Recent Club News

Harriers and Hounds atop Scafe mountain Labour Day 2017 in record high temperature

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!


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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

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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

Contact Lisa if you have questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2017 Club Picnic Poster

Another Brick in Nepal Race Logo

A new trail race in East Sooke Park is being directed by long-time Harrier, Randy Jones, as a fundraiser for a project in Nepal to build a new school.  The entire country was devastated in 2015 when a earthquake destroyed over one million homes and nearly 1,000 schools.  A group of concerned citizens from Victoria visited the site and formed Another Brick in Nepal - Canada society in an effort to raise money and replace the destroyed schools, especially in the smaller communities.  It is hoped that the Harriers will support this worthy cause by participating or volunteering at the event being held on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 9:00 am.  Please mark it on your race calendars and enjoy a challenging, but fun, wilderness trail run.

 An interesting interview with ABIN Vice President, Randy Jones about building the school in Nepal

An excellent article by Chris Kelsall describing the project in Nepal and the Victoria fundraiser

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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

Elk-Beavers-Ultra-Logo-LargeVOLUNTEERS NEEDED

So far we have 8 volunteers for the 30th annual Elk/Beaver Ultras and we could do with at least 6 more particularly in the busier portion of the race between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.  A big thank you from Darcy Kernel, Race Director, to Martha McNeely, Chris Kelsall, Catherine Davis, Mike Emerson, Sharon Emerson, Mark Colegrave and Bob Reid for signing up already to help at the event on Saturday May 13.  The main tasks include timing and food for participants and all volunteers receive the official E/B 2017 technical race shirt.  Although the numbers may be smaller than any other race that the club hosts, Elk/Beaver usually generates a handsome race profit which benefits all Harriers with subsidies for wilderness runs, travel assistance and food at social events such as our club meetings, summer barbecue and annual awards night.  If you can spare a few hours on May 13, it would be much appreciated! Please contact Darcy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Thank you.

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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/memberships/3733/prairie-inn-harriers-running-club

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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/s3/3028417/77ca0c7a0612

Prior Lake Panorama

Our weekly Saturday morning runs (8am) will be moving to the Thetis Lake parking lot starting October 1, 2016.

Please join us at on Saturday, October 15 at 7:40am for the annual "Harriers Hounds Race" at the main beach.

Liam Race

Liam Stanley, a member of the Harriers Youth Team, won a silver medal at the Paralympics 1,500 meter track race this morning (Sept 11).

Sandy Auburn was a long time Harrier of 30 years since joining the club in 1986.  She left us on August 26, 2016 at the age of 59 after a one and one half year struggle with pancreatic cancer.  Sandy was a very good runner in the Island Race Series, she was a Thetis Lake regular on Saturday mornings and she was a loyal member of the Hellions women's team in many Haney to Harrison and Vancouver Island Road Relays.

A New Brunswicker has taken the Vancouver Island Race Series by storm.  Edith Price recently moved to Victoria to be closer to her daughter and to enjoy the warmer winters.  She ran 6 of the 7 races in the 2016 Race Series and placed first in each race in her age division of 65-69, with a new course record in the Bazan Bay 5K.

Running 101:

KEEPING MOTIVATED

by Michael Lax, May 28, 2016

Thanks for reading my first-ever blog! So, why running? I'm a chiropractor, so why am I not writing about how to fix back problems and bad posture? Well, first of all, I'm passionate about running, and helping people start to run and get better at it.

MEC #2 - The Pace Setter
by Wendy Davies - March 27, 2016

A year rolls by quickly, too quickly.  Car insurance due for renewal already!  The agent shuffled through the paperwork and scrolled through the info on the computer screen.  The car is registered under my husband's name...

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The club is holding our annual awards celebration on February 24th. All Harriers members are invited to attend the celebration to honour members' 2016 achievements and enjoy social time with fellow runners. Light snacks, coffee and tea will be provided. Draw prizes too! Click for more details.

fbgroupthumbThere is a new Facebook group called called the Prairie Inn Harriers Running Discussion group as a way for all of you to connect with each other. This group aims to serve the function of the chatline on the old website. Please join us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/PIHChat/

New Year’s Eve "Run Through Time"

by Susan Jones


This last “race” of the year is one of my favourites.  I am not quite sure how many years it has been, but it is a regular feature of my New Year’s Eve celebration and a great way to end the year.  This year was no exception.  

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