What’s said on the run… November 06

What’s said on the run… November 06

November 06 – Edition 15

Welcome Back


A great big welcome back to Michelle and Anthony Tham.  After 5 years in Edinburgh they have returned to Roadrunners and it seems like they haven’t been away. Both appear to be even more accomplished athletes from their travels and will give some of us a bit of a challenge on the tracks. They are currently alternating each week with one at home looking after the kids.

Thirty hardy souls attended the AGM and returned your previous executive to the committee.  Peter White is pres again (his last year), Mike Bower, vice pres, Bret Butler, secretary and Neil Woods, treasurer.  Your new committee includes: Gavin Morton, Kim Wright, John Signorini, Heather White and Nicole Diamond.  Nice to see our female members well represented.

Sincere thanks to Peter Bignell, Peter Vince, Karen Cosson and Peter Forest who retired from the committee after some great service.  Peter Forrest remains as our public officer.

We voted to increase our annual fee to $30.  The extra $5 being allocated to our charities.  We also decided to extend the criteria to charity or worthy cause for our annual donation.

Three options for our charity donation were suggested for the committee to review.  See the committee’s decision on this under Charities in this edition.

New Committee Roles
Your new committee has managed to divide the various roles so that the important tasks around the club can be taken care of.  The new committee members all “volunteering” to take something on:
Safety Officer – Peter White
Event Organiser – Heather White
Drinks Co-ordinator – Kim Wright
Calendar Manager – Mike Bower
Kris Kringle Organiser – Neil Woods
Uniforms Organisers – Nicole Diamond & John Signorini
Newsletter – Peter White
Kim Wright is your contact if you can’t make your rostered drinks day and have arranged a swap with someone else.

Sarah Hortin’s husband, Anthony has very kindly offered to design a website for the club and has arranged for it to be hosted free of charge.  This is an extremely generous offer and we are pleased to accept.  Neil Woods is working with Anthony to finalise the setup and we will soon let you know how you can access the site.  It will include club information, contact details, our current run calendar and the latest and previous newsletters.  We aim to keep it simple to maintain.

Portobello Running Club
We are currently investigating a sister club arrangement with Michelle Tham’s Edinburgh running club.  They have a lot of similarities with KRR and we think that we can exchange ideas and information, as well as host travellers from the other club.  And of course visit them when we holiday in Edinburgh.
If you would like to check them out, you can look at their website at:  portobellorunners.co.uk
Charities 2006 – 2007
Your committee has agreed to make the following donations this club year:

Irabina – $1,000
We agreed that it was a very worthy cause, being a group that does great work with autistic kids.

We also agreed to give $500 to local disabled athlete Brydee Moore, a chance at great things in athletics.


Brydee is 16 years old and has Cerebal Palsy.  She is a very dedicated athlete and puts a lot of commitment into her training and competitions.  She has been selected for the 2006 FESPIC games held in November at Kuala Lumpur competing seated in Shotput, Discus and Javelin.  She needs to attend these games to enable her to gain selection to the 2008 Beijing Paralympic games. She is currently 2nd in the world for Seated Shotput and is confident of winning medals at the 2006 games.  Brydee has sought financial support for her participation in the FESPIC games in November.

Follow Brydee’s achievements in the FESPIC Games at FESPIC Games 2006

Brydee’s Achievements include…
Captain of 2005 junior national games
Wheelchair Sports Victoria Best female athlete 2004
Wheelchair Sports Victoria Best female athlete 2005
Qualified for Athens Paralympic games 2004(but was unable to attend as she was only 13 years old)
22 gold medals, 2 silver medal 3 bronze medals in Athletics
Silver medal in wheelchair basketball 2003
Silver medal wheelchair rugby 2005
Bronze medal wheelchair rugby 2004 & 2005
Best low pointer for wheelchair rugby 2005
Holds 13Australian junior records

Wow, what a record already.  We hope our donation will help her achieve more.  We will use our additional membership fee plus a charge of $5 per runner to enter the 2007 Heather White Fun Run to fund this sponsorship.

Red Nose Run
We plan to hold a Red Nose Run in 2007 to raise money for the SIDS and Kids charity.  Their support group provided great assistance to Sarah Hortin when she lost two babies last year.  We will be selling red noses and other SIDS merchandise before the run.
Web Site: Red Nose Day 2007

2005 – 06 in Retrospect
Our success on runs this year went mostly to the girls, Issy Bespalov taking out 2nd woman in the Great Ocean Road Marathon and Lesley Bower winning her age group in the Great Ocean Road Half Marathon.  In the biggie, the Melbourne Marathon, our team of Issy Bespalov, Denise Hearn and Marie Kavanagh won the Social Team category with our guy’s team, Milan Stanisic, John Signorini and John Raskas coming in third.  In the Half Marathon Anna D’Alberto, Helen Stanley and Michelle Tham were second Social Team.

These great results were supported by numerous individual PBs throughout the year.  Particularly in the City to Surf where a large contingent of Knox Roadrunners invaded Sydney and ran tremendously well.  As a club we have competed this year in the Great Ocean Road Marathon, City to Surf, Melbourne Marathon, Puffing Billy, Olympic Dream, Run for the Kids, Run to the G and Oxfam Trailwalker.

Spartan’s Run


Gerry, Derek and Helen joined around fifty Roadrunners for our recent Spartans Run.  We learned about the history of Melbourne Marathon and the Spartans Club from Ted Paulin and John Dean.  Lots of our runners arrived with medals and memorabilia.  A great morning with lots of nostalgia.  Oh how great we were.

Singlets & T-shirts
Got an old KRR singlet you aren’t using.  How about bringing it down for new members who don’t have one yet?

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