ATHLETES face a change of venue when the Bendigo Bank Dragon Mile marks a return on Easter Sunday. Despite no Easter Parade, the Bendigo Harriers Athletics Club will run the event for schools at Athletics Bendigo headquarters in Retreat Road, Flora Hill on April 4. Reduced sponsorship has led to no open-age races, but the Harriers were keen to have the Dragon Mile in some form. Intersport Bicknell’s has also kicked in as a major backer of the Easter tradition. Registrations are now open. The Dragon Mile was first run in 1987.
Eaglehawk’s ploy to use the PowerPlay paid off in Saturday’s eighth round of AVSL track and field action run by Flack Advisory Services Group-backed Bendigo Region. In a fierce contest to claim a top two spot on the division two ladder and promotion to premier league for next season, Eaglehawk scored 28,646 points in the latest round at the Flora Hill complex.
The Flack Advisory Services Group-backed Athletics Bendigo Region achieved a medal haul of four silver and five bronze in last weekend’s finale to Athletics Victoria’s open and under-age track and field championships. Athletes from Bendigo Harriers, Bendigo University, Eaglehawk, and South Bendigo were in fine form across Saturday and Sunday at Lakeside Stadium in Melbourne’s Albert Park precinct. The biggest haul on weekend two of the championships was in the pole vault.
A rising star at Bendigo University Athletics Club, Matt Buckell claimed bronze in Athletics Victoria’s under-20 5000m championship run on 11 February 2021 at the Box Hill track. Racing as a top-age competitor, Buckell’s aggressive approach was a key factor in achieving a top-three placing.
Bendigo University Athletics Club’s Nathan Crowley was not far from breaking an Australian 45-plus record in the 800m at the latest round of the Victorian Milers Club action at Box Hill. Crowley ran a superb time of 1:59.39 for the two-lap showdown in his third Milers meet hit-out of the 2020-21 track season.