Bourne, Humphries, Vincent and Hills are the 2016 Australian mountain running champions

Australian Mountain Running Championships
Mt Tennent
Namadgi National Park ACT

Sunday 15 May 2016

Weather: Sunny 15 degrees, wind chill temperature 10 degrees.

Helpers: John Harding, Steve Appleby, Bill and Diane Arthur, Tim and Mhairi Craig, Paul and Finn Mahoney, John and Judi Anderson, Amanda Ruffin, Leonie Doyle, David Osmond, Steve Brennan.


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)






Race report:

Former world stair racing champion Mark Bourne and former Olympic marathoner Martin Dent are also both former Australian mountain running champions. Dent has not been doing much hill training of late but has excelled in long hilly trail races in recent years. The 11 km Australian Men’s Championship course on Mt Tennent in the ACT has 1000m of climb, achieved through an initial 2.5 km run steep uphill run, returning downhill to the start, then a 6 km uphill to the finish at the fire tower on the summit.
Bourne led from the start and by the 5km turnaround point was 150m ahead of Martin Dent. At the finish the margin was much the same, with Bourne winning in 54.21, a minute outside Nick Wightman’s course record, and Dent second in 54.48 and 2014 Australian rep Alan Craigie 3rd in 57.51. All three were from the Weston Creek Athletics Club. Ben Lucas of Doncaster Atletics Club in Victoria also bettered the 1 hour mark in 4th 59.51, just ahead of 2015 Australian champion Michael Chapman on 1.00.00.
Former Australian rep Elizabeth Humphries of the ACT has been injury plagued in recent years but put it altogether to achieve a surprise victory in the Women’s 8 km Championship in 49.13. Former 4-time Australian mountain running champion Kate Seibold of Victoria has been in great form recently in cross country and on the track and road and looked like she was on the way to another victory when she held a slender lead at the 2km point over Humphries and ACT cross country star Alexandra Grant. However, she could not maintain the same pace in the 6 km ascent and Humphries surged to a strong win in 49.13, with Grant second in 50.34. Orange runner Meg Reeves paced herself brilliantly to move through the field and grab third in 52.36. Fourth to sixth were filled by 3 former Australian mountain running reps in Louise Sharp, Kate Seibold and Emma Kraft, while Grace Crane who has won many Australian orienteering championships and performed well at the World Orienteering Championships was 7th.

There was a Queensland double in the Junior Championship races by two runners who performed very well in their debuts at the World Junior Mountain Running Championships last year. Tim Vincent, 17, won the Junior Men’s 8 km in 42.33 and Joanna Hills, 18, the Junior Women’s 6 km. Kembla Joggers’ Eligh Morris, 16, was 2nd in 45.48 and Tom Bartlett from the ACT 3rd in 51.54 in the Junior Men, while Chelsea Saw from Victoria was 2nd in the Junior Woman in 42.06 and Australian orienteering rep Tara Melhuish was 3rd in 45.12.

The Mt Tennent Pale Ale Non-Championship 6 km Ascent was won by Michael Sullivan of NSW in 48.44 with Nick Melhuish and Hugh Moore the male place getters in 48.56 and 55.48 respectively. The top 3 woman were Zoe Melhuish in 48.55, Indeah Morris in 54.53 and Ana Herceg in 1.01.23.

Event Placing First Name Last Name Age Gender State Athletics club
Senior men’s Championship
11km Championship 1 Mark Bourne 32 Male ACT Weston Creek 54.21
11km Championship 2 Martin Dent 37 Male ACT Weston Creek 54.48
11km Championship 3 Alan Craigie 32 Male ACT Weston Creek 57.51
11km Championship 4 Benjamin Lucas 29 Male VIC Doncaster Athletics Club 2444 59.51
11km Championship 5 Michael Chapman 29 Male ACT 1.00.00
11km Championship 6 Charles Brooks 23 Male NSW 2439 1.01.55
11km Championship 7 Andrew Wallace 29 Male ACT 1.04.35
11km Championship 8 Steve Brennan 49 Male VIC Williamstown Aths 1.06.54
11km Championship 9 Mckenzie O’Brien 21 Male NSW 1.07.47
11km Championship 10 Digby Race 50 Male VIC Wodonga Athletic Club 1.08.22
11km Championship 11 Martin Pogson 55 Male ACT 1.12.00
11km Championship 12 Darren Blackhurst 49 Male ACT 1.15.00
11km Championship 13 Nathan Guinness 44 Male ACT 1.22.59
11km Championship 14 Luke Anderson 34 Male NSW 1.31.05
11km Championship 15 Tim Cochrane 35 Male ACT DNF
11km Championship 16 Alistair Mcclusky 46 Male ACT DNS
1 ACT, 2 VIC, 3 NSW.
Senior women’s Championship
8km Championship 1 Elizabeth Humphries 30 Female ACT Weston Creek 49.13
8km Championship 2 Alexandra Grant 20 Female ACT Athletics ACT122 50.34
8km Championship 3 Meg Reeves 32 Female NSW Orange Runners Club 52.36
8km Championship 4 Louise Sharp 33 Female ACT ACT Veterans Athletics Club 53.02
8km Championship 5 Kate Seibold 41 Female VIC Knox Athletics 53.30
8km Championship 6 Emma Kraft 33 Female NT Alice Springs Running & Walking Club 55.12
8km Championship 7 Grace Crane 32 Female ACT 56.26
8km Championship 8 Pam Muston 56 Female NSW Aura 1.03.54
8km Championship 9 Heather Vrachliotis 33 Female NSW Sydney Pacific Athletics Club 5858 1.04.43
Teans: 1 ACT, 2 NSW.
Junior men’s Championship
8km Championship 1 Tim Vincent 17 Male QLD Ashgrove Rangers 42.33
8km Championship 2 Eligh Morris 16 Male NSW Kembla joggers 45.48
8km Championship 3 Tom Bartlett 17 Male ACT 51.54
8km Championship 4 Alex Race-Stelling 15 Male VIC Wodonga Athletic Club 54.21
Junior women’s Championship
6km Championship 1 Joanna Hills 18 Female QLD Gold Coast Victory Club # 405 40.28
6km Championship 2 Chelsea Saw 17 Female VIC South Melbourne 203451 42.06
6km Championship 3 Tara Melhuish 16 Female ACT 45.12
6km Championship 4 Morgan Costelloe 18 Female VIC doncaster athletics club 1748 58.37
Mt Tennent Pale Ale 6 km Mountain Challenge
6km non-Championship 1 Michael Sullivan 58 Male NSW 48.44
6km non-Championship 2 Nick Melhuish 56 Male ACT 48.56
6km non-Championship 3 Hugh Moore 67 Male ACT 55.48
6km non-Championship 4 Greg Little 48 Male ACT 56.13
6km non-Championship 5 Paul Mahoney 47 Male ACT 58.08
6km non-Championship 6 Geoff Barker 71 Male ACT ACT Vets – 4875 1.05.01
6km non-Championship 7 Jason Roberts 41 Male ACT 1.06.15
6km non-Championship 1 Zoe Melhuish 13 Female ACT 48.55
6km non-Championship 2 Indeah Morris 13 Female NSW Kembla joggers 54.53
6km non-Championship 3 Ana Herceg 53 Female ACT 1.01.23
6km non-Championship 4 Louise Mackin 39 Female ACT 1.10.21