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    We are the speedygeese!

    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.

    New starters are always welcome!

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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.

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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.

Sunday, 31 December 2017

The speedygeese Calendar of Events

Posted by speedygeoff on Sunday, December 31, 2017 with 3 comments
Monday & Thursday training venue: see "About Parliament House".
**=I plan to attend.
Wed 16/0812:10pmBBQ Stakes 6k @ Woden.
Thu 17/085:30pm**speedygeese intervals @ Parliament House.
Fri 18/0812:15pmCustoms 5k @ Commonwealth Park.
Sat 19/088:00am5k parkruns many venues. **Ginninderra
Sun 20/087:30am**speedygeese on grass @ Stromlo Forest Park
8:00amspeedygeese long run centenary run leg 1
8:00amACTMA Half Marathon @ Lake Gininnderra
Mon 21/084:15pm**speedygeese  early run @ Parliament House.
5:30pm**speedygeese hills @ Parliament House.
Tue 22/0812:25pmLake Tuggeranong 6k.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Speedygeese training summary

Posted by speedygeoff on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 with No comments
Thursday 10 August: At Parliament House, present were Isaac, Jen, Jennie, Giles, Brownie, Susan, Brendan and I. We ran a 1200m fast, followed by 15 minutes or so of intervals on the grass oval (200m fast/slow)

On Sunday 13 August I managed to run 8k unaccompanied at Stromlo Forest Park.

Also on Sunday 13 August the distance group reported: [Bron] At 8:03 Mhairi spun her wheels into the CISAC carpark. At 8:04 14 of us headed out. The beginning of the run took us up a walking path, with a round about which confused poor Giles, having him think he had taken a wrong turn 300m in to our run. We all reconnected and trudged up to the top of Gossan Hill to the pyramid of rocks.
After that we took an unofficial shortcut along Radford Trails to Heydon Drive. A quick game of frogger across the VERY busy Canberra road took us to the Calvary walking track and beyond.
Running past the AIS track (cause this was a long slow run, not track work) we headed to the perimeter of Bruce ridge and made it to O'Conner Ridge. A long loop on a mix of fire trails and single track, with some hills, took us back to Bruce Ridge. Susan took her leave at this point and made her way back to CISAC, likely to have finished up with 12-13km.
The remaining 13 headed around Bruce Ridge, past the caravan park and onto Belconnen Way for some more Frogger fun.
A couple of loops, hills and cross country bush bashing around Little Black Mountain and we were all on the home stretch.
Aranda, with its hills and power lines made sure those who can run downhill quickly caught up to our speedier geese! 😂
A run over the footbridge over Belconnen Way put us on a path back to CISAC and gave us all 22-23km all up. 500m vert.

Finally on Monday 14 August
at Parliament House, Bronwyn and I ran an early 10k, then I supervised a session of 2 x 400m along the western grass followed by about 10 x 200m intervals on the small oval. Participating were Paul, Kim, Pieta, Sandeep and Rae.

Bronwyn and I running early at Monday's speedygeese.

Mhairi on the run

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Recent speedygeese race results

Posted by speedygeoff on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 with No comments
BBQ Stakes 6k 02 August
15. Jodie Davis 45:20
19. Peter Thomson 27:44
32. Caroline Campbell 39:11
33. Andrew Simpson 28:13
34. Ewen Thompson 41:15
36. Bronwyn Calver 30:26
41. Craig Wurtz 29:12
43. Roger Pilkington 32:21
63 finishers

YCRC Dunrossil Drive 4.2k 05 August
14. Rohan Pitchford M50 17:50
19. Craig Wurtz M50 19:04
25. Ewen Thompson M60 23:27
26. Caroline Campbell W75 25:35
27 finishers

Lake Tuggeranong Stakes 6k 08 August
2. Warrick Howieson 31:32
11. Peter Thomson 29:07
13. Ewen Thompson 40:38
13 finishers

BBQ Stakes 6k 09 August
12. Ewen Thompson 46:08
13. Peter Thomson 27:47
14. Craig Wurtz 28:05
20. Jodie Davis 45:53
26. Bronwyn Calver 29:53
54 finishers

Customs 5k 11 August
6 Peter Thomson 23:04
11 Ewen Thompson 31:21
13 finishers

Burley Griffin 5k parkrun #62 12 August
17 Craig Wurtz 21:43 M50
44 Kelley Horan 24:16 W55
136 finishers

Ginninderra 5k parkrun #275 12 August
35 Bron Sparkes 24:58 W40
44 Roger Pilkington 25:48 M55
75 Brendan Belcher 29:30 M35
79 Ruth Baussmann 30:14 W65
110 Helen Way 37:47 W50
149 finishers

Tuggeranong 5k parkrun #234 12 August
20 Thach Huynh 21:48 M40 **New PB**
33 Shane Wright 23:13 M45
45 Peter Thomson 24:36 M55
62 David Clarke 26:08 M55
195 finishers

Gungahlin 5k parkrun #200 12 August
24 Nadine Morrison 23:15 W45
86 Margaret McSpadden 31:00 W70
158 finishers

Queanbeyan 5k parkrun #16 12 August
3 Giles Lamb 22:37 M40
16 Vanessa Palmer 29:52 W45
18 Rae Palmer 31:04 W70
25 William Arthur 33:33 M65
52 finishers

Batemans Bay 5k parkrun #67 12 August
32 finishers

YCRC Black Mountain Peninsula 8k 12 August
12 finishers

YCRC Black Mountain Peninsula 4k 12 August
3. Rohan Pitchford M50 17:18
13 finishers

Familiar faces at the Queanbeyan parkrun

Monday, 14 August 2017

talk, please

Posted by speedygeoff on Monday, August 14, 2017 with No comments
Song of the week: "Talk", by Coldplay. At https://youtu.be/EH9meoWmAOM

Sensational lyrics, more relevant today than when it was written.

Oh brother I can't, I can't get through
I’ve been trying hard to reach you cause I don’t know what to do
Oh brother I can't believe it's true
I’m so scared about the future and I wanna talk to you
Oh I wanna talk to you

You can take a picture of something you see
In the future where will I be?
You can climb a ladder up to the sun
Or a write a song nobody has sung
Or do something that's never been done

Are you lost or incomplete?
Do you feel like a puzzle, you can't find your missing piece?
Tell me how do you feel
Well I feel like they're talking in a language I don't speak
And they're talking it to me

You can take a picture of something you see
In the future where will I be?
You can climb a ladder up to the sun
Or a write a song nobody has sung
Or do something that's never been done

So you don't know where you're going and you wanna talk
And you feel like you're going where you've been before
You tell anyone who'll listen but you feel ignored
Nothing's really making any sense at all, let's talk
Let's talk, let's talk, let's talk

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Sunny Sunday

Posted by speedygeoff on Sunday, August 13, 2017 with No comments
No wind no cloud no frost - just fine and sunny in Canberra this morning for the speedygeese long run. And newish faces, the group is growing from week to week. Many were away for the City to Surf, so an excellent turn-out

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Good luck to everyone running the City to Surf tomorrow!

Posted by speedygeoff on Saturday, August 12, 2017 with No comments
Andrew and Pieta Smith: "fully prepped" and ready to run.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Two more Moores excelling at music

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Tyler (cello)

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Two stars of South Australian Distance Running

Posted by speedygeoff on Thursday, August 10, 2017 with No comments

I saw them run, many times, in my school/university days in Adelaide. I was at the track watching in awe when Kerry O'Brien ran his 8:29 steeple.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Speedygeese training summary

Posted by speedygeoff on Wednesday, August 09, 2017 with No comments
Thursday 3 August: At Parliament House, it was a wash-out after a cold windy rain-swept day. Just Dave and Jen turned up after I bailed; they day lap after lap after lap in the sheltered underground car-park. Footnote: Isaac and Giles were there too!

On Sunday 6 August I ran with John Kennedy at Stromlo Forest Park.

The distance group reports: [Dave]: With an icy breeze eating its way across the open rolling hills of the arboretum, the morning sun climbed slowly over Lake Burley Griffin and poked its face between the grey and orange hues of aimlessly drifting cumulo nimbus, offering a false hope of a pleasant speedygeese long run. Shiree, Jen, Sarah and I clambered into Shiree’s car, with the heater at gale force, and headed to the run start rendezvous at Mount Arawang.
16 of us headed off straight up Mount Arawang, following the last 26k of the second leg of the Sri Chinmoy ultra relay (700+ metres of elevation), then along Cooleman Ridge to Narrabundah Hill, up to the top of Mount Stromlo, down to Molonglo River then over to the arboretum.
Giles topped the Sunday morning leaderboard with 32k, Ross did 30k, and Shiree 29, while Jeff, Mhairi, Pieta, Sarah, Elle and I finished with about 28, and Jen and Bron knocked over 27k. Warrick, Thach, Lisa and Bronwyn did an out and back from the start with 13k for Bronwyn, 16 for Warrick and Lisa, and about 20 for Thach. Ewen did an out and back from the other end, meeting us at Stromlo and ending up with 18k. Isaac was picked up along the way after completing 9k.
Everyone seemed to enjoy the run, despite the icy wind, although I struggled this morning – felt like an old man for some reason 🤣. Notable incidents included not getting lost (admittedly a few detours, but not technically lost), no injuries for Giles, and no coffee for Jen for at least 20 minutes after the run (and I believe she threw out the first one even though she was desperate – glad I’m not a barista in Jen’s presence 😂 ).
A small group headed down to Tuggeranong Hyperdome for coffee afterwards. Thanks for the run everyone and thanks to Ewen, Jen and Mhairi for the extra pics. Good luck to all those doing the City to Surf next week. 😀

Finally on Monday 7 August at Parliament House, a cold and wet day deterred many, but conditions were good at 5:30pm for our 20 hill sprints over 100m, 12 of them on 90 seconds then straight into the final 8 on 80 seconds. I supervised and jogged around, while Paul, Warrick, Bronwyn, Rae and Ruth did the training.

The distance group