Striders Shine In The Noosa Sun

The Noosa Winter Festival was held in ideal conditions with a fresh start followed by golden sunshine.  The Striders contingent shone as well showing the fruit of lots of hard training since the start of the year and promising more to come at the Gold Coast on the first weekend of July.  There were a swag of PB’s and some inspirational stories with first timers and comebacks from surgery. etc. Continue reading “Striders Shine In The Noosa Sun”

Twilight Half Marathon Training Plan

Your club coaches for morning and evening have a full plan including intervals & hills worked out for beginner, intermediate and advanced runners leading up to the Twilight Half Marathon on Sunday night March 18.  The plan includes a 5km and 10km time trial which is ESSENTIAL so that we can work out your pacing for the Half. The 10km time trial will be run by Striders out at Sandgate on a Saturday night to help acclimatise you to night running (which is VERY different). Continue reading “Twilight Half Marathon Training Plan”

Striders Club Championship Races for 2012

Each year we have a Cub Championship competition based on points accumulated in our 8 listed club runs.  These 8 runs have been chosen across a number of distances and race types. First place in a distance category gets the winner 10 points, second place 8, and so forth. Last year’s inaugural winner was Stan Fetting and in 2012 the challenge is out to topple Stan from the championship.  Women dominated the leaderboard last year: Continue reading “Striders Club Championship Races for 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 Simmer in Toowoomba

A good number of Striders gathered at the Toowoomba Golf Club on Saturday night for a big carbo loading session followed by some late evening ice cream runs and more than a few packets of chocolate and snakes. It was great to have Dino along with his beautiful family. Paul Dack and Jerrod failed to give Stan proper navigational support and they all ended up at the Walloon Saloon where there was one particular bearded lady who made us get out of town quick smart. Continue reading “Striders Simmer in Toowoomba”

New Striders Leadership Team

Our new identity as fully independent club was cemented last night.  At our meeting the inaugural leadership team of South Pine Striders were voted in. We have a team of eight which includes three officers and five members of the management team.  We also filled a number of other club roles on what was a very productive night. Continue reading “New Striders Leadership Team”

Striders Girl Debuts In London Marathon

wendylondonfinishWendy Clark made her marathon debut at the London Marathon on April 26 in a fantastic time of 3hrs38min.  The London Marathon snakes its way past plenty of iconic landmarks and attracts an enormous field of British and international runners.

After a lengthy and dedicated training run up which included plenty of long runs and sore muscles, Wendy easily nailed her first marathon, joining the select few Striders women to have completed a marathon. Training included plenty of early morning interval and hill sessions, lots of lunchtime running and also plenty of Saturday long runs.  wendy was supported by her sisters on plenty of the runs and also by fellow Striders.

Congratulations Wendy, we are looking forward to seeing you unleashed on the Queensland marathon scene! For those of you who read this and are inspired remember that we have two coaches in Striders who are very experienced at the marathon and ultra-marathon – so why not give it a go?  There are plenty of opportunities on the SE QLD running calendar for half marathons and 3 options for marathons.wendylondonbp

To read the story of the race go to the official site here for men, and here for women. The womens winner is 36 years of age, which should serve as an inspiration to many.

Pinnacles Classic Report

Erik Anderson, Greg Hall, Stan Fetting celebrate the end of the pain at Pinnacles CLassic 2009
Erik Anderson, Greg Hall, Stan Fetting celebrate the end of the pain at Pinnacles CLassic 2009

Greg Hall edged out Stan Fetting in a thrilling finish to the Striders unofficial King of the Mountains race at Pinnacles Classic this Saturday.  After 18km of gruelling trail running 4 seconds was all that seperated the jubilant Greg Hall from Stan. The young gun has been chasing the sly fox for some time now and it was only a matter of time before Greg’s hard work paid off.  The two came together just before the halfway mark after the tough ascent up ‘The Mother’ and from there on it was hammer and tongue all the way to the finish with each runner trying to get away from the other.  Greg opened up a lead of about 100 metres with 2km to go but the two were abreast again with about 1km to go down a steep descent.  By the time both runners got to the bottom they were sprinting and Greg timed his well to edge ahead of Stan.

Erik Anderson and Mary Jackson also put in solid performances in possibly the biggest field that Pinnacles has had in its existence.  OVer 60 runner lined up at the start for the tough challenge with climbs called ‘The Mother’, ‘The B******d’, ‘The Mongrel’, but to name a few.  Congratulations to Greg Hall on an excellent performance to knock the old boy off his perch.  Greg was quoted as saying “It’s all downhill for him from here!”, and in reply Stan was heard to say “No this simply means WAR!!!”.  We look forward to the next tussle between these two!

Pinnacles Classic

pinnaclesstartThis years Pinnacles Classic will be run on Saturday 18th April.  This is a charming but challenging run, which is not widely known but growing in popularity.  Once you’ve done it you’ll always come back.  The report from last years race reads:

Previously a secret to a small group of runners, the course climbs and drops 1,060 metres in a series of mean sharp hills, most with names which define their characteristics.

Example hills: “The Brute”, “The Mother” (a one kilometer plus slog up a real heartbreaker) and the “Double Whammy” which despite warnings still manages to produce groans when the second part comes into view. The run which attracts a small field is run clockwise and anti-clockwise in alternate years and is followed by a BBQ (and a beer) for those who enjoy the post run de-brief.

Read the full report here.

A number of Striders will be heading over for an enjoyable Saturday morning.  If you are interested let Stan know so that we can car pool.