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#1 redbackrun

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 10:12 AM

I thought Qld Running needed a thread as i've been running with them for a couple of years with the family and have seen a few CR there. QLD RUNNING WEBSITE - HERE

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"QUEENSLAND RUNNING IS A TRULY UNIQUE community-based not-for-profit CROSS COUNTRY CONCEPT that offers low cost opportunities for serious athletes and activity seekers of all ages to participate regularly in a friendly, supportive and safe off-road environment!"

2014 Weekly Competition Fees

General Competition Days*
0-10 years and under $3.00
11-17 years and under $4.00
18+ years and over $5.00

* Registered Athletes receive a $1.00 discount on the above fees.
* Maximum weekly fees for one family $15.00 (registered $10.00)

Weekly Competition
Competition is held each Saturday afternoon (except Easter). Various venues are used around Brisbane for events ranging from 500m to 8000m.
All events are timed and a certificate recording the athlete's name, distance and time are available from the announcer approximately 10-15 minutes after the event.
A Fitness Fun Walk is also held each competition afternoon. This walk covers the course for the shortest event - 500m (Program 1) or 800m (Program 2). Walk, hop, skip or jump your way around the course. Bring your dog or even read a book. Please note: no times are recorded or certificates presented for the walk.

2014 CALENDAR here

2014 PROGRAM here


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Posted 26 February 2012 - 10:21 AM

I'll keep an eye on this, as I reckon my 8 year old would like it, although he might be a bit stuffed from footy that morning.

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 11:33 AM

At what age do you need to enter as a master for this?

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 11:45 AM

These are great no fuss x country races and brilliant for getting kids of all ages involved.

As for us big kids we have plenty of opportunities for us to have a good workout.

I have already penciled in next sat arvos event at terelba park.

Hope to see a few of you there

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 11:55 AM

Work has me in Brisbane on some weekends this year, hopefully they line up with some of the runs.  The programs look good, all distances are covered.  

Is this an alternative program to the QA run cross country season?

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 01:16 PM

It is an alternative to the QA comp.  It has more kids and is a bit more relaxed but the QA comps usually have better competition at the pointy end.  Intraining has been taking a large contingent along the last few years and it is one of the weekly sessions we recommend for our marathon school.  Our whole family will be running next weekend.  Got to beat my 10 year old!

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 01:37 PM

Can't recommend this series highly enough.  I kind of treat it as a long speed session (you can enter multiple events on the day for no additional charge), with the added benefit/incentive of genuine racing.  I've had a few outright wins here too, which are always welcome!  Plus it's cross country, which is always great fun, in a friendly and informal atmosphere.

View PostMrUniqueName, on 26 February 2012 - 11:33 AM, said:

At what age do you need to enter as a master for this?

40+.  My territory!

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 03:46 PM

View Postvat, on 26 February 2012 - 01:37 PM, said:

I kind of treat it as a long speed session (you can enter multiple events on the day for no additional charge)

This is how I treat it as well. As I'm usually somewhere in the middle to the end of the pack there is only a few minutes between races for me. I try to do all six events on the day.

With parkrun in the morning and cross country in the afternoon, Saturdays are looking great.

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 05:58 AM

View Postvat, on 26 February 2012 - 01:37 PM, said:

View PostMrUniqueName, on 26 February 2012 - 11:33 AM, said:

At what age do you need to enter as a master for this?

40+.  My territory!

I thought it was 35

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 08:43 AM

View Postblair, on 29 February 2012 - 05:58 AM, said:

View Postvat, on 26 February 2012 - 01:37 PM, said:

View PostMrUniqueName, on 26 February 2012 - 11:33 AM, said:

At what age do you need to enter as a master for this?

40+.  My territory!

I thought it was 35

Is just about everywhere else, but not with these guys - it's on the bottom of the weekly nomination form.

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 08:50 AM

I've already signed my daughter up for this (age 7) so she'll have her name on her race bib.  I think she'll love it as she's already done a few 3km races :)  Looking forward to Saturday!

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 11:57 AM

Great series and great atmosphere. Been running in it since I was about eight years old. If anyone is up for a challenge, make sure you do the ANZAC Park runs at Toowong. Bloody tough course.

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 09:39 PM

i see this year Qld Running have added a 5k run to each program. Good move.

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 07:41 PM

I've signed my 8 year old up, and myself, although I won't be doing any racing.  I'll sign my 5 year old up too.  Hopefully it's not too hot tomorrow.

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 05:00 PM

Rained a bit beforehand but good weather for the run.  Just a bit humid and very soft underfoot.  Bit of a water jump each lap.  I struggled through the 4km happy to get through the first race ok.  Also first run in my new innov8 shoes.  They gave great grip in the wet and were nice and light.  Also being red they are always faster.  Two Sheds finished just in front of me and Fat Bloke won the 2km.

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 05:11 PM

A bit of rain to start with but held off for most of the races with only a couple of runners slipping over. I saw a few CR's amongst the 100 odd runners. Decided against wearing my cr cap as it doesn't keep the rain out of my eyes - next week. At same venue next week Teralba Park Mitchelton.

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 05:30 PM

View PostSteve, on 03 March 2012 - 05:00 PM, said:

Two Sheds finished just in front of me and Fat Bloke won the 2km.

It was CR 1-2-3 in the 2k, with Fat Bloke, myself and AndyP making up the podium.

Good cross country day, bit slippy, a water crossing and heavy ground.  Will probably be cursing it tomorrow, but hey, all in good fun!

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 06:30 PM

View PostSteve, on 03 March 2012 - 05:00 PM, said:

Bit of a water jump each lap.
That sounds a bit soft to me, Steve.  I stepped in it every time.

View Postvat, on 03 March 2012 - 05:30 PM, said:

It was CR 1-2-3 in the 2k, with Fat Bloke, myself and AndyP making up the podium.
Hoozah!

That was really fun.  My little guys (8 and nearly 5) did a lot more than I thought they could do and were well behaved with no whinging.  I also ran a couple of runs by myself, which I wasn't expecting to do.  They did the 500m, 1000m, 500m walk and 1500m.  I did those with them, plus the 2000m and 3000m, of which I ran the 2000m pretty hard, but trailed the other CR guns the whole way.

I'm pretty bonked (golf this morning too), so I can only imagine how the kiddies feel.  I was going to do a fast 5k at BRRC tomorrow, but I don't think I'm up for speed.  Maybe a steady 15k instead, and I'll only give the field a 2 minute headstart this time.

We'll definitely be doing another cross country, but not next week, as I'm already booked.

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 08:30 PM

I'm going to try to come along to a few of these - they look great!

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 08:36 PM

A great event for sure!  My daughter loved the 500m and 2000m.  She was very happy about the big mud puddle in the 2000m and even more happy to put her 'muddy' shoes outside just like mum does after a wet trail run.  Too cute!  We'll definitely be back (not next week as I have a date in the Blue Mountains :))

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 09:30 PM

View PostCanadiangirlinOz, on 03 March 2012 - 08:36 PM, said:

(not next week as I have a date in the Blue Mountains Posted Image)

Take your swimmers!

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 11:01 AM

Thanks Vat - I have faith that there is going to be beautiful weather in the Blue Mountains this week and the river is going to be passable.  I am vertically challenged so still expecting to swim across but as long as it goes ahead I'm good with whatever!

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 10:37 AM

I volunteered for QR last year i.e. Marshall, Setting UP course i,e. flags, and finishers numers .. all goof fun!

I hope this year to do the same and do a lot more running of the courses to.  

I highly recommend the program .. it is gr8 fun and so good to get out in the green open spaces of the various parks which change weekly.

One event that I really look forward to is the 'Pine Rivers Park, Strathpine One & Two Hour Relay Event' .. the course and venue is beautiful .. usually a four person team event.


In 2012, each athlete will be issued with a printed athlete running number which is to be worn every week and must be worn on the front of the running shirt.  It is possible to have last season number that was allocated to you  ;)

Hope to see you throughout the season.

Happy running,
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Posted 16 March 2012 - 08:15 PM

So we can just turn up, pay a small fee and then race, correct? Do we need to be there before 2 or just before the race starts? I'm hoping to come tomorrow for a few races and so am just making sure I don't mess it all up!

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 08:47 PM

View PostMrUniqueName, on 16 March 2012 - 08:15 PM, said:

So we can just turn up, pay a small fee and then race, correct? Do we need to be there before 2 or just before the race starts? I'm hoping to come tomorrow for a few races and so am just making sure I don't mess it all up!

Just before the race starts but you'd want a few minutes to register. The recording tables can get busy. I' m hoping to get there for the later races due to other comittments.

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 09:04 PM

Yeah I'm undecided which to do. Maybe the 1, 2 & 3 or 1, 2 & 5. Too many choices!

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 09:59 PM

You can do as many events on the day as you like.  I like to turn up about 30-40 mins early, do a warm-up/scope of the course, and do 3 to 5 events.  You can treat a shorter one as a warm up or sighter, then have a crack at your target event.

Saturday's event is at Seventh Brigade Park, Geebung (basically opposite Chermside Shopping Centre).  Each race begins with a nice long downhill that sucks you into going out too hard.

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 10:15 PM

I am currently injured but love 7th Brigade! Doesn't seem like a tough course, but it definately is. You can push out some good times if you run smart. Hopefully I will be back running soon and racing a few of you out there ;)

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 08:44 AM

i won't make it now after pulling up sore again! (glute) after parkrun this morning.

enjoy

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 09:21 AM

View PostMrUniqueName, on 16 March 2012 - 09:04 PM, said:

Yeah I'm undecided which to do. Maybe the 1, 2 & 3 or 1, 2 & 5. Too many choices!
Do several.
I did some slower runs with the kids, and did the 2k flat out.  I also backed up for the 3k, but did the first half easy, and the second half a lot faster.

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 02:40 PM

View Postredbackrun, on 17 March 2012 - 08:44 AM, said:

i won't make it now after pulling up sore again! (glute) after parkrun this morning.

enjoy

Didn't work for me this week (time and managing mileage target with the Coot-tha ride tomorrow).  I'll probably pop over for a gentle one at Yeronga next week, as I want a proper crack at the 10k at BRRC on the Sunday.

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 03:36 PM

Well I had a great day today! I did the 1k as a gentle warm-up and to see how the flags etc worked. I then did the 2k and was doing well until I had to stop for directions from other runners... twice! Was overtaken in the last 500m or so to come in 2nd but was still very pleased with the run. I would have done a few more but it started raining and I can't get my cast wet, so decided to call it a day. I'm aiming to be back in 2 more weeks for another fun day!

PS - if the runner who yelled out directions to me is a coolrunner and reads this - THANK YOU!!! I felt like such an idiot trying to work out where to go hahaha

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 07:47 PM

There were a few CoolRunners down at Yeronga, running and not.

I took my boys down there again, and now we are all stuffed after running in those heavy conditions.  I also managed to make it 3 from 4 wins for CoolRunners in the 2k.  It was a fun race and I enjoyed the tactical aspect of cross country instead of worrying about the time.

I'm not sure how I'm going to get my legs going for a good 10k time tomorrow.

Edited by AndyP, 24 March 2012 - 07:49 PM.


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Posted 24 March 2012 - 10:27 PM

View PostAndyP, on 24 March 2012 - 07:47 PM, said:

There were a few CoolRunners down at Yeronga, running and not.

I took my boys down there again, and now we are all stuffed after running in those heavy conditions.  I also managed to make it 3 from 4 wins for CoolRunners in the 2k.  It was a fun race and I enjoyed the tactical aspect of cross country instead of worrying about the time.

I'm not sure how I'm going to get my legs going for a good 10k time tomorrow.
Congrats again on the win AndyP, nice style on the fitness 800m with your young bloke too! ..Good to see you there!! first time for my daughter but she had a good run and enjoyed it. hoping to do a few more of them, next time running perhaps :-)

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 11:02 AM

I ended up working all yesterday afternoon (the joys of being 'on call'), but I can tell you Andy backup up pretty well this morning..

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 01:18 PM

Indeed.

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 02:27 PM

Looking forward to coming along and having a race once my injury is sorted out. Some solid times being produced, especially with the weather in SEQ lately.

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 05:33 PM

no competition next week due to easter.

next round Saturday
14 April

Pine Rivers Park, Strathpine



a record field today. i don't know if it was the school holiday's or school xc coming up but seemed to be a thousand kids running. it made for an interesting start. thanks to the volunteers they do a great job!Posted Image

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 05:01 PM

This Saturday is at Anzac Park, Toowong - details here

"This venue enjoys the reputation of being the most challenging course with both long and short uphill and downhill sections, with a bare minimum of level stretches.

Whilst the shorter 500, 800 and 1000 metre distances are not easy, most younger athletes complete these courses, albeit with walking spells along the way. Those contemplating the 2000 metre loop and multiples thereof, should be aware that sections of that loop are steep, rough and sloping, particularly the downslopes."

i won't be there myself due to other commitments but this xc course is a tough one.

Edited by redbackrun, 17 April 2012 - 05:02 PM.


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Posted 17 April 2012 - 06:36 PM

I'll finally be there this week after a few other side projects have been diverting my attention.

This is an epic course with some big climbs and descents, plus some great side hill running.  The course rewards strong, patient runners.  Woe betide those who go out too hard too early in the long events.

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 07:10 PM

I'll wait and see with this one.  Both of the boys have footy in the morning, and I may run at Sherwood (although I'm sick of the road camber there).

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 05:25 PM

Finally managed to get back to one of these today but decided to use it as a good opportunity to introduce my 3yo to cross country. Unfortunately we missed the 500m, then we missed the 1k which meant that the next option was the 2k! We agreed that I would carry him whenever he got tired, which meant that he was on my shoulders for about 3/4 of the race ^_^   But he had a good attempt and in the car on the way home he told me that he wants to run again on the next 'running day'. I just need to make sure we get there in time for the 500m next time!

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 05:48 PM

View PostMrUniqueName, on 12 May 2012 - 05:25 PM, said:

Finally managed to get back to one of these today but decided to use it as a good opportunity to introduce my 3yo to cross country. Unfortunately we missed the 500m, then we missed the 1k which meant that the next option was the 2k! We agreed that I would carry him whenever he got tired, which meant that he was on my shoulders for about 3/4 of the race ^_^   But he had a good attempt and in the car on the way home he told me that he wants to run again on the next 'running day'. I just need to make sure we get there in time for the 500m next time!

nice story mun :) "next running day" isn't that 100k!

i decided not to run but head to Camp mnt for some hill repeats x 5. still cautious about increasing speed atm. May not run (rocket relay) this Sat and save myself for GH next day.

cheers
rbr

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 07:47 PM

MUN, did you miss them because you weren't there on time or because you were in the line for registration?  Last time I went I ran a few races then registered to avoid the lines (although I already have a number).

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 10:26 PM

View PostAndyP, on 12 May 2012 - 07:47 PM, said:

MUN, did you miss them because you weren't there on time or because you were in the line for registration?  Last time I went I ran a few races then registered to avoid the lines (although I already have a number).

A bit of both actually! I turned up too late for the 500m and then spent too long in the queue so that I could register my son. Plus I forgot my number so I had to ask them what it was anyway - really I've got no one to blame except myself :) But that's a great idea to just jump into the races and then go back to register!

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Posted 07 July 2012 - 11:15 AM

Alright - it's a fair haul over to Strathpine this afternoon but I'm going to head over and do the 5k today.

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Posted 07 July 2012 - 07:15 PM

How did you go?

I'd love to do some more of these, but it just doesn't fit in, especially those with the longer drives.

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Posted 07 July 2012 - 07:57 PM

View PostAndyP, on 07 July 2012 - 07:15 PM, said:

How did you go?

I'd love to do some more of these, but it just doesn't fit in, especially those with the longer drives.

Yeah, it's a fair hike to Strathpine.  Sandgate next week, too, so that's a bit of a pedal - in fact all of the remaining events are on the northside.  A pain, but I really want to get some 5k races in before the Brisbane Marathon, just to lock in some speed and race fitness.

18:04 for the 5 by their timing, I had 18:03, heard 18:02 when I crossed, so somewhere in there.  XC and 6 days after the half, pretty happy with that although something in the 17s would have been nice - never easy to speed up when there's no-one with you.  Think I was close to maxxed, though.  Surface was fairly deeply grassed, but otherwise conditions were close to ideal.

Did the race in the VFF Bikilas entirely front foot striking.  Got through pretty well, pace was fairly even, so I'll continue to work with that style as I think there's great potential there, and I think it's feeding through to my endurance running style and making it smoother and more efficient.

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Posted 18 February 2014 - 08:48 AM

These are good fun for all of the family.  I've penciled in all of those dates into the calendar and will see if I can get to a few in between other sporting commitments.