2015 Winter Bulletin No. 24

September 11, 2015


The XCR’15 season culminates with the Tan Relays on Saturday morning, September 19, starting at 9:00am. We are hoping to enter teams in all age groups and divisions. This is a great event to finish the winter season and a great way to prepare for the summer track season. Teams must be entered by Monday, so please let us know as soon as possible if you are available for this event.

We also need helpers as time keepers, so please let us know if you can help.

TRACK SEASON IS COMING! Are you registered?

The 2015/16 track and field season Shield competition starts in just 4 weeks! If you plan to compete this summer, please make sure you are registered. The Athletics year starts on April 1, so those who have registered this winter are covered for the summer season also, but all others must register before the start of the season in order to be eligible to compete. Register online via the AV website.

Please see the provisional shield calendar and timetable that is attached. (But note that there is a mistake on the attached program, Round 1 of shield is on October 10 not October 17)


The Club will be holding a season launch at the club rooms on the evening of Tuesday, October 6, from 7pm. This is great opportunity to meet the club coaches, officials and fellow athletes and pick up information about the upcoming track and field season. You can purchase new uniforms and if you do not have your registration bib numbers for this season, you can collect them at the season launch.

We encourage all members (especially new members) to attend.


The Club’s biggest social and fund raising event of the year will be held on Saturday, October 17, from 7:00pm at the Chatham Primary School hall. We encourage all members to bring their friends and family to this fun night. You can book a table of 6 – 8 people of just come on your own and we will place you with a team. Book via return email or contact Grace Brown at gracelowdenbrown@gmail.com

We also need auction items for the silent auction, if you can donate anything, big or small, please let us know.

See the attached flyers.


Congratulations to Nana Owusu-Afriyie who won her heat and finished 3rd in her semi-final (in a time of 11.99) to qualify for the final of the 100m at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa. Unfortunately Nana injured her hamstring in the last few metres of her semi-final and was not able to take her place in the final. Nevertheless, this was a great performance and good experience for Nana who will no doubt represent Australia again in the not too distant future.


After what has been a tremendous effort by our distance runners over the first 8 rounds of the XCR’15 season, things did not go to plan in the half marathon championships on the Burnley Boulevard on Sunday. Having coped well with injuries and absences throughout the season, this week we had our top 6 runners all unavailable. After a gruelling month of competition in August, which saw many of our distance boys running the 16k cross country championships, the City to Surf in Sydney, the Ekiden Relay at Anglesea and the national cross country championships, our men’s premier division team could finish only 6th at Burnley, cutting our lead at the top of the ladder to just 1 point, with one round of XCR’15 still to go.

We did perform well in other divisions, with the women’s 40+ team and the men’s 50+ team winning their divisions.

The outstanding performances on the day were by John Meagher who finished 19th overall and first in his age group (50-54) with a time of 71:58; Julie Norney, who ran 81:07 to finish 7th overall and first in the 45-49 age group and June Petrie who won the 50-54 years age group with a time of 90:47



19 John Meagher            1:11:58.3

41 David Jimenez           1:15:07.8

45 Welday Mebrahtu       1:15:23.2

51 Trent Collins              1:16:09.2

80 Nicholas Baggott        1:18:06.2

141 James O’Connell      1:21:48.6

143 Luke Crozier             1:21:53.0

180 Peter Stefanos         1:24:12.4

186 Tony Langelaan       1:24:28.8

203 Graeme Olden          1:26:27.7

215 Oscar Robinson        1:27:37.6

217 Dino Crivelli             1:27:39.4

323 Chris O’Connor        1:41:26.8

326 Simon St Hill            1:42:14.0

374 Andrew Tunne         2:03:01.3


7 Julie Norney                 1:21:07.7

29 June Petrie                 1:30:47.1

77 Amanda Harper          1:41:26.7

98 Kelly Ulf                     1:46:30.0

125 Nicole Smith             2:03:56.5



Congratulations to Dion Finocchiaro who ran 2:29:01 to finish 2nd in the Sunshine Coast marathon last week. Dion finished strongly and this performance suggests that (given good conditions) he might run even faster in the Melbourne Marathon next month


Thanks to all the volunteers who wil be helping to run the Box Hill Athletic Club BBQ at the Box Hill Bunnings (off Middleborough Rd) on this Sunday September 13. Although all shifts are covered we can always use another pair of hands, so let us know if you are available to help. We encourage all members who might be passing by Bunnings on Sunday, to drop in and but a sausage!