Mornington Peninsula Athletic Club originally started in 1975 as Peninsula Road Runners. In 2006 we changed our name to Mornington Peninsula Athletic Club to demonstrate that we were about more than distance running.
Our home since 2020 is the Mornington Athletic Track. Until about 2004 most coaching was done at Ballam Park. Currently Shaun Penny coaches at Ballam Park while Jason Hodson, Nathan Bonney and Craig Mahony coach Mornington. See the Training Groups page for more detail.
We have had members reach the highest of standards. Phil Sly represented Australia at the World Cross Country Championships. Chris Unthank represented Australia in the 3000m Steeplechase in 1996 and 2000. Sue Clark represented Australia in the International Mountain Running Championship.
We have a recreational running arm and a competitive arm of the club.
The recreational side is served by our Winter Club Run Series which are low key runs from 5km - 12km for Open. Juniors run shorter distances, usually about 4km for U18 and 3km for U14. These are on hold at the moment and may start again in 2022. We also put on the Devilbend Half Marathon, 12km / 7km Fun Runs and Kids Mile as a challenge for community runners.
Our more competitive athletes compete in competitions run by Athletics Victoria. Some go on to represent Victoria at National Championships. The events Athletics Victoria hold are:
A) the Winter XCR Series. XCR is the Cross Country and Road Running. We compete for points in age group teams against other clubs.
B) the Summer Track and Field Interclub Season named "Shield". Once again we compete for points in age group teams against other clubs.
C) State Youth and Open Track and Field Championships.
D) Other events that are held from time to time, eg Milers Club.