Sunday, 31 December 2017

The speedygeese Calendar of Events

Posted by speedygeoff on Sunday, December 31, 2017 with 3 comments
Monday/Thursday training venue: see "About Parliament House".
**=I plan to attend.

Wed 21/0612:10pmBBQ Stakes 6k @ Woden.
Thu 22/065:30pm**speedygeese intervals @ Parliament House.
Fri 23/0612:15pmCustoms Joggers 5k @ Commonwealth Park.
Sat 24/068:00am5k parkruns many venues.
Sun 25/068:00amspeedygeese long run, venue TBA.
9:00amACTVAC handicap @ Mt Ainslie.
Mon 26/065:30pm**speedygeese @ Parliament House.
Tue 27/0612:15pmLake Ginninderra Handicap 7k.
12:25pmLake Tuggeranong Stakes 6k.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Speedygeese training summary

Posted by speedygeoff on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 with No comments
On Thursday 15 June at Parliament House I was reduced to walking, Brownie turned up mainly to pick up a speedygeese t-shirt, while running intervals up and down the west side were Andrew, Colin, Isaac, Jen, Jennie, Sandeep and Sarah.

On Sunday 18 June the distance group reports “A fairly subdued speedygeese long run this morning, with some of the usual stalwarts missing or tired after yesterday’s YMCA 16k race (Jen, Sandeep and Ewen) and Kowen Trail half marathon (me[Dave]), and a couple of others just having a sleep in after a big night (Susan and Mhairi I’m told, but that’s just heresay). No injuries or getting lost this time (although a couple of times I had to get them back on track – don’t say anything Bronwyn ;-) ), and no clambering over and posing on big boys (and girls) toys. Just a pleasant run from Mt Stromlo to Molonglo river and back. Narelle and Sami took off like rabbits, accompanied by newbie Mandi (welcome Mandi), closely followed by Thach, while Bronwyn set a steady pace and Bron and I [Dave] were the “sweepers”. Most of us did the 16k loop, with Thach (20k) and Narelle (23k) doing a bit extra at the end. It was a bit of a struggle today and the quads were happy to see the end approaching. Most of us enjoyed the coffee and calories at "The Meating Place", Weston Creek, while we discussed the various views on tapering for Narelle’s Gold Coast marathon in two weeks.”

Monday 19 June at Parliament House: I was absent and 2 teams of 3 ran 3 lots of 4 x 200m hard, 200m jog. Colin, Jen, Jennie, Kylie, Peter Burke. and Sandeep, while Dave and Pieta trotted around.

From last week

Ewen, Jen, Isaac

Mhairi and Bron



Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Some recent speedygeese race results

Posted by speedygeoff on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 with 2 comments
YCRC Women’s 6k Jogalong 04 June
Cathy Montalto W60 32:24
Sarah Pau W45 33:48
Caroline Campbell W70 36:55
Thea Zimpel W30 64:15
61 finishers

Lake Tuggeranong Stakes 6k 13 June
2. Craig Wurtz 28:15
4. Ewen Thompson 30:53
6. Peter Burke 26:02
11. Peter Thomson 29:25
15 finishers

Customs 5k 16 June
Peter Thomson 21:55
Craig Wurtz 23:18
Bronwyn Calver 24:15
Ewen Thompson 24:45
11 finishers

Ginninderra 5k parkrun #267 17 June
30 Bron Sparkes 24:42 W40
58 Brendan Belcher 27:09 M35
164 Thea Zimpel 49:20 W30
170 finishers

Gungahlin 5k parkrun #192 17 June
96 Margaret McSpadden 29:56 W70
169 finishers

Burley Griffin 5k parkrun #54 17 June
25 Craig Wurtz 21:45 M50
46 Yili Zhu 23:15 M50
62 Andrew Smith 24:29 M35
188 finishers

Tuggeranong 5k parkrun #226 17 June
11 Nigel England 20:33 M50
13 Peter Brown 20:35 M55 **New PB**
71 Thomas Howieson 27:53 M11
134 Jessica Howieson 34:33 W10
135 Warrick Howieson 34:34 M45
203 finishers

Queanbeyan 5k parkrun #8 17 June
3 Amanda Cook 22:22 W35
6 Bronwyn Calver 24:22 W45
50 finishers

Batemans Bay 5k parkrun #59 17 June
35 finishers

Bron Sparkes

Monday, 19 June 2017

dig down - new by Muse - awesome.

Posted by speedygeoff on Monday, June 19, 2017 with No comments
Song of the week: "Dig Down", by Muse


"Dig Down"

When hope and love has been lost
And you fall to the ground
You must find a way
When the darkness descends
And you're told it's the end
You must find a way
When God decides to look the other way
And a clown takes the throne
We must find a way
Face the firing squad
Against all the odds
You will find a way

Dig down
Dig down
Dig down
And find faith
When you're close to the edge
With a gun to your head
You must find a way

When friends are thin on the ground
And they try to divide us
We must find a way
We have entered the fray
And we will not obey
We must find a way

Dig down
Dig down
Dig down
And find faith
When they've left you for dead
(Dig down)
And you can only see red
(Dig down)
You must find a way

Dig down
Dig down
Dig down
Find faith
We won't let them divide
(Dig down)
We will never abide
(Dig down)
We will find a way

Dig down
Dig down
Dig down
Dig down
Dig down

Sunday, 18 June 2017

let them eat cake

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We were up at Jamberoo the last couple of days.
This is the cake my granddaughter Kayleigh made to help her friends celebrate her 18th birthday.
Sadly we had to leave before the cake was finished.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Herb Elliot Rome 1960

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Speedygeese training summary

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On Thursday 08 June at Parliament House Helen (new) and Joe (new) visited without joining in – yet. I supervised a session of 8 x 400s on the grass near the upper flagpoles, with Colin, Dave, Isaac, Jen, Jennie, Brownie, Ruth and Tori participating.

On Sunday 11 June Andrew and I jogged at Stromlo. I didn't get far before I had to stop, too sore. Meanwhile the distance group reports “Another successful, but cold and foggy, speedygeese long run done and dusted (around the Arboretum and the river). Sarah and Dave started early with a 5k warmup before meeting the others at 8am. Narelle was our navigator today. Having run the course several times, there was no chance of her getting us lost. We did have a few minutes of anxiety when we thought we lost Kerron and Bron, but it turned out they weren’t lost, just cruising. Narelle put in a big 33k by adding on a loop around LBG west basin, at a great average pace of 5.08, in preparation for the Gold Coast marathon. Dave knocked out 27k at 5.23 pace, adding a couple of fast ks at the end. Others averaged around 5.30 to 6.15 pace. Graeme did 22k and Sandeep 21, while Susan, Jen, Sarah and Bron finished with around 20k. Mhairi completed 17k, while Ewen and Isaac chalked up about 15. Kerron, on her debut run with us, put in a solid 13k. Most of us hobbled to the Arboretum café to thaw out and refuel.”

Monday 12 June at Parliament House, a good turnout for a public holiday, we ran ramp sprints, 15 x 160m on 2 minutes. I supervised while running were Bill, Colin, Dave, Giles, Jen, Jennie, Jessica, Peter B, Pieta, Sandeep, Sarah, Tom, Warrick, and Andrew Smith (new).

Today I have been banned from running until my calf improves, so future training sessions at Parliament House will be in walking/shuffling distance from our cars! Probably.

Sunday runners

Dave, Graeme, Susan, Sarah, Mhairi, Narelle, Kerron, Bron, Ewen, Jen, Isaac, Sandeep.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

All the recent speedygeese race results

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AMRA Mt Ainslie Run-Up 2.3k 06 June
16 Peter Burke 16.50
18 Craig Wurtz 17.15
24 finishers

Lake Tuggeranong Stakes 6k 07 June
1. Ewen Thompson M60 30:32
12. Peter Thomson M55 28:20
15. Roger Pilkington M55 33:13
16 finishers

Customs 5k 09 June
3 Caroline Campbell 31:54
4 Ewen Thompson 24:37
6 Peter Thomson 22:24
16 Craig Wurtz 23:59
17 finishers

Ginninderra 5k parkrun #266 10 June
14 Andrew Simpson 21:21 M45
36 Bron Sparkes 24:54 W40
54 Kevin Miller 26:15 M35
58 Celina Miller 26:26 W35
82 Ruth Baussmann 29:38 W65
94 Margaret McSpadden 31:15 W70
145 finishers

Gungahlin 5k parkrun #191 10 June
22 Nadine Morrison 21:41 W45
175 finishers

Burley Griffin 5k parkrun #53 10 June
33 Craig Wurtz 21:45 M50
46 Sandeep Chandra 23:05 M40 **New PB**
96 Jennie Blake 27:43 W60 **New PB**
217 finishers

Tuggeranong 5k parkrun #225 10 June
14 David Clarke 20:19 M55
17 Nigel England 20:33 M50
44 Peter Thomson 23:17 M55
250 finishers

Queanbeyan 5k parkrun #7 10 June
4 Amanda Cook 22:03 W35
48 finishers

Batemans Bay 5k parkrun #58
10 June
30 Victoria Hennig 25:40 W55
37 Brendan Belcher 27:52 M35
82 finishers

Australian Masters Track and Field Championships
9-12 June
Results at

Mount Ainslie run-up

Peter Burke scaling the mountain

And, the view from the top.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Hungry: Anathema

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My Song of the Week this week is "Anathema", by Hungry, from the album "White Water Emotions".

Hungry was a group from Belconnen which included my daughter Mon on keys and backing vocals, and my other daughter's husband Wes on bass. Plus three other talented people (Graeme vocals and writer, Euan guitar, Amanda drums).

I uploaded this to YouTube the other day, at, and have to share it.

Sunday, 11 June 2017


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Today I found some old friends.

Nigel. Lost?

David, Robyn

Clare, Rod



Terry, David

Meanwhile, the distance group got lost in the fog.
I mean, there was fog, and they got lost as usual.


Dave, half of Sarah.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Cookie blitzing Queanbeyan parkrun

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Today at Queanbeyan Amanda Cook was the first female to finish - again - and ran 22:03, just one second outside her best time of 22:02 which she ran a week earlier. And just two seconds behind third outright on the day. She has mightily improved, and what would she do on a good day on a fast course?

A very fit Cookie resplendent in her speedygeese top.

The Queanbeyan parkrun course has been officially rated as "challenging".

Friday, 9 June 2017

Kowen Trail run

Posted by speedygeoff on Friday, June 09, 2017 with 1 comment
The Wamboin Runners Group, in association with the Australian Mountain Running Association, is holding the inaugural Kowen Trail Run on SATURDAY, 17 JUNE in conjunction with the Wamboin Produce Market. Starting and finishing at the Wamboin Community Hall, the race will see competitors running up Bingley Way, through the Council reserve and into Kowen Forest. The race will consist of three events the Marathon (42.2 km), the Half Marathon (21.1 km) and a 12 km Run/Walk. All three events will showcase the beautiful forest and the spectacular views that we enjoy here in Wamboin. Proceeds from the event will go to the Wamboin Rural Fire Brigade and the Australian Mountain Running Organisation.

Registrations are now open; to enter please use the following the link:

Who has already entered?

Trail Trial

Sarah-Jayne was one of many running a trial on the trail run course.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Trail Runners v Mountain Goats

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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Speedygeese training summary

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On Thursday 01 June at Parliament House we ran some 2 person continuous relays over 300m, then some 3 person relays over 200m. I supervised, Christopher was seen walking, running were Brendan, Colin, Craig, Dave, Giles, Isaac, Jen, Brownie, Rohan, Ruth, Sandeep, and Sarah.

Sunday 04 June the speedygeese long run saw a turnout of 10 fine athletes. It was designed by Giles and covered Little Black Mountain and Mount Painter (hillier than usual). Jen provided navigation assistance. It’s probably getting a bit monotonous to talk about getting lost, so let’s just say we needed directions before we reached the 1k mark (see photo) and split into two groups before meeting up a couple of kms later. Sandeep, Bron and Sarah (with a sore ankle) did the short course (Little Black Mountain - around 11km). Susan added a few kms to finish with around 15. Jen, Nigel and Thach (new recruit) did about 18k while Giles and Dave did some extra kms at the end to total 21.1k (and 620m of elevation). Apart from Sarah’s ankle there were no injuries. This week’s shenanigans were limited to a few chin-ups on the Mount Painter trig.

Directions please?

Monday 05 June at Parliament House, running 200s 300s and 400s were Colin, Isaac, Jen, Peter, Pieta, Warrick, Tori and Kylie (new). Dave jogged around at a slow marathon pace, I jogged around supervising even walking a bit, and Christopher was again seen walking.

Sunday's distance group

Susan, Sandeep, Giles, Nigel, Jen, Isaac, Thach, Bron, Sarah. Photo by Dave.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

All the recent speedygeese race results

Posted by speedygeoff on Tuesday, June 06, 2017 with 1 comment
Warwick Pentathrun 20-21 May (via
Margaret McSpadden:
Half 2:34:21.89
Cross 35:07.30
5k 40:43.79
10k 87:03.67
1500 9:50.74
Total 5:27:07.38

YMCA Half Marathon 28 May
27. David Clarke 1:31:16.0
42. Narelle Desmet 1:34:11.4
60. Nigel England 1:37:31.3
67. Giles Lamb 1:38:52.2
78. Brendan Belcher 1:40:33.7
115. Gavin Mongan 1:46:40.1
116. Sandeep Chandra 1:46:48.4
138. Ewen Thompson 1:50:16.0
157. Roger Pilkington 1:53:54.3
172. Rohan Pitchford 1:54:59.4
223. Warrick Howieson 2:02:13.8
279. Ruth Baussmann 2:12:44.8
284. Caroline Campbell 2:13:30.7
315. Yuan Yuan Liu 2:31:32.2
326 finishers

Cotter Canter 5k 28 May
107 finishers

Cotter Canter 10k 28 May
7. Sarah-Jane Miller 42:57
27. Jen Bright 47:28
28. Isaac Muscat 47:29
61. Susan Sturgeon 54:20
148 finishers

Lake Tuggeranong Stakes 6k 30 May
4. Roger Pilkington 30:21
6. Craig Wurtz 28:08
9. Peter Burke 25:26
16. Sandeep Chandra 32:45
17. Ewen Thompson 35:25
20 finishers

Ginninderra 7k handicap 30 May
10 finishers

Customs 5k 02 June
Colin Farlow 19:17
Giles Lamb 21:29
Yili Zhu 23:52
Peter Thomson 24:37
Ewen Thompson 29:20
Caroline Campbell 32:52
18 finishers

Ginninderra 5k parkrun #265 03 June
35 Jacob Miller 23:29 M11
49 Jill Pearson 25:40 W55
54 Celina Miller 26:00 W35
78 Chloe Miller 28:56 W10
81 Kevin Miller 28:58 M35
84 Ruth Baussmann 29:26 W65
16 Gary Moss 36:08 M70
154 finishers

Gungahlin 5k parkrun #190 03 June
104 Margaret McSpadden 29:30 W70
110 Yuan Yuan Liu 29:41 W45
201 finishers

Burley Griffin 5k parkrun #52 03 June
10 Giles Lamb 20:40 M40 **New PB**
16 Craig Wurtz 21:47 M50
27 Yili Zhu 22:58 M50 **New PB**
158 finishers

Tuggeranong 5k parkrun #224 03 June
31 Bronwyn Calver 23:05 W45
39 David Clarke 23:33 M55
55 Peter Thomson 24:49 M55
227 finishers

Queanbeyan 5k parkrun #6 03 June
5 Amanda Cook 22:02 W35 **New PB**
27 Vanessa Palmer 29:20 W45 **First Timer**
77 finishers

Batemans Bay 5k parkrun #57 03 June
25 Victoria Hennig 27:15 W55
57 finishers

ACTVAC 8k Cross Country Championships 03 June
M50 1. Nigel England 35:46.10
M55 2. Peter Thomson 36:55.40
W65 1. Kathy Sims 38:16.10
M60 1. Ewen Thompson 39:25.40
M55 3. Roger Pilkington 41:21.40
W70 1. Caroline Campbell 48:26.40

Remember this?

Monday, 5 June 2017

No Longer Slaves

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Song of the week: "No Longer Slaves", by Voices of Lee


Sunday, 4 June 2017

speedygeese trail runners, hanging around

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Saturday, 3 June 2017

Cerutty on training: "Enjoy everything"

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Percy would have written this just before the years I visited his training camp at Portsea, Victoria.
Click to enlarge.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Ron Clarke on training

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A 1965 article. Click to enlarge.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Event Schedule ACT Cross Country Championships

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Stromlo Forest Park Saturday morning 3 June.
Come along and have a look.

10:20am Under 12 2k. Free, turn up at start line by 10:15am

For other events entries have closed, no late entries, check-in time is no later than 30 minutes before an event starts.
10:30am Under 14 men and under 14 women 3k
10:45am Under 16 men, under 16 and under 18 women, 4k
11:10am Under 18 men, under 20 women, 6k
11:35am Under 20 men, all ACTVAC men and ACTVAC women, 8k
12:10pm open men, open women, 10k

As you can see, events are overlapping and won't the course officials have fun! I am running the 8k which is a 1km lap, then a 2km lap, the two 2.5km laps.

Assuming I can get there in time.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Speedygeese training summary

Posted by speedygeoff on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 with No comments
On Thursday 25 May at Parliament House, present were Dave, me, Isaac, Jen, Jennie, Nicole, Brownie, Rohan. The training session on a still and cold evening consisted of repetitions under lights – 4 x {400m (200 jog) + 200m} on 7 minutes.

Sunday 28 May at Stromlo Forest Park Andrew and I jogged around, both a little sore from racing.

Monday 29 May at Parliament House Ruth brought champagne, Christopher was walking, I was jogging. Running creative sets of 200s/400s were Isaac, Jen, Pieta and Ruth. As I recall one of the sets was first runner to 400m turns and keeps running hard until meets second runner who turns, they run together as second runner runs hard; etc until all runners come in together back at the start point. This will be interesting to watch when we get a few more runners.

Speedy starter Jill running the ACTVAC 4k at West Stromlo (21 May)

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Recent speedygeese race results

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Lake Tuggeranong Stakes 6k 23 May
2. Sandeep Chandra 33:47
7. Craig Wurtz 28:23
18. Ewen Thompson 33:58
21. Roger Pilkington 33:26
22 finishers

Customs 5k 26 May
Craig Wurtz 23:36
Ewen Thompson 26:19
Caroline Campbell 32:19
14 finishers

Ginninderra 5k parkrun #264
27 May
49 Jacob Miller 26:34 M11
50 Celina Miller 26:35 W35
58 Kevin Miller 27:12 M35
88 Ruth Baussmann 30:04 W65
162 finishers

Gungahlin 5k parkrun #189 27 May
116 Yuan Yuan Liu 30:33 W45
206 finishers

Burley Griffin 5k parkrun #51 27 May
45 Craig Wurtz 22:48 M50
94 Lisa McDonald 27:46 W40 **New PB**
190 finishers

Tuggeranong 5k parkrun #223 27 May
6 Peter Burke 20:23 M40
32 Bronwyn Calver 23:08 W45
147 Jessica Howieson 34:30 W10
149 Ewen Thompson 34:32 M60
150 Warrick Howieson 34:34 M45
227 finishers

Queanbeyan 5k parkrun #5 27 May
5 Amanda Cook 22:26 W35 **New PB**
83 finishers

Batemans Bay 5k parkrun #56 27 May
17 Victoria Hennig 25:43 W55
50 finishers

YCRC Half Marathon Eve 5k
27 May
9. Andrew Simpson M45 22:17
15. David Clarke M55 26:15
47 finishers

Andrew racing Saturday's 5k

Monday, 29 May 2017

Duck and Run

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Song of the Week: "Duck and Run", by 3 Doors Down

Which Way?

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Simon's Cat - Dinner Date: Just Desserts

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Saturday, 27 May 2017

50 years ago today

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... I stayed up to hear Sgt Pepper in its entirety. The album was kept under wraps until Midnight. So at 11:30pm, living in Adelaide, I tuned in to a Melbourne station for half an hour, then switched to an Adelaide station at midnight to hear the full album from the beginning.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Simon's Cat - Dinner Date: Main Course

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Thursday, 25 May 2017

Dinner Date: Starters - Simon's Cat

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Speedygeese training summary (two weeks)

Posted by speedygeoff on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 with 3 comments
On Thursday 11 May at Parliament House: Present were Colin, Dave, me, Giles, Jen, Jennie, Julia (new), Lisa, Nicole, Brownie, Pieta, Rohan and Sandeep. We ran lightpole sprints "2(2), 2(1), 3(2)".

On Saturday 13 May by Dave: "with some of us doing the Mothers Day Classic and others tied up on Sunday, Jen (19k), Sandeep (18k), Giles (16k), Susan (14k), and Warrick (14k) snuck in an unscheduled group run around Mount Ainslie ("Bush Capital" course). There were rumours that Jen got lost and Giles did a swan dive, but they turned out to be hearsay only, suspected to have originated from our Speedygeese misinformation (alternative facts) officer (guess who... and, no, it's not me). Jen was wondering if it was a coincidence that for once they didn't get lost on the one day I did not attend - of course it was a coincidence - what are you implying Jen? Even though there were no major incidents, it was reported by one of those in the field that "a couple of bearded hipsters on their fixed gear bikes heading for a morning kale shake in Braddon were spotted however". Thanks for being on the lookout Sandeep (and for the pics)."

Sunday 14 May at Stromlo Forest Park Sandeep and I ran, as I recall. I am a bit hazy, it was so long ago and a lot of water has flown under the bridge since then.

Monday 15 May at Parliament House I was on holidays and in attendance were Colin, Dave C, Giles, Jen, Jennie, Pieta and Sandeep. All completed the hill session, 20 reps on 90.

Thursday 18 May at Parliament House: Brendan, Colin, Giles, Isaac, Jen and Brownie all completed the scheduled session. Dave turned up late (even later than Jen!) but did the session (slowly). It was another variation on lightpole sprints. 2(2), 2(2), 1(1) + 2(2) + 3(3)
(i.e. for the third set sprint 1 jog 1 sprint 2 jog 2 sprint 3 jog 3 and repeat starting again at 1...)

Sunday 21 May at Stromlo Forest Park: Running on the grass were Andrew, Thomas, Jessica, Warrick and I.

Sunday 21 May was also the long run at the Cotter: Dave again "Today’s Speedygeese long run could only be described as completely different from every other run we’ve done so far. Jen, Sarah, Sandeep and I did a 23k at the Cotter (460m elevation, average pace 5.23 per km). Best scenery yet, most hills, deepest (and coldest) river crossing, greatest number of pics (over 100 all up, which probably explains why our 2 hour run took 3 hours), most surprised onlooker (probably more fun watching us than fishing), most interesting poses and props and backdrops, coldest start, most fog, and best fun. And the run was good too! I don’t know what else to say except I’m glad I was there. Also found out that “The Farmer’s Daughter” at Yarralumla makes the best omelettes in Canberra (and pretty good coffee). Thanks for the run – that would definitely qualify as a “fun run”."

Monday 24 May at Parliament House, still not enough attending for us to run relays so we ran more hills. 16 reps today. Present were Colin, Jen, Jennie (part), Peter Burke, Sandeep (part) and Susan, with me supervising after a hard day at the gym. Christopher was also seen at one late stage.

Meanwhile elsewhere in the world...

Dave B and Ruth.

For interest part of an email I received today from a Vets committee person (presumably unofficially): "Another query brought to my attention is your training group is on the Thursday track and field night is this an oversight is it possible to change nights." Part of my answer: "As far as Thursday training is concerned I don't advertise it for Vets and it takes no one away from track." Would anyone like to comment? I am certain I know who the complainant was and I had already talked to him about it.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Two weeks of speedygeese race results

Posted by speedygeoff on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 with 1 comment
BBQ Stakes 6k 29 March
5. Andrew Simpson 27:12
19. Bronwyn Calver 30:21
21. Ewen Thompson 35:19
24. Peter Thomson 28:09
37. Caroline Campbell 42:20
45 finishers

AMRA Mt Ainslie Run-Up 2.3k 02 May
12 finishers

YCRC Women’s 6k Jogalong 07 May
Cathy Montalto W60 36:45
Caroline Campbell W70 36:52
Thea Zimpel W30 59:40
68 finishers

Nail Can Hill Run 07 May
Ewen Thompson 59:08.5 (sub 60 = “age buster” for the first time)

Lake Tuggeranong Stakes 6k 09 May
5. Sandeep Chandra 29:37
7. Roger Pilkington 30:58
14. Ewen Thompson 33:43
15. Peter Thomson 27:53
18 finishers

Customs 5k 12 May
Colin Farlow 19:06
Giles Lamb 21:47
Peter Thomson 22:21
Ewen Thompson 26:34
20 finishers

Ginninderra 5k parkrun #262 13 May
39 Brendan Belcher 23:24 M30
59 Kevin Miller 25:05 M35
72 Chloe Miller 26:12 W10
73 Celina Miller 26:14 W35
149 Gary Moss 33:48 M70
182 Bron Sparkes 39:24 W40
223 finishers

Gungahlin 5k parkrun #187 13 May
104 Yuan Yuan Liu 29:33 W45 **New PB**
173 finishers

Burley Griffin 5k parkrun #49 13 May
22 Peter Thomson 21:17 M55
104 Caroline Campbell 29:02 W70
171 finishers

Tuggeranong 5k parkrun #221 13 May
12 Nigel England 20:23 M50
47 David Clarke 23:39 M55
75 Ewen Thompson 25:51 M60
260 finishers

Queanbeyan 5k parkrun #3 13 May
7 Amanda Cook 22:32 W35 **New PB**
19 Geoff Moore 25:14 M65
88 finishers

Batemans Bay 5k parkrun #54 13 May
16 Victoria Hennig 25:36 W55 **New PB**
64 finishers

Albury Wodonga 5k parkrun #157 13 May
42 Bronwyn Calver 22:50
233 finishers

Mothers Day Classic 10k 14 May
15 David Clarke 40:47
35 Rohan Pitchford 43:34
43 Giles Lamb 44:38
249 Marie Fischetti 56:02
570 finishers

Mothers Day Classic 5k 14 May
42 Peter Simpfendorfer 21:57
146 Jill Pearson 25:16
261 Lisa McDonald 27:53
360 Giles Lamb 29:36
596 Liz Simpfendorfer 33:24

AMRA Black Mountain Run-up 2.6k
16 May
10 Peter Burke 17.27
16 Caroline Campbell 24.48
17 finishers

Lake Tuggeranong Stakes 6k 16 May
4. Roger Pilkington 30:54
5. Ewen Thompson 32:45
13. Sandeep Chandra 30:33
14. Peter Thomson 29:05
16 finishers

Broulee runners 5k 17 May
3 Geoff Moore 24:31

Customs 5k 19 May
Colin Farlow 18:50
Giles Lamb 22:17
Peter Thomson 23:12
Ewen Thompson 24:32
Caroline Campbell 32:31
19 finishers

Ginninderra 5k parkrun #263 20 May
34 Kevin Miller 24:42 M35
41 Jill Pearson 25:50 W55
54 Stephanie Sabadas 26:50 W25 **New PB**
125 Bron Sparkes 40:49 W40
143 finishers

Gungahlin 5k parkrun #189 20 May
74 Yuan Yuan Liu 30:07 W45
133 finishers

Burley Griffin 5k parkrun #50 20 May
67 Caroline Campbell 27:20 W70
134 finishers

Tuggeranong 5k parkrun #222 20 May
3 David Clarke 19:31 M55
13 Nigel England 20:43 M50
20 Giles Lamb 21:29 M40 **first timer**
29 Bronwyn Calver 22:43 W45
55 Ewen Thompson 26:51 M60
141 finishers

Queanbeyan 5k parkrun #4 20 May
8 Amanda Cook 22:36 W35
30 Brendan Belcher 30:51 M30
61 finishers

Batemans Bay 5k parkrun #55 20 May
14 finishers

YCRC Stromlo 6k 20 May
13. Isaac Muscat 28:00
14. Jennifer Bright 28:01
17. David Clarke 30:01
18. Geoff Moore 30:44
19. Ewen Thompson 31:00
19 finishers

ACTVAC Handicap 7.5k West Stromlo 21 May
7 Nadine Morrison W45 37:51
17 Nigel England M50 35:10
26 Roger Pilkington M55 42:52
28 Mick Charlton M65 46:00
31 David Webster M65 36:16
34 Caroline Campbell W70 52:40
46 finishers

ACTVAC Handicap 4k West Stromlo 21 May
8 Jill Pearson W55 22:23
27 finishers

Speedy looking geese down the coast last week. The grey/white ones sped off in single file. Well drilled, I'd say.

Monday, 22 May 2017

The original version of "Chasing Cars"

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Song of the week: "Chasing Cars", by Snow Patrol

And my version of the lyrics, penned when I was about to run a marathon. Ten years ago.

Chasing Lead Cars:
I'll run it all
Every K
On my own

If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would someone just pick me up
Take me to the finish line

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Long Distance Geese at the Cotter

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And a bright sunny day!

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Sunday's Mothers Day Classic Pacer Extraordinaire

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Friday, 19 May 2017

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Thursday, 18 May 2017

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

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Monday, 15 May 2017


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Song of the week: "Dynamite" by Taio Cruz

Sunday, 14 May 2017

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Saturday, 13 May 2017

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Friday, 12 May 2017

Autumn in Canberra

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Thursday, 11 May 2017

Kerry O'Brien

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Berlin 1970 8:22 WR
In my early days of running I often saw Kerry O'Brien competing at Olympic Park, Adelaide.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

weekly speedygeese training summary

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On Thursday 4 May at Parliament House: present were Colin, me, Giles, Jennie, Jennifer (visitor), Brownie, Rohan and Sandeep. We repeated Monday night's session of 12 x 40 seconds on 2 minutes, with an extra minute’s break after 4 and 8, alternating direction from the middle of the west side straight; except the 12th which was for 69 seconds after a short break too. That’s because I turned 69 that day.

Sunday 7 May at Stromlo Forest Park Andrew, Sandeep and I ran on the grass there. Meanwhile as reported by Dave "the morning’s speedygeese long run from the Arboretum to the river and back was 'interesting, to say the least', as one person put it. It was either chaos or an adventure, depending how you look at it. It all started when we missed a turn, then got bridges confused, then couldn’t find the bridge that wasn’t, then thought we were where we weren’t so missed the turn back to the Arboretum. Even having the course on Narelle's Garmin didn't help. Graeme got the course almost perfectly but, unfortunately for the rest of us, he was going in the opposite direction. He ended up with 25k. Warrick was smart enough to do a 13k out and back so missed all the “fun”. In the end the 14k short course ended up being 19k, at which point Nigel decided he had done enough and did some sunning at the carpark. From there everyone seemed to do their own thing while I ran around looking for people. Nevertheless, everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, no one tripped over (unusually) and we discovered a new trail, where we caught up with Maria and her friend. Susan and Sarah had to run off to eating events, so they jogged down the hill to the lake to end up with around 20k. Bron was so excited about doing the extra 5k in the “short” course she did 2k more to finish the half marathon distance. Narelle decided to do a few extra to make her 28-30k into 32 and I finished up with 26k, which was enough to round the week up to 70k. Graeme, Narelle, Nigel and I regrouped at the arbo café for coffee and muffins. Thanks everyone for a fun morning. Sorry I didn't get pics of everyone."

Monday 8 May at Parliament House I ran early, then Andy, Colin, Isaac, Jen, Jenni, Mick, Pieta, Sandeep, Susan and Vanessa ran 16 x 100m on 90, 2nd eastern hill, while I supervised and Christopher was seen walking. Afterwards there was a farewell for Andy, attended by Dave, Ewen, me, Jenni, George, Mick, Sandeep, Susan and of course Andy himself.

Happy distance runners at the arboretum

The view

Bron and Susan