Martin Thompson Memorial – 25km and 10km Championships
Information supplied by Ian Twite
The 25km and 10km championships was originally organised by the Gippsland Regional Centre. They were the overseeing body for Athletics in Gippsland and the La Trobe Valley. Traralgon Harriers were the host club for this event and it was run from our Clubrooms. The course followed the Traralgon – Tyers Road with the 10km and out and back course while the 25km turned off before Tyers and headed towards Glengarry doing a big loop back to the clubrooms.
When the Gippsland Regional Centre disbanded in 2003 the Traralgon Harriers continued running the event from our clubrooms and the events became the Traralgon Harriers 25km and 10km Championships. In 2009 amid concerns of traffic management policies required for running events on the open road and safety concerns the event was moved to the Boolarra – Mirboo North Rail Trail.
In 2016 the event was renamed the Martin Thompson Memorial in honour of Martin’s involvement with the Traralgon Harriers.