A strong contingent of runners will be out to take the prize in the Telstra $2,000 100m Daylesford Gift at Cricket Willow on Saturday 4th January 2014.

The ninth Run for the Willow carnival will attract entrants from across Australia for a full card of Victorian Athletic League professional races from 70m to 1600m. The running commences at 12 noon.

Entry details for the professional races are available from Other events can be entered on the day including the Rotary Club of Daylesford U/18 100m and Camp Quality kids races.

Run for the Willow is a fundraising event for Camp Quality. Entry fees - adults $10, concession/children $5.

Click here to download an event flyer. For further information please contact Cricket Willow on 5476 4277 or

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2013 Wrap


The eighth Run for the Willow carnival was held at Cricket Willow on Saturday 5th January 2013. The event featured a full program of VAL footraces together with the Rotary U/18 100m sprints, Camp Quality kids' races and the Canine Gift.

The $2,000 Telstra 100m Daylesford Gift was won by Sydneysider Brian Wright in a time of 11.04 seconds. Click here to download the results for each event.

Click here for a link to the Ballarat Courier reports from the day.

The organising committee would like to thank all the athletes, supporters, officials, sponsors and volunteers who supported the day.

The spark for Run for the Willow came in April 2005. Four time Stawell gift finalist Chris Tuohy stumbled upon Cricket Willow and was blown away by the picturesque oval and impressive facilities. Chris chatted with the Tinetti family about the prospect of staging an athletics meeting at this unique venue. All agreed that it was a fantastic idea and with support from the Victorian Athletic League the inaugural Run for the Willow carnival was staged at Cricket Willow on Saturday 19 November 2005.

100m Daylesford Gift Winners

2005 $2,000 Cricket Willow 100m Gift: Nathan Allen 11.09 secs(4.5m)    
2006 $2,000 Telstra 100m Gift: SaniBiao 10.70 secs (2.5m)
2008 $2,000 Telstra 100m Gift: Glenn Stephens 10.67 secs (12.75m)
2009 $2,000 Telstra 100m Gift: Shaun Fletcher 10.62 secs (4.5m)
2010 $2,000 Telstra 100m Gift: Shaun Hargreaves 10.99 secs (5.75m)
2011 $2,000 Telstra 100m Gift: Bradley Letton 11.21 secs (8.00m)
2012 $2,000 Telstra 100 yards Gift: Shane Woodrow 10.17 secs (4.75 yards)2013 $2,000 Telstra 100m Gift: Brian Wright 11.04 secs (15.00m)

Run for the Willow is a fundraising event for charity. Since its inception in 2005 over $19,700 has been raised for Camp Quality and local causes.




The Run for the Willow athletic carnival was nominated as the Victorian entry for the Meeting of the Year at the prestigious Australian Athletic Confederation Awards held in Melbourne on 20 August 2006.

Event spokesman Adrian Tinetti said it was a terrific achievement for the carnival to be nominated in only its first year. It a follows on from the recent award as the joint winner of the Victorian Meeting of the Year. Tinetti hopes to have another shot at the Australian awards next year with a bigger and better carnival planned for 9 & 10 December 2006 at the picturesque Cricket Willow oval.

The St Helens meeting in Tasmania was awarded the title as the Australian Meeting of the Year. Other winners at the Australian Athletic Confederation Awards were:

Athlete of the Year - Pirrenee Steinhart (South Australia)
Male Sprint Athlete of the Year - Daniel Burgess (Victoria)
Female Athlete of the Year - Cara White (Victoria)
Distance Athlete of the Year - Michael Killicoat (South Australia)
Trainer of the Year - Paul Young (South Australia)
Administrator of the Year - Cathy Thurston (South Australia)


The professional running fraternity gathered at Windy Hill on Friday 5th May for the annual Victorian Runners and Trainers Association awards night. In a surprise announcement the Cricket Willow Gift, in only its first year, was declared the joint winner of the meeting of the year award with the Waverley Gift.

Cricket Willow Gift chief organisers Chris Tuohy and Adrian Tinetti accepted the prestigious award from Victorian running stalwart George Underwood. Tuohy received special congratulations for his endeavours both on and off the track to get the new gift up and running. In return Tuohy thanked the Tinetti family and his fellow athletes for getting behind his idea and making it such a success. He also said he looks forward to seeing everyone return to ‘Run for the Willow’ next season.

In other awards, Ballarat and Geelong Gift winner Nathan Dixon continued his rise through the running ranks to be named the sprinter of the year. In his acceptance speech Dixon attributed his success to the tremendous support from his mother and the expert guidance from his coach Rob Lehmann.

Another local lad, Glenn Weston of Daisy Hill capped off a stellar season to win both the distance athlete and veterans athlete awards. Weston achieved the remarkable feat of no fewer than eight victories throughout the season.

Other winners on the night were Daniel Burgess - athlete of the year and most outstanding performance of the year, Sonya Pollard - female athlete of the year, Nick Feidler - trainer of the year, James Deane - middle distance athlete of the year and Matt Carter - Sandy Hurst Memorial emerging talent award.

After the presentations Ian Tinetti challenged Adrian Mott to return to Cricket Willow and replicate his stunning Stawell Gift victory. Mott’s journey to Stawell kicked into gear last November when he was victorious in his heat of the Cricket Willow Gift, his first official win under high profile coach Steve Brimacombe.