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September 10, 2019

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Conversational Pace

TIP 2019 Results and Report
A record turnout of runners from far and wide and a great event, thanks to Ed Eby and team.

Great weather and running conditions on Saturday morning saw 62 runners set out at 8am from the Rockport Rec Hall to run 10.55k to Mallorytown Landing and back as part of the 32nd annual Mark Darroch TIP 21.1K Half Marathon. Results:

21.1K Women:
  1. Paula Wiltse (Brockville) 1:27:52.31 [NOTE: This was Paula's 7th win in the half marathon]
  2. Mackenzie Bowman (Gananoque) 1:35:29.72
  3. Amy Smith (Kingston) 1:44:36.18
21.5K Men:
  1. David Pickard (Sydenham) 1:21:21.8
  2. Corey Turnbull (Smiths Falls) 1:21:53.12
  3. Graham Hawkes (Kingston) 1:24:43.94

At 9:20 am 55 eager runners, many quite young, headed out to complete the James K Carlyle 5K. The field included the 86-year-old Jean Bernaquez from Montreal, a regular at our events along with his friend Hugh Wilson from Dorval.

5K Start; Photo courtesy of Jeanette Gaffney

5K Women
  1. Callie Turcotte (Merrickville) 23:10.53
  2. Brin Coulter (Kingston) 23:19.69
  3. Joyce Acton (Westport) 23:51.00
5K Men:
  1. Cameron Bruce (Kingston) 16:54.03
  2. Max Benda (Smiths Falls) 17:12.59
  3. Jacob McLean (Smiths Falls)17:41.41
For complete results, including by age category: Bryan Lambert's Running by Design website.

As an innovation this year, suggested by Ruby McCabe-Locke and implemented by TIP race director Ed Eby, 5 teams of 2 members took part in a relay, completing the half marathon course in 2 legs of 10.55K each.

The 5 teams were:
Mommy and Daddy: Kevin and Sherry McCauley, Kingston
2ForTea: Jim Locke and Ruby McCabe-Locke, Elizabethtown
The Seniors: Anne and Merv Hodgson, Maitland
Jigs and Reels: Eithne and Tony Dunbar, Brockville
The Kingston Crawlers: Robin Leriche and Diane Crawford, Kingston

First team to finish were Mommy and Daddy in 1:59:21.15, while Jigs and Reels, followed very closely by The Seniors, were adjudged to lead the rest in an age graded evaluation of finish time versus age.

Overall TIP 2019 was a great success, thanks to the hard work of executive member Ed Eby, who took on the task of race director. Ed was ably assisted by Kevin Riddell and Murray Tait, members of the executive also. Many thanks Ed and assistants and to all who volunteered to help in the many and various capacities. Thanks to Booster Juice for the donation of drinking cups and to the businesses and organizations that donated door prizes.

Perth Round the Block 14.7K; Thursday August 29, 2019 Results
Browse the listing of overall results of this popular and famed event. You will find results for Paula Wiltse, 1st woman, and her R2R group; many of our Kingston friends and others also there.

TIP Raceday Registration, History and Previous Winners
NOTE: Online registration is closed but you may still register for the 5K, the 21.1K or the 21.1K Relay on raceday, Saturday Sept 7 at the Rockport Community Hall. Registration for the half and half relay opens at 7am for an 8am start; the 5K registration opens at 8am for a 9:20am start.

For general background to one of the premier events, now it in its 32nd year, on the Eastern Ontario race calendar: Half Marathon History; Half Marathon Previous Winners;5K Previous Winners

Further details are available from the link BRRC Races.

Looking for a TIP Half Marathon Relay Partner?
Race director Ed Eby understands there may be some runners interested in running the upcoming TIP 2 member team 21.1K relay but don't have a team partner. If you're in this boat, let Ed (ed_eby@hotmail.com) or indeed any member of the executive know ASAP and we will see if we can play team-maker!

Details of the event Relay

Series Points Post Canada Day
Series points as calculated by Rhonda McNish, and subsequently edited to eliminate those not club members, are available Series. Advise webmaster of any errors. TIP races, other than the half relay, provide the last chance to gain points and qualify for yearend awards.

TIP Reminders.
Race director Ed Eby and team are working hard in finalizing the preparations for the 32nd annual TIP 5K/Half Marathon scheduled for Saturday, September 7, 2019 from the Rockport Recreation Hall on the Thousand Islanda Parkway (TIP). This year features an additional Half Marathon 2 Member Team Relay, where each runner runs a 10.55K leg.

Online Registration via Trackie.com for both events is open at Half/5Km and Half Relay The deadline for qualifying for a commemorative shirt has just passed, August 21, but you may still pre-register up until September 4 at 23:59. Of course raceday registration will also be available, but avoid the lineups by registering online ahead of time.


  • Directions to Rockport Recreation Hall
  • Free parking and washrooms available at the Rockport Recreation Hall
  • Awards:
    Trophies for overall winners in 5K, Half.
    5K and Half: Medals for top 1, 2 and 3 in the major age categories including 80+.
    Relay: Prizes for first team across the line, the overall team winners, and for the team with the best age graded performance, excluding the overall winning team.
  • Post-race food and refreshments

Further details are available from the link BRRC Races.

Volunteers: A crucial part of a successful event such as TIP is to have sufficient volunteers to help with the many tasks involved on raceday. This is all the more critical with a complex event, and at an out of town location, such as TIP.

So please, you parents of younger runners, spouses of runners, runners not running the event itself or just interested helpful folks. come forward to show your support of this longstanding, premier event on the club calendar. No prior race volunteering experience is required, you will be instructed on the duties, many pretty basic, of the position assigned. So please, please come forward and show your support by contacting race director Ed Eby or assistant race director Kevin Riddell.

Many thanks in advance.

Bursary Awards
We are pleased to announce the winners of the BRRC HS Bursary Awards. Eligible for the award are Grade 12 High School students, planning to pursue a university or college level post-secondary program and who have participated in events supported by the Brockville Road Runners Club.

There were a number of worthy candidates from the 4 interested local area high schools and the club executive had a difficult task in deciding on the following winners:

  • Samantha Wilhelm - BCI
  • Meredith O'Connor - TISS
  • Marieke Van Spriel - St. Mary
  • Clair Baker - Athens District HS

Congrats to these young people and we wish them every success in their chosen fields of study.

Piggy Run Results
The results of Sunday's runs as compiled by race director Gib Kent are now available.

Overall men's winner was Will Campeau in 17:21, while Mercedez Covey was first woman in 19:38. The Kids' 1K winner was Portia Reisen in 4:35. Congrats to all.

Thanks Gib and to the volunteers, many of the runner variety.

The Facebook Page has an impressive album of great pics taken by Kerri Barlow. Thanks Kerri.

Update: Through donations in lieu of race entry fees, the Piggy Run raised $1121 for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Way to go Gib and team. Breaking news also reveals that Gib, in returning race equipment to the club storage shed in the TI Concrete yard on Hwy 29, got stung! A nest of nasty wasps had taken up residence there. In spite of some stings, Gib removed the nest. The joys and perils of race directorship! Gib is a true BRRC warrior.

From the archives, below is a photo of Gib Kent in full Piggy attire and also a photo of the shed. Wasps were camera-shy!

Webmaster Returns
Back from a great vacation in Ireland.

Additional: Sunset Series 5K #3; Tuesday Aug 13, 7:30 pm SLU Canton, NY

  • Piggy Walk/Run 1K/5K Sunday August 11 at 9am from Hardy Park at Home Street. Poster
  • TIP Half/5K and TIP Half Relay Saturday Sept 7 at Rockport Community Hall

See BRRC Race Schedule for details of both.

Quick Notes
Some quick notes before taking off for vacation until Aug 7:

  • TIP Half/5K Trackie online registration is now open. Raceday, Sat Sept 7, 2019, registration will also be available
  • TIP Half Marathon 2 Member Team RELAY Trackie online registration is also open. Raceday, Sat Sept 7, 2019, registration will also be available. Check with Ed Eby for details of this new event.
    Basics are each member of the 2 member team runs one half of the regular TIP 21.1K course, or 10.55K. First leg runner goes off with the individual 21.1K runners at 8:00am.
  • Piggy 1K/5K Walk/Run is scheduled for Sunday August 11 at Hardy Park.

Check the BRRC Races dropdown above for further details on all races.

Boilermaker Bravos
Congrats to the relatively small contingent of club runners who made the annual pilgrimage to Utica NY for the storied Boilermaker races.

Pride of place must go to Marvelous Merv Hodgson. The 81 year old completed his 20th Boilermaker 15K in 1:39:45 for a 1st place in the 80 and over age category, almost a full 20 mins ahead of the second place finisher! Merv had decided beforehand to make the 2019 Boilermaker his last, and can be very proud of his great achievement in this competitive event over the decades. Here is a link to a summary of Merv's 20 runs from 2000 to 2019. Many, many congrats Merv, a truly wonderful accomplishment.

Also well done to Anne Hodgson, who completed her 10th Boilermaker 15K, her first being in 2010. Of course prior to jumping in the race in 2010, Anne generously and tirelessly organized each of our club trips to Utica: booking hotel rooms, making carpooling arrangements, organizing meal breaks, general logistics, etc, etc. Many, many thanks Anne for all you did for us in this area over the decades. Much appreciated.

Also worthy of special mention is the fine run of Rick Swift in the 5K. Rick has been recovering from a nagging lower leg injury for a number of months now and his performance is all the more remarkable for that. Rick's 22:16 was good for an age category, 70-74, first place finish. Rick has also an impressive record at the Utica race, including 3 fast 15K runs, with a 1:02:32 in 2003. He's not just a 5K specialist!

Kudos also to Terry Hodge, another wounded warrior, who completed the 5K while carrying a painful foot injury. And indeed congrats to all our BRRC gang, who kept the club flag flying in the US of A.

Ed Eby 1:35:16
Cheryl Scott 1:35:53
Merv Hodgson 1:39:45 (1st)
Mary Clayton 1:40:18
Anne Hodgson 1:53:03
Rick Swift 22:16 (1st)
Terry Hodge 34:27

Golden Popsicle Stick Awards
In conjunction with the 31st annual Canada Day Run on July 1, 2019, club president Tony Dunbar paid tribute to a number of people who have been closely associated with the event over the years and indeed contributed mightily to its success.

Rick Oliver  
Nancy Oliver  
Muriel Carlyle  
Rick Swift  
Ron Hungerford  
Paul Fournier  
Lesley Dunning  
Laurie Dunning  

Congrats and thanks to these stalwarts and to other worthies we may have missed for your contributions to the event and to the club in general. As the special award indicated, you are all Number 1s in our estimation.

The popsicle stick was seen as a fitting symbol, as the stick has been a race finish place marker for nearly all of the June/July races from Blockhouse Island. The stick has also been closely associated with the Oliver family, Nancy's Dad, Mark Darroch, is considered the one who introduced its use to the club.

Canada Day 1K and 5K Results
Race Director, Murray Tait, has completed the painstaking task of compiling the results for the 76 runners in the 12 and Under 1K and for the 189 runners in the Open 5K, for an impressive total turnout of 265 runners. Thanks Murray.

Murray's summaries may be accessed from 1K Results and 5K Results

[NOTE: With such a large nunber of runners and the lack of a clear printed name in many cases, there are undoubtedly a number of spelling errors in the result summaries. Please email any corrrections to webmaster]

Congrats to the overall 5K winners, David Gill (17:49) and Mercedez Covey (20:38).

Many thanks to Murray Tait and to Kevin Riddell for all the work they put into organizing the event. And of course also a big thank you to the great crew of volunteers who made it all go so smoothly. A special word of thanks to Brock Trail Committee Chair, John Taylor, our honorary starter for the day. John capably sounded the horn to set both races on their way

Kerri McAllister-Barlow took 600+ photos which are posted to the club group Facebook Page. Thanks Kerri.


    Guaranteed T-shirt deadline has passed but Online Can Day is open until June 27 at 11:59pm.
  • P&G Run Results: Posted see below.
  • Race Series Points: To qualify for inclusion in the points tables you must be a club member by July 1, 2019 Form.

P&G Vibrant Living 5K RESULTS
The results are now posted to Bryan Lambert's Running by Design website. Results: Overall and Age Category

A special congrats to Julie Basiliadis for her first runner past the finish line win.

Many thanks to BRRC's Kevin Riddell and P&G's Chris Robertson for their work in organizing this unique event. And thanks to all the other volunteers who helped in the many areas required with such an undertaking.

UPDATE: There was a wonderful response to the call to honour the memory of Mike Murray and run in red attire. Some 30+ runners took part and celebrated the running life of the wonderful and inspirational Mike.

A post-run, al fresco coffee, with reminiscences of Mike, was enjoyed by all in the parking lot adjacent to Tim Horton's. Eleanor Murray, with daughter, Christine, and son, Dan, joined in the sad but also celebratory occasion.

Photo below, courtesy of Roger Hawksby, shows the red-shirt clad group.

Mike's Army

Saturday's 8am run from Tim Horton's (PaulMac's Pets parking lot) is to honour the memory of our good running friend, Mike Murray, who passed away on June 2. Mike's family has asked runners wear a RED SHIRT, Mike's favourite colour. Eleanor Murray will join us for coffee/social time after the run.

P&G Vibrant Living 5Km Run/Walk; June 14 at 6:30 pm at Hardy Park
For full details of this event, including a course map: Event

Online registration continues at Online P&G

Note that a free singlet courtesy of P&G will be available on a first come first served basis. Also some post-run extras including a movie in the park, Hardy Park.

Canada Day 1K/5K Online Registration Now Open
You may now pre-register for our special Monday July 1 event using Trackie at the following link: Online Can Day. A small processing fee will be applied. You must register online before midnight on June 12 to receive a souvenir T-shirt of the event.

General online registration, no shirt, will continue on until midnight June 27. Raceday registration will be available.

Note there is a major change in run location from the traditional Blockhouse Island start/finish to the Rotary Field House by the Pat Beasley Soccer Fields on Laurier Blvd. The run itself will be mainly on the paved Brock Trail in that area of the north end. Access this flyer for further details.

A reminder that online registration for the June 14 P&G 5K continues at Online P&G

Beat Beethoven, Sunday June 2 in Kingston
Anne Hodgson has kindly compiled the results below for club and area runners as reported by Sportstats. As always, a number of medals won. Age category placings are in ( ).

Kevin Dunbar 28:58:00 (1st)
Corey Turnbull 29:23:00 (3rd)
Ian Loughrey 32:30:00 (2nd)
Scott Coombes 35:43:00
Rhonda McNish 41:06:00
Angela MacDonald 43:26:00
Meagan Pardy 44:50:00
Sharon Riddell 45:45:00
Kevin Riddell 45:46:00
Mary Clayton 48:35:00 (2nd)
Merv Hodgson 49:14:00 (1st)
Eithne Dunbar 49:49:00 (3rd)
Anne Hodgson 55:11:00
Terry Hodge 59:40:00

Sendoff for Brenda and Bernie; Luna Restaurant Wednesday May 29, 2019
Their running friends bid a fond farewll to Brenda Young and Bernie Cormier. and wished them well as they set out on a new chapter in their lives. They move early next week to West Virginia, where Bernie takes up a new job with Procter and Gamble following the announced shutting down of the local Brockville plant.

There was a large turnout at Luna Restaurant of runners new and old to help send off the popular couple. A key moment was the presentation of a spectacular piece of metal artwork donated by Kevin and Angela Hartley.

The intricately designed and fabricated piece was the work of the talented Hartleys, good friends of Bernie and Brenda. In presenting the gift, Kevin indicated it was a token of friendship, appreciation and thanks to Bernie and Brenda from their runner friends from the Athens Street Gang and the Brockville Road Runners.

Club president, Tony Dunbar, also briefly expressed his thanks on behalf of the club for the pair's services and support to the BRRC over the past 3+ years on the executive, as well as in general volunteering over a number of years.

Gift Presentation:   Angela    Bernie   Brenda   Kevin
Photo Courtesy of Rick Swift

The photo of the presentation shows the special gift with the inscription: 'The Road to a Friend's House is Never Long'.

Thanks to Anne Hodgson, Mary Clayton and Cheryl Scott, who, under Anne's lead, organized this special event, all done in the utmost secrecy to preserve the element of surprise for Brenda and Bernie. It worked - they were surprised!

Ottawa Race Weekend Results
I've combed the Sportstats.ca results as best I could and have prepared a summary of those results I could find for area and club members. Congrats to all. I undoubtedly missed some, so please advise if I did.

Since my initial post, I received from Anne Hodgson the results of a separate search she had conducted. I then added a number of runners I had missed. Thanks, Anne.

Kudos to Brian Gartley who ran the 5K,10K and 21.1K to complete the Voyageur Challenge in 03:03:58. Also a special mention to Mike Crawford (3:00:11) and Ian Loughrey (3:27:48) whose marathon times were a better reflection of their true abilities compared to their times in the recent - just one month ago - Boston marathon, where they each experienced some problems.

Carl Coutu 18:37
Michelle Jager 21:29
Brian Gartley 22:34
Stan Sinclair 28:06
David Sinclair 28:07
Tineasha Brenot 38:21
Dan Dufour 38:25
Lara Dufour 38:25
Margaret Coutu 43:58
Matt Steenkamer 44:18
Jodi Usher 44:20
April Richer 49:00
Kyle Millen 49:00
Julie Waddell 73:36
Don Lewis 00:46:49.0
Brian Gartley 00:48:31.3
Rhonda McNish 00:51:31.9
Cindy Edwards 00:54:07.2
Susan Filion 00:56:09.3
Paul McNamee 00:56:47.3
Mary Jane Leslie 00:58:13.7
Kelly Drury 00:59:45.7
Bonnie Stephenson 01:00:15.0
Mary Shay 01:00:19.0
Amber Harris 01:02:43.6
Jordan McMahon 01:03:31.2
Mary Clayton 01:04:12.0
Janet Gartley 01:04:47.4
Michael McMahon 01:05:02.6
Sarah Kaufman 01:11:29.7
Lorrie Rossetti 01:12:06.1
Brett Drew 01:12:22.9
Katelyn Drew 01:12:24.2
Kristi Carter 01:12:30.2
Karen Mcdonald Hurley 01:14:41.4
Kirkby Victoria 01:15:06.3
Kali Conboy 01:33:17.0
Half Marathon
Noella Klawitter 01:50:48.6 (1st)
Travis Wilson 01:52:17.3
Brian Gartley 01:52:53.0
Tom Fournier 01:54:22.0
Emma Wilson 01:56:39.5
Scott Coombes 01:57:11.8
Yves Prevost 02:03:15.0
Lindsay Craig-Pettem 02:05:38.2
Brandy Smith 02:05:55.0
Lindsey Greatrix 02:07:28.3
Claudine Fenard 02:08:08.8
Krista Doris 02:10:16.2
Brittany Brown 02:12:30.7
Laura Molson 02:20:39.0
Tanya Birnie 02:24:45.8
Courtney Searson 02:25:25.5
Neal Condron 02:32:22.8
Layne Scott 02:37:16.8
Emma Selleck 02:37:18.5
Mark Dirksen 02:44:31.9
Wayne Warren 02:53:32.6
Stefanie Green 02:55:59.4
Mike Crawford 03:00:10.5
Ian Loughrey 03:27:47.9
Brad Notman 04:47:59.0
Paul Somers 5:07:36.0
Ryan Laflamme 5:11:41.0

P&G 5K Friday June 14: Online Registration Now Open
For this annual event Online Registration is now available. We are using Trackie, a small Canadian company, who are used widely, including by Kingston RRs. Trackie processing fees are lower than those of the bigger outfits such as EventBrite, etc. Note that all registrants, including P&G employees, will be charged the small fee ($1.14). If any issues, please advise.

Poster from P&G

Half Marathon Training Program
As reported by group coordinator Ed Eby, the training program got off to a good start Saturday morning May 11 from the Parkedale Timmies. Ed is still accepting runners interested in running their first, or achieving a PB, at the club TIP half on Sept 7th.

The group runs are scheduled to take place on Tuesdays (Ian Loughrey) and Thursdays (Margaret Story) at 5:45pm from the Rotary Field House at the soccer fields on Laurier Blvd. Ed will lead the Saturday morning longer group run from the regular Saturday morning club run gathering spot at Tim Hortons (in the parking lot in front of the neighbouring PaulMac Pet Shop actually) on Parkedale. To sign up contact Ed Eby.

Melanie Cook (standing on the left) submitted the nice photo of the inaugural Saturday training group on Saturday May 11, 2019. Ed Eby is the good looking guy in the red ball cap!

Half Marathon Training Group.
(Three Interlopers Joined in for the Ride and to be in the Photo!)

Sporting Life 10K, Ottawa May 12, 2019
Results as published by Sportstats.ca for this special event. Local participants seemed to be mainly from Paula Wiltse's training group. Again, I did my best by searching on City - Brockville, Prescott, North Augusta, etc, - to find everyone. Let me know if I've missed anyone. Results in () represent age category medal performances. Congrats to all.

Paula Wiltse 38:24.0 (1st)
Brock Davis 38:24.1 (2nd)
Julie Basiliadis 40:05.58 (3rd)
Ilona Thomas 46:26.4 (3rd and a PB)
Don Lewis 47:09.3 (3rd)
Judy Curry 54:30.7
Meera Ruparelia 57:46.0

Half Marathon Training Program: A Note from Ed Eby
Tomorrow morning Saturday May 11th be at Tim's on Parkedale at 7:45am for an 8am start. Please use the mall parking. I will have hard copies of the schedule on hand. See you then !!

Effective Wednesday May 8th, we are starting a half marathon training program.

Margaret Story and Ian Loughrey have offered their experiences to our club. I will offer them support and will work with the Saturday long runs. The objective is to see a runner complete a first or improve on past successes. The finish line for this program is TIP on September 07.

The first meeting is set for Wednesday, May 8th at 5:30 pm at the Rotary Field House (at the Soccer Fields) on Laurier. We will start with a meet and greet, a short run (bring your shoes) followed by a chat on goals and getting there.

A topic of discussion will be what 2 evenings work best as training nights. This provides us 17 weeks to make TIP a walk in the park.

If you are not a BRRC member, come on out, and we will sign you up on the spot for a full club membership, for the very reasonable annual fee of $20.

Contact: Ed Eby

Cleanup Warriors
Kudos to the club members who took part in the Community Cleanup on Saturday last. The team, under the direction of executive member Brenda Young, consisted of Anne and Merv Hodgson, Mary Clayton and Brycen. They collected 10 bags of garbage and recyclables on the North end of the Ormond St section of the Brock Trail. Some photos are available on our Club Facebook Page.

And a really special shout-out to club secretary Liam Cullen, who over the week of April 22, with the occasional help of neigbours and family, cleaned up the formidable 3K stretch of Highway 2 West that was assigned many years ago to the care of the Brockville Road Runners under the Adopt a Highway program. Great work, Liam!

The corresponding Highway 2 East section was deemed to be in good shape by Merv and Anne, so it may wait until next year for our attention. Anne noticed that one of our signposts on this stretch had been knocked over and Anne is contacting the Township to have it restored. Some years ago Anne was instrumental in having the township replace the two original sets of signs, which were much the worse for wear, with nice newer sets.

A couple of photos from the archives (circa 2013) showing the old and new at the east section start at Sharpes Lane:

Adopt a Highway Signs, Old and New, at Sharpes Lane

P&G 5K Friday June 14: Online Registration Now Open
For this annual event Online Registration is now available. We are using Trackie, a small Canadian company, who are used widely, including by Kingston RRs. Trackie processing fees are lower than those of the bigger outfits such as EventBrite, etc. Note that all registrants, including P&G employees, will be charged the small fee ($1.14). If any issues, please advise.

Other details: location, fees, times, etc are available from the BRRC Races drop down above. Further details as received from the Procter & Gamble (P&G) sponsors of the run will be updated to this website and to the club FB page.

Weekend Race Results April 27/28
UPDATE: Rhonda McNish has updated the race series points to include the Spring Fling results. Thanks Rhonda. Please check them out and advise, before May 28, of any errors, omissions, etc. Thanks.

Local club and area runners certainly triumphed over the weekend especially at the Spring Fling in Smiths Falls on Sunday. This event was part of the BRRC series for the first time.

There was a slew of age category medal performances. There was also a number of notable overall finish performances. In the 10K Rhonda McNish was second female finisher with Craig McDonald taking third overall in the men's race; in the 5K the young Travis Gaffney was fourth overall male and in the 21.1K Jayne Flanagan was 3rd overall woman. Congrats to all.

The tables below summarize the results of club and area runners as best I could glean them from the Sportstats published results. It's a fairly error-prone (and tedious task), so let me know of any omissions, errors, etc. The age category top 3 finishes are indicated in ( ); the results in bold represent overall gender finish.

Photos from Rhonda McNish of a group of happy runners

As well as Smiths Falls, there were also races in Cornwall on Saturday with 3 of our locals taking part in the 5K. All three had top 3 age category finishes with Kevin Riddell the second man across the line in the 5K. We were also represented in the other Cornwall events with Tracey Notman running 53:55 in the 10K. In the 21.1K Laurie Wheeler ran 1:55:09, good for an age category 2nd place, while Tony Barnes completed the half marathon in 2:34:54. Congrats to all.

Kevin Riddell, club executive member, certainly had a busy and successful weekend of racing. After his fine performance in the Cornwall 5K on Saturday morning as reported above, Kevin headed to Kingston for the evening Limestone 10K where he clocked a fine 45:30. Then it was off to Smiths Falls early Sunday morning to complete a virtual 'triathlon" of runs. Well done Kevin.

There were a couple of Dunbars involved in the Kingston Limestone event on Sunday. Mom Eithne ran the 5K in 31:08, while son Kevin completed the half marathon in 1:20:50.4, good for an age category first place. Well done you two!

Spring Fling 5K  
Travis Gaffney 19:42.8 (2nd) 4th
Blake Shane 21:25.9 (3rd)
Kevin Riddell 22:50.6 (1st)
Matt McNish 26:24.8 (2nd)
Cameron Brown 27:43.3 (2nd)
Laura Molson 28:24.9 (1st)
Sara Cholette 28:29.2 (1st)
Sharon Riddell 29:17.2 (2nd)
Murray Tait 29:13.8 (2nd)
Shana Doonan 30:02.0 (3rd)
Rhiannon Iles 30:04.0 (2nd)
Corinne Johnson 31:37.5
Janet Gartley 31:49.1
Jennifer McDonald 32:46.3
Karen McDonald-Hurley 34:41.5 (2nd)
April Richer 36:03.0
Spring Fling 10K  
Craig McDonald 47:03.8 (1st) 3rd
Jason Barlow 51:49.7 (2nd)
Rhonda McNish 51:50.6 (1st) 2nd
Cheryl Scott 1:00:00.5 (2nd)
Merv Hodgson 1:02:32.9 (1st)
Mary Clayton 1:03:32.1 (1st)
Anne Hodgson 1:10:04.5 (2nd)
Terry Hodge 1:14:55.9 (3rd)
Spring Fling Half Marathon  
Ian Loughrey 1:38:51.7 (1st)
Brian Gartley 1:42:28.8 (3rd)
Paul Flanagan 1:42:33.7 (1st)
Lynda Labelle 1:48:18.7 (1st)
Robert Walroth 1:49:36.4 (1st)
Geoff Peters 1:49:41.7 (1st)
Jayne Flanagan 1:50:16.5 (1st) 3rd
Brenda Young 1:54:38.3 (2nd)
Amy Brown 1:54:38.9 (3rd)
Matt Kinghorn 1:56:09.3 (2nd)
Cornwall 5K  
Kevin Riddell 21:34.0 (1st) 2nd
Colin Notman 22:43.0 (2nd)
Jennifer Barnes 38:36.0 (1st)

Community Cleanup Sat April 27 - Join the BRRC Team
If you're not racing on Saturday, join the above effort coordinated by our executive member, Brenda Young. Thanks, Brenda.

From Brenda's post to the club FB page:
Community cleanup is Saturday!! Volunteers are asked to meet at Westminster School (on Central Ave) at 10am in the parking lot beside the trail. Gloves and bags will be distributed then we will divide and conquer!!
Appreciation BBQ to follow at St Lawrence Park

A Busy Weekend of Racing; Sat/Sun April 27/28, 2019
Lots of action this weekend with local involvement- good luck to all!:

Sat 27
  • Merrickville Heritage Classic
  • Cornwall 5k (and Other Distances)
  • Kingston Limestone 10K
  • Montreal ScotiaBank 5K
Sun 28
  • Spring Fling in Smiths Falls (BRRC Series Run)
  • Kingston Limestone 5K/21.1K
  • Seneca NY 77.7 Mile Relay

Community Cleanup, Sat. April 27, 2019
The club is once again taking part in this community effort to help clean up parks and other areas in the city: Cleanup. We need volunteers to sign up and join our team. The plan is for us to work on a section of the Brock Trail and adjacent areas. If you are willing to help please contact Brenda Young b.l.young_hotmail.com or me Tony Dunbar webmaster@brockvilleroadrunners.com and we will get back to you in term of arrangements for meeting, time, etc.

Separate from this, we are also making plans to re-initiate the more traditional cleanup we've done many times in the past on the two stretches of Highway 2 west and east, that have been assigned to us for many years as part of the Adopt-a-Highway program. The stretches are about 3K in length. One starts from the Brockville Country Club and heads west from there. The second is from Sharpe's Lane and goes east towards Maitland. You should have seen the permanent signposts as you traveled on Hwy. 2.

Liam Cullen has already begun working on the Hwy 2 west portion and we are looking to find someone to organize the effort on the east sector.

Boston Bound
LATEST: All 3 of our warriors finished the tough course in less than ideal weather. Julie: 3:13:59; Mike: 3:36:21; Ian: 3:46:56. Congrats to all; rest up and a safe trip home.

UPDATE: Good luck also to Julie Basiliadis on her first time to Boston. Apologies for missing you first time round Julie.

For online tracking go to www.baa.org and to My Runners add the following bib#s: Mike 4407; Ian: 19962 and Julie: 11736 and then click on Tracking and actually watch their animated figures move though the course.

This is to wish our two BRRC members, Mike Crawford and Ian Loughrey the best of luck as they head out to take on the 'Holy Grail', as Mike calls it, yes, the storied Boston Marathon.

Mike at the 2017 Start Ian with his 2018 Medal

This will be Mike’s 13th time to battle and conquer, indeed vanquish, Heartbreak Hill and race down Boylston to the finish line. Ian’s trip will be just his second, his first was 2018. Both have trained hard under some terrible winter conditions and we look forward to tracking them on Monday as they make their way around the famous course.

Just this morning I came across this piece, with the intriguing title: How the Boston Marathon Messes with Runners to Slow Them Down It explains why Boston times across the whole field tend to be slower than at other marathons. Also some good tips from wily veterans that our boys could benefit from.

Half Marathon Training Program: A Note from Ed Eby
Effective Wednesday May 8th, we are starting a half marathon training program.

Margaret Story and Ian Loughrey have offered their experiences to our club. I will offer them support and will work with the Saturday long runs. The objective is to see a runner complete a first or improve on past successes. The finish line for this program is TIP on September 07.

The first meeting is set for Wednesday, May 8th at 5:30 pm at the Field House on Laurier. We will start with a meet and greet, a short run followed by a chat on goals and getting there.

A topic of discussion will be what 2 evenings work best as training nights. This provides us 17 weeks to make TIP a walk in the park.

If you are not a BRRC member, our fees are fair. Join us.

Contact: Ed Eby

Race Series Points (Unofficial) as of April 9, 2019
Rhonda McNish, our past-president, and current series points statistician has updated the current series standings to include all FYBs including FYB#3 Summary. Thanks, Rhonda. As before, the summary is considered unofficial for now.

You are invited to check the tables and advise your webmaster of any discrepancies. There is a deadline of April 30, 2019, one month from the March 31, 2019 date of FYB #3, to have such discrepancies reviewed and corrected where warranted. After that date, no further corrections will be made and the summary will be considered official. This scheme of a one month deadline for corrections will be applied throughout the series.

A detailed outline of the Race Series Rules and Eligibility is available: Rules. These rules along with the summary are also accessible from the Results & Series dropdown menu above.

Rhonda Gets Around in Style!
Congrats to past-president Rhonda McNish who yesterday saw the fruits of her long and disciplined training result in a fine 2:54:25.9: in the 30K Around the Bay in Hamilton. This was right on her target time and a glance at the detailed results shows she ran a remarkably even-paced race. Bob Castle would be proud of how you ran, Rhonda, as indeed we all are. Great stuff! Recover well.

Freeze Your Buns Series Winners
Congrats to our 2 Freeze Your Buns Series winners, Christie Walker and Travis Gaffney. The report included with the FYB#3 Results gives the details of how the winners are determined and other background.

So congrats to Christie, now a record 5 time winner of the honour and definitely our 'Queen of the Frozen Runs', and to Travis, at 12 years of age, the youngest ever recipient of the men's award.

Tony Dunbar(BRRC President) and Race Director Janet Wynands Present the Awards to the Winners

Freeze Your Buns #3; Results
I have now completed, on Janet Wynand's behalf, a report - longish as is my wont - and a compilation of the Race Results It's quite a daunting task pulling the numbers from the various pieces of paper, transcribing them and then ordering by age category. These are tasks well-known to be prone to error so please advise of any omissions, errors, misspells, etc.

As always we owe a huge debt of gratitude to Janet Wynands for completing 12 years of this unique 3 run winter series. Thanks also to all those who helped out in the many areas required in such an undertaking. So winter is finally behind us and it's on to the Spring Fling in Smiths Falls on Sunday April 28th.

Race Reminders
A reminder re the next two (2) races in our points series:

  • Freeze Your Buns #3; Sunday March 31 at 9am at the Memorial Centre Details
  • Spring Fling 2K/5K/10K/Half in Smiths Falls; Sun April 28, 9am; Online Reg.

High Schoool Bursary Program - Application Form
The club has had an active HS student bursary program for a number of years now and it is active again this year, 2019.

To be eligible for the bursary, the Grade 12 Student(s) must be interested in pursuing or accepted into a university or college level post-secondary program and has participated in events supported by the Brockville Road Runners Club.

The application form, due in no later than May 30, 2019, is available from the Forms dropdown menu above.

Race Series Points (Unofficial) as of Feb 26, 2019
Our esteemed past-president Rhonda McNish has taken on the task of compiling the race series points as the season progresses. Rhonda has now completed the first such Summary based on FYBs #1 and #2. It is considered unofficial for now.

You are invited to check the tables and advise your webmaster of any discrepancies. There is a deadline of March 24, 2019, one month from the February 24 date of FYB #2, to have such discrepancies reviewed and corrected where warranted. After that date, no further corrections will be made and the summary will be considered official. This scheme of a one month deadline for corrections will be applied throughout the series.

A detailed outline of the Race Series Rules and Eligibility is available: Rules. These rules along with the summary are also accessible from the Results & Series dropdown menu above.

In announcing Rhonda's appointment as race series statistician, I would like to convey, on behalf of the club, our thanks and appreciation to Hugh Wilson, our club member from Montreal, for diligently performing the series compilations over the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

Area Runs Update; Feb 27, 2019
I've significantly updated the listing with links to various runs/races upcoming in our area. The list may be accessed from the Other Runs dropdown above.

Freeze Your Buns #2: Results Posted Feb 25, 2019
Race results and a report as prepared by race director Janet Wynands are accessible by clicking here. Again many thanks to Janet and crew for organizing the event and congrats to all participants - 39 in the 5Km and 5 hardy youngsters in the Kids 1Km - who once more braved and conquered the far from ideal conditions. The pre-race dire warnings from the Govt. of Canada weather website made it look that an event cancellation might be in the offing, but luckily this was not necessary.

Janet's report gives the details of the various gender and age category winners. Of special note was another fine performance by an obviously very talented 12 year old, Travis Gaffney. Travis followed up his eye-catching, close (by 4 secs), second place overall 20:59 finish in FYB#1 with another second overall place, this time in 19:37. Travis is obviously a promising young runner to watch.

Tim Hain, a series winner in 1999, making a welcome return to our roads, led Travis and the rest of the field across the line in a time of 19:15. Christie Walker was first woman across the line in 23:04, with Adele McLeod following in second in a time of 23:40. This was a reversal of their placings in FYB#1. Over the 2 races to date, Christie has a cumulative 25 second lead over Adele and the series championship will be decided by the results of the final FYB#3 on March 31. Christie will be hoping to repeat her 2018 series victory and bring her total such victories to 5, her first being in 1997.

It was good to see our regulars, Peter Feickert and Toby Irven from Canton compete, along with David Commons and Jim Estes from Kingston.

Freeze Your Buns #2; Sunday Feb 24, 2019
The second 1K/5K run/walk of the 28th annual series takes place this Sunday from the Memorial Centre. The horn for the Kids Under 13 1K will sound at 9:00 am, with the open 5K scheduled for 9:15 am approx. Conditions should be better than for FYB #1, the worst ever, as Toby said!

Club memberships for 2019 will again be processed. A form is accessible for printing from the Forms drop down menu above.

Area Races for Feb 2019
Under Other Runs/Races above you will find a listing of area races for February. Have a look. Let me know of others that might be of interest.

Freeze Your Buns #1: Results
Race results and a report as prepared by race director Janet Wynands are accessible by Clicking here. Many thanks to Janet and crew for organizing the event and congrats to all participants who braved and conquered the extreme conditions. Toby Irven, from Canton NY, a longtime participant in the annual winter series, was heard to exclaim on crossing the finish line that it was "the worst ever!".

Who's Afraid of a Little Headwind?!
(Photo Credit: Andy Wheeler Snapd)

Freeze Your Buns #1 Sunday Jan 27, 2019; 9:00am
Sunday's event will mark the 28th season of the Freeze Your Buns series. Former club president Rick Oliver and crew were the initiators of the series in 1992 and our Master Bunny, Roger Hawksby, was the director from 1997 until handing over to Janet Wynands in 2008. So the 2019 edition will mark the 12th season for Janet to organize the popular 3 run series. Many, many thanks Janet for your continued commitment to the club.


  • FYB#1 marks the first race of the season where series points may be gained. When registering, under Age please enter your age on January 1, 2019. See below re Age Category Rule Changes.

  • Please PRINT your name on the form, to help us get it correct on results posted to the website and published in the media. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

  • Membership: Brenda Young will be processing memberships at Sunday's event. You may access a form by Clicking Here and print and complete ahead of time to facilitate the process. The form is also available from the Forms dropdown menu above.

News Items

  • Executive Appointment: I'm delighted to announce that Kevin Riddell has been appointed as Member at Large to the club executive. Kevin, an experienced runner and dedicated club member, had already volunteered to be assistant race director for both the Canada Day and TIP events. We certainly appreciate Kevin's generosity in committing his time and talents to the service of the Brockville Road Runners club.

  • Age Category Rule Changes: The executive recently approved a change in the rules governing age categories. Effective with the Sunday, Jan 27 FYB#1, a runner's age on Jan 1, 2019 will be the key as to the age category a runner will be classified in for the whole 2019 running season. This will apply to race series points and also to age category results for all individual races.

  • To illustrate:
    Runner A is 39 on January 1, 2019 with a 40th birthday on June 5, say. For race series points and individual race results, the runner will remain in the 30-39 age category throughout all remaining 2019 races: P&G, Canada Day, etc. The most noticeable impact will be on individual race results.

    So for Runner A: he/she will actually be 40 competing in the Canada Day July 1 (birthday June 5) event but will be still considered in the 30-39 age category in terms of the Canada Day results and awards.

    This approach makes life easier for our volunteer results compilers and statisticians and is widely used including by the Kingston road running club. To put the impact in perspective: the number of runners who have a birthday during a season that takes them from one age category to the next is typically small, usually 5-8 runners.

Richmond Road Race Jan 13, 2019
The annual 5K/10K roadrace in the Ottawa region of Richmond has become a bit of a tradition for a number of our area runners. The subzero temps and the race slogan of 'Run Fast or Freeze!' does not deter these hardy souls. Yet again our runners, all of the experienced and mature variety, acquitted themselves in style.

In the 5K, the 72 years young Rick Swift continues to show his class in his age category. Rick ran a sterling 21:42.6. This was good for not only 1st in the 70+ category by a whopping 6 minutes over the next finisher, but was also good for an impressive 20th of 256 overall and 15th of the 85 men entered. Congrats Rick!

As is his wont, our new club secretary, Liam Cullen, hip replacements and all, soldiered on to a 48:14 finish. Way to go Liam!

In the 10K, we were well represented by 5 of our stalwarts, with Mary Clayton continuing to show her class with a 3rd place finish in the 70+ age category.

Our 80 year old veteran runner, Merv Hodgson, ran another fine race and undoubtedly would have won the 80+ age category had the organizers had the awareness and forethought to have had such a category. The Richmond Road Race event is not the only one where Merv, and I'm sure others of his age group, have had to deal with this disappointment and frustration. Congrats to you Merv and also to Anne, Robert and Ed for your fine 10K performances in such lung- and bone-chilling conditions.

Robert Walroth M60-69 51:21.8
Ed Eby M60-69 60:02.3
Merv Hodgson (80) M70+ 63:39.8
Mary Clayton F70+ 62:31.2 (3rd)
Anne Hodgson F70+ 68:18.6

Note: Since writing the above, I have been told that there were no prizes for, or even acknowledgments of, age category performances. A significant (and unwelcome IMHO) departure from the 'norms' as our neighbours to the south are wont to say in another context! The placings referenced above are those posted by Sportstats.

Brockville Legion Resolution Run Results
For a full report and results as compiled by race director Janet Wynands, Click Here. Thanks to Janet and crew for getting the 2019 racing season off to a good start.

Our Hugh
Check this link Vaudreuille Multisports Mag for a feature photo and article on Dorval resident and BRRC member Hugh Wilson. (Note: English version seems difficult to find.) Way to go Hugh!

BRRC Race Schedule for 2019
The finalized race schedule is now posted and accessible from the BRRC Races dropdown above. Some notable features:

  • First 4 races - Resolution Run and 3 Freeze Your Buns organized yet again by the wonderful Janet Wynands.
  • The Smiths Falls Spring Fling 2K, 5K, and half marathon, has been added to our Race Series Points events.
  • The Canada Day Run has been moved from its traditional Blockhouse Island start/finish area to the Rotary Field House at Laurier Hill. This is for safety reasons as motorists are becoming increasingly impatient and aggressive along the numerous intersections on the traditional course. The new location utilizing the upper end of the Brock Trail will only involve a single road crossing on Laurier.
  • There is no word yet as to whether or not there will be another P&G Vibrant Living run this year.
  • Gib Kent will again direct the Piggy Run in August with all proceeds to Big Brothers/Sisters.
  • We're pleased to welcome a number of new recruits to our race director team - Ed Eby (TIP) and Kevin Riddell (Canada Day and TIP). They join our regulars: Janet Wynands, Murray Tait, Michele Perry and Gib Kent. All of these good people give of their time and talents in ensuring we have a full schedule of well organized and fun events.

Brockville Legion 1K/5K Resolution Run; Monday Dec 31, 2018 at 2pm
Once again, Janet Wynands gets our local running season off to a start with the Annual Brockville Legion 1K/5K. The date is New Year's Eve, Monday, December 31 from the Brockville Memorial Centre at 2pm in the afternoon. Proceeds of the run go to the Brockville Legion Athletic Club, a cause well worth your support.

Janet will then kick off our 2019 Points Series with the first of our traditional 3 Run Freeze Your Buns on Sunday, January 27 at 9am from the Memorial Centre. Note the full 2019 race schedule will be posted shortly.

2018 AGM Report
A very well attended AGM, comprising 30 members approximately, was held as scheduled in the Luna Restaurant on Tuesday evening, November 27, 2018. The evening was MC'd by outgoing president Rhonda McNish, who carried out the task in her usual well prepared and upbeat style. Rhonda was assisted ably by other members of the executive, Bernie Cormier, Murray Tait, Brenda Young, Ed Eby and Ian Loughrey.

A specially commissioned technical running hat was presented to each of the Race Series Age Catg Winners by Rhonda. In addition, the Overall Series male and female winners, Corey Turnbull and Christie Walker, were honoured and presented with a complimentary BRRC membership for the 2019 season.

Throughout the evening, well earned tributes were paid to Rhonda McNish for her exceptional leadership in successfully getting the club back from the rather dismal position it was in prior to her taking the helm in November 2017. For personal reasons, Rhonda has had to step down from the executive; she will be sorely missed. Many thanks to you Rhonda for your exceptional service to our club.

Another key feature of the meeting was the election of an executive for the upcoming 2019 year. Those who had placed their names in nomination prior to the meeting were duly acclaimed:

  • President:Tony Dunbar (interim)
  • Treasurer: Murray Tait
  • Secretary: No nominees
  • Membership Coordinator: Brenda Young
  • Member at Large: Ed Eby
  • Member at Large: Liam Cullen

Tony Dunbar subsequently explained to the meeting that to avoid the legal need for the club, an incorporated not-for-profit organization, to cease operations in the absence of a president, he had rather reluctantly agreed to accept the role strictly on a short term or interim basis. (Tony had been previously club president from 1999 to 2008.)

The end result of the election, is that the club is now actively seeking to recruit an individual with the skillset and appropriate experience, to fill the position of president on a full time basis for 2019. The experience needed could be that gained in the workplace or with a volunteer or other organization.

Likewise, the club is seeking candidates to fill the role of club secretary.

Tony Dunbar, email tonyd@myhighspeed.ca, would be delighted to hear from and interview prospective candidates for these important positions. We know you are out there, please come forward and contribute to the continued success of your running club.

Minutes of the AGM meeting may be accessed by Clicking Here.

Membership for 2019: Application Form
Memberships for the 2019 year will be on sale at the upcoming Tuesday November 27, 2018 AGM at Luna Restaurant. To facilitate the process you may access the form by Clicking Here, then print and complete and take with you to the meeting. Fees are unchanged at $20 individual, $30 family. Payment is by cash or cheque only; no credit cards. The form itself details the many advantages of membership.

Race Series Final Summary
An important part of the upcoming Tuesday, November 27 AGM will be presentation of awards to the Top 3 points winners in each of the Female and Male Age Categories. A summary of these winners may be accessed by Clicking Here. (Please note that this year, only BRRC members qualified for race series points.)

The winners of the Overall Series (based on top 5 overall race finishes) will also be honoured and will be designated as our male and female Runner of the Year as is traditional. Congrats to Christie Reitsma and to Corey Turnbull for achieving this distinction.

A special thank you to our Montreal club member, Hugh Wilson, for compiling the results throughout the year after each race.

NOTE: A reminder to apply by Nov 25th to have your name placed in nomination at the AGM for election to a place on the BRRC Executive for the upcoming year.

Upcoming Events
A couple of noteworthy events scheduled this month of November:

Saturday November 24, 5pm: LIGHT UP CHRISTMAS in the Santa Claus Parade
An initiative of Roger Hawksby's and Cheryl Scott's, resurrecting an old event where we took part in the Brockville Santa Claus Parade. A social run/walk, fun evening to promote our club and to celebrate each other, the club, and our successes throughout the year. Meet at 5pm at North Augusta and Pearl, the starting point of the parade. Further details in President Rhonda's recent Club Newsletter.

Tuesday November 27, 6pm: AGM at the Luna Restaurant, Stewart and Parkedale
For details Click Here.

Road Runners on the Road; November 4, 2018
Club and area runners participated with some success away from home this past Sunday.

In the Hamilton Marathon, Ilona Thomas ran a remarkable 3:47:21. This was remarkable in the fact that Ilona's courageous 42.2K run - a 2nd place age category and a Boston Qualifier (BQ) to boot - was completed after a fairly lenghty recovery from a nasty bike crash in the Mont Tremblant Half Ironman Triathlon earlier in the year. Well done Ilona!

Others completing the Hamilton Marathon were Julie Basiliadis in 3:18.39 (BQ and 5th in age group) and Kevin Riddell in 4:08:24 (38th in age division).

Meanwhile, Eithne Dunbar was completing the annual Kingston RRA's Anniversary 10K Run at the Landings Golf Course west of Kingston. This has become an annual birthday run for Eithne and this year she achieved a 3rd place age category finish. Well done, Eithne.

Sydenham Fall Trail 8K; October 21, 2018
A number of club and area runners participated in this popular annual event in the Kingston region. As always, there were a number of medals brought home including the much sought after gold. Our experienced and more mature runners in particular fared well.

Gold medal performers were: Mary Clayton, Corey Turnbull, Ian Loughrey, Rick Swift and Merv Hodgson.

Other colour medal winners were: Cheryl Scott, Anne Hodgson; Robert Walroth and Roger Hawksby

A special shout out to Brockville native, Kevin Dunbar, who won the overall masters (40+) men's division.

For full detailed results from Bryan Lambert's Running By Design website Click Here

On a slightly down note: None of our locals won one of those coveted Sydenham Draw Prizes!

Check out The Club Facebook Page for some nice individual and group pics taken at the event.

AGM: Tuesday November 27, 2018
Our President Rhonda McNish, in her as always organized and forward looking fashion, announces:

SAVE THE DATE: Brockville Road Runners - AGM (Annual General Meeting) - Tues. November 27, 2018

Purpose: The main purpose of an AGM is to comply with legal requirements, such as the presentation and approval of the financials, election of directors, review and discussion of important decisions regarding the club, and informing the members of previous and future activities. It also serves as a platform for the recognition and celebration of our race series award recipients.

This will be a members only event with formal invitations, agenda and executive positions up for election, to follow.

  • Location: Luna Restaurant (Back Room), 365 Stewart Blvd, Brockville, ON
  • Date: Tuesday, November 27th, 2018
  • 6:00pm Social Time
  • 6:20pm Pizza dinner (complimentary)
  • 6:50pm: Race Series Awards Presentations
  • 7:00pm: Business Portion (agenda to follow)

TIP Runs: Donation to the River Club
We are pleased to share with you that recently Ian Loughrey and Murray Tait presented Pastor Timothy Andrews of The Pier Church with a donation made on behalf of the BRRC. This represented a portion of the proceeds from the event they co-organized, the Mark Darroch Half Marathon and James K. Carlyle 5K races, collectively known as the Thousand Islands Parkway (TIP) Runs.

The River Club, which is organized under the Pier Church, encourages youth who are in need of purpose, growth and hope, and who would not otherwise have the opportunity to be out on the river.

Our club prides itself on giving back what we can to support community-minded, non-profit organizations and Ian and Murray both saw the program as a fitting choice of benefactor.

Ian, Pastor Tim and Murray
(Photo Credit: Rhonda McNish)

Race Series Points Final Drafts
An announcement from club president Rhonda McNish:

Our 2018 race series has come to an end! We would like to thank all of you who supported our runs this year through your participation!

Below are the links for the draft revised spreadsheets, which indicates our membership points tally for the year. We kindly ask that you review to confirm accuracy. After November 1st, these points will become official and our awards recipients will be presented with their award during our AGM (annual general meeting) on Tues. November 27, 2018 at Luna Restaurant (further details later). Invitations will follow!

Race Series Points are awarded this year in keeping with the following:

Participation and Qualification:

  1. Participant must be a member in good standing with the Brockville Road Runners Club.
  2. Any club member entering one of the races within the race series is automatically entered into the race series and is eligible for awards

Divisions and Age Groups::

  1. Divisions (gender) are: male and female. Points awarded within each division are equal.
  2. Age groups for the male and female divisions are: 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80 and over.
  3. Age group series placement is determined by an individual's age on January 1st of the calendar year, but you continue to collect points based on age category on race day (eg. you may be in the 30-39 age category at the start of the year, but turn 40 years of age in June. Any points collected after June are determined within the 40-49 age group as that is your age on race day).

Race Series Points System::

  1. Age Category 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.
  2. Overall Finisher Points awarded in a similar fashion from 1st (10pts.) to 5th (4pts.). There are not points assigned for all other finishers outside of the top 5.
  3. In the event of a tie, positions will then be decided by average place per race.


  1. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 overall point recipients, as well as top male/female overall, in the male and female divisions during the Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the end of the race year.

Picton Results; September 30, 2018
A number of members made the trip to run in this year's popular Prince Edward County (PEC) half and full marathons. Once again there were a number of medal winning performances. This included a couple of golds for the Hodgson duo, Merv and Anne, who continue to go from strength to strength. Just one week after their age category wins at the Arny Run in Ottawa, Merv and Anne repeated the feat in the PEC 21.1K. Congrats!

Also a special shout out to Julie Basiliadis, who was the first woman overall in the half marathon and to Margaret Story, who completed her first half in Picton.

Corey Turnbull also had an excellent run in the full marathon, achieving a significant PB and finishing 3rd overall man. Well done, Corey.

Marathon (42.2K)  
Corey Turnbull 3:01:14 (1st in age and 3rd overall)
Half Marathon (21.1K)  
Julie Basiliadis 1:31:16 (1st overall woman)
Wendy Nedow 2:01:34
Margarey Story 2:06:59
Merv Hodgson 2:19:07 (1st in age category)
Anne Hodgson 2:25:55 (1st in age category)

National Peace Officers Memorial Run, Friday Sept 28, 2018
A contingent of police and other peace officers with supporters will be running through our streets on Friday evening next, September 28. They will be part of the National Peace Officers Memorial Run from Toronto to Ottawa for Sunday's annual memorial service on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

The contingent is scheduled to arrive in Brockville at Lyn Road and Highway 2 at 4:45 pm on Friday. It then leaves there at 5:00 pm for the slow 3.2K team run to Brockville Court House and the welcoming ceremony at 5:30 pm. Our club has been invited to run with the group on this leg of their long journey by way of a show of support. We have been encouraged to wear Brockville Road Runners colours.

So, we are inviting you to meet at Lyn Road and Highway 2, near Mark's Stereo, at 4:30 pm. We ask you park at the Brockville Country Club and walk the short distance west to our meeting point. We will then team up at 5 pm with the officers' group and join them as they make their way through the streets of Brockville. After the ceremony, those who parked at the Country Club can run back there to their parked cars. Others will likely already have made arrangements with family members or friends to be picked up at the Court House.

For a link to the event Click Here This is an event we typically took part in as an organized group over a number of years. In more recent years, it was usually left to individual runners to participate or not. Thanks to president Rhonda McNish for reconnecting with our local police and demonstrating the club's renewed commitment to support of such community events.

Army Run, Ottawa Sept 23, 2018: Results
Our diligent big race results compiler, Anne Hodgson, has again produced a summary of results for area runners who competed in this popular event. Thanks, Anne. The results are those published by Sportstats on their website.

There were a number of age category medal performances with Ian Loughrey, Anne Hodgson, Merv Hodgson and Shelley Steenwyk bringing home the gold. Paul McNamee and Pete Millard gained 3rd place finishes in their respective age categories. Congrats to the medal winners and to all who participated.

Commander's Challenge
Ian Loughrey 1:56:10 (1st)
Zack Boyd 2:08:19
Rob Adams 2:26:28
Paul McNamee 2:37:27 (3rd)
Terry Hodge 3:05:26
1/2 Marathon (21.1K)  
Brian Gartley 1:43:59
Rob Adams 1:45:29
Katana Moulton 2:06:04
Rick Orr 2:06:04
Roger Hawksby 2:08:46
Geoffrey Peters 2:08:47
Cheryl Scott 2:12:20
Scott McLean 2:58:00
Kim Cauley 3:12:41
Ortona Challenge (5K+10K)  
Shelley Steenwyk 1:15:10 (1st)
Rick Steenwyk 1:21:17
Andrea Jackson 1:30:32
Merv Hodgson 1:35:13 (1st)
Anne Hodgson 1:39:28 (1st)
Ruby McCabe-Locke 1:40:18
Roy Crump 1:51:53
Cheryl Blodgett 1:55:52
Matthew Millard 39:15
Geoffrey Millard 43:07
Pete Millard 48:57 (3rd)
Susan Filion 50:43
Angela Young 51:45
Ted Raby 51:55
Patty Marshall 56:56
Rhiannon Iles 57:53
Michael McMahon 59:14
Stacey Millard 1:01:32
Shana Doonan 1:01:52
Denae VanBlitterswyk 1:02:11
Jennifer McDonald 1:03:03
Janet Gartley 1:06:40
Dana Boyer 1:10:45
Matt McNish 31:06
Rhonda McNish 31:06
Declan Adams 41:09
Liam Cullen 45:54

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.

Happy Running!
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