Weekly newsletter – 25 April 2016



Wishing our Viking members all the best as they compete at Ironman Australia and taking place concurrently this year is IRONMAN 70.3 in Port Macquarie on Sunday 1 May. Established in 1985, IRONMAN Australia remains an iconic global event – taking place in Port Macquarie, New South Wales – four hours north of Sydney. From the swim course in Hastings River to the bike course along the Pacific Ocean and run course in the heart of Port Macquarie, the event is a race that competitors come back to year after year. Competing in the Ironman is Susan Quan Wing – 978,  Andrew Simpfendorfer 122, Phil Corlis 502, Peter Turner 1333, Steve Hough 1355 and in the 70.3 is Catherine Fullford -2698 and Rod Harrod – 2721.

It’s always fun tracking the progress of our competitors on the Live Tracker, which won’t be available till race day! Ironman Australia website.


Congratulations to Jason Roberts and all the other Vikings who competed in the Xterra Asia Pacific Championship held at the beach side town of Callala Beach, on pristine Jervis Bay, New South Wales. Perfect weather and some great results.


Thanks goes to Rod Harrod for organizing this years traditional Vikings Anzac Day social ride into Civic. What a great turn out and we were lucky to have the most amazing weather and only a few flats. The Coffee and food at Dobbinsons was also worth the ride.

MegaSwim time! 30 April–1 May 2016

Wishing Vikings swimming in the MS MegaSwim a fun time!

It’s MegaSwim time again to raise money for the MS research and support. Vikings triathlon has had a long involvement with the Canberra MegaSwim through Acton Building, which enters a team each year.
Acton Building is seeking Vikings Triathlon members for this year’s MegaSwim on 30 April–1 May 2016 at the AIS pool. The MegaSwim goes for 24 hours and each team needs to have a swimmer in the pool for this whole time.

Here is the link to join: http://www.msmegaswim.org.au/index.cfm?fuseaction=register.start&eventID=506&teamID=5103. It costs $45 (you can also do some fundraising if you want). Once you join, Acton Building will be in touch about when and how long you can swim (usually organised in 30 minute slots between 12 pm Saturday and 12 pm Sunday).

Hope to see you.

Sri Chinmoy Canberra Trail Run Series

The Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team is delighted to announce the Sri Chinmoy Canberra Trail Run Series. With some of the best trails of any city anywhere, we felt it was time to dedicate a Winter series to one of our greatest joys – running in the bush around Canberra.

Race 1: 29 May “Cotter Canter” 5km & 10km
Race 2: 26 June “Tuggeranong Trot” 8km & 20km
Race 3: 17 July “Gungahlin Gallop” 10km & 30km

The Series will explore trails on the fringe of Canberra – west, south and north. With shorter and longer distance options at each event, and distances increasing with each race, the Series is the perfect introduction to Trail Running and ideal preparation for the Sri Chinmoy Canberra Trail Ultra in September.


All Club Training Information is on our website, for up to date club training – coached and un-coached sessions.


This Sunday being the 1 May is the 1st Sunday of the month the run is at Mt Ainslie -meet in the car park at the back of the War Memorial Treloar Crescent, Campbell.



May 29Sri Chinmoy Canberra Trail Run Series – Cotter Canter

June 13Sri Chimnoy Half Marathon – Telopea Park

June 17 – Triathlon ACT Annual Awards – CSCC Woden

June 26Sri Chinmoy Canberra Trail Run Series – Tuggeranong Trot

July 17Sri Chinmoy Canberra Trail Run Series – Gungahlin Gallop

Tuggeranong parkrun – by Scott Marshall

Results for parkrunday 23 April – Vikings were at all three Canberra parkruns and one in Traralgon in Victoria. It was a cool start, by the end of the run the sun started warming things up for yet another beautiful autumn morning.

Of the 11 Vikings at Tuggeranong, 2 PB’s were achieved. Robert in just over 20 minutes, and Tanya with her 8th PB edging closer to the 30 minute mark. For those who like to rub shoulders with the stars, professional triathlete Michelle Wu was a first timer at Tuggeranong parkrun, knocking out a fine 18.34. Although not a Viking, with Michelle’s triathlon cred she is definitely worth a mention in the newsletter!

At Ginninderra Scott and Gavin both enjoyed their parkwalks and birthday cake to celebrate Gindy’s 4th birthday, with Scott achieving a PW! Breanna and Talon both had strong runs in Gungahlin.

Sue was a first timer at Traralgon also enjoying her first time as a parkrun tourist. Being a tourist must have agreed with her, she ran her fastest ever parkrun, and to top it off was mentioned in the Traralgon parkrun run report.

A fortnight ago the Stoke Gifford Parish Council became the first in the world to impose a charge on parkrun for the use of its grounds. The parkrun community went into a bit of frenzy in support of Little Stoke parkrun. One of the parkrun core principles is Weekly, Timed and Free Forever. Maybe the council is not aware that parkrun is free for every one of all abilities, it is run by unpaid volunteers. parkrun has had a positive effect on thousands of people in 12 countries (so far), encouraging them to get active. parkrun HQ are in consultation with the council to sort this out and to ensure Little Stoke parkrun remains free like every one of the 800+ parkruns worldwide. If you ever head over to Bristol and want to run at Little Stoke parkrun, it should be east to find, head to Bristol and look for the signs to the Rolls Royce factory, it is straight across the road.

All this week’s Tuggeranong results are on the parkrun website.

Tuggeranong parkrun event #165, 286 parkrunners
17 Robert HURMAN, 21 Scott NIELSEN, 37 Humphrey JAMES, 51 Tony MCCORMACK, 93 Jeffery MARTIN, 131 Alison HALE, 157 Tanya ALSTON, 158 Rebecca CODY, 173 Luke LOWES, 184 Elouise O’TOOLE, 185 Fiona JOHNSTONE

Ginninderra parkrun event #208, 249 parkrunners
231 Scott MARSHALL, 233 Gavin MCINTYRE

Gungahlin parkrun event #132, 189 parkrunners
65 Talon CASS-DUNBAR, 83 Breanna GASSON

Traralgon parkrun event #57, 182 parkrunners
55 Suzanne WIRKEN

Don’t forget your barcode #dfyb.

Volunteers are important for the parkrun to go smoothly. If you are having a rest day or have time please consider volunteering.

Vikings Triathlon Club is the largest club on the Tuggeranong parkrun list with 133 parkrunners! Club list. You can view all our members who have done the parkrun on their website. Vikings Club history. To have your name added to our list above, go to the details page on the parkrun and add your club.

The parkrun is free – yep, it costs nothing! It is aimed at all types of runners and walkers, from juniors and first timers to Olympians and nonagenarians. Please register before your first run, and you only ever register with parkrun once. Then remember to take a printed copy of your barcode to any of the more than 150 Australian, or more than 800 parkruns worldwide.

Motivational quote No 15


How do you find motivation to exercise when you just don’t feel like getting off your butt? I ask myself this question every now and then, a little more lately with the onset of the colder weather and not setting any or even some little goals to keep me motivated, and I have the feeling I’m not the only one!

One of the best ways to keep training over the colder months is to keep it fun and get a training buddy or two, together we can keep motivated. Keep up the good work and see you out there.


Karen and DJ.