A big season of cross country and road racing concluded this morning with the time honoured Tan Relays.

Congratulations to our senior Winter Champions Lauren Cockerell and Adronis Karabagega, who both put in multiple outstanding performances during the season 🎉

Well done everyone who competed, and many thanks to those who volunteered and were otherwise involved/supporting during the season.

Andrew Ross



Hey Team SMAC’rs, quick update on Sunday’s round 9, Burnley Half Marathon action…… Perfect conditions for the run and a good hitout leading up to the MM….

Great to see the fans’ out in force, even Peter Logan was there telling us all to ‘hurry up’…… 😎 And to the vollies, we love your work, thanks as always guys…….

Sadly the women weren’t able to field a team, well done to the couple of girls who ran (and also notable was Anna Kelly for a smashing return to A.V racing 👉👉)…… Lets get a team up for the Tan next week hey, BIG EFFORT….. I see it could be the return of the Brick too Wo’hooo……

In the mens solid team efforts in div 3 and 4, along with the o50s and o60s very steady performances again….. I think the div 4 men will lose 2nd position after Sunday, so all hands on deck at the Tan, lets get it back and finish the year off guys…..

Well done to the PB brigade also, Mitch, Rosco, Nick and anyone else who smashed it’…… Train well guys and see you in 9 days for the Relays… Waz

Ps… Re-hydrating at the Rising Sun Hotel at 10.30am on a Sunday morning, cannot become a habit Prezzi.!!!!! By the way what time do the relays finish next week 👉👉👉



Ballarat road 15km was held Saturday and in very good conditions, compared to the last few years….!! Numbers were down a little unfortunately, but those who attended fought bravely for the SMAC brand…..😎😎😎

Div One women unfortunately couldn’t field a scoring team, however Lauren Cockerell was on fire again, coming in 9th overall in 55min, a fantastic effort Lauren…. R.O.D again…. The girls lost a couple of spots on the ladder, not fielding a team, so if anyone wants to join for a couple races, we’d all love to see you back…..👉

Div Three men had a terrific 2nd on the day, to hold 6th on the ladder, well done boys…. Patrick led the charge in 52 mins, with the other boys under 58… Well done…

Div Four men also ran well for 3rd on the day and jumped into 2nd on the ladder, again well done…. James lead the charge hear in 57mins and notably the ‘o50s sappers’ came up and played the ‘tail-gunners’ to round it out……👉

o50s a solid 7th on the day, to hold 8th spot, well lead ARoss in 60mins flat…….

o60s nailed 3rd on the day, to hold 4th possi’ on the ladder comfortably…. Judge Andrew Kincaid nearly blowing a gasket late on, but led the boys home nicely…..

Thanks to the ‘fans’ and notably Peter Casey who could simultaneously yell encouragement and take photos each lap of the racing SMAC’rs…. Thanks Pete…..

Tassie Daniel Clarke won the ‘re-hydration award’ Saturday night at the Sporting Globe hehehe…

Train well and consistently guys, see you in a couple of weeks time… 👉👉👉 Waz😀😀😀

XCR Round 6 Lakeside:10

By Andrew Ross

A quick summary of events at the Albert Park 10k on Sunday…

Firstly, well done to all SMAC participants. Again we barely scraped together a women’s team, but the club is very grateful to the five who participated. Although finishing 9th, the team scored enough points to push us a little further out of reach of the relegation zone.

All five girls deserve special mentions. Teleah Hayes finished in 15th place in 36:23. Lauren Cockerell finished 24th in 37:07, a massive PB I believe (possibly even debut!), Alana Plymin trotted around for a 38:30, Eloise Thompson almost died 🙂 trying to break 45 (so close!), and Rosa Law, who we know loves running on bitumen, rounded it out with a 48:19.

For the men, it was a welcome back to Patrick O’Driscoll (35:59) for his first run this season. Welcome aboard to Alejandro Stephens (39:57) in his first run for the club, and well done to our fastest runner Adronis Karabagega (35:01) who almost ran a PB!

Andrew Louey (38:25) did run a PB, as did James Thai (37:32) but alas not fast enough to catch Lauren! Daniel Clarke (38:44) got up off his death bed to run, and President Stuart Nicol watched us all come in before finishing his own run 🙂

Men’s team results saw the 3 Open teams come in 6th, 3rd and 7th, Over50s 9th and the highlight of the day… the Over60s came in 3rd and have jumped from 6th to 4th place on the ladder!

On to the 15k at Lake Wendouree in Ballarat on Saturday week!