- Hypo Half Results
- Real Life Super Hero (Final Installment)
- Upcoming Local Events - Let's
Stomp out Breast Cancer Mar 9
- Running Room Update -
- Track North News -
Laurentian Track Results: Hal Brown Last Chance Memorial Meet
Conditions were favourable for sudbury's 9th running of the
Hypothermic Half Marathon. And that's a good thing considering
some of the weekend running conditions that we have endured
this winter. For a change Sunday was bright and sunny. Temperatures
at the start line hovered around -18 but quickly warmed up
to about 13 below for the last half of the race. The dreaded
and predicted high winds didn't really materialize to any
great extent. And the footing was excellent. No slipping and
sliding on this day.
Congratulations to all the runners and walkers. A special
shout to out to walker Norm Trowell who completed his 70 th
half marathon Sunday!
The winners; Eric Leishman took top honours for the men...even
though he got a very late start. Our own SudburyRock!! Sara
McIlraith was top lady. The rest of us walked and ran as fast
as we could to get back for the included brunch at Buzzy Browns.
Free bacon is always a highlight for me.
Take care all and see you next year for the 10th annual Sudbury
Life Super Hero Jamie McDonald
and 200 Marathons DONE!!
Installment in the Series:
Jamie McDonald's Homecoming
Gloucester Cathedral, or the Cathedral Church of St Peter
and the Holy and Indivisible Trinity, in Gloucester, England
of a citizen of Gloucester who’s gone to incredible
lengths to give back to the charities that supported him
as a child, a number of people have banded together to organise
a celebration and honour ceremony fit for Jamie McDonald.
This is an open invitation to join us in
welcoming Jamie back to the city after his historic 5,000
mile (200+ marathons!) run across Canada. We have been fortunate
enough to be offered Gloucester’s most prestigious
landmark, the Cathedral, in which to congratulate him for
his fundraising efforts.
Children's Hospital Visit
Civic Medal with Mayor
Cathedral Entrance 2
Congratulations and thank you Jamie McDonald
My homecoming stands out
to me as the proudest day of my life.
To start the day, I visited Gloucester Royal Children's Hospital
to see where the money raised from my previous challenges has
gone. Raising money is a huge motivation, but without getting
to see the impact it makes, it’s sometimes easy to forget
that it does make a big difference. I was incredibly happy to
see that some of the money was used to fund a play room and
a school room - two areas I believe are crucial to any kid’s
health and future. Firstly, the play room is a much-needed place
of distraction where kids can enjoy their time at the hospital.
Making kids happy aids recovery, something I know from experience.
Secondly, knowing my money has helped with the education of
children during their stay is powerful. I feel that I missed
out on a lot of education as a kid, mostly because I was a naughty
so and so(!), but also, through my illness, so it’s strange
to have been able to have an impact. Revealing the plaques for
these rooms had me tearing up on both occasions.
After seeing where and on what the money was spent I then went
on a tour around the hospital visiting the children. I had my
Flash suit on, which entertained the kids no end. Everyone,
that is, but one 10 year old girl who was battling cancer. We
sat with her for quite some time and when I tried to give her
my "superhero" bracelet – something I said helped
me through tough times, she looked right at me and simply said
"I don't like superheroes." Everyone laughed, you
have to love the honesty and innocence of children. At least
I know for next time, Peppa Pig or Barbie, apparently!
For me, the hardest part about the experience is seeing the
kids battle and the families looking on, going through their
own battle. All any of us can do, through fundraising and any
other way we can, is be positive and try to make a difference.
I was touched by the kindness of the parents, who just don’t
realise what incredibly strong people they are.
Next up was a (very!) gentle jog to Kings Square in Gloucester
city centre. Before I turned the corner, I wondered if anybody
would be there – like when you organise a party and sit
eagerly by the door for the first arrivals. I shouldn’t
have been worried, I was amazed to be greeted by hundreds of
people - family, friends and others who had been following the
journey. Kids and adults alike were dressed up as superheroes
and it was all incredibly overwhelming to see so many faces
and hear people talk, as if they had been on the journey with
me. It's funny, because all the time I was running, I just couldn't
see how it was reaching out to people.
We were joined by Gloucester’s town crier Alan Myatt,
who, ringing a bell and using his famous booming voice, assembled
all into a marching line, encouraging us to link arms to walk
through the heart of our city to the Cathedral, probably our
most famous landmark.
Entering the Cathedral I was extremely nervous. I knew that
I was to be honoured with the Medallion of the City of Gloucester
by our Mayor, Chris Chatterton. I also knew I would have to
deliver a speech for the first time to my home crowd. However,
once I’d been handed the award, and punched it into the
air for all to see, there was a huge roar. The nerves disappeared
as it dawned on me - "I just can't believe I did it."
I delivered a speech, with my first line "I would have
never of guessed that I'd have been given the medallion by Mr
T.", a light-hearted nod to the Mayor’s bling! Facing
my biggest crowd yet, of more than a thousand people, all I
could do was speak from the heart. I will remember the response
to my speech for the rest of my life. It’s incredibly
hard to put into words, but the feeling is once in a lifetime.
Walking out of the Cathedral felt like my wedding day. People
hugged me, kissed me (on the cheek of course) and sent warm
wishes my way. I never wanted it to end and wished I could have
thanked everybody individually for attending. People often tell
me my journey was selfless, but they have no idea how much I
get from it and my homecoming was no different.
We again assembled behind Alan, who led us to the Docks, and
the location at which I broke the world static cycle record.
There, councillor Paul James introduced the unveiling of a plaque
on the ground, marking the spot. I can't wait to stroll on by
at 70 years old with the Grandkids and say, "have a look
The night wasn't finished there, though. Hundreds of people
found their way to Dr Foster’s pub, where, alongside some
fantastic bands, we all happily drank too many beers... and
ate the most incredible spread of food, complete with my very
own Flash cake. It was the perfect end to a perfect day. I’ve
never felt prouder to say I’m from Gloucester.
This ends our journey with the
phenomenal Brit who successfully ran 5000 miles and 200 marathons
without a plan and in doing so positively affected the lives
of so many along the way. JamieMcDonald, you truly made a a
big difference. Many Canadians thank you for your efforts, for
your dedication to finishing the task you set for yourself,
for all the funds you raised , for your inspiration to achieve
ones best and for being an amazing person! Your family , friends
and Canadians are very proud of you!!!
More Photos Here
Photo Gallery 1
Photo Gallery 2
to Children's Centre
photos from Sudbury in early August to the finish
Upcoming Local Events
March 9, 2014
OUT BREAST CANCER
JOIN US FOR THE
7TH ANNUAL SNOWSHOE EVENT OF THE WINTER
|Sudbury – Are you
ready to stomp out breast cancer? Join us for an energetic
morning of snowshoeing and celebration. On March 9,
2014, Tubbs Snowshoes and the Canadian Breast Cancer
Foundation (CBCF) are hitting the trails for the seventh
consecutive year in Ontario.
“You may be a weekend warrior or a first-timer;
it doesn’t matter. That’s the beauty
of this event, all are welcome” says David
Blasak of Tubbs Snowshoes. “It’s an
incredible feeling to organize something that brings
friends and families close together for some good
old-fashioned winter fun, during one of the coldest
month of the year. Even better? To support a great
Since inception is 2008, the Tubbs Romp to Stomp
Snowshoe Series has supported CBCF by raising over
$200,000 to help fund innovative research, health
education and advocacy programs. The Tubbs Romp
to Stomp Snowshoe Series includes a: 3 km snowshoe
race, 3km / 5km snowshoes walk and Lil Romper Dash
(for the little ones and their families) which benefits
the CBCF. This fun-filled day is an opportunity
for Rompers of all ages to make some memories, enjoy
the fresh air, and enter to win some great prizes
– all with one goal in mind, and that is to
support the breast cancer community.
“I’d like to thank Tubbs Snowshoes
and all of the Rompers for supporting CBCF and helping
to carry out our vision of
creating a future without breast cancer,”
says Leigh Jasmine, Community Development Director
at CBCF. “This year, we are also honoured
to have breast cancer survivor, Hannah McEdwards
with us as one of our speakers. Her story and spirit
will light up the day, so break out your best pink
winter gear, this is an event not to be missed.”
Key highlights of the day:
-Free snowshoe demos provided by Tubbs Snowshoes
- ?Lil Romper Dash - perfect for families!
- ?Great prizes for top race finishers, top team
fundraiser, and top individual fundraisers (including
a chance to win a
7-day cruise for two if you raise over $1,000)
- ?Goodie bag provided to all registrants
- ?Lunch provided post event
When: NEW DATE: Sunday, March
Where: Rainbow Trail at Laurentian University, Sudbury
Register here: Tubbs
Romp to Stomp Ontario
For more information visit: http://tubbsromptostomp.com/
Reserve now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
with your name, email and phone number and number of
spots to reserve.
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March 3, 2014
Now here again
10km Running Clinic.
Starting Monday March 3, 2014 at 6:00pm
Location: Sudbury Running Room
Cedar Pointe Plaza
117-1984 Regent st
The SudburyRocks!!! and the Sudbury Running Room will
be hosting a 10k clinic designed to prepare you for
our 5k and 10k walk/runs on Sunday May 12, 2013. Rocks!!
members Sara McIlraith and Vince Perdue will once again
be your instructors.
to sign up online. You can also call the Running
Room Sudbury store at 705-523-4664 or drop in and register
Running Room Sudbury
Cedar Pointe Plaza
117-1984 Regent St.
This training program is designed to prepare you
for a 10K event.
Whether you are new to 10K training
or have a time goal in mind, this program will get you
there. In this program you will be introduced to hill
training and steady runs to build your training schedule.
Each session starts with a 20 to 30
minute class followed by a group run. You will then
join your group for Run Club on Wednesday evenings and
Sunday mornings to complete your weekly training.
The full program is 10 weeks and includes 1 information
lecture per week including a training walk/run plus
training sessions on Wednesday at 6:00pm and Sunday
at 8:30am. Cost is $69.99 plus tax.
Congrats to everybody who ran/walked/volunteered
at the Hypothermic Half Marathon Sunday morning. The
weather was a bit cool but Eric Leishman managed to
win the race (even after starting 5 minutes late)
with a time of 1:18. I would also like to give a shout
out to walker Norm Trowell who completed his 70 th
half marathon Sunday!
Thank you to all the volunteers who made the race
happen and cheered on the runners and walkers.
Sudbury Store staff
Training Program News
We have FREE run club Wednesday nights at 6pm and
Sunday mornings at 8:30am.
Join us for FREE Practice
North News - by Dick
Results: Hal Brown Last Chance Memorial Meet
U. of Toronto Track, 2/14/14
The Laurentian women's track team sent a partial squad
to the University of Toronto for the Hal Brown Last Chance
Memorial meet this weekend.
The team was led by 3000 metre runners Lyndsay Greasely
and Emily Marcolini, who ran excellent team tactics in pushing
the pace over the gruelling 15-lap race. Greasely finished
4th with a time of 10:46.48, just ahead of Marcolini's 5th
place 10:47.09. It was a personal best for Greasley and
and indoor best for Marcolini.
Other personal bests were achieved by Meghan Rothenbroker
and Leanne Sanders in the 600m; Carly Charbonneau in the
1000m; and Alicia Violin in the shot put.
The Voyageurs next competition is the OUA Championships
next Friday and Saturday at the York University track.
9. Meghan Rothenbroker, 1:44.64 PB
11. Leanne Sanders, 1:50.38 PB
12. Jenna Thornber, 1:51.89 PB
5. Carly Charbonneau, 3:16.04 PB
4. Lyndsay Greasley, 10:46.48 PB
5. Emily Marcolini, 10:47.09 Indoor PB
1. Alicia Violin, 8.95m PB
3. Jackie Bray, 4.51m
2. Jackie Bray 9.99m
6. Alicia Violin, 1.43m
P.S. Photo attached: Emily Marcolini (L), Lyndsay Greasley
Dick Moss, Head Coach
Laurentian XC/Track Team
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