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.
The U18 Boys represented South Melbourne proudly, with Ramen Nayer, Mitch Waring and Riley Bryce each running strong to combine for a 2ndplace finish. Well done lads, top stuff.
For the Women’s divisions Katie Rodd again gave another strong performance, while Jaclyn Murphy made a great impression on her debut for the red and white hoops slotting in the Premier Division. SMAC Captain Jayne Grebinski Briggs led from the front as always with Simone Brick anchoring with consistent improvement.
Over on the Mens’ races, Warren McVean was undeterred by the elements running strong, while Simon Iskenderian demonstrated the importance of running through the finish line (and then some).
Felix Lonergan ran his first race of the season in emphatic style, running the fastest time of the day for SMAC while Aaron Murphy also made his return and wasn’t a step out of place with a return to form run after injury.
(Dis)honourable mention goes to Nelroy D’couto in Div 4, who sauntered to the track a whole 8 minutes before running the final leg, though going on to overtake Knox and APS to improve our final placing.
Runner of the Day
This was a harder one to call as there was a lot of consistency across the board, as everyone ran well despite the conditions. We always love a comeback story and throughout the season we’ve been consistently cheered from the sidelines and and coached on the Monday night track sessions by two SMAC runners who’ve been eagerly waiting to line up, so rather than split it we’re giving it to both Aaron Murphy & Jaclyn Murphy (no relation). Congratulations both of you, great to see you in action for SMAC.
Stay sharp as Round 6 of XCR17 is 9am Sunday 18th July on our home ground Lakeside Stadium for the Albert Park 10km, for prime conditions to run a personal best. We would encourage all runners to come stay afterwards for a team photo and post run breakfast. Look forward to seeing you all there.