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    We are the speedygeese!

    Fast and slow, young and old, we run together around Australia's capital city, Canberra A.C.T.

    Our main training sessions are at Parliament House, Mondays and Thursdays, 5:30pm year round. We meet there in the public underground car-park.

    New starters are always welcome!

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    Damian Rutledge

    A blast from the past, Damian recently renewed his acquaintance with the speedygeese and appears as fast as ever. Having recently entered a new M50 age group, Damian is all fired up and ready to race again.

    Curiously if you search for Damian on the internet all you find are references to "Hawthorn"

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    Dave Clark

    Dave progressed from treadmill to track, and races frequently, often straight after training. Dave has consistently improved over 5k and if he ever tapers for an event he will improve even more.

    Dave looks at his watch a lot. That's because he runs a lot.

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    David Webster

    Intermittently trains with us when his sister drags him along. Intermittently races and excels as a long distance M65.

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    Diana Barry

    Diana is a round-Australia traveller who trained with us early in 2016. Diana could turn up again in 2017; she is not old yet.

    The photo was taken at one of our regular speedygeese post-training suppers at the Yacht Club, Yarralumla

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    Dom Sparkes

    Young Dom is a talented gymnast who in a few years time will outgun us all. He very occasionally comes to training with his mom, or turns up at the Ginninderra parkun.

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    Ewen Thompson

    Ewen has run a lot, and is a long-time member of the speedygeese. Ewen's PBs include a 17:33 5k and a 36:33 10k. A 2:15 800m is not too shabby either. Ewen's best Half Marathon is 1:21.38 and Marathon 3:11.02. He also likes the High Jump which he practises towards the end of most races, and he has run the Six Foot Track.

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    Fiona Blackwell

    Fiona (second from the left) is a relative newcomer to our training group; she is a rower who runs. Therefore she is fit and strong!

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    Garry Maher

    M70 Garry is quicker than most of us.. particularly if you run him over 200m and put hurdles in the way. He doesn't mind the occasional Pentathlon either, except they involve a 1500m as the 5th event. Garry usually stops during our speedygeese warmup well before that!

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    Gary Moss

    Gary is another runner who has just turned 70 - and still running! Wonders will never cease. When I turn 70 in May 2018 GM (Garry Maher), GM (Gary Moss) and I (Geoff Moore) will form a relay team of M70 GMs but we need one more. Any takers?

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    Geoff Moore

    Speedychief aka speedygoose. See "about me". Favourite quotes: "Be the change you want to see in the world" and "Don't call me spritely!". These days I mostly run parkruns and little else, but in the past I have run everything from 100m to 50km.

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    Giles Lamb

    Giles is now a regular at training, and has been a regular participant in competitions around Canberra, notably the Friday lunchtime Customs 5k, and the Gungahlin parkrun.

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    Isaac Muscat

    Talented youngster who delights in dropping his mum in races and everyone else in training. Currently the fastest speedygoose and will only get faster.

    Isaac is Jen's son.

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    Jen Bright

    Jen is a successful mum (see previous item) and still breaks 20 minutes for 5k. Jen is allergic to track so her 5k races are all parkruns or YCRC events. You can find her at Tuggeranong parkrun on Saturday mornings, at speedygeese training every Monday and Thursday, and running trails at all other times.

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    Joel Pearson

    Joel started training with us as a teenager, and has run the 800m in just over 2 minutes. If he starts running Vets track now, watch out. Two young children could make that a little way off still.

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    Kylie Malone

    Kylie was one of Warrick's training partners who joined up with the speedygeese. Just at present we occasionally see her walking around Parliament House when we are running there. Once Kylie recovers from some minor niggles, she'll be back.

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    Kym Chisholm

    Kym runs everything from Vets track to AMRA Mountain runs, YCRC cross country races, Customs 5ks, speedy Half Marathons, Adventure races, etc. Please don't challenge her to a game of cards; she is very good at that as well.

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    Lauren Denney

    Lots of crazy people have joined us recently, Lauren is one of the newest. She is fit, fast, and very keen. Hoping you are the same.

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    Liz Simpfendorfer

    I met Liz in 2015 at the Australian Masters Games in Adelaide as we ran together in the Half Marathon, and I invited her to join us. 12 months later she did! Her husband Peter, who is as fit as Liz, accompanied her to a speedygeese session recently.

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    Louise Hill

    Louise visited us briefly in 2015 and my guess is she'll be back with us soon. Louise is another very fit young lady. Keep inviting your friends, the more the merrier!

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    Lucia Pietropaoli

    Lucia trained at Parliament House, and at Stromlo Forest Park with sub 4 minute km intervals. She runs evenly; her jog is almost as speedy as her sprint. Living in Indonesia for all of 2016, Lucia I think is returning to Canberra shortly.

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    Mick Charlton

    Mick specialises in the Vets monthly handicap. He regularly if intermittently trains with us at Parliament House, otherwise he is one of many who are enjoying life now that we have retired from work.

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    Nicole Bruce

    Nicole (on the right) is a relatively new member of the speedygeese, she regularly turns up to training, and runs the lunchtime handicap run each week around Lake Tuggeranong. Nicole will be an improver in 2017.

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    Peter Brown

    A golfer and keen runner, Peter is more commonly know as "Brownie" which we might have to call him due to having a lot of "Peter"s in the training group. Peter is pretty fit too.

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    Peter Burke

    Peter is one of the quicker members of the speedygeese, but we haven't seen a lot of him lately. Peter is trained as a sports masseur, so perhaps we would all like to see him more often!

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    Peter Thomson

    "Thommo" is an ultra runner who seems to enjoy instant recovery from long training runs and long races. Since joining the speedygeese his times in the Tuggeranong 5k parkrun have improved sharply. And that is without ever tapering!

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    Pieta Smith

    Another Tuggeranong parkrunner, Pieta vastly improved her times in 2016. Except when she has to piggyback a child in the last part of the event! Her improvement is largely due to her being able to survive quite a demanding training regime.

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    Rae Palmer

    Rae was a member of Females In Training (FIT) who joined us to work on her running. She races the Sydney City to Surf, she cycles, she competed in triathlons. Rae is another superfit athlete for her age!

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    Ruth Baussmann

    Ruth has been training with us for many years and has shown remarkable consistency over that time. We couldn't do without her, the jellybeans at the end of our training sessions are always greatly anticipated and appreciated.

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    Sandeep Chandra

    Among the most regular runners at Parliament House on Mondays and Thursdays, Sandeep is enjoying getting fit and his times are showing steady improvement. Sandeep's favourite event is the Lake Stakes at Tuggeranong, which he, Ewen, Thommo, and Nicole run most weeks.

    Sandeep was the first lucky speedygoose to have his blog portrait replaced by a better one, or in his case, two.

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    Sarah-Jayne Miller

    Sarah-Jayne trained with us here then moved to Albury and flourished as a trail runner. She's back and it appears she will be joining us as often as her young family makes that possible. Sarah-Jayne is super fit and has lost none of her form.

    Sarah-Jayne went to France to represent Australia in Skyrunning

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    Stephanie Pfohl

    Stephanie likes to run the Ginninderra parkrun and trains hard in between. We have only seen her at training a few times and she intends to join us more often in 2017.

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    Susan Sturgeon

    Susan is speedy over short distances and doing very well indeed racing longer ones. She has run a few Bush Capital 16k races, and completed international marathons. Susan is nearly an all-rounder!

    In 2015 Susan ran 3:46.33 for the New York marathon

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    Suzie Gye

    Suzie moved to Alice Springs and much later from there to Darwin, but there is hope that she will soon be moving back to Canberra. Bringing with her the cutest new baby. She has run good times from 5k to the marathon, and is not old yet.

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    Thea Zimpel

    Thea can run long slow distances, short slow distances, sprints. We are working on her form. On a good day she is very hard to beat (in a finishing sprint).

    Pictured is Bron, Shane, Thea and Ruth at the Ginninderra parkrun.

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    Vanessa Palmer

    Vanessa likes to ski, paddle, run, cycle, and very soon may be in charge of the Queanbeyan parkrun. We will all visit her there for #1.

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    Warrick Howieson

    Warrick is a distance runner who for a sprint runs the City to Surf. Otherwise it’s half marathons and an occasional marathon. The halves are invariably run in around 1:45, although he has ducked under 1:40 at least once.

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    Yelena Pearson

    Yelena is expecting her second child in mid January. Therefore I would not expect her to return to training any time soon!

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    Sometimes people bring their sons or daughters to training. Sometimes these are quite grown up!

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    Yuan Yuan Liu

    She came to our speedygeese Christmas dinner.... will she come to training? Photo taken running the Stromlo Running Festival 10k. She runs quite well too...

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    Abi Fargher

    Before Abi became a new mum, she was a regular at training, particularly on Sunday mornings at Stromlo Forest Park, where we sometimes still meet. What is not to like about a young lady who has a beer named after her? Next time you are in Parachilna, watching the long long postprandial coal train pass by, give her beer a try. I have.

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    Alex Murray

    Alex is a hockey player and world traveller who likes to train with us to maintain her fitness. She is also one of four members of the speedygeese, along with Ruth, Vanessa and Andy, who have competed in dragon boating.

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    Amanda Cook

    Cookie has trained with us at Stromlo Forest Park and at Parliament House specifically to run in the ATO Sports Carnival several years ago, which she won, judging pace better and blowing them away in the second half. She also played a lot of AFL, and recently has become a proud and happy mum. She is starting to run well again and is hoping to rejoin us soon.

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    Andrew Simpson

    Andrew is a long distance cyclist, having cycled from Adelaide to Geelong, and has a go at parkruns from time to time. And he swims. He enjoys training at Stromlo Forest Park on Sunday mornings, joining us on the occasional Monday as well.

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    Andy Matthews

    Andy specialises in the Weekly BBQ Stakes 6k. To avoid other races, he'd rather be fishing or dragon boating.

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    Brendan Belcher

    A regular at the Ginninderra parkrun, and new to our group, Brendan is relatively young and has many more decades of running in him.

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    Bron Sparkes

    Bron arrived in the speedygeese in 2014 with fitness already well established. She is an Obstacle Course racer and ACT champion. Husband Shane is something of a photographer (this is an understatement), frequently seen at the Ginninderra parkrun with his camera.

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    Bronwyn Calver

    Bronwyn is the only member of the speedygeese to have been inducted into the ACT Sport Hall Of Fame. Bronwyn played women's cricket when it was in its infancy, and represented Australia in three tests, in 34 one day internationals, and in two world cups. Bronwyn is THE allrounder, she participates in sport of all kinds, often on the same day. See the meticulously detailed record of her achievements on her blog.

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    Caroline Campbell

    Caroline is passionate about training and competing, travelling the world for athletic championships and triathlons. No wonder, she is unbeatable here in Canberra in her age group. In 2017 she will join the W75s. Watch out for new records!

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    Christopher Lang

    Christopher arrives for training.. in his own time. And leaves from training.. in his own time. He also belongs to a singing group, which he often attends after training. In his own time? Not known. And he has been seen cycling as well.

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    Colin Farlow

    Colin continues to train well, and continues to run on the track. In past years he has held ACT records, 7 of them, all in relays. His all time PBs include 800m: 2:07; 1500m 4:25; 3000m 9:44; 5000m 17:28; and in the "Pennington Series" which is handicapped on age he has frequently won or placed.

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    Craig Wurtz

    Relatively new to our group, Craig competes in distance events all around Canberra.

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    Dale Moore

    Dale travels all the way from Goulburn so he is an infrequent visitor to the speedygeese training group. Dale likes to run track so we are more likely to see him in summer.

Sunday, 31 December 2017

The speedygeese Calendar of Events

Posted by speedygeoff on Sunday, December 31, 2017 with 3 comments
**=I plan to attend
Thu 30/035:30pm**speedygeese @ Parliament House
6:00pmACTVAC Track @ Woden
6:00pm 3000m
7:00pm 800m championships
7:45pm 5000m championships
Fri 31/0312:15pmCustoms Joggers 5k @ Commonwealth Park
Sat 01/048:00amBurley Griffin 5k parkrun
8:00am**Ginninderra 5k parkrun
8:00amTuggeranong 5k parkrun
8:00amGungahlin 5k parkrun
8:00amBatemans Bay 5k parkrun
Sun 02/04Daylight Saving ends
7:30amspeedygeese long run from Tuggeranong maccas
7:30am**speedygeese grass intervals @ Stromlo Forest Park
9:00amWomen's 6k Jogalong, Weston Park
Mon 03/045:30pm**speedygeese @ Parliament House
Tue 04/0412:25pmLake Tuggeranong Stakes 6k
Wed 05/0412:10pmBBQ Stakes 6k @ Woden

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Camouflage cats

Posted by speedygeoff on Thursday, March 30, 2017 with No comments
From https://youtu.be/K9GTvCc0PnM

(I don’t get it, where are the cats?)

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Speedygeese training summary

Posted by speedygeoff on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 with No comments
Thursday 23 March Parliament House Giles/Brendan/Jen/Isaac/me running oval 200s.

Sunday 26 March Stromlo Forest Park - cancelled

Sunday 26 March Long distance group: An action-packed Speedy Geese long run with a relatively cold start this morning. Nine starters, leaving from Lyons Shops at 7.30am, including guest visitors Shane and Scully, who appeared to be joined by an umbilical cord. All nine finished except Giles, who tripped over a dog at 22.9k and hit his head on the concrete. He didn’t look very happy about it, mostly because he was 100m short of his 23k and wanted to keep running, plus he forgot to turn his Garmin off straight away, as the blood poured from his head, so his average pace was 5 seconds/km slower. He was happy that it happened near the end of the run though. Ewen’s ambulance service came to the rescue and Giles now looks a lot better, with 6 stitches and a black eye.

Distances covered were Ewen and Mhairi 14k (which obviously wasn’t enough for Mhairi, as she was doing hill repeats up Mount Taylor while we drank coffee – mad Scot); Shane & Scully 14 (I think); Giles 22.9; Jen and Sandeep 23; Jacob 25. Dave did a 19k warmup starting at 5.45am and completed 43.3km. With 13 runs over 25k in 10 weeks, including 4 marathons in the past 4 weeks, he's hoping he is ready for a first ever 50k ultra.

Monday 27 March Parliament House. Speedycoach was recovering slowly from surgery so had a day off; the group ran 3 person relays then celebrated Isaac’s 13th birthday. Present were Ruth, Cookie, Colin, David W, Ewen, Isaac, Jen, Jennie, Pieta.

With myself and Giles temporarily out of action, sadly illness has also caught up with Sarah-Jayne and she had to scrap plans to run the Buffalo Stampede ultra.

Watching sports programs, I keep seeing Sarah-Jayne on TV all the time. She is more famous than the rest of the speedygeese put together!

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

All the recent speedygeese race results

Posted by speedygeoff on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 with No comments
CBR48 marathon 17 March
Peter Thomson 3:58.29

Lake Tuggeranong Stakes 6k 21 March
3. Peter Thomson 31:31
6 finishers

AMRA Black Mountain Run-up 2.6k 21 March
6 Craig Wurtz 18.07
8 finishers

YCRC Summer Series #8 Stromlo Forest Park 5k 21 March

ACTVAC Track 23 March

Customs 5k 24 March
Colin Farlow 18:52
Peter Thomson 21:55
Craig Wurtz 24:05
Ewen Thompson 30:17
17 finishers

Ginninderra 5k parkrun #255 25 March
18 Andrew Simpson 21:12 M45
23 Brendan Belcher 21:38 M30
52 Bron Sparkes 24:26 W40
72 Jacob Miller 26:00 M11
74 Kevin Miller 26:07 M35
121 Ruth Baussmann 29:42 W65
141 Gary Moss 31:53 M70
147 Stephanie Sabadas 33:10 W25
208 finishers

Gungahlin 5k parkrun #180 25 March
17 Giles Lamb 20:22 M40
55 Amanda Cook 23:44 W35
253 finishers

Burley Griffin 5k parkrun #42
25 March
32 Craig Wurtz 21:50 M50
121 Jennie Blake 27:59 W55 **New PB**
232 finishers

Tuggeranong 5k parkrun #214 25 March
2 David Clarke 19:21 M55
8 Peter Thomson 20:26 M55
16 David Webster 21:23 M65
46 Bronwyn Calver 23:20 W45
66 Ewen Thompson 24:24 M55
83 Pieta Smith 25:26 W40
324 finishers

Batemans Bay 5k parkrun #47 25 March
52 finishers

ACTVAC Handicap Stromlo Forest Park 8.0k 26 March
9 David Webster M65 35:05 82.6%
28 Ruth Baussmann W65 48:36 72.6
31 Peter Thomson M55 35:23 76.4
37 Craig Wurtz M50 40:10 65.2
43 Jennie Blake W55 48:26 66.5
52 finishers

ACTVAC Handicap Stromlo Forest Park 4.0k 26 March
32 finishers

Celebrating Isaac's 13th birthday

Monday, 27 March 2017

power and passion

Posted by speedygeoff on Monday, March 27, 2017 with No comments
Song of the week: Power and the Passion, by Midnight Oil
From https://youtu.be/6pKPNnk-JhE


Sunday, 26 March 2017

Andrew S. at Ginninderra parkrun

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Saturday, 25 March 2017

Steph S. at Ginninderra parkrun

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Friday, 24 March 2017

Today's the day

Posted by speedygeoff on Friday, March 24, 2017 with 5 comments
Hoping to be back to full training by Sunday!

Thursday, 23 March 2017


Posted by speedygeoff on Thursday, March 23, 2017 with No comments
Workmate, running companion, close personal friend.
So sad. Leaves loving wife, two daughters and their husbands, four grandchildren.
Passed away silently in his sleep.