NEWSLETTER - West Australian Marathon Club

NEWSLETTER - West Australian Marathon Club

August 2012



Perth Marathon

Comrades Journeys:

Novice and 10-Year Veteran

Think Tank:

Moving Forward




Is it the early start for the 40 Miler or is there something about the runner walking towards the start line that has so many fixated?

Photo: Rhea Wholey

After a tough run along the pipeline in the Perth Hills, King of the Mountain runners enjoy a well-earned breakfast.

Photo: Michael Manfield


Table of Contents


2012 Committee Contact Details .........................................................4

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

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

2012 WAMC Championship Series ............................................................. 6

Merchandise ..........................................................................7

Club Clothing. .............................................................................. 7

WAMC Members ‘Think Tank’ Next Steps ..................................................8

Caen Marathon .......................................................................9

Heart and Seoul: South Korea-Bound Marathon ...........................................10

Comrades 2012 – The long way there ....................................................11

Elleker Half Marathon and 10km ........................................................16

Taking the Time to Run ................................................................18

The Complete Season .................................................................19

Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race .....................................................20

Perth Marathon ......................................................................21


Darlington Half Marathon 11 March 2012 ...............................................25

Bridges. ...........................................................................28

40 Miler ...........................................................................31

Challenge ..........................................................................34

Perth 32 ...........................................................................36

Joondalup .........................................................................38

King of the Mountain. ................................................................40

Lake Monger .......................................................................41

Service directory .....................................................................42

Designed by: Media on Mars

Edited by: David Cane

Front Page Photo: Tina Major powers towards another State Marathon Champion title. Photo: Dash Photography


To provide a programme of well-organised, safe and diverse

events, enabling distance runners of all ages and abilities to

achieve excellence, while developing Club spirit.


2012 Committee Contact Details


Eldon George

9472 4833


Gary Carlton

9361 5358

0408 440 120

Special Events

John Pettersson

0408 924 555


Evan Kolbe

9227 8022

0437 206 250


Bob Braid

9227 7281

0419 004 935

Race Programme

Kim Ribbink

9364 9590

Public Relations

Ray Lampard


Jane Elton

0437 625 811


Lisa Rowe/ Emma Gillard


Mike Kelly

0403 832 427


David Cane

9364 9590


Phil Webb

9425 2376

0413 327 287


Letter from the Editor

Hello Runners,

We’re now well into the winter running season,

traditionally a good time for distance training and events.

Those cold mornings can make it a little harder to drag

ourselves from our nice warm beds, but once we’re out

there, isn’t it just a glorious time of year to be running?

We’ve certainly been fortunate to have had lots of sunny,

calm days, though who could forget the Sunday before

the marathon, when storms lashed the city, brought

down trees, sent waves crashing over the freeway bike

path and left many paths under water. It was enough

to make seasoned marathoners a little jittery, let alone

anyone doing their first marathon. However, in what

seems to have become an annual tradition, the weather

cleared and marathon day was perfect.

The Perth Marathon is our marquee event and is

superbly put together by the race director and club

president, Evan Kolbe, and his very capable team.

Support was fairly strong this year, with many people

getting out there to cheer on the record field. Helpers

were out in full force, ensuring everyone knew where

to go and providing the runners with much-needed

sustenance, from water and electrolyte drinks, as well

as Shotz to help give that extra lift for marathoners.

This year was the first year in a long time that I

wasn’t either running the marathon or in a relay and

it was enjoyable to step back and cheer people on,

though I have to admit nothing beats being out there

racing. Roberto Busi was out there demonstrating

his incredible running depth - he is one of those rare

runners who seems to be able to win races of any

distance. It was wonderful to see Tina Major back

running the Perth Marathon and making her mark

once again in a dominant performance. Her win was

well-deserved and I’ve no doubt we’ll be seeing plenty

more wins from Tina in the coming months and years.

To read the marathon reports, turn to page 21.

Earlier in the year, the intrepid distance runners were

out pounding the trails of Mount Helena in the 40 Miler.

It was wonderful to see Mick Francis back out there

and running so well, and a very well-earned win by

Mick in an event that pretty much has his name on

it. It was also an opportunity to see a super talented

ultra-runner have her day in the limelight, with Jodie

Oborne winning the women’s in style. Just a few

months later, Jodie was running her first Comrades

and if her 40 Miler win was well-earned, her Comrades

achievement was incredible – 8:38:13. Jodie finished

in 93rd place, an extraordinary accomplishment.

Another WAMC runner, Chris O’Neill finished 60th at

Comrades, in an astonishing 6:15:46. To see if you will

be inspired to join the growing band of club members

who make the annual pilgrimage to Comrades every

June, turn to page 11.

Continuing the theme of members travelling far and

wide in pursuit of running excitement, this issue

sees an article from Mike Maidment on the Korea

Marathon (page 10), and one from long-time WAMC

member Peter Sullivan on the D-Day marathon in

Caen, northern France, on page 9. The start line of

a marathon is usually a time for chatter by some or

inward looking and nerves for others, but the minute’s

silence held in memory of fallen soldiers from WWII

at the Caen marathon encourages runners to think of

others who have given their lives for their countries.

A very thoughtful article from Bridget Jones (no, not

of the diary fame!) follows the fascinating discussion

started by Jen Noonan in the previous issue on the

challenges facing mums who want to run. Bridget

offers some excellent advice, which does, oddly

enough, include keeping a diary of some sort! Read

Bridget’s article on page 18.

Finally, we should remember that our club depends

on people giving up some time not only to put on

races but to create a great environment for running.

Committee members devote countless hours to the

club and some are at races almost every Sunday

helping out. But we’re always eager for new ideas and

involvement from all members. Jane Elton has written

an important piece that follows from last year’s think

tank encouraging everyone interested to come forward

with ideas and help in bringing those ideas to fruition.

Read more on page 8.

Lastly I would like to thank Kim Ribbink for her

tremendous assistance given in the compilation of this


David Cane

P.S. To all those who ran or helped in the Bridges Run

this year, you should know your efforts led to the club

being able to donate a massive $52,585 to Telethon

this year.


WAMC Training Groups

Point Walter

Intervals Session

WAMC Clubrooms

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.


Kings Park

Novice Runners Sessions

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.

2012 WAMC Championship Series

To be in contention it is necessary to do at least eight runs for all members 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 5 km or

under (and these can be any 5 km or under Club events, not just those listed below).

No Race km Date



Christ Church

2 5

8 Jan

3 Burswood Twilight 5 15 Jan

4 Matilda Bay Run 10 22 Jan

5 Point Walter Run 16 12 Feb

6 Swan Twilight 5 26 Feb

7 Darlington Half Marathon 21.1 11 Mar

8 Asics Bridges Fun Run 10 1 Apr

9 Challenge Fun Run 10 29 Apr

10 Perth 32 32 13 May

11 Neil Hawkins Park Run 10 27 May

12 Lake Monger 10 10 Jun

No Race km Date

13 Perth Marathon 42.2 17 Jun

14 Lake Joondalup 10 15 Jul

15 Asics Run for Gold 10 22 Jul

16 Pancake Run 15 5 Aug

17 Perth Half Marathon 21.1 12 Aug

18 Fremantle Fun Run 10 16 Sep

19 Fremantle Half Marathon 21.1 7 Oct

20 Brooks Rottnest Marathon 42.2 28 Oct

21 John Gilmour 10 km Track 10 2 Nov

22 Peninsula Run 10 18 Nov

23 Deepwater Point 15 25 Nov

24 Founders 10 Miler 16.1 2 Dec



If you’re looking to tell the world where you come from during an interstate or overseas race, what better way

than a shirt, hat or bag from your favourite running club, the WAMC. Below our lovely models, and 2011 state

champions, Roberto Busi and Eulalia Van Blomestein show off some of our great designs.

Brooks men’s white singlet, $35 Brooks dark blue t-shirt - $45

Long sleeve - $30

Brooks women’s white t-shirt - $40 Brooks dark blue t-shirt - $45 Club logo proudly displayed on back

Club Clothing

WAMC clothing can be purchased from the office, at

Wednesday night training runs at the Clubrooms and at some

club runs.

Some of the lighter blue Brooks singlets are still available,

see the ‘merchandise’ page on our website

WAMC sports bag $35

Also stubbie holders ($5), stick pins($5), club history ($15) and

old event singlets and t-shirts ($5).


WAMC Members ‘Think Tank’ Next Steps

In 2011 the WAMC held a think tank to bring together

a cross section of club members to discuss and record

their ideas and issues for the future of the club. This

was a broad and general process, where any and all

thoughts were welcomed. Thanks to all those who

gave up their time to be involved!

The process started with participants undertaking

an analysis of perceived strengths, weaknesses,

opportunities and threats facing the WAMC.

Participants were then asked to prioritise their

thoughts which resulted in some really interesting

ideas and opportunities as well as areas where we can

all do better!

No one person is responsible for implementing new

ideas, getting new projects off the ground or fixing

problems. We need to take on this responsibility

collectively. We have an extremely hard working

committee and in order to assist their efforts, club

members are being called on to volunteer at club

races as directors, helpers, food preparers etc.

• Opportunities: Participants identified engaging

the community and to be more inclusive as the

key opportunities. Other ideas included: members

having timing chips, having a club coach for training

advice and programs, having a headline event, paid

staff, timely results on website, surveying members,

member discounts, online roster for events,

Saturday runs, time trials, group runs, combine with

other sports clubs, using a catering company, social


• Threats: Participants saw the major threat to

the club as being the lack of young members

getting involved. Other issues included: roads

and permissions, lack of publicity, lack of future

direction, loss of runners to other clubs, name of

club off-putting, lack of professionalism, reputation

for being unfriendly.

For complete raw data contact WAMC Membership

Coordinator Jane Elton

After attending to the everyday tasks to keep the club

running, there are opportunities to progress the ideas

that came out of the think tank. What we need are

people to champion these ideas and see if we can

make them happen. If you are interested, contact

WAMC Membership coordinator Jane Elton and we’ll

get things moving!

Here are some of the thoughts raised by participants

raised during the think tank session (for complete raw

data please contact Jane);

• Strengths: The greatest strengths identified

by participants were the club’s strong financial

position, the new friendships and social life that

the club provides, the location of the club and the

accessibility for all runners and affordability.

• Weaknesses: Lack of volunteers is the biggest issue

identified, and a high number of non-members who

happy to run but have no commitment to the club.

Other priority issues identified were lack of media

coverage, name of club sounds elite, program

clashes with other clubs, slowness of website

results, not a welcoming club, and not a positive

volunteer experience.


Caen Marathon

By Peter Sullivan

On June 10 I ran in the Caen Marathon, commonly

called the D-Day Marathon, in Northern France.

“Le Marathon de la Liberte” has established itself as

one of France’s top 10 marathons and is one of the

most picturesque courses in France.

It starts in the beautiful Normandy Beach area of

Courseulles-sur-Mur and winds its way along the coastline

before turning inland through green fields dotted with red

poppies and finishing in front of the WW2 Memorial in

Caen. The weather last year was apparently quite warm but

this year it was cool with constant light rain.

The one minute silence to remember the war dead

before the race was very moving considering the

proximity to the Normandy Beaches, war memorials

and cemeteries dotted along the coast.

Myself and my wife had visited the American Memorial at

Omaha Beach the day before and it was quite sobering to

see the hundreds of crosses in the cemetery.

Crowd support for the race was amazing - from live

bands playing music to school groups doing dance

routines - the entire 42km seemed to be lined with

spectators which was great.

The run is very emotional for a lot of people as a lot of

runners do it to remember lost family members in the

wars and there were quite a few tears at the finish line.

I must admit, coming up to the finish line was the most

emotional I have been after a marathon so I figure the

significance of the event wasn’t lost on me.

The event itself is extremely well organized and I

would thoroughly recommend it. There is also a half

marathon and 10K event.

This run topped off a fantastic 4 weeks in France and

will certainly be well remembered

A note from Colin Francis:

Running home yesterday after work I had a real

“runners moment”. The weather was foul, wind &

waves crashing over the cycle path along the freeway.

Debris everywhere, sand, rocks, branches, etc. Hardly

anyone was brave or silly enough to be out in such

awful weather.

Just me & another guy running towards me. Both of

us drenched. We smiled at each other as we crossed,

gave the thumbs up to each other & continued on our

runs. Not a word was exchanged, but the symbolism

was perfect. It was a small magic moment that only

serious runners would understand.

When I got home cold & wet I felt proud of myself !!

Remember that when you don’t feel like running one day.


Heart and Seoul: South Korea-Bound Marathon

By Mike Maidment

On the day of the race, 18th March, I made my way

to the subway still concerned at the lack of other

runners. Until I transferred on to the line which led to

the start I saw no-one who looked like a competitor. It

was only after a foray to the nearest toilets en-route to

the start that I saw a queue of people and realised all

was well. In contrast to earlier impressions the subway

station at the start was filled with around 20,000

runners. I still have no idea where they all came from.

The Seoul Marathon, or the Dong-a Ilbo Seoul

International Marathon, to give it its full title, attracts

about 20,000 entrants every year, most of them Korean

but with a smattering of foreigners based in Korea and

a few fly-ins such as myself. It is an IAAF gold label road

race ranking and this is the 83rd running of an event

that first began in 1931, although it started as a 14.5 km

race, was cancelled for several years because of wars

and became a marathon distance event in 1964. Despite

this proud heritage it is a tricky race to enter – mainly

because all the information about the race is in Korean.

English on the official website was limited to a few

paragraphs and could be difficult to decipher.

On arrival in Seoul it was difficult to be sure that the

event was going to take place. No one I talked to at

the hotel seemed to be aware that a marathon was

scheduled; there were no signs, no adverts and no

barriers gathered in preparation at the starting area.

The day after my arrival, following a leisurely breakfast

I had a brief panic attack when I thought I had missed

the race by a day before realising that my watch had

not noticed we were in a leap year and was registering

a day out. After a pat down with a damp towel to calm

the nerves I headed out to pick up my number. Before

leaving Australia I had e-mailed the organisers to

find out where to go as there was nothing obvious

on the web page. At the race office I met a bemused

Californian who greeted me warmly saying; ‘how

the hell did you find this place?’ A fair question as

the anonymous office on the third floor of an equally

anonymous building was manned by a solitary official

nursing a box of envelopes.

After that the race itself went rather well. It is a nice

flat course with only a few minor inclines, though

a couple in the second half of the race end were

challenging on tired legs. The temperature was an

excellent 6C with clear skies. There was a staggered

start and I was in the first pen despite my modest

previous times.

The course starts at Seoul plaza in the centre of the

city, goes around the largest gate of Gyeongbokgung

Palace, with out and back loops through the city before

turning south over the Han River to end in the 1988

Olympic Stadium.

Drink stops were every 5 km with occasional sponges

and electrolyte drinks - an easily digested brew named

Pocari Sweat that anyone who has spent time in

East Asia will be familiar with. There were also some

biscuits called choc bombs handed out at around

the 30km mark, - a chocolate coated biscuit and

marshmallow assemblage that ensured any excess

moisture in the mouth was instantly sucked out.

I ran a fair bit of the race with an American, a

Montessori teacher in China. After 30km and feeling

pretty perky I upped the pace a bit and managed to

finish a couple of seconds inside 3:20, or as I like to

tell people 3:19 – the seconds are really neither here

nor there. Finishing in the Olympic stadium was a real

buzz and despite the fact that the stands were virtually

empty, in my head I could hear the roar of a 70,000

capacity crowd as I rounded the running track for the

final 300m ‘sprint’ to the finish.

For the record the men’s race was won by Wilson

Loyanae of Kenya in the superb a time of 2:05:76 (a

course record). Nine of the top ten runners were Kenyan

and three beat the previous course record. The women’s

race was won by Tadese Boru of Ethiopia in 2:23:26.


Comrades 2012 – The long way there

It is said that Comrades training starts on the 1st of

January. In Perth, most of my long runs were done

on a Saturday morning with the C Team in the Hills

around Darlington. Richard Russell and Jane Elton

keep a disparate bunch of people focussed on the goal

of running through the Valley of a 1000 Hills in early


In late May, at the airport in Perth, my daughter Lize

asked me, ”What disease are you going to get this year

that will make you stop at halfway”. With those words

ringing in my ears I got onto the plane to Africa, via

Dubai (note, that is the long (wrong) way round). I was

on my way to Pietermaritzburg to continue a journey

that had started way back in 1984.

The Day Before

Eventually the day dawned on 3 June 2012, disease

free, for the down run where I could un-wrinkle my

soul. A rusk and a bit of toast for breakfast and then

we were all nervously hanging out in the hotel lobby. I

couldn’t stand the tension any longer and headed off

to the start with Justin and Simon before the agreed


I found Melissa Jennings in the middle of D pen as

arranged, looking nervous but excited. A few minutes

later we were joined by Jane, Mel Ebstein, Jill Saker

and Sue Boswell. It was a balmy 8C at the start (the

temperature peaked at 21 degrees later in the day).

The national anthem was followed by Shosholoza,

Chariots of Fire, the Cock Crow and the start cannon.

of climbing for what is described as a downhill race

every 2nd year.

My dad passed away in 2009, and that spurred me

on to eventually try and get my Green Number. As

I approached Arthur’s Seat I was running alone,

when suddenly Sanet Maasdam and Simon Bonnick

appeared as if sent to share a very special moment. As

we rounded the corner at the Wall of Honour, Melissa

was waiting at my dad’s plaque with a few flowers.

I spread the last of his ashes at the wall, we had a

quick group hug, and then it was on to the business of

the 2nd half. Thanks to everybody else who spared a

thought for my dad as they ran past the Wall.

Up and over Botha’s Hill was negotiated quite easily,

alone by this stage, as Melissa just kept on churning

out the 6:15’s, and I had slowed down a bit as some

fatigue was setting in. Brent Shaw and Stephen

Fewster came past just after the timing mat at Winston

Park, with 30km to go. I told Brent to tell the others

that I will make it, and with the chit chatting Nev Scott

eased past as well.

As I started the descent of Fields, Simon and Sanet

came past, happy as ever, although Simon would later

admit that he wasn’t feeling too flash. A few moments

later Jane and Sue also came “flying” past. Jane asked

if anything was wrong, and I could truthfully say that

nothing much was wrong and that I was enjoying the

moment. At that stage I suspected that Jane would

get her PB despite the horror preparation that she had

had due to injuries.

Melissa and I crossed the start line 3min 30secs

after the gun, and very soon we settled into a 6:15 to

6:30min per kilometre pace. Melissa and I commented

that we hadn’t seen any familiar faces, when Mel and

Jill surprisingly came up from behind (they should

have been ahead) at Harrison Flats, both looking very

strong and set for a great run.

When we reached Inchanga, we did a 2 min walk

halfway up this bothersome hill and another near the

crest. Up and over Inchanga and Melissa opened up a

30sec gap on the descent into Drummond. Half-way

was reached in 4:48, but there was still a lot of work to

be done. The evil Garmin said that there was 1200m of

ascent and 1800m of descent on the Down run. Plenty


By the time I got to 15km to go, I realised that I could

walk to the finish and make it under 12hrs. I did a

“catch my breath” little walk just before the stadium so

that I could actually run the last lap. As I went past the

international tent, it felt like I was getting the biggest

cheer of all the runners. The West Australians had

lined up along the fence and gave all their mates a

rousing welcome. I had squeaked in with a 10:54.

Just past the finish I was whisked off to the Green

Number room where one of my boyhood hero’s, Alan

Robb, handed me the Green Number.

When I walked in to the international tent, I could tell

by Jodie Oborne’s smile and dancing that she had done

something special. The Bill Rowan medal around her

neck confirmed that – she was top 100 as well. Chris

O’Neill had run a blinder and had a top 100 finish

large part of the race, and he still was knocking on

Rowans door.

Then it was the wait for the rest to finish. With 15min

to go, the bare-foot Cannuck (Shellie Nowak) bounced

into the stadium with an Aussie flag flying. A couple of

minutes later the Russell brothers ambled in looking

none the worse for wear.

None of this is possible without the love and support

of one’s family. Thanks Christina (for being woken at

5am every day, encouraging when the motivation is

low and lots more) and Alain, Lize and Lara who don’t

always see their dad as much as they should. What

comes after the 10th one? Hopefully a few more until

I can tackle the Valley of a 1000 Hills with one of my

children. Also, to try and spread the Comrades bug to

anyone who looks susceptible.

At the finish, Justin Fonte looked a little stiff, but what

a run he had had, with his ITB bothering him for a


SHOSHOLOZA: The Comrades Spirit

Interpreted by a Comrades Novice

By Justin Fonte

Shosholoza, shosholoza

Kule ... Zontaba

Stimela siphume South Africa

Wen’uyabaleka, Wen’uyabaleka

Kule ... Zontaba

Stimela siphume South Africa

The words of this historical and moving folk song are

answered by the unified voices of 15,000 runners at the

start line of the Comrades Marathon. This moment for

me, was the most emotional part of the whole journey,

and wraps up the culture of Comrades. ‘Shosholoza’

originated from migrant mine workers to create an

environment where many can work together to achieve

a monumental task, and in so doing, pave the way for

those who follow. It is this sentiment of camaraderie

to achieve a common goal that suits the Comrades

Marathon so perfectly. In lining up to run Comrades,

you are helping to continue a tradition of honouring the

sacrifice and camaraderie of wartime soldiers.

The physical requirements for the event are not to be

taken lightly. At almost 90 kilometres and involving

significant hills, it is understandable why more than

30% of entrants fail to make it to the strict 12 hour

cut-off at the finish line. My first attempt last year

ended before I was even able to see the start line,

with an overtraining injury sustained very early in the

training calendar. This year I joined a strong team

of nearly 40 Western Australian runners and one of

about 8 who had never run the event before. Most of us

had prepared for the event through a combination of

training together and by ourselves. Armed with more

knowledge about my own particular ‘tissue paper boy’

frailty, I was able to successfully train for the start line,

and finally trusted my physical capability for the run.

of adversity between Pietermaritzburg and Durban.

The ultimate human race is a train of people working

together to reach the common goal of the finish line.

If you reach your personal goal without interacting or

helping any other runner, you’ll have missed out on the

greatest prize.

Comrades is about slowing down a little to support

another runner you probably don’t know as they go

through a rough patch. Comrades is about telling

that kind runner to go ahead without you. Comrades

is about bringing food and water from the tables

along the outside of the road to runners in the middle

of the train. Comrades is about many thousands

of spectators on the course and millions at home

watching the 12 hours of live coverage. Comrades is

those spectators screaming support for the last runner

even more loudly than they did for the first. Comrades

is about ordinary people achieving a mammoth task.

In the six months of specific training for Comrades

this year, I have been humbled many times by the

Comrades Spirit in many of the Western Australians

who form the infamous ‘C-Team’ training group of

friends. I have observed countless selfless acts that

include strong athletes dropping out of an integral long

training run to guide a struggling runner home with a

short cut.

The finishing line of this great event is as packed with

emotion as an Iron Man race, with a key difference. On

many occasions I have fought that lump in my throat

while observing the finish line of the Busselton Iron

It is probably possible to run Comrades with your own

training program and without joining a training group.

You may even do quite well, reach your goal time or

leave with a medal made of your targeted precious

metal. It would be possible, but you would be missing

the point of the event. Comrades is about forming a

unified chain of humanity to take on the mountains


Man. The emotions felt by athletes as they expunge

their final stores of energy and will to cross the line

is palpable and contagious. However, this emotion

is unashamedly purely self focussed. This year I

experienced the most selfless act I have ever seen

in sport at the finish line of the Comrades Marathon.

With the 12 hour cut off rapidly approaching, a man

set himself further away from the finish by throwing

his partner across it, ensuring only the success of his

running mate at the dyeing seconds of the countdown


I was ecstatic to have fought my own demons to

successfully complete the event in a time that was

pretty close to my goal. I relied on some friends as well

as strangers who were participating or spectating to

get me through some of my bad patches, and hope I

made a positive impact on those runners I interacted

with when I was feeling spiritually tough. In the end,

it wasn’t the finishing time, or the colour of the medal

that became the most cherished memory of the event.

Watching my comrades, old and new, battle against

adversity while linked by will and emotion. This is the

memory that will last long after the finishing time has

been forgotten and the medal has tarnished. The pull

to experience these emotions again is so very very

strong. It is easy to see how this event can take a hold

of you and call for your return every year.

Moving fast, moving strong

Through those mountains

Train from South Africa

You are leaving, You are leaving

Through those mountains

Train from South Africa


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Elleker Half Marathon and 10km

Every year, Albany Athletics puts on the delightful

Asics Elleker Half Marathon (and supporting 10 km

run). This year’s event attracted a record field of

competitors, with 71 in the half and 75 in the 10km.

Taking place around quiet and picturesque Elleker,

situated 15km west of Albany, runners follow a course

around Grassmere Lake, with the half marathoners

doing a two loop course and the 10km doing an out

and back heading in the opposite direction to the half


the women’s event, Marnie Breuker (1:30:34), Jennie

Halliman (1:38:16) and Susie Wood (1:41:54), took the

first, second and third positions.

Thanks once again to Albany Athletics for a wonderful

day. Thanks also to Christina Bartels who gave up

her morning to support the runners and take some

excellent photographs while husband Andre prepared

for his 87km run in South Africa.

This year’s event saw the 10km winner, David Cane,

set a new course record in 35:21. In second was Tim

Oborne in 36:55, a minute PB for Tim, whose running

is coming on strong. He was chased by young Aidan

Deering in 37:05 (at age 15, Aidan is certainly one

to watch.) The women’s 10km was won by Albany

local Andrea Campbell in 42:12 with another Albany

local, Kate Minter, taking second in 42:43. Katherine

Stockwell finished in third in 44:12.

The half marathon was led at the outset by Adam

Martin, who stayed in front throughout and finished

strongly in 1:14. In second was Stephen Stockwell in

1:15:24, with Steve McKean taking third in 1:18:31. In

Darryl Howe shows his mettle on the half marathon course.

10km runners get under way. Photos: Christina Bartels


The half marathoners take off at the Elleker Half Marathon.

Adam Martin leads the field, followed by Stephen Stockwell. Photos: Christina Bartels


Taking the Time to Run

by Bridget Jones

Upon reading the article in April magazine ‘Are women

under achieving?’ I feel the need to share my personal

experiences and challenges in being a fairly new

runner and being a separated mother of four young


Firstly, to all “running” parents out there; in my eyes

you are all absolutely amazing that you have the

courage to get out there and for having enough respect

for yourself to dedicate some well-needed time alone.

My children range from ages 3 to 13 and they are all

such amazing and challenging individuals; they have

taught me this year the upmost importance that as a

parent it is okay to take time out.

I was introduced to running only 7 months ago and

now that I have discovered that ‘will’ to push through

my barriers I can see there is no turning back. But my

life has now been overtaken with a whole new range

of physical and emotional challenges to overcome that

come with running aspect: finding the time to run.

Isn’t it funny how it can be so challenging to find the

time to do what makes us as parents feel like better

parents? It drives me absolutely crazy at times that

I just can’t seem to fit in half an hour to myself. I

love heading out with my head phones in my ears. It

amuses me that going for a run and sweating heavily is

having a break and I’m quite sure that I’m not the only

one who feels this way.

I have recently discovered that keeping a diary of

my running time has made all the difference in the

amount of running time I have. Before the HBF 14km

I drew up a training plan, which I admit I had blown

only two weeks in. I had avoid getting down on myself

for not sticking to the plan. I still ran 3 days for the

week that I intended to although they weren’t on the

actual days that I intended to run. I simply didn’t have

the time or anyone to watch the kids. Even as I’m

writing this I feel as though I’m just making up excuses

and trying to justify my reasons. And I am not one for

making excuses but time is the issue as Jen Noonan

points out. Although I didn’t get to run on the specific

days or times that I wanted I still found that just by

writing out a plan I managed to run more than in

previous weeks.

I would love to get more running time outside, but at

present I take what I can, which mostly means running

on the treadmill at the gym. In that first week of

diarising my running, I got to just over 25km.

A week later, I managed to run 6 days of the week from

1 km to 5.77km in each session. It might not seem like

a lot, but I know it all adds up. The following week, I

managed to squeeze in five runs of up to 8km each.

Even weeks after finishing the HBF run (a PB) I was

still logging at least 5 runs each week of up to 14kms

for each run. Most importantly, I’ve been having a ball,

even with the aches and pains.

I firmly believe that upon keeping my diary and having

a plan has helped me create more running time.

As a busy and determined mother I can see the

importance of making the time and keeping a log of

even only small runs; but I have discovered by holding

ourselves accountable and setting some short and

achievable goals we somehow can make time to run.

Yes at times we find excuses for not having the time

but we have to learn to make the time.

I see myself as a motivated young woman and mother

and it means a lot to me to teach my children by

example what we can do when we put our minds to it.

Although only a beginner runner, running has made

me realize who I am, that I will not quit, that I am

strong and always have more to give and that these are

abilities can be used in all areas of life.

If you want to achieve then decide to make it happen.

Create the running time that you want for yourself.

Allocate your running time in your diary then figure out

a way to make it happen. Being a happy and healthy

person makes you a better parent and someone that

your children will be proud of.

To all busy parents out there, you deserve to create

running time for yourself.


The Complete Season

by Jon Kappler

I would never say just doing a marathon is not

achieving for the season whether it is your first or

you are familiar with the event. But often you will

complete the event mid season and having spent so

much physical and emotional energy on this one race,

you can be left mid-season with plenty of great events

ahead of you but a plan that hasn’t planned passed one

race. And if all has gone to plan, then you will be in (or

close to) the best shape of your life. Definitely focus

100% on the marathon as the marathon requires you

to totally commit, but I’m going to suggest you plan for

a complete season of racing and look at some shorter

races after the marathon. Combining your great fitness

with some zip and a fast 10km could be just around the


Regularly I’m told by athletes who have dedicated

their focus and are training primarily on the 42.2km

event, that they have lost some speed they had prior

to logging all of the kilometres required to succeed

at longer races. The benefit is you have developed

strength and it doesn’t normally take too long to get

the legs turning over slightly faster.

and focusing on a neuromuscular system rather than

fitness system. This will give you that fast running

feeling back.

This session may bring back memories of when we

were all younger and running fast was normal. But

take into consideration your age and if you have had

any recent injuries, adding intensity into your weekly

training can overload those weak areas. Remember to

listen to your body.

I’m also a strong believer in changing your running

pace once a week so this session may also be the

start of adding an interval session to your program on

a weekly basis. If you can execute my suggestion you

may also find long term benefits with your marathons

as don’t let the distance make your training totally

revolve around long slow runs.

So don’t get too excited and look at a race within a few

weeks of completing the marathon, take time to let the

body recover and start out with some easy running.

When you feel physically and mentally recovered from

the marathon, select a 10km race that is about 4-6

weeks away.

Being strong, we now need to add some intensity to

work a totally different system. Now back running

regularly and having no issues from the marathon,

choose a day that sits between a couple of easy

running days. Add a session of 150-200m efforts once

a week. The same principles apply to doing any faster

paced session, warm up well and do a few run through

efforts at 80% over 80-100m. When you have finished

warming up, run each 150-200m effort as fast as you

can, and completely rest before doing the next. You

should be able to start with 6-8 and add 2 every second

week, building to 10-12 maximum over the next 4-6

weeks. And always do an easy cool down run after the


Along with the strength you have gained doing

marathon training, within weeks of doing these flat

out sessions you are stimulating your fast twitch fibres


Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race

By Grahak Cunningham.

I have just entered the

world’s longest race for

the fourth time, the Self

Transcendence 3100

mile race. Competitors

are given 51 days to

circumnavigate a 889m

block in Queens, New

York and run from 6am

to midnight every day.

At my last attempt in 2009 I managed to finish second,

averaging something like 110 kilometers a day for

44 days. I don’t know if I can go one better this year

but the run is more about competing with yourself.

Knowing what the run is like and how hard it is, I have

struggled to even enter, so I will grateful just to be

there. I have a bit of a niggle in my knee but scans have

shown nothing so I’ll just start and see how it fares.

I have a handler this year, which can add a couple of

laps a day, so that will really help.

The race starts on June 17, the same day as the

marathon. Visit to follow the race. By the

time the newsletter goes to print we will be a week

or to into it so hopefully I am still surviving. The worst

thing for me is the weather. It is a tropical heat that

I find is worse than anywhere in Indonesia. The only

break you get from the high temperatures is when

spectators deliver ice creams or when it rains, and

then that unfortunately softens all my feet, making

blisters a real problem.

The race was inspired by Indian author, musician

and runner Sri Chinmoy whose statue you probably

jog past regularly in the Scented Gardens of South

Perth foreshore. “There is only one perfect road,” he

said. “And that road is ahead of you, always ahead of

you.” The annual event aims to raise awareness of the

possibilities of human potential. Running well over 100

kilometers a day, 18 hours a day for the duration of

the event means you must challenge and overcome all

sorts of physical difficulties but eventually you reach

the finish and come out a better person.

During the race I’ll wear through 12 pairs of shoes.

They are heaps cheaper in the US so I’ll be doing some

shoe shopping rivaling Imelda Marcos when I arrive.

My training has pretty much stopped 3 weeks out from

the race so I have been enjoying copious amounts of

sweet foods putting on weight, knowing it will all be

gone soon…although one runners pot belly stayed with

him for whole race one year, so I hope that doesn’t

happen to me.

From :

Day 44: Grahak Finishes!!

Thirty-five year old runner Grahak Cunningham of

Perth, Australia ran the fourth fastest performance in

the sixteen year history of the race today, covering the

distance in 43 days,10 hours,36 minutes and 39 seconds.

The gritty Aussie endured four trying heat waves and

several bouts with rashes on his torso and still conquered

the distance in a personal best time. He averaged

71.363 miles /114.848 kilometers per day. He becomes

the third man in history to average over 70 miles for the

duration of the race. He has run the race four times now,

with each one faster than his previous effort.


Perth Marathon

By Kim Ribbink and Evan Kolbe

Every year the weather gods seem to enjoy a little

baiting. The week before the marathon somehow always

seems to bring out the wildest weather. This year was

no exception. On Sunday 10th June, storms lashed

Perth. Trees came down, paths were covered in water

and the river lashed the freeway path. But the weather

gods must look favorably on the Perth marathon as

Perth awoke to a calm, pleasant day on 17th June.

The 1985 winner (and still the course record holder)

Alan Thurlow was the official starter of the marathon

at 7.30am and the relay at 8am. This year saw one

record fall, the number of marathon finishers, 610,

indicating that the running boom is back in Perth. The

previous record dated back to 1985.

Early in the race, Chris O’Neill had a lead over the

field. The question was, could his Comrades battered

body take it just two weeks after an incredible run in

the 87km ultra event. Even Chris was unsure, entering

late in the game after intimating he didn’t intend to run

it. Comrades took its toll and Chris did the smart thing

and bowed out. Hot on his heels even fairly early in the

race was Roberto Busi. Once he had taken the lead, he

never let it go. Roberto looked strong throughout and

took a convincing win in 2:32:37. The race for second

and third was tight, with Gerry Hill (2:29:22) edging out

another talented Italian, Bruno Civera (2:29:42).

In the women’s race, Tina Major looked strong from

the outset (see her report, opposite) and took a

well-deserved win in 2:54:13. Another talented young

runner, Maia Simmonds, took second place in 2:56:44.

Third place was Andrea Leech in 3:07:27.

Well done to the record amount of relay teams that

competed, with 150 teams adding to the atmosphere of

the event. The Flying Stars Athletic Development team,

a mixed team, crossed the line first and the talented

Langford family managed 2nd place with team DLK

comfortably taking out third.

Congratulations to everyone who ran on the day, and

thank you to the amazing helpers who not only support

the runners with directions, water, etc., but do it with a

smile and a cheer for all competitors.

Special Thanks to Eldon George, Joanne Ormsby, Bob

Braid, John Pettersson, Gary Carlton, Phil Webb, Mark

Faithfull, Des Mallon, Alan Gower, Chris Kelly, Silvio

Wirth, Ian Roberts and Emma Gillard for working the

entire weekend to make this event possible.

Finally, the 2012 Perth Marathon is dedicated to Peter

Young, club member 7174, who was always happy to

help out at the Narrows Bridge with his wife Jeanne.

Peter will be sadly missed.


Place Time Name Age Cat

1 2:32:37 BUSI, Roberto M35

2 2:39:22 HILL, Gerard M25

3 2:39:42 CIVERA, Bruno M35

4 2:40:37 O’SULLIVAN, Luke M30

5 2:40:54 FEICHTINGER, Martin M25

6 2:44:32 KEYES, Marty M30

7 2:49:19 JAMES, Rhys M30

8 2:49:49 FISHER, Peter M25

9 2:50:07 MUNDELL, Stephen M35

10 2:51:05 BERG, Craig M35


Place Time Name Age Cat

15 2:54:13 MAJOR, Tina F35

25 2:56:44 SIMMONDS, Maia F25

44 3:07:27 LEECH, Andrea F45

49 3:10:34 DUFFIELD, Michelle F25

58 3:14:37 VAN BLOMESTEIN, Eulalia F40

67 3:17:26 DAVIES, Kelsie F25

75 3:19:43 GEYER, Katrina F35

78 3:21:34 SLOAN, Mary-Louise F35

88 3:23:20 FRIEDLIEB, Kate F35

92 3:24:01 WHELAN, Fiona F35


Place Time Name

1 2:41:23




3 2:47:04 DLK



6 2:56:39 THE PUMAS


8 3:04:48 TEAM MBODY (1)

9 3:06:38



10 3:06:40 THREESEAS 76


All photographs by DASH Photography.


A Runner’s Marathon

By Tina Major

The Perth Marathon is one of my favorite races. It does

make a significant difference running a race organized

by runners as well as having marshals out on course

that are all seasoned runners/racers.

I was really looking forward to running the Perth

Marathon again, the first time since 2007 and quite a

comparison to the last marathon I ran in November

where there were

Ching-Te Huang feels the ecstasy of finishing a marathon.

Photo: Dash Photography

23,500 runners competing. My goal was to win the

state title, not so much run a PB as I felt I was quite

underdone due to 5 weeks of illness and a lot going on

in life. My long runs are usually my strength but going

into the race I was so light on these, I knew I had to

pace myself very conservatively.

Tony Stahl and I settled into a very comfortable pace

and enjoyed the support along the way. Tony was

running his 10th Perth Marathon to become a Spartan,

something I am now inspired to become (6 more to

do!). At the turnaround point I could see that 2nd

female was sitting not too far back (40sec I was told)

and looking great and very relaxed. It was during the

25km – 30km mark that I decided that I had better do

something about increasing the gap between us. Even

though my usual endurance strength was questionable

I hoped I had enough kms in my legs to pick it up along

the freeway until the Narrows, then re-assess. Getting

those few kms back down to 4min/kms was hard work

for the first 2 (32km – 34km) but as I approached the

Narrows I started feeling better and by the time I hit

the 36km mark I decided to continue pushing the pace.

Having my friend Nera out on the bike as lead cyclist

for the women was so great, as she understands what

that stage of the race feels like. I also had great friends

out there providing encouraging words which meant a


Picking off a few guys in the final 4kms was also fun,

not for them – but for Nera and I!

The finishing chute is always such a welcome sight

and seeing familiar faces, Sylvio and his bell, my friend

and mentor Mick Francis plus family and one of my

daughters helped pick up the pace a bit more.

Maia Simmonds looking good for second place.

Photo: Dash Photography

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Thank you to my sponsor Mizuno and the ‘Yes Loans’

Perth Runbirds, all the race sponsors, WAMC,

marshals and of course the ‘crew’ of usual suspects

that put the majority of the races together. Jim Barnes

is an inspiration and always gives me so much support

to race well.

Marathon feedback

A big thank you to the whole WA Marathon club for the

great effort in the organizing and running of the 2012

Perth Marathon held on the 17th June 2012. From the

committee to the members who were race marshalls

on the day – the day will be remembered amongst

our group for all the right reasons. My wife and I and

friends were running our first marathon and the whole

process from registration to getting a much needed

massage at race end was fantastic.

We were obviously blessed with a fantastic day weather

wise – which only added to our appreciation of your

efforts in the running of the event.

Our group will be back next year and have already

rounded up some additional runners for the 2013 run

based upon our Sunday experience!!

Thanks again for the time and effort that you all put

into stage such a great event – much appreciated.

Kind Regards

Zane and Monique Kenny

To everyone involved in the organisation and running of

the 2012 Perth Marathon, thanks so much for a great

run! It went so smoothly and was clearly enjoyed by


You couldn’t have picked a more beautiful day for it and

I am glad I chose it for my first marathon.

Thanks again, your hard work does not go


Counting down the days till the next one!


Corin Groenveld

Hi Eldon and Evan

Have a good week.

Kind Regards


I would like to say well done to Evan and all the

helpers for putting on a great event. For the second

year in a row I thought the organization and running of

the event was excellent.

Thanks again to all concerned.

Regards Rob Robartson


I took part in the marathon as a relay team on Sunday

(I ran the first two legs). I just wanted to email to say

what a fantastic, well organized event I thought it was.

The atmosphere was amazing and all the volunteers

were just incredible. It’s very humbling that not only

will people get up very early on a Sunday morning and

selflessly offer up their free time, but that they will

cheer and clap so heartily for every runner they see.

I thought the course was fabulous and you could

almost ignore the pain towards the end of the run

when you get to take in the views of our beautiful City.

It’s left such a huge impression on me that I am going

to try and complete the full marathon next year.

Many thanks again to all the organizers for a fantastic


Kind regards

Nicola Millard

(Relay Team 49 for Fitness Results North Freo)


Just wanted to say well done for today’s Perth

Marathon and relay! It was as usual so very well

organised, such a vibrant happy encouraging

atmosphere. Had the best day ever all our running club

( The Kelly Gang) got PBs including our two members

who completed the marathon solo! Thank you all so

much, You are all fantastic!

Kind regards

Kelli Thomson

Congratulations on once again putting up a great race

and organising the good weather!

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Darlington Half Marathon 11 March 2012

Half Marathon Men

Place Time Name Age Cat

1 1:16:00 HILL, Gerard M25

2 1:18:51 WATSON, Eric M20

3 1:19:47 STOCKWELL, Stephen M45

4 1:20:20 CAPSTICK, Matt M30

5 1:21:18 PASCO, Balinga M20

6 1:22:04 SCANLAN, Bill M30

7 1:22:20 LANE, Dean M40

8 1:23:09 BLACKBURN, James M35

9 1:23:50 HANSON, Shane M30

10 1:25:53 WALKER, Andrew M35

Half Marathon Women

Place Time Name Age Cat

34 1:32:09 VERNON, Kate F20

35 1:32:09 KING, Helen F20

45 1:33:37 BENNETT, Jo-anne F35

52 1:34:32 ROGERS, Stacey F20

55 1:34:57 GIORGI, Rolenda F40

56 1:35:02 JONES, Lauren F25

64 1:35:38 BARDEN-BROWN, Sophie F16

66 1:35:43 PARLOR, Kathryn F25

68 1:35:50 CROW, Caroline F30

71 1:36:41 GIBSON, Kate F20

Conquering the hills: Third placed Stephen Stockwell, left, and winner Gerard Hill, right, enjoy the descent to the finish at the

Darlington half marathon.

Photos: Christina Bartels


8km Men

Place Time Name Age Cat

1 27:45 INGRAHAM, Todd M35

2 28:58 CUMMINS, Christopher M16

3 31:56 DEERING, Aiden MU16

6 34:09 CUMMINS, Terry M45

7 34:48 GOWER, Ronald M30

9 36:10 COLLIVER, Wayne M16

10 36:49 MACKEY, Christopher M16

12 37:23 KOZAK, David M35

14 39:22 LAURENCE, Joseph M25

16 40:00 ATHERTON, Stephen M40

8km Women

Place Time Name Age Cat

4 33:59 STOCKWELL, Katherine FU16

5 34:03 MOROTO, Sumire F16

8 35:31 MCGOVERN, Jacqui F45

11 36:53 HIBBERT, Nicola F30

13 38:25 LEONARD, Fiona F45

15 39:27 SMITH, Rebecca F25

20 41:47 SOLOMON, Simone F45

24 42:15 GIOVANNINI, Claudia F16

25 43:10 JENKINS, Danelle F40

26 43:23 ATHERTON, Rebecca F30

Push to the finish: Club president Evan Kolbe, left, puts in a final effort at the half and long-time member Keith Miller motors

down the hill.

Photos: Christina Bartels

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All photographs from the Darlington Half by Christina Bartels.




Perth’s waterfront redevelopment

is now

officially underway,

so this year’s ASICS

Bridges Fun Run was

absolutely, positively,

the last around the

riverfront course

which it has taken for

the last 36 years.

More than 3000 entrants said goodbye to the muchloved

route of one of Perth’s favourite fun runs, which

raises funds for Channel 7’s Telethon. This year the

donation to Telethon is $52,585.00.

The 5km event started in South Perth and was

closely contested. Road running debutant, Neil Berry,

emerged from the athletics track to win in 15.27, one

second ahead of Scott Tamblin, who has been busy

breaking a slew of WA Masters records since turning

30 recently. Gerry Hill, usually one for longer distances

placed third in 15.57.

Youth dominated the Women’s 5km event with Mathilda

Connell winning in a handy time of 17.55 (tenth overall)

from Scarlett Duncan.

Past Bridges winners, Roberto Busi (2 wins) and Todd

Ingraham (5 wins), lined up with some fresh blood for

the Men’s 10km - Brandon Hargreaves who has been

making an impression over WAMC 5km races this year

and Thomas Bruins, another making the transition

from track to road and extending his race distances.

Thomas pulled away from Roberto, Chris O’Neill and

Brandon just before half way to win strongly in 31.33.

Roberto crossed the line for second and versatile

ultra-distance runner Chris ran an impressive third.

A strong field lined up for the Women’s 10km,

including Melbourne Commonwealth Games

representative and twice former Bridges winner,

Lauren Shelley and international professional

triathlete, Felicity Sheedy-Ryan.

Felicity led from the start with Lauren only 4 or 5

seconds behind in the first 2km and extended her lead

after 5km. She finished in 34.20, just 4 seconds off the

record set by Linda Spencer in 2010. Lauren finished

second in 35.13, with the ever-improving Rachael

Smith finishing third with a 10km PB of 37.03.

Even though the Perth foreshore re-development has

now started, rest assured the Bridges Fun Run will

continue - though taking a different route in 2013.

All photographs of the Bridges Fun Run by DASH Photography.


10km Men

Place Time Name Age Cat

1 0:31:33 BRUINS, Thomas M20

2 0:32:11 BUSI, Roberto M35

3 0:32:34 O’NEILL, Chris M25

4 0:32:57 HARGREAVES, Brandon M16

5 0:33:08 INGRAHAM, Todd M35

6 0:33:16 MENZIES, Dean M20

7 0:33:20 DYMNICKI, Michael M30

8 0:33:28 WATSON, Eric M20

9 0:33:50 MARTIN, Adam M35

10 0:34:09 MARTIN, Ryan M25

10km Women

Place Time Name Age Cat

13 0:34:20 SHEEDY-RYAN, Felicity F25

20 0:35:13 SHELLEY, Lauren F35

31 0:37:03 SMITH, Rachael F35

43 0:37:39 MAJOR, Tina F35

49 0:38:06 RYAN, Katherine F40

60 0:38:40 GREGORY, Kate F30

63 0:38:52 JACOBY, Petra F25

74 0:39:37 CROWE, Sandy F25

76 0:39:39 ANDERSON, Carrie F45

82 0:39:58 RODGERS, Rochelle F20

5km Men

Place Time Name Age Cat

1 0:15:27 BERRY, Neil M20

2 0:15:28 TAMBLIN, Scott M30

3 0:15:57 HILL, Gerard M25

4 0:16:21 CAULFIELD, Stuart M16

5 0:16:30 CUMMINS, Christopher M16

6 0:16:43 CANE, David M45

7 0:17:00 KAPPLER, Jon M45

8 0:17:41 HOAR, Mitchell M16

9 0:17:52 LEWIN, Andrew M16

11 0:18:10 MCINTYRE, James M16

5km Women

Place Time Name Age Cat

10 0:17:55 CONNELL, Mathilda F16

12 0:18:40 DUNCAN, Scarlett F16

14 0:18:56 SORBI, Olivia F20

16 0:19:12 SALFINGER, Kate F16

25 0:19:58 BRODERICK, Emily F20

29 0:20:58 HARPHAM, Lauren F25

32 0:21:26 MACKAY, Mairi F30

33 0:21:31 BROCKWELL, Tessa F55

36 0:21:44 SCODELLARO, Charlene F30

39 0:21:48 HYNES, Sarah F16

Neil Berry edges Scott Tamblin in the 5km, while Mathilda Connell smashes the women’s field.

Photos: Dash Photography


All photographs by DASH Photography.



40 Miler

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1 Mick Francis 29;40 59;43 1:41;10 2:21;52 2:51;35 3:22;33 4:08;02 4:59;49

2 Stephen Mundell 29;41 59;43 1:41;06 2:22;10 2:52;24 3:24;36 4:14;02 5:10;02

3 Callum Law 34;21 1:09;28 1:56;00 2:41;43 3:15;00 3:49;22 4:36;12 5:22;30

4 Mark Imbert 34;50 1:09;22 1:53;59 2:38;13 3:09;44 3:43;37 4:34;11 5:28;09

5 Guy Moore 34;56 1:11;50 1:59;45 2:44;57 3:16;25 3:51;03 4:43;57 5:38;25

6 Tim Eva 31;50 1:05;41 1:53;45 2:41;08 3:18;23 3:57;26 4:53;25 5:47;55

7 Jamal Fozdar 34;52 1:08;54 1:54;52 2:41;38 3:15;40 3:53;07 4:50;26 5:47;55

8 Jodie O’Borne 36;15 1:13;54 2:04;05 2:53;40 3:29;12 4:07;13 5:03;16 5:59;16

9 Christine Patttinson 36;30 1:14;01 2:06;00 2:57;21 3:34;54 4:13;33 5;10;32 6:09;57

10 Chris duPreez 39;00 1:17;58 2:08;42 2:55;51 3:30;19 4:13;40 5:17;27 6:11;45

11 Ian Dunican 32;17 1:12;48 1:53;00 2:41;08 3:20;31 4:05;58 5:13;12 6:15;52

12 Grant Wholey 36;23 1:12;45 2:04;05 2:53;30 3:32;41 4:15;23 5:17;32 6:16;39

13 Clarke Hendry 36.35 1:13;26 2:06;00 2:59;53 3:44;00 4:24;26 5:21;49 6:20;11

14 Phil Riley 34;54 1:10;43 2:01;45 2:49;58 3:27;03 4:05;43 5:09;38 6:21;41

15 Andrew Wait 33;38 1:08;11 1:54;50 2:41;37 3:17;19 4:07;51 5:16;44 6:23;08

16 Derik Swart 39;31 1:19;13 2:15;50 3:11;55 3:51;08 4:32;01 5:28;38 6:24;45

17 Mike Maidment 36;35 1:14;40 2:07;00 2:59;51 3:45;03 4:26;12 5:29;53 6:31;41

18 Paddy Foley 36;21 1:17;12 2:05;07 2:58;05 3:36;33 4:22;26 5:40;43 6:46;05

19 Travis McNaught 40;30 1:22;44 2:18;24 3:15;28 3:56;50 4:39;32 5:46;10 6:52;49

20 Roy Coates 40;30 1:22;42 2:18;20 3:15;30 3:56;51 4:39;34 5:46;13 6:52;50

21 Justin Fonte 37;09 1:14;40 2:06;48 2:58;54 3:39;31 4:22;25 5:32;55 6:52;57

22 Giovanni Ubani 39;33 1:20;50 2:15;50 3:14;10 3:56;09 4:40;11 5:49;25 6:54;06

23 Rob Donkersloot 39;00 1:19;40 2.15.43 3:11;42 3:52;21 4:38;15 5:47;13 7:01;19

24 Brent Shaw 39;31 1:19;11 2:15;50 3:11;54 3:51;08 4:32;00 5:36;16 7:02;56

25 Frank D’Silva 38;42 1:17;29 2:11;11 3:04;50 3:49;58 4:41;02 6:01;20 7:14;59

26 Don Pattinson 36;27 1:14;01 2:06;00 2:57;20 3:36;43 4:27;15 5:47;57 7:17;28

27 Eric Duck 37;05 1:14;51 2:06;32 3:01;50 3:47;06 4:41;26 6:07;08 7:26;48




3.1km Men

Place Time Name Age Cat

1 0:09:44 INGRAHAM, Todd M35

2 0:10:10 NEWMAN, Kyle MU16

4 0:10:39 ELWELL, Matt MU16

6 0:11:07 FULLERTON, Fraser MU16

9 0:11:28 ALCO, Mitchell MU16

10 0:11:34 PEERS, John M16

11 0:11:52 STEWART, Rory MU16

12 0:11:53 COLTON, Robert M45

14 0:12:09 HALLIDAY, Lee M40

15 0:12:20 NEWMAN, Rob M45

3.1km Women

Place Time Name Age Cat

3 0:10:12 ILARDA, Bri F16

5 0:11:01 CONNELL, Mathilda F16

7 0:11:15 STOCKWELL, Susannah F16

8 0:11:25 NAZAROFF, Tarinah FU16

13 0:12:07 STOCKWELL, Katherine FU16

16 0:12:21 FERGUSON, Nicola FU16

17 0:12:23 BYRNE, India FU16

18 0:12:24 HYNES, Sarah FU16

19 0:12:24 NAZAROFF, Kiarra FU12

20 0:12:43 HOLT, Kate FU16

All photographs by DASH Photography.


10km Men

Place Time Name Age Cat

1 0:31:53 BUSI, Roberto M35

2 0:32:40 GOVUS, Andrew M25

3 0:34:04 LEE, Mark M30

4 0:34:28 CAULFIELD, Stuart M16

5 0:34:31 STOCKWELL, Stephen M45

6 0:34:45 LOVEKIN, Tommy M16

7 0:34:47 BAKOWSKI, Thomas M30

9 0:35:25 ANDREWS, Peter M25

10 0:36:00 MCNALLY, Matthew M25

11 0:36:37 LOAG, Brenden M35

10km Women

Place Time Name Age Cat

8 0:35:17 SPENCER, Linda F30

15 0:37:12 MAJOR, Tina F35

23 0:38:27 HUSTON, Ariarn F20

33 0:40:24 FERGUSON, Janet F50

36 0:40:35 CASTLE, Hannah F168

40 0:41:26 GIBSON, Kate F20

41 0:41:33 VAN BLOMESTEIN, Eulalia F40

42 0:41:33 GIORGI, Rolenda F40

46 0:42:29 OBORNE, Jodie F40

51 0:42:56 HUSTON, Jessica F25



Perth 32

By Eldon George, Race Director.

Always a popular run in the lead up to the Perth

Marathon, 2012 saw the biggest turn out for some years

for the Perth 32km race with 181 finishers, many of

whom were covering the litmus test distance of 32km

for the first time in preparation for their first marathon.

The 2012 Perth 32km shared not only a large

number of finishers with Perth Marathon, but also

the extremely wild weather in the lead-up. Pre-race

registrations were moved inside on the morning while

the flood in the car park subsided. About 3km in just

as the leaders had gone off the Windan Bridge in East

Perth, runners copped a short windy downpour after

which the weather turned fine for the duration.

Club stalwart Stephen Stockwell led for entire race

and finished in 2.01.18 nearly 3 minutes ahead of

Adam Martin. The women’s 32km race was won by

Nera Jareb, in 2. 16.38 ahead of Michelle Duffield in

2.21.28, who finished 4th in PM. Last year’s winner and

2nd in 2010, Eulalia Von Blomestein, finished third.

Jodie Oborne, winner of the club’s Mt Helena 40 miler,

3 weeks before, finished fourth.

A few runners took an unintentional short cut after the

crossing the Narrows Bridge on the way out and took

their chances crossing Mounts Bay Road. Never fear!

The WAMC won’t make you play chicken with road

crossing-especially a busy like under the Narrows -

so if you ever come across a road crossing without a

WAMC Traffic Controller - you’ve gone the wrong way!

In the 10km Marty Feichtinger, Buzz Shephard and

Tom Bakowski had a good hit out finishing within 13

seconds of each other for the top 3 posts . The Jareb

sisters had a clean sweep of the women’s events,

Visnja clear winner in the women’s 10km in 41.33, 51

seconds ahead of Angela Burns.

Cecil Walkley, the club’s oldest regular competitor,

celebrated his 83rd birthday with a brisk 10km ( 1.22.15).

Many runners mentioned how much they appreciated

the help and encouragement from volunteers out on

the course. I would like to thank all helpers at what

is one of the club’s longest runs. There were several

newly joined members helping out at their first event

and quite a few who returned to help out after doing

so at last year’s race. Many hopped in their cars or

jumped on their bikes and took off to other positions

on the course after the runners had passed through

the first part of the race in East Perth. Special thanks

also to Mike Kelly, the WAMC’s faithful Equipment

Officer who gave up running the Perth 32km as part of

his training for Perth Marathon to help with relocating

(and draining) the finish line. In the end, his Perth

Marathon time, 3.28. 43 and first in his age group

(men 65), shows he didn’t need the extra training.

Trophies were presented by Ashlea Parker from Sports

Medicine Australia who provide first aid at all WAMC

events over the half marathon distance.

That’s a wrap: Kevin (BK) Matthews takes a breather after finishing the Perth 32.

Photo: Sue Mundell


10km Men

Place Time Name Age Cat

1 34:20 FEICHTINGER, Martin M25

2 34:23 SHEPHARD, Buzz M35

3 34:33 BAKOWSKI, Thomas M30

4 38:18 WALKER, Andrew M35

5 38:53 MILLS, Aiden M30

6 39:20 CARROLL, John M30

7 40:13 GOWER, Alan M55

8 40:55 KUCHEL, Andrew M16

9 40:57 HOGG, Andy M35

10 41:10 LENDZIONOWSKI, Victor M45

32km Men

Place Time Name Age Cat

1 2:01:18 STOCKWELL, Stephen M45

2 2:04:11 MARTIN, Adam M35

3 2:05:13 HANSON, Shane M30

4 2:07:24 CALLON, Mark M40

5 2:07:31 MUNDELL, Stephen M35

6 2:08:50 MCKEAN, Steve M45

7 2:12:04 LEE, Mark M30

8 2:12:32 FISHER, Peter M25

9 2:13:25 MATTHEWS, Kevin M45

10 2:14:05 BERG, Craig M35

10km Women

Place Time Name Age Cat

11 41:33 JAREB, Visnja F25

13 42:24 BURNS, Angela F30

18 44:50 LEONARD, Fiona F45

20 46:13 DUFFIELD, Sarah F25

21 47:21 GOWER, Karyn F50

24 47:50 BERLINGERI, Jacinta F35

26 48:02 DENNING, Belinda F30

30 50:10 HALL, Zarah F25

33 50:32 MALONE, Margo F45

34 51:06 SHEPHARD, Kirsty F25

32km Women

Place Time Name Age Cat

15 2:16:38 JAREB, Nera F25

20 2:21:28 DUFFIELD, Michelle F25

26 2:26:36 VAN BLOMESTEIN, Eulalia F40

36 2:32:35 OBORNE, Jodie F40

43 2:37:03 VANIRSEN, Shauna F35

46 2:37:30 HOLMES, Pippin F35

49 2:38:39 FRIEDLIEB, Katrina F35

51 2:39:17 TURNER, Jarrad M20

56 2:41:42 SARKIS, Laura F30

58 2:42:17 MCCASKIE, Pamela F25

63 2:43:25 PATTINSON, Christine F55




Race Directors - Allison Ratcliffe and Chris Kowalski

The Inaugural Joondalup Half Marathon was run

on 20th May 2012, creating a new race for the West

Australian Marathon Club and incorporating the 5k

and 10k event previously known as Neil Hawkins.

With a variety of terrain, (limestone trail path, bitumen,

concrete) and beautiful scenery and some amazing

lake views, runners get a bit of everything. It is a

mostly flat course, but with some small elevation

changes to make it more interesting. We were not

5km Men

Place Time Name Age Cat

1 17:47 LOAG, Brendan M35

2 18:01 VAN RIJEN, Xander M40

4 19:04 WALTON, Benjamin U16

7 19:40 WYNTER, Micah U16

8 20:19 STANSBURY, Christopher M40

15 23:27 MORTIMORE, Steve M40

16 24:25 LEONARD, Jamie U16

17 25:36 SCHULTZ, Max M16

21 27:40 WYNTER, Saxon U16

22 28:05 TREASURE, Sean U16

expecting the numbers of runners that turned up, but

apart from a few teething problems all when well on

the day!

So with the increasing demand for a Half Marathon in

May, a good training run for the lead up to the Perth

marathon, it will definitely be on the Race Calendar for

next year !

Our thanks go out to all the volunteers on the day and

also the feedback we received from the runners

5km Women

Place Time Name Age Cat

3 18:04 NAZAROFF, Tarinah FU1

5 19:06 HEDGELAND, Jaz F16

6 19:09 JAREB, Nera F25

9 20:29 HEDGELAND, Kira FU1

10 21:10 WEST, Rachel F35

11 21:19 HYNES, Sarah FU1

12 22:18 NAZAROFF, Kiarra FU1

13 22:19 SCHWEIZER, Kate F16

14 22:31 JONES, Frances FU1

18 25:53 REY, Rebecca F30

All photographs by Dennis Tan.


10km Men

Place Time Name Age Cat

1 32:56 NENER, Kenji M16

2 34:09 ANGELL, Cody M30

3 34:22 WATSON, Eric M20

4 36:07 LOUIS, Julian M25

5 36:17 PADOVAN, Boris M35

6 40:34 KAPPLER, Blake M25

7 42:23 DANYLUK, Mark M30

9 43:02 JOHNSON, Kevin M55

10 43:14 DESFOSSES, Jose M60

11 43:33 COOTE, Michael M50

Half Marathon Men

Place Time Name Age Cat

1 1:14:38 FEICHTINGER, Martin M25

2 1:16:50 STOCKWELL, Stephen M45

3 1:17:10 KELLY, Justin M30

4 1:19:18 HOLMES, Stephen M30

5 1:19:37 WHITTAKER, Adrian M30

6 1:21:55 CRAGE, Keegan M30

7 1:22:09 EVANS, Robert M30

8 1:22:25 BRADSELL, Rob M40

9 1:22:27 QUINN, Conor M35

10 1:22:45 GLAZER, Norbert M40

10km Women

Place Time Name Age Cat

8 42:24 JAREB, Visnja F25

16 44:18 MOORE, Louise F40

17 44:23 ATKINSON, Faith F35

22 46:54 BRUNTON, Monica F40

23 47:00 ILIJAZI, Hana F20

24 47:04 LIBBIS, Sue F45

30 49:43 BIGGINS, Janeen F40

33 49:59 FLOCKENHAUS, Lilian F35

34 50:17 GIOVANNINI, Claudia F16

35 50:38 CORCORAN, Zoe F30

Half Marathon Women

Place Time Name Age Cat

17 1:25:45 GREGORY, Kate F30

30 1:28:59 FERGUSON, Janet F50

32 1:29:08 ANDERSON, Carrie F45

44 1:31:51 ROGERS, Stacey F20

50 1:32:39 COOPER, Margaret F30

55 1:33:30




59 1:34:16 WARE, Sarah F30

72 1:36:44 HIBBERT, Nicola F30

86 1:38:28 KNIBBS, Jason F35

93 1:39:15 NOONAN, Jennifer F30



King of the Mountain

16.1km Men

Place Time Name Age Cat

1 57:01 HARGREAVES, Brandon M16

2 58:19 BAUGH, Rafael M30

3 1:00:29 THOMSON, Scott M25

4 1:00:39 BAKOWSKI, Thomas M30

5 1:01:00 RALPH, Sean M25

6 1:01:59 INGRAHAM, Todd M35

7 1:02:35 CARPENTER, Tim M30

8 1:03:06 KENNEDY, David M30

9 1:03:15 JONES, Nathan M30

10 1:03:37 BAUGH, Ryan M35

16.1km Women

Place Time Name Age Cat

20 1:09:00 GREGORY, Kate F30

31 1:12:59 BARROW, Janine F35

39 1:13:59 REEVES, Liz F30

41 1:14:18 SHELLEY, Lauren F35

44 1:14:33 VERNON, Kate F20

50 1:15:13 KNIBBS, Jason F35

64 1:18:15 GIBB, Katey F25

70 1:19:02 PAGANONI, Leith F30

71 1:19:07 WHEADON, Kate F35

75 1:19:39 LEONARD, Fiona F45

All photographs by Michael Manfield.



Lake Monger

3km Men

Place Time Name Age Cat

1 10:09 DAWSON, Andrew M16

2 10:21 CUMMINS, Christopher M16

3 10:37 SCHMITT, Clemens M45

5 11:03 LANOELLE, Max M30

7 11:07 LEWIN, Andrew M16

8 11:26 CATTRALL, Robert M50

9 11:38 ALCO, Mitchell MU16

11 11:55 NEWMAN, Robert M45

12 12:02 CUMMINS, Terry M45

13 12:05 BURROWS, Luke MU16

10km Men

Place Time Name Age Cat

1 33:27 WATSON, Eric M20

2 34:09 FUERY, Liam M30

3 34:48 LEE, Mark M30

4 35:00 STOCKWELL, Stephen M45

5 35:27 LINDEGE, Colin M50

6 35:43 EVANS, Jason M20

7 36:27 OHEARE, David M30

8 37:38 GILBERT, Paul M16

9 37:42 NICHOLS, Robert M30

10 38:06 WOOD, Shane M25

3km Women

Place Time Name Age Cat

4 10:57 NAZAROFF, Tarinah FU16

6 11:04 CONNELL, Mathilda F16

10 11:49 STOCKWELL, Susannah F16

14 12:18 BAARS, Emma FU16

15 12:20 CLAXTON, Jessica FU16

16 12:23 CONNELL, Rose FU16

17 12:29 HYNES, Sarah FU16

18 12:33 WALKER, Amanda F45

19 12:34 NAZAROFF, Kiarra FU16

20 12:41 JONES, Amberley FU16

10km Women

Place Time Name Age Cat

15 39:18 JAREB, Nera F25

18 39:51 RYAN, Katherine F40

19 39:53 HUSTON, Ariann F20

25 40:21 FERGUSON, Janet F50

27 40:30 ATKINSON, Faith F35

29 40:39 ANDERSON, Carrie F45

31 40:50 MCCOMBIE, Kelly F30

35 41:12 CASTLE, Hannah F16

41 42:00 GEORGE, Phoebe F20

43 42:12 ARTUS, Jacqueline F16

Photograph by John Pendse.


Service directory


Runner’s World

5 Fitzgerald Street, North Perth, Tel: 9227 7281

Phil is an Iron Man. He is great with bikes and is also good for advice

on triathlon gear.

Custom databases for business – Clive Dalton

Oasis Business Systems. Tel: 9312 6551, Mobile: 0414 303 635


Neville Scott

Tel: 9477 6736, Mobile: 0415 937 935


Unit 1, 300 Vahland Avenue, Willetton, 6155. Tel: 1300 13 37 97,

Fax: 08 9456 3177, Email:

Just like a quality marathon performance is achieved using a well

constructed training program your sound financial health will result

from an informed, cohesive plan.

Contact WAMC members Steve Hince or Dave Dunstan to assist you

in achieving your financial goals.

HAIRDRESSING – Michelangelo Hair Salon

91 Coode Street, South Perth. Tel: 9367 8292

Including in-house beautician and excellent strong body massage.

Silvio and Christine love to look after the hair dressing and beauty

requirements of runners.

10% discount for WAMC members. We are proud to sponsor the

Women’s Classis, Perth Marathon and Rottnest Marathon.

GRAPHIC DESIGN – Media on Mars

77 Stirling Highway North Fremantle WA 6159 Tel:9433 3394,


LEGAL ADVICE - Alison & Associates (Legal) Pty Ltd

4/885 Albany Highway, East Victoria Park WA 6101. Tel: 9361 7218

Fax: 9361 7251, Mob: 0414 500 055, Email:

We specialise in Wills, Estate planning, Partnership and Financial

Agreements. Sean Keane deals with life & disability insurance for

our clients.

NITERunner Night Running Lights – Sean Griffiths

Is your training suffering due to winter darkness?

NITERunner running lights will solve your problem.

Search for NITERunner on Ebay or email

See and be seen.

Perspire Personal Training – David Bryant, Certified Personal


Inspiration through perspiration. For a personal training session,

call David on 0415 264 108.

PHARMACY – Rosen’s Pharmacy

234 Hay Street, East Perth

Tel: 9325 2843, Fax: 9325 2837

Open 8am - 5.25pm

Monday - Friday, Sat 8am-12.30pm

For all your pharmaceutical needs, 6 day same day photo

processing, magnifying glasses and Polaroid sunglasses, cosmetics

and Polaroid passport photographs.

PEAK PODIATRY – Darryn Sargant

211 Nicholson Road, Subiaco, Tel: 9388 9999


Darryn spoke about podiatry at the last Distance Running Seminar.

New orthoses can be made from your old ones - if yours are too

hard, don’t throw them away, it is possible a more flexible device

may be made from them.


Rebecca Page

953-955 Wellington Street, West Perth. Tel: 041 632 7901

Physiotherapy - Sports injuries, Neck and Shoulder Dysnfunction,

Migraines and Headaches

Deep Tissue Massage available

Tuesday 3 till 6pm

Wednesday 8 till 6pm

Fridays 3 till 6pm


Nikki Cummings

Tel: 0412 705 355


Julie Meek Tel: 0411 188 996 Run faster with some modern

nutritional advice from professional people.


Tel: 9293 4934

No matter what the occasion, we can film your special event with

broadcast quality and a style to suit your needs. We do special “This

is Your Life” personalised videos for special birthdays, events or

anniversaries. Call us for a demo anytime.

WAMC TRACK SUITS – Madge Pettersson

Tel: 9354 5720, Email:

Look your best for a medal photo with a custom made track suit.


Regular courses at the State Library in the City

Visit or call me on 0415 360 206.


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