MBD – Week 2 of Europe Video

The second week of Europe is done and here is a training compilation for you to watch. We have some new additions to the house this week.

Obviously the highlight of the week was Lauren’s 55.55 in Ostrava but as you can see it was a hard week of training for all.

Missing from the video is Lauren’s Saturday session which was not filmed. It was 250m x 2 x 2 with rep 2 and 4 run over hurdles off 4m/12m rest.  Her overall times were an improvement on when she completed this session in Canberra in late May.

Melissa has pulled up reasonably well from her run in Nivelles. The hamstring tightness appears to have stemmed from her back from the travel on the day to the meet.

I hope you enjoy the video and remember footage of races is also available here


Boden and Breen video footage of European races


Lauren Boden and Melissa Breen have commenced their campaigns to Moscow World Championships with both finishing 3rd in their respective races.

Lauren ran 55.55 in the Ostrava Golden Spike meeting on the 27th June whilst Melissa ran 11.58 (1.5w) on a wet track at the Nivelles, Belgium meeting.

Both will race next at the Memorial Boyle on the 6th July.

Footage of their races is available here

MBD athletes explode at 2013 Sydney Track Classic

A beautiful evening at Homebush saw 5 of the MattyB DEPT. athletes perform with distinction at the Sydney leg of the Qantas Australian Athletic Tour.

Melissa Breen produced two personal bests with an A qualifier for World Championships in the 100m (11.25 0.3w) and B qualifier in the 200m (23.12 0.4w).

Melissa STC 13

Lauren Boden made a successful return to 400m Hurdles with a victory in the 400m Hurdles (56.99). It has been 7 months since her last race which included a 3 month rehabilitation for a patella tendon injury that impacted on her perform in London. This time shows that she is well on track to qualifier for the World Championships over the next month.

Lauren STC 13

Chloe Jamieson also finished 4th in the same race in a very pleasing time of 59.92 and she will now head to Perth for the Australian Junior Championships with some added confidence.

The men also ran very well with Alex Carew finishing fourth in the 400m in 46.87. The pleasing part of his race was the clear room for improvement and he is definitely on target for a huge breakthrough this season.

The “old man” of the squad Brendan Cole put together an impressive race in the 400m Hurdles. He was right in the mix after a strong first 300m but lack of racing finally took his toll in the last 80m finishing 4th in 51.32.

Next up is the Perth leg.

Melissa Breen 100m and 200m race footage now available




Coach Breen’s squad produces numerous PB’s at ACT State


Melissa Breen, coach in the MattyB DEPT., proudly watched several of her own squad collect multiple medals and achieve numerous PB’s at the ACT State Championships.

5 of Breen’s 11 athletes competed in the sprint events and collected 5 medals including 2 Gold, 2 Silver and a bronze.

Jarred Parrello run massive personal bests in the 100m and 200m finishing 1st and 2nd respectively in the under 18 age group.

The Breen squad actually finished 1st (Jarred Parrello – 11.53), 2nd (Noah Geleris – 11.55), 4th (Nathan McNab – 11.81) and 5th (Alex Nguyen – 11.92) in the under 18 100m with 2 of the 4 boys running Personal Bests.

In the under 18 200m the Breen Squad finished 2nd (Parello – 23.54), 3rd (Nguyen – 23.67) and 4th (McNab – 23.92) with two more personal bests achieved.

Rachel Crother’s also stepped up for the girls in the squad taking victory in the Under 20 100m in a super quick 12.46. Unfortunately the wind was just over the legal limit.

Several of these athletes will continue on with their preparations for the Junior National championships in Perth as well as joining the rest of the squad in competitions in the lead up to the Stawell Gift.

Breen Blasts World Champ B

On a beautiful Canberra weekend the MattyB DEPT. has produced a great series of performances at the ACT State championships.

Highlights of the weekend include:

  • Melissa Breen 11.34 (1.0w) and World Champs B qualifier in the 100m.
  • Alex Carew 52.23 PB in the 400m Hurdles.
  • Rachael Carnegie 25.55 (0.4w) PB in the 200m.
  • Chloe Jamieson 57.18 SB 400m.
  • Melissa Breen 23.46 (0.4w) second fastest ever 200m.
  • Alex Carew 21.52 (0.6w) in the 200m.

Thanks goes to all the officials and volunteers for putting on a wonderful competition.

The squad collected

6 Gold, 3 silver

Video available here

Australia Day weekend Gifts


A large crew of the MattyB DEPT. traveled down to Wangaratta and Albury over the Australia Day weekend and raced at 2 fantastic carnivals.

The star at Wangaratta was Alex Carew who finished a close second in the 120m Gift Final. Running of a very tight handicap of 3m Carew got within 0.03 of a second from winner Rhys Parkinson (John Henry trained). Other athletes to make the final included Jesse Matthews in the 400m and Nathan McNab 70m and Novice Finals.


A total 14 athletes from the Beckenham and Breen squads supported former squad member Tom Burbidge’s Albury Wodonga Gift (AWG) and congratulations goes to him for running such a wonderful event.

Olympians Melissa Breen and Lauren Boden had strong hit outs with both making the Women’s Gift final finishing 3rd and 6th respectively. Lauren also made the final of the Women/Vets 300m and Melissa made it to the semi finals of the Open 120m Gift taking the prized scalp of Josh Ross in the semi.

Alex Carew ran strongly to make the final of the 400m and Brendan Matthews, Ollie Wurm and Grant Billingham ran in the Backmarkers Final.

Melissa Breen trained athlete Nathan McNab again ran well to make it into the 70m Frontmarkers Final.

Footage of races available (all will be up by 5pm today)