Some of your PBs? 5km: 18:24, 10km: 38:20, Marathon: 3:04:30. Running highlights? Achieving my first BQ time at the Canberra Marathon this year (in challenging conditions - windy). Why do you run? To burn off all the chocolate that I eat. Also enjoy the freedom of running. What is your favourite running moment? Pacing Kelly (wife) to complete her first marathon (which was 50mins faster than my debut marathon) What keeps you motivated? I run for fun, stress relief, to achieve a Boston Qualifier (BQ), and to achieve a sub 3hr marathon.
40 min: Jeff Grey
Some of your PBs? Marathon 2:52:01, 1/2 Marathon 82:14, 10km 37:30, 5km 18:01. Running highlights? Coming 2nd in Bush Capital Marathon in October 2017, after running Melbourne Marathon just 6 days before. Why do you run? I originally started to get myself out of the office at lunchtime in my busy job and then I got hooked on distance running and now I can’t go a day without it (except a rest day on rare occasions). What is your favourite running moment? Finishing the Paris Marathon running towards the Arc de Triomphe in 2015 and knocking 2 minutes off my previous PB! What keeps you motivated? I still set myself some tough running goals and enter many of the big Australian distance races so I can soak up the atmosphere and run with world class runners (although normally a bit behind).
Scott Wilkinson: 45min
Some of your PBs? 5 km in 19:57. Running highlights? The Triple Tri leg over Majura & Ainslie. Why do you run? I run to keep trim and feel youngish What is your favourite running moment? A morning run in any Canberra nature park, especially after rain. What keeps you motivated? Enjoy being outside, moving at a reasonable pace, and earning some treats!
45 min: Josh Kirkland
Some of your PBs? 5km - 18:37, 10km - 39:27. Running highlights? Definitely finishing my first marathon in horrendous conditions in Canberra. Ran with a pacer from start to finish who got me through. Why do you run? Initially to keep a level of fitness, then the addiction of PB's set in... Now I like to run among the many fantastic people in the Canberra running community. What is your favourite running moment? Well I'm not sure if it is a favourite, but the most memorable is being super prepared for the City2Surf, forgetting my running shoes, getting gastro the night before, then being dacked on the starting line by my mate. It's up there because you can't take it too seriously all the time and it's important to have a laugh and have some fun. What keeps you motivated? The 1000 benefits of running. That and the Platypus.
50 min: Richard Nethersole
Some of your PBs? Park run PB of 20.11 Running highlights? UTA50 in May was definitely a highlight – my first time over 30km’s! Why do you run? I run because I simply love running. What is your favourite running moment? Running through the bush. What keeps you motivated? Being fit and healthy.
50 min: Victor Violante
Some of your PBs? All in 2018 – 5km in 19:21 at Burley Griffin Park Run, 10km in 41:37 around Lake Burley Griffin, and 21km in 1:33:53 at ACT Masters Athletics Half Marathon at Lake Ginninderra. Running highlights? Running my first half marathon in August 2018, and beating my sub-100 minute goal was definitely my running highlight in 2018. Doing Park Run with my wife on Saturday mornings is also a great way to start the weekend. Why do you run? I love the freedom of running outdoors surrounded by nature. Canberra is a great place to run with a great network of bike tracks and bush trails. What is your favourite running moment? Running around Lake Burley Griffin when the sun is rising is one of the best views in Canberra. What keeps you motivated? Regular running means I can enjoy delicious food without gaining weight! Keeping a regular running routine – regardless of how cold, dark, wet it is outside or how long a day I have ahead is essential, otherwise it becomes easy to skip runs and fall out of routine, especially during the cold Canberra winter. It also helps to have something to work towards – whether it’s a fun run, a time you want to beat, or a weight goal. Tracking progress through running aps and timed runs such as Park Run are good motivators.
55 min: Andrew Chapman
Some of your PBs? 5km 20:24; 10km 42:42. Running highlights? Doing parkrun with my daughter. Why do you run? I’m too uncoordinated for any other sport. What is your favourite running moment? On holiday in the US I accidentally broke into a National Guard facility on an off-road run. Getting out undetected was a challenge. I now know how to scale 2-metre barbed-wire fences quite well. What keeps you motivated? The lure of setting a faster time.
55 min: Tina Tamahane
Some of your PBs? 10k - 47:14, Half Marathon - 1:43:20, Marathon - 4:00:11. Running highlights? Running the New York Marathon in 2016. Why do you run? I have a strong family history of Heart Disease, including my mother, and lost my eldest Cousin at 33yo. I am determined not to be a statistic and hope to set a good example for my children. What is your favourite running moment? I recently completed my second marathon at the Australian Running Festival in Canberra. Although not my fastest run, it was spectacular to see so many Canberrans cheering on the runners, many of whom I knew. What keeps you motivated? Watching my kids get faster and faster, acknowledging that it won’t be long until I can’t keep up!
60 min: Jenny Nethersole
Running highlights? The Kowen Moonlight run in early September. The Bush Capital and Deep Space runs – all in Canberra! Why do you run? Feel good factor…. And exploring new areas at a faster pace than walking. What is your favourite running moment? Too many to choose from. What keeps you motivated? Sitting on the couch is completely overrated. I'm in the process of coming back from a long period of a multitude of injuries, so loving the fact I can run again and making sure I can keep going. I love motivating others out on runs, it costs nothing to encourage others and keeps them going too.
60 min: Tony Britton
Some of your PBs? 5k 24:00, 10k 53:00, Half 2:00hrs. Running highlights? Getting out on any of the Canberra trails, conquering Mt Tennent, UTA22 and the Dubbo Stampede. Why do you run? I first started running to regain some fitness and lose a few inches off my waist. Through parkrun I have found a great running community that has led to our entire family now enjoying running through the YMCA Runners Club and the myriad of other ACT running opportunities. What is your favourite running moment? My favourite running moment was watching my son come first in the YMCA Runners Jogalong because he was so happy with his effort. What keeps you motivated? My ongoing motivation comes from not liking how it feels when I have missed a few days without running. Even if I wasn’t far or fast you always feel better after a run.
65 min: David Sullivan
Some of your PBs? Half-Marathon - 1:23.17, 10km - 37.53min, 5km - 18.37min. Running highlights? I guess the first one that comes to mind is running the Melbourne Marathon (in nice weather). As well as running coaching sessions for people who want to get into running more regularly, and getting to see them improve so quickly. Why do you run? I really enjoy the feeling of settling into a good rhythm while running, it's exercise and meditation rolled into one, and the satisfaction of seeing yourself improve over time, from the cramps and stitches to personal bests and feeling itchy if you haven't gone running enough in a week. What is your favourite running moment? Best running moments for me would have to be Easter training camp up in Mt Bulla running up the mountains for some great views, or just seeing a couple of seconds come off my personal bests when running. What keeps you motivated? Running just makes you feel good when you keep it up.
65 min: Andrew Carson
Some of your PBs? 3km 10:15, 10km 38:54, 21.1km 1:27:23. Running highlights? Running in beautiful surroundings in and around Canberra, in other parts of Australia and overseas. Why do you run? I like pushing myself to go faster than last time. I love the feeling after a long run. What is your favourite running moment? Running past the ancient temples in the Angkor Wat Half Marathon (in Cambodia). What keeps you motivated? I love running so it’s easy to feel motivated.
70 min: Jo Legge-Wilkinson
Some of your PBs? 53:10 for 10 kms; 1:57:48 for half marathon; 4:30:26 for marathon. Running highlights? Running anywhere new. A run through the rice fields in Nagano Prefecture during a trip to Japan last year was spectacular. As was running the last 5 kms of the Dubbo Stampede Half Marathon through Taronga Western Plains Zoo. Why do you run? I love the way running makes me feel. Also the chance to get outside, connect with friends, and see new places. What is your favourite running moment? Finishing my first marathon in 2014 - such a wonderful high. What keeps you motivated? Fitness and friendships.
70 min: Barbara McKay
Some of your PBs? 2017 Blackmore’s Sydney half - 2hr 5 mins, Parkrun Tuggeranong PB of 26:20, just finishing the Ultra Trail Australia 22km in May this year. Running highlights? All runs have highlights or are a highlight - it is what you achieve for yourself that makes it special. Why do you run? Running is about me - it’s a time when I can get out on my own or catch up with running friends - and of course the coffee afterwards is always good. What is your favourite running moment? The coffee after the running? oh and crossing a finish line. What keeps you motivated? Different things - helping out others on their running journey, keeping myself fit and active, just being out there.
75 min: Suzy Andrew
Some of your PBs? My 5K PB is around 31.30, my 10K PB is 67.30, which I achieved at the 2018 Australian Running Festival. My main focus is to get out there and enjoy the beautiful city we live in and have fun. Running highlights? Running my 100th Parkrun on my 40th birthday with my 10 year old son who was completing his 10th parkrun on the same day! Why do you run? I run for the personal challenge. For the socialisation. For the fresh air and the quiet at the break of dawn. For the roar of the crowd at a big event. I run for the bragging rights, the defined calves and for the zen moments. I run for me. What is your favourite running moment? There are many! Icicles in my eyelashes in winter, conquering Mt. Ainslie with my good friend Christine, spotting snakes while running with my sons, the taste of a zooper dooper after a summer Parkrun. What keeps you motivated? Eh, I don't wait to be motivated. I keep plugging away. Some days it sucks, but most days it's good. And then, you occasionally get that day where everything clicks and you feel like you are propelled on the wings of eagles. Those are the days that we all train for. We don't know when they're coming, but man, are they worth the effort.
75 min: Kerry Percival
Some of your PBs? 5km- 26:20, 10km-1:00:47. Running highlights? Running from Charlotte's Pass to the top of Mount Kosciuszko in January this year was definately a highlight. The veiw was amazing! Why do you run? Staying active is one of the best ways to beat stress and feel good. Running is also a cheap and effective way to stay fit. What is your favourite running moment? Discovering something new - I love trying out new routes and discovering what is around the next bend. What keeps you motivated? I keep running for the sense of achievement when I cross the finish line. Nothing beats the feeling of running faster or further than you have before!
80 min: Paul Trumble
Some of your PBs? 5km: 18.46, 10km: 39.24, HM: 1.29.01. Running highlights? Running my first marathon at the 2013 Australian Running Festival and hitting my goal pace exactly. Why do you run? Partly because it is part of my training for obstacle racing and partly because it is addictive. What is your favourite running moment? My first sub 19min 5km at Batemans Bay ParkRun. I came second and a friend came first, setting a new course record. What keeps you motivated? There is always another goal or event on the horizon. I'm never short of something to strive for.
80 min: Carolyn Stanistreet
Some of your PBs? mmmm - yet to come I hope. Running highlights? Taking up jogging at 50 years of age and completing Canberra Times Fun Run. The people I jog with are also a highlight - such positive people at Canberra YMCA Runners Club! Why do you run? For fitness and friendship - it energises me and I feel so much better. What is your favourite running moment? Completing City to Surf. What keeps you motivated? Post run coffee and breakfast with running friends.