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    We are the speedygeese! New starters are always welcome.

    Fast and slow, young and old, we run together around Australia's capital city, Canberra A.C.T.

    Our main training sessions are at Parliament House, Mondays and Thursdays, 5:30pm year round. We meet there in the public underground car-park. And our trail running group meets on Sunday mornings, 8:00am, at various venues

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    Joel Pearson

    Joel started training with us as a teenager, and has run the 800m in just over 2 minutes. If he starts running Vets track now, watch out. Two young children could make that a little way off still.

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    Kylie Malone

    Kylie was one of Warrick's training partners who joined up with the speedygeese. Just at present we occasionally see her walking around Parliament House when we are running there. Once Kylie recovers from some minor niggles, she'll be back.

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    Kym Chisholm

    Kym runs everything from Vets track to AMRA Mountain runs, YCRC cross country races, Customs 5ks, speedy Half Marathons, Adventure races, etc. Please don't challenge her to a game of cards; she is very good at that as well.

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    Lauren Denney

    Lots of crazy people have joined us recently, Lauren is one of the newest. She is fit, fast, and very keen. Hoping you are the same.

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    Liz Simpfendorfer

    I met Liz in 2015 at the Australian Masters Games in Adelaide as we ran together in the Half Marathon, and I invited her to join us. 12 months later she did! Her husband Peter, who is as fit as Liz, accompanied her to a speedygeese session recently.

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    Louise Hill

    Louise visited us briefly in 2015 and my guess is she'll be back with us soon. Louise is another very fit young lady. Keep inviting your friends, the more the merrier!

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    Lucia Pietropaoli

    Lucia trained at Parliament House, and at Stromlo Forest Park with sub 4 minute km intervals. She runs evenly; her jog is almost as speedy as her sprint. Living in Indonesia for all of 2016, Lucia I think is returning to Canberra shortly.

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    Mick Charlton

    Mick specialises in the Vets monthly handicap. He regularly if intermittently trains with us at Parliament House, otherwise he is one of many who are enjoying life now that we have retired from work.

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    Nicole Bruce

    Nicole (on the right) is a relatively new member of the speedygeese, she regularly turns up to training, and runs the lunchtime handicap run each week around Lake Tuggeranong. Nicole will be an improver in 2017.

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    Peter Brown

    A golfer and keen runner, Peter is more commonly know as "Brownie" which we might have to call him due to having a lot of "Peter"s in the training group. Peter is pretty fit too.

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    Peter Burke

    Peter is one of the quicker members of the speedygeese, but we haven't seen a lot of him lately. Peter is trained as a sports masseur, so perhaps we would all like to see him more often!

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    Peter Thomson

    "Thommo" is an ultra runner who seems to enjoy instant recovery from long training runs and long races. Since joining the speedygeese his times in the Tuggeranong 5k parkrun have improved sharply. And that is without ever tapering!

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    Pieta Smith

    Another Tuggeranong parkrunner, Pieta vastly improved her times in 2016. Except when she has to piggyback a child in the last part of the event! Her improvement is largely due to her being able to survive quite a demanding training regime.

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    Rae Palmer

    Rae was a member of Females In Training (FIT) who joined us to work on her running. She races the Sydney City to Surf, she cycles, she competed in triathlons. Rae is another superfit athlete for her age!

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    Ruth Baussmann

    Ruth has been training with us for many years and has shown remarkable consistency over that time. We couldn't do without her, the jellybeans at the end of our training sessions are always greatly anticipated and appreciated.

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    Sandeep Chandra

    Among the most regular runners at Parliament House on Mondays and Thursdays, Sandeep is enjoying getting fit and his times are showing steady improvement. Sandeep's favourite event is the Lake Stakes at Tuggeranong, which he, Ewen, Thommo, and Nicole run most weeks.

    Sandeep was the first lucky speedygoose to have his blog portrait replaced by a better one, or in his case, two.

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    Sarah-Jayne Miller

    Sarah-Jayne trained with us here then moved to Albury and flourished as a trail runner. She's back and it appears she will be joining us as often as her young family makes that possible. Sarah-Jayne is super fit and has lost none of her form.

    Sarah-Jayne went to France to represent Australia in Skyrunning

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    Stephanie Pfohl

    Stephanie likes to run the Ginninderra parkrun and trains hard in between. We have only seen her at training a few times and she intends to join us more often in 2017.

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    Susan Sturgeon

    Susan is speedy over short distances and doing very well indeed racing longer ones. She has run a few Bush Capital 16k races, and completed international marathons. Susan is nearly an all-rounder!

    In 2015 Susan ran 3:46.33 for the New York marathon

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    Suzie Gye

    Suzie moved to Alice Springs and much later from there to Darwin, but there is hope that she will soon be moving back to Canberra. Bringing with her the cutest new baby. She has run good times from 5k to the marathon, and is not old yet.

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    Vanessa Palmer

    Vanessa likes to ski, paddle, run, cycle, and very soon may be in charge of the Queanbeyan parkrun. We will all visit her there for #1.

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    Warrick Howieson

    Warrick is a distance runner who for a sprint runs the City to Surf. Otherwise it’s half marathons and an occasional marathon. The halves are invariably run in around 1:45, although he has ducked under 1:40 at least once.

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    Yelena Pearson

    Yelena is expecting her second child in mid January. Therefore I would not expect her to return to training any time soon!

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    Sometimes people bring their sons or daughters to training. Sometimes these are quite grown up!

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    Yuan Yuan Liu

    She came to our speedygeese Christmas dinner.... will she come to training? Photo taken running the Stromlo Running Festival 10k. She runs quite well too...

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    Thea Zimpel

    Thea can run long slow distances, short slow distances, sprints. We are working on her form. On a good day she is very hard to beat (in a finishing sprint).

    Pictured is Bron, Shane, Thea and Ruth at the Ginninderra parkrun.

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    Abi Fargher

    Before Abi became a new mum, she was a regular at training, particularly on Sunday mornings at Stromlo Forest Park, where we sometimes still meet. What is not to like about a young lady who has a beer named after her? Next time you are in Parachilna, watching the long long postprandial coal train pass by, give her beer a try. I have.

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    Alex Murray

    Alex is a hockey player and world traveller who likes to train with us to maintain her fitness. She is also one of four members of the speedygeese, along with Ruth, Vanessa and Andy, who have competed in dragon boating.

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    Amanda Cook

    Cookie has trained with us at Stromlo Forest Park and at Parliament House specifically to run in the ATO Sports Carnival several years ago, which she won, judging pace better and blowing them away in the second half. She also played a lot of AFL, and recently has become a proud and happy mum. She is starting to run well again and is hoping to rejoin us soon.

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    Andrew Simpson

    Andrew is a long distance cyclist, having cycled from Adelaide to Geelong, and has a go at parkruns from time to time. And he swims. He enjoys training at Stromlo Forest Park on Sunday mornings, joining us on the occasional Monday as well.

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    Andy Matthews

    Andy specialises in the Weekly BBQ Stakes 6k. To avoid other races, he'd rather be fishing or dragon boating.

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    Brendan Belcher

    A regular at the Ginninderra parkrun, and new to our group, Brendan is relatively young and has many more decades of running in him.

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    Bron Sparkes

    Bron arrived in the speedygeese in 2014 with fitness already well established. She is an Obstacle Course racer and ACT champion. Husband Shane is something of a photographer (this is an understatement), frequently seen at the Ginninderra parkrun with his camera.

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    Bronwyn Calver

    Bronwyn is the only member of the speedygeese to have been inducted into the ACT Sport Hall Of Fame. Bronwyn played women's cricket when it was in its infancy, and represented Australia in three tests, in 34 one day internationals, and in two world cups. Bronwyn is THE allrounder, she participates in sport of all kinds, often on the same day. See the meticulously detailed record of her achievements on her blog.

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    Caroline Campbell

    Caroline is passionate about training and competing, travelling the world for athletic championships and triathlons. No wonder, she is unbeatable here in Canberra in her age group. In 2017 she has just joined the W75s. Watch out for new records!

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    Christopher Lang

    Christopher arrives for training.. in his own time. And leaves from training.. in his own time. He also belongs to a singing group, which he often attends after training. In his own time? Not known. And he has been seen cycling as well.

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    Colin Farlow

    Colin continues to train well, and continues to run on the track. In past years he has held ACT records, 7 of them, all in relays. His all time PBs include 800m: 2:07; 1500m 4:25; 3000m 9:44; 5000m 17:28; and in the "Pennington Series" which is handicapped on age he has frequently won or placed.

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    Craig Wurtz

    Relatively new to our group, Craig competes in distance events all around Canberra.

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    Dale Moore

    Dale travels all the way from Goulburn so he is an infrequent visitor to the speedygeese training group. Dale likes to run track so we are more likely to see him in summer.

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    Damian Rutledge

    A blast from the past, Damian recently renewed his acquaintance with the speedygeese and appears as fast as ever. Having recently entered a new M50 age group, Damian is all fired up and ready to race again.

    Curiously if you search for Damian on the internet all you find are references to "Hawthorn"

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    Dave Clark

    Dave progressed from treadmill to track, and races frequently, often straight after training. Dave has consistently improved over 5k and if he ever tapers for an event he will improve even more.

    Dave looks at his watch a lot. That's because he runs a lot.

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    Diana Barry

    Diana is a round-Australia traveller who trained with us early in 2016. Diana could turn up again in 2017; she is not old yet.

    The photo was taken at one of our regular speedygeese post-training suppers at the Yacht Club, Yarralumla

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    David Webster

    Intermittently trains with us when his sister drags him along. Intermittently races and excels as a long distance M65.

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    Dom Sparkes

    Young Dom is a talented gymnast who in a few years time will outgun us all. He very occasionally comes to training with his mom, or turns up at the Ginninderra parkun.

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    Ewen Thompson

    Ewen has run a lot, and is a long-time member of the speedygeese. Ewen's PBs include a 17:33 5k and a 36:33 10k. A 2:15 800m is not too shabby either. Ewen's best Half Marathon is 1:21.38 and Marathon 3:11.02. He also likes the High Jump which he practises towards the end of most races, and he has run the Six Foot Track.

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    Fiona Blackwell

    Fiona (second from the left) is a relative newcomer to our training group; she is a rower who runs. Therefore she is fit and strong!

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    Garry Maher

    M70 Garry is quicker than most of us.. particularly if you run him over 200m and put hurdles in the way. He doesn't mind the occasional Pentathlon either, except they involve a 1500m as the 5th event. Garry usually stops during our speedygeese warmup well before that!

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    Gary Moss

    Gary is another runner who has just turned 70 - and still running! Wonders will never cease. When I turn 70 in May 2018 GM (Garry Maher), GM (Gary Moss) and I (Geoff Moore) will form a relay team of M70 GMs but we need one more. Any takers?

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    Geoff Moore

    Speedychief aka speedygoose. See "about me". Favourite quotes: "Be the change you want to see in the world" and "Don't call me spritely!". These days I mostly run parkruns and little else, but in the past I have run everything from 100m to 50km.

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    Giles Lamb

    Giles is now a regular at training, and has been a regular participant in competitions around Canberra, notably the Friday lunchtime Customs 5k, and the Gungahlin parkrun.

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    Isaac Muscat

    Talented youngster who delights in dropping his mum in races and everyone else in training. Currently the fastest speedygoose and will only get faster.

    Isaac is Jen's son.

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    Jen Bright

    Jen is a successful mum (see previous item) and still breaks 20 minutes for 5k. Jen is allergic to track so her 5k races are all parkruns or YCRC events. You can find her at Tuggeranong parkrun on Saturday mornings, at speedygeese training every Monday and Thursday, and running trails at all other times.

Sunday, 31 December 2017

The speedygeese Calendar of Events

Posted by speedygeoff on Sunday, December 31, 2017 with 3 comments
Monday & Thursday (up until 5 October) training venue: see "About Parliament House".
**=I plan to attend.
Mon 25/095:30pmspeedygeese continuous relays @ Parliament House.
Tue 26/0912:10pmGinninderra Handicap 7k.
12:25pmLake Tuggeranong 6k.
Wed 27/0912:10pmBBQ Stakes 6k @ Woden.
Thu 28/095:30pm**speedygeese  speed-endurance @ Parliament House.
Fri 29/0912:15pm**Customs 5k @ Commonwealth Park.
Sat 30/098:00am5k parkruns many venues. **Ginninderra
Sun 01/103:00amDaylight saving starts.
9:00amYCRC Women's 6k Jogalong @ Weston Park.

Monday, 25 September 2017

i don't like mondays boomtown rats

Posted by speedygeoff on Monday, September 25, 2017 with No comments
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)

From https://youtu.be/-Kobdb37Cwc

Sunday, 24 September 2017


Posted by speedygeoff on Sunday, September 24, 2017 with No comments
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"

Posted by speedygeoff on Friday, September 22, 2017 with 1 comment
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

Posted by speedygeoff on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 with No comments
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

Posted by speedygeoff on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 with No comments
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

Posted by speedygeoff on Monday, September 18, 2017 with No comments
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 https://youtu.be/EfAhpX_wIBk