Christmas Mile Fun!
Nowra Athletics celebrated the festive season with a Christmas themed track & field program on Wednesday 14th December.
There were 4  handicap heats of the 100m sprint with the winner of each heat going through to the final.
David Whittaker, Andrew Havadjia, Allie Moffat, & Liam Dooley as heat winners were joined by wildcard entries Baylee Holland, Liam Johnstone, Katie Martin and Taylor Forbes in the final. The final however was run over 60m so there wasn’t a great deal of room to spread the field! The race was hard-fought by all competitors with the triumphant victor being  David Whittaker. This was a worthy victory with David consistently improving his sprint running over the season thus far. Congratulations David!
In the long jump pit a mystery distance was chosen with a prize awarded for the athlete who jumped the closest to this distance.
3.67m was the boys mystery distance and Bow Mills won the prize, jumping 3.46m. In the girls 2.81m was the mystery mark and Laila Hartnett was just 1cm off; jumping 2.82m.
In the men’s long jump Perry Strand jumped the nearest the mark of 4.13m with a jump of 3.79m and in the women’s event Lara Check claimed the mystery prize with her jump of 3.78m, the closest to the mark of 3.58m.
Shot Put had Santa’s hat as the target and Kobi Kennedy and Ella Hartnett were the junior winners of this event. Cody Chater and Sophie Braddick were the winners of the E grade section and Andrew Havadjia and Lara Check won the senior division.
The final event of the night was the handicap Christmas mile. This was an exciting event with some great running on display. Peter Dooley called the race with much enthusiasm, urging on the runners & the cheering crowd. Baylee Holland started with a 2 minute handicap and ran a blistering last lap; increasing her speed in the last 200m to pass Holly Spence and claim line honours; winning a Christmas pudding for her efforts. Baylee clocked a corrected time of 6.40.9 in a fine exhibit of athleticism. Holly Spence hung on for second place after a 2.50 minutes handicap and back marker Leith Babian with a 3.50 minute handicap ran in third. Well done to all the competitors!
Nowra Athletics will take a break from Track & Field now during the Christmas period and resume on Wednesday 11th January.
Athletes are reminded that the 2017 NSW Country Championships are to be held 20-22 January 2017 at Dubbo. The draft timetable has been published and online entries are now open. Country Champs provides a great opportunity for country members to come together in an inclusive, fun, team environment. The event also provides a great opportunity for regional athletes to gain valuable competition experience. Entries are $20 for first event, and $10 for every subsequent event, with a $70 cap. Family entry is $70 for adults and unlimited children, for any number of events. Entries close midnight Wednesday January 11, 2017.
Nowra Athletics Club would like to wish all members a very happy and safe Christmas. We look forward to more athletics in the New Year!
Another 6 Records Broken 10.12.16
Nowra Athletics held Round 10 of the Summer Track & Field Competition on Wednesday 10th December with more record success.
Steven Schott was in fine form, claiming both the 60m and 100m record in the 40-49 years category. Steven sprinted 7.5 seconds to win the 60m and then backed it up shortly after with a win in the 100m in 11.9 seconds. Congratulations Steven!
In the 600m Zac Havadjia sprinted his way to the front from the start line and maintained his position until the end. Leith Babian chased him the whole way around and although he couldn't quite catch him, he broke the 50-59 years record in the process, clocking 1.33.8 minutes. Well done Leith!
In the 1500m it was Eric Moeller-Duhme once again who claimed a record, running 6.56.9 minutes for a new 70 years and over record. Congratulations Eric!
Another athlete on fire this season is Tim Musson. Tim speared another javelin record this week with a mighty throw of 50.10metres. Awesome effort Tim!
Last but certainly not least in our record breakers for Round 10 was Terry Bailey. It was great to see Terry throw 14.82 metres to snare the 70 years and over javelin record. Go Terry!
Of course it is not all about breaking records; it is about having a go and having fun and the boys certainly had fun in high jump last week.
Wil Osgood jumped the highest clearing 1.19 metres. Jackson Musson, Byron Osgood, Lucas Johnson and Ty Schott all cleared 1.10 metres whilst William Dyball and Dylan Johnstone jumped 1.05 metres. Young Liam Johnstone cleared 0.95 metres. Great jumping boys!
In the triple jump there was some close competition between the senior boys with Liam Dooley leaping to 9.89 metres, just edging out Jordan deVries who measured 9.87 metres. All-rounder Sarah deVries jumped 8.93 metres.
The year is winding down and we have just one more week of competition left on Wednesday 14th December.
This will be a Fun Night with novelty events, including the Christmas Mile. This will be followed by a Christmas BBQ. We look forward to seeing everyone there to say Merry Christmas.
Don't forget that NSW Country Championships will be held at Dubbo on 20-22 January 2017 and entries are now open. Entries are $20 for first event, and $10 for every subsequent event, with a $70 cap.
Family entry is $70 for adults and unlimited children, for any number of events. Entries close midnight Wednesday January 11, 2017.
Country Champs are always a great weekend of athletic competition and camaraderie. This year will be the first time we have trekked to Dubbo for their new synthetic track - if you enjoy Track and Field you should think about joining us!
Please ask a committee member if you'd like some more information.
Round 9 Conducted Over 2 Weeks
Round 9 of Nowra Track & Field was disrupted by rain on November 23rd.
The decision was made to postpone events due to the weather, and so obviously most members left the track and went home. However shortly after the announcement was made, the showers cleared and the sun peaked through the clouds.
For the dedicated runners who had stayed around, it was then decided to conduct a 3km and 5km track event, particularly as some of these athletes had travelled the distance to specifically compete in this event. The decision paid off for two of these athletes who set new records.
Troy Whittington broke Alex Pitkethly's 5km record which was set 10 years ago with a time of 16.15 minutes in the 16/17 years category. Well done Troy!
Troy also holds the 14/15 years record, so he now has his sights set on the 18/19years  record next year to make the hat trick.
Also setting a new record in the 70 years and over 3km event was Eric Moeller-Duhme with a time of 14.45 minutes. Eric continues to clock up the records this season. Well done Eric!
The weather was kinder the following Wednesday and a full program was conducted on the 30th November.
Jai Holland, Lucas Johnson and Wil Osgood ran the C grade 100m whilst Lachlan Woods, Dylan Johnstone and Liam Johnstone ran the D grade event and Cody Chater and Dean Osgood competed in E Grade.
In the girls 100m Taylor Moffat, Hannah Brian, Rommey Hazell, Madison Carr and Emily Burinaga competed in C grade. Jessie Moffat, Bella Rose and Katie Martin contested D grade and Lexie Burinaga, Allie Moffat and Taylah Forbes battled it out down the straight in E grade.
The A grade boys continue to show great competitiveness on the track with Emerson Brian taking out the 100m in front of Zac Havadjia and Alistair Clark. Liam Dooley was 4th and Patrick Ozolins 5th.
It was great to see Andrew Havadjia back on the track in the Vets races after several weeks absence. He was joined by Scott Martin and David Holland.
In the combined 1000m Jai Holland took out the juniors race and Bradley Swayers took victory in the seniors race.
In the 3000m Bradley Sawyers was once again the victor followed by Scott Martin and Scott Johnson.
Zac Havadjia proved the 400m is still his forte event running through in 55.9 seconds in front of Emerson Brian who pushed himself well outside his comfort zone to run a 400m in 57.4 seconds. Alistair Clark was third in 59.2 seconds.
In the field it was Deb Clark’s turn to set a new record; Deb speared 20.24 metres to claim a 50-59 years javelin record. Congratulations Deb!
In addition Tim Musson added another record to his tally for the season with a throw of 38.20metres in the 40-49 years discus. Once again congratulations Tim!
As many athletes will be aware, the ANSW Country Championships will be held this season in Dubbo on 20, 21 and 22 January 2017. Country Champs provides a great opportunity for country members to come together in an inclusive, fun, team environment. The event also provides a great opportunity for regional athletes to gain valuable competition experience. Put the date in your diary now and start thinking about the events you’d like to enter. We will keep you posted with entry details as it gets closer.
Discus Throwers Mark New Distances 16.11.16
November 16th saw Round 8 of Nowra Athletics Track & Field play out.
And yes, more records fell!
Samantha Peace threw the discus to a new record distance of 47.18 metres in the 18-19 years event and Janie Hamilton bettered her throw from 2 weeks ago for a new record in the 40-49 years of 23.38 metres.
Also setting a new discus record was Tim Musson with a throw of 38.02 metres in the 40-49 years event.
On the track Eric Moeller-Duhme ran the 2000m in a new record time for the 70 + group with 9.37 minutes and wife Eva also set a new record in the 60-69 years with a time of 11.58 minutes.
Once again, congratulations to these record-breaking athletes.
Not breaking records, but giving it their all, as usual, was Jai Holland, Jackson Musson, Jett Anderson, Scott Delo and William Dyball in C grade.
E grade boys had an increased number of participants with Cody Chater, Kai Reid, Noah Dyball, Sean Harris, Toby Dyball, Darcy O’Sulivan and Dean Osgood all running hard. E grade girls also ran well with Lexie Burinaga, Emily Burinaga, Zoe Baker, Allie Moffat, Claire Musson, Lizzy Stiles, Taylah Forbes, Bronte O’Sullivan, Sophie Braddick and Evie Smart competing in a number of events.
A grade women had a good battle in the 60m sprint with Zoe Chater taking line honours in 8.2 seconds just in front of Sarah deVries in 8.4 seconds followed by Holly Spence in 8.8 seconds.
Whilst in the A grade men Emerson Brian finished first in 7.4 seconds with Hayden Strand and Cooper Thomson clocking equal times of 7.6 seconds; too close to call!
In the Vets men’s 60m race there was another battle with the first two runners too close to separate on the finish line with Leith Babian and Perry Strand both clocking 8.6 seconds.
Meanwhile in the Vets women’s race there was a close tussle for first and second place with Janie Hamilton just outsprinting Erin Smart.
In the girls long jump Hannah Brian made a welcomed return to Wednesday night competition with the longest jump of 3.64metres. Taylor Moffat jumped 3.45m and Rommey Hazell jumped 3.44m. Jai Holland jumped the biggest in the boys event with 4.86metres whilst Jett Anderson recorded 3.59m and Jackson Musson 3.58m.
In the high jump it was Cooper Thomson who leapt the highest clearing 1.60metres. Hayden Strand and Patrick Ozolins both jumped 1.48 metres. Corey McConville cleared 1.43 metres; Jordan deVries 1.40m and Ethan Havadjia 1.30 metres.
Unfortunately due to a variety of reasons many athletes were unable to compete at the upcoming NSW State Relay Championships so the Club was unable to enter any teams this year. The organising committee apologies to those who were keen to run and hope we can come back bigger and better next year.
Round 7 Saw Another Three Records Set
Round 7 of Nowra Athletics Track & Field was held on Wednesday 9th November.
Numbers were down, perhaps due to the inclement weather, but nonetheless those in attendance competed well.
In the C Grade boys Jai Holland won the 60m sprint, followed by Jett Anderson, Scott Delo, William Dyball, Oscar Goley and Sanuda Godakandage.
D grade was won by Lachlan Woods with Toby Dyball second and Liam Johnstone third.
Whilst in E grade Harley Reid beat out brother Kai, followed by Noah Dyball and Tom Smart.
In the girls 60m there were few competitors. Rommey Hazell won the C grade event with Emily Burinaga second and Ella Dyball third. E grade saw Lexie Burinaga take line honours with Lizzy Stiles second, Sophie Braddick third and Evie Smart fourth.
A grade was won by Zac Havadjia in front of Thomas Gibb. Meanwhile B grade was taken out by Brock Nichols and the Veterans race was claimed by Steven Schott.
In the 600m Jai Holland won the combined junior boys race with Byron Osgood second and William Dyball third. Rommey Hazell was the first home for the junior girls with Ella Dyball second and Emily Burinaga third.
The seniors 600m race was won by Zac Havadjia with Patrick Ozlins running in second and Bradley Sawyers third.
For yet another week Eric and Eva Moeller-Duhme set a new record each. Eric clocked 2.14.5 in the 600m for a new 70-79 years record and Eva crossed in 3.07.4 for a new 60-69 years record. Congratulations to this running duo!
In the field the Club welcomed back Samantha Peace after finishing her HSC. Samantha threw 9.31 metres in shot put and Ebony Johnson threw 9.10 metres. In the javelin the girls turned the results around with Ebony throwing 25.90 metres in front of Sam’s 24.90 metres.
Kerrie Jones maintained her record throwing streak with another record in the 60-69 years shot put with a throw of 6.54 metres. Well done again Kerrie!
Jumping well was Brock Nichols with a triple jump distance of 11.85 metres. Not far behind was Jordan deVries who jumped 10.20 metres whilst Corey McConville jumped 9.49 metres and Sarah deVries recorded 9.13 metres.
Brock also cleared the highest mark in high jump with a jump of 5.68 metres. Veteran jumper Steven Schott jumped 5.12 metres and Thomas Gibb cleared the bar at 4.80 metres. Corey McConville leaped to 4.76 metres; Jordan deVries jumped 4.51 metres and all-rounder Sarah deVries jumped 4.47 metres.
Unfortunately the 1500m had to be cancelled due to an approaching electrical storm but the weather did well to hold off until most events were completed.
Hopefully the rain stays away for next Wednesday competition on 16th November to be held at 6pm at Shoalhaven High School. New members always welcome!
Further afield, State Relays will be held on 26th & 27th November at the Blacktown International SportsPark. This event is the premier team based competition in NSW. Clubs form teams in both track and field events in junior, open and masters age groups. If you are interested in being part of the event, talk to Mel Mustapic, Darlene Musgrove or Jan Gibb today!
Veteran Records Fall - Round 6 - 2.11.2016
Nowra Athletics Track & Field record books are being re-written this season with more records tumbling last Wednesday.
Newcomer Steven Schott broke another record, this time in the 40-49 years 100m sprint in a time of 12.2 seconds with Leith Babian, Tim Musson and Martin Stiles behind him. A few minutes later he ran the 150m event and broke that record too with a fast time of 18.3 seconds, well ahead of Gavin Dyball and Martin Stiles. For a runner who doesn’t even have running spikes he’s certainly excelling at out-sprinting the current record book!
Husband and wife duo Eric and Eva Moeller-Duhme were at it again, setting more records. In the 1000m Eric set a new 70-79 years record with a time of 4.21.2 minutes whilst in the 3000m Eva established a 60-69 years record with a time of 18.21 minutes.
Also in the 3000m event Cristine Suffolk equalled the 40-49 years record of 11.55 minutes.
In the field for yet another week, Kerrie Jones broke a throw record, this time in javelin spearing 14.35 metres. Kerrie just keeps improving her distances every week!
Tim Musson also added more records to his name with a javelin throw of 47.23 metres and a discus distance of 37.52 metres for the 40-49 years group.
Janie Hamilton took a rest from the sprints on Wednesday to focus on her throws and the decision obviously paid off with a record breaking throw in the discus for the 40-49 years with a distance of 23.37 metres.
Congratulations to all these Veteran athletes who are proving to be outstanding role models for the junior athletes.
Juniors performing well each week include Jackson Musson, Scott Delo, Jett Anderson, Lachlan Woods, Toby Dyball and Brodie Crowther. Our junior girls also perform consistently well with Taylor Moffat, Rommey Hazell, Zoe Baker, Lizzy Stiles, Claire Musson and Evie Smart all trying their best each week.
Club captain Emerson Brian has been relishing his leadership role and has been mentoring some of the junior boys providing advice for their sprint techniques and offering plenty of encouragement.
State Relays will be held on 26th & 27th November at the Blacktown International Sports Park. This event is the premier team based competition in NSW. Clubs form teams in both track and field events in junior, open and master’s age groups. It is a great weekend of competition with an abundance of team camaraderie. If you are interested in being part of the event talk to a Club representative today – contact Mel Mustapic, Darlene Musgrove or Jan Gibb!
Eight Records Broken in Round 5!
Round 5 of Nowra Track & Field was held at  Shoalhaven High School on Wednesday October 26th.
It was a record breaking round with 8 new records set!
In the 60metres Steven Schott set a new record in the 40-49 years group with a sprint of 7.6 seconds. Steven then backed this effort up with another record breaking run in the 200m; clocking 25.4 seconds.
Perry Strand also set a new 60m record in the 50-59 years category with a fast time of 8.2 seconds.
Eva Moeller-Duhme continues to add her name to the record books establishing a 60-69 years record in the 800m with a time of 4.34.0 minutes as well as a 2000m record with 12.07 minutes.
Not to be out-done or out-run Eric Moeller-Duhme set a new 70-79 years record in the men’s 2000m with a time of 9.43 minutes.
In the discus circle Kerrie Jones broke yet another record in the 60-69 years event with a throw of 17.81 metres whilst Tim Musson also threw a record breaking distance of 36.52 metres in the 40-49 years section.
Congratulations to all these athletes on their fine performances.
The A grade boys continue to battle it out on the track, testing their speed with Emerson Brian, Hayden Strand, Zac Havadjia, Liam Dooley and Brady Blacker all showing healthy rivalry.
B grade boys also demonstrate consistency on the track with Ethan Havadjia, Jordan deVries, Brock Nichols, Corey McConville and David Whittaker all giving their best.
It’s great to see a growing number of our mum’s competing in the Veteran sprints with Erin Smart, Cindie Pearce, Janelle Stiles and Lynette Baker being cheered on by their children.
In the 800m Leith Babian crossed first followed by Liam Dooley then Zac Havadjia and Ethan Havadjia. In the juniors race Jai Holland was the winner again this week followed by Byron Osgood then Wil Osgood.
Rommey Hazell was first in the combined girls event with Madison Carr second and Laila Hartnett third whilst in the women’s race Holly Spence was first home in front of Erin Smart and Baylee Holland.
Leith Babian also claimed victory in the 2000m. Young Jai Holland ran in second showing very strong form and Perry Strand finished third.
In the field Ebony Johnson had a great throw with the discus with 26.36 metres whilst Brock Nichols sent his discus soaring to 34.42 metres. Emily Burinaga recorded 22.57 metres in C grade whilst younger sister Lexie recorded 11 metres in E grade. Also throwing well in the discus circle were Taylor and Jessie Moffat, Jackson Musson, William and Toby Dyball, Jett Anderson, Brodie Crowther and Lachlan Woods.
In the high jump Brock Nichols cleared the bar at the highest with 1.60 metres. Liam Dooley jumped 1.55 metres whilst Hayden Strand, Jordan deVries, Corey McConville and Ethan Havadjia all jumped well. Georgia Carr was the only girl to compete clearing 1 metre whilst Steven Schott and Paul Musgrove jumped for the veterans group.
A number of our Nowra athletes have been competing at some of the NSW Athletics and ACT conducted events, demonstrating their athletic prowess against competitors from other clubs. Their results are published on the Nowra Athletics website as they come to hand so please check them out and celebrate their successes with us.
More records broken in Round 4 of Track & Field  19.10.16
Nowra athletics conducted Round 4 of the Track & Field Competition last Wednesday October 19th and more records were broken!
Hollie Spence broke a 23 year old long jump record in the 20-29 years age group when she jumped 4.64 metres. Hollie was last a member of the club as a young teenager and has just returned to Nowra Athletics after many years absence. Hollie was just two years old when the previous record was set and it is great to see her now jumping into the record books herself.
Kerrie Jones improved her previous best in the 60-69 years javelin spearing another record with a throw of 13.66 metres.
Eva Moeller-Duhme continues to add to her record tally setting a record in the 60-69 years 600m with a time of 3.10.4 minutes and another record in the 1500m with 8.44.6 minutes.
Husband Eric also claimed a new record in the over 70 years 1500m with a time of 7.10.9 minutes.
Congratulations record breakers!
Nowra welcomed back Jake Myors to Wednesday night competition. Jake ran a strong 1500m race finishing well ahead of the field in a time of 4.24.7 minutes with Pete Dooley calling the race with much excitement! Jai Holland ran in next in 5.38.0 minutes followed closely by Ethan Havadjia in 5.39.6 minutes.
Once again the youngest athletes, who seem to be growing in numbers each week,  ran with great enthusiasm. Perhaps the lolly rewards at the end of each race are a motivating factor!
Brothers Liam and Dylan Johnstone had a good tussle in the 60 metres race, running in lanes next to each other. Younger brother Liam crossed in 10.5 seconds just in front of Dylan who clocked 10.7 seconds. However the tables were turned in the 100m with Dylan beating out Liam in the longer sprint.
The A grade boys also demonstrated strong form with a close competition across the entire field. Emerson Brian was the eventual winner in both the 60m and 100m but the other boys were close on his heels. Zac Havadjia ran in second in both events, followed by Brady Blacker and Hayden Strand.
The men’s Vets group had a good showing of competitors in the sprints with Jordan Godley crossing first in the 60m followed by Paul Musgrove, Rod Rose, Martin Stiles, Gavin Dyball and Robert Somerville.
Zac Havadjia took out the 600m in 1.39.4 minutes whilst brother Ethan made a surge on the finishing straight to push through to second place in 1.48.1 minutes squeezing just in front of Jordan Godley who clocked 1.48.9 minutes. Ethan has his eye clearly on big brother Zac and is beginning to narrow that gap!
Jai Holland was the fastest junior across the 600m finishing in 1.50.4 minutes.
In the field Jackson Musson had a good throw in the shot put with 10.19 metres throwing further than Dad Tim Musson who measured 9.34 metres. Brock Nichols showed a strong throwing arm with 10.47 metres in A grade and Ebony Johnson was welcomed back to Nowra Athletics this season with a throw of 9 metres. Meanwhile Emily Burinaga recorded the longest throw in the junior females with a distance of 6.30 metres followed by Taylor Moffat with 6.13 metres.
In the javelin Tim Musson speared the greatest distance with 45.22 metres. Hayden Strand was next best with 39.18 metres and Brock Nichols was strong again with 38.98 metres. Corey McConville threw well with 27.51metres and Deb Clark tested her throwing arm with a distance of 15.52 in the Vets grade.
The junior athletes jumped for joy in high jump with Jett Anderson clearing 1.36 metres and Jai Holland, Byron Osgood, Wil Osgood and Lachlan Woods all jumping 1.10 metres.
Jordan Godley was the only Vet athlete game enough for triple jump, recording 10.71 metres. Experienced triple jumpers Brock Nichols (11.56m)and Jordan deVries (9.78m) enjoyed the friendly competition as usual with  Corey McConville (9.48m), Sarah deVries (8.98m), Hollie Spence (8.70m) and Baylee Holland (6.62m).
Nowra Athletics Club would also like to congratulate all the athletes who recently competed at the 2016 2XU NSW All Schools Championships. There were some fantastic results and the Club is proud of your results.
2016 2XU NSW All Schools 13-16 October
The 2016 2XU NSW All Schools took place last week at Sydney Olympic Park's Athletic Centre. There were impressive performances over the 4 days across the track and field from our young local athletes.
Despite the weather challenges over the 4 days with swirling winds, the athletes competed well, battling it out against the best in the State.
Alice Hamlen won the Gold Medal in the 13 years Pole Vault with a height of 2.30 metres. She also finished 10th in the Javelin with a throw of 26.53 metres, and 8th in the final of the 80m Hurdles.
Cooper Thomson also jumped to new heights in pole vault winning the Silver Medal in the 15 years event with a height of 3.00 metres. He also finished 5th in Heat 1 of the 400m.
Winning double gold was Broulee’s Jaylah Hancock-Cameron who ran in first in the 14 years 1500m in 4mins43.60 as well as the 800m in 2mins10.65.
Also in the 14 years age group, winning two medals, was Byron Van Dyk who won the Silver Medal in the 800m in 2mins04.12 and the Silver Medal in the 400m in 53.26s.
At her first major event for hurdling Zoe Chater finished 2nd in Heat 2 of the 14 years 200m Hurdles and then went on to win the Bronze Medal in the Final in 29.19s. Zoe also finished 6th in the 90m hurdles final as well as finishing 7th in the 100m Final.
In the field Siwa Harvey-Aziz won the Silver Medal in the 15 years Discus with a mighty throw of 56.18 metres whilst Annette Peace won the Silver Medal in the girls Discus with a throw of 37.15 metres.
Distance runner Hugh Dobson won the Bronze Medal in the 16 years 2000m Steeplechase in 6mins41.24. He also finished 9th in the 3000m.
Also in the distance events, Asha Martin won the Silver Medal in the girls 16 years 3000m and Troy Whittington won the Bronze Medal in the 17 years 3000m. Troy also finished 4th in the 1500m.  Rumer Williams travelled from Batehaven to compete in the 17 years 1500m and 3000m finishing 7th and 6th respectively.
Twelve year old Sam Maher competed well at his first All Schools Championships in the 800m and 1500m. Alex O’Brien, Ben Shephard and Rhys Flood all competed in the 13 years 1500m with Alex finishing 15th, Ben placing 17th and Rhys 13th. Rhys and Ben also ran in the 800m with Rhys finishing 12th and Ben 15th.
In the throwing arena Emilia Matthews finished 15th in the 13 years javelin whilst Ebony Johnson competed well in both the 16 years javelin and discus despite a shoulder injury. Rhiannon Brown also threw the javelin spearing 7th in the 16 years event.
Jumping high was Lara Check in her first Championship event finishing 21st in the girls 13 years event whilst Mason Beresford jumped well in both the 13 years long jump and triple jump. Emilia Matthews also jumped into 26th place in her long jump event.
In the sprints Jessica O’Donnell finished 3rd in her heat of the 14 years 200m whilst sister Breeanna finished 7th in the 16 years 400m. Lachlan Kaszonyi finished 9th in his 15 years 100m heat and Emerson Brian ran in 6th in his 17 years 100m heat. Lily Wheeler ran in 3rd in her 13 years 100m heat.
Hurdling well was Alistair Clark who made the finals in both the 15 years 200m hurdles and 100m hurdles as well as running a strong heat of the 100m. Mikayla Check finished 6th in the 15 years 200m hurdles as well as also running the 200m and 100m.
Shenay Edwards competed in not one, but two testing 400m events placing 6th in the 16 years 400m sprint final as well as contesting the 400m hurdles and finishing 5th.
Both Victoria Kennedy and Jesse Buckham contested the 2000m steeplechase events with both placing 7th in their respective races.
Well done to all these local athletes competing strongly on a large stage of athletics.
Round 3 Track & Field 12.10.16
Round 3 of Nowra Athletics Track & Field competition was conducted last Wednesday evening.
There was a high attendance, particularly of junior athletes who kept the starter and timekeepers busy on the track.
Taylor Moffat, Hayley Lewis, Kimberley Hallam and Emily Burinaga ran well in C grade.
In D grade girls Jessie Moffat, Ruby Pearce, Laila Hartnett, Lacey Baker and Peta Harris battled it out in the sprints.
Meanwhile E grade girls had eight eager participants line up in the 100m. Lexie Burinaga, Zoe Baker, Lizzy Stiles, Bronte O’Sullivan, Taylah Forbes, Milla Richardson, Layla Beck and Evie Smart all ran with great enthusiasm.
It is great to see the youngsters enthused about the sport of athletics; many of these following in older sibling or parent footsteps.
In the boys C  grade competition was fierce amongst  Jai Holland, Jackson Musson, Matthew Higham, Jett Anderson, Oscar Goley, Wil Osgood, William Dyball, Byron Osgood and Sanuda Godakandage.
D grade saw Toby Dyball , Dylan and Liam Johnstone , Jordan Richardson, Harley Reid, Max Beck and Darcy O’Sullivan enjoying the contest
Our littlest competitors Kai Reid, Noah Dyball, Dean Osgood, and Tom Smart had the crowd cheering them on in their sprint events.
Scott Richardson crossed the line first in the A grade 100m and 150m with Emerson Brian coming in a close second and Hayden Strand third in both events.
In the girls A grade there were just two competitors this week with Holly Spence and Tara Jones running well.
B grade girls Kyla Kennedy, Baylee Holland, Georgia Carr and Erin Somerville enjoyed the 100m and 150m.
Ethan Havadjia ran well to claim both the 100m and 150m in B grade with Corey McConville coming in second and David Whittaker third.
In the Vets division Steven Schott beat Paul Musgrove to the finish line in the men’s sprints and Erin Smart took out the women’s events in front of Darlene Musgrove and Cindie Pearce. Deb Clark ran well despite a persistent knee injury and newcomer Lynette Baker also enjoyed a run in both events with Janelle Stiles joining the 150m too.
In the distance events victory was claimed by Jai Holland in the juniors 1000m. Peter Dooley was the fastest overall with a winning time of 3.21.4. The quickest female in the senior 1000m event was Holly Spence whilst Erin Smart was the first in the women’s vets category.
For those still keen to run laps of the track the 3000m was on offer and six competitors lined up for the challenge. The winner was Zach Jones followed by Peter Khourey, Erin Smart, Alison Havadjia, Lisa Carroll and Tammy Jones.
In the field there was a host of activities with both long jump and high jump, shot put, discus and javelin in action.
More throw records were broken yet again by the veteran athlete Kerrie Jones – it’s becoming a weekly habit! In the discus Kerrie threw 15.91 metres for a new 60-69 years record and in the javelin Kerrie speared 13.35 metres for another new record. Tim Musson also scored himself a new record in the 40-49 years javelin with a distance of 46.05metres. Congratulations to both these inspiring athletes.
Track & Field is offered each Wednesday from 6pm at Shoalhaven High School. All interested are welcome to come check it out.
Round 2 Track & Field  5.10.16
With school holidays and terrible windy weather the numbers were low at Nowra Athletics Track & Field last Wednesday.
However that didn’t deter the athletes in attendance from giving their all.
Noah Dyball, Evie Smart and Dean Osgood were the youngest competitors on the night sprinting with great enthusiasm.
Rommey Hazell, Emily Burinaga, Zarlie Dyball and Ella Dyball battled it out in C grade in both the 60m and 200m.
C grade boys had a good representation with Jai Holland, Jackson Musson, Matthew Higham, Scott Delo, Kobi Kennedy, Wil Osgood, Byron Osgood and William Dyball all running the sprint races, finishing in this same order in both the 60m and 200m.
Meanwhile Lachlan Woods and Toby Dyball competed well in D grade.
Zoe Chater, Erin Smart and Holly Spence were the female A grade sprinters with Zoe confidently taking out both the 60m and 200m.
Newcomers Baylee Holland and Erin Somerville ran well in B grade.
Darlene Musgrove and Deb Clark were the only female Vets representatives in the 60m. However the men’s Vets division had more numbers. In the 60m Steven Schott took first place in front of Paul Musgrove who finally made a return to Wednesday night competition after a notable absence. Scott Martin and Gavin Dyball ran in next followed by Robert Somerville and Tim Musson.
In the A grade men’s  Zac Havadjia ran off some pre-HSC pressure claiming the win in the 60m. Liam Dooley was second and Ali Clark third. In the 200m training team mates Zac and Ali battled it out for the win with Zac crossing just in front of Ali. Zac might need to keep a better eye on his younger competitor who is noticeably gaining on him.
In the junior 800m Jai Holland was the clear winner in front of William Dyball and Byron Osgood.
In the combined women’s 800m Holly Spence was first home followed by Baylee Holland and Erin Smart. Further back In the field was Eva Moeller-Duhme who established a 60-69 years record with her run of 4.45.4 minutes and hubby Eric was there to capture the moment on camera!
Leith Babian was the winner of the men’s combined 800m with Liam Dooley second and Bradley Sawyers third.
In the final 2 km event Leith was once again the victor whilst Brad claimed second and Scott Martin was third. Eva Moeller-Duhme once again established a 60-69 years record in this event with a recorded time of 12.03 minutes. Eva is getting quite a collection of records now!
In the field Kerrie Jones proved she is also on a mission this year with yet another record established; this time in the 60-69 years discus with a throw of 14.75 metres. Kerrie now holds a record in all three throwing events; shot put, javelin and discus.
Brock Nichols recorded the biggest discus throw of the night with 31.54 metres followed closely by Tim Musson with a throw of 30.67 metres.
In the shot put circle Brock again recorded the biggest distance with a throw of 10.66 metres and Tim came in second with 9.93 metres whilst Zac Jones threw 9.48 metres.
Annie Peace was the best female shot putter on the night with a distance of  9.36 metres.
It was great to see Corey McConville back at Nowra Athletics and he featured well amongst the throwers in both the discus and shot as did new recruit Luke Somerville.
Round 3 of Track & Field will take place from 6pm on Wednesday 12th October at Shoalhaven High School. The Club desperately needs volunteers to help coordinate the events on the night so if you can lend a hand, please let a committee member know.
Thinking ahead, the NSW Relay Championships will be held on 26th and 27th November. The Relay Championships is the largest and most successful relay event in Australia. The competition is held over two days and hosts over 700 teams from NSW clubs. The Championships is conducted in the Under 14, Under 16, Under 18, Under 20, Open and Masters age categories across the following events:
4x100m, 4x200m, 4x400m, 4x800m, 4x1500m, 4x1500m Walk, Medley Relay, High Jump, Long Jump, Shot Put, Discus, Javelin (not all events are offered for every age group).
Last year Nowra Athletics entered a number of teams and enjoyed a great weekend of competition whilst also picking up a number of medals. If you are interested in competing in the Relay Championships, you must be registered with Athletics NSW and you need to let a committee member know as soon as possible so teams can be organised and entries submitted.
Track & Field Round 1 28.9.16
Nowra Athletics completed Round 1 of competition for the Summer Track & Field Program last Wednesday.
Before the action kicked off President Scott Johnson announced the Club Captains for the season; Emerson Brian and Samantha Peace.
These athletes are committed to the sport of athletics and are very approachable and responsible young adults serving as great role models particularly for the younger members of the Club, and so were perfect choices for Club Captains.
Club Captains will serve as ‘the voice’ of Club members so if anyone has a suggestion, or feedback about the Program they can seek out Emerson or Samantha.
The first event of the night was the seniors 600m. This was taken out by Troy Whittington; followed by Zac Havadjia and Liam Dooley.
Later in the night the junior 600m was won by Matthew Higham whilst Jett Anderson was second, Scott Delo third and Oscar Goley fourth.
In the field Jackson Musson was one of two record breakers for the night, throwing the discus 28.23 metres to set a new 11 years record.
New member Kerrie Jones was on fire, setting another record for the second week running, this time in the 60-69 years javelin after spearing 11.01 metres.
Oscar Goley, Jett Anderson, Matthew Higham, and Scott Delo threw well in both discus and shot as well as competing well on the track in the sprints.
In the girls events Claire Musson, Taylah Forbes, Ruby Pearce, Rommy Hazell and Hayley Lewis all showed off their sprinting prowess and throwing skills.
The A grade sprints were battled out between a strong field of young athletes. Emerson Brian won both the 60m and 100m with Zac Havadjia taking second place in both events and Hayden Strand third. Liam Dooley, Brock Nichols and Jordan deVries also ran well.
In the Vet men’s Perry Strand and Leith Babian were in good form in the sprints whilst in the women’s Janie Hamilton was the fastest with Darlene Musgrove and newcomer Cindie Pearce also lining up to run.
In the A grade women’s Sarah deVries, Holly Spense and Tara Jones sprinted strongly.
The 1500m was the last event on the night’s program and this was eventually won by Liam Dooley who surged at the finish, putting in that extra effort to pass Leith Babian just before the line. Brad Sawyers was third and the young new recruit Jai Holland came in 4th against much older and experienced athletes. Jai is one to look out for in the future we are sure!
Round 2 will take place on Wednesday 5th October at 6pm at Shoalhaven High. It’s not too late to join – come along on Wednesday night to register and run, jump and throw with Nowra Athletics Club!
Summer Road Run 24th September 2016 – Nowra
A picture perfect day greeted us for the first instalment of the Summer Road Runs which started last Saturday at the Nowra Showground. Twenty one runners decided to have a crack for the weekly chocolate that is on offer. This week, new runner Dennis took advantage of his unknown ability to cross the line in first place. NAC President Scott J was fortunate to scoop the second spot as Scotty M was hot on his heels but couldn’t convert his third to a higher position.
Once again, Kevyn was pretty accurate with the handicapping and in a time old tradition, most of the runners had something to whinge about. It was great to get back into a weekly run and catch up with what everyone has been up to and meeting new runners. Happy 40th to Sky and happy anniversary to Lisa and Andrew.
If you’re interested in running a 6k course each Saturday afternoon (then Friday evenings) come and join us next Saturday at Parma Road (approximately 6k from the highway) or check out the website for future venues.
Track & Field Kicks Off with a Record Breaking Start
Nowra Athletics Club commenced the 2016-2017 season of Track and Field last Wednesday.
And it was a fantastic start with several records falling in Week 1!
In the throwing circle Kerrie Jones broke the shot put record in the 60-69 years category with a throw of 6.45 metres.
On the track, in the final event of the evening husband and wife duo Eric and Eva Moeller-Duhme each broke the 1000 metres record. Eric ran home in 4.46.1 minutes to claim the 70 years and over record whilst Eva clocked 5.37.0 to declare the 60-69 years record. Perhaps there was some secret training occurring during their recent travels in Germany!
Also on the track in great form was Janie Hamilton who equalled the 30-39 years record in the 60 metre sprint.
Amongst the junior athletes it was great to see the familiar faces of Jackson Musson, Scott Delo, Byron and Wil Osgood, Oscar Goley and Toby and Noah Dyball back at the track participating in all events.
Nowra athletics also welcomed some new junior faces including Dylan and Liam Johnstone, Risini and Sanuda Godakandage and Riley Cox.
In the 60 metre sprint Jackson Musson was the fastest junior male clocking 9.0 seconds. Jett Anderson, Scott Delo and Lachlan Woods also ran strongly.
In the female races Kyla Kennedy, Hannah Brian and Rommy Hazell all sprinted well.
It was great to welcome back elite runner Scott Richardson to our mix. Scott sprinted his way across the line in first place in the 60 metres with Emerson Brian, Zac Havadjia and Alistair Clark all in awe of being in such great company. However in the 200m youth triumphed with teenager Emerson Brian crossing first in front of Scott Richardson who tied for equal second with Zac Havadjia.
Sarah de Vries proved her sprinting prowess once again in the 60 metres finishing ahead of Bree O’Donnell and Janie Hamilton. Sarah also won the 200m with Bree O’Donnell second and Erin Smart third.
The Vet men performed well in the 200m with Leith Babian finishing just in front Scott Martin. Next came Gavin Dyball and Martin Stiles who were too close to split clocking equal times of 32.5 and Rod Rose just marginally behind in 32.8 seconds.
Leith also won the combined 1000 metres followed by Bradley Sawyers and third was Scott Martin. Erin Smart was the fastest female over 1000 metres with a time of 4.50.7.
Nowra Athletics Club will return to Shoalhaven High School this Wednesday from 6pm for more track and field competition. All interested are invited to come along and join in, all ages and level of ability are welcome. Arrive early if you need to register!
In addition Road Running will commence competition on Saturday 24th September at Nowra Showground at 4.30pm. Come running with us!
2016/2017 season starts September 14
Nowra Athletics Club is ready to start the new and exciting 2016/17 athletic season. It will no doubt be an exciting year with the recent 2016 Rio Olympic Games and Para Olympics inspiring people to join the sport of athletics.
Nowra Athletics Club encourages everyone to join the Club today and be part of the growing Athletics community as well as Athletics NSW – Australia’s largest senior Athletics Association. 
By joining the Club you have the opportunity to be involved with a great organisation, great people and great events.

Nowra Athletics Club Track and Field Competition is conducted each Wednesday night from 6pm at Shoalhaven High School grounds with a variety of running, throwing and jumping events on offer each week. It's a great excuse to catch up with family and friends for a smile and laugh while getting active in the great outdoors!
The focus is on having fun in a non-judgemental environment where people of all ages and abilities are encouraged to have a go.
There are a variety of membership options available to suit the level of motivation.

For those looking for competition, within the wider Athletics calendar there are a number of opportunities for athletes searching for high quality track and field meets to compete with State Championships, Treloar Shield, All-comers and other meets with AA permit status (AA permit status enables athletes to qualify for national and International competitions). There are also a number of grass root level track and field competitions.. These more relaxed/casual competitions may be more appealing to athletes in the area and first time participants. In addition there are a number of alternate competition offerings with more of an emphasis on fun which may hold more appeal to the general community.
Whatever your level of involvement Nowra Athletics Club can offer you the support and encouragement to participate.

In addition Nowra Athletics Club also offer a Summer Road Running competition which is a 6km road run with a social yet competitive vibe. Road Running commences on 24th September with the first run starting at Nowra Showground Added area from 4.30pm.
You can register on-line to become a member or come along on Wednesday night and speak to a committee member about membership. Information is also available on the website or via links from the facebook page.

Come get involved in the great sport of Athletics!
Track & Field starts September 14th 2016
Well, the Rio Olympics are over and the Para Olympics are underway.
Did the performance of these Olympic athletes inspire you?
If so, you can come test your athletic abilities with Nowra Athletics Club.
Nowra Athletics Track and Field season is due to start the 2016-2017 season on Wednesday September 14th.
The Nowra Athletics Club has been providing Athletics to people of all ages and abilities for over 50 years. It is a family friendly Club, offering plenty of encouragement at a local level as well as opportunity to compete at a higher competition level through events offered by Athletics NSW.
Track and Field weekly competition is held at Shoalhaven High School Grounds from 6pm each Wednesday.
You can register on line or come along on Wednesday 14th and speak to a committee member about membership.
Remember membership is open to all interested in the great sport of Athletics.
2016 Australian Cross Country Championships
The 2016 Australian Cross Country Championships was an action packed event featuring 18 races with participants aged from 11 years and upwards at Stromlo Forest Park in the nation’s capital, Canberra on Saturday 20th August. There were five young athletes running for Nowra in this Championship event in cold Canberra.

Jye Edwards continues to shine and show his dominance across middle distance running in the under 20 age group. After a very successful Winter campaign where he won both the NSW Cross Country Championships in Nowra and the NSW Short Course Championships in Dapto, Jye finished a very close second in the Under 20 8 kilometre race in 25.07 behind Matthew Ramsden from WA who crossed in 25.04 and in front of third place Nathan Percy from Victoria who ran 25:25. Jye also headed up the winning team for NSW with NSW winning the teams results in this event.

Hardworking Harry McGill also finished strong in this event with a th placing clocking 26.50 minutes.

Troy Whittington competed in the Under 18 event over 6 kilometres and ran consistently to finish 46th in 20.38 minutes.

In the Mens Open event Jake Myors strode out over 10 kilometres to finish 50th in 37.04 minutes. He also placed 22nd in the Under 23 Individual results in this event.

Nowra's youngest competitor was Jaylah Hancock-Cameron who performed extremely well over 4 kilometres finishing 16th from 77 competitors in the Under 16 event in 14.59 minutes. Jaylah was the fourth runner home for NSW and formed part of the NSW team who placed second in the teams results.

Well done to all these runners.
Cross Country Season Final Results 6.8.16
The cross country season ended for Nowra Athletics Club on Saturday 6th August with a scavenger hunt at Willandra, followed by an afternoon sausage sizzle and Presentation of awards.
Congratulations to all the participants throughout the cross country season and special congratulations to the winners of each distance.

Reilly Caswell was the triumphant winner of the 2km Division 1 followed by Kate Leung and third was James Babian.
Division 2 winner was Harriet Urquhart with Katie Martin second and Alastair Urquhart third.

3 km Division 1 was taken out by Scott Delo while Jake Babian was second and Jasper Arnold was third.
Division 2 was hard fought between Emily Burinaga and Andrew Havadjia; the two of them battled it out for points all season. Emily eventually finished ahead of Andrew in the pointscore by just 2 points and third was Thomas Pratt.

In the medium course Division 1 was claimed by Teresha Moxham. Peter Dooley finished second and equal third was Ethan Havadjia and Paul Duncan. Division 2 was won by Megan Fitt; followed by Gavin Urquhart and then Gavin Dyball. Division 3 saw a well deserved win go to Alison Havadjia with Alex Arnold taking second and Donna Johnson snaring third place.

Moving on to the long course Division 1 was taken out by the hard working Leith Babian, just four points ahead of Perry Strand. Third was Michael Duncan. Division 2 saw Kathy Hopkins rewarded for her seasons efforts with first place in front of Rob Woods and third was claimed by Laura Babian.

In the shortest distance there are no point scores but everyone’s time and attendance is encouraged and acknowledged. Our top 1-kers for consistency and attendance were Lexie Burinaga who competed in 15 rounds and  Tynan Caswell who ran in 13 rounds whilst both Evie Smart and Noah Dyball ran in 9 events over the season.

Looking at the top results the family names constantly re-emerge, proving that Nowra Athletics Club really is a family friendly club. It is worth noting that each member of the Babian family featured in the top three positions in their chosen distance whilst we had three Urquhart family members, three Havadjia athletes, and two members of the Arnold family finish top three.

Well done to all our runners!
For all those top three place getters trophies will be awarded at the Presentation Night next April. Remember to keep an eye out for the date when it gets closer.

As one season ends, another begins, and soon Nowra Athletics will move into Track & Field competition and Summer Road Running. Watch the website and facebook page for announcements of times and dates for the commencement of events.
NSW Short Course Cross Country Championships
The final results for the NSW Short Course Cross Country Championships are now available on the Athletics NSW website.
Congratulations to all the medal winners from Nowra Athletics Club.

Name Place Distance
Martin Tomasini 3rd in male 60-64 yrs 5km
Annette Sampson 2nd in female 35-39 yrs 7.5km
Teresha Moxham 1st in female 35-39 yrs 7.5km
Crissy Suffolk 3rd in female 45-49 yrs 7.5km
Leith Babian 3rd in male 45-49yrs 7.5km
Jye Edwards 1st in male 18-19 yrs 5km
Final round of Winter cross country 30.7.16
The final pointscore round of the Nowra Athletics Winter cross country season was held at Longreach Rd on Saturday.
It was a beautiful sunny Winter afternoon; one of the best we’ve had this season.

To finish the season Tynan Caswell came home as the winner in the 1 kilometre event with Lexie Burinaga second and Amba Florance third. Eli Caswell was fourth and Noah Dyball rounded out the event in fifth spot.

In the 2 kilometre event Darcy Arnold took line honours in Division 1 with Toby Dyball and Cameron Harrison second and third respectively. Division 2 was won by Alastair Urquhart with consistent young runner Katie Martin second and Levi Wallis third.

Division 1 of the 3 kilometre event was won by Jasper Arnold. William Pratt was second, Oscar Goley third and Scott Delo fourth.
Andrew Havadjia took advantage of his Go marker position to secure a win and valuable points in Division 2. Emily Burinaga ran in second; Ella Dyball was third; Thomas Pratt fourth and Jasper Leung fifth.

Medium course saw Ethan Havadjia push hard from a 1 minute handicap start to win the event; finishing with a celebration heave that Dad Andrew was proud of! Paul Duncan finished second and Peter Dooley was third. Division 2 was won by Ian Robinson. Rod Rose ran in second and Megan Fitt claimed third.
Medium course Division 3 was run and won by Alex Arnold followed by Alison Havadjia, Donna Johnson and then Di Court.

It was Scott Johnson off a 1.50 minute handicap who crossed the line first in the long course event. Bradley Sawyers was not far behind and then next was Perry Strand. Richard Bosdyk ran in next, then Scott Martin, Bill Broughton and then Ming Leung.
Long Course Division 2 winner was Kathy Hopkins followed by David Hughes. Then Rob Woods, Sky Martin and Lisa Carroll summed up the field.

Further afield Nowra Athletics had some good results at NSW Short Course Cross Country Championships which were held at Dapto on Saturday. After seven years at Rydalmere the NSW Short Course moved south, to the purpose build cross country venue, managed by Kembla Joggers at Integral Energy Park, West Dapto. This was a great move for local runners and once again Jye Edwards brought home the Gold for Nowra winning the Under 20 5km event in a time of 15.05 minutes. Congratulations Jye on another win!
Troy Whittington finished top ten with a 9th place and Hugh Dobson finished 34th.

In the Under 12 1.5km event Jake Babian finished 15th with brother James coming in 28th and Bethany Dobson was 30th.
In the Under 14 2.5km event Rhys Flood was the first Nowra athlete home in 15th place. Ben Shephard was 33rd; Alec Dobson was 41st and Chelsea Pascoe was 49th.

The combined Under 18 Female and Under 16 Male event of 2.5km saw Jesse Buckham finish 19th with Jaylah Cameron-Hancock place 34th; Shenay Edwards 47th and Taliah Moxham 60th. Dannielle Holt was 66th and Leah Dobson placed 72nd overall.

In the 55+ event over 5 km Martin Tomasini was first home for Nowra in 6th place overall. Milton Cox was 32nd; Kevyn Davis 41st and Ann Swinbourne was 56th.
In the female open, 35+, 45+ event Teresha Moxham placed 11th overall. Crissy Sufolk was next best for Nowra in 21st place. Annette Sampson was 32nd; Angela Bond was 36th and Laura Babian was 38th.
Whilst in the Male event Arron Spiessberger-Parker was Nowra’s fastest in 15th place overall with Leith Babian also competing and finishing 44th.
Next Saturday the final end of season event will be held at Willandra. A sausage sizzle will be provided and athletes are invited to bring a salad or something sweet to share. In addition there will be a special Presentation for the State XC Championships medal winners so if these Club members from the various medal winning teams could attend they will be justly rewarded!
A windy run at Willandra 23.7.2016
Well Round 15 of Nowra Athletics cross country was certainly a windy one!
Surprisingly no one got swept away to the land of Oz but the competitors who fronted up on Saturday deserve congratulating for braving the extreme gale force conditions.
Everyone certainly earned their points and some of the winners even ran a Personal Best which is quite amazing considering the harsh weather.
This week it was Tynan Caswell who took out the 1 kilometre event. Lexie Burinaga ran in second followed by Evie Smart and Dean Osgood.
In the 2 kilometre Division 1 event Lila Pratt was the first to cross the line, finishing with a personal best time for the season. Reilly Caswell was second and James Babian was third.
Division 2 was won by Harriet Urquhart, also in a personal best time, whilst Katie Martin ran in second and Alastair Urquhart was third.
Jake Babian secured a first place and a personal best in Division 1 of the 3 kilometre event. Jasper Arnold was second and Scott Delo third.
In Division 2 it was Thomas Pratt who secured the win followed by Andrew Havadjia who pushed all the way to equal his best time of 18.18 minutes; and Emily Burinaga wrapped up third place.
Medium course Division 1 was won by Alec Dobson, also with a Personal Best. Cooper Thomson and Jon Schol were second and third respectively. Stephen Grant crossed in fifth place with the fastest time on the day over the 4 kilometres in 15.13 minutes followed by Teresha Moxham in sixth place who recorded the fastest female time of 17.42 minutes.
Ian Robinson won Division 2 whilst Zac Havadjia made a return to cross country running with a second place and Megan Fitt was third.
Division 3 had just two contenders this week with Alison Havadjia coming in first in front of Alex Arnold.
In the 8 kilometre event Division 1 was claimed by Hugh Dobson who not only recorded the fastest time over this distance but also a personal best of 32.39 minutes. Darrin Smith ran in second and Brad Sawyers was third. Not to be outdone by her sons, Kim Dobson also ran a personal best time and secured the fastest female time on the day of 38.52 minutes as she crossed the line in fifth place.
Division 2 was won by Kathy Hopkins in 44.09 minutes with Rob Woods also recording the exact same time and Laura Babian grabbed third in 45.18 minutes.
The next round of cross country will be held at Longreach on Saturday 30th July for the final points round of the Winter season. Last chance to earn some points – this round could be the difference to finishing in the top three for the season so don’t miss out!
The following week cross country end-of-season novelty events will be held at Willandra. This will be followed by a sausage sizzle. Athletes are asked to please bring a salad or something sweet to share.
Return to Longreach 16.07.2016
Round 14 saw Nowra Athletics return to Longreach for the second week running.
Numbers were again low but the enthusiasm was high none-the-less.

The 1km had just three participants with Lexie Burinaga taking the win again this week in front of Noah Dyball and Dean Osgood.

The 2km Division 1 saw 9 competitors battling it out. Toby Dyball took the line honours with James Babian coming in second and Bethany Dobson was third.
Division 2 was won by Harriet Urquhart with Katie Martin second and Harry Thomson third.

William Dyball was the winner of the 3 kilometres event in Division 1 with Alex O’Brien running in second and Jasper Arnold third. Whilst Division 2 saw Thomas Pratt win with Ella Dyball second and Emily Burinaga third.

Medium course was claimed this week by Jon Schol. Cooper Thomson ran hard for second place and Teresha Moxham recorded the fastest female time over this distance with a time of 22.44 minutes; crossing in third place. Meanwhile Stephen Grant crossed in fifth spot and had the fastest male time of 20.22 minutes.
Division 2 winner was Megan Fitt followed by Leah Dobson and Gavin Dyball. Division 3 was contested by just three runners with Alex Arnold claiming first place and Alison Havadjia and Angela Edwards running in second and third.

Long course Division 1 was won by Peter Khourey. Next saw Hugh Dobson beat his mum Kim Dobson to the line in second and third place and Perry Strand was fourth. Jye Edwards crossed in 7th place with the fastest male time of the day in 29.42 minutes; just marginally slower than last week’s record time of 29.40 minutes. Elisha Bell recorded the fastest female time of the day clocking 41.10 minutes.
Division 2 honours were claimed by barefoot runner Kevyn Davis. David Hughes ran in second with the ever-smiling Sky Martin crossing in third place.

Round 15 will be held at Willandra on Saturday 23rd July. Come challenge yourself before the season ends!
Round 13 at Longreach 9.07.2016
Round 13 of Winter Cross Country was held at Longreach.
As the season starts to wind down, the number of cross country runners seems to also be winding down.

There were just four 1 kilometre contenders this week with Lexie Burinaga outrunning her competitors to take first place. Tynan Caswell was second; Noah Dyall was third and Dean Osgood was fourth.

In the 2 kilomtere Division 1 there were six competitors. Crossing first was Reilly Caswell; second was Lila Pratt and third was James Babian.
Division 2 was won by Alastair Urquhart with Levi Wallis and Tennille Wallis coming in second and third respectively.

The 3 kilometre event was taken out by Tim Hopkins, followed closely by William Pratt and next was Scott Delo. Meanwhile Division 2 was claimed by veteran runner Andrew Havadjia in front of Emily Burinaga and Ella Dyball.

Crossing the line first in the medium course was Shenay Edwards. Teresha Moxham crossed second with the fastest female time of 23.04 minutes and third was Alec Dobson. Peter Dooley recorded the fastest male time of 23.09 minutes; crossing in 7th place.
Division 2 had just four takers this week. Derek Edwards followed his daughter’s lead with a first place and Gavin Dyball was second. Gavin Urquhart took third place and Megan Fitt was fourth.
Division 3 also had four competitors and this time it was Angela Edwards who finished first in her division. Donna Johnson was next followed by committee members John Price and Alison Havadjia.

Darrin Smith took line honours in the long course amongst the largest field of the day. In this all-male field Michael Duncan was second and Ming Leung third. He may not have finished first like his family members but Jye Edwards still managed to crack another record with a new fastest time of 29.40 minutes, showcasing his excellent season form. Congratulations Jye!
Long course Division 2 had six contenders with Doug Jeffrey triumphing. Laura Babian claimed second place and Kathy Hopkins was fastest female crossing in third place in 49.46 minutes. Rounding out Division 2 were Geoff Crook, Kevyn Davis and Sky Martin.

Next week’s cross country will be held at Longreach again. See you there!
Jye breaks another record at Timberhills 2.07.16
Round 12 of Nowra Athletics Winter Cross Country Competition was held on Saturday 2nd July at the McKinnon’s farm in Tomerong.
While those 18 years and over made their compulsory visit to polling booths around the area, many Club members still managed to squeeze in an afternoon’s run at the picturesque, but challenging Timberhills course.

Jye Edwards proved once again that he is in top form, running a record time in the Long course. Jye ran across the line first for Division 1 in a record winning time of 32.07 minutes well ahead of the field. Scott Martin was second in 38.14 minutes and Harry McGill crossed third in 34.27 minutes. Hot on the heels of her medal run at the Country Classic, Kim Dobson was the fastest female over the long course, finishing in a time of 47.21 minutes.
In Division 2 Doug Jeffrey claimed first place followed by David Hughes. Third was Kathy Hopkins and then showing he has maintained his fitness after his extended overseas holiday was Geoff Crook who placed fourth.

In medium course Division 1 Jesse Buckham claimed line honours with the fastest male time of 19.07 minutes. Training partner Cooper Thomson was second and Rhys Flood was third. Crossing in sixth place was Crissy Suffolk who recorded the fastest female time of 21.43 minutes.
In Division 2 Glen Mustapic was the victor followed by Lucas Johnson and then Megan Fitt.
Alex Arnold took out Division 3 whilst Alison Havadjia and Di Court claimed second and third respectively.

The 3 kilometre event had just a dozen competitors this week with Division 1 taken out by Byron Osgood. Second was William Dyball and third was Jasper Arnold. Division 2 was won by Ella Dyball, while Andrew Havadjia took second and third was claimed by Jasper Leung.

There were a few more runners in the 2 kilometre event with 19 starters. Division 1 saw Bethany Dobson cross first with the fastest female time of 9.35 minutes. Roxi Florance ran in next followed by Brae Hudson. Harry Thomson claimed victory in Division 2 with Harriet Urquhart second and Levi Wallis third.

In the shortest event there were just 6 competitors. Callula Norwood once again grabbed a win in the 1 kilometre event, with Tynan Caswell running in second and Lexie Burinaga staking her claim on third place. Connor Minchin was next, followed by Noah Dyball and then Mali Mustapic.

Next Saturday’s run will be held at Longreach Rd on 9th July.

The following Saturday will see the State Road Relays held at Ourimba Campus. Nowra Athletics Club traditionally sends selected Club teams to the Relays so if you are interested at all make sure you let a Committee member know.
NSW Cross Country Championships 26.06.16
On Sunday 26th June athletics history was written in Nowra with the amalgamation of the Athletics NSW and Little Athletics NSW Cross Country Championships.  
The event saw a combining of different age groups, age determinations and races distances where races in the U7 - U11 age groups were conducted under Little Athletics NSW rules and races in the U13 - 75+ age groups were conducted under Athletics NSW rules.
This historic event was hosted by our own Club at the challenging Willandra Course. 
Whilst Winter temperatures plummeted over the weekend, the sun still shone on race day and the wind dropped so conditions were perfect for running. A vast number of athletes, from far and wide, enjoyed the undulating cross country course.
Winning outright gold once again was Jye Edwards in the Under 20’s 8km event. Jye ran strong and confident for the entire course to finish well ahead of the field in a time of 26.07 minutes. Team mate Harry McGill also performed strongly, finishing 6th in 27.45 minutes.
In the junior Little Athletics races, Nowra’s youngest athlete was Bethany Dobson who ran in 19th in the Under 8’s 800m in a time of 3.39 minutes. Well done Bethany!
In the Under 9’s 1500m Kate Leung finished 22nd and Alisha Mustapic was 23rd whilst in the boys race Zac Peters finished 19th.
In the Under 10’s 1500m event Shoalhaven Little Athletics members Jayla Beresford and Dakota Farn were 36th and 37th respectively whilst Emma Whitehouse was 45th. Nowra’s Harriet Urquhart finished 49th.
Ryan Smith finished 11th in the Under 11’s 2000m.
There was a strong representation in the Under 13 and Under 14 combined 3km event.
Ben Shephard was the first Nowra runner home in 25th place overall and he placed 13th in the Under 14 group.  Alex O’Brien was 14th in the Under 14’s and 27th overall and Rhys Flood was 15th (29th overall). In addition Lachlan Smith finished 23rd in the same category (49th overall) and Max Buckham was 26th (53rd overall).
In the Under 13’s category Alec Dobson was 22nd (42nd overall), Jasper Arnold was 24th (45th overall) and Jake Babian was 25th (47th overall). In the Under 13’s Nowra also had Scott Delo finish 27th (52nd overall), and Lucas Johnson place 30th (56th overall).
In the girls combined Under 13 and 14 3km event Chelsea Pascoe was the best performer for Nowra in 53rd place overall and coming in 33rd in the Under 14’s and Alice Hamlen ran in 37th (65th overall). Meanwhile in the Under 13’s Emily Burinaga placed 28th (64th overall).
The 4km was contested by six Nowra athletes in the Under 15 and 16 group. Byron Van Dyk finished 14th in the Under 15’s (22nd overall) with Darcy Hopkins 22nd (38th overall) and Ethan Havadjia 23rd (39th overall).
Jesse Buckham ran in 9th in the Under 16’s and was 24th overall. Also in the Under 16’s Cooper Thomson was 15th (36th overall) and Blake Hartnett was right behind in 16th place (37th overall).
In the girls 4km Under 15 and 16 combined event Jaylah Cameron Hancock finished top ten with a 4th place in the Under 15’s and 9th place overall. Dannielle Holt came in 17th in the Under 15’s (31st overall) and Tara Mustapic was 19th (35th overall). Victoria Kennedy competed in the Under 16 category and placed 18th (39th overall).
The girls Under 17 and 18’s also ran 4km and in this event Nowra had Lillian Boland come in 7th in the Under 18 category (13th overall) and Briony Munro finish 14th in the Under 17’s (27th overall).
Moving up to the 6km Troy Whittington ran strong to finish 6th overall in the combined event and 5th in the Under 18’s group whilst Hugh Dobson  finished 11th in the Under 17’s and was 25th overall.
Also running 6km were the Female 55+ athletes. In the combined grouping Ann Swinbourne was the fastest Nowra athlete in 9th place. Maxine Gherni was 10th, Eva Moeller Duhme was 11th and Di Court 13th. In the individual age categories we had a gold medal awarded to Eva for 1st place in the 65-69 years group. Congratulations Eva! Ann placed 5th in the 55-59 years category, followed by Maxine in 6th place and Di in 7th place.
In the mens 8km 55+ event Nowra had 11 competitors.
Our best runner on the day was Martin Tomasini in 6th place overall and winning Bronze in the 60-64 years category. Bill Broughton was 5th in this category with Rod Rose 9th.
In the 55-59 years group Graeme Pepper was 4th; Peter Khourey 9th and Bill Stahlhut 10th.
Our 65-69 year olds ran well also with Robert Pickard placing 5th; Eric Moeller Duhme 6th; Milton Cox 7th and Kevyn Davis 9th.
Our most senior athlete Jack Robertson ran across the line in 44th place; finishing 4th in the 70-74 years group.
The ‘Country Classic’ event was hosted this year over the new distance of 10kms. This was run by the Opens and 35-54 years men and women.
Crissy Suffolk was Nowra’s fastest athlete in this event. She finished 17th female overall in and won a Bronze medal in the 45-49 years division. Teresha Moxham finished just behind Crissy crossing the line in 18th place and in doing so won Silver in the 35-39 years category. Kim Dobson ran well to finish 28th overall and she too medalled with a Bronze in the 40-44 years group.  Annette Sampson placed 30th overall but she was first in the 50+ age group; claiming Gold for Nowra. Angela Bond placed 4th in the 45-49 years and was 32nd overall. Katherine Hopkins was also 4th in her age group (40-44 years) and was 33rd overall. In the 35-39 years group Laura Babian pushed hard to place 6th (35th  overall), then following each other was Sky Martin in 8th place (37th overall) and Natasha Toms in 9th place (38th overall).  Alison Havadjia earned herself a Bronze medal in the 50+ category and placed 39th overall.
In the teams events our women performed very well with gold to both the 35-44 years team and the 45+ team whilst the 55+ team won Silver.
The men’s field was large and very competitive. Leith Babian was the best for Nowra in 26th place overall and he won Silver in the 45-49 years group. Scott Martin was next across the line in 38th and he placed 7th in the 40-44 years age group.
Meanwhile Darrin Smith was 11th in the 40-44 years and 59th overall whilst Scott Dobson placed 14th in the same group (82nd overall).
Perry Strand won himself a Bronze medal in the 50+ category; crossing the line in 60th place.  Also competing in the 50+ group was Paul Duncan in 9th place, David Hughes in 11th place and Robert Woods in 12th place.
Scott Johnson placed 14th in the 45-49 years group and Ming Leung ran in 19th in the same group whilst Brad Sawyers competed as an Opens runner and was 44th.
Our men’s teams claimed Bronze in the 45+ team as well as the 65-74 years team; and won Silver in the 55-64 years team.
The Nowra Athletics Committee would like to thank everyone who assisted on the day. Without the assistance of all the volunteers the day would not have been such a success. The Club would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the athletes who participated and supported the inaugural combined Championship event. They was plenty of athleticism on display on the course as well as determination and strength. Well done to all!
Next Saturday cross country will be held at Timberhills on 2nd July for Round 12 of the Winter pointscore competition.
McCaffrey Challenge Return Match 18.06.16
Saturday 18th June saw Nowra Athletics contest their cross country running skills at Dapto in the return match against Kembla Joggers Club for the McCaffrey Challenge.
Nowra was rigorously outnumbered on the day by the home club, but all 39 runners that made the trek to Dapto did their Club proud.

Nowra was represented in the 1 kilometre event by just two athletes. Tynan Caswell ran in 9th in 5.13.56 and Lexie Burinaga was 10th in 5.14.77 minutes.
In the 2 kilometres event Nowra had 5 eager runners. Reilly Caswell was the first Nowra runner across the finish line, in 5th place. James Babian was 12th, Kate Leung was 15th, Alastair Urquhart was 19th and sister Harriet was 25th.
Well done to all these youngsters running in the gold and black for Nowra.

The 3 kilometre event had 7 Nowra competitors with the best runner Jake Babian coming in 5th. Chelsea Pascoe was just behind in 6th place. Then Taliah Moxham crossed 10th; Scott Delo was 12th; Emily Burinaga was 19th; veteran runner Andrew Havadjia was 23rd and Alyssa Toms was 25th.

Leith Babian dropped back to the shorter distance of 4 kilometres this week and sprinted his way into second place behind Kembla Joggers James Seal. Leith crossed in 13.31.63 minutes just marginally ahead of third place Dylan Holland who clocked 13.31.71.
Next to cross for Nowra was Teresha Moxham in 15th place and Shenay Edwards was 16th. Lillian Boland was 19th whilst Ethan Havadjia crossed in 21st place and Cristine Suffolk was 22nd. Paul Duncan was 29th, Gavin Urquhart 38th; and Megan Fitt 39th.   Finishing off the 4kilometres for Nowra were Angela Urquhart (42nd); Alison Havadjia (43rd) and Eva Moeller-Duhme (44th).

It was talented runner Jye Edwards who brought home a first place ribbon for Nowra, winning the 8 kilometre event in 25:23.82 minutes. Jye was well ahead of second place who crossed in 27:37.46 minutes. Next runner home for Nowra was Scott Martin in 5th place. Brad Sawyers ran in 9th and Club president Scott Johnson finished 19th.
Also finishing the long course for Nowra was Bill Broughton (26th); Annette Sampson (29th); Michael Duncan (33rd); Ming Leung (40th); Milton Cox (42nd); Eric Moeller-Duhme (45th); Laura Babian (49th); Sky Martin (56th) and Natasha Toms (57th).

Next week, there will be no Saturday running because the NSW Athletics & Little Athletics combined State Cross Country Championships will be held at Willandra on Sunday 26th June. Every club member is invited to participate in this history making event! There are Championship events and 'Altogether Fun Run' events so there is something for everyone - of all ages and abilities. Remember, bonus points for Round 11 will be awarded to everyone who participates! The first event is bright and early at 9.30am and all the details for race start times can be found on the website or facebook page. Online entries will close midnight Wednesday 22nd June. On the day entries are available but close 45 minutes prior to the event that the athlete wishes to enter.

The Club also needs volunteers on the day so if you can help, please let a committee member know. The donation of cakes, slices, muffins etc would also be very much appreciated for the cake stall fundraiser to be held on the day.
Nowra Athletics Club looks forward to seeing all runners at Willandra on Sunday.
Records broken at Willandra 11.06.16
After getting rained out the previous week, runners enjoyed a return to cross country running with Nowra Athletics Club on Saturday 11th June at Willandra.
Numbers were low as families undoubtedly enjoyed adventures away on the long weekend but there was still plenty of speed out on the course.

Despite the cold westerly wind Jaylah Hancock-Cameron set a new Female 4km record finishing in 15.55 minutes and Jye Edwards bettered his 8km record with a new time of 26.37minutes.
Both these young runners also competed with great results in their school Regional Cross country last week so they certainly proved they can back up.

In the 1 km event this week there were just 12 runners. First across the line was Tynan Caswell, followed by Charlie Braddick and then Lexie Burinaga.

In the 2km Division 1 Roxi Florance took line honours with Darcy Arnold running in second and Toby Dyball took third. Division 2 was claimed by Dylan Lang whilst Harriet Urquhart was second and Katie Martin was third.

In Division1 of the 3 kilometre event Rhys Flood was the fastest and crossed the line first in 11.28 minutes. Scott Delo was second and William Dyball took third place. Chelsea Pascoe crossed 6th with the fastest female time of 13.30 minutes.
Meanwhile Jade Mustapic took the winning  honours in Division 2 in front of Thomas Pratt and Ella Dyball.

In the 4 kilometres event Ben Shephard claimed first place and the fastest male time of 16.35 minutes. Alec Dobson was second and Andrew Munro was third.
Division 2 saw Leah Dobson cross first, Rod Rose was next and Gavin Urquhart was third. Division 3 was claimed by Alison Havadjia who is enjoying her return to running this season. Eva Moeller Duhme ran in second and  after some absence from cross country Di Court finished on the podium with third place.

In the long course 8 kilometres Hugh Dobson was the first runner home in 33.47 minutes. Jye Edwards was second in his new record time of 26.37 and Michael Duncan was third. Further down the field Arron Spiessberger-Parker and Troy Whittington battled it out for 6th and 7th place, with Arron just edging out Troy clocking 28.26 minutes to Troy's 28.28 minutes. Elisha Bell ran the fastest female time yet again with 36.26 minutes.

Last but certainly not least Division 2 long course was run & won by Jack Robertson. Lisa Carroll ran hard to finish second and David Hughes was third.

Next week's cross country will be held at Dapto on Saturday 18th June for the return match against Kembla Joggers. We would love to see all the Nowra athletes there in Club uniform to test their abilities against the Kembla Joggers runners on their home turf!

The following week, there will be no Saturday running because the NSW Athletics & Little Athletics combined State Cross Country Championships will be held at Willandra on Sunday 26th June. The first event is bright and early at 9.30am! There are Championship events and 'Altogether Fun Run' events so there is something for everyone - of all ages and abilities. All the details can be found on the website or facebook page.

The Club also needs volunteers on the day so if you can help, please let a comittee member know. in addition we need those great chefs to cook up a storm as we need cakes, slices, muffins etc for the cake stall which is used as a fundraiser for the Club at the Championships event.
Upcoming State Championships
The next ‘big’ event fast approaching is the NSW Athletics & Little Athletics combined State Cross Country Championships. This will be held on our home course at Willandra on Sunday 26th June 2016.
Every club member is invited to participate in this history making event!
For members who have been issued with a registration number, we encourage you to enter your age category event.
For all other members the 'Altogether Fun Run' is certainly for you – just choose your distance.       
Remember, bonus points for Round 11 will be awarded to everyone who participates!
Little A’s events 1 – 10 $10 per event
All other listed events (except the Fun Run) are $20 per event or Family maximum of $45. Please check out the link on club website or ANSW website for online entry instructions.
State Medals will be awarded in all Age Categories for individual performances plus Team medals in various categories. NOTE: Teams are calculated on finish places. There is no limit to the number of competitors a club may have. The more competitors in each age event, the better our chances are for Team Medals!!!  
How to enter the 1k 2k or 4k Altogether Fun Run:
Entry Fee :  2k  &  4k    $5.00  ~  1k   $2.00
Pay & enter on the day before 1.30pm.
Choose your distance!! All start together. Time & place will be recorded & published.
Club Membership, Uniforms or Registration Numbers are not required for competing in this Fun Run. It is Open to Any one,  Any age, from Anywhere!!
We encourage you to challenge your family & friends for excersise & fun!!
PLUS ‘Lucky Draws’ for ‘Lucky Places’

NSW State Cross Country Championships 2016 - PROGRAM of EVENTS

Events 1 -10 are conducted for Little A’s registered athletes
Time Event Distance Age Difinition
9.30am 1   U7 Boys 800m Age group in 2015 /16 season
9.35am 2   U7 Girls 800m As Above
9.40am 3   U8 Boys 800m As Above
9.45am 4   U8 Girls 800m As Above
9.50am 5   U9 Boys 1500m As Above
10.00am 6   U9 Girls 1500m As Above
10.10am 7   U10 Boys 1500m As Above
10.20am 8   U10 Girls 1500m As Above
10.30am 9   U11 Boys 2000m As Above
10.20am 10  U11 Girls 2000m As Above

Events 11A to 12B & 14A to 17B are for ANSW members
LANSW Members in the dual age groups of U12 to U17

Time Event Distance Age Difinition
11.00am 11A  U13 Male 3000m 11 /12yrs Born 2004/5
11.00am 11B  U13 Male 3000m 13yrs Born 2003
11.10am 12A  U13 Female 3000m 11 /12yrs Born 2004/5
11.10am 12B  U14 Female 3000m 13yrs Born 2003
11.20am 13A  U20 Female 6000m 18/19yrs as at 31 Dec 2016
11.20am 13B         Female 6000m 55-59yrs, 60-64yrs, 65-69yrs, 70-74yrs +
11.40am 14A  U17 Male 6000m 16yrs   Born 2000
11.40am 14B  U18 Male 6000m 17yrs   Born 1999
12.00md 15A  U15 Female 4000m 14yrs    Born 2002
12.00md 115B U16 Female 4000m 15yrs    Born 2001
12.10pm 16A  U15 Male 4000m 14yrs    Born 2002
12.10pm 16B  U16 Male 4000m 15yrs    Born 2001
12.20pm 17A  U17 Female 4000m 16yrs    Born 2000
12.20pm 17B  U17 Female 4000m 15yrs    Born 2001
12.30pm 18A  U20 Male 8000m 18/19yrs as at 31 Dec 2016
12.30pm 18B         Male 8000m 55-59yrs, 60-64yrs, 65-69yrs, 70-74yrs +
1.30pm 19 Altogether Fun Run   1k, 2k & 4k ~ All Ages
2.00pm 20 Country Classic Open Female 10000m & 35-39yrs, 40-44yrs, 45-49yrs, 50-54yrs +
3.00pm 21 Country Classic Open Male 10000m & 35-39yrs, 40-44yrs, 45-49yrs, 50-54yrs +

Your attendance as a competitor, a volunteer or a spectator will be a valuable contribution
to hosting this inaugural event for 2016.

Miranda State Relays 2016
The State Cross Country Relays were run on Saturday 28th May 2016 at Miranda. Right on cue, the rain started to fall on Saturday morning – it just wouldn’t be Miranda relays without the wet weather!
The youngest runners had to endure the rain during their relay legs but the clouds finally started to clear as the afternoon wore on with the sun peeking through as we all packed up at the end of the day!

There were several Nowra runners attending their very first State Relay event and each and every runner did their Club proud.

The Under 12 Male team of William Dyball, Jake Babian, Scott Delo & Oscar Goley placed a commendable 4th in 33.18 minutes whilst the female team of Alisha Mustapic, Kate Leung, Bethany Dobson & Harriet Urquhart ran in 10th in 42 minutes. Great effort from these youngsters!

In the Under 14’s 4 x 2km event Nowra boys placed 5th. Alex O’Brien, Ben Shephard, Rhys Flood & Alec Dobson ran strongly and clocked a combined time of 30.16 minutes.

Blake Hartnett, Ethan Havadjia, Darcy Hopkins & Kieran Harrison placed 10th in the Under 16’s 4 x 3km event in 49.40 minutes.
In the female race Nowra had two teams. Jaylah Hancock, Taliah Moxham, Chelsea Pascoe & Danielle Holt placed 7th in 52.19 minutes whilst Victoria Kennedy, Jess O’Donnell, Tara Mustapic & Leah Dobson battled it out for 10th place in 53.39 minutes.

The Under 18 female team consisted of Jaylah Hancock (who ran for the second time), Lillian Boland, Shenay Edwards & Briony Munro who all ran hard in the 4 x 3km event to place 5th in 48.32 minutes.

In the Opens female event Erin Smart ran in her first State cross country relay. Teamed with Breeanna O’Donnell, Angela Bond & Angela Urquhart the group placed 18th in this competitive race.

Nowra had another newcomer in the Female 35+ team with Teresha Moxham competing with experienced runners Annette Sampson, Cristine Suffolk & Kim Dobson. Together they worked hard to place 4th in a time of 1.07.19.

The afternoon runs achieved some medals for Nowra. The seasoned Men’s 55+ team of Peter Dooley, Bill Stahlhut, Martin Tomasini & Rod Rose ran powerfully & consistently to claim the Silver Medal in 1.05.18 in the 4 x 4km event.
Another medal was claimed by the Men’s 65+ team with a third place to Milton Cox, Eva Moeller-Duhme, Kevyn Davis (barefoot as usual) & Eric Moeller-Duhme with a combined time of 1.22.33.
Congratulations to our medallists!

The rain cleared in time for the hotly contested Opens event. Nowra entered two teams in the Mens Opens with our young runners competing against much older and more practiced runners. Jye Edwards, Arron Spiessberger-Parker, Troy Whittington & Harry McGill dug deep and tried their best to stay up with the gun runners from UTS North, Sydney University & Randwick Botany. Hugh Williams from Sydney University clocked the fastest time of the day on his leg with a time of 11.36 over 4kms however our Jye Edwards wasn’t far behind with 11.49 minutes. Nevertheless the other teams were just too strong  and the Nowra team finished in 4th place in a time of 50.01 minutes – a fine result for this young team. The second Nowra team of Jake Myors, Brad Sawyers, Hugh Dobson & Cameron Musgrove also ran well to place 12th in 55.54 minutes, with both Hugh and Cameron stepping up from their age groups to compete in the Opens team.

The Men’s 35+ team fielded a combined effort of Darrin Smith, Dion Carter, Leith Babian & Perry Strand and the enthusiastic team finished 9th.
Finally the Men’s 45+ event fielded two teams with many runners backing up for a second run. The first team consisted of Leith Babian, Perry Strand, Scott Johnson & Peter Dooley – with Leith, Perry & Peter all running for the second time. This dedicated team placed 4th,  narrowly missing out on a podium finish. The second Nowra team of Paul Duncan, Ming Leung, Gavin Urquhart & Martin Tomasini finished 12th, with Martin also showing commitment by running a second leg for the day.

The team camaraderie of the Nowra athletes contributed to yet another successful relay championships event (despite the rain) and the Committee and Team Managers would like to thank everyone for their team spirit.
This Saturday Nowra Athletics Club returns to cross country running with Round 8 to be held at Huskisson. After consultation the Club decided they will continue to use the modified course at Huskisson so we look forward to seeing you all there with racing from 2.30pm.
King of the Mountain Running Festival 2016
This year’s King of the Mountain has been run...and won!
The triumphant winner was Klayten Smith who ran the 25km in 1.47.38. Local runner Scott Martin was second in 1.48.30 and third was last year’s winner Jason Martin in 1.48.52.
The King of the Mountain has had many prestigious winners over the years including Dave Power, Andrew Lloyd, Kerryn McCann and Heather Turland. And now Klayten Smith joins the King of the Mountain honour roll.

Originally the King of the Mountain race was a 20 mile point-to-point race but traffic and logistics have meant course changes over the years. The one constant however has been the Mount Scanzi climb and descent.
This year was the 42nd running of the event however this year the historic King of the Mountain Race was for the first time run in partnership with ANSW incorporating the Greater Nowra Fun Run as part of the Fun Run NSW series. The unique family friendly running festival format helped to make the run more accessible to a greater number of people with a new date of 22 May 2016 instead of the usual July run.
The running festival event was conducted from the Kangaroo Valley Golf and Country Resort for the second consecutive year. There were four different distance events on offer on the day catering for all ages and abilities, from a 2 kilometre run around the golf course to the testing 5 kilometre Greater Fun Run and then on to the challenging 10km and of course, for the most hardened runners, the 25km King of the Mountain run up and over Mount Scanzi, 360m above sea level.
Sunday started out with the Valley clouded in heavy fog, with visibility difficult in some areas, but as the sun peeked through and the fog lifted it proved an idyllic setting for a late Autumn run.
For those who like distance running and for those who like running over mountains – the 25km King of the Mountain course had it all! This year the run began at the Golf & Country Club, where runners completed a grassy loop then headed up a fully sealed road to the top of the Country Club and beyond. Runners then headed along a trail Northwest until meeting up with the famous Mount Scanzi Road. If runners managed to catch their breath they were treated to some astonishing views over Kangaroo Valley making the climb worthwhile - rolling farmland, unspoilt bushland and glorious views of sheer cliff faces, valleys and ravines. The course then took runners down a steep descent, on a fire trail and back up over the Mountain.
At 67 years of age Kevyn Davis ran his 40th King this year, having only ever missed one King of the Mountain in its 41 year history due to injury. Home-crowd favourite Kevyn finished in 44th place and was third in his age group. He crossed the line to loud cheers and applause in a time of 3.00.04 hours, faster than last year! This man obviously justs keeps getting faster with age!
There were 54 finishers in this year’s gruelling King race. Nowra runners to feature in the top 20 included Leith Babian in 4th place, Darrin Smith in 12th place, Steve McCullagh in 16th and Peter Khourey in 18th position.
The first female to finish ‘The King’ was Alison Hawley in a time of 2.14.42 hours. The second female was Erin Finlay and third was Kate Whitton.
Nowra Athletics first female home was Kim Waters who was the 8th fastest female in the event and finished in 32nd place overall.
Laura Babian was the 9th fastest female (37th overall) and Angela Bond was 11th (40th overall). Sky Martin was 12th female this year in 43rd place and was “happy to see the finish line”; even if she did have to share her well-deserved finishers iceblock with her cheeky but very cute son.
The 10kilometre event was completed by 52 athletes. In first place was Jonathon Moore; second was Geoff Sheargold and third was Garry Wheeler. Nowra’s Perry Strand was 4th. Placing well also for Nowra was Darcy Hopkins (10th) and Richard Bosdyk (12th). Briony Munro was 15th beating out dad Andrew Munro who placed 17th whilst Milton Cox ran in 18th and Ethan Havadjia finished 19th.
In the testing 5kilometre course Nowra took the trifecta; Harry McGill was the winner with Troy Whittington second, and Brad Sawyers third. Next was Ben Shephard, then Crissy Suffolk as first female, followed by Erin Smart, Lucas Johnson, William Pratt, Jack Baker and Lachlan Musson.
In the 2kms fun run Jake Babian took line honours, followed by William Dyball and Jett Anderson.
Kangaroo Valley has been described by many as “The most beautiful valley in Australia” and we are sure those who ran at the King of the Mountain Running Festival on Sunday would agree with this.
Congratulations must go to all competitors across all the events, and a big thank you to all the volunteers and organisers who helped make this event possible. A full list of race results can be found on the King of the Mountain website, and Athletics NSW website as well as photos from the day on the Nowra Athletics facebook page.
Special Award Winners 2015-16
Congratulations to our special award winners for 2015-2016

John Morris Encouragement Award (Junior)
Alistair Urquhart and Harriet Urquhart

Ian Henry Encouragement Award (Senior)
Rob Woods

Valuable Volunteer Award
Bernie Condon

Neville Markham Distance Runner of the Year Award
Scott Martin

Frank McCaffrey Award for Top Performance and High Achievement
Samantha Peace

Harry Scouller Memorial Award for Outstanding Junior Athlete
Jye Edwards

New records set at Willandra 14.05.2016
Nowra Athletics held Round 7 of the Winter cross country program on Saturday  14th May at Willandra.
It was another sunny afternoon with conditions obviously perfect for fast running with two new records set on the day!

In the 1 kilometre event it was Callula Norwood yet again crossing the line in first place. Tynan Caswell was second and Charlie Braddick was third.

In the 2 kilometre Division 1 event crossing first was Riley Caswell. Cameron Harrison was second and Stirling Norwood was third with the fastest time of 8.36 minutes. Crossing 4th was the first female Roxi Florance in 10.29 minutes followed by Eilish Norwood who recorded the fastest female time of 9.04 minutes.

Division 2 was won by Harriet Urquhart. Levi Wallis was second and Katie Martin was third.

In Division 1 of the 3 kilometre event Oscar Goley was the triumphant winner. Jasper Arnold was second with the fastest time of 12.51 minutes and Willliam Pratt was third.
Division 2 was taken out by Thomas Pratt followed by Emily Burinaga and third was Ella Dyball.

In the Medium course Division 1 there were 15 competitors this week. Cooper Thomson took the line honours with Darcy Hopkins running in second.
Teresha Moxham was third and Rumer Williams set a new medium course record as she crossed in 16.01 minutes in 4th place. Congratulations Rumer!
Harry McGill recorded the fastest male time on the day clocking 14.54 minutes as he crossed the line in 10th place, followed hot on his heels by Arron Spiessberger-Parker and Stephen Grant, both recording 14.55 minutes.
Division 2 of Medium course was won by Jackson Cleary. Second place was taken by Kathy Hopkins and third place was claimed by Ian Robinson.
In Division 3 there were 7 contenders. Alison Havadjia was the victor this week, followed by Steve Thomson and third was Donna Johnson.
Long course was won convincingly by Jye Edwards in his return run at Nowra Cross country after competing in Hungary in the World School Cross Country Championships.
Jye recorded a new record of 26.53 minutes, demonstrating his continual strength and speed in cross country running. Well done Jye!
Michael Duncan was second and Leith Babian ran in third whilst Annette Sampson was the fastest female this week in 38.54 minutes, crossing in 6th place.
In Division 2 Laura Prince was the winner. Gary Bowen was second and Laura Babian was third.
There will be no cross country competition next weekend as the King of the Mountain Running Festival will be held on Sunday 22nd May ay Kangaroo Valley.
The Shoalhaven King of the Mountain is a 25km mountain classic held on mixed terrain starting and finishing at the Kangaroo Valley Country Club.
In addition to this classic 25km endurance event there will also be a 10km, 5km and 2km event for all to enter.
Check-in opens from 7am at Kangaroo Valley Country Club. The King of the Mountain will start at 8.30am with the 5km and 10km kicking off at 9.00am, followed by the 2km at 10.30am
There will be an event for everyone at this truly unique festival of running. Please come along and support this event.
Finally don’t forget that State Cross Country Relays will be held the following weekend on Saturday 28th May at Miranda Park. Please contact Melinda Mustapic or Peter Dooley if you are interested in running at this event. Relays are always a fun day with plenty of team support & camaraderie. Come & check them out!
Bill McKinnon Memorial Run 7.05.2016
Round 6 of Nowra Athletics Club cross country was run last Saturday 7th May at the beautiful Timberhills.
The weather was unseasonably warm and there were many “it’s too hot” comments heard being uttered by the disgruntled runners. However Timberhills course does afford quite a large amount of shade as the course weaves its way through the bush and under the tree canopy so the runners could get some relief.
The Bill McKinnon memorial is awarded each year to the first place getter in a nominated distance and division at the Timberhills course. This year the winner of this prestigious trophy was Kathy Hopkins as the winner of the Long course Division 2 event. Congratulations Kathy. Son, Darcy also recorded a win in his event, scoring a double victory for the family.

The 1 kilometre event was won by Wil Osgood this week. Second was Callula Norwood and third was Tynan Caswell.

In the 2 kilometre Division 1 Lila Pratt crossed the line first. Matthew Higham was second with the fastest male time of 7.52 minutes, and third was Alisha Mustapic. Division 2 was won by the consistent Katie Martin. Second was Levi Wallis and third was Tennille Wallis.

3 kilometre Division 1 was claimed by Byron Osgood. Jessica O’Donnell ran well to place second and Erin Smart was third. Meanwhile Division 2 was taken out by Thomas Pratt. Emily Burinaga once again featured in the top three, crossing in second place this week and Ava Boundy crossed in third place.

Medium Course Division 1 was won by Darcy Hopkins who had to work hard to keep Hugh Dobson at bay. Hugh recorded the fastest time of 19.42 minutes, placing second and Peter Dooley was a strong finisher in third place. Crissy Suffolk crossed the line in 4th place, recording the fastest female time of 21.33 minutes.
Division 2 was contested by eight runners with the eventual winner being Lucas Johnson. Rod Rose was second and Gavin Urquhart was third. Division 3 had just five entries this week; Eva Moeller-Duhme used her handicap to her advantage to take out the race. Steve Thomson was second and Donna Johnson proved her consistency this season with third place.

Long course was hard-fought between Harry McGill and Troy Whittington. Harry McGill was eventually just too fast and too strong on the day, claiming the fastest time in 35.08 minutes, beating out Troy Whittington to the line. Trying to chase the teenagers down was Perry Strand and Leith Babian, finishing in third and fourth place respectively.
As already mentioned Division 2 was won by Kathy Hopkins who was honoured with the Bill McKinnon Memorial trophy for her efforts. Second was Laura Babian and third was Rob Woods.

Next week’s cross country will be at Willandra. Don’t forget the Annual Presentation and AGM is also on Saturday at 6.30pm at Illaroo Road Public School. Hope to see everyone there.
McCaffrey Challenge Match 1 - 30.04.16
Last Saturday, 30th April 2016, Nowra Athletics Club members enjoyed cross country running at the picturesque Willandra, joined by their friends from neighbouring club, Kembla Joggers in the annual McCaffrey Challenge.

The McCaffrey Challenge is a shield named in honour of Frank McCaffrey who was instrumental in founding the Nowra club in 1960. The Challenge doubled as Round 5 of the Nowra Athletics Winter Pointscore Program however for the McCaffrey Challenge a point score system was in place to match the two clubs against each other in the five distances.
Unfortunately for Nowra,  Kembla Joggers continue to have the numbers and speed to take out most of the distances but we congratulate them on their fine running.
In the 1 kilometre event Nowra’s Callula Norwood was the first local athlete home but was beat to the finish line by two Kembla Joggers runners; Callula finishing in third place. Tynan Caswell was the 4th runner home for Nowra with Nowra also taking out 6th, 7th and 8th spots with Lexie Burinaga, Harry Thomson and Amba Florance respectively.
In the 2 kilometres event Kembla Joggers were just too fast on the day taking out the first 4 places. Poppy Tay was the first across for Nowra in 5th place, followed by Reilly Caswell in 6th and Matthew Higham in 7th.
Jesse Buckham ran strongly to take out second place in the 3 kilometre event, flanked either side by Kembla Joggers runners who claimed 1st, 3rd , 4th and 5th place. Ben Shephard from Nowra was 6th and Jake Babian was 8th.
Nowra took 2nd place on the podium in the 4 kilometre event with Stephen Grant just edged out by kembla Joggers in a dash to the finish line. Teenager Dylan Holland from Kembla Joggers crossed first in 14.21 minutes with Stephen hot on his heels in 14.22 minutes. Next runner home from Nowra was Rumer Williams in 7th; Kieran Harrison was 8th and Peter Dooley was 9th.
Nowra finally claimed the elusive first place honours in the 8 kilometre event with Troy Whittington running his heart out to cross in 29.15 minutes ahead of Kembla Joggers Eligh Morris in 29.24 minutes. Congratulations Troy! Next best for Nowra was Matt Lewis in 5th, Leith Babian in 6th and Scott Martin in 7th.
Nowra Athletics would like to say thank you to Kembla Joggers for their good sportsmanship and athleticism and for an enjoyable afternoon tea nestled amongst the hills of Willandra.  The return match against Kembla Joggers will be held on 18th June at Dapto.
Next Saturday cross country will be held at Timberhills on 7th May. This run will serve as the Bill McKinnon memorial run for a nominated distance so put your best running foot forward and you could take out this honour!

The Sydney Ten will also be held on Saturday.The Greater Sydney:10 is part of Athletics NSW expanding RunNSW series which features iconic Fun Runs across NSW. The Sydney 10 will be a flat fast course finishing in the brand new athletics track at Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre. All races will feature NSW Championship categories and are also open to anyone to compete. See the Athletics NSW website for more information.
The King of the Mountain Running Festival will be held on 22nd May at Kangaroo Valley Golf and Country Resort and offers 4 great distances to all ages and ability (2km, 5km – Greater Fun Run, 10km, 25km – King of the Mountain). Entry details can be found at the KOM website.
Finally, the Annual Presentation & AGM will be held on Saturday May 14th at Illaroo Public School. All athletes from Summer & Winter competition are invited to attend & celebrate the achievements from the past season. Supper will be held after the presentation so please bring a plate to share.
Round 4 at Longreach 23.04.16
Longreach Road was the venue for Round 4 of the Nowra Athletics Club Winter Cross Country Competition on Saturday 23rd April 2016.
The overall number of runners were down yet again perhaps due to people getting away for the long weekend however the running spirit of the participating Club members remains strong.

In the 1 kilometre event Callula Norwood was the first across the line for the second week in a row. Tynan Caswell was second and Amba Florance was third.
In the 2 kilometre event in Division 1 Cameron Harrison took line honours. Darcy Arnold was second and Kate Leung once again recorded the fastest female time as she crossed for third place in 10.17 minutes.
Division 2 saw Roxi Florance finish first for the second week running followed by Levi Wallis and third was Kelly Norwood, also backing up her podium finish from last week.
Chelsea Pascoe was the fastest female over 3 kilometres this week; crossing the line first in Division 1 in 13.00 minutes. Scott Delo ran in second and Jake Babian was the fastest male on the day, finishing third in 12.36 minutes.
In Division 2 Samantha Boyd was first home; followed by Lyn Baker. Determined long-term runner Andrew Havadjia pushed hard for third.
The number of medium course participants has certainly dropped from previous years but those running are striding out and clocking some good times. Martin Tomasini was first home this week, followed closely by young Kieran Harrison. Third place was Stephen Grant with the fastest time of 20.03 minutes. Cristine Suffolk clocked the fastest female time of 25.03 minutes, as she finished in ninth place.
Rod Rose was first across the line in Division 2 whilst Matt Florance and Kyra Florance were second and third respectively.
Division 3 was contested by just 5 competitors again this week, all jostling for top position. John Price was the eventual victor this week with Donna Johnson second and Alex Arnold third.
Long course Division 1 was claimed by Graeme Pepper with Bill Broughton second and Martin Bell third. Leith Babian clocked the fastest time of 35.59 minutes as he crossed the line in fifth place and the fastest female was once again Elisha Bell in 40.37 minutes.
Division 2 was well-contested with Kim Waters taking first place. Barefoot runner Kevyn Davis ran in for second and always-smiling Sky Martin crossed in third.

Next week cross country will be held at Willandra. This will be an open day match with Kembla Joggers Club for the McCaffrey Challenge. This is a shield named in honour of Frank McCaffrey who was instrumental in founding the Nowra club in 1960. The Challenge doubles as Round 5 of the Nowra Athletics Winter Pointscore Program however for the McCaffrey Challenge a point score system is in place to match the two clubs against each other in the five distances; the better the finish position, the better the Club does. We would love to see as many Nowra athletes there as possible. It is always a great social day and a golden opportunity to test yourselves against other like-minded runners.

Looking forward in the race calendar, May is a busy month for cross country. There are a number of ANSW events throughout May including the Greater Sydney 10 on Saturday 7th May, King of the Mountain Running Festival on 22nd May and State Cross Country Relays at Miranda on 28th May.
The Greater Sydney:10 is a race for everyone! It is part of Athletics NSW expanding RunNSW series which features iconic Fun Runs across NSW. The Sydney 10 will be a flat fast course finishing in the brand new athletics track at Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre. All races will feature NSW Championship categories and are also open to anyone to compete. See the Athletics NSW website for more information.
The King of the Mountain Running Festival is now a running festival for the whole family to enjoy. The run will once again commence at Kangaroo Valley Golf and Country Resort and offers 4 great distances to all ages and ability (2km, 5km – Greater Fun Run, 10km, 25km – King of the Mountain). Entry details can be found at the KOM website.
Finally, the State Relays are a 4 person team event held annually at Miranda. Start thinking about if you keen to run as part of a team and let a committee member know. This is a great social event as well as a great opportunity for experiencing some more running at a different course against other NSW Clubs.
Farewell Round at Huskisson 16.04.16
Round 3 of the Nowra Athletics Club Winter Pointscore competition took place on Saturday 16th April at Huskisson.
With a few amendments to the previous course all participants enjoyed this run which is likely to be the last time the course is used for cross country due to some logistical issues.

Callula Norwood was the fastest runner across 1 kilometre in 5.23 minutes. Harry Thomson was second in 5.37 minutes and Lexie Burinaga was a tight third in 5.39 minutes.
In the 2 kilometre event Kate Leung was the fastest female runner crossing the line first in 9.04 minutes. Henry Adams was next across the line, followed by Cameron Harrison.
In Division 2 Roxi Florance was first home, followed by Tracy Holt and then Kelly Norwood.
The 3 kilometre event was taken out by Scott Delo. William Pratt took second place and Wil Osgood ran in third. In Division 2 the winner was Emily Burinaga. Ella Dyball ran in second and Gavin Dyball was third.
Medium course entries were down this week however the enthusiasm of those who did compete was certainly high. It was Dion Carter who crossed first, followed by Teresha Moxham who clocked the fastest female time of 20.22 minutes. Ethan Havadjia, always full of determination, crossed the line in third place.
Division 2 had just 6 competitors this week. Ian Robinson was first in this division with Jackson Cleary second and Megan Fitt third.
Division 3 was contested by just 5 competitors who all finished within two seconds of each other. Alex Arnold took the line honours with Alison Havadjia second, Steve Thomson third, Donna Johnson fourth and John Price fifth.
Last, but certainly not least, the long course was run and won by Michael Duncan. Annie Schofield was second and long-term member Milton Cox took a well-deserved third. Bradley Sawyers crossed in fifth place but clocked the fastest time across the distance in 36.59 minutes whilst Elisha Bell was once again the fastest female with a time of 39.11 minutes.
Division 2 line honours were an all-male affair with first place claimed by David Hughes.  Hard working Rob Woods was second and Gary Bowen was third.
Well done to all who competed and thank you to all those who assisted on the day.
Round 4 of the cross country competition will be held at Longreach Road on Saturday 23rd April. The following week will be the first of the season’s McCaffrey Challenge matches with Kembla Joggers members. This will be held at Willandra on 30th April at the same time as normal, with the first event kicking off at 2.30pm. Make sure you come and run in the Club colours to contest the challenge against our neighbouring Club.
Looking forward, the Nowra Athletics Annual Presentation Night will be held on Saturday 14th May 2016 at 6.30pm at Illaroo Road Public School Hall. Mark this date in your diary so you can be there to celebrate the past season’s achievements of all the athletes with the AGM being held at the beginning of the evening.  Nominations for the incoming committee are now available so if you would like to join the Nowra Athletics Club committee please see a committee member at cross country or contact the club via the website or facebook page. The Club welcomes any new member; no experience necessary!
Cross Country Round 2 at Timberhills 9.04.2016
Round 2 of the Nowra Athletics Winter Program was conducted on Saturday 9th April 2016 at the scenic Timberhills course in Tomerong.
In the shortest distance on offer Lexie Burinaga was first across the finish line, followed by Tynan Caswell and Amber Florance.
In the 2 km Division 1 Toby Dyball was first home with Lila Pratt and Kate Leung not far behind. Division 2 winner was Levi Wallis with Brae Hudson second and Dylan Lang third.
In the 3km event Division 1 was claimed by Max Buckham. William Dyball was second and Erin Smart third. Whilst Division 2 was won by Gavin Dyball with Julie Harrison running in second and Ella Heald third.
The medium course was hotly contested by all ages. Division 1 eventual winner was teenager Jesse Buckham and second across the line, in the fastest time of the day across this distance, was Stephen Grant in a time of 18.18 minutes. Darcy Hopkins was third and then Crissy Suffolk was the fastest female, crossing in 4th place in a time of 21.38 minutes.
Division 2 was taken out by Taliah Moxham, followed by Victoria Kennedy and Matt Florance. Division 3 saw John Price take line honours with Angela Edwards and Maxine Gernyi (getting in her training for the upcoming Great Wall of China run) rounding out the top three.
This week’s long course was certainly hard-fought. Bill Stahlut was first across the line in Division 1. Richard Bosdyk was second and Perry Strand third. However Scott Martin and Leith Babian continue to battle it out on the course with Scott finishing in 4th spot in 39.22 minutes and Leith crossing in 5th place with 39.36 minutes. It’s great to see the friendly rivalry pushing each other’s speed and endurance.
Elisha Bell was the fastest female in long course with 46.39 minutes.
Division 2 of long course was won by Rob Woods whilst Scott Dobson took second and Kathy Hopkins third.
Round 3 of cross country will take place next Saturday 16th April at Huskisson. Events will start at 2.30pm sharp with registration to be completed prior to race start time. For more information about Nowra Athletics please see the website www.nowrathletics.org.au or the Nowra Athletics facebook page.

See you at cross country!
Cross Country Round 1 at Willandra 2.04.2016
Nowra Athletics held the first pointscore round of the Winter Cross country Program on Saturday 2nd April 2016 at the picturesque Willandra course.
Numbers were a little low compared to other years, however there were quite a few runners from down the coast who travelled to test their speed and endurance on the rolling hills.
In the 1 kilometre event there were 12 competitors.  Callula Norwood was first across the line, followed by mum Kelly Norwood. Tynan Neil was third.

The 2 kilometre event had 22 takers with two more members of the Norwood family featuring in the podium finishers in Division 1 ; Eilish Norwood was first home, followed by Reilly Caswell and third was Stirling Norwood. In Division 2 Ben Godfrey was just in front of Peter Godfrey and third was Brae Hudson.

In the 3 kilometre event there were, once again, 22 competitors. Division 1 was won by Alex O’Brien in the fastest time of 11.40 minutes. Ben Shephard ran in second and Alec Dobson third. Division 2 was won by Louie Godfrey whilst Takesa Frank took second and Thomas Pratt was third.

The 4 kilometre distance was the most popular distance of the day, well represented with 34 runners.
Stephen Grant was the fastest male over this distance and claimed line honours in Division 1 in  a time of 14.42 minutes. Hugh Dobson ran across the line next followed by Jon Schol.
Division 2 saw David Hughes, Kyra Florance and Graham Smith finish top three and Division 3 was completed with Alex Arnold, Alison Havadjia and John Price in the top positions. (Great to see Alison back running after her knee injury!)
There were 29 runners keen enough (some might say silly enough) to complete two laps of the Willandra course on Saturday. Division 1 was claimed by Scott Martin who reportedly found the second lap “very tough in the heat” but still managed to achieve the fastest time of the day with 33.00 minutes on the clock. Second was Leith Babian just behind Scott in 33.06 minutes and third was Steve McCullugh. Division 2 was won by Angela Bond; second was Kathy Hopkins and third was Scott Dobson.
Gordon Clark showed that his ‘off-season’ fitness regime is paying off with 4th place in Division 2 of the 8 kilometre event on his debut return to the cross country competition.
Next Saturday’s run will be held at the scenic Timberhills course. Runners not yet registered are advised to arrive early to register between 1.30pm and 2.15pm. Events commence at 2.30pm.<
A change of date to note for the winter cross country calendar is that the Cross Country Gala and State Championships will be held at Willandra on 
Sunday 26th June  instead of  Saturday 25th, as printed in our program. This event will now also include the Little Athletics State cross country. Mark the change of date in your diary!

See you running!
Cross Country Kicks off Easter 2016
Well as one season ends, another starts...
Nowra Athletics Track & Field competition has ended now and Cross Country had its first run of the season on Easter Saturday at Willandra.
There were only 106 competitors this Easter which is down on attendance for the past 24 years.
However these dedicated chocolate lovers decided to run off their Easter delights, and in doing so they earned the right for more chocolate indulgence!

Well done to all those who ventured out on Easter Saturday to the picturesque Willandra course. We wonder if anyone spotted the Easter bunny on their run?

The first pointscore round of the Nowra Athletics cross country competition will start on Saturday 2nd April to be held once again at the local Willandra course.
The first event kicks off at 2.30pm but arrive early if you need to register!

The cross country season will then continue throughout the Autumn and Winter months ending in August.
Come along and join the running fun. All abilities are catered for - it doesn't matter how fast you run or what distance you want to run - there is something on offer for everyone!
Volunteers are always welcome to assist with placing, timing and recording too - so why not lend a hand if you can.
Juniors compete at Nationals 2016
More than 2000 Australian junior athletes headed west last week, 8-13 March 2016 for the Australian Junior Athletics Championships.
Twelve of our Nowra Athletics members competed there with great results, bringing home two bronze medals!
Siwa Harvey-Aziz claimed bronze in the Under 16 discus with a throw of 52.12 metres. Also claiming bronze in the discus circle was Annette Peace in the Under 16 event with a distance of 36.65 metres. This is an amazing achievement for these young athletes competing at a National level. Well done!
Annette also competed in another 2 events at this National Championship; the Under 17 discus (12th), & Under 16 hammer throw (10th).
Other athletes to compete included Troy Whittington who placed 11th in the Under 18 3000m and 8th in the steeplechase and Nic Woolley who finished 5th the Under 20 400m heat.
Ali Clark had an awesome run in his 200m hurdle heat to qualify for the final; where he then placed 7th with a personal best time of 28.28.
Unfortunately our female 200m hurdlers were affected by mishap. Jenna Bentley was coming third in her heat before tripping & falling. Courageously Jenna got up to finish the race to record 8th place but was obviously ruled out for the final. Meanwhile Mikayla Check was unable to complete her 200m hurdles event due to injury.
Hannah Stone ran well in her first National event, finishing 8th in her heat of the Under 15 90metre hurdles.
Shenay Edwards had two events to compete in and did so with great success; Shenay finished 6th in the under 17 800metre heat and 5th in the 400m heat.


Summer Road Run – Cambewarra 12.09.2015
For our first run in the Summer Road Run series over 30 of us attacked the hills at Cambewarra (or you could say that they stood their ground and threw their best at us). For many, it was a hard slog, and for most they were overtaken by a pram pushing Scott who went faster up the hill than the majority of could run down it. It is a humbling thing to see. As past experience can tell any who have run this course before, it is usually quite warm. Fay and Henry Suffolk are wonderful folk who offer any who want it a nice cool drink and then there’s the psycho Audi driver who decided to provide a tsunami type wave as he went through the causeway – unfortunately, Sharon was in the middle of it. She survived to drip her way home and luckily was unhurt. Obviously, this one bloke took exception to us being on the road and we have to remember that we must abide by road rules (for our safety) and not hinder any traffic (not that we did).

Next week will be the first handicap run out at Plantation Point Vincentia, so for all those who thought to bluff their way to a good start time, let me tell you a secret – the handicapper sees and knows all and won’t be fooled (although rumour has it he can be bribed with Cadbury Chocolate). See you there at 4.30pm
Final Winter Point scores
The final round of Nowra Athletics Winter Cross Country competition took place on Saturday at Willandra with some novelty events which were enjoyed by all ages.

Certificates were also handed out to participants who competed throughout the season as final point scores and placing's were announced.

The triumphant winners in each distance and division were applauded by their team mates.

In the 1kilometre event Katie Martin was the winner, having competed at 13 rounds throughout the year. Next was Ben Maher and Connor Minchin with 10 runs each under their belt, and third was Levi Wallis having run in 9 events.

In 2 kilometres Division 1 young Matthew Higham was the worthy winner with outstanding performances throughout the season. Matthew attended 15 rounds and accumulated 577 points to take first place. Zac Peters was second with 572 points and third was Scott Delo on 569 points.

In Division 2 consistent runner Rachael Banwell was the winner on 578 points. Just 1 point behind was Kate Leung in second place and Alastair Urquart finished third with 568 points.

Jasper Arnold took out the 3km Division 1 point score on 582 points. In second place was Alec Dobson on 465 points, followed by younger sister Leah Dobson just 5 points away on 460 points.

Division 2 saw long-time member Andrew Havadjia triumph. Andrew finished 27 points ahead of second place Jasper Leung, who finished just 1 point ahead of third place Julie Harrison.

Medium Course Division 1 was hotly contested amongst athletes with the eventual winner Cooper Thomson snaring the win on 546 points over just 12 rounds. Michael Duncan was second on 544 points and third was Cristine Suffolk on 536 points.

Division 2 of the Medium Course was won by Megan Fitt with 574 points. Not far behind was Alex Arnold on 570 points and third was Angela Urquart on 565 points with hubby Gavin Urquart in 4th place.

Eva Moeller-Duhme was the winner once again this year of Division 3, followed by Chris Russell and in third place was hardworking committee member Terry Bailey.

In the Long Course the endurance runners battled it out each week, pushing each other to run faster and harder.

The victorious winner of Division 1 was Bradley Sawyers on 553 points. Diligent runner Harry McGill took out second place on 538 points. In equal third place was John Keenan and Perry Strand on 534 points each.

Division 2 was claimed by Matt Kinsele on 548 points; just ahead of Milton Cox on 546 points. Ming Leung snared third place with 536 points; just 1 point in front of Sue Anfruns.

Congratulations to all participants, no matter where they finished on the point score tally; each and every runner should applaud themselves for getting out there and having a run.

"In running it doesn't matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack or last. You can say 'I have finished'. There is a lot of satisfaction in that" (Fred Lebow).

The certificate presentation was followed by an afternoon tea on the beautiful grounds of Willandra; as athletes and their families enjoyed the time to celebrate another great season.

With the Winter Cross Country season now over it's time to start gearing up for the coming Summer Season. Road Running will commence Saturday 12th September at Cambewarra at 4.30. The full schedule of running is available on the website.

This will be followed by the commencement of the Summer Track and Field Series on Wednesday October 7th. The program will soon be posted on the website.

Please also follow the Club on facebook to stay up to date with all information regarding upcoming events.
NSW Short Course Cross Country Championships 2015
The 2015 NSW Short Course Cross Country Championships were held on Saturday 1st August at Upjohn Park in Rydalmere.

Nowra had 8 athletes representing the Athletics Club at these Championships.

Our best performer on the day was Jye Edwards who placed 3rd from an extremely competitive field in the Mixed 5km U18 and U20 event in a time of 16.10 minutes.

Jye has been outstanding throughout the season and is well deserving of this podium finish; made even more amazing considering he competed at Regional Athletics in Canberra the day before.

Next to cross for Nowra was Harry McGill in 15th place in 17.10 minutes; another athlete who backed up after Regionals.

Jesse Buckham and Cooper Thomson were two junior athletes who both backed up from a run in the 2.5km event and placed 43rd and 45th respectively in the Mixed 5km event.

In the Mixed 5km 55+ event Milton Cox was our sole representative and he ran strongly to finish 75th in a time of 25.14minutes.

Meanwhile Glen Mustapic ran in the 7.5km event, finishing 71st in 35minutes.

In the Mixed 2.5km U16 and U18 event Jesse Buckham ran in 25th in 9.11 minutes and Cooper Thomson placed 29th in 9.17 minutes.

Jade Mustapic finished 50th overall and Kieran Harisson was 53rd.

Well done to all the Nowra athletes for competing with strength and determination.

Back at home, the last pointscore round of Cross country took place at Huskisson.

It was an unusually warm afternoon for a winter run at 22degrees. However numbers were well down with just a handful of dedicated runners chasing the final points.

The final pointscore totals will be released next week at the Final Cross country meeting of the Winter season. This will be held at Willandra with some fun novelty events and an afternoon tea, There will be a sausage sizzle after the fun so athletes and families are asked to bring along a picnic blanket and something sweet to share for an afternoon of eating and socializing.

We look forward to seeing everyone there.

We also hope to see Nowra athletes competing in the Capital to Coast event on the August weekend 14-16th. The Capital to Coast is a multi stage running event from ACT to the NSW Coast. Find details for entry on the Capital to Coast website. This is a great event for middle to long distance runners through picturesque scenery from Australia's capital to the beautiful Jervis Bay. Challenge yourself in a unique running event!
McCafffrey Challenge Round 2
The second challenge event for 2015 against Kembla Joggers was held at the West Dapto course on Saturday 25th July, Points on the day were used to determine the winner of the McCaffrey Challenge Shield. Nowra athletes were certainly outnumbered by the home club but the dedicated crowd in gold and black did their best for Nowra

It was Jye Edwards that brought home a win for Nowra in the 8km event. Jye was first home from 63 competitors in a time of 26.42.9 minutes. Kembla Jogger's Liam Henderson was next followed by Nowra's Arron Spiessberger-Parker in third place. Kembla Joggers Alex Seal was 4th before a trio of Nowra runners ran in. Harry McGill was 5th, Scott Martin 6th and Brad Sawyers 8th. Kembla then took all places from 9th to 23rd.

Cristine Suffolk was the first Nowra athlete home in 24th place.

Also performing well on the day for Nowra over 8kms was Scott Johnson (26th), John Keenan (29th), Bill Broughton (32nd), Linda Weatherll (38th) and Kev Davis (41st). In addition Nowra also had Matt Kinsele (45th), Milton Cox (51st), Kyra Florance (55th), Rae Thomson (56th), and Geoff Crook (57th) completing the long distance course.

Once again our KOM girls were out pounding the track; Natasha Toms finished 60th, Sue Anfruns 61st and Sky Martin 62nd.

Nowra had 4 juniors representing the Club in the 1km. Katie Martin ran strongly to finish 12th and Mitchell Toms was 20th, The Maher brothers showed family support for each other with Will Maher running across the line in 22nd place, just ahead of Ben Maher.

In the 2km event there were 31 competitors with 11 Nowra athletes. Zac Peters was the first Nowra athlete home in 10th place. Bethany Dobson was 13th and the other two Maher brothers were next home with Sam Maher in 14th place and Zac Maher 15th.

There were 8 Nowra athletes running in the 3km event. Max Buckham was the best finisher for Nowra in 9th place.. Alec Dobson was 11th; Jasper Arnold 12th, Leah Dobson 13th and Victoria Kennedy 14th. Andrew Havadjia was 19th; Erin martin 24th and Alyssa Toms 25th.

From 39 competitors there were 16 Nowra athletes in the 4km event. It was Jesses Buckham who placed top 10 for Nowra. Hugh Dobson was 15th, Cooper THomson 16th, Paul Duncan 18th, Darcy Hopkins 19th and Jade Mustapic rounded out the top 20.

Well done to all Nowra athletes competing in the McCaffrey Challenge. We didn't have the numbers to take home the McCaffrey Shield but Nowra certainly showed they had heart and determination.

Next Saturday's run is at Huskisson for the last point score of the season. See you there.

The 2015 ANSW Winter Premiership Series will also continue on Saturday 1st August 2015 with the NSW Short Course Championships at Upjohn Park in Rydalmere.

This race is now a major selection race for the Australian Cross Country Championships, with the Top 3 place-getters who have not qualified previously automatically selected for the ANSW NSW Team.

Online entries close Wednesday 29th July.

Hopefully we will see some Nowra members there,

We also hope to see Nowra athletes competing in the Capital to Coast event on the August weekend 14-16th. Starting in Canberra and finishing in Jervis Bay, the Capital to Coast is a multi stage running event from ACT to the NSW Coast. Find details for entry on the Capital to Coast website.
Longreach Run
Last Saturday’s cross country competition round was held at Longreach. Despite the cold and the light sprinkling of rain, the dedicated cross country runners turned up to do their best (to warm up!)

In the 1km course there were 5 young runners this week. First across the finish line was Katie Martin, who has notched up quite a few podium finishes for the season. Next to finish was Levi Wallis, followed by Ben Maher, then Miller Bell and then Evie Smart.

In the 2km event there were 10 competitors. It was Sam Maher who took line honours this week, closely followed by James Babian, then Bethany Dobson, who was the fastest female over 2 kilometres in 10.14minutes. Matthew Higham and Scott Delo crossed the line in equal 9th place, each clocking the fastest male time of 8.51minutes.

In Division 2 Emily Burinaga was first home; Lila Pratt was second and Kate Leung third.

Tara Mustapic was the winner of Division 1 in the 3 kilometre event; Jasper Arnold was second and Leah Dobson third. In Division 2 it was a family affair with William Pratt claiming first place and Thomas Pratt taking second. Darlene Musgrove just edged out Andrew Havadjia for third.

In the medium course Jesse Buckham staked his claim on first place whilst Cooper Thomson claimed second and Paul Duncan took third place. However it was Steve Grant in 4th place who ran the fastest time over the distance in 20.34minutes. Jade Mustapic was the fastest female in 24.58minutes.

Division 2 saw Alex Arnold cross the line first, followed by Angela Urquart and Casey Johnson. Division 3 winner was a female triple with Trish Bird first, Eva Moeller Duhme second and Chris Russell third.

In the long course this week it was Elisha Bell who not only won but also clocked the fastest female time of 39.18minutes. Linda Weatherill was next across the line followed by Stuart Druery. Leith Babian managed to warm himself up with a quick run, recording the fastest male time on the day of 34.57 minutes.

Once again, club stalwart Kev Davis was on the podium in Division 2 with a win this week. Matt Kinsele was second and Dean ‘I cut corners when I can’ Bryce was third.

Next week’s competition will be held at Dapto for the McCaffrey Challenge return match with Kembla Joggers, then the following week (1st August) will be at Huskisson. This will be the last pointscore round of the season so don’t miss out on your last opportunity to score points!

Then, on Saturday 8th August there will be end of season novelty events and certificate presentation at Willandra, with an afternoon tea BBQ provided. The committee asks if members can bring a salad and sweets to share to accompany the sausage sizzle! This might just be the pre-training needed for those competing in the City to Surf on Sunday 9th August.

Finally, for anyone keen to run 10 kilometres or more the Capital to Coast is on 14th to 16th August. Starting in Canberra and finishing in Jervis Bay, the Capital to Coast is a multi stage running event from ACT to the NSW Coast. For the fourth year, the event encourages medium and long distance runners to test themselves over 3 days of running. The event starts at 4pm on the Friday with a 10km run at Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra, ACT followed by 8 stages covering 90km on Saturday and Sunday, finishing at Huskisson Beach, NSW. For more information check out the Capital to Coast website or find the link on Nowra Athletics facebook page.
NSW Road Relay Championships & Timberhills
Nowra Athletics Club sent two teams to the NSW Road Relay Championships on Saturday at Ourimbah and both teams came home with medals!

The Under 20 male team of Arron Spiessberger-Parker, Jake Myors, Harry McGill and Jye Edwards won Gold in the 4 x4km event in a combined time of 50.46 minutes. Arron set a blistering pace in the first leg, completing the 4km in 12.11 minutes. Next up was Jake who went around in 13.27 minutes, followed by Harry in 12.32 minutes. Bringing the team home was Jye in 12.36 minutes. The team lowered the course record they set in 2014 by well over a minute proving they are in great form this season and well deserving of this triumphant win in front of Bankstown Sport and Kembla Joggers.

In the women’s 45+ event Cristine Suffolk, Linda Weatherill, Angela Bond and Annette Sampson combined to take out the silver medal in a time of 1.09.46 hours. These hardworking runners were all-smiles with their silver medal. Well done!

Meanwhile the local cross country round was held at Timberhills this week. Numbers were slightly down again for this school holiday round but the weather was certainly in the runners favour, with afternoon sunshine.

There were just two mighty little runners this week in the 1km event and it was Connor Minchin who was first across the line in front of Grace Rose.

In the 2km event there were 14 runners. In Division 1 Darcy Arnold maintained his lead from Go Marker position to finish first. Scott Delo was second and Matthew Higham third. James and Jake Babian then followed in 4th and 5th place.

In Division 2 Kate Leung was the winner followed by Rachael Banwell and then Harriet Urquart.

The 3km event again saw a small number of competitors. In Division 1 Chelsea Pascoe was first home, followed by Jasper Arnold in second and newcomer Freya Robinson-Mills in third. It was also great to see Lily Murdoch back on the course running well to cross the line in 4th place.

In Division 2 it was William Pratt who took line honours from back marker position. Thomas Pratt was second and Jasper Leung third while Andrew Havadjia finished strongly in 4th place.

In the medium course Division 1 Cooper Thomson was the worthy winner with Glen Mustapic second and Peter Dooley third. Division 2 winner was Angela Urquart who beat hubby Gavin Urquart home, and Casey Johnson was third. Donna Johnson kept the Johnson name on the podium with a win in Division 3; Terry Bailey was second and Chris Russell third.

In the Long Course there were the usual dedicated runners giving it their all on the undulating terrain of the McKinnon farm, many back out running after last weekend’s King of the Mountain, including the inspirational Kevyn Davis, and the three plucky KOM women Sky Martin, Sue Anfruns and Natasha Toms. Dean Bryce and Laura Babian were so happy to be running Timberhills, they skipped off from the start line. Geoff Crook and Milton Cox both put in good solid performances as usual, along with Bradley Sawyers and Bill Broughton.

Taking the first three places this week in Division 1 though were Scott Martin, Perry Strand and Darrin Smith, in that order. Division 2 was won by Doug Jeffrey, followed by Eric Moeller-Duhme and Kev Davis.

Next week’s cross country will be held at Longreach. Hope to see you there.
King of the Mountain Running Festival 2015
Kangaroo Valley has been described by many as “The most beautiful valley in Australia”. Fortunately for many running enthusiasts, Kangaroo Valley was the location for this year’s King of the Mountain Running Festival.

The “renowned invigorative and recuperative powers of the valley” may have been at work on Sunday as a host of local runners were joined by a variety of both casual and elite runners from all around to test their speed and endurance amongst this beautiful landscape.

The inaugural running festival event was conducted from the Kangaroo Valley Golf and Country Resort on Sunday 5th July. This revamped family friendly running festival replaced the old format of the single King of the Mountain Race. There were four different distance events on offer on the day, from a 2 kilometre run around the golf course to the testing 5 kilometre undulating run and then on to the challenging 10km and for the most testing of all, the 25km run up and over Mount Scanzi.

Runners were spoilt for views no matter their distance of choice, with simply stunning rich green pastures, rolling hills, and unspoilt bushland, all guarded by the magnificent escarpments with sheer cliff faces, valleys and ravines. Throw into the mix an incredible variety of native flora and fauna, including kangaroos bouncing across the road in from of some unsuspecting runners and the scenery was nothing short of exhilarating. The crowned 2015 winner of the new-format ‘King’ was Jason Martin from Sutherland District Athletics Club in a course time of 1.45.31 hours. Martin held the lead for the entirety of the race. He powered up the many climbs to the highest point of the race on Mount Scanzi, approximately 360metres above sea level, then on to Duffy’s Corner and Burma Fire Trail before turning around to conquer Mount Scanzi a second time on the homeward run. Jason looked strong the whole way and was elated with his win; “I just can’t believe I won” he exclaimed at the finish line. In second place was Graeme Russell in a time of 1.47.37 hours. Third was Nowra’s ‘lethal’ Leith Babian in a time of 1.48.14. Leith was not feeling confident going into the race but his Phar Lap attitude saw him push through to a podium finish. Not far behind Leith in fourth place, also from Nowra Athletics Club, was Scott Martin, in a time 1.48.59. Scott has been in impressive form of late and his fourth place was certainly well-deserved. Also featuring in the top finishers was Nowra’s Bill Stahlhut (7th), Perry Strand (9th) and Club President Scott Johnson was 12th.

Kevyn Davis ran his 39th King this year, having only ever missed one King of the Mountain in its 40 year history due to injury. Kevyn finished in 83rd place in a time of 3.06.00 hours, still with a smile on his face as he crossed the finish line to loud cheers and applause. At almost 70 years of age, Kevyn Davis is simply inspiring, but he insists he “just likes running”.

The first female to finish ‘The King’ was Emma Brown in a time of 2.06.52 hours. The second female was Catherine Thrum in 2.15.41 and just behind her was Tiffany Knight in 2.16.32. Nowra Athletics first female home was the ever-smiling Sky Martin in 79th place in a time of 3.01.32. Sky was happy to report that having running partner Natasha Toms out on the course with her was a great support and she declared that she only swore twice during the race – a great achievement! Sue Anfruns was the second Nowra athlete home in 81st place; and was “stoked to have come in well within the cutoff and in one piece”. Our third female athlete home was Natasha Toms in 82nd place.

Despite a slight hiccup in the marking of the 10kilometre turn-around point, this event was completed by 36 athletes. In first place was Ed Thrum; second was Nowra’s Annette Sampson and third was Lance Johnson. Nowra then cleaned up the remaining top ten spots with Matt Kinsele (4th), Trish McInally (5th), Peter Heald (6th), Ethan Havadjia (7th), Darcy Hopkins (8th), Milton Cox (9th) and Michael Duncan (10th).

In the testing 5kilometre course the winner was Lachlan Chisholm, followed by Nowra athlete Brad Sawyers and third was Aleks Silins. Once again Nowra featured well in the top ten from 44 competitors with Cooper Thomson (4th), Peter Dooley (5th), Cristine Suffolk (6th), Dave Tuckerman (7th), Elisha Bell (8th) and Zac Havadjia (10th).

Congratulations must go to all competitors across all the events, and a big thank you to all the volunteers and organisers who helped make this event possible. A full list of race results can be found on the King of the Mountain website, as well as photos from the day.
Longreach Road
Nowra Athletics Cross Country Competition took place last week at Longreach. It was a beautiful sunny afternoon, perfect for running! Numbers overall were slightly down on Saturday - there were just a total of 85 competitors including some visitors!! Perhaps this was due to the start of the school holidays but nonetheless the runners who did turn up, turned up full of their usual enthusiasm and energy.

In the shortest distance there were 7 youngsters running the 1kilometre course. First across the finish line was Brodie Wilson, followed by Charlie Braddick, then Katie Martin. Running in fourth was Levi Wallis, then next was Connor Martin, then Will Anderson & Miller Bell rounded out the placings.

In the 2km event there were just 4 competitors in Division 1. Zac Peters ran home first, Scott Delo ran the fastest time and finished second; Matthew Higham was third and Darcy Arnold fourth. In Division 2 siblings Harriet Urquart and Alastair Urquart took out first and second position respectively and Kate Leung was the fastest female over 2 kilometres, finishing in 3rd place.

There were just a handful of runners in the 3 kilometre event this week. Georgia Richards and Jasper Arnold were the only two takers for Division 1 and took out first and second place in that order. In Division 2 Max Hyam was first, Richard Murphy second and Andrew Havadjia third.

The Medium Course had a few more competitors. Darcy Hopkins took line honours from a Go marker position; Paul Duncan ran in second; Erin Smart was third and Kristina O’Shea fourth. Dave Tuckerman was the fastest male over the course in a time of 23.16 while Cristine Suffolk was the fastest female (23.52). Medium Course Division 2 saw Megan Fitt take line honours, followed by Gavin Urquart and Graham Smith. Whilst Division 3 was won by Angela Edwards; Chris Russell was second and Eva Moeller-Duhme, with clean shoes this week, ran in third.

Once again it was the long course that saw the most amount of competitors. Steve McCullough was first home, followed by a succession of teenage boys. Bradley Sawyers took second place, Jye Edwards was third, also recording the fastest male time of 31.02, followed closely by Arron Spiessberger-Parker with 31.13 and Harry McGill in 31.55. Troy Whittington was 6th in this line up with a time of 38.30. Division 2 was won by Sue Anfruns this week who is showing great consistency at the moment. Eric Moeller-Duhme was second and Paul Jennings third.

Next week there will be no Saturday cross country competition. Instead Nowra Athletics Club invite all Club members and running enthusiasts to join them on Sunday 5th July at the King of the Mountain Running Festival. This is a running festival for the whole family to enjoy. There is a distance on offer for everyone from a 2km run or walk and talk, a testing 5km run around the golf course or if you’re looking for more of a challenge enter the 10 or 25km event. Whether you're a marathon specialist, a half marathon enthusiast or simply like running over mountains - then why not give it a go, you'll enjoy the experience. The "King" (25km) as it's known locally, will start and finish at the Kangaroo Valley Golf and Country Resort, with rolling hills, unspoilt bushland and glorious views of sheer cliff faces, valleys and ravines. The highest point of the race is Mount Scanzi - approx 360m above sea level. The course takes you down a steep descent, on a fire trail and back up over the Mountain.

You can enter the 2km on the day, as this is not a timed event. Unfortunately all other events are pre-registration online, as we are using a chip timing system and the details need to be finalised prior to the event. Nowra Athletics would love to see everyone there, if not running, then cheering on the runners as they tackle the course.
State Cross Country Championships
The 118th NSW Cross Country championships assembled a strong line up of athletes on Saturday 20th June at the Kembla Joggers Cross Country Park. A host of Nowra athletes battled it out against some of the best cross country athletes in the country.

After a week of rain the conditions were tough in the mud and athletes struggled with the very slippery corners but this didn’t stop Nowra athletes from putting their best (and muddiest) foot forward!

In the Women's Open 8km event defending champion Michaela Quinn pushed through the muddy conditions to come home in second place in a time of 30.36. In the lead up to the race Michaela had been unwell so she was pleased with the result; “I was happy to place second after a rough last year of injury and I'm looking forward to hopefully racing nationals with a few months of consistent training under my belt”.

In the Men's Under 20 8km event Arron Spiessberger-Parker continued his strong form of the season, coming home with the gold medal. Arron put in a strong run for the two laps of the 4km course and didn’t let the mud deter him. Also running in the Under 20’s event were Mitchell Cunningham (18th), Jake Myors (19th) and Liam Doley (26th). The four Nowra boys earnt themselves a team medal, taking out first place in front of rivals Kembla Joggers and Sydney Striders.

Meanwhile the combined effort of the Under 16’s boys Hugh Dobson (18th), Jesse Buckham (24th), Kieren Harrison (27th) and Cooper Thomson (28th) gave them a bronze medal in the teams category over 4km.

In the Under 18’s male 6km event there were 60 keen competitors and the competition was fierce! Jye Edwards gave it everything he had and came home with 4th place. Harry McGill pushed all the way to finish 9th.

Nowra’s senior athletes also did themselves proud, with a strong representation across the older age groups. Cristine Suffolk took home a silver medal for the 45-49 women’s 8km event and was also a member of the Nowra 45+ team along with Annette Sampson, Linda Weatherill and Angela Bond who won a team silver.

In the 55-64 women’s Nowra won another team silver with the dynamic lineup of Christine Russell, Ann Swinbourne, Maxine Gernyi and Eva Moeller-Duhme. This second placing was despite Maxine losing her shoe in the mud on the first lap and spending precious time retrieving it from its sunken depths! A difficult feat with the mud not wanting to relinquish the shoe! Eva maintains her shoes “have never seen this much mud” and informed a very muddy Maxine that she was not getting in her car with those muddy shoes on!
Willandra Running
It was a picture-perfect afternoon with warm Winter sunshine on Saturday 13th June...just perfect for running the hills of Willandra!

We had 14 keen and eager competitors line up for the 1km event. First to finish the 1km loop was Clayton Hudson, followed by Heidi Piert and Aimee Coulson-Knight. It was great to see young Will Anderson back at cross country after quite a few weeks absence and despite a fall during the race, he finished with arms pumping and a big smile (as well as grazed knees)!

In the 2km event there were 13 competitors in Division 1 with Joseph Piert taking 1st place, Zac Peters second and Matthew Higham 3rd. The fastest male runner across 2kms was Jake Babian who started at the back of the pack, and managed to finish 5th across the line. Just behind him was Bethany Dobson in 6th place with the fastest female time.

In Division 2 the first three athletes across the line ran from back handicaps. Roxi Florance started on a 1 minute handicap and finished in first place. Brae Hudson started on 1minute 50 to place second and Tom Fraser starting off 1 minute 20 crossed the line in 3rd place. Great running and determination was shown!

The 3km Division 1 event had just 11 competitors this week. Jasper Arnold claimed line honours. Mikayla Check, a track sprinter showed she has endurance as a cross country runner too, with a second place and Alec Dobson ran from back marker position to finish 3rd with the fastest time of 12.14minutes. Sister Leah Dobson was not far behind in 5th position, and was the fastest female on the day over 3kms. The Dobson family is certainly making a name for themselves in cross country running!

Division 2 of the 3km event had 10 enthusiastic competitors. Rebecca Lancaster claimed 1st place followed by Julie Harrison and William Pratt. Back marker Max Buckham ran in 4th.

In the Medium Course Division 1 Jesse Buckham was the event winner, followed by go marker Michael Duncan. Steve Grant once again displayed his speed to finish 3rd from a handicap of 5 minutes with the fastest time of 14.15 minutes. Cristine Suffolk was once again the fastest female over this distance.

Division 2 was taken out by Erin Smart who made her way from back marker to front of the pack! Megan Fitt finished 2nd and Alex Arnold was 3rd.

In Division 3 there were just 6 competitors this week. Girl power shone through to take the first 3 places with Angela Edwards finishing 1st, followed by Donna Johnson in 2nd and Chris Russell 3rd. Trish Bird returned to the course after a few weeks break and put in a solid performance to finish 5th.

Long course had the most number of competitors of the day – it seems the majority of runners enjoy running the hills of Willandra twice! Twice the fun it seems! Bill Broughton was first home this week, followed by Annette Sampson. In third place was Graham Anderson, making a triumphant return after several weeks’ absence, as well as backing up from the 1km with son Will. Jye Edwards continues to impress with another strong run. Jye started on back marker position to finish in 9th position with the fastest time over the 8km distance in a time of 27 minutes. He just edged out Arron Spiessberger-Parker who clocked 27.01 minutes.

In Division 2 another large field looped around the course with Martin Bell taking first place. Angela Bond was second; Geoff Crook ran in third and Kevyn Davis was 4th. Don’t forget next Saturday is the 2015 NSW Cross-Country Championships which is being run this year at the Kembla Joggers XC venue for the very first time. This is a great opportunity for Nowra athletes to compete on a different course and hit it out against some of the best athletes in the country. But don’t think that you need to be super fast to compete! Entry is open to all abilities. Country medals are up for grabs too so don’t hold back, have a go - you might surprise yourself. There’s an all-ages fun run at 1.40pm too so everyone can certainly have a run! Online entry for the event is available at the Athletics NSW Website and close Wednesday 17th June 2015. Entry is also available on the day; however an additional charge is incurred. The timetable of events can be found on the website or at Nowra Athletics facebook page. It is a compulsory requirement that all competitors are to wear their full Nowra Athletics uniform so wear the gold and black with pride! We look forward to seeing you there.
Greater Nowra Fun Run Sunday 31.05.2015

Run NSW recently held the inaugural Greater Nowra Fun Run.

This event was well supported by Nowra Athletics runners, many of whom backed up after a day’s running at Miranda Cross country relays the day before.

This exciting community- based event featured three fun runs including the 8km, 4km and 2km event for children aged between 5 and 16 years. The event was promoted as the ideal opportunity for the entire family to test their fitness and this was certainly the case with a number of families committing to the run.

The course started and ended at the historic Nowra Showground and took runners on a picturesque run alongside the beautiful Shoalhaven River.

It was a very chilly morning on Sunday with an early start for those dedicated runners, but I think everyone would agree the views made up for the early rise; that and the great coffee afterwards!

Nowra Athletics Club members certainly put their best foot forward with a number of Club members featuring in the podium finishes. Our junior members did themselves proud. From 82 runners Max Buckham cleared the field and took out the 2km fun run with Georgia Richards 2nd and Jake Babian 3rd. He was closely followed by Matthew Higham. Also finishing in the top places were Tara Mustapic (6th), Scott Delo (8th) , Zac Peters (10th), James Babian (16 th) and Alisha Mustapic rounded out the top 20 for Nowra in 20th place.

In the 4km event there were 41 competitors and it was Jesse Buckham, representing the Nowra Club, who claimed second place, although he was apparently ‘taking it easy’ after competing at the Relays. Nowra then scooped up most of the top 20 positions. Cooper Thomson (4th), Glen Mustapic (5th), Jade Mustapic (6th), Takesa Frank (11th), Megan Fitt (13th), Darlene Musgrove (14th), Cameron Musgrove (15th) (letting his mum cross the line in front of him!), Lucas Johnson (17th), Holly Bond (19th) and Mel Mustapic (20th).

In the distance event of the program there were 64 competitors but Arron Spiessberger-Parker ran home first, still looking fresh after Miranda. Leith Babian ran in 4th grinning widely as usual, and Scott Martin was 5th. Brad Sawyers placed 6th, Peter Khourey 9th, and Cristine Suffolk was the first female home, crossing the line in 12th place overall. Andy Depree followed in 13th place.

Congratulations must go to all the participants in the first Greater Nowra Fun Run, and also a big thank you to all the volunteers who helped ensure the smooth operation of the event.

A full list of results can be found at http://nswathletics.info/liveresults/2015/nowra/
Husky Cross Country
So, let me ask you this! What do you get when the sun is shining, there is a slight breeze and the track is damp? Perfect running conditions of course and that is what we had when we met for our weekly run out at Huskisson last weekend. Oh, I almost forgot to mention that it was a great point scoring exercise as well for those that turned up because numbers were down (long weekend – Wine festival and whatnot). Not that it made the run any easier but at least you were able to add decent points for your effort.

Crissy Suffolk (who held the record for the medium course) once again broke it and Jye Edwards (who held the record for the long course, broke that record as well. I think it was Aaron Spiessberg-Parker hot on his heels but they started behind me and went past me so fast that I couldn’t be sure. What mud there was out on the track didn’t seem to slow too many down.

Thanks must go out to our dedicated officials as it takes many hands to make a run go smoothly so whether you were recording, timing, directing or helped to set up and bring in the markers we would like to acknowledge that we couldn’t enjoy our run if you guys and girls weren’t behind the scenes to make it run so well.

Don’t forget that in 2 weeks time at Dapto you are invited to run in the NSW State Championships. These are being help at the Kembla Joggers home ground. Anyone who wishes to run must enter on line. Don’t write yourself off as not being good enough or too slow. If you have a bib number then you can enter. This is the first time in many years that it hasn’t been held at Willandra and you are encouraged to enter and enjoy a day of running without having to volunteer and help out prior or after your run. Country medals are also up for grabs so don’t hold back, have a go - you might surprise yourself.

Check out our website for all the official times and keep up to date with what is happening within our club or like us on face book and help spread the word about upcoming events like the King of the Mountain on 5th July (2km, 5km, 10km and 25km) or the Capital to Coast (100km staged event) on August 14-16. If you’re not up to running then please help us out as a marshal. If you are able to help, please contact any official at cross country.
Miranda XC
It was a big 3 days of running for local athletes; starting on Friday 29th May with the South Coast Combined Primary/Secondary Cross Country Carnival at Willandra. Many of Nowra Athletics junior members competed in this event, representing their local school, with huge results and then backed up with a run at Miranda on Saturday for the 2015 NSW Cross Country Relay Championships. Whilst there was no rain again during the Miranda Relay competition this year, there was still plenty of mud on the course! This made for a heavy track on this deceptively tough course of undulating parkland.

Nowra fielded 17 teams this year with some great team results and many personal best times for the athletes. There were 9 senior teams and 8 junior teams; many athletes running for the first time in the State Relays competition.

Our best performance on the day came from the very strong Under 20 boys team in the 4 x 3km relay. The combination of expert runners Jye Edwards, Jake Myors, Harry McGill and Arron Spiessberger-Parker saw the boys take out the gold medal, in an overall time of 41.05 minutes. Jye Edwards set a cracking pace on the first leg, completing his 2 laps in a time of 9.48 minutes, giving the Nowra team a good 46 second lead in front of Sydney Striders. Jake Myors ran the second leg in 10.49 minutes, followed by Harry McGill in 10.22 minutes. Arron Spiessberger-Parker brought the team home in 10.06 minutes, finishing 2.05 minutes ahead of second place Sydney Striders. This was an outstanding win for these talented boys.

Another junior team to perform well was the Under 16 boy’s team of Hugh Dobson, Cooper Thomson, Kieran Harrison and Jesse Buckham. They ran strongly to finish with a well-deserved bronze medal.

Also winning bronze was the Women’s 45-54years 4 x 4km relay team. Annette Sampson, Linda Weatherill, Angela Bond and Cristine Suffolk were elated with their podium finish and proudly showed off their medals to each and all!

The Nowra Athletics men are obviously keen and committed runners, entering 6 Relay teams across the senior age groups. In the men’s 45+ team, Steve Grant, Perry Strand, Bill Stahlhut and Lethal Leith Babian ran at a rapid pace to secure gold in a time of 1..01.57. Steve used his long legs to his advantage to climb the hills and set a good lead in front of Kembla Joggers. Bill and Perry ran the second and third legs with proficient focus to maintain the lead while Leith ran with his characteristic wide grin to finish off the gold medal run.

The Mens 55+ team of Peter Dooley, Graeme Pepper, Bill Broughton and Martin Tomasini stormed home to claim silver in their race. Pete then decided that 1 relay wasn't enough, and he ran again in the 45+ Event in the Nowra 'B' team, along with Andrew Monroe, John Keenan and Bill Stahlhut (who also ran a double leg for double the fun) , eventually placing 7th from a field of 15 teams. Not a bad effort from these hardened runners!

For the first time Nowra entered a 65+ mens team and proving age is no barrier, the team of Milton Cox, Eric Moeller-Duhme, Jack Robertson and Kevyn Davis (barefoot and loving the grippy mud) ran consistent lap times to win themselves a bronze medal. These veteran runners are undoubtedly great role models for our younger club athletes!

All athletes who competed on the day put in gutsy performances around this twisty course and we are proud of everyone’s efforts on the course! The spirit in which everyone competed is certainly a testament to the friendliness of the Club.

The Club would like to thank Melinda Mustapic and Peter Dooley for organising the relay teams; it’s a big job trying to manage team entries and we appreciate the effort that goes into the coordination of this. We would also like to thank all athletes and families who committed their time to travel to Miranda and compete at the NSW State Cross Country Relays.

A full list of results for all team and individuals can be found on the website.

Finally the weekend wound up with the Greater Nowra Fun Run on Sunday morning at Nowra Showground. Once again, many Nowra Athletic Club members put on their runners and hit the pavement for more running with a number of top placings going to members of the Club! An early start certainly tested runners’ dedication! Well done to everyone who participated. A list of results will also be put up on the website.

Next week's cross country point score round will be held at Huskisson. See you there!!

Fun run at Nowra Showground this weekend.
The Greater Fun Run Series will be in Nowra this weekend, the 31st May2015. This is a great event for all the family and your friends with 3 distances on offer. The first run is at 8am with Registration and check in from 6.30am. Events commence at 8am for the 8km and 4km with the 2km kids event commencing at 9am. On each run there are breathtaking views of the Shoalhaven River and the picturesque surrounds. Online entries are open until Thursday 28th May. Bring your friends and family along. Check the website “ nowrafunrun.com.au “ for further details.

If you’re not into running but the kids are then why not offer you support on the course as a Marshall. No experience is required but helpers are always needed. If you can lend a hand on the day, please contact the President of Nowra Athletics Club – Scott Johnson (0410 435548).

Last weekend was the first leg of the annual McCaffrey Challenge between Nowra Athletics and Kembla Joggers. Perfect conditions helped with some great results at the Willandra course. To make it a true cross country course it’s always nice to have some mud, hills and squishy terrain with plenty of sunshine thrown into the mix. Kembla Joggers attended Willandra in good numbers. It is a very popular course and KJ’s bring with them an abundance of enthusiasm.

In the 1km run, the first 3 competitors to cross the line did so in less than 5 minutes. That’s pretty impressive running. In the 2km run, the first 3 competitors completed the course in less than 8 minutes and in the 3km the first 4 run under 11minutes. The first 5 to cross the line in the 4km medium course ran under 15minutes and in the long course (8km) the first 5 cracked the 30 minute mark. Of special note in the 8 km is Jye Edwards, who broke the record by 15 seconds and lowered his PB by 3 minutes. There were great improvements by many athletes and it was unfortunate that we weren’t able to win back the trophy.

Our usual 5 races were held throughout the afternoon and the sheer volume of KJ runners ensured that they once again retained the trophy. KJ’s took out the 1km event (193/214), the 2km event 1177/1400), 3km (736/1593), and the Medium Course (4km) 652/1038). Nowra was able to hang onto the long course (8km) run 852/967.
Records Broken at Huskisson
This week’s cross country point score round was held at Huskisson. It was a sunny afternoon with some great running on display and a number of Club records broken.

In the 1km course we had 8 enthusiastic competitors. First across the line was Heidi Piert, closely followed by Jed Seccombe and third was Levi Wallis.

The 2km Division 1 saw 9 runners contesting line honours. Matthew Higham continued his great form with a first place finish and the fastest time for the distance in 9 minutes 11. Bethany Dobson, the youngest of the Dobson family, showed speed certainly runs in the family, with a second place finish and third was Oliver Drury.

Division 2 was also hotly contested with a small but dedicated field. Lila Pratt was first home. Kate Leung finished second with the fastest female time of 10.33 minutes and hot on her heels in a time of 10.34 was Brae Hudson who ran through from back marker position to claim third.

In the 3km Division 1 first place went to Jasper Arnold. Leah Dobson ran in second and Tara Mustapic finished third. Alec Dobson had the fastest time of 12 minutes, running through from back marker to finish 6th. Also running strongly from a back position was Indie Seccombe who was the fastest female over 3 kms finishing 8th in a time of 12.26 minutes.

In Division 2 Eva Lilly showed her training preparation is paying dividends with a first place finish. Max Buckham once again featured on the podium with a second place this week and running in third was Jasper Leung.

Medium course saw the largest field of competitors for the day. There was some hot competition running the 4.8km course. In Division 1 Cooper Thomson ran strongly all the way to claim first place. He was followed by Andrew Munro and last week’s winner Jade Mustapic. Glen Mustapic had to settle for 4th place, behind daughter Jade. Cristine Suffolk was once again the fastest female across this distance and claimed the Open Women’s Club Record in a time of 20.37 minutes. Steve Grant showed amazing form as he ran through from back marker position to finish 11th taking out the Opens Men’s Club Record in the process in a very quick time of 17.09 minutes.

Division 2 saw Zahra Wells once again the winner for consecutive weeks, followed by Gavin Urquart and Kyra Florance.

Division 3 saw Fintan Murphy claim first place from the back marker position. Trish Bird took advantage of her handicap and was able to maintain a steady pace all the way around to claim second place and Angela Edwards ran in third. The conclusion of the Medium Course had the crowd cheering loudly as Maureen Cox and Terry Bailey sprinted to the finish competing for line placings!

Long course winner of Division 1 this week was Matt Brennan. Go marker Bill Broughton held onto his lead for most of the race to finish second and just behind him was John Keenan. The fastest female time on the day was recorded by Elisha Bell who finished 6th in a time of 38.43 minutes, also claiming the Open Women’s Club Record. Jye Edwards was impressive once again breaking the Open Men’s Club Record in a time of 30.12minutes, finishing 13th from a handicap of 13 minutes! 13 must be his lucky number!

In Division 2 long course Dean Bryce may or may not have cut some corners to claim victory across the line and Rae Thomson was second. Making it look easy from back marker Andy Depree ran in third. Obviously Andy has too much energy to burn as he has time to ‘taunt’ the other runners as he goes past and yet still finishes on the podium!

Athletes are reminded that next week’s cross country is at Willandra with Kembla Joggers Club for the McCaffrey Challenge. Please wear Club uniform if you have it so we can stand out in the gold and black colours! Everyone is asked to please bring a plate of food to share for afternoon tea, which will be held after the afternoon’s running. Enjoy a cuppa and something to eat with running friends at the picturesque Willandra.

Other upcoming events in the athletics calendar are the NSW Cross Country Relay Championships at Miranda on Saturday 30th May. Please let Club Captains know if you want to compete in a relay so teams can be finalised. Then on Sunday 31st May there is the Run NSW 2015 Greater Nowra Fun Run starting and finishing at the historic Nowra Showground. Online entries for this close Thursday 28th May. On offer is a 2km, 4km and 8km run. All the details are available on line at nowrafunrun.com.au.
Timberhills brings out the best!
It was a beautiful sunny afternoon on Saturday and runners seemed to revel in the first run at Timberhills for the season. There was some fantastic efforts by all.

In the 1km Charlie Braddick was first home, followed by Katie Martin and third was Jed Seccombe.

The 2km course Division 1 was won by Alisha Mustapic. Second was Matthew Higham who weaved his way through the pack from a 2.20 handicap showing great form this season; and third was Cameron Harrison. In Division 2 Tom Fraser ran from back marker position to cross the line first. Brae Hudson ran in second and Rachael Banwell was third.

3 km Division 1 was taken out this week by Jess O’Donnell. Jasper Arnold was next across the line, followed by Leah Dobson. Division 2 winner was the consistent Max Buckham. Erin Smart pushed all the way, from back marker to finish second, followed by another backmarker William Pratt, both proving that the 2 minute handicap was not enough to put them out of taking line honours.

Each year a run at the Timberhills course is dedicated to the Bill McKinnon Memorial. This year the Medium Course Division 1 was the nominated memorial race. This race saw a battle stirring on the track. Jade Mustapic was the winner of this race, just ahead of hard working Cristine Suffolk who was the fastest lady on the day. Derek Edwards from the front mark held on for third in his best run this season. Steve Grant was the fastest male over this distance overtaking many from his back marker start to end up 7th. Division 2 this week was won by the ever-smiling Zahra Wells with her canine companion in tow. Megan Fitt was second and Alex Arnold third. Terry Bailey ran a consistent pace to take out Division 3, with Donna Johnson getting back into the swing of running taking second and third was Chris Russell.

The Long course back markers were particularly impressive this week. They overcame their respective handicaps to get through the field with amazing speed and agility. Harry McGill overcame all and won division 1. There was great running by Scott Seccombe to finish second, Darren Morris was third and Stuart Drury close behind. Jye Edwards from a 12 minute handicap ran through to 5th place and broke the course record in the process in a new time of 35.04.

Division 2 was won by Andy Depree. Another back marker starter Andy proves that his recent holiday adventures have not affected his fitness! Trish McInally ran in second and third place was taken by the very consistent and durable Milton Cox.

Next week cross country will be held at Huskisson.

Athletes are reminded of the upcoming Greater Nowra Fun Run which will be held on Sunday 31 May. This is an inaugural running event for Nowra that supports family fitness. Runners can choose from a 2km, 4km or 8km fun run. This event will take place instead of the regular Saturday cross country competition, so it serves as a pointscore day for Nowra Athletics Members. Runners must enter on line and are encouraged to do so by Friday 15th May when the 'Early Bird' cheaper rate closes. All the info. is on the website nowrafunrun.com.au
The Sydney 10 and the NSW Road Championships
The Sydney 10 and the NSW Road Championships were held at Olympic Park last Saturday. The Greater Sydney:10 is Athletics NSW's flagship event, and is part of the Run NSW Fun Run Series. The 2015 Sydney:10 saw one of the best 10km fields this year. There were 723 competitors that finished. Nowra's Annette Sampson competed in the 50-54yr run and placed 1st in her category in a time of 43.49min. She was nearly 2 minutes ahead of the 2nd place. What an awesome achievement!

Angela Bond competed in the 45-49yr run and placed 12th in a time of 52.26min.

Jake Myors completed in theU20's in a time 35.06.

Congratulations to these Nowra athletes running in the gold and black!
55th Annual Meeting and Presentation
The 55th Annual Meeting and Presentation of Nowra Athletics Club was held on Saturday 2nd May. This was a night for recognising and celebrating the achievements of the Club and its Club members over the last 12 months.

In the words of the outgoing secretary Jan Gibb, the success of Nowra Athletics Club is owed in part to the recognition of the balance of family and individual participation and respect for all levels of competition and talent.

Whether an competitor enjoying local competition, or a competitor reaching state or national standard, the Club likes to recognise all efforts, and did so on Saturday night with the presentation of trophies and certificates for various categories across Cross Country, Road Running and Summer Track and Field.

In the 2014 Cross Country Nowra Toyota Pointscore Competition the winner of the 2km Division 1 was Stirling Norwood. Jake Babian was second and Alec Dobson third. In Combined Division 2 the winner was Cameron Harrison with Angus Lowbridge and Alistair Urquart equal second; and in Division 3 Rachael Banwell was the winner, with Emily Burinaga second. The 3km course Division 1 was taken out by Peter Dooley, followed by Kieren Harrison and Jesses Buckham. Divsion 2 was won by Mikayla Check, with Joshua Banwell second and Lucas Johnson third. In the Medium Course Division 1 Matt Brennan won the pointscore with Cristine Suffolk second and Paul Bacchus third. Division 2 was won by Ethan Havadjia, and John Keenan was second and Zahra Wells third. Division 3 winner was Eva Moeller Duhme, followed by Darlene Musgrove and Gavin Urquart. Long Course Division 1 was sealed by Jye Edwards, closely followed by Bradley Sawyers and third was Leith Babian. Division 2 was snared by Milton Cox, second was Richard Bosdyk and third was barefoot runner Kevyn Davis. In Division 3 the happy winner was Laura Babian, followed by Sky Martin and third was Geoff Crook.

In Summer Track and Field Graded Point score there were more worthy winners. The highest overall events tally prizes went to Ethan Havadjia in the Men’s Grades competing in a massive combined total of 58 events. Winning the boys highest events tally was newcomer Matthew Higham competing in a combined total of 50 events. Sarah deVries won the Women’s Grades competing in a combined total of 40 events over the summer season and Eilish Norwood won the girls highest events tally with 45 events covered.

In the Summer Road runs Sky Martin beat hubby Scott Martin to take out the overall pointscore and third was Paul Jennings.

A list of all winners can be found on the Nowra Athletics website.

In the Special Award categories, outstanding achievements and improvement were recognised. Winning the Winter Season John Morris Encouragement Award for consistency, hard effort and personal improvement was Erin Martin. While the winner of the Nowra Toyota Encouragement Award was Kristina O’Shea for her continual efforts in the Medium course.

The Volunteer Award went to Karen Sawyers for her valuable, reliable assistance throughout the previous season.

The Neville Markham Distance Runner of the Year Award is awarded in memory of Neville Markham who was an outstanding age group club runner through the 1980s and 1990s for Nowra. This year this award went to Leith Babian for his high level of performance in distance events throughout the season.

The Frank MCaffrey Award for ‘top performance’ , presented in commemoration of the founder of the Nowra Athletics Club for great performance by an individual club member or club team was awarded to the Under 20’s Winter cross country relay team for their ‘stand out’ achievements and podium finishes across a number of State competitions throughout the Winter season.

Finally, the High Achievement Award was presented to Samantha Peace. The Club would like to openly congratulate Samantha on her excellent results in discus which have earned her automatic selection in the Australian team to compete in the IAAF World Youth Games in Cali, Columbia in July. Samantha trains and competes with the utmost dedication and is well deserving of this award.

Nowra Athletics club would like to congratulate all athletes on their awards and thanks them for their continued support, participation and involvement with the Club.

Next week’s cross country pointscore round is due to be held at Timberhills. Keep an eye on the website and facebook page for any change of venue notice in case of continued wet weather.
Round 4 – Willandra - XC – 18th April, 2015
Registration: Don’t forget that you can renew your membership or register online for the first time. Just go to the website for full details.

Fun Run - Sunday May 31st we are conducting a Fun Run from the Nowra Showground. There will be NO competition on the Saturday due to this event. We encourage all club members to come along and bring a friend. This will be a great day out for the family.

This week was Round 4 of the Nowra Athletics Cross Country Competition and was held on the luscious Willandra course. The course was a little heavy underfoot in places but that didn’t deter members from turning up in good numbers.

1km - The 1km started on time and comprised of 17 enthusiastic nippers. Charlie Braddick is in great form and was able to maintain his lead from the start finishing in a time of 5.24min. Close on his heels was Mysty McLaren at 5.32min and Laila Hartnett at 5.50min. Fourth over the line this week was Aimee Coulson –Knight in 6.56min.

2km Div 1– The 2km event is hotly contested and this week was no exception with 27 club runners and an additional 7 visitors to bring it up to 34 competitors. The fastest female time in Div 1 was set by Bethany Dobson who went off a handicap of 30sec and finished in 10.18min. In second place was Scott Delo with a time of 9.10min and Jack Hopkins in third in 10.12min, and James Babian for 4th at 9.53min. The fastest male in this division was James’ older brother Jake with a scorching time of 8.37min

2km Div 2 – First and second across the line in this event were only separated by 3 seconds. Zac Peters 10.48min was able to hold on to cross in first as Kate Leung was quickly closing the gap and finished in a convincing 2nd with 10.45min. Rachael Banwell was well behind the leaders but still had a good run and finished in 3rd in a respectable 12.20min.

3km Div 1 – Leah Dobson took advantage of her handicap and was able to hold off the back markers in this event so that she could claim the 1st place with a time of 13.07min. Alec Dobson was trying his hardest to catch his sister but it wasn’t to be but he was hopefully happy with his time and performance to collect 2nd place in 12.13min (back marker) and Blake Hartnett was only 12 seconds behind and finished in 12.25min. Indie Secombe had a notable fast time of 12.27min. Watch out boys – here she comes.

3km Div 2 – One of the smallest fields this week was in this division but that didn’t mean that it wasn’t competitive. Rebecca Lancaster finished in 1st place with 16.44min and Ella Heald who started 30seconds behind made great time to take 2nd with 16.34min. Hamish Heald also had a great run to finish 3rd in a time of 15.28min.

Medium Div 1 – Peter Dooley may be stepping down as Club President but he is stepping up and stepping out with a convincing win in this event completing the difficult course in 16.53min. (Not bad for an old guy). Clare Dobson 18.44min and Crissy Suffolk couldn’t catch him with their times of 18.44min and 17.29min respectively and Hugh Dobson was left in their wake but placed 4th in a time of 15.20min.

Medium Div 2 – This division had the least competitors with only 9 runners turning up to give it a crack. Misty Hayburn took out a hard won 1st place in a time of 22.21min, Graham Smith showed that he’s maintained his form in the off season for 2nd place – 22.04min and Megan Fitt placed 3rd in 23.52min.

Medium Div 3 – Terry Bailey made good use of his early start to maintain his lead in this run and took out 1st place on the podium with a time of 28.15min. Fintan Murphy had to be happy with his 2nd place in 27.20min and he was closely followed over the line by John Price for 3rd – 25.26min

Long Course Div 1 - In total, there were 33 runners having a go at this challenging course – 21 in Division 1 and 22 in Division 2. The Division 1 runners make it look so easy, running along singing as they pass you (yes Leith, that was you) and then still have energy to take a podium place finishing 1st in 33.06 (make the most of your GO handicap cause you won’t have it for long with performances like that. ). Stuart Drury took out 2nd – 39.14min and Bill Broughton showed that a maturity doesn’t equal slow with his solid 3rd place with 39.29min.

Long Course Div 2 – The nature of the beast (being division 2) means that some of these runners are out on the course a little bit longer than others. High humidity made it difficult for some but that doesn’t seem to be the case the winner of this week’s run. Will Minchin was able to finish 1st, 43.11min. Doug Jeffrey (I haven’t run for weeks blah, blah, blah) managed to use his handicap to good advantage for 2nd – 46.38min and Scott Dobson obviously was spurred on by his cheer squad watching from the sidelines placed in 3rd – 42.58.

Novice Cross Country - This weekend Arron Spiessberg-Parker competed in and took the silver medal at the Novice Cross Country Championships at Ramsgate. To be eligible for this competition, you cannot have placed in the top three in any state track or cross country event over 3000m. This was Arron’s first competitive 10km event in a field of 44 competitors. It is an event with a long history (103 years) with 75 years being at this venue. Arron was up against some strong competition but didn’t lose sight of his goal, he was able to stick to his strategies and the results paid off. He is in good company as his coach – Rob McDonald competed in this event back in the day and took out a respectable bronze. Well done and congratulations Arron.
Round 3 XC
Round 3 of the Winter Cross Country series took place at beautiful Huskisson on Saturday 11th April. Numbers were up a little from earlier weeks but still way below average compared to previous years.

Perhaps the changeable weather had something to do with it! Although cross country running does take place in just about all-weather!

Fortunately the rain cleared in time on Saturday for the running and runners enjoyed the meandering course through the bush.

Our shortest distance on the program, the 1km course had just 6 competitors this week. Our youngest competitors ran well with Jed Seccombe taking 1st place. Heidi Piert took second and Aimee Coulson-Knight was 3rd.

The 2km course had 18 competitors. In Division 1 Scott Delo was first across the line. He was followed by Stirling Norwood, who ran the fastest time for the distance in 7.55 minutes, and Matthew Higham was third. In Division 2 Jack Hopkins took line honours with Cameron Harrison in second place and Annie Seccombe 3rd. Division 3 was taken out by Zac Peters, followed by Rachael Banwell and Kylie Rose.

The 3km course saw 24 competitors jostling for position. Chelsea Pascoe took 1st place in Division 1. Tara Mustapic was second and Hunter Lynch was the fastest male across 3kms, crossing the line in 3rd place with a time of 13.41 minutes. Indie Seccombe was the fastest female. Running from back marker off a handicap of 2.30 minutes Indie crossed the line in 4th place in a time of 12.35 minutes. In Division 2 Ella Heald was 1st, followed by Jess O’Donnell and Richard Murphy.

The medium course was well represented with 3 divisions. In division 1 Thomas Pascoe was the first home. Liam Dooley ran in 2nd and Paul Duncan was 3rd. Steve Grant was back marker, off a handicap of 5.40minutes. Steve powered his way through the pack to finish 4th with the fastest time in this distance of 17.36 minutes. Looks like the handicapper will have to increase that handicap next week Steve!

In Division 2 Keeghan Norwood was first, followed by Rebecca Miles and Jainie Hamilton. Division 3 was taken out by Darlene Musgrove with Chris Russell second and Mel Mustapic 3rd. Long course saw 36 competitors keen enough to run the longest distance on the program! In fact, if we get any more long distance enthusiasts we may have to divide the competitors into 3 divisions instead of the current 2!

In Division 1 Peter Heald led the way home. Linda Weatherill, as Go marker, maintained her position throughout the race to finish 2nd. Next was Mitchell Cunningham who sprinted through from a back marker position, off 11.30minutes handicap to finish 3rd. Arron Spiessberger-Parker recorded the fastest time over the long course with a time of 30.20 minutes, also running from a back marker handicap and finishing 6th. Annette Sampson was the fastest female on the course, finishing in 11th place in a time of 42.51 minutes. These steely runners are certainly dedicated and continue to impress!

Division 2 honours were claimed this week by the ever-steady Milton Cox, followed by Matt Kinsele and Rod Rose.

Next week Round 4 will be held at Willandra on Saturday April 18th. The Nowra Athletics Club has been providing Athletics to people of all ages and abilities for over 50 years. We are a family friendly Club, catering for under 7’s to over 70’s. Previous running experience is not required, you just need to have some joggers and a desire to have a go. Come along & check us out. Registration from 2pm.
The Australian Masters
The Australian Masters Athletics held their 2015 Track and Field Championships in Sydney over the Easter break, from 3rd to 6th April.

For a few dedicated Nowra athletes there was no time for chocolate Easter eggs this Easter; instead they competed in a variety of track and field events at The Crest Athletics Track against the best athletes nationwide.

Nowra had a small number of competitors but still managed to bring home an impressive haul of 7 medals!

Cristine Suffolk competed in the 8km CC event and ran a steady race, as usual, finishing in a time of 34.33 minutes for a bronze medal.

Sprinter Lynda Douglass was on fire on the track and brought home 2 bronze medals. Lynda ran in 3rd in both the 50-54 years 60metre sprint, finishing in a time of 8.70 and in the 200m event in a time of 30.10. Lynda also placed 4th in the 100m sprint.

Sharon Scouller paced herself well in the 10,000 metre track event to finish 3rd for a bronze medal in a time of 47.33.24.

In the field, Deb Clark’s throwing arm was in fine form as she speared a bronze medal in the 50-54 years javelin with a throw of 23.07metres. This was Deb’s first National meet. She has put some solid training in recently so this medal was well deserved. Deb also placed 5th in the shot with a throw of 7.70metres.

Representing Nowra in the male events, Bill Pomplun won 2 bronze medals in the race walks. Bill competed in the 55-59 years 1500m walk and the 5000m walk and placed 3rd in both events.

Nowra Athletics Club is very proud of the athletes dedication and congratulates them all on their fine results.
Australian Junior Track and Field Championships 2015
There were many very impressive performances by local athletes from Nowra Athletics Club at the 2015 Australian Junior Track and Field Championships held at Sydney Olympic Park last week. There were personal bests, National medals and even a world championship achievement.

Fifteen athletes from the Nowra Athletics Club competed at the Championships against the very best athletes from across Australia. Fifteen representatives from a country club like Nowra is an amazing effort, and a credit to the dedication and commitment of these young athletes and the support of their families and coaches.

The highlight of the Championships for Nowra was when discus thrower Samantha Peace achieved automatic selection for the IAAF world youth championships to be held in Cali, Columbia in July. Competing in the under-18 discus, Samantha started nervously with throws of 44.08m, 41.86m and 43.89m; all well below her five qualifying marks and personal best of 48.12m. Worse still she was in second place. “Sitting behind them going into the final made me realize that I needed to change my approach. Luckily a good friend had come to watch, so instead of going to the gate to see my coach, I went to have a good laugh. After this my muscles were relaxed and my mind was clear” said Samantha. The result was a 46.79m throw, her sixth qualifying mark and she moved back into the lead which she held until the end of competition. Samantha said “The feeling of securing my spot to Colombia was absolutely amazing, six years ago I set a wild long term goal of getting selected in this team, and walking off the field today realizing that it was actually happening was absolutely unreal. I am very excited to take the next step onto the world stage.” Samantha also won silver in the Under 20 discus with a throw of 47.04m – a bigger throw than her gold medal effort in the Under 18’s.

Another amazing achievement came from local athlete Zac Jones who competed in 8 events at the Championships and came away with a remarkable 7 National medals! In the under-20 men’s para 1500m championship, Zac ran 5:07.73 to take the title. Zac also won two silvers for the 200m and 800m, and 4 bronze medals for the 400m, long jump, discus and shot. What an absolute champion effort!

One more Australian champion amongst our midst is Arron Spiessberger-Parker who won the National title in the Under 20 5000m in a time of 15.02.84. Well done Arron.

Achieving personal bests at the championships included Clare Dobson in the 2000m steeplechase. Clare went into the race ranked 20th and finished with a 12th place. Brother Hugh Dobson also ran strongly in his steeplechase event; ending it with a gutsy sprint finish for 14th place.

Young Victoria Kennedy gave it her all against athletes much bigger and taller to finish 15th in her first National steeplechase.

Annette Peace threw well in the field events to finish 12th in the Under 15 hammer and 5th in the discus while Siwa Harvey-Aziz threw his way into 8th place in the Mens Under 15 discus.

Sprinter Zac Havadjia was elated to finish 3rd in his heat of the under 18 200m and qualify for the final. However coming onto the bend in the final Zac tore his hamstring and courageously finished the race to take 8th place, before being stretchered off the track. Zac was unfortunately unable to compete in the rest of the championships due to his injury and we wish him a speedy recovery.

Jye Edwards narrowly missed out on a national medal finishing 4th in the Under 18 800m final. Jye also ran in the 1500m and finished 8th in his heat.

Shenay Edwards ran well in the Under 16 800m for a 6th place in her heat in a time of 2.21.38 while Jade Mustapic finished 7th in her heat in the under 15 800m. Jade also competed in the 400m where she ran in 4th in her heat.

Harry McGill was battling illness during the championships but still managed to place a creditable 12th in the Under 18 3000m and qualify for the 1500m final after a 6th place finish in his heat. Illness got the better of him in the end and he was unfortunately unable to compete in the final.

Jake Myors ran against the best Australian athletes as well as 6 New Zealand competitors in the Under 20 1500m and clocked up a time of 4.10.80 for his event.

The youngest of the Nowra competitors, Jess O’Donnell, proved that age is no barrier as she lined up in the Under 14 100m sprint. Jess did herself proud as she sprinted in for a fifth place in a fast time of 13.34, finishing up 18th overall from 30 of the best in Australia in her age group.

It was a tremendous effort from all the athletes involved in the Championships.
NSW Masters Championships
NSW Masters Championships were held at Sydney Olympic Park over the weekend 21st to 22nd February.
Athletes battled heat, rain and wind at the state championships with a small number of Nowra athletes flying the colours for Nowra Athletics Club.
Cristine Suffolk added yet another medal to her vast collection with a silver in the 5000 metre event for 45-49 years in a time of 20.48.10.
Also running 5000 metres was Sharon Scouller who ran in third in the 50-54 years event in a time of 22.41.14.
Sprinting her way to 3 medals over the weekend was the speedy Lynda Douglass. Lynda won silver in both the 50-54 years 60 metre and 100 metre events. She also secured a bronze in the 200 metres.
Deb Clark speared a bronze medal in her first Masters Championships with a throw of 20.54metres in the 50-54 years javelin.
The sole male representative from Nowra was Bill Pomplun who came away with 3 medals from the meet. Bill won silver in the 55-59 years 3000metre steeplechase, another silver in the 5000metre walk and a bronze in the shot.
Congratulations to these athletes
Track & Field Competition has finished.
Due to the weather and track problems the graded point score was held over 10 rounds for the track events and 11 rounds for field events this season. Congratulations to the winners of each category. Trophies will be awarded at the Annual Presentation night. This will be held on Saturday 2nd May with the AGM to also be held on this night. Make sure you put this date in your diary. As one season finishes, another starts.
The first cross country run of the season will commence at Willandra on March 21st. Please come along and enjoy cross country running on a picturesque course.
There are five distances offered at this course and the different courses across the area, from 1km, 2km, 3km, long course (which varies from 8km to 12km depending on the course) and medium course (which varies from 4 to 6km). Choose your distance and come running!
Meanwhile, a group of young talented Nowra athletes will be competing at the 2015 Australian Junior Championships this coming week at Sydney Olympic park Athletics Centre. The Championships run from Wednesday 11th March through to Sunday 15th March.
Clare Dobson will be competing in the under 17 steeplechase while brother Hugh Dobson will be competing in the under 16 steeplechase. Also trying their luck in the steeplechase in the under 15 event will be Victoria Kennedy.
Another Nowra brother-sister team will be Jye Edwards who will run in the under 18 800m and 1500m, and Shenay Edwards in the under 16 800m.
Sisters Annette and Samantha Peace will be throwing in the field events. Annette will compete in the under 15 hammer throw and discus while big sister Samantha will compete in the under 18 shot, as well as both the under 18 and under 20 discus.
Also throwing discus will be Siwa Harvey-Aziz in the under 15's.
Sprinter Zac Havadjia will run against the best in the under 18 200m and 400m while talented Jade Mustapic will run in the under 15 400m and 800m.
Jess O'Donnell will sprint in the under 14 100m, while in the longer events Harry McGill will compete in the under 18 1500m and 3000m and Jake Myors will compete in the under 20 1500m.
Kristin Kalemusic will run in the under 20 800m.
Zachary Jones will compete in a host of events, sure to keep him busy. Zac is entered in 8 events; the under 20 Para 1500m, 800m, 400m, 200m, 100m, shot, discus and long jump
Nowra Athletics Club would like to wish all the Nowra athletes the very best of luck at the National Championships.
Athletics season ending soon pt.2
Nowra Athletics Track & Field competition is almost over. The last Wednesday night of friendly competition will be on this Wednesday 25th February from 6pm. Come along for some end-of-season fun.

Last Wednesday saw another small but dedicated group of athletes competing in a number of events. There was a couple of sprints for the little ones with Will Anderson showing growing speed over the last few weeks. Sarah deVries, all rounder enjoyed the long jump as well as the sprints. In the javelin, Camryn Anfruns showed great improvement, with some helpful tips from Doug McNally and Geoff Crook. The feature event of the night was a handicap 300m race with back markers starting at the 300metre mark and the rest of the field spread out over the first 100 metres. It was a fun event with the challenge of chasing down the front markers pushing runners along.

Cross country season will kick off on Saturday 21st March at Willandra. Keep an eye on the website and facebook page for information.
Athletics season ending soon
As the athletic season winds down there is a small but dedicated crowd of athletes on a Wednesday night for local competition.

However camaraderie amongst athletes is strong and some friendly rivalry on the track and in the field events remain.

The Club would like to thank everyone for their involvement in the Summer Track and Field Competition and to also thank athletes for their patience and understanding with the current track conditions which may have hampered some people's recent attendance.

It is anticipated that a re-turfing of the Track will rectify the current problems, ready for a bigger and better season of athletics later in the year.

Cross Country season will soon be upon us, with an anticipated start date of Saturday 21st March at Willandra. Pop the date in your diary and get those running shoes ready!

Meanwhile, for some last minute track running, throwing and jumping come along this Wednesday 18th February at 6pm for a variety of the usual events.
NSW Junior & Youth Championships 2015
The 2015 NSW Junior & Youth Championships were held at Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre over 3 days, from Friday 6th to Sunday 8th February, in very warm conditions

NSW junior championships showcased the state’s talented teenagers. The field included world junior representatives and Youth Olympics Games representatives.

Twenty two Nowra Athletes competed in these Championships and there were strong performances across both track and field proving the strength of the local talent. The Championships were a last opportunity for athletes to qualify for the Australian Championships which will be held in March.

Any athlete who placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd for their age group is now eligible for the Australian Junior Championships.

Discus thrower Samantha Peace recorded another world youth qualifier throw of 46.39m, bringing her qualifier tally to six now. Samantha is an exceptional young athlete and is well deserving of her 1st place in the Under 18 discus and second place in the shot.

Sister Annette also added two more medals to her collection with a win in the Under 15 discus and 3rd in the hammer.

Also in the field was Siwa Harvey-Aziz who threw the discus 44.62 metres for a bronze in the Under 15 discus.

Jye Edwards had a double victory over the weekend with a win in both the Under 18 800m and 1500m.

Whilst sister Shenay finished 4th in the finals for both the Under 16 400m and 800m.

Jade Mustapic won silver in the Under 15 400m and placed 4th in the 800m.

Another medallist was sprinter Zac Havadjia who stood proudly on the podium for his bronze medal win in the Under 18 400m. Zac also finished 5th in the 200m final.

Nicholas Wooley also competed in the 400 and 200m events, finishing 5th in the 400m final and 7th in the 200m final in the Under 20's.

Sprinter Jenna Bentley made the finals in both the 100m and 200m in the Under 15 age group, finishing strongly in 6th position for the 200m and 5th in the 100m.

Cam Musgrove also made the finals in his two chosen events. Cam placed 7th in the Under 18 400m final and 6th in the 800m.

Ulladulla athlete Kristin Kalemusic ran hard for 4th place in the Under 20 800m final.

Jess O'Donnell competed in the Under 14 200m and finished 4th in her heat; and Emerson Brian ran a solid time in his 100m heat to place 6th in the Under 17.

In the distance events Harry McGill ran a blistering race for 3rd in the Under 18 3000m and took 4th in the 1500m.

Troy Whittington competed in the Under 17's events and finished 8th in the 3000m and 12th in the 1500m.

Jake Myors travelled from Forster to compete in his Nowra colours in the Under 20 1500m and finished 9th.

Nowra, once again had a good showing in the steeplechase events. Hugh Dobson ran 5th in the under 16 event and 'big' sister Clare finished 4th in the Under 17's. Young Victoria Kennedy performed strongly with a well earned 3rd place in the Under 15 event.

There was just one Nowra representative in the walks - Corey McConville placed a very commendable 4th in the Under 14 3000m walk.

Finally, hurdling for Nowra was Hannah Stone who placed 9th in the Under 14 80m hurdles.

Congratulations to these athletes for competing and putting their best foot forward. They should all be proud of their efforts on the track and in the field. We look forward to watching the progress of those athletes who have now qualified for the Australian Championships.
Summer Road Run – Nowra 29/01/15
A large contingent of runners turned up on Friday night to duke it out for a chocolate, Handicaps ranged from Go (start of the clock) up to 20min 30 sec and everything in between. Handicapping takes a lot of skill and broad shoulders because most people don’t realise their capabilities and believe that have been hard done by. Having said that, the majority of runners just whinge for the fun of it.

Conditions were good on Friday night for running the streets. Ava once again stepped up to take a podium place (1st). She was being chased down by Charlie who overtook Eva about 1 metre from the finish. Eva’s performance is always consistent and this week was no exception. New runner Erin Smart crossed in 2nd (but as a first time runner, relinquished her podium place – although she did receive a chocolate). Added incentive this week was the birthday cakes waiting for us at the end. Birthday wishes go to Eva, Brad and Tash. Best wishes and a speedy recovery are sent to Donna Johnson who is on the mend after an operation that will put her out of action for the rest of the season.

This Saturday is the 1km handicap run at the Nowra Show. If you are interested, please contact Peter Dooley ASAP so your time can be organised.

Friday night run will be at Erowal Bay. See you there.
Summer Road Run – Tomerong 22/01/15
Tomerong was the venue this week for the gathering of the Road Run. Not too many people ventured out but that didn’t diminish the competition for a chocolate. As always, the heat plays a major part in performance (well for some people). It didn’t seem to slow Terry, Charlie or Ava down too much as they crossed in that order.

The best thing about Tomerong is it’s downhill finish which is a nice reward for all the up hills you have to conquer. Special thanks to Gail, Sean, Bill, Paul, Dean, Kevyn and Karen (babysitter extradionaire) for your help each week. We all love to run but without these guys it would be unorganised chaos. Other good performances this week were from Sky, Peter, Brad and Scotty.
Country Championships - 2nd February
NSW Country Championships were held at Glendale over 3 days from 23rd to 25th January. Nowra Athletics had 61 Competitors and their families, plus 6 Officials & a volunteer who all made the trek to the Newcastle area to participate in the Championships over a vast selection of both track and field events.

There were 41 junior athletes from 10 years to 18/19 years, 2 Open category athletes and 18 athletes representing the Senior age groups from 30-39 years to our most senior athletes in the 60-69 age group.

From the juniors to seniors all Nowra athletes competed with commitment, pride and enthusiasm! A swag of medals were won - Nowra came away with 33 gold medals, 43 silver and 38 bronze medals.

These medals were well deserved by all and helped Nowra to finish second overall in The Hooper Cup which is awarded to the top performing club at the NSW Country Championships.

Representing our youngest athletes, Hannah Brian competed in three events in the 10 years category and won silver in each event! Jackson Musson, also 10 years threw the discus into silver place in his first Country Championships and Zac Maher earned himself a bronze in the 10 years high jump.

At the opposite end of the age scale, veteran runner Kevyn Davis ran a gold winning bare-foot run in the 60-69 years 3000m event. The heat of the track surely must have urged him on! Also competing in the 60-69 group was Doug McNally who won gold in the javelin and bronze in the shot and triple jump.

Samantha Peace continues to excel in the field, performing a record breaking throw in the 17 years discus for 1st place. Samantha also won the open discus event and was second in the 17 years shot. Sister Annette also threw herself onto the podium with a gold winning performance in both the 15 years hammer and 14 years discus.

Nowra Athletics has a reputation of being a family friendly club and the family involvement was certainly on show at the Country Championships. The Johnson family collected a booty of medals, with Chris Johnson winning 2 silver and 2 bronze, Ebony Johnson won a silver and bronze, Ben collected 2 silver and 2 bronze and youngest family member Callum won 2 bronze.

The Dobson family were also impressive over the distance events. Kim Dobson took out the 40-49 2000m steeple chase in a record time of 9.16.31, while Clare Dobson won bronze in the 18/19 steeple and Hugh won silver in the 15 years steeple. Alec Dobson added to the family medal tally with a silver in the 11 years 1500m.

The Maher family performed well with Scott Maher taking 3rd in the 40-49 years 1500m, and Sam Maher finishing 3rd in the 11 years 1500m. Meanwhile brothers Zac and Will favoured running the 100m sprints over the long distance events.

At least one member of the Clark family celebrated their medal winning performance with style - Deb Clark won silver in the 50-59 years javelin and at the same time won a challenge to pop the cork on a long awaited bottle of champagne! Alistair Clark won a silver in the 14 years 200m hurdles and big brother Angus, competing for the first time in several months, won 2 bronze medals in the 18/19 years shot and discus.

Zac Havadjia was outstanding in the 17 years sprints, winning a trifecta of gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 400m. Andrew, Alison and Ethan Havadjia also competed strongly in a variety of events across the track and field.

Cristine Suffolk added another 2 golds to her immense medal collection with a win in the women's opens 5000m and 40-49 years 3000m. Also winning double gold was Brock Nichols for 1st in the 17 years high jump and javelin. In addition Tim Musson and Jade Mustapic collected dual golds in their events.

Young Corey McConville competed in a massive 9 individual events and came away with 5 bronze medals. Sprinters Jess O'Donnell and Zoe Chater had some friendly rivalry on the track with Jess taking gold in the 13 years 100m and Zoe taking the silver. Jess also won the 13 years 200m whilst Zoe took two more silvers in the 200m hurdles and long jump.

Nowra had a number of sprinters hurtling down the track impressing spectators from the newcomer Alex O'Brien, to teenager Jenna Bentley, to the experienced Lynda Douglass and Andrew Rodda. Also putting on a good show in the 40-49 200m sprint was Andrew Havadjia who limped his way from the bend to the finish line, after pulling a calf muscle but was determined to finish! A courageous performance!

This year saw a large number of Nowra competitors in the gruelling steeple chase event. Testing their endurance and water skills for the first time at Country were Ethan Havadjia, Jesse Buckham and Victoria Kennedy whilst long-legged Liam Dooley returned to the event after last year and won gold in the 17 years.

Jumping was the order of the day for Paul Musgrove who leapt his way to gold in the 40-49 years high jump and to bronze in the long jump. Jordan deVries also showed prowess in the jumps, leaping to gold in the 18/19 years long jump, silver in the high jump and bronze in the triple.

Jake Myors medalled in all three of his chosen distance events as did Harry McGill. Shenay Edwards covered the 200m, 400m and 800m events with two bronzes and a silver, whilst older brother Jye won the 17 years 1500m and dad Derek showed good return form in the 50-59 years events.

Geoff Crook speared second in the 50-59 years javelin and Club President Peter Dooley took gold in the 50-59 years 1500m and then backed up with a bronze in the 800m.

Sarah deVries competed, as always, with heart and a big smile in a selection of opens events and won a well-deserved gold medal in the 100m hurdles.

Other medal winners over the weekend included Hannah Stone, Max Buckham, Tara Mustapic, Josh Byron, Nicholas Wooley and Cameron Musgrove. Breeana O'Donnell, Kristin Kalemusic and Emerson Brian all put in gutsy performances in their individual events too.

Of course it is impossible to mention everyone's separate performances here, however everyone certainly deserves congratulations for their dedication, sportsmanship and effort - medals or not, all athletes tried their best and personal achievements and satisfaction often out-weigh the podium finishes.

Most importantly the athletes wearing the gold and black colours of Nowra Athletics club had fun and supported their team mates; cheering them on to the end.
Country Championships - 28th January.
NSW Country Championships were held at Glendale over 3 days from 23rd to 25th January 2015. Country Championships are the highlight of the year for Country clubs within NSW and Nowra athletes certainly did themselves proud at this event.

If my count is correct there were 61 Nowra athletes wearing the gold and black competing with pure enthusiasm and great sportsmanship over a wide variety of track and field events.

John Morris from Athletics NSW also commended Nowra members for Volunteering their time over the weekend to assist with the running of events, In particular he mentioned his gratitude for those who helped with the lap counting of the 5000 metres events on Friday night.

There was some great competition at the championships with a friendly atmosphere. Athletes enjoyed the opportunity to mix with other like minded country athletes and to experience the camaraderie of other Nowra Athletic members at an 'away' venue.

There was an impressive haul of medals from Nowra athletes, some great Personal Bests achieved, and most importantly lots of laughs!

Well done to everyone who competed and also to those who cheered and supported!

A full list of results for the Nowra Club will appear shortly and remember to check out the Nowra Athletics Facebook page for photos and information.

Once again this year, Nowra Athletics will host the 1 kilometre handicap race at Nowra Show which will take place on Saturday 7th of February. All interested and available runners must let a committee member know as soon as possible if they wish to compete so the event's starting order can be finalised.
Holiday Competition Week 1
Numbers were down for the first night back at track and field but this didn’t mean this wouldn’t be reflected in the results. Andrew Rodda is in great form leading into the Country Championships and he is looking to finesse his form with a run on a synthetic track on Wednesday at Beaton Park in Wollongong. The Norwood family once again showed their bon-a-fides by placing well in all events and in the 1km handicap, (which is again on offer for the Nowra Show), Liam Dooley and Troy Whittington showed what you can do with talent and long legs although they weren’t able to run Mason Keane down before the finish line – Mind you, he won’t ever get a handicap as generous.

Members interested in attending the competition on Wednesday 14th with Athletics Wollongong, are advised of the following events that will be conducted:

TRACK – 60m, 600m and 3000m along with a medley relay 200 x 2 and 400 and 800.

FIELD – Turbo Javelin for Juniors, Hammer Throw for Seniors plus Jumps for Seniors & Juniors.

If you require further information, please check the Wollongong Athletics Website.

Our Club will pay all Nowra members ground entry fees. Please tell the officials that you are with Nowra as you enter through the building. Wear your NAC singlet/crop top if you have one, however this is not compulsory. Please try to be there as close to 6pm as you can.

The Athletics NSW Illawarra Track Classic will also be held at Beaton Park on Saturday evening 17th. January incorporating the NSW 60m and 1 mile championships, it is a good opportunity for our athletes to compete in this fantastic event at a venue close to home.

Please check ANSW website for all events on offer. plus entry details

Reminder that Country Championship entries close Wednesday 14th January 2015. Entries can be made online or by downloading an entry form as advised in your December Newsletter.

The Summer Road Run program has recommenced after a short break over the festive season. This week was a pairs run which was side tracked by a thunder storm. Most runners elected to just stretch the legs and no times were taken. Next week we will run at Plantation Point (hopefully, we will get to dip our feet in the Bay to cool down afterwards)


Track and Field Round 10
Wednesday 17th December was the last night of competition for 2014 for Nowra Athletics.

Committee members were pleased with the attendance for the slightly modified version of Round 10

As a bonus for the evening,.all competitors who check results will note they scored ‘double points’ in all events. Despite the rather heavy track Andrew Rodda managed to lower his 60mt record he set last month. Well done Andrew.

The final event for the evening was the Christmas Mile which was hotly contested by a number of athletes, including Alex Pitkethly who made a surprise visit to the club while enjoying some annual leave. .

However the gun runners were too good on the night for Alex. The event was taken out by the ever-smiling Leith Babian, who won a prized plum pudding!

2nd was Brad Sawyers and in a sprint finish Liam Dooley took third place in front of Alex Pitkethly. Cristine Suffolk claimed the pudding being the first female.

The evening concluded with a delicious variety of pizzas & garlic bread generously provided by Andrew Havadjia. Judging by the speed the food disapeared it certainly was enjoyed & appreciated as athletes ate, mingled and chatted about the season thus far,.certainly agreed It was a great way to finish the year!

Club members will enjoy a break for the holiday season and resume on Wednesday January 7th.

A gentle reminder, Wednesday 14th January will be held at Wollongong's Beaton Park with Wollongong Athletics Club. Please note there will be no competition at Nowra on this night.

Country Championships will then be held at Glendale, Newcastle on Friday, Saturday and Sunday 23rd,24th and 25th January.All athletes are encouraged to enter the Country Championships to experience a great competition on a synthetic track with a very friendly atmosphere and enjoy a fun time mixing with other like-minded country athletes. Entries close14th January.

Enjoy the festive season & New Year. See you all in 2015.
General Report 10th. December 2014
Nowra Athletics club will hopefully be back on the track Wednesday, 17th December, after a few weeks away due to the wet weather and track maintenance work. The Committee would like to thank members for their patience during the track regeneration work. The timing has been unfortunate however hopefully it will pay off in the long run. Many thanks to members who assisted at the recent working bee held at the track, especially Terry Bailey , Rob McDonald, Leith, Laura, Jake and James Babian.

Wednesday 17th.will be the last club night for the year and it will be a special program. The feature will be a "Christmas " mile race with a couple of plum puddings as prizes. The committee is hoping to see as many club members as possible there to support the night after a disrupted program over recent weeks. Time to dust off the cobwebs! In addition, as is tradition, there will be a Christmas supper provided after Wednesday night’s competition. Come share some Christmas cheer! For catering please let a committee member know if you will NOT be attending.

Club competition will break for Christmas after this Wednesday and then resume on 7th January for Track and field club night, to work off that Christmas cheer!

The athletics season is heating up and there are a number of significant events coming up on the athletics calendar so you want to get in as much training as you can!

NSW Country Championships will be held at Glendale on January 23rd-25th 2015. Athletes need to enter if they wish to compete. Entries close midday Wednesday 14th January 2015. Entries cost $20 for the first event and $10 for every subsequent event ($70 cap). Family entry is capped also at $70 . Please contact Jan Gibb if you require a manual family entry form or have any questions regarding entries etc.

On the 14th January track and field will be held at Beaton Park ,Wollongong in conjunction with Wollongong athletics club. This will be a great opportunity to get some training in on a synthetic track before Country Championships. Please note there will be no events at our Nowra track on this night.

The Nowra Show 1 kilometre handicap event will also be held once again this year, on 13th February. Who will compete and who will take line honours this time? Finally, Nowra Athletics Club would like to congratulate some young athletes for their performances in Adelaide at the Australian All-Schools Championships.

Samantha Peace was a silver medallist in the Under 18s discus with a mighty throw of 47.93 metres, qualifying her for IAAF World Youth Championships in 2015. This is a fantastic achievement from a very talented and committed athlete. Another fine athlete in the throwing circle, Siwa Harvey-Aziz also won a National silver medal. Siwa threw the discus 47.93metres to take 2ndplace in the under 14’s discus event. Hugh Dobson placed 12th in the Under 16s 2000 metre steeplechase in a time of 7.14.71. Congratulations to Hugh, competing in this gruelling long distance event. Middle distance runner Jye Edwards competed in not one, but two events at the Australian Championships. He placed 7th in the Under 18’s 800m in a time of 1.56.83 and finished 9th in the 1500m with 4.08.30. Fantastic results from another very dedicated athlete!

We look forward to seeing much more from these athletes in the near future!
Track and Field Round 9
Round 9 had a small but dedicated group of athletes competing in a range of events.

On the track there was some good running from the girls, Meg Morris, Casey Johnson, Erin Martin and Camryn Anfruns.

The boys also showed good form, with Keeghan Norwood, Ethan Havadjia, Corey McConville, and Nicholas Jagot all running well in the sprint events.

In the Senior divisions Zac Havadjia finished first in both the 50metre and 150metre events. Jordan deVries, Brock Nichols and Liam Dooley also showed good speed.

Once again Zoe Chater finished first in the senior womens sprints with Sarah deVries in second place.

Andrew Rodda led the Vets across the line in the 50metre sprint, followed by Tim Musson, Alan Hughes and Kevin Norwood (who remembered his running attire this week!)

In the longer sprint event, once around the track, Cameron Musgrove finished first in a fast time on a bumpy track. Zac Havadjia ran in second, Leith Babian was third and Peter Dooley fourth.

In the distance event of 1000m it was Bradley Sawyers who ran home first, with a very solid run. Leith Babian followed for second place, Scott Johnson was third and Peter Dooley fourth.

In the field, jumping high was Brock Nichols, clearing a height of 1.70m in the high jump. Jordan deVries and Liam Dooley also put in some good jumps.

While in the shot put circle the little ones showed some good throwing techniques. Emma Keane threw 6.25 metres and Eilish Norwood threw 6.17 metres. It was good to see Anna and Eva Lilly, Callula Norwood and Claire Musson all displaying great enthusiasm and commitment with their throwing.

Nowra Athletics welcomes any interested athletes to come along and join the family friendly club.
Track and Field round 8
Due to track work at Ron Brown Sporting Ground a field-events only program was conducted for Nowra Athletics last week. A small but dedicated group of athletes enjoyed a variety of throwing and jumping events.

Two new Discus records were established during the competition, which in itself probably is a first for the club. The reason being they were set by father & son, on the same night & in the same event. Father responsible was Tim Musson who added just over a metre to the 30 – 39yrs category, which he set two weeks ago and 9 year old son Jackson, created a new 9yrs & under record with a distance of 24 metres.

Another young Discus thrower who is consistently improving is Siwa Harvey-Aziz. In Round 8 Siwa set a new record in the 12/13 years category with a mighty throw of 48.06 metres. This bettered his record by 6 meters which he set earlier on 22 October. Well done Siwa, Tim and Jackson !

This Wednesday night should see a return to the full program which will be Series 3 - Round 9. with the track back in action. Events will kick off as normal from 6pm.

Nowra athletes are also reminded that the 2015 NSW Country Championships will be held at the Hunter Sports Centre Glendale Friday 23 to Sunday 25 January 2015. Start training now and thinking about the events you will enter. For more information check out NSW Athletics website.
Summer Road Run – Nowra 21.11.14
Another hot afternoon greeted the Road Runners on Friday evening. Fortunately, the temperature had dropped to a reasonable 24 or 25 and for some; the heat didn’t impair their running enthusiasm. This is always a hot course and not even the head wind as we ran along the river could offer any relief. It has been a few years since John Bond ran with us and it was nice to have him back. It didn’t take him long to get into the swing of things by picking the winner of this week’s round and walking away with a block of chocolate.

First to cross this week was Dimi. Only seconds behind him was Pete Khourey, Eva Moeller Duhme held on to take third and Scott Johnson makes up the four.

Once again, we should acknowledge our volunteer administrators who willingly turn up each week to time the run and stand around waiting for us to finish. Next week we are at Erowal Bay where once again we have the chance to chase the kangaroo’s in our endeavour to grab a chocolate.


The Stromlo Running Festival (Lightening Run) was held in the ACT on 16 November 2014. Three distances were on offer for this challenging course – 10km, 30km and 50km. MC for the day was none other than Rob DeCastella. Three NAC members signed up for the 50km and three signed up for the 10km. For most runners a good night’s sleep prior to a big race is preferable and it was no exception on this weekend. Things don’t always work out quite that way and as a big storm front rolled into the camping ground the tent accommodation was put to the test. Heavy rain and strong winds persisted throughout the night leading into a cold and wet start with little room for improvement.

Peter Khourey, Scott Johnson and Darren Morris stepped up to the line prepared to be cold and wet for the entire race. Not only was it miserable but they had a time limit to comply with. Scott started out quite strong and led the three for the first 40 odd kilometres. Peter and Darren ran steadily on and with only a couple of kilometres to go, Pete pulled away from Darren and slowly decreased the distance between himself and Scott. Pete made a well timed move at the 48 kilometre mark to finish 50 hard kilometres in a time of 4:47:29. Scott was just over a minute behind on 4:48:32 and Darren finished in a credible 4:56:05.

Well done boys to complete such an epic run in the worst possible conditions. Congratulations should also go to Zahra Wells who completed 10km in 1:00:57, Eric Moeller-Duhme in 57:18 and Darrin Smith placed 10th in 44:42.
Track and Field Round 8
Round 8 was held last Wednesday night with another small but dedicated contingent of athletes.

Andrew Rodda continued to display his good form on the track, sprinting to 1st place in both the 80m and 200m events.

Paul Musgrove was back in the area again, practicing his sprinting skills, and finished second behind Andrew in both races.

Alan Hughes and Tim Musson also ran well in the mens sprints.

Kevin Norwood made his debut of the season on the track in the 80m sprint. Slightly unprepared, Kevin borrowed a belt - to ensure no clothing malfunction during the race- and ran barefoot, dodging bindies, to claim 5th place. Hopefully Kevin will be back next week with shoes and shorts organised!

In the A grade men’s it was Zac Havadjia who took out the two sprints of the night, followed by Emerson Brian. Jordan deVries took 3rd in the 80m whilst Cameron Musgrove finished 3rd in the 200m.

In the B grade Alistair Clark sprinted past the line first in the 200m with Keeghan Norwood second and Cameron Bowers third.

In the women’s it was a double trifecta with Zoe Chater, Sarah deVries and Lynda Douglas claiming 1st, 2nd and third in both the 80m and 200m.

The young ones continued their good running on the track. Kyra McKinnon, Eva Lilly and Eilish Norwood all featured in the top 3 places in their races. Joseph Piert, Lucas Johnson and Jake Babian also ran well. As did Callula Norwood, Charlie Braddick, Zoe Musson and James Babian.

In the 800m there was some great competitive running from Cameron Musgrove and Jake Myors at the front of the pack, with both athletes showing strong form. Cameron claimed 1st place, followed by Jake, Zac Havadjia was third and Bradley Sawyers was 4th.

In the younger race it was Matthew Higham who ran hard all the way to take out 1st place, and next was Jake Babian with Joseph Piert third.

In the field attempting to jump to new heights in the high jump was Brock Nichols, Jordan deVries, Corey McConville, Brin McKinon and Callum Johnson. These jumpers test their capabilities again and again, pushing themselves for personal improvements. Their perseverance and enthusiasm is admirable.

Jordan and Brock also pushed themselves in triple jump, both athletes jumping to over 10 metres. Corey McConville triple jumped to 8.77metres whilst Ethan Havadjia, who is relatively new to triple jumping managed to jump 6.77metres.

At the discus net it was great to see Chris Johnson make an appearance and give the discus a hurl. Andrew Havadjia, Geoff Crook, Mason Keane, Scott Martin and Tim Musson also showed some great throwing techniques.

Athletes are reminded that the Shoalhaven track was aerated and fertilised at the end of last week so to get the best out of the work the Club has committed to be off the running track until Monday the 24th November. However the Club will run a fields events only evening on Wednesday the 19th November so for all those wanting some throwing or jumping practice, come along and enjoy the revised program of events.
Summer Road Run – Vincentia 7th November 2014
Vincentia was the meeting place for this week’s summer road runs. Fortunately the temperature had dropped into the low 20's by the time the first runner was off. It was only a small group that gathered this week but that didn't mean it was any less competitive. When chocolate is involved, friendships take a back seat and the rumours of corner cutting were flying thick and fast but have not been verified. Suzanne has tried the sympathy route for a good time for next week by taking a dive whilst running. Unfortunately, that won’t work either.

Eva was the lucky winner of this week’s first place chocolate. Terry was able to hold the rest of the pack off for 2nd and birthday boy, Dean collected for 3rd. Sean (whose birthday was Monday) were kind enough to share their birthday cake.

It's a given fact that if you're a runner competing in a handicapped competition you feel obliged to whinge about the time you've been allocated. This week was no exception but I must say the under appreciated handicapper got it right as the runners crossed the line within minutes of each other. Well done Kevyn.

Thanks must go to our administrators this week and to Paul, Sean, Andy and Lisa for setting the course.
Next week we run at Tomerong. See you there.
Track and Field Round 7
Last Wednesday 5th November saw a slightly smaller field of athletes take to the track at Shoalhaven High School.

The young ones started in the shot put circle. Kyra McKinnon, Eilish Norwood, Lucas Johnson and Taylor Moffat in Group 1 all showed good form, all throwing over 5 metres. In Group 2 Matthew Higham had the biggest throw of the night and Jessie Moffat, James Babian and Katie Martin all put in a big effort.

Our seven & under E Grade Girls & Boys, saw James Babian taking out both the 60m and 100m, Callula Norwood finished second in both events and Katie Martin placed third in both sprints.

In the 600m event for the young C Grade athletes it was Kyra McKinnon who took first place followed by Eilish Norwood, Matthew Higham and Eva Lilly.

In the womens 600m Darlene Musgrove ran home first, followed by Brin McKinnon, Sue Anfruns and Vicki Bennett. The mens race was hotly contested with Zac Havadjia and Cameron Musgrove running strong out the front of the pack. Zac took line honours, Cameron was second and Zac Jones was third.

In the sprints Zac Havadjia backed up after his 600m run with another win in both the 60m and 100m. Jordan deVries finished second in both races and third and fourth were battled out between Hayden Strand and Brock Nichols. Hayden took 3rd in the 60m and 4th in the 100m while Brock finished 4th in the 60m and 3rd in the 100m.

The 1500m saw a very strong Cameron Musgrove take first place in front of Veteran Steve McKinnon followed by young gun Jake Babian who didn't let the bigger boys get too far away from him! Great running Jake!

It was great to see Doug McNally make a come-back on the track in the 100m mixed race. The race was won by Andrew Rodda who is in good form, having earlier broken his own record in the 60mts.However Doug showed that he still has that sprinting spark!

The highlight of the night was definitely the 10,000 metres. This was the second annual 10 000metre track event which took place with 11 athletes caving to the temptations of self-inflicted pain. A 10km run on a Wednesday night is no easy feat and yet the small but enthusiastic field of run-fanatics took to the Shoalhaven track in the 2014 event with their usual smiles and camaraderie. There was jostling and good humoured banter at the start line between athletes and lap-counters and when the starters gun sounded it was Leith Babian and Damian Smith who shot to the lead straight away. The two runners set a cracking pace for the fellow runners to follow.

Leith and Damian swapped the lead several times in the first few laps, both running at a consistently fast pace. As the laps counted down Leith took and maintained the lead. He then stretched the lead out a bit further from Damian, and although there may have been some who thought he'd gone out too fast too early, Leith not only held onto his lead but continued to increase it!

With 1 lap to go Leith accelerated even more and ran as if he was fresh from the starting line running a 400m sprint, because sprint he did, all the way to the finish line to take the line honours in spectacular style! With a trademark grin Leith crossed the line as the small crowd cheered loudly and enthusiastically as if they were cheering for the Melbourne Cup winner all over again! Leiths winning time was 36.41, just 12 seconds under Damian Smiths winning time for 2013.

Damian finished strongly in second position. Third was taken by Bradley Sawyers who also ran a very strong and consistent race for the entire 25 laps. Brad was unfazed by the jostling of the lead in front of him and settled into his own pace, making it look effortless and reduced his own 20 – 29yrs record he set last year by almost 2 minutes.

Scott Martin in good form finished 19 seconds behind Brad in a time of 38.28 for his first track10k setting the record for 35 – 39yrs. Scott Johnson and Perry Strand finished a very commendable 5th & 6th in their first attempt at the 25 laps, Darrin Smith was 7th and Peter Khourey 8th.

Rob Pickard and Ming Leung battled it out for 9th and 10th positions, sticking close to each other's heels for most of the race and swapping the lead between them. They both showed steely determination and 'never give up' attitude. It was Rob who eventually made his move and forged ahead of Ming as the laps counted down and it was Rob who took 9th position with Ming finishing 10th.

Barefoot runner Kevyn Davis put in a solid and courageous effort however didn't quite make it through the 25 laps.this year...too many bindies on the track perhaps?

All the participants in this event hold running as their passion and all should be commended on their commitment, enthusiasm and fine running. Beyond pure bragging rights Leith was also awarded a prize of a $200 shoe voucher for taking the race out. Congratulations Leith and to all the competitors.
Track and Field Round 6
On Wednesday 22 October at Nowra Athletics two new records were set. Siwa Harvey-Aziz set a new record in the 12/13 years discus with a throw of 42.15metres. and in the sand, Sarah de Vries hopped, skipped and jumped her way to a new record in the senior womens triple jump with a jump of 9.40metres. Congratulations to both these athletes. Last week in Round 6 another record was set, this time in the mens 30 – 39yrs. discus by Tim Musson with a throw of 32.20metres. Great throwing by Tim! Also doing well in the discus net last week were sisters Samantha and Annie Peace. Bronwyn Opferkuch was back having a throw and Tori Sayer showed off her refined throwing technique. The young ones showed some shot putting action. Claire Musson, Cody Chater, Elke Keane, Laila Hartnett and Zoe Musson all trying hard to improve with each throw. On the track we welcomed Emma Brian for the first time who laced up her running shoes for the 50 and 150metres events. Emma had a smile a mile wide as she sprinted to the finish line. Well done Emma! We also welcomed back Danny Brian after a long break from athletics. With his lilywhite legs it’s obvious Danny has not been seeing much of his running shorts recently but with no injuries in sight Danny exploded off the start and attempted to chase down his rivals. Back on the track after an equally long break was Paul Musgrove. Paul also was out to see how much speed he had retained. However Andrew Rodda was just too fast for both Danny and Paul, and Andrew took the line honours in both the 50 and 150metres events. In the womens sprint events Zoe Chater won both the 50 and 150meteres followed by Sarah deVries. April Rodda took 3rd in the 50m while Darlene Musgrove finished 3rd in the 150m. On the track we welcomed Emma Brian for the first time who laced up her running shoes for the 50 and 150metres events. Emma had a smile a mile wide as she sprinted to the finish line. Well done Emma! We also welcomed back Danny Brian after a long break from athletics. With his lilywhite legs it’s obvious Danny has not been seeing much of his running shorts recently but with no injuries in sight Danny exploded off the start and attempted to chase down his rivals. Back on the track after an equally long break was Paul Musgrove. Paul also was out to see how much speed he had retained. However Andrew Rodda was just too fast for both Danny and Paul, and Andrew took the line honours in both the 50 and 150metres events. In the womens sprint events Zoe Chater won both the 50 and 150meteres followed by Sarah deVries. April Rodda took 3rd in the 50m while Darlene Musgrove finished 3rd in the 150m.

C & D Grade Girls sprints were dominated by the Moffat sister who are both showing great form as all rounders. Taylor in C Grade & Jessie in D Grade. Well done girls. In the long distance event of the night the young ones ran hard for 1000m.Jake Babian and Joseph Piert battled it out for the entire distance with Jake eventually taking line honours, very closely followed by Joseph. Great running from these young boys! A similar battle occurred in the mens 1000m. Harry McGill led for most of the race with Jake Myors running on his heels. As they neared the finish line Jake dug deep and passed Harry to take first place. Leith Babian finished third with Bradley Sawyer 4th. In the 400m it was Cameron Musgrove who sprinted his way across the line first, followed by Harry McGill and Emerson Brian. In the second heat Paul Musgrove showed determination in his return and took first place followed by Cameron Bowers who sprinted from behind to beat Ethan Havadjia across the line. A reminder that the Annual 10km track Championship will be held as a feature event on Wednesday November 5th. All interested runners are welcome to have a go, however athletes MUST be current registered members of Nowra Athletics Club. So if you want to run, but haven’t yet joined as a club member you will need to do so before the race which is planned to commence at 7.30pm. In addition, interested runners are asked to please also advise secretary Jan Gibb of their intention to run the challenging 25 lap event so that lap scoring sheets can be organised. It is sure to be a challenging race to test you physically & mentally! Nowra Athletics competition starts at 6pm at Ron Brown Sporting Complex. All welcome.
Track and Field Round 5
Last week at Nowra Athletics there was some good quality throwing from a variety of athletes, young and not-so-young. Alison Havadjia and Laura Babian put in some fine efforts in the shot put circle, as well as newcomer Bronwyn Opferkuch. Lacey Bruce returned this week for some more throwing action; and youngsters Camryn Anfruns and Meg Morris showed off their excellent shot put form.

At the discus net Anna Lilly, Callula Norwood and Claire Musson all displayed great throwing technique.

On the track there was some good sprinting from the boys Alistair Clark, Blake Hartnett and Keeghan Norwood. In the younger Grades Jessie Moffat,

Taylor Moffat, Eva Lilly and Ella Hartnett all featured in the top 3 placings of their races. Also starring in the podium finishes in their races were Joseph Piert, Lucas Johnson and Jake Babian.

In the women’s sprints Lacey Bruce took out the 80m, followed by Sarah deVries and Lynda Douglass. Zac Havadjia won the mens A grade 80m, with Emerson Brian a close second and Jordan deVries third.

In the men’s veteran 80m the two Andrew’s had the race all to themselves this week! Andrew Rodda sprinted across the line first and Andrew Havadjia had to settle for second.

In the longer distance, Cameron Musgrove once again won the 800m, followed by Jake Myors, Leith Babian and Bradley Sawyers. All four of these runners are in top form at the moment and the contest for placings is competitive. The women’s event was taken out by Crissy Suffolk with Laura Babian showing she been getting some running tips from Leith to take second and Bronwyn Opferkuch ran in third. In the younger 800m event,

Jake Babian took line honours, with Matthew Higham second, Joseph Piert third and Lucas Johnson fourth.

This Wednesday there will be the usual variety of track and field events, starting from 6pm at Ron Brown Sporting Oval. Then next week the once-a-year only 10km track event will be held as a feature event on the program. This will take place on November 5th. All interested runners are welcome to give it a crack however athletes MUST be current registered members of Nowra Athletics Club. So if you want to run, but haven’t yet registered as a club member you will need to do so asap. In addition, interested runners MUST also advise secretary Jan Gibb of their intention to run the challenging 25 lap event BEFORE the 5th of November so that lap scoring sheets can be pre-organised. Up for grabs, along with the honours of winning the race, is a $200 voucher which will enable the winner to buy a new pair of running shoes – just what every good runner needs! It is sure to be a challenging race with a quality field so don’t miss your chance to test your stamina and speed.
Summer Road Runs - Cambewarra 18.10.2014
Another glorious day greeted the runners who ventured forth to take on the grueling Cambewarra course for this edition of Summer road Runs. Once again everyone was vying for a podium place so they could win a much sought after chocolate. This week Maxine made a welcome comeback. It’s been a few weeks since she’s run with the Club and of course we all heard the usual “I’ll be lucky to finish cause I haven’t been running much”. Needless to say, Maxine had a great handicap and enough determination to cross the line in first place (enjoy your kitkat Max, cause it will be the only one you get). The handicapper has taken notice and will correct his erroneous ways for next week. Paul Duncan also made a comeback, taking out 2nd place. Hot on Paul’s heels and from the back of the pack came Scott Martin who stormed home to take out 3rd place. Scott Johnson rounded out the 4 to take home a chocolate. It was a bit of party atmosphere with celebrations for birthdays for Lisa, Ava and Malachy, with a feast being supplied by Karen and Brad Sawyer who threw a very successful Relay for Life morning tea earlier in the day. Tomerong is next week’s destination. There are hills and inclines aplenty so bring your energy and determination.
NSW All Schools Track and Field Championships 2014
Over 1400 secondary students converged on Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre for 4 days, from 9th-12th October for the NSW All Schools Track & Field Championships. The event incorporated athletes from all sectors of the school system, including Government, Catholic and Independent, held as the state championships for all secondary students. “All Schools” has a long and rich history in NSW with a reputation as a breeding ground for many of NSW’s best athletes such as Matt Shirvington, Melinda Gainsford-Taylor, Dani Samuels and Ryan Gregson and this year Nowra Athletics Club certainly revealed some stars of their own! For a country club Nowra Athletics Club’s results by its junior athletes were really impressive. We had so many athletes medal, make finals, earn National Juniors qualifiers, achieve PB’s and most of all HAD FUN as they competed with spirit and determination!!

Starting with our youngest competitors Alistair Clark competed in the 13 years 100m, 200m and 90m hurdles. He may not have made the finals, but he achieved two personal bests whilst competing against much taller and bigger boys; and he stayed around in the stadium to cheer on fellow athletes after his events had been all wrapped up.

Jenna Bentley ran in the 13 years 100m and 200m. Jenna made her first All Schools 200m final and she also chalked up 2 personal best times throughout the competition. Victoria Kennedy ran a 24 second PB in the 13 year girls 1500m – just amazing!

Jade Mustapic ran her second fastest 400m time to win Bronze in the 13 years. Jade is a consistent runner who trains hard and her dedication is certainly paying dividends on the track!

Annie Peace threw the discus 32.33metres for a bronze medal in the 13 years event.

Quiet achiever, Breanna O’Donnell competed in the 14 years 200m against a large field and finished 7th in her heat with a time of 29.06.

Shenay Edwards competed in the 14 years 400m and 800m and made both finals. Shenay hasn’t previously made All Schools finals so this achievement was well deserved and a result of consistent effort. Shenay finished a commendable 5th in both finals.

Hugh Dobson is a great racer . With 80m to go he chased down 3rdplace in his first 2km Steeple Chase event to earn him the bronze medal and he also ran under the National Junior Qualifying time. He then backed up in his 14 years 3000m race to place 6th.

Ebony Johnson, an all-rounder, competed over 3 days in 4 different events. She just missed a PB in Javelin and she competed in the 14 years discus as her "fun" event. She smiled through a hip and back injury as she sprinted in the 100m and 200m and showed her true “aussie toughness”.

Clare Dobson ran in the 15 years 3000m finishing 16th in a time of 11.50.73. Clare is another quiet achiever who always gives her best.

Emerson Brian ran the best 100m he has ever run in the 15 years sprint, earning a PB time for the Sydney track. His commitment and hard work to his training is certainly paying off, and he is eyeing off that national qualifier time. He also had fun in the 15 years long jump. Samantha Peace threw her way to two podium spots. She won gold in the 16 years discus and bronze in the “I’m just doing it for fun” shot put. Sam is always so supportive of all the other athletes and is a great athlete as well as showing great sportsmanship. Sam is working hard now to get world youth qualifiers for next year and we wish the very best of luck for this girl who is bound to be a future Olympian.

Jye Edwards was a stand-out - Dual Gold State Champion in the 800m and 1500m combo! Jye is yet another quiet achiever and his training program is definitely paying off. Jye has been patiently preparing and working away over the years so it’s fantastic to see him doing so well.

Cameron Musgrove competed in his first All Schools and made the finals in both his 400m and 800m events. Cam had the Nowra crowd off their seats cheering him on in the final straight of his 800m when he moved up to 3rd only to be edged back near the line - a great effort and still plenty more there to come.

Zac Havadjia achieved a national qualifier time in the 16 years 400m final with his time of 51.13. Fantastic news! He can now compete at National Juniors in his preferred event.

Harry McGill continued to improve after his recent performance against older competitors at CHS State and was so deserving of another big 3000m PB and his first state medal. Harry finished with a bronze medal in a time of 9.02.07.

Kristin Kalemusic ran a gutsy 400m to just get pipped on the line for second. Kristin finished in a time of 59.02 for bronze and silver was just 59.01!

Jake Myors backed up in his 1500m after racing the 5000m the day prior and didn’t let his feet full of blisters from the 35 degree heat stop him from winning Bronze in the 19 Years 1500m.

The talent at “All Schools” is enormous and Nowra athletes did themselves and the Club proud. Many were competing for the very first time at this level and results achieved were outstanding. Congratulations to all.

Possibly the cancellation of our Wednesday night competition 15th. October due to torrential rain was a chance for these athletes to rest up after their busy four days of competition.

Weather pending for Wednesday 22nd October, Round 5 series 2 will resume with its variety of track and field events . All interested people are invited to come along to Ron Brown Sporting Oval. Events start at 6pm with administration from 5.30pm.

Athletes interested in distance events are especially encouraged to get some practice running laps on the track, prior to the upcoming 10km event which will be held on Wednesday 5th November. All interested runners are welcome to give it a crack, however athletes MUST be current registered members of Nowra Athletics Club. So if you want to run, but haven't yet registered as a club member you will need to do so ASAP. In addition, interested runners MUST also advise secretary Jan Gibb of their intention to run the challenging 25 lap event so that lap scoring sheets can be pre-organised. Up for grabs, along with the honours of winning the race, is a $200 voucher which will enable the winner to buy a new pair of running shoes - just what every good runner needs! We are hoping to attract a quality field for this once-a-season event so don't miss your chance to participate!
Summer Road Run – Saturday 11.10.2014 – Erowal Bay
Another hot afternoon greeted the Road Runners last Saturday (I guess you have to expect that when you run in the warmer months). For the enthusiastic crowd that gathered (27 of them), the hot weather isn’t a problem – just something else to complain about, along with their handicap! At Erowal Bay, runners are always on the lookout for Kangaroo’s. This week was no exception and several large ones watched us all go by.
Doug Jeffrey put his generous handicap to use and took out line honours. Linda Clarke ran another consistent race to gain 2nd place and Zahra Wells seem to finally be over the cold she’s been carrying around for weeks to take 3rd.
Dimi Havadjia seems to be coming back into form (or was it the 3 weeks off?) Rob Wood finished in the middle of the pack but is someone to watch out for. Brad Sawyer once again weaved his way through the crowd after starting as the back marker
Next week we will be at Cambewarra. Bring your party hats for the birthday cake as it’s Ava’s, Lisa and Malachy’s birthdays.
Track and Field Round 4
Last Wednesday was a night for the return of some familiar faces at Nowra Athletics. It was great to see Hayden and Jarvis Strand back at the track having a run. Lacey Bruce made a return too, and proved that she certainly hasn’t forgotten how to compete or lost any of her sprint skills.

Emerson Brian got some final sprinting practice in before All Schools Track and Field Championships; and ran a fast 60m and 100m, finishing 1st in both his races with refined speed. Jordan de Vries also ran well finishing 2nd in both races.

Another athlete getting in some last minute practice before All Schools was thrower Samantha Peace; who unexpectedly also displayed some sprinting prowess when she decided to have a run in the 60metres.

In the mens division Andrew Rodda showed his experience on the track, winning the 60m followed by Tim Musson and Peter Gilford. Peter was sharpening up before travelling to Victoria this week as he has again been selected in the NSW team to compete in the 10th Special Olympics Australia National Games to be conducted in Melbourne 20th – 25th October. We wish Peter ‘All the Best’.

In the junior age groups Hannah Brian showed off her fine sprinting talents, giving the boys a run for their money. Elke Keane and Shyanna Judge also featured in the short sprints.

Stirling Norwood, Jackson Musson and Matthew Higham made up the trifecta in both the 60m and 100m in their races; whilst Blake Hartnett and Keeghan Norwood took 1st and 2nd respectively in both their heats.

Ethan Havadjia and Corey McConville continue to perform consistently well in both track and field events. They always participate with enthusiasm and commitment.

The seniors 600m event was taken out by Brad Sawyers this week, followed by veteran runners Pete Dooley, Scott Johnson and Leith Babian.

Nowra Athletics is a family friendly club and encourages any interested person to come along on a Wednesday night to Ron Brown Sporting Oval. Events start at 6pm with administration from 5.15pm. Any age and ability is welcomed.
Track and Field Round 3
It was fine weather, although still a little chilly for athletics last Wednesday. There were some fine performances once again by Nowra Athletes! Despite the chill, two hot record performances were recorded. Samantha Peace added six metres to her 16/17yrs Discus record raising it from 38 metres to 44.46. Samantha, the current Australian Champion has started the summer season in great form.

Those who remained at the track for the last event, the 5000 metres, were treated to a fine example of quality distance running. The short story is that Troy Whittington broke a twenty years old record for the 14/15yrs age group. The race however was a classic. Leith Babian, Brad Sawyers and Troy led the field from the start and it was clear the pace was on. The trio eased away from the field in a close pack as the twelve and a half laps were ticked off. Troy went to the lead just before the bell lap and moved away from Leith and Brad who immediately fought back to figure in a stirring finish. It was Troy- Leith -Brad at the finish with only 4 seconds between them. Troy’s winning time of 18 minutes 2 seconds took 9 seconds off Billy Broughton’s 1994 record. The young ones certainly had fun practising their athletic skills. Callula Norwood ran well and even remembered to stay in her lane as she rounded the bend in her 150metres. Lexie Burinaga and Aimee Coulson-Knight also performed well in their sprint races. James Babian was back on track and won his 50metre sprint, with a big smile of course! Little Cody Chater showed his determination and persistence as he ran his little legs through the sprint races, showing size or age is no barrier to running.

In the C and D grades Eva Lilly showed good form in the sprints, as did Emily Burinaga, Eilish Norwood and Zoe Musson. In the boys divisions, young sprinter Matthew Higham is in great form for the upcoming primary school state carnival, winning both D Grade sprints. Stirling Norwood was a clear winner in C Grade. Sarah deVries, Zoe Chater and Lynda Douglass wrapped up the first three places in the women’s senior 50 and 150 metres. In the 1km event Leith Babian led the way for most of the race, only to be taken by Cameron Musgrove in the last 200metres. Brad Sawyer then ran in for third. In the very difficult 400metre event Zac Havadjia showed his strength and speed, sprinting past the finish post in first place. He was followed by Cameron Musgrove and Leith Babian.

In the field some of the talented jumpers were put through their paces by Felix Bachmann from Vincentia High School; this time they benefitted from some tips in triple jump. The Club appreciates the time Felix has given to the athletes to improve their jumping skills. Deb Clark proved her throwing skills are only improving each season. In the previous round Deb threw the discus to a new record for the 50-59 years women with a distance of 20.93 metres. This week she was back on the field throwing the javelin. Emily Warden was back after some absence from Nowra Athletics and threw the javelin with well developed proficiency despite her time off; secret training perhaps? This week’s events will be 60m, 100m, 600m and 1500m with a variety of field events. Nowra Athletics meet each Wednesday evening at Ron Brown Sporting Oval. The Club is very family friendly and encourages all interested people to come along on Wednesday to see what it is all about. Events start at 6pm sharp, with Administration from 5.30pm.
Track and Field Round 2
Our run on Saturday started at Tomerong Community Hall. We had an added incentive for putting our best running foot forward when Dean turned up with some sweet supplies graciously donated by Husky Bakery and Erin showed us her cooking prowess by bringing out a beautiful chocolate cake topped with Maltese’s. All in the name of celebrating 3 birthdays - Terry, Eric and Sky. Thanks guys for the excuse to pig out.

Tomerong is always a tough course. Lots of up hills but the finish is always fast as its all downhill. Sky put this to good use (even though she started out pushing Malachy in the pram), Sky is in good form having recently competed in the Husky Half. The handicapper won’t be so kind to you next week. New runner Sue Anfruns didn’t let the inclines slow her down as she crossed for 2nd (although a good minute behind Sky). Alison Havadjia also had a good run (with the incentive of Ethan being on her heels). Brad Sawyer (who was this weeks back marker starting on 18.50) mowed through the group to cross in 4th. Leith was hot on his heels – talking the whole way.

Next week (even though it’s the long weekend) we will be running from the Showground in Nowra. Remember we all need to register and payment can be made online or on a Wednesday night or Saturday afternoon.
Track and Field Round 2
Last Wednesday night Nowra Athletics track and Field competition continued with some fine efforts. The 800m for senior grades was the first event of the program. In the women's race Cristine Suffolk ran home first, followed by Sarah de Vries, then newcomer Sue Anfruns and 4th was the ever-consistent improver Laura Babian. In the men's race Cameron Musgrove led the pack around the two laps. Harry McGill challenged him at the 600metre mark but Cameron surged again to keep Harry at bay and finish first. Harry came in 2nd, followed by Zac Havadjia and then Leith Babian.

Harry, however, seems he was saving himself for the last event of the night, the 2000m. Harry led the way for the entire 5 laps, and ran a solid race just narrowly missing out on the record. Troy Whittington ran in second followed by the hard-working Leith Babian.

In the junior grades, Eilish Norwood ran consistently well all night taking out her heats of the 80m and 200m and finishing 2nd in the 800m. Sister Callula Norwood also ran well on the night. As did brothers Stirling and Keeghan, showing athleticism must run in the family! Another junior, who always participates with enthusiasm and determination is Emily Burinaga who performed well on the night, running in 3rd in her 80m heat.

Ali Clark got some hurdles practice in by running a 200m hurdle event against the senior women's 200m sprint. Lynda Douglass was first across the line, followed by Sarah de Vries and Ali hurdled his way around the track to a very respectable third place finish against the sprinters. In the men's 200m Andrew Rodda showed no sign of last season's injuries, and sprinted through for first place. Angus Clark finished 2nd with Andrew Havadjia third. In the A grade heat, Zac Havadjia again showed his sprinting prowess by streaking home for 1st place, followed by Cameron Musgrove and third was Blake Hartnett.

This week Nowra Athletics will again meet at 6pm for a variety of track and field events at Ron Brown Sporting Oval. This week will see all grades competing in the 50m, 150 metres and 1000 metres. A, B and Vets will also compete in the 400m and 3000m/5000m. All interested people are invited to come along on Wednesday night to check out the action. Administration will take place from 5.15pm.
Summer Road Run – Vincentia 19.09.2014
For a change, the weather favoured a beach run. This weeks adventure too place at Plantation Point. Some of the newer runners that haven’t attempted this course before missed an arrow and headed in the wrong direction. A quick shout out had them turning back and heading on the right course. It is a relatively quick run (for some) with the middle section throwing up some gentle inclines. (Isn’t that how you describe it Kevyn).

Andy Depree was given a welcome back handicap and utilised it beautifully to take out the winners chocolate. He had a good lead over 2nd place getter Linda Clarke and Charlie Coulson-Knight had to be satisfied with 3rd place. Our chocolate prizes make for a competitive field and Darrin Smith pushed it to the limits to cross into 4th only inches in front of Laura Babian.

Rob Wood, who competed in the Cross Country Season has decided to give the Road runs a crack and finished in a respectable 7th place. Paul Jennings also had a good run this week taking out 10th spot.

Next week we meet at Tomerong Hall at 4.30pm. Don’t forget you need to be a financial member to run in this competition. The one fee will cover you for Road Runs, Track and Field and Cross Country.
Track and Field Round 1 - 17.09.2014
Last Wednesday saw the start of the point scoring rounds for Nowra Athletics Track and Field. Although it was the start of the Summer Athletics Program, the weather was certainly not very Summer-like with a very cool breeze blowing, keeping temperatures very low.

However temperatures soon rose for those runners who kick-started the program with a 600m sprint. Stirling Norwood was the first boy across the finish line and Chelsea Pascoe was the first girl in the combined lower grades. In the mens 600m race Zac Havadjia took off like a shot and led all the way, crossing the finish line first. Zac was closely followed by Cameron Musgrove who pipped Leith Babian for second place, after passing him on the home straight.

In the 60 metres event Zac Havadjia again ran in first in the A-grade mens race, followed by Emerson Brian and Cameron Musgrove. These three boys then duplicated their placings in the 100m sprint.

In the A grade women 60metres Zoe Chater sprinted through for first place, followed by Sarah deVries and Tori Sayer. In the 100m Zoe again ran a solid race for first place with Sarah deVries second again and third was Jess O’Donnell.

Keeghan Norwood showed off his sprinting prowess taking line honours in both the boys B grade 60m and 100m. Alistair Clark proved that his sprint training throughout Winter has paid off, taking second place in both the 60m and 100m, while Cameron Bowers took 3rd in the 60m and Corey McConville finished 3rd in the 100m.

In the 1500m distance track event Liam Dooley ran at a consistent pace to beat his dad, Peter home, followed by veteran runner Cristine Suffolk.

In the field Nowra Athletics Club were fortunate to have the skills of enthusiastic Vincentia High teacher Felix Bachmann on hand for the night. Felix put half a dozen of the Club’s talented high jumpers through a skills development session . It was great to see Jordan deVries, Brock Nicholls ,Liam Dooley, Sarah deVries and Brin McKinnon and a few new faces doing quality work as they searched for personal bests. At the end of the session Brock cleared 1.65 m, proving that the skills practice and determination certainly reaped rewards.

There were good efforts throughout the evening in the throwing events too although wiley veteran Doug McNally reckons the weather was more suited to his rugby training than throwing the javelin.

Nowra Athletics meet each Wednesday evening at Ron Brown Sporting Oval. The Club is very family friendly and encourages all interested people to come along on Wednesday to see what it is all about. Events start at 6pm with Administration from 5.15pm. The events on offer this week will be 80m, 200m, 800m, and 2000m with long jump and discus for C,D, E grades and for A, B and Vets shot put, discus, high jump and triple jump.
Summer Road Run – Cambewarra 13.09.14
Last Saturday afternoon was the first gathering for the summer road runners from Nowra Athletics. Twenty three enthusiastic athletes turned up to put their speed to the test.. Cambewarra is one of the toughest courses we have for this season. Even the fittest back markers find it tough, so for the rest of us, its brutal. Add in some heat and it can be unbearable.

It was good to see some new faces and catch up with the old faithful crew. Brielle Musgrove more than likely sealed her fate with the handicapper by crossing the line in first place. Brielle is new to the Road Running but she's a fast learner. She was followed by Brad Sawyers (one of the back markers) and Ethan Havadjia (another new face to Road Running) also made it onto the podium on his first run by taking out third.

The rest of us crossed in bits and pieces, being cheered on by our faithful timekeepers and volunteers.. Other new runners on the day included Cameron Musgrove and Zac Havadjia with Doug Jeffrey having a run on his home course and Trish Bird starting back after her overseas jaunt. Next week we are at Vincentia (Plantation Point) where I'm sure the temperature will be in the low teens.

Please remember that Paul needs help each week to set the course.. I know its a social type run but it still takes organisation and it shouldn't come down to the same people each week. We are all members of the Club and we all need to pitch in. Membership is due so be sure to get a form or go online and sign up.

Don't forget to collect a corrected copy of the program next week or look on line at the website.
Huskisson - 2.08.2014
The Husky Course provides a scenic running experience. The numbers were down this week and each distance started on Go. Once again Isaac Bacchus, James Babian and Charlie Braddick were the first 3 to cross the line in the 1k. It was good to see the Hudson brothers – Clayton and Toby, take out 1st and 2nd for the Special A’s.

Jake Babian, Jasper Arnold and Liam Coulson-Knight fought it out the the first 3 places in the 2k. These boys are regularly swapping placings each week so it was no surprise that they once again took to the podium.

This week’s 3k winners were Keeghan Norwood, Ella Pratt and her dad William Pratt. Liam Dooley led for the whole distance in the medium course. He was followed over the line by Hayden Strand and Andrew Monroe.

Long course was taken out by Steve Grant. Damian Smith was hot on his heels and Mitch Hudson made up third place.

Next week is the LAST week. There will be a presentation, some fun and games and everyone should bring a plate, a blanket and be prepared to enjoy our last afternoon of the Cross Country Season with their friends. Track and Field will be starting shortly (after a little break) and the summer road runs as well.
NAC Athletes at the NSW All Schools Cross Country Carnival
On Friday 18 July numerous young local athletes competed at the NSW All Schools Combined High Schools and Primary Schools Sports Associations Cross Country Championships, held at Eastern Creek. The championship event showcased the enormous talent of cross country athletes from across the State from combined catholic colleges, independent schools and public schools. It was a great achievement to gain selection for this event and all individual efforts were commendable. The stand-out performance from our Nowra Athletics perspective was Jye Edwards in the 16 years boys 6000m. Jye finished 2nd overall from a field of 90 athletes in a time of 21.11, and was the 1st competitor across the line from all Government schools. In the same event Jed Frank finished 8th overall and 5th in the government schools in 22.21 with Harry McGill just behind him in 9th position overall in a time of 22.23. What a fantastic achievement to have 3 local athletes finish in top 9 from such an elite field.

In the 14 years 4000m Jye’s sister Shenay Edwards proved her capabilities when she placed 7th in the Government schools with an overall placing of 23rd from 97 athletes in a time of 17.17. Breeana O’Donnell ran well to finish 69th in the same event.

Our AWD competitors also excelled and earned podium finishes. Karlee Symonds finished 2nd in the 2000m in a time of 12.36 and Zac Jones also finished 2nd in the 3000m in a time of 13.18.

Nowra had a strong showing in the girls 13 years 3000m event with four local athletes participating. Jade Mustapic was the first Nowra athlete home in 10th position overall from a field of 94; and finished 4th in the government school section. Victoria Kennedy finished 55th, Emily Michell finished 68th and Mikayla Check was 75th.

Nowra also featured strongly in the girls 12 years 3000m with Lily Murdoch finishing in 24th position overall from 95 competitors earning herself 10th in government schools with a time of 14.42. She was followed by Tara McInally in 28th position(14th in gvt schools) and Takesa Frank in 61st.

Jason Huntsman ran 8000m in the 18 years event and finished with a 2nd place for the Government schools and 7th overall. James Godwin finished 35th from this field of 86. In the girls 18 years Rose Vucic placed 32 from 77 over 6000m. In the 17 years event Gus Frank recovered well after a fall early in the race to place 17th overall from a competitive field of 90, and placed 6th in the government schools. Mitchell Cunningham also ran a solid 6000m to finish 31 from 90. The girls 17 years representative was Brielle Musgrove who finished in 50th position from a field of 80 in the 4000m.

In the Primary Schools events Nowra also had some committed competitors . Young Stirling Norwood had the whole family there to support him in his 2000m event. He showed his enthusiasm for cross country running as he posed for the camera on his way to the finish line, placing 44th from a field of 72. In the 11 years 3000m event Emma Moore finished 42 from 79 and in the 12/13 years Jessica O’Donnell finished in 52nd position from a field of 75.

Well done to all runners who participated; competing in such an event is a great achievement in itself. Nowra Athletics Club is proud of you all.
Longreach 12.07.2014
Another cold and blustery afternoon greeted the brave runners who turned up for the Saturday afternoon competition. The officials (who we would be lost without) had nowhere to hide and faced an onslaught of dust throughout the afternoon.

On the bright side though, Tobi Hudson made a welcome return to win the Special A’s 1k event. Isaac Bacchus has made it three in a row by again taking out first place in the 1k. He was closely followed by Annie Seccombe, James Babian and Charlie Braddick.

Division 1 2k had Jake Babian, Stirling Norwood, Scott Delo and Liam Coulson-Knight doing battle for the first 4 places. Jasper Leung and Rachael Bamwell were able to hold off Kelly Norwood and Deb Clark to secure 1st and 2nd for Division 2.

Division 3 had Kieren Harrison holding first position over Peter Dooley. Hunter Lynch and Keeghan Norwood pursued them closely for third and fourth. In Division 2, 3k Finton Murphy, Kyla Davidson (who put down the camera for a quick run) held on for 1st and 2nd. Richard Murphy and Megan Coulson-Knight followed across the line for 3rd and 4th. Good times were also posted for Tara McInally, Ella McInally and Thomas Gibb.

Consistent running each week has placed Paul Davidson and Matt Brennan in the winner’s circle for Division 1. This week Shenay Edwards was able to beat out Paul Duncan for third. The women in Division 2 scooped 3 out of 4 positions. Ros Phillips in 1st, Suzanne Coulson-Knight in 2nd, John Keenan (upset the order by coming 3rd) and Zahra Wells placed 4th. A mixed barrel for Division 3 with Donna Johnson having a good run to beat John Price for the first 2 placings. Darlene Musgrove also managed to hold Gavin Urquhart off the podium by taking 3rd.

The challenging long course had Rob Pickard, Dave Tuckerman, Mitchell Hudson and Brad Sawyer (who consistently places in the top 4) securing line honours. Close on their heels was Milton Cox, Siobhan Clayton, Charlie Coulson-Knight and Kendall McMaster for Division 2. In Division 3, Ally Strand beat her last time on this course by over 3 minutes. Jack Robertson couldn’t catch her but Allison Havadjia ran well as did Laura Babian.

For all the times, check out the Nowra Athletics Website and we will see you next week at Timberhills, Tomerong and the following week we have the return run of the McCaffrey Challenge at Dapto. We need club members to run if we are to have any hope of getting it back and it’s a great afternoon of running on a flat surface (that’s right, their hills are not worth the mention).

"Every day is a good day when you run" Kevin Nelson
40th King of the Mountain

It was a windy morning in Cambewarra for the start of the 32km long distance running event. This year numbers were up with 168 entries received. This is testament to the unique appeal of ‘The King’ - long distance runners simply love the Shoalhaven King of the Mountain!

There was a good showing of local athletes amongst the competitors who traversed the quiet country roads, and rolling hills. The highest point of the race was Mount Scanzi - 24 kilometres from the start and approximately 360m above sea level. I’m not sure how many of the runners were able to appreciate the breathtaking views at this point after pushing up the mountain but of course they ran on as the course took them down a steep descent and then on through Kangaroo Valley to the welcomed finish line at the showground.

The race was won by Alex Matthews aged 30 from Turramurra in a time of 1.58.35. Alex was injured in last year’s King with a fall in one of causeways. Despite his battle scars he returned this year and claimed the crown for his determination. In his victory speech Alex praised the efforts of Nowra Athletics Club and the volunteers for staging such a wonderful event and promised he’d be back again!

In second place was Tony Fattorini from Petersham and third was Gary Mullins from Neutral Bay. The female race winner was Cecily Butler from Randwick in a time of 2.28.15. Jane Butler from Bruce finished second and third was Sarah Carpenter from Bowral.

Our first local runner home was the smiling Leith Babian who finished 8th in a time of 2.14.58. Next home for Nowra was Damian Smith in 12th place, followed by Scott Johnson in 13th and Darrin Smith in 14th. A great result to have 4 Nowra runners finish in the top 15!

Our first local female home was Kim Waters in a time of 3.10.18 who finished 98th overall. Angela Bond was our next female runner home in a time of 3.24.04 in 122nd place and Laura Babian finished in 140th place in a time of 3.40.13. The girls certainly showed great resolve and persistence to conquer the gruelling course. Another local female to do us proud was Kathy Johnson who was the winner of the 60-69 female category in a time of 4.06.02; although perhaps Greg Brennan needed an award too for riding the distance on his bike with Kathy for moral support!

A special award was made to Club stalwart Kevyn Davis who ran his 38th King on Sunday. Kevyn finished the race in 110th position in a time of 3.18.34. This is an extraordinary effort from this veteran of running.

The 40th anniversary of ‘The King’ was certainly a successful event. Special thanks to all the organisers, sponsors and volunteers who helped make the event possible.
Timberhills – 5 July
It was cool and blustery afternoon that greeted the runners who turned up for the Club meet at Timberhills last Saturday. Numbers were down but that didn’t affect the competitiveness that runs through our Club. Timberhills always presents a great challenge with lots of intense inclines and fast downhill’s.

The 1k was once again won by young Isaac Bacchus, Charlie Braddick made up 2nd spot, Aimee Coulson-Knight took out 3rd and Alexander Bacchus just missed out on a podium spot for 4th.

Tara Cornell, Liam Coulson-Knight, Ruby Davidson and Stirling Norwood were the first 4 place getters for Division 1 – 2k. Mums Kelly Norwood and Julie Harrison ran well to place 1st and 2nd respectively. Alastair Urquhart and Rachael Banwell weren’t too far behind in 3rd and 4th.

3k Division 1 saw Alex Cornell take out 1st place (as he did last week at Longreach). Eilish Norwood, Peter Dooley and Keeghan Norwood followed him across the line. For Division 2, 1st and 2nd was a reverse of last week’s order. Ella Davidson and Mikalya Check battled for their positions. Annabelle Dallas and Joshua Banwell made up the first 4 runners.

Medium Course has a few more hills added in but that didn’t slow down Paul Davidson, Zac Havadjia, Crissy Suffolk or Harry McGill. 13 yr old Clayton Gibb (visiting from Hong Kong) had his first introduction to Timberhills. He ran and placed well considering he started on a handicap of 3.20.

Division 2 and 3 has an equal mix of male and female over the line. It’s good to see the girls give the boys a run for their money. Rob Rose piped Angela Urquhart and Graham Smith didn’t cross too much before Zahra Wells. Clint Maynard just beat out Angela Edwards and Gavin Urquhart (making up 3 out of 4 placings for the family this week) ran well to take out 3rd in front of Darlene Musgrove.

In the grueling long course Jye Edwards (who started on a handicap of 8.30) was never off his stride. Brad Sawyer, Bill Broughton and Scott Johnson filled in the other placings. The girls were in the mix again for Division 2. Siobhan Clayton placed 1st, Glen Mustapic followed. Linda Weatherill was 3rd and Matt Florance was 4th. Alison Havadjia recharged her batteries throughout the week to place 1st for Division 3. Kyra Florance and Jack Robertson battled it out for 2nd and 3rd.

Next week out competition will return to Longreach. Also on the calendar is the State Road Relays. Good luck to our teams competing up there. You do our Club proud with your efforts.

"In running, it doesn't matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, 'I have finished.' There is a lot of satisfaction in that." -Fred Lebow, New York City Marathon co-founder
Longreach - 28 June
Nowra Athletics Cross Country – Longreach 28/06/2014 What started out as a beautiful Saturday turned into a cold blustery afternoon as our members gathered at the Longreach Course at West Nowra. Numbers were down as many people took advantage of the beginning of the school holidays to explore other destinations or to sit in front of a nice warm fire.

Did you hear that we took out Country Club of the Year again? It just goes to show how fortunate we are that other people recognize what a great group of members we have, Members who are prepared to give so much support for everyone’s benefit.

We had no takers in the Special A’s this week but in the 1km, the first 4 place getters were hot on each other’s heels. In order over the line, we had Isaac Bacchus, James Babian, Bethany Dobson and Alisha Mustapic.

The young guns in the 2k event certainly kept the time keepers on their toes. Liam Coulson –Knight crossed first for division 1 off a handicap time of 1.40min. Sophie Fletcher was 2nd, Ruby Davidson 3rd and Stirling Norwood took out 4th place from a handicap of 2.50min. which earned him the boys ‘fastest time’ in the 2k. Ruby Davidson was the fastest girl over 2k.

In Division 2 of the same event, Roxi Florance was able to hold off the back markets to take line honours. In hot pursuit were Kate Leung, Thomas Pratt and Cameron Harrison in 4th.

It may have been cold waiting for your event to begin but the 3k participants certainly worked up a sweat. William Pratt took out 4th place, but he certainly gave a good chase to Jainie Hamilton (3rd), Tara Mustapic (2nd) and Alex Cornell (1st).

Training partners Jesse Buckham & Jade Mustapic took out the boys & girls ‘Fastest Time’ for 3k. Division 2 were no slouches in the times either. Mikayla Check only just beat Ella Davidson. Alex Arnold was lucky to hang on to 3rd as he crossed in front of consistent young Joshua Banwell.

Jye Edwards who started on a handicap of 6.00min blitzed the field to take out 1st. & ‘Fastest Time’. Hugh Dobson (5.00min) crossed in 2nd, Matt Brennan and Paul Davidson (Showing that you’re never too old) took out 3rd and 4th. Talented young teenager, Shenay Edwards improved her previous time to pick up ‘female fastest time’ points.

Continuing with the young and speedy for winners in Division 2- Kyra Florance, Ethan Havadjia, 1st & 2nd. were followed by John Keenan and Graham Smith (Young at heart at any rate).

The hard to beat Eva Moeller Duhme once again had line honours for Division 3. Angela Edwards only just beat Gavin Urquhart who only just beat Darlene Musgrove. (The oldies took that one out).

The die hards of the long course had to put up with a head wind on the way to the turnaround but it didn’t seem to offer too much of a road block to Dave Tuckerman who crossed well in front of the next competitor being Dion Carter. Brad Sawyers held it together for 3rd and Graham Pepper (with extra wind resistance) placed in 4th.

For Division 2, Jacob Prince was 1st, Linda Weatherill (2nd), Kim Waters (3rd) and Kendall McMaster (4th). In the final line honours, Laura Babian put in a good performance as part of her training for the “King” next Sunday. Geoff Crook was also following this strategy to place 2nd. Ally Strand ran well to place 3rd and Ed Egan fought well to take out 4th place.

Interesting to note, despite the windy conditions, 99% of competitors in the long course improved significantly on their previous time. Leith Babian & Linda Weatherill collected ‘Fastest Time’ honours.

Next week is the King of the Mountain. We are short on volunteers and if you can spare your Sunday, please contact Peter Dooley (44418739) or Terry Bailey (44216065).

Check the website for your final times and we’ll see you next week at Tomerong.
Yesterday when people drove into the parking area they received a program which stated among other things “Welcome to Willandra 2014 Country Classic”

Classic indeed would be my opinion of the day of high quality running, organisation, enthusiasm and Club spirit.

It was 1990 when this Club conducted its’ first State Championship and every year since we have hosted a State event, most of which have been the cross country championships.

It may be that my memory could be fading but I reckon that this was an absolute Classic in every sense of the word.

Congratulations to the 90 or more who entered the championship events. Many more went in the fun runs, many went in both!!

Thanks to the army of volunteers who carried out the many jobs that a host Club is responsible for.

I received comments from my long time friends and others from the various visiting Clubs, all were positive and expressed congratulations to the Club for another great day. I received an email to the same effect from some one who had never been to Willandra before and today some Randwick Botany folk came to have another run, they enjoyed the championships so much.

Because I had no specific job I was able to wander around talking to people and even better I watched the running and this was something to see.

From our youngest to oldest all gave their very best effort and though I may not mention you personally I know many of you ran well above your best and in some cases ran to a standstill.

Well above their best certainly applies to Arron Spiessberger-Parker who improved his PB at Willandra by 30 seconds. He was the silver medalist in the under 20 8k battling it out with Charlie Hunter from Asics Wests in a tremendous struggle.

He and Jason Huntsman, Jake Myors and Tim O’Shae won the team Gold medal. The under 18 boys also won the Team Gold, great work Jye, Harry, Gus and Jed.

Jye also won Silver after working his way through some of the Sydney runners in the second lap.

The under 14 Boys and under 16 Girls Teams won bronze medals.

The under 12 Girls nearly had a Bronze but a technical hitch caused the final placings to favour another Club. Do not be disappointed girls we are proud of you.

There will be a possibility of more team medals when the senior age group results are processed by Athletics NSW in the next few days.

These Senior and Masters 8 and 12k races also provided highlights that I was fortunate to see.

Mitch Hudson at 18th kept pace with the hot shots in the 12k.
Crissy Suffolk won Bronze in the 40 plus Womens 8k.
Leith Babian was sensational in winning the Gold medal in the 45 plus group. He gave away two years in age to the others and beat them home by two minutes!
Damian Smith had a tremendous battle with ‘Big Jim’ Dawes from Randwick Botany who eventually beat him home but the racing was something out of the box. The Bronze was a just reward for Damo.
Former Club member Michaela Quinn absolutely blitzed the field in the Open Womens 8k. Now running with Kembla Joggers Club, Michaela won by a minute twenty seconds.
That was really something.

Of the many highlights I close this report on the “Classic” with a couple more.

Thanks to Bronwyn Jeffrey for her delightful rendition of the National Anthem, it stopped the traffic.

Thanks also to Faye Suffolk for producing the Willandra Classic plates which are awarded to the Open Female and Male championship winners.

After all that what is next you may ask. Round 12 of the winter pointscore next Saturday at Longreach is the first thing. Sunday July 6th is the KING OF THE MOUNTAIN. This will be number 40 ‘KING’ and much organisation has gone into this annual event. If you can help for a few hours on the day ‘phone Kevyn Davis 44478309. July 12 the State Road Relays will be at Ourimbah on the Central Coast. Ourimbah is about three and a half hours drive from Nowra. As usual with our relay squads our selectors need to know if you are available and want to be in a team. More details at Longreach on Saturday.

Rod Gibb
New South Wales Cross Country Championships - 21st June
Nowra Athletics Club was host to the State Cross Country Championships on the Willandra course last Saturday and visitors and locals alike were treated to one of the best events this writer has witnessed in many years.

State events have been conducted at Willandra since 1990 and the organisation, weather, and the top class running made this most memorable.

In a nutshell the results of note include

The under 12 Boys, bronze medalists and well done to Alec Dobson, Stirling Norwood, Alex Cornell and Jake Babian.

The under 16 Girls Shenay Edwards, Clare Dobson, Breeana O’Donnell and Rebecca Miles were also bronze medalists.

Gold medals went to the under 18 and 20 Male teams. The under 18s Jye Edwards Harry McGill Gus and Jed Frank. The under 20s Arron Spiessberger-Parker, Jason Huntsman, Jake Myors and Tim O’Shae.

These two races produced some great performances from the Nowra lads.

Arron and Jye were individual silver medalists in the 8 and 6k championships respectively.

In the 8k Arron and Charlie Hunter from Asics West ran shoulder to shoulder at terrific pace. This was an old fashioned match race with the lead swapping several times.

Charlie eventually was the winner but Arron lowered the 8k record for Willandra by 30 seconds in the process.

Jye likewise in the 6k used the second lap to work his was through to get within 9 seconds of Randwick Botany’s Kurt Fryer.

Team results were only available for these events on the day. The other mixed events results will be available later.

Other top performances of note in the open Mens events were Mitchell Hudson 18thin the Open division, Damian Smith a bronze medal in the 40 plus, Robert Pickard another bronze in the 60 plus 8k and a very popular GOLD!! to Leith Babian in the 45 plus.

The medal winning results are something to be proud of for Club members but the overall performance of the 90 plus who entered the championships also deserves congratulations.

Next Saturday we return to Longreach for Round 12 of the Pointscore
Hello Club members. This is my first epistle for the winter season and I believe it is timely, given the happenings that have occurred and will occur soon.
Yesterday (Saturday 14th) our Club Captain Andrew Havadjia, spoke to runners to remind them that next Saturday 21st June is the Willandra Classic day which is Athletics NSW CROSS COUNTRY STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS.
To those who may not have been at Willandra on Saturday Andrew gave several other reminders, they were :-
* The first event of the day starts at 11.00 am – Check out the full program etc. on our web.
* If you wish to enter any of the Championship events, the Club will subsidise your entry fee, however to take advantage of this offer you should let Jan Gibb know by Monday 16th June at the very latest. (Ph 44460226).
* All entrants in these Championship events must wear their Nowra Club uniform with ANSW Registration numbers attached - front & back.
* Arrive at least 30 minutes before your event and remember to collect your ‘Timing Chip’ from the Admin. area which must be attached to your shoe.

* Andrew also mentioned the Altlogether Fun Runs conducted on the day over 1, 2 and 4k. Members not entering in a State Championship event are definitely encouraged to enter their choice of distance in the Fun Run. Enter on the day – Club uniform or membership is not required, open to anyone, any age, from anywhere ! Lots of lucky draws for lucky runners.

* Bonus Points for the winter pointscore Round 11 will be awarded to all who run or assist on the day.
* Donations of cake and slice will be very welcome to stock our cake stall which will be set up next to the canteen.

Car parking will be different from normal days, please enter by the top gate only. If you need more information call Jan or Andrew

Andrew had a busy day on Saturday. After giving all the information about next Saturday he journeyed to Sydney with wife Alison and Jan and I to attend the Athletics NSW Awards night. We were supporting John Morris who had been nominated for ‘Official of the Year’. John did not receive this award but he and other two nominees were all deserving and it would have been difficult to separate them.

In a surprise to the Nowra group however, the Country Club of the Year Award for the second consecutive year went to “US”.

Andrew had the honour of receiving the trophy on behalf of our Club. We will be hosts to many fine runners and their supporters next Saturday and I hope to see you all at Willandra, whether running, supplying cakes, helping where you can, or most importantly, enjoying the day.

We are noted for our hospitality to visiting athletes and it is fitting that the Country Club of the Year continues the tradition.

Rod Gibb
Cross Country Round 10 - Willandra
This week's cross country round was held on the demanding Willandra hills. It was a fine sunny afternoon with a good turnout, the week before Country Classic, with runners obviously taking advantage of the round to get in some last-minute training before the State Championships, to be held next weekend.

In the Special A's Clayton Hudson was first across the line followed by Tobi Hudson.

In the 1km Bethany Dobson took line honours this week with James Babian finishing second; these two runners constantly featuring in the top 3 each week showing their running consistency and determination. Alisha Mustapic ran in 3rd and Darcy Arnold followed in 4th.

In the 2km Division 1 Sam Phillips crossed first followed by Alec Dobson and Liam Coulson-Knight. In Division 2 Thomas Pratt backed up from last week with another first place finish, followed by Cameron Harrison and Kelly Norwood.

Sophie Philips winning the 3km on Saturday

Sophie Philips also repeated her win from last week in the 3km Division 1 with a very speedy run. Second place went to Victoria Kennedy followed by Jainie Hamilton and Kyra McKinnon. In Division 2 it was Erin Martin who crossed the line first. Alison Evans crossed second and Alex Arnold was third.

The Medium Course Division 1 was taken out by the very capable Shenay Edwards. Hugh Dobson secured another podium finish for the Dobson family taking second place and Paul Duncan finished in third place with Kristina O'Shea in 4th place.

In Division 2 it was Rod Rose who ran home first. Zahra Wells, taking inspiration from her jellybean shirt, channelled the energy-inducing power to run in second and John Keenan showed his consistent form to finish 3rd. Eva Moeller-Duhme with her calm approach, once again won the Division 3 proving her steadiness. Di Court ran in second with regular runner Maureen Cox coming in third after her week off last week. Good to see Maureen feeling well again!

The first to finish two laps of Willandra in long course division 1 was Mitchell Hudson who came through the pack from a handicap of 7 minutes. He was followed by the ever-steady Dave Tuckerman. Perry Strand ran in third with Tim O'Shea finishing 4th. There's no stopping Kevyn Davis at the moment. He showed he is in top form to finish first again in Division 2. Angela Bond also took out second place for the second week running.

Geoff Crook running at Willandra

Siobhan Clayton ran well from a back marker position to finish third with Martin Bell having to settle for fourth place this week.

In Division 3 the winner was Rachel Lewis. Jack Robertson finished second and Geoff Crook; another very consistent runner each week, finished third.

The Willandra 'Country Classic' will be held next Saturday. Runners are reminded that the program of events starts earlier than a normal competition day with the first event kicking off at 11am. The championship events are open to registered runners only and registration numbers and club uniform must be worn for all championship events. For other runners there is a 1km, 2km or 4km 'Altogether Fun Run'. Choose your distance! It is open to anyone any age from anywhere. Nowra Athletics Club encourage you to challenge your family and friends and have fun running. Pay and enter on the day $2 for the 1km and $5 for the 2km and 4km. The fun run starts at 1.40pm. We look forward to seeing you at Willandra.
Cross Country Round 9 - Huskisson
Round 9 of the Nowra Athletics cross country point score competition was held at Huskisson on Saturday.

Due to some rain earlier in the week, conditions at the start of the course were very slippery so the start line was moved further down the track. This gave some runners an unexpected surprise of a shorter running distance than normal this week but rest assured there will be no such leniency next time! Results were still recorded under the usual distances however, and in the 1km Isaac Bacchus crossed the line first followed by James Babian and Bethany Dobson.

In the 2km division 1 Zac Maher was first home with Sam Phillips taking second place and Harry Evans coming in third. Sisters Sophie and Olivia Fletcher battled it out for 4th and 5th spots – sibling rivalry at its best!

In Division 2 Thomas Pratt finished first with stalwart Deb Clark showing her consistent determination to cross second and Alastair Urquhart coming in third.

In the 3km it was Sophie Phillips who took out Division 1 with Rhys Burinaga and Jainie Hamilton running well to secure the next two podium finishes. In Division 2 it was great to see Rick O’Shea back running and he was rewarded with 1st place this week. Alex Arnold finished second and Isabella Bond came in third.

The Medium Distance runners were certainly fooled by the shorter distance this week; thinking they were running very quick indeed, but alas it wasn’t 4kms after all. In Division 1 Liam Dooley used those long legs to his advantage and took line honours, followed by Paul Bacchus and Kristina O’Shea. It was Rod Rose who took out Division 2 with Paul Musgrove featuring in the top 3 for the first time this season and Kyra Florance coming in third. In Division 3 regular runner Eva Moeller-Duhme ran a steady race to cross the finish line first while Brin McKinnon snuck past Darlene Musgrove in the finish chute to take out second, relegating Darlene to third.

In the long distance event it was David Tuckerman who took out Division 1 followed by Darrin Smith and Mitchell Hudson. Division 2 was won by barefoot runner Kevyn Davis. Angela Bond and Martin Bell ran well to take out second and third.

In Division 3 this week Trish Bird had a solid run and surprised herself when she came over the line first. Linda Clarke and Alison Havadjia also showed strong form to cross in second and third place.

Athletes are reminded that the Willandra Country Classic State Cross Country Championships are coming up soon, on the 21st June. Nowra Athletic Club members who wish to run need to let Jan Gibb know of their intention to compete by Saturday 14th (that’s next week) if they want to take advantage of the subsidised entry to the XC Championship events. Entries are open on the day of the Classic but will cost $30 if they leave it till then.

Next week’s round will be held at Willandra; a last chance to practice on the Willandra hills before the Classic, so get those running shoes on and see you there!
Cross Country Relay Championships – Miranda - 31.05.2014
The 2014 NSW Cross Country Relay Championships were held at Miranda on Saturday 31st May. Although grey clouds loomed overhead, the rain held off and for once, there was no ankle turning mud to be seen on the Miranda course!

Nowra fielded 20 teams with some great team results and many personal best times for the athletes. There were 8 senior teams and 12 junior teams; many running for the first time in the State Relays competition. Our best performances on the day came from the very strong Under 18 boys team in the 4 x 3km relay and also in the sturdy 45+ males team in the 4x4km. The combination of Gus Frank, Harry McGill, Jed Frank and Jye Edwards saw the Under 18 boys take out the gold medal, in an overall time of 39.02. This was a fantastic result from the boys who battled it out with Kembla Joggers the whole way round! The 'B' team of Liam Dooley, Cameron Musgrove, Emerson Brian and Zac Havadjia also showed good form to finish 7th in this event.

In fact, it seems 7 may have been the timely number for Nowra on Saturday with 6 teams finishing in 7th position. These were all gutsy performances by the athletes who put their best running foot forward to race in the black and gold around the twisty course with its deceptively tough inclines. Most runners had to complete 2 laps of the course; either 2 x 1.5km laps or 2 x 2km laps, and it was great to hear the "go Nowra" cheers from the Nowra crowd as they spurred their team mates on, especially on that second lap! In the mens 45+ team, Steve Grant, Leith Babian, Graeme Pepper and Dave Tuckerman ran at a rapid pace to secure gold in a time of 59.24. Steve and Dave ran with poise and determined focus while Leith ran with his characteristic wide grin as he was cheered on, even smiling for the camera; and it seems Graeme's recent facial growth is certainly not slowing him down any!

We also had a podium finish in the 55+ mens team with a bronze medal effort from Peter Dooley, Bill Broughton, Peter Khourey and Martin Tomasini. These seasoned runners are undoubtedly great role models for our younger club athletes! Bronze also went to our Under 20's male team of Arron Spiessberger-Parker, Tim O'Shea, Angus Pryde and Jake Myors in a time of 39.23. They were just pipped at the post for second by Randwick Botany who squeezed past in a time of 39.19.

The Club would like to thank Glen and Melinda Mustapic for organising the relay teams; it's a big job trying to manage team entries and we appreciate the effort that goes into the coordination of this. We would also like to thank all athletes and families who committed their time to travel and compete at the NSW State Cross Country Relays and are proud of everyone's efforts on the course!

See results section on the ANSW webiste for all team and individual results. Next week's cross country pointscore round will be held at Huskisson.
See you there.
McCaffery Challenge – Willandra - 24.05.2014
The first leg of the McCaffery Challenge played out on the picturesque hills of Willandra last Saturday. Nowra Athletics warmly welcomed Kembla Joggers and some visitors from Wollongong & IBS athletic Clubs, supplying a balmy, clear afternoon in our usual laid back style. The Course was in excellent condition and thanks must go out to the Gibb family for all their effort in preparing such an outstanding cross country track.

There were over 400 runners competing, all hoping their performance would be enough to tip the balance of the first round in their Clubs favour. On this occasion, Kembla Joggers just beat us over the line and took out the 2, 3, 4 and 6 k runs. Nowra were able to redeem themselves by placing ahead of KJ’s in the 8k (long course). This year saw the first running of a 6km event and it was a popular distance so hopefully it will be offered again in the return leg at Dapto later this year.

Willandra offers some tough conditions, but there were some big “personal best” times recorded as competitors put that little bit more effort in for their Club.

An abundant afternoon tea was laid out for all to share. There was definitely no lack of food thanks to all the club members who brought along a plate to share and it all seemed to run smoothly thanks once again to our dedicated volunteers (without whom we wouldn’t be able to run every week).

Next Saturday many Club members will be competing at Miranda in Athletics NSW State Cross Country Relay Championships. Teams are being finalized, however If you are unsure of your place in a team, please contact Melinda Mustapic on M 0431051201 as soon as possible.

For those of you not running at Miranda, there will be a non point score run out at Tomerong. The starting times won’t run to the normal schedule so be there around 2.30pm so you don’t miss out.

During this week a large number of school students will be competing in State & Regional School Cross Country Carnivals being held at Willandra & Eastern Creek.

On behalf of the club we hope you will all enjoy the competition and have a great run.
Round 7 – Huskisson- 17.05.2014
Next week Kembla Joggers will be hitting our shores at Willandra to take us on in the McCaffery Challenge. If you have club colours then please wear them and if you are interested in running 6k then you are in luck as that option is being offered for the first time this year. It will start with the 3k and long. We need numbers if we want to get our trophy back so please come along and run for the club. Parking will be under the control of Marshalls so please follow any and all directions. As is our practice for the McCaffery Challenge, we provide afternoon tea for our members and guests. Please bring a plate and hand it in at the canteen.

Don’t forget to see Melinda or Glen Mustapic if you are available for the Relay’s at Miranda. Teams are being compiled and need to be confirmed.

Our first run at Husky was bathed in sunshine. Everyone I talked to had good things to say about the new course. Being relatively flat but with long gradual inclines, it did throw out a challenge or two with soft sand, loose rocks and a nicely placed boardwalk bridge that didn’t even rock when you ran on it (well done Mr Dooley).

First over the line this week for the special A’s was Eamon Lowbridge. Olivia Spencer also ran well this week.

In the 1km, it was a fight for 1st place. Lila Pratt ran well to take out line honours. Close on her heels was James Babian, Alisha Mustapic and Charlie Braddick. These guys are running really well each week, (hope you slipped under the handicapper’s radar).

Jasper Arnold held off Alistair Clark, Alex Dobson and Jake Babian (big grin in place) to win Division 1 in the 2k. Tara Cornell and Ruby Davidson also had great results. Alastair Urquhart, Angus Lowbridge, Jasper Leung and Harriett Urquhart crossed in places 1 to 4 respectively in division 2. Kate Leung wasn’t too far behind her brother but just missed out on a place. Division 3 was hard fought between Pari Barrel, Nell Hughes, Julie Harrison and Amanda Seccombe.

For Division 1, 3k, Indie Seccombe held off Ella Pratt, Leah Dobson placed third and Alex Cornell crossed in 4th. Division 2 had Mikayla Check over the line in first place. Joshua Banwell, David Hughes and Richard Murphy filled out the other top placings respectively. Kyla Davidson and Ella Heald will most likely be on the podium in coming weeks so keep a close eye on them.

In the medium course (4k) the out and back didn’t seem to slow down Emerson Brian, Paul Davidson, Martin Tomasini or Paul Duncan. Zahra Wells was first in the Division 2, Ethan Havadjia, Angela Urquhart and Dean Bryce (No corners to be cut here). Long Course seemed to have more uphill than down but that didn’t slow down Joel Lord. He only just beat Brad Sawyers into first. Mark Simpson followed close on his heels and Jye Edwards made up the first 4. Harry McGill and Jake Myors weren’t too far out of the placings and it is great to see such talent running for our club. Elisha Bell just keeps getting better (and bigger), Richard Bosdyk, Peter Heald and Milton Cox all seemed to breeze along. Not sure the same can be said for Allison Havadjia, Laura Babian, Eric Moeller-Duhme (welcome back Eric) but everybody in long course did manage to finish.

See you at Willandra for the McCaffery Challenge.
Round 6 - Timberhills - 10.05.2014
Saturday’s cross country run was once again held at the beautiful, but challenging Timberhills course. It was a cool afternoon, perfect conditions for a cross country run.

Incorporated in Saturday’s competition was the Bill McKinnon Memorial Run. Each year Nowra Athletics dedicate a different distance and division for the Bill McKinnon trophy on the Timberhills course which is currently owned and generously offered for Cross Country every year by Ron and Ruth McKinnon. This year the feature event was the 3km Division 2. Rebecca Lancaster was first home in this run and so won the Bill McKinnon Memorial Run for this year. Congratulations to Rebecca.

In the Special A’s Olivia Spencer was again first across the line – there’s just no stopping her!

In the 1km Isaac Bacchus crossed the line ahead of James Babian and Lila Pratt.

The 2km saw Jasper Arnold take line honours followed by Matthew Higham and in third was Hannah Brian, whose motivation seemed to come from wanting to beat her mum!

In Division 2 Cameron Harrison crossed first with Jasper Leung and Thomas Pratt taking second and third spots. In Division 3 of the 2km Go marker Reuben Pichler came through the pack to finish 1st with Emily Burinaga and Rachel Banwell once again featuring in the top 3 finishers.

In the 3km promising distance runner Victoria Kennedy crossed first followed by Ruby Frank and Jessica O’Donnell. Kyra McKinnon’s new training schedule is paying off as she came in for 4th place. In Division 2 Rebecca Lancaster ran hard to take first place from a handicap of 40 seconds. She was followed across the line by Emily Michell, Lucas Johnson and Takesa Frank.

The Medium course certainly didn’t pose too much of a challenge to Liam Dooley who crossed the line first. Matt Brennan and Steve Grant battled it out for second and third spots, with Matt finally getting the edge on Steve. Veteran and accomplished runner Crissy Suffolk finished 4th. In Division 2 back marker John Keenan worked his way through the large group to take top place. Brielle Musgrove showed her Willandra hill training is giving her some advantage as she pushed through for second followed by Derek Edwards and Scott Dobson. In Division 3 Brin McKinnon claimed first place with Gavin Urquart taking second. Maureen Cox proved that steady consistent effort pays off with a third place finish and back marker Lauren Russell ran well to come through for 4th.

The Long Course runners, a breed of their own, once again put on a good show. Bradley Sawyers took line honours in Division 1 followed by Darrin Smith and Peter Khourey. In Division 2 hardworking Milton Cox ran in first with Charlie coulson-Knight and Jacob Prince taking second and third spots. In Division 3 Sky Martin used her minus handicap to her advantage to cross first, keeping Geoff Crook at bay for second and Alison Strand ran from back of the pack to take the final podium finish.

Next week cross country will be held at the new course at Huskisson Soccer Grounds. You can park in the parking area along side the soccer fields or you can turn right into Park road and park on the other side of the field and walk across. The start and finish is on the soccer field behind the amenities block. The run will meander through bush trails and we look forward to tackling the new track.

Runners are also reminded that Miranda Cross Country Relays are coming up on the 31st May. Runners must confirm their availability to run at Miranda with club captains Mel Mustapic or Andrew Havadjia.

Stay calm, and keep on running!
Annual General Meeting – Illaroo Rd - 3.05.2014
Saturday night was the Annual General Meeting of Nowra Athletics Club, and more importantly it was the Club's Presentation Evening for all trophy winners from the 2013/2014 Season.

It was great to see so many athletes and families braving the cold to come out and celebrate the achievements of athletes throughout the previous season.

The Club said "congratulations" to all competitors who participated during Cross Country in Winter 2013, Track and Field during Summer 2013/2014 and Summer Road Runs and presented trophies to the first 3 placegetters in each section and division.

The Babian family - Laura, Leith, Jake and James

It is obvious that Nowra Athletics Club has a wealth of talent in their midst, and much of this talent seems to run in the family. The Babian family took home a boot load of trophies for the mantelpiece with each family member receiving at least one trophy. Young Jake won the cross country 2km division 1, while dad Leith won the long course division 1 and mum Laura came 3rd in the 3km division 2. On the track, Jake took home another trophy for 1st place in D grade track, while brother James won E grade track and field. Not to be out done, mum Laura came 2nd in Vets Grade in the field events and dad, Leith received his second trophy for the night with 1st place in the men's vets grade for top track points. This year was Leith's first year competing at a competition level on the track when he participated at NSW Country Championships in Wollongong in January. Leith put in a gutsy performance that showed he has the heart of a horse like Phar Lap when he had a crowd stopping photo finish run in the 800m, getting pipped at the post by a nose, and taking silver. For this outstanding performance Leith was awarded the very prestigious Frank McCaffrey Award. The McCaffrey shield is probably a little too big for the mantelpiece but we're sure Leith will find a place for it at home to honour it.

The Seccombe family also took home a collection of trophies. Indie Seccombe took 2nd place in the cross country 2km division 1 as well as 2nd place in C Grade division 1 track. Sister Annie took 1st in E grade track while dad Scott also took home a trophy for 2nd place in the long course division 1. Another successful family was the Norwoods with Keeghan, Stirling and Eilish all taking home track and field trophies. Keeghan was also honoured with the John Morris Encouragement Award for his consistent effort and dedication throughout the cross country season.

Other families to be awarded with multiple trophies included the Rodda family, the Dobson family, the Davidson family, the Urquhart family and the Musson family to name just a few. No wonder Nowra Athletics is known as the family club!

The Nowra Toyota Encouragement Award went to Michael Duncan and the Handicappers Award for consistent improvement and 100% effort in cross country events and competition was awarded to a very worthy Harry McGill. The Valuable Volunteer Award went to Peter Condon. A club like Nowra Athletics cannot succeed without the tremendous support of volunteers and Peter was recognised for his valuable and reliable assistance throughout the season.

Cristine Suffolk and Samantha Peace

The Neville Markham Distance Runner of the Year Award went to Damian Smith who continually proves himself to be an outstanding and devoted distance runner competing in numerous distance events both locally and further afield. Some may say he's obsessed with running, but I have it on good authority that obsessed is just a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated!

The final presentations of the night were the High Achievement Awards, awarded to athletes for their high performance over the last 12 months. The Junior recipient was Samantha Peace. Samantha's Gold Medal discus throw at the Australian Junior Championships was also a Personal Best by a massive 3 metres. Samantha is a very committed young athlete consistently achieving great results at local, State and National level and was a well deserved winner of this special award. The Senior High Achievement Award went to veteran athlete Cristine Suffolk. Crissy is another dedicated distance runner who can often be seen training around the hills of Willandra and the local area. Crissy was the 8km XC Bronze Medalist from the 2013 World Masters Athletics Championships held recently in Brazil. This is an outstanding achievement indeed to be up there on the World Masters Podium - certainly a very well earned result for a committed athlete.

Congratulations to everyone who participated at Nowra Athletics and the committee looks forward to another successful year.
Cross Country – Timberhills - 26.04.2014
The AGM is next Saturday at Illaroo Road Public School at 7pm It will only take about 20 minutes before the presentation gets underway. If you are fortunate to receive a trophy but can’t make it, please let Jan or someone on the committee know. Bring a plate to share for supper. The more members, the merrier.

A warm welcome greeted Nowra Athletics Club for their first run of the season at the picturesque Timberhills (owned and generously offered for Cross Country every year by Ron and Ruth McKinnon).We have been running on a version of this track since 1976. It has always been challenging no matter which distance you run and today was no exception.

In the Special A’s Olivia Spencer was again first across the line. She was fortunate to have Josh and Pippa Spencer running with her. Isaac Bacchus crossed ahead of Bethany Dobson, James Babian and Alisha Mustapic in the 1km run. Division 1 of the 2km had Callula Norwood, Sam Phillips, Tara Cornell and Matthew Higham fulfill the first 4 places. Alec Dobson & Striling Norwood (who were back markers) made up a lot of ground to be just out of the top placings. Division 2 in the 2km saw some familiar faces from last week take out line honours. Rachel Banwell was first but Emily Burinaga will probably start further back next week due to placing 2nd this week. Julie Harrison was 3rd and Deb Clark once moved slightly down in the final order to place 4th (as opposed to 2nd last week), Congratulations to Will Maher who was graduated from the Special A’s 1km to run in the 2km.

3km seems so far for small legs but in Division 1, it didn’t stop Liam Coulson-Knight from crossing 1st. Leah Dobson, Ruby Frank and Kieren Harrison fought it out for 2nd – 4th. Hunter Lynch and Rhys Burinaga showed great improvement and I’m sure the handicapper was watching.

In Division 2 of the 3km. Mikayla Check took line honors for the second week in a row obviously achieving a good improvement. Finton Murphy was 2nd. and Takesa Frank 3rd. The back marker in this division being Victoria Kennedy made her way through the ranks to finish 4th. Well done. Rebecca Lancaster held the lead over Anabelle Dallas, Alex Arnold and Hunter Lord to take out 1st place in Division 3.

The medium course offers up a few more hills but this didn’t slow down Gus Frank, Steve Grant or Rebecca Miles. In Division 2, John Keenan led Graham Smith, Andrew Havadjia and Roz Phillips across the line. Eva Moller Duhme is slowly reclaiming her running gusto and her experience paid off with 1st place in Division 3. Diana Emery and Darlene Musgrove followed her to the finish.

Long Course obviously relish a challenge and doing the medium track twice certainly equates to that (or stupidity – depending on your view). Harry McGill, Leith Babian, Jye Edwards and Scott Martin again battled it out for line honours in Division 1. You would think it was a flat course at the speed these blokes go by. Richard Bosdyk returned to cross over before Kendall McMaster & Ming Leung with Elisha Bell (still pregnant and running well) and Annette Sampson a close 4th & 5th. Division 3 had Geoff Crook, Laura Babian (obviously the marathon training is paying off), Allison Dillon (first timer for Long Course – we hope you come back Allison) and Lisa Carroll taking out 1st – 4th.

It was also great to see families taking advantage of the great weather to share some afternoon tea under the trees.See you at Willandra next week. If you haven’t registered yet you still have time. Administration will only be open for registration or club uniforms from 1.45pm - 2.15pm
Cross Country – Long Reach 19.04.2014
A beautiful autumn day greeted all the runners and officials at Longreach on Saturday afternoon. Each distance was well represented and many enjoyed the spring like atmosphere and the chance to burn some calories before the Easter Bunny made his deliveries. Olivia Spencer took out line honours in the Special A's – making a welcome return for the season. In Division 1 of the 1km James Babian held off the girls to cross first. Close on his heels was Lila Pratt and Annie Secombe. Charlie Braddick and Hannah Phillips also had a great run.

Tara Cornell, Cameron Harrison and Olivia Fletcher were first 3 to cross the line for the Division 1 of the 2km. Stirling Norwood and Jake Babian put in fine performances as back markers. In the 2nd Division of the 2km, Amanda Secombe and Deb Clarke showed that experience can pay off with a 1st and 2nd. Kate Moore ran well for a 3rd place and Emily Burinaga also ran strongly.

The 3km Division 1 was won by Kye Jones, William Pratt was 2nd (like his daughter in the 1km) and Jade Mustapic sprinted home for 3rd. Emma Moore looked quite strong as she crossed the finish line and Kieran Harrison showed his consistency with another strong performance. First over the line for the 3km Division 2 was Alex Cornell, not too far behind was James Phillips and Mikayla Check.

In the medium course, the long slow climb leading to the finish didn’t seem to slow down Steve Grant, Shenay Edwards, Martin Tomasini or Scott Secombe and in Division 2; Paul Jennings took out line honours again this week. Hot on his heels was Holly Bond, Angela Urquhart and Ethan Havadjia. In Division 3, Rob Woods, Megan Fitt, Samantha Emery and Alison Havadjia managed to get over the line to take podium honours.

The Long Course didn't seem too much of a challenge for some people. Great handicapping was evident with the first 10 runners all crossing with not much between them. Perry Strand (who hadn’t been running) was able to hang on for 1st. Joel Lord, Arron Spiessberger-Parker, Jason Huntsman, Harry McGill, Jake Myors and Jye Edwards cruised together for the 9k's. They made it look easy when it was anything but. There is definitely some great talent in our club. Jacob Prince had line honours for Division 2. Angela Bond ran well for 2nd, Annette Sampson and Michelle Cummings were 3rd and 4th. Elisha Bell whizzed up the monster hill (obviously being pregnant didn’t slow her down. Other great performers were Siobhan Clayton, Kristina O’Shea and Linda Wetherill.

Next week April 26 we will be running at the picturesque Timberhills. And yes, the name is very apt. If you think Longreach had hills, then wait till you get to Tomerong.
Cross Country – Willandra 12.04.2014
As the rain continued to fall on Saturday, numbers were slightly down for Round 2 of the Winter cross country series, many obviously deterred by the wet weather. However Peter Dooley's opening address on Saturday afternoon was "We run in all weather...this is perfect conditions for cross country running!"

Go markers start for the 3k and 8k

Well, I'm not so sure the washers of the mud-stained clothes would agree with that comment, but nonetheless the round was run with lots of enthusiasm amongst competitors, and needless to say lots of mud! More than a few people were caught slipping and sliding around the hills of Willandra and some runners came back looking as though they had been rolling in the mud too!

In the 1km race James Babian was first to cross the line with a huge smile on his face. He was followed by Annie Secombe, and Callula Norwood, with young Charlie Braddick coming in 4th and Aimee Coulson-Knight finishing a close 5th.

In the 2km Division 1 Sienna Bricker took line honours followed by Matthew Higham.

Then proving that running 'runs in the family' Stirling Norwood took 3rd place, (like sister Callula in the 1k) and Jake Babian ran almost as fast as brother James, finishing 4th, with a smile just as big!

In the 2km Division 1 Sienna Bricker took line honours followed by Matthew Higham. Then proving that running 'runs in the family' Stirling Norwood took 3rd place, (like sister Callula in the 1k) and Jake Babian ran almost as fast as brother James, finishing 4th, with a smile just as big! In Division 2 it was another family affair with Alastair Urquhart finishing first and Harriet Urquhart coming in 3rd. In between was Rachael Banwell.

In the 3k Division 1 back marker Jesse Buckham made it look easy as he came hurtling through the pack to finish a commendable 7th. Crossing the line first was Ella Munro, followed by Indie Secombe and Max Bricker. In Division 2 back markers Emily Michell and Mikayla Check ran strong all the way to push through and finish close to the front. They weren't quite quick enough to beat David Hughes, Lou Reali, Angus Lowbridge and Jasmine Greenwood who finished 1st to 4th though. In Division 3 Rick O'Shea came past the post first with Sharron Charwood and Anabelle Dallas hot on his heels.

In the medium course Cameron Musgrove led the charge, proving he can transfer his track speed to the cross country course. Watch out for the handicapper next week though! He was chased home by Chris Morris and Paul Duncan. In Division 2 Jill Tuckerman beat Megan Coulson-Knight across the line with a determined Dean Bryce coming in 3rd. In Division 3 consistent and steady runner Alison Havadjia led the way, with seasoned runners John Price and Jill Smith not far behind.

In division one of the long course Mitchell Cunningham took the honours for first place followed by Damian Smith and Joel Lord. In Division 2 Linda Clarke put in a gutsy run to finish 1st. Motoring along for 2nd was Peter Heald and barefoot runner Kev Davis, no doubt loving the toe-gripping mud, finished 3rd. Steady improver Laura Babian crossed for 4th showing that consistent effort pays off!

Next week is Easter Saturday and Round 3 will be run at Longreach. Racing kicks off from 2.30pm and we encourage everyone to arrive well ahead of their race time to check their handicap and get some warm ups in before running and starting to indulge in chocolate! Don't forget to check the website or the new facebook page for any possible change of venue notices in the event of continued wet weather.
Cross Country – Willandra - 5.04.2014
Welcome to everyone who is returning for the Cross Country season and to all our new members.

This week it was a scratch start. For those of you who don't know better, if you had a good run and made decent time around the deceptively hard picturesque course of Willandra, then be warned, next week you are going to pay dearly in the handicaps. To hear the handicapper describe it, there is a clear formula in place (clear to whom, we intrepid runners haven’t figured out yet). So don’t be disheartened when you turn up at Willandra again next week - just be sure to check the notice board to see how you have fared.

This week we had 194 runners. Many were old die hards back to try and bluff the handicapper (not going to happen – let me tell you). Some were new families or individuals looking for like minded people. We hope you enjoyed the friendly atmosphere and challenge that Willandra offered. The track was in great condition considering all the wet weather we have had. Next time you see Mr Gibb, be sure to let him know that all his hard work is appreciated.

On 3 May 2014 (4 Saturdays away) is the AGM. For most people this is an event to be avoided but the AGM of Nowra Athletics Club (NAC) is not your usual boring evening. The AGM itself only runs for about 20 minutes. Then we are onto the presentation of the past season. Everyone brings a plate and a social gathering caps off the evening.

If you have questions or suggestions we would love to hear from you at next week's run. See you then.