Saturday, 16 December 2017

winners are grinners

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Bron, proudly representing the speedygeese, was first female in yesterday's beer mile.
(Looks like she had a celebratory drink afterwards.)

Friday, 15 December 2017

speedygeese training sessions this week.

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Sunday 10 December speedygeese long run report [Dave]:
"On a warm Canberra Sunday morning, a dozen or so geese gathered for an out and back scenic run along the Murrumbidgee River from Pine Island. Shiree, Graeme, Narelle, Adrian, Mike and Brownie did 20k, while Ewen, Mhairi, Warrick, Sandeep, Geoff and Bronwyn took the short option (about 15k). Great to see speedy Geoff turn up. 😀
Apart from Ewen tripping over (which apparently Bronwyn heard from 100 metres ahead), there were no major incidents.
Meanwhile Jen, Isaac and Bron did the Deep Space 8k, while Shuji completed the marathon. Monika was 3rd female in the half marathon. Shuji did the marathon (1,700 metres vert) in 4:31:40, and burned 4,400 calories in the process. 😯
Jen, being Jen, was lost before the race started. She was reportedly following a random car and missed the turnoff. After blasting several kangaroos with her horn and speeding through the winding hills she arrived 4 minutes before the start, after the pre-race briefing. She ended up 1st female for the 8k in 39:14 (which was not bad considering her stops waiting for Isaac to catch up). Isaac was probably still recovering from the road trip, but at least he got chocolate for his troubles. 🤣
Coffee was at Guru at the Hyper D (Tuggeranong), where I managed to catch the crew after flying back from Melbourne a bit earlier. I’m doing a run tonight with Pieta, although it might be a bit slow after three races this week."

Graeme, Narelle, self, random passserby, Brownie, Ewen, Dave. None of the men shaved that morning. Probably no-one did, then.

Monday 11 December the Speedygeese met at Parliament house and trained at the Rose Garden. Lots of photos were taken by Dave who jogged around, I supervised as it was a scheduled rest day, and running laps of the 200m run/250m jog loop were Ewen, Sandeep, Miranda, Bron, Jinny, Giles, Jennie, Colin, Dave, Chris, Ruth, Pieta, Narelle, Jen and Isaac.

Thursday 14 December he final training session at Woden included Brownie, Jennie, Bronwyn, Sandeep and Jen running some 330m runs (~5 I think) while I watched pretty sore still; and Dave warmed up in the vicinity but ran on the track; Margaret was on track too; Ewen and Colin were officiating and didn’t join in.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

speedygeese in Sunday's Tour de Ridge events

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(Full list at AMRA website)

21.2 km run 40 Sandeep Chandra 44 Male
21.2 km run 41 Giles Lamb 44 Male
21.2 km run 53 Adrian Cengia 48 Male
21.2 km run 61 Craig Wurtz 53 Male
21.2 km run 64 Peter Thomson 57 Male
21.2 km run 67 David Clarke 59 Male
21.2 km run 72 Bill Arthur 67 Male
21.2 km run 78 Monika Holmwood 28 Female
21.2 km run 93 Amanda Cook 40 Female
21.2 km run 96 Jen Bright 42 Female
21.2 km run 101 Pieta Smith 44 Female
21.2 km run 103 Narelle Desmet 45 Female
21.2 km run 111 Kelley Horan 57 Female

15.3 km run 128 Jason Roberts 43 Male
15.3 km run 135 Graeme Smyth 53 Male
15.3 km run 157 Bron Sparkes 41 Female
15.3 km run 176 Kerron Clare 50 Female
15.3 km run 178 Mhairi Craig 53 Female

10.6 km run 188 Isaac Muscat 13 Male
10.6 km run 192 Jacob Grooby 31 Male
10.6 km run 202 Ewen Thompson 60 Male
10.6 km run 206 Geoff Moore 69 Male
10.6 km run 231 Carolyne Kramar 53 Female
10.6 km run 235 Ruth Baussmann 67 Female

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Simon's Cat - Kitten Collection

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This collection at

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Tuesday, 12 December 2017

All the recent speedygeese race results

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BBQ Stakes 6k 29 November
4. Carolyne Kramar 43:07
16. Peter Thomson 49:31
23. Roger Pilkington 39:16
24. Ewen Thompson 36:47
31. Caroline Campbell 40:40
32. Jodie Davis 49:57
35. Bronwyn Calver 31:51
44. William Barlow 32:57
50. Craig Wurtz 32:16
59 finishers

AMRA Mt Ainslie Run-Up 2.3k 05 December
8. Monika Holmwood 15.28
13. Craig Wurtz 18.08
16. Helen Way 21.05
17. Caroline Campbell 22.26
22 finishers

Lake Tuggeranong Stakes 6k 05 December
4. Ewen Thompson 29:50
6. Roger Pilkington 40:56
7. Carolyne Kramar 40:57
8. Peter Thomson 35:05
9. Sandeep Chandra 34:08
16 finishers

ACTMA track 07 December
800m - Higgins
4. W65 Kathy Sims 3:08
6. M55 Rod Lynch 2:40
9. M55 David Clarke 2:53
10. M50 Nigel England 2:53
11. M70 Kevin Chamberlain 3:17
16. M50 Craig Wurtz 3:13
18. M55 Roger Pilkington 3:40

M50 Nigel England 12:10.46 71.2%
M55 David Clarke 12:40.97 71.3
M50 Craig Wurtz 12:48.12 67.1
M55 Roger Pilkington 14:16.84 62.7
M60 Ewen Thompson 15:26.05 59.1
W65 Ruth Baussmann 16:12.38 77.2
W70 Margaret McSpadden 18:36.60 70.7

Spiral 7
1 Rod Lynch M55 11:11
2 Ewen Thompson M60 15:09
3 Ruth Baussmann W65 15:47
5 Nigel England M50 12:04
6 Roger Pilkington M55 13:51
9 Craig Wurtz M50 13:28
14 Kevin Chamberlain M70 16:04
15 Margaret McSpadden W70 19:02
17 finishers

Customs 5k 08 December
3 Jacob Grooby 19:06
7 Giles Lamb 21:00
10 Colin Farlow 19:38
11 Carolyne Kramar 32:56
13 Yili Zhu 23:39
14 Roger Pilkington 28:17
14 Ewen Thompson 28:17
17 Peter Thomson 23:38
21 finishers

Burley Griffin 5k parkrun #79 09 December
23 Craig Wurtz 22:22 M50
81 Jennie Blake 27:45 W60
90 Helen Way 28:44 W50
187 finishers

Ginninderra 5k parkrun #291 09 December
22 Brendan Belcher 22:50 M35
41 Geoff Moore 24:46 M65
61 Jill Pearson 26:46 W60
68 Janene Kingston 27:28 W50
123 Carolyne Kramar 32:37 W50
124 Jacob Miller 33:04 M11
169 Bron Sparkes 58:13 W40
181 finishers

Tuggeranong 5k parkrun #248 09 December
10 Nigel England 20:27 M50
48 Bronwyn Calver 23:56 W45
51 Ewen Thompson 24:16 M60
72 Peter Thomson 25:40 M55
177 Maya Smith 33:02 W10 **New PB**
178 Pieta Smith 33:02 W40
271 finishers

Gungahlin 5k parkrun #217 09 December
23 Gavin Mongan 21:21 M35
129 William Arthur 28:57 M65
143 Margaret McSpadden 30:19 W70
253 finishers

Queanbeyan 5k parkrun #32 09 December
45 finishers

Batemans Bay 5k parkrun #84 09 December
25 Rae Palmer 28:46 W70 **New PB** (and yet another W70 record)
42 finishers

Parkville 5k parkrun #84 09 December
14 David Clarke 20:15 M55
141 finishers

AMRA Deep Space Mountain Marathon 10 December
7. Shuji Iwasaki 41 4:28:19
22 finishers

Half Marathon
12. Monika Holmwood 28 1:52:24
44. Kerron Clare 50 2:33:26
62 finishers

2. Jen Bright 42 39:11
3. Isaac Muscat 13 39:12
10. Bron Sparkes 41 48:38
28 finishers

6 finishers

Parkville parkrun

Monday, 11 December 2017

Don’t Give Up

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Song of the Week. "Don’t Give Up" by Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Pine (alleged) Island

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So today I changed my routine and joined the trail running group. Quite a shock to the system as I do not naturally seek out rough hilly trails. Still, 12k+ (in my case) is better than nothing.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Coast to Kosci

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Liz Bennett with Pam Muston. "Team Pam @ the summit of Kosci. Pam finished Coast to Kosci (240km) in 33:10.48"

Friday, 8 December 2017

runner's final challenge

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Thursday, 7 December 2017

Bright and Sunny

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No excuses - get outside and enjoy!
Today the speedygeese are meeting at Woden at 5:30pm, for the second-last time before we move to Stromlo from Thursday 21st.
"A chance of late rain" - let's hope it is late. There won't be much rain anyway, if any.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Where we were Monday night

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Speedygeese Christmas get-togethers are always fun times, and this time was no exception as we got together at my local restaurant, PB-02 at Holt, who opened just for us and which we filled to capacity. For the record, those who were there were Ruth and Dave, Shiree, Thach, Warrick and Thomas, David, Christopher, Sandeep and Kavita, Bron and Dom, Geoff and Kathy, Jennie and George, Jen and Isaac, Ewen, Brendan and Jo, Bronwyn, Narelle and Graeme, Pieta, Janene and Gregg, Miranda and Andy, Jinny, and Jenny and me. The Indian food was great, supplemented as is traditional with Caramello Koalas as shown in this photo of Janene's:

Everyone behaved themselves especially the three boys who got special mentions and chocolate as each one is a champion in his own field; Thomas on the stage; Dom at gymnastics, and Isaac out running.

For those who will be joining us for training sooner or later, here's where we are for the rest of this year:

Mondays at Parliament House -
11 December intervals
18 December random hill runs (weather and security permitting)
25 December REST DAY (merry Christmas)
1 January REST DAY (happy new year)
8 January We're back!

Sunday morning trail runs: there's always something on, details become available each week.

Thursdays at Woden:
7 December A run and a few sprints
14 December A few intervals.
That's it for Woden!

Thursdays at Stromlo Forest Park
21 December some longish hill reps
28 December middle distance intervals

Thursdays will continue at Stromlo in the new year, meeting at the usual time of 5:30pm.
We will continue there until daylight saving ends, 1 April, then we will review where to go.

Advantages of Stromlo:
The soft, undulating grass cross country track.
Many training options, course marked every 100m
Changing room and showers on hand.
Large, free car parking area.
Security in numbers with the many cyclists using the facilities

Just remember to bring plenty to drink, a hat, and sunscreen! See you there.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

All the recent speedygeese race results

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Lake Tuggeranong Stakes 6k 28 November
5. Ewen Thompson 32:52
10. Warrick Howieson 29:54
12. Carolyne Kramar 41:42
13. Roger Pilkington 33:28
15. Peter Thomson 50:03
16 finishers

YCRC Stromlo Forest Park 5k 28 November
11. Rohan Pitchford M50 23:48
13. Craig Wurtz M50 24:43
14. Ewen Thompson M60 24:59
21. Sarah Pau W45 27:18
26. Vanessa Palmer W45 29:02 or 29:44
29. Ruth Baussmann W65 29:59
31. Tori Hennig W55 30:48
34 finishers

ACTMA track 30 November
M30 Jacob Grooby 4:29.80 76.4%
M55 David Clarke 5:31.49 78.5
M55 Rod Lynch 5:33.72 76.7
M70 Kevin Chamberlain 6:58.61 69.1

M55 Rod Lynch 1:12.79 71.2%
W65 Kathy Sims 1:25.03 79.5

M30 Jacob Grooby 9:50.04 75.4%
M55 Rod Lynch 11:59.46 74.1
M55 David Clarke 12:24.23 72.9
M60 Ewen Thompson 14:42.46 62.0
W65 Ruth Baussmann 16:22.83 76.4
W70 Margaret McSpadden 19:35.17 67.2

Customs 5k 01 December
5 Ewen Thompson 29:35
9 Colin Farlow 20:00
10 Jacob Grooby 21:30
11 Craig Wurtz 24:31
12 Giles Lamb 21:38
16 Caroline Campbell 32:13
18 Peter Thomson 26:41
20 David Clarke 29:06
21 Roger Pilkington 45:20
22 finishers

Burley Griffin 5k parkrun #78 02 December
12 Jen Bright 20:25 W40
13 Giles Lamb 20:32 M40
19 David Clarke 21:53 M55
38 Bronwyn Calver 24:07 W45
42 Peter Thomson 24:56 M55
82 finishers

Ginninderra 5k parkrun 02 December

Tuggeranong 5k parkrun 02 December

Gungahlin 5k parkrun #216
02 December
18 William Barlow 22:26 M35
75 finishers

Queanbeyan 5k parkrun 02 December

Batemans Bay 5k parkrun #82 02 December
23 Rae Palmer 30:06 W70
40 finishers

YCRC Women’s Jogalong 03 December

Monday, 4 December 2017

Song of the Week. Blue Sky Mine

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Song of the Week. Blue Sky Mine, by Midnight Oil
Still relevant after all these years.


Sunday, 3 December 2017

speedygeese pics way down south

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Saturday, 2 December 2017

speedygeese at the Stromlo Running Festival

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Friday, 1 December 2017

A week of training

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Sunday 26 November speedygeese long run report [Dave]: Almost a clean sweep for Speedygeese in the Mt Stromlo 10.5k Lightning Strike ⚡trail race this morning – 1st 40-49yo female and 2nd female overall (Narelle with a great time of 48:28), 1st 50-59yo female (Mhairi, of course, in 54:03), 1st 50-59yo male (me[Dave] 47:29) and 1st 60-69yo male (Ewen 58:46). Narelle the gazelle took off like a rocket and it was a close call between Narelle and I, but I managed to catch her around the 9.8k mark. Obviously neither of us worked hard enough, with both throwing in a 6k afternoon run around 5 minute pace.
There were numerous geese flying at Stromlo today – Shuji did the 54k in 5:35:07, Jeff 4:57:52 and Ross 5:42:14. Amazing effort on a hot day guys. 😯
In the 32k Jinny did 3:22:59, Adam 3:50:08 and William 3:04:05. Lisa and Kerron also finished the32k. Jennie finished the 10k in 1:11:27 and Isaac in the 10k was lucky enough to get an interview with Deek at the end.
Sarah-Jayne couldn’t run today but her two boys did the 2.5k. Gus came second in his age group in his first event and Ryan wants to do the 10k next time.
Shiree and Martin were on T Shirt duty.
Standing under the speakers while Deek yelled out the commentary made up for Jen’s absence. Oh, and congratulations to Mhairi for being the first female in the male toilets (before official permission was granted by Deek). 😱Speaking of Mhairi, she wasn’t looking too good before the start – more like seedy geese than Speedygeese (credit for joke goes to Andrew). I'm sure the bottle of wine she won will fix any problems. 😂
Thanks to Sandeep, Graeme and Pieta for dropping in after their long runs and Speedy Geoff (after his short run with Andy) for giving support.
See you next Sunday for a long slow run (if not at Monday’s or Thursday’s speedwork training). 🤓

Monday 27 November at Parliament House: Storms cleared in the afternoon and I jogged down to the “ramp” to look after a session of 15 x 150m up the hill on 2 minutes. Warrick and Thomas missed us at the start and arrived late, but participating were Narelle, Dave (short runs), Ruth, Jennie, Isaac, Giles, Hayden (new), Bronwyn, Ewen, Rae, Vanessa, Sandeep, Pieta and Chris.

On Thursday 30 November back at Woden Track: Brownie, Jen, Isaac, Sandeep, Dave and I ran some intervals over 350m & 175m in the shade of the trees next to the cemetery. The earlier warm-up also included Ewen, Jacob, Ruth and Margaret who went on to compete on the track.

Training is on hold this Monday because of the dinner that evening but will resume next Thursday at Woden for the penultimate (i.e. second-last) time.

Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Lucia at parkrun

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I thought I'd put up this old picture of Lucia, given that it was her birthday yesterday and I haven't seen her for years. And I am hoping she will reappear one day. It is a funny photo of the Ginninderra parkrun finish; everyone seems to be heading in a different direction. I know all three people in the photo well.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Canberra Marathon ("Australian Running Festival") courses and timetable

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Wed 22 Nov - Tues 16 January Early Bird Entry (save $20)
Wed 17 January - Tues 27 March Standard Entry (save $10)
Wed 28 March - Friday 13 April Late Entry

Saturday 14 April 5km and 10km
Sunday 15 April  Half Marathon, Full Marathon, 50km (Ultra Marathon)

Course map - marathon

Course map - half marathon

Course map - ultra marathon (50k)

Australian Running Festival Website

AMRA upcoming events
AMRA Deep Space Mountain Marathon 10 December
AMRA Tour De Ridges 17 December
AMRA website

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Lots of speedygeese race results to report this week

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BBQ Stakes 6k 01 November
13. William Barlow 31:17
20. Roger Pilkington 31:13
24. Caroline Campbell 38:54
38. Peter Thomson 28:19
51. Bronwyn Calver 31:25
55. Craig Wurtz 31:39
58. Jodie Davis 49:26
61. Ewen Thompson 39:59
62 finishers

BBQ Stakes 6k 08 November
7. Victoria Hennig 37:46
9. Alcina Dias 34:33
15. William Barlow 29:35
21. Andrew Simpson 28:00
34. Caroline Campbell 38:43
46. Peter Thomson 29:06
49. Roger Pilkington 33:48
51. Ewen Thompson 37:45
53. Craig Wurtz 30:50
55. Bronwyn Calver 32:28
64 finishers

BBQ Stakes 6k 15 November
19. Caroline Campbell 39:21
25. Roger Pilkington 32:24
30. William Barlow 30:41
31. Ewen Thompson 43:43
32. Peter Thomson 28:59
43. Craig Wurtz 30:11
52. Bronwyn Calver 33:27
57. Jodie Davis 49:19
65 finishers

AMRA Black Mountain Run-up 2.6k 21 November
9. Craig Wurtz 18.36.
15. Caroline Campbell 24.38.
15 finishers

Lake Tuggeranong Stakes 6k 21 November
2. Sandeep Chandra 29:33
4. Ewen Thompson 33:00
7. Peter Thomson 28:30
13. Roger Pilkington 34:56
16 finishers

YCRC Black Mountain Peninsula 5k 21 November
21. Craig Wurtz M50 24:22
23. Gabrielle Brown W50 24:52
24. Peter Thomson M55 25:56
31. Mick Charlton M65 29:22
34. Vanessa Palmer W45 29:29
35. Ruth Baussmann W65 29:51
38. Caroline Campbell W75 31:33
42 finishers

BBQ Stakes 6k 22 November
4. Alcina Dias 36:08
25. Bronwyn Calver 30:53
32. Roger Pilkington 32:47
42. Craig Wurtz 30:05
45. Ewen Thompson 34:16
46. Jodie Davis 48:54
50. William Barlow 31:02
51. Andrew Simpson 30:48
52. Caroline Campbell 42:05
62 finishers

ACTMA track 23 November
M50 Nigel England 11:56.21
M50 Craig Wurtz 12:51.92
M55 Rod Lynch 12:02.21
M55 Roger Pilkington 13:51.59
M55 Dale Moore 13:56.28
W65 Ruth Baussmann 16:19.71
W70 Margaret McSpadden 17:52.66

M50 Nigel England 2:51.08
M50 Craig Wurtz 3:06.39
M55 Rod Lynch 2:41.50
W65 Kathy Sims 3:17.29

spiral 6
3 Roger Pilkington M55 11:58
5 Rod Lynch M55 10:32
6 Ruth Baussmann W65 13:48
11 David Clarke M55 9:30
12 Nigel England M50 10:26
15 Craig Wurtz M50 11:41
16 Kevin Chamberlain M70 13:00
18 Margaret McSpadden W70 17:55
19 Dale Moore M55 13:21

Customs 5k 24 November
3 Roger Pilkington 28:05
4 Ewen Thompson 31:00
5 Yili Zhu 23:16
8 Jacob Grooby 20:49
9 Giles Lamb 20:57
10 Colin Farlow 19:41
12 Craig Wurtz 24:11
18 Caroline Campbell 31:51
20 David Clarke 25:52
22 finishers

Burley Griffin 5k parkrun #77 25 November
33 Craig Wurtz 22:21 M50
70 Kelley Horan 26:03 W55
88 Jennie Blake 27:38 W60
101 Caroline Campbell 28:48 W75
194 finishers

Ginninderra 5k parkrun #290 25 November
59 William Barlow 26:07 M35
87 Ruth Baussmann 28:11 W65
88 Geoff Moore 28:12 M65
218 finishers

Tuggeranong 5k parkrun #247 25 November
7 Nigel England 20:34 M50
13 Peter Brown 21:32 M55
113 Ewen Thompson 28:53 M60
119 Andrew Smith 29:09 M45
126 David Clarke 29:49 M55
190 Maya Smith 35:32 W10
191 Pieta Smith 35:33 W40
300 finishers

Gungahlin 5k parkrun #215 25 November
237 finishers

Queanbeyan 5k parkrun #30 25 November
45 Margaret McSpadden 43:14 W70
58 finishers

Batemans Bay 5k parkrun #81 25 November
15 Victoria Hennig 27:14 W55
22 Rae Palmer 29:26 W70 **W70 record**
44 finishers

ACTMA Handicap Weston Park 6k 26 November
8 Nadine Morrison W45 28:12
9 Nigel England M50 26:25
10 Ruth Baussmann W65 34:40
11 Craig Wurtz M50 30:50
21 Bron Sparkes W40 31:48
33 Roger Pilkington M55 36:11
34 David Webster M65 30:28
40 Margaret McSpadden W70 41:04
45 finishers

ACTMA Handicap Weston Park 3k 26 November
15 Jill Pearson W60 15:52
27 finishers

Stromlo Running Festival 50k (54k actually) 26 November
22 Shuji Iwasaki 5:43:53

Stromlo Running Festival 30k (32k+ actually) 26 November
41 William Barlow 3:04:08
47 Kelley Horan 3:06:58 **1st W50**
98 Jinny Lay 3:24:37 **3rd W50**
107 Gabrielle Brown 3:26:20
112 Adrian Cengia 3:27:44
120 Gavin Mongan 3:32:53
128 Lisa Charles 3:36:11
157 Kerron Clare 3:47:39
196 Katherine Sheppard 4:07:02
236 finishers

Stromlo Running Festival 10k (10.5k actually) 26 November
10 David Clarke 47:36 **1st M50**
11 Narelle De Smet 47:48 **1st W40**
20 Isaac Muscat 51:55 **2nd M14**
32 Mhairi Craig 54:06 **1st W50**
67 Ewen Thompson 58:50 **1st M60**
173 Jennie Blake 1:11:32 **2nd W60**
207 George Quarmby 1:16:04
296 finishers

Stromlo Running Festival kids 2.5k 26 November
13 Ryan Miller 12:53 not bad for a 7 year old
18 Angus Miller 16:18 not bad for a 5 year old!
53 finishers


Ruth - our new Griffins Co-ordinator

Monday, 27 November 2017

Mother's Litlle Helper

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Song of the week: An ABSOLUTE CLASSIC Rolling Stones song.

From No video as such.

Sunday, 26 November 2017

The kid's 2.5k sprint - at the Stromlo Running Festival.

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Sarah-Jayne's two boys - you should have seen them sprint home!

(Aged 7 and just 5)

It was a great day at the Running Festival today. Quite hot as the morning progressed, but it could have been far worse. I will publish 2.5, 10, 30 and 50k results (the distances weren't exact) on Tuesday and no doubt Dave will have a report which I expect to publish Friday.

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Ginninderra parkrun today

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A lovely day for a parkrun - I managed to keep Ruth in sight for most of the run.

People we were running with early on (but they got away)


Friday, 24 November 2017

Speedygeese training summary (the last two weeks)

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Sunday 12 November speedygeese long run report [Dave]:
Cool, overcast and slightly humid with no wind for this morning’s Speedygeese long run on Jen’s Coolemon Ridge and Narrabundah Hill route. Twelve starters this morning, including several ultra runners. There were no falls, no injuries (at least no new ones), no getting lost, no dramas of any kind – just a pleasant undulating 17k run.
Thach ended up with 19k, I did 18k and Graeme, Jinny, Shuji, Paul, Jen, William, Adam, Lisa and Sandeep did 17k. Judith turned back to finish with a shorter run. Average pace over the full distance varied between runners, from 5.25 to 6.05 min/km. Narelle, who is still recovering from the flu, decided our 17k 250m elevation run at 5.40 pace was too risky, so she did a 20k 300m vert arboretum run at 5.15 pace and still managed to join us for coffee. 😯 😷
We adjourned to the Meating Place for coffee (or coffee thickshakes) and breakfast, although some achieved a new PB for meal waiting times. Perhaps we should have gone to Thach’s house to try his new weasel poo coffee. 🤣
Other runs today by Speedygeese included an easy 7k for Pete B who is recovering from a back injury, Ewen’s 24.18 for Fishers Ghost 5k fun run, and a new PB of 1:28:03 (unofficial) for Jennie in the 15k City2Sea. 😯 Bronwyn (1:15:01) and Matt (1:19:04) also did City2Sea. Mhairi just did a 19k in New Zealand (over 1,000 m vert). 😱
The biggest excitement for me was testing the photo quality on my new iphone 8plus. I’m also still enjoying the novelty (since yesterday) of having Strava, Garmin Connect, fb and messenger on my phone instead having to upload everything to my laptop (no longer in the dark ages). Now I can waste twice as much time and spend half as much time socialising when out with others. 😵
Paul has organised next week’s run and has already provided the pre run briefing and prepared a detailed description that almost beats Sri Chinmoy’s.

Monday 13 November at Parliament House: The session was 6 x figure 8 loops with pushups each interval; on 5 minutes. I was still very sore and jogged a couple of the loops. Participating were Sandeep, Chris, Christopher, Sarah, Ewen, Giles, Ruth, Warrick, Thomas, Jen, Isaac, Narelle, Rae, Colin, Bronwyn and Jinny. Jessica watched.

On Thursday 16 November back at Woden Track, I couldn’t go and Bronwyn repeated last week’s intervals. Others just ran track.

Sunday 19 November: Speedygeese long run report [Dave]
Today’s Speedygeese long run was a squealer. We headed off from Cook shops in almost perfect conditions. Narelle and Graeme were running a few minutes late but soon caught up and Narelle the gazelle disappeared in the distance shortly thereafter. With 15 starters of various abilities we soon settled into a few smaller groups, with occasional catchups at the “holding points” (usually the top of hills).
With 15 runners at various speeds there was always going to be potential for unplanned exploring and adventures. It soon became clear that we should have paid more attention to Paul’s pre-run briefing. 😳 The first detour occurred at the arboretum “Cork Oak”, where Jen and I left the group and took a photo opportunity at the “slow down” sign, before she took off at 4.15 pace to beat the others to the next holding point. Then it was a tussle between Narelle, Jen and I to get to the top of gun barrel (the roller coaster Strava segment), where Jen took out the segment record. 💪
A few of us took a cross country route at the arboretum but regrouped at Dairy Farmers Hill. Narelle snuck in a couple of extra km by heading down to the river (intentionally, I think) and Bron added a sneaky trip through Aranda bushland to Mt Painter and ended up with 12k. Ewen and Roger were smart enough to take a shortcut to the zoo (or maybe they just got lost?). Ruth and Margaret submitted a disclaimer early on - something to do with being super slow – and weren’t to be seen after the first couple of km, but magically appeared for coffee at the end. Not sure whether they "cheated" or outran us. Various people (including Sandeep, Roger and I) were spotted jogging in circles at the end to satisfy their Strava neuroses.
According to Strava, Narelle finished with 22k, Giles and I did 20, Graeme, Jen and Sandeep 19k, Roger and Ewen 18k. Warrick turned back after Dairy Farmers Hill to finish with about 10k. Bob strolled a couple of k from home to meet us for coffee afterwards (a piece of cake for Bob after heart surgery a week ago). 😯 💓 The others did around 18k.
I should also mention Shiree's amazing 3:30 hilly marathon yesterday in New Zealand. Inspiring, to say the least. 😯
Coffee, banter and cavorting followed, as we “pigged out” (sorry) at Little Oink in Cook shops. Narelle couldn’t resist spending some quality time with the pig. 😂 🐖
Thanks for the run and company everyone. Next week is the Mount Stromlo Running Festival lightning strike trail races, ⚡ with the one and only Deek as MC, so no official long run is planned at this stage. 🤓

Monday 20 November with me supervising the Speedygeese, we ran relays on a loop of 360m or so from the tennis court area, a loop which included our “favourite” hill. Participating were Bronwyn, Thomas, Warrick, Sandeep, Ruth, Jennie, Vanessa, Brownie, Isaac, Narelle, Jen, Dave, Pieta, Andrew, Chris, Bron, Giles, and Ewen who also ran early. Thanks Pieta for the celebratory champagne and lemonade afterwards!

Thursday 23 November back at Woden Track I looked after the group who ran ~8 x 330m with 110m walk recovery. Running were Bronwyn, Brownie, Colin, Sandeep, Jennie, and Ewen (briefly). We saw Ruth and Margaret who were running on Woden track.

This Sunday I may (no promises!) go and watch part of the Stromlo Running Festival and do a little training there. The 50k takes off at 6:00am (a tad early for me), the 30k at 7:00am, and the 10k at 7:30am. I won't be staying for the presentations at 11:00am.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Liz Bennett video clip

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017


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It was good to see Liz Bennett live on Insight last night. She was a voice of (relative) sanity!

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

All the recent speedygeese race results

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BBQ Stakes 6k 25 October
11. Geoff Moore 31:36
24. Carolyne Kramar 44:16
32. Peter Thomson 29:48
33. Caroline Campbell 41:21
35. Roger Pilkington 34:00
40. Craig Wurtz 31:07
45. Bronwyn Calver 32:51
50. Ewen Thompson 38:00
56 finishers

YCRC Women’s Jogalong 05 November
24. Caroline Campbell W75 36:03
26. Cathy Montalto W65 33:29
56 finishers

Lake Tuggeranong Stakes 6k 14 November
5. Sandeep Chandra 30:09
8. Ewen Thompson 35:00
10. Nicole Bruce 39:21
12. Peter Thomson 29:11
14. Roger Pilkington 31:58
19 finishers

YCRC Weston Park 5k 14 November
25. David Clarke M55 22:32
32. Craig Wurtz M50 23:21
36. Gabrielle Brown W50 24:21
37. Ewen Thompson M60 24:36
39. Sarah Pau W45 26:08
45. Tori Hennig W55 27:48
47. Caroline Campbell W75 28:16
51. Ruth Baussmann W65 28:47
53. Mick Charlton M65 29:40
57 finishers

ACTMA track 16 November
M55 David Clarke 11:25.33
M55 Rod Lynch 11:57.33
M55 Roger Pilkington 14:43.28
M55 Dale Moore 14:49.63

M55 Rod Lynch 2:43.13
W65 Kathy Sims 3:12.93
M55 Dale Moore 3:40.24

1 Hour Run
M50 Nigel England 12629
M55 Roger Pilkington 11612
W65 Ruth Baussmann 10389
W70 Margaret McSpadden 8812

Customs 5k 17 November
2 Carolyne Kramar 33:08
3 Caroline Campbell 30:28
4 Jacob Grooby 20:58
5 Peter Thomson 21:47
8 Ewen Thompson 28:56
9 Colin Farlow 19:28
10 Giles Lamb 21:13
11 Yili Zhu 24:07
17 Bill Arthur 30:02
19 Roger Pilkington 29:40
21 finishers

Burley Griffin 5k parkrun #76 18 November
43 Craig Wurtz 22:12 M50
80 Elizabeth Bennett 26:08 W50
100 Jennie Blake 28:31 W60
168 finishers

Ginninderra 5k parkrun #289 18 November
31 Andrew Simpson 22:18 M45
43 William Barlow 23:25 M35
55 Brendan Belcher 25:25 M35
83 Jill Pearson 27:27 W60
90 Ruth Baussmann 28:29 W65
116 Carolyne Kramar 32:23 W50
168 finishers

Tuggeranong 5k parkrun #246 18 November
5 David Clarke 19:36 M55
13 Nigel England 21:04 M50
40 Bronwyn Calver 23:49 W45
55 Ewen Thompson 25:07 M60
190 finishers

Gungahlin 5k parkrun #214 18 November
200 finishers

Queanbeyan 5k parkrun #30 18 November
62 finishers

Batemans Bay 5k parkrun #81 18 November
9 Victoria Hennig 27:18 W55
15 finishers

Monday, 20 November 2017

On Fire

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Song of the week: an old Switchfoot song, at

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Pearsons partying

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Jenny and I felt privileged to be invited today to help Jill celebrate her 60th birthday.

An earlier shot of some Pearsons who were there today but partied on a few days ago when Peru qualified for the World Cup.

Joel, Vianne, Yelena.

Edit - more pics from the party!

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Enjoying the Canberra spring weather

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Thach and William - two of the newer Sunday Speedygeese

I will be replacing the slideshow (2017 portrait gallery) soon with a host of recent pictures of our extended group of speedygeese. Maybe next year I will have time to construct a 2018 portrait gallery, maybe not. The number of hits on my blog posts has reduced to about one fifth of what they used to be, except when I mention parkrun.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Happy Birthday GM, 71 today!

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Garry Maher

Thursday, 16 November 2017

It's a hill

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Reliving Monday's 2 runs

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Run 1 on Monday - jogging to/from a gym "Active" class which went from 10:30am to 11:30am

Run 2 on Monday: warming up at Parliament House then supervising a figure-8 two-hill loop the others did intervals on. I did a couple of them, slowly. Still sore (PCL joint)

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

All the recent speedygeese race results

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Carcoar Cup Half Marathon 05 November
43 Nadine Morrison 1:45.59
125 finishers

Lake Tuggeranong Stakes 6k
07 November
7. Peter Thomson 28:41
10. Warrick Howieson 30:18
14. Roger Pilkington 41:48
17 finishers

AMRA Mt Ainslie Run-Up 2.3k
07 November
13 Craig Wurtz 17.39
15 Kelley Horan 18.29
16 Caroline Campbell 22.20
19 finishers

YCRC Barrenjoey Drive 5k 07 November
19. Craig Wurtz M50 24:09
20. Gabrielle Brown W50 24:13
21. Ewen Thompson M60 24:28
26. Sarah Pau W45 26:25
29. Tori Hennig W55 27:39
32. Mick Charlton M65 29:13
35. Ruth Baussmann W65 29:52
38 finishers

ACTMA track 09 November
Pennington 1500m
2 Kathy Sims W65 6:18
4 David Clarke M55 5:31
5 Nigel England M50 5:25
6 Rod Lynch M55 5:38
11 Roger Pilkington M55 6:50
13 Dale Moore M55 7:22
14 finishers

M50 Nigel England 1:13.93
M55 Dale Moore 1:48.52
W65 Kathy Sims 1:30.74

M50 Nigel England 12:25.73
M55 David Clarke 11:40.96
M55 Rod Lynch 12:04.24
M55 Dale Moore 15:17.04

M30 Jacob Grooby 16:58.06
M55 Roger Pilkington 25:16.65
M60 Ewen Thompson 26:17.77

Customs 5k 10 November
3 Jacob Grooby 19:42
4 Peter Thomson 22:25
8 Caroline Campbell 30:50
9 Colin Farlow 19:23
10 Giles Lamb 21:08
11 Roger Pilkington 26:53
18 Craig Wurtz 24:01
19 Peter Clarke 22:04
22 Ewen Thompson 29:18
26 finishers

Burley Griffin 5k parkrun #75 11 November
79 Elizabeth Bennett 26:27 W50
185 finishers

Ginninderra 5k parkrun #288 11 November
31 Andrew Simpson 22:41 M45
91 Ruth Baussmann 28:39 W65
146 Geoff Moore 32:40 M65
222 finishers

Tuggeranong 5k parkrun #245
11 November
12 Nigel England 20:35 M50
32 David Clarke 22:45 M55
42 Bronwyn Calver 23:52 W45
99 Ewen Thompson 27:42 M60
118 Kerron Clare 29:27 W50
272 finishers

Gungahlin 5k parkrun #213 11 November
82 Chris Martin 26:06 M60
138 Margaret McSpadden 31:09 W70
258 finishers

Queanbeyan 5k parkrun #29 11 November
49 finishers

Batemans Bay 5k parkrun #80 11 November
17 Victoria Hennig 27:13 W55
42 finishers

Studley 5k parkrun #91 11 November
89 Jennie Blake 31:00 W60
123 Carolyne Kramar 35:29 W50
156 finishers

Victor Harbour 5k parkrun #174 11 November
25 Joel Pearson 27:17 M30
32 Jill Pearson 28:19 W60
91 finishers

Cowra 5k parkrun #1 11 November
4 Brendan Belcher 21:44 M35
103 William Barlow 57:49 M35
110 finishers

City to Sea 15k 12 November
1,002 Bronwyn Calver 1:15.01
2,494 Jennie Blake 1:28.01
4,688 finishers

Nadine 2nd W40 at Carcoar

Monday, 13 November 2017

Such Great Heights

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Song of the week: "Such Great Heights", by The Postal Service, at

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Ginninderra parkrun

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Ruth and I at yesterday's Ginninderra parkrun.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Studley parkrun

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Carolyne and Jennie bumped into each other at Studley parkrun today! [Where's that???]

Friday, 10 November 2017

Speedygeese training summary

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Sunday 5 November speedygeese long run report [Dave]:
A huge turnout today for arguably the toughest Speedygeese long run to date – Mt Tennent (800m vert). There were 18 eager runners lined up at 8am, all of whom had at some point endured the secret rituals and initiation ceremony to become one of a select group of maniacs who love running mountains (and drinking coffee) while others are sleeping in on Sunday mornings. 😝
Today Judith, William, David P and Dave G joined the group for the first time, having worked out the secret sign (don't miss the hidden secret sign pic). Other keen geese were Jen, Isaac, Shiree, Fiona, Jinny, Shuji, Mhairi, Pete B, Thach, Bron, Sandeep, Tim, Laura and Martin. Adrian and Adam left half an hour earlier and did a solo Tennent. Apparently they scared the crap out of a brown snake. 😧 🐍
Shiree, Mhairi, William, Shuji, Fiona, Dave G, Pete and Thach were among those who finished with 20k and over 1,000 metres elevation. Bron and Sandeep did the short option (14k and 800m vert) while Jen and Isaac walked.
I took the soft option and ran last week’s flat course with Nigel instead (the heel is better but I need to add hills gradually). A slow and uneventful run, other than Nigel tripping over and both of us getting lost 800 metres from the finish (thought I would have remembered from last week 😳). Nevertheless, running with an Englishman I did learn some interesting facts , including that a major ingredient in Worcestershire sauce is rotten anchovies 😱 – apparently a secret the English learned from the Romans. It was also an interesting experience running amongst the trees with a tree scientist, especially when he keeps stopping to collect tree seeds.

Monday 6 November: Training at Parliament House were Warrick, Thomas, Jen, Isaac, Kelley, Ruth, Chris; running 15 x a 400m loop on 2 minutes which included a 100m hill. I supervised and Dave was in the general vicinity.

On Thursday 9 November back at Woden Track, the session was a bit anaerobic, 12 x 220m with 110m jog. We run on the grass while the AFL 9s are playing. I supervised again, and participating were Colin, Brendan, Sandeep, Isaac, Jen, Bronwyn. Dave and Ewen also did the warm-up, then raced on the track. Gary stayed on the track, he has just returned from Greece and was wearing the new speedygeese singlet for the first time. Margaret and Ruth were at the track officiating.

Reliving Woden taining

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Back to the track

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Ruth, Margaret, Bronwyn, Ewen. These people are having too much fun.

It is back to the Woden track today. The Pennington 1500m is the first event. Pity I am still too sore to participate. I would have enjoyed the early handicapped start. Maybe next year when I am 70 and am given an even earlier start?

Today I will do the 5:30pm warm-up around the cemetery and then train across the road like last week.