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ISSUE #41-2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008

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In this issue:

From the BC Athletics Office:

  • Haney to Harrison - A Great Success!
  • 2008 BCA Awards Nomination Criteria and Forms - due November 30
  • Athlete-Coach Canada Games Development Training Camps
  • Best in the West Spring Break 2009 - Orlando, Florida
  • 2009 Draft Calendars
  • Update/Summary from Fixtures Congress
  • Winter 2008/2009 Road Running Performance Clinic
  • 2009 BC Athletics Annual General Meeting

Road Running:

  • Results from Haney to Harrison Relay
  • H2H - Ultra Report

Athletics Canada:

  • Athletics Canada Development Training Camp - December 5-7, 2008

From the BC Athletics Office

Haney to Harrison Road Relay and Ultra - A Great Success!

BC Athletics would like to send out a big Thank-You to all volunteers and participants that took part in this year's H2H Road Relay and Ultra. Results can be found on the Race Headquarters website and photos are posted on the H2H website. The success of the race was in large part due to the team volunteers and the great job they did with their responsibilities, as well as the compliance by all to the rules and regulations. 

Stay tuned to the BCA Bulletin for more information on the 2009 event.

2008 BCA Awards Nomination Criteria and Forms - due November 30

The criteria and nomination forms for 2008 BCA Athlete of the Year, Coach of the Year and Executive of the Year are now available in both on-line and printable versions. All nominations due November 30, 2008. 

Athlete-Coach Canada Games Development Training Camps

The December training camp will be on December 27-29 in Kamloops at Thompson Rivers University indoor facility (The Tournament Capital Centre).

The camp will comprise educational sessions related to Mental Training, Nutrition and Strength Training. There will also be technical sessions for all event areas presented by the Canada Summer Games coaching staff.

The cost is $50 for the camp and this will include all technical and educational sessions along with a camp t-shirt and some snacks and one dinner. There will be event specific drills and progressions as well as an opportunity to have video analysis and feedback for each registrant.

The training camp is open to all athletes 15 years of age and older. The emphasis will be on the up-coming Canada Summer Games preparations but will be beneficial for all serious minded athletes.

Olympians will be on hand to speak about their Beijing experiences.

For further information please contact Ron Bunting at

BC Athletics Staffing Announcement

BC Athletics is pleased to announce that Julian Cooper has joined BC Athletics as the Administrative Assistant for BC Athletics and the Run Jump Throw Programs. Julian comes with degrees in English and Human Kinetics, experience as a research assistant in Orthopedic Engineering and Family Practice (UBC Med) and a YMCA Fitness specialist and Running Clinic Coordinator. His training, education and experience are reflected in his road running accomplishment with 1:17 Half Marathon, 34:38 10km and 16:30 5 km performances to his credit. 

"Julian is a great addition to the BC Athletics staff, bringing both the training and experience best suited to the responsibilities of these positions," said Brian McCalder, Pres/CEO. "We look forward to working with him in the development and delivery of the programs and services of the Association," McCalder concluded.

Please join us in welcoming Julian.

Julian can be reached at: and 604-333-3554.

For a brief biography, please see the Run Jump Throw web page.

Best in the West Spring Break 2009 - Orlando

The 2009 spring break track and field tour is filling up fast. This year's tour will feature coaches Tom Nielsen (throws), Chris Johnson (endurance), Ryan Hvidtson (pole vault, jumps), and Laurier Primeau (sprints, hurdles, jumps). For a brochure and tour information go to: 

2009 Draft Calendars

Drafts for 2009 Events are posted on the website and will be updated as information is submitted. 

2009 BC Athletics Track & Field Fixtures/Calendar Congress - November 2/08

The re-introduction of the T&F Fixtures/Calendar Congress was a very positive step in bringing competition directors and club representatives together to discuss competition dates, strategies to enhance both the competitions themselves and outdoor track & field season, identify the responsibilities of clubs to officials training and development and the importance of event planning. Input on various issues from the participants and presentations by John Cull (BCA Officials Cttee Chair) on Officials component and Kim Young (Event Director of the Harry Jerome Int'l Track Classic) on Event Planning provided good practical information for the effective hosting of competitions. Information from the Congress is being assembled and will be circulated to all attendees and posted on the website. Thank you to all who attended. We look forward to providing an Annual Calendar Congress providing both information and education for event directors.

Winter 2008/2009 Road Running Performance Clinic

BC Athletics presents the Winter 2008/2009 Road Running Performance Clinic: "Interval Training"

Long Program 2: 24 weeks, Oct. 22, 2008 to April 15, 2009
No session Oct. 8, Dec. 24, and Dec. 31

Short Program: 15 weeks, Jan. 7, 2009 through to April 15, 2009
Drop-in: on any of the above dates

Wednesday evenings at 6pm, Brockton Oval, Stanley Park

This clinic is for all runners who wish to improve their running fitness level and performance. Should already be comfortable running 20-25 miles per week (regardless of pace). Includes a formal interval training session every Wednesday night, plus coaching and personal consultation from John Hill (certified Level 2 coach). Presented by the Road Running Division of BC Athletics.

The cost is:
Long Program 2: $160 + GST - registration deadline Oct 21
Short Program: $125 + GST - registration deadline Jan 6
Late registration: add $10
minus $10 for BCA Athletics members. Drop-in $15.

Registration form:

2009 BC Athletics Annual General Meeting
January 30, 31 & February 1 2009

Information and documentation will be updated on the BC Athletics website on a regular basis leading up to the AGM 

New Documentation available:



Haney to Harrison Relay & 100K Ultra

Congratulations are in order not only for all participants in this year's H2H relay event but for the following teams which emerged victorious in their team category:

Open Men: Peninsula Runners (5:38:19)
Masters Men 40: VFAC Wheezing Geezers (6:27:45)
Corporate Open: KP - Pelton Runners (6:44:20)
Open Women: VFAC John's Angels (6:51:03)
Open Mixed: Flight of the Phoenix (6:58:30)
Masters Women 40: VFAC Masters Women (7:05:46)
Recreation: Finger Lickin' Good (7:20:41)
Police/Fire: District North Vancouver Fire 1 (7:26:36)
Corporate Mixed: Innovative Fitness - West Van (7:31:10)
Masters Men 50: LGRR Road Rockets (7:33:38)
Masters Mixed 40: Weather Fukarwe Tribe (7:51:06)
Masters Women 50: SWFTY50S+ (8:40:33)
Masters Men 60: Semiahmoo Sixty Plus (9:12:48)

Full results can be found at the Race Headquarters website.

Ultra Marathon Race Report

Haney to Harrison
Haney Harrison 100Km
Saturday, November 8th, 2008
Harrison Hot Springs, BC, Canada

Leading from start to finish, Hassan Lofti-Pour of North Vancouver ran a strong race to cap off a successful season by winning the Haney to Harrison 100Km in a time of 8:15:11 knocking close to 10 minutes off his previous year's time. Andy Bachmann of Pitt Meadows ran negative splits to move up through the field and capture 2nd place in a time of 8:59:13. Ron Rillorta of Coquitlam, stepping up from Ironman triathlons to run his first ultra, finished third in 9:18:00.

Nicola Gildersleeve of North Vancouver looked fresh and consistent taking the win in the women's race in 9:31:31 having tapered for this race by running the New York City Marathon just 6 days before. Second place went to Ultraman athlete Barb Owen of Maple Ridge in 11:50:11, just ahead of Coquitlam's Lucy Ryan who turned in a time of 11:54:29 less than a month after finishing the Ironman triathlon in Kona.

Race conditions were mild and damp, with temperatures in the low teens Celsius (low fifties F) and only about four hours of rain compared to the torrential downpours of the last two years. The course consists of paved highways following British Columbia's scenic Sasquatch Drive. Starting just outside Vancouver in Maple Ridge, the course winds its way over rolling hills, passing through Mission and into the lush farmlands of the Fraser Valley enroute to the finish in the idyllic resort community of Harrison Hot Springs. This year marked the 12th running of the event.

Of course, if it wasn't for the volunteers, nobody would be running at all. The efforts of the volunteers cannot go unnoticed, particularly in wet rainy conditions, which may not be bad to run in, but truly create a different form of endurance event for the volunteers on the course.

Full race results are at:

31 starters
27 finishers

Ron Adams
H2H 100K Ultra Event Director

Athletics Canada

Athletics Canada Development Training Camp - December 5-7, 2008 

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