• Speedygeese 2019 Portrait Gallery

    This Portrait Gallery showcases many of our runners. It will be added to as time permits. Click on each heading for a relevant link!

    Join us any time, at any training session, or at any training run. You will feel most welcome. All training and running events are completely free.

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    Jen Bright

    Jen is an enthusiastic member of the speedygeese, promoting the group to others and encouraging us all at every opportunity. These days Jen thrives on the long Sunday morning training runs, and can also be found doing off road racing as well as parkruns, mainly Tuggeranong. And if she wants to skip a run any day, her son Isaac makes sure that doesn't happen by dragging her along. Catch her on Facebook Messenger, via the link above, she's always there!.

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    William Barlow

    William runs parkruns. While doing that he may be pushing a stroller and running parkrun. Or he may be making a video while running parkrun. Or he may be flying a drone to make a video while running parkrun. Or all of the above. William is versatile. I thought I had found a photo of him just running parkrun, but no, he has a video camera in his hand.

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    Narelle Desmet

    Narelle is a long distance runner who rarely misses the Sunday morning long run. She is engaged to another Sunday runner, Graeme Smyth. They became engaged after joining the speedgeese, but we cannot claim we brought them together as they had been an item before they joined us. The photo by Peter Brown shows the great views seen on our long runs; who wouldn't stop and take a few photos of Canberra, its runners, and its trails?

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    Dave Clarke

    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. I had to include again this 2017 photo, it is a classic!

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    Mhairi Craig

    Mhairi, famous for her notable Scottish accent, is a regular starter on Sunday morning trail runs. Mhairi would run about 21 minutes for parkrun if she were to do one, but is seen instead on the toughest and longest courses, usually well ahead and often on course. She doesn't mind the odd creek crossing, either. Nor the cold, she's used to Glasgow weather.

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    Pieta and Andrew Smith

    Pieta sets an example with her regular speedy training sessions, both interval sessions and trail runs. She is a big improver, as evidenced by her 21:43 PB at Tuggeranong 5k parkrun in September 2018. And by her New York marathon in 3:57. Husband Andrew is also sporty and does parkruns, and they are raising sporty speedygoslings too.

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    Ewen Thompson

    Ewen is a long-time member of the speedygeese, my right hand man. 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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    Lisa McDonald

    Lisa has discovered the joy of running after joining the speedygeese last year. Despite having two young children, Lisa manages to train with us weekly and also competes in parkrun each Saturday morning, often at Gungahlin. Lisa was our most improved goose in 2018, what will 2019 bring?

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    Sarah-Jayne Miller

    Sarah-Jayne did speed work with us here then moved to Albury and flourished as a trail runner. Returning to Canberra, she enjoyed her trail runs here, particularly on a Sunday mornning with the rest of the geese. And now she has left us again.. for North Queensland.. but she'll be back! Sarah-Jayne is fast over long distances, and only a few years ago represented Australia in Sky Running.

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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 has competed in triathlons, she goes skiing. Rae is a very fit athlete for her age!

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    Amanda Cook (“Cookie”)

    Cookie is another fit mum who runs distances at an awesome pace and is a regular at the hilliest parkrun in the region, Queanbeyan. She often runs speedygeese sessions by herself, or hurtles along with her two year old in a stroller. She was a top women’s AFL player and is now enjoying the challenge of a new career in distance running.

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    Peter Thomson

    Peter Thomson a.k.a "Thommo", is a first class distance runner who joined us to get some speed into his legs, and is fully at home on our long speedygeese Sunday morning runs. Thommo is a recent "Griffins" co-ordinator (a Griffin is anyone who has completed ten or more Canberra marathons), and is also a recent YCRC President.

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    Susan Sturgeon

    Susan is speedy over short distances and does very well indeed racing longer ones. She has run a few Bush Capital 16k races, and completed in international marathons. Susan can be seen at or near the Ginninderra parkrun, usually with Paul, pushing a stroller, and she also enjoys the long Sunday morning trail runs with the speedygeese. For real speedwork, Susan attends Monday evening sessions at Parliament House.

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    Helen Way

    Where's Helen? There she is. Helen is a Canberra celebrity who has joined the speedygeese. My guess is she is combining all her talents here of music, dance, acting, running, and general talentedness. Helen is an integral part of the action on a Sunday morning, either present, or, "Where's Helen?"

    To be continued...

Saturday, 22 August 2020

Up and coming speedygeese meeting places.

Posted by speedygeoff on Saturday, August 22, 2020 with 2 comments
Mondays5:30pmIntervals @ Parliament House.
Thursdays5:30pmIntervals @ Stromlo Forest Park.
Sundays7:30amEasy run from Stromlo Forest Park (me).
8:00amLong runs. See speedygeese FB page -
https://www.facebook.com/groups/speedygeese/ -
20 OctFrom Aranda shops

Disclaimer: We are an informal group - no membership, no fees, no venue hires, no formal events, no set training programs. Fellow runners conduct, suggest and co-ordinate runs of various kinds, on behalf of the group. Nothing is compulsory, everything is optional, and all participation is the choice of the participant. Anyone may participate in our runs, and do so at their own risk. Each person who participates is responsible for his or her own safety or that of their children and any pets who participate. Join us, your choice, have fun, take care.

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Monday's training session

Posted by speedygeoff on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 with No comments
Last evening we ran relays from court 8 - the 400m track with the steep hill. While Dave jogged around, Warrick did laps looking more mobile every week, and I watched, the teams consisted of Trevor (new), Richard, Gwen, Jennie, Deborah D, Sév, Paul Q, Michael, Mick, Brownie, Vanessa and Craig.

speedygeese Sunday run:

Monday, 21 October 2019

It really was a hard day's night

Posted by speedygeoff on Monday, October 21, 2019 with No comments
Song of the Week, at https://youtu.be/Yjyj8qnqkYI

Sunday, 20 October 2019

Paul Q on the run

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Long shorts and all

Saturday, 19 October 2019

Riverbank parkrun launch

Posted by speedygeoff on Saturday, October 19, 2019 with No comments
Speedygeese and some of the friends of the geese, in the Riverbank parkrun #1, in Yass
11 Daniel GREEN 21:23 M30
14 Brendan BELCHER 21:49 M35
15 Scott IMHOFF 22:18 M40
16 Giles LAMB 22:50 M45
21 Sandeep CHANDRA 23:23 M45
22 James O'NEILL 23:24 M50
37 William BARLOW 24:02 M35
38 Bruce PERRY 24:07 M50
46 Geoff MOORE 24:47 M70
52 Lisa MCDONALD 25:06 W45
69 Joanna BELCHER 25:54 W35
80 Robin FIELDHOUSE 26:59 M45
85 Gary BOWEN 27:34 M60
95 Ricky SOMERVILLE 28:28 M50
119 Andrew SMITH 30:38 M45
183 Bob HARLOW 36:52 M70
187 Margaret MCSPADDEN 37:25 W70
210 Carolyne KRAMAR 39:15 W55
240 Jim WHITE 42:59 M70
290 John HARDING 53:18 M65
301 Jo DYNON 55:17 W35
333 finishers

A great day, a great course, 333 finishers, good to see Margaret and Gwen (Gwen mislaid her bar code so isn't in the results), good to see Bob and Carolyne. My time was not very good as I plodded the long uphill x 2, and held myself back on the return downhills. Great work by the organisers and course volunteers.

Some of John (and Carol) Harding's photos:

Friday, 18 October 2019

Thursday at training

Posted by speedygeoff on Friday, October 18, 2019 with No comments
A freezing cold change came through while we were on the cross country track training - the temperature dropped by ten degrees, the rain swept through, a gale from the west stopped us in our tracks, and with the wind chill it was probably zero degrees. Up until then we did some kilometre intervals, I totalled a satisfactory 9k. Present were Phil, Don, Lisa, Jennie, Brownie, Celina, Jacob, Jen, Isaac and me. Lisa took photos including a double rainbow.

Thursday, 17 October 2019

speedygeese at Stromlo

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The speedygeese will be training at the Stromlo Cross Country track today at 5:30pm. Handlebar is advertised as being open - see you there after training as well!

A couple of our distance stars - Mhairi and Shiree:

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

speedygeese race results

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Lake Tuggeranong Stakes 6k 08 October
1. Sandeep Chandra 33:51
4. Rajeev Bajania 29:37
5. Peter Brown 25:11
8. Jennifer Bright 36:46
9. James O'Neill 37:01
10. Cameron Curry 31:32
11. Ewen Thompson 45:53
17 finishers

Customs 5k handicap 11 October
1 Michael Thompson 26:51
3 Peter Thomson 33:46
4 Ewen Thompson 30:32
5 James O'Neill 22:52
9 Colin Farlow 19:38
14 Giles Lamb 24:45
15 Craig Wurtz 24:45
18 Caroline Campbell 38:07
19 finishers

Parkruns http://www.parkrun.com/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=23606
If you wish to appear in the speedygeese parkrun report linked above, it is very easy to set your home club to speedygeese.

Melbourne Marathon Festival 13 October

AMRA Two Peaks 20k 13 October
4 Rowan Lewis 35 1:30:13 4:31
17 Adrian Cengia 50 1:45:36 5:17
23 Paul Trumble 33 1:49:31 5:29
24 Martin Pogson 58 1:52:24 5:38
30 Giles Lamb 46 2:01:10 6:04
49 Craig Wurtz 54 2:33:02 7:40
57 male finishers
1 Monika Holmwood 30 1:42:47 5:09
8 Amanda Cook 42 1:56:17 5:49
10 Jodie Barker 43 2:00:25 6:02
41 Sue Bowden 63 2:32:03 7:37
43 Gabrielle Brown 55 2:34:44 7:45
52 female finishers

AMRA One Peak 12k 13 October
20 Jonathan Miller 59 1:21:22 6:47
25 male finishers
5 Mhairi Craig 55 1:12:40 6:04
15 Kerron Clare 52 1:20:25 6:43
22 Kristy Primrose 39 1:24:39 7:04
59 female finishers

Chicago Marathon
Clare Wall 2nd W65 3:41.46

AMRA Black Mountain 2.6k run-up 15 October
7. Giles Lamb 17.17
10. Caroline Campbell 27.56.
11 finishers

The Miller family competing in Tag20 at the Gold Coast last weekend.

Kevin, Chloe, Celina, Jacob

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Monday training

Posted by speedygeoff on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 with No comments
We ran short Rose Garden relays - the first set via the steps, the second set our more usual loop. Participating were James, Paul, Colin, Shane, Sév, Nadine, Phil, Jen, Allie, Rae, Deb, Yelena, Peach and me. Dave was nearby, and Christopher was seen in the car-park.

Most of the Monday crowd

Jennie heading for the finish in Melbourne