August 15

Good Luck for World Masters

AUGUST 01, 2015

Six UTS Norths Masters athletes are heading over to Lyon, France for the upcoming World Masters Championships from 4-16 August.


The members competing are:


  • Jackie Bezuidenhout will contest the women’s 45+ 100m, 200m and long jump;

  • Janet Naylon will contest the women’s 45+ 100m and long jump;

  • Stuart Paterson will contest the men’s 55+ 800m, 1500m and 5km steeplechase;

  • Brad Sharpe will contest the 50+ 800m and 1500m;

  • Deborah Drennan will contest the 55+ 400m and 800m; and

  • Pierre Lorenzi who is in the process of transferring to the club will contest the 40+ 100m and 200m.


Jackie, Janet and Pierre are all coached by Ron Bendall. Well done also to Stuart and Janet who will be Team Managers for the Australian team.


Best of luck to you all!

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The 2015/16 Summer Calendar has been released

AUGUST 07 2015


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Great runs by Matt and Annabel in the City to Surf
August 16, 2015


Congratulations to outstanding efforts by UTS Norths athletes Matt Cox and Annabel McDermott.


Fresh from his third place in the NSW Short Course Cross Country Championships, Matt had an amazing race to finish in 6th place with a personal best time of 43m 03s. This is a new club record for the City to Surf beating Nick Bromley’s (former National 800m champion) time of 44m 15s set in 2008. It also compares favourably with Olympian John Farrington’s run of 43m 11s in 1971. John, a 2hr 11m marathon runner and member of UTS Norths, ran 43m11s when the City to Surf was run over 15km and started back in Park Street.


Annabel McDermott, only 16 years of age, ran an fantastic 5th place overall in the female category (and 1st in the 16 -19yrs age group) in the excellent time of 49m 20s. She was only three minutes behind the winner Cassandra Fien.  This is within weeks of the jet setting Annabel finishing 9th with a time of 9:42.86 in the final of the 3,000m at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia.       By: Peter Douglas

Our Open Men win the teams event at the Short Course

AUGUST 07, 2015


Congratulations to our Open Men who won the Teams event at the NSW Short Course Cross Country Championships at Rydalmere on Saturday. The open runners were:


  • Matt Cox 3rd 23m 58s

  • Ruairidh MacDonald 5th 24m 6s

  • Adrian Plummer 7th 24m34s

  • Leo Peterson 24th 27m 20s


The first three are UTS students. Matt Cox who leads the NSW Winter Distance Runner of the Year points score ran very well to run 3rd, only 26 seconds behind the winner Scott Westcott. This was an excellent effort considering that he trained on the morning of the race. Matt is focussing his training on the Melbourne Marathon on 28th October. Ruairidh and Adrian continued their consistent winter form to finish just behind the medallists. Leo Peterson, a new member who is coached by Alan Nolan, had his first competition run for the club and ran a very creditable 27m 20s to finish in 24th place.


Another UTS student Sam Byrne ran a good 16m 58s to finish 7th in the u20 event.


Elese Gallen, 20,  ran an excellent 18m 54s to finish 10th in the open women’s event. Elese is coached by James (Jimbo) Fitzgerald who also coaches the winner Milly Clark (Sydney Uni). She has been in great form this winter having finished in 6th place in the NSW Cross Country Championships at West Dapto in June. Another excellent performance was by Emily Hopper who came 5th in the u18 division in 9m 03s for the 2.5km event.


Other performances by UTS Norths athletes were Hannah Cerezo (u14) 9th in 9m 40s, Edita Grinbergs (u16) 20th in 10m 17s, Laura Van den Honert (open), 24th in 21m 36s and Dorothy Kass (Masters) 8th in the Fun Run.


Our attention now turns to the City to Surf on Sunday. Best of luck to all UTS and UTS Norths runners who will be competing.

Open Mens Short Course Start


Sam Doherty

Ruairidh MacDonald

Matt Cox

Elese Gallen finishes her race in the Open event

Emily Hopper

Wrap up of the World Masters Championship
AUGUST 25, 2015

The world masters athletic championships were recently held in Lyon France   The conditions were very hot and sunny with some days reaching up to 40 degrees Celsius.  The quality of the competitors was very high and many world records were broken across all age groups. 


UTS Norths were represented by five athletes across eight events. In the sprints Jackie Bezuidenhout reached the final in the 100m and just missed out in the 200m final.  She went on to be part of a winning W45 4 x 100m relay but the team was disqualified for an early change over.  Jackie’s disappointment was short lived when her team got the gold medal in the W45 4 x 400m relay.


Janet Naylon who was also the team manager together with her husband Stuart Paterson, entered the hurdles, 100m and long jump. However due to a recurring injury had to withdraw from most of her events but managed to get through a round of the W45 long jump, her favorite event.  Janet managed a respectable 22nd place in a very competitive field. Jackie finished 19th in the same event. Janet ‘s  final courageous effort earned her a 6th place in the W40 4 x 100m relay team.


Pierre Lorenzi a new comer to UTS Norths was the male representative in the sprints. He finished 66th overall in a very hotly contested W40 200m.  Pierre also doubled up as a great tour guide as Lyon is his home town.


Brad Sharpe was the M50 800m and 1500m representative. He was placed 42nd in the 800m and 44th in the 1500m. He was also part of the 4 x 400m relay team with Stuart Paterson that came 8th . Stuart  braved the very humid conditions and finished up 48th in the 8km Cross country. He also took part in the M55 800m and M55 1500m, finishing 49th and 57th respectively.

Narelle Lehmann from Victoria passing to Jackie Bezudenhout  in the W45 4 x 400m Photo courtesy of Lenore Lambert

Brad Sharpe hands over to Stuart Patterson in the M50 4 x 400m relay Photo courtesy of Janet Naylon