Connor and fellow Fortius runner Mirjana recently met up with 120,000 other spectators along Prater Park in Vienna to watch Eliud Kipchoge rip through a marathon in 1:59:40. We managed to snag a great spot near the finish line in amongst a big contingent of very excited Kenyans. Right next to where the Austrian hosts kept the crowd and runners amped by blasting Vanessa Amorssi tunes.
But in every other aspect the whole event was very slick and there wasn't a lot left to chance. The pacing convoy were as steady as a metronome and swapped in and out and just past where we were standing. The course was pancake flat and had been resealed in places and the morning was about 10°C and completely still (wearing shorts wasn't my best decision). And the crowd went nuts every time Eliud flew past. If the whole track was as loud as our little spot then it must have been a deafening run. It was great to see a crowd like that getting behind a running event with so much enthusiasm.
Connor went back later in the day for a run along the course – just a smidge off the 2:50 pace set that morning but only because he needed to save the legs for a marathon the next week. 😉
inspire health services westend
We are pleased to announce another great partnership for Fortius Running Club Members.
We would like to introduce Inspire Health Services West End to our list of affiliated providers.
Fortius Running Club members can get the following discounts;
As an additional sweetener to those members who renewed in the month of October or in November our new partner Inspire Health Services is offering a voucher which includes
To check out their website in more detail please click the below button or drop into their HQ at Montague road, Westend and speak to Zac.
Well that’s a wrap on our second season as an official incorporated QLD running club. Our AGM was held on Saturday 19 October at the conclusion of St Lucia parkrun
It was the time to reflect on our season and what was achieved as individuals and as a club.
Membership was slightly down from the previous year.
Fortius Running Club was established in 2017 and Our vision remains: BUILDING STRONGER RUNNERS
Many of our members benefited through the discounts we were able to receive through our partnerships with various races in and around the South East Queensland area and some achieved outstanding PB’s or reached their goals because of the hard work you put in. Congratulations to everyone.
I would like to pay special mention to the committee who work behind the scenes keeping this club running. I’d like to acknowledge the outgoing committee members from this season, specifically Pat and Aaron who had a big part in getting the club off the ground in 2017. Here’s to a bigger and better 2020 season!
The full report can be found in Team App.
President Fortius Running Club 2018/2019
new committee for 2020
We would like to thank the outgoing members of the committee who are not continuing on in 2020. Thank you Shona, Pat and Aaron.
In 2020 we have a smaller committee with the following persons being elected to roles for the 2020 season
President - Simon Brooker
Secretary - Jo Fack
Treasurer/Vice President - Atul Arora
Club Development & Membership Coordinator - Paul Clayton
Social / Events / Merchandise Coordinator - Sophie Kennedy
runner of the year awards
Congratulations to our runners of the year this year.
Female Runner of the Year was awarded to Sophie Kennedy, Runner up was Jo Fack and in 3rd place was Robyn Innes
Male Runner of the Year was tied between Franki Chan and President Simon Brooker this year, runner up was Aaron Breed and in 3rd place was Mike Garrett
Presidents Award 2020
Mirjana has only got into running in the last 12 months and after originally running 5km in just under an hour has challenged herself over and over this year to eventually get her 10km time down from around 2hours to just over 90mins now. Mirjana has benefited from our motto of building stronger runners and embodies the all-inclusive nature of our club.
Photo gallery from the agm
It has been a busy few weeks with events and back on Sunday 13 October was the Melbourne Marathon and the first round of the SEQ Trail Running Series.
Fortius Running Club was represented well at both events.
In the Marathon we had
Atul Aroa finish in 03:22:08 NET time and was 153rd in the M35-39 age category
Joe Garbellini finish in 03:37:29 NET time and was 112nd in the M50-54 age category
Rick Larkin finish in 03:49:54 NET time and was 238th in the M45-49 age category
It looks like Atul ran so fast he lost his shoes too
In the Half Marathon we had
Todd McLennan finish in 01:42:46 NET time and was 45th in the M50-54 age category
Nice work gentlemen!
SEQ Trail Running series - enoGgera
Mike Garrett finished in 1:13:02 and was 24th in the M30-39 age category
Fatima Castillo finished in 1:52:25 and was 44th in the F40-49 age category
John Carran finished in 53:46 and was 14th in the M50-59 age category
Erin Burns finished in 1:00:19 and was 16th in the F30-39 age category
Jo Fack finished in 1:02:17 and was 29th in the F40-49 age category
Well done team and thanks for putting in Fortius Running Club as your team to help us earn valuable club points.
The road to Sydney...... by Sophie Kennedy
What feels like many months ago I decided to reflect on my running journey and make a choice about my next running challenge. My running career started in Sydney in 2013 at the Sydney Blackmores half marathon and I thought, well why not try the marathon course? It’s meant to be one of the most picturesque!
With the decision made, I started the journey with what has seemed like a thousands of 4am starts, some even 3am, countless runs along the Brisbane river, physio and dietitian appointments and mountains of sweaty washing.
Pre race Saturday was filled with the obligatory pre race park run in North Sydney with the Fortius crew. It was a good hit out pre race, but the post Parkrun breakfast with Pip, Mirjana and Matt was amazing.
Other normal pre marathon activities included carb loading and fueling with friends. Matt embarked on a little marathon himself, hitting the Ale Trail in Sydney’s inner west. He finished the short course on the Ale trial feeling pretty happy with himself and celebrated with another beer!
Race day was perfect conditions with the potential to be hot. I saw Pip at the start. We were both nervous, but looking forward to it.
Lining up at the start line, thinking...... oh wow. This is it. I hope I can get through this!
And then..... people started running! I didn’t hear the start gun!
One of the highlights of the race is running over the Harbour bridge. It’s amazing!! It was a good reminder to take a moment and appreciate what I was doing.
The first 15km of the race takes you out to centennial park in the eastern suburbs. It was starting to get hot, but this part of the course is shady. The elites ran past me when I was at 9km, cool as cucumbers, they had just hit 20km.
I started to come into my own from 15km onwards. The race felt good, I was fuelling well and drinking still. After running out of centennial park you run through the city and out to Pyrmont. The crowd dissipates and this is where you can hit the wall. You are about 30km in by this stage. I could see there were a lot of people struggling.
After Pyrmont, you come back around through darling Harbour. The finish is about 4km away..... so close! This is where I started to feel a bit dehydrated and like I could hit the wall. However, I dug a little deeper and pushed a little harder.
The last 2km you come around from the rocks into circular quay to the opera house. You can see the finish and you then realise how far 2km actually is. My thought process was to just get the race done so I put my foot down and sped up.
Matt was about 600m from the finish line. I hadn’t seen him all race and it gave me the little boost I needed to get it done.
Running over the finish line and pressing STOP on my watch was amazing. As I crossed the line I saw the clock at 3:50 or so. I knew I’d done a PB. offical time was 3:47:11 time in my watch was 3:45:27. A PB of 12-14 mins depending on what time you looked at.
Recovery areas are amazing. All finishers are happy and love to talk to you about the run. It’s my favourite part of the run. Listening and hearing everyone’s race stories.
Recovery of course means having a glass of bubbles to celebrate, while wearing your finishers medal. I made sure I did this. And told everyone that asked that I had run a marathon that day.
The brand spanking new membership portal is now live with QRUN and boy do we have a deal for you to get you started.
For the 2020 membership we are moving to a calendar year based membership instead of the Oct-Sep membership we have had in place for the last few years.
Drum roll please....
Any member who renews or rejoins in the month of October will get an extra extra special deal of 14 months membership for the price of 12, that's right your membership will run through until 31 Dec 2020!!! and on top of this you can renew at 2019 prices as well. Prices will go up slightly in November to accommodate an increase in the fee QRUN charge us for the benefits you receive from them for being a member. As a not for profit club absorbing this cost is not possible financially.
On top of this if you want an extra reason to renew or rejoin, just for October we also have the option of purchasing a newly designed Fortius Running Club T-Shirt which will you can personalize with your name, nickname, coffee name, whatever you want. A draft design is below for you to have a look at (please note it may change slightly in the final production).
If you want to know more about the planned membership changes for 2020 jump over to our website HERE or if you want to renew click on the RENEW or REJOIN NOW button below.
Regards and happy running.
Simon (a.k.a. Captain Fortius)
President Fortius Running Club
Proposed Fortius Running Club T-Shirt Design
Left image - Front
Right image - Back
On top of these announcements we have also simplified our membership structure.
We now have 4 main membership types all of which expire on the 31st of December 2020
ACCEss to coached sessions
You can are able to still add coached sessions to your membership at any point during the year. Remember coached session access gets you access to 3 coached sessions per week (1x strength and 2x running sessions).
If you decide you want to add coached sessions to your membership during the year you can do so in the Fortius shop via team app.
This year we are also adding monthly access as well where you can purchase access to the sessions for a calendar month, perfect if you just want to try it out or are training for a specific event.
Our September newsletter is out, click below to see
Fortius Running Club is a volunteer run, not-for-profit organisation that offers a supportive and social environment for members to train, prepare and enjoy participation in road and trail running events across Queensland and overseas.