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Monday, July 18 2011 - O’Neill Leads the Way at Ontario Championships

London Runner Distance Club Senior runners closed out their seasons with impressive performances this past weekend at the Ontario Track & Field Championships in Ottawa. Despite humidex readings exceeding 40 degrees, the weekend saw four LRDC records fall. Two London Runner athletes were crowned Ontario Champions, among the six provincial medals earned by LRDC athletes.

Kyle O’Neill led London Runner with a very strong performance in Saturday’s 5,000m race. Despite very hot and humid conditions, O’Neill ran away from the field to a gold medal and a seasonal best of 14:50.94. Aaron Hendrikx also ran a strong race to finish in the bronze position. Hendrikx’s time of 15:10.68 was both a personal best and an LRDC junior record. Rebecca Pieterson showed that she has returned to form after a late start to her track season by winning the gold in the women’s 3,000m steeplechase and breaking her own LRDC record with a time of 11:21.20.

London Runner Distance Club relay teams followed these impressive individual performances with medals and records of their own. The junior men’s 4x800m relay team of Luke Rachar, Christopher Taylor, Eric Barry, and Aaron Hendrikx earned the silver medal, shattering the previous LRDC record by over eleven seconds with their time of 8:02.87. The women’s 4x800m team of Kaitlyn Komarnicky, Emily Kruger, Rebecca Pieterson, and Leslie Sexton also took the silver, establishing an LRDC record of 10:09.90. Ben Procter, Jeremy Walsh, Matt Suda, and Kyle O'Neill finished off the meet with a silver medal in the men’s distance medley relay with a time of 10:41.36.

For most of the LRDC athletes, the Ontario Track & Field Championships mark the end of a successful season.  For youth runners whose season continues, the final meet of the season will also be in Ottawa, where Chris Taylor, Shane Roberts, and Madeline Yungblut will compete at the Legion Canadian Youth Track and Field Championships from August 5th-7th.

Photo: Jeremy Walsh leading his 800m heat


Thursday, July 14 2011 - London Runner Distance Club Set to Compete at the Ontario Track & Field Championships

Distance runners have an exciting race weekend coming up, with the Summer Night 5k race on Friday and the Ontario Track & Field Championships on Saturday and Sunday. The London Runner Distance Club will send twelve runners to Ottawa to compete in the latter event.

The LRDC will send several athletes to Ottawa who hope to contend for medals at the Ontario Championships. London Runner athletes Kyle O’Neill and Aaron Hendrikx are two of the top seeds in the senior men’s 5,000m and are expected to battle for the win. O’Neill’s seasonal best of 14:53.92 ranks him as the top seed, while Hendrikx will no doubt make use of his 3:51.78 1,500m speed. On the women’s side, Leslie Sexton enters the senior women’s 5,000m as the top seed with her personal best of 16:34.51. Sexton aims to win a provincial title to close out a strong season that saw her win the 5,000m at the Canadian Track & Field Championships in Calgary. After a late start to the summer track season, Rebecca Pieterson will look to medal in the women’s 3,000m steeplechase.

London Runner will also field a strong contingent of relay teams in Ottawa. Matt Suda, Ben Procter, Jeremy Walsh, and O’Neill form the senior men’s distance medley team, while Sexton, Pieterson, Emily Kruger, and Katie Komarnicky make up the senior women’s 4x800m relay team. An outstanding foursome of Aaron Hendrikx, Chris Taylor, Eric Barry and Luke Rachar will compete in the junior men’s 4x800m relay with a focus on taking down the LRDC Junior record of 8:14.23.

Whether on the roads in London for the Summer Night 5k or on the track in Ottawa for the Ontario Track & Field Championships, the upcoming weekend will feature exciting races by London Runner Distance Club athletes. Be sure to check out the London Runner Facebook page for ongoing coverage.

Photo: Ben Procter (left) and Jeremy Walsh (right) will lead the LRDC mid-distance crew in Ottawa


Wednesday, July 13 2011 - Runners’ Choice London Distance Series Wraps Up Another Successful Year

The seventh edition of the Runners’ Choice London Distance Series was once again a success, providing distance runners with opportunities to run fast in Ontario. This year’s series featured outstanding performances such as Rich Tremain’s Canadian Masters 1,500m record of 3:54.80, and various other age-group records. In addition, the race series helped several athletes qualify for international championships. Kelly Weibe ran under the 5,000m qualifying standard for this year’s FISU (International University Sports Federation) Summer Universiade at the London Distance Classic, with a 13:56.68 performance. At the New Balance 1,500m Night, Ben Flanagan, Alex Freemantle, Jaimie Phelan, and Kelly Hennessey all qualified for the World Youth 1,500m and claimed the top Canadian rankings.

The Runners’ Choice London Distance Series also showcased success among local athletes, while helping them prepare for national championships. London Runner junior athlete Aaron Hendrikx ran an outstanding time of 3:51.78 at the New Balance 1500m Night, breaking his own LRDC Junior Record. Hendrikx finished sixth in the 1,500m at the Canadian Junior Track and Field Championships in Winnipeg. Teammate Leslie Sexton set Club Records of 4:28.66 for 1,500m and 16:34.51 for 5,000m at RCLDS races, en route to claiming the 2011 Canadian 5,000m Championship in Calgary.

Along with providing distance runners opportunities to run fast times, the Runners’ Choice London Distance Series also helps runners by supporting the London and Area Running Association. The RCLDS donates a portion of its proceeds to the LARA, a not-for-profit organization that helps elite athlete development through out-of-province travel subsidies.

2011 was the Runners’ Choice London Distance Series’ most successful year to date, thanks to a great race crew and outstanding support from Runners' Choice London. 2012 will be the eighth year of RCLDS meets at TD Waterhouse Stadium, hosted by the London Runner Distance Club. Join us again next year for some of the deepest distance races in Canada!


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