We did warn you…the Pasta Night has sold out!! So be aware when entering online.
*Be early as this is a popular night and sells out fast
A NIGHT OUT WITH A FASCINATING MAN
All participants in the Great Ocean Road Marathon events are most welcome to attend the Pasta Night in Lorne on Saturday, May 18, starting at 6.30 p.m. at the Mantra Hotel. Read more about Mantra Lorne – click here
Previous guest speakers have included Ireland’s Olympic silver medallist Sonia O’Sullivan, the indefatigable marathon star Lee Troop, and some of Africa’s best Great Ocean Road Marathon winners – James Kipkelwon , Charles Muturi and James Kariuki.
It will be a great line-up again this year.
Former marathon great John Farrington will be the guest-of-honor at the Pasta night.
The England-born, Adelaide-based Farrington is a product of the golden era of Australian distance running. He won the national marathon championship four times in 1969,1970,1974 and 1975 – and represented Australia at the 1968 Mexico Olympic Games and ’74 Christchurch Commonwealth Games, finishing fifth.
Farrington, now 70, raced and beat most of the superstars of his era at varying distances, including Ethiopians Abebe Bikila and Mamo Wolde – and even Herb Elliott in a university cross country race in England.
With a personal best marathon time of 2.11.12, he won races world-wide, including Slovakia, Puerto Rico, New Zealand and England.
His major overseas triumph was in the International Peace Marathon in Slovakia in 1972.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the victory, Farrington was invited back to Slovakia last year where “I was treated like royalty” and met the country’s president and prime minister.
An exceptionally modest and dignified man, Farrington has led a fascinating life. In his younger days, he lived in England, Burma, Brunei, Indonesia and Singapore.
Professionally, he was a university management specialist and was chief executive at law. medicine and science departments at several schools-of-learning around Australia.
Farrington jokes that he didn’t race much, contesting no more than 15 marathons.
“I just liked to run through the bush,” he laughs “I think they race far too much these days.”
Tickets to the Pasta Night cost $35 per person, inl GST. Drinks are at bar prices.
Start time is 6.30pm.
The food is great – an appetising variety of VETTA pasta dishes, salads are available for everyone.
You can book online for the Pasta Night when you enter any of the events for the Marathon Festival, but be sure to get in early as it is a popular function and sells out fast.
Everyone is welcome, friends and family too, regardless of entry in races, just state the NUMBER in the box on the entry form when you enter your event.