Melbourne Marathon Wrap up

Andrew Creer

An apparently warmer and breezier day than optimum greeted the BUAC gang at Melbourne last Sunday with seasoned campaigners and marathon spiritual leaders Ben Stolz, Brian Watson and Lisa Wilkinson (half) handling the conditions well and other runners struggling to varying degrees. 30km mark at St. Kilda a common breaking point.

Special shout out to Jenny Buchanan who completed an amazing 50th mara. Great to see the BUAC singlets sprinkled amongst the throng from time to time. Quite an awesome experience the big crowds, big fields, Alan Buchanan cheering near the end and running a finishing lap at the MCG that more BUAC runners could easily aspire to.

This week

Sunday – Sweat v Steam

Strath Fun Run (free 2k & 4k).
Great Strides Cystic Fibrosis Fun Run Lake Weeroona (3k & 6k)

Track this week

is a Round 1 program has a 3k & 800m.
Online entry link here (by 8pm Friday). $10 if never been before to have-a-go.


Next Wednesday night 7.00 upstairs at the Bridge Hotel. Feel free to make a night of it and eat there before-hand. Club will organise a couple of trays of nibbles. All are encouraged to come along and have a say on which runs you would like to see in 2019.


Every so often someone asks who can I train with or is there club training?

The short answer is we are a diverse group of road, trail & track runners, triathletes, and a thrower, and while there is no official weekly BUAC training night with a club coach there is no shortage of coaching and training opportunities.

BUAC has 3 accredited and experienced coaches in Mel Wilkie (Gazelles), Craig Green and Andy Buchanan who are happy to talk to anyone from the club about training tips through to programs and workouts.

There are numerous run groups to try (and probably a couple not listed):-
Wed evenings 6pm at Weeroona (boatshed carpark) Gav Fiedler & Todd Foster run a 4k all abilities intervals workout. Regularly about a dozen runners.
Tue & Thursday mornings at Weeroona at 6am (Nolan St carpark) the Roosters depart for a an all abilities 4-6 run loop through the CBD then up View St or Don St and back down Barnard St. Harry & Laura Terry and Connor Cunningham are regulars here.
Tue evenings at 6pm Trav Edwards has begun a run group leaving from opposite the Spring Gully Store
Tueasday evening are also a 3 or 5k race at the track. Also the Aths Bendigo 10k Champs are coming up on Nov 13.
Thursday evenings the ‘Bendigo Runners’ do a One Tree Hill trail run loop generally leaving from the Edwards Road carpark where the bush starts. Andrea, Danny, David C, Rhianna are some usual suspects.
Sunday morning at 7am from outside the John Bomford centre at Strathdale the Sunday long run crew depart in several pace graded bunches. Regulars too numerous to mention.
Gazelles have a weekly program I’m not exactly sure of, some regulars are Trinity, Jenny Lee & co.
Thurday evenings at the track our Summer Captain David Heislers has a regular training thing going on with a few others talk to David if track training interests you.
And finally, if you are youngish and fastish (excludes most of us) Andy is always looking to add runners to his Tuesday & Thursday workouts & Wildflower Wednesday 20k mornings with the likes of Kye, Nigel, Ben & MattyH.


(feel free to advise of any to include)
Wed 24 October BUAC AGM

Sun 28 October Ned Kelly Chase Wangaratta 100km, 50km, mara, ½ mara & 10k

Fri 3 – Mon 6 Nov 4 Peaks Classic Bright

4 Nov Bendigo Bank Fun Run 5k, 10k, 15k & ½ mara

8 Nov ‘Run Strong’ Ballarat running strength & endurance coaching seminar

25 Nov Run With The Wind Ararat – ½ mara, 10k, 5k

25 Nov Crusoe Res – Goldfields Trail Run Festival (1/2 mara, 11k & 5K)
and TreX Goldfields Cross Triathlon
Standard: 1500m Swim | 30k MTB | 10k Trail Run
Standard Duathlon: 30k MTB | 10k Trail Run
Standard AquaBike: 1500m Swim | 30k MTB
Sprint: 400m Swim | 10k MTB | 5k Trail Run
Sprint Duathlon: 10k MTB | 5k Trail Run
Sprint AquaBike: 400m Swim | 10k MTB
Junior|Teaser: 200m Swim | 5k MTB | 1k Trail Run
Dirt Kids: 50m Swim | 3k MTB | 500m Trail Run

Thur 13 Dec Zatopek 10k Oz Titles AB-BUAC bus tba

Sat 15 Dec Goldfields Trail Run Daylesford 22k, 11k, 6km