Something for everyone in Imperial 20 event

The race director’s thoughts …..
Ian Allen

THE questions that I always ask after each Imperial 20, was the event well organised?
Was it a success? And was it worth it?
This year I can confidently answer YES, YES and YES.

As race director I have the responsibility for overseeing the operation of the event, usually my phone runs hot during the day with calls for many of the volunteers out on the course.

This year my phone was strangely quiet.

Initially I blamed Telstra, but I soon realized that all of our volunteers were totally in control, and they had everything perfectly organised.

Now looking at whether the event was a success.

I can confidently say the event was a success especially considering it is one of the few events anywhere that kept going through the pandemic.

When I see the response from the community, I can definitely say all the time and effort was worth it.

To see the dedication and friendliness of the volunteers is uplifting and the participation of people of all ages encourages to start organising the 2023 event.

Thank you King Island.

THERE’s something for everyone in the volunteer-organised Hydro Imperial 20, 32- Km coast to coast foot race.

It started with trials and fun run at Porky Beach and finished with the Sunday night dinner.

The first male across the finish line in Main Street Currie in the handicap running event 32-km was Paul Carter in the time 2:17:54.0. Helen Dracup was the first female runner across the line and placed second, in the time 2:38:49.0.

Handicap winer Marle Want

The overall winner of the handicap running event 32-km was Merle Want. The 32-km walk was won by Lachlan Wilkinson and Sue Claridge came in second.

It was a tight finish in the Mixed Team Running Relay 32-km. The Blow Ins came in first 2:47:20.1 when the seconds counted.

In second position, the Finncredibles 2:47:38 From Naracoopa into Currie the road was dotted with volunteer-run water stations and council porta-loos.

Signs told runners how far they had run or walked, and markers pointed to relay change over spots. The roads were closed and diversions setup.

The warm weather made the events challenging, particularly for the walkers.

The pram pushing event made sure bubs enjoyed the fresh air and the mums completed the 8-km push and The Three Amigos, Lizzie Cambra, Tracey Collyer, and Wendy Thiele, walked, uked and sang their way into Currie.

There were outstanding performances by the 60+ age grouping across all event categories.

The new format for kids starting in Currie was very popular and worked well. Imperial 20 Inc president Gary Strickland, was delighted with the weekend’s events.

“It’s been good given the impact of Covid over the past two years. There were 150 entrants, and many return each year to King Island to take part,” he said.
“Many friendships have been made over the years.

This was second 32-km Imperial for Ebony Churchill from Portland Victoria.

“I’ve had a great time,” she said.
“My time was good, but I will need to work this year to maintain my fitness for next year’s Imperial.”

At the Saturday night dinner, Jan van Ruiswyk and Rod Griffin were honoured and received Life Membership for their dedication and service to the Imperial 20 organisation.

Rod Griffin and Jan van Ruiswyk received Life Membership award by the Imperial 20 Committee.

This year was Gary Strickland’s ninth 32 km run.

“I’ve been in all the races,” he said.
“Well, I’ll rest today and tomorrow I’ll begin training as I am running 1000km over a 10- week period to raise awareness in promoting wellbeing through education, awareness, and practice of positive psychology. and funds for Foundations to Flourish.”

Sponsorship and donations can be made on the Foundations to Flourish Go Fund Me page ( or use the links on their Facebook page.

All teams, participants, events, and results for Imperial 20 2022 can be found on their website

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