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Rats Report 27/01/19

 

After a lot of rain and storms on Saturday night, it was a very steamy run through the bush at Burrill this morning! A good turn out once again for the end of the holiday season, runners and walkers alike! We all started the same way, however distances and paces varied from group to group, ranging from 8klm -14klm. Tilly as always, it now seems, likes pushing herself just that much further - with a run from Ulladulla to the start and then back home again! The road west of Burrill was quite dry considering the rain we’d had, but as its name suggests “potholes”, were full of water and we manoeuvred through a bit of slipping and sliding to return to Dolphin Point. Mike was out on his bike to keep us all in line and to gather up the back of the packs. Running in the bush and returning to the ocean does wonders for the soul. It certainly helps to keep you sane and realise how grateful we are to live in this area – especially when you have been away! The chatter and comradery amongst us all, no matter what age is a constant and friendly reminder of where we like to spend our Sunday mornings – and of course, after the run coffee is always an enjoyable addition!

 

Next Sunday’s Run – February 3rd – Nelligen: 

 

Please meet at 5:30am at McDonalds, Ulladulla from where we will car pool to the start of the run in Nelligen. Meeting/regrouping at the Steampacket Hotel in Nelligen, the run will begin from the River Rd. Various distances are available up to 20klm. All welcome! Bring your mountain bike if you prefer to ride!

 

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.

 

All Welcome:
The Ulladulla RATS welcome guests, visitors and potential new members to join them, for any of their runs or rides. All standards catered for. If you choose to continue individual members contribute $15 per year or $20 per family. You are not obliged to run, walk, or ride the full distance and can turn back at any stage. For further information: ring or text Kim on 0431 767376.

 

For more information:
Search Ulladulla RATS on Facebook, or visit the RATS web page at:
http://ulladullarats.com On STRAVA > search Ulladulla RATS (Runners).

 

 

 

 

 

 

20/01/19

 

This Sunday some 20 odd runners and walkers smoked the popular Porters Creek run. A challenging 12 km trek out to the dam and back,  but the cool morning made for pleasant conditions. It was great to see Ami back from injury and running well. Warm welcome to visitors Kylie (Canberra) and Geoff (Sydney); thanks for joining us. Tilly started out early and ran 12 km before the run started and finish the other 12 km strongly pushing the other runners out of their comfort zone. She is putting in some great times for her runs. She is certainly one to follow up on.  It also nice to see so many walkers involved. So, if you were inclined to join the RATS but question your ability, just know you would be most welcome no matter what your fitness level is.  Junior RAT Coby Muir who has just starting to compete in Triathlons, obtained a creditable 2​nd​ place in his age division (18 overall) in the Nowra event last Saturday. Well done Coby on a great result.  You are certainly one to look out for. Last Saturday the RAT riders took to the pigeon house ride with much enthusiasm. There appeared to be so many riders on the road there was hardly any space left for the motorised traffic. It is great to see the riding group going from strength to strength every week. For anybody else that might be interested the riders set out form the pie shop at Milton at around 7 am. More riders especially visitors are welcome. The locals can sometimes set fast and furious pace (as you might expect) but slower riders are always welcome.  Next Sunday’s Run – 27​th​ January 2019:  ​Please meet at the Apex Park Burrill Lake at 6.30am for distance up to 14km approx. Proposed run for 3rd February 2019 - Nelligen for distances up to 20km.  Details to be advised  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. All Welcome: The Ulladulla RATS welcome guests, visitors and potential new members to join them, for any of their runs or rides. All standards catered for. If you choose to continue individual members contribute $15 per year or $20 per family. You are not
obliged to run, walk, or ride the full distance and can turn back at any stage. For further information: ring or text Kim on 0431 767376. For more information: Search Ulladulla RATS on Facebook, or visit the RATS web page at: http://ulladullarats.com​ On STRAVA > search Ulladulla RATS (Runners).  

 

 

Rats Report 6th January 2019

 

 

 

What a fabulous turnout for the first Rats run of 2019.  A total of 26 inspired runners and walkers met at the tennis courts Lake Conjola at 6.30am.  We headed back up the Entrance Road, turned left into the Narrawallee Creek Road and then into the Nature Reserve for a very comfortable run along Buckley’s Point trail towards the beach.  The weather was very welcomed by the runners with cooler temperatures than normal and far less humidity than we have had recently.   The rain last night made the dirt track under foot very soft and really enjoyable and as always the scenery and serenity of the bush is very cathartic for the soul!

 

The front pack of runners detoured along the Mangrove Track coming out to the north side of Narrawallee Inlet, dropped down onto the beach and headed north back to the Conjola boardwalk.  A second smaller pack did a shorter section of the beach, up the boardwalk and then took the scenic route back to the cars along the front of the caravan park.  The remainder of the runners and walkers continued back along the dirt track to and back into civilisation along Beach road to the tennis courts.  A variety of distances were covered today ranging from 8km up to 14km

 

It was fantastic to welcome the Sexton family from Finley NSW to the Ulladulla Rats running group this morning and we hope that you all enjoyed a bit of our local scenery and friendly conversation.  It was great to see some friendly competition between Steve, Steven, Molly and Jack as they put on some serious pace in the last couple of kilometres of the run.  You definitely deserve a Rats running shirt Molly!  See you all for intervals on Tuesday!

 

A few of our Rats runners and family members participated in the Huskisson Parkrun on Saturday.  Even with very hot conditions Tilly, David and Rhonda posted some great times.  A big thankyou goes out to the organisers and volunteers of the Huskisson Parkrun.  At the same time a big group of 25 local and visiting cyclists met for one of their regular and ever challenging Saturday rides out to the Pigeon House turnoff and back to Milton.

 

We all agreed that it was a truly enjoyable run this morning (apparently Rhonda’s favourite to date!) and great coffee, service and smiles at the new Tilly and Mo café, Lake Conjola just topped off a fabulous start to the day.

 

Next Sunday’s Run – 13h January 2019:  Please meet at the turnoff Princes Highway and the Entrance Road Yatte Yattah 6.30am for distances up to 14km 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.

 

All Welcome:
The Ulladulla RATS welcome guests, visitors and potential new members to join them, for any of their runs or rides. All standards catered for. If you choose to continue individual members contribute $15 per year or $20 per family. You are not obliged to run, walk, or ride the full distance and can turn back at any stage. For further information: ring or text Kim on 0431 767376.

 

For more information:
Search Ulladulla RATS on Facebook, or visit the RATS web page at:
http://ulladullarats.com On STRAVA > search Ulladulla RATS (Runners).

 

 

Rats Report 31/12/18

A total of 25 Rats arrived for this morning’s run/walk from Mollymook.  As it was the last organised run for the year of 2018  Georgie decided we needed a tough one to prove just how committed we are as a running club.  She nominated the Lighthouse run!  Both runners and walkers left the surf club, headed up Golf Road through the One Track for All and down through town to the harbour.  The choice was then to run/walk the stairs or the hill up to the soccer fields and while neither option was easier than the other the Rats took it all in their stride.  It was noted however that the conversations were limited until we reached level ground at the top of the town and started the gentle run out to the headland.  It was great to see the newly painted Lighthouse and the breeze from the ocean was very welcome.

On our way home we took the scenic track just north of the Lighthouse which brought us back onto the soccer fields and back down into town.  Once again there were options for the return trip back to Mollymook but either way there were more hills!  Final distances ranged from about 7 – 13kms but general consensus was that it was a tough run/walk especially in the heat and humidity.  For our cyclists the run apparently added just a few more aching muscles after their challenging ride on Saturday. We all thank you Georgie!

As is custom the Rats all enjoyed coffee, breakfast and great conversation at the Mollymook Golf Club pop up restaurant.  A special mention goes out to a few of our female Rats who were unable to join us today.  We can’t wait to have you back running with us soon.

We were really encouraged to see so many visitors out running our tracks and roads and we would like to extend an open invitation to anyone keen to run with the Ulladulla Rats while they are here on holidays.  The group caters to all levels of fitness and enthusiasm!

 

Next Sunday’s Run – 6th January 2019:  Please meet at the tennis courts Lake Conjola for distance up to 10km 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.

All Welcome:
The Ulladulla RATS welcome guests, visitors and potential new members to join them, for any of their runs or rides. All standards catered for. If you choose to continue individual members contribute $15 per year or $20 per family. You are not obliged to run, walk, or ride the full distance and can turn back at any stage. For further information: ring or text Kim on 0431 767376.

 

For more information:
Search Ulladulla RATS on Facebook, or visit the RATS web page at: http://ulladullarats.com On STRAVA > search Ulladulla RATS (Runners)

 
 
Rats Report 16/12/18
Sunday 16th was the RATS’ end of year presentation morning, with the traditional Milton to Termeil Xmas Challenge. This run travels via Woodstock, Woodburn and Monkey Mountain Roads, from the Heritage Bakery, Milton to the Termeil Roadhouse. There were runners, walkers and cyclists, who covered either, the first 15.5kms, mainly uphill – or the second 10.5kms, mainly downhill – or both, for a total of 26kms.
 
The day was kind to us after the huge storm and rain that pounded our area on Saturday night! 
The 4am walkers started in the dark and had mist as well as darkness to contend with! Next up the 5am runners began, followed by 3 more groups of start times ranging from 5:15, 5:25 and lone Steve at 5:45. Tilly shocked us all by “running to the run” and finishing up with over 30klm. Oh to be young again….The always scenic run didn’t disappoint and the cows were out to greet us along the way. John and Frances Hepburn supported us by driving the route and handing out the much needed water we were so grateful for! 
 
Once everyone arrived at Termeil, car pools were organised for the trip to Burrill for the yearly award presentations and breakfast. Delicious cakes and slices with fresh fruit and coffee were well received for the exhausted but mostly exhilarated runners.
After the Welcome speech from the President, Gay Shearman, she was presented with a most beautiful bunch of flowers from Maree. She would like to thank you all very much for being so thoughtful!

The first award is always for the Termeil Xmas Challenge Survivors, who ran, or walked, the full 26kms.  This year there were 10 RATS who made the full journey:

2 walkers (who started at 4am):  Lauri Perino and Rose Robinson
8 runners (who started between 5.00am and 5.45am):  Maree Randall, Anne-Maree Frank, Nicola Rabbett, Georgia Lowe, Gay Shearman, Tilly Fischer, Craig Hancock and Steve Grant.
 
There were also 5 runners for the 11klm: Mike, Kevin, Liz, Clive and Ian.
 
This year there were 13 friendly competition events, which included the initial handicap series trial, followed by 10 handicap pointscore events. Friendly award receivers were able to choose from a lucky dip of Mars Bars or Vegan friendly snacks!  Also included, were the two fun events: the Club Relays @ Narrawallee & The No Watch Run @ Burrill/Dolphin Point.

Rambunctious RAT Runner’s Trophy for the winner of the 5.5km Handicap Series:  Jack Robertson

Dignified RAT Runner’s Trophy for the winner of the 10km Handicap Series:  Tilly Fischer

Kevin Maxwell Memorial Mile Trophy for the fastest male and female runners over a flat mile – in loving memory of our good mate, Kevin Maxwell:  Tilly Fischer (6:33) and Harm Schaap (4:52)
 
The Golden RAT Trophy for the club person of the year:  Rose Robinson
 
The Walking Wounded Award for the person with the most/longest injuries: Lauri Perino
 
Rat of the Year Award for the best performing Rat across the year, inside and outside events: Tilly Fischer
 
Magellan Award for the person who got the most “lost/disorientated” on a run: Anne-Maree Frank
 

Phil Yardy included his cycling awards and commented how strong the club had become. 

Pointscore/Most Improved - Craig Hancock

Female Cyclist of the Year - Tilly Fischer

Junior Cyclist of the Year - Coby Muir
 
Outstanding Contribution - Dennis Briggs
The Club Champion award was held over and will be awarded next Saturday after our Christmas ride. 
 
Thanks to everyone who attended and supported, we all agree that the Rats Club is a special group of people, welcoming and friendly and we are grateful for all the friendships we’ve made, the new people we’ve met, and particularly the newest younger members. We’d love to welcome new members and if you can’t run, you can always walk or cycle J!
 

Next Sunday’s Run – December 23:  Please meet at McDonalds in Ulladulla at 6:30 am for a local run.

Rats Report 09/12/18
A rather large group arrived at the Porters Creek Rd turnoff this Sunday, it almost felt like the Christmas run had come early! We were perhaps all excited to visit the Dam and see the overflow, however we seemed to be misled by reports and there was nothing to write home about. Apart, of course, from a lovely run in the bush with the usual front, middle and back of the packs enjoying their Sunday catch ups! There were as many walkers as runners and it was good to see Dianna back as well as Wendy! Welcome back to the area Wendy, you’ve slotted in like you never left, leaving no time wasted by getting into the cycling and running groups once again.

Rats in the Field: Tilly Fischer and Coby Muir competed in their first ever triathlon on Saturday 8th. The venue was Callala Beach, starting with an ocean swim of 750m, a cycle of 20klm and then a 5klm run. Both achieved 3rd places in their respective age groups and enjoyed the experience immensely. I believe Coby is still smiling J

Next Sunday’s Run – December 16 – All Welcome:  The annual Christmas run and presentation is on again and will start at either the Heritage Bakery or the Pigeon House turnoff at the top of Woodstock Rd. The full distance from Milton is aprox 26klm – broken up with the first 15klm to the starting point at the Pigeon House turn and then the 11klm mostly downhill bit. Walkers doing the full distance are starting from Milton at 4am, runners will start from 5am onwards. There will be cyclists out there as well as a backup vehicle. The aim is for everyone to be at the Pigeon House turn by 7am, for all then to bring the very scenic journey home to Termeil Service Station. From there we will car pool to Burrill Lake Lions Park for the breakfast and presentation. If anyone needs to drop off food they would like transported, please contact Rose or Ian. Alternatively, for any questions, please text or phone Gay on: 0417499576 for more details. 

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.

All Welcome:
The Ulladulla RATS welcome guests, visitors and potential new members to join them, for any of their runs or rides. All standards catered for. If you choose to continue individual members contribute $15 per year or $20 per family. You are not obliged to run, walk, or ride the full distance and can turn back at any stage. For further information: ring or text Kim on 0431 767376.
For more information:
 Search Ulladulla RATS on Facebook, or visit the RATS web page at: http://ulladullarats.com On STRAVA > search Ulladulla RATS (Runners).



Rats Report 02/12/18
The swans were swanning and the ducklings dancing on Swan Lake, Cudmirrah, as a small crew arrived for the long run through the bush, on the beach and around the town of Berrara this morning. It was a perfect setting for runners and walkers alike. We were all trying to get in some distance for the upcoming Christmas run, and while 14klm seemed more than enough, a couple went on to complete the full round distance of 18.5. As if that’s not long enough, Tilly and Craig just kept on going to reach the exact 21.1klm distance of a half marathon. As Forrest Gump says, “I just felt like running”…why? Why not? John met up with us on his bike and a coffee and chat as always, well deserved at the Cuddy Café.

A reminder to all of December 16th, the annual Christmas run: The full distance from Milton is aprox 26klm, with the sensible option of aprox 11klm – the downhill bit. We often get a few cyclists along, so please feel free to join us whether you want to walk, run or ride – there will be someone to accompany you. Start thinking about logistics too.. walkers doing the full distance are starting from Milton at aprox 4am, runners will start from 5am onwards. The aim is to be at the Pigeon House turn by 7am, for all to then bring the very scenic journey home to Termeil Service Station. From there we will car pool to Burrill Lake Lions Park for the annual breakfast and presentation. More details next week.

A quick mention to our cyclists who meet at Heritage bakery, Milton at 7am on Saturdays. The photo this week shows a good crew out there, conveniently displaying the 7am start of the Christmas run! We hope to see most, if not all, joining us on the 16th! 

Rats in the Field: Nicole Rattenbury competed in “L’Etape Australia by le Tour de France”, held in Jindabyne and surrounds. She completed the 170klm cycling race in 8:02:51, with 3000m of elevation! A mammoth effort once again for our long distance member!! A little bit shorter distance and closer to home, Cheryl  Bellet ran at the Batemans Bay parkrun on Saturday with her son, Dillon! 

Next Sunday’s Run – December 9th:  Please meet at 6:30am at Porters Creek Rd, Yatte Yattah, for a run to the dam..  Follow the Princes Highway aprox 14klm north of Ulladulla, turn left, then right for car parking. We will car pool from there. We believe there is water flowing, which will be wonderful to see!
 


RATS Handicap # 10, 5.5 km & 10 km Series.
Mollymook: 25th November 2018:
The final handicap event of the 2018 season was held in glorious conditions at the Mollymook seaside course.  Both the 5.5 km and 10 km series were contested over the traditional circuit.  Both series point score competitions remained up for grabs, with final results and the ultimate champions to be announced at the traditional Xmas run, 16th December.
 
In the 5.5 km series, first across the line earning maximum points was Rhonda Salmon, finishing in the very good time of 31:24.  2nd on handicap was Russell Craig, picking up valuable points with a 38:29 performance.  In third place was Adrian Le, once again just out sprinting dad Kevin, within the shadows of the post.  Both finished with the same time 32:28.   A further highlight was a new age group F (< 15 yrs) record by Fienne Schaap.  Fienne finished a tick over 1 minute inside the previous record, with her 30:14 performance.  This was also the fastest 5.5 km time of the morning. 
 
In the 10 km series, Dave Munday made a mockery of his handicap, slicing well over 7 minutes from his projected time.  Dave crossed the line in a canter, with daylight 2nd, his time of 52:39 is most definitely a season best.   Second place went to Maree Randall, fresh from her New Zealand half marathon campaign.  Maree's time of 57:56 was also well inside her handicap and likely to be a season best as well.  3rd place and fastest 10 km time of the morning went to Tilly Fischer.  Tilly lowered her own age group course record in the process, shaving a mere 1 second off her previous time, set earlier this year.  Tilly's new record F (25 - 29 yrs) is 45:53.
 
Following the event, Adrian Le, assisted by dad Kevin, provided the very interested RATS with a brief demonstration and update on the performance of the local Robotics team.  As a local community, we can be very proud of our talented youngsters, who can match it with the best in Australia, in this very exciting field.  
 
Craig Hancock was the winner of the lucky door prize, before the crew moved on to Tallwood for a well earned coffee and a chat.  
 
Full Individual Results:
 
 | 10 km Series | Points | Time
 | Dave Munday | 20 | 52:39
 | Maree Randall | 19 | 57:56
 | Tilly Fischer | 18 | *45:53
 | Craig Hancock | 17 | 50:46
 | Nicola Rabbett | 16 | 53:45
 | Jodie Toghill | 15 | 57:23
 | Mike Ryan | 14 | 60:00
 | Bill Broughton  | TT | 49:10
 | 5.5 km Series |   |  
| Rhonda Salmon | 20 | 31:24
| Russell Craig | 19 | 38:29
| Adrian Le | 18 | 32:28
| Kevin Le | 17 | 32:28
| Rose Robinson | 16 | 39:47
| Lauri Perino | 15 | 56:53
| Jack Robertson | 14 | 63:58
| Fienne Schaap | TT | *30:14
| Gay Shearman | TT | 31:24
* = Fastest Time, TT = Time Trial
 
Next Sunday - 2nd December:
 
Please meet in the foreshore reserve, opposite the Cudmirrah General Store at 6:30 am.  Tides are moderate to low and should not impact on the run.  Basic directions are: Head toward Sussex Inlet, then take right hand turn (The Springs Road) toward Berrara and Swan Lake.  After crossing the bridge at the southern end of Swan Lake, take first right hand turn (Goonawarra Drive) and the general store is 150 m on your left.
 
Various distances are available for all standards, mountain bikes and walkers welcome.
 



Rats Report 18/11/18
The Lemon Tree loop at Tabourie was the order of the day for this Sunday’s run, distances of between 15klm and 10klm. There were the usual group of walkers and runners, some hitting it out hard and others enjoying the serenity. A few are recovering from injuries and getting back into the swing, hoping to be ready for the upcoming Christmas run in December.

It’s not far away now, so if you’re planning to run or walk – the full distance of 26klm, it’s time to get cracking on your training! Alternatively the 10klm downhill run from the Pigeon House turn is always an option.

We look forward to having as many members and friends as possible on this day – Sunday Dec 16th. Mark it in your diary now! After the run, which finishes at the Termeil service station we all get to taste a bit of each other’s breakfast food and an end of year gathering J

Rats in the Field: Maree Randall completed the half marathon (21.1klm) in Queenstown NZ in a time of 2:06.36, placing her in the top 10 of the 60-69 yr. age group! She said it was tougher than expected, however the scenery was well worth it! Marg Shearer and Margot McGinness (Margot walked the entire distance), are Rats from afar who visit us regularly also competed in Queenstown and their times were 2:03 and 2:54 respectively. Phil Thomson De Sylva competed in the full marathon distance of 42.2klm and his time was 4:00:18. Well done to all of you, fantastic efforts!

Next Sunday’s Run - November 25: Last Handicap Day!! Please meet at the shelter just north of the Mollymook Surf Club. The Rats flag will be flying… Arrive prior to the 7am start!  Walkers and runners all welcome!



Rats Report 11/11/18 
Sunday’s run went in the opposite direction to a couple of weeks ago, again west of Milton and into the burnt forest. Starting outside the Skirmish sign on Woodstock Rd, we followed the road of many coloured leaves up to Kingiman Rd. From there the short cut loop was 8klm, the alternate way of 12klm ended up at Elephant Rd and looped back to where we started. The longer adventurers had a total of 14klm, finishing out of Evans Lane and straight back UP the sealed road. The run was hilly for most parts, but never arduous when you are amongst good company! 

We also had the ever present group of walkers enjoying their stride out and chat. 

So you see, any “could be” Rats reading this, there are plenty of options for distances and you will always have someone to run alongside with. 

It never ceases to surprise that there are so many places to explore and learn about on these off road runs. Thank goodness for the more senior members of our group for sharing tales of the “old days” running in the bush and reminding us how fast they were and how far they ran! It certainly would be a lot harder for some of us less directionally challenged to find our way through the many trails. Today’s run covered part of a 21.1klm race that used to be run in the ‘80’s – known to be the hardest half marathon in NSW! For such a small group of Rats – they sure achieved and explored our bush areas a lot – even if they did the occasional encroaching on properties quite accidently!!! 

Welcome: A now ex local of Nowra and known by a few Rats already, we welcome Bill Broughton to the area and to the Rats “community”. We’re sure Bill will become a very regular runner with us and share his many running and cycling experiences. 

Rats in the Field: We wish Maree Randall all the best for her upcoming half in Queenstown NZ, next Saturday the 17th. Aimee can shout out lots of encouragement for us and check out the scene for next year, hopefully? Nicola Rabbett is away in Brisbane and managed to find a Parkrun and a finish with a first in her age group. Good on you, Nicola! Mike Ryan competed in last week’s Sydney to Gong cycle ride with his son and enjoyed the perfect conditions and great views! 

Next Sunday’s Run - November 18: Please meet left off the Princes Highway, at the toilet block just before the main entrance to Lake Tabourie Caravan Park. The run will cater for various distances heading to the loop road of Lemon Tree Creek. Walkers and runners all welcome! 

 
Ulladulla RATS - Runners and Triathletes:
RATS Handicap # 9, 5km & 10km Narrawallee Flat.
Narrawallee: 4th November 2018:
The Ulladulla Rats Handicap Series moved to Narrawallee Flat last Sunday to compete in either 5km  or10km. Numbers were down due to injuries or members visiting family. 

The 10km series is six laps of the Narrawallee Flat course. Although flat the six repetitive laps test the runner’s mental strength to complete the distance. Craig Hancock ran a brilliant race coming in first in a time of 48.12. A new course record for the 50-55 male competitors. Second was Nicola Rabbett in a speedy 51:56. Another course record for Nicola. Third was Ian Robinson in a time of 58:02. 

In the 5 km series runners completed the course in three laps. We had three competitors running and two competitors walking due to injury. The Rats welcome Rhonda Salmon from England who finished her first Rat’s run in Australia after arriving on Thursday. She completed a 5km time trial in a great time of 28:07. First place in the 5km event went to Kevin Le with a net time of 24:21. Second place went to Janet Millwood in a time of 30:33 and third was Rose Robinson in a sharp 47:18 walk. 

Kevin Le was the happy recipient of the lucky door prize, before the crew moved on to Tallwood for a well-earned coffee and a chat. 

We look forward to hearing news from Mike Ryan who was participating in the MS Sydney to Gong bike challenge this morning.  A big shout out to Jack and Lorraine Robertson as they both recover in Sydney from surgery.  We are all looking forward to seeing you back with the group Jack and trust that you will have a greater spring in your step following your surgery. 


Full Individual Results: 
10 km Series Position Time 
1. Craig Hancock  *26:09
2. Nicola Rabbett  51:56
3. Ian Robinson 58:02 

5.5   km Series (5km Narrawallee) Position Time 
1.       Kevin le * 24:21 
2.       Janet Millwood 30:33 
3.       Rose Robinson 47:18 (Walker) 
4.       Russell Craig 50.11 (Walker) 
Rhonda Salmon TT 28:07 
* = Fastest Time, TT = Time Trial 

Next Sunday - 11th November: 
Please meet at the corner of Woodstock Road and Blackburns Road N just past the Skirmish sign at 6:30 am. This is a bush run with a loop of approximately 14km. Shorter options are available. 





Rats Report 28/10/18 

Elephant Road, west of Milton, was the set scene for today’s Sunday run. An eye opener to where the recent bushfires attacked some of our beautiful countryside. We were absorbed by the ferocity and the land mass the fire made its own and how close it came to so many properties. Once again, how very thankful we are to the many fire fighters and all involved to get the blaze under control and out. 

We ran 6 klm out to the “big tree”, past the burnt down bridge and rather large fallen tree across the road. We returned the same way back to the bus stop at the end of Croobyar Roads sealed section. 

With a few injuries about and some others joining in for a chat and exercise, there were almost as many walkers as there were runners – proving you just never need to give up! 

We welcomed coffee at Duke and Co and a catch up with Kim and Dion. Kim has been struggling with a hamstring injury and has taken up more of her “second?” love - the sport of surfing.  Consequently, we discovered her talents are not limited to running as she gained a 3rd placing in the recent Longboard Championships. Keep on keeping on Kim, but we do hope you’ll be back to us before long! 

Last week we neglected to mention Craig Hancock, our strong silent type and quiet achiever, rode the 120k event in the Bowral Classic. He achieved 62nd overall (field of 880) and 21st in his age group. He climbed over 1400m during this ride and rode an average pace of 27.4 kph. Awesome effort. Great job Craig! 

Good to see Kevin Le getting himself back into it too, by competing at the Husky Parkrun yesterday and running the 5klm in a great time of 24:47. You were spotted, Kevin! We won’t mention by whom, but Nicole Rattenbury just happened to be doing the 3klm swim in the Husky Hop…..Rats are everywhere it seems, plenty of events in our region to attract us all! 

Oh, and even out of our region – a few Rats headed to Sydney for the 7 Bridges walk of 27klm. Phew!! 

Last mention goes to the evasive Woody, apparently he has been speaking each Saturday night to Ian, declaring he will “be there” for the Sunday run. Hmm, which Sunday was that, Woody?? 

Next Sunday’s Run November 4th: 
Please meet at Narrawallee Inlet for the 5klm/10klm Handicap No.9. 
Handicaps start at 7am sharp and times have been sent via email. Please be early if you are a newcomer or unsure of your start time. 

Rats Report 21/10/18 

Numbers were light on this morning, due to injuries, races and other commitments – like sleeping in, (those who shall not be named..) however well deserved, after the epic walk on Saturday. 

3 walkers and 5 runners made their morning worthwhile, completing the 15klm to Granite Falls and return. Unfortunately there was no water to be seen falling, even after all the rain we have been having. It is a beautiful lookout and certainly worth the journey. We missed you, Naomi Eastment, and hope you might join us next week instead??? 

Speaking of beautiful lookouts, a few friends of Rats planned a trip to Byangee Walls on Saturday, inviting the man of many tales, Bob White, to guide. In doing so he dragged a few extras along, making a small group of 12 to tackle the very spectacular walk. It was tough going straight uphill, but the views are certainly worth it. Without Bob’s help, we may have missed the special cave as well as the sheer rock faces just off the track before the last climb. It was a great day out, spoilt only by the rather heavy downpour of rain and hail as we hit the final descent. Drenched, but exhilarated, we thank Bob for once again lending us his local knowledge and time. 

While some were walking, Nicole Rattenbury was cycling her way around 180 klm of Nowra landmarks at a speedy rate to achieve 5th woman overall and first in her age group at the Long Course Weekend, Jervis Bay. 

Then on Sunday, Tilly Fischer completed the 42.2klm marathon in an outstanding time of 3:41:37, to achieve 2nd overall and 1st in her age group, also at the Long Course Weekend, Jervis Bay. Congratulations to both of you!
Some other weekend news: Craig Hancock, our strong silent type and quiet achiever,rode the 120k event in the Bowral Classic. He achieved 62nd overall (field of 880) and 21st in his age group. He climbed over 1400m during this ride and rode an average pace of 27.4 kph. Awesome effort.  Great job Craig! (Also posted on RATS FB page!). Link to Strava ride: https://www.strava.com/activities/1917389071

In summary of this report, you don’t only have to be a runner to join the Rats – we often try other events like cycling, swimming, walking,..either competitive or non-competitive - you may just find what’s right for you by coming along and giving it a try! 

Next Sunday October 28th 

Please meet at the bus stop (just before the dirt road starts) at the end of Croobyar Rd, Milton, for another run with views.

Rats Report 14/10/18 

My father always said, “It never rains on the golf course” and this Sunday we can now all say, “It never rains on a run day”. 

Nicola woke us all at 5:42am, doubting the strong constitution of the Rats!  The sceptics lost and there was a good turnout really, on what was a misty morning along Wheelbarrow Rd, Burrill. The road wasn’t too soggy, so we opted for out and back (except for 2 rebels, who turned off and missed the serene scene of lake that they were expecting!) The light showers didn’t deter us from running distances between 12-16klm. Even the walkers walked!!! There was lots of chatter and comradery and I think we were just happy to be out there doing what we all love. 

Coffee at Maverick was welcomed as always. Ciara Quilkey joined us there and we wish her all the best on her move up north this week. We hope you settle in nicely and enjoy new friendships in a different town. 

Next weekend Tilly Fischer is running her first marathon at Huskisson and we are sure she will do well. No pressure, just enjoy the experience and hope you love it enough to try another one, somewhere, someday. Nicole Rattenbury, an old hand at long distance events, is competing in the 3 day Ironman event at the same venue. Good luck girls!! 

Next Sunday, October 21st 

Please meet at 6:30am at 12 Mile Rd, just off the Princes Highway aprox 24klm north of Ulladulla for a run up to Granite Falls. 


RATS Handicap # 8, 5.5 km for All, Reverse Direction. 
Mollymook: 7th October 2018: 
 
Reduced numbers, given the school holidays, however some good performances prevailed with valuable points being collected in what is now the back end of the season. 
 
Both the 10 km series and the 5.5 km series contested the 5.5 km single loop course, but in the reverse direction.  This is achieved by turning left into Clyde St at the 500 m mark and doing the loop in the clockwise direction.  Favoured by some, as they believe it smooths out the altitude gain over a longer section, rather than the abrupt climbs up Forest and Oxley in the conventional direction. 
 
In the 10 km series, the handicapper got it mostly right, with the main exception being eventual winner, Craig Hancock.  'Poppy' Craig cleared out to win by a healthy margin, shaving some 3 minutes from his handicap time.  Craig was also the fastest on course with a fine 26:09 net time over the 5.5 km distance.  Congratulations are in order to Craig and his family, with the arrival of his beautiful granddaughter, during the week.  Second across the line was Jodie Toghill who ran a well judged 27:48.  Third place went to Gay Shearman who ran at a speedy 4:55 per km pace for a net time of 27:05. 
 
In the 5.5 km series, defending champion Jack Robertson picked up maximum points and is once again threatening the series lead.  
 
Cheryl Garin was the happy recipient of the lucky door prize, before the crew moved on to Tallwood for a well earned coffee and a chat.  
 
Full Individual Results: 
 
 | 10 km Series | Position | Time for 5.5 km
| Craig Hancock | 1 | *26:09
| Jodie Toghill | 2 | 27:48
| Gay Shearman | 3 | 27:05
| Ian Robinson | 4 | 30:51
| Cheryl Garin | 5 | 31:15
| Nicola Rabbett | 6 | 27:34
| Mike Ryan | 7 | 32:46
| 5.5 km Series |   |  
| Jack Robertson | 1 | 50:13
| Dave Munday | TT | 33:20
* = Fastest Time, TT = Time Trial 
 
Next Sunday - 14th October: 
Please meet at the Burrill Lake Lions Park at 6:30 am.  Park near the amenities block. 
Various distances are available for all standards, usually involving some of the very scenic Lake Road, which circuits the south western shoreline of the lake. 

RATS 'Kevin Maxwell Memorial Mile' 1.609 km 
Narrawallee: 30th September 2018: 
 
A record number of 61 participants were treated to crisp and calm conditions this year for the annual running of the Kevin Maxwell Memorial Mile.  Event organiser Martin Tomasini welcomed everyone from ages 5 to 82, including twin 5 year olds.  The RATS Mile Championships were entering their 19th year and this year marked the 8th as our tribute to the memory of former RAT and great mate, Kevin Maxwell.  Kevin was well loved around the club and delighted in hosting many a legendary BBQ, at the Maxwells’. 
Particular thanks to Barb Maxwell, her family and friends, who travelled long distances to share this special event with our regular RATS.  Barb's crew exceeded 40 in number and with quantity came quality too.  Notably, Blake McKinley and Brayden Doherty picked up podium spots, finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively in 6:21 and 6:29. 
Winning RAT however, in the new course record time was local youngster, Harm Schaap who streeted the field, with an outstanding 4:52 performance.  This was also an age group record (M15 - 19 yrs) eclipsing older brother Jono's previous record of 5:38.  No doubt some brotherly love will be shared at the Schaap household tonight. 
First lady RAT was also a local, Tilly Fischer.  Tilly set a new age group record (F 25 - 26 yrs) finishing 5th outright and recorded the 3rd fastest ever female time, with a 6:33.  Similarly, visitors picked up silver and bronze amongst the ladies, with Hannah Sacco 2nd in 6:54 and previous winner, Natalie Malcolm 3rd in 7:02. 
Other new age group records went to Craig Hancock (M50 - 54 yrs) with 6:49, Hannah Sacco (F10 - 14 yrs) with 6:54, Gay Shearman (F55 - 59 yrs) with 7:30, Ian Tague (M70 - 74 yrs) with 7:50, Maree Randall (F60 - 64 yrs) with 8:02, Barbara Maxwell (F75 - 79 yrs) with 9:49 and Lynn Tague (F65 - 69 yrs) with 9:50.  Well done to all these fine athletes. 
A big thanks also to our helpers, John Hepburn, Steve Grant, Geoff Darby and Lauri Perino.
Next Sunday - 7th October: 
Note: Daylight savings time (set clocks forward 1 hour). 
Handicap # 8, Mollymook course (Reverse Direction) 5.5 km for both series.  Please refer to your published handicap time and be there ready to go.  Timing clock starts at 7:00 am sharp. 
Also note, early RATS calendars show this handicap to be on the 14th October.  This was changed some time back and revised calendars were emailed out, due to a clash with the Hume to Hovell Ultra. 
 
Full Individual Results: 
 | 1.609 Km  | Position | Time
| Harm Schaap | 1 | 4:52
| Blake McKinley | 2 | 6:21
| Brayden Doherty | 3 | 6:29
| Sam Harding | 4 | 6:32
| Tilly Fischer | 5 | 6:33
| Craig Hancock | 6 | 6:49
| Wil Harding | 7 | 6:54
| Hannah Sacco | 8 | 6:54
| Michael Sacco | 9 | 6:55
| Natalie Malcolm | 10 | 7:02
| Bob White | 11 | 7:14
| Gay Shearman | 12 | 7:30
| Brad Doherty | 13 | 7:44
| Ian Tague | 14 | 7:50
| Archie Malcolm | 15 | 7:50
| Tony Malcolm | 16 | 7:51
| Ian Robinson | 17 | 7:58
| Ben Govers | 18 | 8:02
| Maree Randall | 19 | 8:02
| Fiene Schaap | 20 | 8:09
| Cheryl Bellet | 21 | 8:41
| Lucas Sacco | 22 | 8:47
| Jan Sacco | 23 | 8:49
| Wil Malcolm | 24 | 8:53
| Kai Doherty | 25 | 8:56
| Lux Kolarik-Doherty | 26 | 8:57
| Nicola Rabbett | 27 | 9:17
| Lee Harding | 28 | 9:38
| Barbara Maxwell | 29 | 9:49
| Lynn Tague | 30 | 9:50
| Don Miller | 31 | 9:53
| Lisa Grant | 32 | 10:10
| Hugh Cooper | 33 | 10:49
| Connor McKinley | 34 | 10:58
| Taj Cooper | 35 | 11:01
| Suzanne Connor | 36 | 11:56
| Ebony Green | 37 | 12:07
| Nathan McKinley | 38 | 12:11
| Taj Doherty | 39 | 13:05
| Tom Malcolm | 40 | 13:07
| Frances Hepburn | 41 | 13:20
| Jack McKinley | 42 | 13:27
| Digby Cooper | 43 | 13:31
| Emily Govers | 44 | 13:43
| Kiki Kolarik-Doherty | 45 | 13:44
| Jack Robertson | 46 | 16:41
| George Malmo | 47 | 16:42
| Kate Bennett | 48 | 17:31
| Debbie Maxwell | 49 | 17:31
| Simone Kolarik | 50 | 17:32
| Denise McKinley | 51 | 17:33
| Fiona Doherty | 52 | 17:35
| Greg McKinley | 53 | 17:37
| Joel McKinley | 54 | 17:38
| Rowan Lanser | 55 | 17:39
| Brenda Govers | 56 | 17:41
| Samantha Bennett | 57 | 17:52
| Louise Bennett | 58 | 17:52
| Steve Malmo | 59 | 17:53
| Carol Malmo | 60 | 17:57
| Kim Cooper | 61 | 17:59

23/09/18
A large herd of Rats headed west from Arthur Jones Reserve, Conjola along Lakes Entrance Rd turning left on to Narrawallee Creek Rd into the bush and then headed east to the beach. Great morning for running, temperature a little fresh but we soon warmed up. There was a lot of chatter going on, especially about the events of Blackmores run last weekend, lots of talk "if I had gone that little bit harder I would have finished a minute or so quicker", but all in all we were very satisfied with our performances. 
Ever ready Woody was there to get us moving and Ian was there to show a few new trails, next time we will listen to Rosie and we would have been back 10 minutes earlier and had the boardwalk view.
Not mentioning any name but we had a lady runner hit the deck, thought we may have had another broken jaw but just a few grazes there.
We were lucky to have Bob to point out some interesting facts about the area in early days of transporting clay and a track that was used to move it over to Jones Beach. 
Fran and Jack did a scenic walk whilst John cycled behind, keeping us in tow.
Variety of distance from 10 to 14 kms, followed by great coffee and food at Duke and Co. 

Next Sunday’s run is the annual Kevin Maxwell Memorial Mile, Narrawallee Inlet in honour of a well respected Rat. It will start at 7am. All runners welcome.

Rats Report 16.9
The Rats became poetic this week, in what can only be described as a taper delirium, with seven runners winding back their training in preparation for this weekends Sydney Running Festival.
With all the preparation complete our usually hard-working runners where left twiddling their thumbs, Bob started off, poetically wishing all runners well. Gay has finished it with this race report from the Half Marathon:
The Rats weren’t chasing cats but dogs this morning after a cold and windy start of the Blackmores Sydney running festival. Maree Randall had an unexpected canine friend following her the whole way, which kept a smile on her face for the day, achieving a top 10 result for her age group! Nicola did a 7 min PB, Anne Maree had a problem with her knee! We knew Nicola could do it, Anne Maree too, but one is still beaming and the other still screaming!! Liz in her tutu, had a run for fun, while Clive ran his hardest from the start of the gun.
Gay remained consistent and enjoyed this race most, having training partners all join her from home on the south coast. Realistically we all felt good and happy. The last 2klm being the hardest, but our heads kept level to finish. Rob Rabbett was the wing/bag man. Every running group needs that bag bloke, thanks Ro 😊
Bob White competed in his third marathon at this event. He was happy with the halfway time of 2 hours 10 mins (21km), he recognised the 25km mark as being a point at which the race got harder. Some of the little hills out of Pyrmont felt bigger than expected, Bob was happy to have kept a good pace going until the last 5-6kms, a cramp in the last kilometre being his last obstacle to overcome. Bob finished in 4 hours 41, he sounded remarkedly chipper, with the jokes still rolling through the afternoon.
Half Marathon 21.1 km
Gay Shearman 1.47.39 (6th in age group)
Nicola Rabbett 1.49.40 (top 10% of her age group)
Maree Randall 2:01.45 (10th place for her age group)
Ann Marie 2.00.51
Clive 1.44.39
Liz 2.00.47
Marathon 42.196 km
Bob 4.41.30
Next Sunday’s run is starting from Conjola tennis courts 6.30am

Rats Report 9th September 2018
Our guest writer this week is Nicola! Thank YOU!!!
The running Rats were presented with a truly beautiful morning on Sunday with the sun breaking through the clouds but still with a coolness in the air. The group met at the corner of the Princes Highway and Porters Creek Dam road at 6.30am and car pooled to the top of the escarpment. Once we had left the cars we faced a challenging warm up hill and then some really comfortable dirt track running out to Porters Creek Dam. The recent little bit of rain seemed to have freshened both the track and the bush plants and we noticed the first of the wattle flowers blooming in their beautiful yellow. Out at the Dam the critical shortage of rain was evident with the water at a very low level. Once we had regrouped we were off back to the start to complete the run and a total distance for most of us of just under 12km. Thanks to Dukes at Milton for the great coffee and cake.
 It is always great to have guest runners with us and we always welcome their conversation on the runs (particularly as it means the local runners can take time out to breathe!). For the runners participating in the Blackmores Running Festival next weekend in Sydney it is now time to wind back from their 16 week training programme and taper through the next week. For another couple of our runners the 24 km run today was part of their continuing programme leading up to the Queenstown NZ marathon and even with that distance today they didn’t even appear to be puffed at runs end this morning (obviously the red jelly beans work Aimee!)
 Good Luck to all those competing in both the half (21.5km) and full marathon (42km) in Sydney next weekend and don’t forget to take in the views on the way round.

RATS 'No Watch' Run 5.24 km 
Burrill/Dolphin Point: 2nd September 2018: 
A fun event, whereby our technology reliant RATS are asked to nominate their projected finish time for a known course.  The challenge then, is to run as close as possible to that time without the aid of watches and/or GPS devices.  With prizes up for grabs, it is interesting to see the different strategies being employed, some successful, some not. 
It is an event that favours neither, faster, slower, Male or Female RATS and can improve pacing awareness. 
Despite being Father's Day, the ladies dominated the podium with Rose Robinson taking out the top spot with an 18 second differential, Dianna Donohue placed third with a 44 second differential.  Craig Hancock flew the flag for the boys however, finishing second with a 27 second differential. 
Fastest RATS were Steve Grant 24:11 and Tilly Fischer 24:34, who both ran well inside projected time. 
The Bradman award for the highest differential went to Frances Hepburn with an outstanding 17:27. 
Coffee at Maccas followed for most, with Rose sharing her (healthy) treat winning prize. 
Full Individual Results: 
 
 | 5.24 Km  | Projected Time | Actual Time | Difference
| Rose Robinson | 32:45 | 33:03 | + 0:18
| Craig Hancock | 26:20 | 26:47 | + 0:27
| Dianna Donohue | 36:00 | 36:44 | + 0:44
| Maree Randall | 34:00 | 34:57 | + 0:57
| Lauri Perino | 52:30 | 51:24 | - 1:06
| Ian Robinson | 32:50 | 33:59 | + 1:09
| Steve Grant | 25:29 | 24:11 | - 1:18
| Tilly Fischer | 26:00 | 24:34 | - 1:26
| Dave Munday | 45:00 | 39:40 | - 5:20
| Frances Hepburn | 60:00 | 42:33 | -17:27
RATS in the Field: 
1/9/18 - Coastal Classic Trail Run 
The Coastal Classic is a 29km trail run along one of the most stunning tracks in Australia (Otford to Bundeena), it has everything to offer from rocky terrain, sand running and beaches, to cliff-tops, bushland, rainforest and steep hill inclines. The scenery is spectacular, with breathtaking coastal views, both on the beach and from the cliff tops. You literally feel like you are a million miles from anywhere. 
Two of our regular visiting RATS competed this year.  Sydney based RAT, Phil De Sylva finished in a time of 3:51:13 and Orange based RAT, Alison Broughton finished in a time of 4:01:54.  Well done to both these dedicated athletes. 
Next Sunday - 9th September: 
Porter's Creek Dam Run. 
Please meet at the small gravel car park 50m from corner of Highway and Porters Creek Dam Road at 6:30 am.  Car shuffles from there to the top of the escarpment, where options for various distances and standards are available. 

Rats Report:  19/08/18 
It was a very trying week for some of our Rats and the community we live in; however with credit to our town, we have come through with lots of support and love. Due to this wild and windy weather, smoky and unpredictable fires, the Rats changed venues last minute this Sunday. 
Meeting at Duke and Co, everyone looked windblown and cold before the run, however soon warmed up once we hit the aptly named Windward Way! Sheltered amongst the trees it was a pleasant surprise to “dechill” along this pretty and quiet country road. 
Back in the suburbs, there were a few groups heading out in all directions for short, medium or long runs and somehow our paths didn’t cross again – not even for the ritual coffee and chat of a Sunday morning! Almost unheard of! 
Having the weekly chat over coffee or breakfast brings us the opportunity to discuss hopes and dreams and build friendships amongst one another. While we all have a common interest in running, no matter what level, it’s interesting to note that we are a very diverse group and we all get along.  
The best thing is that we are out there doing something healthy and physical and there is always an encouraging word from someone, to help you keep on keeping on. 
We have fast runners, slow runners, competitive people and the not so competitive, so if you’re reading this and would like to give running a try, please do come along. 
Rats in the Field: Nicole Rattenbury competed in the Husky Half in a very creditable time of 2:14:34 after a fall with about 3klm to go!
Next Sundays run: We will try again for the Walter Hood Run, 26km, or various abridged versions, for next Sunday.  Please meet at 6:30am at the corner of Mondayong Rd and The Princes Highway.  Remember to take care crossing the highway at that location.  Water bottles are recommended. 

Ulladulla Rats 5.8.18
Many of the Rats are in the thick of winter training for longer events ranging from 10kers up to 50kers. This Sunday’s run at Lemon Tree Creek was an opportunity for all runners to take on the distance that was needed. This ranged from 1 hour run/walks to 3 hour runs. Lemon Tree Creek is a quiet offroad track giving all runners the choices of either an out and back run or a big loop. There are some challenging hills which increase the intensity too.
We all acknowledge that running with a group keeps us honest, you get out of bed because you’ve made the commitment, and because you’re with a group, you challenge your limits. As one of our more experienced runners would say “it’s money in the bank!”.
Is anyone running the City to Surf this year?? Please comment below if so If you’d like to start running with the Rats we recommend a Tuesday morning at Narrawallee Reserve Car Park. We do short intervals and you can go at any pace that suits you, each week you can build up your distance too. It’s a good way to get to know some new people and make a good investment in your wellbeing Don’t forget to check out the new website ulladullarats.com
Next Sunday’s run is a handicap, meeting at 7am at the Mollymook Beach Reserve, look for the RATs flag. Check out our Facebook page or emails for handicap times.
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.

Rats Report 15th July 2018 
A small group of highly motivated but possibly crazy RATS met this morning at the Lions Park Burrill Lake for their regular Sunday run and or walk.  Once again the temperature was challenging and remained so even as the sun came up in the first few minutes of the run.  Both runners and walkers headed out track around the Lake and were rewarded with some spectacular views across the very still and flat waters of the Lake.  (Perfect water skiing conditions but just a tad cold perhaps!)   A few of the runners headed back across the highway and along the track towards the Potholes where the decent surf had attracted quite a few early morning happy surfers.  The narrow scrub track up from Potholes to Dolphin Point was challenging for those runners meant to be doing a decent pace as dictated by their training program and while the intent was there perhaps the speed was not!  The view from Dolphin Point headland looking north was once again very special and reminds us why we do what we do.  As we finally headed back into the Lions Park we had covered a distance of nearly 13 km’s for most runners and a bit shorter for the walkers.  In support of one Rat training for her marathon run later in the year we waited happily in the sun until she had completed her distance of 19kms and then headed for coffee. Some of our regular runners were away this weekend visiting family but still managed to fit in a few challenging runs.  

Maree participated in the Panania Parkrun covering a distance of 5kms in a great time of 27.45 and then backed it up the next day with a 12.5km Bay run.  

At Lake Gillawarna, one “old” Rat (sorry Barb), one “middle aged” Rat and 2 young Mice represented Ulladulla and completed their various distances in fine form. 

Hailey and Maddison Dombrain ran the 3klm, with Hailey the outright female winner in a smashing time of 11:28. Madi wasn’t far beyond, 3rd outright, just 1 minute behind her sister, in a time of 12:28! These girls are both in the 10-15 yrs age group!! We look forward to seeing great things from them in the future! Well done, girls! 

Barb Maxwell, competing in the 7klm, proved once again that age is no barrier, and you’ve got to be in it to win it! Barb, you just keep on keeping on, congrats. Gay completed the 14km in a satisfying time of 1 hour and 14 minutes taking second place in her age group. 

Our Rats in Melbourne participated in the Parkville Parkrun at Princes Park Carlton with Marty producing a 21.24 time in 4 degree temperature and taking out another age group win.  No doubt Laurie was somewhere there continuing her graduated return to running.  Our intrepid mountain goat Bob continued his marathon training in the cool, misty and challenging hills north of Launceston. 

We look forward to our fellow Rats returning shortly from their overseas travels only to face one of Bobs famous and definitely challenging scenic runs in one of their first runs back! 

Next Sunday July 22nd:
Handicap Race No. 6: 10km and 14km, meeting at Mollymook Beach Reserve north of the Surf Club. All handicap events start at 7am. Handicaps have been sent by email. Individual members contribute $15 per year or $20 per family, if you haven’t paid your fees as yet; please pay John at this week’s Handicap. 

RATS Handicap # 5 Mollymook – 8th July 2018: 
 
Numbers were down a little due to school holidays and RATS who prefer winter hibernation, but those who attended enjoyed reasonable conditions as the winds had moderated from the previous day. Both the 10 km series and 5.5 km series were contested concurrently, with the ladies winning both events, once again. 
 
In the 5.5 km series, Rose Robinson hauled in three front markers and powered to victory in a season's best time of 33:53.  Second across the line was Adrian Le who recorded 30:03, which was also a season's best effort and the fastest time of the morning.  Dad Kevin was not far back, coming in third with a solid 30:12.  It was good to see Don, Russell and Steve back with us after some international excursions. 
 
In the 10 km series, Nicola Rabbett ran her usual honest race finishing with the fastest time of the morning 52:34 and maximum points.  Nicola has closed the gap to series leader Craig Hancock in what could be an exciting tussle for the remainder of the series. Second was Ian Robinson recording 60:55 and take note, is on the way back. Third was Craig Hancock scoring useful points with his 54:08. 
 
Nicola was the lucky RAT, winning the socks from John's treasure trove.  
Most of the crew gathered at Tallwood afterwards for a well-earned coffee and chat. 
 
NB Nicola Rabbett competed in the Husky Parkrun on Saturday doing a PB in a fantastic time of 24:42. Well done, Nicola! 
 
Full Individual Results: 
 
 | 5.5 Km Series | Time
| Rose Robinson | 33:53 (20 pts)
| Adrian Le  | *30:03 (19 pts)
| Kevin Le | 30:12 (18 pts)
| Jack Robertson | 39:18 (17 pts)
| Russell Craig | 38:59 (16 pts)
| Don Miller | 37:09 (15 pts)
| Lauri Perino | 54:17 (14 pts)
| 10 Km Series | Time
| Nicola Rabbett | *52:34 (20 pts)
| Ian Robinson | 60:55 (19 pts)
| Craig Hancock | 54:08 (18 pts)
* = Fastest Time, 
 
Next Sunday - 15th July: 
Please meet at Lions Park, Burrill Lake near the amenities block at 6:30 am.  Various distances are available.  A beautiful, scenic route via Lake Road with possible extensions down to Potholes Beach (Lagoon Head) or Munno Break Road to Tabourie Lake.  Options to suit all levels. 

Rats Report 01/07/18 
Another crisp, cool morning saw quite a few Rats set off from Mollymook for a local run out to the Lighthouse and return, taking in Millards Creek track and the One Track for all. 
It was good to see Ian back having a light run and coping well with his new “pacer”! 
Lauri and Mike enjoyed a walk/run and some of us followed the program by upping the tempo towards the end, slightly faster than a normal Sunday run. 
We were missing one Rat, who promised he is NOT soft by staying in bed on a cold morning, particularly after a trip to Indonesia. Hmmm, where was Woody?? 
Apologies to all that came to breakfast, while we enjoyed the tea and “toast”, the briefing was misplaced… 
Lunch at Tallwood’s street food afternoon was a great taste of Sri Lankan for a few of us! 
Good food, good company, good weather, good way to end the week. 
Rats in the Field: 
Ken Saunders completed the Gold Coast 5.7klm run on Saturday, showing what a real champion he is (and always has been in our eyes!)! After having a short stint in hospital, he came out on top, winning his age group – 85-89 yrs., by a superb 11minutes! 
Linda Saunders ran the 10klm, to keep it all in the family. 
Clive and Liz Grist tackled the full marathon, Liz determined to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the challenge. Clive managed an excellent 4:19:48. 
Well done champs!! 

Rats Report 24/06/18
Last Sundays outing by the Rats was split between the Kiama Coastal Classic runs and a local run from Maccas, with just 6 starters. Our numbers were down due to several rats being on local or overseas holidays or with injuries. 

Ulladulla dawned quite crisp, and Rose, Craig, Mike, Jack and Mike’s son Josh set off just after 6:30 bound for Burrill Lake. All arrived back at Maccas at various times from 7:30 - which was followed by a nice hot cup of coffee at Native before they all headed off to enjoy what was left of Sunday. 
Four rats ran at Kiama for the Classic "fun" run. It was a sunny but cool and perfect running day. The 14km run followed the coast track from Gerringong surf club to finish at Black beach Kiama. There were many small hills with 2 runners rumoured to have fast walked a couple of short steep sections. Two whales also put on a good show. Both runners had an enjoyable time with Nicola in on 1 hour 27 m and Bob in on 1 hour 34 m, and they both finished smiling!!

The 10 km run involved 2 circuits passing the lighthouse 4 times with plenty of uphill and downhill. There were outstanding results for Gay at 50.06 minutes to be first in her age group and Maree on 60.4 minutes and second in her age group. Gay celebrated by partying that afternoon in Austinmer, while the rest enjoyed brunch from a local Kiama cafe.
Cheryl Garin was there with 10 stitches in her foot from a recent surfing incident so could not compete, however provided sterling support by driving runners and taking photos. 

Next Sunday July 1st:
Please meet at 8 Wallace St, Mollymook for a local run followed by tea and toast at same address. Rob Pickard, a local coach from Nowra, will be on hand to talk about anything running and a training program he has devised for some of us. All welcome.
Also, if anyone is interested, Tallwood have "street" food from Sri Lanka for lunch, 12:30-5. A few of us have agreed to try!

Rats Report 10.6.18
Another enjoyable week of regular running in town this week. Our Sunday run was a local one taking in the bush tracks around town including the One Track For All, lighthouse including an inspection of the lighthouse under repair and finishing off with the Millards Creek track. So many great vantage points to take in the natural beauty of our town. 
This week a group of Rats will start training for a half marathon in September, there are some ohers working towards longer events in September, October and November. Our new training program is actually a good time for new runners to join in on a Tuesday. Our regular sprint sessions will be two hundred metres repeated. New runners can join in for as many or few as they like. A new program and some inspiration from some our more competitive runners should be a good combination. 
5th June 2018 - In cold and windy conditions, Canberra based RAT Brad Croker won the Christchurch NZ half marathon in a new course record time of 1:05:38. Brad beat a classy field convincingly and lowered his own personal best time of 1:06:50 in the process.

Of further interest is that Brad is considering the World Championships Marathon Australian selection trials later this year. Brad's recent Marathon PB of 2:17:28 is within the selection criteria, if he can replicate that form and be in the first 3 males, he could be representing Australia in October 2019 at Doha, Qatar. Woo hoo!
Kim Waters - Publicity Officer


03/06/18 This weeks Rat Report. I hope that I've got the facts right The Rats are scattering over the next few weeks with four travelling overseas to Thailand, Indonesia, Europe and the US. Tilly is clocking up the cycling kms in Thailand and by the looks of her Strava account is doing a fair bit of climbing, clocking up 1700m of elevation over a 80km ride! Craig Hancock’s double Pigeon House ride on Saturday was 1388m of elevation, so that paints a picture of Tilly’s effort. Although Craig did battle the big southerly with three others which is worth a shout out. Steve Grant is bound to hit the Parkruns in Europe. The digital world makes it easy for us to keep track and celebrate the achievements of our running/cycling mates. 

Our young runners are also doing very well in the Cross Country season. In particular Harm Schaap has been training hard with his coach and squad in preparation for the season. Harm gained the fourth fastest time in his age group at the State Cross Country relay last weekend. This week he achieved second place at Regional Cross Country, setting the scene for his dig at the State Champs. Good luck from the Rats
This weeks Sunday run took us out past the Mt Bushwalker car park to a rock platform where we were able to enjoy the spectacular view down to Lake Conjola. We had a good bunch of runners, in particular it was great to see Ian Robbo out again.
It’s always good to get a little bit of local history from Bob White on these bush runs, this week included learning about the landing strip that the military used for landing aircraft.
Most of us went to Duke & Co for breaky and coffee afterwards. This lead to a lot of discussion about running goals. We have a couple of marathons coming up, Aimee in NZ might be tempting some others too. A handful of Rats are looking closely at the 22km and the 50ker Hume to Hovell race down at Tumbarumba in October. A group program is being purchased to keep us all on track.
Don’t forget to check out the new website ulladullarats.com
Next Sunday’s run will start at the picnic shelter closest to Mollymook Surf Club at 6.30am

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Rats Report 10.6.18
 Another enjoyable week of regular running in town this week. Our Sunday run was a local one taking in the bush tracks around town including the One Track For All, lighthouse including an inspection of the lighthouse under repair and finishing off with the Millards Creek track. So many great vantage points to take in the natural beauty of our town. 
 This week a group of Rats will start training for a half marathon in September, there are some ohers working towards longer events in September, October and November. Our new training program is actually a good time for new runners to join in on a Tuesday. Our regular sprint sessions will be two hundred metres repeated. New runners can join in for as many or few as they like. A new program and some inspiration from some our more competitive runners should be a good combination. 
 5th June 2018 - In cold and windy conditions, Canberra based RAT Brad Croker won the Christchurch NZ half marathon in a new course record time of 1:05:38. Brad beat a classy field convincingly and lowered his own personal best time of 1:06:50 in the process.

 Of further interest is that Brad is considering the World Championships Marathon Australian selection trials later this year. Brad's recent Marathon PB of 2:17:28 is within the selection criteria, if he can replicate that form and be in the first 3 males, he could be representing Australia in October 2019 at Doha, Qatar. Woo hoo!
Kim Waters - Publicity Officer

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