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”
The annual Striders Road Trip to Toowoomba is on again! This is one of the highlights of the year as we get away for a 24 turnaround trip filled with great laughs and good memories (and the odd tough race!). Continue reading “Striders Road Trip 2012”
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”
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”
The results for the Toowoomba 10km, Half, & Marathon have been released, helping to solve a mystery on the day. The category results were called out during the prize giving and much to our surprise Wendy Clark was called out as the winner of the 50-59 year old age group. after an initial squeal of delight and a rousing cheer from other Striders, we all realise that Wendy was nowhere near 50-59 years old.
The presenter also realised this after looking at her and doing a double take. It turns out Wendy got the award for the 30-39 year old age group and another Clark won the 50-59 year old age group. Now that we have that little mystery sorted out we can stop calling her Granny?
Check out the results here.
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A group of 9 Striders travelled up to Toowoomba on the weekend to compete in the various distances on offer.
In tough conditions, Julie Turner took out silver in the Women’s 10km, with Wendy Clark just missing out on a podium finish.
Stan and Mary took on the Marathon, which took in 4 loops of the course based around the Uni.
Stan held on in the lead group and then moved to the front at 15km.
He shared the lead with another runner until the 33km mark when he moved
out far in front to eventually finish well ahead of second for his first ever marathon win.
This weekend 9 Striders clubbies travelled up to Toowoomba to compete in the 10km, Half and Marathon. Here’s some memories: [click on the speaker icon on the top of the slideshow if you want to mute the music]
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.
For those preparing for Toowoomba here’s a map showing you the loop route with the water points as well.
Toowoomba Marathon 2008 Loop Course.
You can also view this in [3D], of Google Maps [Streetview].
Calling all Striders to come along for the ride to Toowoomba. A group is heading up on the weekend of 18, 19 October to run various distances at the St. George Bank Charity Marathon, including 10km, Half and Marathon. Continue reading “Race Preview”