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Last chance to run on Deek’s Drive

By johnboy 26 November 2010 4

Chief Minister Stanhope is letting us all know that in order for construction to start in Wright and Coombs the running area known as Deeks Forest is going to have to close, so Sunday is a last chance to run it for a while.

Sunday will be a nostalgic day for Canberra’s running fraternity, as it turns out to join former World Marathon Champion and long-time Canberran Rob de Castella on a last run through the area of former pine plantation that is to become the new suburbs of Wright and Coombs.

A two-kilometre cross-country loop has been designed by members of the ACT Cross Country Club for the occasion, starting at Deek’s Drive. The club will also provide marshalling for the run.

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s-s-a 11:08 am 27 Nov 10

Deeks Drive is not the name of an actual street or road. While I won’t be running there tomorrow, I have fond memories of the 2000-2002 24hour mtb races, and in December 2002 a Xmas picnic with some mountain biking friends under the tall shady pine trees.

There are two places in Canberra named after living ppl that I’m aware of… the Stephen Hodge Criterium Circuit and the Robert De Castella Running Track, both at Stromlo Forest Park.

Waiting For Godot 5:24 am 27 Nov 10

Mr Gillespie said :

So……whether we like it or not, we have to accommodate yet another new suburb…..:sigh:

But will this be the end of a drive named after a living person (correct me if I am wrong, but aren’t street names named after dead people?) Also, why is the name “Deeks” not “De Castella”??

The name was chosen in the early 1980s when Deeks was the number one athlete in Australia and commonly known by that name. It was the track where he used to train. Because it wasn’t a road, and the name was a nickname the authorities – before self government – made an exception to the rule that a person had to be deceased in order to have a street or other place named after them. The only other exemption I am aware of is Cumpston Place, Macgregor which was partly named after a pioneering couple who were present at the founding ceremony for Canberra and were still alive in 1972 when the street was gazetted.

Chaz 7:49 pm 26 Nov 10

I was wondering when they were going to “announce” these new suburbs. construction has been going on for quite some time…

Mr Gillespie 5:39 pm 26 Nov 10

So……whether we like it or not, we have to accommodate yet another new suburb…..:sigh:

But will this be the end of a drive named after a living person (correct me if I am wrong, but aren’t street names named after dead people?) Also, why is the name “Deeks” not “De Castella”??

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