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In association with Wesley College Athletics Volume 23.4 President
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THE ‘RUNNER’S RUNNER’ Ronald William Clarke 1937 - 2015
From the very start of a race, he commanded it. He
didn’t just take the lead, he owned it, and he held it in a vice-like grip whilst defying those behind to take it off him. Only the mentally toughest managed to. He ran imperiously, with little or no arm movement, machine-like yet never mechanical, his powerful legs dictating terms to the track beneath him, whatever its condition (and in those days of cinder tracks he ran on some shockers). He was revered beyond our shores as the greatest distance runner the world had ever seen – as he should have been, without qualification, within them.
Ron Clarke – distance legend, multi-world record holder, Olympic medallist, champion of community running, businessman, politician, author and devoted family man – has left us, aged 78. His legacy to athletics in Australia and worldwide is unsurpassed. There have been many fine distance runners since who long ago sundered Clarke’s records, but few have come close to being the universal standard bearer for the sport that he was throughout his career. Long after lighting the cauldron at the Melbourne Olympics as an 18-year old, Ron Clarke would carry the torch, illuminating a path that runners still tread today in their quest to attain the unattainable.
Clarke’s story is a fascinating one, inspiring admiration, controversy and sometimes heated debate. For all his fine achievements, he never sat quite comfortably in our country’s sporting narrative, nor was he properly recognized for the champion he was by an often fickle, uninformed Australian public whose concept of
champions went no further than the gold they brought home for us to wear vicariously whilst bragging to the world that ‘we won’. Anything less was failure. (“Who remembers second?”) Hand in hand with this sombre observation, however, goes another – that of Ron Clarke’s character and personality, his outlook on sport and life, and his perspective on the place of each. In his book, ‘The Unforgiving Minute’, Clarke set out plainly his philosophy on these things. The 10,000m at the Tokyo Olympics, in which he won bronze, is a good example: “I thoroughly enjoyed the race and have never considered any other way of running it that might have resulted in victory.” This attitude was anathema to those convinced that Clarke had suffered a crushing disaster (particularly as he had led all the way until the final lap), and should have been suitably devastated by it. After all, taxpayers don’t send their world record holders all the way to Tokyo to lose … and then not seem to care about it!
Tokyo 1964: Clarke leads Billy Mills (USA) and Mohammed Gammoudi (TUN) at the bell in the 10,000m. But Ron was an amateur in the truest sense. He loved his sport and longed to reach its absolute heights, given the talents he was born with, while he had the chance. But he was, first and foremost, a husband, father and provider, who counted himself fortunate that his professional responsibilities and supportive family afforded him the time to train, travel and compete at the highest level. He placed great value on sportsmanship and the friendships to be made in athletics. It’s significant that, browsing through ‘The Unforgiving Minute’, it’s hard to find an instance in which Ron does not refer to his rivals by their first names – Billy, Gerry, Michel, Kipchoge, and so on.
Clarke’s world records tally – 17 in all – has not been even remotely approached by an Australian before or since, an achievement for which he was never given full credit in his lifetime. Every world record attempt is a leap into the dark unknown, a void shot through with torture and lactic-seared self-doubt; it’s not for no reason that the mark has never been bettered. Clarke leapt into the void and bettered the mark seventeen times, and in doing so lit that much more of the path for others to follow. That such a man could be labelled a failure and told to ‘give it away, sport’ by his own countrymen, simply because the cards never fell his way in championship races, is hard to believe, and it cast a much less favourable light upon the average sports fan than it did upon Clarke. Being human, of course, the constant attacks over his lack of ‘big’ victories had to get to him. It hurt not to be able to ‘win the big ones’ or beat runners with a superior finishing kick, and he held nothing back in his efforts to begin augmenting world records with gold medals. Losses in the Kingston Empire Games 3 and 6 miles – events in which he was the outright favourite – must have been especially galling, and they only added fuel to the disparagement of critics back home. (I remember, at high school, our senior master sneering at a boys’ assembly about ‘this Clarke, saying he going to win all these gold medals.’ I’d like to see evidence that Ron Clarke said, or would have said, anything of the kind.) Pushing aside his justified concerns about the deficient oxygen in the high altitude at Mexico City, the site of the 1968 Olympics, Clarke trained with a vengeance, working on his speed in particular, determined to leave nothing inside of himself in his quest for gold.
Melbourne 1956: 18yo Ron Clarke with the torch
And nor did he. Much has been said and written about that travesty of a 10,000m in Mexico, none of it favourable (except, perhaps, in the African media), but perhaps the most poignant comment can be credited to US sports journalist Dick Bank, in his ‘Mexico Reflections’: “I have no remembrances of the 10,000. Whereas the great Olympic 10-kilometre races of the past have been indelibly impressed on my mind – Mills’ fantastic win in Tokyo, Bolotnikov’s last 400m in Rome breaking open a tight race, Kuts’s systematic destruction of Pirie in Melbourne, Zatopek’s masterful way in Helsinki – my recollection of Mexico is Ron Clarke lying unconscious on the infield with the Australian team doctor kneeling over him, tears streaming down his cheeks. He had pushed his body beyond its limits and had somehow finished only by instinct … Clarke had held back nothing …” Bank was right. Ron Clarke had wrung himself dry of everything he had, literally running himself almost to death, in order to provide his country with the champion they craved. (For his courage, he suffered cardiac damage from which he would never recover.) Still this was not sufficient to win the admiration of some back home, who chalked up yet another Clarke ‘failure’ and gave up on him. But Ron would not give up. Running now with a strained heart that would eventually require a triplebypass operation, he set his sights on the Commonwealth Games 10,000m. Grinding down his opposition from the front, as always, he had only Lachie Stewart (SCO) and Dick Taylor (ENG)
Edinburgh 1970: Clarke leads Taylor (ENG) and eventual winner Stewart (SCO)
with him at the bell, and this time it was the Scot’s superior kick which finally broke the back of Ron Clarke’s gold medal dream. It’s often been debated as to whether Clarke would have won that elusive gold had he employed his rivals’ tactic of sitting and sprinting. He had done it in lesser races to good effect. But such an approach was severely at odds with Ron’s own philosophy. In an interview with US runner and author Kenny Moore he said: “I loved testing myself more than I feared being beaten, and front running is the ultimate test.” Moore would conclude: “Clarke was a front runner out of principle. He accepted each race as a complete test, an obligation to run himself blind.” Meeting that obligation without compromise throughout a stellar career earned Ron, not just seventeen world records, but the awe, admiration, love and respect of the worldwide running fraternity, including those who beat him. He showed the world’s runners what was possible, and they heeded his message. Ron Clarke was, in every sense, the ‘runner’s runner.’ Perhaps the final word should go to US marathon great Frank Shorter, gold medallist at the Munich Olympics: "Ron Clarke was my idol. I grew up seeing Ron Clarke in the dark blue singlet with the V on it – to me that was the symbol of running."
With the medal given him by Emil Zatopek, donated to the Gold Coast Sporting Hall of Fame. Clarke was an energetic Gold Coast Mayor, heavily involved in community sport.
Ron Clarke wears ‘the symbol of running’ to another record.
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COMING EVENTS Sat 1 August Sat 15 August Sat 29 August Sun 6 September Sat 19 September Sun 20 September Sat 3 October Sat 10 October Sun 11 October Sat 17 October Sun 18 October Sat 24 October Sat 31 October Fri 6-Sun 8 November Sat 14 November Thurs 19 November Sun 22 November
XCR R7 – Cross country Brimbank Park, Keilor East SSH AGM, Presentation and Pizza night XCR R8 – Ekiden Relays Anglesea Aust Cross Country C’ships Melbourne XCR R9 – Half-marathon Burnley XCR R10 – Tan Relays King’s Domain Aust Marathon C’ships Sydney NSW SSH Trivia Night 296 High St, Ashburton *AV Shield Rd1 Aust Half-marathon C’ships Melbourne APS T&F C’ships Melbourne Marathon – also AV & Vic Country Melbourne Marathon C’ships *AV Shield Rd2, Zone v. Zone *AV Shield Rd3, Zone v. Zone AV All Schools T&F C’ships *AV Shield Rd4, Zone v. Zone AV 5000m C’ship *AV Shield Rd5 * AV Shield dates subject to change
THE PRESIDENT SPEAKS Over the last 12 months the club has made some great progress, competitively and in other areas. We have had some good results on the track and indeed have seen the club promoted to Division 1 in Cross Country and are having some success despite the tougher competition. We are proving that with determination, dedication and persistence a small club can match it with the best. But, as success is achieved in competition, the need for a strong administrative team becomes even more important than before as we must be able to ensure the club can support the efforts of our athletes over the long term. A club is only as strong as its weakest link. If we cannot complement our performances on the track with a strong administration the club, those performances will not continue. 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. At the upcoming AGM I ask that you consider some of the duties and roles that are required to ensure the longterm viability of the club and urge you to put your name forward for one of the many roles that needs your support to ensure the future of SSH. Carpe Diem!
Greg Nolan President
Norm Osborne, OAM Look about at any AV Shield round, track championship, cross country or road race, and you’ll very likely see him. He’ll be sitting back in a camping chair, no doubt wearing a representative jacket or cap of some kind, observing proceedings and performances in a sport he still loves and to whose practitioners he has dedicated much of his life. Appointed SSH club coach in 1962, Norm Osborne went on to coach a host of champions and medallists, both in Australia and abroad. He had winners and placegetters in every Victorian track, cross country and road championship from 1965 to 2005. A personal highlight was a special award from the British Amateur Athletic Board for his work with British athletes and coaches, in particular European 5000m silver medallist Gary Staines. St Stephens Harriers was blessed to have both Norm and his revered father, Bob, as coaches over a combined period spanning 40-odd years. Norm coached SSH athletes at all levels, but it is his work in advancing elite athletes to the peaks of their careers that ranked him among the greats of Australian athletics coaching. The list of national and state representatives he guided is extensive indeed – names like Ian Blackwood, Rick Mitchell, Michael Hillardt, Gary Bently, Don Hanly (all SSH), Rohan Robinson and Margaret Crowley represent just a few. In addition, Norm coached and lectured in places as diverse as Indonesia, Kenya, China, Canada, the UK and Pacific nations including Papua New Guinea, and he was appointed Head coach or Manager of a range of Australian teams at Commonwealth and Word championship level. His services to athletes and athletics earned him many honours, culminating in the prestigious Order of Australia medal which was presented – fittingly – by the Victorian governor, John Landy! Norm no longer coaches. Father Time has decreed not only his retirement, but a generational change in athletics and society that, he feels, would make communication between himself and today’s young athletes hard to establish anyway. Yet his love for athletics is undiminished, and he never misses an opportunity to connect with friends, coaching colleagues and others aficionados of the sport, whatever the meeting or event standard. In this interview, Norm discusses his life as a coach and competitor. He speaks frankly about the state of athletics today in his eyes, the benefits of Club membership and how a good coach goes about the job of bringing out the best in his/her charges. How do you regard the current state of Australian athletics? What is there to be encouraged by, or concerned about? As a spectator only for the last four years, I have lost the feel for what is happening and why. There will always be good athletes coming through, irrespective of the administration or coaching structure, but I feel the sport is at a low ebb at this stage, particularly in Victoria. If the better athletes are not competing – what is there to write about? As the late European promoter Andy Norman used to say: “How many bums on seats and newspapers are you going to sell?” If it was good enough for Bartram, Landy, Weinberg, Field, Boyle, Rendina, Ryan, Robertson-Boyd, Mitchell, Hanly, Hillardt and Crowley (all Olympians) to compete, then the current athletes should be out there doing it also and learning to compete.
In trying to accommodate everybody in the one competition the standards have been allowed to fall to the lowest common denominator. From what I could see the State Championships Open men’s and women’s events got lost in the number of underage, veteran and ambulant events. It’s good to see that the Open athletes, Masters and Juniors now have their own AV championship meets. How important is a Club to the development of an athlete, whatever their age or ability? As coach, I controlled what the athletes did for 2-3 hours per day except Fridays, so I encouraged the group with their partners in the Club’s social activities, even if they were from other clubs such as Collingwood, Glenhuntly and MUAC. Being a club member gives them something to run for other than themselves. Of
course, the better the performance, the more the Club benefits. Dinners, dances, theatre nights and BBQs were common, and the friendships made in our early days in the Club are now of over 65 years standing! To see the looks of enjoyment on the faces of Harry Morris and Horrie Ward after SSH won all the open relay championships will live with me forever. You were a capable runner for SSH in your youth. Did you have serious competitive ambitions? I was realistic enough to realize any success I had as a junior was due to the fact that my father had gathered up papers and a few books he had been given, all of which I read while he was away at World War II. When other lads caught up with some of this knowledge they were able to outperform me. Which of your own performances are most memorable to you? The final of the Open 400 Hurdles championships in 1957. Tony Lethbridge was 1st, Barry Stanton 2nd – and I was 6th after crashing through the final hurdle! Did the switch from competitor to coach happen suddenly, or was it a gradual transition? I started coaching field events for SSH whilst still competing myself. In the running events in 1959, David Nobbs was 5th in the Open 400m (won by Barry Stanton). Neil Fairley was my first State champion, winning the 400m (1964) on the old South Melbourne football ground (grass) with the track laid out at approximately 90° to what it is today. Barry Van Es was the next champion, winning the 400mH at Olympic Park in 1965. Since then, there have been seventy-one 400m winners and forty 400m Hurdles winners, plus numerous placings in both events for both men and women, as well as juniors and veterans. Sometimes there were 1st and 2nd placings in the one event. What key lessons did you learn from your father, Bob Osborne? My father taught me how to write training programs by giving me master copies for each event group for training over the Christmas holiday break, and I had to rewrite them for the individuals in each group – no photocopiers! He also taught me to be loyal, logical and honest in all dealings with administrations, coaches and, particularly, with the athletes. Other mentors I had were Owen Davies, Jack Draper, Jack Biggins and Horrie Ward, with lots of
help from the senior athletes. The last thing my dad said to me as I walked out the door to go back to Canberra, just before he died, was “I’m proud of what you are doing, son.” Thanks, mate – and to all the club mates and opposition, some of whom I’ve known since we were sub-juniors (U17) together – thanks to you, also. What are the essential pre-requisites for any coach, at any level? From the coach, the athlete requires a thorough knowledge of the skills required to perform at high level, an understanding of the cause and effect of what’s happening. Is the athlete strong enough to carry out the techniques being taught at this stage in the preparation? The coach must make adequate long-term planning with the short-term strategies to achieve those goals. He must be up-to-date with current practices, even if he himself was not good enough to perform at the level the athletes aspire to. A record such as yours, achieved over so many years, suggested considerable development and learning on your part. In what ways would you say you grew and changed as a coach, and which aspects of your approach have remained constant? Having a little success early on enabled me to be recognized by other coaches and athletes. Then followed travel overseas to meet other coaches and athletes. Through the IAAF Development Department we were able to develop new material or better ways to present existing material in the courses we were running. This forced me to keep up-to-date with the latest theory and practices. With this new confidence I probably became more autocratic as a coach. When people used to question the great Henri Schubert about his methods and were critical of them, Henri’s answer was, “And who did you ever beat?” If a coach is forever changing the program – what was wrong with the planning, anyway? ‘Change for change’s sake’ makes me think my original assessments were wrong! My biggest impression of the other coaches I have met is, despite the technical papers they present, they work very much on the K.I.S.S. principle – ‘Keep it simple, stupid!’ Although my athletes trained as a group, many were under separate instructions as to a specific session load, how to run it and what times I expected from them.
Norm with his champion VAAA Relay squad in 1976 – Brett Weinberg, Rick Mitchell, Michael Beasley and Russell Morgan. No coach ever wore flairs more proudly! You’ve coached so many athletes to both local and international successes. Which of these stand out for you as particularly memorable achievements? All of the nine Olympic finalists, Commonwealth Games reps, National and State champions. Some you expect and others come as a pleasant surprise! Hindsight is a wonderful thing. As a coach, have you had cause to ponder ‘what might have been’, had you acted differently? In my mind I reviewed every training performance plus competition, then using ‘Management by Exception’ (i.e. concentrating only on what is effective and relevant), I would talk to the athlete and also get their view on how they went. A coach
should watch each session but not necessarily coach at all sessions. In other words, help the athlete develop their independence. The athlete will not always feel what you are seeing but sometimes they can explain what was happening without you seeing it – as, in my case, I did not attend some of the major meets to be able to advise between rounds, etc. Mike Hillardt’s 1988 preparation was the best build-up he had done. Unfortunately, his Achilles tendon started to play up and it was decided to operate and strip it before the Olympic Games on the best medical advice available. It did not work! Could we have got through without the operation until later? Who knows?
Next issue: Norm talks about coaching overseas, other coaches he’s admired, specific training sessions, whether today’s elite athletes compete often and widely enough, Percy Cerutty … and his top 10 greatest-ever athletes!
** NOTICE OF SSH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Saturday 1st August … 6.30pm start at 52 Staughton Rd, Glen Iris followed by Presentations and Pizza dinner. St Stephens Harriers AC
**TRIVIA NIGHT ** Saturday 3 October 7pm (for 7.30pm start) Ashburton Support Services 296 High St Ashburton 3147 $20 – BYO drinks and nibbles Come and support our Club in our big fundraiser! Make up tables of 8-10 for an evening of entertainment including Trivia questions, music, auction items, raffles and prizes! Spread the word! Book a table and bring along your family and friends. NOTE: All tickets must be pre-booked by Thursday 1 October. Contact Sarah Hall on 0425 861 019, Alice Carter on 0400 136 492, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org * What is the highest known volcano, and where is it? * What is Pluto’s largest moon? * Who was the first long jumper to exceed 29 feet? * K is the chemical symbol of what element? * In which Spanish city does the running of the bulls take place? * In which movie was this line heard?: “It’s not for nothing that Sporty’s the only Spice who ain’t got a bloke!” *In which song did Lynyrd Skynyrd attack Neil Young? * In the 1974 Irish Sheepdog Trials, how many were found guilty?
CROSS COUNTRY SEASON 2015 ** XCR15 R1 … Cross country Relays – 18 April, Jells Park, Wheeler’s Hill A good day at Jells Park with six teams competing. Mild winter sunshine prevailed. The results speak for themselves and in particular there were fine performances our MO D1 and MO D6 and WO D2. MO D1 5/10 with Kevin Craigie, Lachlie Aspinall, Lachie Connell and Jamie Wagstaff all running sub 20 minutes. MO D6 1/13 exemplary running from all of the team MO D7 T1 4/27 MO D7 T2 22/27 WO D2 2/12 with Sarah Lester running like the wind WO D4 7/14 M16 Niklaus Petersen competed M16 without team Thanks to AV Official and Team Managers at Jells. I want to thank Michael Goerke, Wendy Sharpe and Greg Nolan for officiating on the day. MD1 6X6km
Kevin Craigie Ben Buckingham Lachlan Aspinall Xavier Smith Lachlan Connell Jamie Wagstaff Team 5th/10
19.10 20.14 19.45 20.20 19.56 19.36 1.59.01
Sarah Lester Alice Craigie Sally Naylor Whitney Sharpe Team 2nd/12
23.06 24.02 25.51 24.30 1.37.29
Sam Quirk Tom Thorpe Daniel Mitchell Cameron Clayton Team **1st/13
20.47 20.53 22.02 21.36 1.25.18
Georgia Kovats Alice Carter Bec Cato Team 7th/15
27.11 26.46 28.13 1.22.10
Matt Herten Ben Sims Will Wright Sam Spicer Team 4th/31
24.02 23.08 25.14 22.59 1.35.23
Sidonie Lowe Jasmine Kwon Carmel Moorhead Team 17th/20
38.02 33.20 31.11 1.42.33
Ben Kim Jake Pedley Brian Carter Greg Schofield Team 22nd/31
29.19 32.21 25.59 29.25 1.57.04
Jells Park: Kevin and Niklaus await the gun.
** XCR15 R2 … Cross country – 9 May, Lardner Park, Warragul Lardner Park is located in the beautiful Gippsland hills and the rural setting provides quality cross country, including jumping over waterways and fences. The day was overcast with blustery conditions from the north west. 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 Kevin Craigie (8k 28.07) who took out the SSH Langford Trophy for 2015 and to Whitney Sharpe (4k 16.14) who won SSH Robinson Trophy for 2015. In the MO Kevin Craigie 12, Ben Buckingham 25 and Sam Quirk 57 out of 390 and in the WO Whitney Sharpe 26 and Sally Naylor 59 out of 215. Strong results! MD1 8km
Kevin Craigie Ben Buckingham Sam Quirk Lachlan Aspinall Cameron Clayton Sam Spicer Team 7th/ 10
28.07.2 28.50.5 30.24.4 30.42.6 31.27.3 31.58.9
Matthew Herten Brian Carter Greg Schofield Geoffrey Warner Team 2nd/8
34.54.6 37.39.2 42.04.4 68.26.4
Larnder Park: New member Matthew made a strong debut
Whitney Sharpe Sally Naylor Rebecca Cato Alice Carter Team 3rd/10
16.14.6 17.23.8 18.43.2 19.09.5
Carmel Moorhead 22.43.3 Sidonie Lowe 25.15.8 Team DNF
Whitney and Kevin pushing hard to the line
PROGRESSIVE LADDER AFTER ROUND 2 MEN DIV 1 WOMEN DIV 2 MEN DIV 6 6th of 10 =2nd of 12 1st of 13
** XCR15 R3 … Road race – 30 May, Lake Wendouree, Ballarat Ballarat turned on bracing weather for the Lake Wendouree 15k. In spite of the weather, Lake Wendouree shone when the sun struggled from behind the clouds and once warmed up, the flat course is dazzling. Our MO D1 came 8/10 with seven of our athletes breaking the 60 minutes. Whitney Sharpe ran a great race at just over the hour 61.05.
Kevin Craigie Lachlan Connell Sam Quirk Cameron Clayton Stephen Rennick Sam Spicer Team 8th/10
49.57.1 50.53.6 52.41.2 52.52.1 53.17.3 57.14.2
Matthew Herten Luke Frazzetto Greg Schofield
59.56.3 62.43.9 75.26.3
Whitney Sharpe Carmel Moorhead Sidonie Lowe
64.12.1 81.50.2 97.43.6
PROGRESSIVE LADDER AFTER ROUND 3 MEN DIV 1 WOMEN DIV 2 MEN DIV 6 7th of 10 4th of 12 4th of 13
Saints around the Lake. Above: Greg, Lachlan C, Rebecca, Matthew. Below: Sam, Stephen, Sidonie, watchful Peter
** XCR15 R4 … Cross country – 13 June, Bundoora Park, Bundoora Conditions at Bundoora were perfect, no wind and bright winter sun. Wendy Sharpe, Greg Nolan and Michael Goerke representing SSH as AV officials at meet. Jake Pedley and Lachy Aspinall who were injured, encouraged our members from the side lines.
Although we did not fill our four main teams, due to injuries and work commitments, we nevertheless filled our MO D1 team coming 8/10 with some notable performances. Whitney Sharpe 30/198 and Bec Cato 123/180 returned respectable times in the WO 8k. In the MO 8k, our top five athletes came home in under 50 minutes, with outstanding performances by Ben Buckingham 45/400 and Sam Quirk 69/400. MD1 12km
Ben Buckingham Sam Quirk Stephen Rennick Sam Spicer Ben Sims Matthew Herten Team 8th/10
42.12.1 43.47.6 44.33.4 46.44.6 49.10.0 50.24.0
Luke Frazzetto William Wright Greg Schofield
52.21.2 60.18.2 62.13.3
Whitney Sharpe Rebecca Cato Carmel Moorhead Sarah Lester
32.13.6 38.53.1 46.31.0 DNF
PROGRESSIVE LADDER AFTER ROUND 4 MEN DIV 1 WOMEN DIV 2 MEN DIV 6 9th of 10 9th of 12 6th of 13
** XCR15 R5 … Road race – 28 June, Albert Park/Lakeside Stadium Albert Park produced perfect conditions for running, no wind and just a little on the cold side. It was good to see many of our club who came out to support our members, even on Sunday morning! Niklaus Petersen competed in the M16 3k coming a respectable 24/31. SSH showed its real potential at the Albert Park 10k with our top three running under 32 minutes, all closely ranked and eight of our ten MO finished in under 40 minutes. Brian Carter ran a remarkable 41.07. Great work! We filled our MO D1 and D6 teams but did not complete our WO D2 team. The AV 10k field consisted of 485 MO and 220 WO competitors or 705 in total. The Albert Park 10k is a big event. MO D1 MO D6 WO D2 MD1 10km
5/10 4/11 DNS
6/10 on the progressive ladder 6/13 on the progressive ladder 10/12 on the progressive ladder.
Kevin Craigie Lachlan Connell Ben Buckingham Sam Quirk Cameron Clayton Luke Frazzetto
31.37.2 31.53.7 31.55.9 33.13.4 34.23.5 35.09.2
Sam Spicer Matthew Herten Brian Carter Stephen Rennick
36.05.1 38.15.0 41.07.3 42.42.0
William Wright Greg Schofield
Sally Naylor Carmel Moorhead
Cameron: “Aaaarrrgh!!” Lachlan: “Errrgh!” Brian: “Cheer oop now, lads, tha’s dunnit!”
** XCR15 R6 … Road Relays – 11 July, Sandown Racecourse MD1 6.2km
Lachlan Connell Cameron Clayton Sam Quirk Daniel Mitchell Cameron Gatt Stephen Rennick Team 7th/10
19.26 21.20 21.58 20.39 20.16 20.50 2.04.29
Brian Carter Greg Schofield Ben Kim Jake Pedley Team 14th/19
Ben Sims Luke Frazzetto Sam Spicer William Wright Team 2nd/10
22.05 23.18 21.34 26.00 1.32.57
Sally Naylor (inv)
MEN DIV 1 6th of 10
PROGRESSIVE LADDER AFTER ROUND 6 WOMEN DIV 2 MEN DIV 6 WOMEN DIV 4 11th of 12 5th of 13 9th of 15
25.08 27.21 29.00 37.23 1.58.52
MEN DIV 7 8th of 21
There have been some remarkable athletic performances so far this season and I look forward to more of the same. Consistency is the key to good results and I hope for an injury free rest of the season.
Greg Schofield Cross Country Captain
SCHOOL RESULTS ** AV All Schools Road Relay C’ships – 16 May, Albert Park MU20 3km
*OTHER MEETINGS *
**Puffing Billy’s Great Train Race 3 May, Belgrave-Emerald
Kevin Craigie Jamie Wagstaff Lachlan Aspinall
47.45 47.46 47.47
10th 11th 12th
815th (3,410 runners)
** FEES FOR 2015-16 NOW DUE!
Registration is for the year 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016, including both winter and summer seasons. 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: OPEN: $230 (AV 170, SSH 60) U18/20: $190 (AV 150, SSH 40) U16/14: $170 (AV 130, SSH 40) Recreational: $60 Youth: $115 (AV 75, SSH 40) Dual: $ 95 (AV 55, SSH 40) Social: $ 80 (AV 40, SSH 40) *Social 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
SSH Club Development 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 ($10-$20+, or whatever you can afford) 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 payment methods detailed in the ‘FEES DUE’ column.)
BIRTHDAYS July – Ben Kim, Geoff Warner, Paul Dunn, Malcolm Niewand August – Astrid Rose, Allina Fawcett, Murray Reid, Sarah Lester,
– Lorraine Jachno, Brian Mee, Erin McConchie, Brian Carter, Stella Anyagou, Michael Goerke, Camilla Humphries, Chris Tsakiridis, Ellie Phillips, Liam Dixon, Joel Lagastes, Matt Williams
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