The 2017 AACT & ACTVA Cross Country Championships are being held on 3rd June 2017 at Stromlo Forest Park. The first event, the Under 12 years 2km run, starts at 10:20am. The School Sport ACT Cross Country Championships is being held on the 14th June also at Stromlo Forest Park.
The UC Ginninderra Athletics Club is conducting a Winter Cross Country training and fortnightly races for anyone keen on making the State Champs or simply enjoying a trail run away from the track or path.
2017 Winter Cross Country Program Dates
For runners other than the Under 12 years 2km run, entry will be by On-Line entry only (there will be no entries taken on the day) and the on-line entries will close at 9:00pm on Wednesday 31st May 2017. Athletes must sign in on the day at least 30 minutes before the scheduled start time of the event. The entry fee for registered and financial athletes, including those registered interstate or internationally, is $9.50.
Athletes who are not registered and financial members of Athletics ACT can enter on-line but as a Non Registered athlete. Their entry fee will include a One Day Entry fee of $10.00 in addition to the $9.50 event entry fee. A Non Registered athlete is not eligible for any medals/awards but can ask to be considered for selection in the AACT team to represent AACT at the AA National Cross Country Championships in August 2017. However, if selected, they must take out a full registration with Athletics ACT.
The Under 12 years 2km run is free entry on the day. Athletes must report direct to the start line no later than 10:15am.
Masters/Veteran athletes entering the ACTVA Championship events must do so through ACT Veterans Athletics. The On-Line entry system is for use by athletes entering the AACT Championship events only.
2017 Winter Cross Country Program
Already this season, UC Ginninderra’s Endurance Athletes lead by Team Telford have been carving their own piece of history by breaking several long standing records in the Club.
Chris Hamer’s time in the the Zatopek:10 was a new Club Record beating Jim Tuckey’s 31:54 set in 1992. A time that Joshua Johnson also surpassed which is a great result for both athletes.
Chris’ top 5 finish in the Noosa Bolt was another Club Record for a 5000m Road Race, stopping the clock in 14:23.00. Chris also broke the Cross Country 10,000m record in his recent 5th placing (30:09.00) at the Australian World Cross Country Selection Trials in January.
Lilian Anderson also broke the Women’s Record at the Australian World Cross Country Selection Trials at Stromlo finishing in 39:00.00.
Joshua Johnson with his silver medal at the NSW State 3000m Champs, broke the 8-minute barrier in what was a new Club Record of 7:57.99, beating Rod Higgins 1993 best of 8:12.91. Rod represented Australia internationally three times at IAAF events from 1991 to 1992. Joshua’s 6th place in the Mitchell Street Mile in Darwin was also a new 1600m Road Record for the Tigers in 4:13.00.
These records are in addition to the following feats at last weekend’s Summer Series where a number of endurance records were broken in the ACT 3000m and 5000m State Championships:
- Brendon Reading’s 3000m (2001) to James Lemon 10:09.11;
- Anne Southgate’s 3000m (2002) to Annika Wise 11:00.49;
Both Anne and Brendon went on to represent Australia at international competition. All bodes well for a promising future for Annika and James.
The Australian World Cross Country Selection Trials was held at Stromlo Forest Park. The 42nd IAAF World Cross Country Championships will be held in Uganda on 26 March 2017.
UC Ginninderra Athletics Club was well represented with athletes performing strongly:
- Chris Hamer – 10km (5th)
- Joshua Johnson – 10km (7th)
- Reece Edwards – 10km (22nd)
- Lilian Anderson – 10km (15th)
The Australian team will be selected from the trials. Final selection will be the week beginning 30 January 2017.
Australia has fielded a team at every instalment of the IAAF World Cross Country Championships since its inception in 1973, winning one individual medal (GOLD, former Club Athlete Benita Willis, 2004) and two team medals (BRONZE, open women, 2008 and BRONZE, open women short course, 2006).
Athletics Australia Selectors have previously chosen 24 athletes, the most possible under IAAF rules, for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships on 28 March 2015. This included 6 athletes each in the Open and Junior events. If AA remain consistent with previous team selections Chris and Joshua remain strong contenders for selection in the Open Men’s event.
“In accordance with the aims of the Selection Policy, those selected (2015) have been identified as athletes who can achieve a top-32 finish as an individual or a top-eight finish as a team. We’ve also taken into account how this event will provide important major championships experience to those athletes we believe have the potential to represent Australia at future Olympic Games or World Championships.”
2017 Australian World Cross Country Selection Trials results:
Under the Guidance of UC’s Professorial Fellow, Dick Telford, the John Landy Distance Talent Squad is on the road to success.
Sport researcher, Olympic Coach, former Head of the AIS, Dick Telford is an absolute running genius. His squad includes a number of quality athletes including Joshua Johnson, Jordan Gusman, Hugh Williams, Chris Hamer, Arron Parker, Matt Dempsey, Reece Edwards and Riley Shaw only to name a few.
At the National Cross Country Championships in August his squad did exceptionally well. His team collected a silver medal in the Men’s Open point-score while Jordan (2nd) and Hugh (3rd) placed in the individual event.
The squad currently features a large number of the ACT’s elite females among them are Elizabeth Humphries, Kim Wilmshurst, Dominique Ferguson and Andrea Ilakovac. The girls also impressed at Nationals with Elizabeth and Dominique both getting top 20 finishes.
The UC Ginninderra Tigers look forward to keeping everyone in the loop on the performances of UC’s elite endurance runners this season.
The 2016 Australian Cross Country Championships was held at Stromlo Forest Park on Saturday the 20th of August. The Cross Country and the Australian Road Walking Championships this year shared the same venue this weekend with the Race Walkers competing on the Sunday.
The weekend featured many tales of bravery and fighting adversary with athletes battling not only strong fields of up to 80 runners, but winds, cold rain, the flu and sickness during the race. The ACT team enjoyed many highlights and so too the Tigers who were racing at their favourite Cross Country venue.
Among the highlights for UC Ginninderra was Annika Wise’s bronze medal in the Under 16 Girls 4km team event. A magnificent effort by Annika who was running in her first national Cross Country championships. The team fought hard to beat Western Australia for third by the slimmest of margins – one whole point!
Other first timers to a National Cross Country championship included Chloe Smith and Andrew Camp-Liddiard, Hayden Todd, Chelsea Moroney, Ryan Cuzner and Chloe Bateup.
Two of our youngest Tigers achieving awesome individual placings Andrew (10th) and Chloe (11th) showing Ginninderra has much to offer for years to come as all of our first timers become regulars on the National circuit. Everyone performed brilliantly and their full results follow:
- Hayden Todd – 11 years 3km – 11:43 (31st)
- Chelsea Moroney – 11 years 3km – 12:21 (25th)
- Andrew Camp-Liddiard – 10 years 2km – 7:15 (10th)
- Ryan Cuzner – 10 years 2km – 7:37 (26th)
- Chloe Smith – 10 years 2km – 7:44 (11th)
- James Lemon – 12 years 3km – 11:07 (21st)
- Bianca Kimpton – 12 years 3km – 12:34 (32nd)
- Jacob Davill – 13 years 3km – 10:44 (33rd)
- Chloe Bateup – 13 years 3km – 11:32 (36th)
- Rebecca Guest – 13 years 3km – 12:06 (52nd)
- Hannah Cadden – 13 years 3km – 13:21 (71st)
- Rebecca Jarvis – 18 years 4km – 16:23 (68th)
- Jordan King – 16 years 4km – 15:31 (73rd)
- Annika Wise – 16 years 4km – 15:33 (44th)
- Megan Freeman – 16 years 4km – 16:12 (66th)
- Layla Rowntree – 16 years 4km – 16:22 (67th)
Photos have been posted to Facebook.
Cross Country Records
The National Championships culminates in the end of the official Cross Country Season. The UC Tigers are pleased to announce the following updates to our Club Cross Country Records:
- Jacob Davill – 14 years 3km – 10:18 (29/8/15)
- Hannah Cadden – 14 years 3km – 11:08 (29/8/15)
- Rebecca Jarvis – 18 years 4km – 15:48 (18/6/16)
- Jordan King – 16 years 4km – 14:12 (14/6/16)
- Annika Wise – 16 years 4km – 15:33 (20/8/16)
- Angela Bateup – Open 10km – 39:31.10 (18/6/16)
Over summer the Tigers will be providing more opportunities for endurance athletes to run their legs off. Its not too late to take up our Early Bird Season Registration, hurry the offer ends 31st August.