Saturday, November 27, 2010

5 Km Timetrial

Congratulations to all who completed the 5km time trial on Wednesday night 24th Nov 2010. Amazingly, everyone acheived a PB (with the exception of a few who have not been able to train for ages). There were some massive PB's with some taking as much as 5 min's off!

Bag Winners
Winners of a Mizuno draw string bag were chosen from:
a. Run time closest to a predicted time or,
b. If no predicted time given, closest to current PB time.

And the winners are.............................................

Katrina F: not only did she predict a time 4min 35 sec faster than her PB. She came in only 16sec off her prediction.
Claire L: with no predicted time she came in only 3 sec off her previous PB
Steve G: no predicted time, came in only 34 sec off his previous PB
Kris R: Being his first timetrial, he was only 34 sec off his predicted time
Geoff O: only first timetrial also, Geoff was 70 sec off his predicted time

Special mention to Matt C, he was only 1 min off his predicted time and went 5 sec faster than his previous PB. Considering his time over the 5 km was 17min 40sec, we are going to throw a bag his way also.

Well done to all. We are going to do a 5km timetrial every 2 months from now on instead of 3 months. This will help us as coaches to track your progress more closely and you as athletes to track your progress more accurately.

Happy Running
Renae & Matt

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Have Your Say Action Plan Part 1

Action Plan Part 1:

Based on the Have Your Say Survey results, we are preparing to make the following improvements to Brisbane Run Squad, commencing this Saturday:

1. Extra Sessions
Introducing an extra session on Saturday mornings. This will start fortnightly and move to weekly if they prove popular.

2. Type of Extra Session
With Core, Off-Road, and Long Runs proving to be the most wanted, we will rotate the fortnightly sessions between these and even do combo sessions (a run and core in a session together).

3. Session Locations
Many of you wanted alternative locations, so we will endevour to mix it up!

Sessions will be roughly 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month. All fortnightly session details will be added to the calendar 2-3 weeks in advance, so keep an eye out.

When: This Saturday 20 November 2010

Where: Slaughter Falls Car Park, Mt Cootha
meet near the public toilets on Sir Samuel Griffith Drive, 1st left after Birdwood Terrace,Mt+Cootha&sll=-27.474923,152.965908&sspn=0.028404,0.082912&ie=UTF8&hq=34+Sir+Samuel+Griffith+Drive,Mt+Cootha&hnear=&ll=-27.471991,152.974234&spn=0.007101,0.020728&z=16

Cost: $6 members, $8 non-members
* all abilities welcome, beginners please join us for a modified version

Time: 7am kick off for 80mins run (1hr 20mins)

Action Plan 2 addressing camps/national/international events coming soon

Happy Running

Renae & Matt (p.s. don't forget to RSVP for the xmas party!)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Mousdash Wrap UP & End of Year Party

MOUSDASH 10.5 Mt Cootha Run - Last Sunday

Last Sunday saw Brisbane Run Squad members put all that tough hill training to perfect use as they climbed up and down one of Brisbane's most well known land marks - Mt Cootha.

BRS Man made another appearance - and with a full length lycra suit in close to 100% humidity, BRS man did well encouraging our runners and participants in general (sorry we are unable to reveal his identity).

Scotty, Steve, Peter C, Stacey, Robyn, Emma, Katrina, and Jody all powered to the top of the Mt Cootha Summit (2.5km up), then over undulating terrain for 5.5 km, then 2.5 of hard down hill before going up and then finally down towards the finish line. The toughest run on the BRS calendar and all finshed in style!

Brisbane Run Squad End of Year & Col's Moving to Sydney Party

We can finally reveal the location and the oodles of fun ahead for the 2nd BRS end of year party.

This year we sadly are also using this party as an opportunity to say Good Luck and best wishes for our much loved member, Col Neate - who is moving the Sydney.

When: Saturday 4 December 2010

A LAWN Party
Time: 3:30pm - 5:30pm
with Putt Putt Pool & Croquet! With Croquet on the verge of its greatest come back - we have decided to set the trend and get all our members into this latest craze! Putt Putt Pool is for those of you who enjoy golf, but have a bad swing, and those who enjoy snooker, but have longed to do it outside! - even better, you can do both together!!!!!!

Where: Captain Burke Park (under the Story Bridge) - we will have a marque, please BYO chair if required. There is a playground there also if you would like to bring your kids.

Cost: $25 per head ($5 for children under 12) - includes games, the venue, afternoon nibbles, and softdrinks. BYO any other drinks/alcohol.


What: Dinner, drinks and continue the party!


Time: 6pm - late
Cost: own expense
RSVP and Payment: by Monday 29 November, 2010
email your rsvp to for payment details or accept FACEBOOK invitation and we will email you the payment details.

UP FOR GRABS FOR THE CROQUET CHAMPION - A Story Bridge Climb voucher better get practicing!


Happy Running
Renae & Matt

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Results - Our First Member Survey THANKS!

The results are in!!!
Thanks to the 30 BRS Members who completed the first Brisbane Run Squad 'Have Your Say' Survey.
We asked members for their feedback on
- Sessions Format
- Coaching Styles
- Interest in extra sessions, national/international events, and training camps
1. Extra Sessions
20 of you said YES to an extra session, and 9 said MAYBE & and the most wanted time was SATURDAY AM!
2. Extra Session Type
WOW, some interesting results - sounds like you are keen to 'mix' it up. Core was the most chosen (20), followed by Long Run (17), and 15 for Off-road.
You also told us you would like alternative session locations.
3. Training Camps and National/International Events
Over 15 of you said you would be interested in a running camp, and lots of you sat on the fence with a maybe!
Over 10 of you also said you would be interested in organised national or international events!
Great responses and thanks also for the improvement suggestions and comments.
Your responses have provided us with direction for the squad and how we can make it even better!
Stay tuned for our ACTION plan to address your feedback.
Happy Running
Renae & Matt

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Cool Night Classic Wrap UP

A GREAT turn out from BRS for the famous 5.2km PriceWaterHouseCoopers Cool Night Classic last Thursday evening.

30 BRS runners participated in the event and BRS man was also back for a guest appearance

The rain held off as over 4000 people ran around the banks of the Brisbane River! With that many people it was certainly a fun run, with all BRSers doing great times, finishing strongly.

Great live entertainment and well deserved beverages to finish!

Happy Running
Renae & Matt

Monday, November 1, 2010

Weekend Wrap Up & Cool Night Classic Update

Weekend Wrap up

Byron Bay 10km Lighthouse, what a RUN! We had over twenty runners participating in the tough scenic event with 2km up hill and 2km on the beach, one of the tougher runs on our BRS event calendar.
With a yummy pasta and pizza meal the night before (and a few beers & wine), a sleepless night with all the Haloween Parties, our runners were up early raring to go!
A BIG CONGRATULATIONS to all who participated:
Matt S, Ben Y, BRS Man, Steve G, Sam C, Katrina F, Deanne B, Irene B, Janet J, Claire C, Anita S, Shelli J, Claire J, Elizabeth, Michael K, Mel F, Kathy N, Sean, Paul, Col N!
Great Race Times and a Great weekend!
Noosa Triathlon
Well done to all of our BRSers who participated in the Noosa Triathlon last weekend.
Matt and Melissa teamed up with cyclists and both completed the swim and run with great times! Michelle M another Triathlon under her belt, has she found her passion again? Geoff was also an enthusiastic competitor over the weekend, we look forward to your debrief!
Darrell G completed his first Olympic Distance Triathlon - after all those nerves, Darrell had nothing to worry about! Good stuff and we hope to see you out there again!
What a SPORT Weekend, love it!
Cool Night Classic - This Thursday 4 November
The annual PricewaterhouseCoopers Cool Night Classic 5.2km event is this Thursday 4 November.
We have 30 BRS Runners participating, so it is bound to be a GREAT night.
Meeting Time: Matt will be there from 4:45pm
Meeting point: QUT side of Goodwill Games Bridge
Race Start Time: 5:30pm
Race Packs:
If you entered before Friday 29th October, we will pick your race pack up as Team Captain for the BRS Team. If you entered under BRS after 29th October, you will need to collect your race pack yourself.
Remember there is entertainment with drinks and food for purchasing afterwards!
Can't wait
See you all there
Renae & Matt