Race Reports

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.

Trails And Tribulations

The XCR competition headed down to surf coast for the return of the Ekiden Relay. The trails at Anglesea were unanimously considered challenging but enjoyable by the bunch of hardy Harriers who made the journey.

Unfortunately our numbers were thin due to injuries, with makeshift men’s division three and four teams and an invitational women’s division two team cobbled together.

Harriers Tackle The Col de Brimbank

Malvern's hardiest athletes headed out to Brimbank Park on Saturday for round seven of the XCR competition.

First up were the open women over 6km with one climb of the Col de Brimbank. Tracey Austin was first home in 26:05 with Nicki Macfarlane not far behind in 27:13. Completing the women's team with strong runs were Caroline Howard (31:48) and Jay Wright (34:30).

Damien & Eimear Win At Nortons

Damien Bertram and Eimear Fox

Malvern headed out to Nortons Park for the third club race of the season, the 8km cross country, with the Trevor Robbins Handicap and the William Donald Championship up for grabs. With Little Athletics and Glenhuntly also booked into the park on the day, setting up was a challenge, but thanks to the help of Glenhuntly we were able to get racing.

A Day At The Races

Malvern had a good day out at Sandown Racecourse for the XCR road relays. Twenty three Malvern athletes turned up to race despite a forecast of torrential rain. Fortunately, the rain held off except for a light sprinkling on the leg three runners.

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