Welcome to our newest Life Member – Sandy!

Well the best kept secret of last night’s Annual General Meeting has been revealed and Sandy has been recognised with a Life Membership for South Pine Striders! From when it was first proposed amongst our committee it was a quick, unanimous decision that Sandy absolutely deserved this recognition of her service to the club over many years. I’m sure all of us would agree that Sandy is one of our club’s most recognisable personalities and has consistently been welcoming and supportive to all of us on our running journeys!

In preparing for the Annual General Meeting I asked Rachel to share a few words and stories about Sandy and would like to share those for everyone who couldn’t be at the meeting last night.

Thanks again Sandy, for your long standing commitment to South Pine Striders and for making this such a fun and welcome club to be a part of.
Jesse Kohn, SPS President

Sandy, as one of the foundation members of South Pine Striders has been a member since the very early days, around January 2006. In that time she has served in many capacities including a number of years as a valued member on the club committee playing a significant role in the growth and development of the club and in particular the evening crew.

Sandy is well known for being enthusiastic about life and will never miss an opportunity for adventure. Often these decisions are made very spontaneously (like somewhere between the 9th and 10th kilometre of a weekend long run), with very short notice, and she always manages to rope in a few unsuspecting running sidekicks, making for a great weekend away.

Sandy has amassed an impressive repertoire of runs, over many distances, in all sorts of locations. From Cambodia to New Zealand, Tasmania, Melbourne, Hervey Bay, Great Ocean Road, Uluru (there is story behind that one), and of course, her debut marathon at the Gold Coast, just to mention a few.

Always, the social butterfly, Sandy is remarkably generous in all aspects of her life. In particular is her devotion to ensuring that on every run, “no one is left behind”. She is the first to take new members under her wing introducing them to the “crew” and also to the clubs many important traditions (coffee in the morning, often very early, and sneaky wines in the afternoon, a fine tradition instilled by our former President Stan Fetting)! She has also been known on many a long run, in the very early dark hours of the morning to call out to unsuspecting runners passing by, and “spruke” about this fantastic running club she belongs to in the hope of picking up a new recruit.

You’ll always find a laugh, a smile and words of encouragement when you need them. If you are having one of those “bad run days” she will always manage to change your mind and help you realise that no run is a bad run by the time you get back to the car, and Sandy has a very willing ear if all you need is just to “debrief” about life!

In the words of one of our other founding members “Sporting clubs are blessed to have faithful, loyal and long serving people like Sandy at the heart of things. Sandy’s long and cheerful service to our club has helped it grow in to the fantastic group of people that it is today!”

So now it is the Club and its members turn to give back to Sandy!

Thank you


South Pine Striders – Annual General Meeting 2019

It’s that time of year again – our club year has rolled over and we will be hosting the Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 16th October at 7:30pm at the South Pine Community Church. We hope to see as many members as possible on the night – it’s an opportunity to talk to the club committee and get a look into what happens behind the scenes. Nominations for general committee membership are also welcome on the night, so if you’re keen, by all means put your hand up.

Current Nominations for Committee Membership for the 2019-20 club year:

PresidentJesse Kohn
SecretaryJulia Cathie
TreasurerBrad Buchanan

Anthony Fuster
Liz Gordon
Michael Holmes
Peter Lewis (Race Secretary)
Stan Fetting
Vanessa Heasley

And of course, we must extend a thank you to the Committee members who are stepping down. Your input has been valuable and we really appreciate your efforts!

  • Bruce Clements
  • Nicole Kohn (remaining co-ordinator of the club uniforms)
  • Rachel Bushell

One final reminder – All attendees will need to be paid members if they wish to have a vote or nominate for a committee position

Party time for Striders!

We recently held our Annual Awards night on Saturday, November 3, and it was a fantastic chance for our members to celebrate each other’s achievements, relax and socialise after an extremely busy club year.

Please join me in congratulating our 2018 Award winners!

Men’s 10K – Chris Woulahan 36:01
Female 10K – Niamh Odwyer 41:50

Men’s Half – Paul Gourlay 1:17:43
Female Half – Yvonne Baylis 1:40:00

Mens Marathon – Anthony Fuster 2:54:51
Female Marathon – Yvonne Baylis 3:17:45

Phil O’Laughlin (Morning Coaches award)
Liz Gordon (Night Coaches award)

Louise Dunn (Volunteering award)
Jesse Kohn (Runner’s Runner)

Anthony Fuster (Club Champion)

jesse runners runner

anthony club champion1


chris 10k


liz night coaches award


louise volunteer


paul half


yvonne half full

Annual General Meeting Update

It’s just one week until the Annual General Meeting – next Wednesday 31 October, 7:30pm at the South Pine Community Church demountable. If you’re keen to have your say about the club or want to see how things operate behind-the-scenes then please come along.
It’s also worth mentioning that all current members are entitled to vote at the meeting. So please take a moment to renew your membership if you haven’t done so already – just hit the big red button on our website!

Nominations for office bearers:
President – Jesse Kohn (only nomination)
Secretary – Nicole Kohn (only nomination)
Treasurer – Brad Buchanan (only nomination)

General committee:
Anthony Fuster (Returning)
Bruce Clements (Returning)
Michael Holmes (Returning)
Rachel Bushell (Returning)
Stan Fetting (Returning)
Liz Gordon (New Nomination)
Peter Lewis (New Nomination & Race Secretary)
Vanessa Heasley (New Nomination)

Outgoing (with many thanks):
Yvonne Baylis
Mary Jackson
Louise Dunn
Jason Croston
Michelle White

Look forward to seeing plenty of our members next Wednesday Night @ 7:30PM. If you have any other questions in the meantime please don’t hesitate to ask.

Jesse Kohn

New Club Uniforms Have Arrived!


Put your hand up if you are a little jealous now you have seen the new uniforms! I can tell you that they are pretty comfy. If you are feeling a little down for missing out on the pre-order you are in luck. There is a very limited stock left on hand if you do want to grab a t-shirt or singlet. We also have a number of hats and visors. All has been loaded into the Striders store for your Saturday night shopping pleasure.
All stock is now in one place, including the old Scody stock and Envisage stock – which are at run out prices.

Grab some race kit for those last few races of the season!

-Nicole Kohn


Based on the response to our expression of interest for the new club kit, we are now ready to take orders and payment for the new club singlet, shirt, caps and visors. The link below will take you to the order form where you can make payment and secure your pre-order.


This will be available until June 30 after which time the committee will place an order directly with 2XU. If you are considering picking up new kit any time in the near future, we highly recommend you take this opportunity, as the club will hold only very limited stock. The next pre-order may be some time away.

For all other kit in the new range (tracksuits, compression wear, and race shorts) we will continue to take expressions of interest via the existing link. However at this stage we will not be placing an order for these items until we have enough for a minimum order of 20x per item.


  • When will I receive my goods – this depends on the timeframe set by 2XU and we will advise this as soon as we are able to place the order with the supplier (soon after June 30).
  • What if the supplier price changes – if we get a large influx of orders the price may come down. If this happens you will be contacted to arrange a refund. You will not be expected to pay more than the amount listed on this current pre-order of shirts/singlets/caps/visors.
  • What if you don’t get enough orders to make up a minimum order – based on the orders received by June 30 the commitee will make a decision about whether the minimum order number can be reached. If it is impractical to place an order then everyone who has placed an order will have the option to take a refund, or keep their order in the system for the next round of orders to be placed later in 2018.

New Club Kit Released

We’re excited to announce the release of our new design club kit. Our new club partners are 2XU, only the best! As of this year we will have two options for club kit: our existing kit and the new kit. Both kit versions therefore can be worn in races and this will remain indexthe case moving forward.

We recognise that many have only recently acquired our existing singlets. Most stocks have now become exhausted, although there are still some supplies left and they are available at 50% discount.

The new additions include:

  • Race shirt
  • New style singlet
  • New style shorts
  • Compression garments
  • Tracksuit top & bottoms
  • New cap

Official Club Kit Combination
We do ask that you will strongly consider wearing both official kit tops and bottoms in order to get the full effect for our club identity. We’ve added enough options to take into account people’s preferences between shorts and compression garments.

Our kit provider is 2XU, which makes the highest quality garments. They are priced at normal retail pricing. Striders has placed no mark ups on these garments at all, so you are getting them at cost price.

The order form is to determine how many items people are prepared to order. We will need to achieve the minimum numbers on any item in order to get a run done (20). If we can get 50 orders we can get a better price. The club will hold stock but only a limited supply of the basics (singlets, shirts, polo’s). Please us the link below to go to the order form. You will not be asked to pay now, but an order is to be regarded as a firm committment to follow through on the puchase when the final order is placed and payments are taken.


“Pacer Week”

It was a cold, dreary night at the South Pine Community Church and the evening crew had just finished a tough session. I asked the team if they had any suggestions or ideas they wanted to raise at next week’s committee meeting. The fabulous Liz Gordon piped up and suggested that seeing as there are many striders that participate in Warner Lakes parkrun each week, then why don’t we offer our support to provide pacers once a month like other parkun’s do. I brought this great idea to the committee who were very supportive of the club offering our services to the good people of Warner Lakes. I made contact with the race directors who eagerly accepted our offer.

It was agreed that our pacing duties would begin on Saturday, 02 September 2017. This date coincided with their second birthday, and also the first parkrun of the month. Pacing bibs were ordered and volunteers called upon. The roster was filled almost immediately by striders eager to pace parkrunner’s to personal bests! The first pacing gig was an overwhelming success and set the tone for the months to follow. Not only were our pacers absolutely amazing with their pacing accuracy, but they did so with smiles on their faces and encouragement along the way.  I admit I was a bit apprehensive as to whether this momentum would continue. But each month as the call goes out for volunteers it is usually less than 24 hour before all the positions (all nine of them!) are filled. I don’t know many other parkrun’s that consistently provide nine pacers each month, but ours does!

The first Saturday of the month is now affectionately known as ‘pacer week’, and is embraced with open-arms by the Warner Lakes parkrun community. Our club has established a great rapport and our support is appreciated by many. I have heard nothing but positive feedback from all involved and I am genuinely excited to be a part of it each month. So far we have provided 45 pacers across five pacing duties with approximately 26 different members volunteering to date. If you would like to get involved then feel free to send me a message and I will get you sorted.

Lastly, while I may be the one organising the pacers each month, it was Liz who volunteered this great idea. I am simply piggy backing off her ingenuity. Well done Liz for such a great suggestion. The success of our involvement started and continues with you J

Anthony Fuster – Evening Crew Coach.

Great Ocean Road Running Festival 2017 – More than a marathon!

I guess it’s common for all runners to get to that point where, after half a dozen or so half marathons, you decide that you’d better at least try a marathon to see whether you’ve got what it takes to join that elite bunch of crazies. Then it comes down to which one should you choose? Continue reading “Great Ocean Road Running Festival 2017 – More than a marathon!”

Pinnacles Classic Trail Run 2017 – Michael’s Baptism Of Fire

On the weekend with a few other Striders I experienced the Pinnacles Classic Trail Race. With its main selling point (or deterrent) being 18 hills in 18kms I knew I was in for a tough baptism. The event was originally scheduled for the 2nd April however due to damage done to the area by cyclone Debbie it was postponed to the 30th. Continue reading “Pinnacles Classic Trail Run 2017 – Michael’s Baptism Of Fire”