LAV Cross-country relays - Sat 2nd June, U9 to U15

Cross-country relays - what will they think of next?

More seriously, Keilor loves its relays, and there are plenty of keen cross-country runners, so combining the two should work. LAV is putting on some cross-country relays on Saturday 2nd June, for U9s to U15s, from 11am.

This will be held at Cruden Farm in Langwarrin, see the location below. 

The link below has more detail - but to start with, we need to put some teams together. Our cross-country relay managers Allison McMenamin and Steven Scodella are keen to put together some teams - but we need to know whom is interested. 

And, about a month later on 7th July, there will be the Sandown road relays on 7th July - another opportunity for our relay teams to show their stuff. 

Is this you or your family? If so, please contact Allison on or sms/call to 0415 694 491.


Thanking our volunteers of the year - Libby Derks and Michael Taylor

Every year the KLAC committee nominates an individual for the prestigious award of "Volunteer of the Year", an award to be handed out at presentation day. This year, we nominated two - being our chief starters, Michael Taylor and Libby Derks. 

The committee was very pleased to acknowledge the support of both Michael and Libby. Besides turning up every week to start the Keilor program, they also help with starting in regional and state events. Both have been doing so for some years now. 

Well done to both Libby and Michael!

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Age group changes - what do they mean for you?

From September 2018, the age group birth date cut off will be changed. Rather than the official age of an athlete (U9, etc) being based on their age as of 30th September, it will instead be based on their age as of 31st December. 

This has been changed by Little Athletics Australia in order to align our age groups with senior and school athletics throughout Australia.

A summary of the changes and impacts is as follows:

  • The age group anniversary date will change in the 2018/19 season to 31 December
  • Athletes born between October and December will increment two age groups in 2018/19
  • Athletes born between January and September are unaffected by the change
  • The age groups will align with national school sport competitions
  • Athletes will remain in the same age group for the duration of the summer season

For example, an U10 athlete born between 1 Jan and 30 Sep will move to the U11 age group.  An U10 athlete born between 1 Oct and 31 Dec will advance two age groups to the U12 age group.

Both groups of athletes will find themselves competing with a slightly different set of competitors - and some competitors will be the same. 

While we appreciate that this will be a big change for some, we have confidence in the resilience of our athletes, and expect them to adapt pretty quickly to the new age groups.

There are a handful of changes to help with this transition:

  • In the 2018/19 season, U16s will be allowed to compete in regional and state events. This will be a one-off year for U16s competing at this level.
  • In this same season, the U11 clinics (run by LAV) will also be open to U12s
  • Young athletes who turn 5 between 30th September and 31st December will be allowed to compete in the U6s for that season, and for the whole of that season, even if they are less than 5 years old on the dates when they register. This change will be permanent. 


Looking for more information?

Little Athletics Victoria have also prepared a webpage with helpful information - check this out via the link below:

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Cross county season has begun


The cross-country season runs on Saturday mornings between the 5th May and the end of July, with the full program below. In addition:

  1. We will, for the first time in known memory, offer cross-country training – every Thursday at 5.30pm, and continuing weekly thereafter. This will be led by Russell Cram and Wayne Mangion.

We should note that cross-country training is new for us, and as we start we will need to make some judgements on the exact program. Along the same lines, if any parents, who might be runners themselves, are interested in helping out this will be much appreciated. And if you are worried about it getting dark, we installed some training lights at the end of last season to help to deal with this

2. As usual, we offer a discounted registration fee for athletes that join for cross-country only – just $65. How can we make any money from this? Well, we don’t to be honest by the time we pay required fees to the state body, but we hope that athletes who joins for cross-country stays around for track and field (note – if you are already a paid member of Keilor for the track and field season, this is no need to pay again for the cross-country season).

To help with these new members, we will be selling Keilor uniform tops during the first few weeks of the season at the cross-country events.

3. There are two relay events - a cross-country relay event on 2nd June, and Sandown Road Relays on 7th July. 

Glenn Walsh has kindly offered to coordinate teams for both events. Relay events are fun - we urge you to get involved, and don't worry about how fast you think you are - the more the merrier, we can always create new teams. Glenn can be contacted on:


Phone: 0403 249 215


Program is now published:

Please note- this program is subject to change BUT will try our hardest to keep this page up to date. 

Commences Saturday 5th May – Finishes Saturday 11th August 2018

8:30am          Saturday       5th May                       Essendon

9:00am           Saturday        12th May                     Essendon

9:00am           Saturday        19th May                     Keilor

9:00am           Saturday        26th May                     Sunbury

9:00am           Saturday        2nd June                    Coburg

8.00AM ** 2nd June – State Cross Country Relay Event Cruden Farm, Langwarrin

(Note – Keilor will try to arrange as many teams as possible for these relays)

10:00am        Saturday       9th June                     Division One Open Day at Essendon

10:00am        Saturday       16th June                   Sunbury Open Day

10:00am        Saturday       23rd June                  Region Cross Country Preston Reservoir

9:00am           Saturday        30th June                   Keilor

9:00am           Saturday        7th July                       Coburg

8.00 am  Saturday 7th July **State Road Relays                      Sandown Racecourse  

(Note – Keilor will try to arrange as many teams as possible for these relays)

9:00am           Saturday        14th July                     ? Sunbury / ? Essendon

10:00am        Saturday       21st July                    Essendon Open Day

11:00am        Saturday       28th July                    State Cross Country Lake Dewar, Myrniong

                        Saturday       4th August                 LAVic Centrefest

9:00am          Saturday       11th August              Super Handicap & Presentation Day at




U6                   Boys & Girls              500m

U7-8               Boys & Girls              1000m

U9-10             Boys & Girls              1500m

U11-12           Boys & Girls              2000m

U13-16           Boys & Girls              3000m




Coburg                       Harold Stevens Athletics Track, Outlook Road

Essendon                  Moonee Valley Athletics Track, Corio Street

Keilor                          Keilor Park Recreation Reserve, Stadium Drive

Preston Reservoir     Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir

Sunbury                     Jackson Street Reserve, Jackson Street


** Athletes competing at the LAVic State Cross Country or Road Relays will receive their average times for Division One


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In preparation for our AGM to be held this Saturday, as part of the Centre Champs, we have published our annual report. This is found, in draft form, by clicking the image below.:

This Annual Report is currently in draft form because we are still waiting for a report from our auditors. Once we have this report, we will finalise this, and let members know that is has been finalised.

Update – the minutes from the the AGM are now published, and found here.