Dawnbuster Fun Run report

A field of 242 keen athletes and fun runners defied the New Year’s Eve forecast heat to participate in the 29th running of the Dawnbuster along Geelong’s beachfront. Rising early to make the 7 a.m. start time didn’t dampen their enthusiasm.

A bunch of four athletes scorched along towards Rippleside at a frenetic pace and they were still together returning past the Carousel. It took Peter Kerr a long time to break free to record his fifth win in the event in a time of 15 minutes 37 seconds. He had also been successful in 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018. The first female was Maddie Orr..

The event was organised by Geelong Cross Country Club with close to $4 500 being raised for Give Where You Live.

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Dawnbuster Fun Run 2021

Dawnbuster Fun Run 2021. all funds raised go to Give Where You Live

Friday December 31 2021 – 7:00am

It’s back on!! After our virtual event last year, the annual 5km Dawnbuster Fun Run is back live!!

Kick off your 2021 New Year celebrations with hundreds of runners as we take in the beautiful Geelong Waterfront at the break of dawn.

Race begins at 7am sharp. We look forward to seeing you at the Waterfront!

How to enter

Register on the morning from 6am at The Carousel!

  • Adults $20
  • Junior (17 years & under) $10
  • Entry is on the day up to 6.50 am
  • Payment by card or cash

All funds raised go to Give Where You Live.

More details

  • Individual participant’s times will not be recorded; however finish times will be displayed on the race clock at the finish line.
  • Baggage storage will be available but we can only accept bags, not loose items, and can’t accept responsibility for valuables.
  • Please bring your own drink container. Water will be available for filling your container.
  • Please – no dogs or strollers due to the narrowness of the pavement in some places.

COVID safety:

  • You must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate in this event.
  • Entrants will be required show their vaccination certificate upon registration (phone or hard copy)
  • To minimise COVID risks, there will be no presentations and no overall or age category prizes. But the fastest male and fastest female will be acknowledged on the day and on the Give Where You Live website.

A collaboration between Geelong Cross Country Club and Give Where You Live.

With thanks to Cardno TGM Geelong

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Newgrove Benchtops Eliminator

Newgrove Benchtops Eliminator winner Michael Orelli

A field of 49 assembled for the time honoured Newgrove Benchtops Eliminator at Balyang Sanctuary. All entrants had to complete both the 4 km and 3 km events with the best performed twenty qualifying for the 2 km final.

It was Michael Orelli who defied the backmarkers to run him down to win by fifty metres with Pam Tindal leading the chasing pack. For Orelli, a short course specialist, it was his fourth win in the race, having also been successful in 2000, 2007 and 2015.

Rob Solly was acclaimed for reaching his 100th run milestone. The next club event is the Dawn Buster at the Carousel at 7 a.m. on New Year’s Eve.

Top 10 Placings

M. Orelli 10:56, P. Tindal 9:27, M. Morton 7:30, S. Thompson 8:03, S. Curtain 7:45, K. McNulty 8:03, M. Fox 6:25, H. Peart 10:18, N. Madden 8:14, R. Peart 7:14.

Season Awards

  • Open Champions: R. Thompson and L. Drady
  • Marathon Champion: V. Gasper
  • Age Champions
    • Under 40: R. Thompson and L. Drady
    • Veterans: S. Andrews and E. Kelly
    • Masters: R. Kimpton and A. Ward
    • Legends: P. Tindal and K. Walker
    • SuperVets: D. Elward
  • Rory Wilson Age Graded 10 km: D. Elward
  • Best Clubperson: J. Walker
  • Sealed Series
    • Frontmarkers: F. Fitzpatrick
    • Middlemarkers: B. Ellis
    • Backmarkers: T. Davis
    • New and Returning Runners: E. Kelly
  • Most Improved: F. Fitzpatrick and B. Ellis
  • Most Impressive: D. Elward
  • Best First Year Runner: E. Kelly
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Newgrove Benchtops – Eliminator 4/3/2km

The Eliminator will be held on Sunday, 7th November at the Canoe Club at 9 a.m.

 Everyone does a 4km and a 3km, going off in groups of ten. The twenty members with the best results in comparison with their handicaps will contest a 2km to determine the winner.

Presentation of the season’s awards including the Sealed Series and the Championships will be made after the event as well as a short A.G.M.

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Upcoming Events

  1. Darriwill Farm Highton – Waurn Ponds 5km Sealed Handicap

    April 3 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
  2. Active Feet – Barwon Valley Park 6.5km

    April 10 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
  3. The 2022 Geelong Half Marathon

    April 24 @ 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
  4. Corrective Chiropractic Bellarine – Portarlington 8km

    May 1 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
  5. Steigen – Canoe Club 5km

    May 8 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am