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 Wednesday, August 30, 2006 

Beijing tops Lee Troop's wishlist

Geelong marathon man Lee Troop is back and dreaming of Beijing. The two-time Olympian now has his third Games in sight after he continued his impressive comeback at the weekend when he reclaimed his national cross country title in Tasmania.

The win came just eight weeks after taking out the Gold Coast Marathon, the first marathon win of his career.

Troop, who just eight months ago considered retirement, said representing Australia in 2008 was now number one on his agenda.

"Everything I'm doing at the moment is for Beijing, I want to be there," Troop said. "I'm not only injury-free but I'm running pain-free which means my body is able to recover properly. The last couple of months have given me a real confidence boost and it just shows there's still life left in these old legs yet."

Troop, 33, failed to qualify for the Commonwealth Games in March after a run of debilitating injuries and was forced to take an indefinite break from running to find a way to get his body injury-free.

His body has healed and now he's back better than ever. Troop's recent form has thrust him back among Australia's premier distance runners.

He powered home to take the national cross country title on Saturday, which he last held in 2000, and became the first male Australian runner to win both the national cross country and marathon titles in the same year.

Despite his recent success, Troop said he would remain based in Australia until he is confident he is ready to take on the world's best distance runners.

He plans to compete in the 10,000m Zatopek Classic at Olympic Park in December and will return to marathon in April next year.

``This year is about establishing myself domestically, before I become an international athlete again,'' Troop said. ``If I'm not dominating at home then I'm not ready to race against the big boys overseas. I want to do this the right way.''

Complete article at Geelong Info

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 Tuesday, August 29, 2006 

Trekker smashes Kokoda track record

Papua New Guinea's famed Kokoda Track has been traversed for the first time in less than 18 hours in a record set by a 22-year-old Papua New Guinean trekking porter.

The record was set on the steep and gruelling 96km track in the early hours of this morning by Brendan Buka of Kokoda.

Buka slashed more than four hours off the previous record set last year by John Hunt Hiviki.

A Sydney engineer, meanwhile, has become the first Australian to walk the track in under 24 hours, coming third in this year's Kokoda Challenge Race with a time of just under 19.5 hours.

Damon Goerke, 32, set the pace for most of the race but said he pushed too hard at the start and was overtaken by Buka and second-place-getter Wayne Urina.

Complete article at the Sydney Morning Herald

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 Monday, August 28, 2006 

Troop wins thrilling cross-country duel

Dual Olympic marathon representative Lee Troop's resurrection as one of Australia's premier distance runners continued on Saturday with the 33-year-old capturing the Australian cross-country title in empathic style.

Victorian Anna Thompson dominated the women's race to win a record-equalling third title.

A shocked Troop reigned supreme over the 12km journey at the Pontville Equestrian Centre, outside Hobart, defeating a talented lineup after the lead changed hands on numerous occasions.

It came down to a battle between Troop and defending champion Martin Dent (ACT) on the fourth and final 3km lap.

Dent threw down the gauntlet at the bell to open a 20m gap, but Troop powered home on the final hill to take his first Australian cross-country title in six years.

Dent finished second with Queensland's Michael Shelley winning the bronze medal.

"I'm a bit shocked. It's been a long time between drinks in cross-country," Troop said after the race.

Complete article at The Age

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Troop march on track with cross-country win

CROSS-COUNTRY TITLES , Sunday, 27 August 2006

DUAL Olympic marathon representative Lee Troop's resurrection as one of Australia's premier distance runners continues, with the 33-year-old capturing the Telstra Australian cross-country title in emphatic style in Hobart yesterday.

Victorian Anna Thompson dominated the women's race to win a record equalling third title.

A shocked Troop reigned supreme over the 12km journey at the Pontville Equestrian Centre, outside Hobart, defeating a talented line-up to regain the crown he last held in 2000.

With the lead changing hands on numerous occasions, it came down to a battle between Troop and defending champion Martin Dent, of the ACT, on the fourth and final 3km lap. Dent threw down the gauntlet at the bell to open a 20m gap, but Troop powered home on the final hill to take his first Australian cross-country title in six years.

Complete article at the Examiner

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Troop, Thompson crowned cross-country champions

Victorian runners Lee Troop and Anna Thompson took out the men's and women's titles at the national cross-country championships held at Pontville near Hobart today.

One thousand runners, including hundreds of school children, came to Tasmania to compete.

The men's 12-kilometre race was closely fought until the final lap when marathon runner Troop pulled away from Martin Dent.

Troop finished in 36 minutes and 36 seconds, 70 metres clear of Dent.

"I just knew if I put the pressure on hard and early that hopefully I'd be able to get on top of them in the latter stages and that's exactly what happened," Troop said.

Thompson, meanwhile, was in a league of her own in the women's 8km race.

Thompson put 100 metres between herself and Tasmanian Donna MacFarlane.

"The weather surprised me. I came down here prepared for it to be cold but the weather was pretty nice, so it was good," Thompson said.

Complete article at ABC Online

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 Friday, August 25, 2006 

National XC: Challenge for local stars

August 25, 2006 12:00am

ATHLETICS of international standard returns to Hobart this weekend, with two of Tasmania's brightest female sporting stars racing head-to-head at the Australian cross-country championships at Pontville tomorrow.

Melbourne Commonwealth Games steeplechase bronze medallist Donna MacFarlane and newly crowned world orienteering champion Hanny Allston will face off against a quality interstate field in the women's 8km race.
MacFarlane, after recovering recently from a foot injury, will enter the race as equal favourite with Victoria's Anna Thompson, but fellow Australian cross-country team member Emma Rilen is also capable of causing an upset.

The field looks daunting for Allston, 20, who won the world orienteering championship in Denmark just three weeks ago.

"I haven't run a cross-country race since I was 14 and I am a little bit nervous as this will be by far the best field that I have ever faced," she said.

The men's 12km race also has a star-studded line-up, spearheaded by former Australian 5000m record-holder Lee Troop.

He will be challenged strongly by other Australian representatives Scott Westcott, Collis Birmingham, Martin Dent and Peter Nowill, but hopes to outmuscle his opponents over the uneven terrain.

Complete article at The Mercury

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MacFarlane searching for first national title

24 August 2006 | 4.17pm

Tasmanian Donna MacFarlane has made rapid progress since her return to elite athletics after a break to start a family – with world championship and Commonwealth Games bronze medals already safely secure in the trophy cabinet. This weekend she gets the chance to win her first national title.

As Donna Tyberek, MacFarlane captured national junior cross country and 800m and 1500m titles in 1996 and 1997. In 2006 she was part of the Australian team’s Bronze medal at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Fukuoka, Japan.

Three members of the medal winning squad will battle it out with 40 of Australia’s other best distance runners in the 8km event at the Telstra Australian Cross Country titles to be held at Pontville, just north of Hobart, this Saturday.

At the first glance of the entry list, it appears as though it will be a race in two between Victoria’s Anna Thompson and Tasmania’s MacFarlane. Both athletes have opted not to follow the European circuit and focus entirely on the Australian cross country title.

Tasmanian’s premier athlete, MacFarlane will be looking to capture her first Australian open title against a quality field. "I’m happy with how training is progressing and looking forward to running well on home soil," said MacFarlane.

"I like the course, having run over it last weekend and I think it’s a real cross country course. I’m confident that I will be able to run my best on it."

Complete article at Athletics Australia

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 Wednesday, August 23, 2006 

Threlfall tackles tough terrain

Wednesday, 16 August 2006

TACKLING the hills around Hobart will be the next major hit-out for Bendigo teenager when he races at the upcoming national cross-country championships.

Threlfall, 18, is a member of Victoria's team of six to compete in the under-20 race on August 26.

The 8 km showdown against the sport's young guns will be Threlfall's second appearance at national titles. A year ago he was 33rd in a time of 29.30 in Adelaide.

After many months of training and racing on the track, roads, and hills, Threlfall is confident of finishing much higher.

'‘To be selected for last year's state team was a highlight, but to back up and earn another chance was a big goal," he said of this winter's campaign.

Among the highs was ninth placing at the Victorian championships run at Jells Park.

A class performer on the track, especially at the 1500 m, Threlfall has shown he can excel on the road as well.

Complete article at the Bendigo Advertiser

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Busy time for local runners

The Sapphire Coast Runners have completed the final round of their annual cross-country series in Bega.

The final round was held in perfect sunny conditions and with the perfect conditions came fast times.

Eleven of the twenty runners that toed the line in the final round ran course best times, creating a fitting climax to the 2006 series.

Winner on handicap for round six was Andrew Law of Bega, narrowly in front of Sue O'Brien of Bemboka with Bart McPherson of Pambula third.

Series winner for 2006 is Jean Winterflood of Bega, who went into the final round with a comfortable lead yet still managed to run her best time of the year to finish the series in true champion style.

Jean finished with 226 points, four points ahead of Mick Gibbons of Kalaru on 222 points, and Lauren Winterflood (213 points), Jean's daughter, put two family members into the top three.

Fourth place in the series was Peter Dickson of Tura Beach and fifth was Lauren Fox of Tarraganda.

Fastest 2km runner was Dakota Taylor (8.32) of Bemboka who has also taken out the 2km series title, finishing the series only one point ahead of Anna Fergusson.

Complete article at Bega District News

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Tasmania the focus for winter championships

22 August 2006 | 1.14pm

More than 1000 athletes will converge on Tasmania this weekend for the School Sport Australia and Telstra Australian Cross Country Championship and the Telstra Australian men’s 30km and women’s 10km Walks Championship.

Nine-hundred athletes from all Australian States, the ACT and New Zealand have entered the cross country titles, to be held at the Pontville Equestrian Centre and Sports Complex at Brighton, outside Hobart, this Saturday.

Heading the women’s entries are 2006 World Cross Country Championships bronze medallists Donna MacFarlane (TAS) and Anna Thompson (VIC) and team member, Emma Rilen (NSW). Thompson is in very good form, winning the recent City to Surf in Sydney ahead of Queensland’s Clare Geraghty who is also entered to race at Pontville.

Also on the start list are Commonwealth Games marathon competitors Lauren Shelley (WA) and Kate Smyth (VIC). Smyth is best remembered for courageously reaching the finish, despite suffering severe dehydration that caused her to stagger into the arms of officials at the finish. Also competing is Tasmania’s world orienteering sprint distance champion, Hanny Allston, who won that title in Denmark last month. The 20-year-old medical student became the first competitor to be junior and senior world champion in the same year and the first junior to win a world senior championship title.

Evergreen Lee Troop will spearhead Victoria’s challenge in the men’s 12km championship, which has also drawn entries from 2006 World Cross team members Dave Ruschena (VIC), Jeremy Roff (NSW), defending Martin Dent (ACT) and Russell Dessaix-Chin (NSW) and Commonwealth Games steeplechaser, Peter Nowill (QLD). The rapidly developing Ballarat runner Collis Birmingham (VIC) will be another to watch. Having recently clinched the Victorian 12km and 8km titles, Birmingham may not yet have the highest profile, but he will start the nominal favourite.

Complete article at Athletics Australia

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Terry Fox Run (Sydney) Cancelled

Thank you for your continued support of the Terry Fox Run in Sydney.

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the organising committee of the Terry Fox Run Sydney has been forced to cancel the event and associated raffle, which was scheduled for Sunday 24 September 2006 in King George Park, Rozelle. Any funds received in payment of registration or purchase of merchandise or raffle tickets, will be refunded as soon as possible.

The Run will not be postponed to a later date.

The organising committee from the Canadian Consulate, Four Seasons Hotel Sydney, Sold Out National Event Management and Children’s Cancer Institute Australia would like to thank all the volunteers, runners, walkers, families and cancer survivors who shared their stories, for your continued support in helping us to raise all important funds for cancer research in Australia. Watch this space for future events in 2007!

Please do not hesitate to contact the below with any questions or queries you may have.

Samantha Birmingham
Community Events Executive
Children’s Cancer Institute Australia for Medical Research
E: sbirmingham@ccia.org.au
www.terryfoxrunsyd.org.au

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 Monday, August 21, 2006 

Tassie proves popular for national titles

CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS , Wednesday, 16 August 2006

Nine hundred athletes from across Australia and New Zealand have entered the School Sport Australia and Telstra Australian Cross-Country Championships to be held at the Pontville Equestrian Centre and Sports Complex, at Brighton, on Saturday, August 26.

This year's national road walking and cross- country championships have attracted about 150 more entries than last year's event, which was held in Adelaide.

Athletics Tasmania president Brian Roe said the association was delighted with the response.

Heading the women's entries are 2006 world cross-country championships bronze medallists Donna MacFarlane, from Tasmania, and Anna Thompson, from Victoria and team member Emma Rilen. Other interesting competitors will be Commonwealth Games marathoners Lauren Shelley and Kate Smyth.

Evergreen Lee Troop will spearhead Victoria's challenge in the men's championship, which has also drawn entries from members of the 2006 world cross team.

The rapidly developing Collis Birmingham will be another to watch.

Complete article at the Examiner

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Record field expected at Shepparton Marathon

A record number of entrants is expected at this weekend’s marathon hosted by the Shepparton Runner’s Club.

With entries flooding in and more expected on the day, the club is looking forward to a quality field of runners competing in the 42km event, as well as the half marathon, 10km and 3km family fun/run events.

Last year’s marathon winner Jarrod Kanizay will be eager to defend his title, but will be under threat by 2004 winner and record holder Tim Cochrane, who won the half marathon in 2005. The record stands at 2.34:17 which may be under threat this year. The course has been officially measured and is accredited at a marathon distance.

The half marathon is a hotly contested event, with pre-race entries already exceeding last years event, with half the entrants being female.

Still a favourite with casual runners, the 10km will see many runners attempt their first official race. This is also a good distance for junior runners who are up to a challenge, or for those older runners who are scaling back.

The 3km event is aimed at the whole family, encouraging all to get out and have a go. Suitable for runners or walkers, prams are most welcome, as are young children.

All four events are held on sealed paths along the Broken and Goulburn Rivers. The course is well marked and manned by officials, with plenty of drink stations. All finishers receive a medallion, with the 3km entrants receiving ribbons for their efforts.

Trophies are up for grabs in the major races, with refreshments available on the day.

Participants are welcome to register on Saturday afternoon between 2pm and 6pm at Princess Park to avoid the early morning rush.

For more information phone Sue and Steven Trevaskis on (03) 5822-1348 or 0417-508-145 or 041-693-529.

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 Sunday, August 20, 2006 

Marwa & Geraghty cruise to Victory in Noosa Half

Tanzanian, Dickson Marwa today took out the Viridian Noosa Half Marathon in blistering style from a quality field while Clare Geraghty continued her good form claiming victory in the women’s field.

This was the third win in as many weeks for the 24-year-old Marwa who will now take a short break from his heavy racing schedule. Marwa had his work cut out for him in the early stages with Australia’s greatest running legend Steve Moneghetti showing the youngster that age is no barrier despite the 20 year age gap between the two.

After the first of two laps Marwa had cleared out on his own, Moneghetti made his move from the group he was running with that included ‘Fun Run King’ Jeremy Horne, editor of Run for you Life Magazine Daniel Green who was the first victim of the group after the first lap.

“My legs were sore this morning after yesterday’s Viridian Vertical run, so I decided to pull the pin and pull on my journo’s hat instead,” said Green after the race.

Marwa narrowly missed the race record and bonus on offer to anyone who breaks the record.

“I was happy with my time today but running by myself was tough and I could have broken the record if I had someone to pace with,” said Marwa

Despite missing the race record Marwa declared he will be back next year with a pacemaker to help him break the six year record set back in 2000 by Scott Wesctott (1:03:03).

Marwa recorded wins in the Bridge to Brisbane (10km), City to Surf (14km) and now adds the Noosa Half Marathon title to his impressive list of achievements since arriving in Australia on August 5. He will now have a week’s break from running before returning to Tanzania next week then starting his European campaign.

Moneghetti was also pleased with his effort not usually attempting the half marathon distance. “I went alright this morning and felt good at the turn around so put in a surge to see how the others were feeling but they didn’t respond,” said Moneghetti. “As much as I was hurting I had the Noosa River on one side of me and the beach on the other – somehow that made it all a little easier to cope with.”

Horne put in a solid performance to round out the top three today.

A similar scenario unfolded for Geraghty who was shadowed by Helen Stanton on the first lap of the run with McCann not far off the pace.

Geraghty has racked up a number of good performances in the past couple of months, winning the Jetty to Jetty and edged into second spot by one second at the Bridge to Brisbane. Last weekend she also picked up a second place in the City to Surf. The 19-year-old is the ‘hottest’ thing on the running scene and looks set for a very bright future.

“I really enjoyed today, this is my favourite distance although I went out a little crazy in the first 5km,” said Geraghty. “This course is great – the whole event is fantastic and I’ll definitely be back next year,” said the petite Geraghty.

Stanton from Mango Hill finished just 44sec behind Geraghty with McCann, the current Australian Half Marathon record holder rounding out the podium.

McCann has only just stepped up her training for the half marathon distance and used the race to gauge where she is at. ”It’s been a great weekend, I love coming up to Noosa for the triathlon. This is my first half marathon up here but sure it won’t be my last,” said McCann.

The first wheelie this morning was another famous name – John McLean.

A record field of men, women and children pounded Noosa streets for the 16th annual Viridian Noosa Half Marathon, Noosa 10km and the 5km run/walk. But the majority of the competitors, who made their way along the Noosa River from the Lions Park, to Tewantin, were there to have a good time.

Freq Duo was the main attraction at an entertainment-packed picnic in the Lions Park to celebrate the event. A special race village was set up at in the park for participants and their families to relax over a hearty breakfast. Many wore butterfly wings in honour of fun run charity, the Hear and Say Centre. Full results will be published in tomorrow’s Sunshine Coast Daily.

Results - Overall

Viridian Noosa Half Marathon

Male

1. Dickson Marwa Tanzania 1:04:30
2. Steve Moneghetti Ballarat 1:07:55
3. Jeremy Horne Ramsgate Beach 1:09:59
4. Lazhar Hamadi Kensington 1:11:38
5. Gregory Graves Casula 1:11:49

Female

1. Clare Geraghty Camp Hill 1:15:40
2. Helen Stanton Mango Hill 1:16:24
3. Kerryn McCann Coledale 1:18:13


Noosa 10km Run

Male

1. Mustapga Takieddine Sydney 32:15
2. Dennis Fitzgerald Greenslopes 32:36
3. Christian Cobbold Sth Brisbane 33:00

Female

1. Roxie Schmidt Caloundra 37:14
2. Janine Fitzgerald Greenslopes 38:27
3. Jenny Young Dickie Beach 39:46

5km run/walk

Male

1. Peter Bock Mooloolaba 16:49

Female

1. Tomoko Carson Arundel 17

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 Thursday, August 17, 2006 

World Long Distance Mountain Running Champs this Sunday

Canberra's Emma Murray faces her greatest running challenge this Sunday when she attempts to successfully defend her World Long Distance Mountain Running Championship title at the Pike's Peak Marathon in the USA. The race distance is 42kms up and down the mountain and has a climb of 2,382 metres. However, the starting point in Colorado Springs is over 2,000m in altitude and the summit is over 4,000m, with 25% less oxygen than at sea level.

To prepare for the high altitude for the last 3 months Murray has been training on a treadmill 2 to 3 times a week in the altitude training tent at the AIS under the supervision of Dr Philo Saunders. To complete her preparation Murray arrived in Colorado Springs 2 weeks in advance of the race in order to fully acclimatise. To win she will have to defeat the Czech Republic's Anna Pichrtova, undefeated in the World Mountain Running Association Grand Prix Series in Europe this year and second in last year's World Mountain Running Trophy in New Zealand.

Last year Murray won the World Long Distance Mountain Running Championship by the huge margin of 18 minutes in the Marathon du Vignemale in France, despite falling heavily with 15kms to go and requiring several stitches in her knee afterwards. This race was 42kms and also involved a climb of over 2,000m. This year Murray's form has been even better than in 2005. In March she slashed several minutes off her course record in the 45km Six Foot Track Australian Trail Running Championship from Katoomba to Jenolan Caves and finished 4th outright in the field of over 900. In April she jogged the first 30kms in the Canberra marathon before accelerating home over the final 12kms and clocking 2hrs 45mins in her debut road marathon. On 29 April she easily won the Australian Mountain Running Championship on Mt Tennent south of Canberra.

Also representing Australia at the Pike's Peak race will be Canberra's Trevor Jacobs, who was 3rd placed Australian in the Australian Trail Running Championship and a winner of the 54km Brindabella Classic several times.

Web-sites to watch: www.pikespeakmarathon.org and www.wmra.info

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 Wednesday, August 16, 2006 

Marwa Eyes Win & Record - McCann Hungry to race again

Tanzanian, Dickson Marwa will attempt to make it a perfect score card as he lines up for his third big race in as many weeks on Sunday at the Viridian Noosa Half Marathon.

His winning streak began soon after arriving in Australia from Dar Es Salaam on August 5, he beat a record field on just a couple of hours' sleep in the Bridge to Brisbane. After three straight years of finishing second to compatriot Patrick Nyangelo, who did not start, it was Marwa's turn to taste victory.

Last weekend he backed up again at the country’s biggest foot race, Sydney’s City to Surf to outrun over 63,000 plus competitors to claim victory, but narrowly missing the race record held by Steve Moneghetti by 46 seconds.

Moneghetti will again watch on as Marwa attempts to break the 5 year race record at the Noosa Half Marathon (21.1km) set by Scott Westcott back in 2000 (1:03:03).

Marwa, a Commonwealth Games 5000 and 10,000m representative now preparing for the 2008 Beijing Olympics will warm up for Sunday’s race by tackling the Viridian Vertical – a 3.2km hill run for the elite or there is a 1.5km course for the general public.

“Jambo (hello) to everybody in Noosa, I am looking forward to coming up there this weekend. I am feeling well and loose after last weeks race and looking forward to the competition. To win would be good but the record is also an option for me,” said Marwa. “I am also happy because my training partner will be with my on the weekend cheering me on,” said Marwa. Marwa’s training partner is a corgi named Eli. When at home Marwa spends a lot of time training on Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa at 7,000 feet.

The women’s field is just as impressive with the 2006 Commonwealth Games gold medalist Kerryn McCann lining up alongside good friend Krishna Stanton, 2002 Commonwealth Games silver medalist in the marathon.

McCann isn’t making any statements about how she’ll perform on the weekend but the mother of two is certain to be competitive.

“I wasn’t going to do the half, rather Krishna and I were going to do the 10k together, but I’ve stepped up my training lately and am keen to see where I’m at,” said McCann from her home in Coledale, NSW.

In the Noosa 10km race Camp Hill’s Clare Geraghty will be looking to turn the tables this Sunday after being narrowly (1sec) beaten by triathlete Felicity Abram in the Bridge to Brisbane.

Nearly 3000 competitors will take to the streets of Noosa on Sunday in either the half marathon, 10km or 5km run/walk. They will include everyone from professionals to those impressive superhero outfits and possibly some ‘winged butterfly’ runners supporting the Hear and Say Centre.

“Every year we see some wild and wonderful outfits which always amaze us but it’s what the event is all about and adds an entertainment factor to the day,” said Garth Prowd, General Manager, USM Events.

The Viridian Noosa Half running festival is now in its 16th year and is well established as one of the fastest and most picturesque run courses in Australia. The start and finish are in the Lions Park at Noosa Heads and the completely flat course heads out along the Noosa River to Tewantin.

The course is flat, fast, scenic and right in the heart of Noosa and starts and finishes just a stones throw from Noosa Main Beach. Corporate Teams categories in the HALF and 10KM continue to grow with many businesses now using it for their team building program and mid year conferences. The Corp Teams have three competitors from the same company whose times are added together then averaged for final placing’s.

The event is also a major fundraiser for the Hear & Say Centre who provides support and facilities for kids who are hearing impaired and their families.

Late entries will be taken on Saturday afternoon from 2pm and on Sunday morning from 5am at Lions Park.

More information at http://www.usmevents.com.au

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 Monday, August 14, 2006 

Melbourne Marathon signs Samsung as naming sponsor

IMG is pleased to announce the signing of ‘SAMSUNG’ as the naming rights sponsor for the Melbourne Marathon for the next three years. This sponsorship brings together two premium brands in their respective fields.

The Samsung Melbourne Marathon is a treasured running icon and one of the most highly inspirational events on the Australian sporting calendar and Samsung Electronics Australia is one of the fastest growing global brands and a leading provider and innovator of consumer digital products.

Samsung is dedicated to promoting the spirit of competition through events and charities and is actively involved in sport all around the world. “Samsung are proud to be the naming rights sponsor of such an iconic event in Melbourne” said Kurt Jovais, General Manager Corporate Marketing, Samsung Australia.

In addition to providing support for the event, Samsung have committed to donating funds towards their Corporate Social Responsibility program called Digital Hope. Digital Hope is Samsung’s largest CSR program and is aimed at enriching the lives of the youth and persons with disabilities. Since it’s launch in 2003, Samsung has contributed over US$1.6m regionally towards this cause. Samsung will match dollar for dollar what this year’s marathon participants choose to contribute to the program.

IMG Director of Athletics and Fitness, Dallas O’Brien, said the signing of Samsung Electronics Australia helps to ensure a bright future for the event. With the support of Samsung’s sponsorship in addition to other event sponsors, including ASICS, and the support of Athletics Australia and the City of Melbourne, the Samsung Melbourne Marathon is well positioned to earn a valued place on the international running calendar, which will enhance the experience for all competitors.

The 29th running of the Samsung Melbourne Marathon will take place on Sunday 8th October 2006. It will follow the traditional course, starting in Frankston following the beach road to Melbourne's beautiful boulevard of St Kilda Road and finish underneath the Arts Centre Spire.

The Samsung Melbourne Marathon also incorporates the ASICS Melbourne Half Marathon and the Melbourne MaraFun Run / Walk (7.5km).

Enter online now at www.melbournemarathon.com.au. For Race information, contact Kim Phillips on 1800 155 366, or kphillips@imgworld.com. For Media enquires, contact Samantha Cairncross on mobile 0413 706 425 or marathonmedia@hotmail.com

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 Tuesday, August 08, 2006 

Cross-country 'is physical abuse'

Cross-country running at school could be a form of physical abuse, a textbook for teenagers suggests.

A chapter of the book, distributed by Co-ordination Group Publications, says children have the right to protection from physical and emotional abuse.

It lists bullying and cross-country runs as possible examples.

Margaret Talbot, chief executive of the Association for Physical Education, said this "trivialised" abuse and was based on an "outdated notion" of PE.

Complete article at the BBC

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Rising star Collis soars

RISING star Collis Birmingham edged out Olympian Lee Troop to take the honours in the Victorian open 8km cross country championship at the University of Ballarat.

Eureka Athletics Club's Birmingham came home strongly in the final lap to win in 24 minutes, 42 seconds after jostling for first position with the Geelong marathon man.

Troop finished only 26 seconds behind the Ballarat youngster.

Birmingham said he enjoyed the contest against Troop on familiar terrain at the weekend.

"He's a great runner," Birmingham said.

"I felt good, felt strong. I enjoy the course and feel it suits me.

I live nearby and train around this area so I suppose it gives me a little advantage."

Troop is still feeling the effects of a win in the Australian Marathon Championships on the Gold Coast five weeks ago with the fastest Australian time of the year.

"The marathon took more out of me than I thought. I'm still a bit fatigued and tired and you don't realise that until under race conditions," Troop said.

"I had a good run. Take nothing away from Collis though.

"I raced against a quality young athlete today. I think he's ready to take the next step up in his running.

"There's no shame in finishing second."

Athletics Essendon's Liam Adams rounded out the top three in 25.27 in a field of more than 300 competitors.

The women's 6km open event was equally star-studded with Commonwealth Games runner Anna Thompson powering home ahead of World Road Race Championship teammate Lisa Weightman.

Complete article at the Ballarat Courier

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 Sunday, August 06, 2006 

Birmingham varies pace before moving clear

Collis Birmingham gave an early indication that he was feeling good before winning the eight-kilometres Victorian cross-country championship at Ballarat.

On the first of four laps around the twisting, two-kilometres circuit within the grounds of the University of Ballarat, Birmingham had a 10-metre lead. But he eased back to allow the chasing pack to catch up.

"It was too early," the 21-year-old said after the race. "I didn't want to lead every step of eight kilometres."

Complete article at The Age

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 Saturday, August 05, 2006 

Lee Troop publicises Nath Deakes Challange & Geelong 3day athletics extravaganza

The world's fastest race walkers will be lured to Geelong with a $10,000 challenge to beat Nathan Deakes on home soil. Lee Troop has revealed plans to host the Australian 50km race walking championships on Geelong's Waterfront on December 2.

The showpiece will be the first major athletics event staged in Geelong in many years and is set to feature the world's best, with $10,000 on offer to anyone who can beat Deakes.

``Nathan is obviously one of the best walkers in the world so anyone who can beat him deserves every penny they get,'' Troop said. ``I just think this is a great way to promote Nathan, it's a great way to promote his event and more importantly, it's a great way to showcase Geelong.''

The race will be staged on a Saturday between 6.30am to 11.30am before the Ron Clarke Classic later that evening as part of a three-day athletics extravaganza.

The carnival will include an elite sportsmen's night on the Thursday, while the Ron Clarke Classic, in its second year, will feature world championship qualifying track events at Goldsworthy Reserve, Corio.

The Nathan Deakes Walking Challenge will be raced over 20-25 laps around a Waterfront course starting at The Wharfshed Cafe, past the carousel, up to Cunningham Pier and Western Beach and back.

``We've got a beautiful course mapped out and from a spectators' point of view it will be spectacular,'' he said. ``It will be just great to have the best take on Nathan in his home town, in his own environment, in front of 10,000 parochial Geelong people cheering him on.''

Deakes is arguably Australia's greatest walker, having won dual gold medals at the 2002 and 2006 Commonwealth Games. In Athens 2004 Olympics, he won bronze in the 20km.

Troop said Deakes was extremely excited at the prospect of racing for the Aussie titles in Geelong. ``Deakesy is champing at the bit, he's so excited, he really wants this event in Geelong because it really is a one-off,'' he said. ``What a way to enjoy the road to Beijing.''

Troop said he was in the final stages of organising sponsorship and hopes to officially the confirm the event in two week's time.

Complete article at Geelong Info

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