Vale Trevor Robbins

Trevor Robbins

It is with great sadness that I advise that Trevor Robbins, life member, has passed away. Our condolences are with Trevor's wife Leonie and family at this time.

Many of you would know Trevor in relation to the club's 8km cross country handicap and of course, the book that captures the club's first 100 years, "Running into History".

Trevor joined the Malvern Harriers in 1946 and was made a life member in 1975. His athletic career was a decorated one, including:

  • Nim Gorrie 1947 & 1981
  • Stewart McQuie 12km XC 1952
  • 5mile/8km Handicap - 1961 and then in 1986 after the trophy was named in his honour!
  • 15km Road Handicap 1977
  • 3rd in VET class in the 5,000m Perth 1977

Trevor also supported the club administratively, fulfilling the President role from 1969 to 1973, and Trustee of the Club (with Eddie Moore) in 1973. He also hosted many of the infamous 'Long Sunday Runs' we have heard our life members reflect upon.

If you have ever read any of the books about Roger Bannister's quest, along with many others, to break the 4 minute mile, mention is made of Trevor Robbins and his contemporaries as they all played a part in this historic event. Trevor could mesmerise you with stories of cinder tracks, endless laps and lethal spikes as the world sat poised to hear the news of a sub-4 minute mile.