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Cross Country, Middle Distance and Sprint Track Racing, Beach Running and Triathlon Training.
All levels from beginners to elite.
Up And Running has continued to produce outstanding results in Cross Country with several NSW Representatives at the Australian Cross Country Championships including:
2022 - 26 Athletes Representing NSW Piper Sweeny, Siena Novak, Sophie Hufton, Anna Colquhoun, Riya Singh, Margaret Jordan (AWD), Ellie Bliss, Nancy Newton, Lily Cooney, Lorenzo Paonessa, Jack Wilkinson, Ethan Howard, Eva Gawel, Huon Groves, Ruby Fry, Grace Henry, Max Russell, Piper Simpson, Sophie Ferenczi, Lachlan Stanfield, Bradley Chan, Natasha Ward, Laura Roderick, Luc Jefferies, and Matilda Cole as well as Indi Cole representing ACT.
PREVIOUS and MULTIPLE Representation:
Lachlan Stanfield (2018, 2019 and 2022), Oliver Freeman (2017, 2018 and 2019), Grace Henry (2019 and 2022), Piper Simpson (2018, 2019 and 2022), Sophie Ferenczi (2016, 2017, 2019 and 2022), James Tirado (2018 and 2019), George Verco (2016, 2017 and 2018), Angus Royal (2019), Max Russell (2018 and 2022), Paris Tier (2017 and 2018), Kirsty Beatie (2018), Allegra McGivern (2018), Eleanor Miller (2017 and 2018), Alex Field (2017 and 2018), and Bailey Habler (2016).
2023 AUSTRALIAN TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
We are proud of our 15 Athletes who represented NSW at the 2023 Australian Junior Track and Field Championships in Brisbane, with a number of big PBs and 7 Medals for their State. This is an outstanding achievement for the squad and Coach Jordan.
Our NSW Representatives were:
Piper Sweeny 800 and 1500m
Eva Gawel 1500m (Silver) and 3000m (Bronze
Siena Novak 800m (Gold) and 400m
Anna Colquhoun 800m
Lorenzo Paonessa 800 and 1500
Evan Rowbotham 800m and 1500m (Silver)
Ethan Howard 1500m (Bronze), 2000m Steeplechase (Silver) and 3000m
Matilda Emanuel 800 and 1500m
Ruby Fry 3000m and 2000m Steeplechase
Lily Cooney 3000m
Matilda Cole 3000m
Lily O'Reilly 3000m
Harry Davey 2000m Steeplechase
Nancy Newton 3000m
Harry Keats 400m (Silver) and 800m (Bronze)
NSW ALL SCHOOLS TRIATHLON CHAMPIONSHIPS
Some great results for our Team at the NSW All Schools Triathlon Championships.
Grace Henry took the GOLD Medal in the Senior Women's event with a dominant run off the bike to demolish the field.
In the Senior Men's event Harry Smith led a strong cycle pack only to be given a draft penalty of 3 minutes bumping him out of National selection. His ability to remain composed and finish in 10th place is commendable.
In the Intermediate Event, Nancy Newton finished with a strong run to place 14th female.
Piper Sweeny was impressive in her first Triathlon finishing 4th Junior and taking the BRONZE Medal for CIS.
THE WORLD CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS COME TO AUSTRALIA
The best Cross Country runners from around the world will hit the hills of Mount Panorama in Bathurst for the World Championships and we were invited by Athletics NSW and Athletics Australia to the announcement of the Australian Representative Team along with Olympians Stewart Mc Sween and Jessica Hull.
Max Russell wore his Randwick Botany Club colours with Piper Simpson representing the schools team in her St Catherines kit. Piper Sweeny and coaches Jordan and Warren represented training squads wearing their squad logos.
We were proud to see Bailey Habler selected for the U20s Australia Team. The former Up And Running Athlete won his first National medal back in 2016 training in our squad.
2022 AUSTRALIAN ALL SCHOOLS TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS ADELAIDE
We are so proud of the success of our four athletes who represented NSW at the Australian All Schools Track and Field Championships.
Max Russell took the Gold Medal with a dominant run in the 2000m Steeplechase event and backed it up with a Bronze in the 3000m. Piper Simpson earned another National Title leading from the outset in the 1500m. Matilda Emanuel had a solid national debut placing 8th in the 1500m and Eva Gawel added to her her medal tally with a Bronze in her 1500m race.
UP AND RUNNING SHINE AT THE RANDWICK CITY SPORTS AWARDS
The 2022 Randwick City Sports awards recognise outstanding achievement across all sports in the Randwick Municipality. This year Up And Running took out several of the major awards judged by local sporting stars and council representatives.
Coach Jordan was awarded the inaugural Randwick City Coach of the Year for outstanding success to International level.
Siena Novak was awarded the Randwick City Junior Sports Star for 2022 and Margaret Jordan was awarded AWD Athlete of the Year.
Lachlan Stanfield was runner up for the major Award of the Bradley Mathews Sportsperson for 2022, and Katherine Jordan was nominated for Junior Sports Star of the year.
NSW ALL SCHOOLS TRACK and FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
With 38 High School Athletes representing 13 schools we were in full flight at the NSW All Schools Track and Field Championships at SOPAC.
There were several outstanding results across the whole squad with 30 Top 10 performances and 13 Medals.
Gold: Piper (U14 - 1500 and 3000m) Max (U18 - 2000m Steeplechase)
Silver: Max (U18 - 3000m), Matilda (U14 - 1500m), Siena (U12 - 800m), Eva (U14 - 3000m)
Bronze: Bradley (U20 - 1500), Max D (U14 - 400m), Siena (U12 - 400m), Sophie (U20 - 3000m) Harry (U14 - 2000m Steeplechase), Lachlan (U20 - 5000m).
Blackmore's Sydney Running Festival
It was great to have one of our favourite events back after a two year break due to Covid. We had a great team represent our squad in the 10km Bridge Run and the 3.5Km Family Fun Run
Lachie was 8th overall in the 10km race and first in the 16 to 19 age division in a super time of 33:06. Also in the 10km race, Eva was first Junior Female across the line with Sophie in 4th and Riya in 7th.
We totally dominated the 3.5km Family Fun Run with 7 runners in the Top 10 finishers.
Piper was 2nd overall and 1st female across the line just ahead of Matilda in 2nd, Nancy in 3rd and Lily in 4th. Henry was first Junior boy and 4th overall across the line. Lorenzo was 1st in the U12 division with Charlie taking Silver.
Our little girls were also impressive taking out 6 of the Top 10 places in the U12 age group with Olivia 4th, Bea 5th, Vera 6th, Carina 7th and Zara 9th.
UP AND RUNNING AT THE NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
26 Athletes across all age groups represented NSW and the ACT at the Australian Cross Country Championships at Oakbank Racecourse in Adelaide. In tough muddy conditions on an undulating course our team were outstanding in the representation of their home states and schools.
Impressive individual performances included Laura Roderick GOLD in the Women's U20 division, Piper Simpson BRONZE in the Women's U15, and Eva Gawel GOLD in the Women's U14 Time Trial. A highlight of the day was the SILVER MEDAL performance by Huon Groves on debut at this level in the Men's U16 event.
We also earned 11 Team Medals for NSW as well as 5 Top 10 and 9 Top 15 performances.
Our Boys dominate City 2 Surf
It's one of the biggest running events on the planet and our boys shined on the big stage.
Ayden Tippett was outstanding taking out the top spot in the Under 12 Age Division with an impressive 56:58 minutes over the 14km course.
Harry Davey too earned a spot on the podium placing 2nd in the 13 to 15 Age Category finishing in 54:22.
Also finishing in the Top 10 in the Under 20 division were Luc Jefferies 48:30 (4th) and Jake Evans 52:26 (9th). First timer, Charlie Roberts placed 16th in the Under 12 division in a time of 69:29 earning a spot in the Red Group for 2023.
Brody and Rachel Medal at the
Maccabiah Games in Israel
Well done to Brody Elbourne and Rachel Pearlman earning a spot on the podium at the Maccabiah Games in Israel.
Brody took out the Bronze Medal in the U20s 800m event representing Australia and Rachel took Silver in the 1500m representing Great Britain.
Also at the games Shira Gottlieb ran an impressive PB to finish 5th in the 3000m event.
LAURA RODERICK REPRESNTS AUSTRALIA AT THE WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
Congratulations to Laura Roderick who was selected to represent Australia at the World Junior Championships in Cali, Colombia.
Laura was the only female in the country to qualify for the 5000m event with a time of 16:16.41.
She also qualified for the 1500 and 3000m making her the only U20 Athlete to qualify for 3 events.
We are so proud of this home grown athlete.
Our Squad and Coaches recognised by Athletics NSW for the outstanding development of Junior Athletes
There has been a lot of talk recently about the success of our squad across all Age Groups both on Track and in Cross Country.
This hasn't gone unnoticed by Athletics NSW who recently wrote an article on the great work of our coaches Jordan and Warren and the team.
Click on the picture left to read about what we are doing.
Our Team clean up at the
NSW Cross Country Relays
With 57 Junior athletes representing the Randwick Botany Harriers Club we rocketed to the top of the Winter Championship Trophy race.
Up and Running took out five of the seven medals achieved by the Club with the following outstanding results:
U12 Boys GOLD
U14 Boys GOLD
U16 Girls GOLD
Under 18 Boys GOLD
U20 Boys GOLD
Regional Cross Country - CCC and CIS
A great run into State Cross Country at the Catholic Schools and Private Schools Carnivals with 25 of our athletes qualifying for the NSW All Schools Championships and 14 individual medals.
Congratulations to all of our State representatives especially our medal winners:
Combined Catholic Colleges
Sophie Ferenczi (Gold), Lachlan Stanfield ( Silver), Grace Henry (Bronze), Ethan Howard (Bronze).
Combined Independent Schools
Siena Novak (Gold), Eva Gawel (Gold), Piper Simpson (Gold), Harry Keats (Gold), Matilda Emanuel (Silver), Piper Sweeny (Silver), Ruby Fry (Silver), Evan Rowbotham (Silver), Lexie Coburn (Silver), Anna Colquhoun (Bronze).
Our runners also made up three of the Gold Medal teams for St Catherine's Waverley and SCEGGS Darlinghurst.
Eva takes Silver at the Australian Little Athletics Championships
It's been an amazing Summer season for Eva Gawel on the track with Regional and State medals and both Little Athletics and Junior Championships in 800, 1500 and 3000 metre distance events.
She completed her 2021/22 track campaign at the Australian Little Athletics Championships by representing NSW winning the Silver Medal in the U13's 1500 and finishing 8th in the 800.
We can't wait to see her on the Cross Country track throughout Winter.
Congratulations to our
Well done to our NSW Representatives at the Australian Track and Field Championships, Laura Roderick, Sophie Ferenczi, Natasha Ward, Allegra McGivern, Piper Simpson, Ruby Fry, Anna Colquhoun, Evan Rowbotham, Piper Sweeny, and Eva Gawel.
Some incredible PBs achieved across the whole team. Gold for Laura Roderick in the U20's 5000m at selection to the World Junior Championships in Colombia. Piper Simpson Gold in U15's 3000 and Silver in the 1500m. Allegra McGivern Silver in the U18's 2000m Steeplechase. Also a special shout out to our mate and part time training buddy Harry Keats, Silver in the U14's 800m.
LAURA DOES IT AGAIN!!!
Congratulations to Laura Roderick on adding a 3000m World Junior Qualifying time to her list of outstanding achievements to kick off 2022.
Laura becomes the only U20's Female in Australia to qualify for all three events 1500, 3000 and 5000m for the World Junior Championships to be held in Columbia late this year.
LAURA QUALIFIES FOR WORLD JUNIORS
On top of her brilliant debut in Melbourne at the Zatopek U20 3000m only two weeks earlier, Laura backed up this performance with a World Junior qualifying time in the NSW 5000m Championships at SOPAC.
In tough conditions and driving rain, Laura surpassed the U20 standard of 16:40.00 by almost 24 seconds with a blistering time of 16:16.10, taking the U20 State Gold Medal for the distance. She also broke her Randwick Botany Club all time record by 39 seconds set by Lauren McKillop in 2009.
We are so proud of this home grown athlete and her amazing achievements in such a short period of time. Next stop Colombia!!!
Our Queen on the big stage at Zatopek
Well done to Laura on her debut performance in the Lisa Ondieki 3000m Championships at Albert Park in Melbourne.
Racing against the best U20 Female Athletes in the country, Laura led the pack for a good part of the race helping to create a breakaway group for a sprint to the finish.
Laura finished 4th just outside the medals and was the first NSW Athlete across the line.
We are so proud of our assistant coach and we can't wait to see what 2022 will bring for her both on the track and in Cross Country.
Our Little Athletes excel at the
Some outstanding results from our Little Athletics representatives at the Inner City and South-West Zone Championships in all distances from 100 to 3000m.
Congratulations to Piper, Eva, Siena, Evan, Lily, Max, Zavier, Jack, Charlotte, Chloe, Betsan, Freddie and Lola who all qualified for the Regional Championships.
3000m Eva 1st place.
1500m Eva and Piper 1st, Evan and Lily 2nd.
800m Siena 1st, Zavier, Eva and Lily 2nd, Jack 3rd.
400m Siena, Eva and Lily 1st, Evan and Charlotte 2nd, Zavier and Betsan 3rd.
Great racing by Piper in Byron Bay
Congratulations to Piper on a great result in the Herb Elliott 1500m in Byron Bay.
Piper took the Bronze Medal overall in a very strong mixed age field and was the first NSW.
It was a great way to start the season for our National 800 and 1500m Age Champion, especially whilst enjoying a holiday on the North Coast.
2021 NSW All Schools Track and Field Championships
With 32 athletes across all ages representing 21 NSW Schools, the Up And Running Squad saw some outstanding personal best performances across all middle distance events including 9 medals and a NSW record to 16 year old Allegra McGivern in the U19 Women's 5000m event.
Our Medal winners were:
Max Russell Gold 2000m Steeplechase, Silver 1500 and 3000m
Allegra McGivern Gold 2000m Steeplechase, Gold 5000m
Piper Simpson Gold 1500m, Bronze 800m
Sophie Ferenczi Silver 3000m
Natasha Ward Bronze 800m
Lachlan Stanfield is Poster Boy for one of Sydney's biggest events.
Our Lachie Stanfield is the new face of the Sydney Harbour 5 and 10km event held in December around the streets of our beautiful city.
In 2019 at age 15 Lachie stunned the crowd with an impressive 16 minutes and 15 seconds in the 5km race to take 3rd placed overall male against a very solid elite adult field.
Congratulations Gracie and Allegra
We are very excited and proud to announce the selection of Grace and Allegra into the NSW Triathlon Emerging Talent Squad. This gives the girls the opportunity to train and compete with the best Junior Triathletes in the State.
The girls have an outstanding list of achievements between them in Swimming, Cross Country and Athletics to State and National level over the past two years.
Also selected for the NSW ROSTA Squad were Dan Louw and Harry Smith, who are both moving quickly through the Triathlon representative ranks.
Keep your eye out for them, it's going to be good!
SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY SUCCESS
2021 sees the continuation of Up And Running's incredible results in School Cross Country with countless medals and podium finishes across the Catholic Schools, CIS and PSSA Championships. In total 34 runners from the squad have qualified for the NSW All Schools Championships for ages 8 to 18.
NSW Target Talent Program
We are very proud of our four Junior Athletes who were selected for the NSW Athletics Target Talent Program.
Laura Roderick was selected for her outstanding results in 800 and 1500m.
Max Russell and Allegra McGivern for thier State and National performances in 2000m Steeplechase and 3000m.
James Tirado for his National representation in 400 and 800m AWD.
This makes Up And Running the most capped squad in the 2021 program.
24 Up And Running Athletes on the ANSW Cross Country List of Merit
We are very proud to announce that a total of 24 Athletes from our Squad have been placed on the NSW Athletics Cross Country Merit list.
This replaces selection to National Representation due to cancellation of the Australian Championships due to Covid -19 as was based on the results from the NSW Short Course and Long Course Championships.
Congratulations to everybody for you hard work and dedication to your sport including a long list of other Up And Running Legends who almost got there too.
Our National Level selected Athletes are:
Lachalan, Ollie, Brody U17 Men's
Laura U18 Womens
Sophie and Natasha U17 Womens
Max R U16 Mens
Allegra U16 Womens
George U15 Mens
Ruby and Matilda C U14 Womens
Piper Si U13 Womens and GOLD Medal (Long Course)
Matilda E U13 Womens
Piers and Josh U12 Mens
Max D U11 Mens
Anna and Eva U12 Womens
Piper Sw U11 Womens Bronze Medal (Short Course)
Tara, Sophia and Sienna U11 Women
and part time Up And Running and THE RUN SQUAD Athletes
Paris U18 Womens
Amelia U20 Womens
OUR JUNIOR TRIATHLETES GOING GREAT GUNS
We are proud of our new crop of Junior Triathletes moving up through the ranks in the three disciplined sport.
Five members of the Up And Running Team have been selected for the NSW Triathlon ROSTA Team, a junior pathway to professional level in the sport. They are Grace Henry, Harry Smith, Allegra McGivern, Dan Louw and Bella Walley.
Another new comer to Triathlon George Verco made his debut by taking third place in the BRATS/NSW youth non-drafting Duathlon. He is set for bigger things to come.
In Cairns, online coached athlete Ava McIntyre took the Bronze Medal in the North Queensland Regional earning herself a spot on the team for the State Championships.
CONGRATS to our NSW Representatives
Well done to our 9 Athletes who qualified for the NSW Team at the National Track and Field Championships. We are proud of these homegrown young athletes who have trained with us from the beginning of their careers in the sport.
Piper Simpson - 800, 1500, and 3000m
James Tirado - AWD 200, 400 and 800m
Laura Roderick - 800 and 1500m
Allegra McGivern - 3000m and 2000m Steeplechase
Lachlan Stanfield - 3000m
Natasha Ward - 800m
Max Russell - 5000m, 3000m, and 2000m Steeple
Aaran Keith - AWD100m Frame Running
Ruby Fry - 3000m
NSW Junior Track and Field Championships
A big weekend for our runners at the NSW Junior Track Championships with loads of PBs and Medals of every colour for our squad.
We were very proud of the results of all of our runners with State Medals going to Max (Gold 2000m Steeplechase, Bronze 1500 and 3000m), Allegra (Gold 2000m Steeplechase, Silver 3000m), James (Gold 400m AWD, and Silver 800m AWD), Laura (Bronze 800m), Natasha (Bronze 800m), and Sophie (Silver 3000m).
There were also some great results in finals for Piper, Ruby, Lachlan, Luc, Oliver, and Brody across all middle distance events.
Up And Running Juniors in the Randwick Botany Harriers Hergenham Shield
The Hergenham Shield pays tribute to a former Randwick Botany Harriers Athlete who lost his life in WWII in 1940.
A number of Junior runners joined the fast lap of the Centennial Park White Fence against some of the best Athletes in the Club.
Max Russell placed 3rd overall with a fast time of 11:57. Natasha Ward was 2nd fastest female with 12:57.
The Female Top Spot went to Laura Roderick in a very impressive time of 12:38.
Piper takes the GOLD in the NSW Cross Country Long Course Championships
There was no holding back for Piper Simpson at the NSW Cross Country Long Course Championships. After being out sprinted in July's Short Course Championships to take the Bronze Medal, Piper's race plan was to lead from the start and let the others do the chasing. By the halfway point she had opened a convincing gap on the field and maintained her strong lead to the end.
Our entire squad had an outstanding day at the Championships with 3 Teams earning Gold and 3 earning Silver Medals for their Randwick Botany Club. We are anticipating more than 20 Athletes earning selection to the NSW Athletics List of Merit.
Great Results at the NSW Short Course Cross Country Championships
We had a great day at the NSW Short Course Cross Country Championships in Dapto with more than 20 of our Athletes representing the Randwick Botany Harriers Athletics Club.
We had outstanding results and PBs across all Age Groups from U10s to U17s.
Piper Simpson and Piper Sweeney both earned themselves Bronze Medals in their events and a spot in the NSW Team for the Australian Championships in Adelaide.
Also making the NSW Team were Sophie Ferenczi, Laura Roderick, Natasha Ward, Tara Williams and Oliver Freeman.
SRI CHINMOY CROSS COUNTRY - Centennial Park October 18, 2020
Fresh from the NSW Cross Country Championships the Up And Running Juniors took on difficult trails of Centennial Park in the Sri Chinmoy Cross Country 4, 7km and 14km Race.
In the long course 14km event Ollie Freeman and Laura Roderick paced themselves to an equal 5th place finish in 58:41 with Laura being the first palced female.
The 7km race saw Lachlan Stanfield show no respect to his elders by smashing the field by more than 3 minutes in a time of 24:17.
In the fast and furious 4km race, Up And Running took 9 of the Top 10 places. First place went to Max Russell breaking the Junior Course Record in a time of 13:36, that's a cracking 3:24/km on a trail course. NSW Cross Country representative Natasha Ward was 2nd overall in 14:31. George Verco also on the NSW CC Team is back in great shape cruising around the course in 14:42 with a podium finish. In 4th NSW Junior Triathlon Champion Gracie Henry looked comfortable with 15:15. Little Piers Galvin shocked us all cruising to take 5th place in 15:22 . 10 year old Thomas Althundag was super fast with 16:21 in 7th. Lily Cooney was delighted with her 1st place U12 Female Age Group win (16:58). Zara Trantalis and Nancy Newton dead heated for 9th and 10th spot with 17:02. There were a couple of family battles on the track with Portia Palmerlee (17:54) holding out her sister Scarlett (21:03), but the challenge of the day was between little Tara Williams (18:56) who put her mum Bec Gee Williams (20:53) to the sword opening up a big gap in the early stages of the race.
Our RUN BACK to NORMALITY - JULY 4 2020
After months of lock downs and restrictions due to Covid-19 we were so pleased to be able to get back to "normal" training with the reopening of Community Sport on July 1.
To celebrate we joined our Senior Squad "THE RUN SQUAD" in our own mini running festival on a flat fast course along Botany Bay.
The Up And Running Juniors dominated the 5 and 10km Events with Laura taking out the Women's 10km race and Allegra finishing 2nd. In the 5km Race Natasha was first female with Piper, Ruby, Matilda and Grace right on her heels. Max, Brody and Lauchlan took all three places on the podium in the men's race.
More March Medals 2020
More great results in March with James travelling to Queensland for the QLD Track and Field Championships where he won GOLD in both the 400 and 800m Para events.
At the NSW Surf Titles Sophie won a Bronze Medal in the U17 2km Beach Run and a Silver in the 2x1km Beach Relay.
Paris also earned herself a Silver Medal in the U19 Women's 2x1km Beach Relay.
Piper had an amazing Centennial Parkrun result running a 48 second PB to smash the 20 minute barrier with an official time of 19:27.
NSW ALL SCHOOLS TRIATHLON 2020
We had 13 Juniors compete in the NSW All Schools Triathlon with some very impressive results across all age groups.
Grace was a stand out competitor of the day with a 2 minute 47 second win in the Junior Female Event dominating the race after a very strong transition from swim to bike.
In the boys Junior Event new comer to the sport Campbell was a amazing first out of the water and on to the bike. He was able to hold a top 5 position into the run and finished in 4th place just outside the medals earning himself a spot in the NSW Team for the National Championships in Queensland.
Also in the Junior Boys, George looked great on the bike for his first triathlon race and had a strong run to see himself well placed.
Other great performances included Allegra's 15th place with a solid race throughout, Kirsty finished in 8th spot, and Emma, Zara, Helena, Maisie and Issy were all in the mix with some quality running and riding.
2020 NSW Junior SLS Championships
It was a solid medal haul for some of our athletes at the State Nippers Championships.
Piper took her track form to the sand winning a Bronze Medal in the 1km Beach Run.
Evan was impressive in his first Nippers Carnival taking Triple Bronze in his Beach sprint events.
Huon also took on the 1km Beach Run getting himself a Silver and his brother Campbell got a silver medal in the surf swim relay.
Jack teamed up with his Coogee Minnows team mates to take a dominant win in the Beach Sprint Relay.
Well done to all the other Up And Running Juniors many just outside podium finishes and making outstanding representation for their Surf Clubs.
2020 NSW Junior State Champs.
We saw some outstanding running with great PBs, Medals, and National Qualification at the Stae Junior Championships at SOPAC.
James was outstanding with GOLD Medals in the 800 and 1500m and a Siver in the 400.
Sophie ran a great PB time to win Gold in the Under 17 Women;s 3000m and Max earned a Bronze in the 2000m Steeple Chase.
Our Junior Coach Laura ran a National Qualifying time in the 17 Years Girls 1500m event.
Other great runs and PBs came from Brody and Allegra in the Steeple Chase, and Laura with a huge PB in her 1500m event.
A highlight was 11 year old Ruby on debut qualifying for Nationals with a 20 plus second PB in the under 13's Women's 3000m race.
2019 Up And Running Awards
We finished off 2019 with a joint Awards Presentation with our Senior Squad "The Run Squad". Here we presented our 8 2019 National Representatives with a special award for the positions on the NSW Team at Track and Cross Country as well as James Tirado who represented Australia at the Oceania Games.
Piper Simpson and Lachlan Stanfield were awarded our Female and Male Runner of the Year Award for their outstanding achievement at National Level on both Track and Cross Country, and Laura Roderick was announced our Squad Person of the Year.
visits Up And Running
It was great to have Australian 5000m Superstar Morgan McDonald join us for a training session on his old track at McKay Oval.
Morgan, a Commonwealth Games and World Championships Representative is a former training partner of Coach Jordan.
Morgan shared great stories about his days as an elite Junior Cross Country and Track Athlete as well as giving us an insight to his training and race routine.
GOLD MEDALS x 4 for our Girls
Another great result with two more GOLD Medals for Piper at the NSW Primary All Schools Track Championships in the 800 and 1500m events.
At the Catholic Girls Schools Association Biathlon Championships Grace, Paris and Sophie took the GOLD Medals in all three age divisions.
MAROUBRA AND BALMAIN FUN RUNS 2019
We had massive success at two of our favourite Fun Runs in recent weeks with wins and podium finishes across all age groups.
At the Maroubra Fun Run Lachlan took out the overall win in the 8km event in one of the fastest times in the history of the event. Oliver took 2nd in his 16 to 19 age group in the 8km, and Ellie was 2nd place in the 16 to 19 female category.
In the 4km event 11 year old Piper was 2nd overall, Ruby took out the under 15 age group and Brody, Max, Alessio, Ali, Ebrel and Thomas all had podium finishes.
At the Balmain Fun Run, Lachie had another amazing race finishing 2nd overall in the 5km event. Piper was 3rd female overall, easily winning the Junior age race.
Other notable podium finishes came from Jackson, Sophia and Thomas with the highlight of the day being the amazing effort of our little Para Athlete Aaran crossing the line in a massive PB time.
OUR GIRLS ON FIRE AT COOLANGATTA GOLD
The Girls had a great weekend on the Gold Coast in October at the Coolangatta Gold Surf Titles in Queensland.
Sophie was outstanding in the run leg of the Under 19 Team event, with her team finishing with a Bronze Medal. She backed this up with an individual Gold Medal in the Youth Ironman Competition the following day.
Paris ran in her sister Briana's Open Women's Team. Her efforts on the gruelling soft sand course helped the team to earn a Silver Medal in a very high level field of athletes.
Triple National GOLD for Piper
It was an amazing campaign for Piper at the Australian Junior Track and Field Championships in Darwin.
Piper arrived in Darwin ready to defend her title of National 800 and 1500m Champion after her big wins in Melbourne in 2018.
In 35 degree heat Piper set the track on fire with massive PBs in both events to take out the duel crown again over the best girls in the country.
She then added a third GOLD Medal by running a brilliant 300m last leg in the National Sprint relay in a time of 45 seconds.
NSW CCC Track and Field Championships at SOPAC
Great results for our Athletes at the NSW Combined Catholic Colleges Track and Field Championships at SOPAC.
Sophie took GOLD in both the 800 and 1500m races with big wins in both events and Lachlan took SILVER in his 1500m race. Grace also had a good run just missing the podium in 4th place in her 1500m race.
Our sprint star Evan also had a big day on the track taking the SILVER medal in the 200m and ran a solid PB in the final of the 100m.
THE AUSTRALIAN CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019