Jordan off to Moonee Valley

On the 29th of August, Ginninderra's Jordan King will compete for the ACT at the Australian Cross Country Championships to be held at Moonee Valley Racecourse.

The venue is known for the running of the W.S. Cox Plate, however Jordan will be running further than the three-year olds in the famous Horse Race and will complete two laps of the racecourse in the U16 Boys 4km.

The National Cross Country Championship is the pinnacle competition for cross country athletes. Secondary School Sports and Athletic State and Territory Associations from around Australia compete for the Australian Title.

Secondary School Sports ACT is responsible for the selection of school students for individual and team events, whilst Athletics ACT is responsible for selecting athletes in the Athletics Australia events.

School students must make themselves available for the schools team first. If they are not selected in the school sport team, then they may apply for selection in the Athletics ACT team.

The Tigers have many athletes selected for the Secondary School Sports ACT team and more information will be published shortly on their exploits. We wish Jordan all the best for the Championships.

Details on the Course Map and Program follow:

Table topping Tigers

With one RunACT event remaining, the Ginninderra Tigers of Belconnen have surged to the top of the Athletics ACT Point-score competition. But Team Tiger can only stay there if everyone turns up on Saturday 15th August to the Runners Shop 5km/10km hosted by the YCRC – doubling as the ACT Road Running Championships.

Following the Dunrossil Drive event in July, a number of Tigers are doing particularly well in the individual point-score competition:

Under 18s

  • Hannah Cadden (1st)
  • Rebecca Guest (2nd)
  • Lara Jericho (3rd)
  • Layla Rowntree (4th)
  • Elijah Arranz (6th)
  • Jordan King (8th)
  • Jacob Davill (9th)

Under 10s

  • James Lemon (1st)
  • Sidney Shaw (3rd)
  • Ryan Cuzner (4th)
  • Grace Love (7th)
  • Maya McRae (8th)
  • Mia Keating (10th)

The final placings will be decided on the 15th of August so there is still one more chance to secure a top ten or twenty position and help the Tigers hold onto the Point-score tally leader!

If you can make it the event takes place at Grevillea Park on Menindee Drive.

  • 12.45pm - 2 km
  • 1.00pm - 5 km
  • 1.30pm - 10 km

All entries will be taken on the day.

There will be barrel draw prizes along with the presentations for the RunACT Winter Series Champions.

Elijah completes City2Surf

Mixed among the 78,000 runners on the weekend was young Tiger Distance Maestro Elijah Arranz who competed in his first Sydney City 2 Surf event. The fabled event with its infamous Heartbreak Hill and the finish into Bondi Beach has been known to make and break an athlete.

Elijah who was hoping to break 6 minutes and make top 20 in his Age Group achieved both of his goals with something to spare! His finishing time was 57:55 and he placed 19th in his age group. Not bad for achieving both goals the first time.

Elijah who has become known for his running appetite including having a run every day has shown nothing is beyond him. He has only been running since he turned 12 and now as a 14 year old he's done the long hard yards now towards continued success!

Join Elijah and Ginninderra this season in meeting your distance goals and maybe you'll be known as someone who Runs this City in no time.

Jetting juniors top Ginninderra Parkrun

A cold and foggy morning greeted the 131 runners for Ginninderra parkrun #171, including parkrun visitors from Newcastle.
While the fog was still hanging around as the first runners crossed the finish line, the sun began to peak through as the final runner, four year old April Barlow completed her third parkrun.

Jetting juniors

Three incredible juniors finished in the top four this week. Hannah Cadden (JW11-14) joined the women’s sub-20 minute list with a PB time of 19:36. Hannah was the first female across the line and second overall this week.

Ethan Garbutt (JM11-14) was the second male and third overall in a time of 20:18, and pushing him all the way to the finish was Meg Freeman (JW11-14) who was fourth overall and the second female in a PB time of 20:18 (just missing the sub-20 minute list).


By the numbers

This week there were 131 runners, of whom 17 were first timers and 17 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different athletics clubs took part.

Male placings:

  • David BEAVEN (VM40-44) (unattached) was first over the line in 18:51 – has been first to finish on five previous occasions.
  • Ethan GARBUTT (JM11-14) (unattached) was second (3rd overall) over the line in 20:08.
  • David HARRIES (VM50-54) (unattached) was third (5th overall) over the line in 20:42.


Female placings:

  • Hannah CADDEN (JW11-14) of Ginninderra Little Athletics Club was first (2nd overall) over the line in a PB time of 19:36 – fourth time in 7 runs.
  • Meg FREEMAN (JW11-14) of Ginninderra Little Athletics Club was second (4th overall) over the line in a PB time of 20:18 – has been first to finish on one previous occasion.
  • Emily GEARSIDE (VW35-39) (unattached) was third (16th overall) over the line in 22:39 – has been first to finish once before.


Mitch soars to new heights

On the 19th of July at the Winter High Noon Meet at the AIS, Ginninderra's Mitch Baker decided to soar to new heights in the Mens 14 Years Pole Vault competition.

Mitch cleared the bar at an impressive 2.10m. Equally impressive was that it was his first competitive go at the event. Had he cleared this height at the December 2014 Australian All Schools Championships in Adelaide he would have finished 4th overall, only 10cm behind third place. 

Little did Mitch know that in fact his jump broke the long standing Tiger record in Pole Vault held by A. Gillard (1.40m) that has stood since 2003.

The next High Noon Meet at the AIS is Sunday the 20th of September.

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