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