Race Reports

Tan Relays Wrap-up

Saturday the 15th of September saw the 2018 running of the Tan relays and the end of the XCR season for another year which made some sad, some nostalgic and some as excited as your correspondent’s eldest daughter at her kindergarten fairy dress up day. Saturday the 15th of September also saw a very busy Tan track where car spaces were at a premium.

Running Against The Wind

Claire won the socks at Ballarat!

“Against the wind
We were runnin' against the wind
We were young and strong, we were runnin'
against the wind”

- Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

When thinking of world famous lakes there may be a number that spring straight to mind including those such as Lake Michigan, Loch Lomond, Loch Ness or even Lake Eyre here in Australia. However, a lake that has, depending on your point of view, become either famous or infamous for members of the Malvern Harriers is Lake Wendouree in Ballarat, home of the Athletics Victoria’s 15km annual road race.

‘Old Man Harvey’ Makes His Own Luck

“If It Wasn’t for Bad Luck, I Wouldn’t Have No Luck At All”
Born Under a Bad Sign – Albert King

Whether you’re Albert King or just running at Albert Park Lake, luck, like other things, just happens. Some people believe you make your own luck, some people believe they were born unlucky, some believe fortune favours the brave. As a gust of wind blew my car door into the neighbouring car at Chadstone Shopping Centre last week causing over $800 damage, this and other events - including the performance of a few Malvern Harriers at this years Athletics Victoria Albert Park road 10km - had your correspondent wondering about luck and the double-edged sword role it plays in sport.

Jono Wins Nim Gorrie

Jonathon Rau won the 2017 Nim Gorrie Handicap

With forecasted rain in the afternoon the beautiful morning soon subsided, but this didn’t deter eighteen Malvern Harrier runners and half a dozen officials, coaches and supporters from attending the prestigious Nim Gorrie Memorial handicap in Oakleigh South on Saturday the 6th of May 2017.

Malvern ‘Jells’ For Opening Round Of XCR

Tracey Austin was Malvern’s fastest woman at Jells Park.

Malvern had a good start to the XCR season at the Jells Park relays on Saturday, with five teams entered for a total of twenty two runners. With the temperature hovering around 21°C, the two laps of the 3km cross country course were dry and the runners were sweaty.

Our women's division two team finished sixth. Eilidh Grigg, despite the warm conditions, improved on her time from last year, followed by a strong run from Amy Hessell, Tracey Austin with the fastest time of 23:16, and new president Michelle Jelleff.

Winter Season Heats Up At Wandin

Jaco Kukkuk in fine form.

It was a unseasonal 25°C for the second race on the XCR calendar but this did not deter the Malvern Harriers who posted some terrific results. This year brought some changes to the short distance cross country event with the venue moving to the Wandin Park Equestrian Centre in the Yarra Valley and the open women’s race being extended to 6km.

One Last Hurrah At The Tan

It was a beautiful spring morning at the Tan for the final round of XCR15, with Malvern fielding five teams in the iconic relay race.

Damien Bertram, first runner in our men’s division three team, ran our fastest time for the day (13:23). Despite strong runs from Jaco Kukkuk, Ash Snowden, Dan Halliday and Chris Scully, the team finished eleventh in what was a very competitive race. 

Meanwhile, Nicki Macfarlane (16:07) ran a blistering pace as the first leg of our women’s division two team, ably supported by Eimear Fox, Sophia Hanlon and Colette Hanlon.

Harriers Cruising Along Yarra Boulevard

Marcus Boxall and Jaco Kukkuk at the Burnley Half Marathon.

The Burnley Half Marathon was run on the weekend in excellent running conditions.

Marcus (79:33) led our men home followed closely by Jaco (79:59). Marcus and Jaco both ran personal bests moving them to first and third respectively on our men’s road ladder. Anthony (80:26) finished strongly powering past Damien (80:39) late in the race to finish third. With four runners required to comprise the Division 3 team in this race, this is a great result indeed.