2017 Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival

Solomon Hailemelekote recorded an impressive marathon debut to lead the charge for Athletics Essendon in the feature event at Sunday’s Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival. Hailemelekote finished 18th outright and as the 17th male in clocking 2hr 32min 24sec for the 42.2km course, which took in Melbourne landmarks such as Luna Park, the Royal Botanic Gardens, and Federation Square before an iconic finish on the hallowed turf of the MCG. Liam Adams was also a standout performer for the club, finishing third in the SriLankan Airlines Half Marathon in a stellar 1:05:09 just three weeks after clocking 2:12:52 at the Berlin Marathon to break his own club record and all but guarantee a spot on the 2018 Commonwealth Games team. Athletics Essendon congratulates all its athletes who competed in Sunday’s Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival on their efforts.   RESULTS Medibank Melbourne Marathon Solomon Hailemelekote         2:32:24 Lisa Christie Gunn                   3:42:35 SirLankan Airlines Half Marathon Liam Adams                1:05:09 Lisa Dalley                   1:41:17 Justin McLaren            1:56:45 Don McLaren               2:29:06 ASICS 5.7km Geoff Connell              22:43 CLICK HERE for full results. Have we missed anyone? Let us know at... read more

2017 Victorian Track Relay Championships: ENTER NOW

2017 Victorian Track Relay Championships Saturday, November 11 Lakeside Stadium, Albert Park Entries for the 20167 Victorian Track Relay Championships are now open. Offering 4 x 100m, 4 x 400m, 4 x 800m, 4 x 1500m, and medley relay events from under 14s right up to over 50s, the championships are a great opportunity for Essendon athletes of all ages to represent their club in a true team-based competition at the home of Victorian athletics. Any athletes or coaches wishing to enter teams for the championships should contact Mitchel Brown on 0421 565 493 or via email at by no later than 5pm on Saturday, October 28. Please be sure to include the event distance and age group, a list of proposed runners, and a contact number in case of the need for follow up. CLICK HERE for more information on the championships, including a draft timetable and list of... read more

AV Shield: Round 2 Results

A scintillating 100m performance from Christian McFarland-Ravanello, a big leap in the triple jump from Tierra Exum, and impressive all-round efforts from sisters Louise and Catherine Mendes highlighted a big round two of AV Shield competition for Athletics Essendon at Werribee and Geelong on Saturday. McFarland-Ravanello clocked 10.88sec for the under-20 men to lead home clubmate Junior Mabia (11.06), while Exum’s jump of 12.24m was the biggest of the day across all divisions and fell narrowly short of the season’s best of 12.31m she set in Sydney back in April. But the performances of the Mendes sisters may have taken the cake, under-20 athlete Louise sending the hammer 53.20m for the highest individual point score of the day and Catherine a standout in the under-18 division with her long jump and 100m performances of 5.58m and 12.38sec respectively. Also impressing over 100m were Nina Lawson (under 20, 12.50) and Stephanie Richards (under 18, 12.54), while Jessie Andrew backed up from last week’s stellar 100m effort with an equally dominant performance of 25.03 in the under 18 200m. And while Exum set the tone for Essendon in the sandpit, she was far from the only standout, Lachlan Menara (under 18, 13.59m), Zara Keca (under 20, 11.55m), Montana Djatschenko (under 18, 11.22m) and Emily Portaro (under 16, 11.22m) all recording notable results in the triple jump and Jordan Mancuso leading the way in the open men’s long jump with 6.62m. For the second week in a row, Essendon dominated the team standings in picking up seven division wins, its 40-plus, under 18, under 16, and under 14 men and its under... read more

A Word of Thanks: AV Shield Round 2

Athletics Essendon would like to thank the following people for assisting as club helpers at round two of the 2017/18 Athletics Victoria Shield season at the Wyndham Sporting Complex in Werribee: John Higham Janine Higham Adrian Fitzgerald Duncan Knox Jeff Jones Colm Rothery Joanne McDowell Deb Lawson Arthur Whitchell The club will again need to provide six helpers for round four of competition at the Wyndham Sporting Complex on Saturday, October 28 and so is calling on available parents and coaches to offer their services to prevent competing athletes from having to fill these roles. Failure to provide the designated number of club helpers may result in the club forfeiting all its points across all divisions for this round. If you are able to assist, please contact John Cooper on 0414 373 157 or via email at... read more

AV Shield Round 2: Important Information

2017/18 AV Shield Round 2 Saturday, October 14 Wyndham Sporting Complex, Werribee Please note: Athletes can also compete at Geelong, Frankston, and Ballart as per the new “compete anywhere” rules. CLICK HERE for the provisional starts lists and timetable. CLICK HERE for updated information on event-day... read more

AV Shield: Round 1 Results

Athletics Essendon picked up six opening-round wins from its nine teams as the 2017/18 season of Athletics Victoria kicked off on Saturday at a host of venues around the state. The club’s 40-plus and under 18 men and under 20, under 18, under 16, and under 14 women all topped their divisions, with the open women and under 16 men also recording solid performances to finish second. Surprisingly, the usually strong open men failed to fire, finishing a distant third behind Melbourne University and Western Athletics with a performance they will quickly need to turn around if they are again to set its sights on the AV Shield Final. Charlotte Wilson (open 3000m) and Jessie Andrew (under 18 100m) produced the two standout results of the day, their respective times of 9min 41.3sec and 12.20sec the club’s only two performances to crack the elite 500-point mark under AV Shield’s performance-based scoring system. While Doncaster’s Tom Kelly Athletics Track was designated as Essendon’s home venue for the afternoon, the club’s athletes were also in action in Nunawading, Geelong, and Bendigo under the new “compete anywhere” rules introduced for this season. AV Shield continues on Saturday with round two, with the Wyndham Sporting Complex in Werribee to serve as Essendon’s home venue. For full results and team standings, CLICK HERE.   Men 40+ 100m Colin Ritchie    12.49 Mark Harper    11.85 Mark Giglio     12.05 John Cooper    15.47 Men U18 100m Junior Mabia   11.16 Christian McFarland-Ravanell            11.29 Marcus Guglielmino   11.51 Ethan Williams           12.47 Men U16 100m James Le         12.36 Jude Cam        12.38 Women U20 100m Nina Lawson   12.56 Zara Keca        13.20 Madeleine Koeleman... read more

Adidas apparel now on sale

Athletics Essendon is pleased to present its exciting new range of adidas apparel. The stylish three-piece collection consists of jacket, short-sleeve training top, and long-sleeve training top and provides you with the perfect opportunity to show your club colours on the training track, before and after competition, or simply when you’re out and about. Special Offer For a limited time only, club members can purchase all three items (jacket, short-sleeve training top, and long-sleeve training top) for just $110. To secure your apparel at this special discounted price, please see Jayne Pizzo in the Bill Burke Room at the Moonee Valley Athletics Centre from 5-7pm on Tuesday or Thursday evenings or 10am to noon on Sunday mornings (cash and electronic payments... read more

2017 Winter Award Winners

Athletics Essendon officially brought the curtain down on the XCR’17 season of cross country and road racing with its Winter Presentation at the Union Hotel on Sunday. The club would like to congratulate the following award winners and extend its thanks to all athletes, coaches, team managers, officials, and club helpers for their efforts throughout the year. Open Men Most Valuable Athlete: Liam Adams Most Consistent: Tom Vernon Best Club Person: Damien Bruneau Open Women Most Valuable Athlete: Emilie Guy Most Consistent: Laura Paterson Best Club Person: Lisa Christie Gunn Rising Star Award: Julia McLaren Junior Men Most Valuable Athlete: Muse Tesema Most Consistent: Mason Scott Junior Women Most Valuable Athlete: Amelia Mazza-Downie / Emily Mizis Most Consistent: Bianca Puglisi / Ruby... read more

Help Needed: AV Shield

Athletics Essendon is looking for volunteers to to assist at rounds 2 and 4 of AV Shield at the Wyndham Sporting Complex in Werribee. The club is required to provide six club helpers at each of these meetings. Failure to do so may result in the club forfeiting all its points across all divisions for these rounds. If you are available to assist, please contact John Cooper on 0414 373 157 or via email at... read more

2017 Winter Presentation

Sunday, October 8 4pm at the Union Hotel 252 Union Road Ascot Vale VIC 3032 Join us at the Union Hotel to celebrate individual and team successes of the XCR’17 season of cross country and road racing. Entry is free, with food and beverages available at bar prices. On Facebook? Confirm your attendance and stay up to... read more