SRC E-News May 22, 2020

SRC Update

Hi SRC members,

It has been a while since we have given an update regarding the clubs plans and training. The safety of our members has, and will always be our first priority. The committee have been discussing what is our road back to training with COVID restrictions now beginning to ease.

With Victoria beginning to ease coronavirus restrictions, the SRC Committee advises that all organised training sessions will remain suspended for the time being.

The Victorian State Government has stated that under the changes, it means that there will be five reasons to leave your home:

• shopping for food and supplies that you need • care and caregiving • exercise and outdoor recreation (groups of 10) • work and education – if you can’t do it from home • visiting friends and family – if you really need to

While there is no official club training, members can still train together in small groups of no more than ten, and there will be obviously physical distancing and hygiene arrangements as well as common sense. If you can, download the COVID-SAFE app, and remember who you run with.

Be safe, cautious, appropriate and stay home unless you need to leave as per one of the approved 5 reasons to leave your home.

The SRC Committee will reassess the situation as changes arise and make announcements as required.

Thank you,

Mathieu Ryan



Our SRC uniforms have arrived. If you have pre-purchased an item and wish to collect it, or wish to purchase a new items, please send us a message via Facebook, or email us and we work out a collection point.

Runner Profile

Taren Kirby

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Taren Kirby

Age 38 

5km PB- 29mins

10km PB – 1hr 2mins

21km- yet to complete doing a virtual in a couple of weeks 

42km- this will never happen, unless u count the 42kmin42hours then I’ll take that. 

I’d been running on and off for a while nothing too serious though mainly on the treadmill.  Last June I stumbled across Tara’s 5km Finish Line program and decided to sign up. AMAZING!! Is all I can say… We trained with Tara and Sam for 6 weeks then completed the 5km at last year’s Shepparton Running Festival. At the end of the program Tara and Sam talked us into joining the Runners Club and since doing that it has completely changed my life! Running has quickly become my most favourite thing and I also love the friendships I have made. I’m so grateful for Tara’s program (I think it should become a yearly thing for runners starting out). 

From then on I signed up for a couple of events. I trained with Jacqui and Steve to do 10km at the Four Vines event. Come event day it was humid and sticky and the worst I’ve ever felt running. I hated every second of it!! Haha! Steve yelled (literally) words of encouragement to get me across the finish line! Thank God he and Jacqui were there otherwise I would’ve given up. Finally finished to achieve the 10km and felt proud because I’d never thought I’d ever run that far. So bring that event on next year!! 

My favourite spot to run is anywhere really as long as there’s no hills! Bloody hate hills. I’m pretty flexible when deciding where we run. And as long as I #beatsteve I’m happy haha!! 

I think dessert pizza is legit! Dessert and pizza of course they go together!!  

Coming up I’m just planning a couple of virtual events. I’m bummed that my first 21k will probably be achieved doing a virtual. I was planning on doing it at Shep Running Festival so excited to see if that still goes ahead. 

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SRC Fartlek competition

Create your own Fartlek session – Best 3 as voted by you will be done at SRC Training

Ever thought…. Not this session again, I could make a better session than this!

Well now is your chance!

You get to decide the name, reps, time or distance on or off, plus you get to run it. Post your new session to strava once you’ve run it, and share to the SRC social page. Members will vote on their top 3 and we will do these at training once we get back. The session with the most votes will win a voucher from one of our valued sponsors.


Open from Saturday May 23rd, entries close Sunday May 31st at 6pm

You must run and post your session to strava and share on the SRC Social Facebook Page

Try and be original, we all know what Mona Fartlek looks like, so don’t just add an extra 15 second rep and call it something else…

Try and make it something we can all do on a Tuesday night

You can enter as many times as you like, just remember you must have run the session yourself on strava

SRC Trivia night

SRC Trivia Night

– by Sharleen 

On the 8th of May at 7pm SRC Members had the opportunity to test themselves with our very first virtual trivia event. 

This saw Tara, Sam, Mel, Norah, Laura, Stuart, Matt, Justine, The Reynolds family, Steve, Sue. Kylee & Katherine compete for the coveted prize of SRC Bath Salts (may or may not improve performance) and the title of Trivia Champion.

The competition was fierce with tensions high in a battle of wits and brains but after 9 brutal rounds of multiple choice questions with some bonus rounds thrown in Sam Daniel came out on top (with much protest from some not so graceful non podium finishers). 

Thank you to everyone who took the time to attend, to Debbie and Chris for helping me out so much with the organisation and running of the night, I couldn’t have done it without you both.  

In a time where we are facing such uncertainty and change it is reassuring to know that the spirit of family, support and togetherness that makes our club so unique and such an amazing thing to be a part of and to contribute to still remains so strong. 

Gold Coast Marathon 2020

Statement from Events Management Queensland

20 May 2020

The 2020 Village Roadshow Theme Parks Gold Coast Marathon has been cancelled.

Today we confirm that the most difficult decision in the 41-year-history of the annual Gold Coast Marathon has been made.  

When we issued a notification of suspended planning almost two months ago, we held genuine hopes that the opportunity to deliver an event as scheduled in July would present itself. 

The Queensland Government’s strong approach to addressing the COVID-19 threat which includes restricted gatherings, reduced travel opportunities and a declaration that the Queensland Public Health Emergency has been extended to 17 August 2020 makes it impossible to deliver this year’s Village Roadshow Theme Parks Gold Coast Marathon on the weekend of July 4 and 5. 

The team at Events Management Queensland are custodians of an event which has a global following. We are passionate about delivering a world class marathon event, just as you are passionate about experiencing a world class marathon event. We share the disappointment that there will be no Village Roadshow Theme Parks Gold Coast Marathon this year. 

Our focus is now to the future. We have started the work already with our valued government and strategic partners, sponsors, and stakeholders to make sure the 2021 edition scheduled for 3 and 4 July will be a very special and memorable event. 

Work has also been undertaken in developing an exciting free virtual running event this July and we will release details very soon. 

To those runners who have already registered for the 2020 Village Roadshow Theme Parks Gold Coast Marathon, we will contact you directly regarding the processing of registration fee refunds. 

Feature run of the week


Race Calendar

I’ve just updated the running calendar, I’ve only done until the 30th of August purely for the fact that everything is still so up in the air and even though some events later than that are saying they are still running, even some in June and July are making no mention of changes I just feel that it would be irresponsible to encourage our members to be travelling to other towns for events when we just don’t know what is going to be happening next week, let alone next month. So the one’s I’ve included are still all virtual events, and more of the one’s that I feel our members would want to support or get a challenge from, or the bling is cool.

And as always please check the official race website before traveling

  • Sharleen Batchelor
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

Until next week

Keep safe, healthy, and happy. Don’t forget to breathe.

SRC E-news, Light at the end of the tunnel.

Its an amazing run world we currently live in with so many options to keep us motivated and engaged.

Now more than ever we need to dig deeper to find motivation and inspiration to run. Our races have been cancelled, we cant run in groups with our Run – Buddies, and for many of us we cant get out and run our favourite loop, course or track ….. its a very different running world we are living in.

Every week there seems to be a new virtual challenge that pops up around the world for us to attempt or be part of – and this is awesome. In a strange way it seems like there is more motivation for us to get out and run …albeit solo.

Hopefully on May 11th some of the social distancing restrictions will be lifted or eased. What have you been doing to keep yourself fit and entertained.

Jacqui, Taren and I socially distant from Sam and Tara have a few races planned or completed.

Last weekend from Friday May 1. at 6pm we set out to run 42.2 km in 42 hours. We would finish mid-day Sunday May 3.

We also have a Covid-19 Battle virtual half marathon planned. It has to be done in one run between March 26th and June 26th . If you download the app JomRun you will find this event and many others. You will need to click on the Malaysia tab to get entry details.

Of course both these runs have bling

Chelsea, Cate, Chris H. and I are running around Australia. Starting at Canberra heading anti-clockwise towards Sydney before running to Brisbane and continuing. At every capital city you receive a stubby holder. This is done through the Run The World App.

This is where we are up to starting this year. Chris is actually in W.A. as he started a few years ago. The rest of us started in 2020 the year of lock down.

What the club has planned.

After a successful Ask The Coach Q & A and create your own running event and report on it we have more on offer. Today (May 8) Get your thinking caps on so you can challenge yourself and have a laugh with the first ever VIRTUAL SRC TRIVIA NIGHT brought to you via Zoom straight to the comfort of your Loungeroom.

Hope to see all of you there.

Topic: Shepparton Runners Club Trivia Night
Time: May 8, 2020 07:00 PM Canberra, Melbourne, SydneyJoin Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 846 3539 6841

*Disclaimer: This trivia night has been created as a bit of fun and lighthearted entertainment, it has been done is such a way to be very achievable and provide us all with an excuse to get together as best we can and foster the spirit of togetherness that makes this club so incredible

Runner Profile – Cate Aitkin

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Cate Aitken

Age: 48

PB’s:    5K –  28:29

            10K – 1hr 3 mins

            Half – hopefully next year

            Full – Does Ekiden count?

Married with 2 children, Liam 20 and Georgia 18 who have both ran with me over the years.

I first started running in 2009, signing up to the Mother’s Day Classic for my mum who was battling breast cancer. I have done every MDC since.

In 2013, after a significant event in my life, I started running regularly mostly on the treadmill or with my close friends, Tim and Shelley Bennett, doing local fun runs.

We entered and won the team event at Sweat V’s Steam in 2015 (my only podium finish!), but unfortunately, I tore my right meniscus during that run.

After a year off, I started back running by doing my first Parkrun at Shepparton in October 2016.

In 2017 I entered my first 10k at Wangaratta, where I met the lovely Kate D and Louise, who talked about the running club and that I should join.

In Nov that year, I met Chelsea during a photography gig and she talked about her running and the Shepp runners club too.

In Dec the same year, I ran into Sam and Tara at Hobart Parkrun who again spoke about joining SRC. So I thought I better join!

(FACT: I have ran in 3 states with Sam)

In 2018 I joined SRC and finally learnt how to run without aggravating my old knee injury. I also began incorporating strength training into my routine in 2019.

My biggest highlights all fall in the last 6-8 months:

  • I have beaten every one of my PB’s: 5K, 10K, Fastest Mile, Fastest K and Echuca Parkrun
  • I have ran with my brother, daughter and son at various events (my brother is so much more talented at running then me!)
  • I surprisingly won the Tom O’Halloran Veterans Award at SRC last year.

The plaque hangs on the wall next to my medals and I feel very honoured.


My goals for 2020 – keep running!

Best Pizza – Roast vegies and feta J

Best advice: Not every run is a race.

I will never be a fast runner or get a podium finish, but I keep running to beat my own times, be part of a running family and have a chat with my running buddy, which makes me feel  better when I’m finished so I can say “I did that”. J

Our sponsor is still opened

Intersport Shepparton is now taking pre-orders for Fight MND Big Freeze Beanies!

Orders yours today and get behind a great cause!

All proceeds of sales goes to @fightmnd 💙

#intersportshepparton #theheartofsport #fightmnd #bigfreeze6

Mothers Day Classic – Shepparton

The Mother’s Day Classic in Shepparton, Victoria is one of many fun runs throughout Australia on Mother’s Day on Sunday, 10 May 2020.

The Mother’s Day Classic will be a 4km or 8km Virtual Run or Walk in 2020 due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Please refer to the event website for further details.

The course follows the walking paths around the scenic Victoria Park Lake and Yanha Gurtji River Paths.

The Mother’s Day Classic remembers those who have been affected by or who are living with breast cancer and raising money for breast cancer research.

Mothers Day Classic Website

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MDC pacers from previous years.

Race Calendar

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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

Have a great running weekend while observing social distancing. And remember to support our sponsors.