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Jason hits the Capital

April 21, 2017

I had been looking around for marathon options early in the year for a couple of reasons. First because my usual fixture of Gold Coast marathon is out for me this year because of holiday plans, but also because I wanted a solid block of training without the work travel that I typically have in May and June each year. So after tossing up a few I came up with Canberra. The last time I had been to Canberra was 13 years ago and not really great circumstances. After being away overseas for 7 weeks I found out on the way home in Singapore that my Uncle from Canberra had suffered a stroke and was critical in hospital. Unfortunately I got the news that he had passed away when I got off the plane in Brisbane and so promptly booked a flight down to the capital to be with my family. It was a pretty sad time because he was only in his mid 50s and I remember him as being my Dad’s eldest brother and a big strong Canadian fellow. So it was kind of strange going down there because I had been there quite a bit as a kid to see my Uncle and cousins but life got busy in the meantime and I hadn’t been back. My kids had also missed out on the usual Canberra trips for school because of changing schools so Emma and I thought we would all go down and have a look around. We did that and it was great to see places like the Parliament Houses (the old one is better), Questacon, Telstra Tower and the Australian War Memorial which was a highlight. It was even greater to see my Aunty and cousins.

I also had a marathon to run and a goal which was 3:10 or a pace of 4:30 per kilometre which would get me well within the 3:15 that I need to qualify for the Boston Marathon. Read more…

2016/17 Club Championship Leaderboard

March 24, 2017

Congratulations to all that ran a tough run out at St Lucia for Twilight last weekend and hopefully everyone has recovered well.  It is always a challenging event and everyone who took part should be congratulated for their efforts.  In an effort to stimulate some healthy interest and competition amongst our members this year we have decided to keep you all updated as we progress through the Championship events on the points tally and so here it is so far.  Not much in it of course but it is early days.

Current Leaderboard

After two rounds of the 2016/17 Club Championships the tally is as follows (and in no particular order:

Yvonne Baylis                 10 points
Louise Dunn                   10 points
Kelly Bobir                     10 points
Ryan Moore                    10 points
Peter Lewis                    10 points
Paul Gourlay                   10 points
Brad Lacey                     8 points
Jenny Cawood                 8 points
Liz Gordon                     8 points
Stan Fetting                   8 points
Jesse Kohn                  6 points
Clodagh Kusemamuriwo       6 points
Corne Grotius                 6 points

Who’s ready for round 3, “PINNACLES Trail Race” fast approaching on 2 April closely followed by round 4, “GREAT SOUTH EAST RUN” the following weekend 9 April 2017? Got to be in it to win it

Good Luck Everyone …. Get out there and run!

I would encourage everyone to have a look at the Club Championship Calendar and plan out some events this year.  Having goals and milestones throughout the year helps to keep you motivated and your motivation will in turn help to motivate others.

Next up is Round 3…for all those trail running fans out there, Pinnacles is a cracker.  18 hills over 18 km and don’t underestimate those hills!  But… it is definitely worth it.  So, if events are your thing, get online, hit enter, and lets see how the leaderboard stands after round 3.   Good Luck everyone!

And the Race is on…. Race Number One of the Club Championship- Mount Glorious

February 21, 2017

A small contingent of Striders competed in the first race of the 2017 club championship calendar. Corne Grotius, Ryan Moore, Stan Fetting and I were the keen few to take on this rather brutal 22k trail run. I’ve completed the 18k Pinnacles trail run a few times and assumed this was only 4k longer, it couldn’t be much harder. Hmmm I was a little deluded. If you’ve seen the elevation of this course on strava you’ll know what I mean.

The race starts at White Cedar picnic ground about a 20 min drive past the summit of Mt Glorious and finishes opposite the Maiala picnic ground on Mt Glorious.

The race started at 7am Read more…

2016/17 Club Championship Race Calendar

December 16, 2016


7 November 2016 – 30 September 2017

The Annual Awards Presentation event  at the end of each running year sees the recognition of the achievement of club members who have raced at various local running events.

Each year there are a number of trophies presented as follows:

10k – fastest female and fastest female time

Half marathon – fastest female and fastest male time

Marathon – fastest female and fastest male time

Club Champion – (based on points accumulated over the year for placing in the designated Club Championship events listed below)

This past year we have welcomed lots of new members to our Club, and it would be fantastic to see some renewed enthusiasm towards our Club Championship events.  These events follow along the training pathway toward the Gold Coast Marathon weekend which for many is the target event for the year.  Our coaches have chosen these events carefully to make sure they fit into the programme for “ultimate success”!  (true story….it works 🙂


  1. Distance category awards criteria

– Awards to the quickest male and female 10km, 21km and 42km race anywhere

(IE. not limited to the Club Championship points events listed below)

  1. Club Champs criteria

– The format is as follows:

  1. There are 12 races to choose from
  2. 5 of the 12 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 12 races is not to encourage you to do all 12 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.


Mt Glorious Mountain Trails – Sunday 19 February 2017

Club Championship event: 22k with 1200m of climb and 650m of decent

Twilight St Lucia – 19 March 2017

Active kids 1k, 5k run/walk

Club Championship events: 10k run/walk, half marathon

Pinnacles Trail Run – Sunday 2 April 2017

Club Championship event: 18 hills in 18k trail run

 Great South East Run – Sunday 9 April 2017

2.5k, 5k

Club Championship events: 10k, half marathon

Run Noosa – Date TBA (usually end May)


Club Championship events: 10k, half marathon

 Pine Rivers Fun Run – Sunday 4 June 2017


2k, 5k

Club Championship events: 10k and new half marathon

City 2 South – no date yet (usually July)


Club Championship event: 14k

Gold Coast Marathon Festival – 1 -2 July 2017

2k, 4k (junior dash events), 5.7k

Club Championship events: 10k, half marathon, marathon

 Jetty2 Jetty – 16 July 2017


3k, 5k

Club Championship events: 10k, half marathon

 Brisbane Marathon Festival – 6 August 2017

2.2k (kids mini mara), 5k

Club Championship events: 10k, half marathon, marathon

Sunshine Coast Marathon Festival – 18 – 20 August 2017

1k fun run, 2k family dash, 5k

Club Championship events: 10k, half marathon, marathon

Twilight Bay Run Wynnum – 23 September 2017

1k active kids, 5k

Club Championship events: 10k, half marathon


Wild Horse at Night

June 23, 2016

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

April 14, 2016

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

Striders Joins Queensland Athletics – changes to club membership

April 7, 2016

After looking at the possibility for a few years Striders is making the jump to join up with Queensland Athletics. This brings a range of benefits for club members: Read more…