SRC E-News Feb 28

Club News

Sunday March 8th – 5km Day of PBs

Rather than our regularly scheduled handicap, in March we will be giving anyone who is keen, a chance to run a 5km race on the track. You can nominate a time and we will place you in a group of people with similar ability along with a couple of pacers to help you achieve your goal. Details below:

When – Sunday March 8th, first race at 8am
Where – Shepparton Athletics Track
Cost – SRC Members $0, Non Members $5


Can I bring my own pacer? – Yes, absolutely and you can pace your friends in multiple races if you like. We just ask that you complete the registration form.

Do I have to be an SRC Member? – No, everyone is welcome to participate.

How many laps is 5km? – 12.5, we will be getting the pacers to count the laps for you, along with having lap counters at the finish line.

Will it be timed? – Absolutely, all results will be captured and posted later that day.

Do I have to run a PB? – No, you are free to run at the pace you wish and chase your own goals

Register Here –…/1FAIpQLSeeeUSVreWui63j4E…/viewform

House keeping

Over the last few weeks and months a large minority of runners have put the idea to me that the newsletter should come out fortnightly. Considering the up take of Facebook and the fact that on Monday this week everyone (who’s on Facebook) knew the results and success the SRC had at Wangaratta the day before.

Therefore the SRC newsletter will be mailed to you on the second and forth Friday of every month. This will be a trial for 3 months. You may also receive a newsletter on a time basis during this trial time.

This idea will be visited and assessed at the end of the trial.

For those that are not on Facebook and feel they may not receive up to date info, I am sure you will agree Coach Chris gives a detailed spiel at our weekly training and that should help.

Runner Profile

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Debbie Harvey

Age 63 and I don’t get any older this year.


5km – 26.27

10km – 56.44

Half Marathon – 2 hours 10 minutes

Or according to Stava I ran 2 hours 8 minutes (2 hours 10 minutes was 21.30km!!!)

Until I turned 55, the only running I had done was when training for hockey at secondary school and some running to improve my fitness in preparation for the Red Cross Murray Marathon (paddling from Yarrawonga to Swan Hill).

When I turned 55, I set myself a goal to run 5kms by the end of the year.  My daughter Christie lifted the ante by invited me to run the Mother’s Day Classic with her in Canberra.  With that in mind I needed to be capable of running 5kms by May, which I did.  Christie was the person to introduce me to parkrun, at Tuggeranong in Canberra.  I loved it immediately and was thrilled when a year or so later I heard that parkrun had started at Shepp. 

I have only been a member of SRC for about 3 years, I think.  It took me a while to feel brave enough to join up.  With my age and limited running abilities I thought I might be out of place.  I need not have felt this way.  SRC are so inclusive and welcoming and friendly and fun.

I am a kindergarten teacher and have been working at Katamatite Kinder for 19 years, which indicates how much I love the job – it’s a great place teach. 

My favourite run has been the half at Shepp festival last year.  I followed a training plan from Coach Chris, didn’t get any injuries and was well prepared and felt great for the whole run.  I just loved it.

With our other daughter living in London, we make trips there every 3 or 4 years giving us opportunities to explore different parkruns which is always great fun.  A few years ago, we especially visited Inverness to do their parkrun (Mairead had told us about it).  At first, we were told by the Tourist Bureau that it was cancelled as the Highland Games were being held at the parkrun park.  We went along anyway and found the parkrun team casually re-routing the parkrun track.  Parkrun commences at 9.30 at Inverness but it was well after that by the time they got organised.  It was all very light-hearted and super friendly.  At the end, the parkrun team admitted that there wouldn’t be any pbs because they had measured it wrong and the track was actually 5.5 km long!  We went along to the post parkrun breaky which was jam packed with jovial parkrunners and warm cups of chocolate.  

Preferred drink with pizza – 1. Cider, 2. Wine 3. Beer, Last. Soft drink (yick!).

Events planned for the year   My two sisters are now parkrun enthusiasts too and we have invented our own family parkrun challenge.  We each have to run parkruns starting with the letters in our names.  To make it harder we can’t use shorter versions of our name i.e. Deborah not Debbie, Christopher not Chris. My sister’s names are Lorraine and Christine.  We are planning a road trip to Renmark as we all need an ‘R’.  This challenge should see us doing lots more parkrun tourism.

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Some of the 40 + strong SRC members in Wangaratta

SRC Smashing success at Wangaratta last Sunday.

It was a day of Pbs, podium, and a team win. Well done to everyone who participated today at Wangaratta, by my count we had 43 runners. It was fantastic to see so much purple and gold across the day with runners in all events from the kids dash through to the marathon. Lots of positive stories to come out of today, Whether it was pacing mates to a PB, running a PB, finishing on the podium, or sharing quality time with your mates and family doing something you enjoy, it’s been a memorable day.

Rural City of Wangaratta COMMUNITY TEAMS winners!
Congratulations to Shepparton Runners Club who win the 2020 team comp. They were the only team to get either 40 finishers or 400 finisher kilometers (They actually got both).
Well done to Thomas Black and Friends who came second, chosen from the random draw. Video of the draw below.
Full team results at

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Sam, Tara, Steven, & Jacqui ready for the half

Morning session for anyone interested

For those that are after a bit more of a session on Thursday morning we may have something that interests you.

Starting this Thursday the following session will take place in preparation for Gold Coast half and anything in between now and then.

WHO – Jacqui, Taren, & Myself. WHEN Every Thursday 6am WHERE – Changing location. 1. Lake Victoria 2. Lowanna park Kialla


4 X 4 mins 1 min Standing Recovery (SR) , (+ warm up cool down)

50 mins tempo,

50 mins with the last 10 mins solid

6 x 500 mtrs with 1 min SR.



The recovery phase begins the moment you cross the finish line. Replace fluids, electrolytes, and glucose immediately. Research indicates that refueling right after an event (within 30 minutes) is ideal because your body is designed to absorb the much-needed energy at a much faster rate than normal. Your muscles are like thirsty sponges soaking up these nutrients. Water and sports drinks should be readily available at the finish, so drink up. The best post-race recovery foods are easily digestible high-carbohydrates like bagels, bananas, and yogurt, and many longer races offer similar foods in the finish chute. Eat some of these foods before leaving the race site. It’s also a good idea to change into dry clothing as soon as you can to avoid getting chilled. Slow walking helps prevent muscle soreness and blood pooling in your lower legs so walking to your car is also a part of your recovery.

When you get home, take an ice bath immediately. Ice baths minimize soft tissue inflammation and therefore help speed recovery. Fill a bath tub with cool water and get in, use enough water to cover your legs and hips. You can have a hot cuppa to keep your upper body warm. Stay in the bath for 10 to 20 minutes. Avoid a hot bath for 48 hours after the race because heat can increase soft tissue inflammation. After 48 hours, you may use heat to help relieve muscle soreness.

PHASE TWO: Day 1 to day 3 The first 3 days following a long distance race are the most crucial to a good recovery. These are the days to take completely off; give yourself permission to sleep in. Don’t run, even if you feel fine. Endorphins mask aches, pains, and even fatigue for several days following a race so runners are often unaware of how they really feel and return to training too soon. Gentle stretching and activities of daily living are enough “exercise” during this short phase of your recovery plan.

PHASE THREE: Active recovery A general rule of thumb for recovery is allowing one day of “rest” for every mile of the race. Don’t panic though, this doesn’t mean cutting out running, but rather not running hard, so no speedwork and no racing for two weeks. Return to running by implementing a “reverse taper” plan. Follow the taper you used for your race (last two weeks of training) in reverse to bring your mileage back up to your maintenance level. Mixing in walk breaks with your running is a good way to control the intensity and make sure you keep the pace easy during this phase.

Heart rate monitoring can be a very useful and objective indicator of your recovery as well. Measure your resting heart rate (RHR) now, during your training, on a regular basis so you have a baseline. Take your resting heart rate the morning after the race and each morning during your recovery. A resting heart rate 10 beats per minute or more above your normal RHR is a warning sign. It indicates fatigue, stress, or possible illness and lets you know that you have not fully recovered. Keep your runs very easy until your resting heart rate returns to your normal pre-race readings. When your RHR returns to normal, you will know you are ready to resume training.

The road to [virtual] Nagoya – special cancellation edition

Tara’s blog click here

SRC E-News Feb 21

Wangaratta Marathon & Fun-runs. February 23!

SRC entrants list below. Good luck to everyone who is running on Sunday. The club will have a gazebo set up near the finish line. We also have a esky to store your cold drinks in. This is always a great social event and this Sunday shouldn’t be any different.

For those that have followed and run the Wangaratta marathon and fun run over the years you may be interested to know the following from Race Director Justin and Sharon.

They have hosted the event for 10 years come this Sunday. They will be handing the event over to the Wangaratta Chronical after this Sundays event.

In 2021 Justin and Sharon will assist the Wangaratta Chronical deliver the event.

Justin and Sharons other races, the Ned Kelly Chase & the Beer mile will continue to be hosted by Justin and Sharon.

Runner Profile

Andrew Sait

Age: 26


Mile- 4.57

5km- 18.03

10km- 38.11

Half marathon – 1.28

Marathon- 4.16

At what age did you start running?

I’ve been running for as long as I can remember. As soon as I was old enough, I started to compete at Little Athletics. I then started to travel to Bendigo for their cross-country season in the Winter.

I went away from running from ages 19-24 while I was studying at university. During this time, I mainly kept busy playing football for Huntly and Shepparton United.

Can you tell us about the VAL running you participate in?

In 2011-12 I first ran with the VAL in the shorter events from 70m- 550m. This year I return to the Victorian Athletics League competing in the mile and two-mile events. Since New Year’s Day, its taken over most weekends racing in towns such as Maryborough, Daylesford, Wangaratta, Ballarat and Melbourne.

What routines/habits do you follow before an important race?

I don’t have too much of a routine before I race. I try not to eat 3-4 hours beforehand, I normally have a black coffee and depending on the event usually do 4-5km warm up.

What upcoming events do you have in the pipeline?

I have a few races lined up for this year. Running with the VAL will keep me busy most weekends up until Easter where I’ll be racing in the mile and two-mile events at Stawell.

After that, I’ll increase my weekly km’s in preparation for the Gold Coast Marathon later this year.

What does a typical training week look like for you?

At the moment most of my harder sessions have been at the athletics track.

Monday- Track interval session

Tuesday- Morning run/run with SRC

Wednesday- Rest day

Thursday- Track interval session

Friday- Easy run/ rest day

Saturday- Park Run

Sunday- Long run

What is your biggest challenge and what do you do to manage that challenge?

My biggest challenge has been training consistently. Over the past few years I would get a few solid months of training in and see some good progress before developing an injury. Its taught me that rest days and having easy weeks are equally as important as the tough sessions to remain injury free!

What was the best advice you were ever given? – 

Not sure if this is the best or worst advice I’ve been given “go out hard, then hold on”. 

Note that Andrew chooses not to make controversial comments on pizza.

Run Calendar

This run calendar is created by and edited by Sharleen. It is a work in progress and we will continue working on it until we are happy with the format. We are still playing with the format and content.
Name of EventDate of EventLocation of EventEvent WebsiteFacebook Page
Make it Your Own
Wednesday, 1 January 2020 to Thursday, 31 December 2020
Anywhere in AustraliaEvent WebsiteFacebook Page
Pop! Challenge
Wednesday, 1 January 2020 to Thursday, 31 December 2020Anywhere in AustraliaEvent WebsiteFacebook Page
I Survived 2020 5km Virtual RunThursday, 1 October 2020 to Sunday, 31 January 2021AnywhereEvent Website Facebook Page
Legacy Remembrance Walk6th November to 11th November AnywhereEvent Website

The Road to Nagoya

By Tara Daniel

Last full week of training and now for the taper for Tara.

Part 26 of Tara’s blog here

SRC E-news Jan 14

Club news

SRC 1600m handicap is next Sunday at the athletics track and the start list is taking shape with 48 names so far, we may even expand it to 5 races for this one depending on numbers. Check Facebook or chat to Coach Chris for details
Register here –…/1FAIpQLScdH8MYYryGVYct0…/viewform…


If you want to see the future roster here is the link. If you want to add your name to the roster please contact Allan Connelly or Chelsea Nicholson or see a parkrun vollie on the day.

Runner Profile

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Chris Harvey, 66 years old, born in England 8th April 1953, arrived in Australia New Year’s Eve 1964.

Prior to starting Parkrun, I actually hated running, the only time I had done any running was because I had to when I was training in the Police Academy back in 1979.  Running was all too hard.  My wife, Debbie, started doing parkrun in 2013, sometime later a friend joined her at Parkrun, walking, and as he was a bit older than me, I was shamed into joining him. 

On the 29th November 2014, I did my first parkrun (or walk) at Shepparton in a time of 41.26, and this was the start of my running journey. At my second parkrun I figured I could jog some of the way and after 7 PB’s in a row  I was hooked.  I have been very lucky to have been able to complete international parkruns in England, Scotland and Ireland and aim to do a few more in future. I have also enjoyed running in Japan and more recently in Spain in order to maintain a level of fitness. 

On the 7th December 2019 I ran a Parkrun PB of 25.00, my aim now is to break the 25-minute barrier.   I have a PB of 55.15 for 10kms and on my first attempt at a half marathon, at the SRC Running Festival, 2019, I clocked 2hrs 13mins which for me was very satisfying considering the injury interrupted preparation I had.  I think my most enjoyable run to date was the 10 kms at the Melbourne Marathon Festival last year, although just missing a PB I felt so comfortable and running onto the ‘G’ is a bit of a buzz! I have not given much thought to events this year, my goal being to regain some fitness after my hand injury and see what happens, however I would like to run in Melbourne again later this year.

Joining the SRC has enabled me to become a more consistent runner and training with the club is much more enjoyable than training alone.  I think the inclusive nature of SRC without regard for age, gender or ability is what makes it a successful and enjoyable club to belong to.

As for pizza’s, olives must be sliced, anchovies are a must and pineapple is definitely out.

Race Calendar

The race calendar is created by Sharleen. If you want items/races added, (or deleted) please let her know.

Name of EventDate of EventLocation of EventEvent WebsiteFacebook Page
Make it Your Own
Wednesday, 1 January 2020 to Thursday, 31 December 2020
Anywhere in AustraliaEvent WebsiteFacebook Page
Pop! Challenge
Wednesday, 1 January 2020 to Thursday, 31 December 2020Anywhere in AustraliaEvent WebsiteFacebook Page
I Survived 2020 5km Virtual RunThursday, 1 October 2020 to Sunday, 31 January 2021AnywhereEvent Website Facebook Page
Legacy Remembrance Walk6th November to 11th November AnywhereEvent Website

The road to Nagoya – part 25

With a cast of thousands supporting Tara on her Sunday long run anywhere from 2 km to 15 km. I am now pondering how am I going to preview Tara’s blog. Hmmm what can I say? I guess you will just have to read it for yourself here, Tara’s blog.

SRC E-News Feb 7, 2020

Club News

SRC Mile Handicap – Sunday February 16th

It’s on again, our second handicap for 2020 and we go back to the athletics track!


When – Sunday 16th February, first race at 8:30am
Where – Shepparton Athletics Track
Who – Everyone is welcome
Cost – SRC Members – Free, Non-Members $5

Register here –…/1FAIpQLScdH8MYYryGVYct0l…/viewform

Runner Profile

Melanie McAuliffe

Melanie McAuliffe

Born – Albury NSW (although parents lived in Shepparton at the time) but grew up in Townsville QLD

Kids – Mason 15 and Maleah 6

Lives – Mooroopna – for around the last 10 years

Age – 41 years, 11 months and 26 days

What are your PBs?

  1. 5km – 26.09
  2. 10km – 57.22
  3. half – 2.07.59
  4. full – I will never find out

What started your running journey?

After keeping mostly to myself for the first 6 years of my time in Mooroopna I finally decided to “Try something new”. A friend of mine suggested we try parkrun to get fit and meet new people, so we signed up and then did absolutely nothing, 2 laps of the lake? Are you crazy!!…… Finally a few months later the kids and l went along to Parkrun to give it a go. Mason was calling out to me the whole time “Hurry up mum” while I pushed the pram around the lake (TWICE!!!), dying and wondering “how do all these crazy people do this each week and without carrying a water bottle” I finished in just under 39 mins and I was addicted. I set myself goals, stalked every running website available and then decided that once I could run 5km in under 30mins I would join the Runners Club. The rest is history.

Running is the BEST therapy and I wish I had found it years ago. As a single mum of two kids I would very rarely put myself first or allow myself to be part of anything other than kid related things. But what I love about running is that I can do it whenever I want, with or without kids, and if I don’t run on a certain day I’m not letting a team down.

How do you find time to run with working and kids!

It’s not easy, and Strava will show that I lack consistency. But you just do what you can, when you can. Originally I would run with Maleah in the pram and Shawn the Sheep on the DVD player, now I run with the club, after work, in the mornings (as Mason is old enough to baby sit) or the Ryans and I tag team babysitting duties if needed.

What do you like about the SRC?

The inclusiveness, the craziness and the friendships. Maleah has no family here other than myself and Mason so I love that EVERY member of the club is someone who I consider a positive role model for her and Mason, which is very important to me.

Goals for the next twelve months?

Apart from consistency, it’s to Beat Tara. We have a bet going that will end in April and the winner gets to choose an outfit for the loser to wear at parkrun/handicap.

Best recovery drink out of a mixing bowl?

Ok so to explain this. I was very tired on Sunday and poured myself a nice cold wine INTO A BOWL. I laughed, I cried, I took a photo and shared my craziness. But seriously WATER, cold water!! And then follow with a Pinot Grigio.

Pineapple or Anchovies on a pizza?

Pineapple; anchovies belong on the NEVER EVER list with coriander and full marathons.

Any favourite or memorable races that you have done?

My first half marathon was The Great Ocean Road with Justine, Matt and Steve. It was the best; location, run, atmosphere and company!!! Then every event I do where I hear the cheers of the Purple and Gold as I cross the line warms my heart and brings me such joy. We are so lucky to be surrounded by such wonderful and supportive people.

Two truths and a lie:

  1. I have 7 tattoos
  2. I’ve been skydiving
  3. I’ve lived on 2 islands in the Whitsundays

Race Calendar

Edited by Sharleen. If you know of a race in the next 2 months that’s not included please let Sharleen know.

Name of EventDate of EventLocation of EventEvent WebsiteFacebook Page
Make it Your Own
Wednesday, 1 January 2020 to Thursday, 31 December 2020
Anywhere in AustraliaEvent WebsiteFacebook Page
Pop! Challenge
Wednesday, 1 January 2020 to Thursday, 31 December 2020Anywhere in AustraliaEvent WebsiteFacebook Page
I Survived 2020 5km Virtual RunThursday, 1 October 2020 to Sunday, 31 January 2021AnywhereEvent Website Facebook Page
Legacy Remembrance Walk6th November to 11th November AnywhereEvent Website

The Road to Nagoya

By Tara Daniel

Last Sunday I wanted a 15km run at Half Marathon race pace as a test for Wangaratta half marathon. So I new I couldn’t run with Tara as she would run 30+ seconds per km slower than my aim. So Sam decided to run with me to assist with my pacing. Jacqui was a late scratching from Tara’s support runners so Taren decided to run with Sam and I. Taren was aiming for 10 km and Sam 20 km.

We clocked over 10 km in 1:07:00 and Taren was committed to running the extra 2 km to get back to her car. Sam and I continued on trying to pick up the pace but I didn’t have much left in the tank. When I finished my 15 km in 1:40:51 Sam kept running to clock up his 20 km for the morning.

This week Tara’s support runners were Kate Dainton, Melanie and Natalie. Her latest blog is here – The Road to Nagoya