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 Friday, July 29, 2005 

Lodon Marathon 2006 Packages

The great news is that the FLORA LONDON MARATHON 2006 packages are now on sale.

This event will be held on 23 April 2006 and as you would no doubt be aware, entries into this prestigious event are extremely limited for international runners. In order to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to purchase these guaranteed entries packages will be offered and allocated purely on a first-come-first-served basis.

For full details of the Flora London Marathon packages please visit our website at www.travellingfit.com/floralondon.htm.

Whilst every effort will be made to ensure that you have the entries that your equest please note that NO entry is guaranteed until the full deposit amount of $550 per runner and $350 per non-runner has been received.

I look forward to hearing from you soon so that I can begin organising your trip to one of the world's most famous races.

Best wishes

Mari-Mar Walton
Travel & Fitness Specialist
Travelling Fit
www.travellingfit.com
PO Box 583, Terrigal NSW 2260, Australia
Tel +61 2 4385 2455 Fax +61 2 4385 2476
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 Thursday, July 28, 2005 

Australian Gold at World Masters Games

Blue Mountains Athletic Club is delighted to announce the following breaking news from the World Masters Games in Edmonton, Canada. Alison Rothwell, coached by Grahame Heape, won the gold medal in the Women's age category 30-34 yrs 2,000m steeplechase in a time of 7 minutes and 46.01 seconds.

In a taste of what we hope to be many more great results from these games, we send warmest congratulations to Alison from all at Blue Mountains AC and Springwood Little Athletics Centre.

You may wish to follow the results online from this championship by clicking on the following website : http://www.2005worldmasters.com

From Gerard Coogan and Oztrack

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 Wednesday, July 27, 2005 

Mottram's plan for title medal

Plan A nearly worked but Craig Mottram is confident that he has a plan B that is capable of upstaging world record-holder Kenenisa Bekele when they race for gold at next month's world championships.

The Australian distance star rocketed into medal calculations on Friday night when he pushed Bekele, the Olympic 10,000m champion and 5000m silver medallist, to within a whisker at the London Grand Prix.
At the same meeting last year at Crystal Palace, Mottram set an Australian 5000m record to just be beaten by the great Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie.

While this year's time of 12min 56.13sec was .037sec slower, it was more about how comfortably Mottram went stride for stride with Bekele, according to his coach, Nic Bideau.

"Last year a couple of times he looked like he was struggling, this time he just looked like he was jogging," Bideau said. "The main thing about last year, when he ran 12:55, it was like a mountain. It was about proving himself on the big stage, showing he could run under 13 minutes and that he could compete with guys like Gebrselassie."

In Friday night's race, Mottram stalked Bekele over the final 1000m and it was only until the final 200m that the Ethiopian surged clear, although the Australian was again closing on the line.

"We tried something but it didn't work," Bideau said. "But he knows he can be competitive with him now and all we have to do is work out a way of getting in front of him."

After last year's heroics at Crystal Palace, Mottram went to the Athens Olympics and finished eighth in the final of the 5000m.

Bideau is convinced the 25-year-old has improved significantly over the past 12 months and is a legitimate medal chance against the Africans.

Mottram will race in the mile event in Oslo on Friday before heading to Helsinki for the world titles which start the following week.

Complete article at The Herald Sun

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 Tuesday, July 26, 2005 

Americans to watch World Champs Live on Internet

A major sport's international federation is to make live coverage of its world championships available on the internet for the first time.

The nine-day athletics world championships, which are staged in Helsinki next month, are to be webcast in the United States and US territories for less than $5, as the world governing body, the IAAF, seeks to overcome American broadcasters' antipathy towards "amateur" sports outside Olympic years.

Last year's Olympics in Athens were "narrowcast" in a joint venture between the International Olympic Committee and NBC, the US broadcaster and rights-holders for the Games.

The IAAF world championships are the world's third largest sporting event, after the Olympics and football's World Cup. But with American broadcasters consigning coverage of track and field to heavily edited highlights packages, often broadcast very late at night, the IAAF is seeking to reach athletics fans in the nation which is likely to dominate the medals table in Helsinki.

In total, 58 hours will be webcast live, with Steve Ovett, the former Olympic champion, Sean Pickering and broadcaster Peter Matthews providing the commentary. The service will provide uninterrupted coverage of all preliminary rounds of every track event and extensive coverage of all field events.

The coverage will begin this Friday with a "bonus" transmission from the Oslo Golden League meeting.

The service is being delivered by World Championships Sports Network (WCSN), in partnership with MLB Advanced Media. Viewing the webcast will require broadband internet access at a speed of 350kps. Under the deal, regional television coverage in the US will be provided by Comcast SportsNet in Philadelphia, Baltimore/Washington, and Northern and Central California, Comcast Sports Southeast in Atlanta, and Comcast Local in Detroit.

In addition to the live feed, subscribers will also be able to view archived footage of each day’s Webcast one hour after the conclusion of the day’s coverage. WCSN will also provide subscribers to the online service access to the one-hour highlight show that will be telecast each day on the PAX cable network.

This development arrives perhaps five years later than many had predicted during the dot.com boom, but represents what many sports federations hope will provide them with an essential new revenue stream and means of reaching new adherents. The recent, rapid extension of bradband access around the world has accelerated the process, which theoretically will allow sports fans to choose their own coverage and watch it on their computers.

Applied to other sports, tennis devotees could in theory choose to follow the action on Court 13, rather than watch the TV producers' pictures from Centre Court; gymnastics fans might opt to watch the progress on the beam or vault, rather than the floor exercises; and skiing enthusiasts could watch uninterrupted coverage of even the longest cross-country races.

"This Webcast has the potential to revolutionise the way track and field is viewed in this country," Craig Masback, the chief executive of the US track federation. "Devoted track fans will get precisely what they’ve requested for so long – uninterrupted coverage of action on the track and in the field."

WCSN says it is the first programming network dedicated to capturing the athletes and international sports federation competitions from around the world, and it aims to showcase gymnastics, ski jumping, fencing and volleyball.

More at http://www.wcsn.com

Complete article at The Times

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Emma Murray wins World Long Distance Mountain Running Championship

Australia has another World Athletics Champion overnight. Emma Murray from the South Canberra Tuggeranong Athletics Club in Canberra not only won the 42km World Long Distance Mountain Running Championship in France on Sunday 24 July but blitzed the women's field, with the runner-up a huge 18 minutes in her wake. The course in the Pyrenees climbed a massive 2000m over the first 21kms.

Back in March Emma smashed the course record at the Six Foot track 45km Australian Trail Running Championship by half an hour and carried this form into the World Championship. She finished 8th out of 700 runners in March; at the World Championship she also beat 570 men.

Emma is also President of the ACT Rogaining Association and has had a great deal of success in 8- and 24-hour rogaining.

There is an Internet interview with Emma earlier in the year on CoolRunning's Competitive Edge

From Danny HUGHES, WMRA President:
The 2nd edition of the WMRA World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge was held on Sunday (24th July) from the Pyrenees (France) mountain town of Cauterets, in conjunction with the Marathon du Vignemale.

More than 600 runners, set out on the 50 km course, facing a climb of over 2000 meters in fine weather. 12 countries were present.
Helmut SCHIESSL (GER) immediatly took the lead and was never passed. At one stage, he was 4 minutes ahead, but at the finish, Toni VENCELJ (SLO) was only 37 seconds behind after 4 hours of running. SHIESSL, the European mountain running championship silver medalist, recorded a winning time of 3 hours 59 minutes and 47 seconds.
Whilst SHIESSL started favorite in the mens race, the women race, over the same distance, was more unpredictable. French record holder for the marathon, Chantal DALLENBACH, lined up with 4 times wold mountain running champion, Isabelle GUILLOT (FRA). Both were surprised by the only australian entry, Emma MURRAY (unknown in Europe), who established an early lead which extended troughout the race. Despite a tumble on the upper part of the course, Emma finished in a fine time of 4 hours 37 minutes 42 seconds, in front of about 570 men.
Marion KAPUSCINSKI (AUT) started slowly but caught Isabelle GUILLOT ar the highest part of the course and came home in second place in 4.55.52. Guillot was third in 5.08.41 and Dallenbach retired.
The French spectators were delighted that they place on person on the podium to join the 5 other medal winning nations.

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 Saturday, July 23, 2005 

Jana Pittman's pain in the back

Australia's medal hopes at the world athletics championships have been dealt a blow, with two of the strongest chances - hurdler Jana Pittman and pole vaulter Paul Burgess - battling injury.

Pittman, the world 400m hurdles champion, has been diagnosed with a hairline fracture in a vertebrae in her lower back two weeks out from the beginning of the championships in Helsinki.

Athletics Australia's national performance director, Max Binnington, said a decision would be made late next week on whether Pittman can compete.

"She will be having treatment but we are not sure how it will respond. The (medical staff) will need to take a serious look at it mid to late next week and make a call," Binnington said.

Pittman has had minor soreness in her back for a few months but was able to compete at a high standard, finishing second in a slick time of 53.74sec at a grand prix meet in Rome two weeks ago.

But last week the pain worsened. She was unable to train and scans showed the fracture. She was due to run in Helsinki next Monday then Oslo later in the week as part of her final build-up to her world title defence but she has withdrawn from both events.

The latest injury curse is a repeat of a year ago, when Pittman sustained a knee injury a few weeks before the Athens Olympic Games. She recovered enough to compete, but the interrupted preparation took its toll and she finished fifth.

Complete article at The Australian

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 Thursday, July 21, 2005 

Seb Coe wins Gold at Melbourne Commonwealth Games!

Victorians will pay British peer Sebastian Coe $300,000 to coax athletes to turn up to the Commonwealth Games.

The Herald Sun has established Lord Coe is pocketing $75,000 a year as a consultant to the Melbourne 2006 organising committee. The man who led London's 2012 Olympic Games bid has been on the Melbourne payroll for 3 1/2 years.

The lucrative deal takes the contract cost of the two consultants Melbourne 2006 says it employs to about $500,000. Former Sydney Olympics boss Sandy Hollway will earn more than $160,000, plus GST and expenses, for his advice.

Games chairman Ron Walker yesterday defended the size of the payments to his close friend Lord Coe. He said stars would not automatically come to the Commonwealth Games.

"He travels around to all these countries talking to the athletes," Mr Walker said. "If you hired a normal consultant in the sports field to do these things it could be twice that amount."

Lord Coe, 49, had been the cornerstone in obtaining a guarantee from the world's fastest man, Jamaican Asafa Powell. Mr Walker said promoters of events in the US and other non-Commonwealth countries were throwing huge purses at athletes.

"In order to help our ticket sales we've got to produce the superstars," Mr Walker said. "And that's exactly what Seb is doing."

Complete article at The Herald Sun

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 Tuesday, July 19, 2005 

Outgoing British Airways CEO to head Australia sports body

Outgoing British Airways PLC Chief Executive Rod Eddington was appointed Monday to a government body set up to attract sporting events to Melbourne.

Eddington, who retires from British Airways in September, will take up his new position as Chairman of Victorian Major Events Co. in January, the Victoria state Premier Steve Bracks said in a statement.

Eddington will replace disgraced Australian television host-turned-entrepreneur Steve Vizard, who is due to appear in the Federal Court in Melbourne on Thursday to face civil charges he breached his duties as a director of Telstra Corp when trading A$850,000 worth of shares in 2000.

"Rod's passion for sporting and cultural events and high-level international business experience will bring a valuable mix of strategic, marketing and entrepreneurial skills to the Victorian Major Events Co.," Bracks said.

Eddington, who previously headed Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd and Air New Zealand Ltd's Ansett Airlines, has been a member of the Victorian government's Innovation Economic Advisory Board since 2002 and is Chairman of the Victorian Agent General to London's advisory board to advance Victorian interests in the U.K.

Next year Melbourne hosts the 2006 Commonwealth Games, the World Life Saving Championships and a stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race. In 2007 the city hosts the FINA World Swimming Championships.

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 Monday, July 18, 2005 

Cathy Freeman to work with London Olympics

Cathy Freeman is to be given a high-profile roving ambassadorial role by the organisers of the 2012 London Olympics to help promote the Games.

Australia's 2000 Olympic 400 metres champion will be asked to travel around the world representing London during the seven-year build-up to the Games.

It was Sebastian Coe, the chairman of London 2012, who recruited Freeman as part of the bid team and wants to reward her for the important role she played with a prestigious position.

Freeman travelled as part of London's 100-strong official delegation for the International Olympic Committee vote on July 6 in Singapore, where the British capital upset the odds to beat Paris.

"What was very well received in Singapore was that we had non-British sporting people involved," said Mike Lee, director of communications for London 2012.

Besides appearing at official functions outside Britain where Freeman will represent London, she will also be asked to conduct coaching clinics for underprivileged youngsters in parts of Asia and Africa.

Complete article at The Daily Telegraph

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Kerryn McCann breaks King of the Mountain record

South African runner Sandile Tembetha has taken out the 2005 running of the 32 kilometre King of the Mountain. He completed the course in the good time of 1hour 56minutes 21 seconds, the first winner to break the magical two hour barrier since 1999.

This year's King event took on a truly international feel when English runner Tony Fattorini was second, while Damien Tancred, who was going for a hat-trick of wins having been victorious in 2003 and 2004 was third.

Tembetha, who is from Durbin South Africa, has been in Australia running. In fact he was seventh in the recent Gold Coast marathon and will head back to his homeland today.

He was a comfortable winner with a margin of about four minutes over Fattorini, who competed the course in 2 hours 1 minute and 57 seconds, while Tancred was a further eight minutes away in 2.10.09.

The other big story to come out yesterday's arduous event was a new women's record set by Olympain and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Kerryn McCann.

The Wollongong runner who is gearing up for the City to Surf in four weeks and another marathon in Japan in November, eventually finished seventh overall posting a time of 2 hours and 12 minutes 9 seconds to beat another Commonwealth Games gold medallists' record in Heather Turland by a whopping six minutes

Turland set the time of 2.18.29 back in 1999 in winning the women's event.

It is remarkable performance by McCann who has run the King on three or four occasions, but won it 13 years ago, way back in 1992 in the time of 2.20.38.

Vanessa Haverd of Sydney was the second female home 13 minutes behind McCann in 2.25.6, while Alison Bowmaker was third (2 hrs 26 min 32 sec), claiming the first local female runner title.

It was the first time 22-year-old Sandile had run the course. He is visiting Australia for only a month, spending the first three weeks in Brisbane, where he competed in the Gold Coast marathon, finishing 7th. "I found the course easy to run, but tough in places," Sandile said. "The event was well organised, and if I can come back to Australia next year, I hope to make it back here for the next race."

Sandile is a relatively inexperienced runner, competing in cross-country as a junior in Portugal, France, Ireland and the USA.

With further training, such as Kangaroo Valleys' King of the Mountain, he has hopes to compete at a higher level, gaining further sponsorship and returning to Australia for a lengthier period.

McCann enjoyed her first visit back to the King of the Mountain after 13 years away with a record breaking 2:12:09 run.

"I thought I'd be a bit slower, but with the wind behind me I came home well," she said. "I was over-prepared for the hill - I remember it being a lot harder 13 years ago!"

In the men's the first local runner was Fabian Whittenden in 2.13.26.

The first over 50 male competitor was also taken out by a local, Bill Broughton (2.35.56), while Helen Scanger (2.55.21) took out the female section.

A field of 139 runners took part in this year's event which started in cool windy conditions, which lifted to provide runners with superb conditions. This year's field was just short of last year's record of 148 runners.

Complete article at The South Coast Register

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 Sunday, July 17, 2005 

Craig Mottram & Benita Johnson in Madrid Grand-Prix

Australian middle-distance runner Craig Mottram has finished second in the 1500 metres at the IAAF Super Grand Prix meeting in Madrid while Joshua Ross took bronze in the 100m sprint.

Mottram clocked a time of three minutes 34.80 seconds to finish behind Kenyan Augustine Choge (3:34.74). Portugal's Rui Silva (3:35.86) was third.

Dubliner Maria McCambridge knocked over six seconds off her 3000 metres personal best when claiming the notable scalp of 2004 World Cross Country champion Benita Johnson in Madrid tonight.

McCambridge, 30, a 5000m qualifier for next month's World Championships, finished third at the Meeting de Madrid, in a heartening time of 8 minutes, 50.40 seconds.

Only Kenyan duo Prisca Jepleting Ngetich (8:48.65) and Ines Chenonge (8:49.00) went quicker, with Australia's Johnson, Sonia O'Sullivan's training partner, back in fourth (8:52.16).

In the men's 100m, Ross ran a time of 10.26 seconds to finish third.

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81 years young and ready for the City to Surf

He's a World War II veteran, a cancer survivor and into his ninth decade, but don't dare suggest to The Sun-Herald City to Surf veteran Albert Jordaine that he's getting on a bit.

"I don't consider 81 to be old; an old person is anyone who is 10 years older than myself," Mr Jordaine joked.

Mr Jordaine runs "six or seven" times a week and confesses to being addicted to the endorphin rush.

"When I had cancer last year I had my bladder and prostate removed and I couldn't get back to running quick enough," he said.

Mr Jordaine was operated on in February 2004. Six weeks later, he was jogging again.

"I'm positive this fitness is something that makes a very, very big difference in these circumstances," he said.

Mr Jordaine will compete in his 20th Sun-Herald City to Surf on August 14 with a team from Bankstown Sports Club and two of his granddaughters.

In doing so he will sacrifice attending a ceremony commemorating the end of World War II in the Pacific.

"I can't be in two places at the one time and I can't let my [City to Surf] team down, so another chap will generously take the banner to the service for me," he said.

Mr Jordaine hopes to finish the 14-kilometre Sun-Herald City to Surf within 84 minutes.

Complete article at The SMH

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 Friday, July 15, 2005 

King of the Mountain title up for grabs

The 2005 running of the 32 kilometre King of the Mountain will be staged on Sunday. This year's event is being billed a 'run with the stars' and it appears it is living up to this.

A host of well-known athletes are set to take part in Sunday's gruelling run, regarded by many as one of the toughest runs anywhere in the country. Such is the regard in which the race is held that sponsorship is generous with Nowra Toyota and Toyota Finance the major backers with a host of other local businesses supporting the event as well.

Some of the best-known competitors set to take part in Sunday's King include Kerryn McCann, who is probably the highest profile. She is the latest of a host of Olympians who have taken part in this run, since the inaugural event was won back in 1966 by Dave Power. Her inclusion also allows the race to claim recent dual Commonwealth Games gold medallists as participants in the female category.

Heather Turland is the other one, although she is not competing this year.

It is possible, with McCann and local runner Alison Bowmaker, that Turland's female race record of 2hrs, 18min, 29secs could well be bettered in 2005.

While on the topic of Common-wealth Games gold medallist, Andrew Lloyd a former of KOM winner is poised to also make a gentle comeback in 2005.

In the male category, Paul Arthur is another high profile competitor, a runner who excels in tough going if his six-foot track credentials are anything to go by. In his initial race in what could be the toughest marathon in the world, Paul missed breaking the race record by 15 seconds.

The KOM male race record of 1hr 15mins 12secs held by Rob McDonald could well come under some threat by a South African multiple world cross country representative who recently ran in the Gold Coast marathon.

2002 female winner, Donna Moore, after having a baby, is also returning to distance running in this year's King.

There will be many other "stars", both local and from interstate, with some coming from as far as Camberwell, Victoria and Taree in NSW to enjoy the experience.

McCann, who also entered last year's race, but unfortunately was a late withdrawal, said she is looking forward to Sunday's event.

"I'm looking forward to Sunday's race," she said. "I have run the King three or four times now and it is a super, but challenging event. It is a beautiful run. I usually do a long run every Sunday, so it is a really nice change to go there and run through Kangaroo Valley."

Apart from the King, McCann's next major race is the City to Surf in four weeks' time, while her next marathon will be in Tokyo in November.

"At the moment I'm doing a lot of short, harder runs and the King certainly fits that criteria," she said.

With a seven and a half-year-old son and one and a half-year-old daughter McCann admits it is challenging to fit in her arduous training schedule around family life.

"It is tough," she admits. "But I usually get up early and am on the road most mornings by 6.30am and am home in time for breakfast. A lot of the times the kids don't even know I've been gone," she laughed.

The King of the Mountain is a true running test - 32 kilometres or 20 miles in the old scale.

It starts at Cambewarra with runners travelling through some lovely countryside before tackling the Cambewarra foothills - then it's onto the serious and testing part of the run through Budgong.

Runners travel up through the picturesque rise before tackling Mount Scanzi - from there it is often also as tough with the descent down into Kangaroo Valley with the race eventually finishing at the Kangaroo Valley Showground.

Despite the wet conditions of late, Budgong Road remains in very good condition, thanks mainly to Shoalhaven City Council's roadworks throughout the ‘off' season.

Despite this year's theme of ‘run with the stars', walkers are welcomed again, provided they begin at 8am.

The normal race starting time remains at 9am with the first runners due to arrive at Kangaroo Valley Showground at approximately 11am.

All spectators are welcome, however, it would be best if there is no driving by supporters over the course itself.

Entries will also be accepted on the day. Late enquiries can be made to Andrew Johnstone on 0402 084 567.

Complete article at The South Coast Register

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Commonwealth Games TV coverage faces scale back

The Nine Network has threatened to scale back its coverage of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games in a bid to offset multimillion-dollar losses expected from broadcasting the event.

Nine Network chief executive Sam Chisholm flew to Melbourne recently for crisis talks with Melbourne 2006 chairman Ron Walker and Games sales and commercial manager Ty Speer.

Mr Chisholm is believed to have "read the riot act" to Games representatives, warning that the network stood to lose $20 million on its coverage of the event under the terms of the rights agreement.

Mr Chisholm, who has made an estimated $15 million in cuts since returning to Nine two months ago, told Games organisers that a major boost in advertising revenue was required to ensure the planned saturation coverage of the Games went ahead.

Nine's alternative is to broadcast popular events, such as those involving swimmer Ian Thorpe and runner Jana Pittman, in prime time, and relegate the rest to lower profile timeslots, or on a partner network such as Foxtel or SBS.

The Age believes that Nine is struggling to exceed $10 million in ad sales for its Games broadcast. In June, stockbroker UBS predicted Nine would lose about $15 million on its Games coverage.

The network agreed to pay $56 million for the Melbourne 2006 rights in a deal reached between Mr Walker and Nine owner Kerry Packer in Kuala Lumpur in 1998.

Producing and broadcasting the event is expected to cost the network another $20 million to $30 million.

Complete article at The Age

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 Thursday, July 14, 2005 

Stan's 30th City to Surf

Kioloa residents will be familiar with the sight of Stan Macgee jogging along the beach and forest tracks around the area as he trains for the City to Surf Fun Run. This year will be Stan's 30th year in the popular Sydney race, having run in his first when he was 41 years old.

Stan said he was looking forward to this year's race to be held on August 14.

"I just look forward to the race each year," Stan said. "It keeps you fit and healthy and it is fun."

A Kioloa resident, 72-year-old Stan has been training in the area for many years and said he loves the atmosphere.

"I have been training since the rain stopped around Murramarang National Park and the local beaches," Stan said. "I have been running along Kioloa, Pretty and Merry Beach and I have my own small versions of heartbreak hill in the forest."

Stan said he enjoys running in the Kioloa area and often rides his mountain bike.

"It is so tranquil to train in the national park and on the beaches," Stan said. "It is great to see all the wildlife while training."

Stan said he comes from an athletic family with his brother having competed in weight lifting in the 1948 London Olympics.

"My brother competed in the Olympics in London and now London has the Olympics again," Stan said. "Time seems to fly by."

Stan competes actively in local sporting events and competed in the Dragon Boat races that were part of the Ulladulla Summer Games.

"I started doing surfboat races in 1953 and was really happy to still be able to row 50 years on."

Complete article at Milton Ulladulla Times

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Endurance Sports Training Training Camp - Kangaroo Valley, NSW

Endurance Sports Training is offering the opportunity to attend a running camp. The goal of the weekend camp is to provide a wealth of running related knowledge, assessments, and advice that will allow runners to improve their run training techniques, thus enhancing your running performance.

This camp will provide the information required to maximise your run training, while assisting you in staying injury free, and achieving your running goals. The camp has a strong education focus and is ideal for runners, and triathletes, of all levels, including those new to running.

The running camp venue is set in the lovely Kangaroo Valley, NSW on 22nd and 23rd October 2005, with the camp based at a spectacular venue overlooking the valley.

The presenters and organisers at the camp and leaders in their field, so it is guaranteed to be a worthwhile experience.

Details on the camp and contact details are attached.

Early camp sign up is encouraged by offering one month’s free coaching to the first 3 registrations, and everybody registering before the end of August will get a 10% discount.

More information can be downloaded here

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 Wednesday, July 13, 2005 

IAAF World Rankings - Jana Pittman best female in World for June 2005

There were a number of outstanding performances during the month of June, though not surprisingly the best performance came from Asafa Powell (JAM), who set the World 100m record with 9.77 - 1482 points – in Athens at the Super Grand Prix, which was the best performance of the year so far.

Jana Pittman of Australia turned in the best performance for a woman in June. The reigning World 400m Hurdles champion won in Athens with 53.44, thereby earning 1362 points, the most for any woman since Paula Radcliffe won the London Marathon in April.

Complete article at The IAAF

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 Saturday, July 09, 2005 

Terrorists won't keep Tamsyn Lewis away from London

Track and field star Tamsyn Lewis says she won't bow to terrorism and will proceed with a four-week training stint in London.

Lewis will fly out this afternoon for Britain, despite her parents urging the eight-time national champion to stay home. "I am still going and I think all sports people should send a clear message to terrorists that we will not bow to their cowardly acts," Lewis said yesterday. "Mum says I shouldn't be going, but my second family is in London and my training program will proceed as planned."

Lewis will link up with Olympic champion Linford Christie who acts as her part-time coach. She will also see former coach and mentor Sebastian Coe.

"I have spoken with Linford and he and his training group are all OK," Lewis said. "He was out of London when the bombs went off and is in Manchester this weekend for the world championship trials."

Coe has returned to London, having cut short his trip to Singapore where he was celebrating as chairman of London's successful bid to host the 2012 Olympics.

Lewis was devastated that Coe's success and Londoners' joy at becoming the first city to host three Olympics had been overshadowed by tragedy.

"It was such a coup for Seb and all of London to get the Games and it's like my second home," she said. "Now they must regroup and I know the resolve of the people will win out."

Complete article at The Herald Sun

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Fat Man Walking (USA)

Walking Off the Fat, Across the Land
At 400 Pounds, a Californian Set Off for New York. In Arizona, He's at 350.

By Amy Argetsinger
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, July 8, 2005; A03

PEACH SPRINGS, Ariz. -- This week, his 13th on the road, has been the
hardest thus far for Steve Vaught, a 400-pound man trying to walk
across America.

(Note for Australians - 400 pounds is 181Kg, and 350 pounds is 158kg).

On Sunday morning, he found a creek just as the desert heat forced a
midday break. But when he woke from a nap and tried to fill his water
bottles, the stream had already gone dry. Late that night, he walked
right past his scheduled motel stop in Truxton, a flyspeck on historic
Route 66 so slight it vanished when the sun went down.

On Monday, out of water in 102-degree heat and miles from any town, he
sent a frantic text message to his wife, who called the local police.
They drove him to a hotel, where he rested a night and a day, sick
with dehydration. On Wednesday he started late and tangled with a
scary dude on the desolate highway.

"I'm quitting," he told his wife this week. She said okay.

But within hours he hit the road again, as they always sort of knew he
would. For quitting is not so easy when you're 500 miles from home.

This spring, as he neared his 40th birthday, Vaught had an epiphany:
If he didn't lose the weight, he would die before 50. But dieting
would not work, he decided, and neither would normal exercise. He knew
he was the kind of guy who could rationalize his way out of one
three-mile walk after another. "My weakness," he said, "is the easy
way out."

So Vaught made it hard. On April 10, he left his home in San Diego --
and his wife and two children -- and started walking, alone, to New
York.

There's something about this nation's geography that inspires this
kind of journey -- to hike the Appalachian Trail, to kayak the entire
Mississippi River, or just to drive from Maine to Key West, and maybe
make sense of things along the way. Which is how it has gone for
Vaught, on the road mulling issues far beyond weight or willpower. The
trip has not gone completely as planned. He has only rarely come even
close to the pace of 20 miles a day he estimated would put him in
verdant Missouri by now, not Arizona in July.

He strained a couple of ligaments shortly after he started, and he
lost three toenails climbing the final mountain pass out of
California.

If he is very lucky, Vaught will clear 80 miles this week, a fraction
of his 3,000-mile goal. On Wednesday, he remained deeply concerned
about his ability to cover a 25-mile stretch of uninhabited desert
between Seligman and Ash Fork.

On the bright side: That 400-pound man now weighs only 350.
Health Implications

"Does this seem insane?" Vaught wants to know.

He is a big guy, 6-foot-1, a former Marine and longtime tow-truck
operator who, as the fat melts away from his cheekbones and jaws, is
beginning to bear a slight resemblance to the buffed-up actor Jerry
O'Connell, but with a lumberjack beard and shock of hair like an
unmowed lawn.

Well, that depends on what you mean by "insane." Doctors, certainly,
would call it inadvisable. A seriously overweight person who embarks
on any kind of strenuous physical activity could place dangerous
stresses on his joints and heart, said Samuel Klein, director of the
Center for Human Nutrition at Washington University in St. Louis.

And such activity is especially worrisome in an area of environmental
extremes, without someone to support him, Klein said. Even if he
weighed 100 pounds, "walking across a desert without someone standing
next to him with an umbrella and a fan and Gatorade might really be a
problem."

Vaught, meanwhile, has been almost completely on his own. For the
first few days after he set off from the Pacific Ocean, his wife,
April, would pick him at up the end of the day to bring him home to
sleep at her mother's house, where the family is staying. Soon,
though, he had gone far enough that he had to start camping; now he
has not seen his family in three weeks.

Now and then a friend catches up with him for a few hours or days. But
mostly it is just him and his 75-pound pack and the left-hand shoulder
of the road.

Since he entered the desert, he has had to cut back his walking hours
dramatically. Now he walks from about 5:30 to 8:30 in the morning,
when he has to stop and find shelter -- preferably in a store or post
office if one is around, but usually under a bridge or in a culvert or
bush.

He will sit there for 11 or 12 hours, until it is cool enough to walk
again for a few hours. Just sit there. "I'm too bored to read," he
says, or even take in the landscape more than he already has.

"It's beautiful for the first hour or so," he said. "And then it loses
its impact."

Yet on the question of "insane," the responses to the Web site
chronicling his journey -- http://www.thefatmanwalking.com/ -- appear
to be running heavily against. On a recent afternoon, Vaught accepts a
ride from a reporter 35 miles down the road to a public library, where
he checks his e-mail.

There is one from a 37-year-old guy preparing to run his first
marathon. A 62-year-old woman planning to hike the Pacific Crest
Trail. People in such places as St. Louis and Altoona, Pa., offering
food and water and a place to stay when he comes their way. Overweight
people across the country begging to know Vaught's daily mileage so
they can match it at home.

Only a few call him crazy. Almost all say what an inspiration he is.

It is something to think about, on those lonely and terrible days on
the road, he says. "Now I have all these people not to let down."
A Troubled Past

Even at 400 pounds, he never thought of himself as a fat guy. Perhaps
because he never used to be, perhaps because it was the least of his
problems.

Fifteen years ago, he was the fun guy. A slew of girlfriends, a bunch
of friends, a witty streak so hot he would gladly take the stage at a
comedy club open-mike night. Then one evening in October 1990, driving
too fast against the setting sun, he struck and killed an elderly
couple crossing the street.

The accident sent him to jail for 10 days, ruined him financially and
dulled him emotionally. When he started to put on the weight, he just
didn't care. He remembers little about the next three years.

After the birth of their first child, he grudgingly went to therapy,
just so April would know she had done everything she could in case he
killed himself. Medication snapped him out of his depression. But life
didn't get any easier. A few businesses failed, and they went deep in
debt on a house. And the weight, he realized, was bringing him down.

"There's nothing appealing about fat people," he says bluntly. "You
can't impress them when you're fat." His jobs steadily declined in
quality. In March he said he walked away from the latest, managing a
muffler repair shop, after the owners sniped about him sitting down
too much at work.

One morning that week, he turned to April in bed. "I ought to walk
across the U.S.," he said. Once he left, he added, it would be hard
for him to quit.

"If that's what it's going to take," she replied.

So he has a lot to think about as he walks. About the anger he carried
around so long, and how pointless it seems now. About how accepting
help from people doesn't shame him anymore, now that he sometimes has
to ask strangers for water. And about the value of living in the
moment, of just surviving that next stretch of road.

"It has nothing to do with weight anymore," he says. "It's about
getting back to the person I was."

Vaught gets the reporter to drive him back west to the outskirts of
Peach Springs, near where he stopped walking. At 5 p.m., it's still 92
degrees, and he looks for a place in the shade where he can wait.

He sees it about 50 yards off the highway, a culvert over a
now-abandoned part of the original Route 66. "This is good," he says.
He lifts his pack onto his shoulders. The strap holding it to his
still-massive gut now has eight inches of excess past the buckle,
compared with two inches when he began.

He manages to heave his body over the guardrail and starts walking. By
the time the car has turned around and driven past again, his 350
pounds have vanished into the desert.

Staff writer Catharine Skipp contributed to this report.

Check out his website at http://www.thefatmanwalking.com

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 Friday, July 08, 2005 

Gold Coast Marathon - Quotes


Winner Marathon - Dickson Marwa - Tanzania

"I will run the 5000m at the Commonwealth Games.

" I'm happy because I won this race, like in 2003.

"The Aussie [Brett Cartwright - eventual 4th and new Australian Marathon Champion] had a big lead. After 38km I took the lead. I was in the first pack.

"This is my second win and last time was harder (2.12.53 in 2003)."

2nd Marathon - Tsutomu Saeki - Japan

"It was too fast for me up to half way.

"At the beginning it seemed everything was going too fast for me.

"My body coped pretty well, I didn't get tired. Everything went well I had a very good run.

"The first runner [Marwa] slowed down a bit so I had a feeling I could get second about 3 km from the finish line.

"This is my fifth time participating here at marathons. "

I had a concern that maybe I wasn't suitable for long distance running. The outcome was really good so I'm going to enjoy them from now on."

3rd Marathon -John Henwood - New Zealand

"I'm really happy.

"I was missing my water at the stops so I got off the back. I was about 11th place. I couldn't find my drink. I was standing there for 15 seconds looking for my drink. Then I was feeling pretty good, catching them and mowing them down.

"Then all of a sudden at two (2) hours they started to edge away again.

"Cartwright was miles out and looking really good. He had a strain on his face though. I think he blew.

"I managed to catch Warrander (Dale, fellow New Zealander) then he was blown. I caught another couple of Tanzanians.

"At about two (2) hours everything just tightened up. It's just about getting used to the first marathon.

"I felt really happy in terms of energy wise.

"I want to see how I recover.

"There's a lot of improvement there. It shows I can run a marathon. There are a few critics out there, so this shows I can run a marathon."

Winner Women's Marathon - Jackie Fairweather (ACT)

"It's awesome to win.

"It's my first marathon win. I wish I'd felt a bit better and could have enjoyed it a bit more.

"I was just so shattered and was just looking forward to the finish line.

"It's pretty nice to have a win particularly at the Gold Coast. I had a lot of support out there which was really nice."

On 2nd placed Lauren Shelley - "She's in Esperence [WA]. She does an awesome job. She's by herself in Esperence and she does it all by herself.

"She's only 5 foot nothing she got legs about as long as the Japanese."

2nd Marathon - Lauren Shelley - Western Australia

[Physiotherapist in Esperence].

"I was on my own for a fair chunk of it.

"I didn't think I'd catch her Jackie Fairweather]. We were trying to pick up the Tanzanians.

"I was thinking I was capable of 2.36 or 2.38 somewhere.

"This is the third time I've run the Gold Coast and the previous two times I've probably hit the wall.

"I remember running past the start/finish area and still having 16km to go. It was tough mentally.

"It's a good fast course.

"I felt like I had good preparation for this marathon. It's eleven (11) weeks since my last one. I've recovered really nicely and built on my fitness.

3rd Marathon - Sarah Majah - Tanzania

"Today was tough.

"I'm selected for Tanzania in the marathon at the Commonwealth Games - that's good."

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Rantall running towards time goal

Melbourne Commonwealth Games hopeful Scott Rantall is running markedly quicker since arriving back in Australia in February, but the former south-west athlete still only rates himself a slim chance for selection in the 10,000 metres.

Rantall, who grew up at Illowa, near Koroit, spent four years on an athletics scholarship at Oklahoma University, where he improved his personal bests but has been enjoying even better form since relocating to Geelong.

The 24-year-old needs to finish in the top three Australians and run a sub-28 minutes 25 seconds in the national championships, the Zatopek 10,000m, on December 1 to qualify.

His personal best stands at 29.24 and rates him eighth in the nation but he hasn't raced 10,000m on the track in 12 months.

"I'm probably in sub-29 shape now compared to when I came back, I was in 29.30 shape," Rantall said. "The chances are quite slim to get to the Commonwealth Games but it's still my goal."

But he explained he was focusing on a lot of stepping stones along the way, including the Athletics Victoria winter season in which he leads the rankings after two second placings.

He finished three seconds behind four-time Olympian Steve Moneghetti in a 10-kilometre race at Sandown Park in May, recording 29.41 on the road in poor conditions.

On June 26 he trailed Deakin Athletics Club teammate Louis Rowan by nine seconds at Albert Park to finish second in 46.06 in his first 15km race.

He is now focusing on the state cross-country championships to be held over 12km at Bundoora in two weeks.

"I'm not sure who will run but top three would be fantastic - Steve Moneghetti should turn up and he's in unbeatable form at the moment," Rantall said.

Rantall has returned to the tutelage of Tom Paton, the former Warrnambool coach who guided him to prominence as a schoolboy.

He also attends weekly track sessions with VIS coach Bruce Scriven in Melbourne and is clocking about 145km a week in training.

The athlete said life back in Australia was treating him and his wife Susan well and that he had secured work as a Commonwealth Bank customer service representative in Geelong.

Complete article at Warrnambool Standard

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Geelong Marathoner dares to dream

Geelong marathon runner Loretta McGrath is treading warily about her prospects of representing Australia at the Commonwealth Games next year. This is despite McGrath running a personal best time by three minutes at the Gold Coast last weekend.

McGrath, 35, finished sixth in the Gold Coast Marathon, an event which doubled as the Australian Marathon Championships.

She was the fourth Australian woman across the line and spearheaded Victoria's gold medal win in the interstate teams' championship.

She ran the 42kms in 2hrs46mins12secs and improved from 10th at the halfway mark to finish sixth in warm, windy conditions. Winner Jacqui Gallagher ran 2:34.30.

The A qualifying time for the Commonwealth Games is 2:35 and the B qualifying time is 2:40.

McGrath said she needed to get her times a lot faster.

Complete article at Geelong Info

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Seeking local City to Surf heroes (Grenfell, NSW)

With just 6 weeks until the start of the 2005 City2Surf, the countdown is on for many dedicated runners in local communities across NSW, all gearing up for the world's biggest fun run!
This year, New Balance is again looking for local 'Race Day Heroes' in towns and suburbs across NSW and the search is now on to find Race Day Heroes in Grenfell.

According to Steve Roach from New Balance, heroes aren't just the runners who come first, or even place.

"We want to hear from Grenfell residents who are entering this year's City2Surf because of their passion for running," said Steve.

"Anyone who trains for and competes in the City2Surf is a Hero - it's all about attitude, commitment, and motivation."

Race Day Heroes take pride in their everyday accomplishments: the final steps of a sprint at the end of a 10km training run; the adrenalin rush of the starting gun; the accomplishment of simply finishing the race, or of beating last year's time.

In 2004, Hayley McGregor was due to fly out to Athens to make her 10,000m Olympic debut on City2Surf race day. That didn't stop her though, from running - and winning - one of her favourite events!

"It is people like Hayley McGregor that embody the kind of heroism we are looking for," said Steve. "Runners that get up early every morning and pound the pavement, runners that push through the pain barrier and sprint at the finish line, runners that simply run because they love doing it."

Some of the winners of the City2Surf stand in the annals of Australian sporting history - people like four-time champion and Olympian Steve Monaghetti, Olympians Lee Troop, Lisa Ondieki and Rob DeCastella, and Commonwealth Games gold winning marathon runner Heather Turland.

Although many famous Australian sporting stars have run - and won – the City2Surf in the past, the true Heroes are the more than 1 million people who have entered the race in its 35-year history, simply because they love to run.

"Last year alone, there were more than 57,000 entrants in the City2Surf. That's 57,000 people putting their bodies on the line, pushing through the pain barrier, slogging it out in the Sydney heat. We want to know their motivation!" said Steve Roach.

Grenfell residents can log onto www.newbalance.com.au and share their motivation for running the City2Surf. All entrants go into the running for a "Race Day Hero" pack from New Balance, worth $300.

Complete article at The Grenfell Record

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 Thursday, July 07, 2005 

Jetty to Jetty comes of age

This year marks the 20th running of the Jetty to Jetty Fun Run and has attracted a huge field with entrants from northern NSW, Brisbane, and Sunshine Coast as far north as Mackay and international visitors from Hong Kong and the United Kingdom. The event is also heavily supported by local dignitaries and this year Redcliffe Mayor, Mr Allan Sutherland will get the 10km field underway at 8:00am on Sunday, 24 July from the Belvedere Hotel at Woody Point.

The event also doubles as Race 1 in the all new Queensland Run Series and the Queensland 10km Road Championships. The Series offers competitors fabulous prizes for series winners. Race 2 in the series will be the Noosa Half (including 10km and 5km events) on August 21 and wrapping up the series with Race 3, River Run on September 18.

Winner of the Queensland Half Marathon on 5 June Brian Livingstone has committed to running in all three of the Queensland Run Series events. Livingstone is currently undefeated in the Sanctuary Cove Series and finished in the top ten at last weekend’s Gold Coast Marathon.

Once again we will be kept informed and entertained by one of Australia’s best middle distance runners ever produced, Pat Carroll will commentate all events in the run series.

In 1986 the Moreton Bay Road Runners Club quickly picked up on the success of fun runs and organised their own - the Jetty to Jetty Fun Run. There were 120 entrants in this inaugural run, which started just north of the Redcliffe Jetty to Woody Point Jetty and return, hence the name of the event. The Apex Club and the Moreton Bay Road Runners combined resources to organise the event and as it has grown over the years and numbers increased the course has seen some changes, but 1999 saw a return to the original format.

The Jetty to Jetty Fun Run now stands alone as the longest running fun run in South East Queensland and boasts numbers in excess of 1600, a far cry from the first Jetty to Jetty. The Moreton Bay Road runners are very proud of this enormous achievement from their small club. The proceeds from the Jetty to Jetty Fun Run are now donated to the Endeavour Foundation who will play an active role with staff 'manning' all the drink stops and the gold coin baggage stop.

The event is heavily supported by the local community with all three Rotary Clubs on the Peninsula, Kippa-Ring, Redcliffe and Redcliffe Sunrise together with Endeavour providing course marshals and drink stop staff on the day.

Local events such as the Jetty to Jetty Fun Run develop a sense of ownership for the local community and something which they can take pride in. The fun run is a major draw card for the area creating a positive economic impact for the region.

This year’s event will be held on Sunday, 24 July, starting at the Belvedere Hotel, Woody Point, Redcliffe at 8:00am. You can choose from a 3km run/walk, 5km or 10km distance or the Junior Relay (3 x 500m) with primary and secondary schools categories. It’s a great day out with loads of random prizes to be given away.

The fun continues after the event with the post race entertainment provided by the Belvedere Hotel including; live entertainment, mini kids carnival, jet ski demonstration and much more.

To further enhance this wonderful running event into a unique experience organisers have added a Health and Fitness Expo to the agenda and will feature a huge range of products on display

Entry forms are available from the following locations:
Belvedere Hotel – Woody Point, Ray White - Margate, Leading Edge Sports Store - Clontarf, Zest Health Club - Strathpine, Intraining – Milton and Cycleogical Bike Shop – West End. For online entries www.usmevents.com.au or phone (07) 5449 0711.

Any person wishing to join the Moreton Bay Road Runners for a run, log onto the website for run locations: www.mbrr.8k.com .

For further information or to arrange interviews or photographs contact Lisa Pringle on 0417 005 743 or lisa@usmevents.com.au or www.usmevents.com.au

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 Monday, July 04, 2005 

Woman of iron faster than a speeding arrow

Former world triathlon champion Jackie Gallagher beat home the women's field as well as her husband, Olympic archery gold medallist Simon Fairweather, to take out the women's Gold Coast Marathon yesterday.

Gallagher crossed the line in 2 hours 34 minutes 45 seconds to bag her first-ever marathon win after her switch to the sport in 2001.

But it was her husband's midfield finishing time of 2:52:53 that was the biggest cause for celebration.

"He had an amazing race. He doesn't train anywhere near as much as I do, and I'm so happy for him," she said.

"He was really just aiming to go under three hours and he did it and I'm so proud.

"He flew in from the World Archery Championships in Madrid a few days ago so he still has a bit of jetlag so it was a really good effort."

The couple, who married last April, are based in Canberra where Gallagher has been the Australian Institute of Sport's head triathlon coach for the past three years.

Fairweather returned to archery in 2003 after a brief retirement from the sport that gave him a world championship (1991) and an Olympic gold medal (2000) and made him Australia's most recognised archer.

Somewhat of a veteran at 34, he is still considering a sixth Olympic campaign while Gallagher, who missed the Athens marathon qualifying time by just 40 seconds, is eyeing a berth at next year's Commonwealth Games.

"I'm not really thinking about Beijing yet. It's a long way away," said Gallagher.

Complete article at The Brisbane Courier Mail

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 Sunday, July 03, 2005 

Marwa takes out his second Gold Coast Marathon

Tanzanian Dickson Marwa has taken out his second Gold Coast Airport Marathon in three years with victory in today's 27th annual event.

The 2003 champion was first to breast the tape in a time of 2:16:14.

While it was well outside Brad Camp's 1989 race record of 2:10:11, Marwa was pleased with his run. "I will run the 5000 metre at the Commonwealth Games," he said. "After thirty eight (38) kilometres I took the lead. This is my second win and last time was harder (2:12:53 in 2003)," he said.

In a tight, truly international finish, Marwa was followed home a mere three seconds later by Japan's Tsutomu Saeki (2:16:17) and Kiwi marathon debutante, 10,000 metre specialist, John Henwood (2:17:19).

Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games aspirant Jackie Fairweather made the most of her hometown crowd support taking the 2005 female crown in a time of 2:34:45.

West Australia's Lauren Shelly (2:37:20) and Tanzanian Sarah Majah (2:40:39) filled the minor placings.

"It's awesome, it's my first marathon win," Fairweather said. "I wish I'd felt a bit better and could have enjoyed it a bit more. I went out fast and after about the half way mark I was just looking forward to the finish line. Still, it was pretty nice to have a win, particularly at the Gold Coast. I had a lot of support out there, which was really good," she said.

The race was a master and apprentice scenario with Fairweather coaching the second placed Shelley.

Fairweather's 2:34:45 was inside the Commonwealth Games qualifier of 2:35, but time will tell as to whether it is good enough to see her into the three-woman team.

She and the ACT's Brett Cartwright are the Australian Marathon Champions after being the first Australian woman and man across the line.

Earlier in the day Tanzanian Patrick Nyangelo took out the ASICS Half Marathon in a time of 1:03:35, five seconds in front of Japan's Akinori Shibutani (1:03:40) and twelve seconds in front of third placegetter, another Japanese runner Kazutaka Enoki (1:03:47).

Japan's Jun Hiromichi was victorious in the Wheelchair Marathon in a time of 1:41:53.

Japanese runners dominated the Asics Women's Half Marathon with Yuko Sato taking the honours (1:12:49) in front of compatriots Sachiyo Yamada (1:12:51) and Yuki Sato (1:12:55).

The Wheelchair Half Marathon was won by New South Welshman Patrick Baker (49:33) and Queenslander Kelly Darragh (1:10:46).

Christopher Reeves from Eastern Heights (QLD) took out the Telstra Country Wide 10 Kilometre Run (30:21) while Auckland's Jessica Ruthe defied unfamiliar 20 degree winter temperatures to take out the women's division (33:58).

Gold Coast ten-year-old Ben van Dorsselaer won the Norco Pauls 2.25 Kilometre Junior Dash while fellow Coaster James Webster won the 4 kilometre events in a slick time of 13:56.

A record 12,700 runners and walkers faced the starter for today's 2005 Gold Coast Airport Marathon. Their number easily eclipsed the previous record, set last year, of 11,807.

They were made up of people from over thirty three (33) countries from as far away as Austria, the United States and the Czech Republic.

Queensland Events Gold Coast Board Chairman, Kerry Watson, said the growth of the past three years is showing growth of the event is well advanced.

"While we were looking for just over 12,000 participants this year, the leap to 12,700 demonstrates acceptance by not only the elite runners, but the local community at large. We are now looking forward to expanding the Gold Coast Airport Marathon even further and we thank all Gold Coasters for supporting their own event - an event that all of Queensland, Australia and our international friends can be immensely proud of. Today shows the huge potential to grow international visitation and the all important tourist market to the Gold Coast," he said.

Athletics Australia Chief Executive, Danny Corcoran, flew from Melbourne for his first look at today's Gold Coast Airport Marathon.

"This is a terrific event for the Gold Coast," Mr Corcoran said. "It's important to appreciate the role marathons and fun runs have in building a healthier Australia. Events such as this give something for people to aim for as a part of their everyday lives and we'll certainly be working with Queensland Events Gold Coast to ensure this event gets bigger and stronger. We're also discussing the possibility of holding the Australian club relay championships on the Gold Coast, maybe at the beginning of the athletics season, but it's early days yet," he said.

All Gold Coast Airport Marathon details can be found at www.goldcoastmarathon.com.au

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Mottram & Johnson win in Cork

Marlon Devonish had a double success at the Cork City Sports Olympic replay gold medallist Marlon Devonish completed the sprint double at the Cork City Sports on Saturday. Kelly Holmes was to have been the big draw the Irish meeting, but her injury withdrawal left another Athens winner to steal the limelight.

Devonish won the 200 metres in 20.34 and then pipped Gambia's Jaysuma Saidy Ndure in a 100 race in which American Bernard Williams finished fourth.

Indoor world champion Tyree Washington romped home in the 400 metres.

He won comfortably in a race of just five runners after Irish pair David Gillick and David McCarthy withdrew. Graham Hedmann of England was second.

Craig Mottram won with ease in the 3,000 metres in seven minutes 38.16, with Australian team-mate Benita Johnson winning the women's race over the same distance.

Home favourite Sonia O'Sullivan, coming to the end of a glittering career, finished in sixth place.

Complete article at The BBC

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 Saturday, July 02, 2005 

Fairweather runs to put disappointment behind her

One of the strongest motivations for Jackie Fairweather to make the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games team is missing the Sydney 2000 Olympic team in the triathlon.

As Jackie Gallagher, she won the world triathlon championship in 1996 and shared Australian sportswoman of the year honours with Susie O'Neill. She continued to excel at triathlon, but the Olympic year was a disaster and Gallagher failed to make the Australian team.

"I'd love to be there in Melbourne and have a chance to compete in front of a home crowd," Fairweather said this week. "I missed the triathlon in Sydney and would love to make up for that in Melbourne."

Fairweather began as a runner and has returned with success in the past few years. In Manchester three years ago, she won a bronze medal in the Commonwealth Games marathon behind Kerryn McCann and Krishna Stanton.

Tomorrow, Fairweather runs the Gold Coast marathon, which is also the Australian championship, in an attempt to boost her chances of making the Melbourne 2006 team.

Complete article at The Age

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 Friday, July 01, 2005 

Gold Coast marathon events attracts another record

For the third year in a row a record number will hit the streets for Sunday's 2005 Gold Coast Airport Marathon (July 3rd), Premier Peter Beattie said today.

"With entries still coming in - they close at 2pm tomorrow - last year's record of 11,804 was exceeded at 8am today," said the Premier. "Organisers Queensland Events Gold Coast are rightly over the moon. The early interest from local, interstate and international participants had organisers quietly confident that we'd set another record," he said.

Queensland Events Gold Coast General Manager Cameron Hart said traditionally the marathon gets a large number of last minute entries. "Whether the early record-setting means many of those people have registered earlier than usual, or whether we'll still see a rush, remains to be seen. Either way, our final preparations are in full swing and we're ready to deliver the best Gold Coast Airport Marathon ever," he said.

Already a number of fancied runners have arrived on the Gold Coast.

Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games marathon bronze medallist, Jackie Fairweather [ACT] is looking to post a slick selection time for next year's Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and 2003 Gold Coast Airport Marathon winner, Shireen Crumpton [NZ] will line up again.

In the men's event, last year's winner Gemechu Woyecha [ACT] is once again highly fancied, along with South Australian dark horse, 10,000 metre specialist Brett Cartwright, who'll be making his marathon debut.

Other challengers include 2003 winner from Tanzania, Dickson Marwa and Kiwis Dale Warrander and John Henwood who'll both also use the event to qualify for the New Zealand Commonwealth Games team.

Other events on Sunday are the Asics Half Marathon, Telstra Country Wide 10 Kilometre Run, Gold Coast Bulletin 7.5 Kilometre Walk and the Norco Pauls Junior Dashes.

The Gold Coast registration centre is based at the Broadwater Parklands' Asics Sport and Leisure Expo [Thursday - Sunday 8.00am - 6.00pm]. Call Queensland Events Gold Coast for more information on 07 5564 8733 or race to www.goldcoastmarathon.com.au

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