Lake Wendouree – Revised Start Time for Juniors – 1:45pm!!!

Please note there is a revised start time for the Junior 6km Road Race. Athletes will now start their race at 1:45pm.

We strongly recommend all competitors familiarise themselves with the event and competition information for this event as changes have been made. For example the Junior 6km race will now run clockwise. Also, for both events there is a full road closure with time restrictions in place, with a revised finish area. To ensure your safety throughout the day, we need to comply with the road closure permit conditions. We want you to have a great experience, so please read up all on the information before turning up to compete…

Members are encouraged to bring friends down for the day as ‘on-the-day’ entries will be made available for $50. Additionally, anyone who is not a Member of Athletics Victoria can pre-enter this awesome event for the early bird price of $40 via the Athletics Victoria Members Portal before Wednesday 26th July at 12pm (midday).

Vale Tony Lethbridge

Athletics Victoria are saddened by the news that Ringwood Athletic Club’s beloved member Tony Lethbridge passed away last Thursday. Tony will be remembered by many in the Victorian athletic movement as a passionate supporter and activist of athletics in Victoria. Tony passed away at the age of 89. During his life, Tony was a Victorian Champion over 110m hurdles, with seven consecutive titles, was a revered coach, Summer Competitions Director, and an original member of the Ringwood Athletic Club. Prior to this, Tony competed for St Stephens Harriers…

In recognition of his service to athletics in the City of Maroondah, the new $1.7 million pavilion has been named in his honour at its opening.

Tony will be remembered at a service to be held this Thursday (27/7) at the Heritage Funeral Home, Boronia Road, Wantirna. Proceedings will start at 4pm. All are welcome.

 

Holt & Clifford Shine on Day 6 (IPC World Championships)

Day 6 of the IPC World Championships played out with a particularly Victorian flavour, with Old Xaverians athlete Isis Holt kicking off proceedings in the Women’s T35 100m event, followed immediately by Diamond Valley’s Jaryd Clifford in the Men’s T12/13 1500m.

Holt had endured a tumultuous preparation campaign, stuck in hospital 3 weeks prior due to complications during a bad bout of tonsillitis, the 16 year old sprinter was only able to complete 6 training sessions in the 31 days prior to the World Championships. Facing a strong international field, Holt burned past the reigning European champion, whilst taking competitive revenge on Rio Paralympic champion, China’s Xia Zhou. Holt was unperturbed by Zhou’s blistering start, drawing level with 30 metres remaining, crossing the line in 13.43sec, obliterating her own world record of 13.57sec, closely followed by Zhou, also breaking the previous world record with a clocking of 13.56sec.

Holt’s initial excitement crossing the line was quickly doubled as her two Australian teammates, Brianna Coop (4th) and Carly Salmon (6th) pointed Holt’s view toward the stadium results board, as the phrase “world record” flashed across the screen. An emotional embrace with beaming Dad Peter followed, with long-time coach Nick Wall next in line to congratulate the now 100-time world record holder in the T35 100m and 200m events.

Diamond Valley athlete Jaryd Clifford had a considerable competitive mountain to climb entering the T12/13 1500m final, the Victorian 3:49 1500m runner would be facing off against two particularly talented Algerian brothers, Abdellatif and Fouad Bakka.

Abdellatif, the reigning Paralympic T12/13 1500m champion entered as the T13 world record holder, owner of a 3:48.29 personal best, a formidable opponent and consummate tactician when paired in the same field as brother Fouad, a 3:52.52 1500m runner.

Clifford ran a patient tactical race, with the early pace moderate, provisional hand timing indicated Clifford split 65.1sec through 400m, 63.1sec through 800m, with the race kicking off at this point, Clifford covered the 3rd lap in 61.7 seconds, running a blistering 42.9sec last 300m section, a 58.1 second last lap elevated Clifford from 5th at 1400m to 3rd crossing the finishing line.

With the Australian cheer squad of family, friends and coach Max Balchin on hand, Clifford completed a circuit of the Olympic stadium, Australian flag in hand before joining fellow teammate Isis Holt in the media zone to thunderous applause.

For further information regarding results and live stream options for the remainder of the IPC World Championships, be sure to check the following links: https://www.paralympic.org/london-2017/schedule/info-live-results/lo2017/eng/zz/engzz_athletics-daily-competition-schedule.htm

Holt and Clifford’s heroics are available for viewing on the archived live stream here: http://www.paralympic.org.au/para-sport-vod/

Courtesy: Sean Whipp (AV)

Invitational Entries for the Australian Cross Country Championships Close Today

Just a reminder today is the last day for invitational athletes to register for the Open Division at the Australian Cross Country Championships. If you wish to compete, please head to the Athletics Victoria Members Portal, click on the specific event and register. If you are also wishing to nominate yourself for the State Half-Marathon Team, please email Sean Whipp at sean@athsvic.org.au by 5pm today.


The 2017 Australian Cross Country Championships will descend on the City of Wollongong in 2017, with the Kembla Joggers excited to welcome the nation’s best distance runners to their purpose-built cross country facility.

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 Kembla Joggers and the City of Wollongong are excited to welcome distance runners from across the nation to the Australian Cross Country Championships later this year,” 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.”

Date: Saturday 26 August
Location: Kembla Joggers Cross Country Park, Wollongong

Courtesy: Athletics Australia


The Sunshine Coast will welcome athletes competing across 21.1km in 2017, as the Australian Half Marathon Championships descends on the picturesque course that takes in Maroochydore and Moolooloba.

Date: Sunday 20 August, 2017
Venue: Sunshine Coast, QLD
Host Event: 7 Sunshine Coast Marathon (McDonalds Half Marathon)

Distance: 21.1km
Individual Championship: Yes
Teams Championship: Yes

Courtesy: Athletics Australia

Isis Holt Surges To Gold

She claimed victory as a 14-year-old debutant at the 2015 World Championships, and now  Isis Holt (VIC) has done it again.

Soaring across the finish line in the 200m T35 final, Holt gave it her all to take out gold in 28.47s (+0.3), and reclaim the number one spot she had lost to China’s Zhou Xia in Rio.

“I still can’t believe what’s just happened, I didn’t expect to run so fast. It was a little bit of revenge for me to win again, but more than that it was really great to come back after Rio and be able to keep this title,” the Melbourne teenager said.

“When I won the title in Doha, I remember not knowing what to expect and then in Rio, I was really results-driven which hindered how I performed. Here, I was determined to make sure my focus was on the processes that I’ve been working on for so long, and getting that right is an amazing experience.”

Beaming with excitement, Holt embraced her fellow Australian teammates Brianna Coop (QLD) and Carly Salmon (NSW) who finished the race in fourth place (32.00) and sixth place (33.66) respectively.

Holt was not alone in success for the night, as James Turner (NSW) broke the 200m T36 world record in his heat, Deon Kenzie (Tas) and Aaron Chatman (QLD) each added silver medals to the Australian tally, while Chad Perris (WA) rounded out day three of competition off with a bronze.

Breaking his second world record in just his second major international competition in Para-athletics, Turner ran his heat in 24.15s (+0.5), crossing the line more than one second ahead of his closest competitor of the heat.

While he hopes he hasn’t “burnt himself out before tomorrow’s final” Turner said:

“When I heard the words ‘world record’ I was very confused. I looked up and thought “what the hell?” It gives me great confidence for the final. I really didn’t think I was going to do that.”

After an incredible heat on day one, Kenzie raced in the 800m T38 final, and finished in 2:02.15 setting a new Australian record.

Kenzie surpassed his own expectations but most of all, revelled in the opportunity to compete in the final, and against gold medallist Michael McKillop from Ireland.

“I put it all on the line early, which is what I set out today, and I couldn’t have put in more,” he said.

“It’s always a pleasure racing Michael, he’s a good friend of mine. He’s a world class athlete and hopefully one day I’ll get him.

“The crowd here is awesome, and it’s great to see London putting so much effort and energy into the Paralympic movement, and to have a crowd like this is absolutely fantastic.

Kenzie will race again on July 22nd in the 1500m T38, and will go in as the current world record holder.

Vision impaired Perris claimed bronze in the 100 T13 final, clocking in at 10.96s – the exact time he ran two years ago in Doha.

Running in second place for the majority of the race, Perris crossed the line just 0.01s behind Poland’s Mateusz Michalski, who came second to four-time world champion Jason Smyth (IRE).

“This was a real learning experience for Chad. There were four or five competitors in his race that could have won silver or bronze, but Chad came through to finish in third place,” Perris’ coach, Iryna Dvoskina said.

Australia’s only high jumper at the World Para-Athletics Championships, Chatman, put in a solid performance to take out silver – a podium step higher than his result at Rio.

Jumping 1.94m – just 0.05 off his season best – Chatman, came painstakingly close to gold before Roderick Townsend-Roberts from the US jumped 2.10m to claim the title.

Making his international debut, former SANFL athlete Daniel Kirk (SA) competed in the F44 discus, and like Kenzie, set an Australian record with a throw of 52.16m to finish in seventh place.

Having missed out on selection for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Team, Kirk said he was not only grateful for the opportunity to compete on the world stage but his result and the entire experience has made him hungrier to compete internationally again.

“I’m absolutely pumped to have broken that record, but more than that I was so glad to be present enough in the moment to compete well and take it all in,” Kirk said.

“To be there in my Australian kit, and to have people wearing the same colours in the crowd cheering me on was phenomenal.

“In the past when I’ve competed, I’ve found that I’ve often tried too hard to get a certain result, but I was able to stay relaxed. I came in wanting to put in solid results on the board, and I was able to do that.

“From this experience, I have more information on how I can improve myself, and I’m not intimidated of the gap between myself and my other competitors. I know I’m good enough and it’s certainly made me hungrier for Tokyo.”

Kurt Fearnley (NSW) and Jake Lappin (Vic) both competed in their heats and finals today in the T54 1500m.

While Fearnley placed third in his heat to automatically qualify for the final, his sixth place finish in the final was a result he was admittedly unhappy with.

“I’m still trying to get my head around it. Sixth is where I came in Rio, but tonight the old arms wouldn’t fire up. I got a little bit of a run a bit late, a gap did open up, but 1500m you either win big or you lose,” he laughed.

“One thing though, this is one of the most beautiful stadiums I’ve ever raced in. This crowd is just crazy. London own the Paralympic movement, and what they show right here is incredible.”

Lappin placed 10th with a time of 3:17.14.

Jessee Wyatt (Vic) took to the field to make his second international appearance in the F33 seated shot put. Placing sixth, Wyatt threw 8.93m in his fifth attempt.

Long jumper Nicholas Hum (Vic) competed at his fourth world championships in the T20 class for athletes with intellectual impairments, and placed fifth with a jump of 6.78m (-0.1).

To view results and entry lists for the World Para-Athletics Championships, please click here.


Courtesy of Athletics Australia – Sascha Ryner

Albert Park 10km Road Race – Wrap

It was a fresh start to the morning at Albert Park, with the mercury barely reaching 4 degrees, however it didn’t deter the athletes as they arrived, ready to tackle Victoria’s fastest 10km road race.

The Junior Division were the first to get things underway, attacking a 3km course that would have them finish inside Lakeside Stadium. Combining both the boys and girls saw Abbery Caldwell (Doncaster) take out the U18 grouping with a time of 9:57, and Maxine Paholek (South Melbourne) winning the gold in the U20 grouping with a time of 10:04. Harry Sharp (Ballarat Region) and Ebony Dodemaide (Western Athletics) took out the U16 Divison in times of 9:15 and 10:04 respectively. In the U14 Division it was Kane Marriott (Diamond Valley) and Lucinda Rourke (Williamstown) who claimed victory with times of 9:34 and 10:07 respectively.

The Men’s U18 10km was won by Jack Itter from Diamond Valley Athletic Club. Jack ran a beautiful race to finish solidly with a time of 33:09. Up a Division in the Men’s U20, and it was Cody Shanahan (Western Athletics) who continued his impressive form to take out the title with a time of 30:56.

In the Men’s Open Division it was Mitch Brown (Athletics Essendon) who took out the victory ahead of Liam Adams (Athletics Essendon) and Charlie Park (MUAC) in what was a very tactical race. The leader changed on numerous occasions with all athletes trying to settle into a decent groove. However, at the final turn on Aughtie Drive, Mitch kicked it into another gear and burned away from Liam and Charlie to claim his third Albert Park 10km Road Race title, with a time of 29:48. Liam and Charlie finished with times of 29:59 and 30:04 respectively.

In the Women’s Open Division it was Alexandra Patterson (Old Xaverians) who claimed her breakthrough victory for the 2017 season, winning in empahtic form ahead of Virginia Moloney (Collingwood). The race was lead by Virginia for the first half, but during the second lap Alexandra made her move and managed to hold onto a decent lead heading into Lakeside Stadiuim, where she finished with a time of 33:22. Virginia wasn’t too far behind at all, crossing the line in a time of 33:45. 

The Open Wheelchair Division saw Samuel Rizzo (Ballarat Region) dominate to the 10km course, ahead of Paralympian Richard Colman. The two were head-to-head for the majority of the first lap, before Samuel made his move and gave himself a decent gap heading into Lakeside Stadium, and crossing the line with a time of 26:43. Richard was a couple on minutes behind, finishing in a time of 28:53.

Click here for a list of full results.

The next event is Lake Wendouree in two weeks! On-the-day entries will again be made available. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

#XCR17

Australian Road Running Championships – Entry Information

With the Road and Cross Country running season now in full swing and excitement is building towards the London 2017 World Championships, Athletics Australia are pleased to announce details of

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the three events that make up the Out of Stadium Championships for 2017.  These events being:

  • The 2017 Australian Half Marathon Championship to be held in conjunction with the Mc Donald’s Half Marathon at the Sunshine Coast Marathon on Sunday August 20th 2017
  • The 2017 Australian Road Running Championship to be held in conjunction with the Adelaide City to Bay 12km event on Sunday 17th September 2017
  • The 2017 Australian Marathon Championship to be held in conjunction with the Blackmores Sydney Marathon at the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival on Sunday 17th September 2017

2017 Australian Half Marathon Championship

Date: Sunday 20th August 2017

Venue: Sunshine Coast, QLD
Host Event: Channel 7 Sunshine Coast Marathon

Event Website: https://www.sunshinecoastmarathon.com.au/

Distance: 21.1km

Individual Championship: Yes

Teams Championship: Yes

Assistance Packages
Athletics Victoria has been invited to send up to six (6) male and six (6) female athletes to contest the 2017 Australian Half Marathon Championship.  The following assistance packages will be available:

– Free race entry to all nominated MA team members
– Use of the Elite Athlete facilities on race day eg. Dressing room
– An elite start at the front of the field
– One night’s twin share accommodation
– Allowance of $150 dollars per athlete
– Ground transport to the start line
– Facility access into/out of Event venue for the athlete briefing

Entry Procedure
All team nominations are due by COB on Wednesday 19th July 2017, to sean@athsvic.org.au for on-forwarding to the race organisers. The information required for each athlete is:

– Full Name
– Gender

– Date of Birth
– Contact Email address
– Contact Phone number
– Half Marathon Personal Best
– Relevant performances since January 1st, 2016

Each athlete will be contacted by the race organisers independently to arrange their race entry.

Athletes not provided an assistance package or free entry must enter via the event website listed above.  Please be aware of entry deadlines.

2017 Australian Road Running Championship

Date: Sunday 17th September 2017

Venue: Adelaide, SA
Host Event: Sunday Mail City-Bay Fun Run

Event Website: http://www.city-bay.org.au/

Distance:  12km

Individual Championship: Yes

Teams Championship: No

Assistance Packages:
The Adelaide City to Bay has a long history of providing significant assistance to Australia’s elite distance runners. Suitably qualified athletes will be provided with a range of assistance packages that may include travel, accommodation, transfers and race entry. Enquiries regarding potential assistance should be directed to Joe Stevens by email –  racedirector@city-bay.org.au

Entry Procedure
Athletes not provided an assistance package or free entry must enter via the event website listed above.  Please be aware of entry deadlines. Check official event website for entry close dates, as entry prices are tiered by proximity to the event.

2017 Australian Marathon Championship

Date: Sunday 17th September 2017

Venue: Sydney, NSW
Host Event: Blackmores Sydney Running Festival

Event Website: http://www.sydneyrunningfestival.com.au/

Distance:  42.195km

Individual Championship: Yes

Teams Championship: Yes

Assistance Packages:  Athletics Victoria has been invited to send up to six (6) male and six (6) female athletes to contest the 2017 Australian Marathon Championship.  The following assistance packages will be available:

– Free race entry to all nominated MA team members
– Use of the Elite Athlete facilities on race day eg. Dressing room
– An elite start at the front of the field
– One night’s twin share accommodation
– Allowance of $150 dollars per athlete
– Ground transport to the start line
– Facility access into/out of Event venue for the athlete briefing

Entry Procedure
All team nominations are to be sent by COB on Wednesday 16th August 2017 to sean@athsvic.org.au for on-forwarding to the race organisers. The information required for each athlete is:
– Full Name
– Gender
– Date of Birth
– Contact Email address
– Contact Phone number
– Marathon Personal Best
– Relevant performances since January 1st, 2016

Athletes not provided an assistance package or free entry must enter via the event website listed above.  Please be aware of entry deadlines.

General Information
– Only financial members of Athletics Victoria are eligible to compete for an Australian Championship as an individual or in a team category.
– Athletics Australia encourage nominated participants to wear their State or Territory uniform when competing and for presentation ceremonies.
– Prize money for place getters is available in all three events.  Please refer to each event’s website for further details.
– For the Team events at the Sunshine Coast and Sydney, the first three male and female finishers from each competing state will be scored and be eligible for the respective team medals

Albert Park 10km Road Race – Preview

This Sunday will be the fifth running of the Albert Park 10km road race with over 1000 men and women set to face the starters gun at 9.00am.  The Sunday forecast is cold, overcast and windy and will not assist in producing fast times around the two lap course with potential  gusts making the journey home from the turn around point challenging for the entire field.

The 10km event is the third individual race of the XCR’17 Season with Andrew Buchanan (Bendigo Region) and Virginia Moloney (Collingwood) currently leading the Open Men’s and Women’s Championship respectively. Both Buchanan and Moloney have two individual wins each so far, but Moloney is expected to be in great form after her magnificent effort at the Gold Coast Marathon posting the third fastest time this season in 2.29.14.  Moloney also holds the third fastest time over the Albert Park 10km which she set last year in a time of 33.53. Others to watch will be Alexandra Patterson (Old Xaverians) currently second behind Moloney in the Womens Individual Championships and Glenhuntly’s Karinna Fyfe who ran 33.56 in 2015 when the record of 32.33.6 was set by Courtney Powell.

The Mens competition is consistently more open with potential challenges for Buchanan to come from Liam Adams (Athletics Essendon) and Dejen Gebreselassie (Mentone) – both likely to be up the front after finishing second and third respectively in the Half Marathon on the Gold Coast two weeks ago.  Adams won this event in 2016 and holds the fastest time for this course in 29.48.1.

The teams competition is also up for grabs this weekend especially in Mens Premier. After a successful win at Sandown Road Relays, St Stephens (45 pts) are in striking distance of current leaders Box Hill (50pts) with Melbourne University third on 43 points. In the Womens Premier, Glenhuntly lead with 51 pts over Knox on 45 pt and Frankston third on 39 pts.

If you are feeling like a weekend challenge around Albert Park over 10km you can enter on the day from 7.00am. Head to the Athletics Victoria Administration tent located outside Lakeside Stadium Gate 1. Entries are $50. For more event information, head to the XCR Round 6 event page.

#XCR17

Sandown Road Relays – Wrap

Cold.

So cold.

I feel as if it’s always cold at Sandown. Then again, it would have been cold just about everywhere in Victoria today, so we can’t blame Sandown. In fact, let’s not play the blame game at all. Let’s just get into the wrap of what was an awesome day of running by all (brave) competitors who fronted up, threw the trackpants and hoodies to the side, and gave it a red hot crack. Sidenote: It truly is inspiring watching everyone of all ages tackle the tough 3.1km circuit on a day such as today!

Warning – upset alert! That’s right, St Stephens Harriers took out Men’s Division 1 for the first time since 1974! And it was all thanks to Thomas Thorpe, Samuel Quirk, Lachlan Aspinall, Sean Guiney, Mitchell Cashion and Lachlan Connell. Each lad ran exceptionally well, and managed to beat favourites Box Hill. However, MUAC and in particular Nicholas Earl, put in a courageous effort. Heading into the final leg a good 20 seconds behind Box Hill, Earl managed to catch William Potter and ensure his team of a silver medal!

Over in Women’s Division 1, it was Knox who were too strong for Glenhuntly, taking out the win with impressive performances from all. It was great to see Melissa Duncan back running – and running very strongly. Melissa got her team off to a flying start, which allowed teammates Kate Seibold, Natalie Rule, Katie Gamble and Anna Macdonald to bring it home.

The Men’s 40+ saw APS United bring home the chocolates. Sam McLean was a real standout running the first leg, before allowing teammates Luke Goodman and Mark Frater to do their thing, and ensure their club would reign supreme.

Up in the Men’s 50+ it was Box Hill who were too dominant. Kicking things off was John Meagher who smashed the first leg, which meant for a easy job for Peter Stefanos and Garth Calder, who were able to get into the perfect rhythm and hold strong for the club which is used to winning things in cross country.

The Women’s 40+ was won by Athletics Waverley, with Niamh O’Reilly, Sally Lim and Kirsten Jackson all running very well. Ballarat Region and Mentone rounded out the top three!

Down with the younger competitors, and in the Men’s U20 saw Box Hill have a convincing win! Thomas Sellwood, Mac Anderson and Alexander Ritchie were too strong for their rivals, winning by a good two minutes.

The Women’s U20 was taken out by MUAC. With Emily French, Sarah Lloyd and Ciara Boyd-Squires Long running with great pace and confidence, which allowed them to just pip Knox at the line – in what was a seriously exciting finish to a race!

Click here for a list of full results.

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We’re back next weekend at the beautiful Albert Park for the fastest 1okm Road Race Victoria has on offer! On-the-day entries will be availabe for the awesome price of $50, or better yet, pre-enter as a non-Member for the early bird price of $40 – before Wednesday…

#XCR17

 

 

XCR’17 – Sandown Road Relays Preview

After one round of relays it really is hard to determine who’s the team to beat. Jells Park seems like forever ago, and with a plethora of individual performances and kilometres under the belt for all athletes, Sandown really is anyone’s game. This weekend is all about fast times and even faster winds. Yep, it’s like doing a lap around Albert Park, but on steroids. Gusts of up to 30km/h are predicted which makes it sweet for half the track, but not so sweet for the other. Basically it’s fine if you’re sitting comfortably in a V8 supercar, but not so fine if you’re using your legs to get from A to B. The good news I guess is that (technically) you’re not going to be doing it alone – you’ll have your teammates there to receive the baton and cheer you on! I still don’t think it’s going to make things any easier though. However (in saying that) I don’t want any of you to take the easy way out! Or as I like to call it ‘doing a Bernard Tomic’. Although if you’re Virginia Moloney, I can see how winning all the time could become quite ‘boring’, but I’m not sure you’d want to retire (financially speaking) from XCR after 10 years. I could be wrong though because our boy Bernie isn’t winning anything, so maybe it’s incorrect to say ‘winning all the time creates boredom’. Or maybe in XCR there simply isn’t anything to get bored about – except for reading these previews!? No doubt your head is spinning and you’re thinking ‘what is this dude on’ and that’s fair enough, I can’t blame you. What I can do though, is guarantee the information below will be on point, unlike our friend Bernies serve – zing.

So let’s see who every team will be gunning for on Saturday…

Box Hill are flying in Men’s Division 1, which means they either had a super pre-season or they’re genuinely the team to beat this year. William Potter is the man leading the charge for Box Hill, with XCR legend Stephen Dinneen holding is own amongst the young-ens.

Western Athletics are on top in Men’s Division 2, which notably doesn’t feature kombucha enthusiast Michael Masseni, but rather the likes of Callum Drake and Liam Cashin, who are both in some solid form this year.

Men’s Division 3 has Athletics Nunawading sitting comfortably above their rivals, with Adrian Mclean the ‘go to man’.

Box Hill join the ‘leader party’ again in Men’s Davison 4, with Welday Mebrahtu holding bragging rights of being the quickest in the team – purely from a Jells Park perspective.

Men’s Division’s 5, 6 and 7 is a real Harriers affair with St Stephens and Richmond in the mix.

Over in the Women’s Division 1 ranking, it’s Glenhuntly who are sitting nicely on top with the likes of Anna Shaw and Karinna Fyfe who are in awesome form, and are dominating on the individual circuit.

Division 2 for the ladies, sees Essendon on the top, after having some help from Rio Olympian Linden Hall at Jells Park. Unfortunately Linden won’t be at Sandown due to European commitments, however, Charlotte Wilson and Emilie Guy are more than capable of getting the job done!

Williamstown look dominant in Women’s Division 3 with doppelgängers Michelle Mathews and Belinda Bozin leading the charge on the track whilst being a sports marketers dream off the track.

For the Women in Division 5 and 6, it’s Knox and Frankston who are looking solid.

Even though it’s a team event, there are always going to be certain individuals to look out for:

  • Nicholas Earl (MUAC) – Finished fifth in the Gold Coast Half-Marathon and has ran in just about everything this year, so won’t be surprised if he fronts up and competes for his team.
  • Zac Newman (MUAC) – Performs exceptionally well on the pavement!
  • Dave Ridley (Doncaster) – Became the Oceania Champion at the Gold Coast Marathon. However, may not be a feature on Saturday due to soreness.
  • Liam Adams (Essendon) – Finsihed second in the Gold Coast Half-Marathon. However, may also be a little sore come Saturday.
  • Dejen Gebreselassie (Mentone) – Won his first XCR event at Cruden Farm and finished third at the Gold Coast Half-Marathon. Looks to be in really good touch and is definitely shaking things up in the individual events this season.
  • Virginia Moloney (Collingwood) – Became the Oceania Champion at the Gold Coast Marathon and is in amazing form. However, may not be a feature for her team due to a well-deserved break.
  • Henrietta Lawrence (Frankston) – Smashed the Gold Coast 10km Road Race and looks to be hitting form at the right time of the season!
  • Gemma Maini (Frankston) – Ran very well at the Gold Coast 10km Road Race after having minimal competition preparation leading into the event due to injury. Looks to have found her groove again and will be a real threat for the back half of the XCR season.
  • Anna Kelly (South Melbourne) – Breakthrough win at Wandin Park, and has been in the mix for most individual events this year. Was recently selected to represent Victoria for the Australian Cross Country Championships in Wollongong and will no doubt be looking to give her team every chance of winning the gold!
  • Alexandra Paterson (Old Xaverians) – Finished second at the Gold Coast 10km Road Race, and has been up there in the top three for most of the individual XCR events this season. Looks to be in red hot form!

This Saturday really is going to an exciting day out at Sandown, with the competition looking as close as it’s ever been – much like it is in the AFL. The atmosphere is already set to be electric with Little Athletics Victoria hosting their Victorian Road Relay Championships at the same venue! That being said, parking may get a little trickier as the day progresses, so be sure to allow yourselves plenty time to find a spot for your vehicle. The weather is looking likely to be fairly chilly, so please dress accordingly. We don’t want anyone to catch a cold a week before Victoria’s fastest 10km road race out at the beautiful Albert Park, where in case you were wondering, on-the-day entries will be made available to all those who wish to compete – at the very generous price of $50!

Good luck to all those competing on Saturday, and may the best team win!

#XCR17

 

 

 

Gold Coast Marathon 2017

If there was ever a Sunday in the last twenty (or so) years to be up on the Gold Coast, yesterday was it. Boiling a kettle first thing in the morning for your car instead of your tea is about as cold/ridiculous as it gets. Guaranteed the thought of Victorian’s waking up in a shiver would have had every Gold Coaster laughing as they casually tucked into a nice barrel at Duranbah (whilst in their boardshorts). However, there were a few who were smart enough to foresee the future, thus entering themselves into either the Marathon, Half-Marathon, or 10km Road Race.

Virginia Moloney (Collingwood) had a race to remember, crossing the line in 28th position overall, and 5th in her grouping. Moloney ran the marathon beautifully and became one of nine Australian females (ever!) to break 2 hours 30 minutes, claiming the Oceania Title in a time of 2:29:14. An truly inspiring race which came as no surprise given Moloney’s incredible form during the current XCR season…

Karinna Fyfe (Glenhuntly) was solid in the Marathon, just as she has been this year during each XCR event. Fyfe ran well to record a time of 2:50:25, which placed her 112th overall and 14th in her grouping.

Alexandra Paterson (Old Xaverians) ran exceptionally well in the 10km Road Race, finishing 2nd overall with a time of 33:10. Henrietta Lawrence (Frankston) and Katie Gamble (Knox) also ran amazingly, recording PB’s of 35:27 and 35:47 respectively. And after a bit of time off with injury, Gemma Maini (Frankston) is back running which is great to see! Maini finished 96th overall and 10th in her grouping with a time of 35:55. Olympian and 2015 Zatopek Champion, Eloise Wellings (NSW), took out the title…

Dave Ridley (Doncaster) was dominant in his Marathon efforts, becoming the Oceania Champion whilst finishing 15th overall and in his grouping respectively. Ridley finished in a personal best time of 2:24:59!

Olympian Liam Adams (Essendon), XCR newcomer Dejen Gerbreselassie (Mentone), MUAC veteran Nick Earl and state representative Andrew Buchanan (Bendigo) all entered into the Half-Marthon, with all four running true to form. Adams finished 2nd overall in a time of 1:03:49, which was slightly off his personal best achieved in Brisbane back in 2012 (1:03:28). Gerbreselassie, who took out Cruden Farm honours (and has been a real threat to the Men’s Open field this year) ran a great race finishing third overall in a time of 1:04:12. Earl, who just seems to keep getting better each year, ran a brilliant race finishing 5th overall with a personal best time of 1:04:52 – cutting just under 2 seconds off his previous PB achieved last year on the Gold Coast. Buchanan, who has already taken out two XCR’17 events in Wandin Park and Bundoora, ran solidly to finish 13th overall with a time of 1:06:12. It was a step-up for Buchanan after competing in the Gold Coast 10km Road Race last year.

A huge congratulations to all who competed!

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