2022 July Tan Time Trial Results

/2022 July Tan Time Trial Results

 

 

President’s Tan Talk –  July 2022

On a cold but windless beautiful morning for running the big news at the July Tan Time Trial was, of course, that after a significant COVID-related delay that it was “tee-shirt day”. Much favourable comment on the designs of both the Tan Twelve Timer and the “Running from 2021 into 2022” designs, with the long sleeves on the latter being much appreciated. We only managed to capture one group with their new tee-shirts on, more next month.

As a well-timed tee-shirt comparison, check out the photo of Russell Bulman wearing an original 1980’s VRR tee-shirt with darker blue and thinner, horizontal stripes, in remarkably good condition almost 40 years later. (Few people have ever noticed, but the shoe logo is actually slightly different, with the original shoe having laces and a solid blue toe, so the vrr letters are a little bit more obvious in the current design. Few people apart from me and the designer have ever noticed the change!!)

President’s Tan Talk –  July 2022

On a cold but windless beautiful morning for running the big news at the July Tan Time Trial was, of course, that after a significant COVID-related delay that it was “tee-shirt day”. Much favourable comment on the designs of both the Tan Twelve Timer and the “Running from 2021 into 2022” designs, with the long sleeves on the latter being much appreciated. We only managed to capture one group with their new tee-shirts on, more next month.

As a well-timed tee-shirt comparison, check out the photo of Russell Bulman wearing an original 1980’s VRR tee-shirt with darker blue and thinner, horizontal stripes, in remarkably good condition almost 40 years later. (Few people have ever noticed, but the shoe logo is actually slightly different, with the original shoe having laces and a solid blue toe, so the vrr letters are a little bit more obvious in the current design. Few people apart from me and the designer have ever noticed the change!!)

 

 

This issue we feature an article by Tarquin Oehr about running a marathon at Marathon in Greece many years ago, he’s wearing number 113 in the accompanying photo.

Also back writing this month is Tony Freegard, reminiscing about the old ‘icy pole sticks’ we used to hand out at the end of the Tan to keep runners in order of finishing, to record their times correctly.

A big welcome back to our inveterate photographer, Helen Myall, back after an enforced break, great to see you back Helen.

Two last reminders:

  • Princes Park 5k/10k/Half Marathon is coming up on Sunday 21 August
  • Tan Twelve Timer and Running from 2021 into 2022 tee-shirts are free, but a donation of $5 (or more if you wish) helps to defray the cost to the club.

Happy running, see you in August,

Michael
VRR President.

 

 

VRR Running Reflections
(As part of VRR’s 40th birthday celebrations in 2022, we are encouraging members (both new & old) to share what running means to them.)

 

 

Regular Stride Out contributor, Tony Freegard,talks all things running, as only Agent 99 can – thanks Tony.

 

Lollypop Stick #13
I have taken a break from contributing to Strideout to allow me to engage in other vital projects, for example reorganising my hosiery accommodation, a challenging task set across two drawers, a primary location devoted to running attire and a secondary for street socks. The spare room could also do with attention as hard rubbish pines for stuff, it is not that I am a conscientious objector to de-cluttering, it’s just I never get around to it. This has given me the opportunity to sit back and enjoy the contributions of other club members and I thank you for detailing your many and varied reflections on all things running and the Victorian Road Runners.

 

If you haven’t posted an article, I encourage you to do so, it doesn’t need to be long, funny or even relevant, decades ago I drafted a film review, OK it was a movie about the life and times of Steve Prefontaine and the Nike waffle, at least it wasn’t that dying ember Chariots of Fire, thankfully event organisers no longer play the theme at the start of each and every event, boring! This article was mentioned in dispatches in that acclaimed publication Footprints, which you may think is an instruction manual for Aboriginal trackers but is an almanac chronicling the VRR during the period 1982 to 2002 written and researched by Betty Horskins. May I suggest a treatise on the Australian Constitution, or the history of Motor Vehicle Registration Plates in Victoria, some may find that interesting. Just a thought.
I may have touched on this subject a while back, so if I am repeating myself blame it in my advancing years. I hark back to a simpler time, when the memories of the Spanish Flue had all but evaporated into the mists of time. Hygiene, well that was something the girlies did, us blokes gave it lip service and splashed a dribble of cold water on our hands after number twos. Things like STDs and other nasties existed, but that was in far flung places, and would never happen to us, would it? I do not need to go on and on and on and on……. you get the picture.
Correct me if I am wrong, but I think it was in 1980s, as you crossed the finish line at the Tan Time Trial you were rewarded with a Lollypop Stick emblazoned with your position, then relinquished this trophy to the recorders of such things. These were not secondhand sticks stained with orange dye down one end, no these were pristine brand-new sticks purchased at great expense out of the club purse by our hard-working committee. I say pristine, but I have gilded the lily a little bit, after repeated use the sticks acquired an unhealthy brown/grey hue, so these sweat infested twigs gave way to a single use solution. Even my personal stick #13 which I had uncanny knack of acquiring every month became somewhat sweat soiled and woebegone, therefore it was with little regret that my wooden companion was retired to landfill.
A fitting reward for finishing a Tan should be certificate gilded in gold, rendered on the finest quality calf’s velum, but no.
Enter the raffle ticket. Those champions of the pub Meat Raffle, fashioned from the lowest quality stock in insipid greens, blues and oranges. Finishers were provided with a time endorsed ticket to present to the statistician, how clever. Not really, as runners clutched their prized ticket between sweaty finger and thumb, the thin flimsy paper would dissolve to nothingness, rendering it illegible at the recorders table.
VRR have come a long way since those innocent days and we now entrust this important function to the most fallible of institutions, the human memory.
Thanks for reading,
Tony Freegard
Agent 99

 

 

VRR member, Tarquin Oehr, talks about his marathon experience in Athens.

 

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The Original Marathon

After taking up running and enjoying it I developed an interest in (at that time) the ultimate race,  the Marathon and in 1970 decided to take the plunge, entering  the VMC Marathon at Tyabb. Some of your readers would remember the eccentric Fred Lester who launched us on our way for the exciting route- 13 miles along the road to Tooradin, turn round and return.

Inspired by finishing and determined to improve my time I ran several more including Victorian and Australian championships over the next few years.

 

In 1979 while working in London my athletic club decided to send a team to run the Greek National Marathon , run on the original course Marathon to Athens , so I naturally jumped at the opportunity.

We were fortunate that one of our club members had a villa in the Peloponnese where we managed to have a relaxing few days enjoying the wonderful Greek food and wine while acclimatising to the heat- a contrast to the snow we had left behind in London.

Race day loomed and I learned the lesson of not driving along the race route prior to the event; the bus trip, seemed to take an eternity and worryingly was largely downhill.

Reaching the start we alighted from the bus and assembled at the monument signifying the start line, alarmingly observing the flags being blown horizontal by the headwind which would face us.

A photo later appearing on the front page of the Greek sporting paper shows a naively smiling me in the field after having taken the first few steps.(Ed. see the photo below – runner #113)

The first few Km were thankfully flat along the plains of Marathon, including a detour round a warrior’s tomb then the long climb towards Athens began.

The ascent started, winding through small villages where several old ladies came out to hand us small olive branches (discarded after rounding the next corner). The countryside was dry and barren, populated largely with olive trees providing little protection from the headwind and heat.

Finally at around 30 K the outskirts of Athens was reached and, thankfully a gentle descent through the streets

The Greeks, perhaps not having the best organisational skills, left us to our own devices avoiding stray cars and navigating red traffic lights however the sight of the Acropolis in the distance meant the finish was nearing.

Finally there it was, the original 1896 olympic stadium and a last 100 m up the final straight to the finish, receiving  the generous gift of an old blanket to wrap around my shoulders. At least I probably fared better than the Russian runner who was beaten for first place by a Turk in the final straight.

Energy stores were repleted afterwards with a fabulous banquet in a local restaurant .

Then back to our villa for a few days relaxation, punctuated  by a 5 Km race 3 days later followed a 20 mile road race 2 weeks after returning to London; thankfully recovery was quick at that age.

Certainly one of the (many) highlights of my career and I still have the photo to prove I actually did it.

Sensibly, I gave up Marathon running in the prime of life but have much respect for those who still challenge themselves as they get older.

 

 

 

Class of 2021 running into 2022 Photo
(and they have the t-shirt to prove it)

 

I’m running late already!

 

Mick Wilson was ‘flying’ around the tan.
We haven’t seen Sally Browne recently so there were many people who wanted to say hello to her.

 

Katrina Cook kept a warm head on a very cold morning.
I think that Katrina is starting to build a collection of TTT t-shirts – well done!
James Yatomi-Clarke was another runner who dressed for the occasion and kept warm.

 

Keith Partridge even rides his bike to the TTT’s!
How healthy is that?
Colin Page has become a very welcome VRR regular over the last couple of years.

 

There was no missing Karen Travill with that nice blue top.
Crikey, Russell Bulman, you’re out sprinting Leigh Fatchen and there’s at least a kilometer to the finish.
(Arhh, Leigh’s doing the 8km so he was just saving his effort – ha ha)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UNIFORMS
The club has limited stock of short sleeve t-shirts (12), long sleeve t-shirts (5) – limited sizes.
But LOTS of singlets.
$20 or two items for $30.
Contact Doug Stokes (vrrtreasurer@gmail.com) for details.ANNUAL DINNER. 11/11/2022.
After more than two years we finally hope that this time it will actually happen.
Location will be the Postmaster Hotel Kew.(previously QPO where we were last time).
Further details will follow in due course.

Birthdays
VRR extends birthday greetings to the following members who will celebrate birthdays in July

Dean A,  Bernadette H, Tess L, Adri L, Vin M, Marianne M, John L,
John M,  Kim O, John R, Ken S, Mark T, Gary T, Alana G, Madison G
Peter B, Geoff W, Claire C.

If we missed your birthday we are very sorry.  Please let us know so that we can acknowledge you in the next Stride Out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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TOP 4km RUNNERS

Position Member Run Time
1 John O'Leary 4km 19.37
2 Kevin Armstrong 4km 21.09
3 Helen Corcoris 4km 22.38

TOP 8KM RUNNERS

Position Member Run Time
1 Adam Barker 8km 28.50
2 Oliver Huse 8km 32.41
3 Fabian Grose 8km 34.29

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