Phoenix Running Club at the Ambleside Mile
6th June 2015
Report by Nancy Tinari
Photos by Keith Dunn
Saturday, June 6 was a perfect summer morning for the Ambleside Mile. Eight Phoenix runners made the trip to West Van to test themselves on the new course, which included a steep downhill shortly after the start.
Both the men’s and women’s fields were “loaded” but our fast Phoenix runners had a respectable showing. Phoenix was led by Mark Middleton, who finished 7th overall in a time of 4:52. Not far behind Mark was Larry Lorette, barely missing his goal of going sub-5:00 as he crossed the line in 5:02. Next Phoenixer was Geoff Palmer, running his first mile race since high school in 5:21.
Behind Geoff I was working hard to catch Tina-Louise Harris (who has trained with Phoenix in the past) and ultraman Matt Sessions. I passed Tina-Louise without too much trouble but had to lunge desperately at the line to catch Matt. We were both timed in 5:41, but I was placed ahead of him; looking at Keith’s video, I think it was only because we were both wearing timing chips on our left legs, and Matt’s right leg crossed the mat first, while my left leg was first.
Wendy Young and young Nathan Christensen also battled it out, with Wendy prevailing 7:27 to 7:29. Vic Suddaby was the final Phoenix finisher in a solid 8:07.
Former Phoenix member Warren McCulloch, in his “comeback race” after two years of not competing (or running much at all), finished in 5:13. It was great to see Warren, though he chose to visit the massage table rather than join in our Phoenix group photo.
All of us were pleased to see Jim Thomson, John Woodcock, and Cathy Reis at the race, cheering us on. It’s good to hear that Jim has been able to start a walk/jog program, and we hope he can toe the line at the Ambleside Mile next year. Thanks also to Keith Dunn, who videotaped the finish and took post-race photos of our group. Here is the video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_yKNvLGOOk&feature=youtu.be
Next race up for many of us will be the Longest Day 5K/10K at UBC. The club will reimburse Phoenix members their entry fees for this race. Let’s try to get more participants than we had in the Ambleside Mile! Come for the run, and come for the summer ambiance and the BARBECUE!