Rehydrating in style
The rehydration party at the Duke of Wellington was another fantastic night, and it was wonderful to share the day’s successes with so many like-minded people. We packed out the venue, so we are considering whether there are other venues round the city that might be able to better handle our growing numbers next year. I particularly enjoyed hearing some of the war stories from what was clearly an eventful day.
A hundred up – new record for the crew at Melbourne Marathon
This year we had more than 100 Crosbie Crew runners in the Melbourne Marathon Festival, plus more than 30 volunteers. In a first for the crew, we took home all five team prizes as well as notching up some wonderful personal bests.
This year’s performances were particularly notable for the amazing personal journeys, stories and the camaraderie we saw along the way. There are almost too many to single anyone out, but congratulations to everyone involved. It was a very proud day for all of us.
The spirit of the crew on race day has even resulted in a recent influx of members, who have joined the group purely based on what they saw on 18 October, so thanks to everyone who volunteered, ran drinks for friends and cheered loudly.
In terms of prizes, the winners of the Crosbie Crew ‘Run of the Day’ awards, who each received a Crosbie Crew glass mug, were:
Marathon Award – Male : Chris Parker
Marathon Award – Female: Nicole Shaw
Half, 10km, 5km Award – Male: Paul Tucker
Half, 10km, 5km Award – Female: Ali Burns
Sole Motive Encouragement Award: Cédric Rosalie
We also recently gave out the following annual awards for performances throughout the year:
Sub 3 Hour Male / Sub 3.20 Female Award: Andrew Ross
International Marathon of the Year Award – Male: Travis Stevens
International Marathon of the Year Award – Female: Caroline Scott
Finally on the awards front, congratulations to all of the Crosbie Crew’s first year marathoners from 2015:
Sharon Nannery, Serina Dowding, Cristina Ferguson, Natalie Traycevska, Andy Jong, Michelle Armour, Angela Martin, Kate Meredith and Fiona Wilson
2015 Crosbie Crew Hall of Famers are crowned
Two of our most loved members joined the Crosbie Crew Hall of Fame. Congratulations to this year’s Hall of Fame inductees Rosa Law and Jose Arguelles. Tim spoke at length on Hall of Fame night, but it’s worth reminding ourselves why these two wonderful people were selected:
It’s hard to believe that, back in 2007, 5km was a long run for Rosa and her friends in Geelong. Indeed when Rosa started to be a regular with the Crosbie Crew, she was one of four ladies and found the whole thing quite daunting.
Since those days, Rosa’s never-say-die attitude and determination have pushed her to distances and times that she thought were crazy and impossible to achieve. She has now clocked up over 30 marathons around Australia and overseas but, most importantly, she is a shining light of encouragement and motivation for runners of all abilities.
When you run with Rosa, you realise that everyone knows and loves her, whether you are running along the dunes at Torquay, through the You Yangs, along the Yarra, around the Tan, or in the Dandenongs. Rosa brings a special gift to the Crosbie Crew. She radiates a positive energy and firmly belongs in the Crosbie Crew Hall of Fame.
When we met Jose through the Nike running group in 2004, what struck us all was that he is one hell of a nice guy with a genuine interest in others. He is a natural leader who attracts and inspires others.
Jose has been a regular run leader at Melbourne’s major events over the last decade. Run for the Kids, Run Melbourne and the Melbourne Marathon Festival just wouldn’t be the same without him either striving for his own personal bests or helping others to achieve theirs. There is no doubt that Jose has been a reason for many people choosing to carry on running with the Crosbie Crew beyond their Melbourne Marathon training series experiences.
An inaugural Crosbie Crew committee member and Club Captain, Jose’s most memorable pacing gig came at the 2012 Melbourne Marathon where he ran with his beautiful wife Jen, who managed to break four hours on debut.
It’s been a joy to share Jose’s path through life over the past ten years – most recently his marriage to Jen and the arrival of Lea and Benita – and we look forward to the next ten years. Welcome to the Hall of Fame Joseph!
We ran hot on the Gold Coast
The crew invaded the Gold Coast at the start of July for an extended weekend of running and celebrating. The smart ones ran the 10km race the Saturday so they could party all weekend, although we’re told the real highlight didn’t happen until the Monday night when Karaoke was on the agenda. However, we’re still awaiting the video evidence!
The Crosbie Crew banner and cheer squad were at the 31km mark of the marathon on the Sunday, with plenty of support on show for our runners as the Queensland winter heat kicked in. It certainly looked like it was more fun to be cheering than running on the Sunday, but there were some wonderful performances:
Mark Hayes once again finished a Gold Coast Marathon event – this time the half – in the medical tent unable to move his legs or talk, but to run sub 4m/k until the finishing chute on so little training was arguably the gutsiest run of the weekend. It was certainly good enough to secure him the Crosbie Crew Endura Award at July’s Parma Night.
Elsewhere in the half marathon, Bronwyn Humphrys ran 1:18:22 and is now ranked 13th in Australia, while Sinead ran 1:13:56 to finish seventh, despite her high training load in the lead up to Beijing. Alana Plymin and Rachel Spencer also ran brilliantly in the women’s event.
A little further down the field, but no less impressively, Miriam Mattock broke 1:40 in style with a stunning 1:38:36 run. There was also a victory for the fairer sex in a husband v wife battle, with Marie Maguire beating husband Terry by almost 13 minutes, finishing in 1:56:22.
In the marathon, Troy Snow narrowly missed out on his sub four hour marathon goal by 48 minutes and 58 seconds, despite a well-orchestrated social media and merchandise campaign, whilst Sabine Miller reaped the rewards of a consistent training campaign with a brilliant 3:30 marathon. Sharon Nannery’s debut could scarcely have gone better, as she cruised home in 3:07:10, and Ben Thomas ran a PB of 3:09:53. There was also a wonderful team effort from Dale Clarke, Christina Ridge and Sharon Waitzer, who ran as a team to finish in five hours.
Runners of the Day were Jenna Browne, for her terrific debut marathon, with Danny Bowerin taking out the men’s prize for his half marathon PB.
Roy’s Run to remember a friend of the crew’s
As you will be aware, our long-time friend Roy Morris lost his battle with Melanoma shortly after Roy’s Run on Saturday 25 July, which we know he greatly enjoyed watching via live stream on the day. As well as bringing cheer and positive energy to the last days of Roy’s life, the event also raised $6,675 to help Roy and Zoe with treatment costs.
Whilst the circumstances were incredibly sad, Roy’s Run was one of our proudest moments in the crew. The way everyone pulled together to make the event happen was simply wonderful, as was the amount of money raised.
Vale Roy Morris. We miss you.
You can watch the video from the event here.
Congratulations Rob and Jennelle!
Our Club Captain got engaged
We were all delighted when our Club Captain Rob Follett recently announced his engagement to the lovely Jennelle, and we’re hopeful that this might mean them both spending more time in Melbourne in the future.
More feel-good crew news!
Congratulations from all of us also go to Jose and Jen Arguelles on the birth of their second child Benita and to Brenton and Krya Harty on the birth of Keziah. Benita and Keziah join the burgeoning next generation of the Crosbie Crew, who knows what successes the year 2035 will bring!
Of course we shouldn’t forget the fast approaching nuptials of Rosa Law and Peter Casey, or those of Cristina Ferguson and Duncan MacDonald. We hope you all have wonderful wedding days and honeymoons and continue your happy lives together.
Lastly, huge congratulations to Yvonne McClure and Aidy, who recently sneaked under the radar to get married.
Crosbie Crew dominates Great Ocean Road
Sparkling performances in the Apollo Bay sunshine.
Once again, the Great Ocean Road lived up to its billing, turning on the most beautiful weekend imaginable for one of the most popular running festivals on the Crosbie Crew calendar.
The crew was out in force, with over 100 members competing across the five races on offer – the Great Ocean Road Real Estate 1.5km Kids’ Gallop, the Mizuno 6km Run, the Geelong Advertiser 14km Paradise Run, the Half Marathon and the showpiece event, the GMHBA Great Ocean Road Marathon.
This year’s festival of running saw the first anniversary of the new Crosbie Crew apparel, which made its debut at the same location in 2014. With even more of the crew having purchased singlets, t-shirts and hoodies since then, we certainly stood out from the crowd this year! Indeed the Crosbie Crew hoodie was ubiquitous on the streets of Apollo Bay over the course of the weekend, with the first sighting usually around dawn each day, and the last often well into the wee small hours.
And so to the kudos
The Mizuno 6km Run started the weekend in style, with Bronwyn Humphrys continuing her recent good form, notching another impressive win in the process. Owen Nguyuen and Kirsten Mackenzie also ran commendable races to get the cheer squad warmed up.
Next up was the Geelong Advertiser 14km Paradise Run, which was won in typical style by Sinead Diver who, as we all now know, will compete for Australia in the marathon at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing later this year. It’s going to be an exciting second half of 2015 for us all watching Sinead’s journey, and a proud time for her and her coach.
Other notable efforts came from Aaron Murphy and Brian Lynch who, after a frustrating time, is starting to reap the rewards of his patience and strength work. We also witnessed a great battle between Vu Nguyen and Rebecca Toomey who pushed each other all the way to achieve excellent results. Both have made huge strides in recent times and looked strong all the way to the line.
Sunday morning dawned brightly for the Half Marathon and the GMHBA Great Ocean Road Marathon, providing race conditions that were perfect for fast times and magical views of one of Australia’s most stunning coastlines.
The Crosbie Crew flag and cheer squad were in place in good time to welcome our runners, and everyone seemed to be in fine voice despite the previous night’s festivities. Flying Pom Mark Corbyn ran superbly to finish 4th overall in the Half Marathon, whilst Andrew Kincaid and Sharon Nannery ran strongly as well. A special mention goes to first time half marathoners Rachael Nguyen and Mel Sutherland. Congratulations to you both. What a wonderful place to start and the first of many with the crew we hope.
The men’s GMHBA Great Ocean Road Marathon was won by another recent recruit to the crew, Julian Spence. Well done and welcome Julian. We think you can stay!
Elsewhere in the field, despite running his third marathon in a week as part of his preparations for the Big Red Run, Kay Bretz finished an amazing 6th overall and our very own Benjamin Button, Andrew Ross used the race as a training run for a 100km race in Queensland in June and still ran a huge PB. We’re fast running out of superlatives for these two fantastic endurance athletes.
In the women’s race, Kirstin Bull continued her domination of this event, taking out the title for the second year in a row. Kirstin is also racing the 100km in Queensland and was delighted to smash last year’s time as a confidence builder for her ultimate goal.
Well done to everyone who competed over the weekend and congratulations for showing such camaraderie and support for your friends. It’s a very special thing to see.