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Milosevic and Delaney crowned winners at historic 100th NSW Short Course Cross Country

Milosevic and Delaney crowned winners at historic 100th NSW Short Course Cross Country

Author: Athletics NSW Administrator/Sunday, 3 August 2014/Categories: News

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.

Having 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 break.”

 

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 9:29 (3000m).

 

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 Sunday.”

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

 

 

 

 
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