The premiership race is over for another year, with St Kevin’s taking out the open premiership with another dominant display at the Cooke-McClelland. This was the club’s first win since 1994 and its third overall. Old Xaverians won the women’s competition for ninth year in succession. As some compensation for not winning their home event,
Led by handicap winner Kieran Lewis, Caulfield Grammarians have recorded their second successive Brighton-by-the-Sea teams victory, narrowly pipping Old Wesley. Sam McLean (OS) and Anna Kasapis continued their fine seasons, running the fastest men’s and women’s times.
APS United’s women’s team continued on its winning way at the Road 15 km Road Championships in Ballarat despite difficult weather conditions. Janice de Vries was second fastest in the W40 division.
Matt Clarke (OX) produced one of the individual performances of the season at the Hooley Relay, running the challenging 3 km course in 8:34 on his second time around. Matt managed to break the course record twice in one day, because his first leg of 8:45 was also inside his own course record, set last year.
A bitter wind and low temperatures greeted runners at the AV 10 km Road Championships at Albert Park. APSU’s best results were among the women, as Anna Kasapis and Nicole Joseph (on debut) finished high on the field. Janice de Vries and Sam McLean won silver medals in the W40+ and M40+ divisions respectively, and
APS United men’s 40+ team was a convincing winner of its division at the AV Sandown Road Relays. The team of Sam McLean, Mark Frater and Luke Goodman continued APSU’s streak of victories in this division at Sandown. At the other end of the age scale, APSU’s division 1 team was comprised entirely of athletes
Team success has been rare for the club in recent years, but this year’s Williamson 5k saw a narrow win for Haileybury AC in division 1. Haileybury’s success was based on youth, with many students turning out during their term break, including Amy Bunnage, who achieved the remarkable feat of being the fastest female in the field at
Perfect conditions saw more than one hundred runners tackle the Wise Mini Marathons this year. There were high quality performances across the board, with several athletes recording age gradings beyond 80%, the benchmark for “national standard” running. No APSOC athlete has yet scored the “world class” standard of 90%, but there are a few APSOC members who
APSU did not fare well in the open age divisions in the 10k cross country at Bundoora Park, but the M50+ team of Schwerkolt, Purvis and Edwards showed how it was done by winning its grade. Results can be found via the “APSU by year” or “APSU by event” tabs.
This year’s McPhail saw an impressive win by 17 year old James Lightfoot. Still at school, James is the son of David and Lisa, two of APSOC’s greatest runners and winners of numerous events during the 1990’s. David won the McPhail three times and Lisa (nee O’Connell) once. The win by James is the first time in
Two events means more for everyone, and with handicap and fastest time awards up for grabs, 115 APSOC athletes took to the Yarra bike path for the Lodge Handicaps. There were many good performances, with age graded scores above 80% for Xavier Chapman, Anna Kasapis (OW) and Christine Williams (OX). Christine’s W60+ score of 85.35% is one
While the APS United men’s teams are doing it hard this season, the women’s team has continued its good form to place second in its division at Cruden Farm. Sam McLean was the best of the men, finishing third in his M40+ age group.
This year’s Dyson Relay was noteworthy for the appearance of two Olympians, Dave McNeill (OX) and Peter Bol (SK). While McNeill achieved individual success by running 10:54, one of the fastest times ever recorded by an APS athlete, Bol enjoyed team success, with St Kevin’s winning its first Dyson since 1994. The Old Xaverians women, featuring
Haileybury AC has ceased its affiliation with Athletics Victoria and this has hit APS United hard, with the loss of several key athletes going to competing clubs. So it was pleasing to see four new faces at Wandin Park, all recruited from the Melbourne Midday Milers training group. Two of these, Janice de Vries and Cheryl Martin,
Owing to a very late change in the date of the AV Half Marathon, APSOC has been forced to switch the Cooke-McClelland 8k to Saturday 19 August and the end of year dinner to Saturday 2 September. The calendar on the APSOC website has now been amended to reflect these changes.
There are some outstanding young athletes coming through the APSOC ranks. James Lightfoot and Ed Beischer (both OS) are both still at school, but they were the two fastest runners at the Orchard 10k. Among the women, Anne Martin (CG) achieved the rare feat of being both the fastest open and fastest 40+ athlete. Caulfield Grammarians