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Here We Are Day 1 - August 6, 2019
SRI CHINMOY CROSS COUNTRY, CENTENNIAL PARK - BACK TO RACING
Finally we found a RACE in this year of disruption and uncertainty, and this is obviously what we'all were waiting for with some amazing running coming from all members of THE RUN SQUAD and our Junior Group UP AND RUNNING.
The morning started with the Half Marathon and we had 8 runners brave the 3 lap Cross Country Course around the trails of the Centennial Park. Our best result was from Nathan Tucker who finished in 3rd place in 1:26.38. Peter Craig wasn't far behind in his newly branded TRS kit finishing in 6th place in 1:31.58. Our first lady was Tania Drahonchuk (5th female 1:37.17) who paced with Julla La who finished just behind in 1:38.00. There was a family battle between Spencer Yuen (1:46.59) and Morgan Yuen who chased him to the finish to run 1:47.28. Rachel Craig in training for her big debut in Stromlo ran 1:51.07 and our mighty inspirational septuagenarian Paul Feain got through another Half Marathon distance in 2:36.18.
We were all guns blazing in the 14km Event with Gerber Koster in first place in a blistering 50:46. It's hard to imagine he will be running 100 miles in just 5 days. Matt Dawson always impressive ran 51:38 to take second place. Young Laura Roderick took out her first ever female number 1 spot and finished 5th overall in 58:41 paced by her good mate Ollie Freeman (58:42). Sarah Whitley (1:03.50) and Sophia Annette (1:03.55)demonstrated the effect of our Wednesday Night Track Sessions to finish 2nd and 3rd female, both top 10 overall. Tim McKinnon ran well to secure 9th place with 1:04.05. Brydan Lenne (1:13.21) and Ranu Harrison (1:15.45) also showed great form to earn top 20 positions and Millie Smith took her hubby for a run to finish in 1:18.14.
The 7km Race saw a number of our Juniors line up against the TRS adults. Lachlan Stanfield showed no respect to his elders by smashing the field by more than 3 minutes in a time of 24:17. Audrey Hall (27:37) is back in great shape finishing 2nd Overall and first female just ahead of Eva Laverty second female in (28:08). Amy Lam is also hitting some great form finishing in 10th place overall in a very quick 30:00. George Cooney had a great run to finish 11th in 30:53. There was a battle of the girls with Isabella Grace (32:18) holding out Kelsey Walton (33:13) in a race to the finish. Same for Larissa Williams (33:31) and Manal Garcia (34:31) who challenged each other throughout the course, and Rachelle McCue completed the course in a great time of 36:57.
Fresh from the NSW Cross Country Championships the Up And Running Juniors took on the fast and furious 4km Race with track veteran Brad Sharpe throwing himself into the mix as part of his 1500m preparation. In this event we took out all Top 10 places with Max Russell breaking the Junior Course Record in a time of 13:36, that's a cracking 3:24/km on a trail course. NSW Cross Country representative Natasha Ward was 2nd overall in 14:31. George Verco also on the NSW CC Team is back in great shape cruising around the course in 14:42 with a podium finish. In 4th NSW Junior Triathlon Champion Gracie Henry looked comfortable with 15:15. Little Piers Galvin shocked Brad Sharpe as he cruised by to take 5th place in 15:22 leaving Brad in 6th with 15:55. 10 year old Thomas Althundag was super fast with 16:21 in 7th. Lily Cooney was delighted with her 1st place U12 Female Age Group win (16:58). Zara Trantalis and Nancy Newton dead heated for 9th and 10th spot with 17:02. There were a couple of family battles on the track with Portia Palmerlee (17:54) holding out her sister Scarlett (21:03), but the challenge of the day was between little Tara Williams (18:56) who put her mother Bec Gee Williams (20:53) to the sword opening up a big gap in the early stages of the race.
It was great to get back out there and finally do an official race particularly in our favourite park. Well done everybody, bring on the next one!
LISA BUSTS A BOSTON VIRTUAL
What do you do when Covid-19 cancels your favourite marathon race but you still want the medal and merch??? You do it virtual of course!
There has been a lot of virtual racing happening recently and Lisa used her favourite loop around Centennial Park to run the marathon distance in tribute to her favourite event. She can now proudly wear the medal and rock the merch.
Next up for Lisa is a virtual London Marathon. What will you be doing???
THE RUN SQUAD hits the Mountain Trails
August 16 saw a big group of Squaders heading out on the trails of the Blue Mountains running some of the most technical sections that the Wentworth Falls area can serve up.
We are planning plenty more squad adventures in the coming months to make up for the races we have lost due to Covid-19.
BIG JIM takes NSW Medal
One of our favourite sons Big Jim Dawes took an Age Group Silver Medal at the NSW Short Course Cross Country Championships in Dapto.
The veteran athlete is a powerhouse competitor and a highly respected member of the Athletics community.
As President of the Randwick Botany Harriers Athletics Club he is a tireless worker for his sport.
Well done Jim!
RUN BACK TO NORMALITY JULY 4 2020
To celebrate the reopening of Community Sport after 6 months of Covid-19 restrictions we held our own mini running festival with 5 and 10km, Half and Full Marathon distances along the beautiful foreshores of Botany Bay.
With more than 120 runners across all distances we saw some outstanding running and personal best performances across all distances and age groups.
It was so good to be back as a squad after months of solo and small group training.
THE RUN SQUAD - RELAY FOR HOPE
On May 16 and 17, 97 runners from the run squad rallied together in a two day relay of more than 180km covering all areas of Sydney to raise more than $18,000 for the Frontline Workers of the Sydney Children's Hospital and St. Vincent's Hospital Darlinghurst.
See more including some great video highlights on the "Relay for HOPE" Page.
We won't let Covid - 19 slow us down
2020 is proving to be testing us on many levels. First Australia was on fire and then the world is brought to it's feet by the Corona Virus.
At The Run Squad we have been very proactive in keeping our community alive starting an online platform for runners to follow solo or in pairs with a weekly program that can be adapted to any level of running and any training environment.
We have set personal goals and challenges to keep us motivated in a running world with no races to chase.
A major focus has been our Relay for Hope with more than 90 runners signed up to run in pairs around the streets of Sydney and it's wider suburbs covering more than 300km and raising money for the frontline workers of The Sydney Children;s Hospital and St. Vincents Darlinghurst.
Tania on the podium at the Australian Spartan Race Championships
Tania Drahonchuk has added to her extensive list of podium finishes in obstacle racing with a third place finish in the Australian Spartan Race Championships on a tough and technical course in the Blue Mountains.
Spartan races are a combination of running and strength with athletes running trough a course of stations that require climbing, hanging, lifting and jumping to name a few skills.
We are hoping that Tania's training with THE RUN SQUAD will help her to further excel in this sport.
Great Racing at the Port Macquarie Running Festival.
We had some keen Squaders head up the coast to the Port Macquarie Running Festival with great results.
Audrey Hall just missed top spot in the 10km event being overtaken in a sprint finish placing 2nd by only 3 seconds. She then backed up to place 3rd in the 5km event.
Spencer Yuen smashed out "The Buster" running the Half Marathon (1:39.33), the 10km (49:11) and the 5km (23:53). Hi daughter Morgan ran a massive 7 minute PB in the Half Marathon in 1:50.17. Before joining The Run Squad Morgan was running around 2 hours 30 minutes for this distance and has also taken her Parkrun time from 32 down to 24 minutes. She is truly inspirational!
And speaking of inspiration Paul Feain ran another Half Marathon to add to his extensive list running a creditable time of 2:19.01 at the age of 72.
Sami totally dominant at the Orange Running Festival
Some great results at the Orange Running Festival, highlighted by Sami Danckert's massive win of almost 2 minutes in the Women's 10km Race and placing 11th overall.
Other great runs included Alicia Hayes (1:35.16) and Glenn Lockwood's solid Half Marathon runs with Glenn completing his 60th Half Marathon in 1:52.33.
Brad takes Masters Track GOLD!!!
One of the best Masters Track runners around Brad Sharpe added another State Medal at the NSW Masters Track and Field Championships at SOPAC.
In a sprint finish Brad out ran his opposition to take the Gold Medal in his favourite event the 800m in a solid time of 2:24.42.
WE LOVE CENTENNIAL PARKRUN
Once a month we test our fitness on our home turf at the Centennial Parkrun where we hold several course and Age Group records.
Sunday Long Runs
Once a month we've been taking our Sunday Long Runs out of Centennial Park and to beautiful locations around Sydney including the Coogee to Bondi Coastal Track, Malabar Headland, and the Botanical Gardens and Sydney Harbour.
Clovelly Run Swim Sessions
Run Swim Swim Season is here and our training sessions every second Friday Evening are a big hit. Meet us at 6:15pm in front of Clovelly Surfclub. Sessions go for around 30 minutes and are great training for Triathlon and Biathlon Events.
THE RUN SQUAD Christmas Party and Awards Presentation
Our first big social function was a massive hit with The Run Squad coming together to celebrate Christmas as well as present our 2019 Runner of the Year Awards.
Amongst the winners were Glenn Lockwood and Paul Feain (Inspirational Runners of the Year), Kisha Oister, Louise Arnott, Kelsey Walton and Audrey Hall (Team Performance of the Year), Steve Johnson (Marathon Performance of the Year), Sarah Ludoweci (Ultra Performance of the Year), Matta Dawson (International Performance of the Year), Gerber Koster (Most Impressive Race Performance), Louise Arnott (Age Group Runner of the Year), Brad Sharpe (Track Runner of the Year), Thomas Althundag (Junior Runner of the Year), Amy Lam (Road Runner of the Year), Melanie Poswell (Most Dedicated Runner of the Year), Samantha Jarvis and David Mizrahi (Most Improved Runner of the Year).
Squad members also voted for three major awards and the results were Amy Lam and Sean "Sam" Muller (Squad Members of the Year) and Rhett Gibson (Runner of the Year).
WORLD MOUNTAIN RUNNING CHAMPIONSHIPS IN ARGENTINA
A huge congratulations to Audrey Hall who represented Australia in the World Mountain Running Championships in Argentina.
On what can only be described as a brutal and highly technical course Audrey finished 48th overall and was third Australian across the line.
It's great to have Audrey back competing at an International Level for her country after a break from elite level running.
Balmain Fun Run
It was a great morning for running at Rozelle for the Balmain Fun Run with some great results for THE RUN SQUAD and our Junior athletes from Up And Running.
Audrey placed an impressive 2nd female overall with Louise not far behind in 5th and again taking out her Age Group Gold.
11 year old Piper was 3rd female overall and 15 year old Lachlan just missed taken the outright win placing 2nd only 10 seconds off the win.
Also in our Junior ranks Jackson, Sophia, Thomas all achieved podium positions in their age categories.
MAROUBRA FUN RUN 4 and 8km
It was a massive day for THE RUN SQUAD and our Junior Group Up And Running at the Maroubra Fun Run with 15 podium finishes across all Age Groups in both the 4 and 8km events.
Some of the outstanding achievements included 15 year old Lachlan taking out the 8km race in just over 27 minutes, the 5th fastest time ever recorded on the course. Audrey also took out the female crown missing the course record by 1 second. Paul was 2nd in the 70+ category and Mitch took the 3rd place trophy in the 30-39 category. Oliver also had a fantastic run as a Junior taking second place in the 12- 15 division.
In the 4km event, 11 year old Piper was 2nd female overall. Brody also placed well in 5th overall and Allesio 8th. Ruby won the U12 female division and Bianca and Nancy both placed 2nd in their age groups. In the 50+ Masters category Brad, Andy and Coach Woz took out all top 3 positions.
SRI CHINMOY MARAFUN RELAYS
It was an amazing morning for The Run Squad in Centennial Park for the Sri Chinmoy Marafun Relays with all four Teams winning medals and setting course records.
Our Open Women's Team were well ahead of the their female opposition taking the GOLD Medal with Audrey setting a new course record and Louise an Age Group Record. Kisha and Kelsey also ran amazing times on their race legs.
Our amazing Open Mixed Team of Amy, Sara, Keith and David were 3rd overall Team and set a new course record almost 20 minutes ahead of the previous mark.
The Open Men's Team of only three runners were impressive to place third in the Male Team Category. Tim, Mark and Mitch were strong on the back of some amazing individual racing in recent weeks.
And finally our veteran 50+ Men's Team consisting of Coach Woz, Adrian, Russell and Gerry showed their much younger opponents that you are never too old placing 5th overall and setting a new Age Record with their Gold Medal performance.
BIG PBs at the MELBOURNE MARATHON FESTIVAL for Steve and Martine
Some great racing and BIG PBs for another one of our super couples Steve Johnson and Martine Schlosser.
Steve lined up for the Marathon on the back of some solid training in the lead up to the event. He looked strong throughout the race running his last kilometre at 3:30 pace to complete the 42.2km in 2:55.
Martine smashed her previous Half Marathon PB just missing the 90 minute mark with 90:45.
Also in the Half Marathon Sara Rathborne ran a very impressive 88:43 and Glenn Lockwood was spotted completing yet another Marathon distance taking him to 206.
The Sri Chinmoy Marafun Relays saw a number of our runners breaking course records.
Louise and Audrey were jumping for joy over their results with Audrey setting a new female course record and Louise smashing the 50+ female course record by several minutes.
Gerry Walsh also smashed the 50+ Male Record and his Team set a new age group record.
The BIG Record of the day was set by our Mixed Open Team of Amy, Sara, David and Keith who were almost 20 minutes ahead of the previous mark.
Sarah Ludowici takes another Ultra Crown
Congratulations to our female Ultra Star Sarah Ludowici who was the first female and 13th overall in the Surf Coast 100km Race in Victoria.
Sarah was dominant over a field of quality female runners finishing in an incredible time of 10 hours and 8 minutes.
Larissa Runs Washington DC
We are loving seeing our singlet running all around the world.
This time Larissa took our colours for a run around the famous monuments of Washington DC whilst on work conference.
Where will you were yours???
Patty McNamara WINS the Florence Parkrun in Italy
Congrats to one of our favourite physios and runners Patty McNamara took out the Florence Parkrun.
Patty has been spending some time in Europe soaking up the sunshine after his brilliant effort in the Mont Blanc Ultra.
Great to have Patty flying the flag for The Run Squad!
Great Result for Audrey
Audrey Hall has added another great podium finish to her collection with a Bronze Medal at the Australian Mountain Running Championships in Brisbane.
After top results in the Sutherland to Surf, Sydney Harbour 5km and Townsville Running Festival, Audrey has continued on her solid training program to pull off this great result.
She will now represent Australia at the World Mountain Running Championships in Argentina.
Blackmores Sydney Running Festival
These photos of Sabine, Gill and Louise just about sums up our amazing results in the Sydney Running Festival today with a huge list of runners lining up across all distances with some amazing results.
In the 10km Bridge Run, James Burroughs was once again at the top end of the race placing 15th overall in a smashing time of 33:48. Our first female was Amy Lam who ripped through the second half of the course to finish 11th female in a time of 39:35 just ahead of Libby Parry in 13th who ran a big PB of 40:18. Martine Schlosser was also in the mix with 40:45 and 17th place, and Louise Arnott took yet another huge Age Group win finishing in 41:33. Brad Sharpe stepped up from his usual shorter track races to complete the 10km in 42:44. Andy Simpson surprised himself with a massive PB of 43:17, his 10 year old daughter Piper one of our Junior runners also was first female in the Family Fun Run and mum Claire ran a 10km PB of 49:29, a great family affair. Kelsey Walton is coming back to form after joining the squad running 44:01. Mel Poswell ran well finishing her fastest 10km in 45:38. Despite a wardrobe malfunction Andrew Firch managed to cross the line in 47:49. James Orlando snuck under the 50 minute mark in 49:34. Dominique Hart is coming back well from a break in training with 52:17 just ahead of Rebecca Dixon in 54:52
In the Half Marathon Jayden Pendleton attributed his 1:20.32 to his work on the track at our Wednesday Night sessions. David Mizhari continues to break new personal bests today in the heat a 1:21.28 was impressive. Matt Dawson jumped into the Half as part of his long run in preparation for the Chicago Marathon cruising around the course in 1:23.07. Yossi Friedman blew his previous best out of the park running 1:32.26. The girls were also setting new PB’s in the Half with Gill Breen running 1:43.07 just ahead of Kate Fitzpatrick in 1:43 .23 and Jessica Harper in 1:44.48. Alex McCulloch ran a sneaky PB in 1:49.55, and our big inspiration Paul Feain added another half to the list with his 2:16.20 result today.
We had a small group of runners brave enough to take on the Marathon distance. Johnny Nesher again showed that he is the KING of the South African Lions running 2:49.21. Sabine D’Haeseeler ran a big 4:06.43. Things didn’t go quiet to plan for Alicia Hayes who had a rough day at the office with 4:20.22.
Special mention must go to husband and wife legends Glenn and Belinda Lockwood who crossed the line together in 5:25.24, this is more than 50 times that they have finished a race together and was the 207th run at Marathon plus distance for Glenn.
Last but not least Coach Woz put on his racing shoes to escort more than 20 Juniors from the Up And Running Squad across the Bridge for the 3.5km sprint in the Family Fun Run. The kids took out most of the top places in both the male and female list with the Coach winning his age group by more than two minutes in 13:48.
On today’s result we could almost rebrand ourselves The PB Run Squad! Well done everybody!
Meet Lulu Miskin - Australian Youth Olympics Representative
Lulu Miskin is a 17 year old HSC student at Kambala in Sydney who has joined THE RUN SQUAD to enhance her fitness level for the Youth Olympics .
Lulu starting skiing cross country at the age of 12. Three years later she discovered her passion for Biathlon - a sport that combines cross country skiing and target shooting. She’s since competed in Biathlon in Australia, Canada and Europe for the last three seasons, with the highlight being competing in IBU Youth/ Junior World Championships in Slovakia in 2018/ 19 season.
Biathlon requires extremely high levels of fitness. Lulu’s summer training program includes sprinting and endurance running, roller skiing (skis with wheels using ski poles) and strength training.
Lulu’s focus has been working towards her goal of qualifying and competing at the 2020 Winter Youth Olympics in Lausanne. She was excited to win two Olympic qualifying races in Hotham where she hit 29/30 targets! So it seems that dreams do come true - Lulu will be thrilled to represent Australia at the Winter Youth Olympics.
Louise Arnott on the Podium again.
There seems to be no stopping Louise Arnott.
2019 has been an amazing year with numerous podium finishes and age group wins in major events across the country, her latest being second placed woman overall in the Father's Day Warrior Run on our home track in Centennial Park.
This year she is undefeated in her own Age Group Category with big wins in the Gold Coast 10km, Homebush 10, Run West 10km, and the Sydney Harbour 5km to name a few.
OUR NEW KIT ROCKED THE CENTENNIAL PARKRUN
We were all decked out in our new The Run Squad singlets for the Centennial Parkrun. There were several PBs on the morning with runners performing beyond their expectation including Steve Johnson, Kim Samuel, Andrea Brown, Melanie Poswell, Samantha Jarvis, Sabine D'Haeseleer, Liea Lewis, Wiebke Matika and Lauren Tischendorf.
Patty McNamara from The Running Room headed out to the airport straight after the race to take on the Trail Running world of Europe snapping a shot for us on his arrival in Geneva.
The TRS Squadettes take on the town for Gillie's Hen's Party
Our girls really know how to PARTY but only after a good run!!!
The TRS Squadettes celebrated Gillie's upcoming wedding day with their long run around our beautiful city before getting all dressed up to hit The Winery in Surry Hills to party the day into the night. They say what happens at The Run Squad stays at The Run Squad.
City 2 Surf 2019
Our very first City 2 Surf was epic with more than 4o squad runners busting out the 14km race to Bondi.
There were so many amazing times, PBs and inspirational efforts across all ages. James Burroughs was our first runner across the line finishing in 26th place in just over 46 minutes.
Some of the notable performances included David, Gerber and Steve who were all around the 50 minute mark. Sara, Martine and Amy also in the 50's for the girls. Sabine with her massive 10 minute PB and of course Paul who continues to inspire us all.
It was great to see our good mate Harry Summers take the win beating the 27 year old course record.
Congratulations to Belinda on her
A big milestone for Belinda Lockwood on running her 50th Parkrun at the Kamay Parkrun at Yarra Bay.
Belinda is a great example of a hardworking and dedicated runner with a massive list of Marathon and Ultra events to her name.
We are proud to have her on our Team!
Our Amy is the Poster Girl for
The Sydney Half Marathon
You know you are building a great running profile when you become the poster girl for one of Sydney's major running events.
Amy Lam has made some amazing running gains in the past few years training under a personalised program from Coach Woz.
She has consistently smashed PB times across 5km, 10km and Half Marathon distances with several Podium finishes and Age Group wins along the way,