Saturday, 30 April 2011

sticky tape

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Friday, 29 April 2011

hop it

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Happy Birthday Kathy Southgate, 55 today! The W55 age group will never be the same!


Thursday, 28 April 2011

lead singer of The Big Polluders

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I had to cut short yesterday's "30k run" because of a few sharp niggles.
Nevertheless everything was OK, good enough for me to sit down afterwards and put in my entry for the Australian Masters Games in Adelaide in October. Like last time, in 2009, I have entered only the 5000m track, the 8k cross country, and the half marathon road race.
The website to enter the Games is found at

Last Thursday's Clarke & Dawe:


See you at Dickson tonight for the first session of Thursday training for 2011!

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

I was there!

Posted by speedygeoff on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 with 1 comment
There I am, can you see me? Or were those tall guys in front of me blocking the view?

Big Top Luna Park Thursday 21 April 2011

Switchfoot's lead singer in full voice

Pictures from!/switchfoot

Meant To Live, from "Beautiful Letdown"
Fumbling his confidence
And wond’ring why the world has passed him by
Hoping that he’s meant for more than arguments
And failed attempts to fly, fly

We were meant to live for so much more
Have we lost ourselves?
Somewhere we live inside
Somewhere we live inside
We were meant to live for so much more
Have we lost ourselves?
Somewhere we live inside

Dreaming about providence
And whether mice or men have second tries
Maybe we’ve been living with our eyes half open
Maybe we’re bent and broken, broken

We were meant to live for so much more
Have we lost ourselves?
Somewhere we live inside
Somewhere we live inside
We were meant to live for so much more
Have we lost ourselves?
Somewhere we live inside

We want more than this world’s got to offer
We want more than this world’s got to offer
We want more than the wars of our fathers
And everything inside screams for second life

We were meant to live for so much more
Have we lost ourselves?
We were meant to live for so much more
Have we lost ourselves?
We were meant to live for so much more
Have we lost ourselves?
We were meant to live
We were meant to live

On Thursday in Sydney, Switchfoot performed as many songs from "Beautiful Letdown" as they did from their most recent album, "Hello Hurricane".

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

speedygeese dinner, Zen Yai Thai

Posted by speedygeoff on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 with 5 comments
Announcing the speedygeese dinner, Tuesday 10 May 2011, 7:00pm

zen yai is an excellent thai restaurant situated in the sydney building on london circuit between northbourne avenue and east row. On this occasion we shall order from their extensive menu. Vegetarians are catered for, and the restaurant is byo/fully licensed. RSVP by Thursday 5 May, please!


Happy birthday to Ewen, 54 today!

Monday, 25 April 2011

a week of holidaying

Posted by speedygeoff on Monday, April 25, 2011 with 3 comments
Coming Events, week 17 of year 2011:
Mon 25th5:30pmParliament House training
Wed 27th12:15pmBBQ Stakes 6k handicap
Thu 28th4:00pmDickson Oval – long run
5:30pmDickson Oval - speedygeese training
Fri 29th12:15pmCustoms Joggers 5k handicap
Sat 30th 8:00amMetro Runners Acton Ferry Terminal
1:00pmYCRC Mills Creek
Sun 1 May9:00am YCRC Women’s Jogalong, Weston Park

I will be attempting a 100k week this week, which will be a bit tricky as we will be away for some of it, with quite a few parties and events happening. However, mild weather means no excuses! And I am going for a run now...

Sunday, 24 April 2011

the final Brisbane distance event

Posted by speedygeoff on Sunday, April 24, 2011 with 3 comments
The 8k cross country is always a fun event and a great way to finish off running at the nationals. Except, I've rarely managed to survive that long, although a couple of my years in the M35s were an exception, as was Blacktown a few years back. Quite a few runners depart so the fields can be smaller than on the track, although with a Sunday finish due to Anzac Day instead of the usual Monday finish, maybe it was different this time. This year I am told the course was less than perfect. Mud, long grass, sharp corners; you know. So well done to those who did well.

Results 8k cross country
Bruce Graham
gold M45 and overall winner
Maria O’Reilly bronze W55
Katie Forestier 4th W45
Roger Pilkington 6-8th M50
Jeff Grey 8th M45

Remember no formal Parliament House training tomorrow but I have been told a few will still be turning up at the normal time. I shall see everyone on Thursday at Dickson!

Saturday, 23 April 2011

A national 30k

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Today I slept in, then ran a very slow 30k, having plenty of time on the run to listen on my Blackberry to every track on the four latest albums by “The National”. Quite good new music, or new to me anyway. The lead singer’s voice is reminiscent of Brian Ferry, for those old enough to remember him. The music and arrangements are excellent, the words pretty down-beat, verging on mild social and political satire, but mostly just reflecting the writer’s personal angst. Some clever lines, but I can’t imagine I’d have anything in common with the group’s normal audiences. The world I’m in is very different, for me it’s a needle and haystack world, but this writer has given up on haystacks although there are still a few needles around him, I expect. I am still running, but he’s stopped long ago. When The National’s songs ended, I switched back to Switchfoot, and I’m breathing in again. I call it living.

National track and field: AMA championships continues, more results are filtering through. .
Maria O'Reilly silver W55
Kathy Sims bronze W55
Emma Adams bronze W40
Ken White 4th M55
Colin Heywood 6th or 7th M55
Jeff Grey 5th M45
Rad Leovic gold M80.
Katie Forestier bronze W45
Maria O’Reilly bronze W55
Kathy Sims 4th W55
Roger Pilkington 8th M50
Bruce Graham 4th M45
Colin Heywood 4th M55
Jeff Grey 7th M45 (18:30, big pb)
Emma Adams 4th W40
Noelene Burdon 4th W55
Ken White 4th M55
Robert Gerrard 6th M35
Consie Larmour gold W75
Corrie Collins gold W70
Sue Bourke silver W50
John Lamb silver M60
Geoff Sims bronze M60

Lyrics – Secret Meeting, by "The National"
I think this place is full of spies
I think they're onto me
Didn't anybody, didn't anybody tell you
Didn't anybody tell you how to gracefully disappear in a room
I know you put in the hours to keep me in sunglasses, I know

And so and now I'm sorry I missed you
I had a secret meeting in the basement of my brain
It went the dull and wicked ordinary way
It went the dull and wicked ordinary way
And now I'm sorry I missed you
I had a secret meeting in the basement of my brain

I think this place is full of spies
I think I'm ruined
Didn't anybody, didn't anybody tell you
Didn't anybody tell you, this river's full of lost sharks
I know you put in the hours to keep me in sunglasses, I know

And so and now I'm sorry I missed you
I had a secret meeting in the basement of my brain
It went the dull and wicked ordinary way
It went the dull and wicked ordinary way

Friday, 22 April 2011


Posted by speedygeoff on Friday, April 22, 2011 with 3 comments
Last night's concert, Switchfoot's first of this year's Australian tour, was brilliant. Brilliant brilliant brilliant brilliant brilliant brilliant brilliant brilliant brilliant brilliant. No wonder they are my favourite band. Jon Foreman's voice, live, is excellent I am delighted to report. They performed many of their older songs as well as many tracks off their most recent release, "Hello Hurricane". They didn't play anything from their next, long-awaited and still not released, "Vice Verses". No worries, we can wait another year given that their current music is so good. The concert was at Luna Park, Sydney. I got home and back to bed at 4:00am today.

No Switchfootage from me unfortunately as I guess I didn't operate my Blackberry's Video properly. Never mind, plenty of their material is on YouTube.

AMA Track Championships, Brisbane, speedygeese in red
Maria O'Reilly gold W55
Kathy Sims bronze W55
Katie Forestier 4th W45
Emma Adams bronze W40
Ken White bronze M55

also Geoff Sims silver M60
Corrie Collins silver W70
Rad Leovic gold

Bruce Graham silver M45
Colin Heywood gold M55

Taken from!/pages/ACT-Veterans-Athletic-Club/154445671239308. More detail and more results later.

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Fly Goose Fly!

Posted by speedygeoff on Thursday, April 21, 2011 with No comments
Wild Geese
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
Love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are,
no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese,
harsh and exciting -
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
--Mary Oliver

Thursday's SPEEDYGEESE training sessions will commence on 28 April 2011 and continue every Thursday until October 2011.
Venue: The grass athletics field, Antill Street, Dickson ACT.
Training Pattern:
4:00pm: Craig, I, and any other early arrivals go for a long run AT MY TRAINING PACE. This is not as fast as you may think, but is still a reasonable speed.
5:30pm: The main group meets and sets off around the ovals for a warm-up jog.
5:45pm or 6:00pm: Formal interval training, under lights, no cost. The overall goal is to develop speed and endurance over five months. Any particular session can take the form of long or short repetitions, or relays, or handicap intervals, with varying types of recovery. Everyone can participate from the very fast to the very slow. There is no compulsion, as an option people can do part of the session or simply jog around and enjoy the company.
6:30pm: Training ends and we set off for a short cool-down run.
The more people who participate the better, as this provides more options for fun events like continuous relays. So everyone is welcome to join in, and please bring your friends!

Fly Goose Fly!

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

hello hurricane

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Results Customs Joggers 5k on 15 April:
Yili Zhu 21:59
Bob Harlow 22:43
Caroline Campbell 26:02
Caroline Kramar 35:30
There will be no Customs Joggers event this week, Good Friday.

The fence is down!
Dickson Oval is available once again. We will resume training there on the 28th. If we get a good turn-out we can run continuous relays! So come along and bring all your running friends, everyone welcome. Please spread the word.

This Thursday, i.e. tomorrow, I shall be at a Switchfoot concert!
Song of the week: "Hello Hurricane", by Switchfoot.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Training at Parliament House

Posted by speedygeoff on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 with No comments
Training last night were Andrew, Caroline, Christopher, Colin, Craig, me, Jochen, Joel, Ruth & Thea. Craig & I ran 8k early, then we all did a set of 20 x 100m uphill sprints on 90 seconds, on the lovely soft grass up the SE slope. All seemed to handle the hill work well, even those who had recently done hard distance races. It’s good to keep the coordination/balance work up, even if at a slightly reduced effort while in recovery mode. The focus can be on flexibility and form rather than on speed and strength.
Next Monday I won’t be at training but some are still going to meet at 5:30pm as usual, same time same place.
Yes we are there every Monday.

Monday, 18 April 2011

coming events

Posted by speedygeoff on Monday, April 18, 2011 with No comments
Monday 18 April 4:30pm Parliament House 8k jog.
5:30pm Parliament House speedygeese interval training.
Wednesday 20 April 12:15pm BBQ Stakes 6k Handicap, Woden Town Centre
Saturday 23 April 8:00am Metro runners, Acton Ferry Terminal
No Parliament House training on Easter Monday.
Dickson training commences Thursday 28th.
I'm rather pressed for time, hence the short posts(s)!
Best wishes to all those heading off to Brisbane for the Masters Track and Field Championships over Easter!

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Today's ACTVAC handicap results

Posted by speedygeoff on Sunday, April 17, 2011 with 2 comments
Majora Nature Park 10k
3 Mick Horan M50 46:10 73.7% **gold**
5 Caroline Campbell W65 57:26 **bronze**
26 Michelle Wells W35 44:40 78.0
27 Mick Charlton M55 59:21 62.3
28 Roger Pilkington M50 48:28 70.9
32 David Baussmann M60 50:40 73.7
36 Bob Harlow M60 45:20 83.0
38 Geoff Moore M60 45:25 82.6
39 Rod Lynch M50 41:54 81.3
41 Alan Duus M65 56:26 67.0
47 Kathy Southgate W50 44:23 90.9
53 Helen Larmour W50 47:40 82.2
67 Christopher Lang M60 56:11 66.4
72 Miranda Rawlinson 60:12 69.5
76 Craig Davis M40 53:49 59.0
87 Janene Kingston 55:56 64.7
99 Brett Morrison M40 99:39 31.9

Majura Nature Park 5k
1 Peter Hogan M60 31:02 59.8%
2 Maria O'Reilly W55 24:51 81.8
3 Peter McDonald 30:52 57.5
15 Jill Pearson W50 28:27 69.7
19 Cathy Montalto W55 29:16 70.8
31 Tony Booth M70 36:52 57.1

Saturday, 16 April 2011

a windy birthday run.

Posted by speedygeoff on Saturday, April 16, 2011 with No comments
I ran with Ann this morning, Ann is training for her next Half Marathon, the one on 22 May here in Canberra. There were no other takers. It was windy but not cold. And it is Ann's birthday! Happy Birthday Ann, 28 today!

Friday, 15 April 2011

which state?

Posted by speedygeoff on Friday, April 15, 2011 with No comments
What I am reading “The City & The City” by China Miéville. I guess the average Queenslander wouldn't have heard of it.

"It's the state of origin": from

ACTVAC 5000m Championships, Thursday Night Track
W45 Katie Forestier 20:17.47 77.5%
W50 Helen Larmour 20:45.03 81.6
W55 Maria O'Reilly 21:13.86 85.3
W40 Bronwyn Calver 21:46.19 69.4
M55 Graeme Patrick 22:08.90 69.6
W65 Caroline Campbell 23:58.02 90.6

Bronwyn's 5000m was a massive PB. And Caroline would be very pleased to have broken 24 mins.


Running in the rain in the Territory.

Thursday, 14 April 2011


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Plus Roger's official pictures and videos via

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

no end in sight

Posted by speedygeoff on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 with 3 comments
Happy Birthday Miranda 58 today!

Training at Parliament House last Monday night saw Brett, Caroline, Colin, Craig, me, Jochen, Joel, Mick C, Nadine, Neil, Tony, & Yelena head down to the lake for 3 x one mile intervals. My feet didn't like the concrete much but it was worth trying the area for a change, nowhere else at night in the vicinity can one run a straight flat mile with reasonable lighting.

Customs result 8/4
Bob Harlow 22:37
Caroline Campbell 26:00
Carolyne Kramar 32:50

High Noon Meets are coming again in 2011: here are details, click to enlarge.

 Song of the Week: "Flags", by Brooke Fraser

Tori keeping a very smiling Ruth company during Ruth's marathon.

Now that I have completed the Running Festival Half Marathon, had a couple of long runs, done an intensive gym session, and had a sports massage, and all is OK, I am about to enter the next one: the Rex Foulkes Half Marathon on 22 May. Entries are open: click here to enter; race information here.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

loud music + smile = 60km

Posted by speedygeoff on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 with 4 comments
Some footnotes to yesterday's post: (a) I have added Warrick and Adam's names to the speedygeese list; (b) both Liz and Ruth managed third place in their age categories, and (c) I was first M60 by only 15 seconds, phew! I was on only 5 minute per km pace for the last km or two, with many runners passing me, the second placegetter would have been catching me quite rapidly.

The website has photos and videos of every finisher, well worth checking out. Just click on the "2011", enter a surname on the results page, and go to their personal page.

Undoubtedly there are many remarkable stories of courage and perseverence. The most amazing story I have heard is that of Kelley, who did a 10k warm-up, then completed the ultra. And her 4:34 gave her second place in the W50-59 division of the 50km ultra.

Kelley + loud music + smile. Amazing performance.

Monday, 11 April 2011


Posted by speedygeoff on Monday, April 11, 2011 with 7 comments

Metro Runner Mary Zhang and I before the start of the half marathon - and before the start of the rain. Mary successfully completed her first ever half marathon, running 2:16.

Speedygeese in the Australian Running Festival
409 34.10 Geoff Barker
634 finishers

117 50.32 Sarah Pau
403 68.39 Adam Robinson
596 finishers

half marathon
88 1:34:07 Geoff Moore **winner M60-69**
110 1:35:47 Mick Horan
245 1:42:42 Charlie McCormack
256 1:43:02 Yili Zhu
257 1:43:03 David Baussmann
267 1:43:32 Bronia Rowe
322 1:44:59 Warrick Howieson
416 1:48:45 Katherine Sheppard
428 1:49:25 Bronwyn Calver
454 1:50:24 Craig Davis
1014 2:12.49 Adam Robinson
1071 2:16:21 Mary Zhang
1224 finishers

152 3:19.52 Liz Bennett
380 3:46.44 Colleen Koh
430 3:50.15 Kelley Flood
683 4:12.52 Ruth Baussmann
944 finishers

56 4:34.09 Kelley Flood
114 of the marathoners went on to complete the 50k ultra.

Craig Davis battling out the half marathon in the rain.

Coming Events, week 15 of year 2011:
Mon 11th4:30pmParliament House 8k jog
5:30pmParliament House speedygeese training
Wed 13th12:15pmBBQ Stakes 6k handicap
Thu 14th6:00pmACTVAC T&F (final)
Fri 15th12:15pmCustoms Joggers 5k handicap
Sat 16th 8:00amMetro Runners Acton Ferry Terminal
1:00pmYCRC Anzac Relays, Northcote drive
Sun 17th 9:00am ACTVAC Handicap, Majura

A couple of days ago Tim Calver finished the Marathon des Sables in 130th place. A huge congratulations, what a remarkable performance!

Sunday, 10 April 2011

A-Goal achieved .. tick. B-goal achieved .. tick.

Posted by speedygeoff on Sunday, April 10, 2011 with 6 comments
I completed today's Half Marathon in a time of 94:12, (gun time by my watch), due to getting left knee pain at 20k and hobbling the last km. Until then, it looked like a sub-93 was possible. Anyway, the primary goal was to beat Andy's time from last year - achieved, by 50 seconds. The secondary goal was to beat this year's Weston Creek Half time of mine, achieved, by 20 seconds. And another positive, next time, 22 May, I should be able to run faster if the training keeps happening, sub 94:12 does not look too difficult, especially if the knee was a one-off and I can train on. I had no trouble doing a 7km cool-down after the race, so my guess is the knee will be OK.

I must say I got soaked during the run. There was rain, rain, and more rain. But I don't think it slowed me down at all.

Full results of the half marathon, marathon, and ultra, will be in tomorrow's (Monday's) Canberra Times. I wonder how I went in the M60-69 age category?

Footnote. I won! Time suddenly irrelevant!

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Australian Running Festival this weekend

Posted by speedygeoff on Saturday, April 09, 2011 with 1 comment
At last its here. But it is warm and windy today, with rain forecast for tomorrow morning. Let's hope the rain holds off, until 11:10am at least! No start list so I don't know who is running tomorrow. There were very few speedygeese running today, but thousands of runners, and I hardly knew one. It looks like a huge entry in the four events.

Here's one runner I did know!

Sarah Pau racing in today's 10k.

Friday, 8 April 2011

barefoot running interview

Posted by speedygeoff on Friday, April 08, 2011 with 3 comments
Keith Bateman on barefoot running. I was pleased to have been the person who invited Keith to do the interview, after I was approached by the ABC to suggest someone.
Vets Track results Thursday 7 April
M60 Garry Maher 9.11 87.2%
W35 Rachelle Ellis-Brownlee 9.71 72.1

W40 Emma Adams 30.79 75.3%
W35 Rachelle Ellis-Brownlee 31.09 70.9
M50 Rod Lynch 31.56 71.5

M50 Rod Lynch 2:31.80 77.3%
W40 Emma Adams 2:36.25 75.9
W55 Kathy Sims 3:04.00 78.1
M70 Tony Booth 3:09.56 75.3

M50 Rod Lynch 10:53.77 77.6%
W50 Kathy Southgate 11:43.97 88.0
W50 Helen Larmour 11:52.49 83.6
W55 Maria O'Reilly 12:23.32 85.7  **ACT W55 record **
W40 Bronwyn Calver 12:27.53 70.8 **pb by 23 seconds**
M50 Roger Pilkington 13:40.99 62.3
W65 Caroline Campbell 14:05.06 90.3
M60 Alan Williams 14:12.44 65.9
Moore 3000m Series final results
Men's winner Bruce Graham 86.2%
Women's winner Kathy Southgate 90.7%
Clark&Dawe (

Stage four of the Marathon des Sables: can be one or two days, most runners get a rest day. So after the completion of stage four, Tim is now officially in 123rd, before the 82km stage four he was 143rd. He is still the third Australian, however the leading Australian got well away from him this time and is 90 minutes ahead of Tim in 81st place. Tim’s run time totals 28:33.55. Stage five will be only 42kms! Stage six will be the last stage.

Tim can be seen in this video - - at between 3:34 and 3:49. 

I like the fact that someone found this blog yesterday after a search on “protect nesting geese”.
Happy birthday Kerrie Tanner, 51 years old today.
Happy birthday speedyJenny, hem-hem years old today.

Thursday, 7 April 2011

The Training Dilemma

Posted by speedygeoff on Thursday, April 07, 2011 with 1 comment
(a) We know that if we rest up for a week or two before a big race, making our long runs a bit shorter, making our fast runs a bit slower, or adding more rest days after long and hard efforts, and do a little more gentle exercising, stretching, and recreating, we can expect an improved race performance.

But (b) we know that if we "train through" week after week, in the long term we can expect to reap the benefits of much improved fitness levels.

And (c) the more we race, the more we are motivated to keep training. Racing frequently can motivate us to be disciplined and train all the more consistently.

So (d) to improve steadily in any given year we need to strike the right balance, and
(1) select only two or three important races during the year for which we will ease off completely, taper, peak.
(2) Still race frequently, but determine that only for the two or three important races will we step back training.

What is hard about this?
(a) It is tempting to rest up before every race, not just the important ones.
But on the other hand (b) it is tempting to keep quality training going when we should be tapering.

Two common stories.
(1) The Olympic representative who ran a hard long interval training session a couple of days before his Olympic final because.... psychologically he felt he needed to keep training and testing himself. And yes, he was "a bit flat" when he raced, not achieving what was expected of him.
Or (2) The Olympic representative who was bedridden with the flu a week before his big race, and bounced back to win gold and an Olympic record.
Both stories are true.

What made runner #1 feel bad about resting up? Do you feel bad about resting up when training is going well?

In the case of runner #2, how much better might he have done if he hadn't had the flu and had still rested?

Can you train through most of your races, and also rest up properly for the occasional big one?

How addicted are you to your weekly routine, or can you adapt to what is needed at the time?

Maybe the ideal situation is that you just keep training through all the time, racing and all, until one day, only two or three times a year I suggest, you feel that the training is going so well that you should ease off for a couple of weeks DESPITE how well you are feeling, and see what you can really achieve in a race.

Confession of a runner who suffers from "taper tantrums":

Candid Canberra #70: fountainbow

Tim Calver's progress
After day four of the Marathon des Sables: Tim has remained 143rd. He is still the third Australian, but is ten minutes closer to the leading Australian, moving from 44 minutes to 34 minutes behind him. Tim’s run time totals 15:39.11. See All-rounder's blog for blow by blow details of the race and of the course. And be amazed.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

bent bananas cost more

Posted by speedygeoff on Wednesday, April 06, 2011 with No comments
Candid Canberra #69

After day three of the Marathon des Sables:, Tim has improved from 191st to 143rd. He is still the third Australian, about 44 minutes behind the leading Australian. Tim’s run time now totals 15:49.11.
March Jogalong result
Michelle Wells
W35 25:01
Nadine Morrison W40 28:19
Kym Chisholm 30:13
Debbie Cowell W50 30:30
Cathy Montalto W55 42:20
117 finishers
Message from YCRC President Geoff Sims:
Dear member / running friend
The YMCA of Canberra Runners Club is proud to have conducted its first Women and Girls Fun Run on the past weekend and now looks to complete its second, even bigger challenge of this month.
The club is still in need of volunteers to help stage the inaugural Australian Running Festival on next weekend, 9 and 10 April. Saturday fun run events have enough volunteers already, but we have an urgent need for more helpers on Sunday morning, for the marathon, half marathon and ultra-marathon events. Thank you if you have already volunteered. And please excuse us if you receive more than one copy of this note.
You would be assisting the new YMCA of Canberra Runners Club to ensure continuation of the tradition of an April marathon event in Canberra. The Club is associated with Fairfax Events, who have attracted large numbers of competitors to the Australian Running Festival. It promises to be a great running festival, but needs our help to achieve this.
All volunteers will have a chance to win a pair of Mizuno running shoes – we have two pairs to be won in a random draw on Sunday.
So if you can make the time available on Sunday morning 10 April, please complete the online volunteer registration as soon as you can at
Geoff Sims
YMCA of Canberra Runners Club.
Speedygeese on the entry list for the AMA National Track and Field Championships at Easter in Brisbane:
W40 Emma Adams
W55 Noeline Burden
W45 Katie Forestier
W40 Heidi Johnston
M60 Garry Maher
W55 Maria O'Reilly
M50 Roger Pilkington
W55 Kathy Sims
M55 Ken White
Song of the week: "Dance With Me", by Jesus Culture.

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

It's a capital territory this autumn

Posted by speedygeoff on Tuesday, April 05, 2011 with 1 comment
Happy Birthday Andy 52 today.

Taking leafs out of everyone else's books, Andy went to extreme lengths to avoid bringing champagne to Monday training - he has flown to the mother country, the opposite side of the world. Any excuse!

It goes with the Territory

Sixteen brand spanking new Ford Territories were lined up in the Parliament House underground car park last night ready for a launch today. All with number plates YFF2 something. I want the red one.

Candid Canberra #67: Territories on show

Christopher's choice

Candid Canberra #68: Autumn Leaf

Meanwhile in Morocco
After day 2 of the Marathon des Sables: Tim is in 191st place (up from 195th), 3rd Australian (up from 4th), Tim’s run time totals 10:35.23

Back in Canberra, last night at Parliament House we ran intervals alternating hard then easy over 850m for 30 minutes. Participating were Brett, Caroline, Cathy M, Christopher, Colin, Colleen, Craig, Graeme, me, Jochen, Joel, Mick C, Nadine, Neil & Warrick. It wasn't too cold but I shall be digging out my gloves and beanies very soon.

Customs 5k result Friday 1 April
Yili 21:48
Bob 22.29
Caroline 27:52
Carolyne 34.03

What else?
There's plenty more to report, I shall save it up for another day. Except to note for your diaries that our end-of-track-season speedygeese dinner will be held on Tuesday 10th May. I'm thinking Vietnamese, more information soon.

Monday, 4 April 2011

on track and off the track

Posted by speedygeoff on Monday, April 04, 2011 with No comments
Coming Events, week 14 of year 2011:

Mon 4th4:30pmParliament House 8k jog

5:30pmParliament House speedygeese training
Wed 6th12:15pmBBQ Stakes 6k handicap
Thu 7th6:00pmACTVAC T&F
Fri 8th12:15pmCustoms Joggers 5k handicap
Sat 9th 8:00amMetro Runners Acton Ferry Terminal

..Marathon Eve 5k, 10k
Sun 10th 7:00am Marathon, Half, Ultra at Telopea Park

On track
I am still on track to race the Half Marathon this Sunday. I am still hoping to run at least as fast as the one at Weston Creek only three weeks ago. I still plan to set off at 4:30s and see what happens.

Off the track
So I won't be on the track for Thursday's races, it's taper time again already.

Long Track

Tim Calver is running all week in the Marathon des Sables in Morocco. There are six stages over six or seven days. After day one, Tim is 195th out of 844. Results can be found at the website

Candid Canberra #66: monster insect

Sunday, 3 April 2011

25th annual Women's and Girls' Fun Run

Posted by speedygeoff on Sunday, April 03, 2011 with 1 comment
I have posted 12 photos of today's Fun Run on Facebook and I shall add more photos. The link is Congratulations to Kym and the team of YCRC members on a great event, complete with a 25th year birthday cake, and hot cross buns. Congratulations to the speedygeese and friends, many great performances on a perfect Canberra autumn day.

speedygeese individual results
17 KATIE FORESTIER 20:37 **first W45**
20 ELIZABETH BENNETT 20:45 **2nd W45**
21 EMMA ADAMS 20:47 **2nd W40**
22 HELEN LARMOUR 20:53 **first W50**
30 KAREN JUST 21:56
32 MARIA O'REILLY 22:05 **first W55**
33 NADINE MORRISON 22:05 **3rd W40**
69 KATHY SIMS 24:33 **2nd W55**
88 JANENE KINGSTON 25:33 **3rd W45**
158 RUTH BAUSSMANN 28:27 **3rd W60**

Full results of the Fun Run  appear at

Fun Run Video by Ewen at

Spiral 7 result Thursday 31 March
2 Tony Booth M70 14:28
3 Ruth Baussmann W60 14:24
5 Helen Larmour W50 11:52
6 Graeme Patrick M55 12:45
11 Nadine Morrison W40 12:24
13 Geoff Barker M65 19:05
15 Rod Lynch M50 11:01
18 Brett Morrison M40 12:12
19 Roger Pilkington M50 12:32
23 Gary Bowen M50 13:02
26 finishers

Final Point Score
1. Graeme Patrick 273
3. Roger Pilkington 252
4. Brett Morrison 246

1. Helen Larmour 266
2. Nadine Morrison 256
3. Ruth Baussmann 245

YCRC Winter Series Race #2: Regatta Point 4k Saturday 2 April
29. Yili Zhu M45 16:40
48. Caroline Campbell W65 20:19
49. Thea Zimpel 20:38
51 finishers

Candid Canberra #65: our lake

Photograph by David Messent

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Bronwyn's pb

Posted by speedygeoff on Saturday, April 02, 2011 with No comments
Vets Track speedygeese results

W40 Emma Adams 14.61 76.9%
M60 Garry Maher 15.19 78.9

M50 Gary Bowen 1:07.28 75.6%
W40 Emma Adams 1:07.42 79.5

Bronwyn runs a 9 second pb and achieves a middle distance 70% for the first time.
M50 Rod Lynch 4:57.52 81.7%
M55 Ken White 5:07.88 83.1
M50 Gary Bowen 5:22.54 77.4
W45 Katie Forestier 5:36.06 77.4
M50 Roger Pilkington 5:47.74 70.5
W40 Bronwyn Calver 5:51.52 70.6
M70 Tony Booth 6:33.13 74.7
W55 Kathy Sims 6:16.18 83.0

Spiral results will be available later I hope.

Meanwhile, Daylight Saving ends this Sunday morning, so turn your clocks back one hour Saturday night. Daylight saving resumes Sunday 2 October.

Friday, 1 April 2011

take no notice, he's just after the publicity

Posted by speedygeoff on Friday, April 01, 2011 with 3 comments

Always good for a laugh part 1: the alternative forms of energy


Always good for a laugh part 2: the alternative running style

Ewen. Of course. Racing at Stromlo Forest Park.