June 2015

James Gurr Conquers Balmoral Burn

JUNE 04, 2015

James Gurr produced a record equalling time of 1 minute 19 seconds  to win the 2015 Humpty Dumpty Run up the 1:3 incline Awaba Street Hill. The Balmoral Burn is an annual 420m event to raise funds the Humpty Dumpty Foundation for children in hospitals across Australia and the region.


James was crowned King of the Hill for the third time, winning by a comfortable 3 seconds, holding off Mason Cohen from Sydney Uni to equal Mason;s race record. Congrats to James from all of us at UTS Norths on a great run.


Other UTS Norths athletes ran superbly , with 5 of the top 10 places in the men being filled by UTS Norths athletes, showing the strength and depth of the club's mens middle distance athletes. The other top 10 men were Will Austin-Cray 7th, Bryce Collins 8th, Paul Cummings 9th and Will Richardson 10th. Also former UTS Norths runner Andrew McKenzie, now based in Bathurst won the Open Men's, 11th overall. 


The masters men were also well represented with Brad Sharpe finsihing 7th in the Mens 50-59 (beating the prime minister by over a minute) and Les Gillies finishing 10th in the 60+ age category. In the masters women, Deborah Drennan finished second in the 50-59 age group in 2m 45s.


In the women's there were two top 10 places with Lora Storey 6th and Tracey Morton finishing 10th. Annabel McDermott cut down from 5,000m to a 420m sprint to help her school Abbotsleigh win the girls school relay. 


Congrats to UTS Norths Coach Penny Gillies who had a strong squad at the Balmoral Burn, coach both winners James and Alicia Keir (Illawong) in the womens. 


Photo is off James Gurr 2012 Win

Registration  for the 2014-15 Season

JUNE 01, 2015

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NSW Cross Country Relays – Bronze medal to the Open Men

JUNE 07 2015




Congratulations to the Open Men’s team and who won a bronze medal against very tough competition in the State Cross Country Relays at Miranda. It was also a coup for UTS as three out of the four runners are current or past UTS students.


The first leg was run by UTS EAP scholarship holder Adrian Plummer with a good 12m 59s leg for 4km to get the team in a handy second place. Ruairidh MacDonald and State Winter points score champion Matt Cox both ran terrific legs with 12m 55s to keep the team in third position behind the strong Randwick Botany and Sydney University teams, both teams contained international runners. Jye Perrott, 16 years old and the youngest in the team from the Kings School, ran a gutsy last leg in 14m 56s to hold the team in third place and the bronze medal. Jye, coached by John Atterton, showed courage in his leg as he was backing up after running 8kms in a GPS Cross Country meet in the morning.


UTS Norths also had a second open men’s team (12th) where the fastest leg was run by new member Sam Byrne (aged 19) who is also a UTS student. Sam ran a very good split of 13m 49s. Brad Sharpe ran a good 17m 02s as an individual runner in the 45+ masters event.


We had six teams in the female events:

1.       U14 A  (4 x 2km) 7th  Ashlie Edwards, Jacinta Metcalf, Elise Brennan, Imogen Gardiner

2.       U14 B 5th  Hannah Cerezo, Gemma Bratton, Olivia Rooney, Rebecca Terry

3.       U14 C 12th   Abigail Johnston, Heidi Windybank, Ruby Quoyle, Lea Gassmann

4.       U16 (4 x 3km) 5th  Sarah McDermott, Sasha Gassmann, Molly Quoyle, Edita Grinsberg

5.       U18 (4 x 3km) 4th  Annabel McDermott, Claudia Mee, Emma Baptist, Isabella Thornton-Bott

6.       Open (4 x 4km) 7th  Claudia White, Holly Ratajec, Bianca Grimaldi, Elese Gallen.


The fastest splits in the under 14 girls were Hannah Cerezo (7m 45s), Ashlie Edwards (7m58s) and Abigail Johnstone (8m 08s). Edita Grinsberg, a recent transfer from Sydney Striders, was the fastest runner in the u16 team with a 3km run of 12m 39s. The under 18 girls team went close to a medal especially after a superb first leg by state champion Annabel McDermott who ran a 11m 22s for her first leg. The other girls ran well but were unable to stay in the first three but still finished a creditable fourth place against tough opposition. Elese Gallen ran the fastest leg in the open with a good split of 16m 11s for the 4kms. Deborah Drennan ran a good 18m 26s as an individual runner in the 55+ masters event.


Attention now turns to the NSW Cross Country Championships at Dapto on 20th June and the NSW Road Relay Championships at Ourimbah on 11th July where UTS Norths will again be entering a number of teams.



Athletics NSW Life Membership given to Stuart and Janet

JUNE 13, 2015

UTS Norths congratulates long term members Stuart Paterson and Janet Naylon on their recognition of work for athletics through being made Athletics NSW Life Members at Saturday night's ANSW annual Dinner. Well Done.