Saturday, 31 October 2015

Here we go - the November Challenge starts tomorrow.

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An up-to-date version of the above is on Google Docs. Here is the link:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Zq-nujebkMjKMF3GRmLHZJB8kP4BO6vZvn4lOty8p-4/edit#gid=265529844

Friday, 30 October 2015

“Adelaide 2015” - 5 October. 5000m gold medal

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It was a rather hot day - the temperature reached 36 degrees, with the northerly an apparent temperature of 40 degrees. And my 5000m race was at 11:00am. so I took water at the 1k mark and every lap after that. Surprisingly I did not feel too bad at the end.











Thursday, 29 October 2015

“Adelaide 2015” - 4 October. 1500m silver medal

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It was very hot again and some cloud cover was most welcome.



A second silver medal, this time for the 1500m. Most welcome. too









Three happy placegetters in the M65 1500m.



And who should also be running but Liam Hanna, formerly of Canberra. He was quicker than me in three races, winning his M70 events by a street. Lucky I am not in his age-group until 2018.



And we bumped into Byron and Ishara from Canberra when we walked around into King William Street to get some Thai take-away for dinner that day. Byron used to run with the "speedyducks", a speedygeese spin-off.



These were the first of several surprise encounters on our trip.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

It's more fun running with company

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Speedygeese training:
Sunday at Stromlo Forest Park Andrew
was there; others were at the Vets handicap event. I shall rejoin him next week.

Monday at Parliament House: I ran early; an easy 6k which I run each week usually with company. Then we enjoyed a short intense relay session (3 person teams for 14 minutes; 2 person teams for 12+). Training were Alex, Andrew, Andy, Bron, Caroline, Cathy, Colin, Diana, Dom, Garry, me, Julia, Ruth & Warrick. And Christopher was there doing a walking recovery from Sunday’s race.

This was followed by a meal at the Yacht Club; Dave turned up in addition to my Jenny, plus many who had trained earlier, Bron, Dom, Andy, Warrick, Gary, Caroline, Christopher, Ruth and myself. It was warm enough to be seated outside... that is, until the cold change blew in.

Our next dinner will be a Christmas function on 7 December, replacing training that night. Venue tba.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

The latest speedygeese race results

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Tuesday 20 October AMRA Black Mountain Run-Up 2.6k
14 finishers

Thursday 22 October ACTVAC track
1500m Pennington handicap
2 Kathy Sims W60 6:15 89.7%
4 Colin Farlow M50 5:12 79.3
5 Caroline Campbell W70 7:29 87.1
6 David Clarke M55 5:30 77.6
12 Roger Pilkington M55 7:00 60.4
15 Helen Northey W40 9:23 43.7

3000m
M55 David Clarke 12:18.14 72.2%
W60 Kathy Sims 14:04.96 84.7
W30 Thea Zimpel 14:37.81 57.5

5000m
M50 Colin Farlow 19:29.49 75.8%
M55 Roger Pilkington 24:48.00 61.1

Friday 23 October Customs 5k
Bronwyn Calver 21:59
Peter Thomson 22:25
Ewen Thompson 22:46
Caroline Campbell 29:32
25 finishers

Saturday 24 October 5k Ginninderra Parkrun #182
10 Louise Sharp 19:46 W30
31 Geoff Moore 21:56 M65 **New PB**
62 Julia Anderson 24:09 W45 **New PB**
66 Bron Sparkes 24:31 W35 **New PB**
79 Thea Zimpel 25:28 W30
161 Yelena Pearson 33:03 W30
201 Janene Kingston 45:56 W50
204 finishers

Saturday 24 October 5k Tuggeranong Parkrun #139
11 David Clarke 19:51 M55
26 Bronwyn Calver 21:39 W45 **New PB**
47 Peter Thomson 23:41 M55
228 finishers

Saturday 24 October 5k Gungahlin Parkrun #105
20 Nadine Morrison 22:13 W45
34 Gary Bowen 23:39 M55
143 Brett Morrison 40:59 M45
157 finishers

Sunday 25 October Batemans Bay 6k/14k/21k/42k
No speedygeese ran – good fields though.

Sunday 25 October ACTVAC 7k handicap, Ainslie Woodlands
6 Peter Thomson M55 31:09 76.0% **bronze**
9 Helen Northey W40 39:37 58.7
16 Caroline Campbell W70 43:44 80.8
29 Nadine Morrison W45 34:54 70.2
37 Christopher Lang M60 45:03 56.7
38 Rod Lynch M55 29:57 79.0
42 William Arthur M65 43:10 59.4
50 Ruth Baussmann W65 45:01 68.4
58 Geoff Moore M65 36:18 73.3
59 Roger Pilkington M55 39:13 61.0
60 Maria O'Reilly W60 34:49 82.8
69 finishers

Sunday 25 October ACTVAC 3.5k handicap, Ainslie Woodlands
21 Cathy Montalto W60 18:51 77.1%
40 finishers


Here I am finally breaking 22 minutes for the Ginninderra parkrun.

Monday, 26 October 2015

Gloria

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Song of the week: "Gloria", by Laura Bradigan.
From https://youtu.be/355Fk8drgZE

Sunday, 25 October 2015

“Adelaide 2015” - 3 October. 800m silver medal

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I opened my Australian Masters Games account on Saturday 3 October with a silver medal in the 800m.
I hadn't trained for the 800m but as it was the first event it was a chance to get familiar with the track and with the opposition, and a chance settle the nerves.
The day was stinking hot with a strong and choking northerly wind down the back straight, almost stopping one to a stand-still.
My throat was raspy after one lap but I managed to run 93+92 second laps.
Awfully slow but good enough for silver.
Not close to the winner, in fact would have had to break the ACT M65 record to have won it.
Alan Mayfield is a class act. He had also entered the 1500m the next day which I was to run, and also the steeplechase which I was not to run. Fortunately he was not entered in my other three events after that.

Waiting for the 800m start. They were running very late.



The track



Crossing the finish line



Alan and I



The medal



That's race one done.

Saturday, 24 October 2015

“Adelaide 2015” - 1, 2 October. Mother turns 90

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The evening before.



Me (67) and my son (45).



The day of the party.




Me (67) and my mother (90).



My son (45) and my mother (90).

Friday, 23 October 2015

“Adelaide 2015” - 30 September, Renmark SA

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Staying with the River Murray theme, we spent one night at Renmark.













Thursday, 22 October 2015

“Adelaide 2015” - 29 September, Echuca

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Day one of this year's Adelaide trip, we stayed at Echuca on the Murray and enjoyed a "Wharf to Winery" paddlesteamer tour on the "Canberra".















Wednesday, 21 October 2015

recent speedygeese training sessions

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On Sunday at Stromlo Forest Park Andrew and I ran 12k. We have turned Sundays into a longer running day, and plan to add some short surges on the grassy cross country track to the end of our long run. When we are fit enough.

Then on Monday at Parliament House, Julia and I ran early; we stopped for a chat with Abi on our run; then the main session of surges and jogs on a 600m loop was attended by Andy, Caroline, Christopher, Colin, Dave, Garry, me, Jen, Julia, Pieta, Rae, Susan & Warrick.

Next Monday 26th we will be having an informal dinner at the Yacht Club after training, our final Yacht Club dinner for 2015. (There WILL be a December get-together elsewhere).

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

speedygeese race results: catching up on the backlog

Posted by speedygeoff on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 with 1 comment
Saturday 19 September YCRC Goorooyarroo Half Marathon
28. Nadine Morrison W45 1:53:00
30. Peter Thomson M55 1:54:00
31. Warrick Howieson M45 1:55:29
67 finishers

Sunday 27 September ACT Duathlon Championships
72 Ewen Thompson 2:39:28 M55 46:14/1:24:51/26:23
81 Bronwyn Calver 2:47:04 W45 45:54/1:34:45/24:09
96 finishers

Friday 2 October Customs 5k
Bronwyn Calver 22:49
Ewen Thompson 24:16
Caroline Campbell 31:38

Saturday 3 October 5k Ginninderra Parkrun #179
78 Thea Zimpel 26:09 W30
106 Ruth Baussmann 29:54 W65
169 finishers

Saturday 3 October 5k Tuggeranong Parkrun #136
14 David Clarke 19:54 M55
15 Jen Bright 19:57 W40
32 Bronwyn Calver 22:24 W45 **New PB**
33 Ewen Thompson 22:41 M55
36 Pieta Smith 22:59 W40 **New PB**
225 finishers

Saturday 3 October 5k Gungahlin Parkrun #102
107 Brett Morrison 30:20 M45
118 Margaret McSpadden 31:12 W65
154 Gary Bowen 36:50 M55
188 finishers

My Australian Masters Games results 3-10 October here.

Sunday 4 October YCRC Women’s 6k Jogalong
Nadine Morrison W45 30:02
Kathy Sims W60 31:39
Cathy Montalto W60 34:32
Thea Zimpel W30 34:34
Caroline Campbell W70 38:08
51 finishers

Tuesday 6 October AMRA Mt Ainslie Run-Up 2.2k
14 Caroline Campbell 24.04
14 finishers

Friday 9 October Customs 5k
Bronwyn Calver 22:45
Ewen Thompson 26:37
Caroline Campbell 29:14
18 finishers

Saturday 10 October 5k Ginninderra Parkrun #180
168 finishers

Saturday 10 October 5k Tuggeranong Parkrun #137
9 David Clarke 19:43 M55
23 Bronwyn Calver 22:18 W45 **New PB**
40 Ewen Thompson 24:07 M55
56 Peter Thomson 25:33 M55
184 finishers

Saturday 10 October 5k Gungahlin Parkrun #103
25 Nadine Morrison 22:07 W45
44 Gary Bowen 24:14 M55
93 Ruth Baussmann 28:56 W65
115 Margaret McSpadden 31:23 W65
126 Brett Morrison 32:31 M45
171 finishers

Sunday 11 October Run With The Wind 5k
41 Helen Northey 27:26
318 finishers

Sunday 11 October Run With The Wind 10k
47 Elizabeth Bennett 53:34
52 Ewen Thompson 54:34
76 Gabrielle Brown 57:21
92 Warrick Howieson 59:52
189 finishers

Sunday 11 October Marathon in Victoria, Canada
308 Clint Zirk M30 3:48:31
1205 finishers

Thursday 15 October ACTVAC track
400m
M55 David Clarke 1:15.13 69.0%
M55 Peter Thomson 1:25.52 59.9

800m
M50 Colin Farlow 2:34.85 77.0%
M55 Rod Lynch 2:40.18 75.7
M55 David Clarke 2:45.74 74.4
W60 Kathy Sims 3:08.35 83.8
M55 Peter Thomson 3:14.90 62.2
W30 Thea Zimpel 3:17.90 57.2
W70 Caroline Campbell 3:54.78 81.7

3000m
M50 Colin Farlow 11:13.93 76.5%
M55 David Clarke 11:33.83 76.8
M55 Rod Lynch 11:35.54 75.4
M40 Andrew Simpson 11:55.43 67.1
M55 Peter Thomson 12:52.51 67.8
W60 Kathy Sims 13:15.03 90.0
M55 Ewen Thompson 14:50.57 60.4
W70 Caroline Campbell 15:58.33 86.8

Spiral 4
Rod Lynch M55 6:11
David Clarke M55 6:21
Peter Thomson M55 7:10
Thea Zimpel W30 8:12
Caroline Campbell W70 9:04

Friday 16 October Customs 5k
Bronwyn Calver 22:42
Caroline Campbell 30:19
25 finishers

Saturday 17 October 5k Ginninderra Parkrun #181
30 Geoff Moore 22:51 M65
64 Julia Anderson 24:45 W45
75 Bron Sparkes 25:30 W35
79 Thea Zimpel 26:12 W30
203 finishers

Saturday 17 October 5k Tuggeranong Parkrun #138
8 David Clarke 19:31 M55
25 Peter Thomson 21:21 M55
33 Bronwyn Calver 22:09 W45 **New PB**
39 Jen Bright 22:31 W40
220 finishers

Saturday 17 October 5k Gungahlin Parkrun #104
34 Gary Bowen 23:57 M55
65 Janene Kingston 25:58 W50
93 Ruth Baussmann 29:05 W65
118 Margaret McSpadden 30:53 W65
188 finishers

Sunday 18 October Melbourne Marathon
1820 Elizabeth Bennett 3:44.21

Sunday 18 October Melbourne Half Marathon
929 Maria O'Reilly 1:40:14 **first W60**
3802 Julia McDonald 1:59.28

Sunday 18 October Melbourne 10k
510 Ewen Thompson 47:39


Sunday 18 October Majura Vineyard Two Peaks 20k
Males:
44 Peter Thomson 2:05:31
54 finishers
Females:
Leonie Doyle 2:50:30

Sunday 18 October Majura Vineyard One Peak 12k
Males:
1 Stuart Doyle 51:00
18 David Clarke 1:10:36
19 Isaac Muscat 1:11:38
33 finishers
Females:
1 Louise Sharp 56:29
3 Jen Bright 1:06:45
9 Bron Sparkes 1:19:18
37 finishers

Stuart & Louise winners at Majura



Jen showing how it's done at Tuggeranong



Ruth in good form at Gungahlin



Ewen running with (and against) the wind

Monday, 19 October 2015

Fleetwood Mac are back

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I notice that Fleetwood Mac has a greatest hits album back in the charts.
I like all their music.
Song of the week: Tusk. What a great video clip!

From https://youtu.be/InjF8xj93LU

Sunday, 18 October 2015

small world

Posted by speedygeoff on Sunday, October 18, 2015 with No comments
In Adelaide I had turned the corner from South Terrace into King William street and was about to go into an Asian restaurant to collect take-away when I heard my name called. Sitting there were Canberra friends Byron and Ishara, with baby Ziva.



Noting this on Facebook, I received a comment from mutual friend Amanda, reminding me she lived in Adelaide now with husband Duane, so we dropped in to see her and her children Zara and Audra.



Both Byron, and Amanda, ran with the "speedyducks" group I used to train on Saturday mornings. It looks as though they are quite busy now!

While in Adelaide we did catch up with relatives, including long lost cousins, but seeing other friends was a bonus.

Saturday, 17 October 2015

See Where I Run: Horsham & Cockatoo

Posted by speedygeoff on Saturday, October 17, 2015 with No comments
12 October - Horsham 4k




13 October - Cockatoo 8k