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All set for the Arthur Postle Gift (QAL) on October 20th 2018

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Countdown under way to Arthur Postle Gift meeting

by Glen McCullough  
Toowoomba Chronicle
5th Oct 2018


THE countdown is under way to the return of professional running on the Darling Downs with Pittsworth preparing to host the inaugural Arthur Postle Gift in two weeks' time.

The gala day of track running, highlighted by the Gift run in honour of the town's former record-breaking sprinter Arthur "The Crimson Flash" Postle, will be held at Club Pittsworth on October 20.

The Gift will form part of the Queensland Professional Athletic League circuit and is expected to attract competitors from the Darling Downs to interstate.

The Arthur Postle Gift will be an open event for men and women over 75 yards carrying $5000 in prize money while a number of support events catering for youth and female runners will feature on the day-night program.

Toowoomba Regional Councillor Geoff McDonald said the nature of handicap running provided an exciting spectacle.

"I'm hopeful over time this may well rival the likes of the Stawell Gift which is known to many people," McDonald said at yesterday's Gift media launch.

Arthur Postle Gift:The Arthur Postle Gift will be held in Pittsworth this October.

"Excitingly the racing will be conducted by the Queensland Athletic League. So it's a professional running race held at Club Pittsworth with its beautiful grounds and great amenities.

"We'll also see the richest running of youth races in Queensland take place and one of the richest in women's racing as well for a $3000 prize purse.

"Importantly the call-out is now for local athletes at schools, Little Athletics and all the different clubs over our region to get involved and perhaps take home a piece of history.

"Be the first to take home one of the Arthur Postle trophies."

Postle Gift working member Greg Quinn said the event would be a proud addition to the Pittsworth calendar.

"This community does have a couple of fantastic events, but this one in particular gives us the chance to go across the national stage," Quinn said.

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Postle Gift to revive missing link for region

by Glen McCullough
Toowoomba Chronicle
22nd Sep 2018


A FADING piece of the Toowoomba region's sporting past will be revived next month when professional sprint racing bursts back to life.

Pittsworth will be the scene of its return when the town hosts the inaugural Arthur Postle Gift meeting at Club Pittsworth on Saturday, October 20.

The feature 75-yard handicap event, carrying $5000 in prize money, carries the name of the town's world-famous sprinter from the early 1900s.

Arthur "The Crimson Flash” Postle was considered to the world's fastest man on his way to setting numerous records.

Last month he was honoured with the unveiling of a statue in the town's main street paying homage to his feats.

The Toowoomba region has not hosted a professional running meeting since the Fairholme Gift was last run in 2013.

The Postle Gift will also provide a boost to the sport at a state level with the Queensland Professional Athletic League embracing the event.

"The Postle Gift program will also include a youth (boys and girls) event carrying total prize money of $1000,” League president Bruce Duncan said.

"Events will also be held over 120 metres and 300 metres on the program with racing set to start at 2pm and go into the twilight with the finals around 7pm.”

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Pittsworth born Arthur Postle was known as "The Crimson
Flash” on his way to setting numerous world sprinting records in the
early 20th century. Picture: The Chronicle Archive



Pittsworth's 'unbeatable' Postle proved to be world's best

by Glen McCullough
Toowoomba Chronicle  
28th Oct 2017


A MISSING piece of Australian sport history will finally be put in place next month when four major contributors to our nation's sporting past are inducted into the Toowoomba Regional Sports Hall of Fame. The historic occasion will take place at a public dinner on Friday, November 24 at Cobb+Co Museum. Despite Toowoomba's rich sporting heritage the city has never before recognised its highest achievers with Hall Of Fame honours. But that will all change when ARTHUR POSTLE, TOM GORMAN, NIKKI HUDSON and JOHN McDONALD become the hall's inaugural members next month. Each Saturday leading up to the inductions, The Chronicle will outline the major achievements of the inductees. Today we look back at the life and career highlights of "The Crimson Flash" Arthur Postle. Tickets for the induction dinner are available online at toowoombatickets .com.au or by cash at Cobb+Co Museum.

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ARTHUR Postle's Australian running feats in the early 20th century were so remarkable sceptics believed they were "too good to be true" and dismissed him as a fake.

But when the challenge was thrown out in 1907 by his doubters in England to take on their sprinting champion W. Growcott, the world soon found out the man from the Darling Downs known as "The Crimson Flash" was the real deal.

Postle took up the challenge to meet Growcott and travelled to England for the match race where he started a 3-1 outsider in the 100-yard Manchester showdown against the cocky Englishman.

After exploding to an early lead, Postle withstood a mid-race burst from Growcott to streak away for a remarkable victory - one which would help confirm him as the fastest man alive.

His victory earned him the title of "The Mighty Postle".

Arthur Benjamin Postle was born on March 8, 1881 at Springside near Beauaraba which was later renamed Pittsworth.

He was the second of nine children of Arthur Benjamin Postle - a selector - and his English wife Frances.

Postle attended Springside State School from 1888-93 where he showed early running talent.

While working on the family farm, Postle competed successfully at professional athletics meetings around the Darling Downs and southeast Queensland, graduating from juvenile to open events.

He was coached by his uncle Fred Postle on a rough running track cut in bushland on his uncle's property adjacent to his family's farm.

Professional running had a huge following in Australia around the turn of the last century and Postle was soon to make an indelible mark across the nation against all comers.

After leaving the farm in 1899 to pursue his athletics career Postle made a modest entry into professional running at the 1901 and 1903 Stawell Gifts.

But he quickly began converting potential into success and people were soon taking notice of his prowess after victories in Charters Towers and Townsville in 1904-05.

Postle would next be achieving world fame in his crimson costume which saw him dubbed "The Crimson Flash".

In December, 1905 Postle defeated Irish world champion R.B. Day in front of a crowd of 20,000 people at Kalgoorlie in Western Australia.

He beat Day in each of their three races over 70 yards.

Athlete Jack Todd was to become Postle's trainer.

Postle's electrifying starts made him "unbeatable" over distances up to 75 yards.

He set world records over 50 yards, 60 yards, 75 yards, 80 yards and 200 yards and won events up to 300 yards.

Internationally his career was highlighted by contests with South African Reg Walker and his rivalry with Australian champion Jack Donaldson, also known as the "Blue Streak".

Donaldson won most of their meetings of 100 yards or more while Postle dominated him over shorter distances.

Postle also ran against Donaldson and American Charles Holloway in South Africa when he was considered slightly past his best in 1910.

He pushed Donaldson to a 100-yard world record run of 9.37 seconds while also breaking the world mark in finishing a close second.

But two years later, nearing the end of his career, Postle turned the tables on Donaldson in Auckland with victories over 75, 150 and 200 yards.

In doing so he equalled his own 75-yard record and set a 200-yard world record.

Postle not long after retired, but not before stamping himself as probably the greatest sprinter the world had seen.

He devoted much of his later life to encouraging and coaching young athletes and sprinters.

He died in Brisbane in 1965, aged 84 years.

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