Saturday, 9 February 2008

What is a "Sprint-Marathon"?*

Posted by speedygeoff on Saturday, February 09, 2008 with 2 comments
Picture from the Past

Kathy and Maureen having won gold and silver in the 800m Nationals in Adelaide. In that race, they crossed the line almost together, and Kathy set a new ACT record, which Maureen went on later to break.

"Must-Have" for training - the Nike Parachute.

As if I am not running slow enough already.

Thursday's Speedygeese Track times

M45 Rod Lynch 10:45.87 76.6%
M55 Geoff Moore 11:27.45 78.9
M45 Roger Pilkington 11:49.99 70.3
W40 Katie Forestier 12:11.79 73.0
M50 Ewen Thompson 12:16.07 68.3
M50 Gary Bowen 12:38.72 66.3
W40 Amanda Walker 12:58.28 67.4
W35 Rachelle Ellis-Brownlee 13:10.46 64.3
W35 Bronwyn Calver 13:32.85 63.6
M60 Geoff Barker 14:33.60 64.3

M45 Mick Horan 2:16.67 83.6%
M50 Ken White 2:23.01 84.1
M45 Rod Lynch 2:32.10 75.1
M60 Kevin Chamberlain 2:32.64 83.4
M55 Geoff Sims 2:37.66 79.4
M55 Neil Boden 2:51.99 71.6
W55 Kathy Sims 3:01.79 75.6
W35 Bronwyn Calver 3:05.34 61.7

spiral 7
2 Geoff Barker M60 14:30
10 Neil Boden M55 13:05
11 Margaret McSpadden W60 15:34
13 Kathy Sims W55 13:01
15 Kevin Chamberlain M60 12:20
22 Bronwyn Calver W35 13:47
27 Gary Bowen M50 12:22
31 Roger Pilkington M45 13:26
33 Mick Horan M45 17:06

Stromlo training saw Bronwyn and me decide to run 10x200 with a 100 jog, then an extra 3x200 with a 100 jog because "coach felt good". But the wind was bitterly cold and I ran with three layers on. I expect to see those who weren't there running the sprint-marathon tomorrow. Rug up. We aren't acclimatised to eleven degrees with a strong southerly which adds a significant "wind chill factor". Oh, and happy birthday Bronwyn & Tim's mum, 66! (That old!)

*A "Sprint-Marathon" is a continuous relay race where runners do one km (and one two km) intervals with a long rest while their team mates take their turn. Each runner might cover 7km in total, or more because after their last run they keep going until all runners in the team cross the finish line together. It is run on a loop course, and the total distance the baton travels is meant to be a marathon (42.195k). We conduct it annually in February when it is allegedly warm enough to be standing around. It is a popular event with I guess about six to eight teams competing each year.


  1. Good idea! I'll put it around my neck and run downhill with a tailwind.

    BOM tells me it was a balmy 14C at 9am :)

  2. oooh fun! take your speedy geese on a tour of tornado alley with those. it'll be like the movie Twister. i can see Ewen pointing and saying, "Cow!"