Getting the Trots – How it all Started

The generally accepted position is that the Turramurra Trotters started when Peter Wicks, Pat Burke and Peter Welch ran from Turramurra up Rohini Street and down to Wanganui Street one Saturday morning in late March 1974, at about 9-00am. They then decided to make this a regular event, having decided it was possible. Within a few weeks Cliff Carpenter joined them and the course was extended down Bobbin Head Road as far as what was then known as the “Pentecost Highway”. Today, it is Boomerang Street, opposite Pentecost Avenue.

Then, after the 1974 City to Surf, some other chaps including Russell Whitmont, Mason Thomas, Nick Heath, Bob Sully and Russell Philp also joined the group – Bob and Cliff (who had worked together as accountants) had been doing a bit of running together with Russell Whitmont with the City Tatts Harriers in Centennial Park.

From the very start, Peter Welch recorded his times and wrote them down at home … the list of the first 10 Trotters still exists on a piece of cardboard in the possession of Alan Cole. The card is dated 18 January 1975, and lists the following names of the runners on that day …

Trotters in January 1975
 
Trotter’s Name
Cliff Carpenter
Ian Melrose
Mason Thomas
Peter Welch
Col Lambert
Peter Kileski
Col Overton
Ed Donnelly
Frank Stevens
Russell Phipps
Nick Heath
Russell Whitmont
Peter Dwyer
John Johnson