June 6th, 2024 President's Note 6/6/2024

What a fantastic Marathon weekend!


The 57th version of our club’s iconic event was another huge success and a credit to all involved. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, and the list of PBs, tears, laughs, personal stories and achievements was incredible.


There are always so many people to thank for helping to make the event a smooth and memorable experience for runners and volunteers.


A few special mentions; to Andrew Legge, who is just amazing in what he continues to do for the club, and has done for many years. To Kaye Livingstone, Molly Irvine, Tania Whitehead, Glenn Graham, Michelle Colwell, Dave Mann, Karen Graham, Marieka Reilly, Clinton Jolly, Pete Sanders, Christine Hill, Shay Lorenz, Shane Wilson, Ree Graham, Giuseppe Marino and all the Harriers who helped set up, pack up or filled other roles in preparation or on the day, a huge thank you. It doesn’t happen without many hands doing many jobs.


We have to acknowledge The Vine & View Winery team, Morwell Rotary Club, Latrobe Neighbourhood House, our amazing pace-setting team, and The Gippsland Plains Rail Trail committee.


All our wonderful sponsors and supporters on the day; The WIN Network, Aussie Broadband, Gold 1242, The Athlete’s Foot Traralgon, Latrobe City, Aygee Gippsland, Momentum Physio and Rehab Group, Happy Health & Wellness, Communiyt First Aid, Valley Trophy Centre, Coffee 51 and MDR Digital Images.


And finally, the biggest acknowledgement and thanks to first-time Race Director Desley Gray, who did a fantastic job planning, organising, managing, marking, deciding, juggling, liaising, and negotiating to get the event ready. It is a big job taking on one of the Club’s feature events, and Des threw herself in the deep end, and excelled. You can read about the day in Desley’s report and see some great photos in this NL.


Make sure you mark the club’s mid-year Presentation Night in your diary. Giuseppe Marino is working on the planning of the event, which will be held at Traralgon Bowls Club on Saturday July 6th, and will include presentations for the summer 2023/24 season, drinks, nibbles and a fun game of barefoot bowls.


It is unbelievable that another 12 months have zipped by and the current committee is almost at the end of its time. We have had such a productive and positive year, and all committee members have added value to the club with their contributions of time, skills, energy and ideas. As the AGM approaches (27 June), it’s time for all members to consider stepping up onto the committee and being a part of the decision making process. All members play a vital part in the health and functionality of the club, but being on committee is an opportunity to formalise your input, and help to make the club the best it can be for all members.


Being on committee is rewarding, fun, and helps to ensure a good representation of members, ideas and a sharing of the work-load. As a general committee member, it’s ideal if you can commit to at least 2 years, so you can really get your head around the workings of the club, and the requirements. The demands are not too heavy when shared.


Remember to get your articles into the newsletter. The club newsletter is an important communication medium, and most members use it as a place to get updates, information and share stories. Our NL editors work hard to ensure it’s interesting, informative and relevant. Members enjoy reading of other member’s inspirational journeys, so don’t be shy to share. Shoot your articles, thoughts and running snippets through to Glenn Crawford at [email protected]


*IMPORTANT Harriers Dates

20 June Committee Meeting – Last General Meeting of the current committee

27 June AGM All Members Invited

6 July Presentation Night for summer 2023/24 season

28 July Harriers Wirilda Run

22 Sept Vic Teacher’s Games Cross Country


Membership continues to grow, but we still have some past members who are yet to renew their annual subs. Please jump on this week if you haven’t renewed as yet. Go to the club website and click the button which takes you directly to AV’s Revolutionise Sport site.


Thought for the fortnight: No matter how hard you train, somebody will train harder. No matter how hard you run, somebody will run harder. No matter how much you want it, somebody will want it more. Be that somebody.


Phill Mayer – President