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Tuesday, May 22 2012 - London Distance Classic Preview

The 2012 London Distance Classic will take place Wednesday, May 23rd at TD Waterhouse Stadium and expectations are high as some of Canada's top distance runners are ready to light up the track. The meet is the second of six events hosted by the London Runner Distance Club, with help from local officials and volunteers, that make up the Runners' Choice London Distance Series. The evening competition will feature 800m and 5,000m races; the meet will start shortly after 7pm, with the later 5,000m sections run 'under the lights', as is the norm for the RCLDS.

The London Distance Classic will feature athletes pursuing various International qualifying standards, from age-group competitions such as the World Junior Championships right up to the Olympic Games themselves. The development of such competitive fields came about in part due to the growth of the 401 West Distance Series, a coordinated effort between 3 groups that offers "a unique opportunity to gain some top performances prior to the Olympic Trials," as Windsor Open meet director Dennis Fairall describes the series. "It's also unique in that it combines Guelph, Windsor, and London and their outstanding programs and facilities. On many occasions we work together to co-ordinate the opportunities for athletes."

Leading the Womens 800m field on May 23rd will be Athletics Toronto star Kate Van Buskirk, followed by Jennifer Perrault (Ottawa Lions) and Charlène Puel (Lille Metropole); all three boast personal best times well under 2 minutes and 10 seconds. Puel is one of several Quebec athletes competing at the London Distance Classic; her top male 800m counterparts include Charles Philibert-Thiboutot and Mathieu Surkenboom. The Quebec duo will be joined by a bevy of Speed River athletes in their pursuit of breaking the 1:50 barrier. 

The highlight of the evening is expected to be the 5,000m, which features a very deep field, by Canadian standards. A pair of Hansons-Brooks athletes from Michigan - David Laney and Robert Scribner - will face an excellent trio of Canadians in the form of Canadian University Cross Country Champion Andrew Nixon (Speed River), 2012 Vancouver Sun Run Champion Kelly Wiebe (Excel), and two-time Canadian Half-Marathon Champion Matt Loiselle (Athletics Toronto).

Not to be outdone, the 5,000m will feature such a strong field that the 2011 Canadian Champion Leslie Sexton (London Runner) isn't among the top-3 entries on the Performance List. With a half-dozen women aiming to run under 16:30, top seed Megan Brown of Athletics Toronto is expected to lead the charge in pursuit of the Olympic B standard of 15:30 that barely eluded her earlier this season. Thanks to a generous contribution from Martin Dixon and the Millards accounting firm, breaking the minimum Olympic standard will be rewarded with a generous financial bonus.

Along with Sexton, top local runners competing include Canadian University All-Canadians Kyle O'Neill and Aaron Hendrikx, both in the 5,000m. These teammates will be working together in pursuit of not only the Canadian Track & Field Championships qualifying standard, but also a potential World Junior qualifier for Hendrikx.

Following the London Distance Classic, the RCLDS will take a break until the June 10th Roberts Meet of Champions. Meanwhile, the 401 West Distance Series continues with the May 26th Windsor Open followed by the May 28th Speed River Inferno, in Guelph. The 'Inferno' meet director Chris Moulton says he has "been thrilled with the growth of the 401 series over the past few years, as it shows that great racing opportunities can be created in Canada and the 401 series has filled a large void." Citing numerous National team qualifying marks and a Canadian record as part of the 401 success, Moulton is "excited about the future of the series," stating "working with Dennis and Steve has been terrific and we look forward to this year's races and continuing to grow the series in the year's to come."

As for the May 23rd meet, with free parking and no charge to spectators, the London Distance Classic is very spectator friendly. For those that cannot make it to London, there will be extensive coverage thanks to Track Group will will provide live twitter highlights, with race videos expecting to be posted soon after the meet finishes.


Sunday, May 13 2012 - Recap of London 10,000m Meet

As has been the tradition, the London 10,000m meet kicked off the track season at TD Waterhouse Stadium last night. Events included the 800m and Mile, while the highlight was the Ontario 10,000m Championships. In the middle distance events, Megan Brown of Athletics Toronto started things off with a decisive win in the 800m, posting a 2:09.17 ahead of the Rempel sisters (Aktiv Racing), who notably both ran PBs in the 2:12 range. Just 25 minutes later, Brown was lining up in the Mile race and, with a decisive move at 600m to go, cleanly ran away from the field in a Stadium record of 4:41.73. Brown is now the most decorated athlete within the RCLDS with records in the Mile, 5,000m, and 10,000m to complement her numerous wins. Her 5,000m record, however, will face a serious challenge at the May 23rd London Distance Classic where both Brown and Megan Wright will have their sights set on Olympic qualifying standards.

The Mile races were qualifiers to the fastest section of the Friday June 15th Cambridge Classic Mile event. Top-3 qualifiers in the Womens race were Megan Brown, along with Meredith MacGregor and Lydia Willemse of the Speed River Track Club. On the Mens side, the Classic Mile qualifiers were London Runner teammates Ben Procter - who narrowly missed the RCLDS record - and Jeremy Walsh, along with Brandon Laan (Unattached).

The final event of the evening was the Mixed 10,000m, which acted as both the Ontario Championships as well as a National qualifier. Ontario Champions were crowned in 3 categories: Senior Women (Leslie Sexton, London Runner), Senior Men (Sami Jibril, Athletics Toronto), and Junior Men (Dominique Aulagnon, Lakehead Running). Aulagnon dipped under the World Junior 10,000m qualifying standard of 31:30 and placed 2nd overall, losing only to Senior Champion Jibril. The exciting Mens race featured numerous changes for the silver and bronze medal positions. In the end, 9 athletes finished between 31:17-31:59, with Kyle Dekker (Athletics Toronto) and Michael Gill (Ontario Masters, Physi-Kult) taking the Ontario Silver and Bronze medals.

Videos of each race are posted on the Trackie website.


Thursday, May 10 2012 - London 10,000m To Start Summer Season

The London 10,000m is set to kick off the 8th annual Runners' Choice London Distance Series, hosted by the London Runner Distance Club. Once again, this meet will host the Ontario 10,000m Championships, as well as 800m and Mile races. In the Junior age group, Newmarket Husky Dylan Brown will look to become the 2nd Ontario athlete under the World Junior 10,000m standard of 31:30, in hopes of making the Canadian team. Heading the Womens Championship entries is 2011 Canadian 5,000m Champion Leslie Sexton (London Runner), while Athletics Toronto teammates Sami Jibril and Kyle Dekker are the top seeds on the Mens side.

Other top entries include Megan Brown of Athletics Toronto challenging a strong Speed River contigent in the Womens Mile that includes Steeplechase experts Dana Buchanan, Meredith MacGregor, and Lydia Willemse. The Mens mile will be mainly a local affair, after top seed Anthony Berkis (Toronto Olympic Club), as Aaron Hendrikx will rabbit London athletes Brandon Laan (Unattached) and London Runner teammates Jeremy Walsh and Ben Procter.

For both athletes and race organizers, the London 10,000m will be somewhat of a warm-up for the May 23rd London Distance Classic, which is expected to be a major highlight of the summer track season. The May 12th meet will be a dress rehearsal for the Live Coverage provided by Trackie Group, who will have both live video and twitter highlights (follow @TrackieGroup).

May 12th Performance Lists are posted on the Runners' Choice London Distance Series website.


Tuesday, May 8 2012 - Launch of 2012 M & T Printing Group London Distance Rankings

Thanks to the continued support from M & T Printing Group, londonrunner.ca is proud to launch the 2012 London Distance Rankings. Compiled by the London and Area Running Association, the M & T Printing Group London Distance Rankings track the top local runners over World Championship distances: 800m, 1500m, 3000m Steeplechase, 5000m (and 5k roads), 10000m (and 10k roads), Half Marathon, and Marathon.

The first update of the M & T Printing Group London Distance Rankings is now online. Rankings for all road distances have been posted, including results from the London Honda Series races and Forest City Road Races. Rankings for track events will be posted following the London Distance Classic on May 23rd. The London Distance Classic – meet #2 of the 2011 Runners' Choice London Distance Series – will feature a competitive 5,000m field that includes both local talent and some of Canada’s top distance stars.


Monday, May 7 2012 - London Runner & Trackie Partner to Bring 2012 RCLDS Coverage; Womens 5,000m Challenge Announced

The London Runner Distance Club and Trackie Group Inc. are teaming up to bring media coverage of the 2012 Runners' Choice London Distance Series. Fans can get a behind the scenes look at some of the top athletes competing in the RCLDS through the Athlete Interviews; those on twitter can follow @TrackieGroup to get live highlights during the meets; and best of all, plans are in the works to bring Live video streaming through the Trackie website. The May 12th series opener - the London 10,000m - will act as somewhat of a dress rehearsal as Team Trackie prepares for what is expected to be a very exciting evening at the May 23rd London Distance Classic. Coverage will continue at all 6 RCLDS meets, including the June 22nd New Balance 1,500m Night, through to the July 24th London Series Finale. The RCLDS looks to be even more exciting this summer thanks to:

The Millard, Rouse & Rosebrugh LLP Womens 5,000m Challenge

Thanks to a generous contribution from Martin Dixon and the Millards accounting firm, the top Canadian woman under 15:30 in the 5,000m at the May 23rd London Distance Classic will receive $500. Will there be an Olympic standard run in London, ON this summer?


Friday, May 4 2012 - M & T Printing Group Long Distance Circuit

Thanks to our sponsors at the M & T Printing Group, the London Runner Distance Club is pleased to announce prizing for the M & T Printing Group Long Distance Circuit. This is somewhat of a sister-project to the Runners' Choice Middle Distance Circuit, announced earlier this spring.

Long Distance Circuit Events

The 2012 circuit will feature 4 of the Runners Choice London Distance Series meets, with bonus points from the Canadian Track & Field Championships.

Runnners Choice London Distance Series Meets
Points awarded to top-10 per gender from Long-Distance races, scored as: 12 (1st), 10 (2nd), 8 (3rd), 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 (10th)
Saturday May 12 London 10,000m: 10,000m (Ontario Championships)
Wednesday May 23 London Distance Classic: 5,000m
Sunday June 10 Roberts Meet of Champions: 3,000m
Friday July 6 Forest City 5k: 5,000m

Canadian Championships Bonus Points
Bonus points awarded to athletes placing top-5 at Canadian Track & Field Championships in either the 5,000m or 10,000m (not both), scored as: 10 (1st), 8 (2nd), 6 (3rd), 4 (4th), 2 (5th)

M & T Printing Group Long 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

The shoes and apparel can be picked up at either Runners' Choice Waterloo or Runners' Choice London, following the July 6th event.

Ties will be broken based on the superior placing at RCLDS #1 (followed by RCLDS #2, etc. until broken).
Note that males and females are competing against each other for these overall top-3 prizes, though scoring is gender specific


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