• Speedygeese Portrait Gallery 2017

    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!

  • Speedygeese Portrait Gallery 2017

    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.

  • Speedygeese Portrait Gallery 2017

    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.

  • Speedygeese Portrait Gallery 2017

    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.

  • Speedygeese Portrait Gallery 2017

    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.

  • Speedygeese Portrait Gallery 2017

    Andy Matthews

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

  • Speedygeese Portrait Gallery 2017

    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.

  • Speedygeese Portrait Gallery 2017

    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.

  • Speedygeese Portrait Gallery 2017

    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.

  • Speedygeese Portrait Gallery 2017

    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 will join the W75s. Watch out for new records!

  • Speedygeese Portrait Gallery 2017

    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.

  • Speedygeese Portrait Gallery 2017

    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.

  • Speedygeese Portrait Gallery 2017

    Craig Wurtz

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

  • Speedygeese Portrait Gallery 2017

    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.

  • Speedygeese Portrait Gallery 2017

    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"

  • Speedygeese Portrait Gallery 2017

    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.

  • Speedygeese Portrait Gallery 2017

    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

  • Speedygeese Portrait Gallery 2017

    David Webster

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

  • Speedygeese Portrait Gallery 2017

    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.

  • Speedygeese Portrait Gallery 2017

    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.

  • Speedygeese Portrait Gallery 2017

    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!

  • Speedygeese Portrait Gallery 2017

    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!

  • Speedygeese Portrait Gallery 2017

    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?

  • Speedygeese Portrait Gallery 2017

    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.

  • Speedygeese Portrait Gallery 2017

    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.

  • Speedygeese Portrait Gallery 2017

    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.

  • Speedygeese Portrait Gallery 2017

    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.

  • Speedygeese Portrait Gallery 2017

    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.

  • Speedygeese Portrait Gallery 2017

    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.

  • Speedygeese Portrait Gallery 2017

    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.

  • Speedygeese Portrait Gallery 2017

    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.

  • Speedygeese Portrait Gallery 2017

    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.

  • Speedygeese Portrait Gallery 2017

    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!

  • Speedygeese Portrait Gallery 2017

    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.

  • Speedygeese Portrait Gallery 2017

    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.

  • Speedygeese Portrait Gallery 2017

    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.

  • Speedygeese Portrait Gallery 2017

    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.

  • Speedygeese Portrait Gallery 2017

    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!

  • Speedygeese Portrait Gallery 2017

    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!

  • Speedygeese Portrait Gallery 2017

    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.

  • Speedygeese Portrait Gallery 2017

    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!

  • Speedygeese Portrait Gallery 2017

    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.

  • Speedygeese Portrait Gallery 2017

    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.

  • Speedygeese Portrait Gallery 2017

    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

  • Speedygeese Portrait Gallery 2017

    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.

  • Speedygeese Portrait Gallery 2017

    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

  • Speedygeese Portrait Gallery 2017

    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.

  • Speedygeese Portrait Gallery 2017

    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.

  • Speedygeese Portrait Gallery 2017

    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.

  • Speedygeese Portrait Gallery 2017

    Yelena Pearson

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

  • Speedygeese Portrait Gallery 2017


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

  • Speedygeese Portrait Gallery 2017

    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...

  • Speedygeese Portrait Gallery 2017

    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.

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.
Mon 24/075:30pm**speedygeese hills @ Parliament House.
Tue 25/0712:15pmLake Ginninderra 7k.
12:25pmLake Tuggeranong 6k.
Wed 26/0712:10pmPopular BBQ Stakes 6k @ Woden.
Thu 27/075:30pm**speedygeese intervals @ Parliament House.
Fri 28/0712:15pmCustoms 5k @ Commonwealth Park.
Sat 29/078:00am**5k parkruns many venues.
Sun 30/077:30am**speedygeese on grass @ Stromlo Forest Park
8:00amspeedygeese long run venue tba
9:00amACTVAC handicap Little Black Mountain

Monday, 24 July 2017

Meet me down by the jetty landing

Posted by speedygeoff on Monday, July 24, 2017 with No comments
Song of the week: "Reckless", by Australian Crawl (James Reyne) at https://youtu.be/JIrUqsB-0vw


Meet me down by the jetty landing
Where the pontoons bump and spray
I see the others reading, standing
As the Manly Ferry cuts its way to Circular Quay

Hear the captain blow his whistle
So long she's been away
I miss our early morning wrestle
Not a very happy way to start the day

She don't like that kind of behaviour [2x]

So, throw down your guns
Don't be so reckless
Throw down your guns
Don't be so

Feel like Scott of the Antarctic
Base camp too far away
A Russian sub beneath the Arctic
Burke and Wills and camels initials in the tree

She don't like that kind of behaviour [2x]

So, throw down your guns
Don't be so reckless
Throw down your guns
Don't be so reckless

She don't like that kind of behaviour [2x]

So, throw down your guns
Don't be so reckless
Throw down your guns
Don't be so reckless

Throw down your guns
Don't be so reckless
Throw down your guns
Don't be so reckless
Don't be so... reckless
Don't be so...

Sunday, 23 July 2017

speedygeese at the Kiama Coastal Classic

Posted by speedygeoff on Sunday, July 23, 2017 with No comments

Saturday, 22 July 2017

My Runners Shop 10k photos

Posted by speedygeoff on Saturday, July 22, 2017 with No comments
Today a few of us ran the 5k, then I took some photos of the 10k

Isaac running fast approaching the 6k mark

Rohan in the 6th km

Isaac sprinting to the finish




Friday, 21 July 2017

if only..

Posted by speedygeoff on Friday, July 21, 2017 with No comments

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Olivia's new floor routine

Posted by speedygeoff on Thursday, July 20, 2017 with No comments
Former Olympic Gymnast Daria Joura (who represented Australia at the Olympics in 2008) with my granddaughter Olivia Falconer.

Daria has designed a new floor routine for Olivia to practise over the next 6 months or so.
Go Liv!

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

speedygeese training summary

Posted by speedygeoff on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 with No comments
Thursday 13 July: Just six turned up: Susan (warmup), Dave (left early), Jen (left early), Brendan, Jennie and me. I actually ran the whole session ahead of the others, the first time for ever so long I have "won" a session. It was an interval session consisting of {400 jog, 400, 200 jog, 200, 200 jog, 200} x 3.

On Sunday 16 July the distance group (Dave) reports: It was a cool start for the speedygeese long run at Googong this morning. Minus five degrees for my 6.45am warmup (and I forgot my beanie 😬). After a 7k jog down to the dam and around to the other side of the lake and back up the hill, I returned with frozen ears to meet up with a massive crowd at the boatramp for a 20k scenic trail, courtesy of Narelle. With a slight breeze, it was jacket or long sleeves weather, although the return trip was much warmer (well above freezing point). Thanks also to Narelle for the Googong rent-a-crowd that swelled our numbers, helping to put speedygeese “on the map”, as it were. It was great to see so many Googong locals joining in.
No dramas or injuries this time, although Jen was 5 minutes late (took over my role from last week) and therefore lost a coffee bet. ☕
Some good times this morning (running times, that is – we always have other good times), including four ending up in the top ten for the 9.7k Strava segment “Googong foreshores to tin hut dam” (although that’s probably not so hard when only nine people have run it 😂). But seriously, there was some very good effort put in on quite a hilly course.
Jen and Isaac turned near the 7k mark to complete around 14k, Warrick, Peter and Sandeep did 16k, Graeme and Sammy finished with 18k and Narelle, Mhairi and Thach completed the full 20k. I ended up being tail runner with 27k and 760metres elevation (which was double the planned elevation - I wondered why I was so slow at the end). Shiree, having completed the 20k course, sacrificed her coffee and continued on to get 26k.
As per normal protocol, Graeme, Narelle, Sammy, some locals and I retired for a quick coffee and food at the Yellow Belly Café. Thanks everyone. A successful run all round and, most amazingly, no one got lost. That’s a first!!
💪 🏃♂️ 🏃♀️ ⛰️

See Dave's Sunday's run at https://www.relive.cc/view/1085398760

Monday 17 July at Parliament House: there was no no breeze so we ran continuous relays at the lower flags. I supervised, and running in teams of three then teams of two were Bron, Bronwyn, Colin, Dave, Isaac, Jen, Jennie, Paul, Pieta, Rae, Sandeep and Warrick.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Recent speedygeese race results

Posted by speedygeoff on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 with 2 comments
BBQ Stakes 6k 05 July
13. Ewen Thompson 34:06
24. Craig Wurtz 28:42
34. Peter Thomson 29:49
35. Jodie Davis 48:22
45 finishers

Lake Tuggeranong Stakes 6k 11 July
4. Caroline Campbell 36:23
13. Ewen Thompson 29:45
15. Sandeep Chandra 31:52
19. Peter Thomson 29:48
20 finishers

Customs 5k 14 July
2 Bill Arthur 29:01
7 Bron Sparkes 25:08
8 Ewen Thompson 24:25
10 Peter Thomson 23:29
13 Caroline Campbell 32:04
14 finishers

Burley Griffin 5k parkrun #58 15 July
24 Craig Wurtz 21:24 M50
68 Kelley Horan 25:18 W55
124 Helen Way 29:57 W50 **First Timer**
176 finishers

Ginninderra 5k parkrun #271 15 July
15 Gavin Mongan 21:51 M35
24 Brendan Belcher 23:15 M35
48 Jill Pearson 26:21 W55
141 finishers

Tuggeranong 5k parkrun #230 15 July
6 David Clarke 19:41 M55
33 Bronwyn Calver 23:03 W45
36 Peter Thomson 23:26 M55
132 Thomas Howieson 31:23 M11
138 Jessica Howieson 32:25 W10
139 Warrick Howieson 32:28 M45
213 finishers

Gungahlin 5k parkrun #196 15 July
23 Amanda Cook 21:54 W35 **New PB**
92 Stephanie Sabadas 27:39 W25 **First Timer**
119 Yuan Yuan Liu 29:55 W45
124 Margaret McSpadden 30:16 W70
197 finishers

Queanbeyan 5k parkrun #12 15 July
39 Vanessa Palmer 35:54 W45
69 finishers

Batemans Bay 5k parkrun #63 15 July
12 Victoria Hennig 25:43 W55
39 finishers

Merimbula 5k parkrun #197 15 July
6 Giles Lamb 22:01 M40
32 Jennie Blake 28:50 W60
39 George Quarmby 29:53 M60
71 finishers

YCRC 6k Stromlo 15 July
17. Peter Thomson M55 29:53
19. Jennifer Bright W40 30:10
20. Isaac Muscat U14 30:10
27. Sandeep Chandra M40 32:43
28. Ewen Thompson M60 33:03
33. Caroline Campbell W70 41:34
33 finishers

YCRC 3k Stromlo 15 July
59 finishers

Tuggeranong parkrun 15 July

Thomas Howieson

Warrick and Jessica Howieson

Monday, 17 July 2017

come back again

Posted by speedygeoff on Monday, July 17, 2017 with No comments
Song of the week: “Come back Again”, by Daddy Cool. From https://youtu.be/tI3mcR0-wjQ