Rhymney Reef

NEXT RACE (Sunday April 12th): For the first race of the season we’re off to Rhymney Cricket Ground for a 5km run. Following the race there’s a BBQ at the property of Andrew Reynolds.

Check out the updated calendar for future events.

Davis runs to beat rust

Former Moyston-Willaura footballer Mick Davis may not have had the skills of Dale Hurley or his speed but has followed in the Great Westerner’s footsteps by swapping his footy boots for running shoes and breaking through for his first win as a bona fide athlete at Rhymney last Sunday.

Hurley was not a starter at Rhymney but the two-time club champion has inspired Davis to realise that there is a sporting life after football.

After a string of near misses in 2013, Davis’s maiden success came at only his twelfth run with the Stawell and Ararat Cross Country Club and he did it in emphatic style. His margin of two ticks under two minutes over hardy perennial Jack Trounson may have been the widest in a five kilometre club event this century! Milliseconds back in third place was Ian McCready who completed an all-veterans trifecta.

While elated with his first-ever win in any kind of foot race, the 54-year-old Davis is confident he can do even better. He was always in a commanding position but a bout of dry retching, brought on by effort as he reached the top of the hill before the downward slide to the Pentlands Hill Road, cost him considerable ground.

“I had to slow down for at least 200 or 300 metres until I recovered so I know my times can improve,” he said. “I’m fortunate that I never had a serious injury as a footballer so I’m able to run without having any issues.”

Davis played 150 games and was President of the Moyston-Willaura Football – Netball Club for four years.

After ending his days as a footballer, Davis gave valuable service to the club, umpiring senior games and acting as a runner but could not give full focus to middle-distance club running until recently.

“These days I’m training three or four times a week over six to eight kilometres whereas before I would only commit to one or two runs a week.”

Davis began serious running at the persistent urgings of SAAAC President Neil Wilde.

“Neil had been at me for years to take up the running and I was always interested in doing that when the time was right,” he said. “At my age you either wear out or you rust so I’ve taken the first option because I think it’s healthier in the long run.”

Fastest time for the race was a scintillating 20.15 minutes recorded by 1999 Club Champion Paul Fenn who, after resettling in Ararat, returned as a member for the first time since the early 2000s.

The club takes charge of the Lindsay Kent Memorial Fun Run on Easter Sunday at Stawell Racecourse but is in Ararat the following Sunday for the five kilometre Ryan Family Handicap at Annies Lane.

Fun runners are welcome.

Welcome to Season 2014.

Welcome Letters, Registration Forms, Syllabus, Club Information and a list of Office Bearers are available on this website.

Please print and copy and fill in your Registration Form in advance to expedite processing.

If unable to download, hard copies will be available at all club runs.


We alert you to an important change in the Club Bylaws which follows:

5. To be eligible to participate in, or win the Aggregate Competition, or any Club Championship, the runner must be a financial member of the club, and have competed in at least 13 Aggregate club runs, up to, and including the last championship race in the year of competition.

You should all be conversant or have retained copies of the Club Bylaws, but if not they are available on request.

Note that a BYO BBQ follows our first event, the Greg Paterson –sponsored 5km Rhymney Reef Handicap, at the Rhymney Cricket Ground.

Host for the BBQ is the club’s Senior Vice President, Andrew Reynolds.

See you all Sunday


Rhymney Reef

NEXT RACE (Sunday April 13th): For the first race of the season we’re off to Rhymney Cricket Ground for a 5km run. Following the race there’s a BBQ at the property of Andrew Reynolds, the Club’s Senior Vice President.

Check out the updated calendar for future events.

Rhymney Reef 2012



Stawell teenager Nicholas Pridan thought that veteran club runner Keith Lofthouse was doing him a favour when he helped the youngster prepare for a solo marathon, running the Western Highway between Ararat and Stawell in blistering summer heat just six weeks ago.

But Keith acknowledged his protégés “priceless” assistance when he broke through for his first win with the club since July 2010 in the five kilometre Rhymney Reef Handicap.

“Nic came on the scene at exactly the right time for me,” Keith said, after finishing off the Greg Paterson sponsored race with a downhill sprint that put 36 seconds of daylight between himself and runner-up Neil Wilde.

“I had a disastrous 2011 though illness and injury which cost me about six weeks training and 300 kilometres on the road.

“I trained all through summer to make up for lost time, but when Nic came along I was stale and not enjoying my work.”

“Training him helped train me over a variety of courses, speeds and distances – and that he was able to raise over $3000 for Project: Water all by himself was just inspirational. It was probably the most fun I’ve had in many a pre-season.”

Nevertheless, the win at Rhymney caught the 63-year-old, in his 50th start with the club, completely by surprise.

“I didn’t set out to win, but I was fitter than I have been for two years and being the first race of the season I guess others weren’t quite as fit.

“Mind you, the last time I won a season opener was with the Victorian Cross Country League in Melbourne in 2003 and I haven’t won another race there since, so I hope that’s not an omen!”

The handicap race was a triumph for the veterans with the first four to finish – Lofthouse, Wilde, Peter Gibson and Jack Trounson notching up 1326 club runs between them!

“I’ve only contributed 50 of those,” Keith explained, “but I’ve had 180 runs with the Melbourne club, so I’ve done my bit in the big smoke.”

Seventeen-year-old Ash “the Dash” Cowen, who recorded fastest times over all distances other than 10 kilometres in the club’s 2011 season, again set a sparkling pace upfront and was too slick for a slimmed-down Jack Kelly to be first home in 18.39 minutes.



IN recognition of Nic Pridan’s marathon effort, the club presented him with a Certificate of Achievement at the L. W. Kent Memorial Fun Run on April 8.

The certificate entitles him to five years free membership and registration with the SACCC.

It was the first time in the club’s 44 year history that such an award had been made but President Neil Wilde said that his committee had no qualms about creating a precedent.

“It’s not every day that someone like Nicholas comes along and commits himself so wholeheartedly to a cause, and then runs 42 kilometres on a stinking hot day with a smile on his face,” Neil said.

“We as a running club recognise not only the physical sacrifice, but Nic’s sheer determination in raising as much money as he could for a charity that brings fresh drinking water to those deprived of it.”

Nicholas, 18, was speechless with surprise after receiving the award but later thanked the club for its support.

“I had no idea this was coming and was just overwhelmed to be greeted so warmly by such a big crowd at the fun run,” he said.