SRC E-news Dec 21 Christmas edition

On behalf of the Shepparton Runners Club, I would like to wish all our members, families and friends a Merry Christmas and a happy and safe new year.

I’d just like to add that this will be your last weekly newsletter for a few weeks. I anticipate the next newsletter will be sent out on Friday, January 11. To stay up to date on club news over the next few weeks continue to check the SRC Facebook page Shepparton Runners Club inc & Shepparton Runners Club . Or come to our Tuesday sessions and Chris will update you.

Club News

No training Tuesday for Christmas Day or New Year’s Day. Regular Thursday training on December 27th and January 3rd

3000m Results from December 18th

Thanks everyone for coming along and participating, we had a number of late withdrawals but still ended up with 50 participants which was a great result. A big thank you to all of our volunteers on the night who helped with timekeeping, results, lap counting, set up, clean up, photos and videos, we are very blessed to have so many members who are keen to chip in and help out.

Also a big thank you to Intersport Shepparton for their generous sponsorship with the winners of each grade taking home a $30 voucher from Intersport just in time for Christmas

D Grade
Jaidyn White 14:04
Helen Reynolds 16:26
Zac Walker 16:30
Kylie Monk 18:02
Michelle Walker 18:09
Cate Aitken 18:23
Lila Urquhart 18:57

C Grade
Justin Reynolds 13:03
Sam Daniel 13:05
Hannah Torres 13:23
Aidan Ross 13:33
Robert Hearn 13:33
Bailey White 13:47
Isla Shaw 14:05
Cadel Nicholson 14:15
Wes Barrot 14:18
Lee-Anne Kirschner 14:19
Norah Armstrong 14:38
Sue Olley 14:47
Adrian Jones 15:02
Lydia Monk 15:03
Mason Sleeth 15:12
Phillip Healey 15:13
Melanie McAuliffe 15:15
Peter Urquhart 15:34
Chris Harvey DNF

B Grade
Trevor Dainton 11:54
Steve Monk 12:07
Anna Turnbull 12:35
Dylan Scoble 12:43
Hayden Reynolds 12:44
Anthony Vivona 12:48
Noah Vivona 12:48
Max Carroll 12:52
Christopher Nicholson 12:59
Emily Davies 13:02
Wendy McHugh 13:03
Debbie Kirne 13:06
Kate Dainton 13:12
Ryan Dealy 13:18
Craig Reynolds 13:43
Carole McGregor 14:04
Rory Urquhart 15:14

A Grade
Nathan Stoate 9:15
Joshua Sait 9:41
Chris Armstrong 9:54
Charlie White 9:58
Jackson Neville 10:28
Matt Sullivan 10:50
Tom Avram 11:24

The Cathedrals Challenge By Tara Daniels.

I have done some hard stuff in my life….and then I have done the cathedrals challenge. The weather was hot and humid which made the first four km of gorgeous rainforest single trail feel like the first few layers of hell. I hated it and even Steve was beating me for a bit….then we hit the climb and it was epic!!! The rock scrambling reminded me of my childhood and I loved it. I climbed, descended, scrambled, slid, rock hopped and talked incessantly to everyone around me about how “brutal” the course was. Once Sugarloaf peak was reached and the razorback was traversed, it was pretty well downhill and there were some dubious rocks and roots which may have claimed some of us, but I held strong being passed by people who had run double the distance in less time…If you ever want to do something hard and challenging, consider Anne Boleyn thought the same thing before she lost her head….The Cathedrals Challenge is a brutal mistress of amazing scenery, stunning and technical trail that goes easy on no one….it’s a total “never again” until the next time for me *googling when the race entry opens*……PS did I mention I beat Steve??? PPS. Sam had a kick ass run that really should not be a PPS, he came 11th overall in a hellrace than is designed for masochists and then came second in his age category….I’m super proud!

and then 6 days later we ran a 13 km trail run

A 5.45 am start saw Steve, Tara and Sam heading west to the Gold Rush trail run. After a bit over 2 hours and a couple of wee stops, we arrived at the finish point, Sailors Falls Vineyard. We popped onto a coach to the start line, and that’s when the rain started. Everyone huddled under any shelter they could find, hoping the miserable weather would end before the start of the race.  It eased off, and we hit the trail. The first couple of kilometres were jam packed with runners, this event has really increased in popularity. The track went up, down, across rickety old bridges, and as we slipped and slopped through the mud approaching the finish, Sailors Falls itself. A quick selfie, then the final couple of clicks to the finish line and a well deserved drink, muddy and satisfied.

Last Sunday morning Shepparton women Kathy Fuller and Narelle Pell successfully completed their final run after a whopping 12 marathons in 12 months challenge!

The pair managed to collect $100,000 for the Goulburn Valley Centre Against Sexual Assault (CASA), and raised awareness around child sexual abuse across six states.

Well done ladies! Time for a much-needed break.

SRC E-news Dec 14 Summer edition.

Above, SRC members at a typical Tuesday nights training session.

Coach Chris Armstrong must be doing something right.

Finale Run  – here we come!

By Kathy Fuller. 

So here we are  – December – and Narelle and I find ourselves finally at #12! – It’s been a massive year for us both juggling full time work, family, training, raising funds, awareness and the commitments that required and also simply managing our health and injuries along the way – although we have been pretty well unscathed over the last 11 months. It has been an amazing and rewarding experience thanks to folk like you!

The SRC Family have been enormously kind and generous supporters and quite a few of you have joined us along the way in some of these runs (whatever distance that was). We have had heaps of fun and many laughs – although sometimes it’s hard to laugh around that 32km mark or so … however we all love that 200m mark it’s the guaranteed I feel no pain part!

The Tuesday sessions under the guidance of Guru Coach Chris have been super beneficial to my training regime and both Narelle and I looking forward to a change in training tact and get to participate in some more SRC activities.

We’d both sincerely like to thank you guys for all your shouts outs, supporting our events when and where you could and also most importantly you have helped spread the awareness to protect kidz in our community against sexual assault.

Kidz are a big part of the SRC and as we say protecting kids is everyone’s business and Narelle and I can’t solely do this without the many #voice4kidz advocates that joined us.

So thanks heaps – See you at the finish line and we look forward to the new running adventures and goals that 2019 may bring to us all!

Club news

Sam, Tara, & Steven are off on a trail run again.

Saturday, December 15 Gold Rush trail run. 

The trail run takes place on a section of the Goldfields Track; a unique section of trails which highlight the region’s history, cultural heritage and natural assets.

The concept for the event was discovered when notable road and trail runner, Julian Spence, opened a running shop in Ballarat, through which he noticed there was a lack of focus for trail runners in the region.

Sunday December 16th from 6am at The Woolshed at Emerald Bank, Kialla Kathy Fuller and Narelle Pell will be running their 12th marathon for the year for their #voice4kidz campaign, here is an opportunity to run with and support these amazing women for such a worthy cause. There will be a stack of other things on to celebrate as well with a BBQ, coffee, Mr Sheppy, a jumping castle and music there on the day as well so should be an awesome atmosphere. Even if you can’t run, it’d be great to cheer Kathy and Narelle as they cross the finish line which should be between 10am and 10:30am.

Tuesday December 18th from 6pm at Shepparton Athletics Track will be our next 3000m graded races. It was a huge success last time with 75 registrations and 58 competing on the night. Please register ASAP to assist Chris with being able to put the grading together so start lists can be published as early as possible. We currently have 17 registered, once we have at least 40 then start lists can be created and put up. The link to register is here and takes 30 seconds to do –


Cathedral Challenge

Last Sunday Tara, Sam, & Steven took on the 10 km at the Cathedral Challenge. The word of the day was brutal. At the start line we were greeted by Helen Reynolds and Julie Thomas (from Broadford)

I was anticipating a run report from Tara, not only did she miss the deadline she didn’t submit a report. So we should expect a double trail report after next weekend.

Mountain Sports hosts up to 10 events annually. They pride themselves on pushing runners to try something that they may consider beyond themselves. Ultimately they believe growth happens when we make ourselves a little bit vulnerable. And on some of those rock climbs, I felt vulnerable and scared.

About 100 runners took to the start line in 3 waves 5 minutes apart. Sam was in wave 2 with the runners who weren’t going to smash the course. Tara, Helen and Steven were in wave 3 where the runners were expected to both run and walk.

Results 10ish km

In 11th position Sam Daniel 2:20:55 second 40-49 age group

26th Helen Reynolds 2:46:36

39th Tara Daniel 3:12:28

40th Steven Trevaskis 3:13:31

The beauty and the brutal beast

Below –  Julie Thomas showing the beautiful scenery and the beast of terrain. Photo by Tracy Waterfall with permission.

Below – Some of the challenging climbs we had to navigate

Below – And when the going got easy, this is what we were faced with

For those that didn’t see this on Facebook

The answer to today’s question is Age of Reason and 2:18 -3:00 minutes.

John Farnham’s Age of Reason film clip shows John Farnham in the Cathedral Rangers where SamTara and I ran today. Check out the clip and if you want to start at 2:18 mins and finish at 3:00 to see some of the terrain.

I don’t want to put anyone off but not all of the course was this hard. In some spots it was harder, even brutal.

Age Of Reason Film Clip  Check it out.


Congratulations Tara Daniel (Callingham)

Tara recently attended the RMIT graduation to receive her degree. Tara now has a Master of Engineering degree.

Tara can now make water. Seriously congrats mate!

Happy Birthday Norah

Thank you to everyone who wished me a happy birthday today. I have had a wonderful day with lunch then training with SRC including birthday cake made by Melanie McAuliffe. Feeling very spoilt.

Congratulations Nadine

Feeling very emotional and honoured after receiving a Life Membership to the Kyabram Pony Club after my 40-year service as a rider, instructor and parent. I know I am in great company with the previous six Life Members all playing a huge part in my pony club life over the years. Huge thanks to the Kyabram Pony Club members, both past and present and the wider equestrian world to who all I have crossed paths with making great friendships, guidance and fierce competition. I would also like to pay respect to my parents (in particularly my dad) who passed away a few years ago for taking me all over Victoria and Interstate to compete. Dad was my biggest critic, but also my biggest supporter. Lastly, I would like to acknowledge my three trusty pony club mounts; Treasure (a 13-hand pony who was the perfect learners horse when I was 4 years old, he always seemed big to me), Billy (who was a 11.3 hand pocket rocket who took me to Grade 3 eventing) and Sonnet (a 14.3 hand dapple grey mare who took me through the ranks of pony club). May the horse be with you!!!

SRC E-News Dec 7

This weekend is going to be a scorcher! Make sure you’re well protected if out and about and staying hydrated with plenty of water. #ChooseTap for the most cost-effective and environmentally friendly water available!

Club News

  • Tuesday, December 11 SRC members are requested to turn up to our training at the lake in your club top. We will be doing a photo shoot, and Chris will have more information on the night.
  • As most of you will be aware of the discussion on Facebook about a second key and padlock required at the athletics track. Only SRC and Little athletics will be allowed to open the gates on the track as council wants to preserve lanes one and two. In regards to the birds fertilising the big blue track, the council has plans to install taps around the track so the track can be pressure washed. The track will be cleaned as needed for the SRC and Little Athletics club.

Cathedrals Challenge – a true trail running experience.

December 9.

Good luck to Tara, Sam, & Steven as they take on the 10 km Cathedral Challenge. I say good luck because one of us will need it as the other 2 are experienced at trails.

A visit to the Cathedral Ranges State Park led Race Director, Sean Greenhill on what he considered a fantastic trail running adventure. Subsequently, maps were poured over and soon enough a race course was developed that would provide trail runners with an adventure on the trails they would not forget

The Jawbone Peak Half Marathon at the Cathedrals Challenge offers competitors the opportunity to explore some spectacular and unique terrain in the Cathedral Range State Park.

Starting at Cooks Mill Campground, runners head along Tweed Spur Rd before turning onto Messmate Track and starting their ascent through the tall forests emerging at Sugarloaf Saddle picnic ground. Continuing on to the Canyon Track which transitions from a walking track to impressive faces of Granite and the first true challenge of the run.

Saturday December 8th from 4pm at Shepparton Athletics track will be our teams event where we say thank you to our sponsors who have helped put funds towards our uniform this year. We will be running events for 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m and 1600m and then at the end of the night we will take requests for anything else you’d like to have a go at. A schedule of events will be posted this weekend on the facebook page so please keep an eye out for that. If you could also wear something on the night that is either yellow, blue, red or green that would be great as we would like to take some photos in our sponsor colours, and hopefully our latest uniform order will be ready to show off on the night

Sunday December 16th from 6am at The Woolshed at Emerald Bank, Kialla Kathy Fuller and Narelle Pell will be running their 12th marathon for the year for their #voice4kidz campaign, here is an opportunity to run with and support these amazing women for such a worthy cause. There will be a stack of other things on to celebrate as well with a BBQ, coffee, Mr Sheppy, a jumping castle and music there on the day as well so should be an awesome atmosphere. Even if you can’t run, it’d be great to cheer Kathy and Narelle as they cross the finish line which should be between 10am and 10:30am.

SRC 3000 Athletics Track

A reminder, let’s get our registrations in for the next 3000m night at the track on Tuesday December 18th – once we have 40 registrations the start lists will begin to be published…/1FAIpQLSf59ytKU7oL_iWa7…/viewform…

Other news

Lucy Bartholomew: the key to being a successful long distance runner
Lucy Bartholomew won the coveted One to Watch award at the recent Women in Sport awards. Lucy E. Cousins interviews her in this article at Womens Health. And if you want a great podcast to listen to when you’re out for a run, check out NZ’s Dirt Church Radio interview with her here.

Knee pain? It could all be in the hips
Painful knees while running is a common complaint, but it could be the hips which are causing this problem, explains Matthew Hicks, physiotherapist at RunWest Injury Management specialists. Matthew offers some exercise tips to strengthen glutes and improve hip control in this article at the RunWest blog.

Hal Higdon’s tips of the day
This one isn’t an article as such, but coach & author Hal Higdon’s Facebook page; as well as frequently linking to useful articles, Hal posts a tip of the day each day. Check out his page here.

Superstars of 2018

Norah Armstrong

So…remember back to January when we made some new years resolutions for our running??……well…… it’s the first day of the last month of the year…. how are we going??….we know of a few that have achieved their goal…including Norah who today smashed her goal (shes been chipping away at it all year just quietly  ). How did you go?

PS. There’s still time!!

Kate Dainton

In 2016 Kate did 3 half marathons in the following times…..2:17, 2:10, & 2:14 Now with a half PB of 1:47:14.In 2017 Kate ran Gold coast Marathon in 4:48:00 and this year she ran Melbourne marathon about 1:00 hr quicker 3:51:00