I am honoured to pay tribute to Maurice on his 90th birthday celebration; he is the only active 90 year-old club member of the 1,200 plus runners who have been part of our club over the past 43 years. Maurice Tarrant is simply the best!
Recent Club News
GLORIOUS sunshine greeted Greater Victoria racers for the 40th Annual Harriers Pioneer 8K in North Saanich this past weekend with Rio Olympian and Canadian women's 10,000 metre record holder Natasha Wodak starring with another dazzling display.
Wodak, also a member of Canada's IAAF World Cross Country team which competes in Denmark next month, warmed up for her tilt at the Canadian women's half-marathon record in Houston on January 20 with a majestic performance today.
by John Atkinson, December 1st, 2018
FOR the 35th annual running of the Gunner Shaw Vancouver XC, PIH sent a crew of seven to do battle with Gunner's alter-ego club LGRR and enjoy the terrific multi-terrainic elements that the Jericho Park course offers. And the day was action-packed!
Fun 'n' games began early as the 7am ferry sprang a surprise—filling up fast (with contestants for a robotics competition most conspicuous) and catching out Joe Camilleri, Gary Duncan and Bill Leuze, as dawn broke (not THAT Dawn—she's unbreakable) on what would be a day of glorious sunshine.
The trio's ferry narrow (10 car) miss meant making it for the 11am GS gun-shot start was now out—unless they chartered a chopper. But the boys bravely stuck to their guns, jumping on the 9am ferry and resolving to start the race 20 minutes late, so they could still play a part on the day and for Team PIH.
Eleventh Annual Harriers Hounds 40 Metre Sand Sprint
Two-year-old Katie beat her sister and last year's champion, Maisie, in a spirited sprint on the beach of Thetis Lake Park today to claim first place honours and the coveted Molly Reid Top Dog trophy for 2018.
Past winners, Molly and Bebe, pose on their "Tattersall Chair" resting up for the first Harriers Hounds Race in 2008.
Eleventh Annual Harriers Hounds 40 Metre Sand Sprint
Thetis Lake Park – October 13, 2018
Link to Joseph Camilleri's terrific photo album is shown below including a Harriers Group shot before the run:
When Right is Wrong, then Left is what's Left.
Bob explained the simple rules of the game to the simple runners assembled at the main beach. Some had their race faces on, others were there to celebrate Labour Day with a fun run, while others were just happy to get out of the house.
We all started together, with the 5K runners turning off at Trillium and the 10K runners taking the long way around. I was following Lara and Doug, but started lagging further and further behind. However, my "strategy" paid off because as I ...
by Wendy Davies — September 6, 2018
Photos by Joseph Camilleri — Full Photo Album
The Hare(less) Report & Results
Thanks to all the club members who participated in the 2018 edition of Harriers Hare 'n Hounds race, from those who've only been members a few months to those who joined almost at the beginning 40 years ago.
The weather on the day was awesome, sunny but cooler than the high heats of the previous weeks and no smoke!
By all accounts everyone enjoyed the course, or at least what they ran of it. Unfortunately after the first few participants went by some !#!@^ removed ...
What: Harriers Hare 'n Hounds Adventure Run, a free running event for all club members.
Where: Meet at Thetis Lake Park, Main Parking Lot. Bring a loonie or a toonie for parking.
When: Monday, September 3 (Labour Day) gathering at 9:00 am. We will wait 5 minutes for everyone, but 6 minutes for no one!
Why: To wrap up Event #6 of the six 40th Anniversary Celebrations including our Awards Ceremony in March, Easter Egg Hunt in April, Pilgrimage Run in June, Family Day in July and Summer BBQ/Club Reunion in August.
Description: Runners cover a flagged course of approximately 10 kilometres with decisions to be made at every fork in the trail and the one who makes the least mistakes of selecting the correct route is the winner as he or she gets to the Hare first at the surprise finish line with the balance of the Hounds following behind! The trails will be marked with flagging and when you reach a trail junction there will be a blue flag which indicates a decision is to be made. If you go left and reach a red flag, you have gone the wrong way and you must return to the blue flag and go to the other where you will reach a yellow flag indicating the correct route. The correct course will also be marked with bread crumbs along the way. It's not necessarily the swiftest runner that wins this race, it's the one who makes the fewest mistakes. A big advantage may go to a slower runner that sees a faster runner coming back towards them as they can immediately turn back before reaching the red flag that forced the fastee return.
Hares: Gary Duncan, designing and flagging the route, and Bob Reid laying out the bread crumbs.
Hounds: All Harriers who show up for this adventure run on the trails followed by an optional swim.
Dogs: Real hounds are welcome to join their masters at this event to celebrate their PIH Canine membership.
Prizes: Awards will be presented to the Top Dog (first male finisher), Top Bitch (first female finisher), Top Old Dog (first male master 40+) and Top Old Bitch (first female master 40+).
Social Gathering: Following the run and swim, join us for lunch and a few laughs at the Six Mile House.
Harriers History Repeats: The inaugural Harriers Hare 'n Hounds Adventure Run was held in September, 1978 and the event is hosted once every 10 years. The inaugural 1978 Hares were Alex Marshall, Gunner Shaw and Bob Reid. The Top Dog at the first run was Jack Farrell and the Top Bitch was Marion Kirby; there were 26 hounds. This is the fifth running of the "H 'n H" and previous winners include Dave Campbell, Andre Gerard, Dick Palfrey, Ray Baillie, John McKay, Dan Harlow, Christopher Kelsall, Shane Ruljancich, Cynthia Reid, Pam Smith, Marg Melvin, Laura Leno, Sandy Auburn, Merell Harlow, Susan Reid and Catherine Shaw.
When: Sunday, August 12, 2018
Where: Meet at Bob Reid's lakefront home on McKenzie Lake, 2600 Herbate Road at the north end of Thetis Lake Park (Call 250-384-1520 for details)
Why: To enjoy a social run, hike or ride followed by a BBQ, potluck lunch, swimming and stories from the past
When to Arrive: Meet just before 11:00 am and we will run, hike or mountain bike on the northern trails of Thetis Lake Park from Westoby Road. Everyone will be back for a BBQ and picnic starting at 12:30 pm. Individual leaders will be provided for fast, moderate and slow run groups and for a hiking group. All runners and hikers will summit Scafe Hill and Stewart Mountain using some new trails recently constructed. Water will be available at the summit of Scafe Hill which includes beautiful views.
40th Reunion Celebration: Club members, past and present, are encouraged to bring memorabilia (old race shirts, uniforms, newspaper clippings, pictures, etc.) to display on tables. An “Open Mic” session is available for you to share a humorous or serious running story from the past while the barbequing is taking place. A group picture is planned for 2:00 pm with a surprise for all participants and children.
What to Bring: Your kids – This is a PIH family event. Include some old memorabilia for display. Your own liquid refreshment (Beer, wine, juice, pop, water, energy drink). A potluck dish – salad, appetizer or dessert. A swimsuit and towel if you want to swim in McKenzie Lake. Running shoes and your mountain bike if you plan to ride on Bellamy Trail and other easily manageable cycling trails.
Bob will Supply: Barbeques, tables, chairs, dishes, tents, serving platters, cups, cutlery, canoe, kayak, row boat, paddle boards, lawn games. No need to bring a lawn chair.
Club will Supply: Burgers, dogs, buns, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, condiments, drinking water.
Information: For more information and directions to Bob’s home, see the map on the Picnic/BBQ Poster distributed by email blast to our membership. Parking is limited and there will be attendants to assist you in parking your vehicle. If you aren't running or hiking, please try to arrive before noon and park on the roadway to allow vehicles bringing food and supplies to use the driveway for deliveries. You will notice a new house and family on the right side of the driveway which we share. Please allow the new family access in and out from their home. Thanks!
Printable Poster: BBQ/Reunion Poster
A Harriers Family Fun Day is planned for TODAY, meeting at 10:00 am at Matheson Lake, off Rocky Point Road in Metchosin. Enjoy swimming and paddle boarding on the lake and running or hiking around the beautiful Matheson Lake trails towards Roche Cove. The club will supply cold plates of fresh fruit and vegetables as well as drinking water. Participants are encouraged to bring swim suits, water toys and their personal drinks. This is Event #4 of six 40th Harriers Anniversary Celebrations available in 2018.
Event #1 of the Anniversary Celebrations, the Harriers Annual Awards Dinner, was held in March followed by the Harriers Easter Egg Hunt at Thetis Lake in April and the Pilgrimage Run from Thetis Lake Park to the Prairie Inn Pub in June. Following this Harriers Family Fun next week, celebrations continue with the Harriers 40-Year Reunion, BBQ/Picnic at Bob's house at McKenzie Lake on August 12 and the final event is the Hare 'n Hounds Mystery Adventure Run at Thetis Lake Park on September 3 (Labour Day). Join us as we enjoy family, friendships, fitness, fun and food!
Pilgrimage Run - 2018
The Pilgrimage Run from Thetis Lake Park to the Prairie Inn Pub, event #3 of six Harriers 40th Anniversary Celebrations, was held on June 3 and featured 13 participants including 6 completing the full 12 Mile distance, 3 doing parts, 2 doing the 4 Mile Walk and 2 dogs. Gary led the 12 Mile team which included Binder Kelsall, John Atkinson, Andrew Pape-Salmon, Jeff Beddoes and Yuki Otsubo. In a family tag team Kathleen Birney joined them for the first 6 miles, and Paul Birney for the final 2 miles. Marcia Stromsmoe completed the 6 Mile route from West Saanich Road to the Prairie Inn solo while John McKay and Bob Reid did the 4 Mile Walk to and from Keating Cross Road with their 4-legged companions, Digger and Bebe. Bob also left for the others a giant arrow crafted from fallen branch pieces to a traditional short cut path off White Road. Part of the route along Oldfield was full with cyclists doing the half-iron. Encouragements were exchanged. Chris Kelsall assisted with transportation and joined the group for lunch at the P.I. Pub.
Event #1 of the Anniversary Celebrations, the Harriers Annual Awards Dinner, was held in March followed by the Harriers Easter Egg Hunt at Thetis Lake in April. Next up is the Harriers Family Fun Day at Matheson Lake on July 15, the Harriers 40-Year Reunion, BBQ/Picnic at McKenzie Lake on August 12 and the final event is the Hare 'n Hounds Run at Thetis Lake on September 3 (Labour Day).
Date: Monday, September 4, 2017 (Labour Day)
Location: Scafe Hill and Stewart Mountain
Duration: 1.5 Hours (It was an "Old School" 1.5 hour hike that took another half hour to get back to the barking lot).
Features: 4 different Viewpoints and 4 Brand New trails. Views of downtown Victoria, Esquimalt Harbour, Mill Hill, Seymour Hill, Mount Douglas, Mount Work, Bear Mountain, Skirt Mountain Mount Finlayson and the Olympic Range. A swim for the dogs in McKenzie Lake and swimming and paddle boarding for the dog masters and mistresses following the hike. It was 33 degrees with bright sunny weather, the highest recorded temperature for any Labour Day in Victoria!
Date: Monday, August 7, 2017 (B,C. Day)
Location: Mount Blinkhorn in Metchosin
Duration: 1.5 Hours
Features: Views of the Sooke Harbour, William Head, Albert Head, Witty's Lagoon and the Olympic Mountains, a swim for the dogs in Blinkhorn Lake after the hike
Participants: 13 (9 two-legged and 4 four-legged) Bob, Jeff, Rhys, Andrew G., Ian, Christine, Terry, Elaine, Louise, Bebe, Bandit, Newt and Maisie
Coffee after the Hike: My Chosen Cafe
Next Harriers Hounds Hike #4: Scafe Hill and Stewart Mountain, Monday September 4, 2017 (Labour Day) Duration is 90 minutes with a swim afterwards for the dogs and hikers in McKenzie Lake
Date: Monday, August 7 2017 (BC Day) 9:00 am
Location: Mount Blinkhorn (in Metchosin) Meet at the small parking lot on Kangaroo Road, near the junction of Lindholm Road
Duration: One Hour (This is our shortest hike but it includes a walk around Blinkhorn Lake)
Features: Views of William Head, Albert Head, Sooke Basin and the Olympic Mountains, a lake for an optional swim after the hike
Participants: Everyone is welcome as you don't need a dog to join us. No running as it's a wilderness hike!
Coffee afterwards: My Chosen Cafe
Next Harriers Hounds Hike #4: Scafe Hill and Stewart Mountain, Monday September 4, 2017 (Labour Day). Meet at the end of Westoby Road (freshly paved) at the small parking lot at 9:00 am. Duration is 1.5 hours and we have coffee and a swim afterwards at Bob's house on McKenzie Lake. Views of downtown Victoria, Port Angeles, McKenzie Lake and the Western Communities.
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Goldstream Group Campsite
Enter off Highway 1 at Ice Cream Mountain
Arrive at 9:00 am for a run, hike or swim
BBQ and activities will start at 11:00 am
Bring a shareable food item and your own liquid refreshments
The club will supply hot dogs and hamburgers and condiments
The ABIN Society has successfully raised $40,000 and built their first school in Nepal, Bandhevi Primary School in Aapchaur. They are working on their second project of raising $2,500 to provide desks for empty classrooms in Yagyamati Secondary School in Kathmandu before starting construction on their second school. On March 11, 2018 they introduced a new trail race in East Sooke Park which was being directed by long-time Harrier, Randy Jones. The 10K and 5K races were an outstanding success with 110 finishers in both distances and were supported by many club volunteers and participants. The second annual ABIN 10K and 5K races will take place on Sunday, March 10, 2019.
Date: Monday, May 22, 2017 (Victoria Day)
Location: Mount Sugarloaf near Sooke
Duration: 2.5 Hours
Features: Views of the Sooke Harbour, Empress Mountain, Silver Spray Farm, the snow-peaked Olympic Range and north towards the Malahat and Shawnigan Lake
Participants: 16 (10 two-legged and 6 four-legged) Bob, Larry, Doug, Chris, Dylan, Lara, Val, Shannon, Louise, Lisa, Bebe, Java, Scout, Abby, Maisie and Katie
Lunch after the Hike: The Seventeen Mile House
Next Harriers Hounds Hike #3: Mount Blinkhorn, Monday August 7, 2017 (B.C. Day) Duration is 60 minutes with a swim afterwards for the dogs in Blinkhorn Lake
Date: Friday, April 14, 2017 (Good Friday)
Location: Mill Hill
Duration: 60 Minutes (Short Course) and 90 minutes (Long Course)
Features: Easter Lillies, views of Esquimalt Harbour, Olympic Mountains and Mount Baker
Participants: 16 (8 two-legged and 8 four-legged) Bob, Garfield, John, Larry, Doug, Lara, Val, Shannon, Bebe, Owen, Visa, Diggger, Java, Scout, Abby and Guiness
Coffee after the Hike: The Nest
Next Hounds Hike: Mount Sugarloaf, Monday May 22, 2017 (Victoria Day) Long Course is 2.5 hours
Thanks to all 195 club members that renewed their 2017 PIH memberships online, by email, regular mail or in person. Your names are displayed by clicking the Membership List.
Membership Draw Prize Winners:
1. Black Columbia Fleece Jacket - Frank Stebner (Vancouver)
2. Grey Lee HanTon Fleece Lined Jacket - Larry Nylen (Shawnigan Lake)
3. Black Zorell Thetis Crew Jacket - Martha McNeeley (Victoria)
4. Red/Black Striped Coolmax Harriers T-Shirt - Jack Miller (Cache Creek)
5. Black Coal Harbour Fleece Jacket - Kelly Campo (Victoria)
Prizes will be mailed to Frank and Jack while Larry, Martha and Kelly can pick their jackets up on any Saturday morning at 8:00 am or 9:00 am at the main parking lot of Thetis Lake Park. Join us for a social run or hike with breakfast following.
If you still need to pay your fees for this year, select this Race Roster membership link for renewals https://raceroster.com/members
A Yuletide Tale about a special little tree
by Wendy Davies
2016 Athletics Canada Road Running Survey
Athletics Canada is asking runners across the country to fill out the 2016 Athletics Canada Road Running Survey. These questions allow us to learn more about Canadian runners and to provide a better experience for everyone in 2017. As a thank you, all survey participants can receive a coupon for 15% off at shop.athletics.ca that is good until December 31, 2016. Please share this request, with this link, to your participants, on social media or by other means: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/