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 Monday, July 31, 2006 

Project aims to improve the visibility and safety of joggers & runners

I am a researcher in Optometry at Queensland University if Technology.We are working on a project that aims to improve the visibility and safety of pedestrians (including joggers and runners). First stage of the project is a survey which can be completed at

We are looking to gain an idea of the attitudes and experiences of runners with regards to their perceived safety on the roads. If you could pass this on to your members we would appreciate it. The survey takes just 5 minutes and I would be more than happy to provide further information if requested.

Ralph Marszalek

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 Sunday, July 30, 2006 

Mighty Dent slashes Course Record at Jaggad Bush Capital Bush events

Commonwealth Games steeplechase star Martin Dent slashed 8 minutes from the course record held by dual mountain running international John Winsbury to win today's Jaggad Bush Capital Bush 16kms in a scintillating 51 mins 19 seconds.

Nick-named 'Mighty Marty' by his running mates Dent added the hilly trail run around Mt Ainslie to his accomplishments in the last 12 months which have included 4th in the Commonwealth Games steeplechase on the track, 1st in the Australian cross country and 1st in the Australian half marathon on the road. Dent's training partner, Australian road running representative Anthony Haber, was 2nd in 52:41 and former national junior champion Erwin McCrae was third in 53:06.

Three-time Australian mountain running representative Fiona Jorgensen set a new course record by almost 8 minutes of 73:16 in the women's race, with Australian duathlon representative Vicki Godfrey second in 74:18 and Kim Chisholm third in 76:03.

The cool but sunny conditions also contributed to record breaking performances in other events. Perry Blackmore ran 3:05:15 to win the 42km Bush Marathon and break his own course record, with Wollongong's Vanessa Haverd lopping half an hour off the women's record in running 3:47:56. In the 60km Bush Capital Bush Ultra, former Australian rogaining champion David Singleton slashed 5 minutes off the record in clocking the extraordinary time of 4:24:03. Dual world rogaining champion Julie Quinn was only just outside her own record in running 5:20:36.

In the 25km run Christine Pauling ran 2:03:45 to better her own record while Jeffrey Glick's 1:41:18 was just over 3 minutes outside Vince Craig's 2005 record.
There was a total of 310 competitors in all events, a 50% increase on 2005.

John Harding
Australian Mountain Running Association

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 Saturday, July 29, 2006 

Gold Coast Airport Marathon Documentary on TV

The 2006 Gold Coast Airport Marathon had a total of 13,814 participants enjoying the fantastic running and walking conditions on offer on Sunday July 2. A documentary of the 2006 Gold Coast Airport Marathon will go to air commencing this week on BRIZ 31. The one hour program follows the lead groups along the 42.195km course to the finish line in both the male and female marathon races. Including various highlights of other race day events and breathtaking visuals of the magnificent Gold Coast course - for anyone with an interest in running, competed or had friends competing in the 2006 Gold Coast Airport Marathon the program is a must see!

See below for the documentary television schedule:

BRIZ 31 - 7.30pm Sunday 30 July
NBN - 1.00pm Saturday 12 August
FOX1 - 11:00pm Wednesday 9 August
FOX 1 - 9.00am Tuesday 22 August
FOX 2 - 3.00am Monday 14 August
FOX 2 - 6.30am Tuesday 12 September


Ryan McDonald
Athlete Services Officer
Queensland Events Gold Coast

Posted at 12:26     [Perma-Link]
 Friday, July 28, 2006 

Dent heads strong field in Jaggad Bush Marathon 16 kms

Australian cross country and half marathon champion Martin Dent, 4th in the Commonwealth Games steeplechase, heads a strong field in tomorrow's 16 km race in the Jaggad Bush Capital Bush Marathon Festival at Campbell High School. Dent, Australian road running representative Anthony Haber and AIS sports scientist Philo Saunders will be out to eclipse the fast 59min 1sec set by two time Australiasn mountain running representative John Winsbury in last year's race.

The course follows a hilly circuit around Mt Ainslie and the Ainslie-Majura ridge. Three time Australian mountain running representative Fiona Jorgensen is set to clock a new women's course record.

The Jaggad Bush Marathon Festival has attracted 300 participants and includes off road running and bush walking events ranging in distance from 5kms to 60kms in Mt Ainslie, Mt Majura, Goorooyarroo and Mulligans Flat nature reserves.

Favourites for the 60km ultra distance run are world rogaining champions David Baldwin and Julie Quinn who are using the run as part of their preparations for this year's 24 hour World Rogaining Championship near Coonabarabran on 13th October. Baldwin is expected to be pressed by fellow rogaining star Dave Singleton who had a scintillating run in March in the Six Foot Track 45kms, the Australian Trail Running Championship.

In the 42km marathon, Trevor Fairhurst, Martin Boyd and Peter Clarke are the strongest contenders among the men and Leanne Wilkinson, Anna Thompson and Kay Pendlebury among the women.

Late entries are being accepted at Campbell High School from 7.30am. The Jaggad Bush Marathon Festival is the major fund raising event held each year to support the Australian mountain running team which will be contesting world championships in the USA and Turkey in August and September.

World long distance champion Emma Murray will be among the Australian team members looking after refreshment stations on the course.

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 Wednesday, July 26, 2006 

Jamieson breaks decade old Australian record in Stockholm

Commonwealth Games silver medallist Sarah Jamieson has broken the decade old Australian 1500m record with a stunning run at the IAAF World Athletics Tour meeting in Stockholm overnight.

In sweltering conditions, Jamieson, 31, finished third behind Bahrain’s Maryam Yusuf Jamal, clocking 4.00.93 to shave 0.41 seconds off Margaret Crowley’s previous mark. Jamieson’s time is the seventh fastest in the world this year.

Crowley’s time recently celebrated its 10 year anniversary, with the Victorian clocking 4.01.34 in Oslo, Norway on the way to a fifth placing in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.

Since her unlucky silver at the Commonwealth Games were ran over the last 200m was blocked, Jamieson has been in stellar form. Two wins on the US circuit, along with a personal best of 4.03.13 in Eugene preceded another victory in Madrid, Spain.

"I knew I was in pretty good shape after the win in Madrid where I beat some of the Russians who had broken 4 minutes this season," an elated Jamieson said from Stockholm.

"The pace tonight was on and we went through 800m in 2.06 which is only a couple of seconds outside my best. The pace eased on the third lap and I worked hard to get back on to Jamal and the French girl."

Complete article at Athletics Australia

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 Saturday, July 22, 2006 

Moments in time: 1963 State cross-country championships

by Paul Daffey

Today's Victorian amateur cross-country championship at Jells Park, Wheelers Hill, includes the senior men's race over 12 kilometres and the senior women's race over eight kilometres. Conditions are likely to be more than reasonable. The same could hardly be said for conditions in the 1963 state cross-country championships, which were held at the Oaklands Hunt Club at the back of Greenvale, on Melbourne's north-west fringe. As seen in the photo, runners in the men's 10-kilometre event had to contend with mud and slush. According to the winner, former champion Ron Clarke (who's not pictured), competitors enjoyed the challenge of racing on what he described as "a real cross-country course". Australian courses in that era followed the British tradition of being routed through paddocks and over fences. On the European continent, cross-country races were generally held on more forgiving terrain, in parks and on racecourses. Clarke, speaking this week from the Gold Coast shire offices, where he's the mayor, had fond memories of running at Oaklands. "It was hard work," he said.

Complete article at The Age

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 Friday, July 21, 2006 

Glenhuntly firms for win

Len Johnson
July 9, 2006

GLENHUNTLY men and Knox women won the Athletics Victoria road relay championships at Sandown motor race track yesterday.

Glenhuntly was a few seconds down after Liam Adams of Athletics Essendon produced the fastest time on the opening leg, but took the lead early in the second leg and was never headed after that.

Steve Moneghetti's Ballarat YCW club, going for a hat-trick of wins, finished in fourth place behind Doncaster and Box Hill.

Fastest time of the day went to another Ballarat runner, Collis Birmingham of the Eureka club. Birmingham ran 18 minutes, seven seconds, with Adams next quickest with his 18:16 on the opening leg.

Complete article at The Age

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2006 Australian Mountain Running Team

Headed by world long distance champion Emma Murray of South Canberra Tuggeranong Athletics Club and two time Australian men’s champion Scott McTaggart of North Canberra Gungahlin Athletics Club, the ACT is strongly represented in this year’s Australian mountain running team.

Murray will be defending her world title on 20th August at the 42 km Pike’s Peak marathon in Colorado in the USA. There is a gruelling 21 km climb to a snow-covered, boulder-clad summit over 4000 metres in altitude before the tough 21 km descent back to Colorado Springs that will fully test the quadriceps muscles. The other Australian representative is Canberra ultra running legend Trevor Jacobs of Weston Creek Athletics Club. Both have been doing 2 or 3 sessions a week either on a treadmill or a bicycle in the AIS altitude training tent under the supervision of Dr Philo Saunders to prepare themselves for the high altitude. At the summit they will experience 25% less oxygen than at sea level.

Murray is also preparing for the World Women’s Mountain Running Championship on 10th September over an uphill 8km course on My Olympus in Turkey. She is being joined by her South Canberra Tuggeranong club mate Jessamy Hosking who was the second finisher in the Australian championship on Mt Tennent, and Sydney’s Cindy King (Randwick Botany) who was third. Hosking smashed the course record in winning the Black Mountain Run Up on Tuesday 18 July in 14 mins 49 secs.

Scott McTaggart led the field in the early stages of last year’s World Mountain Running Championship in New Zealand and could easily finish well up in the top ten this year in Turkey. He has one ACT team mate, Stuart Doyle of South Canberra Tuggeranong Athletics Club. Doyle has been in fine form, setting a new course record of 11 mins 37 seconds for the 2.6km ascent in winning the Black Mountain Run Up on Tuesday 18 July. The other men’s team members are Sydney’s Jeremy Horne (Rand wick Botany) and Wollongong’s Ben du Bois (Kembla Joggers), Stephen Brown (Kembla Joggers) and Barry Keem (Illawarra Blue Stars). Du Bois finished 7th in last year’s World Mountain Running Association Grand Prix series and in November won US $50,000 in taking out the world’s richest mountain running race in Uganda. Brown was 40th and Keem 45th in the 2005 World Championship and may go even better this year with more experience.

The junior men’s team includes outstanding national junior cross country and track runners Ryan Gregson of Kembla Joggers and David Mainwaring and Dominic Perry of Gosford Athletics Club.

There is very little financial support for the team. The main fund raising event will be the Jaggad Bush Capital Bush Marathon Festival on Saturday 29th Festival. As well as 16 km and 25 km bush walks, runners can participate in 5 km, 16 km, 25 km, 42 km and 60 km runs on trail in Canberra nature park, starting and finishing at Campbell High School. The 60 km event takes in Mt Ainslie, Mt Majura, Goorooyarroo and Mulligans Flat nature reserves and the race favourites are world rogaining champions David Baldwin and Julie Quinn who are preparing for this year’s World Rogaining Championship (24 hours long distance orienteering in teams) on 13th October near Coonabrabran in north western New South Wales. The most popular event is the 16km run around Mt Ainslie. More than 200 runners will be participating.

For more details: see Complete article at

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 Friday, July 14, 2006 

Canberra Runners Needed for CSIRO Study

Hello Fellow Runners!
My name is Shannon O'Brien, and I'm currently a researcher at the CSIRO ICT Centre, located on ANU campus. My colleagues (Floyd Mueller and Alex Thorogood) and I are working on a fun jogging-related project, and we need volunteers.

Do you jog regularly with at least one friend? If so, then you perfectly qualify for the study! We are interested in providing runners with the possibility to run with jogging partners when they can not both physically meet at the same place. We aim at developing a solution that will not only let the two joggers communicate, but to motivate each other to run at varying speeds.

The study is two-fold. The first part requires you and a jogging friend to jog `together' while talking on a mobile phone (with a headset). You each need to run in different areas (you choose where), so that the only way to communicate is through the mobile phones. You each can run for as long as you want, but for at least 20 minutes. After the run, you and your jogging partner will then need to fill out a short questionnaire, and answer a few of our questions in an interview. In addition to the length of your run, it will take about 15 extra minutes. We will provide the mobile phones and headsets. This part of the study will happen as soon as possible, whenever you two are available to go for a run.

The second half of the study will happen in a couple weeks. It will test one of our final prototypes in the form of a newly designed headset. Again, you and your jogging partner will wear this headset while you run on different courses (which you will choose). Then you will fill out a short questionnaire and answer a couple interview questions. And, that will be the end of the study!

No deception is involved, and the study involves no more than regular risk to participants (i.e., the level of risk encountered in jogging). The purpose of this project is research. All responses are treated as confidential, and in no case will responses from individual participants be identified.

The time of the study is up to you, whenever you and your jogging partner are available to meet. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 0405679363.

Thank you, and happy running! And please let me know if this study is of interest to you!


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 Thursday, July 13, 2006 

Tan Track Melbourne to get lighting upgrade

This has been passed on by "Andrew" a CoolRunner from Melbourne about his correspondance with Parks & Recreation, responsible for upkeep of the Tan Track :

Thank you for your message regarding the general lighting standard of the Tan Track Exercise Circuit in the Domain Parklands. The City of Melbourne is responsible for the Tan which is used by about 310,000 people per year. From its inception in the 1970's the Tan Track Exercise Circuit has been provided as a daytime recreational facility, relying on adjacent street lighting for any nightime illumination.

However as you correctly point out, "time challenged" users are more and more using the circuit during non-daylight hours.
Whilst Parks & Recreation has made bids to Council for funding for the estimated cost of $1.3 Million to light the Tan, higher Council priorities have not allowed the implementation in previous years.

However advantage was taken in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games for funding of some sections of the Tan to be lit and this initial lighting work has now been completed using State Government funding.

The Lord Mayor is supportive of the upgrade of lighting around the Tan and a $250,000 allocation for lighting was recently approved by Council as part of the 2006/07 budget.

Parks & Recreation Group has adopted the strategy of carrying out incremental upgrades of the jogging surface, and co-ordinating major tree planting and lighting works with these upgrades. Subject to the various amounts bid for these different works in the upcoming years Council budget, a further section of the Tan will be upgraded, and the Alexandra Avenue section is one of the higher priority sections being considered.

I trust this information assists and that the upgrade to the lighting of the Tan Track you seek will come to fruition in the short term future.
Please contact me if you wish to discuss the matter further.

Stuart Nicoll
Senior Planner
Parks & Recreation

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 Wednesday, July 05, 2006 

Grose Wold CoolRunner sets sights on Alice Springs

A familiar figure often seen running up hill and down dale throughout the Hawkesbury, Grose Wold man Chris Horwood is in serious training for his next great challenge – a 450km ultra-marathon from Alice Springs to Uluru.

Planning to set out on July 23 to reach Uluru within seven days, Mr Horwood has nicknamed his epic venture 'The Old Man Emu Run' after Australian singer John Williamson's famous song about the emu which "can't fly, but I'm telling you, he can run the pants off a kangaroo".

"It won't be a formal race, just a personal challenge which I set myself after running third in last year's Alice Springs Marathon, with me doing the entire length and whoever else wants to join in along the way," he said.

Because of the scarcity of food, water and accommodation along the way, Mr Horwood has hired a campervan as a support vehicle. His wife Carla, also a triathlete, and daughter Deana, who is a police officer based at Alice Springs, will alternate between driving the vehicle and running or cycling an occasional leg with him. He will also be joined by members of the Alice Springs Running and Walking Club.

Currently averaging about 50km around the Hawkesbury's hilly terrain, Mr Horwood plans to average running five hours per day covering 65km on his outback run.

"It'll be in the low 20s," he said. "That's perfect running weather. The only thing I'll have to look out for are the road trains. It'll be a case of slow and steady. The further you run, the more you have to back off the pace."

Mr Horwood said he "likes to set himself challenges": "Each one is like a stepping stone." Mr Horwood said he slipped into a "trance-like state" while running.

He has already run from Sydney to Canberra, and is now thinking about tackling a Sydney to Melbourne leg – in the footsteps of that much-heralded potato farmer-cum-marathon runner, Cliff Young. After discovering long distance running in 1999, he ran in the Host City Marathon on the same course for the Sydney Olympics that year and went "disastrously".

"I cramped badly," he said. "I had no idea what I was in for. But I was bitten by the bug and now I run in one event after another." As a shiftworker, he said he gets plenty of time to do "crazy training" – and having a supportive family also helps.

This weekend the Grose Wold man will participate in the Relay for Life event at Hawkesbury Showground where he will be able to limber up for his big Alice Springs sprint alongside members of the district's Triathlon Club .

Complete article at the Hawkesbury Gazette

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 Sunday, July 02, 2006 

Troop & Gillard Make Gold Coast Marathon their own

Lee Troop crowned his comeback from injury with an emphatic victory in today’s sun-soaked 28th Gold Coast Airport Marathon. In low 20’s temperatures, the Geelong (Vic) flyer took the Gold Coast honours and the Telstra Australian Marathon Championship in the impressive time of 2:14:13.

The women’s event sealed an Australian quinella when Launceston’s (Tas) Jennifer Gillard took the women’s honours in 2:41:05.

Although it wasn’t a new race record, Troop said he was pleased with the result.

“I said today I feel like I am one of the best runners in the state and country after the injuries I’ve had,” he said.

“Everyone’s different; the thing about me is my honesty. I said I was going to run hard, and that’s what I did.

“The thing about the marathon is you feel terrible, it’s full of ups and downs, you feel good, then bad. You have highs and lows in life and the marathon is a reflection of this. For me, now I’m going home to focus on the next six months and to focus on the little things, because when you add them up (little things) they make a great athlete,” he said.

Troop was followed home by 2004 winner, the ACT’s Gemechu Woyecha (2:17:23) and 2006 Rotorua Marathon winner, New Zealander Scott Winton (2:18:08).

Jenny Gillard’s win in her first Australian marathon was just as emphatic, beating 2006 Senshu (Japan) International Marathon winner, Helen Stanton (2:44:11) by over three minutes with Auckland’s Melanie Burke third in a time of 2:45:27.

“I wanted to win, but I more wanted to do a personal best, which I did,” said Gillard. (Her previous PB was 2:43:25). “I’m just so happy winning. It was actually good - I started off feeling terrible but I just kept going,” she said.

Earlier in the day the ACT’s Martin Dent took out the ASICS Half Marathon in a time of 1:02:57, 34 seconds in front of Japan’s Kurao Umeki (1:03:31) with another Japanese runner, Youchi Watanabe, taking third place (1:04:15).

“It’s probably the biggest race in Australia, and I’ve just been building myself up to qualify for the Australian road race team,” Dent said. “After the 20km mark I was pretty sure I was going to win.”

Japanese runners again featured in the Asics Women’s Half Marathon with Kaoru Nishi (1:11:56) taking the honours in front of Victoria’s Lisa Jane Weightman (1:12:54) and Junko Ochi (1:13:02).

“Running is part of my life, I can’t go without it, its part of living,” Nishi said “I came here to win gold,” she said.

The Wheelchair Half Marathon was won by Melba’s Richard Nicholson (50:24) ahead of Japan’s Yukifumi Yamamoto (54:34) and Elanora’s (QLD), 2005 winner, Patrick Baker (54:51).

Oxenford’s (QLD) Michael Shelley took out the men’s Telstra Country Wide 10 Kilometre Run (29:52) while Kiyomi Niwata from Varsity Lakes (QLD) took out the women’s 10K in 35:48.

Benjamin Eastwell and Courteney Harverson, both from Robina (QLD) won the Norco Pauls 2.25 Kilometre Junior Dash while Katelyn Simpson from Highland Park and Adrian Plummer fromSouthport (QLD) shared the 4 kilometre Dash spoils.

A record 13,732 runners and walkers faced the starter for today’s 2006 Gold Coast Airport Marathon. Their number easily eclipsed the previous record, set last year, of 12,711. They were made up of people from over thirty countries from as far away as Austria, the United States and over 1100 from Japan.

Queensland Events Gold Coast Board Chairman, Kerry Watson, said the growth of the past three years has been significant. "While we were looking for just over 13,000 participants this year, the leap we saw – one thousand up on last year – is phenomenal,” Mr Watson said. “It demonstrates acceptance by not only the elite runners, but the local community at large. 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.

The participation breakdowns are:

Marathon 2397
Half Marathon 4550
Run 3352
Walk 2798
4K Dash 283
2.5K Dash 352

All Gold Coast Airport Marathon details can be found at

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 Saturday, July 01, 2006 

AROC Adventure racing 2006-07 event calendar is set!

A new race season packed with excitement has been planned by Tom & Alina at AROC Sport!

Get ready to AROC’ n’ Roll with the AROC Adventure Series: 7 races, 2.5 to 5.5 hours in length, held either in Sydney (4 races) or Canberra (3 races). Two of these races are Night Adventures: The Brindabella Challenge in Canberra on 1 December 06 and the very popular event at Sydney Olympic Park on 10 February 07. These night events follow the standard AROC Adventure format with a twist: race late afternoon and into the evening to test your night navigation skills!

Back by popular demand, the AROC 12 Hour Urban Adventure will make the most of Canberra’s iconic landmarks and its surrounding bushland on 31 March 2007. Come discover real adventure just at the corner of your local coffee shop!

Finally the crown jewel of the AROC races, the AROC 24 Hour Adventure will take place on 27-28 January 2007 at an undisclosed location along the South Coast: get your teammates ready and start training!

Don’t miss out on the fun, mark your calendars and register now to enjoy early-birds discount!

More details at

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