Category: Race Report

XCR17 Round 9: Burnley Half Marathon

By Ross Pentland   You can’t deny that SMAC isn’t a club for the distance runners with a strong showing both in presence and talent on the penultimate, with more PBs that can be mentioned in this race debriefing.   For the Juniors 5km race we had Grace Turner and Mitch Waring run 5th and 4th in their respective age… Read more →

XCR17 Round 8: Anglesea Ekiden Relays

By Ross Pentland   Seems like the wind has a habit of following us around wherever we go, though it behaved itself as the day progressed for another round of XCR’17, this time for the Ekiden Relays on the sunny Surf Coast of Anglesea. The Ekiden concept has runners each run different distances, while the Anglesea trails harkened to the… Read more →

XCR17 Round 6: Albert Park

By Ross Pentland   The wind couldn’t hold us down as there were personal bests aplenty at the Albert Park 10km for round 6 of XCR’17. The combined start meant there was more coverage from the wind, though the elements still provided a challenge on the fast, flat course. We start however, with Maxine Paholek winning the U18 Womens 3km… Read more →

XCR17 Round 5: Sandown Relays

By Ross Pentland   We move into the ‘R’ phase of ‘XCR’, with the road races kicking off with the relays at Sandown Raceway. It’s usually a cold day for the Road Relays and Saturday was no exception, while the rain behaved itself for the most part runners had to contend with the chilling wind heading into the home straight.… Read more →

XCR17 Round 4: Bundoora XC

By Ross Pentland   On a warm winter’s day, it was a full day of racing on the famous Bundoora Park hosting the last proper cross country race of the season. Even with the school championships running from the morning to the early afternoon, the conditions were still ideal for a good solid run. South Melbourne opened the day’s account… Read more →

XCR17 Round 1: Jells XC Relays

Well done to all the SMAC team competing at the first round of XCR 2017. A big welcome to all our new members and thanks to those of you who have signed up again. In bright sunshine and warm conditions at Jells Park there was a great showing from the red and white hoops over the 6km relay course. Not… Read more →

Kirstin Bull IAU World 100km Champion

  Congratulations to a World Champion South Melbourne’s Kirstin Bull has backed up a strong performance in the 2015  IAU World 100km Championships where she broke a longstanding Australian Record with an even better one in 2016! In the early hours of Monday morning (our time), and after 10 laps of the 10km course which saw athletes run on tarmac… Read more →

XCR’16 Round 10 Tan Relays

Where to begin other than the Premier Women sealing the deal to win South Melbourne’s first ever Premier Division title! Another great effort by Sinead, Bronwyn, Anna and Jayne to leave Club sec Deborah Niccol with the victory lap. Well done to them Alana, Dervila & Kirstin for the hard running across the season which saw them never finish a race below… Read more →

XCR’16 Round 9 Burnley Half

After a few weeks hiatus, the Australian National Cross Country Champions were back in action again. The scene was Burnley and a half mara around everyone’s favourite 4.5/3/2 lap (delete as appropriate) circuit. The SMACing that was dished out by the premiers elect is starting to get a bit rude. When you can leave stellar cast member Anna Kelly on… Read more →

XCR’16 Round 8 – Anglesea Ekiden Relays

By Claire Thomas   The Surf Coast put on picture perfect conditions for the much loved Anglesea Ekiden Relay this weekend. The Women’s Premier Division took home the bacon yet again after a convincing win and edged a little closer to the Premiership title. Sinead Diver decided she was enjoying the flora and fauna along the costal trials so much… Read more →