Striders Annual Awards Dinner

You-Are-InvitedThe Annual Striders Awards Dinner will be held on Friday November 15. We have a fantastic 2 course dinner and a specially booked DJ for the all essential post dinner dancing. We will be looking back and celebrating another year of running together plus handing our awards and crowning our Club Champion for 2013. The competition for the title this year has been close and there area a number of contenders to receive the award for the night. Continue reading “Striders Annual Awards Dinner”

Core And Stretching Masterclass Dates Released

The Core and Stretching Masterclass with physiotherapist Dean Sullivan, fresh from the Olympics in London where he was looking after world class triathletes will start on Wed 24 October and run for 5 weeks: October 24, 31, November 7, 14, 21. Cost is $10 per session starts at 6pm-7pm, bring cash with you. You need your own Swiss ball, it’s a BYOB session. Wear comfortable clothing that you can stretch in without flashing the rest of the class and bring a towel. This a unique opportunity to learn from a highly qualified practitioner. You will benefit best if you attend all 5 sessions. You will learn principles and techniques you can employ long after the classes have finished. No need to book, just show up with 10 bucks, a ball and towel and enjoy. Venue: South Pine Community Church Hall, Cnr Eatons Crossing & South Pine Rds, Eatons Hill.

Toowoomba Weekend Away

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Strider takes out the Towoomba Marathon in 2008

Last year we had a very successful weekend away in Toowoomba competing in the 10km, Half and Marathon, which was won by one of our own Striders (Stan).Read reports here, here, and here.

This year we plan to go back up for another weekend of run fun.  We leave on Saturday at lunchtime, drive up the range, check into a caravan park where the guys and girls have their own cabins.  On Saturday night we all go out of for a pasta at an excellent Italian place, and then get ready for a big morning.

After the race and the prizegiving we all retire to Sizzler for a big guilt free feed before returning reluctantly down the range and home to nurse our gloriously wasted bodies.  If you are intending on coming please tell Gabriel (evening runners), or Stan (morning runners).  We will be booking cabins soon so need numbers.

The Course

The race is organised by Toowoomba Road Runners which is an excellent club who are very experienced in putting on events. The course is quite tough, a 10.5km loop which has a few turns and twists and one or two inclines.  It’s a good honest run that keeps you on your toes and there’s no help from large crowds or flat courses here!  If you can run this coruse, you’ll do well at the major races which are a lot flatter.

It’s a great weekend away, and an excellent social time.

Striders Duo In 50km Epic

Lisa Maj & Jo-ann Filmalter all smiles after a 50km epic.
Lisa Maj & Jo-ann Filmalter all smiles after a 50km epic.

Lisa Maj and Jo-ann Filmalter completed the 50km Walk 4 Charity Epic on Saturday, from Mitchelton to Scarborough.  The duo came in 6th and 7th of 120 participants. Jo writes:

On Saturday the 1st August 2009, Lisa & I set off on a 5okm charity walk: “Go the Extra Mile” – which is an endurance walking event designed to raise money for Gospel For Asia’s work amongst the neediest children of India – the “untouchables” – Dalits. 

The walk started at Teralba Park in Michelton and finished at Owens Park in Scarborough. The morning started out really cold but turned into the most perfect day. The whole route was through parklands and beachfront, it was really beautiful. We ran the first 25km and walked most of the second 25km. The volunteers and marshalls were wonderful along the route and we have never been offered so many lollies! We thoroughly enjoyed our day and crossed the finish line in 7 hours 50 mins in 6th & 7th place out of a field of 122 starters. We look forward to tackling this event again next year!

Congratulations to both.  Jo is backing up this weekend in Sydney at the City 2 Surf and will be returning to Sydney for the SMH Half Marathon later in the year.

Getting Your Pace Right At Gold Coast

With only days to go you should by now  have an idea of what time you are capable of running, and then working out what pace that is per/km. Using the km markers, you must stick to your pace and no faster. You can go faster over the last 3km’s of the 10km if you are capable, and in the Half once you have passed 17km you can think about getting faster. If you have a 3km or 5km [even better] time trial time, you can work off that. You will not be too much better than predicted, so don’t get any flash ideas.

The best and fastest way of doing it is to use the web resources I am providing the link to. Continue reading “Getting Your Pace Right At Gold Coast”

Gold Coast Marathon – Final Preparations

The Big Green Striders Marquee will be at the Gold Coast Marathon  when you arrive.  Plan on staying  to have lunch with your fellow Striders after the race.  There are plenty of eateries nearby. The marquee will be put up on Saturday lunch-time.

For those of you who are nervous, I’ve included my well rehearsed race day routines here below: Continue reading “Gold Coast Marathon – Final Preparations”

Striders Girl Debuts In London Marathon

wendylondonfinishWendy Clark made her marathon debut at the London Marathon on April 26 in a fantastic time of 3hrs38min.  The London Marathon snakes its way past plenty of iconic landmarks and attracts an enormous field of British and international runners.

After a lengthy and dedicated training run up which included plenty of long runs and sore muscles, Wendy easily nailed her first marathon, joining the select few Striders women to have completed a marathon. Training included plenty of early morning interval and hill sessions, lots of lunchtime running and also plenty of Saturday long runs.  wendy was supported by her sisters on plenty of the runs and also by fellow Striders.

Congratulations Wendy, we are looking forward to seeing you unleashed on the Queensland marathon scene! For those of you who read this and are inspired remember that we have two coaches in Striders who are very experienced at the marathon and ultra-marathon – so why not give it a go?  There are plenty of opportunities on the SE QLD running calendar for half marathons and 3 options for marathons.wendylondonbp

To read the story of the race go to the official site here for men, and here for women. The womens winner is 36 years of age, which should serve as an inspiration to many.

Pinnacles Classic Report

Erik Anderson, Greg Hall, Stan Fetting celebrate the end of the pain at Pinnacles CLassic 2009
Erik Anderson, Greg Hall, Stan Fetting celebrate the end of the pain at Pinnacles CLassic 2009

Greg Hall edged out Stan Fetting in a thrilling finish to the Striders unofficial King of the Mountains race at Pinnacles Classic this Saturday.  After 18km of gruelling trail running 4 seconds was all that seperated the jubilant Greg Hall from Stan. The young gun has been chasing the sly fox for some time now and it was only a matter of time before Greg’s hard work paid off.  The two came together just before the halfway mark after the tough ascent up ‘The Mother’ and from there on it was hammer and tongue all the way to the finish with each runner trying to get away from the other.  Greg opened up a lead of about 100 metres with 2km to go but the two were abreast again with about 1km to go down a steep descent.  By the time both runners got to the bottom they were sprinting and Greg timed his well to edge ahead of Stan.

Erik Anderson and Mary Jackson also put in solid performances in possibly the biggest field that Pinnacles has had in its existence.  OVer 60 runner lined up at the start for the tough challenge with climbs called ‘The Mother’, ‘The B******d’, ‘The Mongrel’, but to name a few.  Congratulations to Greg Hall on an excellent performance to knock the old boy off his perch.  Greg was quoted as saying “It’s all downhill for him from here!”, and in reply Stan was heard to say “No this simply means WAR!!!”.  We look forward to the next tussle between these two!