Grampians Peaks Trail: Fastest Known Times

Fastest Known Times (FKT) to run the Grampians Peaks Trail (GTP) from Mt Zero car park to Dunkeld. (North to South) North to South Males Place Name Time Date 1 Michael Dunstan 24:01:33 24.11.2023 2 Matthew Crehan 25:25:16 24.11.2023 3 Chris Mcauliffe 26:02:23 24.11.2023 4 Luke Barrett 28:10:25 24.11.2023 5 Daniel Hughes 29:21:47 24.11.2023 Females …

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Conquering a Run in Perimenopause

From “Ugh” to “Wow!”: (Yes, You Can!) Let’s talk about conquering those “I-can’t-do-this” moments. We’ve all been there, staring down a challenge that feels like Mount Everest in thongs (aka flip-flops). This week, it was a 90-minute run on my training plan. 90 minutes? Easy peasy, right? I’ve run for five hours before! But life, …

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Beyond the Finish Line: Why Races Are About the Journey, Not the Destination

We all love a good personal best (PB). That feeling of pushing your limits and seeing a new number on the clock is undeniably satisfying. But what if I told you that the true magic of races lies elsewhere, in the experience itself? The Race as a Celebration: Coming down the finish chute of the …

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Surprise Adventure: From Paddy’s Castle to the Top of Mt. Thackeray!

Let’s face it, my adventure tank was running on fumes. But then, BAM! Tom drops a surprise like a ninja with a picnic basket. “Shower, lunch, pack your bags, adventure awaits!” he declares. Kids occupied, snacks and water secured, we set off. First stop: Paddy’s Castle, a place I hadn’t seen in a decade. Talk …

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Embrace the Turtle: Strategic Running and Starting the Season Strong

The unspoken rule of club runners? Don’t win the first race. It might sound odd, but hear me out! A victory tanks your handicap, making future wins tougher. This year’s SAAC season kicked off with the Grampians Insurance handicap, a mass start with staggered finishing times based on past performances. As a 12-year club veteran, …

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Life Throws Curveballs: How to Adapt and Stay on Track with Your Fitness Goals

We’ve all been there. You meticulously plan your week, every workout session carefully scheduled, only to have life throw a curveball. Maybe it’s a work emergency, a sudden illness, or in my case this week, a gym unexpectedly closed for renovations. This morning, despite finishing a late shift the previous day, I dragged myself out …

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