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VRWC Results - Summer Season 2019/2020


The Summer Season occurs between October and March and coincides with the long hot Australian summer. The emphasis in on track walking and most races are over the shorter track distances. There is also a strong walking presence in the 'Interclub' Track Competition with all Athletics Teams fielding walkers in their regular competitions.

For this reason, VRWC only holds a small number of events during this period.


The latest round of the VRWC Summer Season took place last Wednesday evening at the George Knott Athletics Track in Clifton Hill. The 21 walkers in attendance had perfect conditions, with a cool evening and only a slight breeze, and there were quite a few PBs. Special commendations to Heather Carr, who bettered her W70 5000m club record by 12 secs with her time of 30:46, and to 8 year old Ela Uzun, who set new VRWC U9-U11 3000m records with her inaugural time of 16:50. Wow, what a time for an 8 year old! Others to walk well included 13 year olds Marcus Wakim (a first ever 5000m and a time of 27:12) and Maddison Nash (3000m PB of 17:10), Tracy Colbert (3000m PB of 20:37), 8 year old Havana Ali (big 3000m PB of 19:49) and 10 year old Daniel Pashutin (1500m PB of 8:51).

5000m Track Walk                
1.  Corey Dickson          M    24:47
2.  Marcus Wakim           M    27:12    Inaugural
3.  Sandra Geisler         F    28:06
4.  Heather Carr           F    30:46    VRWC W70 Club Record
    Andrew Jamieson        M      DNF    (3000m in 16:28)
    Paul Moritz            M      DNF
3000m Track Walk                
1.  Rhydian Cowley         M    11:54
2.  Tracy Feiner           F    14:43
3.  Ariana Pashutina       F    16:15
4.  Emily Smith            F    16:31    
5.  Ela Uzun               F    16:50    PB 1:03, VRWC U9-U11 Club Records
6.  David Smyth            M    17:07
7.  Maddison Nash          F    17:10    PB 0:14
8.  Mark Donahoo           M    17:12
9.  Donna-Marie Elms       F    19:16
10. Havana Ali             F    19:49    PB 1:46
11. Tracy Colbert          F    20:37    PB 0:39
12. Bob Gardiner           M    22:16
    Albin Hess             M       DQ
1500m Track Walk                
1.  Daniel Pashutin        M     8:51    PB 0:10
2.  Clyde Riddoch          M     9:52

Thanks to our officials and judges and thanks to club president Stuart Cooper who brought all our equipment.
Officials: Tim Erickson, Donna Dickson, Therese Smith, Debra Nash
Judges: Peter Vysma (Chief), Gordon Loughnan, Shane Dickson, Stuart Cooper, Kathleen Marsh
Photos: Alas, no photos from this meet.


Our latest VRWC summer season walks were held on Wednesday evening at the Keilor athletics track in NW Melbourne. The location meant that not too many could make the trip but those who did come along were rewarded with excellent conditions and some fine times.

Kyle Swan and Corey Dickson had a great battle early in the 5000m, until Kyle eventually put the hammer down and cleared away to win with 21:25. 17 year old Corey was rewarded for his efforts with a PB time of 21:39. Further back, 12 year Darcey Roberts walked a superb time of 26:16, setting a big PB, along with new U13 and U14 Club Records. 12 year old Ariana Pashutina also walked excellently for her time of 28:38.

The 3000m walk was won by 13 year old Marcus Wakim (PB 15:05), after a great battle with M60 Kevin Cassidy (15:15). Well done also to 12 year old Maddison Nash for her PB time of 17:24. But the standout 3000m walk was by W70 Heather Carr whose time of 17:58 set new a VRWC W70 Record (and for the record, she also broke her World and Australian record time of 18:01 by 3 secs).

Finally to the 1500m where 8 year olds Ela Uzun and Havana Ali walked wonderfully as usual. Well done to Ela who set new U19 and U10 VRWC Club Records with her time of 8:11.

VRWC 5000m Walk                
1.  Kyle Swan             M    21:25
2.  Corey Dickson         M    21:39    PB 0:09
3.  Heath Beveridge       M    25:55
4.  Darcey Roberts        F    26:16    PB 0:30, VRWC U13/U14 Records
5.  Ariana Pashutina      F    28:38
6.  Paul Moritz           M    34:18
VRWC 3000m Walk                
1.  Marcus Wakim          M    15:04    PB 0:18
2.  Kevin Cassidy         M    15:15
3.  David Smyth           M    16:49
4.  Maddison Nash         F    17:24    PB 0:23

5.  Mark Donahoo          M    17:30

6.  Heather Carr          F    17:58    World/Australian/VRWC W70 Record
7.  Donna-Marie Elms      F    19:36
8.  Tracy Colbert         F    21:16    PB 0:06
VRWC 1500m Walk                
1.  Ela Uzun              F      8:11    PB 0:11, VRWC U9/U10 Club Records
2.  Havana Ali            F      9:28

Thanks to our judges and officials. Apologies if I have missed anyone

Officials: Tim Erickson, Mark Donahoo, Donna Dickson, Cheryl Beveridge, Mark Roberts
Judges: Peter Vysma (Chief), Shane Dickson, Stuart Cooper, Terry Swan
Photos: Darlene Swan (see http://www.vrwc.org.au/piwigo/index.php?/category/555)


Sunday morning saw the VRWC Summer Roadwalk Championships at Middle Park in Melbourne, and the weather was good, with cool overcast conditions for the 31 walkers in attendance.

The 20km walkers were first to start, with Kyle Swan, Corey Dickson, Jason Kozica and Rhydian Cowley all heading out together and walking an even paced race. That suited 17 year old Corey Dickson perfectly, as he shadowed his older clubmates to record a fantastic inaugural 20km time of 1:36:06. Overall, the Gus Theobold Trophy went to Kyle Swan with 1:34:50.

VRWC  20km Open Men - Gus Theobold Trophy            
1.  Kyle Swan                 M      48:44    1:34:50
2.  Corey Dickson             M      48:45    1:36:06    Inaugural
3.  Jason Kozica              M      48:45    1:36:31
4.  Rhydian Cowley            M      48:44    1:36:32
    Paul Moritz               M         DQ

The 10km walkers were next to start, with 16 year old Alanna Peart leading from the front to record a superb PB of 49:30. The other outstanding walks came from M70 walkers Andrew Jamieson (56:50) and Heather Carr (a new W70 club record of 1:04:55). The Heather Carr Trophy was won by
Tracy Feiner with 52:40.

VRWC 10km Masters Women - Heather Carr Trophy           
1.  Tracy Feiner              F      52:40
2.  Heather Carr              F    1:04:55    VRWC W70 Club Record
3.  Gwen Steed                F    1:17:46
VRWC Open 10km           
1.  Alanna Peart              F      49:30    PB 1:32
2.  Andrew Jamieson           M      56:50
3.  Mark Donahoo              M    1:04:14
4.  Terry O'Neill             M    1:07:59
    Ross Reid                 M        DNF

The 5km and 3km walkers raced together, with Heath Beveridge, Fraser Saunder and Darcey Roberts heading out together. They were all rewarded with PBs – 16 year old Heath recording 23:24, 15 year old Fraser recording 24:01 and 12 year old Darcey recording 14:51. Special mentions also to 14 year old Kaylah Heikkila-Dobowik (30;35) and 12 year old Ariana Pashutina (15:57) on their PBs. We also welcomed Coburg walker Tracy Colbert for her first walk with the club.
VRWC U20 5km Club Championships           
1.  Heath Beveridge           M      23:24    PB 0:07
2.  Fraser Saunder            M      24:01    PB 0:10
1.  Jemma Peart               F      26:25
2.  Kaylah Heikkila-Dubowik   F      30:35    PB 0:39
VRWC Open 5km           
1.  Simon Evans               M      28:37
2.  Ralph Bennett             M      33:25
3.  Geoff Barrow              M      35:54
VRWC U15 3km Club Championships           
1.  Marcus Wakim              M      15:52
1.  Darcey Roberts            F      14:51    PB 0:22
2.  Ariana Pashutina          F      15:57    PB 0:43
3.  Emily Smith               F      16:19
VRWC Open 3km           
1.  Donna Elms                F      19:52
2.  Tracy Colbert             M      21:22    First walk with us

Our youngest walkers also had club championships today, with wins going to Daniel Pashutin (his first walk with us), Zahlia Heikkila-Dubowik and Ela Uzun. It was impressive to see the quality across all our junior age groups.
VRWC U12 1.5km Club Championships           
1.  Daniel Pashutin           M       9:01    First walk with us
1.  Zahlia Heikkila-Dubowik   F       9:35
VRWC U10 1.5km Club Championships           
1.  Ela Uzun                  F       8:25
2.  Havana Ali                F       9:13    PB 0:19
3.  Addison Paulke            F       9:41

Thanks as always to our many officials and judges and club helpers. Apologies if I have missed anyone.

Officials: Mark Donahoo, Tim Erickson, Bill Carr, Ian Laurie, Simon Baker, Donna Dickson, Cheryl Beveridge
Judges: Peter Vysma, Shane Dickson, Stuart Cooper, David Cash, Gordon Loughnan
Refreshment Table: Karyn O'Neill, Darlene Swan, Rob Cowley
Canteen: Kate Suich, Donna-Marie Elms
Photos: Terry Swan (see http://www.vrwc.org.au/piwigo/index.php?/category/554)

We welcomed Runners World Kew proprieter Neil Ryan to the presentations, as he handed out Runners World Winter Season awards to Kyle Swan, Tracy Feiner, Alanna Peart and Corey Dickson. The AV Winter Season Walks Perpetual Trophies were also awarded, with winners as follows:

NORM GOBLE TROPHY     Most points earned in Men’s AV Championships   Rhydian Cowley
BETTY NEWMAN TROPHY   Women’s Walking Team Champions                 Melbourne University
AVIS REDMAN TROPHY    Best Under 16 Girl Walker                      Kaylah Heikkila-Dubowik
TOM DAINTRY TROPHY    Best Under 14 Girl Walker                      Darcey Roberts
BOB GARDINER SHIELD   Best U16/U14 Boy Walker                        Fraser Saunder
SIMON BAKER SHIELD    Best U18 Boy Walker                            Corey Dickson

The VRWC 2019 AGM followed, with the highlight being the awarding of VRWC Life Memberships to stalwarts David Cash and Ian Laurie.

Overall, it was a big morning!


The VRWC Summer Season continued last Wednesday evening, with 20 walkers contesting track events at Dolomore Reserve, Mentone. Conditions were cool with occasional windy bursts but were not too bad overall.

The 10,000m walk was the first event to kick off at 6:30PM and it was 20 year old Kyle Swan who went straight to the lead, recording an impressive solo time of 42:27. 17 year old Corey Dickson also walked well to finish with 49:39, while 12 year old Darcey Roberts continued her stellar form, walking her first ever 10,000m and setting a new VRWC U13 club record of 56:42 (the previous record of 58:10 had been set by Bec Henderson in 2014.        
VRWC 10,000m Track Walk                
1.  Kyle Swan            M    42:27
2.  Corey Dickson        M    49:39
3.  Darcey Roberts       F    56:42    First one, new VRWC U13 Record

The 1500m walk started at 7PM, with 4 walkers, including first timers Rudi Coggins and Giselle Evans. Rudi was the fastest with 8:48.
VRWC 1500m Track Walk                
1.  Rudi Coggins         M    08:48    First time with us
2.  Aiden Smith          M    10:45
3.  Giselle Evans        F    11:29    First time with us
4.  Pam Mews             F    16:21

The 5000m and 3000m walks kicked off at 7:15PM, with 13 walkers in total. Heather Carr and Ariana Pashutina were the standouts, Heather breaking her own 5000m VRWC W70 club record time with 30:58 and Ariana setting a new VRWC U13 club record with 28:00. Overall, fastest times to Jason Kozica (24:04) and David Smyth (17:03).
VRWC 5000m Track Walk            
1.  Jason Kozica         M    24:04
2.  Kevin Cassidy        M    25:22
3.  Emily Smith          F    27:55    PB 1:37
4.  Ariana Pashutina     F    28:00    Inaugural 5000m, new VRWC U12 Club Record
5.  Heather Carr         F    30:58    New VRWC W70 record
6.  Terry O'Neill        M    32:42
7.  Donna-Marie Elms     F    34:04
8.  Paul Moritz          M    34:12
9.  Gwen Steed           F    37:28
VRWC 3000m Track Walk                
1.  David Smyth          M    17:03
2.  Marnie Grace         F    19:13    PB 0:13
3.  Ralph Bennett        M    19:35
    Rupert Van Dongen    M    DQ

Thanks to all our judges and officials and helpers. Apologies if I have missed anyone.

Officials: Tim Erickson, Karyn O'Neill, Bill Dillon, Donna Dickson, Mark Roberts, Michael Bodey            
Judges: Shane Dickson (chief), David Cash, Stuart Cooper, Gordon Loughnan            
BTerry Swan (see https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10220245424866597)


Our VRWC Summer Season opened on Sunday morning at Middle Park, with a cool overcast day and a cold wind to test the 20 walkers in attendance. Lots of the walkers had competed in the AV Shield walks the day before, so it was a good weekend of racing for them.

The longer events started at 8AM, with Adam Garganis going to the front and locking in a strong 20km training performance of 1:38:26, not too bad after his Saturday evening 5000m walk in the AV Shield. Corey Dickson and Marnie Grace tested themselves out over the 15km distance, with Corey walking a big PB of 1:20:17 and Marnie finishing her first attempt at the distance with 1:45:06. Special mention also to Madeleine Feain for her PB in the 10km walk (1:00:28).

20km Walk                   
1.  Adam Garganis               M       49:52    1:38:26
15km Walk                   
1.  Corey Dickson               M       54:48    1:20:27    PB 4:06
2.  Marnie Grace                F     1:10:05    1:45:06    Inaugural 15km
10km Walk                   
1.  Kevin Cassidy               M       52:39   
2.  Kylie Irshad                F       58:41   
3.  Madeleine Feain             F     1:00:28    PB 0:48   
4.  Heather Carr                F     1:08:28   
5.  Mark Donahoo                M     1:10:51   
    Heath Beveridge             M         DNF    7km in 41:14
The shorter distance races went off together at 9AM, with Tracy Feiner and Darcey Roberts leading them out. Darcey completed the 2km in 9:49, a great backup after her 9:48.9 in the AV Shield 2000m the day before, while Tracy Feiner went on to win the 5km with 25:13. Special mention also to 12 year old Ariana Pashutina who walked a big 2km PB of 10:45.

5km Walk               
1.  Tracy Feiner                F       25:13
2.  Gwen Steed                  F       35:21
    Geoff Barrow                M         DNF    4km in 32:04
3km Walk               
1.  Emily Smith                 F       16:31
2.  Glennis McPherson           F       31:44
2km Walk               
1.  Darcey Roberts              F        9:49    Eq. PB
2.  Ariana Pashutina            F       10:45    PB 0:18
3.  Ian Beaumont                M       18:47               
4.  Margaret Beaumont           F       18:59
1km Walk               
1.  Ela Uzun                    F        5:23
2.  Havana Ali                  F        6:25

Thanks as always to our many judges, helpers and officials.

Officials: Tim Erickson, Mark Donahoo, Cheryl  Beveridge, Donna Dickson, Mark Roberts
Judges: Peter Vysma (Chief), Stuart Cooper, Shane Dickson
Canteen: Wendy Cooper
Refreshment Table: Karyn O'Neill
Photos: Terry Swan (see https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.10157501206708911)