A strong contingent of runners will be out to take the prize in the $2,000 100m Daylesford Gift at Cricket Willow on Sunday 6th January 2019.

The fourteenth Run for the Willow carnival will attract nearly 400 entrants from Australia and Scotland for a full card of Victorian Athletic League professional races from 70m to 1600m.

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.

Entry - adults $10 donation to Camp Quality, concession/children aged 5-17 $5 donation to Camp Quality, children under 5 are free.

For further information please contact Cricket Willow on 5476 4277 or

Event Schedule

11.35:   Clayton Scoble Construction 800m heats

11.49:   Central Highlands Water 70m heats

12.20:   Dual Heating & Air Conditioning 1600m Restricted

12.30:   Central Highlands Water 70m final

12.40:   Cricket Willow 100m Womens heats

1.03:     Telstra 100m Daylesford Gift heats

1.31:     Clayton Scoble Construction 800m final

1.41:     Cricket Willow 100m Womens final

1.50:     Telstra 100m Daylesford Gift semis

2.05:     Daylesford & Castlemaine RSL 300m Masters heats

2.30:     Endura 400m Womens heats

2.47:     Intersport SportzBiz “Roz Moynihan” 400m Restricted heats

3.00:     Mulcahy & Co “William Lee SSH” 400m heats

3.20:     Telstra 100m Daylesford Gift final

3.30:     Rotary Club of Daylesford U/18 100m

3.40:     Camp Quality Kids Races

3.50:     CommBank Inaugural Volunteers Gift

4.00:     Biggin & Scott “Mick O’Connor Mile” 1600m

4.10:     Daylesford & Castlemaine RSL 300m Masters final

4.20:     Endura 400m Womens final

4.30:     Intersport SportzBiz “Roz Moynihan” 400m Restricted final

4.40:     Mulcahy & Co “William Lee SSH” 400m final

4.50:     Mitre10 Daylesford “The Oska” Four Legged Gift

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Another successful Run for the Willow carnival was held at Cricket Willow on Sunday 7th January 2018. Up and coming Bendigo backmarker Jake Hilson won the $2,000 Telstra 100m Daylesford Gift in a close finish from Sydney's Michael Kember and Geelong's Kevin Brittain.

Pamela Austin from Geelong won the $700 Hocking Stuart 100m Womens Vase.

The day raised $1,945.30 for Camp Quality to support kids with cancer.

Click here for the 2018 event results.

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 (Toowoomba, Queensland) 11.09 secs (4.5m)    

2006 $2,000 Telstra 100m Gift: Sani Biao (Cameroon) 10.70 secs (2.5m)

2008 $2,000 Telstra 100m Gift: Glenn Stephens (Bendigo, Victoria) 10.67 secs (12.75m)

2009 $2,000 Telstra 100m Gift: Shaun Fletcher (Newcastle, NSW) 10.62 secs (4.5m)

2010 $2,000 Telstra 100m Gift: Shaun Hargreaves (Werribee, Victoria) 10.99 secs (5.75m)

2011 $2,000 Telstra 100m Gift: Bradley Letton (Cambden, SA) 11.21 secs (8.00m)

2012 $2,000 Telstra 100 yards Gift: Shane Woodrow (Ballarat, Victoria) 10.17 secs (4.75 yards)

2013 $2,000 Telstra 100m Gift: Brian Wright (Sydney, NSW) 11.04 secs (15.00m)

2014 $2,000 Telstra 100m Gift: Marty Sinclair (Newcastle, NSW) 11.13 secs (10.5m)

2015 $2,000 Telstra 100m Gift: Derek Collinge (Canberra, ACT) 10.69 secs (8.25m)

2016 $2,000 Telstra 100m Gift: Michael Kember (Cromer Heights, NSW) 10.93 secs (6.25m) 

2017 $2,000 Telstra 100m Gift: Elly Graf (Yowie Bay, NSW) 10.63 secs (15.00m) 

2018 $2,000 Telstra 100m Gift: Jake Hilson (Bendigo) 10.94 secs (5.25m) 

Run for the Willow is a fundraising event for charity. Since its inception in 2005 over $32,000 has been raised for Camp Quality and charitable causes.