Weekly Newsletter – June 30

Last weekend

Yarra Ranges Athletics returned to their favourite course at Lillydale Lake on the weekend. Some fantastic clearing work by council staff meant the normal course was possible, albeit with some additional slippery and muddy sections.

Athletes were determined to run hard with the prospect of a choccy frog for a course PB, so there was plenty of intensity and lots of mud. Well done to all our finishers, helpers and the set up crew for another fun morning of cross country.

This weekend

We return to Morrison Reserve where we hope to find some more mud and puddles.

Please note that there may be changes to the course due to storm damage. We endeavour to keep the course as close to its original as possible.

Arrive by 8:45am for races to begin by 9:00am.

Don’t forget to bring some warm clothes to change into afterwards!

Club training

Club training continues with 6-12yo training on Wednesdays at Morrison Reserve from 4pm with Kate.

Open age training on Tuesdays from 5.30pm at Morrison Reserve and Thursdays from 5.30 at Victoria Rd Primary School gym.

LAVic State Cross Country Championships entries close this Monday

The State Cross-Country Championships is an individual Cross-Country event. It is held on terrain that is undulating and provides a challenge to the athletes. The course may incorporate one or two laps depending on the distance and layout of the course.

The State Teams event only, will be conducted concurrent with the individual event at the State Cross-Country Championships.

State Championships is a direct entry event.

To see all information relating to the event, including the draft timetable, and other important information, please click the link here to go to the event page.

Cost: $25/athlete (+ admin)

Date: Saturday 31st July 2021

Location: Lake Dewar Lodge, 339 Garrands Road, Myrniong

Entries Close: THIS MONDAY, 5th July 2021 (11:59 am – Midday)

Senior Athletics

Senior Athletics and Cross Country
XCR 4 – 12km XC and 8km Invitational – Cruden Farm

Entries Close: THIS WEDNESDAY 7th July 2021, 11:59am (Midday)

Location: Cruden Farm, Langwarrin, VIC 3910

The 2021 Heritage Round is at Cruden Farm, hosting 8km and 12km distances. The grounds of Cruden Farm offer athletes a challenging course with a mixture of different terrains to accompany the beautiful areas encompassing the farm.

The change of date for this event (from Saturday 26 June to Saturday 10 July 2021) means there has been a long layoff since Lardner Park. Therefore, we will be offering an invitational non-XCR scoring 8km event at Cruden Farm, also on Saturday 10 July 2021, for Open Men and Women, W40, M40 and M50+, in addition to the previously scheduled events.

This event is an excellent opportunity for clubs to showcase their history, and we encourage each club to do so again in 2021.

Weekly Newsletter – June 23

After two weeks of lockdown

Followed by a storm for the ages, Yarra Ranges Athletics managed to bring some fun back to the community over the weekend. The return of Saturday morning cross country, last week at Elizabeth Bridge Reserve in Kilsyth, bought joy and fun to all the athletes and parents attending.

The course was in spectacular cross country condition, sunny overhead and very wet underfoot! With choccy frogs up for grabs for a course PB, the athletes were keen to have a crack. Athletes started in COVID safe waves of less than 20 making for many interesting races.

Well done to all who participated, we look forward to seeing you this coming Saturday at Lillydale Lake.

Cruden farm was scheduled to be this weekend as well but AV has been postponed it until 10th July.

Club training

Club training continues with 6-12yo training on Wednesdays at Morrison Reserve from 4pm with Kate and open age training on Tuesdays from 5.30pm at Morrison Reserve and Thursdays from 5.30 at Victoria Rd Primary School gym.

LAVic Club Excellence nominations

It is with absolute pleasure that I can confirm that we have entered two of our club members into the 2021 LAVic Centre Excellence Awards. These two people are well known for their hard work amongst our community and it is so important that we celebrate their efforts. Their passion for athletics knows no bounds and we are so grateful to have their passionate and talented hands with us.

Our nominee for the Centre Volunteer of the Year award goes to Bryan Ackerly. If centres are ever lucky enough to have someone like Bryan come along, they are truly blessed, as there could not possibly be too many people like him.

Bryan is quite simply always there. If there is a Yarra Ranges Athletics activity, he is there. His presence is not as a spectator, or passenger, and definitely not to be in the spotlight. He is a doer, a fixer, a solution maker. In weekly competition his specialty is as technical expert for all things timing, sound, electronics and equipment.

Bryan is a critical contributor to the racing experience of our athletes, ensuring results are captured accurately and helping them share in the excitement of PB performances as they gather around his customised display.

Something that may not be known about Bryan is that he has never been a parent of an athlete in Little Athletics, yet he stays involved because he enjoys making a difference. He is a year-round contributor, and is actively involved in both Summer and Winter competition.

Bryan is an amazing and positive influence around the athletes of all ages, encouraging them to be their best and showing them how to enjoy the sport, and a wonderful example of the joy that can be had from volunteerism.

Our nominee for the Coach of the Year, and Bryan Neighbour Centre Coach of the Year awards goes to Kate Downward. In a year when most things, including athletics were disrupted, Kate went to incredible lengths to keep our families and athletes active.

Not only through regular weekly coaching aimed at those athletes first developing a training habit, but also those stretching into their first experiences of competing beyond the Centre, at Region and State level competition.

In the last 12 months Kate has shown a keen determination to prevent lockdown and restrictions from completely cutting athletics off from club members and families. And she succeeded with flying colours – by hosting weekly live skills training sessions via our club Facebook page, Kate was the reassuring and reliable face of athletics coaching in a time when there was lots of uncertainty and disruption.

When training and competition were able to resume, Kate was a key contributor to helping us navigate the changing restrictions and to identify what and how we could host athletics, safely and effectively within the protocols at each stage.

She has an amazing ability to lift the confidence and enthusiasm of those around her. Without being a ‘larger than life’ personality, her quiet strength and determination makes her athletes trust her advice, listen to her instructions and try their best to improve weekly.

Kate is someone who has an idea, and makes it happen, without waiting for others to do the hard work, she shows how to get it done. Her reliability builds trust in those around her, and so easily brings others along in the capacity as helpers.

Kate and Bryan, how unbelievably fortunate we are to have you as a part of our club. It is passionate volunteers like Kate and Bryan that make athletics the inclusive, rewarding, and incredible sport that it is. On behalf of the committee, and whole YRA community, I extend my warmest gratitude and appreciation to you both. Thank you!

Max Savill-Bentley

President

Next round

We will be returning to Lillydale Lake this weekend for another round of cross country.

With thanks to the Shire for cleaning up the storm damage, the course shouldn’t require too many changes.

Remember to arrive early and bring a change of clothes, it will be a rainy morning – perfect conditions for XC!

Weekly Newsletter – June 17

A storm to remember, and back to competition!

We hope that everyone in the community is coping with the recent catastrophic storm event. The profound effect that this has had on tens of thousands of people in our immediate area is hard to comprehend.

It is something that I’m sure we all take for granted when enjoying the beautiful trails around Mt Evelyn, Lilydale and Silvan – the assumption that the trees that are above you are going to stay there! We are extremely lucky to have had no loss of life in the Yarra Ranges through this event.

To all of our members, please do not hesitate to contact us if you need the use of our power and showers through this time.

With the further easing of restrictions, it’s exciting to know that we can get back into doing what we love. YRA Cross Country WILL BE RETURNING THIS SATURDAY.

There are some details that still need to be finalised, but here is what we can share right now.

  1. Cross Country with YRA will be on!! YES
  2. Location is ELIZABETH BRIDGE RESERVE, DURHAM ROAD….Start time will still be 8.45am, and first race around 9am.
  3. The format will be based on the guidance received between now and race morning. The good news is community sport is an approved activity, so it will just be a case of waiting for further information on adjustments that may (or may not) be required.
  4. Keep checking for updates, and be ready for Cross Country on Saturday. Make sure you are familiar with QR check-in via Service Victoria app. Please cooperate with our volunteers if there are changes to our normal routine.
  5. If you have questions please comment here or send to events@yarrarangesathletics.org.au

We hope to see you everyone back on Saturday, where we will do everything we can to make it possible for fun, smiles and PB choccy frogs to be earned!! We are also hopeful that we have no further interruptions to our winter racing and can continue to host Cross Country every week from here to September.

Max Savill-BentleyPresident Yarra Ranges Athletics

2021 LAVic State Cross-Country Championships

The State Cross-Country Championships is an individual Cross-Country event. It is held on terrain that is undulating and provides a challenge to the athletes. The course may incorporate one or two laps depending on the distance and layout of the course.

The State Teams event only, will be conducted concurrent with the individual event at the State Cross-Country Championships.

State Championships is a direct entry event.

To see all information relating to the event, including the draft timetable, and other important information, please click the link here to go to the event page.

Cost: $25/athlete (+ admin)

Date: Saturday 31st July 2021

Location: Lake Dewar Lodge, 339 Garrands Road, Myrniong

Entries Open: Friday, 14th May 2021

Entries Close: Monday, 5th July 2021 (11:59 am – Midday)

Senior Athletics and Cross Country

Seniors AV XCR will be returning on the Saturday 26th June. AV have rescheduled the St Anne’s Winery relays to Saturday 7th August.

Weekly Newsletter – June 9

Lockdown ends, back to training, XC to come soon..

A brief message from the President

I am so excited to finally announce that we can get back to training from Friday morning.

No doubt everyone will be very excited to see each other and find their little piece of “normal” again. This lockdown was sudden and caught many off-guard, and personally I am beyond ready to get back on the trails at Silvan!

While we are not yet able to host our Saturday morning Cross Country competition, outdoor training can resume – though the recent cold weather may not be the most inviting!

Our coaches will communicate via the Yarra Ranges Athletics Clubhouse Facebook page when and where they will be training again.

We will be paying close attention to government, LAV, and AV recommendations to ensure a COVID safe experience for everybody, and if anything changes quickly we will let our members know as soon as possible via the Clubhouse page. Attached at the link below is the full list of updated restrictions from the Victorian government, correct at 9/06/2021. Click here.

On a slightly different note, the second round of the Victoria’s ‘Get Active Kids Voucher Program’ opened on the May 31st. If your family has a health care card or pensioner concession card you may be eligible for $200 to help your child play sport – it’s worth a look!

Our club has also just been the lucky recipient of a grant from the Victorian government, part of the Sporting Club Grants program. We have been given $1000 to put towards our equipment, and it has been decided by the committee for use in replacing our aging shot puts and discus sets.

Thank you everybody for your continued patience and diligence, I look forward to seeing you all down at YRA XC in coming weeks.

Max Savill-BentleyPresident Yarra Ranges Athletics

LAVic Region XC

The Region Cross-Country Carnivals have been cancelled. The State Cross-Country Championships, on Saturday 31st July at Lake Dewar, will now be direct entry.

All the current registrations will be moved across into the State Championships, and the portal will remain open until Monday 5th July.

To recognise the performances that would have been achieved at the Region Carnivals, Region medals will be presented in addition to the State medals, based on placings.

A portal for athletes to withdraw from State will also be set up, refunds will be provided.

LAVic State XC

2021 LAVic State Cross-Country Championships

The State Cross-Country Championships is an individual Cross-Country event. It is held on terrain that is undulating and provides a challenge to the athletes. The course may incorporate one or two laps depending on the distance and layout of the course.

The State Teams event only, will be conducted concurrent with the individual event at the State Cross-Country Championships.

State Championships is a direct entry event.

To see all information relating to the event, including the draft timetable, and other important information, please click the link here to go to the event page.

Cost: $25/athlete (+ admin)

Date: Saturday 31st July 2021

Location: Lake Dewar Lodge, 339 Garrands Road, Myrniong

Entries Open: Friday, 14th May 2021

Entries Close: Monday, 5th July 2021 (11:59 am – Midday)

Senior AV XC

Seniors AV XCR Round 4 will be returning June 26 at Cruden Farm. AV have rescheduled the St Anne’s Winery relays (Round 3) to Saturday 7th August.

Please note that the calendar is provisional to future COVID restrictions. For more information about the calendar, jump onto AV’s website here

Weekly Newsletter – June 2

Cross Country Hiatus

Cross country will be back after a short break between lockdowns very soon! For information as it happens make sure to check out the Yarra Ranges Athletics Clubhouse Facebook page at the link here

While you are visiting, don’t forget to have a look at Coach Kate’s workout videos from last years lockdowns – if you are looking for something to keep busy this Satuday morning these are perfect! Find them at the link here.

We will be back running very soon and we can’t wait to see everyone back on the cross country course.

2021 LAV Region Cross-Country Carnivals

Entries for the 2021 Region Cross-Country Carnivals are now open and taking registrations!

The 2021 Region Cross-Country Carnivals are an individual Cross-Country event that also serves as a qualifying event for the 2021 State Cross-Country Championships.

Regions will take place at Jells Park South on Saturday the 19th June. Entries are open now and will close Midday the 7th June. We welcome all U9-U16 athletes to enter this event, no matter what your ability, everyone is welcome to run with Yarra Ranges!

Although it is an individual event, there is a Teams element, the Teams event will be conducted concurrently with the individual event.

EMR, GCR, NCR, NMR, SMR and WMR Regions are all taking place on Saturday 19th June 2021.

This event is open to Under 9 to Under 16 athletes and acts as a qualifying event for the 2021 State Cross-Country Championships taking place on the 31st of July 2021. To be eligible to participate in the State Cross-Country Championships, Little Athletes must participate at their Region Cross-Country Carnival.

Please click on the link below for more detailed information about the 2021 Region Cross-Country Carnivals, including specific information for your own Region event.

More Information & Registration

Weekly Newsletter – May 26

Knox Open Day Trophy Retained

A fantastic number of Yarra Ranges Athletics athletes represented the club at the annual Knox Little Athletics Cross Country Open Day. An event for Little Athletics athletes at Jells Park drew large numbers from many of the clubs in the eastern suburbs.

Yarra Ranges Athletics has won the club champion trophy for the last few years and were keen to retain the trophy for another year.

All our athletes ran above expectations to combine for some fantastic individual and team results, as well as contributing to the highest club score and another club championship win.

Congratulations to all the athletes competing and to the parents for helping on the day.

XCR Round 2

Our seniors travelled to Lardner Park, Warragul for round 2 of the XCR21 season. Another great turnout for the first individual event of the season on the tough farmland course.

Excellent performances from Maddie Laven and Georgia Laven with third place finishes in their respective events and to Kellie Emmerson (15th) and Olivia Twining (27th) for top 30 finishes in the Open Women’s 8km race.

Special mention to James Laven (41st) and Seamus Dwyer (53rd) for high finishes in a stacked Open Mens 8km race and to Michael Clarke for another performance to score in the first team.

Lockdown Friday 28th May to Thursday 3rd June

This weekend we were going to be welcoming Knox Athletics club to our round of YRA Cross country. The seven day lockdown will mean that the weekend round will no longer take place.

With the changing COVID restrictions, the best place to look for updates is to our YRA Clubhouse Facebook page. All important updates will be posted on Facebook when they happen.

LAVic Cross Country Relays

A reminder that LAVic Cross Country Relays are coming up soon. Cruden Farm 5th of June.

LAVic Region Cross Country Carnivals

Entries for the 2021 Region Cross-Country Carnivals are now open and taking registrations!

The 2021 Region Cross-Country Carnivals are an individual Cross-Country event that also serves as a qualifying event for the 2021 State Cross-Country Championships.

Regions will take place at Jells Park South on Saturday the 19th June. Entries are open now and will close Midday the 7th June. We welcome all U9-U16 athletes to enter this event, no matter what your ability, everyone is welcome to run with Yarra Ranges!

Although it is an individual event, there is a Teams element, the Teams event will be conducted concurrently with the individual event.

EMR, GCR, NCR, NMR, SMR and WMR Regions are all taking place on Saturday 19th June 2021.

This event is open to Under 9 to Under 16 athletes and acts as a qualifying event for the 2021 State Cross-Country Championships taking place on the 31st of July 2021. To be eligible to participate in the State Cross-Country Championships, Little Athletes must participate at their Region Cross-Country Carnival.

Please click on the link below for more detailed information about the 2021 Region Cross-Country Carnivals, including specific information for your own Region event.

XCR Round 3

Seniors AV XCR will be returning in two weeks to St Anne’s Winery. More information to come in the next edition of the newsletter, or follow the link to the page here.

St Anne’s will be an Ekiden relay so please advise James or Jamie if you will be able to attend so that we can sort out teams. Teams will be entered by MONDAY 31st MAY.

Weekly Newsletter – May 19

Round 5

The cold, icy wind and frequent hail storms were not enough to deter Yarra Ranges and Croydon athletes from swarming upon Morrison Reserve on Saturday morning for round 5 of the Yarra Ranges Athletics cross country season.

Anyone of any ability or fitness is welcome to join in on Saturday mornings to enjoy running around some of the picturesque parklands in the Yarra Valley.

All well marked, well marshalled and friendly courses provide a fun, inclusive environment for families to enjoy running or supporting others.

Round 5 presented athletes with an opportunity for a personal best on the second outing around the new Morrison Reserve course. The recent rains produced a soggy course which slowed many athletes, but still over 50 finishers earning their choccie frog treat.

Knox Open Day

Next week our Little athletes are invited to the Knox Open Day at Jells Park. Athletes need to pre-register for this event with no on the day entries available. Entries close on Wednesday 19th may, check the website for more details.

There will be no Saturday morning cross country this weekend with all athletes encouraged to support the Knox Open Day, where we will attempt to retain the coveted champion club trophy.

XCR Round 2

Our seniors trek to Lardner Park, Warragul for round 2 of the XCR21 season. Good luck to all competing!

LAVic Cross Country Relays

ate: 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.

Events

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

Timetable

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

Weekly Newsletter – May 12

Round 4

Saturday morning again offered up fantastic conditions for our Yarra Ranges and Croydon athletes for Round 4 of the cross country season at Elizabeth Bridge Reserve in Kilsyth.

With all 4 rounds of the cross country season thus far attracting 120+ runners, this weekend’s round proved to be our largest turnout yet with 135 finishers across 5 races for the morning.

On a fast but deceptively tough course, all runners pushed themselves hard to set a time to try to beat next time we run the course.

Next week we return to Morrison Reserve for our first opportunity to push for a new PB. Chocolate frogs are on offer for those that smash their PB this weekend, so make sure you come on down and have a crack!

Knox Open Day

Knox Little Athletics Cross Country Open Day is Saturday May 22nd. There will be no YRA Cross Country at our venues. Please register for the Knox Open Day.

We encourage all Little Athletics registered athletes to join us at the Knox Open Day.

When racing other clubs, wear the YRA colours. We can lend you singlets.

Help us keep the Perpetual trophy!!

Details on how to register are here.

President’s Report

Hi everyone! I just wanted to send out a massive thank you to the small group of volunteers that helped out at the canteen last week for SSV’s athletics meet, it is fantastic to see our community willing to engage and help out where needed.

I would like to again call on everyone to lend a hand at YRA, our club and the events we run are operated entirely by unpaid volunteers who are passionate about aths. We are so grateful for their continued diligence in ensuring that everyone, young or old, can enjoy athletics and cross country.

We are looking for a few people to help out on the Welcome Desk/Results Table this weekend at Morrison Reserve, it makes the time fly by. Even I was able to do it! The more helpers that we have, the more time we can all spend out running!

I hope everyone is able to find a PB this weekend because the chocolate frogs will be coming out! Helpers don’t fear, I think we can spare one or two for you too!

We will be having our first official committee meeting next Wednesday evening and we welcome visitors, please email the committee if you would like to attend or there is a matter that is important for us to discuss. We represent the YRA community and hence it is important that we have a broad view of what matters to our members.

Feel free to contact the committee at committee@yarrarangesathletics, or myself at president@yarrarangesathletics.org.au

Max Savill-Bentley, President Yarra Ranges Athletics

LAVic 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.

Events

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

Timetable

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

Senior XCR

Seniors cross country relays will be returning in two weeks time (May 22) at Lardner Park.

Please contact av@yarrarangesathletics.org.au for more details

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.

Events

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

Timetable

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

Weekly Newsletter – Apr 20

Australian Track & Field Championships

Six very talented Yarra Ranges Athletics athletes represented their state and club at the Australian track & field championships in Sydney last week. These championships showcased most of Australia’s best athletes as they attempted to qualify for the Olympics.

Stand out performance came from Kiara Flavel who, placed an impressive 4th in her 1500m final, and then two days later placed first in Australia as a U17 for 800m. Congratulations Kiara and congratulations to all other Yarra Ranges athletes who competed.

Cross Country Week 1

Saturday morning provided fantastic conditions, with a dry, clear and mild weather greeting the athletes from Yarra Ranges Athletics and Croydon Little Athletics for Week 1 of the new Cross Country season. The energy was high, after missing the entire 2020 season, runners were keen to test themselves on the hills of Morrison Reserve.

A new course for 2021 provided a fresh challenge and a revised finish, which gave everyone a fast downhill, was thoroughly enjoyed by all after the hard work of the uphill sections. Across all age groups there were excellent numbers, with over 20 runners in each field, and the strong running showed the athletes had been maintaining their fitness for the longer races.

No doubt, there will be eagerness for the return to Lillydale Lake for Week 2.

AGM This Thursday

Reminder of 2021 Annual General Meeting for Yarra Ranges Athletics Inc.

To be held THIS WEEK on THURSDAY 22nd APRIL 2021 from 7.30pm at

Mt Evelyn Community Hall

44 Birmingham Road, Mt Evelyn

To assist with planning and communication your pre-registration is appreciated. Reply to Nigel Murden via secretary@yarrarangesathletics.org.au

When registering your attendance, please indicate if you are attending as a voting member or as an observer (if in doubt, email Secretary for clarification).

For the meeting to proceed a quorum of at least 10% of eligible voting members are required to be in attendance.

Little Athletics 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 before May 20th. We can form Region teams with other EMR centres if we do not have enough athletes for YRA teams.