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VRWC Results - Winter Season 2006

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The Winter Season occurs between April and September and covers the Australian winter. Conditions are generally superb for road walking with mild winter temperatures, fast courses and lots of competition for all age groups.

VRWC EVENTS, ALBERT PARK, SUNDAY 10 SEPTEMBER 2006

Our final day of racing for the 2006 Winter Season saw a club championship, a Victorian championship and a series of open events. Tom Barnes walked his furthest race so far, winning the 35 km club championship and the prestigious Ray Smith Trophy. Tom walked with Chris Erickson for the first 16 km before putting the hammer down and making what turned out to be the winning move. He walked the final 19 km very evenly and was rewarded with a fine first up time of 2:53:30. We noe look forward to seeing him contest his first 50 km event in December. Chris, in the middle of a heavy training spell, decided to let Tom go and was happy to take second place in 3:00:11 to end a big training week.

Shaun Burgess was the only starter in the Victorian Under 20 20 km and walked very sensibly to finish his longest event so far in 1:54:26. Heather Carr and Yolanda Russell also finished their 20 km targets while Mark Donahoo and Megan Szirom had hitouts over intermediate distances and called it a day at 15 km and 10 km respectively.

In the shorter distance races, Daniel Payne walked his first ever 10 km in the very impressive time of 53:27 while younger sister Emily walked her first ever 5 km to finish with a great 31:08. First year member Celia Butler broke 60 minutes for the first time, recording a breakthrough 59:00 while newcomer Harlene Hercules took another minute off her 5 km time with 36:49.  And finally we welcomed Christine Griffiths back after a stay in hospital and an operation. Good on you, Christine.

In summary, the number of walkers might have been small but the enthusiasm and effort was top notch, as usual.

VRWC 35 Km Club Championship – Ray Smith Trophy

1. Tom Barnes             53:33    1:42:39    2:29:33    2:53:30
2. Chris Erickson         53:33    1:04:00    2:34:35    3:00:11

AV. 20 km Under 20 Men
1. Shaun Burgess          55:53    1:54:26 (PB)

VRWC 20 Km Open
1. Heather Carr           56:17    2:01:55
2. Yolanda Russell        60:13    2:25:36
3. Mark Donahoo           56:18    DNF (15 km in 1:23:51)
   Megan Szirom           52:00    DNF (retired at 10 km)

VRWC 10 Km Open
1. Daniel Payne           53:27 (PB)
2. Celia Butler           59:00 (PB)
3. Stuart Cooper          63:20
4. Robin Wood             77:22
   Bob Gardiner           DNF (6 km in 38:29)

VRWC 5 Km Open
1. Alison Thompson        27:01
2. Alan Lucas             27:26
3. Liz Feldman            28:54
4. Janet Holmes           29:49
5. Gayle McIntyre         30:49
6. Emily Payne            31:08 (PB)
7. Gwen Steed             31:34
8. Anthony Doran          32:03
9. Barry Wicks            33:49
10.Marlaine Stanway       34:03
11.Harlene Hercules       36:49 (PB)

Unjudged 5 km
1. Robin Wood             36:49
2. Christine Griffiths    48:20

VRWC EVENTS, ALBERT PARK, SATURDAY 2 SEPTEMBER 2006

The season is just about finished but we still had nearly 60 walkers enjoying perfect racing conditions (ah Melbourne, beautiful one day, wet the next!). This was one of our major club championship days and was followed by our Winter Season Presentation ceremony so there were trophies and medals and perpetual trophies galore.

Alison Thompson won the prestigious Elsie Jacobson Trophy with a solo effort – she was our only 15 km walker. Everyone else opted for a shorter distance!

VRWC 15 km Women Club Championship – Elsie Jacobson Trophy
1. Alison Thompson        1:31:06

VRWC Open 15 km
    Tom Barnes            DNF (10 km in 47:23)

VRWC Open 10 km
1. Paul Kennedy           54:43
2. Ralph Bennett          58:23
3. Yolanda Russell        62:16
   Robin Wood             66:41
   Mark Donahoo           DNF (5 km in 25:22)

VRWC Open 5 km
1. Lachlan McDonald       24:50
2. John Bunker            26:55
3. Gayle McIntyre         30:06
5. Bob Gardiner           30:33
6. Stuart Cooper          30:39
7. Janet Holmes           30:46
8. John Morrison          31:00
9. Carmel Drennan         31:05
10.Celia Johnson          32:57
11.Barry Wicks            33:41
12.Bruce Conboy           34:32
13.Margaret Beaumont      37:10
14.Harlene Hercules       37:47
15.Gwen Steed             DNF (3 km in 18:50)
Ian Beaumont              DQ

VRWC Open 3 km
1. Marlaine Stanway       20:16
2. Kiersten Coulter       20:41
3. Damien Elms            24:18
   Gordon Onley           DQ

As mentioned above, Saturday was one of our major VRWC Championship days and quite a few of our junior walkers made one last big effort for the season. Congratulations to everyone. We had some great racing.

VRWC Under 18 5 km Club Championship
1. Lauren Drennan         25:54
2. Tamara Attard          29:57

1. Daniel Payne           25:38
2. Jason Elms             37:08

VRWC Under 16 5 km Club Championship
1. Regan Lamble           26:52
2. Natalie Laurie         28:57

1. Nicholas Mirarchi      25:48
   Brad McLaren           DNF

VRWC Under 14 3 km Club Championship
1. Beth Alexander         15:57
2. Taylah Watt            16:52
3. Amy Burren             17:25
4. Emily Payne            17:34
5. Ayla Collins           18:33

1. Robert Walsh           18:19
   Damien Elms            DQ

VRWC Under 12 2 km Club Championship
1. Caitlin Campbell       10:57
2. Talie Collins          11:09
3. Amelia Finnegan        11:12
4. Ella Mason             12:33
5. Ashley Albert          12:54
6. Briggette Brockenshire 13:16
7. Taylor Brogan          13:25

1. Ryan Antidormi         11:11

VRWC Under 9 2 km Club Championship

1. Sarah Burren           11:59
2. Carly Bertrand         12:16
3. Stacey McLaren         14:15
4. Cindy Collins          15:22

1. Ryan Dossetor          14:44

VRWC EVENTS, ALBERT PARK, SATURDAY 26 AUGUST 2006

While a number of our members were enjoying the crisp Hobart airs, we still had our regular events on offer at Albert Park and a small group of walkers availed themselves of the opportunity for their weekly fitness workout. The younger walkers were the stars of the days with Cindy Collins and Stacey McLaren fighting it out to the line in the Under 9 event and Amy Burren and Amelia Finnegan producing very fast times in the Under 12 division.

1 km Under 9       
1. Cindy Collins           6:18
2. Stacey McLaren          6:18

1. Ryan Dossetor           6:25

2 km Under 12       
1. Amy Burren             10:30
2. Amelia Finnegan        10:41
3. Talie Collins          11:09
4. Sarah Burren           11:36
5. Ashley Albert          11:51
6. Rebecca Campbell       12:10
7. Briggette Brockenshire 13:23

4 km Open       
1. Gwen Steed             24:57
2. C Edwards              27:49
3. Marlaine Stanway       27:49
4. Kiersten Coulter       28:08
5. Carly Bertrand         28:30
6. Margaret Beaumont      29:15
7. H Harlene              29:57
8. Pam Mews               37:35
       
1. Robert Walsh           22:31
2. John Morrison          23:40
3. Geoff Barrow           23:47
4. Ian Beaumont           31:31

6 km Open       
1. Yolanda Russell        34:54
2. Janet Holmes           36:22
3. Gayle McIntyre         41:02

1. John Bunker            32:02
   Timucin Girgin         AB (15.55 for 3 km)
       
8 km Open       
1. Mark Donahoo           41:47
2. Ralph Bennett          46:00
3. Robin Wood             52:50

VRWC AND VMA EVENTS, ALBERT PARK, SATURDAY 19 AUGUST 2006

Last Saturday, we played host to the Victorian Masters Association on the occasion of their 20 km roadwalking championships. For the women, this was a first – up till now their championship road distances have been 5 km and 10 km. So for most of the women, this was their first attempt at such a long distance – and they rose to the occasion with some great performances.  At the top of the list were the walks of Marlaine Stanway and Heather Carr who both set new Australian Masters records. Marlaine broke the W65 record by some 8 minutes while Heather broke her own W55 record by over 1 minute.

For Marlaine, this is a great comeback considering that she spent over 12 months sidelined with a very serious shoulder injury after tripping and falling during one of our VWRC races last winter. Well done Marlaine – fantastic!

Walkers having their first outings over such a long distance included Ralph Bennett, Gayle McIntyre, Carmel Drennan, Barbara Bryant, Alison Thompson, Heather Carr and Marlaine Stanway. We had some tired but pleased masters at the presentations.

VMA 20 KM MEN               Place  Time           
Heywood, Colin       M50    1      1:44:33           
Lucas, Alan          M55    1      1:59:27           
Wood, Robin          M55    2      2:14:30           
Bennett, Ralph       M60    1      2:02:38           
Major, Geoff         M70    1      2:18:10           

VMA 20 KM WOMEN                           
McIntyre, Gayle      W35    1      2:20:55           
Howorth, Sandra      W40    1      2:37:03           
Drennan, Carmel      W45    1      2:19:06           
Bryant, Barbara      W50    1      2:02:58           
Thompson, Alison     W50    2      2:08:34           
Carr, Heather        W55    1      1:54:17  Aust Record       
Feldman, Liz         W55    2      2:10:09           
Stanway, Marlaine    W65    1      2:29:25  Aust Record           
Beaumont, Margaret   W65    2      2:36:36           

We also had our last points day for the winter season and competition was hot with people after those final handicap and fastest times points. Club walker of the day was Tim Girgin who took some 6 minutes off  his best 10 km time to record 53:15. At only 14 years of age, this is a great time and one which indicates that Tim is a walker with a big future.

We also welcomed Harlene Hercules for her first walk with the club. She has been walking at Mentone and decided it was time to step up. Welcome Harlene! Other great walks were seen from Regan Lamble, Natalie Laurie and Nicholas Mirarchi. They will all be in action next weekend in Hobart.

VRWC 10 KM OPEN                     Hcp Place
1. Heywood, Colin          51:40    5
2. Girgin, Tim             53:15    1
3. Bunker, John            54:51    4
4. Bennett, Ralph          59:04    3
5. Wood, Robin             65:45    2
           
1. Carr, Heather           55:00    2
2. Stanway, Marlaine       70:51    1
3. Beaumont, Margaret      76:24    3
           
VRWC 5 KM OPEN                      Hcp Place
1. Lamble, Regan           25:08    4
2. Laurie, Natalie         25:15    3
3. Drennan, Lauren         26:04    5
4. Holmes, Janet           29:00    2
5. Attard, Tamara          29:15    6
6. Hallett, Nicole         29:23    7
7. Brazel, Hilary          29:43    9
8. Steed, Gwen             31:12    8
9. Hercules, Harlene       38:38   
10. Mews, Pam              44:37    1
           
1. Mirarchi, Nicholas      25:42    1
2. Burgess, Shaun          26:57    3
3. Dyer, Bill              27:22    8
4. Barrow, Geoff           29:49    4
5. Morrison, John          30:34    5
6. Cooper, Stuart          30:44    6
7. Elms, Bradley           32:11    7
8. Wicks, Barry            33:41   
9. Conboy, Bruce           34:52    2
   Cowley, Rhydian         DNF       
           
VRWC 3 KM OPEN Non handicap           
1. Coulter, Kiersten       21:02   
2. Elms, Donna             25:36       
           
VRWC 3 KM UNDER 15                  Hcp Place
1. Raselli, Cassandra      15:27    3
2. Burren, Amy             16:21    2
3. Finnegan, Amelia        16:54   
4. Dyer, Chelsea           17:07    1
5. Collins, Talie          17:47    4
6. Bertrand, Carly         19:42   
           
1. Walsh, Robert           16:13    1
2. Antidormi, Ryan         16:40       
           
VRWC 2 KM UNDER 12                  Hcp Place
1. Campbell, Caitlin       10:49    1
2. Burren, Sarah           11:43    2
3. Mason, Ella             12:19    4
4. Albert, Ashley          12:35    3
5. Brogan, Taylor          13:11    6
6. Brockenshire, Briggette 13:22    5
           
VRWC 1 KM UNDER 9                   Hcp Place
1. Campbell, Rebecca        5:38    1
2. McNicol-Davidson, Chloe  6:14    4
3. McLaren, Stacey          6:30    2
4. Collins, Cindy           6:37    3
           
1. McNicol-Davidson, Cody   6:27    2
2. Dossetor, Ryan           6:39    1

VRWC EVENTS, ALBERT PARK, SATURDAY 12 AUGUST 2006

Perfect conditions greeted walkers last Saturday for our club events at Albert park. Our young walkers were the stars with some great performances. The best of the day was by 12 year old Amy Burren who walked a fantastic 22:00 for the 4 km. Her 9 year old sister Sarah also tested herself out over the long 4 km distance and recorded a great 25:06. Regan Lamble (20:38 for the 4 km) and Cassandra Raselli (9:58 for the 2 km) were also in top form. The best of the senior walkers was Gayle McIntyre who improved with yet another PB (36:40 for the 8 km). Gayle is making huge headway in her first season with the club and starting to take a few scalps along the way!    

10 KM OPEN                         HCP PLACE
1  Lachlan McDonald       53:58    5
2  Ralph Bennett          57:38    2
3  Russ Dickensen         58:24    4
4  Murray Dickenson       59:18    3
5  Robin Wood             66:14    1
   Lauren Drennan         DNF   
           
6 KM OPEN                          HCP PLACE
1  Heather Carr           32:11    5
2  Gayle McIntyre         36:40    1
3  Gwen Steed             37:44    4
4  Carmel Drennan         38:51    6
5  Marlaine Stanway       41:03    2
6  Margaret Beaumont      44:20    3
           
1  Mark Donahoo           30:04    7
2  John Bunker            31:54    5
3  Nicholas Mirarchi      32:06    2
4  Alan Lucas             33:19    1
5  Geoff Barrow           36:36    4
6  John Morrison          37:44    6
7  Ian Beaumont           47:02    3
           
4 KM OPEN                          HCP PLACE
1  Kiersten Coulter       28:21    2
2  Pam Mews               34:34    1
             
1  Barry Wicks            26:37       
           
4 KM UNDER 15                      HCP PLACE
1  Regan Lamble           20:28    6
2  Beth Alexander         21:38    2
3  Amy Burren             22:00    1
4  Talie Collins          23:59    3
5  Caitlin Campbell       24:37    4
6  Sarah Burren           25:06    5
       
1  Robert Walsh           23:30    1   
           
2 KM UNDER 12                      HCP PLACE
1  Cassandra Raselli       9:58    5
2  Amelia Finnegan        10:47    3
3  Chelsea Dyer           11:37    8
4  Ashley Albert          12:05    1
5  Carly Bertrand         12:18    2
6  Chloe McNicol-Davidson 12:20    7
7  Ella Mason             12:36    6
8  Briggette Brockenshire 13:05    4
           
1  Cody McNicol-Davidson  14:09    1
           
1 KM UNDER 9                       HCP PLACE
1  Rebecca Campbell        6:05    2
2  Stacey McLaren          6:43    1
3  Cindy Collins           7:01    3
           
1  Ryan Dossetor            7:41    1

RACEWALKING AUSTRALIA CARNIVAL, ALBERT PARK, SUNDAY 6 AUGUST 2006

Some 150 walkers gathered in Melbourne last Sunday for the second Racewalking Australia carnival for the year. Conditions were perfect and the flat Albert Park circuit proved condusive to good times, with a huge number of PBs being recorded. Rather than hear about it from me, I will use the report that Jim Leppik wrote for internet distribution..thanks Jim.

The second "Racewalking Australia" championship was held in Melbourne last Sunday in terrific conditions. Commonwealth Games bronze medalist and sub 4 hour 50km man, Chris Erickson, 24, took charge at about the 8km point of the race and was untroubled, going on for a comfortable win. Chris split right on 44 min at 10km and his 88.24 was just a 5 seconds short of his personal best, fine effort given his fitness is still returning after a break following his fine effort at World Cup, which was  his second sub 4 hour walk within a  7 week period. 20yo AIS Michael McCaigh walked his usual consistent race taking second place in 89.45 while Tom Barnes, 24, looked strong throughout finishing 3rd in 91.08. Tom's training is a little limited due to his university commitments and so not only is this a fine effort but he also has alot to look forward too over the next few years.  Perhaps the most amazing stat from the open race was that of 60yo Andrew Jamieson who took 2 minutes off the world record for his age group. Jammo never gets old and continues to improve despite his years and he finished the 20km in an outstanding 96.15. I wonder how fast he would have been if he was 30 instead of 60 (he only looks 40-45) !! I'm hoping to just be able to ride my bike that fast when I'm 60 let alone remotely giving any thought to actually trying to walk it.
   
Megan Szirom, 28, the most improved walker in the country, produced another terrific performance to take out the Women's 10km in another personal best time. Megan took control after 3km, going on to an excellent victory in another personal best time of 46.57, her first time under 47 minutes. Megan's improvement over  last 12 months has been staggering improving her 20km time in that period by 10 minutes, with corresponding improvements in the other distances.
   
Highly consistent World cup Rep, 21 yo Lisa Grant, produced another great walk to once again go under 48 minutes. Lisa rarely walks a bad race and this performance was yet another example. 17yo Jessica Rothwell was 3rd 10km walker across the line, but importantly first place in under 20 section, taking out that event in 50.15, a 90 second personal best. Jess looked as strong as I've ever seen her and will certainly go under the 50 min mark soon, maybe as soon as the National long walks in Hobart at the end of the month. Given Jess was entered in the under 20's only, this left 3rd place in open section to Carma Watson, walking her best race for a while, finishing in 51.35 after splitting 5km in 25.46. One of the favorites, sub 48 walker Michelle French unfortunately retired from the event due to illness but she should be ready to go by Hobart..
   
17yo World Cup Rep Daniel Coleman produced another 10km PB, finishing very strongly to win the under 20 men's 10km in 46.17, 30 seconds taking off his previous best. Daniel was challenged early by fellow World Cup rep 16 yo Brooke Keys, with Daniel getting on top mid-race, at the point where Brooke was unfortunately DQ'd. This left much improved 17yo Kyle Bryant to take second in another huge PB time of 47.33, improving his best by over a minute. Kyle has made giant strides in the last few months and may be one to really watch.
   
The best performances of the youngsters were produced by Shannon Jennings and Natalie Laurie. Shannon, 13 believe it or not, won the unusual double of the under 18 5km and under 14 2km. Shannon took out the under 18 5km in a highly competitive race with 15yo Melissa Hayes winning it by just 7 seconds. Shannon's time was a fast one  too winning in 24.42, with Melissa's 24.49. Both these girls will be hugely competitive at the National in Hobart at the end of the month. Not long later Shannon took out the under 14 2km event in 9.40.
   
14 yo Natalie Laurie, despite being ill all week, showed no sign of it on the day, with a very powerful performance, her best in a long time, taking out the event in 14.47, from Melissa Hayes in 14.52. I've never seen Natalie look that strong and she will also be very competitive come nationals (under 16 5km) where I believe she'll improve heaps once again. That should be a top race with star South Australia youngster 14yo Paige Hooper, a sub 24 min 5km girl, 14 yo Regan Lamble, with recent performances of 14.27 for 3km & 41.43 for 8km, and Natalie. A special mention must also go to Melissa Hayes, who took second place in in both the under 18 and under 16 events in terrific times (24.49 & 14.52), with the events walked straight after each other, a fine performance under any circumstances.

And now onto the results:

EVENT 1: A.V. 20 KM OPEN MEN; 9:30AM
1. ERICKSON, Chris           ATE    1:28:24    1st Victorian
2. McCAGH, MICHAEL           AIS/WA 1:29:45   
3. BARNES, Tom               RWD    1:31:08    2nd Victorian
4. JAMIESON, Andrew          OSC    1:36:16    3rd Victorian
5. HEYWOOD, Colin            DIV    1:41:55   
6. KNOX, Duncan              ATE    1:55:37   

EVENT 2: RWA 20 KM OPEN / MASTERS MEN; 9:30AM
1. ERICKSON, Chris           VRWC    1:28:24   
2. BARNES, Tom               VRWC    1:31:08   
3. JAMIESON, Andrew (M)      VRWC    1:36:15   
4. McDONALD, Lachlan         VRWC    1:41:39   
5. HEYWOOD, Colin (M)        VRWC    1:41:44   
6. SMITH, Michael            REGAL   1:49:28   
7. REID, Ross (M)            VRWC    1:53:28   
8. KNOX, Duncan (M)          VRWC    1:55:37   
9. ALBANESE, Anthony (M)     NSWRWC  2:01:47   
10.SMYTH, David              NSWRWC  2:06:15   
11.ROWE, Greg (M)            NSWRWC  2:11:18   
12.MOORE, David (M)          TRWC    2:21:40   
   MARTIN, Travis            VRWC    DNF   
   WHYTE, Robin (M)          ACTRFWC DQ   
   
EVENT 3: 5 KM UNDER 18 MEN; 9:45AM
1. PAYNE, Daniel             VRWC    24.44   
2. MIRARCHI, Nicholas        VRWC    25.48   
3. BURGESS, Shaun            VRWC    26:05   
4. PLATT, John               VRWC    29.58   
               
EVENT 4: 5 KM UNDER 18 WOMEN; 9:45AM
1. JENNINGS, Shannon         NSWRWC  24.42   
2. HAYES, Melissa            NSWRWC  24.49   
3. DRENNAN, Lauren           VRWC    25.51   
4. PALFREYMAN, Jessie        BRWC    27.40   
5. ATTARD, Tamara            VRWC    27.57   
6. GIRGIN, Eda               VRWC    28.13   
7. BRUNTON, Caitlin          VRWC    28.28   
8. LINGLEY, Ellen            NSWRWC  33.20   

EVENT 5: 3 KM UNDER 16 BOYS; 10:20AM
1. COWLEY, Rhydian           VRWC    14.02   
2. READING, Michael          ACTRFWC 14.17   
3. DEWHURST, Ian             NSWRWC  14.37   
4. GIRGIN, Tim               VRWC    15.16   
5. MIRARCHI, Nicholas        VRWC    15.49   
6. COCKERELL, Nathan         NSWRWC  16.35   
7. COCKERELL, Nicky          NSWRWC  16.42   
   McLAREN, Bradley          VRWC    DQ   

EVENT 6: 3 KM UNDER 16 GIRLS; 10:20AM
1. LAURIE, Natalie           VRWC    14.47   
2. HAYES, Melissa            NSWRWC  14.52   
3. CHAPPLE, Kini             NSWRWC  15.39   
4. GRALTON, Ebony            NSWRWC  16.29   
5. HOPE, Tegan               NSWRWC  17.02   
6. HEDGER, Amy               VRWC    18.17   
7. BODDY, Lana               VRWC    20.13   
   WIGGINS, Alycia           TRWC    DQ   
   LAMBLE, Regan             VRWC    DNS   
   JEENAWEENA, Rukshani      NSWRWC  DNS   

EVENT 7: 2 KM UNDER 14 BOYS; 10:40AM
1. FAZLDAD, Nathan           NSWRWC   9.54   
2. WASHBURN, Steven          NSWRWC  10.10   
3. SIMPSON, Brad             VRWC    10.16   
4. GIRGIN, Ergenekon         VRWC    10.31   
5. WALSH, Robert             VRWC    10.40   
6. COAD, Adrian              BRWC    11.34   
7. CURTIS, Peter             BRWC    12.09   
8. JONES, Jeremiah           BRWC    12.26   
9. COCKERELL, Nicky          NSWRWC  12.28   
   KILLEN, Matthew           NSWRWC  DQ   
               
EVENT 8: 2 KM UNDER 14 GIRLS; 10:40AM
1. JENNINGS, Shannon         NSWRWC   9.40
2. ALEXANDER, Beth           VRWC     9.52
3. TALLENT, Rachel           VRWC    10.29
4. HALLETT, Nicole           VRWC    10.33
5. WATT, Taylah              VRWC    10.35
6. BRAZEL, Hilary            VRWC    10.35
7. PAYNE, Emily              VRWC    10.36
8. GRALTON, Ebony            NSWRWC  10.48
9. DYER, Chelsea             VRWC    10.53
10.BETTIOL, Amy              NSWRWC  11.07
11.BRUNTON, Erin             VRWC    11.30
12.MASON, Ella               VRWC    12.14
13.JONES, Ebony-Jade         BRWC    13.11
14.JONES, Cara               BRWC    14.15
15.JONES, Staci              VRWC    16.37
   BOWDEN, Katrin            ACTRFWC DQ
       
EVENT 9: 2 KM UNDER 12 BOYS 10:55AM
1. FAZLDAD, Nathan           NSWRWC  10.03   
2. WASHBURN, Steven          NSWRWC  10.09   
3. ANTIDORMI, Ryan           VRWC    10.27   
4. McNICOL-DAVIDSON, Cody    VRWC    13.54   
5. KILLEN, Matthew           NSWRWC  14.32   
6. COCKERELL,Matthew         NSWRWC  17.46   
   NUNN, Connor              VRWC    DQ   
               
EVENT 10: 2 KM UNDER 12 GIRLS; 10:55AM
1. BETTIOL, Amy              NSWRWC   9.49   
2. RASELLI, Cassandra        VRWC     9.56   
3. BILLINGTON, Tayla Paige   NSWRWC  10.11   
4. WHILEY, Ebony             BRWC    10.22   
5. CAMPBELL, Caitlin         VRWC    10.41   
6. FINNEGAN, Amelia          VRWC    10.48   
7. ROSE, Ainsley             NSWRWC  11.17   
8. COLLINS, Talie            VRWC    11.32   
9. TALLENT, Ebony            VRWC    12.04   
10.BERTRAND, Carly           VRWC    12.05   
11.McNICOL-DAVIDSON, Chloe   VRWC    12.21   
12.CAMPBELL, Rebecca         VRWC    12.31   
13.BROCKENSHIRE, Briggette   VRWC    13.04   
14.HOLLOWAY, Stephanie       TRWC    13.22   
15.JONES, Madison            VRWC    14.18   
   PAYNE, April              NSWRWC  DQ   
                   
EVENT 11: 1 KM UNDER 10 BOYS; 11:10AM
1. HEIDEN, Dane              BRWC    5:25   
2. JONES, Jeremiah           BRWC    5:38   
3. COAD, Jarrod              BRWC    6:10   
4. DOSSETOR, Ryan            VRWC    7:33   

EVENT 12: 1 KM UNDER 10 GIRLS; 11:10AM
1. BILLINGTON, Tayla Paige   NSWRWC  5:07
2. PLUMMER,Caitlin           NSWRWC  5:31
3. BERTRAND, Carly           VRWC    5:36
4. CAMPBELL, Rebecca         VRWC    6:01
5. COCKERELL,Emily           NSWRWC  6:08
6. PARRY, Georgia            TRWC    6:13
7. McLAREN, Stacey           VRWC    6:25
8. COLLINS, Cindy            VRWC    6:38

EVENT 13: 10 KM OPEN / MASTERS WOMEN; 11:20AM
1. SZIROM, Megan             VRWC      46:57
2. GRANT, Lisa               NSWRWC    47:54
3. WATSON, Carma             VRWC      51:35
4. EBEJER, Vanessa           NSWRWC    54:04
5. CARR, Heather (M)         VRWC      54:37
6. GEISLER, Sandra           VRWC      54:55
7. BRYANT, Barbara (M)       BRWC      58:09
8. CRUICKSHANK, Michelle (M) NSWRWC    58:29
9. MITCHELL, Nicolle         NSWRWC  1:00:15
10.BUTLER, Celia             VRWC    1:00:55
11.HOLMES, Janet (M)         VRWC    1:00:58
12.McINTYRE, Gayle (M)       VRWC    1:01:23
13.DRENNAN, Carmel (M)       VRWC    1:01:38
14.ROSEMAN, Justi            VRWC    1:02:08
15.BILLINGTON, Jenny (M)     NSWRWC  1:03:51
16.STEED, Gwen (M)           VRWC    1:05:36
17.GRALTON, Debbie (M)       NSWRWC  1:06:54
18.SUNDSTROM, Jodie          REGAL   1:07:55
19.STANWAY, Marlaine (M)     VRWC    1:09:01
20.LINGLEY, Jenny (M)        NSWRWC  1:09:53
21.McKINVEN, Noela (M)       QRWC    1:11:30
22.TILLMAN, Annette (M)      NSWRWC  1:28:31
   FRENCH, Michelle          NSWRWC  DNF
   PURCELL, Joan (M)         NSWRWC  DQ
                   
EVENT 14: 10 KM UNDER 20 MEN; 11:20AM
1. COLEMAN, Daniel          TRWC       46:17   
2. BRYANT, Kyle             BRWC       47:33   
3. PERIN, Anson             REGAL    1:05:21   
   KEYS, Brook              NSWRWC   DQ       
   READING, Brendan         ACTRFWC  DNS 
      
EVENT 15: 10 KM UNDER 20 WOMEN; 11:20AM
1. ROTHWELL, Jess           VRWC       50:15   
2. JONES, Chloe             NSWRWC     51:56   
3. DONOVAN, Siobhan         VRWC       55:17   
4. BODDY, Tyne              VRWC       59:54   
5. GOODWIN, Rebecca         NSWRWC   1:02:55   
   EBEJER, Charlene         REGAL    DNF       

The full results, along with the full teams results, can be viewed at tthe Racewalking Australia website. Point your browser to http://www.racewalkingaustralia.com.au/ , choose Left Hand Side Menu item "RWA Carnival Results", then select  "2006 Carnival Results" and scroll down. Congratulations to our VRWC medallists

Open Men 20 km        Chris Erickson 1st, Tom Barnes 2nd, Andrew Jamieson 3rd
Under 18 Men 5 km     Daniel Payne 1st, Nicholas Mirarch 2ndi, Shaun Burgess 3rd
Under 18 Women 5 km   Lauren Drennan 3rd
Under 16 Boys 3 km    Rhydian Cowley 1st
Under 16 Girls 3 km   Natalie Laurie 1st
Under 14 Boys 2 km    Brad Simpson 3rd
Under 14 Girls 2 km   Beth Alexander 2nd, Rachel Tallent 3rd
Under 12 Boys 2 km    Ryan Antidormi 3rd
Under 12 Girls 2 km   Cassandra Raselli 2nd
Under 10 Girls 1 km   Carly Bertrand 3rd
Open Women 10 km      Megan Szirom 1st, Carma Watson 3rd
Under 20 Women 10 km  Jess Rothwell 1st, Siobhan Donovan 3rd

VRWC RACES, ALBERT PARK, SATURDAY 29 JULY 2006

Every time we expect a quiet week, we are wrong. Once again, the numbers were good with over 50 walkers competing for Fastest Time, Handicap and Style Award points in our club competition.

Our Under 9 and Under 12 walkers are both enthusiastic and talented. You only have to watch the first 100m of the event each week to notice the speed and determination with which they start the race – and they are going just as hard when they finish! At this stage of the season, some of our older Under 12 walkers start to compete over the longer Under 15 distances but we still had a healthy subset of young stars in action this week in our youngest age group events.

1km Under 9                       H'cap
1. Chloe McNicol-Davidson 5:34    3   
2. Rebecca Campbell       6:00    2   
3. Stacey McLaren         6:41    1   
4. Cindy Collins          6:49    4  
 
1. Ryan Dossetor          7:29    1
               
2km Under 12                      H'cap               
1. Amelia Finnegan       10:35    2   
2. Caitlin Campbell      11:30    3   
3. Carly Bertrand        12:11    1   
4. Ella Mason            12:28    4   
5. Taylor Brogan         13:06    5   

1. Ryan Antidormi        10:38    1   
2. Cody McNicol-Davidson 14:21    2

The 4 km and 8 km events also saw their own share of good walking. Nicole Hallett and Robert Walsh took the Fastest Time / Handicap doubles in the Under 15 4 km. Tim Girgin flew through a 3 km PB before calling it quits. Ross Reid wore his alternate club uniform as usual (well, that's what he says!). Nicholas Mirarchi did a big 5 km PB and then hung on to record an 8 km PB.  Gayle McIntyre did another PB. Lachlan McDonald walked perhaps his best race for the season to comfortably win the 8 km. Regan Lamble won the women's 8 km and, together, Lachlan and Regan were our top scorers in the style award competition.

4km Under 15                      H'cap               
1. Hilary Brazel         22:25    1   
2. Nicole Hallett        23:52    2   
3. Ayla Collins          24:16   
4. Talie Collins         24:44       
   Eda Girgin            AB (11.04 for 2k)       

1. Robert Walsh          23:13    1   
   Damien Elms           AB (15.36 for 2km)       
   Ergenekon Girgin      AB (10.59 for 2km)       
   Timucin Girgin        AB (14.39 for 3km)       
   Bradley McLaren       DQ       

4km Open                          H'cap               
1. Heather Carr          20:52    8   
2. Janet Holmes          22:58    1   
3. Gwen Steed            24:21    5   
4. Celia Johnson         25:03    6   
5. Marlaine Stanway      27:10    9   
6. Kiersten Coulter      29:03    4   
7. Christine Griffiths   33:01    7   
8. Donna Elms            33:44    2   
9. Pam Mews              35:35    3   

1. John Bunker           20:55    2   
2. Bradley Elms          24:38    3   
3. John Morrison         24:55    5   
4. Anthony Barrett       25:54    6   
5. Jason Elms            26:35    4   
6. Barry Wicks           26:42       
7. Bruce Conboy          27:55    1   
   Gordon Onley          DQ  
   
8km Open                          H'cap               
1. Regan Lamble          41:43    5   
2. Alison Thompson       44:58    1   
3. Yolanda Russell       45:11    3   
4. Tamara Attard         47:08    2   
5. Liz Feldman           48:29    6   
6. Gayle McIntyre        52:31    4   
7. Margaret Beaumont     59:54    7   

1. Lachlan McDonald      38:09    8   
2. Andrew Jamieson       38:15    9   
3. Colin Heywood         39:55    6   
4. Ross Reid             40:11    3   
5. Nicholas Mirarchi     44:36    1   
6. Alan Lucas            44:50    2   
7. Russ Dickenson        45:40    7   
8. Murray Dickinson      46:36    E4   
9. Robin Wood            53:53    E4   
   
Ralph Bennett and Ian Beaumont walked in our non-judged categories to complete good fitness walks
               
    Ralph Bennett        4 km in 23:17       
    Ian Beaumont         8 km in 63:08   

AV AND VRWC RACES, ALBERT PARK, SATURDAY 22 JULY 2006

We had our biggest field for the season with a total of 79 walkers in action at Albert Park on Saturday. The weather was perfect with still conditions, blue skies and a mild 14oC.  Who dares to complain about our fantastic Melbourne weather!

The Victorian Womens' titles were keenly contested with good sized fields in almost all divisions. Megan Szirom cleaned up the Open 10 km event to make it 3 Victorian titles in a row (she has already won the Victorian 15 km and 20 km titles). Tracy Feiner continued her comeback with a very good second placing and time while Masters walker Heather Carr showed that age is no barrier to good walking with her bronze medal.

The junior races also produced worthy winners with Fauve Jacobs (U20), Jess Rothwell (U18), Regan Lamble (U16) and Cassandra Raselli (U14) all doing good times.

AV Open 10km Championship for Women
1. Megan SZIROM           RWD    47:29   
2. Tracy FEINER           KNA    52:07
3. Heather CARR           VMA    54:17
4. Sandra GEISLER         RWD    55:05
5. Annette MAJOR          EAG    57:14
6. Carmel DRENNAN         KSB    61:07
7. Celia BUTLER           TAS    61:08
   Justijana ROSEMAN      ATE    DNS
   Carma WATSON           ATE    DNS
               
AV U20 10km Championship for Women
1. Fauve JACOBS           DKN    57:40
2. Tyne BODDY             COR    60:16
   Siobhan DONOVAN        ANW    Ab

AV U18 8km Championship for Girls
1. Jess ROTHWELL          SBE    40:34
2. Lauren DRENNAN         KSB    42:54
3. Jessie PALFREYMAN      EAG    44:09
4. Eda GIRGIN             ATE    45:54
5. Tamara ATTARD          KNA    48:11

AV U16 5km Championship for Girls
1. Regan LAMBLE           ANW    25:09
2. Natalie LAURIE         ANW    25:46
3. Beth ALEXANDER         KNA    27:04
4. Lana BODDY             COR    34:07

AV U14 3km Championship for Girls
1. Cassandra RASELLI      BOH    15:46
2. Rachel TALLENT         BYC    15:55
3. Nicole HALLETT         ANW    16:29
4. Caitlin CAMPBELL       ATE    16:37
5. Hilary BRAZEL          ANW    16:44
6. Emily PAYNE            COR    16:46
7. Chelsea DYER           BOH    17:01
8. Ebony WHILEY           EAG    17:49
9. Ebony TALLENT          BYC    18:02

The Open Men's event saw Tom Barnes continue his good form to take his third Victorian title in a row (having alredy won the 15 km and 30km titles this winter). After a good battle early on with Chris Erickson, Tom worked his way to a 30 sec break by the 8 km mark. With Chris then stopping for a call of nature, Tom stormed home to the easiest of wins. Chris, the defending title holder, got back onto the track in time to take second while Andrew Jamieson celebrated his move into the M60 division by taking over 2 minutes off Gary Little's M60 World Masters record which stood at 49:22.7. His 5 km split of 23:31.12 was also well under the World 5000m time so when he has his next track walk, that record is also likely to fall.
Shaun Burgess of Geelong (U20), Kyle Bryant of Bendigo (U18) and Melbourne walkers Rhydian Cowley (U16) and Ergenekon Girgin (U14) ensured the the underage titles were spread around the State.

AV Open 10km Championship for Men for the C. H. (Bert) Gardiner Medal
1. Tom BARNES             RWD    44:49.8
2. Chris ERICKSON         ATE    47:12.7
3. Andrew JAMIESON        OSC    47:16.9
4. Ross  REID             COLL   52:13
5. Robert GARDINER        COLL   62:16
   Mark DONAHOO           ATE    Ab.
   Frank BERTEI           ANW    DNS
   Simon EVANS            BOH    DNS
   Duncan KNOX            ATE    DNS
   Stuart KOLLMORGAN      COLL   DNS

AV U20 10km Championship for Men
1. Shaun BURGESS          ACW    55:15
   Bradley ELMS           PTN    DISQ

AV U18 8km Championship for Boys
1. Kyle BRYANT            SBE    38:37
2. Daniel PAYNE           COR    42:33
3. Jason ELMS             PTN    57:38
   John PLATT             EKA    DNS

AV U16 5km Championship for Boys
1. Rhydian COWLEY         GHY    23:47
2. Timucin GIRGIN         ATE    25:49
3. Nicholas MIRARCHI      COR    26:58
   Bradley McLAREN        ATE    DISQ

AV U14 3km Championship for Boys
1. Ergenekon GIRGIN       ATE    16:27
2. Bradley SIMPSON        KNA    17:15
3. Jeremiah JONES         SBE    19:25

RWA STATE CHALLENGE, ALBERT PARK, SATURDAY 22 JULY 2006

This is the third year we have held this event and it is certainly well supported by all the walking clubs. VRWC has won it for the last 2 years and we are again strongly placed after outstanding performances by our walkers. The concept was extended this year to include Masters Men and Women 10 km roadwalks with the placings being decided on the Masters percentage ranking system. With Heather Carr at 92.78% and Andrew Jamieson at 99.00%, this will be hard for any other clubs to match. Well done and thanks to everyone who contributed to this great result !

We also played host to the Bendigo walkers who contested their own Challenge event alongside us. I include their results in the overall report.
               
RWA State Challenge 10km for Open Women
1. Megan SZIROM           VRWC    47:29
2. Sandra GEISLER         VRWC    55:05
3. Celia BUTLER           VRWC    61:08
4. Gayle McINTYRE         VRWC    66:51
               
RWA State Challenge 10km for Masters Women
1. Heather CARR           VRWC    54:17    92.78%
2. Gwen STEED             VRWC    64:22    84.87%
3. Marlaine STANWAY       VRWC    70:07    81.53%
4. Janet HOLMES           VRWC    60:48    80.58%
5. Celia JOHNSON          VRWC    65:28    78.43%
6. Carmel DRENNAN         VRWC    61:07    76.14%

1. Barbara BRYANT         BENDIGO 59:14    81.25%
2. Annette MAJOR          BENDIGO 57:14    78.78%
               
RWA State Challenge 10km for Open Men
1. Tom BARNES             VRWC    44:49
2. Chris ERICKSON         VRWC    47:12
               
RWA State Challenge 10km for Masters Men
1. Andrew JAMIESON        VRWC    47:16    99.00%
2. Ross  REID             VRWC    52:13    83.54%
3. Robert GARDINER        VRWC    62:16    83.30%
4. Alan LUCAS             VRWC    57:12    80.32%
5. Geoff BARROW           VRWC    62:00    73.44%
6. Robin WOOD             VRWC    67:03    67.30%
7. John MORRISON          VRWC    67:16    67.09%

RWA State Challenge 10km for U20 Women
1. Fauve JACOBS           VRWC    57:40
2. Tyne BODDY             VRWC    60:16
               
RWA State Challenge 10km for U20 Men
1. Shaun BURGESS          VRWC    55:15
               
RWA State Challenge 8km for U18 Girls
1. Jess  ROTHWELL         VRWC    40:34
2. Lauren DRENNAN         VRWC    42:54
3. Eda GIRGIN             VRWC    45:54
4. Tamara ATTARD          VRWC    48:11
               
1. Jessie PALFREYMAN      BENDIGO 44:09
               
RWA State Challenge 8km for U18 Boys
1. Daniel PAYNE           VRWC    42:33
2. Jason ELMS             VRWC    57:38
               
1. Kyle BRYANT            BENDIGO 38:37
               
RWA State Challenge 5km for U16 Girls
1. Regan LAMBLE           VRWC    25:09
2. Natalie LAURIE         VRWC    25:46
3. Beth ALEXANDER         VRWC    27:04
4. Lana BODDY             VRWC    34:07
               
RWA State Challenge 5km for U16 Boys
1. Rhydian COWLEY         VRWC    23:47
2. Timucin GIRGIN         VRWC    25:49
3. Nicholas MIRARCHI      VRWC    26:58
               
RWA State Challenge 3km for U14 Girls
1. Cassandra RASELLI      VRWC    15:46
2. Rachel TALLENT         VRWC    15:55
3. Nicole HALLETT         VRWC    16:29
4. Caitlin CAMPBELL       VRWC    16:37
5. Hilary BRAZEL          VRWC    16:44
6. Emily PAYNE            VRWC    16:46
7. Chelsea DYER           VRWC    17:01
8. Ebony TALLENT          VRWC    18:02

RWA State Challenge 3km for U14 Boys
1. Ergenekon GIRGIN       VRWC    16:27
2. Bradley SIMPSON        VRWC    17:15
3. Robert WALSH           VRWC    17:18

RWA State Challenge 2km for U12 Girls   
1. Amelia FINNEGAN        VRWC    10:48
2. Cindy COLLINS          VRWC    11:02
3. Talie COLLINS          VRWC    11:44
4. Ella MASON             VRWC    12:39
5. Taylor BROGAN          VRWC    13:26
6. Briggette BROCKENSHIRE VRWC    13:39
7. Annaliese HARRISON     VRWC    15:28
               
RWA State Challenge 2km for U12 Boys   
1.Ryan ANTIDORMI          VRWC    10:39

RWA State Challenge 1.5km for U10 Girls   
1. Chloe McNICOL-DAVIDSON VRWC     8:34
2. Carly BERTRAND         VRWC     8:43
3. Rebecca CAMPBELL       VRWC     9:22
4. Stacey McLAREN         VRWC    10:12
               
RWA State Challenge 1.5km for U10 Boys   
1. Cody McNICOL-DAVIDSON  VRWC    10:32
2. Ryan DOSSETOR          VRWC    10:48

We also had a few walkers contesting other distances as club members and they raced as follows
               
5km Fitness Walk               
Gordon ONLEY              VRWC    34.25   

Other distances               
Kiersten COULTER          VRWC    21.31 for 3km   
Maryanne HARRISON         VRWC    21.55 for 3km   
Christine GRIFFITHS       VRWC    23.52 for 3km   
Donna ELMS                VRWC    25.37 for 3km   
Ralph BENNETT             VRWC    11.24 for 2km   
Russ DICKENSON            VRWC    41.03 for 7km   

VMA AND VRWC RACES, ALBERT PARK, SATURDAY 15 JULY 2006

We were joined by the Victorian Masters walkers last Saturday and this swelled our numbers to just over 70 competitors. The cold wet weather did not deter anyone and we saw our usual swag of PBs and fine walking. Thanks to Ray Smith (as usual!) and Stu Cooper for the photos featured here.

Victorian Masters 10km Championship - Men  
Mark Donahoo         M45    1    49:24   
Colin Heywood        M50    1    49:12
Ross Reid            M50    2    51:37   
Clyde Riddoch        M50    3    54:40   
Frank Prowse         M50    4    62:58   
Alan Lucas           M55    1    57:07   
Geoff Barrow         M55    2    62:15   
Russ Dickenson       M60    1    56:03   
Ralph Bennett        M60    2    57:47           
Murray Dickinson     M65    1    58:21   
Tony Johnson         M65    2    58:57   
Robert Gardiner      M70    1    59:32   
Geoff Major          M70    2    65:59       

Victorian Masters 10km Championship – Women               
Annette Major        W40    1    56:06   
Carmel Drennan       W45    1    61:39   
Alison Thompson      W50    1    57:59   
Barbara Bryant       W50    2    59:52   
Marlaine Gourlay     W50    3    60:07   
Janet Holmes         W50    4    60:37   
Heather Carr         W55    1    54:33   
Liz Feldman          W55    2    61:00   
Celia Johnson        W55    3    65:30   
Gwen Steed           W60    1    64:11   
Marlaine Stanway     W65    1    70:29   
Margaret Beaumont    W65    2    75:08   
Bev Hugo             W65    3    79:16   

The VRWC races saw some great walks. Chris Erickson led from the front to record 45:53 in his first hitout since the World Cup 50 km in May. He was closely shadowed for the first 5 km by Megan Szirom who walked a very fast 22:50 o win the 5 km event. The most impressive walk of the day was by young Bendigo walker Kyle Bryant who recorded 48:28 for the 10 km. Last week in Bendigo he recorded around 48:20 so he may well be our next junior walker to make the big break thru. Tracey Feiner (24:43) and Regan Lamble (25:05) also walked outstandingly in the 5km events.

10km Open                 Time     Handicap               
1. Heather Carr           54:33    5
2. Janet Holmes           60:37    1
3. Carmel Drennan         61:39    6
4. Gwen Steed             64:11    3
5. Celia Johnson          65:30    2
6. Marlaine Stanway       70:29    4

1. Chris Erickson         45:53    6
2. Kyle Bryant            48:28   
3. Mark Donahoo           49:24    5
4. Duncan Knox            54:25   
5. Alan Lucas             57:07    4
6. Ralph Bennett          57:47    2
7. Geoff Barrow           62:15    3
8. Robin Wood             68:28    1

5km Open                  Time     Handicap               
1. Megan Szirom           22:50    2
2. Tracey Feiner          24:43
3. Siobhan Donovan        26:12    1
4. Kylie Irshad           26:42    3
5. Tamara Attard          29:02    4       

1. Bill Dyer              26:18    1
2. John Bunker            26:21    2       

5km Under 15              Time     Handicap               
1. Regan Lamble           25:05    2
2. Natalie Laurie         27:00    4
3. Beth Alexander         28:00    6
4. Nicole Hallett         29:06    3
5. Amy Burren             30:02    5
6. Sarah Burren           31:51    1
7. Ashley Albert          34:20   

1. Rhydian Cowley         24:30    1
2. Timucin Girgin         26:35    2

3km Open                  Time     Handicap               
1. Caitlin Campbell       17:35    2
2. Maryanne Harrison      21:48    5
3. Kiersten Coulter       21:53    1
4. Christine Griffiths    24:28    4
5. Donna Elms             25:49    3
               
1. Jason Elms             19:38    2
2. Lindsay Harrison       19:48    1

Finally, our youngest walkers gave their usual exhibition of speed walking.
                           
2000m Under 12            Time     Handicap               
1. Cassandra Raselli      10:09    4
2. Amelia Finnegan        10:56    1
3. Chelsea Dyer           11:01    E2
4. Ella Mason             12:36    5
5. Chloe McNicol-Davidson 12:37    7
6. Rebecca Campbell       12:38    E2
7. Carly Bertrand         13:27    6
            
1. Ryan Antidormi         11:21    2
2. Cody McNicol-Davidson  13:37    1
           
1000m Under 9             Time     Handicap               
1. Stacey McLaren         6:26     1

VRWC RACES, ALBERT PARK, SATURDAY 8 JULY 2006

Last Saturday saw our 'Guess your Finish Time' races. Walkers have to predict their final time. The walker who gets closest in each division is declared the winner. It's a pretty tough ask but the winners are always spot on and this year was no exception.

8 KM OPEN                      Final Time  Predicted  Difference
1.  Lauren Drennan          191    43:35       43:30      0:05
2.  Margaret Beaumont        17    59:49       59:40      0:09
3.  Tracey Feiner          3674    41:58       41:45      0:13
4.  Gayle McIntyre          199    53:32       53:50      0:18
5.  Gwen Steed               60    50:19       51:07      0:48
6.  Regan Lamble            122    42:10       43:30      1:20
7.  Alison Thompson         154    45:08       46:45      1:37
8.  Natalie Laurie           85    43:21       45:00      1:39
9.  Yolanda Russell         522    45:44       48:00      2:16
10. Janet Holmes              2    52:49       49:50      2:59

1.  Mark Donahoo             14    40:36       40:30      0:06
2.  Alan Lucas                5    44:34       44:50      0:16
3.  Geoff Barrow             59    49:43       49:25      0:18
4.  Bob Gardiner             30    46:34       47:00      0:26
5.  Russ Dickenson          161    45:47       45:20      0:27
6.  Ian Beaumont             16    64:15       63:45      0:30
7.  Ralph Bennett           195    45:54       47:00      1:06
8.  Murray Dickinson        501    47:13       46:00      1:13

4 KM OPEN                      Final Time  Predicted  Difference
E1. Heather Carr           3892    20:50       21:02      0:12
E1. Maryann Harrison        152    29:12       29:00      0:12
3.  Pam Mews                137    36:29       36:14      0:15
4.  Marlaine Stanway         13    27:20       27:40      0:20
5.  Christine Griffiths     114    32:55       32:20      0:25
6.  Tamara Attard           196    22:37       23:05      0:28
7.  Donna Elms              194    34:07       34:55      0:48
8.  Kiersten Coulter        216    29:34       30:21      0:47
E9. Jenny Fawkes             61    25:58       24:30      1:28
E9. Fauve Jacobs            182    22:28       21:00      1:28
11. Carmel Drennan          130    24:11       21:15      2:56

1.  Jason Elms              105    25:33       25:40      0:07
2.  Bruce Conboy             83    27:52       27:30      0:22
3.  Bradley Elms            102    24:14       23:00      1:14
4.  John Bunker              45    20:58       22:20      1:22
    Barry Wicks            4202    26:56 (not a current member)
    Lindsay Harrison        222    DNF

4 KM U15                       Final Time  Predicted  Difference
1.  Caitlin Campbell        168    24:22       24:25      0:03
2.  Hilary Brazel           150    23:36       23:00      0:36

1.  Bradley McLaren         201    31:10       31:00      0:10
2.  Nicholas Mirarchi        40    20:54       21:30      0:36
3.  Tim Girgin             1658    20:26       21:10      0:44

2 KM U12                           Final Time  Predicted  Difference
1.  Rebecca Campbell        172    12:59       13:00      0:01
2.  Alie Collins            214    12:09       12:00      0:09
3.  Amelia Finnegan         181    10:58       11:10      0:12
4.  Briggette Brockenshire  204    13:10       13:30      0:20
5.  Carly Bertrand          198    13:24       12:55      0:29
6.  Taylor Brogan           151    14:22       13:40      0:44
7.  Cassandra Raselli       156    11:33       10:13      1:20
8.  Chloe McNicol-Davidson 3888    12:23       14:15      1:52
9.  Ally Platt              206    16:27       20:30      4:03

1.  Cory McNicol-Davidson  3877    14:17       16:30      2:13

1 KM U10                           Final Time  Predicted  Difference
1.  Cindy Collins           213    6:57        6:57       0:00
2.  Annalise Harrison       221    7:31        7;10       0:21
3.  Stacey McLaren          200    6:51        6:30       0:21

AV AND VRWC RACES, ALBERT PARK, SUNDAY 2 JULY 2006

The weather was less than perfect for the first major roadwalking championship day of the winter season but persistent drizzle and cold conditions did not stop the walkers from enjoying a great morning of racing. Nearly 80 walkers walked a variety of Victorian, Victorian Schools and VRWC championships.

VICTORIAN OPEN MEN 30 KM ROADWALK
With a lot of our open men walkers choosing to bypass this particular championship, it was left to Tom Barnes to take his second championship win for the winter, adding to his May victory in the Victorian 15 km roadwalk. He was on target for a 2:20 at the half way mark but faded in the cold conditions and finished with absolutely nothing left in the tank. It was a gutsy walk.

BARNES, TOM          RWD    1917    46:58    1:34:38    2:28:45    1   
BERTEI, FRANK        ANW    822                                    DNS
DONAHOO, MARK        ATE    1627                                   DNF

VICTORIAN OPEN WOMEN 20 KM ROADWALK
The open women put on an exhibition with some wonderful walking. Megan Szirom upset favourite Michelle French from the AIS, making her break soon after the half way mark and recording a 3 minute PB to take the gold. She won the Victorian 15 km title in May so is well on the way to a clean sweep of the women's titles. Her time of 1:36:53 was under the IAAF B standard of 1:38:00 and sends a warning to our top women – there is a new face on the Australian scene. Michelle's time of 1:38:56 was also a PB and further back in the field. Masters walker Heather Carr took fourth place with a World Record for the W55 Womens 20 km roadwalk. The previous record was 1:53:45, set by W Seiler of Germany in 1996.

SZIROM, MEGAN       RWD    1122    47:34    1:36:53    1
FRENCH, MICHELLE    NSW    1057    47:34    1:38:36    2
GEISLER, SANDRA     RWD    1919    52:54    1:53:20    3   
CARR, HEATHER       VMA    1979    56:36    1:55:30    4
ROSEMAN, JUSTIJANA  ATE    797                         DNF
DRENNAN, CARMEL     KSB    372                         DNS
WAPSHOTT, KELLIE    KNA    31                          DNS
WATSON, CARMA       ATE    1914                        DNS

The Schools Championships were keenly contested with some very good performances spread over the various age groups. The medals were spread between the metropolitan and country areas with walkers from Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo showcasing the depth of walking in the State.

VICTORIAN UNDER 20 MEN SCHOOLS 10 KM ROADWALK
BURGESS, SHAUN     BELMONT HIGH SCHOOL           4000    10:42    22:00    33:00    43:50    54:38    1
ELMS, BRADLEY      LALOR NORTH SECONDARY         4008    13:56    28:00    41:25    54:35    67:12    2

VICTORIAN UNDER 20 WOMEN SCHOOLS 10 KM ROADWALK   
ROTHWELL, JESS     GOULBOURN VALLEY GRAMMAR      4028    09:49    20:11    30:42    41:21    51:54    1
DONOVAN, SIOBHAN   BORONIA HEIGHTS COLLEGE       4005    10:26    21:29    32:44    43:56    54:50    2

VICTORIAN UNDER 18 BOYS SCHOOLS 5 KM ROADWALK
BRYANT, KYLE       BENDIGO SENIOR SECONDARY COL. 3999    09:32    19:19    24:14    1           
PAYNE, DANIEL      KARDINIA INTERNATIONAL COL.   4025    10:05    20:45    26:03    2
ELMS, JASON        LALOR NORTH SECONDARY         4009                DQ

VICTORIAN UNDER 18 GIRLS SCHOOLS 5 KM ROADWALK
DRENNAN, LAUREN    STRATHMORE SC                 4006    10:06    20:52    26:15    1               
PALFREYMAN, JESSIE GOLDEN SQUARE SEC. COL.       4024    10:16    21:34    27:07    2
ATTARD, TAMARA     AQUINAS COLLEGE               3955    10:35    21:59    27:32    3           
BRUNTON, CAITLIN   KARDINIA INTERNATIONAL COL.   3991    10:58    22:19    27:53    4           
GIRGIN, EDA        MELBOURNE GIRLS COLLEGE       4011    10:41    22:28    28:25    5           
SMITH , EMMA       COBDEN TECHNICAL SCHOOL       4030    13:55    27:20    33:45    6           

VICTORIAN UNDER 16 BOYS SCHOOLS 3 KM ROADWALK    .    .    .
COWLEY, RHYDIAN    MELBOURNE HIGH SCHOOL         4004    09:39    14:49    1
LARKINS, JARED     NORLANE HIGH SCHOOL           4019    09:55    15:07    2
GIRGIN, TIMUCIN    KEW HIGH SCHOOL               4012    10:09    15:34    3
MIRARCHI, NICHOLAS ST JOSEPH'S COLLEGE GEELONG   4023    10:48    16:23    4
MCLAREN, BRADLEY   NIDDRIE SECONDARY COLLEGE     4022            DNS    .    .    .
                      
VICTORIAN UNDER 16 GIRLS SCHOOLS 3 KM ROADWALK
LAMBLE, REGAN      STRATHCONA BAPTIST GIRLS GRAM 4018    09:49    15:07    1
ALEXANDRA, BETH    BRENTWOOD SC                  3952    10:02    15:16    2
LAURIE, NATALIE    KINGSWOOD COLLEGE BOX HILL    4020    10:26    15:43    3
WATT, TAYLAH       MOOROOLBARK COLLEGE           4202    10:59    16:33    4
BODDY, LANA        NORLANE HIGH SCHOOL           3985    12:51    19:36    5
GAGE, MYKAWLA      SACRED HEART COLLEGE          4010    14:18    21:50    6

VICTORIAN UNDER 14 BOYS SCHOOLS 3 KM ROADWALK                           
GIRGIN, ERGENEKON  KEW HIGH SCHOOL               4013    11:21    17:18    1
SIMPSON, BRADLEY   YARRA VALLEY GRAMMAR          4029    11:30    17:25    2
JONES, JEREMIAH    SPRING GULLY                  4015    13:16    19:49    3

VICTORIAN UNDER 14 GIRLS SCHOOLS 3 KM ROADWALK   
RASELLI, CASSANDRA BERWICK LODGE PRIMARY SCHOOL  4027    10:29    15:50    1
BURREN, AMY        ST MARK'S PRIMARY SCHOOL      4001    10:36    16:10    2
TALLENT, RACHEL    BALLARAT HIGH SCHOOL          4201    10:39    16:19    3
BRAZEL, HILARY     EMMAUS COLLEGE                3987    10:59    16:29    4
DYER, CHELSEA      STRATHCONA BAPTIST GIRLS GRAM 4007    11:01    17:01    5
CAMPBELL, CAITLIN  SYDENHAM HILLSIDE PS          4003    11:21    17:06    6
HALLETT, NICOLE    ST MICHAEL'S SCHOOL           4014    11:21    17:07    7
PAYNE, EMILY       KARDINIA INTERNATIONAL COL    4026    11:15    17:14    8
BRUNTON, ERIN      KARDINIA INTERNATIONAL COL    3988    11:51    17:55    9
BURREN, SARAH      ST MARK'S PRIMARY SCHOOL      4002    12:13    18:10    10
TALLENT, EBONY     BLACK HILL PRIMARY SCHOOL     4200    11:51    18:15    11
ALBERT, ASHLEY     ST MARK'S PRIMARY SCHOOL      3946    12:17    19:00    12
MASON, ELLA        SIENA COLLEGE                 4021    12:57    19:48    13
JONES, CARA        HOME SCHOOL                   4016    13:33    20:37    14
JONES, EBONY-JADE  HOME SCHOOL                   4017    14:13    21:38    15
WHILEY, EBONY      ST JOSEPH'S PRIMARY SCHOOL    4203            DNS

Apart from the Victorian championships, we had our usual share of VRWC races and they were also keenly contested.

VRWC Open 10 km Walk 
1. Celia Johnson          66:23

VRWC Open 5 km Walk
1. Kylie Irshad           27:08
2. Tyne Boddy             28:09
3. Janet Holmes           29:35
4. Carmel Drennan         30:07
5. Gwen Steed             30:37
6. Gayle McIntyre         32:59
7. Marlaine Stanway       34:14
8. Kiersen Coulter        38:13
9. Christine Griffiths    41:07
10.Donna Elms             44:23

1. Russ Dickenson         27:10
2. Ralph Bennett          28:46
3. Robin Wood             33:35

VRWC Unjudged 5 km Walk
1. Gordon Onley           37:00

With many of our Under 12 walkers stepping up to the Under 14 age group for the day, it meant a small field in what is normally a very strong contested age group. Amelia Finnegan had a good win in the excellent time of 5:2. In the U9 championships, Rebecca Campbell and Jeremiah Jones (Bendigo) were the winners.

VRWC Under 12 1 km Club Championship
1. Amelia Finnegan        5:21
2. Briggette Brockenshire 6:01
3. Ebony Jones            6:05

VRWC Under 9 1 km Club Championship
1. Rebecca Campbell       5:39
2. Chloe McNicol-Davidson 5:40
3. Carly Bertand          5:53
4. Stacey McLaren         6:22

1. Jeremiah Jones         5:58
2. Cody McNicol-Davidson  6:27

VRWC RACES, ALBERT PARK, SATURDAY 24 JUNE 2006

Lachlan McDonald moved up a notch on Saturday with his excellent 46:43 for the 10 km walk. Special mention also to Shaun Burgess whose 55:54 was a big PB. Lachlan was shadowed early by Daniel Payne, Mark Donahoo and Rhydian Cowley who were all doing shorter distances – and it was certainly a day for PBs with Daniel amongst a large list of our younger walkers who all walked strongly ahead of next weekend's Schools championships.
           
10km Open               Time     Handicap           
1. Alison THOMPSON      59:07    2
2. Gwen STEED           64:10    1
3. Marlaine STANWAY     DNF
           
1. Lachlan McDONALD     46:43    1
2. Ross REID            52:03    5
3. Shaun BURGESS        55:54    2
4. Russ DICKENSON       56:19    3
5. Bob GARDINER         59:40    4
6. Bradley ELMS         66:34    6
           
5km Open                Time     Handicap           
1. Lauren DRENNAN       25:48    3
2. Heather CARR         25:58    2
3. Celia BUTLER         28:57    4
4. Janet HOLMES         30:11    5
5. Tamara ATTARD        30:16    7
6. Celia JOHNSON        31:55    6
7. Gayle McINTYRE       32:57    1
8. Carmel DRENNAN       DNF   
           
1. Mark DONAHOO         24:54    6
2. Daniel PAYNE         25:34    2
3. Ralph BENNETT        29:31    5
4. John MORRISON        30:39    3
5. Geoff BARROW         30:43    4
6. Barry WICKS          34:29   
7. Robin WOOD           34:47    1
           
5km Under 15            Time     Handicap           
1. Eda GIRGIN           28:48    1
           
3km Open                Time     Handicap           
1. Cassandra RASELLI    15:57    2
2. Taylah WATT          16:28    7
3. Hilary BRAZEL        16:45    5
4. Emily PAYNE          18:47    6
5. Maryanne HARRISON    21:32    8
6. Kiersten COULTER     21:50    1
7. Christine GRIFFITHS  23:55    4
8. Donna ELMS           25:52    3
           
1. Rhydian COWLEY       15:05    4
2. Timucim GIRGIN       15:27    1
3. Ergenekon GIRGIN     18:01    3
4. Lindsay HARRISON     20:26    2

2000m Under 12             Time     Handicap           
1. Chelsea DYER            11:39    2
2. Talie COLLINS           11:52    4
3. Caitlin CAMPBELL        12:47    7
4. Ella MASON              12:49    3
5. Rebecca CAMPBELL        12:52    1
6. Briggette BROCKENSHIRE  13:58    5
7. Annaliese HARRISON      15:54    6
           
1. Ryan ANTIDORMI          10:45    1

1000m Under 9              Time     Handicap           
1. Chloe McNICOL-DAVIDSON  5:51     4
2. Carly BERTRAND          6:24     5
3. Stacey McLAREN          6:46     2
4. Cindy COLLINS           6:52     1
5. Amber DUNCAN            6:55     3
   
1. Ryan DOSSETOR           6:58     1

VRWC RACES, ALBERT PARK, SATURDAY 17 JUNE 2006

It might have been a rest week for many of our walkers after Canberra but we still had 45 competitors at Albert Park on Saturday and there were PBs galore. Chloe McNicol-Davidson was the fastest of the Under 10's with 5:37 while Ryan Antidorme and Amelia Finnegan were hot in the Under 12! Natalie Laurie and Tim Girgin both walked big PBs to win the Under 15 walks while the Open 8 km saw a whole swag of great times. It is hard to single out individuals but Heather Carr (42:24) and Andrew Jamieson (36:50) were my pick. Andrew celebrated his 60th birthday earlier in the week and then went through the first 5 km of his fantastic walk on Saturday well under the World M60 record. Heather is also in great form and will give her W50 records a real nudge this winter. Stay tuned!

 1000m Under 10                    Handicap           
1. Chloe McNICOL-DAVIDSON   5:37    3
2. Rebecca CAMPBELL         5:46    1
3. Stacey McLAREN           6:39    2
4. Cindy COLLINS            7:00    4
           
1. Cody McNICOL-DAVIDSON    6:16    1
           
2000m Under 12           
1. Amelia FINNEGAN         11:09    1
2. Talie COLLINS           11:38    3
3. Caitlin CAMPBELL        12:24    5
4. Taylor BROGAN           13:18    4
5. Briggette BROCKENSHIRE  13:20    2
6. Annaliese HARRISON      16:43    6
           
1. Ryan ANTIDORMI          10:43    1
           
4km Under 15           
1. Natalie LAURIE          20:04    1
2. Beth ALEXANDER          21:50    2
3. Ayla COLLINS            25:06    -
   Eda GIRGIN                 Ab    -
           
1. Tim GIRGIN              20:40    -
2. Ergenekon GIRGIN        23:28    -
3. Bradley McLAREN         29:55    1
           
4km Open           
1. Tamara ATTARD           23:12    4
2. Jenny FAWKES            24:33    2
3. Celia JOHNSON           24:51    5
4. Janet HOLMES            26:17    6
5. Kiersten COULTER        30:37    -
6. Christine GRIFFITHS     32:36    3
7. Donna ELMS              35:02    1
   Maryanne HARRISON       22.32 for 3km   
           
1. Russ DICKENSON          21:33    1
2. Jason ELMS              27:47    2
   Lindsay HARRISON           Ab   
           
8km Open           
1. Sandra GEISLER          40:20    e2
2. Heather CARR            42:24    4
3. Kylie IRSHAD            43:54    5
4. Alison THOMPSON         46:19    6
5. Gwen STEED              51:23    1
6. Marlaine STANWAY        55:36    e2
           
1. Andrew JAMIESON         36:50    5
2. Mark DONAHOO            38:42    6
3. Ross REID               40:38    7
4. Alan LUCAS              44:57    4
5. Bob GARDINER            46:35    1
6. John MORRISON           49:33    -
7. Geoff BARROW            49:41    2
8. Bradley ELMS            50:26    3
9. Harry SUMMERS           51:54    8

RACEWALKING AUSTRALIA CARNIVAL, CANBERRA, SUNDAY 11 JUNE 2006

First I start with an aside. Yes, it was cold in Canberra last weekend but today was Canberra's coldest June day for 40 years. It was -2oC at 8:30M and warmed up to -1oC by midday! It later reached about 8oC when the sun finally came out a little after 1 PM. Anyway, onto the report!

Cold and windy conditions failed to dampen the spirits and competitiveness of nearly 300 racewalkers from all over Australia when they competed in the 40th Lake Burley Griffin Racewalking Carnival on Sunday 11th June.

The Mens 20 mile event saw a close battle between Commonwealth Games representatives Duane Cousins and Jared Tallent. After leading early, Duane was caught and passed by Jared soon after the half way mark and it looked like he would have to settle for second place. Surprisingly, Jared slowed at the Shrivener Dam and surrendered his lead soon afterwards. Duane stormed home to record his first official win in this prestigious event. In 1994 and 1995 he finished second to NZ ace Craig Barrett but this year he won in his own right in what was a popular victory. His time of 2:32:48 saw him 5 minutes clear of Jared who strolled home in second place after a month's furlough from training. It is Duane's 7th sub-2:40 performance in this event. Tom Barnes, in his first Canberra appearance, took third place with an impressive time of 2:40:40. The strong Victorian contingent took first and second in the teams event and Andrew Jamieson walked a PB time of 2:46:23 to come 5th and take the Veteran's trophy (and he turns 60 years of age later this month!).

The Womens 10 mile event was a much closer affair with Michelle French of NSW holding out Claire Woods of South Australia by just six seconds when she won with a time of 1:20:02. 17 year old Jess Rothwell was the first Victorian home in 6th place with a great 1:25:13.

Overall, the VRWC team had a great weekend, winning 4 individual and 4 team medals as well as a whole swag of silver and bronze. The highlights included

Open Men 20 Mile        Teams    1st     Duane Cousins, Jared Tallent, Tom Barnes
                                 2nd     Andrew Jamieson, Lachlan McDonald, Duncan Knox
Open Women 10 Mile      Teams    2nd     Jess Rothwell, Carma Watson, Siobhan Donovan
Under 10 Girls 1000m    Teams    1st     Chloe McNicol-Davidson, Carly Bertrand, Rebecca Campbell
Under 12 Girls 2000m    Teams    2nd     Cassandra Raselli, Nicole Hallett, Caitlin Campbell
Under 14 Girls 2000m    Teams    1st     Beth Alexander, Rachel Tallent, Hilary Brazel
Under 16 Girls 3000m    Teams    3rd     Regan Lamble, Natalie Laurie, Hilary Brazel
Under 18 Boys 5000m     Teams    1st     Daniel Payne, Shaun Burgess, Nicholas Mirarchi
Under 18 Girls 5000m    Teams    3rd     Lauren Drennan, Caitlin Brunton, Tamara Attard
Open Women 5000m        Teams    2nd     Kelly Ruddick, Regan Lamble, Natalie Laurie
                        Teams    3rd     Tyne Boddy, Celia Butler, Laura Richenderfer

Open Men 20 Mile        1st     Duane Cousins
                        2nd     Jared Tallent
                        3rd     Tom Barnes
Veteran Men 10 Mile     1st     Mark Donahoo
                        2nd     Ross Reid
                        3rd     Simon Baker
Under 10 Girls 1000m    2nd     Chloe McNicol_Davidson
                        3rd     Carly Bertrand
Under 12 Boys 2000m     3rd     Ryan Antidormi
Under 12 Girls 2000m    1st     Cassandra Raselli
Under 14 Girls 2000m    1st     Beth Alexander
                        2nd     Rachel Tallent
Under 16 Boys 3000m     3rd     Jared Larkins
Under 16 Girls 3000m    2nd     Regan Lamble
Under 18 Boys 5000m     3rd     Daniel Payne
U20 Women 5000m         2nd     Regan Lamble

As an extra, US walker Laura Richenderfer had her first walk with VRWC in this event. Laura is over here on an exchange program for 6 weeks at Melbourne University but extended her stay to take in this event and the second Federation event on August 6 in Melbourne. Despite being jetlagged, she still managed 9th in the Open women's 5km in 27.45. Welcome Laura!

And now onto the results which Robin Whyte scanned in and sent me earlier tonight. Being a scan, there might be a few spelling mistakes on names so apologies to anyone whose name looks strange. Sorry especially to Ryan Antidormi whose time has not come through. Next week!

OPEN 20 MILES
1     102     COUSINS, DUANE          VRWC     2:32:48
2     106     TALLENT, JARED          VRWC     2:37:31
3     101     BARNES, TOM             VRWC     2:40:40
5     105     JAMIESON, ANDREW        VRWC     2:46:23
7     104     MCDONALD, LACHLAN       VRWC     3:07:10
9     103     KNOX, DUNCAN            VRWC     3:20:44

ACTA MENS 30K CHAMPIONSHIP
i     102     COUSINS, DUANE          VRWC     2:21:16
3     105     JAMIESON, ANDREW        VRWC     2:35:03
4     104     MCDONALD, LACHLAN       VRWC     2:53:53 

OPEN WOMENS 10 MILES
6     111     ROTHWELL, JESSICA       VRWC     1:25:13
7     113     WATSON, CARMA           VRWC     1:29:28
8     108     DONOVAN, SIOBHAN        VRWC     1:33:19
9     107     CARR, HEATHER           VRWC     1:33:45
14    110     ROSEMAN, JUSTIJANA      VRWC     1:40:57
18    109     DRENNAN, CARMEL         VRWC     1:51:37
   
OPEN MENS 10 MILES
4     115     DONAHOO, MARK           VRWC     1:24:27
5     117     REID, ROSS              VRWC     1:28:21 
7     114     BAKER, SIMON            VRWC     1:33:24
15    118     SUMMERS, HARRY          VRWC     1:50:32
16    116     GARDINER, BOB           VRWC     1:50:32

GIRLS U10 1,000 METRES
2     122     MCNICOL-DAVIDSON, CHLOE VRWC      5:43
3     120     BERTRAND, CARLY         VRWC      5:49
4     121     CAMPBELL, REBECCA       VRWC      5:54

BOYS U12 2,000 METRES:23
3     130     ANTIDORMI, RYAN         VRWC     11:12

GIRLS U12 2,000 METRES
1     127     RASELLI, CASSANDRA      VRWC      9:47
5     125     HALLETT, NICOLE         VRWC     11:02
6     123     CAMPBELL, CAITLIN       VRWC     11:16
9     124     FINNEGAN, AMELIA        VRWC     11:31
13    128     TALLENT, EBONY          VRWC     12:19
16    129     LARKINS, ELOISE         VRWC     13:12
19    126     JONES, MADISON          VRWC     14:21

GIRLS U14 2,000 METRES
1     131     ALEXANDER, BETH         VRWC      9:51
2     136     TALLENT, RACHEL         VRWC     10:19
7     132     BRAZEL, HILARY          VRWC     10:52
8     135     PAYNE, EMILY            VRWC     11:33
9     133     BRUNTON, ERIN           VRWC     11:43
24    134     JONES, STACI            VRWC     15:46

BOYS U16 3,000 METRES
3     137     LARKINS, JARED          VRWC     14:47
6     138     MIRARCHI, NICHOLAS      VRWC     15:29

GIRLS U16 3,000 METRES
2     140     LAMBLE, REGAN           VRWC     14:27
5     141     LAURIE, NATALIE         VRWC     15:31
18    132     BRAZEL, HILARY          VRWC     18:04
20    139     BODDY, LANA             VRWC     19:20

BOYS U18 5,000 METRES
3     143     PAYNE, DANIEL           VRWC     25:24
5     142     BURGESS, SHAUN          VRWC     26:18
8     138     MIRARCHI, NICHOLAS      VRWC     28:27
   
GIRLS U18 5,000 METRES
5     146     DRENNAN, LAUREN         VRWC     26:12
11    145     BRUNTON, CAITLIN        VRWC     28:30
12    144     ATTARD, TAMARA          VRWC     28:35

WOMENS 5,000 METRES
4     112     RUDDICK, KELLY          VRWC     23:59      
6     140     LAMBLE, REGAN           VRWC     26:12
8     149     LAURIE, NATALIE         VRWC     27:22
9     150     RICHENDERFER, LAURA     VRWC     27:45
11    147     BODDY, TYNE             VRWC     28:23
13    148     BUTLER, CELIA           VRWC     29:49

VRWC RACES, ALBERT PARK, SATURDAY 3 JUNE 2006

This week, we had our first handicap starts for the winter. In this very traditional sort of race, the slowest walkers start first and the fastest walkers start last. The aim is to reach the finish line first and all walkers theoretically have an equal chance of achieving this if the handicapper has his way. But of course, this never happens as there are always those who rise to the occasion and put in the big effort. And Saturday was no exception with most winners well clear of the field. The one exception was in the Under 15 5000m walk where Taylah Watt finished just 1 second clear of Beth Alexander. The best of the back markers were Beth Alexander (14:39 in the U15 3000m) and Cassandra Raselli (10:02 for the U12 2000m). Both these girls have shown huge improvement this winter and are walking fantastically. 

Open 10 km Walk          StartTime   FinishTime    ActualTime     F/T Place   
1. Liz FELDMAN           19:07       1:20:34       1:01:27        2
2. Yolanda RUSSELL       22:59       1:23:07       1:00:08        1
                    
1. Stuart COOPER         15:38       1:17:42       1:02:04        1
2. Ian BEAUMONT          00:00       1:19:45       1:19:45        4
3. Harry SUMMERS         14:36       1:20:00       1:05:24        2
4. Bradley ELMS          15:45       1:23:40       1:07:55        3
   Lachlan McDONALD      30:55       Ab       
                   
Open 5 km Walk           StartTime   FinishTime    ActualTime     F/T Place   
1. Kiersten COULTER      00:48       40:24        39:36           12
E2.Marlaine STANWAY      08:00       41:47        33:47           11
E2.Christine GRIFFITHS   00:00       41:47        41:47           13
4. Regan LAMBLE          17:05       42:08        25:03            1
5. Heather CARR          15:52       42:09        26:17            2
6. Lauren DRENNAN        16:13       42:31        26:18            3
7. Tamara ATTARD         13:40       42:40        29:00            6
8. Gwen STEED            11:32       43:15        31:43            9
9. Celia JOHNSON         11:51       43:17        31:26            7
10.Carmel DRENNAN        12:28       44:06        31:38            8
11.Jenny FAWKES          10:27       44:09        33:42           10
12.Natalie LAURIE        16:17       44:18        28:01            5
13.Carma WATSON          17:57       44:55        26:58            4

1. Robin WOOD            04:15       39:02        34:47            9
2. John MORRISON         12:58       42:02        29:04            4
3. Bruce CONBOY          07:50       42:05        34:15            8
4. Russ DICKENSON        14:50       42:13        27:23            3
5. Mark DONAHOO          18:29       42:15        23:46            1
6. Bob GARDINER          12:00       42:20        30:20            5
7. Ross REID             17:49       42:40        24:51            2
8. Ralph BENNETT         09:27       43:18        33:51            7
9. Geoff BARROW          12:52       44:09        31:17            6       

Under 15 3 km walk       StartTime   FinishTime   ActualTime       F/T Place
1 .Taylah WATT           09:48       26:00        16:12            2
2. Beth ALEXANDER        11:22       26:01        14:39            1
3. Hilary BRAZEL         09:45       26:27        16:42            3
4. Nicole HALLETT        10:01       27:01        17:00            4
           
1. Bradley McLAREN       03:42       25:35        21:53            1   
   
Open 3000m walk          StartTime   FinishTime    ActualTime      F/T Place
1. Donna ELMS            00:00       26:52        26:52            3
2. Maryanne HARRISON     05:53       27:17        21:24            2
3. Lana BODDY            08:00       27:38        19:38            1
           
1. Jason ELMS            06:37       25:22        18:45            1
2. Lindsay HARRISON      06:14       26:48        20:34            2
   
Under 12 2000m walk        ActualTime  F/T Place
1. Annalise HARRISON       15:04       6
2. Cassandra RASELLI       10:02       1
3. Caitlin CAMPBELL        11:27       2
4. Talie COLLINS           11:38       3
5. Amelia FINNEGAN         12:36       4
6. Taylor BROGAN           13:41       5
               
1.Ryan ANTIDORMI           10:46       1
               
Under 9 1000m walk         ActualTime  F/T Place       
1. Chloe McNICOL-DAVIDSON  5:43        1
2. Cindy COLLINS           7:11        4
3. Rebecca CAMPBELL        6:17        2
4. Stacey McLAREN          7:10        4
5. Carly BERTRAND          6:48        3
                
1. Ryan DOSSETOR           6:57        1

A.V. CHAMPIONSHIPS, GEELONG, SUNDAY 28 MAY 2006

The Victorian Open 15 km walk championships and the Victorian Country Open and Underage walk championships were held on Sunday morning on a 2 km out and back course along the Barwon River in Geelong. The carnival was jointly hosted by the Geelong Walking Club and the Ballarat Walking Club and saw a good turnout of walkers in this first championship for the winter season.

Ringwood walkers Tom Barnes and Megan Szirom won the Open 15 km titles by big margins while the County medals were evenly spread between the Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo walkers. There were quite a number of PBs amongst the younger walkers but perhaps the walk of the day was by 17 year old Bendigo walker Jessica Rothwell who won the Open 10 km Country championship in 51:40, a PB by nearly 1 minute.

A.V. 15 KM OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP MEN
1. Tom Barnes            RWD   1:09:05
2. Stuart Kollmorgen     COL   1:19:17
3. Ross Reid             COL   1:21:15
4. Duncan Knox           ATE   1:27:49
5. Bob Gardiner          COL   1:36:33
   Mark Donahoo          ATE   DNS
   Frank Bertei          ANW   DNS

TEAMS: Collingwood 1st (Stuart Collmorgen, Ross Reid, Bob Bardiner)

A.V. 15 KM OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP WOMEN
1. Megan Szirom          RWD   1:12:20 (PB)
2. Sandra Geisler        RWD   1:18:57 (PB)
3. Annette Major         EAG   1:33:13
4. Carmel Drennan        KSB   1:38:51
   Heather Carr          VMA   1:25:50 (INVIT)
   Kellie Wapshott       KNA   DNS
   Carma Watson          ATE   DNS

A.V. COUNTRY 10 KM OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP WOMEN
1. Jess Rothwell         SBE   51:40 (PB)
2. Kelly Ruddick         BHA   52:02
3. Yolanda Russell       GLG   58:27
4. Annette Major         EAG   60:47

A.V. COUNTRY 10 KM OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP MEN
1. Adam Barnes           COR   63:33
   Geoff Major           EAG   DNS

A.V. COUNTRY 5 KM U20 CHAMPIONSHIP WOMEN
1. Tyne Boddy            COR   28:21
2. Fauve Jacobs          DKN   29:41
       
A.V. COUNTRY 5 KM U20 CHAMPIONSHIP MEN
1.Shaun Burgess          CHI   26:57

A.V. COUNTRY 5 KM U18 CHAMPIONSHIP GIRLS
1. Jessica Palfreyman    EAG   27:49
2. Caitlin Brunton       COR   28:38
   Tamara Attard         KNX   28:29 (INVIT)

A.V. COUNTRY 5 KM U18 CHAMPIONSHIP BOYS
1. David Ranger          EKA   26:03
2. Daniel Payne          COR   26:05
3. John Platt            EKA   28:13

A.V. COUNTRY 3 KM U16 CHAMPIONSHIP GIRLS
1. Keely Trew            SBE   18:32
2. Lana Boddy            COR   19:31

A.V. COUNTRY 3 KM U16 CHAMPIONSHIP BOYS
1. Jared Larkins         COR   15:12
2. Nicholas Mirarchi     COR   15:36

A.V. COUNTRY 3 KM U14 CHAMPIONSHIP GIRLS
1. Rachel Tallent        BYC   16:12
2. Emily Payne           COR   17:26
3. Erin Brunton          COR   17:41
4. Ebony Tallent         BYC   19:10
5. Ebony Whiley          EAG   19:33
6. Cara Jones            SBE   21:06

RACEWALKING VICTORIA 2 KM U12 CHAMPIONSHIP BOYS
1. Ebony-Jade Jones      BWC   13:03
2. Elly Larkins          GWC   13:16
3. Briggette Brockenshire GWC  13:52
4. Madison Jones         BWC   14:49

RACEWALKING VICTORIA 2 KM U12 CHAMPIONSHIP BOYS
1. Conor Nunn            BWC   15:51

RACEWALKING VICTORIA 1 KM U10 CHAMPIONSHIP GIRLS
1. Carly Bertrand       VRWC    5:50
2. Amber Duncan         GWC     6:04
3. Ally Platt           GWC     7:22

RACEWALKING VICTORIA 1 KM U10 CHAMPIONSHIP BOYS
1. Dane Heiden          VRWC    5:54
2. Jeremiah Jones       BWC     6:04

VRWC RACES, ALBERT PARK, SATURDAY 27 MAY 2006

With a selection of Victorian and Victorian Country championships on offer at Geelong on Sunday, we expected our numbers to be relatively low for our regular Saturday club races but were pleasantly surprised to see nearly 50 walkers in attendance.

This week we have sorted the order in handicap place order because our 10 handicap winners each win a Telstra drink bottle and cap. These will be presented next week. Well done to Natalie Laurie, Harry Summers, Donna Elms, Jason Elms, Hilary Brazel, Bradley McLaren, Cassandra Raselli, Ryan Antidormi, Rebecca Campbell and Cody McNicol-Davidson.

8km Open               Place   Time       Hcp Place               
Natalie Laurie         2       0:44:04    1   
Gayle McIntyre         6       0:52:38    2   
Janet Holmes           5       0:50:10    3   
Siobhan Donovan        4       0:45:41    4   
Regan Lamble           1       0:41:50    No time recorded previously   
Kylie Irshad           3       0:44:24    No time recorded previously   

Harry Summers          8       0:51:19    1   
John Bunker            3       0:41:53    2   
Colin Heywood          2       0:39:26    3   
Bradley Elms           7       0:50:42    4   
Russ Dickenson         4       0:45:28    5   
Ralph Bennett          6       0:47:18    6   
Lachlan McDonald       1       0:38:56    No time recorded previously   
Simon Baker            5       0:47:07    No time recorded previously   
Travis Middlemiss      Ab.     3km in 14.48   
Robin Wood             Ab.     6km in 41.46
                       
4km Open              Place    Time       Hcp Place
Donna-Marie Elms       8       0:35:41    1   
Christine Griffiths    6       0:33:01    2   
Heather Carr           1       0:20:47    3   
Marlaine Stanway       4       0:27:16    4   
Margaret Beaumont      5       0:28:42    5   
Jenny Fawkes           3       0:25:41    6   
Eda Girgin             2       0:22:56    7   
Kiersten Coulter       7       0:33:01    No time recorded previously   
Anne Reid              9       0:36:25    No time recorded previously   
Maryanne Harrison      Ab      3km in 20.52   
        
Jason Elms             2       0:25:32    1   
Lindsay Harrison       3       0:27:17    2   
John Morrison          1       0:24:06    3   
Ian Beaumont           4       0:31:19    4           
                 
4km Under 15           Place   Time       Hcp Place   
Hilary Brazel          2       0:22:19    1   
Nicole Hallett         3       0:22:26    2   
Beth Alexander         1       0:20:34    3   

Bradley McLaren        3       0:31:38    1   
Timucin Girgin         1       0:21:41    2   
Ergenekon Girgin       2       0:24:49    3   
Damien Elms            Disq       

2500m Under 12         Place   Time       Hcp Place               
Cassandra Raselli      1       0:13:08    1   
Amelia Finnegan        2       0:14:57    2   
Caitlin Campbell       3       0:15:42    3   

Ryan Antidormi         1       0:14:18    1   
   
1500m Under 9          Place   Time       Hcp Place               
Rebecca Campbell       2       0:08:53    1   
Carly Bertrand         3       0:08:54    2   
Chloe McNicol-Davidson 1       0:08:46    3   
Annalise Harrison      4       0:11:04    4   
Stacey McLaren         4       0:11:04    5   

Cody McNicol-Davidson  1       0:10:17    1   
Ryan Dossetor          2       0:10:54    2   

VRWC RACES, ALBERT PARK, SATURDAY 20 MAY 2006

Our biggest field for the season so far, 63 walkers in all, enjoyed perfect conditions for our Albert Park races last Saturday.

The 10 km event saw some fantastic racing from a number of walkers but none better than Megan Szirom (a PB of 47:08) and Heather Carr (A W55 World Record of 53:55). She already held the record with 54:01 and she told me after the race that her time today took her by surprise – and what a pleasant surprise it was! On the men's side, Masters walkers Mark Donahoo and Colin Heywood led the way, both breaking the 50 minute barrier with even walks. And it is great to see club President Harry Summers back on the track each week and getting ready for the 10 Mile event in Canberra. Harry took the handicapper by surprise with his fine time of 1:06:05 (not bad for 70 years of age!)

10 km Open               Time     Handicap Place
1. Megan SZIROM          47:08    1
2. Sandra GEISLER        52:30    5
3. Heather CARR          53:55    2
4. Yolanda RUSSELL       56:58       
5. Carmel DRENNAN        59:38    4
6. Gayle McINTYRE      1:07:04    3
       
1. Mark DONAHOO          48:49    7
2. Colin HEYWOOD         49:54    6
3. Stuart KOLLMORGAN     51:54    3
4. John BUNKER           53:21    4
5. Alan  LUCAS           57:09    5
6. Shaun BURGESS         57:45    9
7. Daniel LOWE           58:46    8
8. Nicholas MIRARCHI     59:28    2
9. Harry SUMMERS       1:06:05    1


The standout walk in the 5 km events was that of young Beth Alexander. Beth, only 13 years of age, walked a 3 minute PB to record a fantastic time of 26:08 – and I thought that style wise, she looked great. It was also great to see Marlaine Stanway back walking after missing most of the last 12 months with shoulder injuries. She won the women's handicap event and is on the way back to racing fitness. In the men's event, Lachlan McDonald was the fastest (Lachlan is Heather Carr's son so the walking genes have obviously been passed on!) ahead of Masters walker Ross Reid, both walkers well under the 25 minute mark.

5 km Open               Time      Handicap Place       
1. Tracey FEINER        25:42     2
2. Liz FELDMAN          28:35     4
3. Janet HOLMES         29:39     6
4. Gwen STEED           31:20     5
5. Celia JOHNSON        32:12     1
6. Marlaine STANWAY     33:54     3
7. Andrea EDYE          40:43   
   Siobhan DONOVAN      Ab    (2km 10.20)
       
1. Lachlan McDONALD     23:39     8
2. Ross REID            24:36     3
3. Travis MARTIN        25:13    10
4. Daniel PAYNE         27:29     9
5. Russ DICKENSON       27:41     5
6. John MORRISON        30:23     4
7. Geoff BARROW         30:25     7
8. Bradley ELMS         31:13    11
9. Bruce CONBOY         34:32     6
10.Robin WOOD           34:53     1
11.Jason ELMS           34:32     2

5 km Under 15           Time     Handicap Place
1. Beth ALEXANDER       26:08     1
2. Regan LAMBLE         26:24     2

The 3 km events saw a lot of newcomers, having their first season with the club this winter. The standard was very pleasing and we can expect to see them improve as the season progresses.

3 km Unjudged    Time               
1. Kiersten COULTER     24:41   
2. Helen HOU            27:35       

3 km Open               Time     Handicap Place       
1. Eda GIRGIN           17:25    5
2. Emily PAYNE          19:22    4
3. Christine GRIFFITHS  24:41    3
4. Pam MEWS             26:47    1
5. Donna ELMS           27:10    2
   Maryanne HARRISON    Ab       
       
1. Ergenekon GIRGIN     18:44    1
2. Lindsay HARRISON     21:07   
3. Bradley McLAREN      23:00

A total of 17 young walkers made for very competitive 2 km and 1 km racing. A number of the Geelong Walking Club members are regularly competing with us and this helps create a great environment in which all the walkers will improve. Cassandra Raselli walked a fantastic 10:11 for fastest time in the Under 12 race and shared the honours with Briggette Brockenshire who took the handicap win. Cody and Chloe McNicol-Davidson make it a double in the Under 9 race, taking both fastest times and handicap honours.

2 km Under 12              Time     Handicap Place       
1. Cassandra RASELLI       10:11    3
2. Nicole HALLETT          11:05    5
3. Amelia FINNEGAN         11:10    2
4. Caitlin CAMPBELL        11:16    4
5. Talie COLLINS           11:45   
6. Taylor BROGAN           13:09    8
7. Briggette BROCKENSHIRE  14:01    1
8. Annaliese HARRISON      15:53    6
9. Ally PLATT              17:06    7

1 km Under 9                Time    Handicap Place       
1. Chloe McNICOL-DAVIDSON   5:46    1
2. Rebecca CAMPBELL         5:52    2
3. Carly BERTRAND           5:53    3
4. Amber DUNCAN             6:49    4
5. Cindy COLLINS            7:00   
6. Stacey McLAREN           7:06    5
       
1. Cody McNICOL-DAVIDSON    6:50    1
2. Ryan DOSSETOR            6:59    2

VRWC RACES, ALBERT PARK, SATURDAY 13 MAY 2006

Our first day at Albert Park for the winter season saw good fields and some very competitive racing. Handicaps were also conducted with each event and the handicap placings are also shown. To be eligible for a handicap place, a competitor must have a previous performance over this or a comparable distance. Hence at this early part of the season, some of our new members are not yet eligible for handicap points but that will soon change over the next few weeks.

First season competitor Gayle McIntyre won the women's 10 km event with her first ever attempt over the distance, recording a creditable 69:14, while Mark Donahoo was our fastest man with 48:53. In the 5 km races, Sandra Geisler and Ross Reid took the fastest times but Kylie Irshad and first year walkers Ralph Bennett walked best as far as the handicapper was concerned.

10 km Open Walk           Time     H'cap Place
1. Gayle McIntyre         69:14    -
2. Marlaine Stanway       72:11    -
   Carma Watson           DNF (8 km in 42:10)

1. Mark Donahoo           48:53    4
2. John Bunker            54:45    6
3. Alan Lucas             57:24    3
4. Daniel Lowe            58:11    5
5. Bob Gardiner           60:16    2
6. Harry Summers          65:21    1
   Lachlan McDonald       DNF (6 km in 29:03)
   Travis Martin          DNF (5 km in 25:21)
   Russ Dickenson         DNF (5 km in 28:01)
 
5 km Walk Open
1. Sandra Geisler         24:18    6
2 .Kylie Irshad           26:13    1
3. Heather Carr           26:21    3
4. Fauve Jacobs           28:32    7
5. Carmel Drennan         28:41    2
6. Tamara Attard          29:18    -
7. Celia Butler           29:35    -
8. Janet Holmes           30:26    8
9. Gwen Steed             31:13    5
10.Jenny Fawkes           32:08    4
11.Christine Griffiths    44:23    9
   Andrea Edye            43:23    Unjudged
   Siobhan Donovan        DNF
   Lauren Drennan         DNF
 
1. Ross Reid              24:48    2
2. Travis Middlemiss      24:55    4
3. Ralph Bennett          28:51    1
4. John Morrison          29:54    3
5. Geoff Barrow           30:44    5
   Greg Shepherd          43:23    Unjudged

Our young walkers were out in force with some great walks. Regan Lamble and Beth Alexander were best over the longer distances while Ryan Antidormi was the pick of the Under 12 and Under 10 walkers with a fantastic 10:49 for the 2 km.

5 km Walk Under 15
1. Regan Lamble           25:18    1
2. Natalie Laurie         26:11    2

1.Jason Elms              34:02    1

3 km Walk Open
1. Beth Alexander         15:40    1
2. Hilary Brazel          16:50    2
3. Donna Elms             27:42    -
   Anne Reid              27:40    Unjudged

1. Bruce Conboy           22:27    1 (5 km in 34:10)

Under 12 2 km Walk
1. Nicole Hallett         11:04    3
2. Caitlin Campbell       11:25    1
3. Amelia Finnegan        11:40    2
4. Briggette Brockenshire 15:17    -
5. Ally Platt             17:26    4

1. Ryan Antidorni         10:49    1

Under 10 1 km Walk
1. Rebecca Campbell        5:57    1
2. Carly Bertrand          6:01    2
3. Amber Duncan            7:04    3
4. Stacey McLaren          7:14    4

1. Ryan Dossetor           7:23    1

VRWC RACES, BURWOOD EAST, SATURDAY 6 MAY 2006

It was last minute battle stations when we found out with only 1 week to go that the Collingwood Harriers track refurbishments were well behind schedule and hence the track would not be available for us to use for our club championships last weekend.

After various phone calls, the Bill Sewart Athletics Track in East Burwood was chosen and we tried to let everyone know either by email or phone – not an easy task! To anyone who fell through our net and who made the trip to Clifton Hill, we apologise – it was a bit of a logistics nightmare.

49 walkers contested the various events on Saturday – an improvement on recent years. I think this was due to the venue eventually chosen. East Burwood is centrally placed to a great many of our club members. We shall be keen to use it again; it is an excellent venue even if it was a cool and windy day!

The 2 Hour, 1 Hour and 30 Minute walks all started at 2PM and it took quite a few officials to keep tabs on everyone. There were a significant number of retirements in the longer races as the cool wind in the back straight took its toll but Yolanda Russell (having her first race with us for some years) and Harry Summers saw it out to the finish and were the the only walkers left on the track for the last 45 minutes.

Andrew Jamieson, only 1 month short of 60 years of age (he turns 60 on 13 June), powered through to win the 20 km Club Championship with a fantastic time of 1:37:23. Those M60 records are going to take a pounding soon! Frank Bertei and Megan Szirom walked together (Megan won the 10 km Club Championship for women with a brisk 48:40 and then kept going!) and both eventually retired after passing the 15 km mark in around 1:13:55.

2 Hour Open Walk
1. Yolanda Russell            18.745 km
2. Harry Summers              15.200 km

20 Km Club Championship for Men - Alf Robinson Trophy
1. Andrew Jamieson            97:23
   Frank Bertei               DNF (15.6 km in 77:00)
   Tom Barnes                 DNF (  4.8 km in 22:43)

10 Km Club Championship for Women - Mabel Robinson Trophy
1. Megan Szirom               48:40
2. Yolanda Russell            62:59

Stuart Kollmorgen easily won the 1 Hour men's event ahead of evergreen Duncan Knox while Sandra Howorth and Gayle McIntyre had a great battle in the women's section with Gayle just failing to catch Sandra in the dying stages. Gayle is obviously enjoying her first racewalking season.

1 Hour / 10 Km Walk
1. Stuart Kollmorgen          11.293 km
2. Duncan Knox                10.155 km
3. Sandra Howorth              8.021 km
4. Gayle McIntyre              8.013 km
   Mark Donahoo               DNF
   Bruce Conboy               DNF

Kylie Irshad just keeps getting better each week and had easily her best walk since the twins came on the scene. She just failed to hold out Bill Dyer in a great last lap and both were well past the 5km mark. The next few places saw the young brigade (Amy Burren – aged 12, Hilary Brazel – aged 12 and Nicole Hallett – aged 11) fighting it out with John Morrison who is definitely no longer in the young brigade!. It is good to see the young walkers trying themselves out over the longer distances. Well done girls!
And I can't forget a special mention to Donna Elms who has decided to join her boys and don the walking shoes for the winter season – well done Donna!

30 Minute Open Walk
1. Bill Dyer                  5.562 km
2. Kylie Irshad               5.554 km
3. Amy Burren                 5.062 km
4. John Morrison              5.009 km
E5.Hilary Brazel              4.949 km
E5.Nicole Hallett             4.949 km
7. Tamara Attard              4.918 km
8. Janet Holmes               4.860 km
9. Bradley Elms               4.763 km
10.Jason Elms                 4.238 km
11.Kaylene Miller             3.274 km
12.Shirley Coppock            3.229 km
13.Donna Elms                 3.114 km
   Maryanne Harrison          DNF
   Gwen Steed                 DNF

The Under 12 and Under 10 boys and girls walked together and it was great to see 8 new walkers who are having their first season with the club. They will improve a lot over the winter if they compete regularly and try the occasional longer walk.

Overall, Cassandra Raselli and Ryan Antidormi won the Under 12 gold medals and Sarah Burren and Cody McNicol-Davidson won the Under 10 gold medals. The Under 12 girls event in particular saw a close contest for the minor medals with Caitlin Campbell getting home ahead of Amelia Finnegan and Chelsea Dyer.


Under 12 1500m Club Championship
1. Cassandra Raselli             7:39
2. Caitlin Campbell              8:00
3. Amelia Finnegan               8:04
4. Chelsea Dyer                  8:09
5. Ella Mason                    9:18
6. Taylor Brogan                 9:26
7. Annaliese Harrison           11:31

1. Ryan Antidormi                8:00
   Matthew Fenton                DNF

Under 10 1500m Club Championship
1. Sarah Burren                  9:03
2. Rebecca Campbell              9:11
3. Ashley Albert                 9:27
4. Chloe McNicol-Davidson        9:28
5. Carly Bertrand                9:42
6. Stacey McLaren               10:15
7. Amber Duncan                 10:35
8. Ally Platt                   11:07

1. Cody McNicol-Davidson        10:32

VRWC RACES, BRAESIDE PARK, SUNDAY 30 APRIL 2006

With Albert Park out of action until mid May, we had our opening race of the winter season at Braeside Park in Moorabin. It was a cool and wet Sunday morning and a gravel track but we still had some 40 starters who enthusiastically race against the clock over a variety of distances. Times were generally slow, as you would expect from a non-bitumen track but it was still a good hitout for our club walkers.

10 Km Open
Kellie Wapshott, Lachlan Wilkinson and Megan Peters battled early but Kellie was the one who eventually saw out the distance to finish in a good time of 50:01. This was Kellie's last race before heading off next Saturday for Spain where she will contest the 20 km event. Good luck Kellie!

1. Kellie Wapshott             50:01
2. Harry Summers               70:44
   Lachlan Wilkinson           DNF (8 km in 41:35)
   Megan Peters                DNF (5 km in 24:37)

5 km Open
There is one thing for certain in life and that is the flambouyant nature of Ross Reid's racing uniforms. But the glaring colours did not interfere with Ross's racing style as he showed a clean pair of heels to the opposition. Lauren Drennan was not far behind Ross and looks set for a very good winter season. It was great to see Lindsay and Maryanne Harrison do 3 km walks, their first with the club, while their son Tommy swapped roles and read the laptimes from the stopwatch!

1. Ross Reid                   26:03
2. Travis Middlemiss           26:37
3. Alan Lucas                  28:46
4. Russ Dickenson              29:11
5. Tony Johnson                30:36
6. John Morrison               30:57
7. Ralph Bennett               31:00
8. Bob Gardiner                33:12
   Lindsay Harrison            DNF (3 km in 21:15)

1. Lauren Drennan              26:18
2. Regan Lamble                27:36
3. Siobhan Donovan             27:52
4. Kylie Irshad                28:39
5. Caitlin Brunton             29:35
6. Liz Feldman                 29:59
7. Carmel Drennan              30:48
8. Erin Brunton                32:30
9. Jenny Fawkes                32:56
10.Celia Johnson               34:37
11.Marlaine Stanway            36:07
12.Gayle McIntyre              37:24
13.Margaret Beaumont           37:45
14.Sandra Howorth              37:45
15.Pam Mews                    47:38
   Maryanne Harrison           DNF (3 km )

2 Km Under 12
The Under 12 age group looks like being strongly contested again this year with Ayla Collins and Caitlin Campbell having a great battle in the opening race . Add in our other Under 12 girls and we should see some great races as the season progresses.

1. Ayla Collins                11:40
2. Caitlin Campbell            11:42
3. Talie Collins               12:19
4. Sarah Burren                12:35
5. Annalise Harrison           16:22

1 Km Under 9
Chloe and Cody McNicol-Davidson have certainly improved since last winter and they walked excellently. Bebecca Campbell also walked very well and we can expect to see her and Chloe both improving week by week. Cindy Collins and Stay McLaren joined us for the first time and both walked very well with just over 7 mins for the 1 km distance.

1. Chloe McNicol-Davidson       5:55
2. Rebecca Campbell             6:27
E3 Cindy Collins                7:07
E3 Stacey McLaren               7:07

1. Cody McNicol-Davidson        7:25