XCR’17 – Wandin Park Cross Country – Wrap

An amazing day out at Wandin Park saw some amazing performances on what was an extremely tough course.

Standout performances in the Men’s Open Division:

  • Andrew Buchanan (Bendigo) sat back on the first 4km lap then forged away on the second to set up a good lead ahead of Nick Earl. Ended up winning comfortably with a time of 26:05. It’s the first time a Division 5 athlete has won a Victorian Championships.
  • Veteran Nick Earl (MUAC) was solid all day and looks to be in really good form off the back of wining Puffing Billy’s Great Train Race. Was with Andrew for the majority of the race but couldn’t stick with him at the final stages. Crossed the line in second place with a time of 26:30.
  • Dejen Gebreselassie (Mentone) was running in his first ever Athletics Victoria XCR event and looked as if he had been there plenty of times before. Put in an exceptionally good performance and finished up in third place with a time of 26:35.

Standout performances in the Women’s Open Division:

  • Anna Kelly (South Melbourne) had an interesting battle. There were four in contention for the majority of the race, but with 2km to go, Anna made a break and continued to push towards the finish line. First breakthrough Victorian Championship with a time of 21:57.
  • Alexandra Patterson (Old Xaverians) backed up really well from winning the Sydney 10 a week prior. Looked really poised for the whole race and finished in second place with a time of 22:07.
  • Karinna Fyfe (Glenhuntly) has been a very reliable runner over many years, and it was no different at Wandin. Looked in really good form for the whole race and stuck with Alexandra right to the end. Rounded out the top three with a time of 22:09.

Click here for a list of full results.


We look forward to seeing everyone at Cruden Farm for our Round 3 Heritage competition.


If you missed out on entering Wandin Park Cross Country, you still have plenty of time to get entered into Cruden Farm. Make sure you head to the Athletics Victoria Members Portal to ensure you don’t miss out again! Closing date for Cruden is Wednesday 24th May – 12pm (midday).


How to enter into an XCR’17 event:

  • Head to athsvic.org.au
  • Click on Members Portal on the top right of your computer screen.
  • Or click on event page (XCR).
  • Click on the specific event you wish to enter (eg. Wandin Park Cross Country).
  • Click the ‘enter now’ tab.
  • If you have a current profile with Athletics Victoria please enter your login details. If you have forgotten your login details, contact Athletics Victoria on (03) 8646 4500. Please do not create a separate account.
  • Once in the Athletics Victoria Members Portal, select your age group from the available event(s).
  • Once selected, click add to cart.
  • Click ‘go to cart’ to make payment, or click ‘continue shopping’ if you wish to enter further events.

If you have clicked ‘go to cart’…

  • Check the information you have entered is correct.
  • If satisfied with all the information, click ‘check out’.
  • Follow the prompts and click ‘next’ on the order summary.
  • Make sure you tick the terms and conditions box to proceed to the payment screen.
  • Click ‘next’ on payment screen (billing screen).
  • Enter your credit card details and click ‘continue’.
  • Your order will be processed and a confirmation email will be sent to the email address associated with your account.
  • If you do not receive an email, please contact Athletics Victoria on (03) 8646 4500.

If you have clicked ‘continue shopping’…

  • Click on the ‘events tab’ situated at the top of your computer screen.
  • Select the event you wish to enter by clicking on the register button which is situated on the far-right column.
  • Select the event you wish to compete in and select your age group.

Please note: If you have purchased a Max Package and/or XCR Package you are automatically entered into each of the XCR rounds for the 2017 season.

This step-by-step entering guide is for those who haven’t purchased a Max Package and/or XCR Package and are completing individual entries.

How to purchase a package…

  • Login to the Athletics Victoria Members Portal.
  • Click on ‘events tab’ situated at the top of your computer screen.
  • Select the package you wish to purchase.
  • Select your specific age group from the drop-down menu.
  • Click ‘add to cart’.
  • If satisfied with all the information, click ‘check out’.
  • Follow the prompts and click ‘next’ on the order summary.
  • Make sure you tick the terms and conditions box to proceed to the payment screen.
  • Click ‘next’ on payment screen (billing screen).
  • Enter your credit card details and click ‘continue’.
  • Your order will be processed and a confirmation email will be sent to the email address associated with your account.
  • If you do not receive an email, please contact Athletics Victoria on (03) 8646 4500.

ENTERING A RELAY EVENT

Your club is responsible for entering teams. Please ensure you notify Team Managers of your eligibility if you have completed your membership and purchased one of the following packages:

  • 2017 Max Package
  • XCR’17 Package
  • XCR’17 Relay Package

Please note: For athletes to be eligible to compete and score points for their team, they must be registered with Athletics Victoria and approved by their club with one of the above packages purchased no later than 12pm (midday) the Wednesday before the Saturday/Sunday event.

How to purchase a package…

  • Login to the Athletics Victoria Members Portal.
  • Click on ‘events tab’ situated at the top of your computer screen.
  • Select the package you wish to purchase.
  • Select your specific age group from the drop-down menu.
  • Click ‘add to cart’.
  • If satisfied with all the information, click ‘check out’.
  • Follow the prompts and click ‘next’ on the order summary.
  • Make sure you tick the terms and conditions box to proceed to the payment screen.
  • Click ‘next’ on payment screen (billing screen).
  • Enter your credit card details and click ‘continue’.
  • Your order will be processed and a confirmation email will be sent to the email address associated with your account.
  • If you do not receive an email, please contact Athletics Victoria on (03) 8646 4500

Make sure you remember to tag @athleticsvictoria in all your photos throughout the season 🙂

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