Race Reports

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.

Harriers Zoom Around Albert Park

Round 5 of XCR was the 10km road race at Albert Park, where perfect conditions made for a fast race.

In the 10km race, first home for Malvern were Shaun Green in 34:49 and Colette Hanlon in 44:33. At least three PBs were lowered, including Marcus Boxall (35:37), Jaco Kukkuk (37:39), and Chris MacGregor (40:34). John Williams (37:48) was first and Caroline Howard (50:55) sixth in their age categories. Colette Hanlon was the winner of the Sock Award.

Lake Wendouree Was A Breeze

Tracey Austin finished fourth overall at Lake Wendouree

Malvern had a good outing in Ballarat, with nineteen Harriers competing in the road race around Lake Wendouree. Cold and windy conditions made for a tough day, but our athletes still posted some very good times. Both open men and women competed together in the 15km race.

Our fastest run of the day was from David Jimenez (representing Box Hill) who ran 52:03, who was closely followed by Shaun Green in 52:07. The rematch in round 5 at Albert Park could be a classic.

Next home was Tracey Austin who finished fourth overall, with the amazing time of 54:02.

Damien Back In Form

Nim Gorrie winner Damien Bertram with winter captain Dan Halliday

Damien Betram showed that he is well and truly on the comeback trail with an impressive win in the 6.4km Nim Gorrie Handicap at Karkarook Park. Tony Purdy and Chris MacGregor both ran strongly to take the minor placings.

Damien’s time of 22:28 was bested only by Shaun Green who ran 21:46. Tracey Austin was the fastest woman with a 23:26, with Nicki MacFarlane second fastest with 26:57.

Lardner Park No Barrier For Harriers

Marcus Boxall jumps the fence at Lardner Park

The Harriers had a good trip to the country for Round 2 of XCR at Lardner Park, with 14 runners taking on the challenging course.

First up were our men in the 8km, with Shaun Green once again Malvern's fastest with a time of 31:11. John Williams (32:20) took first place in the 60+ age group. Jaco Kukkuk is in good form and ran 33:39, earning himself the coveted "Sock award". Good runs from several runners meant that we finised second in division three.

Tracey Flies At Jells Park

Tracey Austin ran 22:00 to be sixth fastest overall

The XCR'15 season kicked off last Saturday with the cross country relays at Jells Park. Malvern was well represented with three complete teams for both the men's and women's competitions.

Conditions were almost perfect which made for good running, however this wasn't always reflected in the times as a course change at the western end added some extra distance.

With the relays attracting 344 teams, a record for the event, it was a tough competition with our teams finishing middle of the road. We did, however, have some excellent individual performances.

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