What’s said on the run… February 06

What’s said on the run… February 06

February 06 – Edition 11

Our summer running school is over, most of us are back at work and Knox Roadrunners have resumed our normal Saturday runs from the clubrooms.

Last Saturday we had around 30 runners with some old and new faces.  One new runner to join us for her second run was Sarah Hortin.  Sarah is building up her distances towards a marathon later in the year.  Give her some encouragement when you see her.

It was a perfect morning for running and it was great to see the blue singlets going down the road in numbers.  The entire 21k group wore the club singlet.

Nick Thompson, one of our intrepid ultra marathon runners, completed the Tasmanian Overland Track run this weekend.  Nick finished 31st out of 51 enthusiastic participants.  His finishing time was 13hrs 45mins despite stopping to bandage a lady’s injured knee.  Well done Nick.  The winner completed in 7hrs 48 mins.

The 85k course presents lots of challenges with rocks, tree roots and snakes.  It goes from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair.  The weather was warm and sunny after an overcast morning.  Nick has pulled up with sore feet, but no major after effects.

His next venture is an easy 50k on the Maroondah Run in 2 weeks time.

Next weekend is the Valentines Weekend at Aireys Inlet.  28 runners and partners are heading down for a weekend of running, drinking, cycling, eating, dancing, coffee, barbeque, more running, more drinking and loads of fun.

Our regular Saturday run at the club is still on for those who can’t get to Aireys.  Jim McGregor will open up for a nice little 11k run.


JimMcGregorTurns60 While we are talking about Jim.  We must congratulate him on turning 60 and still looking much younger than that.  Jim was one of the earliest members of Knox Roadrunners and has been a club regular ever since.

Happy Birthday Jim.

We have a number of club fun runs coming up and have some arrangements in place for them.
9 April – Run for the Kids
The club will enter teams.  Entry forms to be handed to Gavin.  We will car pool to and from the run with a brunch after in Lygon Street.
7 May – Puffing Billy
Another club teams run.  Bob or Dave will drive the bus with lunch back at the Bayswater Hotel after.
21 May – Great Ocean Road Marathon
Not an official club run.  But if you plan on going down for the run and would like to stay in Apollo Bay on Saturday night, talk to Mike Bower soon.

As always we will still be doing the Melbourne Marathon and the Olympic Dream as official club runs later in the year.

This year we decided to donate to two worthy causes.  Our regular donation ($1,000) is going to Irabeena, a child support group located in Knox.  This group attracts minimal government funding and does great work for children with disabilities.  We will be arranging to present the cheque to them after a Saturday run this month.

We decided to support an international charity this year due to the close links with one of our members, Peter Forrest.  The charity is East Timor, a country that is a near neighbour who has been forgotten in their rebuilding effort.  Peter spent some time assisting there last year.

We raised money at the Heather White fun run last year and the club has matched your donations.  We will be donating as a result $300 to purchase a solar water pump for the village of Bakhita.

After the huge success of our trivia night last year, we are running another this year.

The date to put in your diary is Saturday 3rd June.  There will be lots more news on this as we get closer to the date.

One of our two life members, Greg Palmer is to be honoured by the club.  The Most Improved trophy for the runner throughout the year who shows the most overall improvement is to be named the Greg Palmer Award.

Aside from being a supplier of fine wines and an all round nice guy, Greg has given great service to the club.  He was the club president for many years in a time when the president also did just about everything around the club.  It is a great way for the club to show our appreciation of Greg’s work for us over the years.  Wouldn’t it be great if Greg could come back from his injury to win the trophy himself?

Great to hear that our Oxfam team has been accepted into the run.  So their training will now get a bit more serious.

Our team is Bret Butler, Anna D’Alberto, Denise Hearn and Kim Wright.  They are happy for runners to join them on their Sunday training runs.  Give Bret a call if you are joining them.

Here is their training calendar if you would like to join them:

19 Feb – Mt Evelyn to Woori Yallock and return (approx 33 km)
26 Feb – Jells Park to Churchill Park and return (approx 22 km
5 Mar – Churchill Park to 1000 steps (approx 25 km) (pick up by car)
12 Mar – Woori Yallock to Donna Buang (pick up at summit) (approx 27 km)
19 Mar – Lysterfield to Ferntree Gully and return (approx 33 km)
26 Mar – Olinda to Mt Evelyn and return (approx 24 km)
2 Apr – 1000 steps to Olinda and return (approx 23 km)

Our club run on Saturday 4 March has been designated as our Commonwealth Games run.  We will prepare to support our athletes in the games by making this a special day.  We will have our own games dignitaries and officials.  There will be medals and breakfast.

Knox Roadrunners will represent the many countries of the Commonwealth as we trot around the streets of Knox.  Dress for the day is the running uniform of any Commonwealth country present or past.

Don’t forget if you need to change the day you are rostered for drinks, please arrange a swap with another runner and advise either Karen Cosson or Peter Vince.


DTEatingIceCream Another Knox Roadrunners bike ride, another ice cream.  Only this year it comes with wine.

DT, what are you doing??

Despite 43 degree heat a small group of intrepid (crazy) cyclists took off from Fairfield to ride the 35k lap of the Capital City Trail.  The riders finished before 11am and the worst of the heat.  Then back to the Fairfield Boathouse for a snack and a drink or two.  Great ride; lovely day.  Dave Black had to show us all up by riding to the start, doing the circuit and back home to Ferntree Gully.

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