Thursday, April 26 2012 - Half Marathon Weekend for London Runner AAP
It's Half-Marathon weekend for the London Runner Athlete Assistance Program, amidst a busy stretch in which all 5 AAP athletes race in either Michigan, Ontario, or Quebec. This Sunday will see the 2011 Forest City Half-Marathon Champions Leslie Sexton and Matt Suda each racing, though in different cities. Suda will again toe the line in London, once again taking on the Half-Marathon distance in front of the home crowd. Following his 2011 Forest City victory, Suda went on to strong performances at the 2011 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half-Marathon, followed by the 2012 Shamrock Half in Virginia, where Matt set his current PB of 1:10:52.
Leslie Sexton will enter the 2012 Canadian Half-Marathon Championships in Montreal as the 2nd ranked female, following her 2011 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront victory in 1:16:32. Sexton is currently ranked top-5 in Canada at both the 5k and 10k distance, and will look to increase her Canadian Championship medal collection that currently includes both Gold and Bronze medals over 5,000m.
The remaining members of the LRDC Athlete Assistance Program all raced over 5,000m at the Hillsdale Gina Relays meet earlier this evening, each posting very strong season-opening performances. Kyle O'Neill (14:46) and Adam Stacey (15:13) achieved 2nd place in their respective heats and look to be capable of challenging their personal best times at the May 23rd London Distance Classic. Aaron Hendrikx won his heat in 14:43, setting a club Junior record with a fast final kilometer, indicating there is much more in the tank.
Sunday, April 15 2012 - LRDC Road Group
Starting later this month, the London Runner Distance Club will begin a Road Race focused training group coached Paul Roberts, with assistance from Leslie Sexton. Paul is a very experienced road runner who also organizes the London Honda road race series. Leslie Sexton is a Canadian Champion who is currently ranked top-3 in Canada for both the 5k and 10k road distances. Sessions will begin Saturday April 21st, with primary training venues Springbank Park, Gibbons park, and the extensive London bike path system. Head coach Steve Weiler, who will oversee the Road training program, notes that the Road Group "is a response to the expanding interests and ages of our club members. With more athletes looking to focus away from the track, including in the Masters and sub-Masters age groups, it was time to include this option. With the combined expertise of Paul Roberts and Leslie Sexton, athletes looking to improve their road race performances will be in good hands."
The Road Group will be based partially around the London Honda and Runpiker road race series, with current athletes also looking to compete at the Mississauga Marathon and Ottawa Marathon race weekends.
For more information, contact Steve Weiler at email@example.com.
Thursday, April 12 2012 - Runners' Choice Middle Distance Circuit
Runners' Choice Middle Distance Circuit - Prizing to Top-3 Overall
1st - $750 plus 1 pair of shoes, shorts, and socks
2nd - $250 plus 1 pair of shoes, shorts, and socks
3rd - 1 pair of shoes, shorts, and socks
Runners' Choice Middle Distance Circuit - Scoring
Athletes competing in both the June 15th Cambridge Classic Mile and the June 22nd New Balance 1,500m Night will compete for Top-3 Overall Prizing based on their combined placing at these events - lowest combined score wins! Placing at each meet will be based on results from all heats, not just the top section.
Ties will be broken based on the superior performance over 1,500m, using Mercier points.
Tie-breaker example: Female places 2nd at both events and runs a 4:20 1,500m; Male places 1st at the Mile and 3rd at the 1,500m in 3:46. Both have scored 4 points. The Female 4:20 1,500m scores more Mercier points and she wins the Overall 1st Prize, while the Male will place 2nd.
Tuesday, April 3 2012 - 2012 Runners' Choice London Distance Series
2012 marks the 8th edition of the Runners' Choice London Distance Series, hosted by the London Runner Distance Club. The series will once again follow a 6-meet format, with distances ranging from 800m-10,000m, including the Ontario 10,000m Championships. The build up has already started, with the release of some great teaser videos produced by Michael Del Monte, who has launched the catchphrase "Be Ready To PB!"
The RCLDS will open on May 12th with the London 10,000m. Other events will include an 800m and a Mile event in which the top-3 male and female finishers will qualify for the top Open section of the June 15th Cambridge Classic Mile races.
Meet #2 will be the London Distance Classic, which in 2011 hosted the deepest 5,000m race in Canada. This May 23rd event will kick off the 401 West Distance Series, followed by stops in Windsor and Guelph, Ontario. This will be the 3rd year of the highly successful 401 Series, which was built around the existing Windsor Open and RCLDS meets, with the addition of the Speed River Inferno.
The largest RCLDS meet has been the annual New Balance 1,500m Night, which - similar to the 5,000m at the London Distance Classic - offers the deepest 1,500m fields available in Canada. London has become a hot spot for setting 1,500m records and qualifying for International teams in recents years and the June 22nd event looks to continue that great tradition. With the revival of the Cambridge Classic Mile event, a partnership has been formed and the two meets will work together as a Mid-Distance Circuit, offering overall prizing and coordinating to bring two exciting events to south-western Ontario.
Also new in 2012 is the Long-Distance Circuit, in which athletes will accumulate points based on their placing in 3,000m-10,000m races and compete for overall prizing. More details on both the Mid-Distance and Long-Distance Circuits will be released later this month.