May 2014

Annual Presentation Dinner a successful night


UTS Norths hosted a very successful dinner and presentation night on Saturday at the Cabana Club. A total of 111 members and guests attended.


The guest speakers the night were outstanding state champion junior javelin champion Mackenzie Little and her coach Annabel Davies. Mackenzie won the Jack Pross award for nearest to world class as well as the Margaret Wrigley trophy for Most Outstanding Thrower. Mackenzie and Annabel spoke about their experiences in which Mackenzie won the javelin event in the 2013 World Youth Championships in Ukraine.

Annabel Davis (left), Mackenzie Little (right)

Some noteworthy awards were made as follows:


Life Membership: Doug Barrett


10 Year Service Award: Ashley McMahon


Club Recognition:

  • Nancy Lloyd

  • Sally Richardson

  • Paul Switzer

  • Ron Bendall


The President Frazer Dowling gave a welcome speech and a summary of the highlights of the season which included winning the Club Premiership. Ross and Peter Douglas gave a toast in memory of the late Ruth Frith, a life member and outstanding Masters athlete who died recently at the age of 104 years of age. Frazer and James Fitzgerald introduced another a new trophy for the outstanding athlete with a disability – the trophy was won by Rohan Bright.


The winners of the trophies were as follows:

Winter Only Registration Now Open


The Club welcomes registrations for the Winter season only.  This gives full rights to enter the many ANSW XC and other distance running championships and to train at R.A.F. The Club also funds some relay team fees.

This membership is great value for XC runners and those building a winter base. It also gives the pathway to national XC championships.

For more information on how to register, see here

UTS Norths peak again


On Sunday the 11th of May, UTS Norths athletes Ruairidh Mac Donald, Nick Walker and Kate Hobbs competed in the 2014 Australian Mountain Running Championships at Mt Tennant, ACT.  The course was a gruelling run to the summit of the mountain, running up an elevation of 1375 metres. The run up to the summit of Mt Tennant was almost double the height gain of the NSW Mountain Running Championships up Mt Canobolas and twice as steep, running up hill almost the entire way.  Mt Tennant is considered by the Australian Mountain Running Association as a national and international platform for mountain runners. To put things into perspective, Mt Canobolas wasn't steep enough for an Australian Mountain championship event hence why those chose Mt Tennant as the venue. 


Kate Hobbs had to run straight up the mountain for the Junior Women's 6k, running a great time of 48.58 for her first run and was first home for NSW.  In the Open Mens 11 km, Nick and Ruairidh first had to run 2.5 km up and then 2.5 km down the mountain followed by a very tough 6 km run to the peak.  Ruairidh ran a gut wrenching time of 1:00.54 and Nick was not far behind in a solid time of 1:05.14.  Both Ruairidh (9th overall) and Nick finished top 10 club athletes in the Open Mens event which was an awesome result for the Club! Team NSW took the silver medal.  This is the first year we have had multiple UTS Norths athletes at an Australian Mountain Running Championship event.  Congratulations to these gutsy Norths Athletes on their awesome result. 


Results and photos by AMRA’s John Harding: