Mal Hill Memorial 10 Mile (16km) and 5 Mile (8km) Championships.
Malcolm Hill was a young runner with the Morwell Athletic club who was tragically killed in a car accident. In 1976 a perpetual trophy for this event was established to carry the memory of this young Athlete. Now in its 27th year the event has established a long list of winners over the year. The stand out being John Duck who has won it six times racing in a era when there was a lot of highly credential runners contesting the event. The event was originally ran close to the Morwell Township but since1993 it has been run at the popular Tyers course in Fitzsgibbons Lane. It is A fairly tough race as a long hill climb is included in the 16km. With the numbers of runners again on the increase this year’s event should bring a large high-class field back to the Tyers hills for a keenly contested event. I have no doubt the winner will be proud to have there name along side the following list of Previous winners.
1976- G. Henry TRH 55:47,
1977- J. Duck YN 53:55,
1978- J. Duck YN 51:48,
1979- P. O’Hare WGL 50:50,
1980- G. Kipp MOR 53:33,
1981- K. Green MOR 54:42,
1982- J. Duck YN 51:28,
1983- J. Duck YN 52:01,
1984- K. Green MOR 51:36,
1985- J. Duck YN 51:38,
1986- R. Gilifillan GHY 50:55,
1987- R. Gilifillan GHY 52:04,
1988- R. Gilifillan GHY 53:37,
1989- R. Gilifillan GHY 54:42,
1990- K. Matheson TRH 52:41,
1991- B. Sandrers RAAF 54:10,
1992- J. Duck TRAF 52:57,
1993- M. Tucker TRH 55:42,
1994- I. Cornthwaite TRH 56:36,
1995- I. Twite TRH 60:09,
1996- D. Cross TRH 59:20,
1997- D. Cross TRH 58:15,
1998- I. Twite TRH 60:28,
1999- P. Wilson TRH 55:33,
2000- J. MacKenzie TRH 60:02,
2001- J. MacKenzie TRH 58:10,
2002- Steve Quirk TRH 57:25.
25km & 10km Road Championships Traralgon Harriers Clubrooms.
Geoff Watt Memorial Half Marathon 10:00 A.M. Geoff Watt Athletic Track Bourke St Warragul 8km & 4km support events.
Victorian Mountain Running Championships Healesville 5th June 2005.
12 Traralgon Harriers made the journey to this annual event and in a field of 76 competitors our club was well represented. We managed to achieve two top 10 finishers and 16 year old Matthew Mullens did a great job to finished 4th in high class field in the men’s under 20 section. The course was challenging and spectacular with the main highlight being the 450-meter climb up Henderson Hill. As Andrea put it, it was well named “short and nasty just like her”. The run started with a mild climb up to the Maroondah Dam Wall from the Start/Finish line in the Maroondah Dam Wall Car Park. Here there was a nice run across the Dam wall with good views of the Dam and surrounding Ranges. The next 800m or so was a mixture of open dirt road mostly flat and some gentle uphill climbs before Henderson Hill. Here there was a good steep Four Peak type climb that I enjoyed thoroughly, unable to run with any speed due to my hamstring I found I was still able to climb strongly and be reasonably competitive in this sort of run. Once at the top of Henderson Hill there was a rapid drop down a narrow walking track. This was the most spectacular part of the run. I ran very cautiously down here not risking hurting or aggravating any of my injuries. Matthew Mullens and Tim Cochrane were not so cautious. Matt hit a tree and Tim took a horrific fall. With injuries more related to falling off a bike Tim showed great courage to continue on with another lap and finish 8th overall. On the first lap on this down hill section Deb Piercy came thundering past me. This helped me pick up my pace a bit as we run along a nice up and down section of walking track. I wasn’t trying to be competitive with her and would have been quite happy to let her run off into the distance only I love this type of course and it reminded me a lot of the Wilson Prom run. We came to some steps and a steep climb up to a dirt road. With my Achilles not worrying me Deb let me past, as I was able to attack the uphill climbs. Once on the dirt road it was a nice down hill run of about 800m back to the start finish line. When we reached the start line I had Deb and Kelvin Marshall on my tail. Unfortunately this was suppose to be a nice easy run and it was not the sight of Deb that made me a little competitive but my old mate Kelvin. Kelvin and I go back along way and he has giving me some decent hidings over the last couple of years. Now Kelvin can run forever but can’t run hills, I can’t run forever but I can run hills. This had the making of an interesting contest. Once we started climbing again I left them both behind. I never saw Deb again but Kelvin past me at the end of the second lap. I wasn’t concerned though as I had been protecting the body and saving myself for a good last lap. I knew I could make up ground on the climbs I just had to risk the hamstring on the flats and downhill sections and run them a bit harder. When I rounded the bend at the finish a peep up the road and there was no Kelvin where as on the first two laps he had been hot on my tail. It was a big risk but to say I didn’t enjoy this little race would be a lie. No doubt in four weeks time I will be shaking Kelvin’s hand again after he gives me a good hiding in the Gold Coast Marathon. Matthew Mullens ran 41:53 for the 9km to finish 4th in the Men’s under 20 Championship race. In the females Deb Piercy had a great result finishing 7th in 48:46 in the 9km event. Kim Essex 13th in 54:21 had another great run, Julie Smith 15th in 56:25 and Andrea Henderson 16th in 57:25 continue to both improve as does Georgia Shaw 19th in 65:55. In the men’s race as mentioned Tim Cochrane 8th in 59:17 was a great result after his nasty fall and finished just behind Bert Pelgrim 7th in 58:52. Dan Kirby showed his liking for the hills by running 62:49 and finishing 12th. I finished 29th in 70:05 just in front of Kelvin Marshall 31st in 70:37. Derek Evans 41st 87:06 and Peter Grixti 44th in 94:45 also had good runs.
Official Race report.
14th Annual Healesville Mountain Run
Incorporating the 2005 Victorian Mountain Running Championships
Sunday 5 June 2005
Event Organiser – Athletics Victoria in conjunction with Parks Victoria
UP AND OVER THE DAM WALL
Runners of all abilities converged at Healesville’s Maroondah Dam on Sunday to take part in the 14th Annual Healesville Mountain Run which incorporated the 2005 Victorian Mountain Running Championships.
This year saw a break from tradition and the introduction of a new ‘uphill/downhill’ course. Starting and finishing in the Maroondah Dam car park the loop course took competitors on a steep climb to the top of the Dam Wall, then they could take in the views and have a breather as they crossed the wall before heading off into the Yarra Ranges National Park to wind their way to the top of Hendersons Hill and down over the other side. The U20 Women did one loop of the course, the Open Women and U20 Men did two loops and the Open Men did three loops.
A record 76 entrants started with 73 finishers. Despite being officially winter, unlike other years there were no ‘winter conditions’ to brave, instead runners enjoyed a pleasant 17 degree sunny day with no wind.
In the Open Mens race it was a dual between the 2002 and 2003 race winners. Taking out line honours for the Open Men was 2003 race winner and Australian representative to the 2003 World Mountain Running Championships Kevin Laws of the Borders Athletics Club. Kevin is on the comeback trail after missing out on most of 2004 due to injury and is improving with each race. In March he placed 5th in the NSW Mountain Running Championships, in May he placed second in the ACT Mountain Running Championships and today won his own Victorian State Championship. He will certainly be in contention for a place on the Australian team to compete in the World Mountain Running Championships at Mt Victoria, Wellington New Zealand in September later this year. Kevin was pushed by Craig Appleby of the Ringwood Athletic Club (2002 race winner) early on in the race, and Craig fought back strongly to hold off Ben Norman from Diamond Valley who put in a fast last lap.
The Open Womens race attracted a quality field with Kate Smyth of Glenhuntly Athletic Club showing the field a clean pair of heels from the start and never looked threatened. Making her event debut, and mountain running debut Kate is a well accomplished road and cross country runner having represented Australia in Ekiden Road Relays; won the 2004 Australian ½ Marathon Championship and in 2004 did a personal best of 2.39 for the marathon in Nagoya, Japan. Another newcomer also making her event debut was Sarah McKinney from Knox who placed 2nd, with Maryanne Murray last year’s winner over the Uphill course, rounding out the top three.
Keen to have a second chance at representing Australia in the World Mountain Running Championships, Iain Reitman showed that he is in great form winning the U20 Mens event. Iain placed 68th in the 2004 World Championships on an uphill course.
Josie Gellert of Eureka continued her domination in the U20 Womens Winter events adding the Mountain Run Championship to her recent U20 4km Cross Country Championship.
Race Organiser, Athletics Victoria, was thrilled with the record number of entrants and that the event continues to grow in stature each year. Whilst the emphasis of the event is on participation and all are encouraged to take in our great outdoors, Athletics Victoria is keen to also provide a stepping stone opportunity for aspiring athletes to go on to contest the Australian Mountain Running Championships and then possibly fulfill their dream of representing Australia at the highest level – the World Mountain Running Championships. To fall in line with the World Mountain Running Championship requirement of holding an Uphill/Downhill course in odd numbered years, and an Uphill course in even numbered years Athletics Victoria introduced the Uphill/Downhill course this year.
Parks Victoria again lent their valuable assistance and organization to the event, without which it could not take place; and spot prizes which all participants were eligible to win were generously donated by:
Hardy Wine Company-makers of well known wine labels including Yarra Burn, Bay of Fires, Banrock Station and Houghtons; Mountain Bread and Bunnings.
14th Annual Healesville Mountain Run
Incorporating the 2005 Athletics Victoria Victorian Mountain Running Championships
Sunday 5 June 2005
1 2005 Overall Race Winners – Presented with the Parks Victoria Perpetual Trophy
Presented by Vicki Paris, Parks Victoria
Name Club Time
Men Open 13.3km Kevin Laws Borders AC 53.58
Women Open 9.0km Kate Smyth (Invitation) Glenhuntly 39.32
2 2005 Victorian Mountain Running Championships – Men Open 13.3km
First Kevin Laws Borders AC 53.58
Second Craig Appleby Ringwood AC 55.17
Third Ben Norman Diamond Valley 55.24
3 2005 Victorian Mountain Running Championships – Women Open 9.0km
First Sarah McKinney Knox 40.49
Second Maryanne Murray Diamond Valley 41.55
Third Annalie Uys Frankston 42.30
4 2005 Victorian Mountain Running Championships – Men Under 20 9.0km
First Iain Reitman Box Hill 37.49
Second Blair Smith Frankston 39.11
Third Simon Ryan Ringwood 39.26
5 2005 Victorian Mountain Running Championships – Women Under 20 4.7km
First Josie Gellert Eureka 20.54
Second Gemma Gosgriff Diamond Valley 25.36
Full results will be published on the Athletics Victoria Website at www.athsvic.org.au
° First year of a new course – Uphill/Downhill
° Proposal is that in future ‘Even Years’ the course will be Uphill ie Healesville to Mt St Leonard
° In future ‘Odd Years’ the course will be Uphill/Downhill ie today’s Hendersons Hill Loop Course
° 15th Annual Healesville Mountain Run will be on the Uphill Course – Healesville to Mt St Leonard, late May or early June 2006