Brother Stewart told me Brian, an accomplished and talented runner, had died suddenly of a heart attack back in August at home in Cornwall.
From a note to me, Tony Dunbar, from Stewart: Brian passed away Aug 04 at home in Cornwall of a heart attack, too soon he was 56 years old. Brian loved to run and always gave tips on techniques to run more efficiently therefore faster. Still hard to believe. May Brian rest in peace. To access the report Click Here. Thanks to Janet and her volunteer crew for getting the season off to such a good start.
Thanks also for the balmy weather! We were delighted to again welcome a number of our regular visitors who travel significant distances to participate in our runs. We gathered a few of them together and our volunteer photographer John Raiswell took the photo below. For more information, please send a note of your interest to Rhonda McNish at brockvilleroadrunners gmail. We will be accepting applications until Saturday, January 20, An overall summary of the series is presented below and includes a couple of significant changes: Click Here for full details.
The 1K is now Open to all runners and not just to runners 12 and under. There has been a recent development with regard to the 1K: Applications for membership, new or renewal, will be processed at this FYB 1. A combination membership and waiver form is now available from the dropdown menu Forms above. For your convenience you may also access this form by Clicking Here. We recommend you print the form and fill it out and take with you to the Memorial Centre on Sunday. A cheque of course will also be accepted.
Of course the membership via mail-in option is available at any time. The membership form includes the mailing address of Membership Coordinator Brenda Young. Janet is rightfully concerned about the effects of the extreme cold on all involved. The forecast is on Friday night warming up to during the day on Saturday and then dipping back to degrees.
I do not think I can ask my course marshals to stand outside in those conditions and I fear for the runners themselves, especially the youngsters. This is the first time that I have had to make this decision We certainly support Janet in this wise decision and look forward to the first Freeze Your Buns Run on Jan 21, in what should be relatively balmy conditions compared to the crazy cold we are currently experiencing.
This will be the 27th year for this winter event and Janet has been in charge since Many thanks as always, Janet. January 21, February 25 and March 25 , all Sundays. Start time for the 1K will be 11am followed by the 5K at To streamline the shirt procurement process a new fee-paying initiative is being implemented. This basically involves paying up front at the first run for all 3 runs, in anticipation of racing in all 3 and thus qualifying for a special commemorative shirt.
This system will allow the race organizers to place an early order for all the shirts in the desired number and sizes, and have them available for distribution to all qualifiers at the final March 25 run.
This will eliminate the frustrating task of trying to order and distribute shirts to some qualifying runners after the series is over. There will also be an option for single individual race entry with appropriate fees. See below for a summary of the fees. Fee for all 3 races in the 5K FYBs series; receives a discount as well as qualifies for a shirt: Entry to individual races in the 5K FYBs series ; no shirt: One of the benefits of belonging to a club such as ours, is being made aware of such runs and having the option of racing in a different environment and sharing in the excitement and joy of a shared experience with fellow running enthusiasts in a place away from home.
One of the runs listed is the Manotick Miler , a run uniquely offering a number of distances, 10, 5, 3 and 1, all measured in miles rather than the usual kms. The code is and may be used to avail of the first early bird special closing date of Dec The code is good until race day. Club and executive member Ed Eby is very familiar with this event. During our transitional meeting of the BRRC Executive this past week, it was brought to our attention that shirts have not been ordered due to a miscommunication for participants of the Thousand Islands Parkway Run TIP , which was held on September 9, As the incoming BRRC President of the Brockville Road Runners Club, I would like to express my sincerest apology for the delay and will ensure that individuals that were promised a shirt, receive a shirt.
Could you please complete this brief survey to allow us to cross-reference your contact information, in the event this has changed during this delay? The survey can be obtained by Clicking here. Once again, on behalf of the Executive, we send our apologies for the problems with shirt ordering and for some other glitches that occurred with the running of the half marathon, in particular.
It is our hope that you do not let this experience deter you from joining us next year, on the Thousand Islands Parkway, in September Well worth a read. To access click here. Since then, the newly elected executive met and the assignment of responsibilities for the upcoming year were made.
For a listing, check the Executive dropdown menu above. There was a relatively good turnout at the AGM in spite of the unavoidable short notice. Our new president is longtime club member Rhonda McNish. Elected to the board were: The officer positions of treasurer, secretary, etc will be assigned at the first meeting of the new executive.
Congrats to Rhonda and her team; we thank you all for stepping forward and wish you well as you lead the club into a new year and race season. Wednesday Dec 6, Venue: Keeping things among the old guys - sorry Murray!
There were a number of other finishes that completed within 10 secs of prediction. Gift cards were awarded as prizes. Thanks to organizer Murray Tait and to his family members and to volunteers Kathy Easter and Liam Cullen for providing a very enjoyable event.
The course had some interesting and well marked detours from the normal and the staggered start based on prediction worked well. In this, Murray is generously continuing to keep alive the two races that were, up this year, managed so capably by Rick Swift until his recent retirement as BRRC race director. Rick took care of the Canada Run from though click here for some details and inaugurated the Jingle Bell Chase in and directed it up to and including the edition.
The course will be a 5K at the regular Laurier Hill venue. Rather than a handicap race as in the past, where we went from an age-based to an ability-based approach, Murray has decided to go with a prediction system, but maintaining the chase concept by having a staggered start based on prediction time.
The goal will be for each runner to finish when the countdown clock gets to 0. Closest to the 0. The event is scheduled to start at 10am. Race Series Final The final tally of race series points as compiled by Hugh Wilson of Montreal - many thanks Hugh - and typed up by yours truly is now posted. Also, the overall summary represents points gained by finishing in the top 5 positions of a race with no reference to age just to gender.
These overall results are not connected in any way to results based on age category. Compiling and transcribing these results is an error-prone task even for the most careful individuals, so please let me, Tony Dunbar tonyd myhighspeed. Road Runners on the Road: Catchup Your trusty webmaster was away for over 5 weeks in parts overseas and is now catching up on some significant area runner results over the period. As always, Anne Hodgson did the research and distributed the results for the majority of the races summarized below.
The accompanying 5K starts at 9: The Eventbite online registration Eventbrite currently has these start times reversed ; this will be rectified. This includes a link to a summary of all the winners over the years from to Thanks to Rick Swift for his work in compiling this list.
To access the history click here. Glen Tay Round the Block Conditions were on the cool side, but ideal for a long distance race. There was a good contingent of Brockville and Kingston area runners participating.
Some Results Age Catg Posn: Hugh has updated the series standing, adding in results of the August 13 Piggy Run. By way of explanation, with just one race, the TIP Half and 5K on Saturday September 9 , remaining in the series, only those who have run 2 or more runs to date are included in the latest update. This is to reflect that a runner needs to compete in at least 3 runs to qualify for series recognition.
Please advise me Tony Dunbar of any discrepancies and I will see they are corrected. For online registration through Eventbrite click here. Click here for directions. Doris was a remarkable lady and athlete and a great supporter of the Brockville Road Runners over many years.
Sincere condolences to her family and friends. From our archives, a photo of Doris as volunteer at the California Run. We were out of town for a few days and did not have access to the links and software to post the results.
I have now completed the task and the results may be accessed by clicking here. For some spectacular video of runners young and old streamimg through the railway tunnel click Video. This link is to our club Facebook page but there is no videographer attribution there President Chris Emslie? Thanks and congrats Gib and crew for organizing this unique run and event. As per below, Gib Kent has skillfully negotiated with the City and has gained permission to use the Railway Tunnel as part of the 5K course.
The Tunnel will form the whole of the Kids 1K course. Also, there is no set fee for the races. Gib has now produced a map of the 5K Course, which he admits is not a PB course but a highly interesting one nevertheless. Turn around run back out the tunnel. Turn left on Broad St. Turn right onto Flint St. Run up Henry St. Until you join the Brock Trail once again. Follow the Brock Trail to Elm St. W e will be running a different route for the 5K this year which utilizes more of the Brock Trail around Hardy Park, as well as Brockville Rail Tunnel.
This will allow us to avoid the Brock Street crossing. Gib is also in need of volunteers to help him in all aspects of the run. Please email Gib at gbkent mmm. Upcoming Races A quick reminder re the upcoming club races: Also check the Other Runs dropdown for a listing of upcoming area runs.
However, the contingent was small in number, comprising just 5 runners. Nevertheless, a good time was had by all with good racing as well. Three 3 medals were garnered in what is always a very competitive field.
Enjoying a well deserved post race beverage: Many thanks for this work Hugh. Please advise me, Tony Dunbar webmaster brockvilleroadrunners. Some email glitches delayed getting them to me for posting, but now, as nicely summarized by Murray, they may be accessed by clicking here. Again a great big thank you to Murray and all volunteers and helpers for their efforts.
July 2, A great turnout yesterday in spite of the rain - we run rain or shine! Again a great community way of celebrating Canada Day and one that deserves far more recognition from the press and other local organizations. A big thank you to Murray Tait, his crew of volunteers, the Dairy Farmers and other sponsors and to all who braved the elements.
Murray, still on the job as a first time race director, is currently ploughing through the sheets of results, and undoubtedly trying to decipher many illegible, handwritten entries. Thanks to the majority of you that do. In any case, as soon as the results are compiled they will be posted here.
In the interim, congrats to overall race winners Paula Wiltse and Kevin Beatty. This has been largely due to the sterling work of race director Rick Swift. For a previously posted tribute to Rick click here. Thanks Murray for taking on this important task.
Of course there is also the traditional free entry 1K for kids 14 and under , scheduled to start from Blockhouse Island at 8: This will be the 20th anniversary of the kids event, with Eithne Dunbar the first race director in In recent years the Dairy Farmers of Canada have been the major sponsors with the help of a number of local service and business organizations.
The race poster, click here , lists them. Thanks to the geneous support of the Dairy Farmers in particular, sufficent commemorative shirts have been ordered so there should be a free shirt for each of the anticipated number of runners in each of the 1K and 5K events.
So come on out to Blockhouse Island and get the th birthday celebration of Canadian Confederation off to a good start in a friendly, family-oriented, fun, sea-of-red atmosphere.
Far superior to the rubber ducky and the snarling powerboats IMHO! Raceday registration at the Blockhouse start area - the only kind on offer - opens at 8am with the 5K scheduled to start at 9am. Liam Cullen has kindly provided a photo of a group of hardware toting runners, including the overall trophy winner, Jake Lessard, and some of the various proud medal winners on the night. There was a 5K and half marathon Originally scheduled to be run on Toronto Island, the event had to be moved to the Port Lands on the mainland due to extensive flooding on the island.
Our divas completed the long run in hot and humid conditions in splendid fashion. Click here for details. Beat Beethoven 8K Kingston; June 4, Local runners recently made the trip to Kingston in an attempt to cross the line before the final bars of a Beethoven symphony. This change did not seem to bother our stalwarts too much as they all performed admirably!
Results, with age category medal placings in are below. Ottawa Race Weekend; May , As always a strong contingent of local runners took part in the various events. Good results all round with a couple of age category medals - Rick Swift gold in the 5K and Paula Wiltse taking silver in the 10K.
Ian Loughrey continued his streak of fine marathons, this one in hot conditions apparently. The Crawford family were out in force in the 10K. Ethan was not too far behind, while Sarah and daughter Maggie finished together in the identical time, to the nearest tenth of second, of Full results as summarized by our results guru, Anne Hodgson, are below: Registration will open at 5pm at Hardy Park. We have also added a pre-register option on Eventbrite. Series points will be awarded to all participants.
Additional notable features are the family friendly activities available before and after the event. Some of these features include popcorn, live entertainment and an outdoor showing of Beauty and the Beast following the race.
Montreal Members Jean and Hugh Race Results In recent weeks we have been acknowledging the race achievements of our local Brockville and area runners. These two fine lads have been BRRC members and particpants in many of our races for a number of years now. Results A sizeable contingent of local runners travelled to Ottawa to participate in this special event.
Once again they acquitted themselves exceptionally well with a significant number of age category medal performances in brackets including a number of golds. Anne Hodgson, our resultsa compiler, was the proud winner by over 4 minutes in her category.
Congrats Anne and to all others. Results By all accounts this unique event was a big success with runners and walkers in total participating. This included a large contingent of BRRC member and local runners. The organizers are to be congratulatd on putting on this event. Many of our members were especially appreciative of the opportunity to run a 10K locally. Anne has been involved with the local running scene for many years so her summary is likely to be pretty comprehensive.
Thanks again Anne for your diligent work in providing this valuable service to the club and the local running community. For a list of results for each of the 5K and 10K events for all participants click 5K and 10K to access the website of the Running Goat Perth, the event timers. Anne Hodgson has scoured the results and compiled the summary below - many thanks Anne. Kevin Riddell completed his first marathon in Cornwall; Ian Loughrey had another good result in the same race. Good to see Jim Earle back in action again at the Cornwall 5K.
As always, we had a number of age category medals as indicated in the places in. In addition to these races, a trio of club members, Rick Swift, Randy Frith and John Raiswell took part in a 7 member team relay that ran Bill also organizes a team for the annual Reach the Beach mile relay in New Hampshire each September. For details click here. Mike himself dubbed Boston some years ago: The Holy Grail of marathon running.
A quick search of the archives indicates this was Boston number 11 for Mike, running it every year, except , between and Way to go, Mike!
Area Runs Looking for a run in the local area? Have a look under Other Runs above. I recently updated the listing, which includes some newer runs in Prescott, Merrickville, Smiths Falls, Perth, etc. Now that the series of 3 Freeze Your Buns races has been completed, a summary of the points awarded to all participants has been compiled and posted.
Many, many thanks Hugh for this and for volunteering to continue to compile as the season progresses. The Race Series has been in place for many years, but seems to fly a bit under the radar for many members, especially the newer ones.
We have a system in place for awarding points to each runner based on their individual place in a race. At the end of the season the points total for each runner is tallied and special awards are presented at our AGM to the top of the table individuals in the various categories. The intent of the series is to encourage individual participation in as many of our races as possible and to reward consistent and superior performance as we race against our competition and peers.
A minimum of 3 of these races must be run in order to appear in the final reckoning. If you look carefully at the Freeze Your Buns 3 results, you will notice the age category is now graced for the first time by the presence of the speedy Rick Swift. While vacationing in Panama, Rick on February 4 reached the grand old age of Having cleaned up in the category all over the map, including in 5Ks in Utica, Boston, Ottawa and other highly competitive races, Rick has now come to show a clean pair of heels to all of us poor, mere joggers in the age category.
Go easy on us Rick, please! Freeze Your Buns 3: Results A report with results as compiled by race director Janet Wynands is now accessible here. The 5 km event was won by the speedy Declan Colwell in The first female across the line was Corinne Schonewille in a time of However, Corey had the satisfaction of being the overall 3 race series winner in an average time over the 3 races of The female series winner was Marieke Van Spriel with an average time of Congratulations to Corey and Marieke.
Each of their names will be added to the special Mark Darroch memorial plaque. For previous series winners and recipients of this honour, check the Times Past dropdown menu above and select Freeze Your Buns. A big thank you again to Janet Wynands and her crew for organizing another fine series. Janet has been at the helm since A special thanks also to those special volunteers Paul Fournier, Lesley Dunning, Laurie Dunning and Muriel Carlye who were yet again out to lend their expertise.
They have been faithfully volunteering for the FYB series and other events for many years. The Passing of a Legend: Ed died of prostate cancer on March 13 at the age of Ed ran his last marathon at the ScotiaBank in Toronto last October and completed it in under 4 hours.
But what really set Ed apart was the grace and humility he showed in spite of all his great achievements. He also had a wry sense of humour. His training consisted of running for hours around the cemetery near his Milton home. For detailed articles on Ed click here and here. To access this report click here. Thanks to Janet and her volunteer crew for another fine event. As Janet reports, it was held in the best weather conditions on record. The 5 km event also had a double winner with Corey Turnbull coming in first in a time of The first female across the line was Sarah Utting in a time of Final run in the series is scheduled for Saturday March 25 at As always, participants in all three races will earn a technical long sleeve shirt.
Race proceeds go to help support the local food bank. Freeze Your Buns and Food Item Donations As you may know, over the years runners in our winter Freeze Your Buns series have been invited to bring along a non-perishable food item to race registration. The food items, along with the net cash proceeds from the races, were donated to the local Brockville Food Bank, currently on Buell Street. These items had to be discarded on receipt by the Food Bank. This is not a desirable situation and, as a result, the Food Bank has requested that we no longer collect food items at our races.
This will go into effect immediately, with FYBs 2 on February Food bank operations in general now advise that they actually have a preference for donations of money compared to food items. It was very worthwhile and welcomed by the Food Bank. For any questions or comments you may have, I invite you to contact club president Chris Emslie at president brockvilleroadrunners.
Freeze Your Buns 1 Results There were a few technical glitches in getting the final results together. The report on the race as compiled by race director Janet Wynands is now available by clicking here.
Another big thank you to Janet who has organized this series since Former club president Rick Oliver and crew were the initiators of the series in and Roger Hawksby was the director from before handing over to Janet Wynands in It was nice to see many of the longtime volunteers for this and other races on the job yet again: It was also great to see a number of regular out-of-towners make the journey - pretty long in a number of cases - to participate.
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You might emphasize, for example, high academic achievement, related course work and research experience. A good way to determine what skills to highlight is to review job descriptions in your field that are of interest to you either now or later on in your career.
Employers will indicate the skills and qualifications they are seeking, and those are the skills you should do your best to illustrate. Your experience section need not be limited to paid experiences, but may also include volunteer or unpaid positions, independent research projects and community work..
It is possible to list your experience section before your education section, but this is typically done by a person who has some full-time work experience. Try to describe your experience in an interesting way while maintaining brevity. You need not sacrifice clarifying details about important accomplishments, but be focused. The careful use of action verbs to describe what you have done see the action verb below has the effect of portraying you as a direct and action oriented individual.
Ask yourself the question "What did I do? Be sure to stress what you learned from what may be considered an otherwise routine or limited job, for example: Phrases such as "Responsibilities included or duties included referring patients to community resources" can be phrased more persuasively and simply by saying "Referred patients to community resources.
Ask yourself the question "What does this information contribute to my candidacy? Did you save the company money?
Identify a new strategy for accomplishing a project? Streamline or otherwise create efficiency in a process? How did you add value, regardless of your rank within an organization? Identify your accomplishments, achievements and successes in each of your positions and as a whole. Did you chair a fund-raising drive which raised more money that any year in the past? Were you invited by the Director of Medicine to join a hospital-wide task force? Did you develop materials on health care which have been adopted by the clinic in which you worked?
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Preparation. Before writing your resume, review your educational and professional history. Make lists of all jobs held (paid and volunteer), schools attended, clubs joined, honors received, skills acquired, duties performed and any appropriate additional information.
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