Friday, 14 March 2008

On Track

Posted by speedygeoff on Friday, March 14, 2008 with 7 comments
Last run at the AIS until “High Noon” meets.
A solid 5000m in a much better time than recent efforts means I am on track for a good Australian Masters championship - starting in just seven days!

Last Vets Track Night
M50 Ken White 2:20.97 85.3%
M60 Kevin Chamberlain 2:27.62 86.2
W55 Kathy Sims 3:02.66 75.3

2K Turkey Handicap
W35 Emma Adams 8:44.65
M65 Tony Booth 11:42.43

5000m ACT Championships
M45 Richard Faulks 18:41.44 75.9% Bronze
W50 Kathy Southgate 18:53.18 89.6 Gold
M45 Mick Horan 19:02.15 74.6
M55 Geoff Moore 19:32.05 79.6 Silver
W40 Katie Forestier 20:56.07 72.8 Silver
W40 Amanda Walker 21:57.84 68.3 Bronze
M45 Colin Farlow 21:58.34 63.6
W35 Rachelle Ellis-Brownlee 22:26.40 65.0 Gold
W35 Bronwyn Calver 22:27.18 65.9 Silver
M55 Neil Boden 23:26.17 65.2
M65 Tony Booth 24:13.94 70.3 Silver

There were fantastic 5000m performances by Rachelle (huge pb) and Bronwyn (more than one minute pb). Which proves that running longer in training and doing both weekly speed sessions - the Parliament House session and the Stromlo session - produces huge results. Rachelle, Bronwyn and I have been doing all the training sessions.

Speedygeese award winners
The Vets end of year awards were announced last night, and Michael Roche received one of the two major awards. Congratulations Michael, you are a true overcomer and an inspiration to us all! Michael doesn't have internet access, so when you see him, be sure to congratulate him.
National Heart Foundation Trophy Michael Roche
Adler Trophy Winner (m) Roger Pilkington
Adler Trophy Winner (f) Kathy Sims
Pennington Trophy (2nd) Colin Farlow

Final Stromlo Training Session
Saturday morning, 7:30am, is the final Saturday Stromlo training session until Spring. So get on your sprinting shoes and come on down, the early start will be appreciated given the current heat wave!

Details of future training sessions, in particular about Dickson on Thursday nights, will be published here soon.

Shave your 5k
Ewen and I have entered the "Shave your 5k" challenge. I won't win! I suspect I have made it quite difficult to improve at year's end on current form! Anyone else want to participate?

Track of the six foot variety - Emma keeping her Garmin dry

Someone should tell Emma to wear her Garmin on the right hand wrist. That way, when she runs six foot again next year, she can hold onto the rope with her left hand and not lose her balance.


  1. I like your new avatar on the comments...

    I would like to think I can get to sub 47:00 for 10k on the track...I've got 2 sub 47:00 in other 10k events (pre-injury/surgery)...

  2. Some great speedygeese results there. What a haul of medals! I can't wait for the High Noon meets.

    Shave Your 5k is based on % improvement. I would have thought a 5% improvement by December is possible.

    Emma is going back to her childhood and playing 'elastics' with the rope.

  3. Woohoo! You have the fastest SY5Kstubble time Spody... but how come it's 20:07 and not 19:32?

    Where are the names of Allrounder, Rachelle, Katie, Amanda, Colin, Neil, Tony, Richard, Mick, Kathy and all the other slackers?!

  4. Don't worry Ewen, I emailed the update to Half Fast this morning. When are you going to tell him YOUR real best time then?

  5. 21:30 IS my best time. Well, 21:29.58 to be precise. Cross country runs on short courses and point to point road races don't count. I intend to run my shaved time in a REAL race too - 12 and a half laps of the track :)

  6. Ah - track 5ks. I suggest we lobby Paul Considine to program some cool-of-the-evening 5ks on Thursday nights next season? They were very short on 5ks this season. In fact I am composing an email to him right now...

  7. Congrats on your great 5000m Speedygeoff. I've been too busy to read blogs over the past few days but was told about your brilliant run by a little birdy who was visiting Brissie for the weekend. What that litle birdy didn't tell me was she also had a fantastic run and won gold!