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 Saturday, September 30, 2006 

Third marathon in three days

When you watch an Olympic marathon, you often see at least one athlete experiencing muscle meltdown.

But Guy Andrews hopes to defy all the laws of physiology if he successfully runs seven marathons in seven days in seven Australian states and territories.

And the 35-year-old ironman is off to a flying start in his Endurance 7 challenge, running 42 and 46 kilometres in Queensland and the Northern Territory on the first two days.

After running 42km through the Gold Coast hinterland last night, Andrews conquered the Larapinta trail today after starting his run from Alice Springs and finsihing at Simpsons Gap.

Andrews concedes it was a risk to run four more kilometres than his planned 42-kilometre effort to reach Simpson's Gap in under six hours.

"I might have been asking for trouble by running those extra kilometres, but I feel in good shape," Andrews said.

Complete article at The Age

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 Friday, September 22, 2006 

Brichacek smashes Black Mountain run-up record to win race outright

Black Mountain Run Up, Tuesday 19 September
Thirty years ago former Australian cross country and marathon champion Rosemary Longstaff became the first female runner to finish first outright in an ACT distance running race, beating all the males home. Rosemary did this in the annual CSIRO fun run on a very hilly 6km loop course in Black Mountain reserve.

In a touch of irony with a mix of destiny, junior star Emily Brichacek, the Australian under 16 3000m track record holder, used Black Mountain reserve as her stage to trounce the men’s field in today’s Black Mountain Run Up. Brichacek clocked 12 mins 49 secs, to slash exactly one minute off the course record set by Australian representative Jessamy Hosking, and be only one minute slower than the record set a few months earlier by men’s international Stuart Doyle. Conditions were far from perfect, with the temperature hitting 26 degrees and a mild headwind for the first 800 metres.

Jenny Brichacek was second female in 15:09 and visiting Melbourne runner Lauren Williams third in 17:38.

ACT Masters Sports Star of the Month Trevor Jacobs, first M50 and 21st overall in the World Long Distance Mountain Running Championship in August, just held off 2005 Australian veteran cycling champion Simon Claringbold (4th M45 in the World Veteran Duathlon Championship in 2005). Jacobs clocked 13:09 and Claringbold 13:10. Luke Schofield was third in 13:20. Inspirational super veterans Rad Leovic (79 years of age) and Caroline Campbell (63) clocked 24:09 and 22:24 respectively.

Males: 1 Trevor Jacobs 13.09, 2 Simon Claringbold 13.10, 3 Luke Schofield 13.20, 4 Norak Theam 13.30, 5 Damien Greene 13.39, 6 Scott Imhoff 14.05, 7 Chris Newton 14.37, 8 Peter Clarke 14.53, 9 Sean Godwin 15.05, 10 Graham Atkins 15.12, 11 Anthony Olliffe 15.20, 12 Paul Veldkamp 15.54, 13 Tony Beasley 17.55, 14 Michael Burt 18.03, 15 Nigel Coldrick 18.21, 16 Andrew Bowman 18.31, 17 Geoff Barker 19.08, 18 Demetrios Pandouras 19.30, 19 Rad Leovic 24.09, 20 Doug Fry 24.44, 21 Thaene Siharath 27.13, 22 John Dimitriou 28.29.

Females: 1 Emily Brichacek 12.49 (record), 2 Jenny Brichacek 15.09, 3 Lauren Williams 17.38, 4 Bronwyn Calver 20.03, 5 Caroline Campbell 22.24.

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 Tuesday, September 19, 2006 

My greatest win

by Valkerie Mangall

CRAIG Mottram has ended a demanding year in stunning style, powering away for his first win over the world's greatest distance runner Kenenisa Bekele to successfully defend his World Cup 3000m title.

In his last race of a long season that started with the build-up to the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in March, Mottram clocked a personal best of 7min 32.19sec.

"Bekele's the best athlete in the world by far and I dreamt about it, yeah, but to actually come and do it is great," Mottram said.

"This is my greatest win.

"We have been looking for three years at ways we could beat this guy and now we have done it. It has turned out to be a great year."

Complete article at the Daily Telegraph

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Mottram crowned king of 3000m

Jenny McAsey
September 19, 2006
THREE weeks ago Craig Mottram felt so flat and worn out from a rollercoaster season he was on the verge of pulling out of the World Cup and forgoing the chance to defend his 3000m title.
But Mottram decided to press on and yesterday was rewarded with the biggest scalp of his career when he beat the world's best distance runner, Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele, in a new Australian and World Cup record.

The win, coming just over a year after his breakthrough bronze medal in the 5000m at the world championships and six months after he claimed 5000m silver at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games, gives Mottram a treble that highlights his status as one of the brightest talents in global track and field.

It was the first time Australia's best distance runner had beaten Bekele after three years of trying. Bekele is rarely beaten by anyone, let alone a white boy from the land down-under, which was the song that echoed through the World Cup venue in Athens when Mottram crossed the line four seconds in front.

"Bekele took it out hard the first four laps, trying to scare people off, and I just followed him, and with three laps to go he moved out and wanted me to go past. I looked at him and said, 'Like f... I will'," Mottram said.

Complete article at The Australian

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Mottram the world-beater

by Len Johnson

RAIN, a rarity in an Athens summer, was hanging around the Olympic Stadium on Sunday. A few desultory drops fell, but for one giddy hour or so, it fairly poured victories for Oceania.

In nine previous World Cups, plus the first day of the 10th, Oceania — Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific islands — had recorded only four wins. Now came three in a flood; first Valerie Vili of New Zealand took the women's shot put, then Craig Mottram the 3000 metres and, finally, Victorian Steve Hooker the pole vault.

The sweetest victory was Mottram's. He retained the title he won in his breakthrough year of 2002. His seven minutes 32.19 seconds was a national, Oceania and World Cup record. He turned around an up-and-down European season. And, best of all, he beat the world's best distance runner, Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia, into second place.

Bekele had switched into the 3000 from the 5000, changing the complexion of the race entirely. Mottram believed three weeks of hard work had got him back into shape after successive disappointing runs in late August.

Complete article at The Age

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Mottram downs African superstar

by Scott Gullan

A MONTH ago Craig Mottram was at his lowest ebb. His confidence was shot, his motivation drying up and his mind on a holiday back home.

Now, Australia's distance star is the toast of the athletics world after producing the best run of his career to upstage one of the greatest of all time, Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele, to defend his 3000m World Cup title at Athens' Olympic stadium.
In an astonishing turnaround, Mottram simply ran away from Bekele, the world 5000m and 10,000m record holder and Olympic champion, in the home straight.

In so doing, he became the first Oceania athlete to defend a World Cup title.

"Bekele's the best athlete in the world by far and I dreamed about it, yeah, but to actually come and do it is great," Mottram said.

"We have been looking for three years at ways we could beat this guy and now we have done it. It has turned out to be a great year."

Complete article at the Herald Sun

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 Saturday, September 16, 2006 

Craig Mottram criticises country switching

Australian star Craig Mottram has criticised the practice of track and field athletes switching citizenship to represent the sport’s wealthy minnow nations.

In recent years, several African athletes have emigrated to oil-rich gulf states such as Qatar and Bahrain.

“There’s a lot of athletes that feel that you shouldn’t be allowed to do it,” Mottram said as he prepares for the World Cup.

He said the issue did not bother him at events like the world championships, because the best in the world should be there.

Complete article at Border Mail

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 Tuesday, September 12, 2006 

Aussies at World Mountain Running Championships, Turkey

Held at Bursa, Turkey on Sunday 10 September

Australia’s teams at the World Mountain Running Championships in Turkey on Sunday have finished 10th in the senior women, 11th in the senior men and 10th in the junior men. There were representatives from 36 countries contesting the championships.

National cross country champion Anna Thompson was the best performed individual, finishing 15th in the senior women’s 8.5km race in 51.08. World long distance champion Emma Murray did not recover from an exhausting 37 hours of travel to reach the race hotel late on Thursday and ran a solid 54.52 for 43rd. Jessamy Hosking and Cindy King finished 53rd and 55th in 56.32 and 56.53 respectively in the field of 87 in their debut representative runs. The race was won by Andrea Mayr of Austria in 47.11 from Martina Strachl of Switzerland in 47.29 and 44 year old former 4-time champion Isabella Guillot of France in 47.43.

Hot conditions with the midday start made it a hard day at the office for the men according to Australian team manager Barry Keem and there were many upsets. Five-time world champion Jonathon Wyatt of New Zealand, bitten by wild dogs on a training run two days earlier, was beaten by 6 seconds in a sprint to the finish by Columbia’s Rolando Ortiz who clocked 56.16. Tesfay Telfele of Eritrea was 3rd in 56.39. Australia’s big hope Ben Du Bois who had been in outstanding form in the lead up races did not handle the heat well and finished 29th in 61.22. Scott McTaggart was 39th in 62.16, Barry Keem 70th in 65.23, Stephen Brown 85th in 66.41 and Stuart Doyle 101st in 68.51 in the field of 148.

In the junior men’s 8.5kms Australian champion Ryan Gregson fell after only 10 metres and was trampled by some other competitors, suffering major abrasions. However, he got up and moved through the field to finish 24th, but fell again a few more times and was very disappointed not to finish higher up. David Mainwaring was 30th and Dominic Perry 53rd. Gregson commented afterwards, "I was very disappointed with the start as this set me back both in position and in being able to set a good steady rhythm with the lead pack. But given this set back, the event was an awesome experience for me and one I can learn heaps from.

This has definitely been the hardest event I have ever competed in, in athletics. I have lost heaps of skin from most areas of my body but hopefully nothing seems too serious. Apart from that there have been no other injuries to me or any other member of the team. The team atmosphere has been great".

The next World Mountain Running Championships will be held in Switzerland in 2007 and 2008 and conditions are likely to be more favourable to Australian competitors.

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 Saturday, September 09, 2006 

Memorial run for Geelong's Wendy Sizeland tomorrow

Geelong Cross Country Club will conduct a memorial race for women's running stalwart Wendy Sizeland on Sunday.

The club is inviting all women over 16 to compete in the Wendy Sizeland Memorial 8km Race at Waurn Ponds as a tribute to an outstanding advocate for women's long distance running. Wendy Sizeland died three years ago in her mid-50s.

Husband Rex Sizeland and fellow runner Carol Crawford see the memorial race as a fitting tribute.

``Wendy started running with the club in 1985 at the age of 38 years after participating in a variety sports,'' Crawford said. ``She ran 304 club races and many fun runs including the Sussan Classic and the Sydney City To Surf,'' she said. ``Like most of us, Wendy took up running with no athletics background, however, with hard work and determination she reduced her 10km time from 60 minutes to 40 minutes at the peak of her career.''

Crawford said Wendy loved sharing the friendly atmosphere and camaraderie with fellow runners.

``Wendy was a great believer in encouraging all women to be part of running, regardless of ability,'' she said. ``She was a real club person and usually one of the first to greet and make welcome new runners, especially women.''

Wendy had paved the way in the days when long distance running for women wasn't quite the done thing, Crawford said. ``You were considered to be a little bit nutty to want to run such distances,'' Crawford said.

The women's race is being sponsored by funeral director Charles Crawford & Sons and will be held in conjunction with the club's 8km race starting from Saints Baseball Club, Pioneer Rd, Waurn Ponds, at 9am.

Registrations will be taken from 8.15 to 8.45am at the club caravan. A sash for the winners and spot prizes will be awarded. For more information contact Rex Sizeland, 5261 7282, or Carol Crawford, 5241 2653, or visit

Complete article at Geelong Info

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 Sunday, September 03, 2006 

Father's Day 5 (Sydney) - Golden moments as over 1,000 participate in really "Fun" Run

Over 1,000 runners, joggers and walkers took to Sydney Olympic Park today for the inaugural Fathers Day 5 fun run in an effort to help raise awareness for prostate cancer.

Minister for Health and Ageing, the Hon. Tony Abbott, set the runners on their marks and sounded the air-horn, before jumping in himself to race the 5km course that passed right under Telstra Stadium via the exclusive Athletes Tunnel.

“More than 2,700 Australian men each year die from prostate cancer and it's important that men and their families know about its symptoms, prevention and treatment” stated the Minister.

Participants enjoyed an array of entertainment at different intervals around the course including stilt walkers, African drummers, comical characters and circus performers – literally ensuring a really “fun” run for all.

First across the line was Caleb Wegener from Glenorie in a time of 15:38 with Eliza Stewart from Eastwood taking the women's title in a time of 17:16.

Chris Robb, Managing Director of Sporting Spectrum – The Event Organisers, said “The Fathers Day 5 is a new event concept which aims to support the fight against prostate cancer and honour Dads on their special day. It is clear today that the event will become a highly anticipated day on the family calendar each year. We look forward to continuing the tradition of the Fathers Day 5 in Sydney and eventually across all Australian capital cities”.

Andrew Giles, Chief Executive Officer of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia said, “It’s great to see so many people united today in the family spirit to support the fight against prostate cancer. The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia is delighted to be associated with the Fathers Day 5. If we can increase the awareness and preventative measures undertaken by Australian men through such a fun event, then we have succeeded” said Mr Giles.

For further information on the Fathers Day 5 @ Sydney Olympic Park visit

Media Contact:
Nicola Andrews, Sporting Spectrum
0413 522 815

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