Steigen 5km handicap

A cool, pleasant morning attracted a field of 118 for the running of the Steigen 5 km handicap at the Canoe Club on Sunday. Reigning club champion, Liam Drady led the field home with newcomer Hamish Renkin fifty metres astern. Former female club champion, Kate Bramley had a huge gap over her nearest rival, Pip Minney, another newcomer to club ranks.

When the hidden handicaps were applied, club stalwart Vin Gasper was the winner, making it a record 23 club victories. Gasper attributed his win to intensive marathon training over summer with a group of female members. Maddy Crawford was recognised for reaching her 100 run milestone.

Top 10 Placings

V. Gasper 22.51, H. Fleet-Barry 17.50, S. Curtain 18.10, K. Bramley 18.42, W. Vetch 19.07, A. Ward 19.55, Z. Krstevski 20.59, S. Pedersen 21.13, N. Rashid 21.44, C. Crawford 24.46.

Fastest Times

  • Under 20 Male: H. Renkin 17.11, C. Cross 17.23.
  • Under 20 Female: C. Paul 26.42, E. Vander Bruggen 27.55.
  • Under 40 Male: L. Drady 17.00, H. Fleet-Barry 17.50.
  • Under 40 Female: K. Bramley 18.42, P. Minney 20.30.
  • Veteran Male: A. Brown 17.28, S. Curtain 18.10.
  • Veteran Female: K. Cross 21.37, J. White 21.56.
  • Masters Male: M. Maiden 19.35, A. Ward 19.55.
  • Masters Female: S. Pedersen 21.13, R. Kimpton 22.25.
  • Legends Male: K. Walker 21.21, K. McNulty 22.29.
  • Legends Female: S. Howell 22.39, C. Crawford 24.46.
  • Supervets Male: D. Elward 21.52, V. Gasper 22.51.
  • Supervets Female: C. Stephens 26.22, J. Austin 29.05.

Next Sunday’s race is a 6km handicap at Sth Barwon Reserve at 9:00 a.m. Registrations need to be submitted by 8:40 a.m.. New members and invitation runners most welcome.

Posted in Race Results

2024 Geelong Half Marathon

A big thank you to everyone involved in the 2024 Geelong Half Marathon and 5 km Run. Special thanks to our fabulous partners – The Running Company Geelong, as well as GPC Squad for the lead cyclists and pacers, Eileen Sims from Feast Geelong as Event MC, Barwon Water and East Fruit Market.

Thanks to your participation, we will again be making a substantial contribution to the Barwon Health Foundation for the Andrew Love Cancer Centre here at the Geelong University Hospital, so they can continue their vital work.

With slightly warm but otherwise near perfect running conditions, Harry Norman was fastest male over the 21.1 km, in the outstanding time of 66 mins 47 secs,  adding to Harry’s amazing times over numerous other distances.

“The Geelong Half Marathon was a fantastic event. I have been building up training for the upcoming XCR season and the half marathon was a perfect opportunity to test myself over a distance I had not raced prior to this weekend. The course was fast, flat and protected from the wind which ensured for great racing!”

Fastest female was Tokyo Olympian, Ellie Pashley, in 73 mins 4 secs (a course record).

“I really enjoyed the run today, half marathons are always hard, but I felt like there were a lot more people out on course than when I’d done the event previously so the atmosphere was great. My half marathon PB is 1:09:14 and marathon is 2:26:20. I’m currently training for Hamburg marathon in 3 weeks. 

For new runners I think building up slowly is key. This way you can run consistently with less injury risk and will reap the rewards long term. Seeking a running coach is a great way to help you do it safely and to keep you accountable.“

 Ellie’s reflections shortly after the Tokyo Olympics are also most interesting.

Hope to see everyone back for the Geelong Half Marathon in April 2025.

Posted in Club News

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

Posted in Run Updates

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.
Posted in Club News

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