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This report summarises Australian 21.0975 km half-marathons in 2013.
The entire population of half-marathons was included. The event website must have stated it was a standard half-marathon race for inclusion.
Thank you to Brendan Davies for compiling ACT and NSW data.
1. Key Facts
Two thousand thirteen was a record-breaking year with 161 half-marathon events and 82,631 half-marathon performances.
- 43,764 performances
- 53.0 percent of all performances
- 37.4 average age
- 1:51:01 median time
- 1:00:56 - fastest Australian male was Collis Birmingham in Japan
- 1:01:57 - fastest male in Australia was Wilfred Kipkosgei Murgor of Kenya
- 38,867 performances
- 47.0 percent of all performances
- 35.1 average age
- 2:05:51 median time
- 1:10:34 - fastest Australian female was Nikki Chapple in Japan
- 1:11:00 - fastest female in Australia was Nikki Chapple of Australia
A total of 161 half-marathons (HMs) had at least one finisher in 2013. This total was a 20 percent annual increase.
The number of trail HMs increased at a faster rate than road HMs. A 33 percent annual increase.
Most of the inaugural HMs were existing events that added a HM to their programme. Typically events extended their longest distance from 10km.
Three HMs were cancelled but expected to return next year:
- Twilight in QLD due to a midrace storm (2,000 starters, 0 finishers)
- Kedumba in NSW due to bushfires
- Bairnsdale in VIC
Table 2.1.1: Half-Marathon events.
a Road was defined as a course with mostly good-quality sealed surface that can be accurately measured.
b Trail was defined as a course with mostly unsealed track.
A total of 82,631 HM performances in 2013. This total was a 9.3 percent annual increase.
The total comprised of 43,764 male and 38,867 female performances. An 15.5 percent increase of females was greater than of males although both sexes increased performances in absolute numbers.
Performances increased 5.0 percent in the same HMs from 2012 to 2013 (73,277 to 76,969).
Trail HMs performances increased 56.3 percent.
Table 2.2.1: Half-Marathon performances.a
a Complete results were not available for 31 HMs (5 in 2013). Numbers should be considered as at least this number of performances.
An attempt was made to estimate performers by using a database to match similar names, sex, relative times, and geographic distance between events.
The total number of performers was estimated at 65,509. An increase of 60 percent on 2009. The Australian population increased 6 percent during the same period.
There were approx 30 male half-marathoners for every 10,000 Australian males and 27 female half-marathoners for every 10,000 Australian females in 2013.
The number of HMs per runner per year was 1.26. Male performers finished HMs more frequently than female performers.
Table 2.3.1: Half-Marathon performers.
a Australian Bureau of Statistics estimate at 30 June.
Table 2.3.2: Half-Marathons per runner per year (performances divided by performers).
The proportion of male performances decreased to 53.0 percent. The absolute number of male performances did increase but at a slower rate than female performances.
Table 2.4.1: Gender proportion of performances.
Age data was not reported for all HMs and a sample was used instead. The sample included 54,769 performances.
The average age was 35.1 for females and 37.4 for males (medians were 34 and 36).
The oldest HMs finishers were:
- Ray Urbahn (84, NZL) finishing at Sunshine Coast in 2:32:19.
- Erica Davanna (74) finishing at Melbourne in 2:52:27.
The sample comprised of 1.9 percent juniors (Under 20), 60.7 percent open runners (20–39), and 37.3 percent masters runners (40+).
Table 2.5.1: Age group percentages from sample:
2.6 Median Times
The road median time was 1:58:07. This time may be interpreted as the average runner getting slower.
Generally median times trend slower each year because of
- The increasing proportion of females. The difference between male and female times was 15 minutes on average.
- The increasing average age of finishers. The slowing is expected to accelerate as the proportion of 40+ increases.
- Generous cut-off times in larger events attracting first-time runners and walkers.
Table 2.6.1: Road half-marathon median times.
Table 2.6.2: Road half-marathon median times from age sample.
3. High Performance
3.1 Australian Nationals
This section is on performances by Australians recorded anywhere in the world. It includes record-ineligible races such as Great North Run.
The fastest male in the world was Bernard Koech (Kenya), 58:41 at San Diego.
The fastest Australian male was Collis Birmingham, 1:00:56 at Kagawa Marugame. He was fastest non-East African and 60th fastest male in the world.
The fastest female in the world was Priscah Jeptoo (Kenya), 1:05:45 at Great North Run.
The fastest Australian female was Nikki Chapple, 1:10:34 at Kagawa Marugame. She was the 96th fastest female in the world.
Noteworthy absentees from rankings:
- Jeffrey Hunt was 1:05:35 at the HM split at Boston Marathon
- Michael Shelley was 1:04:10 at the HM split at Beppu-Oita
- Lisa Weightman went through halfway in approx 1:12 at Melbourne.
Table 3.1.1: National rankings (ranked by gun times).
|1:00:56a||Collis Birmingham||Kagawa Marugame (JPN)||1||1:10:34b||Nikki Chapple||Kagawa Marugame (JPN)|
|1:03:56||Martin Dent||Gold Coast (AUS)||2||1:11:51||Jessica Trengove||Gold Coast (AUS)|
|1:04:38||Liam Adams||Sydney Morning Herald (AUS)||3||1:13:33||Lara Tamsett||Gifu Seiryu (JPN)|
|1:04:56||Harry Summers||Sydney Morning Herald (AUS)||4||1:14:44||Tarli Bird||AV Burnley (AUS)|
|1:05:35||Duer Yoa||Melbourne Marathon (AUS)||5||1:15:37||Lauren Shelley||Gold Coast (AUS)|
|1:05:47||Clint Perrett||Semi de Paris (FRA)||6||1:16:12||Clare Geraghty||Noosa (AUS)|
|1:05:51||Stephen Dinneen||Gold Coast (AUS)||7||1:16:17||Claire Ashworth||Sydney Morning Herald (AUS)|
|1:06:14||Steve Kelly||AV Burnley (AUS)||8||1:16:39||Sarah Klein||Sydney Morning Herald (AUS)|
|1:06:15||Nathan Hartigan||Christchurch (NZL)||9||1:17:08||Tracey Austin||AV Burnley (AUS)|
|1:06:21||Mitchel Brown||AV Burnley (AUS)||10||[1:17:14]||Jane Fardell||Run Sydney (AUS)|
a Oceania and national record by current IAAF rules. Darren Wilson (1:00:02) and Stephen Moneghetti (1:00:06, 1:00:34, 1:00:27) set times on record-ineligible courses.
b National record is Kerryn McCann's 1:07:48 at Tokyo 2000.
Table 3.1.2: First and tenth ranking for selected nations in 2013.a
|Japan||1:01:15||Fumihiro Maruyama||1||1:08:59||Yukiko Akaba|
|United States||1:01:10||Dathan Ritzenhein||1||1:08:31||Shalane Flanagan|
|United Kingdom||1:00:10||Mohamed Farah||1||1:10:19||Gemma Steel|
|New Zealand||1:04:12||Benjamin Ashkettle||1||1:09:00||Kimberley Smith|
3.2 Australian Allcomers
This section is on performances recorded in Australia.
The fastest male in Australia was Wilfred Kipkosgei Murgor (Kenya), 1:01:57 at Melbourne. His performance was 5th fastest ever recorded in Australia.
The fastest female in Australia was Nikki Chapple, 1:11:00 at Gold Coast. Her performance was the 11th fastest ever recorded in Australia.
Allcomers rankings were processed up to 1,000 performers for 2009 to 2013. For the year 2013, 3,054 males and 319 females ran under the 1:30 mark. Depth appeared to be improving with increased participation.
Table 3.2.1: Allcomers rankings (ranked by gun times).
|1:01:57a||Wilfred Kipkosgei Murgor (KEN)||Melbourne||1||1:11:00b||Nikki Chapple (AUS)||Gold Coast|
|1:03:34||Daniel Cheruiyot Yegon (KEN)||Melbourne||2||1:11:51||Jessica Trengove (AUS)||Gold Coast|
|1:03:56||Martin Dent (AUS)||Gold Coast||3||1:14:23||Abigail Bayley (GBR)||Gold Coast|
|1:03:57||Shinichi Yamashita (JPN)||Gold Coast||4||1:14:44||Tarli Bird (AUS)||AV Burnley|
|1:03:59||Ben Moreau (GBR)||Gold Coast||5||1:15:05||Yuki Sakata (JPN)||Gold Coast|
|1:04:12||Ben Ashkettle (NZL)||Gold Coast||6||1:15:13||Nicki McFadzien (NZL)||Gold Coast|
|1:04:38||Liam Adams (AUS)||Sydney Morning Herald||7||1:15:37||Lauren Shelley (AUS)||Gold Coast|
|1:04:56||Harry Summers (AUS)||Sydney Morning Herald||8||1:16:12||Clare Geraghty (AUS)||Noosa|
|1:05:35||Duer Yoa (AUS)||Melbourne||9||1:16:17||Claire Ashworth (AUS)||Sydney Morning Herald|
|1:05:51||Stephen Dinneen (AUS)||Gold Coast||10||1:16:39||Sarah Klein (AUS)||Sydney Morning Herald|
a Allcomers record is Pat Carroll's 1:01:11 at Sydney Morning Herald 1994.
b Allcomers record is Lisa Weightman's 1:09:00 at Gold Coast 2010.
Table 3.2.2: Allcomers rankings by year.
The fastest Australian male winner was Martin Dent recording three of the five fastest winning performances.
The fastest Australian female winner was Nikki Chapple recording the four fastest winning performances.
No runner won more than five Australian HMs during the year. Runners winning five HMs:
- Jane Fardell
- Timothy Molesworth (best 1:15:24)
Two females were outright winners in Australia: Courtney Gillfillan at Tomewin Mountain Challenge and Nicole Bernardi at Lamington Eco Challenge. Both events on Gold Coast trails.
Table 3.3.1: Fastest winning performances.
|1:01:57||Wilfred Kipkosgei Murgor (KEN)||Melbourne Marathon||1||1:11:00||Nikki Chapple (AUS)||Gold Coast|
|1:03:56||Martin Dent (AUS)||Gold Coast||2||1:11:23||Nikki Chapple (AUS)||Melbourne Marathon|
|1:04:38||Liam Adams (AUS)||Sydney Morning Herald||3||1:12:37||Nikki Chapple (AUS)||AV Burnley|
|1:05:31||Martin Dent (AUS)||Hobart||4||1:12:46||Nikki Chapple (AUS)||Sydney Morning Herald|
|1:05:39||Martin Dent (AUS)||Central Coast||5||1:16:12||Clare Geraghty (AUS)||Noosa|
|1:06:13||Stephen Kelly (AUS)||AV Burnley||6||[1:17:03]||Lauren Shelley (AUS)||Canberra Marathon|
|1:07:02||Yoshihiro Nishizawa (JPN)||Sydney Marathon||7||[1:17:14]||Jane Fardell (AUS)||Run Sydney|
|[1:07:14]||Dejen Gebreselassie (AUS)||Run Sydney||8||1:17:29||Claire Ashworth (AUS)||Run Adelaide|
|1:08:16||Alex Dreyer (AUS)||Busselton||9||1:18:22||Felicity Sheedy-Ryan (AUS)||Bunbury|
|1:09:13||Joshua Tedesco (AUS)||Perth Half||10||1:18:23||Melanie Panayiotou (AUS)||Twilight Bay Run|
Table 3.3.2: Fastest runner-up (second place) performances.
|1:03:34||Daniel Cheruiyot Yegon (KEN)||Melbourne Marathon||1||1:11:51||Jessica Trengove (AUS)||Gold Coast|
|1:03:57||Shinichi Yamashita (JPN)||Gold Coast||2||1:14:44||Tarli Bird (AUS)||AV Burnley|
|1:04:56||Harry Summers (AUS)||Sydney Morning Herald||3||1:16:17||Claire Ashworth (AUS)||Sydney Morning Herald|
|1:06:20||Mitchel Brown (AUS)||AV Burnley||4||1:17:56||Anita Keem (AUS)||Melbourne Marathon|
|1:07:15||Russell Dessaix-Chin (AUS)||Hobart||5||1:18:00||Amanda Watson (AUS)||Noosa|
|1:07:56||Gemechu Woyecha (AUS)||Sydney Marathon||6||1:19:17||Jessica Mitchell (AUS)||Bay to Bay|
|1:08:07||Dejen Gebreselassie (AUS)||Central Coast||7||1:19:26||Jane Fardell (AUS)||Sydney Marathon|
|1:09:45||Matthew Fenech (AUS)||Brisbane Marathon||8||1:19:28||Kate Pedley (AUS)||Hobart|
|1:09:47||Paul Mackay (AUS)||Perth City to Surf||9||[1:20:36]||Fleur Flanery (AUS)||Canberra Marathon|
|1:09:51||Chris O'Neill (IRL)||Busselton||10||1:21:03||Nerissa Campbell (AUS)||Brisbane Marathon|
4.1 Size and Concentration
The largest HM in Australia was Sydney Morning Herald although entrants and finishers decreased.
The largest HM in the world was Gothenburg, Sweden with 45,154 finishers. Sydney Morning Herald was 40th largest HM in the world.
The largest 2, 3, and 5 HMs concentrated 1/4, 1/3, and 1/2 of all finishers in Australia, respectively.
The largest inaugural HM was Run Sydney (previously Run 4 Fun). It extended its longest distance from 10km.
The mean number of finishers was 533 and the median number of finishers was 119.
Table 4.1.1: Half-Marathons ordered by most finishers.
|Order||Event||Finishers||Cumulative Finishers||2012/13 Percent Change|
|1||Sydney Morning Herald||10,455||10,455||-4.3|
|6||Perth City to Surf||4,516||46,936||24.1|
Alice Springs, Western Sydney, Great Barrier Reef, and Glow Worm Tunnel more than doubled in finishers albeit from a relatively small base.
Newer events tended to grow at a faster rate. For example, Western Sydney (2010), Great Barrier Reef (2011), Glow Worm Tunnel (2012), or Forster (2011).
Table 4.2.1: Half-Marathons with at least 100 finishers ordered by largest growth.
|Order||Event||Finishers||2012/13 Percent Change|
|1||Alice Springs Marathon||154||305|
|3||Great Barrier Reef||333||211|
|4||Glow Worm Tunnel||277||113|
|7||Twilight Bay Run||717||60|
|9||Sri Chinmoy Dolls Point||200||45|
Sussan Women's was the only all female half-marathon.
Sri Chinmoy Centennial Park had the largest proportion of males with nearly 8 in 10.
Table 4.3.1: Half-Marathons with at least 100 females ordered by largest female proportion.
|2||Great Barrier Reef||333||59.8|
Table 4.3.2: Half-Marathons with at least 100 males ordered by largest male proportion.
|1||Sri Chinmoy Centennial Park||140||77.9|
|4||Salomon Trails Race 3||361||68.4|
|5||Sri Chinmoy Como Landing||171||67.8|
|6||Sri Chinmoy Yarra Boulevard||201||67.7|
4.4 Median Times
AV Burnley had the fastest median time of 1:31:13. Perth City to Surf had the slowest median time of 2:14:20.
The fastest median times were mostly from HMs with large proportions of males.
Table 4.4.1: Road half-marathons with at least 100 finishers ordered by fastest 2013 median times.
|2||Brisbane Road Runners||1:44:09||1:45:57||1:49:32||1:48:44||1:41:12|
|5||Sri Chinmoy Centennial Park||1:54:12||1:47:35||1:48:26||1:46:28||1:44:00|
|6||Burdekin Sugar Rush||1:40:37||1:46:43||1:43:09||1:47:23||1:45:30|
|9||Sri Chinmoy Yarra Boulevard||1:40:14||1:48:17||1:49:26||1:45:43||1:47:54|
|10||Sydney Marathon Clinic (March)||1:46:08||1:45:43||1:46:52||1:48:47||1:48:19|
a Incorporated state half-marathon championship
Table 4.4.2: Road half-marathons with at least 100 finishers ordered by slowest 2013 median times.
|1||Perth City to Surf||1:54:10||2:01:15||1:58:46||2:04:17||2:14:20|
|3||Alice Springs Marathon||2:09:46||2:00:04||1:59:09||2:09:55||2:04:57|
|7||Run Yass Off||—||—||—||—||2:02:34|
|10||Twilight Bay Run||—||—||—||1:58:08||1:59:09|
4.5 Entrants and Starters
Entrants and starters were seldom reported.
Sydney Morning Herald had the largest number of entrants with 12,742 followed by Gold Coast with 10,342.
Based on the available data, on average, 16 percent of entrants failed to start and 4 percent of starters failed to finish.
4.6 Entry Prices
Entry fees were recorded for all HMs. Due to different fee structures (for example, early bird), the fee recorded was for an Australian resident entering one week prior to the race, was for a one-off race, and included club membership if required for entry.
The median entry price was $45 for a road HM and was $40 for a trail HM. Entry was approx half the cost of full-marathon average entry.
The largest HMs, Sydney Morning Herald, Gold Coast, and Melbourne, increased their fees by $8, $5, and $5 respectively from 2012.
5.1 States and Territories
This section is selected national data split into state and territory components. The ACT and NSW are considered one geographic area.
New South Wales had the most events and the most performances. Tasmania had the fewest events but the Northern Territory had the fewest performances.
Queensland had the most performances per capita. Northern Territory had the fewest performances per capita.
Tasmania was the fastest state with a combined median of 1:53:05.
Table 5.1.1: Selected state data ordered by largest population.
|Order||State||Populationa||Events||Male Performances||Female Performances||2012/13 Percent Change||Largest Event|
|1||NSW||7,407,700||44||14,937||11,282||5.0||Sydney Morning Herald 10,455|
|2||VIC||5,737,600||38||11,035||10,750||11.5||Melbourne Marathon 9,046|
|3||QLD||4,658,600||39||8,988||9,426||3.4b||Gold Coast 9,223|
|4||WA||2,517,200||13||4,621||3,511||24.6||Perth City to Surf 4,516|
|5||SA||1,670,800||10||1,957||1,731||29.4||Adelaide Marathon 880|
|7||ACT||383,400||8||1,402||1,326||3.3||Canberra Marathon 1,798|
|8||NT||239,500||5||219||302||40.0||ABC Darwin 197|
|Australia||23,130,900||161||43,764||38,867||9.3||Sydney Morning Herald 10,455|
|Order||State||Male Median Time||Female Median Time||Fastest Male Performancec||Fastest Female Performancec|
|1||NSW||1:50:05||2:04:18||Liam Adams 1:04:38||Nikki Chapple 1:12:46|
|2||VIC||1:50:51||2:06:27||Wilfred Murgor 1:01:57||Nikki Chapple 1:11:23|
|3||QLD||1:52:25||2:06:46||Martin Dent 1:03:56||Nikki Chapple 1:11:00|
|4||WA||1:55:52||2:12:17||Alex Dreyer 1:08:16||Felicity Sheedy-Ryan 1:18:22|
|5||SA||1:46:23||2:03:03||Jacob Cocks 1:10:26||Claire Ashworth 1:17:29|
|6||TAS||1:46:22||2:01:41||Martin Dent 1:05:31||Karinna Fyfe 1:18:24|
|7||ACT||1:48:18||2:01:46||Rowan Walker 1:09:21||Lauren Shelley [1:17:03]|
|8||NT||1:48:34||2:05:51||Darren Peacock 1:13:40||Lucie Hardiman 1:24:33|
|Australia||1:51:01||2:05:51||Wilfred Murgor 1:01:57||Nikki Chapple 1:11:00|
a Australian Bureau of Statistics estimate at 30 June.
b Twilight was cancelled midrace. Queensland growth estimate if not cancelled, 14%
c Not necessarily state residents.
Of the 161 events, 61 were concentrated in the third quarter, specifically, 25 in August and 9 on the weekend of 17–18 August.
Sunday was the most popular day hosting 137 events. Saturday hosted 21 events.
Table 5.2.1: Distribution of events and performances by month.