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Thursday 24 April 2003
Caboolture Road Runners NEWSLETTER April 2003 Part B

Caboolture Road Runners NEWSLETTER
April 2003

Contents - Part B, click on the links below to go to each article (or scroll down)

NZ Assault

It was back to home turf for Kiwi Iain McKee in March when he visited the north island of New Zealand. Not content training on the big hills and Glasshouse Mountains over here, Iain and Russell James had to track down a "real" volcano to try and climb as well as a couple of different half marathons along the way just for fun.

Oz & NZ Now pay attention please, questions will be asked. NZ is a really tiny place compared to OZ - even the arrow in the picture is nearly as big as the north island. Mt Taranaki (or Egmont as Captain Cook called it) is situated on the western side of NZ, closest to good old OZ, see other arrow.

Mt Taranaki is a semi active volcano which last erupted in 1755, but experts reckon it's gone off 8 times in the last 6000 years. By contrast, these same experts reckon the Glasshouse Mountains were formed by a volcano tens of millions of years ago and haven't done anything really exciting since.

Mountains to the Sea EventIain and Russell joined forces to compete in a novel event where a team of two each run a half marathon in relay, with the result decided by combining both times. Aptly named the Mountains to the Surf it starts at the perimeter of the Egmont National Park and finishes at the beach at another national park.

This run featured a novel start with a double barrelled shotty duly discharged to send runners on their way. A case of "On your mark, get set, duck!".

The lads had a good run with Iain powering through his half in 1 hour 21 minutes and 3 seconds. Russell might have started out a little quickly but still finished in a creditable 1 hour and 35 minutes. In fact, at the change over Russell took off and after just finishing his very hard half, Iain found it hard to catch him to tag!

These times gave the Caboolture Road Runners team a combined marathon time under three hours and 12th place among 145 other teams.

An excellent effort.

Hang on, hang on, let me tag ya, I'm stuffed! Russell bolts and Iain winds down at the changeover in the Mountain to Surf marathon relay

Two weeks later Iain entered another event which must be the envy of many Caboolture Road Runners members, most particularly Greg Henzell. It's called the "Martinborough Round the Vines" run. Get the picture? A meandering trot through nine vineyards, where aid stations have water, and both red and white on offer. Probably not the course to aim for a PB, with a DNF a distinct possibility.

See the map below for an idea of the temptation along the way.Powerade, white or red sir?

The concept for this run is obviously very popular with over 2,500 runners in a variety of events.

Iain had an excellent result, no doubt partly attributable to the adrenalin rush at the start when no call up or warning was given. Iain hadn't finished stripping off his track suit and without so much as a "Righto, get goin." the race was on, with Iain hastily tearing off gear as he took off.

Not distracted by the wine stops, Iain finished well, around 1 hour 20 minutes for an official placing of 6th overall. However, we notice on the website that there were problems with placings, and in the 10 k event some runners actually took a wrong turn and ran an extra kilometre! Sounds like the organisers might have been testing the drink stops as well.

With all this training behind them, the final assault was made on Mt Taranaki but although fit, our intrepid band were beaten by the intense cold as they got higher and higher, finally having to turn back before reaching the summit. Sounds like a conquest of Mt Everest doesn't it? There might not have been as much snow on it as this picture shows, but even at this time of year it gets mighty cold up there so another attempt is planned next trip.

Mt Taranaki

All in all a successful trip in a wonderful place, with some great runs thrown in along the way. What more could you ask for in a holiday?
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The Quiz

The response to our last quiz was completely under whelming. We are still scouring the post box and the inside extremities of several large canvas mail sacks looking for an entry, any entry, just one. In fact, we can't even remember the last quiz question.

This edition we have decided a new approach, we'll give you the answer first and you provide the question. So here it is:- Derek Clayton.

First correct, neatest entry wins absolutely nothing.
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Old Gear

Remember the article about old gear in the last edition, where we asked you for your responses? Well, we got none - not a sausage, nothing. There was one anonymous correspondent who observed that I was a cheap b-----d any way, and could probably afford to buy a new singlet after all this time, but that doesn't count.

As with our quiz we have decided to take a completely new and innovative approach to this segment, confident in the knowledge that some lateral thinking will interest and enthuse readers to contribute and participate warmly in a spirit of overwhelming cooperation and esprit de corps. We..

Ah, who cares?
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Contributions

Any run reports, stories, anecdotes, bon mots, events, old recipes, quiet musings, repartee, soapbox rants, photos, editorials, suggestions, in-depth expos's, asides, outings, FAQs, for sale, stomach pumps, chat, web sites, health reports, food, home surgery tips, training, spare gear or pet stories welcome. Editor desperate for new copy, just email or telephone - and you don't have to write it yourself if you haven't the time or don't want to. Just let us know what you want to read, give us a few ideas and we'll do our best to make a complete mess masterpiece of your brilliant idea.

As for the correspondent who suggested what we could do with our old gear, really sir, is that physically possible?
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8 Kilometre Series off to Flying Start

Neither stray dogs, sabotage nor strong head winds were enough to deter fifteen runners and walkers from participating in race 1 of the inaugural Caboolture Road Runners 8 kilometre handicap run on Sunday, 6 April.

New members Jeff and Debbie Smith from Woody Point were given vague directions to Iain's place - there are two Robinson Roads in the area. This being their first outing with the Club and not knowing how strongly they run, we couldn't take any chances they might sweep all before them.

They finally found us and as it turned out Jeff got his own back by treading on someone's shoe and ripping it off mid race. Debbie finished really strongly on this tough course - no quarter given or asked! Welcome to you both.

Iain used his local knowledge to advantage by suggesting the course be run clockwise, which means most of the first five kilometres is uphill. Don't know if he conspired on the weather too, but the uphill run was compounded by strong head winds along the main road, despite otherwise fine sunny conditions.

Iain put in an honest serious run finishing in 31:10 with Mark Parsonson second overall in 32:46. Russell James pushed Steve Hayes all the way but Steve did just enough to take third.

Since this was the first run in the series, handicaps were based on race time plus 1% so all participants now have a time to beat next outing. Perhaps those runners who were a little circumspect and throttled down over the last few k's will be in a better position to clean up the point score on the next run. But any such advantage will be short lived though, and the Bribie run promises some real fun with watches banned, and everyone keen to see how the handicaps shake out.

The stray dogs? Not really strays but some fairly hungry hairy types, on the corner near the school, that looked willing until given a gob full of back chat by passing runners and Steve B threatening to bite 'em back.

Glen won the random draw prize this time out and we hope to continue this aspect of the series (a prize that is, not Glen winning) with an approach to local businesses for support.

Minimum points were awarded to all runners based on the number of starters, with bonus points to those with Caboolture Road Runners gear. As the committee is to consider the matter of more gear next meeting, those members who have ordered gear but don't yet have it will get the bonus next start.

Next run is at Bribie Island on May 11, turn left immediately off the bridge and drive north along the passage 1.8 kilometres to the start in the car park opposite Gary's home - our celebrity starter! Watch out for the Kamikaze Pee Wee! Thanks to all members who supported the run and if you have any suggestions to make it better please let us know. Iain's idea of a "hare and hounds" start for the July run based on handicaps sounds great!

Overall finish times, your new handicaps and points are shown below:-

Race 1 6/04/2003 Handicap
First Surname Act.Mins Act.Secs H'Cap Order Hcap.Mins HcapSecs Points Gear T.Pts
Iain McKee 31 10 31.47833333 31 29 30 10 40
Mark Parsonson 32 46 33.09433333 33 6 30 10 40
Steve Hayes 34 13 34.55883333 34 34 30 10 40
Russell James 35 0 35.35 35 21 30 10 40
Laimon Eglentals 37 0 37.37 37 22 30 10 40
Steve Blake 39 23 39.77716667 39 47 30   30
Col Colthorpe 39 25 39.81083333 39 49 30 10 40
Jeff Smith 39 27 39.8445 39 51 30   30
Glen Matinca 43 40 44.10333333 44 6 30 10 40
Robyn Eglentals 49 51 50.3485 50 21 30 10 40
Gundars Eglentals 50 27 50.9545 50 57 30   30
Monique Cook 54 3 54.5905 54 35 30   30
Bruce Cook 54 4 54.60733333 54 36 30 10 40
Debbie Smith 57 48 58.378 58 23 30   30
Chrissy Hansen 77 35 78.35916667 78 22 30   30


8k Series runners, every one of 'em now has a handicap -well, another one that is.
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Web Stuff

Some members may not realise that the Caboolture Road Runners web site is now at a different address. It's no longer www.caboolturerr.150m.com but as follows:-
http://www.lookingback.slq.qld.gov.au/caboolturerr/ or
http://cwpp.slq.qld.gov.au/caboolturerr/

When you get to the site, bookmark it or add it to your favourites. It's updated about once every week with some of the stories that make it into the newsletter. We know that not everyone has access to the net, or do but don't want to go pasty white and anti-social while surfing all day and night, so we'll always make the newsletter available in hard copy. If you can get to the net though you'll get the latest information long before the newsletter goes out.

Here are some interesting links you might like to have a look at next time you are on-line.

www.runningtimes.com A US publication with contributors like Bill Rodgers, Olympic marathon gold medallist.

www.timeoutdoors.com A UK site which is one of the most interesting we've seen. It has four sections including running, walking, biking and climbing. You pick the sport you most enjoy or are interested in, or you can change from one to the other. Full of training tips, gear and links, it shows the relationship between different sports and is a real antidote to boredom with your current preferred fitness regime. Rock climbing looks like a real rush and something we'll have to try.

www.sportscoach.com.au This is an Australian site which provides access to software for a running log among many other things. The software is pretty good, with graphs and reports of actual runs and a system for developing training programs. Unfortunately the programming is a little flaky at times and you get a few run time errors and just plain weird outcomes. But they are only minor, and the site has a whole bunch of other stuff for tech heads like us, including body mass index, heart rate zones and AT threshold science (or art?). We have played with this stuff, just like a kid in a lolly shop, for the past month - can't run any faster but you should see the pretty colours and graphs we've drawn.

Next edition we'll give you some sites where you can order shoes and other gear. For example, ASICS 1070 (the model just superseded) are still available in a variety of sizes for $104 - the new model 1080, which is only different in colour from the old one, retails for $150 although you can get that down to $135. Even at that price you can save a further $20. Stay tuned.
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Harvey Norman Morayfield Sausage Sizzle

Jeff eats the profits
New member Jeff Smith eats the profits while no ones looking - any wonder turnover was down.

Steve puzzles
Now what do I do? Steve looks puzzled.

Too easy!
Steve's got the hang of it now, "This is easy, how do you like them onions!" (Note the nonchalant hand on hip). Robyn stands to attention and Gundars props up Harvey Norman Furniture and Electrical Morayfield.

Read Part A of the Caboolture Road Runners April Newsletter by clicking on the link on the Newsletter page
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