Run Crew had a strong contingent in Canberra for the Australian Running Festival, and in some great signs for our upcoming Boston and London entrants, our marathoners kicked us off in style.
Darren Jordan was 17th in 2:50.00 (with a big 2min30sec PB). Darren continues to deliver on race day, gaining seven places on the tricky back half of this course. His relentless dedication to executing each block of training has led to sustained improvement, with plenty more to come.
The crowd favourite Antoinette Baron smashed 42min off her PB, gaining a whopping 50 places on the back half—she probably gave each of her victims a subtle sledge as she rumbled past, too! Watch out for more improvement from this spring chicken.
In the 50km, Sheila O’Reilly was 3rd in her age group, which was a great hit out as part of her Comrades prep.
Our half marathoners were then led home by James Tunna (7th in 75:47), Gerard Riordan (87:07), Joanna Dent (14th in 89:55), Belinda Dent (95:11), Helen-Louise Boyd (97:36), Rachel Craig (1:52.43), Genevieve Titov (2:04.51) and Kerry Ross (2:09.21).
In the 10km we had Michael Hazan finish 13th in 35:13.
In the 5km, Peter Spehr was first in his age group, in 19:36. And Kaitlin Bell was third in her age group, in 21:22.
And at the Australian Mountain Running Championships Nick Walker finished 12th, tracking well for a big result in the UTA 22km.
At Jabulani 45km, Kevin O’ Reilly smashed 20min off his PB, and we saw good hit outs in the 22km for Catherine Andersen and Joanne Rech.
And at Cliffside 9km, Billy Howell made a great return to racing.
Once again it was another great weekend of racing for the Crew. If you want to hang out with like-minded peeps who love running, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get you started.