Collingwood Harriers has a long and distinguished history in Victorian Athletics, with its results never ceasing to produce performances of note by individual and teams at regular intervals. While a close study of the Club’s archives may find a better set of results, surely it will be hard to surpass the past month produced by Dale Carroll, one of our very promising young runners.

Dale has only been with Club for a relatively short time, but has shown a great deal of ability in the athletics caper and has impressed many who have seen his efforts on the training track as well as in the competitive arena .

Dale started the season off on a high note with a slashing 3k at the Vic All Schools Championships back in November (2016). Although bettering the Club under 18/20 records by many seconds, he of course was unable to claim the marks as it was done in a school meet.

Not to worry!

Dale continued to train hard, with his efforts over the Festive Season break, (usually with under 16, Sunny Spencer, as a training partner)) often bordering on the super human.

But as we all know – training gets results!

In the past five weeks Dale has managed to do the following:

* break the 2 minute barrier for 800m

*break the Club U/18 3k Steeple mark – (only to have disallowed because of a missing hurdle)

*break Bill Crooks’ under 18 1500m record set in 1971  (by one second)

*break Julian Harris’s under 18/20 3000m  records set in 2006 (by nine seconds)

*break Bruce Ballard’s under 18 1 Mile record set in 1968 (by three seconds),  and finally

*break Ian Minter’s under 18 3000m steeple record set in 1967  (by 22 seconds).


Be assured that Bill, Julian, Bruce and Ian were not mug runners! Their records have withstood the test of time – but have now been swept away by the new kid on the block!


And as a sidelight, the aforementioned  Sunny Spencer recently slashed three seconds off the Club under 16/18/20 and Open 800m records with her 2:15.6


What’s the secret?


No secret!


They trained hard! They didn’t complain! They survived! They achieved!