Australian Mountain Running Championships
Mt Tennent ACT
Sunday 11 May 2014
Weather: Fine, Sunny, 12 degrees.
John Harding photo album: http://hardingjohn.smugmug.com/Sports/Mountain-running/2014-Aust-Mtn-Running/
Summit photos by Paul Cuthbert and 1 km turn photos by John Anderson.
Peter Caley photo album: https://plus.google.com/photos/104968374505007323765/albums/6012124852600284193
Helpers: John and Carol Harding, John and Judi Anderson, Kelly Bennett, Peter Thomson, Simon Claringbold, Trevor Jacobs, Julie Armstrong, Nic Bendeli, Tom Brazier, Scott Imhoff, Kerrie Muir, James Swann, Paul Cuthbert, Tim Crosbie, David Osmond, Paul Veldkamp.
In 2010 Scott McTaggart’s 54.40 Australian Championship winning time for the 11 km on Mt Tennent was such a scintillating performance that it was felt it would be many years before it would be bettered. Come 2014 and Alan Craigie proved the record was vulnerable when he clocked 55.06 to win the ACT Championship on a soft track after a deluge of rain in preceding days.
The Australian Championship senior men’s field was very strong with contenders for line honours including 2012 Australian champion Jordan Harries, world stair racing champion Mark Bourne (second by a whisker to Harries in 2012), Craigie, and current or former Australian representatives Nick Wightman, Gerard Robb, Ben Duffus and Charlie Brooks. To get a 1000m gain in altitude, the 11 km comprised a 2.5km ascent, followed by 2.5 km descent back to the start, then 6 km up the mountain to finish on the summit. Ben Duffus was the surprise leader at the 5 km mark, reached in 19.59, followed by Jordan Harries in 20.07, Nick Wightman 20.12, Mark Bourne 20.18, Michael Chapman 20.36 and Alan Craigie in 21.16.
As race starter, Athletics Victoria’s Tim Crosbie commented, at that point the race really started. It was Victoria’s Nick Wightman who emerged triumphant on the summit, smashing the record with 53.03, and improving from 3rd in both 2012 and 2013. The ACT’s Mark Bourne also paced himself well to come through for 2nd in 54.51, his 3rd second place in the last 3 years. Queenslander Ben Duffus, who has been excelling in long distance trail races, held on for 3rd in 55.40, with the ACT’s Michael Chapman 4th in 55.59 and Alan Craigie 5th in 56.49.
Victoria’s Kate Seibold has had 3 starts in Australian Mountain Running Championships and made it 3 wins after overhauling a fast start by Six Foot Track champion Hanny Allston (8.19 for the first 2 km, with Siebold next in 8.27) to reach the summit in 48.42 for the 8 km. Harriet Smith, a trail racer of note from Queensland, was runner up in 49.47 and Tasmanian Hanny Allston, an ACT resident, was 3rd in 50.21.
The ACT’s Bryce Anderson successfully defended his Australian Junior Men’s title over 8 km with a virtuoso performance. He zipped through the first 2 km in a sizzling 7.09 then reached the summit in 40.24, smashing the junior men’s record. Reuben Caley of the ACT was only the 5th runner though the 2 km point, in 7.53, but conquered the tough next 6 km up the mountain to finish 2nd in 41.38, also under the old record. Max Allen of Queensland was 3rd in 42.23.
The junior women’s course was a 6 km ascent of the mountain, that was the final 6 km in the open women’s race and completed by Kate Seibold in 40.15. Victorian 16 year old Chelsea Saw ran an impressive 42.10 for the 6 km to take out the Junior Women’s title. South Australia’s Catherine Clohesy was 2nd in 43.53 and Victoria’s Claire Hodgart 3rd in 46.19.
The Championships included Masters age groups. Winners were:
Females: W35 Kate Seibold, W40 Bryony McConnell, W45 Nancy Newsome, W50 Jennifer Crockhart, W55 Catherine Hanley, W60 Jacqueline Walton, W65 Sue Archer and W70 Caroline Campbell.
Males: M40 Robin Whitely, M45 Chris Helliwell, M50 Martin Pogson, M55 Simon Claringbold, M60 Peter Clarke, M65 John Walton, M70 Brian Rix and M75 Lachlan Lewis.
|Senior men’s 11 km|
|Junior men’s 8 km|
|Senior women’s 8 km|
|Junior women’s 6 km|
|Master’s men (age 50 & over) 6 km|
|Master’s women (age 50 & over) 6 km|
Senior men’s teams: 1 ACT, 2 NSW, 3 Victoria.