Wild Horse at Night

Trails… in the dark…. Yvonne and Jason took on the challenge of Wild Horse at Night last weekend and for anyone considering it, heres a bit of an insight.

Saturday 18th June at 6pm a whole bunch of crazy people lined up to run the Wild Horse @ night events put on by Run Qld. There were three race distances run, 10k, 16k and 25k. I believe only two Striders ran, Jason Manktelow in the 10k event & myself in the 25k.

The conditions were much tougher than I’d anticipated. The terrain was continually changing. There were long sections of soft sand, patches of slippery mud, lots of large deep puddles, sections of very uneven rocky track and generally lots of rough uneven surface. 100% concentration on where you placed your feet was essential. Remember this is also in the dark, no moon, no light other than the lamp on your head which seemed blindingly bright in my living room!

The 25k event started first, followed 10 min later by the 16k runners & another 10 mins later the 10k runners. I started near the front group and managed to stay near the lead for the whole race. Although for most of the race it seemed I was out in the dark in the forest by myself. No sign of anyone in front or behind me. The only clue I’m going the right way the reflectors hanging from tree branches every 200m or so. It’s not a race for the faint-hearted or those scared of the dark…like me. It was a huge incentive for me to push hard & get back to the finish as quickly as possible. Needless to say I was very happy when I started to catch up with the last of the 16k runners in the last few kilometers of the race and then approach the finish.

Jason ran an incredible race finishing in 43:19 and placing 2nd overall & 1st in his category.

I was very happy with my 12th place overall and 5th female in 2:14:39.



Mt Mee Classic

On Sunday 10 April, I ran in the 19k event as part of the Mt Meet Classic. I have moved out to Daybook late last year so thought I had better run my ‘local’ race.  It was a tough race, with a lot more walking that I had anticipated.  The first 10k was enjoyable, even though it was up and down.  But the final 9k felt like a continuous climb to the finish, with the sun blaring down on us.

One of my running buddies ran the 44k – her first marathon, first ultra-marathon and first trail race all in one.  It was great to see her out on the course and then cheer her across the finish line.

Now time to consult the race calendar and work out whats next…….

JessJess Mt Mee

Gold Coast Marathon Training Plan 2016

The 2016 GCM Training Plan is ready for download. The plan builds up to the key focal point for many Striders. The SE QLD running calendar is rapidly changing and some key races have shifted to much later. This has provided a few complications for 2016 as we can no longer rely on the usual schedule of races to build up from 10km, to Half and then to marathon. Continue reading “Gold Coast Marathon Training Plan 2016”

Club Championships Races

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.

See the Club Calendar for Club Champ races

2015 Striders Awards Presentation Afternoon

The 2015 Striders Awards presentation was a little different to previous years with the event being held at the Ferny Grove Bowls club.  The afternoon was a more family friendly event with games of bare foot bowls and soggy beach volleyball.  We had a lucky break in the weather with the sun making a brief appearance and the rain holding off until late in the afternoon at the presentation of the awards.  It was a relaxed and fun afternoon for all.

This year’s award recipients –

Coaches awards for the morning group: Phillip O’Loughlin and Alanah Kilpatrick

Coaches awards for the night group: Clodagh Kusemamuriwo and Kelly Bowden

Junior coaches award: Cooper Carswell

Junior award: Matthew Stark

Mens fastest 10k: Chris Edwards

Womens fastest 10K: Keryn Pauley

Mens fastest half marathon: Anthony Fuster

Womens fastest half marathon: Keryn Pauley

Mens fastest marathon: Chris Edwards

Womens fastest marathon: Yvonne Baylis

Overall Club Champion: Tied between Chris Edwards and Keryn Pauley

Runners choice award: Yvonne Baylis (may have been rigged by a certain daughter who may have voted more than once).

A special presentation was made to Stan Fetting who held the position of club president for 10 years to thank him for his years of dedication to the club.  Stan has been a driving force behind the club who has been influential in shaping the club culture of welcoming one and all no matter what your running goals or abilities are.  From all of us at Striders thank you Stan.

Thanks to everyone who came along even though the weather wasn’t ideal.  Special thanks to Clodagh Kusemamuriwo and Louise Dunn for organising the event and catering and Mark Bertwistle for doing a great job manning the BBQ for most of the afternoon.