Firstly, a big welcome Dan, Matt, Tom & Steve who had their first race for the Mentone singlet, and for most, their first Athletics Victoria XCR race.
A further welcome to Sean W, Dejen G and Dion who’ve recently joined us and signed in for the XCR series. Very excited to have you running with Mentone.
ROUND TWO – WANDIN PARK – Saturday 13th May – Men’s Open race starts 1.20pm
New to the series last year, Wandin Park is looming again. Athletics Victoria says “the undulating hills…will offer value to both participant and spectator”. Some participants would question whether value is the best way to describe the hill towards the end of each lap.
For those who didn’t run in Round One and aren’t yet signed up, remember that all the registration needs to be all done by next Wednesday 10th May. Any new members will receive race numbers for the series on the day, and we can make sure there are some Mentone race singlets for you to try on & buy on the day also.
ROUND ONE – JELLS PARK
Each of the 4 teams we entered on Saturday had a new Mentone runner which from a club perspective is great to see. I hope you all enjoyed your first race, at least after you finished anyway!
Division 2 – 10th place
Back in division 2 after some time in div 3, this was always going to be an interesting test, not just in terms of individual pace, but requiring the depth of a 6th runner. A 10th out 14 is a very respectable result for a newly promoted team. Michael & Andy contributed with PBs (I’m not sure if there were others I’m sorry…), and Corey had the hard yards of closing it out with an immense finish at the end.
50+ – 8th place
It is fierce competition in this division indeed, and 8th out of 16 official teams is a great result, particularly with Derek feeling unwell but electing to soldier through to ensure Mentone got a full result.
Division 6 – 4th place
4th is a very tidy result first up in Division 6. This was made all the more impressive given Rupert had done 36kms already that morning, Rob was running 20kms home, Stu was running at least 10kms of that way also, and it was Tom’s first XCR race so really didn’t know quite what to expect.
1st & 2nd place looked a long way ahead of the other teams, and would be challenging for 2nd place in the division above. It will be interesting to see whether those teams hold that level of performance or was a once-off for some reason.
Division 7 – DNF
With only 2 runners left over, there was ambitious talk of Steve and I running 2 legs each….which was a little short lived once heading up the hill for the 2nd time on the long grass. Regardless, it was great to get out there and among it, and certainly for Steve & I, a good motivator to keep the training going!
OTHER NOTABLE EVENTS
Puffing Billy – saw a large Mentone group participate. There were many PBs but few results stand out like Michael K coming in a remarkable 4th overall! Andy came in 18th and Corey 32nd if I can count correctly, congratulations all!
Maroondah Dam – Stuart resisted the call of the train to defend his 50km title at Maroondah Dam. Stuart managed to shave a whole 1/2 hour last year’s time, but a very stiff competition pushed Stuart back to 5th.
Noosa Ultra-man – Rob Grumitt is getting ready to compete in the Noosa Ultra-man, a lazy 10km swim, 400km ride & 80km run over 2 days. Unfortunately this is the same weekend as Wandin, but at least he isn’t slacking off.
Good Luck at Round 2 at Wandin Park this Saturday.