Five Western Aths teams 2nd, 3rd and 4th at AV Shield Final

Well done to the five Western Aths teams and all of the athletes who represented our great club in the AV Shield Final!!!

40+ ladies finished 3rd, U18G 4th, U16G 4th, U18B 2nd and U16B 3rd - no Premierships, but lots of great team work & comaradrie.

Jack Rayner selected for world cross country and places 3rd in Marugame Half Marathon

World Cross Country selection - photo by Athletics Australia

Coming off dominating the Australian road race scene, winning the Commonwealth Half Marathon championships and placing second at the Zatopek 10,000m; Jack Rayner continued his fine form finishing second at the World Cross Country selection trials at Stromlo Park and securing himself selection in the Australian team.

Jack will join Brett Robinson, Harry Summers, Jack Bruce, Patrick Tiernan and Stewart McSweyn in Denmark on 30 March 2019. Melissa Duncan, Caitlin Adams, Paige Campbell, Emily Brichacek, Marnie Ponton and Leanne Pompeani will represent Australia for the Women.

On 2nd of February 2019, Jack placed 3rd in the Marugame Half Marathon in Japan finishing in 61:36, Joel Tobin-White has a huge breakthrough clocking 62:03 and Sinead Diver also finished 3rd in 68:55 jumping up to #6 all time!

Footage of the race can be watched here:

Coming up next? I think we're all excited to watch Jack at the World Cross Country Championships and make his marathon debut at London Marathon!

Running education night - 12th February

On Tuesday 12th February 2019, experts from our sponsor Symmetry Physiotherapy and Practical Podiatry will be visiting the club to talk to us about recovery modalities, nutrition and foot strengthening. Contact Aimee Lane by 11th February to RSVP. Flyer details below.

Wins and club records broken at Steigen Spectacular

Brayden on his way to break the club record U17 200m record - Photo by Stu Macaulay

Some great racing by Western Athletics runners yesterday evening at John Landy Field in the Steigen Spectacular.

Western Athletics annual Christmas Gift

On Tuesday 18th of December, the club got together for the annual Western Athletics Christmas gift. It was an enjoyable night and chance to relax with a delicious bbq, salads and desserts - thank you to all who cooked and provided food. Always a nice social event.

Well done to our winners in the handicap events -

100m invite - Marcus Sneyders

120m - Brayden Portelli

1000m - Liam Morgan

Shot put - Jackson Glover

And also to our raffle winners!

Zatopek:10 2018

Congratulations to all Western Athletics athletes who competed at Zatopek!

Mia White 13th in the Jamieson Junior Girls 1500m,

Cody Shanahan 8th in Mens Open 1500m,

Matthew Hussey 5th in de Castella U20 Mens 3000m, and

Jack Rayner 2nd in in the Zatopek Mens 10,000m.

Jack set a new Open 10,000m club record finishing second to Stewart McSweyn in a time of 28:12.07.

Four Western Athletics athletes selected for Simplot Games

Congrats to the four Western Athletics members who will get to compete in a quality USA Schools competition.

Well done Janae Mackrell, Abigail Thomas, Kelera Ratu , Georgia Muller and all of the coaches.

Whitehorse Classic Twilight Meet

Cody Shanahan at the Whitehorse Classic

Cody in the A 1500 - Photo by Tania Shanahan

Whitehorse classic last night, well done Box Hill Athletics Club, we had several runners - Georgia 62 high and Kelera 60 high in the 400.

In the 1500 Liam won the best pacer award, Cody was 3rd in the A 1500 3.53ish, Buddha in his first track run recorded 4.10ish, Abigail just missed her PB and Morgan ran 4.32 on her first 15 in 13 years.

Paul Tobin's daughter also ran a nice 60 low, hope all the times are nearly right.

Shield Ladders Rd6

Shield Ladders

At the halfway point of the season the interim ladders currently see the club well placed to have multiple teams representing Western Athletics at Shield Final. With six rounds remaining two pre Xmas and four post Xmas it will be a tight and exciting run for some teams as they strive to finish in the top 2 treams in their divisions.

Victorian Track Relay Championships 2018

4 x 1500 40+ women Gold

Another big day at the Vic relays. Well done to all the athletes and their coaches.

We walked away with many fine performances and gold to the 4x1500 40+ Woman, silver to the 4x800m U18 Women and bronze to the 4x400m U16 Women.

The Men’s U18 Medley 4th, Women’s U16 4x100 3rd in their heat, Men’s U18 4x800 7th and Men’s 4x400m U16 5th in heat. Our U14 Men 4x100 will be one to watch in the future.

Thanks to Phil Dunstone, Susan Jaimangal, Phil Kelly, Colette Taylor, Louise Licandro, Stephanie Thomas, Julie White and Glenn Evans for helping to cover the Club Duty throughout the day.

Lastly thanks to Alida and Julius for looking after me.

View more photos from the day in our Facebook album.

AV Shield competition - Round 4 update

In round 4 Western Athletics were represented at at least 3 different venues with photos coming in from Ringwood, Doncaster and Geelong athletics tracks.

Rayner wins in augural Commonwealth half

Thank you to Athletics Australia for the following article. Source:

Jack Rayner has written his name into history with a win in the inaugural Commonwealth Half Marathon Championships held in Cardiff last evening.