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

Orientering – London

Not content with racing a Sprint and Olympic distance tri’s on the previous weekend, Barbara decided to make the most of London and enter the London Ultra Sprint and London City Races on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

Please to report that in both races she won her category and being a good 3min margin in the London City Race. That is 4 good race performances in 9 days, I think it must be time for a short rest. Along with Barbara’s great results the family participated too and all achieved very good placings in their respective races.

Blackmores Running Festival 2013

Sydney put on its absolute best day yesterday for the Blackmores Running Festival conditions relished by all the runners who also gave it their best.

Over the last number of weeks a number of keen runners from Qantas have been attending early training sessions prior to work to prepare for this event. As part of their commitment to the training they have also been raising funds for Act for Kids a charity who works tirelessly to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect.

It was evident that all runners were fully prepared and fit for their event with a display of strong running all the way to the finish. Well done team it has been great to train with you as you prepared for your race.

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“If you worried about falling off the bike, you’d never get on.”
- Lance Armstrong

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