I feel as if it’s always cold at Sandown. Then again, it would have been cold just about everywhere in Victoria today, so we can’t blame Sandown. In fact, let’s not play the blame game at all. Let’s just get into the wrap of what was an awesome day of running by all (brave) competitors who fronted up, threw the trackpants and hoodies to the side, and gave it a red hot crack. Sidenote: It truly is inspiring watching everyone of all ages tackle the tough 3.1km circuit on a day such as today!
Warning – upset alert! That’s right, St Stephens Harriers took out Men’s Division 1 for the first time since 1974! And it was all thanks to Thomas Thorpe, Samuel Quirk, Lachlan Aspinall, Sean Guiney, Mitchell Cashion and Lachlan Connell. Each lad ran exceptionally well, and managed to beat favourites Box Hill. However, MUAC and in particular Nicholas Earl, put in a courageous effort. Heading into the final leg a good 20 seconds behind Box Hill, Earl managed to catch William Potter and ensure his team of a silver medal!
Over in Women’s Division 1, it was Knox who were too strong for Glenhuntly, taking out the win with impressive performances from all. It was great to see Melissa Duncan back running – and running very strongly. Melissa got her team off to a flying start, which allowed teammates Kate Seibold, Natalie Rule, Katie Gamble and Anna Macdonald to bring it home.
The Men’s 40+ saw APS United bring home the chocolates. Sam McLean was a real standout running the first leg, before allowing teammates Luke Goodman and Mark Frater to do their thing, and ensure their club would reign supreme.
Up in the Men’s 50+ it was Box Hill who were too dominant. Kicking things off was John Meagher who smashed the first leg, which meant for a easy job for Peter Stefanos and Garth Calder, who were able to get into the perfect rhythm and hold strong for the club which is used to winning things in cross country.
The Women’s 40+ was won by Athletics Waverley, with Niamh O’Reilly, Sally Lim and Kirsten Jackson all running very well. Ballarat Region and Mentone rounded out the top three!
Down with the younger competitors, and in the Men’s U20 saw Box Hill have a convincing win! Thomas Sellwood, Mac Anderson and Alexander Ritchie were too strong for their rivals, winning by a good two minutes.
The Women’s U20 was taken out by MUAC. With Emily French, Sarah Lloyd and Ciara Boyd-Squires Long running with great pace and confidence, which allowed them to just pip Knox at the line – in what was a seriously exciting finish to a race!
Click here for a list of full results.
We’re back next weekend at the beautiful Albert Park for the fastest 1okm Road Race Victoria has on offer! On-the-day entries will be availabe for the awesome price of $50, or better yet, pre-enter as a non-Member for the early bird price of $40 – before Wednesday…