Club Championship format for 2015

1. Distance category awards criteria
– Awards to the quickest male and female 10km, 21km and 42km race anywhere.
2. Club Champs criteria
– The format is as follows:
1. There are 14 races to choose from
2. 5 of the 14 will count towards your club champs points tally
3. 10 points for a distance category win with points reducing by 2 for each subsequent placing (e.g. first male and female in the same event earn the same points)

1. You need to be a financial member of South Pine Striders at the time of the event for the points to count.
2. The 14 races is not to encourage you to do all 14 but rather provide options and time for recovery. Choose wisely.
3. No complaints will be entertained.
4. You need to run in your own registered number.
5. You should run in Striders club kit to run faster.
6. Your safety and health and that of other competitors is of primary importance.

And the races are:
1. 11 Jan Resolution run (11km)
2. 21 Feb Mt Glorious Trails (22km)
3. 22 Mar Twilight (10km & 21km)
4. 18 April Pinnacles (18km)
5. 23 Mayl Noosa (10km & 21km)
6. 3 May Pine Rivers Festival – Pine Rivers Charity Fun Run 7. (10km)
7. TBC June Doomben (10km & 21km)
8. 14 June City 2 South (14km)
9. 4-5 July Gold Coast (10km-4/7/2015, 21km & 42km-5/7/2015)
10. 19 July Jetty 2 Jetty (10km & 21km
11. 2 August Brisbane Running Festival (10km, 21km & 42km)
12. 30 August Sunshine Coast (10km, 21km & 42km)
13. 20 September Twilight Bay Run (10km & 21km)
14. TBC October Toowoomba (10km, 21km, 30km & 42km)

Mt Glorious Trail Run

mtg_lightWell done to Enda Cotter, Paul Dack, Nicole van Gurp and Jerrod Smith on completing a tough trail run on Saturday morning of 22 February 2014. Here are some pictures from the day. This is also the first airing of our partner/sponsor banner kindly supplied by Brendale Community Bank® Branch of Bendigo Bank with the joint male first place finishers being awarded their trophies. Well done to all. Continue reading “Mt Glorious Trail Run”

Resolution Run 2013

Active8ChangeThe first Striders run of the year kicked off yesterday with the Resolution run in the city. The pace was hot and so was the weather. Making his first appearance at the distance Dean Cane ran a superb 43 minutes. Behind him a sweaty group of runners including fast finishers Enda and Ryan who had to weave through crowd around Southbank. Tony was not far behind and finished a super second in his category. Chris Edwards, Corne Grotius and Tim can do Carr beat the hour mark. Jane Shea finished fresh with barely a drip of sweat. Making her first Striders appearance Jenny Mulholland fought to the finish in the stifling heat. It was a super start to the year and thanks to Daddy Cane for taking photo’s and cheering us on.

South Pine Striders Club Champs 2013

silvercupHere’s the format for the SPS club champs for 2013. It comes with certain restrictions and warnings which carry dire consequences if not adhered to… The purpose is to encourage participation in events, encourage support of local events, have fun and celebrate and assist in providing a friendly, safe and competitive environment. Continue reading “South Pine Striders Club Champs 2013”

Gold Coast Kokoda Challenge 2012

Ouch or Eina! Depending on your country of origin. I’d done this event in the previous two years with the first year being a 29 hour effort and only 3 of the 4 team members making it (a fail in other words and the t-shirt is for gardening only) and then last year being a 23 hour effort but with all 4 team members crossing the line. Super feeling. This year I had decided that it was unfair to commit to a team as a result of the uncertainty of life after the Comrades as I would have liked to have bettered the 23 hour and probably aimed for under 20 hours. Continue reading “Gold Coast Kokoda Challenge 2012”

Race Report : Pinnacles 2012

It was near perfect conditions for the 2012 Pinnacles Classic with a little bit of mist and light drizzle at the highest point. Myself, Dave Holland and a last minute replacement for the injured and still hill-shy Karen Brown, her husband Scott, all represented Striders in the green and white with Mary Jackson (saint), Karen Reardon (nana), donning the yellow of Redcliffe Tri Club and being joined by several others from the club.
The event was well organised, as usual, and was sold out early. The start was divided into four waves 10 mins apart, which avoided congestion early on.
This years race was the ‘clockwise’ route, with most of the quad mangling hills on the first half of the course, it’s not for the faint hearted, and the naming of the hills is apt. The back half offered more undulation and shorter hills until the monster descent at the end. Just when you think it’s downhill all the way, there’s a kick-in-the-arse uphill, before its back to freewheeling to the finish.
Dave Holland was first strider home in 9th place in 1hr 35 mins, one place behind the first female. An impressive performance with only two other competitors older, both slower and neither could match his fine head of hair.
Other times were:
Paul Dack  1hr 38mins.
Scott Brown 2hrs.
Karen Reardon 2hrs 15mins
Mary Jackson 2hrs 16mins
Tina Florance 2hrs 34mins
Pleasure in pain is a necessity and the relief to reach the end was shared by all.
Afterwards there was a sausage sizzle, cereal and fruit. Soft drinks, a very dubious coconut drink and even a slab of beer as refreshments.
Reporting a week after the event and with the return of functional quads, I can now say it was a challenging race and worth every cent of the $25 entry and I’ll be there again next year and I’d recommend everyone to give it a go.
Report by Dackie

Twilight 2012 Race Report

Last night saw the annual running of the Twilight Festival, this year bigger than ever and the first year that there were no typos on the race singlets.
We have a number of virgins who had never worn the famous and hallowed green & white club colours in a race. 
Dave Holland proudly wore his new singlet and took Striders honours in the 10km with a 38:46 just ahead of a fast finishing Julie Turner in 38:51.  Investigations would later find that it was in fact Stan Fetting running with Julie’s race number but the race database had been changed. Julie’s never looked rougher, hopefully she will be back to her usual prepossessing and demure self on Tuesday.
Another Striders kit virgin was Zara Di Bella and she also debuted at the half, and looked radiant afterwards as did Meaghan.  Congratulations to both for their efforts.
In the Half Marathon a competitive mens field saw a very well conditioned Tony Banfield sneak under the 1:30 with seconds to spare, followed by a solid Dackie, Peter (debuting in Striders kit, singlet AND shorts!!!), Scotty (also debuting in Striders kit!) Timomatic (aka Carr) and Corne. Scotty was a surprise packet, as he has been doing extensive squirrel training and is looking lean and cut.  He’s a dead set favourite for our new Squirrel prize at the Annual Dinner.  Sneaky bugger.
A competitive female Half field saw veteran Jenny Cawood take honours in front of Michelle, Sandy, Karen, Zara and Meaghan. Michelle toughed it out after getting sick on course, congrats on hanging in there.
We remained on trackside to welcome Jennifer over the line in the Half, great effort there.
We had great support from Maz, Brownie and a generous Abi who couldn’t run but came down to support.
Due to Julie and her boys being sick, Angus & Felicity brought along Gabby who raced as Harrison Turner and Jake as Blake Turner.
There is at least one evening runner I’ve missed, other corrections welcomed.
Dave Holland 38:46
Stan Fetting 38:51
Johnny Dansie 53:49
Half Marathon – Men
Tony Banfield 1:29:51
Paul Dack 1:32:01
Peter Lewis 1:40:40
Scott Brown 1:49:10
Tim Carr 1:52:01
Corne Grotius 1:53:04
Half Marathon – Women
Jenny Cawood 1:47:43
Michelle White 1:49:25
Sandy Scott 1:54:07
Karen Reardon 2:04:22
Zara Di Bella
Meaghan Quinn 2:20?
Rachel Bushell 2:19:53

Mt Glorious Trail Run

This run was held on 4 February 2012. It’s organised by TRAQ or at least the details of the run can be found there as can many other trail running events. It was run from Cedar Flats on the other side of Mt Glorious and run on fire trails up to Mt Glorious itself. There were a total of about 150 runners on this day which represents a full field for events like this. Numbers are limited due to National Parks restrictions but more importantly for the safety of competitors. It was a fun run in great conditions with some honest hills in it. I would encourage all to have a browse of the TRAQ website, pick an event and go and do it. There is less pressure on time and absolutely no disgarce in walking sections. Especially some of the hills. Well, that’s it. Just a quick blurb and hopefully it will convince more of you into the bush. Remember, you can take the man out of the bush but not the bush out of the man. Happy running!

Hell OF The West race report

On the 5th February 2012 eight Striders took the long road trip out to Goondiwindi to take part in the ‘Hell of the West’ a 2km swim, 80km ride and a 20km run.

With the recent flooding in Western Queensland the swim was moved from the river to the local botanical gardens duck pond!

The competition between the Striders was in full swing the night before with Starkie taking it to another level bringing out his full aero, aka sperm helmet to give him that 40sec advantage.

The race got underway at 5:00am (still dark) in the duck pond with 3 laps and a short 3.5km run back to transition.  The Striders then got onto their bikes for the 80km dead flat ride. Jerrod’s recent training shone through with a powerful ride with Starkie hot on his tail.

With the shortened run it was off the bike to complete the final 16.5km run as the sun really started to heat up. The run was made up off 3 laps and gave everyone the chance to have a good look at each other.

Abigail (I haven’t done much training) Griffin blitzed the field and smoked home in 1st place amongst the Striders, showing that she is a true endurance athlete and the boys still can’t catch her.

Michael Stark proved that he is well suited to Triathlon and came home 29sec behind Abi to finish 2nd. The new TT bike on order will see a different result next year.

Jerrod Smith came home 3rd and showed that all his training is paying off with a power display of riding and looks to be well on his way to completing his first Ironman.

Megan Watterston was next across the line taking out 3rd place in her age group, an excellent effort overcoming a back injury leading up to the race.

Duncan Price had a tough day in the office after realizing runners legs don’t really do much on a bike. He struggled home and learnt some very valuable lessons along the way.

Mary Jackson show everyone how it is done completing another magnificent race crossing the line with her normal bounce and smile, more concerned on how everyone else went.

Fabian Gonzalez somehow managed to complete the race with a solid effort after 3 months on holiday and limited training. 

The event was fanatics, well organized and supported by the local community. Mother Nature was very kind to us with no extreme temperatures or headwinds; it was a great day for racing.

Lessons were learnt by all with the majority of Striders competing in their first 5hr+ endurance event.

The healthy competition is spurring everyone on with the competition being taking to the next level with a Half Ironman being held at Yeppoon on the 19th August 2012.

Written timeously by Duncan but posted way late by me. Thanks and apologies Duncan