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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 will join 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.

Sunday, 31 December 2017

The speedygeese Calendar of Events

Posted by speedygeoff on Sunday, December 31, 2017 with 3 comments
**=I plan to attend
Wed 22/0312:10pmBBQ Stakes 6k @ Woden
Thu 23/035:30pm**speedygeese @ Parliament House
6:00pmACTVAC Track @ Woden
6:00pm 3000m
7:00pm 800m championships
7:55pm 3000m/5000m
Fri 24/0312:15pmCustoms Joggers 5k @ Commonwealth Park
Sat 25/038:00amBurley Griffin 5k parkrun
8:00amGinninderra 5k parkrun
8:00amTuggeranong 5k parkrun
8:00amGungahlin 5k parkrun
8:00amBatemans Bay 5k parkrun
Sun 26/037:30amspeedygeese long run from Lyons shops
7:30am**speedygeese grass intervals @ Stromlo Forest Park
Mon 27/035:30pm**speedygeese @ Parliament House
Tue 28/0312:25pmLake Tuggeranong Stakes 6k

Thursday, 23 March 2017


Posted by speedygeoff on Thursday, March 23, 2017 with No comments
Workmate, running companion, close personal friend.
So sad. Leaves loving wife, two daughters and their husbands, four grandchildren.
Passed away silently in his sleep.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Speedygeese training summary

Posted by speedygeoff on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 with No comments
Thursday 16 March Parliament House Giles/Brendan/Jen/Isaac/Jennie/me Rose Garden 200s

Sunday 19 March Stromlo Forest Park Andrew, me, Gavin (new), Matt (new) ran laps

Sunday 19 March
Long distance group from Parliament House. Dave reports: "A tough long run with Speedy Geese this morning - 21k warmup around LBG west and central basin from Parliament House starting at 5.35am, plus 17k with the Speedy Geese crew around Red Hill and 7k around LBG central basin (after losing sight of the others) to make 45k all up. Second last long run before the Canberra Ultra (50k). Felt like crap at the end after a big week (140k). Too tired to take any more pics. Susan and Jen did 16k, Bronwyn 18k, Giles 20k, Warrick 22k, Narelle 24k, Sandeep 25k and Jacob did 26k. Sandeep was bouncing around at the end like he could do another 10k. We regrouped for coffee in Acton, where Ruth joined us after her 34k solo and Richard met us with Mr D. Thanks for shouting the coffee and fruit toast Richard ;-) Perfect weather again.

Monday 20 March Parliament House in light rain we ran 25 minutes of relays on the longer loop from the Rose Gardens. Participating were Cookie, Andy, Colin, Dave, David, Emma, Ewen, Garry, Isaac, Jen, Jennie, Pieta, Ruth, Tom, Warrick; and I supervised.
After training, 15 of us enjoyed a dinner and drinks at the Yacht Club.

The speedygeese gathering for their long sunday run

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

All the recent speedygeese race results

Posted by speedygeoff on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 with No comments
Lake Tuggeranong Stakes 6k 14 March
3. Craig Wurtz 28:37
15. Peter Thomson 29:01
17. Ewen Thompson 35:25
17 finishers

YCRC Summer Series #7 Stirling Ridge 4.8k 14 March
8. Jennifer Bright W40 22:28
9. Isaac Muscat M14 22:29
11. Peter Thomson M55 22:58
15. Craig Wurtz M50 23:56
19. Ewen Thompson M55 26:46
29 finishers

ACTVAC Track 16 March
M55 Colin Farlow 10:40.45 81.8%
M50 Craig Wurtz 12:40.86 67.2
M55 Ewen Thompson 14:51.21 60.9
W65 Ruth Baussmann 16:38.34 74.0

M55 Colin Farlow 2:26.57 82.8%
M50 Craig Wurtz 2:58.29 66.3

Spiral 7
10 Ruth Baussmann W65 16:23
11 Craig Wurtz M50 13:08
13 Ewen Thompson M55 16:46
15 finishers

Customs 5k 17 March
7 Colin Farlow 19:02
10 Ewen Thompson 30:11
12 Craig Wurtz 24:23
13 Giles Lamb 24:14
17 Peter Thomson 30:41
17 finishers

Ginninderra 5k parkrun #254 18 March
20 Brendan Belcher 21:15 M30
117 Ruth Baussmann 28:51 W65 *100th parkrun*
118 Geoff Moore 28:52 M65
193 Bron Sparkes 39:59 W40
234 finishers

Gungahlin 5k parkrun #179 18 March
22 Giles Lamb 21:25 M40
255 finishers

Burley Griffin 5k parkrun #41 18 March
22 Craig Wurtz 21:25 M50
209 finishers

Tuggeranong 5k parkrun #213 18 March
44 Bronwyn Calver 23:02 W45
59 Ewen Thompson 24:07 M55
157 Thomas Howieson 29:32 M11 **New PB**
202 Jessica Howieson 32:09 W10 **New PB**
203 Warrick Howieson 32:11 M45
338 Peter Thomson 70:47 M55
339 finishers

Batemans Bay 5k parkrun #46
18 March
31 finishers

Albert 5k parkrun #278 18 March
74 Amanda Cook 22:38 W35
360 finishers

St Peters 5k parkrun #268 18 March
16 David Clarke 20:20
184 finishers

Thommo running his 48th marathon - round and round the athletic track at the AIS, Friday night.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Even better than the real thing

Posted by speedygeoff on Monday, March 20, 2017 with No comments
Song of the week, from https://youtu.be/Yrch66gdjjk
U2 - "Even Better Than The Real Thing"

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Marathon tips - first marathon

Posted by speedygeoff on Sunday, March 19, 2017 with 1 comment
I usually give the following advice for people running their first marathon:

(a) Long term preparation. You probably need more time than you think to prepare for your first marathon. Deek said ten years; I ran my first after 13 years of running, the last two or three years more specific long slow distance then cross country racing. I think the problem is that people get sucked into seeing the marathon as an early goal in their running career, when it should probably be the culmination of a long and successful career racing shorter distances. As I often say, train for the marathon, but don't even think about racing one.

(b) Short term preparation. I advise that four months before any marathon, you should be comfortable already having built up to your longest training distances. Then in the last four months you can be more specific, doing shorter tempo runs and speed work while maintaining those long training weeks, doing a half marathon dress rehearsal 3-5 weeks before the marathon, and staying well.

(c) How many marathons? Once or maybe twice a year, maximum.

(d) Recovery. Don't stop dead after the marathon, jog! Get the body moving again as soon as practicable, and you will experience a better recovery. And don't ever race or do speed work the week after the marathon, however good you feel.

(e) The race itself. Pacing: My advice to first time marathoners is simply to aim to finish. Not too slowly, you don't want to be out there all day. Not too fast early, there's nothing worse than blowing up and having hundreds pass you in the second half. The best advice is to start off slow and steady and relaxed. After about 15k look at moving up in the field, still relaxed but with an increased perceived effort. After 30k, running with a determination to run strong for 5k. After 35k, throwing caution to the winds and charging towards the finish.

(f) Race plan: know the course; ignore the opposition, stay focused on your own performance, and quietly move as quickly and efficiently as your preparation allows. Despite what I said about aiming "just to finish", have a plan, and be flexible. Don't sprint to catch up if you fall behind; just revert to your planned pace as best you can.

(g) Time predictor: Everyone is different. You probably don't know how to adjust projected times for your circumstances until after you have run a few marathons. If you have established what your "time predictor curve" is, then the predictor becomes useful. For example I could subtract about 7 minutes from my marathon predicted time based on my 5k/10k/half times to get a more accurate prediction. And it is true that, knocking a minute off your 5k times, say, means an 8 minute faster marathon, if you are doing marathon training. So predictors are useful, but don't believe them!

In my early marathon days my plan contained: mnemonics for each segment of the race (All my races, whatever distances, I partitioned so that I could concentrate on one segment at a time); a few options in mind for race tactics (I was trying to win; such considerations you may not find necessary, or do you have a bitter rival you have to beat?); a checklist for the morning of the race (no attempt to sleep for very long; spaghetti breakfast 5 hours before start time, items to take, etc), and time goals for each segment, taking course and conditions into account.

It might be useful to say that for the last 7k I added times to what was on my watch, to calculate a finish time to strike for, I did that every kilometre until the end. Not worrying about what might have happened; looking ahead to what was to come.

But the first marathon had minimal preparation; after that there were real goals.

OK, I typed this off the top of my head. later I might review things I wrote years ago, and update this. Happy marathoning!

Margaret and I at yesterday's parkrun. Not even thinking about marathons any more.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Ruth's 100th parkrun

Posted by speedygeoff on Saturday, March 18, 2017 with No comments
Ginninderra today:

Brendan towards the front

Bron towards the back

Margaret in between

Janene, me, Margaret, Ruth. At the finish

Janene, Ruth, Margaret.At the finish

Ruth and I running together: My warmup for the cooldown

Friday, 17 March 2017

5th November 1978

Posted by speedygeoff on Friday, March 17, 2017 with 1 comment
With the Canberra Marathon coming up, here is a picture of the leaders in the Canberra marathon on 5th November 1978.

Garry Hand (on the left) ended up 7th that day, and I ended up winning in what is still my PB.
Note that this was the last time Garry finished behind me in any marathon.
If I am ever to do a new PB it will be out of an airplane.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Snapper this Monday

Posted by speedygeoff on Thursday, March 16, 2017 with No comments
Monday will be Garry's last day for a while ... so we are having our next speedygeese dinner on Monday 20 March at Snapper on the lake... 7:00pm straight after training. Those who attended last time enjoyed the venue!

A reminder about training:
>Every Monday 5:30pm at Parliament House
>Every Thursday at 5:30pm at Parliament House
>Every Sunday at 7:30am at Stromlo Forest Park, grass intervals, and
>On Sundays also at 7:30am, a large group of speedygeese are running very long distances. Different venues. Check "The Speedygeese Calendar of events" post at the head of the blog if you are interested.

and all welcome to Snapper, whether you get to training or not!

Some speedygeese who won't be at Monday's dinner...

They'd sooner stay at the ski resort in Breckenridge, Colorado