Congratulations to Human Performance Development athletes Shane Grund (37) and Russell Clowes (39) on placing Second and Third in the 2019 Australian Masters Athletics 5000m National Championships (Men 35-39).
After a fast start, Shane Grund (37) and Tim Norton (35) traded places several times throughout the race before Shane crossed the line in 15:26.02, a three-second Personal Best and a mere 1.39 seconds behind race winner Tim.
Russell Clowes (39) took a whopping 1:09 off his former PB to break both the eighteen and seventeen-minute barriers in one go, finishing in 16:54.23 for third in the 35-39 Age Category and Sixth overall.
In the words of Shane and Russell:
“I was happy with the race, it went to plan; I pushed the pace out hard to give myself the best chance of avoiding a sprint finish. Unfortunately, Tim was just too strong and out-kicked me in the final 200m. I’m satisfied I walked away with a silver medal and a new PB time of 15:26.”
– Shane Grund
“Between this and my 800 win, I’m most pleased with this. I wasn’t confident going as I’ve never really focused on the 5000m and haven’t been doing any specific training for it. To take about 1:09 off my PB, break 18:00 and 17:00 minutes for the first time and finish third is well beyond my expectations.”
– Russell Clowes
Shane only took up running about six years ago and after three years of hard work reached around seventeen minutes for the 5K and mid thirty-four minutes for 10K. Shane joined our squad in 2017 where we worked together on biomechanics and changed his training up to better manage residual achilles and calf issues from his many years as a badminton player. Since then he has gone from strength to strength.
Russell has been involved in Aussie Rules football and Track and Field as a decathlete for most of his life, both of which have left him with a lengthy list of injuries including a bulging disc, osteitis pubis, dual shoulder reconstructions, several broken bones, and many stress fractures and muscular tears. When Russell joined our squad in April 2018 he was barely able to handle 20-25K per week in volume and had been unable to string more than two-to-three months together for many years. We worked together on biomechanics, a complete overhaul of his running program, and developed a strength and conditioning program to address weaknesses. Over the past year, he has broken nearly every lifetime personal-best.
Be sure to check out the race in the video, below: