APS United fielded four overage teams in the AV Sandown Relays, and all four finished on the podium. The M40 and W40 teams won gold, the M60 team took silver and the M50 team grabbed bronze. Meanwhile the open teams also went extremely well, all finishing in the top three places in their respective divisions.
An unfortunate measuring error at the Lodge meant that the 8k event was 400m short, while the 16k was 800m short. This gave the front markers an unexpected boost because it made it much harder for the fast back markers to reel them in. But otherwise it was another enjoyable APSOC event in cold but
Old Xavs and St Kevin’s won the open and women’s team events at the Williamson. There are now four clubs (SK, OX, OS and OW) battling it out for the open premiership, and two women’s teams (OX and SK) in with a chance for a flag. Meanwhile Sarah Somes (CG) had the unusual experience of
Ed Beischer, James Lightfoot and Ozzie Hunter (all OS) earned selection in the Victorian team to compete in the National Cross Country Championships in late August after strong runs in the Victorian U20 8k Cross Country Championships at Bundoora Park. In the open and overage competitions, the APSU women’s squad continued on its merry way,
Last year, James Lightfoot (OS) became the first son of a previous winner of an APSOC event (and, in James’ case, two previous winners – father and mother) when he won the McPhail 8k. Now he has repeated the feat in the same event, clearly winning this year’s race. Marc Cassidy (CG) scored his first
It was a perfect day for running at Westerfolds Park and Anthony Aloisio (SK)and Anna Kasapis (OW) took full advantage, setting new men’s and women’s course records in the 10k and 5k races respectively. Anna also set a new mark for the W40+ age category, recording an outstanding 85.3% age grading on a hilly course.
Twenty APSU athletes lined up in championship cross country events at pretty Cruden Farm, Langwarrin. Rising star Ed Beischer snagged a bronze medal in the men’s U18 8 km. The APSU women’s team, led by Anna Kasapis in red hot form, won both the open division 3 and W40+ division competitions. APSU’s men’s division 5
It was a wonderful occasion at the Arch Brown Reserve in Berwick as APSOC past and present athletes gathered to pay tribute to Neil Lucas and his family for hosting the Hare & Hounds since the first run in 1969. Seven athletes from the original field were present, including Neil himself. Out on the course,
In an extraordinary performance at this year’s Dyson Relay, Matthew Clarke (OX) has run the fastest ever lap of the Tan by an APSOC athlete, clocking 10:45.7 (or 2:47 per km). Consider these facts: 1. Matt broke the existing APSOC record by nearly 6 seconds. 2. Only four Australians (Mottram, Summers, Moneghetti and Troop) have
In remarkable results at the opposite end of the age scale, the APSOC group has provided three State champions and three runners-up at the AV 8k Cross Country Championships held at St Anne’s Winery, Myrniong. Brett Robinson (APSU) and Matthew Clarke (OX) were first and second in the open men’s race, while Mark Purvis (APSU)
Winners of the “Most Improved Athlete” award are not supposed to win handicap awards the following year! History shows that many such winners go backwards during the next season, but clearly Matt Bowden is not one of these. Matt was the first eligible runner across the line and handicap winner at the Orchard 10k. Meanwhile,
After two legs of the AV Cross Country Relays at Jells Park, APS United was leading the entire field on the back of two lightning runs by star recruits Brett Robinson and Jordy Williamsz. Although the team could not maintain this pace, APSU still won division 2 in a bright start to the season. There
The APSOC 2018 season kicked off in magnificent weather. The OW men’s and OX women’s teams dominated, while Matt Clarke (OX) ran a sizzling 15:23, the fastest time recorded on the present course. The Jamieson proved its enduring popularity with 185 starters, including 62 women. Go to the Results tab for the full event results.
Circumstances have forced a shift of the Churchill Park Handicaps to Saturday 25 August at 2.30pm. The original date for the event was Saturday 14 April (the week after the Jamieson), but that weekend is now free. The date change means that the APSOC Dinner will now be held on Saturday 8 September.
Just go to the registration page and follow the instructions. The procedure is the same as last year.
The APSOC and AV event dates for the 2018 season are now available via the Calendar tab. Please note that several AV events later in the season are yet to be confirmed and so the calendar is subject to change.