Gold Coast Marathon 2018 review

Over 30 of the Crew headed to warmer climates last weekend for the Gold Coast Marathon Festival.  Whilst the heat may have been slightly kinder than some years, the high humidity made for challenging race conditions.

Sinead Diver continued her sensational 2018 form in the Half Marathon, securing second place in an incredible 1:09:53 making her the second fastest Australian at this distance behind Lisa Weightman!  A truly outstanding performance from a great athlete that inspires many of us to continue to strive for our best.

Successfully completing their first full marathons, congratulations were in order for Helen Stevenson, Kat East and Kristianna Nagorcka.  Great to see so many of the Crew staying back after their own runs to cheer them on and across the line.

PBs came hard in the heat and humidity, but there were still some outstanding performances to recognise.  Ben Briggs, Sean Helmot and Lincoln Mah all delivered sub 3 hour marathons with personal best times. Jono Jack continued his improvements in form just missing out on his sub 3:30 goal by 90 seconds.

Noteworthy female performances included Serina Dowding shaving 8 minutes off her marathon PB, whilst Julie Smith gave a text book lesson in perfect race pacing producing a solid 3:24:42 with negative split!  How could we not mention Afy Afrouz who’s solution to sore feet and blisters was to run the last 10km in bare feet, still managing to finish in under 4 hours!

In the Half Marathon, Carolyn O’Sullivan and Emma Wills also achieved solid new personal best times. Ensuring the Crew were represented well across all distances, Andrew Kincaid achieved second place in his Age Group for the 10km with a highly respectable 43:16.

No Crosbie Crew marathon would be complete without the Rehydration and Kudos to Dean Fergie for co-ordinating a great social evening at the Helm Bar.  The Crew were in high spirits as they celebrated their achievements and let their hair down after the hard training season.

As the heads clear and the bodies heal, we look forward to doing it all again in October at Melbourne!


New Mizuno Wave Sayonara 4 out now at Sole Motive

With the all new Wave Sayonara 4, say ‘hello’ to the perfect blend of a speedy feel and better fit and ‘goodbye’ to those around you as you run in this everyday-fast shoe. This performance neutral shoe is the perfect complement shoe for your marathon training to the Wave Rider or Wave Enigma as it’s light enough for speed work and will help you feel fast for race day. You’ll love the asymmetrical flex grooves in the forefoot which help the shoe flex naturally at the toe off, as well as the blown rubber in the forefoot which optimises pressure distribution, durability and cushioning. The Parallel Wave combined with a u4ic midsole provides a soft, yet responsive ride for a smooth transition in every stride. If you are a runner in need of support, don’t forget to check out our performance support shoe the Wave Catalyst. Pop into Sole Motive today and get fitted so that your race day, and every day is everyday-fast.

Go the Big V and our elite winners at Gold Coast Half Marathon

The Gold Coast Half Marathon was also the race to qualify those representing the Big V for the Victorian Half Marathon Championships. We are all so proud of Sinead Diver and Bronwyn Humphrys, who together with Virginia Moloney, took away first place overall. A sensational effort by our elite women, who consistently overdeliver and inspire the rest of us.

Kirstin Bull takes out the trifecta at Great Ocean Road Marathon 2016

It was an incredible day to be down at the Great Ocean Road marathon yesterday as our very own Crosbie Crew superstar Kirstin Bull won the Great Ocean Road 44km marathon for the third time in as many years.

Kirstin, who holds the Australian women’s 100km record, set out in less-than-favourable conditions from Lorne to win the women’s division in a lightning quick time of 3:06:37, adding yesterday’s race to her Great Ocean Road Marathon trifecta.

Kirstin, or KB as she is known in the Crew, first raced and won the challenging ultra in 2014 before setting a personal course record with her win this time last year. Having been selected to represent Australia three times now, it’s safe to say yesterday’s win solidifies KB’s position as one of Australia’s preeminent ultra-runners and one to watch.

Coach Tim Crosbie said, “It’s great to see Kirstin reach a level of consistency that enables her to be able to handle any type of conditions and still perform at her best. Three in a row at Great Ocean Road is historic and she’s now stamped herself as one of the legends of this event.”

The Crosbie Crew are immensely proud to count KB as a fellow crew member, coach, friend and mentor. We wish her all the best in her recovery and celebrations for her hard work and immense success.

Upcoming events and runs

There’s plenty on the agenda for the Crew, with the Great Ocean Road Marathon weekend coming up in May, followed by the Gold Coast Marathon series in July. A number of members have begun organising both these weekends so if you’re interested and don’t know who to speak to, drop us a line and we’ll put you in touch with someone. They are great opportunities to run new PBs, visit new places and meet new people.  Don’t forget the Athletics Victoria Cross Country series which starts in April. Many of the Crew also belong to South Melbourne Athletics Club so ask around if you want to know more about how to run with SMAC and be a part of the ever-exciting XCR season.

Two Bays Recap

Perfect weather, perfect weekend The sun was out and the conditions were perfect for all 55 of us who donned our hydration packs for the big climb up Arthur’s Seat. Thanks to Coach Bull’s solid training plan for Two Bayers, there were plenty of hill-primed legs ready to take on the 28km Dromana to Cape Schanck trail, as well as those “special” ones who chose to do it twice for the 56km loop! The Two Bays weekend is always a great event to kick start the year, with many Crew members choosing to hire places down the Peninsula for the weekend and spend time with friends in the beautiful surrounds of the trails. If you haven’t been before, we highly recommend doing the next Two Bays trail run. It’s always a well-organised and supportive event with a big turnout from the Crew and plenty of fun to train for. 

Introducing a new Crosbie Crew sponsor

We are pleased to announce that discounts are now available to Crosbie Crew members across the full range of Suunto watches. Suunto makes high quality products including GPS watches. The Suunto Ambit3 Run is a particularly good running watch and Crosbie Crew members now receive a 15% discount across Suunto’s entire range at SoleMotive (formerly Running Fit) at 170 Queen Street, Melbourne. Sole Motive continues to be our preferred retail outlet, with members also able to access Crosbie Crew discounts for Mizuno and Endura Products, so please check out Sole Motive’s recently renovated store next time you need new running gear.

Fast and flat in Berlin

The Berlin Marathon saw 13 of the crew running in one of the world’s best sports participation events at the home of the world marathon record (for over a decade now). It’s an amazing experience, with 40,000 marathoners participating. The course – understandably renowned as fast and flat – saw personal bests from Helena Cairney, Andrew Ross, Jason Rawlings (first sub three hour run), Chris Parker (first sub four hour run) and Caroline Scott who ran 19 minutes quicker than she had ever previously covered the 42.195km distance. And our very own President broke the 3.20 mark himself. So big thanks to everyone for putting up with me along the way. It was a wonderful day in Germany. There were notable runs from Liz Weldon, James Smith and Mark Hayes, whilst our London-based Crosbie Crew counterparts, Nat Roche and Nick Metz, cruised to the finish line and Andrew Jekot, despite suffering health troubles throughout his training, also finished in style. The support crew of family and friends, led by tireless traveller Kirstin Bull and super coach Marianne Hutchinson, popped up in multiple places along the course, providing much needed encouragement to us all. Thanks also to the Melbourne supporters who set up the Crosbie Crew Headquarters at South Wharf’s Munich Brauhaus. Every Crosbie Crew runner was tracked and their stats were recorded, whilst the crew drank steins and placed bets on (and against) the Berlin runners achieving their goals. Overall, Berlin was a great experience for all the runners and their families and friends who travelled with them – truly a highly recommended event.

A ton of guts and determination

Most of us would consider 100km to be a long drive, so to have the Australian female record holder over that distance as one of the crew’s coaches is an amazing thing. Most of you have followed Kirstin’s journey through social media – training in Kenya and on to the race in the Netherlands – but it’s worth emphasising that we really are very proud of you KB. To finish as 8th female in the world is an incredible achievement. If you haven’t seen Kirstin’s blogs, you can follow her here:

A mile with a difference

The participants in the inaugural Crosbie Crew Beer Mile might argue that this should be the lead article in the newsletter and some clearly believe that it’s far more important than Melbourne Marathon or even the World Championships. Not mentioning any names Claire Thomas! The crew descended on Fawkner Park en masse late on a Friday afternoon for an event that looks like it will become a permanent feature on the Crosbie Crew calendar. The format is pretty simple – drink a can of 355ml full strength beer, run a 400m lap, then do that three more times. It doesn’t sound particularly hard, but the fancy dress requirement added to the challenge and the fun. The Crosbie Crew talent in the race varied greatly – from those who could drink like a fish but whose running needs some work, to many of our talented runners who have questionable drinking capability. I could include a range of dishonourable mentions and vomit stories, but I’ll spare some blushes and focus on the champions. The winners were Claire Thomas, who took out the women’s event in 8 minutes 46 seconds, and her husband James Goodlet, who won the men’s race in 7 minutes 10 seconds. A new spin on the term ‘power couple’ if ever there was one!

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