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February 20, 2020

HS Student Bursary Application Form for 2020
This form is now available from the Forms dropdown menu above. The form includes the requirements to qualify for a BRRC bursary and also how to submit an application

Race Series Rule Changes
The club executive recently reviewed the rules governing our race series.

As a result, two significant changes were made to the rules governing eligibility for a year-end series award:

  • A runner, who is club member, must participate in at least two (2) of the six (6) races in the series
  • Volunteering for at least one scheduled BRRC race is waived and no longer required.

Another less significant change is that age as of December 31, 2020 rather than January 1, 2020 will now go into effect. This is to tie in with the default used by Trackie our online membership and race registration company.

All other rules and guidelines such as: must be a club member, best 5 of 6 races; one month to correct errors, etc remain in place.

The new rules may be accessed here.

Cornwall April 25, St Lawrence Event Added to BRRC Series
With the end of the Smiths Falls Spring Fling, the club executive has decided to replace it on our list of races qualifying for series points with the Saturday April 25 event in Cornwall.

The event has a 5K, 10K, 21.1K and 42.2K and points may be gained by club members running in any of these events. The event is known to fill up quickly so members are encouraged to register without delay accessing Cornwall Event

Of course, executive member Ed Eby has already announced another of his training programs geared specifically to the Cornwall Half Marathon, 21.1K. Ed's 11 week program is scheduled to start February 8, and details of the program may be accessed here. If interested, you may contact Ed at ed_eby@hotmail.com

Freeze Your Buns #1 Results
A full report of the race may now be accessed here.

Spring Fling in Smiths Falls Discontinued
The organizers of this popular multi-distance race have announced the end of the event. Here is the statement they issued:

The Spring Fling was created almost 10 years ago, when a group of runners got together, in a kitchen, in Smiths Falls. Our goal was to create and host a race in Smiths Falls and showcase the town by providing an experience based on hospitality and community spirit. It was also very unique, being held on the Cataraquai Trail. With the help of numerous volunteers, in good weather and bad, we feel we succeeded in our mission. An added benefit was the ability to also contribute a yearly donation to the Smiths Falls Hospital Foundation. It’s time now, that we say Goodbye and let you know that the Spring Fling will not be returning in 2020. It has not been an easy decision for us, but we do feel it is the right one. It’s been a great "run" and we truly appreciate everyone that has been a part of it. Thank you! Smiths Falls Spring Fling Steering Committee

This is sad news as the Fling was well subscribed by BRRC members.

Ed Eby had geared his new half training program to the April 19 Fling. Ed will now instead gear his program towards the Cornwall St. Lawrence Half, scheduled for Saturday April 25, which is basically just a week later than the original scheduled date of April 19 for the Spring Fling.

If you're interested in joining Ed's program, scheduled to start Saturday February 8, be advised that there is a 250 runner cap on entries to the Cornwall half and it fills up quickly. This means you should register right away. The event website link is here.

Richmond Road Race Warriors (Jan 12)
CBC's Ian Black's threats of freezing precipitation of every form known - rain, ice pellets, snow, etc, etc! - didn't faze a trio of our hardy senior runners yesterday!

As reported by Ed Eby, Merv Hodgson skillfully drove to Richmond with Anne and Ed as passengers.

Anne and Merv ran the 5K. Anne's time was 38:18, good for 3rd in her age group. Merv was 1st in his group at 34:58. Ed's time for the 10K was 1.08.43.

No age category medals again this year, just for overall 1,2 and 3. Draw prizes just 5 or 6.

"The roads were messy for racing on, made some of our FYBs look good." per Ed.

Congrats you folks and who said, "wisdom comes with age"?!

With the first FYBs 5K on the horizon (Sat Jan 25 at 9am), it is now time to take out or renew a membership in the club. The fees are a very reasonable:

Individual $20, Family $30, Student (Grade 7-12) No charge.

As well as being a show of support and some initial seed funding for the club, membership provides a number of benefits and privileges:

  • discounts at most BRRC races
  • participation in social/training runs
  • member access to the club Facebook page
  • invitation to the AGM with voting rights for Executive Selection
  • eligibility for Year End Awards
  • the option to purchase club clothing.

As a significant new initiative, this year we are providing the option to take out a membership online. This is via the Trackie system we successfully introduced in 2019 for online registration for a number of races. Payment is via credit card, Paypal or Interac.

We still offer the traditional print a hardcopy membership application form, fill it in and either mail it to club secretary Liam Cullen or take with you to the membership table that will be set up at each of the FYBs races. Fees are payable by cheque or cash only for this method.

The links for each of the methods are provided here:

The Richmond Road Races; January 12
This popular event is a race season opener for many of our club members.

Date: Sunday, January 12th
Location: South Carleton High School, 3673 McBean St. Richmond, On.
Start times:
10K: 10 am
5K: 10:10 am
Website: Richmond Races

Of course, the first race on our own club calendar is Freeze Your Buns#1 on Saturday, January 25 at 9am from the Brockville Memorial Centre.

Lights on the Trail
Tom Fournier, club member and an occasional advisor to the Brock Trail Committee, has kindly provided me with the following update, which he followed with a photo:

As part of my job with the police service I have assisted the Brock Trail Committee as an advisor on occasions. Today I received an email that 9 new solar lights were installed and are operational on the trail between St. Paul to King Street area of the trail, so the trail is now lit from Henry Street behind the Grist Mill and on the south side of the Metro Grocery Store.
I thought I would pass it along in the event it was some news other Road Runner members would be interested in. I know I frequently run along the Brock Trail when it is plowed.

"The lights are set to come on at dusk, at a low level (30%), and when sensing motion, go to full power (2000 lumens) for a short duration; the intent being to enhance accessibility, convenience, and security, while preserving capacity, and giving due consideration to wildlife and adjacent homeowners."
The committee was concerned about them being too bright and upsetting the homeowners in the area.
The lights for the trail come from donations and there is NO city money provided. They are collecting donations and here is the link: Donations
Thanks Tom.

News Updates

AGM Reminder
Weds November 20, 6 to 8pm at Luna Pizzeria on Stewart Blvd in Brockville is the venue. Members come on out and enjoy some social time with a cash bar and a complimentary pizza dinner.

Also remember you are invited to wear a shirt or medal from a race that was specially memorable to you in 2019.

2019 Race Series awards will be presented, followed at about 7pm with the business portion: reports on 2019; plans for 2020 and the all important election of the executive for the coming year.

It's your club, so please attend and let your voice be heard.

Fast Talk November Newsletter Corrections
We're back!

As with most news journals, Fast Talk our club newsletter is also prone to errors. So in the best traditions of journalism, here is our Errata or Corrections section, with apologies from your humble newsletter editor:

  • Race Series Awards:
    Female 60-69:
    Points were corrected for Karen McDonald-Hurley to bring her total to 41 pts. Means Karen moves to 1st with Cheryl Scott in 2nd place.
  • Male 40-49: corrected to show Brian Gartley in 2nd place and Jason Barlow in 3rd.
  • For an updated, corrected Award Winners Summary
  • I'm a Marathoner Club:
    Hamilton was not Geoff Peters' first but his second marathon. First was the Toronto Waterfront in 2016.

Kingston Anniversary 10K Run, November 3, 2019
Just Dunbars to report on as far as I can tell

  • Kevin Dunbar 38:22.03 (Age 1st)
  • Eithne Dunbar 1:06:51 (Age 1st)
  • Kids 1 mile:
  • Maggie Dunbar 10:09

Hamilton Marathon, November 3, 2019
Congrats to those who performed so well in this prestigious event. Special congrats to Ian Loughrey for his 1st place age category win and to Margaret Story on completing her first marathon! And of course commiserations to Brian Gartley who suffered an injury at the tail-end of his long training for the event and was forced to not travel.

Results as compiled by Anne Hodgson; thanks Anne:

Ian Loughrey 3:28:03 (1st)
Paul Flanagan 3:36:33
Jayne Flanagan 3:50:52
Geoffrey Peters 3:57:58
Margaret Story 4:53:07

Road Runners on the Road
Stittsville 9RunRun
Oct 19
Half Marathon
Kevin Riddell 1:39:38.8 (4th)
Adele Mcleod 1:47:48.3 (2nd)
Ed Eby 2:12:19 (1st)
Sharon Riddell 1:02:09
Sydenham Fall Trail 8K
Oct 20
Dawn Wolfenden 49:38.25
Mary Clayton 50:47.00 (1st)
Corinne Johnson 52:28.75
Janet Gartley 52:59.52
Sarah Kaufman 53:34.22
Anne Hodgson 55:36.72 (2nd)
Merv Hodgson 50:32:03 (1st)
Terry Hodge 55:34.18
Marathon du P’Tit
Saint Jerome QC Oct 20
Full Marathon
Brock Davis 3:10:24
Ilona Thomas 3:45:11
Noella Klawitter 3:55:58
Christie Walker 4:03:29
Laura Oliver 4:03:37
Rhonda McNish 4:12:13
Meera Ruparelia 4:54:45

Congrats to all.