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Th e J o u r n a l


In association with Wesley College Athletics Volume 25.1 President

Greg Nolan

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Sec/Registrar Pat Robinson


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Michael Goerke

Journal Editor Stu Cooper

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Sarah Hall

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Jake Pedley

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Track Captain Whitney Sharpe (Women) Track Captain Lachlan Aspinall (Men) Track Manager Jake Pedley CC Captain Greg Schofield

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WHITNEY … TEN YEARS A SAINT Last track season, Whitney Sharpe marked her 10th year with St Stephen’s with her most productive season to date. Six PBs over 800m, 1500m and the mile, plus Club records over the latter two distances, signify a summer in which it all came together for the unassuming runner from Glen Iris who feels she is yet to find her ideal distance. When she does, it should be something to watch. Whilst preferring at all times to let her feet do her talking, Whitney nevertheless agreed to share with the Journal her thoughts on SSH, running, her progress and future goals. This interview took place at the start of the cross-country season. We all hope Whitney’s eleventh track season is at least as profitable as her last, and even more rewarding.

Your times have improved across the board this season, with PB’s and Club records occurring on an almost regular basis. What do you think accounts for this progress? There have been a few standout races for me in the past which have showed me what I was

capable of running. The two main factors recently would probably be consistency and motivation. I increased the amount of training I had been doing but I had also been working on pushing myself more particularly in my longer runs. What, if anything, has been different in your approach or methods in 2014/15? Last year was my final year of uni, which gave me the opportunity to travel for placements. I spent 8 weeks each in Sydney and Perth throughout the year. These trips gave me a lot of spare time, which I basically spent running. I trained with a variety of people and got to see a number of different styles of training. This along with a few good races left me really motivated to improve. You’ve been an active competitor with St Stephens now for ten years. That’s a long time for a young athlete in today’s terms, when so many move on after a short while to other pursuits. What has kept you in the sport, and with SSH? I love running. Training is a great release from

everything else in life and competitions are a great way to push yourself to improve. St Stephens is a great club! I love the history of the club and the small, friendly atmosphere where everyone knows everyone. I have also had the most supportive and dedicated coach anyone could hope for and Wal has helped me with everything I have achieved. How did you come to join SSH, and what was your sporting background beforehand? I had always run throughout school at school events. It wasn’t until high school (Canterbury Girls) when I joined the morning running group. It was here where I met Sarah Hall, who got me to come along to Wal’s training. What are your plans for future racing? Any grand ambitions?

I am still trying to find out which event is my ‘best’ as I enjoy a number of distances. However I would love to qualify for Nationals again next year and run a great race there. Apart from that, I am just hoping to improve my times and be the best that I can be. The running result you’re most proud of? This is a hard one! I have always loved running relays and have been in some great relay teams! For some reason I run well when I have a baton in my hand. And one you’d prefer to forget? (We all have them) I can’t think of one race in particular that I would like to forget. I have definitely had bad races that didn’t go to plan but luckily I haven’t fallen over or anything. I think you can learn something from every race.

Whitney receives from Sidonie during the 2009 Shield final. ‘For some reason I run well when I have a baton in my hand’. What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done in running? Definitely the Burnley half marathon! I have never run so slowly in my life but at least I made the distance however painful it was. The things we do at SSH to get a team over the line! Are you a student, in the workforce, or both? I graduated last year with a Bachelor of Health Sciences and Masters in Prosthetics and Orthotics. I am currently working at The Athletes Foot in Camberwell. How are you able to balance the demands of this with training and racing? It can be hard sometimes to fit in training, mainly because I’m not a morning person. But my

WHITNEY’s PBs for 2014-15      

800m – 2.14.64 800m – 2.13.44 1500m – 4.41.57 1500m – 4.36.64 1500m – 4.33.3 (Club rec) Mile – 5.01.5 (Club rec)

work isn’t the most demanding at the moment so I am lucky that I can focus on running. What does Whitney the runner do in ‘down time’ – assuming she has any? I spend time coaching and doing calisthenics. I love the footy and try to go to as many games at the MCG as I can, however unluckily I follow Melbourne so it isn’t always fun! Any tips for new runners starting out, or considering joining the Club? Give it a go! You have nothing to lose.

Club record setters last season: Whitney, Kevin, Lachie and Ben, with coach Wal.

THE PRESIDENT SPEAKS This is a call to arms! All club members are aware that the club struggles to maintain a viable membership base that can support a vibrant, competitive environment for athletes of all ages and ability. We have been incredibly fortunate over the past few years with our link to Wesley college. This has been the main driver behind any growth in our numbers, and in particular our return to Premier division in the Athletics Victoria cross country competition. However, we still struggle to attract new athletes on a regular basis and battle each week to field teams in track and cross country events. To address the future of the club, your committee has been battling with the resolution of two major impediments to growth: 1. The lack of a "home" facility. 2. The position of coach or coaches. As previously outlined, we have been in discussion with Boroondara Council regarding the former and have been offered the Dorothy Laver Reserve near Gardiner's Creek in Ashburton. We have declined this offer, as it was felt that the most pressing requirement, that of a coach, should take precedence. Given we have limited financial resources, and we expect to pay for a coach, the Committee felt this to be the prudent approach. However, before we approach any prospective coaches, we have to decide what we want the club to look like in 5 to 10 years and how it should be defined. What is our focus and what members do we want to attract? Do we want to target elite athletes, or juniors in the belief that they will grow and develop with the club over the next 10 years? Do we want to be a "family" club where we can appeal to young families? What disciplines do we focus on - sprints, middle distance, field events? There are many possibilities. The answers to these questions will determine the sort of coach and the "home" facilities we require. These are the issues your committee is currently discussing with a view to set a plan for the club development over the next 5 to 10 years. But there are some bigger issues the whole club membership must contemplate. We all love St Stephen's and have enjoyed the comradeship and competition over the years. But the club has existed on the back of 3 or 4 people for the last 10 years. Without people like Pat, Wal, Michael Georke and Peter Westwood the club probably would not be in existence. This is a sad but true fact. The time has now come when the next generation must consider its position and decide to either take the baton from these great club stalwarts, or let the club drift into what will inevitably be extinction. The history of this great club, so eloquently described in Wal's book "St Stephen's Harriers - 100 Years" will be lost. We are at a defining time for your club. Your assistance is urgently required for the club to find its destiny, thrive and continue to offer a safe, challenging, competitive and socially rewarding experience. Those currently on the

committee and involved on a regular basis are doing a great job and must be recognized and thanked. But we need more! We continue to battle to get volunteers to help at cross county and track meetings when we have an obligation to assist. We also need to accept the fact that we need to raise funds on a regular basis. The trivia nights are a great success, but to get a coach and ground we will need more regular income. I might add that the trivia night was the result of the efforts of two or three people! This is not a particularly good outcome and may not be repeatable. We also need to address the secretarial role as the obligations and time involved continue to grow. Pat has done an immense job over the years, but could use some help. In addition we need to actively address the recruitment of new members and their families. If we are unable to fulfill all these functions - all, not just one or two - the club, unfortunately, faces a bleak future and the work of people like Pat, Wal et al over the last 20 to 30 years will be for nought. Is this a satisfactory result? I will let you make up your mind. If you are in a position to take on any role that you believe will help the growth of the club and further cement the history of an institution that bred the likes of Derek Clayton, Rick Mitchell and other champions, please contact any committee member personally or send me an email. Carpe Diem!

Greg Nolan President

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AV All Schools T&F C’ships Milers Club Mt 1 Rare Air Club Mt1 *AV Shield Rd4, Prog 1 AV 5000m C’ship *AV Shield Rd5 Prog 2 AV Track Relay c’ships Milers Club Mt2 (AV Knockout Rd1 – 800m & 1500m) Zatopek BCD Aust All Schools T&F c’ships Zatopek classic Aust All Schools Knockout c’ships *AV Shield Rd6 Prog 1 AV Knockout Rd1 Aust 50km Race Walking c’ship *AV Shield Rd7 Prog 2 Rare Air Club Mt3 *AV Shield Rd8 Prog 1 (Zone v. Zone) *AV Shield Rd9 Prog 2 (Zone v. Zone)

Lakeside Stadium Lakeside Stadium Lakeside Stadium Nunawading Lakeside Stadium Doncaster Lakeside Stadium Box Hill Moonee Ponds (Aberfeldie) Lakeside Stadium Lakeside Stadium Lakeside Stadium Nunawading Lakeside Stadium Fawkner Park Nunawading Box Hill Nunawading Lakeside Stadium

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Milers Club Mt3 (AV Knockout Rd1 – 800m & 1500m) Rare Air Club Mt4 AV Country T&F c’ships AV Knockout Rd2 *AV Shield Rd10 Prog 1 Rare Air Club Mt5 *AV Shield finals prog 1 AV Junior T&F c’ships Rare Air Club Mt6 AV Multi-event c’ships Milers Club Mt4 Rare Air Club Mt7 AV Open T&F c’ships AV Knockout Junior final AV Knockout Open final IAAF Melbourne Track Classic Aust. Junior T&F c’ships AA Perth Classic Milers Club Mt5 Rare Air Club Mt8 Vic Masters T&F c’ships AA Brisbane Classic AA Sydney Classic Rare Air Club Mt9 Aust T&F c’ships & Aust Multi-event c’ships

Box Hill Box Hill John Landy field, Geelong Lakeside Stadium Nunawading Melbourne Uni Lakeside Stadium Lakeside Stadium Doncaster Melbourne Uni Lakeside Stadium Lakeside Stadium Lakeside Stadium Perth WA Perth WA Nunawading Melbourne Uni Doncaster Brisbane QLD Sydney NSW Melbourne Uni Sydney NSW

OBITUARIES The march of Time has carried off four more ‘old Saints’ in recent months. We are saddened to report the passing of BILL LEE, GORDON NOBLE, FRED KURZMANN and JIM JACK – committed SSH men all. Tributes to each of these departed members to appear in the next issue.

IT’S A GIRL ! Congratulations to Alex MacCallum and her partner, Kier, on the birth of their daughter, Felicity, on 4 July. Sign her up quickly, Alex!


Bill Lee

Gordon Noble

Welcome to Francesca Cullity (Nick Bowden’s group), Tom Webster, Locky McLeod, Fraser Rosman, Ben Barry, Michael McGuire, Gabriel Taylor-Sands, Fergus Orr (all Wesley) and Nick McGuire (Michael’s older brother). We wish you plenty of success and enjoyment in the red, white and blue of SSH.


Norm Osborne, OAM – Pt 2 We continue our in-depth interview with SSH, Victorian, Australian and international coaching great Norm, whose reflections in the last issue on his life in athletics gave, among other things, an illuminating insight into what coaching is and what is required of anyone taking it on. This time around, Norm discusses his illustrious coaching peers, coaching overseas, progress (or the lack of it) in reducing national records, the comparative reluctance of today’s elite athletes to compete regularly, the ‘100 miles a week’ training regime, the state of the sport today as he sees it, and his personal list of ’10 best athletes’. As

Norm Osborne receives his Order of Australia award from Victorian governor and middle-distance legend, John Landy. Another of the American coaches’ instructions for how to run a 400m race was: “Put the blocks in, keep to the left and get back as quick as you can.” John Chaplin at WSU used to drive the Kenyans to the bottom of a canyon, let them out and say: “I’ll pick you up at the top.” I consider Dr John Boas and Manfred Lewindowski to be the best of the Australians and I think very highly of Craig Hilliard’s record at the AIS. Joyce Brown (netball) and David Parkin (AFL) are the best coach/lecturers I have worked with. What was it like coaching overseas? Were there many (as it were) hurdles to overcome? At the Beijing School of Physical Education they have three outdoor tracks and one indoors. One of the outdoor tracks has hills of various degrees to run up at the end of the 100m straight. Depending on which lane you run in you finish your runs with an uphill run. One lane is not so steep, so that downhill

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alongside some illustrious peers. Do any in particular stand out, for any reason? There are many overseas coaches I was able to work with, along with many others whose lectures I attended – for example, a European sprints and hurdles conference in Bad Blankenberg (East Germany) in 1989. Two of the better coaches I have been with are Arch Jelley (NZ), who was John Walker’s coach and one of the nicest blokes I have met. Another is Tom Tellez (US). Tom coached Carl Lewis and his sister. He was asked about bend running and the theories on how to run a bend. His reply was “Left/right, left/right, left/right, left/right.” How simple is that? overspeed runs can be done onto the flat straight. Many of the European tracks have very longstanding traditions and are maintained as such, thanks largely to huge budgets that can run into the millions for a single meet. The Pacific Islands have at least a modern track, if no other facilities. These are gradually being built, with the help of Olympic Solidarity or the IAAF. Kiribati has a field of crushed coral as a soccer field and athletics track combined. Equipment has a hard time surviving, as things like hurdle tops make great firewood! Many European and American high schools have a track and other training facilities. Some US colleges have 200m straights. As you travel by rail through Germany you will see a lot of factories with synthetic tracks around them. In his book, “My Race Be Won”, Vince Matthews talks about having to shovel the snow off the

paths in Central Park in New York, before training in preparation for the 1972 Olympic 400m which he won. Lecturing in these parts can be fun, with as many as eight interpreters in different languages, all talking at once. Elite athletes during your coaching heyday competed more that they do now at a club level, whereas the focus today seems to be more on training blocks and peaking for specific high-end events. What do you see as the pluses and minuses in this? Training must always be by plan and not by chance. Many athletes and coaches are trying to use training routines and techniques that their current state of adaptation will not allow them maximize. As well as knowing and understanding the requirements of the event, the coach must also take into account the attributes the athlete brings with them, either natural or trained, to date. Generally speaking, the bigger the base, the higher the peak within the time frame to the target date. Peaking is a process which varies with each individual athlete. There was a time when coaches thought that rest for four days before a major event was the thing to do. From experience in doing this I found that the athletes were prone to lose touch and be flat on the day of the event. It was good enough for John Bartram, John Landy, Don MacMillan, Ray Weinberg, Bill Hooker, Bruce Field, Ron Clarke, Trevor Vincent, Rick Mitchell, Pam Ryan, Charlene Rendina, Raelene Boyle, Denise Boyd and Margaret Crowley (all Olympians) to compete weekly, sometimes in several events, and their results were good enough to be up there with those of today’s athletes. If you listen to interviews (with elite athletes) post-race, you will hear: ‐ I was in the outside lane ‐ It was raining ‐ It was windy ‐ I was left at the start ‐ I needed a couple more races ‐ I was tired from running the heat ‐ It was too hot for me ‐ It was cold and I couldn’t get going What?? Only in YOUR LANE? You think you were the ONLY one? This is why athletes need race practice – to get accustomed to these factors. Racing can bring you up another gear. Peter Snell ran a 4 X 400m leg for New Zealand in 1962, on the morning prior to the final of the Commonwealth Games 1500m final. He also used to do bounding runs up a 600m-long hill as

well as his marathon-type training with Arthur Lydiard in NZ. The national 200m and 800m men’s records were set in 1968, while 2mins seems to be a brick wall in the women’s 800m, with no-one coming near Charlene Rendina’s 1.59 since 1976. Given the progress made by Australia’s field games athletes and walkers in recent years, what do you think accounts for the way things have stalled in many track events? It took the advent of Franz Stampfl in 1955 to change the concepts of how often and how much the athlete should do. Now we have some very good field games coaches. People like Gus Puopolo, who took himself to Germany to train for the throwing events. Australia has always been very good at horizontal jumps and high jumping, males and females. As I see it, the majority of middle distance runners are not training specifically enough for those distances (800, 1500, 5000m), rather, they tend to move up to distances such as halfmarathons and marathons where the training loads are less intense. Charlene Rendina, Judy Pollock and Pam Ryan trained hard in their time with Henri Schubert (who was coached by my father, Bob.) Both Charlene and Judy were 400 runners before moving up in distance to the 800/1500. They were great athletes and people. Mike Hillardt and Margaret Crowley ran many races for speed work. I once went up to Melbourne Uni to watch Ralph Doubell (Olympic 800m gold medallist) run 100 X 100m back to back! The great Kenyan, Mike Boit, prior to the Edmonton Commonwealth Games in 1978, ran 6 X 800m with a 200m jog recovery. His times were 2.00, 1.53, 1.56, 1.54, 1.52 and 1.50. Several times, Mike Hillardt 6 X 400m in 52secs with a 1.00 recovery. In her preparation for the 1500m in Atlanta, Margaret Crowley ran several sessions of 2 sets of 1200m, jog 100m, sprint 300m with a 20min recovery. This is what I mean by training specifically for your event. It’s targeted, and it’s demanding. Have we moved on from the famous (or infamous) Arthur Lydiard dictum of ‘100 miles a week’, or is there still a place for it in today’s training program? The basic 100-mile week is pretty well standard for mid- and distance running training. The real

problem with training is how it is made up. From experience, I have found some athletes who could handle up to 92 miles a week before stress injuries set in. With Mike Hillardt, we tried several times to do 12 weeks’ basic conditioning running but each time we had to stop! Barry Tregenza was another who could not train beyond 92, even though he eventually ran a good 10,000m and marathon. Peter Snell (NZ) told me once he could handle the workloads without problem. He included 600m long hill bounding runs in his workouts! What did you think of Percy Cerutty as a coach? Percy was a great motivator rather than a technical coach. Bob White and Ian Blackwood arranged for us to go to Portsea (Cerutty’s training camp on Portsea back beach) one Queen’s Birthday weekend. We sat in front of Percy’s pulpit while he lectured us and he would break into a run around his small circuit, saying “Run like a rooster,” or “Run like the front legs of a trotter”. He later took a few of us to his den which was scattered with cuttings and papers he had written. I have copies of letters of letters he wrote to Ron Stephens. Ron later gave them to me when I was coaching his daughter Roz (Stephens-Walker). My dad did talk to Percy on Saturdays at interclub and I was always with him, but I never actually met him until much later. 10 athletes (Australian or otherwise) who’ve impressed you the most, and why. In compiling this list I have chosen to ignore any innuendo about performance –enhancing drugs. I have no direct evidence and can’t prove guilt or innocence. - RON CLARKE (2 miles to 1 hour) Ron ran Interclub each week, sometimes running the 800m and 5000m on the same day. Seventeen world records says it all. In articles he has supported Australian coaches. - USAIN BOLT (JAM – 100 & 200m) World Junior and Senior sprint champ, Olympic gold medallist. Watch if he decides to run a 400m when very fit. He ran sub-46 as a junior. - MICHAEL JOHNSON (USA – 200 & 400m) Former world record holder in the 200 and 400. - EDWIN MOSES (USA – 400m hurdles) World records, World and Olympic champion. 108 races without a defeat! I saw him run 1.44.3 for a 4 X 800m relay leg. - AL OERTER (USA – Discus) Won several Olympic golds from 1956, could possibly have won another in Moscow but for the boycott. - MARITA KOCH (East GER – 400m) Ran a perfect race for the world record in the 1985 World Cup in Canberra.

- FLORENCE GRIFFITH-JOYNER (USA – 100m and 200m) Brilliant exhibition at the Olympics. - HERB ELLIOTT (1500m) Many coaches from overseas think that Herb’s 1960 Olympic gold medal is the greatest performance of all time. - YURI SEDYKE (RUS – Hammer) I stood beside the cage in Canberra whilst he threw and sat between him and Bondarchuk at a dinner in Sydney. Great athletes, both of them, also top coaches and sports scientists. - UDI BEYER (East GER – Shot put) I saw him do 40 throws between 20 and 22 metres at Laval University in Canada. Huge man, amazingly strong. - JONATHAN EDWARDS (UK – Triple jump) Three steps between wickets on a cricket pitch shows how good this man was. What is your current involvement in coaching, and in the sport in general? I have no active involvement in the sport, other than as a spectator when Peter Westwood can take me! I love to chat with former athletes and coaches, many of whom I’ve previously mentioned. Finally,what would you love to see happening in Australian athletics now? How could it happen? During the past forty years a lot of interschool sport disappeared, because competition of any kind became frowned upon. I’d love to see it return, in all areas of sport. Competing has to be learned, and it can only be learned by competing. This mirrors real life, after all – getting jobs, tertiary places, promotions, sales, grants and so on. Winning and losing isn’t all about being first, but “If I can’t be first, I’ll be second. If I can’t be second, I’ll be third. If I can’t do that, I’ll do better than I ever did before.” It was Franz Stampfl’s philosophy. It holds true today, and I’ve tried to emulate it. **AWARDS**           

Order of Australia (OAM) AA Life member ATFCA Life member ATFCA (Vic) Life member SSH Life member Oceania Merit Award 1st Henri Schubert Award – Coaching and Coach education ‘Leader’ Sports Star of Year – coaching Australian Coaching Council High Performance award IAAF lecturer Manager/coach – team coach of 14 Australian teams & 4 PNG teams

** PLACINGS ACHIEVED BY NORM OSBORNE-COACHED ATHLETES ** (Includes World championships, Olympics, Nationals and State Men & Women, country and University results in all age groups. Does not include results from the Pacific Islands.) FIRST PLACES 60m Vets 100m 200m 400m 110m, 100m, 90m hurdles 400m hurdles 800m 1500m 1500m steeple (U19)

1 15 13 71 11 40 35 34 1

3000m steeple Marathon Heptathlon Decathlon Modern Pentathlon 4 X 100m relay 4 X 200m relay 4 X 400m relay 4 X 800m relay

1 9 4 1 1 2 4 7 1

4 X 1500m relay 4 X 1 mile relay Medley – 800, 400, 2 X 200m 4km CC women 5km CC 10km CC 5km Road 10km Road 25km Road

2 1 1 2 3 3 3 3 2

SECOND & THIRD PLACES – 152 ** REPRESENTATIVE ATHLETES (Olympics, Commonwealth Games; IAAF World C’ships; IAAF World Cup; Pacific Conference Games; IAAF World Indoor c’ships; World Student, Junior and CC c’ships; Overseas National c’ships) COACHED BY NORM OSBORNE Ian Blackwood Bob Finlay (CAN) Rick Mitchell Don Hanly Mike Wilson Gary Bently Mike Hillardt Gary Minihan Don Wright Ken Gordon John Caliguri Dolph Francis Sharon Ellis

Steeple 5000m 400m, 4 X 400m GSB 400m, 4 X 400m 110mHurdles Cross country 800m, 1500m G 4 X 400m 110mHurdles 400mHurdles 110mHurdles 400mHurdles 400m G-Gold

Reid Pryor Peter Stubbs Gary Staines (UK) Kerri Baumgartner Rohan Robinson Margaret Leaney (Crowley) Steve Ellinghouse Mark Ladbrook Rod De Highden Donna Adamson Steve Hasker Erin Hewitt S-Silver

100m 4 X 400m 5000m, 10000m, c-country 800m, 4 X 400m 400mHurdles, 4 X 400m GB 800m, 1500m, c-cntry 800m, 1500m G 200m, 400m GS Cross country 400m G 400mHurdles S 4 X 400m


** In 1988, Norm Osborne was awarded a Certificate of Recognition by the British Amateur Athletic Board for his work in coaching Gary Staines to a place in the UK Olympic team.

Some of Norm Osborne’s internationals (clockwise from top left): Mike Hillardt, Rick Mitchell, Margaret Crowley, Gary Staines (UK) and Rohan Robinson.

CROSS COUNTRY SEASON 2015 ** XCR15 R7 … Cross country – 1 August, Brimbank Park Brimbank is an athletic challenge and some great performances were made at this meet. Congratulation to our girls who completed, but without sufficient numbers for a team. Whitney broke 24 minutes for the 6k at 24/178 and Sally ran a respectable 25.35. Ben Buckingham (35/332), Dan Mitchell, Sam Quirk, Jamie Wagstaff and Cameron Gatt broke 60 minutes, followed by Sam Spicer and Matt Herten. Luke Frazzetto pulled out due to a nagging injury. Cameron Gatt at the start of the race was just behind the leadership group, but suffered a recurrence of his nagging foot injury. Nevertheless, he completed the course. All round, a very strong day of performance, retaining the SSH dream of being part of the premier league. MO D1



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MD1 16km

Ben Buckingham Dan Mitchell Sam Quirk Jamie Wagstaff Cameron Gatt Sam Spicer Team 8th/10

55.44.8 58.30.2 58.38.6 58.54.4 59.40.2 61.48.3

MD6 16km

Matthew Herten


WD2 6km

Whitney Sharpe Sally Naylor Carmel Moorhead Team DNF

23.06.0 25.35.3 28.53.8

** XCR15 R8 … Ekiden Relays – 15 August, Anglesea/Surf Coast The Ekiden relay returned to AV competition after being withdrawn because of safety concerns at the Coliban course. The Anglesea course is a great venue, with sea views, challenging hills and a downhill finish. Anglesea has eliminated car shuffles and simplifies the organisation. I want to thank our two AV officials, Jake Pedley and Lachy Aspinall who came down to Anglesea after cutting short their morning work commitment. Wal reported in as sick in the morning, removing my usual support structure, but the SSH members pulled together and variously acted as team managers. I want also to thank all those who ran and then helped with the team sheets.




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9.8km 8.8km 7.9km 6.0km 5.2km 4.6km

Sam Quirk Jamie Wagstaff Cameron Clayton Ben Buckingham Tom Thorpe Sam Spicer Team 8th/10

MD1 -

WD2 37.31 31.11 29.28 24.30 17.50 16.40 2.37.10

9.8km 7.9km 6.0km 4.6km

Whitney Sharpe Sally Naylor Carmel Moorhead Alex Nolan Team 7th/10

40.17 37.21 32.28 23.53 2.13.59

MD6 9.8km 8.8km 7.9km 5.2km

Matt Herten Greg Schofield Brian Carter Niklaus Petersen Team 5th/10

39.22 47.55 36.00 24.10 2.27.27

** XCR15 R9 … Half Marathon – 6 September, Burnley Cold, still conditions provided ideal conditions for the running of the 2015 Burnley Half Marathon. We managed to field seven MO athletes, keeping our D1 position. Sam Quirk ran a confident, assertive race, and Luke Frazzetto ran a buster and finished second for SSH. MO D1


7/10 on the progressive ladder


Sam Quirk Luke Frazzetto Lachlan Connell Sam Spicer Jamie Wagstaff Team 8th/10

75.09.2 78.26.5 79.33.3 82.11.7 82.43.9


Matt Herten Cameron Clayton

82.55.8 87.37.7

Lachlan and Matt gave good account of themselves in the Half Marathon.

** XCR15 R10 … TAN Relays – 19 September, King’s Domain The Tan is the home of Melbourne running and holds special significance. We fielded six teams with many notable performances. Our three top MO runners broke the magic 12 minute mark and Whitney Sharpe came in under 14 minutes. I want to thank Sarah Hall, Michael Moorhead and Michael Goerke for volunteering to help SSH to provide three officials for AV. Congratulations to all SSH persons who competed and officiated at Round 10 at the Tan Relays on 19th September. In particular, our MO D1 managed to retain their place on the ladder 8/10, retaining our MO D1 position for 2016. The Tan and end of season rankings are: Tan

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Ben Buckingham Lachlan Connell Daniel Mitchell Jamie Wagstaff Kevin Craigie Lachlan Aspinall Team 8th/10

11.53 11.52 12.21 11.56 12.01 12.41 1.12.46

MD6 4 X 3.8km

Sam Quirk Tom Thorpe Sam Spicer Cameron Clayton Team 1st/11

13.20 12.05 12.46 12.35 50.46

MD7 (1) 4 X 3.8km

Luke Frazzetto Matt Herten Shaun Geraghty Alex Davis Team 3rd/22

12.52 14.09 12.47 14.51 54.39

MD7 (2) 4 X 3.8km

William Wright Brian Carter Niklaus Petersen Adam Tennant Team 13th/22

16.06 16.00 15.54 15.44 63.44

MD7 (3) 4 X 3.8km

Geoff Warner Team DNF


MD1 6 X 3.8km

WD2 4 X 3.8km

Whitney Sharpe Sally Naylor Francesca Cullity Rebecca Cato Team 7th/12

13.41 15.49 15.15 17.39 62.24

WD4 (inv) 3 X 3.8km

Carmel Moorhead Alex Nolan Clare Morgan (inv)

17.49 18.24 15.26 51.39

TAN Relays: Cameron (top), Niklaus, Francesca and Shaun drive for the finish. I want to thank all of those who competed, officiated and came to support SSH this season. In particular I want to thank the continuous support of Pat, Wal and Nick in the running of the SSH cross country season. This is indeed a team sport! It is inspirational to be part of such athletic accomplishment. My hope for the 2016 XC season is for SSH to retain its MO premier position and to lift our WO to that same division.

Greg Schofield Cross Country Captain

TRACK & FIELD SEASON 2015-16 Shield Competition results – Round 1 – October 10 2015 – Nunawading Well done to the members who’ve toed the line for SSH in the opening rounds. We hope numbers build up considerably as the season progresses. A huge thanks to SARAH HALL for her efforts with the Helpers’ roster, also to those helpers who have presented as needed. Your contribution is indispensable if the competition is to proceed.

WOMEN Division 2 Alex Nolan Whitney Sharpe Carmel Moorhead Alex Nolan Whitney Sharpe Carmel Moorhead

100m 400m 1500m

Under 18 14.66 62.80 66.57 68.01 4.52.5 6.14.4

No competitors

Under 14 No competitors


Division 2


Nick Tsiftelidis Cameron Clayton Cameron Clayton Sam Quirk Matt Herten

12.92 53.22 4.16.7 4.27.2 11.53.3


Cameron Clayton


100m 400m 1500m

Under 18 No competitors


Under 16 No competitors

Shield Competition results – Round 2 – October 24 2015 – Mount Evelyn


Division 2 200m 800m

Carmel Moorhead Carmel Moorhead

29.81 2.34.2


Sam Quirk Luke Frazzetto Jake Pedley

No competitors


Division 2 9.30.9 9.50.1 11.41.1

Under 18

Under 18 No competitors

Shield Competition results – Round 3 – October 31 2015 – Casey Fields


Division 2 100m 400m 1500m 4 X 100mR

Alex Nolan Carmel Moorhead Whitney Sharpe Carmel Moorhead Alex Nolan Whitney Sharpe Sally Naylor Carmel Moorhead Alex Nolan Carmel Moorhead Whitney Sharpe Sally Naylor

14.43 14.65 62.40 65.72 72.78 4.44.3 4.54.9 6.12.5

Kevin Craigie Lachlan Connell Ben Buckingham Lachlan Aspinall Sam Spicer Matt Herten Jake Pedley Brian Carter

Francesca Cullity




Division 2 1500m


Under 18

3.54.8 3.55.7 3.56.9 4.05.5 4.36.9 4.48.2 4.56.3 5.37.7

Under 18 No competitors


Shield Competition results – Round 4 – November 14 2015 – Nunawading


Division 2 800m

Whitney Sharpe Sally Naylor Carmel Moorhead

2.15.1 2.24.0 2.40.1

800m 5000m 4 X 400mR

Shot 7.26kg

Daniel Mitchell Jake Pedley Sam Spicer Luke Frazzetto Brian Carter Cameron Clayton Daniel Mitchell Nik Petersen Jake Pedley Cameron Clayton

No competitors


Division 2 1.59.6 2.18.3 17.36.3 18.25.8 20.47.4

Under 18 No competitors


Under 16 800m

4.03.9 9.17

Under 18

Niklaus Petersen


SCHOOL RESULTS ** AV All Schools T&F C’ships … 6-8 November, Lakeside Stadium MU14 1500m MU15 1500m MU16 1500m MU17 800m MU18 800m MU18 3000m MU20 5000m WU18 1500m

Fraser Rosman Gabe Taylor-Sands Locky McLeod Tom Webster Ben Barry Fergus Orr Michael McGuire Francesca Cullity

Wesley C Wesley C Wesley C Wesley C Wesley C Wesley C Wesley C Sacre Coeur

4.34.40 4.21.10 4.25.82 2.05.68 1.59.37 9.50.29 16.28.66 5.14.41

5th final 5th final PB 8th final 6th final 5th final PB 7th final 2nd final PB 6th final

AV Track & Field Titles 2015-16 ** AV 5000m C’ship … 19 November, Lakeside Stadium A good SSH presence, with an especially strong performance from Ben, in an event which, sadly, no longer commands a place among the other AV middle distance title events. The 5000m (one of the many distances Ron Clarke made his own) should be seen by as wide an audience as possible at championship time. MO 5000m

Ben Buckingham Kevin Craigie Sam Quirk Michael McGuire Luke Frazzetto

14.39.77 15.06.70 15.27.17 15.56.64 16.59.55


*OTHER MEETINGS * ** Gold Coast Marathon Alice’s marathon time breaks Shirley Young’s Club record by 22m 15s … a terrific result. Well done, Alice! 5 July, Gold Coast QLD

Alice Craigie

3h 05m 25s


** Milers Club A good night for SSH with 8 of our 10 starters returning PB’s. 10 November, Lakeside Std

800mW 800mM

Carmel Moorhead Lachlan Connell Cameron Clayton

2.30.3 1.53.3 1.57.3


3000mW 3000mM

Whitney Sharpe Ben Buckingham Kevin Craigie Tom Thorpe Lachlan Aspinall Dan Mitchell Sam Spicer

10.04.1 8.22.4 8.25.1 8.41.4 8.44.0 9.04.6 9.30.5



October – Graeme Rose, Alex MacCallum, Graeme & Kevin Craigie, Lachlan Aspinall, Cameron Gatt, Stephen Rennick, Nolene Schofield, Peter Westwood, Anne Spence, Chirath Pathirana, Alex Berry, Rebecca Cato, Shaun Geraghty, Jasmine Kwon, Fergus Orr November – Ben Buckingham, Matthew Nolan, James Christensen, Stuart Cooper, Jacqui Bull, Martin Hall, Hasalanka Fernando, Louisa White December – Shirley Young, David McNair


And, to close, the latest on the fortunes of our ‘prodigal triathlete’, SARAH LESTER:

Sarah is building an imposing CV in this sport, one in which she has readily acknowledged that her strongest leg is her running. We wish her the best of luck in her future competitions whilst hoping to see her back in SSH colours before long.

If anyone you know would like the book, St. Stephen’s Harriers – 100 Years I will be happy to post them a copy. Cost: $30 (reduced) plus $6 postage. Contact: Wal Robinson Mobile: 0417 338 035 Tel: (03) 9585 5545 Cheques should be made payable to St. Stephen’s Harriers.

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