Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Harrier Phil

We have received the following roving report from our roaming Harrier Phil Villeneuve (all such race reports are very welcome and highly encouraged):

"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: ) 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


The Harriers had representatives in both the 10k and the 22k races in this weekend's Melissa's Road Race out in Banff. The race is hugely popular and when online entries become available in February every year, they sell out within hours.

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:

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:

Well run everybody! If I missed any other Harriers in the results, please email me ( and let me know...

Friday, September 25, 2009

Weekend Races

Good luck to anyone doing Melissa's, the Waldorf School XC or any other races this weekend. Don't forget to send pictures, race reports etc to

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 Cost will be $6 (payable on the day). Let's try and get two teams out!!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Strides Running Store

Many of you will know Jeremy Deere by reputation if not in person. Not only is he a very good runner and a jolly decent chap, but he's also a Harrier.

Jeremy owns the Strides Running Store in Marda Loop:

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...

Get spending!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Alberta XC Series Race 2

Results from race #2 held in Goldstick Park in Edmonton are up along with series standings after 2 races.

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

Relays, Relays...

If anyone is doing any races this weekend then make sure you send in a race report to so we can get you on the blog.

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

Update from Matt Normington on the Alberta XC Series


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

News of Two More Weekend Harriers Victories!

Well it really was an incredible weekend for the Harriers... In addition to the victorious exploits in the 5 peaks, we had two more victories to celebrate.

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

Harriers Rip Up the 5 Peaks

Saturday September 12, 2009 - 5 Peaks Canmore

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.
Phil on the Podium
The results are posted here:

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

Club Vests

I wish I could take even the slightest bit of credit for this but it's all thanks to James Davison... Please find attached a link to the BOW VALLEY HARRIERS club vest:

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


Welcome to the blog page of the BOW VALLEY HARRIERS!

We will be updating this page as often as possible with details of upcoming races, race results, photos and anything else

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.