ACT Mountain Running Championships
Mt Majura, ACT
Saturday 21 March
Bateup, Wallington and Doyle win ACT Mountain Running Championships
Yass runner Angela Bateup of Weston Creek Athletics Club had a strong run to win Saturday’s ACT Mountain Running Championship on Mt Majura. Bateup, third in the World Long Distance Mountain Running Championship last year, overcame the unseasonal 30 degree afternoon heat and completed the 9 kms with 620 metres of climb in 52 mins 23 secs. Veteran Pam Muston recovered well from the Six Foot Track marathon the week before to finish second in 1:03:15 and another veteran, Leane Harrison, was third in 1:20:20.
World junior mountain running bronze medallist Veronica Wallington of Canowindra was in scintillating form, clocking 23:49 for the 4.7 km junior girl’s race. Canberra junior Nicola Torley was second in 33:23. Wallington departs in August to take up an athletics scholarship in the USA; next Saturday she is a hot favourite to win her third successive Great Volcanic Challenge up Mt Canobolas at Orange.
Former world mountain running representative Stuart Doyle of South Canberra Tuggeranong Athletics Club had a comfortable win in the men’s 13.3 km championship. This course had 930 metres of climb and Doyle clocked 1:07:41, with Laurie Cullen second in 1:12:34 and Peter Young third in 1:23:01.
13.3 kms: 1 Stuart Doyle 1:07:41, 2 Laurie Cullen 1:12:34, 3 Peter Young 1:23:01, 4 Simon Krantzcke 1:30:53, 5 Anthony Olliffe 1:35:56, 6 Zach Swander 1:45:14, 7 Roland Sherwood 1:59:50.
9 kms: 1 Hugh Moore 1:01:07, 2 Stephen Gray 1:23:22.
4.7 kms: 1 Nick Blackaby 45:46.
9 kms: 1 Angela Bateup 52:23, 2 Pam Muston 1:03:15, 3 Leanne Harrison 1:20:20.
4.7 kms: 1 Veronica Wallington 23:49, 2 Nicola Torley 33:23, 3 Anne McNeill 40:15.