Victorian Mile Championships

Victorian Milers Club Meet 4.

800m and 1 Mile (incorporating the Victorian Mile Championships).

Thursday, February 17th. 7:15pm.

Rawlinson Track, Melbourne University.

One of the few opportunities to race at home!  Come on out for some Championship racing at the Rawlinson.

Enter at www.vicmilers.com.

Middle distance running is set to make its historic return to the University of Melbourne’s Rawlinson Track more than fifty years after Merv Lincoln broke the 4 minute mile at the same venue.

The track will again host the 2011 Victorian Mile Championships on Thursday, February 17, as part of the Victorian Milers Club season.

More than 140 athletes are expected to be out to impress the crowd and stake a claim for the state titles, competing in both 800 metre and one mile graded and paced races.

Melbourne University Athletics Club Secretary Hamish Beaumont said that the Victorian Mile has a special place in the clubs history thanks largely to Merv Lincoln’s efforts in 1957.  “Lincoln, a two time Olympian and Melbourne University Athletics Club member, delighted the large crowd of students and athletics fans in March 1957 by running 3:58.9 for the mile on a newly laid cinders track at the University.

“Coached by the legendary Franz Stampfl, Lincoln was paced through the first three laps by future world record holder Ron Clarke and Frank Henegan, a life member of MUAC.”

“Henegan, still active within Melbourne University Athletics Club, will be present to watch the racing of the Championship.”

Melbourne University Athletics Club is a club with a tradition dating back to 1873.  It is a very active and vibrant club that encourages athletes of all abilities to strive for their best performances and have a lot of fun along the way.  Members have access to fantastic facilities and top level coaching.  Both men’s and women’s teams are entered in Athletics Victoria’s summer (track and field) and winter (road and cross country) competitions.

EVENT DETAILS

What: 2011 Victorian Mile Championships

Where: Rawlinson Track, Melbourne University

When: Thursday, 17th February, 7:15pm

Contact: Hamish Beaumont (MUAC): secretary@muac.org.au

Tim Crosbie (VMC): tim@athsvic.org.au

High quality middle distance racing will be held at the Rawlinson Track at Melbourne University more than 50 years after Merv Lincoln made history by breaking the mythical 4 minute barrier for the mile on the track.  The 2011 Victorian Mile Championships, as part of Meet 4 of the Victorian Milers Club season will be held at the Rawlinson Track on Thursday, 17th of February, 2011.  Lincoln, a two time Olympian and Melbourne University Athletics Club member, delighted the large crowd of students and athletics fans in March 1957 by running 3:58.9 for the mile on a newly laid cinders track at Melbourne University.  Coached by the legendary Franz Stampfl, Lincoln was paced through the first three laps by future world record holder Ron Clarke and Frank Henegan, a life member of MUAC.  Henegan, still active within Melbourne University Athletics Club,  will be present to watch the racing of the 2011 Victorian Mile Championship on Thursday, 17th of February.

The current crop of athletes will be out to impress the crowd and claim a state title as the track and field competition builds towards the championship season. Athletes will race over 800m and 1 Mile in high quality graded and paced races focused on producing personal bests.  Racing starts at 7:15pm and will conclude by 9pm.  MUAC expects to field a large contingent of athletes eager to compete on their home track and in front of their home crowd.

15/2/11

Media Release
Hot fields for 2011 Victorian Mile Championships at
Melbourne University

More than 200 athletes will be competing at the 2011 Victorian Mile
Championship this Thursday, 17th of February at Melbourne University’s
Rawlinson Track hoping to emulate the feats of Merv Lincoln, two time Olympian
who broke the four minute mile barrier at the same track in 1957.

Watching on will be Frank Henegan and Tim Lincoln.  Henegan, a MUAC life
member, who was one of Lincoln’s pace makers, along with multiple world record
holder Ron Clarke, in the 1957 race.  Henegan said that he hoped the race would
be run at a strong pace and that the four minute barrier was still a formidable one
for athletes more than fifty years after it was first broken.  Tim Lincoln, Merv
Lincoln’s son will also attend and will present the medals to the winners of the
2011 Victorian Mile Championships.

With entries topping 200 this will be the largest Victorian Milers Club event of the
season so far.  More than 20 Melbourne University Athletics Club members will be
racing, taking advantage of one of the few opportunities to compete on their home
track.

The 2011 Victorian Mile Championships are part of Meet 4 of the Victorian Milers
Club race series, to be held at Melbourne University’s Rawlinson track on
Thursday, 17th of February from 7:15pm.  Entry to the Rawlinson Track is free and
all spectators are welcome to attend what will be a night of high quality athletics
amongst the dreaming spires of Melbourne University.  1 mile and 800m races will
be staged, with all races graded and focused on pushing athletes to personal
bests.