25th August 2017
Organised athletics began in Essendon in 1897. Immediately Essendon Harriers developed into one of the strong clubs, winning a Victorian championship event most years. Two of the greatest Australian champions of the first decade of last century were Essendon athletes. ‘Dad’ Wheatley was the country’s topmiler and half miler, becoming our first Olympian. Another Essendon athlete, Alex Stilwell was the champion cross country runner winning many 5 and 10 mile titles.