Sunday, 31 December 2017

The speedygeese Calendar of Events

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Monday/Thursday Venue: see "About Parliament House".
**=I plan to attend.
Mon 29/055:30pm**speedygeese @ Parliament House.
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 Champs @ Stromlo Forest Park.
Sun 04/067:30am**speedygeese intervals @ Stromlo Forest Park.
8:00am?speedygeese long run venue TBA

Monday, 29 May 2017

Duck and Run

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Song of the Week: "Duck and Run", by 3 Doors Down

Which Way?

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Simon's Cat - Dinner Date: Just Desserts

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Saturday, 27 May 2017

50 years ago today

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... 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

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Thursday, 25 May 2017

Dinner Date: Starters - Simon's Cat

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Speedygeese training summary (two weeks)

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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

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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"

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Song of the week: "Chasing Cars", by Snow Patrol

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

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Long Distance Geese at the Cotter

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And a bright sunny day!

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Sunday's Mothers Day Classic Pacer Extraordinaire

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Friday, 19 May 2017

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Thursday, 18 May 2017

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

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Monday, 15 May 2017


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Song of the week: "Dynamite" by Taio Cruz

Sunday, 14 May 2017

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Saturday, 13 May 2017

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Friday, 12 May 2017

Autumn in Canberra

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Thursday, 11 May 2017

Kerry O'Brien

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Berlin 1970 8:22 WR
In my early days of running I often saw Kerry O'Brien competing at Olympic Park, Adelaide.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

weekly speedygeese training summary

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On Thursday 4 May at Parliament House: present were Colin, me, Giles, Jennie, Jennifer (visitor), Brownie, Rohan and Sandeep. We repeated Monday night's session of 12 x 40 seconds on 2 minutes, with an extra minute’s break after 4 and 8, alternating direction from the middle of the west side straight; except the 12th which was for 69 seconds after a short break too. That’s because I turned 69 that day.

Sunday 7 May at Stromlo Forest Park Andrew, Sandeep and I ran on the grass there. Meanwhile as reported by Dave "the morning’s speedygeese long run from the Arboretum to the river and back was 'interesting, to say the least', as one person put it. It was either chaos or an adventure, depending how you look at it. It all started when we missed a turn, then got bridges confused, then couldn’t find the bridge that wasn’t, then thought we were where we weren’t so missed the turn back to the Arboretum. Even having the course on Narelle's Garmin didn't help. Graeme got the course almost perfectly but, unfortunately for the rest of us, he was going in the opposite direction. He ended up with 25k. Warrick was smart enough to do a 13k out and back so missed all the “fun”. In the end the 14k short course ended up being 19k, at which point Nigel decided he had done enough and did some sunning at the carpark. From there everyone seemed to do their own thing while I ran around looking for people. Nevertheless, everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, no one tripped over (unusually) and we discovered a new trail, where we caught up with Maria and her friend. Susan and Sarah had to run off to eating events, so they jogged down the hill to the lake to end up with around 20k. Bron was so excited about doing the extra 5k in the “short” course she did 2k more to finish the half marathon distance. Narelle decided to do a few extra to make her 28-30k into 32 and I finished up with 26k, which was enough to round the week up to 70k. Graeme, Narelle, Nigel and I regrouped at the arbo café for coffee and muffins. Thanks everyone for a fun morning. Sorry I didn't get pics of everyone."

Monday 8 May at Parliament House I ran early, then Andy, Colin, Isaac, Jen, Jenni, Mick, Pieta, Sandeep, Susan and Vanessa ran 16 x 100m on 90, 2nd eastern hill, while I supervised and Christopher was seen walking. Afterwards there was a farewell for Andy, attended by Dave, Ewen, me, Jenni, George, Mick, Sandeep, Susan and of course Andy himself.

Happy distance runners at the arboretum

The view

Bron and Susan

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

All the recent speedygeese race results

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Lake Tuggeranong Stakes 6k 02 May
3. Sandeep Chandra 28:34
10. Ewen Thompson 33:46
14. Roger Pilkington 33:56
15. Peter Thomson 33:30

Customs 5k 05 May
Colin Farlow 19:04
Peter Thomson 23:50
Ewen Thompson 28:58
David Clarke 29:26
Bill Arthur 29:32
Caroline Campbell 32:31
19 finishers

YCRC Black Mountain Peninsula 10 mile 06 May
15. Giles Lamb M40 1:13:35
18. Peter Thomson M55 1:14:59
26. Sandeep Chandra M40 1:19:45
27. Geoff Moore M65 1:20:19
70 finishers
Also not in the results Bill Arthur ~1:43.40 would have beaten the last 5 home.

Ginninderra 5k parkrun #261 06 May
29 Jacob Miller 22:53 M11
44 Kevin Miller 25:00 M35
53 Victoria Hennig 26:00 W55
66 Celina Miller 27:32 W35
74 Brendan Belcher 28:41 M30
83 Stephanie Sabadas 29:16 W25
116 Bron Sparkes 33:48 W40
126 Gary Moss 35:55 M70
177 finishers

Gungahlin 5k parkrun #186 06 May
35 Nadine Morrison 22:20 W45
115 Margaret McSpadden 29:31 W70
124 Yuan Yuan Liu 30:20 W45
238 finishers

Burley Griffin 5k parkrun #48 06 May
96 Lisa McDonald 28:22 W40 **New PB**
100 Caroline Campbell 28:44 W70
191 finishers

Tuggeranong 5k parkrun #220
06 May
9 David Clarke 19:49 M55
13 Nigel England 20:27 M50
42 Bronwyn Calver 23:16 W45
44 Pieta Smith 23:18 W40
55 Kobe Smith 23:49 M11 **New PB**
77 Thomas Howieson 25:39 M11
110 Ewen Thompson 28:10 M60
162 Jessica Howieson 34:02 W10
163 Warrick Howieson 34:05 M45
244 Nicole Robinson 53:53 W45
248 finishers

Batemans Bay 5k parkrun #53 06 May
69 finishers

Queanbeyan 5k parkrun #2 06 May
11 Amanda Cook 22:52 W35
92 finishers

Wings For Life World Run #2 07 May
Bronwyn Calver 19.69k in 1:47:04

Ten Mile Runners: Sandeep, Bill, Giles and me.

Monday, 8 May 2017


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Song of the week: "Give It Up" by Cut ‘N’ Move. An old dance track!

Sunday, 7 May 2017

after the run

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After the historic ten mile run

Sandeep and I in typical poses.

And later. Sandeep, Bill, Giles and me. Photos by Thommo.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

ten mile attempt

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I set out for an "easy" 10 mile run this morning, the YCRC West Basin one. Planning on running 5:30s and breaking 90, I nearly broke 80. The first km was the slowest - 5:30 - and after that I averaged 5s. I am trending faster if you look at the last four attempts at this 10 mile event. Although of course I am now much slower than I was decades ago.

Before the start:

Sandeep's photo of me before the start.

It was cold - a longer warmup would have been good. And it poured with rain at one stage (around Scrivener) during the run.
I caught Sandeep at about 7k and ran with him for a few kilometres, then kept him in sight. I am please to report he broke the 80 minute barrier.
Experiment successful - the feet and legs are fine.

Friday, 5 May 2017


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Thursday 4 May.

The Beatles, The Who, The Rolling Stones, The Animals, The Yardbirds, and many more.

Rohan, Brownie, Jennifer, Jennie, Giles, Colin and me. Photo by Sandeep.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

YCRC news

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1.     Winter Series – Kingston Physio West Basin 10 Miler (16.1km) – 7.30am.  A lap of West Basin on the shared paths starting and finishing on Black Mountain Peninsula. One event only.     Kingston Physiotherapy in association with The Walking Clinic Podiatry is providing a prize voucher to the value of $75 to the male and female winners of the 10 Miler, and there are also 4 lucky barrel draw prizes on offer for participants.
The vouchers can be redeemed on any of the Physiotherapy, Podiatry or Massage services available and are fully transferable to a family member or friend.  Craig Wisdom, Principal Physiotherapist
Kingston Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Centre.

2.       Jogalong Sunday 9am 7 May - The Jogalong starts and finishes in an area bounded by Weston Park Road and Prescott Lane in Weston Park at Yarralumla. Tea, coffee and fruit is provided for all finishes as well as a YMCA Early Learning Tent for child care.  The Jogalong is a 6km Handicap event for Women and Girls only.  Handicap meaning starters walk or run based on expected times for the 6km distance.  A 3km non –handicapped event starts at 9am with group 1 Jogalong.  A 1.6km Mini Jog for primary school age children starts shortly after 9am. Young boys up to 13 years of age, may run in the 3km event.

3.     Volunteers needed for the YMCA Half Marathon- Weekend 27/28th May 2017
There has been a great response to the call for volunteers for the club’s biggest event of the year, thank you to all those people. More helpers are still needed.
  • We particularly need several more helpers for the Saturday afternoon races - you would be helping with various things from 1pm for a couple of hours.If you’re running on the Sunday, please consider volunteering for this.
  • Quite a few more marshals are needed for Sunday morning. Please consider whether you could help, or enlist a family member or friend. You just have to stand in the sunshine (or bring a chair) and direct and encourage runners. It’s fun!
  • A couple more pacers would be great to have for the Sunday:
    • Either 1 hour 45 mins or 1 hour 50 mins, and 2 hours 30 mins. This is ideal for experienced runners who are recovering or don’t want to race, but would like to get out there with free entry.
The volunteer co-ordinator is TTS runner Kat Knope, please respond directly 

4.      YMCA Canberra Half Marathon – Saturday/Sunday 27/28th May.
The half marathon will be held on Sunday 28th May commencing at 8am from Lennox Gardens.  Entries are now open and the link is    The YMCA Canberra Half Marathon Earlybird entries close this Sunday 7th May at 5pm.  Save yourself money and sign up now.  The name of all Earlybird entries will be printed on their chest bib.
On the Saturday we will have a 1.6k Mini Jog for young children and a 5k Fun Run.   Entries for the 5k and Mini Jog are free for club members who will need to check in.  One day rego will be taken on the day (Saturday afternoon 27th May).  One day registrations are $10 and $5 for children. Please note all finishers in the Mini Jog will receive a medal.
As you are probably aware, we are having some issues with promotion for the Half Marathon, mainly due to not being able to update the website. However, we do have a Facebook event page at
No Half Marathon entries are taken on Race Day Sunday 28th May.  Race bibs will be available for pick up on Saturday 27th between 1pm and 3pm and before the half on Sunday morning.

5.      Winter Series Information/Volunteers.    The club commenced a Winter Series of events on the 29th April and the series finishes on 16th September.  There are no events on some weekends so as not to clash with large local events such as ‘Mother’s Day Classic’    Winter Series events are normally held on Saturday afternoons starting with a 2k event at 1245pm followed by a longer event/events at 1pm.  The locations of the events change weekly and will be published in this newsletter.  Along with the location changes so do the surfaces that we run on from on road (normally bike paths) to off road mainly bush tracks.  Long events such as this weekend’s Kingston Physio 10 Miler start at different times. The clubs ‘Calendar of Events’ which is available from ‘The Runners Shop Canberra’ and Kingston Sports Physio.  Details on club events are available on the club webpage and YMCA ActiveY @ and 
Club events are conducted by volunteers, and volunteers are needed each weekend to setup and manage our events.  No experience is necessary as we walk all new helpers through the tasks. If you can help please contact Dave Osmond our volunteers coordinator  
Finally club events are for runners and joggers of all standards and the first event 2k each Saturday is a great way for friends to come along and start an exercise program of walking and jogging.   Similarly the Jogalong on the first Sunday of each month is a great way for women and girls to get into jogging and running.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Speedygeese training summary

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On Thursday 27 April at Parliament House: Sandeep and I ran a solid 8k early, then I supervised a session of {200, 300, 400, 300} jogging back each time and repeated indefinitely, all under west side lights. Running were Giles, Isaac, Jen, Jennie, Lisa (new), Brownie, Sandeep & Sarah. Beanies and gloves will be compulsory soon.
This Thursday I will be bringing appropriate liquid refreshment to celebrate my birthday after training.

Sunday 30 April at Stromlo Forest Park: Andrew and I ran 10k on the grass.

Sunday 30 April at O’Connor Ridge/Little Black Mountain [Dave’s writeup] A smaller (but not quite “intimate”) group of speedygeese for the weekly long run, with some runners at the monthly Vets Handicap (watching Ruth do her 150th handicap – seems to be a weekly thing now for Ruth to reach some milestone). Narelle and I started half an hour early and did a 6k warmup (supposed to be 5k but I got lost as usual). Seven of us kicked off at 8am. Jen had the map on her new wizz bang Fenix 5 Garmin watch – only problem is she must have had it on upside down because she took us the wrong way at the start so we did a 200m loop. Unfortunately that wasn’t the only time. Finally I’ve found a worse navigator than me. Actually it was, admittedly, a useful piece of technology given the number of forks and intersections on Little Black Mountain and O’Connor Ridge. Ewen set a cracking pace at the start, with me pulling up the rear after yesterday’s Queanbeyan parkrun (at least, that’s my excuse), then we swapped roles around 15k once I’d warmed up. Warrick did an out and back 10k, with a tumble on the way back. Jen, Ewen, Susan and Sandeep completed 16k, while I knocked out 23 and Narelle did a few extra to finish up with 26. Ewen had a fight with a rock and ended up inspecting wombat holes. He enjoyed it so much he had another go and took on a tree root, with the same outcome. Luckily no blood. Tried to get him to do it again for the camera, but no such luck. Carolyne and Richard met us for coffee at “2 before 10”. Ewen and Sandeep couldn’t resist the breakfast of champions. Thanks for the run and chat everyone.

Monday 1 May at Parliament House Ewen and I ran early; the main sessions consisted of 12 x 40 second sprints on 2 minutes. Participating were Colin, Dave, Ewen, me, Isaac, Jen, Jennie, Mick, Pieta and Sandeep. Afterward Dave shared a drink with us to celebrate his 59th birthday.
Next Monday I am inviting anyone who wishes to join us at the Yacht Club to can do so at 7:00pm after training to farewell Andy. Bistro meals are available and I will be handing out Caramello Koalas to a deserving few.

Mick and Ruth: medallists at Mt Majura. I didn't truncate the photo; someone else did that.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

All the recent speedygeese race results

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Lake Tuggeranong Stakes 6k 25 April
1. David Clarke M55 26:28
5. Peter Thomson M55 29:22
6. Bronwyn Calver W45 29:28
10. Ewen Thompson M55 31:52
14 finishers

Ginninderra 7k handicap 26 April
4. Bron Sparkes 33.57
6 finishers

Customs 5k 28 April
Colin Farlow 18:51
Giles Lamb 21:24
Peter Thomson 22:12
Bronwyn Calver 23:21
Bill Arthur 28:39
Ewen Thompson 29:00
Caroline Campbell 31:32
19 finishers

Ginninderra 5k parkrun #260 29 April
18 Giles Lamb 21:34 M40
50 Victoria Hennig 25:51 W55 **New PB**
52 Jill Pearson 26:04 W55
100 Gary Moss 30:05 M70
135 Carolyne Kramar 34:18 W50
189 finishers

Gungahlin 5k parkrun #185 29 April
128 Yuan Yuan Liu 29:56 W45
239 finishers

Burley Griffin 5k parkrun #47 29 April
17 Peter Thomson 20:49 M55
90 Caroline Campbell 28:25 W70
109 Lisa McDonald 30:47 W40 **First Timer**
177 finishers

Tuggeranong 5k parkrun #219 29 April
12 Nigel England 20:00 M50
44 Pieta Smith 24:03 W40
62 Thomas Howieson 25:47 M11
149 Warrick Howieson 30:50 M45
150 Jessica Howieson 30:50 W10
264 finishers

Batemans Bay 5k parkrun #52 29 April
48 finishers

Queanbeyan 5k parkrun #1 29 April
7 David Clarke 20:39 M55
16 David Webster 21:44 M65
25 Amanda Cook 22:51 W35
34 Sandeep Chandra 24:16 M40
44 Ewen Thompson 25:17 M60
87 Ruth Baussmann 29:47 W65
92 Rae Palmer 30:32 W65
98 Jennie Blake 31:15 W55
120 Margaret McSpadden 34:12 W70
226 finishers

YCRC North Lyneham 6.2k 29 April
19. Peter Thomson 29:06
21. Jennifer Bright 29:47
22. Isaac Muscat 29:47
23. Rohan Pitchford 29:58
26. Geoff Moore 31:42
29. David Clarke 34:46
33 finishers

YCRC North Lyneham 3.1k 29 April
17 finishers

ACTVAC Handicap Majura 10k 30 April
4 Mick Charlton M65 61:14 **gold**
6 Ruth Baussmann W65 60:41 **bronze**
8 Nigel England M50 45:28
10 Roger Pilkington M55 52:58
18 Bron Sparkes W40 51:17
21 Nadine Morrison W45 50:43
24 Caroline Campbell W70 65:37
31 Peter Thomson M55 46:00
35 David Webster M65 45:11
36 Giles Lamb M40 46:20
40 Bronwyn Calver W45 52:26
46 Jennie Blake W55 62:54
49 William Arthur M65 66:54
54 Margaret McSpadden W70 68:15
56 finishers

ACTVAC Handicap Majura 5k 30 April
2 Gary Moss M70 30:10
33 finishers

Hamilton Island Hilly Half Marathon 30 April
48 Jackson Bruce 2:17:21
92 Nicole Bruce 2:33:23
147 finishers

Queanbeyan Parkrun #1

Vanessa at the set-up

Rae and Margaret running

Monday, 1 May 2017

“how can I stand here with you and not be moved by you”

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Song of the Week: "Everything", by Lifehouse

Great song - maybe not the "official" video though.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Cats v boxes

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I ran out of time to do a proper post...
Here's a Simon's Cat from

Saturday, 29 April 2017

pics from local parkruns

Posted by speedygeoff on Saturday, April 29, 2017 with No comments

New member of the speedygeese Lisa ran her first parkrun, at Burley Griffin today.

Vanessa organised a successful parkrun launch at Queanbeyan today.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

pics from Sunday' s long run

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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Group training record, and today's big birthday

Posted by speedygeoff on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 with 1 comment
How the Speedygeese trained this week:

On Thursday 20 April at Parliament House: Jennie just did the warm-up; running 5 x 600 (300) + 300 were Brendan, Colin, Dave, Garry, Giles, Isaac, Brownie, Ruth, Sarah and Sandeep, while I supervised.

Sunday 23 April at Stromlo Forest Park Andrew and I started out on the grass then joined the distance group. Here's Dave's summary.
"Big crowd at Speedygeese long run (a PB, I think) on another beautiful Canberra morning, with 13 starters including our esteemed coach Speedy Geoff Moore. Welcome to newbies Sarah and Chase, and to Nigel (almost a newby). It was an accident-free and fairly uneventful run along Molonglo River, apart from a minor detour due to a wrong turn (sorry) on an untested part of the course. First time on this course for most people. Geoff and Andrew did a 7k out and back after their prior warmup on the grass track, I [Dave] did 16k (with a short cut at the end through the grass track), while Jen, Ewen, Sandeep, Mhairi, Nigel, Chase and Bron covered the full 17k. Giles did 18k while Jacob and Sarah got 21k in, with some extra kms rounding up us slower runners. Reported injuries included Jen’s ankle (as usual) and a minor hamstring problem for me. Half of us headed up to Stromlo café after for coffee and admired the beauty of the Brindabellas while telling war stories and comparing past injuries. Great company, great weather, great views and great coffee – thanks everyone."

Monday 24 April at Parliament House included Andy, Christopher (walking), Colin, Ewen, Garry, Helen (new) Jen, Jennie, Mick, Pieta, Rae, Ruth, & Sandeep, I ran early then supervised 15 minutes of 3 person continuous flagpole relays, followed by 10 minutes of short but steep sprints on the big hill.

Today's news is that Ewen turns 60. Here is Ewen with Dave.

Ewen: thinks "It won't be long now and I will be out of his age group. Bliss!"

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

All the recent speedygeese race results

Posted by speedygeoff on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 with No comments
Lake Tuggeranong Stakes 6k 18 April
1. Sandeep Chandra 28:18
4. Ewen Thompson 32:49
11. Peter Thomson 28:36
14. Carolyne Kramar 48:00
15 finishers

Customs 5k 21 April
Colin Farlow 19:27
Peter Thomson 21:38
Bill Arthur 29:03
Carolyne Kramar 34:44
16 finishers

Ginninderra 5k parkrun #259 22 April
22 Brendan Belcher 21:10 M30
64 Bron Sparkes 24:40 W40
79 Jill Pearson 25:48 W55
80 Geoff Moore 25:51 M65
108 Stephanie Sabadas 28:11 W25
132 Gary Moss 30:09 M70
254 finishers

Gungahlin 5k parkrun #184 22 April
27 Giles Lamb 21:12 M40
113 William Arthur 28:35 M65
124 Margaret McSpadden 29:08 W70
249 finishers

Burley Griffin 5k parkrun #46
22 April
215 finishers

Tuggeranong 5k parkrun #218 22 April
20 Peter Thomson 21:27 M55
171 finishers

Batemans Bay 5k parkrun #51 22 April
32 Victoria Hennig 26:16 W55
93 finishers

Bowral 5k parkrun #134 22 April
4 David Clarke 20:08 M55
8 Jen Bright 20:59 W40
9 Isaac Muscat 20:59 M11
18 Bronwyn Calver 23:36 W45
27 Ewen Thompson 25:46 M55
41 Ruth Baussmann 28:34 W65
63 Carolyne Kramar 35:00 W50
77 finishers

Bill Arthur

Taken back when Bill finished the Antarctic marathon. He has run a marathon on every continent - no other speedygoose has done that! And he recently completed his 22nd Canberra marathon.

Monday, 24 April 2017

on top of the world - music video

Posted by speedygeoff on Monday, April 24, 2017 with No comments
Song of the week: Citipointe Live “On Top of the World”

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Queanbeyan parkrun to launch this Saturday 29th.

Posted by speedygeoff on Sunday, April 23, 2017 with No comments
Let's all go and support Vanessa and her team at the Queanbeyan parkrun #1.

The course:

The link:

Saturday, 22 April 2017

speedygeese invade Bowral parkrun

Posted by speedygeoff on Saturday, April 22, 2017 with 1 comment
A number of speedygeese travelled down to Bowral for today's parkrun; some camped out, I wonder how that went?

Photos by Bob Harlow.

Isaac and Jen



Splendid wombat cake for Ewen's upcoming 60th birthday

Blowing out the candles: Ewen and Bronwyn.

Friday, 21 April 2017

more running pics

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

Sunday's distance group Dave, Pieta, Narelle, Graeme, Nigel

My Ginninderra parkrun 22:59

Jennie at the marathon.

Jack's big pb outsprinting dad Andrew at Ginninderra parkrun

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Watch out for European wasps

Posted by speedygeoff on Thursday, April 20, 2017 with No comments
This is a message from the ACT Invasive Species Officer:
"We are currently experiencing a very dangerous European Wasp season in the ACT. The wasps are prolific along creeks, rivers and other water bodies. The wasps are entering the breeding season and will not hesitate to sting and attack if a nest is disturbed... Consequences from multiple wasp stings can be very serious."

See the attached information sheet [copied below], which includes first aid advice and details on how to identify them. Suspected European wasp nests should be reported to the European Wasp Hotline 02 6258 5551. [Solitary wasps are generally not European wasps]. Nests can be recorded using the eWasp app, as per the information on the brochure.

Nests are being identified regularly at Jerrabomberra Wetlands and along Jerrabomberra Creek, so please be very cautious there and watch where you are walking, particularly when close to water or in long grass. European wasp nests are also frequently found in wall cavities, eaves and gardens.