Doncaster Newsletter 40+

Edition 76

XCR Round 1 – Saturday 22nd April

Round 1 kicked off XCR 2023 with a bang!  Nine 40+ Athletes travelled to Jells Park in Mt Waverly for the cross country relays.  3 teams took on tough opposition, on a day that was picture-perfect for running.  There needed to be a few last-minute changes to teams, and this kept the team manager Campbell McLennan, on his toes!  Thanks to Campbell for your efforts!  All 40+ Athletes ran 2 loops of the course (total 6km).  It was prudent to know the course beforehand – just when the finish seemed near, another uphill dog-leg was upon you!  However, this also made for excellent spectator viewing as athletes passed the club tents.  A great “Go Donnie” opportunity!! 

It was a great effort by Lydia Rinaudo (fastest female DAC 40+), whilst we welcomed invitation athlete and good friend of Lydia’s, Emma Schuette.  The women’s team was completed by newcomer Emily Jackson who ran a solid final leg – fantastic to have you join us for season 2023!   The invitation women’s 40+ team were placed 5th on time, and not far out of the placings! 

Brendan Cullen was in fine form – quickest of the DAC 40+ athletes, and was joined by Michael Gallacher, who has returned to winter competition.  Vice President, Campbell McLennan (coming along with others of the McLennan clan) completed the Men’s 40+ team.   Stalwarts Jim Finch, John Curry and Jason Merrett had a good outing as the 50+ team, firing for round 1 over the 6km course.  The competition among the men’s categories was fierce, but teams made a wonderful start to the season. 

See all 40+ results in the table below.  Congratulations to all who competed!  We hope to see many more 40+ athletes back in action as the season continues.  A few have been injured or are suffering illness.  Keep in contact with them, and give them a small nudge, and some encouragement! 

A shout for Club Volunteers during XCR 2023!

DAC are required to provide volunteers/officials during several XCR rounds.  In Round 1 – a huge thanks to Leighton Kearney, Laurie Scholes-Robertson, and Amanda McLellan for their dedicated assistance!  Parents, partners, friends, and injured athletes are all requested to ‘lend a helping hand’ where possible to share the load. 

Thanks also goes to Brendan Cullen for sharing lamingtons, homemade slice, and coffee. What a champ!



Female 40 – 5th (INV), won by APS United



3x6km: (Emma Schuette: 27:16 (INV), Lydia Rinaudo: 25:05, Emily Jackson: 31:23) 1:23:44



Male 40 – 11th, won by Mentone



3x6km: (Brendan Cullen: 23:26, Michael Gallacher: 28:23, Campbell McLennan: 25:24) 1:17:13



Male 50 – 17th, won by Glenhuntly



3x6km: (Jason Merrett: 28:24, John Curry: 28:01, James Finch: 34:08) 1:30:33















Congratulations to Lydia Rinaudo who broke the W40-44 club record for Jells Park XC; 25.05!

Winter 2023

Please see the attached Winter Season Calendar which details all Victorian Masters Athletics (VMA), AV and Australian Masters Athletics (AMA) events until the Melbourne Marathon on October 15.  Feel free to print this out for your fridge!  If you require information about VMA events, or the Doncaster Masters Venue, please contact Graham Ford;, or consult the website: Doncaster Venue meet at Tom Kelly Athletics track every Monday evening at 7pm, with events starting from 7.30pm.  Many of the VMA Championship events are only $10 to enter, and are a great stepping stone to AV competition. 

XCR Round 2 – Sunday 7th May

Round 2 will see athletes travel to Lakeside for the annual ‘Lakeside 10’ road race.  Note that the event is on a Sunday morning, and starts and finishes at the stadium.  It is a flat and fast course, but any prevailing headwinds command respect!  Entries close at midday on Wednesday 3rd April.  The race starts at 9am for 40+/Open/U20 men and women, and U18 men (all other juniors start at 8:20am).

DAC AGM on Friday 12th May

A reminder that the Club AGM is being held on Friday 12th at 7pm in the new cricket pavilion at Rieschiecks Reserve.  Annual awards will also be presented, and pizza and limited drinks on offer! Nominations for Committee positions are still being sought; please contact Darryl ( for further information.  Hope to see you there!

Information for new athletes.


Bib numbers last the entire season and will be available from the DAC club tent at XCR events, or AV may have mailed them to your home address.  The smaller bib contains the timing chip, and is worn on the front.  No timing chip = no time. 

Each round of XCR must be entered separately online via the AV member’s portal (even with an XCR or Max package).  The closing for each is 12 midday on the Wednesday prior.   If the round is a relay, please contact the Campbell to let them know about your availability (no individual online entry).  Please also contact the winter manager if you need assistance with transport.

Details about XCR events and location are available here: Please contact club officials if uncertain.  Note that this season we will be going to St Anne’s Winery in Rounds 3 and 8……..however, these are two different locations near Bendigo and near Myrniong!!  The old saying “Be in the right place at the right time” applies!