March 31, 2010

Goings on at IP Australia, Canberra Road Running Festival..

Have recently caught up with some of the people who worked in or are still working at IP Australia, they have told stories of some of the goings on and new sections that have been created.

I regularly hear stories from those who run in the BBQ Stakes, and IP Australia have a team in the event.

Some of the stories are for my ears alone, and others in the know, would realise that the stories are coloured according to the person telling the story, but isn't that the way.

The BBQ Stakes was on today and next Wednesday, is the teams event, no doubt more stories will be told.

The morning was spent in updating the ACTVAC Website calendar, before sending it to the webmaster for posting to the website.

The essential update was to inform members that under the banner of The Canberra Running Festival the ACTCCC has brought together all its runs in 2010. The Canberra Running Festival will incorporate a marathon, Ultra Marathon 50K and the 41st Rex Foulkes Half Marathon. Entries for the Canberra Road Running Festival at the non late fee, close on 16th April.

BBQ Stakes 31 March 2010

Today's field was 48, a few of the last struggled in after all the presentations and awards were finished.

Garry Lee did the timekeeping in line with his win last week.

First across the line today was last season's Honest John award winner, none other than Helen Larmour.

There was almost a first place dead heat with 2nd placed Bob Harlow. Third place was taken out by Gloria Benz.

Brian Crowe did the early recording while Adrian Plunkett recorded the later finishers.

March 30, 2010

March Jogalong Report


The first Jogalong for autumn proved to be very popular with nearly 200 people taking part across the three events. The Minijog continues to be very popular with more than 40 children taking part.

Unfortunately, due to a computer error, there was a mistake in the announced results. The Jogalong coordinators apologise to all concerned for the error.

The winner of the 6 kilometre handicap event was Des Butler in 50 mins 24 secs. Des was competing in her 70th event and it was her first win. She was also placed third in December 2008. Last month’s winner, Kasey Alchin, was second in a personal best time of 47 mins 50 secs. Third place went to Mary Johnstone in 56 mins 43 secs. It was Mary’s first placing in the event after 27 attempts.

The fastest time of the day of 25 mins 50 secs was recorded by Emma Adams.

In the 3 kilometre mixed event Max Graham recorded the fastest time of 13 mins 00 secs. Nelson Towler came second in 13 mins 51 secs while Alana Hurnen was third..

The winner of the Minijog and first across the line was Zac Harley. Zac’s brother Roger was second while Matthew Apps was third.


After three very good performances, Vivienne Thoms has jumped into the lead in the annual pointscore competition. Mary Ann Busteed has dropped back to second place, six points behind Vivienne. Wendy Read, after being in the top fice in the last two events, has moved into third spot, 10 points further back.

Congratulations to Diann Bramwell who last month became just the 10th person to complete 150 Jogalongs. Diann first competed in March 1992 and has been a very consistent participant since then. She recorded her personal best time of 44 mins 45 secs in October 2005 and she has been placed on three occasions, including winning the event in August 2002.

March 29, 2010

R4YL latest magazine

The latest R4YL magazine landed in my letter box this morning.

Spot the Photo of Ken White, one of the "Speedy Geese" at the Stromlo Running Festival.

Spot also Kerrie Bremner and Rob Ginnivan.

Get your copy now. Especially Ken.

March 28, 2010

Annual General Meeting ACTVAC 25th May 2010

The Annual General Maating of the ACTVAC Athletics Club is to be held on 25th May 2010 at a venue to be announced.

The latest Vetrunner has now been posted to the Club Website.

Members can opt for a Hard Copy or to opt for a download from the Website.

March 26, 2010

Customs Joggers - Easter Break

The usual Customs Joggers run will not be held on Easter Friday.

It's a Public Holiday.

Work is well under way in the Stage 88 area for the preliminary preparations for Floriade 2010.

Floriade is to run from 11 September to 10 October 2010.

Johnson Trophy

The Vets Track and Field season just concluded with presentations and awards.

The Johnson Award for the Club Person of the season was awarded to Jim White.

A listing of the awards for the season can now be viewed on the website.

March 25, 2010

Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon

Entries now open

On Sunday, May 16, 2010, thousands of runners will surge into the Sydney CBD to compete in the 19th annual Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon presented by Colonial First State.

Having sold out for the last 10 years, this race is a “must-run” on the dedicated distance runners’ circuit. Be sure to book your spot in Australia’s most prestigious half marathon, as the field capacity is limited.

Charlie Rann

From Trish Thomas via Val Chesterton 23rd March 2010

Charlie Rann

Last week Charlie Rann suffered a serious stroke. He is paralised down the right side of his body.
He is presently in the Allamanda Hospital, Spendlove St, Southport, Qld.

He is presently being fed by tubes into his stomach and it will be another couple of days before the medical staff can give us a clearer understanding of his prognosis.

He thought all his visitors (Gold Coast Vets) were from Canberra. We must still hold a special place in his memory.

Many thanks

And he holds a special place in my memory. When I started at the Vets throwing events, he mentored new people with tips and tricks on technique.

I sent some flowers yesterday via "Flowers of Southport", Internet Florist. They are located over the road from the hospital. phone 07 5531 0088.

I rang the hospital firstly and Charlie is in Binnaburra Ward. They helped me with the florist, which is just over the road from the hospital.

March 24, 2010

Lost and Found

While going out to collect the paper in the early hours of last week to collect the newspaper, I came across (found) a set of keys dropped on my driveway.

Now, who did they belong to ??

They were not ours, so a few phone calls layer, and we had eliminated some possible owners.

Then more phone calls, to eliminate others, and guess ownership.

Eventually, the penny dropped. Someone had mentioned moving house the previous weekend.

There were a couple of newly cut keys in the collection. I eventually rang these suspects, and left a message for him to call back or revisit. He came later in the day and identified their keys. They belonged to his wife. Hope he didn't get into trouble for mislaying his wife's keys.

So all's well that ends well.

What was lost is now found and returned to it's rightful owner.

BBQ Stakes 24th March 2010

A field of 58 ran in the BBQ Stakes today.

Winner was Garry Lee in a time of 39:56 across the line, then followed Terry Levings (40:01) in second place, with Bob Harlow crossing the line at 40:15 to take third place on the day.

Garry Lee has a PB from 7 May 1980 of 19:23 and a recent PB of 28:41 it being 44 runs since his last win. Garry has a total of 376 runs in the Stakes.

Terry Levings after his recent string of high placings will probably take out a win soon , judging by seeming to have plenty in reserve for third place today. John Barrett who drives to the event weekly, didn't recover his keys today after the run. However, keys of Roger Braid were left in the box, so that may explain John's missing keys.

I am led to believe that Sharene Hurman got her name in the weekend Australian over her wearing of Vibram socks.

Note my other Blogspot about Vibram Socks / running barefoot which was in the Sydney Morning Herald.

Sharene is saving herself for a 100 mile event in May of this year. Good Luck.

March 23, 2010

Running bare: no-shoes movement gains a toehold

From the Sydney Morning Herald

Running bare: no-shoes movement gains a toehold
STEPHANIE DESMON October 1, 2009

David Engwall gets home from work, slips on his running clothes and leaves for a run, his runners still at the door. Yes, that man jogging down the road in the middle of the urban streets is barefoot.
The only one in Arbutus, an area in Baltimore County, who will run with a barefoot Engwall is his dog. It isn't that his girlfriend is embarrassed to be seen with him. She's just worried the 26-year-old will step on a piece of broken glass or pick up some bacteria.
''She threatened to call my mother,'' he said.
Engwall is part of a mini-movement of barefoot runners that has taken shape over the better part of the decade and appears to be gaining ground. One driving force behind it is an underground theory that the expensive running shoes everyone is wearing actually could be contributing to jogging injuries.
The runners say our feet have become weak because the fancy sneakers with their arch supports and thick cushioning do all the work. They point to cultures with long traditions of long-distance shoeless running, to the barefoot Ethiopian athlete who won the marathon at the Rome Olympics in 1960, to Olympian Zola Budd, the South African runner who trained and competed without shoes.
And many new converts seem to have been inspired by ''the book,'' Christopher McDougall's Born to Run, released this year.
At its heart is the true story of the Tarahumara Indians, a tribe isolated in some of Mexico's most treacherous terrain and whose members can run hundreds of kilometres with ease - and all without expensive running shoes.
McDougall writes that there were few running injuries before the 1970s, when Nike intro- duced the first cushioned running shoe. The author has taken up ultra-marathoning and reportedly trains barefoot, believing that is the way humans were meant to run.
''Obviously, it's resonating with people,'' said Dr Ben Pearl, a podiatrist in Arlington, Virginia, who has spoken on barefoot running. ''It's become a culture of its own.''
Pearl says there isn't enough data to know whether barefoot running is safe or if it prevents injuries. He says people in good shape shouldn't be afraid to try it, but they must start slowly. Their feet need to develop calluses. The rest of the body has to adapt.
When barefoot, he says, a runner touches more lightly on the heel and lands more on the ball of the foot, which is different than the way a runner in standard shoes hits the ground. This takes getting used to.
''Sometimes people get so committed to the idea of barefoot running that if something happens to them, [they blame] something else,'' Pearl said. ''They rationalise it.''
''It's unlikely to be incredibly harmful for people with normal feet,'' said Dr Gregory Guyton, an orthopedic surgeon at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore who specialises in foot and ankle reconstruction. ''There's a lot of people that have run barefoot for a long time on this earth.''
With the appropriate caveats - don't run five shoeless kilometres on your first try, for one - ''I wouldn't object to a patient of mine who said, 'I want to take up barefoot running,' '' Guyton said.
But he warns there is no evidence that high-tech running shoes are to blame for jogging injuries or that barefoot running is a cure-all. He says much of the research out there is not of high quality. ''A lot of claims,'' he said. ''No solid data.''
Not everyone in the ''barefoot running'' movement is actually running shoeless. They are simply shunning the ''advancements'' in shoe technology and looking back to a time when running shoes had flat soles, no arch support, no motion control.
Shoe companies have seen an opportunity. Nike's answer is what it calls the Free, a throwback shoe with little support.
Then there are the Vibram Five Fingers - thin, ultralight shoes designed for boaters. They fit the foot like a glove, with each toe getting its own individual compartment. The main protection offered is against road debris. Some say you can feel the grass between your toes as you run. And these ''barefoot shoes'' cost as much as fancy running shoes.
There's a statistic about running that screams from the pages of Born to Run.
McDougall writes: ''Every year, anywhere from 65 to 80 per cent of all runners suffer an injury. That's nearly every runner, every single year. No matter who you are, no matter how much you run, your odds of getting hurt are the same. It doesn't matter if you're male or female, fast or slow, pudgy or ripped as a racehorse, your feet are still in the danger zone.''
Pete Mulligan, a salesman at Falls Road Running Store in Baltimore, says the store is fielding more questions about barefoot running and one customer asked if there was likely to be a barefoot category in the Baltimore Marathon. There won't be, he told them. ''Only if an ambulance is waiting at the end to take the shoeless to the hospital to treat the staph infection they're likely to pick up on the route,'' he quipped.
''They say, 'But our ancestors ran without shoes on,' '' Mulligan said. ''They also didn't have cars or cell phones. That doesn't mean you should run a half-marathon barefoot.''

March 22, 2010

100,000 kms of running

Jackie Fairweather has now completed 100,000 km of running. (Hope I have the correct number of 0's.

View facebook to see the completion of that distance.

There have been numerous postings on ACT Run recently of how far each poster has run.

See the below from Jason McCrae.

I recall a year or so ago former Canberran Blair Trewin ran his 100,000km. Blair has kept meticulous training diaries throughout his running/orienteering career and I suspect he would have started running at the XCs in the early 80s also (he was born in 71).
I recall he was 'racing' his car to 100,000k and just beat it, running his entire 100,000th k with his arms held aloft (even though he was by himself).
Blair also went some ridiculous number of days without missing a days running - it was something like 4 years

March 20, 2010

Computer Tune Up

Troubles with the computer finally nudged me into taking action.

A computer expert came over today and tuned up (if that is the word) my computer.

Now things are working much quicker and smoother than previously.

Some programs had been duplicated. The duplicate programs were deleted. Others needed the latest updates.

Now, things seem to be working amoothly.

I alo got advice on my internet connection.

I am happy to pass on my contact details by separate e-mail or by snail mail if you ask.

I feel confident now that I can continue with my reports and postings.

March 19, 2010

Customs Joggers 19 March 2010

Customs Joggers had a good field today of somewhere near 30 competing.

They are digging up the grass to get ready for Floriade later in the year about September/October.

Today a couuple of the newer starters ran a little off course but got back to the finish in plenty of time for the announcements. Thanks to Mike for again providing the drinks. It's a long way from his car to the finish area, but he doesn't complain, and the drinks are much appreciated. Kevin does help Mike, depending upon arrival times.

The finish area last week was selected as a parking spot for a semi-trailer but the driver moved it to allow our finish in nearly the correct spot.

The ground today was a little hard but we eventually planted the start and finish flags.

There were other obstacles around the course this week, but most runners managed under the circumstances.

I met Mick Corlis after the run. He reported progress on placing lunchtime running records on the internet, and said he is nearly up to date with BBQ Stakes results.

Mick was on a run around Central Basin and was heading back to his car.

March 18, 2010

Women's and Girls' Fun Run Walk 11 April 2010

As you are probably already aware, I am the Event Director for the Women & Girl’s Fun Run/Walk on 11 April.

With now only about four weeks to go, I would like to further promote this event through the local radio and press.

The Canberra Times has been a long standing supporter of the W&GFR/W by providing free advertising as well as heavily subsidised copies of the Sunday CT to all participants on the day.

I am looking for a story of interest that could be included as an article in the Canberra Times and Chronicle. Could you please circulate the following to the ACTCCC email membership.

Attention all female ACTCCC members. As part of the publicity in the lead-up to the ActewAGL Fun Run/Walk on 11 April, the Event Director would like to contact a family comprising three generations (i.e. grandmother, mother, daughter combination) who have entered or are planning to participate in this year`s event.

If you know of such a family or any other entrant with an interesting story to tell, and who would be prepared to be interviewed for a newspaer article, please ask them to contact Fiona Jorgensen, ph. 62489175 (h), 61251306 (w) or email .

Many thanks


100,000 km of recorded running.

Now, who could have posted this to a message board. ???

A kind of “report” from me... I am on target to reach a bit of a milestone this Sunday.

I have been keeping training diaries uninterrupted since 1982 and during the long run this Sunday I will surpass 100,000km of recorded running kms.

As of today I have 47km to go, so baring disaster, the 100,000th km will tick over on Sunday.

I will be running about 20-21km from Stromlo Forrest Park starting at 8am. The more the merrier! And then a celebratory brunch back at my place after.


Will keep you guessing.

Stay tuned.

I still am undecided whether to reveal the person.

March 17, 2010

BBQ Stakes 17th March 2010

We had a slightly lower number of runners today, possibly due to the Six Foot Track race and the Weston Creek Half Marathon last weekend, and the Vets Championships looming.

However a good field of 45 or so were there, including two of the six foot runners.

Damian McCauley came in 1 st, with 3 wins from 53 runs, 2nd was Terry Levings with an inprovement from 13 th place the week before, and 3rd place was Geoff King.

Caroline Campbell wore a green T-Shirt to signify St Patricks Day, and had a sprint finish for first place. However she was not eligible, so was not the winner on the day.

Stories were told of the six foot track event, and there is lots of news about that event on Cool Running Website.

Milton's Funeral

From David Osmond

Milton's funeral will be held on *Thursday 18 March* at the Norwood Park Crematorium, Sandford Street Mitchell commencing at *1:30pm*. Notices will be placed in Wednesday's edition of the Canberra Times and also the Melbourne paper.To celebrate Milton's life please wear something *PURPLE* or ribbons will be available at the service to wear. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cancer Research Council (envelopes will be provided)We'd love you to record a brief memory of Milton that touched your life, A memory box will be available in which these may be placed

March 16, 2010

Trials and Tribulations (On the computer)

When a newer version of my anti virus program was released, I ignored doing anything for quite a while, thinking it was not necessary to update.

After a few weeks, I was reminded by e-mail that I had not yet updated.

So I went ahead and installed the new version.

However it installed "Parental Controls".

Foolishly, now I know better, I installed the new program.

It didn't allow me to visit some sites, e.g. Lucky Legs Blog.

So I contacted the help desk people over the phone for their help to remove Parental Controls.

The first session with them lasted over an hour on the phone.

Then a few weeks later, a phone session seemed to last more than 1.5 hours.

And it was successful. Now I will not ever install "Parental Controls again.

But I now know that Parental Controls is available as part of Windows.

However I won't be investigating again.

Live and Learn, as they say.

March 15, 2010

Weston Creek Half Marathon

Race Report

The 25th annual Weston Creek Half Marathon was held in great running conditions. There was little wind, and the cloud cover meant it did not get too warm. We had a record field for the event with about 280 individual entries and 50 teams. Forty of those teams were organised by Ken Eynon as part of his ACTCCC Half Marathon training group.Shannon Jones (1:21:38) recorded a run away victory in the women's race by over nine minutes from Weston Creek athlete Elizabeth Bennett (1:30:51) and Kate Chipperfield (1:31:54).The men's race was a much closer affair with Weston Creek's Steve Isbel winning in 1:13:15 from orienteer Grant Bluett (1:13:47) and another Redback, Matthew Riches in 1:14:49.For the third year in a row, we have used the new course starting and finishing at Black Mountain Peninsula, and going along the bike paths via Scrivener Dam to Woden and back. On Friday evening we found out that there would be a regatta on at the same time as our race, which could have been a disaster. Fortunately, thanks to the ACT rowing organisers, our runners were given clear passage, and some of the later finishers reported getting great encouragement from the rowing crowd.And a big thank you to all the volunteers that helped out during the organisation and the running of the event, particularly those helpers that are not even members of our club: all drink stations attendants were non-Redbacks: Anthony Haber, Lauren Williams, David Singleton, Brad White, Peta Sheppard and Andrew Kingston. Thank you!Cheers, Paul Veldkamp,Vince Craig Race Directors

Result summary:Males:1. Steve Isbel 1:13:152. Grant Bluett 1:13:473. Matthew Riches 1:14:494. James Minto 1:15:495. Brett McRitchie 1:18:47Females:1. Shannon Jones 1:21:382. Elizabeth Bennett 1:30:513. Kate Chipperfield 1:31:544. Cathy Crompton 1:33:295. Nadine Morrison 1:34:08Age groups:Females:W40: Liza Martini 1:39:24W45: Solange Braga Manto 1:38:13W50: Debbie Cowell 1:37:52W55: Maria O'ReillyW60: Sue Archer 1:38:18W75: Anne I'Ons 2:58:25Males:M40: Peter Zygadlo 1:20:35M45: Tony Woolford 1:22:58M50: Brian Weiss 1:28:58M55: Nev MaddenM60: Robbie Costmeyer 1:31:40M65: Paul Maggs 1:36:35M70: Lachlan Lewis

Information by Paul Veldkamp and Vince Craig

Milton Valentine

This was announced at the Weston Creek Half Marathon yesterday.

Please read former WC Club member, Rob Ginnivan, email note below regarding a true legend and top bloke, Milton Valentine.

On behalf of the club, our thoughts and prayers are with Milton’s family.:

Milton passes on to another life
Gentlemen It is Is with great sadness that I report the passing of Milton Valentine.

Yesterday at approximately 5:40am Milton passed away.Please spare a thought for his family.


March 14, 2010

2010 Six Foot Track Some Results

Angela Bateup 4:06:06
Simon Krantzcke 4:13:55
Brad Hetharia 4:15:10
Liz Miller 4:34:15
Matthew Hole 3:44:18
Pam Muston 4:55:34 2nd Female
Richard Jukes 4:57:02
Nick Mesher 4:58:28
Carol Baird 5:04:10 3rd Female
Patrick Kluth 5:08:40
Kerrie Muir 5:17:54
Kerrie Tanner 5:40:33
Richard White 5:34:19
Don Roach 6:11:41
Cathy Montalto 6:13:55
Steve Appleby 4:52:15
Mick Corlis 5:54:18
Martin Fryer 3:46:43
Graeme Atkins 5:24:48
Diana Schneider 6:35:37
Ewen Thompson 6:40:05
Oskar Booth 5:35:16
David Osmond 3:54:40
Trevor Jacobs 4:04:06
John Kennedy 5:18:06
Michael Thompson 5:21:21
Graeme Patrick 5:49:22
Narelle Patrick 4:48:46
Louise Sharp 4:27:08

Some in Gramps Army Team.

March 11, 2010

Latest Medical Report -- (Steady as it goes)

Interventional Radiology • Biopsy
ACT X-Ray Services Pty Ltd ABN 93 245 601 531
Nuclear Medicine

Date of Examination: Date of Report:
5th March 2010

*Dr David Hardman
Lidia Perin Medical Centre
12 Napier Close
Re: Mr Douglas FRY - D.O.B.: 13/02/1939 Ph: 02 6288 643929 Jemalong Street DUFFY ACT 2611 Folio: 430580-1
Referral Notes
Arteriovenous malformation follow-up.
Comparison has been made to previous films dated 20/3/2009.
Helical CT from diaphragm to symphysis pubis following intravenous contrast.
There is dissection of the infrarenal abdominal aorta commencing 3cm below the renal artery. The dissection extends to, but does not involve the aortic bifurcation. There is no aneurysmal dilatation of the aorta. The maximum infrarenal aortic dimension is 26mm. Once again, I note mild fusiform dilatation of the coeliac axis measuring 12mm. There is duplication of the infrarenal IVC. There is an arteriovenous malformation involving the left sciatic notch which once again, measures 5cm transversely and 3cm anteroposteriorly. Arterial contrast noted within the left common iliac vein confirming AV malformation. There is a large simple cyst at the lower pole of the right kidney. The liver, spleen, pancreas and bowel appear unremarkable.
Appearances essentially unchanged from previous examination dated 20/3/09.
Thank you for referring this patient.
Dr John Faulder FRANZCR JF/ kh
John James CSBPatient Booking Service 1300 788 508 I Administrative

March 10, 2010

BBQ Stakes News Double milestone.

Today's event saw 2 Milestones.

Though it's a 6 Kilometre run.

46 ran today on the occasion of 32 years of this event, and the 10,000 th participant.

This honour went to John Barrett as the 10,000 finisher.
Terry Dixon, who processes the results worked it out and there was a suitable presentation and announcement today. Winner of the run today was "Sandyhia" (excuse the spelling), second was Terry Levings and Bob Harlow finished in 3rd place. Bob rides his bike from Cook and rides back afterwards.

Bernie Crowe and Carolyne Kramar helped record the results today. Eddie Adams was the timekeeper, having won last week.

Tony Sergi was first across the line and Bill Simeonovic was further down in the field. Those two are good mates and previously have run together. John Busteed had a sore Achilles but still competed. Anne Youbg made a return run today after being absent elsewhere for a few weeks. Garry Bowen ran a time of 26:21, finishing at 40:06 from a handicap of 13:45.

Best wishes to Kerrie Tanner for a good run in the 6 foot track event this weekend and to our 5 toed socks lady, who is also in the six foot track, hoping to keep in front of the 7 hour cut off time.

Carolyne ran out of petrol on Denny, her trusted motorised Orange colored transport, so had to fill up on petrol after the stakes, with Bob providing some help.

The Weston Creek Half Marathon is also happening this coming Sunday, so good luck to all who are competing.

March 05, 2010

Blog Photo Time for a Change

Today was at the Canberra Imaging Centre in Deakin and was under an MRI Scanner.

Won't know the diagnosis until we see the doctor later in the month.

It involved some scanning and then an injection into the veins of a scanning contrast, which gives one a warm and fuzzy feeling and then some more scanning. This meant the usual blood test has to be delayed until Tuesday, Monday being a public holiday, you lucky people.

I was trying to post one of my earliest photos, but had trouble with the size, so the new picture is not the one I really wanted.

Sunday was at the Phillip Health Centre for a blood test, then Tuesday at the Imaging Centre, to collect the photos (X-Rays taken on last Friday and then back to the Phillip Health Centre for another consultation. And then we have to book a consultation with the health specialist.

It's never ending.

March 03, 2010

The lights were out but somebody was at home

February 26, 2010

The lights were out, but somebody was at home

We were notified a couple of weeks ago that our electricity would be interrupted today for at least two hours.True to their word, the interruption occurred, with the necessity of resetting all the clocks, TV settings, etcetera when the electricity was reconnected.This was not as onerous as doing the resetting after daylight saving changed. Then we had all the clocks and watches to readjust.This was a reminder of the Canberra fires, when we didn't have electricity for over one week.At that time we had a borrowed/lent esky and visited the local shops/garage for ice to keep the esky cool. We farmed out our freezer food to friends in other non-affected suburbs, to keep in their freezers for the duration. It was nanageable, since we did a lot of eating out.The notice of outage was signed by Michael Charlton, himself a runner who runs with the cross country club and the Vets, and nowadays, also runs with the Speedygeese (confirmed by Speedy Geoff).

BBQ Stakes News 3rd March 2010

BBQ Stakes News 3rd March 2010

Today's run attracted 36 runners, I think.

It was the usual teams race, running in the reverse direction.

Eddy Adams, Terry Levings and Tanya Gerstack spelling) ? were the placegetters today

Garry Bowen ran a time of 36:48 with 40;33 from a handicap of 13:45.

Last years trophies have been engraved and were handed out today, with the award for the Honest John trophy going to Helen Larmour, she only had to carry home a small replica, very neatly engraved.

One of the ladies newer to the stakes was wearing a five toed pair of socks, and only has trouble with them picking up grass seeds, but she likes them otherwise.

Emma Adams ran again, and is getting used to running the course.

Shortly the BBQ Stakes is to have it's 50,000 th competitor.

It will remain a secret until the day but it will be fairly soon with the XXXXXXX th finisher in the next few runs. I won't give it away so it will be a surprise for the person achieving that finish.

I think that news was conveyed to the organiser in the past few weeks.