BUAC Update 24-2-18

David Lonsdale

Hi members and running fans

This week’s news is that the online registration system is up & running. If you use the online system you will not have to fill out the paper rego form. At www.bendigouniathsclub.org.au click on the ‘join now’ tab in the big orange banner at the top of the page and you will be whisked to BUAC’s Eventbrite page where you can join up and also pay for club apparel. It should all be straightforward although if your family has more than 4 children I’m not sure the system will cope we can sort you out when you come on a Saturday.

Almost certainly the eftpos machine will not be at the early club runs the plan is for everyone to use the online system where possible.

On the running front we remain firmly in the winter pre-season training window with growing numbers of runners noticed about town and the March 17 Round 1 College Classic deadline drawing closer.

This weekend Phil Shambrook is back in NZ doing the 85k Old Ghost Road trail Ultra and Wil McCaig, Anthony Messerle and Nigel Self are competing in the Vic Track & Field Champs. Danny Burgess is doing another marathon (Wang). Little Aths is definitely on at the Track this Saturday not Tom Flood as trackworks have not started. ParkRun is on of course (there is a story there was a 20 minute pacer last week is this true?)

No senior aths at the track this weekend with the State Champs on in Melbourne.

Another Park & Street challenge this Sunday evening 4.30pm at Lake Neangar for some friendly fun running. Don’t forget to load up the Park & Street app on your phone beforehand and don’t bother using a Huawei chinese spy phone like Craig Green you will have an exercise in frustration.

Next Tuesday night’s scheduled 3k at the track could be at Lake Weeroona if the track has been dug up, check the Aths Bendigo webpage on Tuesday.

Check out the BUAC FB page or talk to Andrea Smith if you are interested in running a leg of the O’Keefe Ekiden we have almost filled 2 (7 person) teams so far.

Saturday week Aths Bendigo are putting on a running meet at Tom Flood. 800m, 1500m & 3k. Free entry for AV registered and $5 for all other.

Last week

Running against the cream of Australia’s 1500m and 5k professional athletes at the Gold Coast Andy Buchanan minus his mojo apparently, was run out of the finals but had to be one of the best performed ‘amateurs’ running.

Of the BUAC Little Aths gang competing at Shep last weekend Jorja Vandenberg, Carissa Brook, Tullie & Max Rowe, Phoebe Lonsdale and Charlotte & Jasmine Murphy all qualified for the State Champs.

Sparkling run by the evergreen Russ Jenkins at the track last Tuesday night.

10 Questions

This week’s interviewee is the lovely Megan McDonald/Creer.

  1. Where were you born? Box Hill Hospital
  2. What schools did you go to? Cranbourne North Primary School; Cranbourne Secondary College until year 10; Macleans College, Bucklands Beach, Auckland for 6th and 7th Form (year 11 and 12); University of Auckland; A couple of false starts at University of Melbourne and RMIT; then University of Queensland; and Latrobe University including exchange semester at Orebro University, Sweden.
  3. Favorite food? Cheese and Chocolate, but not at the same time.
  4. Favorite film? The Usual Suspects
  5. Do you listen to music/podcast when you run? never, ear buds are really annoying.
  6. Preferred running shoes? Ones that are on sale.
  7. Which watch do you use and why? I have a Suunto Ambit 2, it was on sale when I wanted a watch to keep track of kms when training for a half marathon.
  8. Favorite event you have done? I really enjoy the After Glow half marathon
  9. Have you always been a runner or what got you started? I only started running about 4 or 5 years ago. I have always found running really hard and was convinced I would never be able to do it. Andrew would sneak off to running with BUAC on Saturdays whenever he got the chance so I decided I might as well have a go to and started running the 3km course with the club. Then Michelle Bieleny encouraged me to join the Gazelles and before I knew I had signed up for the club half marathon.
  10. Describe your current weekly training plan. I like to think of my running as participating rather than training. Most weeks I try to run with the Gazelles on Monday nights for the speed session and Wednesday morning long run which starts at either 30 or 60 minutes building to 1 or 2 hours. Every 4 weeks is recovery which means we go back to 30mins followed by coffee and breakfast. I also try to fit in another run before work on Friday morning, usually about 3o mins easy run and chat. Saturdays we try to head to park run as a family and of course cross country in the afternoons in winter. Sunday mornings I try to head out for a longer slower run on the trails. I prefer running in a group, it provides a commitment to turn up, distracts me from how much I am struggling and keeps me going. It is amazing what you can do when you have a go and stop focusing on what you think you can’t do.


March 3 AB Tom Flood running meet then BUAC Summer track presentation evening – come celebrate with the pack at Crook Street Park from 4pm BYO everything.

March 9-10-11 Madison Weekend and Richard Kitt and Sally Conroy and lots of bikes n stuff.

March 10 ‘Grapest’ 5k & 10k Balgownie Winery Maiden Gully

March 17 BUAC season opener College Classic

March 31 No club run. Easter and Dragon Mile

April 14 Run the Rock

April 21 O’Keefe Rail Trail Marathon Festival

April 28 Puffing Billy

May 19 Great Ocean Road Marathon

June 9 Queens Birthday Weekend – no club run – Run Forrest.

Your BUAC committee

Prez Ross Douglas. VP Jenny Lee, PRO Gav Fiedler, Treasurer Ben McDermid, Timekeeper Andrea Smith, Handicappers – Janelle & Chris Giffin , Web – Andrew Creer, Executive David Heislers, Darren Rowe, Nigel Preston, Secretary David Lonsdale.