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 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

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Results for the First Week of the Lafarge Grand Prix are now available…

Please visit this page to see the results. 

Shirts are available at the races – they are a limited edition with only 50 available this year so be amongst the lucky few to have one…. Only $15.

Also, we would like to ask that if you have gotten any good photos at the Grand Prix, please send them to [email protected], and we will put together an online photo album for everyone to see.



Thursday August 9, 2012
She did not manage to advance to the final but Jessica Smith ran with distinction and determination in the third semi final of the women’s 800-meters today at the London, Olympics.
Smith placed seventh in her heat with a time of 2:01.90 and was not able to advance to Saturday’s final. The race was won by Marlya Savinova of Russia (1:58.57) with Francine Niyonsaba (BDI) second (1:58.67) and they were the only two runners to advance from that section. Smith had qualified for the semi final by placing second in her qualifying race held on Wednesday.
In a post race interview, Smith expressed how great the experience of competing in the Olympics had been for her and thanked all those who had helped her to become an Olympian. She went on to say that the many things she has taken from the experience would be invaluable for her in future international competitions.
So the Olympics have now come to an end for the two Valley Royals that were part of the Games. A seventh place finish for Mike Mason and a semi final finish for Jessica Smith. Both Mike and Jessica conducted themselves with confidence and maturity at these Games and their performances have to be an inspiration to all Valley Royal members.


Wednesday August 8, 2012

We are very pleased to report that long time Valley Royal President and current club director Mike Inman is making a successful recovery from triple bypass surgery Tuesday at the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster.
Mike’s wife, Charlotte, reports…”yesterday was Mike’s first post-op day and it went well!…he was able to sit up in the chair for a short time. He is eating well and grumbling.“
When Mike grumbles you know things are improving. It’s good that he was not able to view the Canada vs. USA soccer match (all three of his daughters, including past University of Washington 1500-meter All-American, were soccer players in their youth).
As an aside, Charlotte completed her nursing training at the Royal Columbian Hospital. Mike and Charlotte met on the 2S ward at RCH and although it is now completely refurbished, that is the same unit that Mike is now a patient.
Will look forward to having you up and about in a few weeks Mike.


Tuesday August 7, 2012
London, England—August 7, 2012: Michael Mason placed eighth in the final of the Olympic Games high jump competition but cleared the same height as three other jumpers that tied for the bronze medal.
Mason cleared 2.29 meters in a competition won in the rain by Russia’s Ivan Ukhov who with 2.38m. Second place went to Erik Kynard with 2.33 meters.
Following were six other jumpers, including Mason, all of whom cleared 2.29 meters. But the tie breaking rule that states the number of misses at the last height attempted followed by the total number of misses in the competition, decides the order of finish for any runner-up position. Unfortunately, Mason had two misses at 2.29 meters while the other competitors who cleared the same height did it with just one or two attempts at that height. Canada’s Derek Drouin took 3rd place along with two others with fewer misses than the remaining 3 jumpers.
But it was a great competitive effort by Mason who has truly established himself as one of the world’s elite high jumpers. Mason will now remain in Europe and take part in the Diamond League series of meets that include the Samsung Invitational scheduled for Lausanne, Switzerland on August 23.