Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Hare & Hound & Saturday 02nd Jan Run

Entering Hare and Hound by 05th Jan 2010

We are starting our 2010 Season with a BANG! Our first BRS race is on Sunday 10th January.

Over the last few months, we have been preparing for this race with strength work, speed, hills and even a bit of you have done the hard work, why not enter!!

Start your 2010 trail running season with a pleasant drive in the country, a run through the forest, a swim in the pool and a post race BBQ, brought to you by TRAQ and Southbank specialist running store Active Stride.

You can choose from a 5km or 10km fun trial run at a cost of $20 which include pool entry and a post race BBQ, so why not make a day of it!

Please see website for all entry details and more information about the course.

It should be a great event and is being supported by Active Stride, one of our key sponsors.

Enter NOW!!

Practice Run this Saturday 02nd January 2010

As a practice for the Hare and Hound, Matt is taking a free session this Saturday at Mt Cootha.

Time: Saturday 02nd January - 7:00am
Where: meet Slaughter Falls Car Park, Mt Cootha
What: a loop of the mountain - approx. 1.5hrs
Bring: camel back if you have one, otherwise we would advise running with a drink bottle, don't forget a hat and sunscreen.

Matt's Number: 0447 578 205 if you need

Have fun, happy running

P.S Great effort on the orienteering run tonight by all. Big congratulations to our winners, Darrell and Matt S. and near winners Kylie and Bill. WELL DONE enjoy the hard earned beer!

Renae & Matt over and out for 2009

Monday, December 21, 2009

Get in QUICK!

Twilight Run......No time to spare..........

Be quick and register by 31st December, 2009 to receive early bird prices...AND a FREE SINGLET! The field is limited to 2500 runners so get in quick.

Details as follows:
When: 5pm Sunday March 21st, 2010
Where: UQ start
What: 1/2 Marathon, 10km, and a 3km fun run

So don't waste time.....enrol in a goal for early 2010!

Two in One Day?
The morning of the Twilight run on March 21st is the Mt Cootha Challenge. A 70km Bike Ride from the City to Southbank, via Mt Cootha, for a timed 2.3km climb.

When: Sunday AM March 21st, 2010
Entries open 04th January, 2010

More information will be available soon, so keep an eye on the website.

Happy Summer Running!

Renae & Matt

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Its Heating UP!

This Week
In the heat of Summer 2009, we had 2 tough runs this week.
Monday saw us back at the botanical gardens for some fartlek efforts, well done to everybody for getting through it on such a hot, humid evening.

Wednesday we were back testing our improvements on the 3.3km river circuit. Most of you got through at least 2 at a good pace, which is great. The nine of you who made the 3 laps, top effort on a 10km evening!

Matt Cooper running some great times as always, 11.55 for the first lap! an improvement on the last time.

Darrell Giles took 2minutes of his last time and managed to come home stronger in the 3rd 3.3km than the first! Well done !!

Cindy and Michael both took 40seconds off their previous times, as did Matt Shephard. Great stuff!!

I will add the 3.3km times to the Time Trial page.

Fancy Something Different!!
Ever wanted to run 10km through a traffic tunnel? Dreamt about it?? Well now is your time to shine!
A once in a lifetime opportunity is set for early 2010 between 6:30am and 9am on a Sunday prior to the tunnel's official opening to traffic. The date will be announced just weeks before the event. The field is capped at 5,000 and you can register your interest now by clicking on
The organisers will send a reminder email to sign up to run when the official dates are announced. The event will help raise funds to support the Royal Children's Hospital Foundation in working wonders for sick kids.

For those of you preparing to run the Hare and Hound on 10th January, beware that this may potentially overlap or be the following weekend.

Those of you who have already started your holidays, Matt and I wish you a safe, fabulous, and healthy holiday. We look forward to seeing you when you return to training in 2010.

PLEASE NOTE: training will be as per usual over the holiday season so those of you keen to continue over Christmas/New Year, you know where to find us!!
See you Monday 21st Dec!
Happy Running
Renae & Matt

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Weekly Wrap Up

Top Member Efforts
A BIG Congratulations to Kylie Pickering who completed her first half marathon last weekend. Kylie was hoping for under 2hrs and smashed that coming in at 1hr48mins. FANTASTIC effort!
Oh and she then backed up for the Beep Test on Monday!

We did our very first Beep Test, which when announced generated some varied responses from groaning to excitment. For many of you it was your first Beep Test experience, and for others it bought back childhood memories (or nightmares!).
Everybody did extremely well, with several of the guys getting past 10 and it went down to the wire with Matt Shephard and Matt Lyne, with Matt Lyne finishing on 12.6. Well done to all. The results will be posted in the Time Trial section soon.

Party Wrap
Thanks to all of you who came along to our first BRS party at the Ship Inn after the gruelling Beep Test on Monday night. Great to see smiles on everybody's faces especially at the site of a well earned beer and dinner.
Congratulations to our award winners:
Claire Lynch - Took home a devine bottle of Spring Vale Pinot for her Most Improved due to her outstanding 2min35 PB at the Cool Night Classic.
Micheal Keetman - Took home a 12month subscription to Runner's World Magazine for his Most Consistent BRSer award. This was a close race with Kylie, Darryl and Claire coming close runner ups for the most sessions attended. Well done to all.

PLEASE NOTE: training will be as per usual over the holiday season so those of you keen to continue over Christmas/New Year, you know where to find us!!

Happy Running
Renae & Matt

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Party Time!!


So time for the Brisbane Run Squad End of Year Party
When: Monday 07th December 2009
Where: The Ship Inn Southbank - Beer Garden
Time: after training - 7pm onwards
What: Dinner, drinks, and party!!
see Ship Inn Menu link =
As an added extra, our party night will feature a surprise training session at the usual 6pm-7pm, which will provide an opportunity to reflect on how far you have all come in the last 3months!!
Please RSVP to Renae or Matt at training this week, or
PLEASE NOTE: training will be as per usual over the holiday season so those of you keen to continue over Christmas/New Year, you know where to find us!!
Hope to see you all there!
Happy Running
Renae & Matt

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Upcoming Event & weekend results

Mousdash Results

Big congratulations to our four BRS runners who completed the gruelling Mt Cootha Run last Sunday, 10.5km run up and down Brisbane's favourite mountain.
Results were fantastic - special mention to Kylie, with a sub 55min, great work.
Kylie 54.38min
Scott 57.33min
Col 1.05hr
Steve 1.00hr

Lung Foundation - 5km/10km Run
When: Next Thursday 26th November
Start: 5:30pm
Where: start at Botanical Gardens
Cost: $25 individual $90 per team (teams of 4)

This is a fundraising event. BRS will sponsor $3 per individual entry and $10 per team entry.
If you wish to enter as a team of 4 ($22.50 each) please email by Monday 23rd November and we will organise an entry - and sponsor you $10.

Happy Running
Renae & Matt

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Cool Night Classic Wrap up

CONGRATULATIONS to our 22 BRS runners who took part in the Cool Night Classic event last Thursday 12th November.

22 of you braved the heat, narrow paths, and 2500 competitors to complete the 5.2km run in style!
The results are in and some great achievements considering the congestion.
A few special mentions on some extra GREAT results:
  • Michael Keetman took 1min off his 5km time trial result
  • Claire Lynch is going from strength to strength, smashing 3mins of her 5km time trial result
  • Matt Shepherd came in as our 2nd BRS runner, only 10secs behind Matt Lyne who was hot on his tail only getting him towards the finish.
Well done to Michelle W, Shelley Jensen, Cindy Yau, Michael Yau, Scott Gallen, Ben Yee, Sam Carpenter, Gail Terry, Peter Collins, Steve Galvin, Kathy Naylor, Lisa Smith, Michelle McDonald, Pip Griffith, Katrina F, Shelley Drew, Carla Ziser, Michelle Overs!

Thanks also to our support crew of Darrell and Kathy's family, including daughter Michaela!!

We look forward to updating on the success of our Mousdash 10.5km Cootha Runners, Scott, Kylie, Steve, and Col. Stay Tuned!

Happy Running
Renae and Matt

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Cool Night Classic Info

BRS Team entries are now closed for the Cool Night Classic Team event this Thursday 12th November. We have 18 BRS runners in total !! Go Team BRS!

Details as follows:

Race Start: 5:30pm
Warm-up commences : 5:15pm
Meeting Point: QUT side of Goodwill Games Bridge (where we started our 5km time trial and 1km sprints)
Arrive at meeting point between 5pm-5:15pm

I (Renae) will be there with your race packs including bib numbers and timing chips.
I am happy to mind your gear, but please keep it to a minimum as we have 18 competitors.

For more information on the course, check out the Cool Night Classic Website:

Both of us will be available on mobile if you need us before the start:
Renae: 0447 578 200 Matt: 0447 578 205.

Stretch up over the next couple of days and if you get a chance, go for a light run with some short 30sec sprints x 4 at the end of your run.

See you all there,

Happy Running
Renae & Matt

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


Weekend Successes
Another successful weekend for BRS! Darryl Giles our Marathon Man competed in the Auckland Marathon over the weekend. After a 3am wake-up, and a ferry trip to the start of the race, Darryl completed another personal milestone! Well done on your latest achievement!

Matt and Melissa also competed on the weekend sporting the new BRS Singlet for the 10km Noosa Triathlon Team Run. Both of them braved the rainy conditions to do some great times. Great work!

Upcoming Events
Cool Night Classic
The Cool Night Classic is fast approaching. We have 14 runners already enrolled in the 5.2km event next Thursday 12th November - if you are keen to join us, please ensure you get your entry details completed by this Friday 06th November. After that, the entry fee goes up to $35. Remember as mentioned in previous blogs, BRS will pay the entry fees as the Team system doesn't allow you to, and you can reimburse us at training. The details if you would like to run as a BRS member. Team Name: Brisbane Run Squad Team Password: brs

Hare and Hounds Trial Run
This looks like a great run and something a little bit different. TRAQ is offering a unique trail running event at Woodford, north of Caboolture, with a 5km, 10km fun run, and a 55km solo (hare) or 55km for teams of up to 4 (hounds). Check out the website, 10th January 2010

First order of uniforms are in and looking GREAT! Those of you who have not paid, could you please bring uniform money to the next session. If you wish to order a uniform please place your order with Matt on a Monday or Wednesday night - remembering there will be a 5week turnaround on uniform orders.

We have decided to keep the $5 membership fee discount until Sunday 08th November making the annual fee $25 instead of $30. So if you wish to join and receive discounts on uniforms and access to sponsors, please join up. The membership cards and welcome letters will be coming in the next 2 weeks.

Happy Running
Renae & Matt

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Weekend Wrap Up and other!

Weekend at Byron Bay
Bryon Bay definitely put on the weather for our first BRS group event. Minimal wind, 20 degrees, with the sun shining.
Twelve BRS Runner headed to NSW to run the Bryon Bay Lighthouse 10km Run. The first 10km run for many since the Bridge to Brisbane (B2B) - this event definitely stepped it up a gear. Up and down the hill to the lighthouse and a 2km run on the beach. All runners should be extremely happy with their results, with some great times being recorded.
Claire and Sam improved there times by several minutes from their B2B time and Shelley, Matt, Michael K, Kylie, Michael, Luke, Steve, and Alexandra all clocked in under an hour. After an early early 3:30am drive from Brisbane, Col had a great race and finished strong! Another 10km race down. WELL DONE BRS!

Cool Night Classic:
Thanks to those that have already registered under the BRS Team. If you haven't joined, please feel free to join the team (team name: brisbane run squad - password: brs). The 1st early bird finished last Friday, so it is now $25 until 06th November, then it goes up to $35. FYI: If you enter under BRS, it won't allow you to pay. I simply go in and accept your entries in bulk, pay the race fees and then you can fix me up at the next session.

Uniforms have arrived!!!
We will bring them to training this week, with payment details and receipts. They look GREAT!

Happy Running

Renae & Matt

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Races & Weekly update

Byron Lighthouse Race Day and Prep

*****Daylight savings has started. The race is due to start at 7am - remember this is 6am QLD time - when you arrive on Saturday, don't forget to turn your watches back 1 hr. ******

Info for Race Prep
The temp forecast for Sunday is 20-28 degrees. Between now and Saturday evening, ensure you keep yourselves well hydrated. I would suggest doing another run before Sunday. A 30-40min run on Friday with 5 x 30sec efforts with 1min rest in between. Stretch well on Saturday.

Info for Race Day
On the morning of the run please arrive at Denning Park, Bay Street on the Lighthouse Side of the Surf Club, Byron Bay, between 6 and 6.30. There is ample parking. You need to give yourself time to collect your tag and bib before the start of the run/walk. There will be a registrants table where you will be given your bib which you will put onto yourself with safety pins which will be provided. You will also get a timing tag which you will put onto your shoes. At 6.45 runners will gather at the start line where there will be a very short welcome prior to the run commencing. Walkers are to waitaway from the start line. Runners will commence first at 7am, followed by walkers at about 7.10.

If you are interested in a BRS dinner Saturday night and/or brunch Sunday, please let me know as I will book somewhere.

Also Matt and I will be contactable on our mobiles all weekend, please give us a call if you have any questions. Matt 0447 578 205 Renae 0447 578 200

This Week
2 great sessions this week, well done to everybody who came along - some solid endurance speed runs and a great cadence session.

See some of you this weekend, others see you Monday.

Happy running,

Renae & Matt

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Cool Night Classic - Team Registration

Further to the the blog on Sunday, the Cool Night Classic 5.2km run is coming up on Thursday 12th November.

I have registered a team. Here are the details if you would like to run as a BRS member.

Team Name: Brisbane Run Squad
Team Password: brs

Please choose your events wisely.
We are doing the Bryon Lighthouse 10km Run as a 'club' event on 25th October, 2009.
We would like to make this 5.2km run another club event, as it is central, a shorter distance, and well organised.
There are 2 more events on the weekend after the Cool Night Classic, the Skirt Chaser on Saturday 14th November and Mousdash on Sunday 15th November. Of course you are welcome to do either of these, however BRS training will not be tailored for these events, especially the Mousdash Cootha run. I am happy to help you out with advice if you are planning to do Moustash.

Happy Training
Renae & Matt

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Uniforms -Have a look

BRS Singlet Top
$50.00 (Members)
$55.00 (Non-Members)

BRS T-Shirt

We finally have the proofs of the new BRS uniforms. Hope everyone likes them.
Both the singlet and the t-shirt have our custom BRS Logo and are made from Champion Systems exclusive Tech Fabric incorporation microfibre and polyester wicking material. They are designed for cool, warm and hot/humid conditions while offering superior comfort. They also look really cool!
We are taking orders now and want to get an order sent off asap so anyone who is competing soon can be wearing the BRS colours. There are also hats, but, I dont have a proof and dont know the price, sorry.
Size Chart:
Mens Tops
Chest(Inches) 38 40 42 44 46 48 51
Womens Tops
Chest(Inches) 30 32 34 36-38 40 42
I will bring a print out of the proofs to training tonight and hopefully will be able to take some orders.
See ya soon

Upcoming 5km Brissy races

There are a few great shorter events coming up. Here are the details:

5.2km PricewaterhouseCoopers Cool Night Classic
Thursday 12th November, 2009
5:30pm Run Start
We can enter as a team for the event, so let me know if you are interested in joining the BRS team by emailing

5km Skirt Chaser
Saturday 14th November, 2009
5pm Run Start
Botanical Gardens (there are some details still to be finalised)
This looks like an interesting race and the first time done in Australia. Females start first, following by males 3minutes later, then an afterparty.

Remember these 2 events are only 2 days apart, so choose wisely.
I would treat the PWC run as a competitive event to test out your running fitness, and the skirt chaser as just a little bit of fun and something different!

Thanks to Matt Shepherd for letting us know about these events.

See you soon, Happy Running

Renae & Matt

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

1st BRS Time Trial

Great to see so many new faces on Monday night and even better seeing you back on Wednesday. Monday saw our first BRS time trial, with some fantastic results. The results have been uploaded onto the BRS website. Special mention to Claire Lynch who has taken over 4 minutes of her 5km PB, well done! Steve Galvin also had a great night, clocking under 25mins for the 5km. We all have a benchmark now, so we look forward to seeing improvements over the next few months.

It looks like we have over 10 members keen to join us at Byron Bay for the lighthouse run - only 17 days to go. Don't forget to put your entry in.

Some of you have been asking what you should do on your 3rd run for the week - due to the intensity of our sessions on Monday and Wednesday nights, I would recommend a slow aerobic run on the Friday or the weekend of 40-50mins and plenty of stretching.

Happy running!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Weekly & Lighthouse Run Update

This Week:
Happy to update that this week at BRS has been GREAT. Monday saw big numbers, with lots of new faces and lots of hills conquered! Wednesday was a tough run, we covered over 7km with a mixture of hills, sprints, and aerobic running. Lots of smiles at the end with individual achievements during the session! Well earned lollies and drinks to follow! We look forward to seeing new faces coming back for more!

Member Goals:
Darrell Giles a dedicated member of BRS is currently training for the Auckland Marathon - with only 30 days to go! The last few weeks he has pounded the pavements totally 100km of running per week! Keep up the great work Darrell!

Best of luck to BRS member Matt Cooper for his first 1/2 ironman this Sunday at the Gold Coast.

Byron Lighthouse Run Update:
Many of you mentioned this week that you are keen to participate in the Byron Bay Lighthouse Run on Sunday 25th October. entry before 24th October is $40. Remember there is a 8km and a 10km option.
There are a few accommodation options still available for Saturday night- such as:
Byron Sunseekers Motel ($180)
Ruskin House ($150)
Bryron Bay Forest Resort ($160)
Atlantic Guesthouse ($155) - Matt and I have booked this option.

If anyone is looking to share accommodation, please email and
we will get a list of people together and put you in contact with each other.

See you all soon! Happy Running

Renae & Matt

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Better Get In Quick

Great to see good numbers at training again this week, despite the dust and wind! Well done on a tough session tonight.

Just to let you know, early bird entries for Byron Lighthouse 10km run, 8km walk close this Friday 25th September, $30.

I know a few of you are keen to participate in the race and are looking to share accommodation.
If you email us at we can get a list of people together and put you in contact with each other.

We know there are a few issues with the website, that we are working on fixing at the moment. Thanks for your feedback on this.

Happy running, see you all soon,

Renae & Matt

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Our Next Goal

We all need goals, especially when it comes to health and fitness - goals keep us motivated and on track.

There are a few races coming up in the next few months, such as the 5km run at the Palm Beach Festival (11th October), Byron Lighthouse Run 10km (25th October), and the Mousdash 10.5km Cootha Run (15th Nov - perfect for those guys looking for an excuse to grow a mo!). See BRS home for more info.

You need to have personal goals, but as a club, the next race BRS will be aiming and training for is the Bryron Lighthouse Run (10km run, 8km walk). This means we will tailor training over the next 5 weeks to achieving that goal. Matt and I will be attending and participating in the event, and we would love to see many of you there participating also. Early bird entry of $30 applies until the 25th of September. The race starts at 7am, as Bryon is a 2-2.5hr drive, I would recommend getting accommodation for the night of the 24th.

Renae & Matt


Great to see familiar and new faces joining us over the last 3 sessions.
As from next Monday 21st September, we will be back to regular sessions, every Monday and Wednesday evenings, 6pm-7pm from the Ship Inn, Southbank. Matt and I look forward to seeing you there!

Thanks heaps for your words of support before the World Triathlon Championships, which were held on the Gold Coast last Saturday, 12th Sept. It was such an honour to wear the green and gold. The atmosphere was amazing, competition tough, cheering overwelming, and overall the whole experience was one to remember. Some of you asked for an update on how I went - I had a great race, doing a personal best in the ride and run, and coming 24th overall.

Now the event is over, I look forward to sinking my teeth into BRS and working with you to achieve some great running results and reaching your fitness goals!


Sunday, September 6, 2009

Our first Run

What a great turn out!!

Our first run with Brisbane Run Squad was on Thursday night 3rd of September. I admit I was a little nervous to find out just how many people would show up, but that was quickly alleviated when person after person kept walking around the corner heading straight for us. Numbers were pretty good, until, we found out that quite a few people were around the other side of The Ship Inn waiting there. After we rounded them up out total numbers were 30!!!

It is very exciting to get such a great response, thanks to everyone who turned up. We can really only go up from here. So, if you didn't make it on Thursday we hope to see you tonight (Monday) for some interval training. Don't be scared it won't hurt--MUCH!

Oh, and don't forget to tell your friends.

Remember: pain is just weakness leaving the body!