The Runners Club holds a series of races over the year, including major events and smaller club races. The club welcomes non members to all club races for a fee of $10 for seniors and $5 for juniors. All races are free to club members except for the Canberra Half Marathon.
Saturday 17 June 8:00 am - Longstaff / Pennington 4/8/16km Stromlo Forest Park
Saturday 1 July 12.45 pm - Age/Gender Handicap 2/5km Stromlo Forest Park
Sunday 2 July 9.00 am - Women and Girls' Jogalong
Saturday 15 July 12.45 pm - Smithy 2/3/6km Stromlo Forest Park
Saturday 22 July 12.45 pm - Runners Shop 2/5/10km Menindee Dr Parkes
Saturday 5 August 12.45 pm - Dunrossil Dr 2.1/4.2km Yarralumla
Sunday 6 August 9.00 am - Women and Girls' Jogalong
The summer series consists of 8 events each of which has a short race of 2km and a longer race of approximately 5km. Races start on Tuesday evenings at 6.15pm. The summer series starts on either the last Tuesday of January or the first Tuesday in February.
Winter series events are held between April and August and include a range of distances and surfaces. Most events are held on Saturday afternoons with a 2km event starting at 12.45 pm. Two longer options are usually offered and generally start at 1.00 pm. Longer events are held on Saturday mornings, and no 2 km option is offered at these events. Check the Facebook page or Club emails for details of upcoming events.
This is a series of 5 events which have a 2km and 5km race. Races are held at 6.15 pm on Tuesday evenings. The series starts on the first Tuesday in November.
YCRC Event Calendar
Runners who have completed Ten or more Canberra Marathons
There are now (post 2016 marathon) 164 runners who have completed ten or more Canberra Marathons, with Bernie Millett and Bob Fickel leading the way with 32 runs.
For a full list of the Griffins and the number of events they have completed see here. If you think you should be a Griffin and are not on the list, please contact the YMCA Canberra Runners Club admin office (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your details.
I would also like to hear from anyone who has completed nine Canberra Marathons and is aiming to run in the 2017 Canberra Marathon. This will ensure that all new Griffins are appropriately recognised.
Birth of the Griffins by Rob Ey
It must have been in January 1994. I was coming back into work after a lunch time run when I bumped into Dave Cundy, who was at that stage Race Director for the Canberra Marathon. We worked in the same building.
Dave mentioned that he had received a letter from a chap called Kevin Browne, suggesting that the Canberra marathon set up something similar to the Spartans in Melbourne for people who had run the race 10 times.
I did a quick calculation and said that it sounded like a good idea as I was aiming to do my 10th Canberra in a few months’ time. Dave, never one to miss an opportunity, said something along the lines of ‘Good. How would you like to look into it and come up with a proposal’.
I had become the first Griffin (although at this stage we didn’t have a name) co-ordinator.
2016 Canberra Marathon Wrap Congratulations to the 39 Griffins (listed here) who completed the 2016 Canberra Marathon.
There were plenty of highlights including:
• Welcome and congratulations to the four new Griffins – Ann Owen, Gil Buerdlmayer, Jeff Buxton and Glenn Lockwood.
• Rob Ey completing his 30th Canberra Marathon and is now the 4th Walter Burley Griffin.
• There are now 14 female Griffins. Five of these have become Griffins in the last two years.
• The acknowledgement of the Griffins by Fairfax at the start of the marathon including a Griffin photograph taken at the start line.
• It was great to see so many Griffins wearing their Griffin singlet in the running festival and supporting each other on the course with something highly intellectual and motivating such as “Go Griffin”.
• The return of a number of Griffins including Terry Maidment, Roger Pilkington, Hugh Jorgensen, Jeff Morunga and Charles Low who had not run the Canberra Marathon for some years.
• The four Griffins who completed the Ultra Marathon including Peter Clarke who is the only Ultra Burley Griffin having completed the Ultra 21 times!
• The ongoing support of the Griffins by both the YMCA of Canberra Runners Club and Fairfax.
Let’s all aim to get 50 Griffins complete the 2017 Canberra Marathon.
Peter Thomson - Griffin Coordinator