Category Archives: Cross Country

CF Warrior wins National XC Silver Medal

UC Ginninderra Athlete Angela Riach has won her first National Championship medal in the U18W 4000m Cross Country Team Event. Angela’s team finished second to Victoria and beat the fast finishing NSW and QLD for third and fourth respectively. Angela’s time of 16:45 was also a PB.

What makes Angela’s performance even more satisfying is that she suffers from Cystic Fibrosis (CF) which is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time. There are more than 1,700 known mutations of the disease. More than 30,000 people are living with cystic fibrosis in Australia (more than 70,000 worldwide). Breakthrough treatments have added years to the lives of people with cystic fibrosis. Today the median predicted survival age is close to 40. This is a dramatic improvement from the 1950s, when a child with CF rarely lived long enough to attend elementary school. Today even the healthiest CF Sufferer can spend 5-6 times a year in hospital receiving treatment. While there has been significant progress in treating this disease, there is still no cure and too many lives are cut far too short.

Angela is a truely inspirational CF Warrior who has represented the ACT now at Australian All Schools, Junior Track & Field Nationals and Cross Country Nationals in Steeplechase, the 3000m and now an Australian Silver Medalist.

The Tigers were well represented on the weekend in Wollongong with ten finalists. The final results wrap up follows:

  • James Lemon finished 12th in the 3000m U14M in a new Club Record time of 10:11;
  • Hayden Todd competing for the first time in the U14s also ran a new PB of 10:58;
  • Ginninderra Little Athlete Hannah Cadden finished 6th in the U16W 4000m;
  • Fellow “Little A” Layla Rowntree ran 15:43 in the same race;
  • Annika Wise clocked 16:06 in her final;
  • Jacob Davill stopped the clock in 13:23 in his U16M Final, 28th overall and 6th in his actual age and a new Club Record;
  • Jacob Todd was there beside Jacob running a brisk 14:07 for 4000m also bettering the previous club record;
  • Jordan King’s 6000m U18M final was a tough battle and his time of 23:12 is also a new Club Record;
  • Michael Daly’s Open Men’s 10000m effort of 33:13 (20th) was only just 7s faster than his Tiger team mate Joshua Johnson who finished in 33:20 (22nd); and
  • Mitchell Braithwaite finished 28th in the U23 8000m final in a new Club Record of 27:35.

Competing alongside their Cross Country team mates, the ACT Race Walkers were also in Wollongong for the 2017 Road Walk Championships.  UC Tiger Sidney Shaw competing in her second consecutive National Championship was just outside her Club Record in the 3000m Road Walk where she stopped the clock in 17:56 and came 10th overall.

Sidney’s upcoming Race Walk team mate Andrew Camp-Liddiard competing in his first National Race Walk Championship came 7th overall in 12:21. Andrew has been a member of Ginninderra Athletics for over 6 seasons and has represented the Tigers and the ACT in Primary School Track and Field Championships as well. Andrew like Angela also won a silver medal at the Champs in the Team event.

A full wrap up of the Race Walk Championships follows:

  • Ginninderra Little Athlete Harry Baker came 9th in the U12M 2000m Walk in 13:28;
  • Harry’s brother Mitchell who is a GLAC Club Record Holder and multiple National Medalist collected his newest medal a bronze in the U18M 10,000m final finishing in 47:52;
  • Ella Baker, the third sibling competing at these Championships, finished 7th as well in 12:48 in the 2000m U12W final;
  • Club Record Holder and Olympian Brendon Reading finished 3rd in the Open Men 20,000m final;

Congratulations to all the Ginninderra and ACT Athletes who competed at both championships on the weekend.

Thirteen Tigers all set for Wollongong XC Nationals


Thirteen Tigers all set for Wollongong XC Nationals

Athletics ACT will be sending a strong team of 71 athletes to the 2017 Australian Cross Country Championships. This event will take place in Wollongong on the 26th August. This is Athletics ACT’s largest team ever represented at these championships, in recent memory.

The UC Tigers have 13 representatives which is up on the 9 athletes who competed at the combined National Cross Country Championships in 2016.

Among the athletes selected is 2016 Bronze Medalist Annika Wise as well as Club Record Holders Lily Anderson, James Lemon, Michael Daly, Chris Hamer, Jacob Davill, Jordan King and Joshua Johnson.

They are joined on the team by experienced National finalists Mitch Braithwaite, Angela Riach, Hayden Todd and Jacob Todd. Representing  the Territory for the first time is UC’s James Watkins who medaled at the Club’s inaugural Cross Country Championship this winter.

  1. Annika Wise (U16W – 4km)
  2. Angela Riach (U18W – 4km)
  3. Lillian Anderson (Open W – 10km)
  4. James Lemon (U14M – 4km)
  5. Hayden Todd (U14M – 4km)
  6. Jacob Davill (U16M – 4km)
  7. Jacob Todd (U16M – 4km)
  8. James Watkins (U16M – 4km)
  9. Jordan King (U18M – 6km)
  10. Mitchell Braithwaite (U20M – 8km)
  11. Michael Daly (Open M – 10km)
  12. Chris Hamer (Open M – 10km)
  13. Joshua Johnson (Open M – 10km)

Ginninderra’s Little Athletes are represented this year by:

  • Hannah Cadden (U16W- 4km)
  • Layla Rowntree (U16W – 4km)

Congratulations to everyone selected and best of luck to the entire Athletics ACT team.

The Club is still attempting to get confirmation of the School Sport ACT Cross Country team to attend the National Schools Cross Country in Hobart Tasmania from the 11th to the 15th of August 2017.

Among the results from the ACT Schools Championships the following Ginninderra athletes finished in the top five in their respective age groups:

  • Mitch Braithwaite (U18M)
  • Angela Riach (U17W)
  • Mitch Baker (U17M)
  • Jordan King (U17M)
  • Hannah Cadden (U16W)
  • Layla Rowntree (U16W)
  • Annika Wise (U16W)
  • Jacob Davill (U16M)
  • Jacob Todd (U16M)
  • James Lemon (U14M)
  • Chelsea Moroney (12G)
  • Noah Steinacker (12G)
  • Hayden Todd (12B)
  • Ryan Cuzner (11B)
  • Andrew Camp-Liddiard (11B)
  • Chloe Smith (11G)
  • Sally Walker (11G)
  • Lucas Davill (9B)
  • Claudia Todd (9G)
  • Maya McRae (8G)

For more information including the Full Results check:

Alex appointed to Board of Directors

The UC Ginninderra Athletics Club is pleased to announce that UC Tiger athlete Alex van der Meer Simo has accepted a role as a Director on the Board of Athletics ACT.

Alex who is a talented endurance athlete in his own right, with a 2:22 (Marathon) and 1:08 (Half-Marathon), has previously held the role of Participation and Development Officer with AACT as well as a similar role with Athletics NT.

Alex has also had successful international stints coaching in Laos and Peru in recent years. Alex will also be the new Chair of the AACT Selection Committee. In his spare time Alex trains with Team Telford.

Sadjad leads the way on new course records

A big weekend of Cross Country results for the UC Tigers kicked off with the fortnightly Lake Ginninderra / UC Course starting at John Knight Memorial Park. Some super fast performances with almost everyone recording a PB since their last run.  A few course records were also broken including Lucas (1.5km), Jacob (2km), Andrew (3km) and Sadjad’s (5km) fine efforts.

  1. Lucas Davill (1.5km) – 6:03
  2. Surendra Kam Yogewaran (1.5km) – 7:07
  3. Jacob Eaton (2km) – 8:15
  4. Imogen Foster (1.5km) – 9:11
  5. Chloe Foster (1.5km) – 9:12
  6. Erik Greenberg (1.5km) – 9:32
  7. Daisy X (1.5km) – 11:00
  8. Michael Woods (1.5km) – 11:14
  9. Harrison Morgan (2km) – 11:45
  10. Charlotte Morgan (2km) – 11:46
  11. Andrew Camp Liddiard (3km) – 15:21
  12. Satya Yogewaran (3km) – 17:31
  13. Sadjad Soltanzadeh (5km) – 20:46
  14. Yiorgas Sbirakos (5km) – 20:53
  15. James Watkins (5km) – 25:12

Jacob Eaton (3km) backed up on the Sunday at the RUN_ACT’s Winter Series Cross Country race running third in 11:58. Andrew Camp Liddiard ran in the 1km event taking out first place in 4:12. More results will be posted once they are released by Athletics ACT.

Weekend long Cross Country on Lake G