May 2011 Newsletter - West Australian Marathon Club

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May 2011 Newsletter - West Australian Marathon Club

JUNE 2011

NEWSLETTER

WEST AUSTRALIAN MARATHON CLUB

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

NUTRITION FOR RUNNERS

PARIS, LONDON

THE LURE OF EUROPE

SIX WEEKS OR SIX FOOT

SPEED AND ULTRA

RUN FOR fun and fitness, ANY PACE, ANY DISTANCE

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TAble of CONTENTS

With word about the Darlington half marathon spreading, a large contingent turn up to compete. Photo credit: Christina Bartels

Contents

2011 Committee Contact Details .........................................................4

Club Clothing............................................................................... 4

Letter from the Editor ..................................................................5

WAMC Training Groups .................................................................6

2011 WAMC Championship Series ............................................................. 6

President’s Report – June 2011 ..........................................................7

Our Special Day .......................................................................8

Passion for Distance ...................................................................9

Road Runner’s Etiquette . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Bon Jour to the Marathon ..............................................................11

6 Foot Track Marathon ................................................................12

Greenwich Means Time ................................................................14

Iron, Every Runner’s Secret Weapon .....................................................15

Forty Two Days .......................................................................16

Race Results.........................................................................17

Swan Twilight ............................................................................. 17

Darlington Half ........................................................................... 18

Neil Hawkins ............................................................................. 20

Mt Helena 40 Miler ........................................................................ 22

Asics Bridges Fun Run ...................................................................... 24

Perth 32 .................................................................................. 26

Brooks Challenge Fun Run .................................................................. 28

Service Directory .....................................................................30

Produced by the West Australian Marathon Club. Editor: Kim Ribbink

Design: Media on Mars

Cover photo: Bruce Sommerville

Competitors in the Neil Hawkins 5km get into their stride. Photo credit: Bruce Sommerville

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2011 Committee Contact Details

Letter from the Editor

POSITION NAME WORK PHONE MOBILE PHONE EMAIL

Administrator Eldon George 9472 4833 wamc@ wamc.org.au

President Evan Kolbe 9227 8022 0437 206 250 evan@kolbesystems.com.au

Financial Gary Carlton 9361 5358 0408 440 120 gary.carlton@carlton-surveys.com.au

Sponsorship Bob Braid 9227 7281 0419 004 935 runners@bigpond.net.au

Special Events John Pettersson 0408 924 555 madgep@bigpond.net.au

Race Programme Phil Webb 9425 2376 0413 327 287 prwebb@optusnet.com.au

Public Relations Ray Lampard 0437 625 811 raymond@breakyourlimits.com

Membership Geraldine Carlton 0414 930 481 Geraldine.Carlton@health.wa.gov.au

Social

Equipment Mike Kelly 0403 832 427 mikelinoz@iinet.net.au

Newsletter Kim Ribbink 9364 9590 0410 669 245 kimribbink@iinet.net.au

John Pettersson, Vice President

Evan Kolbe, WARWSA Representative

Kim Ribbink, WA Sports Federation Representative

Club Clothing

WAMC clothing can be purchased from the office, at Wednesday night training runs at the Clubrooms and

at some club runs.

NEW Brooks dark blue t-shirt-$45

NEW Brooks men’s white singlet-$35

NEW Brooks men’s white and dark blue singlet $40

NEW Brooks women’s white t shirt- $40

Some of the lighter blue Brooks singlets are still available, see the ‘merchandise’ page on our website

www.wamc.org.au

Also sports bags ($35), stubbie holders ($5), stick pins($5), club history ($15) and old event singlets and

t-shirts ($5).

Hello Runners,

It’s been another busy quarter for the WAMC with

some of our biggest races, including The Bridges and

the Challenge Fun Run, taking place. These are huge

undertakings but also a great opportunity to encourage

the wider community to take up running. The Bridges

attracted a huge turnout. There were more than 1,00

entrants for the 10km course and more than 600 for

the 5km.

For me, it was both exciting and extraordinarily

stressful as I was foolhardy enough to step up to the

job of Bridges Race Director. The success on the

day can only be attributed to the very many fantastic

helpers who gave up their time over the weekend

to set up the race, get it under way, marshal, assist

runners, organise the equipment and help to pack up.

But, to be honest, I was very glad at 1pm on Sunday

when the truck had been returned and I could put my

feet up, but I did feel a great sense of achievement

(although I admit that running is infinitely less taxing).

With the hot summer behind us, the season of the

marathon is upon is in earnest. For the WAMC, it

means our marquee event, the Perth Marathon. Perth

is one of the flattest and therefore fastest courses

open to runners and a great opportunity to set a PB, so

what are you waiting for?

The lure of overseas and interstate marathons is

always there, and I must admit that I am joining the

away crowd to tackle the Gold Coast Marathon in July,

my first trip to the Gold Coast.

Others have pounded the pavements and roads in

more exotic destinations over the past few months.

Club members have competed at Boston, Paris,

Zurich, London and some smaller events such as

Rotary Shakespeare Marathon in Stratford-upon-Avon,

the Bard’s old stomping ground. No doubt there have

been many others competing in marathons I’m not

aware of, so please do let us know what you’re doing

and feel free to send in a report.

This issue includes reports from a couple of those

– Lena Inkson doing her first marathon in Paris,

and Kevin Hewitt in London (another Big Kev, not to

be confused with Kevin “Motor Mouth” Matthews,

entertainer and writer of the Darlington Half report).

No issue would be complete without at least one

article on the ultra-distance, and this issue features

a report from Jodie Oborne on the 6 Foot Track. Jodie

travelled to the Blue Mountains for the 6 Foot with a

highly dubious crowd known in the hills as the C Team

(C for Comrades) or the white cockatoos because of

their raucous chatter. The C Team has managed to

attract some serious street cred with the addition

of the incredible Chris O’Neill. (Actually, they all run

faster than yours truly, but who is counting?)

Chris smashed the previous record for the current 40

Miler course – a very tough, hilly, windy, hot run on

uneven terrain in Mount Helena. Despite his mammoth

running schedule, Chris managed to find time to write

a delightful report for the WAMC Newsletter on the 40

Miler and throw in a few speed sessions on his way to

Comrades, coming fourth at Challenge in mid-May.

Running is not only about the races we run, but the

way we train and how we look after our bodies. Glynis

Hourquebie (another C Teamer – they are prolific) has

prepared an insightful article on road etiquette , which

is well worth reading if you ever run on roads. They

say you are what you eat, and that’s probably truer

for runners than anyone, so David Bryant, a budding

nutritionist and excellent runner (2:57:39 at Zurich, his

debut marathon), has written an excellent piece about

the importance of iron and the runner.

What issue would be complete without

an article from the witty and talented

Jon Kappler (coffee as payment will be

fine, JK), who this issue gives some

very valuable advice on improving your

pace (I’ll definitely be putting that one

to the test).

Thanks also to Eldon George, our Office

Administrator, for putting together The

Bridges report for me among many

other things. His help is very much

appreciated.

Kim Ribbink

Newsletter Editor (2011)

WAMC

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WAMC Training Groups President’s Report – June 2011

Point Walter

Intervals Session

WAMC Clubrooms

Joondalup

Kings Park

Novice Runners Sessions

8 km time trials, 6.00 pm every Monday. Point Walter Kiosk.

Dick Bloom 9337 7796.

5.30 pm every Tuesday, Alderbury St Reserve, Perry Lakes

Cost $2.00 per person per session payable to coach Jon Kappler

at session. WAMC Office 9472 4833.

(Burswood Water Sports Centre) Camfield Drive, Burswood.

6 km + 5.30 pm every Wednesday. WAMC Office 9472 4833.

People run in informal groups, depending on their preferred pace and distance – if

you’re a newcomer, ask around. The 5.30 start time is fairly nominal, but until you

get the hang of things, it would be a good idea to be punctual. Also, the bar opens

after the run, and there’s a lot of socialising. On the third Wednesday of every

month, a BYO food BBQ is held.

5 km to 15 km, Northern Suburbs Running Group.

Chris Kowalski 9300 2540 (Mobile 0403 020 434), Alli Ratcliffe 0450 842 011.

Meet in the car park adjacent to Sticky Beak’s Cafe in Kings Park at 7am every

Saturday for an 8.3km circuit. Contact John Pettersson on 0408 924 555.

WAMC Clubrooms, 5.30 pm every Wednesday (as above).

Joondalup, Northern Suburbs Running Group (as above).

While both members and non-members are welcome at these sessions, regular attendees are encouraged to

join the Club.

2011 WAMC Championship Series

The 2011 championship series is again upon us. To be in contention, all members must compete in at least eight

events except those aged over 60, who have to do a minimum of five events, and for those aged under 16, who

have to do at least three events of 5km or under (and these can be any 5km or under Club events, not just those

listed below).

Hello to all members,

Welcome to the busy season of Fun Runs. With the

Asics Bridges Fun Run and Challenge Fun Run done

and dusted we have a string of great runs coming up.

Bridges Fun Run

A big well done to our debutant Race Director and

Newsletter Editor Kim Ribbink for organising a great

Asics Bridges Fun Run. Kim not only organised the

fun run but also a new format newsletter. Keep up the

great work Kim!

Happy 1st Anniversary Eldon!

How time flies when we are having fun. Well done to

our full-time Sports Administrator Eldon George; it will

be his one year anniversary the day before the Perth

Marathon.

Upgrade to club rooms

If you’re visiting our club rooms make sure you

around. Our trusted Special Events Coordinator John

Pettersson (JP) has done a fantastic job in upgrading

the club rooms with new flat screen televisions,

projectors and sound system.In particular, I’d like to

encourage you to visit the memorial wall, near the

new boat ramp, which will be named after the late Col

Junner. A special opening of the Col Junner Wall will

be organised in the upcoming months. The purpose of

the wall is to honour / remember deceased members

who have contributed significantly to the club.

Perth Marathon

The big one is almost here again, so good luck to all

those who are planning to run the Perth Marathon

on the 19th June. Don’t forget for those who are

interested in the relay, pay attention to the new

distances as we’ve had to make some changes due

to traffic congestion. For all the members who would

still like to be a part of this unique run through

volunteering please contact me as the help would be

much appreciated by all the

runners.

I look forward to seeing you on

marathon day!

Running regards

Evan Kolbe

President’s Report - June 2011

Race Km Date

Christ Church 12 9 Jan

Burswood Twilight 5 16 Jan

Matilda Bay Run 10 23 Jan

Point Walter Run 16 13 Feb

Swan Twilight 5 6 Mar

Darlington Half Marathon 21.1 13 Mar

Neil Hawkins Park Run 10 20 Mar

Asics Bridges Fun Run 10 10 Apr

Perth 32 32 1 May

Brooks Challenge Fun Run 10 15 May

Lake Monger 10 12 Jun

Race Km Date

Perth Marathon 42.2 19 Jun

Lake Joondalup 10 17 Jul

Asics Run for Gold 10 24 Jul

Perth Half Marathon 21.1 7 Aug

Pancake Run 15 14 Aug

Fremantle Fun Run 10 11 Sep

Fremantle Half Marathon 21.1 25 Sep

Brooks Rottnest Marathon 42.2 23 Oct

John Gilmour 10 km Track 10 4 Nov

Peninsula Run 10 20 Nov

Deepwater Point Run 15 27 Nov

Founders 10 miler 16.1 4 Dec

City Beach Run 8 18 Dec

CLUB MATTERS

Membership renewal

A reminder to all members to renew your

membership in order to continue to enjoy

membership benefits, including discounted race

entries, use of the club rooms for Wednesday

evening runs and other club organised events.

Directors Needed

With a packed racing calendar, the WAMC is

struggling to find race directors for all our races.

Please consider stepping forward to take on this

rewarding role so that we can continue to offer a

full calendar of races.

POSITION VACANT

The WAMC is seeking a Social Coordinator

to join the 2011 Committee. Please

consider volunteering for this rewarding

and important position. Contact Evan

Kolbe on evan@kolbesystems.com.au to

find out more

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Our Special Day

Passion for Distance

Review by Richard Russell. Book by Julia Thorn

Perth Marathon 2011

When: 19th June

Where: WAMC Club Rooms

Distance: Full Marathon/

Relay Marathon & Kids Marathon

More Info: www.wamc.org.au

Contact: 9472 4833

Don’t call her crazy! If you have ever run more than a

few marathons or indeed exceeded running a healthy

five or ten kilometres per day, you are on the same

slippery slide: a victim of the victory of passion over

reason. And with 100 marathons under her shoes,

Julia has the sense to add the word ‘passion’ to the

very title of her book. Don’t try to explain it Julia, just

do it and tell us about it. We are right with you!

This is a great travelogue of marathon running

experiences that covers many marathons great and

small all over the world. Not all the 100 marathons

are detailed; that would fill a few volumes no doubt.

But we travel to marathons in the steamy tropics

of Singapore, Phuket and Brunei to the outback of

Australia, temperate New Zealand and chilly Utah.

The big city marathons are there too with their tens of

thousands of runners, together with little Christmas

Island Marathon with just three finishers. She has

run them all and is also to be congratulated for such

a feat of remembering and documenting the races

in such vivid and colourful detail. She certainly has a

passion for writing along with the running. So many of

the stories ring true to the life of a runner, particularly

when competing alone in exotic places. Many of us

who have also dabbled on the road-not-Australian

will empathise instantly with her comments and

experiences.

But it’s not a book on the science of running. Detailed

training programmes, nutrition and fluid intake,

catalogues of injuries and what to do about them are

absent or treated in passing, like parts of the scenery

along the hard, old road to the magic 100. Some of

the marathons she describes, such as the Sydney,

Melbourne and indeed our own Perth and Bunbury

marathons, will strike a chord with many of us West

Aussies. We may also have run these courses and

perhaps been in the very races in which Julia took part

and describes so well.

She has also run the ‘down’ Comrades in South Africa

in 2005. This unusually long race cannot count towards

her 100 marathons, but she takes a chapter in the

book to describe her Comrades experience with great

accuracy and good will. Her time of under 9h 30m is

excellent, particularly considering the race was just

10 days after the Stockholm Marathon, which she

completed in 3h 47m, and all the travel in between.

Well done Julia, you definitely ‘get it’! After Comrades,

she reports that her training techniques and approach

to running were never quite the same again. I think

this tends to happen with many folks. The big ‘C’

changes us in small ways, but changes us forever.

The word ‘accessible’ comes to mind in this book.

All that Julia has done is ‘accessible’ to the ordinary

runner. She is not in the elite class, she has three

children (and her husband, Denis, must be one

fantastic bloke) and she completed her 100 marathons

while in her 40’s and 50’s. She seems to say ‘hey, come

on, you can do it too…or at least give it a go’. She has

taken her chances when they came along, clearly given

up much to fulfil her passion and this book is perhaps

a fitting monument to a great goal, well achieved.

Crazy runner? Yup, I reckon. But just take a look in the

mirror. Maybe there lurks another one in the making!

Julia Thorn enjoys a training run in preparation for one of her

100 marathons.

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Road Runner’s Etiquette

Bon Jour to the Marathon

By Glynis Hourquebie

By Lena Inkson

I came to be writing this article because of opening my

mouth and commenting that not all runners seem to

know which side of the road they should be running

on. This was following one of our regular Saturday

morning runs in the hills, where I was overheard by

the newsletter editor. (Editor’s Note: be careful what

you say around the editor, or you too may find yourself

coerced into an article.)

As the C team running group, we run most Saturdays

on the trails in the hills. When running on the trails or

cycle paths the runners are all well-behaved and keep

to the left as they should. Sometimes our route takes

us onto the road and this is where things go wrong.

The group splits and some runners run on the left and

some on the right. On hitting the road there seems to

be a trend to run on the right-hand side of the road,

facing oncoming traffic (which is correct), but if a car

approaches then a part of the group inevitably splits to

the left. This causes confusion for the motorist.

So in summary, on trails and shared cycle parks, keep

left and on the road, keep right to face the oncoming

traffic.

I carried out a fair bit of Internet “Googling” to ensure

that these facts are correct. In doing so I came across

some interesting articles and blogs. Some cyclists

and motorists are not particularly pro running but this

comes as no surprise to runners!

Some simple Do’s and Don’ts from the running for

dummies.com website:

• Don’t wear headphones

• Do run against the traffic

• Do make yourself visible

• Don’t challenge cars to a race

• Beware of stopped cars turning

• Do run with others

As a reminder these are the Basic Road Running Rules

as they appear in the WAMC Program:

1. You must obey all road traffic laws and directions

given by the police and the event marshals. To

ensure your safety and that of everyone else in the

race, the use of headphones or any musical device

is strongly discouraged. Any use of headphones is

a safety hazard since such use may compromise

a participant’s ability to hear critical safety and/

or directional instructions, especially instructions

that may arise in an emergency situation. This is

a REAL safety concern and not just a perceived

one; there have been many cases of women being

attacked on the streets whilst wearing headphones

and we have had many instances of participants not

following marshals instructions due to wearing of

headphones.

2. Always run on the right hand side of the road unless

directed otherwise. Run with the two C’s in mind -

Caution and Common sense. Runners do not have

the right of way, so don’t expect it. In a collision the

runner will be the loser every time.

3. Be courteous to your fellow runners:

DO NOT push or shove

DO NOT cut off other runners

DO NOT speed past other runners and prop in front

of them.

I’ve read that every marathoner has his or her first

marathon story. If they’ve run a lot, they might forget

the details of other races, but the first marathon lives

on in their mind - each and every mile. Most find that

marathon running is like eating a bag of potato chips

– it’s nearly impossible to stop after just one. Well, we

shall see! Here is my story of the Paris Marathon, 10th

April 2011.

I started running in December 2009 after being

inspired watching the Busselton Ironman in early

December 2009. My first race was the WAMC 8km city

beach run, which took me 57mins 14secs. From then

my goals have changed and times have improved.

I conquered by first 5k, 10k, and half marathon. I

remember discussing the marathon with my partner

Scott Thomson and friend Ray Lampard from Break

Your Limits, and saying “I could never do that”!

Last October my sister said she was going to race the

Paris Marathon in April 2011. Before I knew it I had

entered online and put it as my Facebook status (which

means you have to do it!) and that was the beginning!

Training started in January, which was great as my

Mum, who is a keen runner and former marathoner,

was here on holiday, so I had her as a running partner,

along with my friend Jo who I met through running.

I followed a training plan with Ray, which suited

me perfectly. I ran the Busselton Half Marathon in

February in 1:54:56, which I was delighted with.

Unfortunately, three weeks before the marathon I

developed shin splints and required intensive physio.

This meant no running and only cross training for

a couple of weeks! A few tears were shed over this,

it was so frustrating, all that hard work and now an

injury. Regardless, off to Paris I went.

I was very excited to see my sister, Lynn, her fiancé,

and my three best friends who came over to Paris from

Scotland. We had a few nice days of Paris in the spring

time, which involved, shopping, coffee, croissants,

baguettes then rest pre-marathon.

DJs. Then the gun went, though it was18 minutes

before we made it to the start line. We ran away from

the Arc de Triomphe past the Place de la Concorde

and the Louvre, and I knew that I was so lucky to be

running my first marathon in beautiful Paris.

I ran with my sister, who is a stronger runner than

me and doing her second marathon, for the first half.

Just before the half marathon marker I remember her

saying “the next hour is going to be the hardest. You’ll

get through it and then you’re almost there”. And off

she ran, almost managing a negative split.

I ran well to the 25km mark but I was having

problems with my feet and calves and had to walk a

bit. An orange at the 30km mark picked me up, but

unfortunately I had to run/walk the last 10km. But

the support from the spectators was incredible. Even

though they were shouting in French, I could hear my

name at the end of the sentence, and the constant

entertainment was uplifting. I kept reminding myself I

was there to enjoy it, and I smiled and looked strong at

every photo opportunity.

Then I saw the finish line. 4hours, 55mins and

29seconds later it was all over. I had made it!

That evening we went up the Eiffel Tower to watch the

sunset over the “City of Love” and have champagne

flutes – the perfect ending to the day. I can now say “I

am a marathon runner”.

Our hotel was a 5-minute walk to the starting line, and

once on the start line, I reminded myself to enjoy the

race. That was the reason I was doing it after all.

Photo credit: Members of the C Team run on the right side of

the road, as safety dictates, during a hills training run along

Mundaring Weir Road. Photo credit: Dennis Tan

The atmosphere was truly electric -- 40,000 runners,

and over 100,000 spectators, music, dancers, bands,

Lena Inkson soaks in the atmosphere at Paris during her first

marathon. Photo credit: Maindru Photos

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6 Foot Track Marathon 6 Foot Track Marathon

By Jodie Oborne

This iconic event separates the fit from the seriously

fit. The descent down the slippery, uneven rocky steps

into Nellie’s Glen is just the start of the challenge.

The track passes through a World Heritage listed area

and varies from narrow, rocky track near the start, to

meadows, sandy gravel track and dirt fire-trail road

with a number of hills (big and small) and rivers (big

and small).

Attendees from WA included some who had done the

track a number of times and are constantly drawn

back, and a number, myself included, who were doing

this event for the first time. We are very fortunate to

have such a great running community in WA and I was

able obtain a lot of valuable information on the course

during training runs on the trails and over coffee and

pastries after.

It was great fun to regroup with WA runners and

supporters in the Blue Mountains over the course of

the weekend. The first meeting was at the Carrington

Hotel in Katoomba, the official venue for collection

of your race kit. Our next gathering was the following

morning at the start line and the camaraderie

continued for the rest of the day.

There is no doubt that this event is challenging. I

took it easy descending into Nellie’s glen in the cool

mist amongst dripping vegetation and slippery steps,

knowing that in the past runners had ended their

race here. The day soon warmed up and by the time

most runners reached Cox’s river, 15km into the race,

a wade into the cool water was welcome relief. One

runner was seen almost fully submerged floating in

the river to cool off. Soon after is the first of a number

of serious uphill climbs, which almost everyone walks.

The heat was still building and the shady parts of the

trail were welcome relief. Approximately three hours

into the race the sky become overcast and it was a joy

to experience rain after a long dry summer in Perth.

I was continually overawed by the scenery and made

sure I took in the magnificent views along the way.

The serious hill climbs are over by the time you reach

the black range but it’s still up and down hills and

there is 10km to go. One of the highlights of the day

was the approach up the last section of uphill. At the

top of the last uphill section, Geoff Russell (brother

of well-known WAMC member and Comrades legend

Richard Russell) and a friend, who had traveled up

from Sydney for the day, were stationed with a WAMC

banner. They had walked approximately 2.5km uphill

on rocky ground and collected some leeches as well

to support the WA runners as we came through. Their

wise words and support were appreciated by everyone,

though it did cost one runner a sub six-hour finish as

they stopped to pose for photographs. The sight of the

WAMC banner had me and others breaking into a run

once again at that point.

From there it was all downhill and a fast and pretty

scary descent in wet conditions on mostly single

trail. You pass the magnificent Carlotta’s arch, part

of the Janolan caves, and you can see Caves House

and crowds of supporters at the finish line way down

below. After traversing the switchback down the

hillside there are finally a few steps to negotiate before

you turn the corner to cross the official finish by the

manhole outside Trails Bistro at Caves House.

really start, and we congregated once again at Caves

House to celebrate over a well-earned drink.

As you cross the finish line you truly do enter another

place. It’s not hard to see why people keep returning. I

have no doubt that I will return in the future.

WAMC finishers

Callum LAW 4:59:11

Paddy FOLEY 5:12:23

Jodie OBORNE 5:14:03

Phil SELFE 5:36:28

John COLLINS 5:44:10

Jane ELTON 5:59:56

Chris KOWALSKI 6:00:42

Glynis HOURQUEBIE 6:16:04

Sanet MAASDAM 6:43:16

Jonathon PHILLIPS 6:53:07

Photo credit: Jodie Oborne gets a bit more than her feet wet in

Cox’s River in the 6 Foot Track event. Photo credit: Super Sport

Images

Photo credit: The 6 Foot Trackers celebrate their achievements

under the WAMC banner. Photo credit: Francis Hourquebie

I had great pleasure in cheering most of my WA

team mates over the line as we shared the jubilation

of completing this iconic event. Then there was the

trepidation as we watched the clock and scanned the

hillside waiting for runners we knew were still out on

the trail. This turned to excitement when we knew they

were not going to be caught by the dreaded sweepers.

As each WAMC member finished we gathered at the

finish line to cheer our team mates home. We waited

on the finish line until every last member was in and

cheered the sweepers across the line as the event was

officially finished. That meant the celebrations could

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Greenwich Means Time

London marathon report by Kevin Hewitt

Iron, Every Runner’s Secret Weapon

By David Bryant

It must be marathon morning. I’ve been awake for

about an hour. It is marathon morning. Why is it, after

seven marathons, I still sleep badly the night before

the big day?

Everything has been laid out in readiness, including

my lucky ‘BigKev shirt’ I’d had made for my maiden

marathon 24 months earlier, right here in London. I

eat my porridge whilst checking in with ‘my girls’ back

home, promising to text once I’ve finished. I doublecheck

my day’s supplies. Time to go.

On marathon day all public transport is free for

runners. I approach the Tube’s entry barriers and

proudly lift my sweatshirt to reveal 39350. The guard

opens the gate, wishing me luck. At Charing Cross,

I jump on the train, which quickly fills with runners.

I’m sitting with a veteran – this is his 10th consecutive

London marathon and his last, which he’s stoical

about. He’s sitting next to a first timer; a young chap

who’d never been to London until yesterday. He’ll see it

at its best today!

We alight at Greenwich station and follow everyone

to one of the three starting points for today’s 35,000

runners. I settle down, eat a banana and some trail

mix, sipping water and tea. Mickey Mouse is running

today and is asleep against the tree next to me. I walk

past Adam and Eve. Batman is in the queue for the

loo. London’s marathon is a spectacle - today I’ll see

a rhinoceros, helicopter, a couple getting married, Mr

Bump, a transvestite and two men in a ‘Borat Mankini’

- I’ll later pass one at 30 kilometres, asking him “how’s

the chaffing?” He turned to me, and with painful

acceptance, simply answered: “bad”.

The crowds of up to a million people cheer you on

throughout. And with ‘BigKev’ emblazoned on my

chest and visor, their encouragement makes my day.

Londoners really come together on marathon day.

Pubs along the course open early, and there are BBQs,

parties and bands. One of the best is about three

kilometres in. And this year, they decided to all dress

up in Halloween attire. Further on, a priest and his

congregation are sprinkling Holy Water on runners

within range.

Today the crowd will offer me orange segments, water,

Jelly Babies and other sweets, chocolate, bananas and

even beer!

London’s marathon is the world’s largest fundraising

event, banking over £50 million (A$80 million) for

hundreds of worthwhile causes. Everyone promotes

their cause (and motivation) on their shirts. You read

as you run: “This is for you, Mum”, “In memory of my

sister.” One chap lost five members of his family. It

certainly puts a whole lot into perspective.

Halfway is Tower Bridge, right next to the Tower of

London. A truly amazing sight. I feel okay. I know the

real marathon is the mental one I’ll fight in about 10km.

The 35km mark is where my Godson will be. I see him

being held aloft like an F1 trophy. I pull over, tickle his

tummy, say hi to his parents and another dear friend,

and then set off. I can do this.

500m to go and a chap in front of me starts to walk. I pat

him on the back and quietly say “come on”. He snaps

out of it, thanks me and runs off. I encourage others

doing the same – we’ve come this far together, we

should all help one another. All but one responds and

run to the finish. The crowd’s roars get even louder.

I cross the line: 4:38. I’m surprised as it’d felt much

quicker. I walk up one of the ramps so the race

volunteers can remove my timing chip (take note

Chevron). Off the other end and my medal is donned.

Now it’s official.

“Will you do it again next year?” I’m asked

Absolutely.”

Kevin “Big Kev” Hewitt finds energy for a smile during the

London Marathon. Photo credit: Marathon Foto

Carbohydrates, Protein, Water, Electrolytes. These are

the words which would resonate with most runners

concerning a runner’s diet. Yet the trace mineral

iron, which is often neglected in a runner’s diet, is as

important, if not more vital for a runner to not only

ensure wellbeing, but to optimize performance.

Iron is vital for producing haemoglobin, a compound

that carries oxygen through the blood to the organs.

I’m sure we can all appreciate the need for oxygen

transport when we recall our most recent race. It

makes sense then that adequate iron levels are an

imperative part of any runner’s diet.

An iron-depleted state is what many might recognise

as iron deficiency anaemia. Ultimately, this makes the

body less aerobically efficient, constantly feeling weak

and fatigued. Iron deficiency anaemia is commonly

associated with female athletes, however it is of equal

importance to the male athlete.

I can attest to this from personal experience. I can

recall attempting one of JK’s (Jon Kappler) Tuesday

night intervals and, unable to breathe as I came

around the last bend of the track, having to stop. This

was the alarm bell I needed to get a blood test to

determine my iron levels. It was no suprise to discover

that my iron/ferritin levels were extremely low.

Fast forward three years, a nutrition degree and having

just completed my first marathon in under three hours

in Zurich, I can now say I am more energised and

running better than ever. The secret? Well I have tried

it all. Iron tablets, iron injections, iron infusions (not

pretty). Still this did not work.

Instead, I went back to basics and applied my nutrition

degree:

• Lean red meat 3 times per week. There are two

different types of iron: Heme and nonheme iron. Heme

iron is found in all animal products, such as red meat,

and most easily absorbed by the body. Nonheme iron

is found in plant foods such as lentils and beans.

Unfortunately for vegetarians, the body is much better

at absorbing heme iorn than nonheme iron.

• Although bran cereal is high in fibre, limit

consumption to 1-2 times per week. Bran has an

inhibitory effect on iron absorption.

• 10 dried apricots a day. Potent iron source for the

vegetarian runner.

No, it’s not surgery or a mime, it’s Jon Kappler and David

Bryant at the Zurich Marathon. Photo Credit: Beat Gerber

• Consume vitamin c with iron foods. (Think fruit and

vegetables not a vitamin c tablet). For example, sea

mussels in chilli tomato sauce, Thai beef salad with

lime and vegetables, iron-fortified cereal with fruit.

• English spinach with salads. Iceberg/cos lettuce

has as much nutritional value as plastic. English

spinach, on the other hand, is high in nonheme iron.

• Eliminate tea, coffee, red wine and cocoa with

meals. They all have a compound known as tannin,

which inhibit the absorption of iron. That cup of tea

with your bowl of cereal or the red wine with your

juicy steak is doing you more harm than good. If you

must, have these drinks at least 30 minutes after

your meal.

• Other iron sources from most to least potent

include:

Heme Iron: Lean red meat, oysters, mussels, dark

turkey meat, chicken, tuna, crab.

Noneheme: Iron fortified cereal, soybeans, lentils,

tofu, spinach, raisins, wholemeal bread.

So next time you book an appointment with a specialist

to improve your running performance such as a physio,

masseuse, chiropractor or strength trainer, also

consider consulting your doctor or nutritionist on your

iron status. The power of food in its rawest form can

and will amaze you!

David Bryant

BSc. Health Science & Nutrition

(David can be contacted on 0415264108)

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Forty Two Days

Race Swan Results Twilight - 6th March, 2011

By Jon Kappler

With the start of each season, races creep up on you

and before you know it they’re upon you. You may be

running your goal times or you could be going through

the motions, wondering how to strip 10 seconds or

more to crack an elusive goal. These time barriers,

in a lot of ways, have no bearing on anything other

than what we all seem to strive to break. I haven’t had

anyone come up to me and say “I’ve been trying to get

under 47mins for years” or “if I could only run a 3hr 12

marathon!” So most are after common barriers, 4hr

marathon, sub-50 or sub-40 minute 10km, and so on.

When you look at any facet of running and training

there are multiple variables that contribute to running

your best times. Obviously if you are a maturing runner

and have been racing for years it becomes harder to

run faster than in years gone by. Although it is hard not

to compare, you should treat each year as a new year

with a clean slate as far as your times are concerned.

But if you are still racing and training hard, then why

wouldn’t you attack those times from years ago.

If you are at the other end ( i.e. the younger one) of

the age category and every season you are getting

stronger, faster and learning how to race, then keep

learning and racing.

Consistency is one of the most important pieces of

training advice I can give, but you need a holistic

training program with all of the key elements to

reach your potential. There isn’t one session that can

guarantee you a new faster time.

But I’m going to give you a session I use that works

extremely well and can, if added to a consistent

program, assist in giving you the confidence and

toughness to race well in about six weeks.

While I try to run a session like this once a week, there

are many variations depending on your fitness level. I

normally run this type of session on a Thursday; you

can select any time but make sure you have an easy

run or rest day the day before and day after.

Look at running this session on a cycle path, since cycle

paths will generally allow you to run uninterrupted,

which allows you to concentrate on the pace.

I generally run this session from the same place

each week; this allows me to objectively measure my

progress and if all is going well, you will run longer

over the six weeks.

I don’t try and run this session to a particular pace -

the main goal is to run the session hard but controlled.

The pace depends on your goal race as this session

works for races from 10km to the marathon and

basically is a very good fitness booster.

• Run 15mins easy

• Stop to have a light stretch then the session starts,

• 5mins (hard but controlled)

• 2mins recovery jog

• 4mins (hard but controlled)

• 2mins recovery jog

• 3mins (hard but controlled)

• Finish the session off with an easy 15mins

On each section, take note where you have ran to and,

over the weeks, this is the distance that hopefully you

will start to exceed.

Do the same for the next six weeks and hopefully you

will be running a bit further than the first session and

now be ready to have a strong race.

It is always good to build a key session into your

weekly program. When discussing training with

runners, I regularly find they lack a change of pace

session and this type of session works well.

No guarantees, but adding or

even changing a session each

week may deliver a result you

have chased or at least just

make that training week feel

more complete.

Place Time Name Age Cat

1 16:19 BUSI, Roberto M30

2 16:31 LEE, Mark M30

3 16:33 CHAPMAN, Xavier M25

4 16:36 STOCKWELL, Stephen M45

5 16:45 BAUGH, Ryan M35

6 16:46 FUERY, Liam M30

7 17:06 CANE, David M45

8 17:42 MATTHEWS, Kevin M40

9 17:54 JEFFERY, Matthew M30

10 18:16 STAHL, Tony M40

Place Time Name Age Cat

1 17:59 KOSTETSKAYA, Katya F20

2 18:22 GRAY, Amy FU1

3 19:48 WALKER, Amanda F45

4 19:58 O’BRIEN-SMITH, Moira F16

5 20:39 COLUM, Kylie F35

6 21:40 MCGOVERN, Jacqui F40

7 23:06 SMITH, Georgie F25

8 23:32 TROTT, Cathryn F30

9 23:34 FISHER, Hermie F40

10 24:02 GOWER, Karyn F50

For race results for all events, please visit the website, www.wamc.org.

Photos from many of the events also are available on the website.

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Darlington Half: What Goes Up Must Come Down

Darlington Half Marathon – 13th March, 2011

By Kevin Matthews

Kevin “Motor Mouth” Matthews celebrates another “win” (or

first beard). Photo credit: Christina Bartels

The Darlington Half is one of my favourite WAMC runs

as it brings everything I love about running together

in one race. It has the off-road trail to start and finish,

steep hills and long hill climbs and a fast finish with

gravity (and, this year, the wind) as your friend. The

most important element though is the feast at the

end (which is the best in the racing calendar) and the

chance to catch up with friends to talk about the day’s

events.

This event seems to get more and more popular every

year and nearly 300 people made the trip to Darlington

this year for another perfect race day. (How does the

WAMC organise these every year?) The start can be

a bit hectic and you need to watch yourself as 300

runners charge towards a single file track between

trees about 500m from the start. I always try to get

to the front and avoid the chaos that ensues behind

me. Once you negotiate this hazard you’re onto the

Darlington trail for the first 3km, and the field tends to

fan out from this point. Then you’re back onto the road

and into the first major hill, which appeared for the

first time last year. I’m not sure why the club decided

that the Darlington Half needed another hill but they

found a beauty. It was a surprise last year but this year

I was prepared and shifted down a few gears and took

it easy knowing what was to come.

Next came the steady climb, for about 8km, to the

turnaround point. This year we had a headwind to

make things interesting. I was racing in a group of six

and sat behind the lead group of three for the whole

climb. (I think it was Shane Joyce, Craig Berg and

Matthew Di Masi who did all the hard work for the

climb, thanks guys!) Me and Steve “Twinkle” McKean

and Simon “Biscuitman” Ward let the young guys do

all the work for the climb and then at the turnaround

stepped up for the gravity-assisted return leg. If you’ve

never run Darlington, a word of advice: save something

for the return leg because a good negative split is a

guarantee if you save the legs for the return journey.

At the turnaround I saw the usual suspects battling

it out for the lead. David ‘Sugar’ Cane and Stephen

Stockwell were both running well chasing the lead

pack with Gerard Hill and Liam Fury leading the way.

These guys compete in most WAMC races and serve

as an inspiration and target for all us “pack runners!”

After the climb comes my favourite part of the course,

the 8km downhill run to the finish. It doesn’t matter

how tired I am, I can always run fast downhill with

gravity as my friend (one of the benefits of long legs). I

left the group and made my charge for the finish line.

Due to the hard work of the younger runners in our

little peloton I was now ideally placed for a top 10 finish

but knew “Twinkle” would be close behind. He got his

nickname (“twinkle toes”) for sneaking up on runners

whey they were least expecting it and running past them

near the finish. (A tactic he used to his advantage later

in this race to get a top 10 finish when he surprised

Cade Zulsdorf a few metres from the finish).

Knowing I had Biscuitman and Twinkle in hot pursuit I

charged towards the finish and managed to hold them

both off for a good PB of 1:21:10 and a top 10 finish.

Mission accomplished.

The next part of the Darlington half is really my

favourite, food and conversation. Those who know

me know that the latter is something I do rather well.

(Hence the nickname in the hills running group of

“Motor Mouth” Matthews … I prefer Motor). Anyway

there was much story-telling and tales of hardship but

ultimately everyone agreed it was a perfect day.

So to sum up the Darlington Half: in my view the best

half in the club’s calendar and if you run it right it can

give you a great time. Add in the scenery, food at the

finish and good conversation and it has everything. I’ll

see you next year.

21.1km Male

21.1km Female

Place Time Name Age Cat Time Name Age Cat

1 1:14:06 HILL, Gerard M25 1:28:26 JAREB, Nera F25

2 1:15:48 FUERY, Liam M30 1:31:32 GLASS, Leah F25

3 1:16:25 THOMSON, Scott M25 1:31:45 PETTERSON, Susan F35

4 1:16:32 STOCKWELL, Stephen M45 1:33:20 VAN BLOMESTEIN, Eulalia F40

5 1:17:36 BAUGH, Ryan M35 1:33:34 TIBBITS, Jenni F25

6 1:18:21 CANE, David M45 1:34:26 JONES, Lauren F25

7 1:20:00 LEE, Mark M30 1:34:44 BARNDEN-BROWN, Sophie F16

9 1:20:40 RUMBOLD, Scott M30 1:35:56 STIRK, Kylie F30

8 1:21:10 MATTHEWS, Kevin M40 1:37:55 CROW, Caroline F30

10 1:21:32 MCKEAN, Steve M45 1:38:05 SIMPSON, Kate Unknown

8km Male

8km Female

Place Time Name Age Cat Time Name Age Cat

1 30:49 KONIG, Sean M20 33:45 WALKER, Amanda F45

2 31:04 MEZZATESTA, Michael M20 34:10 MALONEY, Amy F25

3 32:40 SCREAIGH, Kyron M20 35:49 FOLLAND, Rolenda F40

4 32:45 MAHER, Christopher M55 36:32 LEONARD, Fiona F40

5 32:48 HAMILTON, Rodney M45 38:54 MALONEY, Alex F20

6 33:24 FARRELL, Terry M50 42:19 MATEAR, Lorraine F45

7 35:40 WADE, Mark M40 43:51 O’DONNELL, Nicole F25

9 36:44 ANWAR, Zaki M30 44:23 SCHMIDT, Susan F25

8 37:47 GUYADER, Bernard M30 44:30 CLEASBY, Denise F50

10 37:55 PEARSON, Tim M30 45:21 CHAPMAN, Annie F40

Watches at the ready and smiles all around, runners prepare for the start of Motor Mouth’s favourite club half,

Darlington. Photo credit: Christina Bartels

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Neil Hawkins – 20th March, 2011

Neil Hawkins - 20th March, 2011

By Allison Ratcliffe, Race Director

This year’s Neil Hawkins run clashed again with

the Perth Bike Hike, and I was concerned about the

runners trying to get to the Park in time for the race,

or indeed even bothering! But to my surprise, we

exceeded last year’s numbers by 32 for a total of 135

runners for the 10km event and doubled the entries

from last year’s 5k race to a total of 55! It is fulfilling to

see this small event grow.

The weather conditions were perfect for the race,

which is set along a trial path alongside the Yellgonga

Lake between shady trees. It is a pity the lake had

dried up due to lack of rainfall, which also meant that

runners experienced the not-so-pleasant aroma of the

marshland. Although I was told just in certain areas,

which would have acted as encouragement to runners

to speed up to find some fresh air further down the

track!

The course then ventures up to the roadside along

bushland and then climbs back to the peak of Neil

Hawkins Park for a fast downhill finish.

First off were the 5km runners. With the entries

greater than previous years, it was going to be

interesting to see who would take the first three

places. First over the line in the men’s 5km and clear

by one minute was triathlete Martin Feichtinger with a

time of 16.19, followed by Kieran Duff 17.18 who held

off 3rd place Matt Elwell with a time of 17.33. Matt

knocked two minutes off his time from last year. First

place in the women’s 5km was young Jaz Hedgeland

with a time of 18.39. In second was Renee Baker in

19.35 closely followed by Amanda Walker with a time

of 20.02.

The 10km runners started 10 minutes after the 5km

start and, to no one’s surprise in the men’s race, Mark

Lee dominated the race with an outstanding time of

33.56, taking a staggering 36 seconds off his winning

time from last year. The battle for second and third

became apparent at the top of Neil Hawkins Park, with

a sprint downhill race to the finish between David Cane

and Liam Fuery, Liam just managed to hold off David

to achieve 2nd place with a time of 34.29, with David

taking 3rd in a very respectable 34.34.

The ladies race was won convincingly by Katrina

Mercer in an outstanding time of 38.27, followed by

last year’s winner Eulalia Van Blomestein in 41.47, and

finishing third in 42.19 was Amy Maloney

I would like to thank all my volunteers this year. The

race would not have run as smoothly without you all. I

received a great deal of positive feedback from runners

in regards to this event and the helpers.

Many thanks also to Bruce Sommerville for supplying

photos of the event.

5km Male

5km Female

Place Time Name Age Cat Time Name Age Cat

1 16:19 FEICHTINGER, Martin M25 18:39 HEDGELAND, Jaz FU1

2 17:18 DUFF, Kieran U16 19:35 BAKER, Renee F25

3 17:33 ELWELL, Matthew U16 20:02 WALKER, Amanda F45

4 17:42 SAMMUT, Jonathan U16 21:09 HEDGELAND, Kira FU1

5 19:01 HIGHFIELD, Andrew M45 21:41 NOONAN, Jennifer F30

6 19:32 STAPLETON, Theo U16 23:45 HUBURY, Kate F25

7 21:00 CARTER, Lance M30 24:53 PAGE, Dale F40

9 22:21 GROSE, Peter M60 25:30 UNKNOWN, Female F

8 21:51 NOONAN, Benjamin M30 26:01 FLETCHER, Ayumi F45

10 22:01 RICHARDSON, Troy M30 26:11 FISHER, Kayleigh FU16

10km Male

10km Female

Place Time Name Age Cat Time Name Age Cat

1 33:56 LEE, Mark M30 38:27 MERCER, Katrina F25

2 34:29 FUERY, Liam M30 41:47 VAN BLOMESTEIN, Eulalia F40

3 34:34 CANE, David M45 42:19 MALONEY, Amy F25

4 35:01 MENZIES, Dean M20 43:21 ROWE, Lisa F30

5 35:57 PENDSE, Jon M25 44:12 MCGOVERN, Jacqui F40

6 36:06 COUANIS, Gary M30 45:01 BERLINGERI, Jacinta F35

7 36:19 MATTHEWS, Kevin M40 45:03 LE PAGE, Maria F50

9 36:34 JOYCE, Shane M30 45:35 HATCHARD, Nicole F25

8 36:48 DI MASI, Matthew M25 45:39 PUDE, Michelle F40

10 37:02 EAGAR, Kyle M35 46:24 HOLLAND, Teresa F35

(L-R): Some of the leaders on the 10km course, Women’s 10km winner Katrina Mercer and Men’s 10km winner Mark Lee.

Photo credit: Bruce Sommerville

From left, third place 10km female Amy Maloney pushes to the finish, centre, Robert Kay pushing his small running buddy,

and third place 5km male Matt Elwell gets his medal. Photo credit: Bruce Sommerville

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Mt Helena – Goals Within Goals

40 Miler - 3rd April, 2011

By Chris O’Neill

The Ultra running scene in Perth is strong and vibrant

and this year’s Mt Helena 40 Miler was proof of that

with a big turnout for both the solo and relay events.

It was my first experience of this key fixture on the

WAMC calendar. And I will definitely remember it for

many reasons.

The morning was warm, the atmosphere was buzzing

and the C Team cackling away.

For me, the 40 Miler was falling a few weeks early for

it to be my peak run for Comrades. But not wanting to

miss the fun, I went to Mt Helena with what seemed

like the majority of the Comrades-bound runners from

the club.

The 40 Miler seems to be integral to the Comrades

build up for local runners, so I had no choice but to tag

along. A goal within the Goal.

Many described their love-hate relationship with this

race, and I certainly found out why. Long gradual

climbs in 30C will definitely make you question your

rationale for getting out of bed.

John Pettersson (JP), the race director happily got us

under way at 6:30am. My plan was a steady 4:25 pace

as I was at the end of a 160km week, but that pace

never materialized with Chris Watson going off at 4:15.

Holy crap, I remember thinking, this bloke is training

for the Spartathlon not a 42km jaunt. Joining Chris

at the front was a runner in a flowery hat, who looked

like he meant business (the previous course record

holder Colin Francis). Just behind was Geoff Reynolds,

another Comrades-bound runner. I was running with

Steve McKean and Colin, who kept hitting 4.15 splits,

and soon found myself bitten by a racing bug. I settled

in behind Colin and let him take the strain of wind.

All of a sudden in the second leg, Colin dropped

off, leaving Steve and me cruising towards 32km.

Knowing that Steve was baling at 48km, preparing for

Two Oceans in Cape Town just a few weeks later, we

dropped the pace to 3:58 for a while. Steve took an

extended drinks stop at 32km, and I moved off alone

into a stiff breeze. That’s where my lack of preparation

came to haunt me. I failed to leave a drinks bottle at

32km and as I continued at 4 min pace towards the

39km turnaround I began to dehydrate and cramp. I

had decided rather than waste a race effort, I would

continue to run for some targets -- 42km, 50km and

40 Miler winner Chris O’Neill (left) with his cousin and cocompetitor

Paddy Foley. Photo: Carly Gabel

56km. Thankfully, I made the aid station and loaded up

on a drink and gel and flew back towards Mt Helena

and the 4th and final leg.

The highlight on this stretch and probably the day had

to be passing the crazy C Teamers. They all had plenty

of encouragement and a joke and I remember thinking,

this bunch seems to be having way more fun than me.

The final leg was a bit of a blur as all I remember was

a crazy aid station volunteer (Gary Carlton) telling me

to enjoy the last 5km. He surely was joking because I

was in a world of pain.

Finally I arrived at the pub. I was very happy to get

to that unique finish in the beer garden. It definitely

ticked the box of a suitable finish for an Irishman.

For me treading that fine line between a brutal DNF

and a glorious PB (4:36:17) is the reason why I run,

and this little race provides WA runners with a great

opportunity. I know I will be back again next time but

right now I am glad it is 12 months away.

A big thank you to JP and all his volunteers for their

brilliant organisation.

Editor’s addition: The 40 Miler is also an opportunity

to run a relay. This year saw five teams of two, three of

four and one of five. Outright winners of the team event

in an incredible 3:58:18 were Spinning the Wheels,

made up of some of the club’s best runners – Mark

Lee, Liam Fuery, David Cane and Scott Thompson.

40 Miler Male

Place Name Leg 1 Leg 2 Leg 3 Leg 4 Leg 5 Leg 6 Leg 7 FINISH

(distance in kilometres) 7.15 13.9 23.05 32.2 39.35 46.1 55.25 64.4

1 Chris O’NEILL 29.29 59.09 1.38.33 2.16.17 2.43.20 3.11.50 3.52.49 4.36.17

2 Geoff REYNOLDS 31.17 1.03.12 1.46.20 2.28.25 2.58.33 3.30.42 4.14.28 4.59.14

3 Vernon CREWE 29.47 59.55 1.41.12 2.21.13 2.50.53 3.25.22 4.14.49 5.01.43

4 Colin FRANCIS 29.28 59.08 1.40.37 2.23.10 2.56.29 3.33.11 4.23.55 5.16.58

5 David KENNEDY 32.12 1.04.38 1.50.22 2.34.31 3.06.47 3.41.28 4.30.57 5.18.39

6 Kevin MATTHEWS 31.15 1.03.12 1.46.22 2.29.30 3.03.52 3.39.51 4.33.00 5.23.43

7 Shane HANSON 31.16 1.03.13 1.46.24 2.29.40 3.04.22 3.40.58 4.38.35 5.28.50

8 Callum LAW 35.55 1.12.02 2.00.00 2.48.09 3.23.34 4.00.03 4.50.15 5.40.14

9 Mitch CLEASBY 32.14 1.04.49 1.47.59 2.31.43 3.06.32 3.48.07 4.53.40 5.50.13

10 Paddy FOLEY 32.53 1.08.20 1.57.02 2.47.21 3.22.55 4.02.23 5.00.50 5.54.37

40 Miler Female

Place Name Leg 1 Leg 2 Leg 3 Leg 4 Leg 5 Leg 6 Leg 7 FINISH

(distance in kilometres) 7.15 13.9 23.05 32.2 39.35 46.1 55.25 64.4

1 Eulalia VAN BLOMESTEIN 38.44 1.15.40 2.04.00 2.52.26 3.27.46 4.04.53 4.59.55 5.53.28

2 Julie SAUNDERS 39.49 1.19.23 2.14.00 3.06.47 3.47.31 4.28.22 5.27.55 6.25.40

3 Jackie ZIMMERMAN 39.49 1.21.38 2.19.13 3.19.37 4.04.42 4.53.20 6.05.15 7.13.47

4 Jane ELTON 39.49 1.21.11 2.21.49 3.21.28 4.05.28 4.58.13 6.12.30 7.24.10

Teams of 4 to 8 (top 2)

Place Name Leg 1 Leg 2 Leg 3 Leg 4 Leg 5 Leg 6 Leg 7 FINISH

(distance in kilometres) 7.15 13.9 23.05 32.2 39.35 46.1 55.25 64.4

1 Spinning the Wheels 23.54 50.33 1.24.07 1.58.31 2.21.59 2.47.49 3.23.25 3.58.18

Mark Lee

Liam Fuery

David Cane

Scott Thomson

2 The Ballslappers 29.59 58.39 1.38.03 2.22.45 2.49.27 3.24.05 4.11.30 4.51.31

Colin Jenkins

Joshua Dorozenko

Pete Doherty

Melissa Jenkins

Teams of 2 (top 2)

Place Name Leg 1 Leg 2 Leg 3 Leg 4 Leg 5 Leg 6 Leg 7 FINISH

1 The Dynamic Duo 29.39 58.37 1.39.19 2.21.24 2.49.27 3.20.23 4.04.50 4.48.59

Dwayne Nestor

Daniel Groenwald

2 The J and D Express 32.17 57.54 1.38.04 2.19.21 2.57.35 3.29.20 4.18.05 5.06.16

Jodie Oborne

David Parnham

Some of this year’s competitors in the 40 Miler, and 40 Miler two-times women’s winner Eulalia Van Blomestein

(photo taken last year). Photo credit (2011): Sharnae Shaw

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Last Hurrah for Iconic Bridges Course

Asics Bridges Fun Run - 10th April

By Eldon George

The Bridges Fun Run, now in its 35th year, started

back in the days of mesh singlets, hungry running

shorts, KT26s and big beards, sideburns and

suspicious looking moustaches. Though the footwear

and clothing have changed (for the most part) and

some of the younger (male) competitors appear to

be looking back to 1976 with the quantity and styling

of their facial hair, the riverside route around Perth

Water has remained the same, with a few changes of

direction and start/finish line.

However, this was the last year of the Bridges

as we know it. Next year the start finish line will

be submerged within a 10 hectare marina inlet

redevelopment of the Perth foreshore. Gone too will

be the riverside path in this area which provides a

continuous loop around the Swan River. More than

2,300 entrants said goodbye to this well-trod familiar

and popular course in the best way possible, by

running it: 600 in the 5km walk/ run which began in

South Perth and 1700 in the 10km event.

As the WAMC’s largest fun run, a Bridges win is a

sought-after crown for WA runners and the men’s

10km race is always hotly contested. Prominent on the

start line this year were: five time Bridges winner and

last year’s victor Todd Ingraham, 2010 West Australian

Marathon Club Champion Roberto Busi looking for his

second Bridges win, North Carolina-bred and recently

converted Sandgroper Cody Angell, who ran second

to Busi in last year’s WAMC John Gilmour 10km track

race and Gerry Hill, runner up to Busi in last year’s

Perth Marathon.

Windy conditions meant neither the race record (29.41

set by 16 time Bridges winner Ray Boyd in 2000) nor

PBs for the 10km race were likely to tumble.

The lead pack of 15 jostled in a game of drafting into

the wind. Gerry Hill made an early break just before

the 1km marker, but alone against the wind, he soon

settled back in with the pack. As the race left the road

and moved on to the path to cross the Causeway, the

lead pack shrunk to 7 and the headwind became a

cross wind. The 5km along the South Perth foreshore

towards the Narrows Bridge provided a tail wind.

Here, at the 3km mark, Roberto made a hard move

splintering the lead pack again, though Todd and Gerry

stayed within reach. With Roberto running out in front

alone for the second half of the race, a hot contest

developed for second place, with Cody catching up to

Gerry and Todd at the 7km mark.

Roberto increased his lead over the last 2km to win

in typically exuberant style, finding time to take off his

singlet, throw it in the air, cross the finish line in 32.42

and then dart out to retrieve his clothing, before the

arrival of Cody, who snuck away over the last kilometre

and held on to second place (32.55), four seconds

ahead of Todd (32.59), with

Gerry in fourth in 33.35, two seconds in front of former

Perth Glory soccer player and now coach, Mark Lee

who, continuing his run of good performances must

be wondering if he should have spent less time on the

soccer pitches of the world, and more time, well, just

running.

Taking the lead just after the start, Samantha Flanders

won the women’s 10km in 39.14, well ahead of Kelly

Cossom (40.02) in second and third place Rochelle

Thorpe (40.11).

The 5km event starting in South Perth is always

popular with younger runners, school teams and,

starting half an hour before the 10km, many distance

runners looking for a solid warm up prior to the main

race. Dean Menzies (16.34) had a convincing win over

junior Chris Cummins (17.05) whilst up-and-coming

youngster Chartt Miller, who finished an impressive

9th (8.44.92) in the men’s 3000m at Perth Track Classic

the week before, finished third in 17.57.

Juniors Matilda Connell (19.23) and Hannah Castle,

second in 19.30, battled all the way in the women’s

race. Katherine Stockwell was third in 20.02.

The WAMC is working on the route for next year’s race.

Proceeds from the Asics Bridges Fun Run are donated

to Channel 7’s Telethon and over the years $600,000

has been donated.

Men’s 10km

Place Name Age Cat Time

1 ROBERTO BUSI M30 0:32:42

2 CODY ANGELL M25 0:32:55

3 TODD INGRAHAM M35 0:32:59

4 GERARD HILL M25 0:33:35

5 MARK LEE M30 0:33:37

6 THOMAS BRUINS M20 0:33:39

7 LIAM FUERY M30 0:33:48

8 DAVID CANE M45 0:34:14

9 MARTIN FEICHTINGER M25 0:34:16

10 STEPHEN STOCKWELL M45 0:34:22

Women’s 10km

Place Name Age Cat Time

1 SAMANTHA FLANDERS F35 0:39:15

2 KELLY COSSOM F30 0:40:05

3 ROCHELLE THORPE F20 0:40:14

4 MOIRA O’BRIEN-SMITH F16 0:40:55

5 FAY AGATHANGELOU F30 0:40:58

6 EULALIA VAN BLOMESTEIN F40 0:41:27

7 ANDERSON CARRIE F45 0:41:32

8 HANNAH PAGET F20 0:41:35

9 RACHEL WEST F35 0:41:49

10 ROLENDA GIORGI F40 0:42:26

Men’s 5km

Place Name Age Cat Time

1 DEAN MENZIES M20 0:16:34

2 CHRISTOPHER CUMMINS M16 0:17:05

3 CHARTT MILLER MU16 0:17:57

4 LIAM SORRELL M16 0:17:57

5 MATTHEW ELWELL MU16 0:18:17

6 KIM THOMAS M35 0:18:27

7 SEAN KONIG M20 0:18:30

8 PAUL GILBERT M16 0:18:36

9 GARETH TARRANT M35 0:18:40

10 SIMON BATH M25 0:18:49

Women’s 5km

Place Name Age Cat TIme

1 MATHILDA CONNELL FU16 0:19:19

2 HANNAH CASTLE F16 0:19:30

3 KATHERINE STOCKWELL FU16 0:20:02

4 JENELLE CROOKS F16 0:20:15

5 EMMA BAARS FU16 0:20:19

6 KRISTIE MORRISON FU16 0:20:34

7 ROSE CONNELL FU16 0:20:58

8 MAYA STAWSKI FU16 0:21:07

9 FIONA LEONARD F40 0:21:12

10 SIENNA ARCHER FU16 0:21:57

Roberto Busi. Photo credit: Dash

Photography

Mathilda Connell. Photo credit: Dash

Photography

Dean Menzies. Photo credit: Dash

Photography

Samantha Flanders. Photo credit:

Dash Photography

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The Long and the Short of It

Perth 32 and 10km - 1st May

By Kim Ribbink

Out and back courses are both fun and challenging for

runners. Fun, because you get to see other runners

on their return or still heading out, depending on what

pace you run at, and challenging for that very same

reason. I recall getting to the 14km point on the Perth

32 and watching Stephen Stockwell, followed closely

by Gerry Hill, sprinting in the opposite direction having

passed the 21km point, and wishing I was in their

shoes. Mind you, I’ve no doubt those shoes would have

been very hot at that point.

The Perth 32 course is a flat and pleasant one, taking

in some of Perth’s most lovely spots, from East Perth,

through South Perth, along Mounts Bay Road and

down towards Matilda Bay. And on a sunny, almost

wind free day it’s a joy to run.

It’s the traditional warm up for the Perth marathon

and its flat, fast course certainly does prepare you well.

From what I could tell, most runners had a fabulous

day. Stephen and Gerry clocked in under two hours,

showing fabulous form. The first four places were

a battle for the ages – Gerry (59:20) in the M25 age

category, Stephen (59:39) in the M45 category, third

placed Nathan Doig (2:03:56) in the M25 category and

fourth placed Peter Hughes (2:05:07) also M45. It’s a

beautiful leveler, is distance running.

Stephen Stockwell. Photo credit: David Cane

Among the women, the ever-consistent Eulalia Van

Blomestein took first place honours in 2:23:35, just a

month after winning the women’s event at the 40 Miler.

In second place was Visnja Jareb in 2:31:42 (talent

obviously runs in families since her sister Nera is a

regularly winner at WAMC events), and third in 2:33:24

was Caris Allen.

The Perth 32 also includes a 10km for those who

prefer a shorter, sharper distance. First in this was

Martin Feichtinger in 33:57. Mark Lee was second in

35:02, followed by David Cane in 35:27 (another M45 –

who says you have to be young to be fast!) Among the

women, Amy Maloney finished first in 40:23, followed

by WAMC club champion Carrie Anderson (another

speedy runner in the 45 category) in 41.05, with

young Mikala Falconer taking third spot in 41.36, a

great result for an under 16.

Thanks to the race director, Eldon George, for putting

together an excellent event and to his fantastic band

of helpers. For those who run club events regularly

you no doubt recognised the same familiar faces we

see out on courses week after week, working hard to

make these events possible. So a big thank you to all

of them.

10km Male

10km Female

Place Time Name Age Cat Time Name Age Cat

1 1:59:20 HILL, Gerard M25 2:23:35 VAN BLOMESTEIN, Eulalia F40

2 1:59:39 STOCKWELL, Stephen M45 2:31:42 JAREB, Visnja F25

3 2:03:56 DOIG, Nathan M25 2:33:24 ALLEN, Caris F20

4 2:05:07 HUGHES, Peter M45 2:34:23 ROWE, Lisa F30

5 2:06:60 ANGELL, Cody M25 2:34:38 SEARLE, Lisa F35

6 2:07:19 MATTHEWS, Kevin M40 2:39:14 OBORNE, Jodie F35

7 2:07:55 HART, Brad M35 2:42:15 VANIRSEN, Shauna F35

9 2:07:55 KENNEDY, David M30 2:42:36 SAUNDERS, Julie F25

8 2:08:28 WARD, Simon M40 2:45:23 COATES, Shannon F35

10 2:08:52 BLACKBURN, James M35 2:45:50 FARR, Trisha F35

32km Male

32km Female

Place Time Name Age Cat Time Name Age Cat

1 1:59:20 HILL, Gerard M25 2:23:35 VAN BLOMESTEIN, Eulalia F40

2 1:59:39 STOCKWELL, Stephen M45 2:31:42 JAREB, Visnja F25

3 2:03:56 DOIG, Nathan M25 2:33:24 ALLEN, Caris F20

4 2:05:07 HUGHES, Peter M45 2:34:23 ROWE, Lisa F30

5 2:06:60 ANGELL, Cody M25 2:34:38 SEARLE, Lisa F35

6 2:07:19 MATTHEWS, Kevin M40 2:39:14 OBORNE, Jodie F35

7 2:07:55 HART, Brad M35 2:42:15 VANIRSEN, Shauna F35

9 2:07:55 KENNEDY, David M30 2:42:36 SAUNDERS, Julie F25

8 2:08:28 WARD, Simon M40 2:45:23 COATES, Shannon F35

10 2:08:52 BLACKBURN, James M35 2:45:50 FARR, Trisha F35

Nathan Doig. Photo credit: David Cane

Visnja Jareb. Photo credit: David Cane

Gerry Hill. Photo credit: David Cane

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Speedsters up to the Challenge

Brooks Challenge Fun Run - 15th May

By Kim Ribbink

One of the peripheral benefits to marathon training is

the opportunity to take a Sunday off and enjoy a race

from the sidelines. With some of the best runners

in WA lining up for the 3.1km and the 10km, it was

certainly a treat for spectators.

Back to defend his 3.1km title was WA track star Marc

See. In challenging conditions – probably appropriate

for the Challenge Fun Run – Marc eviscerated the

competition in a time of 9.16, a little slower than his

phenomenal run of 9.09 last year. In second place was

young up-and-comer Chartt Miller in a time of 10.03,

followed by fellow under 16 runner Daniel Rubick in

10.17. The women saw some exciting running, too, with

Angelique Van Niekerk placing first in 11.22 followed

by Emma Baars in 11.33 and Susannah Stockwell in

11.43, just nine seconds ahead of her sister, Katherine.

The 10km brought out an exciting line up, with perhaps

the biggest excitement being in the women’s event.

Felicity Sheedy-Ryan, one of the best female triathletes

in the country, stormed to the finish in a time of

35.09, making it look all too easy. In second place was

another of WA’s shining stars, Gina Grayson-Cassey,

whose return to racing is a very welcome event for all

those who enjoy running. In third place was another

one of WA’s top women runners, Nera Jareb, in 38.50.

All three women competed in the Busselton Half

Ironman a week earlier, with Felicity taking second

place in an incredible 4:15:21, Nera placing 4th in

the open female category in 4:42:21 and Gina placing

seventh in the open female category in 4:55:29 in her

first half ironman.

In the men’s event, club champion and undoubtedly

the favourite for the race, Roberto Busi, made it look

all too easy once again, crossing the line in style, shirt

thrown in the air, in 31.56. Second place male was

Thomas Bruins in 32.28. Thomas is a 1500 specialist

and placed 5th in 3:49.96 at the Perth Track Classic

in early April. In third place was Christopher Dale

in 32.43. Perhaps most exciting, for my money, was

watching Chris O’Neill storm across the line in 33.30.

Chris has been preparing for the 87km Comrades

ultra-marathon at the end of May and last month won

the 40 Miler in astonishing fashion, annihilating the

previous course record. I suspect the next year will

see some exciting stuff from this talented and likable

Irishman.

Evan Kolbe announced the place getters and

interviewed the winners after the race. As has become

his trademark, Roberto again regaled the crowd with

his lighthearted banter and complimented Evan on

his skills on the microphone, adding that Evan should

have his own chat show on Channel 11. As many of us

are aware, Roberto has been nursing an Achilles injury

for the past few months, yet he still manages to make

racing look easy. We all hope that his recovery will be

swift. For pure crowd appeal, no winner entertains

quite like the WAMC’s suave Italian and no race would

be complete without him.

Race director Jeff Lawson put together an excellent

event and his helpers did a fantastic job, so thanks to

Jeff and all the volunteers for a great day.

3.1km Male

Place Time Name Age Cat

1 0:09:16 SEE, Marc M20

2 0:10:03 MILLER, Chartt M16

3 0:10:17 RUBICK, Daniel M16

4 0:10:52 ELWELL, Matthew MU16

5 0:10:54 TEMPLAR, Drew M25

6 0:11:13 MIDGLEY, Mark M16

7 0:12:07 MIDGLEY, Shane MU16

8 0:12:13 LEONARD, Jamie MU12

9 0:12:16 RODGERS, Jesse MU16

10 0:12:37 MORRISON, Jared MU16

3.1km Female

Place Time Name Age Cat

1 0:11:22 ANGELIQUE VAN NIEKERK FU16

2 0:11:33 BAARS, Emma FU16

3 0:11:43 STOCKWELL, Susannah F16

4 0:11:52 STOCKWELL, Katherine FU16

5 0:11:52 CONNELL, Mathilda FU16

6 0:12:01 WALTERS, Summer FU16

7 0:12:14 LANE, Charlotte F16

8 0:12:16 HOLT, Kate FU16

9 0:12:19 CONNELL, Rose FU16

10 0:12:32 HADWIGER, Emily FU16

10km Male

Place Time Name Age Cat

1 0:31:56 BUSI, Roberto M30

2 0:32:28 BRUINS, Thomas M20

3 0:32:43 DALE, Christopher M16

4 0:33:30 O'NEILL, Chris M25

5 0:34:08 FEICHTINGER, Martin M25

6 0:34:14 LEE, Mark M30

7 0:34:18 STOCKWELL, Stephen M45

8 0:34:40 FUERY, Liam M30

9 0:34:46 CANE, David M45

10 0:35:31 MATTHEWS, Kevin M40

Marc See. Photo credit: Dash

Photography

Angelique Van Niekerk. Photo credit:

Dash Photography

10km Female

Roberto Busi. Photo credit: Dash

Photography

Place Time Name Age Cat

1 0:35:09 SHEEDY-RYAN, Felicity F25

2 0:36:53 GRAYSON-CASSEY, Gina F35

3 0:38:50 JAREB, Nera F25

4 0:39:02 CASTLE, Hannah F16

5 0:39:41 FERGUSON, JAnet F50

6 0:40:07 FALCONER, Mikala FU16

7 0:40:24 AGATHANGELOU, Fay F30

8 0:41:26 ANDERSON, Carrie F45

9 0:41:34 RYAN, Katherine F40

10 0:41:40 ARTUS, Jacqueline F16

4th placed male, Chris O’Neill. Photo credit: Dash Photography

Hannah Castle, Susannah Stockwell, Felicity Sheedy-Ryan and

Gina Grayson-Cassey. Photo credit: Dash Photography

Felicity Sheedy-Ryan. Photo credit:

Dash Photography

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Competitors in the Challenge Fun Run 3.1km and 10km jostle for position. Photo credit: Dash Photography

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