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VRWC Results - Summer Season 2013/2014

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The Summer Season occurs between October and March and coincides with the long hot Australian summer. The emphasis in on track walking and most races are over the shorter track distances. There is also a strong walking presence in the 'Interclub' Track Competition with all Athletics Teams fielding walkers in their regular competitions.

For this reason, VRWC only holds a small number of events during this period.

VRWC AND VMA TRACK WALKS, DOLOMORE OVAL, MENTONE, SUNDAY 23 MARCH

VRWC hosted the annual Victorian Masters 5000m track walk championships on Sunday morning in their last summer season walk for 2013/2014 - and conditions at Dolomore Oval in Mentone were cool and overcast, perfect for racing.

The Masters women kicked off first and we saw a great battle out front between Sandra Geisler and Michelle Laufer, with Pam Tindal and Heather Carr not far behind and gamely chasing their younger rivals. Michelle eventually took fastest times with 25:49 ahead of Sandra 26:04, Pam 26:19 and Heather 28:09.

VMA 5000m Women: Start time 8:30AM                     
W35    1    Geisler, Sandra      26:04
W40    1    Laufer, Michelle     25:49
W50    1    Tindal, Pam          26:19
       DQ   Elms, Donna          DQ
W60    1    Carr, Heather        28:09
       2    Thompson, Alison     30:14
W65    1    McPherson, Glennis   33:57
       2    Johnson, Celia       35:15
W70    1    Steed, Gwen          33:30
       2    Morrey, Jan          36:06
       3    Hugo, Beverley       38:56
W75    1    Beaumont, Margaret   42:39

The Masters men were next to go with Stuart Kollmorgen showing a clean pair of heels to his rivals to finish in a quick 24:05, ahead of Simon Evans 25:28 and David Smyth 27:20.
                      
VMA 5000m Men: Start time 9:15AM                     
M35    1    Van Dongen, Rupert   32:54
M40    1    Kollmorgen, Stuart   24:05
       2    Smyth, David         27:20
M50    1    Evans, Simon         25:28
       2    Keirl, Bernie        28:09
M60    1    Sofianos, Gerard     36:55
M65    1    Barrow, Geoff        32:52
M70    1    Morrison, John       36:44
       2    Perez, Juan          38:05
       3    Wicks, Barrie        40:07
M75    DQ   Beaumont, Ian        DQ

VRWC races rounded out the program and our younger walkers also showed out with Adam Garganis winning the 5000m in 22:40 and Reese Walmsley winning the 3000m in 13:48. But it was in the final event of the morning, the 1500m walk, that things really hotted up, Jesse Osborne scorching through to a 13 sec PB of 5:19.54. I think that this is in fact the fastest 1500m ever walked in Australia by a junior walker - and he looked superb. Jason Kozica 6:16.92 and James Christmas 6:17.93 also showed great speed while Philippa Huse, Nikola Mandic and Karla Bulte all walked what looked like PBs to me. And I can't forget to mention Gabrielle Crea whose 3000m time of 17:50 was also a big PB.

VRWC 5000m Open: Start time 10:00AM                 
1.  Garganis, Adam      22:40
2.  Swan, Kyle          23:56
                 
VRWC 3000m Open: Start time 10:00AM                 
1.  Walmsley, Reese     13:48
2.  Crea, Gabriella     17:50       PB 0:15
3.  Keirl, Bernie       17:50
                 
VRWC 1500m Open: Start time 10:40AM                 
1.  Osborne, Jesse      5:19.54     PB 0:13
2.  Kozica, Jason       6:16.92
3.  Christmass, James   6:17.83
4.  Huse, Philippa      7:07.85     PB 0:08
5.  Mandic, Nikola      7:11.15     PB 0:15
6.  Bulte, Karla        7:18.45     PB 0:34

While I don't have comprehensive all-time lists for 1500m, I think Jesse fits in at third place overall with that time. The top 4, according to me, read as follows

Dane Bird-Smith   U23    5:16.39   Brisbane, QLD   07/11/2013
David Smith       Open   5:19.1    Melbourne, VIC  07/02/1981
Jesse Osborne     U20    5:19.54   Melbourne, VIC  23/03/2014
Nathan Deakes     U23    5:22.1    Geelong, VIC    18/10/1997

Thanks as usual to our judges and officials who ensure our races run so smoothly each week. Apologies if I have missed anyone.

Officials: Tim Erickson, Ralph Bennett, Terry Swan, Tony Doran, Alan Lucas, Alan Walmsley, Colin Thompson
Judges:    Gordon Loughnan (chief), David Cash, Stuart Cooper, Peter Vysma, Lloyd Nichols

VICTORIAN AND VRWC RACES, MIDDLE PARK, SUNDAY 19 JANUARY 2014

Just about perfect conditions greeted the 53 walkers at Middle Park on Sunday for the annual Victorian 5km Teams Championships and associated VRWC roadwalks. With work already underway in preparation for the Australian Motor Racing Grand Prix next month, we used our AIMS certified 1km loop rather than our usual 2km loop and it certainly made for a much more exciting event with the road full of walkers.

The Victorian 5km teams championships saw the Athletics Essendon team of Chris Erickson, Jesse Osborne and Connor McShanag win the men's team title and the Ballarat zone team of Sarah Brennan, Jemma Peart and Kobie Somerfield win the women's team title. Overall, Chris Erickson led the men home with 21:50 to finish ahead of Jesse Osborne 22:14 and Brad Simpson 22:21 while 13 year old Eliza Clarke was the fastest of the women with her first ever 5km time of 25:36. It was great to see so many young walkers attacking their first ever longer race and all performed well. And special mentions to Brad Simpson 22:21, Adam Garganis 22:37, Ryan Antidormi 26:03, Cooper Owen 27:23, Sarah Brennan 26:33, Kobie Somerfield 28:45, Lauren Collis 29:55 and Karyn O'Neill 33:18 who all walked PBs.

Victorian 5km Teams Race Men            Team Points
1.  Chris Erickson      ATE       21:50    1
2.  Jesse Osborne       ATE       22:14    3
3.  Bradley Simpson     ANW       22:21    4     PB 0:01
4.  Adam Garganis       COL       22:37    5     PB 0:44
5.  Emmet Brasier       DIV       23:03    6     First ever
6.  Kyle Swan           ANW       24:02    7
7.  Stuart Kollmorgen   COL       24:08    8
8.  Aaron Mcdonough     PTN       24:43    -
9.  Ryan Antidormi      ANW       26:03    9     PB 0:24
10. David Smyth         COL       27:03    10
11. Cooper Owen         DIV       27:23    11    PB 0:18
12. Hugh Collis         DIV       28:54    12    First ever
13. Connor McShanag     ATE       29:09    13
14. Terry O'Neill       CCA       29:16    14
15. David Armstrong     DIV       30:07    -
16. Bob Gardiner        COL       31:07    -
17. Rupert Van Dongen   CCA       31:28    15    First one
18. Patrick Clarke      DIV       31:47    -     First one
19. Robert Ryan         CCA       46:09    16    First one
    Mark Donahoo        ATE       DNS    -
    Brian Hamer         WES       DNS    -

Teams Race   1    ATE    17    C Erickson, J Osborne, C McShanag
             2    ANW    20    B Simpson, K Swan, R Antidormi
             3    COL    23    A Garganis, S Kollmorgen, D Smyth
             4    DIV    29    E Brasier, C Owen, H Collis
             5    CCA    45    T O'Neill, R Van Dongen, R Ryan

Victorian 5km Teams Race Women    Team Points
1.  Eliza Clarke        DIV       25:36    1     First one
2.  Sarah Brennan       BYC-Ball  26:33    3     PB 0:20
3.  Rebecca Henderson   CCA       27:39    -     First one
4.  Jemma Peart         BYC-Ball 28:15     4     First one
5.  Kobie Somerfield    BHABall   28:45    5     PB 1:17
6.  Lauren Collis       DIV       29:55    6     PB 0:30
7.  Taylor Langford     DIV       31:32    7     First one
8.  Karyn O'Neill       CCA       33:18    -     PB 0:14
    Heather Carr        EAG       DNS    -
    Karla Bulte         CCA       DNS    -

Teams Race   1    BALL   12    S Brennan, J Peart, K Somerfield
             2    DIV    14    E Clarke, L Collis, T Langford

A variety of additional VRWC races were on offer and there were some impressive results. USA walker Erin Talcott beat her PB by over 1 minute with her 20km time of 1:41:05. It was a very even paced walk in which she was in control throughout. We also saw two of our elite women in action with Kelly Ruddick (a quick 22:40) and Regan Lamble (an easy 25:24) strutting their stuff. 16 year old Reese Walmsley walked a big PB with 23:11 and 10 year old Nikola Mandic walked his first ever 5km with 28:35.

VRWC 20km Roadwalk    
1.  Erin Talcott          50:10    1:41:05     PB
2.  Simon Evans           55:45    1:59:31
3.  Michelle Thompson   1:00:38    2:02:05

VRWC 10km Roadwalk
1.  Zoe Boldiston         53:38     First ever
2.  Russ Dickenson        58:29
3.  Kylie Irshad          59:45
    Simone McInnes        DNF

VRWC 5km Roadwalk
1.  Kelly Ruddick         22:40
2.  Reese Walmsley        23:11     PB 0:43
3.  James Christmass      24:41
4.  Regan Lamble          25:24
5.  Sandra Geisler        27:18
6.  Nikola Mandic         28:35     First ever
7.  Donna Elms            31:54
8.  Liz Feldman           32:05
9.  Barrie Wicks          39:53

VRWC 3km Roadwalk
1.  Jason Kozica          14:08
2.  Lucas Taylor          14:51
3.  Jade Sanders          17:14
4.  Carly Bertrand        19:53
5.  Pam Mews              29:44
    Jim  Crawford         DQ

VRWC U12 2km Roadwalk
1.  Alanna Peart          11:39
2.  Amber Henderson       17:56     First ever

VRWC U9 1km Roadwalk
1.  Freya Evans           07:22
2.  Zara Irshad           08:11

Thanks to our many officials and judges and helpers. Sorry if I have missed anyone.
    
Officials: Tim Erickson (manager), Harry Summers, Ralph Bennett, Mark Donahoo, Damien Elms, Bob Gardiner, Kirstin Shaw, Jason Elm (bike)
Judges: Peter Vysma (Chief), Gordon Loughnan, Stuart Cooper, Brenda Felton, Suzanne Callaway
Refreshment Table: Marlaine Stanway, Jason Elms
Canteen: Wendy Cooper, Marlaine Stanway
Photos: Terry Swan
Course: 1km Road Loop (AIMS Certified)
Conditions: Overcast, slight breeze, 18C

VRWC  ROADWALKS, MIDDLE PARK, SUNDAY 1 DECEMBER 2013

Last Sunday saw our latest VRWC roadwalking carnival at Middle Park. The day was hot with a maximum temperature in the low thirties but an early start for our races meant that we were spared the worst of the conditions. Jesse Osborne was the best of the 20km walkers with a very fast 1:31:38 while Michelle Thompson was the best of the women with 1:59:50. Both were close to their PBs.

In the shorter races, Kyle Swan 49:01, Adam Garganis 50:09. Reese Walmsley 24:13 and Philippa Huse 16:08 were the standouts.

Open 20km Walk
1.  Osborne, Jesse          45:24    1:31:38
2.  Evans, Simon            57:40    1:55:14
3.  Thompson, Michelle      58:23    1:59:50
4.  Kozica, Jason           57:41    2:02:42
5.  O'Neill, Terry        1:00:30    2:07:03
6.  Karyn O'Neill         1:07:55    2:24:16
7.  Keirl, Bernie           58:24    DQ

Open 15km Walk
1.  Jordan, Steve         1:13:00    1:53:53

Open 10km Walk
1.  Kyle Swan               49:01
2.  Adam Garganis           50:09
3.  Russ Dickenson        1:04:40
4.  Kylie Irshad          1:04:40
5.  Sandra Howorth        1:14:57

Open 5km Walk
1.  Walmsley, Reese         24:13
2.  Geisler, Sandra         27:46
3.  Smyth, David            29:11
4.  Bennett, Ralph          29:19
5.  Feldman, Liz            31:22
6.  Thillaisundaram, Anand  33:11
7.  Johnson, Tony           33:16
8.  Johnson, Celia          34:57
9.  Davidson, Kelly         45:12

Open 3km Walk
1.  Huse, Philippa          16:08
2.  Beaumont, Ian           25:03
3.  Beaumont, Margaret      26:07
    George, Stephanie       DNF

As usual, thanks to our officials and judges. Sorry if I have missed anyone.

Officials: Tim Erickson, Mark Donahoo, Bob Gardiner, Harry Summers
Judges: Peter Vysma, Stuart Cooper, Lloyd Nichols, Gordon Loughnan
Canteen: Marlaine Stanway, Wendy Cooper

VRWC SUMMER ROAD CHAMPS, MIDDLE PARK, SUNDAY 10 NOVEMBER 2013

Our first road races for the summer season were held on Sunday at Middle Park and some 38 walkers turned out in cool conditions. The 20km events were first up and Kelly Ruddick was in dominant form, storming through to an excellent 1:35:35. Jesse Osborne strolled through for a win in the Open Men's 20km club championship for the Gus Theobold Trophy with 1:50:28.

VRWC Open Men 20km Club Championship - Gus Theobold Trophy
1.  Osborne, Jesse       51:44    1:50:28
2.  Evans, Simon         56:03    1:56:22
3.  O'Neill, Terry     1:02:14    2:06:30
 
VRWC Open 20km
1.  Ruddick, Kelly       48:19    1:35:35
2.  O'Neill, Karyn     1:08:42    2:21:17
3.  Howorth, Sandra    1:17:03    2:39:27
 
Splits from the Women's 20km event were used to determine placings in our annual Masters Women Club Championship for the Heather Carr Trophy and it also went to Kelly Ruddick. Brad Simpson also walked well for his 49:34 in the men's field.

VRWC Masters Women 10km Club Championship - Heather Carr Trophy
1.  Ruddick, Kelly       48:19
2.  O'Neill, Karyn     1:08:42
3.  Howorth, Sandra    1:17:03
 
VRWC Open 10km         
1.  Simpson, Brad        49:34
2.  Garganis, Adam       51:33
3.  Donahoo, Mark        53:35
4.  George, Stephanie    54:40
5.  Christmass, James    56:10
E6  Irshad, Kylie      1:04:55
E6  Dickenson, Russ    1:04:55
E6  Kozica, Jason      1:04:55
 
A series of club championships and Open shorter distance races completed the program and were were excited to see a superb race between young walkers Jemima Montag and Kyle Swan - Jemima eventually won out in the 5km with a huge PB of 22:55 ahead of Kyle wih 23:00. Reese Walmsley also walked superbly for a big PB of 23:54.  Well done to our various club champions Jemima Montag, Kyle Swan, Rebecca Henderson, Hayden Walmsley, Alanna Peart, Nikola Mandic and Freya Evans.

VRWC Open 5km
1.  David Smyth         28:53
2.  Feain, Gerard       29:14
3.  Feldman, Liz        30:32
4.  Johnson, Celia      35:24
5.  Machin, Sylvia      35:35
 
VRWC U20 5km Club Championship
1.  Montag, Jemima      22:55     PB 0:47
2.  Hamilton, Emily     28:33
 
1.  Swan, Kyle          23:00
2.  Walmsley, Reese     23:54     PB 0:28
3.  Bird, Kyle          26:43
4.  Owen, Cooper        27:44
 
VRWC U15 3km Club Championship
1.  Henderson, Rebecca  16:03
2.  Huse, Philippa      16:15     Eq. PB
3.  Crea, Gabriella     18:24
 
1.  Walmsley, Hayden    17:25     PB 0:28
2.  Feain, Lachlan      17:32
 
VRWC Open 3km
1.  Feain, Madeleine    19:42
2.  Onley, Gordon *     27:31
    McShanag, Connor      DNF
 
VRWC U12 1.5km Club Championship
1.  Peart, Alanna       08:17
2.  Henderson, Amber    13:19     First walk with VRWC
 
1.  Mandic, Nikola      07:40
 
VRWC U9 1.5km Club Championship
1.  Evans, Freya        11:35
2.  Irshad, Zara *      13:09

As usual, thanks to our officials and judges - sorry if I have missed anyone

Officials: Mark Donahoo, Tim Erickson, Simon Baker, Harry Summers, Bob Gardiner, Alan Walmsley
Judges: Peter Vysma (chief), Stuart Cooper, Lloyd Nichols, Michael Bodey
Canteen: Wendy Cooper, Kate Suich, Marlaine Stanway
Photos: Terry Swan

VRWC SUMMER SEASON TRACK WALKS, CLIFTON HILL, WEDNESDAY 16 OCTOBER

Our VRWC summer season kicked off last Wednesday evening with track walks at the George Knott track in Clifton Hill. It was a windy evening so fast times were hard to come by in the longer events but Adam Garganis 24:02, Emmet Brasier 13:44 and Kyle Swan 13:51 were all in good form. The 1500m walk saw the largest field and Jesse Osborne used it as an opportunity to blitz his PB with a super fast 5:32. Wow, that is fast walking!
5000m Walk
1.  Garganis, Adam      24:02

3000m Walk
1.  Brasier, Emmet      13:44
2.  Swan, Kyle          13:51
3.  Donahoo, Mark       15:47
4.  Collis, Lauren      17:32
5.  Smyth, David        17:37
6.  Collis, Hugh        18:43
7.  Clarke, Patrick     DNF

1500m Walk
1.  Osborne, Jesse      05:32     PB 0:07
2.  Clarke, Eliza       07:22
3.  Owen, Cooper        07:36
4.  Swan, Emily         07:55
5.  Burgess, Liam       07:58
6.  Collis, Bede        08:00
7.  Langford, Taylor    08:11
8.  Collis, Frances     09:15
9.  Clarke, Georgia     09:31
10. Holmes, Charlotte   09:49
11. Smith, Hannah       09:50
12. Holmes, Molly       10:16

Officials: Tim Erickson, Bob Gardiner, Terry Swan
Judges: Peter Vysma, Judy Mason, Matt Owen