KR Social Night This Saturday

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Steve Kibble

May 13, 2021, 1:34:32 AM5/13/21
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Greetings KRew

Yes, the long awaited KR social night is on this Saturday at The Treehouse in North Sydney. Our social director Judy has made a booking and by now I’m sure you will have seen the invite on our FB page. It will be a great night of socialising and sharing a few drinks with the KRew. As you are all aware we do have to be seated so please ensure you let us know that you are coming so that we will have a space for you!

One event coming up at the end of August is the Sydney Half out at Sydney Olympic park and after the huge contingent we had the Sydney 10 two weeks ago I know there will be a lot of us wanting to do that race as well. Did you see the email about it toda? There is a picture of the KRew at the 2019 event, so let’s plan to be there again!

Tonight is KRClassic, and as usual Joy and I will be there from about 6:15pm or so to welcome you and while some folks are still running out a bit earlier in smaller groups, as restrictions have really eased we are heading back to having the whole group start at 6:40pm. But, no matter whether you want to start a bit earlier, or at the more traditional time of 6:40pm, Joy will be there with her car to store your bags should you need it. Can I ask though, that you please have your bags stored by 6:40pm so that we can all head out for a run across the bridge together?

And can I also ask that you please register your attendance at this link:

Or I will have a QR code tonight for you to register as you arrive.

Post the run we have been heading to the Kirribilli Hotel and then on to pizza to socialise and I hope that you to will stay and join us, of course observing the current COVID restrictions in those places.

This week I’ve been speaking to one of our great American runners TJ about his running journey. 

Your name and/or running nickname? 

TJ/Han Solo

How long have you been running? 

My first competitive race was 41 years ago this month.

What inspires you to keep running?

When I was young, it was for the competition, when I became a parent it was for the mental health and now it is to stay fit and keep moving

What’s the coolest place you have ever run? 

I have run in 15 countries and 40 US States, and honestly the KR Classic around the Opera House in Sydney is among my favourites!  

I have also done some epic trail runs including the Grand Canyon in Arizona (Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim, 78k, 3500m elevation) and around an active volcano (Mt St Helens, 50km).

How do you feel at the start of a run? 

Since turning 50, every run takes 2-5km for me to get into any type of groove, so at the start I often feel sluggish and sometimes in pain.

When you see another runner coming towards you, what do you do? 

Smile and give a thumbs up.

What’s the most interesting thing that has ever happened to you whilst running? 

When I was uni, our cross-country team had several traditions, including a "Midnight Run" after meets that we won, during which we would run 5k that night at midnight in a nearby park wearing ONLY shoes and socks. One week, the womens team took our clothes so we had to run naked all the way back to campus (an extra 3 km through city streets) to the dormitories. I think we ran faster on the Midnight Run than we did in the race.

Thanks for sharing TJ, running in the Grand Canyon would have been amazing I think it really is one of the great natural wonders of the world.

ChrisO #HealthTip 

Running: Intensity and sport specific weight training improves performance 

Whilst running at Gore Hill recently I was chatting to some fellow runners about their training plans, upcoming races and of course some details on running niggles. 

It got me thinking about this week’s topic of intensity and how sports specific weight training can improve performance and maybe reduce those niggles. 

I found this great article that is a good introduction to the topic of cross training and covering core, lower body and upper body benefits of strength training. And as a hot #healthtip; find yourself a sports physiotherapist who can help you develop a plan specific to your needs.

Thanks Chris and it always good to read some more about the importance of cross training.

Well that’s a wrap for another week.


Remember to take care of yourself and others.


Happy trails,











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