Wednesday, August 24 2011 - 2011 Kids Running Clinics
2011 Kids Cross Country Running Clinic
The London and Area Running Association is hosting a 10-week cross country running clinic for kids in elementary school.The clinic is meant to be a fun and low-pressure introduction to the sport.Each session consists of a proper warm-up, running workout, and game.All ability levels are welcome.
The clinic is led by experienced collegiate and post-collegiate members of the London Runner Distance Club.Contact Matt Suda for more information: 519-280-8132 or email@example.com.
Dates: Each Wednesday night, September 14-November 16
Time: 6:00- 7:15pm
Location: Weldon Park (Arva)
Fee: $50.00 (please make cheques payable to ‘London and Area Running Association’)
Note: Your child will also have the opportunity to participate in Saturday cross country workouts with the London Runner Distance Club.These sessions will have older and more experienced athletes but workouts will always be adjusted for age and experience.
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Wednesday, August 24 2011 - Sexton and Suda Set Sights on Springbank
Following a track season highlighted by numerous break-through performances in the mid-distance events, 2011 Canadian 5,000m Champion Leslie Sexton started her fall training block earlier this month with two questions on her mind: ‘how fast can I run the Half-Marathon?’ and ‘how long until Springbank?’ Sexton was the top local female runner over 1,500m (4:28) and 5,000m (16:34) this season, but considers those distances ‘short’ for her. “I enjoyed working on my speed this summer, but I’m eager to get after the half this fall,” states Sexton. “Racing the Acura Ten Miler and placing fourth (2nd Canadian) in a strong field got me excited to see what I am capable of in longer road races.”
Sexton won’t be alone in her long-distance training, or racing, as London Runner Distance Club teammates such as Matt Suda are of like mind. Following multiple PB’s over 5,000m this summer, Suda is also keen to see what he can do in the gruelling Half-Marathon event: "I'm looking forward to focusing on the half marathon distance. This is my first training block being truly focused on a long race and I'm looking forward to the next couple of months."
(Photo: Matt Suda, 2nd from left, leads a pack of London Runner teammates through their workout)
This fall, both Suda and Sexton will get to test themselves twice over the demanding 21.1k distance: first up, the historic Springbank Road Races on September 11th, a cornerstone of the highly successful London Honda Road Races hosted by Runners’ Choice. The 2010 Springbank event had over 500 finishers between the Half-Marathon and 5k races, but if their respective victories at the 2011 Forest City Half Marathon are any indication, this London Runner duo expect to contend for the top positions. On October 16th, the pair will be joined by numerous LRDC members and alumni at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront event
Despite their outstanding race performances, this duo is becoming just as well known for their involvement in other aspects of the London running community. Both have become well-known faces at the specialty retailer Runners’ Choice, working part-time at the 207 Dundas street location; customers regularly seek out their expertise not only on footwear, but training and racing; however, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. For the past 2 years Matt has been the lead instructor for a series of Kids Running Clinics, where his “goal has been to introduce the athletes to distance running while keeping the atmosphere fun and free of pressure." His interest in coaching carries over to helping out with the London Runner group, taking on a leadership role and acting as an assistant coach for LRDC.
Also actively involved in the community, Leslie instructs the relatively new 5k & 10k Runners Choice clinic and has brought considerable growth to the program that enables local runners to complete their first race, or pursue a Personal Best time. At her club workouts, Leslie takes on a variety of roles helping younger female athletes: helping show new runners around, occasionally pacing teammates through workouts, and providing inspiration to all. As a Canadian Champion that has represented Canada at the World University Cross Country Championships, her words carry a lot of weight with aspiring young distance runners.
(Photo: Leslie Sexton, far left, and the Runners' Choice 5k & 10k clinic, ready for a run)
Both runners have a great role model with regards to giving back to the community in Masters Runner and Coach Paul Roberts. As owner of Runners’ Choice – a major sponsor of both the LRDC training group and their elite Athlete Assistance Program, of which Sexton is a part – Roberts plays a key role by hosting and sponsoring dozens of local races every year, which drives the London running community. “It is a privilege to help young aspiring athletes to achieve their personal best,” says Roberts, himself a National level athlete for many years. “From providing them with employment opportunities to supporting them with sponsorship or just providing them with the vehicle to train and race locally. It all plays a part in their over development as an athlete and a person”.
After competing in the Springbank Half-marathon September 11th, these top athletes won’t have to look far to thank Coach Roberts for his support: as Race Director, he’s always the first runner to arrive at Springbank Park at the last one to leave.
Monday, August 1 2011 - London Runner Youth Athletes Ready for Canadian Championships
The London Runner Distance Club is sending three athletes to the Canadian Youth (17 & Under) Track & Field Championships in Ottawa this weekend. Christopher Taylor, Shane Roberts, and Madeline Yungblut will all be competing in their first Canadian Track & Field Championships.
Taylor, Roberts, and Yungblut all hope to cap their successful track seasons with strong performances in Ottawa. Christopher Taylor, who will be competing in the 800m and the 1,500m this weekend, entered the 2011 season with personal bests of 2:04.69 for 800m and 4:23.17 for 1,500m. Taylor showed steady improvement over the course of the season, bringing his times down to 1:58.69 for 800m and 4:08.20 for 1,500m to qualify for the Canadian Youth Championships in both events. Also demonstrating impressive progress throughout the season was Shane Roberts, who dropped 51 seconds off of his 3,000m time this year. Roberts hopes to improve upon his personal best of 9:05.08 as he competes in the 3,000m against the nation’s best youth runners. Like Taylor and Roberts, Madeline Yungblut has run significant personal bests throughout the 2011 season, including her performance of 10:44.01 in the 3,000m which qualified her for the Canadian Youth Championships.
The Canadian Youth Track & Field Championships, running from August 5th to August 7th, promises to be an exciting event for the London Runner Distance Club. Be sure to check out the London Runner Facebook page for ongoing coverage.