Coogee Cougars social running group

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

“Term 2….what’s happening Cougars?..”

1. Thursday May 4, 7pm the Ritz movie premiere of “The Ataxian”.…a brilliant doco following Sean Baumstark’s epic Race Across America with Friedrich’s Ataxia…a debilitating neuromuscular disease. A great movie for Cougars, sons, Dads’s kids….the lot. A cause close to our own Cougar Emma Hampton’s heart. Get your tickets at https://www.trybooking.com/266857

2. Saturday May 6 SwimRunAus is a 16km run/3km swim event that takes in the best of our harbour foreshore from Rose Bay to South Head and back. It’s done as a two person team throughout. Cougar teams are Amy Neville and Yours Truly, Rocket and Renee Gibbs, Heidi Froehling and Siobhan Finnerty, Edel Dickson and Sinead Griffin, Arabella Joseph and Lara Laing, Michelle Bodkin and Julia Pignatelli, Kerrie Gibbs and Suzi Nolan, Emma Hampton and Treasa Branagan, Tamar Altbeker and Amanda Erratt. It’ll be a great morning!

3. Sunday May 14, Mothers Day Classic Run mothersdayclassic.com.au (4km/7km/8km). Great way to start OUR day with the kids and one of the biggest fundraisers for Breast Cancer. 

4. Saturday May 20 Ultratrail Australia 50km. This crazy tough event is absolutely not for the fainthearted. 50km through the Blue Mountains bush. Cougar nutters Deb Miller, Rachel Walsh and Kate Kocatekin are doing this one….and half-nutter Sarah Greenaway the 22km. 

5. Sunday May 21, SMH Half Marathon and the biggest fundraiser for Sophie Smiths runningforprematurebabies.com amazing charity. Whether you are covering the 21.1km or doing the 7km/14km relay with a mate….it’s your last chance to sign up! This is an epic event! Let me know if you are running!

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August 17, 2016

“City to Surf” wrap up…………

1. 1st place Open Women’s team Division thanks to our 3 quickest runners: Rocket Waugh, Amy Neville and Renee Gibbs. Champions!
2. 98 registered runners….82 official Cougar finishers…(plenty of unofficial ones who got creative with their start groups and hence disqualified!).The largest Women’s Open Team by a country mile. You are ALL champions. Feel proud ladies….feel proud!
3. Top 15 (indulge me…) Cougars :
1. Rocket Waugh         57:57
2. Amy Neville             58:16
3. Renee Gibbs            60:36
4. Jacquie Folsom        63:45
5. Sarah Greenaway     64:32
6. Anna O’Brien             65:04
7. Liz Cummings            65:21
8. Rachel Walsh             65:25
9. Edel Dickson              65:35
10 & 11. Emily Funnell / Sarah Clements     68:20
12. Quinta Turton             68:32
13. Tara Treanor              68:36
14. Petra Ingelmo            68:39
15. Yours Truly (Ha)         68:40
4. Cougars Mum’s and Pups and Dad’s and Pups: Amy Neville and Mum Deb, Sophie Smith and son Owen, Suzi Nolan and daughter Claudia, Kate Kocatekin and son Henry, Michelle Bodkin and Dad Bob…who yup….finished this race for the 46th time….and good wife Pam who found the pins for his race bib for the 46th time also!
5. Cougars and their other halves: Yours Truly and Ian, Michelle Bodkin and Greg, Tara Treanor and Gordon, Sarah Logan and Justin, Rocket Waugh and Warwick, Leone McEntee and Paul, Kate Beaumont and Michael, Outi Mustonen and Teemu, Brittany Robbins and Simon….who pushed their daughter Dyllan in her pram   …impressive!.
6. Cougars and their siblings: Kirsti Byrne and sister Georgina, Rochelle Dettorre and sister Leanne Bergan
7. First Timers: Leanne Bergan, Dana Stanfield, Kelly Walker, Kaz Begaud and Deb Neville….take a bow you lot!
8. Return after a long hiatus!! Marie Emerson and Sarah Renwick
9. Champion return against all injury odds: Gertie Hayes. We love you Gert.
10. 3 years in the making attempt at the Red Group: To Emily Funnell and Sarah Clements….you did it….and well!!!!
11. For those I’ve missed in the above breakdowns…I apologise! and for those who missed this year through injury or illness…..don’t you worry….always next year!!!

June 29, 2016

“Things we’d like to see Brexit…”

1. Eddie Maguire, Donald Trump, Nigel Farage and Roger Rogerson ….oh….and send out that bloody Ron Medich too….
2. The US Presidential pre-election poo….outrageously expensive poo too…. that the world is subjected to…
3. Facebook for the next couple of weeks if you happen to be remaining at home…Hot, exotic, tropical posts will kill you….
4. The goddam ‘food challenge’, ‘smoothie challenge’, ‘tin can challenge’, ‘chubby bunny challenge’, ‘pizza challenge’….or any other challenge posted on YouTube that every 10-14yr old girl wants to partake in….
5. Hipster baristas whose pants threaten to collapse under the weight of their egos and hair product and beard and and and and…..(unless they smile at you….or know you by name….then all is forgiven)
6. The arms distance with which one needs to hold paper, in order that a font size 12 or under can be deciphered…
7. Gravity…..or more precisely gravity and its intimate relationship with collagen….
8. The cloud of melancholy that can descend when one occasionally collides head-on with the question… “where have all the years gone?’….
9. All children from the living room at 8.30pm tonight as the new series of “Offspring” starts….(I can feel my Nina wardrobe envy happening already)…..
10. Kyrgios in Round 1 at Wimbledon….before he is guaranteed to act like a twat….

May 26, 2016

“Things your Mum NEVER said to you as a child…..”

1….”Here’s $18 to go buy 3 milkshakes…..”

2….”Can you just duck in and get me a skinny cap and I’ll drive a loop of the block….Tap the coins on the counter so they can see you….”

3….” For God’s sake….get your head out of the computer and watch the TV”

4….” If you kids don’t stop fighting…the internet is off for the rest of the month…..I don’t care about Mathletics….”

5….” I’d really love to see your concert….but….but…. I’ll be in New York then…..for the marathon….”

6....” No way…absolutely not….you are NOT getting an Uber to school…..”

7…” I promise….I really do….I promise I’ll put proper clothes on for assembly….I won’t come in  training gear….promise….”

8…” Just hint to Dad that I’d rather running gear…than jewelery….”

9…” No sweetheart….it’s not an Apple watch…..it just tells the time….”

10…” I know them all…they’re all Cougars…”

May 19, 2016

” What type of race finisher are you?……”

1..The Hater.….” I am never….ever…ever doing one of those again….that was horrendous….I hated it….bloody stupid idea…never again….they’re all mad…..that was horrible…..horrible….horrible…” ….then an hour later you’re looking forward to “City to Surf”….

2…The Believer…” Happy with that time….knew I’d do it….all good”….

3…The Hillsong’er….”OMG…OMG….OMG….that was soooooo unreal….Omg that was the best….I feel unreal….shit I’m good….I’m on fire….I feel invincible…..&*&% that was amazing….”

4…The Misery Guts (through tears)….”I’m slower…I’m old….I’m woeful…..I’m terrible…..this is it….I should give up” ….someone slap her (note to self on this one….)

5…The Done and Dusted’er…”Tick it off the list. It’s done. One will do. Where’s my coffee?”…

6…The Duo…..”You’re the best….you got me through….I couldn’t  have done it without you….you waited for me….you are so good…I’m so lucky….”

7. The If’er….”See….if I had of cut the corners and if I’d had that gel at the 13km mark…and if I had of worn the thinner socks….if I hadn’t been distracted by the guy running in the suit…..if I hadn’t missed that Cougar run four weeks ago….”

7…The Pull it out of the Bag on the Day’er.…”Hurt like hell….but I didn’t train…so be it….I finished!”

9…The Garmin’er….”No way….my Garmin says I ran 21.4km…they’ve changed the course…dead set… 300m over….that sucks….50sec onto my time…I’m spewing….I’m writing to the organisers….they’ve had a shocker…..”

10…The marathonee…” I can’t believe how I did/ I could/ anyone would run that distance over again for a marathon….no way…..”

Be there….5.43am tomorrow morning mid-promenade Coogee Beach pat your fellow runner on the back. No matter how the 78 Cougars who ran on Saturday finished….you deserve that pat for being damn fine….the lot of you!!!

Top 10 2016 SMH Half Marathon Cougar’s 

1. Rocket Waugh     90:17
2. Breeda Lynch       94:01
3. Renee Gibbs        96:19
4. Edel Dickson        98:49
5. Liz Cummings      99:16
6. Jac Folsom          100:52
7. Anna O’Brien       104:40
8. Sinead Griffin       105:45
9. Tara Treanor         106:52
10. Your Truly           107:39
1st Team   Deb and Amy Neville  103:10 (They are Mum and daughter….niiice!)

To Half Marathon debut’ers Julie Dihm, Sue Hoffman, Sheree Young, Arabella Joseph and Bec Saad. You did it!!!!
To PB’ers Toni Meek, Renee Gibbs, Outi Mustonen, Galia Durbach, Sophie Smith, Bek Roe and Lucy Stride…great effort!!!
To the mighty on course cheer squad of Marg Murray, Dorothee Trupke, Colette Foley, Celise de Cavarlho, Michelle Bodkin, Susan Stoll and Annette Moran and Ro Sewell….we say a million thank you’s!!!!
For a photo gallery from Sunday, go to https://coogeecougars.com.au/event-photos/sydney-half-marathon/

Thursday May 5, 2016

” Mothers Inc……”

1…Mother Earth…..ocean, rugged coastline, horizon, sunrise and sunset…..she provides us spectacular vistas to lure the mind away from the legs, as the miles are covered…

2…Mother Nature.…was kind to Cougars…..strong tickers, legs that go, wits that are sharp…she gave us the lot….oh…..and good looks all round ….

3…Mother land….To Cougars who’ve come from far corners of the globe….we are thankful. Ours is a rich melting pot of family and home and stories from many a far flung mile….

4. ..Mother craft.…That’s what mothering is….craft! Our kids are the orange macrame hanging basket complete with mission brown wooden beading in the making….we hope they turn out OK…there are no guarantees….

5….Mother f%&^#r.…..In Cougar vernacular, this need only be used to refer to vertical incline of Coogee Bay Rd, Carr St, Beach St, Queens Park Rd and the many others we run…up….and up….and up….. and some….

Thursday April 29

” Around the grounds……”

1…Kate Kocatekin runs the Paris Marathon on April 6 in a time of 4:20:06. Outstanding on so may levels!

2. Phoebe Nance runs the Buffalo Stampede Marathon (42km) on April 10 in a time of 6:20:23, being 7th woman home overall. For the uninitiated….this marathon starts in the Victorian hamlet of Bright and ascends 3000m, to end atop the Mt Buffalo Chalet. It’s a bloody long way….up!

3. Michelle Bodkin, Bec Worley and Jess Bateman stepped up to swim their first 2.4km Wedding Cake Island Challenge….and Dorothee Trupke swam her….10th! Unreal stuff! Everyone who can throw their arms over should do this swim….it’s magic!

4. Quinta Turton headed down to Nowra on April 17 to compete in the Nowra Triathlon. She swam, cycled and ran over a total of 25.75km and with a sensational time of 1:34:48 she finished a fine 6th place in the 40-44yrs age group.

5. Bec Waugh and Liz Cummings headed up to  Mooloolaba  to compete in the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships on April 19. Across 2km on the sand, Bec is the fastest woman in Australia  aged 40-44yrs and Liz the third fastest in the country in the 45-49yrs. That is impressive….very!

6. Cougars ran in all corners of the country over the past fortnight….from far north Queensland, to Ayers Rock, to the South Coast of NSW, Victoria and WA. For all Cougars….the first thing packed for holidays is the Cougar singlet and the runners. Love it

Thursday April 14, 2016

” These will double your resting heart rate without running……”

1…The cost of 10 lamb shanks purchased from the butcher….

2…The person in front of you who failed to pay their $1 parking fee and are trying to pay it with their credit card at the car park exit…..

3….Forgetting that the kids have set the car radio to MixFM or 2DayFM and having to listen to the talk…..for a mere 20 seconds….. too long…..

4….One….but one….but one…. single solitary pantry moth…because you know what that means for the next 3 hours…..

5….the word ‘jogging’….

6….Canadian PM Justin Trudeau…..everything he says and does……in a good way…..

7….Donald Trump…..everything he says and does……in a bad, bad, bad, bad way…..

8….Car keys not on their allocated kitchen hook….and you need to be gone 6mins prior….

9….The term ‘clean’ eating….as opposed to the grotty, dirty, filthy version everyone else must apparently be abiding by….

10…The call from the backseat when you are in the middle lane of M1 travelling 110km/hr….”Mum…..I don’t feel very good”…..

Thursday April 7, 2016

“Reality checklist for teens……”

1….Botanists are actually yet to discover the phylum, class or kingdom to which the money tree exists…..

2…Chauffeur was never on our preferred occupation list….

3….There is clear distinction between “nothing to eat” in the family home…..and “nothing to eat” in Syria….

4….Semi-recumbant is not a suggested OH&S PC user position…..

5…Side to side head shaking, whilst being a recognised and accepted component of Indian communication and culture…..is not one of ours……nor is eye rolling to the heavens…..

6….Our care factor for their meal approval in Week 10 of Term is exquisitely low….

7….A trip to the Easter Show demonstrates how fortunate our teens were when their parents were selected…..

8….Despite being able to grow a human ear on a mouse…….science is yet to discover a method by which dirty clothes can move from bedroom to laundry of their own accord….

9….Over 2500 years of civilisations past have survived without iphone’s embedded in their palms….

10….There are two words that can dig you out of many a hole……they being “thanks Mum!”

Thursday March 24, 2016

“If Cougars were running this country…….”

1. … 400 beautiful old enormous trees along Anzac Parade would never be cut down…..We know how important these are as emergency pit stops to hide your butt when nature is calling far too loudly at an inopportune moment on a long Saturday run….

2…..Everyone could marry anyone of any gender, race or creed….so long as they let you get up early to train….don’t moan if you’re asleep at 9pm and are happy for you to make the school lunches in February heat and humidity very partially clad….

3…..Our P & L spreadsheet would look OK at year end…..We can operate to a budget….We only need coffee and shoe money and all is well. Simple, simple needs are all the Cougar requires….

4…..Parliamentary sittings would be held as Parliamentary runs….that way….the bullshit would be left on the pavement and the truth would be delivered in real sweat and honest effort…..

5….A double dissolution could well be called in order to weed out rogue Cougars who may think they can cut a route short….leave out the stairs…..cross against the lights…..run on the wrong side of the road….or miss a run in the rain… They would have to re-earn their spot in the Cougar cult via an early election……

6…..All Parliamentarians would wear training gear. This would solve the problem of every female Politician being judged by their choice of apparel…..as opposed to the wisdom or otherwise they speak….

7….It would be well realised that there is far greater threat to our community from poor coffee being served prior to 7am…than having children held in detention whose families are desperate to flee countries where a new day is not greeted with the same level of enthusiasm that it is here in Coogee…..even on the darkest and dreariest morning we can muster…..

8….The person on Botany Council who calculated the angles and distances on the parking spots at Heffron netball courts …..would have their ‘Kent’ geometry set confiscated….They got their Maths wrong….

9….Parliament House would be moved to the Elephant House on the northeastern corner of Alison Rd and Arden St. Cougars would sit there happily for weeks on end!!!

10…The ABC’s Q&A on a Monday night would be far more entertaining with a panel of Cougars….and Tony Jones wouldn’t get a word in edgewise!