ACT Mountain Running Championships
Mt Tennent ACT
Saturday 5 April 2014
Weather: 15 degrees, overcast, light drizzle.
Helpers: John Harding, John and Judi Anderson, Leonie Doyle, Steve Appleby, Nic Bendeli, Hugh Moore, Martin Pogson.
Alan Craigie led from start to finish to win the senior men’s ACT Mountain Running Championship over 11 km with 1,000 m of climb. Craigie has personal bests of 29.29 for 10,000 m, 14.10 for 5,000 m and 8.37 for 3,000 m and on the previous Tuesday had won the Mt Ainslie Run Up in his debut on the course in 11.15. After 80 mm of rain in the previous 24 hours, the Mt Tennent course was soft and slippery in places and in the Australian Championship on 11 May Craigie should be able to improve on his winning time of 55.06 if the course is drier. As it is, 55.06 places him second on the all-time ranking list, only behind Scott McTaggart’s 2010 Australian Championship win in 54.40.
Michael Chapman was running strongly in second place until the final kilometre when he was over hauled by Luke Schofield who had surprisingly ridden his bicycle out to the event all the way from Queanbeyan. Schofield ran 57.01 and Chapman 58.04.
Former Australian mountain running representative Elizabeth Humphries mixed up the race start times and arrived in gum boots with only 10 minutes to go. After a quick change and very short warm up, she had a strong win in the women’s 8 km in 51.44. Gemma Worland was in second until halfway but had to retire after feeling ill, paving the way for Australian Masters orienteering champion Anita Scherrer to finish runner up in 56.23.
Australian junior men’s champion Bryce Anderson had a very good hit out, clocking 45.15 to win the junior men’s title ahead of fellow ACT junior orienteering representative Ciaran Lane in 1.02.00. Nikki Armstrong won the junior women’s 6 km in 47.29.
|Men’s 11 km|
|Women’s 8 km|
|Junior men’s 8 km|
|Junior women’s 6 km|