Callum Pilgrim Leads Royals at Sunfair Meet

Yakima, WA, Oct. 7—Valley Royal and WJ Mouat cross country runner
Callum Pilgrim had had an outstanding performance at the Sunfair High School Invitational cross country meet held Saturday in Yakima, Washington.

Pilgrim, an all round athlete who is pursuing cross country running for the first time, placed second in her flight 5-race held over a very hilly three mile course at Lincoln Park. The grade 10 athlete held the lead until the last 400-meters of her race but was eventually passed by Idaho’s Emily Callahan.

Pilgrim’s time of 18:26 was the third best performance of the day amongst the girl’s competitions and the second fastest time ever in the flight five race. Pilgrim stated to her coach that she knew exactly where and why she lost the race but felt that the experience would be valuable to her development as a quality runner.

Alexandra Siemens, who also attends Mouat, ran a strategic race in the flight 7 race and kept pace with the leaders over the first half of the course but during the final kilometer she had some trouble and had to settle for a third place finish.

Peter Mitchell, yet another Mouat runner, had a good performance and
placed third in flight 1 of the boy’s competition. Mitchell, a grade 11 athlete from Mouat and in his first season of cross country running, had a competitive run and finished with a time of 17:49.

Other solid performances for the Royals saw 13-year old Gabrielle MacGregor place ninth in the girls’ junior varsity run, Jennifer Kell (grade 10) came second in flight 2, Ashley Heisler was fifth in flight 1, Erica Johnson was eighth in the girl’s junior varsity run and Delaney Chapman was second in the grade 10 girl’s competition.

New JD Athletes Run Well at South Fraser Meet

On a day that finally looked like Cross Country Season had arrived, a pair of Rookie Royals acquitted themselves well on the course at Bear Creek Park. Amy Brandt, and Katia Heppell both made their Royal debuts, and performed wonderfully well against the tougher competition of a B.C. Athletics meet. Amy secured a Bronze medal in her 1000m race, while Katia placed fifth in her 3000m race.  Amy ran all alone in her round, and was a bit surprised by the pace of the more experienced racers, while Katia benefited in her outing from some wisdom and advice from the more seasoned Gabe MacGregor who also ran the same contest. Illness kept Gabe from her best outcome, but she still ran as strong as circumstances would allow. All in all, it was a good showing for the first event of our Cross Country endeavors.

CROSS COUNTRY SEASON IS UNDERWAY

Cross country season for Valley Royal athletes has begun in earnest and most club runners have either taken part in a meet or are about to do so. The Grand Prix Cross Country series staged its first of the four meets last Wednesday and in excess of nine hundred runners took part in the event. By Monday results of Wednesday’s meet will be available and posted to this web page and we will be able to see how our young Royals
 faired.

This Saturday Sarya Ross, Alex Siemens and Callum Pilgrim will form the nucleus of
the W.J. Mouat team that will run 4km legs of a team distance at the Whistler Spirit Run, in an event that will be a nice warm-up for the trip to Yakima the following weekend for
the Sunfair meet.

Last Saturday at the University of Washington Sundodger meet held in Seattle,
Travis Vugteveen placed 44th (26:08) to lead Simon Fraser University to a fifth place
team finish in the Varsity Division.

VALLEY ROYAL DIRECTOR JEREMIAH JOHNSTON ANNOUNCES HIS BETROTHAL TO MARIAH GUPPEY

Former Valley Royal athlete and now club director Jeremiah Johnston will be wed to Mariah Guppey on the May holiday weekend of 2013. It’s wise that Jeremiah and Mariah have planned the celebration well in advance as the groom’s occupation as a shoe representative for a major firm means that he is on the road for many days of the year. But we are pleased and happy for both Mariah and Jeremiah and wish them the very best with the wedding plans and their life together thereafter.

PAST PRESIDENT MIKE INMAN RECOVERING NICELY FROM HEART SURGERY

Valley Royal past president Mike Inman is recovering nicely at his Abbotsford home after undergoing triple bypass surgery a month ago. Wife Charlotte, a former Valley Royal board member herself, reports that she knows that Mike is recovering because he is once again occasionally cranky. And what’s the hardest thing for Mike to endure during his recovery period?: having to sit in the backseat when out for a drive. “Yes,” stated Charlotte, “there is nothing like having a real back seat driver boss me around.” We are pleased you are recovering Mike and it won’t be long before you are once again able to take the driver’s seat.

NEW WEB PAGE

Under the direction of club director Cindy Miller and summer student employee Aisha Klippenstein, a new web site has been designed for the Valley Royals. It’s a very attractive site we hope it will be easier to find information on. Although this is the first release made directly to the new web page, we hope to have a lot more updates in the future.

CHRISTA McAULEY ASSUMES CLUB ADMINISTRATOR DUTIES

Jason Swan has moved from the post of club manager and has now assumed a
directorship position with the Royals. Taking over for Jason as club administrator is
Christa McAuley.

A teacher in Mission, Christa has a daughter, Olivia, who is making
good progress as a Valley Royal middle distance runner. Christa will be handling
a variety of duties with the Royals including athlete registration, maintaining
equipment and coordinating various events. Congratulations Christa and welcome
on board.