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 Saturday, November 29, 2003 

Going to the gym - a pointless exercise ?

Gymnasiums are big business. About 1.6 million Australians use a gym or hold a gym membership, including about 500,000 in NSW.

The industry admits its estimates of gym members are "ropey", but a little business muscle is now aggressively attempting to shore up its numbers and recruit your body to its ranks, if it hasn't already.

The arrival of overseas chains such as Gold's and Fitness First in Sydney in the past few years is a sign of booming profits. The Australian gym industry forecasts its membership will grow by 7 per cent a year this decade. Women are told by nearly every magazine they must be thinner, while men must be stylish, David Beckham-shaped metrosexuals.

There are big names on side. Bob Carr has declared "achievable and desirable" the current marketing strategy of the industry body, Fitness NSW, which aims to double NSW gym-goers to 1 million by the decade's end ("1 x 2010" for short). The chair of Carr's NSW Physical Activity Taskforce, Professor Adrian Bauman, has urged gyms to pursue more customers. "The market is out there - population rates of obesity are increasing," he says in the gym industry's 1 x 2010 document. In September, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare predicted the current figure of 2.4 million obese Australians - probably an underestimate - would increase 12.5 per cent by 2010.

There's a snag. Many of the world's obesity experts and scientists doing clinical research now doubt that joining a gym is the best way to lose weight, leading some commentators to question one of the industry's main arguments for business growth.

Complete article at the Sydney Morning Herald
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Australian THG tests find no positive results

Re-testing of stored urine samples has revealed no positive test results of the designer steroid tetrahydrogestrinone (THG), the Australian Sports Drug Agency announced yesterday.

ASDA decided to re-screen all stored samples for THG after the existence of the designer steroid was revealed by the United States Anti-Doping Association in October.

A test, developed by the US laboratory which uncovered the steroid after receiving a syringe containing the substance from an anonymous informer, was used.

"This re-screening has been vital to help protect the rights of Australian athletes to compete in a doping-free environment and to demonstrate that ASDA is doing everything possible to protect the integrity of Australian sport," ASDA chief executive John Mendoza said.

Full report can be download from Australian Sports Drug Agency here (118kb)

Complete article at The Age
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 Friday, November 28, 2003 

Is Aouita running out of puff ?

Athletics Australia head coach Keith Connor and AIS director Michael Scott are in Phoenix sorting out the turmoil in the Said Aouita camp after one Australian athlete walked out and then made an official complaint against the national distance coach.

The Aouita appointment was presented as a coup for Australian athletics when it was announced 18 months ago, so it is appropriate that Scott and Connor - two key players in securing the legendary Moroccan distance runner - are to get a first-hand view of what has become of the program.

Aouita was the dominant runner of the 1980s, astounding in the quality and range of his achievements. Yet his tenure in Australia has been beset by problems. His program has yet to deliver.

Complete article at The Age
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 Thursday, November 27, 2003 

Cancellation of Seaside Fun Run, NSW

It is with regret that I have to announce the cancellation of the Times Seaside Fun Run which was scheduled for 7th March 2004. The lack of insurance and the fact it would be impossible to close the roads to traffic has brought us to this decision. This road race has been very popular for the past five years and it is indeed sad that it cannot continue. To the runners who have participated in any of years this run has been in existence our thanks and we are sorry that we have lost you. Maybe in the future things might change and we once again can welcome you to sunny Ulladulla/Mollymook.

We will keep the Seaside Fun Run's home page open for awhile at http://www.geocities.com/colosseum/park/6745/

All the best,

Ken Saunders
Race Director

Feel free to add or read comments here

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I'm innocent: Aouita

Allegations of inappropriate conduct by Australia's distance running chief coach Said Aouita have been strenuously denied by the coach but it is another bitter blow to the image of the sport.

The coaching controversy comes hard after Athletics Australia revealed a severe $1.3million shortfall for the last financial year forcing staff and development program cutbacks.

But the Australian Sports Commission and Athletics Australia are investigating a written complaint made by Victorian runner Mark Fountain to the ASC. Fountain, 21, was third in this year's national 1500m championship and was enticed to join Aouita's coaching group, some of whom are in the US for a high-altitude training camp.

Fountain left the group but allegedly complained that Aouita was paying too much attention to one of the four women attending the camp while he and the others did not receive the coaching support they expected.

Complete article on Fox Sports
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 Wednesday, November 26, 2003 

Athletics Australia Rescue plan has states optimistic

Athletics Australia will undergo further financial scrutiny following its $1.3 million loss after state member bodies requested an independent "corporate doctor" be called in.

The board of AA yesterday outlined a financial rescue plan at its annual general meeting as it fended off criticism of management. The president of Athletics Victoria, Max Binnington, said he was optimistic about AA's future after the meeting but the state bodies wanted an independent assessment.

"It is just for the comfort factor," Binnington said. "The things they said yesterday sounded okay but the last two years haven't been brilliant and that has made me jumpy."

His views were echoed by other presidents, including Owen Heness from the ACT.

Complete article in The Australian
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Australia won't be in the top five nations at Olympics

Having painfully reassessed its financial situation, Athletics Australia has also reconsidered its on-track performance and decided it is not likely to achieve a top-five finish at next year's Olympic Games in Athens.

Despite having a gold medal favourite in the 400 metres hurdles with world champion Jana Pittman and another gold medal contender in pole vaulter Dmitri Markov, the sport has accepted that it does not have the depth to challenge for the top positions on the points table for first to eighth places that is traditionally used to rank nations at major championships.

A top-five finish has been a goal since 1999, but Athletics Australia chief executive Simon Allatson admitted yesterday it was doubtful if it could be achieved in Athens.

"We've certainly recognised that top five is an appropriate goal, but the time-frame needs to be longer than initially set," Allatson said yesterday.

Completer article at The Age
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 Tuesday, November 25, 2003 

No worries for Olympics as AA hits hard times

Rainy weather and a post-Olympic sponsorship malaise have underpinned a $1.3 million trading loss by Athletics Australia, but executives have promised that no elite athletes will be affected in their preparation for the Athens Olympic Games.

A meeting of state presidents was told yesterday, ahead of today's annual general meeting in Melbourne, that there is expected to be a turnaround in this financial year to record a small operating surplus of $200,000.

AA chief executive Simon Allatson said the big loss in 2002-2003 could be explained by relatively small crowds during the domestic season, due in part to the fact that it rained during the major competitions in every state except one.

Complete article at the Sydney Morning Herald
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Middle-distance runners walk out on coach Aouita

Australia's national distance program appeared to be in disarray last night with reports that as many as three athletes had left a high-altitude training camp in the US after differences with coach Said Aouita.

Victorian middle-distance runner Mark Fountain has left the camp, in the New Mexico city of Albuquerque, and is seeking to follow up on previous scholarship offers from the University of Arkansas, one of the top distance colleges in the US.

New South Wales middle-distance pair Emily Morris and Debbie Savage are also reported, by sources aware of Fountain's departure, to have left the training camp, one of the series of high-altitude camps Aouita pitched to Athletics Australia and private backers when he was appointed national distance coach about 15 months ago.

Complete article at The Age
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 Monday, November 24, 2003 

Drugs: Inside the THG inquiry

Professor Donald Catlin, who led the team of chemists who developed the test for the "designer steroid" TGH, talks to Mike Hurst about his investigations so far.

Q: Do you think there may have been previous versions of this THG compound? Is there a sense that what you have found might only be this year's model?A: "Well, yes and no. There hasn't been to my knowledge anything like THG which is a brand new chemical entity. It hasn't been described before ever, anywhere. There was an incident a year and a half ago where a steroid, which had been described 40 years ago, was discovered in the urine of an athlete (US cyclist Tammy Thomas)."

Q:You're talking about Norbolethone?

A:"Yes. That stuff is THG-like as well. There are some similarities in structure. But the difference is Norbolethone had in fact been described many years ago and so the chemistry was known. What was new at the time is that it was in the athlete's urine. That, in a sense, was the tip-off to me that there were people out there studying the ancient literature. And perhaps making old steroids again."

Q: Patrick Arnold, a chemist in Illinois, is being investigated as a possible source of Norbolethone.

A: "I don't know who made THG and I don't know who made Norbolethone."

Q: It's somebody else's responsibility to go out and find the maker(s) and I guess that's where the US federal grand jury comes in.

Complete article at Fox Sports

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 Sunday, November 23, 2003 

Athletics Australia's debts to be uncovered

The extent of Athletics Australia's financial crisis will be exposed on Tuesday when the sporting body is forced to open its books for scrutiny.

Australian Sports Commission (ASC) chief executive Mark Peters has revealed Athletics Australia had overdue debts of $1.3 million and there's speculation some athletes are still waiting for their contracts from last season to be paid.

Athletics Australia will have to reveal its debts at Tuesday's annual general meeting at Melbourne's Mercure Hotel, where the board and members are expected to sign off on a plan to repay the debt.

Completes Article at Fox Sports
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 Thursday, November 20, 2003 

Spring into Shape Series

More than 4000 participants already for the Spring Into Shape Series

It was records for spectators at the Spring racing carnival in Melbourne and it's records for participants at this year's Spring into Shape run/walk series around the Yarra.

Already more than a total of 4000 runners and walkers have signed up for the series and another 200 are expected to
join in on the morning of the final race to be held this Sunday 23 November.

With more than 1200 participants already registered, this should bring the figure for Spring 3 past 1400, in line with
previous races. Despite erratic winds during the first SIS race in September and equally challenging rainfall in October, the first two events attracted a combined total of 2807 entries.

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

The 4 and 8km fun run and walk follows a scenic loop course beginning at the Alexandra Gardens, along the Yarra River
and through the parkland near Birrarung Marr.

The first race starts at 9.30 am on Sunday 23 November and entries will be taken on race morning at the entries marquee
in the assembly area located near Boathouse Drive. (Mel ref:2F J7). Every participant will receive a FREE pair of Brooks socks and a showbag with entry.

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 www.ausrun.com.au or call Start to Finish on (03) 9819-9225.
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Mountains of courage - Point to Pinnacle

Only one man conquered the mountain in yesterday's Point to Pinnacle race and what an inspirational climb it was. Like nearly 1400 others, Dominic Monypenny was bitterly disappointed to miss out on the chance of personal glory and satisfaction when organisers reluctantly changed the race route, because of 50 knot galeforce winds on Mt Wellington.

So he climbed to the pinnacle anyway.

Mr Monypenny, a 43- year-old paraplegic from Launceston, set out at 7am with the walkers and joggers and reached Fern Tree well back in the field. But he flew down the Huon Highway in his wheelchair to be the fourth to cross the line, back in Sandy Bay in 1h44min. The first of the elite runners, who started an hour later, was timed at 1h8m20s.

Still disappointed at missing his chance to reach the pinnacle Mr Monypenny decided he could not resist the mountain.

Complete article at the Hobart Mercury
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Tassie's sporting winner - Point To Pinnacle

Sporting events are becoming tourism winners for Tasmania. The Point to Pinnacle fun run yesterday attracted almost 1300 entrants, including 173 from interstate or overseas.

And while not drawing huge competitor numbers, the Mark Webber Challenge charity event, which finished at Freycinet yesterday, will feature in a documentary to be shown in Britain and Australia.

Joint run director Haydyn Nielsen said more than half the Point to Pinnacle field came from outside the Hobart area. "We are delighted with the way people want to take up the challenge -- the intrastate and interstate numbers are just fantastic," Mr Nielsen said.

Complete article at the Hobart Mercury
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10,000m titles to the Country

Country-based athletes Simon Hurt (Hunter Track Club) and Melinda Vernon (Glenbrook Club) are the newest NSW 10,000m track champions. Last Saturday (November 8) at the duration of the RAMS Home Loans Allcomers Meet, the 2003-04 NSW Open 10,000m titles were held at the Sydney Athletic Centre, Homebush.

In the men’s race, Simon Hurt clocked 30:30.94, to defeat two-time World Junior representative, Luke Taylor, who at just 20, showed great potential on debut.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.
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2004 IAAF World Cross Country Squads

Following a review of the performance and commitment of Australian athletes to the World Cross Country championships, Athletics Australia agreed to nominate squads for the 2004 event, to be held in Brussels, Belgium on 20-21st March.

The squads have been announced with the aim of improving Australia’s performance at the World Cross Country by fielding the strongest possible teams and allowing a mix of proven performers with developing distance runners.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.
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 Tuesday, November 18, 2003 

Dave Taylor's World Record Treadmill Attempt

Ultra-marathon runner Dave Taylor is once again putting his shoes on for charity in an attempt to break a world record. This time Dave will be out to beat the 7 day treadmill world record and will start his challenge on Wednesday 26 November in the foyer at Wests Illawarra, Unanderra, NSW.

The challenge will raise vital funds for the new Coledale Hospital which is currently under construction. Dave will be also joined by Georgie McConnell who will be running to claim the womens 24 hour record starting at 12 noon on Tuesday 25 November.

To successfully claim the record two people must witness the attempt at all times and the KJs have been asked if any club
members would be interested in assisting in this task, even if for an hour or two. If you are able to assist or keen to
make a donation please respond to runners@kemblajoggers.org.au or contact Anne-Marie Pegler (Fundraising Assistant - Illawarra Health) on (02) 4275-5132 during work hours.

For reference, the definite list of records set on treadmills is here - there appears to be no previous female 24hr attempt, and the male 7 day record is 453.85 km.
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 Monday, November 17, 2003 

Melbourne Tan in 10 minutes, too easy for some

Australia's star distance runner Craig Mottram reclaimed ownership of his turf yesterday, setting a record for a lap around Melbourne's famed Tan track.

Mottram powered around the 3.84km circuit -- his training ground -- in 10min 12sec.

He smashed Steve Moneghetti's 10:41 mark (set last month) and beat the all-time best Tan record of 10.19 set by Kenyan William Chirchir three years ago. "I know the Kenyans hold the record for running around here and we can't have that, can we?" joked Mottram

Complete article in the Herald Sun
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Dream run, but Johnson finds it so lonesome

Benita Johnson was alone in a crowd of 8000 for most of the Olympic Dream 10-kilometre run in Melbourne yesterday.

Not fast enough to keep up with the quickest of the men - led by Craig Mottram and Steve Moneghetti - but much too fast for the other leading women in the race. Johnson ran in isolation for most of the distance, winning in 31 minutes 56 seconds.

Complete article at The Age
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Stunning running at Olympic Dream Run

More than 6500 fun run enthusiasts pounded the pavement around Melbourne yesterday morning for the 14th annual Herald Sun Olympic Dream Run.

Victoria's largest fun run, the event attracted a cross-section from leading athlete Craig Mottram to mums, dads, children and grandparents keen for a Sunday jog.
Some ran, some shuffled and some walked the 10km or 6km race that started and finished in the gardens of Birrarung Marr.

Olympic medal hopeful Mottram cruised to victory in the men's race, finishing in a time of 29 min 16 sec.

Complete article at The Herald Sun
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 Sunday, November 16, 2003 

Moneghetti worry over school sport cuts

Steve Moneghetti, who chaired an inquiry that led physical education to be restored to a place in the core curriculum in Victorian schools, yesterday expressed concern that cuts to the school sport unit could force Victoria to withdraw from many national championships.

Complete article at The Age
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Sydney 2000 was probably a golden handshake for athletes

Australia will win 20 per cent fewer medals at the Athens Olympics but retain a top-five place in the medal count, a study by the Australian Olympic Committee says. Over half the medals are expected to be won in swimming and cycling.

The loss of home ground advantage and the February abandonment of the Direct Athlete Support scheme will lead to the haul of medals from the Sydney Olympics dropping from 58 to 46 and Australia slipping from fourth to fifth in the medal count.

The performance tracking update is based on world championships held in 2003, although five sports are yet to stage their top competition.

The benchmark result has Australia winning 11 gold, 19 silver and 13 bronze medals, with another three medals expected from women's hockey, women's handball, weightlifting, three-day equestrian and triathlon.

Complete Article at the Sydney Morning Herald
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Olympic Games opened to transsexual athletes

Athletes who have had sex change operations will be eligible to compete in the Olympics for the first time under new rules being finalised by the International Olympic Committee.

The IOC convened a meeting of medical experts in Sweden last month and will announce its policy in the next few weeks.

"We will have no discrimination," IOC medical director Patrick Schamasch told Associated Press. "The IOC will respect human rights."

Details are still being worked out, but Schamasch said transsexual athletes would be eligible a certain amount of time after their sex-change surgery.

Complete article at the Sydney Morning Herald
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 Tuesday, November 11, 2003 

Daniel Batman - quits running & turns real estate agent

Controversial 400m runner Daniel Batman has turned his back on a promising athletics career to sell real estate in Canberra.

Despite being less than a year out from the Athens Olympics, Australia's fastest 400m runner said it was high-time he hung up his spikes to concentrate on a real job, especially with a baby boy due to be born before Christmas.

The 45.02sec time Batman ran at the Canberra Grand Prix last February remains the fastest time by an Australian this year, but the Sydney Olympian struggled to deliver a repeat performance at the world championships in Paris in August after making the final at the world indoor titles.

Complete article at the Canberra Times
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Lydiard finally made life member of Athletics NZ

Better late than never. But 40 years?

The country's athletics bosses yesterday finally acknowledged Arthur Lydiard's role in one of New Zealand's, no, the world's, greatest sporting revolutions.

Surrounded by many of the athletes who followed the Lydiard doctrine in running to the top, 86-year-old Lydiard accepted the plaque which welcomed him into his sport's elite as a life member.

But why, it must be asked, did the honour come almost 30 years after he was recognised with life membership of the Finnish Athletic Federation?

Not that Lydiard ever sought such awards.

Appreciably slowed by four strokes - "another one will just about finish the job" - Lydiard, in accepting the award from new Athletics New Zealand president, and Lydiard disciple, Don Willoughby, after words from association patron Yvette Corlett, spoke warmly of the athletes who had done it "his way" and results they achieved.

Asked which of those many accomplishments had given him most satisfaction, Lydiard, sharp as ever, replied, simply: "Round the Bays."

Sure, he fondly recalled the really great moments - the three medals (two gold) in Rome in 1960 and Peter Snell's double - gold in Tokyo four years later.

But he obviously took just as much satisfaction from seeing ordinary people getting out running or, at least, jogging.

"To be recognised along with people, like Ces Blazey, Herb Towers and Graham Davy who gave and continue to give so much to our sport in New Zealand makes me feel very honoured," said Lydiard, who was accompanied at yesterday's function by his 38-year-old wife Joelyne and three of his four children.

Murray Halberg, in many ways the guinea pig for Lydiard's revolutionary methods, and joined yesterday by many others from the Lydiard stable including Bill Baillie, Ray Puckett, Jeff Julian, Diane Rodgers, Barry Magee, Heather Mathews, Merv Hellier, Bill Sutcliffe and Dave Sirl, said: "Wherever we were (with Arthur) there was an element of fun."

To Lydiard: "Thanks for that. Often when we returned from training my stomach muscles hurt - from laughing."

Halberg also recalled the Rome Olympics and going out for that epic 5000m in which he simply ran the world's best off their feet.

"As I went out (for the 5000m) I asked officials and athletes who had won the 800m," Halberg said. "To a man they shook their heads as they muttered 'Snell'. Arthur had already said to me that Peter would be an Olympic champion before me. That was all the incentive I needed.

"Thanks coach."
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 Saturday, November 08, 2003 

Vaulters tell ruling body to pay up

Pole vaulters Tatiana Grigorieva and Viktor Chistiakov are among a group of athletes owed more than $60,000 by Athletics Australia as the organisation grapples with a $1 million loss.

Ric Carter, who manages the high-profile pair, as well as national record-holders Bronwyn Thompson (long jump) and Bronwyn Eagles (hammer throw), said his stable of athletes was waiting on funds owed for last financial year.

More than $50,000 relates to government athlete grants which are paid via AA, while another $10,000 is owed for air fares to overseas competitions this year.

Complete article here
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Athletics Australia cash crisis

Athletics Australia is in the midst of a financial crisis and is expected to reveal a loss of more than $1 million at its annual meeting this month. Australian Sports Commission chief executive Mark Peters told a Senate Estimates Committee hearing AA had overdue debts of $1.3 million last month, mainly to state sports institutes and academies who channel the money to coaches and athletes.

The Victorian Institute of Sport was owed $140,000, according to its chairman, Steve Moneghetti. Moneghetti, a former champion distance runner, said yesterday he was worried about the management of athletics with the Athens Olympics less than a year away.

Complete article here
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 Wednesday, November 05, 2003 

World Run Day - Sydney entries filling

World Run Day entries filling fast, with great interest in the Parramatta Park event being the official event for Sydney. The 8km fun run starts inside Parramatta Park at 7.30am and organisers have been able to secure a car-free day, ensuring the runners have the course to themselves.

Runners in most major cities around the world will be competing in a fun run on November 9, so Sydney runners have the opportunity to join runners around the world for what is the ultimate celebration of running.

The nominated charity for World Run Day Sydney is the Royal Far West Children's Health Scheme at Manly. The Royal Far West provides a comprehensive, quality health care service to children from rural areas of NSW. Royal Far West aims to bridge the gap between the lack of health care services in rural areas to that in the city. Children referred to Royal Far West reside 200km or more outside of the Sydney Metropolitan area. Royal Far West believes that all children should have the equal right to access health services regardless of where they live.

To enter online, or for more information, go to www.GlobalEliteEvents.com. Entry forms can also be downloaded off the website.

Other Australian World Run Day events are listed here
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 Monday, November 03, 2003 

Melbourne Sussan Women's Fun Run

Even torrential rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of thousands of female participants who gathered at Catani Gardens, St Kilda for the annual Melbourne Sussan Women’s Fun Run.

Setting a blistering pace despite the soggy conditions, aspiring Olympian and Kew local Anna Thompson (26) took out top honours in the 10km elite event, coming home in a time of 33m:17s, over one minute ahead of second placegetter Kate Siebold-crosbie of St Kilda West (34m:32s) and third placed Susan Michelson of Aspendale (34m:54s).

“This is the first time I’ve done the Sussan Women’s Fun Run and I’m really pleased with my result today,” said Thompson. “Despite the conditions, I ran comfortably the whole way and was able to maintain a gap between Kate and myself throughout. I came home strong ahead of the rest of the field, which was great.”

A teacher by trade, Thompson is currently ranked as an amateur, however with help from coach David Bullock she is working her way toward selection for the 2008 Olympics.

“I am currently training up 100km a week over a combination surfaces,” said Thompson. “We are progressing slowly and building my ability. The ultimate goal is Olympics 2008.”

In the 5km elite event, Claire Fritz of Surrey Hills finished in a time of 18m:05s, 25 seconds ahead of Iona Halliday from Kew (18m:30s). Both finished well over ten minutes ahead of the rest of the field, with third placegetter Nicky Letino of Langwarrin finishing in 28m:43s.

Participants in the 5km event were joined by Jane Saville, Australia’s number one walker and ambassador for the Braun Silk-épil Team Category, sporting icon Lisa Curry, Australian Women’s Weekly Editor Deborah Thomas and Melbourne entertainer Tracy Bartram.

Champion swimmer Michael Klim and Richmond AFL Footballer David Rodan also appeared at the event, judging the Braun Silk-épil Smooth Leg Challenge.

The Melbourne Sussan Women’s Fun Run is the second of a two-part series, with the Sydney Sussan Women’s Fun Run taking place last Sunday, 26 October at Mrs Macquaries Point, Royal Botanic Gardens.

With its focus being on health and fitness for all, the Sussan Women’s Fun Run features a 5km or 10km run or walk course designed for women of all ages and levels of athletic ability.

One dollar from every entry in the Sussan Women’s Fun Run has been donated to The Cancer Council NSW (Sydney event) and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (Melbourne event) to help fund vital cancer treatment and support programs.

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


Melbourne Results are here
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Cliff Young dies aged 81

Australian ultra-marathon legend Cliff Young has died at the age of 81.

Famous for his unique half-run and half-walking running gait, Young shuffled off this mortal coil on Sunday afternoon in Queensland after a long illness.

"He has had a lot of strokes recently, his body was just worn out with age," his 83-year-old sister, Helen Simmons, told AAP. "It was just old age, he had been very low for the last fortnight, we were expecting it to happen."

Young, who lived most of his life in one of the wettest parts of Australia, Beech Forest in the Victorian Otways, moved to Queensland and had been living at Caloundra until recently, Simmons said.

Complete article at The Age and more at The Herald Sun
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