Tuesday, 31 January 2017

All the recent speedygeese race results

Posted by speedygeoff on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 with 2 comments
BBQ Stakes 6k 04 January
4. Sandeep Chandra 30:31
5. Isaac Muscat 30:31
15. Jennifer Bright 25:51
26. David Clarke 26:05
37 finishers

BBQ Stakes 6k 11 January
3. Craig Wurtz 33:05
14. Ewen Thompson 38:27
28. Bronwyn Calver 32:18
31. Joel Pearson 32:49
44 finishers

BBQ Stakes 6k 18 January
5. Craig Wurtz 33:13
10. Bronwyn Calver 31:53
17. Ewen Thompson 38:02
32 finishers

Lake Tuggeranong Stakes 6k 24 January
2. Craig Wurtz 29:02
3. Ewen Thompson 33:41
8. Sandeep Chandra 34:20
14. Peter Thomson 35:07
15 finishers

ACTVAC Track 25 January
3000m (early)
M55 Colin Farlow 11:14.60 77.7%
M50 Craig Wurtz 12:20.27 69.1
M55 Ewen Thompson 14:41.68 61.5
W30 Thea Zimpel 14:55.34 56.6

M55 Colin Farlow 2:31.77 79.9%
M50 Craig Wurtz 2:57.21 66.7
W30 Thea Zimpel 3:30.69 53.8

M55 Colin Farlow 1:08.08 75.2%

3000m (late)
W65 Ruth Baussmann 16:28.23 74.8%

M55 David Clarke 20:03.15 76.9%

Video by Ewen. The technique required to almost break 20 minutes for a track 5k, as demonstrated by David Clarke.
From https://youtu.be/07Nj9RCXf14

Customs 5k 27 January
Giles Lamb 23:00
David Clarke 23:22
Craig Wurtz 23:47
Bronwyn Calver 24:08
Bron Sparkes 25:58
Peter Thomson 27:48
Ewen Thompson 30:48
Caroline Campbell 35:16
18 finishers

Ginninderra 5k parkrun #247 28 January
49 Bron Sparkes 25:00 W40
74 Thea Zimpel 27:25 W30
93 Ruth Baussmann 29:28 W65
181 Gary Moss 45:39 M70
206 finishers

Gungahlin 5k parkrun #172 28 January
138 Margaret McSpadden 30:23 W65
275 finishers

Burley Griffin 5k parkrun #34 28 January
40 Craig Wurtz 21:18 M50
147 Jennie Blake 29:22 W55
237 finishers

Tuggeranong 5k parkrun #206 28 January
21 David Clarke 21:57 M55
43 Bronwyn Calver 23:26 W45
71 Ewen Thompson 24:45 M55
119 Peter Thomson 28:26 M55
343 finishers

Ewen and I demonstrate the training technique which doesn't result in achieving 20 minute 5ks. Photo by John Harding.

...watching the Australian selection trials for the World Cross Country.

Members of the “Speedy Geese” parkrun group at other parkruns
Puarenga 5k parkrun #32
28 January
5 Sandeep Chandra 23:41 M40
53 finishers

Monday, 30 January 2017

Song of the Week

Posted by speedygeoff on Monday, January 30, 2017 with No comments
This week's song is "Brain Damage/Eclipse" by Pink Floyd.
From the all time classic album, "Dark Side of the Moon"

Video at https://youtu.be/1Z39KZAryzk

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Remember this? Our 15 minutes of fame.

Posted by speedygeoff on Sunday, January 29, 2017 with 2 comments

Some of us look a lot older now... and some of us don't. (We were already old)
Photo taken in March 2010. How time flies!

Saturday, 28 January 2017

A spectacular Canberra sunset

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Friday, 27 January 2017

Choices, choices, Australia Day choices

Posted by speedygeoff on Friday, January 27, 2017 with No comments
There was cricket.
Triple J Hottest 100*.
So I went training at the oval at Bank Street, Yarralumla.

...where a cool change arrived before we got too hot. Eleven of us, photo by Ewen.

*Only my first Hottest 100 pick made it to the list, and that was Birds of Tokyo - Brace, at #100!

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Australian Running Festival

Posted by speedygeoff on Thursday, January 26, 2017 with No comments
Given that it is Australia Day today, I thought I would give the running festival a plug. Website - https://runningfestival.com.au/. April 8-9 are the dates for 2017 Australian Running Festival events. I usually go to Weston Park on Sunday morning to watch the marathoners and 50k runners come through, and all being well will do the same this year.

"Earlybird ends in three weeks"

Ruthie has entered and has given the speedygeese a plug. You can find her story at https://runningfestival.com.au/new-page.

And there's a good photo of her, too.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Speedygeese training

Posted by speedygeoff on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 with No comments
Our last two Parliament House sessions were on...
Thursday 19 January, with Brendan Giles Isaac Jen Sandeep Jennie and me – 8 x 100 on 90; 6 x 100 on 80; some oval 200s, west side of Parliament House..

Monday 23 January, with Andy Dave Ewen me Giles Isaac Jen Mick Pieta Rae Ruth Sandeep Vanessa Warrick Tom Jenny Helen Celina Chloe and Kevin running a session of 12 x {200 fast, 100 slow} from the small west side oval at Parliament House, me supervising with very sore calf muscles after racing on Saturday.

Don’t forget we are meeting outside the Yarralumla Dog Park on Australia Day!

Long Sunday runners.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

speedygeese races

Posted by speedygeoff on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 with No comments
YCRC Women’s 6k Jogalong 01 January
41. Thea Zimpel 38:01
52 finishers

Lake Tuggeranong Stakes 6k 17 January
3. Ewen Thompson 34:22
5. Sandeep Chandra 34:46
8 finishers

AMRA Black Mountain Run-up 2.6k 17 January
8 Craig Wurtz 19.05
10 finishers

ACTVAC Track 19 January
M50 Craig Wurtz 12:36.52 67.6%
M55 Ewen Thompson 14:48.52 61.0
W65 Ruth Baussmann 16:46.18 73.4

Spiral 4
3 Craig Wurtz M50 6:31
10 Ruth Baussmann W65 8:48
14 Ewen Thompson M55 9:28
15 David Clarke M55 7:33
15 finishers

Customs 5k 20 January
Peter Thomson 23:48
Craig Wurtz 23:59
Ewen Thompson 30:14
13 finishers

Ginninderra 5k parkrun #246 21 January
50 Bron Sparkes 24:30 W40
52 Geoff Moore 24:39 M65
86 Thea Zimpel 26:34 W30
229 Gary Moss 53:04 M70
243 finishers

Gungahlin 5k parkrun #171 21 January
20 Giles Lamb M40
55 Amanda Cook W35
276 finishers; all times unknown

Burley Griffin 5k parkrun #33 21 January
29 Craig Wurtz 20:51 M50
266 finishers

Tuggeranong 5k parkrun #205 21 January
18 David Clarke 21:49 M55
54 Ewen Thompson 23:54 M55
66 Peter Thomson 24:39 M55
317 finishers

Members of the “Speedy Geese” parkrun group at other parkruns
07 January Launceston
50 Bronwyn Calver 23:21

14 January Berrinba
8 Bronwyn Calver 24:17

Monday, 23 January 2017

Help Is On Its Way

Posted by speedygeoff on Monday, January 23, 2017 with No comments
Song of the week: "Help Is On Its Way", by Little River Band
From https://youtu.be/iq2WJ2r0NkM

Seventies Australian music is the best.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Ginninderra parkrun photos

Posted by speedygeoff on Sunday, January 22, 2017 with No comments
Speedygeese and friends were out in force at the parkun this weekend.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Selection trial: Australian team for the World Cross Country

Posted by speedygeoff on Saturday, January 21, 2017 with 1 comment
The world CC selection trials will be held at Stromlo Forest Park in a week's time. The speedygeese usually train there on a Sunday morning at that time, some running on the grass surface to be used for the trials, some doing long hilly runs on the trails around Mount Stromlo
The date is Sunday 29 January.
The race schedule is as follows:
- Open men's 10km - 7:30am
- Open women's 10km - 7:55am
- Junior men's 8km - 8:25am
- Junior girls' 6km - 8:45am
It will be well worth watching Australia's best distance runners in action, at close hand.
I plan to arrive early, say 7:00am, and jog around watching.
Maybe see you there?

Friday, 20 January 2017

YCRC January newsletter

Posted by speedygeoff on Friday, January 20, 2017 with No comments

YCRC Newsletter Wednesday 18th Jan 2017
1.                 Welcome to 2017
2.                 Memberships for 2017
3.                 World Cross Country Selection Trials 29th Jan at Stromlo Forest Park
4.                 Summers Series 2017
5.                 Jogalong  Sunday 5th February – Special for OvCan
6.                 Australian Running Festival -  5k/10k Training Group
7.                 Helpers/Volunteers – Club and special events
8.                 YMCA Canberra Half Marathon 2017 and Half Marathon Training Group
9.                 TTS Training Group
1.                 Welcome to 2017
The YCRC President and Committee wish all members, their families and all runners a happy and health 2017.  Once again we a facing a very busy year.  We seek your support firstly that you join or renew your membership and promote and help the club as much as you can.
2.          2017 Memberships
Club membership year runs from 1 January to 31 December and for 2017 annual membership is only. $45 Adults, $30 juniors (under 18yrs), $75 Family Membership 
Free membership is available for those who volunteer but do not wish to take part in member activities.
We process all of our club memberships and event registrations online. If online registration is a barrier to participation for you please contact us to make alternative arrangements.
Online registrations can be made at https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/Register.aspx?E=22855  The club website can be accessed at http://www.canberra.ymca.org.au/runnersclub/Pages/default.aspx 

3.           World Cross Country Selection Trials – Stromlo Forest Park 29th Jan 2017   
The best male and female distance runners in Australia will be at Stromlo Forest Park on the 29th to compete for selection in the Australian open teams for males and females and the under 20 year teams.  The World Cross Country Championships will be held in March in the Uganda capital of Kampala.  The Open teams will comprise six male and female athletes and the U20 four athletes per team. Start times are as follows.
-         7:30am Open Men 10km
-         7:55am Open Women 10km
-         8:25am U20 Men 8km
-         8:45am U20 Women 6km
4.           Summer  Series 2017 – First event Tuesday 31st Jan – 2/5k at 6.15pm at  Stromlo Forest Park
Why should you come along to this series?    It is good to support your club and running in events like this can help you achieve good times in longer events. Certainly all types of speed work can help but nothing can replace racing.  These runs are aim at all standards of runners and joggers.  Stromlo Forest Park is off Uriarra Road in the new Molonglo Valley development.  On Tuesday 7th Feb the Summers Series 2k/5k start on Lawson Crescent at 6.15pm. Park at the western end of the National Museum of Australia carpark and walk down to the lake edge.
   Jogalong Sunday 5th February – 8am Weston Park, Yarralumla.   Jogalong events start and finish at the corner of Weston Park Road and Prescott Lane.
February is ovarian cancer awareness month, and to recognise this the Jogalong on 5 February will be supporting OvCan, a small local ovarian cancer awareness and support group. 

As well as the usual 6 km handicap event, 3 km fun run and 1.6 Km kids' handicap, we will have representatives from OvCan at the event, who will be providing information on this insidious disease, and are also able to take your donations. A limited range of clothing from previous Women and Girls' Fun Runs (including the teal t-shirts from 2016) will also be available for purchase at the bargain basement price of $20 each, of which $5 will be donated to OvCan. So pick up some quality running gear at a great price and support a good cause at the same time.

Don't want to bring your credit card or cash to the Jogalong? Then go online and make your purchases and donations in advance, and just pick up your new gear on the day. Get in early to get the best choice of clothing. Clothing can also be collected from the YMCA in Yarralumla or posted out if you won't be able to make it on the day. Just make sure you get your order in by Friday 3 February.

For this month only, non-members can pre-register online as well. Again this option is only available until Friday 3 February. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for under 18s.  The link is


 And remember, start time is 8.00 am to avoid the summer heat!

Want to find out more about the Jogalong? Go you our website at 

6.      Australian Running Festival – Training Group – Commencing 14th Feb

The Club is conducting a training group for new or returning runners to prepare for the 5km Fun Run at the Australian Running Festival in April. Those aiming to run the 10 km Fun Run or other events are also welcome. This is an 8 week program commencing at 6.30 am on Tuesday 14 February, and will consist of three training sessions a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday mornings at Weston Park. Registration includes a pre-event dinner and a YCRC singlet or T-shirt in addition to the training sessions. The fee for non-members also includes 2017 YCRC membership, and is $125 for adults. The cost for members is $80 and there is also a discount for under 18s. For further details see the Club’s Training Groups webpage. http://www.canberra.ymca.org.au/runnersclub/training/Pages/default.aspx

7.        Helpers/Volunteers
The YCRC is an all volunteers club.  We need your help to hold a summer, spring, Winter Series, or a monthly Jogalong.  We have a team of volunteers who organise the YMCA Canberra Half Marathon (see below).  We have an organiser and we need runners to help with the Half Marathon Training Group.  We provide a large group of helpers to Fairfax Events in April to assist with the Australian Running Festival. Yes many of our members participate in the events and many assist with the following tasks; Drivers, Cyclists, Course Marshalls, Start Marshall, Baggage Handlers and with the Start Drinks.  So when we call for help and it is not far off please help us, by emailing or contact our point of contact.  In the case of the Australian Running Festival our club receives payment for the volunteers provided.

8.      YMCA Canberra Half Marathon and Half Marathon Training Group.
The half marathon will be held on Sunday 28th May commencing at 8am from Lennox Gardens.  Entries are now open and the link is https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/Register.aspx?E=23770
On the Saturday we will have a 1.6k Mini Jog for young children and a 5k Fun Run.  More details on these events later in the year.
Half Marathon Training Group.   This group will commence on 25th Feb, If you have basic fitness and you want to run a half marathon then join this group. The group meets three times a week on Tuesday and Thursdays at 6.30am at Lennox Gardens and at 7am on Saturday at various locations.  To register for the training group go to https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/Register.aspx?E=23494    on completion of the YMCA Canberra Half Marathon this group continues as the TTS Training Group.  This group meets on Tuesday and Thursday at Lennox Gardens (behind the Hyatt) at 6.30am and on Saturday around the ACT at 7am.  Turn up on a Tuesday or Thursday for more information.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

A brand new speedygosling

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A new speedygosling has arrived. Maya Vera came into the world on Tuesday 17th, sister for Vianne, daughter for Joel and Yelena Pearson. Mother and daughter are doing well! Congratulations!

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Hot day attendance record smashed at training

Posted by speedygeoff on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 with 1 comment
This week's Parliament House speedygeese training sessions:
On Thursday 12th the training session consisted of very hot hill intervals. I was recovering from a doctors appointment so didn't go, and present were Dave, Ewen, Giles, Isaac, Jen, Nicole, Brownie, Ruth, Sandeep, Thea, Jennie, Celina, Chloe, Jacob, and Kevin (new).

I returned on Monday 16th, another very hot day with no respite from the sun, to put the runners through 20 minutes of relatively easy loops from the grass oval. During the session, some took advantage of the showers inside the toilet block there, to cool down. Participating were Andy, Colin, Ewen, Fiona, me, Isaac, Jen, Kym, Mick, Rae, Ruth, Sandeep, Susan, Vanessa, Warrick, Tom, Jennie, Jessica, Celina, Chloe, Jacob, Kevin, and Daniel. I am positive this is the most we have had, 23, on such a hot day.

After the session we decided we would have a fish and chips night on Monday 30th, down at the Yacht Club after training.

Meanwhile... Vanessa spent Sunday rock climbing...

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Attendace records smashed at Canberra parkruns

Posted by speedygeoff on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 with 2 comments
Last week a record 981 completed parkrun in Canberra, with over 200 finishing each of the four events. The record lasted one week; on Saturday there were 1,041 parkrunners, with over 200 again at each venue. Gungahlin set a new record for any parkrun there.

Sarah-Jayne running her first Gungahlin parkrun. She was first woman, finishing fifth outright.

This week's speedygeese race results:
Lake Tuggeranong Stakes 6k 10 January
Craig Wurtz 29:54
Ewen Thompson 33:45
14 finishers

Customs 5k 13 January
Giles Lamb 22:54
David Clarke 23:40
14 finishers

Ginninderra 5k parkrun #245
14 January
46 Bron Sparkes 24:31 W40
51 Kevin Miller 24:52 M35
75 Celina Miller 26:34 W35
76 Geoff Moore 26:40 M65
89 Thea Zimpel 27:37 W30
91 Ruth Baussmann 28:13 W65
206 finishers

Gungahlin 5k parkrun #170
14 January
5 Sarah-Jayne Miller 19:26 W30 *First Timer*
256 finishers

Burley Griffin 5k parkrun #32 14 January
37 Craig Wurtz 21:36 M50
273 finishers

Tuggeranong 5k parkrun #204 14 January
8 David Clarke 20:31 M55
52 Ewen Thompson 24:37 M55
216 Thomas Howieson 38:06 M11
251 Jessica Howieson 42:42 W10 *First Timer*
252 Warrick Howieson 42:42 M45
306 finishers

Monday, 16 January 2017

Song of the week - Lonely Cities

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Song of the week - "Lonely Cities", by Tigertown

From https://youtu.be/qSg1hJZVoL4. A very impressive video!

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Tuggeranong parkrun

Posted by speedygeoff on Sunday, January 15, 2017 with No comments
All Australian parkruns are friendly
All four ACT parkruns are fast courses.
Tuggeranong parkrun is the largest of the four, it has the most competitors each week..

Parkrun is free and run by volunteers.

Tuggeranong pictures from a week ago:

Bryan and Ann. Photo by Pieta.

Tuggeranong parkrun volunteers. Pieta on the left was the official photographer for the event that week. Photography is something else she's good at, besides running!

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Rob de Castella Career Highlights

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A short clip containing some of Rob de Castella's running career highlight's at the height of his marathon domination in the 80's.

From https://youtu.be/UWjwP8Gj-B4

Friday, 13 January 2017

Running in Nepal to raise money for earthquake victims

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"Cairns-based Som Tamang is no stranger to charity work, having founded Friends of Himalayan Children (FHC), which aims to halt child labour and slavery.

"On April 25, 2015, Mr Tamang lost his brother Amber in the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that killed almost 9,000 people.

"Shortly after the disaster he returned home to Batase, his family's remote mountain village north-east of Kathmandu, to find the children's hostel built by FHC had been reduced to rubble."

If you didn't catch the story on the ABC this week, the full story can be found at http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-08/running-for-recovery-to-help-nepal-earthquake-victims/8166652

"A larger Ultra Trail event has been organised for the earthquake anniversary on April 25 and will become an annual event."

Thursday, 12 January 2017

neologisms (continued)

Posted by speedygeoff on Thursday, January 12, 2017 with No comments
1. coffee (n.): The person upon whom one coughs.
2. flabbergasted (adj.): Appalled by discovering how much weight one has gained.
3. abdicate (v.): To give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.
4. esplanade (v.): To attempt an explanation while drunk.
5. willy-nilly (adj.): Impotent.
6. negligent(adj.): Absent-mindedly answering the door when wearing only a nightgown.
7. lymph (v.): To walk with a lisp.
8. gargoyle (n.): Olive-flavoured mouthwash.
9. flatulence (n.): Emergency vehicle that picks up someone who has been run over by a steamroller.
10. balderdash (n.): A rapidly receding hairline.
11. testicle (n.) A humorous question on an exam.
12. rectitude (n.): The formal, dignified bearing adopted by proctologists.
13. pokemon (n.): A Rastafarian proctologist.
14. oyster (n.) A person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms.
15. Frisbeetarianism (n.): The belief that, after death, the soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.
16. circumvent (n.): An opening in the front of boxer shorts worn by Jewish men.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

speedygeese training

Posted by speedygeoff on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 with No comments
On Thursday 5th it was overcast and we ran hill intervals, 20 of them, on a challenging hill. Participating were Brendan, Colin, Dave, Ewen, me, Jen, Liz, Brownie, Ruth, Sandeep, Thea, Peter S, Jennie (new), and Ben.

On Monday 9th a good turn-out again and we ran a 20 minute 3 person relay in the shade from near the rose garden – except by the time we started it was all shade. Participating were Andy, Ewen, me, Isaac, Jen, Joel, Mick, Nicole, Rae, Ruth, Sandeep, Susan, Vanessa, Warrick, Tom, Jennie, Jessica, Helen. Which made for six teams of three.
Afterwards we rolled down the hill and we celebrated Sandeep's birthday. Pics by Ewen.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

speedygeese race results

Posted by speedygeoff on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 with 1 comment
BBQ Stakes 6k 16 November
Craig Wurtz 27:41
Andrew Simpson 27:47
Bronwyn Calver 30:06
Andrew Matthews 30:30
Ewen Thompson 35:42
Caroline Campbell 40:38
57 finishers

BBQ Stakes 6k 23 November
Peter Thomson 26:41
Craig Wurtz 29:00
Bronwyn Calver 29:48
Ewen Thompson 36:17
Caroline Campbell 39:28
45 finishers

BBQ Stakes 6k 30 November
Peter Thomson 28:50
Andrew Simpson 29:32
Craig Wurtz 29:48
Bronwyn Calver 29:55
Andrew Matthews 32:18
Ewen Thompson 37:40
Caroline Campbell 40:26
48 finishers

BBQ Stakes 6k
7 December
Peter Thomson 28:16
Craig Wurtz 29:13
Bronwyn Calver 30:11
Andrew Matthews 30:33
Ewen Thompson 35:20
Caroline Campbell 39:44
48 finishers

BBQ Stakes 6k 14 December
Christmas relays

BBQ Stakes 6k 21 December
Bronwyn Calver 29:22
Craig Wurtz 31:12
Andrew Matthews 32:38
Isaac Muscat 33:44
Jennifer Bright 33:44
Sandeep Chandra 33:45
David Clarke 34:12
Ewen Thompson 37:37
Nicole Bruce 39:15
Caroline Campbell ??
51 finishers

AMRA Mt Ainslie Run-Up 2.3k 03 January
7 Craig Wurtz 17.03
12 finishers

Lake Tuggeranong Stakes 6k 03 January
8 finishers

Customs 5k 05 January
Giles Lamb 21:54
Craig Wurtz 24:28
Ewen Thompson 30:43
15 finishers

Ginninderra 5k parkrun #244 07 January
66 Geoff Moore 26:07 M65
76 Thea Zimpel 27:16 W30
128 Gary Moss 33:09 M70
204 finishers

Gungahlin 5k parkrun #169 07 January
20 Giles Lamb 21:19 M40
65 Amanda Cook 25:03 W35
216 finishers

Burley Griffin 5k parkrun #31 07 January
17 Craig Wurtz 21:39 M50
91 Jennie Blake 29:03 W55
201 finishers

Tuggeranong 5k parkrun #203 07 January
13 David Clarke 19:46 M55
56 Ewen Thompson 23:51 M55
360 finishers

Jennie (pinkish purplish cap) running the Burley Griffin parkrun

Monday, 9 January 2017

Then My Soul Sings

Posted by speedygeoff on Monday, January 09, 2017 with No comments
Song of the week: "Behold (Then My Soul Sings)", by Hillsong Worship
From https://youtu.be/z9UB5U7kSec

I was there somewhere in the crowd last July when this CD/DVD was recorded!

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Last Monday at Parliament House - storm brewing.

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Don't know if there will be storm clouds this Monday, but it is guaranteed to be very hot.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Beautiful day for a parkrun

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The morning was mild, the breeze was still, the lake was clear.
Today, photos from the Gungahlin parkrun.

Giles starting

Cookie starting

Giles finishing

Cookie finishing

Friday, 6 January 2017

better photos

Posted by speedygeoff on Friday, January 06, 2017 with No comments
If you don't like your "Portrait Gallery" slideshow photo, feel free to send me a better one.

Sandeep has.

Lake BG Thursday 5 January

I like this one, it's a keeper.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

ACT's Gary Hand running fast

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From about 1979 Gary Hand used to sprint the first part of any race, even national marathons, challenging the others to keep up. This photo was taken outside Hensley Athletic Field, Sydney, showing Gary Hand leading Brian Lewry, Brian Morgan and Rob de Castella.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

speedygeese training

Posted by speedygeoff on Wednesday, January 04, 2017 with No comments
During the last two weeks, speedygeese training sessions at Parliament House were:
Thursday 22/12 West side of PH, 200m hard, 200 recovery. Repeat for 400, 600, 400, 200, 400, 600. 25 minutes all done, with Ben Colin Jen and Sandeep attending.

Monday 26/12 7 x 430m loop from Tennis Court #8. Jen, fatigued from earlier 40km bike ride, lagged. Isaac ditched his mother after the 1st interval (2 minutes) and got faster & faster, finishing with 1:43. Colin, fairly consistent, between 1:46 and 1:42, but on the last one, held out the fast finishing Isaac with a 1:40.
Training report by Colin!

Thursday 29/12 I returned from my Bombo holiday and put the group over the steepest loop from tennis court 8: enjoying the session were Colin, Giles, Liz, Peter S (new) and Sandeep as I ran part of it.
Monday 2/1: I ran 8k early. In the new year the plan is to do anaerobic training for just a few Mondays. The first session went for 20 minutes and incuded 12 sprints of 200m with 100m recovery, around the 900m west side loop from tennis court 8 again. Participating were Andy, Colin, Fiona, Giles, Isaac, Jen, Joel, Rae, Ruth, Sandeep, Warrick, Tom, Jane (new), Jason (new) while I jogged around cheering everyone on. That's a very good turn-out for a public holiday!

More important than how hard is how often.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

speedygeese race results

Posted by speedygeoff on Tuesday, January 03, 2017 with 1 comment
AMRA Black Mountain Run-up 2.6k 20 December
11 Giles Lamb 17.30
12 Craig Wurtz 17.44
22 finishers

Lake Tuggeranong Stakes 6k 20 December
8 finishers

Ginninderra 7k handicap 20 December
17 finishers

ACTVAC Track 22 December
M55 David Clarke 3:57.02

M55 David Clarke 10:15.53
M55 Ewen Thompson 10:17.91
W65 Ruth Baussmann 10:39.04

W65 Ruth Baussmann 16:49.2

Ginninderra 5k parkrun #242 24 December
62 Gary Moss 28:15 M70
142 finishers

Tuggeranong 5k parkrun #200 24 December
49 Bronwyn Calver 23:09 W45
59 Peter Simpfendorfer 23:34 M55
78 Liz Simpfendorfer 24:23 W55
100 David Clarke 25:12 M55
102 Pieta Smith 25:22 W40
103 Jen Bright 25:23 W40
113 Ewen Thompson 25:49 M55
158 Ruth Baussmann 28:23 W65 First Timer!
352 finishers

Gungahlin 5k parkrun #167 24 December
16 Giles Lamb 21:11 M40
52 Amanda Cook 25:55 W35
193 finishers

Burley Griffin 5k parkrun #28
24 December
38 Sandeep Chandra 23:17 M40
130 finishers

Burley Griffin 5k parkrun #29 25 December
62 Bronwyn Calver 22:46 W45
148 Pieta Smith 28:54 W40
283 finishers

Lake Tuggeranong Stakes 6k 27 December
4 finishers

Ginninderra 5k parkrun #243 31 December
38 Stephanie Pfohl 24:55 W40
55 Geoff Moore 26:46 M65
74 Thea Zimpel 29:05 W30
160 finishers

Tuggeranong 5k parkrun #201 31 December
25 Peter Brown 22:34 M55
27 David Webster 22:59 M65
91 Pieta Smith 28:07 W40
262 finishers

Gungahlin 5k parkrun #168 31 December
9 Giles Lamb 22:03 M40
155 finishers

Burley Griffin 5k parkrun #30 31 December
15 Craig Wurtz 21:29 M50
70 Ruth Baussmann 28:07 W65 First Timer!
158 finishers

Tuggeranong 5k parkrun #202 01 January
27 Craig Wurtz 21:40 M50
28 Isaac Muscat 21:42 M11
50 Sandeep Chandra 23:56 M40 First Timer!
185 Jen Bright 38:08 W40
263 finishers

Members of the “Speedy Geese” parkrun group at other parkruns
Dave Clarke
Bega parkrun 01/01/2017 7 20:49
Batemans Bay parkrun 31/12/2016 10 19:43

Jen Bright
Bowral parkrun 22/10/2016 12 25:41
Sandgate parkrun 11/06/2016 23 19:55

Giles Lamb
Orange parkrun 12/11/2016 5 23:09

Bron Sparkes
Point Cook parkrun 31/12/2016 19 24:21

Bronwyn Calver
Berwick Springs parkrun 01/01/2017 37 23:08
Pakenham parkrun 01/01/2017 34 22:33
Pakenham parkrun 31/12/2016 9 22:29
Town of Seaside parkrun 29/10/2016 8 22:50

Joel Pearson
Batemans Bay parkrun    24/12/2016    22    22:19
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New Years Eve Ginninderra parkrun:




Graham Burke completing his 150th parkrun

Monday, 2 January 2017

2016 album of the year

Posted by speedygeoff on Monday, January 02, 2017 with No comments
In a year when I wasn't all that impressed by new album releases and played mostly older music, there was one album which stood head and shoulders above the rest. The album was Coldplay's "A Head Full of Dreams". This album was optimistic, positive, uplifting.

The song "Up & Up" (or "Up&Up") is the third single release from the album.
From https://youtu.be/BPNTC7uZYrI