Tom Hancock OAM, Life Member of Ivanhoe Harriers, announced his retirement from Shield competition on Saturday, 2nd February 2019, at Knox.
Tom hastened to add that he intends to continue with coaching and will compete in the Masters while he is still competitive.
Tom, now aged 82, first competed for the club 55 years ago when he joined in 1964. Before that he was a successful competitor with Melbourne High School Old Boys since 1952.
Tom was a very worthy recipient of an OAM in last year's Australia Day Awards for service to athletics.
Congratulations Tom, from all at the Club, a wonderful career and massive contribution to athletics, in particular to throwing. We are so pleased that you will continue to coach and pass on your great knowledge into the future.
Above: Tom Hancock (centre), after announcing his retirement, with old pals and fellow Life Members of Ivanhoe Harriers, John Boas and Jeff Franklin.
Thomas Langdon is running hot at the moment. Thomas had a great win in the Under 18 1500m final in the Victorian Country Championships at Bendigo.
The final was run on 27th January 2019 with Thomas winning in a new PB time of 4:11.25.
Then on Thursday night at the Collingwood Track, Thomas won the inaugural Men's Under 20 3000m event which was promoted by Richmond Harriers. In windy conditions, Thomas took the lead after 3 laps and went on to record a very good time of 9:12 which is a 12 second PB.
These are excellent results for Thomas who has just turned 17. Thomas has been a very consistent trainer now for several years and is showing steady improvement with his racing.
Congratulations to Thomas from all at the Club.
On Sunday, 27th January 2019, the Club once again staged a sausage sizzle at Bunnings Northland, raising a valuable $1,924.20. For a number of years now, this effort has been a valuable contributor to Club funds. We had marvellous support from members and friends, giving of their valuable time. It is so important that we can share the load with these events so they remain enjoyable and not a burden on just a few. Thank you to all who contributed.
Thomas Langdon and David Greig ran in the Milers Club 800m at Box Hill track on Thursday night 17th January 2019. Thomas recorded 2:02.1 (a big PB) and David 2:03.5 (also a big PB).
Congratulations boys, that 2:00 minute benchmark target is now within reach.