Victorian All Schools Cross Country Relays – Jells Park (North)


This Saturday (29th April) is the Victorian All Schools Cross Country Relays! Having commenced our XCR’17 season at Jells Park last weekend, we can assure you the course is looking as good as it ever has, with some quality times being posted across the board.
Please note: This year the course will be located at Jells Park (North). Entry is via Waverley Road, not Ferntree Gully Road. Look for Madeline’s Cafe!

We ask that this is communicated to students and parents alike.

Where: Jells Park (North), Wheelers Hill, Victoria.
When: Saturday 29th April – from 10am.

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ICYMI – Standout Weekend Results

Jells Park
Top 3 men: David McNeill (OLX) 17:26, Will Potter (BOH) 18:23, Ben Buckingham (SSH) 18:25
Top 3 women: Linden Hall (ATE) 19:58, Virginia Moloney (COL) 20:32, Anna Kelly (SME) 20:51

Fastest 3k laps
Men: Adam Spencer (GHY) 9:05
Women: Amelia Mazza-Downie 10:17

Other Events

The O’Keefe Marathon – Bendigo to Harcourt
Close tussle between Geelong Region’s Julian Spence and Ballarat Region’s Ash Watson with Spence prevailing 2:35:09 to 2:36:03

Geelong Half Marathon
Athletics Essendon’s Liam Adams ran 1:05:52 (uncertified course) to win the Geelong Half Marathon ahead of Nick Earl and Dion Finocchiaro.  In the women’s race, Glenhuntly’s Karinna Fyfe took the win in 1:17:42 from Ellie O’Kane and Erchana Murray-Bartlett.

IAAF World Relay Championships
In the Bahamas it was the Women’s 4x800m team featuring Abbey de la Motte and Zoe Buckman who grabbed the bronze medal behind Belarus and the United States with a time of 8:21.08s. The Women’s 4x400m team featuring Morgan Mitchell just missed out on a podium finish, crossing the line in fourth place, with a time of 3:28.80s. Over in the Men’s division for the 4x800m and it was Jordan Williamsz and Luke Mathews who put in great performances to ensure a fourth place finish for their team with a time of 7:20.10s.

London Marathon
Lisa Weightman had a point to prove over in London – and she did just that! Finishing in 5th position with a time of 2:25:15. Lisa now sits at number 3 all time in Australia and the fastest in 11 years with a huge personal best!

Puffing Billy’s 36th Great Train Race

History could be made and records broken at this year’s Great Train Race as Echuca resident, Tarli Bird, goes for her third consecutive win in the 13.5km run – something nobody else has been able to achieve in the event’s 36 year history.

Registrations are now open for the 2017 Great Train Race, which Tarli won in the women’s division in 2015 and 2016. Tarli said that while she is aware of the record, she is more concerned about trying to beat the train and her times from previous years. “I really enjoy trying to beat the train at each of the four crossings and the adrenaline this brings when you can hear the train in the distance,” Tarli said. “It’s a challenging run and provides a great sense of accomplishment when you finish. I always feel better once I am over the 2km hill, which never gets easier or shorter each year! The event allows you to enjoy the Dandenong Ranges in a unique way by giving you the opportunity to run on roads that are usually unavailable to runners due to traffic.”

“I am training well and confident that I can run a similar time to previous years,” she said.

Puffing Billy Railway Special Events Manager, Matt Collopy, said part of the Great Train Race’s popularity stems from the unique challenges it presents for runners. “Despite the race being relatively short in distance, the three hill climbs in the first 10kms certainly test the runners, with the final 3-4km being run at a fast pace on a soft, downhill trail,” Matt said.

“Hearing Puffing Billy’s whistle but never knowing if you are ahead or behind the train creates anticipation and excitement among the runners as they traverse the varying landscape of bush
terrain, sealed and dirt roads. The race is not for the faint hearted so I encourage all participants to train accordingly in the lead up to race day,” he said.

The Great Train Race is one of the oldest and most popular events on the Australian running calendar, and the 2017 event is expected to attract 3200 participants, from competitive runners to those who simply want to challenge themselves in a unique landscape. The Great Train Race is organised by Puffing Billy Preservation Society volunteers with all proceeds and any additional donations going towards the Puffing Billy Menzies Creek Museum Redevelopment project.


Date:  Sunday April 30, 2017
Time: 9:30am Race Start – Bayview Road, Belgrave, Victoria
Finish Line, Emerald Lake Park, Emerald.

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Round 1 – Saturday 22 April – Jells Park Relays

XCR Schools – Saturday 29 April – Jells Park Relays

Round 2 – Saturday 13 May – Wandin Park Cross Country

XCR Schools – Saturday 20 May – Albert Park Road Relays

Round 3 – Saturday 27 May – Cruden Farm Cross Country 8km & 16km Heritage Round

Round 4 – Saturday 17 June – Bundoora Cross Country

XCR Schools – Saturday 17 June – Bundoora Cross Country

Round 5 – Saturday 8 July – Sandown Road Relays

Round 6 – Saturday 16 July – Albert Park 10km Road Race

Round 7 – Saturday 29 July – Wendouree 15km & 6km Road Race

Round 8 – Saturday 12 August – Anglesea Surf Coast Ekiden Relay

Round 9 – Sunday 3 September – Burnley Half Marathon & Junior 5km – TBC

Round 10 – Saturday 16 September – Princes Park Relays


Distance Dates Confirmed For 2017

Distance runners and walkers across the country can lock in their 2017 campaigns from today, with Athletics Australia confirming the Australian Road Running, Cross Country and Race Walking Championships calendar for the winter of athletics ahead.

The Australian Half Marathon Championships launch proceedings on Sunday 20 August, with the 7 Sunshine Coast Marathon welcoming a national title race for the first time. Competing athletes will duel not only for top spot on the dais, but also Priority Status for selection to compete in the green and gold at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships next year.

“The 7 Sunshine Coast Marathon is proud to partner with Athletics Australia in delivering the national half marathon championships for the next three years,” Jason Crowthers, Race Director, said.

“Competitors will start their half marathon campaign at the Alexandra Headlands Surf Club, taking in the picturesque surrounds of Maroochydore and Mooloolaba before returning to finish on the water once more. It’s a flat and fast course and I’m confident performances will reflect the hours of training athletes undertake to get ready for race day.”

The following weekend, the Australian Cross Country Championships descend on Wollongong (NSW). Athletes aged under 14, under 16, under 18, under 20 and open will have the chance to take home the gold medal for their respective age group. The Australian Winter Race Walking Championships will be held on Sunday 27 August.

“The Kembla Joggers and the City of Wollongong are excited to welcome distance runners from across the nation to the 2017 Australian Cross Country Championships,” Neil Barnett, Kembla Joggers President, said.

“We are very fortunate to have a fantastic purpose-built cross-country facility here that will provide the perfect setting for great racing. We will work tirelessly with Athletics Australia to make the championships an event to remember and we are sure athletes will enjoy every minute of competing here.”

The Australian Road Running Championships and the Australian Marathon Championships round out the race schedule on Sunday 17 September, with the Sunday Mail City-Bay Fun Run and the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival to welcome athletes across 12 kilometres and 42.195 kilometres respectively.

The partnership with the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival will see the Australian Marathon Championships held in the Harbour City for three years, with the 2018 race providing the winner with Priority Status for selection to compete at the Doha 2019 IAAF World Championships.

“Athletics Australia is proud to partner with these exceptional running festivals to deliver the best possible competition opportunities for distance runners, as well as with the Kembla Joggers and the City of Wollongong for the national cross-country titles and winter walks,” Tracey Gaudry, Athletics Australia General Manager, Commercial and Growth, said.

“It’s also fantastic to see hosting rights for the half marathon and marathon distances spanning three years, allowing optimal forward planning for athletes and coaches as they prepare to take on the world through until the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.”

Australian Half Marathon Championships
: 7 Sunshine Coast Marathon (McDonalds Half Marathon)
: Sunday 20 August 2017

Australian Cross Country Championships
: Saturday 26 August 2017
: Kembla Joggers Cross Country Park, Wollongong

Australian Winter Race Walking Championships
: Sunday 27 August 2017
: Wollongong

Australian Road Running Championships
: Sunday Mail City-Bay Fun Run
: Sunday 17 September 2017


Australian Marathon Championships
: Blackmores Sydney Running Festival
: Sunday 17 September 2017

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ICYMI – Weekend Results

There was plenty happening over the weekend…

Run for the Kids

Athletics Essendon’s power couple Liam Adams and Charlotte Wilson took out the respective male and female categories in the 14.8km Run for the Kids on Sunday.  With over 26,000 entrants, Run for the Kids is a major charity event for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.  Melbourne University’s Nick Earl finished just behind Adams, while Nardine Bainbridge from Western Athletics consolidated her strong summer campaign by taking second place – her first podium in a major event.  In the 4.8km event the Geelong Region pair of Reilly Shaw and Sarah Waters also tasted victory.

Paris Marathon

Glenhuntly’s Tarli Bird traveled to the city of love for her next marathon adventure.  With over 42,000 finishers, Paris is one of the largest marathons in the world and attracts thousands of international runners due to the fast and scenic course.  Kenyan husband and wife team Paul Lonyangata and Purity Rionoripo took line honours in the IAAF Gold Label race.  After a good early start, Tarli’s race didn’t quite go to plan, eventually crossing the line in 25th place with a time of 2:54:51.

Malvern Harrier and former Victorian Marathon Champion Tracey Austin also toed the line in Paris, finishing just behind Tarli with a time of 2:57:23.

Rotterdam Marathon

Frankston duo Matt Davy and Dane Verwey were in Holland over the weekend to contest another IAAF Gold Label event – the Rotterdam Marathon.  For Davy it proved a good day out recording a seven second personal best of 2:24:33 which was good enough for 28th overall and 26th male.  Davy’s previous best time was the set on the streets of Melbourne in 2014.  Verwey also ran well to cross the line in 2:27:37, a few minutes shy of his 2:24:18 PB also from the 2014 edition of the Melbourne Marathon.  Glenhuntly’s Toby Rayner was also a finisher in Rotterdam with a time of 2:46:59.

Australian Running Festival – Canberra

After her successful debut in the green and gold at the World Cross Country in Kampala, South Melbourne’s Anna Kelly was back in action contesting the Half Marathon at the Australian Running Festival in Canberra.  With the mission being to secure a qualifying performance for the World University Games, to be held in Taiwan this August, Kelly came away with the required time and second place behind Olympian Milly Clark.  With only two seconds separating Clark and Kelly it was no doubt the most exciting finish of the weekend in Canberra, Clark prevailing 1:16:08 to 1:16:10.  Collingwood Harrier Erchana Murray-Bartlett placed third with a time of 1:22:00, while Melbourne University’s Martin Mashford took third spot in the 10km event with a time of 31:46.


With the XCR season almost upon us it’s time to get registered!

Head to the Athletics Victoria Members Portal and ensure you’re ready come Jells Park (April 22nd).



Australian Athletics Championships – Day 8 – Final Day

It’s been an epic week. There’s no doubting that…

A huge congratulations to all competitors who gave it their all in (at times) trying conditions! Athletics Victoria couldn’t be more proud.

With that being said, there’s still one more day of delicious competition!

The first set of medals for the day went to two Victorians in Aliyah Canepa and Zoe Cunningham in the Women’s U16 hammer throw. Canepa was a class above the rest with a final throw distance of 51.34m to take home the gold! Cunningham was next best with a silver medal distance of 45.66m!

In the Women’s 100m hurdles heats Danielle Shaw ran amazingly to break the Victorian record with a time of 13.44s, qualifying through to the final against Sally Pearson (QLD) and Michelle Jenneke (NSW). Unfortunately the race didn’t pan out us Shaw would have liked, finishing with a time of 13.76s, however, it was a great effort regardless!

In the Women’s 200m ambulant, Isis Holt continued the amazing form shes had all week, grabbing another medal (silver) with a time of 30.74s!

The Men’s Open 3000m steeplechase was hard fought the whole way round in blustery and wet conditions. In survival of the fittest, Nathan Percy persisted all the way to the finish line, grabbing a bronze medal in a time of 8:56.42s.

Christopher Mitrevski continued his awesome summer! In the Men’s long jump he nailed a gold medal jump on his first attempt with a total distance of 7.90m, put the cue in the rack and invited his competitors to challenge him…None of them could and Mitrevski got himself the top spot on the podium.

The Women’s 200m final featured some big names in Rio Olympian semi-finalists Ella Nelson and Morgan Mitchell (400m). Although it’s not Mitchell’s favoured event, the 2017 National Title holder put in an awesome effort, just missing out on a bronze medal in a time of 24.28s (24.276 photo finish with Larissa Pasternatsky of NSW who crossed in 24.271).

The Rio Olympian strong man Damien Birkinhead was a cut above the rest in the Men’s shot put. Dominating the whole field as he normally does in Australia, Birkinhead threw a gold medal distance of 19.80m. Oh and it was also during the time the Men’s 1500m final was on, which meant it was pouring rain!

Although Eleanor Patterson may have looked a little shaky in the qualifications, it didn’t show in the final! Patterson was confident the whole way through, clearing heights with ease. It came down to a jump-off against Zoe Timmers (WA) which Patterson triumphed in, clearing the height of the required 1.82m, whilst also having 1.83m to her name during the final itself. An awesome effort from the Rio Olympian.

One of the feature events of the night was the Women;s 800m final starring Lora Storey (NSW), Anneliese Rubie (NSW), Georgia Griffith, Abbey de la Motte and Zoe Buckman. It was a slow pace for the first lap, and when things got going with 200m remaining it was Storey who held her nerve to finish first, with Rubie no too far behind. Griffith put in an awesome effort throughout the whole race, grabbing herself a bronze medal with a time of 2:06.00s. De la Motte was courageous the whole race, just missing a podium spot for herself with a time of 2:06.25s.

The main event o the day was the Men’s Open 1500m final featuring big names in Ryan Gregson, Matthew Ramsden, Jordan Gusman and Isaac Hockey. As soon as the race began the heavens decided to open up and it started to bucket down. The pace was slow from the get-go with all the athletes feeling each other out. Gregson placed himself perfectly a couple deep from the leader and looked to have the perfect strategy. Rising star Ramsden was towards to the back, but knew coming to the final lap he would have the kick that would catapult him towards the front. However, as the athletes approached the bell there was carnage. Gusman hit the deck and almost took out Gregson! Ramsden seemed to miss the debacle and held his nerve moving towards the front with 300m to go. Gregson composed himself immediately after Gusman went down and continued with the leaders. With 150m left in the race Gregson kicked it up a gear and Ramsden went with him! With the rain belting down into their faces the crowd were going wild watching the master and his apprentice. To say it was an exciting finish would be an understatement. Gregson held his composure and crossed the line victorious (in a time of 3:52.86s) with Ramsden a very close second (in 3:53.12s)!

The final events of the day were the relays (4x100m and 4x400m). Getting things rolling were the Women 100m specialists featuring Sophie Taylor, Kendra Hubbard, Bittany Burkitt and Maddison Coates. It was always going to be a tough ask coming up against NSW, but the girls ran well, just missing a podium spot, crossing the line in fourth with a time of 47.36s. No doubt they’ll be back next year with some fire in their belly! The Men were up next and form the start they looked confident. Michael James got the race off to a great start firing out the blocks and giving Michael Hansford a cheeky lead, before Nathan Riali rocked the bend in grand fashion setting a home straight showdown for Christopher Mitrevski who was hungry for another gold medal (to go with his long jump victory)! They were all successful – crossing the line first with a time of 40.56s! Next up was the Women’s 4x400m featuring Emily Lawson, Jemima Russell, Ashleigh Horrobin and Sarah Billings. On paper NSW looked to have it sorted,  but the Victorian girls were out for gold. From the start NSW had commanded a sizeable lead, but the girls held their nerve and ran beautifully to ensure themselves of a silver medal finish! Was a great way to end their week with Billings and Russell adding to their medal count as well as Lawson and Horrobin claiming their first! It was now time for the Men to close a weeks competition. Conrad Coumaros, Harrison Roubin, Matthew Napier and Liam Procaccino were valiant in their effort, all running solid 400m legs, and closing Victoria’s week with another podium finish – claiming bronze in a time of 3:15.98s.


It was an awesome week with plenty of amazing performances! A huge congratulations to all Victorians who competed with pride…

Can’t wait for next year!


For a full list of Day 8 results click here.

Australian Athletics Championships – Day 7

Hooray for the weekend!

Day 7 of the Australian National Championships meant for one thing – finals…

The first event on the track was the Men’s U16 2000m steeplechase. Harry Sharp ran the perfect race, sitting in second position for the majority of the 2km. It was only on the final lap that a mistake (a real Steven Bradbury moment) from Queenslander Thygesen on the water jump opened the door for Sharp. He moved himself into first position down the home straight and held on for a well-deserved gold medal finish! An awesome race from the youngster who showed a lot of composure and poise.

In the Women’s U15 2000m steeplechase, it was a gold and silver double with Taryn Furletti and Mia White crossing the line in 7:03.7s and 7:13.2s respectively. During the race Furletti led by example and increased her lead dramatically after each lap. Never looked in doubt and was a commanding win from the Victorian!

The Men’s U16 discus throw out on the warm-up track saw Oliver Courtnay grab onto a silver medal with a distance of 56.41m!

Back in the main arena it was time for the junior 400m finals, and Jakeb Pearson got things underway in the Men’s U16 division with a bronze medal and time of 50.91s. Gigi Maccagnini ran the perfect race in the Women’s U16 division, sitting for the first 200m, then accelerating with 150m left, to assure herself on the gold medal and National Title. Crossed the line with a time of 55.67s  – which was a huge personal nest and the first time Gigi had broken 56 seconds! Down an age group and it was Jack Peris in the Men’s U15 division who battled it out with NSW for the majority of the race to just hold onto first place with a time of 51.59s! Nicholas O’Brien also got himself up on the podium with a bronze medal time of 52.52s! In the Women’s U14 400m final, Dee Dee Deng was far too strong with her long strides. Easing her way to solid victory with a gold medal time of 57.81s!

In the Women’s U15 pole vault final it was the Parnov (WA) sister act again with Alla and Natasha grabbing the first and second, however mighty Victorian Cassidy Bradshaw was at her best, and snatched herself a bronze medal with a height of 3m!

The performance of the morning would have to go to Mackenzie Mielczarek who smashed the Meet Record in the Women’s U16 javelin throw with an awesome personal best distance of 46.26m. Looked extremely elegant in her style and will no doubt have a seriously bright future in the sport! A gold medal worth celebrating!

The Women’s 400m hurdles semi-finals, had Olympian Lauren Wells (ACT) as a feature in the first heat alongside Ashleigh Horrobin and Mackenzie Keenan (NZL, OMAC). All that was needed from Horrbin and Keenan was a top 3 finish, or ensure a one of the two second fastest spots up for grabs. Keenan ran very strongly and grabbed the automatic qualifier with a time of 59.31s, with Horrobin snatching the final spot in the final with a time of 59.89s.

Jesse Wyatt took out the Men’s Secured shot put with a distance of 9.04m and a percentage of 73.14.

The Men’s U15 pole vault went down to a jump off! It was between James Woods and Wilson Cram, with Woods claiming bragging rights after winning with a height of 3.30m.

Melvin Monleh was solid in his Men’s U16 100m final, in what was a tight race! Monleh crossed the line for a bronze medal podium finish with a time of 11.13s! For the Women, it was 200m silver medalist Mietta Russell who doubled up in the Women’s U16 100m final with another silver medal and a time of 12.06s! Down a division in the Men’s U15 100m, Antonio Vaitohi was far too strong winning the gold medal with a time of 11.52s. The final of the junior 100m finals saw Angel Ukpiebo take out the National Title for the Women’s U14 division with a time of 12.18s!

In the Women’s U16 4x200m relay, Victoria (featuring Adora Arch, Abbey Bradley-Power, Georgia Gillson and Mietta Russell) just held on for a silver medal in a time of 1:41.34s! The Men’s U16 team (featuring Antonio Vaitohi. James Thomas, Nicholas Grech and Melvin Monleh) were solid finishing with a time of 1:32.06s! Down two divisions in the Women’s U14 4x100m, it was team Victoria with the gold, featuring Eden Lloyd, Amber Clarke, Hannah Cote and Angel Ukpiebo, finishing with a time of 49.46s. And with the Men’s U14 4x100m relay team (featuring Patrick Aquilina, Hugo Hanak, Andreas Weickhardt amd Ryan Tarrant), it was a silver medal after NSW were disqualified.

Isis Holt flew out of the blocks in the Women’s 100m ambulant final! Coach Nick Wall said it was one of the better starts he’s seen from Isis, and was definitely one of the races Isis has competed in since her Rio Paralympic campaign. After receiving the silver medal in a time of 13.92s, Isis was even shocked about how fast she jumped out of the blocks! It’s fair to say the form has been found again!

Meggan O’Riley was far too strong in the Women’s triple jump, finishing with a gold medal distance of 13.30m! Mother of twins and an all-round super lady, Linda Laverton grabbed herself a bronze medal with a distance of 12.97m. After pulling her calf muscle in the warm-up, Laverton made her third-placed distance on her second jump, then passed her remaining four jumps to hold onto a podium finish!

In the Men’s Open high jump, it was Olympian Joel Baden who grabbed the National Title with a height of 2.18m.

Out on the track, and Ethan Grills took out the Men’s U14 1500m final with a commanding win with a time of 4:23.99s which was almost 2 seconds clear of his nearest rivals!

One of the feature events of the night was the Women’s Open 1500m final with three big names in Linden Hall, Zoe Buckman and Heidi See (NSW). The race started off very slowly with each athlete feeling each other out (or just playing mind games) right up until the final lap. Hall kicked first with Buckman and See responding. It came down to the last 100m with See holding on for what was a emphatic win in 4:32.99s! Buckman finished second with 4:24.33s and Hall third with 4:24.53s.

Another feature event was the Women’s 400m final with Olympian and reigning National Champion Morgan Mitchell a clear favourite. Mitchell started off strongly and led the whole way to win convincingly with another (3 in total) World Championship qualifying time of 52.08s!

The Men’s 800m final was always going to be close. There were two Victorians who it could have gone to in Luke Mathews and Alex Rowe..
To say that it was even the whole way round would be an understatement! The lead changed multiple times, and it went right down the wire down the final 100m with Mathews winning by literally a nose! His gold medal time was 1:46.71s with Joshua Ralph (NSW) close behind with a silver medal time of 1:46.76s and Alex Rowe a bronze medal time of 1:47.29s! It was simply an awesome race to witness.

In the field during all the crazy track action, Kathryn Brooks went about her business as she normally does and got herself a bronze medal in the Women’s javelin throw, with a distance of 53.50!

Likewise in the Men’s triple jump, it was Alwyn Jones who got the crowd going with his silver medal distance of 16.13m!

For a list of full (morning) results click here.

For a list of full (evening) results click here.