Mentone Men have a challenging day at Jells Park Cross Country


Firstly, a big welcome Dan, Matt, Tom & Steve who had their first race for the Mentone singlet, and for most, their first Athletics Victoria XCR race.

A further welcome to Sean W, Dejen G and Dion who’ve recently joined us and signed in for the XCR series. Very excited to have you running with Mentone.

ROUND TWO – WANDIN PARK – Saturday 13th May – Men’s Open race starts 1.20pm

New to the series last year, Wandin Park is looming again. Athletics Victoria says “the undulating hills…will offer value to both participant and spectator”. Some participants would question whether value is the best way to describe the hill towards the end of each lap.

For those who didn’t run in Round One and aren’t yet signed up, remember that all the registration needs to be all done by next Wednesday 10th May. Any new members will receive race numbers for the series on the day, and we can make sure there are some Mentone race singlets for you to try on & buy on the day also.


Each of the 4 teams we entered on Saturday had a new Mentone runner which from a club perspective is great to see. I hope you all enjoyed your first race, at least after you finished anyway!

Division 2 – 10th place

Back in division 2 after some time in div 3, this was always going to be an interesting test, not just in terms of individual pace, but requiring the depth of a 6th runner. A 10th out 14 is a very respectable result for a newly promoted team. Michael & Andy contributed with PBs (I’m not sure if there were others I’m sorry…), and Corey had the hard yards of closing it out with an immense finish at the end.

50+ – 8th place

It is fierce competition in this division indeed, and 8th out of 16 official teams is a great result, particularly with Derek feeling unwell but electing to soldier through to ensure Mentone got a full result.

Division 6 – 4th place

4th is a very tidy result first up in Division 6.  This was made all the more impressive given Rupert had done 36kms already that morning, Rob was running 20kms home, Stu was running at least 10kms of that way also, and it was Tom’s first XCR race so really didn’t know quite what to expect.

1st & 2nd place looked a long way ahead of the other teams, and would be challenging for 2nd place in the division above. It will be interesting to see whether those teams hold that level of performance or was a once-off for some reason.

Division 7 – DNF

With only 2 runners left over, there was ambitious talk of Steve and I running 2 legs each….which was a little short lived once heading up the hill for the 2nd time on the long grass. Regardless, it was great to get out there and among it, and certainly for Steve & I, a good motivator to keep the training going!


Puffing Billy – saw a large Mentone group participate. There were many PBs but few results stand out like Michael K coming in a remarkable 4th overall! Andy came in 18th and Corey 32nd if I can count correctly, congratulations all!

Maroondah Dam – Stuart resisted the call of the train to defend his 50km title at Maroondah Dam. Stuart managed to shave a whole 1/2 hour last year’s time, but a very stiff competition pushed Stuart back to 5th.

Noosa Ultra-man – Rob Grumitt is getting ready to compete in the Noosa Ultra-man, a lazy 10km swim, 400km ride & 80km run over 2 days. Unfortunately this is the same weekend as Wandin, but at least he isn’t slacking off.

Good Luck at Round 2 at Wandin Park this Saturday.



XCR Captain

Presentation Night

Mentone AC would like to thank all our members that attended the club presentation night last Friday. It was great to see so many of our members celebrating the successes of the club over the past year.

Congratulations to our award winners:

Mentone AC Junior Club Champions – Stefan Nel + Zoe Cunningham

Mentone AC Open Club Champions – Antony Symons + Megan Champion

Mentone AC Cross Country Champions – Corey Lawson + Kuniko Bowden

Neville Brennan Clubman – Sally Morrison

Terrence Sullivan 1500m Champion – Michael Kernahan

Helena Matheson 1500m Champion – Amelija Belleville


Summer Season

Hopefully this post will be able to answer all of your questions and queries about the upcoming Summer Season and leave you ready and raring to go for competition, which starts this Saturday.

Mentone AC compete in the Athletics Victoria Shield Competition in the Blue Zone.

If you look on the AV website ( you will find the timetable and fixtures for Blue Zone beside a great picture of our U20 Men’s team on the winners podium at the Shield Final last year.

A couple of the timetable can also be found here.

There are two programs which alternate each week with some minor changes from week to week. Make sure you know which Round it is so that you can find the correct program.

We have a men’s and women’s captain. Their contact details are:

Men’s – Antony Symons –

Women’s – Heather Whitaker –


Race Entry

You must have purchased the Track and Field Package through your AV portal to be able to compete in the Summer Season.

This year AV are trialling an online entry system instead of entry on the day. Entries close for Round 1 onWednesday 5th October at midnight. All rounds will close on the Wednesday before the weekend except the Thursday twilight match.

Entry is completed through your online portal. Please ensure that you select the events you wish to compete in and that you check out completely. You will receive a confirmation e-mail from AV. If you do not receive this then you are not entered. Season bests and personal bests entered will be used to seed you in races so it is a good idea to put a time that is close to your current form.

There is a guide to pre-entry on the AV website :

If you have any problems with the website then you must contact Athletics Victoria straight away and let Heather or Antony know.

There is extremely limited availability for entry on the day particularly in the field events. On the track you will be placed in the last (slowest) heat for the event if you enter on the day. There is no on the day entry for high jump and pole vault. If you wish to enter on the day for an event you must be there at least 30 minutes before your event.

If you wish to scratch from your event on the day you must do it in person or through your team manager (Antony and Heather) at least an hour before the event was due to start. If you do not scratch and don’t turn up then there will be penalties for yourself and the team.
Entry lists will be available on the AV website on the Friday night before each round.
On the Day
On the day you will always be able to spot the team as we will have a yellow and black Mentone AC banner out and a yellow and black Mentone AC teardrop flag. At Frankston, the first round, we will be positioned along the 200m bend.
Your AV bib numbers will be available to pick up on the day from Antony or Erina, who will be underneath the banner and must be worn every week for competition.
If you wish to run in a relay team on the day then you must let Antony, Heather or Erina know as early as possible on the day.
If you have a duty then make sure that you sign in with Antony, Heather or Claire before you head off to do your duty. Every member must complete one duty each season.
The duty roster can be found here.
If you can not attend your duty then it is your responsibility to swap with another member.
The club is penalised if we do not have enough club helpers. It is not acceptable to not turn up to your duty or to e-mail on the day or night before to tell us you will not be there.
We have entered the following teams for Shield this year:
U14, U16, U18 girls and Open women
U14, U16, U20 boys and Open men
U20 girls will score for the Open women’s team.
U18 boys will score for the U20 boy’s team.
The top two teams in each age group at the end of 12 rounds will go through to Shield Final. Last year we had two teams make the finals and both teams won at the Shield Final.
If you wish to compete in the Shield Final you must have competed in at least 4 rounds and have competed in the events you wish to do at finals. This year the Shield Final will be Program 2.
Kuni will be at the club house tonight from 7pm with uniforms if you wish to purchase before the weekend.
There will also be uniforms available to purchase this Saturday at Frankston.
If you have any other questions then please get in touch with your summer captain.
Have a great season!!

XCR16 Round 2

Mentone AC’s winter teams were flying the flag at Wandin Park last weekend. Backing up from the Jells Park relays Mentone had 2 second places in the team results, 1 top 30 in the Men’s, 4 top 10’s in the age groups and 2 top 15 spots in the Juniors. Click here to read more.

XCR16 Round 2

XCR16 Round 1

The first round of XCR16 was at Jells Park – Cross Country Relays. Mentone had an amazing 7 teams entered and showed their dominance by taking out the Division 3 Men’s team by over 1 minute 30 seconds. Read here about how the rest of the Mentone AC teams did.


Australian All Schools

9 of our excellent Juniors have spent this weekend competing for Victoria at the Australian All Schools and Australian Primary Schools Athletics Championships. We are super proud of all their efforts and performances. They came away with 5 National Titles, 2 Silver medals, 2 Bronze medals, 6 personal bests and 3 club records. What a weekend! Click here to read the full write up of how they did.


State 5km Champs

Last night saw two Mentonites take on 12 1/2 laps of the track to compete in the Victorian 5km State Championships. In the Men’s E race Andy Johnson bettered his personal best time to finish in 2nd place in a time of 16.32.07. Andy took to the front with 5 laps left only relinquishing the lead with 200m to go. Junior superstar Michael Kernahan had a similar run in the Men’s C race. He took 20 seconds off his personal best to finish 2nd in 15.08.67. Michael led from the gun setting a cracking 3min/km pace to miss out on the victory in the final 100m. Excellent distance running from these two Mentone legends.