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 Thursday, June 29, 2006 

Lee Troop: I can beat the best

Thursday, June 29
Kate Johnstone

OLYMPIAN Lee Troop is champing at the bit to compete in his first major race since injury on Sunday.
Troop yesterday said he planned to make his comeback in style and break the course record at the Gold Coast marathon.

The race also doubles up as the Telstra Australian Marathon Championships and offers him his first opportunity to set a qualifying mark for the 2007 Osaka World Championships.

Troop has only been back six months after a horror run of injuries and said he was only about 80 to 90 per cent fit.

``I need six more months to get back to 100 per cent,'' he said. ``I can be competitive with the best guys in Australia. I do not have to be in the best shape of my life to win this race.

``It is not going to be easy - it will be hard but I am looking forward to that challenge. I am thrilled to be back in the mix.''

One of only five Australian runners to run under 2hr 10min for the marathon, his personal best is a 2hr 09min 49sec at Lake Biwa, Japan, three years ago.

The 33-year-old said he was looking to again break the magical mark and claim his first Australian title. In doing so he would break Brad Camps' 1989 Coast race record of 2hr 10min 11sec.

Complete article at Geelonginfo

Posted at 17:27     [Perma-Link]
 Wednesday, June 28, 2006 

Australian 100km team for World Cup announced

Australian Ultra Runners Association Inc is pleased to announce the teams to represent Australia at the IAU100km World Cup to be held at Misari, Korea on 8 October, 2006.

The teams are :

Men - Mike Wheatley (Vic, Capt), Darren Benson (NSW), Jonathan Blake (NSW), Magnus Michelsson (Vic) and Robert Ware (Qld)

Women - Siri Terjesen (Qld Capt), Zoe Lawrie (Qld) and Viviene Kartsounis (NSW)

The team members have all satisfied the selectors in connection with meeting the qualifying standard of sub 8 hours for men and sub 9:30 for women. The selectors reserve the right to add further members (to a maximum of six) in the event of there being any outstanding performances between now and end August.

The athletes compete as individuals and the first three to finish count in the teams section.

For further information contact

Ian Cornelius
President, AURA
0408 527 391

Posted at 11:28     [Perma-Link]
 Friday, June 23, 2006 

Weather cool, action hot as runners of all ages flock to Mosman

The streets of Mosman were a buzz on Sunday when a near- record number of runners braved cold but beautiful, sunny conditions for the 24th Mini-Mosmarathon.

This year's race featured a new 10km course, a new 5km course and the introduction of Camp Quality as a nominated charity. It is hoped the event will raise in excess of $40,000 for Mosman Public School and Camp Quality. One of the school's Year 4 students, Thomas Hammond, raised $550 which is enough to send one child to the camp.

``That was a fantastic amount and our congratulations go out to Thomas for his efforts,'' race organiser Doug Henry said.

The field of runners for the premier event - the 10km race - was strong with Martin Dent, winner of the recent Sydney Half Marathon, making it first over the line in a time of 30 minutes-10 seconds ahead of 2004 and 2005 winner Scott Westcott, who came second.

Sydney Half Marathon winner Anna Thompson won the 10km women's event in a time of 35min 30sec. Kerryn McCann, Commonwealth Games gold medallist in the Women's marathon came second in the 10km women's field. The top three winners of the 5km men's event were Mark Tucker, Thomas Do Canto and Caleb Wegener.

The top three women's 5km winners were Madeleline Heiner, Alicia Bromley and Nancy Newsome.

More than 30 schools took part in the 2km primary inter-school challenge. Mosman Public School won the girls' event, while Manly West Public School won in the boys'. Mosman Public School was named winner of the shield for overall best school in both junior events.

Complete article at The Mosman Daily

Posted at 18:52     [Perma-Link]
 Wednesday, June 07, 2006 

Steffensen : I deserve to be our top athlete

IT'S not quite Jana and Tamsyn, but another spat may be brewing in the athletics world involving Australia's two highest-profile male athletes.

Commonwealth Games hero John Steffensen was yesterday less than impressed when he was beaten by Craig Mottram for the Male Athlete of the Year award.
Steffensen didn't mince words when asked if he was disappointed to have received the Emerging Athlete of the Year award and not the main prize.

"Obviously two gold medals is not enough," Steffensen said. "I think if you asked the public who they would remember running on the track, they'd say me."

While Mottram sent a pre-recorded video message to the Athletics Australia awards luncheon at the Sofitel, Steffensen went out of his way to make an appearance. He flew from his training base in Los Angeles to Sydney and on to Melbourne yesterday to attend the function.

Steffensen, who calls himself the "people's champ", questioned whether Mottram had done as much to promote the sport off the track as he had done in the lead-up to the Commonwealth Games.

"Craig is a great athlete," he said. "But you've got to do it off the track as well, work with the kids and the federation to support the sport."

Complete article at the Herald Sun

Posted at 15:20     [Perma-Link]
 Sunday, June 04, 2006 

Three minis prepare for a marathon run

(by Jane Igoe)
Mosman Public School students twins Emma and Harry Phillips, 7, and brother Alex, 10, have big shoes to fill this year when they join dad Dan Phillips in running the Mini-Mosmarathon.

They walked the track in Beaconsfield Rd at Mosman this week with mum Jackie Phillips, who will be competing in her third Mini-Mosmarathon, a 10km race to be held on June 18. This is the fifth year Mr Phillips has run the course. In fact he will be defending his over-40s age group title when he lines up in a fortnight.

The 2006 event marks the 24th Mini-Mosmarathon, which makes it one of the oldest fun runs in the state.

Event director Doug Henry said the run was gathering popularity each year and this year had attracted more serious competitors than ever before, with even a few professional runners.

The run will raise money for the Camp Quality children's charity. ``The Mini-Mosmarathon is getting a serious face-lift in 2006,'' Mr Henry said. ``We have a new course, a new cause, a new race, a new sponsor and a very serious prize purse.'' The track has been revamped to make it as ``fun and safe'' as possible, Mr Henry said.

That includes removing ``potentially dangerous sections'' while still leaving the ever-popular rolling hills winding their way through some of Mosman's most beautiful streets. It has been measured and certified by Athletics Australia.

Mr Henry said the total prize purse was $12,000 - with $2500 going to both the male and female over-all winner of the 10km event. ``This brings us some of the state's - if not some of Australia's - most elite distance runners,'' he said.

In addition to the 5km and 10km events, there will be a 2km inter-school challenge which will be open to runners from kindergarten to Year 6.

This will start at 9.30am from Allan Border Oval. The main 10km Mini Mos-Marathon will start at 8am. To register or for details, click on the event's website at www.minimosmarathon.com

Complete article at The Mosman Daily

Posted at 14:26     [Perma-Link]

Benita Johnson wins Run for Women in USA

Benita Johnson of Australia won today's 28th annual Freihofer's Run for Women, running the rainy 3.1 mile course in 15 minutes and 27 seconds.

Johnson, 26, boycotted last year's race in protest over Asmae Leghzaoui's presence. Leghzaoui had served a two-year suspension for performance-enhancing drug use.

In a recent interview, Johnson spoke of her chances of winning. "It's going to take an exceptional time and performance to win this race. To beat some of the athletes here would certainly be a huge achievement."

Johnson is the Australian record holder at 2K, 3K, 5K and 10K distances. Her winning time was nine seconds slower than the course record of 15:18 set by Leghzaoui last year.

Complete article at Times Union (NY)

Posted at 12:56     [Perma-Link]
 Thursday, June 01, 2006 

Exclusive Club to Meet at Gold Coast Airport Marathon

Five Australian distance running legends, all members of an exclusive club - will gather for the first time at next month's Gold Coast Airport Marathon (Sunday 2nd July).

Robert de Castella, Lee Troop, Pat Carroll, Derek Clayton and Steve Moneghetti are the only five Australians to have ever run below two hours and ten minutes over the 42 kilometre marathon distance.

And for three of the five, the trip to the Gold Coast will be no holiday.

Troop recently announced his intention to compete in the marathon and pursue the course record after an enforced two year layoff through injury, while Moneghetti and Carroll will also pound the pavements in the 42.195km feature event.

Queensland Events Gold Coast General Manager, Cameron Hart, said having the five together over the Gold Coast Airport Marathon weekend would be a "standout highlight of the 2006 event".

Complete article at Athletics Australia

Posted at 13:44     [Perma-Link]


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