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Finals favourite just misses Stawell prize

The Stawell Gift has been held in all but four years since 1878, and is one of the world’s most famous and prestigious foot races.
Run on grass, athletes are handicapped according to form and ability, and start off varying marks accordingly. Runners race for glory and prize money with many more dollars working their way through the bookies ring. The main race is the Stawell Gift which is run over 120m up a slight gradient, and the final is traditionally held on Easter Monday.

UC Ginninderra Athletics Club members Sarah Blizzard and Australia’s fastest ever Woman Melissa Breen competed in the prestigious competition over Easter.

Mel Breen, race back marker, finished second in her heat of the 120m Womens Race while training partner Sarah went one better to win her heat. Both athletes made the Semi Finals where Mel couldn’t quite run down fellow Olympian Lauren Wells despite improving on her heat time to finish third.

Sarah pulled off an upset in her semi final beating current Oceania and Australian 100m Champion Toea Wisil to win the 5th race. In the Final the ABC named Sarah as a weekend favourite to take out the event and she did not disappoint finishing fifth overall in the prestigious competition.

Sarah had a huge weekend of racing including the 70m where she finished third in her heat on the Saturday to progress to the semi finals. In the Semis Sarah was nudged for third again just missing a place in the place in the final.

Blizzard has made a fist of the Stawell Gift for many years including in the 2014 where she finished runner-up to Holly Dobbyn in the women’s final. Sarah also recently won the Ballarat Gift 70m Final as Back marker.

Younger Ginninderra Little Athlete Chloe Smith did very well in her events including the 100m where she came second in her heat as well as fifth in her heat of the 400m. A great experience running alongside Australia’s best female sprinters.

Blizzard storms Ballarat Gift

Sarah sizzles in Stawell Final

Muñoz claims minute to win it crown

Matildas and Canberra United Football Striker Caitlin Muñoz showed she’s not just skilled on the Pitch after throwing the 4kg Shot Put an amazing 9.04m today at the UC Life’s Minute to Win It Mini Games.

Muñoz’s performance would have given her the silver medal at the 2016 ACT State Championships in the Open Women’s Shot Put. With a little training perhaps Caitlin can represent her country in another sport?

UC’s Josh “the Wombat” Burke wasn’t to be outdone by heaving the 7.26kg Open Men’s Weight an amazing 9.53m. Josh’s throw would have won the ACT Championships by 60cm from another UC Tiger Sam Rauraa who coincidentally threw a PB on his way to 8.92m at the event in March.

The Mini Games was a great event with plenty of laughs and lots of energy being used in just 60 seconds. Ginninderra’s Jesse Singh was the crowd favourite with his enthusiasm shown in every event.  He was unlucky not to unseat Josh from the top Individual winner in the Men’s competition.

All the photos from today’s event have been posted to Facebook.


UC Life Gift run and won in spectacular fashion

The 2015 UC Life Gift that was held on Saturday 28th November at Charnwood Athletics Field. A star studded field including 24 current State Representatives, National Finalists, Australian Champions, AIS Scholarship Holder and a World Number One Ranked Athlete.

Entrants included representatives from each of the UCGAC’s Under 12 to Open Age Groups with everyone assured a chance of winning by being given a handicap mark based on their Season Best time.

The races did not fail to live up to the hype with tight contests and the eventual winners were:

  • 1000m Women – Chloe Bateup
  • 1000m  Men – Jacob Davill
  • 110m Women – Imogen Mcdonald
  • 110m Men – Mitchell Foster

The finalists each shared in a total prize pool of $720 presented by UC Athlete in Residence Melissa Breen and the above winner’s received a sash courtesy of  Event Audio Visual Services presented by London Olympian Lauren Wells.

The shorter 110m Gifts lived up to their reputation of a tight finish with hundredths of seconds splitting the field.

Back marker Lucy Ferry almost ran across the top of the field in the Women’s 110m event only to be held out by young junior Imogen Mcdonald. While the ANU’s Daniel Carson almost pulled off the impossible by running through the field from the back of the field in the Men’s 1000m race.

Placings for each event follow:

110m Women

  1. Imogen Mcdonald – 12.83
  2. Lucy Ferry – 12.85
  3. Chelsea Tobin – 12.92
  4. Laura Scollen Smith – 12.97
  5. Esther Coates – 13.07
  6. Sue Bourke – 13.09
  7. Lisa Hutchinson – 13.76

110m Men

  1. Mitchell Foster – 11.83
  2. Sam Wade – 11.89
  3. Joshua Beale – 11.90
  4. Jeremy Maranan – 12.11
  5. David Power – 12.19
  6. Austin Tetteh – 12.26
  7. Lamin Koroma – 12.44
  8. Rohan Kalisch – 12.62

1000m Women

  1. Chloe Bateup
  2. Angela Riach
  3. Hannah Cadden
  4. Ruth Carson
  5. Gabby Jarvis
  6. Meg Freeman
  7. Bec Guest
  8. Ursula Mcdonald

1000m Men

  1. Jacob Davill
  2. Jordan King
  3. Raage Noor
  4. Daniel Carson
  5. Michael Reading
  6. Liam Fitzpatrick
  7. Eden Thomas
  8. Nick Donaldson

A number of the finalists donated their winnings to the Elijah Arranz Fundraiser helping to lift the total figure raised on the day to $1100. Elijah who was scheduled to participate in the event had his registration number (#633) worn by his Tiger team mates in the race in recognition of his plight.

Photos from the UC Life Gift have been posted to Facebook.

Back markers expect tight finish in UC Life Gift

The UC Life Gift over 110m and 1000m for Men and Women will be held tomorrow, Saturday 28 November. The handicap marks based on Season Best times for each athlete follows.

This year our backmarkers are Lamin (5.25m), Lucy (9.75m), Daniel (12m) and Hannah (83m).

Good luck to every competitor in what should be an exciting spectacle and promises one of the closest finishes ever seen at Charnwood Athletics Field.

110m Men Handicap (m)
Lamin Koroma 5.25
Sam Wade 5.75
Josh Beale 8.25
David Power 8.25
Jeremy Maranan 10.25
Rohan Kalisch 11.25
Mitch Foster 15.50
Austin Tetteh 17.50
110m Women Handicap (m)
Lucy Ferry 9.75
Nathalie Cerritelli 11.50
Laura Scollen Smith 11.75
Chelsea Tobin 12.50
Sue Bourke 19.00
Esther Coates 20.25
Imogen Mcdonald 20.50
Tatiana Richards 22.25
1000m Men Handicap (m)
Daniel Carson 12.00
Jacob Davill 57.00
James Lemon 62.00
Michael Reading 120.00
Raage Noor 120.00
Jordan King 133.00
Nicholas Donaldson 133.00
William Fitzpatrick 137.00
1000m Women Handicap (m)
Hannah Cadden 83.00
Meg Freeman 83.00
Ruth Carson 93.00
Rebecca Guest 132.00
Gabby Jarvis 136.00
Angela Riach 145.00
Chloe Bateup 156.00
Ursula Mcdonald 200.00

RunACT Fadden Pines 2015

Athletics ACT is excited to be launching the RunACT winter running series this year. It is a series of 6 cross country and road running events held between April and August that aims to be fun and reintroduce a club/team element back into running. The next event is at Fadden Pines.

Sun 17th May – Fadden Pines

  • 2.00pm – 1.25km kids age handicap
  • 2.15pm – 3km junior age handicap
  • 2.45pm – 6km open handicap

Running for all of us mortals is often a struggle while we watch the elite effortlessly disappear from view. To beat this, the first two races will be handicapped. There will also be a relay and the final two races are two of the traditional iconic winter races in Canberra – Dunrossil Drive in front of the Governor-General’s residence and the Runners Shop 10km at the LBG.

There are different race distances to suit different ages and abilities. At each of the events enjoy the social side of athletics with food, drink, games, beanbags to chill out on, etc .!?! You will have to turn up to find out what is happening!

Team competition

Wear your Tiger stripes and help your Belconnen Athletics Club challenge for the club pointscore which is weighted towards participation rather than elite performance with overall prizes.

There is a generous prize pool and AACT will be handing out plenty of prizes. There will be barrel draws at each event, individual pointscore trophies for the end of season and awards for anyone who competes in all the events.


  • Athletics ACT Members: $5 per day or $25 for the six-race winter series.
  • Non-Members: $10 base membership and $5 per day thereafter or $30 for the complete series
  • Primary School Students: Free

An online entry form is available on the AACT website and entries are available on the day.

Question or want to get involved?

Stay tuned to this website or follow Run_ACT on twitter.