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February 16, 2017

Conversational Pace

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 there is actually a greater need for money and not food. 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
 
5K
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
 
21.1K  
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 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.

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Utica Boilermaker Results; July 10, 2016
Age category placings are indicated in ().
5K
Rick Swift 20:33 (1st)
Claude Melbourne 43:18
Tina Melbourne 43:18
15K
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.

Results:
1K
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!
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