Griffith takes gold in the goldfields

Round 3 XCR’15:Lake Wendouree Road Race


Georgia Griffith lead MUAC’s U20 Women to team glory and took gold herself in the 5km Road Race at Lake Wendouree yesterday. The win, in 17:54.4, is Griffith’s first state championship of the athletic year, and is a promising sign for the 800m runner and first year Melbourne University student. Griffith combined with Sarah and Elly Jackson, who finished 5th and 8th respectively to win the U20 team competition.

Ella Trimboli topped the MUAC women’s results in the open women’s championship race over 15km. A cold wind whipping across Lake Wendouree made the racing along the southern parts of the course, but Trimboli, paced by Paul Munro, ran well to finish in 1:00:25 for 38th place.  Annie Carter, Gen Blanch, Winter Captain Al Bryant Smith and Martine Botha joined Trimboli to push MUAC to 6th place in the elite Premier Women competition.

A strong cohort of MUAC men drove the team to 4th place in Premier Men with Nick Earl taking an impressive 5th place in 46:52.6 and Zac Newman, 20th in 48:55.1. Ian Lawford beat training partner, and MUAC Winter Manager Max Ueda by 6 seconds to fill the next two spots with David Paroissien and Yohan Blake filling the last two spots.

MUAC’s Division 2 Men’s team took third to continue their steady progression up the ladder, and MUAC’s Division 3 Men took 7th to maintain their standing in a very competitive field, with more than 850 athletes competing across the events.

After a brief warm down, MUAC athletes were back on the bus on the way back to Melbourne, recovering with some recovery food from Ballarat’s finest pizzeria, and some conversations starters.

MUAC athletes will be back in action in two weeks at the Victorian Cross Country Championships at Bundoora on Saturday 13th June, which will double as the selection Trials for the Australian Cross Country Championships.


XCR’15 Round 3
Lake Wendouree Road Race
Premier Women 6th 336 points
Premier Men 4th 240 points
U20 Women 1st 14 points
Division 2 Men 3rd 710 points
Division 3 Men 7th 1092 points
U20 5km
Georgia Griffith 1st 17:54.4
Sarah Jackson 5th 18:38.2
Elly Jackson 8th 19:24.7
Open 15km
Nick Earl 5 46:52.6
Zac Newman 20 48:55.1
Ian Lawford 40 50:28.8
Erik Ueda 43 50:34.4
David Paroissien 58 51:54.8
Yohan Philip 74 53:14.5
Hamish Beaumont 82 53:42.6
James Maguire 113 55:21.5
Andrew Selby Smith 120 55:53.5
Tim Hui 122 55:57.4
Dion Houtman 135 56:28.6
David McDonald 138 56:37.7
Shohei Waller 154 57:22.3
Timothy Thomas 218 1:00:11
Paul Munro 222 1:00:39
Jordan Mayston 224 1:00:45
Tony Brain 274 1:03:52
Ella Trimboli 39 1:00:25
Annie Carter 58 1:02:50
Genevieve Blanch 64 1:03:42
Alison Bryant-Smith 72 1:04:11
Martine Botha 103 1:08:05
Marie Parsons 110 1:08:39
Isidora Stefanovic 113 1:08:54