"I run because it's my passion, and not just a sport. Every time I walk out the door, I know why I'm going where I'm going and I'm already focused on that special place where I find my peace and solitude. Running, to me, is more than just a physical exercise... it's a consistent reward for victory!" - Sasha Azevedo
"People ask why I run. I say, "If you have to ask, you will never understand". It is something only those select few know. Those who put themselves through pain, but know, deep down, how good it really feels." - Erin Leonard
Another dinner photo
Mission accomplished! Our M55 team managed to break the National 4 x 1500m record by about 18 seconds. Conditions were not as hot as expected; but it was warm, humid, and smoky from all the bushfires, with a strong breeze from the west. Nevertheless we ran about 21:23: Trevor Cobbold around 5:07. Paul Archer 5:26, speedygeoff 5:31, and John Lamb 5:08. Each runner ran above themselves considering each individual circumstance!
Other age group teams in the same race may also have broken or established Australian records. I think the M45 and the M50 teams broke their records by a considerably larger margin than we did; and overshadowing all these great performances was the run by the W70 team; yes a team of women aged 70 and over completed the race and established an amazing National record which other states will surely find hard to beat.
I will publish the full official results when they become available.
How many dogs does it take to change a light bulb?
5. Boxer: Who cares? I can still play with my squeaky toys in the dark.
1. Zatopek men 10k some good pbs here!
1, Galen Rupp, USA, 28:28.18.
2, Bret Schoolmeester, USA, 28:46.26.
3, Lee Troop, VIS, 28:53.31.
4, David McNeill, VIC, 29:05.32.
5, Kim Gillard, TAS, 29:11.49.
6, Russell Dessaix-Chin, NSW, 29:15.59.
7, Michael Chettle, VIC, 29:22.61.
8, David Ruschena, VIC, 29:25.61.
9, Jason Woolhouse, NZL, 29:32.08.
10, Jeffrey Hunt, NSW, 29:32.24.
11, Liam Adams, VIC, 29:35.58.
12, Rees Buck, ACT, 29:48.99.
13, Erwin McRae, ACT, 29:49.41.
14, Anthony Haber, ACT, 29:51.01.
15, Scott McTaggart, ACT, 29:52.60.
16, Brian Livingstone, QLD, 29:57.54.
17, Andrew White, VIC, 30:02.35.
18, Matthew McDonough, VIC, 30:14.94.
19, Scott Rantall, VIC, 30:17.09.
20, Ryan Jackson, VIC, 31:23.59.
21, Linton Gloster, VIC, 32:06.16.
--, Youcef Abdi, NSWIS, DNF.
--, Mark Tucker, VIC, DNF.
2. Zatopek women 10k
1, Jessica Ruthe, NZL, 33:04.52.
2, Lisa Jane Weightman, VIC, 33:25.90.
3, Lauren Shelley, WAIS, 33:59.61.
4, Kristy Villis, SA, 34:29.83.
5, Eliza Stewart, NSW, 34:36.79.
6, Jennifer Gillard, TAS, 35:29.39.
7, Robyn Millard, VIC, 36:18.28.
8, Jenny Truscott, NSW, 36:20.90.
9, Sarah Grahame, VIC, 36:55.57.
10, Lisa Dick, VIC, 37:07.88.
11, Greta Truscott, NSW, 37:16.63.
--, Sarah Salmon, ACT, DNF.
3. Back to the 4 x 1500m relay. Trevor Jacobs turns 55 in a couple of weeks. So our record should last until 1 February 2007 the day we run another set of 4 x 1500m relays. Yesterday Trevor ran a time close to 5 minutes running with the M50 team. My challenge will be to improve enough to stay in the M55 team!