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XCR19 Round 6: Lakeside 10

Stella Radford and Charlie Park led home big MUAC teams in a deep Lakeside:10, the Victorian 10km Road Championships.  Radford and Park both finished sixth to anchor strong Premier Division teams. There were plentiful personal bests behind them amongst the 40+ MUAC athletes racing.

42 MUAC athletes were in search of fast times on the windy roads of Albert Park on Saturday at the Lakeside 10, Round 6 of the 2019 XCR Season.

While the sometimes Formula One circuit again yielded a host of impressive performances, perhaps the standout on the day came from the Women’s Division Two team. Consisting of Danielle Bryan, Aislinn Prendergast, Chui Ling Goh and Sarah Lucas, the team not only put themselves back into contention for promotion with a solid victory, they raced with remarkable consistency, all placing between 46thand 61st. Premier Women followed up their bronze at Sandown with a very close 4th, just 10 points behind Glenhuntly. Stella Radford placed in 6thand Elly Benson was in 20th, while all finished in the top 50. They stay within striking distance of 3rdin the overall standings.

Premier Men put in a good showing to also come in 4th, with both Charlie Park and Nick Earl breaking 30 minutes and Max Ueda continuing his hot streak of form in 18th. They sit just behind Glenhuntly in 5thfor the season to date. In the other divisions, MUAC runners formed an almost literal ‘White Train’ in the middle packs, with 11 athletes recording net times between 39:00 and 40:33.

Other performances of note include Daniel Brundel’s ongoing quest to cement his Medium Big Boy status (and his role as an ambassador for Nike foam technology) by sneaking in Division Two with a 36:21. The club also put on a show of generational diversity by fielding not one, but two Men’s Over 40 teams. Impressive for a university club! These teams also saw rare racing appearances from Dion Houtman and the elusive Paul Shortis, and finished 22ndand 41stin a hotly contested category. Well done gents!

As is quickly becoming tradition, a big group of athletes repaired to Carousel Café following the race for plentiful coffee and moderately amusing banter. A week’s respite now awaits before we head up the Western Highway to Ballarat for XCR Round 7, a 15km race around chilly Lake Wendouree.