What’s said on the run… April 06

What’s said on the run… April 06

April 2006 – Edition 12 Iribina Presentation
This year we made our major charity donation ($1,000) to Irabina. This is a local group who supports children with autism. They receive only limited government funding and were pleased to receive our cheque.
President Pete presenting the cheque to Andrew, a committee member at Irabina.

Smokey’s Run
The next Smokey Dawson run is on Saturday 13 May.  Don’t forget that the Smokey Runs are a 6.30 start.  It will start from: Yarra Bank Reserve Creswick Street Hawthorn (Melway 2H H6) We usually run about 15k with the Smokey guys and of course have our “big” bbq breakfast afterwards.  As part of the tradition there will be a fine array of wines and Dr Guinness’ brew, as well as juice and coffee for those driving home after.

Oxfam – Our Team of Stars
Our Oxfam team this year of Denise Hearn, Anna D’Alberto, Kim Wright and Bret Butler faced an unexpected challenge when the course was closed as they arrived at the last checkpoint before climbing Mount Donna Buang.  This was due to bad weather.  After being sent away, they returned next morning to complete the last 11k.  They were officially classified at 15:54 hours.  This is a KRR record for a complete team. Interestingly this result gave them:

  • 16th team across the line out of 481 teams that started
  • 15th complete team of 4 runners
  • 7th Sporting Club team
  • 4th Over 40s age group team

And (tah dah!)

  • 2nd Mixed Team

Well done Bret and ladies.  Also the team thanks their crew and supporters!  A brilliant effort.

Puffing Billy
The next fun run coming up is: 7 May – Puffing Billy ~ a club teams run.  Bob or Dave will drive the bus with lunch back at the Bayswater Hotel after.  Entries must be returned to Gavin at the club by Saturday 22nd April. (Entry forms available at the club)  

Run for the Kids
What a sensational event.  20,000 runners, crossing Bolte Bridge, through the Domain Tunnel (not much air in there) and up through the city to the Royal Children’s Hospital. KRR did very well on our first effort in this run: The men’s team came in 3rd and the mixed team 14th.  The “Ferny Creek Mob” came second and that included Issy Bespalov, Pete Bignell, Tom Boyd and Tony Dineen.  The individual results were:

Tony Dineen – 55.56 * Milan Stanisic – 68.42
Richard Deamer – 60.15 * Dave Rolfe – 68.43
Issy Bespalov – 61.19 * Grant Scurry – 71.13
Pete Bignell – 61.25 * Neil Woods – 72.30
Sam Defanis – 64.07 Gavin Morton – 74.44
Mike Bower – 64.45 Lesley Bower – 76.24
Tom Boyd – 65.24 David Thorn – 79.07
Bruce Edwards – 66.15 Karen Cosson – 82.59
Gerry Verdoorn – 66.57 Heather White – 83.54
Peter White – 67.48 Dave Weedon – 95.04
Greg Palmer – 68.42 Fran Stone – 103.50

Some brilliant times.  Especially the top four finishers.  And some of our other runners were very impressed with their times.  We would like to know where Pete Bignell’s club singlet was!!  We nearly didn’t recognise him as he flashed past us.

Spartans Run
Many Knox Roadrunners are Spartans, having completed at least 10 Melbourne Marathons.  Unfortunately we don’t get to wear our Spartan singlets on the day as we wear our KRR singlet.  It is always nice to hear, “GO Knox” from the crowd. This year we will have the chance to show off our Spartans singlets and brag about our many great marathon feats on the last run before the marathon.  Our first Spartan’s Run will be on the running calendar for Saturday, 30 September.  We think that John Raskas may have the most Melbourne Marathons completed.  John has run 19.

Commonwealth Games Run
Our club run on Saturday 4 March was our Commonwealth Games run.  Knox Roadrunners dressed in the colours from countries of the Commonwealth as we trotted around the streets of Knox.  The “queen” presented medals and we enjoyed a pleasant breakfast after..
We are proud of our volunteers, Bob Sayers, Gavin Morton and Lesley Bower. Janita Keating and Anna D’Alberto also supported the games with their professional talents.

Stars of the KRR Commonwealth Games run


Bruce Edwards receives his medal from Her Majesty.
Pete Forrest is awarded his medal by Her Majesty.

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