Boston Marathon - Brigitte

My Road to Boston

In 2013 after reading the inspirational story of Kathrine Switzer “Marathon Woman” the first official registered women to run a Marathon was in Boston 1967, I was inspired to run my first Marathon and aim to qualify for the 50th Anniversary of her first run at the Boston Marathon in 2017.

In September 2015 after submitting an application, I was appointed as one of the Australian ambassadors for the Kathrine Switzer organisation ‘261 Fearless’ (261 was her bib number in the 1967 Boston marathon).  This made me more to determine to qualify for the Boston Marathon in 2017. In order to qualify for Boston, I had to run a Marathon in under 3hrs 40mins between October 2015 & September 2016, with guidance of Peter Burke ‘Burkie’ this was achieved with a time of 3hours 33mins at the Melbourne Marathon in 2015.  Now all I need to do is train and keep injury free until April 2017!

Amy Cashin on fire in the USA

Amy ran a very impressive 10:01 for the 3km steeple chase which earned her qualification for the NCAA Championships to be held in Eugene Oregon from the 7-10 June.  To make it even more special for her, Peter and Brenda will be there to cheer her

Training Tip for the month

Brush Your Teeth, Floss Your Feet

Your feet are the only thing that comes into contact with the ground every single time you walk and run yet they’re almost always hidden away in shoes and never shown any love. To improve proprioception and loosen the tissues on the bottoms of your feet, place a small ball (a golf ball or tennis ball) on the floor and gently roll from the heel to the ball of the foot. Try performing this simple massage technique (or flossing) for 30 seconds on each foot every morning and night. Make it part of your daily routine by flossing your feet every time you brush your teeth.

 —Andrew Chaddick

Jack Rayner - impressive month of international athletics

What a massive few weeks for Jack:-

- winning section 2 5000m at Payton Jordan Invitational in Stanford, California. Finishing with a 1 second PB and new club record (13:47.41) while taking down USA Olympic gold medalist Matthew Centrowitz! 

- winning the Jamaican International Invitational 3000m in a time of 7.52.7. 

- winning the 5000m at Nijmegen Global Athletics, Netherlands  in a club record and time or 13:41.35

Wandin Park Race Wrap – XCR Round 2


Cody Shanahan winner of the U20s men race

With the weather conditions cooler than last year and some slight modifications to the course the racing was more enjoyable and it showed in the performances. Overall the numbers were down on last year with 48 athletes competing filling out 3 open men’s teams, 2 open women’s a men’s U20, U18 and U16 and women’s U16. In the team results our best of the day were wins from our Men’s Div 2 and the U16 men. There were some fine individual performances from Cody Shanahan with a win in the U20s men and Alan Hammond winning the 60+ category in the open men’s 8km.

Jells Park Relays Race Wrap

Race conditions were just a little warm for some of us with the sun making its presence felt! This, however, did not deter many of our athletes putting in some very fine performances across all categories. With the relays teams being changed on the morning of the relays, which is of course very common, we ended up losing a couple of teams, fielding 15 teams from a pool of 57 athletes. Best result of the day was the Men’s Div 2 team with a very hard-fort win, battling it out with Old Xavs and Box Hill 2. Overall the team finished in 5th place, ahead of last year’s Div 2 premiers Essendon and nearly a minute faster than last year. With some improvements still to come in this team, ‘ProjectDiv1’ is looking very promising!

2017 AV Shield Final

Shield Final Women U18 Podium

U18 women take out the Premiership! - Photo by Athletics Victoria

Seven Western Athletics teams participated in the Shield Final at Lakeside Stadium. The day kicked off at 9:00am in cool, wet weather, but by midday it became dry as the sky remained overcast and the wind increased. It was going to be a challenging day.

Luke and Morgan set to take on Usain Bolt in Nitro Team Australia

Athletics Australia have announced the Team Australia athletes for the upcoming Nitro Athletics series.

Western Athletics are very proud to have Luke Stevens and Morgan Mitchell representing Australia. Luke and Morgan will have the opportunity to take on Usain Bolt and his team of All Stars as well as teams from Japan, China, England and New Zealand.

Team Australia

The Nitro Athletics series will be held on the 4th, 9th and 11th of February at Lakeside Stadium in Melbourne.

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Recap – Shield Round 1-9 and the Summer Season in general

Western Athletes has had quite a start to the 2016/17 track and field season.

This season our club has continued to expand on the number of Shield Rounds hosted by our club at our home venue of the VU Athletics Track. We have hosted a total of four competitions covering both programs for the first time. A small team consisting of Russell Hampson, John Alchin and Phil Dunstone added the necessary hurdles markings on the track for the 200m hurdles and they’ve also added some additional competition equipment to our current stock.

Tan Relays - Race Wrap Rd10

Tan Relays Race Wrap

With the rain staying at bay the running conditions were pleasant with the north westerly picking up slightly and the sun coming out.  For the final round of XCR 2016 our numbers bounced back with 59 athletes competing in 15 junior, senior and overage teams. Our best results of the day were the first for the U14 girls, third for the U20 men and third for the 40+ women.  Thanks again to our many juniors running up in the open teams, our AV helpers Julie and Russell White and Sam Mahoney.  Thanks to all those who recorded for our teams and Brenda Cashin and Lori Glover for collecting the subs.

Burnley Race Wrap – XCR Round 9

Burnley Race Wrap – XCR Round 9

As well as the Half Marathon, this year AV introduced the 6km junior race as a points scoring event.  Conditions were ideal, cool with gentle breezes and we all settled into a good rhythm and there were many personal bests.  With only two races to go we were trying to sure up four premierships: the 40+ women, U20 men, U16 Girls and U14 girls. Best results for the day were two wins in the 6km race, Liam Cashin in U20 and Ebony Dodemaide for her first XCR win.  Mia White was second in the U14s and Janae Mackrell was third and her first XCR podium.

Thanks for all those who made the huge effort to run the half marathon as well as our AV helpers Lori Glover, Paryss Bainbridge and Dion Bainbridge.  Congratulations to Mechelle Lane and Kane Kline for completing their first Half Marathon.


U20 Men On The March

The National Cross Country Championships

The National Cross Country Championships, which incorporates the National All School Championships were held at Stromlo Forest Park in our national capital, Canberra. This course has been designed to provide a mixture of fast flat running combined with some tough challenging hilly sections and sharp turns to test all levels of runners. With its manicured surface, it looks deceptively friendly. When walking the course on Friday, the wind blew a gale with the athletes hoping for calmer conditions on the Saturday.

National XC 1