2020 MARATHON - Saturday 24th of OCTOBER.

Planned and led by Chris Jarvis and Karen Armitage

With COVID-19 wreaking scheduling havoc with everybody and everything, nothing about this event can be written into stone. So, this is where we are, as at mid-July:

If you don’t know what The Marathon is about, here is a quick history. Twenty-seven years ago, Bill Casey led a long day walk of 42km along the then ‘infant’ Great Dividing Trail. This proved very popular, and quickly morphed into an annual event. The walk is broken into stages, where a support team meet the walkers at check points and ply the walkers with refreshments. After an amazing twenty-five Marathons, Bill called it a day on planning and leading the event, whereupon Chris Jarvis and Karen Armitage took on the planning and leadership roles. This Marathon will be the club’s twenty-seventh. It’s a great day out, and there is no shame in sitting out a stage or two. You don’t have to be a super-walker - over the years many new-comers have been surprised and very proud of themselves for their achievement.

There are two VERY BIG caveats this will postpone this event, possibly at short notice.

  1. Maximum permitted group size – We plan to have around 30 people (Walkers plus Support Team), and / or
  2. Whether support cars will be permitted to carry passengers from outside their household.
  • Date: Saturday October 24. This might be changed to a later date, possibly mid to late autumn 2021, if needed
  • Location: Daylesford and the area to its south
  • Format: A circular, 43km six-stage anti-clockwise route starting and finishing from Jubilee Lake. We will go up to Lake Daylesford, then south past Sailors Falls (not visit them), until we start heading north again at Korweinguboora and back to Jubilee Lake
  • Mostly easy terrain on forest tracks, with some walking tracks, and a few short sections on roads
  • The most undulating stage is in the pre-lunch period, it gets mostly easier from then
  • At this stage, the traditional after-walk pub dinner is not planned due to probable COVID-19 restrictions that might still apply. This could change on late notice.
  • There will be a limit of twenty-five walkers (pending any DHHS rulings on group sizes), plus we need five or six support crew. I’m now taking provisional bookings by email. For the walkers, late bookings may be placed on a waiting list if all twenty-five places are taken
  • The event fee is $7 per person, with support team members exempt. This covers catering and petrol costs for the support team. Payment only by Direct Debit prior to the event, stay tuned for payment details.
Contact Chris as per the Members' Program for more details.

About Essendon Bushwalking Club

The Club was formed in 1975, and is a major club servicing the Northern and Western suburbs.

The main theme of the club is to enjoy the great outdoors and through participation learn new skills and have FUN!