Athletics switches focus

ATHLETES are moving away from the track and preparing for a full-on winter series of competition.

Illawarra Blue Stars are gearing towards an excellent winter coming off a very successful summer of track and field, but after a short rest, the spikes will be away and the road racing shoes will be out.

The club has designed a challenging and interesting cross-country series with the addition of new courses plus the old ones and some new events that are sure to challenge the young and the older athlete. To start on Sunday, April 27, at 10am on the Bulli Course, opposite the soccer fields, the club has a great course to test everyone out.

Each Sunday's cross-country is open to all athletes from under-8s right through to masters men and women and families are encouraged to come along and run together over varying distances to suit the jogger, the full-on athlete or mum and dad who wish to keep fit.

The club will also conduct the popular winter track and field program at the Kerryn McCann Athletics Centre every fourth Sunday of the month starting with the first round on Sunday, May 25, at 10am. It is open to all ages, all abilities, male and female.

The club will celebrate a summer season of excellent competition and athletes and officials will be rewarded at the club's annual awards and presentation evening at the Ribbonwood Centre at Dapto.

The club will be trying a new format with the event to be held on Sunday, May 4, 6pm for a 6.30pm start.

This will enable people playing winter sport to come along and not be home too late for the number of young athletes in the club.

See illawarrabluestars.com.au for more information.

All athletes in the club are eligible for awards with overall pointscore, individual divisional pointscore and runners-ups, with special awards, and all members plus families and supporters are encouraged to attend.

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