Friday, 22 February 2008

At least I gave it a shot

Posted by speedygeoff on Friday, February 22, 2008 with 2 comments
My first serious race this year. Supposedly.

Minuses: humid, rain, water on track, waterlogged shoes; no real aggression; very inconsistent pace.

Pluses: M55 silver medal, best 2008 5k time at halfway; better 10k time than all 2007; injury-free.

I ran quickly for only the first four laps, trailing Richard and Kathy (Southgate), but slowed badly after that. They both ended up lapping me well before the finish! Then Simon Wall and Burkey passed me towards the end. But at least I had given it a shot. Before the race I really had no idea what form I was in for 10k but thought I could go sub 40 based on the usual indicators. Countered by another indicator, how b….y old I am getting. But you don’t know what you can do until you try, heh? Maybe next time. The 5k split was 20:07, the final time 41:04. Improving; annoying at the same time.

But a wet track is not my forte, and I learned that the lovely light Nike Free 5.0s can soak up water and become relatively quite heavy. So I have learned something very important - have a wet weather footwear alternative.

My next big race - 5k track on 13 March. Will break 20.

This Sunday's ACTVAC Handicap starts at 8.30 am at North Curtin District Playing Fields, Map 68 C3. Remember last year's changed parking - no parking on Dunstan Street, all parking to be on Cotter Road opposite Equestrian Park

February Jogalong Results
Amanda Walker W40 29:16
Rachelle Ellis-Brownlee W35 30:32
Michelle Stuckey W35 32:46
Thea Zimpel 27:44
Caroline Campbell W65 32:57
Margaret McSpadden W60 34:47
Cathy Montalto W55 31:34
Barbara Tucker W55 35:19
Christine O'Keefe W45 42:11
246 finishers

Summer Series Race #4 Lake Ginninderra 7.1k Tuesday 19 Feb
20. Richard Faulks M45 27:48
39. Mick Horan M45 29:53
55. Cathy Newman W45 33:07
63. David Baussmann M55 35:30
65. Geoff Barker M60 36:13
66. Jeni Greenland W30 36:26
67. Neil Boden M55 36:27
71. Caroline Campbell W65 36:55
74. Rae Palmer W60 37:21
78. Mick Charlton M55 37:57
86. Margaret McSpadden W60 40:17
95. Roy Jones M65 43:01
101. Thea Zimpel 46:44

Speedy W55 Kathy Sims - who has been running well.


  1. You are well and truly doing 10k 'under your age'. And its because you are fast not because you are b....y old :)

  2. You may be ancient, but at least you're justified.

    Southy is b....y old too - and b....y fast! I can only imagine how annoying it'd be to be outsprinted by Burkey ;)