Thursday, 30 June 2016

Mountain Running news

Posted by speedygeoff on Thursday, June 30, 2016 with No comments
Early bird discount closes on 1 July for Bush Capital Bush Marathon Festival, ACT, 7 and 8 AugustMt Ainslie and Mt Majura Nature Reserves, Campbell High School, CanberraSATURDAY  6 August 2016: 9.00am16km bush run and 16km bush walk; 11.00am 10km run and walk; 11.10amUnder 13 years 2km children’s run; 11.40am 5km run & walk
SUNDAY  7 August 2016: 8.00am 42.2km bush marathon run; half marathon walk; 9.00am 21.1km half marathon run
This event raises funds to support the Australian mountain running team travelling to Europe for World Mountain Running Championships.
ENTRY: Please download the event details and enter online at
VOLUNTEERS: Many volunteers are needed on both days. Volunteers receive a choice of T shirt, wine or chocolate. Please volunteer online at
Other events coming up
Every month in Canberra – free events:1st Tuesday Mt Ainslie Run Up and Power Walk , 2.3 km, 12.45pm Treloar Cres, Campbell3rd Tuesday Black Mountain Run Up and Power Walk , 2.6 km, 12.45pm Clunies Ross St, Acton (200m east of Botanic Gardens entrance).

Sunday 16 October: Mt Majura Vineyard One Peak and Two Peaks, 12km and 20 km runs and walks over Mt Majura and Mt Ainslie

Sunday 6 November: Deep Space Mountain Marathon run, Half Marathon run & walk, 10 km and 5km runs & walks:  a spectacular half marathon course from the Orroral Deep Space picnic ground to the Honeysuckle Creek Deep Space camp ground and return.

Sunday 18 December: Tour de Ridges 21k run, 15k and 10k runs and walks from Mawson sports fields over Farrer ridge, Wanniassa Hills and Isaacs Ridge

Mountain running and hilly trail runs around Australia
See the following websites:
Running Wild NSW  Mountain Sports
Queensland Trail Runners Association
Trail Running SA
Western Australia Trail Runners  perthtrailseries.comPoint to Pinnacle, Hobart
Running Wild Victoria
Sri Chinmoy Triple Triathlon, Canberra  au.srichinmoyraces.orgAustralian Ultra Runners Association
Wagga Wagga Trail Running Weekend 19-21 August 

Get the latest information on mountain running events on Facebook at the Australian Mountain Running Facebook page.

World Long Distance Mountain Running Championship, Gorski Marathon (42 km),Podbrfdo, Slovenia, 18 June. Website:
Victorian runner Kylee Woods represented Australia at this Championship which had 2800 metres of climb. Kylee finished a creditable 33rd in 5:33:35.
World Mountain Running Championships (uphill courses), Sapareva Banya, Bulgaria, 11 September.Website:
The Australian team comprises:Senior men: Mark Bourne (ACT), Alan Craigie (ACT), Ben Lucas (VIC), Michael Chapman (ACT).

Senior women: Elizabeth Humphries (ACT), Audrey Amiya-Hall (NSW).

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

speedygeese training

Posted by speedygeoff on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 with No comments
Last Thursday at Dickson Colin Dave Roger Jen and I turned up and jogged around while Susan, Sandeep and Giles turned up and actually trained, doing 9 x 300 + 1 x 200.

On Sunday Andrew and I ran long at Stromlo Forest Park.

Monday Thommo, Sandeep and I ran early: then for training we ran 200/400/600/200/400/600/200 with a jog back each time: present were Andrew, Andy, Christopher, Colin, Dave, me, Isaac, Jen, Mick, Pieta, Sandeep, Susan, Thomas & Warrick. Three degrees didn’t seem all that cold after -5 the previous day; and no breeze to speak of.

Pine Island ...



Tuesday, 28 June 2016

speedygeese race results

Posted by speedygeoff on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 with 4 comments
Tuesday 21 June Black Mountain Run Up 2.6 km
5 Peter Burke 16.16
15 finishers

Friday 24 June
Customs 5k
Giles Lamb 21:59
Peter Thomson 22:11
Bronwyn Calver 23:48
David Clarke 24:49
Bill Arthur 27:37v
19 finishers

Saturday 25 June Burley Griffin 5k parkrun #2
31 Kylie Malone 22:57 W40 ** first parkrun**
49 Gary Bowen 24:20 M55
140 finishers

Saturday 25 June Ginninderra 5k parkrun #217
39 Susan Sturgeon 24:21 W40
49 Stephanie Pfohl 25:30 W40
134 finishers

Saturday 25 June Tuggeranong 5k parkrun #174
8 Peter Thomson 20:18 M55
18 Pieta Smith 22:45 W40
19 David Clarke 22:46 M55
164 finishers

Saturday 25 June Gungahlin 5k parkrun #141
17 Giles Lamb 22:14 M40
91 Margaret McSpadden 37:10 W65
104 finishers

Saturday 25 June RunACT 5k cross country handicap at SFP
Stuart Doyle M45 18:11
David Clarke M55 19:12 **2nd across the line**
Louise Sharp W30 19:47
Jennifer Bright W40 20:26
Peter Thomson M55 21:28
Rohan Pitchford M50 22:21
Geoff Moore M65 23:02
Ewen Thompson M55 28:21
33 finishers

Sunday 26 June ACTVAC handicap Mt Ainslie 9.3k
3 Bronwyn Calver W45 46:33 71.6%
8 Roger Pilkington M55 47:55 68.8
20 Kathy Sims W65 50:05 83.9
21 Rae Palmer W65 57:55 76.8
22 Christopher Lang M65 58:50 59.5
23 Nadine Morrison W45 47:53 69.6
27 David Webster M60 43:56 79.3
32 Rod Lynch M55 39:20 82.8
41 Mick Charlton M60 61:42 56.5
44 Peter Thomson M55 45:10 71.2
57 Gabrielle Brown W50 53:59 66.8
60 Margaret McSpadden W65 73:52 60.2
68 finishers

Sunday 26 June ACTVAC handicap Mt Ainslie 4.5k
13 Jill Pearson W55 25:25 69.3%
15 Tony Booth M75 31:16 62.5
29 Caroline Campbell W70 38:14 58.3
37 finishers

Sunday 26 June Sri Chinmoy Pine Island 20k
29. David Clarke 1:40:33
60. Jen Bright 1:51:03
77. Bron Sparkes 1:55:22
87. Mhairi Craig 1:58:53
108. Leonie Doyle 2:09:44
153 finishers

Sunday 26 June Sri Chinmoy Pine Island 8k
8. Isaac Muscat 34:55
150 finishers

Pine Island 20k trail run




Monday, 27 June 2016

Be an overcomer!

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Song of the week - "Overcome", by Creed

Sunday, 26 June 2016


Posted by speedygeoff on Sunday, June 26, 2016 with 2 comments
Just reposting a couple of pictures from Steve Appleby's Facebook page:

That was yesterday, and this morning it was -5 when I arrived at Stromlo to train (10k) and -3 when I left. At least there was no breeze! It was also the Vets Handicap at Mt Ainslie this morning, brrrr.

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Bush Capital Bush Marathon Festival

Posted by speedygeoff on Saturday, June 25, 2016 with No comments
Bush Capital Bush Marathon Festival, 6 & 7 August, Canberra Cockatoo's. Annual fund raising event for the Australian Mountain Running Team.
SATURDAY 6 August 2016
9.00am 16km bush run and 16km bush walk
11.00am 10km run and walk
11.10am Under 13 years 2km children’s run
11.40am 5km run & walk
SUNDAY 7 August 2016
8.00am 42.2km bush marathon run; half marathon walk
9.00am 21.1km bush half marathon run
Event information and online entry at

Early bird entries with a discount close on 1 July. Many helpers are needed and receive a choice of T shirt, wine or chocolate. Volunteer online at

Friday, 24 June 2016

Palmer family birthdays

Posted by speedygeoff on Friday, June 24, 2016 with No comments
There seem to be a lot of speedygeese birthdays this month ... including both Vanessa (46 yesterday) and Rae (69 tomorrow). Happy birthday, celebrate hard!

Thursday, 23 June 2016

And here is how S-J is getting on

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For those who don't see her FB page...

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

speedygeese training

Posted by speedygeoff on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 with 1 comment
But first, Congratulations Cookie! A new speedygosling, Callum David Cook born overnight 20/21 June!

Training: last Thursday at Dickson was attended by Gabe, Sandeep, Peter B2, Jen, Roger, Tori, and me. The session consisted of 10 x 1 minute intervals, fast, with 2 min recovery after each.

On Sunday at Stromlo Andrew and I ran 10k at a good (for me) pace.

Then on Monday at Parliament House Andy, Chrisopher, Dave, Isaac. Jen, Pieta, Rae. Sandeep, Thomas, Warrick and I ran a good 3x1200m fartlek session

I have come down with a bit of an ear infection, probably because of the cold, wintry weather. However we do have rainbows: photo by John Harding this morning.

Stay well: will see you for training on Thursday if and only if the ACT sportsgrounds are officially open, and on Sunday and Monday whatever the weather.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

speedygeese race results

Posted by speedygeoff on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 with No comments
Friday 17 June Customs 5k
Giles Lamb 21:45
Bronwyn Calver 23:47
16 finishers

Saturday 18 June Burley Griffin 5k parkrun #1
46 Peter Thomson 20:52 M55
54 Giles Lamb 21:12 M40
73 Bronwyn Calver 21:58 W45
107 Pieta Smith 23:46 W40
108 David Clarke 23:46 M55
125 Sandeep Chandra 24:25 M40
134 Gary Bowen 24:50 M55
289 Ewen Thompson 31:26 M55
392 Caroline Campbell 40:21 W70
435 finishers

Saturday 18 June Ginninderra 5k parkrun #216
31 Susan Sturgeon 24:03 W40
43 Jill Pearson 27:16 W55
70 finishers

Saturday 18 June Tuggeranong 5k parkrun #173
86 finishers

Saturday 18 June Gungahlin 5k parkrun #140
18 Nadine Morrison 22:26 W45
58 finishers

Saturday 18 June ACTVAC 8k Cross Country Championships
David Clarke 32:18 M55 **silver**
Peter Thomson 36:42.90 M55 **bronze**
Geoff Moore 39:03.30 M65 **bronze**

Saturday 18 June AACT 10k Cross Country Championships
Louise Sharp 41:44.90 8th woman

Sandeep at the inaugural Burley Griffin parkrun. Damp but not deterred.

Monday, 20 June 2016

Survival - a song by Muse for the 2012 Olympics

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Song of the week "Survival" London 2012 Official Olympic Song

No longer silver - it's now gold for Jared's London 50k walk.

Sunday, 19 June 2016

photogenic Canberra

Posted by speedygeoff on Sunday, June 19, 2016 with No comments takes brilliant photos of Canberra. I intend featuring some of them in the next few weeks.

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Burley Griffin parkrun #1

Posted by speedygeoff on Saturday, June 18, 2016 with 1 comment
Canberra's fourth parkrun event was launched this morning; and despite the overnight rain, it was a huge success.

Large field, narrow track.
435 finishers, not bad for a launch!

I didn't get there, I went to this morning's Cross country Championships instead.
Maybe I will make it to the Queanbeyan parkrun #1 when it comes along?

Friday, 17 June 2016

I am now the grandad of a 17 year old

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And she is beautiful

Kayleigh. Photo taken by her boyfriend, who is quite a photographer.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

"Meet Ann Go"

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Ann Go was a member of my training group "SpeedyDucks", an ANU and LifeUC based running group, when she studied here in Canberra. Also a lovely person and good friend.
The following article was published yesterday in which highlights "Filipinos doing all kinds of science in all kinds of places."

Meet Ann Go:

1) What do you do?
I image the brain activity of Alzheimer’s mice models and compare it to that of normal mice. The idea is to spot differences to know more about the disease and how we can intervene.
2) Where do you work?
At the Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College London, U.K.
3) Tell us about the photos!
[Left:] Me in the middle of an experiment. I’m snobbish when I’m working. :-)
[Right:] Me pretending to be a triathlete because PhD was about to drive me crazy!
4) Tell us about your academic career path so far.
I grew up in Tacloban. It’s a small city but we certainly had electricity! I went to Asian Development Foundation (now ADF College) and Philippine Science High School. Then I pursued BS Applied Physics and MS Physics at the University of the Philippines Diliman.
After a short break to figure out my life, I started a PhD in Medical Physics at the National Tsinghua University in Hsinchu, Taiwan. After a semester I realised I wasn’t Chinese enough so I moved to Canberra, Australia to finish a PhD in Neuroscience at the Australian National University.
I took a year off research to return to Yolanda-ravaged Tacloban. I did a short research project at the University of Regensburg in Germany before starting postdoc at Imperial College in London.
5) Anything else you want to share?
According to a study, countries that consume more chocolate have more Nobel laureates. Philippines, we need to catch up! I’m doing my share both in the science and in the chocolate consumption. People think I just love chocolates. But this is for love of country!

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

speedygeese training

Posted by speedygeoff on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 with 2 comments
On Sunday Dave and I ran easy at Stromlo Forest Park.

Monday at Parliament House saw only four of us appear, including Dave who turned up late. Rae and Andy repeated last week’s session with some minor variations, and I trotted around with them.

So not a lot to report. Here's hoping next week there will be more: Thursday won't be washed out (we only cancel Thursdays if the grounds are closed, and they won't be), Sunday is on as usual, and Monday is not a Public Holiday for a change so it's all systems go.

Did you notice I have made my "Coming Events" column the leading post now? It will be easier for me to update it there, and it puts the general comment box conveniently at the top of the column.

Also did you notice I have replaced the web blog slideshow with a much more comprehensive one now? I may add a write-up for some of the slides if I have time; that aside, any feedback welcome.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

speedygeese race results

Posted by speedygeoff on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 with No comments

Helen Way running up Mt Ainslie

Tuesday 7 June AMRA Mt Ainslie Run-Up 2.2k
10 Jen Bright 17.17
14 Bill Arthur 20.21
15 Helen Way 21.21.
16 finishers

Friday 10 June
Customs 5k
Giles Lamb 21:56
David Clarke 22:50
Bronwyn Calver 23:16
Bill Arthur 26:15
21 finishers

Saturday 11 June Ginninderra 5k parkrun #215
24 Geoff Moore 23:21 M65
26 Susan Sturgeon 23:24 W40
48 Stephanie Pfohl 24:46 W40 **New PB**
167 finishers

Saturday 11 June Tuggeranong 5k parkrun #172
40 Bronwyn Calver 22:13 W45
42 David Clarke 22:28 M55
222 Ewen Thompson 42:16 M55
253 finishers

Saturday 11 June Gungahlin 5k parkrun #138
26 Giles Lamb 21:41 M40
56 Gary Bowen 24:58 M55
156 finishers

Saturday 11 June parkrun de Mandavit #14
David Baussmann 23:42 M65
Ruth Baussmann 31:22 W65
30 finishers

Saturday 11 June Parkville parkrun #7
14 Peter Thomson 20:43 M55

Saturday 11 June True Grit 24hr Enduro
134 Bron Sparkes 5 laps 53k
213 individual finishers

Monday, 13 June 2016

black wave

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"This goose is cooked..." Song of the week: "Black Wave" by The Shins


Sunday, 12 June 2016

Muddy Paws

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I haven't published a "Simon's Cat" video for a while...

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Fun and Games at the Ginninderra parkrun

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It was cold and windy this morning at Ginninderra

How fast can Paul go pushing Mya? Can Mya's mum and I keep up?

Here we go.

Susan and I didn't quite keep up. Paul and Mya finished with a new PB, 23:00.

I got past Susan at 3k. She hung on though. I ran 23:22 and have no niggles at last.

Susan ran her best time since August last year. 23:24

Steph knocked a minute off her PB, after seeing if she could keep up with us early. 24:46. She and I agreed at the start we were looking for a sub 25.

Despite the cold, parkruns are always a fun way to start the weekend. Next week I may check out Burley Griffin parkrun #1, if I feel up to it!

Friday, 10 June 2016

successful people...

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Thursday, 9 June 2016

Cross Country Championships

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I have entered. Good that all the Vets will be running 8k together as one race.

These events will be conducted with AACT at Stromlo Forest Park on Saturday 18th of June.
The ACTVAC championship distance will be 8km for all age/gender groups as is done at WMA and AMA championships.
Entry fee will be $7, which covers the hire cost for SFP. Entries close on Tuesday 14th of June. There will be NO entries on the day.
On-line entries can be made on our website:

Start time for the ACTVAC championship event will be 11:35 and athletes must check in at least 30 minutes before that at the office under the grandstand at SFP.

ACTVAC members who have taken out Dual Registration, may enter the AACT Open Championships (which will be 10km) and pay $9.00. ACT Vets, who have not taken out a Dual Registration, entering AACT Open Championships will pay $13.00. On-line entries for the AACT events can be made via the AACT website.

If you are not intending to compete in the championships, your involvement as a volunteer would be much appreciated. Please contact Ken Smith if you can help.

Meanwhile here are two very cute speedygoslings.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

speedygeese training

Posted by speedygeoff on Wednesday, June 08, 2016 with No comments
Last Thursday at Dickson I ran early, as did Maria, then for training we had two teams of three running ten x 200m each in continuous relays. Teams consisted of Colin, Isaac, Bron; and Sandeep, Jen, Rohan. Dave was also present doing his own thing.
Sunday was cancelled – washed out.
Monday at Parliament House saw Andy, Dave, myself, Isaac, Jen, Pieta, Rae, Sandeep and Susan run 3 x "light-pole 1200s" on ten minutes on the west and south-west grass. The pattern was (1) two lightpole fast, one recovery, (2) two fast, two recovery, (3) three fast, two recovery. A very good session enjoyed by all. And all under lights. Obviously.

Where's Sarah-Jayne?

Ah. Otherwise occupied. Right.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

speedygeese race results

Posted by speedygeoff on Tuesday, June 07, 2016 with No comments
Friday 3 June Customs 5k
Bronwyn Calver 23:47
David Clarke 25:07
Bill Arthur 26:17
Peter Thomson 31:10
20 finishers

Saturday 4 June Ginninderra 5k parkrun #214
32 Susan Sturgeon 23:52 W40
97 finishers

Saturday 4 June Tuggeranong 5k parkrun #171
19 Peter Thomson 21:33 M55
22 David Clarke 22:04 M55
23 Bronwyn Calver 22:09 W45
48 Gary Bowen 24:33 M55
133 finishers

Saturday 4 June Gungahlin 5k parkrun #138
24 Giles Lamb 22:02 M40
47 William Arthur 26:13 M65
83 finishers

Saturday 4 June
YCRC 5k cross country
9. Peter Thomson M55 26:11
11. Jennifer Bright W40 31:25
12. Isaac Muscat U14 31:25
14 finishers
Too wet for me.

Ducks at Saturday's Ginninderra parkrun

Susan splashing along.

Monday, 6 June 2016

One Word

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Another great song of the week: "One Word" by Baby Animals.


I had forgotten this song existed until I heard it again last week.

Sunday, 5 June 2016


Posted by speedygeoff on Sunday, June 05, 2016 with 1 comment
The wet season has arrived. Didn't you know Canberra has a wet season? Before today it didn't, but now it's here. 85mm in our rain gauge so far this weekend. Several running events scheduled for today and tomorrow have been cancelled or postponed, e.g. the Schools Cross Country Championships which have been moved to this Thursday.

However speedygeese training is going ahead tomorrow as usual. I will not be there for an early run though. Bring the new fashion statement; the poncho; to the 5:30pm start. I will be wearing mine.

Yesterday at Stromlo (part of the off-track race!)

Picture from a video by Ewen.


1. Here's the video

2. The sun has come out (Monday morning)

3. So I may not need my poncho after all (and you fashion police can breathe easier)

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Now it's grandad brag time

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Olivia attended the Team Future gymnastics camp at the AIS, Canberra this week.

Olivia top row second on right

Cold water recovery! Olivia on the left

Olivia top right!

Olivia has just turned 11, is the fourth of my eldest daughter's six children, and lives at Jamberoo NSW.

Friday, 3 June 2016

Off Topic: dad brag time.

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Last week the Band of the 1st Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment took part in the Army Aboriginal Community Assistance Program (AACAP). The Band travelled to Laura, 141km west of Cooktown, and performed for the local Indigenous community. AACAP began in 1997 and is an ongoing commitment which reinforces the strong association between Army and the Indigenous peoples of Northern and Central Australia.

My son Nathan on keys.

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Not long to go now

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Don't forget to be watching at 10:25am our time Sunday 14 August .. Men's 10,000m .. there could be a New Olympic hero!

The Athletics starts with the Women's 10,000m on 12 August and finishes with the Men's Marathon on 21 August. I am hoping to see some of it live as we will be on holidays at the time. Afterwards I will be downloading all the middle and long distance action, plus a triathlon or two. Can't wait.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

speedygeese training

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Last Thursday at Dickson I ran long while Sandeep, Dave, Jen and Rohan trained running 12 laps of straights, jogging the bends. The track was only slightly damp and the temperature was around 10 degrees, but as usual the rain during the day must have kept a few speedygeese away. It did not rain at Dickson between 4:00pm when I arrived and 6:20pm when I left.

Sunday was cold and still: Dave, Andrew & I ran at Stromlo at 7:30am.

Monday 30th we ran a thirty minutes continuous zigzag relay, the lower flagpoles area where each runner in turn in each team running a leg which went diagonal downhill then straight up hill. Team B was first: Isaac, Jen, Pieta. Team C second, Susan, Sandeep and me, Team A third: Colin, Andrew, Dave, and Team D fourth with Caroline, Diana and Mick. It was good to get some real training in and my injuries did not worsen as a result.

Training session winners! Jen, Isaac, Pieta.