There was plenty happening over the weekend…
Run for the Kids
Athletics Essendon’s power couple Liam Adams and Charlotte Wilson took out the respective male and female categories in the 14.8km Run for the Kids on Sunday. With over 26,000 entrants, Run for the Kids is a major charity event for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. Melbourne University’s Nick Earl finished just behind Adams, while Nardine Bainbridge from Western Athletics consolidated her strong summer campaign by taking second place – her first podium in a major event. In the 4.8km event the Geelong Region pair of Reilly Shaw and Sarah Waters also tasted victory.
Glenhuntly’s Tarli Bird traveled to the city of love for her next marathon adventure. With over 42,000 finishers, Paris is one of the largest marathons in the world and attracts thousands of international runners due to the fast and scenic course. Kenyan husband and wife team Paul Lonyangata and Purity Rionoripo took line honours in the IAAF Gold Label race. After a good early start, Tarli’s race didn’t quite go to plan, eventually crossing the line in 25th place with a time of 2:54:51.
Malvern Harrier and former Victorian Marathon Champion Tracey Austin also toed the line in Paris, finishing just behind Tarli with a time of 2:57:23.
Frankston duo Matt Davy and Dane Verwey were in Holland over the weekend to contest another IAAF Gold Label event – the Rotterdam Marathon. For Davy it proved a good day out recording a seven second personal best of 2:24:33 which was good enough for 28th overall and 26th male. Davy’s previous best time was the set on the streets of Melbourne in 2014. Verwey also ran well to cross the line in 2:27:37, a few minutes shy of his 2:24:18 PB also from the 2014 edition of the Melbourne Marathon. Glenhuntly’s Toby Rayner was also a finisher in Rotterdam with a time of 2:46:59.
Australian Running Festival – Canberra
After her successful debut in the green and gold at the World Cross Country in Kampala, South Melbourne’s Anna Kelly was back in action contesting the Half Marathon at the Australian Running Festival in Canberra. With the mission being to secure a qualifying performance for the World University Games, to be held in Taiwan this August, Kelly came away with the required time and second place behind Olympian Milly Clark. With only two seconds separating Clark and Kelly it was no doubt the most exciting finish of the weekend in Canberra, Clark prevailing 1:16:08 to 1:16:10. Collingwood Harrier Erchana Murray-Bartlett placed third with a time of 1:22:00, while Melbourne University’s Martin Mashford took third spot in the 10km event with a time of 31:46.
With the XCR season almost upon us it’s time to get registered!
Head to the Athletics Victoria Members Portal and ensure you’re ready come Jells Park (April 22nd).