By Greta Truscott
Being a relatively newly affiliated club with Athletics NSW (since December 2016) we didn't envisage the unbelievable turn out at the Greater Bank RUN NSW Sydney 10k on Saturday 6th May a few months later! To see it all come into fruition on the day with a sensational, high spirited bunch, we were blown away. The fiery orange men's and guava (pink) women's singlets (and still a few hot black singlets) all really stood out!
Athletics NSW - Simon Wolnizer, James Matthews, the Rejoovers, all the other fabulous clubs & runners all really lifted each other before, during and after the 10k and 5k races. Special thank you to coach Chris Truscott for bringing everyone together on the day for warm ups, giving out bibs and gear before the race, cheering everyone into the finish, interviewing runners and sharing videos and pics.
We loved seeing everyone having a good time together and running their hardest. Many were ringing the PB bell! Great to see the jumping castle and other games like the big balls! The fun, festival atmosphere and the inspiration for all levels really is the way forward. Congratulations to everyone who got in and had a go and also to the admirable race winners and podium getters.
Thanks Athletics NSW - David Tarbotton, Amelia Hansen, Jessica Drake, Brent Hayward & James Matthews for all your support and Simon Wolnizer for your fabulous emceeing and call outs to Rejoov. Everyone said how this was such a buzz. Simon awesomely ran the 10k in 35min before the race proceedings, paced by Sydney Strider Dave Criniti who then went on to race himself in 31mins!!
Thank you to our incredibly supportive and amazing sponsor Himanshu Dua, ICG, Internal Consulting Group www.internalconsulting.com - everyone were wearing the New Balance singlets with pride.
Long time rejoover Matt Wacher's (42yrs old) shares his account on his way to a 37.21 (1min25sec pb) in the Sydney 10k: "The warm up and the vibe with so many Rejoovers was awesome, everyone excited! At the start I just took ten deep breaths with my eyes closed, I had been training really strong so was confident I could meet my target time. I went out steady keeping people I knew in my sights, for a moment I was stuck behind the group surrounding the 40 min pacer but a gap opened and I was through. Straight into a rhythm. I don't wear a watch when I race so really just run by how I'm feeling. I was feeling pretty good so just tried to push it a little at the 2k making sure I stuck myself behind runners going forward. Formed a bit of a pack with some guys from there and hung in there. Kept trying to focus and push if concentration was lost. I was hurting at 8km, my head was telling me my knee was sore and I knew I had to hold on to the group of guys I was with or I wouldn't push out the final couple of KMs so I really dug in. The support amongst the rejoovers during the race was fantastic, at 8.5k I got a call out "go rejoov" from the crowd, which was a big lift. At 9k I could hear the times of the people finishing in the stadium and knew I'd smash my PB. I pushed on and whilst on the track the speaker was giving rejoov a big wrap so that gave me a lift. I thought of Greta pushing me along at those Tuesday track sessions and held it together for a strong 300m finish on the track, 37.21, 1 minute 25 second PB. Smashed it and was stoked".
Here's our Rejoov - Athletics NSW runner & sister club HURT squad runner - Jeet Aich's uplifting race report after coming back from a badly rolled ankle in the 5000m Champs back in Feb and to finish back on that same track today in the Sydney 10k!:
"It was enjoyable to make my comeback in the Rejoov colours. Had no expectations going into the race, just wanted to see where I am at and finish unscathed at the same venue where I injured myself in February. Ended up running the whole race with fellow Rejoov runner Chris Strom (also a Hurts runner & Zoolander) and was delighted to see him PB. As for me, I managed to run a controlled race and was really encouraged with my 35:50. Hopefully I can use this as a launch pad for the rest of the season".
The OFFICIAL results: http://nswathletics.org.au/Results/2017-greater-bank-sydney10
Rejoov Runners team results: 1st and 2nd in the men's 35-44 teams and 1st and 3rd in the women's 35-44. Congrats to Maya for individual bronze in the 35-44 age group.
Athletics NSW members who attended the Sydney 10 in alphabetical order of surname:
Kate Agnew 43.53
Jeet Aich 35.50 see race report
Adam Ballesty pb 40.55
John Bartlett 32.05 fastest rejoover
Maya Borthwick pb 38.34 & bronze in the 40-44 age group
Angus Boyd 34.55
Olivia Burton close to pb 51.33
Grace Cannavo 49.29
Kelly Coulston pb 46.38
Anne Cumming 57.33
Jenny Doak 43.27
Jerome Dupuy 35.26
Malcolm Eadie pb 36.43 (trouble chip - result yet to be added officially so can affect the teams)
Monika Graham 51.30 & 5k too
Jesse Hanna pb 5k 18.52
Toby Hedgeland 33.17 dead heat with CT what a finish!!
Andrew Heyden 33.38
Hayley Kain pb 41.57 & bronze in the 35-39 age group
Bruce Lambert pb 34.09 a 10k & 5k pb!!
Susan MacCallum 3min pb 52.26
Lesley Mason fell in the 10k shoulder had to be patched up and then did the 5k event! 28.03 pb!!
Fiona McDonald 1.03.06
Scott O'Connor 32.29 3rd fastest rejoover & awesome result first race back post injury
Anne-maree O'Mara 53.33
Adam Page pb 40.51
Ainslie Page 58.14
Eoin Reville 35.44 happy to run with Strommie & see him pb
Nick Roberts 32.27 (2nd fastest rejoover)
Aisling Ruane 43.07
Chris Strom pb 35.42
Emma Trehy 2nd fastest ever time 55.17
Chris Truscott 33.17 battling a groin injury
Pete Truscott 38.50
Matt Wacher 1.25sec pb 37.21 & see race report below
Rob Wilson 90sec pb 36.16 after a solid training stint with Strommie
Plus non-members of Aths NSW - in alphabetical order:
Himanshu Dua ICG sponsor 37.53
Floriana Dua 45.22
Samantha Feeley 49.34 huge 9min pb
Desie Joanides (member of Bankstown) 56.04
Rachel Kay pb 41.53
Claire Marston 46.10
Lucy Stranger pb 41.46
Larissa Williams pb 51.05
Tracy Williams 58.17
Rejoov has 50 Athletics NSW members including 1 junior member, the gorgeous 9 year old Maggie Highnam. We would love to have a few more juniors as well as more adults to continue the buzz through the Winter and into the Summer. We are working with Athletics NSW to make cross country and track events more fun and enticing for everyone. So please everyone, feel most welcome to come on board and we welcome all feedback. We want the track to be filled with runners and for our running buddies to be trackside cheering us on. That really helped me back in February doing the 5000m track when I was hurting and striving to do my best. You can register via this link for $80 for the Winter and if you ran the Sydney 10k as a non-member you can email Athletics NSW to take $40 off your registration: https://memberdesq.onesporttechnology.com/3159