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.

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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…/

Weekly Newsletter – January 12

Safety Measures

Welcome back everyone after a few weeks off!

This week marks our official return to both Seniors and Little Athletics, and in case you missed it there was some important COVID19 information in last week’s email which is repeated below.

It is incredibly important as we all begin to get back to the track that we adhere to COVID19 safety measures.

If you feel sick, please stay home and get tested.

Social distancing will remain an important measure to keep everyone safe, and if you cannot distance yourself from others please ensure that you wear a mask. While we may be safer outside, it is still critical to wear a mask if you cannot socially distance.

Yarra Ranges Athletics will do our best to keep everyone updated with any changes to restrictions. To stay up to date make sure to check the Yarra Ranges Athletics Clubhouse Facebook page before any events.

If you are unsure what the current COVID19 guidelines are, check out the Victorian Governments COVID Checklist by clicking here.

Training

Littles training will be running next week on Wednesday 19th January from 4pm-5pm, however will not be running on the 26th January public holiday.

Congratulations Kate!

A huge congratulations to Kate Downward for placing third overall in the W40+ Heptathlon!

Two Bays Carpark Fundraiser

Cape Schanck Lighthouse

Contact Katie Clarke 0403 819 391

THIS SUNDAY 16TH JANUARY

We still are looking for a few people to help this Sunday, so if you have some spare time, shoot Katie a message to say you can help.

The weather is looking absolutely fantastic and it will be a great opportunity to explore the Mornington Peninsula afterwards.

Best of luck to those competing this weekend!

YRA’s return to Summer Aths

Date: THIS Saturday 15th January

Location: Morrison Reserve, Mount Evelyn

We will be running program 3 for our first week back at athletics. Due to the works on the track there are a few alterations to program 3 which will be released on the Clubhouse page before Saturday.

Our older age groups (U10, U11, U12, U13-16) will be competing in walks starting from 8:00am.

The Committee are expecting a few people to be away for this round of Littles, and so it is a perfect opportunity to stick your hand up and have a go at volunteering We will likely be needing a few people to help as age group leaders, as well as some volunteers in the canteen. Many hands make light work!

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

2022 State Combined Events Championships

Entries close tonight at midnight and only has spots available for U15 and U16 athletes.

YRA have 11 athletes entered for the first State event for the 2021/2022 season. We look forward to 2 days of fabulous racing by our athletes! We anticipate that there will be some duty for us with this many athletes registered.

A duty roster will be send by email to our registered athletes once we have been notified by LAVic in the coming weeks. If for some reason your athlete is unable to run, please contact Team Manager Katie Clarke on 0403819391 asap.

Event Schedule

Saturday: U9, U10, U13, Multi-Class U9-U10, U11-U12 & U13-U16 (Boys & Girls)

Sunday: U11, U12, (Boys & Girls)

Saturday & Sunday: U14, U15, U16 (Boys & Girls)

For a complete schedule of the day, click here to go to the event page

Knox Little Athletics Centre Open Day Twilight

Date: Saturday 22nd January 2022 – 2:00pm – 9:30pm

Eligible Athletes: U6-U16

Cost: Entry Fee is $8 per event – up to $30 for 4 events.

Entries close: 13th of January.

Open days are a chance for athletes to compete at another track with other centres from around Victoria. It is a great chance to go for a PB and/or get practice for region and state events for the older age groups. For more information please go to their website www.klac23.org.au/openday

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…/

Vic Milers Club

Senior AV

AVSL Round Seven

Date: Saturday 15th January 2022

Location: Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Lakeside

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

26 Jan 2022 – 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

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…/

Weekly Newsletter – January 5

Welcome back!

Welcome back everyone after a few weeks off! I hope that everyone has had, or continues to have an absolutely wonderful time with their families and friends over the holiday break. We are excited and ready to jump back into athletics when the time rolls around next Saturday.

It is incredibly important as we all begin to get back to the track that we adhere to COVID19 safety measures. If you feel sick, stay home and get tested, fullstop. Social distancing will remain an important measure to keep everyone safe, and if you cannot distance yourself from others please ensure that you wear a mask.

Yarra Ranges Athletics will do our best to keep everyone updated with any changes to the restrictions. To stay up to date make sure to check the Yarra Ranges Athletics Clubhouse Facebook page before any events.

Registrations reduced

If you haven’t registered your little for Athletics this season, there has never been a better opportunity to do so.

Registration cost has been reduced to just $100 from January to August!

We will be returning officially to Littles and Senior Athletics from Saturday 15th January. For specific information, scroll down to either the Littles or Senior sections of the newsletter.

Training

Before we get back into competition, Coach Kate will be holding a session for Littles NEXT Wednesday 12th January from 4pm. Make sure to RSVP with Kate on 0400 430 584 to let her know you’re coming! Kate will also be holding a session on the 19th, but there will not be a session on the 26th.

Two Bays Carpark Fundraiser

Sunday 16th January – Cape Schanck Lighthouse

This will be the 6th year we have managed this and it is the best one day fundraiser that we do.

We raise over $2000 which goes directly to the club, but we need members to come and help either direct cars to park or be on the gate to take the $5 car parking fee.

The area is a one way in and out and about 400-500 cars are directed on the day.

If you are available to help, we offer a small amount to cover petrol and/or food costs on the day. We need about 5 people from 6am in the morning and an additional 3 from 9am till about 1pm.

If you can help for a couple of hours please get in touch with Katie Clarke on 0403 819391. It is a beautiful part of the world to explore when your shift is over. Big Thank you!!

2022 State Combined Events Championships

Entries for the State Combined Event are closing NEXT Wednesday! Make sure to get your entries in before then for your child to be eligible to compete!

The 2022 State Combined Events Championships will take place at Lakeside Stadium, Albert Park on the 29th and 30th January 2022. Athletes in the Under 9 through to Under 16 age groups are eligible to participate.

The Combined Events consist of between four and seven separate disciplines depending on which age group a child is in. Events consisting of four or five disciplines will be held on one day. Events consisting of more than five disciplines will be held on two consecutive days.

Cost: $50 per athlete

$40 Multi-Class per athlete

Entries Close: 12th January 2022 (11:59 pm) OR; prior if the entry cap has been reached

Entry Requirements

Athletes must be a registered financial member of their Centre. Athletes are able to directly enter without any participating in a previous event.

Event Schedule

Saturday: U9, U10, U13, Multi-Class U9-U10, U11-U12 & U13-U16 (Boys & Girls)

Sunday: U11, U12, (Boys & Girls)

Saturday & Sunday: U14, U15, U16 (Boys & Girls)

For a complete schedule of the day, click here to go to the event page

Little Athletics Returns Soon

Saturday 15th January

We will be running program 3 for our first week back at athletics. Due to the works on the track there are a few alterations to program 3 which will be released next week.

Our older age groups (U10, U11, U12, U13-16) will be competing in walks starting from 8:00am.

The Committee are expecting a few people to be away for this round of Littles, and so it is a perfect opportunity to stick your hand up and have a go at volunteering We will likely be needing a few people to help as age group leaders, as well as some volunteers in the canteen. Many hands make light work!

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…/

Knox Little Athletics Centre Open Day Twilight

Date: Saturday 22nd January 2022 – 2:00pm – 9:30pm

Eligible Athletes: U6-U16

Cost: Entry Fee is $8 per event – up to $30 for 4 events.

Entries close: 13th of January.

Open days are a chance for athletes to compete at another track with other centres from around Victoria. It is a great chance to go for a PB and/or get practice for region and state events for the older age groups. For more information please go to their website www.klac23.org.au/openday

Athletics Victoria Seniors Round Seven

Date: Saturday 15th January 2022

Entries Close: Wednesday 12th January 2022, 11:59 am (Midday)

Location: Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Lakeside

Weekly Newsletter – December 15

Racing!

Check out some of the awesome photography from the last week of racing and our Club vs Club day!

This week our seniors will be competing across two venues and we will be using our Powerplay to maximise ladder points, best of luck to all competing this weekend!

Littles!

There are quite a few exciting events coming up this summer, check them out below!

TWO BAYS CARPARK FUNDRAISER

Sunday 16th January – Cape Schanck

ONLY FOUR WEEKS AWAY!

Contact Katie Clarke 0403 819 391

This will be the 6th year we have managed this and it is the best one day fundraiser that we do.

We raise over $2000 which goes directly to the club, but we need members to come and help either direct cars to park or be on the gate to take the $5 car parking fee.

The area is a one way in and out and about 400-500 cars are directed on the day.

If you are available to help, we offer a small amount to cover petrol and/or food costs on the day. We need about 5 people from 6am in the morning and an additional 3 from 9am till about 1pm.

If you can help for a couple of hours please get in touch with Katie Clarke on 0403 819391. It is a beautiful part of the world to explore when your shift is over. Big Thank you!!

2022 State Combined Events Championships

The 2022 State Combined Events Championships will take place at Lakeside Stadium, Albert Park on the 29th and 30th January 2022. Athletes in the Under 9 through to Under 16 age groups are eligible to participate.

The Combined Events consist of between four and seven separate disciplines depending on which age group a child is in. Events consisting of four or five disciplines will be held on one day. Events consisting of more than five disciplines will be held on two consecutive days.

Cost: $50 per athlete

$40 Multi-Class per athlete

Entries Open: 29th November 2021 (4:00 pm)

Entries Close: 12th January 2022 (11:59 pm) OR; prior if the entry cap has been reached

Entry Requirements

Athletes must be a registered financial member of their Centre. Athletes are able to directly enter without any participating in a previous event.

Event Schedule

Saturday: U9, U10, U13, Multi-Class U9-U10, U11-U12 & U13-U16 (Boys & Girls)

Sunday: U11, U12, (Boys & Girls)

Saturday & Sunday: U14, U15, U16 (Boys & Girls)

For a complete schedule of the day, click here to go to the event page

YRA’s Annual Combined Event

This weekend, join us for Yarra Ranges Athletics combined event competition. This event is to give athletes an idea of what the State Combined Event is like which is open to U9-U16 athletes.

Combined Event is a competition which involves all athletes participating in 5-7 events, depending on age group. The table of what events athletes do on Saturday is in this newsletter.

Yarra Ranges gives out medals to our top 3 athletes in each age group. To be eligible for the medals, all athletes need to complete in every event. Each event is given a score from the Alberta Youth Scoring Table, every millisecond and centimetre gives a higher score.

We encourage everyone to give it their best try on Saturday. PB’s will be counted and contribute to the overall PB score for the 2021/2022 season. All athletes who compete on Saturday will be awarded a certificate and ribbons to 6th place. Presentation for this event will be at a later date, keep an eye on announcements in our newsletter and Facebook page, ‘Yarra Ranges Athletics Clubhouse’.

Good luck to all athletes! Do your best and have lots of Fun!!!

Make sure to check out the YRA Clubhouse Facebook page over the coming days to be up to date with the program. We look forward to seeing everyone for the combined event soon!

2022 Regional Track & Field

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 Open: 13th December 2021, 11:59 am (lunch time)

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

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

Knox Little Athletics Centre Open Day Twilight

Date: Saturday 22nd January 2022 – 2:00pm – 9:30pm

Eligible Athletes: U6-U16

Cost: Entry Fee is $8 per event – up to $30 for 4 events.

Entries close: 13th of January.

Open days are a chance for athletes to compete at another track with other centres from around Victoria. It is a great chance to go for a PB and/or get practice for region and state events for the older age groups. For more information please go to their website www.klac23.org.au/openday

AVSL Round Six

Date: Saturday 18th December 2021

Entries Close: Wednesday 15th December 2021, 11:59 am (Midday)

Location: Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Knox, Meadowglen

If you missed the entry cutoff for this weekend, no worries! AVSL is back next week!

AVSL Round Seven

Date: Saturday 15th January 2022

Entries Close: Wednesday 12th January 2022, 11:59 am (Midday)

Location: Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Lakeside

Welcome back to AVSL and the start of the 2021/22

For entries, click on the button below.

Weekly Newsletter – December 8

Yarra Ranges Athletics athletes enjoyed some sunshine interspersed with drizzle and cold winds on Saturday morning. The weather did not deter the smiles on the 150+ athletes who turned up at Morrison Reserve for a fun morning of athletics.

With the club combined events championships only a week away, athletes made the most of the opportunity to practice the events that make up the combined events schedule. Our athletes finally got the chance to try some discus and shotput events prior to the artificial turf being laid.

Our seniors were split between AVSL competitions at Knox and Keilor tracks.

A massive congratulations to all of our competing athletes at the AV 5000m champs last night, especially to James Laven and Harry Norman, taking home 4th and 6th place in the Men’s A Race respectively, and Olivia Twining, running 12th in the Women’s A Race.

The YRA Distance Crew has been absolutely on fire over the last few weeks, and we are extremely excited to see how the team can go over the rest of the summer season! If you missed last nights racing, check out the Men’s A, or Women’s A races by clicking on either here!

Two Bays Car Park Fundraiser

Cape Schanck – Sunday 16th January 2022

This will be the 6th year we have managed this and it is the best one day fundraiser that we do.

We raise over $2000 which goes directly to the club, but we need members to come and help either direct cars to park or be on the gate to take the $5 car parking fee.

The area is a one way in and out and about 400-500 cars are directed on the day.

If you are available to help, we offer a small amount to cover petrol and/or food costs on the day. We need about 5 people from 6am in the morning and an additional 3 from 9am till about 1pm.

If you can help for a couple of hours please get in touch with Katie Clarke on 0403 819391. It is a beautiful part of the world to explore when your shift is over. Big Thank you!!

Results

All results from Little Athletics are available through the Results HQ portal. All members have received details for logging in from Little Athletics Victoria (LAVic). If you haven’t received or can’t find the details call the LAVic office.

For new members who started on Trial the early results are being checked and re-entered. It is a manual process, so may take a few weeks for us to catch up.

If anyone, at anytime, believes some results are missing, please email results@yarrarangesathletics.org.au

2022 State Combined Events Championships

The 2022 State Combined Events Championships will take place at Lakeside Stadium, Albert Park on the 29th and 30th January 2022. Athletes in the Under 9 through to Under 16 age groups are eligible to participate.

The Combined Events consist of between four and seven separate disciplines depending on which age group a child is in. Events consisting of four or five disciplines will be held on one day. Events consisting of more than five disciplines will be held on two consecutive days.

Cost: $50 per athlete

$40 Multi-Class per athlete

Entries Open: 29th November 2021 (4:00 pm)

Entries Close: 12th January 2022 (11:59 pm) OR; prior if the entry cap has been reached

Entry Requirements

Athletes must be a registered financial member of their Centre. Athletes are able to directly enter without any participating in a previous event.

Event Schedule

Saturday: U9, U10, U13, Multi-Class U9-U10, U11-U12 & U13-U16 (Boys & Girls)

Sunday: U11, U12, (Boys & Girls)

Saturday & Sunday: U14, U15, U16 (Boys & Girls)

For a complete schedule of the day, click here to go to the event page

YRA Little Athletics

Date: Saturday 11th December

Location: Morrison Reserve, Mount Evelyn

This week due to the resurfacing works which are almost completed we will be running program 2 again, please find a copy of the program below.Make sure to check the clubhouse page for any last minute information before Saturday!

YRA Annual Combined Event!

Date: Saturday 18th December

Location: Morrison Reserve, Mount EvelynThe annual combined event is a points based competition just like you see at the Olympics in the decathlon and heptathlon – just modified for our young athletes.Each age group will complete between 5 and 7 events.

The results from each event scores points. These points are tallied to determine the overall event winners.Every second and every centimetre counts – encourage your athletes to do their best on the day.

Results will be collated and all athletes will receive a certificate to show their event details and points scored.Scoring is based on completing all events in the program.

Any athletes that complete fewer events cannot be placed higher in the overall results than an athlete with all events scored.

Make sure to check out the YRA Clubhouse Facebook page over the coming days to be up to date with the program.

We look forward to seeing everyone for the combined event soon!

AVSL Round Five

Date: Saturday 11th December 2021

Entries Close: Wednesday 8th December 2021, 11:59 am (Midday)

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

If you missed the entry cutoff for this weekend, no worries! AVSL is back next week!

AVSL Round Six

Date: Saturday 18th December 2021

Entries Close: Wednesday 15th December 2021, 11:59 am (Midday)

Location: Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Knox, Meadowglen

For entries, click on the button below.

Weekly Newsletter – December 1

Vic Milers

The spiritual “Home of PBs,” Hagenaeur Reserve in Box Hill put on quite the show last Thursday with the first meet of Vic Milers Club. For the uninitiated, VMC run meets in the evening during the summer season occasionally, and there is no other place to try and knock off a PB!

With some precise seeding, almost all of our distance crew walked away with PBs for a night well spent. YRA was represented by 16 athletes and all enjoyed the evening watching each other race.

YRA Winter Athletics Cross Country Season 2021

Our local club season of Cross Country was cut short by lockdowns this year. Despite the uncertainty at different times, we hosted 10 rounds of Cross Country, with at least 2 races at each of our 4 venues. Once again, this season Croydon Athletics Club joined us for 2021. We also had good participation from most age groups at Knox Open Day, resulting in several individual and team medals, but most of all smiles and cheers for YRA athletes. After missing a complete season in 2020 we were grateful for what racing could happen, realising that when we can’t host races, we miss all the smiles, friendship and strong competition that our Yarra Ranges kids bring to each day of Cross Country.

Participant numbers for our winter Cross Country are rising each year. This years shortened season saw 187 individuals recording almost 1000 race results. More than 100 finishers were seen at 7 rounds. It shows that the program that we bring during Winter is attractive and successful. Thanks to our families that enjoy a Saturday morning run, particularly those who invite family and friends, helping to introduce new families and athletes to our Winter season.

Unfortunately, the regular Region and State competitions were cancelled. Knox Open Day was the highlight competition of the winter season for Yarra Ranges. Because of the dedicated athletes who showed up to race in our club colours we managed to retain the trophy for the 7th year! Waverley Athletics club were out in force and the points swung between the 2 clubs all morning. With 1 race to go our U8’s stormed home to win the Trophy! A wonderful day was had in the sunshine by all. 36 athletes, 6 team medals and 9 individual podium places. What a great club!

Every week there is a large group of volunteers that set up the Cross Country course and help our athletes. Thank you to Mr Cross Country, our very own Rob Belli who we have missed during the summer months when he has been working for Little Athletics as the development officer. Our early morning crew, Mike Willey, Alan Harris, Joel Johnson, Russell Van Bert and Michael Clarke helped to set the course ready for the fun. To our marshals, tag givers, recorders, welcome crew and flag retrievers. Thank you for a wonderful Cross Country season in 2021. Onwards to Summer Track and Field and we hope to see more smiling faces and PB’s in the coming year!

Two Bays Car Park Fundraiser

Cape Schanck – Sunday 16th January

This will be the 6th year we have managed this and it is the best one day fundraiser that we do.

We raise over $2000 which goes directly to the club, but we need members to come and help either direct cars to park or be on the gate to take the $5 car parking fee.

The area is a one way in and out and about 400-500 cars are directed on the day.

If you are available to help, we offer a small amount to cover petrol and/or food costs on the day. We need about 5 people from 6am in the morning and an additional 3 from 9am till about 1pm.

If you can help for a couple of hours please get in touch with Katie Clarke on 0403 819391. It is a beautiful part of the world to explore when your shift is over.

Big Thank you!!

This Saturday

This week’s program is program 1 with some changes with the returns of throws for all ages. Please check the clubhouse page for more information in coming days.

We are delaying the Combined round by a week as some groups haven’t had a chance to compete in events that make up the Combined Events program.

We will plan for Combined to take place the 11 December and Program 2 on the 18th December.

The Combined Event! It is a points based competition just like you see at the Olympics in the decathlon and heptathlon – just modified for our young athletes.

Each age group will complete between 5 and 7 events. The results from each event scores points. These points are tallied to determine the overall event winners.

Every second and every centimetre counts – encourage your athletes to do their best on the day.

Results will be collated and all athletes will receive a certificate to show their event details and points scored.

Scoring is based on completing all events in the program.

Any athletes that complete fewer events cannot be placed higher in the overall results than an athlete with all events scored.

Seniors

AVSL Round Four

Date: Saturday 4th December 2021

Location: Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Keilor, Knox

If you missed the entry cutoff for this weekend, no worries! AVSL is back next week!

AVSL Round Five

Date: Saturday 11th December 2021

Entries Close: Wednesday 8th December 2021, 11:59 am (Midday)

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

Weekly Newsletter – November 24

Last Saturday

The sun was finally shining at Morrison Reserve on Saturday morning. Perfect conditions for a fun morning of athletics. With so many new members and trialling members the calm, warm weather enabled a full program of events to be completed. Athletes even managed to have some relay fun.

Undoubtedly the highlight of the morning was the “little kids” race which attracted a swarm of smiling little runners and their parents.

We have had lots of new families join the club during the last couple of weeks! Thank you to those who have brought a Proof of Age Document. If you have not already done so can you please bring a POA document next time you come to the track or email to info@yarrarangesathletics.org.au

The canteen has been a hive of activity during the last couple of weeks at competition. A big thank you to Farlie, Renee and Cindy who joined us in the canteen last Saturday.

If every family can volunteer at the canteen just once during the season we can keep providing this service to our members. Unless we have sufficient volunteers this week we will have to introduce a volunteer roster

A reminder that everyone at YRA is a volunteer and many spend hours not just during Saturday but over the week to provide a great weekly program for the athletes. Many hands make light work.

Last Saturday – Seniors

Our seniors were split between AVSL competitions at Casey Fields and Aberfeldie Track. Special thanks to the athletes and family members who fulfilled our club helper duties at Casey Fields.

Congratulations to Zoe Clarke, who made her Yarra Ranges Athletics AVSL debut with an excellent 800m race.

We wish the best of luck to the 17 Yarra Ranges Athletics who are competing at Vic Milers Club over the 800m and 3000m distances on Thursday. Hopefully the weather turns out not to be too humid!

Primary School Division Athletics – December 1st

On Wednesday the 1st of December, Yarra Ranges Athletics Track will host the invitational event for the Primary School Yarra Division.

There is no progression from District before this event, or to Regionals after this event. This event is allowing students to participate in some competitive athletics thru School Sport Victoria.

If you have a child in grades 3-6 your PE teacher should have received an invitation to this exciting event.

If your school is part of Healesville, Mooroolbark, Montrose, Silvan, Lilydale, Wandin or Warburton District and have an athlete aged 9-13 and are in primary school we hope to see you all there.

YRA are needing volunteers to help run the day. Either a field event, track or in the canteen. Please be in touch ASAP with Jamie Strudley on 0402 233 677.

We need at least 15 on the ground and 4 in the canteen. Even a small amount of time would be valuable. Thank you!

Two Bays Carpark Fundraiser

This will be the 6th year we have managed this and it is the best one day fundraiser that we do.

We raise over $2000 which goes directly to the club, but we need members to come and help either direct cars to park or be on the gate to take the $5 car parking fee.

The area is a one way in and out and about 400-500 cars are directed on the day.

If you are available to help, we offer a small amount to cover petrol and/or food costs on the day. We need about 5 people from 6am in the morning and an additional 3 from 9am till about 1pm.

If you can help for a couple of hours please get in touch with Katie Clarke on 0403 819391. It is a beautiful part of the world to explore when your shift is over. Big Thank you!

Round 4

The annual championship is on again! Which club will be champion this season? Dress to impress in your club colours, wear wigs, capes, costumes, and face paint to join in the fun!

Our Club Captains will be announced to lead the clubs for the coming season. Arrive early to help set up the equipment, blow up balloons and decorate the track with streamers. See Alan Harris to offer your help set up the equipment early from 7.30am.

As always we will be needing help in the canteen so please pop up to see if help is needed.

Please arrive by 8.45am and remember to wear your competition top with Coles patch and Commonwealth Bank Registration patch.

The competition program will be as follows

Club shirts

We have had a new shipment of Club shirts arrive for Comets, Mustangs and Jaguars. The Redback shirts hopefully will arrive this week!

If you have been waiting for a shirt, please come to the Uniform room on Saturday. If you are new to the club and still need to buy a shirt please see Katie at the Registration desk or Colleen in the Uniform room.

Please remember to sew your COLES patch to your club shirt!

AVSL Round Three

Date: Saturday 27th November 2021

Location: Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Lakeside

If you missed the entry cutoff for this weekend, no worries! AVSL is back next week!

AVSL Round Four

Date: Saturday 4th December 2021

Entries Close: Wednesday 1st December 2021, 11:59 am (Midday)

Location: Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Keilor, Knox

For entries, click on the button below.

Weekly Newsletter – November 17

Little Athletics Round 2

Week two of Little Athletics was a steeplechase, with a number of obstacles requiring clearing before we could get underway. Power outages, unfriendly weather and some key parent helpers unavailable, however the committee, parents and most importantly the athletes all came together and we managed to give the kids a few races and some relay fun.

We actually had an increase in numbers from week one, which given the weather was an awesome effort. With rain preventing High Jump and Long Jump and the resurfacing work impacting the throwing events, it was a day for the runners, with 2 sprints, a middle distance run and some relay fun. It was great to see the athletes encouraging others age groups in between events and enjoying the relay activities. We plan to incorporate relays into the program regularly this summer. Our under 9’s ran their first 800m, and Under 7’s their first 300m. It was great to see these groups tackle new distances and set a time to try a beat next time.

We move to program 3 this week, our last in the 3 week cycle. Week 4 is Club v Club day so start thinking about some colourful outfits, with bonus points awarded to the best/craziest dressed clubs.

This weekend we will be needing a bit more help in the canteen, if you would be able to help, even for half an hour, just pop up and say hi!

Go Yarra Ranges! See everyone this Saturday!

Seniors

A massive congratulations to our Seniors who returned to Doncaster or Duncan MacKinnon athletics tracks for the inaugural round of AVSL for the 21/22 Season. Despite the wintery weather’s best attempts to keep everyone away, this enthusiastic group of 14 athletes went down and had a go anyway!

YRA is excited to welcome Emilie Garside and Rori Jones into the squad. Emilie and Rori both debuted last weekend at AVSL and we wish them the best of luck with the rest of their season!

In other exciting news, Noah Wright broke through the fabled 2 minute barrier over 800 metres, running a HUGE 1:57.4. Noah, congratulations!!

Over the coming weeks we look forward to seeing more of our crew down and racing. Make sure have a look at AthsVic’s website for some of the upcoming specialist meets, if you have a PB to knock off then these are the best places have a try!

Little Athletics Round 3

Date: Saturday 20th November

Please arrive by 8.45am and remember to wear your competition top with Coles patch and Commonwealth Bank Registration patch.

We will be running walks from 8:00am for our older athletes.

The program here should be used as a guide only and may be subject to change on the day.

Prior to Saturday, ensure you have checked our YRA Clubhouse Facebook page for any last minute event information.

You may also have noticed that some sections of the field are undergoing resurfacing, preventing us from holding shot put and discus competition – this is scheduled to be completed soon!

Athletics Victoria Senior League Round 2

Date: Saturday 20th November 2021

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

Athletics Victoria Senior League Round 3

Date: Saturday 27th November 2021

Entries Close: Wednesday 24th November 2021, 11:59 am (Midday)

Location: Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Lakeside

Weekly Newsletter – November 10

Little Athletics is back!

Wow! We are finally back! It was an incredibly exciting weekend at YRA with our very first round of LAV for the 21/22 season, and the atmosphere was absolutely unreal. Season 2021/2022 kicked off on Saturday with 121 Little Athletes taking to the track on a sunny, but humid morning on the first weekend in November.

It was lovely to see the smiles and joy around the ground as the athletes got back to the sport they love. Welcome to our new families! If you need any assistance please get in touch with our enthusiastic committee members via email or messenger.

The wind kept the volunteers on the their toes as the hurdles blew over before the race could start but we managed to keep the program running, with some races turning into 100m.

Words can’t really capture the excitement that we all felt down at the track last Saturday, so check out some of our awesome photos below. As always, for more photos and information, head over to our YRA Clubhouse page.

Thank you for your patience at the registration desk. Thankfully our returning athletes only need to come to the desk once at the start of the season. Thank you to those who attended our early registration patch pick up on Thursday night which really helped keep the line as short as possible.

If you missed our first weekend, please come to the registration desk next time you are at the track to pick up your registration patch and Nike drink bottle which is part of your membership.

Calling prospective Starters!

YRA is in need of more starters for the coming season, and last weekend we were extremely privileged to have Rob Belli down at the track for our first round. Rob will be working at other centres during the rest of the season.

Rob is willing to come to the track at 5pm Thursday 11th (tomorrow) to give some Dad’s and Mums the essential skills to start the races on a Saturday. Please let us know if you can make it!

YRA Little Athletics Round 2

Date: Saturday 13th November

Location: Morrison Reserve, Mount Evelyn

Please arrive by 8.45am and remember to wear your competition top with Coles patch and Commonwealth Bank Registration patch.

Prior to Saturday, ensure you have checked our YRA Clubhouse Facebook page for any last minute event information.

You may also have noticed that some sections of the field are undergoing resurfacing, preventing us from holding shot put and discus competition – this is scheduled to be completed soon!

The program here should be used as a guide only and may be subject to change on the day.

Little Athletics Summer Season Calendar

We understand the need for certainty during COVID normal and have worked hard to put together a calendar for the 21/22 summer season of Little Athletics.

Some major events have already been cancelled this season, and we are yet to confirm dates with Little Athletics Victoria, so these dates may change at short notice. COVID19 has made life extremely challenging and unpredictable, particularly when it comes to making plans, but our focus is always on getting your kids out having fun as soon as possible.

LAvic has confirmed that Region and State Relays have been cancelled for the 2021/2022 season. Unfortunately the event has not been given permission from the state government due to restrictions. We can only hope that next year this team event will be back on the program. We have been notified that Box Hill Relays and Doncaster Open Day have been cancelled for this season also.

The LAVic email is currently down so apologies if anyone has sent a message to that mail box. Our club email is still working so if you have any questions please email info@yarrarangesathletic.org.au

Senior Athletics Starts This Week

Welcome back to AVSL and the start of the 2021/22 summer season!

AVSL competition will resume in a similar manner to previous years however, as expected in this current climate, there are still some very important guidelines and processes as outlined in the AVSL Guide. Please ensure you take the time to read the up-to-date version, in order to support our compliance with health and safety standards set out by the State Government.

AVSL Round One

This weekend we will be competing at Duncan MacKinnon Reserve and Doncaster Athletics Track.

We wish the best of luck to our seniors competing this weekend after a long hiatus from competition!

For the draft timetable, click here

If you missed the entry cutoff for this weekend, no worries! AVSL is back next week!

AVSL Round Two

Date: Saturday 20th November 2021

Entries Close: Wednesday 17th November 2021, 11:59 am (Midday)

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

For entries, click on the button below.

Community Partnership

Yarra Ranges Athletics is extremely proud to extend to our community the opportunity to form a partnership with us.

Going into the 21/22 season we are keenly pursuing more local businesses to get involved with us, and are excited to work with and promote YOUR business at Morrison Reserve, and online!

Starting from $350 p.a. we offer several different levels of partnership to suit your business’ needs. All levels are offered with (1) complimentary YRA membership, valued at $170.

For full details, click on the button below!

Weekly Newsletter – November 3

Little Athletics starts this week

Littles! We have just been given the all clear from LAV to begin competition!

That means this weekend we will be returning to Morrison Reserve for our first comp of the season!

Over the coming days we will have more information available for us to begin our season of athletics, we look forward to seeing everyone this coming Saturday!

Check out the program below.

This Saturday 6th of November, starting from 8:30am at Morrison Reserve, Mount Evelyn.

Arrive early and allow plenty of time to ensure you have checked in at our registration desk, and to assist with set up.

We will be running a modified program for our return to athletics, with 4 events for most ages due to artificial turf being laid in the infield.

The program here should be used as a guide only and may be subject to change on the day.

Prior to Saturday, ensure you have checked our YRA Clubhouse Facebook page for any last minute event information.

Seniors starts next week!

AV have confirmed that starting from Saturday 13th November AVSL will be BACK! 

That’s right, get your uniform out now because in just 10 sleeps we will be running, jumping and throwing for YRA at AVSL.

Check out the Seniors section b

It’s been a long time coming, but we are finally back!

AVSL Round 1 will kick off on Saturday, November 13.

Entries for Round 1 are now open and will close at midday on Wednesday, November 10. Please enter through the AV Portal.

Please note there are still several requirements for a COVIDsafe event. Athletics Victoria published these requirements earlier this week. You can read that information here.

For all the AVSL information, please click on the button below.

The AVSL event page contains all you need to know, from Timetables to Zones, Rules and Regulations and Promotion and Relegation information. The 2021/22 Calendar is also LIVE on this page.

Memberships are required to participate in AVSL, with the Base Athlete Membership, and the Track and Fielder (AVSL Package) recommended to get the best out of the summer season. Any memberships purchased before Thursday, November 4, please note your bibs will be sent to club Registrars, who will provide them to you. It is the responsibility of the athlete and club to coordinate bib collection.

All memberships purchased after this date will be available for pick up from your venue at AVSL Round 1. You can purchase your AV membership via the button below.

Again we thank you for your patience. We look forward to seeing you on the 13th.

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