2018 Commonwealth Games Baton Carrier - Phil Dunstone

Congratulations Phil for being selected to a baton carrier, for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.  The date will be Tuesday 13th February 2018 at 4.00pm. Location has not yet been advised.  When final details are known we will advise, so we can go a cheer our own local volunteer hero.

Our own *Spartan Marathon Runner - Adrain Jeffkins

Our past president, and current registrar has a very large list of achievements in long distance running.  

He has completed:- 11 x Melbourne Marathons; 3 x Gold Coast Marathons; 3 x Sydney Marathons; 1 Canberra Marathon; 2 x Great Ocean Road Marathons;  12 x  45kms Blue Mountain runs and 2 x 50km You Yang Ultra runs.  A very impressive list of achievements.  Congratulations Adrian.  I am sure you wear your Spartan green singlet and your personalised number with pride. 

*Once you have competed in 10 Melbourne Marathons you are then eligible to apply to become a Spartan


Michael Mirindi wins Age Category (20-24) in 10km

On top of the outstanding marathon results, Michael Mirindi, also competed and won the 10km in the age category (20-24), finishing 8th overall male in a time of 1:10, at the Melbourne Marathon running festival.  Congratulations Michael.

October - the Month for Marathon Running

What a huge month for some of our members.  While most of us were having a few weeks of down time between winter and summer season, or we were brushing off our competition singlets to come back after our winter break, we had 5 runners competing marathons.  All of them have trained hard and consistently to achieve some amazing results.

Melbourne Marathon

Ben Mudie - 3:46:53 PB

Sharon Rankin - 3:27:33 PB

Alistair McDonald - 2:38:25

Adrian Jeffkins - 3:43:54. 

Zagreb - Crotia Marathon

Tom Devic - 3:57:10 PB

Sharon and Ben with their very proud coach Chelsea

Great too see Alistair back running well

Adrian completing his 36th marathon (I think)

Tom wearing his specially designed racing singlet

Jamieson Battistella

Jamieson recently was award the The Sanctuary Lakes Foundation young achiever for her pursuits in Athletics. She is currently ranked 3rd in U18 Women's Heptathlon in Australia. 

Some of Jamieson's recent achievements are:
- Represented Australia at the 2017 Oceania Athletics Championships in high jump.
- Represented Victoria at the Australian little athletics championships in 2017 and came 5th in the pentathlon in U15 girls. 
- Came 1st in the U18 women's heptathlon at the 2017 Victorian Championships
- Represented Victorian at the Australian championships in 2015, 2016, 2017

Nardine - Sydney Running Festival and Bri - Berlin Marathon

What a great few weeks for these 2 athletes.  After many hours of training together, sometimes in some very ordinary conditions, both of them posted incredible times in their respective marathons recently.  Their dedication to their training and the respect for their coaches - Stu and Burkie, helped them to both achieve PB's. Nardine clocked a time of 2:50.28 and Bri in a new club record of 2:49.08


Princes Park Relays Race Wrap

Division 2 Premiers

After 5 years of growing, retaining and recruiting athletes, we have finally achieved our goal of a premiership in the Open Men’s Div 2 and in XCR 18 the men will join our women in the Premier Division! Congratulations to all those who contributed to this great club milestone, athletes and coaches past and present, this is a major achievement.  It hasn’t been easy, as it should be, we have a great statewide competition with many fine athletes from other clubs and it is great to be part of this now.  I look forward to having many successful years in this division, a few medals and maybe even a premiership one day! 

Burnley Half Marathon Race Wrap – XCR Round 9


We were so lucky with the weather on Sunday, given what Melbourne put up during the week.  The conditions were ideal for racing, starting with cool still and sunny conditions and as the race progressed a gentle northerly developed and light cloud cover to filter the sun’s rays.  There were many athletes who took advantage of these conditions, posting some solid times and PBs.  Thanks to our three AV helpers on the day; Liam Cashin, Lori Glover and Caitlin Sneyders.  The overall numbers for round 9 were down however we managed to keep the scoreboard ticking over fielding 4 open teams and 5 junior teams.

Phil Dunstone - XCR Manger Extraordinaire

Phil dedicates many hours to our club, especially over the cross country season.  Thank you Phil

Outside of athletics, apart from working full time Phil is a husband to Jan and a father to Millie and Dan.  

In his spare time (other than athletics), Phil has many hobbies and passions.

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Jokes for the Month

Who was the fastest runner?

    Adam, He was first in the human race.
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What runs but never moves?

     A fence

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         Submitted by Janice Hodgart

Recipe of the Month


2 1/2 cups oats

1 cup chopped dried dates

1/2 cup boiling water

1 large apple diced (approx 1 1/4 cups)

3/4 cup milk

2 large eggs

2 tspns vanilla

2 tspns baking powder

1/2 tspn baking soda

2 tspns cinanamon

Berlin Marathon - Here comes Bri

Good luck and best wishes for your Marathon.  You have trained hard.  Enjoy the experience