20 Sep What’s said on the run… September 2007
City to Surf ‘07
Once more an intrepid band of runners ventured north to “Sin City” to run the famous City to Surf and sample some of the pleasures offered in Australia’s largest city. From all reports this year was the best so far. Mike Bower did his usual fantastic job of arranging the logistics and we again invaded the quiet marble halls and rooms of the Meriton Rialto on Pitt Street. The early travellers started to arrive on Friday and the group was complete when Ute & Gavin arrived after coaching their basketball team on Saturday. The weather for the weekend was sensational, warm, but not too hot. Dinner on Saturday night was at the Blackbird Café, Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Harbour. A loud, funky venue with lots of “doof, doof” music and pumping with lots of action. Including belly dancers; lots of them. The food was cheap and cheerful and we had a quiet night with our minds on the big event next morning. The run was magnificent with great weather, big crowds and the usual bands along the way. This year we seemed to have quite a few sickies and injured so there weren’t the number of PBs that we had last year. Although the run back to the city after was probably the highlight of the weekend due to stops at a couple of pubs along the way. Even the sickies seemed to perk up with a beer or a Guinness. Dinner that evening was at a bar at the Rocks, a supremely funky venue with the now expected “doof, doof” music. After a bite and a drink it was back to the Meriton to party on in the Treasurer’s room until “those who won’t go home” were evicted by the residents. Well done to the carpet cleaning team who did wonders in removing the red wine from the carpet. Lovely morning next day for the Mosman Meander, a great cure for a hangover. Then breakfast at the café opposite the hotel before returning home. Some stayed on to do the Bridge Walk, while others returned home to recover and get back to work.
KRR placed well in the Interstate Teams category. 3rd in the men’s and 1st & 2nd in the women’s.
Men’s Team: Milan Stanisic & Bruce Rattenbury
Women’s Teams: 1st Issy Bespalov & Denise Hearn 2nd Nicole Diamond & Glenda Signorin
John Raskas’ Birthday
Just in case you missed it John Raskas turned sixty on the 31st August. Our Kokoda trekking adventurer neither looks nor acts his age. He celebrated the occasion at the Banks Rowing Club with family, friends and a large contingent of Knox Roadrunners. The theme for the night was Sydney Gay Mardi Gras. It inspired some weird and wonderful costumes. Happy Birthday John.
Issy Stars in the Mountains
After a fundraising effort by members of KRR we managed to help Issy Bespalov to travel to Switzerland to represent Australia in the World Mountain Running Championships in Jungfrau. Issy completed the Jungrau Marathon as one of 4,285
Finished in 3:48:56
13th female of 822
128th overall of 4,285
Only 25 women broke 4 hoursThis is a mountain run that involves climbing to altitudes close to 3,000m. Compare this to Falls Creek Village where Craig Mottram trains at altitude 1,600m.
Issy had a running battle throughout the event with Australian Olympian and Commonwealth Games medallist in the Marathon (Manchester) Jackie Fairweather (Marathon PB 2:32) just as she did at the Six Foot Track race this year. The race went this way:
@ 21.1k Issy trailed Jackie by 4:11
@ 30.3k trailed by 5:09
@ 37.9k trailed by 2:14
@ 42.195k won by 1:23
Jackie was 14th woman and 129th overall. Jackie was written up as one of the special elites and international champions invited to Switzerland. How good does that make our Issy? Congratulations Issy, now for the Melbourne Marathon.
Nick’s 100k Around the Tan
Our intrepid ultra runner Nick Thompson arranged a 100k run around the Tan and when no one else turned up, completed it on his own.He was targeting a 25min lap. Here are his times:
Start Time: 7:00:00 AM
Tan Lap 3.85 Km
100k of laps @ 25.97 Overall time: 11:53Read a full report at http://www.coolrunning.com.au/forums/index.php?showtopic=14883&pid=252140&st=25&#entry252140
Melbourne Marathon 07
A perfect day, great course and a finish on the world famous MCG. How could anyone not enjoy that? Well, we did have a few carrying injuries and despite the conditions not everyone finished full of running. But a great day on the course was topped off with a lovely lunch and the chance to share the war stories at Paesano’s restaurant afterwards.
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