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 Friday, January 30, 2004 

Tamsyn guards 800m crown

Tamsyn Lewis responded aggressively yesterday to a threat to unseat her as the 800m queen of the Australian track. She has not lost to another Australian over her parade distance for seven years.

Lewis is now aiming to break the two-minute barrier over the two laps in the Telstra A-series meet at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra tomorrow night against NSW stars Debbie Savage and Suzy Walsham who have both returned from 10 weeks' training at high altitude to mount their challenge.

Moroccan coach Said Aouita, who won the 800m bronze medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, is excited about the prospects for Savage at 800m and national 1500m champion Walsham, who also hopes to qualify for the Athens Olympics at 800m later in the European summer.

"I think it [the Canberra 800m] will be really tough for Tamsyn," said Aouita, who is the Australian national middle-distance coach.

Complete article at Fox Sports
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Geelong runners launch race

by DAVID DAVUTOVIC

THE Geelong Cross Country Club's half marathon is back on for a 16th year.

Locals Lee Troop and Loretta McGrath were both in town yesterday to help launch the event, which takes place on April 18.

Troop, who departs for Japan today, will be overseas competing in the London Marathon on the same day but said it was an important event on the local calendar.

``Being a Geelong event and getting local athletes and from all over Melbourne, it's very important for the community,'' he said.

``It's been an event that's been around for a while and I'm only too happy to put my name to it and the Geelong Cross Country Club does a fantastic job in promoting the event.''

East Geelong's Loretta McGrath, second in last year's race and winner of the Melbourne Marathon, will be competing.

The 33-year-old, whose first race was the Barwon Banks 10km fun run two years ago, will compete in Osaka half marathon in three weeks.

She'll also run in the New York Marathon later this year, an event she qualified for through her Melbourne win.

Entry forms for the Geelong half marathon are available at HBA and The Athlete's Foot stores at Market Square with the first 450 entrants receiving t-shirts.

Article from the Geelong Advertiser
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Canberra to set the standard

By Len Johnson

Four years ago, the Canberra meeting of the domestic grand prix season produced no fewer than 21 Olympic A-qualifying standards in a single afternoon as athletes geared themselves towards Sydney 2000.

This year's Canberra leg of the A-series will have sessions tonight and tomorrow and all involved will be happy if it produces half as many A-standards.

The moderate altitude of the national capital is traditionally friendly to sprints, jumps and distances up to 800 metres. Indeed, the vast majority of those 21 qualifying performances four years ago were on the track, and none at distances above 800.

Complete article at The Age website.
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Mottram breaks record

by DENIS CRAVEN

GEELONG Olympic hope Craig Mottram broke the track record for 3000m at Doncaster in cold, wet weather last night.

Mottram won the State League race by 200 metres in 7:49.3 after officials had earlier decided to cancel the meeting because of stormy conditions.

However, after a plea by Mottram's manager Nick Bideau and others, officials decided to run the 800m and 3000m events.

Bideau said Mottram needed the race hit-out after having done a lot of mountain training.

``It wasn't as cold by the time Craig had his race but he strode out well to break the track record,'' Bideau said.

``The second placegetter recorded a time of 8:22 so Craig was a class above his opposition,'' he said.

Mottram is likely to contest a 1500m race at Olympic Park next Tuesday on his way to the Melbourne Track Championships at Olympic Park on February 12.

Article from the Geelong Advertiser
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Troop times puts Games within sight

by DAVID DAVUTOVIC

LEE Troop is back on track for Olympic glory.

The 30-year-old knew 2003 would be arguably the most telling year of his career after a horror run with injuries, and he's got through it unscathed and on track to fly the Australian flag in Athens.

The marathon runner is one of 12 finalists in the Rohm and Haas Geelong Advertiser Sports Star of the Year award.

Troop joins adventure racer John Jacoby, distance runner Craig Mottram, golfer Vicky Uwland, waterskier Karen Jackson, boxer Paul Murdoch, soccer star Josip Skoko, shooter Steve Haberman, disabled swimmer Daniel Bell, triathlete Adam Beckworth, walker Nathan Deakes and powerlifter Brendan Cameron.

Things were looking grim for Troop after Sydney 2000, but a more patient approach has seen him shake the injuries and 2003 was his first full season since the `90s, with Troop training 365 days of the year.

He has carefully plotted his lead-up and his results over the past 12 months indicate that he's on track.

A win in the 10km New Zealand championships in February and seventh at Japan's Lake Biwa marathon in March was followed by a respectable 17th placing at the world championships in Paris.

He returned home to help Geelong win the Victorian road relay championship at Sandown and the Victorian 12km cross-country championship.

Troop finished the year runner-up behind Geelong distance runner Craig Mottram in the Zatopek Classic at Olympic Park.

This year Troop's main goal is to remain injury-free in preparation for Athens.

Troop heads to Japan today for the Tokyo Marathon before he tries to beat Rob de Castella's record in April's London Marathon.

The Sports Star of the Year Award will be presented at the Briseis Stand at Geelong Racing Club on February 5, with special guest Brownlow medallist Jason Akermanis.

Limited tickets are available at $75 per person.

For booking and inquires call 5227 4311.

Article from the Geelong Advertiser
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Mottram to show value of stint in high country

by Len Johnson

Craig Mottram will have his first race of the Olympic year when he runs a 3000 metres at Doncaster tonight.

Mottram has spent the past month among a host of elite athletes training at Falls Creek in Victoria's high country. He will test the fitness he has gained when he runs in the final round of Athletics Victoria State League.

Mottram's only domestic race so far this season was the Zatopek 10,000 metres at the beginning of December, which he won for a second time.

Complete article at The Age website
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 Wednesday, January 28, 2004 

Coburg Harriers Fun Run

IT WAS on for young and old at the first Coburg Harriers fun run for the year last weekend.

More than 40 people of all ages were tested in the sunny conditions, as the course twisted its way for three kilometres to the turnaround point.

From there runners doubled back to the starting line before either finishing for the 6km or repeating the circuit for the 12km event.

Runners in the 12km event went out hard early and the battle for places was fierce, with Carl Kennedy leading Jeremy Grey and Carl Nicolaidis, who had to make up ground after missing the start, at the first turnaround.

Grey sprinted the last 400m and crossed in first place.

Julie Hardy was the first female across the line, with Debra Nash second.

Jason and Nick Shilling travelled from Morwell to take part in the 6km event in preparation for the Victorian Country track and field titles, and took the first two placings.

First of the women was club favourite Wendy Grace-Williams, ahead of a veteran of Coburg runs, Coral Cara.

The next Harriers fun run will be on Sunday, February 8, from 9am. Entry, open to the public, is $8. For more information visit the club's website, www.coburgharriers.org.au, or ring the club president on 9465 0898.

COBURG HARRIERS FUN RUN (JAN. 18):

12KM: J Grey 46:41 (1st male), C Nicolaidis 46:54 (2nd male), C Kennedy 46:55 (3rd male), D Smith 47:56, G Wheeler 48:42, L Dao 51:00, N Sproat 56:30, N Iliopoulos 56:47, G Blake 57:44, K O'Laughlin 57:58, K Horrigan 62:03, B Ohlenrott 62:04, D Vance 63:10, K Fowler 64:17, D Norris 66:29, J Hardy 67:14 (1st female), M Hanna 67:19, J Beecroft 75:00, D Nash 75:03 (2nd female), J Zeleznikon 91:32

6KM: N Schilling 20:36 (1st male), J Schilling 23:32 (2nd male), D Martin 25:08 (3rd male), T Sacco 26:34, S Monagle 27:17, J Blake 27:30, D Wheeler 27:50, S Jordan 28:41, K Smith 28:57, W Grace-Williams 29:15 (1st female), C Cara 30:26 (2nd female), A Daniels 30:50, V O'Donnell 31:49 (3rd female), G Martin 34:02, M Grech 34:47, N Purvis 36:17, K Muir 38:04, D Hampshire 41:22, L Cara 45:20, S Dean 61:42 (1st walker), K Carter 67:55 (2nd walker)

Article from the Moreland Leader
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 Sunday, January 25, 2004 

Pittman in tears at latest setback

Main drawcard Jana Pittman was forced to pull out of last night's A Series meet in Brisbane when she felt soreness below her left knee minutes before the first of her three scheduled races.

A distressed Pittman wanted to run but her coach Phil King and Athletics Australia team doctor Tim Barbour overruled her, insisting it was not worth risking serious injury as she builds towards the Olympics.

AA had scheduled a special 330m hurdles race, as well as a mixed 300m flat race at Brisbane's QEII Stadium, to fit in with the world champion's heavy training program, and she was also due to run the 200m.

"She is upset because she saw today as being a great stepping stone for her to have three races in one day," King said. "I'm just not prepared to take a risk of her hurting herself that could cost her two or three weeks of training.

"I said to her she can run tonight and get through it but she might be even sorer and it would delay her preparations."

Complete article at The Australian
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Breakthrough performances at Brisbane A-series

The second leg of the 2004 Telstra A-series, at Brisbane’s QEII stadium, began with the withdrawal of World 400m hurdles champion Jana Pittman, but ended with a plethora of strong breakthrough performances.

Pittman felt a slight "niggle" in her knee when warming up for the first of her three scheduled races and wasn’t prepared to take any chances. Pittman’s coach Phil King said it was precautionary and she will be right to compete in Canberra next weekend.

A major highlight of the night was the men’s 400 metres, showing off Australia’s strength and depth in this event, and indicating great promise for the 4x400 relay in Athens, with three athletes running sub 56 seconds. Casey Vincent won in an Olympic A-qualifying time of 45.41sec ahead of Patrick Dwyer in 45.67sec and Clinton Hill, also in 45.67sec.

Complete article at Athletics Australia
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 Friday, January 23, 2004 

Test Running Shoes for Runner's World Magazine

Runners World Magazine are looking for two experienced runners to test women's shoes. You should be shoe size US 7, and usually use a neutral or stability shoe. You will be required to test the shoe over a variety of surfaces and complete a simple questionnaire. The shoes are yours to keep and enjoy.

Send an email with your name, address, phone number and shoe type to editorial@ausrun.com.au. Include a sentence or too telling us about your running history.
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 Thursday, January 22, 2004 

Gillard 2nd in Houston Marathon

By MEGAN MANFULL

Marek Jaroszewski turned the final corner of the HP Houston Marathon and stretched out his arms. He tilted his body from side to side and imitated an airplane preparing to land.

Even though Jaroszewski should have been exhausted after 26.2 miles of running, all he felt like doing was dancing. So he flashed his smile at the hundreds of fans cheering him on and he put on a mini-show for them as he dashed to the finish line in a time of 2 hours, 18 minutes, 51 seconds to win the Houston Marathon.

With his arms stretched like the wings of an airplane, the 28-year-old from Poland was overcome with excitement in the final 100 yards.

"I'm the best," Jaroszewski thought to himself. "I'm champion. I'm winning Houston. This street is mine. This is my city, my city!"

Houston belonged to Jaroszewski on Sunday as he topped the field of 6,376 runners and earned a prize of $5,000.

In the women's division, Margarita Tapia shattered her personal record and dominated the competition. She won the marathon in a time of 2:28:36 -- more than six minutes faster than her previous best and five minutes faster than her closest competitor, Nicole Stevenson.

Tapia, who won $5,000, started so quickly the other women didn't see the 27-year-old from Mexico City after the third mile.

The men's race was much different. For 14 miles, Jaroszewski was just one of six men among the leaders. Houstonian and 2003 champion Sean Wade also was in the mix along with Kim Gillard..

Wade, who finished third in a time of 2:22:26, eventually dropped back around mile 15 as Gillard and Jaroszewski broke away from the pack.

Gillard and Jaroszewski swapped the lead for a couple of miles. After 21 miles, Gillard looked at Jaroszewski and thought his rival was tiring. Gillard tried to take advantage. The Australian, who lives in Boulder, Colo., jumped about 50 yards ahead and thought he was on his way to victory.

"I actually did think that I had won it," Gillard said. "He looked to be hurting a little bit, and I thought I'd have a chance. But obviously he wasn't hurting enough."

Gillard ran a 5:04 split in the 22nd mile and Jaroszewski was shocked by the burst. He maintained his usual pace, which was a few seconds slower, and resigned himself to the idea he was not going to win.

"I was thinking, `I'm second, sorry,' " Jaroszewski said. "I'm just looking at my time and (thinking), `Run, run.' But my friend's next mile slowed, and I was thinking, `Maybe, maybe. Run, run!' "

Gillard's lead lasted less than two miles. He didn't maintain his fast pace and by mile 24, the lead and the race belonged to Jaroszewski. Gillard finished in 2:19:30.

The victory was Jaroszewski's second in only his fifth marathon. His first victory came in Europe in October.

Jaroszewski capitalized Sunday by setting a pace that was a few seconds slower than Gillard and Wade expected.

"I think what made it tough was that it was actually a slow pace," Gillard said. "And then when I tried to pick it up, I got to about a 5-minute (mile). When you go from a slow pace to a fast pace, it feels very fast -- and it's not even that fast. But it's tough on the legs."

Jaroszewski, whose personal best is 2:14:57, dreams of qualifying for Poland's 2008 Olympic team. But in the more immediate future, he looks forward to trying to defend his Houston title next year.

"Out of my five marathons, this is the best course," said Jaroszewski, who has run marathons for only three years. "It's very flat and there's many people. In Poland, you'd never get this many people -- especially not at 7 a.m., and definitely not on a Sunday."

2004 Houston Marathon results

Article from the Houston Chronicle
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Cartwright 2nd at Inglewood

by Simon Panckhurst & Matt Dravitzki.

Inglewood 10,000m champs co-ordinator Wally and Karen Gillum-Green would have been delighted with the strong turn out of female athletes with 16 girls on the start line even if 5,000m option favourite Emily Morris did pull out moments before the start, reducing the chance of sub 16 min 5k. A strong contingent of male athletes from 5 different countries again supported the event . Unfortunate was the late withdraw of 27.56 man Kiwi Jono Wyatt on Friday evening with a chest problem that had hindered fasters sessions and stopped him running although together in the previous few days was a blow not only to his preparation for a marathon in Beppu, Japan on 1 Feb but also for sub 28 min aspirant Mike Aish.

An overcast day with little sun sneaking through wasn't ideal as it was accompanied by a breeze down the home straight while not strong was more than athletes had had to contest with in previous years.

Rochelle Heron not so fresh from a strong 1500m the night before in Wanganui got the women's 5k/10k off to a good start getting thru the first 1600m in 5.08 (16.02 pace) and a bit beyond before Nicole Aish (USA) with a PB 5k of 15.30 took over and ran away for an easy win. She dragged big improvers Mary Davies (Auck) and Tania Cooper (Chch) through for excellent PB's and times that will give the world X selectors something to think about.

Meanwhile Shireen Crumpton in the middle of heavy mileage enjoyed the company but then extended a comfortable lead and never looked threatened over late entrant, and the very familiar Marnie Oberer that impressed for a well deserved silver with Gabby O'Rourke closing in over the later stages for bronze.

This new concept of two races in one seemed to be well received with the benefits of significantly greater interest overall and some company / competition for 10k competitors for the first half of their race. Negatives would be the 5k finishing at the 200m mark instead of the finish line and possibilty that some of the women in the 5,000m could have run the 10,000 had they not had the 5,000m option. Thoughts and comments appreciated.

The men's 10,000m was billed as chance for the elite guys to target the Olympic A qualifying standard 27.49. An extremely tough standard but one driven my the clear intention of Olympic bigwigs to have a straight final at Athens with only the top 20/25 athletes in the world. The field was not only lacking Mr Wyatt but also John Henwood twice NZ 10k champ (both under 28 mins) was an unfortunate non starter due to ongoing injuries. The timing was not good for last years winner Lee Troop nor star Aussie runner Craig Mottram who ran an impressive 27.50 at Zatopek in December.

The plan was for pacemakers to target 66.5 sec laps but there were ominous signs when myself and then Rees Buck really struggled to keep this pace going and after 6 laps (a lot earlier than expected) it was down to Mark Thompson to knock out 67's for as long as he could to give Mike Aish, the only one who was seriously in with a chance of a big time, a decent launching pad. But it just wasn't to be. With Mike already the only one on the pace, not encouraging Mark to catch up lost seconds after about 8 laps, half way passed in 14.04 and most new a sub 28 was lost.

From here it got tough as not only the pacemaker slipped on to the inside of the track (Mark, a hell of a nice guy did really well getting to 5.4k) but the ambitious target time slipped by the wayside and reality of 10-12 laps grinding it out into a not insignificant breeze by oneself must have played with the mind. Meanwhile Brett Cartwright seeking some lost form (PB 27.54) was chasing hard and with slightly more than 3 laps remaining closed in on Mike but was unable to sneak past. Spurred on my National Bank Mile Series commentator and Ironman Mark Watson and the 750 Inglewood crowd, Mike dug really deep to keep Brett out in the last lap and get home for a gutsy win and rare NZ title (Mike is based in USA) even if it came with a time that was an obvious disappointment.

Meanwhile, Aussie based Kiwi, Blair Martin having run solo for the last 7 odd k's while suffering the same disappointment of taking in splits that he would have preferred not to have heard took silver and third overall. Welsh steeple chaser in his first serious 10k took 4th and local cockie and regular entrant Alistair Snowdon bronze and fifth overall. Unfortunately it wasn't a night to remember for the fastest in the field Dean Cavuoto, hoping an achilles would not play up but without luck.

So a night when the women had more to smile about than the fellas and one that left a few wondering just why things hadn't fallen into place. While the wind was not conducive to running fast it could not by any stretch be the reason for so many falling so far short of target times (true for most of the men's field). A possible explanation could be that the extra effort to keep on pace with a slight wind making it that much harder was enough to tip the scales and coupled with the loss of adrenalin that comes with the excitement of an outstanding performance....??

Nevertheless the support of the crowd that was easily the best ever to support these championships and the 16 women on the start line compared to 2 last year were huge positives for the event. Many thanks to Wally Karen and their officials, commentator Mark Watson, the overseas athletes that continue to support this event and have done since 2002 and especially to the Dravitzki's - Max, Carolyn, Kelly and husband Pete, Matt and wife Kes, and cuzzy Carl for putting on a fantastic BBQ, drinks and puddy to boot.

10000m Women
First Name Last Name Affiliation Time
1 Shireen Crumpton Hill City 34.38.27
2 Marnie Oberer Auckland 36.01.50
3 Gabrielle O'Rourke WHAC 36.28.60
4 Janice McCullum Taranaki 39.41.16

10000m Men
First Name Last Name Affiliation Time
1 Michael Aish WSOC 28.55.03
2 Brett Cartwright AUSF 28.56.34
3 Blair Martin WSOC 29.28.05
4 Donald Naylor WALES 29.42.12
5 Alastair Snowden Taranaki 29.44.08
6 Scott Winton CMA 30.07.00
7 Ahmed Salad Hawks 31.06.87
8 Josh Eberley COLORADO 31.16.87
9 Steven Smith FRANKTON 31.24.61
10 Seatoun Meredith LYNDALE 31.32.68
11 Simon Yarrow Hawks 32.27.28
12 Matt Bell SCOTLAND 32.49.41
13 Jason Cressingham CENTRAL 32.54.09
14 Dallas McCallum Taranaki 32.56.92
15 Carl McKenzie WANGANUI 35.33.71
16 Ben McKinnon WANGANUI 36.39.47

5000m Women
First Name Last Name Affiliation Time
1 Nicole Aish COLORADO 16.09.93
2 Mary Davies Bays Cougars 16.26.71
3 Tania Cooper Uni Can 16.27.57
4 Jess Wright Bays Cougars 16.34.28
5 Melissa Rollison AUSF 16.37.34
6 Rachel Penney CMA 16.58.54
7 Belinda Wimmer Waimea 17.16.67
8 Michelle Hopkins WHAC 17.24.31
9 Sarah Morgan MATAMATA 17.25.13
10 Julia Grant Ashburton 18.18.87
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Team Aouita fights back

by MIKE HURST

AUSTRALIAN 1500m champion Suzy Walsham rejected criticism of her coach, Moroccan superstar Said Aouita, and their training group when she returned from a high-altitude camp in Mexico yesterday.

Walsham jetted into Brisbane where she and her training partners, Emily Morris, Debbie Savage and Melissa Rollison, will compete in the Telstra A-series tomorrow evening.

Australian Institute of Sport director Michael Scott, Athletics Australia head coach Keith Connor and two US lawyers retained by the Australian Sports Commission all flew to Arizona to conduct an inquiry into allegations of inappropriate conduct by Aouita.

The allegations were brought by Victorian miler Mark Fountain.

On December 19 the AIS announced Aouita had been cleared. The relevant comment in the AIS release read: ``Aouita has not breached the anti-doping policies or the Coaches Code of Conduct.''

Breaking her silence yesterday, Walsham told The Daily Telegraph the controversy had disrupted their Olympic preparation.

``It was a very disappointing, very stressful time,'' she said.

``It's disappointing when accusations are made against your coach which are just not true. It disrupted the training camp.

``We all have 100 per cent belief in Said's program. We totally believe in the program. I just feel he's under attack and I don't believe there's any reason for it.

``He's come with new ideas, but people don't like change.''

Except for Margaret Crowley (1996 Atlanta Olympic 1500m finalist), Simon Doyle (1991 world championship 1500m finalist) and

Michael Hillardt (1987 world championship 1500m finalist), Australia have struggled for success in middle-distance running for the past 20 years.

Walsham said Aouita knew what he was talking about and she rejected attempts by some agitators, mostly based in Victoria, to replace him with a local coach.

``When Said came here [after the 2002 Commonwealth Games] he wasn't given the best athletes in Australia,'' Walsham said.

``I finished fifth in the national 1500m title in 2002, Emily was seventh, Melissa was fourth and Debbie wasn't even in the final of the 800m. Now all of us are training for Olympic selection. We've all improved and yet we're still getting criticism.''

Aouita, the 1984 Olympic 5000m gold medallist and a former 1500m world record-holder, said the controversy ``disrupted the preparation of all the athletes a lot''.

That news will delight some of his detractors and this sorry situation has not fully played out yet.

Referred to in some quarters as Team Couscous -- named after the Moroccan food staple -- Aouita's charges are nevertheless determined to scare some of the bigger names by the time of the Australian championships at Sydney Olympic Park from February 26 to 29.

Despite a 30-hour journey from Mexico to Brisbane, Walsham will line up with Savage against long-time national champion Tamsyn Lewis over 800m in Brisbane.

Morris outkicked Georgie Clarke in New Zealand last weekend and will race the Sydney Olympian over 1500m again in Brisbane.

Article from the Daily Telegraph
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Relay assault at Brisbane

Tamsyn Lewis, Jana Pittman and Lauren Hewitt will get together at the Telstra A-series in Brisbane tomorrow night to plan an Olympic relay medal assault.

And they want rookie Sydney 400m runner Annabel Smith, a former rower, to join them in a bid to qualify a women's 4 x 400m relay team for the Athens Games in August. Smith is the revelation of women's sprinting this summer, clocking an Olympic B-qualifying 400m time of 52.22sec in Sydney on Friday night.

"By the time of Athens our top four girls can run faster than the Sydney Olympic team," predicted Lewis, who was a member of the team that smashed the national record in both heat and final in Sydney 2000.

Complete article at The HHerald Sun
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Walsham hits back over Aouita Allegations

Australian 1500m champion Suzy Walsham rejected criticism of her coach, Moroccan superstar Said Aouita, when she returned from a high altitude camp in Mexico yesterday.

Walsham, who flew into Brisbane for tomorrow night's Telstra A-series meeting, said allegations of inappropriate conduct brought by Victorian miler Mark Fountain against Aouita in late November were "simply not true".

A delegation of AIS, Athletics Australia and Australian Sports Commission legal representatives cleared Aouita in December.

Complete article at The Herald Sun
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 Wednesday, January 21, 2004 

Celebrate with a walk or a run

THE Australia Day Fun-Run Walk and Great Aussie Breakfast is on again.

The event takes place on Sunday, January 25, at the Kings Domain Tan Track in Melbourne.

Families and friends are encouraged to take part in either the 8km or 4km run to celebrate being Australian.

Organised by the Australia Day Council of Victoria and Athletics Australia, the fun run and breakfast will raise money for the Malcolm Sargent Cancer Fund for Children.

Olympic sprinter Lauren Hewitt said the event encouraged national spirit.

``I can't think of a better way to celebrate our great nation than getting together with your family, mates and fellow Australians for a walk or a run around one of Australia's most picturesque and famous leisure venues,'' she said.

Article from the Frankston Standard Leader.
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They'll be off and running

THE Mornington Penisnula Australia Day Fun Run is back again this year.

Competitors, from professional runners to one-day-a-year stragglers, will pound out the 10km from the Safety Beach coastguard building to the Village Green at Rosebud.

They'll be taking a route along the foreshore, Bay Trail, Pt Nepean Rd, through Dromana and McCrae, and along the boardwalk before reaching their final destination.

The event has been organised by a community committee in conjunction with Mornington Peninsula Shire.

Runners will take their first steps at 8.30am, and will be buoyed by the thought of post-race entertainment and activities that have been laid on at the finish.

Activities will include an Australia Day address, flag raising and music.

There will also be a business expo, with local firms showcasing their wares. They won't be able to sell anything on the day, but have been encouraged to put together showbags for people.

* A police motorcycle will be present at the front of the runners for the duration of the event. And a State Emergency Service office will follow the runners with a vehicle, in case of problems.

Article from the Mornington Peninsula Leader.
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 Tuesday, January 20, 2004 

Runner can go the distance

by Belinda Mackowski

HE'S been running for only five years, but distance runner Andrew White is shaping as an Olympic hopeful.

White, 18, had never raced when friends invited him to train at Box Hill Athletics Club.

The Surrey Hills resident soon found he had a natural talent for distance running and began competing in 1500m, 3000m and 5000m events.

Last year he gained a scholarship to the Australian Institute of Sport.

White said he travelled to the Institute in Canberra several times last year to take part in training and race meets.

The Institute's specialist distance-running coach develops White's training programs and liaises with his Melbourne-based coach.

The hard work has already started to pay off. White was second in the under-20 5000m race at the national athletics champions in Brisbane last year.

He holds the 2003 Victorian title in the same event.

In addition, White took home two silver medals from the Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney a year ago.

He was second in the 1500m and the 3000m events.

White returned to racing last week after taking a three-month break to recover from a stress fracture in his foot.

He hoped to be fit enough to compete at the Telstra A Series event in Canberra this month.

White said that since taking up running five years ago, he had competed at the state and national athletics championships every year.

He said he would love to be part of Australia's athletics team at the 2008 Olympic Games, but thought it was more realistic to aim for the 2012 Olympics.

``Distance runners peak at about 27, so it is more likely to be the 2012 Games,'' he said.

* Andrew White is a Progress Leader Senior Sports Star nominee.

Article from the Progress Leader
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 Sunday, January 18, 2004 

Tani Ruckle - The one to watch

Distance is the main danger for Commonwealth Games marathon silver medallist Tani Ruckle as she heads into tomorrow's Tasmanian Half Ironman Triathlon at Ulverstone. The event is the final qualifying round of the Road to Ironman Australia with Ruckle and the in-form Jason Shortis starting hot favourites in the women's and men's elite sections respectively.

Joining the pair in the waters of the Leven river at 7a.m. tomorrow will be 157 other athletes all with aims of personal bests and the will to finish. The 1.9km swim, 90km bike ride and 21km run require an enormous amount of training and preparation just to compete, but Ruckle says if respect is not shown for the length of each discipline the race can turn nasty quickly.

"Ultimately you must have respect because at the end of the day you can be the fittest athlete on the line but the distance can conquer you very quickly," she said. "I enjoy that component and it is different than being a 100-metre sprinter because you know there is a lot left."

The super-fit Ruckle can count on experienced South Australian Edith Kosztouits and Nadelle Greig, of Melbourne, to push her with a time of about four hours, 15minutes to 4:40 expected for the winner.

"Tani would be among the hot favourites for sure," Devonport Triathlon Association executive director Kerry Stubbs said. "Everyone is aware of her enormous mental and physical strength and to do what she has done in distance running and now triathlons makes her a very dangerous opponent."

Ruckle's running background with a marathon best of 2:31:06 will give her an advantage over the other elite competitors but she rates her cycling as almost as strong as her run leg.

"I hate to say it but I never have loved running but I love cycling," she said. "Funny as it seems when I came to Australia from Canada to live in 1981 I started running as preparation to do iron mans," she said. "I ran a two hour, 49-minute marathon and got channelled down that path by the Australian Institute of Sport. My company does cycling tours to Vietnam and Tasmania and I have done four cycling trips down here. While I look forward to the bike I loathe the swim leg."

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Chatswood Classic Cars - Lindfield Fun Run/Walk (NSW)


SUNDAY 14th MARCH 2004

On Sunday 14th. March, the Rotary Club of Lindfield will be holding its 9th annual Fun Run and Community Walk around the leafy suburbs of Roseville, Lindfield and Killara on Sydney’s North Shore. This year, Chatswood Classic Cars have signed as a major sponsor for three years. Significant support also comes from the North Shore Times

- Events start and finish on the sports oval at Roseville Park, Clanville Rd, Roseville. Starting times are 8.15 am for the 10km run and 8.25 am for the 5km events.

- Main event is a 10 km run over an interesting and challenging course. The subsidiary events are a 5 km run and a 5 km walk, both of which attract a healthy number of entrants.

- Outright 1st, 2nd and 3rd male and female place getters receive trophies.

- Medallions presented to men’s and women’s age division winners from under 12 to over 60.

- Certificates presented to all competitors

- Entry forms available from local businesses in Roseville, Lindfield Killara, Pymble, St Ives and some other surrounding suburbs (either side of Lindfield station, at Quants Meats, 17 Lindfield Avenue, Lindfield Soul Pattinson Chemists at 316 Pacific Highway or Swimart at 380 Pacific Highway, Lindfield), from the website ( www.funrun.com.au ) or from 7.15am on the morning of the event at Roseville Park

- Entries received by Friday 5th of March will go in to a draw to win an Early Bird prize, to be presented at the conclusion of the events.

- Funds raised will support Rotary projects, in particular the Ku-ring-gai Youth Development Service.

- The Fun Run is a great community event, with involvement by many local organizations. These include the SES, Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade, as well as support from many local businesses as sponsors.

EVERYONE IN THE COMMUNITY IS INVITED TO TAKE PART IN THE RUNS OR THE WALK.

For more information contact Monty Thompson at 0414-526-266 or email at montythompson@ozemail.com.au

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 Friday, January 16, 2004 

Premier Bracks to fire starter's gun at Australia Day Run

Premier Steve Bracks will fire the starter's gun at the Medibank Private Australia Day Fun Run/Walk to be held in Melbourne on Sunday 25 January. Thousands of Melbournians are expected to join in and 'celebrate being Australian' in the Medibank Private Australia Day Fun Run/Walk & Great Aussie Breakfast as a lead-up to the Australia Day 2004 celebrations.

The event encourages individuals to join their families, friends and fellow Australians in either an 8km run or a 4km run/walk, followed by the Great Aussie Breakfast, against the backdrop of one of Australia's most historic, picturesque and famous landmarks the Kings Domain, Tan Track.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website
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Athletic action hits the coast

by KIM SMITH

THROW thousands of elite and recreational athletes in the surf at Lorne with a smattering of footballers and politicians, with some lifeguards, and what do you get the 24th annual Pier to Pub swim, of course.

The 1.2km race the world's largest open-water swim attracted an estimated crowd of 25,000.

The small township, now accustomed to the massive population swell during the weekend, was abuzz with activity.

A record 3641 people finished the race and with last year's champions absent, two new swimmers emerged first from the whitewash.

Athens Olympic hopeful Patrick Murphy won his first Pier to Pub and Ebony Currell cruised home in the women's race.

Murphy, 19, beat Hayden Rydberg by one second, finishing in 14 min 1 sec. Currell, a former state 1500m freestyle swimmer, finished only 24 seconds behind Murphy in 14 min 25 sec.

THE coastal athletic action continued on Sunday when the Bellarine Peninsula had its turn in the spotlight, with more than 1000 competitors completing the annual Rip to River fun run.

Newcomb's Mark Tucker, another Olympic hopeful, was first to cross the line, in a time of 33 min 18 sec.

The 10km run started in Point Lonsdale and finished at Ocean Grove.

Tucker, 24, surged ahead at the 5km mark and didn't look back, beating last year's winner, Matthew McDonough by 30 seconds.

Jo Wall, from Barwon Heads, was the fastest-finishing female in 40 min 4 sec and 14-year-old Jess Rotherwell, a former under 14 champion, took out the open walk section in a speedy 62 min 31 sec.

Jess had never raced on sand before and beat last year's winner Fauve Jacobs from Wandana Heights, by four minutes and eight seconds.

Leopold's Brad Overgaauw won the men's walking event in 72 min 50 sec.

Event organiser Paul Austin said the day was a success and attracted competitors from Melbourne and regional areas.

Money raised from the event went to the Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club.

Article from The Echo.
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Champions flag their excitement

by Patrick O'Neil

NO, they don't have ``pogo'' shoes.

Champion athletes Lauren Hewitt and Emma Carney are jumping for joy about the Australia Day weekend fun run around the Botanical Gardens.

This year it will be a family affair for Carney. She has managed to get her mother Sheila to run with her.

But now she is concerned her mum, who's in her 50s, will give her a run for her money.

``She does a bit of running to keep fit. But I hope that she doesn't keep pace -- I'll never live it down,'' Carney said.

But Hewitt said her competitive nature would be put aside for the day for family fun.

``It is to get families to come outside in the sunshine, even if they don't run,'' she said.

``They can be there supporting other people. It is really not for athletes, it is a great way for people to get together over the weekend.

``I can't think of a better way to celebrate our great nation than getting together with your family, mates and fellow Australians,'' she said.

The pair are inviting all Australians to get involved in the fun run on Sunday, January 25, the day before Australia Day.

The event encourages anyone to join in either an 8km run or a 4km run/walk, followed by a free breakfast.

Premier Steve Bracks will fire the starting gun but won't compete, probably because he is a little exhausted after swimming the Lorne Pier-to-Pub a week ago.

Family and friends of entrants are welcome to attend the recovery village, which will feature the breakfast, live entertainment, presentations and children's activities.

Visit www.ausdayfunrun.com.au or call 8866 0201 to register.

Article from the Herald Sun.
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Rob wins Down Under

Peterborough City athlete Rob Birchall was in winning form in Australia last Friday when he won the Lorne Mountain to Surf Trail Race.

The 33-year-old British international has recently been training in Australia with former world half-marathon record-holder Steve Monaghetti and current Australian No.1 Lee Troop and he was delighted to win the 8k race during his stay Down Under.

He won in 24.24, beating three athletes coached by Moneghetti, the former Commonwealth Games marathon champion. Now he hopes to show good form back in Britain and earn selection for the World Cross-Country Championships, where he made his GB debut last year.

He said: "I spent a week training at altitude with the Australian squad in Falls Creek. There were some top athletes there including Sonia O'Sullivan, Benita Johnson, Georgie Clarke (a distant relative of Aussie legend Ron Clarke), Steve Monaghetti, Craig Mottram and Lee Troop.

"I ran mainly with Steve and Lee, partly because I linked up with them the last time I was in Australia when we both did the same race. I kept in touch with him so he was able to let me know about arrangements to train this time at Falls Creek but I had a bit of a cold when I went out and it was mad worse by the flight so for a while I was a bit behind the training schedule.

"It was tough work, but much needed and after picking up and winning the race I now hope to can stay in good shape for the rest of the winter, and beyond. 'The race included a steep uphill climb for the first 2k and then went through forest trails and along the coast to the sea. It was nice to win and beat some of the guys who were ahead of me last time I ran there."

Article originaly from the Peterborough Evening Telegraph (UK)

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Coach holds key to track success

Jana Pittman woke up, clear-headed, on New Year's morning in Devonport two weeks ago, had breakfast, did a half-hour pilates exercise circuit and then went for a 30-minute walk.

Around midday she had her scheduled body-alignment treatment where the muscles and spine are re-balanced. Late afternoon she did a 90-minute, strong stretching session alongside Olympic gold medallist, Debbie Flintoff-King.

Then her day of recovery, re-generation and rest, as her coach Phil King puts it, was completed with a full-body massage.

It wasn't the fact that it was New Year's day and therefore a rest day. New Year's day simply fell on a Thursday and, within the training cycle, Thursdays are dedicated to four hours of the three Rs.

King categorically maintains that what sets Pittman apart from almost every other athlete in the world is that she spends more time in recovery than in actual training. It stops the depletion of the body's systems to the point where injury is inevitable. And it allows maximal effort at every single session.

Complete article at The Advertiser
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 Wednesday, January 14, 2004 

Moneghetti makes it three in a row at Portsea

Steve Moneghetti blitzed through 6.7km of hills, narrow trails and sand to win his third successive Portsea Twilight at Mornington Peninsula National Park on Saturday 10 January 2004.

Finishing in a time of 20:35, only 7 seconds shy of his own course record set in 2002, Moneghetti strode to victory through the tough scenic course and cleared the finish line more than a minute ahead of his competitors.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website
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Bartercard Triathlon Series starts Jan 18

Race 1 of the Bartercard Triathlon Series starts this Sunday, January 18, at Pyrmont. All 5 races in the series will consist of a 300m swim, 8km cycle and 3km run. Entries are now open and pre-entries for Race 1 will close at 5.00pm this Friday.

The race dates are as follows:
Race 1 - Sunday January 18, 2004
Race 2 - Sunday February 8, 2004
Race 3 - Sunday February 29, 2004
Race 4 - Sunday March 28, 2004
Race 5 - Sunday April 18, 2004


All competitors who enter the series before Friday January 16 will go in the draw to win over $2,000 worth of prizes.

For more information go to www.GlobalEliteEvents.com
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Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon Info

The date of this year’s event is Sunday 23rd May 2004.
The race will be officially launched on Monday 22nd March.
Online entry will become available from that date.
2003 entrants will be sent an entry form late in the week ending 19th March.
If you would like a hard copy entry form please phone or email your details as per the details below, after 15th March
The website can be found at www.smh.com.au/halfmarathon.
Further enquiries can be made by ringing 1800 555 514 or emailing halfmarathon@smh.com.au.
The race always reaches its 4000 runner limit so please enter early!

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 Tuesday, January 13, 2004 

Oliver powers to another marathon title

by DAVID STOCKDALE

WHILE it was far from a perfect day for a marathon -- chilly and very windy -- it was a perfect record for Colin Oliver.

Oliver triumphed over the conditions and his opponents in Hobart yesterday to win his fifth Cadbury state marathon from as many starts.

The 33-year-old little powerhouse went past the pacesetter Tim Sloan at the 38km mark to win in a good time for the conditions of 2h39m36s.

Sloan, who found his second wind too late in the run up the hill to the Cadbury plant, was second in 2h40m flat and Craig Dunn third in 2h52m57s.

The conditions proved too much for pre-race favourite Mal Grimmett, the 37-year-old Victorian failing to finish after being third last year and second in 2002.

Oliver expressed surprise at claiming the title a fifth time.

``I wasn't expecting a win; I was just going out for a hard training spin,`` he said.

``My plan was to run about 2h40m and do it comfortably and that's what happened.

``I was about 2m down on Tim at 26km, but by 32 I was starting to catch him fairly quickly and when he faded I was able to come through.

``But it was a battle coming back into the wind on the way back from the Derwent Entertainment Centre, especially around the Granada Tavern.''

The marathon provided Oliver with a good build-up to what will be a much tougher assignment, the 100km Lake Taupo run in New Zealand at the end of next month.

``I want to do another 100km because I went away to Taiwan last year with the Australian team and that was the first time I've ever had to pull out of a race,'' Oliver said.

``So that's inspired me to go back and do it again to make sure that doesn't happen again.''

Two-time winner Sloan said he over-exerted himself on the return leg in trying to drop off Leon Saltmarsh.

``I was surging to shake him off,'' he said,

``While that worked okay I used up too many bikkies in the end,'' he said.

``I made up some ground on Colin after he passed me, but by then the finish line was too close.

``Depending on my recovery after this race, I'll have a crack at the Cradle Mountain run next month and maybe the European 100km championships in Italy in May.''

The women's marathon, which didn't boast the depth of talent of the men's event, was won by Elizabeth Bennett in 3h23m29s.

Bennett scored from Corinna Kelly (3h26m24s) with Kiara Favaloro (3h54m0.5s) third.

In the men's half-marathon, Jason Allie took the honours in 1h11m23s from John Jago (1h18m41s) and Adam Potito (1h18m57s).

The women's event was won by Anna Thompson in 1h23m43s ahead of Emily Bell (1h24m21s) and Casey Mainsbridge (1h24m50s).

Article from The Mercury.
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A good exercise in parenting

by Amanda Phelan

For many new mums, a workout has become a vital part of their busy day

Exercise helps 85 per cent of new mothers lose weight and lower their stress levels, latest research shows. Amanda Phelan spoke to three women who combine parenting with fitness.

Mara Krimatat's fitness regimen lessened when she was pregnant with her first child, Josh, who's now three. When she became pregnant with Xanthia, now 19 months, Mara, 37, gained 30kg. But she decided to use her children to help her get fit. She says:

"I don't want to be an overweight mum who can't keep up with her kids -- and, with two of them, I need to be able to run around.

I joined my local gym, Fitness First at Bondi, and a big drawcard is its creche. The women who work there are fantastic -- they love children.

It means going to the gym is never a chore, as I look forward to that hour or so a day when I can go and exercise, have a break and have the kids nearby. The creche is open six days a week, and it's affordable at $2.50 a visit.

As well, I bought a jogging pram, which is my main means of transport. Everyone knows me now as I run up Bondi Rd to the gym.

The gym is a big social thing for the kids and me. I do boxing training with another woman who uses the creche.

I was breast-feeding when I got back into training, and it never caused any problems.

I don't want to be another obesity statistic, and I hope that by being fit, I'm encouraging my kids to do the same.

My mum never trained when she had us, and I think my generation is lucky because we know it's okay to exercise through pregnancy.

Over the past six months, I've knocked off 25kg, so I've got five to go -- and I know my kids will help me do it."

Security consultant Sharon Antonir says she's a ``fitness addict''. With her doctor's approval, she trained through pregnancy, using it as a chance to try out new activities such as walking and yoga. Sharon, 26, stayed fit until her son, Noam, now one, was born. She says:

"Exercise has always given me a feeling of well-being, so throughout my pregnancy it was important for me to continue being active.

I cut out some training, especially exercises that made me overheat, including spin cycling and high-impact aerobics, and adapted other activities to fit in with pregnancy.

During resistance and weight-training, for example, I avoided deep squats, lunges and lying on my back, but stepped up other types of exercise, such as yoga and walking.

Noam is now 12 months old, and we have fun sharing exercise. He's already been in fun runs in his stroller, including the 10km Sussan Women's Fun Run -- I was one of the few women running with a pram.

We also circle Centennial Park a few times a week and run the Bondi promenade.

We own and run our own business, and that gives me flexibility. My husband and I often alternate gyms so we both get the chance to train.

Sometimes I get up before the baby wakes and go for an early-morning session at the gym or a Bondi-to-Bronte run.

It's a juggling act, and although exercise is an added activity in a demanding day, it keeps me sane and motivated and it is a necessary break."

Rachel Crompton is a dancer and an instructor at the Elix'r gym, in Park St. Her son, Remy, is three-and-a-half months, and Rachel, 33, taught Pilates throughout her pregnancy. She returned to work three weeks after giving birth, sometimes using Remy as a prop, sitting him on her stomach while she comes up with new routines. She says:

"I started doing Pilates a couple of years ago, and loved it so much I decided to become an instructor. Because of my age, I was looking for a career change -- and it was perfect.

If you've already been doing Pilates, it's a good exercise to do through pregnancy as long as you modify some of the routines -- you should never do abdominal crunches, or lean forward.

Staying fit helps during pregnancy and labour. I had a caesarean, but I think my fitness helped me to recover amazingly quickly. Pilates would be a help with birth, as it puts a lot of focus on your pelvic-floor muscles.

Now that I've had my own baby, I really admire fit mums. It's exhausting, and women who manage motherhood while staying fit are amazing.

Because I work only three hours a day, it's manageable. I have friends or my partner, Peter, to help me out.

I think that regular exercise helped me through my pregnancy -- I gained only about 10kg, and I was back to my old weight within a couple of weeks of giving birth.

Remy is an inspiration, and I sometimes sit him on my tummy when I'm practising routines. Having a baby is a fantastic experience, and I'm already keen for number two."

Article from the Sunday Telegraph.
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Thirsty business

By Elisabeth King

Water's good for you, we all know that. But did you realise that too much can actually be dangerous?

Some health edicts seem so carved in stone that no-one ever questions them. Take the "you must drink eight glasses of water a day" rule - it's almost reached the religious intensity of the Ten Commandments.

Most of us feel guilty for not having a bottle of water constantly strapped to our waist - even if we're only taking a stroll down to the local shops. But is the spectre of dehydration really dogging our every footstep or minor jog in the park?

No, says USA Track & Field, the national governing body for American track and field and endurance events. They say fitness fanatics could be at risk of more than dizziness by drinking too much water.

don't be a drip

In a complete revision of its guidelines for water consumption, the prestigious organisation says that marathon runners, cyclists, hikers and long-distance walkers may bring on respiratory failure, seizures or even death if they insist on "keeping ahead of dehydration."

It's a decree that's long overdue, say exercise physiologists around the world. Far from being revolutionary, the new guidelines (see www.usatf.org) tell you to - wait for it - drink when you are thirsty.

If you jog regularly or bushwalk for reasonable distances, you should start weighing yourself before and after major exercise and work out how much fluid or weight you regularly lose through perspiration. Then drink a replacement amount - no more, no less.

How many times have you heard someone say, "I know that I'm supposed to drink eight glasses of water a day, but I just can't." As it turns out, they were right not to force themselves to develop the habit. According to Dr David Martin, one of America's most respected physiologists, drinking more than your body needs leads to water gorging. In athletes this can dilute the blood and cause sodium levels to rise, leading to hyponatremia. In a bizarre twist, this condition is more common among amateur runners and athletes, not professionals. Elite athletes have their water needs carefully calibrated by a medical and training back-up team. But anyone who joins a fun run, walks for charity or plans a holiday around a sporting event such as the Stawell Gift in Victoria is usually accompanied by friends or relatives who insist that they down multiple cups of water at every available opportunity. The USA Track & Field guidelines have appeared not a moment too soon, as increasing numbers of ordinary people, from primary children to grandparents, are now being asked to jump rope, bushwalk - you name it - for charity. Dr Martin says many people learn the rules of running at their local sporting goods store. "The party line is you can't drink too much. It's wrong."

Medical experts also say that the belief that dehydration leads to heatstroke, as the body's temperature rises during exercise, is another myth.

punch drunk

Postural hypotension, a drop in blood pressure as the blood pools in the legs, is the major cause of those dramatic collapses as athletes cross the finishing line. Dr Martin, who has been conducting studies on marathon runners for 18 years in collaboration with Dr Tim Noakes of the University of Cape Town, says that the team have never encountered a single case of dehydration being the sole cause of exercise-related heatstroke. What the average person should really be worried about - if they exercise or not - is water intoxication syndrome. You know that lethargic feeling you get when you force yourself to down eight full-to-the-brim glasses of water a day? The last word goes to Dr Heinz Valtin, a pre-eminent US physiologist, who wrote an entire paper on the drink-or-dehydrate issue in The American Journal of Physiology. There's absolutely no proof, says Dr Valtin, that weight loss, constipation, fatigue or alertness are improved or alleviated by turning your body into a flushing system. "In my opinion," he concluded, "The vast majority of people do not need that much water."

Article from The Sunday Mail.
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All in the stride of an expert

by JAY CLARK

OLYMPIC hopeful Mark Tucker fought head winds, soft sand and a fast-finishing Matthew McDonough to win yesterday's Rip to River fun run.

The 24-year-old from Newcomb powered across the 10km Point Lonsdale to Ocean Grove course to cross the line in 33min 18secs, 30 seconds ahead off previous winner McDonough.

South Yarra's Michael Chettle followed in third in 33min and 54secs, 15 seconds in front of the evergreen Tim Bentley in fourth.

But the race belonged to Tucker, who surged ahead at the 5km mark before coasting solo to the finish line.

``I did it pretty easy. I was able to stay with the pack and just relax for the first half. No one went with me when I broke away so I didn't exhaust myself,'' Tucker said after yesterday's win.

The result is even more impressive considering the 5km specialist is still recovering from a strained ankle that prematurely ended a month's altitude training at Falls Creek.

But after the race Tucker, who holds the Rip to River record with a blistering run in 2002, showed no signs of the injury that temporarily threatened to keep him out of the event.

``It (ankle) feels ok, it wasn't too severe, just a tweak. My legs are a bit heavy because of the sand but apart from that I feel really good,'' he said.

``I really enjoy this event.''

Later this month Tucker will travel to Canberra and then Sydney for grand prix meets in his preparation to qualify for 5km event at the Athens Olympics in August.

Due to technical difficulties the Rip to River Classic results were unable to be published today.

Article from the Geelong Advertiser.
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Summer passions

by DAVID DAVUTOVIC

A SIZZLING summer of sport continued at the weekend with almost 5000 enthusiasts taking part in two of the biggest local sporting events on the calendar.

The Lorne Pier to Pub swim and the Rip to River Classic fun run, both in their 24th year, gave run-of-the-mill competitors of all ages the chance to rub shoulders with Olympic hopefuls and celebrities.

The seaside resort of Lorne had yet another day to remember, with the an estimated 25,000 people flocking to the beach or anywhere they could find a spot on Saturday, to catch a piece of the action.

A record 3641 swimmers completed the race, with Melburnians Patrick Murphy and Ebony Currell taking out the men's and women's events.

There was stiff competition between Premier Steve Bracks, son Nick and Deputy Premier John Thwaites, young Nick stealing the glory, comfortably beating his dad by almost two minutes, the Deputy a further three minutes behind.

Current and former AFL identities were also out to impress, Geelong Brownlow medallist Paul Couch was joined by the likes of current skipper Steven King, media personality Dermott Brereton, Richmond captain Wayne Campbell and coach Danny Frawley.

Ocean Grove was alive yesterday with an estimated 3000 greeting the 1000-strong competitors in the Rip to River fun run.

Another Olympic hopeful, Mark Tucker, won the 10km fun run from Point Lonsdale to Ocean Grove in a time of 33min 18sec, Jo Wall taking out the female section in 40:04, while Katunga's Jess Rotherwell, 14, won the open walk.

Event co-ordinator Paul Austin said the event was a huge success and the Ocean Grove Surf Lifesaving Club raised $20,000 on the day.

Article from the Geelong Advertiser.
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Falls Creek future resorts to sport

by Drew Warne-Smith

RINGED by the bushfires that swept through Victoria's high country last January, the future of the Falls Creek ski resort was as hazy as the plumes of smoke that stained its horizon.

But one year on, with the charred snowgums again beginning to sprout, an ambitious plan has been hatched that will ensure the regeneration of the tiny alpine village.

Already a summer haven for a band of elite runners and rowers, a proposal is being finalised to transform Falls Creek into a world-class altitude training centre.

The project was endorsed by the cream of the athletics community at a dinner at a Falls Creek cafe last Thursday.

The centre will encompass an olympic-sized swimming pool, gymnasium, convention facilities and a sealed running track at a cost of around $5million. And at 1600m above sea level, it will be Australia's only truly high-altitude training base.

World champion rowers James Tomkins and Drew Ginn, athletics coach Nic Bideau and his partner Irish runner Sonia O'Sullivan, distance runners Benita Johnson and Lee Troop and the retired Steve Moneghetti, now the chairman of the Victorian Institute of Sport, were all at the dinner and have thrown their weight behind the centre.

Leading designer Peter Snelling has drawn plans for the $1.5 million pool, the site has been approved by resort management and a funding proposal is being prepared for the Victorian Government and corporate sponsors.

``It'll be sensational,'' James Tomkins told The Australian. ``It's a great venue already ... being in this environment really makes a difference. But the new facilities will make it pretty special.'' The brainchild of local prop erty developer Dean Hewett and the Falls Creek Resort Management Board, the centre hopes to attract overseas athletes in the northern hemisphere winter as well as domestic sporting organisations.

But with the region rocked by recent youth suicides and recovering from bushfires, the benefits were not just sporting, but social, economic and environmental, Mr Hewett said. ``This is not just for elite athletes. It's about securing the future of the region.''

Article from The Australian.
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 Monday, January 12, 2004 

Larry Burt - running from Cairns to Broome

Long distance charity runner Larry Burtt is starting preparation for his third run for the Make a Wish foundation. This time he is running from Cairns to Broome. Larry a personal fitness trainer has found his previous runs from Adelaide to Melbourne and Ularu to Darwin got easier the longer they went and is thinking that if this next run goes well and he can get the sponsorship needed he may go for the world record for long distance runs of over 20000km (min 30km a day)Any businesses or people interested in sponsoring Larry's Make a Wish runs can contact him c/o letspartyparty@optusnet.com.au Imparja TV gave massive support and coverage to the last run and along with other major sponsors Bojangles, Voyages Hotels, Sabadin Petroleum(Mobil) from the last run have come back onboard to support Larry and Make a Wish again.

More details on Larry can be found at www.enduropro.com

Media release from Randall Boscoe at r.boscoe@optusnet.com.au
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 Sunday, January 11, 2004 

Track & Field Education Evening

Where: Olympic Park, Homebush, Sydney, NSW
When: Monday 16th February 2004 commencing at 7.00pm


Sydney Sports Medicine Centre is holding a free Education Evening on Monday 16th February 2004 at Sydney Sports Medicine Centre located at Sydney Olympic Park commencing at 7.00pm.

Speakers & Topics include:

Brent Kirkbride – Physiotherapist & Sports Medicine Coordinator for Australian Track & Field Injury Prevention in Runners

Dr Ken Crichton – Sports Physician & Consultant NSW Institute of Sport Sports Injuries in Children

Mr Richard Windybank – Sports Podiatrist - Best Footwear Options for the Track & Field Athlete

Ms Kirsty Mehalski – Sports Dietitian & Consultant to NSW Institute of Sport - Fueling the Middle Distance Runner

We are keen to provide an Education Seminar for parents, athletes and coaches to reduce the incidence of injury in this sport. This evening will benefit all runners including the Triathlete.

We value your support in helping us conduct a successful evening. If you require any additional information please do not hesitate to contact myself on the phone number listed below.

RSVP to (02) 9764 3131 or email ssmc@ozemail.com.au by Wednesday 11th February 2004 as numbers are strictly limited.

Thank you for forwarding this information on to help make this a successful and educational evening for all.

Kind regards

VICKI EVANS
PRACTICE MANAGER

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 Saturday, January 10, 2004 

As Athens takes the glory, Sydney 2000 is remembered

Have you noticed no one seems to have noticed that the Athens Olympic Games will be held in seven months? It may be only days into the Olympic year, but cast your mind back to the corresponding period before the Sydney Games.

The media was hyperventilating over ticketing scandals, doping scandals and nepotism scandals. You have probably forgotten all that brouhaha since it was followed by what was widely acknowledged as the best-staged and most enjoyable Games in the history of the modern Olympics.

Most Australians have such fond memories of the Sydney Olympics and such a protective pride about our 17 days of global glory that they are simply uninterested in what the next mob will do.

Complete article at The Age
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Bring on the fire trucks to mop up the ashes of this sport

It had everything. Fire trucks with sirens blaring, firemen complete with hoses and hats, even fire-eaters were on hand to launch the 2002 track and field season.

Fire was the marketing symbol the gurus at Athletics Australia had come up with to promote the newly re-named Telstra A-series.

"Super-charged athletics" was the catchphrase and while it may have seemed a bit over the top, at least it captured the attention of sports-mad Melbourne and got everyone thinking about track and field and the coming Commonwealth Games.

Two years on and as one athletics expert observed: "We need those fire trucks again to come and mop up the ashes of this sport."

Complete article at The Courier Mail
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 Friday, January 09, 2004 

New Telstra A-series Area Launched

Athletics Australia and Telstra this week launched the new Telstra A-series area of the AA website, dedicated to keeping athletics fans up-to-date with all the latest news, information and photographs from the Telstra A-series. Click here to check out the site and be sure to log back in regularly as the 2004 Telstra A-series unfolds throughout January and February.

Article from the Athletics Australia website.
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To scale Cliff's heights - Tough course for marathon

by TIM ELBRA

LAST year was to have been the year when Cliff Young had a dig in Gosford's Coastal Classic ultra-marathon -- but instead it was the year the legendary Aussie finally ran out of puff.

The hard work will now be left to a younger brigade of athletes, who will tough it out over 12 hours from Saturday into Sunday at Adcock Park.

The event will see a field of about 35 runners and walkers pushing themselves against tiredness and sore legs in an attempt to cover 100km and more in the time.

The event will host runners between 16 and 70-plus years of age. Some athletes will aspire to be the next Cliff Young, while others are keeping his spirit going.

``We were going to do everything to get him here,'' co-organiser Frank Overton told Extra Sport. ``He [Young] said: `Yes I'll definitely come up to the Coast this year'. But he never made it unfortunately.''

Overton, a walker and former winner of the Coast event, raced Young and has fond memories of his encounters.

``In one race, I was 55 and he was about 70 and he'd gotten about four laps up on me,'' Overton said. ``He said: `You've got no hope of beating me: I've got experience'.''

A seasoned field will line up on Saturday for the seven annual Coastal Classic. The man to beat looks to be David Criniti, who won in 1999.

Co-organiser Paul Thompson said Criniti would attempt to break the race record of 139.626km, held by Andre Rayer. Criniti was nipping on Rayer's heels through that effort but crumbled near the end of the race.

The 2003 run winners Warren Holst and Felicity Joyce are expected to turn out, as are walk champions Robin Whyte and Carol Baird.


Road to success

* The race begins at 7.30pm on Saturday

* Entry is $40, with all proceeds going to the Victor Chang Heart Institute and Gosford Athletics

* Call Frank Overton on 4323 1710, Paul Thompson on 9686 9200 or 0412 250 995 for further information

Article from The Daily Telegraph.
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Aths out of puff

By Scott Gullan

EIGHT months out from the Athens Olympics, Australia's domestic athletics series is floundering with no television coverage and prizemoney.

The embarrassing situation on the eve of the new season, which starts in Perth tomorrow, comes as the sport's governing body, Athletics Australia, tries to recover from a financial blowout of $1.3 million last year.

A dispute with SBS, which has carried the Telstra A-series for the past two years, has resulted in the television blackout.

The lack of prizemoney may yet be solved, but in a scaled-down format compared to the $246,000 handed out last year.

It's likely that the only event where prizemoney will be made available is at next month's Melbourne grand prix because it comes under the International Amateur Athletics Federation umbrella.

For Melbourne to remain on the world calendar, the IAAF stipulates that up to $100,000 of prizemoney must be on offer, with international athletes competing at the meeting.

Chief executive Simon Allatson said yesterday the sport was going through a "challenging period".

"There will be prizemoney, at what level I can't say at the moment," Allatson said.

"The IAAF has changed the whole structure of the world athletics series, and for us to keep Melbourne . . . we have to seriously look at upgrading our prizemoney and putting a lot of it on one event.

"If that means we don't have prizemoney in Perth, Brisbane and Canberra, and we have it all on one meet, then that is what we may well do."

It is believed AA has approached Melbourne Major Events to help bail it out, with the IAAF status crucial, looking ahead to the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Last year the male and female Telstra Athlete of the Year received $10,000 each.

The remainder of the prizemoney was split up into eight groups (four men, four women) and collated at the end of the series.

Former 400m runner Lee Naylor, chairman of the Athletes Commission, described the situation as "disgraceful".

"There would not be any other sport in an Olympic year that would cut funding directly to athletes as strongly as Athletics Australia has done. That is just not the way to do it," Naylor said.

AA employed Eurocam, a production company, to package each event for television.

That cost between $200,000-$300,000 a year, a figure AA or SBS could no longer accommodate.

Article from The Mercury.
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Victorian has marathon credentials

by SEAN STEVENSON

VICTORIANS look set to dominate the Cadbury marathon and half-marathon on Sunday.

While entries do not close until Sunday morning, based on current participants Mal Grimmett will be favoured to win the major title.

Grimmett finished third in the race last year, and looks to have the measure of a group of men who have run under three hours -- locals Greg Smith, David Bone and Greg Hickie, Craig Dunne from New South Wales, and Brad Underhill from Victoria.

Colin Oliver, a four-time winner of the 42.2km at Claremont and a course record-holder, is yet to enter this year.

Janet Upcher, who has entered the race seven times for five wins and two seconds, will not line up. Her absence has left the women's full marathon wide open.

Anna Thompson from Victoria is the frontrunner for the half-marathon.

Thompson has a personal best time of 1hr 12min 27sec, which she recorded at the Gold Coast last year.

John Jago, who was second in the full marathon last year and has competed in dozens of marathons over the years, looks the man to beat in the half-marathon.

Athletics Tasmania executive officer Gordon Jablonski said the Cadbury marathon usually received about 50 entries, while about 150 generally lined up in the half-marathon.

``The entries are on track for that level of involvement again this year,'' Jablonski said.

He said one entry had been received from a runner from Ontario, Canada, while two Brits had also registered.

Seven people over 60 have entered the half-marathon.

Article from The Mercury.
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It's the Pitts man

by SCOTT GULLAN

IT HAD everything. Fire trucks with sirens blaring, firemen complete with hoses and hats and, to top it off, even fire-eaters were on hand to launch the 2002 track and field season.

Fire was the marketing symbol the gurus at Athletics Australia had come up with to promote the newly renamed Telstra A-series.

All the cliches were there: ``A long hot summer'', ``field on fire'', ``track to burn''.

``Super-charged athletics'' was the catch phrase and while it may have seemed slightly over the top, at least it captured the attention.

Two years on and, as one athletics expert observed: ``We need those fire trucks again to come and mop up the ashes of this sport.''

Apparently the new season begins in Perth tomorrow, not that too many people would know, with no sign of a launch or fire trucks this year.

At the beginning of what is the pinnacle for every athlete, an Olympic year, the sport that commands No. 1 billing every four years is in trouble in Australia.

There is a multitude of reasons, both on and off the track. The financial state of the sport's governing body, Athletics Australia, is a major problem as it attempts to recover from a $1.3 million loss last year.

The flow-on effect of such a bad result is already being felt with the 2004 Telstra series having no TV coverage, virtually no prizemoney, no major marketing or promotion and no international stars, which for many spectators means no interest.

``They have lived beyond their means in a number of ways and now the sport is suffering for it,'' one former insider said.

The decision to sign Eurocam to package events for TV coverage was a very expensive mistake, believed to have cost $200,000 to $300,000 a year, with broadcaster SBS frustrated by the quality and cost of the exercise and deciding not to fulfil the final year of its agreement in 2004.

A blow-out in staff numbers saw all consultants, including respected experts Maurie Plant and Brian Roe, and numerous others shown the door in the past six months. The change of direction in taking the series to centres such as Campbelltown and Newcastle didn't work, while a lot of money was poured into projects such as the Hall of Fame and Sydney Marathon which also bombed.

AA chief executive Simon Allatson denies the situation is as dire as some would believe, with $700,000 of last year's loss put down to a restructuring of the organisation's accounts from cash to accrual basis.

``We are certainly in a challenging period, there is no doubt about that,'' Allatson said.

``Yes, we had a hiccup last year but we'd been fairly aggressive and fairly ambitious in our growth over the last four years.

``We have tried to prolong the effect of the benefits of Sydney 2000 across the whole business and we invested heavily to do that, but in a retracting market that wasn't sustainable.''

While AA has its major sponsors, including Telstra and New Balance, locked in for this year, it is what happens post-Athens that has many concerned. Allatson's own contract is up for review in September.

There are also rumblings among athletes, most of whom have had their funding slashed, about head coach Keith Connor's hard-nosed style and, in particular, problems associated with national distance coach Said Aouita.

``I've spoken to several athletes who have been in the sport for a long time and they believe this is the worst the sport has been,'' former Olympian, and now Athletes Commission chairman Lee Naylor said.

``The Zatopek Classic (in December) had two men and a dog there, it was just horrendous. Ten years ago I used to go to these meets and it was packed. They are just hoping that Pittmania works.''

Like her hero Cathy Freeman did for a decade, Jana Pittman will carry Australian athletics to the Athens Games. Her breathtaking world championships victory in Paris last year was front page news for days. She's young, good-looking, outspoken and our best medal chance.

There are other legitimate chances in distance runners Craig Mottram and Benita Johnson, pole vaulter Dmitri Markov and shot putter Justin Anlezark, but the depth of previous years isn't there.

The original aim for Athens was to finish in the top five, but that has been revised after just one medal was won in Paris. The company line is now top 10 by 2008.

Ralph Doubell, the 800m gold medallist at the 1968 Mexico Olympics, whose winning time is still the national record, blames mental weakness among athletes and a lack of quality coaches.

``In 2000 we only had one man in an Olympic final and that was in the 5000m on the track, which is a dreadful effort for a home Olympics,'' said Doubell, who is now chairman of NSW Athletics.

``We are mediocre at best on the track, while the field has improved a little bit with pole vault, shot put and the jumps. If you look behind that, it comes down to the system and coaching. We haven't had any decent coaches for a long, long time.''

The major challenge for Allatson and company is to ensure the gap between swimming and track and field doesn't widen, and that other sports such as beach volleyball, triathlon and cycling don't come over the top.

There are already warning signs from Canberra regarding funding post-Athens should the downward trend continue.

So how is AA going to get bums on seats?

``Whether it is the stage, screen or sport, it all comes down to personalities and people who the paying public want to see,'' Allatson said.

``We knew Cathy Freeman wasn't going to run forever and Ian Thorpe is not going to swim forever.''

Article from the Herald Sun.
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 Thursday, January 08, 2004 

Moneghetti, Horne confirmed for the Portsea Twilight

Champion marathoner Steve Moneghetti is a confirmed entry for this Saturday's Runner's World Portsea Twilight.

Moneghetti will be among an expected 2000 strong field that will pit their legs against the trails, hills and beaches of Mornington Peninsula National Park.

To be held on Saturday January 10th 2004 at 6.30 pm, the annual Runner's World Portsea Twilight is a 2.8 km and 6.75 km run and walk beginning at Point Nepean, Portsea and is a highlight of the Victorian running and walking calendar.

This will be the third year in a row that Moneghetti has entered the Portsea Twilight run/walk. He is the current record holder for the 6.75km course with a time of 20:28 which he set in 2002 and is more than a chance to better this after showing in the past few months that even in retirement his running is still in great form.

Another name in the leader's pack will be distance runner Jeremey Horne who finished 46 seconds behind Moneghetti in last year's Portsea Twilight in a time of 21:49.

The Runner's World Portsea Twilight is strictly limited to 2000 entries and last year's event was a sellout. There are still some places left and there are several ways to enter.

Secure online entries are open until 4:00pm on Friday January 9th 2004 at www.ausrun.com.au.

Entries will be processed at these times leading up to the race. For those people who have already entered, numbers and race kits can also be picked up at these times.

Fri January 9th 2004 9am – 12 pm 97 Wattle Grove Portsea (off Frimmell Way)
Sat January 10th 2004 9am – 12 pm 97 Wattle Grove Portsea (off Frimmell Way)
Sat January 10th 2004 1pm -4pm Point Nepean Visitor Centre

Entries are subject to availability and if not sold out prior there will be a last chance to enter from 4.30pm at the assembly area at Gunner's Cottage at Point Nepean.

There is limited on day parking available within the park and car pooling is advised. Drive to the end of Point Nepean Rd., through the boom gate at the Parks Victoria information Centre, proceed a further 2.5 km and you will be directed by traffic marshals. The gates will open at 4.30pm and it is essential to arrive early.

Each entrant will receive a free t-shirt and showbag and this year the event supports Peninsula Health, and in particular the Rosebud Hospital. Participants will be able to raise funds for the charity by collecting donations through their sponsorship form. The three highest fundraisers will be given a pair of Nike running shoes. Peninsula Health will also be conducting a raffle on the day with a Weber BBQ up for grabs.

For further event information please call Start to Finish on (03) 9819 9225 or visit www.ausrun.com.au.
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Marathon mum set pace

by JESSE RISEBOROUGH

ANTOINETTE ANGELINA

MARIA SHAW

BORN: December 1, 1947

DIED: December 22, 2003

THE personalised numberplate given to Ann Shaw by her four children said it all: ``MUMRUNS''.

Described by long-time friend and running partner Richard Harris as the ``Wonder Woman of Masters Athletics'', Mrs Shaw collected more than 400 medals after 10 years of competing in Masters Athletics WA events.

Earlier this year Mrs Shaw won four gold medals at the National Masters Games at Perry Lakes.

She was born in Holland and migrated to Australia at the age of seven. She married husband Jim in 1969 and they lived in Craigie for 25 years.

Mrs Shaw took up running in her mid-40s and had not looked back.

She set a WA record in one of her first runs and went on to win the Perth Marathon at the age of 47.

She was consistently posting world-class times in the marathon, regularly running the 42km under three hours.

She also held a world record for her age group in the steeplechase.

Her love of running extended to coaching and one of her favourite projects was coaching Daryl Howe, a young man with Level 6 cerebral palsy.

She started Daryl on a rigorous training routine and before long had him running up and down Jacob's Ladder in Kings Park.

After months of preparation Daryl went to the National Disabled Games in Canberra earlier this year.

Officials were surprised to find Daryl listed in the 10km and he was told that people with such severe cerebral palsy could not run 10km.

With Mrs Shaw's advice ringing in his ears, Daryl ran 10km and set a new world record for his class.

When Daryl heard of Mrs Shaw's battle with leukemia he placed the words ``For Ann'' on his running number for every event.

Mr Harris said wryly that Mrs Shaw's death was the result of her staunch competitiveness.

``I guess you could say she has beaten us all to the finish line once again,'' he said.

She leaves a twin sister Mary, her husband Jim, three sons and a daughter.

The Shaw family plans to donate equipment to the physiotherapy ward at Fremantle Hospital to commemorate Mrs Shaw's life.

Article from The Sunday Times
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 Wednesday, January 07, 2004 

A brief chat with Rob de Castella

by David Monti

The inaugural world marathon champion in Helsinki in 1983, Rob de Castella of Australia, lost his home and all of his possessions when a wildfire swept through his town of Chapman near Canberra last January. Since then the burly 46 year-old has set about rebuilding his life, and through the efforts of his friends throughout the athletics family, has been able to replace some of the mementos of his career. "Deke" had a sensational marathon career, which included victories at Boston in 1986 (2:07:51, his personal best), Fukuoka in 1981 (2:08:18, then the world best), Rotterdam in 1983 (2:08:37) and again in 1991 (2:09:42), and the Commonwealth Games in 1982 and 1986. In the Seoul Olympics of 1988 he finished eighth. Runner's World Daily caught up with him at the Honolulu Marathon on December 14 where he and new wife Theresa were on their honeymoon.

Complete article at the Runner's World website
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 Tuesday, January 06, 2004 

35,000 sign up for games

by Shaun Phillips

THE world's second-oldest multi-sport event is coming to Victoria -- and it's not the Commonwealth Games in 2006.

The 20th Deaflympic Games will be held in Melbourne and Ballarat over 12 days from January 5 next year.

Organisers say the Deaflympics could attract 35,000 people, including competitors, officials and supporters.

About 1200 volunteers will be required, with training in basic sign language to be provided.

Australia will field a team of 170 next year.

Distance runner Joanne Lambert has won three gold medals and one silver from four Deaflympics. The 37-year-old Geelong runner is considering the 5000m, 10,000m and marathon.

Basketballer Sam Quinn will be competing at his third Deaflympics.

``Having all the green-and-gold faces in Melbourne, it will be awesome,'' said Quinn, 26, who plays with Bulleen in the Victorian Basketball League.

Dual Commonwealth Games swimmer Cindy Lu Fitzpatrick, who won 19 gold medals at six Deaflympics between 1977 and 1997, will act

as patron.

The Deaflympics will attract 3500 athletes, about 1000 fewer than the Commonwealth Games, but wins on the country count -- 83 to 72.

The events run for the same number of days and have a similar number of sports. Similarities disappear when it comes to budget.

Deaflympics organisers have $10 million to play with compared with a total budget of $1 billion for the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

The Federal and State Governments have each contributed $4 million to the Deaflympics, leaving organisers to raise $2 million.

The Deaflympics, formerly the World Deaf Games, were first held in 1924. Athletes with no hearing below 55 decibels qualify. Hearing aids are removed for competition.

Sports are not modified, except to replace auditory commands with visual signals. A green light signals the start of a race for swimmers and runners.

The opening and closing ceremonies and athletics will be held at Olympic Park. The Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre will host badminton, basketball, handball, swimming, table tennis, volleyball, water polo and wrestling.

Ballarat will host cycling and orienteering and some basketball, soccer and volleyball matches. More information can be found at www.deaflympics.com.

About one in 10 Australians suffers some degree of hearing loss, and one in three aged 65-plus.

Article from the Herald Sun.
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Long Standing & Long Running ACT Athletes Honoured

Two of the ACT's long serving and long running athletes have been recognised by The ACT Athletic Association with the naming of the ACT 10,000m Track Championships in their honour.

The 10,000m track Championships for men and women will now be known as the "Gerard Ryan 10,000" and the "Susan Hobson 10,000". Both events will be held for the first time on Tuesday 6 January 2004.

Ryan and Hobson have had distinguished careers as athletes and have made a considerable contribution to the ACT Athletics community.

Ryan is currently President of the Woden Harriers Athletics Club has been an integral part of the ACT Athletics community as an athlete, technical official and club official for the past 19 years.

"The ACT is a great place to be. ACT Athletics has a good formula of mixing ages and genders and is willing to put on special events for athletes. Since coming here I have had opportunities to mix with elite athletes and
coaches and access to some of the best facilities, both at the Australian Institute of Sport and throughout the ACT including access to National Parks and forests."

One of the elite athletes who has had the most impact on Ryan is 1980 Olympic representative Gerard Barrett. Barrett who also moved to Canberra to take up a scholarship at the AIS, has been a steady influence and
training companion for Ryan for the past 19 years. Their relationships now extending into their coaching careers.

Hobson, who now lives in Western Australia is a local girl who made good. Hobson returned to Canberra in 1985 having completed her university studies and soon took up running.

"I always enjoyed running, and always knew I probably had a bit of talent, I just never pursued it. Returning to Canberra after finishing my studies and teaching gave me the opportunity to take it up again." The first event
she recalls running in was the the Women and Girls Jogalong, an event organised by the ACT Cross Country Club and founded by the Territories Chief Minister, Jon Stanhope along with John and Sue Gilbert.

"When I returned to Canberra, the ACT Cross Country Club and other Athletics Clubs were so encouraging and supportive of my efforts. The running community in Canberra is fantastic (especially now comparing it to
another state) and puts on such well organised events." It was a good move for Hobson, that very first year she represented the ACT and three years later had made her first Australian team for the Ekiden Relays. Since then
Hobson has gone on to represent Australia on 19 occasions at Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games and World Championships for Track and Cross Country.

Hobson's longevity at the top of her sport is remarkable. Her first Australian team honour was in 1988 with her last 12 years later when she represented Australia at the Sydney Olympics. Similarly her first National Championships was in 1992 and her last eight years later in 2000.

Along the way she won 6 National titles covering track, cross country and road running, numerous ACT Athletics Summer and Winter Awards, was nominated three times for the ACT Sportstar of the Year Award and was
awarded the Edwin Flack Award by Athletics Australia for Outstanding contribution to sport as an athlete.

With such a long list of achievements, it is hard to nominate one outstanding moment, however Hobson recalls three moments that she will hold very dear.

"Winning the Canberra marathon in 1994, my debut marathon in front of a home crowd was a very very special day., I broke many records, qualified for Commonwealth Games and put the biggest smile I've ever seen on Race
Director, Dave Cundy's face."

"All Olympic Games are very special in their own way, but the 2000 games were just fantastic. Even though I was injured during the marathon, the experience was just so special and so memorable, the crowd support along
whole route, being an Olympian in own country, the achievement of making my 3rd Olympic team at age 42 when many thought I wouldn't."

Another highlight for Hobson was surprisingly another time when she was told she couldn't do it.

"I was trying to qualify for the Atlanta Games. Many, including the then President of Athletics Australia, Neil King, had told me I was wasting my time trying to qualify for Atlanta Games at age 38. I was determined to
make the team and to prove them all wrong, I travelled overseas to compete in a 10,000m race and smashed the qualifying time. I then went on to make the final of the 10,000m at the Atlanta Olympics."

While Hobson has been recognised primarily for her athletic achievements she has also as a strong supporter of the ACT Athletics community, as a committee member and captain with the North Canberra Athletic club and as
an athlete. Now retired Hobson continues to support the Athletics community through various committees including as a member of the Athletics Australia Athletes Commission.

Hobson acknowledges that she couldn't have achieved what she had had it not been the support of a large number of people: husband Allan, mother; coaches Geoff Moore, Dick Telford and Pat Clohessy; the ACT Cross Country
Club; ACT Athletics; Dave Cundy ( has always been a huge supporter of me and done so much to help me in my career and develop it); and numerous ACT officials including Michael Thomson, Dave Hobson, Carol Ey, John Harding,
Gerard Ryan, who have been so supportive of my career and done much to encourage and support me ( there are many others, but cannot name them all). Gerard was always a very willing pacemaker for races when needed and
so good at it - even Sydney marathon trial.

I am sure I wouldn't have started to run as seriously or have been as successful if I hadn't been in Canberra, where the support of the running community is invaluable.

Ryan also started his ACT Athletics involvement in 1985, when he moved there to take up an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship. Since then, Ryan has made an enormous contribution to the ACT Athletics community.

Coming from Melbourne where the interclub competition is very competitive, Ryan has supported his adoptive club of Canberra City Harriers, now known as Woden Harriers well. A fierce competitor on the track, road and Cross
Country, Ryan is yet to miss a cross country season and technically is yet to miss a Track and Field Season in 19 years.

"There was one year when I injured my achilles in September right at the beginning of the track and field season. I had it operated on and should have missed the whole track and field season, however I was determined to
compete for my club and managed to make the very last competition for the year where I competed in the Shot put"

Ryan has won the ACT Winter athlete of the Year award on 6 occasions, won the Canberra Times fun run 4 times and has been the ACT's leading senior pointscorer for the track and field competition on several occasions.

Prior to moving to Canberra, Ryan had won two National schoolboys 1500m titles in 1975 and 1977 and was runner up in 1976. In 1982, he represented Australia for the first time in a match against Italy in Melbourne, where
he won the 1500m event. Ryan next represented Australia in 1984 as a member of the Australian 4 x mile relay team in New Zealand. "We sent our fastest runner (Michael Hillardt) out first in an attempt to take a commanding lead and then try and hold it. What eventuated was we setup the New Zealand team anchored by John Walker for a World Record." Ironically a current ACT Official, Denis Wilson was a member of the Australian team that had
previously held the World record. Wilson was also on the committee appointed to select to the naming of these Championship events.

Not long after joining the AIS, Ryan travelled to Europe as part of an AIS team. Ryan was fortunate to compete in a number of major events. It was on this trip that Ryan ran his personal best 1500m time of 3 minutes 39.57
seconds competing at the Bislett Games in Oslo. Also competing at these games was a young girl from Sydney, Penny Garner who broke the Australian women's mile record, and who eight years later was married to Gerard Ryan.

Penny and Gerard have a 9 year old daughter, Emily, who although very active with dancing and other sports has already shown some of her parents running ability in schools Cross Country events.

Ryan had two more overseas competitions, in 1987 he competed in the World University Games, Zagreb, where he placed 7th in 5000m. Six years later Ryan represented Australia again at the World Mountain Running Championships in Italy. "I was fortunate to make these Championships, only 4 weeks earlier I competed in a marathon. When another ACT athlete, Louis Young pulled out of the team I was given another opportunity to represent Australia, unfortunately I hadn't fully recovered from the marathon."

Ryan has represented the ACT at National Track and Field, Cross Country, Marathon and Half Marathon Championships.

As a member of Woden Harriers, he has served the club for several years as their Winter Captain and Registrar, and is currently the club President. Ryan has also served on the Board of ACT Athletics as the athletes
representative.

Ryan is present every week at ACT Athletics Track and Field Competitions, where he juggles working as the Track Marshall with competing in a few events. In 2000, Ryan reached the pinnacle of his career as an official, when he worked as a Team Leader at the Sydney Olympics.

Through the week Ryan continues his athletics involvement through coaching several of the ACTs outstanding athletes, many of which have competed at National Championships, with several winning medals including Gold.

Ryan has been coaching for over 6 years and his current list of athletes includes: Anna Neumaier, medallist at National Championships, and one of the ACT's top junior middle distance runners; Alex Nankivell, an AWD
athlete ranked in the top 40 in the World over 1500m; Joy Terry ACT's leading female distance runner; Mark Bourne, former National Schools and U/20 Cross Country Champion and Darien Williams, former National U/20 800m
Champion.

Remarkably, after 19 years as a member, Ryan is yet to hold a position with the ACT Cross Country Club, although he does organise several race meetings each year for the club.

In 1986, Ryan started teaching at Merici College, and apart from a 6 month stint at St Clares, he is still teaching at Merici, where he occupies the position of Assistant Principal. The ACT schools community has also benefitted from Ryan's athletics involvement where he is currently the ACT Schools Cross Country Convenor and State Coach.

Even though Ryan has had an extensive involvement with ACT Athletics many members would not realise his impressive performances as an athlete.

Some of his personal best times are: 800m - 1 minute 49.1 seconds; 1500m - 3:39.57; 3000m - 7:56; 5000m - 13:38, 3000m steeplechase 8:44; Half Marathon 65:50 and Marathon 2:23.
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 Monday, January 05, 2004 

DawnBuster Charity Fun Run

by Tom Blood

At 7am on Wednesday, 220 keen runners joined in the 12th Annual DawnBuster Charity Fun Run at Market Square. This year for the first time, the 5.5km race concluded in front of the Carousel on Eastern Beach and local runner Rowan Walker established a new record for the course of 15.57 minutes.

The Women's Division was won in brilliant style by Jo Wall in a time of 17.51. She beat home this year's Melbourne Marathon winner Loretta McGrath.

The Under 18 Male winner Matthew Bailey ran a brilliant time of 16.42 making him third across the line.

Money raised by the event went to major local charity United Way.

At the conclusion of the race, spot prizes donated by shops in the Market Square precinct and restaurants along the Eastern Beach foreshore valued at around $2,500 were drawn and distributed to competitors. This is arguably the State's most generous Fun Run.

Geelong Cross Country Club conducts this race and the Geelong Half Marathon each year as their contribution to running in the Geelong area.

Results

Open

Male: R. Walker 15.57, M. Stuart 17.12, T. Freijah 17.35.

Female: J. Wall 17.51, L. McGrath 19.03.

Veteran

Male: T. Bentley 16.08, T. McCartney 17.44.

Female: C. Bayley 23.19, K. Hammond 23.35.

Masters

Male: V. Gasper 18.47, J. Walker 18.57.

Female: W. Kelly 25.13, N. Evans 26.44.

Under 18

Male: M. Bailey 16.42, R. Christian 18.19.

Female: L. Duthie 20.09, H. Lipson 23.27

Over 60

Male: R. Sizeland 20.26.

Female: B. Riley 21.49.

Article from the Geelong Advertiser.
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Krishna runs into trouble

by Selina Steele

QUEENSLAND'S marathon mum Krishna Stanton has been forced to put her Olympic bid on ice.

Stanton, who had hoped to qualify for the 2004 Athens Olympics by posting a time of 2hrs 32mins at this month's Osaka Women's International Marathon, has been grounded by a stress fracture.

In Stanton's own version of Groundhog Day, injury has again disrupted her quest to become a dual Olympian, just as the 37-year-old was tapering to attempt a qualifying time.

Last weekend, the Commonwealth Games silver medallist comfortably completed a 20km training run in a touch over 74 minutes -- a pace which put her on track for Athens.

But while the run felt comfortable, she pulled up sore.

``I was really comfortable during the run . . . I actually haven't felt this fit for years,'' Stanton said.

``Originally I thought I had a tight calf.

``When it didn't get better with massage, I went to the doctor and a bone scan confirmed two stress fractures in my right fibula.

``I think I've been in shock ever since.

``I've had some really good times lately and I was looking forward to racing in Osaka on what is said to be a very fast course.''

Stanton burst on to the international scene with a fourth placing at the 1987 world indoor championships.

But her career has since hit a series of stumbling blocks -- foot operations, stress fractures, a broken collarbone, an untimely spider bite and a two-year battle with chronic fatigue.

She has also retired twice -- most recently after failing to make the Sydney Olympics after breaking her leg.

But Stanton, a full-time mother who juggles part-time teaching with her running career, has had a string of excellent results this season.

These include setting a race record during the adidas Townsville Half Marathon in August and finishing second in last month's 10,000m at the Zatopek Classic in Melbourne.

Because of Stanton's history with injuries, she usually only runs 90 to 100km a week -- almost half the distance of most marathon runners.

And Stanton, who won the Sydney Marathon in 2001 before winning silver in Manchester, has still only run two marathons.

``My speed work was really coming along but now it's a matter or re-focusing and giving myself every chance of getting better,'' she said.

``I can't afford another over-use injury. You usually know when things are getting sore and as I run on my toes, I tend to get a few niggles. But I'm still planning to make Athens.''

Stanton has pencilled in the Canberra Marathon in April for her qualifying attempt.

Commonwealth Games gold medallist Kerryn McCann is the only runner to have so far qualified for Athens.

Australia has the capacity to field three athletes in the women's marathon.

Stanton rates triathlete-turned-marathoner Jackie Gallagher and Bridge to Brisbane Fun Run winner Anna Thompson her biggest rivals.

Article from the Sunday Mail.
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On your marks - Get set for an active new year

The New Year is a great time for a fresh take on fitness. Now there's even a goal to work towards. KATE MINOGUE reports

Put the indulgences of the festive season behind you. With the arrival of the New Year it's time to kick-start your plan to get in shape.

While some people may join a gym, there's no need to fork out cash to get fit. The easiest option is to just walk out your door and keep going.

Brisk walking is a great way to get your body moving after months of stagnation. Later, when you're ready, try intervals of running and walking to build fitness.

While enthusiasm for a new fitness regime is strong to start with, most people find it hard to stick with a program.

But this month Sydneysiders have a goal to work towards.

The inaugural Medibank Private Australia Day Fun Run and Walk will be held on Sunday, January 25.

The event consists of an 8km run or a 4km run or walk around the Centennial Parklands in Sydney's east, and will will conclude with the Great Aussie Breakfast, entertainment and prizes.

With almost three weeks until the event, people starting their New-Year fitness regime now can use the fun run as a challenge to work towards.

Celebrities and sports stars, including Sydney Swans footballer Adam Goodes, will take part in the event along with hundreds of families.

Fitness trainer Paul Collins encourages people to use the fun run as a goal to inspire their New Year's fitness program.

``It's the perfect time of year,'' Collins says. ``People join gyms around this time but never go. But anyone can run or walk.

``Use the fun run as a challenge to get started. And you might do the City-to-Surf later in the year.'' Before embarking on training for the fun run remember to stretch.

Collins advises having a shower before exercise to loosen the body and to feel good.

``Stretch after the shower because the muscles are more pliable. And stretch after the workout too,'' he says.

``Stretching the lower back and the legs are so important in terms of managing stress from running. The calves and hip region take a lot of stress from running.'' To begin training Collins advises people go for daily walks.

``A lot of people might not have moved over the Christmas period and might have gained about three or four kilograms, so you want to start moving and get the interest back,'' he says.

``The first week is just getting moving -- you want to be moving every day. It doesn't have to be a run. You might do a lot of walking.

``By the end of week one you might throw in a run but it is important just to get moving so that the muscles and joints get used to the impact.

``The thing about walking is it's such a good thing for motivation. It's easy, you are not feeling too sore after the first week.'' People should begin by walking for 20 minutes on day one, and increase the time walking to 40 minutes over three days.

``On the second day, walk like you are trying to catch a bus,'' Collins says.

``Then drop down to 20 minutes jogging maybe on the Thursday -- it may be a jog/walk.'' By the end of the first week people should be able to complete 30 minutes of jogging and walking.

The second training week Collins suggests having a day on and a day off, with the rest day including some gentle walking. The training day should include a jog/walk.

``It's about intensity,'' Collins says. ``You can vary things. Run up hills towards the end of the second week. You do get bored if you just run. By the third week you are trying not to work too long or hard.'' Collins says you should use the week before the race as a test.

``If the race is on at 8am that's when you actually train,'' he says.

Most people with a running background will do the 8km run, while others will do the 4km walk or run.

Collins recommends eating large meals at least three hours before training or the race. People with low blood pressure or any existing medical condition need to discuss this advice with their doctor.

Collins says the perfect race-day breakfast is a bowl of cereal with strawberries on top, half an orange and a glass of water.

To stay hydrated have sips of water every 15 minutes for the two hours before the run begins.

Collins also recommends using the next two or three weeks to break in new running shoes.

* To contact Paul Collins go to www.thebodycoach.com. To enter the Australia Day Fun Run go to www.ausdayfunrun.com.au, phone 9963 9978 or visit a Medibank Private outlet. The event aims to raise funds for the Malcolm Sargent Cancer Fund for Children. Donations can be made on event day or upon entering

Article from The Daily Telegraph.
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 Sunday, January 04, 2004 

Entries filling fast for the Runner’s World Portsea Twilight

With a nineteen percent increase in registrations, organisers are confident that the 2004 Runner’s World Portsea Twilight will sellout before race day.

To be held on January 10th 2004 at 6.30 pm, the annual Runner's World Portsea Twilight is a 2.8 km and 6.75 km run and walk through the Mornington Peninsula National Park and is a highlight of the Victorian running and walking calendar.

Numbers for the event are restricted to 2000 participants and last year’s event was at full capacity with the final placings sold on race day. An early positive response from entrants has confirmed that the popularity of the event is always increasing.

While a popular participant event with holiday makers using it as a great opportunity to take in the sights of the region, the event has a strong competitive element among runners, and international athletes Steve Moneghetti and Georgie Clarke hold the current course records.

The Runner’s World Portsea Twilight was also featured in the recently released limited edition Runner’s World wall calendar as the photograph for the month of January.

Each entrant will receive a free t-shirt and showbag and this year the event supports Peninsula Health, and in particular the Rosebud Hospital. Participants will be able to raise funds for the charity by collecting donations through their sponsorship form. The three highest fundraisers will be given a pair of Nike running shoes.

Additional event features include spot prizes from Nike and there will be a sausage sizzle. Participants also have the chance to make free mobile calls and win a mobile phone, thanks to Motorola. Visit the Motobooths and get your picture taken with the new Motorola camera phones and you could win one!

To enter call (03) 9819 9225 for an entry form or visit www.ausrun.com.au. Locals can drop off their entry forms with correct money, cheque credit card details at the Point Nepean Visitor Centre between December 27 and January 10 2004.

A registration day will also be held on Saturday January 3 in a marquee on Point Nepean Road, (next to Punchies Ice creamery) during 10am -12pm. Participants can enter on the spot, receive their race packs with race number and instructions as well as some extra goodies from sponsors.
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 Saturday, January 03, 2004 

Olympics: Not quite the same

COMING after the "best-ever" Games in Sydney and following the 2003 Rugby World Cup, Athens was always going to be a bit of a slow burn in Australia.

Coates described swimming's recent controversies – with high-performance director Greg Hodge standing down because of stalking allegations and women's coach Scott Volkers possibly facing indecent dealings charges next year – as "a great pity for the sport" less than a year out from the Games.

But he expected it to have little impact on results in Athens with a repeat of the 18-medal haul achieved in the Sydney games not out of the question.

Athletics is a different story.

Cathy Freeman has retired, while Jai Taurima and Tatiana Grigorieva have slipped off the pace, meaning there's likely to be little return from the three Sydney 2000 medallists.

Complete article at The Advertiser
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Moneghetti rules out a comeback

Veteran runner Steve Moneghetti, a former Commonwealth Games gold medallist, yesterday ruled out any possibility of a comeback.

“I have retired and thats that and I have no thoughts of making a comeback,” Moneghetti said while training at Falls Creek yesterday. “I am running well at the moment and Im in good form, perhaps thats why this rumour has started but I am not returning.”

These days Moneghetti is happy coaching and motivating young athletes to do their best.

“I have been coming to Falls Creek to train for 12 years and it is a great place to catch up with others who love running as much as I do,” he said.

Asked about the strength of Australias athletes, he said the runners were not as strong as they used to be.

“They are a bit fragmented as there are so many groups but there are some strong runners out there,” Moneghetti said.

Article originally from the Border Mail
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'Foot soldier' for sake of kids

At 5am on New Year's Day, while most people were in bed after big celebrations, Deborah De Williams walked out of Esperance to continue her journey around Australia.

The 34-year-old Melbourne woman is undertaking Walk Around Australia – A Journey For Kids to raise money for the Kids Help Line.
There is no rest even for Christmas or New Year celebrations because she must walk every day to achieve her goal of being the first female to walk around Australia and to break the record in the process.

She wanted to achieve this goal and help other people along the way, so she chose Kids Help Line as a charity to support. She left Melbourne on October 17 last year and is walking in a clockwise direction along Australia's National Highway One - intending to be back by October 15 to break the record.

She walked into Esperance on Wednesday, already four days ahead of schedule. She usually walks a marathon distance each day, 42.2km.
Her mother drove the support vehicle to the east side of the Nullarbor, then her husband Glyn joined her. Although she walked from town on Thursday morning, they returned to Esperance last night to stay at a caravan park and resumed the walk this morning from where she left off.

She said the best part of the trip so far was the walk across the Nullarbor when the support van was 5km ahead. "You're out there, just you and the road," Mrs De Williams said. "You really know who you are as a human being. It's just you and the elements. For me that was an enriching experience. Also, all the people on the road tooting and waving."

The hardest part of the walk at the beginning was getting used to a new life, and not having her cats around.

The Help Line takes up to 9000 calls a week nationally from children aged 5-18 but due to lack of funds another 8000 a week do not get answered. It is Australia's only 24-hour, free, confidential and anonymous telephone and online counselling service for children. "A lot of kids out there are wanting to be listened to," Mrs De Williams said.

She hopes to raise more than $250,000 by the end of the walk. People can donate directly to her, or phone 1800 552 033 and mention her name or through the WalkaroundOz website.

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