20 Jun What’s said on the run… January 2008
KRR Christmas Party
Helen and Denise organised a cracker of a party – as usual. Music by Craig the DJ and dress-ups in red and green were sensational. Was Gavin there as Cat in the Hat or maybe as Where’s Wally? It was a great way for many club members to get together and celebrate the year.
The formal part of the evening was the club’s two major awards:
Greg Palmer Most Improved awarded to Bryan Ackerly. There were many great performances by members this year but Bryan was exceptional. Bryan had top performances at Ultra events, a 55min Run for the Kids, his Olympic Dream 10k debut in 36min and the best of the lot being a 20min improvement to run the Melbourne Marathon in 2:54 – the first KRR marathon runner under 3 hours in many years. Bryan also did the most unpopular onbacks in the history of the club pretty well all year. We have almost had enough of his grinning zooming onbacks – look out “Tigger”.
A Special Gratitude Award was made to Dave Weedon. Big Dave is a special KRR. Even though he suffered a major medical scare early in the year, Dave continued his exceptional support of other members by providing bus transport for Puffing Billy and the Carrum run. He does these and the Marathon every year for no charge and this is a greatly appreciated morale booster for the club. Dave’s award was a mounted bus engraved with our thanks.
KRR 1000th Run
Our return to the Bayswater clubroom is Saturday 2 February. This will be the official 1000th run of the club and will also celebrate our 21st birthday as a club – a fantastic achievement by us as a community based self help organisation. Put the date into your diary now. We will do our standard Club Hotel 14km run from 6.00am and follow it with a BBQ at Bayswater Park from 7:45am for all members, their families and former members. Come along and run or just come along to chat, but be there! Invite any former members you know.
Begins Friday 8 February and this year you can stay up to 3 nights. Helen will distribute details early in the New Year. The format will follow the tradition set in previous years. This is one of the great social weekends of the year. Come with your partner or come alone – you will have a ball. Usual meeting at the Fairhaven SLSC for tea on Friday, run through the Angahook State Park on Saturday and dinner on Saturday night are just some of the regular treats. What will Helen have arranged for the Saturday night this year? Don’t be shy just get in quick for your spot. We will attempt to book the same three houses again this year.
Heather White Fun Run
The 14th running of the Heather White Fun Run was conducted on 8th December by our magnificent hostess Heather – ably supported by her husband and two Labs George & Sally. A great day was had with many dressed in the Handyman theme – none better than Marie. The annual Barry Boyd trophy was won by Heather herself for her hospitality for the 14th consecutive year. A close second was Peter Forest for being in the Ladies Half Marathon trophy team.
The Kepler Challenge
Bryan Ackerly competed in the Kepler Challenge on 1st December. This is a 60km mountain run in the south island of New Zealand in country used for Lord of the Rings. Janita also did this run a few years ago. The scenery is stunning as are the mountain climbs involved. Bryan ran 6:38:11 and finished 44th out of 400. Kepler is the “premier New Zealand mountain race” held annually near Lake Te Anau in the fjord land area of the South Island near Milford Sound. [Check out the scenery on this awesome event at www.keplerchallenge.co.nz]
Your New Committee
At our AGM in October a new look committee lead by Mike Bower as the new club president was voted in. The new committee members are:
Bret Butler – Vice President
Neil Woods – Treasurer
Peter White – Secretary / Newsletter
Gavin Morton – Public Officer \ Events
Anthony Boulton – Safety Officer
Kim Wright – Events
Helen Stanley – Social / Newsletter
John Signorini – Uniforms
Nicole Diamond – Uniforms