Saturday, 31 March 2018

Easter Satireday

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Friday, 30 March 2018

Easter - run when you can

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This week’s speedygeese training sessions
Sunday 25 March long run report [Dave]: Today’s run, courtesy of Jen, was a 25k loop with 570m elevation at The Cotter. The short course was 13k with 400m elevation. This was our second long run at Cotter, and arguably the most picturesque run to date. The only problem is it also offers multiple opportunities for getting lost with no phone service to check your map or let people know where you are. 😂
Welcome to those who joined us today, Candy, Shareen and Bianca.
The long runners were Kerron, Sue, Ruth, Bianca, Shiree, Shareen, Mike, Shuji, Jen Bl, Jen Br, Thach, Giles, Narelle, Graeme, Candy and Jinny. Those who did the short run were Kelley, Mick, Dave B, Pete B, Mhairi, Tori, Bron, Lisa and me. There were reported sightings of Helen, but they turned out to be hallucinations. 😯
Apart from Mike sending a text (“where are you guys?”) and Mick taking a trusted alternate detour (apparently Mick is an expert on The Cotter – but unfortunately a few things have changed in the last 50 years), nobody got lost. Three of us unwittingly followed Mick, but it was worth it to hear him copping it from Kelley for the rest of the run. There was a rumour that I took a wrong turn, but with Mick being the only witness it is unsubstantiated (although I must admit I did drive straight past the carpark and was consequently late to start).
If you noticed that Giles is wearing a tutu, it's because he is practising for the Canberra Marathon where he will wear it to help raise funds for Diabetes.
Ewen, who is out of action at the moment, joined us for coffee afterwards at The Meating Room, as did The Great Appleby (Steve Appleby) or “Apples” as Ruth calls him.
Thanks for the run everyone. I won’t be there next weekend but have fun. 🤓

Monday 26 March at Parliament House: The “Rose Garden 200” path was partially blocked, so instead of our planned training we ran continuous short distance relays, 3 person for ~18 mins, and 2 person for ~10 mins. Present were Bron, Dom, Jen, Isaac, Dave (new), Kelley, Ruth, Lisa, Craig, Tori, Giles, Pieta, Gary, Joel, David (Clarke), Jennie for the warmup, me supervising, and Christopher appearing at the end (still without champagne).

Thursday 29 March, our final session for the time being at Stromlo Forest Park: Jen and Isaac were there, Colin too, Janine, and Brownie. The usual 2.5k warm-up and 2.5k cool-down, with the small matter of 6x500m hill loops in between. I jogged 5k before that, supervised, and took an early mark, missing the cool-down owing to fatigue and/or old age. I will try and get whatever running I can in the next few days, otherwise walking.

I am looking forward to a return to Parliament House on Thursdays in April - September, in addition to the year-round Monday sessions there.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Go Debra Go!

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The cameraman took many photos of runners crossing the bridge and fortunately one of me wasn't published - I might have been lifting!

This Saturday's Ginninderra parkrun will be run in reverse, to celebrate April Fools' the next day.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

YCRC newsletter

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There is a bit of a break in our Club events over the next month, while the focus shifts to the Australian Running Festival on 14 and 15 April. Many Club members are participating in events over the weekend and of course a number of you have already volunteered to help out in some capacity. However we are still short a few volunteers and one pacer.
Due to an injury withdrawal we need a lead cyclist for the half marathon on Sunday. We are also looking for a couple more people to assist on the start line on Saturday, as well as course marshals on Sunday. If you, a friend or a family member can help out please let Paul Mahoney ( know as soon as possible. We need to make sure all these positions are filled and all the paperwork completed well before the events.

We also are looking for an 80 minute pacer for the ARF 10 km Fun Run. You get free entry in return for running a suitable pace to help others meet their target time. Contact Paul Trumble via if you can help with this.

Of course the Women and Girls’ Jogalong will continue on Sunday at 9.00am. Don’t forget that you get an extra hour on Saturday night so this will be a real sleep in! If you have friends and family visiting over Easter feel free to bring them along – entry is $10 for adults and $5 for under 18s for non-members. A reminder that while dads are welcome to run with their kids, men are not permitted to enter the 3km or 6 km events. Also we don’t allow dogs to accompany their owners in any Club races.

Our Summer Series finished up at a crowded Stromlo Forest Park on 20 March. In a close contest Adrian Kennett managed to hold off  Rory O’Sullivan, Peter James and a fast-finishing Simeon Hearnshaw in the men’s series trophy. Annie Schofield was the clear winner in the women’s series, from former winner Louise Sharpe and Sarah Pau. William Bardsley picked up the barrel draw for the juniors, and Terry Levings was the winner of the volunteers’ barrel draw.

The Winter Series commences with the Kingston Physio West Basin 10 mile (16 km) event at 7.30 am on Saturday 28 April. This is a great lead up race for those aiming for the YMCA Canberra Half Marathon on 27 May. Winter Series races are free to Club members, while entry for the Half Marathon is $20 cheaper for Club members. Sign up for the Half Marathon at

There is currently a problem accessing Club results through our web page, which we are working to resolve. You can access results directly at

And lastly, a reminder that TTS is actually running on Friday this weekend because of Easter. Meet at 7.00 am at the Anzac Park East car park for a run around East Basin, with the option of coffee and/or breakfast afterwards – a great way to start the long weekend.

Upcoming events

9.00 am Sunday 1 April – Jogalong 1.6/3/6km at Weston Park
Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 April – Australian Running Festival
7.30 am Saturday 28 April – Kingston Physio West Basin 10 mile at Black Mountain Peninsula
12.45 pm Saturday 5 May – North Lyneham 2/3.1/6.2 km at Salkaukus Cr, North Lyneham
9.00 am Sunday 6 May – Jogalong 1.6/3/6km at Weston Park

Yours in running
Carol Ey
Vice President

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

All the recent speedygeese race results

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BBQ Stakes 6k 07 March
22. Roger Pilkington 30:50
26. Jennifer Bright 27:57
29. Sue Bowden 33:30
31. Peter Thomson 28:07
38. Craig Wurtz 29:51
70. Bronwyn Calver 33:16
54 finishers

Lake Tuggeranong Stakes 6k 20 March
1. Sandeep Chandra 32:30
9. Michael Thompson 29:07
10. Roger Pilkington 36:10
13. Peter Thomson 30:29
14. Warrick Howieson 34:37
15. Ewen Thompson 50:48
18. Carolyne Kramar 62:35
19 finishers

AMRA Black Mountain Run-up 2.6k 20 March
Males: 16 finishers
Females: 9 finishers
1. Louise Sharp 15.51
8. Sue Bowden 22.07
9. Caroline Campbell 25.33.

ACTMA track 22 March
M55 Rod Lynch 2:44.81

M55 Rod Lynch 11:58.23
M55 Roger Pilkington 14:48.89

5000m - Championship
M55 David Clarke 19:35.52
M55 Nigel England 20:18.06
M55 Peter Brown 20:23.63
M55 Roger Pilkington 23:01.18
W65 Kathy Sims 23:16.96
W65 Ruth Baussmann 26:48.69
W70 Margaret McSpadden 32:36.79

Customs 5k 23 March
1 Bronwyn Calver 27:16
2 Roger Pilkington 28:23
3 Craig Wurtz 23:24
6 Yili Zhu 23:04
7 Colin Farlow 19:15
9 Giles Lamb 20:35
20 Caroline Campbell 34:38
22 Ewen Thompson 43:49
23 Carolyne Kramar 46:30
24 finishers

Ginninderra 5k parkrun #306 24 March
40 David Baussmann 23:53 M65
52 Bron Sparkes 24:56 W40
85 Jane Lilley 27:17 W45
99 Ruth Baussmann 28:04 W65
112 Brendan Belcher 29:12 M35
152 Geoff Moore 32:35 M65
239 finishers

Tuggeranong 5k parkrun #265 24 March
14 Nigel England 20:31 M55
31 David Webster 21:56 M65
81 Chris Gammon 25:39 M55
150 Kerron Clare 29:26 W50
266 Ewen Thompson 38:45 M60
326 finishers

Gungahlin 5k parkrun #234 24 March
9 Giles Lamb 19:44 M40
119 Lisa McDonald 27:58 W40 **New PB**
135 William Arthur 28:40 M65
177 Margaret McSpadden 31:45 W70
299 finishers

Burley Griffin 5k parkrun #94 24 March
105 Elizabeth Bennett 26:03 W55
106 Kelley Horan 26:04 W55
157 Caroline Campbell 29:50 W75
235 finishers

Coombs 5k parkrun #2 24 March
9 David Clarke 20:19 M55
14 Jen Bright 21:17 W40
15 Ryan Huynh 21:21 M10
16 Isaac Muscat 21:22 M11
17 Thach Huynh 21:36 M40
37 Yili Zhu 24:37 M55
59 Roger Pilkington 27:05 M55
60 Annette Sugden 27:07 W55
64 Catherine Montalto 27:42 W65
85 Bronwyn Calver 30:20 W45
161 finishers

Queanbeyan 5k parkrun #47 24 March
2 Gavin Mongan 21:44 M35
46 Justine Caines 37:02 W45
72 finishers

Goulburn parkrun #7 24 March
137 finishers

Batemans Bay 5k parkrun #99 24 March
35 finishers

Shellharbour 5k parkrun #197 24 March
263 William Barlow 67:17 M35 (with W10 April)
269 finishers

ACTMA Stromlo Forest Park 4k 25 March
11 Jill Pearson W60 21:21
23 finishers

Brendan at Ginninderra parkrun

Monday, 26 March 2018

Livin’ on a Prayer

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Song of the week: Bon Jovi's "Livin’ on a Prayer", at

Sunday, 25 March 2018


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Today's speedygeese long run

Saturday, 24 March 2018

ssssspeedygeese ! Coombs parkrun today

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14 Jen Bright 21:17 W40
15 Ryan Huynh 21:21 M10
16 Isaac Muscat 21:22 M11
17 Thach Huynh 21:36 M40

Friday, 23 March 2018

This week’s speedygeese training sessions

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Sunday 18 March long run report [Jen]: On the official speedygeese long run today we ran the bush capital half marathon course at Ainslie.
We started from Edgar's at Ainslie Shops instead of the War Memorial, so that the run ended at a cafe that could meet our high standards (on the coffee front). Ewen and Dave were absent today so the distance from the nearest McDonalds did not need to be considered.
Fifteen of us set off on a pretty much perfect morning - a sunny and still morning.
Perfect contrast to the strong winds that came in the afternoon.
Welcome to new comer Vanessa H! (surprise guest star) who joined us for the first time with her trusty companion Eric.
Also welcome back Sarah Johnson!!! Who has informed me she will be living back in Canberra for another 6 months very soon.
Now for the stats:
Giles ran 28k (which included his run to and from home)
Narelle ran 22k
21k: Graeme, William and Jen
20k: Sandeep, James
15k: Isaac and I (well 14.95 to be precise).
I was staying with him after losing him recently on a run! - he was very relaxed about being lost...I almost had a melt down!
12k:Sarah, Dave, Ruth, Bron (another rebellious 11.95k), Paul and Vanessa (and her very good looking companion Eric)
Helen was NOT at the run - nor was she at the coffee catch up at the end. No note was provided regarding her absence!
By joining forces and looking out for each other we managed to cross over a little water crossing with no muddied shoes - god forbid we get our trail runners dirty!
Thanks front runners for putting out a little log for us to straddle the crossing - well the smart ones did utilize it - well me to be specific ;)
And Isaac left out arrows made from sticks for the back runners to follow. As a result NO ONE got lost - probably helped that David Clarke was interstate and not there to confidently lead anyone astray!
That’s all for this weekend - See you all at the Cotter next weekend. 😀

Monday 19 March at Parliament House: A session of laps of the Rose Garden.
Starting on 2:30 and running 12 reps were Colin, Jen, Isaac, Giles, Sandeep until he dropped back a group, Dave until he swung off for a longer jog.
Starting on 2:45 and running 11 reps were Kelley, Pieta, Warrick. And Craig, arriving late.
Starting on 3:00 and running 10 laps were Jennie, Ruth, Tori, Alex, Mick H.
Thomas ran a few laps …
Brownie jogged around…
Christopher walked nearby..
Jessica honed her photography skills..
I watched and timed.

Afterwards we had fish and chips at Snapper ….. Jen, Isaac, Dave, Sandeep, Jennie, George, Rae, Vanessa, Warrick, Jessica, Thomas, Ruth, Caroline, me, and Brownie. Christopher came and went as he often does, nobody knows where. (Drain the lake!!)

Thursday 22 March at Stromlo Forest Park I trotted around the course early; then watched with Laura and Daniel the session of 3x1k, attended by Jacob, Colin, Janene, Brendan, Jen and Isaac. Thach and Ryan also joined us for the warmup, as is their custom.

Only one more Thursday at Stromlo, then we head back to Parliament House.

Thursday, 22 March 2018

High Noon Meets

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(Can you spot the error?)

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

New Home

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Mon will be the first of our children to have their own home, instead of renting! A big congratulations is due.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

All the recent speedygeese race results

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Weston Creek Half Marathon 11 March
10 1:36:18 Giles Lamb M40
15 1:39:08 Chris Gammon M50
18 1:39:49 Peter Thomson M50
26 1:44:06 Brendan Belcher
42 1:54:51 Jennifer Kellett W60
54 2:08:32 Roger Pilkington M50
55 2:09:02 Ruth Baussmann W60
63 2:25:15 Bill Arthur M60
63 finishers

Sri Chinmoy 10k 12 March
Dave Clarke 41:28
Gavin Mongan 43:57
Craig Wurtz 47:46
Kelley Horan 49:44
Mick Horan 56:56

Sri Chinmoy 4k 12 March
Kym Chisholm 18:21

Lake Tuggeranong Stakes 6k 13 March
5. Roger Pilkington 34:54
9. Warrick Howieson 40:45
11. Peter Thomson 29:29
13. Michael Thompson 33:38
16 finishers

ACTMA track 15 March
M50 Craig Wurtz 12:51.49
M55 Nigel England 12:24.94
M55 Roger Pilkington 14:14.01
M55 David Clarke 14:54.19
W65 Ruth Baussmann 16:30.98
W70 Margaret McSpadden 18:15.88

800m Championship
M55 Nigel England 2:43.39
M55 David Clarke 2:44.74

Spiral 7
1 Craig Wurtz M50 12:54
7 Ruth Baussmann W65 15:55
8 Roger Pilkington M55 13:58
9 Nigel England M55 13:14
11 Margaret McSpadden W70 19:00
14 David Clarke M55 15:34

Customs 5k 16 March
1 Roger Pilkington 31:22
2 Bill Arthur 29:27
4 Jacob Grooby 18:11
6 Yili Zhu 23:39
9 Craig Wurtz 24:56
10 Colin Farlow 19:32
14 Giles Lamb 21:17
20 Carolyne Kramar 51:16
21 Caroline Campbell 33:15
22 finishers

Ginninderra 5k parkrun #305 17 March
10 Gavin Mongan 21:24 M35
29 Jane Lilley 23:43 W45
36 Jennifer Kellett 24:35 W60
74 Eliza Lilley 27:18 W11
87 Roger Pilkington 28:29 M55
202 finishers

Tuggeranong 5k parkrun #264 17 March
18 Nigel England 20:23 M55
26 Chris Gammon 21:19 M55
78 Bronwyn Calver 25:46 W45
141 Kerron Clare 29:40 W50
286 finishers

Gungahlin 5k parkrun #233 17 March
128 William Arthur 30:24 M65
223 finishers

Burley Griffin 5k parkrun #93 17 March
187 finishers

Coombs 5k parkrun #1 17 March
16 Jen Bright 20:48 W40
23 Brendan Belcher 22:02 M35
28 Michelle Wells 22:23 W45
41 Craig Wurtz 23:14 M50
43 Shane Wright 23:34 M45
54 David Baussmann 24:15 M65
60 Bron Sparkes 24:41 W40
66 Kelley Horan 24:58 W55
93 Michael Horan 27:27 M55
100 Catherine Montalto 28:01 W65
138 Shiree Yap 30:06 W45
145 Jennie Blake 31:09 W60
146 Ruth Baussmann 31:09 W65
155 Caroline Campbell 32:29 W75
176 Margaret McSpadden 35:36 W70
233 Ewen Thompson 52:05 M60
260 finishers

Queanbeyan 5k parkrun #46
17 March
1 Bernardo Palma 19:20 M30
48 finishers

Goulburn parkrun #6 17 March
194 finishers

Batemans Bay 5k parkrun #98 17 March
10 Janene Kingston 24:25 W50 **New PB**
13 Victoria Hennig 26:17 W55
38 finishers

Shepparton 5k parkrun #214 17 March
6 David Clarke 19:07 M55
175 finishers

Monday, 19 March 2018


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I will be getting some routine tests soon, as I reach another milestone age-wise...
Song of the week, "Blood", by The Middle East, at

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Don't take my photo!

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Isaac enjoying this morning's run before the wind, the heat, and the dust arrived in Canberra.

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Coombs inaugural parkrun

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Jenny, Jen and Bron

Shiree and friends

Friday, 16 March 2018

This week’s speedygeese training sessions

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Sunday 11 March long run report [Dave]: It was a busy long weekend for speedygeese runners. Saturday saw some great runs at 6 Foot Track (about 1,500m elevation over 45k) and the Australian Alpine Ascent (about 800m elevation over 25k). Sunday was the Weston Creek half marathon and Maloolabar triathlon. Monday was the Sri Chinmoy 4k and 10k.

In 6 Foot Track Martin smashed out a 4:34, Shuji finished in 5:01:41 and Mike got 5:51:42. Fantastic efforts on a gruelling course. 😯

In the AAA Monika was 2nd female in 2:25:08 and Narelle was 5th female in 2:43:51, while Graeme finished in 3:13:28. Well done guys. 😯

In the half marathon Giles did a respectable 1:36:20, Thommo 1:39:46, Roger did 2:03:36 and Ruth was close behind with 2:07:03. Afterwards Ruth, Margaret, Roger, Ewen and I had coffee at the Botanical Gardens café. Without planning it, we all came up with creative ways to save the $2 parking fee. Ewen rode his bike from Calwell (63k round trip), Roger parked on the road and walked up black mountain to the café, and I parked in the carpark and didn’t bother paying (as usual). Ruth gets the prize for getting a lift with someone who has a disabled sticker. 😂 🤣

Also on Sunday, Dave B knocked over the triathlon in 2:42:00, with 49:19 for the 10k run section.

Meanwhile, on the official speedygeese long run, Mhairi, Jen, Helen, Sue, Tim, Helen, Adrian, Jen B, Shane, Kelley, Helen, Mick and Shiree ran or hiked up Mount Tennent. And Helen was there too. Most finished with 20k. Adrian and Shiree did a bit extra, ending with 24k. There was one fall (Sue, who is apparently okay) and reportedly no one got lost.

On Monday in the Sri Chinmoy 10k, Kelley was first female 50-59 (great backup after yesterday’s Mt Tennent) and I managed 1st male 50-59 in 41:27. John finished the 10k in 1:08:25. Mick and Craig W also ran the 10k. Kim C is having a great comeback with 2nd female overall in the 4k.

That’s all for this weekend - let’s do it all again next weekend (well maybe not quite all of it). 😀 😯

Monday 12 March at Parliament House: A session of laps of the Rose Garden: starting on 2:30 and running 12 reps were Jen, Isaac and Giles. Starting on 2:45 and running 11 reps were Bron, Sandeep, Jinnie and Tori; starting on 3:00 and running 10 laps were Ruth and Bill. I watched the timer, and Christopher did his fast walking.

Thursday 15 March at Stromlo Forest Park I watched while Jen, Isaac, Jennie and Colin ran 7 x 200 with 100 jog, then 12 x 50 with 50 recovery. The speedygosling group seems no more, and daylight saving ending 1 April means only two more Thursdays at Stromlo before they lock the gate early.

Giles running the Weston Creek Half Marathon

Thursday, 15 March 2018

56 years running

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56 years ago I "threw away my tennis racket and started running". (From my 1962 diary)

In 1962-1965 I was a member of the ABHS Athletic club.
In 1966 a member of Adelaide University Athletic club.
In 1967-1968 a member of the Flinders University Athletic club, of which I was inaugural Secretary.
From 1969 a member of North Canberra Athletic club. To present day, as I am a life member.

Running highlights worth mentioning:
In May 1965 winner of the SA Schools one mile track championships, 4:32.2, just before my 17th birthday.
In July 1978 seventh in the National Marathon in 2:30.05 in “steam-bath” conditions, Caboolture, Queensland.
In November 1978 winner of the Canberra Marathon, 2:26.58, a new ACT open record at the time.
In 1979 ACT Distance Runner of the year.
In January 1984 3000m in 8:47.3, an AMA M35 Australian record which stood until 2015.

Being not currently injury free, I do not know what tomorrow will bring.

"Now enjoying my running".

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Sue on top of the world

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Tuesday, 13 March 2018

All the recent speedygeese race results

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BBQ Stakes 6k 28 February
13. Sue Bowden 34:25
27. William Barlow 27:34
39. Roger Pilkington 33:51
41. Bronwyn Calver 33:56
43. Caroline Campbell 42:05
45. Peter Thomson 31:25
50. Jodie Davis 48:26
51. Carolyne Kramar 47:06
58. Ewen Thompson 39:14
62 finishers

AMRA Mt Ainslie Run-Up 2.3k 06 March Men
13 Craig Wurtz 17.41
16 Men finishers
AMRA Mt Ainslie Run-Up 2.3k 06 March Women
1 Louise Sharp 15.59
7 Sue Bowden 20.54
9 Caroline Campbell 24.20.
9 Women finishers

Lake Tuggeranong Stakes 6k
06 March
5. Ewen Thompson 38:52
7. Carolyne Kramar 41:35
8. Warrick Howieson 32:15
11. Jason Lewis 29:58
12. Roger Pilkington 35:19
13. Peter Thomson 29:22
19. Michael Thompson 30:46
22 finishers

YCRC Summer Series #6 Boathouse East 5k
06 March
13. Rohan Pitchford M50 21:57
15. Craig Wurtz M50 22:55
18. Gabrielle Brown W50 25:24
19. Sarah Pau W45 25:43
22. Tori Hennig W55 26:21
24. Vanessa Palmer W45 27:37
34. Ewen Thompson M60 32:41
35. Carolyne Kramar W50 33:02
36 finishers

ACTMA track 08 March
400m - Championship
M55 Nigel England 73.53

1500m - Championship
M55 David Clarke 5:20.33
M55 Roger Pilkington 6:31.67
M75 Tony Booth 7:42.73 70.4
W65 Kathy Sims 6:32.24 88.5

3k High Steeplechase
M55 Nigel England 13:12.44

M75 Tony Booth 17:05.24

M55 Roger Pilkington 24:24.10

Customs 5k 09 March
1 Roger Pilkington 29:25
3 Jacob Grooby 18:32
8 Peter Thomson 23:59
9 Giles Lamb 20:21
11 Carolyne Kramar 34:30
12 Colin Farlow 19:32
17 finishers

Ginninderra 5k parkrun #304 10 March
50 Jill Pearson 25:02 W60
55 Bron Sparkes 25:13 W40
94 Jack Simpson 28:23 M10 **New PB**
106 Andrew Simpson 29:00 M45
169 Archie Simpson 33:02 M11 **New PB**
274 finishers

Tuggeranong 5k parkrun #263
10 March
10 David Clarke 19:23 M55
95 Chris Gammon 26:38 M55
115 Kerron Clare 28:14 W50
149 Andrew Smith 30:53 M45
215 Peter Thomson 37:28 M55
317 finishers

Gungahlin 5k parkrun #232 10 March
123 Lisa McDonald 28:24 W40 **New PB**
127 William Arthur 28:34 M65
176 Margaret McSpadden 31:28 W70
279 finishers

Burley Griffin 5k parkrun #92 10 March
35 Craig Wurtz 21:48 M50
57 Kelley Horan 23:38 W55
134 Caroline Campbell 28:49 W75
151 Helen Way 29:44 W50
263 finishers

Queanbeyan 5k parkrun #45 10 March
2 Bernardo Palma 18:54 M30 **New PB**
73 finishers

Goulburn parkrun #5 10 March
205 finishers

Batemans Bay 5k parkrun #97 10 March
13 Jane Lilley 22:29 W45
20 Molly Lilley 24:08 W11
24 Eliza Lilley 24:54 W11
29 Victoria Hennig 26:24 W55
78 finishers

San Remo 5k parkrun #7
10 March
8 William Barlow 21:50 M35
173 finishers

Six Foot Track 10 March
119 Martin Pogson 4:37:55
235 Shuji Iwasaki 5:01:32
574 Michael Thompson 5:51:24
883 finishers

Brownie and Jacob

Monday, 12 March 2018

Song of the week

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"Fur Eyes", by Violent Soho, at

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Day of rest

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I am taking a day off today. Not doing anything, not even a blog post. Oh, wait, I am.
Then I might as well add a picture.

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Dave meets his match

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Dave ran a good 19:23 at Tuggeranong parkrun today, but he had 3 young Torleys in front of him and a little Torley just behind him at the finish!

Friday, 9 March 2018

This week’s speedygeese training sessions

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Sunday 04 March long run report [Dave]: Well, after last week’s debacle (almost everybody going different ways at various points and some having to sprint to get back in time for Coombs parkrun trial), it was unanimously agreed to follow Sandeep’s suggestion and redo last week’s run. I’m pleased to report that almost everyone stuck to the right course this time.
Interestingly, the distances covered ranged from 7k to 30k, with average pace ranging from 5.05 to 6.56 per km. For those of us used to shorter, slower long runs, it was a full day recovery (including two nanna naps for me). 🤣 27 runners started, possibly a record turnout, including Thach, Giles, Paul, Jen, Ewen, Thommo, Kelley, William, Browny, John, Sandeep, Narelle, Graeme, Cameron, James, Warrick, Jen, Jennie B, the other Jennie, Sue, Kerron and me. Oh, and Helen said she ran but it’s not on Strava so it’s just heresay. Sorry to those I missed. [Edit: Mick, Tori]
The course took us on a 7k loop from the start of Coombs parkrun over the river, through a pleasant windy single trail, under the Parkway and down River Rd back to the start. Stage 2 of the Tour de Ewen (Ewen designed the original course for last week) was a lap of Coombs parkrun, then Stage 3 went over the river, along pipe flat, up to the arboretum then back along River Rd to the start. All up a very pleasant course in perfect weather.
The usual post run coffee was held at The Meeting Room at Weston Creek.
Next week is Mt Tennent (for those keen on running mountains). See you then. 🤓

Monday 05 March at Parliament House: Laps of the Rose Garden 450m loop were run: Bernado (15 completed laps and most of a 16th lap), Colin (15), Jen (14), Isaac (13), Craig (12), Kelley (12), Bron (11), Pieta (11), Sandeep (11), Warrick (11), Mick H (11), Ewen (11), Dom (10), Jennie (10), Lisa (10), Ruth (9), Miranda (8), Thomas (5) and Jessica did her own thing including waterbombing her brother, and I watched.

Thursday 08 March at Stromlo Forest Park I jogged 5k (without the permission of my Physio, which was a mistake), Thach and Ryan cycled then joined us for our warm-up, and Jennie, Janene, Tori and Sandeep ran a repeat of last week’s session, as they were not present then, 10 by 200 quick, 100 easy on the 1k circuit. None of last week's participants turned up so I have save my planned session for another week.

Ewen, William, Thach

Kelley, Thommo

Thursday, 8 March 2018

getting the mail

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Wednesday, 7 March 2018

I have a feeling this happens all the time

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Tuesday, 6 March 2018

All the recent speedygeese race results

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Lake Tuggeranong Stakes 6k 27 February
2. Sandeep Chandra 30:13
4. Warrick Howieson 31:22
5. Nicole Bruce 38:03
7. Peter Thomson 28:19
8. Carolyne Kramar 41:38
13. Roger Pilkington 32:31
14. Michael Thompson 30:05
17. Ewen Thompson 35:36
19 finishers

Lake Ginninderra 7k 27 February
11 finishers

YCRC Summer Series #5 Barrenjoey Drive 5k
27 February
10. David Clarke M55 21:35
11. Peter Thomson M55 23:03
13. Craig Wurtz M50 23:26
16. Ewen Thompson M60 24:08
26. Ruth Baussmann W65 30:54
27. Mick Charlton M65 32:55
31. Carolyne Kramar W50 37:12
33 finishers

ACTMA track 01 March
M55 Rod Lynch 2:41.69 76.8%
M55 David Clarke 2:49.22 74.0
M55 Dale Moore 2:57.79 68.8

M55 David Clarke 5:52.91 77.7%
M55 Dale Moore 6:57.87 64.0

M55 Rod Lynch 12:10.18 73.6%
M55 David Clarke 12:39.84 71.4
M55 Nigel England 12:44.41 68.6

Customs 5k 02 March
3 Giles Lamb 20:37
5 Bill Arthur 31:11
7 James O'Neill 24:02
12 Carolyne Kramar 34:14
13 Peter Thomson 24:26
16 Roger Pilkington 9:09
18 Caroline Campbell 33:26?
20 Ewen Thompson 30:54
24 Yili Zhu 24:00
24 finishers

Ginninderra 5k parkrun #303 03 March
19 Brendan Belcher 21:02 M35
31 William Barlow 22:23 M35
68 Bron Sparkes 25:07 W40
72 Jacob Miller 25:27 M11
74 Kevin Miller 25:30 M40
81 Jill Pearson 25:39 W60
100 Chloe Miller 27:18 W11
111 Jane Lilley 27:38 W45
113 Celina Miller 27:40 W35
118 Eliza Lilley 27:53 W11
150 Helen Way 30:23 W50
302 finishers

Tuggeranong 5k parkrun #262
03 March
11 David Clarke 21:01 M55
20 David Webster 22:15 M65
56 Pieta Smith 24:50 W40
70 Bronwyn Calver 25:33 W45
75 Chris Gammon 25:39 M55
108 Kerron Clare 27:22 W50
164 Andrew Smith 31:03 M45
177 Ewen Thompson 31:45 M60
351 finishers

Gungahlin 5k parkrun #231 03 March
29 Gavin Mongan 21:30 M35
135 William Arthur 27:56 M65
154 Lisa McDonald 29:18 W40 **New PB**
179 Margaret McSpadden 30:54 W70
353 finishers

Burley Griffin 5k parkrun #91 03 March
32 Craig Wurtz 21:50 M50
33 Peter Thomson 21:55 M55
87 Elizabeth Bennett 25:35 W55
88 Kelley Horan 25:35 W55
109 Jennie Blake 26:40 W60 **New PB**
110 Michael Horan 26:40 M55
157 Caroline Campbell 29:15 W75
298 finishers

Queanbeyan 5k parkrun #44 03 March
7 Nigel England 22:11 M55
21 Helen Northey 28:37 W40
37 Carolyne Kramar 35:12 W50
76 finishers

Goulburn parkrun #4 03 March
22 Dale Moore 24:56 M55 **New PB**
194 finishers

Batemans Bay 5k parkrun #96 03 March
48 finishers

Double strollers at the Canberra parkruns...

Monday, 5 March 2018

Feeling out of sorts - 7 days so far no running.

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Song of the Week. The National – "Bloodbuzz Ohio".

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Black and Blue (and some Purple and Red)

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This morning's long run

Saturday, 3 March 2018

A few of my pics from today's Ginninderra parkrun

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I didn't run today but I did watch the event,

Chloe, Eliza




Jane, Celina, Coco


Friday, 2 March 2018

This week's speedygeese training sessions

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Sunday 25 February long run report [Dave]: With rain forecast, today’s speedygeese long run was always going to be interesting – but nobody could have forecast some of today’s highlights. Ewen had designed a scenic route taking in the river and the Arboretum, incorporating Coombs trial parkrun. Today’s contenders were Susan, Sandeep, Shane and Scully, Brownie, Paul, Jen, Thach, Matthew, James, Ewen, William, me and first timer Cameron (welcome Cameron).
With slight drizzle, the lead group set a good pace, with the second group not too far behind and me in the rear. Within 3 minutes the small group of geese became two – let’s say Jen’s lead group and Ewen’s group. Jen’s group missed the turnoff. By the time they got back Ewen’s group was long gone, with only Brownie and I waiting feeling sorry for them (well, actually, I was just waiting to get some photos). 😂 It was a perfect opportunity to get a couple of nice pics – one with Brownie waving and whistling to the Dots on the hill in the distance and one with Jen’s group arriving at the bridge, with Scully in the lead, tongue hanging out.
After that initial confusion everything went smoothly…until Jen’s group got lost again, going clockwise on the arbo loop instead of anticlockwise (another of my favourite pics with Jen and Thach trying to figure out where they went wrong). Probably didn’t help that Jen had not looked at the course. It seems that there are some loyal fans who still follow her anywhere. Jen blames Thach, who apparently thought it was an out and back course. 🤣
I must say there are benefits of running at the back of the pack, including observation of all the antics. Also it was important to witness Jen’s presence now that she is not on Strava. 😮
We met up with Ewen’s group and I chose to turn and run with them, which turned out to be a smart move – apparently the other group was close to 4 minute pace trying to get back for the start of parkrun trial. Unfortunately, though, I missed out on a very nice single track that we hadn’t run before. Not sure what happened to Susan, but she disappeared somewhere along the way and was seen running the wrong way in parkrun. 😂
After 8k we joined in the trial, just as the drizzle intensified. Tim Grainger seemed to take delight in standing under his umbrella giving extended instructions while 119 people (plus Jen who forgot her barcode) shivered in the wind. I didn’t mind as it gave me just enough time to change into my go-fast shoes (which seem to knock a couple of minutes per km off my pace??). Matthew was first across the line and I was third. Jen was first female. I think we all forgot it’s a run, not a race, so the good runners were obviously jogging.
By the time we finished the parkrun trial the rain had set in and the wind had picked up so it seemed like a good time to quit and head for coffee (plus I was stuffed). Thach and Ewen had the same idea. Diehards like Jen and Giles continued on, with Giles getting another 8km in (after his 15km run from home to the start) before deciding to give in and phone a friend. Jen and Brownie turned up at coffee looking like drowned rats.
The highlight was the group hug and kisses from Giles, Vanessa and Brownie. 😝
See you next week for Sandeep’s course. 🤓

Back to my reports: Monday 26 February at Parliament House at the Rose Garden: running 15 minutes of 3 person relays then ~8 minutes of 2 person relays, all short course, were Craig, Pieta, Bernado, Mick H, Kelley, Isaac, Jen, Ruth, Jennie, Ewen, Tori, Vanessa, Warrick. Daniel ran some laps too, as did Dave, Christopher ran a few as well, and I just stood there.
Then Jen Isaac, Daniel, Ruth, Ewen and I had fish and chips for an hour or so, bought mostly from Snapper.

Thursday 1 March at Stromlo Forest Park, Thach and Ryan cycled many laps then joined us for the warmup; in the main session Colin, Jen and Isaac ran 3k around the 1k circuit alternating 200m fast/100m float; while I sat in the shade and watched. The temperature dropped by 5 degrees and a bit of a breeze sprang up, a pleasant evening for the start of Autumn.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

ACTMA Weston Park speedygeese pics

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