Border Striders

Nationals Day 3

Nationals Day #3–LYLA WILLIAMS #2 in AUSTRALIA!!!

OK, it was the 3000m WALK but, hey, she runs intervals with us 3-times a week so I’m claiming it (with due credit to race walk coaching maestro Robyn Wales). Lyla went in ranked #3 but clocked a brilliant PB 15.08 to clinch Silver! Looked more energetic than I’ve ever seen and stylistically faultless, earning just the one “red” for “tripping over water”. IOU “Cold Rock”. PB also to ELSA CHAN (Co-coach John Purcell) whose 12.06 in the World Junior 3000m Steeple Trial netted her a top 10.

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PIC–LYLA WILLIAMS celebrating her AJ silver post-race with jubilant Robyn Wales (right) and me agreeing with a sign.

Sydney Nationals Day 1/2


Caiden gave our Nationals campaign a flying start with his Silver medal in the U/14yr 1500m at Sydney Olympic Park.He slashed 6sec’s off his PB (4.23) and it took an Australian Record to snap his 2 year unbeaten streak. Caiden’s splits were1.04(!)/1.12/1.14/1.12 in securing his maiden national medal.

Addie, at 11 the youngest in the U/14yr girls 1500m, stunnedher 12 higher-ranked rivals with a blistering PB opening 400m(1.10) and leading through 900m!. Splits of 1.10/1.22/1.24 anda 1.21 close rewarded her with #3 (age) and a near-PB 4.55!!!

HOLLY-MAREE MATTHEW tuned up for her 800m with acreditable 5.04. I ended up $50 lighter for buying ’em dinner!!