2007 Ladysmith Striders News Headlines
December 27, 2007 -- It's that time of year again when many runners begin to gaze into the new year and ponder the running calendar challenges that lie ahead. No doubt there will be some Ladysmith Striders that include themselves in this group as many Striders participated in the Frontrunners Island Race Series last year. For Ladysmith Striders that are considering the fun again, the Frontrunners Island Race Series begins on January 13th so I think it appropriate here to provide a friendly reminder to take advantage of some cost savings by entering early. And when entering, don't forget to record that you are from the Ladysmith Striders.
For your further awareness, runners who complete all eight races in the 2008 series, or eight races and volunteer at their own race, will receive a gift certificate from Frontrunners entitling them to 50% off the series registration (without shirts) for the 2009 series. Check out the schedule below.
Frontrunners Island Race Series 2008 Schedule
December 7, 2007 -- For those that enjoy running with iPods or Mp3 Players, consider a download from Phedippidations. Its a "Runcast" of thoughts, opinions, observations and rambling diatribes composed during distance long runs. Phedippidations is a weekly podcast for runners, recorded while the host, Steve Runner, is out on his long runs, or running a marathon or road race. Check out the podcast download site at http://www.steverunner.com/
Phedippidations: The weekly PodCast for runners at www.steverunner.com
December 5, 2007 -- Ladysmith Striders
declare 3rd Annual Cinnamon Bun Fun Run a
success. More than sixty hearty fun-loving runners braved the heavy snow in the 3rd Annual Cinnamon Bun Fun Run in an effort to stock up the shelves at the Ladysmith Food Bank.
We also want to offer thanks to Tony at Esquires Coffee in Coronation Square for supplying the post-run hot beverages for everyone. Esquires Coffee is the Ladysmith Striders regular Sunday morning post-run meeting place and we appreciate Tony helping us out on the fun run charity event.
October 12, 2007 -- While opportunities to run in road races abound from March to November, probably the majority of runners train throughout the summer months for the September to November organized run schedule when cooler weather present ideal conditions for hammering out a PR. This was the case for Ladysmith Striders as many of them logged their long Sunday runs together enjoying both the early morning sunrise and the camaraderie of friendship while preparing as a group for the long distance challenges that they had individually determined for themselves. Out of a summer-long patchwork of stories ranging from encounters with clawed wildlife to painful over-use injuries that accumulated throughout the summer of running, a strong fabric was woven where good friends shouldered their training challenges together in an effort to support each other in their chosen distance which in the end proved to be the element of success. For each runner that endured hours of personal miles and claimed early morning victory over the mattress, their perseverance paid off handsomely as races of varying distances were conquered and the fruits of success enjoyed in the first week of October.
In October, Ladysmith Striders participated in half marathons and full marathons on both the international and local running scenes. Chris Brower and John Mountain traveled to the United States over the Thanksgiving weekend with John running the Chicago Marathon in Illinois and Chris stopping in Portland Oregon to participant in the Portland Marathon.
By going to Chicago this year, John unknowingly participated in what
will go down in history as the hottest Chicago Marathon ever with unseasonable
October temperatures reaching 88F which caused the early termination of
the race after only four hours. While the Race Director's decision designed to lessen the
volume of runners collapsing from heat exhaustion which had reached
into the hundreds within hours of the race start, if inevitably stranded over half of the 36,000 runners that had not yet made it to
the 13 mile mark after four hours to the howls of disappointment. John finished the Chicago
"Michigan Meltdown Marathon" along with 22,000
others before the race was called off, but it was really unfortunate
for the thousands of others that did not finish. The 2007 Chicago
Marathon had 45,000 runners register with 36,000 actually starting
the race and 22,000 finishing.
Chris on the other hand, traveled down to Oregon to run the Portland Marathon for the second time in two years. Chris completed the Portland Marathon last year and decided to revisit the city in order to accompany a friend who was making her first marathon attempt. Chris ran and encouraged her friend for the first half of the run and then "released the hounds" on the back half which resulting in a impressive negative split and a sub four hour finish. The weather was cloudy & cool which was perfect for running and spectator and volunteer support was wonderful.
Closer to home, a group of Ladysmith Striders accompanied by many others from Vancouver Island decided that the Royal Victoria Marathon and Half-Marathon would go good with a little turkey on Thanksgiving weekend. Running the Royal Victoria Marathon on Thanksgiving Sunday were Dolly Brown, Bruce Youngren, Kim Judson, and Cassie Judson. While some runners had challenged these long distances previously, it was however the first time at a marathon distance for Bruce, Kim and Cassie. Completing the 26.2 mile distance is a huge achievement for these three runners for it places them in the company of only 3% of the world's population that have completed a marathon which aside from being is truly a unique accomplishment, provides the satisfaction of knowing that seemingly impossible goals are within reach and achievable. Congratulations to you first timers.
Taking up the half-marathon challenge at the Royal Victoria on Thanksgiving Sunday were Ladysmith Striders Bala and Pauline Naidoo. These two seasoned husband and wife runners placed very well in their age groups with Pauline breaking the tape in 4th position and Bala completing the half in 8th position. Congratulations to both runners who finished the half marathon distance in under two hours.
Now that some Ladysmith
have met their running objectives and fulfilled their mileage goals,
it may be a good time to take it easy for a few weeks. Clearly you
can't hang onto peak performance forever as it is difficult to stay
strong and maintain endurance
once the road race calendar fades into November, but we'll always
have our Sunday morning maintenance runs from Esquires Coffee that
hopefully will allow us to hang onto what we worked so hard to build
up to over this past summer. And as next January rolls around, I
know the Ladysmith
will be building strength and endurance again as they look at
running the Island Series.
The BC Senior Games was big success in Nanaimo with final results for the regional team competition showing North Island Region Two edging out their Region 1 South Island rivals in the medal count. The BC Senior Games provided an opportunity for all BC Seniors, age 55 and over, to come to Nanaimo and compete in an organized sport recreation that promoted fitness, mental stimulation, individual achievement, and community pride. Over 3500 participants took part in at least 23 sporting events over three days of competition.
Two organizers of the Nanaimo event were Ladysmith Striders Bala and Pauline Naidoo who volunteered many hours over the last year to make these games a success. Congratulations are therefore offered for their efforts in helping to organizing this huge event.
Speaking of contributions and congratulations, both Pauline and Bala are avid runners in the Ladysmith area and were keen participants in track and field running events at the games. Bala and Pauline Naidoo have been long distance running with the Ladysmith Striders for some time now and call Saltair their home. Both individuals have routinely participated in the Island Series road races and other local running events, but it was really the first time that either had participated any kind of structured track competition.
And the track sure seemed to agree with Pauline for it was here that she showed her track prowess by claiming honours in all five events that she toed the line. Congratulations go out to Pauline Naidoo on her medal contribution to the North Island Region Two team win with an eyebrow-raising 4 Gold and One Silver. Pauline laced them on and claimed gold medals in distances of 800m, 1500m, 5000m, and the 10k run, and claimed a silver with three other team-mates in the medley relay as well. Five medals in all, truly a commendable achievement. Click photo on above left to enlarge image.
Volunteers are individuals that freely give their time, talent, abilities to a cause that they believe in. Special mention goes out to another Ladysmith Strider who volunteered her time throughout the Nanaimo BC Senior Games. Robin Billas, who is a regular runner with the Ladysmith Striders, provided support services for athletes during the games and the Striders acknowledge the time, her talents and abilities that she shared in an effort to make the games a success. Great job Robin!
For those that enjoy running with iPods or Mp3 Players, consider a download from Phedippidations. Its a "Runcast" of thoughts, opinions, observations and rambling diatribes composed during distance long runs. Phedippidations is a weekly podcast for runners, recorded while the host, Steve Runner, is out on his long runs, or running a marathon or road race. Check out the podcast download site at http://www.steverunner.com/podcast.htm . This is a ready unique podcast resource that caters specifically to runners. I really liked the podcast that Steve Runner produced while he was running the 111th Boston Marathon on April 16th 2007... right click here, and choose Save Target As from the right click menu to download mp3. Enjoy!!
The 8th Annual Edge to Edge Marathon is a wrap! After gale force winds the day prior, the sun came out and it was perfect running weather. The Ladysmith Striders joined 58 other teams to pound the beach and pavement between Tofino and Ucluelet in the Edge 2 Edge Marathon Relay on June 10th. The Ladysmith Striders broke the ribbon with a team effort of 3:46:05 which was good enough for a 10th place finish in the mixed division of 30 teams.
As John noted...
Ladysmith Striders participating in the 2007 Edge 2 Edge Relay Marathon were Bala and Pauline Naidoo, Robin Billas, Eliina Alle, and John Mountain. Visit the Ladysmith Striders Club Photos page for a few snaps. Special thanks to Eliina's husband Todd for his kind support during the entire weekend, it was much appreciated.
This confirms that Striders are true "Hill Tamers"!! To view all the results, click here.