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)

Daniel Barlow 10th place in the Great Edinburgh 10 Mile Run

One of our newest members, Daniel Barlow yesterday competed in the Great Edinburgh 10 Mile Run and finished a very credible 10th placing in 55.56. Great run Dan!

Daniel Barlow Great Edinburgh 10 Mile Run

Western Aths at Stawell Gift

Well done to all of our athletes who competed at Stawell Gift.

The JH Squad had a big presence with some finals made over a few great days of racing.

JH Athletic Squad at Stawell Gift 2015

Morgan Mitchell had an impressive run nearly winning the 400 after being written off by the announcers. You can watch her storm home in the video below.

Gold at the Australian Masters Athletics Championships

Western Athletics had five athletes make the trip to Sydney to represent Victoria at the Australian Masters Athletics Championships held between 3-6 April 2015. We had great results:

Allan Cook made up part of the Victorian 4x100 meter relay team with the team winning Silver and the 4x400 meter VIC relay team that won Gold! Additionally Cookie took out GOLD in the 800m and GOLD again in the 1500m, and Silver in the 400m 50-54 category.

Allan Cook

Stan Peska competing in the Men's 55-59 category won Gold in the shot put with 12.14m throw. Stan also won Bronze in the weight penthalon and competed in discus finishing fourth, hammer throw 5th and javelin 5th.

Stan Peska

Carolyn Huell competed in the women's 4x400 relay with the Victorian team taking out Silver. Carolyn competed in the women's 45-49 category taking out the GOLD in the 2000m steeplechase, Silver in the 1500m event, 4th in the 800m and 4th in the 8km cross country course.

Carolyn Huell

Robyn Shaw won the Bronze in the 1500m and 5000m race walks 50-54 category.

Graham Shaw competed in the 60m dash 6th place and 100m dash 6th place.

Well done to all of our athletes who made the trip up to Sydney to represent Victoria. And a big congratulations to our Australian Champions Allan Cook, Stan Peska and Carolyn Huell!

93rd Australian Athletics Championships

Congratulations to our athletes who competed at the Australia Athletics Championships held in Brisbane. We were proud to have 4 athletes compete and bring home two silver medals.

Morgan Mitchell and Annelise Rubie

Morgan Mitchell was back to defend her 2014 title. While she didn't quite get the win, she crossed the line in 2nd place winning the Silver and was happy to come away with a seasons best and her second fastest time ever (52.94)! Personally we wouldn't be surprised to see her winning Gold next year (no pressure Morgan!).

If you missed the race you can still check out Morgan's strong run on youtube (skip ahead to the 2:38:30 mark)

Julia Bourke placed 9th out of 13 women in the Open shot put with a 12.97m throw.

Luke Stevens up against tough competition placed 8th in the Men's 200 metres running 21.19 and with a very close finish finishing in 4th position for the 400 metres final.

Jack Rayner took out the Silver in the Men's 3000m finishing in a time of 8:13.29.

Claire Hodgart wins U20 Victorian Mountain Running event

Lots of racing this weekend around Australia...the Aust T&F Champs in Brisbane, the young kids in Vic competing in the LAV State T&F at Lakeside and the Victorian Mountain Running at Mt Buller.

As many probably know, Claire Hodgart competed on the 'mountain' in the VERY cold conditions, with Weatherzone stating it 'feels like' minus 4 degrees this morning at 8.30am (start time was 9am)!!!

Claire won the U20 event and crossed the line as the 4th female and beat all of the male athletes who competed in the 8km (1019m elevation rise) event. Well done Claire, next stop, Camp Mountain Brisbane for the Aust Champs.

Claire, Mt Buller

Claire, Mt Buller

Nathan Pearce represents Australia at the World Cross Country Champions

Congratulations to Nathan Pearce who represented Australia at the World Cross Country Championships in China.

Nathan raced in the 8km junior race finishing in 29:02.

In the lead up to the race Nathan had the following to say:

"It's been a dream of mine ever since I started running to be able to represent my country and wear the green & gold and today that dreams come true. Big thanks to my parents to always putting up with my ups and downs and always supporting me, to my family, my coach Keith Fearnley, my physio Sam Leslie from MyPhysio for keeping me in shape, Nike Running for supplying me with gear and especially my beatiful girlfriend Madi Alexander. Bring on China"

Well done Nathan for representing Australia!

Nathan pictured with the World Cross Country Championships Australian Team (Photo courtesy of IAAF World Athletics Club)

World Cross Country Championships Australian Team

Another club record for Jack Rayner

The 2015 IAAF Melbourne World Challenge at Lakeside Stadium included four Western Aths runners, for those who can cast their minds back 10+ years you will know how special this is! Last night in the big crowd there was probably 75+ WLAC kids in the crowd and they were SOOOO excited to see athletes from there own track.

Well done Matthew Hargreaves, Luke Stevens, Morgan Mitchell & Jack Rayner.

  • Jack Rayner - 5000m 7th 13.48 a New Club Record
  • Luke Stevens - 100m 3rd 10.78
  • Morgan Mitchell - 400m 3rd 53.52
  • Matthew Hargreaves - 200m B race 5th 22.53

Jack Rayner, New Club Record
Jack Rayner, New Club Record for 5000m

Luke Stevens
Luke Stevens, 100m

Morgan Mitchell

Matthew Hargreaves
Matthew Hargreaves, 200m B Races