2024 Geelong Half Marathon

The 2024 Geelong Half Marathon will be held on Sunday April 7th, 2024.

As well as being the Geelong Cross Country Club’s annual fundraiser, your entry fees will directly help raise funds for community organisations. Thanks to your support, last year we donated $20,000 to the Andrew Love Cancer Centre at Barwon Health.

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Successful Dawnbuster Fun Run

Dawnbuster Fun Run 2021. all funds raised go to Give Where You Live

Sunday 31st December

A  perfect New Year’s Eve morning saw a bumper field of 407 turn out for the thirty-second running of the 5 km Dawnbuster organised by the Geelong Cross Country Club. The total profit of around $6 800 goes to Geelong’s Give Where You Live, to continue their work for a fairer community in Geelong and our region.

The new course which started and finished at Steampacket Gardens was mainly off-road with two short steep inclines to negotiate. Isaac Hockey was a runaway overall winner whilst Maddie Kerr was the winning female. Many competitors went away with one of the numerous spot prizes thanks to the generous sponsors..

Thanks to the numerous club members who marshalled, manned the drink station and took the morning entries. And a huge thankyou to Jo and Meg from Give Where You Live.

Section winners and their times are listed below.

See you again on Dec 31st 2024 for the 33rd running of Dawnbuster.

Our next event is the Geelong Half Marathon and 5 Km Run, on April 7th. See the website for details.

Paul Austin

Event co-ordinator

Fastest times

Female: Maddie Kerr 18.39

Male: Isaac Hockey 15.36

Under 18 years

Female: Lottie Grimsey-Cook 20.53

Male: Ranveer Kambo 17.50

18-39 years

Female: Maddie Kerr 18.39

Male: Isaac Hockey 15.36

40-49 years

Female: Gemma Berry 21.02

Male: Michael Johnson 16.36

50-59 years

Female: Tanya Harding 24.01

Male: Darren Riviere 18.36

60-69 years

Female: Connie Anskaitis 26.51

Male: Alex Finlay 21.12

70 years+

Female: Wanda Kelly 29.44

Male: Mal Donnelly 24.55

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2023 season awards

The 52nd season of the club founded by Geelong Advertiser journalists in 1971 was very successful, ending with the presentation of numerous awards at St Lords on Friday night.


  • Open Champions
    • Female: R. Thompson
    • Male: L. Drady.
  • Marathon Champion: D. Wright
  • Age Champions
    • Under 40: R. Thomson and L. Drady
    • Veterans: K. Wright and P. Posterino
    • Masters: S. Pedersen and J. Foran
    • Legends: C. Stephens and K. Walker
    • SuperVets: D. Elward.
  • Rory Wilson Age Graded 10 km: C. Stephens.
  • Best Clubpersons: M. Morton and D. Wright. Merit Award: A. Jenkins.
  • Sealed Series:
    • Frontmarkers: C. Stephens
    • Middlemarkers: A. Jenkins
    • Backmarkers: L. Drady
    • New and Returning Runners: W.Veitch.
  • Most Improved: A. Jenkins
  • Most Impressive: P. Fuller
  • Best First Year Runner: S. Hamilton.
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Newgrove Benchtops Eliminator

A field of 55 assembled in perfect conditions for the time honoured Newgrove Benchtops Eliminator at the Canoe Club. All entrants had to complete both the 4 km and 3 km events with the best performed twenty athletes qualifying for the 2 km final.

Louis Rowan and Shaun Coffey took over the lead with 250 metres to go and try as he might Coffey could not overtake Rowan who triumphed by a metre with Sabine Hamilton 45 metres back in third place. For Rowan who represented Australia in the 2006 Commonwealth Games, it was his fifth club win and his first since 2005. A member for 28 years, Rowan has also sponsored the club for the past 13 seasons through the Steigen business.

Newgrove Benchtops Eliminator winner Louis Rowan

Thanks to Mitch Geall who was the turnaround marshal. Club President, Kevin McNulty was commended on reaching his 400 club run milestone.

Top 10 Placings

L. Rowan 7.01, S. Coffey 7.41, S. Hamilton 8.31, S. Thompson 7.59, M. Minney 6.50, S. Pedersen 7.50, K. McNulty 7.43, J. Foran 7.56, S. Andrews 8.16, D. Marshall 8.21.

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