Training Plan For Gold Coast Marathon

training-plan500Here is the current version (updates can be made) of our Training Plan to Gold Coast Marathon.  You can either read it below or view the full colour version as a PDF which you can download. Remember to read all the explanatory notes before delving into the schedule. To download hit the button below or read further. Continue reading “Training Plan For Gold Coast Marathon”

Striders Win Male And Female Marathon Titles In Toowoomba

Abi Griffin crosses the line to win the women’s Toowoomba Marathon 2012

A strong contingent of Striders headed out to Toowoomba for this weekend’s XCell Roofing Toowoomba Marathon and other distances. The race featured a new course and considerable improvements to runner safety. The new course took runners out into the farm areas beyond the University and runners got some great views and scenery but paid the price with some new hills. Striders Abi Griffin took out the female marathon title (3:32) and club president Stan Fetting won his second marathon title in Toowoomba (2:57). There were a host of other notable achievements as well: Continue reading “Striders Win Male And Female Marathon Titles In Toowoomba”

Gold Coast Kokoda Challenge 2012

Ouch or Eina! Depending on your country of origin. I’d done this event in the previous two years with the first year being a 29 hour effort and only 3 of the 4 team members making it (a fail in other words and the t-shirt is for gardening only) and then last year being a 23 hour effort but with all 4 team members crossing the line. Super feeling. This year I had decided that it was unfair to commit to a team as a result of the uncertainty of life after the Comrades as I would have liked to have bettered the 23 hour and probably aimed for under 20 hours. Continue reading “Gold Coast Kokoda Challenge 2012”

Striders At Gold Coast Marathon 2012

A good bunch of Striders headed down to the premier running event in SE Queensland this weekend for the Gold Coast Marathon Festival.  Julie Turner kicked off the weekend in style with a blistering 38:51 in the Southern Cross University 10km.  Julie had a seeded start after taking out her age group at the Noosa 10km and she used it to good effect.  In a very competitive field she placed 3rd in her category and of course posted another consistently fast time. On Sunday we had a number of Half and Marathon debutantes who all did remarkably well on what turned out to be a hot day for the marathoners. Continue reading “Striders At Gold Coast Marathon 2012”

Striders Annual Awards Report

A record 86 people joined our annual night of nights held for the first time on Saturday November 5, 2011. Proceedings started with finger foods and live musician Simon Kennedy who proved to be a big hit all night with the punters. After main course our awards were announced. Gabriel Petrie’s contribution as a founding member was recognised with a presentation. He was given ‘Zinn & the art of bycycle maintenance’ to mark his transition from running to bike riding which he now excels at. Continue reading “Striders Annual Awards Report”

Striders Shine At Gold Coast Marathon Festival

Matt & Emily Stark after a blistering 4km race

*Updated* This years Gold Coast Marathon saw the biggest contingent of Striders ever. As last year there were plenty of debutantes at half and full marathon. There were some inspirational performances as well, not necessarily at the front of the field. Alan Whittle is facing a heart operation in days and he defied doctors orders to finish after careful but determined training. Alan ran across the line with Fabian Gonzales (Pix) who hit trouble at 27km’s. As usual, the race was graced by the presence of the perpetual angel who never runs for herself and always helps others to get across the line. Mary Jackson helped Fabian push through the barriers and eventually gathered Alan as well. The genetic freaks at the front are impressive but the people who finish despite significant difficulty (and those who help them) are inspiring.

The debutantes are inspiring as well. Each Half Marathon and Marathon medalists are winners in their own right. Many have come a long way from the couch, into an active life and to the point where they set themselves big goals and have now achieved them. Continue reading “Striders Shine At Gold Coast Marathon Festival”

Clem 7 Tunnel Run

A unique race will be held early in 2010 that you may be interested in: the Clem 7 Tunnel Run.  the official website has the following blurb:

The 10km CLEM7 Tunnel Run is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to run, jog or speed-walk the entire length of the Clem Jones Tunnel in a competitive event, and is limited to 5000 participants only.  The event is set for early 2010, and will be held from 6.30am to 9.00am on a Sunday prior to the tunnel’s official opening to traffic. The date will be announced just weeks before the event, so lace up your shoes and get training now! The Tunnel Run will happen on the morning of the planned CLEM7 Open Day. Even if you can’t take part in the Tunnel Run, there will be an amazing opportunity to walk through the tunnel at your own leisure later in the day, and more information is coming soon. Everyone taking part in the historic CLEM7 Tunnel Run will help raise funds to support the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation in working wonders for sick kids.

Make sure you click on this link to register your interest. check out the route map with elevations below: Continue reading “Clem 7 Tunnel Run”

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.

Toowoomba Race Preview

9 Striders will be heading up to Toowoomba this weekend to contest various distances on Sunday at the St George Bank Marathon [10km, Half, Marathon].

Stan and Mary will tackle the marathon, Greg and Gavin will take on the Half, and Julie, Wendy and Emily, Gabriel and Michael will take on the 10km.  Emily will be running her first ever 10km race, and she has been working hard in training.  Running is her third sport but she has been learning a lot and putting in a big effort on the hill sessions during winter.

Julie and Wendy will have another close contest, with not a lot seperating them.  They will be looking to crack the 42 minute barrier. Stan has put in a big effort to get back to standard after a long post-Comrades lay off but a late bout of bronchitis has added some doubt to his bid to a crack a sub 3 on the tough course.  Being a big sook doesn’t help.

The team heads up on Saturday, and they will enjoy a carbo loading session at an Italian restraunt in town before heading for an early bed.

For those runners heading up, check here for a link to print out a pacing chart.