Happy New Year to all fellow Harriers! We hope everyone has a nice relaxing Christmas and have rested up for what is going to be great year for the Bow Valley Harriers.
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Happy New Year to all fellow Harriers! We hope everyone has a nice relaxing Christmas and have rested up for what is going to be great year for the Bow Valley Harriers.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Please try and wear your vests so that we are recognisable.
I am thinking 800s tomorrow (or, rather, 2 laps of the Oval which is slightly more than 800m). Maybe 2 sets of 4 x 800m with 90 secs recovery and 3 mins recovery between sets. I'm happy to discuss... :)
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Enjoy the weather everyone!
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Bow Valley Harriers had two representatives myself (Ryan Rawlyk) and Jason Wilcox.
Good field of runners and the early start was a mad panic for the first corner. Me and Jason quickly found ourselves behind 10 to 20 guys.
Course was a 2 loop race with only 500m of level ground at the start of the loop. It was a hard, undulating battle both physically and mentally and the finish line could not have come soon enough. I found myself in a group of 4 for the entire race, surging and fighting from getting dropped. I was eventually gapped in the last kilometer before I was able to battle back and barely win a print finish for 12th with Lindsay Mclaren. Jason Wilcox came in 25th putting in a solid effort despite fighting off a nasty cold. Andrew Carruthers took the win handily in front of Trevor Williams.
This race is one of the better courses and definitely not one to miss next year.
Next X Country race is Silver Springs in three weeks (Dec 12). Bow Valley Harriers expects to see a better turnout, with Phil Ukrainetz and Mark Fewster back in the fold.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
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Friday, November 20, 2009
Also, don't forget the Okotoks XC race this weekend. Starts at 12 noon I believe. This may be the only year ever you can run it without snow on the ground so make the most of it! I know a few names who are running so look forward to a report.
Monday, November 16, 2009
There was a strong wind from the west so the first 5km was blustery and slow. At the turnaround I accelerated and passed the early leader, Jan Pedder, and tried to lay down some fast splits with the tailwind. I got a nice gap, running the 2nd 5km almost a minute faster than the first, and going through 10km in just over 36min.
With 400m to go, we had to climb the ramp leading to the pedestrian bridge over the Bow R. I stumbled up the ramp, turned right, and was surprised (and dismayed) to discover myself kicking as hard as I could from 300m out. With 100m to go, I could see Duncan cheering by the side (with new baby in tow) and knew I could not let him down while wearing the dashing new Bow Valley Harriers vest. Unfortunately, Jan was still on my shoulder and it turned into a full-out sprint to the line -- not a pretty sight in a half-marathon.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Part of the conversation last night turned to group training sessions and there was some discussion about a group training night at the Oval on Wednesday nights from starting at either 8pm or 8.30pm. A few of us did these last year and it was good to leave it later so the place clears out and then we can either do intervals inside or head off on a run depending on what everyone is keen on. I was thinking of December 2 being the first week we try this out and then just making it a regular Wednesday night event with minimal commitment and people just turn up if they can, knowing that some of us will be there at least. Let me know what you think either by adding a comment to this post or by sending me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org); (a) would you be interested (b) is Wednesday good for you (c) is the Oval good for you (d) what time is best for you?
Finally, it's the Last Chance half marathon this weekend and the race is sold out. Good luck to those running and I look forward to a race report...
Monday, November 9, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
I look forward to reports from all!
Sunday, November 1, 2009
5:30 am - Staten Island ferry. Pouring rain and windy. Yup, the warm, dry, bed is looking good right now. I bet it's nice in Calgary.
6:30 am to 9:30 am - Refugee camp - with coffee and bagels. Still raining. This is not cool.
9:30 am - At the start line. An Italian guy just peed on my leg. Note to self : must, at all cost, beat that Italian guy. Can't wait to get going. This is cool (can a 40 year old say that?).
9:40 am - We're off. Rain has stopped. Windy. In our face. Still happy to be there.
Approx 1:23 and change later - 13.1 miles in, and all is well. Plan to run the second half in low 1:20s. Left the Italian guy behind long ago. This is easy. I am awesome. ( Foreshadowing....)
6: something later - Mile 14 water station. Wondering if anyone ever gone blind from splashing Gatorade in their eyes while running a race. I am something less than awesome. Bad omen. Getting plenty of shouts of "Go Harrier", though.
Approx Mile 15 - beginning to wonder if I should have taken Jeremy's Deere's advice and worn my Etonic Tayu's. Why listen to Jeremy? What does he know about running anyway? The excruciating pain emanating from my right foot within my beat-up DS Racers provides the answer. I am an idiot.
Mile 17 - wondering if I will ever walk again. I actually stop and re-tie my shoe in the hopes that somehow my amateur knot-tying technique is my issue. I curse the triple knot I tied in my shoe to ensure that it would NEVER come undone in the race. Amateur. Back and running approx 1:30 later. Shouts of "Go Harrier", replaced by "You suck Harrier". Am I in the Bronx?
Mile 20 - Decide that I will make it. Way off pace. Too bad: aside from the excruciating pain in my foot, I feel pretty good.
Mile 22 - Decide that I don't care if I ever walk again: I will at least break 2:50. Spend the next 5km all but sprinting past - well, it felt like sprinting, compared to the death march around me - the many, many inconsiderate bas--ards who passed me during the shoe fiasco. Fueled by a combination of fear of failure and anger, I pass 108 people. Not one passed me. Not sure what me knowing that fact says about me aside from the fact that I am obviously OC.
Mile 25 onward - Lots of "Go Harrier" cries again as I roar past people like a psychopath: feeling pretty chuffed about myself until it dawns on me that the huge roar from the crowd is not for me, your now humbled Harrier, but for the 52 YEAR OLD lady that just beat me. I feel a bit better that it was Joan Benoit Samuelsson (sp?) (I should have beat her). Oh well, I definitely beat the Italian urine-boy.
2:49:14 - Done . Broke 2:50. Don't care if I looked like a maniac doing it.
Approx 2:50 after start - DS Racers deposited in the rubbish bin. Note to self: listen to Jeremy.
3:53 pm - Having my fourth recovery Guinness in St James' Pub. Humbled. My only truly professional running move of the day.
Friday, October 30, 2009
For those who want to pick up their vests, there are 3 options:
Friday, October 23, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
A special thanks to Sugoi for the new uniforms (see attached). (On that note, the actual kit is being shipped on October 30, so we can expect it early November...)
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Race #3: The Battle of Alberta results are now up along with the series standings after 3 races:http://runningsolutions.shawwebspace.ca/pages/view/2009_saucony_run_alberta_xc_seri/
Chantell Widney from the Edmonton Thunder won her 2nd race in the series over Ciara Kara from UCAC. Top 3 was rounded out by the UofA's Hayley Degaust who lead her team to a big win over the UofC and Lethbridge Kodiaks. Series standings after 3 races see Tara Struyk from the Running Room leading followed by Heather Sim from CALTAF and Jennifer kemp from the Running Room. Runners are currently ranked according to the # of races they have run and then by their points so look for Chantell to top the standings after she finishes another couple of races in the series. Lethbridge Kodiaks lead the team standings followed by the Running Room and CALTAF.The mens race saw the same top 2 as the first 2 races in the series go 1-2 again with Kip Kangogo of the Running Room winning over Willy Kimosop from the Lethbridge Kodiaks. Geoff Kerr from the UCAC cracked the top 3 in his first race of the series. The team result saw the UofA run a very impressive and disciplined race to win easily over the Running Room Athletic Club with the UofC just one point behind in 3rd place.Mens series standings see no change with Kip Kangogo (RRAC) leading Willy Kimosop (LCK) and Andrew Carruthers also from the Running Room athletic club. The team standings see the Running Room on top followed by Augustana College and the Lethbridge Kodiaks.Race #4 of the series goes next weekend in Camrose where the 2009 College Cross Country Championships will be held.
Monday, October 12, 2009
1. The Okanagan Marathon - by far the best BVH performance of the weekend was Harrier Deb Russell's third place podium finish in the Okanagan marathon. Deb's summer of running in the TransRockies seems to have paid off as she smashed her personal best marathon time to finish in 3rd place, only 5 minutes behind the winner.
2. Victoria Marathon - Jason Wilcox, who a week ago was running the River Park classic, went out hard in the Victoria marathon and was on pace for sub 3 hours at half way. Jason slowed slightly in the second half but finished in a very good 3:15 which he will be very pleased with.
Good work, Harriers!!
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
First up was the Ambulance Chasers 10k and 5k on Friday night. The race starts and finishes in Eau Claire and runs along the paths by the river. It was very well attended and drew huge crowds. In addition, it seemed to be a real who's who of the Calgary running community. The 10k was won convincingly by Harrier Jeremy Deere in a great time of about 32.50. Jeremy led from gun to tape and looked in very good form despite not much training recently. The results are not out yet but Harrier Kyle Marcotte also put in a good performance to finish very close to the top 5.
The 5k was won by Harrier Duncan Marsden in 16.35 with Jody Draude hot on his heels in 3rd place. Jody was getting in some speed work for the New York marathon next month. Good luck, Jody!
Barely 12 hours later, the gun went off for the Harvest half marathon in cold (but thankfully not snowy) conditions out in Midnapore. The course is undulating but goes through Fish Creek provincial park and is very pretty with virtually no traffic. Highly recommended. Right from the start it was clear that the Bow Valley Harriers would have control of this race - Harriers Marsden and Scott Manktelow looked easy in the lead group until about 3 miles in when they both took off and very quickly had a big gap on the rest of the field. The BVH duo stayed together until about half way when Marsden slowly got the better of Manktelow and just managed to pull away slightly. Marsden went on to win in a new course record of 75.29. Manktelow would have been 2 minutes behind at most (and the owner of a new PB) but for the fact that he went off course in the last 1k and, although still finishing second, lost a big chunk of time (and a PB).
River Park Classic
By far the biggest BVH presence this weekend was at the Calgary Road Runners cross country series race in River Park, Calgary. The course is rightly known as a classic and involves two rivers crossings (with about 50m worth of wading) very early in the race leading to chilly toes throughout throughout the remainder of it.
Harriers Mark Fewster and Phil Villeneuve had great races and finished 4th and 5th respectively, close together. Excellent performances were also put in by Harriers Ukrainetz, Rawlyk and Wilcox:
Jason flies down the hill
5 Phil VILLENEUVE 25:13
14 Philip UKRAINETZ 26:35
21 Ryan RAWLYK 27:54
26 Jason WILCOX 28:51
Full results are here:
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
"Ran 7 summits trail in Rossland this past Wednesday on my way through to Vancouver – What a fantastic trail…worth going back for sure and running it as a posse. It turned out to be a great warmup run for a last minute entry into the Rubble Creek Classic Trail Run, a 26km jaunt up (1,000m), in and around Black Tusk mountain and back down (1,300m) to Rubble Creek (more info: http://www.piquenewsmagazine.com/pique/index.php?cat=C_Sport&content=Rubble+creek+run+1639 ) just outside Whistler.
No official results yet but it ended being a great battle between Oliver Utting and myself, down to the wire on the final 8km steep descent and I just managed to squeak out the win (and a new course record!) by a few seconds. Now my legs are…fried!"
Good work, Phil! Don't forget there are a number of races this weekend including Ambulance Chasers, River Park Classic, Harvest half - all of which are great warm-ups for the main event - the Alberta XC series race on October 10.
Keep those race reports coming!!
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Reports from the course tell of hills and wind - neither being conducive to fast times, but the Harriers lucky enough to have scored entries showed what they are made of with some strong performances.
The 10k event was part of the Alberta road race series and so the cream of Alberta's 10k runners were out on display. The race was won by Devon Kershaw in 32:57 and Harrier Scott Manktelow finished a very creditable 16th in 36:47. After the race, Scott commented that whole swathe of xc skiers came past him on the Tunnel Mountain hill - let's hope they are just as fit come February...
Full results of the 10k are here: http://www.raceheadquarters.com/results/2009/run/Melissas200910K.html
In the 22k event, we had Harriers Ryan Schellenberg and Brooke Houston showing what they could do over the longer distance. The race was won by Geoff Hopfner in 1:24:13. Ryan, in great form this year and improving all the time, finished 20th in 1:36:34. Brooke, in her first race as a Harrier, finished 27th woman in 1:49.44.
Full results of the 22k are here: http://www.raceheadquarters.com/results/2009/run/Melissas200922K.html
Well run everybody! If I missed any other Harriers in the results, please email me (email@example.com) and let me know...
Friday, September 25, 2009
On the subject of pictures, I will be posting a few on the facebook page of a last-minute impromptu run up Moose Mountain which 5 brave Harriers took on during the week. Aside from a seriously sprained ankle and some tactical night-time formation running, it was a great success!
Harrier Carl Pryce, Three-Time Reigning Moose Mountain Champion Cuts a lean silhouette near the Peak
Also, anyone wanting to do a 50k or 100k training run out in Canmore on the weekend of October 16, please step forward. Harrier Blaine Penny and a few of his friends are looking to go a full 100k and would welcome anyone willing to pace them for any part of the distance...
Finally, don't forget the XC on October 10. I have Deere, Fewster, Marcotte, Wanford and Marsden as confirmations. Anyone else wanting to sign up, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost will be $6 (payable on the day). Let's try and get two teams out!!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
They are on Garrison Gate in Marda Loop and have a new store just round the corner from the old store location. Check it out some time.
Jeremy has very kindly agreed to provide a discount in his store for any Bow Valley Harriers members! The discount is 10% on shoes and 15% on clothing (subject to usual terms e.g. doesn't apply to sale items etc) for all Bow Valley Harriers members, which is very generous. We will use the club vest as proof of membership so please make sure you take your vest with you when you shop at Strides to get the discount. I will email a list of members to Jeremy for anyone who will be shopping there prior to the arrival of the vests...
Monday, September 21, 2009
Chantell Widney, the 2008 series champ and national XC team member, won her first race of the series over Tara Struyk of Edmonton. Heather Sim and Jennifer Kemp traded places for 3rd and 4th respectively. The ladies team competition won was won again by Lethbridge with Augustana finishing in 2nd. Mens top 3 were the same again with Kip Kangogo, Willy Kimosop and Andrew Carruthers leading the way. Mens team competition was won by RRAC with just 13 points followed by the Augustana men.
Race #3 is in Calgary on Oct 10th. We already have a good Harriers interest but let's see if we can get a large Harriers presence at this one!
Friday, September 18, 2009
Also, have a look at the facebook page for some new races listed including the Banff Ekiden relay and the Confederation Park relay. Let's see if we can get some teams out for both... Feel free to add details of races you are doing in case anyone else wants to join you.
The preliminary order for the vests has gone in but we can add more vests until Monday so get your last-minute orders in quickly. We have women's vests as well as men's. We can expect to receive them in early November.
Enjoy the weekend everyone! I feel long runs in the mountains calling...
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
The battle for Alberta XC team supremacy began on Saturday at Hawk Ridge Ranch in Calgary. Lethbridge College took the ladies team title with 26 points, lead home by Winnie Cheptogok in 4th place. Running Room AC finished in 2nd place with 52 points. RRAC athletes Tara Struyk and Jennifer Kemp actually took 1st and 2nd place in the ladies race but we were forced to take last place +1 and last place +2 for their next scorers as they weren't able to get out a full team. Augstana college rounded out the top 3 with 54 points lead by Emily Cole in 9th place. Heather Sim of CALTAF rounded out the top 3 individuals.The mens team competition has began where it left off last season, with Lethbridge College taking the top spot with 32 points and Running Room in 2nd with 35 points. As they were in the ladies, the Augustana men, lead by David Ariel in 6th place, rounded out the top 3 teams with 44 points. The individual competition has also started off as the 2008 Saucony Run Alberta XC series ended with Kip Kangogo (RRAC) defeating Willy Kimosop (LCC). Andrew Carruthers (RRAC) continued his strong summer form finishing in 3rd place overall.Full results and information on the series can be found at:
Race number 2 goes this Saturday in Edmonton's Goldstick park. Ladies 5km race goes at 12:30, mens 8km goes at 1:30pm. There will be a youth 1km race at 2:30pm and a youth 2km race at 2:45pm.
Please pass this on to any XC fans you know.
Monday, September 14, 2009
The weekend was kicked off in style by Carl Pryce taking the Lost Soul 50k race with a certain amount of ease - cruising to victory in 5 hours 27 mins - 30 minutes ahead of second place. The course is a punishing hilly affair and Carl's time is all the more impressive when you take into consideration the heat he had to contend with down in Lethbridge on Friday. The results are here:
Carl was originally planning the 100 miler but dropped to the "shorter" distance only a few days ago and clearly it was to his liking...
And to round off the weekend, Harrier Mark Fewster won the Canmore half marathon (on another very hot day) in a shade over 80 minutes. His winning margin was slightly less than Carl's but clearly Mark had the legs to hold off a strong challenge from last year's winner. The results are here:
Congratulations to both Harriers!!
A quick reminder that the deadline for ordering singlets is 5pm tomorrow (Tuesday). We are going to try and see if we can get women's singlets too...
Saturday, September 12, 2009
In its first outing, the Bow Valley Harriers had unprecedented success in the 5 Peaks trail races on a very hot day at the Nordic centre in Canmore.
The race has three events - a "sport" race of about 7.5k, an "enduro" race of about 14k and a half marathon (21k) on the trails around the Nordic centre. And I'm pleased to report that there were not only Harriers competing in both the enduro and the half marathon races but there were medals on show too.
In the half marathon, Harrier Phil Villeneuve, "fresh" from his incredible 4th place finish in the Transrockies Run, came in a creditable second in 1:31, followed by Blaine Penny only 4 minutes behind, who had a great race despite being ill in bed for most of the day before. Any allegations that Blaine had been faking illness the day before so as to avoid housework and rest up for the big race, were strongly denied by Blaine.
Matt before the Start
In the enduro race, Harriers fared just as well with Duncan Marsden taking the victory in 55 minutes, closely followed by Scott Manktelow in third. Scott was only 24 seconds behind second place. Matt Wanford battled to a creditable 15th place finish despite a few niggling injuries which have restricted his training.
Great running everyone!
We also have results for Carl Pryce in the Lost Soul ultra 50k race and for Mark Fewster in the Canmore half marathon to post once they become available.
Please send in your race reports and photos so we can keep the blog up to date!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Have a look and see if you want one. You can spin it round to see the front and back.
If you would like one, then please email me back with the size you would like. We need to order 25 minimum so I'm hoping most people will be up for it. Also, if you think you know someone who might be interested in joining our merry band then please make sure you let them know about this ASAP so we can order vests in one batch. Looks like the cost will be about $30 when you factor in tax and shipping. Makes a great Christmas present for family members! :)
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
you might find useful. Feel free to leave comments or questions on this page and use it as much as possible.
A few of us are doing the 5 Peaks race in Canmore on Saturday and there's also a half marathon in Canmore on Sunday for the really hard-core. Leave a comment if you need a ride - I am probably staying over on Saturday night so am only good for one way...
Don't forget that the first race we are targetting is the Cross Country in Calgary on Saturday October 10. A link to the website is here:
Let me know if you want to run (either leave a comment here or send me an email). I'll be sending out a reminder a week or so before.