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 Saturday, January 27, 2007 

Adidas Korea Marathon - free trips for Australian Males under 2h 50m

The organisers of the Adidas Korea Marathon on 29th April 2007 are interested in paying all expenses for 2 Australian Male runners (air fare, accommodation, meals and etc) - sorry no females. Please contact Chris Chang at

more information here

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Australian marathon Performances

Cundy Sports Marketing (CSM), organiser of the Canberra Marathon, has released Australia’s top 100 marathon performances for 2006. CSM has produced these rankings as a service to the road running community each year since 1992.

Full lists of the top 100 male and female performances for 2006 are at the Canberra Marathon website

The most outstanding performance in 2006 was, of course, Benita Johnson’s Australian record of 2.22.36 at the Chicago Marathon. This improved the previous record, set by Lisa Ondieki at Osaka in 1988, by 75 seconds. Johnson topped the women’s rankings for the second consecutive year.

Lee Troop returned from an injury prone period to top the men’s rankings for the fifth time in the past eight years. However his time of 2.14.13 at the Gold Coast was the slowest time to top the rankings since Gerard Barrett’s 2.16.46 in 1992, also at the Gold Coast. The only reason that this relatively slow time topped the 1992 rankings was because Rob de Castella and Steve Moneghetti ran only the Barcelona Olympic Marathon during 1992 and that was a slow course with the event held in extreme heat.

The depth in women’s marathon running continues to improve with the 100th fastest performance being set by Meta Vincent’s 3.18.43 in Canberra. Ten years ago the 100th fastest time was 3.26.33.

On the other hand, the depth in men’s marathon running shows a different trend. In 2006 the 100th fastest performance was Vin McCarthy’s 2.44.18 in Melbourne. Ten years ago the 100th fastest time was 2.40.16.

Another indicator of the depth of Australian marathon running is the number of men under 2.30. In 2006 just 19 runners broke this mark, the lowest since CSM has maintained records. There has been little change in women’s running with 24 under 3 hours in 1996 and 26 under that mark 10 years later. Looking at sub 2.40 performances, four broke 2.40 in 1996 and four again in 2006.

Performances are only included on these lists if times were set on courses measured in accordance with IAAF and AIMS guidelines. Please send any omissions to Dave Cundy at

CSM also produces top 100 performance lists for half marathons and 10km road races.

Dave Cundy
23 January 2007

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 Thursday, January 18, 2007 

2007 Australian Alpine 100Mile Ultra marathon CANCELLED

Please note that this event has been cancelled in 2007 due to the Victorian Bushfires. The event will be rescheduled to 29/30 March 2008

Paul Ashton

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 Monday, January 15, 2007 

ACT to Stage World Cross Country Selection Trials (20 Jan 2007)

The 35th World Cross Country Championships (WXC) will be held in the costal Kenyan city of Mombassa on 24 March 2007. Unlike previous years at the WXC there will be no short courses for the open men and women. The race distances at the WXC are 12km for open men, 8km for open women, 8km for junior men and 6km for junior women. Further details of the 2007 WXC can be found at: Five time double WXC champion Kenesia Bekele may be an unlikely starter for this year WXC.

The selection trail for the Australian team to compete in Mombassa will be held at Weston Park in Canberra this weekend on Saturday 20 January 2007. These trials will showcase some of Australia's best middle to long distance athletes, vying for a spot on the Australian team. Winners of the 2006 Open Australian Cross Country Championships have been granted automatic selections (Lee Troop for men and Anna Thompson for the women). The first and second place getters in the open mens and open womens, and first place getters in the junior men and womens selection trail races will be automatically selected for the Australian team to compete in Mombassa(providing they meet the qualifying standard stated in the Selection Policy. The rest of the Australian team will be up to selectors discretion.

A number of ACT Athletes will be contesting the selection trails including the following that have registered:
Martin Dent (WC) – Open Men
Michael Hosking (SCT) – Open Men
Erwin McRae (NCG) – Open Men
Scott McTaggart (NCG) – Open Men
Anthony Haber (NCG) – Open Men
Daniel Green – Open Men
Sarah Salmon (WH) – Open Women
Joy Terry (WH) – Open Women
Emily Brichacek (WC) – Open Women

The course for the selection trail is at Weston Park, on a similar course to the ACT Cross Country Championships. The course is loops of 2km with the open men and junior men running 4 laps (8km) and open women and junior women running 3 laps (6km).

A map of the course can be found here:

A draft time table has been published with the following start times:
9:00am – U20 Women 6km
9:20am – Open Women 6km
9:40am – U20 Men 8km
10:10am – Open Men 8km

So if you are free this Saturday morning, come down and support ACT's and Australia's best distance runners in action, or if you feel up to it, enter the race (there are no entry fees and no pre-qualifying standards to run in the trials – go to to enter online - you have until 18 January 2007).

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 Saturday, January 13, 2007 

Tasmania well-represented at Big Athletic Events

Tasmania will be well represented at two major national athletics events over the next week.

Four members of the AT/TIS Development Squad have been selected to represent Australia in the athletics competition of the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney on Friday and Saturday. [19 and 20 January].

Daniel Boatwright (Newstead Harriers – javelin), Josh Harris (Tamar AC - 2000 metres steeple), Hamish Peacock (Eastern Suburbs – discus and javelin) and Chase Richardson (Old Virgilians – 5000 metres walk) were selected after their performances in the Australian All Schools and Youth Championships in Sydney in December.

Athletics Tasmania Development Officer, Richard Welsh has been appointed as a team manager whilst emerging Tasmanian throws coach Evan Peacock will serve on the team coaching staff.

Three of Tasmania’s in form senior athletes have been selected in the joint Tasmania/South Australia Team for the inaugural Athletics Australia Cup to be held in Brisbane next Saturday [20 January].

Melissa Kay (North West) will run the 100 metres, whilst Sam Crosswell (Sandy Bay) and Grant Page (Northern Suburbs) will line up in the 200 metres and 1500 metres respectively.

AT President Brian Roe said that the Association was delighted that Tasmanian athletes were getting more opportunities to compete at national and international level,

“One of our aims this year within our Development Squad programme was to get more of our athletes into the Youth Olympic Festival and we have done just that.

“We are also grateful to Athletics Australia for developing the inter state senior teams match so as to provide the chance for athletes like Melissa, Sam and Grant to gain more experience against athletes of similar ability.”

He said that the outstanding form of the three during the Tasmanian Christmas Carnivals Series had been important in their selections.

Meanwhile this weekend Kay and club mate Morgan Whiley will compete in the second of the National Series Meets of 2007, the RESI Sydney Track Classic.

The two Tassie sprint stars are drawn in separate races of the women’s 100 metres and will run as a team in the innovative 2x100m relay competition. Both athletes are expected to figure prominently in the 100 metres, the final result of which will be determined by merging the results of the two races.

The Sydney Classic starts at 6.00pm on Saturday night.

Further information: Brian Roe 0438 604 571

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 Friday, January 12, 2007 

Fitness Journal opens in Brisbane

Competitive athletes in all sports have found a way to use the Internet to gain an upper hand on their competition and pull ahead of the pack.

"Keeping records will allow you to be better prepared, and have a greater understanding of your own mechanics and abilities," explained Simon Mckellar, Marketing Director of

"All the tools you need to plan, prepare, review, or reflect are available at the touch of a button, from any Internet terminal in the world. Maintaining your journal just takes minutes a day. Reports can be viewed online or printed for closer analysis. Your entire season can be summarized in one nice, clean, easy to read system," said Simon.

It is to see the advantage gained by athletes who use It provides everything that is needed to record each workout for any sport, and then use that information to progressively achieve higher and higher performance goals.
"Unless you really know where you stand physically today, its hard to plan for the season ahead. In just a few short weeks of using your journal, you will start to see what we mean when we say success should be recorded," said Simon.

Creating a handwritten fitness journal takes time and knowledge that the average person may not have. Maintaining the journal each day also takes time, and turning the results and goals into attractive, motivating charts and graphs is beyond what the average person is prepared to do.

"You will start to see your journal as a sort of a reward for a job well done. Seeing your progress displayed for you on your computer is exciting, and motivates you each day. You will look forward to finishing your workout and then looking at your progress on the computer," said Simon.

Getting started with the on-line journal is as simple as a few clicks and key strokes. Daily entries take only moments to make, and seeing your progress through graphs and charts makes it fun.

Each customized journal keeps track of daily workouts, weight, body fat, sleeping patterns, and much more with just a few key strokes. It then calculates reports, statistics, and charts to help evaluate the information and provide goals for the next workout. It even offers great menus and some exciting recipes.

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 Sunday, January 07, 2007 

Hanny Allston Demolishes Cadbury Marathon Record

Athletics Tasmania


Hanny Allston Demolishes Cadbury Marathon Record

There was a 50% increase in competitors for this years Cadbury Marathon festival, but the diamond on the day was 20 year old Hanny Allston.

Making her debut over the distance, Allston ran an astonishing 2hours46min32sec, breaking the old course record of 3hours9min28sec by over 22 minutes.

In perfect conditions for Marathon running, Allston got to the halfway point in 83min30sec, then started to bring it home finishing in 5 place overall and winner of the womens by a country mile. “Towards the end I began to really focus in on knocking over the kilometres whilst holding my form together.” Not only did Allston receive the winner’s cheque of $650 and the $300 bonus for breaking the course record, she also was duly rewarded with a massive basket of Cadbury Chocolates.

Second placegetter was the 2004 champion Elizabeth Bennett from the ACT, with Natalie Wallace in third.

The Men’s race saw Sydneysider Jeremy Horne take his second Cadbury Marathon Title. The last time Horne held the title was in 2002, that same year he went on to be the Australian Marathon Champion.

Early on, Horne was content to sit in behind a group of runners, before stretching them on the Brooker Highway, to open up a sizeable lead. He went on to win by over 3min in 2hours38min from Tim Cochrane and Tim Sloan.

A rare defeat was handed to Australian Marathon Champion Jenny Gillard today in the Cadbury Half Marathon. Gillard appeared to struggle from the outset, indicating the beginning of a head cold due to the irregular seasonal conditions this week in Tasmania.

Full credit must go to Melbourne’s Robyn Millard who ran stunningly to take her first victory on Tasmanian soil with a winning time of 78min20sec. Millard was always in control, taking the lead early on and building on it throughout the 21.1km course.

A lead pack of four formed early in the men’s Cadbury Half Marathon. Pushing the pace early was Mark Jackson. Daniel Clarke of Hobart hung on for the longest before being dropped by Jackson who went on to win in 72min24sec. Clarke came in second with Alex Humphrey gaining several places in the closing stages to round out the podium finishers.

Following the successes of the recent Telstra Australian Cross Country Championships, Skilled Burnie 10, Metro Point to Pinnacle and now the Cadbury Marathon, Tasmania has once again proved it can hold a national level Athletics competition. More pleasingly is that participation levels continue to rise, strengthening the sport in Tasmania.

Hobart – 7th January 2007

Further information: Richard Welsh (AT) 03 6234 9551 / 0409 820 248

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 Friday, January 05, 2007 

Australia’s Athletics Stars Look To 2007 For Continued Success

After a stellar year Australian athletics stars such as World Cup champions Craig Mottram and Steve Hooker, Commonwealth champions John Steffensen and Bronwyn Thompson, along with World Junior champions Dani Samuels and Robbie Crowther will all now turn their attention to the Telstra A-Series in 2007.

Australian athletes will have the best possible preparation and opportunity to reach
the tough qualifying standards for the major championships in 2007 and 2008 with
three tiers of events in Australia this summer.

Telstra A-Series events in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne will provide the perfect
opportunity to achieve world championships qualifying performances ahead of the
selection trials to be held at the Telstra Australian Championships in Brisbane in March.

The 20th edition of the Telstra A-Series in Melbourne will also kick off the 2007 IAAF World Athletics Tour – the 24-event world series of athletics that includes icon
meetings such as the Weltklasse in Zurich, the Memorial Van Damme in Brussels and
the Bislett Games in Oslo.

The Telstra Australian Championships will be held in Brisbane for the next three years in a deal announced by Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman.

Just three weeks later, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) will decide which city will host the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Athletics, with Brisbane confirmed today as one of the candidates to host the event.
In addition to the Telstra A-Series, Athletics Australia’s national series will provide developing athletes with the chance to compete against their heroes. The National Series kicks off this weekend in Geelong with the Ron Clarke Classic, followed by meetings in Perth, Sydney, Brisbane and Hobart in 2007. Brisbane will host the Australian Athletics Cup interstate match in January - a new event which will rekindle State versus State competition.

Athletics Australia President Rob Fildes, speaking at the season launch in Brisbane,
said that following a sensational year for Australian athletics in 2006 our star athletes are now focussed on performing in front of home crowds once again.
“2006 was a year in which 630,000 spectators witnessed Australia win a record 16 gold
medals at the Commonwealth Games; followed by gold medal winning performances at the IAAF World Junior Championships and World Cup, along with a European season widely regarded as the best ever.”

“It is better than we could have hoped for, driven by our talented and inspirational
young athletes who have taken on and beaten the best in the world this year.”
“However just as 2006 was crucial, so too are the next two years and to borrow a
footy cliché - we are only as good as our last game.”

Also, Athletics Australia has launched a new website for the sport at The Athletics Australia website will be a one-stop shop for athletics information – for the media, athletics fans, coaches and for children aspiring to be the next Craig Mottram or Bronwyn Thompson.

Athletics Australia has also announced that the Telstra A-Series and Telstra Australian championships will once again be broadcast on SBS Television.


Saturday 27th January 2007
Telstra A-Series – Canberra, AIS Athletic Track, Bruce, ACT

Saturday 17th February 2007
Telstra A-Series – Sydney, Olympic Park, Athletic Centre, Sydney, NSW

Friday 2nd March 2007
IAAF World Athletics Tour, part of the Telstra A-Series, Olympic Park,
Melbourne, VIC

Friday 9th - Sunday 11th March 2007
Telstra Selection Trials and 84th Australian Championships,
Queensland Sports & Athletics Centre, Nathan, QLD


Sunday, 7 January 2007
2007 Drug Free Track and Field Classic, Perry Lakes, WA

Saturday, 13 January 2007
RESI Sydney Track Classic, Sydney Olympic Park, NSW

Saturday, 20 January 2007
Australian Athletics Cup, Queensland Sports & Athletics Centre, QLD

Friday, 9 February 2007
Graeme Briggs Memorial Track Classic, Domain Athletics Centre, TAS


The full competition calendar for the 2006/07 season can be found on the Athletics
Australia website. For more information, interviews or photos, contact Athletics Australia Media David Culbert 0417 272 641 or
or Michelle Cook 0430 177 668 or

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 Wednesday, January 03, 2007 

The 100 Marathon Club Australia

The 100 Marathon Club. Membership is open to all Australians who have completed 100 official marathons.

Membership Info

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Pacing - a fun way to run the Marathon

Pacers at the 2006 Melbourne Marathon. Anne Ziogos, Bruce Hargreaves and Bob Fickel.


Due to injury and only four weeks of training leading up to the race, I didn’t think I was up to running a personal best in the Melbourne Marathon.
When an email was sent to me requesting runners to pace at the Melbourne Marathon, I thought it would be a good way to run the distance and help others achieve their goals.
After the initial decision I had doubts whether I could assist others and keep up the pace so to speak. Speaking with previous pacers and working out a plan I prepared myself for the big day and running the 3.30 finishing time.
On the morning of the run I met the other pacers and eventually we all made it to our designated spots, with all our equipment intact. (You could not miss us with our Australian flag and pace time on our backs).
The race started and I was very popular, I found myself surrounded by many eager runners, who wanted to run their personal best. Some were realistic others very unrealistic.

We had fun along the way, lots of questions were asked, and everyone was running well. I did inform the team that we were looking at finishing with times ranging from 3hours 26mins to 3hours 35mins. After covering half of the kilometres, some of the team members were starting to feel that the 4.50mins per kilometre pace was too fast and started to drop off to the next group. The runners that could keep going at that pace, were encouraged and supported as the running got tougher. We also managed to pick up some runners that had fallen behind from earlier groups. Along the way I found out that encouraging and helping others made me more focused on how I was running and I didn’t feel tired at all. The more kilometres we were covering the more I found myself talking to the group to try and keep them focused on their running style and not on the pain they were feeling. Everyone was starting to feel the fatigue setting in at the 37km mark. The challenge was to keep the runners thinking of all the positives after the race and not the immediate pain. We got over the last hard hurdle in the race, the hill in Fitzroy Street, St Kilda. Once we were over that we could almost see the finishing line. We ran well in the last part of the race and the group finished within the planned time.

Since the marathon I have had emails to thank me for helping runners achieve their goals and I even had a gentleman come in the gym and ask me if I was the 3.30hrs pacer. So he decided to introduce me to the rest of the occupants in the gym! How embarrassing!

I enjoyed pacing, it was very rewarding. Congratulations to all the runners that achieved their goals this year. See you at the starting line in 2007.

Anne Ziogos - SF45
3.30hrs pacer for Melbourne Marathon.

Life in the 3-45 Bus

Here are the 5km Splits, I have the 1km splits, but they won't tell the story as I was 1st into most drink stops and last out and worked my way through the pack. (This bus only had one pacer so controlling it was a bit tricky).

5km=25-47 25km=26-36/2-11-11
10km=26-02/51-49 30km=26-27/2-37-38
15km=26-27/1-18-16 35km=27-46/3-05-24
20km=26-20/1-44-36 40km=26-25/3-31-49
21.1km=1-50-30 42.2km=13-52/3-44-31

Not even the above tells the story, but here it is in point form:

• It took about 3km to settle into the pace.

• To make sure everybody drank early (it was going to be hot), I hesitated in each drink station and gave everybody time to drink, only to find that 3 young ladies had taken control of the front of the pack and kicked the pace down to sub 5min/km, by the time I caught them and slowed them up, we were in another drink station! (Hence the fast first 10km, this worried me).

• At the 9km, one of the girls was having stomach problems, so I waited with her as long as I could, but when the pack was 250metres in front of me, I had to cut my loses and leave her, and had to do a 4min/km to catch.
• As the splits show, we were cruising on schedule from the 10km to the 30km.

• At the 30km, I was surprised at how many of the pack were looking strong, because at this point we generally lose about 50% of the pack (in Sydney we lost all but 3 by the 35km mark), but there were a few struggling.

• The schedule allowed a slow down beyond the 30km, so I told the strong looking runners to keep going, and I would slow down and help those who were finding it a bit tough. (Hence the 27-45 split, but in helping the strugglers we were a bit slower than I wanted).

• At about the 32km mark fellow Spartan Peter Ryan was caught and passed by the 3-45 Bus, and approaching the Elwood Marina, our beloved President (John Dean) also got run over by this express Bus. You would think that after 28 MM's, they would have worked out how to keep in front of a 3-45 Bus!

• I kept the slower pace till the 38km mark, and it was obvious that those with me were not going to make 3-45, so it was time to cut the losses again, and with no runners in front of me for about 100 metres, I put down another sub 5min km, and caught those who were now dropping off the pack.

• Being sweeper in the last few kms is a bit like being the "Grim Reaper", every time you catch somebody, they dig a little bit deeper, and try to keep in front of you, and over the last 3km, about 90% of the runners I caught did this. One guy came back to me so fast, that he was only running about 6-30min/km pace, and when I caught him, he ran the last 2.5 km at about 5min/km pulling away!

• I hit the finish chutes at about 3-43-30 and walked the last 100 metres, urging the strugglers in, and overall, I think we got more home than I anticipated.

• I'm not sure if the "Good Day Theory" holds as much weight as people think, the wind was not a negative, but carrying a pacing flag certainly tells you which way the wind was blowing, and in the first 30km, it was not in our backs a lot though it was in the last 7 or 8 kms).

• I paced the 3-45 packs in Sydney and the Gold Coast, and the Melbourne runners appear leaner (as a pack), so maybe they were better trained. I also noticed that the number of runners walking over the last 12km was less than at the other two races.

So, Bring on Melbourne 2007!

I will be running about 3-50 in 2007, and we will have a large pack of Spartans and friends, who will just be out for the day, to enjoy Melbourne's 30th Marathon, so if you want to join us, please do, if you don't think you are fast enough, then email me, and I will see what you can do to get faster!

From what I saw last Sunday, 90% of people who ran between 4hrs and 4-30hrs have the potential to run a Sub 4hr, and in general, they only have to "train smarter, not necessarily longer or harder!"

Bruce Hargreaves - S0039

Robert David Fickel
4.30 Pace Bus

This is my first experience as a pacer in the 2006 Samsung Melbourne Marathon.

After having run so many marathons (170) I thought it was time do something different. It started on the weekend of the Blackmores Sydney Marathon in September. Bruce (Digger) Hargreaves one of the Legends having run all Melbourne marathons - will run his 100th marathon in the 30th Samsung Melbourne Marathon 2007.

Bruce was the 3.45 pacer in Blackmores Sydney Marathon and a number of other marathons as well. As Bruce stayed at our place for that weekend I said to him I would run that pace with him as long as I could and gain some experience from him. I stayed with Bruce and a small group until the 26-28 km mark and finished in 3.56.38. Bruce finished in 3.45.

For the Samsung Melbourne Marathon Bruce had made all the pacers signs with an Aussie flag on top and we were given a great bottle belt. The signs were put on a thin dowel, which we put into an empty Gatorade bottle in the belt.

As we lined up for the start I was amazed to find that people were looking for us. My pacer bus - 4 hrs 30 mins had a predominate mix of females. I turned around and asked who was running their first marathon. There was a few and I said to them that I was running my first too - 171st as a joke because they were depending on me to get them to the finish. Our pace was 6.15 to 6.20 per km, I found this pace quite comfortable as it gave me time to drop back to the back of our pack (learned this from Bruce) and give them encouragement and tell them what a great job they were doing.

I learned their names as we ran along and young Steven help keep a check on our pace as he had this super watch. It could tell you your pulse and heart rate and if you were going to drop dead before you finished.

As we approached the 20 km mark drink station I told them to say hello to Kevin Cassidy as Kevin is always a volunteer at this mark. I would always let them know when we were approaching a drink station and make sure to take a drink or two as we walked through the station.
With the wind I had to hang on to my sign so as to not poke anyone’s eye out.

We reached half way just a little over our race time. We proceeded on to 25km then 30km. At 30k we were 3.30 - a bit behind. We had one hour to run the last 12.195km of which I informed my passengers. I stayed with them until the 36 km mark and told them I would wait for them at the finish and then I took off. I finished in 4.30.19 gun time 4.28.52. I caught two runners who were in our pack at some stage and passed them trying to get them to come with me, they finished just after me. I then waited for others to finish and congratulated them and they thanked me for helping them to finish their first marathon and others just to finish yet another marathon.

I probably didn’t push them hard enough but when you are running your first marathon, time is not that important - but finishing is. If you push them too hard it might put them off running another marathon. As I was having coffee at the Spartan tent and picking up my clothing, people were still coming over and thanking me. It gives me great satisfaction knowing that I have helped someone finish their first marathon. I look forward to being a pacer again in future marathons.

Many thanks Bob Fickel - S0978

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