2024-05-11 XCR Round 2



XCR Round 2 – Saturday 11 May 

Twenty-one DAC athletes headed to Hanging Rock in Northwest Victoria for the first individual cross-country event of the season.  As legend has it – the rock can swallow up unsuspecting picnickers in mysterious circumstances.  However, headcounts were conducted and all 21 came home safely – thank goodness!   No matter your fitness, it was a tough run of between 5km and 12km.  Towards the end of the 12km, being swallowed into the ground seemed like a good option.  It took some fortitude to push through to the finish.   

It was relatively still and mild, and the course firm, though had its undulations and littered with kangaroo poo.  The kangaroos worked out to stay well clear of the runners.  Anyhow, scaling halfway up the rock and down again (done twice on the 12km course) was a bit too arduous.  Their day was taken in a much more leisurely way.   

Juniors started the racing schedule and tested themselves over 5km.  Sophie Field (U16), a newcomer, enjoyed her first DAC event, ran an excellent 20.20, and was placed fourth in her age group!  Fantastic to have you join us, Sophie!  The U14 and U16 boys were very well represented by Alfie Onley (U16, 5th), Harry Maddocks (U16, 7th), Hamish & Lewis McLennan, finishing almost neck in neck, and Josh Kilmartin on his comeback after injury.  The U16 boys’ team finished the round in 2nd place just behind Essendon.  They are certainly a talented group of boys. 

Open and Masters athletes could choose between short course (7km) and long course (12km) options.  However, it paid off for athletes in the same division to make the same choice, and all score points for the separate long and short course club ladders.  It was welcome to Shawn Ko (M45) who bravely took the long course option and ran admirably.  Several of the Open Men also took the long course option – Nick Finch and Matthew Christy the standout performers in a highly-competitive 360-man strong field.  Several Masters men strategically took the short-course option, and it paid off.  Campbell McLennan led the charge (28:46 for 7km, 2nd in 50+), and with Jason Merrett (7th among those 50+), Brad Sala and Darryl Kilmartin, took 2nd position for 40+ and 50+ Men’s Teams in Round 2.    

Open and Masters women had 5 athletes taking on the Rock.  Emily Allen (W40) ran a fast 7km in 32:13 and was 5th in her age group.  Great running Emily!  The other 4 ladies ran 12km and though all 40+, 50+ and 60+, held the fort, scoring on the Open Division 3 ladder and placed 5th.  They also scored on the 50+ ladder, placing 7th.  Standouts were Lydia Rinaudo, 3rd overall in 40+ with an amazing 51:26, and Colleen Kelly, 2nd placed among women 60+.   

The run was no easy feat, and congratulations to All who made the trip to Hanging Rock!  Full DAC results are presented below, with more information available on Results Hub Results Hub 

FOpen12kmLydia Rinaudo51:26:00W40, 3rd
FOpen12kmSue Kilmartin1:04:15W55
FOpen12kmKathryn Gawthorn1:05:48W50
FOpen12kmColleen Kelly1:08:49W60, 2nd
FOpen7kmEmily Allen32:13:00W40, 5th
F165kmSophie Field20:204th
MOpen12kmNick Finch43:01:00
MOpen12kmMatthew Christy46:04:00
MOpen12kmBrock Goodings55:55:00
MOpen12kmShawn Ko58:53:00M45
MOpen12kmJames Finch1:10:10M60
MOpen7kmCampbell McLennan28:46:00M50, 2nd
MOpen7kmJason Merrett32:57:00M50, 7th
MOpen7kmWilliam Sullivan35:17:00
MOpen7kmBradley Sala36:13:00M40
MOpen7kmDarryl Kilmartin37:47:00M50
M165kmAlfie Onley17:205th
M165kmHarry Maddocks17:337th
M165kmHamish McLennan20:06
M165kmJoshua Kilmartin28:59:00
M145kmLewis McLennan20:04

XCR Round 3 – Sunday June 2 

The next round will be much closer to home, a road race commencing from Lakeside stadium.  We’ll brave an early and chilly start time on Sunday morning but hope for still and dry conditions and fast times!  Juniors and the short course option will run 3km, and all others will take on 10km.  Please ensure that entries are completed via the Member’s Portal by Wednesday 29th May (midday).  Please direct any enquires to Matt Christy (winter.coordinator@doncasterac.org.au).   

All Schools Road Relays – Saturday 25 May 

Open and Masters athletes take a rest over the May 25/26 weekend.  However, Junior athletes will be competing for their schools in the annual All Schools Road Relay Championships.  Best of luck to those competing!   

AGM and Presentation Night – Friday May 17 

Don’t forget that the Annual Presentation Night will be held from 7pm on Friday night in the cricket pavilion adjacent to the oval on Rieschiecks’ Reserve (Corner George/Victoria Streets).  Pizza and soft drinks will be provided, achievements of athletes in season 2023/2024 will be celebrated, and the AGM will be conducted.   Look forward to seeing you there!