Running Race Roundup: Brisbane, XC Nationals, Lakes College, Sunny Coast

Over the last couple of weeks there have been some great race results for Striders in a number of races including two junior members competing in the Australian Cross Country Championships in Adelaide. Here’s some edited highlights: Continue reading “Running Race Roundup: Brisbane, XC Nationals, Lakes College, Sunny Coast”

Brisbane deserves a world class marathon

Participation in running is growing.  You would imagine that a modern sophisticated city like Brisbane would have a world class marathon the likes of countless other cities across the world?  Think again.  Last weekends Brisbane Marathon was a fraught affair with significant difficulties with the course thanks not only to problems arising from the floods but a lack of support from the Council, State government and other authorities.  The race organisers have struggled to get permission for road closures and also for funding support.  The result is that the Brisbane Marathon has to be run over a course which at places was sub standard and other places downright dangerous.  There is no surprise that there were injuries this year when the public and competitors came together. Continue reading “Brisbane deserves a world class marathon”

Striders at Brisbane Marathon Festival

Stan Fetting, Jerrod Smith & Mark Lawton enjoy some post race celebrations

This year’s Brisbane Marathon Festival was blessed with fantastic weather and a 15 degree start to the Marathon and Half at 6am. The course this year was greatly affected by the floods and also the difficulties organisers had with an uncooperative Council.  There were 4 bridge crossings, lots of twists and turns, dips and rises and two crowded laps of the Botanic Gardens at the start. However runners made the best of the difficult course and aided by enthusiastic volunteers enjoyed a warm morning of running.  Striders managed to get a runner in the top 5. There weren’t many club members competing having raced at Gold Coast and Jetty 2 Jetty. Continue reading “Striders at Brisbane Marathon Festival”