Wind whipped wild west no match for MUAC hordes

XCR18 Round 7: Lake Wendouree Road Race


On Saturday the 4thAugust, team MUAC headed out by bus to Ballarat in big numbers to take on the Lake Wendouree road race. In classic Ballarat style, it was a cold and windy day, with head winds for a large part of the race. Despite the wintery weather, everyone ran well with a highlight being our Premier Men’s team placing 2nd overall and another record turnout of 36 athletes.

First up on the day was the U20 women’s 6 km with Ciara Boyd-Squires (4th) and Anna Louey (8th) both running strong races after a fast first km. No club was able to put together a full U20 women team on the day, so no points went forward in the XCR competition overall.

In the open 15 km race, the Premier Men’s team (Caleb Mueller, Frankie Conway, Chris O’Neill, Erik Ueda, Jack Powell, and Nicholas Denis) placed 2nd while the Premier Women placed 6th. Caleb Mueller made the top 10 with a swift 47:23 for 9th place overall. We were also able to front up with full teams for the men’s Division 2 – 7 grades and the Men 50 – 59 age group. Division 2 Men placed 6th, Division 3 – 5th, Division 5 – 3rd, Division 6 – 3rd, Division 7 – 3rd, and Men 50 – 59 were 8th.

MUAC athletes travelled back to Melbourne via the party bus, with some good post-race banter and well-deserved beers and pizza all around. A huge thank you to everyone who ran on the day and also to those who organised the bus and refreshments on board. The next race will be the XCR18 Round 8 – Anglesea Ekiden Relay on Saturday the 18th August where MUAC athletes will take on a hilly but beautiful coastal course.


Premier Women, 6th.

Premier Men, 2nd.

Division 2 Men, 6th.

Division 3 Men, 5th.

Division 5 Men, 3rd.

Division 6 Men, 3rd.

Division 7 Men, 3rd.

Men 50 – 59, 8th.

Full results (team and individual)
XCR18 Round 7: Lake Wendouree Road Race