2014 Coburg 24H

2014 Coburg 24 Hour Championships

 The 2014 Coburg 24 Hour Carnival, held at Coburg on 5-6 April, saw what was undoubtedly the highest quality 24 Hour Track race ever staged in Australia.

The carnival hosted the annual AURA 24 Hour Track Championships and the two new National Champions did themselves proud, producing huge results. In the men’s run, Victorian runner Barry Loveday started conservatively but took the lead after several hours and, from then on, was never headed, passing the half way mark in around 132km and then actually negative splitting to produce a huge PB distance of 165.000km. This is the second longest ever by an Australian behind that of the the great Yiannis Kouros and was a 22km PB for Barry. In the women’s run, WA runner Bernadette Benson ran similarly, starting conservatively in the warm and sunny Saturday conditions but eventually outdistancing the opposition with her new Australian record of 238.261km, more than 9km further than Helen Stanger’s previous record of 229.080km. Congratulations to our AURA medallists Barry Loveday, Ewan Horsborough, Matthew Eckford, Bernadette Benson, Jodie Oborne and Nikki Wynd.

Since most places were reserved for the runners, only small walk fields contested this year’s carnival but the third major highlight of the meet went to one of the walkers with Victorian Michelle Thompson setting a whole swathe of new Australian intermediate records and a final record breaking total of 190.984km.

Overall, the meet produced some 32 new records, run and walk, Australian and Canadian, Open and Age, and set a new high for Australia. Of the 48 starters, 6 achieved distances greater than 230km, 15 were in excess of 200km and 27 were in excess of 100 miles. Such depth and quality have never been seen so abundantly before.

2014 saw the Coburg Harriers team drop its manual lapscoring system in favour of a fully automated chip system, compliments of Brett and Robyn Saxon of Trails+ in Melbourne (see http://www.trailsplus.com.au). And it worked like a treat! Thanks also to our other major sponsor Phil van Duren of Top Ten Treks (www.toptentreks.com.au) and thanks to the large team of loyal event supporters who laboured behind the scenes once again to ensure this iconic event ran so smoothly.

FEMALE 24hr WALK    
Place Name Final Distance
1 Michelle THOMPSON 190.984
2 Dawn PARRIS 136.589
3 Sandra HOWORTH 72.573
MALE 24hr WALK    
Place Name Final Distance
1 Steve JORDAN 135.631
2 Saul RICHARDSON 103.810
3 Ken CARTER 42.714
FEMALE 24hr RUN    
Place Name Final Distance
1 Bernadette BENSON 238.261
2 Jodie OBORNE 212.432
3 Nikki WYND 208.292
4 Sharon SCHOLZ 205.170
5 Larissa TICHON 202.028
6 Nicole BARKER 193.213
7 Sabina HAMATY 177.757
8 Raelene BENDALL 169.279
9 Felicity COPP 155.804
10 Cassie SMITH 148.950
11 Annabel HEPWORTH 106.800
MALE 24hr RUN    
Place Name Final Distance
1 Barry LOVEDAY 265.000
2 Ewan HORSBURGH 245.012
3 Matthew ECKFORD 241.475
4 John PEARSON 234.393
5 Martin HACK 230.917
6 David OVEREND 215.232
7 Rick COOKE 210.280
8 Barry McBRIDE 204.685
9 David KENNEDY 202.423
10 Trevor ALLEN 202.268
11 Daragh O’LOUGHLIN 194.537
12 Kevin MULLER 187.200
13 Gary MULLINS 183.208
14 Tristan MELCHIORI 167.697
15 Trevor MARSH 164.199
16 Steven TITMUS 163.883
17 Michael HARVEY 162.648
18 Joe LEWIS 161.774
19 Dean METCALF 153.395
20 Robert KNOWLES 150.700
21 Wayne CRASE 146.871
22 Sam WEIR 144.182
23 Peter MULLINS 121.200
24 Mick THWAITES 120.400
25 David JONES 112.332
26 John NUTTALL 102.800
27 Billy PEARCE 100.000
28 Nick GLEESON 97.851
29 Paul WRIGHT 77.200
30 Peter GRAY 73.175
31 Jevvan McPHEE 61.200