 sec.

Although yesterday's turnout was not the largest field, it was certainly one of the strongest, with 2515 competitors - just 50 short of the record - enjoying the sunny conditions.

While conditions were almost ideal runners did encounter a slight headwind on the return leg of the race, which might have accounted for both records being untouched.

In a gracious post-race speech Troop said he was beaten by an exceptional, world-class athlete in Mottram.

Troop, who led the race for the first 3km, said although his race plan was to challenge Mottram for the entire race once he had got into lead there was no stopping him.

Once Mottram had established a 70m-80m buffer between himself and Troop at about th 4km mark for the rest of the race the lithe 190cm tall runner simply extended his lead.

"I thought he'd be vulnerable after travelling back from Ireland so I thought the best way for me to win today would be to go in hard and run him ragged and the opposite happened," Troop said.

"We got to 3km and he got in front then he just absolutely thumped me."

Mottram said his race strategy had gone exactly to plan.

"My strategy was to go out hard - really quick and strong and I attempted to go for the record but just fell short of it," Mottram said.

"The plan was just to relax for the first 3km, and work solid for the next 3km to 6km and hopefully get a gap and be able to cruise the last 4km.

"Once Troopy was gone ... I knew it would be hard for him, if you lose contact before halfway it's hard to get back on.

"The plan was to use a little bit of intimidation and to make it hard early and that's what I did and they dropped off and it worked for me."

Mottram said yesterday's win would set him up nicely for this summer's track season.

And even after gaining an Olympic A qualifier for the 5km in Europe earlier this year there will be no rest for him, with the Australian Championships and Zatopek in December, and commitments with Australian athletics, including a possible appearance at the Devonport Carnival during the summer.

"I'll definitely be back (in Burnie) next year and the year after, I've got to get Mona's record (Steve Moneghetti, two-time winner and five-time entrant) and Darren Wilson's race record, so I'll be back," he said.

Article from The Examiner.
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Mottram Boss

by Andrew Carswell

CRAIG Mottram proved he was still the boss and Haley McGregor staked her claim among the Australian distance running elite.

Both runners obliterated their opponents in yesterday's Skilled Burnie Ten, each putting a one-minute gap between themselves and their nearest rivals.

Mottram, the defending champion, hadn't raced in Australia since his last victory in Wilson St due to an injury that rubbed him out of this year's World Athletics Championships in Paris.

Yesterday was a race to remind his opponents that he was still Australia's premier distance runner.

It was with apparent ease that the 23-year-old moved away from the pack near the halfway mark, giving him a lonely, but highly fulfilling, return leg to finish in a time of 28minutes and 25seconds.

McGregor, who had been training with Australia's No.1 distance runner, Benita Johnson, and Irish international Sonia O'Sullivan, led the women's race from start to finish to cross the line with a personal best of 32:42.

Article from The Advocate.
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Ten out of ten for Burnie Ten

by Sam Taylor

PERFECT weather, a large crowd and sensational performances by winners Craig Mottram and Haley McGregor were the ingredients for another successful Skilled Burnie Ten yesterday.

A total of 2525 runners from throughout Tasmania and interstate lined up on Wilson St for the start of the race.

However, the gun was delayed some 15 minutes due to a late rush to pick up the electronic transponders for the new timing system.

Mottram, the golden boy of Australian middle distance running, was in a class of his own, winning in 28 minutes, 25 seconds almost a minute ahead of second-placed Lee Troop (29.22) and just 14 seconds outside Darren Wilson's 1997 race record of 28.11.

Haley McGregor (24) was equally impressive, winning in a personal best time of 32.42, more than a minute ahead of Eloise Poppett.

Article from The Advocate.
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 Monday, October 13, 2003 

Australian runs 2:11 at Chicago Marathon

Sisay Bezabeh ran 2:11:08 to finish 9th in the Chicago Marathon yesterday.

His splits were :
15km 0:45:15
21.1km 1:03:34
20miles 1:36:55
40km 2:03:04

Kenya's Evans Rutto won the Chicago Marathon on his first attempt at the distance. Rutto completed the race in an unofficial time of 2 hours, five minutes and 49 seconds - just seven seconds off the world record, set by American Khalid Khannouchi's in Chicago in 1999.

Rutto's run broke the world record for a marathon debut, which had been 2:06:47 by Wilson Onsari in Paris this year. Kenya swept the top three spots with Paul Koech second and Daniel Njenga third over the 26.2-mile course.

Russia's Svetlana Zakharova won the women's race in 2:23:07, with runner-up Constantina Tomescu-Dita 32 seconds behind.
A late surge brought victory for Zakharova, who pulled away from her Romanian rival in the final mile. Latvian Jelena Prokopcuka was third, followed by Russia's Albina Ivanova. "It was hard to hold up at the end. It was hot. I like it here very much and I'll be back next year," Zakharova said.

Men
1. Evans Rutto, Kenya, 2:05:50.
2. Paul Koech, Kenya, 2:07:07.
3. Daniel Njenga, Kenya, 2:07:41.
4. Peter Chebet, Kenya, 2:08:43.
5. Jimmy Muindi, Kenya, 2:08:57.
6. Abdelkader El Mouaziz, Morocco, 2:09:38.
7. Mebrahtom Keflezighi, United States, 2:10:03.
8. Hendrik Ramaala, Russia, 2:10:55.
9. Sisay Bezabeh, Australia, 2:11:08. ******
10. Josephat Kiprono, Kenya, 2:11:30.
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Mottram makes it two in a row

By Andrew Carswell

Craig Mottram proved he was still the boss and Haley McGregor staked her claim among the Australian distance running elite. Both runners obliterated their opponents in yesterday's Skilled Burnie Ten, each putting a one-minute gap between themselves and their nearest rivals.

Mottram, the defending champion, hadn’t raced in Australia since his last victory in Wilson St due to an injury that rubbed him out of this year's World Athletics Championships in Paris.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.
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Mottram beats injury to win Burnie classic

by LUKE SAYER

VICTORIAN Craig Mottram won his second 10km road race in six days to snare the 2003 Burnie Ten yesterday.

Mottram travelled across the globe from a win in Dublin, Ireland to win Australia's premier 10km road race, his second in a row.

It was his first race on Australian soil in a year, after battling injury for the first half of 2003.

But it was a stellar performance from the 23-year-old, who was just 15 seconds outside the record, with a time of 28m26s.

As with last year Mottram finished ahead of Olympian Lee Troop (29m23s). Third place went to late entry David Ruschena (29m42s).

Fellow Victorian Haley McGregor took out the women's event in 32m43s.

She came in comfortably ahead of Eloise Poppett (33m45s) and Anna Thompson (33m56s).

It was Troop who led the men out and looked aggressive early, but at about 3.2km Mottram pulled out from behind and was never headed.

After the turn home the victor pulled away. Mottram has now stamped his name as one of the race's best.

Mottram said the time was a great set-up for the Zatopek 10km at Olympic Park, Melbourne, in December.

``A 28.20 on the road is fantastic. It's another step in the right direction,'' Mottram said yesterday.

``Troopy's just come off a marathon in Paris and he was very brave to take it out like that. It probably cost him in the last five.

``[It's great] to come back first race and tell everyone I'm still the boss, I'm not gone, I'm not finished, injury is only temporary.''

Mottram says he'll return next year to try for the hat-trick, and hopes he'll have someone to push him toward the elusive record.

He now has his sights set on Zatopek, and then the 5000m at the Athens Olympics next year.

Women's winner McGregor said the contrast in conditions this year was huge, after a rain-soaked 2002 event.

This allowed her to improve from her fifth placing last year.

``It's quite a contrast, the first thing I did this morning was look out the curtains, I was wrapped,'' McGregor said.

``I felt sensational, right from the gun I felt really good. A few times, that last hill, I was working hard toward the finish.

``It's pretty inspirational to see Craig, to have the opportunity to race with him is great.''

The first Tasmanian across the line was Grant Page of Rosetta in 32m02s, with Anna Gleeson on 39m53s taking the women's honour.

The race attracted 2525 runners in perfect sunshine and a very light breeze around the streets of Burnie.

Article from The Mercury.
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Home Run For Michelsson at Melbourne Marathon

Ah, the joys of the hometown advantage. Magnus Michelsson slept in his own bed on Saturday night, got up on Sunday morning, checked the weather and went out and won the Melbourne marathon in a personal best 2 hours 14 minutes.

It was not quite as simple as that. Running 42.195 kilometres on unyielding roads never is.

But Michelsson was able to capitalise on the home-ground factor both in deciding how much effort to put into his race and in feeling a sense of comfort at several points along the course from Frankston to Albert Park.

Michelsson, whose unique blend of quantity and quality training would make an ironman rust, is booked to run in Japan's Fukuoka marathon on December 7.

As a local runner, he also knows how weather conditions can have a huge influence on the Melbourne marathon.

Complete article at The Age
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 Saturday, October 11, 2003 

Sting Helps Unite Runners Worldwide

Rocker Supports World Run Day this November 9th
Rock Musician and former school track star Sting praised the event World Run Day being held November 9, 2003. The worldwide event asks runners to run either individually or in groups within their own cities, and also make a donation directly to their own favorite charity.

Registration for USA participants in nearly 300 cities started on October 2nd, Stings birthday, thru both active.com and runday.com web sites. Australian registration has already opened. More international registration sites will soon follow for Europe, South Africa and other international regions.

Sting is the first major rock star to endorse this global event. Among many group events this year, the World Run Day - London event will benefit the Rainforest Foundation UK, founded by Sting and wife Trudie Styler. Commenting about the World Run Day concept, the celebrity couple stated: "It is a great way for people around the world to come together and raise money for charity." Group events are also slated for Sydney, London, Glasgow, Johannesburg, Houston, Philadelphia, and several others. Runners are encouraged to establish small group runs in their own towns to help support the day.

World Run Day has been proclaimed as an International Day of Running & Charity and has now appeared in Runner's World Magazine - USA and Runner's World Magazine - Australia. The event is also scheduled to also appear in Runner's World Magazine - UK, Runner's World Magazine - South Africa, Runner's World Magazine - Spain, and quite possibly others.

Runner's World, published in several countries, is the leading magazine for the sport of running - worldwide. The one-day worldwide running event was started in 1999 by an enthusiastic Long Island runner, who proclaimed "We need an International Day of Running, we need an International Day of Charity, we need a World Run Day!" All registrants receive a colorful World Run Day event t-shirt and will have their results posted on the event website after November 9th.

For more information, please contact Bill McDermott of www.runday.com.
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 Tuesday, October 07, 2003 

Radcliffe at the Zatopek?

There is continued speculation in the British press that Paula Radcliffe may race in Australia this summer. Today The Independent in 'Radcliffe leaves the competition guessing' by Mike Rowbottom reports that "In order to keep her options open to run the 10,000m in Athens should her marathon training not go according to schedule, she needs to run a qualifying time, and she may choose to do that in Australia in December at the Zatopek Classic".

The same article reveals that an offer in the vicinity of US$500,000 from the organisers of the New York Marathon has not persuaded her to sign up for that event.

Although she has made it clear "she will run again on the roads before the year is out, specifically mentioning the Ekiden road relay in Chiba, Japan, on 23 November" where she would represent Britain. The Japanese, with their
devotion to Naoko Takahashi, would be sure to make her welcome. The prospect of this pair meeting again in Athens is already shaping as a highlight on the Olympic program.

The emergence of Benita Johnson as a definite medal contender following her bronze finish in the world half marathon championship and national 10,000m record in Paris adds a high level of local interest to the prospect of having Radcliffe in the Zatopek. Hopefully everything that can be done to achieve this is being taken care of behind the scenes? The Commonwealth Games organisers should see the benefits in making this a reality.

It seems clear that the decision will not depend on who waves the largest cheque book at Paula.

Perhaps the prospect of some time at Falls Creek will swing the deal? Or a crack at the Tan record? A weekend at Port Douglas and the Daintree? Or a quiet break at Runaway Bay??? We can offer somethings that New York can not match.

Laurie Cousins on Oztrack.

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Runner’s World 2004 Wall Calendar arrives

Hot off the presses, the 2004 Runner’s World Wall calendar is finally here.

Arriving at the Hawthorn offices only yesterday, the 12 month calendar presented by Asics features 13 inspiring running photographs from across Australia and New Zealand plus public holidays and the date of major races in both countries.

The calendar also includes motivational quotes and tips for the young to the master runner and a list of running resources.

Some of the destinations featured as photographs include the Bondi to Bronte Run in New South Wales, Port Douglas in Queensland, Mt. Wellington in Tasmania, Mt. Luxmore during the Fairydown Kepler Challenge in New Zealand.

Some of the region’s premier running events that have been included in the calendar are the Gold Coast Marathon, the Auckland marathon, Cadbury Glass & a Half marathon in Tasmania and Wellington marathon in New Zealand among many others.

In time for Christmas, the calendar can be given as a gift and if you order one for yourself and one as a present, the gift will be posted complete with a gift card including your name.

There is only a limited print run so those interested are advised to purchase or order their copy early.

The 2004 Runner’s World Calendar is available for A$15 plus $3.30 postage and can be ordered or purchased by calling (03) 9819-9225 or filling in the form online at the website www.ausrun.com.au

Copies of the calendar can be directly purchased from the Runner’s World office at 3 B Lynch St. Hawthorn in Victoria or at a number of events they will be attending.

For more information please contact:
Runner’s World
3 B Lynch St.
Hawthorn VIC 3121
Phone:(03) 9819 9225
Fax: (03) 9819 6418
www.ausrun.com.au

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Sussan urges women to run for it !

Whether you are training for the Olympics or just happy to hang out with some friends, it’s time to register for the 2003 Sussan Women’s Fun Run series.

To be held in Sydney on Sunday 26 October and in Melbourne on Sunday 2 November, more than 5,500 women are expected to participate in the five and 10 km walk or run.

“The event is as much about training and preparation as it is about hanging out and having fun,” says Australian runner Eloise Poppett.

Eloise is one of Australia’s fastest women over 5,000 meters and one of a number of Australia’s top athletes who will participate in this year’s Sussan Women’s Fun Run series.

“I remember last year seeing mum’s with prams, aunties with their nieces, groups of friends and the more serious athletes getting amongst it all and enjoying the day,” says Eloise.

The Sussan Women’s Fun Run courses are predominantly flat. In Sydney, participants will run through the stunning Royal Botanic Gardens and around the Farm Cove area, the only event to do so since the 2000 Olympic Games Triathlon.

In Melbourne, participants will wind their way around picturesque Port Phillip Bay and past by the bustling Sunday morning markets and cafes, as they run the beautiful bay boulevard.

“As part of my preparation for the 2004 Olympics I am competing in as many 5,000 metre events as possible. One of my favourites is the Sussan Women’s Fun Run,” says Eloise.

The Sussan Women’s Fun Run series attracts some of the nation’s best female athletes and is a great opportunity for the serious and not so serious punters to run with the likes of Eloise, Krishna Stanton, Susie Power and Haley McGregor.

The 2003 Sussan Women’s Fun Run encourages schools across Australia to enter by registering teams in the 5K run or walk categories. The schools’ category has been designed to ensure participants of all ages have a chance to participate and compete in their own age group and pits school against school.

The Sussan Corporation, one of Australia’s leading female fashion retailers, has been involved in the promotion of women’s health and fitness since 1986, raising in excess of $100,000 for various Australian not-for-profit organisations through its sponsored fun run series.

This year one dollar from every entry from the Sydney event will be donated to The Cancer Council NSW, while one dollar from every entry from the Melbourne event will be donated to the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

Organisers of the Sussan Women’s Fun Run have gone to great lengths to make sure the event has something it in for everyone. It is more than a running event, with activities including the:

BRAUN SILK-ÉPIL SMOOTH LEG CHALLENGE - A word of advice: Arrive with hair-free legs to take the Braun Silk-épil Smooth Leg Challenge. Stubble spells trouble in this game! Good sports, including swimmer Michael Klim, will check legs for smoothness, with winners taking home a bag of Braun products.

NEW BALANCE FASHION PARADE - Look out for the return of the popular Fashion Parade to the Melbourne event, presented by the official performance footwear and apparel partner New Balance.

FERNWOOD AEROBIC WARM-UP - Practice those star-jumps! An aerobic warm-up for all participants will take place prior to each start, led by a qualified Fernwood Group Fitness Instructor and featuring Aussie swim-star Lisa Curry. Loosen those muscles before joining Lisa on the beautiful Sydney and Melbourne courses.

COMPETITIONS AND PRIZES - Thanks to the generosity of sponsors and product suppliers a veritable mountain of prizes and giveaways have been organised to make sure everyone at the event is in with a chance to win something.

For entry details and further information, visit the official event website at www.sussan.com.au or call Super Sprint Promotions on 03 9596 2340.


  • The Sydney Sussan Women’s Fun Run will take place at Mrs Macquaries Point and through the Farm Cove area, Royal Botanic Gardens on Sunday 26 October 2003
  • The Melbourne Sussan Women’s Fun Run will take place at Catani Gardens, St Kilda on Sunday 2 November 2003
  • Several well-known celebrities and personalities are expected to attend and participate in the event, including Commonwealth gold medallist, walker Jane Saville, top Australian runners Eloise Poppett and Haley McGregor, Aussie swim-star Lisa Curry and Melbourne radio personality and comedian Tracy Bartram
  • The Sussan Women’s Fun Run will be a fun day out for the whole family, with a range of activities including entertainers, games, a fashion show, music and kids activities
  • Sussan has been associated with women’s running events in Australia and New Zealand for the past 18 years
  • Super Sprint Promotions have been appointed by Sussan to organise and stage the Sussan Women’s Fun Run. Super Sprint is well known for staging the popular St George/BRW Corporate Triathlon National Series each year and for its involvement in the Sydney Olympic Triathlon Events
  • Each participant will receive an event kit containing an official Sussan Women’s Fun Run T-shirt, discount vouchers from Sussan, New Balance and Fernwood, plus other items
  • Entry forms and information will soon be available at www.sussan.com.au, at selected Sussan retail outlets or by calling 03 9596 2340
  • One dollar from every entry will go to either the Cancer Council NSW or the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, funding vital research into the prevention and cure of cancer


For further media information contact:
Rachel Froggatt
Sussan Women’s Fun RunMedia Team
Phone: (03) 9868-9331
mobile: 0421-059-781
email: rfroggatt@prismteam.com.au

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Record numbers of volunteers at Melbourne Marathon

Record numbers of Volunteers answer the call to assist at the 26th annual 2003 ASICS MELBOURNE MARATHON on Sunday 12th October.

"I find true inspiration in seeing so many Melbournians participate in running’s greatest challenge." comments Robert de Castella

Community support is what makes the Asics Melbourne Marathon an outstanding community event. More than 800 individual volunteers have already committed themselves to work on the day of the event. It is a big commitment, starting at 7.00am and not finishing until after 1.00pm a total of 6 hours. These ‘special’ people volunteer from Athletic Clubs, Lions & Rotary Clubs, Hockey Clubs, Little Athletics, State Emergency Services, Venturers, Triathlon clubs and charity groups. The volunteers are an integral part of the success of the Asics Melbourne Marathon. As part of entry fees is returned to the clubs it goes some way to contributing to the viability of some grass roots sporting clubs – particularly athletics in Victoria.

Many more volunteers support the Asics Melbourne Marathon from the four official charities – Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal, Camp Quality, Mental Illness Fellowship of Victoria and The Eye Research Foundation. Last year the participants in this great Melbourne race raised more than $45000 for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.

The volunteers keenly participate by supporting the event, acting in various roles such as traffic safety marshals, drink station attendants, medal presenters and clothing bag handlers. More than 100 Victoria Police officers, supervising the entire route from Frankston to Melbourne, ensures the maximum safety of participants.

Participation numbers have again increased this year in the Asics Melbourne Marathon – with more than a week to go before the start of the great race more than 5600 entries have been received. Six hundred of these are traveling to Melbourne from interstate and overseas.

Late entries will be taken at the Asics Melbourne Marathon Expo on Saturday 11th October at Albert Park Lake. The expo will again feature an appearance by Robert de Castella, the Asics Melbourne Marathon patron, an Asics shoe clinic, special discounts on Asics products, exhibitors and the Bont InLine Skate exhibition from 11.00am to 3.30pm.

Another feature of the expo will be the Victorian Athletics booth with the Victorian little Athletics Association, Professional Athletic League and Athletics Victoria all coming together to promote the sport at Melbourne’s longest running event.

“We are very pleased that state athletic bodies accepted our invitation to be at the Asics Expo. The Asics Melbourne Marathon represents a unique opportunity for these bodies and their affliated clubs to promote the benefits grass roots membership at such an icon event.” said Joe Murphy, Race Director, Asics Melbourne Marathon.

This year prizes for the Asics Melbourne Marathon worth $25000 range from; a trip to a major marathon in New York in 2004; a trip to the 2004 Rotorua Marathon; an amazing street mountain bike and inline skates. All finishers will receive, a commemorative medal and certificate to remind them of their participation in the Asics Melbourne Marathon.

But in the end, it is not the challenge that keeps the participants going, it is the triumph. Come to the Asics Melbourne Marathon on Sunday October 12th 2003 and see more than 5000 runners finish their epic journey from Frankston to Melbourne.

Contact: Joe Murphy
Race Director
tel: (03) 9381-4666 or 0418-399-925
email: joe@eventwizard.com.au
www.melbournemarathon.com

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 Monday, October 06, 2003 

Another big name signs for Burnie Ten

by Andrew Carswell

AS the number of entries in the 2003 Skilled Burnie Ten escalates, so does the list of elite competitors. Quality distance runner Mark Thompson and New Zealander Blair Martin were added to the list yesterday, turning the race into a wide-open trans-Tasman affair.

Thompson and Martin will battle with defending champion Craig Mottram, who will arrive in Burnie weary after racing in Europe this weekend, Olympic marathon runner Lee Troop, and perhaps the tallest distance runner in the nation, Simon Field.

No stranger to the Burnie Ten, Thompson will be looking to improve on his fifth placing in 2001, where he finished behind Steve Moneghetti.

Funnily enough, given Moneghetti's age, Thompson finished third behind "Mona'' at the Australian Cross Country Championships this year and raised eyebrows with a barnstorming finish to cross the line second in the prestigious City to Surf footrace in Sydney in August.

Martin is also a regular visitor to Burnie, but has never taken the limelight away from the Australian contingent.

Article from The Advocate.
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Entries rush

by Andrew Carswell

A MASSIVE influx of entries for the 2003 Skilled Burnie Ten have been received this week, bringing some relief to race organisers who were starting to panic.

Last week, numbers were about 15 p.c. down on previous years, causing a few anxious days at race director Stephen Hite's office. However, the sudden rush of entries in the previous two days has not only stabilised entry numbers, but put figures ahead of last year's start numbers, exceeding expectations.

"We were well down on last year, but the last two days there has been an avalanche of entries, so much so that we've had to call in extra people to formulate the entries,'' Hite said yesterday.

"We were around 10-15 p.c. down on previous years and we put that down to bad weather because people just haven't been interested in training and participating in that kind of weather.

"Now we've more than caught up and we actually have gone the other way and we're back on track for a race record of around 2700.''

Article from The Advocate.
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Sussan Urges Women to Run For It

Whether you are training for the Olympics or just happy to hang out with some friends, it's time to register for the 2003 Sussan Women's Fun Run series.

To be held in Sydney on Sunday 26 October and in Melbourne on Sunday 2 November, more than 5,500 women are expected to participate in the five and 10 km walk or run.

"The event is as much about training and preparation as it is about hanging out and having fun," says Australian runner Eloise Poppett.

Eloise is one of Australia's fastest women over 5,000 meters and one of a number of Australia's top athletes who will participate in this year's Sussan Women's Fun Run series.

"I remember last year seeing mum's with prams, aunties with their nieces, groups of friends and the more serious athletes getting amongst it all and enjoying the day," says Eloise.

The Sussan Women's Fun Run courses are predominantly flat. In Sydney, participants will run through the stunning Royal Botanic Gardens and around the Farm Cove area, the only event to do so since the 2000 Olympic Games Triathlon.

In Melbourne, participants will wind their way around picturesque Port Phillip Bay and past by the bustling Sunday morning markets and cafes, as they run the beautiful bay boulevard.

"As part of my preparation for the 2004 Olympics I am competing in as many 5,000 metre events as possible. One of my favourites is the Sussan Women's Fun Run," says Eloise.

The Sussan Women's Fun Run series attracts some of the nation's best female athletes and is a great opportunity for the serious and not so serious punters to run with the likes of Eloise, Krishna Stanton, Susie Power and Haley McGregor.

The 2003 Sussan Women's Fun Run encourages schools across Australia to enter by registering teams in the 5K run or walk categories. The schools' category has been designed to ensure participants of all ages have a chance to participate and compete in their own age group and pits school against school.

The Sussan Corporation, one of Australia's leading female fashion retailers, has been involved in the promotion of women's health and fitness since 1986, raising in excess of $100,000 for various Australian not-for-profit organisations through its sponsored fun run series.

This year one dollar from every entry from the Sydney event will be donated to The Cancer Council NSW, while one dollar from every entry from the Melbourne event will be donated to the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

Organisers of the Sussan Women's Fun Run have gone to great lengths to make sure the event has something it in for everyone. It is more than a running event, with activities including the:

BRAUN SILK-ÉPIL SMOOTH LEG CHALLENGE - A word of advice: Arrive with hair-free legs to take the Braun Silk-épil Smooth Leg Challenge. Stubble spells trouble in this game! Good sports, including swimmer Michael Klim, will check legs for smoothness, with winners taking home a bag of Braun products.

NEW BALANCE FASHION PARADE - Look out for the return of the popular Fashion Parade to the Melbourne event, presented by the official performance footwear and apparel partner New Balance.

FERNWOOD AEROBIC WARM-UP - Practice those star-jumps! An aerobic warm-up for all participants will take place prior to each start, led by a qualified Fernwood Group Fitness Instructor and featuring Aussie swim-star Lisa Curry. Loosen those muscles before joining Lisa on the beautiful Sydney and Melbourne courses.

COMPETITIONS AND PRIZES - Thanks to the generosity of sponsors and product suppliers a veritable mountain of prizes and giveaways have been organised to make sure everyone at the event is in with a chance to win something.

For entry details and further information, visit the official event website at www.sussan.com.au or call Super Sprint Promotions on 03 9596 2340.

Sponsors: New Balance; Braun Silk-épil; Fernwood; Australian Women's Weekly
Partners: Channel 9; Fox FM Melbourne; Sunday Herald Sun; 2Day FM Sydney

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Bronze For Benita In World Half Marathon

ACT's Benita Johnson claimed her first international championship medal, when she finished third in the IAAF World Half Marathon championships in Vilamoura, Portugal on Saturday (4th October).

Making her half marathon debut, Johnson clocked 1:09:26, the fourth best performance of all time by an Australian.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.
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Karen hits her straps - YOUR SPORTS: WOLLONGONG

KAREN Ryan, who hails from Mt Kembla and is a member of the strong Kembla Joggers Club, finished an outstanding third in the recent Sydney Marathon.

Ryan finished in 3hr 5min 59sec over the demanding 42km course, which was slower than the 3hr 38sec she recorded in the Canberra Marathon in April.

This year's Sydney Marathon doubled as the Australian Marathon and was won by Tanzanian runner Tauti Juma.

Because Juma was ineligible for the Australian title, the national honours went to runner-up, Queenslander Helen Tolhurst, with Ryan elevated to second.

Sara Mycroft finished in the top 10 in the Sydney Marathon and is another of the Kembla Joggers Club's outstanding runners.

Mycroft has won the club's distance point score.

The Tanzanians, among the world's best distance runners, also won the men's division of the Sydney Marathon through Oswald Revelian in 2:26.03.

Ryan, a dedicated runner and mother of Hannah and Benjamin, has won many races over the marathon and half-marathon distances.

She is also a winner of Kembla's elite women's point score.

Her role model is Kerry McCann, Kembla Joggers' most famous athlete.

Ryan is a serious trainer. She and a group of up to 12 train seven days a week.

They meet at 5.10am each day to run 16km.

That's a torturous 112km a week for at least 50 weeks of the year.

Ryan's training partners include Carrine Weston, Carolyn Dews, Janelle McBarron, Kym Batten, Chris Richards, Hans Lambert, Graeme Smith and Joe Cachia.

Ryan plans to tackle the Canberra Marathon in April, where she hopes to run a personal best time.

Article from the Sunday Telegraph.
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Johnson improves by half

by DIRK HINRICHS

AUSTRALIAN distance runner Benita Johnson continued her impressive overseas form with a third behind world-record holder Paula Radcliffe at the world half-marathon championships yesterday.

Johnson broke Lisa Ondieki's 10,000m track record at the World Championships in Paris by becoming the first Australian woman to run under 31 minutes when she finished eighth.

Yesterday she clocked one hour nine minutes and 26 seconds over the 21.1km course in Vilamoura, Portugal, to finish behind Radcliffe (1.07:35) and Ethiopian Berhane Adere (1.09:02).

Britain's top distance runner led from start to finish and posted the biggest winning margin in the event's history.

Radcliffe, who also won in 2000 and 2001, equalled the feat of Tegla Loroupe, the only other three-time winner. The Kenyan notched a triple triumph from 1997-1999.

Last month, Radcliffe ran 1:05.40, the fastest-ever time for a woman in a half-marathon, but the hilly Great North Run course in England made the time ineligible.

She holds the world marathon record.

Radcliffe pulled away from the strong field in the seaside town, taking a nine-second lead after five kilometres.

At the 10km mark she was on track to break the world record but she eased off the pace in the second half of the race as the midday sun began to sap her strength.

``I came here in good shape for a record but it was the wrong time of day,'' Radcliffe said of missing her own world record by almost a minute.

``There was too much direct sun and the course had too many twists and turns. I realised after 10 kilometres that today no records were possible so I slowed down.''

Radcliffe said she planned to take a short break but intended to run another road race before the end of the year, and would take part in the world cross-country championships.

Looking ahead to the Athens Olympics, she said choosing between the 10,000m and the marathon would depend on her fitness and training.

``I'd love to run the marathon,'' she said. ``If everything goes well in training, that's my preferred option.''

Radcliffe missed the world championships with a leg injury and bronchitis. She was out of action for five months, missing a large chunk of the track season.

Martin Lel of Kenya won the men's title, edging Tanzania's Fabiano Joseph in a sprint finish in one hour, 49 seconds.

Article from The Daily Telegrah.
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Johnson scores her first medal

by Len Johnson

Benita Johnson, running in her fourth world championships for the year, won her first medal when she finished third in the world half-marathon championships at Vilamoura on Portugal's Algarve on the weekend.

After finishing in the top eight at the world indoor championships, the world cross-country championships and in the 10,000 metres at the world track and field championships in Paris, Johnson finally broke through for the medal she had said was her next aim. Running her first-ever half-marathon, she completed the multi-lap course in 69 minutes 26 seconds.

Complete article at The Age website.
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 Wednesday, October 01, 2003 

Troop call-up

by Andrew Carswell.

THOUGHTS of a one-horse race in the 2003 Skilled Burnie Ten have been squashed with news Olympic runner Lee Troop has signed on for the prestigious footrace.

Defending champion Craig Mottram will toe the start line in Wilson St on October 12 as obvious choice for line honours, but Troop's inclusion opens up the Burnie Ten men's title race considerably. His strength and endurance will be pitted against Mottram's speed in a classic tussle.

Troop is no stranger to the Burnie Ten having competed in the out-and-back classic on five occasions, finishing second last year behind Mottram.

The 2003 world athletics championships marathon competitor has always kept a vested interest in the event, hoping one day to emulate his friend, coach and mentor Steve Moneghetti who has won the race four times, including the inaugural staging in 1985.

Burnie Ten elite athlete co-ordinator Marion Taylor said yesterday Troop's inclusion elevated the race to a considerable standard.

Article from The Advocate.
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Get ready to run

IT IS time to blow the cobwebs from your running shoes, dust off your shorts and take to the streets the Gisborne Fitness Classic is almost here.

The inaugural Gisborne Fitness Centre fun run will take place on Sunday, October 19, and people of all fitness levels are being encouraged to get together for fun and fitness. Gisborne Fitness manager Pamela Ginnane said the run was intended to become a yearly event for runners of all capabilities, with 10km and 6km runs and a 6km walk included.

``We have a few runners at the gym who have been insisting we should have a fun run in the area instead of us travelling to take part in others. We are encouraging families to take part because it's a good opportunity for young people to have some friendly competition, to get out in the open air and to get fit,'' Ms Ginnane said.

Entry forms are available from Gisborne Fitness and the Gisborne Library. Entry is $15 for adults, $5 for children and $20 for families.

Article from the Sunbury/Macedon Regional Leader.
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Record run right on Tergat

A stunning breakthrough marathon win justified a bridesmaid's decision to adopt the event. Len Johnson reports.

For a man often portrayed as nothing more than a glorious runner-up, Paul Tergat must have had a horrible sense of foreboding at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate on Sunday.

Well ahead of world-best pace, Tergat had finally put some space between himself and a second Kenyan runner, Sammy Korir, along the renowned avenue Unter den Linden to the finish. Then came some moments of confusion that threatened to have it all fall apart again. Tergat was unsure exactly where to go.

Complete article at The Age website.
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