Friday, 30 August 2013

YCRC news

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YCRC News – 28th August 2013
1. Kingston Physio 10 Miler/5k – Saturday 31st August
2. Jogalong – Sunday 1st September.
3. Canberra Times Fun Run – Help Needed
4. Invitation to manage major events in 2014
5. Upcoming events
6. Club event managers/helpers
7. Club website new link/club administration
8. YCRC Committee
9. Winter Series – Survey of members

1. Kingston Physiotherapy & Sports Medicine Centre 10Miler/5k – 8am Saturday 31st August

The last event of our winter 2013 season will be the Kingston Physio 10 Miler on Saturday 31st August from John Cardiff Close, Black Mountain Peninsula. The 10 Miler (16.1km) is a lap of West Basin Lake Burley Griffin. The 10 Miler starts at 8am and a 5km run will start from the same location shortly afterwards. Free to YCRC members and one day registrations for all others on the day for $10 and juniors $5. Entrants in the 10 Miler must be over 16 years.

All participants in the Kingston Physio West Basin events 10 miler and 5k will be eligible to win barrel draw prizes for participants presented and donated by Craig Wisdom of Kingston Physiotherapy & Sport Injury Clinic Centre.

We are in need of a couple more helpers for this race. If you can help out, please email David Osmond at

2. Jogalong Sunday 1ST September

The Jogalong continues at Grevillea Park, East Basin Lake Burley Griffin this weekend and looks likely to stay there until 2014 due to uncompleted work in Weston Park. At 9am the 6k Jogalong commences with a non-handicap 3k. The 1.6k Mini Jog will start shortly after 9am.

3. Canberra Times Fun Run - 8th September 2013

A lot of club members run in this event. In 2013 the events are 5k, 10k and 14k. The 14k brining the Fairfax events around Australia into line with the 14k City to Surf distance.

The club has been asked to provide Fairfax with some assistance in the staging of these events. We need some club members to take on the following roles, lead car drivers (I think in your own car), lead cyclists and drink station helpers. We are hoping to provide drink station helpers and combine and share a station with the ACT Veterans Athletics Club. I will coordinate this drink station, so all I need is helpers. If you can help in anyway please let me know ASAP.

If you can spare some time to help on Sunday morning 8th September please contact me @ or SMS 0407 201 078.

Our club will receive a small payment from Fairfax for each official provided. The club sees it as very important to be involved with the major community events.

4. Invitation to manage major events in 2014

The Club conducts a number of major events during each year and is a partner in others. To do this it needs members to undertake management roles as outlined below. Please note that we do have volunteers for some positions.

5K Training Group (Feb and March) - leading up to the Women and Girls’ Fun Run, the Club runs a training program to enable participants to reach a level of fitness where they can comfortably complete 5K

Women and Girls Fun Run (6 April) – Joy Terry has agreed to be race manager for this event but she needs a small group of people to assist. This would be a great opportunity for a novice race organizer to learn what is required in such a role.

Australian Running Festival (12 – 13 April) – as a strategic partner of Fairfax, the Club assists with the conduct of this festival. We need someone to coordinate our volunteers.

YMCA Half Marathon (18 May) – We may have a race manager (to be confirmed) but this person will also need a small group to assist.

Half Marathon Training Group (Feb to May) – our most successful TG is an ideal way to prepare for the Half Marathon while assisting others to run the distance.

10K training Group (July to Sept) – Leading up to The Canberra Times Fun Run this group is for people who are already running but wish to increase how far they can run.

Although members who undertake these roles are volunteers, the Committee will provide some compensation for the use of personal resources such as transport, communications and other costs, plus out-of-pocket expenses.

If you agree to undertake one of these roles, the Committee will provide some assistance and support will also be available from corporate staff in the YMCA office for marketing, race approvals, etc.

Expressions of interest may be sent to the Club at If you would like to find out more about any of these tasks, please call Geoff on 0438 408805 or talk to one of the current committee members.

5. Upcoming Events

Memory Walk and Jog
The Memory Walk and Jog will be held on 21 September 2013 during Dementia Awareness Week.
The Memory Walk & Jog to raise awareness and much needed funds for Alzheimer's Australia.
Alzheimer's Australia ACT is the peak body representing the interests of people affected by dementia in the ACT. For more information, visit our website
More details from or phone 6255 0722

YCRC Goorooyaroo off Road Half Marathon – 7am Sat 19th Oct – more details later. Free to club members, one day registrations for all others, sign up on the morning.

RUN Y'ASS OFF Saturday October 26 2013]
Yass Runners and Elite Energy ( are hosting a 2km, 5km, 14km and Half Marathon on *Saturday October 26 2013.* Hope you can send a team and RUN Y’ASS OFF. Details at

YCRC Spring Series 2013
Our spring series 2013 will get under way with a run at 6.15pm on Tuesday 5th November (Melbourne Cup Day); the first event will not be in Weston Park as advertised due to uncompleted construction work. It will be the Stirling Ridge 5k and start near the intersection of Alexandrina Drive and Hopetoun Circuit, Yarralumla.

6. Club Race Managers/Helpers – Non- Major events

Our club holds events almost weekly during winter on a Saturday and events on Tuesday evenings during spring and summer. To do this we need volunteers to either manage events or help officiate at the events. The tasks are not onerous and assistance will be provided. If you can help please provide your details to David Osmond.

7. YMCA Canberra Administration/Runners Club Website

YCRC Members should be aware that the YMCA Canberra has moved from Sports House, Hackett to the YMCA Sailing Club, Alexandrina Drive, Yarralumla Bay, Yarralumla.

The new link for the YMCA Runners Club website is

8. YCRC Committee/Club Future etc.

This item has been left in from last week and will continue as we get closer to our Annual General Meeting. The club will be holding the AGM in the coming months and we will be looking for some new committee members. If you would like to be involved with the club please feel free to nominate, when we call for nominations. A strong and healthy club needs a strong and vibrant committee and your assistance would be most appreciated. If you need any further details please contact one of our current committee or me at our events or via email. I can certainly put you in contact with someone on the committee who can explain or help. It must also be remembered that the YCRC has the backing of the YMCA Canberra, and received great assistance from CEO Jenny McCombe and her staff in everything that we do.

9. Survey -Winter Series

Despite the best efforts of your committee to improve numbers at our winter events, numbers continue to fall. If you are interested in having your say for improving the Winter Series for next year, please fill in the survey via the link below. It should only take a couple of minutes. Note, if you are unable to access the survey location due to internet restrictions, please answer any of the following questions that are relevant to you, and email to
1. Do you prefer morning or early afternoon for Saturday Races?
2. Preferred start time for the long event (8am-2pm)
3. Preference for winter series at Stromlo Forest Park, or different locations each week
4. Course preference (road/bike path, grass or trail)
5. preferred race frequency (most weekends, or every 2nd weekend)
6. At Stromlo, do you prefer having 3 or 4 events?
7. Preferred race distances
8. Any other comments


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