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Ipswich Mile Gift worth $5000 on Saturday 7th May IQT_05-05-2011_SPORT_07_MY0910HC_t325
Last year’s Ipswich Mile Gift winner Craig Sadler
displays the determination needed to win Saturday’s
testing event on the Bundamba sand track.

Fantastic field eyes $5000 gift
By David Lems
Queensland Times
5th May 2011

FIRST-year victor Steve Minns concedes picking the winner of Saturday’s QT Ipswich Mile Gift is like coming up with the million dollar numbers in Lotto.

Such is the improvement in the Ipswich field each year that nominating a favourite is almost impossible under the handicap conditions.

However, Minns believes Ipswich prospect Glen Yarham has every chance of breaking the backmarker’s hoodoo in the sixth annual foot race on the tricky sand track at Ipswich Turf Club.

Collingwood Park-based Yarham recently returned from finishing a pleasing 41st at the world under-20 cross country championships in Spain.

Yarham starts as backmarker – with a handicap of 70m – in Saturday’s Ipswich Hospital Foundation-supported main race at Bundamba.

“It’s good for a young kid like that to see how he goes on his first run on the sand track,” said Minns, who won the inaugural Gift in 2006.

“Glen has got a bit of speed and with his cross country form there’s no reason why he couldn’t go through that pack.”

Minns, who is secretary of the Queensland Athletic League, has supported the Ipswich Mile Gift every year after running the first two. He will call Saturday’s race.

While Yarham has the pedigree to win the latest $5000 race, Minns said seasoned athletes like Peter Brock, Michael Payne, Shane George and last year’s winner Glen Sadler could figure again.

Brock was a bronze medallist at the Queensland 1500m championships and trains with 2009 Gift winner Neil Labinsky.

Ipswich Grammar School runner Payne has experience on the track, having competed previously in the Junior Gift.

Payne is heading to the world schools track championships in June.

George won the Ipswich Gift in 2007 and showed excellent recent form, finishing second at the recent Australian Masters championships.

Sadler faces a tough test off a handicap of 230m.

“No one has ever won it twice yet,” Minns said.

Minns rates this year’s Gift field even more intriguing, having attracted its first international competitors in Dutch athlete Esther Vermue and Papua New Guinea runners Kipsy Bisamo and Salome Dell.

Vermue has competed around the world, including in the United States last year.

Unknown short distance competitor Bisamo recently won the Queensland 10km Championship.

Dell is a PNG Commonwealth Games representative who came second in the women’s Queensland 1500m championships.

“Vermue could be the first female winner,” Minns said.

However, Minns said the key for athletes near the backmarker was breaking through the mental barrier of having to catch those with better handicaps.

“They’ve got to run hard from the start and make sure that they don’t get frightened by the field in front of them,” he said.

“Some of the backmarkers previously haven’t really coped with the conditions. These guys have to go hard at the start or they get too far behind.

“On this track there is no hiding, because your legs go on the sand.”

Saturday’s senior race is set down for about 3.15pm, depending on the horse racing program.

The junior race, at about 2.45pm, features a promising field of 11 starters.


Check out the event website for more information.

Ipswich One Mile Gift Raceday

Date: Saturday 7th May 2011

Time: 11:00am Gates Open (approx)
2:45pm Junior Mile Gift (approx)
3:15pm Open Mile Gift (approx)

Prices: Junior Mile Gift - Non - Members: $5 - Members: $5
Open Mile Gift - Non - Members: $28 - Members: $15

Prizes: Junior Mile Gift - $500 Prize Pool
Open Mile Gift - $5000 Prize Pool

Location: Ipswich Turf Club - Bundamba
The Ipswich One Mile Gift will be conducted on the sand track in the centre of the race track and
will be able to be seen from the grand stand and VIP function areas. Sections of the race will
also be broadcasted on the TV screens around the Turf Club. Free entry into the Turf Club for
participants and families.

About the Event
This Saturday race meet is held at the Ipswich Turf Club during the Winter Racing Carnival. The Ipswich One Mile Gift Race Day aims to highlight the best of both two legged and four legged participants in South East Queensland, all in pursuit of Ipswich Becoming the Healthiest Community in Australia. Featuring horse racing, foot racing, entertainment and fine hospitality, the Ipswich One Mile Gift Raceday is becoming on of the hottest days on the social and athletic calendar of the year!

Qld Athletics League (with the assistance of Ipswich Athletics) is set to manage the set up, handicapping, nominations and all activity on the day. There are two running events - and Open and a Junior category. The Open event attracts elite runners from throughout the State and beyond, the Junior event has majority of its entrants from local secondary schools and colleges, encouraging both adults and the youth of Ipswich to be active and live a healthy life!



Ipswich Mile Gift worth $5000 on Saturday 7th May IQT_09-05-2011_SPORT_07_FOOT07B_t325
Ipswich & District Athletics Club competitor Glen Yarham
works hard to keep his lead over the final stages of Saturday’s
foot race at the Ipswich Turf Club.

Uni student passes big test
By David Lems
Queensland Times
9th May 2011

WHEN you’re a university student like Glen Yarham, every dollar makes a difference.

But when you train as hard as Yarham does, you deserve every financial reward.

That was the case at the Ipswich Turf Club on Saturday when Yarham completed a wonderful winning double for the city.

After Ipswich Little Athletics Centre competitor Madeline McGuire won the latest Ipswich Mile Junior Gift, Yarham created history by dominating the main race – the QT Ipswich Mile Gift.

Both Ipswich runners were backmarkers, meaning they had to overtake every other competitor in their respective fields to win.

It was the first time in the annual Ipswich Hospital Foundation-supported event that a backmarker won.

“It was a really hard race actually,” Yarham said after clinging to victory.

“The spikes kind of ripped up the sand a bit. It was pretty gruelling actually.”

Although tiring at the end, Yarham displayed his athletic pedigree by perfectly pacing his dash to the line.

“I was pretty stuffed but about 50 out, I still had a couple of metres up my sleeve,” he said.

Having recently returned from representing Australia at the world under-20 cross country titles in Spain, Yarham said his hard work was paying off.

“The strange work you do for cross country definitely helps you in these races,” the focused Collingwood Park-based runner said.

“You get 800m runners and you just run over the top of them, so it’s good.

“I had four easy weeks off (after competing in Spain) so this is my first race back this season. It gives me a lot of confidence to move on.”

Yarham, 18, saluted the air in victory after crossing the line to collect the $3000 first place prize.

“With training and uni, it’s hard to work so this gives me a good three to four months buffer,” he said. “I’ll keep training, keep doing uni.”

Yarham was delighted with his achievement, especially in his home city.

“It’s a great race in Ipswich, one of the biggest with Park2Park,” he said.

“There were some nationals (elite Australian runners) in the field and we also had those Papua New Guinea girls as well.

“It was a quality field so I’m very happy.”

Second placegetter was Luke Fainges, who started off a handicap of 135m.

Regular event supporter Andrew Barrelet was third (off 105m).

One of the proudest people was long-serving Ipswich club coach Vic Pascoe, who has helped both distance runners improve their sprinting.

“They both done a wonderful job today. The two red colours (backmarkers) came flying through,” Pascoe said.

“They are doing some very hard work. They are really putting the kilometres in.”

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