Good times at the beach for Ekiden

Round 8 XCR’17: Anglesea Ekiden Relays


A trip to the beach finished off a solid stint of racing for MUAC, with four races in six weeks testing our dedication and fitness.  Six MUAC teams hit the Surf Coast to race the Anglesea Ekiden Relays with much on the line (save for the U20 Women who already have the Premiership locked up).  A hearty thanks to all those who helped out over the weekend: Isaac Hockey, volunteering for the full two and a half hours as a recorder; David Sullivan, organising lifts to make sure everyone got there; Marie Parsons and Ally O’Brien, coming down and having a run without getting into a complete scoring team; Tim Thomas, setting up the marquee and rigorous quality control at the brewery. The moving feast that is the MUAC team requires a lot of work to maintain and we couldn’t do it without these people.

The Premier Women welcomed MUAC debutant Matilda Vidler into the line up and took 8th place on the day.  They continue to hold down 8th place on a crowded ladder with two crucial rounds remaining.

Our Premier Men, with Fred Smithers straight into the line up from a year’s secret training in the Rapa Valley of northern Sweden, claimed fourth place and have solidified their 2nd place on the premiership ladder, with a three point gap over St Stephen’s with two rounds remaining.

Anna Louey stepped into the breach filling the final spot in a Division 5 team, with Ebbe Faurschou making his MUAC debut in the same team.

MUAC will be back in action for Round 9 of XCR’17, the Burnley Half Marathon.

Anglesea Ekiden 2017

Premier Women, 8th, 2:43:23

Premier Men, 4th, 2:32:17

Division 2 Men, 9th, 2:54:06

Division 3 Men, 9th, 2:48:30

Division 5 Men, 6th, 2:33:55

50+ Men, 8th, 1:45:24


Full report to come