XCR’21 Jells Park Relays


After the year off, we made our return to Jells Park for the traditional opening cross country relays, on a new course configuration that still provided enough of a challenge for those who came looking for one. On a warm sunny afternoon we welcomed new and returning members for what promises to be an exciting season ahead.

The Premier Division Women made a strong statement for the season ahead, working their way to claim second place against some formidable competition, with debutantes Eilidh Bell and Rachel McGuinness cruising through the grassy (i.e. non-muddy) terrain, with Rachel Ayres comfortable in her first race in SMAC Colours. The Division 5 trio of Kirstin, Vanessa and Julie found themselves settled in the action.

Men’s Divisions 3 & 4 were well placed, moving through the field for a respectable finishes in the middle of their respective divisions. The Veterans were on display with “Wazza” leading the charge, as was our newly minted President
Runner of the day for his blistering finish was Jusuf Agil whose debut put the selection panel on notice, while fellow debutante Charlie Edgecombe used his trail running chops on the shorter distance and Arthur Brenaut did an admirable job anchoring division 3.

Special thanks to Shan Shan for photography, Athletics Victoria for hosting and organising the event and everyone who came down to run, support, cheer and brought snacks on the day!

Next round of XCR is at Lardner Park, Warragul on Saturday 22nd May and its a treat for you purists after an authentic cross country experience. Until then, put in those miles and Up the Bloods!

Ross Pentland

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