The 1998 Nanango 1000 Mile Track Race was held from 11th to 26th March and had a 15-day cutoff. The race hosted the inaugural International Association of Ultrarunners 1000 Mile World Championship.
Read an account of the race here.
There were 16 competitors: 15 men and one woman.
Petras Silkinas (b. 1941), Lithuania – holder of the world 1000 mile track record, set at the 1000 Mile Stadium Race Odessa in 1997. His last recorded ultra was in 2012 in the M70 category.
Tony Rafferty (b. 1939), Australia – previous holder of the 1000 mile record.
Vladimir Glazkov (b. 1938), Russia -had competed in several 6 Day and two 1000 Mile Stadium races in Odessa, winning the 1000 Mile race in 1996 and the 6 Day race in 1997. Glazkov competed in ultras until 2006.
Vladimir Vasiutin (1950-2019) Ukraine – had competed in the Odessa races too finishing second to Glazkov in the 1000 mile race in 1996. Vasiutin continued ultrarunning until shortly before his death aged 68 and had competed in a 24 hour and a 48 hour ultra in 2018.
Georgs Jermolajevs (b.1942), Latvia – winner of the Sri Chinmoy 10 Day Race in 1996 and of the Sri Chinmoy Ultra Trio 1000 Mile Race in 1997.
Rustem Giniatullin (b.1948), Russia – winner of the 1000 Mile Stadium Run Odessa in 1995.
Dusan Mravilje (b. 1953), Slovenia – former winner of the Trans-America race and of Sydney to Melbourne.
Alfredo Uria (b.1939), Spain – finished second to Gary Parsons of Australia in the Nanango 1000 Mile Race in 1996.
Bryan Smith (1943-2001), Australia – one of the few men to have covered 1000km in 6 days on the track. Smith died suddenly during the 2001 Trans Australia race.
Peter Gibson (b.1955), New Zealand – had competed in the 1996 Nanango 1000 Mile Race covering 1000km.
Tony Collins (b.1947), Australia – had competed in the 1996 race covering 1000km.
Graham Watts (b.1953), Australia – had competed in the 1994 and 1996 races covering 1000km both times.
Peter Gray (b.1964), Australia – the youngest competitor at the age of 33, had completed in the 1996 race covering 1000km. Gray was still competing in ultras in 2019 in the M50 category.
Aldo Maranzina (b.1946), Italy – had completed the Colac 6 Day Race in 1997. Maranzina was still competing in ultras in 2021. He competed in three 24 hour races in the M70 category that year.
Cliff Young (1922-2003), Australia – winner of first Sydney to Melbourne race and the oldest competitor at 76.
Eleanor Robinson (b.1947), Great Britain – had set a 1000 mile world record in a stage race in 1987 and set 6 day world records several times, along with world bests for most other ultra distances.
Gary Parsons, the winner of the two previous races, was unable to attend due to a recent operation.
Results of the 1998 Nanango 1000 Mile Track Race
Seven runners completed 1000 miles within the cutoff of 15 days.
- Petras Silkinas, Lithuania – 11 days 13:54:58 (World & European Track Best )
- Bryan Smith, Australia – 11 days 23:31:44 (Commonwealth & Australasian Track Best)
- Vladimir Glazkov, Russia – 12 days 11:32:33
- Eleanor Robinson, Great Britain – 13 days 01:54:02 (World, European & Commonwealth Track Best)
- Georgs Jermolajevs, Latvia – 13 days 23:32:31
- Rustem Giniatullin, Russia – 14 days 13:28:48
- Peter Gray, Australia – 14 days 22:10:35
Three runners were still running at the end of the 15-day time limit and had completed these distances:
Vladimir Vasiutin, Ukraine – 950.75 miles
Aldo Maranzina, Italy – 780 miles
Graham Watts, Australia – 767.25 miles
Peter Gibson – 786 miles
Cliff Young – 488.5 miles
Tony Collins – 544.25 miles
Alfredo Uria – 476.5 miles
Dusan Mravlje – 230.5 miles
Tony Rafferty – 230 miles
Records set at the 1998 Nanango 1000 Mile Track Race
Petras Silkinas of Lithuania broke his own men’s world 1000 mile track record and became the first person to finish the distance in under 12 days.
Bryan Smith set an Australian national record.
Eleanor Robinson broke the women’s world 1000 mile track record by 32 hours 54 minutes and 19 seconds.