Th e J o u r n a l ST. STEPHENS HARRIERS ATHLETIC CLUB Inc. Reg.A0023951P
In association with Wesley College Athletics
Sec/Registrar Pat Robinson firstname.lastname@example.org
Journal Editor Stu Cooper email@example.com
Wal Robinson firstname.lastname@example.org
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Track Captain Alex Nolan (Women) email@example.com
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Track Captain Lachlan Aspinall (Men) Jake Pedley CC Captain Greg Schofield
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COMMONWEALTH GAMES STILL ABLE TO GRIP US July 23 will see the opening of the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. As an athletics fan you will, no doubt, (unless you’re a race walker) be looking forward to it. A somewhat-diminished festival now, compared to the glory days before the IAAF World Championships and the professional circuit stole its thunder (and a good many of its athletes), the CG’s still have the power to entrance those of us who relish the four-yearly Britain/Canada v. Antipodes shootouts, given extra spice by formidable African and Caribbean assaults which long ago swept away old notions of imperial supremacy on the track.
but as he turned into the home straight the roar of the crowd prevented him from hearing his pursuer, and he peeked over his left shoulder to find Bannister. But Bannister launched his attack and swept past Landy on his right shoulder to go onto victory. Both runners broke four minutes, the first time it had happened in the same race. 'The last lap was one of most intense and exciting moments of my life,' Bannister wrote later in his autobiography. 'Landy had shown me what a race could really be at its greatest.'
The 86-year history of the British Empire-cumCommonwealth Games has seen many memorable track & field moments. A quick Google search, however, will turn up a handful of consistent ‘top’ memories. Duncan Mackay’s list in the ‘Observer’ is a good example: Roger Bannister v John Landy in the 'Miracle Mile', Vancouver 1954 This was the race so good it is still known as the 'Miracle Mile'. It pitted Roger Bannister against the Australian John Landy, the only two sub-four-minute milers in history, running against each other in top condition. Landy led by eight yards at one stage Vancouver: Bannister surges past Landy.
Jim Peters’ collapse in the marathon, Vancouver 1954 The drama of Bannister's victory had hardly subsided when the stumbling, shambolic figure of Jim Peters entered the stadium at the end of the marathon. The world record holder had driven himself relentlessly in the heat and had continued to push even when at one stage his lead reached more than three miles. He collapsed within sight of the finish a dozen times before finally falling into the arms of the English team masseur 200 yards short of the line. He had not, it subsequently transpired, been beaten by the marathon distance. The course was found to be 27 miles long. Peters had, with the cruellest of ironies, actually covered the standard 26 miles 385 yards before he wilted. He never raced again. Christchurch: Filbert Bayi’s lead-all-the-way world record.
Vancouver: The cruel end for Jim Peters Filbert Bayi v John Walker in world record 1,500m, Christchurch 1974 In a race to rival the 'Miracle Mile', Tanzania's Filbert Bayi took middle-distance running into a new era. At the half-way point Bayi was 12 metres clear but on the last lap the pack, led by New Zealand heroes Rod Dixon and John Walker, began to close on him. Walker passed Dixon on the curve and was within two metres of the leader. In shades of John Landy against Roger Bannister, Bayi looked over his shoulder - but the difference was this time he was the one to accelerate away. His time of 3min 32.16sec was a new world record. Walker broke the old record and lost. Brendan Foster set a new British record yet finished only seventh. To many it still remains the greatest 1,500m race ever. Allan Wells dead-heating with Mike McFarlane in the 200m, Brisbane 1982 Allan Wells, the reigning Olympic 100m champion, had already won the shorter sprint in a wind assisted 10.02 and was expected to take the 200m title. But the Scot had not counted on young English sprinter Mike McFarlane. He and Wells matched each other stride-for-stride during the race and when they dipped at the finish line to the naked eye it was impossible to tell who won. Many minutes passed before officials announced that they had studied the automatic photo-finish film and there was not an inch between the two. It was the first - and remains only - time a dead-heat for a gold medal had been declared in a major championships.
Brisbane: Wells and McFarlane’s 200m dead heat There have been other highlights, including the toughness of Kipchoge Keino (Kenya) in winning gold in the mile and 3 miles at Kingston in 1966, despite a severe gall bladder infection, and the 100m record of 9.88 by Ato Boldon (Trinidad & Tobago) in Kuala Lumpur in 1998 – one record Usain Bolt still hasn’t broken. And, if this list appears to be slightly (!) skewed in favour of one half of the human race, listed below are three notable cases of female athletes who achieved CG glory: Raelene Boyle’s dominance on the Commonwealth Games track To this day, Raelene Boyle remains one of the modern era's greatest female sprinters. A Melbourne local, she first took to the international stage at the age of 16, when she won silver in the 200m at the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games. Boyle dominated sprinting events at the 1970 Edinburgh and 1974 Christchurch Commonwealth Games, winning gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay on each occasion. At the 1978 Edmonton Commonwealth Games,
Boyle only contested the 100m sprint due to injury, and won silver. Perhaps the greatest moment in Boyle's career was her last competitive run at the 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games, which saw her win gold in the 400m. (sahof.org.au)
Trecia-Kaye Smith, triple jump queen. The Commonwealth Games have remained a special platform for this Jamaican triple jumper, for it was here in 2002 that she first burst into the limelight. Having finished third then, her real ascent began in 2005, when she set a new world record at the World Championships at Helsinki. She added to her Commonwealth tally over 2006 and 2010, winning Gold both times. She is also one of the three athletes to be bestowed with the David Dixon Award, given to the most outstanding athlete of an edition of the Commonwealth Games.
Brisbane: Raelene Boyle’s winning salute Kerryn McCann’s defence of her marathon title, Melbourne 2006 At the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia, at the age of thirty-eight, McCann defended her Commonwealth title, winning gold in the marathon in a time of 2:30:54, just two seconds ahead of Kenyan, Hellen Cherono Koskei. The time was her second best result ever in marathons. The lead changed six times in the final two kilometres of the race, before McCann pulled clear in the final two hundred metres around the athletics track inside the Melbourne Cricket Ground. McCann described the race as "probably the greatest victory I've ever had, or the greatest race I've ever run." (Wikipedia)
Delhi: Trecia Kaye-Smith in action SSH has also had a hand in shaping Empire/Commonwealth Games podium results. Medallists include Gerald Backhouse (silver, mile – Sydney 1938), Ray Weinberg (silver, 120y hurdles – Auckland 1950), Ian Tomlinson (gold, triple jump – Cardiff 1958 and Perth 1962), Ron Blackney (bronze, steeplechase – Perth 1962), Bruce Field (silver, 400m hurdles – Christchurch 1974), Rick Mitchell (gold, 400m & bronze, 4 X 400m – Edmonton 1978; silver, 400m and 4 X 400m – Brisbane 1982). While those halcyon days are now behind us, it should be remembered that every one of the featured athletes – SSH members and others – got their starts at club level, with its incomparable coaching, competitive and social opportunities. Junior and senior athletics clubs are the sources of future national and international success. And – as Greg Nolan points out elsewhere in this issue – our Club needs contributors of all kinds to provide it with the foundation it needs to continue as a springboard, both for future champions, and for others with more modest but no less sought-after goals.
Melbourne: Kerryn McCann’s riveting last lap victory
Good luck to the Aussies in Glasgow! Photos: Google images
COMING EVENTS Sun 20 July Wed 23 July
AV Trail running C’ship You Yangs National Park AV AGM 7pm, Cathy Freeman Lakeside Stadium Room Thur 24 July 2014 Commonwealth Games Glasgow, Scotland Sun 3 August XCR14 R6 Road race 10km Albert Park Sat 9 August SSH AGM & Presentations Glen Iris (Greg Nolan’s) City of Yarra 8km (Collingwood Yarra Bend Harriers) Sun 10 Aug VMA Winter series: 10 miles Princes Park, Carlton Sat 16 August XCR14 R7 Road race 15km Lake Wendouree, Ballarat Sat 23 August Aust Cross country C’ships Albany WA Sun 7 September 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 http://www.vrwc.org.au/vrwcw14.shtml
CAMERON HEADING STATESIDE Cameron Gatt has received a 3-year athletics scholarship at Kennisaw State University in Georgia, where he will study psychology. He leaves on August 10. Cameron hopes still to run XC for us during his northern summer holidays. (Leaving a Georgia summer for a Melbourne winter? Psychology indeed … !)
Congratulations, Cameron, and we wish you all the best in your running and scholastic endeavours.
THE PRESIDENT SPEAKS In writing this column I feel I am at risk of repeating myself! So I apologize up front! But as we are on the cusp of another track season, the same issues we have been dealing with for the 10 years of my involvement at the club will come to the fore again. As I write I can almost hear the sighs and groans. But the message is the same and is not going away. Indeed, the issue magnifies as the years go by! The club is in the enviable position of having some dedicated athletes, coaches, officials and administrators. But at the same time we are in desperate need of some assistance with the administration of the club and track officials. To address the latter need the committee has made the decision to roster each member the task of officiating on one day a year. If everyone commits to a day, the problem we have year in and year out of providing officials will go away. It is critical to fulfil our obligations with AthsVic to avoid the penalty of a fine or loss of points. Both are hard enough to come by without needlessly making a donation or giving another club an advantage by losing some precious points. Most sporting clubs adopt a similar regime by asking parents and supporters to contribute to the running of the club whether it be as a committee member, umpire at a game, scorer, or simply to supply afternoon tea on the day. These clubs blossom with the encouragement of such an entourage of support. We need to develop the same spirit at SSH. Accordingly I ask all club members to put some thought into where we are going as a club over the next few years and whether you want to be a contributor to that journey. To provide the opportunities for athletes tomorrow we need to start today to build a strong foundation and infrastructure that will give our future competitors the best opportunity to reach their potential. I urge you to put your name forward at the upcoming AGM for one of the many roles that need your support to ensure the future of SSH. Carpe Diem!
Greg Nolan President
CONGRATULATIONS! To XAVIER SMITH … selected for the AV Target Talent program for 12 months, as well as the U17 national Development squad, also for 12 months. Well done, Xavier.
** NOTICE OF SSH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Saturday 9th August … 6.30pm start at
52 Staughton Rd, Glen Iris NEW MEMBERS
followed by Presentations and BBQ dinner.
Welcome to STEPHEN RENNICK and LACHLAN CONNELL. We wish both of you every success with our famous Club.
** FEES FOR 2014-15 NOW DUE!
July – Ben Kim, Matt Williams,
Please note that all registrations, payments etc, are now done online, at: https://members.athsvic.org.au/login Combined with our Club fees, the amounts payable are:
August – Astrid Rose, Jenny
OPEN: $223 (AV 163, SSH 60) U18/20: $183 (AV 143, SSH 40) U16/14: $163 (AV 123, SSH 40) Associate:$98 (AV $58, SSH $40)
Geoff Warner, Paul Dunn, Malcolm Neiwand
Naylor, Allina Fawcett, Murray Reid, Sarah Lester, Nick Amos, Alistair McLean, Nick Davidson
September – Lorraine Jachno,
Brian Mee, Erin McConchie, Brian Carter, Stella Anyaogu, Michael Goerke, Camilla Humphries, Chris Tsakaridis, Ellie Phillips, Liam Dixon, Joel Lagastes, Cara Dixon.
*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 payment methods.)
CROSS COUNTRY SEASON 2014 Sat 3rd Aug Sat 16th Aug Sun 7th Sep Sat 20th Sep
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
** XCR14 R1 … Cross Country Relays – May 3, Jells Park SSH burst into the 2014 XCR season and stole the first place in MO Div 2 team. Jells Park turned on heavy rain during the later stages of the event, leaving the SSH team to huddled under the tent. In spite of the deluge, Jells Park was a great start to the 2014 XCR season for SSH. MO Div 2 MO Div 6 MO Div 7 WO Div 2
1/14 with Lachlie, Kevin and Jamie all running sub 20 minutes for the 6k. 2/12 strong running from Cameron C, Steven R, Daniel M and Jake P. 7/13 with Brian Carter holding his own at 26.24. 6/12 with Whitney and Georgia returning scorching times.
A strong start to the season.
MD2 6 X 6k
MD6 4 X 6k
Ben Buckingham Cameron Gatt Sam Quirk Jamie Wagstaff Kevin Craigie Lachlan Aspinall Team 1st/14
20.27 20.31 20.14 19.47 19.45 19.26 2.00.10
Daniel Mitchell Cameron Gatt Jake Pedley Stephen Rennick Team 2nd/12
22.06 21.27 26.01 21.14 1.30.48
MD7 4 X 6k
Brian Carter Michael Kipp Greg Schofield Ben Kim Team 7th/14
26.24 27.44 28.16 27.04 1.49.28
WD2 4 X 6k
Whitney Sharpe Georgia Kovats Rebecca Cato Alice Craigie Team 6th/12
25.29 25.41 27.05 25.55 1.44.10
** XCR14 R2 … Cross Country – May 17, Lardner Park
Lardner Park is located in the beautiful Gippsland hills and provides a quality setting for cross country running across waterways and over fences. This race incorporated the SSH cross country championships for the Langford and Robinson trophies for men and women respectively which are part of our club tradition. Congratulations to Lachlan Aspinall (8k 27.18) who took out the SSH Langford Trophy 2014 and to Sarah Lester (4k 14.52) who won SSH’s Robinson Trophy for 2014. SSH scored two firsts: MO Div 2 1/14 1st on the progressive ladder WO Div 2 1/11 3rd on the progressive ladder.
Lachlan Aspinall Jamie Wagstaff Kevin Craigie Sam Quirk Cameron Gatt Ben Buckingham Team 1st/13
27.18.8 27.39.4 27.53.8 28.52.4 28.58.5 29.20.1
Brian Carter Andrew Nagle
Sarah Lester Whitney Sharpe Georgia Kovats Sally Naylor Sarah 10th place …Team 1st/11
14.52.7 16.07.0 16.55.9 17.07.9
Alice Carter Rebecca Cato
** XCR14 R3 … Cross Country – May 31, Brimbank Park Brimbank proved again to be an athletic challenge, with outstanding performances from Jamie Wagstaff (16k 56.36) and Georgia Kovats (6k 25.23) and three MO times were less than the magic 60 minute mark. Sam Quirk missed by 6 seconds! Great performances! Our running heritage was on display at Brimbank by the wearing of old SSH singlets. Team places were WO Div 2 6k 5/12 MO Div 2 16k 2/14
Jamie Wagstaff Kevin Craigie Lachlan Aspinall Sam Quirk Ben Buckingham Stephen Rennick Daniel Mitchell Team 2nd/13
56.36.4 57.28.2 58.09.0 60.06.4 61.51.2 65.06.4 65.50.1
Andrew Nagle Michael Kipp
Georgia Kovats Whitney Sharpe Alice Carter Rebecca Cato Carmel Moorhead Team 5th/11
25.23.8 25.56.0 26.57.4 26.58.3 35.45.4
** XCR14 R4 … Cross Country – June 21, Bundoora Mount Cooper challenge all competitors at Brimbank! The Bundoora Park meet is the selection trials for the Australian Cross Country Championships in the WO 8k and MO 12k. Jamie Wagstaff showed consistency with his results, 12k (25th/380) 41.09 and Whitney Sharpe too ran well on the 8k (60th/197) 34.33. The Bundoora results were MO Div 2 2/14 1/14 on the progressive ladder WO Div 2 9/12 4/12 on the progressive ladder
Jamie Wagstaff Kevin Craigie Lachlan Aspinall Ben Buckingham Stephen Rennick Daniel Mitchell Team 2nd/13
41.09.7 41.29.1 41.40.9 44.15.3 45.39.2 48.35.7
Matthew Nolan Michael Kipp
Men Div2 ladder (as at 21 June)
1. SSH 2. Box Hill
Whitney Sharpe Sally Naylor Alice Carter Carmel Moorhead Team 9th/11
34.33.1 36.48.8 37.36.5 45.37.4
** XCR14 R5 … Road Relay – July 12, Sandown Racecourse Sandown is a great venue when the weather is kind, and it proved to be the case this year. Our SSH teams were diminished by injuries, absences and sickness. We managed, however, to run three teams, MO Div 2, Div 6 and WO Div 2. We appreciate the efforts of Greg Nolan, Wendy Sharpe and Michael Goerke who officiated as AV officials on our behalf. We would not be a registered AV club without such volunteers. SSH has great depth.
Sam Quirk Lachlan Connell Lachlan Aspinall Stephen Rennick Daniel Mitchell Brian Carter Team 8th/14
22.48 21.31 19.53 20.55 22.45 25.25 2.13.17
William Wright Michael Kipp Ben Kim Geoffrey Warner Team 12th/12
26.52 27.30 26.51 42.29 2.03.42
Whitney Sharpe Georgia Kovats Sally Naylor Carmel Moorhead Team 8th/12
Men D2 ladder (as at 12 July)
1. Box Hill 2. SSH 3. Nunawading
SSH 5th of 12
24.23 25.33 25.13 31.46 1.46.55 70pts 63pts 52pts
I hope our athletes can perform at their best at the remaining four meets of the XCR’14 season. Greg Schofield
SCHOOL RESULTS ** All Schools XC Relays – 10 May, Jells Park Xavier Smith Thomas Thorpe
Boys U18 4km U20 4km
Wesley Coll. Wesley Coll.
** All Schools Road Relays – 14 June, Albert Park Xavier Smith Thomas Thorpe
Boys U20 3km
Wesley Coll. Wesley Coll.
** SSV Eastern Metropolitan Region XC finals – 17 June, Yarra Glen Girls 17-20yrs 3km
Canterbury Girls SC
*OTHER MEETINGS ** Gold Coast Airport Marathon – July 5, Gold Coast, QLD 18-20Y 10km
4th in age group, 17th overall
** Stawell Beer Mile – 20 April, Stawell Caravan Park This sounds like it was fun. Deciphering the times is challenging. Was it a relay on a running watch … or, given the name of the race, did the later runners take to heart the Andy Holden tribute (see last issue)? Beer Mile
Lap of Death Relay
5.54 6.49 7.15 8.08
Kevin Craigie Charlie Blanch Steve ? Tom Horsten Tim Baxter Jamie Wagstaff Ben Sims Jordan Gaylard Lachy Aspinall Emi Breidahl Robert French Sarah Hall Kris McCarthy
9.35 6th 9.44 10.00 10.06 9th 12.09 15.59 16.35 12th 21.27
SSH/Old Wesley Bush Wackers Gass Ville Gaby & Toy Boys Team Tutters
5.03 5.08 5.18 6.30 6.43
Success for Cameron at Stawell *** Please note our new website: http://ststephensharriers.com
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