Wednesday, 24 February 2010

blessed are the pacemakers

Posted by speedygeoff on Wednesday, February 24, 2010 with 3 comments
Breaking news! I am going to be in charge of the marathon pacers for the National Capital Marathon to be held at Manuka Oval, Canberra on 2nd May.

Pacers will receive free entry to the marathon, a free racing singlet, and will be identified by variously coloured helium balloons with the goal times on the balloons.

Pacesetters are required for: 3:00, 3:15, 3:30, 3:45, 4:00 & 4:30. If you want to be a pacer you must firstly apply to me. Details of what is required and what to say when you apply are being prepared and will become available as soon as I can write it all up.

Before I do, there is one thing to be determined: what should I call the pacing group? I think "marathon pacers" is a bit bland; "Geoff Moore Pacers" is a bit egotistical, "speedygeese pacers" is not really true, what to call us? And instead of "pacers" I might prefer some other word; "pacemakers" has a nice ring to it, "pacesetters" even better perhaps. Suggestions anyone? I do realise that out of my 100 daily readers only one would normally respond, but on this occasion I encourage everyone to have a go and make a suggestion however silly. A caramel koala prize goes to the winner if I use their suggestion!

Meanwhile the fourth Summer Series race in Canberra was something of a disappointment: what have they done to our beautiful running surface at Stromlo? All through summer the venue has been closed for repair, which has meant we haven't been able to train there just when we wanted to. Said repairs have turned the surface from perfect smooth billiard-table luxury to a rough rutted bumpy lumpy nightmare. Bah humbug!

Returning to our marathon; suggestions for a pacing group name can be made now!

Track runners wondering if they will win the Caramello Koala.


  1. That's a travesty! Just to save a few buckets of water... and Royal Canberra Golf Course was looking lush and immaculate on Sunday.

  2. "Pace Chasers" (with the relevant time before it)?

  3. Time Achievers.

    At least it's a suggestion.