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 7: Ballarat

By Ross Pentland   Another round of XCR17 and another contest with the elements, with the winds blowing harshly (or favourable depending which part of the course you were running) across Lake Wendouree for the 15km Road Championships. Despite the gale winds the South Melbourne contingent still put on some strong performances on the day.   Ramen Nayar once again… 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 3: Cruden Farm XC

By Ross Pentland Now that the mud has settled on another round of XCR’17, it’s time to look at the round that was. Obviously it’s a busy time for runners with other events, both in running and in life happening, so a massive applause to the dedicated runners who fronted up taken on Cruden Farm for the AV Heritage Round.… Read more →

XCR17 Round 2: Wandin Park XC

  By Andrew Ross   The cross country season got into full swing with the first individual event of the season at Wandin Park. On a lovely cool, sunny day, SMACers were out in force. With 25 men, 16 women and 5 quality juniors, the club was well represented. Welcome to newbies Adronis Ndihokubwayo, Clovis Mpundu, Warren McVean, Greg Walters,… 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 →