Athletics Victoria needs your help this coming season!

Athletics Victoria earlier this week launched the new format and process changes for the AV Shield 2017-18 season on social media and the AV website.

As a member of Athletics Victoria, you would have received an EDM linking you to the news piece. If you missed it, please click on the link below for more information and an explanation to the revised format.

Please make sure you read the information in the attached link so you are familiar with the changes. There are timetables featured on the AV Shield section of the website if you wish to have a more in-depth look at the scheduling, click on the link below.

With the new format of AV Shield being implemented this year, it is imperative that we use the time between now and the start of the season to assist our officials/volunteers and provide some guidance as to how Athletics Victoria as a State Membership Association see the competition being operated. Athletics Victoria will be providing Victorian Officials and volunteers (who are keen to get involved) with Photo Finish, Meet Manager – Scoring, Results, Administration, and Check-In training workshops.

If you or anybody in your club, zone, or family is keen to assist, please let us know so we can include you in correspondence in relation to the workshop(s).

The 20th September and 4th October will be predominately for Photo Finish operators. This will be a great opportunity for those currently involved and/or seeking some new knowledge on the system set-up and operation, to come down and liaise with fellow operators. There are two options, ‘A Beginners Guide’ which will be for those seeking to get involved and learn more about Photo Finish. The other Photo Finish workshop on the 4th October will be for all Photo Finish operators – however, please feel free to come to both if you wish to simply refresh on certain areas. If you are interested in getting involved as an Administration Delegate, the Monday 25th September is the workshop for you.

  1. Wednesday 20th September: Introduction to Photo Finish (A Beginners Guide)
  2. Monday 25th September: Admin Delegate training (For all Admin, Check-in, MM, PF administrators)
  3. Wednesday 4th October: PF Workshop (Practical/Roleplay for all beginners and those doing PF this season)

Athletics Victoria appreciate and support the lengths our volunteers go to, in assisting week in and week out. However, we need your continued support in the coming seasons to make sure athletes are provided with the best possible service and key roles like the roles you play are pivotal in delivering on our expectations.

In order for us to facilitate and cater can you please advise us of your availability to attend all or any of the above courses before Tuesday 19th September 2017 to via email to Andrea Hallett

We look forward to your involvement.

Yours in Sport,




2017 Magpie Multies

Entries are now open for the 2017 Magpie Multies to be held at the home of Collingwood Harriers Athletics Club, Heidelberg Road, Clifton Hill, Victoria on the weekend of October 7/8th.

This event is a National Permit Meet.

For eligible AV Members who enter and participate in the  Magpie Mutlies, your results from the events held on Saturday (only) will score points for your Club in AV Shield. **To be eligible you must have purchased a MAX Package or a Track & Field Package and be competing in Magpie Multies.

Program of Events MENS Events WOMENS Event Open (and Over Age) Decathlon Open (and Over Age) Heptathlon U20 Decathlon if required U20 Heptathlon U18 Decathlon U18 Heptathlon U16 Heptathlon U16 Heptathlon U14 Pentathlon U14 Pentathlon.

In addition there will be a ‘Women’s Decathlon’ in the program.

Entry fee – $20 (Pentathlons – $10)

Enquiries and/or entries can be made to Steve Griffiths on (03) 5786 5385 or


PRELIMINARY TIMETABLE (Subject to change depending on entries)

Saturday October 7th Beginning at 10am.

Day 1 Open (and over age), Under 20, Under 18 Men’s Decathlon 100m, Long Jump, Shot Put, High Jump, 400m Women’s Decathlon 100m, Discus, Pole Vault, Javelin, 400m.

Day 1 Open (and over age), Under 20, Under 18, Women’s Heptathlon 100m Hurdles, High Jump, Shot Put, 200m.

Day 1 Under 16 Men’s Heptathlon 100m Hurdles, Shot Put, High Jump, 200m.

Day 1 Under 16 Women’s Heptathlon 90m Hurdles, Shot Put, High Jump, 200m.

Sunday October 8th Decathlons beginning at 9:30 am Pentathlons beginning at 11am Heptathlons beginning at 1:30pm.

Day 2 Open (and over age), Under 20, Under 18 Men’s Decathlon 110m Hurdles, Discus, Pole Vault, Javelin, 1500m. Women’s Decathlon 100m Hurdles, Long Jump, Shot Put, High Jump, 1500m.

Day 2 All Heptathlons Long Jump, Javelin, 800m, (1500m U/16 men).

Under 14 Women’s Pentathlon 80m Hurdles, High Jump, 200m, Shot Put, 800m.

Under 14 Men’s Pentathlon 90m Hurdles, High Jump, 200m, Shot Put, 800m.

Note: Every effort will be made to finish all competitions as close as possible to the same time.

Princes Park Relays Wrap

Cold. Sunny. Wet. Dry. Wind chill.

We had everything on Saturday morning for the final event on the XCR’17 calendar – the Princes Park Relays. However, the weather didn’t seem to deter athletes, as they arrived eager to tackle a new course.

Geelong Region took out Men’s Premier Division in a time of 56:01. They led from the start and never looked like giving up their prime position. Box Hill were second in a time of 56:14, with Knox Athletics (featuring Olympian Jeff Riseley) rounding out the top three in a time of 57:16.

In the Women’s Premier Division it was South Melbourne who were too good, finishing first with a time of 54:43. Glenhuntly were second in a time of 55:33, with Box Hill coming in third place with a time of 55:49.

The Men’s 40+ Division saw Glenhuntly claim first place in a time of 32:28, with Athletics Waverley and Glenhuntly (team 2) rounding out the top three. Up a Division in the Men’s 50+ it was Box Hill who were too strong, crossing the line with a time of 32:48. Athletics Waverley and Athletics Nunawading placed second a third respectively.

The Women’s 40+ Division saw Ballarat Region claim the Princes Park title with a time of 36:44. Athletics Waverley and Mentone finished second and third.

In the Men’s U20 Division it was Box Hill who were too strong, finishing with a time of 29:02, ahead of Glenhuntly and Doncaster (team 2). The Women’s U20 Division saw Glenhuntly get the win in a time of 36:28, with Athletics Essendon and Yarra Ranges finishing second a third.

Click here for results.


It was great to see so many turn up for what ended up being a great morning of competition. Thanks to all those that participated throughout the XCR’17 season. Your involvement and support is what makes cross-country in Victoria so special and competitive!



Princes Park Relays Preview

Tomorrow is the final round of the XCR’17 season! And what better way to finish than with an epic relay battle out at Princes Park…

As is stands in the Men’s Premier Division, Knox and APS United are facing relegation, with Western Athletics, Box Hill 2 and Frankston all looking to make the jump from Division 2 next year. Someone who knows the importance of getting a team into Premier Division, is Michael Masseni (Western Athletics), who has decided to pass up on the Mitchell Street Mile to ensure his team has the best chance of elevating themselves for next year. Inspirational stuff!

In the Women’s Premier Division it’s currently Box Hill, Ballarat Region and Geelong Region who are facing relegation. However, Melbourne University are only clear of the danger zone by one point, which makes for an exciting battle between the bottom four. Old Xaverians, Athletics Essendon and Malvern Harriers are all in the hunt for a promotion into the top Division.

Click here for the full ladder standings.

One of the most popular locations for elite sports clubs to complete their time trials, the XCR’17 season culminates at a new location, Princes Park. A very flat and fast course, athletes will complete one lap of the 3.2km course each in the hope of bringing the XCR’17 premiership back to their club. There is plenty of room for clubs to set up their tents and we would love to see all clubs embrace the new location for 2017.

Now for a weather report from Dr Nicholas Earl (Senior MUAC Forecaster):

“Rain overnight will be clearing away by morning leaving Princes Park mainly dry but with a high chance of light showers during racing. Moderate SSW wind will mean a tough start and finish to the lap, but easier up the far side. Cool with temperatures around 9 degrees. Gravel path will be damp underfoot, so could get messy.”

Please note: There is no pegging allowed! If you’re planning on setting up a marquee, weights must be used.

Look forward to seeing everyone as it’s going to be a fantastic end to what has been an awesome year of cross-country running!


Burnley Half-Marathon & Junior 5km Wrap

An absolute cracker of a day out at Burnley for the Half-Marathon & Junior 5km with record numbers in attendance!

Liam Adams (Athletics Essendon) was simply too strong for the rest of the field, finishing comfortably in first place, with a time of 1:04:54. Mitch Brown (Athletics Essendon) came in second with a time of 1:07:41, with Nicholas Earl (MUAC) rounding out the top three with a time of 1:08:00.

It was great to see Lisa Weightman (MUAC) come down and participate at an XCR event. From start to finish Lisa was in dominating form, looking poised and well positioned amongst a strong pack, to finish comfortably first with a time of 1:11:14. Virginia Moloney (Collingwood Harriers) crossed the line in second position with a time of 1:15:44, with Sophie Ryan (Old Xaverians) rounding out the top three with a time of 1:17:47.

In the Junior 5km it was Cody Shanhan (Western Athletics) who made it six from six for the XCR season. Looked strong out on the course and crossed the line with a time of 15:39, with Callen Goldsmith (Mornington Peninsula) finishing in second place with a time of 15:41. Lachlan Herd (Casey Cardinia) was just behind, finishing in third position with a time of 15:47.

Shania Murray (Diamond Valley) was in a class of her own, dominating the field to finish twenty-seconds ahead of Erkia Florez (Glenhuntly) with a time of 17:51 and 18:12 respectively. Emelia Eagling-Every (Athletics Essendon) rounded out the top three with a time of 18:58.

Click here for a list of full results.

With over thirty on-the-day entries, it was a wonderful morning with perfect conditions for running a half-marathon. Those who came down to get some extra km’s under the belt for the Melbourne Marathon, we wish you all the best!

This Saturday is our last round of the XCR’17 season out at Princes Park. It’s where the championship can be won or lost and there will no doubt be some epic performances from every team involved! Good luck!


Round 9 – Burnley Half-Marathon & Junior 5km

After a little break from Anglesea we’re back for the second last round of the XCR’17 season. And there’s no better way to jump back into things than with a half-marathon!

No doubt there’ll be plenty of fresh legs on Sunday which makes for a exilerating day of competition.

On-the-day entries are available for all those who are wanting to get some last minute km’s under their belt before the Melbourne Marathon.

As it stands Liam Adams (Athletics Essendon) is leading the Men’s Open Division by only five (5) points ahead of Andrew Buchanan (Bendigo). With Mitchel Brown (Athletics Essendon) and Nicholas Earl (Melbourne University) rounding out the top four but still within reach of claiming the individual title.

In the Women’s Open Division it’s Virginia Moloney (Collinwood Harriers) who has a healthy lead over Alexandra Paterson (Old Xaverians). As it stands Virginia is sitting on 49 points with Alexandra on 36. Karinna Fyfe (Glenhuntly) and Anna Kelly (South Melbourne) round out the top four, but look to be just out of reach of claiming the individual title.

Click here for the complete ladder standings.

The Burnley Half-Marathon & Junior 5km commences from 7:30am, so be sure to bring your friends and family, for what is going to be a great day of competiton! Everyone is welcome to participate!


Victorian Officials Selected for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

Thirty-two Victorian Officials have been selected as Technical Officials and will have the honour of officiating at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games next April. In total, 177 green and gold Officials have been appointed alongside 29 International appointments.

The inclusion of the Victorian Officials for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games followed a recruitment process that began before the 2017 Australian Athletics Championships with more than 300 applicants considered for positions…

Congratulations to the following Victorian Officials:

Competition Director: Khan Sharp

Meeting Managers: Kirsteen Farrance and Lorraine Morgan

Officials Room: Andrea Hallett

Equipment Manager: Gary McBroom

Assistant Technical Manager: Andrew Duncan

Technical Judges: Lincoln Mah and Andrew Stirling

Call Room Judges: Suzanne Callaway, Bob Hallett and Dianne Lowden

Assistant Track Referee / Assistant Video Referee: Kevin Wigmore

Umpires / Lap Scorers: Phil Allen, Gayle Anderson, Tony Williams, Lynne Wolowiec and Les Wright

Chief Track Judge: Peter Dunn

Starters Assistants: Stuart Merrick, Pam Noden and Matthew Webster

Combined Event Referee & Chief Field Judge: Richard Lawysz

Chief Field Judges: Sarah Davis and Pauline Zuccolin

Assistant Chief Field Judges: Christine Christie and Stuart Schnaars

Field Judges: Michael Brazel, Caitlin Christie, Michael Lindstrom, Josh Savage, Lorraine Sawyer and Greg Simpson


Malvern Harriers Athletic Club – 125 Year Retrospective Exhibition

The Malvern Harriers Athletic Club was established in 1892 after several members of the Malvern Gymnastic and Athletics Club enjoyed a run together after gym practice and is one of Australia’s oldest athletic clubs. This initial run soon evolved into organised cross country and hares & hound events throughout the local area. In 1994 Malvern Harriers amalgamated with the Malvern Glen Iris Women’s Athletic Club, which had formed in the 1920s.

To celebrate this milestone, Malvern is hosting a 125 year Retrospective Exhibition showcasing photos, news articles, trophies, uniform and other memorabilia from 1892 – 2017.

Opening hours: 12noon – 4:00pm

Dates: Saturday, 2nd September & Sunday 3rd September 2017

Venue: Northbrook Pop-up Gallary

Located behind the Malvern Library & Northbook House, 1257 High Street, Malvern


2017 Australian Half-Marathon Championships

With temperatures sitting in the low 20’s, the Victorian Half-Marathon team ventured to the Sunshine coast to contest the Australian Half-Marathon Championships.

With injuries striking the women’s team of Virginia Moloney, Erchana Murray-Bartlett and Jessica Lees (all Collingwood Harriers) late in the week, the Victorian men’s team remained healthy enough to storm home with the national team title.

Three scoring athletes are used to determine a state versus state scoring system, the Victorian Men’s team of Mitchel Brown (Essendon), Michael Kernahan (Mentone), Zachary Newman (Melbourne University) and Toby Rayner (Glenhuntly) led a medal hopeful charge, with Melbourne University’s Nick Earl a late withdrawal due to illness.

A 6am race start greeted competitors for the 21.1km journey, in the team competition Victoria comprehensively defeated all other states, with Queensland 2nd on 23 points, Victoria’s 11 points were secured by 3rd, 5th and 7th place runs from Mitchel Brown (1:05:40), Toby Rayner (1:08:03) and Zachary Newman (1:09:15) respectively.

Athletics Victoria spoke with Brown following the race, Brown remarked that the race and early pace was dictated by individual entrant, two-time Australian Olympian Collis Birmingham.

Returning from a European training stint, Birmingham was targeting Pat Carroll’s 23-year old Australian all-comers record of 1:01:11.
Whilst Birmingham has run faster, clocking 1:00:56 in Marugame, Japan in 2013, the national championship setting ensured Birmingham’s run was completed without pacers. Brown told Athletics Victoria the early pace was strong, as only Chris Hamer (ACT) decided to chance going with Birmingham, a tactical move indicative of the former Box Hill runner’s current form, early bravery that paid dividends with a finishing time of 1:04:08, taking over 4 minutes off Hamer’s 2009 personal best.

Birmingham finished well clear of the field, victorious in a course record of 1:03:18, making a substantial breakaway following the early feature hill, appearing at 5km. Birmingham told the Sunshine Coast Daily that whilst he felt strong throughout the race, “When we turned around and were coming back there was a little bit of wind and it was pretty hard work but I’m happy with the effort.”

Brown elaborated on the race following Collis’ big move, suggesting that tactics quickly encouraged a race for 3rd place, as Brown engaged in a long-distance stoush with Queenslander Isaias Beyn, as New Zealand’s Aaron Pulford, a Zatopek 10 regular, set an honest pace for the chase group until fading after the 11km mark.

Brown kicked home over the final 400 metres, finally detaching himself from Beyn’s determined shadowing routine, whilst pleased with his tactical acuity, the Essendon stalwart mirrored Birmingham’s sentiments, in finding the second half of the race difficult in moderately windy conditions.

Athletics Victoria’s focus turns to Wollongong this weekend, with the Australian Cross Country Championships providing a grassy battleground for over 130 of Victoria’s best junior and open cross country runners, be sure to stay tuned to AV’s news and social media streams to keep up to date.

Notable Victorian Performances:

1st Collis Birmingham (Eureka) – 1:03:16 Course Record
3rd Mitchel Brown (Essendon) – 1:05:39
6th Toby Rayner (Glenhuntly) – 1:08:02
7th Dejen Gebresellassie (Mentone) – 1:08:59
8th Zachary Newman (Melbourne University) – 1:09:15
9th Michael Kernahan (Mentone) – 1:09:39


Anglesea Surf Coast Ekiden Relay Wrap

Round 8 of the AV XCR ’17 series saw competitors travel to the Anglesea Family Caravan Park, offering a picturesque racing backdrop, with a variety of surfaces and undulations to test runners throughout the 42.2km “Ekiden” relay event.

The Ekiden concept hails historically from Japan, with the first Ekiden taking place in 1917, covering 508km from the ancient Japanese capital of Kyoto,

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to the modern capital of Tokyo. A nationally popular event in Japan, the national university championships often draw crowds exceeding 1 million spectators along the New Year’s festival Hakone route, with network television covering the event live.

Athletics Victoria’s event differs slightly from the traditional stage race, with runners starting and finishing each leg at the same point, taking in some of the best views of Anglesea whilst traversing challenging uphill sections, sometimes lasting up to 600 metres in length.

The Premier division men’s competition was a close affair, with Essendon, Box Hill, Geelong and Knox all swapping leads throughout the race. The race begun with a blistering leg from Rio Olympian Liam Adams, swapping his usual marathon distance for a more conservative 9.8km leg (32:23), tagging teammate Mitch Brown with a 34 second lead on the field.

Brown held Essendon’s lead through the 8.8km leg (30:09), however Geelong’s Harry Smithers had closed the gap substantially, embracing his inner mountain goat across the hills, Smithers clocked 29:30, pulling back some 39 seconds.

Peter Kerr (Geelong) swapped his usual Australian triathlon kit for the navy blue of Geelong, pulling the team into the lead over the back section of the course (28:39), Kerr changed ahead of Knox’s Nathan Percy, who had run the equal 2nd fastest time for the 3rd leg (28:18) to keep Knox in the mix.

Knox’s 4th leg involved a trump card of sorts, with 3-time Olympian Jeff Riseley narrowing the gap to Geelong’s Nick Wightman over the 6km loop, Riseley’s time of 20:23 proving the fastest of the day.

After 32.5km of racing, Knox and Geelong were locked in a proper stoush for the Ekiden title, as mere seconds separated Knox’s Mark Richards and Geelong’s Jarrod McMullen. Richards changed with David Friend in the lead by less than 30 seconds, whilst Mitch Thompson of Geelong closed much of the gap on Friend down over the final 4.6km leg, less than 10 seconds separated the two teams after 42.2km of racing, as Knox claimed a narrow victory after an enthralling afternoon of racing.

The Women’s competition involved fewer lead changes, yet still featured an exciting two-team chase in the final stages. Early stages of the race pitted Frankston, Geelong, Glenhuntly, Western Athletics and Knox against each other.

Kiah Fry of Frankston made the most of the hilly loop, developing a lead of over a minute on the trailing Geelong and Glenhuntly teams. As Frankston lacked the numbers to complete the relay event, the ensuing legs saw Glenhuntly build a healthy lead through Anna Saw, Amelia Aslanides and Rebecca Beagley. However, Knox’s strategical arrangement of runners threatened to pay off late in the day, combining Australian representative Melissa Duncan’s pace with Katie Gamble and Kate Seibold’s experience, Knox began to reel back Glenhuntly.

At the final change Knox remained in 2nd, with Glenhuntly’s making a mad dash for the finish line. Glenhuntly’s Dana Dekkers kept calm under pressure, as Knox’s efforts throughout the second half of the race couldn’t quite close Glenhuntly’s dominant early lead. Western Athletics finished 3rd, an encouraging result, marking the first Premier division relay medal for the club.

A day of fortunate weather conditions ensured the challenging course was enjoyed by all competitors throughout the day, with thanks to Brett Coleman and his local Geelong team, proving instrumental in set up, course marking and marshalling throughout the event.

With only two events left in the XCR’17 series, the penultimate round is the Burnley Half Marathon on September 10, a great lead in to the Melbourne Marathon on October 15, pre-entries close Midday September 6, with entries available on the day at a higher rate.