2015 Winter Bulletin No. 20

August 12, 2015


August 15, Saturday, XCR’15 Round 8, Ekiden Relay, Angelsea

August 29, Saturday, National Cross Country Champs, Moonee Valley Race Course

September 6, Sunday, XCR’15 Round 9, Burnley half-marathon

September 13, Sunday, Bunnings BBQ

September 19, Saturday, XCR’15 Round 10, Tan Relays

Saturday, October 10, Shield Competition, Round 1, Nunawading

Saturday, October 17, TRIVIA NIGHT, Chatham Primary School




The next round of the XCR’15 season will be the Anglesea Ekiden Relay on this Saturday, August 15. This is the first year this event will be held (replacing the Harcourt to Bendigo “Coliban” relay, last held in 2012). This promises to be an exciting new event, with each runner on a relay team running a different distance.

Draft teams are listed below. If you are listed to run but cannot take part, please let us know as soon as possible. If you are not listed in a team but wish to run, please let us know, as the teams are subject to change and not all teams have been filled as yet.

We desperately need volunteers to help at timekeepers. If you can help, let us know as soon as possible.

Please read the attached event information.


12:30pm Men Division 2

9.8km         Oscar Robinson

8.8km         Michael Vaughan

7.9km         Welday Mebrahtu

6.0km         Trent Collins

5.2km         Andrew Hester

4.6km         Tony Langelaan

12:35pm Men Division 3

9.8km            Chris O’Connor

8.8km            Russell Clowes

7.9km         Jack Hill

6.0km         Andrew Tunne

5.2km         Simon St. Hill

12:40pm Men Premier Division

9.8km            Steve Dinneen

8.8km            Will Potter

7.9km         Michael Dowel

6.0km         Dion Finocchiaro

5.2km         James O’Connell

4.6km         Nick Baggott (Peter Green?)

12:40pm Women Premier Division

9.8km            Julie Norney

8.8km            Hayley Tomlinson

6.0km         Georgie Meehan

5.2km         Grace Kalac

4.6km         Sarah Cant

12:45pm Men Division 6





12:50pm Women Division 2

9.8km            Liza Henshall

7.9km         Amelia Savige

6.0km         Kelly Ulf

4.6km         Nicole Smith

12:55pm Men 50+

9.8km         John Meagher

7.9km         Peter Stefanos

5.2km         Graeme Olden

1:00pm Women Division 5




1:05pm Women 40+

8.8km            June Petrie

6.0km            Pia Hunter

5.2km         Megan Sloane

1:05pm Men Under 20

8.8km           Carlos Norman

7.9km         Jack Prendergast

6.0km         Peter O’Leary

1:20pm Women Under 18




1:25pm Men Under 18

7.9km         Scott McKenzie?

6.0km         Alex Ritchie

4.6km         Lucas Pamminger




Several Box Hill athletes travelled north to take part in the world’s biggest fun run, the Sydney city to Surf. Michael Dowel put in an outstanding effort to finish 12th among over 65,000 finishers, running a time of 44:51 for the hilly 14km course. Other Box Hill athletes who performed extremely well were, Peter Green, 23rd in 45:45, James O’Connell 32nd in 46:29, Ben Cox 43rd in 47:15 (3rd junior), John Meagher, 47th in 47:32 (1st over 50), Scott McKenzie, 80th in 48:52, Daniel Balassone, 116th in 49:41 and Aidan McCormack who finished 117th in a time of 49:43




Karen Carah, Andrew Wilcox, Amanda Harper and Simon Evans are currently competing in the world masters games in Lyon, France. Full results next week.




Ian Sloane’s report of last week’s race:

16 K Cross Country Brimbank Park Keilor 1 August 2015

This is probably the toughest in the winter calendar, with a monster of a hill after a long uphill incline to get there. Weather conditions were very cool, with few spots of rain and mainly overcast conditions.  There was some wind, but the race conditions were better than the weather forecast suggested.

Box Hill had a few competitors in the junior races.  Murray Lovass represented the club in the under 14 race and ran really well to place 10th with a barnstorming finish to pass another competitor in sight of the line.  He has been performing well in all the races that he has entered and looks to be a performer of the future.

Paris Powell ran in the under 20 race and did really well to finish 5th, also producing a great surging finish passing others in the last 600 metres and one competitor in the last 100 metres in a very determined effort.  Paris has been improving noticeably this year and looks to have a good future in the sport.

Carlos Norman ran a steady race in the under 20 Men’s division and finished 19th.  This was probably the best that he has run this season and he is obviously getting fitter.

Lucas Pamminger ran 23rd in the under 18 Men’s race.  Amy Atkinson ran impressively to finish in 9th place in the under 16 Women’s race and did well in the latter part of the race.  Zoe Schwerkolt placed 13th in the under 18 Women’s race.

The Women’s race saw a low turnout for the club with only seven female Box Hill runners contesting the 6 k race.  Courtney Powell ran brilliantly over the one lap course and won the race from Gemma Maini (Frankston) and Sarah Klein (Frankston).  Running with the two Frankston women in the early stages of the race until the hill, Courtney asserted her superiority in the latter stages of the race to pull away from Maini and Klein. She beat Maini by eight seconds with Klein a further 13 seconds in arrears.  Courtney is in really good form at the moment and there will be more top performances coming during the winter season.  There was a massive gap then to fourth position, showing the difference in fitness and speed between these three leading athletes and the rest of the field.  June Petrie was 51st and was our second runner across the line.  June clearly won the gold medal in her age division by a huge 52 second margin.  She was followed in by Pia Hunter, who was placed 114th. Megan Sloane was third in her age division and finished 131st. Kelly Ulf finished shortly after in 139th position, followed by Caitlin Harrison, 145th and Nicole Smith, 156th.

Box Hill’s ranks were also thin in the Men’s race with only 13 starters, two of whom failed to finish the event. The Men’s open division was keenly contested with 336 finishers and there was a group of 10 athletes who broke clear early on in the race.  Leading this pack were Steve Kelly who was in front after 2 kilometres, closely followed by Will Potter, second.  Others in the lead pack were Steve Dinneen, Liam Adams (Essendon), Julian Spence (Geelong), Zac Newman (Melbourne University), Matt Davy (Frankston), Nick Earl (Melbourne University, but wearing an unrecognisable singlet with red and yellow vertical stripes), Harry Smithers (Geelong) and Mitchel Brown (Essendon).

By the end of the first 4k loop, Steve Dinneen had got to the front, flowed closely by Liam Adams, second. Steve Kelly, 3rd, Matt Davy, 4th, Will Potter 5th and Mitchel Brown, 6th. Dion Finocchiaro was 12th, Michael Dowel was 18th, John Meagher was 30th, Nick Baggott was around 60th, James O’Connell, about 65th, followed by Dave Jimenez and Peter Stefanos.  Graeme Olden and Chris O’Connor were both further back.

At the conclusion of the second lap, which included the long grinding hill, the leading athletes were in the same position as they would finish the race. Liam Adams had surged to the lead, with Steve Kelly in the silver medal position and Zac Newman in third, arguably his best ever performance.  Mitch Brown was 4th, Julian Spence 5th, Will Potter 6th, Steve Dinneen 7th and Dion Finocchiaro was around 13th.  Michael Dowel was also progressing well, running a very sensible race and he had gas in the tank for the last lap which included another assault on the hill. He would have been about 15that this stage of the race.

In the concluding stages the top five athletes consolidated their positions and the race was won by Liam Adams, followed in by Steve Kelly, Zac Newman, Mitchel Brown and Julian Spence.  Steve Dinneen, 6th, passed Will Potter, 7th, in the final lap.  Nick Earl clung onto 8th, ahead of the fast-finishing Dion Finocchiaro, who surged home picking up four places in the last leg, an impressive finishing burst. Michael Dowel also impressed, picking up several places in the concluding stages to place 13th, a fine effort.  John Meagher completed the division 1 team in recording 38th place (37th in the provisional results).  Other Box Hill athletes to complete the course were David Jimenez, 52nd, Nick Baggott, 55th, Peter Stefanos, 182nd, Graeme Olden, 195th and Chris O’Connor, 224th.

We had a clear victory in the Premier Division teams’ race, ahead of the Melbourne University and Geelong, but were one runner short of a team for Division 2.  We are looking pretty solid in the Premier Division having won five of the events to date, with a supporting second in the Sandown

Estimated Premier Division team placings

1            Box Hill                            75 points

2            Melbourne University       152

3            Geelong                          179

4            Frankston                       207

5            Glenhuntly                      272

6            Collingwood                    278