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Th e J o u r n a l ST. STEPHENS HARRIERS ATHLETIC CLUB Inc. Reg.A0023951P

In association with Wesley College Athletics


Greg Nolan

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Sec/Registrar Pat Robinson

Journal Editor Stu Cooper

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Alex MacCallum

Wal Robinson

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Track Captain Alex Nolan (Women)

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Track Captain Lachlan Aspinall (Men) Jake Pedley CC Captain Greg Schofield

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April 2014

Volume 22.3

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FAREWELL TO THREE ‘50s DISTANCE GREATS Albert Thomas (1935-2013) Chris Chataway (1931-2014) David Power (1928-2014)

Within the space of three months, distance running

bid a sad ‘adieu’ to a celebrated trio – Albie Thomas and Dave Power (Australia), and Chris Chataway (England). All three wrote their own chapters in the exciting saga of distance running in the 1950s, which provided the stimulus for ever greater running feats in subsequent decades. ALBIE THOMAS made his mark over the middle distances, specifically 1 mile to 5000m. Virtually unheard of before the 1956 Melbourne Olympics and not thought likely to achieve much when selected, he surprised by winning his 5000m heat and then going on to finish 5th in the final, behind Vladimir Kuts (USSR) and Gordon Pirie (GBR). A NSW native coached (by correspondence) by Percy Cerutty, Thomas would take full advantage of this breakthrough to score numerous successes on the local and international stage. Chief among these were his world records for 2 miles (8.32.0) and 3 miles (13.10.6). Competitively, Thomas stood out at the 1958 Empire (Commonwealth) Games in Cardiff, winning silver in the 3 miles (behind NZ’s Murray Halberg) and bronze in the mile behind Herb Elliott and Merv Lincoln. He also broke the 4-minute mile on several occasions, the first in 1958 in Dublin when he acted as pacemaker to Elliott on his world record run of

Albie Thomas and Dave Power sprint for the line. Thomas is confident of winning, Power would sooner tear himself apart than let him. Photo:

3.54.5. Thomas hung on to cross 5th in 3.58.6 – a testament to his superb condition! He would go on to represent Australia at two further Olympics. For a revealing account of Albie Thomas’s career, go to:

as a Conservative MP. He engaged in education reform, expressed a wish for cricket ties with apartheid South Africa to be discontinued (a highly unusual position for a Tory at the time) and campaigned hard for the welfare of refugees in Africa. Leaving politics for a career in banking, Chataway would set up an overseas development charity – ActionAid – to fund initiatives such as water projects in Ethiopia. He established the first commercial radio station in Britain, ending the BBC monopoly. He became chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority, helped Chris Brasher establish the London Marathon, and was president of England’s Commonwealth Games council for ten years. All in all, not a bad way to bounce back up from that tumble in Helsinki! DAVE POWER, a NSW contemporary and teammate of Albie Thomas’s, specialized in distances from 6 miles to the marathon. His toughness as a competitor was legendary. Working his way up from 800m/880y to the longer races, Power first ran for Australia at the Melbourne Olympics, finishing seventh behind Vladimir Kuts in the 10,000m.

One to go! Chris Chataway at the ¾ mile mark in Oxford, about to launch Roger Bannister into history. Photo:

CHRIS CHATAWAY (like Thomas, a 1 mile – 5000m specialist) achieved sporting immortality in partnership with the late Chris Brasher, when both paced Roger Bannister through the first 3 laps of his successful quest to become the first runner to break the Everest-like 4-min barrier for the mile at Oxford in 1954. Chataway’s credits, however, extended beyond merely setting up a mate for glory. Taking silver behind Vladimir Kuts in the 5000m at the 1954 European Games in Berne, Chataway recorded what was probably his crowning achievement by turning the tables on Kuts in the London v. Moscow 5000m later that year, flinging himself past the rock-hard Ukrainian to win in a world record time of 13.51.6. This performance, televised by the BBC, made him a celebrity. He won gold in the 3 miles at the 1954 Vancouver Empire Games and competed at both the 1952 Helsinki (where he fell ignominiously in the last lap of the 5000m final) and Melbourne 1956 Olympics. After retiring from athletics, Chataway was elected

The citation that accompanied Power’s election to the Sports Australia Hall of Fame admirably sums up the achievements of this remarkable athlete:

(Dave Power’s) marathon efforts in the Commonwealth Games were outstanding. At the 1958 Cardiff British Empire and Commonwealth Games, the marathon runners had to battle both heat and heavy traffic and occasional misdirection by officials. As captain of the Australian athletic team, Power won gold in the marathon and six mile events, and finished seventh in the three mile event. Coaching great Percy Cerutty sent the following moving message to Power’s wife, Heather, following the Cardiff triumphs:

“A belated tribute to your husband . . . Australia never properly appreciates the ability of her sons, but those who know, do. At Cardiff Dave was phenomenal. Never before had Australia ever won a medal, or distance event, then Dave wins two. Be proud of these men, there are none better, the salt of the earth. I’m humbled before their qualities, proud to be called a friend.”

The SAHOF citation continues:

At the 1960 Rome Olympics, three Soviet runners aimed to ensure a Soviet victory by adopting team tactics in the 10,000m. Zhukov having dropped a lap behind paced his teammates Bolotnikov (the eventual winner) and Desyachikov who finished 4th. However Power tried to pull away with three laps to go but couldn't shake Bolotnikov, Desyachikov and East German Grodotzki (2nd). Power also competed in the 5000m, finishing fifth in 13:51.8. He didn't compete in the marathon. At the 1962 Perth British Empire and Commonwealth Games, the runners battled very hot conditions and Power took silver in both the marathon (2:22:15.4) and the six mile (28:33.53) events. Between 1950/52 and 1963/64, Power won a total of 10 national championships in the 3 mile, 6 mile, and cross-country events but also competed with success in the marathon. Inspiration: "Give 100% to family and endeavours" For an excellent reflection on Dave Power, complete with links to footage of his 10,000m bronze medal run in Rome, read Len Johnson’s page at:

Albie Thomas Given their results and the high regard in which Albie Thomas and Dave Power were held among their peers, it’s sad to think their names may not come as readily to mind when Australasian distance running is mentioned as those of John Landy, Herb Elliott, Ron Clarke, Murray Halberg and Peter Snell. The same might be said of Chris Chataway when talk turns to European running. At a time when athletics was strictly bound by amateur rules (an athlete could not even write about his career for payment, let alone accept sponsorship), all of these men had to juggle their racing and training with careers, study and family responsibilities, and in most cases underwent significant personal and financial sacrifice to reach the peaks in their sport. They were pioneers, explorers of the physical limits yet anchored in the demands and realities of the real world, demonstrating to the youth of that world what could be achieved with vision, dedication and hard work, where the best resource by far at your disposal was yourself. As Steve Winwood sang, “While you see a chance, take it.” They all did.

Chris Chataway

Dave Power Photos: Google images

COMING EVENTS Sat 3 May Sun 4 May Sat 10 May Tue 13 May Sat 17 May Sat 31 May Sat 14 June Sun 15 June Sat 21 June Sun 29 Jun Sun 6 July

XCR14 R1 – XC Relay Aust 10km Road race AV All Schools XC Relays VMA Winter series: 10km track XCR14 R2 – XC race XCR14 R3 – XC race AV All Schools Road relays Traralgon Marathon Festival XCR14 R4 – XC race AV All Schools XC C’ships VMA Winter series: 8km XC Aust Marathon c’ship

Jells Park, Wheeler’s Hill Sydney NSW Jell’s Park, Wheeler’s Hill Collingwood Lardner Park, Warragul Brimbank Park, Keilor East Albert Park Traralgon Bundoora Park, Bundoora Yarra Bend Park Gold Coast, QLD

Sat 12 July Sun 20 July Thur 24 July Sun 3 August Sun 10 Aug Sat 16 August Sat 23 August Sun 7 September

XCR14 R5 Road relays Sandown Park, Sandown AV Trail running C’ship You Yangs National Park 2014 Commonwealth Games Glasgow, Scotland XCR14 R6 Road race 10km Albert Park VMA Winter series: 10 miles Princes Park, Carlton XCR14 R7 Road race 15km Lake Wendouree, Ballarat Aust Cross country C’ships Albany WA XCR14 R8 Half-Marathon Burnley VMA Winter series: HalfKevin Bartlett Reserve marathon Sat 20 September XCR14 R9 TAN Relays King’s Domain, Melbourne Sun 21 September Aust Half Marathon Sydney NSW Sun 12 October Melbourne Marathon (AV Melbourne Marathon C’ship) Victorian Race Walking Club Winter program : available for perusal at

COACHING COURSES & SEMINARS Wed 23 April Tues 6 May Sun 18 May Sat 24 May Sun 25 May Sun 1 June Sun 8 June Sun 15 June

Level 1 Community athletics coach course Out-of Stadia seminar, Level 1 Level 2 Intermediate club coach course Level 2 Intermediate recreational coach Level 2 Advanced Part A – all event groups Level 2 Advanced Part B – sprints, relays & hurdles Level 2 Intermediate recreational running coach Level 1 Community athletics coach course

Lakeside Stadium Lakeside Stadium Reischiek’s Res, Doncaster Lakeside Stadium Lakeside Stadium Reischiek’s Res, Doncaster Portland North Primary School, Portland Lakeside Stadium

THE PRESIDENT SPEAKS Another year rolls by. In one sense the club has had some great successes, but in another your committee is still struggling to enlist the support required to take the club to a level where we can be assured that it is sustainable and will continue to be a prominent force in AV. As mentioned in this column before, we are continuing to search for a home "base" where we can have regular training as well as the odd social function, presentation nights, trivia nights etc. The task is not easy and, currently, we are restricted to the limited time a small group of people have to commit to the search. Wal has heralded his intention NOT to continue taking responsibility as team manager on competition day. We think we have Cross Country covered with Greg Schofield's commitment, but unless someone, or a group, is prepared to step up and manage the events on Saturdays at track and field events the future unfortunately looks bleak! I guess we can have individuals who run their event and then go home, but is that a club? What of relay teams, what if we need lap counters for the 5 ks (no point running if you don't have a lap counter!)? Who will help with the hurdles or judging?

It is a simple fact of life that in a club that is run by volunteers, we need volunteers! We are desperate to enlist the support of people to assist on the day of competition as well as during the year to help the committee. In every sport I know, volunteers are required to assist a team get onto the track. It is not easy, but it works. It is understood that athletics does not lend itself to people staying all afternoon to assist, but the times can be rostered, so if we can get more than one person the tasks may be shared. Can I please once again ask for any assistance to help on the day of track meetings? I fear for what will happen to our standards and the competition we offer if we cannot fulfill these tasks. If available, or you know of anyone who has some time, maybe once or twice a season, please contact myself, Wal, Pat Robinson or Greg Schofield.

Carpe Diem!

Greg Nolan President


March – Kevin Armstrong, Wal Robinson, Shauna Donnelly, Alice Carter, Alex Nolan, Neil Earle, Greg Nolan, Jack Thompson, Callum Donnelly, Bec Stone, Nicola Loyer

April - Alice Craigie, Lachlan Montague, Ron Young, Liam Dixon, Carmel Moorhead, Andrew Nagle, Daniel Mitchell, Sidonie Lowe, Grace McConchie, Niklaus Petersen, Bernard Scott, Tasman Schofield, Chris Williams, Andrew Nagle, Luke Frazzetto

May – Stephanie Armstrong, Alex Davis,

Whitney Sharpe, Elicia Marriner, Peter Cram, Cameron Clayton, Scott Clayton, Michael Moorhead, Lauren Bradshaw, Lizzie Olayos, Bill Olayos, Greer Campbell, Nick Tsiftelidis, Xavier Smith, Dean Nicolaidis, Thomas Thorpe

June – Norm Osborne, Sarah Hall, Charlotte Anderson, David Kipp, Polly Schofield, Matthew Anderson, Georgia Kovats, Lewis Vitsenzatos

** FEES FOR 2014-15 NOW DUE!

AV has now released the fee schedule for registration for the coming season. Please note that all registrations, payments etc, are now done online, at: Combined with our Club fees, the amounts payable are: OPEN: $223 (AV 163, SSH 60) U18/20: $183 (AV 143, SSH 40) U16/14: $163 (AV 123, SSH 40) Associate:$40

*Associate members who do not wish to register with AV should send $40 (cheque/money order payable to ‘St Stephens Harriers AC’,) directly to Pat Robinson, 1/363 Stephensons Rd, Mt Waverley 3149. Alternatively, you can pay directly to the club through the bank. Our details are as follows: BSB: 033 526 Acc: 106 222 Club Devt Fund: This important financial resource assists athletes directly where necessary (trips, equipment, specialised coaching etc), and we need to keep building on it. Your donation will be gratefully received, by cheque or direct debit transfer. (Unfortunately, the option

of donating at the time of AV registration is no longer available, so please use one of the above options available.)


FROM THE COACH A quiet month or so as we head for Cross Country. Some have had a bit of a rest after track, while some are putting some K’s in their legs as Jell’s Park looms on May 3. For the time being my sessions remain at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris ( 4.30 p.m). Monday & Wednesday. My message at the moment (for some) is – once you get yourself fit jogging is not enough & preferably with a group even that long Sunday run needs an element of tempo to improve both your winter & summer times. Call Jake, Nick, your coach or myself for training or schedule advice. April/May is the perfect time to do it. Then discipline yourself to put in the hard yards as there is no easy way. Good luck this winter to M Div.2 & W Div 2 as they strive to fight their way to the top Div. 1.

Wal SHIELD SUMMARY (POST-CHRISTMAS) Despite many fine performances in Rounds 6-12, numbers of competitors on the track were unfortunately too inconsistent to enable SSH teams to grab any of the top 2 ladders placings that would have seen us represented in the Shield finals at Lakeside Stadium on April 12. Full marks once again to those stalwarts who presented regularly to bring in the vital points, the totals of which, once again, fell just short. There was much to commend over the season, notably a small but energetic, ever-improving Under 16 boys’ squad who generated PBs week after week. Whitney had her best season for some time, Sally’s results saw consistent improvement while Sidonie’s field event points were invaluable. Nick Tsiftelidis’s return and regular appearances boosted our men’s stocks as did Hasalanka’s steady progress and availability to run with the seniors when required. Encouraging as these efforts were, it’s disappointing to see them go unrewarded with a Shield final’s appearance yet again, simply because too much was left to too few. We know many members would compete more regularly but for work, family commitments, contrary coaching advice and, of course, injury. All the more reason for all members to join the recruiting drive, promote the Club and the benefits of friendly competition, health gains and camaraderie it has to offer. As Greg Nolan has mentioned in his report (and as we also pointed out in , we need a new summer Team manager. Wal Robinson has now ceased in this role and will focus on his coaching. Now is the time to

consider whether you, or someone you know, would be interested to take it on for 2014-15. The duties are extensive, especially at a first glance, but a systematic approach would certainly help simplify things and Wal is always available for advice.

The duties of Team manager are as follows:

1. Attend all Shield Comps (and Finals if required.) 2. Be a contact point for athletes and their availability, competitions, relays etc; 3. Set up table for SSH & display Banner at Shield Comps, and collect from the A.V. tent Registrations, competitors’ numbers & other A.V. information; 4. Assist & record for athletes & their range of events. (Currently Pat provides the sheets to record the above). 5. Check (with Pat) athletes’ performances with A.V. results post-competition; 6. Organise relays & enter teams with A.V. at each competition; 7. Attend (with A.V.) to lost numbers, invitations etc, for athletes; 8. Consult with coaches & athletes as to the entries of teams in the Victorian Relay Championships.

NOTE: Obviously, the beginning of another track season is NOT the time to be asked to take this job on. This is why prospective ‘applicants’ should consider the above job description and decide whether they can do it. With cross country season commencing soon there is plenty of time to lay the ground work for the summer. This is a job that would well suit a parent or family member, many of whom perform a similar role at other clubs. But it’s open to anybody!

Shield Competition results – Round 6 – January 11 2014 – Ringwood


Division 1 Carmel Moorhead Whitney Sharpe Alice Carter Sally Naylor Carmel Moorhead

200m 800m


DNF (inj) 2.19.8 2.26.7 2.27.4 7.28

Under 18 No competitors


MEN Division 1

Under 18

Cameron Clayton Nick Tsiftelidis Lachlan Aspinall Cameron Clayton

24.47 28.02 1.55.3 1.55.3 17.30.3 19.58.5

200 200 400 800

Lachlan Aspinall Brian Carter Has Fernando & Nick Tsiftelidis Cameron Clayton Lachlan Aspinall

Hammer 7.2kg Shot 7.2kg Triple jump

Graeme Rose Graeme Rose Cameron Clayton

200m 800m 5000m MedleyR

52.7 51.1 2.01.7 3.45.58 38.62 8.88 10.82

No competitors

Under 16 200m

Hasalanka Fernando



Shield Competition results – Round 7 – January 18 2014 – Nunawading


Division 1 400m 1500m


Whitney Sharpe Alice Carter Whitney Sharpe Alice Craigie Sally Naylor Alice Carter Whitney Sharpe

64.46 65.62 4.51.2 4.55.5 5.04.7 5.09.3 17.20

Under 18 No competitors


1500m: Whitney and Sally race to PBs at Nunawading.


Division 1 100m 1500m 3000m 4 X 100mR


Cameron Clayton Nick Tsiftelidis Matt Nolan

12.58 13.82 5.18.0

Under 18 No competitors

Under 16


Brian Carter 11.47.2 Cameron Clayton Nick Tsiftelidis Matt Nolan Hasalanka Fernando 50.3 Brian Carter 19.36

100m 400m 3000m

Hasalanka Fernando Xavier Smith Hasalanka Fernando Niklaus Petersen

12.38 52.84 60.21 13.16.4

Shield Competition results – Round 8 – February 1 2014 – Nunawading


Division 1 200m 800m 4 X 400mR

Alex Nolan Whitney Sharpe Sally Naylor Georgia Kovats Alex Nolan Sally Naylor Whitney Sharpe

29.29 2.17.6 2.27.9 65.5 65.4 64.3 61.1 4.16.1

800m PB

Under 18 Georgia Kovats




Division 1 200m 800m

4 X 400mR

Hammer 7.2kg

Chirath Pathirana Nick Tsiftelidis Lachlan Aspinall Daniel Mitchell Matt Nolan Jake Pedley Nick Tsiftelidis Lachlan Aspinall Daniel Mitchell Hasalanka Fernando Graeme Rose Graeme Rose

25.65 27.02 1.52.8 2.03.0 2.27.6 2.34.1 61.4 52.9 57.1 60.5 3.51.9 30.10 8.86

Under 18 No competitors


Under 16 Hasalanka Fernando 25.22 Nik Petersen 2.34.3 Ben Kim 2.36.4 Ben Kim 14.25.5

200m 800m 3000m


800m: Georgia won her race, Lachie was prominent in his.

Shield Competition Round 9 – cancelled (extreme heat policy) Shield Competition results – Round 10 – February 22 – Lakeside Stadium


Division 1 Alex Nolan Sally Naylor

200m 800m

29.01 2.25.3



200 200 400 800

Shot 7.26kg Hammer

Alex Davis Nick Tsiftelidis Lachlan Aspinall

25.42 26.88 1.56.0

Daniel Mitchell Jake Pedley Matt Nolan Nick Tsiftelidis Alex Davis & Daniel Mitchell Cameron Clayton Lachlan Aspinall

2.03.5 2.19.2 2.26.6 2.26.9

Graeme Rose Cameron Clayton Graeme Rose



Under 18 No competitors

Under 16 PB

200m 800m 3000m

50.6 51.8 1.57.7 3.40.1 9.20 9.13

Georgia Kovats



Division 1 200m


Under 18

Nick Monotti Nik Petersen Ben Kim Nik Petersen

27.97 2.34.3 2.35.2 11.39.9



200m: Nick was quickly into stride at Lakeside.

Shield Competition results – Round 11 – March 8 2014 – Nunawading


Division 1 100m 400m 1500m Long jump Discus Javelin

Sidonie Lowe Sally Naylor Sally Naylor Sidonie Lowe Sidonie Lowe Sidonie Lowe Sidonie Lowe

15.84 63.49 4.59.6 7.51.6 3.23 18.73 18.15

3000m S’chase 1500m

4 X 400mR

Javelin Discus

Nick Tsiftelidis Lachlan Aspinall Daniel Mitchell

13.40 51.63 54.59

Nick Tsiftelidis Jake Pedley Ben Buckingham Lachlan Aspinall Daniel Mitchell Jake Pedley Brian Carter Has Fernando Nick Tsiftelidis Daniel Mitchell Jake Pedley Graeme Rose Brian Carter Graeme Rose

60.63 61.56 10.00.1 3.52.6 4.28.5 5.01.9 5.35.7

48.68 32.83 22.86 24.74

Georgia Kovats




Division 1 100m 400m


Under 18

Under 18 No competitors

Under 16 100m 400m



Hasalanka Fernando Nick Monotti Hasalanka Fernando Ben Kim Joel Lagastes Ben Kim

12.34 13.40 58.30 70.58 81.94 5.40.0


Shield Competition results – Round 12 – March 27 2014 – Ringwood


Division 1 Sidonie Lowe Whitney Sharpe Sally Naylor Rebecca Cato Sidonie Lowe Georgia Kovats Sidonie Lowe Whitney Sharpe Sally Naylor Sidonie Lowe Sidonie Lowe

200m 800m

4 X 400mR

Triple jump Shot 4kg

32.21 2.17.0 2.24.7 2.43.1 3.23.0


4 X 400mR (1)

MEN 26.28 1.50.4 PB,CR 1.56.6 PB

Cameron Clayton Cameron Gatt Daniel Mitchell Jake Pedley Has Fernando Lachlan Aspinall Cameron Clayton Daniel Mitchell

1.56.8 1.58.8 2.01.2 2.17.3 61.7 51.9 51.3 54.9 3.39.8 61.4 61.3 69.1 58.9 4.10.7 21.18.0

Nick Monotti Nick Tsiftelidis Ben Kim Jake Pedley


Andrew Nagle


4.56.6 7.45 8.71

Nick Tsiftelidis Lachlan Aspinall Ben Buckingham

4 X 400mR (2)

Georgia Kovats


Division 1 200m 800m

Under 18

Under 18 No competitors

Under 16 200m 800m 3000m

Hasalanka Fernando Nick Monotti Ben Kim Ben Kim

24.72 26.67 2.29.6 12.48.6


AV & AA Track & Field Titles 2013-14 ** AV Junior T&F C’ships – 14-16 February, Lakeside Stadium MU17 800m

Xavier Smith Xavier Smith

2.03.18 1.59.90

h 1st

MU18 800m

Harrison Lagastes



** AV Open T&F C’ships – 28 February/2 March, Lakeside Stadium 800m

Lachlan Aspinall Lachlan Aspinall Xavier Smith Xavier Smith

1.59.64 1.55.60 1.55.82 PB 1.57.91

h s/f h s/f


Ben Buckingham Ben Buckingham

** Aust. Junior T&F C’ships – 12-15 March, Sydney NSW MU17 800m

Xavier Smith



3.55.66 PB 3.58.62

h 11th

** Aust. Open T&F C’ships – 3/5 April, Lakeside Stadium 1500m

Lachlan Aspinall



*OTHER MEETINGS ** Milers Club 28 February, Lakeside Std


Sarah Lester


21 January, Nunawading

800m (W)

Whitney Sharpe Alice Carter Sally Naylor Xavier Smith Lachlan Aspinall Kevin Craigie Ben Buckingham

2.18.0 2.26.7 2.28.1 1.58.4 3.55.2 3.56.2 3.57.4

Whitney Sharpe Sally Naylor Lachlan Aspinall Cameron Gatt Ben Buckingham

2.19.3 2.26.1 1.54.7 4.23.7 4.25.3


Lachlan Aspinall Ben Buckingham Sarah Lester

3.50.50 3.55.27 10.02.90



Whitney Sharpe




Whitney Sharpe



Whitney Sharpe


800m (M) 1500m

20 February, Melb Univ

800m (W) 800m (M) Mile

20 March, Lakeside Std


PB,CR 4th


** NSW State T&F C’ships 1 March, Sydney

** Bankstown Invitational meet 6 March, Bankstown NSW

** NSW Allcomers Meet 20 March, Sydney O.Park


*************** If anyone you know would like the book, St. Stephen’s Harriers – 100 Years I will be happy to post them a copy. Cost: $40 plus $6 postage. Contact: Wal Robinson Mobile: 0417 338 035 Tel: (03) 9585 5545 Cheques should be made payable to St. Stephen’s Harriers.

CROSS COUNTRY SEASON 2014 Back into cross country for 2014! We have an exciting season in front of us. I am looking forward to SSH taking it up to all the AV clubs in MO Div 2, and for WO to graduate to Div 1. The season is:

Sat 3rd May Sat 10th May Sat 17th May Sat 31st May Sat 21st June Sat 12th July Sat 3rd Aug Sat 16th Aug Sun 7th Sep Sat 20th Sep

Round 1 Jells Park 6k Relays ** SSH provides 3 officials All schools relays Jells Park ** SSH provides 3 officials Round 2 Lardner Park MO 8k Individual entries Round 3 Brimbank MO 16k Individual entries Round 4 Bundoora MO 12k Individual entries Round 5 Sandown Road relays 6k Club Round 6 Albert Park 10k Individual entries Round 7 Lake Wendouree MO 15k Individual entries Round 8 Burnley Half Marathon Individual entries Round 9 Tan Relays Club ** SSH provides 3 officials

**PLEASE NOTE! SSH must provide 3 officials for:   

Sat 3 May Sat 10 May Sat 20 Sept

Please assist if you can. Contact Greg Schofield or Pat.

PLEASE get yourself registered, logging into the AV web site and paying your annual registration fees ( Your bib and AVET chip will be available at the Jells Park relays or subsequent events once you register. If you competed last year your 2013 AVET chip will be used again, conditional that you test it at the AV relays. Please be reminded when competing, all athletes must wear the approved SSH uniform, your AV registration bibs and AVET chips for individual event. On race day, all athletes must be at the venue at least half an hour prior to the start. If you run individual CC events, you must pay AV entry fees per event or get a discount for a season’s ticket. SSH pays relay fees. SSH will do well in 2014, on condition that that we get organized, work together, and most importantly that we consistently fill our MO and WO div 2 teams. Please commit to our SSH XCR’14 season. I am looking forward to some blistering times and the vicarious exhilaration of winning.

Greg Schofield

*** SSH OLD BOYS LUNCHEON *** Veteran members of SSH meet twice-yearly at the Sandringham Hotel, to reminisce about past races, glories, embarrassments etc … and in some cases, no doubt, to give vent to their own versions of the ‘Four Yorkshiremen’. (“We didn’t ‘ave no roonin’ shoes like these young ‘uns today – we ‘ad to tie old newspaper ‘round us feet wi’ rope!” “Rope? Looxury! We ‘ad to ……….. !”) The most recent gathering of ‘saints and sinners’ of yore is pictured overleaf. Looks like they still enjoy each other’s company after all these years.

L-R (standing): Noel Anderson, Ron Young, George Sutherland, Graeme Stanton, Geoff Backhouse, Geoffrey Cook , Dave McNair, Brian Huguenin, Fred Kurzmann, Frank Scurr, Norm Osborne L-R (seated): Gordon Onley, Betty Onley, Mary Backhouse, Pat Robinson, Don McLean, Don Johnstone, Jill Goerke, Michael Goerke On the subject of older members, Don McLean passed on to us this piece of information re a former junior member, Neil Raven:

'Neil Raven died recently aged 80 years. Neil was a Scotch College boy who won the APS mile 1 year. Signed by Arthur Lonnquist, he was a member of SSH in the late 1940's/early 1950's. As a junior he won the Junior 3 Mile CCC for several years. He did not go on to senior athletics - went on to play tennis with his then girlfriend who became his wife.'

AND FINALLY … Brian Carter informed me recently of the passing of controversial British distance runner ANDY HOLDEN – a man whose achievements were many yet not, perhaps, as great as they could have been but for his love of a pint (or ten.) That Holden was as well known for his beer consumption as for his running exploits (he is said to have aimed to run 100 miles and drink 100 pints a week, and done it!) may make him a figure of blokey fun, righteous disapproval or sadness at a wasted talent, depending on your viewpoint. His credentials as an athlete, however, are indisputable. Holden represented the UK in road, cross country, fells, indoor and outdoor track internationals. He held the UK 3000m steeplechase record. He ran at the 1972 Munich Olympics, in the winning British world cross country team in 1979 and in the Bermuda Marathon that year, which he won in record time (and having reputedly downed ten pints of beer the night before!) For all his talent, Holden appears to have taken neither his sport nor himself too seriously. His aim was ‘to beat the guy that beat me last week’, but not at any cost. He is even believed to have allowed rivals to cross the line ahead of him, since he’d ‘won a lot of races and felt they were due for their share’! While it may be true that Holden’s results could have been even more impressive with a more disciplined lifestyle and professional outlook, it’s also true that Olympic champion Steve Cram once said to Holden, “I wish I was an athlete in your day – it sounded much more fun.”

Source of information for this article is the London Times – 6 February 2014

Andy Holden on the way to his Bermuda marathon win. Photo: Google images

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