RLC Weekly Bugle

Hellooooooo Team!

Welcome to the Kinda Weekly Bugler! It’s been a rock solid couple of weeks of running and racing. I know it can be tough to get up in the dark, but it has been a rare opportunity of late to run in the romantic morning moonlight. Bryan nearly had me holding his hand on Tuesday as we punished ourselves on the bay run, and a full moon floated above. With the windless, crisp mornings, we should make the most of these last couple of weeks of daylight savings – clocks go back on the 6th of April.

The words on everyone’s lips (especially fans of the rom-com TV series, Game Of Thrones) are that “Winter Is Coming..” So make the most of the sunny days while you can!!

We’ve added some fantastic web content to the RLC site. Take a look below and if you have more stories you’d like to contribute, then please send them in.


Fresh Web Content – RunLikeCrazy.com

Fem Fatale dominates Fuego Y Agua – read about our favourite Femi’s epic journey to beat up on a Nicaraguan Volcano!

Eltham Fun Run – check out some info about this Sunday’s fun run in Melbourne’s North. Come T-Bone it with me!

Stretch For Success – tip top advice about the benefits of StretchingLikeCrazy, from our resident Osteo – Gary Israelsohn.

The Breath Of Ghosts – ultra runner and all round top bloke, Steve Brydon, introduces his new book to RLC fans.


Rockin RLC Gear

You’ll have seen a number of people getting around in slick RLC merchandise. It was a somewhat arduous journey to get our Saucony kit printed up for the weekly Bull Parade, but we finally got there. And the pay-off has been the devastatingly swift reduction in stock! We’re already requesting additional singlets, but do have a number of Men’s & Women’s tops on the shelf, so please hit us up at training, or fire me – Tristan – an email and I’ll arrange a fitting.


Recent Events

Six Foot Track 45km – Blue Mountains, Sat 8th March

Racers – Bryan Williams & Scotty Brittain


Our boy Bryan, smashed though the famous Six Foot Track 45km two weekends ago. It was the same weekend as his 30th birthday and he set himself a huge challenge to bring the new decade! With some super tough competition and a whole lot of very steep climbing and descending, Bryan was tested throughout the race. He found himself walking in a few sections, but he must have been running very well the rest of the time, as he knocked off the race in 4:57 – a solid effort by any standard! Taking into account that Bryan only did his first marathon at Melbourne, October last year, this is an impressive outing. Welcome to your 30s Bryan!!


The winner of last year’s RLC Marathon Leaderboard, was also on “The Track”. Scotty Brittain had a very tough race last year, but came back to defeat Six Foot in 3:47, putting him in 15th spot of over 800 finishers. Well done Britto!!



Kilcunda-Wonthaggi Half Marathon – Kilcunda, Sat 16th March

Racers – Drew Thomson, Mel Deefholts, Steve Jacobs, Kathryn Aitchison, Tristan Miller

Who’da thought Kilcunda would be a tough place to run?? With a half marathon recommended as part of the GOR marathon program, a number of our runners headed down past Phillip Island for a swing at this local fundraiser 21km. Great to see Stu & Johnny, from our gear partner Saucony, down to sponsor the event and getting people into ripper new shoes. With the famous Magnus Michelsson sitting on the front of the race, the winner was a forgone conclusion.

The rest of us battled it out, trying to keep a steady pace along the wide, sandy beach side walking track. The run wasn’t too bad – until the 13km turnaround… For the last 8km, runners were battered by the back beach headwind. It broke a few people, but not our team, who finished with excellent results all round:

Kathryn Aitchison – 2:04

Drew Thomson – 1:58

Mel Deefholts – 1:50

Steve Jacobs – 1:49

Tristan Miller – 1:30 – 3rd Place Overall! Not too many races where you’ll steal 3rd place with that time.. But we’ll take it!


Coast 2 Coast Double Half Challenge!?!

Good friends, Steve Jacobs (Melbourne based) and Kathryn Aitchison (Perth based), not only pumped their way through the Kilcunda Half, but flew back to Kat’s hometown of Perth that afternoon to have a crack at a second half marathon on the Sunday. With plenty of training under their belts and a few questions around Steve’s Saturday beer consumption, the team had a seamless transition across the nation and managed some cracking second leg times at the Darlington Half Marathon. Congrats Steve & Kat!

Kathryn Aitchison – 1:58

Steve Jacobs – 1:40

Why, you ask?? “Just a good laugh with my great mate”, Steve replied.. Well played Sir.



Upcoming Events

This Weekend

Jerusalem Marathon – Israel, 21st March

Contenders – Daniel Pearlman, Avigdor Book, Shmuel Shantall & Avraham Hermon

The “Men Of Modiin” and “The Big Wheel Of Nablus” are rolling through the hills of Jerusalem today, for the J-Town Marathon. Having had the pleasure of running with them before, I can tell you that they’re absolute machines on the track. Though today Viggy and Dan are giving a bit back, pacing the 3:30 group and helping their fellow marathoners achieve their dreams. Run well lads, wish we were there with you!

Melbourne IronMan – Frankston to St Kilda, 23rd March

Contenders – Nat Howard & Esther Borg

The Dynamic Duo from Dames Cycling Company (completely amazing gear & website), Natalie Howard & Esther Borg, are about to realise yet another dream – to smash an IronMan!! Their adventures together began by riding the length of Africa, but now they’ve set their sites on something a little more local, but still pretty tough. They’ve been smashing out the long rides, biggish swims and some super fast runs – with us!

GOOD LUCK this weekend Nat & Esther. We’ll be out supporting you in the latter stages of the race, while you SMASH IT!!


Eltham Fun Run – Northern Suburbs, Sun 23rd March

Contenders – Tristan Miller, Anyone??

Come along for a really fun 5km & 10km run with me on Sunday. It’s a great charity event, raising money for the YMCA’s “Open Door” charity. It’ll be a nice little recovery run (or a cracking little speed session) – post Saturday Super Long Run.


Roller Coaster Run – Dandenongs, Sat 29th March

Contenders – Donna Urquhart, Tristan Miller

Buffalo Stampede – Bright, Weekend 5th & 6th April

Contenders – Tristan Miller, Tim Goddard

Run For The Kids – Melbourne CBD, Sun 13th April

Contenders – Mel Deefholts, Cris Alex, Nic Marie, Andy Calyvopoulos, Simon Hasell, Vicky Chung & Many More…

Two Oceans 56km – Cape Town, South Africa, Sun 19th April

Contenders – Andrew “Chippa” Wood

Puffing Billy Great Train Race – Belgrave, Sunday 4th May

Contenders – Jo Nathan, Nic Marie, Andy Cav, Simon Hasell, Vicky Chung

The Great Ocean Road Marathon – Lorne, Sunday 18th May

Contenders For Full – Ivy Evenden, Drew Thomson, Tristan Miller, Belinda Free, Melinda Marshall, Vicky Chung

Contenders For Half – Nic Marie, Cris Alex, Claire Hesse, Sophie Hickford, Nadine Armstrong & Phoebe

Run Melbourne Half – CBD, Sun 27th July

Contenders – Tristan Miller, Mel Deefholts

Gold Coast Marathon – Gold Coast, QLD, Sun 6th July

Contenders – Cris Alex

New York City Marathon – NYC, USA, Sun 2nd November

Contenders – Mel Deefholts, Cris Alex


The RunLikeCrazy Network


After a stellar start, Richmond has had a slight dip in attendance. This will be partially as a result of race weekends and belated sunrises. We’d love for you to tell your friends about the sessions Coach Scotty is running there. He has enviable access to The Tan and probably the best post run cafe available.

Sessions – Tuesday & Thursday 6am to 7am

Meeting Point – Melbourne High School Old Boys Pavilion – Corner Claremont St & Yarra St, South Yarra

Scotty NathanMobile – 0412 510 836

Email – scotty@runlikecrazy.com



It was a hectic couple of weeks around Albert Park Lake with the F1, so the MSAC crew was absorbed by the MHS Mavericks. It was nice to get back there this week, especially with the beautiful mornings bayside. The race calendar is looking pretty wild in the next few weeks, but we hope that more runners will return to the Bayside Bangers home turf… BANG!

Sessions – Tuesday & Thursday 6am to 7am

Meeting Point – Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre Reception – 375 Albert Road, Albert Park

Tristan Miller

Mobile – 0414 356 244

Email – tristan@runlikecrazy.com



The Mentone Machines have a slick operation going. They’re on time, train hard and are on the rise. With some Mentone Grammar students mixing it up with the likes of “Lightening Quick Stocky Stockdale”, these guys are set to get some great results in all upcoming races. Well done to Coach Wooly for building a great group.

Sessions – Tuesday & Thursday 6am to 7am

Meeting Point – Mentone Grammar – Gym/Basketball Entry is on Como Parade West, with street parking available

Paul Woolard

Mobile – 0433 832 203

Email – wooly@runlikecrazy.com


Training This Week

Saturday – Long Run – Kew Boulevard from Richmond – 7am

Richmond ONLY – Session will meet at 1000 Blessings Cafe at 251 Highett St, Richmond. 7am start for a 20-30km run along the fabled rolling hills of Kew Boulevard.This run is ideal for all those trying to get a decent long run in for Great Ocean Road. Some runners will turn at 10km out, but will still include some decent hills. Anyone that wants to go beyond 30km, just ask and we will accommodate.


Tuesday – Speed Work – MSAC, Melbourne High School & Mentone Grammar 6am

A combination of 250m, 400m, 500m and 1km repeats. Get down there and surprise yourself at how quick you can run!

Thursday – Interval Session – MSAC, Melbourne High School & Mentone Grammar 6am

You know we love to mix this session up, so you’ll need to come down for the surprise. You can be sure it will be a 6-8km endurance session, with varied speeds and recovery times.


Ok, this episode was kinda epic. But it’s because we have a sensational group, slowly expanding and making noticeable waves on the Melbourne (and now Perth) running scene. With “The Bull” being worn around Australia, the US, UK, NZ, France, Norway, South Africa, Malaysia and even at the Jerusalem Marathon by our wonderful Israeli friends today – the whole world is being exposed to our little movement, embracing the spirit of RunLikeCrazy!!


Your’s truly,

The Bone… 3rd Place Baby!!