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 in 10:04, edging her nearest competitor by 2 seconds. Congratulations Maxine!
Ramen Nayar also made the podium in the U16 Mens 3km with a second place, while over in the U16 Women Grace Turner and Saskia Lloyd placed 11th and 16th respectively in their race.
For the Open Womens, Jayne Grebinski Briggs made another top 10 performance while Simone Brick further marked her season of consistency with a personal best while Kirstin Bull ran strong into the premier division.
Katie Rodd & Nav Sushil teamed together resulting in a PB for Katie, with Ana Carlota Rodriguez Velarde in tow. Laura Fanning was also impressive running a PB performance by over 7 minutes.
Mitch Waring representing the U18 Mens ran the fastest 10km of the day for SMAC in a mighty 34:30. Adronis Ndihokubwayo was fastest for the Open Mens, also clocking a sub-35 minute performance, followed by Ian Cayzer and Paul Martinovich, the latter getting a nod for knocking off nearly two minutes his previous best.
Mark Hayes notched up his 3rd PB in the span of two weeks following on from Gold Coast Half and the Sandown Relays, while Tim Edwards and Jeremy Parsons also ran huge personal bests.
Runners of the Day
This is a really hard one to call, with so many great performances across the board you couldn’t ask for anything more from anyone and everyone who turned up and gave it everything today. After some deliberation from the SMAC Committee, it was hard to go past the strength of our juniors so our Runners of the Day go to our speedy juniors Maxine Paholek and Mitch Waring. The future is looking good for South Melbourne with them around, so congratulations to both of you.
A big thank you to those who came out to cheer SMAC along the course, and also special thank you to the Committee leaders for organising and putting on the post race breakfast and barbeque, with a special thank you to Warren McVean and Eva Nayar. A special shoutout for Ingrid Morrison and Vanessa Parsons who have taken some cracking photos for the last couple of rounds.
Next round of XCR17 is Saturday 29th July for 15km (or thereabouts) around Lake Wendouree, Ballarat – let’s get another big turnout going to cap off a big month of racing.