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Bountiful harvest from the farm

10 July 2021

APS United’s women’s and overage teams continued their strong form at Cruden Farm in the third AV event of the winter season. In the women’s open 12k race, Anna Kasapis and debutant Bev Thomas both placed in the top ten and led APSU to victories in all three of its women’s divisions. Jordy Williamsz (5th),

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Louey blitzes Lodge

3 July 2021

It was a freezing day for the new Lodge course along Gardiners Creek. Andrew Louey (CG) ran the 16k event and obliterated the field, crossing the line nearly five minutes ahead of the next runner. Tamami Holmes (OS) won the 8k handicap event. Among the speedy runners, Adam Pyke (OW) stood out with his slick

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Old Scotch young guns fire at the Williamson

19 June 2021

The resumption of competition saw Old Scotch dominate the open competition in the Williamson 5k, winning divisions 1 and 2. Fastest athletes Tom Bowers (OS) and Anna Kasapis (OW) continued their fine form, while Andre Lister (CG) won his first handicap. Old Xaverians won the women’s division.

APSU’s overage teams dominate XCR ’21

22 May 2021

APS United has always fielded strong men’s overage teams, but this season the women are getting in on the act too. The W50+ team of Anne Martin, Heather Danks and Caroline Beischer, and the M50+ squad both won again at Lardner Park in round 2 of XCR and are comfortably leading their respective competitions. The 50+

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Roberts’ rewarding run

15 May 2021

Caroline Roberts (OB) scored a narrow handicap win in this year’s Ken Orchard 10k around Albert Park Lake in freezing winds. Ben Beischer (OS) and Anna Kasapis (OW) were the fastest runners by comfortable margins.

Mitchell makes her move

8 May 2021

It was a benign Brighton day that suited Olivia Mitchell as she won the Brighton-by-the-Sea handicap race for 2021, leading St Kevin’s to a team win. Angus Dalton (OX) and Anna Kasapis (OW) were the fastest runners on the day as overage records fell to Andrea Lung (CG), Mark Purvis (OS) and Margaret Fitzgerald (OX).

APSU back in Premier Division

1 May 2021

APS United has made a triumphant return to AV’s men’s premier division by placing fifth in the opening event of the XCR season at Jells Park. There were other stellar team efforts, with both the mens’s and women’s 50+ teams dominating their divisions to win gold, while the M40+ and W40+ teams won minor medals.

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Dodgshun not at all dodgy

17 April 2021

Peter Dodgshun (OS) has won a lot of handicaps over a lot of years, but not even he has won handicaps in consecutive APSOC events, until now. The Hare & Hounds, after 51 years at Berwick, moved this year to Caulfield Grammar’s impressive Wheeler’s Hill campus and Jells Park, and Peter found the new course

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So good to be back

10 April 2021

After losing an entire season in 2020, 150 APSOC runners returned to Scotch College for the opening event of 2021, the Alex Jamieson 5k. And it was a good day for the home club, as its young guns, led by Tom Bowers, carried it to victory in men’s division 1 and Peter Dodgshun won the

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Important info from the President

21 March 2021

Welcome to season 2021! The health and safety of the APSOC community is our highest priority in planning for our 2021 “Covid-normal’ season. For this reason we have introduced a number of important changes to our traditional event formats (the duration of these changes will depend on Government Health directions). Health and safety If you are

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2021 registrations now open

21 March 2021

it is time to register for the 2021 season. The on line registration process is the same as in previous years, but with new fields to be completed. Athletes must now provide a medical emergency contact’s details (name, relationship, mobile number) and confirm (or re-confirm) agreement to the APSOC legal waiver. Please re-read the instructions on

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Three flags for APSU

21 September 2019

APS United has capped its best ever XCR season by winning three AV premierships and finishing as runners-up in two other divisions. Prior to the final event, the Tan Relay, APSU had already won men’s division 4, but needed wins over particular teams in four other divisions to have a shot at an unprecedented five

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APSU youngsters shine

8 September 2019

The open and overage runners were doing a half marathon in round 9 of the XCR series, but two APSU juniors contested 5k races. Brothers Freddie and Bart Leeton excelled, with the former winning the under 16 race and Bart taking a bronze medal in the under 14 event. The APSU half marathon runners generally

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Club championship goes down to the wire

31 August 2019

It was expected that the close battle between Old Scotch and Old Xaverians would be decided by the result of the Cooke-McClelland 8k, and so it came to pass as OX won the day, making it a tie for overall season points. But the countback rules give victory to the team that wins the Cooke-McClelland.

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More handicap fun in the hills

24 August 2019

Churchill Park is a beautiful venue, but the hills are a huge challenge, especially for the 12k runners who tackle them twice. This year, James Northrop (OM) and Joe Lynch (SK) took out the 6k and 12k handicap prizes. The weather was kind and the post-race sausage sizzle provided a fitting end to the day’s

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Lots of Lodge winners

17 August 2019

With ten medals up for grabs across the two events (fastest men and women, first three on handicap in each race), the Lodge Handicaps provide ample opportunities for runners to add to their medal collections. Monica Lammers (OC) and Anthony Schaepman (OX) were the handicap winners on a beautiful day for running. Visit the race

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I do like to be beside the seaside

3 August 2019

Sam Doble (SK) enjoyed his trip to the beach this year, winning the Brighton-by-the-Sea 9k handicap race. Conditions were good for running. Old Xaverians took out the teams handicap section. Harrison Malone (CG) and Michaela Parsons (OH) were the fastest runners.

APSU on target for four flags

27 July 2019

It has been an extraordinary season for APS United in the Athletics Victoria XCR ’19 series. After another strong team effort at Lake Wendouree, Ballarat, APSU now leads four divisions of the competition – men’s divisions 2 and 4, M40+ and W40+. This success has been driven by a great mix of youth and experience

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Old Xavs hit back

20 July 2019

The contest for the open division 1 premiership has developed into a two horse race, with the Old Xaverians’ comprehensive victory in the Hooley Relay moving them into second place just behind the resurgent Old Scotch. OX is also dominating division 2 and the women’s division. OX’s trump card among the men is David McNeill,

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Juniors join the APSU medal spree

14 July 2019

Tom Bowers, in his very first year of cross country running, has won the under 18 Victorian 10k Road Championship at Albert Park. Not to be outdone, 11 year old Bart Leeton, took gold in the under 14 3k race. Freddy Leeton won bronze in the under 16 3k. These three young guns joined Mark

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Triple treat at Sandown

6 July 2019

Finally back on the roads, APSU’s overage teams scored an unprecedented hat trick of gold medals at this year’s Sandown Relays, winning M40, M50 and W40. Our division 2 team, with all team members aged under 21, finished in 2nd place and remains locked in a tight struggle with Bendigo for the right to be

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Division 1 battle hots up

29 June 2019

Old Scotch has had its first team win at the Williamson 5k since 2002 by just 5 points from Old Xaverians, and has taken the lead in the division 1 premiership race. Two well known faces, David McNeill (OX) and Anna Kasapis (OW), had the fastest times, with a rising young talent, Harry Bowen (SK),

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Slip slidin’ away

22 June 2019

The Anglesea course for this year’s Ekiden Relay was muddy, difficult and treacherous in parts, but this did not faze APSU athletes, who scored team medals in the M40 and W40 (both gold), M50 (silver) and M60 (bronze). Three of these teams are now on track for premierships barring injuries. The M40 victory was remarkable

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Medal rush continues for APSU

15 June 2019

The AV 10k cross country event at Bundoora Park was designated as an overage State Championship and several APSU athletes took advantage of this to add to their medal collections – Anna Kasapis (W40) and Mark Purvis (M60) won gold, Ant Rickards (M45) silver and Mark Frater (M40) bronze. APSU’s teams again placed highly in

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