The 2023 Annual General Meeting was held on the Monday the 18th of September in the AFL Dining Room at the MCG with around 200 members and their guests attending. Our speakers were Nikki Wynd and David Eadie who enthralled us with their stories of distance running, especially Nikki’s win in the 2015 Badwater Ultramarathon which is a 217-kilometre race through California’s Death Valley in temperatures up to 52 degrees.
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Download the PDF of the meeting agenda and reports from the President, secretary and treasurer.
Hall of Fame Entrants
Spartans qualify for Hall of Fame membership after completing their 30th Melbourne Marathon. The presentations were made by John Dean after an introduction from Peter Ryan, who like John, is a Hall of Fame member, a past president of the club and a life member.
Brenton Ponza, 15 Year Singlet
Brenton is the first Honorary Spartan to have 14 finishes and therefore is going to wear a blue singlet in 2023 in his 15th event.
Brenton with guest speaker David Eadie
Brenton with president Jay Fleming
Fastest Spartans, 2022
John Dobson presenting the Shirley Young award to Meta Vincent who was fastest female in 3:25:22 (nett time). The Young family was unable to attend to make the presentation.
Jason Daye was fastest male Spartan and overall 13th male in the time of 2:26:55. Jason was unable to attend to accept the Jack Gubbins award.
Photo from the Warrnambool Standard.
Singlet Queen Presentation
The photograph above shows just some of the singlets to be presented to Spartans during the evening. The job of ensuring we have a stock of singlets, in male and female cuts, in appropriate sizes, is performed by Helen Bayley with some help from husband Rod.
Helen has managed this challenging task in an exemplary fashion for several years, and has earned the title of “Singlet Queen” as a result. The committee decided to honour her work by this presentation.
Membership Secretary Felicity Doolan presenting Helen with certificate and flowers.
Original Spartan Legends
In 1987 88 runners ran their tenth consecutive Melbourne Marathon and were the original Spartans. This number has decreased ever since, and the remaining runners were dubbed “Gold Spartans” in the early 2000’s. By 2007 there were just 13 remaining, recognised as “Legends”. Just three of this group will start in 2023, and sadly, three (Shirley Young, Jack Gubbins and Manny Karageorgiou) have died.
Peter Ryan, Wayne Thompson, David Foskey, John Dobson, Bruce “Digger” Hargreaves, Roger Weinstein, John Dean, Peter Battrick and Nev Gardner.
Frank Biviano was unable to attend.
Incoming Spartans, Running their tenth in 2023
Our guest speakers, Nikki Wynd and David Eadie are pictured with recipients in the following photographs.
Frank Di Pierro
Both Matthew and Peter ran their tenth Melbournes in 2022, but have opted to be presented with their singlets this year.
Group Photo of 10 Year Spartans
15 Year Spartans
Group Photo of 15 Year Spartans
20 Year Spartans
40 Year Spartan
Steven Lightowler will be running his 40th consecutive Melbourne Marathon in 2022.
45 Year Spartan “Legends”
A section of the crowd, also showing some of the prizes in the raffle held at the end of the evening.
Paul Basile, with Nikki and David, at the other end of the camera.
At the front desk before the start of the meeting. Colin Silcock-Delaney, Pamela Young, Candida Baskcomb, Patty Thompson, Gavin Criddle, Wayne Thompson, unknown (signing), Chester Lennon.
Kai Ooi photographing merchandise?
Ray Cilia with Jay Fleming