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Holiday Hustle 5k/2k, December 14, Sechelt


A record turnout of 99 registrants and a mild sunny December 14th morning made this year's edition the best Hustle yet. Many Santa hats and a variety of other colourful Christmas costumes contributed to the festive atmosphere.

The 5k was won by UVIC student and recent Chatelech grad Jordan Wilson, followed by Vancouver's Andrew Tuovinen in the 50+ category, and Gibsons' Kimberley Doerksen, who was sporting her old Elphinstone team singlet. The men had to work hard to avoid being "chicked" by Doerksen, who is one of Canada's top marathoners and the women's record holder at the Fool's Run. The Chatelech Racing Team was well represented, with Alex Nightingale of Halfmoon Bay taking third place for the men in a new personal best time, followed closely by teammates Joshua Desrochers and Elliot Wadge of Sechelt. Another Chat Team member Goldney Hourigan of Sechelt took second place for the women, with Vancouver's Carolyn Townend rounding out the podium positions.

Merideth Litze

A small but enthusiastic group of dance-walkers made their way around the 2k course in just 23 minutes, while many families walked and ran together. Inside the Seaside Centre, everyone enjoyed Christmas goodies and live music by Arbutus Sounds Chorus. Many locally donated draw prizes were given away, as well as the grand prize of a $150 voucher for head-to-toe running apparel, from Impact Magazine.

The fundraising portion of the event was also very successful. Two bins of toys and food, plus $240 in cash donations, were collected and delivered to the Elves Club. Net proceeds and additional donations, including $500 from Telus, totalled nearly $1500, which was split between the Chatelech Running Team and the Chatelech Grad 2015 Fund.

Full results here. Photos here.

Club results:
 1. Jordan Wilson     17:36
 4. Alex Nightingale  18:29
 9. Merideth Frost    17:30
17. Elizabeth Boghean 20:12

Rock 'n' Roll Vancouver, October 26, Vancouver

Division results not available, apparently.

Half Marathon:
2:02:25  Helen Sabourin
2:39:06  Elizabeth Boghean

1:09:07  Shaunna Asselstine

BC X-C Championships, October 25, Abbotsford

Training with the Vikes has been paying off for Jordan, who ran a big time break-through in the Junior Men's race, under soggy conditions.

Junior Men (16-19)
17. Jordan Wilson 23:16 (3:19/km pace)

BC High School X-C North Shore Zone Finals, October 23

Alex and Chatelech teammate Elliot Wadge (Jr Boys) both qualified for the provincial championships, happening November 1st in Victoria.

Senior Boys (top 20 qualify)
17. Alex Nightingale (no times available)

BC High School X-C North Shore Zone Meet, September 24, Ambleside Park

Solid start for the first meet of the delayed school XC season. There were 59 boys in the senior race.

Senior Boys 4.8k
12. Alex Nightingale 18:38

Halfmoon Bay Fire Department 10k, September 28

Alex Jordan

Photos by Ted McNicol, Coast Reporter

Eighty-six runners and walkers completed the point to point roller coaster course from Fire Hall 2 to Fire Hall 2 as morning fog gave way to bright fall sunshine in Halfmoon Bay. Leading the way from start to finish was Sechelt's Jordan Wilson in 37:32, over a minute faster than last year, followed by Ryan Chapman of Sechelt in 39:23 and Byron Fader from Powell River in 40:15. Top woman was Sechelt's Kate Turner in 51:43 followed closely by Sechelt's Carolyn Spence in 51:49, with Sechelt's Heather Damsgaard rounding out the top three in 54:38. All participants enjoyed a barbeque hosted by the HMB volunteer firefighters, and many draw prizes were given away. Full results at

Club results:
 1.   37:32 Jordan Wilson (1st M19&U)
 4.   42:53 Alex Nightingale (2nd M19&U)
57. 1:12:11 Shaunna Asselstine (9th F50-59)


Loon Lake Race 13k & 7k, September 21, Powell River

Loon Lake Race

Despite being three weeks into September, you'd swear it was mid-summer this past weekend at the Loon Lake Race. Fortunately 99% of the course is fully shaded, so the temperature was comfortable along the 13km groomed trail where forest meets lake. Many participants enjoyed a refreshing swim in the lake afterwards, after being tempted by glimpses of sandy beaches all the way around the course.

A small group of walkers and cyclists headed out on the early start at 10:05am, with the 13k and 7k runners starting 55 minutes later. New this year was a change of direction for the 13k: instead of heading out with the 7k (which is an out and back), they went in the opposite direction so everyone would finish facing the same way. Everyone, that is, except for course record holder Graham Cocksedge, who was making a last-minute pit stop during the pre-race instructions and missed this critical information. (We're assuming he didn't look at the website either.) He emerged from the outhouse to see the 7k group heading out so he joined them, going all the way to their turnaround on Anthony Island before realizing his mistake. He decided to just keep going in the wrong direction around the lake and make a workout of it....

Meanwhile, the 7k racers were heading back towards the finish. Ron Berezan of Powell River, age 52, was setting the pace, but was overtaken in last few kilometres by 17-year-old Alex Nightingale of Halfmoon Bay. Nightingale opened up an eleven-second gap to take top spot in 30:07. Rounding out the podium finishers was another teenager, Taku Ball of Powell River, in 31:48.

The top three women in the 7k were all from Texada Island. Nikki Spence of Gillies Bay and Jenny Isherwood of Van Anda finished together in 35:13, with Spence ahead by a nose. Samantha Smith of Gillies Bay took third in a distant 40:51.

Loon Lake Race

The 13k was dominated by women, with only eight men out of 28 finishers. Powell River's Byron Fader was all alone out front, taking the overall title and masters win in 53:30. The second and third place men were Mike Van Hees and Stephen Ball of Powell River in 1:07:11 and 1:08:26 —well behind the top three women.

Powell River's Angela Gross led the women's field and placed second overall in 1:01:10. This was a much closer competition than the men's race, with Kaleena Young of Nanaimo and Margaret Rairie of Gillies Bay following her in over the next few minutes.

The 13k bike division had one competitive trio with the rest enjoying a leisurely ride. Liam Gottfried, who just turned 10 two days earlier, zipped past Richard and Winston Becker in the final section to win by 1 second in 45:28.

A pair of Special Olympics athletes, husband and wife Lance and Erika Barker of Powell River, went with the early walk start but ran most of the way to finish 1-2 in excellent times of 1hr 42 and 1hr 55.

Though registration numbers were down significantly from last year, possibly due to messed up back-to-school timing, the event still raised approximately $800 for Special Olympics BC.

Next SCA-hosted event is coming up this Sunday in Halfmoon Bay, at the 3rd annual HMB Fire Department 10k. Online registration is open until 10am Saturday, with in-person sign-up available Saturday and Sunday. See website for details:

Club Results:
1. 30:07 Alex Nightingale

Run the Rock Marathon, Half Marathon, 8k, August 24, Texada Island

The fourth annual Run the Rock on Texada was run under sunny summer skies with a light wind. Marathoners started off bright and early at 7am from beautiful Shelter Point as usual to beat the heat, but the 10:30 half marathon and 8k starts were delayed by 15 mins and 30 mins respectively due to BC Ferries running late. While quite a few participants camped at Shelter Point the night before, some were travelling over on race morning. A local was seen wearing a great Texada t-shirt that said "WTF? (Where's The Ferry?)" — we need shirts like that!

Rob Larry

Brad Crowe of Comox boldly predicted a sub-3 hour marathon and proved true to his word, breezing across the line in 2:56:02 to smash the previous record by 12 minutes. The women's record was also obliterated by 40+ masters Mary Bridges of Courtenay in 3:39:02, more than 15 minutes faster than the old mark. Both previous marks were set in 2012. Race director Rob McWilliam had everything running smoothly and was able to hop into his own event as usual and complete the marathon in 4:50:05.

Shortly after Brad Crowe set the new marathon record, his father Wayne Crowe saw his own half marathon course record smashed and 2-year title usurped by 19-year-old Lehm Maguire of Victoria. Maguire's 1:19:17 was nearly 4 minutes under the old mark, and more than 6 minutes ahead of second-place Crowe.

Melissa Schurger of Vancouver took the women's half marathon title easily in 1:35:04, also more than 6 minutes ahead of her nearest rival. Schurger shaved 23 seconds off the women's course record, set by Allison Ezzat in the inaugural edition (2011).

Halfmoon Bay's Larry Nightingale ran the half marathon as a tempo workout, finishing 6th overall. His place would not have changed, but his time would have been about 4 minutes faster had he not gone temporarily off course at a junction near 7km (a vehicle was blocking the view of the correct road).

Teresa and Alex

Alex and Teresa Nightingale of Halfmoon Bay took home the Male & Female winners' trophies for the 8km, racing a close 1-2 most of the way until the final 400m where Alex surged ahead of his mum by 14 seconds to win in 32:37. Alex knocked over a minute off his second-place time from 2013.

Local volunteers came out in droves as usual and added to the festive atmosphere by dressing up and decorating some of the 12 aid stations, which the participants could vote for as their favourites. Limestone and Flower Rock medals were the rewards for half and full marathon finishers, and many draw prizes were given out. Race proceeds will be used for cancer support for residents of Texada. Full results at

Club Results:
10. 4:50:05 Rob McWilliam

Half Marathon 
 6. 1:34:38 Larry Nightingale

 1.   32:37 Alex Nightingale
 2.   32:51 Teresa Nightingale

Olympic Oval 10k, August 17, Richmond

This was the final event of the 11-race Lower Mainland Road Race Series. Though technically not a 'road race' (much of the course is on the gravel dyke), it is dead flat with a great start/finish venue at the Oval. Newly added this year were a number of colourful Adirondack-style deck chairs lining the top step of the viewing area — nice for those who had already finished to relax and watch their friends come in.

Morning cloud cover gave hope of a cool race, but by the 9am start the clouds had burned off and the mercury was rising fast, with no wind to blow away the rising humidity. The heat combined with the gravel surface made most competitors' times relatively slow, despite the flatness of the route.

The same five SCA members competed again as in Squamish two weeks ago, and brought home three medals this time: one of each colour for the Nightingale family. Larry Nightingale of Halfmoon Bay led the team with a second place in the M50-54 despite some recent nagging muscle tightness. Teresa won the F45-49 division, and Alex took third in the M19&Under group. Steve and Suzette Narbonne of Sechelt both found the warm conditions tough but persevered to finish fourth and fifth in their respective age categories.

Teresa and Alex raced side by side for about 5km before Alex had to drop off the pace due to stomach issues which eventually required a full washroom stop in the final kilometre. Meanwhile, Teresa was feeling confident after a strong training week, and found herself chasing down a couple of other masters women competitors who had finished 2-3 minutes ahead of her in the last two series races. After catching and eventually moving ahead of Vancouver's Helen Ritchie whose exercise-induced asthma was acting up a little more than usual, she could see Margreet Dietz (F40-44) of Squamish not far ahead and getting closer by the kilometre. But over the final 600m or so Dietz kicked for home and Nightingale was unable to close the gap any further.

Following the race awards were the Lower Mainland Series awards. Participants needed to run at least 5 events to qualify for prizing, and this worked in Alex's favour as the other two junior men who had 4 races going into the final did not race, moving Alex into top spot. He received a Timex watch for the win. Gibsons' Kim Doerksen was first in the F20-24 division, also winning a Timex watch. Teresa finished 2nd in the F45-49 series age group behind Ritchie. Larry was just out of the prizing, finishing 6th in the M50-54 by a mere 3 points (top 5 win prizes). However, a race draw prize of a $100 Running Room Gift Card more than made up for this! Steve placed 4th in the M45-49 division, while Suzette took 3rd in the F50-54 category.

Next club-hosted event is Run the Rock on Texada Island, on Sunday August 24th, organized by SCA member Rob McWilliam. There's a choice of 8km (fast course), half marathon (hilly first 8k, fast last 13k), or full marathon (very challenging). The location is beautiful and the people are super friendly!

Club Results, 10k:
41:15 Larry Nightingale  2nd M50-54 
42:52 Teresa Nightingale 1st F45-49
45:09 Alex Nightingale   3rd M19&U 
50:23 Steve Merrick      4th M45-49
52:45 Suzette Narbonne   5th F50-54

Club Results, Lower Mainland Road Race Series:
 86 pts Alex Nightingale   1st M19&U
114 pts Teresa Nightingale 2nd F45-49
 78 pts Steve Merrick      4th M45-49
111 pts Suzette Narbonne   3rd F50-54
 96 pts Larry Nightingale  6th M50-54

Four Lakes 10k & 3k, August 10, Garden Bay

Jordan Wilson Brendan Robertson

A record number of 57 participants signed up for the 10k in the 7th edition of this 'back to basics' road race, including many out of town vacationers. Twenty-six more enjoyed the Family 3k. Summer racing conditions were ideal on this mostly-shaded lake-front course, with clear sunny skies and hardly a breath of wind.

Heading out of Katherine Lake Park, 24-year-old Brendan Robertson of Vancouver set the pace with recent Chatelech Grad Jordan Wilson to keep him company. Robertson broke away after less than 2km and raced alone to victory in a personal best 36:49. Wilson stayed strong for a 38:45 finish with no one else in sight. More than four minutes back, Damian Towns of North Vancouver captured third overall and first masters 40+ spot in 42:59.

Sally-Anne Stelling

On the women's side, Sally-Anne Stelling of Vancouver took an early lead and never relinquished it, crossing the line in 48:53 in 12th position overall. Three minutes behind her was a see-saw battle for 2nd and 3rd between two young Vancouver competitors, Angela Saunders and Sydney DesBrisay. DesBrisay, just 13 years of age, shadowed 24-year-old Saunders for several kilometres, moved ahead of her for the next few km's, then was passed back at 8km. But DesBrisay was not content with third place and changed gears to power past Saunders (and a couple of male racers) once and for all over the final undulating stretch on Katherine Lake Park Road. DesBrisay managed to put 8 seconds between herself and Saunders at the finish line.

Alex Nightingale

Following the run, most finishers enjoyed a refreshing dip in Katherine Lake, as well as home-made goodies and fresh fruit. Many stayed for the afternoon to enjoy a day at the beach; quite a few were camping on-site.

“I want to thank you and your team for putting on a really nice community event yesterday. Beautiful setting and supportive folks, both runners and non-runners. That was my first time in the event and I really enjoyed it — had a very nice feel to it. Well done,” said Pat Lewis of Sakinaw Lake.

Next SCA-hosted event is Run the Rock Marathon, Half Marathon & 8k, August 24th on Texada Island ( Online registration is open until midnight August 21st; race day registration available ONLY for the 8k.

Club results:
2. 38:45 Jordan Wilson    1st M19&U
9. 46:13 Alex Nightingale 3rd M19&U

Squamish Days 10k, August 3

SCA team

Group photo by Leo Lam

All five participating members of Sunshine Coast Athletics had podium finishes at last Sunday’s Squamish Days 10k, race #10 of the 11-race Lower Mainland Road Race Series (LMRRS). Three silvers for the Nightingales and 2 bronzes for Steve Merrick and Suzette Narbonne made a "full house" of age group medals, and third place in the team category.

As usual for this event, the early August heat took its toll on most participants, on what would otherwise be a very fast out and back course. Even so, most SCA team members managed to post times similar to what they ran at the much cooler Summerfast 10k two weeks ago.

Larry Alex Teresa

With one race to go (Richmond Olympic Oval 10k, August 17), Alex Nightingale now sits in second place in the M19&U division of the Lower Mainland Series. Teresa Nightingale is also second in the F45-49 division, and Suzette Narbonne is third in the F50-54 with the potential to move into second. Steve Merrick has a top 4 finish in M45-49 locked up, while Larry Nightingale will need another strong podium finish at the final race to move into the top 5 in the M50-54 division. Top five in each LMRRS division will win merchandise prizing.

Suzette Steve
40:57 Larry Nightingale  2nd M50-54 
41:52 Alex Nightingale   2nd M19&U 
43:19 Teresa Nightingale 2nd F45-49
49:31 Steve Merrick      3rd M45-49
52:31 Suzette Narbonne   3rd F50-54

Sea Cavalcade Mile, July 26, Gibsons

Since 2011 this event has been growing in leaps and bounds. The 12th edition continued the trend with a new record total of 118 registrations — the third year in a row with 100+ finishers. The perfect summer weather no doubt helped to bring out nearly 60 last-minute sign-ups on race morning.

Leading the charge down Gibsons Way past cheering spectators was a trio which included last year's defending champion Jordan Wilson of Sechelt, recent winner of the Canada Day Mile. Though he tried valiantly, a mile hat-trick was not in the cards, as new Sechelt resident Greg Edgar, along with his brother-in-law Skeets Morel of Vancouver, were just a few seconds faster getting to the finish line at the Heritage School. Edgar, a medical student, is doing his locum in Sechelt with Dr. Jack Bryson, who told him about this race (and jokingly apologized to Wilson later for bringing in the 'ringer' competition).

Alex Jordan

Wilson was pulled through to a 15-second personal best of 4:37, which lessened the pain of missing out on the cash prize. Chatelech and Sunshine Coast Athletics teammate Alex Nightingale was left running alone in no-man's land in 4th place, but was very pleased with his 4:55 clocking — first time under 5 minutes and a 16-second personal best. He and Wilson were 1-2 in the M16-19 division, while Chat teammates Elliot Wadge and Liam Watson topped the M13-15 age group.

The Edgar family's winning ways continued with Greg's sister Mary Edgar of Vancouver easily taking the women's title in 5:19, good for 5th place overall. The second woman to finish was 18-year-old Sophie Dodd of Vancouver, who was third female in 2007 back when she was in the 10-12 year age group.

Rounding out the top three, just three seconds behind Dodd, was 55-year-old Nancy Tinari of Port Moody, a veteran distance running champion and former Olympian, who came over to race "just for fun". Because of a permanent knee injury Tinari can't run more than about 5km at a time, so she enjoys shorter distance runs and triathlons these days. She was very happy with her 5:39 result on this fast course.

Maria Suzette Steve

Club members Steve Merrick and Suzette Narbonne were both medal winners in their categories, Merrick easily taking third in the competitive M40-49 division (6:15) and Narbonne second to Tinari in the F50-59 grouping (7:01).

Tinari's boyfriend and videographer Keith Dunn (who also videotaped the Fool's Run) captured finish line video that will be available online shortly.

After enjoying the parade, participants gathered in Gibsons Landing for the awards ceremony, with draw prizes including a $160 gift voucher for shoes from Coast Podiatry / Dr. Adam Zanbilowicz, and a number of gift cards for RoadID products.

Next SCA-hosted race is the Four Lakes 10k & 3k, August 10th at Katherine Lake Park in Garden Bay. For details, registration and volunteer sign-up see

Club Results:
4:36.8 Jordan Wilson     3rd overall, 1st M16-19
4:55.5 Alex Nightingale  4th overall, 2nd M16-19
6:15.5 Steve Merrick     3rd M40-49
7:01.4 Suzette Narbonne  2nd F50-59
8:10.8 Maria Nightingale 7th F13-15

Full results at

VFAC Summerfast 10k, July 19, Vancouver

Teresa Alex Larry

This race seems to be either very hot or very rainy! This year was a rainy year (though by early afternoon the day turned hot and sunny again, like a completely different day). Weather notwithstanding, this was a great event hosted by VFAC, with their famous home-baked goodies afterwards. The damp, breezy weather did help to keep the Stanley Park seawall clear of non-racing pedestrians.

Several club members and a few other Coasters raced this one. Gibsons' Kimberley Doerksen was the 3rd woman finisher overall in 35:17, five seconds faster than her breakthrough time last year at this event. This result moved her into first place overall by 4 points in the final women's open rankings of the 2014 BC Timex Series — good for $1000 and a trip to the National 10k Championships in Toronto in September!

Steve Suzette Helen

Helen Sabourin handily won the F70-74 age group as usual, with a stellar sub-60 clocking, after deciding at the last minute to race this one.

Alex Nightingale had a new 10k personal best by 20 seconds, after running with Teresa N. for the first 4km, then moving ahead gradually and kicking for home in the final kilometre. Summerfast is also part of the Lower Mainland Road Race Series and Alex is collecting points in the Male 19 and Under division. Steve Merrick and Suzette Narbonne are also contenders in the LMRRS in their respective age groups.

Club results: (chip times)
40:41 Larry Nightingale   7th M50-54
41:40 Alex Nightingale    8th M19&U
43:08 Teresa Nightingale  2nd F45-49
47:45 Steve Merrick      11th M45-49
50:57 Suzette Narbonne    5th F50-54
58:05 Helen Sabourin      1st F70-74

Halfmoon Bay Trophy Run 5.4km, July 13

Even by the time the race started at 9:30am, it was cooking out there, on the hottest day of the year so far. Fortunately much of the course is shaded, and the humidity wasn't as high as some past editions. The net downhill is countered by a few tough uphills, most noticeably two steep inclines in the final 800m, but the long drops mid-course are what everyone feels the next day!

The top five finishers were basically the current SCA club workout group. Sechelt's Jordan Wilson separated himself from the pack from the start, steadily building a 1 minute lead over Halfmoon Bay's Alex Nightingale, who was being pushed by his dad (and coach) Larry Nightingale. Alex's time was nearly 4 minutes faster than last year. A minute and a half back, Sechelt's Elliot Wadge, running with one shoelace untied, was caught twice by Teresa Nightingale, but he finally sprinted away up and over the last hill at Cooper's Green. Visiting Edmontonian ultramarathoner Steve Baker was next, despite having just 4 weeks of semi-regular training after several months off. Second woman was Halfmoon Bay's Dawne Clancy, a minute ahead of teenager Taylor Mackie from North Vancouver.

 1. 19:30  Jordan Wilson       Sechelt       M17-19
 2. 20:33  Alex Nightingale    Halfmoon Bay  M17-19
 3. 20:46  Larry Nightingale   Halfmoon Bay  M50-59
 4. 22:13  Elliot Wadge        Sechelt       M13-16
 5. 22:24  Teresa Nightingale  Halfmoon Bay  F40-49
 6. 23:52  Steve Baker         Edmonton      M50-59
 7. 26:32  Geoff Bevan         Gibsons       M50-59
 8. 26:44  Carl Pitman         Nanaimo       M40-49
 9. 27:08  Murray Comley       N. Vancouver  M40-49
10. 27:48  Dawne Clancy        Halfmoon Bay  F40-49
11. 28:52  Taylor Mackie       N. Vancouver  F17-19
12. 30:31  Drew Mackie         N. Vancouver  F13-16
13. 35:34  Lilli McGinn        Sechelt       F60-69
14. 35:40  Kim Mackie          N. Vancouver  F50-59
15. 37:18  Carol Sawchuck      Sechelt       F40-49
16. 39:04  Megan Stuart Stubbs Halfmoon Bay  F50-59
17. 43:39  Nick Sawchuck       Sechelt       M50-59

Sechelt Canada Day Mile, July 1

Jordan Alex

The weather was perfect this year for the mile: summer sun without the high heat and humidity of last year. Defending champ and Chatelech Eagles team member Jordan Wilson of Sechelt had to run hard to stay ahead of Roberts Creek's Mason Gregory. The two finished just 4 seconds apart with the effort showing clearly on Wilson's face at the line. Wilson's 4:52 was 18 seconds faster than last year. Chatelech teammate Alex Nightingale of Halfmoon Bay stuck to his own race pace for a solid third place overall, improving on his 2013 time by a similar amount. Following Nightingale were two more Chatelech teammates, Elliot Wadge and Sean Parfitt, to round out the top 5, all under 5:30. First woman across the line and 7th overall was Marisa Alps of Halfmoon Bay in 6:30, just 9 seconds ahead of Sechelt's Cathy McLeod. Halfmoon Bay's Dawne Clancy took third spot for the women. full results | photos

Suzette Steve
Club Results:
 1. 4:52 Jordan Wilson    1st M16-19
 3. 5:12 Alex Nightingale 2nd M16-19
 8. 6:36 Steve Merrick    2nd M40-49
14. 7:20 Suzette Narbonne 2nd F50-59

Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon, June 22


Bit of a warm/humid one this year! Sunny with no wind, nice in the shade but a bit tough in the full sun sections. As always, a fun event with a great vibe. Gibsons' Kim Doerksen was 4th woman overall in a strong elite field.

1:35:43 Teresa Nightingale  4th F45-49
2:29:22 Elizabeth Boghean 113th F50-54

BC High School Provincial Track & Field Championships, May 30-31, Langley

Jordan Alex

Club highlights: Chat's first ever, and zone 5 champions, Senior Men's 4 x 400 relay team finished 5th in their heat and 20th overall in one of the most fiercely contested events of the weekend. The team of Caleb Burnham, Alex Nightingale, Joshua Desrochers and Jordan Wilson shaved 1 second off their qualifying time to finish in 3:45.83.

Alex also raced in the Sr Men's 800m preliminaries, going out faster than planned to lead the first lap in 58s, then fade to 4th in the second lap. He still matched his best time of 2:09.

The Chat athletes were exposed to high calibre, 'big school' competition for the first time, and did not flinch. Running coach Larry Nightingale and conditioning coach Mokie Burnham were thrilled with their performance.

Sr Men 800m Preliminaries
20. 2:09.86 Alex Nightingale, Chatelech

Sr Men 4x400m Relay Preliminaries
20. 3:45.83 Chatelech (C Burnham, A Nightingale, J Desrochers, J Wilson)

Oasis Shaughnessy 8k, May 25, Vancouver

Larry and Alex

Photo by Denise Relke

32:17 Alex Nightingale  2nd M19&U
34:34 Larry Nightingale 7th M50-54
38:04 Steve Merrick     6th M45-49
40:07 Suzette Narbonne  5th F50-54

NSSSAA Zone Finals, May 22, Burnaby

Qualifiers for provincial HS champs:

800m Sr Boys
2. 2:09.55 Alex Nightingale

4x400m Sr Boys
1. 3:46:17 Chatelech (C Burnham, A Nightingale, J Desrochers, J Wilson)

May Day Fun Run 3.9k, May 17, Pender Harbour

Alex Jordan

Check our Facebook page for more photos!

Full results:
 1. 14:04 Jordan Wilson
 2. 14:08 Alex Nightingale
 3. 14:24 Joshua Desrochers
 4. 19:54 Ian MacKay
 5. 21:11 Johnny Gooldrup
 6. 21:37 Susan Blair
 7. 21:39 Liz Dilasser
 8. 21:39 Larry Nightingale
 9. 23:55 Jenny Adams
10. 25:08 Sharlynne Niemela
11. 26:17 Mario Lowther
12. 26:54 Maria Nightingale
13. 26:55 Teresa Nightingale
14. 28:23 Crystal Goodwin
15. 29:52 Sarah Gooldrup

Elk/Beaver Ultra, May 10, Victoria


Teresa's race report: I should really stick to my race plan next time.... first 30k very nice but much too fast (2 to 4 mins per 10k loop too fast) but felt good and just went with it - and paid the price by about 35k. The quads started to protest just after 30k but still manageable. How quickly things can go from terrific to horrible. Just after 35k they kinda stopped working and I had to walk for a few mins, also feeling lightheaded (bonk!). Still felt crappy walking so got running again to finish the loop (thanks to the older lady on her 3rd lap who was also hurting but pushing on, I followed your feet!) and get to the food station at the start/finish. Scarfed back some fruit, gummy candy-things and chocolate chip cookies (just stood there and ate/drank for about 2 minutes, probably should have brought stuff with me) and headed out for the last 10k hoping for the best. Legs immediately felt better (phew!), and for a while it seemed possible to get back to normal speed, but every time I sped up a bit my body said "no way!". But it was a relief to be able to keep running, albeit slowly. No more walking. Overall, 5 mins slower than original goal time. But 2nd F (by 1 minute!) and 1st Mast F so I can't complain. I'll know better for next time, not to treat a 50k like a marathon plus 8k!
Very inspired by the 50mi and 100k women who passed me in my last lap, looking fresh as daisies! Incredible.


Tammy's race report: Well... Was registered for 50 mile, but at 47 km my problematic leg kicked up, and then I wiped out hard. I had to make the hard decision to pull myself at 50 km and avoid worsening injury. Sad thing, I was challenging for overall female and appeared to have masters female in the bag. Rest of body feels great... And I now know I can go this distance/time without hydration/fuel.

We both want to go back in 2015 and conquer this one!

More photos on our Facebook page.

4:21:53  Teresa Nightingale 7th Overall, 2nd F, 1st F Mast

50.47k (portion of 50 mile):
4:47:19  Tammy Dean

Splits (including all aid station stops):
            10k      20k      30k      40k      50k 
Teresa  0:48:21  1:35:25  2:22:56  3:18:47  4:21:53

         10.47k   20.47k   30.47k   40.47k   50.47k 
Tammy   1:00:29  1:55:56  2:51:44  3:47:38  4:47:19

NSSSAA Preliminary Meets #1-3, Handsworth Secondary, North Vancouver

1500m Sr Boys (Apr 29)
6.  4:38.45 Alex Nightingale
10. 4:54.33 Jordan Wilson

800m Sr Boys (May 1)
6. 2:09.71 Alex Nightingale

3000m Sr Boys (May 6: zone finals)
6. 10:16 Jordan Wilson
8. 10:21 Alex Nightingale

NSSSAA Exhibition Meet 4, Handsworth Secondary, April 24, North Vancouver

3000m Sr Boys (Grade 11/12)
2. 10:06.62 Jordan Wilson
3. 10:09.89 Alex Nightingale

100m Sr Boys
8. 12.69 Jordan Wilson

BMO Sunshine Coast April Fool's Run, April 6, Gibsons

Another good weather year with no headwind made for a lot of fast times. Gibsons' Kim Doerksen destroyed the women's event record by more than 3 minutes, in 1:14:53 — first female overall by a huge margin. Club results follow:

1:29:04 Jordan Wilson      1st M16-19, 3rd local male
1:42:25 Tammy Dean         7th F40-49, 2nd local female
1:49:14 Steve Merrick     17th M40-49
1:49:47 Suzette Narbonne   3rd F50-59
2:05:09 Helen Sabourin     1st F70-79
2:05:31 Debra MacWilliam  18th F40-49
2:17:53 Elizabeth Boghean 21st F50-59

BMO St. Patrick's Day 5k, March 15, Vancouver

A new faster all-road course in Stanley Park (no seawall) was well received and the party and food were terrific as usual! The rain held off before pouring down later in the day.

18:08 Larry Nightingale 5th M50-54
20:22 Alex Nightingale 15th M U20
20:40 Teresa Nightingale 3rd F45-49
23:52 Steve Merrick 12th M45-49
25:11 Suzette Narbonne 7th F50-54

Eagles 10k, March 8, Sechelt

Results are posted for our brand new off-road event in Sechelt on Saturday March 8! The rain poured down but we still had 23 hardy participants. Over $500 was raised for the Chat Eagles running team.

Club results:
 1. 38:18 Jordan Wilson
 2. 42:00 Alex Nightingale
 4. 43:55 Teresa Nightingale
 7. 46:30 Tammy Dean
10. 51:44 Carl Green

"First Half" Half Marathon, February 16, Vancouver

The partipants and organizers lucked out with a sunny, mostly calm morning between windstorms. Gibsons star Kimberley Doerksen finished strongly as second female overall. Kim was only 22s behind Natasha Wodak, after being more than a minute behind at the 10k split. Helen Sabourin won the F70-74 division — as usual!

1:48:32 Steven Merrick    69th M45-49
1:51:29 Suzette Narbonne  25th F50-54
2:04:18 Helen Sabourin     1st F70-74