Two new venues added to XCR’16 calendar

Australia’s premier road and cross country series, XCR returns in 2016 with ten rounds of competition and two new exciting venues added to the fixture list – Wandin Park and Cruden Farm.

Situated an hour east of the Melbourne’s CBD, Wandin Park will replace Lardner Park as Round 2 of the individual event on Saturday 7 May, 2016. The undulating hills and breathtaking backdrop of the Victorian country side will offer value to both participant and spectator.

A fortnight later we head to Cruden Farm which will host the 8km and 16km heritage round. The grounds of Cruden Farm offer athletes a tough and testing course with a mixture of different terrains to accompany the beautiful grounds surrounding the farm.

“Cruden Farm is a historic and inspirational venue and will be a great addition to the XCR calendar,” said Athletics Victoria CEO Glenn Turnor.

“We have seen hire fees increase along with major changes to what is permitted at some venues to the point that we need to look elsewhere.  This coupled with the results from the member survey confirmed that we are on the right track. Both Cruden Farm and Wandin Park have been very accommodating and are both excited to host cross country events.”

Owned by the Murdoch family, the grounds spectacular gardens and sweeping hills will provide the perfect backdrop for the Victorian 10 Mile Championships.

With record breaking numbers in 2015, the XCR’15 season was seen as an overall success with 98% of competitors recommending the product to others and 99% enjoying the event atmosphere. The inclusion of these two new and exciting venues promises to offer a new dimension to the season and we look forward to witnessing some exciting racing over the XCR’16 season.

Team Grading will take place in the coming months and we ask that you submit applications to before 15 December 2015.

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Key XCR’16 dates:

Round Date Venue Event
1 Saturday 16 April Jells Park XC Relays
2 Saturday 7 May Wandin Park XC
3 Saturday 21 May Cruden Farm XC 8km & 16km Heritage Round
4 Saturday 4 June Ballarat 15km Road Race
5 Saturday 18 June Bundoora XC
6 Saturday 9 July Sandown Road Relays
7 Sunday 24 July Albert Park 10km Road Race
8 Saturday 13 August Anglesea Surf Coast (TBC) Ekiden Relay
9 Sunday 4 September Burnley (TBC) Half Marathon
10 Saturday 17 September Tan Relays

Key XCR’16 School dates:

Event Date Venue
Victorian All Schools Cross Country Relay Championships Jells Park Saturday 30 April
Victorian All Schools Road Relay Championships Albert Park Saturday 14 May
Victorian All Schools Cross Country Championships Bundoora Saturday 18 June

Key National dates:

Event Date Venue
Australian Cross Country Championships Saturday 27 August, 2016 Stromlo Park, Canberra, ACT