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

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

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

Western Athletics is celebrating the outstanding results of 22 of their athletes who competed at the Australian Junior Athletics Championships at Sydney’s Olympic Park from 10 to 15 March.

Two hours after the start of the Championships Aliyah Canepa was the first to step onto the podium with a Third Place in the Women U14 Discus Throw. The following day Canepa went one better to secure 2nd spot in the Hammer Throw. After a nervous start with two consecutive no-throws, she managed to pull out a big throw of 34.87m to put her into second place. Her coach, Fernando Canepa was thrilled with the results. It was her first time at the Australian Junior Championship and she handled the pressure extremely well.

Aliyah Discus

Congratulations to all of our masters athletes who competed  at the Track & Field championships, there were many great results!

Allan Cook

Allan Cook dominated the middle distance events claiming Gold in the 400m, 800m and 1500m events.

Stan Peska dominated the throws winning Gold in Javelin, Shot Put and Discus and 3rd place for Hammer and Weight throw.

Mechelle Lane broke the 22min barrier to win Gold in the 5000m in 21.57 and also claimed Silver in 800m and 1500m events.

Carolyn Huell won Gold in the 800m, Silver in the 2000m steeplechase, and bronze in the 1500m and 5000m events.

Graham Shaw performed well in the sprints with Gold in the 60m dash and Silver in the 100m dash.

Robyn Shaw claimed Silver in the 1500m race walk and Bronze in the 300m race walk.

Alan Hammond brought home Silver in the 1500m run and finished 4th in the 5000m.

Tony Bradford won Gold in High Jump and Discus, and Silver in Shot put and Javelin.

Kylie Smith competed at masters for the first time in a range of events wining Gold for Long Jump, Hammer Throw, Shot Put, Javelin and Discus and Silver for Triple Jump.

  • stan
  • mechelle
  • carolyn
  • Stan Peska dominated the throws winning Gold in Javelin, Shot Put and Discus and 3rd place for Hammer and Weight throw
  • Mechelle Lane broke the 22min barrier to win Gold in the 5000m in 21.57 and also claimed Silver in 800m and 1500m events
  • Carolyn Huell won Gold in the 800m, Silver in the 2000m steeplechase, and bronze in the 1500m and 5000m events

Western Athletics held a stall today at the Son's of the West Men's Health expo held at the Wyndham City Civic Centre.

We hope we convinced a few people to give running or athletics a go by coming along to our Western Recreational Running Group sessions or training and competing with the club.

Western Recreational Running Group sessions

  • Thursday nights: 6.15pm, VU athletics track Hoppers Lane.
  • Saturday Pack Runs from April to September (2015 Pack Run Details coming soon)
  • Sunday 8.25am, You Yangs Regional Park, at the Rangers Hut

Thanks to our volunteers Brenda Cashin, Phil Dunstone, Daniel Dunstone and Ben Mudie

For more information about Sons of the West visit

Shield Final on Saturday the 31st January kicked off at 9am. Five teams represented our club, consisting of Women 40+, MenU20 (with Decathlete Antony (Amador) Bermejo carrying the title of a team), Men U16, Men U14 and Women U14. Our 40+ plus girls realized early on that they were up against tough competition and decided together to represent in events they are able to while having as much fun as they can.

The day kicked off really well for our junior teams with a start at the top or second spot on the scoreboard after the first event of 1500m. Shihab Deen Mohamed-U16, Matthew Hussey-U14 and Sophie McMinimee-U14 anchored their teams in this event. Other strong performances by Kirk Shanahan-U16, Brandon Muscat-U14 and Georgia Muller-U14 contributed to a strong start by our juniors. Thomas Rebesco-U16 was happy with a season’s best performance after being sidelined by injury for half of the season. In the Women 40+ our ladies finished mid-field, with a strong run by Sharon Rankin.

We only had three competitors in the U14 Hurdles with Daniel Masini picking up valuable points as the only boys’ competitor while Rachel Evans finished 3rd with a strong run. Aliyah Canepa was happy when the event was finished and her attention could turn to the Throws.

Next on the track was the 100m. Tolu (TJ) Lavea-U16 finished 4th in a blistering 11.73 and his teammates were Bailey Siwek, Daly Andrews and Toby Evans. Aynain Beg-U14 also finished 4th and is inching closer to a National Qualifier in this event – supported by Lachlan Rzanovski, Cale Du Plessis and Domenic Manago. Mechelle Lane in the Women’s 40+ ran a PB and Adora Arch-U14 won the girls 100m in the only sub-13 run in her division. She was assisted by Chiara Dickens, Monique Gavriliadis and Rachel Evans.

Congratulations to all those who competed in last Saturday’s Victorian Relay Championships, it was a really gutsy effort by all and some very promising results from our junior men, just finishing outside the medals in very strong fields.  With our numbers down a little on last year we fielded 17 teams, but as a seniors club what was very satisfying was to field strong open teams.  Great efforts from Chris Downie, Jayden Defina, Luke Stevens, Rhys Parkinson, Matthew Hargreaves and Anthony Bermejo, between them completing 3 relays and resulting in one bronze in the Medley and a berth in the 4x400 final at Zatopek.


Of course there were many great runs and I will get to that, but what stood out for me was the fact that everyone turned up and if there were problems you let me know, and again a real team feeling and great commitment from all. Relays are notoriously difficult to bring together so our record this year was again impressive with 18 teams at Jells Park, 16 at Sandown and 17 teams for this round coming from a field of 62 athletes with 10 men’s teams and 7 women’s teams.  Special thanks to Stu Macaulay for organizing the women U16s as well as the AV duties along with Adrian Jeffkins and Stephen Glover.

We did it!! In a field of nine men and seven women we had enough for two men’s and two women’s team which was the best turn-out since I have been involved at the club.  Although our teams were not strong as other years we did what we needed to do to keep the team’s scoreboard ticking over.  The main beneficiary of this will be our men’s div 4 as they are currently in second place and hopefully will remain there.  At the Tan we will do well, as with the other relays, and in contention for a promotion to Div 3 in 2015.  Well done to all those who ran and finished, and of our 16 athletes six were first-timers!


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