Cross Country Captain’s Report
Wow. What a fantastic season of cross-country running. To kick the season off the Lauriston girls smashed the field apart in the Sri Chimnoy event at Richmond Boulevard, taking out placing’s in each category of the 5, 10, and 15km events. Sweat and determination drove the girls across the line and continued to show in further events.
6:15am on Tuesday and Friday mornings our cross country team leapt out of bed, put their runners on and drove down to meet the bus at Kooyong park, where our training began. Dean, Robyn and Patrick would take us on long runs, building our endurance and strength for the up and coming running season. Even as the months became colder, and the mornings became darker, we still had runners flooding onto the bus, demonstrating Lauriston’s determination to do well this season. A huge thanks again to the three trainers, Dean, Robyn and Patrick who came down to running club every Tuesday and Friday morning, and took us through warms up’s to prepare us for our races.
The early morning trainings paid off. The GSV Preliminary carnival was the perfect example of how our Lauriston girls can run!! With over 10 girls competing in each age group, we were ready to be a threat to the competition. Juniors were off first, with the year 7’s running for the first time ever in a GSV carnival, and they made it look easy! Red faced and tired legs, they still managed to have large smiles on their faces. Following them were the inters (years 9 and 10) and finally the seniors (years 11 and 12). It was so great to see each year level cheering on the other when it was their turn to race, all the support definitely encouraged us across the line.
Girls who finished in the top 10 for their age group were, Eugenie Rickard, Isabella Curtis, Becky Barry, Georgia Hinton and Beattie Goad. With Becky Barry coming first in the senior race. Lauriston finishing second overall, we made it through to Division 1, which is what we strive for and a huge achievement.
At the Championship carnival the competition had risen again, and the Lauriston girls were pushed to their limits. Once again the girls demonstrated great sportsmanship, cheering and supporting each Lauriston runner as they crossed the line. Overall Lauriston finished 7th, with the Juniors and Seniors both placing 6th and the Inters 8th. Another huge congratulations to Becky Barry, who placed 5th in division one – an outstanding achievement in a field of 220 runners.
Off the racing track our Lauriston team was represented in the Run 4 Kids, Mothers Day classic and the Puffing Billy, taking the cross-country training and involvement to a community level. There are still more fun runs to get involved in such as Run Melbourne, Coopers Run, City 2 Sea and of course the Melbourne Marathon Festival.
We look forward to these amazing 2015 performances running into the 2016 season!!!
All you need is a pair of runners – who knows where they’ll take you.