Archived News: 2007

Final Standings in the Lower Mainland Cross Country Series

Women's 40-49:
2. Teresa Nightingale  117 points, 6 races (best 4 count)
5. Linda Willesen       80 points, 4 races

Women's 60-69:
1. Liz Dilasser        120 points, 4 races (perfect score)

CLUB COMPETITION           Points
1.  Semiahmoo SunRunners     1275
2.  Ocean Athletics           893
3.  Lions Gate RR             691
4.  Phoenix Athletics         632
5.  Sunshine Coast Athletics  554  WOW! not bad for our little club!
6.  Prairie Inn Harriers      429
7.  T-Birds                   398
8.  Hershey Harriers          355
9.  VFAC                      294
10. Kajaks                    283
11. NorWesters                232
12. Valley Royals             155
13. Pacific RR                140
...and more clubs, total 20

Seattle Marathon results

Better late than never: Results from Seattle Marathon, November 25, 2007: It was cold as usual, and the steep hills (up and down) were hard on the legs.

22.  Larry Nightingale   Halfmoon Bay   2:51:28  M40-44  2nd / 207
285. Rick Cooney         Sechelt        3:34:03  M45-49  32nd / 183

Peninsula Runners Watershed Ramble 7k (December 9, North Delta)

Six of us travelled and raced and had a great time! It was a bit cold and there was a dusting of snow, but the trails were really nice and the route scenic in Watershed Park. Full report follows:

This is a really great new event! Final race of the 2007 Lower Mainland XC Series. Watershed park has really nice trails and the race follows the main ones over a 3.3km loop (twice around), after starting on the field behind the Pinewood Community Centre. Total distance 7km.

The first part of the loop was quite fast gradual downhill with twists and turns to keep us alert, then a long flat section was great for stretching out on a wide trail, followed by a challenging hill which wasn't steep but long enough to really slow down the pace and get the heartrate higher. Then a relatively flat (but very slightly uphill) last section to recover from the hill. The total race was 2 of these loops, 7km.

The hill was actually better the second time around because we knew the end was near!

The turnout was great for a first time event on a cold snowy Sunday morning, with about 70 finishers.

Post-race food and awards were in the gym in the nice warm community centre: fruit platters, cookies, coffee and hot chocolate were great. There was also a new caffeine-containing energy drink called, of all things, "Beaver Buzz" which claimed to be "Dam Good"!! Didn't try it personally but admired the creative name.

The awards were concluded by 11:35 so we had loads of time to get back for the 1:20pm ferry. First place in age divisions received at $25 gift certificate from Peninsula Runners. Another future shopping trip for me and Liz!

Ov'll  Time   Name                 Cat.
16     29:31  Teresa Nightingale   F40-49 1/12 (2nd Female)
30     34:00  Charles Steemers     M50-59 7/13
40     37:33  Liz Dilasser         F60-69 1/1
48     40:35  Lexa Pomfret         F40-49 5/12
50     41:13  Susan Blair          F40-49 6/12
52     42:24  Linda Willesen       F40-49 8/12

Gunner Shaw XC (December 1st, Jericho Park)

Photos by Linda Wong

Teresa's report: It was cold, windy and snowing this year but at least there was no 'puddle from hell' to negotiate! Just 1 or 2 steps in water on the whole course. The toughest part was the sandy beach — it seemed to be softer than ever this time. Running into a brisk headwind there didn't help! But the rest of the course was in good shape. With spikes I'd even call it fast. The creek crossing was completely dry. Where the giant puddle normally is, there was a stretch of ice which we had to detour around in the long grass, after jumping over a log. No doubt that added at least 20 seconds to our times (10 per lap)...

I had fun chasing 2nd woman and 2007 Fools Runner Ellie Greenwood the whole way but she got too much distance on me in the sandy section and I couldn't make it up....

It was cold enough to wear tights, polypropylene top under a tech top, gloves and a toque — and not be too warm in the least even when racing hard!

The post-race food was terrific as usual, lots of hot soup, chili, pizza plus fruit, bagels, hot chocolate etc, and a warm fire.

We all came home with something: Liz and I won our age groups, Susan was 3rd, and I got a sports bag for having one of the closest birthdays — and gave the bag to Linda. I also won the Gunner Shaw award for first female over 35, which was great, got my name on the trophy, a medal, and a $25 gift card for Running Room. We all got candy canes with our age group ribbons, a nice touch!

They had a record number of registrations, 110, which is amazing considering the weather. The snow continued into the afternoon but roads were fine and we made it to the ferry without any hassles. We're all happy we made the trip, it was a really fun event as usual. Our club even placed 8th in the team competition!

Ov'll  Time   Name                Cat.
32     41:41  Teresa Nightingale  F40 1st (3rd Female)
74     53:00  Liz Dilasser        F60 1st
94     65:43  Susan Blair         F45 3rd
95     65:43  Linda Willesen      F45 4th

Results from the Fall Classic 10k and Half Marathon (Nov 18)

Liz Teresa

What a perfect day for racing! Very different from last year... with sunshine, no wind, mild enough to wear shorts and singlet.

The new course was definitely an improvement over the old one. The route out onto Marine Drive was a nice little part of UBC I haven't seen before, and running down Marine Drive was a good place to stretch out (very slight downhill) before the turnaround point. The new loop below Marine Drive was scenic with a nice view over the water at one point - before the rather long climb back up to Marine Drive, the only difficult part of the course (added about 30 seconds to my time there!) The route to the finish was much nicer than before, with just one short hill then down the other side and flat to the finish. The bongo drummer at the top of the hill helped give us energy to get there!

The only thing that was a bit goofy was the start — we had to turn left in the first few metres, which made for a bit of a slow take-off.

Personally I was very pleased with my race — I got to run with a pack of 4 other women for the first few km's, which hardly ever happens. I figured I'd just hang onto the pack as long as I could as the pace seemed reasonable. One of the younger ones broke away at about 3.5k, and I felt good enough to go after her and caught up to her by about 4k. We ran together down Marine Drive until the 180 degree turnaround. After the turnaround she dropped back suddenly but caught up again on the downhill part of the lower loop, only to drop back again on the way back up. Once I got to the top of that hill and back onto Marine I decided I definitely didn't want to be caught again so 'turned on the gas', got back on pace and pushed hard right to the end. Didn't quite make the 39:00 goal but close enough, and without that hill I think I'd have done it! And none of those women from the 'pack' caught back up to me again — the closest one finished 7 seconds back and the last one 25 seconds back. Quite different from last year where I slowed down a lot in the last km...

Looking forward to another road race in the new year!

A total of 21 Sunshine Coasters participated; here are the results from club and past clinic members: (Liz and Teresa both won gift certificates for $130 towards New Balance shoes for being first in their age divisions — time to go shopping at Rackets & Runners!) Photos by SiPhotography.

Name                Gun Time  Chip Time   Category place
Teresa NIGHTINGALE     39:40      39:37     1st F40-49 (3rd Female overall)
Liz DILASSER           51:47      50:30     1st F60-69
Linda WILLESEN       1:00:09      58:52    70th F40-49

Half Marathon:
Dave BROMLEY         2:07:15    2:06:23    61st M50-59
Norma BOND           2:32:55    2:31:14     8th F60-69

Fall Tune-Up (Nov 10)

Liz Dilasser, photo by Ian Jacques, Coast Reporter

Thanks to the runners and all the great volunteers who came out to help at the Sechelt Fall Tune-Up Cross Country races!

Results from James Cunningham Seawall Race (Oct 28)

5.9mi in Stanley Park

15th  M50-54   45:21  Chuck Steemers
28th  M45-49   48:24  Geoff Bevan
3rd   M70+     55:11  Frank McKenna
29th  F45-49 1:00:35  Linda Willesen
28th  M55-59 1:04:22  Peter Corbett

Results from BC Cross Country Championships (Oct 27)

Alex Nightingale racing

Victoria, Oct 27: Conditions were great — partly sunny, cool, light wind. Course was all grass fields, ~2k loop course with 3 hills. Alex was in the race with 11 and 12 year old boys and girls, as the races go by year of birth and he turns 11 at the very end of the year… so he was one of the smallest kids in the field. He paced himself very well, starting at the very back of the pack (in fact, about 20 metres behind the group in the initial sprint) then gradually started passing kids, one by one, picking up speed, changing gears going into the second loop, and finishing with a strong kick with other kids all around him. He had passed 10 kids by the time he finished.

Larry Nightingale racing

In the masters races, both Larry and Teresa had strong races to earn matching silver BC Championship medals.

Boys 11 years 2km
6.   7:50  Alex Nightingale
Girls 14 years 4km
5.  15:56  Jessica Marquis

*Jessica placed 3rd in the Lower Mainland JD Cross Country Series, in her age division, just 2 points ahead of the next competitor.

Masters Women 6km
2.  22:39  Teresa Nightingale
Masters Men 8km
2.  26:29  Larry Nightingale

Crescent Park Cross Country (Oct 20, White Rock)

This was a really FUN race! 8km run over 4 loops: 1 small, 1 medium, and 2 large, on a mix of grass and trail. Despite recent rainfall, the course was in good condition with minimal mud and always room to step around it if desired. Very scenic trails with lots of fall colour.

In previous years the women's course was about 6k but this year both women and men ran 8k - a bit of a surprise to us when we showed up but we decided it was a good thing. Nice to be able to start at a more relaxed pace and be able to finish strongly.

Ov'll  Female Pl.  Name                Time   Cat.   Cat.Pl.
17         2       Teresa Nightingale  33:54  F4049    1
36         6       Liz Dilasser        41:51  F6069    1
51        14       Linda Willesen      49:26  F4049    4

Results from Youth Against Violence Awareness Run (Oct 14)

Club and past clinic member results from Youth Against Violence Awareness Run 8.5k, Garden Bay: (All you folks who stayed home missed a beautiful run with very pleasant weather!)

 1.   30:38 Larry Nightingale              Halfmoon Bay
 2.   37:36 Teresa Nightingale             Halfmoon Bay
 3.   38:50 Jessica Marquis                Davis Bay
 5.   40:12 Chuck Steemers                 Halfmoon Bay
 8.   59:23 Peter Corbett                  Gibsons
 8=.  59:23 Hugh Monroe                    Sechelt

Results from Frank Reynolds Memorial XC (Oct 13)

The Frank Reynolds Memorial XC was really fun, a warm sunny day in North Vancouver, waterfront view for 3/4 of the course. Teresa, Liz and Linda all raced 6.3k, Jessica Marquis (soon to be a club member) ran the 4.2k event for her age group — here are the results:

6.3km Open/Masters Women:
26:30 Teresa Nightingale 2nd F4044
32:07 Liz Dilasser       1st F6064
40:34 Linda Willesen     2nd F4549

4.2km Junior Development:
17:34 Jessica Marquis    2nd F14

Results from Oct 9-10 weekend

Club and past clinic member results from Royal Victoria Marathon, Kelowna Marathon, and Turkey Trot 10k on the October 9-10 weekend: Congratulations everyone! (note: official gun times are shown here)

Royal Victoria Marathon:
Carl Green, Gibsons 3:37:03
Paul Wright, Sechelt 3:37:03
Rick Cooney, Sechelt 3:47:22
Marisa Alps, Halfmoon Bay 4:01:01

Kelowna Marathon:
Andrew Hansen, Sechelt 3:34:29

Turkey Trot 10k:
46:10 Charles Steemers 9/87 M5059 Halfmoon Bay
52:13 Liz Dilasser 1/17 F6069 Sechelt
55:45 Susan Blair 53/259 F4049 Sechelt
1:03:30 Linda Willesen 147/259 F4049 Roberts Creek
1:03:35 Edith Troup 149/259 F4049 Sechelt

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon (Sep 30)

Teresa ran 1:29:52 at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half-Marathon to place 8th in the Women's 40-44 division. Conditions were perfect, no wind, 14°C at the start and 17°C for the remainder of the race. It was an exciting day: the 31-year old record for fastest marathon on Canadian soil was broken by 25 seconds (2:09:30), and a new Guiness World Record was set by a Canadian for fastest marathon juggling 3 objects (2:50:13!).

Results from Pinetree Classic Cross Country (Sep 22)

Teresa ran with the Open/Collegiate Women instead of the Masters race (given wrong instructions, volunteers thought all women were running together!) but her time (18:55 for ~5k) has been integrated into the masters results as 2nd woman and 2nd in F4044. New member Jamie Eilers ran in the very competitive 8k open men's race and recorded 38:00. The weather was perfect, sunny and cool, and the course was in great condition. Full results here.

Results from Squamish Days 10k (Aug 5)

Larry Nightingale was 3rd in the M40-44 division. In the 'Flashback Mile', Alex Nightingale set a new personal best of 6:35 and placed 3rd in the boys 9-14 division, only 5 seconds behind first place!

Results from Sea Cavalcade Mile (Jul 28)

Results are posted here. This was our biggest turnout yet, with 32 entrants/finishers. Many big thanks to the club members and others who came out to help: Karen Cawsey and friend, Carl Green, Elisa Jardine, Peter Corbett, Norma Bond, Martin Prestage. Photos from the race are posted at

Report from Halfmoon Bay Trophy Run (Jul 15)

The Halfmoon Bay Trophy Run at the Country Fair was run under nice conditions, cloudy and somewhat cool. Larry was first overall in about 18:30, Teresa was first woman and 3rd overall in 22:00... We're still waiting for Sally Benner to send us all the results to post here. Distance was 5.4km.

Results from Sechelt Canada Day Mile (Jul 1)

It was a perfect day for racing, sunny and not hot. Big thanks to club member Rick Cooney for helping! We sure could've used a couple more volunteers though, hint hint! Liz Dilasser and Larry N. were racing and helping/organizing as well.

Results from Scotiabank Half & 5k (Jun 24)

We came, we ran, we got soaked. The rain started about 40-45 minutes after the 7am start. First it was a pleasantly cool drizzle, but soon became a steady rain (with a bit of wind at Jericho Beach), which finally turned into a Vancouver deluge — solid water coming out of the sky. Just when we thought it couldn't possibly rain any harder, it did. The Molson Brewery thermometer was reading 10°C as we approached the Burrard Bridge. Could have been February... still, better for running than the heat wave of 2006. We kept splashing our way through the puddles and rivers to Stanley Park, grabbed our gear and got on the buses as soon as possible. By 9:30 back at UBC it was sunny there! And by 11:15 when we drove back along the course through Stanley Park on the way to the ferry, you'd never know it had ever rained that day. Sunny, warm, not a puddle or damp blade of grass to be found. Did we dream it all?!!!

Here are the results (net chip times shown here):

Rick Cooney         1:32:43  15th M45-49
Teresa Nightingale  1:36:31   6th W40-44
Denise Dunn         1:51:09  18th W50-54
Linda Willesen      2:08:51 120th W45-49 (with a bad knee!)

Liz Dilasser        fun run, no times recorded

Results from SCA club run (Jun 16)

(5km in Halfmoon Bay): Thanks to Shaun, Pat and Edith for making this more than just a family run! We all had great fun watching the movie "Meatballs" after dinner. (Yes it's a running movie!) Let's see MORE people out next time!

1. Larry Nightingale     17:52
2. Shaun Stephens-Whale  18:35
3. Teresa Nightingale    21:40
4. Pat Dickie            24:58
5. Edith Troup           30:43