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Monday, October 31, 2011

overdue race report - Fitzroy Falls Marathon 2011

I have run the Fitzroy Falls marathon three times before and thoroughly recommend it to anyone who likes off road running. The course winds through the Morton National Park in the Southern Highlands of NSW and is almost entirely on four wheel drive track with some single track sections. The race is not for the faint-hearted, it does not have any really tough climbs, but is constantly undulating. In the dozen years it has been held (prior to this one), only ten male runners have broken three hours and the belief is that your likely time is twenty minutes on top of your road marathon time.

This year, I was keen to break my PB of 2:59 but my training was hampered by a few problems in my legs. On race day though, I was raring to go and hopefully aim for a top 3 placing. The weeks before this race had seen a lot of rain in the area and the night before the rain was constant and torrential. As a result the course was heavy to say the least, with ankle deep mud in places threatening to suck off the footwear. Within 100m of starting I knew my PB was not in danger and anything under 3:10 would be good in the conditions.

The runners at the front of the start were a bit of a who’s who of Australian Off Road running with Australian Ultra representatives, former winners of this race and top runners from the Six Foot Track marathon. Top 3 was going to be a stretch. The normally pedestrian start was a frenetic as people tried to find their own way through the mud without getting splattered from runners in front. I was in 15th or 16th place after the first 2 km and decided to run my own race. My pace was fairly consistent and I went through half way in under 1:30 – so was not far off the three hour goal. However the last ten km is a gradual incline so I started to struggle as I reached the end. I had been slowly picking off runners and was 9th with about 5 km to go. There were two guys that had been 100m in front of me since the ten km point. By this stage it was really frustrating me that I could not catch them so decided that now was the time to put in a big effort. Inch by inch I pulled them in and passed one and then the other and then a couple of front runners (one of whom won the race the previous year) who were walking.

The last 2.5 kms were tough as the track was very chopped up from the 5km and 10km races that had finished before us. I splattered through the mud as hard as I could to hold my now 5th place and finished in 3:02 something. Overall I am very happy with the time and placing given the conditions. The first four went well under three hours which gave an indication of the quality in the field. I was a bit of a mess at the end – covered head to toe in mud and legs completely shot, but I’ll be back again!

David Hosking

Friday, October 28, 2011

wednesday's run - 26th october 2011

Results for today's run:

2 km: Scott Rigby (jnr) - 14.54, Rebecca Rigby - 24.08

3.5 km: Dan Lloyd - Jones - 16.48, Eden Faulkner - Kew - 19.01, Kye Dworcowyi - 19.24, Anthony Smith - 24.42, Richard Fisher - 25.58, Robyn Kennedy - 28.30, David McCann - 29.38.

5 km: Pat Hammond - 20.39, Dave Connaughton - 23.30, Scott Rigby - 24.14, Simon Fearn - 25.18, Mike Kennedy - 27.22, Deb Connaughton - 28.27.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

fabulous sydney run

Whilst the Broulee Runners were off on a local run on Sunday, I was fortunate enough to be in Sydney for the weekend with the family. Managed an amazing run from the motel, all around wonderful Sydney Harbour, via the Botanical Gardens and then through to Darling Harbour. It was fabulous way to start my weekend!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

wednesday's run - 19th october, 2011

Welcome warm weather - it was a beautiful afternoon for a run. Here are the results:

2 km: Nieve Blackman - 11.55, Siena Martini - 11.55, Liza Martini - 11.55, Jono Hosking - 15.26, Ellen Hosking - 22.53, Anna Hosking - 26.28, Lindsay Colleen - 26.28.

3.5 km: Dan Llyoyd-Jones - 18.45, Deb Connaughton - 19.18, Kye Dworcowyi - 20.18, Paige Connaughton - 20.58, Robyn Kennedy - 31.44.

5 km run: Dave Connaughton - 23.40, Scott Rigby (snr) - 24.44, Simon Fearn - 25.14, Kim Pidcock - 26.04, Mike Kennedy - 27.39, Sue Lindsay - 28.48.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Happy Birthday Robyn

From everyone at the Broulee Runners - may it be a special day for you.

wednesday 12th october, 2011

Results for today's run:

2 km: Anna Hosking - 11.32, Wade McDonald - 14.09, Scott Rigby (jnr) - 15.20, Jono Hosking - 16.59, Rebecca Rigby - 19.06.

3.5 km: Ellen Hosking - 17.27, Kye Dworcowyi - 19.17, Anthony Smith - 19.59, Abbey McDonald - 20.04, Paige Connaughton - 23.59, Annie Johnsen - 24.34, Richard Fischer - 25.18, Robyn Kennedy - 26.48, David McGann - 29.55.

5 km: Dave Bain - 19.42, Pat Hammond - 20.40, Dave Connaughton - 24.08, Mike Kennedy - 27.22, Deb Connaughton - 28.43.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

results for wednesday 5th October 2011

Reminder that the run now commences at 5 pm on a Wednesday

Here are the results for the run:

2km run: Scott Rigby (jnr) - 12.46, Anthony Smith - 15.52, Scott Rigby (snr) - 17.08, Rebecca Rigby - 19.02.

3.5km run: Kye Dworcowyi - 19.09, Jill Brown - 19.38, Deb Connaughton - 20.42, Paige Connaughton - 20.42, Annie Johnsen - 23.44, Richard Fisher - 23.44, Robyn Kennedy - 30.28, David McCann - 31.50, Greg McCann - 31.50, Barb Wells - 32.00.

5 km run: Dave Bain - 20.06, Bede Webster - 21.56, Hugo Webster - 22.28, Dave Connaughton - 23.55, Geoff Wells - 24.26, Simon Fearn - 26.32, Mike Kennedy - 26.42.

results for wednesday 28th september 2011

Apologies for the late results - catching up on family time and sleep!

Here are the results:

2 km: Scott Rigby (jnr) - 1041, Gabriel Kennedy - 10.56, Mike Kennedy - 10.58, Robyn Kennedy - 14.02.

3.5 km: Anthony Smith - 17.57.

5 km: Dave Connaughton - 24.07, Scott Rigby (snr) - 23.58.

Friday, October 7, 2011

post japan run - sunday

Hope to see you there. 7am at the anchor at Mossy Point.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Running in Japan

There was lots of it .... one of my favourite runs was around the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. I just love running when overseas travelling - such a fabulous way of learning even more about a country. Bit tricky whilst in the big cities, but managed to find some wonderful, picturesque runs whilst away. Catching up on sleep, after a long trip home - it's great to be home! Just in time for Siena's 7th birthday ..........

Running in Japan