Coober Pedy
Opal Capital of the World

The Great Breakaways Marathon

Event Type Sport
Event Focus Fun Run
Event Reach All
Event Scope Local Community
Dates 23/05/2015 to 23/05/2015
Start Time 8.00am
Host District Council of Coober Pedy
Other: 08 8672 4600 Other

Entry forms will be available in January

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Latest News - The Great Breakaways Marathon

A casual conversation between two Coober Pedy locals, Jayde Frew & Melissa Rosewarne, resulted in the creation of ‘The Great Breakaways Bolt’ which has been held annually since 2009.

The Great Breakaways Bolt marathon style event proceeds from the Breakaways, along the Dog Fence down the Kempe Road (road to Oodnadatta) and finishes at the Town Oval where the event is wrapped up with a BBQ and band.

Participants in the 'Bolt' can either walk, run or ride the distance as a personal challenge or as a group completing a portion of the distance together, doing either 5, 10, 15, 20 or the full 35km. 

Participants are expected to gather sponsorship from family, friends, work colleagues or organisations to complete the distance they have nominated. The money raised will go to a community group or cause that has been chosen by the 'Bolt' Committee by way of application in writing.

In 2015 the Bolt will be run on Saturday 23 May, the 3rd Saturday in May, which will hopefully become the event’s annual weekend. If anyone would like to participate or volunteer in this event or would like more information on the 'Bolt', please contact Clair Alford, Event Officer at the District Council of Coober Pedy on (08) 8672 4624 during office hours or email


Jayde's initial idea was to run 35km to the Breakaways from Coober Pedy as a personal challenge. Melissa then suggested that Jayde should raise money to complete the challenge and donate to a good cause. Knowing that Tanya Lauder had been trying to raise money for a new playground, the chat between the two soon evolved into the idea of a marathon style fundraising event. This would involve the whole community with donations and secured sponsorships to raise funds for a new playground in town. Early September 2009 became the target for the event to coincide with Father's Day. The concept eventuated into a Council driven initiative.


2009 Winners

Male Runners
1st Grant Maxwell - time 3.35
2nd Jayden Watts – time 3.41
3rd Warren Slater – time 3.47

Male Cyclist
1st Luke Kenny – time 1.49
2nd Chris Holder – time 1.51
3rd Damien Clark – time 2.07 

Cycle Others
1st Female Azharulla Kyrtzaliotis – time 3.22
1st Child Arthur Kyrtzaliotis – time 3.21
2nd Child Peter Kyrtzaliotis – time 3.21

2010 Winners

1st Male Cyclist – Ilias Katsapouikidis
1st Female Cyclists – Caris-Haf Britton
1st Child U’16 Cyclist – Tie between Dylan Orvad, Jimmy Bunting & Arthur Kyrtzaliotis
1st Male Runner – Scott Kay
1st Female Runner – Janelle Inkster

2011 Winners

1st Male Cyclist – Patrick Houweling
1st Female Cyclist – Nicole Harry
1st Female U16 Cyclist – Caris-Haf Britton
1st Male Runner – Cleve Daniels
1st Female Runner – Kerrin Gale

2012 Winners

Female Cyclists
1st Nicole Harry – time 1.56
2nd Stacey Mibus – time 2.55
3rd Markeeta McLeod – time 3.28

Male Cyclists

1st Kyle Aitken – time 2.05
2nd Joshua Britton – time 2.05
3rd Philip Carlson – time 2.12

Male Runner
1st David Busuttil – time 2.45
2nd Rick Ullianich – time 2.55
3rd Matthew Kerley – time 2.57

Female Runner
1st Penny Burke – time 3.57
2nd Joanne Bathern – time 3.59
3rd Julie Sesnan – time 4.25

Child Male Cyclist
Arthur Kyrtzaliotis – time 2.17 

Child Female Cyclist
Caris-Haf Britton – time 2.17

2013 Winners

Male Cyclists

1st Glenn Clarke – time 1.18
2nd Joshua Britton – time 1.19
3rd Damien Bachmann – time 1.22 

Male Runner

1st Jacques Neethling – time 3.02
2nd Brett Watson – time 3.21
3rd Matthew Armstrong – time 3.27

2014 Winners

3rd Male Cyclist: tie between Sebastion Clark, Hugh Bulotano & Joshua Carboni, with time of 3hrs 28min
3rd Female Cyclist: Beverly Mason, with time of 4hrs 16min
3rd Male Runner: Clint Indelicato, with time of 4hrs 27min
3rd Female Runner: no third 
2nd Male Cyclist: Peter Kyrtzaliotis, with time of 2hrs 19min
2nd Female Cyclist: Amandine Bachmann, with time of 2hrs 21min
2nd Male Runner: Philip Woodward, with time of 3hrs 43min
2nd Female Runner: Susie Boyd Brown, with time of 4hrs 15min
1st Male Cyclist: Damien Bachmann, with time of 1hrs 43min
1st Female Cyclist: Caris-Haf Britton, with time of 2hrs 00min
1st Male Runner: David Busutil, with time of 2hrs 36min
1st Female Runner: Tahnee Bensen, with time of 3hrs 43min

We entered the 10km walk and had a GREAT time. The scenery was spectacular and everyone involved with the event was friendly. We enjoyed the energy boosting lollies at the checkpoints. The whole event was very well organised. The next day we had time to explore Coober Pedy and found everyone in the town very welcoming and obliging. We flew back home with very pleasant memories of your great little town.

Tony & Wendy Busuttil, travelled from Encounter Bay South Australia 2014

I have done a number of runs throughout Australia and this event is my favourite one.

David Busuttil, travelled from APY Lands, winner 35km run 2012 & 2014

Bolt Gallery 2014

Bolt Gallery 2013

Bolt Gallery 2012

Bolt Gallery 2011

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