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    Sunday, 12 July 2015 21:56

     

    2015 NSW Road Relays Report

    NSW Road Relay Championships were held at Newcastle University Campus at Ourimbah in beautiful weather conditions.
    We entered only 5 teams for this competition but they were all high quality teams. We came away with 4 medals, 3 gold and one silver. The highlight of this competition was 10th consecutive title for our Open Men team.

    Our winning teams in the last ten years are listed below. One runner that stands up prominently is Jeff Hunt who ran eight times over the last ten years. What a commitment by Jeff who was a club captain most of this time. 
    Ten consecutive wins is not a small feat and attracted some publicity at ANSW website, their coverage can be read here.

    2006
    Jeff Farrelly
    Bradley Woods
    Jeff Hunt
    Jeremy Roff
    .- 2007
    Nic Cope
    Jeff Farrelly
    Andrew Knox
    Jeff Hunt
    - 2008
    Nic Cope
    David Byrne
    Jeff Hunt
    Jeremy Roff
    -. 2009
    Jeff Hunt
    Nic Cope
    Cane Partridge
    Bradley Woods
    .- 2010
    Barton McPherson
    Courtney Carter
    Harry Summers
    Jeff Hunt
    -
    2011
    Keith McPherson
    Harry Summers
    Courtney Carter
    Jeff Hunt
    2012
    David Byrne
    Ben Moreau
    Jeremy Roff
    Jeff Hunt
    2013
    Liam Ridings
    Jack Stapleton
    Matt Cole
    Ben Moreau
    2014
    Kurt Fryer
    Liam Ridings
    Jeff Hunt
    Ben Moreau
    2015
    David Byrne
    Ed Vining
    Ben Moreau
    Jeremy Roff

    THe goal of achieving 10 consecutive road relays titles started two years ago when David Tarbotton (ANSW), who does some great stats work, mentioned that it will be interesting to see if we can keep going and achieve 10 wins in a row. At the time it sounded like a challenge and we embraced it. Ken Green came up with team of David Byrne, Ed Vining (who I nicknamed "Winning Eddie"), Ben Moreau and Jeremy Roff to get the job done. Dave was really stepping down from his ultra preparation but he was eager to run this one. Other guys were also running this from heavy training or in the case of Ben after Gold Coast half marathon six days before. It was all properly planned but it could have gone badly wrong. Five minutes before race the warning gun was fired, Dave was ready to start us off. Three minutes before the race Biba Kajan noticed that Dave is not wearing timing chip on his shoe, we grabbed him back, short search through his bag and he found it. He ran back to the start line and fixed his tag at the very last moment. Phew, talking about near miss.
    We hoped that Dave would cling on the leading pack and not give too much to other teams so that we can make the deficit later. To our (and his) surprise Dave not only ran with leading pack but took the lead and change first clocking impressive 11:37. Eddie extended our lead even further, he looked great, running with a very powerful stride. Again we changed first with nearly 1.5min ahead of Sydney University team. Then on the third leg Ben Moreau dropped 11:23 solo time trial - the fastest 4k on the day. He looked great without any sign of fatigue from Gold Coast half marathon. Jeremy also looked smooth and clocked respectable 11:37 for total time of 46:30 just three seconds outside of the fastest ever time.

     

    Ben Moreau, Ed Vining, Ken Grean (coach), Jeremy Roff and David Byrne

    The girls Open team was a very classy one and included two new members, Lexy Gilmoure and Kate Spencer, two very accomplished runners. Welcome aboard girls. Supported by Katelyn Simpson (4:12 1500m runner) and Audrey Amiya-Hall (national mountain running champion). Audrey opened up with very solid run of 14:33, changed third, trying to keep our team in contention. It didn't take long and Lexy Gilmoure got us to the lead just ahead of Sydney University. Sydney University turned things around on the third leg. There was an interesting battle developing between Emily Ryan (Sydney University) and our Katelyn Simpson. Despite running very fast 13:30 Katelyn was dropped a bit on the second lap and on the last change Sydney University was 6 seconds ahead. Kate Spencer was too strong for Sydney University girls and after solid 13:54 clocking RBH got comfortable win with Sydney University about 30 seconds behind.
    Kate Spencer, Lexy Gilmour, Katelyn Simpson and Audrey Amiya-Hall
    Our U18 girls are always solid performers. We have 5 exceptional girls in this age group and normally there is a problem who do you leave out. Unfortunately two of them are injured at the moment (Manon Wilson and Samantha King) so we had to ask Jade Cameron (U14 girl) to help us out to win this title. Jade ran very well, she clocked 7:56 for 2k and although we changed only as 4th team with and with 55 seconds behind leading team, we knew that we are with a chance for a win. So the chase started with Georgia Evans on the second leg. She ran fantastic, splitting 6:30 (her best ever on this course) and change 2nd, by now we were only 5 seconds behind leading Kembla Joggers team. Things really changed quickly on the third leg. Lily Harding-Delooze got us in the huge lead, on the last change we were 1 minute ahead of second team. Amy Harding-Delooze finished it fiercely, running the fastest leg of the day - 6:21.
    Amy Harding-Delooze, Georgia Evans, Lily Harding-Delooze and Jade Cameron

    Nic Cope was initially assigned to Open B team but after we got Manu Sivaraj available to run, we put Nic in 45+ team with possibility to get medal in this category. That move paid off. Nic ran fantastic, he was leading all the way and clocked very impressive 12:31. To illustrate how good that is let point out that nobody else in this age group ran under 14 minutes. Our 45+ team won silver medal with really good efforts from Peter Spehr (2nd leg), Pattrick O'Reilly (3rd leg) and Manu Sivaraj.

     

    Our Open Men B team performed good too. They came 5th and ran good times, they all clocked low to mid 13 minutes. That was a comeback run for Jack Brooks. For Stefan Music that was new PB over 4k distance. Very solid runs by Ryan Beetson and Fraser Garland Barnes.

    We also had two individual runners, in U12 girls Tabitha Palmer clocked impressive 8:00 for 2k and in Open Women Heidi Hunt clocked 16:45 for 4k.

    Peter Spehr, Patrick O'Reilly and Manu Sivaraj (Nic Cope was 1st runner in this team)
    Nic Cope on the first leg for 45+ team
    Ryan Beetson and Fraser Garland Barnes, on first and second leg for Open B team Stefan Music and Jack Brooks running for Open B team
     
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