Vale Morris Warren

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Below is Bob Schickert’s tribute to Morris.

Morris initiated, and for many years did all the statistical work for, in my view, one of the best competition ideas that MAWA has. The road running championship idea from Morris commenced operation in 1987 and is still going strongly.  It was extended shortly after 1987 with a road walking championship and in more recent years short course events.

The annual starting date of early May brings the better distance running/walking weather for Sunday events in Perth and I have always looked forward to the commencement which is this year from Sunday May 1 at the Weir run.

The 10 K, 15 K and 25 K each two weeks apart provide a great build up to the marathon or a great challenge if members do not generally do the longer distances. They also provide strong  competition between the distances runners and walkers both male and female. The long road walking championship held with the road running events is now 5 K, 10 K and 15 K.

Morris and wife Margaret were race directors for the Joondalup run for some years. Originally with gravel and sandy paths through the bush and hills the course was more testing than the current event on the bitumen path.  I recall at one event being lost and coming across Frank Smith staggering out of the bush as he was also lost.

In recent years Morris and Margaret have not attended MAWA events due to declining health. For many years they were regulars.

Vale Bob Chalmers

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Athletics West is saddened to announce the passing of Life Member Robert ‘Bob’ Chalmers.

Bob was a stalwart of the athletics community in WA for more than 50 years and had been involved in the sport at every level. From being involved in Rockingham Little Athletics Centre’s formation to coaching future Olympians in High Jump, or officiating at National and International events; Bob’s enthusiasm, professionalism and passion was unrivalled.

Officiating at a number of significant events, Bob’s career included officiating at the Commonwealth Games, World Para Championships, World Masters Championships, Oceania Championships and numerous National and State Championships.

In recognition of his outstanding service, Bob received multiple awards for his volunteer work including the SportWest Service to Sport Award and induction into the Little Athletics Australia Roll of Excellence. Bob was also a recipient of the Australian Sports Award during the year 2000, as Sydney hosted the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Medal was awarded by the Australian Governor-General and recognised those whose efforts have made Australia a nation of sporting excellence.

“His bright and caring approach to the sport endeared him to people of all ages. Whether it was in the Fred Napier Room over a cup of tea or out on the field at the High Jump competition, Bob was always happy to be involved and often the first to arrive,” said Vince Del Prete, Athletics West CEO

“He went above and beyond to make sure athletes were well taken of, and I know that many in our community will have fond memories of him as a coach and official. We will miss his presence greatly and thank him for his outstanding service to our sport.”

To celebrate and acknowledge Bob’s life, Athletics West will be conducting a moment of silence at this weekend’s Australian Masters Games. 

On behalf of the Athletics West Board and the wider community, we would like to pass on our deepest condolences to Bob’s family and friends at this time. 

More information about the funeral service to celebrate the life of Robert ‘Bob’ Chalmers will be at a later date. 

10000m Track Handicap

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Congratulations to Rohan Thompson for a great effort last night, setting a new PB and taking the trophy just ahead of Zane Walsh and Paul Every.

See the results here.

New Sunday Runs

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Last year we asked members to come up with suggestions for new runs and as a result have introduced 3 new ones including the Star Swamp which has had rave reviews.

There is another opportunity now for members to come up with suggestions for the 2022/2023 programme. Any ideas to Richard please at r.blurton@iinet.net.au

Brisbane results

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There have been a few amendments since the original posts. Hopefully all correct now. Please let me know if not. Barbara

Nationals in Brisbane

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Results available on side bar and will be updated each day. Any omissions or errors please let Barbara know

2022 Handicap Trophy

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We are nearing the half way point of the 2022 Handicap Trophy, three events completed, and with only five events left, it still isn’t too late to participate.
To be eligible to win this coveted trophy, members need to complete at least five handicap events, and what a coincidence that we still have five events left.
The best finishing position of each member over five of the eight handicap events is then totalled and the member with the best aggregate finishing position is deemed the trophy winner.
With three events already completed, we have a tussle at the top of the leader board with Rohan Thompson (#1781) and David Adams (#1226) both with three impressive runs, while followed closely by Kim Thomas (#798) and Clare Wardle (#1255)
The rest of us are massed in a pack, just behind the leader board, ready to make our move, true, some of our moves may be backwards, but ready to make a move we are….

If you haven’t competed in a handicap run this season and plan to participate in the trophy, the first of the last five runs is the 10km Track Handicap event on Tuesday 12th April at Cannington ECAC commencing at 6.30pm.
Numbers are usually a bit ‘light’ when we run these track nights, but it is an ideal time to try something different, running at night on a track, and also with less competitors, it is an ideal opportunity to improve your trophy placing.
See you all there
Tristan

Minor changes to Road Programme

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Following the recent announcement of some minor changes the revised programme is now on the website.

Note that there was an error in the email sent out. The final event of the short RRC is 29th May not 22nd May. The Run for a Reason on 22nd May has been cancelled and replaced with a Group Jog.

Winter Road and Cross Country

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Dear MAWA Athlete,

What has been a long track and field season finally ends with the Australian Masters Games starting 23d April and we move into the Winter Road/Cross Country Season.

MAWA has some exciting events lined up for the next few months including some minor changes to the printed programme:

  • 12th June, 30th/31st July –  For those of you who love cross-country you can compete in both the club and state championships along with 3 other club events during winter.
  • 12 April – (Tuesday) The new date for the 10km Track Handicap which has been moved from 21 April – away from the weekend of the Australian Masters Games.  This event will be held at ECAC so is a great opportunity to experience running on the track. 
  • 24 April – Group Jog as the date of the Gallipoli Run has been delayed one week.
  • 1st May – Inaugural 10k Road Running Championships – a date which also marks the start of our signature 50k Road Championships and 30k Walk Championships
  • 1st May – The Gallipoli run has been moved by Athletics West to 1st May so unfortunately is a clash with our Kent St. Weir events on that day.
  • 8th, 15th and 29th May –  The short course Road and Walk championship options were requested by members but have been very poorly attended in the past.   If you are not up to 50k (10km, 15km & 25km) Road or 30km (5km, 10km & 15km) Walk have a go at the short course option of 5km for 3 weeks– more participation is needed.
  • July -The 10k Road Walking Championships will again be part of a judged WARWC event in July – date to be announced
  • 6th August – State 20k Walks Championships

Richard Blurton

President

April vetrun

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The April vetrun is now available. Head to the magazines tab to download the High or Low Res version.