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XCR13 Rd 6 -28/07/2013 Victorian 10km Championships- Albert Park

Looking up the results of last Sunday’s A.V. run had me extremely disappointed at not being able to make it. It is always great to run in such a high class event that has all the best runners across all age groups competing. I was set to go but an unexpected trip down to Melbourne in the early hours of Sunday morning had me getting back to bed at 4:00 A.M. and in no condition to get up at 5:45 A.M. and head back down to Melbourne. This is a blue ribbon event and for those who want to test themselves against the best it is a must do event. Flynn managed to out kick her in the end running 37:44 to finish 197 out of 436 males. Next and not far behind trying catch them both was Morgan Tucker who finished 201st in 37:56. Darrel Cross was next running 38:46 with Ben Bailey finishing next in 39:01. Next female was Anna Orr running close to her P/B and finishing in 43:36. Liz Kenney was next finishing in 45:38 followed by Nicole Hauxwell who ran 46:22. This event is a standout with 103 runners breaking 35 minutes. There were over 8,000 runners at Gold Coast and only 52 broke 35 minutes. The winner Mitchell Brown was the only runner to break 30 minutes running 29:52 with the female winner Nikki Chapple running 32:41. 279 male runners and 39 female runners broke the 40 minute barrier. Many older runners still show great form. Steve Quirk showed age is no barrier to good form running 35:34 and edging out his two sons. Sam Quirk ran 35:56 while Ben Quirk ran 36:09. Steve finished second in the 50 – 54 age group beating by the great Steve Monaghetti who ran 31:29. Other ex-harriers who showed good form were Paul Wilson who was second in the 45-49 age group running 33:49 while his wife Suzie Wilson won the female 50 – 54 age group in 40:25. In the men’s 60+ age group they don’t get any more famous than Chris Wardlaw who ran 41:35 to win that age group, rounding up was Lavinnia Petrie who at 69 won the 55+ females in 44:37. I will certainly not miss this event next year.