Western Athletics take home XCR 2014 awards

A successful 2014 cross country season! Well done to all the athletes who participated! 2014 champions in the Women's U20 and Men's U18 and 16!


Claire Hodgart, Phil Dunstone and Liam Cashin on the red carpet at AV awards night.

Congratulations to Matthew for winning the overall U14 male champion for the 2014 cross country season!



Rob Pope wins Liverpool Rock 'n' Roll Marathon


A huge congratulations to Rob Pope on winning his home town marathon, the Liverpool Rock n Roll marathon, on his birthday! Doesn't get any better than that!

Rob finished in a very impressive 2:29:28.

Check out the article on the Liverpool Rock 'n' Roll marathon in the Liverpool Echo which includes a video interview of Rob.

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Round 4 Bundoora Race Wrap

Alex Tyrrell Bundoora

Alex Tyrrell finishing strong (Photo courtesy of Athletics Victoria)

We Broke out the sunnies and sunscreen for round 4 as the dry, sunny conditions made running almost a bit too hot, especially up the hill for the last time! AV changed the course in a couple of places this year, with a small extension up the hill near the end and more significantly at the back end where we were spared the full force of Mount Cooper, about 4 metres less elevation per lap than last year.


The numbers were down a little this round with enough to field two teams only. In the Div 2 Brianna Bunworth was first to finish in 34th place, in a time of 32 minutes and 34 seconds. A big improvement on Wendouree and showing that she is recovering well from the marathon. Next in was Nardine Bainbridge, Carolyn Huell and Brigitte Sneyders rounding off for the Div 2. Special mention to all the ladies of the Div 3 this week, congratulations to Di McDonald in her first individual race and PB for Brenda Cashin, Janice Hodgart (7 minutes PB) and Vana Evans. Vana’s run was particularly remarkable slicing 16 minutes from her last Bundoora time, a far cry from the shock and awe of her first time at last year’s race when she needed some coaxing to finish!

Vana Evans

Brianna Bunworth

Vana and Brianna (Photos by Tania Shanahan)


In the men’s divisions we just made the three teams this round with 15 athletes, it was definitely worth me finishing this time! The big movers in this round were Dan Barlow, down from 53rd at Wendouree to 29th and Alex Tyrrell down from 125th at Wendouree to 114th, and finishing superbly to out-kick a Doncaster athlete, our direct completion in the Div2 ladder. First across the line was Callum Drake, also lifting another couple of places finishing 27th in 41 minutes and 5 seconds followed by Dan Barlow, Alistair McDonald, Michael Masseni, Alex Tyrrell and Cameron Menadue. Another significant improver on previous years was Luke Hodgart cutting off nearly 10 minutes off his previous PB. Some really great efforts all round, showing steady improvements and we should hang on to 3rd place behind Box Hill and Doncaster in Div 2, 8th or 9th in Div3 and 2nd place in Div 6.



Luke and Alistair (Photos by Stu Macaulay)


For our U20s Claire Hodgart recovered well from the Mountain running Champs a couple of weeks ago to finish 8th and a 20 second PB. In the men’s U20s we had Nathan Pearce and John Camilleri representing Western Aths and with the combination of the Dan and Liam in the Schools category and Nathan our men’s U20 was again second behind the Knox team. The boys will still be in second place and waiting to see what Knox will do at the Albert Park 10km!

All Schools State Championships

Bundoora is also the scene for the state All Schools cross country championships and as usual we had some great performances from our juniors. Best result of the day was the indefatigable Brandon Muscat winning the U14 Men’s 3km race. Liam Cashin, Daniel Dunstone and Lochy Lyness were 2nd, 3rd and 10th respectively in the Men’s U20s 8km, Sophie McMinimee 5th in the Women’s U15, Cody Shanahan 5th in Men’s U18, Ethan McMinimee and Bailey Rankin 12th and 14th resp. in the Men’s U14, Yara Taylor and Georgia Muller 12th and 19th in the women’s U14. All these athletes have given themselves a chance for selection to either the SSV or AV state teams, congratulations. Well done also to Bailey Sharp, Emma Stankic, Thomas Glover, Rachel Evans, Jackson Glover, Robert Weitsz, Matt Hussey, Kirk Shanahan, Patrick Bradfield-Smith and Matthew Schaumberg, mostly finishing in the top half or better in their races.

Rayner Debuts in Top Ten - XCR '15 Lake Wendouree Race Wrap

In his first non relay XCR race, Jack Rayner has cruised through the 15km course finishing in 9th place in a time of 47 minutes and 36 second, alongside Liam Adams and Ben Ashkettle. Jack is the first male athlete from Western Athletics to finish in top ten of the seniors XCR races. For years, as a junior, Jack has provided Western Athletics with loyal support in relays and is now providing a very valuable boost to our open men’s teams. He will be a force for many years to come in the open men’s races.

Jack Rayner with Liam Adams and Ben Ashkettle

Jack Rayner with Ben Ashkettle and Liam Adams (Photo by Stuart Macaualay)

XCR '15 Lake Wendouree Race Wrap

Typical Ballarat conditions greeted us on Saturday for XCR’15 Round 3 at Lake Wendouree – cool, slightly wet and Antarctic blasts of wind in the last 3 km! This round was again well supported with 53 athletes competing, a record for Western Athletics at this venue. From this pool of athletes we had three open men’s and three open women’s teams completing the 15km race and in the Junior 5km race we had four men’s teams and one women’s team. This is a remarkable effort especially in our open men’s ranks and in my time I have never known us to field 3 open men’s teams at Lake Wendouree, in fact one year I filled out the last spot in the Div 2 team!

Lake Wendouree 2015 Juniors

Juniors 5km race (Photo by Stuart Macaulay)

Searle and Weitsz blaze the Trailblazer

The Trailblazer trail run was held at the You Yangs on Sunday 31st May by PB Events.

Luke Searle ran the hilly 10km course finishing in 1st place in a time of 35:16 and broke the course record by 3 minutes!

Luke Searle Trailblazer 10km

Luke Searle Trailblazer 10km (Photo by Alida Weitsz)

Robert Weitsz finished 1st in the U18 age category for the 7km event and 3rd overall! Father Julius Weitsz finished 3rd in the 40-49 age category.

Robert Weitsz 1 place Trailblazer 7km

Robert Weitsz 1st place U18 7km event (Photo by Alida Weitsz)

PB Events have a great new feature where you are able to see finish line footage of all athletes. Check it out:

Luke Searle:
obert Weitsz:
Julius Weitsz:

Claire and Luke at the Australian Mountain Running Championships

On Sunday 31st May 2015 Claire and Luke Hodgart competed in the Australian Mountain Running Championships at Camp Mountain in Queensland.

Claire recently won the female U20s category at the Victorian Mountain Running championships. At the Australian championships she was up against tough competition, one ex World Cross Juniors (China), as well as last years winner and an Australian U20 medalist from the Australian Junior Track & Field. Despite the tough competition and a sore foot she finished the U20s 4.8km course (with 400m of ascent and descent) in 5th place!

Claire must really love hills as an hour later she jogged the Open women's 8.2km event and finished in 15th!

Claire Hodgart Australian Mountain Running Championships

Julia Bourke wins Gold at Oceania Athletics Championships

Julia Bourke has won the Shot Put title and the Victorian record with a 15.56m throw! This is a huge 61cm PB!! Amazing result, well done Julia!

Julia Bourke Oceania Athletics Championships

Western Athletics at Werribee Mansion Run

Western Athletics had some great results at the local MyPhysio Werribee Mansion Run by PB Events. Well done to all!

11km Run

Nathan Pearce - 2nd overall and 1st in U19 category

Brigitte Sneyders - 1st in Women's 30-39 category

Mechelle Lane - 1st in Women's 50-59 category

Mechelle Lane Werribee Mansion Run

Mechelle on her way to 1st place

5.5km Run

Luke Searle - 1st overall

Thomas Rebesco - 2nd overall and 1st in U19 category

Robert Weitsz - 2nd in U19 category and 5th overall

Bianca Rebeszo - 1st in Women's U19 category

Janice Hodgart - 3rd in Women's 50-59 category

The Boys Werribee Mansion Run

The boys.. (Thomas, Luke and Robert) - Photo courtesy of PB Events





Allan Cook selected for Beijing World Championships

Allan Cook has been selected to compete at the Masters event at the 2015 Beijing World Championships. There were over 60 applications with only 9 athletes selected for each race worldwide. Allan Cook and Gianna Mogentale (from Sydney) were the only two Aussies to make it in. Allan will be competing in the Men's 50+ 800m event. Well done Cookie we all look forward to watching you compete!

Allan Cook and Gianna Mogentale

Allan Cook and Gianna Mogentale (Photo courtesty of Victorian Masters Athletics)

Bree runs London Marathon

Brianna Bunworth recently ran the London Marathon with many supporters in Australia tracking her progress. We were all excited watching Bree on track for a sub 3 hour marathon. While she didn't quite get under the elusive 3 hour mark she ran an impressive time of 3:08:25, her second fastest time ever. She placed 205th out of a massive field of 14,167 women!


2014-15 season Trophy Winners

presentation night

Luke Stevens Senior Male Summer Club Champion speaking at Presentation Night (Photo by Sam Mahoney)

Western Athletics Summer Club Champion 2014 - 2015

Senior Female Morgan Mitchell
Junior Female Julia Burke
Senior Male Luke Stevens
Junior Male Matthew Hussey
Western Athletics Winter Club Champion 2014
Senior Female Brianna Bunworth
Junior Female Claire Hodgart
Senior Male Robert Pope
Junior Male Jack Rayner
Western Athletics  2014 - 2015
Female Points Champion Janice Hodgart
Male Points Champion Amador Bermejo
Western Athletics 2014-2015
Coaches Award Luke Hodgart
Western Athletics 2014-2015
Xmas Gift Winners  
120m Handicap Taliyah Canepa
1000m Closed Handicap Sophie McMahon

Little Athletics State Championships 2015

Congratulations to our dual registered athletes who competed at the Little Athletics Victoria State Track & Field Championships from 28-29 March. Here is a summary of results, well done to all.

Keegan Andrew
  • Discus  32.25 7th PB 
  • Shotput 10.73 6th
Declan Macaulay 
  • Discus 25.29 14th 
  • Shotput 9.57 14th
Aliyah Canepa 
  • Discus 44.49 1st PB
  • Shotput 10.52 3rd 
  • Javelin 25.27 8th PB 
  • Qualified for under 13 Nationals in Perth 
Rebekah Sutton 
  • Discus 32.98 PB 1st 
  • Shotput 10.89 PB 3rd
Rachel Evans
  • U13 800m 15th (=PB)

Brooklyn Utber

  • U13 1500m 13th (PB)

Sophie McMinimee

  • U14 800m 4th (PB)
  • U14 1500m 4th

Demi Utber

  • U15 1500m 8th

Lexie Barlow

  • U15 800m 2nd (2:19 a 7 sec PB)

Ethan McMinimee (only just registered)

  • U12 800m 6th (PB)
  • U12 1500m 3rd (4.49 an 18 sec PB)

Bailey Sharp

  • U14 1500m 14th (PB)

Seve Redmore

  • U11 Javelin 6th
  • U11 Shotput 4th
  • U11 Discus 5th

Adora Arch

  • U12 Shotput 5th

Jackson Glover

  • U14 1500m 18th

Imraan Mohammed

  • U14 100m 11th
  • U14 400m 4th
  • U14 200m 9th

Jamieson Battistella

  • U14 Triple Jump NJ
  • U14 300m Hurdles 4th
  • U14 High Jump 4th
  • U14 800m 13th

Thomas Glover

  • U12 1500m Walk 6th