Sydney to Melbourne Ultramarathon

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The Westfield Sydney to Melbourne Ultramarathon was an annual ultramarathon foot race held between 1983 and 1991. It was sponsored by the Westfield Group, with the start being at Westfield Parramatta shopping centre and the finish at Westfield Doncaster shopping centre (formerly known as "Doncaster Shoppingtown").

The 875-kilometre (544 mi), five-day event was regarded as one of the toughest in the world. It was particularly notable for having been won in 1983 by Cliff Young, an almost unknown 61-year old potato farmer from Beech Forest, Victoria. The record is held by Yiannis Kouros: 5d 05h 07m.[1]

The final running of the event included prizemoney ($60,000 for first place), a handicapping system and a change to the course. It ceased being held when the Westfield Group withdrew its support.

Results[2][edit]

1983[edit]

  1. Cliff Young: 5d 15h 04m
  2. George Perdon: 6d 01h 00m
  3. Siggy Bauer: 6d 05h 00m

1984[edit]

  1. Geoff Molloy: 6d 04h 02m
  2. John Hughes: 6d 06h 00m
  3. Wal McCrorie: 6d 16h 21m

1985[edit]

  1. Yiannis Kouros: 5d 05h 07m[1]
  2. Siggy Bauer: 6d 05h 46m
  3. Brian Bloomer: 6d 17h 20m

1986[edit]

  1. Dusan Mravlje: 6d 12h 38m
  2. Brian Bloomer: 7d 04h 53m
  3. Patrick Macke: 7d 13h 02m

1987[edit]

  1. Yiannis Kouros: 5d 14h 47m
  2. Patrick Macke: 6d 17h 21m
  3. Dick Tout: 6d 22h 19m

1988[edit]

  1. Yiannis Kouros: 5d 19h 14m
  2. Dick Tout: 6d 11h 18m
  3. Dusan Mravlje: 6d 14h 10m

1989[edit]

  1. Yiannis Kouros: 5d 02h 27m
  2. David Standeven: 5d 13h 55m
  3. Kevin Mansell: 5d 22h 59m

1990[edit]

  1. Yiannis Kouros: 5d 23h 55m
  2. Bryan Smith: 6d 09h 45m
  3. Peter Quirk: 6d 11h 40m

1991[edit]

  1. Bryan Smith: 6d 12h 50m (24h handicap)
  2. Tony Collins: 7d 04h 17m (12h handicap)
  3. Andrew Law: 7d 09h 32m (12h handicap)
  4. Maurice Taylor: 6d 23h 22m (24h handicap)
  5. Kevin Mansell: 7d 02h 26m (24h handicap)

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b Potter, David (18 Apr 1985) Melbourne's Greeks welcome their Marathon man; The Sydney Morning Herald
  2. ^ *I've finally found my hero, Phil Essam.