Still trying to decide whether to come over for this year's event? Maybe free flights, accommodation, hire car, pasta night with Steven Bradbury and P2P or F5 entry will seal the deal for you and a friend!
For details on how to enter head over to the Sharp Airlines competitions page. But get your skates on, because entries close at midnight this Sunday 10th August!
Good luck; hope to see you soon :-)
Flinders Island Running Festival secures major sponsor!
Hydro Tasmania Flinders Island Running Festival 5th-7th September 2014
Flinders Island’s annual running festival, which takes place on 5th -7th September, has secured Hydro Tasmania as its major sponsor for 2014.
“Hydro Tasmania is delighted to be the naming rights sponsor of the 2014 running festival,” said Hydro Tasmania’s Community Coordinator Kate Hickey.
“We are part of the community on Flinders Island both through the provision of energy and our retail business Momentum Energy.
Fitness on Flinders Inc would like to thank Hydro Tasmania for supporting the running festival which has enabled us to commit to bringing Steven Bradbury over as the guest speaker for the pasta night and to buying a new run timing system that will make a lot of volunteers very happy - no more pen and paper and scrambling to see who is next across the line
It may have been a bit quiet here on the News front, but it's full steam ahead behind the scenes. The paperwork train has started, and all the important roles allocated to the usual suspects, and some unusual ones as well.
Leaving behind dodgy metaphors for a moment, the weather has been amazing for training here lately. Clear skies, no wind, 18 degrees... can't really ask for more in paradise. Unless we asked not to have to go to work on days like these :-)
But the main news items are that:
1. Steven Bradbury's flights to Flinders have been booked (yay!), and
2. the new timing system (the same as used by Parkruns worldwide) has been ordered and will be on the island ready for testing by us in July. We're hoping this will be the magic solution to our timing and recording dilemmas!
Only three and a half months to go now. We'll be posting suggestions for training over the coming weeks. But I'm going to keep taking advantage of this glorious Autumn "I'm pretending I'm Summer" weather.
One foot in front of the other; repeat.
- Mel :-)
To succeed unexpectedly and against the odds.
Derives from the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City when Steven Bradbury won gold in the 1000m speed skating event by skating at the back of the pack and racing past when all the other competitors crashed on the last corner.
We can confirm, with great excitement, that this year's Pasta Night Guest Speaker is none other than Aussie sporting legend Steven Bradbury! His talk will cover his years of determination and hard work leading up to the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, the broken neck and major leg injury (111 stitches) that sidelined him during training, and will include audience participation and the opportunity to hold his gold medal.
"His career as an Olympic athlete was driven by determination and most importantly a will to succeed. With the same passion he showed on the ice, Steven has continued his success as a Motivational speaker, MC/Facilitator and After Dinner Speaker at over 650 conferences and events in 12 countries.
"His warm friendly nature, down to earth manner and use of humour is sure to help ‘break the ice’. The Bradbury story is one of the true Aussie battler who overcomes much adversity to achieve the ultimate goal".
Bookings for the Pasta Night, as well as registration for all Running Festival events, will open during March.
And you never know - someone might do a Bradbury during the Pub2Pub or Flinders5.
Goodness me, is it really 5 months since the 2013 Running Festival? Tempus fugit, indeed.
The organisers have been working away over summer to get 2014's RunFest details nailed down. We're looking into new timing systems to streamline everything for participants and volunteers, and we have a very exciting guest speaker in mind for the Pasta Night. I'm actually finding it very difficult to not let the cat out of the bag, but had better wait for final confirmation before doing so. It's killing me, I'm telling you.
In other news, now that the season of snorkelling, BBQs, and general school holiday beachiness is over, I'm back into the running. This morning I ran on the Castle Rock track (one of Tasmania's 60 Great Short Walks). I've never been on this track before, and admittedly lost it a few times (must have been running too fast), but it was spectacular there today. It's a combination of beach, rock scramble and grassy headland, and I just had to have a quick dip at Emita Beach on the way back.
The only potential downside of this morning's run was the tiger snake sunning itself on the track, but I was already past it before I noticed the dark scaly silkiness. Normally this event wouldn't bother me, but I was listening to Zombies, Run! at the time, which can be a bit of an adrenaline kicker... as a foot on top of a snake would have been. Ah well, I was in his territory so it's only to be expected :-) And fortunately the zoms were a distance away as well.
I know you've all been on the edge of your seats wondering how I went in the Flinders 5 this year. It's taken me a few days to fully process my run, and the results are in:
Mel's time in 2012 (minimal training): 27min 44sec
Mel's time in 2013 (C25K training): 27min 33sec
Looking at those numbers you may well wonder why I bothered (actually, I was wondering the same thing myself for a day or two).
But here's the key difference: last year I ran no more than 2k at a time, then strolled along for a bit to recover. This year I ran the whole way, no walking. My breathing was steady, my legs were quiet, and I felt good enough to chat to people as I ran around the course. I think I found my jogging pace. Unfortunately, discovering this pace seems to have locked away my sprint ability, but I think a few more weeks of training would have allowed me to tap into that again.
The C25K program took me from being a not-particularly-fit non-runner to a moderately-fit runner; someone who actually enjoyed running 5k.
So now that I've graduated from Couch to 5k, and now that the Flin5 is over for another year, will I keep running? I'd like to, which is something I never thought I'd say. And that, to me, means that C25K was a success. Give it a go; you may surprise yourself.
And for those of you who are wondering: I'm wearing a Waterlily Nuu-Muu. This funky addition to my wardrobe was really comfy to run in, and may also get some social outings over summer.
Nigel and Kate Marsh spent the weekend on Flinders doing everything they could possibly find to do. After doing the Trousers Point - Fotheringate coast track on Friday afternoon, Nigel entertained over 100 people at the pasta night. Nigel is an internationally acclaimed public speaker on life work balance. He has the most viewed TED speech available on youtube and three very entertaining books. Saturday brought the Pub2Pub challenge that they were both up for, then crayfish and roast local wallaby for dinner which gave them enough bounce to take part in the Flinders 5. Kate took the lead at the half way mark and Nigel couldn't quite catch up (that may have had something to do with me dragging the chain and the fact that Nigel felt he needed to help get me over the line). That didn't pull them up - they then went up to the north of the Island for the rest of the weekend doing some significant mileage on Killiecrankie beach and The Dock. Thank you Nigel and Kate for contributing so enthusiastically to our running festival. Hope to see you back next year. Liz
I believe it is Scott Jones. Although it is hard to tell in the fetching blue outfit. I did see him dashing around the 5km course on Sunday and I believe he did it in a pretty handy time considering he ran the Ultra the previous day.
Scott is joining David Williams in running 200 kms from Launceston to Hobart (so running the Ultra was just a quick training run) to raise money for Cure Cancer. You can follow their preparation and progress on David's Website (and donate to the cause) .
Good luck David and your bright blue friend Scott.
Competitor number 148 Mary at the great age of 99 and a half beats competitor 277 over the line - and competitor 277 is only 72, get your skates on David Anderson!
For those of you who have been following us on facebook, we wrote a bit about Mary a while ago. She has participated in every Flinders 5 from its inception in 2007. We can all only hope to be as fit and enthusiastic as Mary.
All the pieces are falling into place (which is fortunate, considering that Flinders RunFest 2013 kicks off in just over 24 hours!). The new signs have arrived, the Pub2Pub kilometre markers have been dusted off, and the pasta sauce is well on the way to deliciousness.
My big "phew" moment was the arrival this morning of the new t shirts and tote bags. Overnight delivery from Brisbane: well done Aus Post!
The shirts are organic cotton and made in Australia, so cost a bit more than last year's shirts. As they say, though: "One dollar, one vote". Flinders Island prides itself on clean living and local support, so it didn't feel right ordering cheap unsustainably-grown-cotton shirts from overseas.
The shirts are available in Ladies (sizes S-XL) and Men (sizes M-L). Cost will be $40 each.
We do have some of last year's shirt left, which were hand printed right here on Flinders Island by our talented local artist Maria LaGrue. They're available in Youth (sizes XS and M) and Men (sizes S and L-XXL). Cost for those will be $25 each.
The t-shirts will be available to buy at the Pasta Night tomorrow night, and at the Taste of Flinders / Presentation Ceremony on Sunday. The bags will be handed out on Sunday as spot prizes - maybe you'll win one for Most Enthusiastic Pub2Pub Team, or for Best Flinders 5 Fancy Dress!
My other job this morning has been to go through all the prizes and allocate them to categories. Lots of locally-made produce (see list below), plus some sports towels and engraved wine / beer glasses.
Mmm, really hope I've done enough training this year - I could do with a wine glass, local soap and some honey! But a sports towel, and jam would be nice too :-)
Maybe I should just wear a mad costume and hope for a tote bag or bottle of wine...
See you on the weekend; it's shaping up to be a good 'un!
We like to support local businesses, and are proud to present items from the following producers:
- Blue Rocks Soaps and Essentials
- The Juggler Presents: Hot Sauce
- Annie's Kitchen
- Ocean Omegas
- Flinders Island Apiaries
- Unavale Vineyard