Since our first race running of the Canberra Half Marathon in 1970, we have had many fine athletes compete and take out the race. The list of Race Winners reads like not only a ‘Who’s Who’ of ACT distance running, but contains some of the best athletes the country has produced. Our previous winners include many who have represented their country. Some of the highlights include:
Dave McInnes (1972): A local running legend and long-time sponsor of the Half Marathon. He was so dominant in ACT running that he had the honour of having the entrance road at Stromlo Forest Park named after him.
Derek Froude (1982, 1983): NZ national who studied at the ANU, he represented NZ in the Olympic marathon in 1984 & 1992.
Dave Chettle (1984): Represented Australia at the Montreal Olympic marathon in 1976.
Tani Ruckle (1986): A 2 time Commonwealth Games marathon representative, including the silver medallist in Auckland in 1990.
Steve Austin (1986): Ran the 5k & 10k at the 1980 Moscow Olympics.
Susan Hobson (1987, 1988, 1993): Long time club member, ACT local and a 3 time Olympian – and the name on the perpetual trophy for the first female in the Half. She competed in the 10k in 1992 & 1996 (17th in the final) and moved up to the marathon in Sydney in 2000 (35th).
Gerard Barrett (1990): Another long-time local and multiple winner of the Canberra marathon. He ran in the marathon at the 1980 Moscow Olympics.
Kerryn McCann (1992): A 3 time Olympic marathon representative including 11th at Sydney in 2000, she is perhaps most famous for winning the Melbourne Commonwealth Games marathon in one of the greatest races ever.
Martin Dent (2002, 2004): Another local who went on to run 28th in the marathon at the London Olympics in 2012.
Gemechu Woyecha (2012): Represented Qatar in the marathon at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 before moving to Canberra to live.
Andrew Leigh (2018): A representative of a different kind as a Member of the House of Representatives.
Amongst the other winners over the years we have many Australian representatives, be it at World Cross Country Championships, World Road Running Championship events, World University Games and World Junior Games. Many of these runners have used the Canberra Half Marathon as a stepping stone in their athletic career. So take notice of the winner in our 50th year – you never know what a win at the Canberra Half might lead to.
Click here for a complete list of the previous winners.