Gold Coast 50
The Gold Coast 50, formerly known as the Kurrawa to Duranbah, took place on Sunday 11 December. It turned out to be a very pleasant day for the run – not too hot, not too wet. The 50k race was won by Jonathon Peters in 3:10:13, with Elkie Belcher being the first female home in 3:45:48, both achieving race records in the process. John Shaw (3:40:40) set an Australian M 60-64 Age group record.
Striderm was an event sponsor and Striderm Director, Geoff, caught up for a chat with Race Director, Ian Cornelius, at the event registration.
Adventure Racing World Championships
The Adventure Racing World Championships were held 8-18 November in the Shoalhaven area. The Striderm supported BMX Bandits finished 23rd outright and 2nd in the Men’s Team division.
The team reported:
“… one of the key reasons we enjoyed ourselves so much was that we kept our bodies in good shape. Talking to other racers, the number one factor that caused teams to implode were foot injuries. Hot spots that became blisters, blisters that got infected - and next thing you know you're at the hospital on anti-biotic drips to try and treat them...
We raced hard for five days and no one on our team got a single foot blister. Striderm makes great products - and we just wanted to thank you for partnering with us!
Congratulations BMX Bandits on their great performance; it was great to tbe part of the fluoro team for the race.
The Flinders Tour trail event was held at Beerburrum on 24th July, and organised by The Run Inn Promotions. It is part of the Glasshouse Trail Series and offers a choice of run lengths from 12.5k to 52k. It was a fabulous winter morning for the run. Striderm was there as a product sponsor and wish to thank the promotors for the great exposure they were given to the participants at the start of each event.
Nerang Short Course Series
This five race Nerang Short Course Series was scheduled to be held between May and September. Runners can choose from one of the 4 race length - 6k to 21k. This year, Striderm secured the naming rights for the 14k event.
The weather was generally quite good for the series. The courses, from all reports, have been improved in line with developments in the adjacent Conservation/National Park . There have also been improvements to the Nerang Velodrome, which will be the race headquarters for the Commonwealth Games mountain biking events.
True Grit 24hr Enduro
The Sydney True Grit obstacle course event was held on the 11-12 June 2016, at Lower Portland, on the Hawkesbury River. The courses are designed around a 10-12km circuit with over 30 obstacles. The highlight of the weekend was the True Grit 24hr Enduro. True Grit teamed up with the Obstacle Course Racing Association of Australia (OCRA) to bring you an Australian 24hr Obstacle Course championship. The race was won by Lachlan Dansie, who completed 14 laps, or 148.820k. He held off Tegyn Angel by a mere 22min – very close for a 24 hr event. The women’s event was won by Janet Smith, who completed 11 laps, or 116.930k.
Striderm was very excited to be there as an invited product sponsor. It was a most enjoyable weekend, if not a little cold overnight.
Queensland Half Marathon
The Queensland Half Marathon was held at Deagon on 29 May 2016. The half saw competitors taking in the Brighton foreshore. Apart from the half marathon there were 10k and 6 k options. The Half Marathon winners were Andrew Dey (1:16:32) and Kathryn Smyrneos (01:28:16). Striderm continued its long association with the event as a product sponsor.
Numinbah to Pollys
Numinbah to Pollys trail running event was held on 24 April 2016. The run started at the Numinbah Environmental Education Centre and took in parts of the hilly Numinbah Forest Reserve. The main event is the 50k, with options of 35k or 18k. The 50k winners were Jimmy Morrison (4:31:04, a course record0 and Tanya Walker (6:14:58). Striderm was happy to be associated with the event again this year.
Mt Mee Marathon
The Mt Mee Marathon is part of the Glasshouse Trail Series and was held on 10 April. There are race options of 44k, 19k, and 9k. This year the 44k races were won by Kieran O'Brien (3:54:23) and Suzanne Chatterton (4:55:35). Striderm was pleased to continue it long association with the event.
Convicts & Wenches, Tasmania
The Convicts & Wenches Trail Race was held on 3 April 2016 from Greens Beach, Tasmania. The run takes participants along Tasmania's northern coastline of the Narawntapu National Park. This year the 50k event was won by David Bailey in the time of 4:05:00. The first female home was Kay Hodgins in 4:38:14. Striderm was pleased to extend its product sponsorship into Tasmania agsin this year.
Canberra 48hr Race
The Canberra 48hr Race was held at the AIS, CAnberra from 18 to 20 March 2016. It was classified as the AURA 2016 National Championship. Striderm was excited to be called upon to be a product sponsor for this prestigious event. In the men’s group, Mick Thwaites covered a wold class 413.059k, while in the female’s group, Nikki Wynd covered 343.044k, a world best and new Australian record. Overall, 4 runners exceeded 300K in the 48hrs. Striderm Ambassador, John Pearson, won the 6hr event covering 63.119k.
GaleForce Running Squad
Striderm has joined with the GaleForce Running Squad as a corporate partner. Arising from this arrangement, GFRS principal, Chris Gale, invited Striderm Director, Geoff Rynja, to joing the Squad for a typical Saturday morning long run. Geoff took up this invitation in early March. It was a great opportunity to meet many of the squad members, firstly, to discuss their running aims and objectives, and, secondly, tell them about the Striderm story.
Bayside Runners and Walkers
Bayside Runners and Walkers meet every Saturday at a park in Victoria Point, Queensland for a 40-50 min run/walk along the lovely walking/bike paths. This is followed by a coffee and a chat at a local bakery. For members wanting to do longer runs, runs of varying distances are arranged. The long runs are scheduled so that members are back in time for the previously mentioned social gathering. For those who are interested, a 5k time trail is scheduled for the last Saturday of the month. This is the biggest local running clubs near the Striderm base. When we can, Striderm gets along to take in a run and chat with them. See the attached picture of one of the bikepaths in Victoria Point.
Intraining Marathon School 2016 Season Launch
Striderm is really pleased to continuing its involvement with the Intraining Marathon School. We attended the 2016 season launch on Sunday 31st January and were happy to speak with a number of attendees. We hope that the registrants are able to achieve their goals for the year in whatever event they choose to do. If you want to find out more, then follow the link above. Thank you Steve Manning for the invitation to attend.
GaleForce Running Squad 2016 Season Launch
Striderm had great pleasure in attending the GaleForce Running Squad season launch on Saturday 30th January. It was great to meet some of the squad members and enjoy that team social environment. We wish all of the runners a great season. If you want to know more about the squad, then follow the link above. Thank you Chris Gale for the invitation.
Coombabah Lakelands Cross Country Series
The Commbabah Lakelands Cross Country is a 4 race series with the first event being held on Saturday 9 January. There's nothing like running the Christmas / new Year cobwebs out of the system! Striderm became involved with the event for the first time and we are looking forward to an ongoing association. The Men's 20k event was won by Josh Amberger from Brad Beer and Daniel Ramage (see photo); the women's event was won by Christie McKay from Tomosko Carson and Jennifer Anderson. Other events were 10k, 5k and 3k. For more information, check the website http://www.goldcoastcrosscountry.com/GoldCoastCrossCountry_Home.html
Happy New Year
Happy New Year from Striderm to all our friends and supporters. We hope that you all are able to achieve your sporting goals this year.