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AURA Australian 50 mile Track Championship & 50km12th May 2001
21st AUSTRALIAN 50 MILE TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP AND 50KM
50 mile Results
50 km Results
Race Director's Report
With over cast skies, no wind and a little on the cold side the 9 runners in this year's 50-mile and 50km raced in ideal conditions.
Nigel Aylott as usual ran a well judged race, being placed in second position up to the 50km mark, from that point went on to win by 17 minutes from Max Carson. I would like to congratulate Nigel for a fine 5th win in this event and thank him for his support each year.
Second placed Max Carson, his third run in the event, each year improving his time by about 6 minutes also ran very well. Max is a person who never gives up; he went through good and bad periods during the race. Well done Max.
Ken Marsh who finished 3rd improving his last years time by a whopping 21 minutes, like Nigel and Max ran a well judged race.
Winner of the 50km Kelvin Marshall led Nigel by about half a lap up until he finished at the 50km mark, then he decided to go to the football at the MCG. Kelvin was telling me he had not run very well all year because of a back problem. He said winning the 50km would help his confidence no end. Congratulations Kelvin.
Nigel was second in the 50km ahead of David Criniti who came down from Sydney for the event. He has represented Australia in Ultras overseas, starting slowly he improved his pace as the race went on. David T thank you for coming down from Sydney to run and well done.
This year I advertised the 50-mile as a separate event for women, there were no entries, which was very disappointing. Since last years race I had a trophy made up showing past lady winners since AURA took over the event in 1992. Shirley Young who had been injury for some time said she would have loved to be fit enough to run this years 50-mile. Ladies, I issue the challenge that you run next year.
To all the other entrants, you all ran very well and made the day very worth while.
I would like to thank Les Clarke, Dot Brown, Geoff Hook, Mrs Aylott, the Essams and my family for your help, without you the event wouldn't have gone ahead.
For the record this is the only 50-mile run in Australia and being an Australian Championship deserves a larger number of runners. To you from interstate, please give some though about entering next year
Hope to see more entrants next year.
John Harper - Race Director