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 with Maxine Paholek running a respectable 7th in the U20 Womens.
The Women’s Open & Masters saw Jayne Grebinski Briggs, Bronwyn Humprys & Simone Brick lead the charge for the premier Division women, while Ana Carlota Rodriguez Velarde ran with a relaxed start into the race, working her way through the field to place strongly. Bolstering our stocks were the consistent performances from Claire Broadway and Michelle Flanagan.
Consistency was order of the day in the Men’s Open & Masters, with performances from Paul Harman and Warren McVean among those adding to evenly paced performances in their debut season.
Mark Hayes celebrated his birthday in style, while John Nicola showed no signs of wear from UTA 100. At the pointier end, Adronis Ndihokubwa took home SMAC bragging rights for the day, while Michael Rathjen and Tim Edwards again thrived out in the field.
Runner of the Day goes to none other than the comeback queen herself, Bronwyn Humphrys – starting off with a conservative pace, Bron ran strongly to place 17th overall to punctuate the end of a long stint on the sidelines slotting back into the Premier Division, all the while her support has been unwavering both as a spectator and coaching the Monday night track sessions. Congratulations Bronwyn, it’s good to see you back for SMAC.
The ‘Road’ portion of XCR’17 kicks off on July 8th with the Sandown Relays – please make yourself available for a flat and fast 6km that promises to be a great day out.
Post event drinks will be held at the Limerick Arms afterwards, so recover well, train hard, earn yourself a beer and we’ll see you at the next round of XCR.