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.
We start with our juniors, with Mitch Waring placing tenth in U16 Boys, and Ramen Nayar finishing 2nd in the U18 Boys, with Gus Bowes also representing the Young Bloods.
The Open Women’s 8km race saw Anna Kelly duel with Virginia Moloney, narrowly missing line honours to place second overall while Jayne Grebinski overcame a slog in the bog to still finish 10th place. Dervilla Holmes ran strong to place third in her age group, while Katie Rodd ran her strongest run of the season yet.
The men’s “10 mile” race saw the men slog it out, finishing with what can be said as a changing of guard with the Div 2 side populated with SMAC newcomers – Michael Rathjen again the top SMAC runner, while Adronis and Clovis also backed up their performances from Wandin. Worthy of a mention was Greg Walters running the course well paced as did Nav Sushil – even with his mantra of “no man or shoe left behind” as said shoe was enveloped mud.
But in terms of standout performances, there can be only one who embodies the SMAC spirit – so without further ado, the runner of the day award goes to Simone Brick – Simone by her own admission had a very tough race but hung on to finish within the top 30, a more than respectable performance given her relative newness to the physicality and challenges that cross country terrain brings. Simone afterwards was running around to give cheers and support throughout the men’s race. Well done Simone, great to have you in our team.
On behalf of the South Melbourne Athletic Club team and committee, we would like to extend our gratitude to Bronwyn Humphrys, Jaclyn Murphy and Eva Nayar for volunteering their services as Marshals for the duration of the day.
Well done to everyone who ran and thank you to those who volunteered. The next round and final true cross country race of the season will be the Bundoora 10km race on June 17th. We’re hoping for a big turnout from SMAC this time around so we’ll see you there!