What a difference the weather makes! A group of a dozen Ulladulla Rats runners and walkers met on Sunday at the Lake Tabourie Caravan Park. The weather was cool and with very low humidity and was the topic of conversation for the first part of the run as we were all delighted with the easier running conditions.
We headed out from the van park, south along the highway and onto the dirt track of Lemon Tree Creek Road. The track offered a combination of flat running and a few challenging hills but the trade off was some very pretty scenery and of course some great conversation.
The sheltered, cool conditions allowed the runners to put in some decent efforts for the 10km distance loop back to the highway and then hold a bit of a slower pace for the 5km back to the cars. Our team of walkers completed a distance of about 10km walking out and back on the same track.
It was great to have our Sydney friends join us again this morning. It was also very inspiring and heart-warming to know that one of our much loved lady Rats is making a great, sustained comeback having completed an 8km distance this morning. Great coffee at Mavericks finished off a fabulous morning.
The Rats Saturday ride returned to the regular ride from Heritage Bakery, Milton up to the Clyde Ridge Road - always a testing ride with one climb after another! This week the ride was tackled in four groups (slowest to fastest) - the first group looking for a little head start got away from the bakery about 6.50am, followed by 6.55am and 7.00am starts, and finally a 7.10am start for our quicker riders!
Riders on the day included Garry King, David Munday, Bill Broughton, Bart Salafia, Mike Ryan, Craig Hancock, Brian Allen, Coby Muir, Dennis Briggs, Steve Grant, Martin Tomasini, Chris Tuft and Ben Rolfe. Some of the strong riders threw in a bit extra - Craig, Dave, Steve, Martin and Chris including the fast descent on Wheelbarrow Road in order to include some more climbing, and Dave threw in the 7km extra from the fire station to the end of Croobyar Road and back just for good measure!
A safe ride with no mechanical dramas was then followed by great coffee and some storytelling at Duke and Co.
Next Sunday’s Run – February 17: Please meet at the carpark Narrawallee Inlet for a town run. Distance up to 12km approx.
Regular Running Training:
Tuesday: 6am, meet at Narrawallee Inlet carpark, for flat interval training. Suitable for beginners and serious athletes, distances from 1.7km.
Wednesday: 6am, meet at Macca’s car park, up to 10km.
Friday: 6am, meet at Mollymook Surf Club car park, up to 10km.
Saturday: 8am, Batemans Bay or Huskisson parkrun, 5km, is always on option.