Valley Royals Grand Prix Racing Series

The Valley Royals Grand Prix Cross Country Series is hosted every Wednesday afternoon over 4 consecutive weeks in the fall (the last two Wednesdays in September and the first two Wednesdays in October). The racing series attracts hundreds of students in Grades 4 to 8, from the Abbotsford and Mission area.

The Grand Prix takes place in “Clearbrook Park” (also called “Ron Wiebe Park”) over a 1-Mile (1600 m) race course around the main field and through the woods on the north edge of the park.  Students get better at running the course each week, learning how to pace themselves for a race of this distance, and improving their stamina. Students love to try and improve their personal best time (PB) or finishing position from week to week. Results are posted on this Webpage each Monday after a race. All 4 Race Results are calculated together to determine the placement of award winners.

Race dates for 2018 are: September 19th & 26th and October 3rd & 10th. Registration Price: $5.00 (includes all 4 Races) 

The Series is open to ALL students. If a student is home schooled, or attends a  school that does not participate in this event, they can register as “unattached”.

Information Package: 2017 Grand Prix Letter & Package

To Register:

  • Step 1: Go to the registration page here: and click on “REGISTER FOR EVENT”
  • Step 2: Select how many individuals you want to register and then fill out the form for each individual
  • Step 3: Once entering all athlete data click on the “PROCEED TO STEP 2” button.
  • Step 4: Review your information on the confirmation page then click “CONFIRM REGISTRATION” once completed.

Please send any questions to Christa McAuley at[email protected]


PLEASE do not park at the church next to Clearbrook Elementary or at Clearbrook Elementary. The church has daycare and afterschool programs and people parking at the church create significant problems for them and the safety of their kids. We realize parking is an issue at Clearbrook Park but ask that you respect the needs of our neighbours. Please remember that you can park at Exhibition Park and walk across to Clearbrook Park using the underpass tunnel near the northwest corner of Exhibition Park.  Also parking on the grounds of Clearbrook Park are for VOLUNTEERS only, and no cars will be allowed to leave until all races are completed. 
For a Printable PDF of this Parking Map click here: Parking Map for Clearbrook Park
Please note there is NO DRINKING WATER available at the Park, runners should bring their own water bottle. However the Valley Royals will be hosting a concession stand that will sell water, sports drinks, chips and small candy bags.

2017 Grand Prix Results: 

Please note that there are multiple pages on each spreadsheet file below. Click tabs at the bottom of page to find the grade/gender results that you are looking for.

Results from Week #1: Results Week One – September 20 2017 

Results from Week #2: Results for Grand Prix Week 2 – September 27 2017 

Results from Week #3: Results for Grand Prix Week 3 – October 4 2017 

Results from Week #4: Results for Grand Prix Week 4 – October 11 2017 

Overall Winners based on Points Accumulated in all 4 Races: 2017 Grand Prix Series Top 10 Racers by Grade for Boys & Girls  
Top School Teams: Grand Prix 2017 Team Awards and Jane Swan Fitness Award (To qualify for Team Scoring in a Grade/Gender Category, a school must have at least 4 runners compete in 3 of the 4 Races in the Grand Prix Series) 
The 2017 Jane Swan Fitness Award is awarded to: John Calvin School
Congratulations to our new TOP TEN RECORD HOLDERS from the 2017 Racing Series (See the full”Grand Prix Top Ten” Records in link below ) Grade 4 Girls: #8 Alexia Smith Grade 5 Girls: #9 Amy Trent Grade 5 Boys: #1 Daniel Fleming, #5 Arata Nakanishi, #7 Luke Wight Grade 6 Girls: #6 Demi Timmerman, #8 Lyn Chuang Grade 6 Boys: #4 Mark Molina, #8 Ben Brandsma Grade 7 Girls: #2 Mikaiah Zietsma, #3 Malia Lenz, #8 Stella Petrie Grade 7 Boys: #8 Hayden Sansalone, #10 Tyler Pretty Grade 8 Boys: #4 Josh Vandevelde 

Photos from the 2017 Grand Prix Races:

Photos by Paul Funk:


VALLEY ROYALS GRAND PRIX ALL TIME TOP TEN:  Grand Prix Cross Country Series All Time Top 10

Valley Royals Grand Prix History

In 1983, the elementary school’s Grand Prix Cross Country series of races came into being after Gerry Swan returned from the Canadian Track and Field Team tour of Europe. He noticed that a very popular series of meets in Europe were called the Grand Prix, where the winners were awarded points in each of the five Grand Prix meets they competed in. The winners were awarded prizes in ounces of gold or even a Mercedes Benz car. When Gerry arrived home from that series of meets, he suggested to his wife Jane, that perhaps they could initiate a series of cross-country meets for elementary school aged athletes that would follow the format of the European Grand Prix. Jane thought this was a great idea and set forth in putting the wheels in motion to begin what is now known as the Cross Country Grand Prix. The first meets began in 1984 and took place in Centennial Park. These early meets had races for grade 4, 5, 6 and 7, and in the initial years attracted less than 100 competitors.
There were some memorable races in Centennial Park. On one particularly noticeable race day, a giant thunder and lightning storm took place during the grade 5 boys’ competition. The loud claps of thunder and bolts of lightning so frightened one youngster, who at the time was leading the race, that he ran off the course and jumped into his mother’s arms. After that the competitions were delayed for half an hour until the skies cleared. With the advent of middle schools, the series was enlarged to include grade 8s. In addition to declaring winners in each grade division, it was decided to have an overall/ aggregate winner declared with the Jane Swan trophy awarded as the grand prize.
Now we are in the 34th year, the series is as popular as ever. Schools use it as their kick-off point for the other athletic teams that will have their competitions following the cross-country season. In addition, it’s hoped that the series will promote general fitness and that is the purpose behind the awarding of the Jane Swan Fitness Award. So good luck to all the schools and competitors, and we will hope that this series of meets is as popular in the coming decades.
Updated January 1st, 2018