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Rhydian Cowley and Rebecca Henderson set new 35km Australian records at the Lake Burley Griffin Race Walking Carnival

VRWC members Rhydian Cowley (2:26:25) and Bec Henderson (2:47:34) broke their own new Australian 35km records at the LBG Carnival in Canberra. They are in great form ahead of this year's Olympic Games.


Full LBG results at http://www.vrwc.org.au/RWA-Results/2024LBGResults.pdf

VRWC Winter Season information

The VRWC 2024 Winter Season fixture is now underway. Check out the full fixture at vrwcw24.shtml.

Renew your membership and/or enter our VRWC winter season races online at https://www.revolutionise.com.au/vrwc/.

Members who wish to enter for the various Athletics Victoria (AV) 2024 Winter walks championships are now able to do so via the Entry portal at https://athsvic.org.au/events/victorian-race-walking-club/. Note that you must be registered with Athletics Victoria for the 2024-25 year if you wish to enter an AV Championship.

For the first time, Little Athletics Victoria (in conjunction with the Victorian Race Walking Club) will hold a Winter Race Walking Road Championship in 2024. It is open to all registered competitive Little Athletes Victoria members, from Under 9 to Under 17. All distances will feature Boys and Girls races in their respective age groups. 
Register via link https://lavic.com.au/event/2024-lavic-race-walking-road-championships/.

4 VRWC walkers amongst the 14 athletes initially chosen for our 2024 Olympic Team

Congratulations to Rhydian Cowley, Kyle Swan, Jemima Montag and Rebecca Henderson on being named in the 2024 Australian Olympic Track & Field Team at the conclusioni of the Australian T&F Championship in Adelaide on Sunday 14th April 2024.

Olympic Walkers

Olympics here we come

Congratulations to VRWC members Jemima Montag and Kyle Swan who won the Australia & Oceania 20km titles in Adelaide on Sunday 11th February 2024. Their times guarantee automatic selection for this year’s Paris Olympics. And Jemima went one better – she broke her own national and Oceania 20km records with her PB time of 1:27:09. Kyle also excelled with his time of 1:19:52.

Kyle Swan  Jemima Montaqg

VALE Ted Allsopp: 1926 - 2024

We say farewell to life member and Australian walking legend Ted Allsopp: http://www.vrwc.org.au/tim-archive/articles/wv-ted-allsopp.pdf
Funeral details at https://www.nelsonbros.com.au/obituaries/Edward-Ted-James-Allsopp?obId=30449796

VALE Gavan Breen: 1935- 2023

We say farewell to former club member Gavan Breen: http://www.vrwc.org.au/tim-archive/articles/wv-gavan-breen.pdf

Changes to VRWC Race Registration

To bring entry for the VRWC’s races into line with those of AV, AA and clubs in other states, we are making major changes to the Club’s race registration procedures. These changes are effective immediately. Read all about it at VRWCRaceRegistration.shtml.

The Victorian Race Walking Club is a specialist racewalking club which has been affiliated  with Athletics Victoria since 1921. The club is also affiliated with the Australian Federation of Race Walking Clubs (now known as 'Racewalking Australia').

The famous flying foot logo has uniquely identified the club since its inception.


Club races are conducted all year around in a traffic free environment on the Albert Park Formula One Grand Prix service roads Albert Park Reserve, Middle Park. The clubrooms are in the Middle Park Bowling Club which is shown in the following map.


All club races are conducted in accordance with the rules and regulations of the International Association of Athletics Federations. However, walkers participating in club races can also walk under 'Club Rules' which offer a more relaxed interpretation of walking, suited to beginners or older walkers.

Our winter season sees us racing at Middle Park every weekend (mostly on Saturday afternoons but with a few Sunday mornings thrown in) from late April to mid September. Note that our races are open to anyone - they are not age group delineated. Regardless of which event you enter, will will automatically receive Handicap and Actual Time points in your correct division - U10, U12, U14, U18, Open, Masters (40-59) or Masters (60+).

The club also holds regular VRWC Club Championships in the following categories

  • Under 9
  • Under 12
  • Under 15
  • Under 20
  • Open Age
  • Masters [Women 40+] [Men 40+]

The club assists Athletics Victoria to conduct the Victorian Road Walking Championships. The club also assists Athletics Victoria to conduct the Athletics Australia Road Walking Championships when they are allocated to Melbourne.

As well as conducting club events for masters walkers, the club assists in the conduct of the road walking championship events for the Masters Athletic Associations when the events are held in Melbourne.

The club also boasts a weekly very comprehensive email based newsletter ('Heel and Toe Online').

Specialised coaching in racewalking technique can be arranged for all levels from beginner to advanced. Seminars are conducted regularly by Athletics Victoria qualified club coaches.

The club to date has had members selected

  • in every Australian Olympic Team since World War 2.
  • in all but one of the Australian Commonwealth Games Teams since walking events were introduced into the Games at Kingston, Jamaica 1966.
  • in all World Athletics World Race Walking Cup Australian Teams since World Athletics introduced the competition in 1979 at Eschborn, Germany.

VRWC is proud to support Runners World Melbourne which is a club sponsor. We recommend this store for all shoes and related sporting gear.

Runners World Melbourne - VRWC sponsor
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Telephone: 03 9817 3503
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Saturday: 9:00am to 3:00pm
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To contact VRWC, contact one of the following people: image

Stuart Cooper
President, VRWC

Terry Swan
Secretary, VRWC
c/o Middle Park Bowls Club
PO Box 5290
Middle Park, VIC, 3206
Karyn O'Neill
Treasurer, VRWC
Mark Donahoo
VRWC Vice President