Over 1,000 runners from across Victoria will join local athletes from Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula on World Athletics Day at Cruden Farm in Langwarrin for the 119th edition of the Victorian 10-mile cross country championship this Saturday 21 May.
The event is believed to be one of the oldest continually run distance race in the world and today serves as a key fixture on the Victorian cross country calendar.
Returning to the City of Frankston for the first time in a decade, last run at Ballam Park in 2006, the race forms part of Athletics Victoria’s XCR’16 cross country and road series.
It’s exciting to take the XCR competition to Cruden Farm for the first time, a venue that will offer a tough and testing course, with a mixture of different terrains.
Steeped in tradition, the men’s 10-mile event dates back to 1892 and has attracted the who’s who of Australian distance running over the years. From Australia’s first Olympic medallist, Edwin Flack through to modern day Olympic stars Steve Moneghetti and Craig Mottram.
Local hopeful Gemma Maini of Frankston Athletics Club will contest the women’s Victorian 8-kilometre cross country championships off the back of a second place finish in round two of XCR’16 at Wandin Park earlier this month.
Boys and girls from under 14 through to under 20 age groups will contest four, six and eight kilometre courses.
The iconic gardens and homestead of Cruden Farm will offer the perfect backdrop for round three of XCR’16, doubling as heritage round, a chance for athletes to embrace their club’s history and race in kits of yesteryear.
The first race starts at 12:00pm, the open women’s race is from 12:50pm and the men’s start at 2:05pm.