President’s Tan Talk – June 2022
The first Tan Time Trial for winter was on what could be described as “a very cold morning” or a “great morning for a run, and both would be true. It was a beautiful morning in our beautiful surroundings as we acknowledged an celebrated some significant milestones, see the photos below. Congratulations to Lynn O’Dea, John Custo and Leigh Fatchen on their respective milestones, well done!!
At the other end of the spectrum was a ‘first-timer’, Kym Cao, who had been brought along by her partner Monish Swamy. Chatting with them before and after the run that sense of feeling welcome, which is what VRR is all about, was clearly evident. They are in the group photo below, front left in the photo.
The other ‘news’ was that after some significant COVID-related delays the Tan Twelve Timer and Back to Back Tans are now in production, and will be available next month.
Westerfolds 5k / 10k / Half Marathon
On Sunday 15 May we conducted our first fun run for a long time, the previous one being last year’s Westerfolds, run in between lockdowns!! It was a good event, with one overseas runner (from France) travelling from the CBD by Uber to run with us, and (from memory) he was first finisher in the half marathon.
What came out of that day, (promoted by Doug Stokes and my son!!) was the decision to change the half marathon course so that it will be four laps of the (hilly) 5k loop, plus a 1.1 km add-on at the end. Turned out (after some opinion testing) that the half marathoners weren’t put off by the extra climbing. (I love running hills, as I do at Ferny Creek most Sundays, I just needed to be convinced that other were OK with the change, which they were.
We now have two very different half marathons: hilly Westerfolds and the fast and flat Princes Park, coming up in August.
A big thank you to Bill Noonan, Russell Bulman, Kevin Armstrong and my son Mack (early starter with me) for course marshalling on the day, together with Doug Stokes, Lynn Kisler, Peter Nicoll and Rod Opie for doing what they always do, without whom we could not stage these events. Well done, yet again.