Ready to go!
Ken, Lynn, Nicole and Deb. Lise is taking
It snowed during
the night and the winds picked up significantly
putting a bit of nerves into early morning
run preparations. True running conditions
turned about to actually be quite favourable
for most. The temperature held between 0 and
+2 for the morning and while winds were very
high the direction from the northwest actually
favoured the course layout. Most of the blow
was from our backs in the exposed sections
and we were protected by trees, hills and
structures when the wind was into us. Roads
were a bit wet to dry and there was no snow
on the actual course.
I believe course
support is actually improving as the run ages.
There are more available water stations and
definitely more porta johns than in earlier
years. The Pot Bangers in Tin Pan Alley through
the beaches area are getting new life as a
younger demographic is enthusiastically taking
over from the old folks who were beginning
to be unable to get out and provide support.
The north shore is always populated by great
supporters. The top of Lasalle Park hill at
21k is absolutely raucous. I really enjoy
running through there high fiving as many
youngins as I can slap hands with. There is
a famous private aid station at the 23 k mark
as you go upgrade to Plains Rd. Jan and the
Northshore Blvd. neighbours created a water
and fruit station over a decade ago. It's
been such a success that runners absolutely
expect it. Thank you Jan. Next up at the 24k
mark the West Plains Church Choir serenade
and cheer us on after their church service
giving runners a special push on our way along
For 27 years
Stan Wakeman has been a fixture on the Valley
Inn Hill playing Queen's "We Will Rock
You". Listening to the music and seeing
his smiling face is something I look forward
to every year. I stopped and let him know
this year what an impression he has made and
continues to make on tired runners as they
prepare to tackle the final hill. He informed
me his first outing was in 1993. I hope to
keep on seeing him in years to come.
Tim 'the Grim'
Reaper is a star now. He's even got his own
paintings for sale at the expo. You can find
Tim every year by the graveyard at the 28km
mark beckoning the weak to give it all up
and just stop at the cemetery. It's become
quite a selfie station in the last few years.
We finish indoors
at FirstOntario Place which is the best when
it's a bit nippy. This year for the first
time I'm aware of they served a local beer
for all who finished. A very nice touch -
even if I don't imbibe.
I love this run.
Yes, it's a bit hard but it's also very special.
I hope to go back again next year.
to all our Rocks!! and friends who took part
in the 125th annual Hamilton Around the Bay
30k and 5k.