New Australian Record for Stewy

Stewart McSweyn has produced one of his finest performances on the world stage, winning the Dream Mile at the Oslo Diamond League meet in a new Australian (& Oceania) Record and world lead time of 3:48.37.

Stewart will make his Olympic debut in just four weeks’ time in Tokyo, and his lead up to the event could not be better.  In May he delivered a sensational 3:31.57 1500m at the Doha DL meet, which has him placed 3rd on the World rankings for 2021.  This morning’s race in Oslo is not only an all-time best by an Australian, it is the fastest time in the world since 2014 and one of the best times ever produced by any athlete, with Stewart now claiming 22nd position on the World Athletics All Time list.

Stewart set an Australian All Comers Record of 3:50.61 for the Mile in Penguin last December, just outside the previous national record of 3:48.98 which was set by Craig Mottram in 2005.  

Under the guidance of master coach Nic Bideau, Stewart qualified for three events at the Tokyo Olympics, the 1500m, 5000m and 10000m, and was rewarded for his incredible results when he was named the Australian Athlete of the Year (able-bodied) by Athletics Australia in April.

Stewart’s Personal Bests

1500m                  3:30.51 (Australian Record)

Mile                       3:48.37 (Australian/Oceania Record)

3000m                   7:28.02 (Australian/Oceania Record)

5000m                   13:05.23 (second fastest Australian all time)

10000m                27:23.80 (second fastest Australian all time)

State Record for Raph

Raph Corney has set a new Tasmanian Pole Vault record at the Western Australia Country Championships Invitational Pole Vault.

In a high quality field featuring Liz Parnov, Lauren Hyde-Cooling, Kurtis Marshall and Angus Armstrong, Raph cleared a milestone mark of 4:00m to take out the Women’s event. Raph headed to WA on Monday after being invited to train at the Western Australian Institute of Sport, where she has caught up with her Tasmanian Coach James Fitzpatrick who is now based at the WAIS.

Raph will continue training with James throughout the coming week before lining up at the Perth Interclub meet on Friday night.

Congrats to both Raph & Coach James 💥💥💥#littlebitofspark

PS – how good does the new kit look! 🤩🤩🤩

Tas Combined Event & 10000m Champs Results

RESULTS for the Tasmanian Combined Events & 10000m Championships are now available.

Geoff Gibbons took out the Men’s Open Combined event, Andrew Bonsey victorious in the Masters M40 event, talented junior Amy Wiggins finishing third in the U18 event. The athletes dealt with some challenging conditions across the two days of competition, with strong winds hindering performances on day 1, before the heat took over on the second day.

The club was well represented in the 10000m Champs, with Nick Earl, Thomas Murton and Pat Smith lining up on the start line. Pat Smith, kitted out in the new UTAS comp gear had pacing duties on the day, though he looked strong enough at the 5km mark to give those watching a sense he was there to race. Master of the Marathon Nick Earl proved too strong for talented Newstead youngster Sam Clifford, with Tom Murton finishing fourth.

Congrats to all competitors. Link to the 10000m photos on our Facebook page.

Tas Road Champs Results

The Tasmanian Road Championships were held on conjunction with the Launceston Running Festival. Congrats to all athletes who took part in the event, especially our UTAS members who produced a heap of personal bests on the new, super quick course.

Men Open 10km
3rdThomas Murton30:51
4thSamuel Field (FSU31:09
5thHarvey Chilcott31:13
7thBailey Murzecki-Hince31:19
12thAli Foot33:43
14thEvan Brett33:58
20thShaun Batten36:59
23rdCorey Stanley38:41
26thKeegan Popowski39:19
29thHayden Bishop39:54
34thPatrick Harrison42:11
Men O40 10km
2ndShaun Batten36:59
Men U16 5km
2ndIsaac Bonsey16:08
3rdJai Eccles17:03
4thLachlan Fox17:15
Women Open 10km
2ndOrla Timmins35:55
9thAgnes Sakina53:51
Women U18 5km
1stNatasha Bonsey38:36
Women U14 5km
3rdAleiah Yanock-Sebastian29:13

Full results for the Tasmanian Road Championships can be found HERE

Results for all Tasmanian Running Festival Events can be found HERE

Caleb climbs to #1

CALEB KIRKPATRICK has ended 2020 on a high, climbing to the top of the Australian Rankings in the U17 Hammer Throw.

It was just two short years ago Caleb picked up a Hammer for the first time. Having his first competition in February 2019, Caleb recorded a throw of 23m with the U16 4kg implement. Fast forward to December, and Caleb ended 2019 with a best of 55.61m under guidance of coaches Evan & Huw Peacock.

With the new year came an increase in implement weight, with Caleb moving from the 4kg Hammer to the U18 weight of 5kg. Despite the challenges 2020 has delivered, Caleb has maintained his commitment to training and his improved results throughout the year have been a deserved reward.

Caleb opened 2020 with a throw of 41.99m with the 5kg implement, and despite the cancellation of the Australian Junior Championships, Caleb’s dedication to training has seen his results steadily improve throughout the year.

The Tasmanian All Schools in October was the first State meet of the season, and Caleb delivered a personal best of 56.32m, exceeding his best distance with the lighter 4kg implement. With the Australian All Schools cancelled due to COVID, Caleb’s has had to be satisfied with local competition to end 2020, competing against his coach Huw Peacock for bragging rights about who throws the furthest with their respective weights at local interclub meets. The final Hammer competition for 2020 was held at the Hobart Interclub meet on the 6th December, when Caleb ended the year on a high, throwing a new personal best of 57.95m, making him the number 1 ranked Hammer thrower in Australia in the U17 age group. Congratulations Caleb!