World X-Country '17

Richard Squires: World X-Country ’17

Richard Squires: World X-Country ’17


The IAAF World Cross Country is arguably the toughest race in the world and our massage therapist Richard Squires was there to help support the Australian team at this years championships held in Kampala, Uganda. 

In hot humid conditions, Patrick Tiernan starred for the Aussie team, finishing 13th in the men’s open race. Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor defended his World Cross Country title taking out the race in a time of 28:24. 

Tiernan’s 13th place ranks in the top-five all-time performers by an Australian in the men’s race.  Rob de Castella, Steve Moneghetti, Craig Mottram and Collis Birmingham are the only athletes to have finished higher. Tiernan will now turn his attention to the track, where he hopes to qualify in both the 5000m & 10,000m for the IAAF World Championships to held in London later on the year. 

Kenyan Irene Cheptai led a Kenyan top 6 in the Womens Open 10km race. Anna Kelly was the best place Aussie crossing the line in 31st place in a time of 35:20.

In the junior events, Amelia Mazza-Downie was the top placed Aussie in the girls race placing 35th. While, Kieran Tall led the boys in 48th place. 


Behind the scene action shots from Richard at the World Cross Country Championships …

Post race celebrations for the Australian junior women’s team


The carnage at the finish line of the Women’s Race



Australian Men’s & Women’s Junior Team


Richard with Aussie Stewart McSweyn (52nd)


Aussie – Sam McEntee 49th in the Men’s Race


The Australian Results at the 2017 IAAF World Cross Country Championships
Kampala, Uganda – 26 March 2017

Senior Men

Place Athlete Time
13 Patrick Tiernan 29:17
40 Jack Rayner 30:30
49 Sam McEntee 30:59
52 Stewart McSweyn 31:05
61 Liam Adams 31:27
Brett Robinson DNF
8/18 Australia 154


Senior Women

Place Athlete Time
31 Anna Kelly 35:20
56 Gemma Maini 36:54
62 Emily Ryan 37:12
77 Virginia Moloney 38:19
80 Lexy Gilmour 39:11
81 Bridey Delaney 39:51
14/16  Australia 226

U20 Men

Place Athlete Time
48 Kieren Tall 26:03
55 David Lean 26:24
65 Zach Facioni 26:48
66 Edward Trippas 26:50
68 Joshua Phillips 26:57
75 Callum McClusky 27:18
12/16 Australia 234

U20 Women

Place Athlete Time
35 Amelia Mazza-Downie 21:28
44 Lauren Ryan 21:56
67 Georgia Evans 22:35
73 Clio Ozanne-Jaques 22:53
77 Courtney Hopkins 23:03
13/16 Australia 219


Richard is an energetic Remedial Massage Therapist, with a Bachelor of Exercise Science. His passion for massage stems from a back injury he sustained through AFL football.

Richard has over 17 years of clinical experience and has worked in a variety of settings from health spas to sports clubs, and most recently with the Australian Olympic Track & Field team.