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”

Gold Coast Marathon Top Ten Taper Tips

The premier running event of SE Queensland is only a week away and final training preparation us underway.  There’s not much you can do to make yourself faster right now, but there are things you can do to make yourself slower and have a really bad day.  Here’s my top taper tips: Continue reading “Gold Coast Marathon Top Ten Taper Tips”

Indiana’s Run – Comrades Marathon 2012

The odds seemed stacked against me getting to the 2012 Comrades Marathon. Running Comrades is easy for me, getting permission from your wife to travel to South Africa and run it is the hard bit. Having pulled off that miracle I registered only to be diagnosed with a serious tear of my peroneal tendon (ankle). I remember clearly having an argument with my doctor in December 2011. He said “4 months off”, I said “but I’m going to Comrades”, he said “4 months”, and so the square off continued. My physio gave me hope, “2 and a half months” he said. That’s what I settled on and in early February I completed my first hour long run, 2 months behind Comrades schedule. I was out of shape and overweight after nearly 3 months of no training. Just what shape I would be in on race day was anyone’s guess. Continue reading “Indiana’s Run – Comrades Marathon 2012”

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”

Lake Manchester Trail Run

I am new to the Striders and you might not know me. I joined about three weeks ago. I have run with the group on Tuesday evenings a few times and yesterday I managed to haul my carcass out of bed in time to run with the Saturday morning group for the first time (although I might have dreamt it!). Anyway, the Lake Manchester trail run was my first since joining the Striders. Continue reading “Lake Manchester Trail Run”

Youngest Strider Set For Brazil

Matthew Stark - picture from Northern Times

Great story in the Northern Times about Striders youngest member.  Matthew Stark comes along to the 5am interval sessions on Tuesday along with his dad Michael, and keeps on going like a Duracel bunny.  Running isn’t his only strength, he’s a pretty mean swimmer as well. Read the story in the Northern Times here.

Race Roundup and News

SportAthletesDoomben: Quite a few Striders were busy at the recent Doomben Half Marathon.  Jo Filmalter debuted in her first ever Half, and also doing the 21.1km were Lisa May, Karen Brown and Jenny Cawood.  Tom Donnet won his age group in the 10km, and new Strider Jerrod Smith nailed the 10km as well.

24 Hour Triathlon, Kawana Waters: Mary Jackson came 5th overall and was second placed female in the gruelling and crazy and cold 24hr belter up at Kawana on the weekend supported by husband Brett and various other unruly Striders in the early hours of the morning.  Crazy, but impressive.  well done!

Media tart sighting: featured in The Westerner, a Striders wearing other club colours!