Track legend lives on
THE upcoming John Gilmour Track Race will have extra meaning when it returns to Coker Park in November.
This year’s incarnation of the annual 10km race will be the first since the passing of the man it was named after.
Gilmour, who spent time in a POW camp in World War II, broke multiple masters athletics world records, and helped found Canning Districts Athletics Club and the West Australia Marathon Club.
He died in August aged 99 but remained an active runner until his death, even competing in the World Masters Athletics Championships in Perth in 2016.
Race director Evan Kolbe, who knew Gilmour for years through his work with Canning District Athletics Club and the WA Marathon Club, said Gilmour was an “icon”.
“It gets bandied around a lot, but he was a worldclass runner and a thoroughly decent gentle- man,” Kolbe said.
“They broke the mould when they made him.”
“Historically, we have run that event in his name since early 1973. He was a legend back then and got better with age.”
The event will feature two 10km races around the Coker Park track: a race for runners who can run the distance in under 40 minutes, and another for runners who need a bit longer.
Kolbe encouraged people to either take part or watch the race to honour Gilmour’s memory.
“If he was still here, he would’ve had his 100th birthday,” he said. “The fact he passed means there is a lot of people coming to acknowledge his impact over three generations.
“It’s a good spectator event if you didn’t want to run.”
John Gilmour 10km race director Evan Kolbe with Canning Districts Athletic Club president Wesley Salisbury and the prized trophy.