Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Saturday Run 29th October

Saturday Run: New Farm Park 6:30am
Due to the Noosa Triathlon being held this Sunday 30th, Renae and I and other BRSers will be in Noosa living it up on over the weekend.

Many of you mentioned you would still like meet and run with your preferred location being NewFarm....so

Where: New Farm Park Rotunda
When: 6:30am
What: Long Run

Happy Running
Renae and Matt

P.S. Good luck to everyone competing in the triathlon!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Coming UP...Cool Night Classic & Mousdash!

Two fabulous events in one week!!
See the best brisbane has to offer with a Thursday evening 5km run around Southbank and the Botanical Gardens, followed up on Sunday with a run up and around Mt Cootha!

2011 Cool Night Classic - Thursday 10 November
A great course and post event festivities and entertainment!

When: Thursday 10 November
Distance: 5km
Start time: 5.15pm
Course: Starting at the Riverstage entrants will travel through the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens, over the Goodwill Bridge turning left onto Dock St and continuing along Lower River Tce. Runners will then turn at Count White Park to come back on the bikeway and over the Goodwill Bridge and back to the Riverstage. Each kilometre will be marked out the course with aid stations located at approximately 1km, 2.5km, 3.5km & 4.5km marks.

Enter: We don't have a team for this one as their are no discount involved, simply enter as an individual

Cost: Register and pay by 4th November - Only $25 - then up to $35

Mousdash Mt Cootha 13th November
a challenging run for a great cause! The Nova 106.9 Mousdash is your chance to play an active part in the fight against men's health issues, specifically prostate cancer and depression in men.

Date: 13th November
Distance: The 10.5km Mousdash Run or 5km to Summit and back
The Solo: put the blinkers on and conquer Mt Coot-tha as a solo competitor - prizes up for grabs in every age category
The Threesome: your team of three starts together, runs together and crosses the line together - you're only as fast as your slowest runner!
Start Time: 6:30am
Course: you'll have the chance to conquer an iconic Brisbane landmark - Mt Coot-tha

http://www.weekendwarriorevents.com.au/our-events/the-mousdash/enter-split-menu.html: - prizes for the biggest team, please put Brisbane Run Squad in Team Name on entry form.
Cost: $40

The Run for Ronald McDonald House is on Sunday 13th November.
A 10km Charity Run at Broadbeach. More Information

As the year comes to an end, 3 fantastic events to get involved in and keep you motivated.

Happy Running
Renae & Matt

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Saturday Session

This week, we will be leaving from our sponsors shop Active Stide at Southbank:

Date: 21 October, 2011
Time: 6:30am-8am
Where: Meet Active Stride Southbank - 184 Grey Street
What: loop course - options include 15, 12, 8, 6km.

Followed by Coffee at Poppy's Basket at Southbank - about 300m from Active Stride.
Great coffee and food!!
If you aren't coming for the run....join us for breakfast!

You can park on Grey Street, however parking meters work 7am-7pm.

You can park in Dock Street - for free and walk over - 5-10min walk.

Southbank Parking as an Early Morning Breakfast Special
$2 Monday - Sunday
Enter after 5am and exit before 9am
See www.visitsouthbank.com.au/parking

I will try to ensure I get a park out the front, so that everybody can leave their gear in my car.

See you there!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Byron Bay Wrap UP & Xmas Party Details

Byron Bay Lighthouse Run
Often quoted as the most scenic run in Australia, this event continues to deliver.
After a rainy, windy Saturday, the weather on Sunday morning was nothing but perfect!!

This was the 3rd year BRS has participated in this run. This year we had 5 veterans, and 8 newbies to the run. With a new course that included plenty more beach running, we were all keen to get out there and give it a go!

Everybody finished raving about how fun it was..yes beach running can be fun when you do it with others, have a fabulous view and sensational weather. The climb to the lighthouse is always challenging but, the view is worth the effort.

Our 10km finishes included: Matt C, Melissa F, Steve G, BRS Man, Natalie, Sally, Irene, Wendy, Michele W, Janet, Sean, Sue, Sam. Simone walked with friends to complete the 7km scenic walk.
congratulations to everybody in particular Matt C who came 3rd overall and 1st in his age group!!

Another successful Byron Bay expedition!!

Xmas & BRS Birthday Party - Saturday 3rd December

After releasing the date saver a month ago....we have final details for the event

What: A combo party to celebrate a) BRS turning 2 (offically 2 in September), b) Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!
When: Saturday 3rd December, 2011
Time: 6pm til late
Where: The Heritage Room, The Storey Bridge Hotel
Cost: $50 incl. venue hire, canapes, noodle box, & dessert - cash bar will be available

Theme: A rubik's cube party
come dressed in one of the colours on the traditional cube, WHITE, RED, BLUE, ORANGE, GREEN, or YELLOW
If you are keen to play....team your outfit colour with cheap accessories of other colours - e.g. sweat/head bands, scarves, badges, bangles, hats
1. By the end of the night, you have to be full head to toe in 1 colour by swapping accessories with each other.
2. By the end of the night, form a team of six, 1 of each colour head to toe (remember no prior organising of teams is allowed)

Prizes (great prizes provided by our sponsors)
1. Best dressed head to toe colour
2. Best dressed Team at the end!

RSVP: by Friday 25th November with numbers and any dietary preferences

Note: Under 18s are allowed in the venue until 10pm

a wonderful time to celebrate the achievements of all BRSers over the last 12months!

Happy Running
Renae & Matt

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Cook Islands Wrap up & MORE!!

Cook Islands Wrap up

After many months of planning, organisation and plenty of training, 14 BRSers made their way to the Cook Islands for the 34th Rarotonga Running Festival. 4 running events in 6 days.

Our time on the Cook Islands was never dull and full of adventure:

  • 1 x food poisoning

  • 1 x scooter crash

  • 1 x fish bite

  • 1 x heat stroke

  • 2 x angle sprains

  • ?? x hangovers!

Event 1 = Round Raro Road Race
Saturday started early for our 31km runners, 4:30am on the bus & a 5:30am kick off. with 32degree heat, we were grateful for the early start.
31km Contenders = Matt C, Melissa F, Renae, Natalie, Irene, Michael K, Darren H, Michele W
10km Contenders = Janet, Wendy C, Steve G, Shelley J, Barry, Simone

For the 31km runners, it meant an entire lap of the island, being cheered on by locals and tourists. The 10km runners started at the 21km mark, making their way through town to the finish line.

BRS had some outstanding results:
FIRST MALE = our Matt C, the first Australian ever to win the mens 31km! making front page of the Cook Islands Sunday paper!
FIRST FEMALE = our Renae J, first female, and 9th overall
THIRD FEMALE = our Melissa F put in a hard final 10km to sneak into 3rd by 2mins!

Steve G finished top 10 in the 10km, with only 4 hours sleep after arriving to Raro early that morning!

What an event!! Everyone finished making it through the hot, humid conditions to sprint across the line - to be greeted with a medal and fresh coconut juice! perfect recovery food!

Event 2 = Hash House Harriers
With the theme - 'the louder the better' BRSers went all out with their 80s attire....plenty of fluro, many a sweatband, high cut shorts and eye make-up that would make any drag queen jealous. A fun 4km event, through the streets, beach, people's yards, and finishing with a cracking BBQ and beers!

Event 3 = Round the Rock Relay
BRS entered 2 teams of 6 people, with Barry as our driver. We all ran 5km in the hot afternoon sun, trying desperately to beat the Kiwi team - our well known rivals! This was by far the most fun event. The roads were full of convoys of Utes, packed with school kids sprinting 1km barefoot or in socks before swapping with their mates. Cook Islanders of all ages were out and giving it a go! (oh and no we didn't beat the Kiwis, sorry!)

Event 4 = The Nutters Cross Island 8.9km
We soon find out why it is called the 'nutters' event. It was clearly not a run as we all scrambled up the mountain, grabbed onto ropes for support, jumped creek crossings, and navigating the myriad of tree roots! It was well worth the hike for the amazing view! Well done to all that completed it a true achievement!

BRS certainly made an impact in this international event on the tiny pacific island - even some requests for autographs!

Besides the running, there was heaps of snorkeling, cruising around the island, learning island dancing and drum playing, testing out restaurants & cafes, and plenty of laughs!

Our first international trip was a roaring success and I can't wait for the next one. A big THANKS for Michelle and Darren from http://www.live4therun.com/ for organising our travel and so much more!!! Everything went so smoothly and we could not have done it without you!

If you have any ideas, or suggestions for our next international event, let me know! Bring it on!!!

Our Next BRS Event: Byron Bay Lighthouse Run

When: Sunday 16th October 7am
Where: Surf Club Byron Bay
What: 10km run or 8km walk

13 BRSers have entered to tackle the 'most scenic run in Australia' the Byron Bay Lighthouse Run. This will be our 3rd time we have participated in this event, it is one of the most fun, challenging, and diverse runs on the calendar.

It is not too late to enter as an individual http://www.byronrun.com/ however, our BRS team entry has closed.

Saturday Session
Start: New Farm Park Rotunda
Time: 6:30am - 1-1.5hours
What: 13km river loop or an out and back

The Jan Power markets are on this weekend too, so plenty of options for a coffee/treat post run!

See you there

Happy Running
Renae & Matt