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
Jake Malone (CG) started last, but ran through the field to finish only four seconds behind the handicap winner, David Rayner (OC). Needless to say, Jake ran the day’s fastest time, while Julie Manning (OX) was the quickest of the women. Go to the Results tab to see how everyone else went.
The Athletics Victoria XCR ’17 series began with the traditional Jells Park cross country relays. It was a hard day at the office for APSU, with the women’s division 4 team obtaining our best placing of 2nd. The division 1 team, with two juniors and two M40+ runners, worked hard for 9th place.
It has been more than twenty years since St Kevin’s won a teams event in the APSOC competition. This was remedied by a dominant performance at the Jamieson. Led by two Olympians and an Australian record holder, St Kevin’s won divisions 1 and 2. Old Xaverians won the women’s division. Luke Mathews (SK), who won the race,
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* indicates point to point course
* indicates point to point course
* Sandown course 2008 short by 100m
* 2008 Sandown course short by 100m