This was an amazing weekend of racing for runners under the SWEAT Sydney Program with almost 70 of you out there flying the flag.
It started out at the UTA Ultra Series on Saturday with Keith Mullen having an amazing debut run in the 100km race. Also having great runs in the UTA100 were Barry Carter, Trevor Tingate and Andrea Brown. In the 50km Carol Adams and Emily Wilcock also had a great day out on the trails.
Sunday saw THE Man in the Blue Suit Mike Tozer take out the Manly 10 in 36:20 whilst on the other side of the Harbour a huge group of SWEATers lined up for the SMH Half Marathon.
The SMH Half was run in perfect conditions on a very hilly and technical course. There were some amazing PBs and times set by runners of all levels.
First SWEATer home in 1:13.23 was Christian Lotter in 16th place just ahead of Brad Bannister in 17th (1:14.23) Online Runner Kuba Tymula was in the mix with 1:18.10 and Jackson Thodey back in form with 1:19.40. Keith Broadfoot also drew a lot of attention with his 1:23.47.
Then came a group of the boys battling it out amongst each other Steve Johnson (1:24.17), Peter Kalan (1:24.20) and Mikael Holmstrom (1:24.40). Kieran O’Connor (1:25.28) had a great PB finish as did Adrian Kotzen first time under 90 minutes in 1:28.18. Dylan Cross was 1:26.02 and Jane Webber 1:28.29. Andy Williams (1:28.43) just ahead of Sara Olivia Rathborne running a solid 1:29.23. Larissa ran 1:31.50. Amy Lam (1:32.00) was able to hold off Athletics Australia Boss Mark Arbib who managed a respectable 1:32.40 fresh from the London Marathon. Christine Carmichael was 8th in her Age Group in 1:32.29 and Louise Arnott was 2nd in her Age Group with 1:34.19.
Other great results included Joseph Moran (1:33.50), Chris Wong (1:34.30), Garth Hyslop (1:36.09), Catherine Mah (1:36.50), John Maloney 1:38.39 and Imran Ahmed 1:39.56
The SWEAT runners continued to cross the line with great results and PBs. Dax Love (1:41.35), Kim Shmuel (1:43.02), Ingrid Grace (1:43.33 8th in Age Group), Mike Ritchie (1:46.30), Edmund Fitzgerald (1:46.33), Gabrielle Vanderham (1:47.03), Glenn Josette Merchant (1:47.20), Rachel Lewis (1:47.31), Pamela Schwarz (1:47.50) and Suma Tea (1:50.07).
Coach Woz was also out there pacing his daughter Larissa Williams in her first run at this distance to 1:51.34. Gillian Breen ran 1:52.08 just ahead of Susan Knott (1:52.12) and Amy Cheung (1:52.16). Pete Turner did 1:53.10 and was top 10 in his Age Group.
Then there was Leia Lewis was 2:00.56 just ahead of Meave Een (2:01.19) and Karen Canfell (2:02.45). Thea Bourke (2:07.04), Kel Walker (2:07.54) and Wiebke Maticka (2:24.11) were also enjoying the day out, and the Legendary Paul Feain back from a fall only last Sunday toughed it out in 2:33.34. We also saw Sonia Green compete the 14.1 km leg of the Relay in 57:10.
On the other side of the World Michelle E Kluz lined up in the NYC Half Marathon the biggest in the United States with and Age Group Podium finish in an impressive time of 1:27.57.
And then there was our latest World Championship Representative Jess Baker who competed in the Great Ocean Road 60km Ultra. Jess finished 8th overall, 2nd female and first in her Age Group in an incredible 4:53.03. That’s a crazy 4:53 p/km pace for 60 kilomteres!!!
What a weekend it was, we are so proud of your efforts and achievements in this very supportive and inclusive Running Squad. With so many of you out there representing us we don’t want to miss anybody so if we have please let us know. Everyone of you are important to us!!!