After nearly 2 months of no racing due to Covid lockdowns the 2021 XCR season was re-started with the re-scheduled Round 4 race at Cruden Farm. As expected the overall numbers across all clubs were down with many athletes prioritising the State XC championships only a week later. Despite this it was a successful event and the course was one of the best cross country courses with rolling hills, a few muddy patches, some good long fast sections cutting through forests and ferns and best of all no Ditch of Death! Due to the low numbers we struggled to field full teams with only our Premier and Div 2 men teams being filled. Standout results for the day were the Men’s Premier division team win, Ebony Dodemaide’s win in the Women U20 and Liam Cashin’s first individual XCR medal, third place in the 12km. Thanks to Nina Kennedy for volunteering to be our AV helper.
Fantastic news from the USA. Amy Cashin ran an Olympic Qualifier, 9:28.60, for the 3000m Steeplechase in Portland Oregon at the Stumptown Twilight.
Congratulations to Jack Rayner on his selection to represent Australia in the Olympic Games Marathon.
A great night out at the Italian Sports Club Of Werribee, celebrating our 2020/21 COVID-interrupted year of athletics. Congratulations to all our winners and to those who participated in athletic events. Thank-you to everyone who contributed throughout the year and special thanks to those who made the Presentation Evening a success.
Perfect weather condition for racing which is just as well because the course was as brutal as ever! It was a great day’s racing by all with some stunning results. What what also stood out was our athlete’s toughness as they climbed hills, jumped the fence and scrambled and crawled their way through the ditches! Although our numbers were down we fared well in the individual results and teams. Highlights from the day include; Lucy Cleveland and Liz Hall with a first and second in the U14 girls 2km race, Cody Shanahan’s second place in the Open Men, Ebony Dodemaide second in the U20 women and Carolyn Huell second in the 50+ women. For our teams the open men had a win, the U20 men and women were second and U14 women were second. One noticeable difference in this year’s competition is the team scoring where even if the team is incomplete, points are graded and scored.
As a condition of using the VU Aths Track we are still expected to sign in. We are also expected to have Return to Play Guidelines.
The simplified guidelines are attached. After consulting with some athletes and Committee members it appears that most people find the Service Victoria app more user friendly, so from now on we will be using the Service Victoria app for Contact Tracing purposes.
The QR Code and location number is on the fence near the entry gate and also on the noticeboard.
It was a great start to the season and, with the complete cancellation of the 2020 season, it was very satisfying to be able to get back to some kind of normality. The weather was perfect for spectating as was the rerouted course, but for some, who haven’t raced for a while, the warm conditions and course proved challenging. Whilst the hill after the start was removed the course made up for it with an extra couple of loops taking us through a meandering, roller coaster of a course. Overall our numbers were down in men’s and women’s but we made an impressive start to the season with a second place in the Premier Men, first in women U20 and first in the U14 women.
The Coles Athletics Community Hero Award celebrates those in athletics community who work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure athletics in Australia is the success that it is.
Well done to our athletes who competed in Doncaster at the Victorian Masters Track and Field Championships over the weekend.