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


Lardner Park Race Wrap – XCR’15 Round 2

With the amount of rain and showers in the lead up to round 2 the course was surprisingly firm and dry for the most part with only the ditches being muddy, which most of the ladies seemed to find!  Perhaps some jumps coaching will be in order before next year!  This year the start was adjacent to the finish line which added at least couple of hundred metres compared to last year’s races.  So don’t be too disappointed with your times, we all had to run a bit further and for those down the back it was a bit congested in the lead up to the hill.


In the open women’s 4km race we had three athletes in the top 50 which will give good points for the Div 2.  Tracy Douglas was first of the ladies in 23rd place in a time of 16 minutes and 9 seconds followed by Nardine Bainbridge, Rochelle Kennedy and rounding out the div 2, and first of the 40+, Carolyn Huell.  There were 12 ladies competing so we will receive team championship points in Div2, 3 and 5 and in the mix there were lots of 40+ ladies, enough to fill two 40+ teams.


Carolyn leads our 40+ women running along side Rochelle and Nardine (Photo by Stu Macaulay)

For the men’s 8km race we had three athletes in the top one hundred with a very tight battle between Michael Masseni and Alistair McDonald, with only a metre or two separating them at the end.  First to the finish for us and our best place in many years was Callum Drake, 34th, completing the course in 29 minutes, 11 seconds.  Filling out the Div 2 team was Michael Masseni (64th), Alistair McDonald (65th), Alex Tyrrell, Cameron Menadue with Chris Downie rounding off for the Div 2.  We had a great turn out for the men’s divisions with 17 competing athletes, resulting in team championship points for our Div 2,3 and 6, as well as two 40+ teams and a 50+ team.

Callum Drake

Callum Drake leads the Western Athletics men to a top 50 finish (Photo by Stu Macaulay)


We only had one team in the women’s juniors, U16 team and the provisional results suggest they were equal third, so well done to Sophie McMinimee, Emma Stankic and Justine Muscat.  The best individual results of the day were Georgia Muller coming 4th in the U14s and Claire Hodgart in fifth place in the U20s 3km.

In our men’s teams the provisional results suggest we have secured second place in the U14, U16 and U20 and a third place in the U18s.  This is solid set of results considering the these races are short and we are typically stronger in the longer races which are still to come.  There were some fine individual performances in the mix with many top ten results. Liam Cashin and Lochlan Lyness 7th and 10th respectively in the U20,  Cody Shanahan 5th in the U18, Matthew Hussey 9th in the U16s and our best result of the day was Brandon Muscat winning the Men’s U14 2km race in a time of 7 minutes, 37 seconds.


Brandon wins the Boys U14 2km race (Photo by Tom Glover)

Cody start line recovery

Cody recovers in a tight start with Liam and Matthew (Photo by Stu Macaulay)

This rounds winner of the Baker’s Delight Junior Sports Award, ‘Run of the Day’ goes to Brandon Muscat for his big win in the Men’s U14 2km race.

Thanks to those who were able to make it, 51 athletes is a great result, especially considering Lardner Park is long way for all of us to travel.  If we can get the same numbers at Wendouree, round 3, we will be in good shape for the rest of the season.




Team Ladders as of Round 2:


Julia Bourke to represent Australia at 2015 Oceania Championships

Congratulations to Julie Bourke who will represent Australia at the 2015 Oceania Championships held in Cairns from 8-10 May 2015!

Julia Bourke

USA News - Amy Cashin, Morgan Mitchell

Amy Cashin ran 4.26.02 at the Virginia Challenge in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday... quite a PB for her 1500... probably 3 years ago at Aberfeldie when she ran about 4.29. We are hoping she will be at the Penn relays next Saturday to meet up with Morgan Mitchell, they ran together in the 2007 national 3k cross country in Perth... would you believe Morgan came 12th and Amy was 24th I think.

Amy Cashin

You can read the WVU Sports article here: Track Completes Virginia Challenge

Here is a short documentary about Amy's story with her running and America (documentary by Deborah Martinelli)


Documentary Feature from Deborah Martinelli on Vimeo.

Billie Arch selected to represent Australia

Congratulations to Billie Arch who will represent Australia in the Athletics competition at the 5th Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa (5-12 September 2015).

Find out more about the games here:

Billie Arch U18 Long Jump AJAC15

Billie Arch, Commonwealth Youth Games

Jells Park Relays 18/4/15 - Race Wrap

Well done, another great start to XCR season with top ten finished for most of the open men's and women's teams and some great results in the junior teams with 4 medals. We were lucky with the weather, perfect, not too warm or windy and the rain held off until the evening. It seemed that course was a little longer than last year and the course official said it was 3.1km... I’ll go with that, means I’m faster than last year!!


With many more teams in the competition than previous years our open men’s teams did well.  Our Div 2, again led out by Jack Rayner and finishing a time of 18 minutes and 20 seconds was backed up well with solid performances from the other Div 2 men and a big improvement from Daniel Dunstone to sneak under 20 minutes.  Our men’s Div 3 finished 8th, a fast finishing Adrian Jeffkins snuck in front of the Maccabi team to finish 4th and D7 was 13th amongst 31 teams!

The lead pack of four

Jack Rayner in the lead pack of four (Photo by Stuart Macaulay)