The Rawlinson Track is located at Melbourne University.
The track was developed as a training venue for the 1956 Olympic Games, partly funded by the Olympic Organising Committee. It is named after biochemistry professor, three-time Victorian javelin champion and World University Games competitor, William Arthur Rawlinson. Wilfred Kent Hughes and Alf Lazer, along with Professor Rawlinson, were central to the development of the track.
The track was the second cinder track in Melbourne after Olympic Park, and the first in Australia to use metric measurements. The cinders were replaced in 1984 with bitumenised rubber and a full synthetic surface was laid in 1995.
The track has long straights 100m in length, and tight bends. With a synthetic hockey field on the track’s infield, there are no long throw facilities.
The venue annually hosts the Victorian Mile Championship.
The track is managed by Melbourne University Sport.
The track is booked for Melbourne University Athletics Club training at the following times:
- Monday – Thursday: 4:30pm – 8:00pm
- Saturday – Sunday: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Contact Melbourne University Sport for access at other times.
There is no public parking on the Parkville campus. The nearest car park is 379 Cardigan St, Carlton. On street parking is available nearby.Club/Centre:
- Notable PerformancesNotable Performances:
- 23 March 1957: Merv Lincoln becomes the 11th person to break four minutes for the mile, and the second to do so in Australia, running 3:58.9.
- 23 February 2016: Luke Mathews wins the Victorian Mile Championships in 3:56.7, with Genevieve Gregson winning the women's race in 4:32.6.
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- FacilitiesTrack Length: 400mNumber of lanes - circular: 6Number of Lanes - Straight: 8Water Jump: NoLong Jump Pits: 2High Jump Fans: 1Pole Vault Pits: 3Discus Circles: 0Shot Put Circles: 1Javelin Runways: 0Hammer Circles: 0Lighting: YesSeating: Clubrooms