Congratulations to all those who competed in last weekend’s State Relay Championships at Lakeside stadium. Everyone put in a huge effort and it showed in our results. Of the 23 teams we finished with one first place, two second place and four third place finishes as well as many other teams making through to the finals of their event. A great result in the context of the increased participation in this year’s championships and many of teams posted their best times since 2012; Women’s Open Medley, Women’s 4x400, Men U16 Medley, Men U16 4x100, Men U14 4x100, Men U14 4x400, women’s 4x1500 and 4x400.
Well done Billie! SILVER in the long jump with a mark of 6.04m at the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa on 8 September 2015.
Billie's jump also set's a new U18 long jump club record!
Photo courtesy of Athletics Victoria
The AV Shield 2015-16 season has kicked off with a bang. In round 2 we saw multiple club records set.
Luke Stevens, in his first race for the season, broke his own 200m record by 0.05, setting a new club record of 20.93. Onlookers commented Luke looked very relaxed.
Heath Beveridge set a new record for the U14 boys 1500m walk. Heath's time was 8:18.0 breaking the club record by 9.7 seconds.
Melbourne Marathon 2015 - Photo by Katie Seibold
Impressive numbers ran in the multiple events at Melbourne Marathon festival yesterday, with 3 top 20 finishes in the marathon and a new club record!
On the 12th September approximately 140 people helped celebrate the 20th anniversary of this wonderful club. The organising committee would like to thank all those that attended the evening to help make it such a successful night. To see past and present athletes together ranging in age from approximately 12 to 75 was wonderful.
Premiers! Pictured (L-R) Brigitte Sneyders, Nardine Bainbridge, Claire Hodgart, Brianna Bunworth - Photo by Stu Macaulay
Congratulations to our Women’s Div 2, Premiers for 2015! Off to Premier Division now! With four wins, two second, two third and two fourth place results, it’s been a very solid consistent effort from all athletes for the season and there were not just four there were many that carried the work load. The athletes who contributed directly to the team this year were: Carolyn Huell, Belinda Keogh, Brigitte Sneyders, Brianna Bunworth, Tracy Douglas, Nardine Bainbridge, Claire Hodgart and Rochelle Kennedy.
Off and racing - Photo by Lori Glover
With a total of 21 seniors competing in this year’s Burnley Half Marathon, it was our best in at least 5 years and one of our best turn-outs ever! This was mainly due to increased numbers from our women’s ranks with a total of 10 athletes, where in many other years we would struggle to field one team. For those who rose early to brave the cold, the conditions ended up being ideal, with light cooling winds and overcast, many of us put in great runs. As with other races this year, Burnley was a great example of how, as a collective, we have progressed and that we are an emerging force in the AV XCR series. There were a staggering number of PBs, of the 21 athletes at least half of us ripped one out! To add to this, our women’s Div 2 were all in the top 20, remarkably finishing 9th, 11th and 13th, while our men’s Div 2 had 4 in the top 60 with a few our best athletes missing.
Australian Cross Country Championships - Saturday 29th August 2015
by Ben Mudie
This year we had 11 athletes compete at the Australian Cross Country Championships held at Moonee Valley Racecourse. The venue was great for us spectating with being able to either watch the entire course from the grand stand or being able to get up close at multiple points around the course. For the athletes the course was a true cross country course with a number of challenges, a mix of sandy/gravel sections, soft and damp grass, uneven surfaces and tight turns; in particular we saw a number of slips through the middle section.
Racing for Western Athletics kicked off with Georgia Muller in 12 year old girls 3km run. Georgia finished 22nd running a time of 11:07 with the VIC team finishing in 6th place.
Georgia - Photo by Tania Shanahan
A big congratulations to Allan Cook and Morgan Mitchell for their efforts at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing.
Morgan raced in the womens 4x400m relay. The Australian team finished 6th place in the heats with a time of 3:28.61, the fastest Australian time in 13 years! Morgan ran a split of 51.62, going under 52 seconds for the first time.
Australian 4x400 Team featuring Jess Gulli, Lauren Wells, Morgan Mitchell & Anneliese Rubie - Photo from Athletics Australia
Allan Cook ran in the men's Masters 800m finishing in a very respectable 7th with a time of 2:05.59. Well done Cookie!
Video (Thanks to Victorian Masters Athletics): https://www.facebook.com/VictorianMastersAthletics/videos/768893213221800/?pnref=story
Allan Cook in the Master's 800m
This year we had a big group make their way up to the Gold Coast, around 26 people I believe!
Southern Cross University 10km Run
Racing kicked off on Saturday morning with the 10km run. We had a number of impressive runs with Jack Rayner coming in 11th place, Nathan Pearce not far behind in 24th and Michael Masseni finishing in 37th with a PB (33:31). Daniel Sneyders while not well, had a strong finish. Bianca and Louise both had a good run enjoying the experience. It was great seeing the Western Athletics singlets out up at the Gold Coast.
PB run for Michael Masseni
Suncorp Bank 5.7km Challenge
In the 5.7km Cody Shanahan had a great run showing good form finishing in 4th place and Thomas Rebesco an exciting finish, running hard to win a bet with dad finishing in 19:45 (20th place).
ASICS Half Marathon
Sunday morning commenced with the half marathon, starting at a rather early 6am. Brigitte Sneyers and Adam Knowles ran. Adam while not at his best still ran a solid time, and is training well for his next big event the Las Vegas Rock 'n' Roll Marathon. Brigitte ran a big PB finishing the half in 96 minutes, and is on track to run a good time at Melbourne Marathon later this year.
Gold Coast Airport Marathon
The marathon started at 7.20am with Sharon Rankin, Sue Rebesco, Ben Mudie and David Tranter running the course. From the start line we head out from Southport over the bridge towards Surfers Paradise. At this point settling into a comfortable stride knowing there is a long way to go. Lot's of excitement heading through Surfer Paradise, the beach on our left, apartments and shops on our right, the crowd support is fantastic with a combination of Gold Coast locals as well as a number of friendly Western Athletics faces cheering us along. At around the 11km mark we see the elite group coming back towards us, impressively they have already run past the 20km split. At roughly the 15.5km mark we reach the first turnaround in Burleigh Heads. Coming back up the coast at around the 17km mark I feel my knee tighten up, a problem that I had in my training runs. There's one thing I found that worked, and that is speed up. Thankfully after about a km or so of wondering if my marathon was ending here, it went away and didn't come back for the rest of the run.
We head back through Surfers Paradise coming out of the shade of the buildings. At around 30kms I'm starting to feel hot and tired. Having done my long runs during cold winter mornings at the You Yangs, the warm sun hits me more than expected. At 32kms we get a glimpse of the finish line as we run past it into the final 5km up and back, also here we pass Burkie, I try to look better than I feel. A sub 4 hour time is still achievable but I know I'm slowing down. My walk through each water station gets longer each time. At the 37km mark some much needed encouragement from the Sneyders. The final 5km is awful, I know it's only 5km yet it's so difficult to keep running. Getting to the final 1km is a massive relief, lot's of crowd support, some shade from the trees and I know I can run to the end.
Overall running a marathon was an incredible experience. The ladies did amazing with Sharon running 4:00:27 and Sue 4:05:42. Despite the conditions being more difficult than last year. David Tranter ran an impressive 3:10:32. I finished with a time of 4:16:47.
I'm sure we will see a good turn out again for Gold Coast next year, be sure to let us know if you're considering heading up. Apart from the racing it's a great social trip. This year we celebrated Tania's birthday with an all you can eat feast at the Marriott (where we all got to hear about Terry's accommodation!) as well as many other catch ups. And it's a great atmosphere, the town is full of runners who you spot everywhere.