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.
Posted by speedygeoff on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 with No comments
On Thursday 13 April at Parliament House: Thommo ran early; the main session on a perfect evening consisted of west side intervals along the grass under lights. Ten participants: Colin ran 6 x 600s jogging back; Giles, Isaac and Thommo ran 5 x 600s; Jen, Jennie, Nicole, Sandeep and I ran 4 x 600s; while Ben ran 200m intervals.
On Easter Sunday at Stromlo Forest Park I ran 15k on the grass: Sandeep half that.
Then on Monday morning: from Dave. "With most away for Easter or recovering from last week’s marathon, it was a fairly small turnout for this week’s Speedy Geese “long” run, on yet another perfect morning. Pieta, Narelle, Graeme and Nigel all opted for the short course (11k), although Narelle missed a turn and disappeared over a hill. She managed to find her own way to the end, having done 15k and looking like she hadn’t even warmed up. In fact everyone looked pretty fresh at the end – must have been the short course and cool weather. Nigel made a great debut on his first Speedy Geese run, keeping up with racehorse Narelle most of the way. I did a slow 7k out and back to give the hamstring a chance to recover. Coffee was low-key, at the Stromlo coffee cart. We might do this course again next week, if there are no dissenters, as the actual long course (20k) along the river is a really nice run."
Easter Monday evening 17 April at Parliament House: I ran early (10k); I then supervised the speedygeese running 10 hills of drills on 80 seconds, followed by 10 hills from the top on 90 seconds, being 100m down and 100m up again. Participating were Andy, Celina, Chloe, Colin, Isaac, Jacob, Jennie, Jim (new), Kevin, Pieta, Ruth, Sandeep, and Sarah (new).
Posted by speedygeoff on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 with No comments
Thursday 6 April Parliament House: I ran early; then Brendan, Colin, Dave, Isaac, Jen, Peter with me supervising ran 4 x 950 on 8 minutes.
The weekend was of course the Australian Running Festival: some competed, some cheered the runners on, all got wet.
On Monday 10 April it was back to Parliament House, and it was still quite cool: Jen (3k) and I (10k) ran early; Dave jogged and Giles cycled and I trotted around while Andy, Emma, Isaac, Jen, Peter and Pieta ran 20 x 100m hill sprints on 90.
I won't train this Easter Sunday but Thursday night and Monday night will still go ahead as normal.
And of course parkrun is still on everywhere.
Tuggeranong 5k parkrun #216 08 April
64 Thomas Howieson 24:59 M11 ** Massive PB**
66 Jen Bright 25:00 W40
78 Ewen Thompson 25:41 M55
150 Jessica Howieson 31:05 W10
173 Warrick Howieson 32:49 M45
Batemans Bay 5k parkrun #49 08 April
Australian Running Festival 10km 08 April
172 Peter Simpfendorfer 47:24
528 Peter Thomson 55:19
689 Craig Davis 58:17
1190 Nicole Robinson 71:45
Australian Running Festival 5km 08 April
4 Jacob Grooby 16:23
376 Lisa McDonald 30:53
Australian Running Festival Ultra Marathon 09 April
33 David Clarke 4:20.37
Australian Running Festival Marathon 09 April
222 Giles Lamb 3:35.06
359 Peter Thomson 3:50.56
395 Sandeep Chandra 3:54.28
796 Ruth Baussmann 4:43.25
858 Jennie Blake 4:54.04
962 Bill Arthur 5:32.07
Australian Running Festival Half Marathon 09 April
158 David Webster 1:34.23
351 Louise Hill 1:42.16
473 Amanda Cook 1:45.09
585 Bronwyn Calver 1:50.05
638 Jackson Bruce 1:49.12
694 Liz Simpfendorfer 1:52.49
752 Fiona Blackwell 1:53.58
806 Stephanie Pfohl 1:55.36
1401 Kevin Chamberlain 2:11.26
1550 Marie Fischetti 2:15.39
1581 Nicole Bruce 2:15.43
1733 Margaret McSpadden 2:24.09
1788 YY Liu 2:26.52
1931 Carolyne Kramar 2:43.45
Posted by speedygeoff on Friday, April 07, 2017 with No comments
Australian Running Festival – Best wishes to all participants and volunteers for the weekend. A large group of ‘Griffins’ just short of 50 runners are again taking part in the marathon. Peter Thomson has done a lot of work in recruiting Griffins from around the country to come and run another marathon as he seeks to get over 50 Griffin compete the event.. A ‘Griffin’ being a runner who has completed more than 10 Canberra Marathons. Without our volunteers this weekend would not be possible so a special thank you to them. Our club does receive a payment from Fairfax events for this help.
Winter Series – 29th April 12:45pm – North Lyneham 2k/3.1k/6.2k – Salkaukas Crescent, North Lyneham. The 2k starts at 12:45 with the 3.1 and 6.2k at 1pm. These events are on dirt tracks around a native tree forest. The 3.1k is a junior point score event and the 6.2k is a senior point score event. The winners of our point score series are not necessarily those runners that win the most events. By all means pick and choose between our events and those of the local Parkruns or do both. Remember our second event on Saturday 6th May – Kingston Physio West Basin 10 Miler start at finish at John Cardiff Close, Black Mountain Peninsula at 7.30am. Our Winter Series start is after the Australian Running Festival and the School Holidays.
On the Saturday we will have a 1.6k Mini Jog for young children and a 5k Fun Run. More details on these events later in the year. Entries for the 5k and Mini Jog are taken on the day (Saturday afternoon 27th May). Please note all finishers in the Mini Jog will receive a medal.
Posted by speedygeoff on Wednesday, April 05, 2017 with No comments
On Thursday 30 March at Parliament House: Dave was jogging in the carpark; Sandeep and Giles were running in the rain; Jen and Brendan were training doing 12 laps of the Rose Garden 200s course in the pouring rain; I was damply supervising.
Sunday 2 April at Stromlo Forest Park: Sandeep, Andrew and I ran on the grass, plus Gavin and Matt were there too.
Also on Sunday 2 AprilDave reports: "Perfect morning for Speedy Geese long run, with 10 starters. Nice to be able to have a sleep in and a 7.30 start with a relaxing coffee at Maccas on the lake. It was a relatively short long run, with the taper for the ultra well underway. The rest of the crew turned up at 8.00am. Good turnout, including newcomers Jason and Graeme. This week was a fairly flat run from Lake Tuggeranong to Point Hut Pond then along the river to Pine Island and back to Lake Tuggers (well, for most, except Jason and I who separately managed to get lost and do a few extra km). Sandeep was conspicuous by his absence, being at Mt Stromlo with Speedy Geoff and Andy who were doing the usual Sunday morning intervals. Unlike last week (thanks to Giles for headbutting the bike path), this week’s run was fairly uneventful. Nobody seemed interested in taking one for the team to help get more Likes on facebook. Mhairi’s leaking top was probably the most exciting event . I had a suggestion to fix that, but she wasn’t sure that nursing pads would have helped with a leaking water bottle. This week’s distance winner was Narelle, with 20km, followed closely by Mhairi, Jason and I with 18k. Those who didn’t get lost or overly excited (Ewen, Bronwyn, Bron, Jen, Susan, and Graeme) did 15k. Somehow we all ended up back in the right place for coffee (which took longer than the run, by the way). Thanks everyone. Looking for a huge day out next weekend with the ultra, and with Sandeep and Ruth doing the marathon, and Jen, Ewen and others coming along for support and post run celebrations."
Graeme Smyth, Narelle Desmet, Jason Roberts, Dave Clarke, Susan Sturgeon, Jen Bright, Mhairi Craig, Bron Sparkes, Bronwyn Calver. Photo by Ewen Thompson.
On Monday 3 April at Parliament House: Ewen and I ran early; the main session was 15 x 100m hill on 2 mins (with 230m recovery) with Andy, Colin, David, Emma, Isaac, Jen participating while I supervised; Dave, Ewen, Sandeep, Ruth jogging around and Christopher was seen walking..
Parliament House training continues every Monday (hills) and Thursday (long intervals) this month.
Posted by speedygeoff on Saturday, April 01, 2017 with 1 comment
I will be watching from Weston Park this year, 9 April bright and early. The park entry is a good vantage point, as you see the runners entering the park, and see them emerging again some kilometres later. As they disappear east, both the marathoners and the ultra runners have about 5k more to run, as I recall. Maybe one year I will be fit enough to run the Canberra marathon again, I have never experienced the "new" course.
Speedygeese entrants that I know of are Ruth, Sandeep, Giles, Thommo, and Jenni in the marathon, and Dave in the 50k ultra. Also many running the Half. Go the Geese!