SATURDAY RUN – 25 January



Meet: 7.00am, carpark at rear of YMCA, MacLaurin Street Chifley

Run: Chifley to Oakey Hill loop (11.4km, with 6km and 8km options)

Breakfast: A Bite to Eat, Shop 8 Chifley Place, Chifley

Run Details:

  • Head north-east on bike path away from Chifley Shops.
  • Take the underpass at Hindmarsh Dr then turn right onto path (Swan Pl.) Stay on the footpath along Chappell St and left along Melrose Dr. towards Yarra Glen.
  • Cross Theodore St and join the bike path – head north keeping the drain on your right and the houses on your left. (Turn here and retrace your steps for a 6km run)
  • After nearly 4 km, at the North Curtin oval, after crossing under the road (McCulloch St), skirt the oval and join a dirt path heading west.
  • If you want a shorter run then turn back here and return to the start, 8km. Otherwise continue on the track which will gradually ascend and veer south.
  • The houses of Curtin will be on your left still.
  • At 8 km turn right down the hill and cross Devonport St. Keeping the houses of Lyons on your left head along the trail behind Lyons all the way to Hindmarsh Drive (near the Hindmarsh Dr exit of the Tuggeranong Parkway).
  • Continue south through the underpass, following the bike path which veers left towards Chifley – houses on your left, trees and Parkway on your right.
  • At approx. 10.5km, turn left onto Waldock St. At the end of the street, turn left onto MacFarland Cres. where you can pick up the bike path under Eggleston Cres. and back to the shops.

FIT Award Winners 2019

Congratulations to the winners and nominees of the 2019 FIT Awards.

L-R: Samantha Shields, Donna Whitfield, Heidi Livermore, Jing Huang

Coach of the Year: Donna Whitfield

Donna was nominated by members of her Rookie Running group this year. As a newly-qualified Run Leader, this was Donna’s first time as lead coach for the program, having been a fixture in the Rookie Running Program for many years. In the words of the nominators:

  • Donna has run the rookie training program so well. Seven weeks ago we could hardly run 60 seconds and today we ran 30 minutes injury free and with smiles on our faces! She has taught us some great techniques and has been patient and friendly the whole time. A great introduction to FIT and I’m looking forward to staying with FIT thanks to Donna. She’s a great coach!
  • Donna was reliable, encouraging and was great at communicating before and during the runs. She shared many tips and ultimately got us all running better and faster than we expected! Thanks Donna.

Volunteer of the Year: Heidi Livermore

Heidi has the only role in FIT that has to be done each and every week for the benefit of all members.  Each week she sends the FITFlash, updates the website and Facebook. Not only does she makes sure these communications channels are available to members, she has an extraordinary way with words so the messages are fun and get the message across with the right amount of humour and seriousness

With FIT launching four spring / summer programs, there was lots of extra work required to update the website and Facebook and to make sure all the links work.  This is on top of the fantastic job Heidi does each and every week as the FIT Communications Officer.

Heidi always steps up to the challenge to ensure FIT members have up to date information.

Personal Achievement: Jing Huang

Jing (together with a number of other FIT members) did the Around the Bay 300 kms ride this year. This would be difficult enough on two legs and Jing does it with one!  Jing (and other FIT members) also took their bicycles to travel in Vietnam for two weeks. Even though it was often incredibly hot and hilly, Jing never complained and always sparkled. She’s an amazing cyclist, fantastically skilled at descending and an inspiration to us all.

Special Thanks: Samantha Shields

Samantha Shields was recognised for co-ordinating WTTP this year. Sam did a fantastic job in organising promotion for the event and in organising all of the volunteer coaches who helped out. She did all of this in her ‘spare’ time, as well as completing the 2019 Triathlon Young Women Leadership Program (and working, and being a mum, and triathon training). Sam was of course ably supported by a team of volunteers to help with coaching, communications, venues & nibbles, sourcing gear, and everything else that goes along with the WTTP each year.

Great work, Sam! Thanks for taking up such a challenge and congratulations on a fantastic job.


Retiring Coaches

At the FIT Christmas Party on Sunay 15 December, two of our longest-serving coaches were thanked and rewarded for the time they put into the club.

Beth Peedom

Beth has been run leader for the gentle-paced group for many years. During that time, Beth has encouraged and supported many runners, from runners who have never run, runners fresh out of Rookie Running and runners managing or returning from injury.  Her focus has been to reinforce good running techniques, encourage and extend runners and to have fun! Beth loves to run and loves to see others running. Beth’s skills have been recognised with Coach of the Year in 2016. We are sad that Beth, due to an ankle issue, is winding back her leadership responsibilities but look forward to still enjoying FIT runs (on soft surfaces) with Beth.

Thanks Beth!


Lindy Dunn

After 20+ years coaching, with both FIT and others, our most wonderful swim coach Lindy Dunn is retiring from coaching. We are incredibly privileged to have had Lindy’s time and dedication over the years, and it’s no exaggeration to say that hundreds of swimmers – from novices to elites – have benefited from her expertise over the years. We hope to continue to see her around the FIT traps, but you’ll be most likely to find her on the golf course, as the new president of the Royal Canberra Golf Club. Huge congratulations on this new appointment, and a huge thankyou for all of your hard work for us, Lindy!

2019 FIT Award Nominations

The FIT Committee would like to invite members to submit nominations for the 2019 FIT awards.

The annual FIT awards are a wonderful way to celebrate the contributions and achievements of our members throughout the year. Winners will be announced at the FIT Christmas party.

Nominations are sought in the following three categories:

  • Coach of the year
  • Volunteer of the year
  • Personal achievement of the year.

Last year’s winners were Cath Spratley (coach), Deb Wilkinson (volunteer) and Liz Lowe (achievement).

Nominations can be made via this link.

Nominations close 10 December.