Spartan Legend Shirley Young peacefully passed away on July 8 after a long illness. The President and Committee of the Melbourne Marathon Spartans Club wishes to extend condolences to Shirley’s husband Ron, her family and friends.
Shirley was the only female among the 13 Legends who reached 30 Melbourne Marathons, 1978 to 2007. Her Melbourne Marathon record is outstanding, but it only constitutes part of a magnificent running career.
Tan Run with Bruce Fordyce, 9am Sunday July 17.
See here for pictures and description of the run.
Update: Enter Before August 31 to ensure full details on your bib.
Some of you had issues with your bib number not being printed for last year’s Marathon. The latest advice from event organisers IMG is:
- Register by 11:59pm June 30 – Will have Spartan number printed on race bib and bib is posted to them in late September.
- Register after June 30 but by 11:59pm August 31 – Will have Spartan number printed on bib but will need to collect from Race Week Office at the MCG.
- Please note any Spartan who registers after August 31 will not have their Spartan number printed, however, will be able to collect a Spartan bib where their number can be handwritten.
- The Spartans committee is investigating providing a better numbering method for late entrants.
Please enter as a Spartan, and if you can’t remember your number look here.
IMG has also advised that early bird pricing ends June 30.
Australian Institute of Sport Injury Study
Spartans might be interested in participating in a scientific study of running related injuries. More details here.
Don’t Forget Our Events Page
Our events page records details of runs or other events that might be of interest to Spartans. The latest addition is a dinner entitled “Turia Pitt – Strong & Bold” run by the Richmond Tigers Football Club.
New Financial Members page added
We’ve added a page, courtesy of Treasurer Rod Bayley, that lists all financial members . Check it if you aren’t sure whether you’ve paid.
Japanese Homestay for Teganuma Eco – Half Marathon
Members on the mailing list will have recently received notification of an amazing opportunity to participate in a Japanese half marathon. Full details are here. The two members who represented us in 2015 published a report in the November 2015 newsletter. If you aren’t on the email list and wish to be join here.
PDF of 2015 results
ausrunning.net has made available a PDF of the 2015 results. Spartan numbers are included!
2015 Annual General Meeting
The meeting was held on September 14. Lavinia Petrie gave an inspirational talk and handed out singlets. Photographs have now been posted. The photo below shows the incoming Spartans after singlets were presented.
John Dean has made available an archive of images of the Melbourne Marathon covering the period 1978 to 2010.
Club Run – 5 July 2015
Our first club run for 2015 attracted 17 runners who did one or two laps around the Tan, then adjourned to the Jardin Tan eatery for refreshments.
David Foskey, Nev Gardner, Cath Bombardieri, Roger Weinstein, John Dobson, Peter Ryan, Dennis Nish, Justin Hansen, Mike Zervos, Jay Fleming, Ray Cilia, Brian Walsh, Frank Biviano, Bryan Flegg, Antony Martin, Felicity Doolan, Carli Iovenitti.
More details and photographs here on the Club Runs page.
Incoming Spartan Jogging through Ireland
Simon Chodziesner will run his 10th Melbourne Marathon this year. His training regime includes running from the southern tip of Ireland to the northenmost tip in 18 days. Distance is 570k. He is raising money for Cystic Fibrosis Victoria in Australia and Friends of Letterkenny General Hospital in Ireland. Details of the run and how to donate here and Facebook page here.
Spartans in June July run4yourlife magazine
The latest issue of run4yourlife magazine uses pictures of some Spartans to illustrate training plans for the Melbourne Marathon. Check out their website.
On the left is Gary Russell. not far from the finish of his 14th Melbourne.
On the right are legends Wayne Thompson and John Dobson at the start. See the Melbourne Marathon site Spartans page to see more photos of Spartans.
Legend Nev Gardner also umpires football!
See a recent newspaper article on the occasion of Nev’s 800th game – pity they couldn’t spell his name correctly, but hey, they were close!
Eric Heine – Marathon des Sables
Eric Heine (S0872) has entered the 2015 Marathon des Sables with his son and some friends. They are supporting Robert de Castella’s Indigenous Marathon Project. Full details on this page.
April 18 Edit. Eric and the team have completed this unique event and have posted details. It is a fascinating read.
See here for a tribute to Rohan King S1038.
See Ausrunning.net for a PDF of the 2014 results. Spartan numbers included, even 2014 inductees! All events are on this PDF.
Pre and After Race photos
See this page for some photos from the expo and from the Spartans tent after the run.
New Events Added
We’ve added some new events to our events page so please check them out.
While you are looking around, don’t forget our advertisers.
39 New Spartans
We’ve updated our list of all Spartans with 39 new runners. Congratulations! The hot conditions and injury prevented a small number of runners completing their 10th – we hope that 2015 will be the year for them.
The times for all Spartans will be added when available.
2014 Marathon Run
6415 runners completed the 2014 Melbourne Marathon on the hottest day for more than 6 months. Over the next few weeks we will list the Spartans who completed the race and issue numbers to those who became eligible by running their 10th Melbourne Marathon.
The pre-marathon expo was marked by an effort to meet as many Spartans and other runners as possible, and to sell some merchandise. Copies of “The Wall” were popular, as were our Spartan logo mugs. We still have many of the older Spartan singlets available for those who want a training singlet or a memento. See this page for some photos from the expo.
In the News
The article at left appeared in the Herald-Sun on the morning of the marathon. Somewhere along the line, Tony decided to run the marathon which he duly completed.
Pete finished his 37th Melbourne Marathon but outside the cut-off time of 7 hours.
And here is a link to a story on Manny Karageorgiou who finished his 37th after serious illness.
Rory Wilson (S0431) was unfortunately badly injured in a road accident earlier in the year. This article gives details of some fund raising efforts on Rory’s behalf..
The Annual General Meeting was held on the 15th of September at the MCG. There were more than 140 Spartans, family and friends in attendance. Guest speakers Janette Murray-Wakelin and Alan Murray kept everyone enthralled as they described running 366 marathons in 366 days while circling Australia. They are passionate and persuasive advocates of a raw vegan lifestyle.
Images from the night are shown here.
PDF of 2013 results
As most people now know there was no results book published for the 2013 Melbourne Marathon.
We recently received this email from Mike Peters of ausrunning.net
Melbourne Marathon 2013 results including marathon, marathon wheelchair, 21km, 10km, and 3km in a PDF document. PDF is searchable and Spartan numbers are appended to names. http://ausrunning.net/misc/melbournemarathon2013.pdf
PDF can be verified with official results: http://www.multisportaustralia.com.au/Home/QuickResults?clientId=1&raceId=931&raceName=Melbourne%20Marathon
To the best of my knowledge the 2012 results booklet was the last published for an Australian marathon. Excepting the Melbourne Marathon, the last published booklet was 2010 “Cities” Marathon (Western Sydney).
The Events Page
Just a reminder that this page has details of events that might be of interest to Spartans or runners in general. Check the page if you are interested in running the Comrades ultra marathon in 2015.
John Kaparelis shares his story as a first time pacer.
We now have advertisers! They are supporting your club, so please support them.
Thanks to committee member John Kaparelis both for the original idea and the follow up work.
2013 Melbourne Marathon has been run
October 13 was ideal for marathon running and many runners were pleasantly surprised by their times. The number of runners having massages was a little down, probably due to the cool afternoon. Colin Silcock-Delaney, Jack Fredrickson, and John Dean made sure everything ran smoothly.
All the 10 Legends finished. Ian Campbell, Bryan Flegg, Chas Harcoan, Antony Martin, Dennis Nish, and Richard Tann joined the ranks of Spartans who have completed 35 Melbourne Marathons. Tony Martin is shown below, using his 85 years of life experience to help Meri Moriguchi and and Phenchan Kavanagh across the line.
Spartan times for 2013 have now been entered.
Pictured at right is Ian Gainey who completed his 25th Melbourne, an effort unlikely to be ever equalled.
Spartans often have articles written about them in their local newspapers and Cyndi Nunn has recently featured in the Ballarat Courier. Ian Gainey was profiled in the Wyndham Weekly. Some editions of the Herald Sun on September 22 carried a story about the Legends. The Age recently published a story featuring Hall of Fame member John Burt in his day job.
Thanks to Jane Sturzaker for Ian Gainey’s photograph and to IMG for the photo of Tony Martin. If anyone has some images they would like to share, please send them to
This year Cyndi Nunn became a Spartan, just like Mum (Jill) and Dad (Brendan). The picture at right shows how they celebrated.
There are a number of other Spartans who have similar tattoos, including two of the Spartan Legends. It is, however, unlikely that they will become compulsory.
2013 AGM Photos
We have just published photographs from the 2013 AGM.
This was a great evening with many highlights:
- new singlets unveiled;
- presentation of singlets;
- Hall of Fame inductions;
- inspirational talk by guest speaker Tristan Miller;
- large attendance despite inclement weather.
New Shirley Young Story
Written by Kevin Cassidy and published in a recent edition of Ultra magazine, this story describes an aspect of Shirley’s running history that might be unfamiliar to mere marathoners. Ultra magazine is published by The Australian Ultra Runners Association.
Message from our Patron
We have just published a message from Robert de Castella who is our patron and Australia’s most successful marathon runner ever.
“The Wall: The history of the Melbourne Marathon 1978-2012″
This handsome hardback book is now available for purchase. You will be proud to display it on your coffee table and will pick it up to read the report of your fastest marathon, or look again at some of the 500 pictures it contains.
Who better to write this history than Chris Muirden who is a journalist, has been course director and has three Melbourne Marathon times under 2:46? The range of the book is extraordinary. There is a detailed report of the leading runners for each marathon. The administrators who made it possible are given their due respect. There are sections covering celebrities who have run and VFL/AFL footballers who have found it a far more difficult challenge than expected.
Chris made many discoveries while researching and some of the most insightful sections are the interviews with past competitors. These are interspersed as breakouts throughout the book. Seek out the sections on Shirley Young, Kylie Dick, and Russell Foley.
The Spartans are well covered with nine pages. Club formation is described and there are interviews with the Legends and the “Almost Legends”. Not surprisingly, Spartans also feature strongly throughout all pages.
Order direct from Chris via email at email@example.com. It is also available at Dymocks book stores – seen in Camberwell and Bendigo, so probably available everywhere.
Who are the Spartans?
Melbourne Marathon Spartans have all completed at least ten Melbourne Marathons. Anyone who achieves this feat is allocated a number which is to be worn for all subsequent Melbourne Marathons. Spartan singlets are issued when a runner reaches 10, 15, 20, 25 or 30 runs. 201 Spartans completed the 2012 marathon, and 35 new Spartans ran their tenth. After the 2012 running there are 1144 men, 78 women and 2 wheelchair Spartans. The 2012 results are here.
The Spartans Club
The Melbourne Marathon Spartans Club is incorporated and complies fully with its statutory requirements. The modest member fees are used to:
- Run the Annual General Meeting. Guest speakers have included Robert de Castella (Club Patron), Steve Moneghetti and Derek Clayton.
- Provide a tent, refreshments, and masseurs at the Marathon venue.
- Printing of Singlets.
- Publish a newsletter.
- Send emails to members on our mailing list when we learn something of interest.
- Maintain a database of all members.
In addition, we meet regularly with IMG to discuss various aspects of the Marathon.
If you aren’t financial for 2016-17, please download the membership renewal form.
Joining the Spartans
If you have already run ten Melbourne Marathons, or plan to run your 10th in 2016: