SATURDAY RUN – 25 May

MEET: 7.30am – Telopea Park Car Park (east side of park, near intersection of Telopea Park Road East and Gosse Street)

RUN: Telopea Park and East Basin (via Wetlands) – Circuit around East Basin of Lake Burley Griffin (10.1km)

BREAKFAST: Gryphons Café, 16 Barker Street, Griffith Shops

  • From Telopea Park head north east towards the lake, passing Bowen Park, and turn right through the Kingston Foreshore along Eastlake Parade then turning left onto Eyre Street.
  • Towards the end of Eyre St take a dirt path on the left into the wetlands.
  • Follow this path around the wetlands arriving at a carpark. Cross the carpark and continue on bike path parallel to the old Dairy Flat Road.
  • Cross the Molonglo River and veer left onto bike path running along the north bank of the river.
  • Follow this until King’s Avenue Bridge, run under the bridge and loop back up and right onto the bridge and cross the lake.
  • Veer right after crossing bridge, take the underpass back to lake edge.
  • Turn right and follow lake back to Bowen Park, turn right, cross Wentworth Avenue and back to Telopea Park

SATURDAY RUN – 18 May

Meet: 7.30am, Chifley Shops, Eggleston Crescent, Chifley

Run: Mount Taylor Loop (8 to 10km)

Breakfast: A Bite to Eat, 8 Chifley Pl, Chifley

  • Follow footpath under Eggleston Cres and take bike path on right, along Waldock
  • At the top of hill, turn left and pick fire trail heading south around Mt Taylor in clockwise direction (approx. 8km)
  • For a longer run, head down to Athllon Drive and back, then do the return loop around Mt Taylor.
  • Alternatively, on return to outbound trail, re-trace run back to start (10.3km incl Athllon Drive extension, hilly – slightly less (10km) if do an out and back to Athllon Drive but less hilly).

SATURDAY RUN – 11 May

MEET: 7.30am Debacle, 24 Lonsdale Street, Braddon (best parking off Girrahween Street near Mandalay bus)

RUN: O’Conner Ridge to Belconnen (Out and back along the bike path through O’Connor and over O’Connor Ridge to Hayden Drive)

BREAKFAST: Debacle, 24 Lonsdale Street, Braddon

Run details:

  • Head north to Haig Park and follow footpath to cross Northbourne  Ave at lights (look out for trams!).
  • Cross Northborne Avenue and pick up dirt path through Haig Park to meet the bike path. Turn right onto bike path.
  • Continue on this path. At Macarthur Street, where there is a white bridge over the drain, turn left and pass a school and church on the left.
  • Cross Hovea St and pass scout hall on left, cross Miller St and cross Dryandra Street turning left along the bike path.
  • Continue up the hill and veer left before tunnel.
  • Gunghalin Drive is on your right.
  • Go under tunnel and follow path to Hayden Drive turning to retrace steps (13.2km).
  • For a longer run continue across Hayden Drive and follow the bike path down to Eastern Valley Way

FITFlash Shout Outs – April

Another big month for FIT members and some worthy nominations for shout-outs.

• To all the women who competed in the Australian Running Festival, whether as a first-timer or a seasoned runner, whatever distance you chose to run, well done!

• To all the volunteers who coached the ARF team, thank you for your time and dedication. Thank you also to the volunteers who supported the runners over the weekend – there’s nothing quite like the sight of FIT supporters out on the course.

• To the organisers of the ANZAC Day ride, thank you very much for the company, cycle, BBQ & clothing pool! It was fantastic & as usual the FIT organisers and volunteers were amazing.

• To Andrea McDonald who has been a quiet achiever for FIT for 10 years or more. Andrea has volunteered for and run the WAG-Tri (women’s and girl’s triathlon) when FIT was running this event. Andrea has been on the FIT Committee for a number of years and is the current Membership Officer for the second year, and has done an amazing job in this role. She also managed the FIT OutFit role for several years. Andrea supports FIT members at nearly every event FIT members participate in, from helping coach Rookie Runners to flying to Paris to support FIT members who were running the Paris marathon.
In 2015 Andrea ran her first marathon in her 70th year – an amazing feat!
Andrea can often be seen staying back with new runners, walkers or cyclists to support them and also is one of the first coach/helpers to put up their hand to assist with the WTTP (women’s triathlon training program), with the running and cycling programs. Andrea was one of the first water running coaches for FIT, and continues to support the current water running coaches.
Andrea supports Lindy Hou (our vision impaired FIT members) by driving her to FIT running and other events that Lindy needs to get to. All in all, Andrea is an outstanding FIT volunteer who is deserving of recognition acknowledgement.

• To Polly Templeton for her courage, determination and positive attitude in successfully returning to and completing a standard distance triathlon some two years after a serious cycling accident.
On 14 April, Polly completed the Standard Distance Triathlon in Wollongong in 3 hours 10 minutes. This achievement followed a long recovery from her cycling accident in January 2017 whilst on a FIT cycling ride. After the accident which put her in hospital and required an extended recovery, Polly needed to regain her fitness and strength and her neck muscle strength in particular. Initially, even getting on a bike was not possible, so any triathlon training was a significant achievement.
During the past two years, Polly returned to work, continued as Treasurer of Triathlon ACT and was a frequent triathlon volunteer, supporter and eventual competitor. This included travel to the ITU World Championships at the Gold Coast in September 2018, where Polly enthusiastically cheered the FIT participants on.

SATURDAY RUN – 4 May

MEET: 7.30am – Athlon Drive heading south. Just past the last houses in Farrer, turn left at dirt road to small car park (Image).

RUN: Farrer to Isaacs Ridge (12.5km) – Out and back hilly run along the back of the houses in Farrer to Isaacs Pine Forest

BREAKFAST: No. 10 Restaurant – Abode Hotel, 10 Bowes Street, Philip

RUN DETAILS:

  • Head over animal barrier and follow dirt trail behind the houses.
  • Head up hill to water reservoir and keep to main trail.
  • Once leaving bush and near Yamba Drive take a sharp right and go under Yamba Drive and veer left.
  • Stay on the fire trail through the Isaacs pine plantation; the plantation finishes and houses of Isaacs are on your left.
  • Turn and retrace steps once you reach the end of the houses of Isaacs