Spartans Club Runs

2020 Club Runs: Next May 31

You are invited to a club run around the Tan on Sunday May 31. We will meet outside the Observatory, Birdwood Avenue at 8:30am (note: changed from 8:00 am) and run/jog/walk a lap or two of the Tan. Afterwards we can have a coffee or snack at Jardin Tan. Please wear your Spartan singlets so we can make a show. Parking is free on Sundays with a three or four limit – check the signs!

We will be observing social distancing and break up into smaller groups if necessary. Jardin Tan is only selling take-away and not accepting cash. The club will buy coffees (or equivalent) for all participants. The tables will not be available so we will be sitting on benches or the grass.

New Spartans, potential Spartans and friends are all welcome. Spartan President Jay Fleming would especially like to invite family members, including young children (check out the photograph below of the November 24th run).

We will run clockwise (up Anderson St hill) so if you arrive late, run in the other direction and you should meet up with a group. These runs are social events as much as an opportunity to stretch your legs since we normally end up in small groups scattered widely on the track. The last group is typically not seeking to set PBs and proceeds at a leisurely pace.

President Jay Fleming will be there as will some committee members.

Later Runs:

  • July 19
  • September 6
  • November 22

    Club Run, Sunday 15 March 2020 at the Tan

    17 Spartans met for a lap or three of the Tan on the scheduled day for the 2020 Melbourne Formula 1 Grand Prix,.

    Back: Rose Parente, Pamela Young, Peter Seal, Frankie Palermo, Cameron Stamp, Gavin Criddle, John Dean, Rod Bayley, John Kaparelis, Frank Pupic, Bryan Flegg, Carlo Iovenitti Front:Candida Baskcomb, Frank Biviano, Jay Fleming, David Foskey Missing for photograph: Justin Hansen

    This photo shows some of the attendees (Justin Hansen at the head of the table) half way through eating the delicacies provided by John Kaparelis and Jay Fleming.

    One feature of of the varied discussions around the table was that members came up with a number of suggestions that will be considered very seriously at the next meeting of the committee.

    Another view of the group. (This image provided by Gavin Criddle.)

    Frank Biviano, Bryan Flegg, Frank Pupic, Carlo Iovenitti.

    Jardin Tan is normally crowded when we have our coffees, but was very quiet this morning despite excellent weather conditions.

    Frank Pupic, Carlo Iovenitti


    Club Run, Sunday 24 November 2019 at the Tan

    Once again about 20 Spartans came to the Tan to run some laps and drink some club supplied beverages. The weather was good, and we shared the Tan track with the Sri Chinmoy Tan Team Relay competitors.

    Back: Ken Miller, Pamela Young, Andrew Mott, Brian Walsh, Cameron Stamp, Jay Fleming.
    Middle: Len Hallett, Bryan Flegg, Gavin Criddle, Anubhav Tewari, Carlo Iovenitti
    Front:Frank Biviano, Candida Baskcomb, David Foskey, Nev Gardner, Archie Ingram, Tewari Jnr1, Tewari Jnr2
    Missing: Pete Battrick, Steve Miller, Justin Hansen

    Gavin Criddle, Jay Fleming

    Len Hallett, Pete Battrick, Carlo Iovenitti

    Andrew Mott, Anubhav Tewari

    Pamela Young, Candida Baskcomb

    Candida Baskcomb, Nev Gardner, Jay Fleming, Gavin Criddle

    Bryan Flegg, Frank Biviano

    Club Run, Sunday 18 August 2019 at the Tan

    Once again more than 20 Spartans came to the Tan to run some laps and drink some club supplied beverages. Brenda Hutchinson took the occasion to a completely new level by supplying some cake!

    Back:Candida Baskcomb, Pamela Young, Ken Miller, John Dobson, Frank Biviano, Justin Hansen, Rose Parente, Peter Seal, Gavin Criddle, John Dean, John Kaparelis, Bryan Flegg, Brian Walsh, Frank Pupic
    Front: David Foskey, Brenda Hutchinson, Archie Ingram, Jay Fleming, Ian Gainey
    Missing: Vicky Chung, Pete Battrick, Nev Gardner. There was another green singlet Spartan on the track who didn’t join us.

    Peter Seal, Rose Parente, Vicky Chung, Nev Gardner

    Ian Gainey, Candida Baskcomb, Pamela Young, Gavin Criddle

    David Foskey, Ian Gainey, Pamela Young, Gavin Criddle

    Brian Walsh, Bryan Flegg, Frank Pupic

    Jay Fleming, Archie Ingram, John Kaparelis, John Dean

    Pete Battrick, Brenda Hutchinson

    Club Run, Sunday 30 June 2019 at the Tan

    More than 20 Spartans came to the Tan to run one or two laps, and many stayed for a cup of coffee. (Jay Fleming, as president, bought the beverages on behalf of the club.) Not everyone made it into a photo, and a few names were missed. If you are shown as “Unknown” please email David Foskey

    Rear: Frank Biviano, Peter Logan (Note the 1990s Qantas singlet), Frank Pupic, John Dean, Jay Fleming, John Dobson, Stephen Barker, Brenda Hutchinson, Pamela Young, Unknown, Unknown (Peter Gilbert?), Brian Walsh, Bryan Flegg. Front: Adam Breman, Ian Gainey, Nev Gardner, Justin Hansen

    John Dobson, Jay Fleming, and Ian Gainey

    Stephen Barker, Brenda Hutchinson, and Justin Hansen

    Adam Breman, Brenda Hutchinson, and John Dean

    Bryan Flegg, Unknown, Brian Walsh

    Peter Logan, Frank Biviano, Pamela Young

    Anne Ziogos, John Dobson

    Club Run, Sunday 24 March 2019 at the Tan

    Rear: Bryan Flegg, Peter Seal, Pamela Young, Justin Hansen, David Foskey, Jay Fleming, Peter Gilbert, Frank Biviano, Andrew Mott. Kneeling: Rose Parente, John Dobson, Cathy Roberts. Absent from photo: Ken Miller.

    Frank Biviano, Stephen Gilbert and Cathy Roberts chatting before the run.

    Rose Parente, Pamela Young, Cathy Roberts

    David Foskey, Bryan Flegg, Jay Fleming, Ken Miller, John Dobson

    Club Run, Sunday 2 December 2018

    Thunder, lightning and heavy rain at 3am did not augur well for a successful club run. However, the morning was clear, the sun appeared and 15 Spartans enjoyed a pleasant run followed by light refreshments at Jardin Tan.

    Jay Fleming, Vilim Podreka, John Cunningham, Tony Martin, Andrew Mott, Bryan Flegg, Brian Walsh, Len Hallett, Steven Lightowler, Candida Baskcomb, David Foskey.
    David and Candida are wearing the new Spartan buffs, however, this isn’t the recommended mode.

    Jay Fleming, Bryan Flegg, Len Hallett, Vilim Podreka

    Steve Lightowler, Jay Fleming, Nev Gardner

    Andrew Mott, Candida Baskcomb

    Brian Walsh, Steve Lightowler, Jay Fleming, Nev Gardner, Bryan Flegg, Len Hallett, Vilim Podreka, Candida Baskcomb

    Bryan Flegg in the lead, Brian Walsh and John Adams in the group following, Peter Ryan and Frank Biviano at the rear.

    Club Run, 5 August 2018

    15 Spartans met at the Albert Park Carousel on a cold and windy day.

    Peter Seal, Candida Bascomb, Pamela Young, Brian Walsh, Bruce “Digger” Hargreaves, Andrew Mott, Jay Fleming, Nev Gardner, John Dean, Frank Biviano, Stephen Barker, Bryan Flegg, John Kaparelis, Ian Gainey         Missing: David Foskey (Photographer)

    Small groups each ran a lap at widely varying speeds, afterwards meeting inside for refreshments.

    Nev Gardner (front left), Stephen Barker, Bryan Flegg, Brian Walsh

    Pamela Young (partial), Candida Bascomb, Peter Seal, Jay Fleming, Bruce Hargreaves, John Dean, John Kaparelis, Andrew Mott

    Bruce Hargreaves, Ian Gainey, Frank Biviano, Stephen Barker

    Pamela Young, Candida Bascomb, Peter Seal, Jay Fleming

    The collage above shows, at left, Nev Gardner and Bruce Hargreaves at today’s run, centre shows Bruce (far left) and Nev (far right) during the 1978 Marathon and at right we see the same two gentlemen at the 2017 Annual General Meeting.

    We intend to set up a formal Club Run schedule for 2019 which will be published here and in Newsletters.

    Club Run, 24 June 2018

    Clear skies and no wind greeted us on a day ideal for running. Due to the failure of the organiser of the run to check the race calendar, we shared the Tan with the “Tan Ultra”. However, we were able to see several Spartans as they went past on one of their several laps. Candida Bascomb (50k), Jane Sturzaker(42k), and John Kaparelis(42k) took enough of a break to join us in the photo below.

    John Dean, Jay Fleming, John Kaparelis, Pamela Young, Candida Bascomb, Steve Miller, Jane Sturzaker, Nev Gardner, Ken Miller. Missing from photo: David Foskey.

    After our one or two laps, we shared an outside table at Jardin Tan where Felicity Doolan joined us for a chat and a coffee.

    Club Run, 22 April 2018

    A small group enjoyed a lap or two of the Tan, at widely varying paces, in beautiful autumn weather. Afterwards we gathered around an outside table of Jardin Tan for a chat and a coffee.

    We will do it again in a month or so. Pamela has requested that more female Spartans attend!

    Before setting off: Peter Seal, Brian Walsh, Dennis Nish, Bryan Flegg, Jay Fleming, Nev Gardner, Frank Biviano, Pamela Young, David Foskey, Tony Martin, Frank Pupic.

    Ian Gainey missed being in this photo.

    Standing: Frank Pupic, Brian Walsh, Pamela Young, Jay Fleming, Bryan Flegg, Dennis Nish, Peter Seal. Seated: Nev Gardner, David Foskey, Ian Gainey

    Club Run, 23 July 2017

    A select group of runners braved the inclement conditions for a run on the 23rd of July.

    Bryan Flegg, John Dobson, John Dean, Jay Fleming, Ian Gainey, Frank Biviano, Francis Kaszmarek.

    Bryan Flegg, John Dobson, John Dean, Ian Gainey, Francis Kaszmarek, Frank Biviano

    Club run, 5 March 2017

    We met outside the Observatory, Birdwood Avenue at 8am and ran/jogged/walked a lap or two of the Tan. Afterwards we had a coffee or orange juice at Jardin Tan.

    Standing: John Kaparelis, Conor McNeice, Frank Biviano, Pamela Young, Nev Gardner, Vince Politino, Jane Sturzaker, Bruce “Digger” Hargreaves, Carlo Iovenitti, Brian Walsh, Justin Hansen. Kneeling: Jay Fleming, Candida Baskcomb, David Foskey. Missing from photo: Peter Ryan

    Hall of Fame Social Run and Get Together, 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. We were very glad that we had a few members attend who aren’t (yet?) in the Hall of Fame.

    The date chosen coincided with the Gold Coast Marathon which ruled out a few potential starters. We will organise a similar run in the future.

    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.

    Before the Run

    Peter Ryan, Mike Zervos, Felicity Doolan, Dennis Nish

    Cath Bombardieri, Antony Martin, Bryan Flegg

    Frank Biviano, Roger Weinstein

    Ray Cilia, Jay Fleming, Felicity Doolan

    Dennis Nish, Justin Hansen

    Antony Martin, Felicity Doolan

    Setting Off

    Bryan Flegg, Justin Hansen, Mike Zervos, Peter Ryan, Jay Fleming, Cath Bombardieri, John Dobson, Ray Cilia

    David Foskey, Carlo Iovenitti, Frank Biviano, Brian Walsh, Roger Weinstein, Dennis Nish

    Nev Gardner, Antony Martin, David Foskey, Carlo Iovenitti, Brian Walsh, Frank Biviano, Roger Weinstein, Dennis Nish

    End of a lap

    Peter Ryan, David Foskey

    Cath Bombardieri, Mike Zervos

    Carlo Iovenitti, Brian Walsh

    Neville Gardner

    Bryan Flegg

    Antony Martin

    Eric, Frank Biviano

    Bryan Flegg, Carlo Iovenitti, Brian Walsh – in Jardin Tan

    Roger Weinstein, Dennis Nish

    In Jardin Tan

    John Dobson, Roger Weinstein, Peter Ryan

    Dennis Nish, Justin Hansen, obscured, obscured, Bryan Flegg, Brian Walsh, Jay Fleming, Ray Cilia, Ken Bolitho

    Brian Walsh, Nev Gardner and Jay Fleming.

    Victorian Road Runners Runs

    Join the Victorian Road Runners on the first Saturday of each month at the Tan, commencing at 7.30 am for a run of 4km or 8km (or more!). President Jay Fleming hopes to see you, in your Spartan singlet, for a lap.

    The picture shows committee member John Kaparelis on the left and President Jay Fleming on the right.







    Club Run, Sunday May 4

    A few stalwarts turned up even though the weather was less than promising. True to expectation, there were periods of heavy rain during the run, but the sun came out by the end. There was always the prospect of a warm drink in the comfort of the Observatory Cafe – alas, closed for renovations! This meant that there was at least one Spartan on the Tan (running much faster than me) that I didn’t meet, so if you read this, please send an email and let me know who you are.

    We will organise another run: we can’t guarantee the weather, but we do promise to check whether coffee will be available.

    22nd March 2014 Club Run

    We started a little after 8:00 am on the Tan, near the Observatory Cafe. We had ten members and broke up into a number of groups according to the desired speed of the runners. One group ran a single lap at a leisurely pace. This group included Nev Gardner who was knocked off his bike by a car on New Years Day. Other groups ran two or three laps at varying paces.

    Jane Sturzaker, Frank Biviano, Nev Gardner, Maurice Gregory, Peter Ryan, David Foskey, Jay Fleming, Bruce “Digger” Hargreaves, John Dobson, John Kaparelis


    Most of us adjourned to the Observatory Cafe for a snack and a chat to round off an enjoyable morning.

    2013 Club Runs

    Starting in May, the Sunday Run is back! They commenced May 5, continuing weekly until Sunday the 30th of June which was the last in the first series.

    The May 19 run doubled as an opportunity to shoot some footage for a future documentary. Those who attended were treated to some marvellous weather and had an enjoyable day. We would like to thank the Carousel Cafe for reserving two tables for us on their busiest day of the year and making their deck available for filming.