A HUGE weekend of running for team AE with lots of members out in force donning the club colours over a variety of events. The weekend was filled with PBs, first timers and gold medals showing that all the training post Christmas is paying off.
Orange Running Festival:
Trekking out to Orange for the 4 hour journey was Rose Vetich who toed the line for the Orange Colour City Half Marathon. Rose set herself a target time of 1:45 and absolutely smashed her own expectations over the hilly course finishing in an amazing time of 1:39:16. This performance saw Rose finish an impressive 43rd overall (men and women), and 10th female and hitting the podium for a 3rd place in the 40-49 age group.
A popular and well run event which also took place in Athletics East backyard and training ground at Centennial Park, team AE were there in large numbers.
The team had entrants in both the 4km and 7km cross country courses and wiped the podium in nearly all categories:
- Sally Hanna 15:57 1st over 17 Female
- Darren Free 15:52 4th over 17 Male
- Wayne Morgan 35:19 5th male 50 – 59
- Jim Box 31:57 1st 60 – 69
- Mike Parker 1st, 30:39, 50-59
- Daniel Novak 24th, 32:26, U/50
- Fiona Stapleton 2nd, 38:57, Open
NSW Masters Championships – Newcastle
Rounding out the weekend was the NSW Masters Champs held in Newcastle and a small yet competitive team made the journey down for the weekend of athletics. 5 athletes were out in force spanning from sprints through to the middle distance events. Rona MacNiven took to the track in the 800m and came away with a gold medal.
In the sprints Matt Lynch was absolutely flying running 8:05 in the 60m heat and an impressive 8:07 into a -1.9 headwind in the final. Matt also fronted for the lactate creating, lung bursting 400m as well over the weekend placing 5th in the final in 57.16 in what is a very competitive age group (45-49).
A short commentary from some of the members who participated over the weekend is below:
Mark Gregory – 5000m (m40-44) – GOLD – 17:26
With a PB of 16:58 for the 5000m Mark and Pete thought he was in good shape to lower. He planned to run something around 16:40. That pace equates to a nice round 80 secs per lap or 3:20mins/km. The weather was warm but not too hot and the breeze was gentle. The field was not particularly deep and it was clear from the start that Mark would be running from the front. He set off on target pace but could not maintain it. Mark reported that “after 2km the legs really didn’t want to play nicely today!”
Mark finished in a time of 17:26, which still placed him first in his 40-44 age group and rewarded him with a shiny gold medal.
Jude Gregory – 5000m – (w40-44) – GOLD – 20:37:89
Whilst Jude had one of those races we all experience, when after a few laps your mind wants to you run one way but your body had other plans. She looked comfortable in the early stages of the race, and was even seen to communicate with the lap scorers on passing the start line. Towards the later parts of the race, after 3km, the increasing heat combined with the lack of race preparation saw Jude’s lap times slide a little. Although Jude looked as though she had put in a good effort after the race, her fluent running style did not reflect this during the race, with a well-deserved gold medal run Jude taking away 3 great positives out of her return to the track:
1. I didn’t stop
2. I DID get a medal (my precious shiny thing)
3. I got within 20sec of previous best without losing control of any main bodily functions.
I am especially proud of number 3.
And what’s NOT to love about the Masters champs? So much physio tape holding everyone together and so much love in the arena.
Can’t wait to the next race.
Chamkaur Dhaliwal- 40-44 – 800m GOLD: 2:04:40, 1500m GOLD: 4:13:37
Chamkaur ‘I want to be an official lap-scorer like Ris’ Dhaliwal doubled up on the weekend with running 2 events and lap scoring the 5000m as well, at the NSW Master’s champs in Glendale, Newcastle.
The weather was warm and the early cloud had well and truly disappeared by Sat afternoon. Despite some knee niggles, Chammy came through strongly with 800m in 2.04.60 min, broken down into 200m splits of 29.17, 31.15, 30.88, 33.28 seconds. The first 600m was his quickest this season, so he was on track for a season’s best 800m. Unfortunately the monkey (also known as lactic acid) got the better of him and he came home in 33sec for the last 200m, although still placed first in the race.
The 1500m saw a good field of around 10 runners go out strongly. Because of the windy conditions, Chammy planned a 1km effort after 300m into the race, aiming at 2.41 for the 1km. This turned out a little slower due to the wind, at 2.45. However, Chammy kept a consistent pace and led the race from 300m onwards. He won the race convincingly and also kept the race commentator guessing about the pronunciation of his name.