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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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    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.

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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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    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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    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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    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.

Sunday, 31 December 2017

The speedygeese Calendar of Events

Posted by speedygeoff on Sunday, December 31, 2017 with 3 comments
Monday/Thursday training venue: see "About Parliament House".
**=I plan to attend.

Wed 21/0612:10pmBBQ Stakes 6k @ Woden.
Thu 22/065:30pm**speedygeese intervals @ Parliament House.
Fri 23/0612:15pmCustoms Joggers 5k @ Commonwealth Park.
Sat 24/068:00am5k parkruns many venues.
Sun 25/068:00amspeedygeese long run, venue TBA.
9:00amACTVAC handicap @ Mt Ainslie.
Mon 26/065:30pm**speedygeese @ Parliament House.
Tue 27/0612:15pmLake Ginninderra Handicap 7k.
12:25pmLake Tuggeranong Stakes 6k.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

“In Need Of A Holiday”

Posted by speedygeoff on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 with No comments
(Simon’s cat) at https://youtu.be/00URjED86Gw

Will catch up with speedygeese reports again sometime in the future (next week?).

Monday, 26 June 2017

Everybody's talking 'bout the President

Posted by speedygeoff on Monday, June 26, 2017 with No comments
Song of the week: "Junior’s Farm", by Paul McCartney and Wings.
“We all chipped in for a bag of cement”
At https://youtu.be/pEil2e_bUvg

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Speedygeese training summary

Posted by speedygeoff on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 with No comments
On Thursday 15 June at Parliament House I was reduced to walking, Brownie turned up mainly to pick up a speedygeese t-shirt, while running intervals up and down the west side were Andrew, Colin, Isaac, Jen, Jennie, Sandeep and Sarah.

On Sunday 18 June the distance group reports “A fairly subdued speedygeese long run this morning, with some of the usual stalwarts missing or tired after yesterday’s YMCA 16k race (Jen, Sandeep and Ewen) and Kowen Trail half marathon (me[Dave]), and a couple of others just having a sleep in after a big night (Susan and Mhairi I’m told, but that’s just heresay). No injuries or getting lost this time (although a couple of times I had to get them back on track – don’t say anything Bronwyn ;-) ), and no clambering over and posing on big boys (and girls) toys. Just a pleasant run from Mt Stromlo to Molonglo river and back. Narelle and Sami took off like rabbits, accompanied by newbie Mandi (welcome Mandi), closely followed by Thach, while Bronwyn set a steady pace and Bron and I [Dave] were the “sweepers”. Most of us did the 16k loop, with Thach (20k) and Narelle (23k) doing a bit extra at the end. It was a bit of a struggle today and the quads were happy to see the end approaching. Most of us enjoyed the coffee and calories at "The Meating Place", Weston Creek, while we discussed the various views on tapering for Narelle’s Gold Coast marathon in two weeks.”

Monday 19 June at Parliament House: I was absent and 2 teams of 3 ran 3 lots of 4 x 200m hard, 200m jog. Colin, Jen, Jennie, Kylie, Peter Burke. and Sandeep, while Dave and Pieta trotted around.

From last week

Ewen, Jen, Isaac

Mhairi and Bron



Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Some recent speedygeese race results

Posted by speedygeoff on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 with 2 comments
YCRC Women’s 6k Jogalong 04 June
Cathy Montalto W60 32:24
Sarah Pau W45 33:48
Caroline Campbell W70 36:55
Thea Zimpel W30 64:15
61 finishers

Lake Tuggeranong Stakes 6k 13 June
2. Craig Wurtz 28:15
4. Ewen Thompson 30:53
6. Peter Burke 26:02
11. Peter Thomson 29:25
15 finishers

Customs 5k 16 June
Peter Thomson 21:55
Craig Wurtz 23:18
Bronwyn Calver 24:15
Ewen Thompson 24:45
11 finishers

Ginninderra 5k parkrun #267 17 June
30 Bron Sparkes 24:42 W40
58 Brendan Belcher 27:09 M35
164 Thea Zimpel 49:20 W30
170 finishers

Gungahlin 5k parkrun #192 17 June
96 Margaret McSpadden 29:56 W70
169 finishers

Burley Griffin 5k parkrun #54 17 June
25 Craig Wurtz 21:45 M50
46 Yili Zhu 23:15 M50
62 Andrew Smith 24:29 M35
188 finishers

Tuggeranong 5k parkrun #226 17 June
11 Nigel England 20:33 M50
13 Peter Brown 20:35 M55 **New PB**
71 Thomas Howieson 27:53 M11
134 Jessica Howieson 34:33 W10
135 Warrick Howieson 34:34 M45
203 finishers

Queanbeyan 5k parkrun #8 17 June
3 Amanda Cook 22:22 W35
6 Bronwyn Calver 24:22 W45
50 finishers

Batemans Bay 5k parkrun #59 17 June
35 finishers

Bron Sparkes

Monday, 19 June 2017

dig down - new by Muse - awesome.

Posted by speedygeoff on Monday, June 19, 2017 with No comments
Song of the week: "Dig Down", by Muse

From https://youtu.be/b4ozdiGys5g

"Dig Down"

When hope and love has been lost
And you fall to the ground
You must find a way
When the darkness descends
And you're told it's the end
You must find a way
When God decides to look the other way
And a clown takes the throne
We must find a way
Face the firing squad
Against all the odds
You will find a way

Dig down
Dig down
Dig down
And find faith
When you're close to the edge
With a gun to your head
You must find a way

When friends are thin on the ground
And they try to divide us
We must find a way
We have entered the fray
And we will not obey
We must find a way

Dig down
Dig down
Dig down
And find faith
When they've left you for dead
(Dig down)
And you can only see red
(Dig down)
You must find a way

Dig down
Dig down
Dig down
Find faith
We won't let them divide
(Dig down)
We will never abide
(Dig down)
We will find a way

Dig down
Dig down
Dig down
Dig down
Dig down

Sunday, 18 June 2017

let them eat cake

Posted by speedygeoff on Sunday, June 18, 2017 with No comments
We were up at Jamberoo the last couple of days.
This is the cake my granddaughter Kayleigh made to help her friends celebrate her 18th birthday.
Sadly we had to leave before the cake was finished.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Herb Elliot Rome 1960

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Speedygeese training summary

Posted by speedygeoff on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 with No comments
On Thursday 08 June at Parliament House Helen (new) and Joe (new) visited without joining in – yet. I supervised a session of 8 x 400s on the grass near the upper flagpoles, with Colin, Dave, Isaac, Jen, Jennie, Brownie, Ruth and Tori participating.

On Sunday 11 June Andrew and I jogged at Stromlo. I didn't get far before I had to stop, too sore. Meanwhile the distance group reports “Another successful, but cold and foggy, speedygeese long run done and dusted (around the Arboretum and the river). Sarah and Dave started early with a 5k warmup before meeting the others at 8am. Narelle was our navigator today. Having run the course several times, there was no chance of her getting us lost. We did have a few minutes of anxiety when we thought we lost Kerron and Bron, but it turned out they weren’t lost, just cruising. Narelle put in a big 33k by adding on a loop around LBG west basin, at a great average pace of 5.08, in preparation for the Gold Coast marathon. Dave knocked out 27k at 5.23 pace, adding a couple of fast ks at the end. Others averaged around 5.30 to 6.15 pace. Graeme did 22k and Sandeep 21, while Susan, Jen, Sarah and Bron finished with around 20k. Mhairi completed 17k, while Ewen and Isaac chalked up about 15. Kerron, on her debut run with us, put in a solid 13k. Most of us hobbled to the Arboretum cafĂ© to thaw out and refuel.”

Monday 12 June at Parliament House, a good turnout for a public holiday, we ran ramp sprints, 15 x 160m on 2 minutes. I supervised while running were Bill, Colin, Dave, Giles, Jen, Jennie, Jessica, Peter B, Pieta, Sandeep, Sarah, Tom, Warrick, and Andrew Smith (new).

Today I have been banned from running until my calf improves, so future training sessions at Parliament House will be in walking/shuffling distance from our cars! Probably.

Sunday runners

Dave, Graeme, Susan, Sarah, Mhairi, Narelle, Kerron, Bron, Ewen, Jen, Isaac, Sandeep.