Webmaster: Tony Dunbar E-mail

September 9, 2018

NOTE: If the menu system should get a bit out of line on your new-fangled device, just click on the Logo featuring the beloved 'chicken' to straighten things out. A Logo click will also take you back to the Homepage at any time. Also the display may be enhanced if your browser supports a Reader view.

Conversational Pace

TIP Results and Photos
Congrats to Ian Loughrey and Murray Tait and their volunteer crews for a highly successful TIP yesterday. Click Here to access the results from Bryan Lambert's Running by Design website.

For an extensive selection of great photos as taken by Kerri Barlow, Click Here. Thanks Kerri.

Race Series Points After 6 Events
Club statistician, Hugh Wilson from Montreal, has now completed the compilation of series' points to include the August Piggy Run results. Many thanks once again, Hugh. The summary may be accessed by Clicking Here. Please let us know of any errors, omissions, etc.

Also, please be aware that Saturday's TIP 5K and 21.1K are your final chances to gain series points, The novelty Christmas Jingle Bell/Santa Shuffle is not included in the series.

TIP 5K and Half Marathon, Saturday September 8, 2018
The 31st annual Brockville Road Runners Club Mark Darroch Half Marathon and James K. Carlyle 5K races are being held Saturday, September 8, 2018 - starting and finishing from the Rockport Recreation Hall.

Both courses are certified as to accuracy of total length by Athletics Canada and each is comprised of an out (eastbound) and back (westbound) route along the Thousand Islands Parkway.

NOTE: Many thanks to Kevin Dunbar for recently repeating the original certification he performed back in 2007. (A certification is good for 10 years.) Kevin had some help from Kingston roadrunner colleagues Clive Morgan and Ed Brand, to whom we are also very grateful. If you're interested in the official Athletics Canada course certification process Click Here

The Half Marathon race will take off at 8:00am, followed by the 5K starting at 9:20am.

Cost to register is:

  • Half Marathon: $25.00 per BRRC member, non-member $30.00
  • 5K: $15.00 per BRRC member, non-member $20.00.

Race day registration is also available (please note registration will close 20 minutes prior to the event).

  • Registration: Half Marathon - 7:00am to 7:40am
  • Registration: 5K - 8:00am to 9:00am

Race day souvenir shirts will be available to participants that register online only. Race shirts will not be handed out for race day registrants.

To register online with Eventbrite Click Here. Online registration closes on Friday, August 24th, so don't delay in order to receive a souvenir shirt.

Both races will be professionally timed by Running By Design and results will be available on our/their website after race day.

Location: Rockport Recreation Hall, 115 Escott-Rockport Road, Rockport ON

There is plenty of free parking available at the Rockport Recreation Hall (red brick building off Escott Road and Old River Road) in Rockport, north of the Parkway.

Washrooms are available in the Rockport Recreation Hall near the start/finish area.

Proceeds from these races will support The River Club. The River Club's purpose is to encourage youth in need of purpose, growth and hope, who would not otherwise have opportunities to be on the river.

Race Directors: Ian Loughrey at idlltenor@gmail.com and Murray Tait at murray.tait59@gmail.com

For an overall summary you may access an event poster by Clicking Here. The BRRC Races schedule from the dropdown menu above also gives an overview of the details.

Piggy 1K/5K Walk/Run; Sunday Aug 12: Results
A big thank you to race director Gib Kent and his crew for the innovative Piggy Run 1k/5k held on August 12. The course was certainly intriguing, avoiding as it did the tricky and potentially unsafe road intersections of other years. The trips through the railway tunnel were exciting both for the younger (1K) and older (5K) "kids".

Gib has also been busy since the race in resolving some issues with the race results and their original postings. Things weren't made any easier by a couple of runners who didn't hand in their popsicle sticks. All have now been fixed, many thanks Gib, and results may be accessed from the links below.

Female 5K      Male 5K

Female 1K      Male 1K

Race Series Points: Updated to Include July 1 Milk Run 5K Results
Club statistician, Hugh Wilson from Montreal, has now completed the compilation of series' points to include the Canada Day 5K Milk Run results. Many thanks Hugh. The summary may be accessed from the Results and Series dropdown menu above. Please let us know of any errors, omissions, etc.

One item that causes problems in the initial race results themselves, and that subsequently carries over to the points compilation, is runners not PRINTING their names on registration forms. This leads to great difficulty and even errors in deciphering illegible name entries. We ask you to please PRINT your names on these forms.

This has become increasingly important, where names are being entered into results databases by outside timing organization personnel, who are not familiar with the names of our regular participants. Thanks in advance for your cooperation in this matter.

For details as to how the points are assigned and other details Click Here

Ironman Conquered by Club Wonder Women
On Sunday July 22 in Lake Placid, NY, two of our club members, Amy Brown and Brenda Young, completed the ultimate Triathlon challenge, the daunting Ironman.

Amy and Brenda have spent the last number of months, and indeed years, in the tough training and preparation for this special event. The endurance event consists of a swim of 2.4 miles, a bike ride of 112 miles, topped off by a full marathon run of 26.2 miles; a total of 140.6 miles, the storied Ironman distance.

Amy and Brenda trained together so it was fitting that they competed in tandem, their individual times, over an awe-inspiring total of 14+ hours, were only 1 second apart.

A breakdown of their times as published on the official Lake Placid Ironman website (the totals include the additional transition times between individual segments):

Name 2,4 Swim 112 Bike 26.2 Run Total (Hrs)
Amy Brown 1:29:34 7:18:41 5:39.12 14:48:02
Brenda Young 1:31:10 7:18:37 5:39.12 14:48:01

Congratulations Amy and Brenda on your outstanding and truly inspiring achievement. Recover well.

Neal Condron on Ontario Team for the Canada Special Olympics Summer Games in NS
Our very own, Neal Condron will be representing Ontario at the Special Olympics Canada 2018 Summer Games in Antigonish, NS - beginning July 31st!!

Neal has many athletic talents but will be specifically participating in the 800m, 3000m, shot put & running long jump at this high-level event. Neal joins 2 other athletes from Brockville - Dallas Vout & Kyle Perkins. Their coach is Paul McNamee.

To read more about this, you can reference the website at: Special Olympics

Neal in Recent Action
(Photo Credit: Kerri Barlow Freelance Photography)

Congratulations on this extraordinary accomplishment Neal! Your hard work, dedication, and determination are inspiring! We'll be routing for you, Dallas, Kyle and the entire team Ontario's success from your hometown!

Race Series Points After 4 Events
Our Montreal member Hugh Wilson recently completed the compilation of the BRRC Race Series points up to and including the June P&G 5K. Thanks Hugh.

To access the age category results for females Click Here and for the male results Click Here

Please note that the summary contains points gained by all competitors, current BRRC members and non-members alike, who ran in some or all of the four races. For eligibility to be included in the final points tally and to qualify for an end of season award, you must be a club member and have competed in at least 3 of the season's runs. Membership is still open, so sign up soon.

Canada Day Milk Run Results
A great turnout today in the 26th annual Canada Day 5Km/1Km run. The event itself goes back even further where there was also a 10km run. Congrats to race director Murray Tait and crew for organizing another enjoyable and festive kickoff to Brockville's Canada Day celebrations.

To access the results as compiled by the Running Goat timing team from Perth Ontario, Click Here

As was announced prior to the race, there was no official timing for the 1K run. We do have the top 3 gender finishers:

Male: 1) Jonah Hawes 2) Cohen Merkley 3) Caleb Conlon
Female: 1) Rowan Forbes 2) Pearl Hare 3) Avery Merkley

For an extensive selection of great photos as taken by Kerri Barlow, Click Here. Thanks Kerri.

Bursary Award Winners
Congratulations to the Brockville Road Runners Club 2017-2018 High School Bursary Recipients:

  • Cameron Cosgrove, St. Mary Catholic High School
  • Lily Meek, Thousand Islands Secondary School
  • Maddy Nolan, Thousand Islands Secondary School
  • Sunshine Reitsma, Athens DHS

You may recognize the names of these students from past races, social events, Fun To Run Program, or past executive membership as our youth representative! Please join me in wishing them much success during their post-secondary studies next year! Our club is very proud to support them in their efforts!

Canada Day Milk Run Online Registration
Online registration for the July 1 run, a premier event on the BRRC race calendar, may be accessed by Clicking Here. Check the race schedule from the BRRC Races dropdown menu above for further race details.

P&G Results
The results of the recent P&G Run may now be accessed from the Running By Design website by Clicking Here

Paula Wiltse to be Inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame
Heartiest congratulations to Paula Wiltse on her very well-deserved nomination for induction into the Brockville and Area Sports Hall of Fame. Paula has been an elite class runner for many years and has been recognized nationally and internationally for her running success over many distances from 5K to the marathon. Paula is also an accomplished coach and many of our members have benefitted from her expertise in this area.

Paula joins others of our running community in the Hall of Fame (HOF): Bob Tucker, Ron Hungerford, Kevin Beatty, Tony Dunbar and Marianne Carlyle.

The HOF gala dinner takes place on Thursday, June 14 at the Memorial Centre with the official induction ceremony to follow on Friday, June 15, again at the Memorial Centre.

Reminder re the P&G Vibrant Living 5K Run/Walk
The latest edition of this popular evening run takes place this Friday, June 8 at 6:30pm. Please note registration and start is at Hardy Park at Water and Home and not from Blockhouse Island.

Online registration is available by clicking here. This link also gives further information, including a course map, the nature of the event, etc. Race site registration opens at 5pm on Friday. Fees are $10 for all individuals, BRRC members and non-members alike, with a $30 family fee.

Community Runs
The executive has decided to draw attention to a category of runs which are local, non-club events. These will be highlighted here on the website under a separate category, Community Runs. The intent is to draw your attention to these events and encourage your support.

An additional button will eventually be added to our Other Runs dropdown menu, but in the interim, here are the details of a couple of upcoming such community events:

  • Law Enforcement Torch Run supporting Special Olympics.
    June the 8th running from Metro at 11am to the Home Hardware on Stewart Blvd.
  • Rainbow 5K Fun Run Info
    June 9, Hardy Park 10 am.

Race Series Points after the FYBs Series
Our club series points volunteer statistician, Hugh Wilson of Montreal, has compiled the points accumulated to date by those who participated in the three (3) 2018 Freeze Your Buns races.

The summary in Hugh's copperplate writing may be accessed by clicking here. Thanks Hugh.

Please note that the summary contains points gained by all competitors, current BRRC members and non-members alike, who ran in some or all of the three races. For eligibility to be included in the final points tally and to qualify for an end of season award, you must be a club member and have competed in at least 3 of the season's runs. Membership is still open, so sign up soon!

Race Series Points System:
Points are awarded to the top five finishers in each age category as follows:

1st: 10pts; 2nd: 8pts; 3rd: 6 pts; 4th: 5pts; 5th: 4pts. All other finishers are awarded 3pts.

There is a separate points system for overall order of finish, i.e. age category is not a factor here, only the order of finish as an individual runner. Points are awarded in a similar fashion from 1st (10pts.) to 5th (4pts.)

Only the age category points summary is posted for now; the overall will be compiled at a later date.

Note: From the dropdown menu Results & Series above, access the Race Series button for 2017 or any of the prior years for an overview of the process.

Weekend Road Warriors; Age Category Placings in ()
A summary of the weekend performances of BRRC club and some other local area runners as published by Sportstats.ca:
Banque Scotia CRS 5K, Montreal April 21
Rick Swift 21:32.6 (1)
Tony Dunbar 25:07.9 (2)
Liam Cullen 46:00.3 (1)
Spring Fling Smiths Falls, April 22
Henry De Souza 1:48:55.1 (1)
Amy Brown 1:50:15.3 (1)
Brenda Young 1:50:17.0 (1)
Craig McDonald 0:43:29.1 (1) and 2nd overall
Randy Frith 0:50:58.5 (1)
Jennifer McDonald 1:01:03
Shani Gates 1:01:11 (1)
Tamara Baldwin 1:12:43 (3)
Tina Melbourne 1:23:55
Courtney Shaffer 24:32.1 (1)
Parker Goguen 26:44.6
Ryan Martin 26:45.5 (1)
Holly Martin 28:41.0 (3)

Community Cleanup April 21, 2018
The BRRC took part in this significant event. A crew of club members, organized by Ed Eby, cleaned up two separate sections of the Brock Trail, The trail of course forms a significant portion of our runs, particularly the Saturday morning jaunts.

A Happy Crew with Their Swag
(Photo Courtesy of Rhonda McNish)

Donation to the Food Bank
Recently president Rhonda McNish and executive member Ian Loughrey presented a cheque for $600 to the local Food Bank. The cheque represented the net proceeds from the 2018 three Freeze Your Buns runs.

Boston Conquered
It was cold and it was wet and it was windy, but our hardy Canadian lads doggedly stuck to the task and finished in style. First timer Ian Loughrey finished in 3:41:54 while the veteran Mike Crawford completed his twelfth Boston in 3:16:54. Congrats to you two warriors and recover well.

Also hats off to Stewart Campbell from Pembroke, a regular at our FYBs and other races, for his 3:46:28 finish.

All three runners, Ian, Mike and Stewart ran times well under the qualifying age category standards for the 2019 Boston Marathon. You get to do it all again! Well done.

A Proud and Happy Ian Wearing His Finishing Medal
(Photo Courtesy of Rhonda McNish)

Ian is Boston Bound
Good luck to Ian Loughrey as he takes on his first Boston Marathon on Monday, April 16, Patriots' Day. Ian met the qualifying standard for this prestigious event and has been training hard ever since. He is sure to do well and we will be tracking his progress as he makes his way from the start line at Hopkinton, over Heartbreak Hill and on to the finish line on Boylston Street in Boston. Go for it, buddy!

Travelling with Ian will be Mike Crawford for an impressive 12th Boston. Good luck, Mike.

Brockville Community Cleanup, Saturday April 21, 10:30am to 12:00
Executive member Ed Eby is coordinating the club's participation in this annual community event. Per Ed:

  • Our contribution to the city cleanup project will be parts of the Brock Trail.
  • There are two meeting spots, the Trail at Central Ave W. and the Trail at Elm St..
  • Gloves and trash/recycle bags will be provided.

Sign up now stating your preferred meeting location. Ed's email: ed_eby@hotmail.com

Let us help keep our parks beautiful.

Christie Reitsma: Queen of the Frozen Runs
As reported, Christie Reitsma was the overall female winner of the 2018 Freeze Your Buns series just completed. Our club archivist, Rick Swift, searched the archives and found:

This was Christie's fourth such victory. Twenty one years separated her first and fourth win. She captured the title in 1997, 2004, 2005 and, of course, this year. Quite an accomplishment. Many congrats Christie!

Freeze Your Buns No 3; Results
A report together with results as submitted by race director Janet Wynands is now posted. To access click here

Freeze Your Buns No 3; Sunday March 25; 11am from the Brockville Memorial Centre
The last in this year's series of 3 1K/5K runs is scheduled for this Sunday. Forecast suggests cool but not very cold conditions. Commemorative shirts will be presented to those who registered for all 3 runs. See the BRRC Races schedule above for further details.

Again club memberships will be available in the registration area. A membership form that includes fees, discounts, privileges, etc is available from the Forms dropdown menu above.

INVITATION FOR BREAKFAST* For those of you headed to the run tomorrow - there is a large table booked at Barley Mow (2444 Parkedale Ave) if you're interested in breakfast afterwards (BYOB - breakfast not beer!). It will be the large table near the front window.

Newsletter and New Running Group
Our tireless president Rhonda McNish has been busy again. She has put together a nicely colored and formatted Spring President's Message PrezMsg. This message is in effect a newsletter with lots of information on club events and happenings,

Rhonda has also initiated a special running group geared towards those new to road running or are re-entering the scene after an absence. The emphasis for this group will be on socialization. Our Other Runs dropdown above has the details under Group Runs.

Race Schedule Update
President Rhonda and her executive are continuing to work on finalizing the details for the BRRC 2018 race schedule.

The date of Friday June 8 has now been set for the P&G Vibrant Living 5K Run/Walk. The details for this popular evening run were worked out in conjunction with P&G representative Chris Robertson and the local police in terms of road closures, etc. Brenda Young and Bernie Cormier are the designated race directors. Other details re online registration, shirts, etc will follow.

Details for the Sunday July 1 Canada Day Run have also been finalized in conjunction with the City. This premier event on our club calendar will again be capably directed by Murray Tait.

Details of other runs, including TIP, are being worked out and will be added to the schedule once firmed up. The schedule as currently known may be accessed from the BRRC Races dropdown menu above.

Freeze Your Buns #2 1K/5K; Sunday February 25 RESULTS
The results have now been compiled and, together with a brief report, may be accessed by clicking here. Congrats to all 33 runners who braved the run after the early morning freezing rain that made conditions tricky but thankfully not dangerous.

Our male winner was Ian Loughrey in 21:57, while Christie Reitsma was first female in 24:40. Congrats to both. Roger Hawksby did a fine job substituting for the vacationing Janet Wynands. Roger was ably backed by a dedicated crew of volunteers. Thanks to you all.

It was again good to see our regulars from Canton, Peter and Toby, David and Jim from Kingston and Stewart Campbell, brother of the late Brian, all the way from Pembroke. Our Montreal regulars, Hugh and Jean, had a clashing Montreal run to participate in.

Freeze Your Buns #2 1K/5K; Sunday February 25, 11 am at the Memorial Centre
This is a reminder of the second run in the series coming up on Sunday. Start time for the 1K is 11am with the 5K scheduled to start at 11:15am. Details of fees, etc are available from the BRRC Races dropdown above.

Roger Hawksby will be substituting for Janet Wynands for this one race in Janet's absence. Roger is no stranger to the event having been race director from 1997 until handing over to Janet in 2008.

Club membership, new and renewal, will again be available. Membership does bring significant perks in the form of various privileges and discounts to those enrolling. Of course the club itself gains from the injection of seed money from the membership fees. This helps to meet the many costs and expenses, including charitable donations, bursaries, etc, involved in running a club such as BRRC. Hence your support in taking out a membership is always appreciated.


Brian Campbell of Cornwall; Longtime Member and BRRC Race Runner

Tony Dunbar

I was shocked and saddened to hear at Sunday's FYB of the passing of Brian Campbell back in August. Brian's brother Stewart had travelled from Pembroke as has been his practice over the years. He typically travelled for our FYBs and would meet and run with brother Brian here. This time however, sadly, there was no Brian to meet.

Brother Stewart told me Brian, an accomplished and talented runner, had died suddenly of a heart attack back in August at home in Cornwall.

From a note to me, Tony Dunbar, from Stewart: 'He was part of this club for many years and many of the regulars knew him well and always had fun running him I'm sure. Brian passed away 2017 Aug 04 at home in Cornwall of a heart attack, too soon he was 56 years old. On a lighter note my brother and myself always liked teasing you when we would come up from behind and say "There's our competition don't let Tony get away"! Brian loved to run and always gave tips on techniques to run more efficiently therefore faster. Still hard to believe."

Stewart included a photo of Brian at the 2017 Boston Marathon. May Brian rest in peace.

Brian Campbell

Freeze Your Buns #1 1K/5K; Sunday Jan 21 2018; Results
The results along with a summary report has now been prepared by race director Janet Wynands. To access the report Click Here. Thanks to Janet and her volunteer crew for getting the season off to such a good start. Thanks also for the balmy weather!

We were delighted to again welcome a number of our regular visitors who travel significant distances to participate in our runs. We gathered a few of them together and our volunteer photographer John Raiswell took the photo below.

(l-r): Canton: Peter Feickert  Montreal : Hugh Wilson Jean Bernaquez   Canton: Toby Irven
Kingston: Jim Estes David Cannons  Ottawa: Cynthia Laforty Mitch White

Richmond Road Races Jan 14,2018
A number of our hardy local runners participated in this popular winter run recently. Included were: Ed Eby (10K), Merv Hodgson, Anne Hodgson, Rick Swift, Liam Cullen and Shannon Wilson (10K). Rick, a gold and Anne a silver in the 5K, kept the BRRC winning tradition alive. Congrats to all.

Post-Race Ed and Merv Compare Strategies (or Snow Shovelling Techniques?) [Photo Rick Swift]

Volunteer Opportunity!!!
The Brockville Road Runners Club is looking for a volunteer Secretary to join the Executive Team for 2018. For more information, please send a note of your interest to Rhonda McNish at brockvilleroadrunners@gmail.com. We will be accepting applications until Saturday, January 20, 2018.

Freeze Your Buns #1 1K/5K; Sunday Jan 21, 11am
The first run in the 3 run series is scheduled for this Sunday at the Brockville Memorial Centre at 11am. An overall summary of the series is presented below and includes a couple of significant changes:

  • Fee structure: an option to pay upfront for all 3 races. Click Here for full details.
  • The 1K is now Open to all runners and not just to runners 12 and under.

There has been a recent development with regard to the 1K:

1K is free with participants having the option of purchasing a FYB shirt for $15.00 if they intend participating in all 3 FYB runs.

Membership: Applications for 2018 membership, new or renewal, will be processed at this FYB #1. A combination membership and waiver form is now available from the dropdown menu Forms above. For your convenience you may also access this form by Clicking Here

We recommend you print the form and fill it out and take with you to the Memorial Centre on Sunday. Don't forget to bring sufficient cash to cover the race fees and membership. A cheque of course will also be accepted.

Of course the membership via mail-in option is available at any time. The membership form includes the mailing address of Membership Coordinator Brenda Young.

Resolution 5K Run, Saturday January 6, CANCELLED
Due to the extreme cold that is forecast for Saturday Jan 6, Janet Wynands has reluctantly cancelled the Resolution Run.

Janet is rightfully concerned about the effects of the extreme cold on all involved. As Janet says:

The forecast is -31 on Friday night warming up to -23 during the day on Saturday and then dipping back to -29 degrees. I do not think I can ask my course marshals to stand outside in those conditions and I fear for the runners themselves, especially the youngsters. This is the first time that I have had to make this decision....sorry to disappoint anyone.

We certainly support Janet in this wise decision and look forward to the first Freeze Your Buns Run on Jan 21, in what should be relatively balmy conditions compared to the crazy cold we are currently experiencing. Keep warm everyone!

Freeze Your Buns Series
Janet Wynands has succeeded in securing the Memorial Centre for the 2018 three(3) 5K run series. This will be the 27th year for this winter event and Janet has been in charge since 2008. Many thanks as always, Janet.

The dates for this year's edition are: January 21, February 25 and March 25, all Sundays. Start time for the 1K will be 11am followed by the 5K at 11:15am.

To streamline the shirt procurement process a new fee-paying initiative is being implemented. This basically involves paying up front at the first run for all 3 runs, in anticipation of racing in all 3 and thus qualifying for a special commemorative shirt.

This system will allow the race organizers to place an early order for all the shirts in the desired number and sizes, and have them available for distribution to all qualifiers at the final March 25 run. This will eliminate the frustrating task of trying to order and distribute shirts to some qualifying runners after the series is over.

There will also be an option for single individual race entry with appropriate fees. See below for a summary of the fees.

Entry to individual races in the 5K FYBs series; no shirt:
  • $5.00 for under 12
  • $10.00 for members
  • $15.00 for non-members.
1K is free and does not qualify for a shirt

Some Local Area Runs
Under Other Runs/Races you will find a detailed listing, with links, of runs in our general area. These include runs in Kingston, Canton NY, Cornwall, Richmond and Montreal.

One of the benefits of belonging to a club such as ours, is being made aware of such runs and having the option of racing in a different environment and sharing in the excitement and joy of a shared experience with fellow running enthusiasts in a place away from home. (I'll admit it's nice to bring home the occasional medal from 'foreign parts' too!)

One of the runs listed is the Manotick Miler, a run uniquely offering a number of distances, 10, 5, 3 and 1, all measured in miles rather than the usual kms.

The organizers of the May 6, 2018 event are offering to our club members a promotional code for a discount of 5% above other early bird specials as offered on their web site click here. The code is 20578 and may be used to avail of the first early bird special closing date of Dec 31. The code is good until race day.

Club and executive member Ed Eby is very familiar with this event. He's a regular at the Saturday Timmie's run if you wish to chat with him. He's fairly friendly!

A Message from BRRC President-Elect Rhonda McNish

14 December 2017

Good evening TIP Run participants:

During our transitional meeting of the BRRC Executive this past week, it was brought to our attention that shirts have not been ordered (due to a miscommunication) for participants of the Thousand Islands Parkway Run (TIP), which was held on September 9, 2017.

As the incoming BRRC President of the Brockville Road Runners Club, I would like to express my sincerest apology for the delay and will ensure that individuals that were promised a shirt, receive a shirt. Could you please complete this brief survey to allow us to cross-reference your contact information, in the event this has changed during this delay? The survey can be obtained by Clicking here

Once again, on behalf of the 2018 Executive, we send our apologies for the problems with shirt ordering and for some other glitches that occurred with the running of the half marathon, in particular. It is our hope that you do not let this experience deter you from joining us next year, on the Thousand Islands Parkway, in September 2018.

Take care,
Rhonda McNish,
2018 BRRC Club President,
Brockville Road Runners.

AGM Brief Report
Our new president, Rhonda has issued a letter to the BRRC community at large. The letter expresses Rhonda's thoughts on being elected and also outlines her goals for the upcoming year. Well worth a read. To access click here.

Since then, the newly elected executive met and the assignment of responsibilities for the upcoming year were made. For a listing, check the Executive dropdown menu above.

There was a relatively good turnout at the AGM in spite of the unavoidable short notice. Major features were the presentation of Race Series awards, Bernie Cormier's treasurer's report and election of a new president and a slate of directors.

Our new president is longtime club member Rhonda McNish. Elected to the board were: Brenda Young, Bernie Cormier, Murray Tait, Ian Loughrey and Ed Eby. The officer positions of treasurer, secretary, etc will be assigned at the first meeting of the new executive. Congrats to Rhonda and her team; we thank you all for stepping forward and wish you well as you lead the club into a new year and race season.

AGM Wednesday Dec 6, 2017
The date and time for the Annual General Meeting (AGM) has just been announced by Murray Tait:

Date: Wednesday Dec 6, 2017
Venue: Brimstone Pizzeria at 15 Broad Street; next door to Buds on the Bay
Time: 6pm

There will be a cash bar, free pizza and salad

6:00 Social Time
6:30 Food
7:00: Race Series Awards
7:30: Business Portion
  • Financial Statement
  • Review of past year with discussion, concerns, suggestions
  • Election with Nominations and Voting
8:15: Adjournment

Seventh (7th) Annual Jingle Bell 5K Chase; Sat Nov 25
For the record, first across the line and making up the largest stagger, was the speedy Rick Swift. Keeping things among the old guys - sorry Murray! - was Tony Dunbar finishing just one(1) second off his predicted time. There were a number of other finishes that completed within 10 secs of prediction. Gift cards were awarded as prizes.

Thanks to organizer Murray Tait and to his family members and to volunteers Kathy Easter and Liam Cullen for providing a very enjoyable event. The course had some interesting and well marked detours from the normal and the staggered start based on prediction worked well.

After the fine job he did earlier this year in organizing the Canada Day Run, Murray Tait is finalizing plans for our annual Jingle Bell Chase. In this, Murray is generously continuing to keep alive the two races that were, up this year, managed so capably by Rick Swift until his recent retirement as BRRC race director. Rick took care of the Canada Run from 2003 though 2016 (click here for some details) and inaugurated the Jingle Bell Chase in 2011 and directed it up to and including the 2016 edition.

The date for the chase is Saturday November 25, the date of the Brockville Santa Claus Parade. The course will be a 5K at the regular Laurier Hill venue. Murray advises, that the course will not involve the Laurier hilarious itself but will incorporate much of the FYB's road course, while starting and finishing at the Laurier Soccer field clubhouse.

Rather than a handicap race as in the past, where we went from an age-based to an ability-based approach, Murray has decided to go with a prediction system, but maintaining the chase concept by having a staggered start based on prediction time. The goal will be for each runner to finish when the countdown clock gets to 0.00. Closest to the 0.00 will be the winner. The event is scheduled to start at 10am.

For other details check the BRRC Races dropdown menu above.

Race Series 2017 Final
The final tally of race series points as compiled by Hugh Wilson of Montreal - many thanks Hugh - and typed up by yours truly is now posted. The tally may be found under the Results & Series dropdown menu above.

Note that a runner must have competed in at least 3 of our designated series' runs to be included. Also, the overall summary represents points gained by finishing in the top 5 positions of a race with no reference to age just to gender. These overall results are not connected in any way to results based on age category.

Compiling and transcribing these results is an error-prone task even for the most careful individuals, so please let me, Tony Dunbar tonyd@myhighspeed.ca, know of any errors and I will correct right away.

Road Runners on the Road: Catchup
Your trusty webmaster was away for over 5 weeks in parts overseas and is now catching up on some significant area runner results over the period. As always, Anne Hodgson did the research and distributed the results for the majority of the races summarized below.

In the interest of space, etc, I'm not detailing results for each and every one of our runners. I'm highlighting those who gained age category medals and those who participated in some of the bigger and more competitive events such as in Chicago and Toronto.

So in reverse chronological order:

Oct 22 2017
Toronto Waterfront
Rob Adams 4:00:18
Chuck Bell 4:07:41
Half Marathon
Christie Reitsma 1:48:38
Ian McFall 2:01:33
Kellie Hare 2:01:39
Oct 22 2017
Sydenham Fall Trail 8K  
Corey Turnbull 30:27 (1st)
Paula Wiltse 31:00 (1st)
Simon Thomas 33:47 (2nd)
Rick Swift 36:15 (1st)
Melissa Tyler 37:01 (1st)
Michelle Jager 37:50 (3rd)
Merv Hodgson 49:39 (2nd)
Anne Hodgson 52:43 (2nd)
October 8 2017  
Chicago Marathon
Paula Wiltse (her last marathon!) 2:58:52
Mike Crawford 3:21:14
Don Lewis 3:28:43
Brenda Young 3:51:15
Sarah Crawford 3:56:20
Ilona Thomas 4:17:02
Oct 8 2017
Ottawa Fall Colours
Kevin Riddell 4:10:37 (2nd)
Oct 1 2017
Picton County Marathon
Ian Loughrey 3:38:19 (1st)
Adele McLeod (her first marathon!) 4:24:11
Sept 17 2017
Army Run Ottawa
Commander's Challenge
(5K + 21.1K)
Ian Loughrey 2:01:13 (1st)
Vimy Challenge
5K + 10K)
Merv Hodgson 1:34:53 (1st)

Thousand Islands Parkway (TIP) Half Marathon and 5K; Saturday September 9, 2017
Results available from Bryan Lambert's Running by Design


Hoping to see a big turnout on Saturday to celebrate the 30th edition of the TIP Half Marathon (21.1K).

The Half starts at 8am from the Rockport Community Hall, about 35K west of Brockviile on the Parkway. The accompanying 5K starts at 9:20am.

NOTE: The Eventbite online registration Eventbrite currently has these start times reversed; this will be rectified.

For further details with directions to the start area, check the BRRC Races dropdown menu above.

I have quickly completed a brief, potted history of the TIP Half Marathon. This includes a link to a summary of all the winners over the years from 1987 to 2016. Thanks to Rick Swift for his work in compiling this list. To access the history click here.

So come on out Saturday to Rockport on the Parkway and make your own bit of history in TIP Number 30!

Glen Tay Round the Block 14.7K; Perth August 31, 2017
The famous Block Race, a race for runners, as the organizers aptly put it, took place Thursday evening last. Conditions were on the cool side, but ideal for a long distance race. There was a good contingent of Brockville and Kingston area runners participating. Paula Wiltse's R2R running group was out in force.

Some Results (Age Catg Posn):
Kevin Dunbar 55:47 (1st)
Corey Turnbull 56:47
Paula Wiltse 57:31
Brock Davis 57:42
Bryan Lambert 59:08
Julie Basiliodis 62:41
John MacMillan 63:11
Al Cantlay 66:30
Lana Saunders 66:58
Michelle Jager 70:21
Tony Dunbar 70:30 (1st)
Ilona Thomas 73:01
Adele McLeod 76:02
Jennifer O'Reilly 76:19
Meera Ruparelia 77:01

The Dunbar Lads
Paula's Group

Race Series Points Including the Piggy Run
Our intrepid series statistician Hugh Wilson has been busy again in his Montreal home. Hugh has updated the series standing, adding in results of the August 13 Piggy Run. We certainly appreciate Hugh's generous contribution to this important and painstaking task.

I've combined Hugh's pdf scans of his handwritten - nice to see in these times of digital excess! - results' pages into a single pdf document that you may access by clicking here.

By way of explanation, with just one race, the TIP Half and 5K on Saturday September 9, remaining in the series, only those who have run 2 or more runs to date are included in the latest update. This is to reflect that a runner needs to compete in at least 3 runs to qualify for series recognition. Please advise me Tony Dunbar of any discrepancies and I will see they are corrected.

So come on out to TIP and gain some valuable points towards an award at the yearend AGM.

TIP Half/5K Saturday September 9, 2017: Online Registration Now Open
You may now register online for this the 30th edition of the Thousand Islands Mark Darroch Half Marathon/James Carlyle 5K to be held on the Thousand Islands Parkway. For online registration through Eventbrite click here.

Start/Finish area is at the Rockport Community Hall, 35K approx. west of Brockville on the Parkway. Click here for directions.

Doris McEwan
We were saddened to hear of the recent passing of Doris McEwan at the age of 92. Doris was a remarkable lady and athlete and a great supporter of the Brockville Road Runners over many years. Doris was a faithful volunteer at many of our races, including the Run for the Cure, the California Run, Riverfest/Canada Day, TIP, etc. Sincere condolences to her family and friends.

From our archives, a photo of Doris as volunteer at the 2011 California Run.

Piggy 1K/5K Run; Sunday August 13 RESULTS
Gib Kent diligently compiled and forwarded the results for posting the day after Sunday's very successful run. We were out of town for a few days and did not have access to the links and software to post the results. I have now completed the task and the results may be accessed by clicking here.

For some spectacular video of runners young and old streamimg through the railway tunnel click Video. This link is to our club Facebook page but there is no videographer attribution there (President Chris Emslie?).

Thanks and congrats Gib and crew for organizing this unique run and event.

As per below, Gib Kent has skillfully negotiated with the City and has gained permission to use the Railway Tunnel as part of the 5K course. The Tunnel will form the whole of the Kids 1K course. Great work Gib!

Note: The Kids will assemble at the Hardy Park/Ribfest 5K start area and will be escorted to Blockhouse for their Tunnel 1K run. Also, there is no set fee for the races. A free will donation is in effect with a tax receipt issued for all donations of $20 or more to Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

Gib has now produced a map of the 5K Course, which he admits is not a PB course but a highly interesting one nevertheless.

For Gib's map of the 5K course click here. In words:

Start: Water St. at Home St. (Home of Rib Fest)
Head East on Water St. past Don's Fish and Chips to Blockhouse Island
Turn left to “Brockville Railway Tunnel
Enter the “Brockville Rail Tunnel” for .5K staying on the right side to the turn around.
Turn around run back out the tunnel .5K to Water St.
Turn left on Broad St. pass “Buds on the Bay”.
Turn right onto Flint St. taking path by “Tall Ships
Follow Flint St. to Apple St. where you join the Brock Trail.
Follow the Brock Trail around behind Hardy Park to Henry St.
Run up Henry St. Until you join the Brock Trail once again.
Follow the Trail over the bridge and behind “The Mill” to St. Paul St.
Follow the Brock Trail to Elm St. where there will be a turnaround. (Water Station)
Return on the trail to St Paul St.
Cross St. Paul St., turning left to Water St.
Follow Water St. back to the start/finish line at Home St.

Piggy 1K/5K Run; Sunday August 13
Race director Gib Kent has revealed some exciting news regarding this annual run in aid of Big Brothers & Big Sisters. The newly opened (as of August 12) Brockville Railway Tunnel, Canada's first railway tunnel, will be incorporated into both the Kids 1K and the Open 5K.

Per Gib:
We will be running a different route for the 5K this year which utilizes more of the Brock Trail around Hardy Park, as well as Brockville Rail Tunnel. This will allow us to avoid the Brock Street crossing. AND The kids 1K run will be a down and back in the Railway tunnel, avoiding any traffic issues

Gib is also in need of volunteers to help him in all aspects of the run. No experience required. Please email Gib at gbkent@mmm.com and let him know how you could help. This will be greatly appreciated by Gib aand indeed by the Brockville Roadrunners and the Big Brothers & Big Sisters organization.

Upcoming Races
A quick reminder re the upcoming club races:

  • Piggy 1K/5K Run/Walk; Hardy Park Brockville; 9am Sunday August 13
  • TIP 5K and Half Marathon (30th Edition); 8:00/9:20am Saturday September 9 at Escott Road, Rockport
See the BRRC Races dropdown menu for further details. Also check the Other Runs dropdown for a listing of upcoming area runs.

Utica Boilermaker July 9, 2017
The traditional BRRC member pilgrimage to the famed Boilermaker in Utica New York did take place last Sunday. However, the contingent was small in number, comprising just 5 runners. Nevertheless, a good time was had by all with good racing as well. Three (3) medals were garnered in what is always a very competitive field.

Results; Age Catg. Places in ():
Tony Dunbar 1:16:50 (3/54)
Terry Hodge 1:35:32
John Raiswell 1:44:10 (3/12)
Rick Swift 21:05 (1/17)*
Liam Cullen 47:35
*65 overall of 1702 men

Enjoying a well deserved post race beverage: Liam Cullen Tony Dunbar Rick Swift
(Photo Courtesy of Lana Saunders KRRA)

Race Series Points Update
Our good friend and club member from Montreal, Hugh Wilson, has updated the race series points adding in the results for the P&G and Canada Day 5Ks. Many thanks for this work Hugh.

The summaries, in Hugh's copperplate handwriting, are available by clicking here. Please advise me, Tony Dunbar webmaster@brockvilleroadrunners.com, of any errors, omissions, etc.

Canada Day 1K/5K Milk Run RESULTS
Race Director Murray Tait completed the large task of compiling the results yesterday July 2. Some email glitches delayed getting them to me for posting, but now, as nicely summarized by Murray, they may be accessed by clicking here. Again a great big thank you to Murray and all volunteers and helpers for their efforts.


July 2, 2017
A great turnout yesterday in spite of the rain - we run rain or shine! Again a great community way of celebrating Canada Day and one that deserves far more recognition from the press and other local organizations.

A big thank you to Murray Tait, his crew of volunteers, the Dairy Farmers and other sponsors and to all who braved the elements. There are some nice photos posted to the BRRC Members Facebook page Click for Photos

Murray, still on the job as a first time race director, is currently ploughing through the sheets of results, and undoubtedly trying to decipher many illegible, handwritten entries. We really need to PRINT our names on such manual entry forms. Thanks to the majority of you that do.

In any case, as soon as the results are compiled they will be posted here. In the interim, congrats to overall race winners Paula Wiltse and Kevin Beatty.

Canada Day 5K Milk Run; 9am Saturday July 1, 2017
The July 1 race over the years has become the premier race on the BRRC race calendar. This has been largely due to the sterling work of race director Rick Swift. (For a previously posted tribute to Rick click here). Rick has stepped down after 14 years at the helm and has passed the torch to Murray Tait who this year is organizing and directing this 29th edition of the end of June/July 1 event. Thanks Murray for taking on this important task.

Of course there is also the traditional free entry 1K for kids 14 and under, scheduled to start from Blockhouse Island at 8:45. For details, check the schedule from the BRRC Races dropdown menu above. (Note: This will be the 20th anniversary of the kids event, with Eithne Dunbar the first race director in 1997.)

In recent years the Dairy Farmers of Canada have been the major sponsors with the help of a number of local service and business organizations. (The race poster, click here, lists them.) Thanks to the geneous support of the Dairy Farmers in particular, sufficent commemorative shirts have been ordered so there should be a free shirt for each of the anticipated number of runners in each of the 1K and 5K events.

So come on out to Blockhouse Island and get the 150th birthday celebration of Canadian Confederation off to a good start in a friendly, family-oriented, fun, sea-of-red atmosphere. Far superior to the rubber ducky and the snarling powerboats IMHO!

Raceday registration at the Blockhouse start area - the only kind on offer - opens at 8am with the 5K scheduled to start at 9am. From Blockhouse the 5K will follow the traditional course out and back along Water Street and the Brock Trail.

P&G 5K Run; June 16, 2017
The results for this evening run, as compiled by Bryan Lambert's Running by Design Runningbydesign.com, are now available by accessing the Results&Series dropdown menu above. Liam Cullen has kindly provided a photo of a group of hardware toting runners, including the overall trophy winner, Jake Lessard, and some of the various proud medal winners on the night. Thanks Liam.

Front: Hugh Wilson, Jasey Jordan, Jake Lessard, Rod Palmer
Back: Jean Bernaquez, Terry Hodge, Roger Hawksby, Cheryl Scott
Ian Loughrey, Anne & Merv Hodgson.
(Photo Courtesy of Liam Cullen)

Divas Run for Breast Cancer, Toronto; June 11, 2017
A band of our women runners participated in this unique event in Toronto on the weekend. There was a 5K and half marathon(21.1K) on offer and all our athletes opted for the half. Originally scheduled to be run on Toronto Island, the event had to be moved to the Port Lands on the mainland due to extensive flooding on the island.

Our divas completed the long run in hot and humid conditions in splendid fashion. Congrats to all.

Margaret, Cheryl and Shelley in Shades and Tutus
(Photo Courtesy of Roger Hawksby)

Anne Hodgson pulled together the summary of results below:

Shelley Steenwyk 1:51:31
Brenda Young 1:51:32
Amy Brown 1:51:32
Hannah Doonan 1:58:49 (3rd)
Yvonne Malanka-Linseman 1:59:17
Laurie Wheeler 1:59:25
Sheri McMullen 2:01.42
Shana Doonan 2:13:30
Cheryl Scott 2:15:40
Margaret Story 2:17:27
Shani Gates 2:18:27
Jennifer McDonald 2:23:36
Tamara Baldwin 2:40:27
Sarah Kaufman 2:44:19
Lorrie Rossetti 2:44:20
Jenn Smith 2:44:30
Rhiannon Iles 2:44:32
Kelly Weldon 2:51:43
Kelley Fournier 2:53:54
Sandy Noonan 2:53:55
Karen McDonald-Hurley 2:55:19
Tina Melbourne 3:06:38
Christine Mason 3:14:31
Angela Hartley 3:17:23

The next race on the BRRC schedule is the P&G 5K on Friday June 16 evening. Click here for details.

Beat Beethoven 8K Kingston; June 4, 2017
Local runners recently made the trip to Kingston in an attempt to cross the line before the final bars of a Beethoven symphony. Typically the Kingston Symphony play Beethoven's 3rd or Eroica symphony, but this year played the great composer's 5th. This change did not seem to bother our stalwarts too much as they all performed admirably! Results, with age category medal placings in () are below.

Kevin Beatty 27:28.5 (1st)
Ian Loughrey 32:30.1 (3rd)
Geoff Peters 41:00.3
Roger Hawksby 42:16.9
Terry Hodge 43:24.2
Cheryl Scott 44:40.8
Merv Hodgson 47:38.0 (2nd)
Krista Gallinger 47:38.1
Eithne Dunbar 48:55.3
Anne Hodgson 51:37.4

Ottawa Race Weekend; May 27-28, 2017
As always a strong contingent of local runners took part in the various events. Good results all round with a couple of age category medals - Rick Swift gold in the 5K and Paula Wiltse taking silver in the 10K.

Ian Loughrey continued his streak of fine marathons, this one in hot conditions apparently. The Crawford family were out in force in the 10K. Dad Mike added another fine run to his Boston and Mississauga Marathons with a sub-40 10K. Ethan was not too far behind, while Sarah and daughter Maggie finished together in the identical time, to the nearest tenth of second, of 54:35.9.

Full results as summarized by our results guru, Anne Hodgson, are below:

Rick Swift 21:30.2 (1st)
Patty Hoogendam 49:04.8
Liam Cullen 49:43.5
Margaret Coutu 51:00.7
Paula Wiltse 38:21.9 (2nd)
Mike Crawford 39:15.4
Ethan Crawford 43:00.9
Zack Boyd 50:03.3
Cindy Edwards 54:01.9
Maggie Crawford 54:35.9
Sarah Crawford 54:35.9
Mary Jane Leslie 56:04.2
Jean McFeely 1:12:33
Ian Loughrey 3:32:39
Rob Adams 3:37:48
Chuck Bell 4:18:29
Lindsey Greatrix 4:31:58
1/2 Marathon
Bob Van Blitterswyk 1:40:50
Claudine Dirksen-Fenard 2:08:58
Terry Hodge 2:09:32
Neal Condron 2:21:34
Tony Barnes 2:31:39
Judy Curry 2:35:09
Marianne Carlyle 2:35:09
Ed Eby 2:37:06
Jennifer Barnes 3:00:59

P&G Vibrant Living 5K Run/Walk Update
The fourth edition of this annual event is scheduled for Friday, June 16th with a 6:30 pm start. The start this year will again be from Hardy Park at Home Street and not from the usual Blockhouse Island start. Registration will open at 5pm at Hardy Park. We have also added a pre-register option on Eventbrite.ca click here

The cost for the run is $10 (+ $1.20 service fee on Eventbrite) and with that entrance fee you will get a 2017 P&G Run tech shirt and race bib. Series points will be awarded to all participants.

Additional notable features are the family friendly activities available before and after the event. Some of these features include popcorn, live entertainment and an outdoor showing of Beauty and the Beast following the race.

Montreal Members Jean and Hugh Race Results
In recent weeks we have been acknowledging the race achievements of our local Brockville and area runners. It is now time to add the results of our 'eastern wing': BRRC members Jean Bernaquez and Hugh Wilson, both from Montreal. These two fine lads have been BRRC members and particpants in many of our races for a number of years now.

Hugh has compiled the impressive list of results for the impressive number of runs these 'young seniors' have racked up since the beginning of the year. It also includes the exceptional age category results achieved, all first places in Jean's case, with Hugh almost always in the medals, most of them gold. Well done boys; you're an inspiration to us all!

Jean Bernaquez (85 years old)    
14-May-17 Chateauguay 5k 33:50.7 (1st)
07-May-17 Sainte Therese 5k 33:45.6 1st
29-Apr-17 Cornwall 5k 33:33.7 (1st)
09-Apr-17 Saint Laurent 5k 32:17.5 (1st)
01-Apr-17 Croghan NY 5k 32:19 (1st)
26-Mar-17 La Salle 5k 32:35.7 (1st)
18-Mar-17 Doc Lopez NY 5k 32:11.63 (1st)
11-Mar-17 Colton 4 miler 45:06 (1st)
26-Feb-17 Ile Bizard 5k 33:36.7 (1st)
11-Feb-17 Canton 4 miler 43:30 (1st)
28-Jan-17 Colton 10 Miler 2:10:18 (1st)
14-Jan-17 Canton 4 Miler 45:45 (1st)
Hugh Wilson (77 years old)
14-May-17 Chateauguay 5k 27:48.9 (2nd)
14-May-17 Chateauguay 2k 10:29.4 (1st)
07-May-17 Sainte Therese 5k 28:28.9 (2nd)
07-May-17 Sainte Therese 2k 10:27.9 (1st)
30-Apr-17 St.Albans 8.5 miles 1:28:59.2 (1st)
29-Apr-17 Cornwall 5k 29:04.6 (2nd)
15-Apr-17 Ogdensburg 5k No time (2nd)
09-Apr-17 Saint Laurent 2k 10:23.6 (1st)
09-Apr-17 Saint Laurent 5k 27:43.5 (4th)
01-Apr-17 Croghan NY 5k 28:25 (1st)
26-Mar-17 Lasalle 2k 10:49.9 (1st)
26-Mar-17 Lasalle 5k 30:07.2 (3rd)
18-Mar-17 Doc Lopez NY 5k 28:19.38 (1st)
11-Mar-17 Canton 4 miler 37:22 (1st)
26-Feb-17 Ile Bizard 2k 11:49.3 (1st)
26-Feb-17 Ile Bizard 5k 29:16.9 (3rd)
11-Feb-17 Canton 4 miler 37:45 (1st)
28-Jan-17 Colton 10 miler 1:53:49 (2nd)
14-Jan-17 Canton 4 miler 36:10 (1st)

Ottawa Sporting Life 10K in Support of CHEO, Sunday May 14: Results
A sizeable contingent of local runners travelled to Ottawa to participate in this special event. Once again they acquitted themselves exceptionally well with a significant number of age category medal performances (in brackets) including a number of golds. Anne Hodgson, our resultsa compiler, was the proud winner by over 4 minutes in her category. Congrats Anne and to all others.

Kevin Beatty 34:53 (1st)
Paula Wiltse 37:36 (1st)
Brock Davis 38:46 (2nd)
John MacMillan 47:08
Michelle Jager 47:07
Ilona Thomas 48:24
Roger Hawksby 53:30 (2nd)
Cheryl Scott 56:29 (3rd)
Trish Fuller 56:34
Terry Hodge 57:56
Merv Hodgson 1:00:11 (2nd)
Jo-Ann Routledge 1:00:22
Anne Hodgson 1:04:28 (1st)
Barbara Patrick 1:18:06 (2nd)

Prescott Fort Town 5K and 10K Night Run Sat May 6: Results
By all accounts this unique event was a big success with 210 runners and walkers in total participating. This included a large contingent of BRRC member and local runners. The organizers are to be congratulatd on putting on this event. Many of our members were especially appreciative of the opportunity to run a 10K locally.

Our dedicated 'results sleuth', Anne Hodgson, has again scoured the published results and has prepared a summary of times and top 3 performances for those local runners with whom she is acquainted. Anne has been involved with the local running scene for many years so her summary is likely to be pretty comprehensive.

Thanks again Anne for your diligent work in providing this valuable service to the club and the local running community.

Carl Coutu 20.14 (1st male)
Rick Swift 21:47 (2nd male)
Hannah Doonan 23:55 (1st female)
Zoe Hare 26:07
Kellie Hare* 26:17
Laurence Jones 26:47
Bill Poole 32:14
Jennifer Barnes 35:31
Fenna Jenkins 39:42
Joe Noonan 40:34
Liam Cullen 46:23
*:Kellie and Zoe were mother/daughter  
team dressed as the “Young & Breathless”  
Andrew Hare 42:18 (1st male)
Ian Loughrey 42:45 (2nd male)
Brenda Young 47:26
Pete Millard 49:10
Christie Reitsma 49:20
Geoff Peters 49:56
Laurie Wheeler 51:48
Nicola Garvin 52:43
Rod Palmer 52:41
Roger Hawksby 52:52
Adele McLeod 53:26
Mary Jane Leslie 53:59
Denise Anthony 55:33
Terry Hodge 55:47
Cheryl Scott 56:56
Paula Jones 57:50
Marc Gomez Segu 58:25
Lesley Lehman 59:45
Ed Eby 1:00:30
Merv Hodgson 1:01:09
Mary Clayton 1:05:00
Tony Barnes 1:05:04
Sarah Kaufman 1:05:10
Lorrie Rossetti 1:05:19
Anne Hodgson 1:06:45
Karen McDonald Hurley 1:13:43
Matt Jenkins 1:18:22
Kelly Fournier 1:21:59
Sandy Noonan 1:22:01

For a list of results for each of the 5K and 10K events for all participants click 5K and 10K to access the website of the Running Goat Perth, the event timers.

Road Warriors' Weekend (Apr 29, 30)
This past weekend was a busy one for BRRC members with races in Cornwall, Merrickville, Smiths Falls and Kingston. Anne Hodgson has scoured the results and compiled the summary below - many thanks Anne.

Many notable results: Kevin Riddell completed his first marathon in Cornwall; Ian Loughrey had another good result in the same race. Good to see Jim Earle back in action again at the Cornwall 5K. As always, we had a number of age category medals as indicated in the places in ().

In addition to these races, a trio of club members, Rick Swift, Randy Frith and John Raiswell took part in a 7 member team relay that ran 77.7 miles around Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes area of New York State. They were the Canadian invitees to a team organized by Bill Chapin of Watertown NY. (Bill also organizes a team for the annual Reach the Beach 200 mile relay in New Hampshire each September.) The 'boys' (average age 72) acquitted themselves very well finishing in the top half of the 318 teams of various ages entered in the event. Congrats.

Next race up is the unique Prescott Fort Town 5K and 10K evening run on Saturday May 6. For details click here

Sat, Apr. 29      
Ian Loughrey 3:32:50    
Kevin Riddell 4:21:31    
1/2 Marathon      
Tony Barnes 2:22:45 (3rd)    
Willy Primeau 2:56:38    
Pam Anderson 1:12:28    
Jennifer Barnes 1:12:43    
Jim Earle 24:36 (1st)    
Sharon Riddell 29:20 (2nd)    
Roger Hawksby 55:43 (1st)    
Terry Hodge 56:22    
Cheryl Scott 59:08 (2nd)    
Merv Hodgson 1:01:4 (1st)    
Anne Hodgson 1:06:0    
Liam Cullen 48:05    
Sun., Apr. 30      
1/2 Marathon      
Paula Wiltse 1:26:17 (1st)    
John MacMillan 1:34:57    
Tony Dunbar 1:53:42 (1st)    
Peggy Warrington 2:16:49    
Eric Wynands 15:48 (1st)    
Kevin Dunbar 18:09 (2nd)    
Will Campeau 18:46 (2nd)    
Jake Lessard 19:28    
Robert Cooper 20:35    
Smiths Falls      
1/2 Marathon      
Brenda Young 1:52:28 (2nd)    
Amy Brown 1:52:28 (3rd)    
Hanna Doonan 50:31    
Brian Gartley 52:19    
Shana Doonan 54:55    
Melanie Cook 1:04:46    
Jennifer Boyd 1:05:22    
Bryan Lambert 19:53    
Craig McDonald 20:20    
Janet Gartley 32:06    

Boston Mike Crawford - Number 11 in the Bag!

Mike at Start Area in Hopkinton

Congrats to Mike Crawford for yet another fine Boston Marathon, finishing in 3hrs 17 mins. Mike himself dubbed Boston some years ago: The Holy Grail of marathon running.

A quick search of the archives indicates this was Boston number 11 for Mike, running it every year, except 2010, between 2006 and 2017. Very impressive indeed. Way to go, Mike!

Area Runs
Looking for a run in the local area? Have a look under Other Runs above. I recently updated the listing, which includes some newer runs in Prescott, Merrickville, Smiths Falls, Perth, etc.

BRRC Race Series Points
Please advise of any errors, omissions, etc. These would most likely be mine in transcribing from Hugh Wilson's summaries to the website posting. Tony Dunbar E-mail

Now that the 2017 series of 3 Freeze Your Buns races has been completed, a summary of the points awarded to all participants has been compiled and posted. I'm delighted to report that our good friend from Montreal, Hugh Wilson, was responsible for compiling these summaries and forwarding to me for formatting and posting. Many, many thanks Hugh for this and for volunteering to continue to compile as the season progresses. (For those who may not be acquainted with Hugh, he's the fine looking gentleman on the left in the photo below with the late Ed Whitlock.)

The Race Series has been in place for many years, but seems to fly a bit under the radar for many members, especially the newer ones. We have a system in place for awarding points to each runner based on their individual place in a race. At the end of the season the points total for each runner is tallied and special awards are presented at our AGM to the top of the table individuals in the various categories.

A look at the summaries just posted, or those of previous years, accessible from the Results & Series dropdown menu above, will give a better illustration of what's involved. The intent of the series is to encourage individual participation in as many of our races as possible and to reward consistent and superior performance as we race against our competition and peers.

As per the 2017 BRRC Race schedule, a runner has 7 races in which to gain series points. (Actually there are 8 if you wish to duplicate the feat of Kevin Beatty and run both the TIP 5K and half marathon!) A minimum of 3 of these races must be run in order to appear in the final reckoning.

Look Who's in the 70-79 Age Category!
If you look carefully at the Freeze Your Buns #3 results, you will notice the 70-79 age category is now graced for the first time by the presence of the speedy Rick Swift. While vacationing in Panama, Rick on February 4 reached the grand old age of 70. A belated happy birthday Rick from the BRRC family.

Having cleaned up in the 60-69 category all over the map, including in 5Ks in Utica, Boston, Ottawa and other highly competitive races, Rick has now come to show a clean pair of heels to all of us poor, mere joggers in the 70-79 age category. Go easy on us Rick, please!

Freeze Your Buns #3: Results
A report with results as compiled by race director Janet Wynands is now accessible here.

Congrats to overall 1K winners Ryley Higgs and Finn Campeau. The 5 km event was won by the speedy Declan Colwell in 16:02. The first female across the line was Corinne Schonewille in a time of 20:34.

Declan's win in the 5K spoiled Corey Turnbull's streak of 3 in a row. However, Corey had the satisfaction of being the overall 3 race series winner in an average time over the 3 races of 18:28. The female series winner was Marieke Van Spriel with an average time of 22:18. Congratulations to Corey and Marieke.

Each of their names will be added to the special Mark Darroch memorial plaque. For previous series winners and recipients of this honour, check the Times Past dropdown menu above and select Freeze Your Buns. (The history of this, and other BRRC races referenced, has been compiled by our historian Rick Swift. Thanks, Rick.)

A big thank you again to Janet Wynands and her crew for organizing another fine series. Janet has been at the helm since 2008. A special thanks also to those special volunteers Paul Fournier, Lesley Dunning, Laurie Dunning and Muriel Carlye who were yet again out to lend their expertise. They have been faithfully volunteering for the FYB series and other events for many years. Thanks gang.

The Passing of a Legend: Ed Whitlock
We join the running community in Canada and indeed across the world in mourning the passing of Ed Whitlock, the legendary holder of multiple master's distance world records. Ed died of prostate cancer on March 13 at the age of 86. Ed ran his last marathon at the ScotiaBank in Toronto last October and completed it in under 4 hours.

Ed's achievements are without equal and include a marathon in 2:54 at 73 in a performance the New York Times ranked as the best marathon finish of all-time.

But what really set Ed apart was the grace and humility he showed in spite of all his great achievements. He also had a wry sense of humour. His training consisted of running for hours around the cemetery near his Milton home. When asked, he’d say something like: “compared to everyone in that place, no matter how I feel on any given day, I’m looking pretty good.”

For detailed articles on Ed click here and here.

The Montreal Lads and Ed Whitlock
Here's a photo I posted previously showing Montreal BRRC members Hugh Wilson and Jean Bernaquez chatting with Ed at the Raisin River Footrace in Williamstown, some years ago.
Hugh Wilson, Jean Bernaquez and Ed Whitlock

Freeze Your Buns #2 Results
A race report with results has now been completed by race director Janet Wynands. To access this report click here. Thanks to Janet and her volunteer crew for another fine event. As Janet reports, it was held in the best weather conditions on record.

Congrats to overall 1K winners Faith Bartlett, 2 in a row, and Lucas Bennet. The 5 km event also had a double winner with Corey Turnbull coming in first in a time of 18:23. The first female across the line was Sarah Utting in a time of 22:02.

Note: The results of this race and of the 3 held to date in 2017 may now be accessed from the Results & Series dropdown menu above.

Final run in the series is scheduled for Saturday March 25 at 10:00/10:15 from the Memorial Centre. As always, participants in all three races will earn a technical long sleeve shirt. Race proceeds go to help support the local food bank.

PLEASE NOTE: Freeze Your Buns and Food Item Donations
As you may know, over the years runners in our winter Freeze Your Buns series have been invited to bring along a non-perishable food item to race registration. The food items, along with the net cash proceeds from the races, were donated to the local Brockville Food Bank, currently on Buell Street. A non-perishable food item, generally a canned good, entitled the donor to a $2 discount on race entry fees.

The club executive has had feedback from the Food Bank that a significant number of such food items they've received in recent times have been unsuitable, as they've been beyond the expiry or best before use date. These items had to be discarded on receipt by the Food Bank. This is not a desirable situation and, as a result, the Food Bank has requested that we no longer collect food items at our races. This will go into effect immediately, with FYBs #2 on February 25.

This is unfortunate. However, on the positive side, with the end of the $2 discount, the cash proceeds to the Food Bank will be increased. Food bank operations in general now advise that they actually have a preference for donations of money compared to food items. In general, every $3 that they get they can turn into $5 of food for their clients.

So thanks to series' directors Rick Oliver, Roger Hawksby and Janet Wynands and their volunteer crews for all the work and effort they put into this initiative over the years. It was very worthwhile and welcomed by the Food Bank. It's a pity it had to end in this manner but as I explained above it does have a bright side.

For any questions or comments you may have, I invite you to contact club president Chris Emslie at president@brockvilleroadrunners.com.

Freeze Your Buns #1 Results
There were a few technical glitches in getting the final results together. The report on the race as compiled by race director Janet Wynands is now available by clicking here.

Another big thank you to Janet who has organized this series since 2008. This year's is the 26th annual and marks Janet's 10th year at the helm. Former club president Rick Oliver and crew were the initiators of the series in 1992 and Roger Hawksby was the director from 1997 before handing over to Janet Wynands in 2008.

It was nice to see many of the longtime volunteers for this and other races on the job yet again: Lesley and Laurie Dunning, Paul Fournier and Muriel Carlyle.

It was also great to see a number of regular out-of-towners make the journey - pretty long in a number of cases - to participate. Amongst these were: Brian and Stewart Campbell (Pembroke and Cornwall); Hugh Wilson and Jean Bernaquez (Montreal); Toby Irven and Peter Feickert (Canton, NY); Mike Day (Ottawa) and Jim Estes, David Cannons and Bryan Lambert (Kingston. We appreciate your support of our events. (Hopefully I didn't miss anyone?)

Special Deal at Snap Fitness Gym at 1365 California Avenue
As another incentive to take out/renew club membership, Chris Emslie has announced a special deal for card carrying BRRC members at the 24/7 Snap Fitness Gym:Facebook page: click here

Details of the deal are available by clicking here. Offer expires February 28.

News Flash from your Webmaster; Jan 19, 2017
Who said your dear old (since 2003) website couldn't change?! You will now notice that the opening or landing page is no longer a listing of our executive. On accessing www.brockvilleroadrunners.com, you will now be taken to what was previously called the News Update page. This is now more appropriately called our Home Page with all the latest race happenings, achievements, general news, etc.

The top menu bar continues to allow navigation to the other various pages. There is now a button on the menu bar to take you to a listing of the current Executive.

I hope you like this change. Let me know if there are any glitches, etc. with it.
Tony Dunbar
PS: For a listing of upcoming runs in our area, Kingston, New York State, Montreal, have a look at Races under the Other Runs dropdown menu above.

Freeze Your Buns 1K/5K #1
A reminder re the first in the series: Saturday Jan 21 at 10am from the Brockville Memorial Centre. For other details access the BRRC Races dropdown menu above.

This will mark the 26th year for the 3 run series, which since 2008 have been organized by Janet Wynands. Thank you Janet.

Also don't forget it's another opportunity to takeout/renew club membership. A form you may print and fill out ahead of time is available by clicking here

Resolution Run, Monday January 2, and Freeze Your Buns Series
Results of the Resolution Run as submitted by Janet Wynands may be accessed by clicking here. Many thanks to Janet and crew for getting us all out and back on the roads again for a brand new season.

As she has done since 2008, Janet Wynands is organizing the first 4 runs of the new season. It will kick off with the Annual Resolution 5K Run in support of the Brockville Legion Athletic Club. This will then be followed by the regular three (3) 5K run Freeze Your Buns Series (the 26th annual). The details as provided by Janet are outlined below.

  • Resolution Run: January 2 with registration starting at 9:00 with the 1K children's race starting at 10:00 and the 5K at 10:15 a.m.
  • Freeze Your Buns Run #1: Saturday January 21 with registration starting at 9:00 with the 1 K children's race starting at 10:00 and the 5 k starting at 10:15
  • Freeze Your Buns run #2: Saturday February 25 with registration starting at 9:00 and races starting as per above.
  • Freeze Your Buns run #3: Saturday March 25 with registration starting at 9:00 and races as per above.

Race fees: 1K event $5; 5K: Non-members $15, Members $10, Students $7, Families $30

Bring a food item for the food bank and get a $2 discount on all race fees. All proceeds from the races go back to our local community by supporting the Foodbank for the Freeze Your Buns runs and the Brockville Legion Athletic Club for the Resolution Run.

Jingle Bell Chase 5K; Saturday November 26
The sixth annual chase was held in relatively good conditions on Saturday Nov 26. Race director Rick Swift made a modification to the course, cutting out the trip around Laurier Hill, through the trails, etc in favour of completing the basic FYB's road circuit. The start/finish was still at the soccer pavilion at Laurier Hill.

Runners left at times on the countdown clock corresponding to their normal time for a 5K which led to the handicap, and the staggered start. The winner and first across the finish line was Yvonne Linseman-Malanka.

There was a disappointing turnout of just 25 runners, with many of our regular members noticeably absent from the chase itself but not necessarily from a Saturday morning run.

Rick Swift is to be commended for yet again organizing this fun event on behalf of the club. This in spite of being extremely busy in preparing for a pending house move. Thanks Rick.

New Board Update: Two New Potential Members
Since the AGM on November 22, two club members, Brenda Young and Megan Primeau, have expressed an interest in joining the board. The board of seven elected at the AGM will have the option at their first meeting of co-opting these two women to the board.

Jingle Bell Chase 5K, 9am Laurier Hill Brockville; Saturday November 26
A reminder re this annual fun Christmastime event. Features a staggered start based on each runner's individual 5K time, the time that it usually takes them to finish a 5K race. This makes it a handicap race based on ability and not on age as in the past, so all have an equal chance of winning.

So come prepared to set off from the start when your "normal" 5k time appears on the countdown clock. Other details from the BRRC Races dropdown above.

Annual General Meeting (AGM); Tuesday November 22
The main points coming out of the meeting were:

  Club is back in the black financially again
  Runners of the year Brittany Alkerton and Will Campeau were honoured
  A new 7 person board was elected by acclamation:

  • Chris Emslie
  • Amanda Brown
  • Zack Boyd
  • Krista Haasnoot
  • Bernie Cormier
  • Murray Tait
  • Ian Loughrey

In a break with general practice, but not for the first time in our history, the decision was made, with the approval of the general membership present, to elect the seven nominees above to the board. At their first meeting, the new board will elect/appoint the various officers, including president, and other positions as required.

Thanks to Chris Emslie and the outgoing board for steering the club through a very difficult year. We wish the new board every success in the upcoming year.

Annual General Meeting (AGM); Tuesday November 22, 6pm at Luna Restaurant
For the meeting agenda as prepared by club president Chris Emslie click here

Please mark your calendars for this important annual event. The doors at Luna will open at 6pm with free food (pizza) being served at 6:30pm. There will be a cash bar. Luna Restaurant is located on Stewart Blvd. at Parkedale Avenue in Brockville.

The business portion, scheduled to commence at 7pm, will consist of series awards/recognition, reports from the various officers, including the president, treasurer and membership coordinator. There will also be the nomination and election of members to form the executive for the upcoming year. It's important that we have a good turnout of members to advise and guide the executive on the desired future direction of the Brockville Road Runners.

Series Points Final
A significant part of the AGM agenda will be devoted to recognition of those who performed consistently well over the course of the BRRC 2016 series of races. For many years we have had a system in place, with points awarded based on a runner's position overall and in age category over each of our races. Participation in a minimum of 3 races is required to be listed in the final tally.

A summary of the top 3 in each of the male and female categories is now available by clicking Points

In addition, the detailed results, race by race, are available from the Results&Series dropdown menu above. Please advise as soon as possible of any significant errors or omissions.

Further details of the evening's agenda will be posted once finalized.

The Toronto ScotiaBank Marathon and Half Marathon; Sunday Oct 16
I'm glad to report that since their unhappy experience at the Toronto Marathon, Brenda Young and Ilona Thomas each made a successful comeback, finishing in style at the Sunday, November 6 Hamilton Marathon. Well done ladies.

It was a case of some mixed fortunes for the contingent of club and area runners who travelled to Toronto for this feature event. While all of our participants came through the 21.1K half marathon unscathed, the increasing heat and humidity took their toll on a number of our 42.2K full marathon contestants. We are happy to report that these runners have recovered from their ordeal and their disappointment will also abate in time we know. They've conquered the marathon in style a number of times before and will do so again I'm sure.

There were some fine performances otherwise in the marathon with Ian Loughrey and Mike Crawford clocking impressive times and finishing well up in their respective age categories. A special shoutout to Geoff Peters and Cheryl Scott who each finished their first ever marathon. Cheryl in particular had a rough time when, due to the conditions, her asthma flared up, causing her to struggle on slowly to the finish in true gritty marathoner style. Well done Cheryl.

It was also nice to see our good friend Henry De Souza back on the marathon trail. Good job Henry.

Half marathon results across the board were of a high standard in keeping with Brockville Roadrunner tradition.

Full results for both races are below with age category placings in ():

Marathon (42.2K)
Mike Crawford 03:11:42.5 (18th)
Ian Loughrey 03:25:21.6 (6th)
Susan Filion 03:47:06.5
Henry De Souza 04:08:43.7
Jessica Jonkman 04:11:21.6
Bob Van Blitterswyk 04:21:07.1
Yvonne Malanka-Linseman 04:29:14.4
Geoffrey Peters 04:32:07.7
Cheryl Scott 05:25:53.6
Half Marathon (21.1K)
Kirsten Whitaker 01:41:53.4 (19th)
Tony Dunbar 01:44:04.1 (2nd)
Roger Hawksby 02:00:14.1
Dresden Glockler-Lauf 02:02:48.5
Michael McMahon 02:05:09.9
Neal Condron 02:08:39.4
Terry Hodge 02:11:19.3

The Picton Half Marathon; Sunday Oct 2
A number of club members and area runners again participated in this popular event in Picton. (There were no area runners in the marathon as far as I could tell.)

Paula Wiltse was second overall woman running a fine 1:25:04.1. This was good for first place in the 40-49 age category. Merv Hodgson at 78 continues to inspire, running a 2:17:59.6 which earned him a first place in his age category. Congrats Merv. Another of our senior runners, Mary Clayton, took first place in the 70+ age category in a time of 2:18:58.4.

Merv Wears Gold

A complete listing of area runner results:
Picton 21.1K
Paula Wiltse 1:25:04.1 (1st)
Merv Hodgson 2:17:59.6 (1st)
Mary Clayton 2:18:58.4 (1st)
Irene Ireland 2:18:58.8
Terry Hodge 2:28:12.9
Rhonda McNish 2:28:13.1
Lorrie Rossetti 2:31:21.0
Sandy Noonan 2:31:23.3
Michelle Carr 2:32:46.4
Anne Hodgson 2:34:33.5
Sean Plant 2:56:07.7
Cheryl Bryan 2:56:08.1

Note: On the same Oct 2 day, Rick Swift, took himself to the Highlands of Lanark and was 3rd runner across the line in the 5K in a time of 21:26. And, as ever, Rick easily took first in the 60-69 age category.

Army Run in Ottawa, Sunday September 18, 2016
While some of us were scaling the hills of New Hampshire in the annual 203 mile Reach the Beach Relay, others were participating in various events as part of the Army Run in Ottawa. Events consisted of a 5K and a Half Marathon (21.1K). For hardier souls there was the opportunity to run both distances in what was called the Commander's Challenge. A number of our area runners completed this feat, with pride of place going to Shelley Steenwyk whose total time for the 2 runs of 2:14:30 garnered her a 3rd place in the 50-54 age category. Congrats Shelley.

Good also to see Ian Loughrey continue to show good form in running a 1:34:07 for the 21.1K, good for 5th in his 55-59 age category. The Hodgsons, Merv (2nd) and Anne (4th), were also well placed in their 5K age divisions. Congrats to all.

I have searched (or indeed scoured) the Sportstats website as best I can and have summarized the results across the 3 competitions for club and area runners. Apologies if I've missed any.

Commander's Challenge
(Combined 5K and Half Marathon)
Shelley Steenwyk 2:14:29.8 (3rd)
Jim Locke 2:28:22.1
Claudine Dirksen-Fenard 2:38:37.6
Paul McNamee 2:44:51.4
Sarah Jones 3:20:12.2
Roy Crump 3:35:18.2
Shelley Steenwyk 23:43.5
Roy Crump 25:37.6
Brock Visser 25:59.1
Jim Locke 26:32.2
Paul McNamee 27:32.3
Claudine Dirksen-Fenard 28:57.2
Jennifer Boyd 30:03.1
Mackenzie Hibbett 30:04.8
Merv Hodgson 30:29.3 (2nd)
Carly Hibbett 30:42.0
Anne Hodgson 30:59.3 (4th)
Debra Timofte 31:21.9
Sarah Jones 31:38.7
Jordan Henry 32:23.3
Christine Mason 36:45.5
Yvonne Linseman 37:58.8
Kristin Harriet 38:50.2
Kevin Latham 38:57.5
Wayquay Rombough 40:12.1
Ely Huntley 44:42.1
Patricia Huntley 44:42.7
Shaela Morton 46:10.4
Tammy Chevrier 49:12.7
Laurie Morton 56:07.9
Ian Loughrey 1:34:07.1
Shelley Steenwyk 1:50:46.3
Cindy Edwards 1:59:47.3
Michael Howard 2:00:25.1
Geoff Peters 2:00:30.3
Jim Locke 2:01:50.0
Roger Hawksby 2:02:01.4
Yvonne Linseman 2:02:33.0
Patty Marshall 2:05:18.7
Claudine Dirksen-Fenard 2:09:40.5
Rebecca Langstaff 2:10:46.8
Terry Hodge 2:12:25.8
Mary Jane Leslie 2:15:24.6
Paul McNamee 2:17:19.2
Michael McMahon 2:18:22.5
Cheryl Scott 2:18:26.7
Julie Abbott 2:23:40.5
John Rennick 2:26:16.9
Kristian Knapp 2:27:32.6
Alexa Carswell 2:36:41.7
Kristina Sims 2:41:41.6
Sarah Jones 2:48:33.6
Lee Ann Sims 2:49:32.9
Sarah Van Winckle 2:54:59.4
Mark Dirksen 2:55:07.9
Diana Lee Deschamps 3:02:59.1
Roy Crump 3:09:40.6
Michel Larose 3:28:07.4

TIP Sat Sept 10: Report and Results
Well the TIP 21.1K and 5K are now history. Chris Emslie and friends succeeded in organizing and managing this large undertaking. Understandably based on the relative inexperience of the group, there were a few glitches but nothing major.

Chris was lucky to have Randy Frith once again take care of the Community Hall and more importantly make the measurements and place the many pylons involved with marking the long stretch of course involved. Many thanks Randy. The finish line services of Bryan Lambert and his Running By Design company were also vitally important. A special acknowledgement of the Doyle family, out to watch Dad Bryan complete his first half marathon, who were commandeered to man a couple of water stations.

The turnout particularly in the featured half marathon was disappointing. Just 36 runners lined up for this the 29th edition of this historic club event. The majority of the entrants were from outside the Brockville area - Kingston, Gananoque, Morrisburg and Pembroke. Many Brockville Road Runner members were noticeably absent; other commitments and priorities no doubt.

Of BRRC members taking part, Cheryl Scott deserves special mention. Cheryl is diligently training for her first marathon in Toronto in October and has been putting in the long training runs required. On Saturday, Cheryl first ran 11K out to the start line at Rockport and then completed the 21.1K half for a total of 32K. Well done, Cheryl, your dedication for sure will result in a great and well deserved 42.2K in Toronto on October 16.

Overall winners of the half were Tim Gillespie from Kingston in 1:22:37 and the indefatigable 65 year old Deborah Holtom from Howe Island in 1:49:55.

The 56 runner 5K field was led home by Jeff Lapierre from Green Valley in 17:29 and Corinne Schonewille from Athens in 20:11.

Full detailed results for both races are available from Bryan Lambert's website http://www.runningbydesign.com/

Race Series: Current Points Totals
Has been pointed out to me that I used the 2015 and not the 2016 results in error for FYB#2 in the tables. Will correct and add the TIP results in the next draft. This draft will represent the final series results for 2016.

With just one race, the TIP 21.1K/5K, left in the season's races series, I have created rough drafts of the current status in terms of points gained from the first Freeze Your Buns through to the August Piggy Run. Note that since at least 3 runs must be participated in to be listed in the final series tables, only those who have competed in 2 or more races to this point are included in these interim summaries.

There are four(4) such interim summaries, each of which may be individually accessed by clicking on the links below:

These summaries were quickly put together and involved many transcriptions from multiple individual results sheets. There are almost certainly errors and/or omissions. Please advise of such so I can make the necessary corrections.

Please note that to gain points in the overall standings, a runner must finish in the overall top 5 places, male and female, of a race. Age category does not come into play in this case.

Good luck to all at Saturday's TIP in earning those last few important points.

TIP Half Marathon and 5K; Saturday September 10, 2016
BRRC President Chris Emslie and crew are busy finalizing preparations for this the 29th Annual Mark Darroch Half Marathon and James K Carlyle 5K on the Thousand Islands Parkway (TIP). The races start from the Rockport Community Hall, 35K west of Brockville, and the runs are out and back on the traffic free Parkway bike path on Saturday September 10th. Race start for the 21.1K half is 8am with the 5K heading out at 9:20 am. Both course distances have been certified.

Online registration through Eventbrite is now available by clicking Registration and proceeding to Tickets. The first 100 registrants will receive a commemorative shirt. Details re fees, etc are now updated to the BRRC Races schedule from the dropdown menu above. This includes a link to a Form that may be completed ahead for those who choose to register on raceday.

Details are also summarized on this Poster which we invite you to print and distribute in your local area.

The Piggy 1K/5K Run: Sunday August 7 from Hardy Park at 9am
Results as compiled by race director Gib Kent are now available. Click Results

The Montreal Lads and Ed Whitlock
While browsing the website of the Raisin River Footrace in Williamstown, scheduled for Sunday August 7, I came across this very nice photo from a previous year:
Hugh Wilson, Jean Bernaquez and Ed Whitlock

The lads are BRRC club members who regularly travel to Brockville from Montreal to run our races. Ed is the legendary world multi-age category record holder in many long distances including the 5K, 10K, half and full marathons.


Utica Boilermaker Results; July 10, 2016
Age category placings are indicated in ().
Rick Swift 20:33 (1st)
Claude Melbourne 43:18
Tina Melbourne 43:18
Tony Dunbar 1:13:27 (1st)
Kim Bennett 1:17:02
Terry Hodge 1:31:27
Merv Hodgson 1:39:29 (4th)
Anne Hodgson 1:43:53
Happy Post-Race (and Post-Beer!) Road Warriors

Canada Day 1K/5K Milk Run; Friday July 1
Results as supplied by Christie Reitsma for the 1K and Rick Swift for the 5K, for his 14th and last time as race director, are now available. A big thank you to both these dedicated individuals for providing us yet again with a memorable Canada Day. And of course many thanks to our volunteers and to the Dairy Farmer organizations for their generous sponsorship.

Age Catg 5K
Overall 5K

Special congrats to 5K winners Paula Wiltse (17:32) and Kevin Beatty (16:48). This win represents 4 in a row for Paula and win number 8 in total. Kevin by comparison has only managed to win 7 of the Canada Day classics! Each is the holder of the respective 5K course record: Kevin ran 15:30 in 2005; Paula completed the course in 17:21 in 2010. Two elite athletes without doubt.

Thanks Rick Swift- Our Canada Day Run Impresario Extraordinaire
We certainly owe a huge debt of gratitude to Rick Swift for his tremendous contribution to the success of the Canada Day 5K. Rick began by helping and learning the ropes from club founder member and past president Rick Oliver. Then in 2003 Rick took over the reins himself and set out on a path of development and growth that took the level of participation from less than 100 to consistently over the 200 mark (250 this year).

Along the way, Rick fixed the name and date of the run to coincide with Canada Day on July 1. In earlier years the run was tied in with the last weekend of Riverfest, late June or early July. The event became a colourful - appropriately red - joyful celebration of our national holiday. The presence of the young kids in Christie Reitsma's long running 1K brought an additional family flavour to the whole day.

Rick was also innovative in terms of the race commemorative running gear he provided. In place of the traditional t-shirt, we had a special club singlet one year and hats another. Rick also negotiated a deal with Scott McNamee at Crank's Bicycle Shoppe, who generously supplied at a discount top of the line running shoes as prizes over a few years. In recent years Rick, with the help of the Wynands family, secured the sponsorship of local area Dairy Farmer organizations.

Rick steered us calmly and competently through a number of challenges over the years: runners had to skirt around vendor pop-ups on Water Street, compete with the deafening noise from the power boat regatta, relocate because of the Artisan Village and then last year deal with the construction of the new skateboard facility just off of the Brock Trail.

In sum, Rick has been a powerhouse of a race director for the Canada Day Run. Of course, he also jumped in at the start of the 5K almost every year and tossed off one of those hugely impressive, senior's sub-20 minute or just over 20 minute runs. Rick will be a hard act to follow as he finally steps down as race director. But we're confident there's someone or more out there willing to take on the challenge and ensure the continued success of our Canada Day Run. We owe it to Rick.

TISS Track Support - Win a KIA!
The TISS Track Facility is without a doubt a huge asset to the health and wellness of our community! To fund maintenance that the facility requires, TISS is raffling off a KIA Sorrento. 5000 tickets have been printed and can be purchased for $20 each. You can purchase your tickets at the Main Office at Thousand Islands Secondary School or at the Canada Day Run on July 1st at Blockhouse Island.

RoadID Initiative

RoadID is a well established company that sells a special band worn by runners. The band bears the runner's basic identification information. This is useful and even vital in an emergency where a runner has an accident out alone on a training run, or even in a race, and first responders have no means of identifying the person with a view to contacting family or others.

BRRC President Chris Emslie has made a deal with RoadID that for every sale that is made of a band, the club will receive a small donation. To get further information on the styles available and to buy a band, click on the RoadID Logo above and the sale will be processed as being one from a BRRC member. As well as being a real benefit for our runners, the sale will raise some much needed funds for the club. Thanks in advance for your support.

Freeze Your Buns Historical Note
The Jan 23, 2016 FYB marked a special club milestone as we embarked on the 25th season of the Freeze Your Buns series. Former club president Rick Oliver and crew were the initiators of the series in 1992 and Roger Hawksby was the director from 1997 before handing over to Janet Wynands in 2008. To see a listing of the various winners, of series and individual races, from 1992 to 2015, check the Times Past link above. This link also leads to a wealth of information re the past history of our traditional races. Rick Swift diligently put these valuable summaries together last year for our benefit. Thanks again Rick.

Times Past
Rick Swift, past-president and club historian, has diligently compiled some very interesting summaries. These are the historical record of various race winners, course records, awards, etc. Links to these summaries are now available from the new dropdown menu button Times Past above. Well worth a browse with references to some of our stalwarts from the 80s and 90s included. Thanks Rick for this very valuable contribution to club history.

Happy Running!
Webmaster: Tony Dunbar E-mail