Spectacular. Few other words could as succinctly capture the essence of the evening that saw the 2019 return of the Box Hill Classic on Thursday 7th Feb. Conditions could scarcely have been better and records dropped while PB’s were thrown around like confetti at a wedding.
Alastair Christy (21) and Russell Clowes (38) of the Human Performance Development RUN squad (#HPDevRUN) competed over the 3000m distance.
Surrounded by the warm glow of golden hour the gun reported promptly at 19:45 for the Box Hill Classic Men’s 3000m B race, kicking things off in 26°C with a cooling SSW breeze and a fast pace for the first few laps. In his second year of competitive Athletics, Alastair (21) aimed to start conservatively and come home strong in the last few laps of the race. Al ticked off laps in approximately 69, 69, 70, 70 and 71, before getting to work with 67, 66 and a final 200 in 32 to finish 10th of 18 and a 7.43s PB time of 8:32.67. Congratulations Al!
Russell Clowes (38) continued his recent good form by running his fastest 3K in over twenty years in the Box Hill Classic 2019 Men’s 3000m F race. By the time Russell toed the line at 21:41 conditions had cooled slightly to 24°C and the breeze had reduced to a near still 7kph Southerly; ideal for fast times, and fast it was early in the race with the tail runner clocking 77s for the first lap. Russell ran ~76.8, 79, 79.4, 80.5, 79.6, 81.6, 81.2 and a final 200 in 35.8 to cross the line in 9:53.9 and place 9th of 21. Great running Russell!
Be sure to check out AthsVic TV‘s coverage of Alastair’s race in the video below.
A full-time Sport Scientist and Coach, Mike has worked in these capacities with athletes from several sports at a range of levels from Amateur to State, National and International. His passion and main focus is Middle and Long Distance athletics and Cross-Country, in which he has worked for almost a decade. He gained much experience over several years under the mentorship of Richard Huggins, and was the Little Athletics Victoria (LAVic) Junior Development Squad’s Middle-Distance Coach between 2008-2012 and LAVic’s ALAC State Squad Middle Distance Coach 2010-2012. In 2008 he won the Australian Association for Exercise and Sports Scientists’ (AAESS, now known as ESSA) Student Academic Achievement and Contribution to Industry Award, and provides field-placement and mentoring to many final-year Sport Science students.
Other sports he has worked with extensively include Cycling, Triathlon, Powerlifting, Weightlifting, and Football (AFL and Soccer).
Formerly enlisted as a regular in the Army, he has also helped prepare candidates for entry tests in to the Military, Fire Brigade, and State and Federal Police Services.