- Created: Sunday, 29 December 2013 18:40
- Written by Inside Athletics
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We saw in the new year at Falls Creek, where the nation's distance runners make their annual pilgrimage in search of modest altitude and hard training. Here Melissa Duncan completes an interval session on New Year's Day.
World Cross Country Trials
Nicholas Brown from iconicphotography.net was on hand to cover all of the action of the Australian trial for the World Cross Country Championships. Collis Birmingham took out the men's race to book his place onto his fifth World Cross Country team.
Hunter Track Classic
Olympic silver medallist Mitch Watt had a lacklustre domestic season that saw him compete infrequently and inconsistently. At the Hunter Track Classic he competed off a shortened run up and won with a 7.54m leap, and also took out the rarely contested standing long jump with a jump of 3.32m.
Athletics Victoria Shield Final
Decathlete Steven Cain was a prolific point scorer for St Kevins Athletics Club as they took out the men's title at the AV Shield Final.
Briggs Athletics Classic
Chris Lew was on hand to capture the quality pacemaking from Ryan Gregson in the 5000m, which led Ballarat Project team mates Collis Birmingham and Brett Robinson to world championship qualifying standards. Gregson was also rewarded for finishing off the race, recording a personal best.
Chris Lew snapped all of the action of the NSW Championships at Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre, including the 200m/400m double of Anneliese Rubie.
Blake Lucas cleared 5.10m to win the pole vault at the Victorian Championships held at Lakeside Stadium.
Brisbane Track Classic
Joshua Ralph dons the Athletes Australia singlet during the 4x400m relay. The Athletes Australia Facebook page establishes itself during the year as one of the most popular online presences for Australian athletics.
Sydney Track Classic
Nick Willis beat home Ryan Gregson in a fast 1500m at the Sydney Track Classic. Willis' 3:35 was a world championships qualifier and was set up by the selfless running of the versatile Collis Birmingham.
Stawell Gift Media Call
Former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell and national 100m champion Josh Ross complete a media call for the Stawell Gift (coincidentally, both are banned from competition for failing doping procedures: Powell overtly, and Ross by missing three drug tests). Powell would injure himself in the heats of the Gift, which also forced him out of the following week's Melbourne Track Classic.
The runner Athletes Australia dubbed their Darkhorse of the Year, Cameron Page, was the upset winner of the men's 5000m, defeating Olympian Ben St Lawrence.
Runners took over the speedway at the Sandown Relays during the Athletics Victoria XCR'13 season.
NSW Cross Country Relay Championships
Athletics NSW's largest winter event, the NSW Cross Country Relays, were held at their traditional venue at Miranda Park. All of the surrounding landscape drains to the park, leaving muddy conditions for the athletes to contend with.
Chris Lew braved the elements to capture the anguish on the face of athletes after they scaled climb of Awaba St, Mosman during the Balmoral Burn. World Championships 4x400m relay squad member Joshua Ralph took out the event.
Victorian Cross Country Championships
Steve Kelly powered away from a strong field including Liam Adams, Craig Mottram and Lee Troop to win the Victorian Cross Country title at Bundoora Park.
NSW Cross Country Championships
The infamously difficult Willandra course near Nowra underwent a redesign that removed the steepest hill, but it was still an arduous task for runners at the NSW Cross Country Championships. Former top junior athlete Chloe Tighe won the women's race after a number of years off racing due to injury, while Ben Moreau, who dominated the winter action in NSW, won the men's title.
Part 2 of the year in review is here