In 1993, being, an Australian national living and training in Edmonton, Alberta, John ran against an elite field winning and establishing a new indoor master’s record for the mile at Barton Hall with a time of 4:17:84 (it still stands as a meet record). The next month, Bermingham ran the masters mile at the Millrose Games in Madison Square Garden and finished second to Ireland’s world record holder Eamonn Coghlan in 4:10. (Coghlan won the event in 4:05.). Coghlan ran the first sub-four minute masters mile at Boston (3:58.15) later that spring. John qualified for Moscow Olympic team but got sick and missed trials. At 59 he ran 4min59sec for a mile.
Note: John Bermingham’s 1975 10 km Road Race Time of 23 min. 23 sec. is faster than the current 10 km World Record.
It took some time to explain to officials that the course was short. The VAAA official for the turnaround point insisted it was where he directed and not further along the road as the runners tried to tell him.
VICTORIAN MARATHON (31 Jul) at Werribee
3rd John Bermingham Traralgon 2:23.03.0
VICTORIAN 15KM.ROAD RACE (5 Aug) at Fishermans Bend
2nd John Bermingham Traralgon 45.18.0
VICTORIAN MARATHON (14 Jul) at Point Cook
1st John Bermingham MUAC 2:17.21.0
VICTORIAN 10KM.ROAD RACE (26 Jul) at Werribee
2nd John Bermingham MUAC 23.23.0
VICTORIAN 1,500 METRES (28 Feb)
2nd John Bermingham Box Hill 3.44.2
VICTORIAN 1 MILE (15 Jan)
1st John Bermingham Box Hill 4.07.2
VICTORIAN 10KM ROAD RACE (10 Jul) at Werribee
2nd John Bermingham Box Hill 29.45.0
VICTORIAN 25KM.ROAD RACE (4 Sep) at Cranbourne
1st John Bermingham Box Hill 1:17.27.0
VICTORIAN 10KM.ROAD RACE (9 Jun) at Werribee
3rd John Bermingham Box Hill 29.40.0