Melbourne Marathon Worth the Wait

After a cancelled event in 2020 and a postponement to December for 2021, the Melbourne Marathon finally took place as a real, in-person event, providing many Old Xaverians with the chance to put their lockdown training to the test. There were PBs and other strong performances a-plenty. Michael Marantelli ran an impressive 7th place and new PB, while Ant Meek finally got the marathon PB he’s been shooting for for years. Penny Townsend came tantalisingly close to sub-3, while Tristan Haines returned to the sub-3 club for the first time in several years.

In the half marathon, all eyes were on Dave McNeill, who had a credible chance to take the win, but had to settle for second when a back-in-form Jack Rayner made a move that was just a bit too strong at 18k. Still, it was only his 3rd attempt at the distance, and there’s surely more where that came from. Geoff Stebbins was another OXAC runner cranking out a PB.

Dave McNeill is stalked by Jack Rayner

Full results (as far as we could gather) are below.

PlaceNameNet Time
7Michael Marantelli02:20:32
384Penny Townshend03:00:23
221Jason Paisley02:53:46
84Brad Johnson02:43:18
280Greg Campbell02:57:13
2154Gus McClure03:51:40
93Anthony Meek02:44:24
2484Claudia Haeger03:57:38
468Dave Martini03:05:47
2017Vicki Inglis03:49:16
226Matt Hodder02:54:11
222Aidan Biggar02:53:23
357Tristen Haines02:59:34
3948Sophie Hong Dunnett04:40:00
3026Athena Johnson04:10:45
1504Nik Matthews03:38:35
4635Chris Worsnop05:20:41
3865Dean Whiteley04:36:40
Marathon Results
Geoff Stebbins en route to a sub-1:30 finish
PlaceNameNet Time
2Dave McNeill01:02:33
355Geoff Stebbins01:29:15
171Inigo George01:23:30
290Tim Agius01:27:51
1549Chloe Antonelli01:43:39
1791Anthony Gasparini01:45:45
1236Grant Lynch01:41:01
Half Marathon Results