Burnley Half Marathon

The Victorian Half Marathon Championships at Burnley on Sunday 15 September was John Meagher run his best race for many years to claim fifth position in the excellent time of 67:45. In warm, windy conditions, John ran with the leaders for several kilometres before he dropped off the leading pack and then showed great strength to run by himself and hold his position for the rest of the race. With the battle for the Box Hill winter points score very close between Luke Yeatman and Graeme Olden before the race, these two athletes ran together for about 5 km before Luke dropped back and started losing ground to Chris Bunney and Dale Bickham behind him. Graeme Olden ran on solidly to finish in 18th place in a time of 72:24, while Luke hung on grimly to finish in 30th place (75:25), just ahead of Chris Bunney (76:54) and Dale Bickham (77:52). This third place finish was sufficient to enable Luke to win the overall winter trophy by just one point.

Adam Pepper ran one of his best races for some time to complete the course in a time of 80:44 for 53rd place, just ahead of Paul Boxshall in 62nd place (81:40).

Kimberley Coltman showed great determination in her first race back after a couple of years away fromt eh sport to finish 42nd in a time of 108:59.

Final Results


5. John Meagher 67:45
18. Graeme Olden 72:24
30. Luke Yeatman 75:25
34. Chris Bunney 76:54
37. Dale Bickham 77:52
53. Adam Pepper 80:44
62. Paul Boxshall 81:40


42. Kimberley Coltman 108:59