PBs galore at Albert Park 10km

XCR14 Round 6: Albert Park Road Race


Frost on the ground and the thermometer hovering around 1º didn’t deter 36 hardy MUAC athletes on Sunday, 3rd August as they headed south of the river for the Albert Park Road Race. A fast, flat two lap 10km course finishing on the track at Lakeside Stadium, the morning was ripe for personal bests with little wind and crisp conditions.  A third of the MUAC contingent clocked new best times. MUAC’s Premier Men packed well, with four in the top sixteen, including Nick Earl in 6th with a big PB and Mark Kirwan fresh off the ‘plane from Dublin. A third place for the team sees it just three points off the podium with three rounds remaining in the XCR14 season. MUAC’s depth was on show with only 90s separating the six athletes in Mens Division 2. A colossal struggle between Paul Shortis and Tony Brain ended up with at fourteen second victory to Shortis. Happily Brain stopped the clock at 39:57 to dip under 40min. MUAC’s Premier Women, Ellen Schaef (a 65s PB), Jenny Than, Al Bryant Smith, Meg Stevenson and Martine Botha, performed admirably for sixth in the elite division.

Many thanks to our two canine mascots, Hugo and Simba, and the vocal cheer squad on the side of the road: Bron, Roisin, Rich and Mel along with the sleeping cheer squad of Ciara and Ryan. A big contingent of satisfied runners repaired to the Carousel Cafe, next to Albert Park Lake for brunch.

MUAC will be back in action in two weeks with Round 7 of XCR14, Lake Wendouree 15km, on Saturday 16th of August

Individual Results

Team scores

Individual ladders

Team ladders

Mens Premier         3rd        145 points
Mens Division 2    6th        602
Mens Division 3    6th        771
Mens Dvision 6    2nd        906

Mens 40+        6th              88

Womens Premier    7th        289 points
Womens Division 3    4th        417

Nick Earl            6th            30:35.4
Zac Newman        10th            31:02.3
Martin Mashford    13th            31:06.0
Mark Kirwan        16th            31:31.9

Ellen Schaef        32nd        39:36

Personal bests

  • Nick Earl
  • Zac Newman
  • Max Ueda
  • Martine Botha
  • David McDonald
  • Anthony Woodward
  • Ellen Schaef
  • Paul Shortis
  • Laura Constable
  • Jenny Than
  • Adam Hannah
  • Tim Hui
  • Steve Russell
  • Lachlan Hegarty
  • Rachel Painter