ACT Mountain Running Championships
Mt Tennent ACT
Saturday 16 April 2016
Weather: 23 degrees, overcast.
6 kms: uphill on fire trail to the summit (total ascent 690 m)
8 kms: 2 kms out and back then 6 kms to the summit (total ascent 795 m)
11 kms: 5 kms out and back then 6 kms to the summit (total ascent 1000 m)
Mark Bourne and Pam Muston are the 2016 ACT Mountain Running champions. Bourne, former Australian champion and World Stair Racing champion, was very pleased to run a personal best on the course of 54.09. This was in part set up by a fast first 5 km by current Australian champion Michael Chapman, who was in the lead at the 5 km turnaround in 20.15, with Bourne 7 seconds behind. Alan Craigie, 2014 ACT champion on the Mt Tennent course, overtook Chapman in the 6km ascent to claim 2nd in 58.07, with Chapman 3rd in 59.53.
Pam Muston and Sam Post backed up from running 50k or the marathon at the Australian Running Festival on the previous weekend to finish first and second in the women’s 8 km championship.
In the junior men’s 8 km Eligh Morris of the Kembla Joggers travelled from Wollongong that morning, as did Alex Race-Stelling from Beechworth in Victoria. Morris, coached by Wollongong super-coach Geoff Stalker, had a good debut run in winning in 48.21. Race-Stelling, at 15 years old one year younger than Morris, also showed great promise for the future in running 55.24. His father Digby, was fastest M50, in a very good 1.10.27 in the 11 km race.
The Australian Championships are at the same venue over the same courses on 15 May. Online registration is open at https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/Register.aspx?E=20605
Thank you to:
- Helpers: John Harding, Steve Appleby, Tim and Mhairi Craig, Giles Lamb, Paul, Finn and Connor Mahoney, Richard Bourne
- Steve Angus, Ballineen property
- Namadgi National Park
- ACT Rural Fire Service for loan of walkie talkies