Bendigo Bats made a brilliant start to Athletics Victoria's cross-country series in Saturday's team relays at Jells Park in Wheelers Hill. The "Bats" team marked a long-awaited and hard-fought return to Men's Premier division by scoring an eight second win from Western Athletics. Athletes in open class ran 6km, juniors ran a 3km distance. A dozen teams represented Bendigo across various age groups and distances. Bendigo's tally was five wins, three times runner-up, one third placing, two sixth placings, a ninth, and 12th.
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."
Calling all Bendigo Region cross country and road runners - we are now recruiting for the 'Bendigo Bats' for the Athletics Victoria XCR Winter Season. You don't have to race every round & you don't have to be the fastest: just by finishing you'll help contribute points to the team's score.
MORE medals and personal bests are in the sights of South Bendigo’s Chelsea Tickell in the run to the end of the 2021-22 track and field season. Chelsea is bound for Lakeside Stadium on March 12 and 13 to contest the Commonwealth Bank-sponsored Little Athletics State Championships.