|No. 27 November 1999
The Canberra Times Fun Run...
Greg Gilbert's photo of the 'legends' after The Canberra Times Fun Run
The writing of this story has been a long time coming. In the end, it’s not so much about what is one of the best fun runs I’ve experienced, but just some rambling thoughts from an author with ever decreasing spare time.
For the second year running, South Canberra Tuggeranong Athletic Club was involved in the Canberra Times Fun Run Training Program. All participants (and coaches) had a fantastic social time putting in the kilometres on sometimes chilly Wednesday and Sunday mornings. Then every Tuesday we could read in ‘the times’ the liberally embellished scribblings of ‘debauched and wicked’ participant Ian Warden. These entertaining rantings about gambolling Dalmatians and thrown-up pre-race meals peaked with a front page feature on the Monday after the run - Loveliest of days in loveliest of cities.
I’m sure ‘head coach’ Mike Sainsbury enjoyed the weekly embarrassment and it was a teary-eyed sight indeed to see the successful participants lined up after the run for a group photo proudly wearing their red ‘Legend’ caps. All I can add is ‘Well done to all - you are indeed legends’. Thankyou also to SCT’s ‘assistant coaches’: Reg, Gordon, Ted, Greg, Karen, Val, Kim, Kelly, Codger, Geoff, Stuart, Murray, Phil, Teresa and Jessica (write me a nasty email if I’ve forgotten you). I’m sure we all look forward to the year 2000 Canberra Times Fun Run Training Program!
The serious racing produced some very pleasing SCT results:
If you’re wondering why this issue is a month late, the reason is ‘real work’. There’s been a major stuff-up because some idiot ordered 30 million dollars worth of new equipment which happens to be somewhat less than successful. Just because this ‘new system’ is used in the UK and New Zealand they think it’s going to work in Australia. Unfortunately it’s a long way from performing any task at all well and myself and colleagues have been slaving long hours trying to sort out the mess.
The above paragraph may seem like a lame excuse for a frustrated runner to spend less time at the computer. Well... I plead guilty. I like to run (and coach) - and that means getting outside and ‘doing it’ as somebody once said. This bloody computer is keeping me inside. Future issues of Running Writing will be produced whenever I have the time (or inspiration) to ‘get around to it’. Having said all this, if you do have a gem of a story which you’d like me to publish, by all means send off an email!
Canberra Times Fun Run Results:
Carillon Relays Results:
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