Weekly Newsletter – May 5

XCR success as cross country season warms up

Nearly 18 months to the day since the last round of Athletics Victoria XCR in 2019, YRA athletes welcomed back one of the favourite team events of the year. The opening round of XCR was once again back at Jells Park for the cross country relays.

Open age athletes completed 2 laps of the testing 3km circuit as it wound its way up and down the parklands of Jells Park. Our junior athletes completed one lap each.

Stars of the day were our U18 Women’s team of Maddie Laven, Mia Strudley and Kiara Flavel winning their age group.

Our top men’s and women’s teams had good days finishing 2nd and 4th in their respective divisions, Fastest over 6km on the day were James Laven (19.21) and Kellie Emerson (23.13). Fastest 3km runners were Maddie Laven (10.55) and Angus Norman (10.36)

A big shout out to Tynan Mims, Thierry Lamarque, Ash Bennett, Mike Willey, Jamie Pointon, Ky Harris, Bailey Van Bert, Mitch Pointon, Ciara Willey and Zoe Clarke, 10 athletes who competed in their first XCR event for Yarra Ranges.

Cross Country

Our Saturday cross country event continued on a new course at Margaret Lewis Reserve. Another deceptively challenging course that tested the fitness of a few athletes.

Everyone enjoyed the sunshine and the opportunity post a marker for the PB choccie frogs next time.

Next Saturday morning we will be at Elizabeth Bridge Reserve in Kilsyth.

Little Athletics Victoria Cross Country Relays

Date: 5th June 2021

Location: Cruden Farm, Cranbourne-Frankston Road, Langwarrin

Age Groups: Open to LAVic registered U9-U16 athletes

The first State Competition of the Cross Country season will be taking place on the 5th of June and we are seeking Yarra Ranges athletes in the Under 9 – Under 16 age groups to compete!

Each team consists of 3 runners who complete the course and tags the next runner until all 3 have completed the course. The distances are a little shorter than the regular distance for your age group.

If you would like to have a run please contact Katie on 0403819391 before May 20th. We can form Region teams with other EMR centres if we do not have enough athletes for YRA teams.


U9 & U10: 3 x 1km
U11 & U12: 3 x 1.5km
U13, U14, U15 & U16: 3 x 2km (2 laps of 1km)


10.30am: U9 Boys & Girls
11.00am: U10 Boys & Girls
11.30am: U13 & U16 Boys & Girls, Multi-Class U9-U10 Boys & Girls
12.15pm: U14 & U15 Boys & Girls
1.30pm: U11 Boys & Girls, Multi-Class U11-U12 & U13-U16 Boys & Girls
2.00pm: U12 Boys & Girls

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