Tuesday, 31 October 2017

All the recent speedygeese race results

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Lake Tuggeranong Stakes 6k 24 October
1. Sandeep Chandra 31:27
10. Roger Pilkington 31:33
14. Peter Thomson 29:32
15. Ewen Thompson 36:08
19. Carolyne Kramar 41:48
23 finishers

Customs 5k 27 October
1 Geoff Moore 23:31
2 Carolyne Kramar 33:06
6 Peter Thomson 22:00
7 Roger Pilkington 26:16
13 Craig Wurtz 23:38
14 Ewen Thompson 28:09
17 finishers

Burley Griffin 5k parkrun #73 28 October
52 Craig Wurtz 22:13 M50
55 Shane Wright 22:32 M45
110 David Clarke 25:25 M55
120 Ewen Thompson 26:07 M60
123 Elizabeth Bennett 26:34 W50
247 Maya Smith 34:22 W10 **new PB**
248 Pieta Smith 34:22 W40
308 finishers

Ginninderra 5k parkrun #286 28 October
19 Michelle Wells 21:27 W45 **New PB**
56 Geoff Moore 24:41 M65
66 Chloe Miller 25:09 W10
69 Kevin Miller 25:11 M40
79 Jacob Miller 25:43 M11
101 Celina Miller 27:03 W35
120 Brendan Belcher 28:20 M35
138 Ruth Baussmann 29:35 W65
297 finishers

Gungahlin 5k parkrun #211 28 October
1 Jacob Grooby 17:19 M30
54 Bronwyn Calver 23:55 W45
181 Margaret McSpadden 30:59 W70
294 finishers

Queanbeyan 5k parkrun #27 28 October
5 Peter Thomson 22:04 M55
89 finishers

Batemans Bay 5k parkrun #78 28 October
14 Janene Kingston 27:47 W50
33 finishers

ACTMA track 28 October
400m Kathy Sims 85.50
1500m Nigel England 5:29.82
3000m Kevin Chamberlain 14:55.49
3000m steeple Nigel England 13:08.34

ACTMA handicap Mt Ainslie Woodlands 6.3k 29 October
6 Jennie Blake W60 37:34
10 Gabrielle Brown W50 32:55
12 Bron Sparkes W40 33:54
17 Nigel England M50 29:04
18 Rod Lynch M55 27:52
23 Nadine Morrison W45 31:25
29 Craig Wurtz M50 34:11
32 Giles Lamb M40 28:39
40 Ruth Baussmann W65 40:56
46 David Webster M65 32:57
47 Roger Pilkington M55 44:31
49 Margaret McSpadden W70 45:47
52 finishers

ACTMA handicap Mt Ainslie Woodlands 3.5k 29 October
3 Cathy Montalto W65 19:38
25 finishers

The new offroad parkrun at Coombs - coming soon.

Monday, 30 October 2017

RIP Fats Domino, age 89!

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Song of the WeekBlueberry Hill, by Fats Domino, at https://youtu.be/ardeW1HPhH0

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Jen & Mhairi

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Saturday, 28 October 2017

parkrun pics

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At Ginninderra six year old Alice ran her 100th parkrun today.

Cows at Ginninderra parkrun, photo by Bob Harlow

Pieta and Maya at Burley Griffin parkrun today. 

Photo by Pieta. Nice singlets, both of them. I'd better count Maya as a speedygoose from now on!

Friday, 27 October 2017

how we trained this week

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Sunday 22 October Speedygeese long run report [Dave]:
"If you blinked this weekend you would have missed them. Flashes of feathers were reportedly sighted throughout our beautiful city as Speedy Geese flew past various finish lines. The gaggle was dispersed from the far northern reaches of Gungahlin and Ginninderra parkruns, through to the Bush Capital running festival at Campbell and Burley Griffin parkrun, down to the deep south of Mt Tennent. With another sunny, but not too hot, Spring weekend what else would you want to do? CANBERRA WAS HONKING!! 😁
The weekend kicked off with the 5k parkruns as usual, with a record 344 (not all Speedygeese, just to clarify) at Gungahlin for their birthday run. Numbers were also boosted by the two-week closure of Tuggers parkrun due to path works. I noticed in the Gunners results someone called “SG” came second – might be a good omen. I got 19:49 in my first Gunners parkrun and Ewen did 24:35. No incidents worth mentioning, although I did manage a 2k warmdown while running around looking for my car at the end. 🤣 The show was stolen, though, by the parkrun cake – a masterpiece to say the least.
At Burley Griffin parkrun Shane did 21:50 (dog assisted?) while at Gindy Andrew got 21.29, Speedy Geoff 24:15, Bronwyn 24:46 and Jason 28:37.
There were some outstanding runs in day 1 of the hilly Bush Capital festival (420m vert per 21k lap). Laura did a fantastic 63.3k (3 lap) ultra in 7:28:03. Jen, after putting in a solid few months of half marathon training, did the marathon in 4:17:04 and was second female overall – very impressive considering her long training runs were about half that distance (you can tell from the after-photo). There were rumours that it was her quietest run this year. Thommo did the marathon in a very respectable 4:14:07 and was spotted afterwards bouncing around helping pack up, as he does. 😯
It was a close call between the first three Speedygeese finishers in the half marathon, Monika (1:39:01 – 2nd female overall), Adrian (1:40:14) and Narelle (1:40:41 – 3rd female overall). Others who did the half were Amanda (1:48:01), Sammy (1:54:40) and Kerron (2:05:41). Mhairi paced Jen for the second half of the marathon. Looks like the women, with 3 gongs, outdid the men with 1. 😉
A few other scattered geese did their own thing on Saturday. Brownie did a 600m vert half marathon by himself – looks like Bush Capital didn’t have enough elevation.
Sunday saw the slightly more sane SGs turn up for the shorter Bush Capital events. Times for the 16k were Lisa (who chicked all the SG men with 1:28:24), Warrick (1:30:37), Sandeep (1:31:58), Susan (1:32:20), Ewen (1:41:00), Jennie (1:46:27) and Carolyne 2:03:25. In the 10k Isaac was second overall in 45:48. 😯
Meanwhile Shiree knocked over Mt Tennent with a 20k and 1,000m elevation trot and Ruth did the Yarrawonga 10k fun run in 58:56. Pieta suffered through a couple of hours on the stationary bike while her foot heals, in preparation for the New York marathon in two weeks. Bron did her own thing and I’m planning a slow run at Lake Tuggers (resting my heel) followed by a McRiviera (code for Maccas on the lake, for the uninitiated) rendezvous with Ewen for the Strava leaderboard review. Looking forward to possibly joining everyone next Sunday.
Thanks to those who unwittingly supplied all the pics.
Signing out, in awe of those who raced over the weekend. 🏃‍♂️

Monday 23 October at Parliament House we ran a 30 minute continuous relay in teams of 3, Rose Garden version. Jen arrived but did not run, Narelle said hi and did not run, I jogged around and only subbed for Ruth for one short loop. Participating in the relay were Paul who was a one-person team, and Bronwyn, Ewen, Vanessa, Ruth, Jennie, Jinny, Isaac, Chris and Pieta.

On Thursday 26 October, meeting at Woden Athletic track, with no ACTMA events on tonight, in pouring rain, and lightning, Brownie and I ran easy, Bronwyn turned up too but we didn’t see her.

Ewen - Bush Capital

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Black Mountain run-up

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Runners taking off in this month's Black Mountain run-up, Monika at the front. Not steep yet.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Percy Cerutty quote

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Tuesday, 24 October 2017

All the recent speedygeese race results

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We have many results to list this week: it is good running weather (except for Thursday's rain at the Woden track)

BBQ Stakes 6k 11 October
24. Craig Wurtz 29:48
25. Peter Thomson 29:30
28. Ewen Thompson 34:28
29. Caroline Campbell 41:33
36. Bronwyn Calver 32:14
38. Andrew Simpson 30:56
41. Jennifer Bright 34:24
42. Geoff Moore 34:29
45. Roger Pilkington 37:24
50 finishers

Lake Tuggeranong Stakes 6k 17 October
1. Sandeep Chandra 33:35
2. Peter Thomson 33:35
9. Roger Pilkington 31:12
10. Ewen Thompson 34:00
22 finishers

AMRA Black Mountain Run-up 2.6k
17 October
5 Monika Holmwood 15.28
12 finishers

BBQ Stakes 6k 18 October
18. Roger Pilkington 32:19
22. Peter Thomson 28:42
23. Geoff Moore 31:30
40. Bronwyn Calver 32:06
43. Ewen Thompson 35:15
44. Craig Wurtz 31:21
46. Caroline Campbell 42:47
52 finishers

ACTMA Track 19 October
3000m (early)
M55 Rod Lynch 12:02.0 73.8%
M50 Nigel England 12:25.5 69.7
M50 Craig Wurtz 13:09.4 64.8
M55 Roger Pilkington 14:16.0 62.8
M70 Kevin Chamberlain 15:10.5 66.8
M55 Dale Moore 15:47.1 55.8
W65 Ruth Baussmann 16:26.9 76.1
M65 Geoff Moore 16:27.3 60.2
W60 Jennie Blake 16:42.8 67.2
W70 Margaret McSpadden 18:30.3 71.1

W65 Kathy Sims 3:18.3 82.9%

M50 Nigel England 6:11.4 70.8%
M55 Roger Pilkington 7:21.3 61.6
M70 Kevin Chamberlain 7:44.7 66.3

3000m (late)
M55 Roger Pilkington 15:06.8 59.3%

Customs 5k 20 October
2 Jacob Grooby 17:37
4 Colin Farlow 19:26
12 Roger Pilkington 31:10
13 Giles Lamb 20:56
15 Peter Thomson 22:35
16 Caroline Campbell 31:53
18 Ewen Thompson 27:28
20 finishers

Burley Griffin 5k parkrun #72 21 October
32 Shane Wright 21:50 M45
253 finishers

Ginninderra 5k parkrun #285 21 October
21 Andrew Simpson 21:29 M45
22 Michelle Wells 21:47 W45
43 Geoff Moore 24:15 M65
49 Bronwyn Calver 24:46 W45
91 Roger Pilkington 28:06 M55
211 finishers

Gungahlin 5k parkrun #210 21 October
9 David Clarke 19:49 M55
74 Ewen Thompson 24:35 M60
184 Margaret McSpadden 31:31 W70
344 finishers

Queanbeyan 5k parkrun #26 21 October
6 Nigel England 22:26 M50
93 finishers

Batemans Bay 5k parkrun #77 21 October
38 finishers

Albury Wodonga parkrun #180 21 October
131 Ruth Baussmann 28:16 W65
264 finishers

Yarrawonga 10k 22 October
Ruth Baussmann 58:56

AMRA Bush Capital 21.1k 21 October
2. Monika Holmwood 1:39:01
3. Narelle Desmet 1:40:41
5. Amanda Cook 1:48:01
8. Sam Desmet 1:54.40
12. Kerron Clare 2:05:41
6. Adrian Cengia 1:40:14
11. Markus Mannheim 1:46:52
23. Craig Wurtz 2:04:26
64 finishers in total

AMRA Bush Capital 42.2k
21 October
2. Jen Bright 4:17:04
7. Peter Thomson 4:14:07
19 finishers in total

AMRA Bush Capital 63.3k 21 October
4 Laura Marshall 7:28.03
4 finishers

AMRA Bush Capital 5k 22 October
2 Kym Chisholm 22:53 (first female)
10 finishers

AMRA Bush Capital 10k 22 October
2 Isaac Muscat 45:48 (second outright)
22 finishers

AMRA Bush Capital 16k 22 October
19. Warrick Howieson 1:30:37
20. Sandeep Chandra 1:31:58
26. Ewen Thompson 1:41:00
5. Lisa Charles 1:28.24
9. Susan Sturgeon 1:32:20
16. Catherine Montalto 1:39:00
26. Jennie Blake 1:46:27
40. Carolyne Kramar 2:03:25
81 finishers in total


Mhairi (ran with Jen for the second half of her marathon)





Monday, 23 October 2017

Falling down the mountain

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Song of the Week: "Kiss The Dirt (Falling Down The Mountain)", by INXS.
From https://youtu.be/4Q8L0-36hTM
For all those brave Bush Capital Marathon runners who competed over the weekend.

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Bush Capital events - Isaac's 10k silver

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On Tuesday I plan to publish the speedygeese results for all Bush Capital races held this weekend. Meanwhile here is Isaac taking second place in today's 10k (ish).

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Gungahlin parkrun turns 4

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Dave represented the speedygeese at Gungahlin parkrun's 4th birthday today. His first time there. Record numbers were the result of Tuggeranong parkrun being cancelled for 2 weeks.

Friday, 20 October 2017

Speedygeese training summary

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Sunday 15 October long run report [Dave]: At this morning’s speedygeese long run I was pleasantly surprised to find myself outnumbered 7 to 1 by a group of fit, lovely ladies, including new starters Jinny, Laura and Fiona. Eventually Warrick and Graeme turned up, evening the odds somewhat, and then Mhairi made an entrance, a wee late, posing in a towel disguised as a kilt for some unknown reason (not unusual for Mhairi). 🤔
With another perfect Canberra Spring morning, we headed off from Mawson shops up Athlon Drive to Farrer Ridge and Isaacs Ridge. Jason managed to catch us near the start after slightly missing the meeting point.
After suffering from a sore heel last Sunday, I decided to continue my easy week and just do a short out and back slow run today, and caught up with Ewen on the way back. Ewen decided to run at 8:30 after checking the comfort meter and seeing that it was still sub 10 degrees at 8:00. I also caught the rest of the mob heading back from Wanniassa Hills and snapped a few pics before they went off to do a lap of Mount Taylor.
Narelle, Graeme, Shiree, Bron, Fiona, Jinny and Laura did the full 22k course, while Jen, Mhairi, Ewen, Jason and Warrick finished with around 16k and I [Dave] did 12k.
Meanwhile in Melbourne, Giles did the marathon in a great time of 3:27:15 and Sandeep got a half marathon PB of 1:45:50. Others were doing the “Run With The Wind” at the wind farm, but some of us ran with our own wind (especially after last night’s curry).🤢
I’m told that no one got lost, and my secret surveillance appeared to confirm that when I found them all together later, but stories began to leak during coffee about Narelle going the wrong way around Isaacs Ridge. That opened up a whole gamut of possibilities and I wouldn’t believe of word of any claims of sticking to the course. 😉
Most of today’s fun was had at the extended coffee rendezvous at Fox and Bow. A couple of new records today, with a 2 hour post-run coffee session and a PB for me of 4km per coffee after my third cappuccino. The conversation ebbed and flowed from topics involving Jen's and Narelle’s planned activities next Monday night (that probably should not be mentioned here) to the more usual reminiscing of past events and PBs. We also managed to post a few Facebook likes and Strava kudos/comments on Ewen’s phone while he wasn’t noticing.
Jen and I vowed not to bicker as usual for the rest of the day but soon realised our goals were way too ambitious. It wasn’t made any easier by the fact that Jen was introduced to some new drugs on the run – caffeine strips. 😯 We did manage 5 minutes of peace at one stage and agreed on one thing – Jen has no biceps. 💪 Meanwhile others were enjoying much more interesting and stimulating conversations.
Thanks for the run everyone (what I saw of it) and especially for the conversation (and the free coffee Bron)..Thanks also to Jen for creating today’s route on Strava (or, more accurately, for outsourcing it to Isaac with a $5 bribe).

Monday 16 October at Parliament House it was a warm pleasant evening and we ran 2 sets of continuous relays on the lower flagpole grassy area. Training hard were Jinny (new to intervals), Narelle (new to intervals), Chris (new), Tim (re-visiting from Basel), Isaac, Bronwyn, Warrick, Thomas, Rae, Ruth, Ewen, Sandeep, Brownie, Paul, Colin. I supervised.

Afterwards the speedygeese had a meal at Yarralumla with Isaac, Jen, Richard, Laura, Daniel, Sandeep, Brownie, Ewen, Christopher, Warrick, Thomas, Paul, Mya, Susan, Rae, Ruth, Dave, Colin & me attending.

On Thursday 19 October, meeting at Woden Athletic track, warming up - Brownie, Bronwyn, Ruth, Margaret, Jennie, Ewen, me. The first two proceeded to run a "traffic light" fartlek session: red light = run normal pace; amber = pick it up to tempo effort; green = sprint. The program was 5R 2A 1G 2A 5R 2A 1G 2A 5R (numbers are minutes). The others went for a splish/splash tempo run or race on the all-weather track, after which I rushed home to get dry.

Sunday's run

Photos by Dave.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Happy not Friday

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Congratulations Thommo 3:45 in Melbourme

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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

All the recent speedygeese race results

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BBQ Stakes 6k 27 September
9. Ewen Thompson 31:51
29. Andrew Simpson 28:58
32. Craig Wurtz 30:01
33. Caroline Campbell 40:26
39. Bronwyn Calver 32:03
43. Peter Thomson 32:04
49. Roger Pilkington 39:12
54 finishers

BBQ Stakes 6k 04 October
6. Isaac Muscat 27:40
12. Ewen Thompson 32:30
19. Peter Thomson 28:29
24. Caroline Campbell 40:17
25. Roger Pilkington 36:34
26. Andrew Simpson 28:41
28. Craig Wurtz 29:37
49. Bronwyn Calver 34:51
52 finishers

Lake Tuggeranong Stakes 6k 10 October
3. Sandeep Chandra 31:19
5. Caroline Campbell 37:02
13. Ewen Thompson 35:16
14. Peter Thomson 28:19
19. Roger Pilkington 34:28
21 finishers

ACTMA Track 12 October
M55 Peter Brown 11:49.88 74.5%
M65 Geoff Moore 13:53.47 71.3
M60 Ewen Thompson 14:20.41 63.6
W65 Kathy Sims 14:47.77 83.2
M70 Kevin Chamberlain 15:33.15 65.2
M55 Dale Moore 16:45.27 52.6
W65 Ruth Baussmann 16:48.16 74.5
M50 Craig Wurtz 6:05.86 67.0%
Spiral 4 laps
5 Roger Pilkington M55 7:49
6 Craig Wurtz M50 7:07
7 Ruth Baussmann W65 9:06
10 Kevin Chamberlain M70 8:09
15 finishers

Customs 5k 13 October
1 Colin Farlow 19:38
2 Geoff Moore 24:35
4 Roger Pilkington 26:23
9 Craig Wurtz 22:27
13 Ewen Thompson 29:10
17 Peter Thomson 25:21
18 finishers

Burley Griffin 5k parkrun #71 14 October
210 finishers

Ginninderra 5k parkrun #284 14 October
99 Janene Kingston 27:48 W50
147 Bron Sparkes 31:17 W40
252 finishers

Tuggeranong 5k parkrun #243 14 October
12 David Clarke 19:54 M55
14 Jacob Miller 20:00 M11
27 Michelle Wells 21:12 W45
41 Kevin Miller 22:25 M40
47 Chloe Miller 23:03 W10
58 Bronwyn Calver 23:59 W45
83 Kerron Clare 25:15 W50
89 Celina Miller 25:42 W35
172 Ewen Thompson 32:47 M60
189 Maya Smith 34:09 W10 **New PB**
190 Pieta Smith 34:09 W40
191 Andrew Smith 34:14 M45
306 finishers

Gungahlin 5k parkrun #209 14 October
115 William Arthur 28:42 M65
248 finishers

Queanbeyan 5k parkrun #25 14 October
2 Amanda Cook 22:08 W40
50 finishers

Batemans Bay 5k parkrun #76 14 October
34 finishers

Bowral 5k parkrun #159 14 October
39 Ruth Baussmann 29:20 W65
93 finishers

Albert parkrun, Melbourne #307 14 October
177 Sandeep Chandra 27:47 M40
404 finishers

Run with The Wind 10k 15 October
15 Adrian Cengia 46:48
52 Kelley Horan 54:22
106 Catherine Montalto 64:32
140 Lorena Blacklock 71:46
192 finishers

Run with The Wind 5k 15 October
16 Kym Chisholm 23:54
66 Vanessa Palmer 30:18
87 Rae Palmer 33:00
263 finishers

Melbourne Marathon 15 October
Giles Lamb 3:27.14
Peter Thomson 3:45.47
Caroline Campbell 5:39.19 **1st W75**

Melbourne Half Marathon 15 October
Sandeep Chandra 1:49.14

Sarah, Giles, Jennie

Monday, 16 October 2017

Guilty Party

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Song of the Week-
The National – "Guilty Party"
At https://youtu.be/71xmrULJ-ms
This is from their superb new album "Sleep Well Beast"


Sunday, 15 October 2017

Today's distance group - part thereof.

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Saturday, 14 October 2017

Another fast parkrun time.

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Cookie finished in second place at Queanbeyan today.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Speedygeese training summary

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Speedygeese training summary: now moved to Fridays!

Sunday 8 October Speedygeese long run report [Dave}:
Previously on the long run report:
“Last week’s run was all about the romance…the subtle interplay of relationship dynamics and emotional nuance. Ewen anxiously waited helplessly in the carpark for an hour, after his 15k clayton's jog/walk, wondering where Dave could be and running through all the worst possible scenarious, while Dave was off having fun running a decent 32k with Martin. After Dave and Martin finished their coffees, and Dave was leaving, suddenly Ewen appeared, in an anguished state of jealously and elation. Then Dave’s guilt and Ewen’s relief culminated in a pleasant reconciliation, which was short lived as Dave snuck in 2k that night to beat Ewen on the Strava Speedygeese leaderboard (running to Ewen’s front door just to rub salt into the wound 😳).
“As was noted in last week’s comments, the Speedygeese run report is so much more than just runnning. It's about love-hate relationships and the essence of being human….(well actually, it’s really about the coffee).
“And now, a quick disclaimer. Due to constructive international feedback on last week’s report (thanks Carolyne), this week we have an action packed, tension filled blockbuster. No romance in this baby…(well, maybe just a little bit of bickering between Jen, Giles, Ewen and Brownie about who went the right way, but I’d describe that as drama rather than romance).
“Anyway, back to the report…Today we set a new benchmark for going off course. It seems we have redefined the meaning of getting lost. How can a simple 20k from Aranda shops to Mount Painter and Black Mountain go so wrong? How many different possible permutations are there? Let’s see…Jen’s group goes straight up Mt Painter while the rest stick to the route around the base then up the top; Jen’s group descends the way we went up while the other group sticks to the course down the other side of the Mountain; Jen’s group goes left to the Gungahlin Drive underpass while those sticking to the route go right; Jen’s group goes their own way up Black Mountain and find an interesting trail to descend; etc, etc. Looks like there’s one common denominator here. 😜 🤔
Actually the only thing worse than Jen's sense of direction and going the wrong way at every possible turn is the (foolish) people who followed her (oops, that would include me). At least Brownie had an excuse. Despite his best efforts to keep us on course, and his valiant attempts to ward off the bickering, he inevitable succumbed to Jen’s hen-pecking endurance - looks like he’s taken over my role (lucky I’m not there when Jen reads this). 😬
“Ewen and Giles are also claiming a moral victory, insisting that they stuck to the course, but conveniently there were no witnesses. The good news is that no one got lost in the first two kilometres and there were no injuries. Plus we had a lot of fun, including the customary hanging from the trig (or chin ups for those with biceps – I just wish the guy taking the photo didn’t take so long).
“Distances covered today were Jennie, Sarah and Jason 11k, Bron and Thommo 16k, Jen, Paul, Sandeep and Ewen 17k, Lisa, Giles and Brownie 20k, and I snuck in a lap of Lake Gindy beforehand to finish with 30k with 800 metres elevation. We were also privileged to have local Legend Jane Gordon run with us (but, I must add, there are a number of other legends, past and present, in our group). 😯
I should, however, mention that my last 5k, especially going up Black Mountain, was not one of my best performances. Jen was so excited about that she couldn’t help taking great delight in capturing my worst moments, which no doubt we will hear about over and over – definitely time for an easy week though. I did manage to get 30 cups on Strava however and, as Ewen cleverly pointed out, using his natural statistical genius, that’s one cup per kilometre. 🤣
“Several of us regrouped and stayed for coffee at 2 Before 10, and also caught up with Janine and Richard who turned up later.”

Monday 9 October there were at Parliament House … Andrew, Sandeep, Bronwyn, Jennie, Ewen, Ruth, Christopher, Rae, Colin, Jen, Isaac, Thomas, Warrick, Pieta and me. The western loop of 930m was used and runners were invited to use one of the convenient exercise stations on each loop. Monday is coming around too quickly and I have to consider how to modify/augment/supplement this session, by next Monday. I do like Mondays and I do like Daylight Saving.

On Thursday 12 October, meeting at Woden Athletic track for the first time, we jogged the cemetery lap, when some retired to the track to run a 3000m event (Brownie, me, Ruth, Ewen) and others continued their warm-up then ran a “Five on Five” session - From zero to five minutes, run at a comfortable, normal pace. At the five-minute mark, increase speed for one minute. Do this on the 5, 10, 15, 20, 25. (Colin, Bronwyn, Brendan, Jen, Isaac, Sandeep, Dave)
It all seemed to work; even with a full car-park at the track itself. So, see you at Woden Thursdays from now on (even when there’s no Masters track there). We continue at Parliament House on Mondays.

Sunday runners

With Jason Roberts, Lisa Charles, Peter Brown, Sarah Johnson, Bron Sparkes, Giles Lamb, Jen Bright, Ewen Thompson, Jennie Blake and Sandeep Chandra.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Reliving BBQ Stakes 6k course

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Every Wednesday lunchtime. About 50-60 participants each week.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

"Ten common mistakes people make when jogging"

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Normally, if you go out and jog, you can't really go wrong, as jogging makes you fitter faster than just lounging around. However, thanks to the internet, I found this...

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

All the recent speedygeese race results

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AMRA Mt Ainslie Run-Up 2.3k 02 October
4 Monika Holmwood 15.15
14 Helen Way 21.28
15 Caroline Campbell 22.57
19 finishers

Lake Tuggeranong Stakes 6k 03 October
3. Sandeep Chandra 28:54
5. Peter Thomson 28:24
6. Roger Pilkington 34:46
10. Ewen Thompson 33:58
16 finishers

Customs 5k 06 October
2 Ewen Thompson 23:49
3 Geoff Moore 26:36
4 Caroline Campbell 30:01
5 Peter Thomson 21:34
7 Roger Pilkington 27:09
8 Yili Zhu 23:25
11 Giles Lamb 20:29
17 finishers

Burley Griffin 5k parkrun #70 07 October
26 Craig Wurtz 21:23 M50
50 Kelley Horan 23:26 W55
115 Jennie Blake 26:52 W60 **New PB**
238 finishers

Ginninderra 5k parkrun #283 07 October
39 Kevin Miller 23:57 M40
57 Bron Sparkes 25:30 W40
74 Geoff Moore 26:47 M65
111 Ruth Baussmann 29:16 W65
125 Chloe Miller 30:20 W10
126 Celina Miller 30:22 W35
209 Brendan Belcher 50:06 M35
224 finishers

Tuggeranong 5k parkrun #242 07 October
11 Nigel England 20:23 M50
30 Kobe Smith 22:16 M11 **New PB**
36 Shane Wright 22:55 M45
56 Peter Thomson 24:21 M55
69 Bronwyn Calver 25:17 W45
205 Maya Smith 36:58 W10
206 Pieta Smith 36:58 W40
207 Andrew Smith 36:59 M45
208 David Clarke 37:06 M55
250 Kerron Clare 43:23 W50
315 finishers

Gungahlin 5k parkrun #208 07 October
12 Giles Lamb 19:53 M40
127 William Arthur 28:44 M65
269 finishers

Queanbeyan 5k parkrun #24 07 October
4 Amanda Cook 22:39 W40
64 finishers

Batemans Bay 5k parkrun #75 07 October
38 finishers

Monday, 9 October 2017

Runnin' Down a Dream

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Song of the week: "Runnin' Down a Dream", by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
From https://youtu.be/Y1D3a5eDJIs

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Today's run

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Pictures by Giles

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Bron's 100th parkrun

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(and Richard's 150th).
Photo by Ruth

Friday, 6 October 2017

Customs - Floriade course

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Thursday, 5 October 2017


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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Training record

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On Thursday 20 September at Parliament House Brendan, Ewen, me, Isaac, Jen, Jennie, Ruth, Caroline, Dave, Brownie, Colin, Sandeep participated in 12 x Rose Garden intervals on 2:30. Ewen ran early, too.

Monday 25 September at Parliament House I was away; Bronwyn organised relays with 5 participants, if I recall who they were I shall add names.

Then on Thursday 27 September at Parliament House Brendan, me, Isaac, Jennie, Ruth, Dave, Brownie participated in 10 x Rose Garden intervals on 3:00.

Sunday 1 October Speedygeese long run report: A beautiful morning for the start of Spring in Canberra (we’re a month behind) and another Speedygeese long run, with a new route through Tuggeranong Pines courtesy of Ewen. I [Dave] snuck in a couple of kms warmup before the start and narrowly avoided a triple magpie attack (with one distracting me while the others performed a perfect pincer attack). 😳
With 10 starters, including newbies Lisa and Martin, (but minus Nigel who failed the daylight savings IQ test 🤣), we started off from Calwell Shops at a leisurely warmup pace. Lacking any major dramas for once, we just enjoyed a pleasant trot along the railway line.
Ewen, Ruth, Sarah, Isaac, Mhairi and Jennie turned back to Calwell to complete the 16k short course, while Lisa, Thommo, Martin and I headed to Fadden Pines, where Lisa turned back to finish with around 20k.
Thommo volunteered to be left behind at Wanniassa Hills and was last seen walking up the hill before heading home for a total of 26km. Martin and I did another 14k over Wanniassa Hills and around Farrer Ridge before heading back to Calwell. All up Martin did 31k and I finished with 32 and 600m elevation. Even managed to get 2nd overall on the Ashley Drive Strava segment in the 29th km. 😁
For a change nobody got seriously lost, although Martin and I created our own route for the last half rather than sticking to Ewen’s course (not that we don’t appreciate Ewen’s efforts). I think we’ve finally worked out a solution to going the wrong way – just don’t worry about it. 😜
Some of those who did the short course enjoyed a coffee and snack at Calwell Shops. Finishing about 2 hours after the others, who were obviously well gone by then, Martin and I discussed injuries over a quick coffee.
Imagine my surprise as I was leaving, to see Ewen wandering aimlessly in the carpark. He gets this week’s commendation for sitting outside for an hour waiting for Martin and I to finish (assuming we had stuck to the route and would approach from the opposite direction), while we were inside chatting and sipping cappuccino’s 😂 😂 😂. Feeling sorry for Ewen, and the fact that he paid for my coffee, I arranged a coffee and a Strava leaderboard roundup this arvo at his favourite Mc Restaurant.
Thanks for the run guys (and of course your photos, once again). Might see you at Sri Chinmoy 10k tomorrow morning or Speedygeese intervals tomorrow night. 😊

And on Monday 2 October there were Parliament House East Side relays (2 each one ten minutes), burpees (10) and hill sprints (4). Participating were Rae, Ruth, Jennie; Bronwyn, Pieta, Giles; Isaac, Colin, Sarah. I ran early then supervised, Christopher joined in late. (No Dave though)

This Thursday is the final Thursday training at Parliament House before we move to Thursday training at Woden on the 12th. . Longer intervals is the plan for the next few weeks on Mondays, although relays might happen with a big turn-out.

After Parliament House intervals on Monday 16th I am inviting the training group and friends to drop into Bentham street bar 'n' pizza at Yarralumla for food and drink. Get there around 7:00pm. All very welcome!

Giles and a view.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

All the recent speedygeese race results

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BBQ Stakes 6k 13 September
17. Ewen Thompson 43:22
26. Andrew Simpson 27:50
47. Craig Wurtz 30:01
52. Peter Thomson 30:08
53. Caroline Campbell 41:04
61 finishers

BBQ Stakes 6k 20 September
11. Geoff Moore 34:53
17. Ewen Thompson 34:13
30. Peter Thomson 28:33
33. Caroline Campbell 39:24
37. Craig Wurtz 29:36
45. Bronwyn Calver 32:18
51 finishers

Lake Tuggeranong Stakes 6k 26 September
1. Peter Thomson 32:42
2. Roger Pilkington 34:45
14. Ewen Thompson 39:39
15. Sandeep Chandra 49:59
15 finishers

Ginninderra 7k Handicap 26 September
11 finishers

Customs 5k 29 September
2 Geoff Moore 28:28
5 Peter Thomson 22:46
10 Caroline Campbell 31:13
13 Yili Zhu 23:51
16 Roger Pilkington 28:15
17 Ewen Thompson 28:45
18 finishers

Burley Griffin 5k parkrun #69 30 September
37 Craig Wurtz 22:18 M50
112 Elizabeth Bennett 27:11 W50 **New PB**
116 Jennie Blake 27:35 W60 **New PB**
233 finishers

Ginninderra 5k parkrun #282 30 September
11 Gavin Mongan 21:27 M35
13 Andrew Simpson 21:30 M45
33 Kevin Miller 23:38 M40
46 Geoff Moore 24:51 M65
58 Celina Miller 27:04 W35
79 Janene Kingston 29:13 W50
85 Jacob Miller 29:42 M11
96 Ruth Baussmann 30:33 W65
207 finishers

Tuggeranong 5k parkrun #241 30 September
11 Nigel England 20:57 M50
17 David Clarke 21:35 M55
35 Shane Wright 22:59 M45
56 Peter Thomson 24:29 M55
58 Bronwyn Calver 24:39 W45
59 Ewen Thompson 24:40 M60
307 finishers

Gungahlin 5k parkrun #207
30 September
5 Giles Lamb 20:22 M40
120 William Arthur 30:20 M65
244 finishers

Queanbeyan 5k parkrun #23 30 September
79 finishers

Batemans Bay 5k parkrun #74
30 September
10 Michelle Wells 22:06 W45
22 Gabrielle Brown 24:41 W50
68 finishers

Balyang Sanctuary parkrun #269 30 September
44 Bron Sparkes 24:48 W40
186 finishers

Monday, 2 October 2017

Friday on My Mind

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Song of the week is Friday on My Mind, The Easybeats

Sunday, 1 October 2017

AMRA news - Bush Capital events

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Online entry is now open for the Bush Capital Bush Marathon Festival on trails in Mt Ainslie and Mt Majura reserves in Canberra on 21 and 22 October.

SATURDAY 21 October 2017
7.00am 63.3km ultra marathon run; 42.2km bush marathon power walk
8.00am 42.2km bush marathon run; half marathon power walk
9.00am 21.1km bush half marathon run

SUNDAY 22 October 2017
8.30am 16km bush run and 16km bush walk
10.30am 10km run and walk
10.40am Under 13 years 2km children’s run
11.00am 5km run & walk

Many helpers are needed on both days so if you run or walk on one day and can help on the other day, that will be wonderful. To register online or to volunteer, go to the Australian Mountain Running Association website front page. Click on the picture of the entry form to register to run or walk. Download the PDF event information before proceeding with entering. Click on the VOLUNTEER button to provide your details to volunteer (volunteers will receive an acknowledgement reward of wine, chocolate or T shirt). The website is http://www.mountainrunning.coolrunning.com.au

Monika Holmwood winning her debut run at the recent AMRA Black Mountain Run-up.