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XCR13 Rd 5 -22/06/2013 Bundoora Park, Bundoora

Last Saturday, 12 Traralgon Harriers ventured down to Bundoora Park for Round 5 of Athletics Victoria’s XCR’13 and what a great day it was for a run. The weather was perfect, sunny with hardly any wind, although previous rain made the course a little heavy underfoot and created some great muddy patches.

Juniors Tom and Molly Irvine both ran out of their age groups in the U20 race due to the All Schools competition being held on the same day. Molly raced over 6km and Tom over 8km and both did well even though running against older runners.

In the women’s race, which was 2 laps of the 4km course, Anna Orr showed she has lost none of her speed leading home the female team in 63rd place overall, closely followed by Liz Kenny who did well to finish 13th  in her age group. Nicole Hauxwell and Jen Van Der Velden both had good runs, looking good even though they admitted to little recent training! Bringing up the rear for the women’s team was me (Jen Houghton) and I was very happy with my run. I hadn’t done this course before and I really enjoyed it despite the hill. Although I am glad I took on Molly’s advice and went easy on the first lap.

In the men’s race, which was 3 laps of the 4km course, there was quite a few of the team backing up after the Marathon Festival the week before although that didn’t seem to hamper performances any. There was a strong battle out in front between Ian Cornthwaite and Flynn Boyle with the lead changing several times before Ian came out in front finishing in 4th place in his age group. Flynn finished strongly but couldn’t quite catch him and came in 119th place overall. Next over the line was Greg Semmler back after a break with injury and looking like he hasn’t lost form at all. Morgan Tucker, who was impressive just to turn up after his marathon effort the week before, came over the line with Ben Bailey. The most impressive effort for the day in my books was the efforts of Michael Giddens. Giddo completed his first half marathon last weekend and I’m surprised he could even walk let alone back up with a 12km cross country. In cheering him on towards the end of the race I ran alongside him but had to give up because I couldn’t keep up. Not sure if that says more about me or Giddo!

Bundoora was also a good dsay ifyouwanted to see a few running celebrities. I admit to being a bit star struck when I saw Craig Mottram run by and there was atleast one Harrier trying to get an action photo with Steve Moneghetti in shot to try and rival Liz’s great photo from Jells Park a few years ago.

Unfortunately the Coliban Relays have been cancelled so the next race will be Round 7 at Albert Park on the 28th July, which is a 10km road race.



Molly Irvine (6km) 29:58.8

Tom Irvine (8km) 41:56.0

Anna Orr 36:53.2

Liz Kenny 39:04.2

Nicole Hauxwell 42:09.0

JenVen Der Veldon 52:39.0

Jen Houghton 53:58.7

Ian Cornthwaite 47:20.5

Flynn Boyle 47:45.3

Greg Semmler 52:30.6

Morgan Tucker 54:51.8

Ben Bailey 54:52.2

Michael Giddens 1:11:23.9