Monday, 23 October 2017

Falling down the mountain

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Song of the Week: "Kiss The Dirt (Falling Down The Mountain)", by INXS.
For all those brave Bush Capital Marathon runners who competed over the weekend.

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Bush Capital events - Isaac's 10k silver

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On Tuesday I plan to publish the speedygeese results for all Bush Capital races held this weekend. Meanwhile here is Isaac taking second place in today's 10k (ish).

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Gungahlin parkrun turns 4

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Dave represented the speedygeese at Gungahlin parkrun's 4th birthday today. His first time there. Record numbers were the result of Tuggeranong parkrun being cancelled for 2 weeks.

Friday, 20 October 2017

Speedygeese training summary

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Sunday 15 October long run report [Dave]: At this morning’s speedygeese long run I was pleasantly surprised to find myself outnumbered 7 to 1 by a group of fit, lovely ladies, including new starters Jinny, Laura and Fiona. Eventually Warrick and Graeme turned up, evening the odds somewhat, and then Mhairi made an entrance, a wee late, posing in a towel disguised as a kilt for some unknown reason (not unusual for Mhairi). 🤔
With another perfect Canberra Spring morning, we headed off from Mawson shops up Athlon Drive to Farrer Ridge and Isaacs Ridge. Jason managed to catch us near the start after slightly missing the meeting point.
After suffering from a sore heel last Sunday, I decided to continue my easy week and just do a short out and back slow run today, and caught up with Ewen on the way back. Ewen decided to run at 8:30 after checking the comfort meter and seeing that it was still sub 10 degrees at 8:00. I also caught the rest of the mob heading back from Wanniassa Hills and snapped a few pics before they went off to do a lap of Mount Taylor.
Narelle, Graeme, Shiree, Bron, Fiona, Jinny and Laura did the full 22k course, while Jen, Mhairi, Ewen, Jason and Warrick finished with around 16k and I [Dave] did 12k.
Meanwhile in Melbourne, Giles did the marathon in a great time of 3:27:15 and Sandeep got a half marathon PB of 1:45:50. Others were doing the “Run With The Wind” at the wind farm, but some of us ran with our own wind (especially after last night’s curry).🤢
I’m told that no one got lost, and my secret surveillance appeared to confirm that when I found them all together later, but stories began to leak during coffee about Narelle going the wrong way around Isaacs Ridge. That opened up a whole gamut of possibilities and I wouldn’t believe of word of any claims of sticking to the course. 😉
Most of today’s fun was had at the extended coffee rendezvous at Fox and Bow. A couple of new records today, with a 2 hour post-run coffee session and a PB for me of 4km per coffee after my third cappuccino. The conversation ebbed and flowed from topics involving Jen's and Narelle’s planned activities next Monday night (that probably should not be mentioned here) to the more usual reminiscing of past events and PBs. We also managed to post a few Facebook likes and Strava kudos/comments on Ewen’s phone while he wasn’t noticing.
Jen and I vowed not to bicker as usual for the rest of the day but soon realised our goals were way too ambitious. It wasn’t made any easier by the fact that Jen was introduced to some new drugs on the run – caffeine strips. 😯 We did manage 5 minutes of peace at one stage and agreed on one thing – Jen has no biceps. 💪 Meanwhile others were enjoying much more interesting and stimulating conversations.
Thanks for the run everyone (what I saw of it) and especially for the conversation (and the free coffee Bron)..Thanks also to Jen for creating today’s route on Strava (or, more accurately, for outsourcing it to Isaac with a $5 bribe).

Monday 16 October at Parliament House it was a warm pleasant evening and we ran 2 sets of continuous relays on the lower flagpole grassy area. Training hard were Jinny (new to intervals), Narelle (new to intervals), Chris (new), Tim (re-visiting from Basel), Isaac, Bronwyn, Warrick, Thomas, Rae, Ruth, Ewen, Sandeep, Brownie, Paul, Colin. I supervised.

Afterwards the speedygeese had a meal at Yarralumla with Isaac, Jen, Richard, Laura, Daniel, Sandeep, Brownie, Ewen, Christopher, Warrick, Thomas, Paul, Mya, Susan, Rae, Ruth, Dave, Colin & me attending.

On Thursday 19 October, meeting at Woden Athletic track, warming up - Brownie, Bronwyn, Ruth, Margaret, Jennie, Ewen, me. The first two proceeded to run a "traffic light" fartlek session: red light = run normal pace; amber = pick it up to tempo effort; green = sprint. The program was 5R 2A 1G 2A 5R 2A 1G 2A 5R (numbers are minutes). The others went for a splish/splash tempo run or race on the all-weather track, after which I rushed home to get dry.

Sunday's run

Photos by Dave.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Happy not Friday

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Congratulations Thommo 3:45 in Melbourme

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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

All the recent speedygeese race results

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BBQ Stakes 6k 27 September
9. Ewen Thompson 31:51
29. Andrew Simpson 28:58
32. Craig Wurtz 30:01
33. Caroline Campbell 40:26
39. Bronwyn Calver 32:03
43. Peter Thomson 32:04
49. Roger Pilkington 39:12
54 finishers

BBQ Stakes 6k 04 October
6. Isaac Muscat 27:40
12. Ewen Thompson 32:30
19. Peter Thomson 28:29
24. Caroline Campbell 40:17
25. Roger Pilkington 36:34
26. Andrew Simpson 28:41
28. Craig Wurtz 29:37
49. Bronwyn Calver 34:51
52 finishers

Lake Tuggeranong Stakes 6k 10 October
3. Sandeep Chandra 31:19
5. Caroline Campbell 37:02
13. Ewen Thompson 35:16
14. Peter Thomson 28:19
19. Roger Pilkington 34:28
21 finishers

ACTMA Track 12 October
M55 Peter Brown 11:49.88 74.5%
M65 Geoff Moore 13:53.47 71.3
M60 Ewen Thompson 14:20.41 63.6
W65 Kathy Sims 14:47.77 83.2
M70 Kevin Chamberlain 15:33.15 65.2
M55 Dale Moore 16:45.27 52.6
W65 Ruth Baussmann 16:48.16 74.5
M50 Craig Wurtz 6:05.86 67.0%
Spiral 4 laps
5 Roger Pilkington M55 7:49
6 Craig Wurtz M50 7:07
7 Ruth Baussmann W65 9:06
10 Kevin Chamberlain M70 8:09
15 finishers

Customs 5k 13 October
1 Colin Farlow 19:38
2 Geoff Moore 24:35
4 Roger Pilkington 26:23
9 Craig Wurtz 22:27
13 Ewen Thompson 29:10
17 Peter Thomson 25:21
18 finishers

Burley Griffin 5k parkrun #71 14 October
210 finishers

Ginninderra 5k parkrun #284 14 October
99 Janene Kingston 27:48 W50
147 Bron Sparkes 31:17 W40
252 finishers

Tuggeranong 5k parkrun #243 14 October
12 David Clarke 19:54 M55
14 Jacob Miller 20:00 M11
27 Michelle Wells 21:12 W45
41 Kevin Miller 22:25 M40
47 Chloe Miller 23:03 W10
58 Bronwyn Calver 23:59 W45
83 Kerron Clare 25:15 W50
89 Celina Miller 25:42 W35
172 Ewen Thompson 32:47 M60
189 Maya Smith 34:09 W10 **New PB**
190 Pieta Smith 34:09 W40
191 Andrew Smith 34:14 M45
306 finishers

Gungahlin 5k parkrun #209 14 October
115 William Arthur 28:42 M65
248 finishers

Queanbeyan 5k parkrun #25 14 October
2 Amanda Cook 22:08 W40
50 finishers

Batemans Bay 5k parkrun #76 14 October
34 finishers

Bowral 5k parkrun #159 14 October
39 Ruth Baussmann 29:20 W65
93 finishers

Albert parkrun, Melbourne #307 14 October
177 Sandeep Chandra 27:47 M40
404 finishers

Run with The Wind 10k 15 October
15 Adrian Cengia 46:48
52 Kelley Horan 54:22
106 Catherine Montalto 64:32
140 Lorena Blacklock 71:46
192 finishers

Run with The Wind 5k 15 October
16 Kym Chisholm 23:54
66 Vanessa Palmer 30:18
87 Rae Palmer 33:00
263 finishers

Melbourne Marathon 15 October
Giles Lamb 3:27.14
Peter Thomson 3:45.47
Caroline Campbell 5:39.19 **1st W75**

Melbourne Half Marathon 15 October
Sandeep Chandra 1:49.14

Sarah, Giles, Jennie

Monday, 16 October 2017

Guilty Party

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Song of the Week-
The National – "Guilty Party"
This is from their superb new album "Sleep Well Beast"


Sunday, 15 October 2017

Today's distance group - part thereof.

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Saturday, 14 October 2017

Another fast parkrun time.

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Cookie finished in second place at Queanbeyan today.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Speedygeese training summary

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Speedygeese training summary: now moved to Fridays!

Sunday 8 October Speedygeese long run report [Dave}:
Previously on the long run report:
“Last week’s run was all about the romance…the subtle interplay of relationship dynamics and emotional nuance. Ewen anxiously waited helplessly in the carpark for an hour, after his 15k clayton's jog/walk, wondering where Dave could be and running through all the worst possible scenarious, while Dave was off having fun running a decent 32k with Martin. After Dave and Martin finished their coffees, and Dave was leaving, suddenly Ewen appeared, in an anguished state of jealously and elation. Then Dave’s guilt and Ewen’s relief culminated in a pleasant reconciliation, which was short lived as Dave snuck in 2k that night to beat Ewen on the Strava Speedygeese leaderboard (running to Ewen’s front door just to rub salt into the wound 😳).
“As was noted in last week’s comments, the Speedygeese run report is so much more than just runnning. It's about love-hate relationships and the essence of being human….(well actually, it’s really about the coffee).
“And now, a quick disclaimer. Due to constructive international feedback on last week’s report (thanks Carolyne), this week we have an action packed, tension filled blockbuster. No romance in this baby…(well, maybe just a little bit of bickering between Jen, Giles, Ewen and Brownie about who went the right way, but I’d describe that as drama rather than romance).
“Anyway, back to the report…Today we set a new benchmark for going off course. It seems we have redefined the meaning of getting lost. How can a simple 20k from Aranda shops to Mount Painter and Black Mountain go so wrong? How many different possible permutations are there? Let’s see…Jen’s group goes straight up Mt Painter while the rest stick to the route around the base then up the top; Jen’s group descends the way we went up while the other group sticks to the course down the other side of the Mountain; Jen’s group goes left to the Gungahlin Drive underpass while those sticking to the route go right; Jen’s group goes their own way up Black Mountain and find an interesting trail to descend; etc, etc. Looks like there’s one common denominator here. 😜 🤔
Actually the only thing worse than Jen's sense of direction and going the wrong way at every possible turn is the (foolish) people who followed her (oops, that would include me). At least Brownie had an excuse. Despite his best efforts to keep us on course, and his valiant attempts to ward off the bickering, he inevitable succumbed to Jen’s hen-pecking endurance - looks like he’s taken over my role (lucky I’m not there when Jen reads this). 😬
“Ewen and Giles are also claiming a moral victory, insisting that they stuck to the course, but conveniently there were no witnesses. The good news is that no one got lost in the first two kilometres and there were no injuries. Plus we had a lot of fun, including the customary hanging from the trig (or chin ups for those with biceps – I just wish the guy taking the photo didn’t take so long).
“Distances covered today were Jennie, Sarah and Jason 11k, Bron and Thommo 16k, Jen, Paul, Sandeep and Ewen 17k, Lisa, Giles and Brownie 20k, and I snuck in a lap of Lake Gindy beforehand to finish with 30k with 800 metres elevation. We were also privileged to have local Legend Jane Gordon run with us (but, I must add, there are a number of other legends, past and present, in our group). 😯
I should, however, mention that my last 5k, especially going up Black Mountain, was not one of my best performances. Jen was so excited about that she couldn’t help taking great delight in capturing my worst moments, which no doubt we will hear about over and over – definitely time for an easy week though. I did manage to get 30 cups on Strava however and, as Ewen cleverly pointed out, using his natural statistical genius, that’s one cup per kilometre. 🤣
“Several of us regrouped and stayed for coffee at 2 Before 10, and also caught up with Janine and Richard who turned up later.”

Monday 9 October there were at Parliament House … Andrew, Sandeep, Bronwyn, Jennie, Ewen, Ruth, Christopher, Rae, Colin, Jen, Isaac, Thomas, Warrick, Pieta and me. The western loop of 930m was used and runners were invited to use one of the convenient exercise stations on each loop. Monday is coming around too quickly and I have to consider how to modify/augment/supplement this session, by next Monday. I do like Mondays and I do like Daylight Saving.

On Thursday 12 October, meeting at Woden Athletic track for the first time, we jogged the cemetery lap, when some retired to the track to run a 3000m event (Brownie, me, Ruth, Ewen) and others continued their warm-up then ran a “Five on Five” session - From zero to five minutes, run at a comfortable, normal pace. At the five-minute mark, increase speed for one minute. Do this on the 5, 10, 15, 20, 25. (Colin, Bronwyn, Brendan, Jen, Isaac, Sandeep, Dave)
It all seemed to work; even with a full car-park at the track itself. So, see you at Woden Thursdays from now on (even when there’s no Masters track there). We continue at Parliament House on Mondays.

Sunday runners

With Jason Roberts, Lisa Charles, Peter Brown, Sarah Johnson, Bron Sparkes, Giles Lamb, Jen Bright, Ewen Thompson, Jennie Blake and Sandeep Chandra.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Reliving BBQ Stakes 6k course

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Every Wednesday lunchtime. About 50-60 participants each week.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

"Ten common mistakes people make when jogging"

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Normally, if you go out and jog, you can't really go wrong, as jogging makes you fitter faster than just lounging around. However, thanks to the internet, I found this...

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

All the recent speedygeese race results

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AMRA Mt Ainslie Run-Up 2.3k 02 October
4 Monika Holmwood 15.15
14 Helen Way 21.28
15 Caroline Campbell 22.57
19 finishers

Lake Tuggeranong Stakes 6k 03 October
3. Sandeep Chandra 28:54
5. Peter Thomson 28:24
6. Roger Pilkington 34:46
10. Ewen Thompson 33:58
16 finishers

Customs 5k 06 October
2 Ewen Thompson 23:49
3 Geoff Moore 26:36
4 Caroline Campbell 30:01
5 Peter Thomson 21:34
7 Roger Pilkington 27:09
8 Yili Zhu 23:25
11 Giles Lamb 20:29
17 finishers

Burley Griffin 5k parkrun #70 07 October
26 Craig Wurtz 21:23 M50
50 Kelley Horan 23:26 W55
115 Jennie Blake 26:52 W60 **New PB**
238 finishers

Ginninderra 5k parkrun #283 07 October
39 Kevin Miller 23:57 M40
57 Bron Sparkes 25:30 W40
74 Geoff Moore 26:47 M65
111 Ruth Baussmann 29:16 W65
125 Chloe Miller 30:20 W10
126 Celina Miller 30:22 W35
209 Brendan Belcher 50:06 M35
224 finishers

Tuggeranong 5k parkrun #242 07 October
11 Nigel England 20:23 M50
30 Kobe Smith 22:16 M11 **New PB**
36 Shane Wright 22:55 M45
56 Peter Thomson 24:21 M55
69 Bronwyn Calver 25:17 W45
205 Maya Smith 36:58 W10
206 Pieta Smith 36:58 W40
207 Andrew Smith 36:59 M45
208 David Clarke 37:06 M55
250 Kerron Clare 43:23 W50
315 finishers

Gungahlin 5k parkrun #208 07 October
12 Giles Lamb 19:53 M40
127 William Arthur 28:44 M65
269 finishers

Queanbeyan 5k parkrun #24 07 October
4 Amanda Cook 22:39 W40
64 finishers

Batemans Bay 5k parkrun #75 07 October
38 finishers

Monday, 9 October 2017

Runnin' Down a Dream

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Song of the week: "Runnin' Down a Dream", by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Today's run

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Pictures by Giles

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Bron's 100th parkrun

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(and Richard's 150th).
Photo by Ruth

Friday, 6 October 2017

Customs - Floriade course

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Thursday, 5 October 2017


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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Training record

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On Thursday 20 September at Parliament House Brendan, Ewen, me, Isaac, Jen, Jennie, Ruth, Caroline, Dave, Brownie, Colin, Sandeep participated in 12 x Rose Garden intervals on 2:30. Ewen ran early, too.

Monday 25 September at Parliament House I was away; Bronwyn organised relays with 5 participants, if I recall who they were I shall add names.

Then on Thursday 27 September at Parliament House Brendan, me, Isaac, Jennie, Ruth, Dave, Brownie participated in 10 x Rose Garden intervals on 3:00.

Sunday 1 October Speedygeese long run report: A beautiful morning for the start of Spring in Canberra (we’re a month behind) and another Speedygeese long run, with a new route through Tuggeranong Pines courtesy of Ewen. I [Dave] snuck in a couple of kms warmup before the start and narrowly avoided a triple magpie attack (with one distracting me while the others performed a perfect pincer attack). 😳
With 10 starters, including newbies Lisa and Martin, (but minus Nigel who failed the daylight savings IQ test 🤣), we started off from Calwell Shops at a leisurely warmup pace. Lacking any major dramas for once, we just enjoyed a pleasant trot along the railway line.
Ewen, Ruth, Sarah, Isaac, Mhairi and Jennie turned back to Calwell to complete the 16k short course, while Lisa, Thommo, Martin and I headed to Fadden Pines, where Lisa turned back to finish with around 20k.
Thommo volunteered to be left behind at Wanniassa Hills and was last seen walking up the hill before heading home for a total of 26km. Martin and I did another 14k over Wanniassa Hills and around Farrer Ridge before heading back to Calwell. All up Martin did 31k and I finished with 32 and 600m elevation. Even managed to get 2nd overall on the Ashley Drive Strava segment in the 29th km. 😁
For a change nobody got seriously lost, although Martin and I created our own route for the last half rather than sticking to Ewen’s course (not that we don’t appreciate Ewen’s efforts). I think we’ve finally worked out a solution to going the wrong way – just don’t worry about it. 😜
Some of those who did the short course enjoyed a coffee and snack at Calwell Shops. Finishing about 2 hours after the others, who were obviously well gone by then, Martin and I discussed injuries over a quick coffee.
Imagine my surprise as I was leaving, to see Ewen wandering aimlessly in the carpark. He gets this week’s commendation for sitting outside for an hour waiting for Martin and I to finish (assuming we had stuck to the route and would approach from the opposite direction), while we were inside chatting and sipping cappuccino’s 😂 😂 😂. Feeling sorry for Ewen, and the fact that he paid for my coffee, I arranged a coffee and a Strava leaderboard roundup this arvo at his favourite Mc Restaurant.
Thanks for the run guys (and of course your photos, once again). Might see you at Sri Chinmoy 10k tomorrow morning or Speedygeese intervals tomorrow night. 😊

And on Monday 2 October there were Parliament House East Side relays (2 each one ten minutes), burpees (10) and hill sprints (4). Participating were Rae, Ruth, Jennie; Bronwyn, Pieta, Giles; Isaac, Colin, Sarah. I ran early then supervised, Christopher joined in late. (No Dave though)

This Thursday is the final Thursday training at Parliament House before we move to Thursday training at Woden on the 12th. . Longer intervals is the plan for the next few weeks on Mondays, although relays might happen with a big turn-out.

After Parliament House intervals on Monday 16th I am inviting the training group and friends to drop into Bentham street bar 'n' pizza at Yarralumla for food and drink. Get there around 7:00pm. All very welcome!

Giles and a view.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

All the recent speedygeese race results

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BBQ Stakes 6k 13 September
17. Ewen Thompson 43:22
26. Andrew Simpson 27:50
47. Craig Wurtz 30:01
52. Peter Thomson 30:08
53. Caroline Campbell 41:04
61 finishers

BBQ Stakes 6k 20 September
11. Geoff Moore 34:53
17. Ewen Thompson 34:13
30. Peter Thomson 28:33
33. Caroline Campbell 39:24
37. Craig Wurtz 29:36
45. Bronwyn Calver 32:18
51 finishers

Lake Tuggeranong Stakes 6k 26 September
1. Peter Thomson 32:42
2. Roger Pilkington 34:45
14. Ewen Thompson 39:39
15. Sandeep Chandra 49:59
15 finishers

Ginninderra 7k Handicap 26 September
11 finishers

Customs 5k 29 September
2 Geoff Moore 28:28
5 Peter Thomson 22:46
10 Caroline Campbell 31:13
13 Yili Zhu 23:51
16 Roger Pilkington 28:15
17 Ewen Thompson 28:45
18 finishers

Burley Griffin 5k parkrun #69 30 September
37 Craig Wurtz 22:18 M50
112 Elizabeth Bennett 27:11 W50 **New PB**
116 Jennie Blake 27:35 W60 **New PB**
233 finishers

Ginninderra 5k parkrun #282 30 September
11 Gavin Mongan 21:27 M35
13 Andrew Simpson 21:30 M45
33 Kevin Miller 23:38 M40
46 Geoff Moore 24:51 M65
58 Celina Miller 27:04 W35
79 Janene Kingston 29:13 W50
85 Jacob Miller 29:42 M11
96 Ruth Baussmann 30:33 W65
207 finishers

Tuggeranong 5k parkrun #241 30 September
11 Nigel England 20:57 M50
17 David Clarke 21:35 M55
35 Shane Wright 22:59 M45
56 Peter Thomson 24:29 M55
58 Bronwyn Calver 24:39 W45
59 Ewen Thompson 24:40 M60
307 finishers

Gungahlin 5k parkrun #207
30 September
5 Giles Lamb 20:22 M40
120 William Arthur 30:20 M65
244 finishers

Queanbeyan 5k parkrun #23 30 September
79 finishers

Batemans Bay 5k parkrun #74
30 September
10 Michelle Wells 22:06 W45
22 Gabrielle Brown 24:41 W50
68 finishers

Balyang Sanctuary parkrun #269 30 September
44 Bron Sparkes 24:48 W40
186 finishers

Monday, 2 October 2017

Friday on My Mind

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Song of the week is Friday on My Mind, The Easybeats

Sunday, 1 October 2017

AMRA news - Bush Capital events

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Online entry is now open for the Bush Capital Bush Marathon Festival on trails in Mt Ainslie and Mt Majura reserves in Canberra on 21 and 22 October.

SATURDAY 21 October 2017
7.00am 63.3km ultra marathon run; 42.2km bush marathon power walk
8.00am 42.2km bush marathon run; half marathon power walk
9.00am 21.1km bush half marathon run

SUNDAY 22 October 2017
8.30am 16km bush run and 16km bush walk
10.30am 10km run and walk
10.40am Under 13 years 2km children’s run
11.00am 5km run & walk

Many helpers are needed on both days so if you run or walk on one day and can help on the other day, that will be wonderful. To register online or to volunteer, go to the Australian Mountain Running Association website front page. Click on the picture of the entry form to register to run or walk. Download the PDF event information before proceeding with entering. Click on the VOLUNTEER button to provide your details to volunteer (volunteers will receive an acknowledgement reward of wine, chocolate or T shirt). The website is

Monika Holmwood winning her debut run at the recent AMRA Black Mountain Run-up.

Friday, 29 September 2017

Dave's Ultra 104 report

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Story by David Clarke, see it with all the photos, comments and banter via Dave's Facebook page at
Here's the text:
Speedygeese long run report 24/09/2017
WOW!!! What a fantastic effort by Speedygeese long runners at the Sri Chinmoy 104k ultra trail run!!.
There are some other much shorter posts with plenty of pics – but enjoy this one if you can speed read (or if you are retired).
But first a quick Speedygeese Sri Chinmoy quiz (answers below):
1) What do you say when you finish your leg and your next runner hasn’t left home? 😮
2) What is a critical item that male runners need for racing more than 10k? 😩
3) What does it mean when Pieta excitedly tells everyone she got lucky on her run? 🤔
4) What happens when your support crew turns up at your house to collect you, while you’re waiting at the arboretum? 😱
5) What’s the secret to 4 old men coming third overall in the all-male team category? 🤣
6) What is Jen’s word limit when racing or eating? 🤐
1) WTF (and more…)
2) Bloody band aids, Giles (rooky’s mistake)
3) Nice echidna photo
4) Luckily we didn’t have to find out, thanks to a serendipitous conversation between Ewen and I at Maccas On The Lake (appears to be a communication problem between Ewen and Jen – Ewen’s ears had reached their 10,000 word limit).
5) Behind every great team of 4 old men is a great woman (and 4 other great women).
6) Infinite, according to ear-witness reports.

And now, for a quick word from our sponsors….Don’t forget free Speedygeese speedwork sessions on Mondays and Thursdays at 5.30pm at Parliament House with Speedy Geoff Moore (winner of the 1978 Canberra marathon). Note that Thursdays will soon be moved to Woden to coincide with ACT Masters Athletics track season.

Back to the results. A fantastic result for Adrian Cengia who finished 11th in the solo 104km (13 hours, 25 minutes, 05 seconds - pace 7:44 per km). Thach unfortunately had to pull out of the solo after the second leg due to cramps, but completed 57.4km in a great time of 6 hours, 12 minutes. Check out the selfie with a famous person at the top of Mount Arawang. 😯

There were some great team results from the Speedygeese teams:
Grumpy Old Geese” (Martin, Dave (me), Pete B1 and Pete B2) – 3rd all male team in 9:52:55, just 5 minutes behind the 2nd all-male team (which included a couple of minutes lost while I took selfies with ultra runners at the top of Mt Arawang and Mt Stromlo). We might be grumpy old farts but can still punch out some hills. Pete Brown even got a half marathon PB according to Strava (although nowhere near his pace for the 20 or so sub-3 hour marathons in the old days). I was happy enough to officially scrape into the top 10 overall for leg 2 (31.7km) with a time of 2:53:06. Well, actually, I was unofficially 11th because Jeff’s time for the same leg was 2:39:43 but he had 20 minutes added while waiting for the next runner. Well done Martin, who was 7th overall in his leg. And, of course, congrats to Jen for putting together a team of winners. 😁

We Don’t Need Your Stinking Kudos” (Mhairi, Jen B1, Jennie B2 and Amanda) – 3rd all female team in 11:30:14. Great result, deserving kudos 😂, considering the team included invalids (meaning sick, not meaning they were not valid). Great comeback by Cooky (Amanda) in leg 4, around half an hour under her expected time.

Eating elephants” (Elle, Jeff, Emily and Aaron) ended up 4th mixed team – a great result considering they lost about 20 minutes due to “technical issues”. Jeff's actual time of 2 hours 39 minutes would have put him 7th overall in his leg. Aaron was 4th overall in his leg.

Other Speedygeese team results were “Moving Targets” (Natalie, Chris, Steve and Thommo) – 11:33:51 and “Trail Mix” (Sandeep, Olivia, Markus and Giles) – 12:21:44. “Happy Chicks” (with Narelle and Sammy) was 2nd all female team in 10:53:01. Narelle was 11th overall in her leg and Sammy was 2nd overall in her leg!! Great work.

Speedygeese long runners snavelled up by other teams included Graeme, Pieta, Kristy, Giles, Shane, and Peter P.

See all individual and team times at
Meanwhile Shiree threw in a leisurely 2,000+ metres vert over 56k at Yurrebilla, SA, in 6:39:31 (unofficial time)!! 😮😯

Other memorable moments were: Thommo taking over Natalie’s leg at 8km after she pulled out with a hamstring injury, before completing his own leg 4. Well done Thommo. Mhairi’s great run, given she was sick - nothing a running flask of wine couldn’t fix. It didn't stop her practising secret Scottish Highland martial arts on me. Jen dealing with another crisis 30 minutes before registration closed, organising a replacement when one of her team couldn’t get through the bushfire on Hume Highway. Me not getting lost (that's a first) thanks to an extremely well marked course (actually I think Jen is the common denominator when we get lost. I never get lost running by myself 😜). And, of course, Giles running for two different teams (I think he wore a clean shirt for the second one).

Thanks to Jen for organising the teams and to the support and transport helpers including Ewen, Tim, Bronwyn and various runners’ partners. Thanks also to anyone who’s photos I pinched from every available source. See you all next week.

Adrian at checkpoint 1.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Sri Chinmoy Canberra Trail Ultra 104 speedygeese

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11. Adrian Cengia 13:25:05
27 solo finishers
DNF Tach Huynh (among many others)

Teams organised by the speedgeese

3rd all-female 11:30.14
Mhairi Craig 2:39:38
Jen Bright 3:12:20
Jennie Blake 3:15:09
Amanda Cook 2:23:08
10 all-female teams altogether

3rd all-male 9:52:55
Martin Pogson 2:22:19
David Clarke 2:53:06
Peter Burke 2:19:52
Peter Brown 2:17:39

4th mixed teams 10:06:29
Elle Knight 2:50:07
Jeff Grey 2:40:03
Emily Stacey 2:36:06
Aaron Smith 2:00:14

16th mixed teams 11:33:51
Nat Archer 3:19:22
Chris Gammon 3:11:56
Steve Perkins 2:12:56
Peter Thomson 2:49:39

17th mixed teams 11:37:28
Louise Sartore 2:59:57
Ross Scott 3:00:20
Kirrily Sartore 2:59:22
Pieta Smith 2:37:50

32nd mixed team 12:21:44
Sandeep Chandra 3:05:22
Olivia Stutchbury 4:01:56
Markus Mannheim 2:28:53
Giles Lamb 2:45:34
50 mixed teams altogether

Also running for other teams

Narelle Desmet 2:25:56 leg 1
Giles Lamb 2:31:44 leg 1
Graeme Smyth 2:27:47 leg 3
Samantha Desmet 2:28:09 leg 3
Emma Padovan 2:33:56 leg 3
Gavin Mongan 2:35:31 leg 3
Kristy Primrose 2:36:32 leg 3
Peter Pommer 2:25:04 leg 4
Shane Wright 2:56:27 leg 4

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

running at the coast during a short visit

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1. Reliving the Batehaven run, along the road then back into a strong wind on the beach. At least the tide was out!

2. Reliving a run around the Botanic Gardens near Batemans Bay. Steep narrow tracks meant I couldn't really go very fast.
This place is well worth a visit, with a good cafe to finish off with coffee, scones, jam and cream, while watching the kangaroos coming out to feed.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Some recent speedygeese race results

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Lake Tuggeranong Stakes 6k 19 September
2. Warrick Howieson 30:20
6. Sandeep Chandra 29:32
8. Peter Thomson 28:40
12. Ewen Thompson 39:29
13 finishers

AMRA Black Mountain Run-up 2.6k 19 September
7 Monika Holmwood 15.55
8 Peter Brown 16.20
15 Helen Way 22.46
16 Caroline Campbell 24.04
17 finishers

Customs 5k 22 September
3 Geoff Moore 29:27
4 Peter Thomson 22:51
7 Caroline Campbell 30:20
8 Ewen Thompson 25:16
17 Yili Zhu 24:00
21 Bronwyn Calver 26:01
22 finishers

Burley Griffin 5k parkrun #68 23 September
32 Craig Wurtz 21:47 M50
107 Kelley Horan 28:03 W55
108 Elizabeth Bennett 28:04 W50
239 finishers

Ginninderra 5k parkrun #281 23 September
74 Geoff Moore 26:59 M65
85 Brendan Belcher 27:55 M35
111 Ruth Baussmann 30:01 W65
192 finishers

Tuggeranong 5k parkrun #240 23 September
27 Thach Huynh 22:35 M40
43 Bronwyn Calver 24:01 W45
49 Peter Thomson 24:14 M55
57 Ewen Thompson 24:55 M60
64 David Clarke 25:21 M55
216 Maya Smith 35:33 W10
217 Pieta Smith 35:33 W40
302 finishers

Gungahlin 5k parkrun #206 23 September
110 William Arthur 29:41 M65
126 Margaret McSpadden 31:15 W70
233 finishers

Queanbeyan 5k parkrun #22 23 September
8 Michelle Wells 22:56 W45
57 finishers

Batemans Bay 5k parkrun #73 23 September
38 finishers

Bendigo parkrun #118 23 September
38 Bron Sparkes 25:27 W40
159 finishers

Monday, 25 September 2017

i don't like mondays boomtown rats

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Don't you just love this video clip though? It's my song of the week.
(I do like Mondays. Two of my tee shirts say so)


Sunday, 24 September 2017


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Heaps of action from today's CBR104 in warmish and windy conditions - many speedygeese are running as part of relay teams of 4, and a couple are setting out to complete the whole mountainous 104k. I will post results later in the week; obviously the event is still underway!

A very fast Mhairi finishing her relay leg. Jen, Jennie and Cookie are the other three members of her team. More info later!

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Ginninderra parkrun

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here's the course
and here's the people

Ruth and I in the crowd

I ran faster than it felt so I guess I have set myself a new post-injury standard.

Friday, 22 September 2017

I have joined "Relive"

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So for info, today's run over the Customs 5k course, 2017 Floriade edition.
So now you know where the Floriade course goes, it was a surprise to me as I was expecting the older version which went westward instead of eastward and had a nasty hill. This one was dead flat.

Plus for good measure, a favourite speedygeese training session, yesterday's Rose Garden 200s at Parliament House.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Monday's 3 person relays

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Thanks Bronwyn...

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Speedygeese training summary

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On Thursday 14 September at Parliament House, Rose Garden 200s, 12 on 2:30, were run by Jen, Isaac, Brendan, Giles, Dave, Ruth, Jennie, Sandeep, Susan and me.

Sunday 17 September. Speedygeese long run report
On a beautiful sunny Canberra Spring morning, with the mercury desperately, but unsuccessfully, pushing yet again for a PB (well, at least it got above zero), speedygeese from all corners of the ACT converged upon Pine Island (except for me[Dave], who was heading to Gordon for some reason 🤣). There were rumours in the carpark that the local paparazzi had infiltrated the group, disguised as me, although his cover was soon blown by his 7 minute ks and small biceps. 💪 💪 💪 He still managed to get some shots of Jen who, for just a moment, was imagining she was Lady Diana (pics already on ebay with bids soaring). 😂 😂
Thach had kindly picked a single 18k out and back course along the river, with no turnoffs so no possibility of getting lost (or so I’m told). The short option was chosen by those brave and disciplened souls who put in a great effort in yesterday’s half marathon….plus Mhairi (I shouldn’t pick on Mhairi – she came a cropper and nearly broke her skinny leg). Along the way I think we discovered Jen’s phobia (apart from bad coffee). Check out the pics of the river crossing. 😮 😱
With perfect weather and views, everyone seemed to enjoy the run, even Mhairi. Distances covered today were Thach and Graeme 21k, Narelle, Shiree and Browny 20k (and Browny got a 20k PB – looks like he’ll be safe in my team for next week’s Sri Chinmoy Ultra Trail Run). Sammy 18k, Mhairi 15k, Jen and Sandeep 14k and a very slow and tired 14k for me. Susan, Peter, and Matt are believed to have competed 18k but it’s not on Strava so it may not have happened? Meanwhile Pieta did a 35k PB training run at LBG – can’t imagine what she’ll do in the marathon when she’s actually trying. 😮
Thach, Sandeep, Browny and I regrouped at the Brew Bar for "coffee" (code for huge breakfast) and Jen joined us after a detour to purchase a more classy coffee en route (apparently she has standards).
By the way, Jen has put together 5 Speedygeese relay teams for the Sri Chinmoy 104k ultra (plus Thach and Adrian are doing it solo), so you’d best get plenty of sleep as it’s going to be a big one (the run report, I mean). Congrats to those who did the Sydney Blackmore marathon today too, including Chris Gammon with a new PB of 3:16:22. Bet he can’t wait to do the 32k leg in ultra next Sunday. 🤣
Thanks to Jen, Sandeep and Chris for the pics. Time for a nanna nap (or maybe a quick lap of the lake and a coffee at Tuggers Maccas).

Monday 18 September 400m hilly loop for 30 minutes of relays at Parliament House: teams were Peter, Paul, Colin; Dave, Bronwyn, Pieta; Warrick Isaac, Thomas&Vanessa; Rae, Jennie, Ruth. Me supervising.

More longer running pics

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

All the recent speedygeese race results

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BBQ Stakes 6k 06 September
6. Jodie Davis 44:58
7. Ewen Thompson 44:03
24. Peter Thomson 28:05
33. Craig Wurtz 29:18
40. Bronwyn Calver 31:10
43. Caroline Campbell 42:13
46 finishers

Lake Tuggeranong Stakes 6k
12 September
10. Ewen Thompson M60 40:03
11. Peter Thomson M55 32:22
12 finishers

Customs 5k 15 September
8 Peter Thomson 24:36
10 Jacob Grooby 21:0
11 Ewen Thompson 33:44
12 finishers

Burley Griffin 5k parkrun #67
16 September
23 Craig Wurtz 22:24 M50
44 Annette Sugden 24:38 W50
80 Elizabeth Bennett 28:35 W50
142 finishers

Ginninderra 5k parkrun #280
16 September
70 Andrew Simpson 31:29 M45
71 Jack Simpson 31:32 M10
118 finishers

Tuggeranong 5k parkrun #239 16 September
8 Nigel England 20:39 M50
139 Andrew Smith 31:27 M45
171 Maya Smith 35:54 W10
172 Pieta Smith 35:54 W40
247 finishers

Gungahlin 5k parkrun #205 16 September
8 Giles Lamb 20:34 M40
138 finishers

Queanbeyan 5k parkrun #21 16 September
6 Amanda Cook 22:34 W40
13 Vanessa Palmer 28:25 W45 **New PB**
49 finishers

Batemans Bay 5k parkrun #72
16 September
22 Janene Kingston 30:51 W50
36 finishers

YCRC Goorooyarroo Half Marathon 16 September
9. Jeff Grey M50 1:29:12
18. David Clarke M55 1:35:27
30. Peter Thomson M55 1:52:49
34. Sandeep Chandra M40 1:53:07
46. Kerron Clare 2:04:34
52. Jennie Blake 2:19:21
54 finishers

YCRC Goorooyarroo 14k 16 September
3. Isaac Muscat U14 1:08:33
4. Jennifer Bright W40 1:08:33
11. Gabrielle Brown W50 1:19:51
12. Bron Sparkes W40 1:22:42
18. Ruth Baussmann W65 1:34:20
22. Margaret McSpadden W70 1:47:07
22 finishers

At Goorooyarroo

Monday, 18 September 2017

Flood v Drought

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So far this year Canberra has had only 254mm of rain which is devastatingly low. The last decent rainfall was on 21 May. Bring on spring rains! None forecast yet, but. Maybe this will help:

Song of the Week: "Flood", by Jars of Clay, at

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Ginninderra parkrun

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Andrew and Jack representing the speedygeese at Ginninderra parkrun yesterday. Sadly I could not take part as I have been laid up with sore throat/blocked nose/some fever for the last few days.

Saturday, 16 September 2017


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Goorooyarroo. Yes it's a real ACT off-road location that people have trouble spelling.

Thommo and Sandeep running in this morning's half marathon events at Goorooyarroo.

Friday, 15 September 2017

"A bit pregnant"

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Some happy news.
The lovely Thea is "a bit pregnant", she reports.
One month to go!

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Another grandchild excelling

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Congratulations to the Shellharbour City Suns Under 17's for winning the 2017 AFL South Coast Premiership.
Grandson Jarod was best on ground in the grand final.

Jarod fifth from left, second row.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Speedygeese training summary

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On Thursday 7 September Rose Garden 200s, 12 on 2:30, were run by Brendan, Isaac, Jen, Dave and Giles. Please correct me if my memory is wrong! I jogged around while they were training..

On Thursday 12 October we will relocate for summer to Woden Athletics track. That's next month.

Sunday 9 September, while I was at Stromlo running 11k and enjoying new shoes, the spring sun and the company of many others returning to the great outdoors after a freezing winter, the trail group reports [Dave]:
What a great morning for the Speedygeese long run, although a little cold at the start at about 2 degrees. No wind or rain though, and it’s nice to get those rays of sun at this time of year to thaw out the frozen hands. Today’s run, courtesy of Sandeep, was a practice of the Bush Capital Half Marathon (according to the plan). 17 starters all up, including newcomers Matt and Pete (welcome guys).  😀
Everything started smoothly, other than Kerron and I turning up late to run a quick 8k with Giles before the others arrived. Obviously Giles’ patience is not as enduring as my capacity for being late. Giles did his own thing then met us later to finish with 14k before heading off for some urgent appointment.
There was another minor problem when Sandeep, who designed the course, had not arrived. His eventual arrival offered little “value add”, as it turned out he didn’t know the course. Apparently he thought Hackett and Ainslie were the same thing. Sandeep cleverly delegated to Giles, which was a great idea until Giles went home early – couldn’t hack it (sorry!).  😳
The course included a 15k loop of Mt Ainslie, which Sarah, Bron and Warrick completed to end up with 14k and 16k respectively. Pete and Matt ran unknown distances (if it’s not on Strava it didn’t happen?). Thach, Craig, Jen, Sarah and I set off at 5 minute km pace for the first 4k, which proved to be a bit fast for some, including me (so much for Jen’s mantra that long runs are supposed to be slow). Most of us apparently stuck together and finished the run almost as planned, if not exactly on course. Adrian looped back to pick up the tail runners and disappeared shortly after, according to unconfirmed reports. I decided to be the sweeper, with lots of starts and stops and running backward and forward.
Mhairi completed 20k, to find that her car was still intact, despite leaving the door wide open for a couple of hours at the shops. Apparently a few bogans enjoyed some fun inside it but obviously decided it wasn’t worth stealing. If you’re just after the insurance payout Mhairi, I can probably arrange something. I hope you didn’t use all the Valium.  😂 😂 😂
Jen and Thommo also did 20k, while Graeme, Narelle and Shiree did 21k. Shiree then went on, after a coffee break, to do the first 20k of the Sri Chinmoy 104 Leg 3. Obviously feeling guilty, she snuck in the remaining 5k after another short break – 46k all up.  😮 Sandeep added a couple of km and knocked over 23. With a warmup before the start, Kerron finished with 26k and Thach and I ended up with 30k. Adrian did 28k including running home. Monika apparently arrived late and did 21k on her own.
The best part, of course, was coffee and raisin toast (or something more substantial), especially the coffee lucky dip. I'm not sure whether it was the staff or just the difficult people they were serving.  🤣
Thanks Everyone. Next week is Goorooyarroo half marathon on Saturday, so Sunday might be a short one for most. Don’t forget free speedygeese speedwork sessions on Mondays and Thursdays at 5.30pm at Parliament House with Speedy Geoff Moore (winner of the 1978 Canberra marathon).  😮

Monday 11 September I couldn’t make it to Parliament House unfortunately, but 13 people could. Relay teams at the Rose Gardens consisted of Paul, Sarah, and Peter Burke; Jake (new), Dave and Jen; Rae, Vanessa and Ruth; Warrick, Thomas and Pieta, with Christopher allegedly supervising.

Sunday runners

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

All the recent speedygeese race results

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Ginninderra 7k Handicap 29 August
13 finishers

BBQ Stakes 6k 30 August
17. Peter Thomson 27:47
30. Caroline Campbell 39:11
37. Bronwyn Calver 30:35
44. Craig Wurtz 29:41
48. Roger Pilkington 33:17
57 finishers

Hervey Bay 5k parkrun #153 02 September
34 Ewen Thompson 23:44 M60
198 finishers

Lake Tuggeranong Stakes 6k 05 September
2. Warrick Howieson 30:32
10. Peter Thomson 29:44
13. Ewen Thompson 38:18
13 finishers

AMRA Mt Ainslie Run-Up 2.3k 05 September
4 Monika Holmwood 15.44
7 Peter Burke 16.47
13 Caroline Campbell 23.43
13 finishers

Customs 5k 08 September
8 Peter Thomson 22:37
10 Ewen Thompson 25:11
12 Craig Wurtz 23:26
14 Jacob Grooby 21:55
15 Giles Lamb 21:55
16 Caroline Campbell 32:59
18 finishers

Burley Griffin 5k parkrun #66 09 September
23 Craig Wurtz 22:02 M50
149 finishers

Ginninderra 5k parkrun #279 09 September
14 Gavin Mongan 21:37 M35
29 Kevin Miller 23:16 M35
93 Jacob Miller 29:12 M11
98 Chloe Miller 29:21 W10
105 Gary Moss 29:36 M70
106 Ruth Baussmann 29:42 W65
114 Celina Miller 30:29 W35
168 Bron Sparkes 39:35 W40
189 finishers

Tuggeranong 5k parkrun #238 09 September
7 David Clarke 19:33 M55
20 Nigel England 20:36 M50
42 Shane Wright 22:31 M45
61 Bronwyn Calver 24:05 W45
130 Ewen Thompson 28:56 M60
170 Thach Huynh 30:53 M40
172 Andrew Smith 30:57 M45
285 finishers

Gungahlin 5k parkrun #204
09 September
9 Giles Lamb 20:03 M40
104 William Arthur 29:03 M65
157 Margaret McSpadden 37:18 W70
189 finishers

Queanbeyan 5k parkrun #20 09 September
40 finishers

Batemans Bay 5k parkrun #71 09 September
25 finishers

Six fit women doing the Mt Ainslie run-up this month. Monika on the left, Caroline on the right.