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 Saturday, December 30, 2006 

Donna MacFarlane ranked in World Top Ten for 2006

Hobart athlete Donna MacFarlane has become the first Tasmanian woman and only the third Tasmanian ever, to achieve a world top ten ranking in track and field.

The Commonwealth Games Steeplechase bronze medallist has been ranked ninth for the year by the selection panel from US publication, Track and Field News which is regarded worldwide as providing the definitive listing of the global top ten each year.

Unlike standard ranking lists which operate on pure times, Track and Field News also takes into account the head to head results between athletes and places different weighting on events according to the importance of each competition.

Apart from MacFarlane’s third placing at the MCG, her impressive form throughout the Australian summer, her competitive second in the IAAF Grand Prix Meeting in Qatar in May and her eighth place ranking on time would have weighed heavily in her favour.

The world governing body for athletics, the IAAF, has also ranked the Tasmanian ninth for the year.

The other Tasmanians to achieve a top ten world ranking were 400 metres hurdler David Lean, who made the prestigious list on three occasions in 1954 (fourth), 1956 (eighth) and 1958 (fourth) and marathoner Dave Chettle who was rated third in the marathon in 1975.

Both MacFarlane and Chettle have both enjoyed the guidance of the same coach, Sandy Bay guru, Max Cherry, who was recently accorded coach of merit status by Athletics Australia for 2006-07.

MacFarlane will run at the Devonport Carnival tonight over 1600 metres.

From Athletics Tasmania

Posted at 10:10     [Perma-Link]
 Tuesday, December 19, 2006 

Half Marathon Study at Australian Institute of Sport

The Department of Physiology at the Australian Institute of Sport intend to undertake a research study in early 2007 investigating inflammatory responses to half marathon running. We have had such generous support from local runners in previous years and would greatly value your participation again.

We are seeking male runners aged between 18-45yrs, intending to compete in a local half marathon event in the first half of 2007. Participation in the study will involve the daily use of an anti-inflammatory throat spray in the week before and the two weeks after the race along with the daily recording of illness symptoms. To monitor the effects of the anti-inflammatory spray on markers of inflammation and immune function, we would also require that you provide blood and saliva samples on 4 occasions – prior to starting the treatment, the day prior to the race, following the completion of the race and following completion of the treatment. We would not require you to alter your training or race routine in any way.

A Participant Information Sheet has been prepared further outlining aspects of the study and can be provided to you from either:

Amanda Cox (Ph: 6214 1731, Em:
Philo Saunders (Ph: 6214 7882, Em:

Please contact us if you are interested in participating or require further information.

Kind Regards,
Amanda Cox, Philo Saunders, David Pyne

Posted at 01:29     [Perma-Link]
 Friday, December 15, 2006 

Runner’s World Portsea Twilight - who has run them all ?

Start to Finish Events is looking for any runner who thinks they may have run all previous years of the Portsea Twilight, starting in 1998.

If you have done so yourself or know someone else who might have please reply to Terry O'Halloran at In 2007 the event will be held on Saturday, 6 January.

Race Website

Posted at 18:12     [Perma-Link]
 Friday, December 01, 2006 

Run For The Kids is back

by Emily Power

MARATHON man Steve Moneghetti and patients at the Royal Children's Hospital want Victorians to go one step further at the second annual Herald Sun/CityLink Run For The Kids.

The 2007 blockbuster run, to raise money for the hospital's Good Friday Appeal, features a new course to accommodate thousands more.
The four-time Olympian and race director joined race ambassador Leigh Todd at the hospital yesterday, meeting long-term patients Uli Kaplin, 11, and Jordan Rathjen, 3.

Entries open today for the 2007 Run For The Kids on Sunday, April 1. The inaugural event raised $406,969 in 2006. The Herald and Weekly Times will donate $21 from every entry fee to the 2007 appeal.

Participants will again get the once-a-year experience of running along CityLink, including the Bolte Bridge, and in the Domain tunnel. The new start and finish at Kings Domain will allow for up to 30,000 entrants -- 10,000 more than 2006.

Keen runners can tackle the 15.2km course, and the more leisurely minded can choose the 3.4km Botanic Gardens scenic course.

Moneghetti said a fundraising target of $500,000 was achievable.

"There is a real buzz around and an excitement . . . we have great support to get the event on, and people realise it is for such a good cause," he said.

Complete article at the Herald Sun

Posted at 08:55     [Perma-Link]

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