Members’ travels rewarded

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Article by Matt Dean

In recent weeks club members have been searching far and wide for events to conquer. Joel and Sally Kitto travelled to Canberra last weekend where Joel competed in the Weston Creek Half Marathon, a scenic course run around Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin and Black Mountain Peninsula. Joel, coming off the back of his inaugural marathon at the Orange Running Festival, came home in an impressive time of 1:32, an 8 minute PB for the course and a 6 minute PB for a half marathon. A fantastic effort considering a couple of years ago Joel smashed his pelvis in a bike accident.

Club stalwart John West has been busy competing in the NSW Masters Athletics State Championships at Homebush. John competed in the Men’s 60-64 age group where he won the 5000m walk. In the throw events he won gold in the javelin, silver in the discus and bronze in the shot put, hammer throw and weight throw. John commented that the comradery in the Masters Events and support of the Orange Runners Club was fantastic. Well done John great results.

Last Sunday the runners club returned to Bargwanna Road, a familiar track for those who competed in the running festival. Graham Fahy was the handicap winner while newcomer Anthony Ellison clocked the fastest time of 42:15 for the 10k and Liz Simpson was the first female in 46:13. In the 5k Amber Rich was the first female home with Jack Daintith first for the males. Young Lily Craig continues to show great form, completing the 3k in 15:09 while for the men Wayne Stewart held off Gary Penrose.

Thomas Lloyd was the handicap winner on Wednesday afternoon however it was Charlotte Simmons once again who blitzed the course in 11:28. In the past 2 weeks Charlotte has taken a staggering 1minute and 25 seconds off her previous best time. Other youngsters to improve on their PB’s were; Lily Craig 10 seconds, Bella Triggs 1 minute 5 seconds, Ella Lamrock 9 seconds, Logan Whiteley 31 seconds, Emily Pell 16 seconds, Abigail Sio 1 second, Abby Dean 19 seconds, Jen Owens 12 seconds, Paul Owens 11 seconds and Zac Owens 1 lap PB of 5.03.

The organisers of the CSU Bathurst Half Marathon, which is run on the first Sunday in May and is usually strongly supported by Orange Runners (more often than not providing the winner) have organised a free public seminar next Tuesday evening, March 26 2013 at 6.00pm.  The keynote lecture will be delivered by PhD candidate Cheyne Donges – also a very good runner – and his topic is based on the latest research that shows the benefit of interval training for endurance performance. The lecture will be held in the lecture room at Charles Sturt University gym, (through main entrance, past soccer field and is the building on the right) and is free to the public. Cheyne really knows his stuff and his information will be at the cutting edge of research. For more information contact Andrew Meenahan on 0412632120

Only one week left for this month’s promo with Peter Smith Chemmart. For the month of March, the Orange Runners’ Club will be the recipient of 5% of the profits made from the sale of “Chemmart” branded products sold. Peter Smith Chemmart is located at 180 Summer Street Orange.

The Orange Runners’ Club Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held at the Anson Street School on Thursday 4th April, 2013 starting from 6pm. Each club member/family is asked to please bring a plate of food to share after the meeting. BYO drinks.  Election of committee members will take place at the meeting, as well as the discussion of a number of significant items of importance to all ORC members. If you are interested in nominating for a committee position, or there are any items that you wish to have added to the agenda for the evening please call Frank Ostini (0417 436 633) or email by Friday 29th March 2013.

There will be no club run tomorrow due to the running of the Great Volcanic Mountain Challenge at 9:00am; entries will be taken between 7.30 and 8.30am. Visit for more details.

Happy Running