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Cooke-McClelland brings season to a close

Cooke-McClelland brings season to a close

Three teams have ended successful seasons by winning their respective divisions at Burke Hall to snare team premierships. Arguably the most significant of these was Caulfield Grammarians’ win in division 2, because it has earned them promotion to division 1 next season. OW also enjoyed individual success, with Lachie Aspinall winning the sealed handicap after finishing second to Adam Pyke in the main race.

Historic Caulfield Grammarians team win

Historic Caulfield Grammarians team win

APSOC’s newest member club has won its first team event, the Brighton-by-the-Sea 9 km. Led, appropriately, by Andrew Hall (2nd) and Sarah Somes (5th), Caulfield Grammarians won the event, which is decided by handicap placings rather than fastest times. Meanwhile, Adam Pyke (OW) and Julie Manning (OX) continued their standout seasons by recording the fastest times.

Ekiden Relay silver medal

Ekiden Relay silver medal

APS United’s M40+ team continued its fine AV season with a second placing in the Ekiden Relay at Anglesea. Available runners were a bit hard to find, so Anna Kasapis went beyond the call of duty to run in the men’s division 1 team. Results are behind the APS United result tabs.

Pyke cleans up in the mud

Pyke cleans up in the mud

For the second time this season, a runner has overtaken the entire field to record fastest time and a handicap win. This time it was Adam Pyke (OW) in the Berwick Hare & Hounds 8k, emulating the run of Xavier Chapman (SK) run in the Lodge 16k a few weeks ago. Adam had the fastest time by a lazy 3:40 and won the handicap by 2:57, both huge margins. Another noteworthy performance was Andrew Edwards …..Read more

Wet Williamson

Wet Williamson

At a new temporary venue for the Williamson 5k, Akoonah Park in Berwick, Old Wesley bounced back from their Hooley Relay loss to win in open division 1, while the Old Xaverians women returned the favour (albeit narrowly over Haileybury) by winning their division. Matt Clarke (OX) ran a super fast time in the soggy conditions of 15:29. Alex Paterson (OX) won the women’s race and David Nickels was first on handicap.

Guiney goes top 10

Guiney goes top 10

Despite losing several team members to colds and man flu, the APS United teams all performed strongly in the AV 10 km Road Championships at Albert Park. Sean Guiney was again the star, finishing 9th in a strong field, while Andrew Edwards won an individual M55 silver medal. Anna Kasapis ran strongly in the women’s race.

M40’s take gold at Sandown

M40’s take gold at Sandown

Ant Rickards, Andre Le Gerche (on debut) and Mark Frater dominated the M40+ competition in this year’s Sandown Relays, winning gold and putting the team back in the hunt for a premiership. In division 1, Sean Guiney blitzed the 6.2 km course, running 18:49.

Xavier wins it for St Kevin’s

Xavier wins it for St Kevin’s

St Kevin’s Xavier Chapman performed the rare feat of being the last runner to start in the 16k, but crossing the line first as the handicap winner. He also ran the fastest time in the event. And on the day of a post-race tribute to the late Keith Lodge, it was equally appropriate that Chloe Cornwell of St Kevin’s should win the 8k handicap, her first win in 26 years of competing.

Clarke and Kasapis lead their teams to Hooley glory

Clarke and Kasapis lead their teams to Hooley glory

OX’s Matt Clarke and OW’s Anna Kasapis were the fastest male and female runners at this year’s Hooley Relay, and they both led their teams to clear wins in the division 1 and women’s competitions. The fast improving Caulfield Grammarians won division 2 and now look a strong chance to be promoted to division 1 next season. Full results are behind the APSOC from 2013 tab.

APSU bounces back at Bundoora

APSU bounces back at Bundoora

With two runners in the top 10 (David Rooney and Sean Guiney), APS United premier men’s team performed strongly in the Victorian 10k Cross Country Championships at Bundoora Park to finish in 4th place. At the halfway point of the XCR season, APSU are high on the ladder in three divisions and set to go higher in the remaining events.

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