Two time Commonwealth Games Marathon champion (2014 and 2018) Michael Shelley has announced his retirement from elite marathon running.

MIchael Shelley celebrates after winning the men’s marathon in Glasgow 2014

In a Facebook post today Shelley stated:

“Over the last couple of weeks, I have come to the decision that I no longer have the desire to compete competitively again. While I have still been out running the drive to complete the training that I feel I need to compete at my best is gone. To my Dad, Mum and brother it is hard to put into words how much your support and encouragement has meant to me. Thank you for all you have done to help me follow my dreams. Extended family and friends thank you for your support, encouragement and understanding throughout my running journey.

Michael Shelley winning Commonwealth games Gold

Richard Telford. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to come to Canberra 17yrs ago to train with your training group. Having that opportunity has helped me achieve so much more than I ever thought I could. Your knowledge, support and encouragement is second to none and I feel very privileged to have been coached by you. Brett Green thank you for your great foundation in my early years in athletics. To all of the people I have trained with and have been on teams with over the years, thanks for the many laughs and hard sessions.

Peter Hall at Nike Robina thank you for helping me out with shoes and clothes for so many years, also thank you to Nike for the 4 years of sponsorship. Luke Stubbs my chiropractor at Spine Sport Feet Clinic thank you for helping me stay together as much as I have been able too over the many years of running. Global Sports Communication, thank you for all your help in getting me into so many races internationally and to all of the races that I have competed at thank you for having me. Athletics Australia, Queensland Academy of Sport and all of the Sports Academies and Associations that have helped me within Australia thank you for the support and opportunities you have provided me with.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – JULY 27: Michael Shelley of Australia celebrates with Liam Adams of Australia after winning the Men’s Marathon on the city marathon course during day four of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 27, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Last, but not least thank you to everyone that has said g’day or hello while I have been out training, especially in Oxenford and the Gold Coast your support and encouragement has been greatly appreciated.


Michael Shelley’s personal bests

1500 Metres 3:39.90 Sydney (AUS) 27 FEB 2004 1108
3000 Metres 7:59.59 Sydney (AUS) 17 FEB 2007 1058
5000 Metres 13:38.30 Hobart (AUS) 30 JAN 2009 1073
10,000 Metres 27:59.77 Berkeley, CA (USA) 24 APR 2009 1132
2000 Metres Steeplechase 5:58.59 Brisbane (AUS) 27 OCT 2001 929
3000 Metres Steeplechase 9:08.28 Hobart (AUS) 09 MAR 2002 960
10 Kilometres 28:44 Launceston (AUS) 17 JUN 2012 1074
10 Miles Road 47:39 Portsmouth (GBR) 26 OCT 2014 1058
Half Marathon 1:02:10 Gold Coast (AUS) 05 JUL 2009 1104
Half Marathon 1:01:27 * New York, NY (USA) 18 MAR 2012 1114
Marathon 2:11:15 Hampden Park, Glasgow (GBR) 27 JUL 2014 1139


GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA – APRIL 15: Michael Shelley of Australia celebrates with Women’s medalists Jess Trengove and Lisa Weightman of Australia as he crosses the line to win gold in the Men’s marathon on day 11 of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Southport Broadwater Parklands on April 15, 2018 on the Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)