Weekly Wrap October 19th 2023

AVSL Round 2 at Doncaster – Saturday 14 October

We had a total of 45 athletes score points in round 2, quite a bit down on round 1 where we had 75 athletes compete.

We saw a decline in numbers due a number of factors, including the commencement of secondary school and university exams and with many distance runners competing in events at the Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival on Sunday, 15 October.

Also we are noticing field events filling up in minutes and many athletes missing out on entering those events. So get your registrations in quick for your field events!

We finished 7th on the ladder in the AVSL Premier Division after this round.
Some individual highlights:

On the track, Charles Barrett ran his 1500m in 4:00.2 and Luca Sebastiano ran a 11:07s in his 100m.

In the field events, Mackenzie Leith threw 44.00m in Discus and Kevin Healy threw 52.97m in Hammer.

AV Top 100 total points scored across all events in the round.
• 4th in M18: Mackenzie Leith – 1,416 points (compared to his Rd 1 6th)
• 32nd in M55: Richard Brophy – 1,258 points (compared to Rd 1 37th)
• 41st in M50: Kristian Lakusa – 1,224 points (compared to Rd 1 43rd)

2023 Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival – Sunday, 15 October

The Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival returned for its 45th edition with more than 40,000
participants, a new record for this iconic event.

Half Marathon: 21km

Bianca Puglisi placed 1st in the Female 20-24 category and 4th overall with a time of 1:16:59 (a personal best). Congratulations on this fantastic result.

Ben Rowse placed 2nd in M40-44 – 1:17:42 (45th Male and 50th Overall)

Jeffrey Jones placed 4th in M50-54 – 1:20:02 (80th Male and 85th Overall)

Amelia Murphy achieved a personal best in F25-29 – 1:47:14

Daniel White M35-39 – 1:49:50

Christian Knox M20-24 – 1:52.25

Marathon: 42km

Liam Adams placed 3rd in the Men’s Event, with a time of 2:15:37. Congratulations on this outstanding result!

It was Liam’s third marathon this year. In Gold Coast on 2 July, Liam achieved a club record breaking time of 2:08:39 and in Berlin on 24 September, Liam achieved a time of 2:11:47.

Marlon Cummings M45-49 – 3:50:11

Stephen Murphy M60-64 – 5:44:44

A big thank you to all volunteers who helped out at the 40km Drink Station on the day, including:
• Danny Hawksworth
• Duncan Knox
• Christian Knox
• Johanna Knox
• Jannik Ernst
• Frances Batchelor

We would love to see our athletes in action! Please share your photos with us by sending them to !!