World champs qualifier in sight for former ‘Oregon Duck’ Zoe Buckman

University of Oregon student athlete alumni Zoe Buckman returns to Eugene (USA) with the 2015 world championships 1500m qualifying time of 4:06.50 in her sights at this weekend’s Prefontaine Classic.

26-year-old Buckman will be joined by Victorian based athletes Collis Birmingham & David McNeill (5000m), Ryan Gregson (mile) and Kathryn Mitchell (javelin) at ‘track town’, the home of US track and field.

“I am aiming to qualify for Beijing. I don’t really know what to expect from the race, but I think I’ve got a good shot. I’m going to get out and compete like I know I can then see what happens,” Buckman said.

And, the 2012 London Olympian is focused on replicating her Moscow 2013 world championships success and making the final in Beijing this August.

“I definitely want to reproduce another great performance in Beijing. Last year I put a lot of pressure on myself after Moscow the year before and I think I let that get on top of me. This year I’m just focused on doing my best and enjoying it. A bit of luck is always needed for it to come together on the day, but, my determination is there.

The three-time national champion suffered a calf injury during the Australian Athletics Tour and this weekend’s race in Eugene will be her first major hit out for 2015.

The setback forced Buckman to withdraw from the IAAF World Relays, an event at which she won bronze in 2014, but, a training block at altitude has ensured her return to good shape.

“After the Nationals I had to spend some time in the pool because I had a calf strain. Fortunately I was back running in time to head to Laguna towards the end of May, which was the perfect place to recapture my fitness. I’ve now completed a five week stint at altitude and I am excited to get out and race again,” Buckman said.

“I decided to miss the World Relays as I felt that my form wasn’t back up to scratch after missing that bit of training when recovering. It did help to have a few more days to get going in my training block and focus on getting fit enough to qualify (for World Championships).”

May 29-30: IAAF Diamond League (Round 3) – Eugene (USA)
800m: Selma Kajan
1500m: Zoe Buckman
Mile: Ryan Gregson
5000m: Collis Birmingham, David McNeill
Javelin: Kathryn Mitchell

For more information on the IAAF Diamond League, including entry lists and event timetables, please click here.

David Brock driven by the number 8100

Words courtesy of The Running Review – James Sullivan – http://www.therunningreview.com

James Sullivan has been chatting with the current Australian Decathlon Champion, and rising star David Brock, who will compete at the World University Games in Korea this July.

David Brock is a multi-event athlete from Melbourne, Australia, who competes predominately in the decathlon. Having claimed the national title as a junior in 2013, he won his first senior Australian Championship gold medal, with victory in Brisbane in March of this year, amassing a personal best total score of 7733 points in the process. He has since been selected to represent Australia at the World University Games in Korea this July.

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David Brock in high jump action for his club Athletics Nunawading

James: Thank you for taking the time to talk to The Running Review. So to begin, how did you first get involved in athletics?

David: My grandfather, John Murray, was a middle distance runner during the time of the Australian middle distance greats of Ron Clarke and John Landy, so athletics was pretty much a necessity when I was growing up. I also have three older brothers who I looked up to and always wanted to be better than, and ever since they started athletics I was at the athletics track watching and wanting to join. I had a great group of friends who went through Little Athletics with me, which made me want to continue competing, so that I could hang out with them every week.

James: Did you have a particular athletics idol growing up?

David: Not particularly, but my grandfather was a big influence. I grew up hearing stories from everyone who knew him about how great a runner he was and how he got so close to competing at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, and I always thought how great it would be if people who know me now would speak of me so fondly when I have children and grandchildren. So I guess Grandad would have been my idol.

James: How did you get involved in multi-eventing? When did you realise that your future in the sport would be in the decathlon?

David: When I was younger, I did every sport that I could and enjoyed almost all of them. When I got into high school I realised that I would soon have to choose a sport that I enjoyed the most and could hopefully have a good career in. I won my first national junior medal in 2010 and that was the turning point, where I realised that I wanted to choose athletics.

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Selected to represent Australia at the 2015 World University Games later this summer

The odd combination of high jump and javelin as my two best events sparked interest in one of the local coaches who started training me more for the sprints and suggested that I have a go at the U16 state Heptathlon, where I won my first state multi-event title. I continued competing as a high jumper and a multi-event athlete and eventually diverged into a “pure” multi-eventer if you can call it that.

James: What would you describe as your strongest discipline? Which do you feel needs the most improvement?

David: The high jump would be my strongest discipline, but I get the most points in my long jump. My javelin needs the most improvement. I have had a lot of small injuries that have made my javelin training disjointed over the years, meaning I have not really improved much since under-17s

James: You recently claimed your first senior Australian National title in April. Can you put that experience into words?

David: Relief and joy. I was in a good position to contend for the gold last year but was let down by my discus and hurdles on day two. I was in a similar position this year but held my nerve and ended up getting personal bests in both of those events, which shows to me that I can still do anything.

James: You’ve been selected to represent Australia at the World University Games in Korea later this year. What are your goals for this competition?

David: The ultimate goal for the competition would be to get the Olympic Games qualifier of 8100. But to break 8000 points would be awesome as well.

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In 100m action at the 2015 Australian Championships in Brisbane

James: Looking further ahead, what are you targets over the coming few years?

David: I will give the Rio qualifier a good crack next year, but I would love to compete in my home country in 2018 at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

James: Can you give an insight into the training of an elite decathlete? During the winter, what would an average week of training look like? How does this change come the Australian championship season in February to April? How do you combine so many different disciplines into a training week?

David: It’s tough. That pretty much sums it up. It’s difficult to fit every event into the week of sessions, as well as strength and conditioning during the winter, because the sessions go for longer and you often get stuck at the track for 4+ hours. Most of winter is spent in the gym doing the strength and conditioning, trying to get a good base for the summer season ahead. The track sessions involve lots more numbers to try to get lots of kilometres into your legs before you try to push them over the top in summer. The field sessions are similar to the track, lots and lots of numbers, 100’s of throws each session with heavier weights; the 9-12kg shot puts, the 2.5-3.5kg metal plates for discus, and the 3-4 kg short hammers for discus as well. All of this is done to strengthen the body before lightening the load in summer and starting to run fast/throw far/jump high/ jump far.

Combining all 10 events into a week is a balancing act. You are trying to improve as much as you can in each event by training for them, but also trying not to overload your body by training too much every day. When I can, I try to train around midday for my running and jumping, and then back it up with some throws later in the afternoon after a bit of rest and refueling. Rest days are important. I usually only have a rest day once a fortnight, but if I feel like my body needs it, I will rest. You are better off resting and training well the rest of the week than not resting and struggling for the whole week.

The average winter week would involve 3 weights sessions, 2-3 throwing sessions, 2-3 running sessions (lactic or speed and every fortnight a longer run), 1-2 jumping sessions and a pole vault session. This is what I can fit in alongside my university commitments, but I would like to add another pole vault session in there and even a gymnastics or pilates session as well. In summer I drop a weights session and pick up what I feel like I need to do the most, plus a bit more rest so I can train at a higher level.

James: Many multi-eventers admit to not training specifically for the final event on the programme, the 1500m. Do you do any specific sessions for the metric mile? Why is this discipline usually overlooked in training by many decathletes?

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David Brock

David: I will sometimes do blocks of a couple of months where I will do some 1500 training every Sunday. It usually involves 2-4 800m reps or some 1-1.2k time trials to try and find a comfortable rhythm. It is usually overlooked because of the fact it has such little correlation to the other 9 events. For example, if you improve your 100m time, you will most likely see improvements in your 400m, long jump, high jump, pole vault, hurdles and javelin. Whereas if you improve your 1500m, you might only see minor improvements in your 400m and that would be all. The decathlon is predominantly a power event.

James: How important is strength work for a decathlete and how much emphasis do you put on it? What specific strength exercises do you incorporate into your training?

David: Strength training is crucial. Your strength training is the base in which you develop your technical training. Most of my strength training is powerlifting. I do snatches, cleans, bench, incline bench, squats, push press and other various supplementary exercises. Core exercises and plyometrics are also included.

James: There’s no doubt that a decathlon is extremely demanding on the human body. What is your post competition routine? What do you do specifically to recover?

David: After a decathlon, I will do my proper warm down of a lap and some stretches followed by an 8 minute ice bath which lowers my temperature and helps to reduce excessive inflammation in my muscles and joints. When I get back to where I am staying, I put on my compression tights and do some self-massage to increase blood flow to my muscles to allow the necessary healing to occur. It is very important to make sure that you mobilise your body after two long days of intense competition. You want your body to be pumping fresh blood all around your body as best as it can. If you sit down and do nothing for the days after a decathlon, your blood will just pool in your body and your muscles will not get the right amount of nutrients that they need to recover completely and quickly.

James: The decathlon is well known for its unique camaraderie among competitors. Can you describe what this is like? Have you made many friends through direct competition?

David: I feel as though no matter what happens out on the track, the fact that you have shared such an intense period of time with each other and that you know what everyone is going through, you will always end up as friends. Everyone shares an incredible amount of respect for each other. It’s hard not to become friends, especially since you share such similar lifestyles, so you tend to have a lot in common. And to be honest, all decathletes just seem to be great blokes. I don’t think you can get too far in the decathlon if you are a dick. You will just have a bad time during the competition and your performances will suffer.

James: There are some who argue that the world’s best decathlete is by default the world’s best track and field athlete. Would you agree with this?

David: Yes. You hear of many multi-event athletes trying their luck in the individual events and show great success due to their ability to learn and commit to large amounts of training. Whereas many individual event athletes try to make the conversion to the multi-events and struggle to fit everything in without getting injured or neglecting certain disciplines.

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Competing in the discus throw

James: You compete regularly in the AV Shield, Victoria’s primary inter-club competition, which caters for every athlete regardless of age or standard. How important has this competition been with regards broadening the appeal of track and field and getting more of the average Joe’s involved in the sport? Going forward, how can this appeal be increased?

David: The weekly shield competitions are awesome. It’s a great place to meet people, make friends, get fit and healthy, improve your fitness for other sports, and to test yourself against people of a similar standard to you. It would be great if there was a bit more advertising for the sport so that more people would become interested.

James: Like many decathletes, you compete throughout the entire Australian season, from October until April, unlike many of the leading athletes in single event disciplines. How do you treat competition in the early part of the season?

David: The early part of the season is more like training. It’s good to be able to see where you are at in your training at that stage. Lots of my field events are off shorter run ups so the body is not put under too much stress. The only problem for decathletes competing in the weekly competitions is that the programmes are poorly set out. There are 8 decathlon events scheduled for one week and only 2 in the next week. It would be good if they were more spread out.

James: Do you feel athletics in Australia gets its fair share of funding or can more be done to help the sport develop? How do you support yourself financially?

David: I’m not entirely sure how much AA receives in funding but I’m sure if more money was to be pumped into the elite athletes and the advertising of the sport, the sport would greatly benefit. It has been done in other countries where the funding has been increased and the number of athletes winning medals at big championships greatly increased.

Supporting myself is always difficult as not many jobs like the look of my availability due to training and university commitments. So most of my money comes from coaching at schools and doing any gardening work that I can fit in around my neighbourhood. But that doesn’t cover too much, mainly petrol and training costs. When the big competitions come around I usually rely on a bit of help from my parents. Although this year the costs required for me to be able to travel to the World University Games in Korea are proving a bit tougher to achieve. I have set up a GoFundMe page to see if any friends or family could help and am about halfway to the amount that I need to reach (http://www.gofundme.com/davidbrockgwangju).

James: When not competing, do you enjoy watching athletics? What current athlete do you like watching the most?

David: I love watching athletics. I think it is one of the most exciting sports to watch. I am really enjoying the battle between the two champions in the high jump at the moment, Bondarenko and Barshim. I don’t think it will be too long before Javier Sotomayor’s world record of 2.45m will be broken.

James: That’s great David. Thank you for your time and the very best of luck in Korea and beyond.

David: Thanks

XCR leading lady Sinead Diver Beijing bound

XCR leading lady and  mother-of-two Sinead Diver will make her debut for the Australian Flame at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China this August..

One of three women named to compete in the marathon, the 38-year-old will be joined by Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games representatives Sarah Klein and Melanie Panayiotou (QLD).

“I am so unbelievably excited and proud to represent Australia at the World Champs. A few years ago this is something I wouldn’t even have dreamed about so it’s all very surreal at the moment,” Diver said.

“My family are absolutely ecstatic about the news and they are so proud of me. The boys are a bit young to fully comprehend what’s going on but they’re loving all the excitement. Without the support of my husband and sister, juggling the demands of work, running and family would be so much harder so this is in many ways a team effort. We are hopeful that all the family can be in Beijing and enjoy the experience firsthand.”

Diver has only committed to her running in recent years, rapidly rising through the ranks under coach Tim Crosbie to win the silver medal at the Victorian Marathon Championships and set a personal best of 1:14:25 in the half marathon on the Gold Coast last year.

“Running has only become a big part of my life in the last six years or so. It’s been a whirlwind journey and I’ve been very fortunate to have such amazing guidance and support to help me get to this level of competition in a relatively short space of time. Like many mature women, I entered the sport just to keep fit so it proves how accessible running is to the general population and the fact that not being a junior champion doesn’t mean you can’t one day go on to compete at the highest level,” Diver said.

“Rio is definitely the next goal after Beijing. The competition just to make the Australian Olympic Team will be fierce, so I’m hopeful the Beijing experience will help me gain knowledge of the international stage and understand not only what it takes to make a team, but then perform at the highest possible level.”

Coached by Dick Telford, Panayiotou last month ran a personal best of 2:34.35 to place 5th in a marathon held in Rotterdam, Netherlands. This performance follows her 8th place on Australian Flame debut at the Commonwealth Games last year and a bronze medal at the Melbourne Marathon the year previous.

Klein ran quicker than she ever has before, 1:16:02, to place third in the Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon last weekend. Her marathon career best of 2:35:21 was set in Glasgow, Scotland last year, with her trophy cabinet also boasting success across 5000m at the Victorian State Championships in 2013 and a gold medal in the ACT 10km Road Running Championships last year.

The 2015 IAAF World Championships, the 15th instalment of the event, will be held in Beijing, Chinga from Saturday 22- Sunday 30 August 2015. It will mark the return of international athletics to the Bird’s Nest for the first time since the 2008 Olympic Games.

Athletics Australia will prepare for Beijing 2015 at a team camp in Wakayama (JPN), with the first contingent of athletes and team staff to arrive in the host city on 19 August 2015.

For more information on the IAAF World Championships, please click here.

 

Current Team:

MEN (10)
800m: Jeff Riseley (Vic), Alex Rowe (Vic)
10,000m: Ben St Lawrence (NSW)
110m hurdles: Nicholas Hough (NSW)
High jump: Joel Baden (Vic), Brandon Starc (NSW)
Discus throw: Julian Wruck (Qld)
Javelin: Hamish Peacock (Tas)
20km walk: Dane Bird-Smith (Qld), Jared Tallent (Vic)
50km walk: Chris Erickson (Vic), Jared Tallent (Vic)

WOMEN (16)
100m: Melissa Breen (ACT)
200m: Ella Nelson (NSW)
5000m: Eloise Wellings (NSW)*
100m hurdles: Michelle Jenneke (NSW), Sally Pearson (Qld)
400m hurdles: Lauren Wells (ACT)
3000m steeplechase: Madeline Heiner (NSW), Victoria Mitchell (NSW)
High jump: Eleanor Patterson (Vic)
Pole vault: Alana Boyd (Qld), Nina Kennedy (WA)
Long jump: Brooke Stratton (Vic)
Discus throw: Dani Samuels (NSW)
Javelin: Kim Mickle (WA), Kathryn Mitchell (Vic), Kelsey-Lee Roberts (ACT)
Marathon: Sinead Diver (Vic), Melanie Panayiotou (Qld), Sarah Klein (Vic)

Selection Notes:
Michael Shelley (Qld) and Liam Adams (Vic) are not seeking selection for the men’s marathon at Beijing 2015
Jessica Trengove (SA) and Nikki Chapple (Vic) are not seeking selection for the women’s marathon at Beijing 2015

All other events, excluding the 20km walk, will be considered at the Final Selectors Meeting on 10 August 2015. This follows the close of the IAAF Qualification Period, providing athletes with the greatest possible period of time to stake their claim for Australian Flame selection.

The 20km walk will be considered in the week commencing 8 June 2015

Last chance to enter XCR’15 Round 3 – Ballarat

Will we see you on the start line in Ballarat this weekend?

Entries close tomorrow at 12:oopm midday for the 5km and 15km events.

The first road race of the year will take place in the distance running mecca of Victoria Ballarat around the stunning Lake Wendouree.

Club Transfers close 1 June

Any member wishing to submit a change of club form for the XCR season must complete the process by Monday 1 June 2015.

Please complete the transfer via the AV Member Portal

If you have any questions about the process please contact Athletics Victoria on (03) 8646 4500

Australian Mountain Running Championships

Ashgrove Rangers Athletics Club, in conjunction with the Australian Mountain Running Association, is organising the Australian Mountain Running Championships on Sunday 31 May on Camp Mountain, only 20 minutes’ drive west of central Brisbane.

The Championships include the junior age group from 16 to 19, open age group, and Masters from ages 35 to 79 years.  Full event information and online entry is available at https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/Register.aspx?E=16712

For additional information contact Hubertien Wichers at hubertien.wichers@gmail.com

AV numbers on the rise

Athletics Victoria is excited to report that memberships are up 320 competing members on this time last year. Along with the strong up take on memberships, Australia’s premier winter series XCR’15 has attracted record breaking numbers to its opening two rounds of cross country racing at Jells and Lardner Park.

The total number of members is 3079 with 2070 competing members. Glenhuntly leads the 100+ club with 137 registered members; with Collingwood (116), Diamond Valley (103) and Box Hill (101) also recording strong numbers early in the season. Athletics Essendon (99) and Western Athletics (95) are knocking on the door of the 100 club.

Athletics Victoria is slowly growing its Recreational Running numbers with nine registered members through the Victorian Running Network and associated running groups.

Another 2460 members are needed to meet last years total.

If you’re looking to join a club check out the members section – ‘Join Now’ on the Athletics Victoria website.

AV Annual General Meeting

In accordance with the provisions of the Athletics Victoria Constitution please see below a Notice of the Annual General Meeting to be held at 7:00pm on Wednesday 29 July 2015 at the Cathy Freeman Room, Athletics House.

Please refer to the following documents:

Athletics Victoria President Ian Jones has advised that he will be resigning as President and as a Board Member at the 2015 Annual General Meeting to take an extended holiday overseas. Ian was first elected to the Board in 2008 and has been President since 2011. He is well respected not only in Victoria but at a national level within this sport and at the highest level. Athletics Victoria would like to thank Ian for his exemplary work and leadership and for his contribution to our sport.

There will be three positions available on the Athletics Victoria Board. To assist clubs and potential candidates, there is a short information pack available here “The Board of Athletics Victoria” which sets out the roles and responsibilities of the Board and an indication of the amount of time spent on Board related matters. In addition, the Board has conducted a skills audit which identifies the skills and areas of experience. I would encourage candidates to consider the information contained in this document when completing their nomination.

I remind all Clubs that Athletics Victoria continues to be inclusive and cognisant of equal representation in accordance with best practices and good governance.

Please note that Agenda Items, Nominations for Directors, Nominations for Awards/Venue Regional Centre Service Awards are to be received no later than 5:00pm Wednesday 24 June 2014.

Supper and refreshments will be provided at the conclusion of the AGM.

If you have any questions about the AGM or nomination forms please contact Athletics Victoria on 03 8646 4500 or email info@athsvic.org.au

Robinson focused on track success

2014 Zatopek:10 winner Brett Robinson has his eyes firmly on the 5000m  world championship final in Beijing this August. The Ballarat based runner had his final domestic hit out last month at XCR’15 round one before heading to the USA for a month long preparation for a busy European season.

“Focus is on the 5000m for sure, training for a month in the America at altitude and then I’ll head over to Europe and got a couple of 5km planned and hopefully get the time (13:23.00), Robinson said.”

Competing in an Athletics Victoria winter club competition for the first time, Robinson enjoyed the experience off the back of a tough race at the world cross country championships in China.

“I felt a bit rusty, been training pretty hard so I was a little bit flat, it was good, it was a solid time – It’s more about training and getting ready for the track season but it was good to get Ballarat the win.”

“My last race was actually world cross so had a bit of a practise and that was 12km over ups and downs, it felt fine, this was little bit easy than world cross.”

Robinson made the most of the selector’s decision to include him in the Australia team by finishing 28th on a tough Guiyang course.

“I stuffed up at the trial, it just wasn’t my day and I had a very bad day, I think maybe the heat got to me when I was already a little bit flat. I was lucky enough that the selectors had faith in me and picked me from my Zatopek:10 and some other results and hopefully I showed I was good enough to be there.”

A popular event with those who attend it has caused debate with a number of European nations electing no to send athletes.

“It is a shame the Europeans aren’t going, just because you get beaten you can’t be scared and not turn up. It’s a great event and a lot of people run well at cross country and go on to run good track seasons, in 2013 I finished 29th and went on to make the world championships final in the 5km.”

“I think it’s very important for everyone, it’s a stepping stone and makes sure you get your fitness right.”

“Sending a full team is awesome, its great experience, the juniors get up there and shows what it takes to be one of the best in the world. They may get flogged but it’s a learning experience and they will get better from it no matter where they finish.”

With the 2016 Rio Olympic Games edging closer and qualifying times now released Robinson is focused on making the Australia Olympic team.

“There a little easier then world championships for the 5km so (13:25) I’m confident that if everything goes right I’ll be in that team as well.”

Follow Brett on Twitter at @brettrobinson91

Diver makes it seven straight wins at Lardner

South Melbourne distance runner Sinead Diver made it seven straight XCR victories after a strong display on a tough and windy course at Lardner Park on Saturday for round two of XCR’15.

“That’s my first time doing the course, I was a bit concerned about the fence but it was actually ok, I wouldnt say I did a good job of it, but, I didn’t fall over so I was happy,” Diver said.

“The ditches, I managed to stay clean and didn’t fall in, so I did ok on the fences and ditches.”

Diver was joined by fellow world championships marathon hopeful Sarah Klein in a small group that had broken from the main pack at the 2km mark.

“There was quiet a pack of us up to 2km, I wasn’t really sure how close the girls were, Gemma Maini was out in front and Sarah (Klein) was with me the entire way and we made a break for it around the 2km mark, Gemma made a move with 1km to go and I stuck with her then and was able to pass her on the last bit of the hill,” Diver said.

With the finish line in sight, Diver went clear of Klein, Collingwood Harriers Virginia Moloney and Frankston Athletics’ Maini on the final descent to win the 4km event in a time of 14:40.00.

Geelong’s Nicholas Wightman claimed his first XCR win after 10 years of AV winter competition.

“It’s my 10th season and my first XCR win, so very happy, I’ve been dreaming about it for a while so it was great,” Wightman said.

“I do ever race every season, so it’s great to finally get a win.”

Wightman an Australian mountain running representative has turned his focus to cross country in 2015 and impressed on the tricky Lardner Park course to win the 8km event in 26:37.30 ahead of a high quality field that included Commonwealth Games marathon and Sydney:10 winner Liam Adam, Frankston Douglas Hamerlok who claimed second and third placegetter; Box Hill’s XCR specialist Stephen Kelly who is on the return after injury plagued 12 months.

Athletics Essendon’s Amelia Mazza-Downie showed her dominance in the women’s under 18 category with a convincing win in a time of 11:30.80 ahead of Doncaster’s Charlotte Bassett (11:43.10) and Knox athlete Jess Mayne (12:29.30).

Ballarat’s Sam Williams was another to impress at Lardner Park, claiming the under 16 men’s category in a time of 11:06.1 from Wellington Athletics’ George Lancaster (11:11.1) and Yarra Ranges James Laven (11:15.2).

Once again it was record numbers for XCR’15 – 850 athletes made the trip to Warrigal, eclipsing the 788 record in 2009.

Next on the XCR’15 calendar is the road race around Lake Wendouree in Ballarat on Saturday 30 May. For more information and to enter check out the event page here.

Full results: http://athsvic.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015-XCR-Round-2-Lardner-Park-Results.pdf

Yarra Ranges Athletics Cross Country Open Day

Join Yarra Ranges at their inaugural Cross Country Open Day on Saturday 23 May.

Events for all the family, including seniors and non-member entrants.

Click here to download event poster

Where? WANDIN PARK – 305 Victoria Rd, Gruyere. 10 minutes from Mt Evelyn.
When? Saturday 23rd May, 2015
Time? First event from 10:00am

Events:
• 500m / 1000m / 1500m / 2000m / 3000m under age races
• 3000m and 5000m open age races
• Marked and Marshalled courses
• Excellent viewing of all races from the elevated position of Race Central.

More information and online entry: www.yarrarangesathletics.org.au

#XCR15 – Lardner Park entries close Wednesday

The first of the individual XCR’15 events takes place this Saturday 9 May at Lardner Park. With record numbers at Jells Park for the opening relay championships its sure to be another big day of cross country running.

To get the most out of the winter season its highly recommended to purchase an XCR’15 Series ticket to save time and money – http://athsvic.org.au/event/xcr15-series-tickets/

For more event  information check out the XCR’15 Round 2 – Lardner Park webpage – http://athsvic.org.au/event/xcr15-round-2-lardner-park-cross-country/

See you on the start line!