Tuesday, 27 June 2017

“In Need Of A Holiday”

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(Simon’s cat) at https://youtu.be/00URjED86Gw

Will catch up with speedygeese reports again sometime in the future (next week?).

Monday, 26 June 2017

Everybody's talking 'bout the President

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Song of the week: "Junior’s Farm", by Paul McCartney and Wings.
“We all chipped in for a bag of cement”
At https://youtu.be/pEil2e_bUvg

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Speedygeese training summary

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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

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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.

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Song of the week: "Dig Down", by Muse

From https://youtu.be/b4ozdiGys5g

"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 http://liveresults.qldathletics.org.au/2017/170609_AMA/index.htm

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 https://youtu.be/yX4beubGk4E, 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: https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/Register.aspx?E=25451

Who has already entered? https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/ParticipantList.aspx?E=25451

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

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Warwick Pentathrun 20-21 May (via http://www.pentathrun.com/results/)
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

At https://youtu.be/QANH8MWuyaE

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.