slide7Written and published back in 1975, it has a wonderful description of running a race that is well worth reading, so we have reproduced it here, but if you can ever get your hands on a copy we recommend it, even after 40 years much of it is still relevant as well as being a great read.


On the starting line for that one silent moment. Then the start. Always faster than you remembered. The mind goes through the instructions. Relax. Push off with each stride. Run from the hips. Belly breathe.

At the half-mile mark, you settle for a pace that keeps breathing just bearable. Everything makes a difference. Every change in footing—grass, cinder, dirt or stone. A grade that would escape a surveyor adds its toll. The environment occupies you completely. Wind speed and direction, temperature and humidity can either aid or hinder. Forget the watch; the course runs different every time.Continue reading

KURRAWA  TO  DURANBAH  50KM  ULTRA. The return of a 70 year old shuffler.

KURRAWA TO DURANBAH 50KM ULTRA. The return of a 70 year old shuffler.

Robert crossing the finish line of the 50 km Ultra

My return to Ultra’s after 20yrs was a decision brought about by an injury to my buttock that prevented me from doing any running for almost 6 months and the realization that I needed to enjoy it while I still could. Starting at the end of 2013 I began the rebuild from zero up to around 40k per week then over the last 3 months to 80k per week, knowing I would be there just to complete it not to compete.
On the morning of the race my partner and running buddy of 23yrs Bernice ( I am not a morning person) Fitzgibbon, had me out the door and on our way just after 4am in plenty of time for the start at 5, no time to be nervous, I knew mentally I could do it but the question was how well? After hugs and good wishes I was on the start in time for some last minute instructions from the Race Director and we were away, at this stage the thoughts were, its only 50k, this will be the shortest ultra you’ve ever done, oh this could be fun.Continue reading

Do You Smile?

Do You Smile?

Runners high five each other on a bridge

Two runners high five as they pass each other.

Don’t know where this came from or who wrote it but it is worth sharing and if you recognize it then let me know so I can give you credit and say thank-you with a smile.

When you’re out there on the footpaths, do you smile? When your feet fall into the rhythm, one after another, do you smile? When the person running towards you has a grimace of pain and determination on their face, do you smile? When the person running towards you nods their head in your direction, do you smile?

The runners smile. The nod. The acknowledgement. A shared understanding of so many things. A shared moment.Continue reading