Albie Thomas Memorial Race Day
Posted Sunday 2 Apr 2017 by Michael Gentle
Sat 8 April 2017 Ramsgate Scarborough Park - Scratch Races
1 mile(1.6 km) Race Starts 1.30pm, 2 mile(3.2 km) Race Starts 2.00pm, 3 mile(4.8 km) Race Starts 2.30pm, 5 mile( 8km ) Race Starts 2.30pm.

When 21-year-old Albie Thomas of Australia burst on to the international scene with a fifth place in the 1956 Olympic 5000m, coach Percy Cerutty considered him the "best runner, technically speaking, in the world today."

Albie Thomas 1956 Olympic 5000m Final
Albie Thomas (179) competing in the 1956 Olympic 5000m Final

Thomas was one of the leading members of Australia's great era of distance running in the 1950s-60, a close friend of Herb Elliott, whom he twice helped pace to world records at 1500m and one mile. Fifth in the 5000m at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne (behind Kuts, Pirie, Ibbotson, and Szabo), Thomas then won silver (3 miles) and bronze (mile) in the 1958 Commonwealth Games, at that time almost as strong as the Olympics in distance running. Those races were won by Halberg and Elliott.

Albie Thomas & Dave Power
Albie Thomas & Dave Power

Dave Power: "An extremely bloody tough competitor." Thomas was a tough competitor he will always be remembered as a double world record-holder and as one of Australia's all-time great runners.

Albie Thomas: "I think I competed in the best era," he says nostalgically. He talks fondly of "Gentleman John Landy" and "Gentleman Ron Delany."

Kim Delaney
SGDAC President

Vale Mendo Stojkovski
Posted Sunday 2 Apr 2017 by Michael Gentle
It is with upmost sadness that we have heard today that long term SGDAC member Mendo Stojkovski passed away during the week due to terminal cancer.

Mendo Stojkovski

Mendo was a quiet and reserved gentlemen who was a prolific volunteer providing his assistance and services whenever he could help the club. He was also an avid supporter of all SGDAC members young and old; Mendo would always be cheering on anyone wearing the Red and Whites.

He loved his running and was a formidable runner in his early years helping regularly formed part of the unbeatable 45+ Champion winning relay teams. He was a great friend of our former President Albie Thomas, myself and many more club members and friends.

We are sending on all our members' condolences to his family and good friends.

A life well lived Mendo, Rest In Peace.

Kim Delaney
SGDAC President

Winter Cross Country Season Start
Posted Tuesday 14 Mar 2017 by Michael Gentle
Sending out the call to all SGDAC members and friends. Please note our winter cross country series will commence this Saturday. Come along and bring your family and friends to participate in the thrill of the races or just to enjoy the general socializing.

It should be another classic season of good fun mixed with a taste of excitement, adrenaline running and natural endorphins flowing. Trialing forms available for newcomers who like a run.

The events take place this week from Syd Frost Hall, Scarborough Park, Hawthorne St, Ramsgate.

2017 Winter Cross Country Program

Cycle 1 - Sat 18 March 2017 - First Event : Race 1 Club Winter CC series 2017

Note all races will be Club Scratch Races. Distances Div 4 (1.5 km), Div 3 (2 km), Div 2 (3 km) & Div 1 (6 km)

Starting Times: Division 4: 1.30 pm; Division 3: 2.00 pm; Division 1 & 2: 2.30 pm

Option 1 - PAYABLE AT ENTRY TABLE BEFORE RACE. Under 12: $2; 12-17 Years: $3, 18+: $5. Max. charge for a family: $10.

Option 2 - FULL PAYMENT AT BEGINNING OF SEASON. Under 12: $30, 12-17 Years: $45, 18+: $75, Family: $150

Best Regards to Everyone.

Kim Delaney
SGDAC President

Winter Cross Country Program
Posted Sunday 12 Feb 2017 by Michael Gentle
Draft program for the upcoming Winter Cross Country Season:

2017 Winter Cross Country Program