Thursday, December 24, 2009

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Swimming now part of our training for Medway

  • Minus 5 degrees
  • A frozen creek
  • A dozen trail runners ready to cross via rocks and tree limbs
  • One runner wants to show how to run across the ice
  • He now finds out that ice can be slippery
  • His feet fly up & lands on his back and breaks the ice
  • That sinking feeling
  • He is OK but soaked

Friday, November 20, 2009

This never happens on our trail runs!

Come out and run with us on trails, where it's safe.
Saturdays 8:00 am @ Medway Trails
Wednesday's at 6:00 pm @ Komoka Trails (headlamp required)
Map of trail location map, just click on the title block above this picture.

Monday, November 16, 2009


The overall winner of the 2009 Soiled Sport Trail Series is Carl Keevil, as announced at the Pacer Awards Brunch on November 15th

First female is Barb Newall.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Go to the Pacer Brunch or the cat get's it!!

You forced me into this.
The cat get's it, if you do not reserve your seat at the Pacer brunch on Sunday.

Friday, October 9, 2009

UWO Invitational X-Country

UWO hosted this annual event at Thames Valley Golf Course, and had a stellar turn out of athletes.

Pictured here is Guelph Gryphons, Lindsay Carson who set a course record in the womans 5K that has stood since 1987, at 17:01.6

This event is free and open to all, and I am amazed at how few show up.

The course switchs back and forth allowing the spectator to see a number of different views along the route.

The mens 10K was won by a Windsor Lancer, Dave Watson, in 32:10.9. (funny I only have a picture of the womans race winner)

The same day had the Fanshawe College Invitational out at Fanshawe, so I unfortunatly was unable to fit both in.

Next year I think our trail run will be at Thames Valey on the x-country course.... or maybe I should not embarass myself this way. Anyhow next year we all should attend to cheer the 'Stangs' on.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

You crack me up!

So there I was pondering life's mystery's, when it dawned on me.... you lazy bastards have not signed up for the Vulture Bait yet!!

We are looking for volunteers for the races as well.

So, your uncle may just be getting out of prison for a weekend and you have no room in your double wide at the trailer park.... or maybe you would like to get grandma some fresh air while you do the 50K race, we can use them. and you will be whisked away to the fantastic world of Vulture Bait.

Note to American entries: NO PASSPORT REQUIRED to enter Canada.
(but you will need one to get back in to your own country. Hey they are your governments rules not ours)

Each month leading up to the race, one lucky entry will win a Vulture Bait running jacket.
(I don't understand why Jennifer Anne wants to measure the male winners inseam though)

Last but not least, Trail Runner Magazine, August issue, page 12 says it all.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Click here for a map to all trails

July 11th
Gibbons Park Trail

July 18th
Killaly Trail

July 25th
Komoka Trail

August 1st
Fanshawe Trail

August 8th
Kains Woods
Dirty Girls 6 & 12 hr Trail Races

August 15th
Meadowlilly Trail

August 22nd
Westminster Ponds
or ITT 32k

August 29th
Gibbons Park

September 5th
Medway Trail

September 12th
Komoka Trail
Haliburton Forest 25/50/100/160 km Trail Races

September 19th
Kains Woods Trail

September 26th
Meadowlilly Trail

October 3rd
Medway Trail

October 10th
Fanshawe Trail

October 12th
Turkey Trot in Springbank Park (points for running or volunteering)

October 17th
*did you see the write up in the August issue, page 12, of Trail Runner Magazine?

October 24th
Kains Woods Trail

October 31
Season Ender @ Komoka Trail
Champagne & Mars Bars

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Monday, June 22, 2009

Of course I had fun...It was a non stop wet T-shirt contest!

Saturday June 20th was the Niagara Series of Races in Niagara on the Lake, and four of our finest went to run and three of us went to swim.
This was the first time in my recollection that the race did not start in temperatures in the high 20's and so humid you would be gasping for air just standing at the start line.
For those who have not done this race in the OUS series, you miss out on a well run and scenic course.
Yes, I know that the race is on pavement, and it eats up those expensive trail runners, but it is worth it in the end.
Distances of 10K, 1/2 Marathon, Marathon and 50K, you should have no problem selecting one that fits your schedule.
Early entries are eligible for either a sweat shirt or hoodie, depending on distance, a finishers memento with your name engraved and beer and pizza.
The turn out this year was huge, so much so the race organizers may put a cap on it next year. (so enter early)
For those who look for a Boston Qualifier, I am told this is a good pick since it is flat and fast.
Congratulations to Betty who took home the hardware in the 10K.
My first wife Karen along with Alita and James did our group proud in the 1/2 Marathon, while Bill, Louise and myself stood in the pouring rain proving that Gortex is not 100% water proof.
Next race in the OUS series is Creemore Vertical Challenge 25 & 50K on July 4th.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Click Here For Shocking Photo's

I am pleased to announce that I suck almost as much at kayaking as I do at trail running.
Our trail kicker friend from Alberta, Willy Bill, came to South-Western Ontario to whip LuLu into shape for our upcoming hike in the wilds of the Yukon.
This included a kayaking trip down the Grand River from Cambridge to Paris.
Normally a slow paddle, the recent deluge of rain caused for a pretty fast current. So much so, that the outfitter we rented some of the kayaks & canoe from, sent along a guide.
( I think he was there to recover the equipment rather than the person.)

All went well until Ken & Jeniffer decided that when coming to a bridge column located in the centre of the river, about at the halfway point, the front paddler wanted to go left of the massive stone structure while the rear paddler wanted the right.
Well the river decided neither and they collided the structure and capsized, causing the guide to earn his keep. He did recover the canoe but Jen & Ken were lost.
Kidding about the last part, they swam ashore and others down river captured their gear as it floated by.

This was a fun way to spend a day since upon 'Two Beer Nancy's' demand, we then proceeded to a licensed establishment to sample some beverages and chicken wings.

The evening concluded with a BBQ back in London to solve the worlds problems.

On a Trail Running note, our motley crew took home the hardware at Sulphur Springs Trail Races.
And I can't wait till Alita comes out to Saturday morning trail runs wearing her Sulphur Springs shirt.
Coming up in the OUS is Niagara Ultra on June 20th.
Sorry no trails here, but a fast course for a 10k,25k, marathon and 50K
Great prizes that come from local wineries and early entries get a warm hoodie.
And rumour has it that there may be some beer to be had at the end.
And speaking of beer.. Creemore Vertical Challenge is on July 4th. If you like scenery and hills..never ending freaking hills.. then this is the race to do.
The only thing that compels me to do this race is that the kegs of Creemore are at the finish line.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Fun Continues

2009 Soiled Sport Trail Series

Start Times: 8:00 am sharp
(or maybe 8:02 because Cathy Q is late again)

OUS race start times, you need to confirm for each race @

May 16th,
Meadowlilly Trails

May 23 rd
Komoka Trails
Ontario Ultra Series Race #4
Sulphur Springs 10K, 25K, 50K, 50M, 100M

May 30th
Medway Trails

June 6th
Fanshawe Trails
OUS Series Race #5
Kingston 6hour endurance race

June 13th
Westminister Ponds
There is a new trail race,
1 Mile, 5K, 1/2 marathon
*Trail points ONLY if you wear Vulture Bait or Soiled Sport running shirts during the event

June 20th
Kains Woods
OUS Race #6
Niagara Ultra 1/2 marathon, marathon & 50k

June 27th
Medway Trail

July 4th
Medowlilly Trai
OUS Race #7
Creemore Vertical Challenge (please note the word Vertical.. this means hills, long never ending hills)

July 11th
Gibbons Park Trail

July 18th
Killaly Trail

July 25th
Komoka Trail

August 1st
Fanshawe Trail