Roger's race report:
With 687 entries in the 21km championship race I was really happy to receive elite numbering, the top 100 racers were given front-of-the-pack positioning at the start. The skies were overcast at this point which provided a little respite from the full heat of the sun, much appreciated by any non-Hawaiian residents. The pace was super fast at the cannon (yup, cannon, it startled some competitors around me due to its loud blast), people jockeyed aggressively for position as the trail narrowed down to 10 feet wide after a couple of hundred metres. I found myself defending my position using my elbows for the first time in a trail race that I can remember. Things settled down after the first minute and more normal racing ensued. Fortunately the single track didn't commence until about the 4 km mark where the initial climb turned back down the valley onto more technical dirt trails. By that time the field was slightly strung out but I had to make sure that I didn't get trapped behind other runners as we started to descend.
After 8km we had cycled back to the bottom of the valley and the ocean shore where we took a sharp right-hand turn, ran across the bottom of a range of mountains before starting up the next valley. This middle 7km section of the course was the hardest with several steep climbs and descents which was made even harder by the emergence of the full strength of the sun as the early morning overcast cleared. I was shocked by the deadening effect of that sun, my legs immediately became really heavy and sluggish. I really struggled through this part of the race, concentrating on survival more than anything else.
Finally I reached the high point of the race, a ridge between the two valleys, from where the course descended back into the valley that we had started from. Fabulous views were to be had but frankly I barely registered them, it was head-down-and-keep-pushing time. This section was a relief as foliage was abundant and sheltered us from the direct sun. It was very steep and technical to begin with and I found I was able to make up ground and pass other racers when previously I had merely fought to hold on. Nevertheless, these last 7 kms were just as challenging as the climbs, speed had picked up but tired legs were prone to getting tangled in roots and branches. I saw other racers fall and as I neared the last kilometre one racer was completely unconscious sprawled across the middle of the track face as white as a sheet. First aid workers had arrived but they weren't moving him so we detoured into the bush to get around.
At last the finish straight appeared out of the trees and I was truly thankful that only a couple of hundred metres remained. The heat and humidity had completely drained me, it was all I could do to keep upright after crossing the finish line.
Canadians performed very well overall in the championships: a young male Brandon Laan finished 7th overall and Victoria's Lucy Smith was second female overall. Triathlete Melanie McQuaid was 43rd overall (5th female). I finished 88th overall, first in the M55 age group and was the 6th placed Canadian overall. I was really happy with my time of 1:56:47 as my struggles in the middle of the race made me question if I could get under two hours on the day. But I ended up finishing 6 minutes ahead of the second place male in my division, also a Canadian. The age group championship really picked me up when I heard — amazing how quickly the body can turn itself around with a good boost of adrenaline!
21k 1:56:47 Roger Handling 1st M55-59
As usual a great way to end the XC season. Conditions were quite pleasant with no wind at all and dry both above and (mostly) below. Even the stagnant smelly creek was nearly empty this year. The "puddle from hell" was barely enough to wet the soles of the shoes. We DID get our feet wet in the ocean though, where it was much easier to splash along the waterline than flounder in the soft sand higher up. Mystery object on the course at about the 4k mark: a life-sized teddy bear with clothing on, lying on the ground under a bicycle, with a bunch of bags. Hmm.
The Nightingales came home with a nice tri-colour set of ribbons. Alex placed 14th overall in the 5k, right in there with several 18-20 yr olds. It was also his fastest 5k to date by about 2 minutes — and this is NOT a fast course. He's been training...
Photos by Leo Lam. There's also some video on Facebook!
5k 23:50 Alex Nightingale 3rd M15&U 32:52 David Dick 3rd M60-69 10k 38:01 Larry Nightingale 1st M45-49 43:12 Teresa Nightingale 2nd F45-49
Classic cross country conditions at this one, with rain, wind and LOTS of MUD! Not too cold (about 7 degrees) but with the wind it was definitely chilly in a couple of sections (each loop). In the Masters 8k, the largest women's division was the 45-49 group, with 13! On the men's side, the 45-49 and 50-54 each had 19. Times were ALL slow due to the conditions, plus the course was 150m more than 8k. Photos courtesy of Vid Wadhwani.
Masters 8k 31:16 Larry Nightingale 11th M45-49 33:35 Roger Handling 9th M55-59 35:33 Teresa Nightingale 8th F45-49
It was cold with some snow on the ground, but the sun was peeking out and there was absolutely no wind, so with the right layers, quite comfortable once warmed up! This was supposed to be a spike-friendly course but about 1/4 of each lap was on hard trail or gravel (some paved path)... had to run off to the side a bit. But the spikes were definitely needed for the rest.
23:04 Larry Nightingale 2nd M40-49 25:59 Teresa Nightingale 1st Female & F40-49
Frank McKenna has been trouncing the competition down south this fall... he reports that the local head geezer is not pleased.
Tram Road Challenge 6k, Oct 29, Palm Springs (500 to 2,643 ft climb) 50:12 Frank McKenna 1st M80-84 Gay Pride 5k, Palm Springs 29:40 Frank McKenna 1st M80+ La Quinta Park 5k 28:06 Frank McKenna 1st M80+ First Annual Skyborne Half-Marathon 2:13:32 Frank McKenna 1st M80+
Masters 8k: 31:24 Larry Nightingale 5th M45-49
5k: 21:52 Tanya Camposano 4th overall 21:53 Teresa Nightingale 5th overall 31:49 Peter Corbett 19th overall 2k: 14:33 Laura Smail 3rd overall
We were SO lucky with the weather on this one: it was pouring rain overnight and early morning until about 8am, then... it stopped, the skies began to clear, and it stayed dry with short sunny breaks for rest of the day! No wind either. Quite perfect for running. Club results listed here:
4k: 21:31 Alex Nightingale 1st M13-15 6k: 23:32 Larry Nightingale 1st M45-49 and Overall 35:24 Helen Sabourin 1st F70+ 40:49 Peter Corbett 1st M60-64
The rain poured down and there were some timing glitches but a number of Coast runners strutted their stuff anyway. Here are the club results (real times were a bit faster):
47:06 Tammy Dean 12th F40-49 1:02:23 David Dick 15th M60-69
Frank McKenna set a new course record for males 80+. Congratulations, Frank!
Helen's race report: "I had problems in Victoria when at 30K my troublesome right knee began to act up. By 32K I felt I was finished. Turned off my stopwatch and prepared to figure out what to do from there. Walking didn't bother it as badly, so decided to walk to the finish line. Began to intersperse some running and managed to walk/run the last 10K. Felt like I had been on the road for ages (no watch), and was shocked when I finished at 4:42. I had calculated from half way that I would finish in 4:33 so only lost about nine minutes. I am sure I had problems with knee due to not training enough on the hilly terrain of the Sunshine Coast leaving my quads weaker."
Marathon 3:47:16 Carl Green 5th M60-64 4:41:25 Helen Sabourin 1st F70-74 5:03:41 Frank McKenna 1st M80+ 8K 50:20 David Dick 28th M60-64 52:57 Litze Boghean 70th F45-49
No rain (despite the forecast) and it was a very pleasant temperature for running, though a bit dark in the trails. The course was slightly different this year, making each loop a bit shorter so the total distance was estimated at 7.5k or thereabouts. Teresa won a $50 gift certificate from Peninsula Runners for being first female.
30:22 Larry Nightingale 2nd M40-49, 6th overall 31:22 Teresa Nightingale 1st Female, 10th overall
While it wasn't really raining between the 11am start and noon, it poured for about an hour before that, and again afterwards. But the temperature was quite pleasant at 15 degrees or so. Wind didn't matter as the trail is nearly all sheltered in the forest at the edge of the lake. A really nice run no matter what the weather. The post-run refreshments were yummy (including fresh baked goods and hot drinks).
7k Run: 28:26 Alston Miller 1st overall 13.2k Run: 51:36 Larry Nightingale 1st overall 53:07 Greg Tait 3rd overall 55:22 Teresa Nightingale 1st female, 4th overall (2nd of 2 laps) 13.2k Bike: ~40 mins Alex Nightingale 2nd overall
Roger finished off the 2011 Five Peaks series with another age group win (50-59) at Buntzen Lake on the "Enduro" course (16k) — which also cemented his age group victory for the series. No one else was even close.
1:15:20 Roger Handling 1st M50-59
The weather was fantastic for this one: sunny and about 24 degrees! Just like a summer day. The course wasn't quite what we were expecting, with rough gravel underfoot, going across parking lots and next to roadways, but the setting and competition were great. There was one tough hill near the end of each loop. 73 women and 63 men finished. Men and women started together: women did 6k and men did 8k, on a 3k loop (with 2k variation).
Masters women 40+: 24:46 Teresa Nightingale 2nd ($200), 7th F ov'll DNF Tammy Dean (after 1 lap had breathing difficulties)
Alston was the overall winner of this trail race — congrats!
6:33:49 Alston Miller 1st overall
12k Trail Run:
This was the XTERRA series championship event. Roger easily won his age group and placed 6th overall. Shaun Stephens-Whale was the overall winner by a huge margin.
1:02:45 Roger Handling 1st M55+ (6th overall)
Triathlon 1.5k Swim, 30k Bike, 12k Run (off-road):
Tanya trounced her age group competition by almost 15 minutes!
3:50:00 Tanya Camposano 1st F35-39 (11th F overall)
The inaugural run was a big success! See the BC Athletics blog for report.
Marathon 3:47:13 Alston Miller 4th overall 3:50:40 Greg Tait 5th overall 4:22:37 Lisa Morrow 3rd female
Thanks to all who came out to run, walk or volunteer! We had a great day with some cloud cover keeping things relatively cool. Our overall winners were Greg Tait of Powell River and Jackie Montgomery of Earl's Cove/Vancouver. Full results and photo gallery are available HERE.
41:00 Greg Tait 1st overall 52:33 Lorne Morrow 4th M50-59
Roger won his age group (50-59) by a whopping 2 minutes on this gruelling 10k course! Of note, Shaun Stephens-Whale was 2nd overall in 57:09 after leading by 30s in the first half.
1:16:14 Roger Handling 1st M50-59
A warm night and a hot race! Teresa turned the tables on last year's results, sticking to a race plan which panned out as hoped, netting the overall female title and $100 by 8 seconds in 5:38, and finishing 5th overall. The course may have been slightly long (60m?) in which case the actual time was more like 5:26, but we don't know the exact difference yet. Alex ran a solid 7:18 for 13th place. The overall winner was from Brooklyn NY — also a masters runner (like many of the top 10 — Masters Rule!). Greg and Lisa were taking photos as they ran! The ensuing street festival and fireworks were both excellent.
5:38 Teresa Nightingale 1st Female, 5th overall 5:47 Greg Tait 8th overall 7:18 Alex Nightingale 13th overall 7:49 Lisa Morrow 10th Female
Sechelt's Liz Dilasser won 5 gold medals at the 2011 BC Seniors Games in Trail under hot conditions. In the individual events her times would have placed her in the top 3 among the younger (55-59 and 60-64) age groups as well!
W65 1500m 7:07.80 Liz Dilasser 1st W65 5000m 25:37 Liz Dilasser 1st W65 10,000m 55:46 Liz Dilasser 1st W 4x100m Relay 1:18.11 Liz's team Lower Mainland 'A' 1st W 800m Sprint Medley 8:53.96 Liz's team Lower Mainland 'A' 1st
The Oval 10k was the final race of this year's series. Though not running the final race, two SCA members (Helen and Teresa) placed first in their age groups with the highest possible scores. One more Sunshine Coaster was an age group winner in the race and the series, but is not a club member (Kimberley Doerksen, F20-24). First place series age groupers each won a Timex watch.
150 pts / 8 races Teresa Nightingale 1st F45-49 150 pts / 6 races Helen Sabourin 1st F70+
Conditions were much nicer than last year's heat wave: cool and cloudy, though with some wind to slow the times down (in addition to the dike gravel surface).
1:08:41 David Dick 11th M60-64
It wasn't too hot but fairly high humidity plus a headwind on the return portion of the course made for some slower than usual times for many people — but Carl bucked the trend by running more than 40s faster than he did two weeks ago at Summerfast. Photo by Leo Lam.
40:47 Teresa Nightingale 1st F45-49 45:03 Carl Green 3rd M60-64 55:37 Helen Sabourin 1st F70+
Perfect weather for this year and a record turnout of 52 runners made for an exciting race! Watch out Larry, Alex was only a minute and 4 places behind you...!
5:02 Larry Nightingale 3rd overall, 1st master 6:09 Alex Nightingale 7th overall, 1st M13-15 (PB) 7:46 Helen Sabourin 1st F70+ 7:53 Maria Nightingale 6th F10-12 8:58 David Dick Tied for 1st in M60-69 8:58 Peter Corbett Tied for 1st in M60-69
Waiting for a list of results on this one, but for now a quick report: Tammy has dipped her toes back in the racing scene at long last, with a very respectable 26:40 and 2nd woman overall, first 40+! Excellent result just off a long-term injury, on this very undulating course. Teresa ran with Alex from the start. Tammy caught up to them near the end, then both Tammy and Teresa urged Alex to sprint ahead to the line, which he did, and won his age group too. No rain today but very humid, so we were glad the sun didn't come out and cook us all (it peeked through for a few minutes later). Check back soon for results promised by Sally Benner. Photos from Coast Reporter online / Justin Samson.
WET WET WET describes this event. The temperature was comfortable but a lot of rain slowed the times down (= heavy shoes). It wasn't bad at the
start but by about halfway it was pouring, and continued to do so through the awards ceremony.
Teresa was heading for a not-very-fast 39:30-ish finish when an unexpected pit stop around 8.5k (where there just happened to be a porta-potty on course) added just over 90 seconds to her time. Despite this and much to her surprise she was still first master female, the prize being a Brooks shoes certificate. While Teresa was stopped at 8.5k, Kimberley Doerksen from Gibsons (top local female in AFR2011) ran by and finished in a solid 40:14.
Carl was thrilled with his sub-46 clocking and silver age group medal, in his first 10k race in a long time, coming back from injury.
Third club member called up to the podium was Helen, back on top with a gold in her new 70+ division.
David completed the seawall course in just over an hour.
A whole bunch of other Sunshine Coast runners took part and travelled together — now if only they were part of the club we'd have quite the showing! (hint-hint)
We all enjoyed the huge selection of home-baked goodies provided by the host club VFAC, up to their usual standards of excellence.
View video of the finish here — photos by Rick Horne.
(net chip times) 40:47 Teresa Nightingale 1st F45-49, 1st Master F 45:46 Carl Green 2nd M60-64 54:53 Helen Sabourin 1st F70+ 1:08:42 David Dick 18th M60-64
Alston Miller did this one as a 2-person relay. Alston says: I was in the top five all male teams, top 25 overall to finish at the Sinister 7 in July with Steve Gould (all other teams except for one that we are aware of had at least six or seven people).
16:29:40 Visions of Grandeur 5th male team
Really great weather for race morning, mostly sunny but not too hot. A slightly different course for the first few kms compared to last year. Teresa was 2nd female master and Helen was 2nd in the 70+ age group. (Frank McKenna also ran but his registration wasn't on file so no result available.) Litze ran with Wendy Morris and finished together like last year. All in all a fun weekend and race, and opportunity to spend time with friends near and far. (Photo by Rick Horne)
(net chip times) 1:25:24 Teresa Nightingale 2nd Master F 2:01:03 Helen Sabourin 2nd F70+ 2:12:05 Litze Boghean 145th F45-49
Awesome night for a race, cloudy and mild. A bit of a headwind in the last km. Five club members raced this one: Teresa, Alston, Lisa & Lorne, and Helen. Fast downhill first km followed by a couple of small hills to even out the pace; the last km slightly downhill with the stadium in sight, with a short uphill and section on grass to finish it off. Then... the most amazing spread of food we've ever seen: BBQ veggie or regular burgers; hot dogs, salad, fresh fruit including strawberries, large soft cookies, tortilla chips, cheesecake, Clif bars and other bars, juices, and popsicles! And plenty for everyone!
(net chip times) 18:33 Teresa Nightingale 1st F40-59 (for $75!), 10th Female 18:44 Alston Miller 24th M16-39 21:26 Lisa Morrow 8th F40-59 22:20 Lorne Morrow 34th M40-59 27:07 Helen Sabourin 4th F60+
Nearly ideal weather conditions for this one: sunny but not too hot, a little bit of a breeze. This was Larry's first race since Seattle Marathon so he was pleased with the result. Teresa had a good battle with 25-29 age grouper Kristin Smart of VFAC, following at a distance in the first half, passing and moving ahead near halfway, then being passed back in the final sprint to the line. Alston would have been about a minute faster except for a couple of stops caused by drinking too much water!
Thanks to Rick Horne for the photos.
35:39 Larry Nightingale 2nd M45-49, 12th overall 39:02 Teresa Nightingale 1st F45-49, 4th Female 40:23 Alston Miller 10th M35-39
Actual distance 3.86k. A rainy morning kept the numbers lower than usual but it was really pleasant weather for running. And we all got draw prizes! All results shown here as they're not posted anywhere else. Click photo to enlarge and please note, we were asked to put on 'crazy faces' for this one... the result is quite amusing! Everyone has a different interpretation.
Girls 13-18 Samantha Stewart 20:16 (6th overall) Solveig Van Wersch 20:27 (7th overall) Boys 13-18 Alex Nightingale 19:20 (4th overall) Women 19-45 Teresa Nightingale 15:11 (tied 1st overall) Women 46-59 Susan Blair 20:59 (8th overall) Alice Morrissey 22:05 (10th overall) Linda Willesen 22:36 (11th overall) Arla Bevan 26:04 (13th overall) Nancy Mackay 28:06 (14th overall) Chrys Sample 29:02 (16th overall) Men 46-59 Larry Nightingale 15:11 (tied 1st overall) Geoff Bevan 17:46 (3rd overall) Ian Mackay 21:32 (9th overall) Frank McKenna 23:01 (12th overall) Women 60+ Liz Dilasser 20:14 (5th overall) Norma Clark 28:22 (15th overall) Maryann Bush & dog 39:58 (17th overall)
After several times trying, Teresa and Alex finally won the Mother/Child division by just 12 seconds. The other duo consisted of the overall male winner and his mother. Alex had a solid run and fast finish to place in his age division as well.
19:00 Teresa Nightingale 2nd Female, 1st Mast-F 26:18 Alex Nightingale 3rd Male 16&U Mother & Child Division Teresa & Alex Nightingale 1st place combined time
32:14 Alston Miller 6th Overall, 1st M30-39
Great day, sunny and mild, for the ~50,000 Sun Runners. This was Teresa's best 10k time in 8 years.
38:26 Teresa Nightingale 2nd F45-49, 4th Master F 1:07:14 Litze Boghean
For race report see www.foolsrun.com.
1:50:37 Marisa Alps 8th F40-44 1:57:26 Helen Sabourin 1st F65-69 2:15:32 Francis McKenna 4th M70+ 2:24:14 David Dick 12th M60-64 2:32:39 Shaunna Asselstine 33rd F50-54
Teresa was leading the masters women until the final few metres when Juliette Christie, also in F45-49, came charging up out of nowhere! Too late to respond...
18:52 Teresa Nightingale 2nd F45-49 30:27 David Dick 11th M60-64
49:50 David Dick 19th Male 60-64
25km Trail Run: 2:45:09 Roger Handling 16th Male
Wild and crazy weather for this one: big windstorm. Luckily it was only a strong headwind for the first 400m or so and that only affected the leaders. Once we turned around Brockton Point it was mostly sheltered for the rest of the way. As usual, great after-party with Irish stew and lots of goodies including beer! The overall masters prize was a large gift basket of health products.
18:53 Teresa Nightingale 1st Women 40+
Thanks to Rick Horne for the photos
We were so lucky with the weather for this one. The days before and after were pouring rain and high winds, but race day was perfect: calm, sunny, 6° at the start and about 8° maximum. Kind of like at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon, where one great day was sandwiched between awful days.
Teresa and Tammy were the only club members doing this one, managing to register online back in November when the event sold out in a few hours. Tammy had a huge PB, knocking more than 18 minutes off her previous best, despite 'falling apart' around mile 8 and struggling for the remainder. Teresa was aiming for 1:25 but surprised herself by going 95 seconds faster than that, and feeling good nearly the entire way, even having lots left for the final 400m sprint to the line.
"Right after the start I found myself following a girl wearing a shirt that said on the back, you've been chicked (meant for guys, meaning they've just been passed by a woman in a race) and noticed she was going at a pace that seemed just about right: fast but not too fast (I hoped). I gradually caught up to her and by about 8k we were running side by side around the seawall. Found out later her name is Gillian and she's 29. At about the halfway point (Lumberman's Arch) we were joined by Jo Astoria from VFAC (M45-49) and then a young woman from UBC. The pace picked up as the 2 younger women raced each other at the front of our little pack. Then another UBC girl came up from behind, and the pace seemed to pick up even more. Sure made the back half of the seawall, which normally seems to take forever, go flying by! I was determined to stick with the pack and had to surge a few times to get back with them when a gap started to form. Once we got near the lagoon the group spread out with me at the back but I could still see Jo and Gillian just ahead. By this point I thought I was easily under 1:25 pace but could never be sure because the early mile markers were off and for all I knew, they were still off (too early). I decided to keep pushing through, fighting the natural tendency to slow down in the last 3 miles, hoping that I really was on 1:23 pace (but I'd be very happy with 1:25). At the 12 mile point my legs were feeling tight and though I wanted to go faster and start a long kick for home, I wasn't sure if I had enough gas in the tank to start that soon. But after the 'little' hill under the Granville St Bridge, as I turned onto Pacific and headed down the hill it was suddenly very easy to go much faster, legs felt great, smooth acceleration all the way to the finish. So I guess I could have gone faster earlier... next time... but this was a lot of FUN and great to find myself in a pack of women like that, not typical for a road race. I haven't run a time like that since before having kids, over 15 years ago!"
(chip times) 1:23:23 Teresa Nightingale 1st F45-49, 2nd Masters F, 7th F 1:43:40 Tammy Dean 30th F40-44
First race of the Timex Series and the Lower Mainland Road Race Series. Club members Helen and Teresa both raced this one, while Tammy came along as a cheering spectator. The weather was crisp and clear with frost on the ground and a few frozen puddles to avoid, but overall very good footing and no wind. The open women's field was deep this year, placing Teresa 11th female overall, but still first master. Helen won her age group as usual!
30:56 Teresa Nightingale 1st F45-49 42:37 Helen Sabourin 1st F65-69