SATURDAY RUN – 28 December

Meet: 7.00am, Carpark near Lake Tuggeranong College , corner Cowlishaw & Pitman Streets, Tuggeranong

Run: Lake Tuggeranong loop (7.2km, for a longer run, do the loop twice)

Breakfast: Milligram, South.Point Shopping Centre, Anketell Street, Tuggeranong

Run details:

  • From carpark, head south on Colishaw Street towards Tuggeranong Library and Community Centre
  • Turn left between these two buildings and pick up the lake path, turning right to run the loop anti-clockwise
  • Follow the path around the lake, keeping the lake on your left.

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!

SATURDAY RUN – 21 December

MEET: 7.00am – Telopea Park Car Park (east side of park, near intersection of Telopea Park Road East and Gosse Street)

RUN: Telopea Park and East Basin (via Wetlands) – Circuit around East Basin of Lake Burley Griffin (10.1km)

BREAKFAST: Gryphons Café, 16 Barker Street, Griffith Shops

  • From Telopea Park head north east towards the lake, passing Bowen Park, and turn right through the Kingston Foreshore along Eastlake Parade then turning left onto Eyre Street.
  • Towards the end of Eyre St take a dirt path on the left into the wetlands.
  • Follow this path around the wetlands arriving at a carpark. Cross the carpark and continue on bike path parallel to the old Dairy Flat Road.
  • Cross the Molonglo River and veer left onto bike path running along the north bank of the river.
  • Follow this until King’s Avenue Bridge, run under the bridge and loop back up and right onto the bridge and cross the lake.
  • Veer right after crossing bridge, take the underpass back to lake edge.
  • Turn right and follow lake back to Bowen Park, turn right, cross Wentworth Avenue and back to Telopea Park

SATURDAY RUN – 14 December

Annual Christmas Run

Our Annual Christmas Run this year coincides with the graduation run for our current batch of Rookie Runners. Join us to celebrate their success at Burley Griffin Parkrun on Saturday 14 December. Don’t forget your Parkrun barcode!

Meet: 7.45am, Weston Park – Parkrun starts at 8.00am on the dot.

Run: Burley Griffin Parkrun (5km) – start earlier for a longer run so that you can do the Parkrun from 8am

Breakfast: Bring a plate to share

Coffee: Provided at the Yarralumla Playstation (get a FIT stamp and show it when you order your coffee)