Race Report – Jaggad Bush Capital Bush Marathon Festival

Jaggad Bush Capital Bush Marathon Festival
Campbell High School, ACT
Saturday 29 July
Commonwealth Games steeplechase star Martin Dent slashed 8 minutes from the course record held by dual mountain running international John Winsbury to win today's Jaggad Bush Capital Bush 16kms in a scintillating 51 mins 19 seconds. Nick-named 'Mighty Marty' by his running mates Dent added the hilly trail run around Mt Ainslie to his accomplishments in the last 12 months which have included 4th in the Commonwealth Games steeplechase on the track, 1st in the Australian cross country and 1st in the Australian half marathon on the road. Dent's training partner, Australian road running representative Anthony Haber, was 2nd in 52:41 and former national junior champion Erwin McCrae was third in 53:06.
Three-time Australian mountain running representative Fiona Jorgensen set a new course record by almost 8 minutes of 73:16 in the women's race, with Australian duathlon representative Vicki Godfrey second in 74:18 and Kim Chisholm third in 76:03.
The cool but sunny conditions also contributed to record breaking performances in other events. Perry Blackmore ran 3:05:15 to win the 42km Bush Marathon and break his own course record, with Wollongong's Vanessa Haverd lopping half an hour off the women's record in running 3:47:56. In the 60km Bush Capital Bush Ultra, former Australian rogaining champion David Singleton slashed 5 minutes off the record in clocking the extraordinary time of 4:24:03. Dual world rogaining champion Julie Quinn was only just outside her own record in running 5:20:36.
In the 25km run Christine Pauling ran 2:03:45 to better her own record while Jeffrey Glick's 1:41:18 was just over 3 minutes outside Vince Craig's 2005 record.
The full program of events attracted 310 entrants, up by 50% on the inaugural event in 2005.
Released by:
John Harding
Australian Mountain Running Association
42 Stanley St
Hackett ACT 2602
ph 02 6248 6905