Patron’s Trophy Result

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Thanks to Club Statistician Barbara Blurton for compiling the Patron’s Trophy points totals. Congratulations to David and Cathy. PT final scores

University of Newcastle shoe testing programme

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See correspondence below from the University of Newcastle:

Here at the University of Newcastle we are working hard to provide the running community with rigorous independent data on the safety and performance of commercially available running shoes.

Shoes tested in our program will be labelled with detailed information on how they affect injury rates and distance running performance (both during the transition period and once full adaptation has been achieved) as well as recommendations on which runners are likely to do well in these shoes and those runners who should avoid them.

To provide this detailed information, we require the support of the Australian running community. Currently we are seeking 1000 runners from across Australia to assist us in 2014. To help us distribute this information, would you be kind enough to please post the links below on your web and Facebook pages and distribute via your newsletter/email lists? I understand that some clubs do not have senior athletes but if you could please assist us to distribute this information to the broader running community via parents and siblings of these junior athletes it would be most appreciated.


To participate runners must:

•             Be aged 16+

•             Run at least 10km per week

•             Complete an online training diary once a week

•             Be prepared to be randomly allocated to test one of the 11 shoes listed

•             Pay for their test shoes at the University’s cost price (~40% below RRP)


We are currently testing 11 different running shoe models ranging from ultra-cushioned to barefoot varieties. We have no commercial relationship with manufacturers and to maintain our independence, provide this testing free of charge.

If you have any questions about our research program please do not hesitate to contact us.

Many thanks for your assistance

Dr Craig Richards

B.Med. B.Med.Sc.(Hons) FACRRM


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parkrun is a great institution offering regular 5k road races at a number of venues around Perth. It was set up here by MAWA member Jon Storey. A number of MAWA members regularly go to parkrun.

There is now a link on our website to parkrun. Take a look at their site

Missed result from OMA Champs

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Our apologies to Ed Wall, (M60), for missing him off the Bendigo results.

5000m 6th 20:33.09
8 k cross country 5th 34:43
1/2 marathon 2nd 1:31:33

AMA Championships – entries close 7th February

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Records set in 2013

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2013 was another great year for MAWA record-breakers, with 2 World and 15 Australian records in addition to the numerous State records.
Club statistician Barbara Blurton has compiled the 2013 list, and in each case included the previous record. Take a look. Records set in 2013

Electronic timing requirements for records

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Please be aware that for Masters World Records, electronic timing is now mandatory for all distances 800m and below, plus hurdles. A revised application form is now on the WMA website.

It is probable that this rule will also be adopted for Australian Masters Records

Perth Hills bushfire

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We know that a number of club members live in the area directly impacted by the recent devastating fire.

The club wishes them all well as they recover from the disaster. If members want to help there are a number of appeals, asking for both money and goods to be donated.

2014 State Championships entries now open

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Online entry to the State Championships is now open, and this is our preferred entry method. A paper entry form can be downloaded, but please allow plenty of time for the post. Please read the information note carefully as there are significant changes to the programme from previous years