Royals Endurance Runners Headed to Provincials

Our Valley Royals athletes have made some great strides as the Cross Country season has progressed. At the recent Fraser Valley High School Championships our athletes exceeded expectations virtually right across the board. Jared deHaan placed 3rd in the senior boys and Reid Johnston placed 16th , very strong performances for athletes with only a few months of background in our sport. Lukas Smith placed 22nd in the senior boys which was also a very strong finish. Cassidy Hutchison stepped it up running two minutes faster on the same course than she ran in the Pre Valley Meet to finish an outstanding 12th in the senior girls and her sister Ally Hutchison ran strongly to grab the last qualifying spot to the Provincial High School Championship at 42nd. Josh Carsience ran strongly in the Junior boys race to finish 16th and Arshdeep Waring ran well in the senior girls to just miss qualifying for the Provincial meet at 56th. Watch for these athletes at the upcoming BC Athletics Cross Country Championships and the British Columbia High School Championships on November 3rd. –Go Royals

Written by Coach Scott Svelander

Volunteer at the BC Championships: Saturday, October 27th

This is the club’s last event for 2018 where athletes & their families can earn their required volunteer hours. A few more volunteers are needed. Sign up today!

The Valley Royals has the privilege of hosting the BC Cross Country Championships this year in Clearbrook Park. This prestigious event attracts hundreds of athletes of all ages from across the province including some pretty amazing elite runners. Our club is hosting the event for BC Athletics and we need lots of volunteers to make it another great success this year!

Register as a volunteer by emailing Dawn Driver at [email protected] 

How can we serve?

We need lots of help to run the Concession, the Finish Line Hospitality Tent, Registration, Parking, First Aid and people to serve as Course Marshals (keeping the runners on the correct path). Email Dawn and let her know where you can help.

Details about the BC Cross Country Championships are available at this link:

Not sure how many volunteer hours you need for the registration package you bought? Check this chart:

Not sure how many volunteer hours you have completed in 2018? Email Christa at [email protected]

JDs Gearing Up for the BC Championships in Clearbrook Park

The Junior Development Group is gearing up for the BC Cross Country Championships which will be hosted by our Club and BC Athletics right here in Clearbrook Park on Saturday October 27th. This Provincial-Level meet is an amazing opportunity to see hundreds of runners of all ages and levels of development including some world-class Canadian runners. The high-school age Endurance Running Group athletes are competing at this meet as well. For more information about the BC Championships click:

Register to compete by emailing Christa at [email protected] (The Club covers Entry Fees for all Royals Athletes who race at this Provincial-Level Meet)

The Royals have a great reputation for excellent volunteer participation in meets that we host. Join the BC Championships Volunteer Team and complete your Volunteer Hours for the year (0r better yet, if you already have been a volunteer–join in and be amazing again!). Volunteers can be athletes, athletes’ parents or other family members and friends. We need at least 20 more volunteer positions filled to help in: The Concession, Finish Line Food Tent, Parking/Greeting, Registration, Course Marshals (pointing the way to runners on the course), Hospitality, First-Aid. To Register as a Volunteer email Dawn at [email protected]

Ziggy’s Power & Speed Practices Resume Oct 15th


Fall Practices from October 15 to November 5 are:

  • Mondays 4:00 pm –  Rotary Stadium ( practice outside )
  • Wednesdays 4:00 pm – Rotary Stadium ( practice outside )
  • Fridays 4:00 pm – Rotary Stadium ( practice outside )
Meet the group at the Valley Royals shed ( Rotary Stadium )  
Practices are rain or shine  (Coach Ziggy will not be cancelling any practices so expect to attend) Warm clothes mandatory !!!
Focus of practice –  endurance, strength endurance, General conditioning 
Practices are approx 1.5 hours in length but finishing time depends on the time it takes athletes to complete their individual exercise program. While finishing times are flexible, the Valley Royals Club asks that athletes respect Coach Ziggy’s time by making it a priority to arrive on time for the start of practice.
All athletes must have paid registration to the Valley Royals (includes insurance from BC Athletics) in order to participate in a Royals training group. To get to the Registration Page click the green “Join or Renew” button on the sidebar or click this link:

After More than 30 Years with the Royals, Coach Harold Willers Announces His Retirement

Congratulations to Coach Harold Willers on your retirement after more than 30 years of coaching for the Valley Royals.  Many thanks to you and Mary for all that you have given to make this legacy possible. Thank you for building into the lives of athletes and teaching them how to Throw Far!

A big Welcome to Coach Sean LaForest who is continuing the Valley Royals Throws Program. Sean, a champion thrower for the Royals & UBC, was trained by Harold for 8 years. He is Vice-Principal at MEI Middle School where he coaches throws for the Middle & Secondary schools.

In addition to a great turnout of current athletes, former Royals athlete and Canadian Champion in Hammer for ‘91, ‘92, ‘93, and ‘94–Wes Boudreau–came to the first throws practice of the winter-training season to celebrate Harold’s retirement and to welcome Coach Sean. 

Photos from Throws Practice on Sunday October 14th, 2018 at the throws cage in Clearbrook Park.

For more about Harold’s retirement and Sean LaForest’s success as a throws athlete and coach check out this article:

Report on Harold Willers retirement and Sean LaForest succession

Valley Royals Grand Prix Winners & New Top 10 Record Holders

2018 Individual Winners Based on Points from all 4 Races
2018 Team Awards Based on 4-Person Team Points from all 4 Races
The Jane Swan Fitness Award goes to Fraser Middle School 
Congratulations to our new ALL TIME TOP TEN RECORD HOLDERS from the 2018 Grand Prix Racing Series:

Grade 4 Girls – #2 Alexia Smith (unattached)  6:52 95

Grade 5 Girls – #9 Payton Finnie (unattached) 6:51 48

Grade 6 Girls – #3 Amy Trent (ACS Middle) 6:28 10, #4 Chanin Klaus (ACS Middle) 6:30 05

Grade 7 Girls – #10 Kristin Kampman (ACS Middle) 6:31 53

Grade 8 Girls – #7 Malia Lenz (Abby Middle School) 6:17 68

Grade 4 boys -#8 Kaiden Gleeson (Auguston) 6:43 04

Grade 5 boys – #9 Oliver Teer (ACS Elem) 6:26 82

Grade 6 Boys – #10 Arata Nakanishi (Clayburn Middle) 6:11 16

Grade 7 Boys – #1 Brendan o’Brien (Unattached) 5:36 92, #3 Mark Molina (Clayburn Middle) 5:42 57

Grade 8 Boys – #3 Nathaniel Leroux (Vedder Middle Schoool) 5:35 63

JD’s To Race in the Frank Reyolds Memorial Meet this Saturday

The Junior Development Group will be going to the:  Frank Reynolds Memorial — Saturday October 13, 2018 JD/Midget/Junior/Youth/Open/Masters Cates Park, North Vancouver

Malcolm Lowery Trail with ocean vistas. Course is grass and gravel trails and wooden bridges. SPIKES NOT RECOMMENDED.

To register for this race email Christa at [email protected] before 6:00 PM Wednesday Oct 10th and let her know. She will complete your registration and apply any fundraising credits you may have toward the entry fee.