2022-09-29 XCR 40+

Doncaster 40+ Newsletter

(edition 61)

29th September 2022

Tom Kelly Athletic Track Re-Opening and DAC Mile – Tonight!!

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

The program includes seeded mixed Mile races, 150m (Masters in 10 year age- brackets) and 200m (seeded, all age groups), Pole Vault, Long Jump, and Sprint Hurdle.

BBQ, 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. 

Looks like a fun night – hope to see you there! 

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 are on offer for those registered with VMA, in both walk and run categories.  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   (Entries on the night accepted)

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

Track and field athletes have been itching to 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 (registrar@doncasterac.org.au) with any sign-up enquires, and Alessia Wynne (uniforms@doncasterac.org.au) in advance to organise uniform purchase. 

XCR 2022 Done and Dusted! 

The last 40+ newsletter was August 12 (Following Round 7).  Since then, DAC 40+ distance athletes have completed 3 more rounds, and the XCR season for 2022. 

XCR Round 8 – Saturday 20th August

Lake Wendouree Ballarat, was the location for Round 8, and a great opportunity for road racing enthusiasts, particularly of the endurance kind!  16 DAC athletes made the trip, including 5 Masters Athletes, who challenged themselves over 15km.  Those at the event enjoyed great conditions; we were spoilt by a Ballarat-style winter reprieve, allowing for fast running. 

Campbell McLennan, Darryl and Sue Kilmartin, Jason Merrett, and Jim Finch flew the DAC Masters flag.  Sue and Darryl strode together through the 15km challenge: the ‘A Team’ back in action once again!   Jason and Jim were their ever-consistent selves, whilst Campbell was finding his form after persistent injury plagued him earlier in the season.  Lydia Rinaudo was a standout, powering through 15km in a little over 56 minutes!  In this event she was placed 8th, despite recently turning 40!  (Still officially in ‘Open’).  

Women’s Open and Masters (15km)

Lydia Rinaudo 56:08




Sue Kilmartin 1:19:43







Men’s Open and Masters (15km)

Campbell McLennan 1:02:30




Jason Merrett 1:11:28




Darryl Kilmartin 1:19:42




James Finch 1:22:08








*Placings for Masters athletes reflect position and total field within 5-year age group

XCR Round 9: Sunday 4th September

Eighteen DAC 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!  Jason Merrett, Brendan Cullen (recently 40 but still in open for this season) and Jim Finch were up for that challenge; all under the 2hr mark and home in good time for their Father’s day spoils!  Jim was one of the few 60+ Men brave enough to tackle the 21.1km distance, and has been ever-consistent this winter season.  This round he also brought along son Nick, and daughter-in-law, Leah, who both had excellent runs.  Lydia Rinaudo did it again; this time 7th in the Open Women over 21.1km! 

Sue Kilmartin was 3rd among the 50+ women (5km short course event); with husband Darryl in tow most of the way.  The newlyweds seemed 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].  However, Sue was also happy to do the chasing and not let him get away!  For those needing to preserve the body, an invitational 5km was offered; congratulations to David Vaughan and John Curry who joined Darryl in this event.  David was 5th overall, clocking an impressive 18:45.  

Women Open and Masters (21.1km)


Lydia Rinaudo 1:20:11








Women 50+ (Short course; 5km)


Sue Kilmartin 24:18








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


Jason Merrett 1:45:34





James Finch 1:58:45





Brandan Cullen 1:28:09








5km Invitational Run (Open and Masters)

David Vaughan 18:45





John Curry 21:44





Darryl Kilmartin 24:18










XCR Round 10: Saturday 17th September

Round 10 concluded the 2022 XCR season.  The Tan Relays saw 11 Masters athletes participate, forming 3 complete teams, all running just 1 lap (3.827km).  Short and sweet! 

Upon arrival there was a commotion as clubs, teams, athletes and helpers were sorted.  Late injuries and illnesses within DAC ranks meant swapping athletes around between teams; young Josh Kilmartin (age 13), found himself in a 40+ with Dad, Darryl.  Colleen Kelly found herself in a Div 3 (Open) team; and thank-you to her for stepping up and helping the team to a 3rd placing! 

2 newcomers in Deb Garden and Amanda Baldock (both 40+) also joined us for their first run and did an outstanding job!  We look forward to seeing them in action over the summer season!   Amanda joined young daughter, Chloe (U14). There were some fantastic individual efforts – fastest Masters athletes Deb Garden (17.06) and David Vaughan (14.18). 

Thank you to all the athletes, parents, club volunteers and officials who made the 2022 XCR season a great one!  All 10 rounds went ahead, after we missed most of the winter seasons in 2020 and 2021.  Special mention and farewell goes to Kate Downward.  Kate and her family will be leaving DAC to live in Echuca for 5 years (or more), for a work contract.  Kate has been an integral part of DAC going back into her teens, and more recently, assisting on the Committee and with major projects (50th Anniversary dinner and commemorative book).    She is also a great runner and lovely person to have around!  Kate, we hope to see you back!!

Women Open – Division 3 – 3rd






4×3.87km: (Lydia Rinaudo: 13:50, Leah Finch: 17:44, Colleen Kelly: 18:42,




Georgia Chalmers: 16:40) 1:06:56;






Women 40+ – 7th



3×3.87km: (Kate Downward: 17:33, Sue Kilmartin: 18:00, Deb Garden: 17:06) 52:39;


Invite team: (Amanda Baldock: 20:37, Kath Gawthorn: 20:31) 41:08 (Team incomplete)




Men 40+ – 7th



3×3.87km: (Josh Kilmartin: 22:05, Campbell McLennan: 14:50, Darryl Kilmartin: 20:37) 57:32;




Men 50+ – 11th



3×3.87km: (John Curry: 16:35, James Finch: 19:34, David Vaughan: 14:18) 50:27;











DAC 40+ Club Records in Rounds 8-10

Congratulations to the following athletes who have broken DAC club records:

Round 8 – Lake Wendouree (15km)

Sue Kilmartin 1.19.43 (W50)

Darryl Kilmartin 1.19.42 (M55)

James Finch 1.22.08 (M60)

Round 9 – Burnley (21.1km)

James Finch 1.58.45 (M60)

Sue Kilmartin 24.18 (W50 Short course)

Round 10 – Tan Relays (3.827km)

John Curry: 16:35 (M50)

David Vaughan: 14:18 (M55)

James Finch: 19:34 (M60)

Deb Garden: 17:06 (W40)

Kate Downward: 17:33 (W45)

Sue Kilmartin: 18:00 (W50)

Colleen Kelly: 18:42 (W60)

The season ladders have also been finalised, as follows:

Women 40+ – 11th, won by South Melbourne.

Women 50+ – 18th, won by APS United.

Men 40+ – 14th, won by Richmond.

Men 50+ – 14th, won by Glen Huntley.

Two athletes were placed in the top 10 for their age group, based on complete season results.  Congratulations to Sue Kilmartin – 6th, (50+ women short-course) and David Vaughan – 5th – 55+ men.  These season rankings reflect both placings and participation over the 6 individual rounds. 

Look forward to seeing everyone back in action in AVSL!  Stay fit, well, and injury free!