The Bacchus Marsh Little Athletics Cross Country Open Day was held on Saturday at Bullengarook Reserve.  Although the overnight frost greeted our early starters with a crisp cool morning, it wasn’t long before the sun was shining and the kids were ready to race.  Athletes from Altona, Bacchus Marsh, Coburg, Gisborne, Kyneton, Melton City, Seaford and Werribee Centres participated, with medals presented to the first 3 placegetters in each age group and certificates awarded to all participants.

The Under 7 athletes contested the 1000 metre course with Toby Beattie (Altona) a clear winner for the Boys, while only 3 seconds separated Matthew Downey (Gisborne) and Taylan Towers (Gisborne) for 2nd and 3rd respectively.  Myah Estlick (Bacchus Marsh) finished in 1st place for the girls with Hannah Tumbri (Coburg) in 2nd place.  The Under 8 athletes also competed over the 1000m course, and in the closest race for the day, Jameson Chuck (Gis) pipped team mate Robert Van Emmerick (Gis) for the gold medal, with Deegan Doyle (B/M) claiming bronze.  Bacchus Marsh athletes Aisha Lidgett-Egan, Matilda Flanagan, Imogen Lidgett-Egan were the top 3 placegetters in the girls division.

The Under 9 & 10 athletes completed the 1500 metre course with Nicholas Ide (B/M) claiming line honours , then Oliver Carr (B/M) 2nd and Isaac Tumbri (Coburg) 3rd.  Harli Lennon (Seaford) made the long trip to Bullengarook well worth it, with a strong run to the take the win; Sarah Burton (Melton) and Ava Cook (B/M) finished in 2nd and 3rd place.  William Flanagan (B/M) claimed victory in the Under 10’s race with Taj Susnjara (Gis) crossing the line to claim the silver medal and Oskar Kucera (B/M) taking the bronze.  Mackenzie Estlick (B/M) dominated the girls race with Anna Seymour (B/M) in 2nd place.

Mitchell Wells cruised home for a convincing win in the Under 11 2000m event while Bacchus Marsh athletes Noah Noorman and Ymir Travisson Heafield were the next to cross the finish line.  Freya Lidgett-Egan (B/M) was a narrow winner over Sierrah Chuck (Gis) while Tyrah Doyle finished on the podium to win a bronze medal.

Over 2000 metres, Ben Van Emmerik (Gis) was first home for the Under 12 boys but was pushed right to the line by Elise Cook (B/M) who dominated for the girls.  Lana Hughes (Kyneton) and Danielle Ide (B/M) were 2nd and 3rd while Nate Sadhai (B/M) was 2nd in the boys division.

The Open Age athletes contested the 3000 metre distance with Under 13 athlete Jack Flanagan (B/M) running the fastest time in 11.36 minutes, closely followed by Mitchell Fitzpatrick (Gis), also Under 13, running 11.37 mins.  Tamara Henry Under 13, Bridget Henthorn Under 14, Kirsty Bresnan Under 15 and Keely Rich Under 16 were all winners representing their Centre, Bacchus Marsh.

One of the highlights of the day was watching the parents race, with the men running over the 3000 metre distance and the ladies over the shorter 1500m course.  Gordon Shaw (Gis) was a clear winner in the mens event while Beck Beattie (Altona) just snuck home to claim the ladies event.

Many thanks to all the parents who officiated during the day to ensure all events ran smoothly.  A big thank you to Sam Stewart who rabbited for the events.  Much appreciation to Jeff Jones and Back to Bacchus who donated prizes for the raffle.

Full Results HERE

Photos – HERE