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.