Norman takes silver at Hanging Rock

Harry Norman finished with a steady silver medal. Pictures: SUPPLIED.

By Jamie Strudley

Round 2 of Athletics Victoria’s XCR season was held at Hanging Rock on Saturday afternoon. The traditional club round with open athletes running over 12km drew over 400 athletes from throughout Victoria to the picturesque Hanging Rock. The course took athletes around and half way up the famous rock before finishing via the race course. Excellent conditions underfoot and overhead made for a fantastic day of cross country action.

First event of the day was a 5km event for U14, U16 and U18 women and the U14 and U16 Men. Zoe Clarke (U16) and Brigette Rice (U18) both ran solid races to finish fifth in their respective grades. Mitch Pointon (U16) ran a solid race to finish 16th in a very competitive grade.

The U20 women were next up in a 7km race, joined by U18 and U20 men. Briar Keyser and Maddie Laven were part of a big lead pack through 2km and stayed in the hunt for medals to the end. Briar finished fifth and Maddie a few steps behind in sixth.

The Open Women were chasing team results in the 12km race. A fantastic race from Olivia Twining to finish 13th leading to the team of Katrina Winger, Abi Hyndman and Bonnie Morris to a very close second place finish..

Harry Norman led the men’s team in their 12km race with a steady but impressive second place. The team was unable to match the exploits of the women, finishing fifth.

Full club results are:


Open Women 12km: Olivia Twining 13th 47:47; Katrina Winger 50th 53:21; Abi Hyndman 73rd 56:30; Bonnie Morris 97th 1:00:48;

Open Women 7km: Erica Purcell 46:57;

Female 20 7km: Briar Keyser 5th 28:23; Madeline Laven 6th 28:33;

Female 185km: Brigitte Rice 5th 19:18;

Female 165km: Zoe Clarke 5th 20:25;

Female 14 5km: Brienna Coffey 12th 24:04;


Open Men 12km: Harry Norman 2nd 37:58; James Laven 26th 40:19; Max Savill-Bentley 52nd 41:47; Angus Norman 130th 45:00; Sam Arnold 147th 45:48; Chris Grundy 186th 48:18; Matthew Morrison 205th 49:23; Bryan Ackerly 315th 59:08; Craig Hewitson 361st 1:14:54;

Male 20 7km: Reuben Johnson 14th 24:35; Daniel Groves 17th 25:28;

Male 16 5km: Mitchell Pointon 16th 18:37;

We had another fantastic morning of Cross Country, this week at our home ground at Morris Reserve for Round 4. Next Saturday we head back to Lillydale Lake with Freddo frogs and minties on offer for those who achieve a course PB. The LAVic Cross Country relay teams need to be entered soon. This is the last reminder to put your U9-U17 athletes name down if you would like to run on the 8th of June at Cruden Farm.

Round 3 results from Elizabeth Bridge are:


Kylan Milne 2.39; Sophie Ashton 3.2; Rowan Coffey 3.33; Pippa Stark 3.33


Ivy Ingle 5.27; Angus Congreve 5.47; Elliott Dawson 6.05; Jasper Dean 6.08; Noah Hewitt 6.58; Aaron Zuo 7.19; Emily Moore 8.02; Willliam Hastewell 8.15; Thea Christian 9.47


Riley Yorke 6.19; Lucas Pawly 6.3; Amelia Sketchley 6.47; Brock Peel 7.03; Victoria James 7.11; Willow Neal 7.19; Harper Neal 7.29; Sorelle Byrne 7.29; Sadie Kennedy 7.34; Indi Budin 7.42; Imogen McMillan 7.43; Delia Coffey 7.44; Fletcher Norman 7.52; Iola MacKay 7.57; Georgia Cooke 7.57; Tahlia Dawson 8.1; Spencer Norman 8.4; Winter Anderson-Bonsor 9.04; Etta Thoma 9.04; Cody Buckland 9.26; Byron Stark 9.48; Micah Friend 9.54


Samuel Thomas 7.22; Holly Yorke 8.32; Caitlyn McKerlie 8.4; Pippa Congreve 8.46; Hugo Gibbs 8.47; Lexi Aders 9.11; Tess Hewatt 9.13; Jonty Friend 9.2; Noah Eldridge 9.21; Zuri Dawson 10.02; Alice Sabo 10.02; Kirsten Mcerlie 10.25; Meadow Anderson-Bonsor 10.42; Hugh Richardson 0.49; Eamon MacKay 10.54; Ashleigh Christian 10.59; Isabella Martin 11.45; Dominic Nealon 11.49; Jake Buckland 11.52; Leah Gobetti 15.11; Lanni Aborowa 15.12; Arizona Peel 15.12; Blake Vine 19.11


James Crome-Smith 10.18; Cameron Yorke 11.08; Archie Budin 11.08; Daniel Gibbs 11.29; Zac McMillan 11.41; Hamish Mcerlie 11.43; Tim Anderson-Bonsor 11.49; Riley Yorke 12.49; Mason James 12.53; Lily Clarke 13.57; Bryan Ackerly 14; Mackenzie Graham 14.14; Tori Kincaid 14.37; Adele Ellis 14.38; Victoria James 14.38; Toby James 14.39; Elizabeth Coffey 14.43; Amelia Eldridge 16.13; Bethany Vine 16.15; Katie Clarke 16.55; Bradley McMeeken 17.08

Don’t forget to mark Saturday 25 May in your diaries… the Cockatoo Hills Challenge is a wonderful event.

Also please put your name down to be part of a team for the State XC Relays at Cruden Farm Langwarrin on Saturday June 8- this event is open for any registered child in U9 and above.

See you all next week at Lillydale Lake. Warm up at 8.45am with the first event starting at 9.00am. Anyone able to help with course set up (from 7.30am), timing, recording or pack up please contact the club on or let us know on Saturday.

A reminder that the club AGM is at Morrison Reserve on Tuesday evening from 7.30pm. We need as many members as possible to be there, attending doesn’t mean you are, or want to be on the committee, but does show you have an interest in supporting our club.

Cross country training for all club members is on Tuesday evenings from 5.30pm and Thursdays from 5.30pm at the Victoria Road Primary School gym. Yarra Ranges Athletics welcomes and encourages all athletes of any age or ability.

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