Friday, 29 September 2017

Dave's Ultra 104 report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adrian at checkpoint 1.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Sri Chinmoy Canberra Trail Ultra 104 speedygeese

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

Teams organised by the speedgeese

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

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

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

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

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

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

Also running for other teams

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

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

running at the coast during a short visit

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

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

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Some recent speedygeese race results

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Batemans Bay 5k parkrun #73 23 September
38 finishers

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

Monday, 25 September 2017

i don't like mondays boomtown rats

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


Sunday, 24 September 2017


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

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

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Ginninderra parkrun

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here's the course
and here's the people

Ruth and I in the crowd

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

Friday, 22 September 2017

I have joined "Relive"

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

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

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Monday's 3 person relays

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Thanks Bronwyn...

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Speedygeese training summary

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

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

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

More longer running pics

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

All the recent speedygeese race results

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

At Goorooyarroo

Monday, 18 September 2017

Flood v Drought

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

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

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Ginninderra parkrun

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

Saturday, 16 September 2017


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

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

Friday, 15 September 2017

"A bit pregnant"

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

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Another grandchild excelling

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

Jarod fifth from left, second row.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Speedygeese training summary

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

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

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

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

Sunday runners

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

All the recent speedygeese race results

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Ginninderra 7k Handicap 29 August
13 finishers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Queanbeyan 5k parkrun #20 09 September
40 finishers

Batemans Bay 5k parkrun #71 09 September
25 finishers

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

Monday, 11 September 2017

Speak Life

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Song of the Week "Speak Life" by Toby Mac

Sunday, 10 September 2017

minimalist shoe experiment - pass.

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I got myself into a brand new Altra S3Sum this morning and I am pleased to find a running shoe that suits me, and is a step towards bare feet further down the track perhaps. It's light, flexible, low of heel, and didn't upset my ankles/calves in an easy 11k run on slightly undulating grass.

Saturday, 9 September 2017


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At Tuggeranong parkrun this morning - Dave has caught Ewen's malady

Thursday, 7 September 2017

running, gymnastics, music ... and now, art.

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Grandson Jackson Moore is a talented allrounder.

Jackson winning an award at school during the art show for his work of a turtle water colour.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Speedygeese training summary

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On Thursday 31 August we ran Rose Garden 200s, 12 on 2:30. Participating were Brendan, Isaac, Jen, Dave, Monika (new) and me. Brownie was seen running there too.

Sunday 2 September,
while I was at Stromlo running only 5k because the changing rooms were locked and I had to return home afterwards, the trail group reports [Dave]:
With the house relocation out of the way, the trip to the coast over, and having almost recovered from the marathon effort of the City to Surf run report 3-part miniseries, it’s time to get this run report show on the road again. Thanks to Jen and Giles for the past two weeks’ reports.
The logistics were not so easy, given that the run was leg 3 of the Sri Chinmoy ultra, starting at the arboretum and ending at Dickson. Who was parking at the arbo? Who was parking at Dickson? Who was taking who to the arbo before the start and who was taking who back to the arbo at the end? However, Jen came to the rescue with hitherto unknown strategising skills involving what appeared to be lego people. 🤣 As a result, Mhairi found she could cope without the need for valium, even when Peter deviously took a selfie on black mountain and messaged everyone 10 minutes before the start, saying he was waiting at Black Mountain to start and asking where everyone was. 🤣
Light showers and some ominous clouds threatened the start, and the hands froze, but nothing could stop the gung-ho geese and friends. Newcomer Monika took the lead early and turned back after Black Mountain to finish with 19k. Narelle led the pack most of the rest of the way, as usual, while Adrian took it easy, given that he was planning to run 50k today. The rest of us did the best we could, struggling at times, with audible groans often coming from Mhairi’s direction. At the finish the weather had vastly improved.
In the end Narelle, Shiree, Pete and I finished with 26k, while Mhairi, Adam, Kristy, Elle and Jen completed around 25k. Adrian continued on…and on…and on.
For those doing the Canberra Times run, Jeff did 40:20, Sandeep 49:51 and Andrew finished with 1:08:45 for the 10k. Those who did the 14k included Jennie in 1:23:46, Bronwyn in 1:09:59 and Thomo as pacer par excellence in 1:09:58.
Meanwhile, for some unknown reason, Giles did a 25k from Kambah to Hackett and Thach did a half marathon around Coolemon Ridge. Speedy Geoff enjoyed a 5k at Stromlo Forest Park grass track and Andy J knocked out 8k somewhere on the north side.
Those of us not racing off to Fathers Day events (Jen and I) managed a coffee or two at the arbo. Pete was smart enough to mix running with pleasure by meeting his family for lunch at the arbo.
Thanks for the run everyone and thanks to Jen for organising the logistics. Thanks also to those whose photos I stole.

Monday 4 September was another snowy day at training. Christopher and I trotted around in the vicinity of Bronwyn, Dave and Sandeep who did just 4 x figure 8 loops on 5 minutes before the weather drove us back to our cars, and we drove home in near snow.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

All the recent speedygeese race results

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BBQ Stakes 6k 16 August
4. Ewen Thompson 44:18
7. Peter Thomson 28:19
13. Roger Pilkington 35:23
18. Bronwyn Calver 30:46
27. Craig Wurtz 29:51
31. Jodie Davis 48:13
41 finishers

BBQ Stakes 6k 23 August
8. Ewen Thompson 43:53
10. Peter Thomson 27:21
20. Jodie Davis 45:52
27. Craig Wurtz 28:12
41. Bronwyn Calver 31:06
50. Caroline Campbell 41:57
57 finishers

ACTMA Goorooyarroo 10k 27 August
16 Rod Lynch M55 45:14
17 Caroline Campbell W75 66:28
21 Bron Sparkes W40 54:43
30 Jennie Blake W60 62:01
32 Nadine Morrison W45 51:03
36 Craig Wurtz M50 56:06
42 Maria O'Reilly W60 53:15
43 Mick Charlton M65 67:33
47 finishers

ACTMA Goorooyarroo 5k 27 August
5 Jill Pearson W55 27:20 **bronze**
7 Cathy Montalto W65 28:24
28 finishers

Lake Tuggeranong Stakes 6k 29 August
4. Warrick Howieson 31:04
9. Peter Thomson 27:33
12. Sandeep Chandra 29:50
13. Roger Pilkington 34:47
17 finishers

Customs 5k 01 September
5 Caroline Campbell 30:46
6 Giles Lamb 20:07
14 Jacob Grooby 18:51
16 Roger Pilkington 26:56
18 Bronwyn Calver 24:07
19 Peter Thomson 22:41
23 finishers

Burley Griffin 5k parkrun #65 02 September
81 Sandeep Chandra 26:33 M40
94 Jennie Blake 27:44 W60
189 finishers

Ginninderra 5k parkrun #278
02 September
7 Louise Sharp 20:27 W35
10 Gavin Mongan 21:13 M35
35 Jill Pearson 25:27 W55
43 Celina Miller 26:18 W35
102 Janene Kingston 36:36 W50
135 Bron Sparkes 53:24 W40
150 finishers

Tuggeranong 5k parkrun #237 02 September
5 David Clarke 20:09 M55
9 Nigel England 20:48 M50
26 Peter Thomson 23:34 M55
52 Bronwyn Calver 25:48 W45
211 finishers

Gungahlin 5k parkrun #203 02 September
19 Giles Lamb 21:46 M40
101 William Arthur 32:03 M65
153 Margaret McSpadden 46:30 W70
160 finishers

Queanbeyan 5k parkrun #19 02 September
13 Vanessa Palmer 29:06 W45 **New PB**
50 finishers

Batemans Bay 5k parkrun #70 02 September
37 finishers

Inaugural Wagga 5k parkrun 02 September
13 Brendan Belcher 21:13 M35
Other friends of mine at Wagga –
58 Joanna Belcher 26:25
148 Linda Mee 33:37 W50 (first ever parkrun)
361 finishers

Richmond Olympic (Canada) 5k parkrun #42
02 September
40 Ruth Baussmann 29:53 W65
61 finishers

It is snowing in/near the ACT again today. Still another month until Canberra's spring arrives.

Ruth and David at Richmond parkrun, Vancouver Canada

Monday, 4 September 2017

Song of Solomon

Posted by speedygeoff on Monday, September 04, 2017 with No comments
Song of the Week: "Song of Solomon", by Martin Smith, at

"All through the valleys
Through the dark of night
Here You come running to hold me till it's light
I'll come running
Come running
Come running, back to You"

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Run Nation running films this Thursday 7 September

Posted by speedygeoff on Sunday, September 03, 2017 with No comments
speedygeese: There is a discount code 'FIT17' for your use. The place to enter the code is at the ticket selection process where you have to enter into the 'promotional code' box.

Live the passion, purpose and the person

Run Nation – we’ve selected the very best running films to leave your heart pounding and your mind mesmerised

Presented by Travelling Fit, our 2017 collection of original short films will focus on human-interest stories that use running as the medium of storytelling.

What is the why that makes these people push themselves to their physical limits and strive to be at the top of their game?

Two hours of heart-pounding races – you won’t break a sweat, but you may wipe a tear

From the elite experience through to ‘back of the pack’ runners, you’ll live the good, the bad and the painful. Because it’s more than just trails and tracks, roads and ultras; these are films that will inspire us all to pull on our sneakers and pound the pavement. Real life stories with heart, soul and passion that will leave you thinking, talking and dreaming.

Touring 14 venues nationally, so let’s run

The Film Festival begins touring nationally from June to November 2017. We’re looking for runners and fans to join us in major cities and regional centres to celebrate:. Coming up:

Because Australia’s only film festival dedicated to running is so much more than trails, tracks, roads and ultras.
It’s as much about the person as it is about pounding the pavement.

Purchase tickets online at today.

Our (awesome!) presenting partner Travelling Fit is giving away a Gold Package trip for two people (twin share) to the 2018 Australian Outback Marathon. All you need to do is register when you’re booking your tickets at - simple!

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Thursday training during track season

Posted by speedygeoff on Saturday, September 02, 2017 with No comments
The ACTMA track program has been published.
Track starts on 12 October and continues weekly.
All sessions are at Woden; I may attend some.
So the question is: do we want to continue with Thursday training at Parliament House?
On Thursday evenings, numbers have been fewer than expected.


Friday, 1 September 2017

Olivia at the AIS

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One of our 14 grandchildren, Olivia, competing at the track, representing Flinders School / Mid South PSSA.