XCR Round 6: Bundoora

Our Men’s Div 2 team had one of its best results at Bundoora. With Abere Belay showing the way with 6th place and a great time of 30:45 for the tough 10km the team finished in 8th place.

Once again we were held together by our 40+ men with Damien Bruneau, Dan Rees, Jeff Jones and Danny Hawksworth filling 4 of the six spots, along with Matt Sostaric coming in 81st spot.

Our Premier women’s team was short of numbers with just two runners tackling the 10km. Great work by Bianca Puglisi (11th) and Ally Rogers (42nd).

Earlier in the day, the Schools cross country championships were held with some great results for Essendon members.


U14 3Km Maddigan Carroll 11:19 4th

U15 4Km Jayme Lee Cobain 16:43 19th

U15 4Km Rosa Barbanti 17:35 31st

U 17 4Km Lara Sacaner 15:02 3rd

U17 4km Charlotte Jackson 16:32 19th

U20 6Km Sienna Andrews 24:31 5th


U14 3Km Jude Barrett 10:46 19th

U14 3Km Harry Osman 11:01 23rd

U14 3Km Lucas Harris 11:09 27th

U15 4Km Jonathan Neethling 13:01 4th

U16 4Km Charles Barrett 13:04 1st

U18 6Km Ty Davis 20:31 18th

To finish off a big weekend, a number of our members joined forces with the Red and Black Running team and added to the thousands who ran the streets of Melbourne to raise funds and awareness for various charities.

Half Marathon

Ben Rowse 1:18:47 37th place overall

Steve Murphy 2:29:04 58th in 60 – 69 age bracket. Steve also ran 10K at Bundoora!


Maggie Armstrong 1:05:20 16th in W 60 – 69 age bracket

John Cooper 53:26 17th in M 60 – 69


Jonathan Neethling 17:24 1st out of 2500 of all ages! Great effort after his Bundoora run.