Power & Speed Resumes October 3rd Led by Coach Trevor Wight

Power & Speed practices resume next week under the leadership of Coach Trevor Wight. A long time Valley Royals member, Wight has been involved in track in field for most of his life.  He competed throughout school, university, as an adult, and now as a master’s athlete.  As an experienced Decathlete, he is able to coach a wide range of Track & Field events. He has coached high school track and field locally for the past sixteen years. For four years he served as head coach of the Royals Junior Development Program.   Wight says, “I owe much of the success I’ve had in life to my involvement in this sport.   As such, I am passionate about giving back to young athletes.”  

Athletes/Parents please read Info Package: Power Speed Group Info 2019-2020
  • Mondays 4:00 – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesdays 4:00 – 5:00 PM
  • Thursdays 4:00 – 5:00 PM
Practice locations will be at or near the Yale / Fraser / ARC complex. Locations for October:

Mondays and Thursdays: Meet at the north-east corner of the Yale track. 

Wednesdays: Meet at the south parking lot of McMillan Elementary (just off McMillan Road in between the school and Champlain Crescent).   We will be running hills on the adjacent pathway and training at the nearby Everett Park. On nice Wednesdays, we will meet at McMillan but head up to Everett by 4:10.   The bulk of our workout will happen there.   On wet Wednesdays, we will remain at McMillan for the whole practice.

Endurance Group Competes at Ocean Athletics’ Festival of Cross Country this Saturday

Festival of Cross Country— Saturday September 28, 2019
Crescent Park, South Surrey

Grass fields and hard pack trails

Meet Info & Registration Here: https://www.trackie.com/online-registration/event/2019-festival-of-cross-country/35573/

Contact: Event Organizers

Hosted by Ocean Athletics

Coach Scott will be there and says…

Hello Everyone – looking forward to a great meet this Saturday. I will be there at 9:00am and the Kids races get going at 10:00am and are all finished around noon. Please check the meet schedule for the Ocean Athletics Festival of Cross Country on the Ocean Athletics Website for race start times and get to Crescent Park an hour before your event. It is supposed to be nice weather but make sure you dress appropriately for the weather on the day. For those of you who have not been before the races start at the Soccer Fields off of 132nd st. (Go in on 24th ave and turn right on 132nd st. park is a little way up on the left) 

– See you Saturday Morning, Scott

South Fraser Meet This Week at Bear Creek

South Fraser Cross Country— Saturday September 21, 2019
Bear Creek Park, Surrey
10:30 am.
5km Women / 8km Men Open/Masters. Undulating gravel trails, grass.

If you would like Christa to register your child, the deadline to send your email to her would be September 18th, noon. You are more than welcome to register your child on your own (click underlined blue link at the beginning of this post, then click “Register Now” link).

Any questions about this upcoming meet, just let Christa know via email at [email protected] 

Pinetree Classic This Saturday September 14th

Lots of Royals athletes are racing at the Pinetree Classic is this Saturday in Mundy Park, Coquitlam. For Course Map and more meet info go to: http://www.phoenixrunningclub.com/pinetree-classic

The 2019 Pinetree Classic in Mundy Park, Coquitlam will take place on Saturday, September 14th. The Pinetree Classic is Race #1 of the Lower Mainland Junior Development Series (ages 9-13) and is sanctioned by B.C. Athletics/B.C. Cross Country Division.

All the races will take place along the beautiful undulating trails of Mundy Park, with running surfaces of mulch, gravel and grass (not suitable for spikes).

Entries: NO DAY OF RACE ENTRIES! All entries done through Trackie.com Entry deadline is Midnight, Thursday, September 12, 2019.

Race fees: All age categories $10 with BC Athletics Membership, All age categories $13 without BC Athletics Membership

Race Schedule:

10am Race 1 – All athletes 16 and older (born in 2003 and later including U18, U20, Senior and Masters) (entry done in one big category on Trackie)

5.8km: One loop of the field, three loops of the trail.

11am Race 2 – Girls and Boys 2010 and 2009

2.1km: One loop of the field, one loop of the trail.

11:30am Race 3 – Girls and Boys 2008 and 2007

2.1km: One loop of the field, one loop of the trail.

12:00 noon Race 4 – Girls and Boys 2006 and U16

2.1km: One loop of the field, one loop of the trail.


Open, U16, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 – Medals to top 3, ribbons 4-8

Race day tag pick-up begins at 8:30 a.m., at the Coquitlam Cheetah tent near the finish line.  Please plan to arrive one hour before your race.

For more information, contact: Paul Self, Coquitlam Cheetahs Track and Field Club [email protected] 604-464-0753


The Junior Development (JD) Running Group and the Endurance Running Group have an exciting Racing Schedule with lots of opportunities to run as a Valley Royal. Many of these races are part of the Lower Mainland Series which have cumulative results making an athlete eligible for awards if they place in the top 3 of their age category in 4 races from the series (Valley Royals Grand Prix Races are not part of the Lower Mainland Series). For more information on this series see: https://valleyroyals.ca/upcoming-meets/

All athletes must wear a Valley Royals singlet when they compete. To purchase a singlet please email Christa, at [email protected]

Valley Royals Racing Schedule for Fall 2019

Athletes please email Christa at [email protected] with the names of each race that you are planning to attend. She will make sure you are registered as a Valley Royal using the same version of your name for each race. Christa does not do registrations for the Valley Royals Grand Prix Racing Series…see below for registration details for this meet. 

Both Groups, JDs & Endurance Running Group, at:
  • Pine Tree Classic in Mundy Park, Coquitlam on Sept 14th
Endurance Group (Age 14 & Up as of Dec 31st this year) at:
  • Ocean Athletics Festival of Cross Country in Crescent Park, South Surrey/Whiterock on Sept 28th  (JDs training up with the Endurance Group could enter a JD race for their age category at this meet)
  • Sunfair Invitational in Yakima, Washington, a two-overnight trip October 4th-6th  To Register Online: Parents enter and pay for the athletes through Athletic.net (Registration opens on September 10th. Please register by September 20th and let Coach Scott know your registration is complete) If you’d like Christa to set up your registration, so that you pay the club back for your entry fees, please email her your registration request no later than September 20th.  For any athlete up to and including grade 9, enter the race that is for your grade. The races are listed on the handout Coach Scott gave the athletes or on the meet website: http://www.sunfairrun.com/ For grade 11 or 12 athletes, ask Coach Scott which flight to enter. Accommodations: Parents book their own rooms for themselves and their athlete(s). The Yakima Days Inn is now full so try booking at other hotels in Yakima.
  • Racing for their schools at the High School Meets
  • JDs training up with the Endurance Group should enter the Valley Royals Grand Prix Racing Series—see info and link in JD racing schedule below. They also have the option to go with the JDs to the South Fraser Meet and Frank Reynolds Memorial Meet—info about these meets in the JD list below. Be sure to communicate with Coach Scott and Coach Alex about which meets you would like to attend.
Junior Development Group (Age 8 to 13 as of Dec 31st this year) at:
  • South Fraser Meet in Bear Creek Park, Surrey Sept 21st
  • Racing for their schools or as “unattached” in the Valley Royals Grand Prix Racing Series in Clearbrook Park, Abbotsford on Sept 18th, Sept 25th, Oct 2nd & Oct 9th  Registration for the Grand Prix is not done by Christa. The Grand Prix registration is done by the athlete’s school (If the school is not participating or if the athlete is home-schooled they can register as “unattached” using the link to Trackie Online Registration found on the Grand Prix Page).  Payment will be made through the athlete’s school or by cash/cheque handed in to the Registration Tent beside the Finish Line chute on the first race day if registered as “unattached”
  • Frank Reynolds Memorial Meet in Cates Park, North Vancouver Oct 19th
Both Groups, JDs & Endurance Running Group, at:
  • BC Athletics Championships at Beaver Lake, Victoria on Oct 26th  The club will pay the entry fee for each Valley Royals athlete that competes at this Championship race.

The JD Cross Country Season concludes at the BC Championships while the Endurance Group continues on into the Winter Training Season.

Valley Royals Grand Prix Now Accepting Registrations

Registration for the Valley Royals Grand Prix Racing Series is now open. To register or for more info go to our Grand Prix Page.

Race dates for 2019 are: September 18th & 25th and October 2nd & 9th. The Series is open to ALL students in grades 4, 5, 6, 7, or 8. If a student is home-schooled, or attends a  school that does not participate in this event, they can register as”unattached”. The Registration price per athlete is $8.00 (includes all 4 Races) if registered before Midnight Sunday, September 15th, using the Online “Trackie” system.  Late Registration is $12 per athlete and is available at Valley Royals Registration Tent on site on race days.  See Grand Prix Page for payment options, parking information, race results, and All Time Top 10 Record Holders.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED  Calling all volunteers…. We need you! Wednesday Afternoons – Sep 18th, Sept 25th, Oct 2nd & Oct 9th – We are looking for people to help fill various roles including;

  • Set-Up (beginning at 2:00 PM each race day)
  • Race Day Volunteers (beginning as close to 2:45 PM as possible, including Take-Down, ending approx 5:45 PM)
  • Concession
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Gator test and load – (perfect for those not able to make Grand Prix Dates)

To Register as a Volunteer please contact Debbie Foote at [email protected] or 604-614-4044 

For a printable PDF of the Race Course click here: Race Course for the 2019 Grand Prix

JD Cross Country Season Kicks Off this Week

The Junior Development Group kicks off their Cross Country Season this week with an introductory practice at Clearbrook Park this Thursday, August, 29th. Coach Alex Siemens and assistant coaches Harneet Uppal and Parmvir Waring look forward to welcoming the JD athletes and coaching them this fall. NOTE: The next practice will be Tuesday, September 3rd as there will be no JD practice on Saturday of the long weekend. 

JD Cross Country Running is offered 3 days per week starting Thursday August 29th for the Cross Country Season (September & October):
  • Tuesdays 4:30 – 5:45 PM
  • Thursdays 4:30 – 5:45 PM
  • Saturdays 11:30 AM – 12:45 PM (No Practice on Saturday of the Labour Day long weekend–August 31st)
(No Saturday Practice on days of Cross Country Races that the JD Group is competing at – Coach will Communicate the Racing Schedule soon) 
Meet in Clearbrook Park beside the parking lot just off Clearbrook Road at the sign for Ron Wiebe playing fields. Practice is rain or shine so dress appropriately. Bring bottle of water, hat, wear layers.

The JD cross country program is designed for athletes aged 8 to 13 years of age. There is room in Coach Scott’s Endurance Running group this Fall to include athletes entering Grade 7. If not turning 14 until the next calendar year, these athletes will compete as JDs in Cross Country races. Coach Scott’s group meets at the same time as the JD group but there may be a few differences in their racing schedules so parents are advised to check with both Coach Alex and Coach Scott regarding JD Race Days.