Athletics Bendigo Region has capped a brilliant cross-country season by being premier in four divisions of the XCR series by Athletics Victoria. There is still one round to go, but after last Sunday's success at the Burnley Half Marathon, 'the Bats' cannot be moved from the top rung in Men's Premier, Divisions Four and Seven, and Women's Division Four. A fifth placing in the teams category of the half-marathon at Burnley on Father's Day was enough for the Bats to be champions in men's premier division. It's the first time Bendigo has reigned supreme in the top grade of XCR.
MARATHON champion Viriginia McCormick, nee Moloney, marked her first race in Bendigo Bats colours by being ninth fastest woman in the Sandown Road Relays on Saturday. McCormick teamed with Alice Wilkinson and Vanessa Bull to be number one in women’s division four as clubs marked the halfway mark of 10-leg cross-country series run by Athletics Victoria. The 16th placegetter in the marathon at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, McCormick is now a Mum and on the comeback to competitive athletics. 11 teams from the Bendigo Region participated on the day.
BENDIGO athlete Andy Buchanan marked his first marathon by racing to 15th place in two hours 12.23 minutes in Sunday's running of the Hamburg classic. The 31-year-old ran the equal 25th fastest time by an Australian athlete for the 42.2km distance. "I am really happy with 2:12 for my debut, but I know I can improve this by having experienced a marathon race," Buchanan said. "It's an event like no other, so you really learn a lot from each one you do."
Archie Reid joins elite group as Michelsen Trust Fund recipient at Bendigo Sports Star of the Year Awards
MOAMA-based distance running star Archie Reid joined an elite group when he was awarded the Cyril Michelsen Trust Fund at Bendigo’s Sports Star of the Year awards for 2020 and ’21.
Bendigo region athletes have launched a successful assault on the 2021 Nike Melbourne Marathon with overall top twelve placings in the Nike Marathon, Nike Half Marathon and Sri Lankan Airlines 10km events. Brady Threlfall finished 8th in the Marathon with Nathan Stoate close behind in 12th position. In the Half Marathon, Archie Reid finished 8th with Brian McGinley coming home strongly to finish in 10th position. In the women’s 10km, recent recruit Nikki Lesberg was the sixth female across the line. These are all fantastic efforts with each of these races won by Australian Olympic representatives from the Tokyo 2020 Games. Meanwhile, evergreen Jill Wilkie has broken through the 3 hour barrier for the first time and clocked what we believe is a new over 55 year old Australian Record with a time of 2 hours 56 minutes 9 seconds (yet to be verified). Across the board, there were Personal Bests from so many Bendigo athletes, plenty of cheer and encouragement for one another and. The Melbourne Marathon Festival is typically held in October, but was cancelled in 2020 and then post-poned to December for 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Fears of a roasting hot day were unfounded with perfect running conditions reported by many of our atheltes.