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 Friday, April 30, 2004 

Nail Can Hill Run - Clive out to finish an age-buster

Clive Vogel has never won the Nail Can Hill Run. But the Albury TAFE teacher came mighty close when he trailed home Wodongas David Jones in the inaugural race in 1977.

“Always the bridesmaid,” Vogel, 54, joked yesterday. “I dont think I was far behind the winner in the first year and finished runner-up again the next year. Its a race I always look forward to and Im out to become an Age Buster this year.”

Vogel enjoyed Age Buster status for the first time in 2000 when he ran 49.24 as a 50-year-old and will call on the help of his son, Gerhard, to achieve the feat again this weekend. Gerhard won the under 20s last year.

"Im 54 now, so 53 minutes, 59 seconds would be great," he said. "Gerhard is coming back from injury and well do the race together so he can push me along."

Vogel couldnt be in better shape heading into the run after finishing third in the mens 50 to 55 age division at the Australian Mountain Running Championships at Mt Buffalo last weekend.

"It was mainly up Mt Buffalo which is a lot easier on the body than running downhill, so I should feel okay for Nail Can" he said. "I think I did the first five or six Nail Cans, then missed a fair few and have been back competing for the past few years again. I love running and have been doing it for 45 years now."

Vogel is an accredited coach and, as one of the race organisers, will run tomorrow so he can assist with the administration duties on Sunday.

Organiser Norm McCann said yesterday there had been a rush of pre-race entries over the past few days and says a record field is still possible.

"Its hard to say just yet, but they have been coming in steadily," McCann said. "We are over 500 and that hasnt included todays entries before they closed."

The 11.3km run starts at Lavington Panthers at 10am on Sunday with the leading runners expected back at Noreuil Park by 10.35pm.

Former Olympian Steve Moneghetti set the race record last year with a time of 34 minutes, 57 seconds.

Complete article at The Border Mail
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Geelong athletes fare well at cross country relays

Despite constant rain falling in the lead-up to the first race of the Athletics Victoria Winter Season, athletes were pleasantly surprised with the conditions as they arrived at the Werribee Park Equestrian Centre for the Cross-Country Relays. With only a strong wind, small pockets of sticky mud and several well placed horse jumps to contend with, Geelong athletes were able to record some slick times over the pancake flat course.

Leading the way for the Geelong Team were Under 14 athletes Tom Perkins, Ryan Saunders and Tyron Cover, who claimed first place and Amy Stekelenburg, Georgie Buckley and Kate Sly, who were second team across the line. In the senior ranks, Mark Tucker showed he is in excellent shape, recording second fastest time of the day (17.40) behind Glenhuntlys Michael Power (17.18) Well done also to the Veteran Mens Team of John Stekelenburg, Russell Johnson and Geoff Purnell and the Under 18 Womens Team of Chelsea Merry, Bianca Cheever and Chantelle Faraguna who won medals in their highly competitive age groups.



Div 1 (6x6.2 km.): R. Perrott 18.32, M. Tucker 17.40, N. Wightman 20.33, R. Young 20.31, M. Herron 20.25, S. Taylor 20.59; 4th place.

Div 4 (5x6.2 km): K. Hoare 23.20, P. Wilson 21.58, J. Godwin 22.35, C. Colley 24.46, T. Zimmer 29.51; 6th place.

Div 7 (4x6.2 km): N. MacDonald 24.24, DNF.

Vet (3x6.2 km): J. Stekelenburg 23.35, R. Johnson 22.22, G. Purnell 21.33; 3rd place.

Under 18 (3x3.1 km): M. Kenny 10.31, B. Rowe 9.46, S. Withington 12.05; 4th place.

Under 16 (3x3.1 km): T. Burns-Wallace 10.57, T. Kilfoyle 11.29, D. Payne 11.25; 6th place.

Under 14 (3x3.1 km): T. Perkins 11.31, R. Saunders 12.10, T. Cover 11.33; 1st place.


Div 1 (4x6.2 km): R. Forlong 22.23, N. Semjanov 23.29, J. Lambert 23.27, C. Cosgriff 25.59; 5th place.

Div 3 (3x6.2 km): M. Coghlan 27.55, F. Stott 28.47, C. Hoare 27.06; 6th place.

Under 20 (3x3.1 km): C. Curnow 12.45, A. Wall 11.13, DNF.

Under 18 (3x3.1 km): C. Merry 12.33, B. Cheever 12.14, C. Faraguna 11.52; 3rd place.

Under 16 (3x3.1 km): K. Rau 11.38, H. Brown 12.16, J. Couch 12.28; 5th place.

Under 14 Champs (3x3.1 km): A. Stekelenburg 12.46, G. Buckley 11.55, K. Sly 11.56; 2nd place.

Under 14 All-Stars (3x3.1 km): E. Hockey 13.46, E. Curnow 12.30, L. Stekelenburg 13.27; 7th place.

Operation Werribee 2004, The Geelong Assault


Div 1 (6x6.8 km): R. Perrott, M. Tucker, N. Wightman, R. Young, M. Herron, S. Taylor. Team manager: L. Troop.

Div 4 (5x6.8 km): K. Hoare, P. Wilson. Team manager: R. Jeremiah. J. Godwin, C. Colley, N. MacDonald. Team manager: A. Wall.

Div 7 (4x6.8 km): T. Zimmer.

Vet (3x6.8 km): J. Stekelenburg, R. Johnson, G. Purnell.

Under 18 (3x3.4 km): M. Kenny, B. Rowe, S. Withington.

Under 16 (3x3.4 km): T. Burns-Wallace, T. Kilfoyle, D. Payne.

Under 14 (3x3.4 km): A.V. Marshalls (if needed), T. Perkins, L. Taylor, R. Saunders, A. Payne, T. Cover, C. Brown. Team manager: B. Saunders.


Div 1 (4x6.8 km): R. Forlong, N. Semjanov, J. Lambert, C. Cosgriff. Team manager: K. Varker.

Div 3 (3x6.8 km): M. Coghlan, F. Stott, C. Hoare.

Under 20 (3x3.4 km): G. Trevarthen, J. Couch, C. Curnow. Team manager: W. Wall.

Under 18 (3x3.4 km): C. Merry, B. Cheever. Team manager: C. Sly. C. Faraguna. Team manager: H. Cheever.

Under 16 (3x3.4 km): K. Rau, H. Brown. Team manager: T. Rau. H. Lipson, Team manager: B. Lipson.

Under 14 Champs (3x3.4 km): L. Stekelenburg; G. Buckley. Team manager: E. Dunstan. K. Sly, Team manager: S. Buckley.

Under 14 All-Stars (3x3.4 km): A. Stekelenburg; E. Hockey. Team manager: C. Kilfoyle. E. Curnow, Team manager: M. Stekelenburg.

Article from the Geelong Advertiser
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 Thursday, April 29, 2004 

Big field tipped for Anzac Fun Run

OVER 200 army personnel will be participating in in Sunday's Lest We Forget Fun Run, starting at Anzac Park at 8.55am.

The 8km run represents the amount of ground Anzac soldiers were supposed to cover on the first day of landing at Gallipoli in 1915.

Entry fee is $18 for adults and $13 for concession, or $55 for families.

All proceeds raised from the fun run will be donated to the RSL for welfare-related activities and charities.

All army units in North Queensland were encouraged to enter the fun run, as teams or individuals, by the Commander of 3rd Brigade, Brigadier David Morrison.

To encourage army personnel, a shield, the North Queensland Military Unit `Lest We Forget' perpetual trophy, will be presented to the unit that tallies the best overall time in the run.

The Fun Run will be staged simultaneously across Australia, and will start with a one-minute silence.

Chief of Defence, General Peter Cosgrove is the national patron of the event.

For more information, call Brian Armit on 0408 060 908.

Article from the Townsville Sun.
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Diamond Valley field big team for winter season opener

A strong contingent of 38 Diamond Valley Athletics Club members took to the cross-country course at the Werribee Equestrian Centre for the Athletics Victoria winter season-opener on Saturday.

Runners enjoyed the fast, flat course with several obstacles to negotiate along the way.

The women's Division 2 team, consisting of Maryanne Murray, Laura Campbell and Peta Alexander, finished in a creditable fourth place.

Quickest times for the Valley were recorded by Murray in the women's race and Clint Farley in the men's.

Adam Bell, Trent Richardson, Iain Douglas and Joseph Milovac all had their first run for Diamond Valley.

Meanwhile, DVAC member, Colin Heywood, won three gold and one silver medal at the Masters World Athletic Championships in Auckland.

Heywood, in the men's 45 age group, took on a strong contingent of European walkers.

Heywood won the 30km in 2:39:36, won a silver medal in the 10km walk and a team gold medal in both the 30km walk and the 10km walk.

Next Saturday, the Binak Bowl, a DVAC club event, will be conducted at Binak Park, Watsonia starting at 9:00am.

Cross Country Relays

Werribee Equestrian Park

Saturday 24th April 2004


Division 2: (3x6.2km) Maryanne Murray 23:10; Laura Campbell 25:12; Peta Alexander 26:51

Division 3: (3x6.2km) Lyn Davis 28:03; Lucie Richterjork 28:42; Gemma Cosgriff 28:11

Under 18: (3x3.1km) Sarah Fisher 13:37; Sarah Evans 14:19

Under 16: (3x3.1) Jessica Campbell 13:10; Meg Russell 12:44; Liske Le Roux 12:06


Division 1 (6x6.2km) Trevor Carter 21:31; Campbell McLennan 22:00; Clint Farley 20:44; Phil Wakeley 21:05; Chris Lynch 21:49; Ben Norman 21:47

Division 3: (5x6.2km) Mark Monahan 23:49; Bruce Collins 22:54; Gary Hammett 22:39; Rob Wendel 22:47; Phil Champion 22:25

Division 5: (4x6.2km) Adam Bell 22:22; John Leung 23:48; Lyal Douglas 26:43; Rob Mandile 24:19

Division 7: (4x6.2km) Michael Cusack 28:17; Jeff Young 25:59; Warren McCullough 33:26; Max Balchin 26:48

Division 7: (4x6.2km) David Armstrong 25:18; Ian Upton 29:35; Trent Richardson 31:50; Antony Milovac 22:11

Under 18: (3x3.1km) Stephen McCullough 11:57; Anthony Lynch 11:11; Iain Douglas 13:37

Under 14: (3.1km) Joseph Milovac 13:57

Article from the Diamond Valley News.
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 Wednesday, April 28, 2004 

Women's fun run won't get a start


TASMANIA'S women-only 10km and 5km Classic Fun Run-Walk has been cancelled due to an administrative oversight and problems associated with public liability insurance.

It is the second time the event has been cancelled in its 15-year history but Womensport president Janine Cullen said it was the right decision.

``It was just unfortunate circumstances really but a few things weren't in place and we could not guarantee participants' safety,'' Cullen said.

``It was cancelled due to a combination of an administrative oversight and an increase in public liability insurance.

``It is very disappointing but it is also a feeling of relief knowing we won't be putting participant safety at risk.

``Hopefully next year it will be bigger and better.

``We have a strategic group in place to hopefully make sure this won't happen again.''

Last year the event attracted a record 600 participants.

The event was to be held on May 2 but the organisers are confident it will be up and running next year.

Womensport and Recreation Tasmania still hold their Jogalong, for women and girls, on the Domain on the last Sunday of every month.

Article from The Mercury
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Girls run

FOR three years running the junior school of South Yarra's Melbourne Girls Grammar has won the prize for entering the biggest school team in the Mother's Day Classic fun run.

This year they plan to take out the title again.

The junior school at Morris Hall has thrown out a challenge to other schools to try to field a bigger team and help raise more money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

School principal Diane Bourke said Morris Hall had won the $500 prize for the past two years and preparations were well underway to defend the title.

Chair of the Victorian committee for the Mother's Day Classic, East Malvern's Patricia Newby, said that over the past seven years the event had raised more than $900,000 for breast cancer research.

``This year the $1 million mark will be passed,'' she said.

``I urge all entrants to get themselves sponsored as a way of adding to the total achieved on the day.''

Ms Newby said the event was held on Mother's Day to draw attention to the devastating impact breast cancer had on families.

``Entrants can wear placards in support of a family member or friend who has been affected by the disease,'' she said.

About 10,000 participants are expected to enter the event, which includes a run or walk for four or 8km.

Melbourne's event kicks off at Gosch's Paddock on Punt Rd, near the Tan, at 8am on Mother's Day, Sunday May 9.

For more information or to register phone 9819 9225.

Article from the Malvern-Prahran Leader.
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A-News: The Official Newsletter of Athletics Australia

The athletics community is still abuzz after some stand out performances throughout this year's domestic season which has already seen 17 athletes named in the Australian Olympic Team and 38 in the Australian Paralympic team.

Inside this month's issue we have a comprehensive wrap on all four Telstra A-series meets and the Telstra Olympic Team Athletics Trials, not to mention a full list of all the athletes announced in the Australian Olympic and Paralympic track and field teams to date.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website
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Anzac Day epic on Mt Buffalo

The Telstra Australian Mountain Running Championships were held on Sunday 25 April at Mt Buffalo, Victoria. Read on for a detailed race report.

Weather: Cool, still, overcast at the start, about 12 degrees, with snow on higher peaks in the region. Fog half way up the mountain, from 3kms through to 7kms. Sunshine at the finish, about 10 degrees, with a brief light shower of snow flakes.

Men’s 11 kms
Wollongong’s Ben du Bois successfully defended his 2003 Australian mountain running title in an Anzac Day epic on Mt Buffalo in Victoria when he was supreme in the strongest men’s field for many years. 2000 champion Daniel Green of the Asics West Club in New South Wales has been in great form in Canberra where he is currently based and he led the field off at a cracking pace from the start at the Mt Buffalo National Park entrance. He and du Bois then had a cut throat duel over the steep first half of the 11km ascent of the mountain. At the first drink station after 4.5kms, both were neck and neck on 24mins 14 seconds. Neither stopped for a drink, a mistake in retrospect for Green who developed stomach problems soon afterwards and began to slip back through the field.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website.
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Still time to enter Lest We Forget Run

Run for remembrance this Sunday 2nd May 2004 - in the Lest We Forget Run, held in over 60 locations across the globe. Join thousands of Australians as they run, jog or walk in this symbolic event designed to remember relatives, pioneers or members of the Armed Services, who served to give us the lifestyle we enjoy today.

Over 3000 runners and walkers will participate at one of 60 locations across the globe including Melbourne, Brisbane, Launceston, Canberra, Perth, Parramatta, Blacktown, Newcastle, Darwin, Adelaide, Townsville, Cairns, Rockhampton, Rockingham, Hay, Temora, Caloundra, Malaysia (Sandakan) and London.

It's not too late to enter... Online entries close midday Thursday 29th April, or enter on race day... read on for details.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website
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 Monday, April 26, 2004 

TV program on Kenyan Runners - TONIGHT

Kenyan Strides - Kenyan athletes are amongst the finest long- distance runners in the world. The leading Kenyan athletes train at Nyahururu, the most famous training centre in the country along with a handful of street kids found by former 400-metre champion Ruth Waithera. SBS, 6pm-6:30pm
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Woman reaches halfway point in marathon charity walk

A Melbourne woman attempting to be the first female to walk non-stop around Australia has made it to Broome, in north-west Western Australia, about halfway along the journey.

Deborah De Williams, who is raising money for the Kids' Helpline, is hoping to beat a record set 10 years ago when the distance was covered in 365 days.

But the self-employed financial planner has already had to change course along the way due to two recent cyclones crossing the north-west coast. Striding into Broome yesterday, she was still confident of breaking the record and being back in Melbourne by October.

"As we speak, I'm only about a day and a half behind schedule so that's not bad, you can catch up, I've still got six months of walking to go," she said. "It means some pretty big days of 50 to 60 kilometres but I'll get it."

More information at her website
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 Friday, April 23, 2004 

Shoes taken during 14,600km walk

She's battled cyclones and floods in her bid to become the first woman to walk around Australia, but thieves put another obstacle in Deborah De Williams' path when they stole her walking shoes.

Ms De Williams has been on the road since leaving her home in Melbourne on October 17 last year, intent on meeting the 20km per day minimum distance to reach the world record mark of 14,600km in 259 days. After reaching Halls Creek in Western Australia's remote north on Saturday, Ms De Williams was on course until thieves targeted her support van, making off with four pairs of her walking shoes.

Her wedding and eternity rings were also stolen, along with a digital camera which she was using to record her journey. A mobile phone, walkmans and CDs were also taken. Ms De Williams said apart from the shoes, the biggest loss was the memory cards from the camera that contained hundreds of irreplaceable photographs of her trip.

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

Dent up with the best in New Balance Canberra Marathon

It has been 11 years since an ACT runner won the New Balance Canberra Marathon and Australian world cross country representative Martin Dent was the one to break the drought.

At the New Balance Canberra Marathon yesterday (Sunday 18th April 2004), in only his second ever marathon, Dent clocked 2hr 15min 12sec, just 10 seconds off the race record and more than five minutes better than he ran in his debut marathon in Japan 18 months ago.

A former Australian steeplechase Champion, Dent’s time was the third best in the history of the Canberra event, only bettered by John Andrews (2:15.02) in 1995 and Canberra's Gerard Barrett (2:15.07) in 1988.

"It is always easy to knock big chunks off PB's at first, but I need about another three minutes before I can get down to start making Australian teams for Olympics and things like that." Dent said following the race.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website
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Clarke and Morris PB at Mt Sac

Australia’s Georgie Clarke and Emily Morris had terrific runs at the Mt Sac Relays in California last weekend, both setting new personal best times in the women’s 5000m.

Morris finished 6th in 15.25.66, and Clarke 11th in 15.39.32.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website
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Troop's on song for Athens top ten

Geelong's Lee Troop has his sights on a top ten finish in the Athens Marathon, and after finishing eighth in last weekend’s London Marathon, his chances look promising.

In pouring rain and biting winds, Troop took it out hard keeping up with the early pace, then faded in the final stages, crossing the line in 2:09:59, short of Robert de Castella's Australian-record (2:07:51), but the second year in a row he has run a sub-2:10 marathon.

"It was a tough day… It was pouring rain, blowing a gale and the pace was quick.I'm obviously disappointed," Troop said, "but it was a terrible day and you've just got to take what comes, I suppose. I put myself in the race and gave myself every opportunity. I can't say I would have run any better on the day."

Two other Australians contested the famous event, Sisay Bezabeh, who has an Australian A-standard, finished 13th in 2:12:05, one place ahead of Scott Westcott (2:13:30).

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website
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Lest We Forget Run spreads across the world

One of World War II’s worst atrocities to affect Australian servicemen will be remembered as part of the ‘Lest We Forget Run’ in Sandakan, Malaysia. With just 12 days until the 2004 Lest We Forget run (Sunday May 2nd), the word is spreading that this in an event not to miss, and a great way to commemorate the ANZAC spirit. London is also on board in 2004 plus over 60 locations across Australia, and members of the US Army based in Germany have shown their support for this symbolic concept.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website
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Record broken in upset win


UPSET winner Mike Chettle broke the track record by 22 seconds in the Geelong Half Marathon along the Barwon yesterday.

While spectators were expecting Olympic marathon hope Nick Harrison to win, his 26-year-old Glenhuntly club teammate Chettle finished first in 65:08, 47 seconds or about 250m ahead of Harrison.

It was Chettle's first run in the HBA-Athlete's Foot Half Marathon, and he bettered the previous record set by Geelong's Tim Bentley five years ago.

Harrison was ``pretty satisfied'' with his second placing as he showed Australian selectors he was regaining fitness for the Athens Olympics after spending three months on the sidelines.

``I'm happy with my 65:55, but I'm coming back from injury and in the last six weeks I've been quite sick too,'' Harrison said.

``It's my first race back and it has put me in a good position (for Athens selection),'' he said.

Harrison is one of three Australians to have run qualifying marathon times for the Olympics.

He will be keeping an eye on Australian Andrew Letherby in the Boston Marathon tonight because he is pressing for inclusion in one of Australia's three spots for Athens.

Marathon selection will be announced early next month.

Chettle isn't aiming for any Olympics but is thinking about the Half Marathon on the Gold Coast in July.

Chettle, who won the Barwon Banks 10km Fun Run two years ago, collected $700 first prize and a $100 voucher from the Athlete's Foot for his efforts yesterday.

Article from the Geelong Advertiser
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No strangers to fun win


THE autumn fun-run season started in style yesterday with the familiar names of Page and Risk prominent at the Round the River Run.

The 21st running of the event was a triumph for Grant Page and Kylie Risk, who dominated the 10km distance, which started at Lindisfarne and finished at Wentworth Park, Howrah.

The shorter 5km races, from Kangaroo Bay, went to Daniel Clarke and Belinda Atkinson, while the 2.5km children's version was won by Ben French and Jessica Morey.

Page holds the course record for the shorter journey but decided to step up to the 10km run yesterday and ran a solid time of 31min30sec to defeat Jason Allie and James Scarr.

Page, best known as a 1500m track runner, was happy enough with his winning time, although it was well outside the record of 29min55sec, set by Mike Chettle in 2002.

Risk, who ran at the world cross-country titles in New Zealand last month, was well outside her course record of 32mins06sec.

But her time was good enough for fifth overall and she had more than six minutes to spare from place-getters Corinna Kelly and Olivia Cornish.

Clarke ran 14mins51sec in the 5km race to defeat Dave Costelloe and Ken Atkinson.

Belinda Atkinson took the women's 5km race in 17mins 22sec from Christine Moore and Isabella Thompson.

Organisers were happy with the numbers of about 400, although most competitors would have liked the weather to be a little warmer.

They agreed it probably kept times slightly slower than normal.

The run is organised by the Eastern Suburbs Athletics Club. Spokesman Jarrod Gibson said the total number of entries was up about 25 on last year.

``We're very happy with that and it may have been in response to cutting the entry fees by 40 per cent this year,'' Mr Gibson said.

The fun run is traditionally the first of the season and considered a good lead-up to the City to Casino Fun Run, which is on May 16.

Article from The Mercury
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Marathon man close to his best


GEELONG distance runner Lee Troop finished seventh in the London marathon last night.

His time of 2hrs 9mins 59secs was 10 seconds outside his personal best but he rated it among his best runs given light rain and wind made for tough conditions.

Pre-race favourite Evans Rutto of Kenya won in 2hrs 6mins 18secs.

Troop's seventh placing puts him in good stead going into the Athens Olympics, with the crack London field including some of the world's best marathon runners.

``I am happy to run under 2:10 with the conditions as bad as they were,'' Troop said moments after crossing the line.

``Results don't lie and they say I had a solid run but given these conditions I think I had a great run so I go to Athens now full of confidence.''

Troop said he was on track to break Rob de Castella's Australian record of of 2hrs 7mins 51secs until the 35km mark.

``It was just a head wind the last seven kilometres and I got tired, it was a hard day at the office,'' he said.

``I put myself in the race, it was a war of attrition and I hung in there.''

Rutto survived a nasty tumble in the latter stages of the race to win.

Rutto, who recorded the fastest marathon debut when he clocked 2:05:50 in Chicago last year, was running stride for stride with compatriot Sammy Korir when he slipped on the cobblestones alongside the Tower of London and crashed into a barrier.

As he fell he brought down Korir and the pair, both obviously shaken, got to their feet slowly and gingerly resumed running.

Rutto finished well ahead of Korir with Morocco's world champion Jaouad Gharib taking third place.

Defending champion Gezahegne Abera of Ethiopia dropped out before the 10km mark.

Limping heavily, the Olympic gold medallist walked off the course with what appeared to be a recurrence of the left achilles tendon injury

Margaret Okayo took victory from Russia's Lyudmila Petrova to win her debut women's London Marathon.

Article from the Geelong Advertiser
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Running - Festival is tailored to suit keen runners of all types

by Pat Clohessy

I WAS very impressed with the preparations for the sixth BHP Billiton Townsville Running Festival on August 1 during my recent visit to Townsville.

The range of events at the festival caters for youngsters (3km and 5km), novice runners (10.5k fun run) and the 21km half and 42km marathon for serious runners.

These distances offer a wise transition and give enthusiasts the opportunity of involvement at a distance they are best prepared for.

Certainly the marathon requires a sensible and longer buildup to achieve a rewarding result.

Regional Queensland has nurtured the careers of many great sportspeople and distance runners over the years.

They include Bundaberg's Simon Doyle, Australian record-holder and world No. 2 at 1500m and mile in 1990-91; Mackay's incomparable Cathy Freeman, world and Olympic 400m champion; and Benita Johnson (nee Willis), also from Mackay, the recent world cross-country champion, defeating the Olympic champion from Ethiopia.

What is the recipe for improvement, longevity in running and personal satisfaction from this sport/pastime?

Personal experience and involvement over a lifetime indicates there is one major factor -- group training.

Two of Australia's most distinguished athletes achieved their ultimate success by training with a group throughout their careers.

Rob De Castella was part of a group while at school in Melbourne, enjoyed peer group interest and later trained with a senior group in Melbourne.

Friendship, support, interest and long running was the basis of his training.

Canberra was a similar experience and even when he spent some time in Boulder, Colorado, he ran with a group.

Steve Moneghetti is another product of group training, chiefly in Ballarat where he has long been a part and, for many years, the leader of a group.

Indeed, helping others makes one more relaxed, more confident and the training more enjoyable.

Support, confidence, development and enjoyment promotes longevity in running and indeed in other fields of human endeavour.

Another long-term runner, who readers may more readily associate with, is Noelene Mendo, a two-hour half marathon runner from Townsville.

A businesswoman and mother, Noelene runs often with friends and the Townsville Road Runners on Saturday mornings.

Her typical training is three to four runs a week of 45 minutes and a group race run with the road runners.

The social runner, the important person in the Townsville Running Festival, may gain the same benefits from running regularly with a group.

Judging by the interest at our recent Townsville Running Festival seminar (with Deek the big attraction) and the great range of people -- male and female -- I am sure you have the opportunity to enjoy your running/jogging and gain the same benefits as Deek and Mona did.

Remember you also make a contribution to others by joining a group.

Good luck with your preparation for the Townsville Running Festival.

Article from the Townsville Bulletin.
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Keeping up the pace

WHILE most of us were filling up on chocolate over the Easter break, 82-year-old Ken Matchett took part in eight athletic events over four days, including a 10 kilometre run, an eight kilometre cross-country walk and a two kilometre steeple chase.

And if that wasn't enough, Mr Matchett, of Montrose, won five gold, two silver and one bronze medal in various distance events at the Australian Masters Athletics Championships.

He also broke the Victorian record in the 10 kilometre run for his age group.

``Some say that eight events in four days is too much, but I didn't feel it was too much,'' Mr Matchett said.

``Easter weekend at Olympic Park was just preparation for next weekend, when I'll attempt to run more than 100km in the Coburg 24-hour Carnival.

`` I've run two 24-hour carnivals before, the last one about six years ago, when I ran 140km. I feel confident I'll run at least 100km this time.''

His friends call the sporting senior citizen, who competes in five marathons a year,`` a glutton for punishment''. But the octogenarian, who eats a diet rich in protein and enjoys a glass of wine with his dinner, insists that running keeps him healthy and he feels good about it.

He has run 126 marathons in 25 years, making him a member of the exclusive Over 100 Marathons Club, otherwise known as the One in a Million Club, because only 20 Australians, who have run more than 100 marathons, qualify.

A couple of times a week he runs into the city.

``I run from Croydon to Flinders Street Station, and then I get the train back to Croydon,'' Mr Matchett said. ``I run almost every day, providing the weather is good.''

The retired schoolteacher and university lecturer said he became interested in marathon running at age 57.

At one point he held six world records in the 70-74 age group for distance running. He still holds the world record for the 50km road race and shows no signs of slowing down.

Mr Matchett will run the Gold Coast Marathon in July, and compete in the Melbourne marathon in October, before flying to New Zealand to contest the Auckland marathon at the end of the year.

Article from the Lilydale Express.
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Bitter sweet victory as Athens hopes dim

By Andrew Benson

New Zealand's Shireen Crumpton might have won the women's event at the Canberra Marathon by a massive 16 minutes but it wasn't a great day.

Having arrived from across the Tasman on Wednesday with the hope of running a B-qualifying time for the Athens Olympics, Crumpton fell just short with her time of 2.43.21. Her Olympic dream for this year now appears to be all but over.

Depending on how she pulls up after her winning effort yesterday she may attempt to run faster back in New Zealand in May - but realistically yesterday was her last chance. After going out with a race plan that would have seen her finish under the qualifying time, Crumpton fell off the pace midway through the race.

''Just not a good day basically,'' a disappointed Crumpton said after completing the gruelling 42.2km event.

'' I can't really put it down to anything. I wasn't dehydrated or anything like that because I had taken enough fluids on.

''I was on the pace at the start but I fell off the pace a bit.

''I have got the Rotarua Marathon on the first of May but it is only three weeks away so I will have to see how I recover. Plus [Rotorua] is a hard course. I am a bit disappointed I guess but still happy that I won.''

Crumpton made the decision to run in Canberra on advice from her friend, last year's winner Nyla Carrol.Carrol couldn't compete this year because of an injury but is a big fan of the fast Canberra track.

''Nyla told me that if she wasn't injured this would be the place where she would try and qualify,'' Crumpton said.

''I could have gone a bit further afield to somewhere like Japan but coming to Canberra is a lot easier.''

As the winner Crumpton will be joining men's winner Martin Dent at the Chicago Marathon in October. Helen Verity-Tolhurst of Queensland finished second in 2.59.57 with Jenny Wickham of NSW in third four minutes further behind.

Article from the Canberra Times
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Dent makes his mark in marathon

By Andrew Benson

Canberra's Martin Dent was only 10 seconds off breaking the race record at the Canberra Marathon yesterday, in just his second attempt at the distance. The former Australian steeplechase champion blitzed the field in a time of 2hr 15min 12sec, more than five minutes better than he ran in his debut marathon in Japan 18 months ago.

After finishing nearly nine minutes ahead of his nearest competitor, NSW's Damon Harris (2.24.04), Dent was delighted with his improvement.

''Another 10 minutes and I am at world record pace,'' he joked after the race. ''It is always easy to knock big chunks off PBs at first, but I need about another three minutes before I can get down to start making Australian teams for Olympics and things like that.''

It was the third best time in the history of the Canberra event, only bettered by John Andrews (2:15.02) in 1995 and Canberra's Gerard Barrett (2:15.07) in 1988. The time was good enough to win the 25-year-old a trip to compete in the Chicago Marathon in October this year.

The surprise of the day came from the winner of the last three Canberra Marathons, Canberra's Gemechu Woyecha, who failed to finish the race. The Sydney Olympic marathon competitor went out hard and led comfortably for around half the race before pulling out somewhere after the 23km mark. Woyecha had slowed considerably from the pace he started at, but a suspected leg complaint slowed the runner and he was caught by the rest of the field. His departure opened up the lead, and Dent powered home over the second half of the marathon, despite hitting the wall late in the race

''I really came home very strong in the second half of the race,'' Dent said. ''I had a bad patch at about 30km, just at the top of Kings Avenue.

''I was thinking I could stop then and I would be alright, but I am so glad I didn't.

''It wasn't really a choice, but it does enter your mind. It is the easy way out and I am not the sort of person who takes the easy way out.

''I started to hit the wall at about 37km, but when you have only got 20 minutes to go you can make it easily, but when you hit the wall and still have an hour to go it is very depressing.

''Now I have won the trip to Chicago, I will focus on trying to knock a bit more time off over there.''

Dent's time ranks him in the top 10 Australian marathon runners of the last year.

Despite Woyecha's mid-way departure, it was a good day for Canberra runners with Erwin McRae (3rd), Brian Livingston (6th) and Petros Davidiadis (8th) - giving the top 10 a local feel.

Article from the Canberra Times
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Marathon was a long, long race for youngsters

The winning time for the Canberra Kids Marathon yesterday was just a little over 10 weeks.

For the past 2 months, 87 school-age children from all around Australia spent some of their spare time strolling the streets in their home towns to complete the first 40km of the marathon. Yesterday they completed the last 2.195km, at Telopea Park, at the end of the official Canberra Marathon, for a grand total of nearly 42km in 10 weeks.

The Kids' Marathon program allows children for whom a full marathon would normally be out of the question, the opportunity to take part in one of the world's oldest competitions by completing most of the race in very small increments at their own pace. Because most of the race had been run ahead of yesterday, and the competitors were running only the final instalment, there were no individual winners. But it was still a thrill for the first of the children to cross the line. The first two had a distinct advantage in running only about 100m, from the finish line to the corner and back. Just toddlers, the two were given a mighty head start by race organisers, and easily beat the rest of the field home.

The first of the 2km runners across the line, though, were 13-year-old Andrew Buchanan, of Bendigo, 11-year-old Chris Cotten, of Orange, and nine-year-old James Norney, of Yarra Glen. The first girl was 11-year-old Jemma Duke, of Holder.

In the grown-ups' event, Canberra's Daniel Green ran his way into a trip to the Chicago Marathon, as did women's winner Shireen Crumpton, of New Zealand.

Article from the Canberra Times
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ACT miler to trot out running shoes for anniversary

By Robert Messenger

Shaun Creighton is the only man to have run a sub-four minute mile in Canberra.

That was 13 years ago, when Creighton ran 3min 59.8sec at the AIS track at Bruce. In a little more than three weeks, on May 6 - the 50th anniversary of Roger Bannister first breaking the four-minute barrier - Creighton will run another mile race, just eight days before his 37th birthday.

Creighton got off a plane in Canberra on Saturday morning after some weeks in the United States, where he ran a 8km race in Chicago and, with his wife - former US Olympic 3000m runner Shelly Steely - ''showed off'' their son William to William's grandparents in Philadelphia and Florida. But on Sunday Creighton was at the Canberra marathon, where he ran into ACT Athletics president Michael Thomson. Mr Thomson told Creighton of his plans to mark the anniversary of Bannister's achievement by staging miles races on May 6, possibly at the AIS track, with the hope of four minutes being broken again.

Creighton said yesterday, ''I'm way out of shape, but I'll get in there and run around.'' Mr Thomson said he was hoping the ACT's two leading 1500m runners, Philo Saunders, of the West Canberra club, and Michael Shelley, of the Australian Institute of Sport, would try to beat the barrier. Both are capable of it, and keen to run, but are awaiting the return of coach Dick Telford from the London marathon to get the go-ahead.

Creighton confidently targeted the 4min barrier in the 1990 ACT mile championship, when he competed for North Canberra in an inter-club meeting on November 24 that year. His training partner, Anthony Campbell, set the pace with even splits of 60sec laps. Creighton ran a faster mile, 3:59.46, in Cork, Ireland, on June 24, 1995.

''I'm a bit disappointed both my sub-four minute miles were 3:59s, as I also ran two 3:38 1500m, which equate to 3:55 miles. But it's the mile everyone relates to.''

All these years later Creighton said he thought he was ''still a fighting chance'' of being the only man to beat 4min in Canberra. Indeed, he still holds both the ACT all-comers' and ACT residents' records for the distance.

Creighton suffered a back injury last year and that cost him a tilt at a place in the Australian team for the marathon at the Athens Olympic Games in August. But he remains determined to run in the marathon in Melbourne in 2006 and become the first Australian athlete to compete in five Commonwealth Games. Creighton has been one of Australia's most versatile runners, with a string of outstanding times from 1500m (3:38.59, 1993) to the marathon (2hr 10min 22sec, 1997), including still holding the national 10,000m (27:31.92, 1996) and 3000m steeplechase (8:16.22, 1993) records. During his most recent US trip, Creighton was in Albuquerque when he ran into his equivalent in world athletics, the great Kenyan Henry Rono, who held world records from 3000m to 10,000m and the steeplechase. Creighton is a solicitor three days a week with Chamberlains and two days with the AIS.

He and Shelly can be confident William has running in his blood. Shelly was seventh in the final of the 3000m at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, just behind Irish great Sonia O'Sullivan, but beat home British champion Yvonne Murray.

Article from the Canberra Times.
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Pacesetters required for Gold Coast Marathon

Pat Carroll, one of Australia's top-ranked marathon runners, is helping the organisers at this years Gold Coast Marathon, and is looking for pacers to lead groups of runners.

Pacers are required to lead groups running at the following times : Sub-3hrs, Sub-3.15, Sub-3.30, Sub-3.45, Sub-4HRS ie 5 pacers in total, although Pat has expressed a preference for leading the sub-3hr group himself.

He is currently looking for runners who would be interested in filling the above-mentioned pacing roles.

As well as been given the opportunity to share in a very special experience with fellow runners, and meeting Pat himself, you will also receive free race entry, one nights accommodation (3rd of July) at the Gold Coast Marriott (five star), race singlet and a souvenir t-shirt.

Complete article and contact details at Pat Carroll's website
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 Sunday, April 18, 2004 

Lee Troup runs 2:09:58 to finish 8th at London

Lee Troup has been training hard in order to run not just a good time at the London Marathon, but a great time. In media reports, Troop, 31, said he was fit enough to break De Castella's 1986 time of 2hr 7min 51sec, but knew it would take more than a fast time to earn respect.

"I've done all the right things and I've finally had two years without a serious injury to disrupt my training preparation." he had said of his fitness.

His split times are unavailable at the moment but the ABC has reported that Lee finished in 2.09.58 in a day of cold of windy conditions. The temperature had been reported by the BBC at 9 degrees celcius which is close to perfect for marathon running at the elite level, but makes for cold and weary competitors who plan to finish much further back in the field. The London Marathon had 33,000 starters this year.

The men's race was taken out by Kenya's Evans Rutto, who survived a fall on the wet cobblestones outside the Tower of London to win in two hours, six minutes and 18 seconds.

Lee Troop will likely feel frustrated to have missed breaking his personal best time of only 9 seconds faster, 2:09:49, set last year at the Lake Biwa Marathon, which ranked him 13th in the London field.

It is unknown what position Lee finished, at this time, but it is understood he was running with the leading group of makes when they went through the halfway point in 63mins 30secs.

Australian Jackie Gallagher was 12th in the women's race, which was won by two-time New York Marathon champion Margaret Okayo in 2 hours 22 minutes and 35 seconds.

Sisay Bezabeh has finished in 2.12.05.

Lee Troups Splits are as follows:
KM5: 0:14:44
KM10: 0:29:45
KM15: 0:44:45
KM20: 0:59:56
HALF: 1:03:11
KM25: 1:14:50
KM30: 1:30:06
KM35: 1:45:42
KM40: 2:02:15
FINISH: 2:09:58

The Age has a good report and brief chat with Lee after his race

Athletics Australia profile of Lee Troop here

Athletics Australia profile of Sisay Bezabeh here

More info & discussion of the race is here

* Photo is of lead group at Bermondsey Tube Ststaion - Can anyone confirm Lee and Sisay are as indicated ?


1 E Rutto (Ken) 2hrs 06mins 18secs
2 S Korir (Ken) 2:06:48
3 J Gharib (Mor) 2:07:02
4 S Baldini (Ita) 2:08:37
5 T Tola (Eth) 2:09:07
6 B Zwierzhiewski (Fra) 2:09:35
7 A El Mouaziz (Mor) 2:09:42
8 L Troop (Aus) 2:09:58
9 J Yuda (Tan) 2:10:13
10 J Kadan (Ken) 2:11:30
11 J Mgolepus (Ken) 2:12:02
12 W Tiplagat (Ken) 2:12:04
13 S Bezebeh (Aus) 2:12:05
14 S Westcott (Aus) 2:13:30

15 J Brown (Sheffield) 2:13:39
16 D Robinson (Tipton) 2:13:53
17 N Pollias (Gre) 2:15:02
18 C Cariss (Bingley) 2:15:08
19 H Lobb (Bedford) 2:15:49
20 M Hudspith (Morpeth) 2:16:15
21 B Burns (Salford) 2:16:18
22 S Winton (Nzl) 2:17:40
23 J McFarlane (Thames Hares and Hounds) 2:17:53
24 M Green (Blackburn) 2:18:11
25 B Deacon (Can) 2:18:30


1 M Okayo (Ken) 2:22:25
2 L Petrova (Rus) 2:26:02
3 C Tomescu-Dita (Rom) 2:26:52
4 Albina Ivanova (Rus) 2:27:25
5 J Chepchumba (Ken) 2:28:01
6 S Zakharova (Rus) 2:28:10
7 S Yingjie (Chn) 2:28:32
8 Alena Ivanova (Rus) 2:28:48
9 S Demidenko (Rus) 2:33:06
10 T Morris (Valley Striders) 2:33:52
11 B Dagne (Belgrave) 2:34:45
12 J Gallagher (Aus) 2:34:48
13 J Lodge (Windsor) 2:34:49
14 M Lee (Milton Keynes) 2:35:51
15 S Harrison (Leamington) 2:38:20
16 M McCullum (unattached) 2:39:10
17 M Yamauchi (Harrow) 2:39:16
18 S Souma (Gre) 2:40:34
19 V Young (Irl) 2:41:32
20 S Partridge (Glasgow) 2:41:44
21 R Moore (Nzl) 2:43:50
22 L Hasell (Bristol) 2:44:06
23 P Gratsani (Gre) 2:44:35
24 M Moon (Nzl) 2:44:41
25 M Karimali (Gre) 2:46:01

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 Friday, April 16, 2004 

Jeremy's win raises the bar in annual run

THE ever popular annual Lindfield Fun Run attracted a bumper crowd this year, with some impressive times being recorded by its competitors.

In its ninth year, the 10km run was won by Jeremy Horne in a time of 32 minutes 59 seconds, while the first woman to cross the line was Yvette Clements in 38 minutes 44 seconds.

Organised by Lindfield Rotary Club, the run, which attracted 888 competitors this term, has swollen in numbers each year, with a direct impact upon the quality of the competition.

``The standards are improving each year. The winner this year, Jeremy Horne, was exceptional. The more people we get running, the better the times,'' the Rotary Club's Monty Thompson said.

He described the event as ``a great success'', and expects more than 1000 entrants for next year's run.

It is the primary fundraiser of the year for the club, and more than $20,000 was raised on the day.

``It was a fantastic family day, which is what it's all about really, and the money we raised was wonderful,'' Thompson said.

State Member for Davidson Andrew Humpherson started the main race and he and Federal Member for Bradfield Brendan Nelson both took part in the the 5km run and walk event.

Article from the North Short Times.
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Hindsight praise over Triathlon

I have just returned from the ultimate in sporting events, the Snap Australian Ironman Triathlon at Forster.

A crowd of 1500 people watched the endurance event.

Cut-off times were 15 hours for the 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and the 42km marathon.

A local lad from North Rocks finished 25th overall, and qualified in his age group for the World Title in in October.

However 25-year-old David Criniti of North Rocks not only overcame adversaries to achieve a childhood dream, he ran the fastest marathon 2hr 50min 14sec, out-speeding the winner Chris McCormack .

David is a modest part-time teacher and was the talk of the town on Monday, following his marathon leg.

He came in at 9hr 08min 49sec overall.

My daughter Pam and I took part in the Saturday 5km fun run, but these ironmen are inspirational, especially Dave or Donut Dave as we call him.

The Ironman will be shown on Channel Nine in a few weeks' time. I hope to support Dave in Hawaii on my way to California to speak at Dr. Robert Schullers famous Crystal Cathedral.

I hope to raise my fare by selling 8000 chocolates and sponsorship gigs, like appearing in a segment of funniest home videos to be recorded tonight.

Geoff Hinds

Letter published in the Parramatta Advertiser.
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Get set to run in memory of Anzacs

EASTER may only just be past but already Hornsby Council is looking ahead to Anzac Day and its Lest We Forget fun run at Fagan Park, Galston on May 2.

Similar runs will be held around the country, in Bougainville and in London to commemorate the Anzacs.

In pouring rain, more than 130 people took part in the 2003 run at Galston and council hopes numbers will increase for 2004.

The eight kilometre run represents the five miles of Gallipoli peninsula the Anzacs fought over.

Age categories range from under 15 years to over 60 years.

Entry fees are $18 for adults or $55 for a family of four.

These are tax deductible and go towards the RSL's welfare projects.

You can pick up an entry form from council or download one at

Postal entries close tomorrow but online entries will still be accepted until April 30.

Inquiries: 9847 6739.

Article from the Hornsby Advocate.
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Speedy competitors hit entry line in record time

By Heather Quinlan

If you were thinking about entering the 2004 The Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon, start planning for 2005.
Entries officially closed for the May 23 event at 6pm on Tuesday, 22 days after the race launch.

With only 4000 places available in the restricted field, participants again highlighted the popularity of the half marathon by entering in record time.

It is the seventh consecutive year that entries have closed before race day.

Complete article at the Sydney Morning Herald website.
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Local runner hopes to put a Dent in marathon record

By Ali Dawson

Imagine running from Barton to Black Mountain and back again. Now try doing it on a bitter Sunday morning in the middle of April. That is what around 800 hopefuls will be doing this weekend when they line up for the 28th Canberra Marathon.

A contender in the men's open division is local runner Martin Dent, who ran his first marathon less than 18 months ago. The 25-year-old has been training since Christmas last year and is looking forward to the weekend's race.

''I'm just hoping to have some fun when I run on Sunday,'' Dent said. The Canberra Marathon debutant admits the 42km race, that weaves its way through the Parliamentary Triangle and along the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, appeals to him. ''I always liked the longer races when I was younger,'' Dent said. ''They were just more interesting.''

With the marathon course directly outside his workplace, Dent has been training an incredible 180km each week in preparation for the big event.

''A lot of training, a lot of hard training, goes into getting ready for a marathon,'' he said.

Dent is one of the favourites for the race, however, he will have to contend with Australian marathon champion Damon Harris and fellow race debutants Tyler Coady and Barry Keem if he wants to break John Andrew's 1995 race record of 2h15m.

The women's race is set to be as competitive, with New Zealander Shireen Crumpton one of the favourites to break Susan Hobson's longstanding record of 2.32. The Kiwi will step onto the course, not only hoping to take the title, but also qualify for the New Zealand Olympic team. Crumpton must compete with Victorian June Petrie and Brisbane's Helen-Verity Tolhurst for the chance to participate in the fastest race in the world, the Chicago Marathon.

The Canberra Marathon starts at 7am from the Telopea Park School in Barton.

Article from the Canberra Times
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 Thursday, April 15, 2004 

Lee Troup aiming high at London

Lee Troop wants to break Rob de Castella's national record and finish on the podium in the London Marathon on Sunday.

Troop, 31, said he was fit enough to break De Castella's 1986 time of 2hr 7min 51sec, but knew it would take more than a fast time to earn respect. He needs a placing. "I was talking to Mona (Troop's mentor, Steve Moneghetti) and I said if I could run 2:07:50, even if I finished seventh, I'd be happy," Troop said yesterday.

"But Mona feels if I finish fifth to seventh, no one will be too worried about me when we line up in the Olympic race in Athens in August. He feels I can place. I've done all the right things and I've finally had two years without a serious injury to disrupt my training preparation."

Complete article at The Herald Sun
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SMH Half Marathon Entries Filled

Organisers of The Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon wish to advise that the field capacity of 4000 for this year's event was reached on Monday, April 14. The online entry facility has now closed and no more hard copy entries are been accepted.

All 2004 entrants will have their identification cards and runners guides lodged in the postal system by April 27.

Complete article at the race website
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 Wednesday, April 14, 2004 

Jay blitzes fun run

COBURG Harriers Athletic Club held its latest fun run at Greenvale's Reservoir Park on April 3.

It was the club's first handicap run of the winter season.

More than 20 club members took part in the 5.4km three-lap event.

Jay Blake repeated his 2003 triumph in the event. His 2004 time was almost four minutes quicker, testimony to his continued improvement.

New club junior, Daniel Langley, was second, followed by Jay Blake's father, Gary.

The Coburg Harriers' next club run will be at Yarra Flats, Heidelberg, on May 1, from 2pm.

Invitational entries are welcome. For more information, visit or contact Bernie Goggin on 9850 4958.

* THE Coburg 24-hour Carnival, one of Australia's most gruelling ultra-marathon running events, will be held on April 17 and 18 at the Harold Stevens Athletics Track, Coburg.

The event includes the Victorian 24-hour track championships and the Australian Centurions 24-hour walk, and 12-hour and six-hour running and walking events.

Go to the Harriers' website to enter, or contact Tim Erickson on 9379 2065, or email

Article from the Hume-Moreland Leader.

Complete article at
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Gold Coast Marathon could be on course for sizzler

by Amy Harris

This article has been taken directly from the newspaper. CoolRunning has since been in contact with the Gold Coast Marathon organisers and David Cundy who have informed us that some of the quotes have been incorrectly reported, and whilst its not clear whether this was due to unfamiliarity by the journalist or an attempt to hype the race, both organisers and Dave Cundy would like it be known that the article is very inaccurate. It is true though that there might be a number of elite runners preparing for the Olympics there, and that some of them may drop down a distance due to the closeness of the Olympics. They have indicated that there is no chance of breaking a world record though.

Gold Coasters will have a chance to watch the cream of Australia's marathon runners at this year's Gold Coast Marathon on July 4.

But to what extent depends on who gains Olympic selection when the Australian team for Athens is named later this month.

Gold Coast course director Dave Cundy said he had contacted 130 of Australia's best runners in a bid to get them on the Broadwater course and he had a definite 'yes' from leading men's runner Lee Troop and top woman Kerryn McCann.

But if Troop and McCann are named in Australia's Olympic team it is likely they will reduce their Gold Coast workload to either the half marathon or the 10km run.

Other runners tipped to secure an Olympic berth - including former Gold Coaster Jackie Gallagher and Victoria's Nick Harrison - could compete on the Coast as a lead-up to Athens.

But that leaves a number of other emerging Australian and overseas runners who, if they miss a spot at Athens, could beef up the starting line and possibly set a record.

"It is too early to say if a world record will be set because it all depends on who gets picked for Athens," said Cundy, who confirmed those chosen in the Olympic team would be reluctant to run a full marathon in July - so close to the August Games.

"But there are a few other good runners who will run the full marathon and it wouldn't be impossible to see them break a record."

Nick Harrison (Vic), Canberra's Scott Westcott and Melburnian Phil Sly are also tipped to compete.

Cundy said any of these world-class runners could set a new world mark - conditions permitting.

"The Gold Coast is one of the fastest tracks in the world be-cause it is flat and the weather is always conducive to great times," said Cundy.

The world record of 2hr 5min 38sec was set by American Khalid Khannouchi in the London marathon last year.

The Gold Coast men's record (2:10.11) was set by Victorian Brad Camp in 1989 while the women's record belongs to Japan's Erico Asai who ran 2:29.29 in 1993.

Article from the Gold Coast Bulletin.
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 Tuesday, April 13, 2004 

Aussie Troop marches to 10k title

AN IMPRESSIVELY large field of runners gathered in Lloyd Park Avenue on Sunday morning to contest the spring Croydon 10k.

Over 600 starters set a record since Croydon Harriers, working in conjunction with Croydon Cultural Services, started staging two races a year.

The huge throng featured the customary big borough contingent, many of whom were running with sponsorship dependant on their success.

The event also attracted a large number of athletes from much further afield in the UK, and from overseas too, including Australian Olympic marathon man Lee Troop, a nine-strong Dutch group, several Zimbabweans and two Americans.

Distance running star, Troop, 31, already selected for the Athens Olympics, chose the race to check out his form prior to competing in the London Marathon in two weeks time, and he was certainly heartened by the fine job he made of it.

Having been set on his way by the Mayor Cllr Jane Avis and the legendary Don Thompson, 1960 Olympic 50km gold medallist, with the rest of the hugely diverse field, trailing in his wake, Troop immediately set his sights on victory heading the cavalry-like charge out of Lloyd Park Avenue, establishing a lead which he was destined to retain throughout.

Firing strongly on all cylinders, he attacked the hills with clinical precision and power, and steadily stretched his lead to win by a two-minute margin, setting a new course record of 29 minutes 25 seconds.

He immediately texted compatriot and record holder for the old course Peter Brett, back down under, to confirm Australian control over Croydon's roads.

Runner-up Jon McCallum, Croydon Harriers' Commonwealth Games runner and previous winner, warmed to the challenge, but try as he might he could not stay with the hot pace set by the ambitious Aussie beyond 1,800m, and wisely throttled back to consolidate safely in second spot.

The determined McCallum maintained form well. Still looking strong although isolated in the closing stages, he was

nonetheless able to finish with a flourish and register an excellent new personal best of 31.48 for the course. This augers well for an international road relay in which he is scheduled to race for Scotland in Belgium soon.

Third-placed Louis Jones, of Crawley, was also in a class of his own and came home comfortably in 32.43.

The women's winner, Annie Emmerson, from Brigend, was always well to the fore and finished in 14th with a 35.43 clocking. She showed many a strong man a clean pair of heels and headed 36th-placed women's runner-up Rosalind Lewis, Shaftsbury Barnet, by over two minutes. Emma Harraden, of Medway & Maidstone, was the third woman home, 107th in 41.58.

Many members of local clubs vied with each other in friendly rivalry. David Ogden, of South London Harriers, finished a sprightly 10th in 35.14 to take the Veteran 40 title. Charles Green, of Sutton

Runners, was third in this category coming 18th in 36.38, while Donald Kayum, leading a large Striders of Croydon contingent, was fourth V40, 16 seconds further back in 23rd spot.

Bob Treadwell, of Redhill & Surrey Beagles, epitomised eternal youth as he mixed it with many younger race leaders to take the V50 title in 35.34 for 14th place.

Way down the age range, 15-year-old Croydon Harrier Ashley George excelled to finish 53rd in 39.11, as Under 20s run-

ner-up. That title went to Epsom Oddball Josh Hart, a year younger, who was 40th in 38.08. Third U20 was George's Croydon Harrier team-mate Mark Elsworthy, 74th in 40.18. He spearheaded a significant family input, finishing ahead of pursuing older brother Jake.

Jessica Goodwin 16, one of the host club's most talented young athletes, won the U20 women's title. She sprinted home 304th in 49.18.

Meanwhile, the irrepressible 70-year-old Thompson, having carried out his duties as co-starter, then joined in the fray and covered the course in a time of 62.05 for 541st position.

Two of the event's most devoted supporters, Eric and Alice Campbell, both rose to the challenge again. Eric, who finished in 49.18, nervously watched the clock as his sister toiled across the line and lay exhausted on the grass. Having confirmed his hopes with the timekeepers, he gave her the good news - that she had produced a personal best time of 1:44.09.

Further back still, the last three steadfast strollers eventually neared the finish, only to be exhorted to beat the fast approaching two-hour barrier. Bravely they broke into a run and all delightedly cracked their chronological challenge.

The event could surely have only been a great success, with part of the course going along Ranmore Avenue, and runners with names of Allpass, Goodwin, Speed, Sturdy, Treadwell and Winning, all gracing the roll call.

The Croydon 10k, now well established on an exciting new level by innovative and energetic organiser Martin Rowe, sponsored by the Croydon Champions, and assisted by the Croydon Lions, the 1st Selsdon and Sanderstead Scouts and transport police, promises to go from strength to strength.

Maybe the next race scheduled for October 17 will feature a field approaching 1,000, and will attract some young British Olympians post Athens.

Article from the Croydon Advertiser.
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Tucker, Jamieson set Dragon Mile records

GEELONG's Mark Tucker and Melbourne's Sarah Jamieson created history yesterday when they both set new records in the Bendigo Bank Dragon Mile footrace.

Tucker smashed the previous men's open record of 4.09 minutes when he won the mile in a time of 4:02.05, while Jamieson won the women's open in 4:40.09, eclipsing the former record of 4:41.97.

The previous women's open record was held by Anne Cross, while Ballarat's Paul Fenn is the former owner of the men's open record.

Both Tucker, Jamieson and Michael Power, who was second in the men's open, hold Olympic Games aspirations and were the headline runners in the 18th Dragon Mile.

All three athletes are training partners and trained by Bruce Scriven.

Both Tucker and Jamieson collected $500 for breaking the race records.

Jamieson is the reigning national 1500 m women's champion and comfortably won the women's open race in her first appearance in the Dragon Mile.

"It's great to come up here and run a road-mile on a day like this at an Easter carnival," Jamieson said.

"I loved it - it was really good fun." Jamieson crossed the line 24 secs ahead of her nearest rival, Anna Worland.

Coincidentally, Jamieson, 29, is good friends with Cross.

"She's a great runner - it was a fairly hard record to get, but I felt good today.

Article from the Bendigo Advertiser
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McCann on road to glory

KERRYN McCann, Australia's premier distance runner, is back in business after the birth of daughter Josie five months ago.

McCann, winner of the marathon at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, recently won the Nike 10km Women's Classic in Melbourne. Her time of 34min 7sec on a slow course showed she is on course to represent Australia in the marathon at the Athens Olympics in August.

A half-marathon (21km) in Sydney on May 23 will be her next assignment.

McCann stepped up her training before the Nike Classic and is covering about 160km a week.

She plans to step up her schedule even more in coming months to be at her peak training regime of 180km a week.

McCann has always prided herself on her fitness, which was evident when she won the marathon in Manchester two years ago.

She appeared as strong at the finish of 42km as she was at the start, stopping the clock in 2hr30min5sec.

Gold in Athens is not beyond McCann, who has been pounding Wollongong's roads for more than 17 years.

Article from the Sunday Telegraph
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Dent Shares Favouritism For New Balance Canberra Marathon

It has been 11 years since an ACT runner won the New Balance Canberra Marathon and Australian world cross country representative Martin Dent could be the one to break the drought.

Dent has run just one marathon, running 2.20.04 in Fukuoka in December 2002. He spent 2003 working in the United Kingdom but is now based back in Canberra.

Dent is joined at the top of the entry list by 2001 Australian marathon champion Damon Harris, of NSW, who ran 2.20.44 at the 2002 London Marathon.

Victorian Tyler Coady and Wollongong's Barry Keem are both making their marathon debut and hope to run around the 2.20 mark. If so, it will put them in a great tussle with Dent and Harris.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website
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 Sunday, April 11, 2004 

Runners quick off the blocks to enter SMH race

A record number of entries have been received since the launch of the 2004 The Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon.

Organisers believe maximum race numbers will be reached even earlier than normal after a whopping 2500 entries were processed in the first week. The field for Australia's most popular 21.1km event - held this year on Sunday, May 23 - is restricted to 4000.

The 15 per cent rise in first-week entries has been put down to the availability of the online registration at

Complete article at the SMH
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King ponders Gift he did not take

Having "managed" his performances in the traditional professional manner for five years, King secured a winning mark of 9.5 metres. He ran the fastest heat time, but ran "like a chased rabbit" in the final and was beaten by Andrew Pollack.

"I still run, I still train and I do sprints," King said this week at the launch of this year's Gift.

"There aren't too many times when I don't think of the regret of not winning the Stawell Gift, or of not performing to the best of my ability."

Complete article at The Age.
Stawell Gift website.
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 Thursday, April 08, 2004 

It's not a long way to the top for this Dapto cop


HE'S called the Freak and it easy to understand why - Dapto cop Marty Weston can run to the top of Sydney Tower in less than 10 minutes.
Senior Constable Weston proved he had the ticker and the legs last week to win the Cop to the Top race, beating 15 other police officers.

He set a record time of 9min43sec, five seconds faster than the old record, which he set when he won the race in 2002.

The annual event starts in the Pitt St Mall and continues up 1550 stairs to the top of the 250m tall Sydney Tower.

The aim is to raise money for the TACKERS Foundation, which helps children who have had organ transplants or are waiting for a donor.

This year $10,000 was raised and funds from the past five years will go towards building a playground at one of the children's hospitals.

Snr Const Weston, 35, said he was happy with his win in a race which he describes as just as hard on the body as a marathon.

``After three to four minutes, your legs are pretty much jelly and you're really doing it tough. The hardest thing is the lack of oxygen because the air quality in the stairwell is so low,'' he said.

The key to the race was to grab the lead from the start by winning the 50m sprint to the door of the stairwell.

``I was second through the door, but the guy who was leading dropped off after a few minutes and I just kept up my pace.''

He has entered Cop to the Top four times.

Snr Const Weston said one of the runners had given him the nickname ``the freak''. ``I don't know what he means, but this race is certainly not something that appeals to everyone.''

He only began jogging in his late 20s and developed a competitive streak when he joined the Kembla Joggers Club.

Snr Const Weston now trains up to six times a week and is preparing for the Canberra Marathon.

Article from the Illawarra Mercury.
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Unique text gets a free run

COMPETITORS in this year's London Marathon will be able to send free text messages to friends to keep them up to date with their progress on April 18.

The text-timing service uses a small chip attached to the runner's laces and sensor mats at the start, finish and at various points along the course. Every time a chip crosses a mat, it is identified and data including the runner's name, race number, distance and time is recorded. Orange will take the data and turn it into a unique, personalised text message that will be sent to three nominated supporters.

Article from MX.
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Our best by a mile

Landy recalls the race to beat four minutes

THERE are clocks ticking away everywhere in Government House, Melbourne, to remind you of the importance of time.

Time present and time past. And beating time itself.

When the minute hands reach the top of the clocks, the great white house on the hill echoes with the chimes and bells as they all strike the hour.

Perfectly wound. All breasting the tape, as it were, together.

His Excellency the Governor, John Landy, 73, sits erect in one of the gracious sitting rooms, sipping a cup of tea, remembering the year, the time and the place of what he calls the ``most extraordinary, the best race of my life''.

Against the clock.

As the 50th anniversary of the breaking of the four-minute mile approaches, he recalls perfectly the race that started him on his path to glory.

It was December 12, 1952. On the red track at what would be called Olympic Park.

In August that year, John Landy, a young agricultural science student, had come home after being badly beaten in the Helsinki Olympics.

He had come fifth in the heat for the 1500m and ``was so far behind in the 5000m I could look over to the left and see the people finishing''.

He came home with some new ideas on training after watching the great Czech long-distance runner Emile Zatopec.

Landy lived opposite Central Park, East Malvern.

All the rest of that winter, through spring and into summer, late at night, he would go to the park and run.

``I would get out as late as 11 o'clock and run for at least an hour. I'd worked out a routine.

``The track was about 600m long, so I'd probably run it 12 times, practically at racing speed.''

On the morning of Decem ber 12, 1952: ``I had made up my mind that I would be fit enough to break Don MacMillan's Australian record for the mile, set in 1951, which was 4:8.9. This was the real beginning of my running career.

``I'd been out the night before, had a good night out, too . . . I hadn't had any breakfast that day, but I went out at lunchtime and had a chocolate nut sundae and two pies before I walked to the ground.

``I got into the second row for the race and I took off.

``When I finished there was this extraordinary situation. Nobody would speak to me.

``The officials all went into a huddle. They were frightened with what they had on their hands -- I had come within seven-tenths of the world record. The fastest time for seven years -- 4:2.1.''

John Landy had never thought of himself as much more than a competent runner and a handy football player.

Sure, he'd won the public school mile in 4:43.8 in 1948 and played for Melbourne under-19s before being named best and fairest in the Central Goulburn League playing for Dookie College.

As a miler, he'd cut his time back to 4:16 in the 1951 university championships before being the second-last person to qualify for Helsinki.

O N the way there, though, he'd come second in the British mile championships and broken the British Empire two-mile record.

A coiled watch spring inside him was waiting to be released.

Arthur Daley, sports writer for the New York Times, headlined his column after John Landy's Melbourne run; ``4:2.1 By Unknown. Please Pass The Salt!''

A few weeks later, John Landy ran again. This time it was 4:2.8.

``I ran for another 15 months in Australia and I ran a total of six four-minute miles, all within a few tenths of a second.

``Nobody could get near me. I'd normally win by 70, 80, even 100m. I usually ran the race from the front and virtually all were unpaced. It got, well, a bit monotonous.''

By this time, a crowd of 20,000 people would turn out to see him run.

Would he break the four- minute mile?

``I had already met Roger Bannister and there was another runner, an American, Wes Santee. We were seen as the three most likely people to break the four-minute mile.

``Santee had run 4:2.4. Bannister had run 4:2.0. I had run 4:2.0; 4:2.1; 4:2.6 (twice) and 4:2.8. One or other of us was going to do it.''

John Landy was now invited to Finland to run in eight races across Scandinavia.

When he reached Helsinki, he heard that Bannister planned to race in Oxford on May 5.

John Landy's first European race was set for May 31.

``I was in a restaurant when I heard the news that Bannister had run the mile in 3:59.4. I was greatly surprised, but not desperately disappointed.

``Then Chris Chataway, the British runner, elected to come across to race me. He'd paced Bannister in the 3:59.4 race.

``Chataway was a formidable competitor. I had to drag something out of the hat in our race on June 21.

``I was absolutely staggered to find I'd run 3:57.9 and also broken the world record for the 1500m on the way as well.

`T HERE'S nothing like facing defeat to drive you on.''

The scene was now set for a classic showdown with Bannister -- the race remembered as the Miracle Mile in Vancouver on August 7.

``It was obviously going to be a very close go . . . miraculously, here were two guys who'd beaten the four-minute mile, who were going to clash, representing their countries. It had all the hallmarks of a world title fight.

``It was pretty frightening. I was only 24. I didn't have a coach. I was there on my own.

``I elected to run the race by leading from the front -- it was the only way I knew.

``I led easily on the first lap, easily on the second. He caught up in the third lap and I knew it was going to be very, very difficult to win.

``I had to anticipate the last 300m, which was his long sprint, which he tended to do.

``So down the back straight I trudge. I could see my shadow and I could gauge where he was because I could see his shadow.

``With about 100m to go. I turned left slightly with my head to see where he would be. It was a look of hope, or optimism, because I thought he would be 15m behind.

``When I looked up he was going past. And it was all over.

``We had both run under four minutes. He ran 3:58.8 and I ran 3:59.6.

``The only disappointment of the year was centred on not winning the race. I really would have liked to have won it.

``I couldn't do any better than that. I thought to myself I had done as well as I could.

``In the long haul of history I feel I gained an immense amount out of my athletic career by making my own decisions.

``I made a lot of mistakes and I may have been pig-headed at times. But I think I got the most out of it.''

POSTSCRIPT: John Landy still corresponds with Sir Roger Bannister 50 years later.

And at 5.15am every day the Governor goes for a 35-minute walk followed by exercises.

He says it is very important to keep fit for his job.

Article from the Herald Sun
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 Tuesday, April 06, 2004 

Lest We Forget time of year

The Lest We Forget Run is on again this year so wherever you are on Sunday 2 May 2004, mark this date in your diaries as an event not to be missed.

Athletics Australia and the RSL invite you to get involved in the annual "LEST WE FORGET RUN" - A National fun run commemorating the ANZAC spirit and held at over 60 locations worldwide - from Blacktown to Brisbane, from Rockhampton to Rockingham and on numerous Defence bases in Australia and overseas.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website
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Paris Streets for Moneghetti

Just 2 weeks after his return to international competition at the World Cross Country Championships in Brussels, Australia's Steve Moneghetti competed in the Paris Marathon on Sunday 4th April.

Moneghetti finished a credible 26th, clocking 02:19:32. The event was won in 02:08:56 by Ethiopia's Ambesa Tolosa - his first win over the distance.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website
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Gallagher supports Canberra Kids Marathon

Former world triathlon champion and 2002 Commonwealth Games marathon bronze medallist Jackie Gallagher has thrown her support behind the inaugural Kids Marathon, to be held in conjunction with the annual New Balance Canberra Marathon on Sunday 18 April.

The Kids Marathon is a new concept where young people will run the first 40km of the marathon distance in small increments over as many as ten weeks leading up to the Canberra Marathon, then on race day they will complete the final 2.195km of the marathon journey along the real marathon route.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website
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Mottram defends Great BUPA Ireland Run title

Australia’s Craig Mottram successfully defended his men's title at the weekend, in the Great BUPA Ireland Run in Dublin.

Despite being slightly slowed by the strong wind, Mottram's performance was world class clocking 29:11, fifty seconds ahead of Portugal's Victor Almeida who crossed the line three seconds ahead of Northern Ireland's Andy Graffin.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website
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Veterans clash in Three Peaks New cat ranked a favourite


CIRCUMNAVIGATORS ``Kanga'' Birtles and Tony Mowbray will add something new to their sailing logbooks when they debut at Easter in the Three Peaks Race, Australia's unique sailing and mountain running challenge.

Birtles and Steven Toth, both from Huskisson, NSW, will sail the new 14m Chamberlin bridge deck catamaran Incinerator in the main racing division of this demanding event around the East Coast of Tasmania starting on Friday.

Birtles will be renewing an old contest with the cat's designer, Queenslander Rob Chamberlin, and Tasmanian Terry Travers, whom he beat for line honours in the double-handed Trans-Tasman Race in 1998.

Incinerator, with two experienced long-distance runners on board -- Jacqui Guy, from Hobart, and Louise Provin, from Scotland -- must be considered one of this year's favourites.

Guy will be contesting her seventh Three Peaks, and though this will be the first for Provin, she has contested similar long-distance events in Scotland.

Mowbray, from Newcastle, who has sailed solo around the world and recently made a voyage to Antarctica, will skipper the Beneteau 361 Harris Scarfe in the cruising division with a large crew of sailors and runners from NSW and Victoria.

Chamberlin and Travers, winners of the past three Three Peaks Races, are competing again in the main racing division with Orana Respite Mersey Pharmacy, their 11.4m Chamberlin-designed catamaran.

Joining them again will the winning team of sailor Peter Fletcher, from Hobart, and two Victorian runners, Nigel Aylott and Andrew Kromar.

Another catamaran in the main racing division is Complete Engineering Services, a Simpson 11.6m cat sailed by a Tasmanian crew of Peter Newman (Devonport), Peter Phillips (Latrobe) and Jamie Cooper (Lilydale) and runners David Sweetman (Penguin) and Nigel Harris (Devonport).

Well-known Wynyard yachtsman and sailmaker Steve Walker will skipper the fourth catamaran in the main racing division, the Chamberlin-designed 9.2m Slingshot, again with a crew of Tasmanian sailors and runners.

Other boats in the main racing division are monohulls: Everybody Fitness, an Adams 13m sloop skippered by Jason van Zetton, from Launceston; Haphazard, a Radford 14 skippered by Nick Edmunds, of Sidmouth, sailing his 16th Three Peaks; and Funnel Web Spiders, a Hick 50 skippered by Ian Macfadyen, of Floraville, NSW.

Macfadyen and his wife, Glen, sailed Funnel Web Spiders in last year's Melbourne-to-Osaka double-handed race and are using the Three Peaks as a warm-up for next month's double-handed Trans-Tasman Race.

Interest in the fully crewed racing division has grown this year, the line-up including the other Radford 14, Wildcard (Richard Edmunds); Quality Equipment, Alf Doedens's Farr 37 from Hobart; Apollonius, Julian Robinson's Robinson 12 from Devonport; and Underwater Video Systems, Jeff Cordell's Mumm 36 from Hobart.

Four yachts are in the cruising division: Harris Scarfe (Tony Mowbray), Genrx (Greg Hall) from Launceston, Kingston Computer and Photo Centre (Ricard Brabazon) from Kingston Beach, and the S&S 34 Misty (Brian Claque) from Victoria.

Article from The Mercury
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 Monday, April 05, 2004 

Cupid hits bullseye - Newlyweds hope love will prevail for Athens


TWO Australian sporting champions tied the knot yesterday when archery's Simon Fairweather married triathlon-cum-marathon runner Jackie Gallagher.

The two met at the Australian Institute of Sport three years ago and have shared a special bond, which they hope will see them both compete at this year's Athens Olympics.

Gallagher, who won a bronze medal in the marathon at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, talked her husband out of retirement late last year.

``After the Commonwealth Games I said to Simon that I was going to have a crack at making the Australian Olympic team for Athens and suggested he do the same,'' Gallagher said.

``He thought `what the heck' and started preparing for the Olympic archery trials.''

Gallagher's advice proved spot on as Fairweather capped off a stunning return to the sport to win last week's third and final Olympic selection trial in Canberra. ``The Iceman'', as he is known, showed all his customary coolness under pressure to defeat fellow AIS archers David Barnes and Tim Cuddihy.

Barnes, 18, and Cuddihy, 16, also clinched spots on the Olympic team and, with Fairweather, will form one of Australia's strongest teams.

Fairweather, who will compete in his fifth Olympic Games, will go to Athens as the defending gold medal champion.

He created history at the 2000 Sydney Games by becoming the first Australian archer to win an Olympic medal.

Fairweather, 34, believes Australia has an excellent chance of winning a medal in both the team and individual events.

``I'm really excited about the Australian archery team that will be competing in Athens,'' Fairweather said. ``We have a nice blend of youth and experience.

``It's all about believing in yourself, backing your ability and staying aggressive.

``David and Tim are two really good young archers who have proven on the international stage that they can compete well.

``If we all shoot to our ability and perform well on the day, I'm confident we will do well in Athens.''

Gallagher has supported Fairweather through his Olympic campaign, and now the roles will be reversed.

Fairweather will be 100 per cent behind Gallagher's quest to make the Australian Olympic team.

Despite turning in a personal best performance at a recent marathon in Japan, Gallagher was still 40 seconds off recording the required A-qualifier, which would guarantee her a place on the plane for Athens.

In a last-ditch effort to make the Australian team, Gallagher will compete in a London marathon next month.

Article from the Sunday Telegraph
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Coburg 24-hour Carnival

TIME is running out to enter the Coburg 24-hour Carnival, one of Australia's most gruelling ultra-marathon running events.

It will be held on April 17 and 18 at the Harold Stevens Athletics Track, Coburg, and each year the carnival attracts 30 to 40 people who push themselves to the limit.

The event includes the Victorian 24-hour track championships and the Australian Centurions 24-hour walk.

If a 24-hour run does not appeal to you, there is a walking event as well as six-hour and 12-hour run/walk events. Team entries (eight people), where each member runs with the baton for three separate half-hour stints over 12 hours, are also part of the carnival.

The 24-hour carnival began in 1984 as a warm-up for the Sydney to Melbourne marathon, and has since outlasted the marathon, last held in 1991.

To download an entry form or for more information, visit Coburg Harriers Athletics Club's website at, or contact Tim Erickson on 9379 2065 or email

Article from the Melbourne Yarra Leader.
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 Friday, April 02, 2004 

Roadrunning in Burdekin

It was ironic on local government elections day, the Roadrunners and Walkers arranged their fixtured `pole' run.

Thirty members gathered at Anzac Park and proceeded out along Klondyke Road using the power poles as a guide for alternate jogging and sprint work.

This type of training increases aerobic capacity and is great training for the upcoming third annual Sugar Rush in approximately six weeks.

The half marathon, 10km run and 5km fun run and walk have been well supported in the past and the club looks forward to another successful turnout this year.

Walkers and joggers are looking forward to this Saturday's change of venue event at the Diorama in Home Hill.

This run usually attracts new members from the Home Hill side and will begin at 6am.

Many members will then head off to Townsville for the Relay for Life cancer fundraiser. The 18-hour event will see participants walking or jogging continually around the Townsville athletics track starting at 4pm on Saturday.

The club has more than 20 keen members ready for the challenge.

It's never too late to get started -- take a drive over the Burdekin Bridge this Saturday and begin that healthy feel good habit.

Article from the Ayr Advocate.
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Cash help a step in the right direction, says marathon mum


MARATHON runner Kerryn McCann earned her first money for 18 months on Sunday when she won $1000 for winning the Nike Women's Classic in Melbourne.
For the Commonwealth Games gold medallist, it was the first race since before she fell pregnant with Josie, her daughter born in October last year.

The loss of an income for the family came shortly after they knocked down their old Coledale house overlooking the ocean and used the block to build their dream home.

So husband Greg had to take on more work, including extra overtime at the Coalcliff coke works to meet the extra financial burdens.

``When you have a baby, you lose income but you also have to pay at least the same number of bills,'' Ms McCann said.

The Labor plan effectively gives paid maternity leave to all mothers - whether they are salaried employees, unemployed, or - like Olympic athletes - self-employed.

While the couple welcomed the plan, they said it probably would not make any difference to whether they had a child.

Article from the Illawarra Mercury.
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Running legends join forces

FORMER multiple distance world record-holder and new Gold Coast Mayor Ron Clarke, pictured, is joining forces with another track legend, British Olympic gold medallist Steve Ovett, to guide developing young middle-distance runners. They'll offer advice on appropriate training and the value of goals and racing to bridge the transition from junior to senior athlete in a two-hour seminar at UQ Athletics Centre tonight from 7pm. The pair will also launch the Milers Club as its patrons, the concept having been mooted in an Ovett seminar last year. Aimed at countering struggling Australian standards in men's and women's middle-distance running over the past decade, the Milers Club will provide regular graded competition using pacemakers to push for faster times.

-- Olivia Stewart

Article from the Courier Mail
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 Thursday, April 01, 2004 

Schools Cross Country Team head to France

An Australian team of 24 under 18 athletes will contest the ISF World Schools Cross-Country Championships, to be held at La Tour de Salvagny in Lyon, France from April 2 - 7, 2004.

The School Sport Australia Cross-Country Team will compete in the following events:

- Boys team event, 4900m
- Representative Boys team event, 5500m
- Girls team event, 3400m
- Representative Girls team event, 3800m

The past 2 Championships we have returned with medals. There are 25 other competing countries and open to any association affiliated with the ISF.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website
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Clarke runs into local politics

Athletics Australia congratulates former Olympian Ron Clarke, elected to the office of Mayor for the Gold Coast last weekend.

The Australian distance legend claimed an early victory over Mayor Gary Baildon, father of former Olympic swimmer Andrew.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website
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Australian Mountain Running Champs

The Australian Mountain Running Championships will be held at Mt Buffalo, Victoria, on Sunday 25th April 2004.

The entry form and full details for the 2004 Australian Mountain Running Championships are at The junior championships are open to runners aged 16 to 19 years, while all veterans age groups are catered for, up to M70 and W65. The course comprises a steady climb up the famous Big Walk track.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website
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Benita close in Carlsbad 5000

Just one week after Benita Johnson won the World Cross Country Championships, she was at it again in the Carlsbad 5000.

Johnson flew straight from Brussels to California to contest the event, up against a stellar field including defending champion Berhane Adere, plus another Ethiopian, Meseret Defar, who is coming off a first-place performance in the World Indoor Championships 3,000-meter race and Kenya’s Isabella Ochichi, last year's Carlsbad 5000 runner-up.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website
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Legacy fun run

THE RSL Legacy Fun Run will be held on Sunday April 18, 2004. Join members of the HMAS Arunta and RAAF No 1 RSU Unit.

The race will start at 7.15am at the Council Lawns

The distance will be 4km.

The cost is $5 per person or $15 for a family of four (pay and nominate on the day).

Certificates will be issued to all who participate.

A light breakfast will also be included, and prizes will be drawn following the race.

Proceeds of the race will go to Alice Springs Legacy and War Widows.

For further details, call Peter Davis on 8950 0505 (bh).

Article from the Centralian Advocate.
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Running fever must be in the air

by Jon Mailer

The crispness of autumn has arrived, and the running shoes are hitting the pathways around town. It's a sure sign that the ``fun run'' season isn't far away.

Whether it's 5km, 10km, the half-marathon distance or the full marathon 42km, it appears that a stack of people are gearing up to go the distance.

How far do I run? How often do I run? What shoes should I wear? How hard do I run?

These are all questions that I get asked on a regular basis, so let's look at them . . . particularly if you are thinking about getting started to complete your first fun run.

By the way, nothing can describe the feeling of completing your first fun run.

After the training, the discipline and the sweat, only those who have finished a run can share the experience. Why not join the group?

Firstly, decide on the distance you would like to complete.

If it is your first fun run, choosing a shorter distance of 5km, 8km or 10km is advisable.

You can build up your stamina, confidence and fitness on these to then take on the longer distances later.

I know of some crazy people who say ``it's the marathon or nothing''.

Good luck.

Also find out the date of the run so you can arrange your training schedule.

Get the right shoes for the job. Go to a specialist sports shoe store to get advice on the right footwear.

Nothing puts you off running quicker than shoes that give you blisters or are the wrong size.

These days there are running shoes to suit any foot size and shape.

Now, if you haven't run much before, start off with three days a week with a rest day in between.

Choose one day for a longer, easier run (50-60 per cent), where you add five minutes every week to the length of the run.

For example if your long run is 30 minutes this week, then make it 35 minutes next week, and so on. Eventually you'll be able to run for an hour or more.

The second run for the week should be an interval/speed session.

This is where you run harder and faster that you would in a race (95 per cent), but have rest periods in between.

For example, run hard for 3 minutes and have 1 minute rest. Do this five to 10 times.

Also include one day where you run at a faster pace than your long run (80 per cent), around race pace, for a shorter time than your long run, with the aim of building up your fitness, stamina and strength.

Training with a partner will make this much more fun and exciting, especially when you can share the experience with them at the finish line.

Tip for the week: Proper planning and preparation will ensure you achieve your fun run goal.

Thought for the week: Dream like you'll live forever. Live like there is no tomorrow.

Article from the Courier Mail
Posted at 13:37     [Perma-Link]

Benita seen as Athens chance

THE former coach of Australian distance runner Benita Johnson believes she is on track to win a medal at this year's Athens Olympics.

Johnson powered away from Ethiopian duo Ejigayehu Dibaba and Werknesh Kidane to win the world cross-country championship in Brussels by a clear 12 seconds.

It was the first time an Australian athlete had won a medal at world cross-country championship.

Dick Telford, who coached and developed Johnson's running career for seven years at the AIS, said Johnson's latest effort has given her the self-belief to take on the world's best.

"Benita showed by her latest achievement that her running has gone to yet another level," said Telford.

"She is the ultimate professional with her approach to running and leaves no stone unturned in her quest to achieve excellence.

"I honestly believe we will see further improvement from Benita in the run-up to the Athens Olympics where I'm confident she can win a medal for Australia."

Johnson will compete in the 10,000m in Athens where she will again face stiff opposition from Ethiopian runners.

Article from the Gold Coast Bulletin.
Posted at 13:32     [Perma-Link]

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