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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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    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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    Jackson

    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.

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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.

Sunday, 31 December 2017

The speedygeese Calendar of Events

Posted by speedygeoff on Sunday, December 31, 2017 with 3 comments
Monday/Thursday Venue: see "About Parliament House".
**=I plan to attend.
Tue 30/0512:10pmGinninderra 7k monthly handicap.
12:25pmLake Tuggeranong Stakes 6k.
Wed 31/0512:10pmBBQ Stakes 6k @ Woden.
Thu 01/065:30pm**speedygeese intervals @ Parliament House.
Fri 02/0612:15pmCustoms Joggers 5k @ Commonwealth Park.
Sat 03/068:00am5k parkruns many venues.
11:35am**ACTVAC 8k Cross Country @ Stromlo Forest Park.
Sun 04/067:30am**speedygeese intervals @ Stromlo Forest Park.
8:00am?speedygeese long run venue TBA
Mon 05/065:30pm**speedygeese @ Parliament House.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Duck and Run

Posted by speedygeoff on Monday, May 29, 2017 with No comments
Song of the Week: "Duck and Run", by 3 Doors Down
At https://youtu.be/epUQTJUDDIs



Which Way?

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Simon's Cat - Dinner Date: Just Desserts

Posted by speedygeoff on Sunday, May 28, 2017 with No comments
At https://youtu.be/iyvHcIEm5Sw

Saturday, 27 May 2017

50 years ago today

Posted by speedygeoff on Saturday, May 27, 2017 with No comments
... I stayed up to hear Sgt Pepper in its entirety. The album was kept under wraps until Midnight. So at 11:30pm, living in Adelaide, I tuned in to a Melbourne station for half an hour, then switched to an Adelaide station at midnight to hear the full album from the beginning.


Friday, 26 May 2017

Simon's Cat - Dinner Date: Main Course

Posted by speedygeoff on Friday, May 26, 2017 with No comments
At https://youtu.be/xdP_R7gCUE4

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Dinner Date: Starters - Simon's Cat

Posted by speedygeoff on Thursday, May 25, 2017 with No comments
At https://youtu.be/Wy3a0wMgbD8

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Speedygeese training summary (two weeks)

Posted by speedygeoff on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 with 3 comments
On Thursday 11 May at Parliament House: Present were Colin, Dave, me, Giles, Jen, Jennie, Julia (new), Lisa, Nicole, Brownie, Pieta, Rohan and Sandeep. We ran lightpole sprints "2(2), 2(1), 3(2)".

On Saturday 13 May by Dave: "with some of us doing the Mothers Day Classic and others tied up on Sunday, Jen (19k), Sandeep (18k), Giles (16k), Susan (14k), and Warrick (14k) snuck in an unscheduled group run around Mount Ainslie ("Bush Capital" course). There were rumours that Jen got lost and Giles did a swan dive, but they turned out to be hearsay only, suspected to have originated from our Speedygeese misinformation (alternative facts) officer (guess who... and, no, it's not me). Jen was wondering if it was a coincidence that for once they didn't get lost on the one day I did not attend - of course it was a coincidence - what are you implying Jen? Even though there were no major incidents, it was reported by one of those in the field that "a couple of bearded hipsters on their fixed gear bikes heading for a morning kale shake in Braddon were spotted however". Thanks for being on the lookout Sandeep (and for the pics)."

Sunday 14 May at Stromlo Forest Park Sandeep and I ran, as I recall. I am a bit hazy, it was so long ago and a lot of water has flown under the bridge since then.

Monday 15 May at Parliament House I was on holidays and in attendance were Colin, Dave C, Giles, Jen, Jennie, Pieta and Sandeep. All completed the hill session, 20 reps on 90.

Thursday 18 May at Parliament House: Brendan, Colin, Giles, Isaac, Jen and Brownie all completed the scheduled session. Dave turned up late (even later than Jen!) but did the session (slowly). It was another variation on lightpole sprints. 2(2), 2(2), 1(1) + 2(2) + 3(3)
(i.e. for the third set sprint 1 jog 1 sprint 2 jog 2 sprint 3 jog 3 and repeat starting again at 1...)

Sunday 21 May at Stromlo Forest Park: Running on the grass were Andrew, Thomas, Jessica, Warrick and I.

Sunday 21 May was also the long run at the Cotter: Dave again "Today’s Speedygeese long run could only be described as completely different from every other run we’ve done so far. Jen, Sarah, Sandeep and I did a 23k at the Cotter (460m elevation, average pace 5.23 per km). Best scenery yet, most hills, deepest (and coldest) river crossing, greatest number of pics (over 100 all up, which probably explains why our 2 hour run took 3 hours), most surprised onlooker (probably more fun watching us than fishing), most interesting poses and props and backdrops, coldest start, most fog, and best fun. And the run was good too! I don’t know what else to say except I’m glad I was there. Also found out that “The Farmer’s Daughter” at Yarralumla makes the best omelettes in Canberra (and pretty good coffee). Thanks for the run – that would definitely qualify as a “fun run”."

Monday 24 May at Parliament House, still not enough attending for us to run relays so we ran more hills. 16 reps today. Present were Colin, Jen, Jennie (part), Peter Burke, Sandeep (part) and Susan, with me supervising after a hard day at the gym. Christopher was also seen at one late stage.

Meanwhile elsewhere in the world...


Dave B and Ruth.

For interest part of an email I received today from a Vets committee person (presumably unofficially): "Another query brought to my attention is your training group is on the Thursday track and field night is this an oversight is it possible to change nights." Part of my answer: "As far as Thursday training is concerned I don't advertise it for Vets and it takes no one away from track." Would anyone like to comment? I am certain I know who the complainant was and I had already talked to him about it.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Two weeks of speedygeese race results

Posted by speedygeoff on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 with 1 comment
BBQ Stakes 6k 29 March
5. Andrew Simpson 27:12
19. Bronwyn Calver 30:21
21. Ewen Thompson 35:19
24. Peter Thomson 28:09
37. Caroline Campbell 42:20
45 finishers

AMRA Mt Ainslie Run-Up 2.3k 02 May
12 finishers

YCRC Women’s 6k Jogalong 07 May
Cathy Montalto W60 36:45
Caroline Campbell W70 36:52
Thea Zimpel W30 59:40
68 finishers

Nail Can Hill Run 07 May
Ewen Thompson 59:08.5 (sub 60 = “age buster” for the first time)

Lake Tuggeranong Stakes 6k 09 May
5. Sandeep Chandra 29:37
7. Roger Pilkington 30:58
14. Ewen Thompson 33:43
15. Peter Thomson 27:53
18 finishers

Customs 5k 12 May
Colin Farlow 19:06
Giles Lamb 21:47
Peter Thomson 22:21
Ewen Thompson 26:34
20 finishers

Ginninderra 5k parkrun #262 13 May
39 Brendan Belcher 23:24 M30
59 Kevin Miller 25:05 M35
72 Chloe Miller 26:12 W10
73 Celina Miller 26:14 W35
149 Gary Moss 33:48 M70
182 Bron Sparkes 39:24 W40
223 finishers

Gungahlin 5k parkrun #187 13 May
104 Yuan Yuan Liu 29:33 W45 **New PB**
173 finishers

Burley Griffin 5k parkrun #49 13 May
22 Peter Thomson 21:17 M55
104 Caroline Campbell 29:02 W70
171 finishers

Tuggeranong 5k parkrun #221 13 May
12 Nigel England 20:23 M50
47 David Clarke 23:39 M55
75 Ewen Thompson 25:51 M60
260 finishers

Queanbeyan 5k parkrun #3 13 May
7 Amanda Cook 22:32 W35 **New PB**
19 Geoff Moore 25:14 M65
88 finishers

Batemans Bay 5k parkrun #54 13 May
16 Victoria Hennig 25:36 W55 **New PB**
64 finishers

Albury Wodonga 5k parkrun #157 13 May
42 Bronwyn Calver 22:50
233 finishers

Mothers Day Classic 10k 14 May
15 David Clarke 40:47
35 Rohan Pitchford 43:34
43 Giles Lamb 44:38
249 Marie Fischetti 56:02
570 finishers

Mothers Day Classic 5k 14 May
42 Peter Simpfendorfer 21:57
146 Jill Pearson 25:16
261 Lisa McDonald 27:53
360 Giles Lamb 29:36
596 Liz Simpfendorfer 33:24

AMRA Black Mountain Run-up 2.6k
16 May
10 Peter Burke 17.27
16 Caroline Campbell 24.48
17 finishers

Lake Tuggeranong Stakes 6k 16 May
4. Roger Pilkington 30:54
5. Ewen Thompson 32:45
13. Sandeep Chandra 30:33
14. Peter Thomson 29:05
16 finishers

Broulee runners 5k 17 May
3 Geoff Moore 24:31

Customs 5k 19 May
Colin Farlow 18:50
Giles Lamb 22:17
Peter Thomson 23:12
Ewen Thompson 24:32
Caroline Campbell 32:31
19 finishers

Ginninderra 5k parkrun #263 20 May
34 Kevin Miller 24:42 M35
41 Jill Pearson 25:50 W55
54 Stephanie Sabadas 26:50 W25 **New PB**
125 Bron Sparkes 40:49 W40
143 finishers

Gungahlin 5k parkrun #189 20 May
74 Yuan Yuan Liu 30:07 W45
133 finishers

Burley Griffin 5k parkrun #50 20 May
67 Caroline Campbell 27:20 W70
134 finishers

Tuggeranong 5k parkrun #222 20 May
3 David Clarke 19:31 M55
13 Nigel England 20:43 M50
20 Giles Lamb 21:29 M40 **first timer**
29 Bronwyn Calver 22:43 W45
55 Ewen Thompson 26:51 M60
141 finishers

Queanbeyan 5k parkrun #4 20 May
8 Amanda Cook 22:36 W35
30 Brendan Belcher 30:51 M30
61 finishers

Batemans Bay 5k parkrun #55 20 May
14 finishers

YCRC Stromlo 6k 20 May
13. Isaac Muscat 28:00
14. Jennifer Bright 28:01
17. David Clarke 30:01
18. Geoff Moore 30:44
19. Ewen Thompson 31:00
19 finishers

ACTVAC Handicap 7.5k West Stromlo 21 May
7 Nadine Morrison W45 37:51
17 Nigel England M50 35:10
26 Roger Pilkington M55 42:52
28 Mick Charlton M65 46:00
31 David Webster M65 36:16
34 Caroline Campbell W70 52:40
46 finishers

ACTVAC Handicap 4k West Stromlo 21 May
8 Jill Pearson W55 22:23
27 finishers

Speedy looking geese down the coast last week. The grey/white ones sped off in single file. Well drilled, I'd say.





Monday, 22 May 2017

The original version of "Chasing Cars"

Posted by speedygeoff on Monday, May 22, 2017 with No comments
Song of the week: "Chasing Cars", by Snow Patrol
From https://youtu.be/GemKqzILV4w



And my version of the lyrics, penned when I was about to run a marathon. Ten years ago.

Chasing Lead Cars:
I'll run it all
Every K
On my own

If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would someone just pick me up
Take me to the finish line