Wednesday, 4 May 2016

speedygeese training

Posted by speedygeoff on Wednesday, May 04, 2016 with 2 comments
Last Thursday at Dickson I ran long (20k altogether). For training at 5:30pm a group of six ran 6 x 600+ in relays of 2. We had Colin, Dave, Maria O’R, Maria S (new), and Rohan participating.

On Sunday at Stromlo the rain stopped at exactly 7:30am, Dave and Pieta ran long, I jogged on the grass, chatted to Amanda, Ken & Katie, and watched Vanessa as she started a long mountain bike race.

On Monday I ran early then donned beanie and gloves for the first time this year which did the job nicely. Doing 6 x 15 seconds then 12 x 30 seconds on the grass were Caroline, Christopher, Colin, Dale, Dave B2, Dave C, Mick, Pieta, Ruth, Warrick & me. Birthday champagne was shared afterwards (happy birthday me, 68 today).

To celebrate my birthday today I will run at BBQ Stakes shortly. Haven't been there for a couple of years probably, although old men sometimes have unreliable memory. However...

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

speedygeese race results

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Friday 29 April Customs 5k
Bill Arthur 27:03
Caroline Campbell 34:25

Saturday 30 April YCRC BMP 10 mile
12 David Clarke M55 1:10:13
18 Jennifer Bright W40 1:14:04
32 Annette Sugden W50 1:24:20
34 Roger Pilkington M55 1:25:29
40 Warrick Howieson M45 1:27:42
76 Caroline Campbell W70 1:51:38
83 finishers

Saturday 30 April YCRC BMP 5k
3 Isaac Muscat U14 20:34
7 Geoff Moore M65 25:33
9 finishers

Saturday 30 April 5k Ginninderra parkrun #209
28 Bron Sparkes 22:57 W35
180 finishers

Saturday 30 April 5k Tuggeranong parkrun #166
27 Bronwyn Calver 21:59 W45
239 Ewen Thompson 38:11 M55
305 finishers

Saturday 30 April 5k Gungahlin parkrun #133
122 Margaret McSpadden 35:53 W65
152 Gary Bowen 55:13 M55
152 finishers

Dave demonstrating his typical racing style. AMA National Cross Country, Adelaide, M55s.

Monday, 2 May 2016

an oldie that doesn't age

Posted by speedygeoff on Monday, May 02, 2016 with No comments
Song of the week: "Original Sin", by INXS

Sunday, 1 May 2016

New Speedy Geese tops - order yours now.

Posted by speedygeoff on Sunday, May 01, 2016 with No comments
Jen Bright is organising for a new batch of speedy geese tops. They will be tshirts, male and female ones. Will be either blue or white once we decide and will have speedy geese written on it with geese and Parliament House design. The design is being currently worked on by speedy gosling Isaac. Being made up by same person who designed and produced Anzac ultra tshirt, which is really well made, great fit and comfy. Please let Jen know if you are interested and your size. Orders will be completed when we reach 30 orders. Each tshirt costs only $24 total. For more details, including pictures and size charts, see the speedygeese Facebook page at

Dirt de Femme was on at Stromlo Forest Park this morning and our very own Vanessa was doing the long course. I watched her depart at 9:30am surrounded by a large bunch of other women. By the way, the rain cleared at exactly 7:30am, the time our training began.

Saturday, 30 April 2016

A little video about kathrine switzer

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"No one wanted her to run." Not exactly true, but it must have felt like that.

And this was 1967!

Friday, 29 April 2016

Suzie's news

Posted by speedygeoff on Friday, April 29, 2016 with 1 comment
The lovely Suzie Gye is expecting! That means there are three members of the speedygeese who will be bringing speedygoslings into the world this year. For the other two, Sarah-Jayne, and Cookie, this will be happening very soon. For Suzie, here is what she says:

"I'm very excited to share with friends near and far the news of my little miracle. Baby Gye is due on 3rd September ❤️."

Here is Suzie with the new car she has bought to go with her new baby.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

The Age of Happiness

Posted by speedygeoff on Thursday, April 28, 2016 with 1 comment

copied from the internet

After his wife's funeral, Fauja moved in with his son, making the long journey from a small Indian village to London. Spending whole days sitting at home didn't feel healthy to this retired farmer, not to mention depressing. Seeing joggers fill up city parks every morning made Fauja wonder – why don't I give running a try too?

Except, he never planned on running marathons. But, he got into it over time. After eight years of training, Fauja, at 89 years old, finished the London marathon in less than seven hours. He didn't stop there. Three years later, at 92, he then ran a marathon distance in five hours and 40 minutes. It turned out that in the “above 90” age category, he beat the world record.

As a result, Adidas invited Fauja to be a part of their advertising campaign, titled “The Impossible is Possible.”

This is how Fauja Singh became a global celebrity and started his athletic career at 90. In the last 12 years, he participated in the London marathon eight times, finishing every time. This retired Indian farmer took to his new role as celebrity athlete quite easily.

“God wants me to be the oldest marathon runner on Earth,” he says. “And, since all we do is already lined out by the Almighty, I'm simply his soldier carrying out his will.”

To stay in shape, Fauja walks and runs a total distance of 15 kilometers per day. He avoids smoking, fried food, alcohol, and (as much as possible) encounters with unpleasant people. And, he smiles a lot.

“The first twenty miles of a marathon are easy for me,” says Fauja. “And, the last six, I run, talking to God.”

More about Fauja

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

speedygeese training sessions in the last week

Posted by speedygeoff on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 with No comments
Last Thursday at Dickson Dave and I ran long. We also ran into Julia Herbert (McDonald) with her mum Maria O’Reilly having a training run there; they may join us in future.

On Sunday at Stromlo Dave ran long (and fast before the Vets Handicap), Andrew and I ran laps of the cross country course.

On Monday at Parliament House, Dave and I ran early (so I got in a really fast run); for the main session we ran 12 x 40 seconds on 2 minutes; I doing the whole session for once, along with Andrew, Andy, Dave, Isaac, Jen, and Pieta. When Monday is a holiday we never know how many will turn up.

Come along on Thursday at Dickson, it be fun.