Joel Keeps Giving and Camilla Bowles Them at Albert Park

The Victorian Cross Country League combined with Victoria Masters for the twentieth running of the Eric Greaves 10km Memorial at Braeside Park on Sunday July 14th. Eric was a superb distance athlete and terrific administrator for both running groups. In the event, Joel Donnar continued with his rapid improvement this winter by clocking the fastest time and taking out the time honoured event in convincing style. Joel had a solid duel over the first 9ks with Michael Marantelli and Masters athlete Shane Grund before finishing in 33:12. His winning margin in the sealed handicap was forty seconds with Fiona Ely running her best race of the season to finish second. Glenn Sullivan showed a win wasn’t far away with his best finish with the club in his first season.

The following Sunday the VCCL was well represented with three teams in the 10km road race at Albert Park. The club in its first season of competition with Athletics Victoria faced the starter with three teams and all three teams enjoyed convincing wins. The division four team, Michael Marantelli (30:58), Joel Donnar (32:07), Oscar Robinson (32:53), Ash Cowen (33:21) and Dan Lawlor (34:13) were clear winners over St Stephen’s Harriers and in doing so now hold the lead on the season’s premiership table. The division seven team, Matt Grant (35:09), Craig Harris (37:12), Leon Brooks (42:54) and Fraser Murray (42:58) defeated Melbourne University and also now find themselves at the top of their division table. The third team, women division four, also had a comfortable win with Camilla Whishaw (35:53), Ashley Brown (38:00) and Irene James (49:30) also defeating St Stephens. The women’s team, having only their second entry for the season, are making a belated bid for their division award.

The VCCL event, held within the Athletics Victoria 10km event, and open to all VCCL members regardless of AV club membership, was taken out by Camilla Whishaw. Camilla, in startling form, had a huge win on amended handicaps, taking the win by a staggering ninety four seconds. The margin is certainly the biggest in recent history and left Brigitte Humphrey (Nunawading) in her wake. Matt Grant was a relatively close third only seven seconds behind Brigitte.

This Saturday, July 28th, we return to the parkrun part of our syllabus where registered VCCL members run in any parkrun event to be eligible for the prize money on offer. The following Saturday afternoon, August 4th, we venture to Ballarat for a windy 15km around Lake Wendouree for round seven of AV competition.

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