Dawnbuster Fun Run 2022

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

Saturday December 31 2022 – 7:00am

Kick off your 2023 New Year celebrations with hundreds of runners as we take in the beautiful Geelong Waterfront at the break of dawn on our classic 5 km course.

Race begins at 7am sharp. We look forward to seeing you at the Waterfront!

How to enter

Register on the morning from 6am at The Carousel!

  • Adults $20
  • Junior (17 years & under) $10
  • Entry is on the day up to 6.50 am
  • Payment by card or cash

All funds raised go to Give Where You Live.

More details

  • Individual participant’s times will not be recorded; however finish times will be displayed on the race clock at the finish line.
  • Baggage storage will be available but we can only accept bags, not loose items, and can’t accept responsibility for valuables.
  • Please – no dogs or strollers due to the narrowness of the pavement in some places.

A collaboration between Geelong Cross Country Club and Give Where You Live.

Posted in Run Updates

2022 season awards

The 51st season of the club founded by Geelong Advertiser journalists in 1971 was very successful, ending with the presentation of numerous awards at Capri Receptions on Friday 30th September.


  • Open Champions
    • Female: K. Bramley and S. Andrews tied;
    • Male: P.Hagan.
    • Marathon Champion: D. Wright.
  • Age Champions:
    • Under 40: P. Hagan and K. Bahari;
    • Veterans: K.Wright and L. Brennan tied, E. Kelly;
    • Masters: S. Andrews and A. Ward;
    • Legends: P. Galvin and K. Walker;
    • SuperVets: D. Elward.
  • Rory Wilson Age Graded 10 km: D. Elward.
  • Best Clubpersons: J. MacCarthy and F. Engelsman.
  • Merit Awards: J. Morton, R.Dorris and D. Wright.
  • Sealed Series:
    • Frontmarkers: F. Engelsman;
    • Middlemarkers: M. Crawford;
    • Backmarkers: M. Morton;
    • New and Returning Runners: K. Bahari.
  • Most Improved: S. Curtain;
  • Most Impressive: K. Walker;
  • Best First Year Runner: K. Bahari.
Posted in Club News

Newgrove Benchtops Eliminator

A smallish field of 49 assembled for the time honoured Newgrove Benchtops Eliminator at the Canoe Club on Sunday with an increasing wind affecting exposed parts of the river path. All entrants had to complete both the 4 km and 3 km events with the best performed twenty qualifying for the 2 km final.

For the first time in ages, it was a backmarker who took home the prized trophy. Pat Hagan spotted the limit markers six minutes start and only reached the lead in the last fifty metres when he overtook Coral Bridgland with Navid Rashid a close third. It was Hagan’s first club win and he has wrapped up this season’s club championship with a string of fastest times. Madeline Crawford was the fastest female in the final.

Top 10 Placings

P. Hagan 6.03, C. Bridgland 11.56, N.Rashid 8.19, S. Curtain 7.20, L. Haines 6.57, S. Beaulac 8.18, C. Rose 7.33, E. Kelly 6.59, A.Jenkins 9.11, M. Crawford 8.22.

The next club event is the Dawn Buster at the Carousel at 7 a.m. on New Year’s Eve.

Posted in Race Results

Intersport De Grandi 21 100 metre Handicap

The field of 55 who tackled the Intersport De Grandi Half Marathon handicap at Barwon Valley Park on Sunday faced windy conditions which made for hard going on the westward sections of the course.

This favoured the stronger backmarkers so it was no surprise to see Stephane Vander Bruggen and Dan Wright who was going for a threepeat, engage in a stirring battle. It was Vander Bruggen who triumphed by 70 metres from the gallant Wright. Vander Bruggen is the head coach of the Geelong Performance Coaching squad and this was his eighth club win.

Louise Brennan and Edward James were the fastest of their gender. Twenty-seven runners took the easier option of the consolation 5 km event. Geoff Marshall was congratulated on reaching his 300 run milestone.

Top 10 Placings

S. Vander Bruggen 82.23, D. Wright 82.10, T. De Koning-Ward 113.04, E. James 79.52, H. Mack 88.20, S. Curtain 90.28, P. Posterino 80.53, P. Fuller 103.04, M. Morton 91.48, J. Austin 119.57.

Fastest Times

  • Under 40 Male: E. James 79.52, P.Posterino 80.53.
  • Under 40  Female: M. Crawford 102.08, K. Bahari 110.19.
  • Veteran Male: M.Clayton 81.01, D. Wright 82.10.
  • Veteran Female: L. Brennan 100.44, K. Wright 119.50. 
  • Masters Male: M. Maiden 96.56, S. Pretty 105.13.
  • Masters Female: T. De Koning-Ward 113.04, C. Crawford 119.13
  • Legends Male: D. Churkovich 104.42, J. Morton 107.27.
  • Legends Female: J. Austin 119.57.
  • Supervets Male: P. Fuller 103.04,F. Engelsman 129.10..
  • Magic Money: P. Fuller 103.04.
  • Consolation 5 km: S. Borwick 22.39.

Next Sunday’s race is the Eliminator event with races of 4 km and 3 km starting at the Canoe Club at 9:00 a.m. New members and invitation runners most welcome. Registrations close at 8:30 a.m.

Posted in Race Results