20 Nov 2014
Woodstock’s Bronwyn Hager lowers 15-year-old best
One of the inspiring stories to emerge from the NSW 3000m Championships was the performance of Bronwyn Hager of Woodstock Runners.
As a teenager Hager competed for Asics Wests in Athletics NSW championships. In 1999 she clocked 10:45 for 3000m in the under-16 State Championships.
“I then stopped for a few years after school,” Hager said.
But her love for the sport saw her return a few years later.
“I started back running fun runs and the City to Surf.”
But her competitive nature was still present.
“I would sometimes say, ‘I could run a sub-90 half marathon or sub-40 10k.’ But I’d never do it, so it was time to put my money where my mouth is and do it. A year ago I thought ‘come on see what you can do.’ “
She stepped it up and the results have been evident, placing second in the 2014 NSW Marathon Championship and then her performance at the recent NSW 3000 metres championships where her goal was to lower her now 15-year-old 3000m personal best.
Running in the B race, she placed fourth in 10:26.41 and smashed that old personal best.
Hager is just one success story of the Burwood-based Woodstock runners. Launched in 1980 they now have more than 160 registered members and regularly have 40 at each of the four training sessions held every week. The group meets for a Tuesday night road run, track sessions on Monday and Thursday nights (at Balmain and Canterbury respectively) and a Saturday morning run around the beautiful Drummoyne Bay Run. The club has 20 Level 1 coaches and a busy committee organising events and social gatherings.
“The club has a good atmosphere where everybody is supportive of each other,” said Hager who works in the communication area at Strathfield Council.
“There are some competitive athletes who are trying to achieve some goals in major events.”
For more information visit the club website www.woodstockrunners.org.au/
David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletics NSW
Image: Bronwyn Hager contests the B race of the NSW 3000m Championship (courtesy of David Tarbotton)