January 26, 2007

Australia Day Fun Run in Canberra 2007

Since there was to be NIL Australia Day Fun Run in Canberra 2007, it was suggested that the Customs Joggers hold their run on Australia day.

The idea was soon up and running, despite forebodings of the Commonwealth Park area being full to overcrowded with people, who would have grabbed all of the available shady spots, and grassed areas for picnicking on this day.

All the forebodings turned to nought however, as there seemed to be no large crowd, and plenty of parking.

A good collection of regulars turned up for the run, but the handicaps had not yet been reset due to administrative problems. Thus we ran according to the previous week's start times, and results will be adjusted to determine the winner for the day.

Flashduck, PRB, DP, NB, BC, Friar, PC, PB, GW, KO, JW, DG, RH, PT, GM, are some of those who turned up.
Mike was good enough to bring some cooled drinks for after the run, although he had recently been injured, and walked the course. Nick decided to look after the valuables, and held the watch, and called out finishing times, across the line.

Commonwealth Park activities on the day included a Citizenship ceremony, a free breakfast, Australia All Over, Face Painting, Pat the Farm Animals, Stalls for purchasing a bite to eat, stalls selling drinks and coffee, Steam Engine working models.

Until Next Time

January 19, 2007

Track and Field 18 Jan 2007

A bit of rain didn't deter the fields in the Vets T & F last night.

There was a mix of events for the runniers, starting with the 3000m and finishing with the 3000/5000m combined, with 100m, 400m, 1500m, Relay and hurdles on the program.

There were also throwing events, and a triple jump.

Come and try the program which continues at the AIS track in Bruce every thursday from 6:00 pm. Usually hail, rain or shine, the program is on.

Until Next Time.

January 15, 2007

How Far Is It

Stromlo Forest Park Cycling Circuit


The notice board beside the track entry indicates a distance of 1200 metres.

When we ran around it during the official opening ceremony in conjunction with the Brindabella Challenge cycling event, Forerunner Man measured in the vicinity of 4.9 km, for 4 laps.

Using a professional measuring wheel today, the distance was measured at 1225 metres.

So 4 x 1225 m = 4.90 km.

Now that's close enough to what Forerunner Man measured during the event referred to above.

So how can any reliance be placed on the notice board distance, when the measure today was on the inside of the track, and given that cyclists during a race would take a "Runners Line" around the circuit.

Until Next Time.