The University of Canberra Ginninderra Athletics Club have commenced the 2017 Winter Cross Country Series on Lake Ginninderra each fortnight.
Every Cross Country event isn't measured by the amount of Personal Bests someone gets, it is also gauged by how it can be just as much fun for everyone doing it.
The Tigers' Fun Run course starts and finishes at the idyllic Waterfall on Lake Ginninderra. The route loops itself in a figure eight around John Knight Memorial Park and the UC Bushland near Ressies with good views of the Roos of UC.
There are many undulating sections with grass, bike path, the odd muddy dirt trail and some small water jumps to enjoy along the 1.5km, 2km, 3km, 4km and 5km distance of your choosing. For the older runners doing 3 to 5km the course repeats itself to double up the challenges in the second half of each route.
Winter Cross Country is as close as you can get to Playing at running.
The course with its different elements allows imagination and creativity to take place, and there is no particular rules and no significant physical exertion for fun and self-amusement necessary.
The Tigers feature plenty of experience and some new blood at this year's event. James Lemon will be hoping to go one better in Melbourne and claim his first gold medal at Nationals having finished second last year.
Hannah Cadden, Andrew McFarlane, Layla Rowntree and Rebecca Jarvis also return to give it their all at the Moonee Valley Racecourse venue. They all performed exceptionally well in 2014 with some really strong performances.
Joining the Tiger Cohort for their first Nationals are Jacob Davill, Meg Freeman and Jordan King. All very deserving of their place at the pinnacle competition for cross country athletes in Australia.
Experience the course for yourself by watching the video and perhaps you can give a tip or two to your favourite Tiger!!
Ginninderra wish every athlete the very best and hope the ACT have a great championships with lots of fun, great memories and a few PBs!
Ginninderra wishes all its athletes the very best for the School Sport Athletics Season over the Autumn to Spring period. Athletes can enjoy Cross Country and Track & Field competitions for 12 Years and Under (12Yr&U) as well as 13 Years and Over (13Y&O) competitions.
School Carnivals will be held at Charnwood Oval in preparation and Schools are most welcome to utilise Ginninderra's fantastic community facilities and equipment. Students are welcome to get in touch with the Tigers' Coaches in preparation for their carnivals.
If running or walking lots is more your thing, you can join Ginninderra's Cross Country and RunACT squad.
Keep in touch with the Club by posting your school and fun run performances on MyResults. Let the Tigers online result system keep track of all of your performances no matter where you perform them.
Young Tiger distance sensation James Lemon has claimed a silver medal in his very first National Championships. Competing in the 2014 Australian Cross Country Championships in Albany, Western Australia, James has come home hard to win a well deserving second place in the 10 years 2km race. Fellow Tiger and all round runner Andrew McFarlane has finished 17th in the same race. Giving Ginninderra two top twenty places in the 10 years boys which is a fantastic result for both athletes.
Not to be outdone our girls have also run magnificently all doing their very best and competing with up to 70 others in each of their respective finals.
The 2014 Australian Cross Country Championships will be held in Albany Western Australia on the 23rd of August 2014. Well over 1000 athletes will converge on Albany which is situated in the Great Southern region of Western Australia, some 418 km SE of Perth.
Ginninderra has a very strong contingent of representatives in the ACT team:
Rebecca Jarvis 15s
Lauren Robards 13s
James Lemon 10s
Andrew McFarlane 10s
Hannah Cadden 11s
Rebecca Guest 11s
Imogen McDonald 12s
Many of these Tigers train under the watchful eye of Ginninderra Master Distance Coach Brian Daly. Among the Tigers in the strong ACT team, Brian also has the following athletes vying for best performances:
Following Nationals, Brian and his mob will re-commence training on Monday 1 September, and anyone who wants to join in for some middle distance training and/or to get generally fit for the coming season is welcome. Most sessions are held at Charnwood Oval but a few other locations get the once over from this highly successful group of runners.