Fourth win in a row for MUAC Premier Men

XCR’16 Round 10: Tan Relays

Tan Relays

Saturday’s ultimate round of the XCR’16 season, the Tan Relays, saw MUAC’s Premier Men’s team make an emphatic statement, winning their fourth round in a row to finish the season just four points off the premiership. Nearly 50 MUAC athletes gathered at the spiritual home of Melbourne running, the Botannical Gardens, to test themselves up Anderson St.

Martin Mashford lead off the Premier Men’s team delivered the team a handy buffer running the fastest time of the day amongst the 1100+ athletes, 10:57.  Winter Manager Max Ueda tagged the Gisborne Gazelle Charlie Park who consolidated the teams lead before handing off to Vic Half Marathon Champion and MUAC Winter Captain Zac Newman.  Fine running by Frankie Conway, the second of the Pascoe Vale Poms, allowed Nick Earl to gauge his effort ahead and deliver some dance moves as he crossed the line for the win. Winter Manager Ueda, as well as noting the height disparities within MUAC leadership in his post race interview, was happy to claim the victory without two of the club’s best athletes, Andy Buchanan and Isaac Hockey.

MUAC’s Premier Women saw some fine performances too, with Stella Radord clocking the 3rd fastest time of the day, 12:59, and Sarah James, hitting some impressive form after an interrupted winter of training. The two with Ellen Schaef, Lanita Steer and Ella Trimboli took a creditable 5th place on the day.

MUAC fielded 9 teams across the divisions to finish what has been another record breaking season for the White Train under the leadership of Winter Manager Max Ueda and Winter Captains Martine Botha and Zac Newman. There have been many contributors to the success of the season including Tony Brain, Vice Captains James Maguire and Ella Trimboli, volunteer managers Fred Smithers and Charlie Park, Golden Shoe tabulator Nick Earl, marquee warden Tim Thomas and countless volunteers. Most of all the success has been driven by the athletes who got out for the ten rounds and supported the sash.

MUAC will be back bigger and better at XCR’17 fighting for premierships and championships. Well before then, MUAC athletes will be in Perth for AUGs and then kicking off the track and field season with AV Shield in a couple of weeks.


2016 Tan Relays