MUAC monsters Melbourne Marathon with massive team

2018 Melbourne Marathon

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The largest contingent of MUAC marathoners in many years took the streets of Melbourne with aplomb on Sunday, 14th October. Conditions rapidly warmed up and testing conditions brought the mettle of MUAC athletes to the fore.

Hopes were high this Sunday morning, as, upon arrival at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, an intrepid group of MUAC athletes were greeted by calm and relatively cool conditions. The occasion was the Melbourne Marathon Festival, the subject much anticipation, especially among those who had been diligently preparing for the full marathon.

Marathon day in Melbourne is often as much a matter of praying for good weather as it is putting in the hours of training. Unfortunately, by 8.30am the rising sun and winds had begun to wreak havoc on the way back down Beach Rd from Elsternwick Park. With precious few negative splits to be found, 2018 saw the fewest runners breaking the 3 hour barrier since the 2008 edition of the event.

Still, despite the heat, there were many solid and even outstanding performances among the Melbourne Uni crew. Among the women, Martine Botha, Sarah Lucas and Marie Parsons completed the marathon. All managed to dip under 4 hours, with Martine leading them home in 3:27:42, 58thoverall.

For the men, Nick Earl’s official marathon cannot go without specific mention. Despite weeks of banter from a certain podcast host, “Dr Nick” managed to hold on for 4thin 2:18:56. Not bad for a guy who had not even done a proper long run until about 6 weeks ago!

Other notable performances include Max Ueda’s effort in helping to pace Sinead Diver to a course record, and then finishing himself in a massive PB of 2:47:21.  Cedric Rouveyrol also secured a solid PB in 2:47:19. All PBs were dwarfed, however, by Andy You’s astonishing effort of lowering his 2017 time by just short of 2 hours, crossing the line in 3:41:27. Well done Andy! Special mention should also go to Daniel Pratt, for pulling out a 53.56 first 15km, less than a month after also running the marathon in Sydney. Other finishers on the day were Miguel Gil Garcia (3:07:05), Conor Renouf (3:10:18), Adam Hannah (3:12:45), Daniel Brundel (3:22:42), Michael Phung (3:38:33), Jeremy Hargreaves (3:39:42) and Paul Shortis (4:17:49). Special mentions must go to Maddy Button and Sarah Lloyd for their impromptu and excited marathons in 3:27 and 3:25 respectively.

In the half marathon, there was another edition of the growing Parkinson/Perkinson rivalry. Although the promised match race never really eventuated, both ran solidly on a less than lightning-fast course, with Alister recording a 1:21:28 to be the first of the two home in 59thand Nick running 1:26:30. Jack Morison also demonstrated his quickly growing fitness on return from injury, finishing in 1:24:25. Nick Dennis clocked another fine run to take 16th in 1:11:02, backing up a good run at the Victorian Half Marathon  Championships early in the year. Stephen Sloan’s 1:17:49 found him as the second quickest MUAC man of the day.

For the women, Ciara Boyd-Squires Long capped off a tremendous season with a 1:29:45 for 23rd, while Amy Mccormick (1:34:24), and Kristina Balewski (1:42:04) both put in excellent efforts in trying conditions.

Finally, in the 10km, Frankie Conway managed to sneak into the top 10 with a 32:18 for 9th, and Alex Hannah put in another strong performance over the distance, with a PB of 41:39.

While there were many great performances on the day, things were made much easier by the crew of MUAC supporters who lined the course, carried bottles and gels, and followed on bikes and on foot. In particular, Phil Van Deuren’s tireless efforts to ensure that each and every grimace was captured in high resolution should be commended. Cheers Phil!

Following the race, racers and spectators alike repaired to the Ueda Estate in Parkville, for refreshments, post-race reflections and some moderately amusing banter.

 

Full:

Women:

Marie Parsons – 03:54:38, 272nd

Sarah Lucas – 03:45:41, 181st

Martine Botha – 03:27:42, 58th

Maddy Button – 3:27:05

Sarah Lloyd – 3:25:17

 

Men:

Nick Earl 02:18:56, 4th

Max Ueda 02:47:21, 56th

Cedric Rouveyrol 02:47:19, 57th

Daniel Pratt 02:59:16, 146th– 53.56 for 15km. Sydney marathon less than a month ago.

Miguel Gil Garcia 03:07:05, 226th

Conor Renouf 03:10:18, 273rd

Adam Hannah 03:12:45, 317th

Daniel Brundel 03:22:42, 533rd

Michael Phung 03:38:33, 982nd

Jeremy Hargreaves 03:39:42, 1021st

Andy You 03:41:27, 1078th

Paul Shortis 04:17:49, 2511st

 

Half:

Amy Mccormick 01:34:24, 49th

Ciara Boyd-Squires Long 01:29:45, 23rd

Kristina Balewski 01:42:04, 148th

Sarah Foster 1:50:03, 314th

 

Nick Dennis 1:10:02, 16th

Stephen Sloan 1:17:49, 37th

Alister Perkinson 01:21:28, 59th

Nick Parkinson 01:26:30, 130th

Jack Morison 01:24:25, 89th

Jimmy Goulis 1:25:19, 114th

 

10km

Frankie Conway 32:18, 9th

Alex Hannah 00:41:39, 143rd

Linnea Oberg, 46:54, 87th

Sarah Horsfield, 43:43, 40th

 

5km

Raushaan Seychell, 18:13, 10th

 

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2018 Melbourne Marathon