Twilight Half Marathon – 21 March

A significant number of Striders are currently preparing for the Twilight Half Marathon on 21 March at the University of Queensland.  By now you should be thinking about starting your training.  This is a unique opportunity in summer to run a race in the evening.  For more info visit the website here.  Be quick because entry fees rise as time goes by and there are limited shirts available.

Mooloolaba Triathlon Challenge

triA growing number of Striders have taken on the challenge of racing each other at the 2009 Mooloolaba Tri.  Most of the entrants from Striders have strengths in at least one of the disciplines and also weaknesses in at least one if not two!

It is a great way of cross training and we plan on having our marquee in the finishing area and making a great weekend of it.  If we can get enough orders we are currently looking at putting together a Striders cycling kit in the same style as our running kit.

To find out more and book your place go the the Mooloolaba Tri website.

The Anatomy Of A Race

This weekend I found myself in an unusual and unexpected situation in a race: in the lead bunch.  Instead of running against my watch I found myself in a situation where if I raced wisely I could win.  Here’s the anatomy of a race as it unfolded and the strategic thinking involved: Continue reading “The Anatomy Of A Race”

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.

Toowoomba Marathon, Half & 10km entries now online

For entry forms for any of the distances at the Toowoomba Marathon visit the Toowoomba Road Runners site here to enter online.

To find a map of how to get to the start at the University click here.

To find out more about accommodation click on the ‘Accommodation Suggestions’ link on the entry page to download a spreadsheet with plenty of options.

There’s No Doubting Thomas

Thomas Donnet is one of Striders inspirational club members.  He only took up running 3 years ago.  He now regularly comes first in his age group in races in SE QLD.  He races in the 65 -70year age category!!!

Tom holds down 2 jobs and manages to get all his runs in either early or late.  He switched to the 10km this year for the first time since starting running 3 years ago and he has gone from strength to strength.  His finishing time at the Doomben Half 10km was 48:12, which won him first place in his age group and beat a majority of the field as well.

Tom is perfect evidence that it is never too late to start running, and never too late to improve and never too late to achieve things in life.  Congratulations Tom, you deserve all your running successes!