Melbourne Marathon

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Melbourne Marathon
Melbourne Marathon 2013.jpg
Melbourne Marathon in 2013 at Princes Bridge
LocationMelbourne, Australia
Event typeRoad
Course recordsMen's: 2:10:47 (2013)
Kenya Dominic Ondoro
Women's: 2:25:19 (2018)
Australia Sinead Diver
Official siteMelbourne Marathon
Participants7,014 (2019)

The Melbourne Marathon has been held annually since 1978. The 42.195 km run over the traditional marathon distance is the main race within the annual Melbourne Marathon Festival. The race celebrated its 30th birthday in 2007 with a new course which featured the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) as both the starting point and finishing point. A total of 3328 competitors completed the 2008 race. Another 17,000 people participated in Half Marathon (21.1 km), 10 km and 5.5 km events.

The 2019 running of the marathon saw an Australian record of 7037 finishers, 1880 of whom were female (27%). In 1978 approximately 4% of the 1947 finishers were female.

The 2020 event was cancelled on 9 September due to the COVID-19 crisis. A virtual marathon was run for the period 5 December to 13 December.

In September 2021 it was decided to postpone the 2021 event until the 11th and 12th of December. The marathon and half marathon will be run on Sunday the 12th, starting an hour earlier to escape the heat. The shorter events will be held on the afternoon of Saturday the 11th.

The marathon has been owned by IMG since 2006.[1]

The course[edit]

A variety of different courses have been used for the Melbourne Marathon although the most common course has begun at Frankston and concluded at either Albert Park or at The Arts Centre on St. Kilda Rd. It is normally run on the second Sunday in October.[citation needed]

Since 2007 the event has started near the MCG and finished with a lap of the ground. The predominantly flat marathon course goes through some of the most scenic areas of Melbourne. It skirts the Botanic Gardens and Albert park Lake with several kilometres on the road parallel to the beaches of Port Phillip Bay. The other events share parts of the course but staggered starts ease congestion.[citation needed]

Past winners[edit]

Key:   Course record   Country's championship race

Edition Year Men's winner Time (h:m:s) Women's winner Time (h:m:s)
1st 1978  Bill Scott (AUS) 2:21:04  Elizabeth Richards-Hassall (AUS) 2:53:38
2nd 1979  Andrew Lloyd (AUS) 2:26:44  Jane Kuchins (AUS) 3:12:35
3rd 1980  Andrew Lloyd (AUS) 2:17:37  Rosemary Longstaff (AUS) 2:46:16
4th 1981  Andrew Lloyd (AUS) 2:19:03  Jackie Turney-Cook (AUS) 2:42:12
5th 1982  Bill Rodgers (USA) 2:11:08  Sue King (USA) 2:37:57
6th 1983  Juma Ikangaa (TAN) 2:13:15  Rhonda Mallinder (AUS) 2:37:56
7th 1984  Juma Ikangaa (TAN) 2:15:31  Margaret Reddan (AUS) 2:43:40
8th 1985  Fred van der Vennet (BEL) 2:12:35  Margaret Reddan (AUS) 2:44:56
9th 1986  Richard Umberg (SUI) 2:17:21  Tani Ruckle (AUS) 2:36:06
10th 1987  Ric Sayre (USA) 2:14:16  Jackie Turney-Cook (AUS) 2:44:18
11th 1988  Thomas Hughes (IRL) 2:18:14  Coral Farr (AUS) 2:47:38
12th 1989  Takeshi So (JPN) 2:18:13  Colleen Stephens (AUS) 2:49:18
13th 1990  Russell Foley (AUS) 2:20:35  Alevtina Chasova (URS) 2:39:00
14th 1991  Victor Muzgovoi (URS) 2:17:02  Irina Petrova (URS) 2:39:57
15th 1992  Sławomir Gurny (POL) 2:16:04  Alena Peterková (TCH) 2:33:02
16th 1993  Jerry Modiga (RSA) 2:15:07  Dominique Rembert (FRA) 2:44:22
17th 1994  Manabu Kawagoe (JPN) 2:19:02  Winnie Ng (HKG) 2:47:37
18th 1995  Osamu Monoe (JPN) 2:17:19  Lynn Clayton (AUS) 2:38:50
19th 1996  Zerhun Gizaw (ETH) 2:22:40  Sylvia Rose (AUS) 2:41:53
20th 1997  Greg Lyons (AUS) 2:15:49  Tracey Newton (AUS) 2:48:32
21st 1998  Daniel Radebe (RSA) 2:12:48  Sherryn Rhodes (AUS) 2:37:56
22nd 1999  Michael McIntyre (AUS) 2:25:04  Susan Hobson (AUS) 2:33:27
23rd 2000  Jamie Harrison (AUS) 2:25:53  Nelly Marmy-Conus (AUS) 2:49:22
24th 2001  Todd Ingraham (AUS) 2:23:58  Samantha Hughes (AUS) 2:39:44
25th 2002  Phillip Sly (AUS) 2:22:28  Sherryn Rhodes (AUS) 2:47:08
26th 2003  Magnus Michelsson (AUS) 2:14:00  Loretta McGrath (AUS) 2:49:01
27th 2004  Magnus Michelsson (AUS) 2:26:51  Belinda Schipp (AUS) 2:54:01
28th 2005  Nick Harrison (AUS) 2:23:30  Sherryn Rhodes (AUS) 2:50:35
29th 2006  Kazunari Suzuki (JPN) 2:23:43  Karen Natoli-Barlow (AUS) 2:53:06
30th 2007  Rohan Walker (AUS) 2:19:16  Hanny Allston (AUS) 2:40:34
31st 2008  Asnake Fikadu (ETH) 2:17:43  Mai Tagami (JPN) 2:38:16
32nd 2009  Asnake Fikadu (ETH) 2:17:32  Lisa Flint (AUS) 2:34:08
33rd 2010  Japhet Kipkorir (KEN) 2:11:04  Mulu Seboka (ETH) 2:32:20
34th 2011  Japhet Kipkorir (KEN) 2:11:12  Irene Mogaka (KEN) 2:35:12
35th 2012  Jonathan Chesoo (KEN) 2:12:35  Lauren Shelley (AUS) 2:36:29
36th 2013  Dominic Ondoro (KEN) 2:10:47  Lisa Weightman (AUS) 2:26:05
37th 2014  Dominic Ondoro (KEN) 2:11:30  Nikki Chapple (AUS) 2:31:05
38th 2015  Brad Milosevic (AUS) 2:16:00  Jessica Trengove (AUS) 2:27:45
39th 2016  Thomas Do Canto (AUS) 2:20:53  Virginia Moloney (AUS) 2:34:27
40th 2017  Isaac Birir (KEN) 2:14:08  Celia Sullohern (AUS) 2:29:27
41st 2018  Liam Adams (AUS) 2:15:13  Sinead Diver (AUS) 2:25:19
42nd 2019  Isaac Birir (KEN) 2:16:31  Naomi Maiyo (KEN) 2:35:34
  • = short course



Spartans are runners who have completed 10 or more Melbourne Marathons and are recognised today by their distinctive green, gold, red, maroon or navy running singlets. Every Spartan has their own personalised race number. The singlet is worn with pride by all Spartans as a sign of their dedication to marathon running and the Melbourne Marathon in particular. Club records reflect almost 1400 males and 150 females who have qualified as Spartans. Most come from Victoria but there are many from other states with at least two from Japan.

Legends and Hall of Fame members[edit]

Spartan Legends prior to the 2007 Melbourne Marathon

Spartan Legends are a select group of runners who have completed every Melbourne Marathon since the beginning. After the 42nd running there were five remaining Spartan Legends. Runners who have completed at least 30 marathons are eligible for the Melbourne Marathon Hall of Fame. The runners marked with an asterisk in the following list completed the first 30 marathons.

Name Completed runs
Peter Battrick * 37
Frank Biviano * 40
John Dobson 42
David Foskey 42
Neville Gardner * 41
Bruce Hargreaves 42
Manual Karageorgiou * (deceased) 39
Peter Ryan * 37
Wayne Thompson 42
Roger Weinstein 42
Ian Campbell 40
Bryan Flegg 41
Chas Harcoan 41
Antony Martin 37
Dennis Nish 41
Richard Tann 37
Ken Bowes 40
Laurie Glover (deceased) 34
Jim Hopkins 40
Conor McNeice 34
John Burt 35
John Dean * 33
Brian Gawne 32
Grayson Summers 39
Carlo Iovenitti (deceased) 37
Steven Lightowler 37
Jack Gubbins (deceased) * 30
Keith Hunter 30
Brian Walsh 34
Clarke Whitehand 30
Shirley Young (deceased) * 30
Hugh Creamer 31
Russell Harris 33
Con Zanetidis 33
Stephen Barker 32
John Kaparelis 32
Brett Thiele 31
Jim Yatomi-Clarke 33
Andy Moore 33
Peter Moore (deceased) 31
Duncan Bartley 31

Wheelchair Spartans[edit]

The Melbourne Marathon has always included wheelchair entrants. Two have attained Spartan status: Ian Gainey who has completed 29 races and Dean Callow who has completed 12.


  • "The Wall: The history of the Melbourne Marathon 1978–2012" by Chris Muirden
List of winners

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