In 1981 the Burke Hall Fathers Association hosted the first “de Castella Run” to honour the achievements of Robert de Castella (DEEK).  In 2008 the event was handed over to the Old Xaverian’s Athletics Club (OXAC) to organise.  In 2009 OXAC partnered with Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre and together raised over $500,000 in the ensuing years for mental health research.  2018 was the first year the event supported fundraising for the Indigenous Marathon Foundation. 

Old Xaverian’s Athletics Club is an active thriving local athletics club which offers training and competition for athletes of all standards. You do not need to be an Old Xaverian to join. If you are looking to develop your athletic potential or just get involved with a supportive and inclusive club, OXAC is for you!

For more information,  including how to join OXAC, visit


10KM Race Sponsor

Founded in 1938, Kay & Burton is a leader in the premium property market within Victoria. Over the past 80 years, Kay & Burton has achieved remarkable success and has expanded to five offices across the state.
Kay & Burton Hawthorn, established in 2011, offers a boutique-style service, with a strong focus on building lifelong relationships by providing the best possible outcome for every client and every property in its care. Known for representing quality properties across different price categories within the Boroondara area, Kay & Burton Hawthorn provides friendly and professional service.
Kay & Burton has evolved into the progressive agency it is today by staying at the forefront of property and digital marketing technology.

15KM Race Sponsor

On Running shoes can be bought at many locations throughout Australia including The Athlete’s Foot. Check out the Dealer Locator section of our website to find your closest retailer.

As an added bonus, if you purchase a pair of On Shoes from our stand on race day, you will receive an exclusive gift with purchase!

There will be some fantastic On Running Spot Prizes on the day – be sure to be at the Presentation Ceremony 9-9.30am.

On was born in the Swiss alps with one goal: to revolutionize the sensation of running. It’s all based on one radical idea. Soft landings followed by explosive take-offs. Or, as we call it, running on clouds.

Mind & Body Expo Sponsor

Runners World Come and be fitted by Neil Ryan who has been servicing Melbourne’s running community since Deek was a boy! 

Runners World is generously supporting the DE CASTELLA RUN 2019 with 20 @ $200 Gift Vouchers.  The gift of choice! 

If you need new running shoes or running gear. Neil Ryan is the man to see! Neil has been fitting runners to shoes for over 30 years and not only does he know every shoe on the market, but he can help you chose the right shoe for you! He carries a complete range of every shoe type from trainer, to spikes, to racing flats to Vibram five fingers! He is located at 598 High Street, East Kew, Tel: +61 3 9817 3503

Give back to our wonderful sponsor and visit Runners World, East Kew for all your apparel and run shoe needs. 

Runner’s World, the Athletics Specialist, 598 High Street, East KEW+61 3 9817 3503


Thank you to our sponsor Osteo-Restore.

  • Look out for the Osteo-Restore samples at the finishing line chute.
  • OSTEO-RESTORE for an active future. Move more, feel better and get healthier with OSTEO-RESTORE.

    OSTEO RESTORE with EPIITALIS® and Aquamin Forte is a daily dose of two to three easy-to-take capsules. OSTEO-RESTORE contains two new active ingredients, EPIITALIS® and Aquamin Forte.

    Combined for the first time in a complete bone and joint health product, they work on the underlying ailment to repair, protect and actively maintain bone and joint health. The ingredients’ anti-inflammatory properties also provide pain relief for stiff and arthritic joints.

    OSTEO-RESTORE represents a major breakthrough from traditional products, which, in the past, were often limited to simple pain relief and symptom management.


    Hawthorn Triathlon Club (HTC), Based in Hawthorn – a bunch of people who enjoy the challenge of Triathlon and a friendly, sociable and supportive environment to train in.

    Free of charge at the EXPO!

    Light Space Yoga has studios in Balwyn, Ivanhoe and Mitcham Loads of classes, 7 days a week. Enjoy modern facilities, expert teachers and a range of complementary wellness services for optimal health.  Warm up and recover with free yoga classes on event day from 7.30am – 10.30am. 

    Free of charge at the EXPO!

    The friendly physio staff from Performance Medicine will be on hand after the event to provide hands on physiotherapy and massage to help you recover more quickly for your next challenge.

    Visit the 2XU stand at the EXPO

    Thanks to the local 2XU store, Glenferrie Road Hawthorn.
    Please support this friendly store for your top quality sporting apparel. 

    Soleus running watches, each year have supported our event with a give away sample. Look out for your chance to win your own Soleus Running Watch.


    Free BBQ Sausage for run participants

    Just have your race bib visible to enjoy the famous friendly Sausage Sizzle Stand with the best quality sausages available from Cannings Free Range Butchers, Kew.
    As butchers with a conscience, they take pride in delivering Australia’s most high welfare produce.  Cannings Mission: Guided by our code of ethics and informed sourcing process, we strive to create positive change in our field.

    Thank you to Cannings for your community minded generosity and we ask our event participants to consider shopping at Cannings, KEW.

    David Winter opened Bread Street in Mont Albert Village in August 2002.His 35 year’s experience and love of baking has seen the bakery become the heart of the Village, with customers travelling across Melbourne for our breads.

    Their wide range includes Authentic Sourdoughs, Boiled Bagels,
    Pane di Casa, Ciabatta and Pide,
    White, Wholemeal, Country Grain, Low GI, Focaccia, Tuscany, Pasta Dura, Twists, Scrolls, Croissants, Danish Pastries, Muffins and Scones, not forgetting our ever popular Bagel Dogs and Mini Range.

    Each year Bob Stewarts, High Street KEW loyally supports our event with 6 x $50 gift vouchers as prize giveaways. Be there at the presentation stage at 9.00am- 9.30 am for your chance to win.

    Mocha Monkey is run by professional baristas and a dynamic catering team, specializing in coffee catering & major events.Thank you for every year making a generous donation to our charity cause!
    Volunteers this year are eligible for a free coffee/hot chocolate from Paul at Mocha Monkey!

    Free Fruit at the finish line!  Thanks to TOSCANO’S High Street, KEW

    Thank you to the best, freshest, fruit, vegetable and specialty foods shop in Melbourne. Toscano’s, High Street Kew. Staff are friendly and helpful and the quality is unmatched.Thank you for your support of donated beautiful fruit for our finishers! Always so popular.

    Revvies – samples at the finish chute. Have you heard of Revvies Energy Strips?  

    This Aussie innovation has quickly become the go-to caffeine source of Aussie Olympian’s including Eloise Wellings, Jess Trengove and Dane Bird-Smith.

    Walking distance to the event Comfy Kew apartments offer special rates to de Castella Run entrants – just mention de Castella Run on booking. 

    Loyal supporters, Via Verona an landmark Kew cafe specialty cakes and the best coffee in town.  Thank you for donating gift vouchers every year as spot prizes during presentation ceremony at the de Castella Run. 

    Runner’s World Magazine are wonderful long term supporters of our event and there are 4 x “Voucher for five issues subscriptions” available as SPOT PRIZES on the day. Keep up with all the latest training tips on Running!

    On registration you are also eligible as a participant for 2 FREE trial issues. To claim your free trial issues from Runner’s World click this link.

    Kapiris Bros prides itself on growing premium produce in Two Wells, South Australia, Bowen Queensland and Devonport, Tasmania.

    Kapiris Bros delivers a range of quality produce at exceptional value. Our large harvest volumes allows Kapiris Bros to meet the needs of all customers fresh produce requirements from supermarkets, restaurants right through to quick service restaurants.

    Kapiris Bros, is built on true Australian family values producing premium quality produce to satisfy Australian families.

    From our family to yours.”

    About Francapelli Academy

    Francapelli Academy was established in 2003 and is a leading hairdressing training provider .

    Our Trainers are highly skilled and passionate and selected not only for their expert hairdressing knowledge but also for their ability to communicate and teach effectively.

    We know with the right attitude, approach, focus and direction, anything is possible. We are truly proud to have an academy that delivers results.

    It is the voice of experience and a driving passion that allows us to continue teaching the foundations, fundamentals, work ethics and techniques required for excellence in training.

    About Francapelli

    Frank and Anna Sobrio, the founders of FRANCAPELLI hair salon, have been committed to providing client-based excellence in hairdressing since they opened the salon in 1979. Four decades on and the FRANCAPELLI team today continue to offer a unique and dynamic hairdressing experience, grounded in the philosophy that “the customers perception is our reality.”

    Our huge army of volunteers are going to enjoy the generous donation of Crust Pizza’s donated by the CRUST Fitzroy Store. We are very grateful for their support.

    350 Smith Street, Colingwood/Fitzroy
    PH: 9095 0955

    Jean Paul’s Vineyard produces small amounts of premium boutique wine. It is the inspiration ofWilliam de Castella, a direct descendant of Hubert de Castella, of Yarra Valley fame from the mid 1800s.Jean Paul’s Vineyard is certified organic/biodynamic by NASAA (National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia, reg no. 3465). The vineyard produces small amounts of premium fruit, which are transformed into truly distinctive wines.

    You can order their premium boutique wine from their website.


    Old Xaverians Athletics Club is a local athletics club which offers training and competition for athletes of all standards. If you are looking to develop your athletic potential or just get involved with a supportive and inclusive club, OXAC is for you!


    Event Naming Sponsor




    The Nostra Homes name translates to “Our Homes” – At Nostra Homes we build homes that we are proud to call home ourselves. Building homes in Melbourne since 2006, We stand out from the crowd with a truly personal service. Our aim is to build affordable homes that exceed the industry standard using quality products that stand the test of time. Whether you are building one of our conventional homes, a townhouse, a custom home or a multi unit development you will receive a standout result each and every time. With an enviable list of standard inclusions across our range you’ll be surprised by what we call standard.


    Our Partners


    Monash University Central Clinical School’s Department of Medicine within the Division of Clinical Sciences is based at the Alfred Medical Research and Education Precinct (AMREP) in Prahran, Victoria. Co-located with a number of world class research institutions and Alfred Health, the Department of Medicine is a premier centre for clinical and biomedical research and education, offering undergraduate and postgraduate study programs.


    Race Sponsors




    At Vision Personal Training our friendly and motivated staff will help you reach your individual fitness or weight-loss goals – the fast, friendly and fun way! Vision Personal Training is unlike any other fitness studio – so come and experience the Vision Personal Training difference today!




    The MAPrc mission is to develop new treatments, new understanding and new services for mental illnesses. With over 100 research staff and students at MAPrc they are one of the largest clinical research centres in psychiatry in Australia.
    The MAPrc crew will be on hand to give out info about their research, answer questions and they will also have a fund raising bake stall and sausage sizzle on the day.




    Mizuno are driven by a performance focus, continuing to develop new ideas and new technologies that work in harmony with your body to make you an even better you. Visit their stall and try on their latest product range.
    Thanks to MIZUNO for the last 8 years of prize vouchers and being a proud race sponsor.

    Runners World Mind and Body Expo Stalls!




    Runners World of High Street, East Kew is run by Neil Ryan who has servicing Melbourne’s running community since Deek was a boy! Neil and his merchandise will be on hand at the event to meet all your running apparel needs. Come and have a chat to Neil, he’s a legend of our sport!
    Place getters prize vouchers are only redeemable at Runners World.


    Mizuno are driven by a performance focus, continuing to develop new ideas and new technologies that work in harmony with your body to make you an even better you. Visit their stall and try on their latest product range.
    Thanks to MIZUNO for the last 8 years of prize vouchers and being a proud race sponsor.


    Hawthorn Triathlon Club (HTC), Based in Hawthorn – a bunch of people who enjoy the challenge of Triathlon and a friendly, sociable and supportive environment to train in.


    Join expert Yoga instructor’s from Rise Yoga for a fun and relaxing post event Mini Yoga recovery session on the oval. Each session will be about 10mins in length and everyone can join in – even if you’ve never done Yoga before – give it a try!


    Resilience Agenda

    Resilience Agenda guides people through the maze of Mental Fitness and helps people with strategies, ideas and inspiration for building their Mental Fitness.

    Resilience Agenda will be launching their 2018 Australian Mental Fitness Diary at the 2017 Run2MendMinds and all visitors will receive 20% off on Race Day only.

    Special offers and prizes for participants 2017




    5 X $100 Prize Vouchers for giveaways at the presentations – each year we have are grateful for the support of these great prize voucher from our loyal supporters at Bob Stewart.
    Be sure to shop at this family and community friendly local business in return!



    Comfy Kew Apartments, 3 Studley Park Road KEW
    Less than 1.2km from the run, Comfy Kew Apartments are offering a special for FAMILIES!
    Stay for $160 per night for the fun run and you will be in a family room for a single room rate!
    Just mention the de Castella Run on booking.



    You save $5 and R4YL will donate $10 on your behalf!
    Exciting news: we have teamed up with Run For Your Life, Australia’s running bible, to bring our supporters a special offer. Purchase a 12 month sub, use the code MAPRCDONATE10 and you will get a $5 discount, PLUS they will donate $10 to MAPrc! Use the code MAPRCDONATE10 at



    Corn Thin – Proud supporters who provide samples in your show bag!




    From the spring of Morning Time to the calm of Night Time, Pukka have created delicious organic herbal teas to match your every mood. Specially blended by herbalist Sebastian Pole, each blend is full of natural flavour and rich in the incredible benefits of organic herbs.

    Pukka pay particular attention to the quality of the plants they use, literally going to the edge of the world to bring you the most potent, vibrant and flavour-filled herbs. Keeping in balance with nature, the herbs used are from fair trade, sustainable sources, anything less just wouldn’t be Pukka.

    We hope you enjoy drinking these beautiful teas as much as we do. Thank you Pukka for the samples in our runners swag bag!


    Go Natural – Proud supporters who provide samples in your show bag!



    Thank you to At One for supplying 1200 samples in showbags of these delicious and healthy snack bars!



    The Toscano family is one of Melbourne’s finest fruit and vegetable purveyors. Since the first Toscano’s store opened its doors in 1950, three generations of the Toscano family have established unsurpassed standards in quality and service for fruit and vegetable retailing. Their stores offer an extensive range of quality fruit and vegetable with service that is friendly and informative, providing a pleasurable shopping experience that our customers have come to expect.




    A blend of modern and traditional, Via Verona offers something for everyone.  From light snacks through breakfasts for champions, breads and pastries baked fresh on the premises, and a wide range of lunch options to tempt corporate clients and fussy friends alike, Via Verona brings the high-end in service to High Street!
    Fully licensed, our chefs can tailor a food and beverage menu for any age birthday parties, along with product launches, intimate weddings, or any special occasions.
    193 High Street, Kew    Tel: +61 3 9853 2657 for bookings.





    Thank you to AGAPI for Donating an $85 Gift Voucher!

    Stylish restaurant with exposed-brick walls and white tablecloths, serving Greek mains and banquets.

    Agapi Restaurant in Richmond is famous for its authentic home-style Greek cuisine, genuine charm and Athenian atmosphere.

    Set in a relaxed and sophisticated setting in the heart of Swan Street in Richmond, discover the latest inspiration and Greek flavours in a fine-dining restaurant.

    Whether it’s grilled octopus, fresh pan-fried calamari or mouth-watering lamb on the grill, the menu caters to everyone. 

    Get in touch to enquire about your next booking or function

    Address: 262 Swan St, Richmond VIC 3121   Phone: (03) 9428 8337






    People Float to relieve stress, recover from injury, stop fatigue, eliminate chronic pain, improve sleep and much more. Floating naturally increases your dopamine and endorphin levels, boosting your mood. Elevation Float Website

    Sessions can be 1 hr, 90 mins or 2 hrs. The longer you float the better the experience.

    With over 80 peer reviewed studies on Floatation therapy there are many benefits to floating that have been medically proven. Continued research in the field is showing highly promising results in several areas relating to:relaxation, pain relief, magnesium absorption, creativity, critical thinking, learning, problem solving and self-improvement. All types of people with various backgrounds and ages can benefit from floating. It can almost serve as a mini vacation from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

    ELEVATION FOAT  167 Camberwell Rd Hawthorn East 03 8376 6140





    Professional Face Painters providing free decorating of your children’s faces!



    Animals On The Move will be onsite with a petting zoo with a wide range of animals for the whole family to enjoy!



    Mocha Monkey is run by professional baristas and a dynamic catering team, specializing in coffee catering & major events.



    Established in 1991, the Jellis Craig network is a business based on ethics, integrity and personal service. With a commitment to progressive thinking, Jellis Craig has continually evolved and grown to become one of Melbourne’s leading real estate groups. Jellis Craig’s networks of 16 strategically located offices are positioned across Melbourne’s most sought after suburbs and reach into local, interstate and international markets.