• Speedygeese 2019 Portrait Gallery

    You are welcome to join us for our training sessions. This Portrait Gallery showcases many of our runners. It will be added to as time permits. Click on each heading for a relevant link! This link is the "Coming Events" blog post. Feel free to join us any time, at any training session, or at any training run, you wish to.

    **Fly Goose Fly**

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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 trial 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

Coming speedygeese events

Posted by speedygeoff on Saturday, August 22, 2020 with 2 comments

Mondays4:30pmEarly run from Parliament House.
5:30pmInterval training @ Parliament House.
Thursdays5:30pmInterval training @ Stromlo Forest Park.
Pending weather check!
Sundays7:00amWeekly long runs. See speedygeese FB page.
Also Sundays7:30amA run on the grass @ Stromlo Forest Park.

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

My running streak day 136

Posted by speedygeoff on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 with No comments
Today I spent an hour at the gym doing strengthening and flexibility exercises, and ran 8k while it was 32 to 33 degrees, mostly running in shade. I felt OK.

Tomorrow after Stromlo training I might stop here for a coffee.. it will be open.

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

All the recent speedygeese race results

Posted by speedygeoff on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 with No comments
YCRC Women’s Jogalong 06 January
17. Caroline Campbell 37:29
25. Nadine Morrison 29:29
39. Cathy Montalto 35:48
60 finishers

Lake Tuggeranong Stakes 6k 15 January
1. Gary Bowen 34:44
2. Carolyne Kramar 45:48
3. Roger Pilkington 41:07
4. Peter Thomson 41:21
5. James O'Neill 35:31
6. Cameron Curry 34:19
7. Sandeep Chandra 35:36
18 finishers

Ginninderra 5k parkrun #349 19 January
31 Kevin MILLER 23:10 M40
51 Chloe MILLER 25:10 W11
54 Jane LILLEY 25:17 W45
123 Roger PILKINGTON 30:00 M60
130 Ruth BAUSSMANN 30:38 W65
150 Cathy NEWMAN 32:08 W55
311 finishers

Tuggeranong 5k parkrun #310 19 January
4 Jeff GREY 19:25 M55
7 Peter BROWN 20:17 M55 **New PB**
10 Nigel ENGLAND 20:44 M55
25 Michael SMITH 22:07 M50
56 Shane WRIGHT 24:11 M45
93 Jason LEWIS 26:30 M40
110 Chris GAMMON 27:53 M55
116 Kerron CLARE 28:10 W50
135 Michael THOMPSON 29:09 M50 **New PB**
146 Suzie GYE 29:56 W40
270 Jason ROBERTS 38:48 M40
375 finishers

Gungahlin 5k parkrun #279 19 January
56 Geoff MOORE 23:31 M70
187 Margaret MCSPADDEN 32:36 W70
336 finishers

Burley Griffin 5k parkrun #138 19 January
72 Kelley HORAN 24:43 W55
89 Michael HORAN 25:28 M55
96 Shareen UNDERWOOD 25:42 W35
157 Deborah DAVIS 29:50 W55
159 Jennifer NETHERSOLE 29:52 W45
160 Richard NETHERSOLE 29:54 M35
341 finishers

Coombs 5k parkrun #45 19 January
12 Gavin MONGAN 23:40 M35
19 Yili ZHU 25:36 M55
20 Pieta SMITH 25:41 W45
27 Gary BOWEN 26:25 M60
53 Kirrily SARTORE 30:15 W40
95 finishers

Mount Ainslie 5k parkrun #37 19 January
2 Stuart DOYLE 19:11 M50 **New PB**
15 Louise SHARP 22:04 W35
20 Isaac MUSCAT 23:08 M11
22 Jen BRIGHT 23:12 W40
23 David CLARKE 23:18 M60
42 Sandeep CHANDRA 26:01 M45
57 Annette SUGDEN 28:06 W55
141 Helen WAY 39:29 W50 **New PB**
148 William ARTHUR 40:42 M65
176 finishers

Queanbeyan 5k parkrun #90 19 January
20 Helen NORTHEY 26:41 W40 **New PB**
38 Vanessa PALMER 30:39 W45
52 Bernardo PALMA 33:23 M35
125 finishers

Goulburn 5k parkrun #51 19 January
64 finishers

Braidwood Showground 5k parkrun #17 19 January
29 finishers

Jindabyne 5k parkrun #32 19 January
44 finishers

Bowral 5k parkrun #227 19 January
73 Norma WALLETT 40:34 W85
87 finishers

Batemans Bay 5k parkrun #142 19 January
103 finishers

Wagga 5k parkrun #72 19 January
37 Lisa MCDONALD 25:34 W40
117 finishers

Shellharbour 5k parkrun #242 19 January
119 William BARLOW 31:29 M35
270 finishers

Logan River 5k parkrun #284 19 January
111 Bronwyn CALVER 31:08 W45
284 finishers

Queenstown 5k parkrun #31 19 January
29 Andrew SIMPSON 26:20 M45
52 Jack SIMPSON 31:18 M11
78 finishers

Kowen New Year’s Resolution 12k 20 January
2. Bernardo Palma 56:16
35. Jacob Miller 1:14:58
36. Kevin Miller 1:14:59
49. Kristy Primrose 1:19:44
78. Kerron Clare 1:24:21
95. Gabrielle Brown 1:28:09
123. Shareen Underwood 1:33:19
199. Bill Arthur 2:09:06
214 finishers

Kowen New Year’s Resolution 21.1k 20 January
5. Rowan Lewis 1:44:29
15. Monika Holmwood 1:53:10
19. Paul Trumble 1:56:15
20. Martin Pogson 1:57:06
30. Paul McGeachie 2:04:07
46. Shiree Yap 2:12:31
56. Allie Corripio 2:17:07
59. Amanda McCormack 2:17:59
69. Michael Thompson 2:23:16
85. Chris Gammon 2:27:38
129. Maria O'Reilly 2:47:29
131. Jennifer Kellett 2:48:02
156. Mick Horan 3:09:02
181 finishers

More Kowen pictures

Bill Arthur

Melissa Clarke

Happy faces at the half marathon start

My running streak day 135

Posted by speedygeoff on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 with No comments
In the morning I ran a real recovery run (yesterday's wasn't a recovery run as it turned out). Just 4.2k, one-tenth of a marathon, before the heat arrived. But it means I will have to do a longer run tomorrow.

Here is Vanessa's selfie from yesterday, with distant speedygeese:

Monday, 21 January 2019

My running streak day 134

Posted by speedygeoff on Monday, January 21, 2019 with No comments
Another hot day (32 degrees all session) and a reasonable turn-out at Parliament House. We enjoyed 20 minutes of 3 person relays (longer loop), and ten minutes of 2 person relays (shorter loop) mostly in shade with a breeze helping to keep us cool. Participating were Jennie, George, Ruth, Deborah, Vanessa, Lisa, Colin, Paul, Gwen, Michael, Giles, me, and Mick (new), JennyM (new). Earler too I caught up with Warrick (temporarily out of action) with Jess and Vanessa.

My day 134 total distance run = 12.8k

And Kowen trail run was on yesterday .. hundreds of photos on their FB page.




Under the Milky Way

Posted by speedygeoff on Monday, January 21, 2019 with No comments
Song of the Week: Under the Milky Way, by The Church, at https://youtu.be/mA54NBtPKdI

Sunday, 20 January 2019

My running streak day 133

Posted by speedygeoff on Sunday, January 20, 2019 with No comments
I ran with the speedygeese at 7:00am today, a nice hilly run from Stromlo Forest Park.
Distance: 13k for me.

Photo by Ruth (as you can see). I am hiding at the back.

Next Sunday morning at Stromlo are the Australian selection trials for the World Cross Country, I will be there jogging around watching. First event men's 10k, at 7:30am.

Saturday, 19 January 2019

My running streak day 132

Posted by speedygeoff on Saturday, January 19, 2019 with No comments
Today I ran 11.5k in the morning including the Gungahlin parkrun. My time was 23:31, I will take that as a good run on a humid day, I was sweating even before we started. Signs are that I am getting fitter still, so no reason to change my training routine, not yet anyway.

I would like to revisit the Shellharbour course again one day, it can't be muggier there than it has been here! I see on Strava that William ran Shellharbour today.

Friday, 18 January 2019

My running streak day 131

Posted by speedygeoff on Friday, January 18, 2019 with No comments
Earlier today I ran 5.2k, venturing this time onto and around the Belconnen Golf course.

Later in the day I completed a 60 minute gym circuit as well.

Thursday, 17 January 2019

My running streak day 130

Posted by speedygeoff on Thursday, January 17, 2019 with No comments
Speedygeese training is cancelled this evening, owing to the total file ban, Stromlo Forest Park possibly being closed, and it being predicted to still exceed 40 degrees when training is due to start. So I ran in the morning while it was around 25 degrees, an 8k run through Higgins and Holt.

Here's Helen, running Mount Ainslie parkrun last Saturday.

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

My running streak day 129

Posted by speedygeoff on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 with No comments
Getting up early, for me, to avoid the worst of the heat, I ran 4k before breakfast. Will have to do the same in the days to come. And I also visited the gym later in the morning for an hour of gym work, but made no attempt to run then.

David Clarke