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Reports from the Field

Reports from the Field

We enter a lot of events. Chances are, if an event is run down in our corner of the world, we’ve done it at least once. So, if you’re thinking about doing an event, look it up here and get the inside track!

If you’re curious about an event and don’t see it in our list, feel free to drop us a line and suggest it!

To make things a bit easier, we’ve split the event lists up:

Wild Horizons Bundy Run 2016 Cover Picture

Cyborg gets some photos.

3 December 2016

3 December 2016

Cyborg gets some photos.

I completed the inaugural Bundy Run in 2015. And by that, I mean I completed the entire course, and took some crappy pictures along the way (in my defence, it was a very damp and misty day). But my time was pretty rubbish (again, in my defence, it is quite a technical course) and I walked a lot of it. Put simply, I felt like the Bundy Run and I still had unfinished business. And in some places I grew up, leaving an unfinished Bundy is sacrilege. Besides, this time I knew what I was in for...

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Canberra Half Marathon 2016 cover picture

Red is faster!

14 April 2016

14 April 2016

Red is Faster!

Towards the end of last year I thought I was running quite well. Dare I say it: I was nearly enjoying running. Me, the “not a runner” Cyborg. I had even managed to get what I considered to be a fairly impressive result in the Canberra Times Fun Run. I thought perhaps I should take running events a bit more seriously - starting with a decent crack at the Australian Running Festival. But this time, instead of entering in my standard “Full House” of events - the 5km, 10km and half marathon the next day - I elected to focus on one event: the half marathon. Not that I’m soft. Really. It’s just that entering all three can get quite expensive, and, you know, it’s getting just a bit too close to paying to receive pain - and I’m sure there are plenty of other places in Canberra which would help me with that.

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Bundy Run cover picture

Cyborg gets a First in a Run

No, wait, he entered a first-time run.

No, wait, he entered a first-time run.

Cyborg gets a First in a Run

You know what a well-regarded mountain biking event, well, festival of high-renown really needs? A trail run of course. The team at Wild Horizons noted that many riders who turned up at the Fling talked about “Hall Passe”, and noted that not everyone occupied Fling Eve with the Bundanoon Dash. And since all these people were in town to register, well why not provide another event? So the Bundy Run was created. Just to add a bit more suffering to the weekend for anyone foolish enough to take on another Wild Horizons challenge.

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Canberra Times Fun Run 2015 cover picture

11 September 2015

Getting the Band Back Together!

The Canberra Times Fun Run has been a regular event for the TriHards over the years - in fact the report for the 2008 was one of the very first race reports to be published on the site. So, it seemed kind of fitting for a reunion, of sorts, for the TriHards.

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Cover Photo

Bridge Run

20 September 2009

20 September 2009

Bridge Run

The Cyborg arrived at the park at Milson’s Point a good hour early; he’d done three laps of the park to warm up, before moving onto some gentle stretches while waiting for the last of the walkers to clear the start area. At approximately 8:10, when they were all gone, he moved across to the starting line to ensure a good position at the front of the pack; finding himself about three rows back, where he continued stretching and bouncing to warm up his muscles in preparation for the “sprint” event to follow.

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Cover Photo

11 April, 2011

Cyborg Warms up at the Running Festival

The Cyborg signed on to the inaugural Canberra Running Festival (formerly the Canberra Marathon) after discovering he was in the dreaded position of having a free weekend. As all good festivals do, the running festival had a number of events: a 5km run, 10km run, half marathon, marathon and ultra-marathon. Not being entirely crazy, the Cyborg signed on for the 10km run. Then, on actually reading the site again, he noted that the 5km run started at 3pm, and the 10km at 4pm.

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10 May 2012

Cyborg Scores a Full House!

Now, it has to be said: the Cyborg has a terrible memory. Worse than that, he seems to either block events out, or totally ignore events from the past. Which is why, when he received an email about the Australian Running Festival, instead of reading back to last year’s report, remembering the pain, then hitting delete, he visited the site. And he checked out the events on offer. And, using the same, twisted logic that he used when entering the Stromlo Running Festival, he looked through the program to determine which events he could enter. And it looked promising... So, let’s take you for a little walk down the dark garden path of his thinking:

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19 April 2013

Cyborg scores about average!

I was really hoping to go well in the Running Festival this year; I was hoping to go well in the Stromlo Running Festival as well. Unfortunately, a tear in my calf in January dashed those hopes - at least for Stromlo (I still tried, but had to pull out before even completing 5kms in the cross country!)

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26 May 2014

The Cyborg Doth Protest Too Much

For years now the Cyborg has been telling us he is not a runner - despite having completed several Canberra Times Fun Runs and attending multiple running festivals. And he doesn’t just turn up to these festivals to wander around the various marquees and look at the sponsors’ wares, he enters several events-all the events that he can do in fact. Somebody really should tell him that a running festival isn’t a buffet.

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9 August 2009

TriHards Break a World Record!

On 9 August 2009, the largest team of TriHards ever assembled gathered to break a record, a world record no less! In another first, this team had almost equal numbers of men and women! This new mixed team of brave souls achieved their goal, along with 74,991 other people, in entering - and completing - the City to Surf, the largest timed race in the world!

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19 September 2011

Four Years of the Canberra Times Fun Run!

When the TriHards first attempted the Canberra Times Fun Run back in 2007, they undertook it as a training run for their “real” events in the AROC Paddy Pallin Adventure Race series. In 2008 they got a bit more serious, and completed the whole run non-stop. 2009 saw a mix of ages and long and short course entries scatter them throughout the field and in 2010 the Cyborg was the only TriHard flying the banner, achieving a personal best time despite several setbacks.

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11 September 2014

Cyborg Breaks the Five Minute Barrier!

Taking advantage of the early-bird entry for the Canberra Times Fun Run provided me with a number of benefits: firstly, the discounted price (always handy!) Secondly, I scored a low bib number (if you can’t rank low in the race, score a low bib number!) Finally, and most importantly, it meant I had all of the Canberra winter months to put on enough fat to get me through the 14 kilometres.

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18 September 2008

TriHards declare “No More Mr/Miss/Mrs/Ms Nice Person*!”

After a very successful outing in the Canberra Times Fun Run, the hard men of the TriHards have declared “No More Mr Nice Guy!” Heads suitably swelled from achieving their lofty objective of actually finishing the gruelling 10,000m run through the centre of Canberra, despite the occasional downpour, strong winds and lack of coffee at the start, in under an hour. Now they truly would be a force to be reckoned with. Now, in the middle of the pack, they could be considered serious contenders!

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Canberra Times Fun Run

13 September 2009

13 September 2009

Canberra Times Fun Run

Following on from their excellent results (by TriHards standards) in the City2Surf, and with the inclusion of some younger team members, the TriHards held high hopes for their chances in the Canberra Times Fun Run. And Canberra had certainly turned on a nice Spring day for the event (and the opening weekend of Floriade, the flower spectacular), with BOM promising the temperature would rise to 24 degrees!

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Cover Photo

10 May 2009

Insanity Prevails at the Mother’s Day Classic!

On a cool, crisp Canberra morning the TriHards smashed their own personal best records in two events of the Mother’s Day Classic. The Immoral Support Crew (with her moral supporters) achieved a personal best (without stopping for a single toilet break or coffee) in the 5km event, and the Cyborg dispelled rumours of his insanity by completing the 10km event in his own personal best time (despite following hallucinations and having odd conversations with the voices in his head).

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Running4Funning

Report by Doc Runaway

Report by Doc Runaway

Running4Funning

“...So honey, you know I love you... and well... the thing is... you see... I’ve entered another Fun Run.” Thus began my preparation for the 2009 Rebel Sport Run4Fun. The running widower gracefully acknowledged he would spend another Sunday morning alone and wished me luck.

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Cyborg Runs with the Wind

01 December 2013

01 December 2013

Cyborg Runs with the Wind

On a return journey from Sydney a few years ago, I noticed a few white blooms sprouting on the other side of Lake George. Over time, these plumes bloomed into a fully-fledged forest of wind-turbine power generators, lazily spinning across the way, generating power for the district. Eventually, curiosity got the better of me - and the Immoral Support Crew - and we set out to see these monstrous towers up close. But we were denied - through a combination of not realising just how far they were away, and the fact that they were on private property.

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The Cyborg Earns his Shirt

18 February 2012

18 February 2012

The Cyborg Earns his Shirt

The Stromlo Running Festival has been running for a few years now, with 2012 being the third time the Cyborg has entered, but only the second time he’s run; having had to pull out in 2011 due to injuries. Of course, his greatest regret in pulling out in 2011 was that he’d bought the fantastic 2XU Stromlo Running Festival shirt, and couldn’t wear it! (No, that’s the rule: you can’t wear an event shirt unless you’ve participated in the event!)

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19 February 2012

Sometimes Lightning Does Strike Twice

This year the shorter of the two Lightning Strike runs (you didn’t expect the Cyborg to do the long run, did you?) had changed markedly from previously years. For starters, they’d knocked a kilometre off the course, which was nice; unfortunately the change also included a full kilometre of steady climbing! The elevation profile on display rivalled that of the Mountain Run (though, admittedly, it was a longer run squeezed into a shorter scale, so looked steeper). Another advantage of the new course was that it changed to an out and back course - starting and finishing around the pavilion and event hub. So there was no need to organise buses and the like.

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Running Up that Hill

18 February 2012

18 February 2012

Running Up that Hill

In a change from the last time the Cyborg entered the Stromlo Running Festival, the mountain run was held later on Saturday; which was very fortunate for the Cyborg indeed, as it meant he had time to recover from the iAdventure race in the morning. And what better way to warm down from an adventure race than running up a mountain? A 3.6km run, with a vertical climb of 180m on gravelly firetrail. The elevation profile says it all really.

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Lightning Strike

Report by the Cyborg

Report by the Cyborg

Lightning Strike

The Mizuno Lightning Strike run was a cross-country run which could be undertaken in either 30km or 11km lengths. Being the non-runner that I am, I had signed on for the 11km run. I also elected to wear my Mizuno running shoes for this event (no, you may not call me Imelda; I only have a couple of pairs!), as I wasn’t confident in doing that sort of distance in my Vibrams yet.

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Mountain Run

Report by the Cyborg

Report by the Cyborg

Mountain Run

Have you seen the Crow? The Brandon Lee Movie from 1994? You know, the grunge Casablanca. Of course it was! But I digress. There is a scene towards the end where the already dead, but dying again nonetheless (no, really, you should see it!) Eric Draven grabs a hold of his nemesis, “Top Dollar”, (Michael Wincott) and passes on the 30 hours of pain that his fiancé, Shelly suffered before dying, with the words, “30 hours of pain, all at once, all for you”. That’s what the Mountain Run is. It’s all of the ascents, from all the runs of the weekend, thrown into one big concentrated dose of slogging up Mount Stromlo. Maybe even more. 180m of ascent over a 3.2km course...

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Stromlo Running Festival!

Report by the Cyborg

Report by the Cyborg

Stromlo Running Festival!

Now, firstly - and perhaps most importantly - I should say: I’m not a runner. I have never considered myself a runner and, you know, I really don’t particularly like running. Sure, like everyone else, I can run if I need to. I can run if the house is on fire. I can run if I’m late for an appointment. I can run if Maccas brekky finishes in five minutes. But running for fun, that’s my definition of an oxymoron.

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