3 August 2014
Milosevic and Delaney crowned
winners at historic 100th NSW Short Course Cross Country
The 100th NSW
Short Course Cross Country, first held on 4 August 1906, 108 years ago
tomorrow, was held in beautiful sunny and mild conditions yesterday at the
Upjohn Park venue in Rydalmere. The men’s
and women’s winners were relatively comfortable with Brad Milosevic (GIR) and Bridey
Delaney (STG) taking the titles.
Before the race, Bridey
Delaney considered how she would attack the race, but it did not eventuate.
found this course difficult last year, our race plan going in was to get a feel
of the course and field and find a point over the 5km to assert myself.
However, it just happened that from the start I found myself with an early
So what was she thinking after you found herself in
the lead so early.
“I was surprised I opened up a gap early on in the
race, from that point on I just kept running my own race remembering to give
respect to the difficulty of the course.”
It was a commanding performance from the reigning
national cross country champion.
“I felt pretty comfortable from the start also once
you get a break it just relaxes you, however I did feel I may have switched off
too much in the second lap which is always a danger when you have strong
competitors like Jenny and Miranda chasing.”
Delaney won by seven seconds in 17:50.
“Overall I am happy with my performance it is my
first state open cross country title and good hit out to work on building my
strength and fitness over the coming months.”
Sydney University filled the next three places with Jenny Blundell
second clocking 17:57, ahead of Miranda Middleton (18:10) and Emily
Ryan (18:18). The club also had another four in the top-30 for a total of
eight. In sixth place was a surprise return to the track by former very
talented athlete Lucy Starrat, who as a junior clocked 4:27 (1500m) and
The men’s race was left open with Ben Moreau (RBH) and James Nipperess
(SYU) both in Glasgow, but it provided an opportunity for Brad Milosevic
(GIR) to setup. Milosevic, had previously claimed state medals but not a title.
It was also ironic with Moreau and Nipperess out, another from the Ken Green
squad would take the title. It was also a milestone for Milosevic’s club Girraween
as it was the club’s first cross country, road or track distance title.
Milosevic didn’t have a set plan going into the race.
“It was one of those races you don't think too much
about. I've run there so many times it's a course where if you get a gap it's
hard to close down.
However Milosevic felt he had a good chance.
“Since I train with Roffy I knew how he was going and
I thought if I back my fitness I would have a shot of winning.”
The course was three laps over a 2.5km course and after
a conservative start, he held a comfortable lead to the finish clocking 23:26,
to win by 21 seconds.
“I felt good for the first few k's, but no one is
smiling on that third lap. I'm very happy with how it went. I've had some good
races lately so it's nice to keep that form leading into the city to surf next
There was history for Milosevic and his club.
“It was my first state open title and a first open
title for Girraween so I'm very happy and thankful for all the support.”
Second in the race was Milosevic’s training partner
and former winner Jeremy Roff (23:47),
ahead of a Sydney University duo Ben
Liddy (23:58) and Peter Costello
(24:04). Like the women’s race, there was depth from the Sydney University club
with eight in the top-30.
There was another strong showing from two juniors
graduating to the senior ranks with Ruiridh
MacDonald (UTN) fifth in 24:17 and Guy
Walters (MQH) sixth in 24:30.
David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall
for Athletics NSW
Image: Bridey Delaney winner of
the women’s race (Image courtesy of David Tarbotton