2019-07-27 Round 7 Lake Wendouree

Doncaster Athletic Club Newsletter

July 29, 2019

XCR Round 7 saw 24 Doncaster athletes make the 2-hour road trip to Ballarat’s Lake Wendoree.  By Ballarat standards, it was excellent conditions – the rain holding off, the wind only moderate, and hovering at a relatively ‘balmy’ 10 degrees.  9 junior athletes completed one 6km lap of the lake, all doing Doncaster proud!  Abbey Caldwell again displayed her dominance this season with another win in the U20 division, and a fantastic time of 20.57.04, around 1 minute clear of 2nd place.  Jessica Ng also achieved a top ten placing (7th), among a very competitive Women’s U20 field.  All juniors put in a stellar effort – most tracking at well under 4mins/km, and showing their improvement over the course of the season. 

Senior athletes faced their toughest test so far this winter season – 15km road race.  The winning athlete (from Bendigo Region AC), finished in an amazing 44.17!  However, our own Joshua Maisey was little over one minute behind in 7th place.  The leading men enjoyed a very competitive and tactical race – leading to very fast times and around 50 athletes finishing within the first 5 minutes.  Others achieving a top 10 placing were Evelyn Kuys (1st W60+), Colleen Kelly (W55-59, 2nd) and Shirley Collier (9th W55-59) – a fantastic effort by these ladies!  All senior athletes appreciated reaching the finish line; 4pm and the street lights were on, the temperature was starting to plummet and heading home was looking like a great option!

In the team’s competition, the Women’s teams fared best.  Open Div 4 – 4th and Div 5 – 1st.  Women’s 50+ were third.  The senior Men faced very strong competition in all divisions, while junior competition was dominated (as expected) by local clubs (Ballarat and Geelong Region Athletic Clubs) with greater representation.

Thank you to all athletes (and parents and other supporters) who made the trip to Ballarat and provided such encouragement to each other.  All 24 athletes competing achieved excellent results, including some who had not raced as far as 15km in several years.   Congratulations to all!


Men’s 15km (Open & Masters)


Joshua Maisey (45.35.37 – 7th)


Mark Richards (50.52.66 – 56th)


Nathan Down (57.09.31 – 119th)


Mike Rennie ( – 160th)


Campbell McLennan ( – 25th)


Stuart McLay ( – 27th)   



John Curry ( – 25th)  


Jason Merrett ( – 45th)


Jim Finch ( – 32nd)

Women’s 15km (Open & Masters)


Kate Downward ( – 12th)


Maxime Plugg ( – 68th)


Colleen Kelly ( – 2nd)


Kath Gawthorn ( – 16th)


Shirley Collier ( – 9th)


Evelyn Kuys ( -1st)

Juniors, 6km road race

Women’s U20

Abbey Caldwell – 20.57.04 (1st)

Women’s U20

Jessica Ng – 23.54.15 (7th)

Men’s U18

Oscar O’Connor – 21.23.40 (13th)

Men’s U18

Caleb McLennan – 23.08.51 (18th)

Women’s U18

Hannah Williams – 23.52.35 (6th)

Men’s U16

Remy Williams – 22.37.39 (19th)

Men’s U16

Liam McLennan 25.38.66 – (25th)

Men’s U16

Keenan Murray 25.46.03 (26th)

Women’s U14

Grace Wilson 28.08.33 – (14th)

Team Placings and Scores

Open Men Premier Division 1 – Doncaster 10th, scoring 925 on placings and 1 point for season (St Stephen’s winning with placings adding to 98, and achieving 11 points)

Men Masters 40-49 – Doncaster 32nd, scoring 292 on placings, and 0 points for season, (Geelong winning with placings adding to 28, and achieving 13 points)

Men’s U16  -Doncaster 5th, scoring 70 on placings, and 8 points for season, (Ballarat winning with placings adding to 29, and achieving 13 points)

Open Women Division 4 – Doncaster 4th, scoring 290 on placings, and 17 points for season (Box Hill #2 winning with placings adding to 164, and achieving 21 points)

Open Women Division 5 – Doncaster 1st, scoring 373 on placings, and 13 points for season

Masters Women 40-49 – Doncaster 8th, scoring 111 on placings, and 5 points for season (Mentone winning with placings adding to 34, and achieving 13 points)

Masters Women 50+ – Doncaster 3rd, scoring 71 on placings, and 10 points for season (Box Hill winning with placings adding to 10, and achieving 13 points)

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XCR Round 8 on August 10 sees us all travel to Cruden Farm (Langwarrin) for cross country; Open and Masters athletes competing over 12km, juniors up to 8km.  Entries close at 11.59am on Wednesday 7th August via the Members Portal (AV website), unless you have purchased a season entry. 

Athletes over 30 are invited to participate in the Masters Inter-Venue Track Challenge being held at Doncaster track on Sunday August 18 from midday.  Those registered with the VMA are invited to compete for Doncaster venue.  Those without VMA registration are welcome as invitation athletes.  Distances are: 60m, 150m 300m, 600m, 1 mile, 3000m, 800m walk, 1600m walk, and relay (800, 400, 200, 200), maximum of 3 events per athlete, only costing $10!  A great chance to get some race practice for summer season only 2 months away!  Entry via the following Trybooking page: https://www.trybooking.com/BDDNE  (by August 11).  Or, contact Graham Ford for more information: gford@bigpond.net.au

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