2021 April Tan Time Trial Results

/2021 April Tan Time Trial Results



President’s Tan Talk –  April 2021

The most significant thing about our April TTT was the growth in numbers, with around 100 runners and walkers enjoying a lap or two of the Tan on a beautiful, cool, clear Melbourne autumn morning, with everyone once again happy to be there, for our third post-lockdown event.

After welcoming everyone, including a few first-timers, I had to politely advice anyone recently arrived from Brisbane and Moreton Bay that they were a little less welcome, and needed to self-isolate and get tested. Fortunately there was no-one in that category!

After a big list of milestone achievers in March (including some catch-ups from the virtual era) we had a pause this month, which is unusual. We have a couple ‘on the brink’.

Of course the really big news is that we are looking to restart our fun runs, with dates etc listed later in Stride Out.
Importantly, the most immediate run, coming up on Sunday 18 April is the Angela Taylor Memorial Run / Walk, returning after missing 2020 due to COVID. I was pleased that a number of VRR members volunteered to marshal on the day, important for us in our continued role in conducting the event with Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation, after we created the event all those years ago.

Our feature article this edition is a reminiscence by near-foundation member of VRR, Syd Bone. It is a very good read, in which he shares some advice about how to achieve longevity as a long-time and ‘mature-aged’ distance runner.

I will see some of you at the Angela Taylor run, have a great month.

See you all soon, happy running,

VRR President   


Long Time VRR Member, Syd Bone  reminisces on his VRR involvement.

The 40th anniversaries  of both the Club and our Tan Trial are not too far away now  ( Nov 2022 and Feb 2023 respectively). Long time member Syd Bone reminisces on what has been, what is today, and what it might take to keep it all going.

I ran in one of the very first VRR events in early 1983, a 20 km race around Princes Park (that was soon to morph into our annual half marathon). Greig McEwen was the organiser and suggested I come along to the next Tan Trial , which happened to be the second ever, in March 1983. Although it attracted only a small field in the early days, I remember the standard was high ( the slowest runner ran 38 mins for 8 km!).

Greig and I  became long time running mates, training together early morning usually with an annoying tap on the window well before dawn. We also raced together in those days, and would rarely miss a Tan Trial to test the fitness. We were reasonably competitive-  I remember actually winning one of them (racing Rowan Cole the whole way! )- but usually we would get walloped by a superstar or two out there. One of these was John Taplin, pictured alongside Greig and I in 1996.

Note the Boston Marathon top adorned by yours truly. It was from the 100th anniversary event which I was lucky enough to participate in after moving to the US to live for a while. Despite being overseas in Asia or US for a grand total of 14 years , missing out on virtually all Tan Trials during that period, I was still welcomed back for guest appearances as if I had never left.

So having looked back and now being a touch older and wiser, what do I see? Well, the Tan Trial hurdle of 30 minutes is now 40 minutes, and the 3 hour marathon is more like 4 hours. And I am a veteran of close to 200 of the former and 30 odd for the latter. As a Melbourne Marathon Spartan I get the privilege of a post race massage in their tent, which is becoming increasingly important as the curse of injury becomes more the norm than rarity. Indeed I have been a DNF or DNS in the last four marathons.

Looking forward from here , the main challenge for me and I suspect all of us as time ticks by is avoiding that  injury curse.  Have I happened upon the magic pudding in this regard? Of course not, but I will say quietly that  I have now been close to 100% since March last year. The ingredients to this minor miracle  you ask with baited breath?

First, I have bitten the bullet and reduced the mileage to 40-50 kms  a week, focusing on quality rather than quantity. Second, I have recognised the criticality of core strength and as a result taken up both weight training and Pilates twice a week.

The latter may be the real secret weapon here, working on the core, flexibility and balance all in one package. I personally joined a Zoom based class run by Brigid Buyck (who is married to a top runner and as such is well attuned to tailoring the workout to runner needs). The great thing here is that it can all be done from the lounge room so there are no excuses! Brigid can be contacted on brigidpilateswellbeing@gmail.com if you are tempted as well.

So what now? Well, like most of us post- Covid I am looking for the next challenge which I suspect will be yet another Melbourne Marathon (maybe!). The monthly Tan Trial is of course a key element of the training program so I do look forward to seeing everyone regularly this year. As the Brits would say, and yes I was born there, Don’t  Panic, Carry On, preferably uninjured!

Syd Bone (13, lucky in Asia).

VRR member, Mick Wilson received a shout out from Michael Kennedy during the pre TTT briefing acknowledging him getting his pilot’s licence.
Mick provided us with a little bit of the background……

“In May 2012, Patrick Herft first introduced me to VRR. Since then, I’ve run about 70 TTTs (including a few virtually along the Maribyrnong River). It’s been a great motivator to push myself and keep up the running, even when work and social activities are demanding a lot of time.

In 2014, I took up another life-long passion: flying aircraft. I started my flying lessons at Lilydale Airport and still enjoy the beautiful Yarra Valley every time I take off. Last week, I reached an important milestone: passing my private pilot licence. I can now fly with a few passengers throughout Australia and land at smaller airfields, but also the bigger ones like Moorabbin and Essendon.

Both running and flying are important for me to unwind and re-energise.
Have a good one.

Mick Wilson.

Club News
VRR Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting is to be held at 8.45am on Saturday, 1st May at 8.45 after the Tan at the Pillars of Wisdom.
The purpose of the meeting is to:

  1. to confirm the minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting.
  2. to receive from the committee reports about the previous financial year.
  3. to elect officers and the ordinary members of the committee.
  4. to receive and consider the financial statements for the previous financial year

VRR Tan Time Trials
We have secured a permit with the City of Melbourne for monthly Tan Time Trials in 2021. Please note that social distancing rules continue to apply (wear a mask if you can’t maintain at least 1.5 metres from others), stay at home if you’re unwell, continue to bring your own water bottle to each run and register on the day using the QR Code at the Tan or from our Facebook page.  We look forward to seeing you at the Pillars of Wisdom at 7:30am for each run on the first Saturday of each month.  The conduct of each event is subject to COVID-19 related restrictions that may apply at the date of each run.

VRR Fun Runs 2021
We are currently discussing event applications for VRR Fun Runs for 2021 with the relevant land managers.  Not all event dates have been confirmed and the conduct of each event will be subject to any COVID-19 restrictions that may apply at the time. You may wish to note the following dates in your calendars:
–  Westerfolds Park – Sunday 23 May 2021 (confirmed, subject to permit being issued))
–  Princes Park – Sunday 15 August 2021 (not yet confirmed)
–  Jells Park South – Sunday 24 October 2021 (confirmed, subject to permit being issued)
–  NYE – Friday 31 December 2021 (not yet confirmed)
We’ll keep you updated in relation to these events including information about the date and arrangement closer to each run when a permit is received.  We’ll also update our website with the run information.

Dear VRR members,

The 2021 Angela Taylor Memorial Run / Walk (5k/10k) is coming up on Sunday 18 April at Albert Park Lake, and we invite VRR members to marshal the event, or to run or walk it.

As many VRR members are aware, this important community event was created by Victorian Road Runners to remember and acknowledge the death of Constable Angela Rose Taylor in the Russell Street bombing in 1986. We have conducted the event every year since its founding, except in 2020, due to COVID. The event is now organised by the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation, with the actual run / walk organised by VRR.

We are proud of this important event, which has grown in numbers over recent years, and encourage you to join us as a marshal, or to participate.

If you can be a course marshal, please ring or text Michael Kennedy on 0411191115, or email on michael.kennedy@monash.edu

If you would like to register to run or walk,

2021 Event Details

Location: Albert Park Lake – Palms Lawn

Date: Sunday 18 April 2021

Run/Walk Starts : 8.30am

Dogs on leads are welcome to attend

Entry :

Online Registrations  – Adult entry : $38  Under 18 entry : $15

5km Run – 10km Run – 5km Walk (team and individual entries)

Nipper – Under 12, Junior (13-18yrs),  Adult (19-38yrs),  (39-54yrs),  (55 & over)

Police & Emergency Service teams (5km & 10km) – The team with the best aggregate time in the 5km and the 10km Run will retain the Angela Taylor Memorial Shield for 12 months.

If you cannot make it to Albert Park Lake you can choose the option to register virtually and do the Run/Walk in a location of your choice.

We are committed to the health and safety of our guests and volunteers, please see copy of our COVID safe event checklist


Your entry fee includes :

  • Run/Walk bid with timing chip
  • Refreshments – includes snacks and bottled water courtesy of Woolworths.
  • Participation certificates and medallions for winners in each category

The proceeds will help to fund a hospital project dedicated to Victoria Police Officers who have lost their lives serving and protecting our community.

For queries about this event please contact jenny@remember.org.au or call 9555 8000





























Position Member Run Time
1 Mal Healey 4km 17.30
2 Ben Parker 4km 19.45
3 Kevin Armstrong 4km 21.01


Position Member Run Time
1 David Markham 8km 30.35
2 Lucy Oehr 8km 33.50
3 Mick Wilson 8km 35.25

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