Thursday, June 19, 2008

Luna-r Park (just for fun)

And fun it was. Against a spectacular Sydney city backdrop, Bryony and Tim Cox put on a cracking winter solstice event last night at Kirribilli. This special mid winter treat for those summer series addicts that can barely wait till October, attracted 60 die hards - including the legendary Andrew "Hills Hoist" Hill, and Michael's, Burton "On Trent" and Free "At Last". Also great to welcome back to Sydney running ex Garingal star Mathew Cull.

The course included an innovative 100 point control (which everyone visited), and a tempting extension to the rarely visited Kurraba Point. The course proved challenging, with Andrew running the lot but back 15 late for 550 points. Mathew was close behind - as I'm sure the late running Mike Burton was. Most runners swept east (past the puzzled federal police outside Kirribilli/Admiralty House) to get 26,12,25,8,19 and 24 - and on to points north. 28 was a cracker and worth the out and back. The sculpture control (#27) apparently went missing causing some difficulties in the dark (the ghost of Brett Whiteley!) but everything else seemed to provide lots of rewarding loops. The lonely pot award was probably #9, although the 50 points at Kurraba Point rarely troubled the pencil - sadly.

All in all, a great night. Sydney's lights sparkled, the generator didn't run out of petrol and everyone loved getting the shorts on again. There were lots of requests for 'more please' - with the Moonlight Madness series providing a bridge until the 08/09 summer series kicks off on October 8 -refer to the Garingal website for details of these monthly MM events.

The SSS programme is in final draft and I will post details once finalised. It will be exciting - 26 events and several new and reworked areas will make the wait worthwhile.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

In case anyone is out there....

Planning is well underway for the exciting 2008/2009 Sydney Summer Series season with three new areas proposed in addition to many of our favourite venues. With daylight saving now beginning in early October, the entire 26 event season will be in summer time, so all events will begin in the 4-4.30pm window. We are also introducing an event between Christmas and New Year's eve for the first time (Tuesday 30 December) - and at a venue with excellent picnic potential. Something for the whole family.

Things kick off on Wednesday 8 October (probably at McMahons Point) until our final on April 4th. Lots of harbour side, park and bush action as you would expect, including tackling familiar areas from new starting points. Full details should be up on the SSS site by early August.

In the meantime, don't forget Bryony and Tim Cox's Winter Solstice event coming up on Wednesday 18 June at Kirribilli. This mid winter 'summer series' run is for all the SSS addicts who can barely wait for October. Bryony has engineered a great course taking in the highlights and views of Lavender Bay, Luna Park, Kirribilli and Neutral Bay - it should be a corker. Assembly is in the small park at the south end of Broughton Street, Kirribilli overlooking our magnificent city. Starts from 4pm (for the night shy) to six (bring your LED) - don't miss it!

More news as the programme develops.

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