Kokoda Trek – Christmas Pudding Fundraiser

I will be trekking Kokoda in 2017 and raising funds for The Salvation Army. As part of my fund-raising I am selling delicious handmade Christmas puddings from The Pudding Lady Newcastle. Details of products and how to order on my Kokoda page. Over time I will update the page with further details of my Trek.

If you would also like to support by donating then donations can be made to my Everyday Hero page.

Running not Recommended!

 

20160918_175533It is not hard to get my blood boiling, but saw this sign recently on a trail that I was about to run and I was completely dumbfounded. ref “Running is not recommended and will increase the risk of injury”

Who authorizes this negativity and where is the proof that it WILL increase the risk the risk of injury? I am not about to discuss the benefits  or Running v Walking the trail as in my opinion they are both beneficial, but we have a society that is becoming more inactive and unhealthy. We need to be encouraging more people to to get out and be active and not to stay at home thinking at least I wont get an injury!

As for me I am happy to take on the risk of getting an injury as the fitness and health benefits of being fit and active are much bigger, better and certain than the alleged risk! as for me I did run the trail, I did not get injured, I had a great time, didn’t see anyone else except my running companion and got to see a view that not many others have seen.

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Anzac Day Challenge 100km

Hop-In-Logo-curved-words-with-Anzac-Day-challenge-logoThis Anzac day 25 April 2015 we recognise 100 years since the first landing of the Anzacs at Gallipoli and the formation of the Anzacs. As part of my recognition of the Anzacs I have decided to participate in the Anzac Day Challenge as part of a team running 100km. The ANZAC DAY CHALLENGE is a timed running and trekking endurance challenge held on ANZAC Day covering 100km of spectacular and scenic northern Sydney trails through both the Ku-ring-ai and Garigal National Parks. The Challenge gives runners and trekkers the opportunity to remember and commemorate ANZAC, our diggers and their sacrifice, and 100 years of the ANZAC spirit.

As a dual Australian and New Zealander, from a young age I have always been taught to respect the Anzacs and have had the opportunity to attend many a dawn service, march in Anzac day marches in Sydney and some years ago attended Gallipoli on Anzac day. When I first heard about this event I was instantly attracted as it was a run and a chance to commemorate the Anzacs.

In addition my Grandfather served Australia in WWII in Papua New Guinea as a Padre representing The Salvation Army as what is now commonly known as a “Sallyman” and would have run a “Hop In” tent for the troops (also since entering in my research I have discovered a great Uncle who also served in WWI). So personally I have always held a very high admiration for this commitment to serve his country and fellow man. On further research I have also learnt that The Salvation Army Hop In tent commenced at Gallipoli and so I imagine it is also appropriate to recognise this 100th anniversary for this service to the Australian Armed Forces by The Salvation Army. Therefore on Saturday 25 April 2015 I will be part of a team called “Hop In” with fellow runners and Salvos Clayton and Derek we will complete this challenge and run 100k to remember and commemorate all Anzacs who have served and in particular to recognise all Sallymen who have served the Anzac forces.

Details of the event can be found here Anzac Day Challenge  official charities are Soldier On and Mates4Mates and I encourage any donations of support to be made to either of these charities.

Swim Squad 2015

Happy New Year all. Swim squad resumes this week on Monday 5th January 2015 at 19:30, see you at the pool. For further details please refer to the swim squad tab.

Bare Creek Trail Run

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Do you like to challenge yourself, do you like to run / walk on beautiful trails, do you like to run / walk off road? The Bare Creek Trail Run will be held on Sunday 2 November 2014 with either a 10k or 6k options. I would describe the run as brilliant, due to it being off road and in the Garigal National Park. The BCTR is the main fund raiser of the St Ives Park Primary School P&C and this year I am the run coordinator.

Please support the event / school and enter (the link takes you to the web page) Bare Creek Trail Run entries are now open.

 

Nepean Triathlon

What an absolute cracker of a morning today to race Nepean. The race in its 32nd year is always a sell out and always a quality race.

Really pleased with the performances with Barbara taking out her age group and Julie, Trish and Fred all stepping up to a new distance and learning. I even managed to toe the start line, guessing it must be 13 years since I last raced Nepean and I loved every minute of it (well almost!). see below picture of brilliant sunrise over the lake prior to the triathletes wreaking havoc.

Was also great to be part of the Northern Suburbs Tri Club contingent with about 20 of the club members racing and 3 podium places.

Nepean Sunrise

World Champion Photos

A picture says a thousand words, so here is 4 thousand words, courtesy of the 2013 ITU Female age group Olympic distance triathlon champion. I am still in awe of how hard Parys trains and pushes herself, a true champion in every sense of the word and the nicest most encouraging person you could ever meet.

MedalFace of Pain Home Straight  on top of world



“If you are comfortable with your training regime then you should be concerned. You can only make the big gains by being out of your comfort zone.”
- Me

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