It was a busy weekend for a lot of Striders either warming up for Mooloolaba Triathlon on Saturday, racing at the Bribie Tri on Sunday or competing in the Twilight Running Festival on Sunday night. It’s a tough race at the start of the race season but our runners toughed it out and the rain held out as well. It was an evening of impressive achievements and at least two firsts.
Mary and I went along to cheer on Gail, Ash, Lisa, Ernie, Sandy, Corne, Wayne, Gavin, Jenny, Tony and Dawg at the Twilight Festival. Ash and Gail were STOKED with their first 10km! Well done girls! It’s been awesome watching you get fitter and faster. Ernie had a tough day and had to pull out ofter coming down crook, he looked like a ghost. Hope you pull up ok and get better Boet! After the girls, run of the day went to Tony who looked super-cool and collected in the Half with a good 1:34. Sandy looked in control as well, well under her goal time. Jenny Cawood was also super cool and notched up about her 50 000th Half. Lisa had an excellent run, looking well balanced and confident in her running. Gavin ran a good Half off the back of little technical training, taking the pressure off himself and pacing himself naturally. Corne had a solid run, Wayne (not Dackie) ran a good 1:38.
Dawg was aiming a lot higher than he got but had a hard night. Still, a MASSIVE improvement from last year’s Twilight which he did in somewhere around 2:05, this crossing in under 1:43, a huge improvement. We are all amazed at his transformation.
Twilight is tough – no question about it. Run at night after a day of nerves and toilet visits, lots of turns and some vicious little climbs at all the wrong times and places. It’s not a race where you normally PB, but it is a good honest race to help set up a much faster season. It’s early enough to spot areas where you need to improve.
Here’s a little movie I shot on my iPhone.