XCR Round 9: Sunday 4th September

Eighteen of our distance athletes competed in Round 9.  Burnley has long been a feature near the end of the winter season; those months where athletes try to improve ‘staying power’ up to ½ marathon (road) distance!  Nine athletes; 1 female and 8 male achieved just that!  Four junior athletes competed over 5km, as did 5 of Open and Masters Athletes.  The start was an early one, so that the (lucky) Fathers could arrive home in time for their Sunday BBQ or roast!  A happy Father’s Day to the Fathers and Grandfathers of the DAC community!

Brothers, Lachlan (U18) and Aiden (U16) Marasco had an excellent day of running, clocking just over 17 minutes for their 5km!  They were joined by 2 other juniors, Josh Ascar and Grace Wilson (both U18), who have both had outstanding winter seasons; running in almost all rounds to date.  Congratulations to these junior athletes who have done us proud over the XCR season, juggling this with their studies, school events and much more!

Sue Kilmartin was 3rd among the 50+ women (5km); with husband Darryl in tow most of the way.  The newlyweds seem to be synchronising their distance running – both finishing in 24.18, and providing different accounts about who has been pacing who!  “He ran off on me!” [Sue Kilmartin].  Jim Finch was one of the few 60+ men brave enough to tackle the 21.1km distance, and has been ever-consistent this winter season.  Jim just scraped in under 2hrs; very much earning his roast!  Son Nick, and daughter-in-law, Leah, were there to greet him at the finish line, after themselves having excellent runs. 

Wow – Lydia Rinaudo did it again!  This time 7th in the Open Women over 21.1km!  Congratulations to Lydia on a great comeback to running over the course of winter 2022!  Many of us may not be aware that Lydia’s journey back to peak fitness has been ongoing for a couple of years; an inspiration to all!  Also completing the ½ marathon distance were the DAC men; Alistair Christy 10th in a very competitive field 290-strong!  He was ably joined by Erick Niyiragira, Matthew Christy, Brock Goodings, Brendan Culleen, and Nick Finch (Open), and Jason Merrett and Jim Finch (both Masters).  21.1km is no mean feat – congratulations to all! 

All results:

Women Open and Masters (21.1km) Total field = 109


Lydia Rinaudo 1:20:11








Women Under 18 (5km) Total field =15



Grace Wilson 21:26








Women 50+ (Short course; 5km) Total field =10


Sue Kilmartin 24:18








Men Open and Masters (21.1km) Total field = 290


Alastair Christy 1:07:08





Erick Niyiragira 1:09:49





Nick Finch 1:16:29





Matthew Christy 1:18:52





Brendan Cullen 1:28:09





Brock Goodings 1:42:20





Jason Merrett 1:45:34





James Finch 1:58:45








Men Under 18 (5km) Total field =19



Josh Ascar 16:08;





Lachlan Marasco 17:08








Men Under 16 (5km) Total field =14



Aiden Marasco 17:48








5km Invitational Run (Open and Masters) Total field =28

David Vaughan 18:45





John Curry 21:44





Leah Finch 24:08





Darryl Kilmartin 24:18










Summary of upcoming events!

The running is by no means coming to an end!  The following is a diary note of all of the upcoming events.  Those marked with an asterisk (*) are described in more detail below. 







“Seb Coe”





XCR Rd 10


Tan Track



Bill Chambers Memorial Handicap


Ruffey Lake Park



Opening Doncaster Track















Melbourne Marathon Festival

Early AM

Melb City



The Sixty Minutes









*See detailed information below

XCR Round 10: Saturday 17th September

**Note** 9am start to events!  The final round of the XCR season is the Tan relays.  All age groups complete 1 lap (3.68km), with variations to number of athletes per team based on division.   Please contact Winter Coordinator Matt Christy on 0439 905 101 to indicate availability. 40+ athletes please contact Campbell McLennan (40.teams@doncasterac.org.au or 0414533677).  At the conclusion of this event, athletes, parents and families are invited to stay on for a BYO picnic and celebrate the end to a great season unaffected by COVID-19!  

Tuesday September 13 – Tom Kelly Memorial Training session

Thursday 15th September will be nine years since the passing of our mate, mentor and coach Tom Kelly. We would like to invite everyone down to the track on Tuesday 13th of September to celebrate the life of the great man by completing one of his favourite training sessions, the famous ‘Seb Coe’. 

Meet at the 100m start line from 6pm to commence the warm up with the session to start at 6:30 sharp. Please pass the word around, everyone is welcome regardless of age/ability/fitness. 

We look forward to seeing you there to celebrate what Tom dedicated to this club and talk about the many memories we have of him.

Bill Chambers Memorial Handicap – Friday 23rd September

Can’t get enough of distance running?  After a two-year hiatus, the 45th annual Bill Chambers Memorial Cross-Country Handicap is back! This longstanding event holds a special place in our club history, and is a fun competition, open to all members and their families, regardless of age or fitness level. 

When: Friday 23rd of September (Grand Final Eve Public Holiday)

Where: Ruffey Lake Park (Enter via The Boulevarde off George St on the western side of the park, meet at the undercover BBQ area)

Time: Please start arriving from 8:30am for a 9am start. No pre-entry required, just turn up with your best 3km/5km/10km time and our handicapper will work out your start time! 

Distance: There will be a 3km fun run for members wanting to have a bit of fun or to turn the legs over followed by the 6km handicap race which is two 3km laps of the course that Men and Women of all ages contest together.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Track Re-Opening and DAC Mile – Thursday 29th September

The Doncaster Athletic Club, in cooperation with the Doncaster Little Athletics and Masters Clubs, and the City of Manningham are pleased to invite you to an action packed night of athletics at the inaugural DAC Mile event.

Under our brand new competition lighting and on our newly resurfaced and upgraded track, we look forward to you joining us for our grand reopening event. 

When: Thursday 29th of September from 6pm – 9pm.

Where: Tom Kelly Athletics Track, 125a George St, Doncaster East VIC 3109

Entries are open via the web link:                             


QR codes and flyers are also attached to assist you in entering or promoting to friends and family. 

The program includes;

  • The DAC Mile for men, racing for the perpetual, Sean Quilty memorial trophy and generous prize money. 
  • The DAC Mile for Women, racing for the perpetual trophy and equal prize money as for the men.
  • Support program of seeded mixed Mile races.
  • 200m Open seeded races. (Open to Juniors and Masters)
  • 150m Masters races for Men and Women. (Limited fields in each ten year age bracket)
  • Invitational Pole Vault, Long Jump, and junior 70m.
  • Demonstration multi-generational Sprint Hurdle.

BBQ, Pizza, Canteen and Coffee will be available on the night. Friends, family and children welcome at no cost, but please consider supporting our fundraising food and drink offerings. 

The Sixty Minutes – Doncaster Masters Athletics event – Monday 3rd October

Athletes, both walkers and runners, of all ages are invited to pit themselves against the clock!  Complete as many laps (and part thereof) in 60 minutes.  Prizes on offer for those registered with VMA and for both walkers and runners.  Event starts 7.30pm.  A great challenge for those who aren’t quite ready for the Marathon on October 2nd.  Please bring own lap-scorer, supper provided afterwards.  Cost $10.  For further information, please contact Graham Ford on 0419 361 487 gford@bigpond.net.au

Summer season about to start!  Woo Hoo!  Saturday October 8th

Track and field athletes have been itching for get back into action!  Well, they won’t have to wait much longer.  The AVSL season starts on October 8, and a draft timetable has been released (attached).  Athletes are encouraged to complete their registration ASAP, including purchase of the AVSL season package (via AV portal).  Please contact registrar David Mitchell (0456 366046) with any enquires and Alessia Wynne (0473359747) in advance to organise uniform purchase. 

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