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Running since 1993
Sydney, Australia
Date: 9/14/2021
Subject: Copy of NRG Weekly Newsletter - 8th September 2021
From: NRG Editor

Dear ~~first_name~~ , 
Welcome to the NRG weekly newsletter for 15th September 2021.

"All the fit that's news to print"

NRG Newsletter: Bubble-buster Edition

There are two types of people: Those who run and those who should. Nike believes in both.
- Nike 
This week is a first step toward a normal world, with groups of five fully-vaccinated adults being allowed to run together. As your Newsletter shreditor, I ask rhetorically, "Which five?". Undoubtedly there'll be a darker side of that, such as shunning friends who are just outside the 5km radius or in an LGA of Misery, six good friends who want to run with you, some that can't or won't get vaccinated, or were running through the entire lockdown and just now got sidelined by an underuse injury, an overuse injury, an abuse injury by a territorial magpie, or an overhead tackling by a falling possum (yes this has actually happened). Or all four of said injuries.
This too, shall pass. It won't always be this way. 
As for running as a club, we are awaiting further announcements on when we can assemble in more natural and non-exclusive quantities of people than just five. Same goes for social gatherings and the year-end celebrations. It won't be long.
But there's THIS...and it's this weekend!
No big groups doesn't mean no big fun, so we are hosting the NRG scAvengers challenge, a scavenger hunt using your phone's camera. You don't have to touch or pick up anything, embarrass yourself in front of strangers, sing songs on public transport or eat disgusting things. It's not The Amazing Race, but you will have an amazing time doing it, and if a 10km run isn't your thing now, you can walk or crawl it at your leisure. There's still time to enter. And there's a useful prize. See details below.
And wait, there's more!
This Sunday is when the Sydney Running Festival would've set off from Milson's Point at too-early-o'clock. It's a virtual this time. But Sylvano from NRG is offering up a more flexible, geographically-independent Running Festival for ALL of us. It costs nothing, and you might recognise most of the field in this one. See below for details.


Item needed:


Your phone's camera.


How it works:


BY 4:00 PM FRIDAY: Post on Facebook event or email your team name via reply to this newsletter. Up to 5 people (fully-vaccinated); can go solo.

4:00 PM FRIDAY: We will release the list of requirements. Get a selfie (with at least one team member in it) along with the item, in the photo. There will be bonus points for creativity in content, but points deducted for photoshopping, pilfered pics or other cheating. There will be a sliding scale of bonus points for speed in submission too.
Submit by posting all your photos under the Facebook event by 8 PM Sunday, 19th September, as a single post.
6:00 PM TUESDAY: Announcement of winning team or individual; winner receives a $25 Woolies/BWS gift voucher, and copious kudos.

Training in Lockdown

with thanks to John Hesketh

The Fartlek Session


Health warning: if you suffer from any form of OCD then it is highly unlikely you will appreciate the following training session!


Fartlek is a Swedish word which should mean “make it up as you go along” but actually means “speed play”. The idea is simple, just choose any route or distance you wish and simply vary your pace randomly throughout between ‘nice and easy’ and ‘flat-out sprint’. So, if you are running around streets, you might choose to run one street at an easy pace, the next one quicker and then sprint intermittently between lampposts along the next. Yes, just make it up as you go along, the only caveat is to keep running and enjoy.


[Shreditor Variant: Oldfartlek, as demonstrated successfully on Monday - Run fast until gluteus medius seizes up, then whilst attempting to lift yourself off the ground you've just involuntarily sprawled onto, try to alternate a slow jog with slightly faster stiffer slow jog until the first coffee shop. 😀 At least the coffee was good.]

What3words - Life And Death?

A drone show by the Dutch artist enclave Studio Drift rises high into the sky at Renegade Burn in Nevada's Black Rock Desert on Friday 3rd September 2021 

Back on 22nd May, Jim Carter hosted an NRG Saturday run using the geocode navigational tool What3Words, which accurately pins a location even when there are no other visual cues to indicate where you are. It was a novel experience for those who participated.

A couple weeks ago, some 13,000 rebels decided that the covid-cancellation of Burning Man wouldn't prevent them from going into the USA state of Nevada's Black Rock Desert anyway to set up a temporary community and have some fun. But unlike in the ticketed event, there were no street names, no maps, and, with bushfire smoke hiding the mountain landmarks and even the sun at times, there was no way to tell how far, which direction, or even how to get back to one's campsite from whatever people were doing wherever they were going, short of having a GPS watch continuously mapping movement. The annual ultramarathon, the red-dress run and even the naked bike ride would've been a challenge in the unforgiving heat, cold, smoke and dust, without markers.

What3words to the rescue: by tagging their landmarks in the vast blank-canvas desert, people found their way to & back from a place. Something to remember if you're planning a long trail run in the Blue Mountains or a night run in a place without obvious landmarks.  

Still time to plan for this!

Sylvano's Sydney Spring Lockdown Running Festival

Friday 24th September - Thursday 30th September 2021



  • Fri 24 Sep: Registration - upload your post on Facebook (or reply to this newsletter) to reveal your race trace and target pace festivities!

  • Sat 25 Sep: Race Day 1 - Let the games begin!
    LGAoC Marathon Leg 1

  • Sun 26 Sep: Race Day 2
    <<Half Marathon>>
    LGAoC Marathon Leg 2
    LGAoC Half Marathon Leg 1

  • Mon 27 Sep: Race Day 3
    LGAoC Marathon Leg 3
    LGAoC Half Marathon Leg 2
    LGAoC 10km Leg 1

  • Tue 28 Sep: Race Day 4
    LGAoC Marathon Leg 4
    LGAoC Half Marathon Leg 3
    LGAoC 10km Leg 2

  • Wed 29 Sep: Race Day 5
    LGAoC Marathon Leg 5
    LGAoC Half Marathon Leg 4

  • Thu 30 Sep: Recovery, awards and zoom celebration party!  

Race Rules: Your running course to be strictly within a 5km radius from your place of residence.

Etiquette, Laws & Health Orders: Needless to say, obey and adhere in spirit as well as to the letter of all laws, orders, regulations and official directives. Also, bring honour to runners by making other other people feel comfortable and safe as we run around. And don't forget all the usual things about obeying traffic signals, being visible in the dark, avoiding unleashed dogs, always carrying a mask, etc. 

Which races to run? One, any or all! Whatever your body will permit.


NRG Nostalgia Pic:  Christmas Party
Theme: Big Kids

North Sydney Bowlo, December 2008

Three weeks and nothing's been cancelled? Is this thing on...?

Date Event    Status Web Site 
 19 Sept -
 17 Oct
 Sydney Running Festival
 open & free   Click
 24-30 Sept  Syl's Sydney Spring
 Lockdown Running Festival
 open & free  See Above
 17-24 Oct  City2Surf (VIRTUAL)  open    Click
 23 Oct  Beach to Beach (3,6,13K)  open   Click
 23 Oct  Rafferty's 
 Lake Macquarie
 open   Click
 29-31 Oct  Lakes Trails Festival
 discount code
 7 Nov  Sydney Harbour 5K/10K  open   Click
 27 Nov  Bare Creek Trail Run 
 open soon   Click
 12 March  Six Foot Track Marathon  open
 late Nov
 3 April  Run Forest Run  open   Click

Northside Running Group


NRG is a community based running group and has a NSW registered COVID-19 Safety Plan. Aware of the latest COVID situation, and the risks associated with gatherings, your club’s committee recognises how important running is to your mental and physical health, so we are hosting our regular sessions in line with NSW current policy. Pre-registration for all events via this website is mandatory. No exceptions. This is for tracing in the very unfortunate and unlikely situation where somebody tests positive who's been to a recent session.