Weekly Newsletter – January 19

Personal Bests

With only a few rounds left of our summer season for both Senior and Littles, we are seeing more and more awesome results every week!

Last weekend we saw Littles and Seniors go back to their summer seasons, as well as the annual Two Bays Trail Run event which saw a lot of activity from YRA. Scroll down to check out the full race report!

Congratulations to the athletes who reached the first tier of PB’s the week before Christmas and were presented their awards last week. (Those that weren’t there will receive their awards this week)

Two Bays Trail Run Report

An absolutely MASSIVE THANK YOU to everyone who helped last weekend at the Two Bays carpark. Katie, Zoe and Michael Clarke, Susan Taylor, Bryan Ackerly, Tim, Kirrily and Acacia Anderson-Bonsor, Erika Bedyn, Luke Hunter, Olivia Twining and Jamie Strudley, we are so appreciative of your early starts and amazing traffic management!

We were extremely excited to see James Laven take home FIRST place in the 28k event, as well as bagging a two minute course record, running an amazing 1:42.31. James wrote a race report which he shared below.


Two Bays has been an event I have thought about running for several years now, but it was the desire to add some variety to my summer season that saw me finally commit to the 2022 iteration – and I was certainly glad I did!

Once I had entered, my preparation was not dissimilar to my usual weekly routine – although living in the Dandenong Ranges and having a real soft-spot for trail running certainly helped! However, as a race I also sought to perform well in, I considered it vital to run the course beforehand. Many thanks to Harry, Gus and Sam for joining me for a long-run reconnaissance, and a huge thanks to Max for driving us back to Dromana! This run served as not only a fun and social evening amongst the Peninsula’s most beautiful areas but also allowed me to devise my race strategy whilst familiarising myself with the different elements of the course – which I considered to be invaluable come race day.

The morning treated us to some sublime running conditions and after soaking up the excited (if not slightly nervous) energy in Dromana Park the race got underway.

I decided to put in a spirited although measured effort for the climb up to Arthurs Seat to ascertain how I was feeling for the morning. Fortunately, I was feeling strong so after treating myself to the picturesque views towards the top of the climb I decided to aggressively attack the descent. I continued to work hard until the Browns RD crossing where along the rolling terrain of Hyslops RD I eased up slightly to refuel and to place myself in a position to attack the Greens Bush section.

The rolling single-trail and being firmly immersed amongst the flora and fauna made Greens Bush a genuinely enjoyable portion of the race and one in which I could settle into a rhythm and seek to build ground in. The final section from Boneo RD to the finish was undoubtedly tough but sighting the ocean and later promising glimpses of the lighthouse reassured me that the finish was close and encouraged me to keep pushing. After successfully clearing the aptly named ‘Stairs of Spontaneous Poetry’ I knew that the finish was tantalisingly close. As the scrub gave way to the welcoming sight of the finish arch, I was relieved and satisfyingly depleted. After a pretty healthy morning out on the trails I had achieved, if not exceeded my goals and expectations. I had fun, gave it a solid go and was fortunate enough to be rewarded for it.

Many thanks to my coach Brendan for all his hard work and dedication in getting me to this point. Also, a massive thanks to the entire event team and volunteers for all their hard work – the event was so well organised yet retained such a genuinely fun and supportive atmosphere which is a real credit to everyone involved. I would also like to congratulate everyone who ran and thank everyone who came out to support and spectate – it was a fantastic morning that I hope everyone enjoyed as much as I did!

I look forward to seeing everyone again in 2023!

Round 1 this Weekend

This week we will be running program 1, however for the first time throws will be featuring in this program!

For more information, make sure to check the Yarra Ranges Athletics Clubhouse before the day.

Get in quick 2022 Region Track and Field Carnival registrations are now open!

The 2022 Region Track and Field Carnivals will take place across seven locations on Saturday the 12th and Sunday the 13th February 2022.

Cost: $11/per event (+ admin fee)

*Athletes can choose a maximum of 5 events

Date: 12th – 13th February 2022

Location: Region Specific, EMR Knox Park Athletics Centre, Knoxfield

Entries Close: 30th January 2022, 11:59 pm (midnight)

Register here: https://lavic.com.au/…/2022-region-track-and-field…/

Senior AV

AVSL Round Eight

Date: Saturday 22nd January 2022

Entries Close: Wednesday 19th January 2022, 11:59 am (Midday)

Location: Aberfeldie, Ballarat, Bendigo, Duncan Mackinnon, Geelong

AVSL Round Nine

Date: Saturday 5th February 2022

Entries Close: Wednesday 2nd February 2022, 11:59 am (Midday)

Location: Aberfeldie, Ballarat, Bendigo, Casey Fields, Geelong

For entries, click on the button below.

26.01.22 – Lakeside Stadium – ZATOPEK:10

Named after the renowned Czech distance runner Emil Zatopek, the Chemist Warehouse ZATOPEK:10 celebrates its 60th edition as one of Australia’s most prestigious track races in 2021.

The Chemist Warehouse Australian Women’s and Men’s 10,000m Championships will be the main events supported by the U20 Ondiecki Women’s and U20 de Castella Men’s 3000m and Open Women and Men’s 1500m, 800m, and 400m Hurdle events.

Held at Lakeside Stadium, the 10,000m races will act as the selection trial for the World Athletics Championships and the nomination trial for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Should athletes reach the standard set by Athletics Australia, they will be the first to earn an official spot on the Worlds Team and be nominated to the Commonwealth Games team.

Details: https://athsvic.org.au/events/zatopek10-4/

Please note that all competitors and spectators must be double vaccinated to participate/spectate at this event. Proof of double vaccination status will be required to be shown upon entry into Lakeside Stadium

Victorian Country Track & Field Champs

Proudly supported by St Anne’s Winery and the City of Greater Bendigo, entry to the 2022 St Anne’s Victorian Country Track & Field Championships is now open.
Held from Friday 28th – Sunday 30th January 2022, the Victorian Country Track & Field Championships is a celebration of athletics, offering events in all age groups from U14 up to 60+. Both Metro and Country athletes can compete and enjoy the festivities that the Victorian country regions have to offer.

Enter via the AV Portal. https://athsvic.org.au/…/victorian-country-track-field…/

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