Saturday, 16 December 2017

winners are grinners

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Bron, proudly representing the speedygeese, was first female in yesterday's beer mile.
(Looks like she had a celebratory drink afterwards.)

Friday, 15 December 2017

speedygeese training sessions this week.

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Sunday 10 December speedygeese long run report [Dave]:
"On a warm Canberra Sunday morning, a dozen or so geese gathered for an out and back scenic run along the Murrumbidgee River from Pine Island. Shiree, Graeme, Narelle, Adrian, Mike and Brownie did 20k, while Ewen, Mhairi, Warrick, Sandeep, Geoff and Bronwyn took the short option (about 15k). Great to see speedy Geoff turn up. ๐Ÿ˜€
Apart from Ewen tripping over (which apparently Bronwyn heard from 100 metres ahead), there were no major incidents.
Meanwhile Jen, Isaac and Bron did the Deep Space 8k, while Shuji completed the marathon. Monika was 3rd female in the half marathon. Shuji did the marathon (1,700 metres vert) in 4:31:40, and burned 4,400 calories in the process. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ
Jen, being Jen, was lost before the race started. She was reportedly following a random car and missed the turnoff. After blasting several kangaroos with her horn and speeding through the winding hills she arrived 4 minutes before the start, after the pre-race briefing. She ended up 1st female for the 8k in 39:14 (which was not bad considering her stops waiting for Isaac to catch up). Isaac was probably still recovering from the road trip, but at least he got chocolate for his troubles. ๐Ÿคฃ
Coffee was at Guru at the Hyper D (Tuggeranong), where I managed to catch the crew after flying back from Melbourne a bit earlier. I’m doing a run tonight with Pieta, although it might be a bit slow after three races this week."

Graeme, Narelle, self, random passserby, Brownie, Ewen, Dave. None of the men shaved that morning. Probably no-one did, then.

Monday 11 December the Speedygeese met at Parliament house and trained at the Rose Garden. Lots of photos were taken by Dave who jogged around, I supervised as it was a scheduled rest day, and running laps of the 200m run/250m jog loop were Ewen, Sandeep, Miranda, Bron, Jinny, Giles, Jennie, Colin, Dave, Chris, Ruth, Pieta, Narelle, Jen and Isaac.

Thursday 14 December he final training session at Woden included Brownie, Jennie, Bronwyn, Sandeep and Jen running some 330m runs (~5 I think) while I watched pretty sore still; and Dave warmed up in the vicinity but ran on the track; Margaret was on track too; Ewen and Colin were officiating and didn’t join in.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

speedygeese in Sunday's Tour de Ridge events

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(Full list at AMRA website)

21.2 km run 40 Sandeep Chandra 44 Male
21.2 km run 41 Giles Lamb 44 Male
21.2 km run 53 Adrian Cengia 48 Male
21.2 km run 61 Craig Wurtz 53 Male
21.2 km run 64 Peter Thomson 57 Male
21.2 km run 67 David Clarke 59 Male
21.2 km run 72 Bill Arthur 67 Male
21.2 km run 78 Monika Holmwood 28 Female
21.2 km run 93 Amanda Cook 40 Female
21.2 km run 96 Jen Bright 42 Female
21.2 km run 101 Pieta Smith 44 Female
21.2 km run 103 Narelle Desmet 45 Female
21.2 km run 111 Kelley Horan 57 Female

15.3 km run 128 Jason Roberts 43 Male
15.3 km run 135 Graeme Smyth 53 Male
15.3 km run 157 Bron Sparkes 41 Female
15.3 km run 176 Kerron Clare 50 Female
15.3 km run 178 Mhairi Craig 53 Female

10.6 km run 188 Isaac Muscat 13 Male
10.6 km run 192 Jacob Grooby 31 Male
10.6 km run 202 Ewen Thompson 60 Male
10.6 km run 206 Geoff Moore 69 Male
10.6 km run 231 Carolyne Kramar 53 Female
10.6 km run 235 Ruth Baussmann 67 Female

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Simon's Cat - Kitten Collection

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This collection at

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Tuesday, 12 December 2017

All the recent speedygeese race results

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BBQ Stakes 6k 29 November
4. Carolyne Kramar 43:07
16. Peter Thomson 49:31
23. Roger Pilkington 39:16
24. Ewen Thompson 36:47
31. Caroline Campbell 40:40
32. Jodie Davis 49:57
35. Bronwyn Calver 31:51
44. William Barlow 32:57
50. Craig Wurtz 32:16
59 finishers

AMRA Mt Ainslie Run-Up 2.3k 05 December
8. Monika Holmwood 15.28
13. Craig Wurtz 18.08
16. Helen Way 21.05
17. Caroline Campbell 22.26
22 finishers

Lake Tuggeranong Stakes 6k 05 December
4. Ewen Thompson 29:50
6. Roger Pilkington 40:56
7. Carolyne Kramar 40:57
8. Peter Thomson 35:05
9. Sandeep Chandra 34:08
16 finishers

ACTMA track 07 December
800m - Higgins
4. W65 Kathy Sims 3:08
6. M55 Rod Lynch 2:40
9. M55 David Clarke 2:53
10. M50 Nigel England 2:53
11. M70 Kevin Chamberlain 3:17
16. M50 Craig Wurtz 3:13
18. M55 Roger Pilkington 3:40

M50 Nigel England 12:10.46 71.2%
M55 David Clarke 12:40.97 71.3
M50 Craig Wurtz 12:48.12 67.1
M55 Roger Pilkington 14:16.84 62.7
M60 Ewen Thompson 15:26.05 59.1
W65 Ruth Baussmann 16:12.38 77.2
W70 Margaret McSpadden 18:36.60 70.7

Spiral 7
1 Rod Lynch M55 11:11
2 Ewen Thompson M60 15:09
3 Ruth Baussmann W65 15:47
5 Nigel England M50 12:04
6 Roger Pilkington M55 13:51
9 Craig Wurtz M50 13:28
14 Kevin Chamberlain M70 16:04
15 Margaret McSpadden W70 19:02
17 finishers

Customs 5k 08 December
3 Jacob Grooby 19:06
7 Giles Lamb 21:00
10 Colin Farlow 19:38
11 Carolyne Kramar 32:56
13 Yili Zhu 23:39
14 Roger Pilkington 28:17
14 Ewen Thompson 28:17
17 Peter Thomson 23:38
21 finishers

Burley Griffin 5k parkrun #79 09 December
23 Craig Wurtz 22:22 M50
81 Jennie Blake 27:45 W60
90 Helen Way 28:44 W50
187 finishers

Ginninderra 5k parkrun #291 09 December
22 Brendan Belcher 22:50 M35
41 Geoff Moore 24:46 M65
61 Jill Pearson 26:46 W60
68 Janene Kingston 27:28 W50
123 Carolyne Kramar 32:37 W50
124 Jacob Miller 33:04 M11
169 Bron Sparkes 58:13 W40
181 finishers

Tuggeranong 5k parkrun #248 09 December
10 Nigel England 20:27 M50
48 Bronwyn Calver 23:56 W45
51 Ewen Thompson 24:16 M60
72 Peter Thomson 25:40 M55
177 Maya Smith 33:02 W10 **New PB**
178 Pieta Smith 33:02 W40
271 finishers

Gungahlin 5k parkrun #217 09 December
23 Gavin Mongan 21:21 M35
129 William Arthur 28:57 M65
143 Margaret McSpadden 30:19 W70
253 finishers

Queanbeyan 5k parkrun #32 09 December
45 finishers

Batemans Bay 5k parkrun #84 09 December
25 Rae Palmer 28:46 W70 **New PB** (and yet another W70 record)
42 finishers

Parkville 5k parkrun #84 09 December
14 David Clarke 20:15 M55
141 finishers

AMRA Deep Space Mountain Marathon 10 December
7. Shuji Iwasaki 41 4:28:19
22 finishers

Half Marathon
12. Monika Holmwood 28 1:52:24
44. Kerron Clare 50 2:33:26
62 finishers

2. Jen Bright 42 39:11
3. Isaac Muscat 13 39:12
10. Bron Sparkes 41 48:38
28 finishers

6 finishers

Parkville parkrun

Monday, 11 December 2017

Don’t Give Up

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Song of the Week. "Don’t Give Up" by Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Pine (alleged) Island

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So today I changed my routine and joined the trail running group. Quite a shock to the system as I do not naturally seek out rough hilly trails. Still, 12k+ (in my case) is better than nothing.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Coast to Kosci

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Liz Bennett with Pam Muston. "Team Pam @ the summit of Kosci. Pam finished Coast to Kosci (240km) in 33:10.48"

Friday, 8 December 2017

runner's final challenge

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Thursday, 7 December 2017

Bright and Sunny

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No excuses - get outside and enjoy!
Today the speedygeese are meeting at Woden at 5:30pm, for the second-last time before we move to Stromlo from Thursday 21st.
"A chance of late rain" - let's hope it is late. There won't be much rain anyway, if any.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Where we were Monday night

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Speedygeese Christmas get-togethers are always fun times, and this time was no exception as we got together at my local restaurant, PB-02 at Holt, who opened just for us and which we filled to capacity. For the record, those who were there were Ruth and Dave, Shiree, Thach, Warrick and Thomas, David, Christopher, Sandeep and Kavita, Bron and Dom, Geoff and Kathy, Jennie and George, Jen and Isaac, Ewen, Brendan and Jo, Bronwyn, Narelle and Graeme, Pieta, Janene and Gregg, Miranda and Andy, Jinny, and Jenny and me. The Indian food was great, supplemented as is traditional with Caramello Koalas as shown in this photo of Janene's:

Everyone behaved themselves especially the three boys who got special mentions and chocolate as each one is a champion in his own field; Thomas on the stage; Dom at gymnastics, and Isaac out running.

For those who will be joining us for training sooner or later, here's where we are for the rest of this year:

Mondays at Parliament House -
11 December intervals
18 December random hill runs (weather and security permitting)
25 December REST DAY (merry Christmas)
1 January REST DAY (happy new year)
8 January We're back!

Sunday morning trail runs: there's always something on, details become available each week.

Thursdays at Woden:
7 December A run and a few sprints
14 December A few intervals.
That's it for Woden!

Thursdays at Stromlo Forest Park
21 December some longish hill reps
28 December middle distance intervals

Thursdays will continue at Stromlo in the new year, meeting at the usual time of 5:30pm.
We will continue there until daylight saving ends, 1 April, then we will review where to go.

Advantages of Stromlo:
The soft, undulating grass cross country track.
Many training options, course marked every 100m
Changing room and showers on hand.
Large, free car parking area.
Security in numbers with the many cyclists using the facilities

Just remember to bring plenty to drink, a hat, and sunscreen! See you there.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

All the recent speedygeese race results

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Lake Tuggeranong Stakes 6k 28 November
5. Ewen Thompson 32:52
10. Warrick Howieson 29:54
12. Carolyne Kramar 41:42
13. Roger Pilkington 33:28
15. Peter Thomson 50:03
16 finishers

YCRC Stromlo Forest Park 5k 28 November
11. Rohan Pitchford M50 23:48
13. Craig Wurtz M50 24:43
14. Ewen Thompson M60 24:59
21. Sarah Pau W45 27:18
26. Vanessa Palmer W45 29:02 or 29:44
29. Ruth Baussmann W65 29:59
31. Tori Hennig W55 30:48
34 finishers

ACTMA track 30 November
M30 Jacob Grooby 4:29.80 76.4%
M55 David Clarke 5:31.49 78.5
M55 Rod Lynch 5:33.72 76.7
M70 Kevin Chamberlain 6:58.61 69.1

M55 Rod Lynch 1:12.79 71.2%
W65 Kathy Sims 1:25.03 79.5

M30 Jacob Grooby 9:50.04 75.4%
M55 Rod Lynch 11:59.46 74.1
M55 David Clarke 12:24.23 72.9
M60 Ewen Thompson 14:42.46 62.0
W65 Ruth Baussmann 16:22.83 76.4
W70 Margaret McSpadden 19:35.17 67.2

Customs 5k 01 December
5 Ewen Thompson 29:35
9 Colin Farlow 20:00
10 Jacob Grooby 21:30
11 Craig Wurtz 24:31
12 Giles Lamb 21:38
16 Caroline Campbell 32:13
18 Peter Thomson 26:41
20 David Clarke 29:06
21 Roger Pilkington 45:20
22 finishers

Burley Griffin 5k parkrun #78 02 December
12 Jen Bright 20:25 W40
13 Giles Lamb 20:32 M40
19 David Clarke 21:53 M55
38 Bronwyn Calver 24:07 W45
42 Peter Thomson 24:56 M55
82 finishers

Ginninderra 5k parkrun 02 December

Tuggeranong 5k parkrun 02 December

Gungahlin 5k parkrun #216
02 December
18 William Barlow 22:26 M35
75 finishers

Queanbeyan 5k parkrun 02 December

Batemans Bay 5k parkrun #82 02 December
23 Rae Palmer 30:06 W70
40 finishers

YCRC Women’s Jogalong 03 December

Monday, 4 December 2017

Song of the Week. Blue Sky Mine

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Song of the Week. Blue Sky Mine, by Midnight Oil
Still relevant after all these years.


Sunday, 3 December 2017

speedygeese pics way down south

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Saturday, 2 December 2017

speedygeese at the Stromlo Running Festival

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Friday, 1 December 2017

A week of training

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Sunday 26 November speedygeese long run report [Dave]: Almost a clean sweep for Speedygeese in the Mt Stromlo 10.5k Lightning Strike ⚡trail race this morning – 1st 40-49yo female and 2nd female overall (Narelle with a great time of 48:28), 1st 50-59yo female (Mhairi, of course, in 54:03), 1st 50-59yo male (me[Dave] 47:29) and 1st 60-69yo male (Ewen 58:46). Narelle the gazelle took off like a rocket and it was a close call between Narelle and I, but I managed to catch her around the 9.8k mark. Obviously neither of us worked hard enough, with both throwing in a 6k afternoon run around 5 minute pace.
There were numerous geese flying at Stromlo today – Shuji did the 54k in 5:35:07, Jeff 4:57:52 and Ross 5:42:14. Amazing effort on a hot day guys. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ
In the 32k Jinny did 3:22:59, Adam 3:50:08 and William 3:04:05. Lisa and Kerron also finished the32k. Jennie finished the 10k in 1:11:27 and Isaac in the 10k was lucky enough to get an interview with Deek at the end.
Sarah-Jayne couldn’t run today but her two boys did the 2.5k. Gus came second in his age group in his first event and Ryan wants to do the 10k next time.
Shiree and Martin were on T Shirt duty.
Standing under the speakers while Deek yelled out the commentary made up for Jen’s absence. Oh, and congratulations to Mhairi for being the first female in the male toilets (before official permission was granted by Deek). ๐Ÿ˜ฑSpeaking of Mhairi, she wasn’t looking too good before the start – more like seedy geese than Speedygeese (credit for joke goes to Andrew). I'm sure the bottle of wine she won will fix any problems. ๐Ÿ˜‚
Thanks to Sandeep, Graeme and Pieta for dropping in after their long runs and Speedy Geoff (after his short run with Andy) for giving support.
See you next Sunday for a long slow run (if not at Monday’s or Thursday’s speedwork training). ๐Ÿค“

Monday 27 November at Parliament House: Storms cleared in the afternoon and I jogged down to the “ramp” to look after a session of 15 x 150m up the hill on 2 minutes. Warrick and Thomas missed us at the start and arrived late, but participating were Narelle, Dave (short runs), Ruth, Jennie, Isaac, Giles, Hayden (new), Bronwyn, Ewen, Rae, Vanessa, Sandeep, Pieta and Chris.

On Thursday 30 November back at Woden Track: Brownie, Jen, Isaac, Sandeep, Dave and I ran some intervals over 350m & 175m in the shade of the trees next to the cemetery. The earlier warm-up also included Ewen, Jacob, Ruth and Margaret who went on to compete on the track.

Training is on hold this Monday because of the dinner that evening but will resume next Thursday at Woden for the penultimate (i.e. second-last) time.

Enjoy your weekend!