2019-09-21 Round 10 The Tan

Doncaster Newsletter

26 September, 2019

Saturday 21st September saw 61 DAC athletes take on the final round of the XCR season; relays around Melbourne’s iconic “Tan”.  DAC fielded no less than 19 teams, with 3 of them (Women’s Div 4, Women’s U20 and U14) all achieving a podium finish. The fastest DAC male was Joshua Maisey (11.40) and fastest female was Abbey Caldwell (12.54); excellent performances for the 3.8km circuit, including the infamous Anderson Street hill!  Both have had great winter seasons.  The event also saw a number of athletes come out of hibernation, have a more achievable target in 3.8km, and join us in readiness for the summer season – it was great to have them along!  Thank you also to the Ruffey Runners group (for this final event Julie Martyn, Mary-Catherine Tobin & Kym Fabris) who have been extremely welcome at our relay events as invitation runners.  This final winter event saw a number of athletes compete for DAC for the first time.  Welcome to Chris Bramham, Luke Russell, David Blaire, Steve Venour, Rochelle Hamilton & Saffi Kiellerup. Luke actually ran with DAC a number of years and his return is a great addition to the team.  

Following the event on Saturday, many DAC athletes had a celebratory brunch/morning tea at the Botanic Gardens café.  A big thank you goes to Julie Martyn, Mary-Catherine Tobin & Kym Fabris for kindly supplying some yummy post-run food.  We also thank club helpers, Luke Williams, Ben Lucas & Hank Kuys for giving up their Saturday morning for all our benefit!

All Tan Relay Results (21st September)

Men’s Div 1: 9th 1:15:20.87 Joshua MAISEY 11:40, Yuan Chow LUI 11:52, Nathan DOWN 13:27, Alastair CHRISTY 11:52, Benjamine ASHKETTLE 12:07, Mike RENNIE 14:20

Won by St Stephens (1.07.45)

Men’s Div 6: 7th 1:04:04.30 Anthony PAIGE 13:13, Chris BRAMHAM 17:24, Broch GOOPINGS 16:29, Michael GALLACHER 16:56

Won by VCCL (55.42)

Men’s 40+ (#1): 7th 44:39.81 Whaddow NIEWOLT 13:59, Luke RUSSELL 16:06, Trevor CARTER 14:33

Men’s 40+ (#2): 8th 45:49.95 Campbell MCLENNAN 14:12, David FIRTH 14:56, Jason MERRETT 16:41

Men’s 40+ (#3): 10th 51:22.12 Will McCOMBIE 16:50, David BLAIRS 17:26, Ken MONTGOMERY 17:04

Won by Geelong Region (38.08)

Men 50+ (#1): 8th 46.54 Richard Matison 16:52, Mark Purser 15:04, Roderic De Highden 14:57

Men’s 50+ (#2): 12th 53:31.78 Darryl KILMARTIN 17:17, Jim FINCH 18:52, Steve VENOUR 17:21

Won by Glenhuntly (41.22)

Men’s Under 20: 5th 39:00.92 Caleb SIM 12:14, Oscar O’CONNOR 12:55, Hugh PARROTT 13:50

Won by St Kevin’s (35.38)

Men’s Under 18: 9th 45:49.68 Caleb MCLENNAN 13:57, Ben HARRISON 14:25, Josh KILMARTIN 17:26

Won by Ballarat Region (36.55)

Men’s Under 16: 14th 46:31.84 Benjamin PURSER 14:31, Liam McLENNAN 16:38, Remy WILLIAMS 15:21

Won by Ballarat Region (38.14)

Men’s Under 14: 6th 51:25.94 Luke CARTER 15:50, Luke WHITE 15:22, Lewis McLENNAN 20:02

Won by Mornington Peninsula (41.32)

Women’s Div 4: 2nd 48:28.41 Stephanie LARKIN 14:56, Jessica O’KEEFE 16:25, Maxine PLUGGE 17:06

Won by St Stephens (41.43)

Women’s Div 5: 4th 49:19.98 Abbey DE LA MOTTE 13:42, Katherine KATSANERANIAS 14:40, Saffi KIRLLERUP 20:56

Won by St Stephens (47.19)

Women’s 40+: 5th 58:38.37 Camilla NIEWOLT 18:07, Rochelle HAMILTON 19:41, Laura McLENNAN 20:49

Women 40+ (inv): 6th 1.02.33 Julie Martin 20:18, Mary Catherine Tobin 20:31, Fabris Kym 21:43

Won by APS United (45.34)

Women’s 50+: 5th 1:02:10.67 Colleen KELLY 17:56; Shirley COLLIER 21:48, Evelyn KUYS 22:25

Won by Bendigo (47.55)

Women’s Under 20: 2nd 42:58.37 Abbey CALDWELL 12:54, Jessica NG 15:23, Alissa RAMSDALE 14:39

Won by Geelong Region (42.10)

Women’s Under 18: 4th 45:59.56 Hannah WILLIAMS 14:35, Chiara BAKKER 16:15, Sanne BAKKER 15:08

Won by Western Athletics (43.35)

Women’s Under 14: 3rd 47:55.52 Rachel WHITE 14:49, Grace Wilson 16:48, Darcey ROBERTS 16:17

Won by Western Athletics (46.00)

Winter season wrap up

It has been a 6-month winter season, requiring great commitment from both athletes, volunteers and club officials.  Team managers and those who assisted week in week out; thank you to Campbell McLennan (and the whole McLennan crew) and Darryl Kilmartin. Thank you to all who have contributed so much!

No less than 111 athletes have been representing us over the winter season; 23 junior boys, 18 junior girls, 7 open Women and 14 Masters Women, 22 open Men and 27 Masters Men.   These numbers have contributed to strong team performances within very stiff competition. 


A number of individuals have had extremely successful winter seasons.  In the open men’s competition, Joel Tobin-White was placed 9th on the season ladder, particularly for his win at the first individual cross country event at St Anne’s.  Colleen Kelly was placed 3rd in the women’s 55+ ladder, showing very strong performances the entire season. Abbey Caldwell (U20) won every individual event of the season (and #1 on the ladder), demonstrating that she is one of Australia’s most promising junior distance runners. Jessica Ng (also U20) placed 10th for a very consistent season, in one relay event (Angelsea, stepping up to the men’s Div 1 team!)  Hannah Williams (U18) was placed 7th, and also enjoyed a very successful season.  Congratulations to all!

In terms of participation and contribution for the club, 2 athletes managed to run every winter season event (9 run in total due to cancellation of round 8).  Thank you and fantastic effort Jim Finch (50+) and Grace Wilson (U14).  As a result of their consistency both have enjoyed improved performances and are hopefully now ready for a great summer season.  Several other athletes managed all but 1 of the 9 XCR events: Caleb McLennan (U18), Jessica Ng and Abbey Caldwell (both U20), Maxime Plugge (Open), Jason Merrett (40+), Kath Gawthorn and Evelyn Kuys (both 40+).  All who have contributed to the events they could attend were greatly appreciated.  This includes the parents who drive their kids along and the partners who support athletes in the sometimes cold and wet conditions.  Thank you!

Thank you to all who have taken photographs which has helped us post albums consistently throughout the season, and to Nick Watson for some great pic’s at the Tan.

A huge thank you to Kath Gawthorn for writing all the winter newsletters! 

Up and Coming events:

Bill Chambers Handicap is tomorrow at Ruffey Lake Park!

This event is a perfect way to round out the winter.
Please meet at 8:30 – 8:45am at The Boulevarde carpark for a roughly 9am start. All members and their families are welcome to attend and participate.

Working Bee is on this Sunday. Please join us from 10:30am – 1:30pm to help prepare for the 2019/20 season!!

We need all hands on deck to tick off many tasks needed to get our track in great condition, and allow the year to run smoothly.
Thank you all and see you there!

Summer season:

Round 1 of AV Shield League is scarily only 9 days away (Oct 5th), with this round being hosted by Aberfeldie (program 1) and also not too far away in Nunawading (program 2).  The full timetable and handbook are available via the AV website as follows: http://athsvic.org.au/events/competitions/avcompetitions/avsl/

Please contact club registrar if any assistance is required in registering.  Registration is completed via the AV portal (AV membership fee, DAC fee, plus event entry fee for entire summer season or each round individually).  Entry for each round must be submitted (and paid for by those who haven’t paid for entire season) on the Wednesday prior to each round by 11.59am.  

Bib numbers for those who sign up after the 18th September will be available at the venue. 

Bib numbers for those who registered before the 18th September will be available for collection at the DAC gym 

We look forward to seeing you all soon!

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