By Jamie Strudley
YARRA RANGES ATHLETICS
Yarra Ranges Athletics celebrated another successful cross country season with their annual presentation day and fun relay at the amazing Hedgend Maze.
The cold and occasional rain did not deter over 100 members and their families enjoying all that Hedgend Maze had to offer.
A fantastic marquee kept everyone warm and dry and provided an excellent backdrop for the awards presentation.
The promise of a huge barbecue lunch encouraged athletes and some hesitant parents to join in the fun of the relay with teams of three running one, two or three laps of the impromptu course through the grounds of Hedgend Maze.
An exciting race evolved with one of the closest finishes in recent years, with many teams in with a chance with one lap to go.
At the conclusion of the relay fun, it was the turn of the club’s dedicated barbecue tong masters to take centre stage, putting on an awesome spread for everyone.
This was followed by the presentation of awards and trophies.
On display were the raft of trophies earned by the club throughout the season including the Knox Open Day Team Trophy.
Club champions for 2017 were Kiara Flavel and Mitchell Deckert.
Personal Best awards went to Aleesa Keenan, Beau McKinnon, Simone Burger and Graeme Woolridge.
President awards went to Charlotte Comport and Jake Angus and the Family award went to a very deserving Cannon family. Congratulations to all award winners and all those who earned attendance and PB awards.
Yarra Ranges Athletics has several athletes representing Victoria at the Australian Cross Country Championships in Wollongong, NSW next week.
Good luck to Lily Peacock, Georgia Laven, Maddie Laven, Indigo Linde and Kiara Flavel.
The next club event is the opening Come and Try days on 9 and 23 September.
For results, news, photos and more, visit yarrarangesathletics.org.au or check out their Facebook page.