Home' South Gippsland Sentinel-Times : February 7, 2017 Edition Contents THE SOUTH GIPPSLAND SENTINEL-TIMES, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2017 - PAGE 51
THE holidaymakers have mostly left town, how-
ever, Inverloch Park Run still welcomed a fairly
large group of competitors last Saturday, with 141
runners and walkers joining in for another warm
sunny morning at the stump.
And a special vote of thanks was passed to the
super volunteers who made this event happen:
Paige Barry, James Barry, Shirley Dell, Libby
Haynes, Damien King and Ebony Knox.
And another special mention and thank you
went to the local Park Run’s regular Nathan Castle
who is always tidying the path so the runners are
not at risk of trip hazards, especially drifting sand
from the beach.
Congratulations to the male and female place
getters this week, listed below. It is always a fantas-
tic thing to stand back and watch the speedsters
in action, but just as inspirational to see those to-
wards the back of the field, enjoying the camara-
derie and using the run as part of their own fitness
and enjoyment regime.
Glenn Sullivan (VM50-54) of Wonthaggi Road
Runners, was first over the line in 18:41, his 42nd
time as winner in 104 appearances.
Bill Barry (VM35-39) of Wonthaggi Road Run-
ners, was second over the line in 18:51. Bill has
been first to finish on 21 previous occasions.
Joel Cahir (SM25-29) was third over the line in
Rachel H Tattersall (VW40-44) was first (18th
overall) over the line in 23:18, the second she has
placed first in 13 appearances.
Fiona Richardson (VW45-49) was second (26th
overall) over the line in 24:03 and has been first to
finish once before.
Kate Browne (SW30-34) was third (29th overall)
over the line in 25:21.
This week there were 14 first timers and 21 who
recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of
10 different athletics clubs took part.
Congratulations to those 21 Park Runners that
achieved a PB, after all that is what so many come
to Park Run for, to beat themselves and to feel like
they have progressed and improved.
So well done goes to: Keith Ridout, Debbie Fletch-
er, Keith Donohue, Matt Mcdonald, Elli Hutchison,
Anna Barker, Grant Fleming, Delwyn Fenn, Rivka
George, Cameron Nagle, Anthea Donohue, Joel Ca-
hir, Mal Dunn, Trent Hamilton, Daniel Moldrich,
Cindy Borg, Rosemary Knox, Janine Bartley, Tom
Barker, Caitlin Castellan and Don Allen
The following runners recorded the best Age
Grade scores: Glenn Sullivan (VM50-54) was
graded 78.95% for the time 18:41 (first overall).
Mal Dunn (VM60-64) was graded 77.95% for the
time 20:56 (6th overall).
Keith Donohue (VM55-59) was graded 73.95%
for the time 21:30 (8th overall).
IT WAS a sunny morning for the Wonthaggi
Little Athletics team walks program on Sat-
urday, February 4.
A team of 94 athletes turned up on the day
to compete, and pushed on despite the hot
Seb Ori had a great morning breaking the
Under 11 Boys record in the 1100m walk.
No one came away with five PBs but plenty
of athletes bagged 3 or 4 for the morning.
U11G: Ella Smith and Hannah Kelly, High
Jump, 1100m walk, 400m, Shot Put.
U6B: Cruz Bettles, 70m, 50m, Long Jump;
Isaac Da Silva, Shot Put, 50m, Long Jump.
U6G: Daisy Marotta, Shot Put, Long Jump,
U8B: Jack Coldebella, Triple Jump, 100m,
Discus; Felix Bathgate, Discus, Triple Jump,
400m; Archie Moore, 400m, 100m, Triple
U8G: Sara Hynd, Discus, triple Jump,
U9B: Sonny Rivers, 400m, Turbo Javelin,
Long Jump; Jake Marotta, 400m, 1100m
walk, Turbo Javelin.
U12G: Mollie -Valentine Ransom, 400m,
1500m walk, High Jump.
U13B: Will carter, Triple Jump, 400m,
1500m walk; Jacob Timmermans, triple
Jump, 400m, Discus.
U13G: Sandra Gray, Triple Jump, Discus,
U14G: Nicola Slade, 400m, Triple Jump,
U15G: Elin Gray, 1500m walk, Triple
U16B: Jackson Timmermans, Triple
Jump, Discus, 400m.
WITH the New Year well un-
der way, members of the South
Coast Athletics team have been
busy with their athletics season.
As well as Athletics Shield
events on offer, a number of
athletes have competed at the
second and third rounds of the
Vern Curnow Shield event held
in Newborough on January 10
Most notable was the perfor-
mance of Matt Merrilees who
broke the Vern Curnow record
for Under 14 hammer with a
throw of 30.20m, which has
broken the South Coast club
The club’s biggest event in
January was the Athletics Vic-
toria Country Championships
held at Casey from Thursday,
January 26 to Saturday, Janu-
As the club was the local
organising committee it was a
big weekend for South Coast
The committee would like
to thank all those parents and
kids who helped out so much
over the three days, devoting
long hours to ensure the event
A very big thank you to Ray
Slade who worked tirelessly
leading into the event and
working event harder over the
Ray epitomises the ‘can do’
attitude of the club.
South Coast Athletics had
20 athletes competing over the
Australia Day weekend with
some very pleasing placings
and big personal bests.
Vu Montgomery increased
her Under 14 club record in the
javelin throwing 30.44, to take
out the Country Gold Medal.
Georgia Burns ran an in-
spiring 800m leading from the
start, and increasing her lead
as she continued to the finish
line in first place.
Congratulations to Aliesha
Wrigley who set a very big per-
sonal best and club record by
over one minute in the Under
Congratulations also to Matt
Merrilees for equalling the Un-
der 14 high jump club record
with a jump of 1.65m giving
him the country gold medal.
The club would like to con-
gratulate all athletes for their
The results show the grow-
ing success of the club, and the
team atmosphere was very evi-
dent during the weekend with
loud barracking and with 37
team members coming togeth-
er for the South Coast dinner.
With plenty more competi-
tions over the next two months
club members are urged to keep
up the training and hard work.
The club’s last local meet
with be held on Tuesday, Febru-
ary 7 at Wonthaggi, which will
take the form of a sprints night.
LITTLE Athletics returned to
Leongatha on Saturday, Febru-
ary 4, for the second half of the
This week also saw athletes
run a baton around the oval con-
tinuous for the duration of the
Everyone got involved in the
event, including parents and
grandparents, resulting in 61
laps over two and a half hours.
The club had 150 athletes
participating in very warm con-
ditions, achieving 277 Personal
Bests over the day, and nine cen-
Centre Records went to:
U6B: Zeb Anderson 50m
9.77sec and Long Jump 2.75m.
U11B: Xavier Bolge High
U14B: Sullivan Herbert 200m
U15B: Paul McKeown 800m
U9G: Melisse Bath Long Turbo
U13G: Georgia Burns 200m
Hurdles 35.94sec and 800m
U14G: Jasmine Woods 200m
Aths beat the heat
Marli Carter clears the bar in the Under 11 Girls High Jump.
South Coast returns for 2017
Members of the South Coast Athletics relay team are Sar-
ah Lewis, Alana Gibson-Williamson, Charli Burns, Court-
ney Clark, Rachel Aitken, Nicola Slade, Piper Hastings,
Aliesha Wrigley, Georgia Burns and mascot Ben Merrilees.
Hot start for Leongatha Aths
Sullivan Herbert, Joshua Wight, Alfred Herbert, Paul McKe-
own, and Merlin Gammon braved the heat on Saturday, Febru-
ary 4 at the first meet for the Leongatha Little Athletics team.
Inverloch foreshore park still the place to run
Deb Rielly from ‘Keeping Kids on Track’
popped in to promote a fantastic event coming
up on March 5 – a local fun run to raise funds
for local organisations. Each week Inverloch
Park Run will be giving away a free entry to
the event to one lucky park runner. You can
enter online at www.kkot.org. And congrats to
this week’s winner Grahame Treloar.
The holiday influx has gone but Inverloch’s Park Run still managed to attract an excellent
141 runners, in fine weather, last Saturday.
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